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BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN, VA SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN, VA SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

School registration is underway for Tyson Corner’s new school, BASIS Independent McLean. BASIS Independent McLean will be Tysons Corner, Va.’s first, private school for pre-k to 12th grade. Enrollment is open now through Aug. 1, 2016. School will be located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Va. For more enrollment information, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

“We’ve have a global marketplace, a global economy‑‑‑and our children’s education should meet that global challenge, which is exactly what we’re doing at BASIS Independent, teaching our next generation to be globally competitive,” said Sean Aiken, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean, Va. “Whether it’s our select teacher recruitment, foreign language or critical thinking curriculum, BASIS Independent continually raises the bar for students to learn more,” said Aiken.

Baby boy born in front of Alexandria gas station


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Grandma Maria Sierra was in the driver seat with a car load of people. 26-year-old Kenya Sierra was about to give birth in the front passenger seat on the way to the hospital.

"I told my mom probably not going to make it," Kenya Sierra said. 

Water main break blocks lanes in Alexandria


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Westbound lanes are blocked in the 3500 block of King Street due to a water main break, Alexandria police said. 

Authorities said the eastbound lanes remain open. VA American Water is responding to the water main break. 

The report of the main break was made around 3:20 a.m. Monday. 

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Staffers volunteer to stay at Alexandria animal shelter


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A labor of love! 

A couple of people in Virginia volunteered to be cooped up with a bunch of animals during the blizzard. 

The Alexandria's Animal Welfare League is like a hospital and the animals need 24-hour care. Two staff members volunteered to stay inside of the animal shelter with the animals until the storm passes and the roads are clear. 

Since Friday afternoon, the two workers have been making sure the animals get their food, medicine and any other care they may need to survive the storm. 

In return, the workers hope to raise money from donations for each hour they spend at the shelter. 

To learn more about the shelter's snow-a-thon, visit their website at alexandriaanimals.org

Historic blizzard won't stop Alexandria wedding


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- From the perfect venue to the perfect décor, Gretchen Powell has spent years dreaming of her big day. 

"For a very long time a lot longer than I've actually been with my fiancé," Powell said. 

So when Powell and her Fiance Sean Fox scheduled a January wedding, they knew snow was a possibility. Now problem Powell said, she'd love a white wedding.

"I can't say I was really expecting it to be this,” Powell said. 

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Wood burning stove causes fire at Alexandria house


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The chimney of a wood burning stove caused a single-family home to catch on fire in the Alexandria area on Tuesday, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said. 

Officials said the home is located at 6414 Casperson Road. When crews got to the scene they found smoke and fire coming from the chimney and attic of the home. They were able to quickly put out the fire and make sure everyone was out of the home. 

Residents were alerted of the fire by smoke alarms. Red Cross offered to help the residents, however they declined help. Nobody was hurt in the fire. 

Damages are estimated at $70,000. Investigators say this fire was accidental and started in the chimney of a wood burning stove. 

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Absentee voting now open in Alexandria


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Absentee voting for Virginia's March 1 Democratic and Republican Presidential Primary for eligible Alexandria voters started as of Friday, January 15. 

Voters are eligible to vote absentee if the following applies: 

•    Away for personal business, work, vacation, active military service or at school.
•    Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Take into account those days when traffic is heavy or the weather is bad and it takes       longer than usual to get to and from work.
•    Physically unable to go to the polls because of an illness or disability.
•    A caregiver for a confined family member.
•    A “first responder” (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician, search and rescue).