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Alexandria: Former Deputy Fire Chief Dies

Michael Conner dies at 68.

Each October during National Fire Prevention Week, a solemn ceremony takes place at Ivy Hill Cemetery where a Roll Call of the Fallen is taken to honor firefighters who have given their lives protecting the citizens of Alexandria. This year’s ceremony will take on new meaning when the toll of a bell rings out for Michael Conner, the former deputy fire chief whose recruit class first dedicated Ivy Hill’s Circle of Honor in 1970.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Generation to Generation Gala

Senior Services of Alexandria hosted its annual Generation to Generation Gala March 12 at the Hilton Mark Center Alexandria. The 2016 honorees included Sue Goodhart and Allison Goodhart DuShuttle, and Kitty, Mike, Kirby and Keely Porterfield. H. Arthur Sauer was awarded with SSA’s first Special Service Award. For more information about SSA’s programs and services go to seniorservicesalex.org.

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McLean Special Needs Artist Featured in Old Town Exhibit

Like most children growing up, Yasmine Iskander liked to color with crayons. And like most mothers, Silvia Sagari was proud of everything her daughter created.

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Potomac Artist’s Work on Display in Alexandria

Cowles work selected for City Hall.

Potomac artist Tory Cowles is one of three artists to have her work selected to be exhibited in the office of newly-elected City of Alexandria (Va.) Mayor Allison Silberberg.

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Alexandria Obituary: Remembering Dorothy Evans Turner

Public housing, Civil Rights activist dies at 87.

To her friends, she was affectionately known as “Peaches.” But the tender moniker belied the fierce, unyielding spirit of Dorothy Turner, a descendant of one of Alexandria’s oldest African American families, when she was fighting for equal rights for public housing tenants.

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Alexandria: A Salute to Service

Senior Services of Alexandria gala set for March 12.

It was Thomas Jefferson who said that “every human being feels pleasure in doing good to another,” and the willingness of Alexandrians to serve others is often cited as what sets the community apart from others. On March 12, Senior Services of Alexandria will hold its annual Generation to Generation Gala to honor individuals who have been creating change for their neighbors and community through service.

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Alexandria: SOLA Bids Farewell to Kluge

“There is no question my heart is here in Alexandria.”— ASO maestro Kim Allen Kluge

The Symphony League of Alexandria held its 29th annual Symphony Ball and Auction Feb. 27, celebrating Maestro Kim Allen Kluge’s 28th and final year at the helm of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

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Alexandria: Talking with Mrs. Washington

Martha pays a visit to Lloyd House.

America’s first First Lady made a visit to Alexandria Feb. 27, holding court at Lloyd House as part of the Talking With Washington series and celebration of George Washington’s birthday.

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Alexandria Snapshot: 'Tis the Season

Members of Girl Scout Troop 2825 from Belle View Elementary School sell cookies in Old Town Feb. 27 as the organization’s cookie drive gets underway across the nation.

Alexandria: Scholarship Honors Peter Williams

Application deadline Feb. 28.

Applications for the Peter Williams Memorial Scholarship are being accepted through Feb. 28.

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Alexandria: Presenting Move2Learn Grants

RunningBrooke awards $70,000 to local nonprofits.

Brooke Curran, founder of the RunningBrooke fund, presented $70,000 to 12 local nonprofits Feb. 10 as part of the 2016 Move2Learn grants awards.

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Alexandria: Caboose Café Wins Heart of Del Ray Award

Caboose Café wins 8th annual award.

Forget Iowa and New Hampshire. It was the Caboose Café and Bakery that came out on top once the votes were counted in the 8th annual Del Ray Business Association’s Heart of Del Ray award.

Alexandria Obituary: Anne Smith Paul Dies

Devoted preservationist, volunteer.

Anne Paul, a longtime resident devoted to the preservation of Alexandria’s history, died Feb. 14 at her home. She was 75.

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Alexandria: Rotary Club Accepting Grant Applications

Deadline is Feb. 26.

The Rotary Club of Alexandria is accepting applications for its annual Grants Program which provides financial support to nonprofit organizations that advance literacy for children and adults or improves the lives of children, youth, seniors and others with special needs in the Alexandria community.

Alexandria Obituary: Ralph Horatio Grimm

Ralph Horatio Grimm, a lifetime member of Aerie 871 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Old Town, died Feb. 3, 2016 at the age of 89.

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Alexandria: Stowe Honored as Officer of the Year

American Legion presents inaugural award.

