Official Announcements for the City of Alexandria: March 20 – 26, 2010
Saturday, March 20 – Mayor’s State of the City Address
Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille delivers his annual State of the City address at 9 a.m. at the Station at Potomac Yard, 2800 Main Line Blvd. Mayor Euille will outline the City's accomplishments and future challenges during his address. After the State of the City address, residents are invited to tour The Station at Potomac Yard, an award-winning development that combines a fire station, 64 units of affordable and workforce rental housing, and retail space. For more information, call 703.746.3969.
Saturday, March 20 – Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting
The City of Alexandria's Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Stakeholder Advisory Group will meet at the Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20 and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. Established by City Council resolution in June 2009, the Advisory Group will advise City staff on Fort Ward Park and Museum use and management. For more information, call Laura Durham, Open Space Coordinator at 703.746.5493.
Saturday, March 27 – Civil War Sesquicentennial Meeting
The third Civil War Sesquicentennial community planning meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Different committees will be announced and participants may sign up to work with committees of interest to them. Committees will then begin planning programs for Alexandria’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This meeting is open to all, and public participation is most welcome. For more information, please visit www.historicalexandria.org or call 703.746.4554.
Thursday, April 1 – Housing Master Plan Community Meeting
The Office of Housing will launch its Citywide Housing Master Plan to work toward preserving and enhancing affordable housing opportunities, community diversity, and economic sustainability. The first community meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St. Lisa Sturtevant, of the George Mason Center for Regional Analysis, will present demographic, social and economic context for the Housing Master Plan. There will also be a brief overview of the planning process and solicitation of feedback from the community on their issues, concerns and ideas for the future of affordable housing in the City and ways in which the planning process can address them. For more information, please visit alexandriava.gov/housingplan or contact the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990.
Help the City Advocate for Google Fiber in Alexandria
Want more choice and competition for Internet access? Let Google know that we want them to choose Alexandria for their Fiber for Communities pilot. Google is planning to test ultra-high speed Internet access networks in one or more trial locations across the country. According to Google, these networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today. Google is asking communities to submit responses to a Request for Information by March 26 to determine where to build the network. Learn how you can help bring Google to Alexandria by visiting www.alexandriava.gov/Google4Alexandria and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Google4Alexandria.
Comment on the Proposed FY 2011 Budget
On February 16, Alexandria City Manager James K. Hartmann proposed a $534.1 million General Fund Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. The public is encouraged to provide comments on the proposed budget online.
2010 Applications Now Available for Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief
If you are at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled by November 15, 2010, you may qualify for a full or partial exemption and/or deferral for your 2010 real estate taxes and/or an exemption from your 2010 personal property taxes on one vehicle. For more information or to obtain an application, visit alexandriava.gov/TaxRelief, e-mail Tax Services at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 703.746.3901, Option 6.
Free Tax Preparation Assistance for Low-Income Residents
The City of Alexandria is offering free tax preparation assistance to low-income residents during the 2010 tax season. Tax preparation sessions begin at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, and at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, through April 13. Sessions are held in the lobby of the Alexandria Department of Human Services, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave. For more information, call Suzanne Kratzok, Coordinator of Community Resources, at 703.746.5663.