Archaeologists under contract with Robinson Landing developer EYA have found the remains of two historic ships, the city announced in a news release Monday. Preliminary evaluation estimates the ships are from the late 1700s or early 1800s, which matches the period of the ship found at the site of Hotel Indigo in late 2015. “The […]
Archaeologists under contract with Robinson Landing developer EYA have found the remains of two historic ships, the city announced in a news release Monday.
Preliminary evaluation estimates the ships are from the late 1700s or early 1800s, which matches the period of the ship found at the site of Hotel Indigo in late 2015.
“The discovery of three historic ships in a two-block area is absolutely incredible,” Eleanor Breen, acting city archaeologist, said in the release. “There have been very few ships from this era excavated in Virginia or nationwide.”
The city will lead an analysis to determine the next steps. The artifacts aren’t open to public view and aren’t visible from the street.
The city said it will provide updates as the process moves along.
Alexandria police were busy investigating robberies over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Police reported a robbery at 10:56 p.m. on Saturday in the 500 block of Four Mile Road. A group of men assaulted a man and stole his cell phone, according to police. Police also responded to a robbery on the 100 block of Bragg […]
Alexandria police were busy investigating robberies over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Police reported a robbery at 10:56 p.m. on Saturday in the 500 block of Four Mile Road. A group of men assaulted a man and stole his cell phone, according to police.
Police also responded to a robbery on the 100 block of Bragg Street in the wee hours of Sunday morning. A man assaulted another man and stole his wallet, police said.
Another robbery occurred in the 1900 block of King Street on March 16, police reported at 11:11 p.m. A group of juvenile males stole items from a cab driver, according to police. There were no injuries.
Police haven’t announced any arrests for the robbery incidents.
After being rescheduled several weeks ago due to extreme weather, this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place on a sunny Sunday. The dog show featured contestants of all breeds, shapes and sizes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ahead of the parade, which began at King and St. Asaph streets at 1:30 p.m. The parade […]
After being rescheduled several weeks ago due to extreme weather, this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place on a sunny Sunday.
The dog show featured contestants of all breeds, shapes and sizes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ahead of the parade, which began at King and St. Asaph streets at 1:30 p.m. The parade was organized and brought to fruition by the Ballyshaners.
Click through the photos for scenes of Sunday’s Irish festivities.
Alexandria is set to have an Irish-themed bash all weekend long, with several St. Patrick’s Day parties, a parade and a dog show taking place. Here are some of our top picks: Saturday St. Patrick’s Day at Port City Brewing Co. Where: Port City Brewing Co., 3950 Wheeler Ave. When: Noon to 9 p.m. Local […]
Alexandria is set to have an Irish-themed bash all weekend long, with several St. Patrick’s Day parties, a parade and a dog show taking place.
Here are some of our top picks:
St. Patrick’s Day at Port City Brewing Co.
Where: Port City Brewing Co., 3950 Wheeler Ave.
When: Noon to 9 p.m.
Local brewery Port City Brewing Co. holds an all-Saturday-long St. Patrick’s Day bash at its taproom. The party will feature dancers, music and live performances, festive beer selections and plenty of food options.
St. Patrick’s Day at Murphy’s Irish Pub
Where: Murphy’s Irish Pub, 713 King St.
When: 8 a.m. to close
If Irish pubs are more your style, Murphy’s Irish Pub is hosting a celebration from the wee hours of the morning until it closes. Live music from Pat Garvey, Pat Carroll and Both Sides will be featured. Irish dancing throughout the day will take place, courtesy of the Boyle School of Irish Dance.
St. Paddy’s Day at Chadwicks
Where: Chadwicks, 203 Strand St.
When: 10 a.m. to close
Hometown restaurant and bar Chadwicks will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with $3 mugs of beer and corned beef and cabbage all day. The party takes place from 10 a.m. to close.
Fun Dog Show
Where: Market Square, 301 King St.
When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Fun Dog Show will be held at Market Square from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, with prizes awarded to winners in four categories: owner look-alike, St. Patrick’s spirit award, best costume and most talented.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Starts at St. Asaph and King streets
When: 1:30 p.m.
