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Our View: Ethics resolution is the epitome of a good compromise

Our View: Ethics resolution is the epitome of a good compromise

(File photo) City council’s surprise decision to approve an ethics study group at Saturday’s public hearing — the issue wasn’t on the docket — was an example of political wrangling resulting in a good product. Like [...]

Q&A with country singer Phil Vassar

Q&A with country singer Phil Vassar

By Jennifer Powell (Courtesy photo) Born in Lynchburg, Va., singer Phil Vassar got his start performing in clubs around James Madison University, paying his dues as a live performer while earning an undergraduate degree in business. [...]

T.C. Williams boys basketball continues hot streak with win over South County

T.C. Williams boys basketball continues hot streak with win over South County

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) With just 3.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, senior guard Tavaris James stood at the free throw line for two shots with the T.C. Williams boys basketball team up 61-60 [...]

Columbia Firehouse trademark opposition dropped by Firehouse Restaurant Group

Columbia Firehouse trademark opposition dropped by Firehouse Restaurant Group

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) The Columbia Firehouse has stood at 109 S. St. Asaph St. since 1883, served as a working firehouse for the city’s Columbia Steam Engine Fire Company, and in its second life [...]

Oakville Triangle redevelopment plan gets further approval

Oakville Triangle redevelopment plan gets further approval

By Chris Teale (Image/City of Alexandria) The redevelopment of the Oakville Triangle took another step forward at city council’s public hearing last weekend as various amendments and plans for concept, preliminary infrastructure and transportation management garnered [...]

Officials come to grips with toll of blizzard

Officials come to grips with toll of blizzard

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Denise Dunbar) More than a week after the last street in Alexandria was deemed passable by emergency vehicles following the blizzard that dumped nearly two feet of snow on the Port City, city [...]

City council bans all non-governmental signs from public rights of way

City council bans all non-governmental signs from public rights of way

By Chris Teale (File photo) A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the town of Gilbert, Ariz., has had implications in Alexandria, as city council voted 5-2 last weekend to ban all non-governmental signs from [...]

City council establishes ethics study group

City council establishes ethics study group

By Chris Teale (File photo) City councilors voted unanimously to create a group to study local ethics issues at its public hearing last weekend, fulfilling one of Mayor Allison Silberberg’s major campaign pledges less than a [...]

Our View: Observations in the aftermath of ‘Snowzilla’

Our View: Observations in the aftermath of ‘Snowzilla’

(Photo/Chris Teale) When a heavy snowstorm hits, it can be an isolating experience. In the span of a few hours, the seemingly innocuous flakes can completely cripple a city’s infrastructure and leave families stranded in their [...]

‘Grey Gardens’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria is a witty, tragic production

‘Grey Gardens’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria is a witty, tragic production

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matt Liptak) For those of you who saw the 1976 Maysles brothers’ documentary of the two Bouvier family women — mother Edith Bouvier Beale and daughter Little Edie, who lived in squalor in [...]