Alexandria, VA

Alexandria Police have identified the homeless woman found dead in Arlandria on Tuesday as 49-year-old Isabelle Hernandez Saballa.

Police said Saballa, who went by the name “Dora”, was a known subject in the community and her death was not suspicious in nature.

“The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office will determine Ms. Saballa’s cause and manner of death, but at this time, it does not appear to be suspicious,” according to police.

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson said that there has been an increase of homeless in the city during the pandemic, and ALXnow has reached out to the city for more information.

“We certainly mourn the loss of the resident and our thoughts are with her family,” Wilson told ALXnow. “We have seen a notable increase in homelessness during the pandemic, which has not only created challenges for our residents, but also for our ability to provide homeless prevention services. While I do not know all of the details, my understanding is that this resident had been offered services on a few occasions. We’ll try to see what we can learn from this incident to prevent future loss of life.”

The city’s Department of Community and Human Services is asking residents to help homeless people in the community. Temperatures are expected to continue to dip into freezing territory until next week.

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Morning Notes

More Than 20K Vaccines Distributed in Alexandria — “The latest update from the City on COVID-19: 20,726 doses administered to Alexandrians; 4,666 Alexandrians fully vaccinated (2.9%); Positive tests up 19 to 10,056 in the City (259 in last week); 7-day Positivity Rate steady at 6.4%; 1 new hospitalization.” [Twitter]

Beyer Elected Chair of House Committee of Space and Aeronautics — “Really exciting news: my colleagues have elected me chair of @HouseScience‘s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee! I am ready and eager to boldly go forward with an ambitious space policy agenda in the 117th Congress.” [Twitter]

Workforce Development Center Offers Free Courses — “If you have been recently laid off or you’re looking to change careers, upgrade your skills through SkillUp Alexandria & Arlington, which offers free, unlimited access to more than 5,000 online training courses in English and Spanish.” [Twitter]

Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Profiled on FOX 5 — “Thanks to @KevinMcCarthyTV for featuring the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery on @fox5dc’s #BlackHistoryMonth field trip!” [Twitter]

City of Alexandria Academy Now Accepting Applications — “The City of Alexandria is now inviting residents to apply for its Academy programs. These programs are designed to teach how city government and its agencies work. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, sessions for Spring 2021 will be held virtually.” [Zebra]

Today’s Weather — “Cloudy with a mixture of winter precipitation (during the day). Some icing possible. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 100%. Snow and ice accumulating 3 to 5 inches.” [Weather.com]

New Job: Staging Assistant — “We are seeking individuals to assist our current team on a part-time basis ( to full time ) with home staging installations throughout the DC metropolitan area. This fun opportunity includes working with the Lead Stager on site to determine optimal furniture layout, problem solve awkward spaces, art installation and accessorizing.” [Indeed]

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Alexandria Police are investigating the death of a 49-year-old homeless woman who was found in the 4100 block of Mount Vernon Avenue in Arlandria early Tuesday morning.

The woman was spotted by a passerby at around 5:30 a.m., according to police. The public was notified of the incident via Twitter just after 7 a.m. and one lane of north bound traffic on Mount Vernon Avenue was briefly shut down.

Police tweeted that the victim was a well known homeless woman and that the death is not suspicious in nature.

Map via Google Maps

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Three years after opening on Mount Vernon Avenue in Arlandria, Pet Valu will close its doors by Dec. 29.

The Canada-based pet store chain announced last month that it was shuttering its 358 locations in the U.S. due to the impact of COVID-19.

Staffers at the Arlandria location told ALXnow that they are waiting for updates from management on when exactly the store will close, and some are even expecting Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) to be their last day in business.

“(A)ll stores will be closed by December 29,” Pet Valu replied to a customer on Facebook. “(P)lease call ahead to your local store for more information and for store hours.”

The store is offering sales of 50% to 70% off remaining merchandise. Even the fixtures are for sale.

“The Pet Valu U.S. team is proud to have met the needs of our devoted pet lover customers in the U.S. for more than 25 years,” Jamie Gould, Pet Valu, Inc.’s newly appointed Chief Restructuring Officer, said in a press release. “However, the Company’s stores have been significantly impacted by the protracted COVID-19-related restrictions. After a thorough review of all available alternatives, we made the difficult but necessary decision to commence this orderly wind down.”

Pet Valu at 3819 Mount Vernon Avenue is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Alexandria Police are investigating the shooting of two people in separate incidents over the weekend in Alexandria.

A juvenile was shot in the leg on Friday night, October 23, in the 1800 block of Diagonal Road in Old Town, according to police. The teenage victim was taken to the hospital by his mother, and police found shell casings at the scene.

The suspects in the case are not known, and police incorrectly tweeted that no one was injured.

The second incident occurred a few hours later on Saturday morning, October 24, in Arlandria. After midnight, a security guard got into a fight with a patron at Lilian’s Restaurant at 3901 Mount Vernon Avenue. The patron was shot in the upper body and was taken to the hospital in serious condition, according to police.

The security guard was not charged and the incident is under investigation.

Maps of Old Town and Mount Vernon Avenue via Google Maps

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A dog suffered minor injuries after being hit by a car that then crashed into a parked car at the 7-Eleven at 3412 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray on Wednesday night, October 14.

The dog had a cut above her right eye and swelling on her back and side. The dog and her owner were out walking when the accident occurred.

