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Nominations Being Accepted for the 2011 Salute to Women Awards

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 24 for the 2011 Salute to Women Awards, which recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of women and girls in Alexandria. Save the date for Monday, March 28, when the awards will be presented at the Salute to Women banquet. Read more at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/news2011/nr2011020902.php .

Alexandria City Manager Announces Resignation

From the City of Alexandria:

James K. Hartmann, who has served as City Manager of Alexandria, Virginia for six years, announced his resignation today.  Hartmann, who has agreed to remain in his position until the scheduled adoption of the City’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget on May 2, is leaving to explore other professional opportunities, including positions in Florida. 

“In his six years here, Jim Hartmann has served the City exceptionally,” said Mayor William D. Euille. “He has collaborated closely with Council and City staff to build an outstanding management team; successfully guided the City through economic difficulties; increased government transparency; implemented organizational efficiencies, and improved customer service. The legacy of his work is a strong government, focused on the future, that is more accountable, effective, and responsive to the needs of its community and residents.”

TRANQUILITY DAY SPA RAFFLES $600 VALENTINE SALON PACKAGE to HELP “A LOCAL SWEETHEART”

TRANQUILITY DAY SPA RAFFLES $600 VALENTINE SALON PACKAGE to HELP “A LOCAL SWEETHEART”

Manassas Salon Sells $10 Raffle Tickets to Raise $10,000 for 12-Year Old Cancer Patient

Tory Cowles Honored as 2011 Artist of the Year

Tory Cowles Honored as 2011 Artist of the Year

From the Torpedo Factory:

Walmart Announces Major Initiative to Make Healthier Food More Affordable

Walmart Announces Major Initiative to Make Healthier Food More Affordable

Walmart is launching a major initiative that could potentially change the food industry as a whole. Their goal is to provide customers with healthier, affordable options. First Lady Michelle Obama joined Walmart executives today as they unveiled their plans to help people save money, and moreover, allow people to live healthier lives.

“To say I am excited is an understatement,” said the First Lady. Walmart’s new initiative is aligned with Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign that launched about a year ago. “This new nutritional charter has the potential to change the way our kids eat,” she explained.  

While the timeline to roll out the program in its entirety is 5 years, Walmart has already begun to establish relationships in niche communities. Right here in Alexandria, Walmart has set up partnerships with local farmers to lower distribution costs and help sustain local farms.

DC Housewives...in Alexandria

DC Housewives...in Alexandria

Circe Salon and Day Spa in Old Town Alexandria was visited by 3 stars of Bravo TV's DC Housewives this week. The new owners, Ellen and Richard Vlasak, who took ownership last May, have been working on creating a new twist on luxury for the salon. They have established relationships with hotels in the area to arrange limo services to and from the spa, as well as provide pre-service aromatic footbaths for customers.

Circe Salon and Day Spa is an upscale, luxury destination, and surely a place to spend quality beauty time. Vlasak said, "If the place burned down, I would still have excellent staff." With 27 full-time staff members, she believes it is not about the building, it is about the people and the experience that they provide.

DASH Welcomes New Marketing and Communications Manager

DASH Welcomes New Marketing and Communications Manager

From Alexandria Transit Company (DASH):