Archive for 'November,2012'

Alexandria plans for future civic engagement

Alexandria plans for future civic engagement

By Melissa Quinn City officials have extended the olive branch with a new initiative designed to foster community involvement in big decisions, but whether residents will accept it remains uncertain. Known as What’s Next Alexandria, the [...]

Wartime tragedy fuels tale of the high seas

Wartime tragedy fuels tale of the high seas

By Derrick Perkins Local author Stephen Hayes’ first novel isn’t strictly a Vietnam War story, but the tale is born from his time serving on a swift boat a continent away more than 40 years ago. [...]

A show-stopping holiday season

A show-stopping holiday season

By Jordan Wright What merriment is in store for us at the theater this holiday season? Well a few shows are naughty (R-rated) just as others are nice (G-rated), but check my quirky ratings for special [...]

‘George Washington Bathed Here!’

‘George Washington Bathed Here!’

This week we continue the story of the Lloyd House at 220 N. Washington St. During the Civil War, Edmund Lloyd served as an officer in the Confederate Army while his family fled Union-held Alexandria for [...]

OpEd: Quick Takes

OpEd: Quick Takes

Thumbs up to the Times’ new cartoonist, Robert Ariail. A distant relative of Times co-owners, the family of the late John Ariail, Robert’s ’toons are laugh-out-loud funny. Check out this week’s offering on page 24. Ariail [...]

Win or lose, all candidates deserve congratulations

Win or lose, all candidates deserve congratulations

By James Roberts, Alexandria To the editor: As I was collecting the political yard signs recently, I was struck by a thought, one concerning our fellow residents that expressed themselves by running in the municipal elections. I [...]

Lack of interest derails Del Ray Trolley

Lack of interest derails Del Ray Trolley

By Melissa Quinn Plans to connect Del Ray to Old Town with a free trolley  have ground to a halt, officials say. Despite interest in the free service – an extension of the King Street Trolley [...]

The city charter, not elections, needs reforming

The city charter, not elections, needs reforming

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria To the editor: Critics are concerned moving city elections from May to November means federal contests distract voters’ attention from local issues. Meanwhile defenders claim success because five times as many voters cast [...]

Seeking help on 
a historical dilemma

By David Fritz, Alexandria I am a homeowner of an Old Town house built in 1890. I recently dug out my basement for more living space and, in the excavation process, found a corked bottle with “Drews [...]

Engagement effort already off on the wrong foot

Engagement effort already off on the wrong foot

By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria To the editor: The first public meeting to kick off What’s Next Alexandria — the city’s ambitious campaign to encourage a web-based engagement process and restore trust in City Hall — was probably [...]