Archives:July, 2011

The City of Alexandria’s Financial Situation Remains Sound

July 30th, 2011 | [From: City Hall, Top Stories]

On July 28, Moody’s Investors Service announced that the City of Alexandria, along with the other Northern Virginia jurisdictions, is among the 162 Aaa-rated local governments across the United States under review for possible credit rating downgrades. This announcement follows Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s decisions to review the U.S. government’s credit rating due to the impasse in federal debt ceiling deliberations.

“Hairspray” Plays To Full, Happy House

July 29th, 2011 | [From: Arts & Style]

“Hairspray,” is the monumental new production playing at the Little Theater of Alexandria through Aug. 13. It is fabulous, a must see. Buy your tickets now! Wednesday and Thursday night performances were sold out so don’t delay. Come out and enter the magical world of hairspray and Tracy Turnblad.

President Obama Announces Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standard

July 29th, 2011 | [From: EcoNews, Traffic & Transportation]

President Obama today announced a historic agreement with thirteen major automakers to pursue the next phase in the Administration’s national vehicle program, increasing fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025.

Alexandria Police Begin Photo Safety Program

July 29th, 2011 | [From: Courts & Crime, Top Stories]

On Monday, August 1, the Alexandria Police Department will begin the second phase of the Photo Safety Program to help reduce red-light violations and crashes throughout the City. Photo enforcement cameras will capture still images and video of red-light violators.

More Bricks Installed At King Street Garden Park

July 29th, 2011 | [From: Non-Profits, Other News]

Last week, the King Street Gardens Park Foundation installed 54 new personalized bricks in the park.

Senate Committee Approves Webb Bill to Recognize Virginia Indian Tribes

July 29th, 2011 | [From: From Congress]

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today approved the “Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2011” (S. 379), introduced by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and cosponsored by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) that would grant federal recognition to six Indian tribes of Virginia.

Amendment To Slash Smithsonian Budget Fails

July 29th, 2011 | [From: From Congress]

Congressman Jim Moran, Ranking Member on the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, today stood against an amendment to slash the Smithsonian’s budget by more than $55 million; a cut that would lead to the closure of either two Smithsonian museums or the National Zoo.

Calling Speaker Boehner

July 28th, 2011 | [From: Other News]

Since the debate over increasing the debt ceiling began, Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives John Boehner (Republican-Ohio) must have received hundreds if not thousands of calls on the subject. One Old Town couple has a particular appreciation of just what that number is.

Virginians Can Save Money During Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday

July 28th, 2011 | [From: Business, Top Stories]

Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Virginia’s sixth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-7.

Citizens For An Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan Opposes City’s Possible Use Of Eminent Domain Against The Old Dominion Boat Club

July 28th, 2011 | [From: Letters/Opinions]

Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan
Opinion

Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan (CAAWP) are opposed to having our City government pursue an eminent domain action against the Old Dominion Boat Club to obtain a small number of private parking spaces on the Strand and to remove the easement the boat club holds for Wales Alley.