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DASH Makes City of Alexandria’s Ten Environmental Achievements of 2011

From Alexandria Transit Company:

Alexandria, VA – On January 4, 2012, the City of Alexandria’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES), Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ) announced the top environmental achievements for 2011.  DASH was included in the top ten list for its purchase of ten-new low-floor hybrid DASH buses and five-new low-floor hybrid trolleys.

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Woman Struck At Van Dorn Metro Station Dies

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Chief Fire Marshal Robert Rodriguez says that a person who was hit by a Metro train at the Van Dorn Street station on Friday morning has died.

It happened in the 5600 block of Eisenhower Ave. shortly before 7:15 a.m. Friday.

Metro says the preliminary investigation looks like the person, who has been identified only as an adult female, intentionally got in front of the train, but they continue to investigate the incident.

Transit police and EMS removed the person from under the train and authorities are waiting on a preliminary identification of the person.

Metro's Dan Stessel says that the train has been moved. 

Blue line trains are still single tracking through the area but there are fewer delays.

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MURDER MYSTERY WINE DINNERS AT CITY SQUARE CAFÉ, JAN. 13 and JAN. 20

City Square Café in Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting two murder mystery dinners at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, Jan. 13 and Jan. 20. Cost is $64 per person (not including tax and gratuity.) The four-course dinner will be paired with wine from Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane, Va. This year’s theme is set for sailing the seas, aboard the SS Minnow, where staff will be dressed in boat cruising attire, and guests are welcome to dress according to the themed event as well. For reservations, call 703.369.6022 or visit www.citysquarecafe.com.

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Hellebores Discussed During Winter Garden Series

Hellebores Discussed During Winter Garden Series

From Fairfax County:

The Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series begins January 15, 2012 at Green Spring Gardens with a discussion of Hellebores, What’s New and Exciting. Hellebores, a diverse group of perennial plants from Europe and Asia were cultivated for centuries and include many different plants such as the popular Christmas or Lenten Rose. Richard Tyler and Judith Knott Tyler of Pine Knot Farms in Clarksville, Va., will guide you through the often confusing and rapidly expanding selections of Hellebores available. Pine Knot Farms hosts a Hellebore Festival in the spring.

Washington Humane Society Announces 11th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair

Washington Humane Society Announces 11th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair

 

Smart Money Moves to Kickstart 2012!

Smart Money Moves to Kickstart 2012:

1.) Create a budget based on realistic numbers and information. Use previous receipts to create a budget that reflects your actual spending over the last several months. Using this approach will factor in unexpected expenses such as home repairs, health expenses and car repairs as well as the normal, predictable expenses such as utilities and groceries.

2.) Plan ahead for big ticket items. Discipline is the key here. Think of what you just spent over the holiday season starting at Thanksgiving and into New Years. These expenditures require significant outlays of cash in addition to your day to day expenses. Many stores have after Christmas sales, white sales, summer sales etc. Take advantage of these sales to purchase next year's Christmas gifts, upcoming birthday gifts or electronics and appliances for your home. You will be able to save money on items purchased and spread the payments out over the year.