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Gala Raises $117,000 Against Child Abuse

Raising funds to fight child abuse

Rotary Club Donates Books to John Adams Students

Alexandria West Rotary Club donates books

Character and Courage

Tilelli honors service of Washington, first responders.

Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association

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Pioneering Change For Autism

University of Virginia seminar studies tension between “The Science & Lived Experience of Autism.”

Despite a recent surge in attention and research over the past decade about autism, controversy exists.

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By George!

George Washington Birthday parade returns after two-year absence.

Wearing t-shirts and shorts, a crowd of thousands turned out for the City of Alexandria’s George Washington Birthday Parade, which made its return after a two-year absence due to extreme weather conditions.

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Leaders of the Pack

SSA gala to honor family community service.

The proverb “charity begins at home” describes the family of 100-year-old William Charity and the decades of community service inspired by the patriarch’s example of service to others.

Hats off to CAC

Gala to honor ACT, Sengel.

ACT, the city’s primary resource for the prevention, investigation and treatment of child abuse.

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'Dispensing Mercy'

Civil War nursing subject of Agenda:Alexandria.

Civil War nursing

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Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints Returns to T.C. Williams

Records set in premier rowing competition.

Athletes from Alexandria Community Rowing were among those setting records at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints held Feb. 4 at T.C. Williams High School.

Alexandria Sportsman’s Club to Host Dan Steinberg

Washington Post sports columnist Dan Steinberg will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 21 meeting of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club.

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Tilelli to Keynote Friendship Firehouse Breakfast

Event Kicks off the George Washington Celebration

Gen. John H. Tilelli (ret.) will be the keynote speaker at the Feb. 20 Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association annual breakfast.

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Striking a Chord

Guitar Center opens in Alexandria.

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The Full Monte

Wedding Showcase to feature “Say Yes to the Dress” host Durham.

Monte Durham, co-host and fashion director of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” will be the featured guest at the first annual Alexandria Wedding Showcase Feb. 19 at The Westin Alexandria.

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Belmont to lead DRBA

Dennis Belmont, a resident and small business owner in the Del Ray community, was elected president of the Del Ray Business Association at the organization’s Jan. 16 meeting.

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Kaine Among Boys and Girls Club Gala Honorees

Benefit to be held February 10

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine will be among those honored Feb. 10 at this year’s Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys and Girls Club annual fundraiser.

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Inauguration Day

Local officers provide security for inaugural events.

More than 100 officers from the Fairfax County Police Department assisted in security during Inauguration Day activities Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. as Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the United States.

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Play Ball

Sportsman’s Club to host Nats VP Jan. 26

Damon Jones, of the the Washington Nationals, will be the guest speaker at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Jan. 26 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

Spicing Up the White House

Local celebrated as Trump’s press secretary

Newly minted White House press secretary Sean Spicer

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Thrill of Victory

Locals celebrate Trump inauguration.

The Alexandria Republican City Committee celebrated the inauguration of President Donald Trump with a gala held Jan. 20 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

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Inauguration Day Duty

Local officers provide security for inaugural events.

More than 100 officers from Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria reported for duty during the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 20 to help provide security during Inauguration Day activities in Washington, D.C.


Experts to discuss impact of local election changes.

When Democrats Justin Wilson and Tim Lovain lost their City Council seats to Republicans Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes in 2009, they put forth the proposal to move local elections from May to November, an initiative that passed the majority Democratic council in June of that same year.

Speck Appointed to MWAA Board

David Speck, former Alexandria City Councilman and member of the Virginia House of Delegates, has been appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve in the McAuliffe administration as a board member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

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Happy New Year in Alexandria

First Night events draw thousands.

Revelers from around the world descended on Alexandria to ring in the new year as a midnight fireworks show ushered in 2017 and concluded the 22nd annual First Night Alexandria celebration.

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A Very Special Christmas in Alexandria

ODBC hosts party for city children.

Santa Claus and his chief elf were on hand Dec. 15 as the Old Dominion Boat Club hosted its annual Christmas party for special education children from across the city.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Names Executive Director

Frank to lead search for Kluge successor.

Paul A. Frank, founding principal of Paul A. Frank Consulting, has been named the new executive director of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

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Honoring America’s Veterans in Arlington

Wreaths Across America marks 25 years.

Wreaths Across America marks 25 years.

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Firefighters and Friends collects toys for Alexandria area children.

To the Rescue

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

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Office of Historic Alexandria honors local veterans

‘Dawn of Infamy’

Veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam gathered at American Legion Post 24 for a viewing of the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission Tribute to Veterans ceremony Dec. 8, marking the 75th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War II.

