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Long Live You: Avoiding the allergy blues naturally

Long Live You: Avoiding the allergy blues naturally

By Dr. Marie Steinmetz (File Photo) As spring allergy season arrives, it is time to take stock of your natural medicine cabinet. There are many natural remedies that have been proven useful for offsetting allergy symptoms. [...]

When Johnny Bull came to town

When Johnny Bull came to town

(Image/Library of Congress) Unlike Alexandria’s occupation during the Civil War, which was documented extensively through the then new medium of photography, few depictions of the Port City during the War of 1812 survive to this day. [...]

Alexandria’s role in the 
Poor People’s Campaign

Alexandria’s role in the 
Poor People’s Campaign

At a May 1967 South Carolina retreat of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. Martin Luther King announced the launch of a second phase of the civil rights movement focused on human rights and economic justice [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: What if we raise $1 million in one day for local nonprofits?

Alexandria in ACTion: What if we raise $1 million in one day for local nonprofits?

By John Porter Does that headline sound crazy? Well, it shouldn’t. Online giving days — 24 hours spent fundraising on the Internet for a specific cause — gained popularity several years ago. To be honest, we [...]

Out of the Attic: A Port City suffragette

Out of the Attic: A Port City suffragette

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) As we continue our series on important women who called Alexandria home — in honor of Women’s History Month — we cannot overlook the significant contributions made by Caroline Hallowell Miller, who [...]

My View: Supporting the solopreneur economy

My View: Supporting the solopreneur economy

By Bill Reagan Self-employed workers go by a variety of names: solopreneurs, independent contractors or consultants, freelancers and even lone eagles. Whatever you call them, this segment of the economy is expanding, particularly in the Washington [...]

Out of the Attic: Alexandria’s invincible woman

Out of the Attic: Alexandria’s invincible woman

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) We continue our celebration of Women’s History Month this week with the story of Alexandria’s first “invincible:” Constance Fairfax Cary Harrison. Born in 1843 to Archibald Cary and his wife, Monimia, Constance [...]

Senior Corner: Need help with spring cleaning? We’re here for you

Senior Corner: Need help with spring cleaning? We’re here for you

By Rhonda L. Williams (File Photo) A large part of Alexandria’s charm is its wonderful blend of historic, period and modern architecture. A drive across town can be a feast to the eye. Most Alexandrians take [...]

My View: Protect the right to conscientiously object by Kristina Arriaga

My View: Protect the right to conscientiously object by Kristina Arriaga

By Kristina Arriaga (File Photo) The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby on March 25, a case that deals with the right of a family to operate a business according to their deeply [...]

A champion of Alexandria’s 
most underserved residents

A champion of Alexandria’s 
most underserved residents

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Annie Beatrice Bailey Rose, best known within the community as “Miss Annie,” fought to advance opportunities for the city’s black residents as well as Alexandria’s less fortunate. She was born in January [...]