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Alexandria: Joy over Court Decision

Members of the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC) congregation celebrate the extension of same-sex marriage to all 50 states by Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision.​

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Mt. Vernon: Surovell fundraiser photo

Cinco de Surovell

Del. Scott Surovell's Sixth Annual Cinco de Surovell fundraising event was held in May in Fort Hunt Park.

Alexandria: Confederate Concerns About Appomattox

Alexandria’s Appomattox statue under scrutiny.

With a national dialogue underway on the appropriateness of Confederate flags and imagery, some Alexandrians have begun questioning whether the Appomattox statue to Alexandria’s Confederate dead should remain on Prince Street.

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Alexandria: Rejoicing on Decision Day

Multifaith gathering celebrates national same-sex equality.

As Rev. Robin Anderson from Alexandria’s Commonwealth Baptist Church discovered this weekend, planning a party around a U.S. Supreme Court decision can be problematic. First, when Anderson began planning the Northern Virginia Multifaith Gathering for Marriage Equality, there was no set date for the decision. Decision day could have been anything between June 25 to June 29. And second, there was no way to determine the outcome of the decision. Hanging a festive banner could make for an awkward situation if the Supreme Court ruled against marriage equality.

Alexandria: Goldilocks Approach

City Council reluctantly approves programming size for Patrick Henry Recreation Center.

A recommendation on the scale of the new Patrick Henry Recreation Center escalated into one City Council member calling on the city manager to fire the project staff.

Alexandria: City Council Brief for 6/26

Pepper Celebrates 30 Years on Council

At the close of the 2014-2015 City Council session, members of the council watched a presentation and recalled where each was 30 years ago. For most, they were memories of playing sports as a young adult or living with their families, Councilman John Chapman was still celebrating a single-digit birthday. But for Council member Del Pepper, 1985 was memorable for an entirely different reason: it was the year she joined City Council.

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Alexandria: Patrick Henry Plan Advances

School Board addresses community criticisms of Patrick Henry development.

A divided School Board moved forward with plans to rebuild the Patrick Henry Elementary School. In a 6-3 vote, the School Board approved construction of a new Patrick Henry School and will begin the planning phase for the new building. Patrick Henry Elementary currently houses nearly 600 students in grades preK-5, but will expand to 800 students as a preK-8 school.

Alexandria: Unofficial Precinct-by-Precinct Results for Democratic Mayoral Primary

Unofficial results show Mayor Bill Euille (E) winning 11 precincts and closely splitting five precincts. Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg (S) won nine precincts and closely split three precincts with Euille (E/S); former Mayor Kerry Donley (D) won two precincts and closely split two precincts with Euille (E/D).

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Alexandria: In Three-Way Race, Silberberg Triumphs

Levine wins 45th District Democratic nomination.

After a tense race with a last minute shift in the polls, current Vice-Mayor Allison Silberberg became the Democratic nominee for mayor.

Alexandria: On the Night Shift with City Police

Searching Alexandria’s nooks and crannies with the police.

Over his 10 years in Alexandria, Officer Mark Blackwell has come to know just about every dark corner of Alexandria. Before he turns his patrol car down an alleyway around midnight on May 28, he flicks off his headlights and the car creeps forward.

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Alexandria: Final Mayoral Debate

Final Mayoral Debate ends on a civil note.

Attendees to the June 2 Democratic Primary Debate, one week before the primary, hoping to see sparks fly between the mayoral candidates may have left disappointed.

Alexandria: Clear Frontrunner in Mayoral Fundraising Race

While the race for the Democratic primary in Alexandria’s mayoral election remains hotly contested, incumbent William Euille remains the clear winner in terms of fundraising.

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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.

The Fight for the 45th

Democratic primary candidates vying to replace Delegate Krupicka lay out campaign priorities.

As with most candidates in a primary, the Democrats campaigning to replace Robert Krupicka as delegate for Virginia’s 45th District which includes parts of Alexandria, Arlington and Mount Vernon, don’t vary greatly in their positions on political issues. Where these candidates do vary is their experience and priorities.

Alexandria: City Council Passes Budget

After two months of City Council work sessions and public hearings, the council voted to approve the budget with little of the debate that had defined previous meetings.

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