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Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Community Academy By Amy Jackson

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35 Alexandria Residents Complete Inaugural Course

The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney (OCA) hosted its inaugural Community Academy in early November at the Franklin P. Backus Courthouse, adding the OCA to the list of other well-attended Alexandria Community Academies presented by The Alexandria Police Foundation, The Citizen’s Academy at City Hall, Senior Services, and the Fire Department. Read more

Watch Where You Park

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New Parking Restrictions in Effect for 100 block of Duke Street and 200 block of S. Lee Street

No more free parking in 100 and 200 blocks of Duke and Lee Streets.
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New parking restrictions are in effect for the 100 block of Duke Street (between Union and Lee Streets) and the 200 block of S. Lee Street (between Prince and Duke Streets). Similar to the restrictions enacted over the summer on the 100 block of Prince Street, these restrictions require any vehicle without a District 1 residential parking permit to pay to park on the block for up to 2 hours. Read more

Alexandria Law Enforcement Agencies Honored

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(l-r): U.S. Capitol police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey and Alexandria police officers Kevin Jobe, Nicole Battaglia and Alexander Jensen received the Medal of Honor. (Photo courtesy of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office)

(l-r): Mayor Allison Silberberg, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Undersheriff Tim Gleeson, members of the U.S. Park Police aviation unit and Virginia State Police received Medals of Merit from U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa. Courtesy of the Alexandria Sheriff’s office

On November 9, the U.S. Capitol Police honored Alexandria police and others for their response to the June 14 shooting at Simpson Field. During the ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol, Officers Kevin Jobe, Alexander Jensen and Nicole Battaglia and two U.S. Capitol officers received Medals of Honor for their courageous and life-saving actions. Then Mayor Allison Silberberg, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, and members of the U.S. Park Police and Virginia State Police were awarded Medals of Merit in recognition of the efforts of their agencies immediately following the shooting

City of Alexandria Has Free “Navigator” to Assist with Health Insurance Open Enrollment by December 15 Deadline

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The City of Alexandria is hosting a trained “Navigator” to assist residents in obtaining health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act before the annual open enrollment period ends on December 15. Anyone who needs coverage for 2018 should visit HealthCare.Gov to start an application and shop for plans to take effect as early as January 1, 2018.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), frequently referred to as “Obamacare,” provides consumers with subsidies that lower the cost of health insurance for low-income households. Appointments are required to speak with a Navigator, and should be scheduled soon since this year’s enrollment period is shorter than in previous years. Call 703.647.4748, or visit, to schedule an appointment or for other help with enrollment.

Every health insurance plan in the Marketplace at offers comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospital visits. The site provides comparisons between insurance options based on price, benefits, quality and other features.

Residents who miss open enrollment may still qualify for a special enrollment period due to certain life changes. Visit for more information. Enrollment in Medicaid and Family Access to Medical Insurance Security FAMIS can be done throughout the year. Check eligibility for Medicaid or FAMIS programs through Cover Virginia.

Enroll Virginia complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides services in a culturally appropriate manner.  Please contact Susan Nolan at 703.684.0751 in advance for language access or other accommodations.

For more information, contact Enroll Virginia at or 703.647.4748.

Alexandria Provides Resources to Help Stop Domestic Violence

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The City of Alexandria is reminding the community about the importance of stopping domestic violence and highlighting available resources. Domestic violence is an instance or pattern of abusive or coercive behaviors that may include threats, harassment, controlling resources, verbal and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical assault, or other actions. These behaviors are exhibited by one individual to exert power or control over another in the context of a family, or in dating relationships, (including those of teen couples and adult couples who do not live together).

The City of Alexandria Domestic Violence Program operates a 24/7 hotline at 703.746.4911. Among the services offered are a Safe House shelter; counseling; confidential support groups; and legal help, including court accompaniment and assistance with protective orders. There are also opportunities to join and support the numerous city agencies working together in the prevention and treatment of domestic violence.

For more information, visit

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