Morning Links: Be a Maker in Alexandria Edition

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Stich & Sew shop in Alexandria, Virginia
For our Morning Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from Alexandria, Virginia and around the area.

In the News:

While it’s a cloudy and dreary day, at least there’s no rain but, here comes the cold… We may catch a break from significant showers today, but there’s more rain to end the week. (CWG)

New Farmers’ Market takes root in Old Town North Tucked neatly into the small parking lot on the outskirts of Montgomery Park, a smattering of farm vendors have started selling their wares. For just a few hours last Thursday, the all-week rain took a little break as neighbors celebrated the launch of the North Old Town Farmer’s Market. (Alexandria Gazette)

T.C. Williams Boys Soccer heads to Patriot Conference Tourney As the T.C. Williams and W.T. Woodson boys soccer teams returned to the field at Parker-Gray Stadium after halftime Monday afternoon, the sun disappeared behind black clouds and droplets of rain began to fall. (Alexandria Times)

Homelessness going up in Washington DC area, DOWN in Alexandria, Virginia Despite decreases in the number of homeless people in seven of the nine jurisdictions that make up the Washington region, the overall homeless population ticked up 5 percent from 2015 to 2016, driven largely by the District and in Frederick County. (WAMU)

FTA demands Metro fix three sections of track before ‘SafeTrack’ is implemented That SafeTrack plan of maintenance and shutdowns you learned about last week might be out the window, or at least significantly changed. The Federal Transit Administration just instructed Metro to do maintenance on three sections of track before starting on its SafeTrack maintenance plan. (GGWash)

Get to know – Old Town Alexandria’s ‘Maker Central’ Three Old Town Alexandria businesses are marketing their neck of the woods as a “maker central”–a place where everyday citizens can come to craft. (Washingtonian)

Will the Washington Nationals have a racing FDR? The Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents are among the most well-known mascots in professional sports today. If they continue to follow their current trend, Franklin Delano Roosevelt would join the gang in 2017. Given that FDR spent most of his adult life using a wheelchair, would a Racing FDR be a disaster or a chance to change minds about people with disabilities? (WTOP)

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Alexandria said goodbye to Mango Mikes this week…

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