Friday, February 03, 2012

Weekend Update

Jefferson-Houston Meeting Monday (February 6)

ACPS will hold another meeting to discuss design of the new Jefferson-Houston school on Monday, February 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the school's multipurpose room.

The burning question for the neighborhood is whether ACPS really believes that a scanty 15 minute at the last meeting and perhaps two hours at the upcoming meeting are sufficient to reach consensus on the design of a new and much bigger school in an established neighborhood.  

Second Arrest in Lenny Harris Case

The discovery of Lenny Harris's body in a Ft. Washington, Maryland well over the past weekend, months after his disappearance, has triggered a tide of arrests in the last few days.  Earlier this week, Linwood Johnson of Prince George's County was arrested on murder charges, and today we learn that a 20-year old, Ivan Newman of Waldorf, Maryland, has also been charged. 

Living the Small Life

The Growler recommends a new exhibition of African-American dollhouses at the Alexandria Black History Museum.  Longtime Parker-Gray resident Sharon Frazier and Linwood Smith constructed more than a dozen buildings and rooms – most inspired by real places in Alexandria – in miniature. This exhibition runs from February 9 through May 1.

The two artists, both lifetime residents of Alexandria, began working together on their collection in 1994, combining their talents and drawing on their memories of places and people in Alexandria. Mrs. Frazier, a retired registered nurse, developed skills in miniaturization while Mr. Smith, a retired automotive mechanic, used his skills as a craftsman to construct dollhouses to scale. They first exhibited at the Alexandria Black History Museum in 2008 and the Growler found the dollhouses utterly charming.

New models include include the Carver Nursery School (the former American Legion building), the Robert Robinson Library, and the Hayden Photography Studio. Several of the buildings from the earlier and very popular exhibition also return, including a barbershop and hair dressing salon, a medical building, an attorney’s office, and a florist, all patterned after actual businesses in the Parker-Gray community.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and guests will have the opportunity to meet Mrs. Frazier and Mr. Smith. The reception is free and open to all. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 703.746.4356.  The Alexandria Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street. 

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Parker-Gray community should be aware of how the ACPS superintendent intends to spend your tax dollars. Speak up and speak out against these changes which will impact JH and all students across our city.
http://delray.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-lewis-on-acps-budget

Anonymous said...

They've posted the planned presentation for the school: http://www.acps.k12.va.us/board/jh-project/meeting-20120206-presentation.pdf

Anonymous said...

I had a tough time making out the distiguishing features of each plan solely by the maps. I suppose we're left to guess at the number of stories that the projects have with the use of the topographical outline of each one.

How they thought that we're supposed to give informed input on designs with so little info (and which I gather wasn't even going to be available to us beforehand without some prodding from the community) is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

The reality is they don't care about your input. The decisions are made well in advance. That can all change come November if the right people run for School Board.

The Growler said...

According to Alexandria police, the stabbing occurred on February 3, 2012 at approximately 2100 hours in the 1000 block of Queen St. The victim, who is in stable condition and the suspect knew each other. The suspect was apprehended a few blocks from the scene. Both subjects where visiting a residence in the area and the incident had nothing to do with The Elks Lodge.

If you are concerned about crime, come to the West Old Town Citizens Association meeting this Thursday (February 9) from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Durant Center. Captain William Johnson will be providing crime stats for 2011 and will discuss incidents that have occurred since the New Year.

Anonymous said...

Is there some reason why Jefferson Houston school can't become a charter school. At $20,000 per child, Alexandria City schools should be the best in the nation. Demographics should not be allowed to affect this! The answer is to hire very qualified teachers, and make them responsible for actually teaching the kids. Uniforms, better discipline, and longer school days all help to improve things. A simplified curriculum with an emphasis on reading, writing, math, science and World History would help prepare kids with more of a global education.

Anonymous said...

"Is there some reason why Jefferson Houston school can't become a charter school. At $20,000 per child, Alexandria City schools should be the best in the nation. Demographics should not be allowed to affect this! The answer is to hire very qualified teachers, and make them responsible for actually teaching the kids. Uniforms, better discipline, and longer school days all help to improve things. A simplified curriculum with an emphasis on reading, writing, math, science and World History would help prepare kids with more of a global education."

Shhh, the priority is getting architects, developers, and consultants guaranteed dollars. That's where all the big planning goes behind closed doors, so get with the program. This edumucation nonsense can wait its turn.

Anonymous said...

The Times editorial got it right! Why does no one ask Helen Morris to explain the present allocation of open space? Why did she never walk around the corner and tell West Street residents what was coming? She's either cowardly or wholly self-interested. Beth blasts us yet she has used the school to go from JHPTA vol to ACPS professional. The process continues to disgust.

Anonymous said...

"Beth blasts us yet she has used the school to go from JHPTA vol to ACPS professional."

Yes. Mrs. Coast is now an art teacher, I think, at Minnie Howard School. Who says there is nothing to be gained from obedience to process?

"Why does no one ask Helen Morris to explain the present allocation of open space?"

Why does no one ask Ms. Morris to explain how a recorded campaign contribution resulted in a mega dollar ACPS public relations contract for the donor?

Anonymous said...

"Who says there is nothing to be gained from obedience to process?"

Mrs. Coast is on the ACPS-JH steering committee is she not? Talk about insider trading. Mr. Colbert gains a plaza, Morris and Hanbury trade the building for open space, Buchanan Park remains as is, and Mrs. Coast's view does not change. She who repeatedly throws stones should think again as JH-CEO Wilkins' exit letter becomes more believable with each passing day.

Anonymous said...

How does one consider the school without also analyzing performance?

Anonymous said...

And they take more of our money for what?
http://www.alexandrianews.org/2012/02/acps-senior-staff-receive-tsa-contributions-in-addition-to-salaries/