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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 [...]

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 [...]