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How to save your breasts and your wallet by October 2nd!

Insurance companies state that they are willing to pay 100% of a "screening mammogram", but not for the “I think we found something”; what the @#!$ does that mean?  In my case, I felt a lump, and made the mistake of mentioning it to the technician during my mammogram.  Should I have mentioned the lump, or should have I played dumb?  Well, mentioning the lump cost me $600, and that is with my health insurance coverage (part of that was the “you need to come back because I think we found something” factor).  So two mammograms, $600 out of my pocket, two missed days of work, 4 weeks of no good sleep (because I could not get an appointment any earlier), and a potential ulcer from all the stress….it was normal!  Was it worth it?  Could I have done things differently? Well…. 

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Soul & Sound: DC R&B Singer Debuts CD at 'The Carlyle'

ALEXANDRIA, VA (WUSA)-- Washington DC's Patrice Campbell celebrated the release of her debut album 'Garden of Love.'  Friends and family joined the R&B singer for a special performance at 'The Carlyle Club' in Alexandria.

 

Local Alexandria Salon Offers Styling Tips

Circe of Alexandria, a local salon and spa, is holding a Girl Scout Makeover session from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on September 27, 2010 at the salon located at 123 N. Washington St. The salon hopes to educate a local Girl Scout troop how to use cosmetics and fashion correctly. 

Epic Media Relations states that according to a recent poll, girls between the ages of 13 and 17 are beginning to experiment with makeup. Circe of Alexandria hopes to help these teens and tweens make better fashion decisions, despite the influences in pop culture such as Snooki or Lady Gaga. Many local mothers have a battle with their young girls each morning as they get ready for school this back to school season. Now Circe de Alexandria is to the style rescue! 

History Buffs

OLD TOWN, ALEXANDRIA, (WUSA) Teach your tots about crafts and games from previous centuries. It's happening Monday morning September 20th, from 10:30 to noon at the Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Old Town Alexandria.

 

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Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

Reagan National Airport To Hold Emergency Exercise Saturday

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- There will be many emergency vehicles at Reagan National Airport on Saturday. They are part of an emergency exercise the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is conducting.

From approximately 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., smoke and fire may be visible from the south area of the airport.  Rescue boats and helicopters will also be in the area as part of the exercise.

MWAA says the exercise is not open to the public and will not affect airport operations.

BRAC Building To Bring 'Chaos' To I-395 Commute

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A rush hour nightmare is predicted when the new Department of Defense Building opens along I-395 in Alexandria next year.

The building, part of the BRAC realignment plan, will house 6,400 employees, but it was built no where near a Metro station.

Several studies show the influx of cars will add two hours to everybody's commute along the corridor.

"We have impending chaos here. It's the military's fault. They never should have located a building on I-395 and Seminary Road without building the proper infrastructure," said Representative Jim Moran.

Moran has a bill that restricts the Army from building more than one-thousand parking spaces there to force them to provide a bus service for their employees.

It passed the house, and is in the Senate.