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Two NoVA Cancer Non-Profits Will Represent Washington, D.C., at Academy Awards of Philanthropy

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation (TBKF) has won the distinction of being named Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.,  by StayClassy. TBKF now moves onto the national round in California to compete with charities from seven other U.S. cities for the Classy Award and title of National Charity of the Year.

The Classy Awards are sponsored by StayClassy.org, an innovative outlet for non-profit organizations. The awards recognize the philanthropic work of charitable foundations, businesses, and individuals.  Awards are given in one of ten categories including Charity of the Year, Small Charity of the Year, and Most Creative Awareness Campaign.  The Charity of the Year winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while other winners will receive $10,000. Presented in downtown San Diego on November 7, the Classy Awards are the Academy Awards of philanthropy.

TBKF went up against 10 other Washington, D.C. based charities in the first round of online voting. First round voting took place from October 9 through October 22. The final stage of voting is happening now and will continue through November 5.

Lisa Millar, founder of TBKF, said, “We are so honored to represent the brain tumor and cancer community and to be able to increase much needed awareness. We are fighting for everyone touched by cancer and for all the angels taken too soon.”

DC Candlelighters, an organization for childhood cancer awareness and support was also awarded Small Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.  The DC Candlelighters an all-volunteer charity that supports families of children fighting cancer and was started by families whose own children had been diagnosed with cancer. 

TBKF was born out of love, by Lisa Millar, for her 29-year-old brother who died from a brain tumor and for her need to avenge the disease that took him. TBKF co-founded a national branding and unification movement to join all those working towards a cure for brain tumors. Over 71 non-profits have united under the Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade campaign. TBKF, along with its many D.C. Metro events, including their Kids Helping Kids event for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, is developing a new project that will motivate and guide members of communities to join together and do their part to help put an end to all cancer.

Both The Brad Kaminksy Foundation and DC Candlelighters are founded by women whose personal lives have been impacted by cancer.  These charities are informing and motivating our communities to get involved and raise awareness to beat cancer.

Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Takes Shape

MCLEAN, Va.  (WUSA) - The $3 billion first phase of the Dulles Metrorail project is well-underway with the most visible bridge structures high above Route 123.

Phase One, which extends Metro's Orange line 11.7 miles from Falls Church to Weihle Avenue in Reston is set to open in 2013.

A huge yellow truss is being used to move the concrete segments up into place to form the bridges. Underground between the two Tysons Corner shopping centers, a 1,700 foot tunnel is being constructed.   Part of the tunnel not under any roads was built by just digging down.  But the larger part that goes under the intersection of Route 123 and International Drive is being bored out to avoid too much traffic disruption.

Street Closings for Halloween Parade

From the Town of Vienna:

Maple Avenue – Route 123 in the Town of Vienna – will be closed for approximately two hours on Wednesday evening, October 27, for the annual Vienna Halloween Parade.  The street will be closed at 6:45 p.m. between East Street and Lawyers Road.

Several side streets off Maple Avenue will be closed and no on-street parking will be allowed beginning at approximately 4:45 p.m. to allow parade participants to line up.  All streets will reopen at the conclusion of the parade around 9 p.m.

A detailed map of the parade route and street closures is available at www.viennava.gov/Town_Departments/pr3.htm. For more information, call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360.

Be Alert For Deer

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

Police caution motorists to stay alert for deer in the roadways.

Virginia was ranked among the top10 states in the nation for deer/vehicle collisions in 2009. The vast majority of these collisions occur during the deer breeding season between now and early January. Motorists should pay close attention and remain alert at all times, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are active and are likely to be seen quickly entering roadways in herds. Police are posting a mobile sign board on roads where deer/vehicle collisions have been reported in recent weeks, such as Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

Safety tips for motorists include:

The Dandelion Patch Opens its Third Area Location at Village at Leesburg

The Dandelion Patch, a 16-year-old fine stationery store, announced the opening of its Leesburg location today. The Village at Leesburg locale is the fourth store in the company’s continued expansion, with its first locations in Vienna and Reston, Virginia and Georgetown in Washington DC, respectively.

In recent years, The Dandelion Patch has grown by more than 425%. In addition to offering fine stationery, custom invitations, and unique gifts for all occasions, the company has built a solid reputation for its exceptional service, attention to detail, and wedding expertise.

Vienna Theatre Company Auditions

From the Town of Vienna:

Vienna, VA- Auditions for the Vienna Theatre Company's winter production of the drama “Almost, Maine” will be held at 7:30 p.m. November 9 and 11, at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E.  “Almost, Main” is a romantic comedy by John Cariani and directed by Suzanne Maloney.

The cast of four to twelve includes a mix of men and women.  The show is scheduled to open January 21, 2011.  For more information, call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennatheatrecompany.org.  

Virginia History Textbook Said To Contain Big Lie

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - It's well known, thanks to the movie Glory, that black soldiers fought for the Union. In the Confederate Army, historians say thousands of slaves worked as laborers, not as soldiers, but a new fourth grade textbook, "Our Virginia: Past and Present," has a different take.

"The people in Richmond who approved this book should be fired," said Jeremy Mayer, George Mason University Public Policy Associate Professor. "What do you have a credentialling board for textbooks for if not to catch howling errors?"

He and many historians are outraged about this line in the book, "Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson."