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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

The Squirrel Nut Zippers perform at The Birchmere (Staff Photo by Jay Westcott)

It was a big week for local businesses.

The Birchmere has brought some big names to bat for their new electric sign, like frequent guests Chris Issak, Rick Springfield and John Waters.

Popular biscuit restaurant Stomping Ground in Del Ray also announced that it will be closing next month, citing difficulty recovering from the pandemic.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Arlington attorney arrested for allegedly stealing credit cards from Alexandria office building
  2. Large residential overhaul in Old Town clears bureaucratic hurdle
  3. JUST IN: Alexandria City High School teacher confiscates handgun from a student
  4. Popular steak and seafood restaurant in Old Town could get an outdoor seating boost
  5. Notes: Stomping Ground in Del Ray to close next month
  6. Full redevelopment of Old Town North block heading to Planning Commission
  7. Grammy winners and other stars send in letters supporting The Birchmere’s new electric sign
  8. Driver crashes into police cruiser and charged with DUI in Old Town
  9. Massive housing reform process for Alexandria kicks off this month
  10. Notes: Wall Street Journal piece targets ‘Save Del Ray’ controversy

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Just Listed in Alexandria

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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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