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John ‘Big Al’ Severson, owner of Big Al’s Steakhouse dead at 73

John ‘Big Al’ Severson, owner of Big Al’s Steakhouse dead at 73

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) John Severson, known to his friends and fellow residents of Alexandria as “Big Al” and the owner of Al’s Steakhouse on Mount Vernon Avenue, died at his home August 15 after [...]

Plenty of work remains for Alexandria City Public Schools

Plenty of work remains for Alexandria City Public Schools

By Chris Teale (File photo) Although Alexandria City Public Schools made gains in most subjects in state Standards of Learning results released earlier this month, a closer look at the data shows some schools need improvement [...]

George Washington Masonic National Memorial owns special place in history in Alexandria

George Washington Masonic National Memorial owns special place in history in Alexandria

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) It had been 30 years since Alexandria last had one of its historic sites designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, and the August 4 designation of [...]

Some connected to T.C. Williams football criticize ongoing stadium press box closure

Some connected to T.C. Williams football criticize ongoing stadium press box closure

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) As the players, coaches, parents and boosters of T.C. Williams prepare for another high school football season, there stands a structure at the top of the bleachers at Parker-Gray Stadium deemed [...]

Word on the Street

Word on the Street

By Abigail Jurk (Photo/Abigail Jurk) The summer is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean your social life should suffer. If you are looking for some fun new ideas for things to do around Alexandria, [...]

Our View: TSA is a big win for the West End

Our View: TSA is a big win for the West End

(Photo/Alexandria Economic Development Partnership) Local government and business leaders celebrated last week as the federal government announced that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration soon would call Alexandria home, and rightfully so. The announcement, which is the [...]

Bishop Ireton football ready to spread their wings after VISAA final appearance in 2014

Bishop Ireton football ready to spread their wings after VISAA final appearance in 2014

By Chris Teale (Photo/Joe Simpson) At the start of the first football practice session of the new season last week, one Bishop Ireton player brought a photograph of the Benedictine College Preparatory players kissing the Virginia [...]

Pickup Guitar Club: a new way to educate young guitarists

Pickup Guitar Club: a new way to educate young guitarists

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) College students Jack Ross and Brian Abod first met at cross country practice as freshmen at Gonzaga College High School, and quickly bonded over a shared love of music that saw [...]

Investigation of family members not admitted in Charles Severance trial

Investigation of family members not admitted in Charles Severance trial

By Erich Wagner (File photo) A Fairfax County judge ruled last week that defense attorneys for Charles Severance, accused in three Alexandria slayings, will not be able to introduce evidence related to police investigations of victims’ [...]

Alexandria resident Derrick Davenport secures Chef of the Year award

Alexandria resident Derrick Davenport secures Chef of the Year award

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) When Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosts his foreign counterparts at his official residence at Fort Myer, executive chef and household manager Derrick Davenport is responsible [...]