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DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Sat.,
Dec. 7 during the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. Coat donations will be accepted from

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. Monza is also offering a half-priced pizza lunch after the parade. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“We all feel the drop in temperature, and for those in need, sometimes one warm coat is hard to come by which is why we wanted to help collect as many coats as possible for the our local SERVE program,” said Miguel Pires, general manager of Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “SERVE has been instrumental in helping the neediest of our community and we hope people will be able to help us be able to give back, and enjoy a free coffee and gift card on us,” said Pires.

#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

IF SNOW COMES SOONER THAN LATER: MANASSAS CITY SALT TRUCKS READY

IF SNOW COMES SOONER THAN LATER: MANASSAS CITY SALT TRUCKS READY

1500 Tons of Salt Ready for Winter Season in Manassas City

Winter weather might just be around the corner for the Manassas, Va. area and the City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works Department is well armed with salt, sand and trucks. The City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works Department annually budgets $250,000 for snow treatment and removal, and is prepared with 16 snow-removal trucks, 25 contract equipment, 1500 tons of road salt and almost 500 tons of sand. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

“If we experience snow or ice earlier than usual in the season, it can catch drivers off guard, and it will be more important than ever to make sure we are prepared and clear our roads as soon as possible,” said Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas.

PAULA CANO NAMED HEAD CHEF AT CARMELLO’S

PAULA CANO NAMED HEAD CHEF AT CARMELLO’S

Paula Cano was recently named head chef of Carmello’s in Old Town Manassas. Hired by Carmello’s more than two years, Cano’s artistic passion for beauty and creativity showed through in the finest details of her dishes, which is how she claimed her spot as head chef of Carmello’s. A Colombian-native, Cano began with a love for art before she knew food was her real passion. As a graduate of Art Institute of Washington, D.C., she merged her two loves of food and art. Cano is currently designing Carmello’s winter menu. For more information, go to www.carmellos.com.

NORTHERN VA. SISTERS OPEN ‘ABOVE GRADE LEVEL’- IN-HOME TUTORING SERVICE

NORTHERN VA. SISTERS OPEN ‘ABOVE GRADE LEVEL’- IN-HOME TUTORING SERVICE

Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia recently opened its doors; an inspiration born from two Northern Virginia sisters, Elizabeth Colon and Christa Huntley of Alexandria, Va. Both new moms of infant daughters, they joined their passions for education and children. Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia serves most of Fairfax County, providing an in-home tutoring service for kindergarteners through 12th graders, including a free skills assessment. The program uses a customized approach with an in-home professional tutor, diagnostic evaluation, specialized teaching curriculum and a guarantee for results. For more information on Above Grade Level of Northern Virginia, call 571.620.0245 or visit www.AGLNOVA.com.

Photos: Bank of Georgetown robbers wanted

MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police have released photographs of the suspects from the robbery at the Bank of Georgetown on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

At approximately 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, two men entered the bank at 1850 Towers Crescent Plaza in McLean. One jumped over the counter and demanded money. After receiving the money, both robbers ran away, say police.

Police described the first suspect as a black male wearing a black mask and carrying a black plastic bag. The other suspect was described as a black male wearing a black mask and a dark colored jacket and carrying a handgun. One suspect was described as wearing a hooded sweatshirt and the other was described as wearing a black baseball cap.  Both were described as being in their 40s.

Cool Schools: students get mobile with codes, heart rates

MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA9) -- The students at Chesterbrook Elementary are going mobile in two ways:  One of them is high tech, the other one is old school and both of them  are good exercise. Enjoy this encore presentation of one of our Cool Schools segments.

Can an iPad or smartphone actually be good for your health? If you have creative teachers like Chesterbrook Elementary, then yes they can.

Teachers created an exercise trail on the campus of the McLean, Va. school with quick response codes, or QR Codes.  

"It's a thing that you scan that can take you to a website or a video or pictures or something," explained student Zeeshan Khaliq.  

Students can scan the code with a smartphone, iPad or iPaod. They can bring in their own or sign one out from the school. Up pops an instructional video for each station. Physical education teacher Jay Levesque is the star of the videos.