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Alexandria Bulletin April 4-10

The City of Alexandria will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 9, to allow the public to offer comments on the proposed Fiscal Year 2008 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program for FY 2008-2013. The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 301 King St., in the City Council Chambers, second floor, room 2400.

Persons who wish to speak should complete a speaker’s form before or at the hearing. The form is available in the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, room 2300. Requests to speak can also be e-mailed to jackie.henderson@alexandriava.gov. Individuals with disabilities who require assistance or individuals who need special arrangements to participate in the City Council meeting, such as translation services or language interpreters, can call the City Clerk at 703-838-4500 (TTY/TDD 703-838-5056). A 48-hour notice should be provided to ensure that special arrangements may be made.

The Old Town Civic Association (OTCA) is in the process of preparing and approving a waterfront plan. OTCA's Board of Director decided to begin a study in parallel with the City's forthcoming waterfront planning effort, in order to be fully understand residents' vision for this special place in Alexandria. Since Alexandria's waterfront lies in the heart of its historic district, it is highly desirable for development and redevelopment. This fact alone makes it especially important that the City and its residents proceed carefully in the waterfront development.

OTCA's Waterfront Planning Committee mailed over 500 questionnaires to members, and were pleased that over 172 responded, many with commentary and good ideas. Accordingly, at the April membership meeting on Wednesday, April 11, the committee will present the results of the questionnaire and many other relevant topics. The meeting will be interactive, inviting all present to ask questions, make recommendations and otherwise react to the draft plan being presented by committee members.

All Alexandria residents are invited to this open forum, held at the Lyceum on South Washington Street. The evening begins with a social at 7 p.m., the business meeting commencing promptly at 7:30 p.m.

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Mentors are needed for the City's annual celebration of "Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day," to be held on Thursday, April 26. Adults are needed to individually "adopt" an Alexandria high school student, or an office can team up to host a student for the day. If interested in mentoring a student or want further information, contact Jen Harris at the Office on Women at 703-838-5030, or visit www.alexwomen.com to fill out a mentor application. Applications are due April 6.

The City of Alexandria is continuing to offer free tax preparation assistance to low-income Alexandria residents. Tax preparation sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays and from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, through April 14. Sessions are held in the lobby of the Alexandria Department of Human Services, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave. For further information about the City of Alexandria's tax preparation sessions, or to request a reasonable disability accommodation or to receive materials in an alternative format, contact Suzanne Kratzok, Coordinator of Community Resources, at 703-519-3318, extension 206, (703-836-1493 TTY) at least 24 hours prior to the session you wish to attend.

Alexandria's Mayor William D. Euille and City Council members are inviting the public to attend a forum to discuss local and regional transportation initiatives from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) auditorium, 600 Dulany St. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Geralyn Taylor at 703-838-3800 (TTY 703-838-5056) or e-mail geralyn.taylor@alexandriava.gov. For more information on the City's transportation forum, call Richard Baier or Tom Culpepper at 703-838-4966.

The City of Alexandria's Office of Aging and Adult Services has published "Cooking with Friends," a collection of the best recipes of the Department of Human Services' staff. The cost of the cookbook is $10. Proceeds from the book will benefit the Eleanor Ager Host Fund. The cookbook can be purchased at the main office for the Department of Human Services, located at 2525 Mt. Vernon Ave; or by mail by sending a check for $12.50 per copy, which includes postage, payable to the City of Alexandria and mailed to: Office of Aging and Adult Services, 2525 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA, 22301. For more information, to request bulk orders, or to pick up a copy of "Cooking with Friends," call the Department of Human Services at 703-838-0920.

The Gerald R. Ford Memorial Committee is seeking suggestions from Alexandria residents on ways for the City to permanently memorialize the late President Ford. Suggestions for the memorial will be accepted through Monday, April 30, and can be e-mailed to fordmemorial@alexandriava.gov or mailed to: Gerald R. Ford Memorial Committee, c/o Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria , VA 22314. For additional information on President's Ford life in Alexandria, visit www.alexandriava.gov/ford . For more information on the proposed Gerald R. Ford Memorial, call Janet Barnett at 703-838-4343.

The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities is seeking nominations for three annual awards that honor local residents and organizations. All nominations and applications for the awards must be received by Monday, April 30. For more information or to obtain nomination forms, e-mail Mike Hatfield at mike.hatfield@alexandriava.gov or call 703-519-3357, 711 TTY. Nomination forms are also available online at www.alexandriava.gov/human/awards_notification.pdf

The Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse is in need of volunteers to serve in the following positions:

* Guardians for adults with mental retardation and mental illness. Guardians make decisions about personal care, health care, living conditions and recreation. Guardians are court-appointed and bonded. The duties require approximately four hours per month.

