Alexandrians should brace for a stormy weekend.
Rain is likely to kick off tonight after 11 p.m. and there’s a good chance it will continue through the weekend as a tropical storm approaches Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Tropical storm conditions are possible Saturday night. Between 1 and 2 inches of rainfall is expected.
“Widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected, with localized amounts up to 5 inches possible,” the National Weather Service said in an advisory today. “This may result in isolated instances of flooding, especially for low lying and flood prone areas. The heaviest rain is most likely to occur Saturday into Saturday night.”
Some of that rain is expected to continue into Sunday, with showers before 8 a.m.
The storm’s already had an impact on some Alexandria events. The first “Rock the Block” for the Eisenhower Corridor is being postponed thanks to the storm.
Sandbags are also being distributed for Old Town Businesses today from 2-3 p.m.
In response to the Coastal Flood Watch issued for the Alexandria area, T&ES crews will be distributing sandbags at the intersection of Prince Street and Union Street, from 2 pm to 3 pm. pic.twitter.com/MUqj3fAoUZ
— Alexandria Transportation & Environmental Services (@AlexandriaVATES) September 22, 2023
There were no injuries or arrests after gunfire was reported in the West End early Friday morning — a separate incident from the other West End shooting this morning where one victim was injured.
Multiple callers reported four shots were fired at around 12:30 a.m. in the 4300 block of King Street near Park Center Drive, according to the police scanner.
No one was injured in the incident and no arrests were made. Witnesses reported to police that the shots were fired from a gray-colored GMC, which fled the scene in the area of Interstate 395, according to the police scanner.
Police found shell casings near Park Center Drive and King Street, according to the police scanner.
Anyone with information on this incident can call the APD non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.
Notification:: In response to a shots fired incident, there is a moderate police presence near and around the 4300 block of King Street. No injuries were reported in connection with this incident. APD is on scene and investigating. pic.twitter.com/XCUyyzkmqX
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) September 22, 2023
Just Listed highlights Alexandria City properties that came on the market within the past week. This feature is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team (Licensed in VA) of McEnearney Associates REALTORS®.
Jen Walker here with The Jen Walker Team! We are a real estate group based out of Alexandria, Virginia. I, along with my rock-star team members, Sue Kovalsky, Micki MacNaughton, Adrianna Vallario and Nancy Lacey, have more than 35 years of experience in real estate and sold over $150 million in 2022.
Welcome to 2413 N Dearing Street! This renovated 2-bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome in the Fairlington Towne neighborhood offers a host of desirable features and an unbeatable location.
Enter and note the new, large windows in the living area fill the space with plenty of natural light, creating a bright and inviting atmosphere. The spacious living room with dining area offers ample space for both dining and relaxation. The refinished flooring adds a touch of elegance to the interior. The kitchen boasts dark hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, white shaker-style cabinetry, and granite countertops, making it not only stylish but functional for cooking and meal preparation. The kitchen window overlooks the fenced-in backyard with patio-an ideal space for entertaining or simply relaxing.
Off the kitchen, you will find a dedicated laundry room, with shelving, and a coveted first-floor powder room rounds out this level. Upstairs, you’ll find a spacious primary bedroom with seating area, along with a second bedroom, both offering comfortable living spaces. The full bathroom has been totally renovated and features stylish tiling. The property’s location is unbeatable!
Within walking distance of Bradlee Shopping Center, you have quick access to a variety of amenities, including restaurants, grocery stores, and coffee shops making daily errands and dining out a breeze. The home’s proximity to I-395, and with a bus stop two blocks away, makes it a commuter’s dream. Welcome home!
Open House: Saturday, September 23 from 1-3 p.m. and Sunday, September 24 from 1-3 p.m.
- 820A S Washington Street #327, Alexandria 22314 — $209,900
- 824 Water Place, Alexandria 22314 — $1,199,000
- 1200 Braddock Place #816, Alexandria 22314 — $599,900
- 203 S West Street, Alexandria 22314 — $898,500
Happy House Hunting!
In our highly competitive Alexandria market, the Jen Walker Team has the insider knowledge to connect you with homes that are not even public yet. With more than 35 years of experience, the Jen Walker Team has the expertise to answer questions, calm fears, and streamline your transaction. Want to see other homes not featured in this article? Contact our team today!
