Alexandria, VA

Morning Notes

Statewide vaccine town hall tonight — “The Virginia Department of Health will host a live broadcast Town Hall on May 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. The program will feature in-depth discussion about COVID-19 vaccines and offer a forum to ask questions about the vaccines and the next steps in the vaccine roll out. Panelists include Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Norm Oliver and State Vaccine Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula, as well as other academic, medical, and public health experts.” [City of Alexandria]

Alexandria Democratic Committee’s City Council candidate debate is at 7 p.m. — “Please join us to watch the ADC City Council Debates!” [Facebook]

In-person Alexandria Jazz Festival on May 29 — “The Alexandria Jazz Festival returns on Saturday, May 29, 4-9pm at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.). Enjoy a variety of musicians and styles of jazz throughout the day. Admission is free, but space will be limited. ” [Twitter]

‘Dogs Of Del Ray’ mural to be finished on Thursday — “The Del Ray community plans to celebrate the mural’s completion during First Thursday: Dog Days in Del Ray, which takes place on Thursday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. Participants are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to the Avenue for a socially distant street festival featuring themed activities, rescue groups, and more.” [Zebra]

Today’s weather — “Sunshine early then becoming cloudy later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph… Sunshine early then becoming cloudy later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Refuse collector — “A Refuse Collector collects garbage as part of a refuse collection crew. This is routine but heavy manual work which is performed under adverse weather conditions. Refuse Collectors regularly perform their tasks at a rapid pace as compared to most labor class positions. Assignments and work leadership is provided by an Equipment Operator II. Supervision is provided by the Refuse Collection Superintendent.” [Indeed]

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Six-year-old Coco likes the simple things, like stuffed toys and treats. The six-year-old Staffordshire terrier is also looking to be adopted through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Coco is the cuddliest girl, with the most squishable face, and be ready for her to take her place of honor on your lap,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Coco loves her people and wants to be the sole focus of their attention, so she would prefer to be your only pup to make sure she has all your love and snuggles.”

Coco also loves stuffed toys that make noise and can regularly be seen carrying one around on walks, napping with one or showing her human friends how they can be used in an excellent game of tug-of-war.

You can schedule time to meet with Coco in-person or virtually at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photo via AWLA
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Morning Notes

Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scammers — “If you receive a call from someone saying they are from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office (or any other law enforcement agency) and that you have to pay them money, hang up. Scammers will try a variety of approaches to intimidate and coerce people into giving them money. But actual sheriffs’ offices in Virginia will never call you and demand money.” [Twitter]

April 30 deadline for logo design contest for Alexandria City High School — “All ACPS currently enrolled students are invited to participate in a logo design contest to represent the new high school name Alexandria City High School. The deadline to submit an entry is April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. See the complete competition guidelines and rules. Logo entries must be uploaded through the Logo Design Submission Form. Featured above are the previous logos used for T.C. Williams. More information about designs for Naomi L. Brooks Elementary School will be shared in the coming weeks.” [ACPS]

Bug appetit: These city residents are eating cicadas — “This year, you won’t find cicadas on the menu at restaurants in Alexandria — serving bugs is a health code violation and isn’t allowed in Virginia.  But for the adventurous, there are a lot of ways to cook cicadas at home. Brian Schwatken, who lives in Alexandria, cooked and ate a cicada a few years ago — and liked it.” [Alexandria Living]

Today’s weather — “Partly cloudy (during the day). High 88F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph… Cloudy (in the evening). Low 66F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Dog walker — “Walkers will be expected to pick up dogs from their owners and drive them to the dog park, play with them at the dog park, and then drive the dogs back to their homes. Pay ranges from $350 to $500 per week, depending on the number of dogs scheduled for that week.” [Indeed]

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Chanel likes hanging out in an office more than her cage. Every day, she and about 10 other “office animals” are let out to play in offices at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“A shelter isn’t a natural environment for an animal,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “We’ve got seven dogs and three cats in offices right now, and we do whatever we can make this experience better and more comfortable for them.”

