FYI Alexandria - April 2, 2019

Page archived as of April 23, 2019

City Council Adopts Resolution on Regionalism

On March 26, City Council adopted Resolution 2870, recognizing the benefits of regionalism for Alexandria and the entire National Capital Region (NCR). Regionalism is a broad term that can refer to two or more neighboring jurisdictions working in concert  for the common good, and may also apply to localities working together with state or federal government on significant regional issues. With this resolution, City Council pledges its best efforts and cooperation in working with jurisdictions and bodies within the NCR in addressing regional issues and designing and implementing regional policies and plans. The resolution also pledges that City Council and City staff will actively participate on regional boards, commissions and committees, and urges other jurisdictions to adopt similar resolutions and to take actions showing their support.

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City Launches 2020 Census Complete Count Initiative

The 2020 Census will begin one year from Census Day 2019 on April 1. An accurate count ensures that all residents are fairly represented in federal and state government and that Alexandria gets its fair share of resources for public services. In preparation, the City's Complete Count Committee is working to ensure that all Alexandrians are aware of the vital importance of the 2020 Census and are ready to respond to the count with understanding, knowledge, and confidence. The Committee, established in 2018 by City Council, is working with City staff to develop and implement an outreach strategy focused especially on communities that have been historically undercounted.

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Metrorail Platform Improvement Project Update

On March 26, City Council received an update on the Metro Platform Improvement Project, which will close Alexandria Metrorail stations between May 25 and Sept. 2 for repairs. The City is working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to mitigate the impact of the closures by providing transportation alternatives. Council was briefed on the City's draft mitigation plan, which was created with community input from more than 3,000 residents and visitors. The final plan will be posted online by April 10.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Throughout April, the City will recognize National Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a series of displays, exhibits, workshops and events to support survivors and engage the community in prevention efforts. Highlights include a display of jeans decorated by survivors and supporters at various locations in the city; a Poetry Share at Metro Stage on April 16; and the play, "Yet I Stand," on April 26.

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Spring2ACTion on April 10

Spring2ACTion, an online giving day hosted by ACT for Alexandria and co-sponsored by the City, was created to support the nonprofits doing great work in the Alexandria community. Since 2011, a total of 55,000 generous donors have given more than $8 million to 160 nonprofits through Spring2ACTion. This year's goal is to raise $2 million. Mark your calendar for April 10, or participate in early giving to help make Alexandria a strong, vibrant community for all.

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Pretty in Pink: Cherry Blossoms in Alexandria

Cherry blossom trees are blooming!  The National Park Service predicted that trees would reach peak bloom on April 1, spreading their delicate hues of pink and white around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., around Alexandria, and across the region. Enjoy a brief glimpse of local "cherry blossom time" in this video, then see Visit Alexandria's tips for viewing the blossoms from Alexandria and enjoying local events.

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