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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A pedestrian bridge at Ben Brenman Park will be closed over the next month for repairs. The closure means anyone going to the Ben Brenman Dog Park or Ben Brenman…
Good Friday morning, Alexandria! 🌥️ Today’s weather: A chance of rain, mainly between 10am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Mostly cloudy tonight with a low around 39. Partly…
A look at the smallest and largest homes sold in Alexandria last month, January 2024.
The City of Alexandria wants federal help to make the stretch of Seminary Road northwest of I-395 safer. The City Council is slated to review a grant application to the…
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Peace in Gaza: Prayer Liturgy and Community Discussion for Peace in Arlington VA, Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:15 AM
Prayer, liturgy, and community discussion for peace in Gaza, an immediate cease fire and resumption of humanitarian aid will be hosted by Nova Catholic Community. The focus will be Pope Francis’ call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages, resumption of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and peace talks for a lasting and just peace for all people in the region.
Discussion will follow at Noon on US military role in the conflict and appropriate steps the US should take to foster peace and rebuilding. Light lunch served.
Again this year, The Critical Mass, LLC, the Made in ALX store and local Ukrainian-American artists are throwing a Pysanky Party — and partnering on a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Razom for Ukraine.
The free event, from 5 –