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Good Friday morning, Alexandria!

⛈️ Today’s weather: Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms, partly sunny skies, and a high around 68. Breezy conditions will prevail, featuring a west wind at 14-24 mph and gusts up to 43 mph; there’s a 40% chance of precipitation. Friday night will see scattered showers, mainly before 2am, with mostly cloudy skies and a low near 52. The breeze will continue with a west wind at 21 mph and gusts reaching 39 mph, accompanied by a 30% chance of precipitation.

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Rep. Don Beyer, of Virginia’s 8th District, speaks to supporters on election night at Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray, Nov. 8, 2022 (staff photo by James Cullum)

Like Rodney Dangerfield, U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8) is going back to school.

Patch reported that the 73-year-old Congressman enrolled at George Mason University to get a Master’s Degree in artificial intelligence.

Does it pose an existential threat? Beyer says no.

“I tend to be an AI optimist,” Beyer said after taking a recent class. “We can’t even imagine how different our lives will be in five years, 10 years, 20 years, because of AI. … There won’t be robots with red eyes coming after us any time soon. But there are other deeper existential risks that we need to pay attention to.”

📈 Thursday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Apr 11, 2024.

  1. Mayoral candidates say Alexandrians lost trust in public officials because of failed Potomac Yard arena deal (1023 views)
  2. Alexandria police investigating white supremacist fliers posted in Potomac Yard (923 views)
  3. What’s Up in Alexandria This Weekend: Del Ray Dog Fest, Spring Garden Market, Spring Oysterfest, and more! (460 views)

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Here in Alexandria, real estate is a spectator sport. Let’s take a look at some of the most and least expensive condos sold last month (March 2024).

Most expensive condos sold

  1. 635 Slaters Ln Unit 403 — Potomac Yard — $2,100,000 (3 beds | 2.5 baths | 1,908 sq. ft.)
  2. 601 N Fairfax St Unit 215 — Old Town — $1,980,000 (2 beds | 2.5 baths | 2,063 sq. ft.)
  3. 702 Prince St Unit 2 — Old Town — $1,663,000 (2 beds | 2 baths | 1,512 sq. ft.)
  4. 1201 N Royal St Unit 408 — Old Town — $1,603,900 (2 beds | 2 baths | 1,593 sq. ft.)
  5. 1201 N Royal St Unit 105 — Old Town — $1,570,000 (2 beds | 2 baths | 1,576 sq. ft.)

Least expensive condos sold*

  1. 431 N Armistead St Unit 306 — Lincolnia Hills — $212,000 (1 beds | 1 baths | 720 sq. ft.)
  2. 1225 Martha Custis Dr Unit 803 — North Ridge — $220,000 (1 beds | 1 baths | 489 sq. ft.)
  3. 75S Reynolds St Unit 119 — Landmark — $224,900 (1 beds | 1 baths | 843 sq. ft.)

*Minimum home value of $200,000 set to exclude certain land sales, retirement condos, properties with expiring ground leases, etc.

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Have you been looking for an adorable and enthusiastic companion?

Meet Mimi, a 2-year-old, 58 pound dog up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

This girl is not only adorable, but happy-go-lucky and has never met a stranger she didn’t like, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford. She loves meeting everything with enthusiastic tail wagging along with her charm and signature smile!

“Mimi loves to explore the play yards and go on walks,” said Shackelford. “She’s doing very well with her clicker training and is learning lots of cues.”

Mimi may just be the companion for you if you’re searching for an affectionate and energetic pup to go on adventures with!

To learn more about Mimi, you can read her entire profile. And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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Good Thursday morning, Alexandria!

⛈️ Today’s weather: Expect showers and potential thunderstorms after 5 pm, with a high near 69. Southeast winds will be 9-16 mph, gusting up to 25 mph. There is an 80% chance of precipitation, bringing new rainfall amounts of up to a quarter-inch. Thursday night may see showers and thunderstorms mainly before 5 am, followed by scattered showers and breezy conditions. Lows will be around 57, with south winds of 13-20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph. Precipitation chances are 100%, with an additional quarter to half an inch of rainfall possible.

