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My View: Supporting the solopreneur economy

My View: Supporting the solopreneur economy

By Bill Reagan Self-employed workers go by a variety of names: solopreneurs, independent contractors or consultants, freelancers and even lone eagles. Whatever you call them, this segment of the economy is expanding, particularly in the Washington [...]

Out of the Attic: Alexandria’s invincible woman

Out of the Attic: Alexandria’s invincible woman

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) We continue our celebration of Women’s History Month this week with the story of Alexandria’s first “invincible:” Constance Fairfax Cary Harrison. Born in 1843 to Archibald Cary and his wife, Monimia, Constance [...]

Senior Corner: Need help with spring cleaning? We’re here for you

Senior Corner: Need help with spring cleaning? We’re here for you

By Rhonda L. Williams (File Photo) A large part of Alexandria’s charm is its wonderful blend of historic, period and modern architecture. A drive across town can be a feast to the eye. Most Alexandrians take [...]

My View: Protect the right to conscientiously object by Kristina Arriaga

My View: Protect the right to conscientiously object by Kristina Arriaga

By Kristina Arriaga (File Photo) The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby on March 25, a case that deals with the right of a family to operate a business according to their deeply [...]

A champion of Alexandria’s 
most underserved residents

A champion of Alexandria’s 
most underserved residents

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Annie Beatrice Bailey Rose, best known within the community as “Miss Annie,” fought to advance opportunities for the city’s black residents as well as Alexandria’s less fortunate. She was born in January [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: ACTions speak louder than words

Alexandria in ACTion: ACTions speak louder than words

By John Porter (File Photo) With all that’s going on in Washington regarding the federal budget and tax reform, the potential impact on nonprofits is immense. The president’s budget includes important efforts that engage the philanthropic [...]

Hobie & Monk: Wedding worries

Hobie & Monk: Wedding worries

Dear Hobie & Monk, I am getting married soon and have included my fiance’s sister as a bridesmaid out of courtesy (we are not close friends). Do I have to invite my sister-in-law-to-be to attend the [...]

The first lady of Alexandria

The first lady of Alexandria

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) In celebration of Women’s History Month, Out of the Attic will — in the coming weeks — focus on the significant women who called Alexandria home. And perhaps one of the most [...]

MOVE ALONG: Decision on bike lanes is in city council’s hands

MOVE ALONG: Decision on bike lanes is in city council’s hands

By Jonathan Krall (File Photo) At its February 24 hearing, the city’s traffic and parking board voted 5-2 to recommend another delay for the King Street bike lane and pedestrian improvements project. The board reconsidered this [...]

Out of the Attic: Admiring the determination of black 
refugees in Civil War-era Alexandria

Out of the Attic: Admiring the determination of black 
refugees in Civil War-era Alexandria

During the summer of 1862, thousands of southern slaves fled to Northern Virginia seeking protection as contrabands behind Union lines. At the time, although their legal status was still undetermined, many refugees flooded into Alexandria, joining [...]