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Village Voice Newsletter – February 2013

Village Voice Newsletter – February 2013

Apps Due 2/10 for Alexandria Police Citizens Academy

Alexandria Police Department Accepting Applications for the 29th Session of the Police Citizens Academy

Get to know your Police Department! The 10-week Alexandria Police Citizens Academy provides an opportunity for residents to learn about various aspects of the Police Department, such as administrative philosophy, internal policies and the guiding principles of law and ethical conduct governing the delivery of police services. Classes are a combination of lecture and interactive activities. Class topics will include patrol operations, gangs, crime prevention, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations and the Special Operations Team.

The academy will be held every Wednesday from 6:30 10:00 p.m. at the Police Department’s new Headquarters, 3600 Wheeler Avenue, in the Community Room, located on the first floor. Classes begin on March 13, 2013, and end with a formal graduation ceremony on May 22, 2013.
The program is offered free of charge, however, each participant will be asked to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours per year post graduation. This could involve assisting with events, such as parades, road races, National Night Out, Project SafeAssured, etc.

Class size is limited to twenty participants. Due to the popularity of the class, participants are asked to commit to attending all of the 10 sessions. Participants of the Citizens Police Academy must be at least 21 years of age and live or work in the City. In addition, Criminal History checks will be conducted on all applicants for final approval of acceptance.

The curriculum covers the core elements that are essential for participants to gain a greater understanding of police operations. As a result of their participation, residents can make more informed judgments about the Alexandria Police Department and its daily operations. The Police Department is simultaneously able to acquire a greater understanding of the views and concerns of the community through an enhanced relationship with the public.

For more information on the Citizens Police Academy or to request an application, visit or e-mail the Volunteer Office at The deadline for registration is February 10, 2013.

Village Voice Newsletter – January 2013

Village Voice Newsletter – January 2013

Village Voice Newsletter

Village Voice Newsletter

ALERT: Turkey Trot Start Time Moved to 9am!



Alexandria, VA — The 37th annual Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-Miler will wind through the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria beginning Thanksgiving Day at 9:00  a.m..  The race, which is sponsored and coordinated by the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA) and DC Road Runners Club (DCRRC), typically attracts 5,000 runners and is the largest elite runner’s race in the mid-Atlantic.

The race will begin and end at George Washington Middle School located at 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue near the Braddock Road Metro Station.  The location allows many runners to leave their cars at home and use the short walk from the metro as their warm up.

Registration for the race is open on-line until Tuesday, November 20th at  Runners can also register onsite on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the George Washington Middle School gym.  Registered runners are encouraged take advantage of early packet pick-up beginning Wednesday November 21st  from 6:00 –8:00 p.m. at the George Washington Middle School gym.

As in past years a portion of the proceeds will benefit ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically).  Founded in 1969, ALIVE! has worked to help Alexandria’s less fortunate.  Runners are also asked to bring two non-perishable food items for donation on the race date.

This year’s Title Sponsor is Jen Walker, The Realtor for Del Ray (“Jen Walker has been incredibly supportive of the race and of our neighborhood.  We could not imagine this Del Ray tradition without her sponsorship,” said John Reynolds, DRBA’s Turkey Trot Chairman.

Carney, Inc, (, of Old Town is this year’s Finish Line Sponsor.  Team Carney has been an active participant in past races with numerous employees running in the race.  Jack Taylor’s Toyota/Scion will provide the race’s Pace Car.  Other sponsors of note include Taqueria Pablano, Eye2Eye Optometry Corner, Radiance Medspa of Old Town, BB&T and R&B Heating and Air Conditioning.  Del Ray Pizzeria will provide pizza for volunteers working on the race.  “Sponsors provide the funding for the race,” Reynolds said.  “We encourage the 5,000 runners that visit Del Ray Thanksgiving morning to not only look at our businesses’ windows and awnings as they run past, but have a cup of coffee after the race and visit all our sponsors listed on the website. Many have provided promotions and coupons in the event’s virtual packet.”

This year’s race will also feature the “Roll with It, Baby” stroller race as well as the “Tails Wagging” dog race, with a designated start and recognition for each category.

The Del Ray Business Association has been an active part of the community for close to 40 years.  The Association holds many events and prides itself on being a positive part of the community.  For more information, visit

DC Road Runners Club is the Capitol Region’s premiere running club, and has spent the past 50 years DCRRC promoting fitness and competition through the sport of running. DCRRC offers a year-round schedule of races and training programs for athletes of all abilities.

Village Voice Newsletter – November 2012

Village Voice Newsletter

Volunteers Needed for Alexandria Turkey Trot

Organizers of the Del Ray Turkey Trot are requesting volunteers to drop off the flyer notification for the 2012 Turkey Trot route. All need to be done by Monday, November 12.

Packets are on the porch at 111 East Randolph Ave. All you need to do is stop by and pick a packet (or two if you can) and deliver them to the addresses on that street section. The map will be attached to the flyers with a specific area marked for you to cover.

We are also in need of volunteers on Tuesday November 20th and Wednesday November 21st at night, and also on Thanksgiving morning. For a list of volunteer positions please visit

If you have questions, please contact Mellenie,

Many thanks!

