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  • June 12, 2013 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    On June 24, the City will hold the fourth and final Community Dialogue in the What’s Next Alexandria planning process from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street. Participants will review the draft elements of the Civic Engagement Handbook and work collaboratively to develop a communications and outreach infrastructure to guide future participation in public decision-making processes in the City. The draft elements of the Civic Engagement Handbook will be posted for community review on the What’s Next Alexandria website in advance of the June 24 meeting, with opportunity for comment continuing through part of the summer, and in advance of City Council review in the fall.

     

    What’s Next Alexandria is a City initiative to collaborate with the community on improving and expanding public participation in City decision-making processes.

    Childcare and simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, the City will offer the opportunity to participate online in real time via a “Virtual Table.” For more information about the meeting and the virtual table, call 703.746.3855 or visit alexandriava.gov/WhatsNext.

    Transportation options to the event include DASH bus AT-5 and AT-6 or Metrobus 28A, which stops at T.C. Williams High School. Check schedules at www.wmata.com and www.dashbus.com. On-site parking is available, but rides and carpooling are encouraged. For assistance with rides and carpooling, call 703.746.3855.

    The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Graciela Moreno at Graciela.Moreno@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4666, Virginia Relay 711

  • April 23, 2013 2:02 PM | Anonymous

    What's Next Alexandria Third Community Dialogue

    Join your neighbors on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. for the third Community Dialogue in the City's What's Next Alexandria civic engagement initiative. The event will be held at First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street.

    Community members will hear the results of the most recent online poll, affirm the final community generated civic engagement principles and discuss what implementation of What's Next Alexandria will look like, sharing concrete examples of how the principles and process will be applied in the future. For those unable to attend in person, the City will offer live Internet video engagement, allowing viewers to watch live video from the event and interact with other viewers in group exercises through a moderated live chat.

    Childcare and simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided. Transportation options to the event include DASH bus AT-5 and AT-6 or Metrobus 28A; on-site parking, but rides and carpooling are encouraged. For assistance with rides and carpooling, call 703.746.3855.

    The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Graciela.Moreno@alexandriava.gov or call 703-746-4666, Virginia Relay 711.

    To register for the meeting and find more information, visit Alexandriava.gov/WhatsNext or call 703.746.3855.

     

  • April 19, 2013 10:20 AM | Anonymous

    Security and Road Closure Information for George Washington Parkway Classic

    Following the tragic attack at the Boston Marathon, the City of Alexandria is working with the organizers of the George Washington Parkway Classic road race to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators.

    In addition to an increased police presence (including uniformed officers and non-uniformed personnel) during the Sunday, April 21 event, the City will restrict parking in and around the finish line area, and seal trash cans prior to the race.

    There will be no parking on North Union Street between King Street and Oronoco Street between 4 a.m. and noon on April 21. Parking restriction signs will be posted in the days prior to the race, and vehicles parked in these areas on April 21 will be moved to a non-restricted area.

    At noon on Saturday, April 20, the Alexandria Police Department will be closing Pendleton Street (between Fairfax and Union Streets) and N. Union Street (between Oronoco and Pendleton Streets) until approximately noon on Sunday, April 21.

    On the day of the event, the Alexandria Police Department will close the following roads:

    • The George Washington Parkway (Washington Street) southbound from Franklin Street to the City line, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Residents in affected areas will be accommodated. 

    • Franklin Street between South Washington and South Union Streets, South Union to King Street, North Union to Oronoco Street, and parts of North Fairfax and Oronoco Streets.

    • Cross traffic will be allowed during breaks in the race; motorists should be patient and expect delays.

    • The bike path at Oronoco Bay Park will close on Saturday, April 20 at noon. Bikers will be detoured to Fairfax Street.

    • Additionally, the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services will cover and seal City-owned trash cans before the event. Race day trash and recycling receptacles will be available for participants and spectators.

    For the last mile of the race, the course will be lined with uniformed public safety officers, including City public safety officers, Virginia State Police, and officers from other area jurisdictions in honor of injured APD officer Peter Laboy. They will also have public safety vehicles nearby. This is separate from other planned race security and medical providers, but will add to the large public safety presence in Alexandria for this race.

