The Weekly Briefing

The Weekly Briefing

Inova group pledges $1 million to hospital for surgical center
The Twig, the Inova Alexandria Hospital auxiliary, last week pledged $1 million for the hospitals Project 2010, an $84 million construction and renovation plan.  
This group of dedicated women chooses to volunteer their time because they want to support the hospital that cares for the community it serves, the community we live in, said Seema Nawaz, Twigs former president.
The $1 million donation will go towards the construction of a new 24-bed post-surgery center. The donation is believed to be the largest gift ever from a volunteer organization in the City of Alexandria, an Inova spokesperson said.  
Twig has donated more than $2.5 million to date in support of nursing education, clinical certification and various projects at the hospital.
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The Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site will host its Civil War Camp Day and Skirmish, a day-long event highlighted by drills, cannon firing, camp life and a skirmish drill.  
This is Alexandrias largest Civil War event of the year and several units are expected to take part.  Among the Union units performing drills and demonstrating camp life are the 3rd U.S. Regular Infantry, Co. K, and the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. B. 
Bradys Sharpshooters will have a rifle display and present a clerks impression in the reconstructed officers hut. The 17th Virginia Volunteer Infantry, Co. D, also known as the Fairfax Rifles, will present various Confederate camp life scenarios, drill demonstrations and a paymasters interpretation.  
Admission is $5 per adult and $10 for families with children. Free parking will be available along West Braddock Road. The site is at 4301 W. Braddock Road. For more information call the Fort Ward Museum at 703-746-4848 or visit their website at  

Safety officials pass the torch
Last Thursday, employees from Alexandrias police, fire and sheriffs departments participated in the 2010 Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.  
Participants began their run at the marina at Daingerfield Island and handed off the Flame of Hope four miles later at Jones Point Park. 
The Torch Run is a running event in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions and other games. 
The tradition began in 1981 when Wichita Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of the Special Olympics.