Monday, January 7, 2013
Online survey will inform the next community dialogue on civic engagement principles.
The City of Alexandria and ACTion Alexandria are providing residents the opportunity to participate in “What’s Next Alexandria” online through Jan. 14. The short online survey asks residents to “review the draft list of principle categories below and select those you think should be included in Alexandria’s Principles of Civic Engagement.” Survey answers will be part of the discussion at the Second Community Dialogue at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. At the January dialogue, civic leaders will refine the principles and talk about ways to meet them. Childcare and Spanish translations will be available for interested residents at the Jan. 29 meeting. At the first meeting in November, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille told …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Mayor Bill Euille said he is looking forward to working with the new council, but tough choices about budgets and infrastructure must be made in the three years ahead.
Mayor Bill Euille described the new City Council as talented, smart, fun loving and accessible during a speech at the new body's installation ceremony Wednesday night. But this enigmatic group must face challenges for the next three years, including addressing the budget and the city's aging infrastructure while balancing the development of commercial and residential buildings, he said in remarks at T.C. Williams High School auditorium. Euille made another plug for bringing the National Science Foundation to Alexandria, which is currently home to sister agency the Patent and Trademark Office. We are "committeed to making sure all voices [will] be heard," he said, referring to the city's new What's Next Alexandria initiative. He also noted …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Alexandrian Hazel Rigby says Mayor Euille has her respect, her support and her vote.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Dear Editor: In his opening remarks in the second mayoral debate Andrew Macdonald stated that life in Alexandria had worsened under Mayor Euille's leadership, but it would only be fair to examine his own record. Mr. Macdonald has a history of indecisive, political allegiance and perseverance. In the 2000 election he ran for Council as an independent and lost. In 2003 he joined the Democratic Committee, ran as a Democrat and won. He served his full term. In 2006, he again ran as a Democrat but in an attempt to become Vice Mayor allowed the Republicans to include his name in Republican ads. He prevailed--winning the most votes to become Vice Mayor. In early May 2007, he abruptly resigned his seat for "personal reasons" having served …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Alexandrian Elizabeth Chimento, who was instrumental in helping permanently shutter the GenOn plan, says it happened through city and citizen cooperation.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Last week, Alexandria’s GenOn (formerly Mirant) power plant permanently shut down. How did this happen? It happened because the city and its citizens were committed and persisted over 11 years to make it happen. And, yes, recent market conditions also contributed to the plant’s demise. Yet, the story is more complex. Early on, Poul Hertel and I brought to the City’s attention public health issues associated with the facility’s polluting emissions, including producing a report citing health effect studies from those emissions and likely dispersion problems at the plant. We first discussed our concerns with City Councilman Paul Smedberg. Throughout the years, Paul consistently led the issue with the Council as more scientific-based …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Coal-fired power plant ceased operations Oct. 1.
Alexandria officials lauded the closure of the Potomac River Generating Station on Monday, saying the plant’s retirement will bring an end to decades of harmful air pollution and health problems to the region. “Today is a great day,” said Mayor Bill Euille, calling the closure of the plant, which opened in 1949, “a community success” and a good example of how citizens and the city can work together. Democratic Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, who was instrumental in championing the plant closure along with many Alexandrians, called the closure a “hard fought but well-won victory” that wouldn’t have happened without citizen engagement. He said the plant emitted 72 lbs. of mercury in a year and data showed that it was the catalyst for at least 3,…
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Alexandria.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Old Town Alexandria Patch, Del Ray Patch and West End Alexandria Patch are devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates. Voting Information For complete information on voting on election day, including information on the new Virginia voter ID laws, see the election section on the city's website. Not sure of your polling place? Fill out your voter information on the Virginia Election and Registration Information System website. Alexandria Mayor, City Council and School Board Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, a Democrat, is seeking a fourth term in the …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Thirty-nine students from three Alexandria schools witness proclamation signing.
Students from Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy and Mount Vernon and Samuel Tucker elementary schools visited City Hall on Monday to participate in a proclamation signing by Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille signifying Constitution Week. Constitution Week is recognized from Sept. 17 to Sept. 23. It was created to emphasize the responsibility of citizens to protect and defend the Constitution, recognize the document as the foundation of the way of life in the United States and to encourage the study of the events that led to the creation of the Constitution in September 1787. All 39 students in attendance Monday received a copy of The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution along with an Alexandria pin and pen. Councilmembers Frank …
Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille visits Alexandria Country Day School.
Alexandria Country Day School received the help of Mayor Bill Euille on Monday in swearing in its new student council. Euille, who said he got his start in government in his elementary school council, advised the 12 students who make up the ACDS council to “get involved, make a difference and stand up for what’s right.” Alexandria’s mayor has participated in the annual swearing-in ceremony at ACDS for nearly every year of the school’s 30-year history. Euille has participated in the last nine ceremonies. He was joined on Monday by Scott Baytosh, the Head of School at ACDS. The 2012-13 ACDS student council includes: President Lauren Ashkenazi, Vice President Temple Palacio, Secretary Oliver Shackley, Treasurer Abby Stephenson, eighth-grade …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
HomeAid Northern Virginia and Pulte Homes partnering to renovate transitional housing apartment building in Arlandria.
HomeAid Northern Virginia and Pulte Homes kicked off a renovation project to assist Community Lodgings in Arlandria on Tuesday. HomeAid and Pulte are partnering to renovate one of Community Lodgings’ five apartment buildings, which serve as transitional housing for homeless families and individuals. Renovating the 10-unit building will cost roughly $860,000 and enable Community Lodgings to increase the number of people it serves annually. Members from all three groups and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille assembled on Tuesday at the building in the 600 block of Notabene Drive to formally launch the project, which will just take a few months to complete. “This is another instance of collaborating with nonprofits to make sure we’re doing the …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
New project at 500 Madison St. will include a Harris Teeter grocery store, affordable housing improvements and other public contributions.
Development and city officials gathered Wednesday for a ground-breaking ceremony at the Old Town site that soon will house a mixed-use development project, including rental units and a full-service grocery store. The 51,500-square-foot site at 500 Madison St. will include 175 rental units in a new building called The Kingsley and a Harris Teeter grocery, among other amenities. “Old Town is magic,” said Robert Buchanan, principal at developer Buchanan Partners. “A lot of people were pleased to be involved.” He noted that Harris Teeter’s presence on the site marks the first time since the 1960s that a full-service grocer agreed to move into Old Town. Construction begins Thursday, Buchanan said, and is scheduled for completion in early 2014. …