Following its cancellation for March 3 due to extreme weather, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will now take place at 1:30 p.m., following a revised map, starting at St. Asaph Street, turning on Lee Street and ending at the intersection of Cameron and Royal streets.
By Alexa Epitropoulos | firstname.lastname@example.org An Alexandria woman was sentenced Friday for a fraud scheme that victimized members of a church congregation and other investors, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Virginia. Grenetta Wells, 48, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the scheme, which […]
An Alexandria woman was sentenced Friday for a fraud scheme that victimized members of a church congregation and other investors, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Virginia.
Grenetta Wells, 48, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the scheme, which occurred while she was acting as chief operating officer of Micro-Enterprise Management Group (MEMG). The company, based in Virginia, alleged that it was helping poor people in developing countries by providing small, short-term loans to start or expand businesses by working with a network of established micro-finance institutions. She pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Jan. 13, 2017.
Wells worked with Terry Wayne Millender, 48, former pastor of Victorious Life Church in Alexandria and chief executive officer of MEMG, and his wife, Brenda Millender, a founding member of MEMG, to solicit investors. The Millenders were convicted in the fraud scheme in December.
Wells and the Millenders jointly lured investors through utilizing the company’s Christian mission, promising guaranteed rates of return and assuring investors the loans’ principal was safe and backed by the assets of MEMG.
The money was used, instead, to conduct risky trading on the foreign exchange currency market and through day trading by Wells, which was done through her own company, Golden Strategies Inc.
Wells also created a website and promotional material for MEMG and helped victims fill out paperwork to set up individual retirement accounts (IRAs) so they could use retirement savings to fund their investments in MEMG.
Wells was ordered by the court to pay $1.3 million in restitution to fraud scheme victims, in addition to her 30-month sentence. The Millenders haven’t been sentenced for their convictions yet.
By Mayor Allison Silberberg Just over two years ago, I became mayor of Alexandria. As a candidate, I shared with you my vision for Alexandria, and I have stayed true to that vision. I am proud of my record of leadership. In the past two years, together, we have: • Tackled head-on a range of […]
By Mayor Allison Silberberg
Just over two years ago, I became mayor of Alexandria. As a candidate, I shared with you my vision for Alexandria, and I have stayed true to that vision. I am proud of my record of leadership.
In the past two years, together, we have:
• Tackled head-on a range of environmental and infrastructure issues that have festered for years and even decades, including our combined sewer outfalls.
• Approved two new schools in one year – a first for Alexandria, and we have increased significantly the city’s budget commitment to our schools, as never before.
• Approved affordable and workforce housing projects throughout our city, including: Ramsey Homes, the St. James and the Church of the Resurrection.
• Repaved more than 130 lane miles of streets with more to come.
• Maintained Alexandria’s AAA bond rating, and I fought for responsible fiscal management to avoid placing an undue burden on our taxpayers.
• As promised, I initiated an ethics reform to increase transparency and trust in local government.
• I have championed civic engagement and fought hard for the open mic tradition, which had been a staple of city hall for more than 40 years without restriction.
• I initiated and drafted council’s Statement on Inclusiveness, which is now posted across our city as a commitment to all our residents.
• I successfully fought against the Old Town BID tax, which was opposed by most local businesses.
As a total environmentalist, I became one of the Climate Mayors and pushed for the city to commit to the goal of using 100 percent renewable energy and have pushed to increase our tree canopy.
As in 2015, you have a choice to make about the future of our city, and it will come down to a difference in vision. I am fighting for a livable Alexandria, and I will continue to fight for your quality of life.
First and foremost, we’re a city of great neighborhoods. I will continue to pursue thoughtful, appropriate development that fits in, is to scale and protects our neighborhoods. Some recent examples of my fight for neighbors and neighborhoods are Potomac Yard and the Karig Estates.
Second, I will continue to focus on growing our commercial tax base in a balanced way with a staunch commitment to economic sustainability and fiscal responsibility. We need to diversify our economy so we are not so tied to the ups and downs of federal spending. We need to continue to shift toward being a center for innovation, focusing on science, research and health tech.
Third, I will continue to push for academic excellence and greater capacity in our schools. Our schools and our city are intertwined in one ecosystem, and we must continue to foster collaboration and cooperation.
