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The Business Plan with Bill Reagan: Coaching isn’t just for CEOs

The Business Plan with Bill Reagan: Coaching isn’t just for CEOs

By Bill Reagan (Stock Image)  We all strive to make clear-headed decisions — to be well informed, have all the facts, think objectively and feel confident in the way we’ve come to a conclusion. The problem [...]

Out of the Attic: Tracing the history of the ‘Gilpin Map’

Out of the Attic: Tracing the history of the ‘Gilpin Map’

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Most Alexandria residents have probably seen a copy of what area historians refer to as the “Gilpin Map” of the 18th-century city and would easily recognize the street grid that we now [...]

Out of the Attic: Odd Fellows Hall served as Alexandria’s rationing headquarters during WWII

Out of the Attic: Odd Fellows Hall served as Alexandria’s rationing headquarters during WWII

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) One of the more interesting uses of Odd Fellows Hall at 218 N. Columbus St., seen here in the late 1960s, was during World War II, when the building became the headquarters [...]

SENIOR CORNER: Don’t let a disability keep you from the doctor’s office

SENIOR CORNER: Don’t let a disability keep you from the doctor’s office

Ms. Smith is a 93-year-old Alexandria resident who worked for many years as a nurse. Now retired, she is frail, suffers from arthritis and needs a walker to get around. These ailments make it difficult for [...]

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 [...]