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From YouTube: Around Arlington February 6, 2015


We all want to save money on energy costs right? But what are the best ways to do it? Well, the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy, or AIRE, helps us make smart decisions about energy use at home and at work. More about that in a moment, but first…the new decal!

Each year, Arlington high school artists submit photos as part of the vehicle decal contest. The winning design will adorn more than 160,000 vehicles in this year.

The Decal Fee funds a variety of street improvement and signage projects. To learn more about where the funds go, and how students can get involved in the design, visit the Treasurer's website.

In January, the County made it simpler to do business in Arlington by adding online business registration and one-stop payments for building permits. And the County Board accepted grants to fund the safe routes to schools projects around 3 Arlington schools. Learn about these and other items by attending the monthly County Board meetings, watching them here on ATV, or reviewing past meetings on our website. You can also read about Board highlights in the County newsroom at

Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes has announced that she will retire from the Board when she completes her term at the end of 2015. Her decision comes a week after County Board Vice Chair Walter Tejada announced that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for another term on the Board. The next general election will be held on November 3rd. Check for information on the primary schedule.
At the recent Energy Journey Games, kids and adults picked up energy tips, learned about the latest technologies, and had a great time, too. If you missed the games be sure to visit the AIRE website at, keyword AIRE. And make sure you get there next year.

The Washington Post published a long article on Arlington’s successful efforts to reduce homelessness in the County. Our personal approach of identifying who is homeless and what their needs are breaks through the red tape and delivers services directly to those who need them. You can read the piece on the Post’s website at

Ok, that’s just about it, but remember that Arlington County government offices, courts, schools and libraries will be closed on February 16th in honor of George Washington's Birthday. There will be regular trash and recycling pickups. Check our holiday closings schedule for more info.