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Alexandria in ACTion: ACTions speak louder than words

Alexandria in ACTion: ACTions speak louder than words

By John Porter (File Photo) With all that’s going on in Washington regarding the federal budget and tax reform, the potential impact on nonprofits is immense. The president’s budget includes important efforts that engage the philanthropic [...]

Hobie & Monk: Wedding worries

Hobie & Monk: Wedding worries

Dear Hobie & Monk, I am getting married soon and have included my fiance’s sister as a bridesmaid out of courtesy (we are not close friends). Do I have to invite my sister-in-law-to-be to attend the [...]

The first lady of Alexandria

The first lady of Alexandria

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) In celebration of Women’s History Month, Out of the Attic will — in the coming weeks — focus on the significant women who called Alexandria home. And perhaps one of the most [...]

MOVE ALONG: Decision on bike lanes is in city council’s hands

MOVE ALONG: Decision on bike lanes is in city council’s hands

By Jonathan Krall (File Photo) At its February 24 hearing, the city’s traffic and parking board voted 5-2 to recommend another delay for the King Street bike lane and pedestrian improvements project. The board reconsidered this [...]

Out of the Attic: Admiring the determination of black 
refugees in Civil War-era Alexandria

Out of the Attic: Admiring the determination of black 
refugees in Civil War-era Alexandria

During the summer of 1862, thousands of southern slaves fled to Northern Virginia seeking protection as contrabands behind Union lines. At the time, although their legal status was still undetermined, many refugees flooded into Alexandria, joining [...]

The Business Plan: Alexandria Library is a powerful resource for small businesses

The Business Plan: Alexandria Library is a powerful resource for small businesses

By Bill Reagan (File Photo)  Agile small businesses have some operational advantages over large corporations, but one area where they have a competitive disadvantage is in-house research resources. Small business owners simply can’t afford to acquire or [...]

OUT OF THE ATTIC: Recalling the final resting place 
for escaped slaves

OUT OF THE ATTIC: Recalling the final resting place 
for escaped slaves

(Photo/City of Alexandria) After the Union occupation of Alexandria in May 1861, the celebratory mood of secession quickly turned to despair and residents who supported the Confederacy fled southward. But by 1862, Alexandria had become a [...]

Senior Corner: Did you know that hoarding is a recognized medical condition

Senior Corner: Did you know that hoarding is a recognized medical condition

By John D. Catlett Did you know that hoarding is a recognized medical condition? It is associated with various obsessive-compulsive disorders, but there’s not a single known cause. Hoarding has become more prevalent in recent years [...]

Out of the Attic: What happened to one of Washington’s 
local watering holes?

Out of the Attic: What happened to one of Washington’s 
local watering holes?

(Photo/Library of Congress)  The public open space today known as Market Square was a jumble of buildings in the 19th and early 20th centuries and bisected by two alleyways. Sharpskin Alley connected North Fairfax and Royal [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: Giving where your heart is

Alexandria in ACTion: Giving where your heart is

By John Porter Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, a special time to demonstrate our love for those who mean the most to us in a variety of creative ways — big and small. Love is certainly a [...]