Alexandria Police officer Carl Stowe Jr. was presented with the 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award Jan. 13 by American Legion Post 24 in Old Town.

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Alexandria: A Pub for Presidents

Bulova authors history of Gadsby’s Tavern.

Ever since she graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in anthropology, Gretchen Bulova has been a fixture at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, her name becoming nearly as synonymous with the historic building as George Washington and John Gadsby himself. Now, after 25 years of walking those hallowed halls as its director, Bulova shares the story behind the preservation of the tavern in her book “Gadsby’s Tavern, Images of America.”

Alexandria: ASC to Host Aces’ DeSilva Feb. 16

David DeSilva, head coach of the Alexandria Aces, will join coaches from across the city at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club’s High School Baseball and Softball night Feb. 16 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

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Alexandria Obituary: Recalling Diana ‘Dee’ Phillips

Longtime volunteer dies at 76.

Doug Phillips remembers the first time he set eyes on his wife Dee.

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Alexandria: Shea Takes Helm of Chamber Board

Robert Shea of Grant Thornton LLP officially took over as chairman of the board of directors of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce at the annual Chairman’s Community Reception Jan. 20 at Blackwall Hitch Restaurant.

Alexandria: Beyer to Keynote Breakfast

Event kicks off Parade Day celebrations.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8) will be the keynote speaker at the annual Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association breakfast Feb. 15 to kick off the citywide George Washington Birthday Parade day celebrations.

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Alexandria: Warehouse Sale Set for Feb. 6

Location moved to Westin Hotel.

The Old Town Boutique District will hold its annual Warehouse Sale Feb. 6 at the Westin Alexandria Hotel, a change in location from last year’s sale, which was held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

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Alexandria Digs Out From Epic Snowstorm

"Obviously this was a historic event that pushed us to the brink."–Yon Lambert

After days of being at a standstill, Alexandria is slowly recovering after nearly two feet of snow paralyzed the city in the worst single storm to hit the area since the Knickerbocker Storm of 1922.

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Alexandria: Family, Friend Mourn Loss of Gordon Pickett Peyton, Jr.

Attorney, Commissioner of Accounts dies after long illness.

Gordon Peyton had a secret, a skeleton lurking in the closet of the proud, lifelong Virginian: He was actually born in Washington, D.C.

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Little Theatre of Alexandria Hosts Area Actors Showcase

LTA to host D.C.-area actors showcase.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria, whose productions have starred the likes of Dermot Mulroney and Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, will play host to the Washington area’s first actors showcase Feb. 12-14, providing the opportunity for local talent to be seen by top casting directors and industry professionals from New York City.

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Alexandria Remembers ‘Shadow’ Sebele

EHS plans memorial for standout player, coach.

Soccer fans on two continents are mourning the loss of Abel “Shadow” Sebele, a 2009 graduate of Episcopal High School who was killed Jan. 7 when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in San Diego.

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Alexandria Sportsman’s Club to Host Nats’ Scialabba

Director of Player Development to preview upcoming season.

Mark Scialabba, director of Player Development for Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, will be the featured speaker at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club meeting Jan. 19 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

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Alexandria Welcomes the New Year

First Night fireworks usher in 2016.

Revelers from throughout the region descended on the Alexandria waterfront to watch fireworks light up the sky over the Potomac River and usher in 2016 as part of the 21st annual First Night Alexandria celebration.

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Alexandria: SAR Honors Lopez, Reyes

Deputy Chief to retire Dec. 31.

The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented Law Enforcement Commendation Medals to Alexandria police officer Jonattan Lopez and Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes Dec. 7 at Alexandria Police Headquarters.

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Wrap it Up: Last Minute Gift Ideas

The trend is opting for an “experience."

If you are still doing your holiday shopping on Christmas Eve, you are not alone. According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 90 percent of holiday shoppers still have lists to wrap up with many opting for an “experience” rather than a more traditional gift.

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Jingle Bell Rock Raises Arthritis Awareness

It is the leading cause of disability in the United States, with more than 53 million Americans being affected by some form of arthritis. Still in his 20s, Garrett Golubin became one of those statistics when he was diagnosed with spondyloarthritis earlier this year.

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Alexandria: Firefighters Provide Toys For Local Children

Christmas arrived early for more than 250 children from local Head Start programs as they picked out toys and visited with Santa and Superhero Flash Max during the annual Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue toy drive distribution day Dec. 15 at Penn Daw Fire Station 11.

Mutty Takes Helm at Alexandria Seaport Foundation

Seaport Foundation announces new executive director.

