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Police Charge Severance in Three Homicide Cases
The Alexandria Police Department has charged Charles Severance in the homicides of Ruthanne Lodato, Ron Kirby, and Nancy Dunning. He has been indicted on the following charges related to the three investigations:  

> Nancy Dunning Case: First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony 

> Ron Kirby Case: Capital Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

> Ruthanne Lodato Case: Capital Murder, two counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Malicious Wounding

This has been a complex and time-consuming investigation that has spanned almost 11 years. The Alexandria Police Department would like to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Virginia State Police, and area law enforcement agencies for their assistance.

A press conference was held on Monday, September 8, 2014, at Alexandria Police Headquarters, which can be viewed at
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Beverley Hills Preschool New Natural Playground Now Open to the Community!
The new natural playground at Beverley Hills United Methodist Church is now open to the community in the afternoons and weekends!  The playground features water play*, and amphitheater, rock climbing, a fort, music garden, and other natural features.  Best use for children under 8 years old.  *Note: The water features will be off for now.

Link to Plans for the "Pit" (Beverley Park) Renovation
From the NRCA Pit Steering Committee:
Here is a link to the page on the City website that provides information on the early stage plans for the renovations at the Pit.
On the webpage is also a schedule for upcoming open houses being held at the Pit where you can come and get answers to your questions.

AND... If you can spare a few minutes, please follow the link to the SURVEY from the City's webpage to provide your input and share ideas.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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The Center for Alexandria’s Children Kicks Off Learn and PlayGroup™ Registration Drive

Program Enriches Hundreds of Alexandria Children, Strengthens Families

The Center for Alexandria’s Children is kicking off a registration drive for its Learn and Playgroup™ program, a unique playgroup experience for children ages 0-5 that supports language development and pre-literacy, promotes school readiness, connects children and families, and helps adults deepen their knowledge about child development and effective parenting.

Learn and PlayGroups will operate at least 14 groups a week during 2014-15 in neighborhoods of greatest need.  Registration kicks off the week of September 2nd at key locations throughout Alexandria and will include balloons for kids as well as donuts and juice, face painting, t-shirts, and more. Enrollment is open to all families with children five and under, although space is limited.

Registration for the Fall Session of Learn & PlayGroups will be held at these Alexandria locations and times:

Tuesday, September 2nd:

·      Center for Alexandria’s Children, 1900 N. Beauregard Street, Suite 200,

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

·      The Pavilion, 5708 Merton Court, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Wednesday, September 3rd

·      Center for Alexandria’s Children,     9:30 am  – 11:00 am

·      Beatley Library, 5005 Duke Street, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday, September 4th:

·      Community Lodgings’ Brent Place Learning Center, 375 S. Reynolds Street, #201,

9:30 am – 11:00 am

·      Community Lodgings Fifer Learning Center Annex at Brookside, 601 4 Mile Run Trail, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

·      Center for Alexandria’s Children, 9:30 am – 12 pm 

Friday, September 5th:

·      Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 3600 Commonwealth Ave., 9:30 am – 11:30 am

·      William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The Center for Alexandria’s Children is the city’s primary resource for the prevention, investigation, and treatment of child abuse through child development and family support. For information,

Alexandria Citizen Corps Council Hosts Community Preparedness and Awareness Forum on September 27th

As part of National Preparedness Month and Be Ready, Alexandria, the Alexandria Citizen Corps Council
will host a community preparedness forum on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The Citizen Corps Council
highlights its First 72 (Hours) On You theme to raise awareness and collaboration among Alexandria
residents and community leaders to prepare for natural and/or man-made disasters. Experts warn that
the first 72 hours after a natural or man-made emergency will be a critical period to prepare as first
responders may be overwhelmed in the immediate aftermath of an emergency.

Citizen Corps Council will welcome Mayor Bill Euille, Office of Emergency Management, Health
Department, Police Department, Animal Shelter and Volunteer Alexandria to speak on a variety of
perspectives about the threats we face in our community and how to prepare for them. As a community
leader and active citizen, we want your input and involvement!

Join us from 10:30 am – 11:30 am on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at George Washington Middle
School, 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue.

For more information, please contact Michelle McQueeney, Chair, Citizen Corps Council
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Rob Rapanut, Citizen Association Representative, Citizen Corps
Council (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Community Input for Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan

We want to hear from you!

As part of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update, the City is seeking community input on existing walking and bicycle issues and needs, and ideas for improving the environment for walking and biking.  An online survey and interactive map can be accessed from the project The survey and map are available in English and Spanish and will be available for input through early October 2014.

In addition, the project will host a public meeting on September 30 from 7pm to 9pm at the Minnie Howard School Library, 3801 W. Braddock Road. 

The update of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will include an evaluation of existing conditions, constraints and needs, as well as a review of existing policies, goals and objectives. The plan will identify short and long-term projects to make it safer and easier for people to walk and bike in Alexandria.  As part of this project, Complete Street Design Guidelines are being developed to ensure that Alexandria’s streets are serving the needs of all users.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 703.746.4084, Virginia Relay 711.

For more information, visit or contact Steve Sindiong, Principal Transportation Planner atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 703.746.4047

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