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Alexandria Country Day School

Posted on | August 8, 2016 | No Comments

3. Alexandria Country Day SchoolPreparing Students for a Diverse and Complex World

By Kris Gilbertson

Thirty-three years ago, a group of parents and educators joined forces to found a school in the basement of Del Ray Baptist Church that would provide both a quality education and an environment in which each student could reach full potential. It was the beginning of the Alexandria Country Day School, and enrollment quickly grew.

Will, Sophia, Jonathan, Ava, and Max radiate the joyful, playful ACDS environment.

Will, Sophia, Jonathan, Ava, and Max radiate the joyful, playful ACDS environment.

Nine years later, St. Mary’s Academy, located directly across Russell Road from the church, was absorbed by Bishop Ireton. ACDS bought the academy building—a new and permanent home. The property comprised only the school building and immediate grounds, but made steady growth possible.

Today, ACDS is a leading K-8 nonsectarian independent school where dynamic furniture adjusts to students’ needs, time dedicated to physical activity (recess) has increased (counter to national trends), the oldest students mentor the youngest, and graduates consistently go on to succeed in the most challenging high schools locally and nationwide. Read more

Fine Art Dolls to Visit Alexandria in July

Posted on | July 14, 2016 | No Comments

And Bring a Touch of Fantasy to Our City

By Kris Gilbertson

“Earth, Sky, Moon, Sun” by Karin Burfict (Austin, TX), (Photo courtesy of NIADA)

“Earth, Sky, Moon, Sun” by Karin Burfict (Austin, TX), (Photo courtesy of NIADA)

On July 18, the National Institute of American Doll Artists will convene its 2016 Conference and Doll Making School at the Sheraton Suites Old Town at 801 N. St. Asaph Street. Doll making classes, open only to conference attendees, are scheduled for the first three days. But what happens after that will bring a measure of magic to Old Town.

NIADA was founded in 1963 by a small group of doll artists, led by Helen Bullard of Tennessee. The doll community at that time only considered antique dolls to be art. Bullard organized her colleagues who were creating new dolls, and the group aimed to work together toward a common goal: recognition of original handmade dolls as fine art.

In the half century since, NIADA membership has grown to include more than 60 peer-elected artists from Europe, Japan, Korea, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and U.S. states from New York to Hawaii. Subject matter ranges from realistic figures to anthropomorphic creations to somewhat abstract pieces that merely suggest the human form. But from the beginning in 1963 to present, every element of a doll must be created by the artist. Read more

Committee Recommends Changing Jefferson Memorial Highway Name

Posted on | August 23, 2016 | No Comments

Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names Issues Report to Alexandria City Council


Appomattox Confederate Civil War statue, intersection of Washington and Prince Streets, Alexandria VA, erected 1889. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

Appomattox Confederate Civil War statue, intersection of Washington and Prince Streets, Alexandria VA, erected 1889. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

The Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names, which was established by Alexandria City Council in September 2015, has submitted its final report.  The group issued recommendations on the four topics City Council directed it to consider, and concluded as follows:

  1. The Appomattox statute on South Washington Street should remain in place, with additional efforts made to add context to its story;
  2. The name of Jefferson Davis Highway in the City of Alexandria should be changed;
  3. Rather than a wholesale renaming of streets in the City named after Confederate figures, individual requests for new names should be considered by City Council if brought under existing processes; and
  4. No further action is needed with regard to a specific policy on flying of any flags on property owned or under the control of the City.

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Posted on | August 22, 2016 | No Comments

One of music’s most legendary artists brings along power and poise and a room full of memories

By Steve Houk

(Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage for BSB Touring)

(Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage for BSB Touring)

If you flip through the record album synapses of your life, a rare few of them spark and then spring out at you as unforgettable early moments in your growth, both as a person and a music fan.

