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ACPS capital budget hits snag with playground proposal

ACPS capital budget hits snag with playground proposal

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Alexandria City School Board members wrestled their way through first of several FY 2016 budget work sessions last week at George Washington Middle School. In preparation for a vote [...]

City secures $50 million state loan for Potomac Yard Metro

City secures $50 million state loan for Potomac Yard Metro

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City officials received a boost to their hopes of building a new Metro station in Potomac Yard last week, as Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Alexandria would receive a $50 million [...]

Metro tragedy hits home for Alexandrians

Metro tragedy hits home for Alexandrians

By Susan Hale Thomas (Courtesy photo) Around 3:14 p.m. last Tuesday, their Yellow Line train came to a stop in the tunnel between the L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail station and the bridge over the Potomac River. The [...]

Crawley proposes $260.5 million schools budget

Crawley proposes $260.5 million schools budget

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Crawley presented a $260.5 million fiscal 2016 budget to the city school board last week, a 2.5 percent increase from 2015’s $252.8 million approved [...]

Plans crawl forward for Robinson Terminal North

Plans crawl forward for Robinson Terminal North

By Susan Hale Thomas (Image/City of Alexandria) Members of the city board of architectural review praised the latest tweaks to plans for redevelopment of Robinson Terminal North at a work session last week, but some residents [...]

Gun control, education dollars top agenda for local lawmakers in Richmond

Gun control, education dollars top agenda for local lawmakers in Richmond

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) The new session of the Virginia General Assembly convenes next week, and could be one of the more contentious in recent memory. Gun control, education and tax reform legislation are [...]

City council examines borrowing policies

City council examines borrowing policies

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City staff urged city councilors to reduce the amount of money Alexandria pays up front for capital projects to help deal with a projected $16 million budget deficit. City budget director [...]

Changes afoot in grant funding process

Changes afoot in grant funding process

By Susan Hale Thomas (File photo) Organizations making funding requests from the Alexandria Fund for Human Services will notice a few changes next month when they prepare to write their grant proposals. Kate Garvey, director of [...]

Mark Jinks appointed acting city manager

Mark Jinks appointed acting city manager

By Erich Wagner (Photo/City of Alexandria) City councilors voted unanimously last weekend to appoint Mark Jinks as acting city manager following the news last week that City Manager Rashad Young would leave Alexandria at the end [...]

Incidents highlight local police accountability

Incidents highlight local police accountability

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Alfred Street Baptist Church Pastor Howard-John Wesley’s congregation was in the midst of a service geared toward young people earlier this month, when word that a New York police officer would [...]