Friday, May 24, 2013
City government will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day
All Alexandria City government offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The following information was provided by the City of Alexandria: Health Facilities — The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.), the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.) and the Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.) will be closed Monday. Hotlines — All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the child protective services hotline, 703-746-5800, the domestic violence hotline,703-746-4911, the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline, 703-746-3401, and the sexual assault hotline, 703-683-7273. Libraries — All …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Alexandria City Public Schools officials hope new building will help spur turnaround at struggling school.
Alexandria officials broke ground on a new Jefferson-Houston School on Cameron Street on Tuesday, in what Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman believes will be “a new chapter” for the struggling school and its surrounding community. City Council approved a $44-million proposal to rebuild Jefferson-Houston School in December 2012. The new school is expected to open in fall 2014. “I think that the whole design of the old school was old school,” said School Board member Ronnie Campbell. “When we looked at the cost of renovating, redesigning the exterior of the building as well as the interior of the building, it only made sense to start fresh and start new.” ACPS cited rising maintenance costs, student population …
Head to Royal Restaurant Friday night to help raise funds for tennis program.
Burgundy Farm Country Day School 8th grader and tennis player Pasquale Procaccino, 13, loves to play tennis. He hopes to pass on his love for the game to others who can't afford to play and has organized a fundraiser Friday night to do just that. The fundraiser is scheduled for Friday evening, May 24 at the Royal Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria (734 N St. Asaph St.), (703) 548-1616) to help fund the Game On program; Pasquale hopes to hold more fundraisers in the future to help repair and resurface those courts that first motivated him to act. The owners of the restaurant said they will contribute a portion of dinner sales from other diners that evening not related to the fundraiser to help the cause. As Pasquale, who plans to attend T.C…
Monday, May 20, 2013
Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday behind current school building.
Alexandria is breaking ground on its new Jefferson-Houston School at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at 1501 Cameron Street and the public is invited to attend the event. City Council approved a $44-million proposal to rebuild Jefferson-Houston School in December 2012. Alexandria City Public Schools cited rising maintenance costs, student population growth and a need for modern learning facilities as reasons to rebuild the struggling school, which serves pre-K through 8th grade and has been marked as one of six chronically failing schools in Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell plans to create a body in July that would have the ability to intervene in the state’s lowest performing schools. Neighborhoods including Old Town, Del Ray and the new Potomac …
A new child care facility is now open on N. Henry Street.
Madison Day School recently opened to serve children ages two months through three years. The private school later this year plans to offer school instruction and activities for children up to five years old, according to a spokeswoman. It's located at 722 N. Henry St., near the intersection with Madison Street and is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. It already has a waiting list and is approved for a capacity of 26 children. The building was formerly occupied by Qi Home and Garden. For more information, call (703) 299-9800. For more news about Old Town Alexandria, "like" Old Town Alexandria Patch on Facebook, follow @alexandriapatch on Twitter and sign up for the daily, email newsletter. Find out more here.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
T.C. Williams tops Lee 9-2 in Patriot District playoff game.
The T.C. Williams High School baseball team topped Robert E. Lee 9-2 Wednesday night at Simpson Stadium in a second-round game of the Patriot District tournament, according to The Washington Post. “Far from perfect, but it was a memorable last game at home,” tweeted T.C. Williams ace Alec Grosser, who emerged as a major league pitching prospect this season. “Thanks to everyone that came out.” With the victory, the Titans advance to the district semifinals and also clinched a berth into the 16-team Northern Region tournament. T.C. Williams will travel to Burke to face Lake Braddock at 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, in a Patriot District semifinal game. The winner will play Monday, May 20 at Lake Braddock in the district final.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Iesha Kenney, a 15-year-old at Minnie Howard, earned victory in international boxing tournament in Finland on May 4.
Minnie Howard student Iesha Kenney was recognized at City Hall Tuesday night for her victory in an international boxing tournament earlier this month in Finland with the USA Junior World Team. Kenney, who is a straight-A student at Minnie Howard and also plays violin in the orchestra, won a unanimous decision over Elizabeth Dillion of England on May 4 in Pirkka, Finland, while representing the United States. “I was in Finland for three days,” the 15-year-old said. “The competition was two days. Prior to that, I was in training camp [in Colorado Spring, Colo.] for a few weeks. ... In the tournament, I was in one bout and won 5-0.” Kenney, who boxes in the 132-pound weight class, got involved at the boxing program at Charles Houston …
Friday, May 10, 2013
T.C. Williams High School band is one of 15 from around the country selected to perform at halftime of 2014 bowl game in New Orleans.
The T.C. Williams High School marching band is heading to The Big Easy. The Marching Titans will represent Alexandria and Virginia at the 2014 Sugar Bowl, to be held Jan. 2, 2014, at the Superdome in New Orleans. Directed by Carlos Gonzales, the T.C. Williams band is one of 15 high school units from across the country selected to perform at halftime of the BCS bowl game. The 80-member band will spend five days in New Orleans, rehearse with the other invited high school bands, learn from nationally renowned adjudicators and explore the city that gave birth to jazz. “I am thrilled to see that the Marching Titans will be representing Alexandria at the 2014 Sugar Bowl Game, bringing prestige and honor to our historic city,” Alexandria Mayor …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The City of Alexandria's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services sends Robbie the Recycling squirrel and friends out to local elementary schools.
Robbie the Recycling squirrel from the city's Transportation and Environmental Services Department visits Alexandria's Charles Barrett Elementary to educate students about the importance of recycling.
Be on the lookout Wednesday for students ditching four wheels for two.
Thousands of kids across the country will ditch the bus and carpool in favor of their bikes Wednesday in the second annual National Bike to School Day. More than a dozen schools in Alexandria have signed up to participate, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which is organizing the event. See the full list of schools participating here. (Note: Mount Vernon Community School has postponed the event due to Wednesday's rainy forecast.) NCSRS also sponsors International Walk to School Day each October. Virginia is again among the states with the most participation in National Bike to School Day: More than 80 schools or groups across the state are planning organized bike rides. Wednesday’s weather is a little bit iffy…