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What Bugs Me by Debby Critchley

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

I am tired of the self-centered and selfish people. Are you really going to get someplace sooner if you don’t let me merge into traffic? Must you speed up to get ahead of me on the off-ramp only to slam on your brakes while I’m trying to speed up to merge onto the highway. Would it delay you so much if you let me get on the highway in front of you? Must you stop your double wide stroller in the middle of the sidewalk so no one else can get by? Why must I shout excuse me to get by. What has happened to please and thank you. Must you ignore everyone because you are on your phone? The word civility has been forgotten. You know who you are. You don’t like being treated like this. Why would anyone else.

Does something bug you? Email me at debbyc@thezebrapress.com

DASH Bus Starts FREE rides for Paratransit Riders

Posted on | September 25, 2017 | No Comments

DOT/MetroAccess Ride Free Program Starts October 1

The DOT/MetroAccess Ride Free Program is a partnership between DASH and the City of Alexandria to provide DOT (paratransit riders) and MetroAccess cardholders with FREE rides on all DASH buses! The program will provide additional mobility and transportation options for eligible residents to travel within the City of Alexandria for any trip purpose. The program will reduce the City’s overall subsidy costs for DOT/MetroAccess rides, and will provide program participants with a free ride that requires no advance booking. Read more

City Council Endorses Conversion of Vacant Office Space into Alexandria’s Newest School

Posted on | September 22, 2017 | No Comments

Alexandria, Va. — The City Council voted unanimously to approve the change in use of a vacant office building on the West End into a new school at the hearing on Saturday.

ACPS will be hosting a Community Meeting for the West End School at John Adams Elementary School on October 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The school, based at 1701 N. Beauregard Street, will be the first new school for Alexandria City Public Schools since 2000. The first four floors of the office building will be used for the new 650-seat elementary school, while the top two floors will be used as office space by ACPS or the City. Outdoor play space, including a basketball court, will be added on the roof of the adjacent parking garage at 1705 N. Beauregard Street, with a raised walkway to allow for easy student access. Read more

Touring Twig

Posted on | September 21, 2017 | No Comments

By Mary Dempsey

While walking along the picturesque streets of Old Town, with its rows of carefully preserved historical homes, it’s nearly impossible to resist the urge to catch a glimpse inside. One can’t help but wonder whether the interiors of these homes are as lovely as their charming facades suggest.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, The Twig’s 76th annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour will allow attendees to do just that. The tour features eight homes on a five-block stretch of N. Columbus Street. The majority of the homes span the century between the early 1800s to the 1900s, but this year’s event also includes an innovative new green living space.

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Danielle Talamantes, Metropolitan Opera Singer, Featured in a Glittering Benefit

Posted on | September 21, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

L-R Kerry Wilkerson, Danielle Talamantes, Sherry Watkins, Henry Dehlinger
Photo by Stan Engebretson

On Saturday evening, September 16, I was invited to attend an important, exciting and beautiful fundraiser. Why so important you ask? Because it was hosted by a private individual, Sherry Watkins, in her lovely home, to raise money from other private individuals in support of the artistic endeavors of proven and gifted artists. AND because the three accomplished artists who performed for Ms. Watkins’ guests were Metropolitan Opera soprano, Danielle Talamantes; her husband, Army Chorus bass-baritone, Kerry Wilkerson; and their amazing accompanist, composer and arranger, Henry Dehlinger. Imagine that incredible vocal power in your own living room singing for you and about 60 of your closest friends and business associates.

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