The ever-quotable British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, born on this date 135 years ago, made this eloquent observation: “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
It is with great pride that I write to you nearing the end of the fall legislative season here in Alexandria.
With three new councilmen elected last May and seated in July, the council started their fall legislative season in August with a whole new look. The new members brought strengths in banking, state politics, business, law and have a history of service and commitment to Alexandria through civic involvement.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
1000 Block of West Glebe Road, 12:20 a.m.
Assault Offenses: Pending
Although the state of Maryland has enacted a law that restricts riding in the bed of pickup trucks, it did not apply to a football standout at River Hill High School who lost his life in a traffic crash in Howard County yesterday, notes AAA Mid-Atlantic. The crash illustrates the inherent dangers for occupants riding unrestrained in the back of pickup trucks, the traffic safety organization observed. Each year approximately 200 deaths occur across the nation as a result of the practice of carrying passengers in truck cargo areas, studies show.
On Friday, November 27, this season’s adult-only production of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” opened at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. It will run through December 19. Fans of the “Peanuts” cartoon will recognize a not-so-subtle parody, which may amuse some an annoy others. The show is performed on Friday and Saturday evenings at 10 p.m. It contains references to drug use, sex, eating disorders and other sensitive topics.
For more than three decades, the lighting of the holiday tree at Market Square has symbolized the beginning of the winter holiday season in Alexandria. Last Friday night, Mayor Bill Euille flipped a switch and the lights came on.
Black Friday donned cold and cloudy in Alexandria but that did not deter holiday bargain hunters. By 5:00 a.m., when Best Buy at Potomac Yard opened, the line stretched 700 feet. At Target, there were lines of customers waiting for the store to open as well, but those lines were not as long as they were last year, according to a store manager. By mid-morning, however, the early crowds were gone leaving shoppers to walk comfortably around both stores. There were also parking spaces available in the lot.
Nine members of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office have received plaques for outstanding service while 24 others received promotions. Presentations were made by Sheriff Dana Lawhorne during ceremonies Nov. 17 in the Fine Arts Center of First Baptist Church, Alexandria.
In their 39th year as host of the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, The Campagna Center will launch Alexandria’s holiday season with the fresh scent of heather and the festive melody of bagpipes throughout the quaint streets of Old Town.