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MONZA COLLECTS 60 COATS for SERVE

MONZA COLLECTS 60 COATS for SERVE

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. collected 60 coats for the local community shelter, SERVE, during January. For more information, call 703.368-5522 or go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Our winter coat drive was a great success due to the generous support of the Manassas community,” said Alice Pires, owner of Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. “SERVE does so much for those in need, it’s our honor to help them with their programs,” said Pires.

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VDOT: Roads remain dangerous overnight


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Heavy snow fall, along with heavy traffic and numerous accidents are making clearing the roads in the northern Virginia difficult, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said Saturday afternoon in a press release.

More than 2,400 trucks have been deployed in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington counties, according to VDOT. The trucks will work through the night to plow and treat roads.

The snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to last Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

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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.

FOUND: Devontae R. Baskin, 24, of Woodbridge


UPDATE: This missing person has been located safely.

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County Police Department is searching for a missing 24-year-old man, who was last seen in Fairfax County.

Police are searching for Devontae R. Baskin, 24, of Woodbridge, who was last seen Monday afternoon at the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax County, according to authorities.

He was last seen at Fair Oaks Mall, according to officials. Baskin may be driving a dark gray Nissan Altima with VA license plates: WPB-8819.

Baskin is believed to be in need of assistance which is why he is considered to be endangered.

He is described as a black man, standing 5'6'' tall, weighing 189 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Baskin was last seen wearing a navy blue button-down shirt and tan pants.

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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. 

LEESBURG LEARNINGRx to HOST ANNIVERSARY EVENT, SAT. FEB. 28

LEESBURG LEARNINGRx to HOST ANNIVERSARY EVENT, SAT. FEB. 28

LearningRx of Leesburg, Va. is celebrating their anniversary on Sat., Feb. 28 from
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 305 Harrison St., NE, Ste. 100A in Leesburg, Va. The family-friendly events offer door prizes like free LearningRx cognitive assessments, gift cards from Starbucks, and Leesburg Hobbies and Collectibles, and many more. Refreshments and brain-boosting snacks like pumpkin trail mix, avocado gelato and blueberry smoothies will be served. Kids can enjoy Test Your Memory contests, Attention- Speed Races and Remember-the-Name game. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com/leesburg.

Limited parking is available in the adjacent parking, but street parking is accessible. The Leesburg LearningRx anniversary event is a family-friendly, indoor event.

Dog rescued after falling through ice in Fairfax County


BURKE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Firefighters rescued a dog that fell through thin ice at a lake in Burke, Va. Friday afternoon, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said.

Crews responded to a lake close to Guinea Road in Burke, Va. for the report of a dog that had fallen through the ice around 1:30 p.m.

The owner tried to rescue the one-and-a-half-year-old black Labrador that was about 25 to 30 feet from the shore. The owner was unable to do so due to the cold water, officials said.

Firefighters wearing special suits and gear arrived at the lake and were able to get the dog from the freezing water.

The dog is expected to be fine, according to officials.

Fire officials would like to remind residents of how dangerous it is for anyone to try and go out on the ice.