The accident occurred at around 11 p.m. The driver of an older model Honda Accord was parked facing the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Glebe Road, and then popped the parking barrier, drove into Mount Vernon Avenue, circled around and then hit a parked car at full speed. Airbags in both cars were deployed.

“I could have died at a 7-Eleven,” a witness said. “I was just standing there. He must have been going 20, 30 miles per hour.”

The driver of the car was not injured and told ALXnow that his breaks malfunctioned. He told police through a translator that he’d only owned the car a short amount of time.

Map via Google Maps

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Morning Notes

Virginia Voter Registration Deadline Extended to Thursday Night — “BREAKING: Virginia’s voter registration deadline has been extended until Thursday, October 15 at 11:59pm. If you still need to register or update your information, you can do it online at vote.virginia.gov–you can also register and vote early at your registrar’s office.” [Twitter]

City Asks for Feedback on Adding Affordable Housing to Arlandria — “At a virtual meeting Tuesday night (another meeting is set for Wednesday night), members of the Alexandria Office of Planning and Zoning presented their vision to improve affordable housing in the Arlandira-Chirilagua area.” [Alexandria Living]

Parker-Gray Memorial Walkway Unveiling Oct. 24 — “The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria African American Hall of Fame will unveil the Parker-Gray Memorial Walkway on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2-3 p.m. during a dedication ceremony. The event, which will take place at the Wythe Street entrance of Charles Houston Rec Center (901 Wythe St.), will be streamed live online.” [Zebra]

The Old Town Cocktail Virtual Happy Hour is Tonight — “Join Old Town Business Association on October 15th for our first Virtual Happy Hour featuring cocktails crafted by Jon Schott of The People’s Drug, ‘Around the Block’ with Victoria Vergason of The Hour, and their guests Scott and Becky Harris, owners of Catoctin Creek Distillery.” [Visit Alexandria]

R&B Heating and Air Conditioning celebrates 40 years — “The company’s focus on certain HVAC offerings, specifically the Unico system that’s meant to be installed in older, traditional homes without the need for remodeling, has also helped R&B carve out a niche in Alexandria and D.C.” [Alex Times]

Today’s Weather — “Sunny skies (during the day). High 77F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.Partly cloudy skies early will give way to occasional showers later during the night. Low near 55F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.” [Weather.com]

New Job: Strategic Communications Specialist — “Design, develop, produce and consult on a variety of internal and external communications materials and media. Apply specific functional and working or general ind us try knowledge. Develop or contribute to solutions to a variety of problems of moderate scope and complexity. Work independently with some guidance and review or guide the activities of junior employees, as needed.” [Indeed]

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U.S. Secretary of Education Commends ACPS Superintendent for Sending Child to Private School — “How great that Superintendent Hutchings is able to make this choice for his child. Every family in Alexandria, VA, and across the entire country, should have the same freedom to choose where, when and how their kids learn.” [Twitter]

Beyer Says Trump Lying About Health Care Plan — “rump has no health plan. He’s been lying for five years, always saying there’s this amazing plan just around the corner. Meanwhile he’s suing to get the health law that protects Americans with preexisting conditions struck down by the Supreme Court.” [Twitter]

City Wins Grant to Add WiFi and Seating to Four Mile Run Park Plaza — “Alexandria was one of just 10 cities to receive the award.” [City of Alexandria]

City Releases Guidance for Trick-Or-Treaters — “The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to choose lower risk Halloween and Dia de los Muertos activities this year to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 outbreaks. There are many alternative options to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos while also maintaining a lower level risk of spreading COVID-19.” [City of Alexandria]

Virtual Fundraiser for Artists on October 24 — “ACT 4 #ArtsALX was inspired by the need for artists to share their work given the difficulty of performing, teaching and holding exhibits in the time of COVID-19. The lack of revenue from performances, classes and exhibitions has led to critical financial problems for the arts. Most artists and organizations have had to cancel seasons and indoor events for the foreseeable future, transitioning to smaller, outdoor events and virtual presentations.”

Today’s Weather — “Mainly sunny (during the day). High 73F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. A mostly clear sky (in the evening). Low 54F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New Job: Keyboards/Guitar Teacher — “3+ years teaching experience on keyboards/guitar. Multi-instrumentalist a plus. Experience working with children as young as 6 years old. Ability to pass a standard background check and sign a code of conduct.” [Facebook]

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A woman was assaulted while walking home in the Presidential Greens Apartment complex in Arlandria on Sunday night, October 11.

The victim was walking home when she was approached by a man who tried to grab her, but she got away and called her cousin on the phone and ran to a nearby business where he works on Mount Vernon Avenue. She was transported to the hospital and was released without injuries, according to her cousin.

The incident occurred at around 11 p.m.

Police searched the area with a K-9 officer and no suspect was arrested.

Map via Google Maps

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Alexandria’s Latino population has been heavily impacted by COVID-19, and an annual 5K to support them is going virtual.

From October 8-26, nonprofit Casa Chirilagua will conduct its virtual 5k run and walk to help support students and families impacted by COVID-19, virtual schooling and unemployment.

Participants will need to download the atlasGO app to track progress and win prizes.

Registration costs $25 and participants are asked to go outside to run or walk.

“We can not track your activity indoors,” notes the website for the 5k. “It is difficult to catch the right satellite signal indoors. For the optimal accuracy please add your activity manually if you are running on a treadmill or if you are walking in a building.”

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Posted by Casa Chirilagua on Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Posted by Casa Chirilagua on Thursday, October 1, 2020

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