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Notes: Alexandria adds optional overdose response training to restaurant inspections

Good Wednesday morning, Alexandria!

🌦️ Today’s weather: Expect isolated showers before 9am, followed by partly sunny skies and a high near 86°F, with a 20% chance of precipitation. Northwest winds will range from 7 to 11 mph. Wednesday night, the weather will be partly cloudy during the early evening, transitioning to cloudy skies, and a low around 64°F. A north wind at around 10 mph is also anticipated.

🚨 You need to know

A new story from Restaurant Business Online highlighted a new-ish program that could help restaurants save lives.

The program adds an optional 10-15 minutes class on how to save someone overdosing on fentanyl, Oxycodone or another opioid onto the next routine health inspection.

Restaurant Business Online reported that the instruction is fairly basic: things like how to administer Narcan, along with strips for detecting when a drug has been cut with fentanyl.

Around 54 restaurants have participated with 100 employees trained since the program launched in January.

Like much of the country, Alexandria has struggled with combatting an uptick in opioid overdoses. Earlier this year, two Alexandria City High School teens reportedly overdosed and one died.

City Hall is lit up in teal this week in an effort to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic.

📈 Tuesday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Aug 29, 2023.

  1. Alexandria residents rally against controversial Zoning for Housing plan
  2. Notes: Gov. Youngkin eyeing new abortion limitations for Virginia
  3. Vehicle recovered after late-night West End thief takes keys and other items from home

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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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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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