Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Friday, August 9, 2013


On Thursday, Aug. 15, Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) will partner with ACPS and Community Partners for Children for the annual back-to-school supply drive. The school supplies will be distributed to students at the ACPS Family and Community Engagement Center’s annual Back to School Family Night at T.C. Williams High School. Passengers who bring new, unopened school supplies (such as backpacks, notebooks, lunchboxes, etc.) will receive free rides on the DASH bus system. Passengers are requested to place their donations in the special blue bags at the front of the DASH bus. The Alexandria Transit Store at 1775 C Duke St., Alexandria, is also one of the collection sites for the school supply drive. Should riders wish to make additional donations, a collection box will be available at that location until Aug. 16.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Alexandria Sidewalk Sale This Weekend - FREE Parking

City of Alexandria to Extend Old Town Pool Operating Season

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2013  

City of Alexandria to Extend Old Town Pool Operating Season

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will continue to operate the Old Town Pool, located at 1609 Cameron St., through Saturday, September 21, 2013. Beginning Tuesday, September 3, admission to the Old Town Pool is free for City residents.
Extended Operating Hours
Tuesday, September 3 through Saturday, September 21 
  • Monday – Friday
    6 a.m. to noon
    4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Note: Labor Day, Monday, September 2: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Note: Pool closes at 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 21 to prepare for the Annual Doggie Day Swim
For additional information on City of Alexandria Aquatic Facilities,

Charity Yard Sale Saturday

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wright to Read Seeking Volunteers

Wright to Read Volunteer OpportunitiesWant to make a difference in a young person's life? Consider tutoring/mentoring an elementary school child with Wright to Read. Volunteer tutors are matched with Alexandria City Public School students who are identified by their teachers as needing help with reading.  Our Tutor/Mentor volunteers work with students in the public libraries, primarily, for an hour each week.  Mentors play a powerful role in boosting academic achievement as well as preventing substance abuse and youth violence.  Please contact Luisa Reyes at 703-299-9854 or at if interested.

St. James Group Withdraws Proposal to Develop Hensley Park

St. James Group Withdraws Proposal to Develop Hensley Park 

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2013

The City of Alexandria has been advised by the St. James Group LLC that it is withdrawing its unsolicited proposal to develop Hensley Park into a sports and entertainment complex. The decision followed review of recently located materials that indicate restrictions on potential uses for Hensley Park, based on the sources of funding originally used to acquire the property. 

St. James Group had commissioned a title report prior to submitting its unsolicited proposal to the City. Nothing in that title report indicated any restriction or encumbrance on the property that would have prevented the project from moving forward in the event the proposal, after an appropriate public process, had been approved. However, there was some suggestion in public comment about the project that a federal Land & Water Conservation Fund grant was used to acquire the fields. City staff, in response, looked through both its own active records and contacted the National Park Service, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (which had previously leased Hensley Park from the City). The response from each of these entities was that federal funds had not been used to acquire the Park. The City relayed that information to the public, while continuing to search archived records to resolve this question.  

As the result of those efforts, City staff recently located materials in the City archives that suggest a 13-acre portion of Hensley Park was acquired by the City in 1977 for just over $1 million, with the assistance of a federal grant of up to $300,000 to supplement the use of City park bond funds, and this information was shared with St. James Group. The referenced grant paid less than 30 percent of the purchase price.  The source of those federal funds is not identified in those materials, and neither the National Park Service (NPS) nor the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), up until August 6, were able to confirm, the source, or even the granting, of those funds. However, the archived City documents from 1977 do mention the use of "grant funds."

The City’s archived records, while open to public inspection, are not routinely accessed by City staff or private title researchers, and thus were not part of the initial research regarding Hensley Park’s history.

On August 6, as this release was being prepared, the Virginia DCR sent the City new information which reversed its prior conclusion. DCR provided information to the city showing, nearly conclusively, that Land & Water Conservation Funds of at least $117,000 were used to help buy the land now known as Hensley Park.  The Land & Water Conservation Act stipulates that no property acquired or developed with assistance from the Fund may be converted to other than public outdoor recreation uses unless replaced with "reasonably equivalent" property.

The principals of the St. James Group have spoken with Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille about their decision. "We appreciate the St. James Group's interest in the City of Alexandria as a possible location for their business, and wish them well in finding a suitable location for their innovative facility," said Mayor Euille. "We certainly understand both the reason for their initial interest and their decision to make a change based on their concerns about restrictions on use of the Hensley Park site. We remain committed to exploring other opportunities to bring first class, high quality projects to appropriate locations within the City."

City staff will continue its reviews to conclusively determine where there are restrictions on other City park sites based upon Land & Water Conservation Fund Act grants so information on these restrictions is clear and easily accessible in the future. 

For more information, contact Craig Fifer, Deputy Director of Communications, at703.505.9668 or

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


one kids solution to that pesky problem of the moving bathmat

just use duct tape!

Monday, August 5, 2013


National Night Out


Alexandria Celebrates 30th Annual National Night Out
On Tuesday, August 6, from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., City officials will partner with Alexandria Police to celebrate the 30th Annual National Night Out.  The special celebration is part of a nationwide crime and drug prevention effort sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
To heighten awareness of crime prevention, residents in more than 30 Alexandria neighborhoods will turn on their porch lights, host neighborhood cook-outs and sponsor block parties in support of National Night Out. Mayor William D. Euille, City Manager Rashad M. Young, members of City Council and Chief of Police Earl L. Cook will reaffirm the City’s commitment to fighting crime by visiting residents throughout the City. 
McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, K-9 Unit, Motor Unit, Bike Patrol, Command Bus, Armored Personnel Carrier and the Crime Scene Mobile Lab will tour neighborhoods and offer special demonstrations. 
National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to:
  • Heighten crime prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships;
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
“National Night Out is an opportunity for the Alexandria Police Department to strengthen our relationship with the community and thank the residents for their vigilance and their dedication to keeping Alexandria a safe place to live, work and visit,” says Chief Cook. 

For more information on National Night Out, call the Public Information Office at703.746.6600.

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