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Week in Review: Candidate Debates, Giant and More

A look back at the week that was on Del Ray Patch.

On Monday, candidates for mayor and city council met for a forum at George Washington Middle School in Del Ray. The event was cosponsored by Patch, ACTion Alexandria and the Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP.

In the council candidate portion of the event, the 12 candidates were given an opportunity to ask each other questions. In the mayoral portion, incumbent Bill Euille (D) and challenger Andrew Macdonald (I) critiqued each other’s leadership from when they served together in City Hall from 2003 to 2008.

I had the pleasure of working on the organizing committee and served as one of the moderators of the event, which also received coverage in The Alexandria Times and The Washington Post.

Also on Monday, the PTA at Maury Elementary organized a breast cancer awareness event in honor of Principal Lucretia Jackson, a recent breast cancer survivor. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check out the breast cancer awareness page on the site.

On Wednesday, the five candidates running for Alexandria School Board in District B met for a second debate in as many weeks. The candidates discussed teacher morale and the relationship between the board and council. The event was hosted by the Taylor Run Citizens Association.

On Thursday, Alexandria Country Day School kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 30th birthday. The school has grown from 56 students in 1983 to 218 students with classes from kindergarten through eighth grade in 2012.

On Friday, a story about the approval of a new development in Potomac Yard that will include a Giant grocery store and what it might mean for the Giant on Monroe Avenue drew more than 40 comments in less than a day.

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