FYI Alexandria - Fall 2009

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Fall 2009
The City of Alexandria's Official Resident Newsletter
In the Spotlight...

 Be Ready, Alexandria! H1N1 Influenza Update
The H1N1 influenza virus continues to spread across the Unites States, and the City of Alexandria is prepared. Since spring, the City and the Alexandria Health Department have been monitoring the disease and the City has implemented its Pandemic Flu Plan.

Your Mayor & City Council

City CouncilNew City Council Takes Office, Resumes Regular Meeting Schedule
On September 8, Alexandria's new City Council, elected last May, began its first legislative session after the summer recess.

City Council Launches Strategic Planning Process
A major activity for City Council this year is the review and revision of the City's Strategic Plan. Learn more about the planning process and how you can get involved.

Mayor's Corner: Let's Get Healthy, Alexandria! 
As the economic downturn continues, the last few months haven't been easy. And when things are tough, we all have a tendency to get discouraged. This can create increased stress or depression, which may lead to overeating, decreased exercise, weight gain, and compromised health. It is important during times like these to maintain a personal commitment to be fit and healthy.

City Government

Chief Earl CookDeputy Police Chief Earl Cook Named Police Chief
City Manager James K. Hartmann has named Acting Police Chief Earl Cook as Chief of the Alexandria Police Department. A native of Alexandria, Chief Cook is a 30-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department and the first African-American in the City's 260-year history to serve as the Chief of Police. He will be responsible for the administration of a 400-member police department.

Alexandria and the Recovery Act: An Update 
Since this spring, the City has continued to apply for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants. Recently, the City has been awarded grants for several programs.

New Stimulus Grant Applications
The City has recently submitted applications for several stimulus grants.

Eco-City Alexandria: Mayor Euille Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee 
On July 21, Mayor William D. Euille testified on the Eco-City Alexandria Initiative before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy.

Welcome to the New FYI Alexandria 
Welcome to the leaner (and greener) FYI Alexandria! In an effort to improve efficiency, and bring you City news and information, we have produced this new version of the resident newsletter and will produce FYI Alexandria in both online and printed versions.

Community Development

Alexandria WaterfrontAlexandrians Explore the Future of the Waterfront 
Alexandria continues its comprehensive planning process to enhance the character of the City's Waterfront to make this hometown jewel a more attractive and accessible destination.

King Street Trolley
Alexandria's King Street Trolley is a charming and fun way to travel from the river to the Metrorail.

Alexandria: A Bike-Friendly City!
The League of American Bicyclists has designated the City of Alexandria a Bronze-level 2009 Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC). The League recognized the City for its efforts in welcoming bicyclists and making bicycling safer and more enjoyable.

City Programs & Services

Plastic Bag RecyclingEco-City Alexandria: Plastic Bag Recycling Initiative
As part of the Eco-City Alexandria initiative, residents, students and businesses are encouraged to "Make the Right Choice-One Plastic Bag at a Time!" by reducing, reusing, and recycling their plastic bags.

Get Involved! Volunteer Opportunities in the City
Learn more about how you can get involved in serving your community.

Be Ready, Alexandria! Are You Prepared?
Are you ready? The time to plan for a natural disaster, weather emergency, or national threat is now. By having the right supplies; knowing where to get information; and having a written plan for yourself, your loved ones and your pets, you can protect yourself and your family.

Holiday Sharing Program Donors Needed
Share the holiday spirit by helping eligible low-income families, foster children, elderly, and citizens with disabilities through the City's Holiday Sharing program.

City Life

Civil Rights Sit InCity Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Civil Rights Sit-In 
Years before Mrs. Rosa Parks took her seat on the bus or the Greensboro Four sat at a "whites only" lunch counter, five brave young men went into an Alexandria public library and staged what may have been the nation's first sit-in for civil rights. On August 21, 2009, the City of Alexandria celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Alexandria Library Civil Rights sit-in at the Barrett Library, which was the site of that historic event.

Keep Your Home From Being "Bumped"
Learn how "bump proof" locks can prevent your home and property from burglary.

Autumn Leaf Collection 
Each year, from October through January, the City's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services provides vacuum leaf collection service to single-family residential homeowners.

Pets Around Town
Our featured pets hail from Old Town and Fairlington.

Events & Activities

Highlights from this issue's Calendar of Events:

  • 39th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend ~ December 4 & 5
  • Christmas in Camp Open House ~ December 12
  • Cheerleading Exhibition ~ December 12
  • Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours ~ December 12 & 13
  • First Night Alexandria ~ December 31