Drawn from the 15 weekly community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.


Alexandria Commentary: A Father/Daughter Bond

From the Old Town Boutique District

Many adults find choosing a great Father’s Day present for their dads perplexing.

Mount Vernon Letter: County’s Gain Would be Others’ Loss

Letter to the Editor

The June 16 edition of the Gazette had two letters related to the Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors proposed action for a "meals tax."

Alexandria Column: Gig Economy Hits Home


You may hear a lot about the “gig economy,” which is a term for the growing number of people who use web-based companies like Uber, Lyft, or AirBnB just to name a few to make extra income.

Alexandria Letter: City Fails Its Citizens

Letter to the Editor

Over the years, I have corresponded with almost all departments within the City of Alexandria’s government.

Alexandria Letter: Thoughtful Decision-Making?

Letter to the Editor

Now you see it, now you don't. Our School Board has the ability to make decisions disappear almost overnight. Their recent magic was visible on our very first school tear down, Patrick Henry, when in fact all but the vote was necessary to pass option C1 — an option which was structurally compatible with the neighborhood, contained adequate green space and most importantly was neighborhood friendly with no bus privileges on Latham Street.

Alexandria Letter: Who Pays For Free Rides?

Letter to the Editor

Why is our city planning to provide free and expanded bus transportation to some commuters during the July surges when some Metro lines will be shut down?

Alexandria Letter: Another Reason Supporting Pool

Letter to the Editor

Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics mentioned several compelling reasons for spending a lot of city money for a 50 meter swimming pool at the Chinquapin Recreation Center adjacent to T.C. Williams’ High School, but missed the most compelling, even if slightly troubling one.

Alexandria Letter: Looking at Local Taxes

Letter to the Editor

As I paid my first half property taxes this week, I was shocked to realize they have gone up 36 percent since 2010.

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Alexandria Mentor of the Month

Making an Impact on Childhood Literacy

Of all the ways to spend a Sunday afternoon, teaching someone else’s children to read will not, on the surface, top most people’s list of priorities.

Alexandria Column: Local Maker Spotlight

From the Old Town Boutique District

The movement to shop small and support locally-owned businesses is alive and well in the DMV area, and that includes supporting the makers themselves.

Alexandria Column: Offering Translation Services for Adults in Need

Commentary-Community Lodgings

This is the second in a five-part series about Community Lodgings’ programs and services to the Alexandria community.

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Alexandria Column: Volunteering at Animal Shelter Still Rewarding

Dog lover Ellen Flynn sets record at 45 years.

If the thousands of dogs who have passed through the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter over the last four decades could talk, many would recall the calm voice and gentle hand of volunteer Ellen Flynn.

Chantilly: Love for All, Hatred for None

Letter to the Editor

Hate has no religion. No gender. No race.

Letter: Harmful House Bill

To the Editor

Last week, the US House decided that keep our air safe is not important and passed a bill to restrict implementation of the new standards for nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and lead.

Commentary: Being Among the Happiest

Technologists have applied their big data and computer-crunching to determine where in the world and where in the United States are the happiest places to live.