AWLA has about 30 animals up for adoption, although some have to undergo surgery and other medical procedures before they can go to a new home. Many of those animals spend their mending days in offices, which have baby gates at their doors.

They’ve also allowed pets in offices for more than a decade, Hardter said.

Executive Director Stella Hanly has two dogs in her office, including Stevie, who came to AWLA with a severe eye infection. His eyes had to be removed, and Hanly said that the extra attention he got by sleeping in her office made a remarkable change in him.

“The first day he was with me, he wouldn’t even respond to anyone coming in the office, talking to him or petting him,” Hanly said. “By the end of that same week, he would do a little dance each time he heard me enter the room. I think having the extra time and attention in my office truly saved his life.”

Photo via AWLA
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It’s no secret that Del Ray loves its dogs, and next month a new mural will be unveiled in their honor.

For the last month, local artist Patrick Kirwin has been working on the “Dogs Of Del Ray” mural, which is on the north side of Stomping Ground, facing the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square in the heart of Del Ray.

“It’ll last forever, or as long as the siding lasts,” Krwin said. “The trick is balancing the eyes, getting them right according to the axis on the head gives them their personality.”

Del Ray is full of personalities, like Dodger, Olive, Sadie and Aspin. Sue Kovalsky’s dog, Barley, for instance, will walk right up and lean on strangers on Mount Vernon Avenue — just to get a friendly pet.

Pat Miller came up with the idea with neighbor Karen Johnson.

“Dogs bring a lot to Del Ray,” Miller said. “When you’re out walking your dog, you always stop and talk to the next person that has a dog, so you get to know the community. And the dogs start liking each other and they start like being together.”

Miller says that the waiting list for dog portraits is completely full, and that some of the paintings are from dogs who have passed on.

“It was a tear-jerker, a way to memorialize their dog,” she said. “And that’s important because dogs are all about love and fun.”

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Morning Notes

Earl Lloyd statue unveiled at Charles Houston Recreation Center — “At the unveiling of the first African American NBA player, and Native Alexandrian, Earl Lloyd!” [Twitter]

Episcopal Church of the Resurrection opens new facility — “Inspiring Grand Opening of Episcopal Church of the Resurrection’s beautiful new church this morning! Honored and humbled to partner with you to create 113 new affordable homes adjacent to your new space.” [Twitter]

Alexandria Democratic Committee straw poll tonight — “Register to participate in our Almost Annual Straw Poll! It’s Virtual this year, and the link will be sent shortly before the event.” [AlexDems]

Alexandria Police offer condolences for fallen Capitol Police officer — “The Alexandria Police Dept. offers our most sincere condolences to @CapitolPolice for the loss of one of their officers in an attack at the U.S. Capitol. We also send our prayers to the second officer injured. Your families are in our thoughts.” [Twitter]

Today’s weather — “Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 72F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph… Cloudy (in the evening). Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 52F. Winds light and variable.” [Weather.com]

New job: Dog walker/pet sitter — “DogOn Fitness is looking for confident, reliable, independent dog walkers to walk and exercise dogs in the Alexandria and Arlington area!” [Indeed]

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It was another busy week in Alexandria.

Our top story was on the dog found dead and wrapped in blankets at N. Armistead Street and Beauregard Street. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is offering a reward for information that can lead to the identification of the owner.

This week, the Del Ray Business Association announced that a mayoral debate between Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson and former Mayor Allison Silberberg will be held on May 12, and a council debate will be held on May 17.

On the coronavirus front, City Council will soon consider a temporary waterfront memorial to honor COVID-19 victims. This week, the city also received a surge of vaccine doses.

We also continued our conversations with City Council candidates by profiling Councilman John Taylor Chapman, Councilwoman Amy Jackson and Kevin Harris.

