Good Thursday morning, Alexandria!
☔ Today’s weather: Light rain until evening. High of 53 and low of 43.
⛅ Tomorrow: Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 55 and low of 40. Sunrise at 7:24 am and sunset at 5:16 pm.
🚨 You need to know
A report filed ahead of a School Board meeting tonight (Thursday) shows the School Law Enforcement Partnership (SLEP) is recommending the city continue funding School Resource Officers (SROs), WUSA9 first reported.
SLEP, a partnership set up to advise the leadership of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), filed a report with recommendations that is docketed for review at tonight’s meeting.
There is a long history of SROs being defunded — then refunded — in a tug-of-war between the School Board and City Council. Adding to the chaos, some SROs were later replaced after an allegation of alleged sexually inappropriate conversations.
The report filed to the School Board shows the SLEP voted to recommend continuing to fund the SRO program.
“SROs are part of a holistic program, and will not independently solve safety concerns — but they belong in the mix, and will require continued funding at either current or elevated levels,” a presentation of the report said. “Removing SROs would send a message to many families and community members that ACPS does not take seriously the violence that has occurred at regular intervals in the last year.”
There are seventeen recommendations in total in the presentation, which is available online.
📈 Wednesday’s most read
The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Jan 18, 2023.
- Police investigating ‘person of interest’ after man shot near Holmes Run on Sunday night (996 views)
- Alexandria’s COVID-19 Community Level goes back to ‘high’ | ALXnow (579 views)
- New trail highlights Black history across southern Old Town (303 views)
- Notes: Metro and oversight commission engage in chaotic battle over safety measures (100 views)
🗞 Other local coverage
- Early Registration Open for YMCA Summer Camps in Alexandria
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- Merit Award Notices Would Be Required Under Bill Youngkin Seeks
Patch (Wednesday @ 4:58 pm)
- 12 Virginia Hospitals Among 250 Best In America: Healthgrades
Patch (Wednesday @ 1:22 pm)
- Tatte Bakery & Cafe Seeks To Open On Alexandria’s King Street
Patch (Wednesday @ 12:39 pm)
- Lost Boy Cider Releases Unique Wine
Alexandria Living (Wednesday @ 12:29 pm)
- Supreme Court Disruption Gets Probation For Alexandria, McLean Women
Patch (Wednesday @ 9:38 am)
🐦 Tweets of note
My honor to be a Board member of Center for Alexandria’s Children & recognize our former Chair, Kerry Donley, & CAC staff & volunteers at our annual gala on Jan. 28th! Please be a Champion for our Children with us! #AlexandriaVA Purchase your ticket here: https://t.co/R7zuAMRmIK pic.twitter.com/A8dVmbOrQ7
— Amy Jackson (@AmyJacksonVA) January 18, 2023
Lost Boy Cider in Alexandria will host a Paint Your Pet event on Sunday, January 22nd, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. When you purchase your tickets on their website, submit a photo of your pet to the contact provided. On the event day, you'll receive a sketched version of your photo… pic.twitter.com/rgXvgi1y21
— Meridian Eisenhower (@MrdnEisenhower) January 18, 2023
We're joining @betterDCregion in hosting "What's up with the bus in NoVa?" Friday, January 20 at noon. Register for the webinar here: https://t.co/8FtjlmuqaH pic.twitter.com/Q8StW1KZNL
— NVTC (@NoVaTransit) January 18, 2023
📅 Upcoming events
Here is what’s going on today in Alexandria, from our event calendar.
- 6:00 pm: Jeopurrdy Night – Trivia with CATS!
A 27-year-old Maryland man has been charged with robbing two separate Alexandria banks in March and April. Jaquan Royal, of Prince George’s County, was arrested on May 24 in connection…
It’s been another busy week in Alexandria as the city heads into Memorial Day weekend. For those driving this weekend, be aware that some of the major roads are likely…
Virginia’s junior U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was in Alexandria today to discuss early childhood education and said that the current debt ceiling fight in Washington should be wrapped up by…
It might take some time, but Alexandria City Public Schools has opened the door to collective bargaining with its employees. On Thursday, the School Board conducted its first work session…
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Time flies when you’re having fun! The T.C. Williams High School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th reunion July 21-23, 2023 in Alexandria. All graduates and their adult nears and dears are welcome. Events include a Friday evening icebreaker, Saturday dinner dance, and a Sunday brunch. For more information: tcwilliams73.com, 770.789.3534.
Spring Fling at Rising Sol Yoga School
Join us for a day of FREE hot yoga. Experience our class styles and meet our teachers. Buy a bite at the Bake Sale to benefit The Carpenter’s Shelter, peruse some special vendors, take advantage of in-person only discounts on