Saturday, March 12 – Groundbreaking Ceremony for Witter Property Athletic Facilities
The public is invited to attend the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Witter Property Athletic Facilities, 2600 Witter Drive. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information about the project, visit www.alexandriava.gov/18078.
Wednesday, March 16 – BRAC-133 Advisory Group Meeting
The BRAC-133 Advisory Group will meet at 7 p.m. at Francis Hammond Middle School Auditorium. The Virginia Department of Transportation and their consultants will address the proposed HOV/Transit Ramp at Seminary Road and I-395, and discuss whether an Environmental Assessment or a Categorical Exclusion would be the appropriate level of review for this project. Stakeholders and members of the public are encouraged to attend to participate in the discussion. For more information, call David Grover at 703.746.4061.
Wednesday, March 16 - Business Personal Property Tax Returns Mailed
The City of Alexandria has begun mailing 2011 Business Personal Property Tax returns to all businesses that were operating in the City as of January 1, 2011. All returns must be received or postmarked by May 2, 2011. The annual Business Personal Property Tax bill will be based on the return filed with the City. Any business that does not file a return will be statutorily assessed and billed for the Business Personal Property Tax. If your business does not receive a business personal property tax return by April 15, has ceased operations, or has had a change of address not previously reported to the City, please contact Business Tax staff at email@example.com or 703.746.3903.
Thursday, March 17 - High Capacity Transit Corridor Work Group Meeting
The City of Alexandria invites members of the public to attend the High Capacity Transit Corridor Work Group meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the John Adams Elementary School (Cafeteria), 5651 Rayburn Avenue. The school is transit accessible via DASH routes AT1 and AT2. The meeting will focus on the narrowed list of alignment alternatives for the Beauregard / Van Dorn corridor, and an overview of existing conditions for Corridor A (North-South) and Corridor B (Duke Street/Eisenhower). For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/HighCapacityTransit or contact Steve Sindiong, Transportation Planner, at 703.746.4047.
Thursday, March 17 - King Street Paving Project
The City of Alexandria is resurfacing King Street, between Strand Street and Diagonal Road. The scope of the King Street improvement project will begin with concrete improvements to the curb and gutter, ADA accessible ramps at crosswalks, and will end with the milling and overlay of the existing pavement. Alexandria residents are invited to a public meeting about the scope and schedule of this project at 7 p.m., in Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, Alexandria City Hall, 301 King Street. The concrete improvements phase of this project, from Strand Street to Saint Asaph Street, is scheduled to begin the last week of March. For more information, call Rashad Friday, Project Manager, at 703.746.4049 or e-mail Rashad.Friday@alexandriava.gov.
Climate Change Meetings
The City of Alexandria's Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) and Office of Environmental Quality invites members of the public to attend two upcoming meetings about climate change. Take part in the City's Eco-City Alexandria initiative, learn about the science of climate change, and give feedback towards the draft Energy and Climate Change Action Plan.
- Tuesday, March 15 - 7:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m.
Alexandria City Hall, Room 2000
Climate Change Science: A Review of the Basics, and the Latest Research Findings
Speakers: Marcus Sarofim, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ned Helme, President, Center for Clean Air Policy (invited)
- Saturday, March 26 - 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Alexandria City Hall, Room 2000
Polk Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room
Open House: Eco-City Alexandria Update & Release of City’s Draft Energy and Climate Change Action Plan
Monday, March 28 – Kindergarten Registration Begins
Alexandria City Public Schools kindergarten registration for the 2011-2012 school year starts on March 28. Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 30, 2011, to register for kindergarten (view the flier). Learn more at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/enroll/.
Nominations Sought for Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award
The Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and the Alexandria Sanitation Authority are now accepting nominations for the 3rd Annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. Nominations can be for any Alexandria resident, group, club, organization or corporate neighbor who has demonstrated their commitment to protecting the natural environment and promoting environmental sustainability within Alexandria. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. Detailed information is located on the Alexandria Earth Day website. The recipient(s) of the Ellen Pickering Award will be publicly recognized and have a tree planted in their honor at Alexandria Earth Day 2011 on Saturday, April 30.
