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Jeanne Theismann

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Sole Providers

300 new shoes distributed at Gum Springs.

Firefighters and volunteers from across the county gathered June 2 to distribute more than 300 pair...

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Over the Edge

Rappellers raise funds for New Hope Housing.

Excitement was mixed with tinges of fear as more than 80 volunteers rappelled down the 14-story Crystal City Hilton as part of the Over the Edge fundraiser for New Hope Housing.

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Writing With Passion in Mount Vernon

MVHS students win Letter to the Editor contest.

Letters

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‘She Loves Me’

Signature Theatre’s Rom-Com of musicals.

Rom-com musical

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‘I Am a Survivor’ in Alexandria

American Legion honors POW, Vietnam veterans.

Vietnam Vets

Peter Reistad Wins Post 24 Oratorical in Alexandria

West Potomac junior advances to District 17 competition.

Oracle contestant

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‘Bigger Demand Than Usual’ in Mount Vernon

Firefighters continue annual toy drive.

Toy Drive

It Takes a Village

Senior Villages ease aging in place.

Senior Villages

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‘Courage in Journalism’

Kemal Kurspahic dies at 74.

Kemal Kurspahic dies at 74.

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Home of the Brave in Mount Vernon

‘Flags for Heroes’ on display at Cedar Knoll

The strains of Amazing Grace filled the air as a lone bagpiper stood among hundreds of American flags overlooking the Potomac River as part of the 4th annual Flags for Heroes display June 27 on the grounds of Cedar Knoll Restaurant.

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Show Me the Money

Twig donates $150,000 to Inova Alexandria

The Twig, the Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital, presented a check for $150,000 to hospital president Dr. Rina Bansal and Inova Alexandria Hospital Foundation Board Chair Donald Simpson Jr. during the organization’s annual luncheon June 15 at the Potomac Riverfront home of philanthropist Joe Viar.

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Journey to Freedom: Mount Vernon Commemorates Runaway Slave Ona Judge on Juneteenth Holiday

For years, the nation’s first couple, George and Martha Washington, pursued Ona Judge, a young woman who in 1796 escaped a life of slavery in the Washington household to live in freedom in New England.

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Obituary: Steve Gresham

Noted architect, community leader dies at 70

Steve Gresham was known for many things: his intellect, his wit, his love of classic rock and the vast collection of his trademark bow ties.

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Women’s Clinic Opens in West End of Alexandria

Inova expands women’s health, sexual assault and trafficking services.

Elected officials from throughout the region gathered in Alexandria’s West End May 8 to celebrate the opening of two new Inova Health System community health clinics that will focus on women’s health and medical evaluations for sexual assault and human trafficking survivors.

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Victory Center in Alexandria Transformed for Vaccines

High-capacity Covid-19 vaccination site to open in Alexandria as the one-year mark in the pandemic passes

A large-scale vaccination center for Northern Virginia is slated to open by the end of March at the long-vacant Victory Center, with the ability to provide upwards of 6,000 doses per day of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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‘Better Than I Deserve’: Roy Gravatte Dies at 84

For most people, the cursory greeting “How are you?” elicits a cursory “Fine, and you?” But for Roy Gravatte, it was a chance to show his gratitude in life with his signature response to anyone who asked: “Better than I deserve.”

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From Mount Vernon High School to the NFL

ASC to host David Knight Feb. 17.

David Knight, a 1969 graduate of Mount Vernon High School who went on to play wide receiver for the New York Jets in the National Football League, will be the featured speaker via Zoom at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club.

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CVS to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine

Limited locations to begin Feb. 11

Beginning Feb. 11, Virginians will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at select CVS locations across the state.

‘We Are Still Here’

Nonprofits adapt during pandemic with virtual events and services, PPP loans, and ingenuity.

In the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, nonprofits have provided a lifeline to Alexandrians across the city.

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Obituary: Julian Wilson Everly Sr.

Funeral home scion dies at 89

The Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home is one of the oldest businesses in Alexandria, dating back to 1849, when Benjamin Wheatley opened for business on the waterfront.

