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Alexandria: Summa Cum Laude Sponsor Award

At the 2016 National Junior Classical League Convention held at Indiana University in July, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Upper School Latin Teacher Ian Hochberg was awarded the Summa Cum Laude Sponsor Award for his service at the local, state, and national levels of the Junior Classical League (JCL).

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Alexandria Snapshot: Service Dogs Take a Plunge

Canine Partners for Life, based out of Cochranville, Pa., is a nationally growing organization.

Alexandria Snapshot: Learn To Be Energy Smart

A new retail showroom and lab — The Energy House and Solutions Center — opened Sept. 10 at 4603A Eisenhower Ave. It showcases state-of-the-art products for weatherization, insulation, solar, HVAC and more. The center also offers plans to save money and simple steps to become energy efficient. See http://energyhouse.us/ solutions-center.

Alexandria: The Battle Without End

20 feet of space and 127 years of controversy.

One hundred and twenty-seven years ago, the Rev. G.H. Norton thought the Appomattox Confederate statue would help close the wounds of the Civil War.

Alexandria Snapshot: Adding a Swamp Chestnut Oak

Mayor Allison Silberberg and Dr. Richard T. Olsen, director of the National Arboretum which donated the Swamp Chestnut Oak to the city, plant it in Oronoco Bay Park on Monday, Sept. 19.

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Alexandria: Paving the Way for Stormwater Fee

New fee for residential and commercial properties to be based on permeability.

It might be time to plant some more trees and green up the home. A new stormwater service fee proposed by city staff could be directly tied to the permeability of residential and commercial properties. The fee is the proposed solution to an unfunded mandate by the state requiring one quarter of the city retrofitted for stormwater treatment by 2028.

Alexandria: Last Stop

Sandy Modell retires from DASH.

Thirty-two years after she started driving buses part time in Harrisonburg in college, Sandy Modell is retiring from her position as CEO and general manager of DASH, the Alexandria transit company. For 28 years, Modell led DASH through massive expansions. Since Modell started, the company has grown from one million passengers on 17 buses to four million passengers across 85 buses.

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Alexandria: ‘A Labor of Love’

Historic Homes Tour celebrates 75 years.

The Dr. William Brown House, considered one of Old Town’s most prominent and historic homes, will be one of six homes featured Sept. 24 in the 75th annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour benefitting the Twig Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital.

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Alexandria: Playground Volunteer Day Spotlights Park Revitalization

RunningBrooke spearheads park cleanup.

The wheels were set in motion back in April, when Brooke Curran solicited 400 donors to participate in Spring2Action to help fund the revitalization of Taney Avenue Park.

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Alexandria: Musical Enhances Historical Romantic Mystery

MetroStage stages "Blackberry Daze."

MetroStage in Alexandria is staging the world premiere musical of "Blackberry Daze" now through Oct. 9.

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Alexandria: Remembering POWs and MIAs

“Rocky” Versace among six Vietnam veterans still considered MIA.

The strains of “God Bless America” were the last words anyone would hear from Capt. Humbert “Rocky” Versace before he was executed Sept. 26, 1963, while a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Versace, whose remains have never been found, is one of six Alexandrians listed as Missing in Action from the Vietnam War.

Alexandria: Meet the Coaches

Longerbeam, Barger to talk about upcoming season.

As T.C. Williams’ head football coach, Jimmy Longerbeam is the new kid in town and will talk about the upcoming season at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club annual High School Football Coaches Night Sept. 20 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

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Alexandria: Last Minute Donation Saves Dog

Arrielle is one lucky puppy.

By all accounts, Arielle should be dead. The black-haired, big-eared German Shepherd suffered from dens aplasia, a condition in which the first vertebrae of the neck does not form properly and the instability creates damage along the spinal cord.

Alexandria Snapshot: Grand Opening

Mayor Allison Silberberg joints the Sifakis family for the grand opening of The Italian Place at 621 Wythe St. The market, owned by Adrianna Penachio Sifakis, opened in North Old Town on Sept. 8. The Italian Place is a gourmet Italian market serving sub sandwiches, pastas, Italian wines, gift baskets and other Italian themed foods and gifts.

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Alexandria People At Work: Listening to Her Patrons

Talking Books librarian provides concierge-style service.

The green caterpillar inches along a tree branch toward a juicy looking leaf.

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