Arlington seeks input on calendar for public schools

The Arlington County public school system is seeking feedback on its draft calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents, staff, students and residents are invited to take an online survey and submit comments about the proposed calendar through Feb. 14. Issues under discussion include the possibility of allowing for a two-week winter break. Suggestions will be considered by Superintendent of Schools Patrick K. Murphy as the calendar is finalized.

To see the draft calendar and take the survey, visit

Sober-driving program urges safety on Super Bowl Sunday

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program asks drivers to use caution on Super Bowl Sunday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than two-thirds of traffic fatalities on the day of the game are caused by alcohol-related accidents. The McLean-based group issued a list of tips for Super Bowl safety, including:

→Plan ahead and designate a driver.

→Use alternative transportation.

→Be a responsible host when serving alcohol.

→Report drunk drivers.

→Wear your seat belt.

For information, visit

Alexandria seeks nominees
for environmental award

The City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises are seeking nominees for the sixth annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. The award recognizes those who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the natural environment and keeping the city “green.” Residents, groups, clubs, organizations or corporations may be nominated. To be eligible, nominees must live within the city of Alexandria, and corporations, organizations and other groups must operate within the city of Alexandria.

Nominations may be submitted online at or by mail to the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission, Alexandria City Hall, T &ES, Office of Environmental Quality, 301 King St., Room 3000, Alexandria, VA 22314. Nominations must be received by March 14.The award will be presented during the Alexandria Earth Day 2014 celebration April 26.

Arlington property values rise by 5.8 percent, county announces

Arlington County property values have increased overall by 5.8 percent, according to the county’s Department of Real Estate Assessments.

Both the commercial and residential sector had strong growth in the 2013-2014 calendar year. The value of an average residence (existing single-family properties, including condominiums, townhouses and detached homes), increased 5.3 percent.

To see your property’s value, visit