A local church in Alexandria, Virginia, gave out nearly 600 hot meals to first responders and law enforcement across the city as a thank you for keeping residents safe during the pandemic. The first stop was Fire Station 204 on Second Street. There, Reverend Zina Jacque from Alfred Street Baptist Church greeted Fire Chief Corey Smedley with 70 Styrofoam containers of pulled pork and pulled chicken and sides from Rocklands BBQ. Continue reading "Hundreds Of Hot Meals Delivered To First Responders In Alexandria"
Five electric buses are being added to the Alexandria City Public Schools fleet in Virginia. The new buses are being introduced “as part of the division’s commitment to sustainability and hybrid vehicles,” a news release from the school department said Tuesday. Continue reading "Alexandria School Fleet Welcomes Electric Buses"
It’s been years since visitors have been able to step foot inside the Arlington House, the home where Robert E. Lee and his family lived, but Tuesday, the Virginia house reopened to the public. The $12 million restoration project of the house at Arlington National Cemetery began in 2018 and restored much of the plantation home and south slave quarters. New museum exhibits and more than 1,300 new antiques have been made available to visitors. Continue reading "Arlington House Opened To Visitors After 3 Years"
Toby Pendergrass opens the 13th Second Chance virtual fundraising breakfast on Thursday, April 22. “Wake up everybody. No more sleeping in bed. We got to change it, you and me. Just you and me. Yeah.” Elizabeth Jones Valderrama, Executive Director of OAR of Arlington and Alexandria, said that the goal of OAR in 50 years is to “not exist, not to be connected forever but to dismantle.” She explained that OAR has downstream services that provide alternate sentencing through community service and works with formerly incarcerated prisoners to help them reintegrate into the community and to allow them to lift up their voices. Continue reading "13th Second Chance Virtual Fundraising Breakfast Opened"
Starting Monday, Arlington, Virginia, residents who get a notification to book their vaccination appointments can get their shots at Amazon’s headquarters in Crystal City. “Amazon contacted Arlington County Public Health, and offered its space and some volunteer personnel to help us open up an additional vaccination clinic that is going to help us vaccinate more Arlingtonians more efficiently,” Arlington County Public Health spokeswoman Cara O’Donnell said. Continue reading "Arlington County To Have A Vaccination Site At Amazon’s HQ2"
In a statement released Tuesday, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Francisco Duran said students who opted for hybrid learning will resume in-person studies beginning in early March. The announcement comes after Gov. Ralph Northam pushed for Virginia school systems to begin offering options for in-person learning by March 15 during a news conference last week. Continue reading "Students To Return For Hybrid Learning In March In Arlington"
The Arlington County Board approved the use of state funds to distribute coronavirus vaccines in a Saturday meeting. Shortly after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, Arlington County accepted two state grants to help with distribution once it’s available, approving the use of a total of $660,000 in state funds for the cause. Continue reading "$660K Accepted By Arlington Co. In State Funding To Distribute Coronavirus Vaccines"
This year’s Eagle Scout project took a different spin with the advent of coronavirus. Charlie Gaylord has built a “Little Free Pantry” outside the Arlington Central Library to meet the increased need for supplemental grocery assistance during the pandemic. He said the pantry is about a 4x4-foot wooden box meant to hold non-perishable items like canned goods and cereal to be donated to Arlington County Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Gaylord said AFAC comes by regularly and picks up the food. Continue reading "Pandemic Challenge Met By Eagle Scout Project In Arlington"
Terri and Bruce Brown have covered more than 3,000-mile during a three-month bicycle trip from Oregon to the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. However, they have traveled not with two bikes, but one. They have kept up a blog throughout their entire journey by the name of "double-butted adventures", which covers every hour and mile. Continue reading "Virginia Memorial Will Be The Final Destination For A Couple’s Cross Country Bicycle Trip"
Its existing eviction protection fund has been increased by Arlington County, Virginia, by another $1.1 million. It has also launched a pilot program to distribute grocery store gift cards to county residents who are in need. The additional funds have been approved by the county board from its COVID-19 contingent account for eviction protection through December for those affected by the pandemic. Continue reading "Eviction Protection Fund Increased By Arlington County"