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Local Business Makes Local Difference: Cheers Sports & Team Joe Charities Assist Inova Fairfax NICU

Local Business Makes Local Difference: Cheers Sports & Team Joe Charities Assist Inova Fairfax NICU

This week, WUSA 9 recognizes Cheers Sports for its neighborhood contribution through Team Joe Charities.

Thanks to Andrea Alexander (Aesa Consulting) for nominating Cheers Sports as this week's Local Business ... Local Difference.



Speedy Green Car Wash is Giving a Free Car Wash in Exchange for a Coat Donation to SERVE

Wash your car for free in January when you drop off a gently-worn coat for Manassas, Va.-based Speedy Green Car Wash’s coat drive. All coats will be donated to Manassas, Va.,-based, SERVE, Inc. The coat drive begins on Sun., Jan. 2 for the entire month. One free wash is permitted per car. Speedy Green Car Wash is located at 8411 Centreville Road. For more information, call 703-257-0737 or view www.speedygreencarwash.com.

SHARE, Inc. Collects Personal Hygiene Products at Salon Daniel

SHARE, Inc. Collects Personal Hygiene Products at Salon Daniel

Drop off Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Toilet Paper at Local Salon

Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. is collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, deodorant, hair brushes and other personal hygiene products now through Dec. 31 for Share, Inc. for McLean, Va.  For more information about Salon Daniel, call 703.893.5000.

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. 

DC, Maryland, and VA Youth Receive Scholarship Awards from Interior’s Blacks In Government

WASHINGTON, D.C.— In partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA),  the Department of the Interior’s Blacks In Government (BIG) Chapter celebrated the academic achievements of ten high school students from the National Capital region today during its 5th annual awards ceremony.  Robert Stanton, Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Flip Hagood, SCA Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, led the ceremony in which the students each received a Dr. Dorothy I. Height Scholarship from BIG and work opportunities from SCA.

“The ten students receiving scholarships today are the future leaders of our country,” said Robert Stanton. “They have demonstrated great academic and extracurricular achievement and this scholarship will enable them to continue to aim high in their educational development and careers.”

Fifth Suspect Turns Self Over to LCSO in Connection with Friday Night Stabbing in Sterling

From Loudoun Sheriff:

Loudoun County, VA: A fifth suspect in the November 12, 2010 mob assault and stabbing that occurred in Sterling, Virginia has turned himself over to authorities. 

Fredy F. Alfaro, 19, of Reston, Virginia turned himself over to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on November 16th. Also charged in the case were Alexander Garcia, 25, and Matias C. Garcia, 20, Manuel O. Rivera, 26, of Herndon, VA and Christopher A. Bryant, 21, of Sterling. All five men were charged with simple assault by mob (misdemeanor) and assault by mob (felony). 

The arrests stem from a November 12, 2010 assault and stabbing that occurred around 11:40 p.m. in the 46900 block of Community Plaza. A 17-year-old male from Sterling and a 20-year-old male from Ashburn were walking in the area when they were approached by several unknown subjects. The subjects began assaulting the two victims and the 17-year-old was stabbed during the assault.