Saturday, March 2, 2013
Expect road closures and detours from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria.
Washington Street will be closed at King Street for the 32nd annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Old Town Alexandria on Saturday. Traffic will be detoured at Duke Street and Princess Street. King Street also will be closed from Alfred Street to Lee Street. Motorists are advised to use Route 1 as an alternative. The parade itself starts at 12:30 p.m. See a map of the parade route here. Use alternate routes from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities start with a classic car show at 10 a.m., and the Fun Dog Show at Market Square at 10:30 a.m. Saturday’s weather is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 44 degrees and a very slight chance of rain.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Following are some crimes reported by the Alexandria Police Department to crimereports.com.
Crime Report for Old Town Alexandria Note: The addresses listed below indicates blocks and not specific addresses of incidents. Feb. 16 – There was an assault reported in the 300 block of Wythe Street at about midnight as well as in the 700 block at about the same time. Feb. 15 – There was an assault reported in the 700 block of N. West Street at about midnight. Feb. 15 – There was a theft from a vehicle reported in the 2200 block of Mill Road at about 4:45 a.m. Feb. 14 – A person in the 800 block of Oronoco Street reported a case of stolen identity with someone using their identity for fraudulent purposes. Feb. 13 – Shoplifting occurred at a shop in the 600 block of North Washington Street at 1:37 p.m. Feb. 10 – A woman reported her purse…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Add your photos to the Old Town Alexandria Patch photo gallery of Thursday's snow.
A Thursday trip to some of Old Town's finest parks. If you have photos from this morning's snow, upload your photos to the gallery above by clicking on the upload button.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Old Town named to second tier of list produced by Chicago-based ArtPlace.
ArtPlace recently named the downtown section of Alexandria—aka Old Town—one of its top arts locations in metro areas across the United States for 2013. The Chicago-based group is a collaboration of national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies that put an emphasis on revitalizing communities across the country through supporting local arts projects. Alexandria was named to the group’s second tier of art places. The group named 12 neighborhoods in 11 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas to its top ArtPlaces. Washington, DC’s Adams Morgan-U Street-Dupont Circle intersection was named to the top tier. ArtPlace identified neighborhoods that have successfully combined art, artists and venues for creativity and …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Looking for a place to eat on New Year's Eve? Here are a few suggestions of restaurants that are open for ringing in 2013.
Alexandria has a host of options for diners looking to celebrate out on the town. Grab a bite during the First Night Alexandria activities or ring in the new year right at a restaurant. Some suggestions around town: Old Town Bilbo Baggins 208 Queen St. 703-683-0300 American and English fare with a dash of Hobbit. New Year's Menu (PDF) Columbia Firehouse Restaurant 109 S. St. Asaph St. 703-683-1776 A modern American brasseries and bar. Party begins at 9 p.m. at $65 per person. Price of admission includes canapes, hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight. Cash bar available throughout the night. Eamonn's 728 King St. 703-299-8384 Fish, chips and more. Open until midnight Dec. 31. PX 728 King St. with reservations made online Fancy, fresh …
Monday, November 26, 2012
No one was injured in the incident that occurred Saturday morning.
Alexandria police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank in Old Town Alexandria. Around 9:23 a.m. Saturday, a man wearing a mask entered the bank, which is located at 330 N. Washington St. He displayed a knife and demanded money, according to police. The teller relinquished an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled the bank. No one was injured. The suspect is described as a male of unknown race, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a red and white hooded sweatshirt with a stripe down the arms, dark pants and a mask with a white face with fake blood on the cheek and eye area. He was also wearing dark gloves. Recently, Bank of America in the 600 …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Council opts for nautical fence but puts emphasis on replacing unstable bulkhead.
Alexandria City Council overturned a decision by the city’s Board of Architectural Review on Saturday, approving the construction of a nautical post and rope fence at Windmill Hill Park as opposed to a BAR-endorsed split-rail fence. The fence would be designed to prevent park visitors from walking on an unstable and deteriorating bulkhead along the Potomac River. While council sided with the petitioners, the discussion in City Hall focused more on the state of the bulkhead and what needs to be done to replace it. Council ultimately opted to expedite analysis for design and funding the bulkhead project ahead of upcoming budget discussions for the new council that will be sworn in on Jan. 2, 2013. “We need to protect the public,” Vice Mayor …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Store closing is part of broader company restructuring.
Ritz Camera on King Street is closing, a casualty of the parent company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June. The move comes as brick-and-mortar consumer-electronics stores face hotter competition from online rivals and more people rely on smart phones to take pictures instead of buying cameras and other equipment, according to The Washington Post. The restructuring includes the camera store closing 128 locations and cut its staff of 2,000 in half. Four locations in Virginia, including Old Town Alexandria, are going dark. The Old Town location at 600 King St. expects to operate through mid-October.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Capital Bikeshare alerted membership on Friday that Alexandria's eight-station network is operational.
Alexandria’s eight Capital Bikeshare stations became operational on Friday, which was slightly ahead of schedule. The bikesharing service sent a message to users on Friday afternoon to announce the news. The red bikes, which now display Alexandria’s crest on their frames, were loaded into docks around town throughout the day. Alexandria began installing the stations on Monday at the following sites: The city will hold a launch event at 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 19 in Market Square to celebrate Capital Bikeshare's introduction to the city. If you ride the bikes in Alexandria, let us know where you went and what it was like in the comments section.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
One year ago Thursday, the East Coast was shaken by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Drew Hansen
Thursday, August 23, 2012
One year ago Thursday, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., shook the East Coast just before 2 p.m. It was the largest quake to hit the eastern seaboard since 1944, and thousands of homes, businesses and churches received damage. In Alexandria, things fell off our mantles and shelves, school children and office workers were evacuated, and a local primary for State Senate was briefly halted. Gadsby’s Tavern received some damage, mostly to the chimneys of a section dating back to 1792. The brickwork at City Hall also suffered in the quake and some chimneys on Old Town homes fell. Cell phone service went down for several hours, adding to the confusion. Quickly, however, the city and region got back to its routine. What are …