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Facebook Leads New York Times Bestseller Cokie Roberts To Choose Old Town Artist for Book Cover

Posted on | May 13, 2015 | No Comments

Todd Healy and Cokie Roberts at the National Archives in April.  Courtesy photo.

Todd Healy and Cokie Roberts at the National Archives in April. Courtesy photo.

Harper Collins found Todd Healy via Facebook. Spotting a hand-colored bird’s-eye view of Washington, D.C. with the Capitol in the Foreground (circa 1861) on Healy’s site, they asked his permission to use it for an upcoming book cover’s jacket. Cokie Roberts was penning a new tome, and they thought it was a perfect fit.

“It’s such a privilege to have my work featured on Cokie Roberts’ new book,” Healy said. “She is a national treasure, incredible writer and historian, and I’m humbled she is using one of my
drawings. ” Healy said.

Healy’s image is a rare and stunning drawing of the Capitol under construction, colored to convey the busy seat of government against a backdrop of farm country in the early stages of the city’s

“When I started Capitol Artifacts, it was my intention to bring to life some of the national landmarks of this important era,” Healy said. “I’m thrilled more people will get to see the 1861 image, thanks to Cokie’s book.”

Capital Dames, The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, is a companion to
Roberts’ New York Times best-selling works, Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty. Roberts marks the
sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at Washington, D.C. and the experiences,
influence, and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history.

Healy met Roberts late last month at a book signing at the National Archives. Healy, a staple in Old Town for over 35 years, is the owner of Gallery Lafayette and Framing Studio in Old Town, Alexandria.

Giving back to the community, Healy also raised $1,500 for Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia (SCAN) by donating the sales of all the books that was given by Harper Collins.

Prints of the image used can be purchased at Gallery Lafayette, 130 S Royal Street in Alexandria.

The Bees, Creigh Deeds, and the DMV

Posted on | April 10, 2015 | No Comments

By Tom Sherman

Samantha Gallagher with the finished plate she designed.  Photo by Claire Harper.

Samantha Gallagher with the finished plate she designed. Photo by Claire Harper.

Long before she designed a license plate commemorating native pollinators, Alexandria resident Sam Gallagher always liked bees. Even in grade school, when her primordial instincts should have been acutely aware of their evolutionary danger. Read more

Shirlington Welcomes New Veterinarian Office

Posted on | May 20, 2015 | No Comments

By Kris Gilbertson
Shirlington Welcomes New Veterinarian Office.Even the most casual visitor to the Village at Shirlington will tune into the pet-friendly atmosphere of this South Arlington neighborhood nestled up to I-395 and Quaker Lane. Did you know that Shirlington was the first large shopping center to open in the Washington, DC, suburbs and one of the earliest in the United States? It was 1944, and it was nothing like it is today. Read more

Those Pesky Ticks and Canine Lyme Disease

Posted on | May 20, 2015 | No Comments

by Dana Carr, DVM

Animal Tails–Those Pesky Ticks and Canine Lyme Disease

Animal Tails Main photoLyme disease is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. It is carried and transmitted to a host through feeding ticks. Therefore, tick control is the most effective means to prevent infection. Disease prevalence is increasing and expanding as the tick population grows. The Northeast U.S., including Alexandria and Arlington, is an endemic area where most dogs are at risk, and the disease threat is high. Luckily, there are several effective tick control products and a vaccine available for our canine companions. Because every dog’s lifestyle and environment varies, discussing individual risk factor and tailoring a preventative plan suited specifically for your dog with your veterinarian is the first step to protecting your pet from a potentially devastating disease. Read more

The 296 Project, More than an Art Space

Posted on | May 20, 2015 | No Comments

By Robert F. Murray, The von Brahler Ltd.

"Iwo" by Meg McKenzie.

“Iwo” by Meg McKenzie.

It’s a lot about the art itself, what it represents, whom it represents, what it does for the artist and the viewer and why for all of it in the first place. The 296 Project is, for one, a real place, an art space in the up and coming Art Underground in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia. The 296 Project, more importantly, is a unique art therapy program created by Dr. Scott Gordon, a psychologist, with a passionate dedication to helping veterans and their families confront and deal with PTSD and TBI. Read more

SPORTS TALK By Pat Malone: Dave Johnson

Posted on | May 15, 2015 | No Comments

Sports Talk==Dave Johnson - Pat Malone - With Zebra - WTOP - Friday - May 1 2015He’s all over the place, from his home in Annapolis, to the ‘glass-enclosed nerve center of WTOP’, to the studios of either Comcast Sports Net, or Monumental Sports and Entertainment, to doing the play-by-play for the Washington Wizards, and D.C. United, the Energizer Bunny couldn’t begin to think about keeping up with Dave Johnson, who’s the hardest working man covering D.C. area sports. Read more

Christine Garner to Sponsor Rosemont Movie Nights

Posted on | May 13, 2015 | No Comments

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In an effort to give back to her own beloved Rosemont neighborhood, Christine Garner, a Weichert realtor serving the community for almost 30 years, is starting Rosemont REEL nights. Family, friends and neighbors are welcome to the Maury School Playground at 7 pm for free outdoor movie nights throughout the summer. The first film is Shrek on May 23. Garner is a bonafide animal lover herself, but for movie night, four-legged friends are asked to stay home.

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