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Say hello to Skippy, a 2-year-old pup with the cutest and unique ears who is up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

This girl can brighten up your day and always has a happy grin on her face, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“Skippy is a young dog who would do best in an active home and family,” said Shackelford. “She enjoys her daily exercise sessions, which include romps in the play yard with toys and walks with our volunteers and staff.”

She loves a yummy snack and can sit with the right motivation!

Skippy would be a great addition to any family.

To start the adoption process email [email protected] or stop by the AWLA during business hours to meet her! And don’t forget to check out her entire profile!


Good Thursday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. At night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. North wind 3 to 7 mph.

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Three Alexandria City High School Students got a nod from C-SPAN for their work on a short documentary about human trafficking.

Leo Dienstfrey, Lashelle Sakyi and Marisa Vidal got an “honorable mention” in the C-SPAN StudentCam competition for “Modern Day Slavery” — a five minute video about ongoing human trafficking issues.

Three other students, Gryphon Magnus, Mia Mervis, Ben Delnegro and Sarah McBurney, participated in the broadcast news category of the SkillsUSA’s television/media production competition, according to Issmar Ventura, a media relations specialist with Alexandria City Public Schools. The students placed first at the district level and second at the state level.

Modern Day Slavery, C-SPAN Video Competition Entry, 2022-2023 (image via Titan Media Alexandria/YouTube)

📈 Wednesday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for May 24, 2023.

  1. Gostov Boulangerie & Brasserie opening May 30 in Del Ray (973 views)
  2. What to do if your Confederate-honoring Alexandria street gets renamed? (933 views)
  3. Notes: Alexandria launches questionnaire for new housing zoning overhaul (915 views)
  4. Upcoming Alexandria and American birthday celebrations could bring more tall ships (321 views)

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Good Wednesday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind around 5 mph. At night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 5 to 14 mph becoming north in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

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ALXnow isn’t the only one doing a public survey: the City of Alexandria launched a new questionnaire for the new Zoning for Housing/Housing for All initiative.

The Zoning for Housing/Housing for All initiative is a an ambitious overhaul of the city’s zoning code with an eye toward rebuilding it from the ground up with an emphasis on affordability and equity.

The Zoning for Housing side of things focuses on expanding housing production and affordability in general.

The Housing for All component, meanwhile, looks at the history of discriminatory housing policies that can still be seen in home ownership across the city. The goal of the initiative is to try to mitigate the effects of past exclusionary zoning.

The change comes at an interesting — if contentious — time for housing zoning discussions. In Arlington earlier this year, the County Board voted on changes that would allow multifamily structures in what was formerly considered single-family zoning.

Alexandria’s questionnaire asks what types of housing the city needs more of and opinions on whether the city needs to expand the range of affordability.

The questionnaire is open until Monday, June 19.

Concept rendering of Sansé and Naja development in Arlandria (image courtesy Housing Alexandria)

📈 Tuesday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for May 23, 2023.

  1. Alexandria retunes financing as Landmark Mall site infrastructure costs jump 40% (3018 views)
  2. Police Chief says there’s a ‘plethora’ of guns on the streets of Alexandria | ALXnow (1189 views)
  3. Fair warning, driving this weekend is likely to be a pain (1108 views)
  4. New tool helps Alexandrians find off the beaten path public art (186 views)

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Good Tuesday morning, Alexandria!

🌤️ Today’s weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind 6 to 10 mph. At night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 3 to 8 mph.

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If you, like this reporter, have your nose so deep in day to day work you forget what holidays are ahead: here’s your reminder, it’s Memorial Day this weekend.

And as a follow up reminder: that means traffic is likely to be particularly bad across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge or down I-95.

Patch reported that AAA’s prediction is around 42.5 million people taking trips of 50 miles or more during Memorial Day weekend — roughly 2.7 million more than last year but only 170,000 more than pre-pandemic levels.

