Archive for 'Columns'

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 [...]

Hobie & Monk: Office makeup routine drives co-worker up the wall

Hobie & Monk: Office makeup routine drives co-worker up the wall

Dear Hobie & Monk, When my co-worker has drop-off duties for her children, she doesn’t have time to do anything in the morning (her wording). When she arrives in her office, which is across from my [...]

Move Along: Traffic and parking board went down the wrong path

Move Along: Traffic and parking board went down the wrong path

By Jonathan Krall Can our public decision-making process function when a few of the people leading that process do not act in good faith? City residents are debating the merits of adding bike lanes to King [...]

Out of the Attic: National Fruit Product Co. goes up in flames

Out of the Attic: National Fruit Product Co. goes up in flames

(Photo/Library of Congress) The National Fruit Product Co.’s origins began with the Board-Armstrong Co., which had a vinegar and cider business at the corner of Prince and Union streets in the early 1900s. In 1909, Board-Armstrong [...]

The Business Plan by Bill Reagan: The benefits of shopping local

The Business Plan by Bill Reagan: The benefits of shopping local

By Bill Reagan (File Photo) Alexandria’s Black Friday campaign and the national Small Business Saturday promotion are great opportunities for all of us to shop local this holiday season. American Express launched the Small Business Saturday [...]

Bathroom trip turns into a teachable moment

Bathroom trip turns into a teachable moment

Dear Hobie & Monk, My middle school daughter walked into the girls bathroom the other day and overheard two very popular girls talking openly and casually about how they, as a matter of course, throw up [...]

How the Civil War paved the way for Beulah Baptist Church

How the Civil War paved the way for Beulah Baptist Church

(Photo/Photo/Virginia Department of Historic Resources) Beulah Baptist Church at 320 S. Washington St. was established in October 1863, the first church organized in Alexandria after the Union occupation of the city in 1861. The church was [...]