I propose that when a student graduates from T. C. Williams, he or she should be encouraged to have a plan of action to go to a four-year college, community college, the Armed Forces or a trade.
Fourth, I will continue to fight for more affordable and workforce housing. I fully support increasing dedicated funding for affordable housing, and I am proud that I led the effort to reinstate the set aside for the affordable housing fund in 2013 after it was removed.
Fifth, I will continue to fight for more open space, environmental protections and tree canopy. In 2013, I was the only council member to support keeping dedicated funding for the open space fund. I will work to reinstate dedicated funding for open space, and we should set a new goal of acreage to save.
Sixth, historic preservation is a core value of our city, and I will never sell our city hall building. I will continue to fight to preserve our historic districts for generations to come.
Seventh, I will continue to advocate for more ethics reform. Following the lead of the federal government, I will push to adopt revolving door restrictions to limit lobbying of city elected officials and staff by former elected officials.
Finally, I will continue to fight for meaningful civic participation and to create opportunities to form alliances, as I have done by establishing the Senior Advocacy Roundtable and the Clergy Council.
In addition to my monthly coffees known as “Mayor on Your Corner,” I will be starting a new tradition called “Meet with the Mayor” by inviting the public to meet with me at the mayoral office once a month. Each person will have 10 minutes to discuss any idea or concern regarding our city. No appointment necessary. The first will be on Monday, March 26, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
In two short years, we have made significant progress. The choice is clear. With me, you know your voice will be heard, because as I have often stated, city hall is not separate from the people. City hall is the people.
To the editor: I read the front-page article in the March 1 Alexandria Times, “Councilors mull affordable housing set-aside,” with interest. The article talked about how the council is looking at five options to help with this city’s growing affordable housing crisis. In the article, five options were laid out. I couldn’t believe my eyes […]
To the editor:
I read the front-page article in the March 1 Alexandria Times, “Councilors mull affordable housing set-aside,” with interest. The article talked about how the council is looking at five options to help with this city’s growing affordable housing crisis.
In the article, five options were laid out. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that two of the options receiving strong consideration were raising property and/or personal property taxes. Is that what a couple of council members meant by a “predictable” funding stream?
So you want to raise property taxes, and the car personal property tax, in order to make housing more affordable for us? Really?
For a lot of people, a car is not a luxury – only the more wealthy folks among us can afford to live within walking distance of a Metro station. And as expensive as the Metro is, it is more so when you add the bus fare to get to the station. A car means being able to go into work on short notice when a coworker calls off or extra help is needed, even at odd hours.
For people who work as tradespeople, like my neighbor who is a handyman, a van is not a luxury.
Don’t higher property taxes get passed on to renters too?
Making the cost of living here even more costly will not help the affordable housing crisis.
Every time you rezone to lure fancy high-end and density development, you displace way more people than your token set-asides cover – like with the Beauregard Plan. Government-run “affordable housing” set-asides are a fig leaf as you help richer developers get richer.
By Missy Schrott | email@example.com In the wake of mass school shootings across the country, Alexandria students and parents are counting on administrations in their schools to keep the city’s youngest residents safe. Alexandria’s public and private schools have varying prevention and response plans for threats and active shooter situations, most of which have been […]
In the wake of mass school shootings across the country, Alexandria students and parents are counting on administrations in their schools to keep the city’s youngest residents safe.
Alexandria’s public and private schools have varying prevention and response plans for threats and active shooter situations, most of which have been revamped in recent years due to the increase in school shootings nationwide. In the interest of keeping Alexandria’s schools as secure as possible, specific details of plans are exempt from this article.
“[School shootings] have become way too frequent when you think of the fact that there have been 18 in the last year,” said Dr. Lois Berlin, interim superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools. “That’s why Alexandria looked for something that was going to be beyond locking down or locking in.”
ACPS implemented a new response program in mid-2017 called ALICE, an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
Berlin said ALICE is one of the most robust active shooter programs in the country and much different from strategies ACPS had in place 10 to 15 years ago, when lockdowns were designed to protect against drive by shootings. While past plans were labeled by coded language, ALICE informs students and teachers much more literally.
