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Yates Corner – A Family Tradition Alive in Del Ray and Rosemont

Posted on | March 6, 2017 | No Comments

What we’re trying to do is so much more than the bottom line. It’s about responsible growth, great service, creating jobs, and creating an environment that’s healthy for our community and healthy for our people. We want to add value to our neighborhood.”

                                                               Jason Yates, Yates Service, Inc.

Half of the Yates team members who serve the community every day. (Photo by Lillis Werder)

by Kris Gilbertson

When John Yates, Sr. completed 25 years of service and retired from the Navy in 1960, he had a wife, Lena, and five young sons. Rather than move yet again, John and Lena established their home in the area. He attended the University of Maryland and they both worked to support the family. John put in nights and weekends at Steve’s Shell, at the corner of Montgomery and North Washington Streets. Just as he completed a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering Degree in 1964, the Gulf station at 834 North Washington came up for sale—and John bought it. Read more

“The Jungle Book” Swings to Life at Imagination Stage

Posted on | April 25, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

Mowgli howls at the moon with his wolf family. (L-R: Latia Stokes, Nora Achrati, Ryan Andrew Mitchell, Ricardo Frederick Evans and Justin Weaks)
Photo by Margot Schulman

“The Jungle Book” as it is being performed in Bethesda’s Imagination Stage is presented in such a way that it appears to be as timeless and as breathtaking as you imagined it (or as I did when I read it in grade school). I was afraid that I wouldn’t recognize my old friends, but lots of them are there and in the hands of these talented actors, I think Rudyard Kipling would be pleased to meet them.  The great life lessons are there, too, but in easy to understand words, music and action.  (There are also audience dance opportunities at the top of the show and just before it ends.) Read more

TC Williams Crew Hitting Its Stride at Season Mid-Point

Posted on | April 25, 2017 | No Comments

Women’s/Men’s Boats Compete at Different Regattas

Halfway through their season, the TC Williams Men’s and Women’s Crew teams traveled to different regattas on Saturday, April 22nd and continued to build and refine their boats.  The Men went south to Occoquan for the Ted Phoenix Regatta, with 37 other clubs and over 270 entries. The TC Women and boats from half a dozen other elite rowing programs headed east to Middletown, Delaware for Noxontown Regatta # 4 at St. Andrews School. These rain-soaked events came at the mid-point of the Titan rowing season, as TC gears up for the Virginia State Championships in mid-May and potential invitations to national regattas later in that month. Read more


Posted on | April 25, 2017 | No Comments

National organization picks Alexandria park for its innovative practices in community engagement and volunteer coordination

In recognition of its innovative and effective approach to community engagement and volunteer coordination, Four Mile Run Park has been named a “Frontline Park,” a nationwide competition sponsored each year by City Parks Alliance.

“It is incredibly gratifying to see this recognition after years of hard work, dedication, and real collaboration between citizens, Alexandria City staff, and neighboring jurisdictions and agencies,” says Alexandria Vice Mayor Justin Wilson. “Having watched citizens become engaged in the Four Mile Run Park and stream restoration over my time in public service, I can attest that these massive improvements to the park and its neighborhood’s quality of life would not have been possible without these partnerships.” Read more

The Fabulous Lipitones – They’re having a Bollywood Time

Posted on | April 25, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

L-R) Howard (Jerry Hoffman), Wally (John Brown), Phil (Peter Halverson), and “Bob” (Gurpreet Sarin). Photo by Howard Soroos

I must admit I came to see “The Fabulous Lipitones” at Little Theatre of Alexandria with little expectation of having an enjoyable evening.  However, I was wrong, wrong, wrong!  This show is, well, hilarious!  If you were a Gleek (one obsessed with the TV show, Glee), if you got a kick out of singing in your church choir or school chorus, or if you were or are currently an Alexandria Harmonizer, you will love this show.  An affectionate look at one of the geeky subculture niche obsessions that adherents live for, and about which others shake their head in bewilderment, the relatively new show by John Markus and Mark St. Germain, is written more like “The Music Man” than “Hamilton.”  Read more

ACPS Students Will Make History at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Posted on | April 24, 2017 | No Comments

For the first time in history, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) will be represented at the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) World Finals.

George Washington Middle School Team
Savannah Anderson, Cooper Bosland, Zach Bosland, Ethan Gotsch, Cassie Gortner, Ava Moultrhop, Cade Stinson
MacArthur Elementary School
Henry Anderson, Keira Bosland, Tate Fagan, Miriam Gortner, Anna Moulthrop. (Not pictured: Walker Kopp)

Two ACPS teams—a team of fifth graders from Douglas MacArthur Elementary and a team of seventh graders from George Washington Middle School (GWMS)—competed at the state championship in Aldie, VA on April 1, and advanced to the World Finals at Michigan State University, May 24-27. The Alexandria community can support the ACPS teams by helping with funding for travel and registration. Click here for more information. Read more

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