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Posted on | February 6, 2017 | No Comments

Adding to the Wealth of Alexandria’s Historical Record

By Kris Gilbertson

John Taylor Chapman in the City Council Chamber. City Hall sits on Market Square, the heart of Alexandria, and its administrative seat, since 1749. It’s the site of the country’s longest continuously operating farmers market and, at times, the city jail and various businesses. It was also the site of slave auctions. But selling produce here was one way that enslaved people made the money to buy their freedom. (Photographer: Lillis Werder)

In 2015, when the City Council debated redevelopment of the Ramsey Homes, Council member John Taylor Chapman was bothered that so few people knew that Ramsey Homes was one of three projects built as segregated housing for black defense workers during World War II. And that it was just one of many sites in the city important to the history of Alexandria’s African American populations.

Chapman was inspired to fill the knowledge gap. “I think I’m very lucky in that with everything happening in DC [National Museum of African American History & Culture] and Mt. Vernon [Lives Bound Together exhibit], and for the last eight years having had an African American president—it raised the consciousness of black people. We’re seeing it in art, in music, on TV—all of that, and then the Smithsonian. It’s the perfect time to start a business that talks about the African American experience.”

Manumission Tours*

In September 2016, Chapman’s company, Manumission Tours, commenced a two-hour public walking tour on Sunday afternoons, focused on sites surrounding Market Square. The tour was immediately poplar. During the first three months, tours averaged 15 to 20 people, although one topped out at 32. Read more

A League of their Own

Posted on | February 23, 2017 | No Comments

By Kelly MacConomy

Sunday, February 19 marked the Torpedo Factory Art League’s 49th Patron’s Show Fundraiser 2017.  The Art League’s major fundraising effort is held annually at Alexandria’s world famous Torpedo Factory art center. Part auction and fundraiser. Part game and reality show spectacle all at once.  It’s the DMV art scene’s moral equivalent of Opening Day.

Celebrity guest emcee, radio personality Robb Spewak of Robb Radio and The Mike O’Meara Show, got the art rave party started, proving to be an engaging, laugh-out-loud pun master of ceremonies and droll showman extraordinaire. Read more

Taco Bell Withdraws Application for New West End Location

Posted on | February 23, 2017 | No Comments

A neighborhood effort to halt a Taco Bell restaurant from being built on Duke Street appears to have worked. The restaurant’s owners have withdrawn their application to add the new facility according to a letter sent to the City. The Taco Bell was being planned for 4213 Duke Street. News of the new facility outraged many in the community, prompting many to reach out to the City Council. Community members expressed concerns with pollution, lighting, and pedestrian safety among other matters.

BLACK+DECKER™ Unleashes Cordless Vacuums Designed for Pet Owners

Posted on | February 20, 2017 | No Comments

As part of #NationalLoveYourPetDay, BLACK+DECKER™ announces its first-ever line of home cleaning products designed specifically for pet owners. The new lineup includes Cordless Lithium-Ion Hand Vacuums, a 20V MAX* 2in1 Cordless Vacuum, and Robotic Vacuums. Each new cordless vacuum integrates specialized anti-tangle beater bars with rubberized bristles to pick up pet hair around the home. Read more

Paper Business Cards Going Away

Posted on | February 20, 2017 | No Comments

Advertising and print business card industries hit by disruptive technology. The new vCard technology makes print business cards obsolete.

vCard’s latest smart phone app the digital business card is replacing the print business card through disruptive technology. The vCard offers users the ability to text a digital business card that can include video, audio, text, graphics, links, QR codes, coupons and more. In the very near future a special short code is being added. This will make a person’s vCard distribution to large groups quick and easy. Read more


Posted on | February 20, 2017 | No Comments

Playing alongside rock greats, and even for some astronauts in space, is all part of a guitar master’s amazing journey.

By Steve Houk

If you’re a rock and roll fan, especially a fan of blues-soaked guitar work that boggles the mind, and you don’t know Davy Knowles, well, you really really should. So listen and learn. Read more

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