Bus and train traffic is also projected to be busier, according to Patch, with a 20% increase in travellers choosing methods other than cars compared to 2022.

The AAA prediction is that this summer, in general, could be one of the busiest travel seasons on record.

Traffic on I-395 (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

📈 Monday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for May 22, 2023.

  1. Notes: U-Haul truck driver leads police on 95 mph chase through Alexandria (2637 views)
  2. Poll: Are you excited about the new Potomac Yard Metro station? (816 views)
  3. Duke Street Transitway gets flack and fans at Transportation Commission review (324 views)
  4. D-Day commemoration event returning to Alexandria with live music and reenactors (274 views)

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Good Monday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: Sunny, with a high near 81. East wind 6 to 9 mph. At night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. East wind 6 to 10 mph.

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The driver of a U-Haul truck was hospitalized after a bizarre high-speed chase through Alexandria, the Virginia State Police said.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. when police on I-395 reportedly saw the truck going 96 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The truck reportedly sped away, taking exit 3 onto Duke Street, and then getting back on to southbound I-395.

The driver pulled the U-Haul to the shoulder where a woman and child exited the vehicle. Troopers detained the driver afterward, who was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation.

📈 Friday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for May 19, 2023.

  1. Del Ray residents converge over Preservation Virginia’s ‘endangered’ designation (3153 views)
  2. Alexandria Police Department makes arrest in alleged Old Town car theft (1524 views)
  3. ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria | ALXnow (1069 views)
  4. Smallest and largest homes sold in Alexandria (Apr-May 2023) | ALXnow (519 views)

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This past week saw 47 homes sold in Alexandria.

The least expensive condo, single-family home or townhouse sale over the past seven days was $225,000 while the most expensive was $1,785,000.

Over the past month, meanwhile, a total of 212 homes were sold. Let’s take a look at some of the smallest and largest homes sold over the past month.

Largest homes sold

  1. 613 S Royal Street — $2,590,000 (5 Beds | 4.5 Baths | 3,900 SQ FT )
  2. 511 Crown View Drive — $1,350,000 (4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 3,696 SQ FT)
  3. 412 E Bellefonte Avenue — $1,750,000 (5 Beds | 5 Baths | 3,690 SQ FT)

Smallest homes sold

  1. 5851 Quantrell Avenue #109 — $202,000 (1 Bed | 1 Bath | 765 SQ FT)
  2. 4860 Eisenhower Avenue #378 — $295,000 (1 Bed | 1 Bath | 771 SQ FT)
  3. 910 Powhatan Street #302N — ($530,000  | 1 Bed  | 1.5 Baths | 785 SQ FT)
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Good Friday morning, Alexandria!

Today’s weather: Passing showers. Cloudy. Mild. High of 73 and low of 57.
Tomorrow: Passing showers. Overcast. Mild. High of 75 and low of 56. Sunrise at 5:52 am and sunset at 8:17 pm.

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For over 20 years Gloria Flanagan worked in the Alexandria Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to help get local businesses better access to city services.

The SBDC announced earlier this week that Flanagan has died.

According to the SBDC:

We are heartbroken today to share that our friend and colleague Gloria Flanagan has passed away. For more than 20 years, Gloria was the first person hundreds of Alexandria small business owners met when they reached out to the Alexandria SBDC for help starting or growing their business. Her deep knowledge of the City and her unending passion for helping entrepreneurs on their journey made a profound difference on the small business community here, and we are so grateful that Alexandria is where she chose to make her home and devote her professional life.

Gloria was a loving and devoted mother, proudly sharing stories about her children with us daily. Our deepest condolences go to Billy, Jim, and Kerry. Thank you for sharing your mom with the SBDC.

If you would like to share a memory of an interaction with Gloria or how she helped your business, please write a comment here or fill out this form.

You can also email photos to [email protected] We will be sharing responses with her family as they prepare for her memorial services. We will also honor Gloria and her contributions to the Alexandria small business community, and we will share those plans as soon as we can.

