Local protest goes national and national parade goes for locals


Acting the part of First Children. Dressed as Martha Washingtons two children Jackie and Patsy, Alexandria siblings Taylor and Mitchell Shirley rode comfortably with George and Martha Washington at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Post-parade found the two back at home in Mount Vernon, that is, with their real parents, Craig and Zorine Shirley of Mount Vernon.

Warner hands out free advice. Former Governor Mark Warner made some predictions as the key-note speaker for the TiE-DC Tenth Anniversary Gala worth tucking away. At the event filled with hundreds of tech-heads from TiE of which Warner served as founding board member, he said, The next great place to be successful is energy…alternative energy will have the same impact on America that IT had. To the delight of the audience, Warners speech was coated thick with political foreshadowing, claiming that Iowa and New Hampshire looked good as his teenage daughters arent keen on dad-time at the moment.

Foster parents honored. Foster Parents of the Year award for the City of Alexandria went to James and Paula Foreman, presented at a recent gala by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Freddie Mac Foundation. After fostering for 10 years, the Foremans were taking a break when approached to take in two teenage brothers, a challenge they readily accepted.

Math Olympiad. Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Math 11th grader Haitoa Mao of Alexandria was among 12 winners at USA Math 2007, a contest sponsored by the USA Mathematical Olympiad and the American Statistical Association. The group is then whittled down to six to compete in Hanoi, Vietnam this summer at the International Mathematical Olympiad.

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