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Unprecendented Need Expected for Fairfax Holiday Sponsor-a-Family Program

This was sent to us by Heather Webb of Our Daily Bread, Inc.:

FAIRFAX, VA. (October 5, 2010) – Fairfax-based non-profit Our Daily Bread, Inc. (ODB) announces the launch of its 2010 Holiday Program to assist needy families in the Fairfax County area. The organization is seeking individuals, families, companies and community groups to “sponsor” eligible families by providing a Thanksgiving meal, December holiday meal and gifts for children.

ODB operates the Holiday Program through a grant from the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Coordinating closely with social workers and community-based organizations who serve families throughout the County, ODB works to ensure that as many eligible families as possible who have been identified as having a great need are able to receive holiday assistance.

Leesburg Hosts Police Mountain Bike Training Course

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – The Town of Leesburg recently hosted the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Police Mountain Bike basic training class.  Nineteen officers from Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, the City of Manassas Park, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Metro Transit Police, Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg participated in the four-day class which took place during the last week of September.

Dominion VA Power to Present 7 K-12 Educational Grants

Tomorrow evening, Thursday, October 7, Dominion Virginia Power will present checks to 7 area schools to help strengthen the mathematics and science skills of students in grades K-12. The event is being hosted at Hollin Meadows Math and Science Focus school and the students from the school will be providing tours of the irrigation system they built as a result of last year’s grant from Dominion. Using wind and solar power they built, the students hooked rain barrels together to create an irrigation system to complete their learning garden.

The event will run from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. at Hollin Meadows Math and Science Center Learning Garden located at 2310 Nordok Place in Alexandria, VA.

Below are the participants:

Now at Panera: Pink Ribbon Bagel to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Panera Bread's signature Pink Ribbon Bagel is back for the month of October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Panera Bread has Northern Virginia locations in Arlington, Falls Church, Bailey's Crossroads, Alexandria, Merrifield, McLean, Virginia, West Springfield, Fairfax and Reston participating for the 10th year in a row to help support the fight against breast cancer.

The bagels will be sold throughout the month of October and the participating bakery-cafes will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel to the Inova Health Systems Life with Cancer Program. Not only will the bagel support breast cancer awareness, it is also delicious! The bagel includes cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.

Old Town Alexandria Plans To Change Parking Meters

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Utter the words 'parking meter' and even the mild mannered can simmer over.

"It's crazy, it's crazy. It's straight crazy. I just want them to get it together. Whoever's in charge, get it together!," said Quan Davis, who works in Alexandria.

Quan Davis lost a pocketful of coins in an Old Town Alexandria parking meter.

"It's terrible. I've lost over three dollars today. Because I have to put coins in for the company vehicle. And I lost over three dollars. So I was coming from the store actually getting change so I could put it into the machine so I wouldn't get a ticket," said Quan.

Davis is not alone. The city's parking meters display specific instructions: 'valid coins only.' But nowhere do they say what constitutes a valid coin.

Fall Time is Pumpkin Time in Virginia

Fall is certainly in the air. It's about time to pick up your Fall pumpkins for decorating, cooking, and jack-o-latern making! You can find a list of the best pumpkin patch farms in your community here.

Man Found Shot In Metro Station Parking Lot


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County Police detectives plan to interview a man they found suffering from a gunshot wound at a Metro Station parking lot.

Police say the unidentified victim was discovered at the Huntington Metro Station in Alexandria at just before 10:30 p.m. Monday. A woman called police concerned about a family member she was meeting. She said the man was not there.

Fairfax County Police say they don't know if the man was shot at the station or somewhere else.

Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW the victim remains in the hospital, however his injuries are no longer life threatening.