Thank you, Gloria, for everything. We’ll miss you.

Image via SBDC/Facebook

📈 Thursday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for May 18, 2023.

  1. No arrest after gun displayed during argument at Potomac Yard Shopping Center (1402 views)
  2. Office of Historic Alexandria provides guide to city’s Confederate street names ahead of renaming (1267 views)
  3. Notes: Agenda Alexandria to discuss uptick in gun-related crime on Monday | ALXnow (423 views)
  4. Alexandria School Board to present Council with staggered terms proposal this fall (225 views)

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Good Thursday morning, Alexandria!

🌥 Today’s weather: Cloudy. Mild. High of 71 and low of 51.
Tomorrow: Breaks of sun late. Mild. High of 71 and low of 50. Sunrise at 5:52 am and sunset at 8:16 pm.

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Police investigating a shooting in the Andrew Adkins development (staff photo by James Cullum)

Discussion panel series Agenda Alexandria is hosting a program on Monday to discuss the rise in gun-related crime in Alexandria.

Over the last year, both serious crimes like homicide and auto theft — called Part I crimes by the FBI — and nuisance crimes like DUI and vandalism — called Part II crimes — have been on the rise.

According to an email from Agenda Alexandria:

The May program of Agenda Alexandria will examine the causes of the uptick in violent crimes, property crimes, and crimes against society, such as drug violations and weapon violations. The program will also explore what public officials and citizens can do to address the causes and make Alexandria a safer city in which to live and work.

Agenda Alexandria Chair Rod Kuckro will moderate a panel of speakers including Alexandria Police Department Chief Don Hayes, former Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Jennifer Rohrbach, whose daughter attends Alexandria City High School and Robert Strange is a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Alexandria where he supervises the Special Victims Unit, amongst others.

The program is scheduled for Monday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. in The Lyceum (201 S. Washington Street) and is live-streamed.

📈 Wednesday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for May 17, 2023.

  1. Alexandria teen robbed of his Nike Air Jordans finds alleged suspect wearing them on Instagram (4231 views)
  2. Notes: VDOT taking Richmond Highway speed limit down a notch south of Alexandria | ALXnow (330 views)
  3. Listing of the Day: 210 Duke Street (276 views)
  4. Stormwater advisory group says Alexandria’s making progress on flooding, but the real test is ahead (258 views)

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Address: 210 Duke Street
Neighborhood: Old Town
Type: 5 BR, 3 (+1 half) BA townhouse — 4,085 sq. ft.
Listed: $4,985,000

Noteworthy: C. 1787 — The home of Dr. James Craik, George Washington’s physician.

Built in 1787, this exquisite restored and renovated historic property is the former residence and medical office of George Washington’s personal physician, Dr. James Craik. Dr. Craik attended to President Washington in 1799 on his death bed at Mount Vernon, 8 miles south of Old Town. His medical office was the first room of the house, just left of the front entrance.

Classic Georgian style architecture melds with elegant modern upgrades, expanded living space and carefully preserved original features. Five bedrooms, 3.5 baths, original heart pine floors, exquisite moldings, arched doorways, built-ins and 8 handsome fireplaces. The Lobkovich kitchen adjoins a sunny family room overlooking the meticulously planted garden.

An attached flounder house with many windows and exposed beamed ceilings serves as an office or artist’s studio. The remarkable garden area can be viewed from numerous rooms. A long grass panel softened with flower beds is surrounded by a reconstructed stonewall that once was the foundation of a former outbuilding on this property. The gracefully-carved steps were said to be salvaged from the Blair House during a mid-20th century remodeling and brought to 210 Duke.

At the rear of the garden is a Zen-like swimming pool in a peaceful private setting for lounging and dining. Off-street parking is accessed through remote-controlled grey wood double gates.

Listed by:
Babs Beckwith — McEnearney Associates Realtors
[email protected]
(703) 627-5421


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