As a result of original report reclassifications, the Alexandria Police Department has released amended final Part 1 crime statistics for calendar year 2007. The Alexandria Police Department reports that total Part 1 crime increased by 29 offenses (0.8 percent) in calendar year 2007. This less than 1 percent increase was caused primarily by a rise in larcenies, particularly thefts from automobiles. Despite this increase, Alexandria continues to experience record lows in its overall Part 1 crime rate. Homicide and larceny increased in 2007, while rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and auto theft fell below levels recorded in calendar year 2006.
“Persepolis” is a rare find. This movie adds dimension to the novels it is based upon. Imaginative and surreal, this animated film pulls the viewer into the rolling scenery of Iran. The original graphic novels depicting cartoonist Marjane Satrapi’s childhood and young adulthood, already fascinating on page, gain intensity when combined with motion and music. The effect is that of a sincere, original coming-of-age tale.
Sunday’s overcast skies and chilly weather could not deter the large crowds that meandered around the Tidal Basin’s walkway to view the absolutely gorgeous cherry blossom trees. This weekend was advertised as the peak period for viewing the blossoms around the basin in Washington. Appropriately, on the other side of the world, “hanami,” or cherry blossom viewing is taking place all over Japan. Sakura, the national flower of Japan, is only one of the more than 400 varieties of cherry trees in Japan.
George Mason Elementary School has been selected as one of 40 metropolitan area schools to participate in the Washington Capitals’ Caps Care Click to Win program. Chosen in a random drawing after registering at the team’s Web site, the school will receive a $500 grant from Washington Capitals Charities and 125 tickets to the Capitals versus Tampa Bay game at 7 p.m. on April 3 at the Verizon Center.
On Wednesday night, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille stood before an audience of more than 250 people in the new T.C. Williams High School auditorium and presented his annual State of the City address.
For the farmers and vendors who sell their products at the Alexandria City Farmers Market, the alarm clock goes off before dawn. Beginning at 5 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. each Saturday, year round, the Alexandria City Farmers Market is open to the public, selling produce, home-baked goods, fresh eggs, arts and crafts, flowers, meats, and gourmet products.
Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine today signed Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1243, to immediately repeal the abusive driver fees and provide refunds for citizens against whom the fees have been assessed. The fees, which were part of House Bill 3202 passed during the 2007 General Assembly session, were intended to raise revenue for highway maintenance and improve the safety of Virginia highways.
Wesley McCune, a music teacher for 19 years at John Adams Elementary School, has been named the 2008 Alexandria City Public Schools Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher by The Washington Post.
Opening Friday, April 25, Living Legends of Alexandria will be featured in the Coldsmith Gallery at The Lyceum, Alexandria?s History Museum. The new exhibition is part of an ongoing project documenting the talents and work of individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the quality of life in Alexandria.
Summer is fast approaching, but even if you haven’t made all your summer plans, there are still several reasons why it’s not too late to plan for camp—whether you’re a parent looking for great programs for your child, or you’re a student looking for the perfect summer job.