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Alexandria Bulletin June 13-20

The public is invited to attend a community meeting to discuss athletic fields and other site features proposed for the Witter property. The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the Bishop Ireton High School’s cafeteria, located at 201 Cambridge Road. Persons who are unable to attend the meeting can send written comments to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Attention: Roger Blakeley, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314, or e-mail roger.blakeley@alexandriava.gov.

The City of Alexandria reminds property owners that payment of the first half of the 2007 Real Estate Tax and Refuse Fee is due Friday, June 15. To avoid late payment penalty and interest charges, payment must be received by the City or postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than June 15. Property owners whose real estate taxes are not paid by their mortgage company and who have not received a tax bill in the mail should call the City’s Treasury Division at 703-838-4777 to request a duplicate bill. Tax bills can be paid in person at the Treasury Division, City Hall, 301 King Street, Room 1510. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 9. For information on real estate assessments or appeals, call Real Estate Assessments at 703-838-4646, or visit alexandriava.gov/realestate. For information on real estate tax and refuse fee payments, late payment penalty and interest, or to request a tax bill, call the Treasury Division at 703-838-4777.

<bt>Alexandria City Public Schools, Food and Nutrition Services, will sponsor the USDA Summer Food Service Program at all of summer School sites. Free breakfasts will be provided to all enrolled elementary summer school students weekdays from June 25 through July 20. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all enrolled secondary and high school summer school students on weekdays June 25 through July 27. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all enrolled Kindergarten Prep students weekdays Aug. 8 through 19.

Free breakfasts will be served to any child under age 18 in the community at the following elementary sites from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Monday through Friday: James K. Polk, John Adams, Jefferson-Houston School for Arts and Academics, Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology and William Ramsay. Free breakfasts will be offered to any child in the community at Minnie Howard School and George Washington Middle School between 9:40 and 10 a.m.; lunches will be offered from 12:35 to 12:50 p.m. daily. Signs will be posted at the main entrance at each school and each entrance where meals will be served. Meals must be consumed in designated spaces posted at each site.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service

The public is invited to attend a community meeting to discuss the park planning process for the recently acquired parcel at 48 South Early Street. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 in the meeting room at the City's Burke Library, located at 4701 Seminary Road.

City staff will present the park planning process that will be used to master plan the parcel and will discuss the public input process which will include the Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission.

Persons who are unable to attend the community meeting can send written comments to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Attention: Laura Durham, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314 or email laura.durham@alexandriava.gov.

The Burke Library is served by DASH transit line AT #2 and AT #5 and Metrobus 25B and 28A. For DASH bus route and schedule information, call 703-370-DASH or visit www.dashbus.com. For Metrobus schedule information, call 202-637-7000 or visit www.wmata.com.

The Alexandria community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Wine-and-Cheese Silent Auction event, hosted by Women Mean Business to benefit Alexandria’s Walk to Fight Breast Cancer. The event will be held on Thursday, June 21, at the Campagna Center, located at 418 South Washington Street, from 5:30 to 8: p.m. Guests will enjoy free refreshments from businesses such as Stone Mountain Vineyards, Cheestique, and Trattoria Da Franco. Musical entertainment will be provided by Michael Yugo, a local musician who plays acoustic rock.

The highlight of the event is a fabulous silent auction that features many wonderful items, including donated goods from Oriental Carpets and original art, tickets to professional sporting events, a day of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, and weekend lodging and a winery tour at Stone Mountain Vineyards.

Tickets are available to the public for $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door. Only cash or checks are accepted for payment. Checks should be made payable to "Walk Fund 07" and mailed to Donna Udvari, Burke & Herbert Bank, PO Box 268; Alexandria, VA 22314. Please call 703.838.5030 or 703.550.4949 for further information.

The City of Alexandria has been chosen to receive $17,281 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the City. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Celeste DeFiore at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, 200 North Glebe Road, Suite 506, Arlington, VA 22203 or 703-841-3830 or webmaster@ccda.net for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is June 21.

The celebration continues. You can still purchase 2007 Jamestown 400th Anniversary festival merchandise. Items are available at:

*Gadsby's Tavern Museum , 134 North Royal St. 703-838-4242. Museum hours are Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. and Mon. 1– 5 p.m.

*Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. 703-838-4356. Museum hours are Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

*The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. 703-838-4994. Museum hours are Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 1 – 5 p.m.

*Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St. , 703-838-4200

Items available include souvenir coins, set of 4 logo glasses, celebration patches, lapel pins, spoons, and lots more. The commemorative items make great souvenirs and gifts For more information, call Gadsby's Tavern Museum at 703-838-4242.

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 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.

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.

The following City of Alexandria boards, committees and commissions will hold their June 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: JUNE 14, 2007

ALEXANDRIA AFFORDABLE HOUSING INITIATIVES WORK GROUP will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m.., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101. For more information contact Mildrilyn Davis, 703.838.4990.