Nominations Sought for Awards Sponsored by Commission on Persons with Disabilities
The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities is seeking nominations for two annual awards that honor local residents. The John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award recognizes an individual who has advocated for persons with disabilities and includes a $500 donation in the recipient’s name to an organization that contributes to the promotion of equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. The Gerry Bertier Scholarship, sponsored by HeimLantz CPAs, awards up to a $1,000 merit based scholarship to a City of Alexandria resident with a disability or to a student at a school located in the City of Alexandria who seeks post-secondary education. Winners will be recognized at a reception on June 28. Nomination forms must be submitted by April 30, and are available by contacting Mike Hatfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.746.3148, Virginia Relay 711.
Free Tax Preparation for Low-Income Residents
Free tax preparation assistance is available to low-income residents through April 13 at the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave. Low-income City residents can get help filing federal and state income tax returns and applying for all applicable credits and deductions on Saturday mornings beginning at 9 a.m. and Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Spanish-speaking preparers will be available. To request a reasonable disability accommodation or to receive materials in an alternative format, contact Suzanne Kratzok, Coordinator of Community Resources, at 703.746.5663 (703.836.1493 TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the session you wish to attend.
Boards and Commissions
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
Alexandria City Council will hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Jackie Henderson at 703.746.4550.
MONDAY, MARCH 14
Alexandria City Council will hold a work session on the proposed FY 2012 Budget at 7 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1102, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Jackie Henderson at 703.746.4550.
Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1102, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Rose Boyd at 703.746.4300.
Alexandria Commission on Information Technology will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m., Room 2000, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Beverly Hill-McDonald at 703.746.3001.
Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Planning District Commission, 7535 Little River Turnpike. For more information, contact HSA Headquarters at 703.573.3100.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15
Alexandria Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Steven Elliott at 703.746.3746.
Alexandria Commission for the Arts will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Durant Community Art Center, 1605 Cameron Street. For more information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5588.
Historic Alexandria Resources Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington Street. For more information, contact Lance Mallamo at 703.746.4554.
Alexandria Sanitation Authority Board of Directors will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Sanitation Authority, 1500 Eisenhower Avenue. For more information, contact Karen Pallansch at 703.549.3381.
Alexandria Waterfront Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 a.m., Room 2000, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Jack Browand at 703.746.5504.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
Alexandria Archaeological Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Torpedo Factory, 105 North Union Street, Suite 327. For more information, contact Pamela Cressey at 703.746.4399.
Alexandria BRAC-133 Advisory Group – Ad Hoc Committee will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m., Francis Hammond Middle School Auditorium, 4646 Seminary Road. For more information, contact David Grover at 703.746.4061.
Alexandria Board of Architectural Review – Old and Historic District will hold its second meeting of the month at 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Al Cox at 703.746.3833.
Alexandria Community Services Board – Local Human Rights Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., 720 North St. Asaph Street, 4th Floor. For more information, contact LaTanya Wooten at 703.746.3579.
Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Council Workroom, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Michael Mackey at 703.746.4144.
Alexandria Human Rights Commission will hold a special event meeting on “Inspiring Youth” at 6 p.m., Ferdinand T. Day Commons , T.C. Williams High School, 3330 king Street. For more information, contact Jean Niebauer at 703.746.3140.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17
Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. For more information, contact William Chesley at 703.746.5426.
Alexandria Public Health Advisory Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m., 4th Floor Conference Room, Alexandria Health Department, 4480 King Street. For more information, contact Dean Bryant at 703.746.4956.
Alexandria Public Records Advisory Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1102, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information, contact Jackie Cohan at 703.746.4402.
Alexandria School Board will hold a meeting to adopt the FY 2012 Combined Funds Budget at 7:30 p.m., School Administration Offices, Winkler Building Board Room, 2000 North Beauregard Street. For more information, contact Rosemary Webb at 703.824.6614.