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Letter: Is Safety A Priority?

Letter to the Editor

As most of us know, the three basic tenants of local government are the health, welfare and safety of its residents.

Column: Filling the Gap

Why should young people volunteer? Isn't that something only seniors do? Not at all. Young people who volunteer gain valuable insight into the inner workings of their communities and are able to obtain a wider perspective by supporting the diverse missions of nonprofit organizations. Volunteering is more than just a few hours of free labor; it's an opportunity for networking, skill building and individual growth.

Column: Senior Services of Alexandria Introduce New Program for Seniors: ‘Groceries to Go’

Senior Services of Alexandria has a new service for seniors as part of its Senior Nutrition Program called "Groceries to Go." This service is for seniors 60 and over who live in the City of Alexandria and have a difficult time grocery shopping on their own.

Column: Working Together for the Alexandria Community

Commentary

On Wednesday, March 25, the Alexandria Council of Human Service Organizations (ACHSO) released its recently completed report “Meeting Needs Today: A Needs Assessment of the Alexandria Human Services System” — an update of the last needs assessment in 2008. This is the second in a series of studies commissioned by ACHSO following last year’s “Return on Investment: Alexandria Nonprofit Impact Report.” Both studies can be downloaded at: www.achsova.org.

Obituary: William Anderson Payne

Obituary

William Anderson Payne, 93, a native Alexandrian, died Friday, March 13, 2015. He retired from Southern Railway after 42 years of service, was an active member of The Fraternal Order of Eagles and was a member of the Andrew Jackson Lodge #120, A.F.&A.M.

Obituary: Michael Graves

Obituary

The architect and designer of the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, Michael Graves, died from natural causes on March 12, 2015.

Obituary: Gloria June Miles Hanback

Obituary

On March 20, 2015, Alexandria lost one of its long-time residents.

Norfolk: Transloading Changes

By letter on March 19, Norfolk Southern Corporation advised the City of Alexandria that it plans to make changes to its ethanol transloading facility in the West End area of Alexandria.

News Brief: Arrest in 7-11 Robbery

The Alexandria Police Department arrested a 30-year-old Washington D.C. man on March 18 for a robbery that occurred at the 7-11 convenience store located in the 4600 block of Kenmore Avenue on Dec. 11, 2014. He is currently awaiting extradition from Washington D.C.

Brief: Quintanilla Sentenced To Serve 21 Years

On March 19, in the Alexandria Circuit Court, Jose M. Quintanilla, 44, was sentenced on one count of forcible sodomy, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, three counts of production of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

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Alexandria: Negotiation for Budget Funds

Schools and city clash over continued budget gap.

The deadline for proposing a tax rate increase for fiscal year 2016 passed on March 17 without any update from the city, meaning the funding in the current budget is all of the funding that will be available. For Alexandria police officers and city employees, that means a pay increase and additional career opportunities inside their departments. For Alexandria public schools, who were hoping a last minute decision to raise the tax rate might be enough to cover the $3 million gap between the school’s budget and the city manager’s proposed budget, the news means budget discussions between now and May are going to be tense.

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Mt. Vernon: NOVA's Scholarships Provide Security Net

In 2011, Mount Vernon resident Dr. Glenn B. Fatzinger and his daughter Jennifer created a pair of scholarships to memorialize their wife and mother Harriet H. Fatzinger. Harriet was an elder and chair of the Congregational Care Council at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, where she helped co-founded a regular Friday-night fellowship program called Agape Reservoir that continues to serve individuals with special needs in the Mount Vernon Area.

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Alexandria: Defending Champion T.C. Williams Titans Looking for Offense

T.C. Williams must find way to score without standout Williamson.

Late in Tuesday's match against Centreville, Sebastian Hendi thought back to last season, when the T.C. Williams boys’ soccer team would blast the ball ahead to Eryk Williamson and let the talented striker do what he does best: put the ball in the net and help the Titans win.

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Perennial Power Chantilly Boys’ Lax Teaches Lesson to Herndon

Hornets goalkeeper Mach plays well in defeat.

The Chantilly boys' lacrosse team beat Herndon 10-1 on Monday.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Softball Looking for Conference 7 Supremacy

Orleans’ pitching heroics help Wolverines beat Majors in opener.

West Potomac softball is off to a 4-0 start.

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Alexandria: Defending Champion Titans Looking for Offense

T.C. Williams boys' soccer must find way to score without standout Williamson.

The T.C. Williams boys' soccer team has a different look following its state championship run in 2014.

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Great Falls: Langley Boys’ Lax Bounces Back From Historic Loss

Saxons beat Yorktown in home opener.

The Langley boys' lacrosse team won a pair of games after opening the season with its first ever loss to McLean.

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Fairfax: Is Robinson Boys Lacrosse Team Confident or Cocky?

Defending state champion Rams have high expectations.

Robinson improved to 3-0 with win over Dominion.

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Virginia Bronze In Concert

Virginia Bronze performed to a crowd of more than 200 at the Masonic Auditorium on King Street on Sunday, March 17.

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Marking International Women’s Day in Alexandria

Ten Thousand VIllages sales benefit Alexandria’s domestic abuse program.

Thirteen-year-old Sage Boucher knew it was International Women’s Day on March 8. She alerted her family to the fact when she checked her social media in the morning: “Tumblr had it, and I always check Google graphics first thing because if something is going on, the graphic will hint at it.” They were going to get cupcakes to celebrate.