Thursday, July 30
In the dog days of a pandemic summer, a new beacon of cold treats has begun to shine in Del Ray, its light getting brighter day by day prior to its opening in just a few weeks.
Commonwealth’s Attorneys from Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax join forces to press for reform.
As lawmakers prepare to return to Richmond for a special session on criminal justice reform, this group of likeminded prosecutors known as the Progressive Prosecutors for Justice will be pushing for a package of criminal-justice reform bills that does not have the backing of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys.
Wednesday, July 29
Sometimes a water garden provides the natural setting for fish, frogs, butterflies and birds.
Mount Vernon Task Force delays decision on recommendation.
Belle View Shopping Center
Saturday, July 25
Unemployment crisis due to coronavirus leaves families in jeopardy.
The impact of the coronavirus with loss of income has led to a roller coaster for many Alexandria families who have fallen behind on their rent.
About 25 members of Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC) — masked and socially distanced — joined Pastor Kate Walker the morning of July 7 to dedicate three Black Lives Matter signs, one at the drive to the church on Windmill Lane and two on Fort Hunt Road under the directional signs to the church.
Residents rally to save 150-year-old tree at TC.
Concerned citizens and local activists gathered July 21 on the campus of T.C. Williams High School to protest the planned removal of a 150-year-old oak tree to make way for a new concession stand at the school’s Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium.
Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Citizens’ Expressions of Venom, Ignorance, and Unsupported Statistics
The Gazette published several articles in last week’s edition in which citizens expressed venom, hate, ignorance, and questionable conclusions unsupported by the statistics cited.
I wrote here in May that perhaps the most challenging aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic that was not health related remains the ongoing unemployment crisis throughout the Commonwealth.
Regarding the presumed presidential candidates. we Americans can do better. The parties have better, they can do better. America — the World — needs better.
With the July 8 decision by the Supreme Court to ban insurance coverage for contraceptives for women, we have gone back to the Dark Ages, where men in management will decide “what is best” for women who work in their offices and in their companies.
Southern Towers residents protest eviction hearings.
Residents of Southern Towers apartments gathered July 15 at the Franklin P. Backus Courthouse in Old Town to protest for the cancellation of rent payments and demand an extension to a statewide moratorium on evictions, which expired last month.
Online forum scheduled for July 27.
An online protest for older adults is being planned via Zoom to allow seniors to “gather in solidarity and bring attention to the need to end systemic racism and push for police reform,” according to the event organizers.
Robert Bloom was Public Safety Systems Administrator.
Robert Bloom, the Public Safety Systems Administrator in the Department of Emergency and Customer Communications (DECC) for the City of Alexandria, died July 20 after his SUV struck a traffic pole at the intersection of North Kings Highway and Telegraph Road in the Huntington section of Fairfax County.
APD marks founding of police department.
The Alexandria Police Department marked the 150th anniversary of its founding with an informal gathering July 15 at police headquarters.
Economic uncertainty ends 50-year run.
The Irish Walk, a landmark shopping destination in Old Town for over 50 years, will be closing its doors July 31, a casualty of a string of recent economic challenges.
Recent high school grads, Class of 2021 face college uncertainty amid pandemic.
Senior year, 2020 T.C. Williams graduate Mikaela Pozo applied to 17 colleges.
Grace Episcopal School may officially be on summer break, but this summer is unlike all of the others.
Detectives from Fairfax County Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal car crash that occurred Monday morning in Huntington in the Mount Vernon Police District.
City residents weigh in on Northfax West project.
Before Fairfax City Council last week approved the new plan for Northfax West, nearly two dozen residents called in with comments during the online public hearing.
Fairfax approves plan to revitalize Northfax West area.
It’s been years in the making, and last week, the Fairfax City Council greenlit a sweeping proposal to revamp and revitalize the City’s Northfax West area.
Friday, July 24
Soon, the aroma of rich Italian food will once more waft from the corner of Montgomery Street and St. Asaph Street.
Fairfax County police have charged a local man with three felonies following the stabbing of an associate pastor, Saturday afternoon, at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly.
Plan to build homes under flight path sparks outcry.
Yet another controversial residential project is being proposed for Chantilly’s Westfields area.
