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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: July 31-Aug. 9

Events in and near Alexandria and Mount Vernon.

Letter: Understanding Development

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: What is there about the simple words "by right" that retired science educator Martin Tillett doesn't understand [“By Right Development, opinion, July 23-29, Mount Vernon Gazette].

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Alexandria: Frontlines Falter

... in city’s affordable housing war.

While the city prepares to gain a little over 100 affordable housing units at Potomac Yard and The Filmore, one of the city’s bastions of affordable housing is in the process of pricing out residents, formerly protected by a rent freeze, who can’t keep up with rapidly rising rent costs.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: July 31-Aug. 9

Events in Arlington, Va.

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Commentary: Value of New Next to Old

The debate rages in Alexandria about what our new waterfront should look like. It is an issue that our next mayor will be dealing with. One argument says that new buildings should fit in with existing brick buildings, mainly the two-story homes and townhouses that were built with local clay from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. This idea has been the guiding light for every building built in Alexandria for the last 20 some years. Every office building must be built with an outer brick shell.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: July 31-Aug. 9

Events near Potomac for July 31-Aug.9

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Centreville: Homes Instead of Offices at Trinity Centre

Developer wants to build 355 apartments at the Trinity Centre.

As the area office market continues to stall, more and more land-use applications are proposing to replace planned office uses with residential communities. One of the latest proposals is at the Trinity Centre, off Route 29, in Centreville.

Arlington: “Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Aug. 3-7.

Alexandria: AWLA’s Got Seoul

A local response to global issue.

It is hard to imagine that dogs in some parts of the world are being prepared for brutal deaths to become human food.

Alexandria: Summer Tips for Pet Lovers

From the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

Be sure your pets have access to fresh water and shelter from the sun. Fair-skinned dogs or those with light coats and exposed skin should wear sunscreen or be kept inside during peak hours of sun exposure.

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Alexandria: AWLA Hosting 2016 Alexandria Animal of the Year Contest

Does your dog look at a camera and smile, or do your cats like to snuggle together? Or maybe your guinea pig shares dried papaya with your cockatoo? If your pet is especially adorable, capture the moment, and he or she could become the 2016 Alexandria Animal of the Year.

Centre View: Crime Report for the Week of July 21

The following incidents were reported by the Sully District Police Station:

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Potomac: Chapstick, the Healing Cat

The mysteries of life are all around us. Sometimes the most inexplicable things happen. So it goes with the story of the sudden death of a beloved child and the unexpected appearance of a starving cat. While neither could ever be replacement for the other, the synchronicity of these two events cannot fail to inspire. Life is infinitely bigger than we can possibly grasp. So the story goes.

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Potomac: Addressing Pet Overpopulation in the County

How the county and McPaw are helping, and how residents can make a difference.

If interested in adding a new pet to the family or if simply just like animals, consider making the drive to Derwood to visit the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.

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Arlington’s Role in South Korean Dog Rescue

Helping rescued dogs acclimate.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington took in three of the 23 puppies rescued by Humane Society International from a South Korean dog farm earlier this year. In just a few months, all three of the dogs had made it new, safe homes.

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