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New Performer Comes to Jammin Java in Vienna

Trent Hancock will be performing at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA on September 25 as part of a national tour.  Hancock is making a name for himself with his genuine heartfelt lyrics and his soulful intensity.  He has been a guest on Good Day Atlanta and his single "Falling Faster," will be going to radio in the next few weeks.  His debut EP Ghostbird, produced by Mikal Blue, (who also produced Colbie Caillat's Grammy Award winning CD) is currently available on iTunes. 

Fannie and Freddie losses hit $226 billion

The government backed mortgage finance companies have burnt through $226bn in capital since the middle of 2007. The majority of those losses, or about $166bn, came from guaranteeing loans on single family homes, according to the first in what will be a series of quarterly reports from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae (which is headquartered in Washington, DC ) and Freddie Mac (which is headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA).

Ballooning losses at Fannie and Freddie, which have taken $148bn in government aid to stay afloat have become a subject of intense debate in Washington. Most of the decision makers agree that the government needs to continue to provide some kind of guarantee to backstop home loans as well as stem the rising tide of foreclosures, but what form that should take is still up for debate.

Fairfax County Schools Drop Chocolate Milk, Nuggets, Corn Dogs

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - Fairfax County elementary school students will no longer be able to buy chocolate milk in school cafeterias. It's one of several new recommendations to make school food healthier, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools.

"They don't need all that sugar and calories. No child does," says Penny McConnell, Director of FCPS Food and Nutrition Services.

Not all parents are happy about this new decision. Some worry if there's no chocolate milk, their children won't drink any milk. McConnell says if kids won't drink fat free milk, they can drink water.

But some parents support the decision. "Chocolate milk is only for special occasions. It's like a milkshake, not for everyday," said Monika Sibert.

McConnell and her team have also taken corn dogs and chicken nuggets off the menu because they're too high in fat. More meaty, less breading chicken tenders are still available and so are low fat hot dogs on a whole wheat bun.

Northern Va. Students Go Back To School Tuesday

VIENNA, Va. (WUSA) -- The summer officially ended Tuesday morning for thousands of children across Northern Virginia. The school bells rang for the first time in more than two months, indicating the start of the 2010-2011 school year.

The largest of the 13 school districts which went back Tuesday is Fairfax County, Va. It is the largest school system in the Washington region. Superintendent Dr. Jack Dale made James Madison High School in Vienna the first stop on his busy back-to-school schedule.

SUPPLY SHORTAGE: Pencils, notebooks, paper lacking in local stores

SWEET SORROW: Fairfax County schools get rid of chocolate milk

Wolf Trap Winds Down Summer 2010

The Lord of the Rings—The Return of the King, the epic finale of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, makes its U.S. premiere at Wolf Trap this upcoming weekend. The show will be on huge HD screens in house and on the lawn, accompanied by a live symphony orchestra, chorus, and soloists set to perform the entire Academy Award-winning score by composer Howard Shore. The show will be Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets online now! Tickets prices range between $25 and $55.

New Traffic Patterns in Tyson’s Corner Post Labor Day

Starting today, September 7, there are new traffic patterns in different areas of Route 7 in Tyson’s Corner due to the construction of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. The day after Labor Day means summer vacations coming to an end and schools reopening; it also means a heavy day for traffic.

Welcome Back Vienna Elementary School!

On Thursday, September 2, Vienna Elementary School is hosting an Open House at 2:00 p.m. After the Open House there will be popsicles on the playground at 3:00 p.m. Don't miss out on this important back to school information session and sweet icy treats!

*Update*

Each student will receive a parent/student handbook with important information for the year at the Open House. One item they hoped to include was the menu for school lunches, but due to a computer glitch they were unable to print them all in time. You can find the menu online for now, and hard copies of the menu will be given out during the first week of school.