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  • January 25, 2017 11:14 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)


    Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn and DRBA Board Member Gayle Reuter present the business association's 2016 STAR Award in the public service category to Alexandria Police Deputy Chief Dianne Gittins.  Gittins, who serves as the police department's liaison to the Del Ray community, has been with the Alexandria Police Department since 1989; in 2014, she was the first woman to reach the
    rank of Deputy Chief.  "The Del Ray community is so thankful for the great relationship we have with the Alexandria Police Department and appreciate the tremendous resource Deputy Chief Gittins provides to our community," said Reuter.


  • January 02, 2017 3:01 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Congratulations to ALIVE! -- the winner of the 2016 Del Ray Tree Decorating Contest!  The Del Ray Business Association will donate $500 towards ALIVE's important work in the Alexandria community.  ALIVE! serves thousands of Alexandrians annually with shelter; low-cost early childhood education and childcare; financial help for rent, utilities, medical care and other critical needs; emergency food; and deliveries of donated furniture and housewares.

         ALIVE! won the competition with 23% of the online vote; the Mount Vernon Community School PTA came in second with 19%, followed by the Del Ray Kinderchoir with 11%.

         Held each year, the Del Ray Tree Decorating Contest spotlights non-profits that do great work in the City of Alexandria throughout the year.  Thank you to all the participating non-profits: The Community Kids Club, The Alexandria Police Foundation, The Del Ray Montessori School, The Salvation Army, YoKid, Cub Scout Pack 135, The Del Ray Kinderchoir, Alexandria Film Festival, Mount Vernon Community School PTA in Alexandria,VA, ALIVE!, Friends of Duncan Library and Del Ray United Methodist Church.

  • December 30, 2016 3:16 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Image result for first night alexandriaFirst Night Alexandria will be back in Del Ray!  Join us for an Old-Fashioned Carnival from 6pm to 9pm at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, featuring carnival games for all ages, line dancing, fortune teller, performances by Rainbow Rock at 6pm and 7pm, and MORE!

    The price of an admission badge is $30/adult, and includes access to ALL First Night Alexandria venues. Tickets for the Del Ray carnival only are $15/adult. Kids 12 and under and active military get in for FREE!  Click this link for full info on tickets.  

    Volunteers get a free pass for the night!  We are looking for volunteers to help with games, selling tickets, and prizes. To volunteer, contact Pat Miller at pmiller1806@comcast.net. Volunteers get a free pass to all First Night activities! The Old Fashioned Carnival ends at 9pm, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the rest of First Night Alexandria -- including the fireworks!

  • December 22, 2016 10:04 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Photo By Mary Wadland    The Del Ray Business Association presented its annual Del Ray Star Awards on Dec. 19, to recognize key individuals that have gone above and beyond in their volunteer roles to help the Del Ray Business Association and Del Ray community.

          "2016 has been a bittersweet year, its nice to end it on a positive note by recognizing a few tremendous people here in Del Ray," said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn.

           The Del Ray Business Association presented its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Tommy Knoernschild. "There are some that have spent their lifetimes helping others and helping the community and Tommy Knoernschild is one of those unique people," said Del Ray Business Association Member Gayle Reuter. "Born and raised in Del Ray,  you won't find someone more giving and helpful & always with a smile."

          The Business Awards were given to Sue Kolvalsky of McEnearney Associates, who has volunteered in the neighborhood for the past seven years and serves as co-chair of the Events Committee; and Mary Wadland of The Zebra,for her tremendous efforts in promoting Del Ray and the neighborhood's small, independently-run businesses.

           The Citizen Award was presented to Lindsay Nelson, who chairs the fundraising and sponsorship committee for the Alexandria Turkey Trot.  The event is the Del Ray Business Association's primary fundraiser, which funds many of the neighborhood's special events.  "Lindsay is the first volunteer to show up to help at events and last one to leave," said Reuter.

    Photo by Mary Wadland

  • December 16, 2016 9:00 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

          In the week since a beloved restaurant employee, friend, neighbor, and mother of four died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle, the Del Ray business community hosted a fundraiser that raised $26,221.35 for her family.

         During the "Rally for Rose" fundraiser on Tue., Dec. 13, restaurants on the St. Elmo's block of Mt. Vernon Avenue --  Market2Market, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Holy Cow, and Pork Barrel BBQ -- offered special menu items for a donation; the dinner fundraiser raised $11,380 for the family of Rose Cruz.

