Archive for 'Columns'

A tailored piece of property 
on South Royal Street

A tailored piece of property 
on South Royal Street

(Photo/City of Alexandria) At the turn of the 19th century the property at 113 S. Royal St. was home to John Longden, a tailor who operated his business in the 600 block of King Street, next [...]

The Business Plan: Celebrating Alexandria’s little-known manufacturing sector

The Business Plan: Celebrating Alexandria’s little-known manufacturing sector

By Bill Reagan (File Photo) Manufacturing Day (using the hashtag #mfgday on Twitter) will be celebrated across the country next week. October 3 is a day for highlighting the importance of manufacturing to the economy, showcasing [...]

Under a football field, a reminder 
of Alexandria’s past

Under a football field, a reminder 
of Alexandria’s past

(Photo/City of Alexandria) Mark your calendars — it is only 35 years until the opening of the time capsule at George Washington Middle School. The capsule was installed on September 17, 1949 as part of Alexandria’s [...]

Senior Corner: Helping neighbors, 
one home at a time

Senior Corner: Helping neighbors, 
one home at a time

By Katherine Dixon (File Photo)  While Rebuilding Together Alexandria may not be a household name, we aim to be — especially since we are all about rebuilding houses. As an Alexandria-based nonprofit, we focus on empowering [...]

Out of the Attic: Forming one of Alexandria’s most iconic parkways

Out of the Attic: Forming one of Alexandria’s most iconic parkways

(Photo/City of Alexandria) Last week’s column described the centuries-long isolation of the area at the mouth of Great Hunting Creek, where the tributary met the Potomac River. Until 1930, the creek formed a large bay at [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: What’s your impact?

Alexandria in ACTion: What’s your impact?

By John Porter (File Photo) Thirteen years ago today, our lives changed dramatically. Like me, I’m sure you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing as we watched events unfold in New York [...]

Out of the Attic: Dedication of memorial marks 
end of long journey for cemetery

(Photo/City of Alexandria) The formal dedication of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial at 10 a.m. Saturday commemorates the 150th anniversary of the hastily prepared burial site for more than 1,700 black contrabands and freedmen that [...]

Filling in the blanks: A  busy summer of preparation for the new school year

Filling in the blanks: A busy summer of preparation for the new school year

By Karen Graf (File Photo) The first week of school is here! Hopefully summer was relaxing and restorative for families in Alexandria City Public Schools, but the district staff were hard at work. Teachers, administrators and [...]

My View: Reflecting on Alexandria

My View: Reflecting on Alexandria

By Sher Alam Shinwari When I arrived in the beautiful City of Alexandria more than two months ago, I found myself in a dreamland. The very look of the city spellbound me. The lush, green and [...]

A friend (with a potentially dubious work history) in need

A friend (with a potentially dubious work history) in need

Dear Hobie & Monk, My friend recently was fired from her job. Though she says it’s out of the blue and doesn’t know why, I suspect she’s embarrassed about how things went down. She’s on the [...]