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City council approves new West End elementary school

The planned West End elementary school at 1701 and 1705 N. Beauregard St. passed its biggest hurdle at a public hearing on Saturday when city council unanimously approved its development special use permit. The approval means construction can begin on transforming the vacant office building into a s

ALEXTIMES.COM - 2017-09-21 12:05:21

Alexandria County Day School founder Joan C. Barton dies at 88

Joan C. Barton died Sept. 3 at Fairfax Inova Hospital following a stroke. She was 88. Best known for helping found Alexandria Country Day School in a church basement in 1983, Barton served as the school's first principal until her retirement in 1996. In 1991, the school purchased St. Mary's Academy

ALEXTIMES.COM - 2017-09-21 01:00:22

Collaboration Expands Supportive Housing in Alexandria

An interior of the newly-renovated Community Lodgings property in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood now has seven units for formerly homeless families, as well as an onsite learning center for youth programs. Formerly homeless families now have newly upgraded residences in the city, following the co

ALEXANDRIAGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-21 07:00:00

City Of Alexandria Adds "Smart911" Service To Aid Emergency Response

The free Smart911 service allows individuals and businesses to create online safety profiles with home, workplace and mobile phone numbers, along with additional information that would be valuable to dispatchers and first responders during an emergency. This information often includes home or work a

ALEXANDRIANEWS.ORG - 2017-09-21 17:41:26

Arrest Follows Domestic Homicide in Alexandria

The Alexandria Police Department has charged the suspect in a fatal stabbing that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the 900 block of N. Henry Street. Melvin Williams, a 23-year-old city resident was charged with first degree murder on Friday, Sept, 15. Williams is being held without bond. At a Nor

ALEXANDRIAGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-21 07:00:00

Queen of Apostles Catholic Church volunteer stole thousands from church in Alexandria, police say

Sandra Cortes was charged with three counts of grand larceny after Fairfax County police said she pocketed thousands of dollars from the church collection at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An Alexandria church volunteer was arrested after she was accused

FOX5DC.COM - 2017-09-21 01:02:00

Museum Day Live: Get Free Tickets To 3 Alexandria Museums

ALEXANDRIA, VA-Museums in Alexandria granting free admission this weekend as part of the annual Museum Day Live! Museum Day Live! offers families free tickets to participating museums across the country, and several Northern Virginia museums are taking part this year, including the national Marine C

PATCH - 2017-09-21 21:47:29

After brief obstacle, Bishop Ireton expansion approved

City council unanimously approved a development special use permit for Bishop Ireton's expansion at its public hearing on Saturday. The decision reversed a vote by the planning commission the previous week that had altered an agreement hammered out during a year of meetings between the school, affec

ALEXTIMES.COM - 2017-09-21 15:11:31

Our View: Planning commission goes rogue

There are 73 ongoing boards and commissions listed on the City of Alexandria's website. This doesn't include ad hoc entities formed for specific reasons, such as the parking standards for new development projects task force that is about to recommend significant reductions in required parking. These

ALEXTIMES.COM - 2017-09-21 14:57:32

Twelve city schools gain full accreditation

Twelve of the 16 Alexandria City Public Schools, or 75 percent, received full accreditation for the 2017-18 school year. This is slightly below the statewide average of 86 percent being fully accredited. Jefferson-Houston was denied accreditation for the sixth consecutive year. Only one school in Vi

ALEXTIMES.COM - 2017-09-21 14:37:16

Step Out the Door, Return as a New Woman

Enterprise on Duke Street. It has been converted into Hair Nirvana, a mobile hair salon on wheels complete with a shampoo bowl, two hair dryer stations and two salon chairs plus a waiting area. Clippers are wedged in wall racks along with mousse, flat irons, gel and hair spray. Today Lori Knoernschi

ALEXANDRIAGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-21 07:00:00

PARK(ing) Day Delivers Green Space and Ideas

Meg Ziemann and son Hugo walked through the "parklet," set up by Campbell & Ferrara, one of seven parklets set up on Friday, Sept. 15, dubbed International Parking Day. The parklets are demonstrating other uses for parking spots, and this one had shrubbery, paving stones and a structure called a "Bu

ALEXANDRIAGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-21 07:00:00

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Time for Action

As the schoolbell rings around town, more than 15,000 Alexandria public school students face a disappointing reality. Even though per student spending is among the highest in the Commonwealth, our school system is rated among the worst performing. One would think an affluent city ($89,134 median hou

ALEXANDRIAGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-21 07:00:00

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Discrimination Plain and Simple

President Trump's July 26th tweet banning transgender service members from serving in the United States military is discriminatory and unpatriotic. As former Vice President Joe Biden stated via Twitter, "Every patriotic American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to serve. Full

ALEXANDRIAGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-21 07:00:00

3 Ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest - that annual beer-and-food festival native to Munich, Germany, and now celebrated worldwide - officially kicked off on Sept. 16 and stretches to Oct. 3. But don't fret: You haven't missed the celebration just yet. Here are some ways to celebrate (and lift a glass) without having to dust

ALEXANDRIAGAZETTE.COM - 2017-09-21 07:00:00

Tall ship 'Providence' proposed to Waterfront Commission

During Tuesday morning's Waterfront Commission meeting, Alexandria Restaurant Partners principal Scott Shaw presented a plan to permanently dock the tall ship U.S.S. Providence in Alexandria. The ship is a 100-foot, full scale replica of the Continental Navy's first warship. If all goes according to

ALEXTIMES.COM - 2017-09-21 00:00:54

Alexandria church volunteer accused of stealing money from collection

WASHINGTON - A volunteer at an Alexandria church is facing larceny charges after police say she stole several thousand dollars from the weekly collection. On Sunday, police arrested Sandra Irene Cortes, 53, of Annandale, after an investigation found she was pocketing money from the church collection

WTOP - 2017-09-19 21:11:11

Absentee Voting Opens For Eligible Alexandria Voters September 22

Absentee voting for the Nov. 7 General Election begins on Friday, Sept. 22. Many Alexandria voters are eligible to vote absentee, for example, if they are: Away for personal business, work, vacation, active military service or school. Working and commuting for 11 or more hours, between 6 a.m. and 7

ALEXANDRIANEWS.ORG - 2017-09-19 19:33:03

Woodbridge Restaurant Inspections: Buffalo Philly's, Grain of Heaven, More

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA - Prince William Health District officials recently inspected food preparation and storage in the area. Full reports can be accessed on the health department's website. "In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely

PATCH - 2017-09-21 13:22:49

Abu Ghraib civil lawsuit returns to federal courthouse

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A civil lawsuit filed by inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is back in front of a federal judge. Friday's hearing at U.S. District Court in Alexandria comes nine years after the lawsuit was first filed and 13 years after photos documenting abusive treatment of

WINCHESTER STAR - 2017-09-22 06:31:23