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Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

Holiday Spending: Don't let it wipe you out.

The holiday season means entertaining guests, big meals, decorating and of course, gift buying.

Stores definitely play their part offering deals and discounts to attract everyone to their stores; all to get you to spend money you don’t intend to spend.

Despite the urge plan ahead and stick to a budget so you’re not still paying for this Christmas next Christmas. Here are a few tips to keep you on track:

1.) Leave the plastic at home

Resist the urge to use your credit card for purchases. It is more difficult to keep track of what you spent and that line of credit will only intensify your urge to buy, buy, buy. The worst part: the interest you will be paying on that purchase long after that present is unwrapped, used and pushed to the back of the closet. 

2.) Budget

Get Ready for Black Friday in Alexandria

From VisitAlexandriaVA.com:

The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. This year enjoy your holiday shopping with a charming one-of-a-kind experience on Alexandria's historic main streets. Alexandria shops are rolling out the red carpet for shoppers on Black Friday with FREE parking in select City parking lots and garages, early and extended hours, and deep discounts in your favorite local stores. Shop as early as 6 a.m. and warm up with a hot beverage and breakfast from some of Old Town's favorite cafés.  Stay tuned for the announcement of participating stores, their hours and special discounts.  Happy Holidays!

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Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening Nov. 18 in Crystal City

The following was sent to us by Cindi Pickett of CP Communications Inc.:

CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Nov. 18, 2010) The Chick-fil-A® restaurant chain and its renegade Cows, who this year mark 15 years of encouraging people to “Eat Mor Chikin,” will celebrate the Nov. 18 opening of Crystal City’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant by awarding a free year’s supply of Chick-fil-A to the first 100 adults in line that morning at the new location.

 Started seven years ago as an idea for an Arizona restaurant opening, Chick-fil-A’s First 100 Celebration has become the signature event of each grand opening around the country. The chain’s loyal customers often arrive 24 hours in advance of the opening -- no matter the location or weather conditions.

Briar Patch Donates Rooms for Veteran's Day

Reprinted with permission from Ashburn Patch -- Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in scenic Middleburg plans to offer free rooms to veterans as part of a nationwide promotion this week to honor those who have served our country.

B&Bs and inns across the country are providing free rooms on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 to honor servicemen and women now serving or who have previously served time with one of the country's military forces.

Two B&B owners started the program in 2009. Both were members of the West Virginia B&B Association and this year the veteran program has expanded to include 49 states, 8 international locations and more than 850 Inns.

Three Leesburg Restaurants Featured in Northern Virginia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010

 

From the Town of Leesburg – In the November 2010 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, three Leesburg restaurants are featured in the magazine’s annual list of the area’s 50 Best Restaurants.  All three restaurants—Lightfoot Restaurant, Tuscarora Mill, and The Wine Kitchen—are also recognized as “Destination Restaurants” by Visit Loudoun (www.visitloudoun.org).  

“Northern Virginia Magazine’s recognition of these remarkable Leesburg restaurants accurately showcases the growing culinary arts culture in Leesburg,” commented Ara Bagdasarian, chair of Leesburg’s Economic Development Commission.

Company to Give Away a Heating System

My Plumber Heating and Cooling prides itself on a long history of giving back to the communities that it serves.  As company founder R. Wendell Presgrave explains it, “We consider it our privilege to give something back to the communities that provide our living, and frankly, we love having the opportunity.”  My Plumber has collected many tons of food for the hun­gry, performed free or deeply discounted plumbing repairs for homeless shelters and in private homes throughout Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland, and sponsored sports teams, school plays and many other educational activities.  The company also has a tradition of replacing, for free, the oldest, ugliest heating system that it can find each autumn.