With her family and balloons, Chantilly’s Juanita Brill celebrated her 100th birthday on June 19.
West Montgomery seeks to stem incidents of illegal deforestation that some say is on the rise.
A member of West Montgomery County Citizens Association noticed forest clearing on a lot in the Glen Hills area of Potomac, and reported the incident to County regulators.
Fields of sunflowers will be in full bloom this week off River Road in Poolesville.
Montgomery County Executive Elrich Requests additional time for residents to respond to Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Toll Lanes Study for I-495 and I-270.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, in a letter to Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Greg Slater, said that the community needs more time to review and respond to the complex and lengthy Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the proposed managed lanes project for I-495 and I-270.
Thursday, July 23
Historic Scotland AME Zion Church hopes to rebuild for the future.
Driving by Scotland AME Zion Church on Seven Locks Road, the building looks pretty much the same as it has for the last 50 years.
Handheld devices keep older people in contact with healthcare providers, family and friends.
On a recent summer morning, a group of college students gathered to sort and sanitize handheld devices ranging from smartphones to tablets.
Your ballot to vote by mail will NOT be mailed to you automatically for November’s Presidential Election. You must request your ballot.
Potomac Elementary School PTA meets to end one year, and to begin another.
As if anyone needs to be reminded that times are different, consider the Potomac Elementary School PTA meeting Thursday.
You can keep on reading during the brave new world of coronavirus rules and restrictions.
• Fifteen-member citizen group to report back by end of the year
The Arlington County Police Department’s Critical Accident Team (CAT) continues to investigate a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred on Wednesday, July 15 in the Aurora Highlands neighborhood.
The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit announces the arrest of two suspects for their involvement in a fatal shooting in Arlington Heights.
Lawmakers to slash the state budget and consider criminal-justice reforms.
The threadbare Franklin and Armfield office on Duke Street stands at the crossroads between racial injustice and economic crisis. It’s a ramshackle building now, but it was once the headquarters for the largest domestic slave trading firm in the United States, present at the creation of the systemic racism that plagues Virginia cops and courts. It’s also the city’s latest acquisition, and the state budget was to include $2.5 million to help transform it into the Freedom House Museum. But then the pandemic hit, and the governor hit the pause button on that line item as well as all the other spending priorities of the new Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.
Superintendent sought Board consensus.
Members of the Fairfax County School Board reached a consensus during its July 21 Work Session and accepted Superintendent Scott Brabrand's recommendation to begin the 2020-21 school year 100 percent virtually.
Advice from an Arlington resident and Virginia Herpetologists
It was a beautiful summer’s eve in Arlington last July, and Sara Stepahin was walking with her partner to see fireflies at Fort C.F. Smith.
Wednesday, July 22
Affordable housing project expected to be in tune with the housing needs and EMBARK Richmond Highway project.
Jefferson Manor resident was embedded with Marines in Afghanistan.
Local resident gets USMC award
Springfield backyard brings batches of beans, cucumbers and science lessons.
Gov. Ralph Northam announced statewide emergency workplace safety standards in response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Union says it is unrealistic to open school with a hybrid plan.
Two days after the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) July 15, 11:59 p.m. deadline passed for students, teachers and school based technology specialists (SBTS) to respond to two Instruction Options for the 2020-21 school year, the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers (FCFT, AFT 2401) sent a letter to FCPS officials urging them to switch to 100 percent virtual learning.
After more than six months away from the infusion center, due to the treatment for my papillary thyroid cancer stage II, I make my return on Wednesday, July 22.
Handheld devices keep the elderly in contact with healthcare providers, family and friends.
On a recent summer morning, a group of college students gathered in Chantilly to sort and sanitize handheld devices ranging from smartphones to tablets.
The body of John Lewis will be laid to rest this week, but the legacy of his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement will live on.
A man died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash July 14 afternoon in Great Falls.
Alexander Joel, a rising high school senior at The Potomac School in McLean, was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) full-merit scholarship to study the Russian language in Moscow, Russia for five weeks.
Monday, July 20
Detectives from Major Crimes Bureau are asking for the public’s help as they continue to investigate after two men were found with stab wounds July 17 around 3:41 a.m. in the 12200 block of Laurel Glade Court.
