Planting trees? Always a good thing.

Via WSET

The philanthropic arm of energy company Dominion is involving Virginia students in a tree-planting project leading to Arbor Day.

Called “Project Plant It!”, the program will be busy through Friday with Dominion and its forestry team leading tree-planting programs at schools across Virginia. First stop is Tuesday at Woodville Elementary School in Richmond.

The tree-planting team will make stops through the week in Charlottesville, Goochland County, Petersburg and Fairfax County. Arbor Day traditionally is the last Friday in April.

In addition, the program will involve 33,000 students in Virginia and Maryland, among other states, by distributing redbud tree seedlings for planting.

See the above video from your fellow Alexandria residents on why residents should be VERY concerned about keeping essential public safety services in place, especially in North Old Town, Rosemont, Del Ray, and Potomac Yards. Good points made here, especially City Council charging high taxes and not delivering services, the recent Boat Club deal, the City Manager’s pay increase, and City Council choosing ‘Luxuries over services’.

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On Friday night, Engine 204 responded to a fire call on Rolfe Place in North Old Town and as the ‘first due’ on scene, got there 2 minutes before any other help arrived (see below). I have posted before on what can happen in a fire in the span of two (2) minutes. The Alexandria City Manager and members of City Council acknowledge that moving Engine 204 to Station 210 will cause response times to GET WORSE in North Old Town, Rosemont, and Del Ray.

Tell Mayor Euille and the Alexandria City Council to fund not only Station 210 but to keep Engine 204.

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There is a terrific local fundraising effort underway to help out Alexandria Police officer Peter Laboy who was shot in the line of duty a little over one year ago. Click this link to see how you can help give Alexandria, Virginia’s ‘Superman’ a ride. I donated and if you can, every little bit is appreciated.

You can see the referenced interview at the link here on this blog.

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A  Special Weather Statement is in effect from the National Weather Service for the metropolitan Washington area, including the City of Alexandria, from NOW through 11 a..m. today (3/29/2014).

Via the statement

…PATCHY DENSE FOG THIS MORNING…

AN ONSHORE FLOW HAS RESULTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FOG THIS
MORNING ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND…THE
VIRGINIA PIEDMONT…INCLUDING THE BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON DC
METROPOLITAN AREAS. FOG WILL BE LOCALLY DENSE IN THESE LOCATIONS…
PARTICULARLY ALONG AND ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE MARYLAND
CHESAPEAKE BAY AND THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER. VISIBILITIES WILL BE
REDUCED TO ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIMES THROUGH 11 AM.

BE PREPARED FOR SUDDEN REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY WHEN TRAVELING
THIS MORNING…USE LOW-BEAM HEADLIGHTS AND REDUCE SPEED.

(H/T Russ Adams)

Alexandria Virginia Spring Cleanup Day Postcard
Residents that receive City refuse collection services are eligible to participate in the annual Spring Clean Up on an assigned Saturday in March or April every year. The City will be picking up bulky items from curbs on the dates shown (see above). If your street is a boundary line, consider the middle of the road the divider. Your collection area will be designated by the date of the area closest to your side of the street.

Residents are encouraged to clear out household clutter and place unwanted bulky trash and metal items at the curb on your neighborhood collection date. The City is divided into four collection zones and each zone is assigned a specific Saturday. Metals should be separated from other collection items, as they will be picked up during separate collection.

For more information on this annual program, click this link.