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)


Multi-vehicle crash in Potomac Yard neighborhood on Route 1

UPDATE (2:25 PM): Photos of crash scene added.
A serious multi-vehicle crash has closed the northbound lanes of Route 1 near the Giant Food this afternoon in the Potomac Yard neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Southbound Route 1 lanes are OPEN.

Expect delays in area for some time as northbound traffic is being routed around the crash at Maskell Street.

UPDATE – Crash involves motorcycle…

The next section of night paving street resurfacing work starts TONIGHT (Sunday, June 12, 2016) on Route 1 NB & SB between Slaters Lane and First Street.

Night Paving on Route 1 in Alexandria, Virginia

Night paving operations began in Alexandria, Virginia for the 2016 season on Sunday, May 8. The next section of street resurfacing work starts TONIGHT (Sunday, June 12, 2016) on Route 1 NB & SB between Slaters Lane and First Street.

Nightly milling and paving operations are scheduled between 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, Sunday through Thursday. This work on Route 1 is projected to run through Thursday, June 23 2016.

Expect lane closures AND delays in this area during the hours mentioned.

View the full night paving schedule (PDF)

The next section of night paving street resurfacing work starts TONIGHT (Sunday, June 12, 2016) on Route 1 NB & SB between Slaters Lane and First Street.

Chickpea Mediterranean Grill on E. Howell Avenue in Alexandria, virginia

Chickpea Mediterranean Grill: Fresh Mediterranean fare comes to Del Ray/Potomac Yard

Fast-casual Mediterranean food lovers take note as Chickpea Mediterranean Grill opened its doors earlier this month at 529 E. Howell Ave in Alexandria, Virginia. Located in the Potomac Yard neighborhood, the new fast casual Mediterranean grill is within easy reach of both Del Ray and the new homes of Potomac Yard. The restaurant offers off street parking and a dining space of 38 indoor seats and 10 outdoor patio seats. Chickpea is open 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Chickpea, which joins the DRP and Stomping Ground family in Alexandria, serves up fast casual Mediterranean fare in a convenient location at the corner of Route 1 and Howell Ave. The owners wanted to offer a fresh, quick dining option with as much locally sourced food as possible.

Readers have written in raving about the food. Here is one example:

“Haven’t seen any articles or information on chickpea grill on howell ave. Went there to eat the other day and it was very good.”

Chickpea Mediterranean Grill
All food is made inhouse each day, from the pita bread to three flavors of hummus and a whole array of toppings and spreads. Customers can build their own bowl, starting with white rice, brown rice, quinoa, housemade pita or fresh garden greens, and can add proteins like lemon grilled chicken, spicy chicken, beef kofta, pulled lamb shank or falafel. Finally, pile on toppings and spreads, including our housemade spicy harissa and everything bagel hummus.

Chickpea offers vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree options and a variety of beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. The owners say they are dedicated to becoming a new neighborhood gathering place with a unique and upbeat atmosphere catering to both new and old residents of the Del Ray and Potomac Yard neighborhoods of Alexandria, Virginia.

Visit them online for more information.

A man was shot and killed early this morning in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County just south of Alexandria, Virginia and Fairfax County Police are actively searching for the gunman.


This morning, around 2:20 a.m., officers from the Mount Vernon Police District were called to the 6000 block of Richmond Highway for a report of a shot person. Officers located an unresponsive adult male in the parking lot and he was pronounced deceased by paramedics from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Major Crimes Division detectives are actively investigating this incident as a homicide. The deceased man has been identified as Tarreece John Sampson, 24, of Alexandria. Mr. Sampson is an employee of the Fairfax County Public Schools. Next of kin has been notified.

They are asking for the public’s assistance in seeking any information in regards to this case. If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious specifically between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. please contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

New Hope Housing photo 2

HomeAid Northern Virginia & New Hope Housing: Project in Alexandria/Route 1 Corridor Helps End Cycle of Home

Vulnerable homeless families in Fairfax County’s “Route 1 Corridor” now have a newly upgraded residence owned and managed by New Hope Housing – the oldest and largest provider of shelter beds in Northern Virginia. The renovation was recently completed through a collaboration with HomeAid Northern Virginia, which builds and renovates homeless shelters and housing facilities via the donated expertise, labor and resources of local homebuilders – enabling nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities to invest more of their budgets in supportive programs and services rather than building expenses.

The New Hope Housing home provides non-time-limited, permanent supportive housing, which means that a family—with at least one parent with a disability—will pay no more than 30% of their income in rent while receiving case management support, for as long as they need it or until their children turn 18. The $129,000 construction project was led by HomeAid’s “Builder Captain” Miller & Smith and included gutting and renovating the entire 1980s-era townhome from the inside out. Ninety-one percent of the total construction costs were covered by Miller & Smith and the 32 trade partners that donated labor and resources to the project.


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