“If there is an active shooter in the building, and we can use the intercom system, it’s going to be, ‘We have an active shooter in the building, and he or she is near the gym,’” Berlin said, “making sure that everybody knows as much information as we can send out.”
At ACPS, more than 100 staff members are trained in ALICE with the rest going through online and situational learning now, Berlin said.
Alexandria Country Day School is also in the process of updating its current security plans, Head of School Scott Baytosh said. He said plans have been in a continuous review and revision process since the school began consulting with an external security firm about six years ago.
Both Baytosh and Berlin said the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, that resulted in the murder of 17 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was not the reason that they updated security plans. They did say, however, that it sparked their urgency.
“I think we have a greater sense of urgency to get our training done and to do that more quickly,” Berlin said. “Other than that, we’re still making sure that the systems we have in place are being done with fidelity and consistently.”
One common change occurring throughout the public and private schools in Alexandria is ensuring that facilities have one point of entry and strict visitation regulations.
“Part of the aspect of having old buildings is that schools were originally designed to be wide open, everybody welcome, come on in,” Berlin said. “Of course that has changed over the years as these events have become more frequent.”
Berlin said all visitors to schools are filed through a single entrance where they must sign in at the office. ACPS has been renovating old schools to be more secure and building new schools with fewer doors in general.
Berlin also addressed the mental health factors that are often tied to mass school shootings.
“From the mental health point of things, we have a pretty robust threat assessment plan in place,” she said. “What we’re finding – particularly given the events of the last year – is that staff and students are much more prone to say, ‘I’m really worried about such and such.’”
Several schools said they regularly encourage students and teachers to voice concerns about peers.
“We are intentional in the development of close, trusting relationships between student and adults,” Jen Desautels, director of communications at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes said in an email, “and as such, our students know if they ever have any concerns about their peers, they can share information with those adults.”
ACPS recently put its emergency plans into action in response to a tweeted bomb threat against Francis C. Hammond Middle School. On the morning of Jan. 18, students were transported to T.C. Williams High School until the scene was cleared by the Alexandria Police Department. The police had caught the perpetrator by the end of that day.
“It really went smoothly,” Berlin said. “The police department was just a great partner in that process. Staff did a great job. We had 35 buses at Hammond within 10 minutes, and then the staff at T.C. Williams was terrific in welcoming 1,500 kids into their gym.”
Joel Finkelstein, father of a Hammond student, also said he was happy with how ACPS handled the threat.
“My main takeaway was how much communication there was from the school district and the school,” Finkelstein said. “What can be really unnerving in times like that is not knowing what’s going on, but they had a really good text message system, … emails and then social media. In a hard time when you’re dealing with logistics, the fact that they kept the parents informed along the way meant a lot.”
Another parent, Claudie Riefkohl Laratta, said she was not as enthusiastic about how things played out, especially regarding organization and communication.
Laratta said she received four emails between 10 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. with updates, but no one answered phones when she tried to call. She was also unable to get in contact with her daughter, as middle school students are required to keep their phones in their lockers.
Finkelstein said he was in contact with his son via text message during the evacuation, despite the rule.
“I understand that it was an emergency, and I understand, thank God, it ended up serving as a drill for them, but they need to get their act together about how they’re going to get the kids out and at the same time, have enough personnel to keep the parents informed,” Laratta said.
In response to parent complaints, Berlin said the school’s top priority during the evacuation was to keep children safe and accounted for, which had been successfully accomplished.
“There were some parents who were unhappy because they wanted to come in and get their kids right away,” she said. “We were saying, ‘Let us account for everybody first, make sure that each teacher that took their class out has every child in place before we start releasing everybody.’”
Berlin also said she did not want to change the policy that bans cell phones during class time.
As evidenced in the Hammond evacuation, ACPS has been working closely with the police department to prepare for emergencies. During regular school hours, the middle and high schools have one to two armed School Resource Officers on property, in addition to several security guards. Berlin said she is firmly against arming teachers.
APD Spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said the police department works with all the schools in the city, public and private, regarding safety concerns or any issues. Several schools said they also work with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office to have security on campus.