Demand is greater than supply.
The Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Northwest Federal Credit Union, is out to fill empty tummies.
Kimberly Timora meets via video with biological mother, father, brother, two sisters and a niece.
For Kimberly Timora, taking a 23andMe test was an opportunity to learn more about her traits and medical history, but there was one other possibility she looked forward to the most.
The Narang Foundation donates $10K to Langley Residential Support Services.
"We feel strongly that every person, no matter their challenges, deserves the opportunity to thrive, and have a support system behind them," said RJ Narang of McLean.
Sunday, July 19
I write today about the matter of renaming T. C. Williams High School.
At the height of summer, many stout, six-or-so-inch green spikes poke out of the water in Dyke Marsh and sport violet-blue, funnel-shaped flowers that clump around the central stem amid the plant’s lance-shaped leaves.
The cause behind the "More for Enforcement, Less for Assistance" phenomenon in Michael Lee Pope's feature about Alexandria spending more on policing but less on social services, ironically, is on the very next page.
During the Civil Rights movement unrest in the 1940s and 1950s, Betty Garrett-Scott witnessed many historical moments that shaped her life.
Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Call for Independent Police Auditor; More Data on Police Actions in Alexandria
The Alexandria Human Rights Ordinance established the Alexandria Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in 1975. The Commission comprises 14 members appointed by city council for three-year terms. The AHRC works to ensure, among other things, that Alexandrians are treated fairly and in accordance with applicable state and local laws and regulations.
There has been a chorus of support for renaming T.C. Williams High School to remove the moniker of an arch-segregationist who does not represent our values.
I recently heard about the effort to re-name T.C. Williams High School.
The accompanying photograph is of the vandalized memorial to Bijan Ghaisar who was murdered by the United States Park Police (USPP), in November of 2017
Saturday, July 18
This week, the Washington NFL team made an historic announcement that the franchise will finally retire its racist name and logo.
Rotary project raises $16k for local nonprofits.
The Rotary Club of Alexandria raised $16,000 for local nonprofits through its third annual Flags for Heroes program, a display of 200 flags along the George Washington Parkway at Cedar Knoll Restaurant.
First female president in Sportsman’s Club history.
Eva Shea, a two-time All American and two-time All New England Lacrosse player, has been elected as the 2020-2021 president of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club.
TC, Bishop Ireton among honorees.
The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club has awarded $16,000 in scholarships to eight high school student athletes for exemplary performance in athletics and academics.
Majority of School Board members support ditching name of segregationist.
Five out of nine School Board members say they are willing to ditch the name T.C. Williams, divorcing the name of a segregationist former superintendent from Alexandria’s only high school.
Taught mathematics at Bishop Ireton for over 50 years.
Ron Umbeck, a beloved and dedicated educator at Bishop Ireton High school for more than 50 years, died July 13 at Inova Alexandria Hospital after suffering a fall at his home earlier this month. He was 78 years old.
Friday, July 17
In June, 2020, 70 Potomac homes sold between $2,555,000-$425,000.
Potomac Home Sales: June, 2020
From more ways to get bagels to new restaurants opening their doors to welcoming back an old favorite, there are certainly signs of life amongst the city’s eateries again.
A former leader of the white supremacist group Atomwaffen Division pleaded guilty July 14 to charges related to his role in a conspiracy that conducted multiple swatting events targeting journalists, a Virginia university, a historic Virginia church — Alfred Street Baptist Church, and a former cabinet official.
Hannah Risley, reference librarian, and Katie Whitman, children’s librarian, were quick to start executing their programming in the digital sphere.
Every week, hundreds of Alexandrians have counted on being able to walk through the doors of James M. Duncan Branch Library, a place that has proven to be much more than the thousands of books it makes available to patrons.
181 Graduating Seniors receive scholarships to help make their college dreams become reality.
The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (SFA) awarded $504,000 in college scholarships to 181 graduating seniors from the T.C. Williams Class of 2020.
Weaver, Borhauer named Teachers of the Year.
This year, the Rotary Club of Fairfax is honoring two Teachers of the Year from City of Fairfax schools.
