What a week in Alexandria.
With the region still reeling from the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol, Alexandria Police are mobilized and prepared to respond to security threats in the run up to the inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20. At this time it is not likely that a 6 p.m. curfew will be imposed on the city.
On the coronavirus front, the death toll in Alexandria now stands at 94, and the number of cases is 8,448 as of today, according to the Virginia Department of Health. This week, Governor Ralph Northam expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 65 years of age and older, in addition to anyone 16 and older with preexisting conditions.
Northam was in town on Tuesday in a vaccination event for Alexandria City Public Schools staff, and many called the event a turning point against the virus.
ACPS also postponed its partial reopening on Jan. 19 due to the virus, and School Board member Margaret Lorber took heat from the community (and later apologized) for supporting a cautious reopening by asking in a board meeting whether parents wanted their children alive or educated.
There was also a COVID-19 outbreak at the office of the Alexandria Clerk of the Court, leaving just four out of 22 employees working at the office.
Below are our top stories of the week in Alexandria:
- Alexandria Police Ask ATF to Help Stem 49% Surge in Gunfire Incidents
- American Physical Therapy Association to Open Next Week at Potomac Yard
- Alexandrians with Joe Biden Yard Signs Get Anonymous Letters Saying Biden is a Pedophile
- St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub Opens in North Old Town
- St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School Submits Plans for New Expansion
- Superintendent Says Reopening Plan Uncertain, School Board Member Lorber Takes Fire for Comments
- New Boarding House Planned Over Old Town Barber Shop
- Police Investigating Carjacking and Shooting
- Alexandria City Councilman Seifeldein Calls for Closure of Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center
- Alexandria Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker Announces Candidacy for 45th District Seat
- “Lipstick on a Pig” Heritage Development in Old Town Headed to Planning Commission
Have a safe weekend!