Stephen D. Mutty, a leader in the commercial real estate industry and longtime supporter of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, has been named by the organization as its new executive director.

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Alexandria Snapshot: 45th Annual Scottish Walk Weekend

Tens of thousands of visitors crowded the streets of Old Town Dec. 5 for the Campagna Center’s 45th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade.

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Alexandria Turkey Trot Turns 40

Arga, Sullivan set course records.

Course records were set in both the male and female divisions as more than 5,700 runners took to the streets of Del Ray in the 40th running of the Alexandria Turkey Trot.

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Visit Alexandria Builds Business with Bikes

Visit Alexandria joined forces with Volunteer Alexandria in the fourth annual Bows, Baskets and Bikes charity event to build bikes for families in need as part of its Alexandria Cares team-building program for community service projects.

Alexandria: Del Ray Celebrates 40th Turkey Trot

Defending champions Michael Wardian and Susanna Sullivan will return to Del Ray Nov. 26 in an attempt to defend their titles in the 40th anniversary of the Alexandria Turkey Trot.

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Alexandria: Soul Providers

SSA volunteers honored.

Senior Services of Alexandria held its Volunteer Appreciation luncheon Nov. 12 at the Durant Center, recognizing volunteers from across the city and honoring individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the well-being of seniors through SSA programs.

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Alexandria: ‘La Dolce Vita’

AHA honors senior advocate Sultane.

Senior advocate Amber Nightingale Sultane, state associate director for AARP Virginia, was presented with the Community Spirit award by At Home in Alexandria at the organization’s fourth annual benefit Nov. 8 at Laporta’s Restaurant.

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Alexandria: Capitol Post Celebrates Veterans Day at Port City Brewery

More than 100 people turned out Nov. 10 for the Veterans Day Eve celebration hosted by The Capitol Post at Port City Brewery,

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Alexandria: Remembering the Fallen

Friends of Rocky Versace host 14th annual Veterans Day ceremony.

The Friends of Rocky Versace hosted the 14th annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center.

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Alexandria: ‘Visionary Veterans’ Opens at USPTO

USPTO exhibit showcases veteran inventors.

More than 16 million Americans served their country in uniform during World War II. Some fresh out of high school, they left behind the farms and factories of their cities and small towns to sacrifice for the nation.

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Alexandria: ‘Mercy Street’

Film Festival debuts PBS series.

Actresses and producers from the Alexandria-based PBS series “Mercy Street” walked the red carpet prior to a screening of the Civil War-era drama to kick off the Alexandria Film Festival Nov. 5 at the AMC Hoffman Theaters.

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Alexandria: Veterans McNamara, Foley to be Honored for Service

World War II veterans William McNamara and Warden Foley will be honored with the Distinguished Patriots Award at the Chamber of Commerce Salute to Veterans breakfast Nov. 12 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.

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Alexandria: Chamber Business Awards 2015

Grant Thornton’s Sastry honored as Business Leader of the Year.

Srikant Sastry, National Managing principal of Advisory Services for Grant Thornton LLP, was named the 2015 Business Leader of the Year as the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce honored the best of businesses across the city Oct. 21 at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

Alexandria: American Legion Seeks Oratorical Contestants

Deadline for submissions is Nov. 8.

Alexandria’s Post 24 of the American Legion is seeking applications for the National High School Oratorical contest.

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Arlington: Marine Corps Marathon Celebrates 40 Years

The Few. The Proud.

It was a cold and stormy night in 2013 when Stan and Melinda Crais were told that their son Jonathan would not survive the hours following a car crash that nearly took his life.

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Rosslyn Unveils Marine Corps Marathon Drive

Local “groundpounder” readies for 40th MCM.

It is known as “The People’s Marathon” and 40 years ago, Arlington resident Al Richmond was one of 2,655 people lining up to participate in the first Marine Corps Marathon.

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Alexandria: Remembering the Fallen

Ivy Hill ceremony honors fire and EMS personnel.

Alexandria’s fallen firefighters and EMS personnel were remembered by members of the city’s first responder and law enforcement agencies at a memorial service and wreath laying ceremony Oct. 9 at Ivy Hill Cemetery as part of the annual National Fire Prevention Week ceremonies.

Alexandria Sportsman’s Club to Host Redskins Night

Roy Jefferson is featured speaker Oct. 20.

Famed Washington Redskins wide receiver Roy Jefferson will be the featured speaker at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club’s annual Redskins Night Oct. 20 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.