Alexandria and Arlington County briefs

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tax-relief applications available in Alexandria

Alexandria is mailing applications for the city's tax-relief programs for elderly and disabled residents.

Applicants must be at least 65 by Nov. 15, or permanently and totally disabled, to qualify for a full or partial exemption or deferral of 2010 real estate taxes or an exemption from the 2010 personal property tax on one vehicle.

For information or to obtain an application, visit, e-mail or call 703-746-3901, option 6.

Association's new building gets environmental award

The Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Laboratory classroom building of the Arlington Outdoor Education Association was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver designation by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is a national program for the design, construction and operation of environmentally friendly buildings.

"Our goal of creating a natural learning environment for Arlington County school students has been enhanced with a building that reflects our commitment to the environment," said Mike Nardolilli, president of the association's board of directors.

The laboratory achieved the certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating other sustainable strategies.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum competes for funding

Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Alexandria was one of 150 projects selected to compete for $250,000 through the Pepsi Refresh Project.

If voters choose the project, the funds would help restore the City Tavern's ice well. Votes can be cast at until Feb. 28. The top two voter-getting projects will receive funding.

Alexandria half-marathon aims to support charities

A half-marathon along Alexandria's Eisenhower Avenue corridor is scheduled for May 2, to raise money for a variety of local and global charities.

The race is organized by Marathon Charity Cooperation, a group of charities that conducts races and educational seminars to raise money and awareness about health and fitness.

The half-marathon is open to the first 1,500 runners of all ability levels who can complete the course, which will begin near the Eisenhower Metro station, in less than three hours.

Monetary prizes and gift certificates will be awarded.

Runners can register at or call 703-683-7500 for information.

-- Compiled by Christy Goodman

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