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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

Burgers, fries and drinks from Five Guys (via Facebook)

After some weeks of busy policy discussions in city leadership, it was slower this week on that front, but the news keeps rolling regardless.

It’s been a busy week for businesses around Alexandria. Five Guys is preparing to move its HQ to Alexandria’s Carlyle neighborhood next week. Meanwhile, a new boba tea and Vietnamese spot is coming to Old Town.

Some of the biggest discussions this week, though, were changes in the works at Alexandria’s School Board. Last night, the School Board met with leaders from Falls Church and Arlington to talk about staggering elections for the board and potentially reducing the School Board’s size — both proposals with panelists were universally in favor of. ALXnow readers, too, said they prefer staggered terms for Alexandria’s School Board to cut down on the sizable turnover in recent years.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Notes: Five Guys HQ moving to Alexandria this month
  2. Alexandria ranked as a top ten American city by travel magazine, but pushed down by a Tennessee city
  3. With owner suffering sudden vision loss, Old Town Books goes on hiatus
  4. New boba tea and Vietnamese coffee spot coming to Old Town
  5. Unhappy Amtrak passengers piling up in Alexandria after D.C. derailment
  6. Maryland man charged for D.C. murders of Alexandria and Bristow men
  7. What’s Up in Alexandria This Weekend: July 14 – 16
  8. Woman shot in Del Ray convinced suspect to drive her to Alexandria Hospital
  9. Notes: WaPo explores life in tunneling project 150-feet below Old Town
  10. ‘Miami Vibes,’ a Miami Vice-themed pop-up bar opens today in Del Ray

Image via Five Guys/Facebook

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To celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week (May 6-10, 2024), Clean Air Partners is working with A Few Cool Hardware Stores to exchange DC, Maryland and Virginia residents’ gas-powered lawnmowers, trimmers, and leaf blowers at select Ace Hardware locations in the region. DMV residents who turn in their gas-powered lawn tools will receive a FREE Ego Power+ replacement including batteries and chargers, while supplies last.

Compared to gas, electric lawn equipment can reduce emissions, noise pollution, health risks and maintenance costs and time. The program aims to remove about a hundred gas-powered polluting tools from yards in the greater Baltimore-Washington region.

The exchanges will take place the weekends of May 17-19, 2024, and May 31-June 2, 2024, at A Few Cool Hardware Stores network of employee-owned Ace Hardware stores in the DC and Baltimore metro areas. To participate and get your free Ego Power+ lawn tool, sign up at to reserve your tool and select your trade-in date and location.

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Join Pro Coro Alexandria, the chamber choir of the Alexandria Choral Society, this Saturday for our concert, “To the Sea.” Experience a variety of songs from beloved choral classics like “Shenandoah” and “What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?”

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Do good while having a good time at the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria’s 38th Annual Gala and Auction at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. The fun begins with a 2-hour open bar reception while mingling with 499 other Alexandrians who


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