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Columbia Pike streetcar to get more funding from Va.

Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne has notified Arlington and Fairfax counties last week that the commonwealth will increase its funding for the Columbia Pike streetcar by up to $65 million, a county statement said. The funding will bring the state’s contribution to as much as 50 percent of the program’s projects costs.

The grant will be split between Arlington and Fairfax counties, partners in the Columbia Pike streetcar project, which will stretch 4.9 miles from the Skyline area of Fairfax to Pentagon City in Arlington. Arlington will receive $52 million and Fairfax will receive $13 million, the statement said.

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Arlington police announce Chief-for-the-Day contest

In the Chief-for-the-Day contest, the Arlington County Police Department will have a new boss Aug. 5.

To enter, students ages 8 to 12 must submit one-page essays that answer the question, “What does it mean to be a police officer?” Essays are due Monday. The winner will participate in a swearing-in ceremony, receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the police station and more.

Submit entries to Jessica Grisler, Media Relations/Public Affairs Office at For information, contact Public Information Officer Dustin Sternbeck at 703-228-4331 or

Design citation goes to city’s police headquarters

The Alexandria police headquarters, designed by the Fairfax-based design firm Dewberry, has received a Publication Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Justice. The three-story facility at 3600 Wheeler Ave. will be included in the next AAJ Justice Facilities Review and will be exhibited at the 2014 AAJ Fall Conference and at the 2015 AIA National Convention.

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Alexandria public schools win five PR awards

The Office of Communications and Public Relations for Alexandria City Public Schools won five awards in the 2014 Publications and Electronic Media Awards contest, according to a city news release. The contest is sponsored by the National School Public Relations Association.

The school system won an award in excellence in the category of Special Purpose Publication for its Communications Report, as well as two awards of merit and two honorable mentions in four other categories. Publications that received Awards of Excellence were exhibited this week at the NSPRA National Seminar in Baltimore.

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