Welcome to Alexandria Dispatches, a collection of this week's top stories you may have missed in the City of Alexandria and surrounding communities.
From West End Alexandria Patch:
Gov. McDonnell Declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Sandy: Officials urged residents to prepare for the storm before the weekend.
Outbreak of Copperhead Sightings Hits West End: Director Mark Kelly of the Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center calls number of sightings ‘extremely unusual.’
: Congressman says his office will cooperate with investigation.
Tenants Protest Beauregard Redevelopment at Awards Luncheon: The Beauregard Small Area Plan calls for developers to demolish about 2,500 market-rate affordable apartments.
From Old Town Alexandria Patch:
Cuccinelli: Eminent Domain Amendment Prevents Government ‘Bullying’: Virginia’s attorney general spoke on a panel before the Old Dominion Boat Club Thursday evening.
Fireworks Return to First Night Alexandria: Alexandria's New Year's Eve festival brings back the fireworks — this time over the Potomac — and offers new activities for families, kids and even dogs.
Alexandria Begins Left Turn Restrictions on Washington Street: These restrictions are the result of a 2011 safety study of the Washington Street corridor, which was approved by the city's Traffic and Parking Board late last year.
: Historic property used to be a nursery specifically for African Americans and funded by Congress, but the building could be converted to condominiums next year.
From Del Ray Patch:
The Mystery of the Missing Sod: New sod in the median of Route 1 was removed just as quickly as it was installed to make way for BRT construction.
Swing's Coffee Aims to Begin Operations in Del Ray By End of Year: Wholesale operations at new Monroe Avenue facility will begin first, with a cafe opening sometime in the first quarter of 2013.
From Annandale Patch:
: Backlick Road business catered to local pastor, gynecologist and military men.
Police: Burglary Reported on Cheyenne Knoll Place: The following information was supplied by the Fairfax County Police Department.