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The Alexandria-Olympic Boys & Girls Club (BCGCW) has a very simple credo - every child has the potential to BE GREAT!  And they work to fulfill that credo every day.  As part of the larger national network, the Alexandria-Olympic Boys & Girls Club is committed to providing: a safe place to learn ...
January house sales in zip code 22301 (Del Ray and parts of Rosemont) show a slight rise in prices even though the number of houses sold was down by 25%  - which in this case was one house.  The average list price increased 2% from January 2008 to January 2009 and the sold price increased 5% duri...
A favorite local shop, “A Show of Hands” has won the 2009 Heart of Del Ray Award.   Situated at 2204 Mt. Vernon Avenue in the heart of Del Ray, A Show of Hands is the brainchild of Maria Wasowski and Pat Miller.   Maria and Pat opened in November 2005 with a commitment to represent a diversity of...
Real estate tax assessments from the City of Alexandria for 2009 have just landed in local mail boxes with predictable results.  Bottom line - the total real estate base (including commercial properties) for Alexandria declined 2.1% in 2009 as compared with 2008. Average home prices in the Washin...
In a USA Today article, Christine Dugas writes that low unemployment rates are boosting housing sales in Alexandria, VA and concerns about gas prices and gridlock traffic have sparked interest in city living. “Workers can rely on four Metro stations within Alexandria’s city limits  to ride trains...
Looking for a stimulus package a little closer to home?  A good reason to shop ’till you drop? Then look no further than the one day  “Great Warehouse Sale” hosted by a collection of Alexandria boutiques on Saturday, February 7, from 9:00am  - 4:00pm. Leslie Pietrzyk, a neighbor, author and fello...
In this week’s Mortgage Report, Rob Clarke tell us that one of the hot topics for mortgage lenders right now is VA loans.  In the Northern Virginia area, VA loans can go as high as $812,000 with 0 down. For conventional loans, rates continued their climb and closed last week at 5.375% with 0 poin...
The U. S. Census Bureau has officially opened its headquarters in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6408 Edsall Rd in Alexandria in preparation for the 2010 or decennial census. The bureau will also require additional office space in  22 counties in Northern Virginia as some 3000 census workers are hi...

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