Archive for 'Columns'

My View: It’s time to stand against 
anti-Semitism

My View: It’s time to stand against 
anti-Semitism

By Denise Dunbar Horrible events in history, like the Holocaust, don’t happen all at once. They’re the culmination of years of gradual change, of shifts so subtle that most are unaware anything significant is happening. Occasionally, [...]

Out of the Attic: Local railroad tycoon once 
set sail, sort of

Out of the Attic: Local railroad tycoon once 
set sail, sort of

(Photo/Library of Congress) As captured in this photograph on June 26, 1920, the ninth ship built at the Virginia Shipbuilding Co. yard at Alexandria’s Jones Point was launched. Christened the Colin H. Livingstone, the ship was [...]

Senior Corner: The growing need for assisted living facilities

Senior Corner: The growing need for assisted living facilities

By William Harris Most people dream of enjoying a happy and healthy old age. Old age brings joys and benefits, but occasionally health difficulties interfere. If you live long enough you inevitably will become frail and often [...]

Hobie & Monk: Preparing for an empty nest

Hobie & Monk: Preparing for an empty nest

Dear Hobie & Monk, My wife and I are dropping our only child at college in August and suddenly are realizing that our marriage has taken a back seat to parenting for many, many years. Everyone [...]

Out of the Attic: Friendship Fire Company’s 
suction engine

Out of the Attic: Friendship Fire Company’s 
suction engine

(Photo/Library of Congress) Once an example of cutting-edge firefighting technology, the suction engine that belongs to the Friendship Fire Company now stands as a reminder of a time when Alexandria depended on volunteers to put out [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: Don’t let summer break go to waste

Alexandria in ACTion: Don’t let summer break go to waste

By John Porter (File Photo)  “School is out at last/And I’m so glad I passed.” These lyrics from an old — and I mean old — rock ‘n’ roll song were some of my favorites while [...]

Out of the Attic: The many transformations 
of the Alexandria High School

Out of the Attic: The many transformations 
of the Alexandria High School

(Photo/Library of Congress) This week’s Out of the Attic column traces the story of yet another unusually large Alexandria building once used as an academy. It is believed that the large, three-story building on the southeast [...]

Filling in the Blanks: Only you can help our schools and our children succeed

Filling in the Blanks: Only you can help our schools and our children succeed

By Karen Graf (File Photo) The community always has been an important component in public education. With businesses, nonprofits and neighbors chipping in, we can help shepherd our city and the children in our schools toward [...]

My View: The real winners of the War of 1812

My View: The real winners of the War of 1812

By Dan Lee (File Photo) The British warships that arrived along the Alexandria waterfront in 1814 affected the lives of ordinary residents, though not so dramatically as the federal occupation of the Port City during the [...]

Out of the Attic: A place of learning and a place of healing

Out of the Attic: A place of learning and a place of healing

(Photo/Library of Congress) Although stylistically different, for many decades the two buildings at 601 and 603 Queen St. had a shared history in Alexandria. The two-story structure on the right side was built in 1842 by [...]