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Remembrance ceremony reflects on Holocaust victims

Alexandria will host a Day of Remembrance ceremony for Holocaust victims at noon Thursday in Market Square, 301 King St. The 27th annual ceremony is in conjunction with the week-long National Days of Remembrance, which began Sunday.

This year’s theme is “Memory, Arts and the Future.” The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit

Arlington honors volunteers to county parks, environment

The Arlington County Board recognized the 2013 Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award winners at a board meeting last month. Keith Fred, a dog park advocate, and Peter Jones, a leader of bonsai workshops, won individual awards. Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, a local corps of volunteers, won the award for an organization.

The annual award recognizes seven or more years of support and dedication to the county’s environment. The award was established to pay tribute to lifelong parks volunteer Bill Thomas. For information, visit

Nominations sought forcity beautification awards

The Alexandria Beautification Commission is seeking nominations for its annual beautification awards. The award recognizes residents, organizations and businesses for contributing to the aesthetic improvement of city neighborhoods and public spaces. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony in September.

Nominations are due May 23. For a nominating form and information, visit

Officials weigh new school at Wilson Boulevard site

Arlington County public schools and county officials are considering the redevelopment of its Wilson Boulevard property in western Rosslyn as a new secondary school. “Retaining the Wilson property will help APS address our critical shortage of seats for students in a timely manner,” Arlington School Board Chair Abby Raphael said in a statement. “As we develop our 2015-24 Capital Improvement Plan, we will explore options to construct a 1,300-seat secondary school on the site.”

For information, visit

Alexandria honors volunteers for schools

Four individuals and one group have been recognized by the Alexandria School Board with 2013-14 Outstanding School Volunteer Awards.

Awardees include: George Rasmussen, at the elementary level; Eugenia Ballering, at the middle school level; James Kern, at the secondary level; Beulah Baptist Church, a volunteer organization; and Christine Candio, a corporate volunteer.

The awards recognized significant contributions to the city school system. For information, visit


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