Newcomers & Community Guide: Alexandria

Newcomers & Community Guide: Alexandria


Networking for Good

WEBA Happy Hour raises funds for Laboy family.

The West End Business Association turned its April 4 monthly networking Happy Hour into a fundraiser for Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy and presented a check for $500 to Suzanne Laboy to kick off a year-long commitment to raise money for the injured officer and his family. “My family and I are overwhelmed at the generosity of the community,” said Suzanne Laboy after being presented a check from WEBA president Peter Baldwin at the Hawthorn Suites Hotel.

Bulletin Board AX

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday by noon. Photos welcome. National Child Abuse Prevention Month Events SafeAssured Child Identification. SafeAssured ID Kits provide families with vital information needed by law enforcement and the media to immediately broadcast information unique to a missing child. Open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.safeassured-id.com/. Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at William Ramsey Recreation Center Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Charles Houston Recreation Center. Darkness to Light’s (D2L) Stewards of Children. Training for parents and caregivers in the ways to better prevent, recognize and respond to child sexual abuse. Childcare and pizza provided. Reservations limited. To register, go to: cacstewardsofchildrentraining.eventbrite.com/ Friday, April 19, 3- 6 p.m. at The Center for Alexandria’s Children, 1900 N. Beauregard St., Suite 200 Tuesday, April 30, 3– 6 p.m. at The Center for Alexandria’s Children, 1900 N. Beauregard St., Suite 200

Saluting ‘Allies in Prevention’

Lori Morris honored for child abuse prevention work.

Alexandria's Lori Morris was honored by Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) at the 11th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards luncheon April 2 at Maggiano's at Tysons Galleria. Morris was one of five Northern Virginia individuals recognized by SCAN and its Allies in Prevention Coalition as a local hero for her commitment to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Grandest Congress at Historic Carlyle House

British flags fluttered against the façade of the historic Carlyle House as re-enactors set the stage for a living history dramatization of the meeting held here on April 14, 1755. Inside the house 258 years ago, Major General Edward Braddock, Commander of His Majesty’s Forces in North America met with governors of the five colonies, Massachusetts Bay, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia to plan and finance a military campaign to defeat the French forces at the forks of the Ohio River near Fort Duquesne.

60th Opening Day at Little Simpson Field

Alexandria Little League held its 2013 opening day ceremony on Saturday morning, April 6, at Little Simpson Field. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Alexandria League, the Washington Nationals mascot Screech the Eagle was on hand to greet the players and coaches as they entered the field.

Letter: Letters to the Editor-Libraries, Parks And Bikes

To the Editor: The City of Alexandria intends to expand the Bikeshare program at the expense of libraries and parks that benefit all residents. It is expected that 960,000 people will visit Alexandria’s libraries in 2014; this is 53 times the number of Bikeshare members in the region. Yet, the city is cutting libraries by $93,000 and giving Bikeshare $120,000.

AM Calendar 4/10/2013

‘Pacific Pulse’ Nicholaus Aman attempts to express the nature of the Pacific coast through his solo exhibition, Pacific Pulse, at Alexandria's Artspace 109 Gallery. The Pacific Pulse exhibition will be on display through May 11. Artspace 109 is located at 109 North Fairfax Street, 3rd Floor Alexandria. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m.

Risky Business

City taxpayers are about to assume financial risk for new Metro station.

Alexandria taxpayers are about to gamble on the future, rolling the dice on development at a former railroad yard to fund a new Metro station. City officials are expecting Potomac Yard to generate $1 billion worth of revenue in the next three decades, an expansion of the tax base that would help fund construction of a Metro station that could open its doors as early as 2018. But that plan comes with significant risk.

Hunting Towers Sold

New owners tell city leaders they will preserve affordable housing.

For years, people who live in the twin towers at the southern edge of Old Town have lived with a sense of dread. That's because their landlord is the Virginia Department of Transportation, which purchased the buildings during construction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

GWMS To Present ‘Once on This Island’

George Washington Middle School dramatic arts students will be performing “Once on This Island,” a musical retelling of “The Little Mermaid” based on the 1985 novel “My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy, set in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.

Positive Reactions to Huchler’s Promotion

New deputy police chief praised inside and beyond city.

The Alexandria Police Department recently named a new deputy chief, David Huchler, to its ranks. Huchler, 44, is a 21-year veteran of the department and a respected choice outside the department as well.

Fun Dog Fitness

Hi! We are Teddy, Hobie, and Tessa (in that order) and live in Alexandria. Two years ago we all met down at ‘doggie beach’ by Ford’s Landing and immediately hit it off. Our mom’s were hanging out chatting, and we were having a ball chasing each other, roughhousing, and getting great exercise.


2013 Living Legend Nominees Honored

The 2013 Living Legends of Alexandria nominees were honored with a musical tribute at NOVA's Winter Concert at Rachel Schlesinger Hall Dec. 6. Nominees, nominators, board members and members of city council gathered for a pre-concert reception followed by the winter concert and formal introduction of the nominees during intermission.

Students at Kennedy Center

Roxanne King and Kyra Smith, both 15, of Alexandria, were selected from more than 100 dancers to be part of the Kennedy Center’s tap performance, “JUBA! Masters of American Tap!” at the Eisenhower Theater on Dec. 7.

Women, Art and Shopping

Pottery, handcrafted clothing, scarves, hats, jewelry, purses were just a few of items on display and for sale at the annual Alexandria Commission for Women and the Friends of the Commission annual holiday gift market. Proceeds from the market benefit the Alexandria Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs. Toys were also collected for clients of the Alexandria Battered Women’s Shelter.