Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Morning Roundup

Hail and Farewell

The Growler notes with regret the passing last month of long-time resident Lee Roy Steele. Mr. Steele, who had just celebrated his 93rd birthday, was a deeply respected leader of the community and was renowned for his integrity, thoughtfulness and fairness. Mayor William D. Euille spoke at the funeral, held at the Community Praise Center Seventh Day Adventist Church on Braddock Road. Congressman James P. Moran -- a former Alexandria mayor -- was also in attendance. Mr. Steele will be greatly missed.

And a tip of the Growler's fuzzy ears to Dennis Whitestone, owner of Olde Towne Auto Body and Paint located at 500 N. Fayette Street. He is celebrating his 50th anniversary as an automotive specialist, and 25 years in the neighborhood. Interestingly, Mr. Whitestone's career started at Bradham Automative, another neighborhood institution.

Big Wheels Turning

On October 11, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to join the one-year old Capital Bikeshare network. Capital Bikeshare makes its distinctive red bicycles available to members for short-term rentals. Bikes can be picked up at any one of 110 current locations and dropped off at at any another site.

Six pilot Capital Bikeshare sites are planned for Alexandria, including one at the Braddock Road Metro station. City officials hope to have the sites up and running by the spring or summer of 2012.

Drive-By Paint Job

For those who thought the old James Bland housing project was scary enough already ...

The Growler's head swiveled yesterday while driving down Madison Street. Apparently ARHA has painted a number of empty public housing units black and orange, presumably in honor of the upcoming Halloween festivities.