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Battleground Virginia: Warner vs. Gillespie


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- In less than two months, Virginia voters across the state will decide whether to re-elect Democratic Senator Mark Warner or choose Republican challenger and former party Chairman Ed Gillespie.

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WUSA9's Derek McGinty had the opportunity to moderate a forum between the two candidates hosted by WUSA9 and four local Chambers of Commerce Friday.

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Floor cleaning machine sparked school fire


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fire officials say an electrical anomaly within a floor cleaning machine caused a fire at a Herndon school on Thursday evening.

According to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department officials, firefighters responded to a Dranesville Elementary at 1515 Powells Tavern Place, at approximately 5:05 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters saw smoke coming from the loading dock and hallway area. They then quickly extinguished the fire in a kitchen storage room, say officials.

According to officials, sprinklers activated, helping to contain the fire to the storage room.

Officials say all students and staff were evacuated before firefighters arrived and there were no injuries.

The damage is estimated at $5,000, say fire officials.


Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.

BOOK a BACK-to-SCHOOL MANICURE/PEDICURE PARTY at BELLEZZA SPA; and HELP No.Va. FAMILY SERVICES

BOOK a BACK-to-SCHOOL MANICURE/PEDICURE PARTY at BELLEZZA SPA;  and HELP No.Va. FAMILY SERVICES

For those moms and daughters looking to enjoy one last summer pedicure or manicure, Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. is now offering a special Back-to-School Manicure/Pedicure package, available to a party of five for $250, available now through Sept. 7, 2014. Each member of the party will receive a free nail polish of their choice, and for each party of five booked, Bellezza Spa will donate a $50 gift card to the Northern Virginia Family Service’s (NVFS) homeless shelter of Oakton, Va. and will be collecting book bags and school supplies for NVFS now through Sept. 7. For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

Smaller groups of two to four clients, will be charged $50 per person. Gift card donations are valid with parties booked with five or more participants.

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9 displaced in Herndon townhouse fire


HERNDON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A fire at a townhouse in Herndon on Sunday spread to other townhouses and resulted in nine people being displaced from their homes.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department officials say units arrived at approximately 7:05 p.m. at the single-family townhouse on 2400 block of Wheat Meadow Circle.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from two floors of the three-level, middle of the row townhouse, according to officials. Additional firefighters were called to the scene. In total more than 60 firefighters were on the scene.

Officials tell us that the fire spread to several adjacent townhouses despite an aggressive attack on the fire. They say it took firefighters approximately 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.

FLYING DOG BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Th., Aug. 14

FLYING DOG BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Th., Aug. 14

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting a four-course Flying Dog Brewery beer dinner, featuring beers like Bloodline IPA, Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, Hefeweizen and Easy IPA on Thurs., Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.eatmonza.com.

Monza’s four-course beer dinner includes: Greeter Beer Bloodline IPA with meat and cheese platter;  Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale with Old Bay Crab Cakes, pan-seared crab cake, with roasted red pepper coulis, frisee, lemon olive oil and sriracha aioli; Hefeweizen with  Strawberry Mache Salad with radicchio, hydro-bibb lettuce, toasted hazelnuts, vanilla-bean vinaigrette; Easy IPA paired with Penne Roasted Tomato Sausage Ragu, includes roasted red peppers, leeks, oregano, basil and parmesan; and for dessert a Gonzo Porter Beer Float, includes Gonzo porter, vanilla ice cream, caramel and a homemade chocolate chip cookie.

MANASSAS UTILITIES’ NEW LOAD MANAGEMENT DEVICES SAVE ON USAGE and CUSTOMERS EARN UTILITY CREDITS

MANASSAS UTILITIES’ NEW LOAD MANAGEMENT DEVICES SAVE ON USAGE and  CUSTOMERS EARN UTILITY CREDITS

The City of Manassas Utilities are using new load management devices which will enable them to decrease usage demand during high peak periods and help lower utility rates, while customers can get a one-time $25 utility credit for each load management installed on their electric hot water heater, heat pump and air conditioner. In addition, the hot water heater load management devices earns an annual $2 credit on utility bills, while air conditioning devices get $9 credit per month from July through October, and $3 per month credit for electric heat pumps from November through June.  For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.