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APD Accepting Applications for Police Citizens Academy

Alexandria Police Department Accepting Applications for the 30th 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 p.m.to 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 September 11, 2013, and end with a formal graduation ceremony on November 20. 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 Police Citizens 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 Police Citizens Academy or to request an application, visit www.alexandriava.gov/police or e-mail the Volunteer Office at Virginia.obranovich@alexandriava.gov. The deadline for registration is August 1,, 2013

Float at Warwick Pool – Sat. June 29

Sign Up Now For Swim Lessons

The City of Alexandria has opened up sign-ups for swim lessons for kids as young as 6 months. Lessons are held at various pools around the city including our very own Warwick Pool! Signup ends June 24, so don’t delay.

Click here to sign up

Taste of Del Ray – June 9

Keep Warwick Pool Open!

Keep Warwick Pool Open!

Social media is a great way to make your opinion heard on the Warwick Pool issue. Below is the full list of Facebook and Twitter accounts where you can contact Alexandria City Government.

Send them tweets, post on their Facebook walls, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do so also. We can stop the closing of Warwick Pool, but only if we act fast and in large numbers. Thanks for your support!

Mayor Bill Euille

Vice Mayor Alison Silberberg

Councilman John Champman

Councilman Tim Lovain

Councilwoman Del Pepper

Councilman Paul Smedberg

Councilman Justin Wilson

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 p.m.to 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 www.alexandriava.gov/police or e-mail the Volunteer Office at Virginia.obranovich@alexandriava.gov. The deadline for registration is February 10, 2013.

ALERT: Turkey Trot Start Time Moved to 9am!

2012 ALEXANDRIA TURKEY TROT

EARLIER START TIME – RACES BEGINS AT 9:00 AM THANKSGIVING DAY

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 www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com.  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 (www.jenwalker.com).“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, (www.teamcarney.com), 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 www.visitdelray.com.

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.

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 http://visitdelray.com/event/turkey-trot.

If you have questions, please contact Mellenie, service@truly-life.com.

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 (fsharif@vt.edu) 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 www.delraycitizen.org