(Updated 1:25 p.m.) Alexandria is still clearing downed trees and in the wake of Saturday’s severe storm.
No one was reportedly injured in Saturday’s storm, which cut off power to an estimated 15,000 residents. As of Monday at around noon, there were still 131 households without power throughout Alexandria, according to Dominion Energy.
Some residents say they haven’t gotten a response from the city after a large tree fell through three properties in the 300 block of Queen Street.
“We can’t get the city out here one block from City Hall on a tree that’s city property, covering a city sidewalk on top of a city sign and over a city road,” said Scott Corzine on Queen Street. “We need somebody to take responsibility from the city to tell us if they are going to come take this tree down and this hazard to the community. We’re waiting to hear from someone and their response has been underwhelming to say the least.”
The street has since been partially closed for tree removal.
The road at 300 block of Queen St between Royal and Fairfax), will likely be closed into Monday evening for tree debris removal. Crews are currently conducting removal operations and coordinating with Dominion to restore power once tree removal operations conclude. pic.twitter.com/WlV5JBSr4I
— RPCA, Alexandria VA (@RPCA_AlexVA) July 31, 2023
The city said debris, down traffic signals, and other issues can be reported to the city by calling 703 746 4444 or contacting Alex311.
We have over 17K @DominionEnergy customers presently experiencing an outage scattered all over the City.
Report outages at 866-366-4357 or online at https://t.co/P7thQdZmld
There are also many trees down around the City.
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) July 29, 2023
We are now down to just under a thousand Alexandrians without power.@DominionEnergy has indicated that the “vast majority” should be restored by 11PM tonight.
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) July 30, 2023
Cleaning up the City after a storm is a team effort! We are here to help by offering residents services to clear debris and yard waste through @AlexandriaVA311 #alex311 #alexandriava pic.twitter.com/k6DakeT8yD
— Alexandria Transportation & Environmental Services (@AlexandriaVATES) July 31, 2023
In response to yesterday’s storm, the City of Alexandria rapidly deployed staff to clear downed trees and other debris. These efforts are still underway. Read more at https://t.co/aGrCAXzNYC.
— AlexandriaVAGov (@AlexandriaVAGov) July 30, 2023
We encourage residents to continue to submit storm damage issues to @AlexandriaVA311 for tracking purposes. As crews continue to clear debris from roadways, please consider the following tips to help us respond as quickly as possible. MORE INFO >> https://t.co/0YJf6jid7e pic.twitter.com/znJDcfZlLY
— Alexandria Transportation & Environmental Services (@AlexandriaVATES) July 30, 2023
It’s the end of another work week in Alexandria!
There was a lot of crime this week, as police responded to multiple shots fired incidents in the Parker Gray area on September 2. There was also another carjacking in the West End — the latest in a recent uptick that prompted Mayor Justin Wilson to ask the public for help in reducing the number of vehicle-related thefts.
But there is also some good news to report, as businesses are opening in the city despite the daily pressures of the pandemic. This week we took a look inside The Company Of Books used book store in Del Ray, and we covered the city’s new Wellness District, which is providing a number of free programs and discounts for the recently expanded Wellness Month.
Also this week, Alexandria City Public Schools cut down a 150-year-old tree to make way for a concession stand. The move was criticized by activists and former Mayor Allison Silberberg. With the destruction of the tree, the renovation project for the Parker-Gray Stadium has now officially begun.
What stories impacted you this week? Let us know in the comments.
Here are our top stories this week in Alexandria.
- Alexandria Woman Uninjured in Tuesday Carjacking at Gunpoint in Potomac Yard
- Beatley Central Library Closed Until Further Notice Due to ‘Emergency Conditions’
- Police: Three Alexandria ABC Stores Broken Into, High-End Liquor Stolen
- Police Investigating Multiple Gunshots Fired in Parker Gray/Braddock
- Alexandria’s COVID Positive Testing Rate Lowest in Region
- Halal Slaughterhouse Construction Begins, Opening Reset to Mid-November
- Update: Chalk Graffiti Decrying Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Sprayed In Front of Wrong House
- Braddock ‘Elizabeth’s Counter’ Last of Regional Chain After Bankruptcy Filing
- Police: Three Alexandria ABC Stores Broken Into, High-End Liquor Stolen
- North Potomac Yard Plans Going to Planning Commission, Board of Architectural Review
- ACPS Cuts Down 150-Year Old Tree to Make Way for Concession Stand
Have a safe weekend!
