First payment of Alexandria’s real estate taxes due June 15

The first half of Alexandria’s real estate tax bills were mailed to property owners May 13. Tax and refuse fee payments are due June 15.

Late payment penalties and interest will be assessed on all bills that are not paid or postmarked by that date. The 2015 real estate tax rate is $1.043 per $100 of assessed value.

The penalty is 10 percent of the combined total of the tax and refuse fee, or $10, whichever is greater. Interest accrues beginning June 16 at an annual rate of 10 percent for the first year and 5 percent for each successive year.

It continues to accrue until the balance is paid.

Virginia law does not permit a waiver for nonreceipt of the bill.

To request a bill, e-mail or call 703-746-3902 and choose option 8.

For tax balances and payment history, go to

To update a mailing address, send an e-mail to

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum reopens after water damage

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, at 134 N. Royal St. in Alexandria, reopened for tours Saturday .

The historic building had been closed since February because of damage caused by burst frozen pipes.

Repair work included an interior drying, sprinkler repairs and new plastering. Repainting will be completed this fall.

The tavern served as a social center in Alexandria and the District during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It counted George Washington among its customers.

For information, call 703-746-4242 or go to

2 NOVA students win Jack Kent Cooke scholarships

Two students at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) have been awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s undergraduate transfer scholarships.

The program will provide up to $40,000 a year toward tuition, books, fees and expenses in the final two to three years needed to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Chun-Ming “Chris” Chen of Vienna, who emigrated from Taiwan when he was 9, plans to study finance and investment. He has been accepted at Georgetown University and the University of Virginia, but is waiting to hear from other universities.

A 2011 Chantilly High School graduate, Chen serves as co-president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at NOVA and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He has a 4.0 grade-point average and plans to graduate this summer with an associate business degree.

Maria Vera Alvarez of South Riding, who emigrated from Paraguay when she was 5, plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in Spanish at Virginia Commonwealth University. She plans to become a pediatrician.

Alvarez, a 2013 graduate of Freedom High School in South Riding, has an associate degree in science from NOVA.

She mentors other students and studied Shakespeare in the United Kingdom through a study-abroad program.

Alvarez enrolled at NOVA through the Pathway to the Baccalaureate program, which provides support to students beginning with the transition from high school, through a two-year degree and on to a university.

For information, go to

County Board salutes outstanding volunteers

The Arlington County Board recently honored six people and an organization for outstanding volunteer service:

→Patricia Bailey, a shelving support volunteer at the Cherrydale Branch Library.

→Howard Elitzak, a teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages and special projects assistant at the Harvey Hall Community Center.

→Caroline Haynes, who works on natural resource projects for the county’s Parks and Recreation Department.

→Alena Palevitz, a circulation support volunteer at the Columbia Pike Branch Library.

→Laura Sells, a Medicare counselor with the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program.

→Gabrielle Sorresso, a teenager who works with special-needs youth in Arlington Gymnastics.

→Insight on the Inside, a group that provides guided meditation and basic yoga classes to Arlington Detention Facility inmates.

To volunteer in Arlington County, go to