Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 15, 2011

City of Alexandria Announces New City Manager


Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille has announced that City Council will appoint Rashad Young to serve as City Manager for Alexandria, Virginia. Young, City Manager of Greensboro, North Carolina, was selected by City Council to replace former City Manager James K. Hartmann, who resigned from the position in May 2011. The final selection of the City Manager is subject to City Council approval and the execution of a contract. A special meeting of the City Council will be held Monday, October 24 at 6 p.m., for appointment of the new City Manager.

Young’s entire career has been dedicated to public service in local government. Prior to his tenure in Greensboro, he served as City Manager in Dayton, Ohio, and as Assistant City Manager in Cincinnati. Throughout his career, he has managed communities with challenging fiscal conditions, while building strong, open, and effective partnerships with residents and business to leverage the unique assets of a community. To view Young’s biography, visit

“Rashad Young is an extraordinary leader, with the experience, vision and character to build on Alexandria’s successes and navigate through our challenges,” said Mayor William Euille. “He is a proven city manager, and brings effective financial management credentials, strong organizational leadership and solid community-building experience to Alexandria. He is an energetic, engaging, community-oriented leader who will continue to direct our historic City towards a bright future. The Alexandria City Council and the entire Alexandria community are excited and proud to welcome Rashad Young as our next City Manager.”

Young was appointed City Manager of Greensboro in October, 2009. He provided oversight and management to 20 departments and more than 2,800 employees, while developing and maintaining a budget of $438 million. He initiated the restructuring and reorganization of Greensboro’s departments and divisions to gain efficiencies and improve customer service, and launched a strategic management framework in conjunction with the budget development process that identifies community and organizational priorities, defines measures of success, and aligns the work of all city departments to those priorities.

Under his three-year tenure as City Manager in Dayton, a city that has seen declining population and revenues, Young maintained the city’s fiscal discipline and stability and achieved an upgrade of the city’s bond rating. Young’s eight years of service in Dayton include his work as Interim City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Director of Human Resources, Assistant to the City Manager, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Technology Services, and Acting Assistant City Manager.

In 2002, Young accepted the position of Assistant City Manager for Cincinnati. That year, he was selected by Cincinnati Business Journal as number 6 of the “Top 40 Under 40” Award. Young was instrumental in the creation of the city’s small business division and contract compliance program whose goal was to increase small business opportunities in the city and ensure inclusion in contracting for city programs and services. He oversaw the renovation of one of Ohio’s oldest public markets and facilitated its transition to a private, nonprofit organization, and helped coordinate and manage the expansion of the Duke Energy Convention Center, which represented a $135 million investment of public and private resources.

Young is a member of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators and is a credentialed manager and member of the International City/County Manager’s Association (ICMA). Young has a Bachelor of Science, Business Management Degree and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Dayton.

“The Alexandria City Council interviewed several outstanding and highly qualified internal and external candidates for the position,” said Mayor Euille. “Chief Financial Officer Bruce Johnson, who was not a candidate for the position, and is currently the Acting City Manager, has done an exceptional job—and City Council and our employees appreciate Bruce’s hard work over the last several months. Rashad Young is fortunate to be joining our excellent team of City leaders and extremely dedicated and hardworking City employees.”

5 Little Pumpkins

Here are the words to the favorite Halloween book.

5 Little Pumpkins

5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The 1st one says, "Oh my it's getting late."
The 2nd one says "The witch is in the air"
The 3rd one says, "I don't care"
The 4th one says, "I'm ready for some fun"
The 5th one says, "Let's run, run, run"

Then came the wind
blew out the lights.
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Friday, October 14, 2011


 by Margie

I tried to teach my child from books,
He gave me only puzzled looks,
I tried to teach my child with words,
They passed by him often unheard,
Despairingly, I turned aside,
How shall I teach this child I cried,
Into my hand he put the key,
Come he said and play with me!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Multiplication Songs

Multipication songs

The 3’s Song
to the tune of Happy Birthday

3  6  9  12 15
3  6  9  12 15
18   21     24   27
30     33     36
Cha   Cha   Cha

The 4’s Song

4       8       12     16
20     24     28
32     36     40
44     48     Cha!

The 6’s Song

6       12     18
Count by six
24     30     36
42     48     54
Keep on counting and you’ll have more

60     66     72

A dozen eggs is six times two!

