Port City Notebook is written by Melynda Dovel Wilcox, who along with her husband David is a 23-year resident of Alexandria and the mother of twin daughters. Her notebook includes an eclectic mix of observations about topics of interest to parents of school-age children. She is a two-time past president of the Alexandria PTA Council, and has previously served as PTA president at George Mason Elementary and George Washington Middle School. She currently serves as vice-chair of Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics, a public-private partnership to improve the city’s aquatics facilities, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. She has worked as an AVID tutor, and is also a freelance writer and editor. Her passions are yoga, reading, cooking and traveling with her family.