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Joint aquatics venture between City of Alexandria and Arlington County under consideration

Joint aquatics venture between City of Alexandria and Arlington County under consideration

By Chris Teale (File photo) When a consultant prepared a report on the state of aquatics facilities in Alexandria last year, one of the more troubling findings for some was that only about 20 percent of [...]

Some medics oppose Alexandria Fire Department’s new hybrid model

Some medics oppose Alexandria Fire Department’s new hybrid model

By Erich Wagner (File photo) An internal debate over the future of the Alexandria Fire Department bubbled to the surface last month, as a group of paramedics denounced the city’s ongoing transition from utilizing paramedics to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Local leaders laud advent of TSA in Eisenhower West

Local leaders laud advent of TSA in Eisenhower West

By Erich Wagner and Chris Teale (Photo/Alexandria Economic Development Partnership) City officials and business leaders are brimming with excitement following the announcement last week that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration will relocate to Alexandria. The agency [...]