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Noted in Congressional Record

Saluting city’s African American History Makers.

On July 10, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran congratulated the 64 African American History Makers at the dedication of the “Charles Houston Mural and Hall of Fame” in Alexandria Virginia on June 22.

Rosemont Celebrates 4th of July

More than 50 years ago, Rosemont resident Owen Malone together with then president of the Rosemont Citizens Association and now retired Judge Daniel O’Flaherty began the tradition of a celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with a festival for the entire neighborhood with a pet show followed by a bike parade, a baby beauty judging contest, lunch from the grill, sack races, three-legged races, the egg spoon races and more.

Out & About

Summer Bounty at the Farmer’s Market

Plump tomatoes, sweet corn, beets, cucumbers, spring onions overflow the tables at the Three Way Farm’s produce stall in the Del Ray Farmer’s Market. The market also features fresh cut flowers, herbs and flowers to plant, Amish cheeses, gourmet pickles, eggs, fresh baked good, organic meats, Hattie’s Pralines, Beth MacKenzie’s Fluffed Up Desserts and much more. The market is open weekly on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Mount Vernon Avenue & Oxford in Del Ray. Additional Farmers Markets are located at Market Square in Old Town on Saturday and Sunday markets at 4109 Mount Vernon Avenue in Arlandria and the West End Farmers Market in the Ben Brenman Park.

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Creative Flourish at Youth Arts Festival

Art displays filled the gym and overflowed down the sidewalk at George Washington Middle School for the annual Youth Arts Festival on Saturday, June 8.

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Local Safeway Prepares for Rennovation

Safeway will close its Bradlee Safeway at 3526 King St. on Saturday, July 13 at 6 p.m. as the grocer will construct a new facility at the same location.

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Hall of Fame Dedicated at Center

The lobby at the Charles Houston Recreation Center was bursting with guests for the dedication and unveiling ceremony of the new Charles Houston Mural and Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon, June 22.

That ‘Small Town Vibe’

Seventh Annual Del Ray Music Festival draws crowds

Hensley Field is one of the city's most popular recreation sites, with three baseball fields and one multi-purpose field nestled between the Capital Beltway and Eisenhower Avenue just west of Cameron Run. But that may change soon.

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SSSAS Graduates Class of 2013

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School celebrated the Commencement of the 111 members of the Class of 2013 on Saturday, June 8.

Evening Star Takes Top Honors

Competing at Taste of Del Ray.

Chef Jim Jeffords of the Evening Star restaurant received top awards at the annual Taste of Del Ray on Sunday afternoon, June 9. Jeffords’ creation was a tomato sorbet with orange zest and a basil and banyuls vinaigrette.

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Historic Alexandria Foundation Hosts Garden Party

The Historic Alexandria Foundation held its annual meeting and garden party on Sunday afternoon, June 9, in the garden of Sally Murray.

Wheel Day in North Ridge

North Ridge Citizens' Association hosted the Annual Wheel Day parade on Sunday afternoon, May 26 on Old Dominion Drive in Beverly Hills.

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Educators Receive CARE Awards

Mayor William Euille and Del. Rob Krupicka set the stage for a lively and warm gathering of Commonwealth Academy parents, faculty, and friends at the 2013 CARE Awards (Commonwealth Academy Recognition of Outstanding Educators Awards) on April 25 at The Westin Alexandria.

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21st Annual Alexandria Armenian Festival

Market Square was filled with music and dance as the Alexandria Armenia festival got underway on Saturday afternoon, June 1.

Calling All ‘Alex Babies'

Inova Alexandria Hospital hosts Mother's Day event.

The call went out to all ‘Alex Babies;” 650 responded. On May 4, the babies and their families gathered for a Mother’s Day Party at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Focused on Veterans

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-8-ILL), with American Legion Post 24 Commander Bill Aramony, hosted a discussion with nearly 80 veterans, business leaders and support organizations last month at the Post on Kaine's first bill, the Troop Talent Act, and the next steps for the bipartisan legislation.

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Alexandria Relay for Life 2013

The T.C. Williams National Honor Society and Athletic Department hosted for the first time in Alexandria the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, May 18-19, 2013.

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Memorial Day Preparation at Alexandria National Cemetery

Preparations

Navy Commander Joe Cubba presented VFW Commander Bob Jones with a new flag to fly over the Alexandria National Cemetery on Saturday morning,

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A New Jefferson-Houston

The ground has been broken on the new site for the Jefferson-Houston Elementary School. The event featured a visit from the Washington National’s Running President Thomas Jefferson.

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Making Learning Fun

The students chattered and compared paint colors as they strolled along the path at the Winkler Preserve on Friday, May 10, to launch hand-crafted model sail boats and play the cigar box guitars they had made over the past semester in their class through a joint effort by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and Alexandria City Public Schools.

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Giving Where They Live

Associates of the Old Town Alexandria Keller Williams Realty participated in the fifth annual RED Day on Thursday, May 9. RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) was created to unite Keller Williams Realty offices and associates in an international day of service.