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Tap water in Alexandria (staff photo by James Cullum)

Mayor Justin Wilson said that the Biden administration’s finalized strict limits on “forever chemicals” in drinking water will improve the health of Alexandria residents.

Alexandria’s drinking water has an “actionable” level of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). PFAS are proven to weaken immune response, increase cancer risk and liver damage, and pose a risk to pregnant women and their babies.

Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that $27.2 million from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law would go to Virginia to address “emerging contaminants” in drinking water. The manufactured chemicals are known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), and include industrial and consumer products such as cosmetics, shampoo, certain dental flosses, cleaning products, fire extinguisher fluid, food containers and non-stick cookware.

EPA proposed new maximum contaminant level (MCL) goals by targeting a number of PFAS. It also forces water providers to replace old lead pipes.

📈 Wednesday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Apr 10, 2024.

  1. JUST IN: 23-year-old Alexandria motorcyclist identified after fatal crash on Duke Street (1558 views)
  2. Alexandria man charged with forcible sodomy and attempted rape in Old Town (1506 views)

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Good Wednesday morning, Alexandria!

🌧️ Today’s weather: Showers are likely mainly before 8am, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 76. A southwest wind will blow at 5 to 7 mph, and there is a 60% chance of precipitation. New precipitation amounts will be less than a tenth of an inch. On Wednesday night, there is a slight chance of showers before 2am, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 61. A southeast wind will blow at 3 to 5 mph, with a 20% chance of precipitation.

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The Alexandria City High School Titans Robotics team and their robot iBeam are heading to the FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas, this month (via YouTube)

For the third consecutive year, Alexandria City High School’s Titan Robotics team won the FIRST Impact Award on Saturday at the Chesapeake District Championships in Petersburg, Virginia. The win means that the team will now compete at the 2024 FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas, from April 17-20.

Titan Robotics’ robot, iBeam, got tenth place out of the 54 teams at the District event. The team is a nonprofit, student-led club at Alexandria City High School.

“But, robotics isn’t all about the robot, it is also about inspiration, teamwork, collaboration, and giving back to the community,” the team said in an email. “The Impact Award is given to teams that reflect the values and embody the mission of FIRST Robotics to transform the culture in ways that will inspire the highest levels of respect for science and technology while encouraging more youth to become leaders in these areas.”

📈 Tuesday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Apr 9, 2024.

  1. Jefferson-Houston Elementary School administrators put on leave after autistic 4-year-old walked away from school (2232 views)
  2. New seven-story residential development pitched for Landmark neighborhood (1476 views)
  3. Amazon Fresh in the Potomac Yard Shopping Center is still happening (1197 views)

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Good Tuesday morning, Alexandria!

⛈️ Today’s weather: Showers are possible from 2pm to 5pm, followed by potential showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Expect mostly cloudy conditions and a high of 78°F. Winds will remain calm before turning south at 6 mph in the afternoon, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Tonight, showers and thunderstorms may continue, bringing cloudy skies, a low of 59°F, and a south wind at 6 mph. The chance of precipitation increases to 50%.

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Solar panels (file photo)

Tired of paying such a high electric bill? From now until June 30, the city is holding its annual Solarize Alexandria program that provides residents a free assessment for their property to install home solar power systems.

“During this period, Alexandria homeowners can sign up to receive a free solar satellite assessment of their property and discounted prices from vetted solar system installers,” the city said in a release.

According to the city:

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Solarize Alexandria! Solarize Alexandria is part of the broader Solarize Virginia program, a grassroots, community-based outreach initiative managed by the state non-profit Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). LEAP provides ongoing customer support and education throughout the Solarize process.

Find out more at solarizeva.org.

📈 Monday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Apr 8, 2024

  1. Notes: City cancels eclipse viewing party in Old Town, but there’s another party at Ben Brenman Park (6127 views)
  2.  Alexandria’s Planet Fitness evacuated after emailed bomb threat (1702 views)
  3. Police: Man released after getting stuck in harness on Seminary Road Bridge over I-395
    (1568 views)

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Over the last few days, Alexandrians have endured an asteroid impact, the tremors of a distant earthquake, and now: a solar eclipse.

