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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!

Coming Soon: Alexandria Restaurant Week 2010

It’s time to start getting your taste buds ready for Alexandria’s 2010 Restaurant Week. This year’s restaurant week will feature 60 different, top neighborhood restaurants and will run from August 20th-August 29th. The 60 selected restaurants range from casually comfortable to formal dining and include a wide variety of cuisines and culinary diversity.

Alexandria’s restaurant has three different categories: a $35 Prix-Fixe Three Course dinner, a $35 Dinner for Two, and $3.50 Sweet Treats. Go ahead and make your reservations now! For a full list of participating restaurants and menus you can visit http://visitalexandriava.com/restaurants-nightlife/restaurants/alexandria-restaurant-week/.

Alexandria Library Holiday Closures

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed for Labor Day weekend: Saturday, September 4th, Sunday, September 5th, and Monday, September 6th. While Alexandria Library was founded in 1794, it is certainly doing a great job of staying up with the times. Now with electronic media available 24/7, Alexandria Library is ALWAYS open!

You can check out eAudiobooks and eBooks through Alexandria Library’s website with OverDrive downloadables. The collections are growing and now the Labor Day weekend holiday closures don’t inhibit your ability to pick up a new read for the weekend if you forget to do so the week before. Visit http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/ for more information.

That’s not the only new feature of Alexandria Library. They are also now accepting credit cards so you can easily and safely pay library fines.