You’re Invited to a Community Indicators Discussion – Friday 11/2

Community Indicators Discussion – Friday 11/2

You’re invited to a lunchtime discussion on the subject of community indicators.

The purpose of the 90-minute lunchtime discussion is to inform our research about how people talk about and take action about community issues. The session will be held this Friday (11/2) from 12:00 to 1:30pm at the VT-SPIA building at 1021 Prince Street in Alexandria.

It will feature small discussion groups with around community indicators of quality of life and well-being, from education and health to transportation and economic development, among others. Participants also will be asked to complete short surveys before and after the session.

Lunch will be served. Please email Fatima Sharif ( to confirm your participation in advance.

We also encourage you to contact us if there are any questions.

We would like to draw a variety of perspectives from government, non-profits, and local stakeholders as part of the discussion. Please feel free to pass this message along to anyone you think might be interested in participating.

Many thanks and we hope you will be able to join us for this important conversation!

Del Ray Historic Preservation Conference

Del Ray Historic Preservation Conference
A one-time-only free event aimed at preserving Del Ray’s historic fabric and structures

Saturday, November 10
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
George Washington Middle School Cafeteria
1005 Mt. Vernon Avenue

Hear expert speakers on the following:

  • – Tax credits, easements, and other tools for preserving structures in an historic district
  • – Del Ray’s unique art deco architecture and why some of it may be at risk
  • – How to acquire an historic plaque if you live in a house that contributes to Del Ray’s national historic district
  • – The making of Del Ray –the infamous racetrack, the mail order homes, the glory days of the railroads, and more
  • – The history of George Washington Middle School (former high school), especially its ties to 1960s rock stars Jim Morrison of the Doors and John Phillips and Mama Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas

Sponsored by the Del Ray Citizens Association, the Office of Historic Alexandria, the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, the Alexandria Historical Society.

For more information, visit

UPDATE: CANCELED – Del Ray Halloween Parade

UPDATE: The Del Ray Halloween Parade has been canceled due to the expected arrival of Hurricane Sandy this weekend. Other events are still being held and may have moved dates/times. Click over to the Del Ray Patch for more complete details.

Plans are underway for one of Del Ray’s favorite traditions, the Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade. This year it will be held on Sunday, October 28th at 2 pm. Last year, more than 5,000 participated in this annual event which included over 2,000 children, special dignitaries and elected officials; over 50 pets in Halloween costumes; and 25 decorated strollers.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreational Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb.

This year’s parade featured awards for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller. Judges include elected officials & City Dignitaries. Deadline to nominate your home or a neighbor’s home for Best Decorated Home is October 21st at 5 pm and deadline to nominate Best Decorated Business is October 23rd – e-mail the addresses to and state if it should be judged during the day or night. Awards will be given out at a brief ceremony at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues following the parade, along with refreshments (hot dogs donated by 7-Eleven, cider, and cookies) and goodie bags for the children (including as long as they last, healthy bags that will not have any candy). Entertainment will be provided by the popular band Mars Rodeo and again this year thanks to the Alexandria Jaycees there will be games and activities for the children. They will take place at the Mt. Vernon fields immediately following the parade. The Parade and all activities are free!

This year, please note that there is a major change for Stroller Entries for both registration location and judging. Based on feedback from parents, judging for the Stroller Competition will be done prior to the parade. Stroller entries must register by 1:30 pm at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and E. Howell – look for long string of orange balloons & signs. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to participating in the parade. Please allow extra time to get to the judging area by 1:30 pm especially if your entry is difficult to maneuver or if you are a large group. There is no fee to register and there are lots of wonderful prizes donated from our local businesses. Categories are: “Creative”, “Humorous”, “Best Group or Family”, “Less is More” and “Overall”.

Registration for Pets begins at 1:30 pm on Mt. Vernon south of E. Howell Ave. Look for a long string of black balloons and signage to register your pet. Categories include: “Creative”, “Team”, “How Could You Do This to Me” & “Best of Show”.

There is no registration required for children and families that march in the parade – they should gather at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte.

For the seventh year, we will collect and distribute Halloween costumes for children who would otherwise go without. We will be collecting donated costumes at the Caboose Cafe, 2419 Mt. Vernon Avenue and A Show of Hands, 2204 Mt. Vernon Avenue, and distributing them on Saturday, October 27th, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. We are especially in need of larger size costumes.

After the parade from 5 pm to 8 pm, for the 6th year, families can enjoy a Spooky Bean Halloween Haunted Graveyard (free!) that is being constructed by Bean Creative and will be located next to their lot at Mt. Vernon and E. Del Ray Avenue. It is definitely a must do Del Ray tradition. Special thanks to our neighbor, Bean Creative.

The parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA). We are always looking for additional sponsors and welcome financial contributions, goodie bag contributions, and volunteers. Special thanks to Jen Walker as our primary sponsor & sponsor of the Best Decorated House & to Bobi Bomar sponsor of the Best Decorated Stroller & Paul Hair from Your Dog’s Best Friend for his sponsorships of the Best Pet Costume. Finally, if you would like to help stuff 2,000 goodie bags, come on Saturday, October 27th at 2 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. We also need lots of volunteers on the day of the parade. If you are able to volunteer on either day, please e-mail

We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday at 2:00 pm either in the parade or along the route cheering us on!! For more information, contact: Gayle Reuter at or check out our website at