Posts Tagged ‘Alexandria’

Stafford teacher charged for sexual relationship with student; UVA suspect linked to 2009 murder

By Carten Cordell

Suspect’s arrest in UVA case turns up lead in 2009 murder of Va. Tech student
(The Washington Post)

Severance moved from Alexandria to Arlington jail
(The Washington Post)

Stafford teacher charged with having sexual relationship with student

Nuclear fuel rods found damaged at Va. power plant





Manassas City Council to consider reopening Lake Manassas; Theft draws community together

By Carten Cordell

A Lemonade-stand theft causes a Loudoun community and a famous author to come to the rescue
(The Washington Post)

Manassas City Council to consider reopening Lake Manassas
(The Washington Post)

Trial to begin in shooting of Alexandria officer

Plan for a New School In Arlington’s TJ Park Draws Neighborhood Ire

Workout Like a Dog

Frolick Dogs Gym offers dog owners a new way to keep their pets happy and healthy. –Michael Balderston

Frolick Dogs in Alexandria

Photo courtesy of Mikel Martinez/

In today’s busy world, it’s hard to make the time to get in the necessary exercise, to shed those unwanted pounds, or to just get out and play, for man or dog.

Dogs need more than the occasional walk to stay healthy—veterinarians say that more than 50 percent of dogs in the U.S. are obese. But what’s a dog owner to do? Believe it or not, a gym membership for your dog may be just the answer.

Frolick Dogs, a canine sports club, opened up in June in Alexandria with the purpose of helping dogs get the exercise and mental challenges they need to stay healthy. Run by husband and wife Kevin and Kim Gilliam, Frolick Dogs offers a full gym experience for your four-legged companions, featuring treadmills, agility courses, showers and even their own monthly membership.

After more than six years as a dog trainer with the Olde Towne School for Dogs, Kevin was looking for the next step in dog care.“We were looking for the ‘what’s next,’” says Kevin. “As a trainer, I was like, where can I go and train my dog, or where can I practice or where can I do things … in a space that can accommodate everybody, or as many needs as we can.”

So Kevin and Kim set out to create Frolick Dogs, a 4,800-square-foot gym that tailors exclusively to the exercise and health needs of dogs. Owners can sign up for a month-long membership for $60 in which they get full access to the facility any time of day, or day-board their dogs and have Kevin and Kim run them through workouts. Non-members can drop in for $10 for a day pass. They also plan to host seminars with dog health and medicine experts to keep owners well informed on the needs of their pets.

“I think we tapped into a whole subculture that we never really knew existed,” says Kevin. “Some people have Harleys, some people have dogs.” He may be right. Requests have been coming in from places like New York, Chicago, California and even Dubai for Kevin and Kim to expand their operations. Places like those may have dog-friendly communities, but according to Kevin and Kim there are very few places that offer all the aspects of a traditional gym for dogs.

What tops it all for Kim and Kevin is the bond that this opportunity allows for owners and their dogs and making them as knowledgeable as possible. “We not only build the dog’s confidence,” says Kevin, “we build the owner’s confidence.”

“These are the best clients to have,” says Kim. “Working with them, challenging them, seeing them grow and develop, it’s very rewarding.”

Frolick Dogs
3208 Colvin St., Alexandria;
Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m –  p.m.,
and Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Scotland Votes Down Independence, Sticks with U.K.; Police Seek Man Last Seen with Missing UVA Sophomore

By Michael Balderston

Scotland votes to remain apart of the United Kingdom, rejecting independence, in historic referendum
(The Washington Post)

Police search for man that was last seen talking with missing UVA sophomore
(The Washington Post)

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell seeks an acquittal or a new trial to overturn public corruption charges
(The Washington Post)

Arlington and Alexandria show biggest growth in millennials in the country

Arena Stage opens new season with new comedy “The Shoplifters”

September’s By the Numbers

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 16th, 2014


Tres Hermanas restaurant in Alexandria

Photo courtesy of Mike Anderson.

The amount of money Mike Anderson spends on 300 tropical plants, including palm trees and banana trees, for Tres Hermanas, the restaurant that replaced Mango Mike’s in July.

Costs also include shipping (renting a tractor trailer from Florida), supplies (full-size backhoe, mulch, white sand) and labor (Anderson, plus a team of five). Catch the 14th annual display of the tropics in Alexandria until December, when the frost destroys the flora. —Stefanie Gans

(September 2014)

UVA student from Fairfax missing; D.C. drivers among the ‘rudest’

By Carten Cordell

UVA student from Fairfax missing in Charlottesville
(The Washington Post)

Survey: District drivers among the ‘rudest’

Virginia lawmakers, Gov. McAuliffe agree on state budget cuts

Severance Faces Court Hearing In Alexandria 

New Stormwater Regulations Could Delay Silver Line Phase 2

Cougar sighting in Alexandria; Arlington Yoga 9/11 tweet gets backlash

By Michael Balderston

President Obama’s strategy to fight ISIS faces potential obstacles from Congress.

