Membership Meeting Minutes-March 9, 2022

  1. Welcome and Introductions,  Tim Laderach, DRCA President
  2. Alexandria Police Department Report, Capt. Dennis Andreas
    1. Trucker Convoy: No impact in ALX thus far
    2. New teen Police Academy accepting applications
    3. Crime
      1. Citywide crime up but in Del Ray crime down from same time last year
        1. 4 larcenies (first catalytic convertor theft in Del Ray from a Honda Element)
        2. 1 felonious assault on Mount Vernon Avenue
    4. Traffic:
      1. Overnight watch: 3 DWI arrests
  3. Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Report, Sheriff Sean Casey
    1. ASO Overview
    2. Correctional Services Advisory Board (CSAB): New Board members sought
    3. Black History Month programming
    4. Jacinta Green heading up reading program at Cora Kelly
    5. April 30: Next Drug Take-back Day (also any time at Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray (2204 Mt. Vernon Ave.)
  4. DRCA Land Use Report, Kristine Hesse, DRCA Land Use Chair
    1. 105/107 Randolph Ave residential subdivision application
    2. Proposal would take part of 107’s backyard
    3. LUC did not support
    4. Motion not to support application for propose subdivision
    5. Votes: 29 in favor not to support, 1 vote opposed
  5. Special Guest: Alexandria School Board member Jacinta Greene
    1. Likes to keep a positive attitude because children are our “most precious commodity”
    2. In 2002 she moved to ALX and started reading program
    3. Literacy a core value and she has been public education advocate
    4. Currently: There is a substitute teacher shortage at ACPS
    5. Covid learning gap? How to make good from what was lost during pandemic?
    6. Reach out directly:
  6. DRCA GardenFest, Rachel Lazarus, DRCA Activities Director
    1. April 24, from 12 noon to 5 pm: First ever DRCA GardenFest. Free to attend.
    2. To be held at the empty lot beside the old Bean Creative
    3. Some participants already lined up: Beekeepers, Farmers Market, the new POP , Dhalia micro farm in Del Ray (Rangel Farms), Composting, Greenstreet? Master Gardeners
    4. Check FB event page for updates:
    5. Questions or want to help? Ask [email protected]
  7. DRCA Fundraiser, Rachel Lazarus, DRCA Activities Director
    1. Tote bags, three styles all designed by Rachel Lazarus
    2. Link to purchase from CustomInk (also in March newsletter)
  8. Announcements:
    1. Del Ray Business Association
      1. April 7: First Thursday resumes. Hats Along the Avenue
        1. Non-profit beneficiary: Spitfire Club
      2. June 11: “Well” Ray
        1. MVA street closure from Hume to Uhler
      3. Watch for:
        1. Rebuilding Together
        2. Mothers Day Pop-up Market
        3. Taste of Del Ray
        4. Cinema Del Ray