FYI Alexandria - February 15, 2017

Page archived as of October 10, 2017

Welcome to FYI Alexandria!

Welcome to your community newsletter, FYI Alexandria, which is published twice a month. Our goal is to keep you informed of what's happening in City government, and up-to-date with City-related meetings, events and other happenings in your community. We'll also include links to news releases issued by the City and its departments, and recaps of major actions by Alexandria City Council.

FYI Alexandria is distributed via Alexandria eNews, Facebook, and Twitter and will be available in print at City libraries and recreation centers. We'd love to hear what you think of it; let us know by contacting us at

Top News

Community Matching Fund FY 2017 Awardees

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities has announced the recipients of the Fiscal Year 2017 Community Matching Fund award. The Fund leverages collaborative community partnership opportunities with the City that expand and improve the quality of recreation, park, and cultural experiences by providing matching dollars (up to $25,000 of City funds) for groups that propose fundraising for park and recreation facility improvements.

  • The Charles Houston Advisory Council: $25,000 - To develop a model teen center within existing space at the Charles Houston Recreation Center.
  • Alexandria Soccer Association: $15,000 - To provide existing court enhancements to upgrade and support the community Futsal program at Four Mile Run Park.
  • Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation: $5,000 - To install water-bottle and jug filling stations at the two highest-use fields in the City (those at Simpson Stadium Park and Witter Recreational Fields) where there is currently no outdoor access to drinkable water.
  • Move: $5,000 - To  purchase a pop-up playground and two portable mats to expand and increase participation in free weekly Parkour lessons for senior citizens and other special populations.
Fiscal Year 2018 Community Matching Fund program information will be available by the end of February. For more information, visit

Alexandria Police Recruits Graduate from Regional Academy

Police Recruit GraduatesThe Alexandria Police Department welcomes 26 recruit officers who graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy Basic Law Enforcement School in December. The recruits spent approximately 20 weeks in training at the regional academy, covering topics such as community policing, emergency vehicle operation, firearms training, defensive tactics, crash investigation and basic legal training.

City-Supported Energy Masters Program Wins Award

The City-supported Energy Masters program was recently named "Best Affordable Housing Energy Conservation Effort" at the Virginia Governor's Housing Conference. The program has trained more than 140 volunteers who have each engaged in 40 hours of community service over the course of a year. Energy Masters' work has decreased utility bills by $39,623 per year, which  translates to $83.59 per year in utility bill savings for each unit at these properties.

Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week is Coming February 17-26

Alexandria Restaurant WeekFor 10 days and two weekends, Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week features $35 three-course dinners for one, or $35 dinners for two, at 70 restaurants. Several restaurants will also offer $10-$20 lunch specials. Explore the vibrant and diverse neighborhoods of Old Town, Del Ray, Carlyle and the West End and savor the flavors of Alexandria's distinctive collection of eateries, from fine dining to casual favorites. Visit to learn more about participating restaurants and to make reservations.

Visit Alexandria Announces New Mercy Street-Inspired Experiences for 2017

Mercy Street Season 2As fans of the PBS Civil War-era drama Mercy Street enjoy the second season, currently airing Sunday nights at 8 p.m., Alexandria will host 40 new tours, exhibits and events based on the series. Mercy Street, PBS' first original American drama in a decade, is inspired by real events in Civil War Alexandria. Fans are invited to visit historic sites to enjoy new exhibits and events inspired by the series, with several that focus on Civil War-era cultural customs, including food, fashion and music. Uncover the real people behind the characters on the show, the realities of Civil War medicine, the changing roles for women, and the breakthrough experience of enslaved African-Americans claiming their freedom.

Detention Center Celebrates 28 Years of Sobriety Advocacy and Success

In December at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria, participants and graduates of the Sober Living Unit (SLU) program celebrated 28 years of promoting continued efforts toward self-improvement, development and sobriety. Community volunteers and law enforcement personnel were in attendance to recognize the difficult, yet rewarding, work of individuals within the program.

Fiscal Year 2016 DCHS Community Impact Report Released

Police Recruit GraduatesThe Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) Community Impact Report is now available. The 28-page report highlights the work of DCHS and the resulting impact felt throughout Alexandria. DCHS covers various facets of what defines community and human services. Each center is featured along with representative programs and services. The report includes a message from the DCHS Director; DCHS Values and Principles; highlights from the Center for Adult Services, Center for Children and Families, and the Center for Economic Support; recognition of community volunteer programs; and a financial overview of Fiscal Year 2016.

