Alexandria Column: Help for Alexandria’s Uninsured


There is a widespread misimpression that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) basically guaranteed health insurance for all Americans. Sadly, that is not the case, especially here in Virginia.

Alexandria Column: Changing Lives, One Mentor at a Time

Commentary – Changing Lives, One Mentor at a Time

This week, students across Alexandria – and across our country – are “back to school,” a phrase which undoubtedly conjures up a wide range of emotions, images, and memories. Think: first day jitters, school lunches, and homework. For me, though, “back to school” invokes the image a unique type of person: a mentor.

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Alexandria Column: Providing Affordable Housing

Making a difference to 44 Alexandrians.

"I'm sorry. We have nothing available right now." I hear this end of a phone conversation from our property manager, Erika Orozco, several times a day. When other staff members answer the phone they often find themselves listening to a caller plead with them to find an apartment. Sometimes the caller is single, and sometimes they are part of a family of six or more. Always, the desperation in their voice is unmistakable.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Column: Who Are Our Patriots?


For many months, a group of Alexandria citizens have been working with officials at Mount Vernon Estate to create a run that celebrates patriotism at the George Washington Patriot Run (10/5k).

McLean Letter: Experience That Matters

Letter to the Editor

We are fortunate in our Congressional District to have a Congresswoman who comes from a family of educators and knows our pre-K, K-12 and university system very well.

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Suicide Loss ‘Club’


When I was 15 years old, I received my first “membership card” to suicide loss. I got the platinum membership card because not only was my loss to suicide, but it was also a parent.

A Musing: Youse Gazette Readers

Youse Gazette readers is clearly an educated bunch, so I take great pains to use well gramer and speling.

Alexandria Column: Enter ‘Young at Art’ Exhibition

30th annual juried art show for artists 55-plus.

Young at Art will celebrate its 30th anniversary this October at the Durant Arts Center in Alexandria. Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) and the Goodwin House Foundation are co-sponsoring this event, which showcases the talented works of senior artists in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

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Alexandria Column: Finding Happiness on a Dare

Commentary–Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Originally from Raleigh, N.C., Rebecca* was in Alexandria visiting a friend in the ‘60s. While the two girls were out on the town one evening, her friend dared her to ask out a member of the band that was playing in the club. Rebecca accepted the dare. That band member became her husband and Alexandria became her new home.

From Old Town Boutique District: How to Consign Clothes

Transitioning to Fall, here are tips on closet cleaning and what one should consign.

We’re all guilty – That pair of heels you had to have, that designer handbag that was too good of a deal to pass up, you only to wear it once, or maybe even never (gasp!). Maybe you have a closet full of threads you loved last season, but you’re feeling a little lackluster about them this go around? Sound familiar?

Reston Letter: Tall Oaks: More Than Just a Village Center

Letter to the Editor

The Fairfax County Planning Commission clearly showed that unless a court tells them differently, they can dictate Reston’s future. Robert Simon’s vision, decades of planning and careful growth have now been taken over by Fairfax County. They know what’s best for Reston.

Reston Letter: Out-of-Scope Lighting

Letter to the Editor

I am writing to voice my concern, disappointment and disapproval for the installation of the out-of-scope lighting on Cross School Road by Sunrise Valley Elementary School. The lighting is not suitable for the size of the road and seems to be done without advisement and consult of the community. The lights are very large - highway size lights that, again, are out of scope for the nature of the road and residential community. In comparison - there are no lights on the far more traveled road - Sunrise Valley - that carries far more traffic through South Reston.

Letter: Does He Bite?

Letter to the Editor

Well, they're finally over! Suffering through the breathless NBC "coverage" of Olympic "sports," many of which few of us have ever heard of, involving Zika-virus and Rio-mugging avoidance tips, inane commentary, and tedious "up-close and personals" punctuated by the occasional showing of an actual event and immediate post-race interviews with "heroes" gasping for breath, I wondered about the origins of the ridiculous habit of winning athletes appearing to take a bite out of their medal before the cameras.

Column: Protecting Our Families


In the week that I was in Chicago for the annual Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), there was a record 100 people shot in the city in less than a week.

Editorial: Take One Action to Prevent Suicide

Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 5-13, #MindsMatter

As school begins, we are accustomed to safety warnings. Slow down driving, watch for students along the roads, near schools and perhaps behaving unpredictably near intersections. Buckle seat belts. Wear bicycle helmets. Avoid distracted driving.