Six Fairfax High graduating seniors recently received college scholarships from the Rotary Club of Fairfax.
Women’s Suffrage reaches Centennial in August.
Last month, the National Park Service (NPS) announced the planned loan of a historic section of iron fence, once used to protect the White House, to memorialize the first group of protestors to stand before it.
Fire officials say an early morning fire last Saturday displaced six people and caused approximately $90,000 damage to a Fairfax home.
More than 30 percent of all children in Fairfax County Public Schools are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.
Thursday, July 16
Vendors, customers look forward to Saturdays.
The sweltering Saturday of July 11 was the first of the weekly Burke Farmers Markets since December, where farmers, bakers and chefs came from all over Maryland and Virginia to sell their products.
Rec center and tech incubator could be the start of more opportunity.
Stabbing on Janna Lee
Disposal of this essential equipment has not found its way into the trash cans in some cases.
It’s pretty special for a police officer to be selected as his station’s Officer of the Quarter.
Published draft subject to review
Montgomery County Public Schools announced Saturday a plan for reopening schools this fall.
Potomac resident Allen Gorrelick runs along the path above the C&O Canal near Angler’s Inn about three times a week.
Potomac Community Village marked its 8th birthday June 23 and threw a party to celebrate.
Marta Hill Gray wears one of her masks as she has her temperature taken, signs in with her own pen and walks through the door of Culpepper Garden on July 1.
At the June 25 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán presented the recommended APS plan for the 2020-21 school year based on state guidance for reopening Virginia schools.
Others like Joe have a chance to succeed thanks to grant.
Joe is on the autism spectrum and wanted to participate in the Bridges to Independence summer internships initiative.
Detectives from Major Crimes Bureau are continuing to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred Friday night, July 10, in a Reston apartment community.
Wednesday, July 15
Stakeholders and county supervisor speak out.
It is approaching three years since Connecticut-based real estate developer Wheelock Communities announced its acquisition of Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston.
Opinion: Commentary: Next Steps: Virginia legislature must take significant next steps in the closing months of this year.
Readers of this column are certainly aware that on more than one occasion I have praised the work of the 2020 General Assembly session as being historic and transformative.
Here we are in July, half way through 2020. Is it my imagination or have these six months been longer than most years?
The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area, Inc. recently awarded $45,000 in college scholarships to 22 deserving high school graduates at five local high schools.
Restaurants, lawyers and consultants in Alexandria receive millions in forgivable loans.
Restaurants in Alexandria received the biggest chunk of federal cash from the Paycheck Protection Program, landing more than 200 forgivable loans and saving about 4,000 jobs, according to new data released from the Small Business Administration. Lawyers, consultants and home health care workers also scored big, landing hundreds of loans and saving thousands of jobs. Ultimately, businesses in Alexandria received more than 3,000 loans and preserved more than 35,000 jobs.
During the ongoing pandemic, Herndon Village Network (HVN) is continuing to provide its essential transportation services to Herndon senior citizens.
With more than 10 locations across Washington, D.C. and Virginia, South Block has just opened the doors on its newest storefront at 207 Maple Ave. East, Vienna.
Advocacy for those impacted by aphasia continues at the national level.
Darlene S. Williamson, M.S., CCC-SLP, of Oakton, long-term Executive Director and Founder of the Stroke Comeback Center (SCC), recently retired, stepping away from the non-profit organization she launched in 2005.
Vienna offers a variety of summer entertainment programs on town’s Facebook page.
In the face of a recent COVID-19 pandemic, the town of Vienna did not skip a beat in transitioning to Facebook Live to hold the Summer Concerts on the Green.
How pandemic has impacted real estate market.
The first half of 2020 has come to a close. At the end of the first quarter, the real estate market was showing a strong opening season.
Great Falls resident and extended family donate N95 masks to hospital.
David Chien of Great Falls and his extended family who reside in Hong Kong donated 100 N95 masks to Reston Hospital Center.
Elizabeth Rothenberger, 16, is releasing her debut EP starting with the single ‘Ricochet.’
Like most teenagers, Elizabeth Rothenberger of Great Falls enjoys listening to music.