Trash and Recycling Collection – Holiday Schedule

Due to the George Washington Day holiday on Monday, February 20, residents are reminded that trash and recycling will be picked up one day later than regularly scheduled during that week.

The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Drop-Off Center, located at 3224 Colvin St., will be closed on Monday, February 20.  Normal hours of operation are Monday and Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Recreation Department Celebrates Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, the public is invited to attend the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities' Black History Month Celebration.  The free program will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m.,  at the Lee Center 1108 Jefferson Street, in the Richard Kauffman Auditorium.  The program will feature the recognition of three former Recreation employees--Lawrence "Lucky" Elliott, Traverse Gray, and Jackie Mason--for their more than four decades of service to the Alexandria community.  Entertainment will be provided by local R&B singing group Nu Era, and a youth cheerleading team and dance group from neighborhood recreation centers. For information, call the Recreation Services Office at 703.746.5402 or visit

2017 Summer Camp Guide Available Online Now - Registration Begins February 15

Summer Camp GuideThe 2017 Summer of Smiles Summer Camp Guide is now available online at and free printed brochures will be available at City Hall, recreation centers, and public libraries located throughout the City. The Summer of Smiles Summer Camps Guide contains a variety of camps available to youth ages 2-17, including sports, creative arts, computer, nature, performing arts, excursion, STEM, and Camp Adventure, Out of School Time (residents only) and classic camps. To make summer planning even easier, an index lists camps available by week offered and age group, with easy-to-read icons indicating camps with Before or After Care available.

City Council Meeting Highlights

January 10: Legislative Meeting

January is Alexandria Mentoring Month

Mentoring MonthIn recognition of National Mentoring Month in January, the City and the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership (AMP) hosted events spotlighting the City's numerous mentoring programs and their efforts to guide youth and give back to the community. The purpose of this month-long campaign is to raise awareness of the positive effects of mentoring, recognize the invaluable efforts of current and former mentors, and recruit others to volunteer and aid mentoring programs.

A proclamation declaring January as Alexandria Mentoring Month was issued by Councilman John Chapman during the City Council meeting on January 10.

Comment Period Limit for Public Hearings

City Council discussed ways to more effectively manage the public comment period during its regularly scheduled public hearings. As a result of the discussion, City Council moved to allow 15 speakers on public discussion at the beginning of the scheduled Saturday public hearing docket and any remaining speakers will be heard at the end of the docket.  

  • To view the meeting docket and video of the proclamation, click here and use the "Jump To" menu to go to "Oral Reports and Oral Presentations by Members of City Council."

January 24: Legislative Meeting

Alexandria City Council Adopts "Vision Zero" Policy to Eliminate Traffic Deaths

City Council unanimously adopted the "Vision Zero" international traffic safety concept with the goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2028. As a Vision Zero community, Alexandria recognizes that these incidents are preventable through proper engineering, enforcement, evaluation and education.

In 2016, there were four pedestrian deaths in Alexandria, an increase from one death in 2015, none in 2014, and two in 2013. There were over 35,000 traffic deaths in the United States in 2015, up 7.2 percent from 2014 after a decade-long decline.

The action by City Council to adopt the Vision Zero philosophy follows over a year of research and planning by City staff.  The next step is for staff to develop an action plan for consideration by Council this fall. The action plan, which will be developed and implemented through community participation, will use a data-driven approach to identify the tasks and funding needed to achieve Vision Zero in Alexandria.

In The Community

Parent Infant Education Program Celebrates 30 Years of Early Intervention

In recognition of the 30 years of early intervention and the thousands of families served in Alexandria, the Parent Infant Education (PIE) Program providers, who support our youngest residents, hosted an open house on December 12 to say "thank you," and to provide an opportunity for the community and professionals who work with families to learn about "All The Pieces of PIE." The open house allowed attendees to learn all the phases of the early intervention process, ask questions, meet program staff and see demonstrations in two specialty areas (infant massage, and inclusive playgroups).

Holmes Run Bike Trail

The City of Alexandria has awarded a contract to Civil Wall Solutions for the construction of improvements along the Holmes Run Bike Trail from the stream crossing at North Ripley Street to Van Dorn Street. Construction is anticipated to start this winter and is currently scheduled to take approximately 12 months. A public information meeting will be held prior to the commencement of construction. Any questions related to this project should be directed to the City's project manager, Daphne Kott, at or 703.746.4055.

Warwick Pool Improvement Project

The City has awarded a contract to Webb Construction for the construction of the Warwick Pool and Pool House. Construction is anticipated to start in February, with the opening currently scheduled for early summer 2017. A public information meeting will be held before construction begins.  For more information about this project, contact the City's project manager, Daphne Kott, at or 703.746.4055.

