Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Raise starting Police Officer pay and fairly compensate current Officers in Alexandria, VA

The City of Alexandria has long been one of lowest paid police departments in the NOVA region. This has resulted in poor recruiting quality AND retention of officers. We pride ourselves on being one of the best police departments in the area and feel that we should be compensated as such.  First responders do not expect to get rich doing this job but we do expect to be paid fairly and comparably to our surrounding jurisdictions.
I am writing to ask you to introduce into your guidance and support a raise in starting pay for City of Alexandria Police Officers to $48,092.12 and a 5% across the board salary increase for all current City of Alexandria Police Officers.
The current starting pay for City of Alexandria Police Officers is 9% below the current market average and 12% behind the market leader (Fairfax County).  Our Police Officers starting pay has remained the same since 2006 ($43,617) which makes it incredibly difficult to recruit and retain quality officers.
It costs approximately $111,174.00 to train and equip a new police officer for The City of Alexandria.  This city has LOST approximately $2,779,350.00 in the past two years in training and equipments costs because of officers leaving to go to other departments that now don't have to spend their own money on training.     
As a tax paying citizen of the City of Alexandria, I want to know that my money is being invested in the future of the Police Department (and this City) - not paying to train an officer, just to leave and then get hired by a higher paying neighboring jurisdiction.   
By signing this petition, I am asking YOU as my elected officials, to make sure that our Police Officers are paid equally to the comparable jurisdictions so that we can maintain the quality of Police Officers that The City of Alexandria is known for.

Nominations For Heart of DelRay Award

The “Heart of Del RayAward” is annually presented by the Del Ray Business Association to thebusiness that the community feels serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray.   On February 3rd, we will announce the 5 finalists and open up voting by the community.  Before the voting process to select the winner begins, we would like to get YOUR nomination for who you think should be one of the five businesses on the ballot. The Del Ray Business Association Board will then take into consideration all the nominations and comments in order to determine the five finalists.

Nominations should bebased on which business best demonstrates their warm and welcoming attitude to the community/customers, their commitment and generosity tothe community, and to their overall contribution to what makes Del Ray the bestplace in the world to live, work and shop!  In other words, what businesswarms your “heart” when you here its name?   Former winners of theHeart of Del Ray Award are as follows:   
2009                 A Show of Hands
2010                Jen Walker McEnearneyAssociate
2011                 Bobi Bomar, Homes of Alexandria,Weichert Realtors 
2012                TheNeighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray
2013                The Greener Cleaner of Del Ray
2014                Del Ray Pizzeria
  Nominations must be besubmitted by 5 pm on February 1st by
sending an emal to
Remember - we are just soliciting nominations - we are NOT voting yet. The five finalist will be announced on February 3rd and voting will begin at that time.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Call to Artists

Traffic Control Box Wraps

The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts invites artists and artist teams residing in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee to submit their qualifications for a Traffic Control Box Vinyl Wrap Public Art Project. The unveiling of the traffic control box wraps will coincide with Public Works Week beginning on Sunday, May 17.
Up to three artists or artist teams will be selected to design wraps for 12 traffic control boxes located at intersections along Duke St. in the City of Alexandria.  The wraps will cover all four sides and the top of each box.  To develop their designs, artists are encouraged to use a variety of media, such as photography, painting, collage, digital imagery, etc.  Selected artists will be required to submit their artwork in digital format.  The City will be responsible for the printing and installation of the box wraps.
Visit Traffic Control Box Wraps for additional information including submission guidelines and frequently asked questions or email Matthew Harwood at  The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. Friday, February 6.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Matthew Harwood, Office of the Arts, at 703.746.5432 (VA Relay 711) or e-mail