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Firefighters Check Smoke Alarms, Provide Home Escape Plans

From the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon, firefighters will canvas homes in selected neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County, checking for working smoke alarms, and providing family fire escape plans for residents.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will partner with the U.S. Fire Administration in supporting the Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign. The initiative emphasizes smoke alarms, escape plans, and home safety walk-through to eliminate fire hazards from homes.

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family to escape a deadly fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24/7. It never sleeps.

Rally to Restore Sanity

    People are quibbling over how many people showed up at the rally to restore sanity on the mall Saturday. I have no idea what the real number is (200,000 or ten million), but I was at the inauguration and took the same metro stop into the city and I've never seen anything like it.     It took about an hour to get on the train and then we were packed like sardines.  At each stop the people on the train would shove closer to each other to try to get more people on. The guy next to me said sharing butt heat from the guy/girl behind him that he couldn't see was a special moment in time, it would be over soon, and he didn't want to know who it was.

Looking For Love

(WUSA) -- You've probably seen those classified ads from folks feeling they've missed out on a chance for love.

They usually read something like "You -- wearing blue dress. Me -- tall, dark, handsome. Should have said something when you dropped your paper on the Metro."

Well now, Craigslist is taking all the postings its gotten in a seven week span to create a list of the most romantic Metro stations. The site mapped 286 missed connections posted on its DC sites over a 7 week span. Here's a look at the results:

1. Vienna/Fairfax GMU (Orange)
2. Van Dorn Street (Blue)
3. Shady Grove (Red)
4. Dupont Circle (Red)
5. Metro Center (Orange/Red/Blue)
6. Van Ness (Red)
7. Pentagon (Blue/Yellow)
8. Rosslyn (Orange/Blue)
9. Ballston-MU (Orange)
8. Foggy Bottom-GWU (Orange/Blue)
9. Chinatown (Red/Green/Yellow)
10. Crystal City (Blue/Yellow)

 

Firefighters Help Bring New Winter Coats to Kids

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County firefighters, in cooperation with the Coats for Kids Foundation, Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, Inc., and the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics, will collect and distribute new winter coats for children and youths through high school age, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 11 a.m., at Penn Daw Fire and Rescue Station 11, 6624 Hulvey Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.

Through generous support and donations from organizations and businesses, it is anticipated that approximately 1,000 youths and their families will benefit. This is the fifth year firefighters and the department have sponsored this community event.

You are the apple of my eye...and stomach!

Walk into any grocery store these days and you'll be confronted with a dizzying array of apples.  Although available year around, apples especially evoke the essence of fall:  apple harvest, apple cider, apple bobbing, caramel apples, etc.  And why not?  The crisp, sweetness of an apple in the fall makes me think of cooler days, bonfires, and changing leaves.

According to the Virginia State Apple Board (www.virginiaapples.org), Virginia is known for many varieties of apples, including Fuji, Golden Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Winesap, and Rome.  Each variety has its own distinct taste and use, so now is the time of year to experiment!  The tart taste of a Granny Smith apple is completely different from the sweet, juicy Red Delicious apple.

Redskins baby Zoie's first trip to the dentist

A dental visit at an early age is a “well baby checkup” for the teeth. 

Redskins linebacker, Lorenzo Alexander, brought in his daughter Zoie to show parents how to care for their children’s teeth.  Teaching children good dental habits at a young age reduces the fear of going to the dentist and creates a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Origins of Thanksgiving Traditions Explored at Park Program

From the Fairfax County Park Authority:

Come to the historic Hunter House on Thursday, November 4, 2010, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. and discover how wild turkeys and other plants and animals became part of our Thanksgiving traditions. The Gourds and Gobblers program is for children ages two to five years. The cost is $6 per child.

The Hunter House is located in Nottoway Park at 9537 Courthouse Road in Vienna, Virginia.

To register, please call 703-222-4664, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes. For more information, call 703-759-9018.