We are a group of Commonwealth’s Attorneys who represent and are responsible for the safety of over 40 percent of the population of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
And not just Tuesday, either. All week in fact, I'll be waiting to hear the music.
Tuesday, July 14
Five Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) graduates from the class of 2020 have been named winners of college-sponsored scholarships by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
The public has 90 days to respond to a proposed $11 billion project that would impact 48 miles of the Beltway, the American Legion Bridge, and land and water below for generations to come.
The risk is $11 billion and contamination of waterways and parkland for generations to come.
Calls to 911 could be dispatched differently from the start.
Only 40% of Fairfax County Police officers are currently trained in crisis intervention techniques.
I teach high school English in Fairfax County Public Schools. A number of teachers from across the county suggested I share the following concerns with the community about the plan for reopening schools next month.
NOVA Equity Agenda Coalition proposes redirecting of funding to hire counselors.
"While schools' primary role is to serve as an institution for learning, it must also remain a suitable place for young people to mature and sometimes err, without being subjected to the unquestionably perilous path of the criminal justice system," wrote members of the NOVA Equity Agenda Coalition in a July 6 letter to Fairfax County Public Schools Board and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia will open for on-campus operations for all students and staff for the Fall 2020 semester. All classes will be held in-person with full course schedules and teacher instruction.
From current events to mysteries, books can fill time and lead to lively family conversations.
During a recent 12-hour car ride to their summer home in Michigan, the Leland family finished two books, “Bridge To Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Saturday, July 11
Former Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg tried during her one term in office to establish a permanent ethics commission. However her “cohorts” on the City Council, refused to support her initiative.
New exhibit frames 300 years of African American history.
Following delays of several months due to COVID-19 restrictions, the city has formally opened its newest public art installation at the Alexandria waterfront.
Mount Vernon Police District officers responded to an apartment complex in the 7900 block of Janna Lee Avenue in Mount Vernon at 1 a.m. July 7 for a shooting.
ALL ABOARD! The Tall Ship Providence, a 110-foot, 12-gun sloop of war, is a replica of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy and John Paul Jones' first American command.
Over a century ago African-American educator and activist, W.E.B DuBois argued the dilemma, "Am I an American or am I a Negro ... does my black blood place upon me any more obligation to assert my nationality than German, Irish or Italian blood would."
I hope your Fourth of July holiday was restful and enjoyable, and that you are staying safe wearing your mask in public and exercising prudence through social distancing and good hygiene.
An open letter to Alexandria’s City Council Members, the City’s Manager and Alexandria’s Chief of Police: Subject: AFSS statement on racial justice applied to traffic enforcement
Twenty-two years ago, in 1998, Hopkins House asked the School Board to change the high school’s name, but the board declined. Today, we ask again.
July 14 event for tech professionals
Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and 15 other leading tech companies in Northern Virginia are bringing recruiters to a virtual career fair that the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is presenting July 14 to help mid-career tech professionals find jobs.
At the visitor’s entrance of Mount Vernon, George and family are appropriately masked.
#CAREavanChallenge visits assisted living facilities.
The gauntlet was thrown. ElderTree Care Management Services challenged care providers to get creative and show appreciation for health care aides at local assisted living facilities.
#CAREavanChallenge visits assisted living facilities.
The gauntlet was thrown. ElderTree Care Management Services challenged care providers to get creative and show appreciation for health care aides at local assisted living facilities.
Homes across the city were adorned with displays of patriotism over a Fourth of July weekend that was more subdued than usual due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, July 10
Magaly and Tom Hirst
Passionate. Dedicated supporters. Generous. Inspirational. Humble. These are just a few words to describe Tom and Magaly Hirst’s philanthropic efforts to give back to Alexandria through the Mason Hirst Foundation.
Taking the temperature of the local business community, Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce surveyed its members to find out how local businesses are reacting to the Covid-19 pandemic.
ALIVE! serves as the City’s basic food resource for people in need through many programs targeting specific populations.
Ann Patterson, Food Program Director for ALIVE!, says that the first week after the pandemic was announced, they packed for 400 in their regular food distribution but 1,100 families showed up.