COVID Cases in Alexandria Jump by 21 — “The latest update from the City on COVID-19: Positive tests up 21 to 3,436 in the City; 7-day Positivity Rate down to 4.0%; 1 new hospitalization; Still safer at home, wash hands, wear masks and support our essential workers.” [Twitter]
Alexandria Democratic Committee Hosting Virtual Labor Day Picnic — “Thrilled to announce that the Biden Harris campaign’s National Political Director Erin Wilson will be joining the ADC as a special guest at our Labor Day Celebration!! You will not want to miss this unique opportunity to hear from Erin about the upcoming 2020 election!” [Facebook]
Former Mayor Silberberg Laments Loss of 150-Year-Old Tree at T.C. Williams High School — “You could almost hear a collective gasp throughout the city as the news spread. It didn’t have to be this way. Almost 3,000 Alexandrians, including me, had signed a petition to save the Witness Tree, which was so aptly named by McArthur Myers…In fact, with a little more creativity, the tree could have been a focal point of the stadium’s new design. The stadium’s architects should have been far more creative in using the tree as a centerpiece for its new plaza.” [Facebook]
Beyer Says Trump Trashed George H.W. Bush For Being Shot Down in WWII — “Trump referred to former President George H. W. Bush as a ‘loser’ for being shot down by the Japanese as a Navy pilot in World War II (Bush escaped capture, but eight other men shot down during the same mission were caught, tortured, and executed by Japanese soldiers).” [Twitter]
Here’s How ACPS Will Virtually Track Attendance — “Every day counts when it comes to school… (F)ind out how we’re tracking attendance and what you can do to help your child be present and ready for learning at home.” [Facebook]
Alexandria Soccer Association Starts Nine-Week Course — “The Alexandria Soccer Association introduced ASA School+, a nine-week educational program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, according to a news release.” [Alex Times]
Story Time: Sheriff’s Deputy Reads ‘Ten Apples Up On Top’ — “We would not, could not resist another Dr. Seuss classic! So this week Deputy Sahar Sherzai is reading ‘Ten Apples Up On Top.'” [Facebook]
Today’s Weather — “Sun and clouds mixed with a slight chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon. High 87F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. At night, partly cloudy skies. Low 62F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]
New Job: Recruiting Manager — “The role of the Recruiting Manager will support the qualitative recruiting function across all aspects of qualitative market research projects including bid process, recruiting, vendor management, invoice reconciliation, through to project close process. Administrative tasks related to the function include (but not limited to); supporting the project bids process, drafting market research screeners, coordinating project scheduling between RAs and recruiting vendors, tracking of project recruiting documents and project consent forms, invoice reconciliation.” [Indeed]
“Shame,” Alexandria activist MacArthur Myers told ALXnow. “A crime has been committed.”
There were more than 2,850 signatures on a Change.org petition to save the “Witness Tree,” but the school system said that saving the tree was not feasible given site constraints and that 31 trees will be planted along the T.C. property line.
“Happy to report the renovation project is underway this morning at the Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium,” wrote the T.C. Williams High School Football Boosters in a Facebook post. “Thank you Alexandria City Public Schools for making this happen for the students and residents of the city!”
Happy to report the renovation project is underway this morning at the Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium. Thank you Alexandria City Public Schools for making this happen for the students and residents of the city! @TCWSports #TitanPride
Posted by T.C. Williams High School Football Boosters on Wednesday, September 2, 2020
“Some Alexandria citizens have already stepped up to say they will protect the tree, some even going so far as to say they will chain themselves to it,” notes the Change.org petition. “Let us show them our support and tell the city and school board NO to killing this tree.”
The tree was reportedly supposed to be cut down last week, but is still standing. ACPS did not respond to ALXnow’s calls for comment on the situation, and if it is possible to scuttle plans to cut it down.
“Much consideration has been given to finding a way to save this tree which unfortunately is positioned in the middle of the site where the concession and restroom area will be,” ACPS spokeswoman Julie Allen told ALXnow in a statement last week. “When planning, the goal was to locate this facility as far as away from the neighborhood on Woods Avenue as possible to minimize its impact on residents. Although we understand and agree that losing a mature tree is regrettable, 31 new trees and other landscaping will be planted.”
There will also be a demonstration near the construction site on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
“This project is not essential, especially when we don’t have students in schools, nor do we have football teams or fans allowed to attend games,” Alexandria activist Paul Alan Friedman wrote on Facebook. “No later than the end of August it will be gone if we don’t act. In about a week, it will be under control of the company hired to cut it down. There must be another way.”
Save the Tree at TC! (TC Williams High School)Join us! Meet up with us at the gate next to our WITNESS TREE and…
Big Tree Falls Hard on Russell Road — “Tracey Cain was in Ohio visiting family when her husband Patrick McLaughlin called from their home at 2912 Russell Road this morning at 3 am. ‘The big tree in the front yard just fell down. It’s blocking the whole road. It’s pulled down a power line, and now it looks like no Thanksgiving for Russell Road,’ was the news.” [Zebra]
School Board Shrinking? — “The Alexandria City School Board is considering decreasing the number of members on the board and increasing the length of the terms they serve. A majority of school board members said they were in favor of these changes at a school board work session on Nov. 14.” [Alexandria Times]
Long-Running Turkey Bowl Game — “When they were in elementary school, the athletic field next to James K. Polk Elementary School, in Alexandria, Virginia, was much more expansive. But for two dozen friends who play an annual football game there, it seems to take longer to reach the end zone 30 years later.” [WTOP]
Nearby: Kwanzaa Celebration Later This Month — “Looking for a venue to sell your products during Kwanzaa? We have a few spaces available at or Ujamaa Kwanzaa Celebration. The Marketplace is open from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and is a part of our 4th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration.” [Patch]