        In addition,a number of Del Ray businesses donated over $5,000 in gift certificates and items for a raffle that was held during the event; the raffle, plus cash donations, raised an additional $14,841.35

        "She brought so much love to all of us, her family, our staff, our customers, the whole community," said Larry Ponzi, the owner of Market2Market, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, and Cafe Pizzaiolo.  Cruz was the deli manager at Market2Market.

         "
    It was a wonderful night showcasing the spirit of Del Ray," said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn, of Pork Barrel BBQ.  "Rose was a positive force in our community, this tragedy leaves a painful wound."

         Rose Cruz, 49, passed away on Dec. 4 from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Mt. Vernon Avenue at W. Glebe Road.  She lived in Alexandria with her husband and their 10-year-old and 12-year-old daughters.  She also has a 26-year-old daughter and a 19-year-old son in the Phillippines.  

         For those who want to make a donation, a GoFundMe account has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/family-of-rose-cruz.  To date, the GoFundMe account has raised over $50,000. 

  • December 13, 2016 10:01 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        As the Del Ray community mourns the loss of a beloved restaurant employee, friend, neighbor, and mother of four, businesses in Del Ray will host a "Rally for Rose" fundraiser on Tue., Dec. 13.  Rose Cruz, 49, passed away on Dec. 4 from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Mt. Vernon Avenue at W. Glebe Road.   

        During the "Rally for Rose" fundraiser on Tue., Dec. 13 from 5 pm to 9 pm, restaurants on the St. Elmo's block of Mt. Vernon Avenue --  Market2Market, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Holy Cow, and Pork Barrel BBQ -- will offer special menu items for a $20 donation; all proceeds from that menu will go to the fund for Cruz's 10-year-old and 12-year-old daughters.  

         In addition, our incredible Del Ray businesses have donated over $5,000 in gift cards for a raffle to be held during the event.  The Jen Walker team will be selling raffle tickets at Pork Barrel BBQ starting at 12pm today; tickets will also be available during the event.  Raffle tickets are 1 for $10; 3 for $25; or an arm's length for $40. Cash, checks, credit cards accepted; 100% of proceeds go to Rose's family.

           "She brought so much love to all of us, her family,  our staff, our customers, the whole community," said Larry Ponzi, the owner of Market2Market, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, and Cafe Pizzaiolo.  "This is what we can do for her now -- raise money for these kids, for her family."  Cruz was the deli manager at Market2Market.

         "Rose was a positive force in our community, this tragedy leaves a painful wound," said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn, of Pork Barrel BBQ.  "It's time to rally and show support for her family."

         For those who want to support the family but cannot make it to the fundraiser, a GoFundMe account has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/family-of-rose-cruz

  • December 10, 2016 8:52 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
         Dental Excellence, Del Ray’s newest dental practice, opened its doors on Dec. 5, and will host their ribbon cutting party on Sat., Dec. 10 at 5pm. Join the Del Ray Business Association and City officials in welcoming them to the neighborhood!  The office is located at Del Ray Tower, 3116 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria.

        The owner, Dr. Sheri Salartash, has dreamed of her own dental practice since she was a teen. "I'm so excited that dream is finally being realized," she said.

        Dr. Salartash -- or Dr. Sheri, as her staff and patients calls her -- is an award-winning cosmetic and general dentist with an impressive repertoire of skills and education honed over the years. She describes her new practice as "a place where the whole family can relax while their dental needs are met in the most professional manner possible."

        Dr. Salartash's advanced training means she can perform procedures other general and cosmetic dentists will refer out, making Dental Excellence a one-stop shop for all your dental needs.  Her comprehensive practice offers a full range of dental services for the whole family, including family, cosmetic, orthodontic, and implant dentistry, and more.      

       Dental Excellence is now accepting appointments.  For more information, visit www.dentalexcellenceva.com.

  • December 06, 2016 2:47 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Enable images for best experience      As the Del Ray community mourns the loss of a beloved restaurant employee, friend, neighbor, and mother of four, the Del Ray Business Association announced that it will host a major fundraiser for the family of  Rosemarie Cruz on Tue., Dec. 13.

         Cruz, 49, passed away on Dec. 4 from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Mt. Vernon Avenue at W. Glebe Road.

