Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Friday, May 24, 2013

City of Alexandria Announces Memorial Day Schedule of Services


City of Alexandria Announces Memorial Day Schedule of Services
For Immediate Release: May 23, 2013
All Alexandria City government offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

 Health Facilities: The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.), the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.) and the Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.) will be closed.

• Hotlines: All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the child protective services hotline, 703.746.5800, the domestic violence hotline, 703.746.4911, the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline, 703.746.3401, and the sexual assault hotline,703.683.7273.

• Libraries: All Alexandria Library branches will be closed.

• Parking: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of meters, residential parking districts and HOV restrictions.  All other parking signs, such as No Parking, Handicap and Fire Lanes, will still be enforced.

• Recreation Centers: Charles Houston Recreation Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. All other Alexandria neighborhood recreation centers will be closed.

• Refuse Collection: Residential refuse and recycling will not be collected on May 27. Collection services will be delayed by one day during the week of May 27. The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collections Drop-off Center will be closed on May 27.

• Schools: The Alexandria City Public Schools will be closed.

• State Offices: The General District Court, the Circuit Court, and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will all be closed. In addition, the DMV Office at 2681 Mill Rd. will be closed.

• Transit: Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH bus service will operate on aSunday schedule. The King Street Trolley will operate a normal daily schedule, operating from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.
For more information, contact Nathan Carrick, Office of Communications and Public Information, at 703.746.3199 or

Thursday, May 23, 2013

2nd UPDATE: Suspicious Death on Lynhaven Drive Ruled a Homicide


2nd UPDATE: Suspicious Death on Lynhaven Drive Ruled a Homicide
Based upon the results of the autopsy examination conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the death of Julian Dawkins has been ruled a homicide caused by a gunshot wound. Mr. Dawkins was shot following a confrontation with an off duty Arlington County deputy sheriff Craig Patterson during the early morning hours of May 21, in the Lynhaven area of Alexandria.
This case is being investigated by detectives of the Alexandria Police Department, who are continuing to interview witnesses in order to determine the facts and circumstances leading up to the shooting. As in any case of this nature, this investigation will be thorough and will take time to complete. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Criminal Investigations Section of the Police Department at 703.746.6711
During the course of the investigation, detectives have consulted with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office regarding whether or not criminal charges should be filed.  That determination will be made by the Commonwealth’s Attorney after the investigation is completed.
This case is being investigated according to standard protocol applied to all Alexandria homicide cases. The fact that Mr. Patterson is employed as a law enforcement officer does not affect the process of investigation applied to this case.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I almost ate this

I can't believe that I had this in my refrigerator.  Glad I didn't eat it!

Alexandria Police Investigate a Robbery


Alexandria Police Investigate Robbery at TD Bank Alexandria Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred earlier today at the TD Bank, located at 119 S. Washington Street. Around 4:30 P.M., a man entered the bank, handed the teller a note that implied a weapon and demanded money. The teller relinquished an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled the bank. There were no injuries. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6711. Detectives would like to remind witnesses that they can remain anonymous.

UPDATE: Alexandria Police Identify Victim in Suspicious Death

UPDATE: Alexandria Police Identify Victim in Suspicious Death
Alexandria Police have identified the victim in last night’s suspicious death as Julian Dawkins, 22, City resident. The cause and manner of death are pending autopsy results from the medical examiner’s office.
Alexandria Police have questioned Arlington County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Patterson, 44, City resident, who was involved in the shooting. He is a 17-year veteran. No charges have been placed.  The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6711

Police investigation

Alexandria Police Investigate Suspicious Death on Lynhaven Drive

Alexandria Police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred in the 100 block of Lynhaven Drive on Wednesday, May 22. At approximately 12:45 a.m., officers responded to reports of a person being shot. Upon arrival, officers located the victim.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim’s identity is being held pending notification of next of kin. The cause and manner of death will be determined pending an autopsy by the medical examiner’s office.

Detectives are interviewing an Arlington County deputy sheriff who was involved in the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6711.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Is this a weed or a flower? 

City of Alexandria Announces the Opening of the 2013 Outdoor Pool Season

City of Alexandria Announces the Opening of the 2013 Outdoor Pool Season

The City’s Old Town and Warwick Pools open, on a limited basis, Saturday, May 25.
  • Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St.
    This complex includes a 25-yard pool with a diving well. A separate training pool is available for children up to 42 inches in height. Easily accessible for disabled, the training pool has a water depth range of 1-3 feet. For added convenience, a parking lot, picnic area and a tot playground are adjacent to the pool.
  • Warwick Pool, 3301 Landover St. The site includes a 25-yard pool with diving well and a separate wading pool for children up to 42 inches in height. A bathhouse is available. Picnic areas are located inside the pool complex as well as next-door, where a modern playground featuring a tot playground is also available. The complex provides natural privacy as beautiful trees and shrubberies surround it.
For a complete list of City pools, operating hours, fees and additional information,

TC Drama Dept. Earns 5 CAPPIE Nominations


Alexandria City Public Schools
                                                                   Dr. Morton Sherman, Superintendent of Schools

For Immediate Release                                CONTACT:  
May 21, 2013                                             Office of Communications and Public Relations

T.C. Drama Department Earns Five Cappies Nominations for 'The Wiz'
Alexandria, Va. – The T.C. Williams High School Drama Department's crowd-pleasing spring musical, "The Wiz," received five nominations in The Cappies 2013 awards for area student theater. Congratulations to the following outstanding performers on their Cappies nominations:
·         The T.C. Williams Pit Orchestra, nominated for Orchestra
·         Student Director Sarah Laane, nominated for Creativity
·         Ados McKinney, nominated for Male Dancer
·         Barbara Peisch, nominated for Comic Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Addeperle
·         Kamen Wilkes, nominated for Comic Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of the Lion
The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program), an international program with 17 U.S. and Canadian locations, showcases student performances, along with reviews by student critics.  T.C.'s nominations are the most the school has received for a production in the nine years that T.C. Williams drama teachers Leslie A. Jones, who served as the show's executive director, and Hope E. Bachman-Miller, who served as executive producer and technical director, have headed the Drama Department.
"Everyone involved with this production was on the same page,” Jones said.  “The production team had a clear vision and each one of us used our expertise to make this show a success. When we cast this show, we realized early on that we had a strong group of students who would give it their all for this production.
“The running crew and pit orchestra proved the icing on the cake. They were so committed and wanted to do their part to help make this production successful, that we all gelled as a cohesive unit," Jones said. "What we all did in that auditorium in April was something special, and I will cherish that feeling for years to come."
Awards will be presented at the Cappies Gala, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The event is open to the public, but seating will be limited. For ticket information, contact Jones

Monday, May 20, 2013

Suspect Indicted in Officer Laboy shooting


Grand Jury Indicts Suspect in Shooting of Officer Laboy Earlier today, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, during its regular session, presented indictments to the Alexandria Circuit Court grand jury in the case involving the shooting of Officer Peter Laboy on February 19, 2013. The grand jury returned indictments charging Kashif Bashir, 27, with Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Attempted Capital Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, and two counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony in the shooting of Officer Laboy. 
Bashir is represented by the Alexandria Public Defender’s Office. 
Prosecutors handling this case are Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Molly Sullivan and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter. Trial date for this case will be selected within the next ten days

all that rain

All the rain makes it perfect for these to grow.
Just don't eat them!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I forgot - Mother's Day

I can't believe that I forgot to post this....

This is what one of my kids made me for mothers day.