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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 [...]

Out of the Attic: Remembering the British 
invasion of Alexandria

Out of the Attic: Remembering the British 
invasion of Alexandria

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Despite spending two years planning for the defense of Alexandria during the War of 1812, the city’s surrender to British forces on the morning of August 28, 1814 turned out to be [...]

The Business Plan with Bill Reagan: Community resources to support veterans

The Business Plan with Bill Reagan: Community resources to support veterans

By Bill Reagan (File photo) At the Alexandria Small Business Development Center, we’re always looking for new ways to support Alexandria businesses. We continually seek opportunities to partner with members of the community and to identify [...]

Hobie & Monk: A house divided …

Hobie & Monk: A house divided …

Dear Hobie & Monk, My roommates and I have been living together for a year now. There are four of us in one house. At the beginning, we were all friends. Not the best of friends, [...]

Senior corner: Separating normal aging from dementia

Senior corner: Separating normal aging from dementia

By Russel Hunter “Are my memory problems because of dementia or just age?” It’s a question I get frequently. We all experience forgetfulness and word-finding difficulties from time to time. Unsuccessfully trying to remember the name [...]

An untouched corner of Alexandria’s history

An untouched corner of Alexandria’s history

One of the few commercial corners to have remained largely unchanged for over 60 years is located at the northeast intersection of Gibbon and South Washington streets. Since 1952, Demaine’s Funeral Home has occupied the three-and-a-half [...]

Out of the Attic: The evolution of Market Square

Out of the Attic: The evolution of Market Square

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Market Square was established only a few years after Alexandria was founded in 1749, and the Saturday morning market may be the oldest of its kind in the United States. The site [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: Smart starts turn into strong finishes

Alexandria in ACTion: Smart starts turn into strong finishes

By John Porter (File Photo)  Back to school — say it ain’t so! The summer can’t be over yet; didn’t it just start? Well, actually, the summer’s not over, but it is quickly coming to its [...]