Archive for 'December,2012'

What’s Next Alexandria won’t heal city’s divide

What’s Next Alexandria won’t heal city’s divide

By Annabelle Fisher, Alexandria To the editor: Regarding Melissa Quinn’s article “City Hall hits reset button” (November 29), I can’t help but wonder if Bob Wood’s city council campaign slogan — Reset Alexandria — did have an [...]

Waive toll fees and reduce the risk of fatalities

By Karen Ann DeLuca, Alexandria To the editor: Pretty much every day since the new Interstate 495 express lanes opened November 17, there has been at least one accident. Near misses and fender benders — luckily no [...]

Relive the glory and glamour of Motown at Signature Theatre

Relive the glory and glamour of Motown at Signature Theatre

By Jordan Wright Riddle me this: Do goose bumps get goose bumps? Well, yes, if Nova Payton is singing her pipes out. Payton plays Effie White in Signature Theatre’s production of “Dreamgirls” — a career-establishing role [...]

Out of the Attic: Lloyd House becomes home 
to Alexandria’s history

Out of the Attic: Lloyd House becomes home 
to Alexandria’s history

This is the final installment of a three-part series covering the unusual history of the Lloyd House, a building a few of the city’s most prominent dignitaries and characters called home. When California oilman Robert V. [...]

Hobie & Monk and the case of the missing pound cake

Hobie & Monk and the case of the missing pound cake

Dear Hobie & Monk, I have a colleague who promised to bake me a pound cake after I did a really big favor for her. She told me how happy she was to bake it because [...]

End of federal funding for T.C. Williams transformation nears

End of federal funding for T.C. Williams transformation nears

By Melissa Quinn Despite signs of academic improvement at T.C. Williams, administrators admit the city’s sole public high school remains on rocky ground with federal funding due to end next year. T.C. earned a “persistently lowest [...]

Residents fear displacement as city releases master housing plan

Residents fear displacement as city releases master housing plan

By Derrick Perkins Not quite a month after the election, West End residents Veronica Calzada and Hector Pineda sit at their table and wonder whether affordable housing will become a forgotten issue, discarded on the campaign [...]

Planning commission approves Jefferson-Houston project

Planning commission approves Jefferson-Houston project

By Melissa Quinn Despite opposition from neighbors, plans to rebuild the Jefferson-Houston School received a unanimous go-ahead from the planning commission Tuesday night. Alexandria City Public Schools officials began planning for a new building in 2009 [...]