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Next NRCA Meeting

        Monday, September 8
        Beverley Hills United Methodist Church

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.

NRCA Summer Newsletter

Wheel Day:  
North Ridge is still buzzing about the epic Wheel Day extravaganza that rolled 117 bicyclists through the neighborhood on Memorial Day weekend!  Many thanks to the Wheel Day Team and its fearless leader, Tom Tyler, for another flawless event.  Check out pictures of the fun here on our website!

North Ridge Citizens' Association Meetings:
NRCA meetings are on a brief hiatus for summer recess.  We will return to our ‘second Monday of the month’ meeting schedule in September.  

Beverley Hills Park (The Pit) Improvements:
Our own Pit Steering Committee and representatives from the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities want to talk to you!  They'll be manning a table at Beverley Hills Park (The Pit) during the times/dates listed below to share the plans for the upcoming park renovation and to answer any questions.  Watch for these renovation plans to also be posted to the City website no later than 12 June at the following link:

June 21st: 10am to noon
June 24th: 10am to noon
June 24th: 4pm to 6:30p

Lower Russell Road Traffic Committee Operational: 
The NRCA Traffic Committee has worked with neighbors along Russell Road to form an independent committee to assist with a program for slowing traffic along lower Russell Road. This committee is working with Alexandria's "Complete Streets Program" coordinator Hillary Poole and Vice-Mayor Allison Silberberg to engage the neighborhood in support of the traffic control program.  We're aware that traffic law enforcement has already increased and specific permanent options are planned. Anyone interested in this committee can contact the NRCA Traffic Committee Chairs, Bruce Snapp or Chuck Kent for further information. 

Citizenship and Scholarship Awards:
Keep an eye out at your local school graduations; NRCA representatives will be presenting citizenship and scholarship awards to outstanding students at T.C. Williams High School, George Washington Middle Schools #1 and #2, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, George Mason Elementary School and Charles Barrett Elementary School.  NRCA has contributed to the Alexandria Scholarship Fund and to the T.C. Williams Alcohol-Free Graduation Celebration.  

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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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