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The Y Spreads Holiday Cheer Around the Metro Area

The Y Spreads Holiday Cheer Around the Metro Area

During the month of December, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s volunteers and staff were able to spread holiday cheer all around the area.  Here’s a quick recap of 2 instances where our association was able to strengthen our connection to the community:

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

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. 

Police Investigate a Series of Hit-and-Run Crashes

Police Investigate a Series of Hit-and-Run Crashes

From Virigina State Police:

ARLINGTON CO. – Virginia State Police are coordinating with Arlington County Police and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police to investigate a series of hit-and-run crashes that occurred Monday morning (Dec. 13).

At 9:24 a.m., Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.T. Johannes was called to investigate three hit-and-run crashes that occurred near the 70 mile marker in the westbound lanes of Interstate 66. A blue “SuperShuttle” van was headed west on I-66 when it twice sideswiped the passenger side of a Dodge Charger. The van then rear-ended a Chrysler Pacifica, which caused the Pacifica to run off the right side of the interstate and into a ditch. Next a taxicab was struck from behind by the van. The taxicab ran off the right side of the interstate and struck the guardrail.

Three Manassas Men Guilty of Murder, Drug Trafficking

Three Manassas Men Guilty of Murder, Drug Trafficking

From the Office of U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Three men from Manassas, Va., were convicted by a federal jury in Alexandria, Va., of using firearms to murder a man they believed had robbed them of drugs and money earned through their drug trafficking operation.

        Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by United States District Judge James C. Cacheris.

Foundation Fighting Blindness to Honor Wes Bush & Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez at NoVA Dining in the Dark

Foundation Fighting Blindness to Honor Wes Bush & Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez at NoVA Dining in the Dark

U.S. Reps. Jim Moran and Pete Sessions are Honorary Co-Chairs for Unique Dining Event

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

DC Bartender wins National Model Search