Staying Cool This Summer, West Nile Virus Alert and More: This Week's Latest ACTion

Tags: Health, Neighborhoods, avoiding summer heat, keeping cool, misquito bite prevention, Nannie J Lee Center, national night out 2011, old town, west nile virus
  • With hot temperatures holding steady in and around Alexandria, this article entitled "Keeping Cool in Alexandria" will give you plenty of ideas for relief.  The article provides a small listing of air-conditioned facilities, and gives actual tips on how to prevent yourself and your pets from becoming overheated.  If you can, do avoid going outside.  But if you must, be careful!
  •  Two collections of misquitoes gathered at Dangerfield Island and Angel Park have tested positive for West Nile virus.  As of now, no human cases have been reported. Still, City leaders encourage residents to guard themselves from bites using repellent, and they ask that areas of standing water, where mosquitoes often breed, be eliminated.  Check out the City website for more information about protecting yourself and others.
  • Last week saw city officials, including those in law enforcement, gather with Old Town residents at the Nannie J. Lee Center to discuss "recreation and housing opportunities [and] neighborhood relations." Police Chief Earl Cook remarked at the meeting that Alexandria currently has a very low crime late and acknowledged that citizens have helped keep it low.  Earlier that day, Acting City Manager Bruce Johnson met with those in the North Alexandria area, informing them that similar meetings are being planned for other neighborhoods.  
  • National Night Out 2011 is almost here! Originally created to prevent crime and develop better relations between the police and citizens, it has become one big block party.  To find out more about the upcoming festivities, and learn about those from years passed, read this excellent article by Michael Bergin.

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