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When too much is not enough

When too much is not enough

By John Porter (File Photo) Like most Alexandrians in recent weeks, you likely didn’t have to wish for more donation requests from nonprofit organizations, having received more than enough. ACT for Alexandria certainly accounted for its [...]

Capital Bikeshare is on the road to success

Capital Bikeshare is on the road to success

By Jonathan Krall (File Photo) The first-year report on Capital Bikeshare in Alexandria came out last month, and the news is good. According to city transportation planner Carrie Sanders, revenues covered 72 percent of operating costs. [...]

Out of the Attic: A church for presidents

Out of the Attic: A church for presidents

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Before the American Revolution, the Church of England was the established church of Virginia, as well as part of the Colonial government. For administrative purposes, the colony was divided into parishes, and [...]

(Potential) failure to launch

(Potential) failure to launch

Dear Hobie & Monk, My son (a senior in high school) is very bright, but he’s not doing his assignments and he’s failing English and history. He risks not graduating. He wants to go to college [...]

MY VIEW: Sophieís choice: unemployment fraud

MY VIEW: Sophieís choice: unemployment fraud

By Denise Dunbar (Photo/File Photo) I recently saw a picture of a D.C. bus with a sign on it that said, “Unemployment Fraud is a Crime.” The issue of unemployment benefits has been in the news [...]

Out of the Attic: Looking at the history 
of the Janney house

Out of the Attic: Looking at the history 
of the Janney house

(Photo/City of Alexandria) One of the most prominent Quaker families in early Alexandria was the Janneys, whose members included several well-respected artisans and merchants of the community. Joshua Janney was a renowned silversmith in the city [...]

My View: Christmas carols date back 1,700 years

My View: Christmas carols date back 1,700 years

(Photo/Laura Sikes) No matter if your favorite music is jazz, classical, pop, blues or country, most everyone will admit being in love with Christmas carols. In reading the history of carols, one sees that most of [...]

Senior Corner: Spotting senior neglect

Senior Corner: Spotting senior neglect

(Photo/Shutterstock.com) “’Tis the season to be jolly” is the age-old saying during this time of year. Unfortunately, this is not the case for more than a few of our seniors. Some of the seniors in our [...]

A first date at an office party? Oh, boy!

A first date at an office party? Oh, boy!

Dear Hobie & Monk, OK, so I actually heard a guy in his 20s call into a radio show with this question this week, and I had to pull into the parking garage at my office [...]

How the American Legion Post 24 saved Gadsby’s Tavern

How the American Legion Post 24 saved Gadsby’s Tavern

(Photo/City of Alexandria) In the first quarter of the 20th century, one of the great forces promoting civic pride, historic preservation and the economic benefits of tourism in Alexandria was the American Legion Post 24. After [...]