Alexandria Wellbeing

Alexandria Wellbeing


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Alexandria: Panel on Uninsured Hosts Health Fair

Coverage gap remains issue for some low-income and unemployed.

For the past year, members of the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on the Uninsured have been meeting to discuss how they can help Alexandrians caught in the so-called “Coverage Gap.”

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Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria Celebrates Collaboration

Mayor announces free health clinic to be held Nov. 16.

At Alexandria’s Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria, many volunteers from many backgrounds gave their time and joined forces to solve problems some Alexandrians did not even know they had.

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Close Call with West Nile for Alexandria

Observant citizens prompt removal of mosquito breeding ground

With construction for the Indigo Hotel occurring in the area, it might have been easy to dismiss the pit of standing water at the corner of Duke and The Strand.

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Alexandria: Backpacks, School Supplies and More

‘My Brother’s Keeper’ ministry hosts annual event.

The Alfred Street Baptist Church frequently steps in to meet community needs that can go unnoticed, and the thousands of youth returning to school without the supplies they need is no exception. In two weeks’ time, volunteers at the church filled more than a thousand backpacks for elementary, middle and high school students attending Alexandria City Public Schools.

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Alexandria: A Hopeful Afternoon

Spreading awareness of ovarian cancer.

The survival rate of ovarian cancer is a grim 44 percent, and symptoms are described as obscure at best. But, early detection of the disease yields a survival rate of over 90 percent.

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Alexandria: Luck Be a Lady(burg)

Ladyburg bath and body apothecary opens in Old Town.

For Crystal and Fred Wellman, there was never any doubt that Alexandria is where they were meant to be.

Alexandria: 10 Things To Know about Local Drinking Water

Virginia American Water joins thousands of water utilities across the country in the release of its annual water quality report available on line at In honor of the occasion, Virginia American Water offers this list of the top 10 things everyone should know about their drinking water.

Alexandria: Zarek Honored for Service with The Twig

Starlet G. Zarek of Alexandria was honored last month for her 25 years of service to The Twig, the junior auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital.

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Alexandria: Wine Cellar Needs a Little Help from Friends

Elizabeth and Rick Myllenbeck have a vision for 207 King St. They want to turn the historic 1810 Bartleman house in the heart of Old Town into the Sonoma Cellar, a wine-tasting room, bistro, and gift shop.

Alexandria: Going the Distance for City’s Children

Parks, play and promising futures.

Summer vacation season is upon us. Vacations are not just fun, but can also be important for our health. We can return from time away with a renewed sense of vigor, fresh perspectives, and increased mental acuity. A break from the daily grind can relieve stress and increase productivity in all of us.

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Alexandria People at Work: The Hunt for the Culex Mosquito

Daniel Sherwood poked the long-handled dipper into the manhole. "Let's see if we can get any here." He peered into the stagnant water in the dipper. "Look at this; we have all four instars in here. These rafts are filled with eggs, and each raft can have 50-100 mosquitoes. See that little guy wiggling around in there," he said. "He is getting ready to pupate. We are really concerned about the pupa. When they get to the fourth instar stage, they stop eating and start laying eggs."

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Alexandria: The Longest Day Bridge Tournament Supports Alzheimer’s Research

Event at Beth El Hebrew Congregation raises $21,500.

Yuen De Anda bustled around the function room at the Beth El Hebrew Congregation on Seminary Road without pausing, greeting all participants by name and putting the final flourishes on the The Longest Day event she’s been planning for months. The Longest Day — held on June 21, the longest day of the year — was organized by Bridge Heroes United, a cooperative endeavor between The Northern Virginia Bridge Association, the Washington Bridge League, and the Richmond Bridge Association. The event’s goal was to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research.

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Alexandria: A Red Nose Affair

Program participants from Youth Achieving Greatness and the Therapeutic Recreation Mainstream Program at the Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center could not wait to put on their red noses to help support the Red Nose Day campaign on May 21.

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Alexandria: Food Truck Showdown

At Food Truck Rodeo, mobile vendors express frustration with city truck policy.

“Food Truck Rodeo” is a bit of a misnomer. The event outside Southern Towers on Seminary Road did have several food trucks, but there were also two clothing boutique trucks, a homemade jewelry store, and a mobile skateboard shop.

Alexandria: Never a Slow Day in the ER

People At Work

It is 11:10 a.m. and the emergency room is full with light blue curtains drawn across the patient rooms lining the long hallway.