The sound of bagpipes returned to the streets of Old Town as the annual Scottish Walk Parade returned to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Dec. 4 following last year’s pandemic-induced hiatus. The parade and related Scottish Walk Weekend events benefit the Campagna Center, which has been serving children and families in the city for 75 years. Continue reading "Scottish Walk Celebrates 50th Anniversary In Alexandria."
At the Oct. 17 Occoquan Chase, the freshman women and men competing for the Old Dominion Boat Club finished strong in their races. The freshman women’s 8 took first place, completing their race with a 20:24.82 time. Meanwhile, the freshman men’s 8 finished second with a 19:37.73 time, behind DC National with a 19:03.41 time. Continue reading "Alexandria Women’s Rowing Team Dominates Occoquan Chase"
Despite objections from a majority of its school board, the Alexandria, Virginia, City Council voted Tuesday night to spend funds originally meant to pay school resource officers (SROs) to hire more mental health professionals. The council decided in May to eliminate the $789,909 from the 2022 budget that had been used to fund the SRO program. Continue reading "Funds Redirected From SROs To Mental Health Resources By Alexandria City Council"
St. Martin de Porres Senior Center on Taney Ave. has served Alexandria’s seniors for 45 years. During the pandemic, the site has been closed. This provided HomeAid Northern Virginia (HANV) with an opportunity to undertake a $44,000 upgrade of the facility. Yesterday, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, staff had the chance to see the finished project. It includes bathroom upgrades, ramps to increase accessibility, and electrical and lighting updates. Continue reading "Major Renovation Gone Through At Alexandria Senior Center During Pandemic"
It’s the time of year when Alexandria’s wildlife comes to life — foraging, making nests, and raising their young. That translates into action-packed days for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s (AWLA) Animal Services Officer and wildlife specialist Megan Lawrence. A recent call concerned a common wildlife issue: squirrels. Continue reading "National Animal Care & Control Appreciation Week Is Here"
A new COVID-19 mass vaccination site is opening in Alexandria, Virginia, and officials said Tuesday it will be able to administer thousands of doses a day. The site, located at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue, is a joint partnership between Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Inova Health System, which is based in Falls Church. It’s slated to open by the end of March. “The headline for today is partnership and capacity,” Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson said at a Tuesday news conference. Continue reading "Mass Vaccination Site To Open In Alexandria"
The region's longest-running boutique warehouse sale will return in 2021, albeit with some changes. The Alexandria Warehouse Sale will be held on Feb. 6 and 7. But instead of taking place in the Westin Alexandria like years prior, it will be spread out in stores, pop-up tents, and open retail space along King Streets and select side streets in Old Town Alexandria. Continue reading "Alexandria Warehouse Sale To Be Held In Open Retail Space"
Erin White has delivered 50 boxed chicken kabobs, couscous salad, and cornbread lunches to hospital workers at Inova Alexandria Hospital on Nov. 17. She says the hospitals are suddenly busy again with COVID patients, and the workers are so glad to be recognized and to have a good meal. Erin and her husband Bobby White, who live in Del Ray, own Mindy’s, a catering company based in D.C. in the Palisades. Continue reading "Mindy’s Delivery Dinners Serve Del Ray"
Halloween 2020 in Alexandria was a quieter affair than in pre-pandemic days that saw families and neighbors mark the holiday with socially distanced gatherings. A rare Blue Moon illuminated this Halloween. Continue reading "How Was Halloween 2020 In Alexandria?"
In late August, several of the health and wellness businesses located on and adjacent to Mount Vernon Avenue banded together to create the Wellness District, a subgroup of the Del Ray Business Association, that is composed of more than 40 wellness-focused organizations. The Wellness District was established to highlight a network of healthcare and fitness providers that has been growing for more than 20 years, according to a news release. Its goal is to better connect people with resources for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Continue reading "New Wellness District Celebrates Wellness Month"