Friday, October 26, 2012
Organizers said concern for safety and welfare of neighbors and participants in the face of Hurricane Sandy prompted the cancellation. However, some related events are still being held.
The Del Ray Halloween Parade is canceled for the first time in its storied history. The Del Ray Business Association announced the cancellation Friday morning after consulting with city officials about the looming Hurricane Sandy and the effects it could have on the area. The governor declared Virginia in a state of emergency on Friday morning in preparation for the Frankenstorm. “After consultation with city officials and reviewing the potential for rain during parade times and strong winds and with our primary concern being for the safety and welfare of our neighbors and participants, the decision to cancel was reached,” said a statement from parade Co-chairs Gayle Reuter and Carol Bailey. The parade was scheduled for Sunday afternoon. …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Parade will feature competitions for best pet costume and best-decorated stroller.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Drew Hansen
Monday, October 22, 2012
Get ready for a fright, Del Ray, because the 16th annual Del Ray Halloween Parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. The parade will run along Mount Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte Avenue and the playing fields at Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Organizers are expecting as many as 5,000 participants once again. Costumed children, adults, strollers and pets are all invited to march. Along with the procession, the DRBA is organizing competitions for best pet costume and best-decorated stroller. To enter the stroller competition, contestants must register by 1:30 p.m. before the start of the parade near the corner of Howell and Mount Vernon avenues. Judging will be performed prior to the parade this year. Registration for the pet costume …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Future of Monroe Avenue Giant remains in question.
Alexandria City Council approved the construction of a six-story, mixed-use development in Potomac Yard on Saturday that will include 253 residential units and a 69,000-square foot Giant grocery store. The development will be built just off Route 1 and north of Alexandria Fire Station 209 on Main Line Boulevard between E. Glebe Road and Seaton Avenue. It will have two and a half levels of underground parking for residents and grocery store customers. Twelve of the residential units will be reserved at an affordable rate. The Giant will consume most of the ground floor of the development and is expected to include a Starbucks, bakery, pharmacy and an outdoor cafe at the corner of E. Glebe Road and Main Line Boulevard. The construction of …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The 37th annual Alexandria Turkey Trot will begin at 9 a.m. this year in an effort to alleviate Thanksgiving traffic.
The 2012 Alexandria Turkey Trot will start at 9 a.m. on Nov. 22, an hour earlier than in previous years. John Reynolds, the race coordinator with the Del Ray Business Association, said the earlier start time should help alleviate Thanksgiving traffic by getting roads in Del Ray and Rosemont reopened before noon. The 5-mile race, now in its 37th year, is presented by the DRBA and DC Road Runners. The event is the DRBA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. More than 4,600 runners registered for the 2011 race. This year’s trot will begin and end at George Washington Middle School for the second straight year. Both the starting and finish lines will be on Mt. Vernon Avenue in front of the school. For more information on the course, see the …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The standard entry fee for the Nov. 22 race is $20.
Registration is now open online for the 2012 Alexandria Turkey Trot, which will begin for the second straight year at George Washington Middle School on Thanksgiving morning. The standard race entry fee is $20. Registration for runners ages 13 to 20 is $15, while children under 13 can register for $5. Runners may also purchase a long-sleeve cotton T-shirt or a short-sleeve technical T-shirt for an extra $10 with their registration. Online registrants have the option of making a donation to race benefactor ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization consisting of volunteers from more than 40 religious congregations and community groups working to help Alexandrians in need. This year’s race will once again have special fields for runners with strollers…
Monday, September 17, 2012
Del Ray-headquartered Old Town IT is one of the fastest growing private companies in the country.
Old Town IT, a firm specializing in technology consulting and software development for associations, was named one of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States last month by Inc. Magazine. “It’s exciting,” said Tim Ward, the company’s founder. “It’s great for recruiting. We’re small but we’re growing and this adds some extra legitimacy.” The company has grown staggeringly over the last three years—844 percent, according to Inc. And that’s in the face of one of the toughest economic periods in this country’s history. Ward says a lot of it has to do with customer service. “Even though we’re a tech company, we’re a people-oriented business,” he said. “Our motto is ‘Do what you say when you say it.’ … We’re enthusiastic…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Motorized trolley will use Commonwealth Avenue and Braddock Road to reach Braddock Road Metro station as opposed to initial recommendation of West Street.
Trolley service will make its way to Del Ray and Arlandria beginning this fall. On Wednesday night at City Hall, Alexandria City Council unanimously approved a route that will send free, motorized trolley buses from King Street Metro north along Commonwealth Avenue, then turn right on Braddock Road and stop at Braddock Road Metro station. The trolley will then track back to Mt. Vernon Avenue, run north, make a left turn onto W. Glebe Road, right onto Russell Road and right back onto Mt. Vernon Avenue to return. The first recommended route, initially released in March, terminated at W. Reed Avenue, short of the heart of Arlandria. At the time, members of the Arlandria-Chirilagua Business Association and other stakeholders said they wanted …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
At a community meeting, West Street residents say their street is ill-designed to handle motorized trolley service connecting Old Town and Del Ray.
Alexandria’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services is reaching out to citizens for input on six alternative routes for the expansion of motorized trolley service onto Mt. Vernon Avenue. T&ES posted a survey on the city’s website asking for citizen preferences on routes, the name of the line and hours of service. All six route alternatives begin at King Street Metro station and terminate at varying destinations after moving north along Mt. Vernon Avenue. Two of the alternatives go all the way to Arlington Ridge Shopping Center across Four Mile Run. Some suggested routes use West Street to connect Old Town with Del Ray, while others use Commonwealth Avenue. The routes using Commonwealth Avenue do not make stops at Braddock…
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Neighbors and friends frustrated with lack of progress in investigation.
The search for community activist Lenny Harris appears to have stalled since his disappearance two months ago, frustrating neighbors and friends. In an email to Patch last week, Alexandria Police spokesperson Jody Donaldson wrote that “unfortunately” there is “nothing new” in the case. Harris was last seen at Charles Houston Recreation Center the evening of Sept. 21. The next day, his cell phone was found on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. A few days later, Police released a photo of a person of interest with a distinct forearm tattoo using Harris’ credit card at a King Street ATM. Police also distributed a photo of a white Dodge Caravan connected to the attempted use of Harris’ credit card in Prince George’s County, Md. The morning of Oct. 11…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This year's Thanksgiving Day race will begin and end at George Washington Middle School.
The Alexandria Turkey Trot is going in a new direction this year. After 35 years of starting and finishing the race in front of Cora Kelly School, the 36th incarnation of the Thanksgiving Day run will begin and finish at George Washington Middle School. The new location makes the region’s largest Turkey Day race more Metro accessible. “This will allow hundreds, if not thousands of racers to leave the car at home and give access to the race to many more runners,” said Jill Erber, Del Ray Business Association race chair and owner of Cheestique. The 5-mile course has also been adjusted for a better runner experience. In the past, there have been a few bottlenecks because of the size of the field. Organizers with the DC Road Runners Club, …