Good Wednesday morning, Alexandria!
🌤 Today’s weather: Clear throughout the day. High of 48 and low of 30.
🌤 Tomorrow: Clear throughout the day. High of 53 and low of 31. Sunrise at 6:30 am and sunset at 6:09 pm.
🚨 You need to know
Today is the last day to give Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) your thoughts on the potential use of metal detectors and other weapons screening equipment in schools.
A survey was launched late last month and closes after today (Wednesday). The survey asks whether you support the use of weapons screening equipment at all ACPS schools, just the middle and high schools, or none. The survey also offers some options to explain why they feel the new devices are or aren’t necessary.
After the School Board said in 2021 that metal detectors weren’t being considered at ACPS facilities, that changed after several incidents involving students with weapons at ACPS. Last month, the School Board voted to approve a pilot program installing weapon screening devices at Alexandria City High School (ACHS) and the city’s middle schools. The issue of weapons in schools resurfaced this week when a teacher confiscated a handgun from a student at ACHS’ Minnie Howard Campus.
While the School Board voted unanimously in favor of the security systems they said were necessary, ACHS senior and student representative Emily Milton said the new detection systems would not sit well with students.
“I feel like it’s a bad look for our school if we put them in there,” Milton said. “I feel more uncomfortable, honestly, having those in my school.”
📈 Tuesday’s most read
The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Mar 7, 2023.
- Driver crashes into police cruiser and charged with DUI in Old Town (1918 views)
- Large residential overhaul in Old Town clears bureaucratic hurdle | ALXnow (1869 views)
- Notes: 14-year-old charged with possession of a firearm in Alexandria City High School incident (793 views)
- Procession through Alexandria this Saturday will honor Fire Department Deputy Chief Brian Hricik (150 views)
🗞 Other local coverage
- Goodwin Living Names Ben Marcantonio as Vice Chair of Board of Trustees
Zebra (Tuesday @ 7:58 pm)
- What $1 Million Buys Around Old Town Alexandria
Patch (Tuesday @ 4:35 pm)
- New Art Installation Opens in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park March 25
Zebra (Tuesday @ 2:17 pm)
- Binge at Bradlee in Alexandria VA
Zebra (Tuesday @ 1:12 pm)
- DC Native Finds Niche In Getting NoVA Multifamily Units Move-In Ready
Patch (Tuesday @ 10:23 am)
- Samuel Madden Housing Redevelopment Moves Forward
Alexandria Living (Tuesday @ 8:04 am)
🐦 Tweets of note
Watch for detours Tuesday and Wednesday as RiverRenew crews close a portion of Duke Street to accommodate Hooffs Run Interceptor construction. This closure will only impact the eastbound travel lane.
— Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) (@AlexandriaRenew) March 6, 2023
— Alexandria Transportation & Environmental Services (@AlexandriaVATES) March 6, 2023
Tonight's Animal Benefit @LylesCrouch in support of @AlexAnimals and @kingstreetcats raised $8k! Our students learn to give back to their community as part of @ckschools as they build character in @ACPSk12. Thanks @lctapta for organizing this event. pic.twitter.com/OhMqODkZmH
— Patricia Zissios (@DrZissios) March 3, 2023
📅 Upcoming events
Here is what’s going on today in Alexandria, from our event calendar.
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The redevelopment of the Montgomery Center has pushed some businesses out of Alexandria or out of business, but a clever re-use of an old funding authority may help The Art…
Hundreds solemnly gathered outside Police Headquarters this morning to dedicate the Alexandria Police Department Suicide Memorial. The names of officers Jason Kline, who died in 2004, and his best friend,…
Work is finally getting underway next week on a complete overhaul of the busy King/Callahan/Russell intersection. Work is expected to start the first week of October. Drivers going through the…
Step inside a cult-classic inspired world at DC Fray’s can’t-miss Halloween party packed with endless references to iconic films and music from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Vibe to retro sounds…
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.
Our local therapy practice is delighted to welcome Stacey Cali, Resident in Counseling, who has openings now for new clients. Stacey specializes in therapy for women, couples, teens and families. A graduate of George Mason University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Program, Stacey is also passionate about working with people with addiction.
Stacey’s approach: “Therapy’s a powerful combination of reflection, support and action. You’ll find sessions are filled with empowerment, compassion, goal setting and a metaphorical shovel to dig deep to find the root of your difficulties and how to move past them.”
Adds Stacey, “As a therapist who works with women, teens, couples and families, I use a personalized style of counseling, tailored to you as an individual. You’re the expert in your life, I’m just here to guide you towards transformation and healing.”