pedestrian_auto_accident_01_blue_300I heard this morning from sources that the Transportation and Environmental Services Department of the City of Alexandria will hold a Community Meeting at Matthew Maury Elementary School in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria at 6:30 PM on Monday, September 14.

The meeting has been called to address residents concerns on traffic and pedestrian safety in the area after the recent fatal hit and run of a pedestrian. I am also told Alexandria Police Chief Cook will be in attendance.


ICYMI, Maury students and parents were at Alexandria’s City Hall yesterday at a hearing on the upcoming fiscal year 2016 budget and rose to speak in support of the Maury Schoolyard Initiative. The schoolyard initiative has raised money from private citizens and the Alexandria City Public School Board has set aside money as well too. The students and parents said it’s time for the City Council to step up and help fund the project. One of the 5th graders who spoke said she was promised action on the playground in kindergarten and there has been no action since.

To learn more about the initiative, visit this link and be sure to ‘Like’ the initiative on Facebook at this link. To view last night’s speeches from the students, click here, here, and here.

For our Saturday roundup, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.


School Board Meeting - Maury Elementary School

On Thursday, Maury Elementary School parents and students petitioned the Alexandria School Board at their regular meeting for the group to step up and help fund a new schoolyard for the school.

In spring 2013, Maury Elementary School parents formed the Maury Schoolyard Initiative in response to the severely deteriorated environmental condition of the schoolyard. The parents goal was to raise money to form a public/private partnership. To date, the initiative has raised over $200,000.

At the meeting, parents, students, and local residents described to the School Board the horrible conditions at the field and how the school and the yard are the heart of the Rosemont/North Ridge neighborhood. All speakers pleaded with the School Board to step up and fund the ‘public’ portion of the public/private partnership.

For more information on how you can help save the Maury schoolyard, visit

Here are some more photos I took…

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