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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

Bird’s eye view of the Montgomery Center proposal (via City of Alexandria)

To be honest, it was a pretty slow week for news in Alexandria.

That’s likely owed, in part, to it being Spring Break this week.

All the same, there was still some big news. The biggest being that Alexandria’s Yellow Line will have its long awaited reopening next month. Alongside that reopening, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has said that despite earlier delays, the Potomac Yard is still scheduled to keep to plans to open in May as well.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. JUST IN: Bank robbery reported in Carlyle
  2. Delivery driver robbed at gunpoint in West End
  3. Massive Montgomery Center redevelopment heads to City Council this month
  4. Alexandria armed robbery suspect allegedly ordered victim to send money via Cash App
  5. JUST IN: Alexandria’s Yellow Line reopening early next month
  6. No arrest after shots fired outside West End 7-Eleven
  7. Notes: New hospital approved by state for Franconia-Springfield
  8. JUST IN: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Alexandria
  9. No arrest after shots fired outside West End 7-Eleven
  10. Metro: Potomac Yard station still on track to open in May

Recent Stories

Buildings resembling New York City’s iconic Flatiron building are being proposed for the former home of the GenOn Power Plant in Old Town North. Hilco Redevelopment Partners just released new…

With book bans on the rise, the Alexandria Library is partnering with Elaine’s Restaurant (208 Queen Street) in Old Town to host a free reading from books on banned lists…

The Alexandria Police Department just announced three major new hires. APD announced Monday that it will welcome new Assistant Police Chiefs Raul Pedroso and Tina Laguna, as well as Communications…

It’s no surprise that, for the sixth straight year, Alexandria’s in the top five best small cities list in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards: but this year, Alexandria beat…

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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Family Fun Fall Fest

Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!

This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA

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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