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All City of Alexandria government offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2016, in observance of New Year’s Day holiday.

Find out what the schedule in Alexandria, Virginia is for bus, trash, libraries, recreation centers, parking, and more on New Year’s Day.

NOTE: There is FREE metered parking in Alexandria, Virginia on New Year’s Day. (more…)

Achievement in Virginia Steady; Most States See Declines

VDOE.colorVirginia fourth graders outperformed their nationwide peers in reading and mathematics by significant margins in both subjects on the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The national reading and mathematics assessments are taken every two years by representative samples of fourth- and eighth-grade students in each state and nationwide.

Forty-three percent of the commonwealth’s grade-4 students met or exceeded the national reading test’s rigorous standard for proficiency, with 14 percent demonstrating advanced reading skills. Only students in Massachusetts performed at a statistically higher level in fourth-grade reading.

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2015-Election

A little over one (1) week ago we said we wanted to hear from our beloved readers in a completely non-scientific poll – what issue in Alexandria, Virginia matters to you most of all this election 2015 season?

This is what you told us. Out of 75 votes cast over last week, Red Brick Town readers chose development as the top issue (34.67% of the vote), followed by schools (18.67%), and taxes (13.33%). You can view the results here.

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In lieu of the chosen issues, we allowed our readers to write in their own issue(s). Here’s what you said.

  • Affordable housing (mentioned 2x’s)
  • Development will be stopped under Silverberg
  • a united, functioning government
  • Density
  • Recreation Facilities
  • Attracting more tax paying businesses to Alexandria
  • All of the above, minus crime and parking
  • Continuation of proper development so taxes don’t go up.
  • Metro

alexandria logoAll Alexandria City government offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

NOTE: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces and residential permit parking districts on May 25. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

Here is the breakdown…

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All City of Alexandria government offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Refuse Collection: Residential trash and recycling will be collected on the regularly scheduled day during the week of November 24, including Thanksgiving Day, November 27. On Thanksgiving Day, trash and recycling collection will begin at 6 a.m., in order to clear routes early for the Annual Turkey Trot.

Health Facilities: The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.) and the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.) will close at noon on Wednesday, November 26 and remain closed on November 27 and 28. The Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.) will be closed on November 27 and 28.

Historic Alexandria: All museums will be closed on November 27. On Friday, November 28, the Alexandria Black History Museum and the Friendship Firehouse Museum will be closed; the Alexandria Archaeology Museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and The Lyceum and the Fort Ward Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hotlines: All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the child protective services hotline at 703.746.5800; the domestic violence hotline at 703.746.4911; the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline at 703.746.3401; and the sexual assault hotline at 703.683.7273.

Libraries: All Alexandria Library branches will be closed on November 27 and 28.

Parking: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces, residential permit parking districts and other areas with signed parking time limits, on November 27 and 28. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

Recreation Centers: All City of Alexandria recreation centers, including the Chinquapin Recreation Center, will be closed on November 27. The Chinquapin Recreation Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 28. The Charles Houston, Cora Kelly and William Ramsay Recreation Centers will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 28. All other neighborhood recreation centers will be closed.

Schools: All Alexandria City Public Schools will be closed from Wednesday, November 26, through Friday, November 28.

State Offices: The Circuit Court will be closed on November 27 and 28. The General District Court, and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will close at noon on November 26, and will remain closed on November 27 and 28. The Department of Motor Vehicles office at 2681 Mill Road will be closed Thursday, November 27, through Saturday, November 29, and will reopen on Monday, December 1.

Transit: Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH bus service will not operate on Thursday, November 27, and will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Friday, November 28. On November 27, the free King Street Trolley will operate on its regular schedule, running every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. On Friday, November 28, Trolley service will begin operating at 6 a.m. and will run every 15 minutes until midnight in support of the Old Town Black Friday Sale.

Valley Drive Preschool is moving to Immanuel Church-On-The-Hill located at 3606 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22302.

Founded in 1958, Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool is a parent-run, non-sectarian, cooperative preschool. Valley Drive is a community of families who take an active role in their children’s preschool experience. Their philosophy is a child-centered, play-based curriculum. The teachers create an environment where children learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children and an array of materials.

Currently, Valley Drive has openings for the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 school year. If you would like more information and an application please contact membership@valleydrive.com.

(H/T OT Moms)

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