Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Tree will be recycled by the city's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services.
On Monday, members of the Del Ray Business Association and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne took down the 800-pound holiday tree in the farmers market lot at the corner of Mount Vernon and E. Oxford avenues. The tree was donated by “Mango” Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn of Pork Barrel BBQ and Holy Cow restaurants. It was plucked from a farm in Maryland. A crane was needed to install the tree in early December and a cherry picker was used decorate the arbor. “We owe Bill Blackburn and Mike Anderson such big thanks for all they did from start to finish,” DRBA officer Gayle Reuter said. On Monday, Anderson, Blackburn and other DRBA members pulled the tree over and snipped some of its branches. An inmate detail from the Sheriff's Office was called in …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Del Ray Business Association hands out three honorable mentions and selects one home for entry into the competition's hall of fame.
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- Drew Hansen
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The elaborate Halloween decorations at 210 E. Monroe Avenue are the best in the neighborhood based on judging for the Del Ray Business Association’s best-decorated house contest sponsored by Realtor Jen Walker. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45th) and his family served as judges for the contest. Honorable mentions included: 24 W. Del Ray Ave. for “Best Use of a Mummy,” 2930 Hickory St. for “Most Creepy” and 102 W. Alexandria Ave. for “Best Use of Pirates.” Only houses nominated in the contest by the Oct. 21 deadline were entered into the competition. Last year’s winner, the expansive pirate house located at 1407 Russell Rd., was selected for entry into the competition’s hall of fame “in honor of their continual …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Organizers said concern for safety and welfare of neighbors and participants in the face of Hurricane Sandy prompted the cancellation. However, some related events are still being held.
The Del Ray Halloween Parade is canceled for the first time in its storied history. The Del Ray Business Association announced the cancellation Friday morning after consulting with city officials about the looming Hurricane Sandy and the effects it could have on the area. The governor declared Virginia in a state of emergency on Friday morning in preparation for the Frankenstorm. “After consultation with city officials and reviewing the potential for rain during parade times and strong winds and with our primary concern being for the safety and welfare of our neighbors and participants, the decision to cancel was reached,” said a statement from parade Co-chairs Gayle Reuter and Carol Bailey. The parade was scheduled for Sunday afternoon. …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
More than 150 boogied Saturday night at Mount Vernon Recreation Center.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
More than 150 people danced Saturday night away at Mount Vernon Recreation Center during a sock hop benefiting the Miracle League of Alexandria. The event raised roughly $7,000 to be used toward the construction of a synthetic turf baseball field designed specifically for individuals with special needs. Music was provided by the Irish Breakfast Band, the Kate Moran Band, Mars Rodeo, the Janna Audey Band and Bill Mansfield. Del Ray’s Gayle Reuter, Carol Bailey and Pat Miller coordinated the event in honor of Miracle League participant Ryan Bailey. A dozen local restaurants donated food for the event, which also featured face painting by Girl Scout Troop 6686 and storytelling by Vera Oye' Yaa-Anna. For more information on the Miracle League …
On Saturday, the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved a permit allowing the school to increase its enrollment and create a drop-off zone on E. Windsor Avenue.
A special use permit application filed by Del Ray Montessori to expand its enrollment and create a pick-up and drop-off zone for students on E. Windsor Avenue was approved by the Alexandria City Council on Saturday by unanimous vote. The school operates out of Del Ray Methodist Church on the corner of E. Windsor and Clyde avenues. The primary entrance to the Montessori school is on E. Windsor Avenue. While the school’s plan to expand from 21 to 41 students received approval from the Del Ray Citizens Association, the group was opposed to the drop-off zone on the west side of narrow E. Windsor Avenue because of safety concerns and its status as a primary route for ambulances. As an alternative, the DRCA Land Use Committee suggested removing …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Pork Barrel BBQ contributes large community tree.
Mt. Vernon Avenue is looking ready for the holidays following the work of volunteers who adorned street-sign posts with garlands and ribbons over the weekend. The Avenue is getting dolled up for Friday evening’s holiday tree lighting and luminaries ceremony, presented by the Del Ray Business Association at 6 p.m. in the farmers market lot. The men behind the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant—which is expected to open Tuesday—recently contributed a tree for the ceremony, one that is much larger than previous versions. “Last year, they looked over and felt the community and kids needed a much bigger tree to light so they promised to get one this year,” DRBA officer Gayle Reuter wrote in an email. “[Pork Barrel BBQ’s] Mike [Anderson] rented a …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Neighbors and friends frustrated with lack of progress in investigation.
The search for community activist Lenny Harris appears to have stalled since his disappearance two months ago, frustrating neighbors and friends. In an email to Patch last week, Alexandria Police spokesperson Jody Donaldson wrote that “unfortunately” there is “nothing new” in the case. Harris was last seen at Charles Houston Recreation Center the evening of Sept. 21. The next day, his cell phone was found on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. A few days later, Police released a photo of a person of interest with a distinct forearm tattoo using Harris’ credit card at a King Street ATM. Police also distributed a photo of a white Dodge Caravan connected to the attempted use of Harris’ credit card in Prince George’s County, Md. The morning of Oct. 11…
Friday, November 18, 2011
Organizers seeking donations for Carpenter's Shelter.
The Del Ray Business Association is hosting its annual holiday tree lighting at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the farmers market lot on the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Oxford avenues. Residents and visitors are invited to come out to join the Kate Moran Band in holiday carols, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or cider and await a visit from Santa Claus himself. Businesses along Mt. Vernon Avenue will be open late on Dec. 2 for the influx of shoppers and the entire Avenue will be lit with luminaries. DRBA officer Gayle Reuter announced Monday at the Del Ray Citizens Association meeting that businesses will offer free “spirits” for customers that evening. Organizers are also reaching out for donations to Carpenter’s Shelter, an Alexandria nonprofit that aims…