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LEARNINGRx of VIENNA/RESTON, VA. LEADS 4th ANNUAL, AWARD-WINNING JOB SHADOW PROGRAM

LEARNINGRx of VIENNA/RESTON, VA. LEADS 4th ANNUAL, AWARD-WINNING JOB SHADOW PROGRAM


Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna, Va., and Reston, Va. is leading the fourth annual Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (TRCC) job shadow program for 60, 11th and 12th grade students of Oakton, James Madison and George C. Marshall high schools in Fairfax County, Va., where students will shadow professionals in various industries for one day in  January or February. The program received a Blue Ribbon Award from Fairfax County Schools in 2014. Loftus is heading up the program as she is the chair of the TRCC’s Youth and Education Committee. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

More than 30 local companies are hosting students, to include: 1st Stage, Earls, Fairfax Water, Intelsat, LearningRx, Sen. Mark Warner’s office, MITRE, Navy Federal Credit Union, Nordstrom, Sun Gazette, Our Daily Bread, Purple Onion and YEXT.

MONZA DONATES MORE THAN 100 COATS to SERVE

MONZA DONATES MORE THAN 100 COATS to SERVE

Monza of Historic Manassas collected more than 100 gently used coats to donate to SERVE in exchange for a $10 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee during the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

 “We appreciate all the support to help SERVE provide coats to those in need,” said Alice Pires, owner of Monza and Carmello’s in Historic Manassas, Va.

ABOUT SERVE:
SERVE of NVFS (Northern Virginia Family Services) offers a continuum of housing assistance programs, from homelessness to rental assistance to homeownership. Go to http://www.nvfs.org/housing.

1 dead, 1 arrested in Christmas Day stabbing in Falls Church


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- The murder of a 23-year-old man early Christmas morning has left a quiet residential neighborhood in Falls Church unnerved and saddened. 

Santos Narcisco Osorio, 34. was arrested Friday in the stabbing death of Edgar Armando Serrano of Annandale. 

Early Friday morning, police found Serrano unresponsive and on the ground outside a home in the 7600 block of Trail Run Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The stabbing took place in a neighborhood directly behind Falls Church High School in a place where any type of crime is rare. The neighborhood awoke to crime scene tape and the remnants of a violent death.

“My Mom said she heard screaming,” Cristie Samaha said. “She thought it was just animals.” 

“It was very unusual,” Oscar Collado said. “My daughter said Dad come out here, there’s a lot of cops out there.”

Christmas carolers protest outside Va. abortion clinic


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A group of protestors outside a Falls Church abortion clinic was told by police they couldn't sing Christmas carols outside the clinic because they were singing too loud. 

Mary Flores of Manassas was one of the protestors and took a video of police telling the group they could not sing. Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin says her officers informed the protestors about the noise ordinance.

"The spirit in which that ordinance, in particular the sound, if it's amplified [and] disruptive to businesses. This was not the case with them. It [our visit] was born out of a phone call that they were blocking the sidewalk, blocking the businesses," Gavin said. 

LEARNINGRx to COLLECT TOYS for LOCAL SALVATION ARMY; AND DONATES BRAIN-BUILDING TOYS

LEARNINGRx to COLLECT TOYS for LOCAL SALVATION ARMY;  AND DONATES BRAIN-BUILDING TOYS

LearningRx of Vienna, Va., Reston, Va. Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., and N. Potomac, Md. are collecting toys at their brain-training centers from now through Dec. 24 for the their respective, local Salvation Army facilities. For every five toys that are collected, LearningRx will also donate one of their ‘smart’ brain-building toys to Salvation Army; toys that help build cognitive skills, like memory, auditory, logic, attention and processing speed. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Info wanted in Falls Church gas station armed robbery


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for information in connection with an armed robbery that happened on Friday at a Falls Church gas station, authorities said.

The robbery happened around 9 p.m. at the gas station located in the 6700 block of Wilson Blvd. Falls Church police said the man went into the store, pulled out a gun and then left without cash. He fled on foot in the direction of Roosevelt Blvd. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, with an average build, full beard, and about 5'10" tall. He was wearing glasses, a blue hat with yellow lettering, a gray pullover fleece shirt or jacket, with light blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with information should contact the City of Falls Church Police at 703-248-5053 (TTY 711).

DMV-area leaders attend mosque service after threat


 

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., and other elected officials are expressing solidarity with the region's Muslim population following an appearance at a northern Virginia mosque.
    
Beyer was joined Friday by District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and state officials at prayer services at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church.
    
Last month, Fairfax County authorities charged a man with leaving a fake bomb at the mosque. Dar al-Hijrah, one of the region's largest mosques, has been in the spotlight since the Sept. 11 attacks. Its then-imam, the late Anwar al-Awlaki, later left the country and became a leader in al-Qaeda.
    
Beyer said he wanted to counter a wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric that has taken hold in the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks.