Saturday, May 18, 2013
These homes are for sale in Alexandria's western half and the Realtors are hosting open houses this weekend.
Here's a sampling of homes for sale that are hosting open houses this Sunday, May 19, in Seminary Valley and the surrounding neighborhoods. If you're having an open house this weekend or have just listed a home for sale, and would like to add a photo to the gallery, you can click on the upload button above to do so. You're also welcome to add text information to the comments section below. Clicking on the addresses linked below will bring you to more information about each home. Happy house hunting! 3948 Taney Ave. 4405 Vermont Ave. 5121 Holmes Run Parkway 151 Cameron Station Blvd. 2523 Gadsby Place See more open house listings in Alexandria here. For more Alexandria real estate stories and information, see the Del Ray Patch real estate …
May is National Hamburger Month. Alexandria has gone through some burger changes (Fuddruckers closed, Burger7 opening delayed), and the best burger in the area is up for debate.
Any hamburger connoisseurs out there? May is National Hamburger Month in Arlington and across the country, and where the best burger in Arlington is depends on which carnivore you ask. A lot of people in Alexandria's West End associated burgers with Fuddruckers. But with Fuddruckers closed and Burger 7 still not open, where do you go? According to Yelp.com reviewers, Five Guys (which has locations near Old Town) gets high marks. Holy Cow in Del Ray also gets good reviews. We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. The Chicago Tribune has compiled a list of facts you may not know about burgers. Americans eat an astounding 48 billion burgers a year, or about three per week per person. While burgers are pretty cheap, …
Friday, May 17, 2013
City Council is expected to consider a proposal in June put together by staff.
Council is expected to consider a legislative proposal in June that would bring food trucks to the City of Alexandria. “It’s a win-win for everybody,” said Rose Boyd, special assistant to the city manager, at a Friday morning small business event hosted by the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association at St. George Gallery in Old Town. Boyd noted that the city is embarking on new initiatives to ensure Alexandria is small business-friendly and the acceptance of food trucks dovetails with those plans. City staff put together the proposal to go before council, which asked for the plan during a recent retreat. The trucks would be permitted anywhere through city limits 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. and allowed to park for up to four hours at a time …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Rising rent costs spurred owner's decision to close the store and move closer to family.
After twelve years of business, Authentically Amish Fine Furnishings will be closing its doors May 31. "The lease was up and the landlord wanted more money, so I decided it was time to close the store," said owner Chris St. Pierre. Over the past month, the store has been offering big discounts on their inventory and there are "just a few miscellaneous pieces left," St. Pierre said. "Our last day is May 31 and we need to be completely cleaned out by then," he added. The store will not be opening in another location. St. Pierre said he is planning to move to Maine to be closer to family. Authentically Amish Fine Furnishings is located at 4609 Duke Street, Alexandria in the Foxchase Shopping Center.
Patch brings you the most recently available local restaurant inspection reports.
Alexandria Health Department officials inspected numerous restaurants in West End Alexandria in recent weeks. We all want to know how our favorite restaurants stack up on cleanliness and sanitation. "Ideally, an operation would have no critical violations, or none which are not corrected immediately and not repeated. In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations," according to Virginia Department of Health's website. The site continues: "Keep in mind that any inspection report is a 'snapshot' of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection conducted on any given …
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
City Council has many questions and little recourse when it comes to railroad company's request to expand operations.
Alexandria City Council members lamented Norfolk Southern's request to double the number of rail cars offloaded per day at its ethanol transloading facility in the West End at Tuesday night’s meeting at City Hall. Earlier this year, Norfolk Southern filed for a permit with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to increase offloading from the current 14 rail cars to 30 cars per day. Increased emissions under the plan mean Norfolk Southern needs an air quality permit to expand the scale of operations at the facility at 1000 S. Van Dorn St. Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday expressing its opposition to the issuance of a permit because of “increased air emissions” and requesting an informational meeting and separate …
The latest annual report for tap water delivered to the City of Alexandria shows the water complies with state and federal requirements, but its unregulated sodium levels are high.
Alexandria’s water complies with or was better than all state and federal drinking water requirements, according to the 2012 annual water quality report from Virginia American Water, which serves Alexandria. Some interesting findings about unregulated water quality: For the full report, click here (PDF). The annual report is required by the Virginia Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Alexandria’s water comes from two water treatment plants owned and operated by Fairfax Water – the J.J. Corbalis water treatment plant located on the Potomac River and from the Griffith Plant at the Occoquan Reservoir. Virginia American Water is a subsidiary of Voorhees, N.J.-based American Water.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Del Ray Business Association holding ribbon-cutting at coffee roastery Saturday.
The coffee bar at M.E. Swing’s Coffee Roasters on E. Monroe Avenue is officially open for business, the company announced Monday on its Facebook page. The bar held a soft opening last week. Swing’s will keep hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and appease youth soccer parents at nearby Simpson Stadium Park on Saturdays with hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cafe, anchored by a long bar and featuring a variety of repurposed furniture, offers Swing’s signature blends of coffee, seasonal espresso drinks and a limited menu of non-coffee drinks. The bar includes cold-brewed iced coffee on tap. “We will be featuring pastries and a few savory items, but will not be doing any food prep,” Swing’s CEO Mark Warmuth told Patch in April…
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