Police Chief Michael Brown said at city council’s March 6 legislative meeting that the police department has completed training and knows what to do in an active shooter situation.
“Every time something happens, we look at it and try to learn from it, the same thing with our school system,” Brown said.
In addition, he told council APD has an understanding with police departments in neighboring jurisdictions regarding mutual aid response in the case of an active shooter.
“As a parent, as well as a police officer, I can’t think of anything more high priority than responding to an event like that at a school,” he said at the meeting. “Going forward we will come up with ideas that might make our communities even more safe and our schools as best they can be safe.”
Despite these safety measures, administrators throughout the city said they’ve been hearing concerns from their school communities since the recent spike in school shootings nationwide.
“It’s difficult coming from my position,” said Peter Davey, Bishop Ireton High School’s director of operations, “because we think we’re prepared, then you see something coming like Parkland. It’s hard for anyone who’s developing these plans to anticipate everything that might happen.”
“People are nervous,” Berlin said. “They’re on edge. I am too. When something like this happens, every time it happens, [I ask] what can we do? How can we prevent it from happening here?”
Please visit your school’s website for emergency and safety information.
Just when one thought the community engagement process had reached a new low in transparency and objectivity with the Patrick Henry project, we now have the T.C. Williams stadium modernization project as a clear cut debacle winner. At the most recent community meeting anyone wishing to speak affirmatively about the stadium project was allowed time to express their opinions in public, […]
Just when one thought the community engagement process had reached a new low in transparency and objectivity with the Patrick Henry project, we now have the T.C. Williams stadium modernization project as a clear cut debacle winner.
At the most recent community meeting anyone wishing to speak affirmatively about the stadium project was allowed time to express their opinions in public, while those who had questions or issues with the project were told that they would be seen sometime later in a private meeting to address neighborhood concerns – a rather disturbing turn in community dialogue. Even more disturbing was the fact that at this private meeting the school board chair and vice chair were told not to answer questions and spent the entire meeting taking notes while deferring questions.
Are these not our elected officials? Is it not their role to discuss issues of importance related to the school matters with the residents who finance the schools and as such why were they advised not to fulfill their duty as school board members? Who made that decision — the school board or city attorney? If so, why? What are they hiding and what were they afraid of? Here are a few possibilities:
• This entire stadium modernization project from 2013 to the present has been not only inept but blatantly dishonest: No Musco lighting experts have been present at any community meeting to explain the stadium light plan and its impact. The school board and facilities department have failed to perform an onsite sound report from any football game to ascertain noise levels, nor has there been any traffic study performed.
• The school board issued three feasibility reports in 2014 and in a bait and switch only one was delivered to the citizenry with the specs doctored in order to make a case for lights at 80-90 feet. However, due to city zoning regulations the school board recently did an about face and switched to 60-foot lights which will produce intense glare and light spillage due to the inability to adequately focus the light source at 60 feet. At 60 feet the field will be dangerous to play on – based upon this excessive glare, which has been fully acknowledged and documented by the facilities department. And yet the project moves forward.
• In another recent lame attempt to bypass the 60-foot light condition, the facilities department now states that a 60-foot pole is a structure while the 15-foot light is not, nor is the 12-foot foundation a structure — thereby arriving at an 87-foot light apparatus which is measured as a 60-foot pole only. They intend for this apparatus to comply with a zoning regulation of 60 feet and have the efficiency of an 87-foot light.
• Finally, there has been an intentional denial of the existence of DSUP-85, which states unconditionally “no lights for the stadium field.” All of the above are blatant attempts as one school faculty member stated “to shove this project down the citizens’ throats” regardless of safety and zoning regulations.
Stadium lights at T.C. Williams have been banned since the mid 1960s, the result of a promise made to the Woods neighborhood by the city, a payback after the city’s use of eminent domain during a time of urban renewal to acquire the Woods property and build a new high school. The city renamed the area “Mudtown” in order to devalue the property values – purchasing these properties for pennies on the dollar.
In the end the city, in an agreement with the Woods neighborhood, agreed never to violate their right to a tranquil existence – and so the promise never to light the stadium was born. This ban on stadium lights was reconfirmed in 2008 after the high school was finished and again in 2013 with tennis court construction. The history of the Woods neighborhood and the DSUP agreement has been ignored in all of the modernization meetings.
