The State of NoVa: Alexandria


Posted at 05:03 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Alexandria, Prince William residents step up to help fallen police officers and their families

Fundraisers held for officers Peter Laboy and Chris Yung

By Tom Jackman  |  05:03 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Prince William County, Fairfax County, Police | Tags:  Peter Laboy, Chris Yung, Long Dinh, Junius Walker, Alexandria, Va., Prince William County, Va., Fairfax County, Va.

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/23/2013

Alexandria’s Norm Hatch played critical role in the historic Iwo Jima photo from World War II

World War II combat photographer also shot Oscar-winning footage.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:32 AM ET, 02/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Norman Hatch, Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal, Iwo Jima Memorial

Posted at 01:37 AM ET, 11/02/2012

Rain, erosion from Sandy did not harm NoVa water

Utilities were ready for heavy rain and erosion

By Donna Peterson  |  01:37 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County, Alexandria, Fairfax County | Tags:  Potomac River, Northern Virginia water, Fairfax County, Arlington County, Alexandria

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Alexandria’s GenOn plant shuts down, finally

Citizen opposition to the coal-fired plant helped push its shuttering

By Tom Jackman  |  11:26 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  GenOn plant, Alexandria

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Friends of Alexandria’s Sam Del Brocco make push to solve his 2010 slaying in Florida

The popular Alexandria marketing executive’s slaying remains open.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:39 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Crime

Posted at 01:13 AM ET, 09/11/2012

Alexandria, Arlington rated among worst drivers in U.S. in Allstate study (D.C. was tops)

Allstate analyzed the number of collision claims per capita, but their list is almost certainly flawed.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:13 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Arlington County, Traffic | Tags:  Alexandria, Arlington, Allstate best drivers survey

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 07/16/2012

Alexandria reporter Carla Branch covered and worked for Alexandria schools. Is that kosher?

Carla Branch took a six-month contract to help the schools’ communication system. But she continued to cover them.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Schools, Media | Tags:  Carla Branch, Alexandria schools, Alexandria News.org

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Alicia Hughes’s Election Day petition

Alexandria City Council member Alicia Hughes tried and failed to qualify to run for the School Board this fall.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  06:19 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Alexandria budget, pay raises spark debate

Alexandria City Council members wrestle over pay raises, budgets.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  01:38 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Alexandria council candidate fell behind on taxes

Boyd Walker, who’s running for the the Alexandria City Council, just paid off $16,544.84 in overdue property taxes on his King Street residence.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Housing tops Alexandria issues in 2012, mayor says

Mayor William Euille called the lack of affordable housing options the city’s biggest issue in a video for his annual State of the City released Monday.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  04:52 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Alexandria council candidates jostle for position

Fourteen of the 16 candidates for Alexandria City Council spoke Tuesday of second-rate cities, economic disasters and craven political ambition. Everyone was polite.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  02:07 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Alexandria trolley: Battling names and routes

Why is the proposed new trolley route named for Del Ray and not Arlandria? And why wasn’t the City Council consulted?

By Patricia Sullivan  |  04:21 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The State of NoVa, Alexandria | Tags:  Alexandria, Transportation, Northern Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Terrence Jennings’ taekwondo journey: From Landmark Mall to T.C. Williams to the Olympics

Terrence Jennings has persevered, and now a fundraising effort is on to get his parents to London.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Sports | Tags:  Terrence Jennings, taekwondo

Posted at 05:43 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Alexandria’s Old Town Theater may live yet

The new owner originally planned retail, but has had a change of heart.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:43 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Nightlife, Development | Tags:  Old Town Theater

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 03/28/2012

NoVa residents battle to save local post offices

Falls Church’s Elaine Mittleman and Rep. Gerry Connolly are pushing for better ways to close Postal Service deficit.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:56 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Falls Church, Alexandria, Leesburg, Sterling | Tags:  Post office closings, Elaine Mittleman, Gerry Connolly

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Dixie Pig BBQ owner Addie Arthur has died

Her family ran the famed barbecue joints from 1924 until the Route 1 branch closed in 1996.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:34 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Fairfax County | Tags:  Addie Arthur, Dixie Pig

Posted at 12:34 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Alexandria’s Patricia Korver-Kicak leads ChildsLife, an international lifesaver

Patricia Korver-Kicak leads ChildsLife, which feeds and shelters needy children and mothers in Africa and Eastern Europe.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:34 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Patricia Korver-Kicak, ChildsLife

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Searching for slave ancestors in Virginia

African Americans searching for their enslaved ancestors in Virginia have a new tool, a database of slaves from the commonwealth.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  04:42 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Alexandria waterfront opponents threaten lawsuit

Opponents of Alexandria’s plans to rezone and redevelop its Potomac River waterfront said Tuesday they will sue to overturn a City Council decision to move forward.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  04:36 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Could Va. reap $500 million per year by legalizing pot?

