in brief

Arlington and Alexandria briefs

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Arlington approves funds for neighborhood projects

The Arlington County Board approved $3.87 million last week for 10 projects that will upgrade parks and improve streets, sidewalks and street lighting.

The money comes from unspent funds from a 2004-08 bond and from the community conservation bond on Tuesday's ballot.

Aurora Highlands was given $592,280 to improve sidewalks, curbs and lighting along a portion of South Ives Street. Old Glebe was allotted $485,100 for historic preservation purposes at Fort Ethan Allen. The Foxcroft Heights and Columbia Heights neighborhoods will receive $12,500 apiece for community signs and other projects.

Alexandria Film Festival to open at Torpedo Factory

The Alexandria Film Festival, featuring emerging and established filmmakers, will open Thursday at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

More than 35 short and feature length independent films will be shown throughout the city over four days. Top films will be honored with cash awards in the following categories: the jury prize, the audience award and the best of fest award.

For a festival schedule, visit

Alexandria has three 'Leaders in the Law'

An Alexandria judge, public defender and city attorney were among 31 Virginians honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as "Leaders in the Law."

Chief Judge Becky J. Moore of the Alexandria General District Court, Chief Public Defender Melinda Douglas and City Attorney James L. Banks Jr. were honored for their work.

Mobile Visitors Center unveiled in Arlington

Arlington County's new electric-powered Mobile Visitors Center was introduced to the community Friday at the Marine Corps Marathon Expo in the District.

The custom-designed electric vehicle will serve visitors near Arlington Metro stations and at major tourism events, such as the marathon.

The environmentally friendly Mobile Visitors Center replaces the county's storefront, which closed in February.

Arlington also has rolling concierges on Segways and touch-screen visitor information near major public transportation hubs.

-- Compiled by Christy Goodman

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