Manager's Report - 19 Apr 2013

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City Response to Boston Bombing

In response to the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, the City has taken steps to increase security and help those affected by the attack. The George Washington Parkway Classic running race, scheduled for the morning of April 21, will go on as scheduled. There will be additional security provided at the event by the Alexandria City Police and the United States Park Police. Additionally, ACT for Alexandria pledged to donate 5 percent of the money raised during the April 17 Spring2Action fundraiser to benefit the Boston Foundation. The City has also reviewed and updated employees on its internal procedures for identifying and dealing with suspicious packages or mail.

Extra Security at the Parkway Classic

Although there are no specific threats against Alexandria or the George Washington Parkway Classic, the City and race organizers have partnered to provide additional security coverage as a precaution. In addition to an increased police presence during the event on Sunday, April 21, the City will also restrict parking in and around the finish line area. There will be no parking on Union Street between King Street and the finish line area at Oronoco Bay Park. "No parking" signs will be posted in the days prior to the race, and vehicles parked in these areas on April 21 will be moved. Additionally, the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services will cover and seal City-owned trash cans prior to the event. Race day trash and recycling receptacles will be available for participants and spectators.

  • Website: George Washington Parkway Classic

City of Alexandria to Host Spring Invitational Cheerleading Competition

The public is invited to attend the Alexandria Spring Invitational Cheerleading Competition, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The competition features preteen and teen cheerleading teams from neighborhood recreation centers and other teams from the metropolitan area. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 5-12, and ages 4 and under are admitted free. For information on the competition, additional recreation programs and activities, or to volunteer as a coach, call the Recreation Services Division Office at 703.746.5402

What's Next Alexandria Third Community Dialogue Scheduled for April 30

The third Community Dialogue in the City's civic engagement initiative will be held Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street.  Community members will have the opportunity to hear the results of the most recent online poll, affirm the final community generated civic engagement principles and discuss what the implementation of What's Next Alexandria will look like, sharing concrete examples of how the principles and process will be applied in the future. One final Community Dialogue will be held in June to present and celebrate the draft Civic Engagement Handbook, which will then be shared with City boards and commissions, civic associations and community organizations over the summer, before being presented to Council for adoption in the fall. For more information, contact Carrie Beach, Department of Planning & Zoning, at 703.746.3853 or

Old Town Farmers' Market Welcomes SNAP/EBT Beneficiaries

Beginning Saturday, April 27, the City of Alexandria's Old Town Farmers' Market will be participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program. SNAP customers will be able to use their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and other eligible food products at the market. Implementing the SNAP program at the Old Town Farmers' Market was made possible with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture and through partnership with the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network.

Building Safety Month

On May 1, the City kicks off Building Safety Month in Market Square, 301 King Street, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The kick-off event, beginning at 11 a.m., will begin with a proclamation by Mayor William D. Euille, and the event will continue with food and speeches by various people from the building community. Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain safe and sustainable structures. This year's theme is "Building Safety Month: Code Officials Keep You Safe." Each week during Building Safety Month, a specific area of building safety will be spotlighted: Fire Safety and Awareness, May 6‐12; Disaster Safety and Mitigation, May 13‐19; Backyard and Pool Safety, May 20‐26; and Energy and Green Building, May 27‐31. Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council.

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