Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

June 25, 2014
Free taxi rides to be available on the Fourth of July

As part of its ongoing effort to curb drunken driving, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will sponsor free taxicab rides on the Fourth of July

The Independence Day SoberRide program is available from 10 p.m. July 4 to 4 a.m. July 5 in Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Eastern Loudoun counties in Virginia; the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park in Virginia; Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; the cities of Rockville, Bowie, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt and Takoma Park in Maryland; and the District.

Those 21 or older who wish to use the service can call 800-200-TAXI (8294) and get a free ride home (with a $30 fare maximum). AT&T wireless customers may also call #WRAP (9727). For information, visit www.soberride.com.

City plans to rename park, seeks comment

Alexandria is seeking public comment on a proposal to rename the “pocket park” at the intersection of East Del Ray and Commonwealth avenues as the Judy Lowe Pocket Park. Lowe, known as the “First Lady of Del Ray” because of her involvement in numerous civic activities, was among the neighborhood activists who convinced the city to buy the land for the creation of a neighborhood park.

The public may comment through July 25. Submit comments via e-mail to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Division Chief Jack Browand at jack.browand@alexandriava.gov — with the subject line “Judy Lowe Pocket Park” — or via Postal Service to RPCA, Attn: Jack Browand, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

Dedication set for Lenny Harris Memorial Fields

Alexandria will hold a dedication ceremony for the Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park. The ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. Lenwood “Lenny” Harris, a well-loved community activist in Alexandria, was the co-founder of Operation HOPE, a youth- and community-development organization based in the city. Harris was killed in Prince George’s County during a botched robbery in September 2011.

Braddock Park is at 1005 Mount Vernon Ave. For information, visit www.alexandriava.gov.

Early registration opens for the Senior Olympics

Online registration for the 2014 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics will open Tuesday, the NVSO committee said. Participants may register at www.nvso.us or by regular mail to compete in more than 50 events. The olympics, running from Sept. 13 to Sept. 24, will be held at 19 venues in Northern Virginia, according to the NVSO statement. Registration forms are also available at senior centers, community centers and senior residences or by calling 703-228-4721. The deadline to register is Aug. 29 by mail; Sept. 5 online.

All adults age 50 by Dec. 31, 2014, residing in a sponsoring jurisdiction, are eligible to compete. NVSO is sponsored by the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William. The fee is $12, which covers multiple events, typically divided into age categories and some by gender, the statement said.

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