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Online Dating can be the Place for Finding “The One”

Posted on | March 13, 2015 | No Comments

By Mike Salmon

With all the bars, restaurants, sporting events and social spots where singles can meet in Arlington and Alexandria, online dating is now more popular then ever. In fact, 31 percent of singles in this country met their last first date online while 25 percent met through a friend and only six percent met their last first date at a bar or club, according to a study by called “Singles in America: Match Releases Its Fifth Annual Comprehensive Study on the Single Population.”
Online dating Melissa NixFor Arlington resident Melissa Nix, it took about 20 online dates before she found the guy she’s currently dating, and it took a chance meeting at a bar to rekindle a relationship that started as an online date five years ago. Love has strange ways of finding people. When they first met, “I actually thought one of his friends was cute,” she said, before getting a message through her account on the dating site OK Cupid. “We’ve been dating ever since,” she said. Read more

Capital Bikeshare Prices to Increase May 1

Posted on | March 21, 2015 | No Comments

CN--Item 11--Capital BikeshareAfter more than four years of service, the jurisdictions that operate the Capital Bikeshare program will be implementing the system’s first price increase. These price changes are necessary in order to keep up with rising operating costs and future expansion of the system’s operations. Important to note: Trip usage fees will remain unchanged. As a special offer, you will be able to purchase or renew your membership at the current price in advance of the increase, regardless of when your membership expires. We encourage you to join or renew by April 30, 2015 to take advantage of this opportunity

Don Beyer Chosen to Speak at 17th Annual Business Philanthropy Summit

Posted on | March 21, 2015 | No Comments

Congressman Don Beyer

Congressman Don Beyer

“We are thrilled to have Congressman Beyer as our speaker for this year’s summit,” said Marion Brunken, Executive Director for Volunteer Alexandria. “Congressman Beyer has demonstrated throughout the years that he is dedicated to serving our community. Beyond his work as an elected official, he has spent his time and energy serving numerous local charitable organizations. His dedication has been invaluable.”
Congressman Beyer has worked with a number of charitable organizations in Alexandria and the Commonwealth of Virginia. After finishing his tenure as Lt. Governor of Virginia, he served as chairman of Jobs for Virginia Graduates, Virginia’s most successful high school drop-out prevention program. For three years, he served as president of Youth for Tomorrow, a home for troubled adolescent boys. In addition, he spent a decade on the board of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. His work has also been recognized through several awards, including the James C. Wheat, Jr. Award for Service to Virginians with Disabilities.
“I am honored to speak at the Volunteer Alexandria Business Philanthropy Summit,” said Congressman Beyer. “We are so lucky to live and work in a district where so many business and nonprofit leaders contribute to the City’s betterment. The May summit is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the best of the civic engagement that makes Alexandria so special.”

‘Brew Stories’ Visits Alexandria

Posted on | March 20, 2015 | No Comments


John Riggins at Port City Alexandria during shooting of a pilot episode of “Brew Stories.” Courtesy photo.

John Riggins at Port City Alexandria during shooting of a pilot episode of “Brew Stories.” Courtesy photo.

If you love beer, TV foodie shows and John Riggins, get this: Riggins is trying out a new TV show that has him visiting breweries across the country. His pilot episode brings him to Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company.

If the show is picked up, the former Washington Redskins star running back will visit craft breweries coast to coast as host of ”Brew Stories.”

Riggins is supposed to visit and enjoy a beer with a celebrity guest for each episode.

Rob Krupicka Calls Public Office a Day

Posted on | March 20, 2015 | No Comments

Rob Krupicka.  Courtesy photo,

Rob Krupicka. Courtesy photo,

Rob Krupicka announced that he does not plan to run again for the Virginia House of Delegates. Krupicka represented the 45th District which includes parts of Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County. He sat on the following committees in the House of Delegates: Privileges and Elections; Counties, Cities and Towns; and Health, Welfare and Institutions. He served on the Alexandria City Council from 2003 to 2012.

He recently opened Sugar Shack, a donut shop in Alexandria at 804 N. Henry St., that will also feature an adjacent ”speakeasy.” Read more

Arlington Ranks #7 on National ‘Most Hipster’ List

Posted on | March 20, 2015 | No Comments

Zebra knew Arlington was where the hipsters were way back in January as evidenced by our January 2015 cover story by Mike Salmon.

Zebra knew Arlington was where the hipsters were way back in January as evidenced by our January 2015 cover story by Mike Salmon.

Arlington has come in #7 among the “Most Hipster Cities” (we know, it’s a county) in the nation, according to What constitutes a hip city? says it has to do with four things: age, education, yoga studios and cafes.

“We first decided to only look at cities with over 50,000 people that also had a high population of people between the ages of 20 and 34. Then we looked at the cities with a fairly educated population (a high percentage of residents with at least a Bachelor’s Degree), many cafes and yoga studios. We calculated a composite score for each city by multiplying the number of yoga studios per 10K people with cafes per 10K people, and used this final number to rank the cities.”

Here are the top 10 Hippest Cities in America, according to
Hoboken, N.J
Ames, Iowa
Boulder, Colo.
Cambridge, Mass.
College Station, Texas
Somerville, Mass.
Arlington, Va.
Auburn, Ala.
Santa Monica, Calif.
Davis, Calif.

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