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Local agencies investigate oil sheen on Potomac River

Local agencies investigate oil sheen on Potomac River

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Alexandria officials are keeping a close eye on an investigation by state and federal agencies into an oil sheen that appeared along the Potomac River last week. City spokesman Craig Fifer [...]

Warwick Pool overhaul vote goes swimmingly

Warwick Pool overhaul vote goes swimmingly

By Chris Teale (File photo) City council voted unanimously at a public hearing last month to overhaul the Warwick Pool with a new facility that could cost upwards of $2.1 million, though a timeline for construction [...]

Torpedo Factory Art Center board split on overhaul

Torpedo Factory Art Center board split on overhaul

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) Dissent has flared up among Torpedo Factory Art Center board members after a consultant’s report recommended an organizational overhaul. The controversial plan calls for creating a new, independent board of directors [...]

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 [...]

Ramsey Homes redevelopment to undergo public scrutiny

Ramsey Homes redevelopment to undergo public scrutiny

By Chris Teale (File photo) The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s proposed redevelopment plan for the Ramsey Homes at 699 N. Patrick St. will come before the planning commission on February 4 for a public hearing [...]

City starts recovery process after historic blizzard

City starts recovery process after historic blizzard

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) Alexandrians have begun the process of digging themselves out from beneath a historic winter storm that hit last Friday and Saturday and dumped approximately 22 inches of snow — what usually [...]