Alexandria: Opening Day Fire Engulfs Al’s Steakhouse

Fundraiser to be held at Holy Cow July 14.

Al’s Steakhouse, a favorite in the Del Ray community for decades, suffered extensive damage when a three-alarm fire swept through the restaurant July 6, the grand reopening day for new owners Emily Breeding and the Breeding family.

Making America Pokémon Trainers Again

Pokémon Go is a hit in Alexandria.

Across the street from Pop’s Ice Cream, on a path that runs through Oronoco Bay Park, even down the road from the VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative on Del Ray’s Mt. Vernon Avenue — these are all places that digital creatures, known as Pokémon, can appear in the new smartphone game “Pokémon Go.”

Alexandria Mentor of the Month

Lucy on her love for Courtney

My mentor-tutor Courtney McSwain has been with me for over six years. It has been such a wonderful thing. Her program commitment was only one year, but she chose to stay on this long with me anyway. What a precious angel Courtney has been to my life. She’s the best mentor-tutor anyone could ever have.

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Alexandria: Learning about Civil War from a ‘Drill Sergeant’

Nine children — eight boys and one girl — aged 9 to 12, participated in Fort Ward’s Civil War Kid’s Drill Day on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Making History Come to Life

For Andrew Dilworth, Rocky Run’s “iWitness to History Day” came full circle. “I went to this program as a student here,” he said. “I’m a substitute teacher at Rocky Run this year and I was hired full-time as an eighth-grade civics teacher for the coming year.”

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Rocky Run Presents iWitness to History

Learning about the past from those who lived it.

Before Rocky Run Middle seventh-graders headed off for summer, they traveled back to the past via their school’s “World War II Oral History Day.” And this year’s event, the 15th annual, even had a new name, “iWitness to History Day.”

‘You’re the One that I Want’

Westfield Summer Stage presents the musical, “Grease.”

Break out the black leather jackets and poodle skirts — Westfield Summer Stage is presenting the musical, “Grease.” It features a cast and crew of more than 80 students from middle and high schools across the county, including Westfield, Centreville, Chantilly and Fairfax high schools.

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Celebrating Alexandria's 267th Birthday

Members of the Alexandria community gathered to celebrate the city’s 267th birthday at Oronoco Bay Park on Saturday, July 9. Spectators were able to enjoy an evening of live music along with birthday cupcakes and a variety of food vendors. The night concluded with a performance from the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display.

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Potomac: River Falls ‘Fourth of July’ Tradition Continues

Crowds still turn out for postponed event.

Nobody wants a rained-on parade, but the gloomy weather this Fourth of July did little to quench River Falls’ community spirit.

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Potomac: Weinblatt Named One of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis

National honor for local rabbi.

In 1988, Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt and his wife Symcha founded Congregation B’Nai Tzedek (CBT) with a few friends, a lot of prayers and many common goals.

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Letter: Soldiers Receive Party-in-a-Box

To the Editor

On the Friday before Independence Day, nine large boxes from The Reston Chorale reached a platoon of American soldiers stationed halfway around the world.

Commentary: Unlocking Northern Virginia

Weekly during the General Assembly session and several times monthly during the remainder of the year I travel the Dulles Toll Road to the Beltway to I-95 South to Richmond.

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Obituary: Remembering Hunter Watson

Hunter Brooks Watson, 20, remembered for lighting up the room with his unforgettable smile and laugh.

Letter: Objections to Rezoning

To the Editor

I fully agree with Dudley Losselyong's letter (“Decision Driven by Tax Base, Great Falls Connection, July 6-12, 2016).

Arlington Snapshot: Spray Ground

Children get a shower from above or below as they run through the fountains spurting up from the ground at Lyon Village Park on the weekend.