Archive for 'Columns'

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 [...]

Out of the Attic: A building where a president and chief justice once trod

Out of the Attic: A building where a president and chief justice once trod

(Photo/Library of Congress) The large, three-story L-shaped building at 200 North Fairfax St., seen in this photograph from approximately 1940, is one of the earliest structures in Alexandria. An Historic American Buildings Survey report, prepared by [...]

Out of the Attic: Capitol Theatre once served as city’s sole black movie theater

Out of the Attic: Capitol Theatre once served as city’s sole black movie theater

(Photo/Alexandria Black History Museum)  During segregation, the first movie theater in Alexandria for black patrons was located at the northwest corner of Queen and Henry streets. In the fall of 1920, despite protests, Harry Bramow was [...]

SENIOR CORNER: Are you a caregiver? 
We can help

SENIOR CORNER: Are you a caregiver? 
We can help

By Jo-Ann Callender (File Photo)  Several days a week, usually around sunset, Joan begins yelling. She sees objects others don’t. She points, yells and screams. Her family is unsure what is causing her distress. Medications help [...]