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Arlington Chamber Celebrates Economic Development

Awards presented to first responders & public safety personnel

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce held its State of the County & Public Safety Awards breakfast on Tuesday, June 25 at the Army Navy Country Club.

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Blueberries Gone Before You Know It

Cars line up, trunks open in the parking lot of Cherrydale United Methodist Church on Lorcom Lane Friday, June 21 to pick up their 10-pound boxes of fresh blueberries.

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County Tackles Food Security with New Round of Grants

The Arlington County Department of Human Services (DHS) announced June 3 a second round of grants aimed at improving food security in Arlington. The funding will be available to area 501(c)(3) organizations, faith-based groups and schools and universities that support aspects of Arlington’s Food Security Strategic Plan, with the maximum grant award $25,000.

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AFAC Has Served 2 Million Families

This week Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) commemorated serving two million families since they began in 1988.

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Ready, Set, Read

Summer reading adventure is underway.

The Arlington Library kicked off its summer reading adventure on Saturday, June 1 with fun activities, games and popsicles at the eight library locations.

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Guest House Celebrates 50 Years

It all began in 1975 with one woman’s dream to help women returning into society from prison who had committed nonviolent crimes. At the time there was no place for them to go and still today, Guest House is the only residential facility for these women in Northern Virginia.

WAPF Meeting on Thyroid Function

Shep Saltzman’s topic for his Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) presentation May 19 was Thyroid Function but his bottom line was, “You can’t cookie cutter people. You have to get to know them because everyone is different and what works for one person doesn’t work for another. There are so many patterns; it takes finesse to figure it out. I am very thorough.”

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Harmony for Hope Raises Funds for Ukrainian Children

From the mezzo soprano of Katelyn Neumann to the bass of Eduardo Castro, the walls of Rock Spring United Church of Christ (UCC) reverberate with the crescendos of the opera performers who have volunteered their talents for Harmony for Hope.

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Freddie’s Beach Bar Threatened with Bomb Scare

Freddie Lutz opened an email bomb threat just minutes before the children’s drag story hour performance was set to begin at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant on S. 23rd Street on April 6.

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Living Legends: The Dynamic Duo

Patty and Kate Moran making a difference in Del Ray.

Living Legends “It’s addictive here. The people are so easy to get along with.” — Patty Moran

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Free Tax Returns Prepared Locally

The way it works is that when you arrive you will be interviewed by a tax counselor who will collect your information and then prepare your return. A second counselor will then review your return with you and answer any questions you may have. You will receive a printed copy of your return for your records and then your return will be electronically filed for you.

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PathForward Receives Federal Grant for Siebert House

PathForward announced March 11 that it will receive $1,342,704 in Federal funding for purchase of Siebert House. Siebert House is an 8-unit apartment building located in the Westover area of Arlington which currently houses chronically homeless people.

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Rally Against Hate Supports Rock Spring Neighbors

Arlington neighbors gathered March 1 at a Rally Against Hate held on the steps of Rock Spring UCC to show community support for neighbors whose properties had been defaced with racial slurs and swastikas on Feb. 19.

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The Hunt for the Missing Maestro

Symphony

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Local Audubon Chapter Votes to Change Its Name

John James Audubon claimed ownership of enslaved people

Audobon

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New Partnership to Provide Affordable Housing

Melwood and Wesley Housing have partnered to convert a current Arlington Melwood property into an affordable and inclusive housing project combined with programs and services for people with disabilities. This project is located at 750 23rd Street S in Arlington.

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New Culpepper Food Pantry Shows Off Hands On Art

Culpepper Garden has not had a permanent pantry to serve its residents facing food insecurity. Now a grant of $2,700 from Field to Table has allowed Culpepper Garden to build a permanent food pantry which will be stocked with supplemental non-perishable groceries made available to Culpepper residents.

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Community Fills ACPD Truck for Arlington Unsheltered

This essentials drive is one of a series of community events hosted by the Community Engagement Division of the ACPD. Other events include the Christmas toy drive, the back-to-school supplies collection in the fall and the non-perishable food drive for AFAC which provides supplemental groceries to Arlington’s low-income families.

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Community Provides Instant Success Story

Funds to replace washing machine donated within 24 hours.

Community comes together

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In the Kitchen

Elaine’s—from Alexandria, Egypt to Alexandria, Virginia

Cooking

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Eviction Nears Crisis Levels in City of Alexandria

Relief funds have run out, and legal protections are slim.

Relief funds have run out, and legal protections are slim.

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Guest House Welcome Baskets Running Low

Guest House Welcome Baskets Running Low

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It’s Easy—Just Fill in the Bullets

Primary ballots will be using ranked choice voting; here’s what that means.

How To Vote: Ranked Choice Voting

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AFAC Benefits from Stamp Out Hunger Drive

AFAC Benefits from Stamp Out Hunger Drive

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Arlington and Alexandria Bring Home the 4-H Ribbons

Arlington and Alexandria Bring Home the 4-H Ribbons

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Encouraging Youth To Be Marijuana Free in Alexandria

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Launches Video Series

Weed Free Teens

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Follow the Long Faith Journey of a Tomato in Alexandria

Unsold produce at Old Town Market makes for modern gleaning, and food for people with need.

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Local Park Recognized by National Group as Community Forest

n April and May Monticello Park in Alexandria is a stopover for migrating warblers, and the park fills with birders...

Your Past Does Not Define Your Future

One month, one family at a time

Housing

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Alexandria Symphony Weathers Covid

Brandenburg Concerto March 19 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on 228 S. Pitt Street.

ASO Concert

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Outpouring of Local Help for Afghan Refugees

The need is great for volunteers, monetary donations and more.

Thousands of Afghan refugees have landed at Dulles Airport in recent days.

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Senior Olympics Profile Orienteering

Which way is north again?

Grab a compass and detailed topographical map and head out over unfamiliar terrain to navigate a set course in the fastest time.

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Feed Hungry Children in Alexandria

ALIVE! resumes food donations

ALIVE! resumes its food collection from the community.

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Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Opens 39th Year in September

Step up and claim your Olympic medal awarded after each event.

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Food Glorious Food in Alexandria

New ALIVE! distribution site opens July 17

David Wynne stands on the sidewalk outside William Ramsay Recreation Center with his clicker.

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Preview: And the Rockets Red Glare…in Alexandria

Join ASO for Alexandria’s Birthday Celebration July 10

Trumpets and French horns will blare “America the Beautiful” as the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra opens the Alexandria’s Birthday Celebration July 10 at 9 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park.

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