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Gavin Ohler of Arlington, Va. Wins Third Place in LearningRx National Presidents Day Contest

Gavin Ohler of Arlington, Va. Wins Third Place in LearningRx National Presidents Day Contest

Gavin Ohler, 10, of Arlington, Va. was awarded third place in LearningRx’s annual Presidents Day contest, by reciting the U.S. Presidents in order while playing Hannon on the piano. The U.S. President recitation is a memory-enhancement exercise that helps LearningRx students increase their short-term and long-term memory. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

The contest is designed to encourage kids across the country to create videos that demonstrate the memory and focus skills they improved with LearningRx brain training.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

CITY of MANASSAS PUBLIC WORKS to UPGRADE to $20 MILLION WATER TRANSMISSION LINE

CITY of MANASSAS PUBLIC WORKS to UPGRADE to $20 MILLION WATER TRANSMISSION LINE

As part of the City of Manassas Capital Improvement Program, Manassas’ water transmission main line has been slated for an upgrade, replacing the 24-inch water transmission main line with a 36-inch main line. The current, 45-year old water main line has served the City of Manassas well, but now that the line is approaching its useful life, it is being replaced with a water main line to supply the higher-demand for water, especially in the summer months, as well as improve overall system performance. The City of Manassas is currently working together with Prince William County, Va. along the Rollins Ford/Vint Hill Road/Route 28 road improvement areas, to replace the water transmission line, with project completion planned for 2020 at a total cost of more than $20 million.

VALENTINE’s DAY DINNER at CARMELLO’s; FREE RED ROSES, FEB. 13 to FEB. 15

VALENTINE’s DAY DINNER at CARMELLO’s; FREE RED ROSES, FEB. 13 to FEB. 15

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner from Fri., Feb. 13 to Sun., Feb. 15, giving away one red rose to each of their lady diners . Valentine’s Day menu prices range from $7 to $38. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com

 “We are offering a Valentine’s Day dinner throughout the weekend, so if you can’t make Feb. 14, stop in for dinner on Friday or Sunday and get your roses too,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va.

CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s – FEB. 12

CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s – FEB. 12

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is kicking off Valentine’s Day early with a four-course Cakebread Winery Wine dinner, featuring wines like Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Pinot Noir 2013, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, and Merlot 2011 on Thurs., Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. for $110 inclusive per person. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com

The Cakebread wine dinner menu includes: Sauvignon Blanc 2013 served with pan-seared jumbo sea scallops, red quinoa, Maitake mushrooms and pomegranate gastrique; lamb meatballs with homemade fettuccine, feta, sundried tomatoes, mint and pistachio, pesto Alfredo with Pinot Noir 2013; Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 served with Lombo De Vaca À Porto, which is a grilled four-ounce filet mignon, with espresso and port wine sauce, fingerling potatoes and asparagus; and finally, for dessert, a ruby-port poached pear, ruby port-sauce, candied walnuts, crème fraiche, and mint served with Merlot 2011.

U.S. Senator questions Fairfax County's actions in John Geer case


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A United States Senator is criticizing Fairfax County leaders for withholding information about a fatal police shooting from the public.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and he says it's time Fairfax officials release the 9-11 call, and the name of the police officer who shot John Geer 15 months ago. He's written a letter about the case to the Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney.

Over $300,000 Donated to Staff Appreciation Fund at Greenspring

Over $300,000 Donated to Staff Appreciation Fund at Greenspring

 

(Springfield, Va.) - This year, residents at Greenspring donated a total of $302,014 to the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund.  The annual campaign is organized each year as a way for the residents to say “thank you” to the non-management hourly employees at the community.

At Greenspring, eligible employees may include the community’s wait staff, security officers, communication and administrative staff, banquet servers, maintenance workers, culinary team members, housekeepers, and special projects team members, totaling 953 staff members.

On Tuesday, December 9, Greenspring hosted a Staff Appreciation Fund reception where donated funds were distributed to each eligible employee.  Employees also had the opportunity to visit with residents and write notes of thanks for the generosity shown.