* Representative Payees to receive Social Security checks and pay bills for persons with mental retardation or mental illness. A separate bank account is opened with automatic deposit and there are few monthly transactions. The duties require two hours per month, per account.

* Friendly Visitors to plan one-on-one outings and activities with a resident of an Alexandria group home for adults with mental retardation. This volunteer activity requires approximately two hours per week.

* Mentors to meet one-on-one with a specific child on a weekly basis to provide friendship, act as a positive role model, plan leisure and recreational activities together, participate in age appropriate activities and assist the child with school work as needed. Meetings with the child take place primarily in neutral locations away from the child's and mentor's homes. Being a mentor requires approximately two hours per week.

Contact Jennifer Cohen Cordero at jennifer.cohen-cordero@alexandriava.gov or 703.838.4455, ext.165.

Alexandria's Community Lodgings is launching a $400,000 capital campaign to expand its thriving Family Learning Center. The campaign will fund construction of an addition that will double the Family Learning Center's classroom space. Visit www.communitylodgings.org or call 703-549-4407.

Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota will match up to $100,000 of any new money contributed to The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria’s upcoming Gala. The SFA’s 21st Anniversary Gala will be held at the Hilton Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, on April 14. For information about the Gala Honor Roll and tickets, visit www.AlexScholarshipFund.org or call 703-824-6730.

HEW Federal Credit Union (HEWFCU), a federally insured financial institution can now serve the entire City of Alexandria. All residents are able to join HEWFCU and take advantage of the low-cost products and services the credit union offers. With experienced lending and member services staff and a physical facility already located in the area, HEWFCU has the tools and infrastructure to deploy to the market as an alternative to non-traditional financial services providers. Visit HEWFCU's office located on 400 N. Columbus St.; or visit www.hewfcu.com.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria (formerly Christmas in April) is seeking homeowners who need assistance with home repairs. Teams of volunteers work on many houses throughout Alexandria, repairing and renovating homes so that homeowners may continue to live in warmth, safety, and independence. All repairs are made at no expense to the homeowner. If you are a low-income Alexandria homeowner and need help with home repairs, call for an application at 703-836-1021 or e-mail info@rebuildingtogetheralex.org for more information. Limited applications accepted.

Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program in Alexandria is presenting a New Metropolis Lecture Series during 2006-2007. The lecture series focuses on cutting-edge topics and ideas about metropolitan development in the United States and abroad. Lectures will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria campus, 1021 Prince Street, 3rd floor main conference room, and are open to the public, free of charge.

April 25, 2007, William Millar, President of the American Public Transportation Association — "The Future of Transit in the U.S."

Contact Heike Mayer at 703-706-8122 or heikem@vt.edu

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The following City of Alexandria boards, committees and commissions will hold their April 2007 meetings as scheduled below. Additional committee meetings and subcommittee meetings may be held during the month and those meeting notices will be posted in the City Clerk’s Office. For further information, contact the person listed below. Amplified sound devices to assist the hearing impaired are available form the Sound Technician in Council Chambers for meetings at the location. Individuals with disabilities who required assistance or special arrangements to participate in the meetings listed below should contact Rose Boyd at 703.838-4800 or TTY 703.838-5056. We request that you provide a five-day notice so that the proper arrangements can be made.

THURSDAY: APRIL 5

ALEXANDRIA AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Room 2000, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Mildrilyn Davis, 703.838.4990.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION FOR WOMEN – CRISIS INTERVENTION PROGRAM COMMITTEE will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m., 3655 Trinity Drive. For more information contact Lisa Baker, 703.838-5030.

ALEXANDRIA COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., 4th Floor Large Conference Room, 720 North St. Asaph Street. For more information contact Marquita Davis, 703.838.4455.

MONDAY: APRIL 9,

ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed FY 2008 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program at 4:00 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Jackie Henderson, 703.838.4550.

ALEXANDRIA-CAEN EXCHANGE COMMITTEE will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Room 1102A, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Rose Boyd, 703.838.4800.

ALEXANDRIA EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Cyphers Conference Room, Human Services Building, 2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue. For more information contact Wendy Morris, 703.838.0875.

HEALTH SYSTEMS AGENCY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8:00 p.m., Northern Virginia Planning District Commission, 7535 Little River Turnpike. For more information contact HSA Headquarters, 703.573.3100.

ALEXANDRIA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m., La Madeleine Restaurant, 500 King Street. For more information contact Jean Niebauer, 703.838.6390.

TUESDAY: APRIL 10, 2007

ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL will hold its first legislative meeting of the month at 7:00 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Jackie Henderson, 703.838.4550.

ALEXANDRIA BUDGET AND FISCAL AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold its second meeting of the month at 7:00 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Eric Eisenger, 703.838-4806.

