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Warm weather is kitten season.
Brenda Reed, president of the King Street Cats Rescue & Adoption says they are readying themselves for the usual boom of new births common to this time of year and the resulting rise in homeless cats. The nonprofit, operating solely on volunteers and donations, regularly houses up to 25 cats in their donated upstairs space at 213 King Street courtesy of property owner Ethel Breun, whose personal love for homeless cats began with a stray named Chester. Chesters big personality occupied Breuns first floor store, Unique, and today John-Boy and Sushi take the deceased Chesters place as official store cats. Open adoptions are conducted every Sunday. www.kingstreetcats.org

Who needs a storm?
Hurricane season coincides with summer travel and Alexandria-based MacNair Travel & Cruises Division Director Skip Fortier strongly recommends travel insurance. With forecasters warning a season riddled with storms, be advised by the travel experts. 703.836.1101.

Piaggios Loft expanding services.
Nearly six-year-old interior design firm Piaggios Loft on Cameron Street opened another arm of business last week, this time for the Do-It-Yourself Enthusiast, described designer Fotini Tsapakis. The new-concept Piaggios Loft Fabrication Studio at 307 S. Washington Street is perfect for those desiring custom-made furnishings but not the help of a designer. 703.299.9800

Daniel J. Boorstin lightening up in Alexandria.
Prized art from Boorstins personal collection is included in the local Potomack Companys upcoming auction on June 30. The Pulitzer-prize winning historian and former Librarian of Congress items include Malina kinetic art pieces and a George Washington sculpture. www.potomackcompany.com.

Presidential real estate reduced.
The asking price of President Fords family home has been reduced to $899,000, Joan Dixon of McEnearney Associates announced recently. On the market for 10 months, the property at 514 Crown View Drive was the Ford home during his congressional years on Capitol Hill. 

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