Olympian Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide.
(The Washington Post)

Locals report possible cougar sighting around Alexandria.

Arlington Yoga studio receives backlash after promoting 9/11 sale.

F-18 jets crash into each other over Pacific Ocean, search on for missing pilot.

Spider-Man and Wolverine Call NoVA Home

Northern Virginia is home to politicians, musicians, teachers—and superheroes.

NoVA natives Moe Alafrangy and Kirk Jenkins play Spider-Man and Wolverine in the energized arena show “Marvel Universe LIVE!,” stopping at the Patriot Center from Sept. 12–14, and 19–21. — Elke Thoms


  • Stage design uses projection mapping triggered by actions of performers to enhance scenes. Photo Courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

  • Show rehearsed for three months. Photo Courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

  • Photo Courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

  • Show has 53 performers (40 male, 13 female) portraying more than 25 Marvel characters. Photo Courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

  • Performers fly through air on riggings and participate in motorcycle and car chases. Photo Courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

  • Running time between one and half to two hours depending on length of intermission. Photo Courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

  • Custom grip flooring on set enables performers to execute stunts. Photo Courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

  • Show conception/design took nine months. Photo Courtesy of Feld Entertainment.



Marvel Universe LIVE!

Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

Moe Alafrangy
Age: 25
Hometown: Alexandria

How did you first get involved with acting and performing stunts?
In 2012, I flew out to L.A. for my first audition for a world tour called “How to Train Your Dragon”… I booked it and ended up touring for a year. Throughout that year I decided I wanted to pursue acting and entertainment. [Prior to that] I taught for over a decade in the DMV. I taught taekwondo, kickboxing and fitness classes.

What do you enjoy about playing your character?
I always fantasized about being Spider-Man as a child… and now I get to portray that onstage, and make people relate to Spider Man through me. As cheesy as this sounds, when I put that mask and costume on, I move like Spider-Man. I’m very quick to turn my head; I’m very quick to use my Spidey senses… I do feel a little bit faster, and I feel that my senses are sharper. I become the character, you could say.


Marvel Universe LIVE!

Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

Kirk Jenkins
Age: 24
Hometown: Bealeton

How did you first get involved with acting and performing stunts?
This is the first touring show I’ve been a part of. I didn’t know what to expect, but before I left, my godfather [a stunt double] was trying to give me information about what a touring show would be like. I decided to take things that he said and just go with it. It’s been great, I get to travel and see new places, and the people that I’m with are amazing.

What do you enjoy about playing your character?
The best thing is I get to fight. Wolverine is such a big character and he’s so angry, so I get to be angry all the time and yell at everybody—it’s fun.


(September 2014)


Cravings: Danny Deco Roll at Flying Fish

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Photo by Susannah Black

Photo by Susannah Black

By Susannah Black

Danny Deco Roll, $14

Where: Flying Fish, 815 King St., Alexandria

Taste: Named after Flying Fish’s first (and former) sushi chef Danny Simmavong, the Danny Deco roll doubles the tuna, with the pink fish both inside and outside a ring of rice. Avocado contributes to the richness, tobiko (fish egg) brings a briny tang and fried tempura bits—and a mound of crispy potato straws—add crunch. Forgo the soy sauce and dip the Deco into a house-made creamy, tangy, sweet and spicy sauce decorating the plate. 

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September’s Can’t-Miss Events

Edited by Jessica Godart

Alexandria Fall Art Show

Photo courtesy of Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association.

112th Annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts
Hosted on King Street, the festival transforms the historical main street into an outdoor gallery fixed with jewelry, sculptures, photography, ceramics and more all stretching over six blocks. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase some of the art on display, all of which totals over $15 million. / Alexandria / Sept. 13 & 14


Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k.

Photo courtesy of Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k.

2Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K
In memory of Sept. 11, 2001, this race raises money from its thousands of participants that will go towards charities such as American Red Cross, Wounded Warrior Project and the Pentagon Memorial Fund. The race will begin in Crystal City and runners will pass the Pentagon during the course. / Arlington / Sept. 6



Photo by Ross Halfin.

3Aerosmith & Slash Live at Jiffy Lube
Mixing Guns N’ Roses’ Slash with Aerosmith? As frontman Steven Tyler sings, “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing!” On one of the last stops of the Let Rock Rule tour, the combo will rock the stage at Jiffy Lube Live from the pit to the lawn. Think you’ll ever see a show like this again? “Dream On.” / Bristow / Sept. 6


50th Golden Anniversary Jaguar Club Car Show

Photo courtesy of Bocman1973/

450th Golden Anniversary Jaguar Club Car Show
Jaguars are on the prowl in Reston Town Center as they mark their 50th anniversary of the XKE and the 25th anniversary of the XKJ. The displayed cars will include a new Jaguar F-Type as well as a 1927 Swallow. Heads up, Market Street will be filled to the brim with the King of the Urban Jungle: Jaguars. / Reston Town Center / Sept. 21




(September 2014)


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