For me, a 55-year-old on the edge of the boomers, it’s The Beatles, it’s Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond, Herb Alpert…and yes, Barbra Streisand…that shine the brightest as artists whose music was most deeply woven into the fabric of life growing up on Millstone Road in the 60’s and 70’s. For me and millions of others, this kind of music acts as a blanket of comfort, a familiar sound, mindful of a time when life was full of love, wonder, and possibility. But the same music also acts as a chronicler of history, of time passing, of things and events and moments, both personal, and as a society, that have built the framework of our lives. Read more

IRS Warns of Back-to-School Scams; Encourages Students, Parents, Schools to Stay Alert

Posted on | August 19, 2016 | No Comments

irsATLANTA — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.”

People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.” If the person does not comply, the scammer becomes aggressive and threatens to report the student to the police to be arrested. As schools around the nation prepare to re-open, it is important for taxpayers to be particularly aware of this scheme going after students and parents.   Read more

Rethink Your Commute: Metro SafeTrack Surge #8 Begins August 27

Posted on | August 17, 2016 | No Comments


The City of Alexandria and DASH have been working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the region’s localities to assist travelers as WMATA’s SafeTrack initiative continues.

SafeTrack’s “Safety Surges” involve long-duration track outages for major projects in key parts of the system that will cause delays throughout the region. The City of Alexandria urges commuters to telework and use alternative ways to commute that do not involve driving alone.
Metro has announced changes to Surge #8, which will now begin Saturday, August 27, through Sunday, September 11, and include:
Weekdays: Blue Line trains will continuously single track between Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations
Weekends: Three consecutive weekend shutdowns where free shuttle buses replace trains along segments of the Blue Line to complete necessary switch rehabilitation work:
• August 27-28: Franconia-Springfield Station will be closed.
• September 3-5: Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations will be closed, including Labor Day.
• September 10-11: Franconia-Springfield Station will be closed.
Passengers can expect extreme crowding and delays in each direction for travel to and from the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations.
• Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) serve Alexandria Union Station ( 110 Callahan Dr.), which is adjacent to the King Street-Old Town Metro Station but does not use MetroRail tracks.
dash• AT7 – connecting Van Dorn, Eisenhower Ave, and King St Metro stations
Westbound to Landmark Mall
Eastbound to King Street Metro / Old Town / LeeCenter
• AT5 – weekend connection between Van Dorn and Eisenhower Avenue Metro
Westbound to Landmark Mall / Van Dorn Metro
Eastbound to Braddock Metro via Old Town
• Metrobus
• 11Y – Metrobus service from Mt. Vernon / Hunting Point to DC
• 21 A/D – Metrobus service from Landmark Area to Pentagon
• 25B – Van Dorn Metro to Ballston Metro
• Fairfax Connector
• Connector 321/322
• Saratoga Park & Ride to Pentagon services – Route 393 serves Mark Center and Pentagon
Bike to work using Alexandria’s extensive bike routes and paths. For more information, see the Alexandria Bike Map
Capital Bikeshare• If you don’t have a bike, check out Capital Bikeshare. There are 29 stations in Alexandria, with three more coming soon! During SafeTrack, Capital Bikeshare is offering single rides of up to 30 minutes for $2, in addition to the existing membership options.
• The best way to commute is not to! Learn more about how to telework from home or a remote work center. For more information, see CommuterConnections.
The Alexandria Police Department will provide additional traffic control at key intersections impacted by the surge.The City’s Traffic Management Center will be fully staffed and ready to assist and adjust traffic signal timing based on traffic needs.
For more information about SafeTrack and Alexandria’s plans to help, visit To receive travel updates by email and text message, subscribe to the free MetroAlerts and Alexandria eNews services.

Torpedo Factory Artist Cindy Packard Richmond Exhibits in Colonial Beach through September 5

Posted on | August 14, 2016 | No Comments

Quirky Water-Themed Based Oils Come Alive 

"Double Duty Buoy"

Double Duty Buoy

JarrettThor Fine Arts in Colonial Beach is presenting “Water-Borne”, an exhibit of the works of Cindy Packard Richmond. The exhibit continues until September 5.  The public is invited free of charge. Read more

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