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MS-13 Members Found Guilty in Alexandria Teen’s Murder — “Five members of the gang were found guilty in the killings of a 17-year-old boy from Falls Church and a 14-year-old boy from Alexandria.” [WUSA9]

It’s Tuesday — Rain in the evening. High of 86 and low of 72. Sunrise at 5:50 am and sunset at 8:38 pm. [Weather.gov]

Police Authorized to Pull Cars Over for Noise Violations — “Starting Friday, police may pull over drivers for excessively loud exhaust systems.” [Alexandria Living Magazine]

Silverado Celebrates 25 Years in Alexandria — “Silverado of Alexandria hosted a 25th anniversary celebration for the memory care and assisted living company June 16 at its Alexandria location.” [Alexandria Gazette]

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Anh Phan at Alexandria City Hall, June 28, 2022. (staff photo by James Cullum)

ALXnow is heading into another long weekend with Fourth of July on Monday.

The big stories this week involved back-and-forths over city policy, from a new conditional height increase to arguments over abortion that briefly derailed a City Council meeting.

Top stories

  1. Wave of Del Ray protestors prompts Planning Commission to defer affordable housing height increase
  2. Motorcyclist dies after crashing and falling off Eisenhower Avenue exit ramp
  3. After hit-and-runs, Alexandria Police capture suspect on foot on Interstate 95
  4. Tenant and worker groups voice opposition to power plant plans ahead of City Council review
  5. I-395 lane closures in Alexandria start tonight
  6. Alexandria City Council meeting disrupted by anti-abortion activists
  7. Falls Church restaurant Thompson Italian to take over former Hank’s Oyster Bar spot in Old Town
  8. Fairfax County man charged with vehicular manslaughter and DWI for fatal Duke Street crash
  9. City Council to adopt resolution to protect abortion access in Alexandria
  10. Alexandria getting first-ever speed cameras in five school zones early next year
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The Alexandria City High School graduation, June 4, 2022. (staff photo by James Cullum)

Alexandria City Public Schools expects its interim superintendent to serve for the entire 2022-2023 school year, according to a new job listing for the position.

“It is anticipated that this opportunity could last for the entirety of SY22-23,” ACPS said on the job listing, which was posted on Thursday (June 30). “The Interim Superintendent will report to and work in partnership with the Alexandria City School Board to carry out the vision and strategic goals of the division to ensure the success of students, employees, and the overall school community while the search for the permanent superintendent is underway.”

ACPS asked for community input on the superintendent selection earlier this week, with the goal of filling the job by July 28.

The interim superintendent’s contract would last “Up to six months or until a permanent superintendent is in place,” ACPS said.

Superintendent Gregory Hutchings, Jr.’s resignation goes into effect at the end of August, and the interim superintendent will be chosen by July 28.

Hutchings was hired in 2017, following a one-year stint by former interim Superintendent Lois Berlin, the former superintendent of Falls Church City Public Schools.

ACPS posted than 70 positions to its career site last month, including principal jobs at George Washington Middle School and  Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, media relations specialists, school security officers, teachers, counselors and bus drivers.

The full interim superintendent job description below the jump.

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Streets Market & Cafe closing in Arlandria (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Streets Market & Cafe, a grocery store on the ground level of DelRay Tower (3108 Mount Vernon Avenue) between the Del Ray and Arlandria neighborhoods, is closing.

An employee at the location said the store will be completely closed in two weeks or mid/early July.

The market has been in DelRay Towers since at least 2016, not long after the building opened.

According to signs in a window, everything in the store is up to 30% off until the store closes.

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Morning Notes

Naturalization Ceremony Scheduled at Mount Vernon — “Independence Day festivities at George Washington’s Mount Vernon will include a naturalization ceremony featuring people from 42 countries.” [Patch]

It’s Friday — Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 89 and low of 74. Sunrise at 5:48 am and sunset at 8:39 pm. [Weather.gov]

Restaurant Week Coming in August — “For 10 days and two weekends, dozens of restaurants in Alexandria, Virginia will offer a $25, $35 or $45 in-person dinner for one during Alexandria Restaurant Week, August 19-28.” [Alexandria Living Magazine]

Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale Happening Next Month — “One of the longest running seasonal summer shopping events returns to the D.C. region’s Shop Small destination for independent boutiques, Alexandria, Virginia, with the annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale happening Saturday, August 13, 2022, throughout Old Town and Del Ray.” [Alexandria Living Magazine]

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Power outage in Carlyle neighborhood (image via Dominion Energy)

A power outage in Alexandria has impacted around 2,000 residents

A Dominion Energy outage map indicated that 1,998 customers are currently affected by the outage.

