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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

Recent Stories

A 34-year-old Alexandria man has been charged with allegedly attempting to abduct a woman in Old Town earlier this month. At around 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, a 30-year-old…

Is the Alexandria School Board too big? Should their elections be staggered and three-year terms increased? The entire structure of the Alexandria School Board could soon be upended, as these…

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (600 Wolfe Street) is hosting a pair of staged reading events over the next two weeks to commemorate the murder of Matthew Shepard and raise…

Alexandria Police are investigating a robbery outside a Bank of America ATM  in the West End. The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 30) in the 500…

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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