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Alexandria: The Band Plays On

Students, parents, and teachers reflect on music camp experience before Friday’s concert.

On Friday, the George Washington Middle will host a student orchestra and jazz concert. For attendees, the concert will be a free hour of live music. But for the performers, the concert is the culmination of a week of practice and learning at the Alexandria City Public Schools’ music camp.

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Alexandria: Market Affordable Homes in Freefall

Tax increases push rent increases; rent increases push out residents.

Alexandria has lost of 8,000 market affordable homes since 2010. Most weren’t lost to dramatic demolitions or fires. They were lost in moments like the one Clifford Wilkening is facing; where an increase in property taxes is forcing the owner of 31 buildings housing 200 city residents to consider his first rent increase in around eight years.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Music Video Premiere

Participants in the Kids Empowering Kids program of the Dream Dog Foundation pose for a photo with Mayor Allison Silberberg June 21 at Samuel Tucker Elementary School’s Empowerment Assembly following the premier of the group’s music video “Cyberbullying – Don’t Do It!” Also celebrating the video screening is school principal C. Rene Paschal, left, and Lorraine Friedman, director of the experiential learning program.

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Alexandria: Takin’ It to the Streets

Del Ray Music Festival moves to The Avenue.

Changes are brewing for this year’s Del Ray Music Festival, including a new location and the debut of pop-up beer gardens, a first for an outdoor street festival in the City of Alexandria.

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Alexandria: Beauticians, Barbers and Books

Literacy initiative targets youths on summer break.

Local barber shops and beauty salons across the city have united to promote Beauticians, Barbers and Books, a new literacy initiative to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer.

Alexandria: Making Progress Against Childhood Hunger

Serving up ways to provide food.

“When you look at the big picture of childhood hunger in Alexandria, you almost don't want to tackle it," said Melanie Gray, director of Outreach and Mission at Historic Christ Church in Alexandria. "So we take it one piece at a time."

Alexandria: Cora Kelly Pre-Testing Irregularity Under State Review

Administration takes disciplinary action against principal.

A pre-Standards of Learning test irregularity at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science, and Technology resulted in disciplinary action against Principal Brandon Davis and an ongoing investigation by the Virginia Department of Education.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Light on Streets, Not in Trees

City resident Ronald Gochenour writes: I believe that the citizens of the City of Alexandria deserve the key benefits of streetlights — enhancing crime deterrence and enhancing vehicular and pedestrian traffic safety. I have worked very hard to help keep the city safe and the city staff have fought me tooth and nail not to cut trees blocking lights. Lighting is a top priority? That is a joke.

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Alexandria Column: The Mailbox

Not unlike a man of like age, it leans slightly as dictated by their common enemy, age. Eight decades will do that.

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Finding Echo

From Sri Lanka to Alexandria

On the way to the Metro stop, by the narrow alley way you pass every morning on the way to work, or even from the comfort of your own home you’ve seen your fair share of cautious glowing eyes belonging to one of the area’s many stray animals.

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Alexandria: Dropping Off 320 Pounds of Drugs

“Drug Take Back” event collects 11 bags of prescription drugs.

In front of the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, residents dropped medication into large clear trash liners within cardboard bins from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

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Alexandria Appetite: Vola’s Dockside Grill to Bring Classic Fare to Waterfront

The restaurant and bar take the place of the former Waterfront Market near the Torpedo Factory.

Saunter toward the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria and you’re sure to spy progress afoot near the Torpedo Factory. The former Waterfront Market space at 101 N. Union St., closed since last year, is being transformed into Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge, with an aim at opening in August after months of construction.

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Alexandria: 'Escape Room' Trend Continues to Grow

Darren Sonnier was traveling in Prague when he and his wife, Ginger Flesher, decided to do their first escape room together. After a few more, they were hooked.

Alexandria: Changes Coming to Victory Center

Planning approves three additions.

The Victory Center has sat empty and untouched for a decade, but after a controversy over the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) potential move to the site, developers are working to make the complex more appealing.

Alexandria: Transit Improvements Arriving

Governor announces road and rail projects.

The Atlantic Gateway is underway. Gov. Terry McAuliffe discussed the details of the $1.4 billion plan to reform regional road and rail projects at Alexandria’s Union Station on July 8. For Northern Virginia, the program means road expansions and more express lanes, but for Alexandria a big piece of the proposed improvements could be the rebuilding of the Long Bridge parallel to the 14th Street Bridge.

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