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Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Noisy in Mount Vernon; More Noise Coming?

If you spent anytime out on the patio in Mount Vernon this summer, I'm sure you've heard the loud, obnoxious cars and motorcycles with modified exhaust systems and screaming, roaring engines that pierce the serenity of our peaceful neighborhoods, ("Mount Vernon Serenity Cut Short By Noisy Tailpipes," Mount Vernon Gazette, 10/8/2020).

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Restaurant of the Week: Cedar Knoll Restaurant

Cedar Knoll Restaurant features sweeping views of the Potomac River, acclaimed American – French cuisine and a fun atmosphere.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Don’t Bulldoze Taylor Run

To reduce sediment and nutrient loads in the Chesapeake Bay, the City of Alexandria is proposing an ambitious $4.5 million plan to re-engineer 2,000 feet of Taylor Run, which courses through the woods in Chinquapin Park.

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Kaleidoscope – Another Type of Halloween Candy

As a toddler, Anila Angjeli was given a small device that displayed endless mesmerizing symmetric geometries when seen through light.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: American Horticultural Society Update: Proceeds From Sale of River Farm Will Be Used to Create Endowment

In September, the American Horticultural Society (AHS) announced plans to sell River Farm, which has been our headquarters since 1973.

To Preserve Options to Save River Farm

Joint Board Matter with Supervisor Dan Storck and Chairman Jeff McKay - Request for Analysis of River Farm Historic Overlay District

River Farm, located on 27.57 acres at 7931 East Boulevard Drive in Mount Vernon, VA, is considered a local institution in the Mount Vernon District that is full of history, heritage, and natural beauty.

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Will River Farm Be Sold?

Supervisor Dan Storck and Jeff McKay hope to preserve the property

Supervisors Dan Storck and Jeff McKay hope to save River Farm through historic designation, while the American Horticultural Society continues plans to sell one of America’s most famous houses, seeking a premium price.

Alexandria Arts Alliance Hosts Joint Virtual Fundraiser

The Alexandria Arts Alliance in partnership with ACT for Alexandria and in collaboration with Alexandria’s vibrant artists and arts organizations announces and invites you to its first virtual fundraising event, streaming on Facebook Live on Oct. 24, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Seriously, Don’t Bulldoze Taylor Run

It is said that the definition of a hypocrite is one who cuts down a magnificent tree and then uses the stump to stand on to make a speech about conservation.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Project Community Connect Supports Those Struggling to Afford Basic Needs

The impact of COVID-19 has deepened the economic hardship for residents in the DMV area.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Project Community Connect Supports Those Struggling to Afford Basic Needs

The impact of COVID-19 has deepened the economic hardship for residents in the DMV area.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Why the Arts in Alexandria Deserve Your Support on Saturday and Beyond

A friend recently told me she wasn’t supporting local arts organizations because there were so many life and death situations out there that needed her dollars.

Additional Locations for Absentee Voting in Alexandria

The City of Alexandria will open additional voting locations to facilitate in-person absentee voting for the Nov. 3 general and special elections.

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Oktoberfest Goes Virtual in Alexandria

SSA holds 9th annual fundraiser

Senior Services of Alexandria went virtual as it held its 9th annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 15 with supporters across the city hosting small in-home gatherings in support of SSA programs.

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Spooky Science in Alexandria

Mad Science Expo inspires STEAM learning

With social distancing measures in place, hundreds of future astronauts, scientists, mathematicians and engineers turned out Oct. 17 at The Watergate at Landmark for the fourth annual Spooky Mad Science Expo, an event to combine Halloween and science learning projects.

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Aw Shucks: Fish Market Takes Oyster Shucking Title in Alexandria

The competition was fierce, but in the end it was Gerson Baten of the Fish Market who took top honors at the first annual Oyster Week Oyster Shucking contest Oct. 17 at the City Marina. “I don’t have any secret,” said Baten, who has been shucking oysters for 8 years. “I just like shucking oysters fast.” Sponsored by the Old Town Business Association, the contest was the culmination of Oyster Week, which ran Oct. 12-17, with restaurants featuring oyster specials. Due to COVID, the planned Oyster Festival was downgraded to an Oyster Week. Representatives from local restaurants were judged on shucking speed as well as the quality of presentation. The event was sponsored by Guinness Beer and held behind Torpedo Factory Art Center.

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Obituary: Joe Shumard

“Mr. Parade,” volunteer organizer dies at 67

No name is more synonymous with Alexandria’s signature events than Joe Shumard.

Opinion: Commentary: Special Session: Budget Plus Robust Health, Public Safety, and Equity Reforms

After two months of hard work by legislators and our staff, the historic 2020 Special General Assembly Session has recessed until we finalize the budget after the November election.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Restaurant Notes From Around Town in Alexandria

Though the Covid-19 pandemic marches on, there are signs of life across the city’s restaurants as new enterprises launch and old favorites re-emerge.

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Breakfast, Balloons, Live Music and Fun in Fairfax City

Fairfax City recently held its second annual Park(ing) Day, turning a Fair City Mall parking lot into a space for outdoor fun.