Arlington officials put on hold Long Bridge Park project

Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan said last week that the county will not award a contract for construction of Long Bridge Park Phase 2, which includes the aquatics, health and fitness facility and 81 / 2 acres of park. After reviewing the project budget and holding a series of discussions with the lowest bidder, the county decided that the community’s vision for the park could not be implemented within the current budget.

In the next six months, Donnellan and her staff will seek potential partnerships and sponsorships — including naming-rights opportunities — to encourage private-sector investments to move the project forward.

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School earns international baccalaureate authorization

The Jefferson-Houston School in Alexandria has earned an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) authorization for its K-5 program. Staff, teachers and students completed a multiyear training and implementation program to earn the accreditation, which has a foreign language and international studies focus.

Jefferson-Houston is one of only 11 IB-PYP schools in Virginia, and one of only 414 in the United States. For information on accreditation, visit

Alexandria considers upgrades to school stadium

The Alexandria City School Board has begun a feasibility study on adding permanent lights to Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium at T.C. Williams High School. Funding has also been added to the fiscal 2015 budget for sound system improvements at the stadium. The board will review the study’s findings at its regular meeting next Thursday.

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Arts association wins grant
to fund Banned Book week

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association has won a 2014 Freedom to Read Foundation grant from the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund. The grant will help fund Banned Book Week events at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library in Alexandria, scheduled for Sept. 21-27.

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Thursday meeting to focus
on Chinquapin Park facility

Alexandria recently completed a feasibility study exploring options for a new indoor pool and renovated recreation pool at the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility on King Street. The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Minnie Howard School Cafeteria, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., to discuss the study.

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Black History Museum gets new director

Audrey Paulette Davis has been appointed director of the Alexandria Black History Museum. She has worked at the museum for 21 years, and served as its acting director since July 2012. Davis is a past president of the Alexandria Historical Society and the Virginia Association of Museums. She had served on the board of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy from 2004 through 2010.

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