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Mount Vernon: Teaming Up for ‘Books on Bases’

Sheila Stevens, deputy director of Programming for Blue Star Families, welcomes the families to the Books on Bases event on Aug. 23 at Fort Belvoir. Behind her are former Redskins player Roger McIntosh and Yellow Ribbons United co-founder Derrick Dockery. More than 100 families gathered to participate in the program offered by the partnership of Blue Star Families and Yellow Ribbons United.

Alexandria Brief: Free Cleanings, Exams for Military

On Thursday, Sept. 10, Kathleen Mullaney DDS at 700 North Fairfax St., Suite 230, will join businesses across the country in observing Freedom Day USA, a national Thank You Movement for members of the military and their families, along with veterans.

Alexandria Resident Writes Children's Book

“Polly Peacock and the Pink Flamingos” explores self-acceptance.

Alexandria resident and account executive Emilie Bair’s new children’s book “Polly Peacock and the Pink Flamingos,” teaching children about self-acceptance, was released nationwide in August.

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Alexandria: Learn How To Dance in the Rain

Joyce Rawlings teaches to persevere.

If it has to do with families in Alexandria, Joyce Rawlings was (and is) there! Her volunteer and professional work has led to myriad parent, school and community initiatives and to her selection as a 2015 Living Legend of Alexandria.

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Alexandria People at Work: Artist Clarke Says The Painting Takes Over

Lesley Clarke brushes an amber brown across the large canvas in Studio 341 in the Alexandria Torpedo Factory.

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Close Call with West Nile for Alexandria

Observant citizens prompt removal of mosquito breeding ground

With construction for the Indigo Hotel occurring in the area, it might have been easy to dismiss the pit of standing water at the corner of Duke and The Strand.

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Alexandria: Skirmishes over Business Proposals in Del Ray

Planning Commission navigates through conflicts.

Within an hour of returning to session: businesses, the public, and the Planning Commission were at odds. After a two-month summer break, it was business as usual in the Sept. 1 Alexandria Planning Commission meeting, where some big changes for small businesses were proposed in Del Ray. All three of the proposals centered around the growth of businesses and a school in Del Ray.

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Alexandria: 'Young At Art' Senior Exhibit Celebrates 29 Years

When artist Wilda Gadzik finally got around to taking a formal art class as a resident of Goodwin House, it wasn’t her familiar paintbrush she was told to reach for. Instead, the 87-year-old was handed a pencil.

Mount Vernon: Vanderhye, New Principal at Whitman Middle

With international experience, Vanderhye brings 38 years of education to the job.

With 38 years in education, Roger Vanderhye, 59, of McLean was named new principal July 1 of Whitman Middle School, at 2500 Parkers Lane in Alexandria, replacing former principal Jean Bell.

Alexandria Brief: Portraits To Be Added to The Lyceum

The board of directors of Living Legends of Alexandria is providing a gift of Living Legend portraits to the Office of Historic Alexandria which will be part of its permanent collection.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Body Recovered

A search for a 16-year-old swimmer in the waters of Little Hunting Creek, that began shortly after 8:30 p.m. Aug 26, ended in the recovery of his body shortly after 1 p.m., Aug. 27.

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Community and Military March Over Veterans Bridge in Springfield

Bridge symbolizes partnership between community and military, families.

Central Springfield bustled, not from the usual parade of rush hour traffic forced to stop at each light dotting that sliver of Backlick Road, but from residents, local politicians and military personnel who gathered together in front of the FedEx on Bland Street, across from the new Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Springfield Plaza, for the 14th Annual BridgeWalk across Veterans Bridge on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Alexandria Brief: Sally Richards Joins SCAN

Sally Richards has accepted the position of SCAN’s director of development and will begin on Sept. 8.

Obituary: Ora Lee Mudd Mason

Ora Lee Mudd Mason, 90, of Lorton, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 at her home.

Chantilly Brief: Woman Dies From Car Crash

A 85-year-old woman who was injured in an Aug. 12 crash died on Sunday, Aug. 16. She has been identified as Nancy Schade, of the Fairfax area.