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Column: Alexandria Recreation Center, Twist to St. Paddy’s Day

Commentary

The City of Alexandria’s Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center rocked the green on St. Patrick’s Day. From little leprechauns in tutus, green eggs and nuggets, not ham, marshmallows dripped in green chocolate and green popcorn, participants from Youth Achieving Greatness put a twist into St. Paddy’s Day.

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Letter: Next Journey for Seaport Foundation

Letter to the Editor

Tucked away in Robinson Terminal Warehouse, where they have been building boats and changing lives, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation has been part of lower Duke Street’s landscape for over 10 years. Graham Holdings Company, landlord to ASF, has been helping the Foundation prepare financially for the move over the past year. ASF will relocate at the end of March to the James McIlhenny Seaport Center, its handcrafted timber frame perched along the Potomac River, adjacent to Founders Park.

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Letter: Still Much To Be Done

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of Virginia Fair Share, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the City Council of Alexandria.

Letter: Thanks from The Ballyshaners

Letter to the Editor

The Ballyshaners enjoyed hosting our 34th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria on March 7.

Letter: Is Safety A Priority?

Letter to the Editor

As most of us know, the three basic tenants of local government are the health, welfare and safety of its residents.

Column: Working Together for the Alexandria Community

Commentary

On Wednesday, March 25, the Alexandria Council of Human Service Organizations (ACHSO) released its recently completed report “Meeting Needs Today: A Needs Assessment of the Alexandria Human Services System” — an update of the last needs assessment in 2008. This is the second in a series of studies commissioned by ACHSO following last year’s “Return on Investment: Alexandria Nonprofit Impact Report.” Both studies can be downloaded at: www.achsova.org.

Column: Mentor of The Month

Commentary

“I hate it. I don’t want to read it anymore.” That was Arianna’s first reaction to “Runny Babbit” by Shel Silverstein.

Letter: Persecution By Faith

Letter to the Editor

In Pakistan, twin bombings in the city of Lahore attacked two Christian churches during their Sunday service.

Column: Family Matters, Prevent colon cancer for self and loved ones.

Commentary

It may never feel like a “good time” to have a colonoscopy. You might have already used the excuse that the preparation day before a colonoscopy is unpleasant and cuts into your busy schedule — and then you put it off another year. But momentary discomfort or inconvenience is a small price to pay for saving your life.

Commetary: The Lady's Got Clout

Each year the Library of Virginia honors women who have distinguished themselves in many different ways in the state’s history

Commentary: Good Year for Fairfax County Boards, Selling Land to RA

The drought continues for County teachers, but not School Board overseers.

Letter: There's No 'Away'

Letter to the Editor

I am dismayed by what my neighbors' put out for "trash." Yes, we all know about Goodwill, Purple Heart, various organizations that collect clothing, kitchen gadgets and other items.

Letter: A Cornerstone in Danger

Letter to the Editor:

We are a community that values education. We’re known nationwide for our world-class education system. And for good reason: with outstanding teachers, motivated students, and active leadership, we have every right to take pride in the top-tier education that our community has asked for.

Column: What Else Was Done?

Previous columns have focused on major legislation passed in the 2015 General Assembly session, but this column will describe other legislation that passed. Implications for these bills may be more limited in the number of persons affected, but you can be sure that for those persons these bills may be the most important.

Commentary: Investing in Families Strengthens Communities

Letter to the Editor

The Fairfax County proposed $7.13 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 comes at devastating cost for the most vulnerable families in our community. Included in the budget is the complete elimination of Healthy Families, a nationally recognized, evidence-based child abuse and neglect prevention program that serves hundreds of at-risk families.