Other important stories

Top stories

  1. Animal Welfare League of Alexandria seeks public help to identify dead dog
  2. Suspicious voting patterns seen in ALXnow poll on mayoral race
  3. COVID-19 update: Alexandria getting boost of vaccine doses this week
  4. Just In: Man arrested for allegedly grabbing women in Del Ray
  5. Teenagers arrested after 13-year-old girl jumped, gun pointed at her in West End
  6. Council approves roadway conversion at George Washington Masonic National Memorial
  7. Four arrested after juvenile robbed of shoes in West End
  8. JUST IN: Halal slaughterhouse to open in two weeks
  9. Poll: Which mayoral candidate has your vote?
  10. Neighborhood Health vaccinating thousands at sites in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County
  11. Flight attendant Annetta Catchings running for Alexandria mayor as a Republican

Have a safe weekend!

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Aloysius Fraggleplank needs a little training, but the two-year-old blue pit bill is looking for a new home with a family that has adults and older kids.

While he’s usually known by the name Blue, Fraggleplank was recently renamed for one day only as part of an April Fools celebration by his minders at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“We hope to have it all sorted out by tomorrow, but I guess our adoptables are playing an April Fool’s prank on us,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “The young Mr. Fraggleplank loves his toys – the squeakier, the better – and he hopes his new home is full of them.”

Fraggleplank was joined in temporarily changing his name by Whiskers of the Frozen NorthCommander Seahorse, and Goodest Boi, Esquire.

Find out more about Aloysius Fraggleplank and other newly nicknamed pets here.

Photos via AWLA

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It was quite a week in Alexandria.

Our top story this week was on a man who allegedly crashed his car headfirst into the Verizon store near Potomac Yard. The suspect was later arrested in North Carolina.

The week was full of big news. Former Mayor Allison Silberberg announced her candidacy against Mayor Justin Wilson for the June 8 Democratic primary, and ALXnow has learned that the Del Ray Business Association is planning a debate.

One of our favorite stories this week was on Tobi, the Alexandria dog without front legs who needed a new $2,350 wheelchair. Within a day of posting the story, Tobi’s GoFundMe goal was reached. The fundraiser has since raised $3,590, and Tobi’s owner says the excess funds will be donated to help another disabled pet get a wheelchair.

As of noon Friday, our unscientific poll on mayoral candidates had 1,111 votes, but only 537 views. Former Mayor Allison Silberberg trailed by a large percentage for the first several hours, but she later received a surge of votes that led to her getting 589 votes, or 53%, to Wilson’s 432 votes, or 39%. Republican candidate Annetta Catchings, who also announced her mayoral candidacy this week, got 90 votes, or 8%.

Other important stories:

ALXnow’s top stories:

  1. BREAKING: Man rams car into Verizon Store near Potomac Yard
  2. Waterfront Commission tries to avert ‘Disneyland-like’ development in Old Town
  3. Flight attendant Annetta Catchings running for Alexandria mayor as a Republican
  4. Chadwicks going double-decker on outdoor dining at upcoming BAR meeting
  5. BREAKING: Former Mayor Silberberg rematch as she enters democratic primary for mayor
  6. City Councilman Seifeldein quits meeting after argument with mayor
  7. Three men tied up and robbed in West End
  8. GoFundMe launched to get wheelchair for Tobi, an Alexandria dog with no front legs
  9. Just Sold in Alexandria: March 23, 2021
  10. Republican J.D. Maddox announces run for 45th District seat
  11. Al’s Steak House to endure under new management

Have a safe weekend!

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The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is trying to find out more about what happened to a dog found dead and wrapped in blankets off N. Armistead Street and Beauregard Street.

The AWLA is hoping to find more information about the owners of the dog to inform them of the dog’s death and to try to learn what happened to it.

The dog was likely an un-neutered brown and white pit bull-type dog, aged anywhere between 1-5 years old. They also released a drawing of what they believe the dog looked like.

“We are not sure what caused this dog’s death, but we are hoping to connect with his owners to ensure they are aware and attempt to ascertain what may have happened,” the AWLA said. “If you think you recognize this dog or may know anything about him, we urge you to contact us by calling 703-746-6000 or emailing [email protected]

There is a reward offered for information leading to the identification of the owner. Information can also be anonymously submitted online, though contact via phone or email is preferred in case there are follow up questions.

Photo via AlexAnimals/Instagram

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