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 CONVENTION AND VISITORS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS – FUNSIDE FORUM will meet at 5:00 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union Street. For more information contact Renee Cardone, 703.838.4200.

SATURDAY: JUNE 16, 2007

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: JUNE 18, 2007

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

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 Renee Cardone, 703.838.4200.

ALEXANDRIA ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, 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 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 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: JUNE 19, 2007

ALEXANDRIA BUDGET AND FISCAL AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Room 1101A, 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 p.m., Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron Street. For more information contact Cheryl Anne Colton, 703.838.6348.

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JUVENILE DETENTION COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 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., Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street. For more information contact Jim Mackay, 703.838.4554.

ALEXANDRIA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 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 p.m., Sanitation Authority, 1500 Eisenhower Avenue. For more information contact Karen Pallansch, 703.549.3381.

ALEXANDRIA WATERFRONT COMMITTEE will hold its annual waterfront walk at 7:30 a.m., assembly location to be announced. For more information contact Janet Barnett, 703.838.4842.

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

WEDNESDAY: JUNE 20, 2007

ALEXANDRIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street. For more information contact Pamela Cressey, 703.838.4399.

ALEXANDRIA BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW – OLD AND HISTORIC DISTRICT will hold its second meeting of the month at 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Peter Smith, 703.838.4666.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS will hold a meeting on the International Film Festival at 9:30 a.m., Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street. For more information contact Patti North-Rudin, 703.838.5095 x307.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS – ARTS EDUCATION COMMITTEE will hold a meeting at 6 p.m., La Madeleine Restaurant, 500 King Street. For more information contact Cheryl Anne Colton, 703.838.6348.

ALEXANDRIA COMMUNITY POLICY AND MANAGEMENT TEAM will hold its regular monthly meeting at 3 p.m., Human Services Building, 2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue. For more information contact Dawnel White, 703.838.0832.

ALEXANDRIA COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD – LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE will hold a meeting at 7 p.m., Room 315, 720 North St. Asaph Street. For more information contact Jennifer Cohen-Cordero, 703.838.4455.

THURSDAY: JUNE 21, 2007

ALEXANDRIA PARK AND RECREATION COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street. For more information contact Janet Barnett, 703.838.4842.

ALEXANDRIA PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m., 4th Floor Conference Room, Alexandria Health Department, 4480 King Street. For more information contact Dean Bryant, 703.838.4872.

ALEXANDRIA PUBLIC RECORDS ADVISORY COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1102A, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Jackie Cohan, 703.838-4402.

ALEXANDRIA SCHOOL BOARD will hold its second 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.

FRIDAY: JUNE 22, 2007

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS will hold a meeting with Arts and Antiques Shop Owners at 9:30 a.m., Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron Street. For more information contact Cheryl Anne Colton, 703.838.6348.

MONDAY: JUNE 25, 2007

ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL/SCHOOL BOARD SUBCOMMITTEE will hold a meeting at 5 p.m., Council Workroom, City Hall, 301 King Street For more information contact Jackie Henderson, 703.838-4550.

ALEXANDRIA CITIZEN CORPS COUNCIL will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Fire Station 204, 900 Second Street. For more information contact Mark Penn, 703.838.5095.

ALEXANDRIA EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES COUNCIL will hold a meeting at 7 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Board Room, 4320 Seminary Road. For more information contact Vince Whitmore, 703.838.6413.

ALEXANDRIA REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Ladrey Highrise, 300 Wythe Street. For more information contact Melvin Miller, 703.549.7115.

ALEXANDRIA SISTER CITIES COMMITTEE will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101A, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Rose Boyd, 703.838.4800.

ALEXANDRIA TRAFFIC AND PARKING BOARD will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Robert Garbacz, 703.838.4411.

TUESDAY: JUNE 26, 2007

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

ALEXANDRIA-GYUMRI SISTER CITY COMMITTEE will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Rose Boyd, 703.838.4800.

WEDNESDAY: JUNE 27, 2007

ALEXANDRIA BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW – PARKER GRAY DISTRICT will hold its only meeting of the month at 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Peter Smith, 703.838.4666.

ALEEXANDRIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS will hold a meeting on the International Film Festival at 9:30 a.m., Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street. For more information contact Patti North-Rudin, 703.838.5095 x307.

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS will hold a meeting on the Festival of the Arts at 7 p.m., Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron Street. For more information contact Cheryl Anne Colton, 703.838.6348.

ALEXANDRIA ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Human Services Building, 2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue. For more information contact Nelson Smith, 703.838-0904.

ALEXANDRIA TRANSIT COMPANY BOARD OF DIRECTORS will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m., Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Sandy Modell, 703.370.3274.

THURSDAY: JUNE 28, 2007

ALEXANDRIA COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m., Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King Street. For more information contact Cheryl Anne Colton, 703.838.6348.