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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.  

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.

Scouts Work to Help Feed the Hungry Fairfax County Church to be One Beneficiary

The following was sent to us by Creg Smith:

Scouts from the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, have joined forces again this month to create one of the largest food collections in the DC metro area. This food drive will help stock the shelves at food pantries across their area. "Food collected will stay in communities and help neighbors in need like the food pantry of Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Franklin Farm", according to Rory Maynard, Scout liaison for the church.

Scouting for Food (SFF) is a food solicitation and collection campaign run by the Boy Scouts of America every year since 1988. SFF is considered the largest food solicitation and collection campaign in the Washington metropolitan area. Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Franklin Farm, Herndon, Virginia, is again one of the key collection and distribution centers.

8th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” 5K Cross Country Race and 1-Mile Fun Run Scheduled for Saturday, No

 Race will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Gazebo in the front field of Ida Lee Park

Update from Fimian/Connolly Nail-Biting Race