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People at Work: Worlds You Never Imagined Through 12-Year-Old Eyes

How can 12-year-old Sam Morrison pick his favorite place between Paris, the hinterlands of Thailand or the Sea of Galilee?

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People at Work: Nothing Stops Music—Even the Coronavirus

MMM meets over Zoom to enjoy classical music.

Victoria Gau sits in her unfinished basement office with the window overlooking the garden with her silk plant from Amazon, new rug and the screen blocking off the stuff she doesn’t want everyone to see.

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Living Legends of Alexandria: Rosa Landeros

Rosa Landeros is the parent liaison at Mount Vernon Community School, but she says her real calling is to welcome families to the community and act as the cultural broker between the students, teachers, parents and the community.

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Alexandrians Sit on Edge of Eviction

Unemployment crisis due to coronavirus leaves families in jeopardy.

The impact of the coronavirus with loss of income has led to a roller coaster for many Alexandria families who have fallen behind on their rent.

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Food for Everyone During Pandemic in Alexandria

ALIVE! serves as the City’s basic food resource for people in need through many programs targeting specific populations.

Ann Patterson, Food Program Director for ALIVE!, says that the first week after the pandemic was announced, they packed for 400 in their regular food distribution but 1,100 families showed up.

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Alexandria City Public Schools Serves 30,000 Meals Weekly to Children during Coronavirus

Five yellow school buses and two vans line up outside door 34 at T.C. Williams every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. for meal deliveries to Alexandria children.

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Serving People In Dire Need in Alexandria

Pop-up grocery moves from Christ Church to Personal Delivery Services with daily food deliveries to people falling between the cracks.

The regular Thursday morning pop-up grocery at Historic Christ Church has been closed for the last three months and transformed into a delivery service.

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People at Work: WoofPurrfect Refocuses Pet Product to Fighting Coronavirus

Susan O’Malley chases her brown tabby, Mikey, across the hardwood floor in the dining room overlooking the Potomac with a bottle of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide to clean up Mikey’s mess. “He is really my bad boy.”

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