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Charlie Named 2013 Tavern Dog

Charlie, a rescued dog and an American foxhound, took top honors at the annual Gadsby’s Tavern Dog competition Saturday afternoon, April 27, in Market Square.

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Celebrating Earth Day in Alexandria

The City of Alexandria hosted the 20th annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 20, at Ben Brenman Park. The festival included the third annual Up-cycling Showcase.

Tartan Day in Market Square

A day to recognize the achievements and contributions made by Scottish Americans to the U.S., known as Tartan Day, was celebrated on Saturday, April 6, at Market Square in Alexandria.

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From T.C. Williams Dropout to Ph.D.

Injured from an accident with heavy machinery and left with a broken back, Roderic Brame went back to school. He was admitted to Radford University were he completed a B.S in geology and a M.S. in science education.

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Gathering for 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The line started to form at 10:30 a.m. and worked its way down the sidewalk towards Monroe Avenue in anticipation.

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‘Dance Around Alexandria’

Choreographers Collaborative Project held a spring concert “Dance Around Alexandria” in the auditorium at T.C. Williams High School on Saturday, March 16.

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St. Patrick’s Fun Dog Show

More than 100 dogs and their families arrived at Market Square for the annual Fun Dog Show on March 2.

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SOLA Hosts Patrons Party

The Symphony Orchestras League of Alexandria held its annual Patrons Party on Feb. 23 at the home of Dr. Joseph and Bertha Braddock in Alexandria.

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Community Covenant

Scouts from Pack 301 pose for photos at the community covenant.

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Remembering Paramedic Joshua A. Weissman

The City of Alexandria Fire Department hosted a Remembrance Ceremony honoring Paramedic Joshua A. Weissman on Friday, Feb. 8, at the newly renamed Joshua A. Weissman Professional Development Center at 1108 Jefferson St.

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MidAtlantic Erg Sprints Fills TC

School on Saturday morning, Feb. 2, for the 2013 MidAtlantic Erg Sprints. More than 100 events throughout the day were scheduled and completed by junior, college, masters and adaptive rowers.

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18th Century Knowledge Showcased

Dr. John Page (Dean Howarth) and members of the Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge informed and entertained visitors at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2.

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City Museums Receive Accreditation

The Office of Historic Alexandria has earned accreditation as a museum system at the November 2012 meeting of the Accreditation Commission, according to The American Alliance of Museums.

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Remember, Celebrate, Act — Dr. King’s Dream for Our World” was the theme of the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage and the Alexandria Black History Museum program commemorating the birthday and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

United Way Awards Non-Profits $105,300

United Way of the National Capital Area awarded grants to 10 local non-profits through the Alexandria Community Impact Fund a total of $105,300 lon Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall.

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Pine Wood Derby Workshop At Old Town Hardware

The jigsaw was buzzing. Wood shavings and fine sawdust lightly covered the work tables as dozens of cub scouts and their friends and parents worked on creating a Pine Box Derby winner.

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Celebrating St. Clement

The 68 students at St. Clement preschool and junior kindergarten donned their togas and headed down the hall to lunch on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Black Friday Shoppers in Old Town

Black Friday Shoppers were busy in Old Town the day after Thanksgiving.

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Ginzler Receives 1st National Spirit Award

Currently the senior director of the Center for Supportive Services at the Jewish Council for the Aging in Rockville, Md., Elinor Ginzler was presented with the At Home Alexandria’s 1st National Spirit Award last month.

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Capitals Alumni Bondra, Burton Host Hockey School

Washington Capitals alumni Peter Bondra and Nelson Burton and mascot Slapshot visited Alexandria Country Day School in Alexandria on Wednesday, Nov. 7, for the fifth Capitals Hockey School assembly of the 2012-13 school year.

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Luminous Evening

Lights sparkled throughout Market Square as the holiday tree was lit on Friday evening, Nov. 23.

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Fundraiser Yields 126 Thanksgiving Dinners

More than 75 Keller Williams Realty Old Town staff and friends volunteered on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to sort, bag and deliver 126 complete Thanksgiving dinners to families in Alexandria.

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Walking To Support ALIVE! House

The second annual East End Congregations Walk supported ALIVE! House in the 25th Fannie Mae Help the Homeless program was held on Nov. 4.

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Holiday Shopping at Elder Crafters of Alexandria

The shop is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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18th Annual Evening in the Heart of Alexandria

Volunteer Alexandria honored Patty Moran and Lyles Carr at the annual Evening in the Heart of Alexandria reception and live auction on Friday evening, Nov. 2, at Gadsby’s Tavern.

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Thanksgiving at the Alexandria Elks Lodge

Thanksgiving dinner were served to senior citizens on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3.

Del Ray Delivers on Halloween

Costumes filled the racks in the community room at the Mount Vernon Community Center on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27.

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Nightmare on Alfred Street

The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority hosted a Halloween haunting in the greens and alleyway in the 800 block of N. Alfred Street on Oct. 31.

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Christ House Gets Face Lift

Christ House, a transitional shelter for homeless men received a long overdue face lift last month.

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Dressed up for Halloween

Del Ray cancelled its 16th annual Halloween Parade but held the haunted house decorating contest this past weekend.