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  • 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.

  • November 23, 2016 9:46 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        In recognition of his years of service to the City of Alexandria, former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille will serve as Grand Marshal of the 41st Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot.

        A Thanksgiving morning tradition, the Alexandria Turkey Trot will take place on Th., Nov. 24 at 9am.  This fast, flat, USATF-certified 5-mile course runs through the heart of Del Ray, and is the Mid-Atlantic's premiere Turkey Trot, featuring over 6,000 runners, including some of the fastest elite runners on the east coast as well as stroller and dog divisions.

       "I've always loved racing on Thanksgiving," said elite athlete Tyler Andrews, who recently broke the world record for the 50km, and is a past participant in the Turkey Trot. "It's one of the biggest days for road racing of year, and it's so much fun to be in the middle of that spectacle, especially in your local community."

        The 5-mile run/walk goes through the heart of Del Ray, starting and ending at George Washington Middle School at the corner of Braddock Road and Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is Metro accessible to the Braddock Road Metro Station.  Dogs and strollers are welcome, and have their own starting area.

        In the spirit of the holiday, runners and spectators are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items on race day to support ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization serving Alexandria’s needy.  Last year, ALIVE! received 46 banana boxes filled with food, $689 in cash donations, and a $5,000 check from the Del Ray Business Association to support ALIVE!s Food Program as part of the 40th Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot.

         Online registration will be open until 8:30am on race day; in-person registration is also available (cash/check only).  For complete information on the race and to register, visit www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com.  

  • November 14, 2016 9:29 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         A Thanksgiving morning tradition, the 41st annual Alexandria Turkey Trot is the Mid-Atlantic's premiere Turkey Trot.  With nearly 6,000 runners -- including some of the fastest elite runners on the east coast -- the Turkey Trot is a great way to start your Thanksgiving morning, and earn that extra slice of pie!

       "I've always loved racing on Thanksgiving," said elite athlete Tyler Andrews, who recently broke the world record for the 50km, and is a past participant in the Turkey Trot. "It's one of the biggest days for road racing of year, and it's so much fun to be in the middle of that spectacle, especially in your local community."

        The 5-mile run/walk goes through the heart of Del Ray, starting and ending at George Washington Middle School at the corner of Braddock Road and Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is Metro accessible to the Braddock Road Metro Station.  Dogs and strollers are welcome, and have their own starting area.

        In the spirit of the holiday, runners and spectators are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items (cans, boxes) on race day to support ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization serving Alexandria’s needy.  Last year, ALIVE! received 46 banana boxes filled with food, $689 in cash donations, and a $5,000 check from the Del Ray Business Association to support ALIVE!s Food Program as part of the 40th Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot.

          For complete information on the race and to register, visit
    www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com.

  • October 28, 2016 8:00 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Congratulations to the 10 finalists of the 2016 Best Decorated House contest! A Google Map with all the nominees is available at http://tinyurl.com/delrayhalloweenhouses


        The winner of the Best Decorated House Contest will be announced at the awards ceremony following the 20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade on Sunday, Oct. 30. One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the 20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue; it begins at E. Bellefonte Ave., ends with a party at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields featuring live music, goodie bags for children, free refreshments, children's games, awards for Best Decorated Stroller, House, Business & Best Pet Costume, and more.  The event is free and open to all.

    PHOTOS BY WAYNE & EVAN HULEHAN




  • October 22, 2016 2:00 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the 20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue.  The parade, which begins at E. Bellefonte Ave., ends with a party at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields featuring live music, goodie bags for children, free refreshments, children's games, awards for Best Decorated Stroller, House, Business & Best Pet Costume, and more.  The event is free and open to all.  

        Last year’s parade had more than 7,500 participants, which included over 2,500 children, special dignitaries and elected officials.  Leading this year's parade as Grand Marshall is Berhaane Wobante, an outstanding student selected to represent Cora Kelly School for Science, Technology, and Math.

         In recognition for her 20 years organizing the Del Ray Halloween Parade and transforming it into one of the City of Alexandria's signature events, the Alexandria City Council will issue a proclamation renaming Mount Vernon Avenue "Gayle Reuter Avenue" from 2pm to 4pm the Sunday before Halloween every year, starting with this year's parade.   Alexandria Vice Mayor Justin Wilson will deliver the proclamation during the parade's awards ceremony.  "Gayle Reuter is the Glue of Del Ray. She holds it all together," Wilson said.  "She keeps the neighborhood together during difficult times, and helps generate joy wherever she goes. She's essential to our community."

           Among the events on the day's program:

    • Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Decorating Contest:  Registration for the Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Competition will be done prior to the parade start. Stroller and pet entries must register by 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Howell Avenues; look for signage. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to the parade. Pets will be judged immediately at the end of the parade route. There is no fee to register.  For complete details and categories, visit www.visitdelray.com/halloween

    • Best Decorated House and Business:  The deadline for nominations for Best Decorated House and Best Decorated Business is Sunday, October 23, at 12 p.m.  To nominate a home or business, email the street addresses to delrayhalloweenparade@yahoo.com by October 23; please state if it should be judged during the day or night.

    • Spooky Bean Halloween Haunted Graveyard: After the parade from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., families can enjoy the Spooky Bean Haunted Halloween Graveyard, constructed by Bean Creative. This is a free event and appropriate for all ages, located in the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.  Donations are accepted at the gate to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
        
    • Costumes for Children In Need: The Del Ray Business Association collects and distributes Halloween costumes for children who would otherwise go without.  New or gently used costumes can be dropped off at collection bins at the Del Ray Farmers Market, Caboose Cafe, and the porch at 110 E. Del Ray.  Costumes are distributed the day before the parade from 2-4 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. In 2015, over 200 costumes were distributed.
        Held each year the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  


  • October 19, 2016 6:33 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         To help prevent abuse and theft of medication and improperly disposed of drugs, The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray is partnering with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria to host a Drug Take Back event on Saturday, October 22 from 10am to 2pm.

         The Drug Take Back event addresses a critical public safety and public health issue. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

         Deputies will be outside the pharmacy collecting the drugs; the service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

         The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray is located at  2204 Mt. Vernon Ave. in Alexandria.  For more information, call 703-836-1700.


  • October 13, 2016 2:06 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         Congressman Donald S. Beyer, Jr. will be the guest speaker for the Del Ray Business Association's monthly luncheon, to be held on Mon., Oct. 17 at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue.  He discuss issues facing small businesses, and will take questions.

         Networking will take place from 11:30am to 12pm; the luncheon is from 12pm to 1pm.  All are welcome to attend.  Registration is $15 for DRBA members and $20 for non-members, and includes lunch catered by a Del Ray restaurant.

        To register, click here.

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