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Wildfire Tysons Hosts 'Lettuce Wine and Dine You' Food and Wine Pairing Event

Come out and enjoy the many different flavors of the D.C. area next Tuesday, September 14 at Wildfire in Tyson's Corner. Lettuce Entertain You restaurants brings you a four course dinner featuring signature dishes from Wildfire, Big Bowl, Mon Ami Gabi and Community Canteen. You will get the opportunity to learn about the different influences behind each dish as a member from each culinary team presents their food and wine pairing.

The event reception will take place at Wildfire in Tyson Galleria at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. The evening is priced at $60.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity. To make reservations, please call Michelle Bringham at (703) 442-9110. Check out the mouth watering menu! 

 

 

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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.

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.

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School Supplies Scarce At Stores

FALLS CHURCH, Va.  (WUSA) - Most  kids heading back to school this week have their school supplies ready go.  But for those families who waited until the last minute to go shopping,  many found themselves out of luck.  

The countdown to the school bell underway, it was a last ditch, frantic effort  to buy supplies.   

Nicole Smith went to the Greatland Target at Seven Corners and said, "I went into the store to buy a composition notebook and some pencils.  They have nothing.   I was very shocked." 

Mother of three Kay Leherr was glad she did most of her school supplies shopping several weeks ago, "There's nothing left.  Even last week we had a  hard time finding stuff we needed."

Some parents ordered their children's supplies  school through a company they does it for them.    

Fairfax Fugitive Coach Captured In Poland

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA)  More than a year after sexual misconduct charges were filed against him, a one-time youth coach in Fairfax County is in custody.

Fairfax Police say 39-year-old John E. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by the Polish Border Guard as he attempted to cross into the Czech Republic.   Efforts are now underway to have him extradited back to the United States.

Hamilton faces two counts of aggravated sexual batter of a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of crimes against nature with a minor.  All the alleged crimes took place in Fairfax County.

In 2009, a 24-year-old man came forward and accused Hamilton of committing the acts twelve years earlier.  Hamilton was a little league baseball coach for the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association at that time.

 

McLean Project for the Arts Offers Cocktails and Coloring!

McLean Prjoect for the Arts, or MPA, is a non-profit visual arts center in McLean, VA. MPA continues to bring the community great events! On Tuesday, August 31, the center is offering a “Cocktails and Coloring” session that will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Get ready to unleash your inner artist and mingle with others in your community. The session will be held at the McLean Community Center building at 1234 Ingleside Avenue in McLean, VA.