Official Announcements for the City of Alexandria: June 19 – June 25, 2010
Monday, June 21 - City Council Joint Community Meeting with ARHA Board
Alexandria City Council and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority will host a joint community meeting at 7 p.m. at the Charles Houston Center, 901 Wythe St. This meeting will serve as the kickoff for ARHA's Strategic Plan. The City of Alexandria and ARHA will share information with each other and the public concerning recent organizational changes and current initiatives at ARHA; the City's Housing Master Plan process, and the community outreach plan for ARHA's Strategic Plan. The meeting will also include a community question and answer session. For more information, call 703.746.4990.
Friday, June 25 – Dedication Ceremony for Statue of Edmonson Sisters
The City of Alexandria, in partnership with Carr Properties, will host a dedication ceremony for a new public art piece at 9:30 a.m. at Edmonson Plaza, 1701 Duke St. Edmonson Plaza is named for the Edmonson sisters, Emily and Mary, who were imprisoned at this location in the 1840s. Abolitionists, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, launched a fundraising campaign and bought the girls’ freedom. Sculptor Erik Blome created a 10 foot-high bronze statue of the Edmonson sisters to commemorate their lives and others who were enslaved at the Bruin Slave Jail.
Sunday, June 27 – Sixteenth Annual National HIV Testing Day
Did you know that every nine and a half minutes on average, someone in the US is infected with HIV, the virus the causes AIDS? Too many Americans find out that they are HIV positive very late in the disease process, when they are seriously ill and have a dangerously compromised immune system. Recovery is often difficult and not possible for others. It is also very important for people with negative HIV test results to know their status, ask their partner(s) to do the same, and take those steps necessary to remain negative. The Alexandria Health Department offers free and CONFIDENTIAL testing. For more information, please call 703.746.4839 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/health
Monday, June 28 – Community Meeting on King Street Improvement Project
The City of Alexandria is planning to resurface King Street, between Columbus Street and the King Street Metro. The scope of the King Street improvement project will begin with concrete improvements to the curb & gutter, ADA accessible ramps at crosswalks, and will end with milling and overlay of the existing pavement. The concrete work is scheduled to start in mid July. The City is holding a public meeting at City Hall Sister Cities Conference Room 1101 on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. to provide an overview of the project and answer questions. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/tes or call 703.746.4025.