The 7’s song

7       14     21     28
I see four rows of seven stars in the sky
35     42     49
San Fransciso 49’ers, hup, hike
56     63     70
77 and 84 
Now I know my sevens.
Don’t you think I’m very clever?

The 8’s Song
To the tune of Old McDonald

8       16     24     32
I can county by eights
40     48     56     64
Aren’t I doing great?
72     80     88     96
Alexander the Great!

The 9’s Song
To the tune of On Top of Old Smokey

9       18     27
I’m singing the nines.
36     45     54
I’m doing just fine.
63     72     81
I’m almost done.
90     99     that’s it.
This was so fun! 

Tonight, the Alexandria City Council voted 7-0 to authorize Alexandria to join the regional Capital Bikeshare network, beginning with implementing a pilot program providing six bikeshare stations with 54 bikes to the city. The Alexandria Bikeshare network is expected to be in place by the spring/summer of 2012.
The pilot program, beginning in the Old Town and Carlyle areas, will be implemented with $400,000 of existing federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality/Regional Surface Transportation Program (CMAQ/RSTP) grant funds. On September 27, Council approved (contingent on approving joining the bikeshare network) $400,000 in CMAQ/RSTP grant funds for fiscal year 2013 for expanding the program to add six additional stations for a total of 108 bikes.
The Capital Bikeshare proposal for Alexandria was supported by the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Environmental Policy Commission, the Del Ray Citizens Association, and the Transportation Commission, which voted to approve a request for CMAQ grants to fund the program.
Capital Bikeshare, established in 2010, is the largest bicycle sharing system in the United States. The program was launched in Washington, D.C., and Arlington County with 1,100 bicycles located at 110 stations. Bicycle sharing is a service in which public bicycles are made available for shared use. Users can pick up and drop off bikes at designated stations by either registering online or at a station. Noted as a great success, Capital Bikeshare claims more than 70,000 daily and weekly memberships and 15,000 annual memberships. As of September 2011, Capital Bikeshare generated 1 million rides.

UPDATE on Missing Alexandria Resident

UPDATE:  Alexandria Police Locate Lenwood “Lenny” Harris’ Vehicle

Lenny Harris’ unoccupied 1994 Toyota Corolla was located around 5:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 11 in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  The investigation continues. 

Detectives continue to ask for help in identifying a man that used Harris’ credit card on King Street shortly after 1:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 22, the same morning as an attempt in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  The person of interest on King Street appears to be a black male wearing a t-shirt and baseball hat.  He has a moustache and a small goatee.  He has a muscular build and tattoos on his right and left forearm.  The tattoo on the inside of his forearm appears to have numbers with a word written below. 

Detectives are still seeking the public’s help in identifying the vehicle that was caught on surveillance cameras during an attempted use of Harris’ credit card around 12:00 A.M. Thursday, September 22 in Prince Georges County, Maryland.  The vehicle appears to be a white Dodge Caravan with no front tag and more than one person inside.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lenny Harris is asked to please call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4711 or the non-emergency number at 703.838.4444. 

A “Lenny Harris Reward Fund” has been established by private donors at Virginia Commerce Bank.  Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can go to any bank branch and make a donation.  St. Elmo’s Coffee Shop, located at 2300 Mount Vernon Avenue is also accepting donations for the fund.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Scarecrow Songs - for preschoolers


I'm a Little Scarecrow
Sung to: "I'm a little Teapot"

I'm a little scarecrow,
Raggedy and worn
I wear a hat,
And a shirt that's torn
When the crows come,
I wave and shout,
"Away from my Garden
Get on Out

The Floppy Scarecrow
The Floppy, floppy scarecrow
Guards his fields all day.
He waves his floppy, floppy hands
To scare the crows away!
Repeat and replace Hands with arms, toes, head, legs, etc?

Sung to: "Teddy Bear, Teddy bear turn around"

Scarecrow, Scarecrow, turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow, jump up and down
Scarecrow, scarecrow, arms up high
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, wink one eye
Scarecrow, scarecrow, bend your knee
Scarecrow, scarecrow, flap in the breeze
Scarecrow, scarecrow, climb into bed
Scarecrow, scarecrow, rest your head