    For further details, please call the City of Alexandria Police Public Information Office at 703.746.6600, or contact Tony Castrilli, Director of Communication and Public Information, at 703.746.3958 or tony.castrilli@alexandriava.gov
  • February 18, 2013 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    City Manager Requests Planning Commission Initiate and Consider Waterfront Zoning Text Amendment

    Today, Mayor William D. Euille, City Manager Rashad M. Young, and City Attorney James L. Banks held a news conference to announce new information regarding the Waterfront Small Area Plan.

    In January 2012, the Alexandria City Council approved the Plan. Since its approval, the Plan has been unsuccessfully challenged in court, and found to be valid.  However, the zoning changes that are necessary to implement the Plan are currently being litigated, preventing the full realization of the Plan.  In addition, City staff have been at work designing public improvements called for by the Plan, but these improvements cannot fully become a reality without the private development that is also envisioned by the Plan.

    On Tuesday, February 12, during an Executive Session, the Alexandria City Council provided guidance to City Manager Rashad M. Young indicating that he should request the Planning Commission initiate a text amendment to implement zoning of the Waterfront Small Area Plan.  This process will culminate in a public hearing and vote by both the Planning Commission and City Council (on Tuesday, March 5 and Saturday, March 16, respectively).

    City Council is taking this action to provide an opportunity for the City to move forward beyond the litigation; help create zoning standards for private development that will fund the public amenities in the Plan; and ensure that implementation advances in a comprehensive way, not project by project.  Additionally, by taking this action City Council wishes to affirm its approval of, and commitment to, implementation of the Plan.

    For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Waterfront.

  • January 25, 2013 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    What’s Next Alexandria Reminder: Join your Neighbors January 29 to Talk about Civic Engagement in Alexandria

    What's Next Alexandria is a community conversation about civic engagement and planning for the future -- and how Alexandrians can best participate in the public decisions that shape the City.  At the next What’s Next Alexandria event, participants will roll up their sleeves and work with their neighbors to lay the groundwork for future civic engagement in the City. Please plan to take part in this second Community Dialogue on Tuesday, January 29, 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. The City encourages all to attend this event and work with their neighbors to improve public participation. Childcare and simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided. First Baptist Church is accessible by DASH bus AT-5 and AT-6 or Metrobus 28A.
    For more information and a meeting agenda, visit alexandriava.gov/WhatsNext or contact Carrie Beach at 703.746.3853.

    Let Us Know You’re Coming: Encourage your friends and neighbors to join you by registering to attend. (Registration is not required. It assists with planning for the event and helps disseminate information about the meeting.)

    Can’t Make the Meeting? Try Participating Online at Our Virtual Table: For those unable to attend this event in person, the City plans to test and evaluate live Internet video engagement, which will let viewers watch live video from the event, participate with other viewers in group exercises through a moderated live chat, and then tell us what they think of this tool for future use. Learn more about how to participate online at alexandriava.gov/WhatsNext.

     

  • January 07, 2013 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    Transportation Commission Monthly Meeting - January 9, 2013

    The next Transportation Commission meeting will take place at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the City Council Workroom on Wednesday, January 9 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  The meeting is open to the public.

    An agenda and meeting materials are posted on the Commission website at >>
    http://alexandriava.gov/TransportationCommission

    If you have questions or need further information about the Transportation Commission, please contact Mr. Steve Sindiong at steve.sindiong@alexandriava.gov.

  • January 04, 2013 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Alexandria and ACTion Alexandria invite you to participate online [www.actionalexandria.org/principles] in refining the principles of civic engagement discussed at the November 15, 2012 What’s Next Alexandria Community Dialogue.  This online event, open to all Alexandrians, will run until January 14.    

    Your input will form the basis of the Second Community Dialogue scheduled for January 29, 2013, 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. The goal of the January Dialogue is to complete work on the principles of civic engagement and discuss the methods for achieving those principles, including the range of approaches identified by the community.  Childcare and simultaneous Spanish translation will be available.
     
