Archives:December, 2010

Pat Miller Chosen 2010 Alexandrian Of The Year

December 31st, 2010 | [From: Business, Top Stories]

When Pat Miller moved to Del Ray in the early 1980s, it was not the highly sought after place to live that it is today and Mt. Vernon Avenue was not the pedestrian-friendly business location that exists now. There was no Del Ray Farmers’ Market, no Art On The Avenue, no Del Ray Halloween parade, no First Thursday and the Torpedo Factory Art Center was pretty much the only art destination in Alexandria.

2010: The Year In Review

December 31st, 2010 | [From: Top Stories]

2010 will be remembered for back-to-back snowstorms, which dumped more than 30 inches of snow on Alexandria, for the Alexandria City Council approving the North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan and paving the way for a new MetroRail Station there; for the impending arrival of 6400 new employees at Mark Center when the Washington Headquarters Services facility opens in September, 2011; for the appointment of more ad hoc task forces and work groups to study transportation solutions in the Beauregard Corridor when the new facility opens at Mark Center;

The Alexandria Waterfront – In Peril Again

December 30th, 2010 | [From: Letters/Opinions]

Almost 40 years have passed since Marian Van Landingam and the late Ellen Pickering spearheaded efforts to prevent developers from turning the historic Alexandria waterfront into another Watergate on the Potomac. With the support of residents, toxic industrial sites were turned into attractive public spaces, and an old torpedo factory was transformed into a unique art center and archeology museum, which attracts more than half a million visitors annually.

Café Nicole Gives Free Soup And Sandwiches To Homeless Over The Holidays

December 30th, 2010 | [From: Business, Other News]

This holiday season, Café Nicole, 1125 Queen Street, has given a unique gift to homeless Alexandrians: Free ham and turkey sandwiches, cups of chicken noodle soup and coffee. The donations were made possible by the Burlimann family and a private donor.

EPA Accepts Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan

December 30th, 2010 | [From: EcoNews, From Richmond]

Today, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell received word that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan submitted by the Administration in November. The plan was developed as part of EPA’s establishment of a total maximum daily load or “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia is one of seven Bay jurisdictions which develop such plans.

Governor McDonnell Announces Decrease In Traffic Deaths

December 30th, 2010 | [From: Top Stories, Traffic & Transportation]

Today, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that traffic fatalities will reach a record low in 2010, the second consecutive year in which traffic fatalities have reached a record low in Virginia. As of today, there were 715 road deaths reported statewide compared to 750 on this same date last year; a five percent decrease from 2009 and a 40% decrease from a record high of 1026 traffic fatalities in 2007.

Don’t Let Drunk Driving Wreck The New Year Before It Starts

December 29th, 2010 | [From: Top Stories, Traffic & Transportation]

New Year’s Eve is celebrated with reflections on the past year and resolutions for the coming one, both often lubricated with alcohol. But when the party hits the road, New Year’s cheer can turn into tragedy in the time it takes to pop a champagne cork.

Local police are joining hundreds of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout the metropolitan Washington region and neighboring states in the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign to combat the issue of drunk driving during this notoriously dangerous time of year.

Three Recent Bank Robberies Linked

December 28th, 2010 | [From: 2010 In Review, Courts & Crime, Top Stories]

The Washington Field Office of the FBI has linked a Dec. 14, Arlington Bank Robbery and a Dec. 20, Alexandria Bank Robbery, and Alexandria police are looking into the possibility that the same suspect may have committed yesterday’s PNC Bank robbery.

COPS For Christmas

December 28th, 2010 | [From: Holiday Happenings, Other News]

On Saturday, December 18, Alexandria COPS Officers played Santa Claus to nine Lynhaven and Hume Springs families. The officers, with assistance from the two civic associations, selected families in need who could use Christmas gifts and food for the holidays. The families have children between eight and 15 years of age.

Holiday Sales Up In Alexandria, Nationally

December 28th, 2010 | [From: 2010 In Review, Business, Top Stories]

Like their national counterparts, Alexandria businesses had a very merry Christmas, with sales up from last year.

Lamont Brown is the sales manager for Comfort One Shoes, 201 King Street, in Old Town. The European comfort shoe company has 23 stores in Virginia, Maryland and DC. “We had a pretty good increase and I think we’re going to end up defeating last year.