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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

This week, Alexandria made some moves on new policy to liven up the city: permanently making the end of King Street a pedestrian zone and showing some growth in plans to add more arts uses around Old Town North.

Meanwhile, the city has also made some progress on affordable housing. A lottery is being held for new units near Potomac Yard and a new plan is in the works for a large-scale zoning overhaul.

All is not quite well with affordable housing though: residents at Southern Towers have said there are ongoing issues around rent increases, health concerns, and evictions.

  1. High-speed chase near Duke Street exit on I-395 ends in crash, arrests
  2. Fox News anchor Sean Hannity uses Alexandria sticker in anti-mail-in voting segment
  3. Alexandria shows progress on Old Town North’s arts revival
  4. Alexandria holding lottery for new affordable condos in Potomac Yard
  5. Man faces malicious wounding charges after West End fight
  6. Shots fired in West End of King Street on Friday night
  7. New sandwich shop coming to Torpedo Factory building
  8. Police investigate early evening assaults and robberies near Holmes Run
  9. New plans to reshape Alexandria’s West End kick off with meeting tonight
  10. City Council permanently expands King Street Pedestrian Zone down to Waterfront Park

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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).

ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.

This year, ATC plans to significantly increase the size of the program to reach over 250 students and to serve every elementary school in Alexandria. This is very exciting news, but we will only succeed if we can recruit more tutors. ATC trains you, matches you with a child, and provides ongoing lesson materials and support.

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If you have been thinking about buying your first home or haven’t owned one in the last three years, THIS IS FOR YOU!

In the DMV area, it can be difficult to save the downpayment necessary for you to get into your own home. We have a solution. The Funder’s Summit!

We have assembled a summit with different municipalities to tell you how to access their funds for your home purchase.

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2023 Alexandria Fall Festival

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.


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