    For more information, visit
    alexandriava.gov/WhatsNext or contact Carrie Beach, project manager, at 703.746.3853.

  • December 14, 2012 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    What’s Next Alexandria? Second Community Dialogue Set for January 29, 2013

    Approximately 165 Alexandrians participated November 15 in the first What’s Next Alexandria Community Dialogue. The results of the community’s work at the meeting, as well as the presentations and meeting evaluations, are available on the What’s Next Alexandria website.

    Please mark your calendars! Two upcoming activities (online and in person) will build on the civic engagement work done so far and begin the next steps in the process.

    • January 2013: Online engagement activity to refine the principles of civic engagement begun on November 15 and in the community poll. The online work will take place over two weeks in early January. Details on how to participate will be sent closer to the date.
    • January 29 at 7 p.m., Second Community Dialogue: The community will wrap up its work on the principles of civic engagement and then discuss potential methods for achieving those principles, including the range of engagement formats and approaches identified by the community in the recent poll. Meeting location to be announced. Childcare and simultaneous Spanish translation will be available. 


     
    For more information, visit
    alexandriava.gov/WhatsNext or contact Carrie Beach, project manager, at 703.746.3853.

  • December 10, 2012 2:19 PM | Deleted user

    Kearney & Company Named One of The Best Places to Work in Virginia by Virginia Business For the Third Year in a Row

    Kearney & Company was recently named one of 2013's Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of "Best Places to Work" was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.

    This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state's economy, work force, and businesses. The Best Places to Work in Virginia list is divided into Small, Medium, and Large Employer categories. Placed within the Large Employer category, this is the third year that Kearney & Company has been awarded this recognition. Approximately 400 organizations from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Virginia. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey, and analysis process and determined the final rankings.

    Kearney & Company's ranking in the list of Best Places to Work in Virginia will be unveiled and published in the February 2013 issue of Virginia Business. For more information on the Best Places to Work in Virginia program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkVA.com.

  • November 20, 2012 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Alexandria Celebrates “Black Friday” with Free Parking, Extended Trolley Hours, and More

    Old Town Alexandria’s local retailers are set to lure Black Friday shoppers on November 23 with once-a-year discounts, starting at 6 a.m. This year, the free King Street Trolley will begin operating at 6 a.m. Shoppers can board a trolley every 15 minutes and hop on and off at 20 stops between the King St/Old Town Metro Station and the Potomac River waterfront. The early trolley hours are presented by DASH Alexandria Transit Company, the City of Alexandria, and the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association.

     The City of Alexandria is offering free parking at parking meters and in all City-owned garages and parking lots as a special incentive for shoppers to visit Old Town to make their holiday purchases. The following garages and lots are opening at 6 a.m., with free parking all day:

    • Market Square Garage, 108 North Fairfax St.
    • Courthouse Square Garage, 111 South Pitt St.
    • Thompson’s Alley Garage, 10 Thompson’s Alley
    • North Union Street Garage, 220 North Union St.
    • South Henry Street Lot, 112 South Henry St.
    • Cameron/St. Asaph Street Lot, 210 North St. Asaph St.
    Dozens of Alexandria’s independently owned shops are offering special discounts, with early and extended hours on Black Friday. Participating stores offer 30% discounts from 6 to 8 a.m., 20% from 8 to 10 a.m., and 10% starting at 10 a.m. Additional shops will be offering sales and special promotions throughout the day. This effort is coordinated by the Shop Local Alexandria project and the Old Town Boutique District.

    Shoppers can stay for the City of Alexandria Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Market Square, at 301 King St. As the official kick-off to the holiday season in Alexandria, the ceremony includes a performance from Santa’s Frosty Follies, a special visit from Santa Claus, and community caroling.

    Families can get classic photos with Santa throughout the season with the Santa Claus is Coming to Old Town event. Starting November 24, Santa and Mrs. Claus will take pictures with children every Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas at One Wales Alley, the location of Bike and Roll Alexandria. The cost for pictures is $15 for a 5 x 7 print. The event is presented by the Old Town Boutique District, in partnership with the City of Alexandria and Bike and Roll Alexandria and with the support of area businesses.
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