Monday, January 11, 2010

The Arlandrian (mostly) Weekly News Round-up

Walking & Riding
With bike and pedestrian issues being so important to our neighborhood, I hope some noted that the Alexandria Pedestrian and Bicycle Citizens Group met at 7 pm tonight (Monday, January 11th) at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street.

Special guests were John Komoroske, chairman of the Planning Commission, and Jayme Blakesley, vice-chair of the Transportation Commission. Mr. Komoroske and Mr. Blakesley explained how their commissions shape policy and approve projects or plans that directly affect bicyclists and pedestrians in Alexandria.

Don't Can the Trees
If you still have a Christmas tree hanging around, you can still set it out for recycling collection on Saturday, January 16th. All trees will be ground into mulch. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, and stands, before placing them on the curb.

Have you been buzzed lately? 
The Sun Gazette mentions that the Arlington County Civic Federation, on Jan. 5, overwhelmingly adopted a resolution requesting the county government and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to work with federal officials on an effort to mitigate noise from military helicopters in the community. The same helicopters make the same noise on this side of the border.
(Civic Federation Backs Discussion With Military Over Helicopter Noise, Sun Gazette)

New Apartments. New Website.
Del Ray Central (aka the Triangle Site) boasts a new website:

Ticket to Ride?
Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman, says "It is easy to imagine extensions from this initial segment" when asked about extending the planned Columbia Pike street car line down Route 1 to Potomac Yard.
(Chris Zimmerman answers the rest of your questions, Greater, Greater Washington).

Get on Board
Alexandria City Council is accepting applications for the many openings on the City's boards and commissions through Friday the 15th. A couple of these are reserved for North End residents.

The Park and Recreation Commission has a vacancy for one Planning District II representative (which includes zip code 22305), due to an expiring term. The Commission meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. The Commission requires approximately eight hours per month of its members.

The Potomac Yard Design Advisory Committee has one vacancy for a representative of the
Potomac Yard Area, due to an expiring term. The Committee meets at the call of the Chair.

Closed for Renovations

A lot of folks are talking about what might be happening at Popeyes. The Arlandria location closed just before the New Year.  A notice has been posted that they are simply undergoing a re-do.

Bagging Bags
Local State Delegate and North End resident, Adam Ebbin has introduced a measure hoping to curb the litter that plagues our streets, parks and streams. 
(Ebbin to propose statewide ‘bag tax', Alexandria Times)

Briefly Gloated
Ever since the Hume Springs Heroes did their clean-up in Four Mile Run Park, the Alexandria side of the park is looking much better than that of the neighboring jurisdiction, where it looks like New Year's parties are still raging.  Numerous trash cans are over-flowing. Come on Arlington, the North End has thrown down the work glove.  Can you pick up the beer cans?

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