Thursday, May 23, 2013
The city could do a better job of maintaining the lights along King Street, says Alexandrian Kathryn Papp.
Keeping the streetlights on in Alexandria starts with City Hall’s new Call-Click-Connect system, where like Dorothy going to Oz, you click three times and land in a place that asks you to “call the power company.” The city stays out of the loop and in the happy zone. You’re on your own road to discovery. Arriving to the historic district by Metro, you may begin your journey to the water by traversing the western end of King Street’s “lights out” district, where night-shuttered businesses and few restaurants create a picture of gothic gloom. It is here, like Pepper and Martin, whose shop is fronted by an unlit streetlamp, you might feel the need to squint. This transylvanian pathway refines the meaning of our award as one of America’s “10 …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Expect road closures and detours from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria.
Washington Street will be closed at King Street for the 32nd annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Old Town Alexandria on Saturday. Traffic will be detoured at Duke Street and Princess Street. King Street also will be closed from Alfred Street to Lee Street. Motorists are advised to use Route 1 as an alternative. The parade itself starts at 12:30 p.m. See a map of the parade route here. Use alternate routes from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities start with a classic car show at 10 a.m., and the Fun Dog Show at Market Square at 10:30 a.m. Saturday’s weather is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 44 degrees and a very slight chance of rain.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The new store will be larger, offer more services.
The Safeway supermarket on King Street near Bradlee Shopping Center will likely close early next year for redevelopment into a larger store with more amenities. Safeway spokesman Greg Ten Eyck said the store, located at 3526 King St., is awaiting final comments from the city to receive a building permit. The store will close after the final permits have been received, he said. “We don’t expect that happen until sometime in early 2013,” Ten Eyck said. The supermarket will be closed for about a year for remodeling, he said. The pharmacy will remain open, operating out of a mobile unit. “We want to provide uninterrupted service for our pharmacy customers, so we are opening a temporary pharmacy nearby,” Ten Eyck said. The current store is 44,…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Diamond and platinum ring valued at more than $25,000 went missing from King's Jewelry on July 24.
The Alexandria Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in a theft last month from King’s Jewelry in Old Town. At 3:20 p.m. on July 24, a suspect described as a bald, black male in his 40s standing between 5-foot-10 and 6-1 and weighing approximately 185 pounds entered the business located at 609 King Street. The suspect asked to look at diamond rings and took a platinum and diamond ring valued at more than $25,000. The suspect had a mustache and was wearing wire-rimmed glasses, an off-white long-sleeve polo shirt, blue jeans and black and brown boots. The suspect also had a tattoo on the left side of his neck that included the words “Sigma Forever” and possibly another word, according to police. …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Council opts to add Old Town to station name in hopes of easing navigation, increasing revenue.
The Alexandria City Council is taking steps to change the name of King Street Metro station to “King Street-Old Town” with hopes the new moniker will ease navigation and increase revenue in the city. During its Tuesday meeting, the Council authorized Acting City Manager Bruce Johnson to submit the required paperwork to fund the renaming. The name change will cost between $90,000 and $120,000, mainly to replace signage and create new maps. The funding will not come from the city’s general fund. Instead, it will come from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission allocation the city receives annually to pay for a portion of its Metro needs. Mayor Bill Euille introduced the matter during oral reports Tuesday, saying that the Washington …
Monday, March 28, 2011
The public has until Apr. 14 to make comments on the proposal
Rising water levels, unpredictable weather patterns and increasing energy needs threaten to cripple Alexandria. What’s to be done? The public has until April 14 to comment on the city's latest plan, which will consider the opinions of residents, commuters and others. The draft “Energy and Climate Change Action Plan 2012-2020” recommends reducing greenhouse gases through energy conservation, transportation planning and smart growth. It adopts targets and timelines for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for 2012, 2020 and 2050, provides plans for environmental emergencies and lists potential climate change impacts and risks. The city government currently accounts for 3 percent of Alexandria’s total greenhouse gas emissions and the school …