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2nd Annual Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause 8K Race

This was sent to us by Cathy Clarke of Acumen Solutions:

Race Registration Proceeds to Benefit 12 Local Charities

Acumen Solutions, an international leader in business and technology consulting, announced today that two-thousand dollars in combined prizes will be awarded to race winners across different categories for its second annual Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause™ 8K and 1-Mile Fun Run on Sunday, October 17, 2010 in Arlington, VA.  

The 1 mile format has been added this year to give families and young runners a chance to participate. The race gives all registrants the unique opportunity to choose their charitable preference by picking from the following organizations listed below.

•     Boys and Girls Club – Alexandria-Olympic Branch

•     Boys and Girls Clubs – Fairfax Branch

•     Bridge to Freedom

•     BUILD Metro DC

Teddy Bear Parade in Vienna

Chesterbrook Academy in Vienna, Virginia, will host its annual Teddy Bear Parade tomorrow, Tuesday, September 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Preschool and kindergarten students will parade around the school campus carrying their favorite teddy bears from home, as well as a brand new teddy bear that will be donated to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. After the parade, students will place new teddy bears into a custom-made decorative box produced by the first and second graders. The first and second graders will personally deliver the box full of new teddy bears to the Children’s National Medical Center during a field trip later this year. 

Capital One credit card charge-offs increase

Local credit giant Capital One (based in McLean, VA) has stated that its rate of uncollectible credit card balances increased in the third quarter. Initially, it seemed that consumers were showing progress in paying credit card bills, but with the rate of unemployment continuing to climb, consumers are concentrating on major bill payments such as mortgage and automobile payments.

Charge offs for Capital One have increased from $366.8 million to 368 million continuing to show that consumers are still under stress and enduring financial hardships. It has been noted that while consumers are attempting to make payments on their credit card debt, they are still delinquent in their payments.

It has been found that consumers are using credit cards for basic needs such as groceries, gas and prescription drug purchases. In addition, most consumers are carrying at least $10,000 in credit card debt and have at least 5 credit cards.

Leesburg Business Incubator Gains County Support

Loudoun County pledges $100,000 over three years to help underwrite operational costs for new Mason Enterprise Center in Leesburg

Favorite Restaurant

So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

Also, in case you want to follow me further, check out my blog at http://stevenlukisblog.wordpress.com/. Look forward to seeing you there.

October 1 Road Closures

From the Town of Vienna:

MAPLE AVENUE (RT. 123) STREET CLOSURE: OCTOBER 1

Route 123, Maple Avenue in Vienna, southbound from Mill Street to James Madison Drive, will be closed on October 1, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. to accommodate James Madison High School’s annual Homecoming Parade. Travelers are encouraged to use an alternate route during this time.

For more information, please contact the Vienna Police Department at 703-255-6366.

How to save your breasts and your wallet by October 2nd!

Insurance companies state that they are willing to pay 100% of a "screening mammogram", but not for the “I think we found something”; what the @#!$ does that mean?  In my case, I felt a lump, and made the mistake of mentioning it to the technician during my mammogram.  Should I have mentioned the lump, or should have I played dumb?  Well, mentioning the lump cost me $600, and that is with my health insurance coverage (part of that was the “you need to come back because I think we found something” factor).  So two mammograms, $600 out of my pocket, two missed days of work, 4 weeks of no good sleep (because I could not get an appointment any earlier), and a potential ulcer from all the stress….it was normal!  Was it worth it?  Could I have done things differently? Well….