Alexandria People


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Alexandria: What’s Next For Patrick Henry?

Schools and Parks Department proposals each stalled by the other.

Alexandria Public Schools’ plans to rebuild Patrick Henry Elementary School around the location of the current site have hit a snag.

Alexandria: 'Faces Never Forgotten'

Search continues for photos of Alexandria Vietnam veterans.

The name Humbert R. Versace is inscribed on Panel 01E, Row 033 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. But in his hometown, “Rocky” Versace’s sacrifice and that of 66 other Alexandrians is memorialized in a statue on Commonwealth Avenue in Del Ray.

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Obituary: Mary Ann Ormes, Founding Director of Senior Services of Alexandria

When Mary Ann Ormes followed her childhood sweetheart to Alexandria in 1954, the young bride didn’t waste any time getting involved in her community.

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Alexandria: Exploring Old Town’s Military History

Retired military couple lead local tours.

In 1859, Augustine Washington deposited $200,000 in an Alexandria bank for safe keeping. The funds were planned to go towards restoration of Mount Vernon, but when the Union Army began seizing bank funds, the manager’s wife hid the funds among the clothes in her closet.

Senior Travel: A Variety of Options

Senior Services of Alexandria

Everyday at Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) the DOT Paratransit Team answers calls from disabled individuals, many of them seniors, who need transportation to get around town. When driving is no longer an option, many seniors struggle to stay independent while “aging in place” without a reliable form of transportation.

Mentorship Built on Friendship

Mentor of The Month

Kat started mentoring Angie through Casa Chirilagua in the spring of 2014 during Angie’s 1st grade.

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Alexandria People at Work: Martha Teaches Tea Etiquette

"Oh my goodness, I can see your elbows," Martha Washington said to Mary "Peggy" White who attended the Sunday afternoon tea at Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town.

Poetry: Postmarks

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Obituary: Dorothy Riley Owen


Dorothy Riley Owen, 94, of Alexandria, died on April 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Jack S. Owen for 66 years.

Obituary: David L. Nelson


David L. Nelson was born on May 8, 1930 in Omaha, Neb. and died peacefully at home in Alexandria, on April 26, 2015. He was married for 62 years to his high school sweetheart, Jacqueline Jo (Zerbe) Nelson, also from Omaha, Neb.

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Obituary: Remembering Civil Rights Activist, Architect Melvin Miller

Architect of affordable housing dies at 83.

For nearly 60 years, Melvin Miller was a fixture in Alexandria, known as a civil rights activist and the architect of affordable housing across the city.

Alexandria Neighborhoods: Taylor Run Underground Rescue

The story in the Post about the people trapped in the Metro reminded me about what happened to a group of us working on a Tom Hanks movie about a man with one red shoe.

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Victory Day Fly-in

Disappointed visitors searched the sky at Dulles on Saturday, May 9, hoping for a break in the weather.

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Alexandria: Mary Barnett Says Dark Tomatoes are Selling Best This Year

Mary Barnett (above with a heritage tomato plant) has run the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church greenhouse at 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, for many years with a team of volunteers, specializes in local native flowers, heritage tomatoes, and herbs.

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Salvation Army’s First Sustainable Garden

Construction has begun on the Salvation Army’s first urban garden in the metro area.