April 22, 2014

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Volunteers needed to help count cyclists, walkers and runners

By Randy Cole and Randy Dingwell, 2014 Count Coordinators Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Counting people who are cycling, walking and running on or along Alexandria streets and trails helps demonstrate the need for trails, sidewalks and bike facilities. 

Volunteers are needed for these counts on Thursday May 8th (5-7pm) and Saturday May 10th (12-2pm). Early requests usually get their pick.

 

April 14, 2014

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April Membership Meeting Minutes

Del Ray Citizens Association Meeting Minutes

April 14, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Association President Bill Hendrick called the April general membership meeting to order at 7:37pm.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Announcements
  • Police Report
  • Chief of Police Earl Cook

First, announcements were given:

Del Ray Artisans has a new exhibit – Revolution: Art & Technology – April 4-27 – deals with artists relationships with technology.

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April 14, 2014

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Better Late than Never! Meeting Minutes from the March Membership Meeting

Del Ray Citizens Association Meeting Minutes

March 10, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Agenda:

  • Police Report
  • Membership Votes Needed
  • Committee Updates
  • Announcements
  • Special Program: Charitable Giving and Volunteering in Del Ray

Association President Bill Hendrick called the March general membership meeting to order at 7:40pm.

Police Report: Captain Scott Ogden Continue reading…

April 14, 2014

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Greenstreet Growers to buy Eclectic Nature

Greenstreet Growers of Virginia, the owners of Greenstreet Gardens at 1721 Braddock Road, is buying Eclectic Nature Gift and Garden Center at 1503-05 Mount Vernon Ave., according to an application for a change of ownership filed with the city by Greenstreet’s owners, Raymond and Stacy Greenstreet.

The new owners say they intend to keep the current business, including the name, as is, but will extend weekend hours. The store will be open from 9-6 on Monday through Friday, 8 to 6 on Saturday, and 8 to 5 on Sunday.
Greenstreet Gardens began operating its center on Braddock Road in the spring of 2012, taking over the former Apple House, which had been a fixture in Alexandria for 40 years. The company also operates a garden center in Lothian, Maryland, which it opened in 2000.

April 14, 2014

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City to test use of small garbage containers

The city of Alexandria’s Solid Waste Division is initiating a pilot program to test the feasibility of a smaller garbage container for residents who receive collection services from the city. Staff is recruiting 100 residents to try the smaller containers for a year.

According to a city press release, there is good evidence that households with small trashcans and large recycling containers throw away less trash and are careful to recycle more. Some people even avoid buying things with excess packaging because they don’t want to fill up their trashcan.

The city has a goal of recycling 60% of its waste by 2020, and staff believes that the use of smaller containers will help the city meet that goal. Continue reading…

April 14, 2014

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Council to keep Warwick Village pool open

The City Council has at least tentatively agreed to keep the public swimming pool at Warwick Village open for another summer, City Councilman Justin Wilson told me.

In his budget for the current fiscal year, City Manager Rashad Young had proposed closing the pool. But a large number of people and organizations, including the DRCA, supported keeping it open, citing the lack of pool capacity in the city, and Council did not accept the manager’s proposal.

Wilson said that he expects the Council to eventually decide to provide the money needed for longer-term maintenance that would allow the pool to remain open indefinitely.

April 14, 2014

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DRCA selects Ben Flood as Oakville advisory group rep

The DRCA has selected Ben Flood as its representative to the nine-member Oakville Triangle and Route 1 Corridor Advisory Group, which will advise city staff on a pending proposal to redevelop about 13 acres of the 20-acre Oakville Triangle industrial park on Route 1 as well as how to deal with redevelopment expected to eventually take place on nearby Route 1 properties.

Flood, who lives at 119 E. Raymond Ave., graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is a project manager for Walter L. Phillips Inc., a Falls Church civil engineering firm. In that capacity, he has worked on a number of land use and development projects in Alexandria.

The city is expected to announce the names of the other members of the advisory group soon. The first meeting of the group is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29.

Although the city is keeping the formal advisory group small in size, it is encouraging anyone interested in the project to attend meetings and provide perspective on the issues involved in redevelopment.

April 14, 2014

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Fire chief says no changes planned at Del Ray station

Del Ray StationIn response to a report of changes at fire station 202 on East Windsor Avenue in Del Ray, I asked City Councilman Justin Wilson for more information. He produced a response from Acting Fire Chief Andrew Snead, who said that there are “absolutely no plans to change resources or services at Fire Station 202. Medic 202 and the Safety Officer will continue to respond from that work location. Currently, we have an EMS simulation lab (for EMS training) operating in that station. The Alexandria Fire volunteers support vehicle is also stationed at this location.”