Scanner chatter indicated that intersection lights were out and there were people stuck in elevators, but there was no ongoing fire. A Dominion Energy crewis searching for the cause.

According to the Dominion website estimated time of restoration is between 6-9 p.m., though those tend to be conservative estimates.

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Alexandria will start interviewing candidates next month to independently review allegations of police misconduct, according to City Manager Jim Parajon.

It’s been more than five months since the Alexandria Community Policing Review Board started meeting to provide oversight of the Alexandria Police Department. The seven-person Board was appointed by City Council last year, started meeting in January, and is still developing its bylaws.

It’s also been nearly a year since Council’s order to form the group went into effect — on July 1, 2021.

The Board is unable to function properly, however, without hiring an independent auditor/investigator to hire staff, conduct investigations and coordinate the Board’s administrative functions.

“We will be conducting interviews for prospective candidates later in July,” City Manager Jim Parajon told ALXnow. “This is an important and somewhat unique position, and our search firm has been seeking the best candidates for the past couple months and now we are moving to the next phase which is the interview process.”

The City is using recruitment firm POLIHIRE to find auditor candidates. This is the same recruitment firm that was used to hire Parajon as City Manager late last year.

The job pays between $106,845 and $193,631, according to POLIHIRE. The job announcement was posted on the site on April 7.

Additionally, the Board is not posting videos of its public meetings, although the City ordinance establishing it states: “All public meetings of the Board shall be videotaped and made available to the public on the City’s website.”

The Board was approved by Council in response to social unrest from the May 2020 murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. After the murder, former Alexandra Police Chief Mike Brown and APD officers participated in protests around the city calling for racial accountability in policing.

The creation of the board also received pushback from police during the approval process.

A June 22 meeting establishing the bylaws for the group was canceled, and the next Board meeting is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, in City Hall’s Sister City Conference Room.

The full job posting for the position is below the jump.

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Rain barrel (photo via Waldemar Brandt/Unsplash)

The City of Alexandria has a handful of irons in the fire when it comes to stormwater management, but one new approach is one of the oldest tactics: storing runoff in rain barrels.

The city announced yesterday that it’s planning to offer a limited supply of free rain barrels, with more available via raffle at the city libraries.

“The City of Alexandria Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES) Stormwater Management Division will be offering a limited supply of free rain barrels to residents living in the City,” the city said in a release. “Complete the application form by July 31 to register for a free rain barrel. Additionally, a limited number of rain barrels will be reserved for raffles at each of the four library branch locations in the City.”

Those hoping to get a rain barrel must be city residents and have to demonstrate how and where the barrel will be used — presumably to collect rainwater.

“The City encourages the use of rain barrels which capture and store runoff from roofs that would otherwise be directed into the storm sewer network,” the release said.

The city said additional benefits include collecting water to use in gardening and the user is eligible for a credit towards the stormwater utility fee for installation and proper use of a rain barrel — the latter incentive is particularly relevant with stormwater utility fees going up this year.

“This program is in partnership with the Northern Virginia Rain Barrel Partnership Program, sponsored through the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District,” the release said. “The Partnership hosts build-your-own rain barrel workshops throughout the Northern Virginia area.”

https://twitter.com/AlexandriaVATES/status/1542221401582698501

Photo via Waldemar Brandt/Unsplash

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Boots, a 5-year-old male black and white domestic short-haired cat with white spats, is up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

He’s a bit shy when you first meet him, but warms up fast, says AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter.

“His favorite thing is head scratches,” Hardter said. “Boots is also an energetic gent who loves to spend some of that energy playing with his toys, especially pipe cleaners.”

Boots is currently available from an AWLA foster home, but you can learn more about him or schedule time to meet him by emailing [email protected] or calling 703-746-4774 (opt. 2).

Via AWLA
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Morning Notes

(Updated 11:35 a.m.) DASH says goodbye to old bus line — “DASH’s Orion buses will depart the Pentagon at 2:30 PM on Friday July 1 for one final ride. Hop on board bus 96 or 97 or meet them at King Street Metro when the final trip ends around 3:25 PM.” [Twitter]

It’s Thursday — Clear throughout the day. High of 88 and low of 69. Sunrise at 5:48 am and sunset at 8:39 pm. [Weather.gov]

Lee District renamed — “Lee District has officially been consigned to the history books.” [FFXnow]

Harry Potter event scheduled at local museum — “The annual Harry Potter events at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum are known to sell out, so get your tickets early.” [Patch]

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