A NoVa legislator wants to know. Existing studies say tax revenue and law enforcement savings add up.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics, Alexandria | Tags:  Marijuana, Virginia

Posted at 02:40 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Alexandria vote is over, hard feelings remain

Eleven hours in a public hearing on the Alexandria waterfront plan doesn’t calm emotions over the future of the Old Town riverfront.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  02:40 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 01/19/2012

CAAWP tries to force supermajority vote on waterfront

The Alexandria group that has been fighting the city’s waterfront plan has collected enough petition signatures to force a supermajority vote by the City Council to pass the plan, it says.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  03:02 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 04:15 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Birchmere, Jammin Java among top 100 clubs on Earth

The two Northern Virginia music clubs outranked better-known venues in ticket sales last year.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:15 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife, Alexandria, Vienna | Tags:  Birchmere, Jammin Java, Virginia

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 01/10/2012

New Alexandria manager reorganizes staff

Rashad Young, city manager for just a month, appointed a chief of staff and shook up City Hall staff last week.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  04:03 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Alexandria power plant still set to close, despite brief firing

The coal-fired power plant at the north end of Old Town Alexandria fired up briefly last week during high demand for electricity, but it’s still set to close Oct. 1.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  02:47 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Alexandria’s Old Town Theater closing this weekend

Roger Fons tried for nine years to make the theater work financially. In the end, it didn’t.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Nightlife | Tags:  Old Town Theater, Virginia

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Waterfront debate leaks into political races

As if there weren’t enough opinions about how Alexandria should deal with the waterfront, two candidates for the council have now weighed in.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  02:50 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Alexandria inches toward a waterfront plan

Dueling press conferences Tuesday morning demonstrated two views of what Alexandria should do about its waterfront.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Army on BRAC: “Traffic? We’ve got this Plan, see...”

When the Army decided to build a new office for 6,400 people in Alexandria, it also came up with a Transportation Plan. And a look at The Plan reveals it was really, uh, not so good.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:21 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Traffic | Tags:  BRAC, Mark Center, Virginia

Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 11/13/2011

Alexandria’s Stacy Hoeflich is National History Teacher of Year

The fourth grade teacher at John Adams Elementary School is recognized both for her innovation in the classroom and her willingness to spread her experience to others.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:04 PM ET, 11/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Schools | Tags:  Stacy Hoeflich, Virginia

Posted at 11:00 PM ET, 11/13/2011

Alexandria tavern owner Pat Troy publishes his memoir

The widely beloved owner of Ireland’s Own in Old Town, and overseer of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, writes his memoir of a journey from Ireland to Detroit to Alexandria.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:00 PM ET, 11/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Books | Tags:  Pat Troy, Virginia

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 09/07/2011

BRAC federal building at Alexandria’s Mark Center vulnerable to terrorists, Pentagon study says

A Pentagon internal study of the possible damage that could be done by a truck bomb to the new BRAC building at Mark Center is quite horrifying, Time magazine reports.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:02 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  BRAC, Mark Center, Virginia

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 08/30/2011

Alexandria’s GenOn coal-fired electric plant to close

The plant and Alexandria have reached a deal to shut it down next year, which will thrill environmentalists and open up prime real estate on the waterfront.

By Tom Jackman and Patricia Sullivan  |  11:17 AM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  GenOn plant, Virginia

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 08/26/2011

Alexandria’s waterfront before the storm

Photographer Angela B. Pan snapped a remarkable shot at sunrise this morning on the waterfront in Alexandria.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:04 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Alexandria waterfront, Virginia

Posted at 03:45 AM ET, 08/22/2011

Alexandria envisions future without GenOn coal plant

A plan for an environmentally friendly, mixed use residential and business development has been planned for the spot of the coal plant. Though the plant’s not going anywhere. Yet.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:45 AM ET, 08/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  GenOn coal plant, Virginia

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 08/10/2011

BRAC: Alexandria’s four-letter word for ‘carmageddon’?

This week, the first of the 6,400 new full-time Defense Department employees began moving into the BRAC building near Seminary Road. Many, many questions remain about how this will not turn into “carmageddon.”

By Tom Jackman  |  05:25 PM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Traffic | Tags:  BRAC, Virginia

Posted at 12:51 AM ET, 08/08/2011

Alexandria’s Sasha DiGiulian is world champ rock climber

At 18, the Potomac School graduate won a gold medal for her overall performance in Italy, and she’s traveling the world like a rock star.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:51 AM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Sports | Tags:  Sasha DiGiulian, rock climbing, Virginia

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Alexandria’s Liam and Eliza Malakoff dominate whitewater

The brother and sister team both had huge success at the recent national canoe and kayak team trials, but 18-year-old Liam says he thinks he’s done with the sport. Eliza, 13, carries on.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Sports | Tags:  Liam Malakoff, Eliza Malakoff, Virginia

Posted at 04:15 AM ET, 07/18/2011

Alexandria hospital working to identify human skulls

Inova Alexandria Hospital and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children teamed up to identify a human skull, and they are hoping other hospitals use their CT scanners to help solve cold cases.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:15 AM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Inova Alexandria Hospital, Joe Mullins, Virginia

