Alexandria Begins

Collecting Leaves

Alexandria's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services has begun picking up leaves in city neighborhoods. Through mid-December, vacuum-equipped trucks will collect leaves that have been raked to the curb.

Residents who want leaves collected should rake them into a pile in the curb line away from cars. Tree limbs, rocks, bricks and other debris should be removed from piles.

City neighborhoods are divided into five leaf collection areas, each with designated collection days. Each area will receive service at least five times.

For more information, refer to the fliers that were mailed in late September to all residents, visit the city's Web site, www.alexandriava.gov, or contact the Solid Waste Division at 703-751-5130.

Alexandria Group

To Monitor Mirant

The Alexandria City Council has voted to create the Mirant Community Monitoring Group to deal with issues involving the Mirant Potomac River Power Plant.

The seven-member group will receive reports on and track the progress of Mirant on issues including permits and regulations, Mirant's compliance with a recent agreement to cut emissions and facility performance audits that should begin before the end of the year.

The group will provide feedback to the City Council and city staff and assist in passing information to the community.

At one of the monitoring group's first meetings, representatives of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will be invited to discuss the Mirant settlement. A date has not been set.

Cable Show Features

Information on County

"Update Arlington," a five-minute news and information program about the county, premiered last week on Channel 71, Arlington's government cable channel.

The show, produced by the county's television staff, provides a quick overview of issues and upcoming events. The information will complement the county's Web site and county publications.

For those without cable, the program is available online at www.arlingtonva.us, which also provides links to background information and resources on the stories presented.

"Update Arlington" can be seen on Arlington Virginia Network, Comcast cable Channel 71, at the top of every hour in English and in Spanish at 3 and 9 p.m. The English version is hosted by Tara Miles of Arlington Economic Development and the Spanish edition by Serena Ingre-Martinez of the county's Communications Office.

The show is produced each Thursday, with a new edition shown every Friday.

Holiday Programs Seek

Gifts and Volunteers

Alexandria's Department of Human Services needs help for the holiday season in aiding participants of the Sponsor a Family, Sponsor a Senior, Sponsor a Teen and Sponsor a Foster Child programs.

Individuals, families and groups can help by purchasing holiday gifts for youngsters and senior citizens and delivering them to the participants before the holidays or to the Human Services Center, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave., by Dec. 16.

The programs also need gift certificates for teenagers and grocery gift cards for families.

Volunteers will be needed to help receive and sort gifts 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the Human Services Center. Drivers are needed to deliver gifts to families on Dec. 17.

For more information, contact Suzanne Kratzok, coordinator of community resources for the Alexandria Department of Human Services, at 703-838-0768 or suzanne.kratzok@alexandriava.gov.