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Linway Terrace Park Gets New Synthetic Turf Field

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

On Saturday, November 5, 2010, county and state officials gathered with members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board, youth sports enthusiasts, and neighbors to mark the completion of a synthetic turf field conversion project at Linway Terrace Park in McLean, VA. A ceremonial ribbon was cut and speakers reflected on the importance of partnerships and finding creative ways to meet the recreational needs of an active community.

The rectangular field, which had suffered from overuse before being converted to synthetic turf, now provides a safe, level, weather resistant playing surface that requires less maintenance.

'Housewives' Host Art Party & Project Fundway Honors Emerging Designers

WASHINGTON, DC--Angie Goff reports that DC Housewives' Mary Amons hosts the Modus Union kick off charity event and students pay their way from the catwalk to the classroom through Project Fundway.

Modus 2010: Fashion, art and philanthropy was the theme of the scene at one of the DC Housewive's local events. More than 20 juried artists joined the Modus Union Parisian Salon Art Party at the New Yards Park in Southeast.  Art sales benefited Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer Foundation.

Salon Daniel Collects Food for the Needy

The following was sent to us by Asha Bruot of ASHA Public Relations, LLC:

Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. is now collecting food and canned goods for Share, Inc. of McLean, Va. now through Dec. 31, 2010. They are also collecting cash donations/check donations, payable to Share, Inc. upon checkout. The salon has a food basket located at the salon’s front desk, and encourages all patrons to contribute their canned goods. Share, Inc. meets the emergency needs of the less fortunate in the McLean, Great Falls, Pimmit Hills and surrounding areas.  For more information about Salon Daniel, call 703.893.5000.

Keeping Warm: Alternate Heating Source Safety Tips

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

The fall and winter are upon us. The cooler temperatures cause many of us to seek out alternative sources to heat our home and keep warm. Alternate heating sources are a major contributing factor in residential fires. The following safety tips will help you keep a safe home.

Commercial Robbery in the Merrifield Area

From Fairfax County Police Department:

McLean Police District – On Tuesday, November 2 around 7:30 a.m., two men entered the Unique Thrift store located at 2956 Gallows Road. The men displayed handguns and ordered everyone in the store to the floor. Store employees turned over an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspects fled on foot. No one was injured.

The first suspect was described as black, about 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, 190 to 200 pounds, wearing a black jacket. The second suspect was described as black, about 6 feet 1 inch to 6 feet 4 inches tall, 240 to 260 pounds, wearing a gray sweat shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Va. Gov. McDonnell's Father Dies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- John F. "Jack" McDonnell, a World War II veteran and father of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, died Tuesday. He was 94.

The elder McDonnell had been ill for years with Alzheimer's disease.

Based in England during World War II, John McDonnell flew aboard bombers that made sorties into Nazi-occupied Europe. He served for 23 years in the Air Force.

The governor is the eldest of five children whom Jack and Emma McDonnell raised in a strict Irish-Catholic household in northern Virginia. In an 2009 interview, the governor described his father as "a tough, Boston Irish-Catholic Air Force officer who wasn't afraid to use the belt."

McDonnell said his father "encouraged me to work hard, dream big, and not make excuses in life and all things are possible."

"As the son of an Irish immigrant he lived the American Dream. I thank God he lived to attend my inauguration," McDonnell said in a statement.

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