Please note: While The Jen Walker Team provides this information for the community, they may not be the listing agents of these homes. Equal Housing Opportunity.
McEnearney Associates Realtors®, 109 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 #WeAreAlexandria
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(Updated 6:50 p.m.) One male victim, age 21, was seriously injured in an armed robbery just before 9:30 this morning, and as of 10 a.m. the suspects are still at large.
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the 5500 block of Holmes Run Parkway. There is a heavy police presence in the area and no suspects have been arrested yet.
Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett said one man was seriously injured but in stable condition after being shot in an armed robbery. Scanner traffic indicated the man was shot in the shoulder and the back of the neck and his phone was stolen. Two suspects were seen in the area on foot running toward Van Dorn Street, according to scanner traffic.
Further details are awaited as APD continues its investigation.
The nearby Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School and William Ramsay Elementary School were both put in “secure the building” mode around 10 a.m. in response to the nearby police activity.
Notification:: In response to a shooting, there is a heavy police presence in and around the 5500 block of Holmes Run Parkway. One serious injury reported. APD is on scene and investigating. pic.twitter.com/vfywQKzFDj
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) September 22, 2023
James Cullum and Vernon Miles contributed to this story
Food trucks, bounce houses, pony rides, magic shows and more at the 2023 Alexandria Fall Festival, an Alexandria Living event presented by The Patterson Group. Join us at River Farm on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New parking meters are being installed in Alexandria to ditch the old pay-and-display system.
Earlier this year, the city started moving away from pay and display systems with new pay-by-plate meters installed in the Carlyle and Potomac Yard neighborhoods. But now, those meters are starting to get a citywide expansion to replace the older systems.
Users can either use the parking app ParkMobile or input their license place information into the kiosk directly.
“New parking meters are coming to Alexandria early fall 2023,” the city’s website said. “Simply enter your license plate number and pay using the kiosk or ParkMobile app.”
Parking in Alexandria just got easier! New parking meters are being installed that no longer require you to pay and display the receipt on your windshield. Have you seen these new meters around town?
— Alexandria Transportation & Environmental Services (@AlexandriaVATES) September 21, 2023
Good Friday morning, Alexandria!
🌤️ Today’s weather: The weather will be partly sunny with a high of 74°F and a 6-14 mph northeast wind, gusting up to 18 mph. On Friday night, expect rain, mainly after 3am, and cloudy conditions with a low of 60°F. The wind will blow northeast at 11-15 mph, with gusts up to 22 mph. There’s a 70% chance of precipitation, with new amounts ranging from a tenth to a quarter of an inch.
🚨 You need to know
Facilities, including Goodwin Living and Woodbine Rehabilitation, are contributing $420,000 to a 13-month program training students to become licensed practical nurses.
The Alexandria Times reported that the facilities face a severe shortage in the industry, with causes including an aging workforce, poor working conditions, and burnout from the pandemic. In all, there’s a projected 10-20% shortage of manpower in patient care by 2030.
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The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Sep 21, 2023.
- Notes: Smashburger opening near Alexandria this weekend
- Report: Alexandria City Public Schools sees jump in student arrests and violent incidents
- What’s Up in Alexandria This Weekend: September 22 – 24
📅 Upcoming events
Here is what’s going on today and this weekend in Alexandria, from our event calendar.
- 12:00 am Friday: Car Free Day 2023
- 6:00 pm Friday: Sound and Movement
- 8:30 am Saturday: Free Fitness Classes – 5 Year Anniversary Party
- 👉 10:00 am Saturday: 81st Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
- 12:00 pm Saturday: Wilderness Kids Alexandria Music Festival
- 4:30 pm Saturday: Sound Bath and Guided Meditation (Yoga Nidra
Here in Alexandria, real estate is a spectator sport. Let’s take a look at some of the most and least expensive townhouses sold last month (August 2023).
Most expensive townhouses sold
- 525 N Saint Asaph St — Old Town — $2,850,000 (3 beds | 4 baths | 3,339 sq. ft.)
- 100 1/2 Duke St — Old Town — $2,009,000 (4 beds | 4 baths | 2,750 sq. ft.)