ALEXANDRIA ELECTORAL BOARD will hold its regular monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m., Room 100, 132 North Royal Street. For more information contact Eric Spicer, 703.838.4050.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION FOR WOMEN will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Room 2000, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Lisa Baker, 703.838-5030.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION ON EMPLOYMENT will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8:00 a.m., JobLink, 1900 Beauregard Street, Suite 300. For more information contact Dennis McKinney, 703.838-4479.

ALEXANDRIA PROJECT DISCOVERY ADVISORY BOARD will hold a meeting at 7:00 p.m., Human Services Building, 2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue. For more information contact Lesa Gilbert, 703.838-0915.

WEDNESDAY: APRIL 11,

ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL will continue its joint and work session with the Alexandria School Board and Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria Steering Committee presentation at 7:00 p.m., G.W. Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Avenue. For more information contact Jackie Henderson, 703.838.4550.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS – PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m., Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street. For more information contact Cheryl Anne Colton, 703.838.6348.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION ON PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Room 2000, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Mike Hatfield, 703.519.3357.

ALEXANDRIA HISTORICAL RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8:00 a.m., Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street. For more information contact Jim Mackay, 703.838.4554.

THURSDAY: APRIL 12,

ALEXANDRIA BEAUTIFICATION COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street. For more information contact Judy Lo, 703.838.5041.

ALEXANDRIA BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Peter Leiberg, 703.838.4666.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION ON AGING will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4:00 p.m., Human Services Building, 2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue. For more information contact Debbie Ludington, 703.838.0920.

ALEXANDRIA SCHOOL BOARD will hold its first meeting of the month at 7:30 p.m., School Administration Offices, Winkler Building Board Room, 2000 North Beauregard Street. For more information contact Rosemary Webb, 703.824.6614.

SATURDAY: APRIL 14,

ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL will hold its regular public hearing at 9:30 a.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Jackie Henderson, 703.838.4550.

MONDAY: APRIL 16, 2007

ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL will hold a budget work session on recreation and cultural issues at 7:00 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Jackie Henderson, 703.838.4550.

ALEXANDRIA AD HOC TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND PROGRAM TASK FORCE will hold a meeting at 7:00 p.m., Room 2000, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Richard Baier, 703.838.4966.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION ON HIV/AIDS will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., 4th Floor, Alexandria Health Department, 4480 King Street. For more information contact Nechelle Terrell, 703.838-4400, ext. 305.

ALEXANDRIA COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE CITY’S ELECTION PROCESS will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m., Council Workroom, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Bernard Caton, 703.838.3828.

ALEXANDRIA CONVENTION AND VISITORS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m., CMAA, 1733 King Street. For more information contact JoAnne Mitchell, 703.838.4200.

ALEXANDRIA ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., room location to be determined, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Bill Skrabak, 703.519.3400, ext. 163.

ALEXANDRIA GEORGE WASHINGTON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION COMMITTEE will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street. For more information contact Janet Barnett, 703.838.4842.

ALEXANDRIA HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS will hold a meeting at 6:00 p.m., Suite 10, 1900 North Beauregard Street. For more information contact Mildrilyn Davis, 703.838-4990.

ALEXANDRIA LIBRARY BOARD will hold its regular bimonthly meeting at 4:15 p.m., Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street. For more information contact Patrick O’Brien, 703.838.4077.

ALEXANDRIA SOCIAL SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:15 p.m., Cyphers Conference Room, Department of Human Services, 2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue. For more information contact Paulette Jarrett, 703.838-0701.

TUESDAY: APRIL 17, 2007

ALEXANDRIA BUDGET AND FISCAL AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold its third meeting of the month at 7:00 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1102, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Eric Eisenger, 703.838-4806.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street. For more information contact Cheryl Anne Colton, 703.838.6348.

ALEXANDRIA FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS PENSION PLAN BOARD will hold a meeting at 8:30 a.m., Council Workroom, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Steven Bland, 703.838.4505.

JUVENILE DETENTION COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home, 200 South Whiting Street. For more information contact Donna Howey, 703.751.3700.

HISTORIC ALEXANDRIA RESOURCES COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union Street. For more information contact Jim Mackay, 703.838.4554.

ALEXANDRIA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Room 2000, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Jean Niebauer, 703.838.6390.

ALEXANDRIA SANITATION AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m., Sanitation Authority, 1500 Eisenhower Avenue. For more information contact Karen Pallansch, 703.549.3381.

ALEXANDRIA WATERFRONT COMMITTEE will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 a.m., Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street. For more information contact Janet Barnett, 703.838.4842.

ALEXANDRIA WOODROW WILSON NEIGHBORHOOD TASK FORCE will hold a meeting at 7:00 p.m., Lyles Crouch Elementary School, 530 South St. Asaph Street. For more information contact Carla Johnson, 703.519.3400 x214.