In 2004, the city and school board came to the neighbors with a plan to build a much larger school. The school board had the option to place the stadium field in the front of the school – which would support a lighted field. Instead, they chose to place the field in the rear, abutting the neighborhoods. In response to this choice, the DSUP-85 document was developed to protect the neighborhood, prohibiting any lighting in the stadium area due to the diminutive size of the field and its very close proximity to the adjoining neighborhood.
Let me be clear: this document states no conditions for amending the DSUP. The DSUP-85 was a condition allowing the school to be built. The school would not have been built to size without condition 85. These issues are never broached at the modernization meetings.
The stadium complex is too small, fewer than the 25 acres the state recommends for a high school. The neighbors’ property lines at certain points on the field are as close as 35 feet – versus the 150 foot setback rule in Fairfax County. The current snack bar, shed and restroom are located 29 feet from the property line. They need to be moved to another location remote from the neighborhood.
All area fields with lights have been in existence for more than 50 years — Yorktown, Washington-Lee, Wakefield, Hayfield, Edison, etc. They were included in the schools’ first footprint, meaning anyone buying land or building a house knew that nighttime sports activity was a given. In the unique case of T.C. Williams, the neighborhoods were present before the school — and no nighttime sports activities were allowed because the field was too small and the neighborhood footprint predominates.
The new “City Advisory Board” recently stated “there can never be just one option” — multiple options are used in successful projects. What has been offered here clearly will not work. With the possibility of two additional high schools there must be a clear-cut plan as to where to place the city stadium. There are other options: George Washington Middle School, where in 1965 Joe Namath made his debut with the New York Jets vs. Houston Oilers in a 15,000 seat stadium exhibition game, has an excellent commercial location complete with Metro, and would enhance the businesses on Mt. Vernon Avenue.
Whittier Field is marginally used and in an excellent commercial location. And the Eisenhower and Cameron area home of the waterpark where a city wide sports complex, Hensley Park, was proposed but never acted upon – is another possibility for a stadium and fields.
The failure of the school board et. al. to retreat from this plan to light the T.C. Williams stadium has forced the Woods neighborhood to secure the services of the Akin-Gump law firm to defend their rights, as truly this is a case of “government gone bad.”
By Missy Schrott | firstname.lastname@example.org For the third year in a row, Bishop Ireton’s varsity cheerleading team won the Christian Cheerleaders of America National Championship. The competition took place last weekend in Fayetteville, North Carolina. “Each year it gets more exciting,” the team’s coach, Angela Hope-Eskew, said. The Cardinals were named the National Grand Champions […]
For the third year in a row, Bishop Ireton’s varsity cheerleading team won the Christian Cheerleaders of America National Championship. The competition took place last weekend in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
“Each year it gets more exciting,” the team’s coach, Angela Hope-Eskew, said.
The Cardinals were named the National Grand Champions after receiving the highest score of any division at the competition. They also placed first in the music, non-music and tumbling categories of the large varsity division.
Hope-Eskew said her team of 21 consists of 12 veterans who have been on the winning teams of the past few years, and nine newcomers, some of whom had never cheered before.
“They’re funny. The juniors who have won three years in a row are saying ‘Let’s go for another one’ because they’ve won a national competition every year they’ve been on the team,” Hope-Eskew said.
The cheerleading season at Bishop Ireton spans August to March, from practices to football games to basketball games to competitions.
Hope-Eskew applauded her cheerleaders’ commitment and dedication. She said perfection was both the team’s strength and its weakness, as striving for perfection led them to success, but also caused them to be hard on themselves.
“We call ourselves a cheer family, and we really are,” she said. “They make sure they’re supporting each other emotionally, spiritually and physically.”
At the competition in Fayetteville, the team also won the National Spirit of Competition trophy, an honor that is voted for by each competing team and awarded to the team that shows the most support to others. In addition, Hope-Eskew was recognized for being in the CCA’s Coaches Hall of Fame.
“It’s just incredible,” Hope-Eskew said. “There’s no words to describe it.”