- 524 N Pitt St — Old Town — $2,000,000 (4 beds | 4.5 baths | 3,040 sq. ft.)
Least expensive townhouses sold*
- 1747 Preston Rd — North Ridge — $289,000 (1 beds | 1 baths | 760 sq. ft.)
- 5940 Mayflower Ct — Lincolnia Hills — $290,000 (2 beds | 1.5 baths | 1,055 sq. ft.)
- 3524 Martha Custis Dr — North Ridge — $319,000 (1 beds | 1 baths | 805 sq. ft.)
*Minimum home value of $200,000 set to exclude certain land sales, retirement condos, properties with expiring ground leases, etc.
Alexandria City Public Schools saw a 26% increase in student arrests last school year, and a disproportionate number of arrested students are Black males.
There were 58 ACPS students arrested last school year, according to a school safety report to be presented to the School Board on Thursday. There were also 32 weapons-related incidents, 100 students injured, 112 fights/assaults and five reports of sexual misconduct.
The news follows an ACPS report revealing that most of Alexandria’s middle and high school students feel unsafe.
There were 451 incidents requiring a police response within Alexandria City Public Schools in the 2022-2023 school year — 188 incidents in the first two quarters of the year and 263 incidents in the final two quarters. That’s a 17% increase over the 385 incidents in the 2021-2022 school year.
While 25% of ACPS students are Black, most of those arrested are Black males.
Middle School Arrests (27)
- Black male — 14
- Hispanic male — 4
- Black female — 4
- Hispanic female — 3
- White male — 2
High School Arrests (31)
- Black male — 18
- Hispanic male — 6
- Black female — 4
- White male — 3
- Hispanic female — 2
Weapons seized include a handgun, two BB guns, stun guns, tasers, knives, pepper spray and a box cutter.
ACPS made a number of safety improvements in the 2022-2023 school year, like new ID requirements for students, designating entrances and exits at schools, installing metal detectors, and renewing its partnership with the police department to provide school resource officers.
Incidents in the 2022-2023 school year include:
- 112 fights
- 116 incidents characterized as “other” (parking lot accidents, trespassing, mental health episodes, property lost/damaged)
- 100 injuries requiring medical assistance
- 32 confiscated weapons
- 21 reports of controlled substances recovered
- 19 threats (verbal/cyber/social media)
- 16 missing student reports
- Seven reports of suspicious activity
- Five alarms pulled
- Five reports of sexual misconduct
- Three thefts
- One report of possessing prohibited materials
There were 175 incidents reported at the Alexandria City High School campuses, 183 incidents at the city’s two middle schools, 43 incidents at K-8 schools and 50 incidents at elementary schools.
This weekend allows you to tour historic homes in Old Town (81st Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour), celebrate German style beers at Port City Brewing Company (Wunderfest), and much more. Here’s a look at what’s happening for events, live music, and entertainment, enjoy!
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
THINGS TO DO
- 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace at Carlyle House
- 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Sound and Movement at Local Motion Project
- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Cocktails by Candlelight at Gunston Hall
- 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Celebration Dance at Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center
- 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.: Cocktail Party at Lost Boy Cider
LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
- Blackwall Hitch: Too Extra from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Cuates Grill: Karaoke at 10 p.m.
- Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar: Franklin Music Duo from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Fish Market: DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Anchor Bar
- Galactic Panther: Sable Drive with the Nightshade Dancers featuring Zenovi and Stan Kelz at 8 p.m.
- Laporta’s Restaurant & Jazz Lounge: The Satin Doll Trio from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Makeda Restaurant: Negussie Bogale and Tsehay Kassa at 10 p.m.
- Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub: Pat Garvey at 8:30 p.m., The Wavos at 9 p.m.
- Rock It Grill: Karaoke at 9:30 p.m.
- The Birchmere: Patton Oswalt at 7:30 p.m.
- The Light Horse: Noise In The Basement at 9 p.m.
- The Little Theater of Alexandria: Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van at 8 p.m.
- The Study at Morrison House: Live piano music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Two Nineteen Restaurant: Chris Timbers from 9 p.m. to 1 am, live DJ from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.