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100 Needy Students Receive School Supplies Shopping Spree

Early this morning 100 local students in need were given the opportunity to visit a local Target store to buy back-to-school supplies. The Salvation Army and Target teamed up to help these students purchase a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 students nationwide with the Target School Spree. Each student that is selected by the Salvation Army gets an $80 Target Giftcard for school supplies.

There were 30 students from DC and Prince Georges County, 30 from Alexandria and Arlington County, 30 from Fairfax and Prince William County, and 10 from Montgomery County.

Alexandria Health Department Issues Mosquito-borne Diseases Warning

The West Nile virus is active in the area and continues to be a threat, especially after last week’s storms. Alexandria Health Department has issued a warning about the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. The warning comes at a time when there is an increased amount of standing water around neighborhoods, damaged homes in the area allow mosquitoes indoors, and more local residents are spending time outside cleaning up debris and doing storm repairs.

While many people who get bitten by a mosquito with West Nile do not get sick, there is still a risk of getting meningitis or encephalitis. The Alexandria Health Department also wanted to remind residents that if you are over the age of 50, you may have an increased risk of complications from the West Nike virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

A birth of a bumper crop of mosquitoes is expected very soon after last week’s storm and the health department has several recommendations to avoid any mosquito-borne diseases.

Local Lobbyist Handcuffed for Illegal Campaign Contributions

A local Arlington lobbyist, Paul Magliocchetti, the president and founder of PMA Group Inc., was arrested yesterday by FBI agents for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions. He was also arrested on charges of making false statements to a federal agency. Magliocchetti and his firm concealed from the FEC that they were in fact the source of the funds for these illegal federal contributions.

Campaign contributions made by Magliocchetti exceeded $120,000, according to court documents. Yesterday, Magliocchetti made his initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. in Alexandria, VA. He pleaded guilty to making the illegal corporate campaign contributions and sentencing has been scheduled for November 16, 2010.

Alexandria Responds to Aftermath of Storm

The city of Alexandria declared a local emergency yesterday in response to the harsh storms. Some of the top priorities late yesterday afternoon included clearing storm debris from the roads for easy access for emergency vehicles, and making sure residents stay in their homes and off the roads.

Alexandria will continue to respond to the severe storms that caused damage to property, fallen trees and power outages across the town. As of 6:30 a.m. this morning, Dominion Virginia Power reported that there were 10,600 power outages in Alexandria.

City crews have been working nonstop to remove debris from the roadways or public spaces; any debris on private property must be removed by the property owner. Dominion Power also continues to work around the clock to restore power to Alexandria homes. For school and government closures you can visit http://www.alexandriava.gov/Storm.

Immigrant Advocates Fight Back In Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Advocates for the immigrant community pushed back today against what they call a rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment led by Virginia's governor and attorney general.

Sugar Cube Presents a Week of Sweets for Kids in Alexandria

Sugar Cube, a family-owned shop that specializes in candy, chocolate, and truffles, is offering some fun events this week for kids. The Sugar Cube, which is located on 210 North Lee Street in Alexandria, is hosting a movie screening on Tuesday, August 3rd from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. They will be showing “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” and kids will get a chance to decorate their own Wonka top hats and take home goody bags with treats. The cost is $10 per child.

But that’s not all! The Sugar Cube is also offering a Candy Camp for kids this Thursday, August 5th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kids will get to dip pretzel rods in chocolate, decorate them with sprinkles and other fun toppings. While I'm sure not all of the chocolate pretzel rods will be packaged away, kids will get personalized bags for the pretzels they make. The cost is $20 per child plus a $15 materials fee.

'Festival of the Arts' Will Bring Art to the Streets of Alexandria

Howard Alan Events is presenting the 8th Annual Festival of the Arts on September 11-12, 2010 in Alexandria, VA. This outdoor art gallery will feature over 200 artists and as much as $15 million of artwork will be for sale. This two-day festival will transform the historic King Street into a first-class outdoor art gallery with over six blocks of artwork.

The Festival of the Arts will have booths lining King Street between South Washington Street and Union Street from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is recommended to take the (free) King Street Trolley from the King Street Metro to the Waterfront. The festival itself is free and open to the public. Don’t miss out on this world-class outdoor art festival!