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Atlas wants to be your only pet, and is up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

The seven-year-old black-and-white cat would prefer not to live with other pets, AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter said.

“Atlas will rub up against you for pets and ear scratches, and he won’t stop until he’s gotten all the attention he so deserves,” she said. “You’ll hear Atlas before you see him, because he lures everyone who comes to the AWLA toward his kennel with a series of loud meows to let you know that he is ready to play.”

Atlas’ adoption fees have already been paid by a generous donor. Visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment for more information.

Via AWLA

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An Alexandria woman looking to buy a puppy was scammed by a Facebook contact who blocked her after she made a deposit, according to police.

On September 17, the victim agreed on buying a puppy from a Facebook friend for $300. The victim provided $175 as a deposit via Cash App, but when she went to pick up the puppy at the agreed location the suspect allegedly blocked the buyer on Facebook.

“(The suspect) never responded and (the victim) was not refunded the $175,” police reported in a search warrant.

No arrest has been made.

Over the summer, Alexandria Police also investigated a woman scammed of $15,000 by a Facebook friend.

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Morning Notes

Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana to open Alexandria location— “The Alexandria location will be at the Alexandria Commons Shopping Center, 3231 Duke Street. Frank Pepe, an Italian immigrant from just southwest of Naples, founded the pizzeria in 1925 in Connecticut after working for a macaroni manufacturer and a bakery… The thin-crust pizzas are fired in a coal oven. Small pies start at less than $10 (the tomato pie), and the menu also includes salads, beer and wine. The company has not yet announced an opening date for the Alexandria location.” [Alexandria Living]

Fire Department rescues Golden Retriever with head stuck in Old Town fence — “On Saturday, Engine 201 arrived on a call to find a dog stuck on an iron fence experiencing distress. After requesting Rescue 209, first responders worked to remove the fence from the dog’s neck & return to the owner. The dog was uninjured. Great job by E201 & Rescue 209 B shift!” [Twitter]

Energy Efficient Day is October 6 — “Join the City in celebrating Energy Efficiency Day on October 6, and Energy Awareness Month during October. Energy Awareness Month highlights opportunities to help the community to sustainably use energy resources and reduce climate change.” [Twitter]

Leaf collection program returning to Alexandria — “Nov. 1 the annual leaf collection program returns! Visit alexandriava.gov/LeafCollection to get a refresh on all the details. We’ll post weekly status updates here and periodic operational updates as needed.” [Facebook]

Drug Take Back Day is October 23 — “Dispose of your expired medications during Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 23. There are various locations across the City to dispose of medications you no longer need. Learn more about how to safely dispose of medications.” [Twitter]

Today’s weather — “Overcast with rain showers at times. High 72F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%… Cloudy (in the evening). Slight chance of a rain shower. Low around 65F. Winds light and variable.” [Weather.com]

New job: Property Maintenance Code Inspector — “Employees selected for this class are assigned to the Property Maintenance. Maintenance Code inspectors are responsible for conducting proactive inspections, reviewing complaints, and identifying applicable code violations. Inspectors in the class also perform on-site inspections; negotiate compliance solutions with property owners, tenants, and business owners when violations of the codes are discovered and recommend effective, corrective abatement actions. The Code Inspector I class serves in an entry-level capacity within the Code Inspector career ladder.” [Governmentjobs.com]

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Board members who backed sale of River Farm resign — “Five board members of the American Horticultural Society (AHS) who backed the sale of historic River Farm, including its chair, have resigned, the organization said Thursday. Their departure from the evenly split governing body leaves only members who have opposed selling the Potomac River property that once formed part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon.” [Washington Post]

Alexandria Love Your Pet Day Festival is on Sunday — “One week to go until the Alexandria Love Your Pet Day Festival! Join us next Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the spacious Oronoco Bay Park for this free event with something for everyone — including well-behaved, leashed pets! Enjoy amazing performances, meet adoptable animals, visit fantastic vendors or grab a drink in the Port City beer garden!” [Facebook]

Alexandria Health Department hosting free flu shot clinic Saturday — “The Alexandria Health Department will host a free flu shot clinic on October 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., inside Francis C. Hammond Middle School (4646 Seminary Road). Parking will be available. Flu shots will be provided at no cost, and proof of residency or insurance will not be required. The clinic will be open to adults and children ages 6 months and older. The Alexandria Health Department encourages all members of the community to get a flu vaccine. The higher dose version of the flu shot for seniors will not be available at the clinic, but may be available through a pharmacy or healthcare provider.” [City of Alexandria]

Today’s weather — “Mainly sunny. High 72F. Winds light and variable… A mostly clear sky (in the evening). Low 52F. Winds light and variable.” [Weather.com]

New job: Deputy sheriff — “Deputy Sheriffs primarily work in a direct supervision adult detention center, housing approximately 350 adult inmates. Deputies manage inmate living units, handle inmate discipline, respond to inmate requests, supervise inmates, and resolve problems. Other responsibilities of a Deputy Sheriff outside of the Detention Center include service of court papers; warrant execution, courthouse/courtroom security, prisoner transportation, community engagement and general law enforcement duties.” [Governmentjobs.com]

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Dory the Chihuahua only weighs 3.5 pounds, and she also has a ridiculously long tongue that hangs out when she sleeps.

