Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

May 21
Police dog to be outfitted with protective vest

Astor, a K9 member of the Arlington County Police Department, will soon have a protective vest to wear, courtesy of a Groupon campaign and the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K-9s. Vested Interest and Groupon teamed up to raise over $335,000 to donate vests to more than 350 dogs used in law enforcement nationwide. Arlington’s Astor is a Belgian Malinois and has been a member of the police department for a little more than a year. For information on the county K9 program, visit www.police.arlingtonva.us .

Head count shows reduction in Arlington’s homeless population

This year’s Arlington County point-in-time count showed a 39 percent reduction in the number of homeless people in the county. The count was conducted from sundown January 29 to sunup January 30. “The point-in-time count is one of several important indicators we use to gauge progress in the effort to prevent and end homelessness in our community,” County Board Chair Jay Fisette said in a statement. “These numbers are encouraging. They substantiate what we are seeing every day across our programs.”

For information on the county’s homelessness programs, visit www.arlingtonva.us.

Principal of John Adams Elementary to leave at end of school year

John Adams Elementary School Principal Lakisha Covert is leaving Alexandria City public schools June 13 to work at a nonprofit organization. Covert joined ACPS at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. ACPS Superintendent Alvin Crawley said in a news release that ACPS will outline a process to hire a new principal for John Adams with community engagement in the search process. For information on the search, visit www.acps.k12.va.us .

Arlington approves purchase of Lee Highway property along Potomac River

The Arlington County Board has approved the purchase of a Lee Highway property south of Key Bridge in Rosslyn. The property, purchased from a private owner for $2.4 million, is being considered as a possible location for a boathouse, a bike trail or an open space for recreation. “This purchase preserves a strategic parcel of land in Rosslyn that serves as a gateway to Arlington along the Potomac River,” Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette said in a statement.

The National Park Service will conduct an analysis to determine the feasibility of a boathouse at the site. For information, visit www.arlingtonva.us.

Alexandria seeks nominations for the 2014 CIVIC Awards

The Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2014 CIVIC Awards, which recognize the volunteer efforts of Alexandrians involved in their community’s recreation, park or cultural programs. Nominees may include Alexandria residents, groups, clubs, organizations or corporations; nominations are due June 12.

The community wards are presented at the city’s annual USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration on July 12. For information on the awards and submitting nominations, visit www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Alexandria Fire Chief Named

City Manager Rashad M. Young has appointed Robert C. Dubé as fire chief for the City of Alexandria. Dubé, who has more than 35 years of experience in local, state, federal and international government operations, served as county administrator for Louisa County, Va., where he was responsible for more than 300 personnel and managed a budget of $86 million. “Chief Dubé brings a wealth of expertise to the city,” Young said in a statement.

Dubé replaces Adam K. Thiel, who resigned from the position this year to accept a position in state government.

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