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Kidz Act Holds Auditions In Early January For “FAIRY TALE COURTROOM”

Kidz Act Holds Auditions In Early January For “FAIRY TALE COURTROOM”

BUDDING YOUNG ACTORS/ACTRESSES AGES 7 – 16 ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual Awards

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual Awards

Past-presidents Todd Lattimer and Eric Williams presented the 2010 Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards December 9 at the Hilton Springfield.  Local businesses and citizens are honored each year for their efforts and achievements throughout the year based on nominations from the Greater Springfield community.

The Robert J McDonough Business Owner of the Year award was presented to Mark and Helen Russell, owners of Metro Run & Walk, for excelling in the promotion of their business and for their contributions to the Greater Springfield community.  Metro Run & Walk specializes in shoes, apparel and accessories for runners, walkers, people with an active lifestyle, and those in the quest for daily comfort.

Dulles Airport Travelers on Thanksgiving Journey

Diana White, of Springfield, VA, and her son, Matthew White, are headed to Mexico City for this year’s Thanksgiving holiday. As we all waited in line for security (which shockingly took less than 10 minutes), I overheard Diana say, “Wow, this isn’t so bad.” I pulled the pair aside once we made it through security to see how their travel was going so far, the day before the busiest travel day of the year. Watch the video above to hear their tips on a speedy security process and their thoughts on the new TSA body scanners. Before you head to the airport this year, check out TSA's helpful holiday travel tips and what to expect with pat-downs.

This Saturday, Join Work It, Girl! Networking for its 1st Annual Gobble, Gobble, Giveathon!

Work It, Girl! Networking is hosting its 1st Annual Gobble, Gobble Giveathon!

Briar Patch Donates Rooms for Veteran's Day

Reprinted with permission from Ashburn Patch -- Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in scenic Middleburg plans to offer free rooms to veterans as part of a nationwide promotion this week to honor those who have served our country.

B&Bs and inns across the country are providing free rooms on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 to honor servicemen and women now serving or who have previously served time with one of the country's military forces.

Two B&B owners started the program in 2009. Both were members of the West Virginia B&B Association and this year the veteran program has expanded to include 49 states, 8 international locations and more than 850 Inns.