Posted at 11:53 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Alexandria’s Maurice Barboza pushes for black Revolutionary War veterans memorial

The Alexandria resident has found that roughly 5,000 African Americans fought in the Revolutionary War, and is pushing for a memorial to them on the Mall.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:53 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Maurice Barboza, black Revolutionary War veterans, Virginia

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Alexandria cabbies stung by Fox 5 hidden cameras

Passengers wanting to go from an Alexandria Metro station to Southeast Washington are repeatedly refused a ride, a Fox 5 hidden camera investigation showed.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:11 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Alexandria cab drivers, Virginia

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Alexandria’s Hamp Townsend, ‘Mayor of Old Town,’ has bizarre end to fun-filled life

Hamp Townsend was a hugely popular figure in Alexandria. But when he died suddenly in Fairfax County, police couldn’t locate anyone who knew him.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:15 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Hamp Townsend, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 06/27/2011

Northern Virginia and the rise of rock-and-roll

Local documentarian and cultural historian Jeff Krulik put together a look back at NoVa’s place as rock-and-roll’s greats rolled through in the early days.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music, NoVa, Alexandria, Media | Tags:  Northern Virginia rock, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/13/2011

Alexandria boxer Tony Suggs’s amazing, heartbreaking tale

Tony Suggs was an accomplished lightweight boxer on the verge of the Olympics. Family turmoil and drugs brought him down. Now he’s trying to keep his sons from making the same mistakes.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Sports

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 06/08/2011

Obama back at NoVaCoCo, wants college credit

President Obama made his third appearance at Northern Virginia Community College in less than three months Wednesday, possibly looking ahead to Virginia’s importance in the 2012 election.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:46 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria | Tags:  President Obama, Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Alexandria’s Ron Rust retires after 41 years at Boys and Girls Club

Ron Rust didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life when he signed on to the Alexandria Boys Club in 1970. He never left, and he became an Alexandria institution.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Ron Rust, Boys and Girls Clubs, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 06/02/2011

Alexandria: 2nd best-read city in U.S., or just Amazon.com’s 2nd best customer?

Alexandria placed second in Amazon.com’s list of America’s “Most Well-Read Cities.” But it’s more likely just a list of who buys the most books from Amazon.com.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Arlington County | Tags:  well-read cities, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Alexandria battles Arlington for National Science Foundation

Alexandria swiped the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from Arlington, and look what they built. Now they’re trying to lure the prestigious National Science Foundation out of Ballston.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  National Science Foundation, Virginia

Posted at 04:40 AM ET, 05/17/2011

Ex-Alexandria police chief, after DWI, now pondering politics

You might have thought a politics career would be impossible for David Baker after he was arrested for drunk driving. But he’s thinking about running for Alexandria City Council.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:40 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Politics | Tags:  David Baker, Virginia

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Alexandria jail named for William Truesdale, and his son dons the colors

Alexandria Sheriff’s Deputy William Truesdale was killed in the line of duty in 1981. On Thursday, the city renamed the jail for him, and his son was sworn in as a deputy.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:55 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  William Truesdale, Kevin Truesdale, Virginia

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Alexandria’s Fort Ward Park still neglected

When the government abandoned Fort Ward in Alexandria after the end of the Civil War, freed African American slaves settled there for the next century. Some residents say Alexandria has destroyed the history there, and they want to reclaim it.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:56 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Fort Ward Park, Virginia

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Alexandria’s Casey Wilson goes from SNL to sitcom

The T.C. Williams graduate, formerly of Saturday Night Live, is now starring in a new ABC sitcom. But the funniest person from Alexandria? Not when you’re talking Ashy Larry.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:55 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Media | Tags:  Casey Wilson, Donnell Rawlings, Ashy Larry, Virginia

Posted at 05:40 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Arlandria gets its own Foo Fighters song

Arlandria may be a small part of Alexandria near the Arlington border, but now it’s got its own Foo Fighters song.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:40 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Music | Tags:  Foo Fighters, Arlandria, Virginia

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Alexandria gym director arrested after scuffle with 11-year-old

The director of the Barrett Center in Alexandria was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly assaulting an 11-year-old boy during a basketball game.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:15 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Crime | Tags:  gym fights, Virginia

Posted at 08:10 PM ET, 04/10/2011

Alexandria’s fire trucks are old

Alexandria needs new fire trucks. They’re going to buy them, but their arrival is a year away, and an influx of new federal employees concerns some residents.

By Tom Jackman  |  08:10 PM ET, 04/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Alexandria fire department, Adam Thiel, Virginia

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 04/08/2011

NoVa is “ground zero” for federal shutdown

Northern Virginia has more than 163,000 federal employees who might be facing furlough, which makes it “ground zero” for the impending government shutdown.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:43 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Politics | Tags:  federal shutdown, Rep. Jim Moran, Virginia

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Where in the world is Alicia Hughes?

Alexandria Councilwoman Alicia Hughes now has a reckless driving ticket in Va. Beach to contend with.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:13 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Politics | Tags:  Alexandria, Virginia, Politics