Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Up to the Minute News

More Good Tidings

According to a press release issued Friday by Alexandria City Public Schools, it appears that Jefferson-Houston Elementary School will now make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Can this breakthrough be sustained again next year? Can Jefferson-Houston stay accredited?

We can only hope, because a well-functioning neighborhood school is not only vital to the children who are educated there, it's essential to ensuring the stability of our neighborhood and sustaining (and hopefully boosting) home values.

National Night Out ... Tonight!

This evening (Tuesday, August 5) is the 25th annual observance of "National Night Out," when communities around the U.S. will fight crime by celebrating their partnerships with law enforcement.

Homeowners here in Parker-Gray can show their solidarity with police by turning on their house lights early this evening and letting them burn all night. You can also drop a line of appreciation to our community cop Officer Michael Sprague and to his boss, Alexandria Police Chief Dave Baker for their hard work and commitment to our neighborhood.

A variety of NNO activities are planned in Alexandria tonight, so check it out!

The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming!!

The Growler hears that a Russian church group has signed a lease for the retail space at Queen and N. Fayette Streets that was formerly occupied by Euro Star Market.

Dobro pozhalovat'!