Alexandria seeks feedback on naming playground for Lodato

Alexandria is seeking public comment on the name for a new playground at the Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, slated to open this fall. The proposed name, the Ruthanne Lodato Memorial Playground, honors music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, who was killed at her Alexandria home in February.

The Kelley Cares Foundation, in which Lodato was an active participant, and the Miracle League of Alexandria received a grant from CVS Caremark in February to build the playground to be accessible to children of all abilities. To comment on the name, visit

Crystal Run 5Ks race through the neighborhood weekly

Every Friday through April 25, the Arlington County Police will close streets in and around Crystal City for the Crystal Run 5K race series. The streets will be closed from approximately 6 to 8 p.m. For a list of closings and for information on the race series, visit

Superintendent to direct study on school walk zones

The Arlington School Board has directed Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy to study the feasibility of changes to the county’s school walking zone guidelines. The board is considering the effect on students, parents and staff members of changing walk-zone distances from one mile to half a mile for elementary schools, 1 1 / 2 miles to three-fourths of a mile for middle schools and from 1 1 / 2 miles to a mile for high school students. Considerations include bus route modifications and costs.

The findings of the report must be presented before July 1. For information on school walk zones, visit

Registration open for
Tour des Bibliotheques ride

Visit seven of the county’s eight libraries during Arlington County’s seventh annual Tour des Bibliotheques on April 19. The bike ride is free but registration is required. Tour groups are limited to 25 riders each, and helmets must be worn. The route covers approximately 30 miles and will take three to four hours to complete.

For information and to register, visit .

Hydrant flush is ongoing through May in Alexandria

Alexandria customers of Virginia American Water might notice a chlorine taste or odor to their drinking water Sunday through the end of May as the company does its annual hydrant flush. The flush coincides with a change in the form of chlorine used in the water treatment process by Virginia American Water’s water supplier. No interruption in service is expected, but people might see a temporary drop in water pressure or some discoloration of the water. If water is discolored, Virginia American Water said, residents should let the cold water run to clear before using it again and refrain from doing laundry. If clothes become stained, do not let them dry. Wash them again in clear water using a rust remover, which can be purchased at grocery stores. For information, call Virginia American Water’s 24-hour customer service line at 800-452-6863.