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Alexandria Letter: Unintended Consequences

Letter to the Editor

The law of unintended consequences is the controlling principle of human history, reminding us to be careful what we ask for lest getting it thereby sets the stage for something we consider even worse than what we tried to prevent in the first place.

Alexandria Letter: A Little Poem of Praise

Letter to the Editor

As I think of the snow and its pure beauty and its grace that is given; I'm thankful for each day given and all the little blessings that unfold.

Alexandria Letter: Snow Parking Suggestion

Letter to the Editor

I noticed that the center of most streets in Old Town were plowed with same size vehicles you see on highways, leaving 4-5 feet of hard-packed snow from the curb.

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Great Falls: Langley Boys’ Swim and Dive Team Wins Conference 6 Title

Saxon girls, McLean boys finish runners-up.

The Langley boys' swim and dive team repeated as Conference 6 champion.

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Alexandria Obituary: Recalling Diana ‘Dee’ Phillips

Longtime volunteer dies at 76.

Doug Phillips remembers the first time he set eyes on his wife Dee.

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Alexandria: Shea Takes Helm of Chamber Board

Robert Shea of Grant Thornton LLP officially took over as chairman of the board of directors of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce at the annual Chairman’s Community Reception Jan. 20 at Blackwall Hitch Restaurant.

Alexandria: Beyer to Keynote Breakfast

Event kicks off Parade Day celebrations.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8) will be the keynote speaker at the annual Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association breakfast Feb. 15 to kick off the citywide George Washington Birthday Parade day celebrations.

Alexandria Column: Homeless in Alexandria–How Many and What To Do

Commentary–Carpenter’s Shelter

Imagine something goes wrong with your home during a blizzard like Jonas. Even worse, imagine you don’t have a home at all to protect your family from the blustering snow. This was a reality for the 61 adults and 21 children who sought refuge at Carpenter’s Shelter as 24 inches of snow blanketed Alexandria a couple of weeks ago.

Alexandria Column: We Pulled Together and We Pulled Through


Two quick updates. First, we had a little snowstorm recently. Okay, not so little since we got 22 inches of snow in about 36 hours, but who’s counting? It was in fact the worst storm since the Knickerbocker Storm of 1922, and we made it through without a fatality.

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Alexandria: SSSAS Grad Turns Love of Music into Career

Founds Cleod9 Music.

According to local music producer Ian McLeod, one of the biggest misconceptions about the music industry is that you have to move to New York City or Los Angeles in order to make anything happen.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Column: Nondiscrimination Bills Pass State Senate

Council members spar over last minute additions.

As the snow thawed and the General Assembly went about its business last week, a number of developments occurred involving LGBT rights.

Springfield: Spartans Present Opponents Pick-Your-Poison Outlook

West Springfield makes eight 3-pointers in win over Mount Vernon.

The West Springfield boys' basketball team is undefeated in Conference 7 play.

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Alexandria: Warehouse Sale Set for Feb. 6

Location moved to Westin Hotel.

The Old Town Boutique District will hold its annual Warehouse Sale Feb. 6 at the Westin Alexandria Hotel, a change in location from last year’s sale, which was held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

Area Roundups

Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Lorton, Clifton and Springfield briefs.

Column: Doing the People’s Business in Richmond


It’s been a long week digging out from the #2 record snowstorm in our area. While many streets and roads were plowed within 24 hours, others took several days.

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Clifton Brief: Stuff the Bus Food Drive for WFCM

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries will be a recipient of the “Stuff the Bus for Fairfax” food drive which will be held Saturday, Feb 6, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Clifton Giant, 5740 Union Mill Road.

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Bite Me Cancer Gets New Home

Nonprofit now headquartered in AFCEA building in Fair Lakes.

When Nikki Ferraro was just 17, she was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer. Since then, she’s fought it hard while also reaching out to help other teenagers battling the same disease.

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Potomac: Students’ Proposal to Take Spaceflight

Bullis pair’s experiment selected for International Space Station.

As the winners of the Bullis Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), Amanda Kay and Skylar Jordan’s experiment will be launched on the spring/summer 2016 International Space Station (ISS) payload. What an accomplishment for these Bullis sophomores!

Potomac Brief: Confirming County Success on Ending Veteram Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Veterans Affairs, and United States Interagency Council on Homelessness recently confirmed that Montgomery County has effectively ended homelessness among veterans.

Potomac Brief: Pickleball Spreads to Potomac

A sport called pickleball is coming to Potomac. A launch is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Potomac Community Recreation Center. Center director Peter Selikowitz says the sport is similar to tennis, but is played at a slower pace making it attractive to seniors.