FYI Alexandria - January 29, 2019

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Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual recognition and celebration of the history, achievements and contributions of African-Americans and persons of African descent in U.S. history. The City of Alexandria invites the public to celebrate Black History Month through special events at the Alexandria Black History Museum, tours of Freedom House Museum, and other activities throughout the month.

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New Patrick Henry School and Recreation Center Open

On January 22, Alexandria's new Patrick Henry School and adjoining Patrick Henry Neighborhood Recreation Center officially opened their doors to students, school staff and the community. The opening comes after 18 months of construction by the City and Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) to expand and modernize the school and recreation facilities. The new school building will host students from kindergarten through eighth grade, expanding capacity to 900 students, and the new recreation center comprises 19,000 square feet of dedicated recreation space

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Help 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage Win Conservation Grant

Vote for the Friendship Firehouse Museum’s 1858 Prettyman Hose Carriage as it competes for a conservation grant from among Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. The carriage, used to transport fire hoses, is among a highly regarded, diverse group of artifacts. Show your support by voting online through January 31. The two artifacts that receive the most votes during this crowdsourced competition will be recognized as the People’s Choice Awards and receive conservation grants of $4,000 and $3,000, respectively.

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City Council Adopts WasteSmart Strategic Plan

On January 12, City Council adopted WasteSmart, a comprehensive, 20-year strategic plan that will ensure that Alexandria’s sustainable resource recovery program remains safe, effective, efficient, and environmentally sound in the coming decades. More than 1,500 people provided input and participated in developing the plan, which is built on a series of short-, medium-, and long-term action items.

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City Warns of Danger Posed by Concentrated Opioids; Appoints New Opioid Response Coordinator

The City has responded to four suspected opioid overdoses in January alone, including two fatalities. City officials are urging residents to be aware of the medical safety of the drugs, including heroin, that could be extremely concentrated or mixed with something unusual that is resulting in life-threatening situations. The City recently selected Emily Bentley, LPC, as the Opioid Response Coordinator, a new position created by City Council to lead the City’s response to the local effects of the national opioid epidemic, which poses a significant threat to public health in Alexandria.

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City Accepting Applications for Spring Academy Sessions

Learn more about your City government! Alexandria’s diverse academy programs are accepting applications for spring 2019 sessions. Programs are designed to inform, engage and educate the community about local government operations. To learn more, visit

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