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Notes: Alexandria welcomes 25 new citizens in Old Town ceremony

Good Wednesday morning, Alexandria!

🌥️ Today’s weather: There is a 30% chance of showers mainly before 9am today, followed by cloudy skies that will gradually clear up and become mostly sunny, with a high temperature near 80°F and a northwest wind around 7 mph. Tonight, expect a slight chance of showers before 9pm, with a 20% chance of precipitation, partly cloudy skies, and a low temperature around 61°F accompanied by a north wind at around 7 mph.

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Woman receives citizenship at Alexandria ceremony (image via City of Alexandria)

On Tuesday, Alexandria celebrated 25 new United States citizens as they took their Oath of Allegiance..

At a ceremony in Market Square, city leaders presided over a group of people swearing the oath after passing a series of federal requirements.

“People from 25 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America, assembled to pledge their allegiance and become new U.S. citizens,” the city said in a release. “Washington Field Office Director Kimberly Zanotti from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was present to lead them in the naturalization Oath of Allegiance. They join over 500 other naturalized citizens who have taken the Oath at Alexandria’s Citizenship Day ceremonies since 2003.”

Mayor Justin Wilson, City Manager James Parajon, and City Council member Canek Aguirre were in attendance.

“We celebrate the rebirth of our democracy constantly,” said  Wilson. “You are rebirthing our democracy by reenergizing our nation.”

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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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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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