Four Mile Run Park Bench Dedicated to Family Advocate

In November, Mayor Allison Silberberg, former Congressman Jim Moran, and more than 30 colleagues and family members gathered in Four Mile Run Park to dedicate a bench in memory of Laurie Meyer.  Meyer was the founding team leader for the Community Wraparound Team, a beloved advocate for children and families, and a City employee for 24 years.  She died of breast cancer in 2014.

2017 Center for Alexandria's Children Gala: Hats Off!

Hats Off!On Friday evening, February 24, join the fun at Alexandria's best winter party for a good cause, the 2017 "Hats Off!" gala benefitting the Center for Alexandria's Children (CAC). We'll "tip our hats" to special awardees S. Randolph Sengel (former Commonwealth's Attorney) and ACT for Alexandria, alongside countless community members who have made CAC's  past 10 years of service to Alexandria's kids possible. So pick out your finest topper, come to the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, and prepare to dance the night away to help child abuse victims and vulnerable families in our City. For more information on tickets and sponsorships, visit the 2017 CAC Gala: Hats Off! event page.

Helping City Teens Help Others

Today's teens face many pressures and challenges, and one Youth Development leadership program not only helps teens successfully face these challenges, but also trains them to help others do the same. Youth Development Counselors Theodore "Teddy" Jones and James "Chucky" Moore and Health and Community Education Specialist Kim Hurley train teens as Peer Advisors, who help their peers and elementary school children learn about anger management, substance abuse and violence prevention, and negative peer pressure refusal skills. In addition, the teens sit on local committees, participate in community service projects and give presentations. After a period of volunteering, peer advisors are eligible to become paid part-time City employees.

City Scene

National Mentoring Month

Learn more about the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership and its programs, and find out what it takes to become a mentor.

National Mentoring Month

News Releases

2/13 - City of Alexandria to Hold Open House on 72-Hour Parking Rule

2/12 - City of Alexandria to host Cameron Run Park Planning Process Community Meeting #1

2/10 - City of Alexandria Takes Additional Steps Regarding Former Gas Plant

2/9 - Alexandrians Invited to Nominate Local Environmental Stewards

2/8 - Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities Celebrates Black History Month

2/7 - Rethink Your Commute: Metro SafeTrack Surge #12 Begins February 11

2/7 - Alexandria Fire Chief, Metro GM honor citizens, first responders who saved cardiac arrest victim

2/6 - Police Investigate Robbery at Navy Federal on Richmond Highway

1/31 - Summer Camp Guide Available Online Now - Registration Begins February 15

1/30 - Alexandria City Academy Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2017 Session

1/28 - City Council Adopts Strategic Plan for FY 2017 to FY 2022

1/27 - Jury Recommends Sentence in Rashad Adkins Murder Case

1/27 - City of Alexandria Announces Training Series for Condominium and Community Associations

1/27 - Her Story: Women in Action for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies on March 11

1/26 - Adkins Convicted of Murder

1/24 - First Friday: "Mardi Gras in Alexandria" February 3

1/24 - Alexandria City Council Adopts "Vision Zero" Policy to Eliminate Traffic Deaths

1/23 - Office of the Arts Presents Bagels and Bach Concert – Winter Series

1/23 - Alexandria Police Department Accepting Applications for the 37th Session of the Police Citizens Academy

1/19 - Schedule and Transportation Information for the 58th Presidential Inauguration

1/18 - Alexandria Police Department's K9 Stryker Receives Body Armor

1/17 - Liz Williams Named Director at Gadsby's Tavern Museum

1/16 - Shawnda H. Howard Named Alexandria's Chief Human Resources Officer

1/16 - Michael L. Brown Named Alexandria Police Chief

1/14 - City of Alexandria Awards FY17 Community Matching Funds to Four Community Organizations

1/13 - Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities Inclement Weather Adjustments for Saturday, January 14

1/13 - Alexandria Police Make Arrests Related to Cell Phone Robberies

1/12 - Former City Resident Found Guilty of Voter Registration Fraud

1/6 - City of Alexandria Seeks Feedback on 72-Hour Parking Rule

1/4 - City of Alexandria Celebrates National Mentoring Month, January 2017

1/4 - Thursday and Friday Commutes Could Be Difficult… Are You Prepared?

12/30 - Alexandria Police Recruits Graduate from Regional Academy

Upcoming Events

For more events, visit

FYI Alexandria is produced by the City of Alexandria's Office of Communications and Public Information. 
For questions or feedback, please email