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First Annual Decorate a Vet Program This Weekend

From Brian DeCelle of Sislers, Inc.:

A number of Falls Church small businesses are teaming together this year for the first annual "Decorate A Vet" program this weekend. Thursday and Friday we will be cleaning the yards of six local vets (trimming bushes, mowing/raking lawns). On Saturday, we will be decorating three of those veteran's houses for the holiday season. These veterans include the Rodriguez family home whose son died in Afghanistan this year, the home of a woman whose son (living with her) was disabled in Desert storm (and who had five other children go into the service), and the home of an elderly couple, both Korea-era Navy veterans.

The City of Falls Church to Introduce Refuse and Recycling Rolling Carts

From the City of Falls Church:

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) will introduce rolling carts for trash and recycling in DECEMBER 2010. Carts will be distributed by area and residents will receive information via door hanger prior to delivery. In the meantime, residents should use current receptacles for Wednesday collection. 

Customers will enjoy the convenience of rolling a cart to the curb and the covered containers prevent litter and deter vermin.  The increased convenience to the customer will likely result in an increase in recycling, saving the City money over the more expensive options of incinerating or landfilling. Come and look at an example of the two cart sizes in the lobby of City Hall (outside the Treasurer's Office).

Working from home? Five things you can deduct on your taxes

The following was sent to us by Cher Murphy of Cher Murphy PR:

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 5.9 million people work at home throughout the country. With this becoming such a popular option, and the end of the year fast approaching, it is a good idea to know what you can deduct on your taxes.

“People often have a difficult time determining exactly what they can and cannot deduct on their taxes when it comes to working from home,” explains Tariq Shafi, a practicing certified public accountant with Shafi and Company, who is also an adjunct professor of accounting, auditing and taxation at Stratford University. “But if you take the time to get it right, it can make a big difference in the amount you pay at tax time.”

While those who work from home can deduct a variety of things, here are some of the most popular deductions:

Stratford University Brings the Spice

Stratford University in Falls Church, VA continues to hold unique culinary workshops. On August 14, the workshop will be dedicated to “Cooking with Spices from Around the World.” The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Falls Church campus and the cost is $60 per person.

Come learn how to bring your meals to the next level with different spices! The chef will show you how to use birds of paradise, pink peppercorns, lavender, and how to use and create your own spice rubs. Your plain old chicken won’t be so plain anymore.