Historical Board

Seeks Honorees

The Arlington County Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board is accepting nominations for its fifth annual Preservation Design Awards. The deadline for submissions is April 4.

The awards recognize projects demonstrating excellence in design and craftsmanship for restoration or renovation of historic buildings, construction of new additions and compatible new infill construction within existing neighborhoods.

Entries may be submitted for residential, commercial or institutional buildings. All projects must be in Arlington County and completed within the past five years, and buildings (except infill design) must be at least 50 years old.

A panel of design professionals will evaluate nominees. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in May during national Historic Preservation Week. For information about submitting applications, photographs and narratives, call Cynthia Liccese-Torres at 703-228-3831.

The review board is a panel of 15 County Board-appointed residents with an interest in, professional experience or knowledge of historical issues. The board identifies, preserves and protects historical structures, sites, documents, objects and places. The board meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

Chlorine Used

In County Water

The Arlington County Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the Dalecarlia water treatment plant, is converting the county's water system disinfection from chloramines to free chlorine. The conversion, which is to end the week of April 14, coincides with the county's annual water main flushing program.

The change to free chlorine allows for better contact disinfection during water main flushing and enables county crews to de-chlorinate the discharged water at fire hydrants effectively .

County residents may experience low water pressure, discolored water or high chlorine smell during this time as a result of the flushing program and use of free chlorine. The low pressure should be short and in most cases will abate as the flushing is finished in each area, county officials said.

Any discolored water should become clear within minutes by running cold water. The chlorine taste or odor may be more noticeable during the conversion.

Residents with questions or concerns about the process should call Perry Sasser at 703-228-6578. Others experiencing low pressure or discolored water may call the Water Control Center at 703-228-6555.

Business Expo

Set for March 28

The Alexandria Small Business Development Center's "Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity Expo" has been rescheduled for March 28.

The expo was scheduled for February but was postponed because of the snow. The expo will be at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's Mark Winkler Conference Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is free, and businesses are encouraged to come. The expo will feature experts in emergency preparedness and business continuity, and businesses can pick up information to help them plan.

In addition, a limited number of American Red Cross emergency preparedness tool kits for small to medium-size organizations will be available.

The kits offer instructions on how to organize disaster supplies and develop a site-specific emergency response plan, including templates and checklists. The kit also includes a compact emergency broadcast radio and flashlight and a pouch to store important documents.

Businesses are asked to call Ruth Cope at the Small Business Development Center at 703-778-1292 or e-mail rcope@alexandriasbdc.org to reserve a kit (one per business) or for more information.