Monday, May 07, 2007

Walk the Walk

Walk the Walk

We are now learning that Mayor William D. Euille's second annual neighborhood walk has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 PM.

Two observations ...

First, the walk will take place in the middle of the week instead of the weekend. Is the Mayor looking for better turnout than last year or fewer participants?

Second, the start time hardly suggests the Mayor is delivering on the promise of a night walk, since the sun doesn't set now until after 8 p.m. The ramble will probably be over before things get wild down at Adkins or Bland. Not that Police Chief David Baker won't sweep the neighborhood clean and tidy in preparation for the stroll.

If you have suggestions about the route, topics for this walk or any of the other arrangements, pass them along to Rose Boyd in the Office of Citizen Assistance at (703) 838-4800 or by E-mail at rose.boyd@alexandriava.gov.


It's That Time of the Month ...

Yes, it's time for the monthly ICCA meeting. On the official schedule: Farrol Hamer, the City's new Planning & Zoning czarina, who along with Kathleen Beeton is slated to discuss the Braddock Road plan.

Also on the agenda will be a discussion of Recreation & Parks' recommendations for the refurbishment of Hunter-Miller Park.

If either issue resonates with you, dear readers, make sure you ankle down to the Durant Center at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9. You don't have to be a member to attend.


But to Oscar the Grouch, It's Affordable Housing

One simple question we can ask the Mayor on the walk is why hasn't the City supplied Parker-Gray with decorative black metal trash cans after last year's walk?

The City Manger's March memo to Councilman Rob Krupicka said there was no money in the budget for Parker-Gray cans. But yesterday while was strolling down Mt. Vernon the Growler counted no fewer than four of the $1,000 trash cans on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. There was one for each corner of the street between Luray and Alexandria Avenues, and the cans all looked shiny and new.

How did Del Ray manage to snag such a windfall?


Twin Delights

The Growler is pleased to report that the neighbors whose vintage Schwinn Twinn tandem bike was stolen last week have now recovered it, much to their delight and relief.

They posted a sign offering a reward for its return (no questions asked) and were contacted by a neighbor who found the bike abandoned on Columbus Street.