Alexandria Sportsman’s Club to Host Nats’ Mark Scialabba

Assistant GM to preview upcoming season

Mark Scialabba, Assistant General Manager, Player Development for the Washington Nationals, will be the featured speaker during a webinar presentation for the Jan. 20 Alexandria Sportsman’s Club meeting.

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Alexandria Hometown Heroes

Local residents win cars for community work

Two Alexandria women were presented with a Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition sportscar Dec. 15, 2020, as part of the Mazda Heroes: Honoring the Human Spirit program.

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Run, Walk & Roll Challenge in Alexandria

American Legion to host virtual 24-mile challenge

With the city’s annual George Washington Birthday Parade on hold for this year, Alexandria’s American Legion Post 24 is hosting a commemorative virtual event to honor the nation’s first commander-in-chief.

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To the Rescue in Mount Vernon

Firefighters and Friends continue annual toy drive

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, in partnership with Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, continued its annual toy drive with a scaled-down distribution day Dec. 15 at Penn Daw Fire Station 11.

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Coats for Kids in Mount Vernon

Firefighters and Friends give away 3,000 new coats

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Chief John Butler joined volunteers at Penn Daw Fire Station 11 Oct. 29 to organize and distribute thousands of new winter coats for children in need as part of the Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue annual coat drive.

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Residents Protest Fairfax County Gun Ban

Open carry hike held in wake of new gun ordinance

A group of Fairfax County residents gathered Sept. 19 at the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve for what was billed as an open carry hike along the Mount Vernon Trail in protest of the recent Board of Supervisors vote to ban guns on public property.

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‘The Need Continues’ in Mount Vernon

Backpacks, school supplies distributed to families in need.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Chief John Butler was among the volunteers at Penn Daw Fire Station 11 Aug. 31 to distribute more than 1,100 backpacks filled with school supplies for families in need throughout the county.

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Day Is Done in Mount Vernon

Bugler honors lives lost to COVID-19.

It was a simple enough request.

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Unsung Heroes

Rotary project raises $16k for local nonprofits.

The Rotary Club of Alexandria raised $16,000 for local nonprofits through its third annual Flags for Heroes program, a display of 200 flags along the George Washington Parkway at Cedar Knoll Restaurant.

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Health Care Heroes in Mount Vernon

#CAREavanChallenge visits assisted living facilities.

The gauntlet was thrown. ElderTree Care Management Services challenged care providers to get creative and show appreciation for health care aides at local assisted living facilities.

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‘Flags for Heroes’ in Mount Vernon

Hundreds of flags on display through July 11.

A lone bagpiper stood among hundreds of American flags as the strains of Amazing Grace wafted through the air during the opening ceremony of the 3rd annual Flags for Heroes display June 28 at Cedar Knoll Restaurant along the George Washington Parkway.

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Social While Distancing in Mount Vernon and Alexandria

Students, organizations stay connected while staying safe.

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Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue in Mount Vernon

4,000 toys collected in annual toy drive.

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The Great Pumpkin Patch in Alexandria

Immanuel fundraiser supports local charities.

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Obituary: WWII Veteran Philip K. Lundeberg

Last survivor of the Frederick C. Davis dies at 96.

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Assessing the Damage

Heavy rains bring flash flooding, water rescues.

Heavy Rains Bring Flash Flooding, Water Rescues

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Fairfax County Fire Chief John Butler

The road from Liberia to Fairfax County, with vision to regain the reins of an organization bruised by claims of bullying and harassment.

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Hop to It! in Mount Vernon

Local Easter Egg Hunt features more than 20,000 eggs.

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Keeping Children Warm

Firefighters distribute coats, books to local charities.

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Let the Games Begin in Springfield

St. James mega-sports complex opens.

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‘The Iron Man’ in Mount Vernon

Hundreds gather to meet Cal Ripken Jr.

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JROTC Cadets Honored in Alexandria

SAR also recognizes Viebranz, first responders.

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Wreaths Across America

Volunteers turn out to honor veterans.

Wreaths Across America

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Let There Be Light in Del Ray

Del Ray tree lighting kicks off holiday season.

Del Ray tree lighting.

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