Former Heart of Del Ray winners Pat Miller, Serdar Basegmez, Bobi Bomar, Eric Reid, and Megan Bellamy Brown present the 2016 Heart of Del Ray award to Caboose Cafe. Voting is now open for the 2017 contest. Photo by Gayle Reuter

Former Heart of Del Ray winners Pat Miller, Serdar Basegmez, Bobi Bomar, Eric Reid, and Megan Bellamy Brown present the 2016 Heart of Del Ray award to Caboose Cafe. Voting is now open for the 2017 contest. Photo by Gayle Reuter

Voting Now Open For “Heart of Del Ray” Award

Five Nominees “Represent the Heart and Soul of Del Ray”

Voting is now open for the 2017 “Heart of Del Ray” contest, sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.

Every February, the Del Ray Business Association presents the Heart of Del Ray Award to the business that serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray, as determined by a public vote of neighbors and customers. Selection is based on which business best demonstrates their warm and welcoming attitude to the community/customers, their commitment and generosity to the community, and to their overall contribution to the Del Ray community.

The nominees for the 2017 Heart of Del Ray — plus comments from the customers who nominated them — are :   (more…)

Streets Market & Cafe in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, virginia (Photo via Facebook)
Tomorrow, in honor of the Women’s March on Washington, Streets Market & Cafe in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria wants to help women from Alexandria, Virginia who are attending the march, quench their thirst with a crazy drink special.

Check this out!

Via FB

Ladies! Please join us on Saturday, after your busy day! We have a special JUST for you! Draft beers/ciders and rail drinks! Buy 1 get 1 for a penny! All Day 11 til 11

(H/T Jimmy)

(Photo via Streets Market & Cafe on Facebook)

MLK sign in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia along Route 1 (Courtesy Glenn Klauss on Facebook)

On this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, and with less than a week before inauguration day, a Martin Luther King Jr. sign has appeared along Route 1 in Alexandria, Virginia that reads ‘Refuse to cooperate with an evil system.’

The sign is located on the fencing at the soccer fields at Simpson Park in Alexandria right near Monroe Avenue. It is unclear at this writing who put the sign up.

I couldn’t find that exact quote by Dr. King. The closest I could find is “I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.”

I believe the sign is in reference to Henry Thoreau’s essay on civil disobedience titled ‘Stride Toward Freedom’ which Dr. King often referenced during the Civil Rights movement. As author John Ansbro notes, Dr. King was fascinated with Thoreau’s idea in the essay of refusing to cooperate with an evil system.

What’s your favorite Dr. King quote?

(Photo: Glenn Klaus on Facebook)

Dominion Power Substation on Monroe Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia (Image via City of Alexandria)

Construction on new Dominion Power Substation causing nearby homes to shake

We were alerted by several readers to loud construction from the new Dominion Power substation on Monroe Avenue in Del Ray causing their homes to shake.

Here’s an example of some of the texts/tweets we’ve received:

According to Dominion, the new substation will provide additional capacity for future growth in the area and potentially create shorter power outage times during storms and other weather incidents. Dominion apologizes to residents and says the loud work causing the shaking should last only till the end of this week.

(Image: City of Alexandria)

Al's Steak House in Del Ray

Al’s Steakhouse Projects Reopening December 2016 – Will be at Art on the Avenue

This is an update to this post. After suffering a devastating fire on their grand reopening day, the Del Ray community came out and supported Al’s Steakhouse with a HUGE fundraiser.

A Del Ray institution, Al’s Steak House closed in December 2015 after the death of John Severson, who took over the shop from its namesake in 1965. The Breeding family, longtime customers of Al’s Steak House, purchased the restaurant, and has worked with the Severson family to preserve the neighborhood landmark and its signature steak-and-cheese sandwiches.

Now, looks like the Breeding family is targeting December for the grand reopening and they are looking be at Art on the Avenue this October.

Via Facebook

Projected date of reopening is early December. Contractor will begin removing the equipment this week and demolishing some of the interior while we wait on the Architect to finish the building plans for permits.

However, If you really can’t wait until December come see us at Art on the Avenue! We will have only Steak N Cheese, Chips and drinks. We are in the process of completing the application and we will post further notice once it’s guaranteed! See you October 1st!

Join me in shouting Woohoo!

(H/T Ray Dell)

(Flickr Pool photo via Bill, on Flickr)

Reingold Building - 433 E. Monroe Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia - host of the monthly Del Ray Citizens membership meeting

DRCA September Membership meeting guest – Mayor Allison Silberberg

Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg will be the guest at the September membership meeting of the Del Ray Citizens Association (DRCA). She will talk about her first nine months in office, opportunities facing the City Council and hear your concerns about the city and Del Ray in particular.

The meeting will also feature the monthly crime report by Alexandria Police Captain Dennis Andreas; a “business minute” to introduce the owners of Live Oak restaurant at the corner of Monroe and Commonwealth Aves.; a vote to approve the association’s operating budget for fiscal 2016-2017 and consideration and vote on the proposed expansion of the Happy Tart at 2307A Mt. Vernon Ave.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at the Reingold Building, located at 433 East Monroe Ave. in Alexandria, Virginia from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The first 30 minutes will feature refreshments and a chance to meet neighbors. The program will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Bring a neighbor!

Having spotted President Obama on multiple occasions in Del Ray, Kevin Bacon on the Avenue, ‘Scandal’ actor Tony Goldwyn at Emma’s and most recently ‘Scandal’ actress Bellamy Young (photos), you never know who you might see along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

The Dairy Godmother spotted Washington Nationals star and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper yesterday near the shop on Labor Day before the game against the Atlanta Braves.

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