At a viewing party at Ben Brenman Park, hundreds of Alexandrians came together to observe the eclipse through special glasses.

Fidelis Msacky watched with his fiancee Tanya Borachi.

The couple live nearby and bought their viewing glasses on Amazon.

“What’s cool for me is how the next eclipse is so far away,” said Msacky. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event that we can experience.”

Borachi said that the turnout for the cosmic event at the park was uplifting.

“People really went all-out,” she said. “That’s really cool to see everybody out here watching this.”

James Cullum and Vernon Miles contributed to this story

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Good Monday morning, Alexandria!

🌤️ Today’s weather: Expect mostly sunny skies with a high around 68 and a light southeast wind, which will shift to the south and increase to 5-10 mph in the morning. By Monday night, the sky will become mostly cloudy and the temperature will drop to a low near 52, with a south wind at 3-7 mph.

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Partial solar eclipse (photo via Geronimo Giqueaux/Unsplash)

Alexandria canceled its eclipse viewing party today at Old Town Pool.

Not to worry.

There’s still an eclipse viewing party today at Ben Brenman Park, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

“Eclipse viewing glasses will be provided (one per group) while supplies last,” according to Alexandria Library. “Maximum coverage occurs at 3:20 p.m.”

In case of inclement weather, the event will occur inside the Charles E. Beatley Library with NASA’s live feed of the event.

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If you have a friend who buys Powerball at this Safeway at 8646 Richmond Highway, the next round at the bar is on them (photo via Google Maps)

What a busy week in Alexandria.

This week’s top story was all about money, with a $1 million Powerball ticket getting sold in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.

On Monday we reported that an Alexandria resident was charged after a loaded gun was allegedly found in his carry-on bag at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The incident marked the third time last month that a firearm was confiscated from luggage at the airport.

Also Monday, Mayor Justin Wilson said in his monthly newsletter that the March 27 death of the Potomac Yard arena deal would likely mean a period of stagnation for that area of the city. Landowner JBG Smith, however, softened its stance after initially releasing a scathing opinion on the situation, and told the Washington Business Journal on Wednesday that it now envisions Potomac Yard as a tech corridor anchored by the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus.

In a Thursday poll, ALXnow asked whether Alexandria is better off without the Potomac Yard arena. The poll got more than 1,300 responses, with 65% voting “Yes,” 26% voting “No” and nearly 10% voting “I don’t know.”

Got a good spot to see the eclipse on Monday? Our second-most-read story this week showcases an eclipse viewing party being hosted by the city in Old Town.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Powerball ticket worth $1 million sold in Mount Vernon (7387 views)
  2. City of Alexandria hosting eclipse viewing party in Old Town (7375 views)
  3. Notes: Pizza and cocktail bar opening this week in Old Town (5997 views)
  4. Sign ordinance update tackling longstanding sign complaints from Alexandria businesses (5400 views)
  5. In wake of Potomac Yard arena implosion, Alexandria mayor says area will stay the same for ‘quite some time’ (5398 views)
  6. Alexandria gets federal grant for Duke Street transitway (4171 views)
  7. No arrest after woman stabbed in neck in Alexandria’s West End (3522 views)
  8. CIM Group sells apartment complex next to old Landmark Mall property for $225 million (3149 views)

Have a safe weekend!

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Good Friday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: Expect mostly sunny skies and a high of 54 degrees, accompanied by west winds at 7 to 17 mph and gusts up to 24 mph. As the evening approaches, the sky will remain mostly clear with temperatures dropping to around 37 degrees and a northwest wind of about 11 mph.

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Inova Bloodmobile (via Inova Blood Donor Services/Facebook)

Inova Blood Donor services will be on-hand at the Del Ray Farmer’s Market this Saturday.

Inova says that there’s a “critical shortage of blood, especially type O, due to increased usage in treating patients with critical injuries,” and will be hosting a number of blood drives throughout the region.

“Donations of any blood type, but particularly those with type O blood, could be the vital support these patients require,” Inova said in a release. “By donating, you directly impact lives and help replenish the blood supply to meet this urgent demand.”

Inova’s “Bloodmobile” will be at 2309 Mount Vernon Avenue from 8 a.m. to noon.

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