Thursday, July 9
Since Fairfax City couldn’t hold its usual gigantic Fourth of July parade, with large crowds, this year, it instead held a much smaller parade, traveling through the neighborhoods while residents waved at the participants.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, many area residents visited Burke Lake Park to relax, have fun and celebrate Independence Day with friends and family.
Meyer recounts outgoing Council’s accomplishments.
Although it had to be done virtually this year, Fairfax City’s Mayor, Council and School Board were officially sworn in last Tuesday, June 30.
To acknowledge and inspire kindness and good deeds, Volunteer Fairfax has launched the #GoodConnectsUs campaign, recognizing citizens connecting with each other through volunteerism.
More than 100 hotel guests were in the Woodlawn Court building in Mount Vernon on Tuesday around 1 a.m., but one guest who was outside alerted management to fire on the roof.
Since the recession, funding has increased for public safety but decreased for social services.
Since the recession, spending on public safety in Alexandria has increased year after year. According to documents from the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts, that category of government spending has increased 38 percent since 2010 as city leaders increased salaries for police officials and funded new positions at the city’s emergency communications center. But during that same time, spending on health and welfare programs has increased only 12 percent. Spending on social services has actually gone down since 2010.
Centreville Labor Resource Center holds a food drive.
For people living from paycheck to paycheck, a global pandemic makes things infinitely worse.
Now that Alexandria is solidly in Phase 3 of the Virginia Forward reopening plan, restaurants and cafes are wide open – with social distancing in place – both inside and out.
The first new exit ramp and bridge for the under-construction I-66/Route 28 Interchange is slated to open ahead of schedule – on or about this Wednesday, July 8.
Small-town Americana: To help their residents celebrate the Fourth of July together, Centreville's Newgate community held a children’s bike parade through the neighborhood.
The Pet Almanac, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish the last week of July, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by Thursday, July 23.
Masks and social distancing are the order of the day on Thursday afternoons 3-7:30 p.m. at the Potomac Village Farmers Market.
Wednesday, July 8
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has created a new “BikeMatchMoCo” program that is a free service enabling people with extra, unused bicycles to donate them directly to individuals who need a bike.
Councilmember Evan Glass introduced the “LGBTQ Bill of Rights,” which would broaden and strengthen Montgomery County’s legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents.
The Community Policing Act, Virginia House Bill 1250, takes effect July 1, 2020.
The Arlington County Police Department’s Critical Accident Team is investigating a fatal single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle, that occurred on the evening of July 3, 2020.
Pandemic precautions color Plebe summer
At 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, more than forty neighbors gathered to line North Abingdon Street to send off Shane Tomb as he left to begin his “Plebe Summer” at the U.S. Naval Academy.
It is Monday morning, and eight vegetable bagging work stations are located more than six feet apart in the Rock Spring United Church of Christ Carpenter Room.
Join the birds and the sunshine for physical therapy.
Two ceiling fans move the pleasant afternoon air on the front porch of Lisa Shimberg’s house where she has set up a physical therapy bed.
Mount Vernon Hospital
Viewpoints: Should the Redskins change their name and do you have any suggestions for a new name if they do?
Reston Hospital Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™.
Picnics and fireworks continue.
Official Fourth of July festivities around Reston may have been canceled for Independence Day 2020, but homegrown activities continued.
Hundreds of new laws went into effect last Wednesday. A total of 1,289 new laws passed the General Assembly in its regular session in January and February and were signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam.
Original works available for sale at Vienna Arts Society gallery.
Purple Piece, Organ, Lion Pride, City Lights, Violent Behavior. These are names of some of the 30 works of art presented in Pathway Homes' Summer of the Arts 2020 on display at the Vienna Arts Society gallery, located at 513 Maple Avenue West #1.
Local students earn top award at global competition.
The Challenge: In Fairfax County, opioids are the number one cause of unnatural death. According to the Virginia Department of Health Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the proportion of all overdose deaths that include fentanyl and fentanyl analogs is higher in Fairfax than all of Virginia.
A community leader who worked to establish the McLean Community Center, McLean Central Park and Dolley Madison Library, died on June 7, 2020.
Robert (Bob) Ames Alden, a community leader who worked to establish the McLean Community Center, McLean Central Park and Dolley Madison Library, passed away on June 7, 2020, at his McLean home at the age of 87.