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Keeping the Spirit Alive in Alexandria

Sons honored in Alexandria Sportsman's Club scholarship drive.

Rick Moon enjoyed country music, boating and being on the water.

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Plaid Tidings in Old Town

46th Annual Scottish Walk Parade

Crowds lined the streets of Old Town December 3 for Alexandria’s 46th Annual Scottish Walk Parade.

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Pier Pressure in Alexandria

Holiday Boat Parade lights up the Potomac

The competition was fierce as more than 45 boats lined up along the Alexandria waterfront Dec. 3 to participate in the 17th annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.

Rally for Rose in Alexandria

Del Ray to host fundraiser for Cruz family.

The Del Ray Business Association will host a “Rally for Rose” fundraiser Dec. 13 for the family of Rosemarie Cruz, who died Dec. 4 from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Mount Vernon Avenue at W. Glebe Road.

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Recalling ‘Infamy’

Survivor recalls Pearl Harbor attack on 75th anniversary.

They said it couldn’t be done. There had never been anything like it in the history of warfare but with unmistakable red spheres visible on every wing, 353 Japanese planes descended undetected over the islands of Hawaii on a sleepy Sunday morning.

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Running a Fowl in Alexandria

Turkey Trot raises $5,000 for ALIVE!

More than 5,200 runners took to the streets of Del Ray Nov. 24 for the 41st annual Thanksgiving Day Alexandria Turkey Trot.

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Visionary Veterans Exhibit in Alexandria

New exhibit honors Navy inventors.

On the surface, they have little in common. Lewis Latimer was the child of escaped slaves while Maxime Faget dreamed of life beyond the stars nearly a century later.

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Alexandria: There’s No Place Like Home

Score local gifts on Small Business Saturday.

You’ve made your list and checked it twice.

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Alexandria: Jingle Bell Rock 5K to raise 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.

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Alexandria: Salute to Veterans

Chamber honors veterans in business.

Charlie Euripides, a Korean War veteran and longtime owner of the Royal Restaurant, received a standing ovation as he was presented with the 2016 Distinguished Patriot Award at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Salute to Veterans reception Nov. 10 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.

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Alexandria: Shining Stars of SSA

Senior Services of Alexandria honors program volunteers

Senior Services of Alexandria honored individuals who have made a significant contribution to various SSA programs at its annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon Nov. 3 at the Durant Arts Center.

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‘We Owe You Our Freedom’

Thousands gather in salute to veterans.

Veterans organizations from across the nation joined President Barack Obama for the Presidential Armed Forces wreath-laying ceremony and Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Day Observance Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mount Vernon, Alexandria: A Time to Remember

Ceremony to honor local veterans.

The Friends of Rocky Versace will host the city’s 15th Annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center.

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And the Winner Is …

Chamber honors best of local business.

It was the Academy Awards for local businesses as the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Business Awards Oct. 19, with Burke and Herbert Chairman and CEO E. Hunt Burke honored as the 2016 Business Leader of the Year.

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Salute to Veterans

Euripides to receive Distinguished Patriot Award Nov. 10.

Charlie Euripides, a Korean War Veteran and longtime owner of the Royal Restaurant, will be presented with the Distinguished Patriot Award.

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Keeping Children Warm

Coats, books distributed to local families.

Families from across the city came to Charles Houston Recreation Center Oct. 29 to pick out new coats and books.

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Keeping Children Warm

Firefighters distribute coats, books to local charities.

“We believe a new winter coat gives children the freedom and confidence to play more, learn more and do more.” — Firefighters and Friends founder Capt. Will Bailey

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The Few. The Proud.

The 41st Marine Corps Marathon.

For Brooke Sydnor Curran, running the 41st Marine Corps Marathon was a milestone: her 100th marathon for charity since founding the nonprofit RunningBrooke Fund. For Grace Episcopal kindergarten teacher Cara Donley, the Oct. 30 race represented a different milestone.

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And Then There Was One

Arlington resident last MCM “Groundpounder.”

“I’ve been very, very fortunate to never have a serious injury.” — Arlington’s Al Richmond on completing his 41st Marine Corps Marathon

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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. 14 at Ivy Hill Cemetery as part of the annual National Fire Prevention Week ceremonies.

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Alexandria: Helping Hands

Donley, volunteers to be honored Oct. 26.

Former Mayor Kerry Donley will be among those honored for their service to the community at the 22nd annual Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria awards ceremony Oct. 26 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Alexandria: Frank Fannon III Dies

Fourth generation Alexandrian dies at 82.

Since 1846, the Fannon name has been virtually synonymous with Alexandria and no one was prouder of that than Frank Fannon III.