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Opinion: Letter to the Editor: I Received 100% of the Vote

Voting Nov. 5th last year seems like a long time ago especially since our current departure from the norm. But it is true, I actually did get 100% of the vote. On a single ballot.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Privatize Alexandria’s Public Works Department?

Alexandria’s public works department, T&ES, is a force unto itself. Responsible for streets and sewers primarily, it’s disconnected from the public which pays its salaries and funds its projects. It's time for our city council to privatize this organization.

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People at Work: WoofPurrfect Refocuses Pet Product to Fighting Coronavirus

Susan O’Malley chases her brown tabby, Mikey, across the hardwood floor in the dining room overlooking the Potomac with a bottle of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide to clean up Mikey’s mess. “He is really my bad boy.”

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City of Alexandria Tests 3,000 for COVID-19

Free sites held in areas hardest hit by coronavirus.

The Alexandria Health Department collected more than 3,000 samples from local residents during two free COVID-19 community testing events held May 25 in areas hardest hit by the coronavirus.

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Remembering the Fallen in Alexandria

Memorial Day ceremonies scale back during COVID-19.

The ceremonies were unofficial and scaled back. But on Memorial Day, the gatherings were just as somber and determined that the sacrifice of America’s fallen veterans would not be forgotten.

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Sunny Skies Bring Out Holiday Crowds in Alexandria

Stay-at-home restrictions to be lifted May 29.

The skies were too sunny, the weather too tempting as scores of people flocked to Old Town over the Memorial Day weekend despite the city’s stay-at-home order that is technically still in effect amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alexandria Man on FBI Most Wanted List Indicted on Terrorism Charges

A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging an Alexandria man with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization operating in Somalia.

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Springfield’s Daventry Neighborhood Honors Fallen

The Daventry neighborhood in West Springfield continued its long-standing tradition of honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation in a Memorial Day service.

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‘Today We Honor Those That Made the Ultimate Sacrifice’ in Fairfax City

American Legion Post 177 holds Memorial Day ceremony.

Normally, Fairfax City officials, residents, and various politicians gather for a Memorial Day ceremony. This year, COVID-19 prevented it from happening, but a small group from American Legion Post 177 still made the day special.

Distance Learning: Both Stress and Relief in Springfield

West Springfield High School students on handling the switch to online learning.

Since March 13, Fairfax County Public Schools have been closed and converted to online classes in response to COVID-19. Like many other FCPS high schools, West Springfield High School classes are now held twice per week through Blackboard Collaborate, an online video conferencing platform.

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Fairfax County Park Authority Makes Partial Reopening Play

After a surprise late Tuesday afternoon announcement from the Fairfax County Park Authority, maintenance operations crews were at work Wednesday morning, May 20, removing barriers from park parking lot entrances and returning them to storage sites.

Inova to Build New Hospital in Springfield

Facility to complement Mount Vernon.

Inova Health System plans to expand its services to the Springfield community on recently acquired property adjacent to the current Inova Springfield HealthPlex.

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‘It Felt Good to Be Recognized and Appreciated’ in Fairfax County

County thanks its Public Works employees with food.

National Public Works Week was May 17-23; and as COVID-19 has revealed whose labor is essential – not just in a crisis, but every day – Fairfax County celebrated workers in a category that doesn’t immediately spring to mind.

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Chantilly High Grad Is New Firefighter

Chantilly High grad Christopher Wolf is among 53 new recruits who recently graduated from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) Basic Training.

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Potomac Author Uses Novel Approach for Book Launch

Just in time for a good summer read, Potomac author Aimee Agresti planned to introduce her new novel, The Summer Set, in all the usual ways.

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