The 12-year-old is up for adoption, and is full of sass and snuggles, according to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“As a princess, Dory has decreed that no other pups shall have your attention before her, and she would prefer to be the only dog in the household,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “She’d also like a home with adults and older children.”

Dory’s adoption fees have been pre-paid by a generous donor, so learn more about her and schedule time to meet her at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

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Morning Notes

Alexandria appoints flood mitigation manager — “Effective Oct. 11, Daniel Medina will serve as the Flood Action Alexandria program manager. The new position will include coordination across city departments on the flood mitigation program and manage the city’s stormwater capital project lineup.” [Patch]

McAuliffe, Youngkin unload in feisty final Virginia debate — “Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin bickered their way through the second and final debate of Virginia’s competitive governor’s race on Tuesday, trading attacks and accusations from the start of the hourlong meeting.” [Politico]

Taste of Old Town North is Thursday — “Don’t miss The Taste of Old Town North, September 30 at 4p.m. Great food, music and more at this free event happening at Montgomery Park.” [Twitter]

Here’s a list of great walks in Alexandria — “Known for its walkable lifestyle, Alexandria is a city best experienced on foot.” [Visit Alexandria]

Today’s weather — “Mostly sunny. High 73F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph… A mostly clear sky. Low 52F. Winds light and variable.” [Weather.com]

New job: Pet sitter and dog walker — “Alexandria Pet Care seeks an experienced career pet expert to work with animals in their homes.” [Indeed]

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Raina the cat is almost like a rooster.

Every morning, the 13-month-old female dilute calico cat greets the world with a high-pitched meow.

“Raina is the ultimate office buddy,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “She knows exactly when you need to be distracted from the computer (for your eyesight, of course!), when you need cuddling and when you just need to play with a wand toy.”

Hardter also says that Raina is one of the softest cats that you will ever pet.

Learn more about meeting Raina at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

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Jack and Zoe might not look alike, but these adoptable siblings are inseparable.

Jack is a seven-year-old tricolor terrier mix, and has lived with Zoe, a 12-year-old gray miniature Schnauzer mix, his entire life.

“Jack is an outgoing, affectionate guy who loves to climb into your lap and cover  you with puppy kisses, and Zoe is an active gal who enjoys a brisk walk,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Thanks to a generous donor, Zoe and Jack’s adoption fees have already been paid. Visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment to meet them.
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City leaders mark 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks — “A solemn gathering in Waterfront Park to remember those lost and commemorate the selfless service of so many during and after the attacks of September 11th. Honored to have @RepDonBeyer and the leaders of @AlexVASheriff @AlexandriaVAPD & @AlexandriaVAFD with us.” [Twitter]

Old Town’s ‘Art On The Avenue’ festival needs hundreds of volunteers — “As an entirely volunteer-run event, Art on the Avenue seeks over 200 volunteers to help with pre-event set up, business set up, monitoring the food court, handing out posters, and more before and throughout the day. Each volunteer may sign up for a specific position and shift time. The average shift is between 2 and 3 hours; there is no limit to how many hours one can volunteer.” [Zebra]

Acting principal named at Lyles-Crouch Elementary — “In a letter emailed this morning to families of Lyles-Crouch Elementary students, Principal Patricia Zissios, Ph.D informed the community that Assistant Principal Linda Ricks will assume the role of Acting Principal effective September 13, 2021 while she on a temporary leave of absence for much-needed shoulder surgery.” [Zebra]

Today’s weather — “Sunny skies. Near record high temperatures. High 93F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph… Clear skies with a few passing clouds. Low 71F. Winds light and variable.” [Weather.com]

New job: Pet waste technician — “Enjoy the fun and independence as you help keep our customers yards poop free! Simply visit customers yards and scoop dog waste using the tools we provide. Need your own reliable transportation but we do assist with gas money. You will need access to internet on the daily. Looking for energetic people are are reliable and communicate well and enjoy working outside on their own.” [Indeed]

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Chubbs just wants to play fetch in a new home.

The 17-month-old black labrador retriever mix is truly a gentle dog, and is up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Chubbs’ favorite pastime is Fetch,” said Gina Hardter, a spokesperson with the AWLA. “He’s a bigger guy but you wouldn’t know it when you see him race after a tennis ball, and, unlike some pups…he actually knows how to bring it back too!”

To learn more about Chubbs and how to meet him, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-by-Appointment.

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