Archive for 'November,2012'

Dissent on Union Street study

Dissent on Union Street study

By Derrick Perkins and Melissa Quinn The long-awaited Union Street transportation study arrived before the planning commission earlier this month, but the ambitious makeover of the busy Old Town corridor has its critics. “I urge the [...]

Stemming the flood in Old Town

Stemming the flood in Old Town

By Melissa Quinn  As communities in New Jersey and New York pick up the pieces following Hurricane Sandy, towns up and down the East Coast face the realization that it could’ve been them — and Alexandria’s [...]

The Lab at Convergence’s ‘The Soul Collector’ easily amasses fans

The Lab at Convergence’s ‘The Soul Collector’ easily amasses fans

By Jordan Wright “The Soul Collector” brings us into the Cleveland, Ohio junk-strewn home of two black men, Darnell and his uncle Cedric, struggling under the burden of emotional scars and doomed dreams until a supernatural [...]

Old Town restaurant gets second chance from Alexandria Planning Commission

Old Town restaurant gets second chance from Alexandria Planning Commission

By Derrick Perkins Despite a lengthy list of noise complaints since opening King Street’s Agua Viva restaurant, co-owners Mike and Nick Cordero earned a stay of execution from the planning commission last week. Neighbors began grumbling [...]

Local woman wins $3k for energy efficient improvements

Local woman wins $3k for energy efficient improvements

By Melissa Quinn With winter quickly approaching, one Alexandria resident is patching up her home’s cracks and crevices as part of an energy efficiency makeover courtesy of a consortium of local groups, businesses and city officials. [...]

Alexandria City Council stares down sequestration threat

Alexandria City Council stares down sequestration threat

By Derrick Perkins The threat of looming cutbacks in federal spending consuming Washington’s elite since the election touched down in Alexandria Tuesday evening. During the budget standoff a little more than a year ago — and [...]

Alexandria Republicans lost big last week. What happened?

Alexandria Republicans lost big last week. What happened?

By Melissa Quinn Local voters lifted Republicans Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes to city council in an off-cycle election three years ago, but they fared far worse sharing a ballot with President Barack Obama last week. [...]

Disqualifying memorial sculpture smacks of hubris

Disqualifying memorial sculpture smacks of hubris

By Ellen Latane Tabb, Alexandria To the editor: Regarding the Freedmen’s Cemetery sculpture controversy: A card laid is a card played. After the final designs were chosen, I remembered that the public was asked to vote for [...]

Times reporter skipped 
meteorology class

Times reporter skipped 
meteorology class

By Michael Malloy, Alexandria To the editor: It was annoying enough that TV anchors, so-called meteorologists and Matt Lauer — the worst offender — repeatedly said that Hurricane Sandy “turned left” or “hooked left.” But when my [...]

Political divisiveness has leapt from cable news to Market Square

Political divisiveness has leapt from cable news to Market Square

By Margaret Gerlach, Alexandria To the editor: I am deeply concerned about a troubling trend in political discourse, which I fear will continue past this election and negatively affect future contests. It is a trend of excluding [...]