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Plans for Old Mount Vernon High School

Virtual meeting puts educational uses on the forefront for the 1939 building.

Old Mount Vernon High School plans.

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Hundreds Come Out to Fight Racism and Police Brutality

Mount Vernon was ground zero for the latest incident involving Fairfax County Police.

Protest march

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Park Goers Take Advantage of Openings on Memorial Day Weekend

At parks along the Parkway, many enjoyed the sunshine as relief from the quarantine days.

Parks open in Mount Vernon

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Stay-at-Home Order Allows More Time for Road Construction in Virginia

When traffic is down, the crews extend time with lane closures, resulting in project progress.

The quarantine that seems to have no end is having some positive impacts. With most businesses closed and most people staying home most of the time, rush hours have been minimal, gas use is down, local streets are becoming the roads less traveled. For road crews, this is time to pick up the pace.

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Living Legends of 2020

Frank Fannon IV

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Catfish Fry Feeds Many in Gum Springs

The lot at the Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church is busy on Sundays.

Catfish meal in Mount Vernon.

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Chef Andres’ World Central Kitchen Feeding Hundreds in Mount Vernon

In the pandemic, need for food is great around Rising Hope United Methodist Church

Chef Andres

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Time Warp Along Telegraph Goes from Revolutionary Sites to Civil War

Part three of the Telegraph Road series goes to the edge of Alexandria.

Telegraph Road, part 3

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Keeping the Chamber Boat Afloat in Northern Virginia

Various Chambers of Commerce are helping members to get through the pandemic.

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A Burning Barn was Part of Hayfield Farm’s Past

The second of three articles exploring historic Telegraph Road in southern Fairfax County.

Hayfield Farm

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Mount Air Estate Housed Yankees, Rebels and Railroad Builders

The first of three articles exploring historic Telegraph Road in southern Fairfax County.

Telegraph Road

Virginia House Passes Bike, Pedestrian and Driver Bills Aimed at Safety

New Assembly makeup allows for more safety legislation.

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Change May be in Store for Belle View Shopping Center

Plans being discussed for mixed use and a modern look.

Belle View Shopping Center

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Healing Journey Up Mount Kilimanjaro

Son’s life was honored by family group on a momentous journey to the top.

Up Mount Kilimanjaro

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Nuclear Reactor at Fort Belvoir is Going Away

Five-year project coming to dismantle and dispose of this lesser known feature of the base.

Nuclear plant at Belvoir

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Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber Recognizes the Best

Awards ceremony at Mount Vernon Country Club ends the chamber’s year.

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Comedians Featured at the Workhouse on New Year’s Eve

Includes Bishop Ireton alumna Kat Radley, who is now a writer on the Daily Show in New York City.

Comedian Kat Radley

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Parkway Meeting Further Scrubs the Wish List

Problems and solutions presented to a Mount Vernon audience.

Parkway Meeting

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Another Option Coming for Commuters Inside the Beltway

The I-395 Express Lanes are opening soon, and tolling will begin.

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Waterfront Construction Casts a Long Shadow Over Sightseeing

Size of project surprises some.

Waterfront Construction

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“Ice and Lights” planned at Cameron Run.

“Ice and Lights” planned at Cameron Run.

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Policing the River in Marine Patrol 1

Police boat plays many roles on local tidal waters.

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Speed: Major Factor on Parkway Safety

Solutions will impact commuters.

Parkway Safety

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Belle Haven Dockmaster Rides with the Wind

Sailing lessons plant the boating seed for many youngsters in Mount Vernon.

Belle Haven Dockmaster

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Community Voices Concerns About Shootings

Police meet with residents to seek leads.

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City’s Investment In Full Bloom

Shoreline and Windmill Park areas enter first growing season.

City’s Investment in Shoreline Project in Full Bloom

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Amazon, Virginia Tech Detail Their Plans

Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce hosts discussion.

Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce hosts Amazon discussion

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Wish Lists for Northern Virginia Transportation

Spring transportation meeting brings out wish lists, examines smart scale rating system.

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Mission: Beautification in Alexandria

Boys & Girls Club joins with Starbucks on beautification efforts.

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Mount Vernon Bike Trail Turns 47

Trail evolves as a recreational and gathering spot along the Potomac River.

Mount Vernon Trail Turns 47

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Public Examines Highway Widening Project

VDOT’s Design Public Hearing irons out more wrinkles.

Route One Widening

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District Forms Tourism Task Force

Mission includes highlighting “destination Mount Vernon.”

Tourism Task Force includes highlighting “destination Mount Vernon.”

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Celebrating George Washington’s Birthday

Crowds witness the pageantry at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Crowds witness the pageantry at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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Food Dude’s Show Films at Al’s Steak House

Famous cheesesteak sandwiches are focus for upcoming cooking show.

Food Dude’s Show Films at Al’s Steak House

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Day of Service Spreads to Mount Vernon Trail

The trail “Friends” group dressed for the frigid temperatures on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The trail “Friends” group dressed for the frigid temperatures on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Concrete Pours for the Waterfront Project

Waterfront project construction

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Potholes Beware, City Has New Weapon for Patching

Longer lasting hot patches will be made in the field.

Pothole patching in Alexandria

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Backpacking the World Landed Couple in Alexandria

House-sitting and laptop computer jobs became their way of life

House-sitting and laptop computer jobs became the way of life for one couple

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Plan for Stream Restoration in Alexandria Includes Cutting Down Trees

Pike’s Branch is under VDOT’s microscope.

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Woodlawn Stables Site Eyed for Partial Development

Plans are in the works to preserve while highlighting the area for adaptive reuse.

Stable Site Eyed for Reuse

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Museum of U.S. Army Coming Soon

Artifacts, personal accounts and Army history will be part of the museum’s attractions.

Army museum in Belvoir

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Conflict over Bike Trails

Getting around Huntley Meadows Park is an obstacle to some bicyclists.

Bike trails axed from county plan in Mount Vernon area.

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Giving Back to the Neighborhood

The block party had music, munchies and lederhosen.

DRP Block Party rocks.

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Arriving for First Day of School at Waynewood

Construction and humidity are no match for the first day excitement.

First day at Waynewood Elementary School in Mount Vernon

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Community Embraces DRP Pizzeria in Belle Haven

Second DRP in Alexandria offers Northern Italian cuisine specialties.

DRP Pizzeria

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Save the Elephants from Mount Vernon

Pachyderm activism and Elephant Cupcakes

World Elephant Day

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Saving Elephants Connects Locally

Elephant awareness is the message at wine store in Belle View.

Save the Elephants event

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