Friday, October 31, 2014

City of Alexandria Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Name Park Parcel in Memory of Nancy Dunning

For Immediate Release: October 31, 2014

City of Alexandria Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Name Park Parcel in Memory of Nancy Dunning 

The City of Alexandria is seeking public comment on a proposal to name the park parcel at 2802 Mt. Vernon Ave., located at the intersection of Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues, "Nancy Dunning Garden". The Del Ray Business Association forwarded the proposal. 
More than 25 years ago when "The Avenue" was boarded up buildings with very few shops, residents had little reason to walk around. Nancy Dunning, known as the "Queen of Del Ray," saw a different Avenue and dedicated her life to see it blossom and thrive.  She worked tirelessly to lay the groundwork for Del Ray to become what it is today.
More than 10 years since her death, friends and family still hear new stories of acts of kindness that Nancy performed before her death.  She had a heart of gold and always went out of her way to help someone in need.  The Del Ray Business Association is proud to recommend that one of the entrances to the heart of the Del Ray Business District be named after Nancy Dunning.
The public is invited to provide comment on the proposal to name the park parcel "Nancy Dunning Garden" through Friday, November 28. Those interested in providing comments will be able to record their comments by email to, subject line: Nancy Dunning Garden, or by mail to RPCA, Attn: Jack Browand, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria VA 22314. The City Council Naming Committee will receive all comments received or postmarked by Friday, November 28
For additional information, contact Jack Browand, Division Chief, at 703.746.5504 or by email at

Friday, October 24, 2014

Beatley Central Library Opens for Absentee Voting

Beatley Central Library Opens for Absentee Voting

For Immediate Release:  October 24, 2014

On Tuesday, November 4, there will be a General Election for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution. Alexandrians who qualify to vote absentee may cast an absentee ballot in person at the Beatley Library or the Office of Voter Registration. Voters may also request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

Absentee Voting in Person
To cast an in-person absentee ballot, go to either site listed below during the scheduled hours. The deadline for casting an absentee ballot in person is Saturday, November 1, at 5 p.m.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304:
October 25                  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 27-30             1 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
October 31                  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
November 1                10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Office of Voter Registrations and Elections, 132 N. Royal St, #100, Alexandria, VA 22314:
October 24-25             8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 27-30             8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
October 31                  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November 1                8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Absentee Voting By Mail
The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28. Absentee ballot applications are available online, or by contacting the Alexandria Voter Registration Office at 703.746.4050. The signed application may be returned in person, or by mail, fax (703-838-6449) or email (
Photo ID Requirements for Absentee Voting
Virginia's new photo ID requirements apply to voters who cast an absentee ballot in person. They do not apply to voters who request an absentee ballot by mail.
Acceptable forms of photo identification include:
·         Valid Virginia Driver’s License or DMV-issued Photo Identification Card
·         Valid United States Passport or Passport Card
·         Valid Military ID
·         Other government-issued photo ID card (from the U.S. Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a local government within Virginia)
·         Valid student photo ID card from an institution of higher education in Virginia
·         Valid employee photo ID card
Voters who do not have acceptable identification may apply for an ID (and receive a temporary ID) at the same time they come to cast their in-person absentee ballot.
There are many reasons registered voters may qualify to vote absentee, for example, if they are:
  • Away on business, vacation, active military service, or at school.
  • Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day.
  • A "first responder" (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician).
  • Physically unable to go to the polls, or a primary caregiver for a family member who is ill.
For sample ballots and more information on absentee voting, or call 703.746.4050.

Election Day Voting

On Tuesday, November 4 all regular polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Anna Leider, General Registrar, at 703.746.4050 or

Around Town this Week

not many leaves left.....  

gorgeous sunset 
I think this caterpillar is confused.  

are we expecting chickens?  (construction along Janney's Lane) 

More construction along Taylor Run and Janney's Lane 

Construction of building along Prince St. 

This modern sculpture always throws me, its so interesting.  But it really catches my eye around Halloween. 

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