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Obituary: Mary Ann Ormes, Founding Director of Senior Services of Alexandria

When Mary Ann Ormes followed her childhood sweetheart to Alexandria in 1954, the young bride didn’t waste any time getting involved in her community.

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Volunteers Gather to Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldiers

Dozens of volunteers gathered in Ivy Hill Cemetery on Sunday, May 17, to decorate the 661 identified graves of veterans for Memorial Day.

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Lord and Lady Fairfax Crowned

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. announced the 2015 Lords and Ladies Fairfax at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Alexandria: Exploring Old Town’s Military History

Retired military couple lead local tours.

In 1859, Augustine Washington deposited $200,000 in an Alexandria bank for safe keeping. The funds were planned to go towards restoration of Mount Vernon, but when the Union Army began seizing bank funds, the manager’s wife hid the funds among the clothes in her closet.

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Alexandria: Candidates Debate City Economy

Incumbent Mayor William Euille defended his record of revitalizing Alexandria neighborhoods with new businesses.

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Alexandria: Citizens Irate Over Tax District

In the May 15 public hearing prior to the City Council’s major Potomac Yard Metro decision, residents of the local special tax district spoke out against what they saw as being unfairly targeted.

Alexandria: Council Honors Lowe, Dunning

Parks in Del Ray named in tribute.

As the City Council voted to name two parks in Del Ray after influential citizens from the neighborhood, members of City Council and the community took a moment to reflect on the lives of Judy Lowe and Nancy Dunning.

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Grand Opening with Chris Cooley

TW Perry, a building materials dealer with locations in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. held a grand opening of their new location in Springfield.

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New Playground at White Oaks Elementary

White Oaks Elementary School has a brand new playground for all the community to enjoy.

Alexandria: Remembering Those Who Serve

Wreath-laying ceremony to be held at Alexandria National Cemetery.

It was first known simply as “Soldiers’ Cemetery.” Established in 1862 as one of the original 14 national cemeteries, Alexandria National Cemetery features a historic superintendent’s lodge designed by U.S. Quartermaster Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs and is the final resting place of the four civilians who died in pursuit of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

City of Fairfax Doubles Money Allocated for FRHC

Organization provides no-interest, home-improvement loans.

Business is booming for the City of Fairfax Renaissance Housing Corp. (FRHC). So to help it carry out its mission, the Fairfax City Council doubled the amount of money it had allocated for the organization in its FY 2016 budget.

Senior Travel: A Variety of Options

Senior Services of Alexandria

Everyday at Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) the DOT Paratransit Team answers calls from disabled individuals, many of them seniors, who need transportation to get around town. When driving is no longer an option, many seniors struggle to stay independent while “aging in place” without a reliable form of transportation.

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Potomac Hunt Race-Goers Broil in Sun and Fun

At the Kiplinger family’s “Bittersweet Field.”

It was hot. Brutally hot, at the 63rd running of the Potomac Hunt Races on Sunday, May 17. The weatherman repeatedly called for cloudy, stormy weather. Wrong. By 1 p.m. when the first race at the Kiplinger family’s “Bittersweet Field,” Poolesville, and a couple thousand tailgate picnics were already in full swing, more than just horses had broken out in a full sweat.

Volunteering for Volunteers

Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Last month, we joined Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country for National Rebuilding Day when 10,000 volunteers nationwide provided free home repairs and upgrades to homes and communities. In Alexandria, more than 800 volunteers stepped up on this national day of service to help low-income homeowners with repairs. This giant effort was an important way to show the power of volunteerism in revitalizing a community and changing lives.

Mentorship Built on Friendship

Mentor of The Month

Kat started mentoring Angie through Casa Chirilagua in the spring of 2014 during Angie’s 1st grade.