This Week in Arlington

This Week in Arlington

<sh>Arenas to "Shoot" for 8 Arlington Schools

<bt>This year Arlington students have one more good reason to cheer for the Washington Wizards and all-star guard Gilbert Arenas.

Eight Arlington public schools are among the 82 schools chosen to participate in the “Gilbert Scores for Schools” promotion. At each home game this season, Arenas will “shoot” for one designated school, which will receive $100 for every point he scores. In turn, Pollin will match Arenas by giving schools $100 for each point he scores on the road.

The Arlington schools set to receive money are Drew Model, Glebe, Campbell, Abingdon, Jamestown and Patrick Henry elementary schools, Wakefield High School and the Stratford Program.

Arenas ended the 2005-06 NBA season as its fourth leading scorer averaging 29.3 points per game.

“We are excited about this opportunity," Cheryl Relford, principal at Drew Model said. "The proceeds will fund scholarships for enrichment, after-school and field trip activities for our students.”

The eight “Gilbert Scores for Schools” games are as follows:

Dec. 4 vs. Dallas – Glebe

Dec. 13 vs. Denver – Wakefield

Dec. 15 vs. Miami – Campbell

Dec. 26 vs. Memphis – Drew

Jan. 10 vs. Chicago – Abingdon

Feb. 25 vs. Minnesota – Jamestown

March 20 vs. Portland – Stratford

March 24 vs. L.A. Clippers – Patrick Henry

<sh>Two Banks Robbed on Nov. 2

<bt>An Arlington County Police officer on a routine patrol apprehended a bank robbery suspect last Thursday in Crystal City. Nathan Jemere, 42, of Arlington was taken into custody without incident. He has been charged with robbery and is being held without bond.

Detectives believe Jemere robbed the Bank of America branch in the 1400 block of S. Eads Street, at approximately 12:20 p.m on Nov. 2. He passed a note to a teller instructing her to put money in a bag. She complied and Jemere fled on foot. No weapon was displayed and no one was hurt during the robbery.

Police do not believe that robbery is connected to another bank robbery that occurred earlier in the day. At approximately 9:56 a.m., a man armed with a handgun entered the United Bank in the 2300 block of 9th St. South. The suspect was dressed in dark clothing and his face was concealed, possibly by a ski mask or hood. He jumped over the counter, took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot.

Anyone with any information about that robbery or the suspect is asked to call the Arlington County Tip Line at 703-228-4242.

<sh>Veterans Day Holiday Schedule

<bt>All Arlington County administrative offices, schools and public libraries will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day. County offices, courts and schools will resume their normal schedules on Monday, Nov. 13.

Refuse and recycling services will operate as normal on Friday, and all nature, recreation and senior centers will be closed — with the exception of Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center and the Skate Park at Powhatan Springs.

Arlington swimming pools will be open on Friday and parking meters will not be enforced. ART 51 and ART 41 will be operating on a Saturday schedule on Friday,

<sh>Reward Fund Established for Zeller Murder

<bt>Family, friends and neighbors of Paul Matthew Zeller have established a fund to encourage anyone with information about the June murder of the 24-year-old to come forward to police.

Zeller, an Arlington resident who served a tour of duty in Iraq was shot and killed June 30 while walking on the sidewalk near the Pentagon Row shopping area.

"We're just hoping this reward fund will make a difference and help the police get the information that they need to bring justice to this

case," Lydia Robertson, Zeller's sister, said in a statement.

Police are unsure of a motive for the killing and do not currently have any suspects. But they continue to investigate the incident.

"It is far from a cold case," said Lt. Brian Berke, the

supervisor of the Homicide/Robbery Unit. "We are following up to this day on active leads, and we plan on doing so until we can bring this case to closure."

Anyone who wants to contribute to the reward fund can send donations to: PNC Bank - Paul Matthew Zeller Reward Fund,

6805 Old Dominion Drive,

McLean, VA 22101, Account: #5304437975.

Anyone who has any information that could assist detectives is asked to call the police tip line at 703-228-4242.

<sh>Superintendent's Contract Extended

<bt>The School Board unanimously voted to extend Superintendent Robert Smith's contract through June 2010. Smith will make $216,510 annually.

<sh>Major Landowners Merge

<bt>Real estate giant Trammel Crow announced on Oct. 31 that it will be purchased by CB Richard Ellis, another major firm.

Trammel Crow stockholders will receive $49.51 per share of common stock. The total transaction will see CB Richard Ellis paying about $2.2 billion for the company, according to a statement.

The deal has not yet been finalized and must still undergo regulatory review and be approved by the company stockholders. Trammel Crow expects the deal to close late this year or early next year.

Trammel Crow’s Tysons Corner office oversees 10.6 million square feet of office retail and industrial space in Northern Virginia, primarily focused in Reston, Alexandria and Tysons Corner. Some properties include:

* King Street Metroplace at 1737 King Street in Alexandria.

* The Atrium Building at 277 South Washington Street in Alexandria.

* The Dulles Station buildings on Dulles Station Road in Herndon.

* Ballston Gateway at 3865 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington.

* Century One at Century Center at 2450 Crystal Drive in Arlington.

* The Reston Arboretum at 12700 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston.

* The Greenbriar Corporate Center on Lee Jackson Highway in Fairfax.

* The Greensboro Park Office Buildings on Greensboro Drive in Tysons Corner.

* The Gateway 95 Business Park on Cinder Bed Road in Lorton.

* The Beaumeade buildings on Filigree Court in Ashburn.