         During the "Rally for Rose" fundraiser on Tue., Dec. 13 from 5 pm to 9 pm, restaurants on the St. Elmo's block of Mt. Vernon Avenue --  Market2Market, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, The Dairy Godmother, Holy Cow, and Pork Barrel BBQ -- will offer special menu items for a $20 donation; all proceeds from that menu will go to the fund for Cruz's young daughters.  In addition, a number of Del Ray businesses have donated gift certificates for a raffle to be held during the event.

           "She brought so much love to all of us, her family,  our staff, our customers, the whole community," said Larry Ponzi, the owner of Market2Market, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, and Cafe Pizzaiolo.  "This is what we can do for her now -- raise money for these kids, for her family."  Cruz was the deli manager at Market2Market.

         "Rose was a positive force in our community, this tragedy leaves a painful wound," said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn, of Pork Barrel BBQ.  "It's time to rally and show support for her family."

         Cruz lived in Alexandria with her husband, Romy Sarangay, and their 10-year-old and 12-year-old daughters.  She also has a 26-year-old daughter and a 19-year-old son in the Phillippines.  For those who want to support the family but cannot make it to the fundraiser, a GoFundMe account has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/fa mily-of-rose-cruz

         Market2Market is located at 116 E. Del Ray Avenue; St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, The Dairy Godmother, Holy Cow, and Pork Barrel BBQ are located on the adjacent 2300 block of Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  

  • November 28, 2016 9:00 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The Del Ray Holiday Tree Lighting will take place on Sat., Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, kicking off a month-long holiday celebration, "Mindful and Merry in Del Ray."  The holiday theme and activities reflect the Del Ray neighborhood's reputation as a dining, retail, wellness, and arts destination in the region, along with its commitment to supporting Alexandria non-profits year-round. 

         All events are free and open to all.  Among the activities planned: 

    • Holiday Tree Lighting: Kick off the holidays with a visit to Del Ray for the annual holiday tree lighting on Sat., Dec. 3 at 6pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.  The event features an appearance by Santa Claus, who will lead carols and sit for photos with children. Participants are urged to bring nonperishable food and diapers for Carpenter’s Shelter.  Continue the celebration (and start your holiday shopping!) with a stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue, which will be illuminated by thousands of luminarias in honor of the late Nancy Dunning.  

    • "Be the Light":  The creators of The Courage Wall and Unity will launch "Be The Light," an interactive public art project, on Dec. 3.  Participants will write how they will be the light for others on a blank gift card, then light a battery-operated candle and place them on a community display. A 24' x 8' display will house over a thousand candles and intentions.  This project, displayed at the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue, will run through Dec. 25.

    • Holiday On The Avenue:  Local artists are creating a winter wonderland through a series of hand-painted holiday windows at businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue.  Businesses and local non-profits are also teaming up to decorate Christmas trees along the Avenue; the winning tree, selected by online voters, will earn $500 for that non-profit.

    • Shops of Del Ray’s Ladies’ Night Out:  Join the Shops of Del Ray on Thurs., Dec. 8 from 6pm to 9pm to shop local and enjoy special promotions — all while sipping Virginia wine.

    • Candy Cane Bar Crawl: Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specialty cocktails, beer, and food specials at select Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood bar crawl. Donations for charity will be collected. Fri., Dec. 9 starting at 4pm.  

        "Mindful and Merry in Del Ray" is presented by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.   

          Click here to volunteer to help with the tree lighting.

  • November 26, 2016 10:03 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Displaying volunteers.JPG    Over 5,200 runners participated in the 41st Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The 5-mile race, sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and DC Road Runners, raised $5,000 for ALIVE!;  runners also donated 2,102 pounds of food, plus an additional $400 in cash donations.  "Runners were very generous and supportive – as is the Del Ray Business Association,"  said ALIVE! Executive Director Diane Charles.  The $5,400 will be used to purchase fresh food items, like meat and eggs, for ALIVE's Food Program.
        In recognition of his years of service to the City of Alexandria, former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille served as Grand Marshal of the Turkey Trot.
         New course records were set this year in both the men's and women's divisions: 19-year-old Tsegaye Getachew, of Washington, D.C., won first place overall, finishing in a record 23 minutes, 10 seconds; while 22-year-old Sinke Biyadgilgn, also of Washington, D.C., won the women's division, finishing in 26 minutes and 51 seconds.   For complete results, visit www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com.

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