Posted on | August 8, 2016 | No Comments
By Kris Gilbertson
Thirty-three years ago, a group of parents and educators joined forces to found a school in the basement of Del Ray Baptist Church that would provide both a quality education and an environment in which each student could reach full potential. It was the beginning of the Alexandria Country Day School, and enrollment quickly grew.
Nine years later, St. Mary’s Academy, located directly across Russell Road from the church, was absorbed by Bishop Ireton. ACDS bought the academy building—a new and permanent home. The property comprised only the school building and immediate grounds, but made steady growth possible.
Today, ACDS is a leading K-8 nonsectarian independent school where dynamic furniture adjusts to students’ needs, time dedicated to physical activity (recess) has increased (counter to national trends), the oldest students mentor the youngest, and graduates consistently go on to succeed in the most challenging high schools locally and nationwide. Read more
Posted on | July 14, 2016 | No Comments
And Bring a Touch of Fantasy to Our City
By Kris Gilbertson
On July 18, the National Institute of American Doll Artists will convene its 2016 Conference and Doll Making School at the Sheraton Suites Old Town at 801 N. St. Asaph Street. Doll making classes, open only to conference attendees, are scheduled for the first three days. But what happens after that will bring a measure of magic to Old Town.
NIADA was founded in 1963 by a small group of doll artists, led by Helen Bullard of Tennessee. The doll community at that time only considered antique dolls to be art. Bullard organized her colleagues who were creating new dolls, and the group aimed to work together toward a common goal: recognition of original handmade dolls as fine art.
In the half century since, NIADA membership has grown to include more than 60 peer-elected artists from Europe, Japan, Korea, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and U.S. states from New York to Hawaii. Subject matter ranges from realistic figures to anthropomorphic creations to somewhat abstract pieces that merely suggest the human form. But from the beginning in 1963 to present, every element of a doll must be created by the artist. Read more
Posted on | August 31, 2016 | No Comments
Port City Brewing Company Receives Competitive Incentive Package to Expand Operations in Alexandria, Virginia
Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Alexandria’s nationally recognized, award-winning Port City Brewing Company will expand its craft brewery production footprint in Alexandria as a result of a competitive incentive package.
The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP), in collaboration with the Governor’s Office and the City of Alexandria, worked for more than a year to retain Port City. AEDP identified a largely untapped state incentive program known as the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) fund that helped Alexandria create a highly competitive incentive package that resulted in Port City’s decision to remain and expand in Alexandria. Read more
Posted on | August 30, 2016 | No Comments
Posted on | August 30, 2016 | No Comments
Health and Wellness Highlighted; Restaurants Partner With Retailers For Special Discounts
Eat, Shop, and Live in Del Ray during First Thursday! On Sept. 1, the retailers and restaurants are partnering during First Thursday: Health and Wellness on The Avenue to showcase the best of Del Ray.
SHOP: Make a purchase at Bellies and Babies, The Dog Store, Greenstreet Gardens, Kiskadee, Purple Goose, or Top It Off on Sept. 1. Purchases can be made at any time of day, but the receipt must be dated 9/1/16.
EAT: From 6pm to 9pm, bring your receipt dated Sept. 1 from one of the above retailers to a participating restaurant for 15% off your entree! Participating restaurants: Caboose Cafe , Cheesetique, Emma’s Espresso & Wine Bar, Evening Star, Fireflies, Holy Cow, Junction Bakery & Bistro, Pork Barrel BBQ, Stomping Ground, Streets Market & Café (restaurant side only), Taqueria Poblano, and The Sushi Bar. Note: offer good for one discounted entree per receipt, from 6pm to 9pm only.
LIVE: During First Thursday: Health And Wellness, stroll the Avenue and learn about the many health and wellness services and studios on the Avenue. A wide variety of FREE health and wellness classes and demonstrations will take place, along with a scavenger hunt, live music by The Irish Breakfast Band, a hula hoop contest with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department, mini chair massages, golf, cornhole, children’s activities, and more. Space in the free classes are limited; click here to register.
Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit. This month, the Del Ray Business Association is collecting NEW teddy bears; they will be distributed to the City of Alexandria Police and Fire Departments, the Alexandria Battered Women’s Shelter, and local hospitals to be given to children in crisis. Donations can be dropped off at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, Ease Yoga & Cafe, and Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray.
For more information on First Thursday, visit www.visitdelray.com.
Posted on | August 29, 2016 | No Comments
- Refuse Collection: Residential trash and recycling will not be collected on September 5. Scheduled collections will be delayed by one day during the week of September 5. The household hazardous waste and electronics recycling collection site will be open on September 3 and closed on September 5.
- Animal Shelter:The Vola Lawson Animal Shelter will open from noon to 5 p.m. on September 5.
- Health Facilities: The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.), the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.), and the Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.) will be closed on September 5.
- Hotlines: All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the child protective services hotline at 703.746.5800; the domestic violence hotline, 703.746.4911; the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline, 703.746.3401; and the sexual assault hotline, 703.683.7273.
- Libraries: All Alexandria Library branches will be closed September 3-5.
- Parking: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces, residential permit parking districts and other areas with signed parking time limits, on Monday, September 5. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities). Temporary no-parking signs will be enforced on September 5.
- Outdoor Pools:Outdoor City Pools will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 5. For information visit gov/Aquatics.
- Recreation Centers: On September 5, the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Charles Houston Recreation Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other City recreation centers will be closed on September 5.
- State Offices: The Circuit Court, General District Court, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will be closed on September 5. The Department of Motor Vehicles Office at 2681 Mill Rd. will also be closed.
- Transit: Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule on September 5. The King Street Trolley will operate every 15 minutes between the King Street Metro Station and the Potomac River waterfront from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Posted on | August 23, 2016 | No Comments
Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names Issues Report to Alexandria City Council
The Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names, which was established by Alexandria City Council in September 2015, has submitted its final report. The group issued recommendations on the four topics City Council directed it to consider, and concluded as follows:
- The Appomattox statute on South Washington Street should remain in place, with additional efforts made to add context to its story;
- The name of Jefferson Davis Highway in the City of Alexandria should be changed;
- Rather than a wholesale renaming of streets in the City named after Confederate figures, individual requests for new names should be considered by City Council if brought under existing processes; and
- No further action is needed with regard to a specific policy on flying of any flags on property owned or under the control of the City.