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Alexandria: Battle of Robinson Terminal South Ends

Council approval yields compromises amidst unyielding opposition.

In a 5-1 vote, the City Council approved EYA’s redevelopment of Robinson Terminal South. In many ways, the City Council public hearing on April 18 was largely a repeat of the April 9 Planning Commission and a number of committee hearings before that. Many of the same voices from the audience voiced the same concerns or showed the same support.

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Thomas Jefferson Class of 2019: 70% Asian, 1.6% Black

Some say unbalanced admissions demographics at Northern Virginia’s top high school speaks to system-wide equity problems.

Consider: 70.2 percent Asian, 20.7 percent White, 5.1 percent Multiracial/Other, 2.4 percent Hispanic, 1.6 percent Black: This is the ethnic breakdown of the 493 students admitted to the 2019 class of the Fairfax County Public Schools magnet institution Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

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Expanding Circle of HOPE

Empty Bowl event at Herndon Floris United Methodist Church raises $36,025.68.

On April 10, the 8th annual Empty Bowls event was hosted by the Giving Circle of HOPE at Floris United Methodist Church on Frying Pan Road in Herndon. Proceeds went directly to Food for Others, the largest distributor of free food to needy people in Northern Virginia.

Letter: Police Oversight Board Needed

Letter to the Editor

As a lifetime resident of Mt. Vernon District, and a Mt. Vernon appointee to the Fairfax County Human Services Council (HSC), I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting and volunteering on behalf of Mt. Vernon and Fairfax County residents.

Citizen Kaufman, Attorney Yeatts

Herndon's 20 year town attorney to retire in June.

Lesa J. Yeatts will replace Richard B. Kaufman as Herndon's Town Attorney in June.

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Fairfax County Pays $2.95 Million to Settle John Geer Wrongful Death Suit

More than seven months after the Geer family lawyer Michael Lieberman filed a $12 million wrongful death civil suit in Circuit Court against Fairfax County Police, the two sides reached a $2.95 million settlement, announced Tuesday, April 21.

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Alexandria: Plaque Recalls Education Before Desegregation

Alumni of Parker-Gray High School gather.

Alumni and city officials gathered on April 16 for the unveiling of a plaque outside the Alexandria City Public Schools’ Central Office commemorating Parker-Gray High School.

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One-Arm Bandit, Artificial Turf, Meals Tax and Metro

Public hearing on proposed budget next Tuesday, April 28.

Herndon's Town Council will host a public hearing next Tuesday, April 28 to give residents the opportunity to speak on all matters in this year's proposed budget and town plans.

Obituary: Peter Smolka


Peter Henry Smolka, of Alexandria, was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1919.

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Lyles Crouch Students Remember Abraham Lincoln

On the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the students in the Lyles-Crouch After School Theater program presented an original play “Abraham Lincoln: And Now He Belongs to the Ages.”

Obituary: Thomas Richard Downs


Commander Tom R. Downs, USN, Ret., 91, a 57-year resident of Alexandria, who was the first Trustee Emeritus of the Alexandria Symphony, dating from the early 1990s, died on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. A burial service with full military honors will be held Friday, May 8, 9 a.m. at Old Post Chapel, Fort Myers.

Obituary: Boyakin Old Bird


Boyakin Old Bird died at his home at Westminster Canterbury of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Va., on April 17, 2015.

Letter: Waterfront: Ample Public Input

Letter to the Editor

Kathryn Papp’s April 16 letter to the editor “No Longer 2006” perpetuates many incorrect and misleading statements about the city’s Waterfront Small Area Plan.

Letter: Rationale of ‘Preferred Site?’

Letter to the Editor

The City of Alexandria is going to choose its newest "potential income generator," the Potomac Yard Metro Station. Just two choices merit consideration if the city chooses to continue with the Metro Station proposal.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon.

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People At Work: Spring Warms into Hot Market

It is spring and the real estate market is hot. Mary Moran puts her access card in the lock box, uses her own personal code, opens the front door and walks into the hallway. According to Mary Moran, Realtor for Long & Foster, in the spring the market picks up because of weather. Houses look better, snow is gone and they are easier to show.

Letter: Greatest Show On Earth

Letter to the Editor

It's finally here — the augur of the rites of spring — the greatest show on earth, well no, not the circus, well maybe, but I was thinking of the final budget vote due this week.

Letter: Which Yesterday?

Letter to the Editor

On Saturday, April 18, Mayor Euille voiced his support for the plans offered by EYA at the Robinson Terminal South site along the waterfront.

Letter: A Fresh Approach

Letter to the Editor

On Tuesday, June 9, citizens will have the opportunity to elect the Democratic Party’s candidate to be the next Mayor of Alexandria. There are three choices: incumbent Mayor Bill Euille, Former Mayor Kerry Donley, and Vice-Mayor Allison Silberberg.

Column: Legislature Upholds Governor’s Vetoes


Last week, members of the General Assembly returned to Richmond for the 2015 veto session — the annual wrap-up that concludes our legislative cycle. We voted on the governor’s vetoes and amendments to bills that were passed in January and February. We made progress in many ways — but I believe we missed opportunities to strengthen our ethics laws, protect Virginians’ privacy, and at long last close the health care coverage gap.