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Help Eliminate the Summer Learning Loss By Taking ACTion!

06/21/2011 by Blakeley Sisk

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The Reading Connection

The summer learning loss can be detrimental for elementary-aged children and children of low-income families because the children are out of school and not continuing their learning. 

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June is Adopt-a-Cat Month!

06/14/2011 by Blakeley Sisk


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Meet Tiger at Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (photo courtesy of AWLA)

At ACTion Alexandria, we want to bring the cat back to Alexandria. Alexandrians are known for their fondness for all things canine, but did you know that cats outnumber dogs 3 to 1 in local shelters?  

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Miracle League begins plans for new fields

06/10/2011 by Blakeley Sisk

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Photo courtesy of The Miracle league of Alexandria

The Miracle League has started work on their very first baseball field that is accessible to wheelchairs. The league is made up of children and adults from the Alexandria Therapeutic Recreation Department.

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Waterfront Small Area Plan

06/06/2011 by Blakeley Sisk

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Photo courtesy of The Waterfront Small Area Public hearing document

Alexandria City Council will be holding a work session on Saturday, June 11, and 9:30 a.m. to discuss the City's Draft Waterfront Small Area Plan.

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Alexandria Named 2nd Most Well-Read City in America

06/02/2011 by Blakeley Sisk

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Alexandria was named the 2nd most well-read city in America, right behind Cambridge, Mass., by Amazon.

Amazon released their information to the public about who who has bought the most reading material through their website and Kindle sales since the beginning of 2011.

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PLTI Graduates 5th Class in Alexandria

06/01/2011 by Blakeley Sisk

Alexandria PLTI Graduates

Courtesy of Alexandria City Public Schools.

Congratulations to Alexandria's 5th graduating class of the Parent Leadership Training Institute.

The Parent Leadership Training Institute is a 20-week program that focuses on training caretakers to best advocate for their children and the children throughout the community.

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How To Help Tornado Victims

05/27/2011 by Blakeley Sisk

Boone County Fire Protection District in Joplin, MO. (KOMUnews via FEMA)

It is hard to know how to respond to the recent tornadoes plaguing the South and Midwest from so far away, but FEMA and the American Red Cross have a few suggestions.

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Get Out and Give Back Highlights Alexandria Nonprofits

05/26/2011 by Blakeley Sisk

Friends of Guest House

Jane Hess Collins of Get Out and Give Back has started a new program.  She is going out and engaging in at least one community service project a week. After she completes her project, she posts about it on Facebook, Twitter and her own website. By doing this, she is giving the nonprofit publicity and she shows the great work they are doing in the community.

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13.9% of children in Virginia live in poverty

05/25/2011 by Blakeley Sisk


Voices of Virginia's Children has come out with new data about Virginia's children and some of the statistics may alarm you.

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