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Citizens Divided over Development’s Impact

While earlier meetings on the Robinson Terminal South Development tended to primarily pit local citizens against city staff and representatives from EYA, the developer, the proposal of four special use permits for the development drew a mix of reactions at the April 9 Planning Commission Special Public Hearing. After a presentation explaining the changes made to the site, the public responded with some in favor of the proposed buildings, some opposed, and many expressing opinions somewhere in between. Following the public discussion, the Planning Commission ultimately voted unanimously to approve the special use permits for the site.

Businesses Join Local Nonprofits for 24-Hour Charity Drive

Spring2ACTion emphasizes off-line community building.

Five years ago, ACT for Alexandria helped raise $100,000 for local charities at its first annual Spring2ACTion event. Last year, the organization raised over $1 million for 121 local nonprofits. At this year’s city-wide event on April 22, ACT for Alexandria’s Chief Program Officer Brandi Yee says the goal is to exceed 10,000 donors. Last year, the program had 7,516 total donors to the event, but this year Yee hopes a more public presence and greater involvement in the community can help bolster that number.

Alexandria: Eisenhower Ave. Field Fails as TC Stadium Alternative

Site on Eisenhower Avenue can’t match TC Stadium

Following suggestions expressed at public hearings that a new AlexRenew Field on Eisenhower Avenue be developed as a substitute for the lights and expansion at T.C. Williams’ High School’s Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium, Alexandria city staff analyzed the suggestion and reported back to City Council with a resounding no.

City Hall Briefs: April 15

In his State of the City address on April 14, Mayor William Euille reflected on recent Potomac Yard and waterfront development milestones.

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People at Work: Mind the Mat

Laugh, dance and sweat—yoga combines it all.

The door opens and a crowd streams out the door clutching mats as Pilates Boot Camp is over. Smiles line the lobby waiting to sign in for the next class. Katie walks to the desk and stops to say hello. Paige Lichens, yoga instructor at Mind the Mat in Del Rey says, "Her husband just started."

Honoring King through Service

Staff and students from two Alexandria City public schools gave up their time on Jan. 19 to give back to their communities in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

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Alexandria Students Help Replenish Food Pantry

The students of Grace Episcopal School in Alexandria helped feed those in need and the hungry in Alexandria by creating a gigantic, canned and boxed-food “Bountiful Basket” bunny on March 31.

First Family Visits Alexandria on Easter

First Family worships at Alfred Street Baptist Church.

Members of Alfred Street Baptist Church received an unexpected visit from the First Family at the 10:30 a.m. Easter Resurrection service.

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Alexandria: Emma's Espresso & Wine Bar Opens

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee drifted through the breeze outside of the newly opened Emma’s Espresso & Wine Bar on Saturday morning, April 11.

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Intergenerational Volunteering in Alexandria

The community room at the Annie B. Rose House was a buzz of activity as students from Burgundy Farm Country Day School joined senior residents to assemble emergency go-kits in January.

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Alexandria: Philanthropy Summit to Honor Local Leaders

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8), for decades known for his charitable works throughout the region, will keynote the 17th annual Business Philanthropy Summit honoring Alexandria’s top leaders for their service to the community. Sponsored by Volunteer Alexandria, the event will be held May 6 at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria.

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Alexandria: Annual Spring Clean-Up is on April 18

The city's annual Spring Clean-Up program will begin Saturday, April 18.

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TranZitionMe Health & Fitness Opens in Alexandria

The yoga studio at TranZitionMe Health & Fitness held its grand opening on Sunday, April 12 at 2815 Duke St.

Mentor of the Month: Jacqueline Walker

Jacqueline “Jacque” Walker and Danny participate in the Wright to Read mentoring program. Here are their views on mentoring:

History Lesson: Four Alexandrians Died in Pursuit of John Wilkes Booth

April 1865 was one of the most eventful months in the history of our nation.

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