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St. Mary’s School in Alexandria Hosts Christmas Bazaar

St. Mary’s School held its annual Christmas Bazaar at the school on Green Street on Saturday, Nov. 22.

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Wreaths Across America in Alexandria

For the third year, St. Rita American Heritage Girls Troop VA1381 is participating in Wreaths Across America to honor the nation's veterans and their families on Dec. 13, by laying wreaths on the gravesites in Alexandria National Cemetery for Christmas.

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Hope for the Holidays in Alexandria

’Tis the season of giving: of gifts, of parties and of thanks. But what should be a time of hope and happiness too often can be a time of despair for Alexandria’s vulnerable and low income families.


Last week’s story, “I Wanted a Better Life,” on the life of Nelson Greene Sr., should have included credit to Sarah Becker for her Living Legends profile of Mr. Greene which was incorporated in the Nov. 20 Gazette Packet article.

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Six-Billion Reasons To Persevere in Alexandria


“Can you read me the answer you came up with?” “Six-million …” “Wait … look again.” “Oh yeah! Six-billion…” “Did you ever think you would be able to do a math problem that would have an answer in the billions?”

Commentary: Giving Thanks for Anti-Hunger Programs in Alexandria

Working to keep children fed.

When I was a kid, Thanksgiving meant stuffing myself beyond the point of comfort, flitting gleefully between turkey, casseroles, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, and of course pie. The object was to eat to the point of needing to loosen the belt, and then wait a few hours until there was room to start all over again with leftovers.

Covert Matters: Alexandrians Can Be Thankful

Here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, just to pick an argument with our northern colleagues, the first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims, colonists, settlers and Indians was held on Dec. 4, 1621 at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County, Va.

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Holiday Wishes Come True in Great Falls

The Wish List Project sending 325 homeless children holiday gifts.

Because of Ginger Mahon, more than 300 homeless and foster care children and teens will wake up to presents on Christmas. The Wish List Project, which turns 15 this year, will deliver donated personalized gifts to six organizations throughout the county, playing Santa for hundreds of children.

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Stephanie Maxwell Engaged to Matthew Hurtz

Daniel and Kerry Maxwell of Springfield, are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Laura Maxwell to Matthew Neil Hurtz, son of Michael and Kathy Hurtz of Midlothian, Va.

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Patient First Facility Heading to Fairfax

Will also provide inter-parcel access to shopping center.

Patient First is opening a walk-in medical facility in the City of Fairfax. It got the go-ahead last Tuesday, Nov. 18, from the Fairfax City Council, following a public hearing.

Burke, Fairfax Station, Springfield, Mount Vernon: What Are You Thankful for This Thanksgiving?

“I’m thankful for my family, my relative health and my eighth grade Civics students at South County Middle School.”

‘Timeless’ Author Comes to Fairfax

Lucinda Franks Morgenthau, author of “Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me,” will share her new memoir at a Northern Virginia j.talks event on Thursday, Dec. 4. J.talks, conversations with authors and artists, is a program of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks interviewed Robert Morgenthau, and before she walked out his door the two had fallen in love with each other.

Letter: Holidays in Old Town Fairfax

Letter to the Editor

Old Town Fairfax is a relatively "untapped jewel"—why don't many think of it as a destination? It's probably because there is not enough attention focused on it, and all of the things it has to offer-from new shops and restaurants, to antiques and art! People I run into in some of the great shops just "happen" to stumble upon Old Town--when asked about it, they often reply "I drive through here a lot on Main Street, but never realized all of the things it has to offer, so never actually stopped to investigate!"

Obituary: Pamela Wallace, of Clifton, Dies

Pamela Wallace, passed away at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., surrounded by her loving family. They invite everyone to attend the memorial service celebrating her life at the Christ Episcopal Church, 74 Park Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028 on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at 11 a.m., where she wed her husband, Bob,45 years ago.

Literary Essay Collection Explores Life-Changing Travels

Local authors discuss unexpected adventures.

A group of local writers contributed to a collection of literary travel essays, Destinations & Discoveries, which was released earlier this month. Meghan O’Neill edited the collection.