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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

A vehicle smashed through the front window of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the Bradlee Shopping Center, Feb. 14, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

It was another rough week for the Bradlee Shopping Center: earlier this week, a vehicle crashed through the front window of Tropical Smoothie Cafe ((3610-G King Street).

This afternoon (Friday), police responded to a report of a larceny in the shopping center. Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett told ALXnow the incident involved multiple juveniles and so far no arrest has been reported.

One of the big stories this week was the cancellation of the city’s grant program aimed at helping business owners who are Black, indigenous or a person of color.

The program had been set to launch this month but was delayed after it was challenged in court by engineering firm Tridentis, LLC. The firm claimed in a court filing that the program was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause and prohibited on the basis of race.

The Washington Post reported that Alexandria officials admitted that the grant criteria as written was a violation of the 14th Amendment, but that the city would work to find other ways to help minority business owners disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Six years after its last defeat, the BID proposal rears its head in Old Town once more
  2. Vehicle smashes through front window of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Bradlee Shopping Center
  3. Alexandria cancels grant program for minority-owned businesses after lawsuit
  4. The value of Alexandria’s residential tax base is outpacing its commercial tax base
  5. Man pistol-whipped in Arlandria Monday night
  6. No arrest after ‘targeted’ drive-by shooting in Arlandria Tuesday night
  7. Suspect in last Friday’s shooting in Arlandria is under arrest
  8. Notes: Hybla Valley carjacking raises other criminal justice questions
  9. Notes: Man convicted of 2021 murder of woman with Down syndrome in the West End
  10. New safety report details ACPS arrests and security incidents this school year

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No one was injured or arrested after a report of gunfire in Old Town on Tuesday. The incident occurred at around 5:25 p.m. in the 600 block of S. Fayette…

(Updated 12:35 p.m.) Virginia Railway Express (VRE) trains were stopped last night after a vehicle struck the bridge over King Street — again. The delay is the latest in a…

Monarch Montessori School located in the heart of Del Ray is enrolling children 6 weeks to 6 years of age for our half day and full day program.

Our hours of operation are 8:00 AM  to 5:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Monarch Montessori School is open year round, with intermittent breaks.  

Children engage in self-directed, self-initiated activities under the guidance of a trained Montessori teacher. Classroom sizes range from 8-12 students. Our robust curriculum includes botany, sensorial activities, the social graces, culture, math, science, practical life, geography, music appreciation and language arts. 

You’ll get half off of the registration fee when you register and begin care with us before April 30, 2023.

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Del Ray Dog Fest & Yappy Hour

The 1st Annual Del Ray Dog Fest is a fun outdoor event that will include dog-centered activities, dog menu items, live music, vendors and food on Sunday, April 2 from 11am- 3pm at the George Washington Middle School parking lot.


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