Shirley Ruhe

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Yes, Some Places Are Irreplaceable in Arlington

Sam Torrey Shoe Service closes after 55 years.

The cubbies and shelves that normally would hold over 500 shoes, purses and other items are now mostly empty as Sam Torrey Shoe Services prepares to close on Friday, July 31.

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Nothing Stops Music—Even the Coronavirus

Kristina Markarian sits in front of her baby grand piano in her music studio next to her home in McLean.

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Alexandrians Sit on Edge of Eviction

Unemployment crisis due to coronavirus leaves families in jeopardy.

The impact of the coronavirus with loss of income has led to a roller coaster for many Alexandria families who have fallen behind on their rent.

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Grab Your Library Card and Keep Reading in Arlington

You can keep on reading during the brave new world of coronavirus rules and restrictions.

Meet Marta Hill Gray, New Executive Director of Culpepper Garden

Marta Hill Gray wears one of her masks as she has her temperature taken, signs in with her own pen and walks through the door of Culpepper Garden on July 1.

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Food for Everyone During Pandemic in Alexandria

ALIVE! serves as the City’s basic food resource for people in need through many programs targeting specific populations.

Ann Patterson, Food Program Director for ALIVE!, says that the first week after the pandemic was announced, they packed for 400 in their regular food distribution but 1,100 families showed up.

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Growing, Bagging, Donating—Community Comes Together in Arlington

It is Monday morning, and eight vegetable bagging work stations are located more than six feet apart in the Rock Spring United Church of Christ Carpenter Room.

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With 25 Percent of Previous Appointments, PT Offered Outdoors

Join the birds and the sunshine for physical therapy.

Two ceiling fans move the pleasant afternoon air on the front porch of Lisa Shimberg’s house where she has set up a physical therapy bed.

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Alexandria City Public Schools Serves 30,000 Meals Weekly to Children during Coronavirus

Five yellow school buses and two vans line up outside door 34 at T.C. Williams every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. for meal deliveries to Alexandria children.

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Community Gardener Help with Food Insecurity in Arlington

Arlington food networks work together during coronavirus pandemic.

The South Four Mile Run Community Garden has changed its procedures due to the coronavirus pandemic, but tomatoes and peppers are still tangled with squash sporting yellow blossoms and remains of the sugar snap peas.

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