Tuesday, July 7
The Alden Theatre is putting on a Drive-Thru Drama production of ‘Small Change.’
After the end of live performances during quarantine, the Alden Theatre is championing a new form of theatre: the Drive-Thru Drama.
Drive-thru parade underscores the spirit of Great Falls.
The annual 4th of July Parade and Hometown Celebration produced by Celebrate Great Falls Foundation took on a new look in 2020.
Great Falls National Park is in full swing for the summer season, and the weekends as usual have been very busy with locals, especially eager this year for something to do after being cooped up from quarantine.
Aleena Dawer, 16, of Great Falls, has accepted an invitation for a lifetime membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), the nation’s leading certified honor society for high-achieving first- and second-year college students with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
Superintendent takes questions at Virtual Town Hall.
FCPS hosted a virtual Town Hall Meeting on July 6, to answer questions about its two Return to School Plans: Full-time Online Instruction or In-Person Instruction with Social Distancing.
The Pet Connection, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish the last week of July, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by Thursday, July 23.
Arrests of Black people disproportional in every police district in the county.
Of all arrests made by police officers in the county, Black people are arrested 38.54 percent of the time. Black people are targets of police use of force 45.63 percent of the time in the county. Black people make up less than 10 percent of the population.
"Very interesting," to quote Artie Johnson from "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," that "crazy-kooky" comedy show from the 70s.
Pool house evolved into a space that incorporates the beauty of the outdoors into the interior design.
Transforming the expansive backyard into a summer oasis by designing a pool and adjacent pool house.
Saturday, July 4
After the end of the Civil War, George L. Seaton was commissioned by the Freedmen Bureau to build two schools for the education of Colored children.
Hundreds of flags on display through July 11.
A lone bagpiper stood among hundreds of American flags as the strains of Amazing Grace wafted through the air during the opening ceremony of the 3rd annual Flags for Heroes display June 28 at Cedar Knoll Restaurant along the George Washington Parkway.
Even as many of our leaders emphasize reopening the economy, covid-19 cases in Virginia have fallen only by 50 percent, and Alexandria has more Covid-19 cases than most other jurisdictions in Virginia.
Michael Lee Pope's article on income gaps misses some obvious explanations. Many minorities are recent immigrants. Do we really expect them to step into jobs with incomes commensurate with Alexandria's 80% college-educated whites?
I'm a history buff and have read many books about the Civil War in order to understand events surrounding that tragedy.
Mount Vernon High School hired a new head boys basketball coach, Dennis Murphy.
Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) welcomed 5 new board members at its virtual Annual Meeting on June 23, 2020.
I applaud the effort of the 12 local state politicians to put the United States Park Police (USPP) on notice that they are not above the law.
Growing up in Birmingham, AL, I recall playing in the basement of 16th Street Baptist Church. The same church that was bombed in 1963 by the KKK, killing four young Black girls and injuring dozens.
The events of the last 60 days have been troubling for America and our community.
Friday, July 3
This week, on July 1st, the Commonwealth will see a host of new legislative changes, over 1000 new laws, as a majority of the bills that the General Assembly passed during the historic 2020 legislative session go into effect for the first time.
Efforts intensify to change name of T.C. Williams High School.
When the Disney movie “Remember the Titans” was released in 2000, it brought national attention to T.C. Williams High school. Starring Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, the movie shone a spotlight on the integration of Alexandria’s public high school and the 1971 undefeated season of its football team.
An Alexandria Police officer was arrested on the evening of June 30 and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, for the unjustified use of force while on duty.
Although we are gradually returning to normal, I regret to say that some “normal” things are still not acceptable, since the Alexandria City Council and the Police Department continue to ignore enforcing traffic and bicycle laws.
The Commonwealth Republican Women’s Club (CRWC) of Alexandria met via Zoom to discuss state party candidacies and the recent US Senate primary, and to hear a special guest speaker on African American conservatism.
School resource officers face new scrutiny during Black Lives Matter movement.
Earlier this year, rising senior Fina Osei-Owusu encountered a yelling crowd while walking the second floor B wing of T.C. Williams High School.
