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Hobie & Monk: Learning to appreciate the simpler things in life

Hobie & Monk: Learning to appreciate the simpler things in life

Dear Hobie & Monk, My wife and I did not travel much when we were growing up, and one thing we’ve really enjoyed is giving our daughters the opportunity to see more of the world during [...]

Out of the Attic: A bland building with rich commercial history

Out of the Attic: A bland building with rich commercial history

(Photo/Library of Congress) The humble commercial building pictured here, just before its 1968 demolition as part of Alexandria’s controversial urban renewal program, was never one of the Port City’s architectural gems. Ignoring the unsympathetic renovations over [...]

Senior Corner: Protect your health by traveling safely with medications

Senior Corner: Protect your health by traveling safely with medications

By Amber Nightingale (File Photo) Too many senior citizens have found themselves in a situation like Theodore, an 83-year-old gentleman from Salem, N.Y., who began negotiating life’s challenges alone after his wife entered an assisted living [...]

From Russia with love

From Russia with love

(Photo/Library of Congress) When the Civil War began in 1861, the Confederate and Union governments courted European support for their causes. Although France’s Napoleon III made overtures to Southern leaders and England constructed some warships for [...]

Founding Fathers’ philanthropy: America’s strong giving tradition

Founding Fathers’ philanthropy: America’s strong giving tradition

Alexandria in ACTion with John Porter (File Photo) This month Alexandrians celebrate two important historical events — the founding of our country 238 years ago and that of our city 27 years earlier in 1749. I [...]

Out of the Attic: A long-time home 
for man’s best friend

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) In the nearly 230 years since its construction, the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco St. has been home to over a dozen families, many of whom have had a variety of pets, [...]

Filling in the blanks: A diverse approach to success

Filling in the blanks: A diverse approach to success

By Karen Graf (Photo/Laura Sikes) Alexandria City Public Schools is a diverse and complicated entity. Our approach to educating students must match the needs of a varied population. One effort is to help at-risk students graduate through [...]

Hobie & Monk: Letting potential visitors down gently

Hobie & Monk: Letting potential visitors down gently

Dear Hobie & Monk, My wife and I have just relocated to a beautiful small city on the West Coast. Now that summer is here, all of our East Coast friends want to come to visit, [...]

Out of the Attic: King Street’s victims of urban renewal

Out of the Attic: King Street’s victims of urban renewal

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) The King Street storefronts depicted in this photograph document just how far commercial real estate in Alexandria’s once prime retail area had declined by the mid-1960s. By that time the area around [...]

The Business Plan: The one resource every business owner must know about

The Business Plan: The one resource every business owner must know about

By Bill Reagan (File Photo) Our staff at the Alexandria Small Business Development Center recently updated our Web site (www.alexandriasbdc.org), making it better suited to help existing business owners as well as those thinking about starting [...]