Archives:June, 2012

City Of Alexandria Declares Local Emergency

June 30th, 2012 | [From: Top Stories]

The City of Alexandria has declared a local emergency in response to last night’s severe storms, due to widespread power outages and excessive heat. This declaration provides for increased coordination with state resources, permitting the City to take necessary actions to respond to the storms and heat.

Senator Webb: Highway Bill Provides Continued Funding, Certainty For Critical Virginia Infrastructure Projects

June 29th, 2012 | [From: From Congress, Top Stories]

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) today supported passage of the surface transportation bill (H.R.4348) conference report, which cleared the Senate today on a vote of 74-19. The conference report allocates more than $1 billion per fiscal year for critical highway and transit improvements in Virginia through FY2014.

Alexandria Police To Conduct Roaming DWI Enforcement

June 29th, 2012 | [From: Courts & Crime]

On June 29, Alexandria police will conduct a roaming DWI enforcement effort to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers. The DWI crackdown will begin at 8:00 P.M. on Friday, June 29, and will continue until 6:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 30. Motorists will be stopped and drivers will be checked to assure that their abilities to drive have not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.

NCLB Waiver Approved By US Department Of Education

June 29th, 2012 | [From: Schools, Top Stories]

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright announced today that Virginia schools and school divisions will no longer have to meet arbitrary and unrealistic No Child Left Behind benchmarks in reading and mathematics or the federal law’s mandate that all students – regardless of circumstance – achieve grade-level proficiency by 2014. The flexibility is the result of United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s decision today to approve the state Board of Education’s application for a waiver from certain provisions of NCLB.

Alexandria’s Longest-Tenured Police Officer Retires

June 28th, 2012 | [From: Courts & Crime, Top Stories]

Although he “never thought about becoming a police officer, ever,” William Johnson is retiring as a Captain after 37 years in the Alexandria Police Department.

NOVA Offers Class At Detention Center

June 28th, 2012 | [From: Other News, Schools]

“It’s not often you get the mayor to come to jail.”

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne’s line drew laughs from many, including Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille today at the Alexandria Detention Center. Euille was there, as were Vice Mayor Kerry Donley and Councilman Frank Fannon for the debut of the Open Road Program, which will partner the Sheriff’s Office with Northern Virginia Community College.

Excessive Heat Watch Issued

June 28th, 2012 | [From: Health & Fitness, Top Stories]

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the entire Washington, DC metropolitan region, including the City of Alexandria, beginning on Friday morning. Excessive heat could last through July 5.

Inova Issues Emergency Call For Blood Donations

June 28th, 2012 | [From: Health & Fitness, Other News]

Inova Blood Donor Services has issued a call for eligible blood donors to visit their local blood center or mobile blood drive to donate blood and/or platelets as soon as possible. Donors may schedule an appointment, or find a blood drive or donor center in proximity by visiting www.inova.org/donateblood or calling 1-866-BLOODSAVES (866-256-6372).

Transit Corridor B Update

June 28th, 2012 | [From: Traffic & Transportation]

The Alexandria City Department of Transportation and Environmental Services has provided the following update to the June 19 alexandrianews.org article entitled "Alexandria City Council Approves Route 1, Duke Street Transit."

Local Food Provisions Included In Senate Farm Bill

June 28th, 2012 | [From: EcoNews, Top Stories]

On June 21, backed by Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb, the U.S. Senate adopted its version of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (S. 3240), better known as the Farm Bill, including several provisions supported by Environment Virginia that will give local, clean farms a boost.