Nolan Dawkins grew up at a time when Alexandria segregated everything from water fountains to public schools. But he was determined to make a difference, becoming one of seven individuals to integrate George Washington High School in the 1960s, then distinguishing himself as an officer in Vietnam.
Low risk campgrounds open.
Though making safe vacation choices during the Covid-19 pandemic is challenging, area parks are ready to welcome vacationers with fresh air and de-stressing camping opportunities.
Black Lives Matter protest in Fairfax City.
Their voices were strong, and their message was clear: Black Lives Matter.
What are the young people doing in pandemic time?
During the months of isolation, many young adults have altered their lifestyles and picked up new hobbies.
Five yellow school buses and two vans line up outside door 34 at T.C. Williams every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. for meal deliveries to Alexandria children.
Lorton Workhouse Arts Center hosted the first of its weekly Community Markets.
On the warm Saturday morning of June 27, the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center hosted the first of its weekly Community Markets.
Regional perspective: pandemic exposes health inequality leading up to discrepancies in life expectancy.
In Alexandria, the Latinx population, which comprises 16.8 percent of the City, accounts for 55.5 percent of Alexandria’s positive cases of COVID-19.
Thursday, July 2
In the past few weeks, many people, especially African Americans, have had to reconcile what they have seen in witnessing the murder of George Floyd and that of their own experience. I am no exception.
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus Police Reform and Criminal Justice Equity Plan
The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor has awoken Americans and Virginians to long standing problems in policing in America.
Susan Philp, Board Chair of Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation (ARHC), nonprofit owner of Culpepper Garden, announced that Marta Hill Gray was named the new Executive Director of ARHC and will begin on July 1, 2020.
Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Why I, a 20 Year Old, Decided to Vote for Susan Cunningham for Arlington County Board
This is an extremely important election in our history as a County.
Kathy Smith discusses the ‘State of Sully.’
What’s happening in the Sully District, land-use cases and COVID-19’s effects on Fairfax County’s budget were discussed during Supervisor Kathy Smith’s (D-Sully) “State of Sully” talk.
Westfield High grad Michael Corwin has just received a Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute scholarship.
Get outside and play…and eat.
For less than a month, Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has had a program in place that allows residents to close their streets to through traffic, allowing neighbors to use the street for walking, biking, visiting or just wandering about free of [most] traffic concerns.
FIREWORKS? NEXT YEAR: Fourth of July celebrations; “Germantown Glory” and “Mid-County Sparkles” have been cancelled.
The minimum wage will increase in Montgomery County on Friday, July 1, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, July 1
Arlington food networks work together during coronavirus pandemic.
The South Four Mile Run Community Garden has changed its procedures due to the coronavirus pandemic, but tomatoes and peppers are still tangled with squash sporting yellow blossoms and remains of the sugar snap peas.
The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit is investigating a shooting that took place on Columbia Pike in the early morning hours of June 28, 2020 that left one victim deceased and two victims with minor injuries.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich presented his vision and plans to “Reimagine Public Safety.”
Police launch formal inquiry into why Black people make up majority of arrests.
Black people are 23 percent of the population in Alexandria, and yet most arrests in the city are of African Americans. Most cases when police use force are against Black people. Most drug arrests are of Black people. And almost half of the inmates at the Alexandria jail are Black people.
Here on the precipice of Virginia’s Phase 3 of reopening, most of Alexandria’s restaurants are back to business as usual – within the scope of a major pandemic, that is.
It’s Parks and Recreation Month. Arlington County just opened the playgrounds, and kids are filtering back slowly.
Virtual meeting puts educational uses on the forefront for the 1939 building.
Old Mount Vernon High School plans.
National Pollinator Week notes the importance of pollination to the food chain.
Supervisor Rodney Lusk and Journey Church make it happen.
Food distribution in Springfield
Elise Yanker Hasenei dropped off a donation of 140 hospital gowns at Virginia Hospital Center recently to bring positivity and aid during this time of need in the midst of the Covid crisis.
The Alexandria Police Department is one of the most professional and respected law enforcement agencies in the country. And yes, the Alexandria Police Department does have a systemic racism problem within it. The two can be synonymous.