Archives:July, 2012

City Of Alexandria Begins Construction On Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway

July 31st, 2012 | [From: Traffic & Transportation]

The City of Alexandria begins construction on the first segment of the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway, on Tuesday, July 31. The project will upgrade a 0.8 mile segment of Route 1 between Potomac Avenue and East Glebe Road with dedicated transit-only lanes, signal prioritization for transit, specialized transit stations, and enhanced passenger amenities.

Local Nursing Facility Rated Among Best In Nation

July 31st, 2012 | [From: Business, Health & Fitness]

The Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Health Center Commission adopted a resolution recognizing and congratulating the employees of the nursing facility at Birmingham Green for the recently awarded “Five-Star” rating for quality of care by the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is the highest quality award given by CMS.

Target Gallery Hosts Opening Reception For Sublime Rupture, Solo Exhibition Of Benjamin Duke

July 31st, 2012 | [From: Arts & Style]

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery presents the exhibition Sublime Rupture, featuring a series of large paintings by artist Benjamin Duke, winner of the gallery’s 2012 Open Exhibition competition. A distinguished panel of three arts-experts who reviewed over eighty submitted proposals unanimously selected Duke’s work.

New Report: Extreme Downpours Up 33 Percent In Virginia

July 31st, 2012 | [From: EcoNews, Other News]

Less than 1 month after extreme storms devastated Northern Virginia, an Environment Virginia report confirms that extreme rainstorms are happening 33 percent more frequently in Virginia since 1948.

Senator Webb Co-sponsors Legislation To Increase Federal Minimum Wage

July 31st, 2012 | [From: From Congress]

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) co-sponsored legislation Monday to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 over two years. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012 (S.3453) would then index the minimum wage to inflation to keep up with future cost-of-living increases.

Alexandria Police To Conduct Business Compliance Checks

July 31st, 2012 | [From: Business, Courts & Crime]

Alexandria police will be participating in an alcohol compliance campaign this week.

Back-To-School Supplies Needed For Alexandria Students

July 31st, 2012 | [From: Business, Non-Profits]

Community Partners for Children, an Alexandria nonprofit organization, has kicked off its 21st annual Back-to-School Drive for school supplies.

Governor Mcdonnell Announces Contract To Build 95 Express Lanes In Northern Virginia

July 31st, 2012 | [From: From Richmond, Traffic & Transportation]

Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation entered into a comprehensive agreement and reached financial close with a group of private-sector companies to build approximately 29 miles of express lanes on I-95 from Garrisonville Road in Stafford County to Edsall Road in Fairfax County.

Just Another Big Spender

July 31st, 2012 | [From: Editorials]

Politicians of all stripes are always talking about saving the taxpayers’ dollars. It is all too rare when their actions match their rhetoric.

Beatley Library Gets Greener: Solar Panel Installation Begins

July 31st, 2012 | [From: EcoNews, Top Stories]

On July 31, 2012 the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Library will begin installation of solar panels at the Beatley Central Library at 5005 Duke Street. Made possible by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant from the US Department of Energy, the solar panel project is the first on a City building and supports the vision of the City’s Eco-City Charter and Environmental Action Plan goals.