Alexandria Streamlines

Payment for Car Decals

This month, most Alexandrians will receive one mailing, instead of two, from the city containing their personal property tax bill and vehicle decal. City officials say the change will make it easier and less time-consuming for residents to obtain and pay for vehicle decals.

In the past, residents received two mailings from the city: the first contained the invoice, and once the taxes and any fees were paid, residents received a decal separately. Now residents will receive one mailing with their vehicle decal and its invoice.

The deadline for payment of the personal property tax and decal fee remains Oct. 5. Most tax bills will include a red 2004 vehicle decal attached to the bill itself. The new decals are also designed to be easier to remove from vehicle windshields. Failure to pay on time will result in penalties, interest and collection actions.

Owners of motorcycles, trailers and taxicabs will receive a different personal property tax mailing and will continue to receive two mailings. The decal for these vehicles is designed differently than the decal for most vehicles.

Personal property taxes and decal fees can be paid online at www.alexandriava.gov.

Community Partners

Collecting School Supplies

The nonprofit Community Partners for Children is collecting supplies for needy students.

The organization collects new backpacks for all age groups, composition books, spiral notebooks, wide-rule and college-rule notebook paper, pens, pencils, crayons, highlighters, erasers, pocket folders, pencil pouches, scissors, rulers and other supplies.

This year, collection drive kickoff will be 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Del Ray Dreamery. Local teachers will compete to see how many cones of custard they can eat in three to five minutes. Prizes will be awarded, and members of the public can participate for a nominal fee. The Dreamery is at 2310 Mount Vernon Ave.

Residents can donate school supplies Saturday or make a tax deductible contribution to support Community Partners for Children's Back-to-School Drive and the Christmas Toy Drive by mailing a check to Community Partners for Children, 2212 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. 22301. Volunteers are also needed to help sort supplies Sept. 2 at T.C. Williams High School. For more information, call Kim Sheridan at 703-836-5883.

Throughout August, donations of school supplies can be dropped off at the following locations throughout the city:

Great Harvest Bread Company, 1711 Centre Plaza, Fairlington Center; Long & Foster Realtors, 5845 Richmond Hwy.; Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Dr.; Curves, 4613-B Duke St.; Video Vault, 113 S. Columbus St.; Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Rd.; Fair-Park Baptist Church, 1801 N. Quaker Lane; Virginia Commerce Bank at 506 King St., 1414 Prince St. and 5140 Duke St.; St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave.; Del Ray Dreamery, 2310 Mount Vernon Ave.; Chinquapin Rec Center, 3210 King St.; Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Rd.; all Alexandria Library locations; Legg Mason, 1725-A Duke St.; Burke & Herbert Bank and Trust, 306 E. Monroe Ave.; Anne Welsh Salon, 2100 Mt. Vernon Ave.; Church of Saint Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane; Old Town Sport & Health Club, 209 Madison St.; Shell station, 5200 Duke St.; The Hartford, 5285 Shawnee Road; Alexandria Volunteer Bureau, 2210 Mount Vernon Ave.

Nonprofit Group to Start

ESL Classes on Sept. 7

The nonprofit ESL and Immigrant Ministries Program offers English as a Second Language classes, both daytime and evening, in 20 locations in Northern Virginia. Registration for the classes begins Sept. 7. Baby-sitting is provided at some locations. For information, call 703-841-0292 and leave your phone number. Calls will be returned in English, Vietnamese, Spanish or Korean. For information about class locations, schedules and registration, visit www.eslim.org.