Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Drug take-back Day this Saturday

Alexandria Law Enforcement Partners with the Drug Enforcement Administration for Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
The Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office have partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in its National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

On Saturday, April 26, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., the two Alexandria law enforcement agencies, with cooperation from the Substance Abuse Coalition of Alexandria, will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and other medications for destruction at three drop location sites in the City.

 The sites include Police Headquarters, located at 3600 Wheeler Avenue;
 the parking lot of the Del Ray Pharmacy, located at 2204 Mount Vernon Avenue
and First Baptist Church, located at 2932 King Street

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.  This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. 
Collection sites in every local community can be found by going towww.dea.gov
For more information on the environmental effects of the improper disposal of prescription drugs visit http://alexandriava.gov/Environment.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Archaeological Commission Now Accepting Nominations for Brenman Award

Archaeological Commission Now Accepting Nominations for Brenman Award

Archaeology Award Honors Legacy of Late Alexandria Preservationist
The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) is now accepting nominations for the Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The AAC established this award to celebrate the contributions of the late Ben Brenman, who devoted himself to finding, preserving and sharing Alexandria’s rich and diverse heritage. Brenman was a founding member of the AAC, a City of Alexandria commission, which was the first of its kind established in the U.S., and served as its chair for 21 years.

The Brenman Award, established in 2007, is open to businesses, organizations, families, professional preservationists, volunteers, students and other individuals who have demonstrated work or efforts in archaeological investigation, research, site protection, education, public interpretation, open space design, collections, or conservation. Nomination forms are available online or by calling the Alexandria Archaeology Museum at703.746.4399. The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 13.

Previous winners of the Brenman Award include:  The Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden; professional archaeologists, Boyd Sipe, Martha Williams, and Michael Johnson; Alexandria residents, Ellen Pickering (posthumously), E. Sanders Partee, Joe Reeder, and Elizabeth Henry Douglas; Geneaologist, Char Bah; developer, Eakin/Youngentob Associates; cultural resource management firms, John Milner Associates and Louis Berger; grassroots organizations, The Fort Ward History Group and Friends of Freedmen’s Cemetery; former Alexandria Archaeological Commission members, Vivienne Mitchell and Chan Mohney; historians, Laura Treishmann, T. Michael Miller, Wesley Pippenger, and William F. Smith; educator, Judy McConville; youth activist, Sarah Borgatti; generous donator, Champlain Stone; urban design group, LandDesign; and preservation advocacy group, Historic Alexandria Foundation.

Appointed by City Council, the 14-member AAC develops goals and priorities for Alexandria’s archaeological heritage. The commission works closely with citizens, government agencies, developers and teachers to promote archaeology in the City.
 

Construction Work Scheduled at City of Alexandria Courts

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2014

Construction Work Scheduled at City of Alexandria Courts

The City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is renovating the basketball court at Stevenson Park; the basketball court at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park; the tennis court at Hooffs Run Park and Greenway; and the multi-use court at Mount Jefferson Park. Residents will see equipment in use and crews at work during the daytime.
  • Stevenson Park, 300 Stultz Rd.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced and recolored. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between April 21 and May 21
  • Mount Jefferson Park, 301 Hume Ave.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced and recolored. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between April 28 and May 28
  • Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, 426 E. Monroe Ave.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced, recolored, and new goals will be installed. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between May 12 and June 12
  • Hooffs Run Park and Greenway, 28A E. Linden St.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced, recolored, and fencing will be installed. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between May 12 and June 12
Signs will be posted onsite with construction information. For your safety, please use extra caution when moving around the site.
For additional information or questions about the work, contact Ty Specht, Construction Manager, at tspecht@programmanagers.com or 202.266.3426.
For additional information on City park improvement activities, call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bottle Bomb Explodes at AMC Hoffman

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Officials responded to an incident at a Virginia movie theater after a bottle bomb exploded.
It happened on April 5 around 1:19 a.m. at theHoffman theaters located at 206 Swamp Fox Road in Alexandria. Someone had thrown an improvised device made out of a 20-ounce soda bottle filled with a caustic substance outside ofTheater #6 which caused the bottle to expand and eventually burst, officials said.
40 people were inside the theater at the time of the incident, watching Captain America. Everyone was safely evacuated and no one was injured during the incident but the substance inside of the bottle could have caused burns if it had come into contact with someone.
This is an active investigation. The person responsible for the device will face felony charges when caught, officials said.
Anyone with information is advised to call Police at 703-746-4186.