Birchmere owner Gary Oelze dies at 80

By Denise Dunbar Gary Oelze, founder and owner of The Birchmere in Alexandria, died Monday, multiple sources have confirmed. He was 80. Oelze was a musician...

From mentorship to friendship

By Olivia Anderson | [email protected] Sandy Connolly and Ngoc Nguyen have built an unbreakable bond throughout the years, and it began in the most unorthodox...

Buckets of new talent

By Gwen Peace Mid-January marks an exciting time of year for high school girls’ athletics, with the basketball season now in full swing. An influx...

Mitigating 2023 health concerns

By Olivia Anderson | [email protected] With a new year comes new year’s resolutions, new routines and new … health concerns? The COVID-19 pandemic has taken center...

Activist Lillie Finklea dies at 83

By Olivia Anderson | [email protected] Lillie Finklea, an activist and cemetery preservationist, died on Dec. 27. She was 83. Finklea was known across the community...

Poor Robert’s Ruminations with Rob Whittle: New BIZ-ness

By Rob Whittle Every business is competitive. From street vendors to aerospace companies to car dealers to hair salons, capitalism requires that the winners provide...

My View with Frank Putzu: Duke Street denialism

By Frank Putzu Seemingly against the wishes of residents throughout the West End, the City of Alexandria appears to be moving full speed ahead on...

My View with Denise Dunbar: Gary Oelze – An appreciation

By Denise Dunbar When my husband and I entered the Birchmere one evening in early 1993 to hear one of our favorite artists, Jerry Jeff...

Birchmere owner Gary Oelze dies at 80

By Denise Dunbar | [email protected] Gary Oelze, who owned and founded the acclaimed Birchmere music hall, died on Monday of congestive heart failure. He was...

Home profile: From the ground up

By Olivia Anderson | [email protected] By the looks of it, Christine Sennott and Fred Theobald’s Payne Street home could sell pipes, lighters and a bevy...

Buckets of new talent

By Gwen Peace Mid-January marks an exciting time of year for high school girls’ athletics, with the basketball season now in full swing. An influx of new talent on the girls’ varsity teams in Alexandria...

Hoops season in the Port City

By Gwen Peace January is an exciting time for high school basketball – and Alexandria has an abundance of promising teams. “To have four, just really great schools and really great athletic programs in such a...

Alexandria Senators at bat

By Kassidy McDonald │[email protected] The Alexandria Senators, a youth baseball team for players 12 and under, competed in the world’s largest 12U tournament last week. The tournament was held in Cooperstown, New York – home...

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EDITORIALS

Unrivaled excellence and unsullied fame

By Gayle Converse and Pat Miller A woman with ties to several historic sites in Alexandria has been described as “the wife of three husbands,” “the star of the American stage” and “the most perfect...

Birchmere owner Gary Oelze dies at 80

By Denise Dunbar Gary Oelze, founder and owner of The Birchmere in Alexandria, died Monday, multiple sources have confirmed. He was 80. Oelze was a musician in his own right, and performed in the first band...

Enthralled by ‘Sister Act’

By Mae Hunt I went in completely blind to The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production of “Sister Act,” having never seen the original 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. Before the curtain opened, I overheard two...

Your Views: Keep the name, switch the fame

To the editor: The following is an open letter to Mayor Justin Wilson, pertaining to his advocacy for tossing the process that was established to...

Your Views: Remembering Lillie Finklea

To the editor: Alexandria has just lost one of its most noteworthy citizens of the last 40 years, Lillie Finklea. During her long life, Lillie...

Your Views: Greater disconnect?

To the editor: Lest readers imagine that I am defending the city establishment, I should begin by noting that describing the dynamic isn’t defending it....

Your Views: Ban wildlife killing contests

To the editor: Virginia residents have a unique opportunity to help wildlife in our state. I encourage all of my fellow Alexandrians to contact the...

About Alexandria with Mark Eaton: 2022’s Hits and Misses

By Mark Eaton “About Alexandria” was one year old as of last month. Education experts say there is no improvement without assessment, so it is...

Poor Robert’s Ruminations with Rob Whittle: New BIZ-ness

By Rob Whittle Every business is competitive. From street vendors to aerospace companies to car dealers to hair salons, capitalism requires that the winners provide...

My View with Frank Putzu: Duke Street denialism

By Frank Putzu Seemingly against the wishes of residents throughout the West End, the City of Alexandria appears to be moving full speed ahead on...

My View with Denise Dunbar: Gary Oelze – An appreciation

By Denise Dunbar When my husband and I entered the Birchmere one evening in early 1993 to hear one of our favorite artists, Jerry Jeff...

City Hall Watch with Bill Rossello: All politics is national

The saying, “All politics is local,” made popular by the iconic House Speaker Tip O’Neill, has been the conventional wisdom for decades. But is...