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LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.

Man tries to abduct woman walking home in Falls Church


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 28-year-old man was arrested for grabbing a woman and covering her mouth while she was walking home from the East Falls Church Metro station on Tuesday night, police said.

Elmer Moises Nieto Lara, 28, of Falls Church was arrested and is being charged with abduction with the intent to defile.

The investigation shows that a 28-year-old Falls Church woman was walking home in the 100 block of Jennifer Street when Lara grabbed her and covered her mouth with his hands, police said.

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Homeless man found dead in Falls Church


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- A homeless man was found dead Sunday morning in Falls Church, Fairfax County police say.

According to police, two Fairfax County residents discovered the body of an adult male lying in a wooded area near South Street and Holmes Run Road around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. First responders soon arrived on scene and confirmed the man was dead.

An investigation found the dead person was Robert S. Johnson, a 66-year-old homeless man. Police say Johnson had recently been discharged from a local hospital where he was treated for an undisclosed medical issue.

EASTER BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., APR. 5; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

EASTER BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., APR. 5; Kids 12 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a family-style Easter Brunch on Sun., Apr. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch is $30 per person (not inclusive), while kids 12 years old and younger eat free. The brunch will include a variety of eggs, waffles, paella, salads, meats, seafood, potatoes, pizza, biscuits, breads, fruits, desserts, as well as featured entrees. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com

Carmello’s Easter Brunch menu includes:  an omelet station, waffle station, pizza station, paella pan, Portuguese salad, bruschetta, cheese and meat platter, risotto fritters, crab fritters, calamari, home fries, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, tortellini crema rosa, penne Italiano, chicken marsala, assorted fruit Pplatter, ham, bacon, sausage, croissants, bagels and assorted desserts.

Black hat bandits rob Wells Fargo Bank in Falls Church


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- The "Black Hat Bandits" robbed a Virginia bank on Monday afternoon, according to the FBI.

The robbery took place around 12:44 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 1000 W. Broad Street in Falls Church.

This was the eighth robbery committed by the bandits since January 2nd. Two of the previous robberies occurred in Maryland, and six occurred in Northern Virginia, police said.

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Police search for Falls Church missing 76-year-old woman


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County Police are looking for a missing 76-year-old woman who was last seen at the Seven Corners Center Shopping Center on Friday evening.

Police are looking for Ngan Nguyen, who was last seen between 5 and 6 p.m. Friday at the Capital One Bank, located at 6367 Seven Corners Center in Falls Church.

She is about 5'2" tall and weighs around 105 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue coat with a red liner, authorities said. Nguyen was wearing dark-colored pants and carrying a large green bag.

If you see her please call: 703-691-2131.


MONZA COLLECTS 60 COATS for SERVE

MONZA COLLECTS 60 COATS for SERVE

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. collected 60 coats for the local community shelter, SERVE, during January. For more information, call 703.368-5522 or go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Our winter coat drive was a great success due to the generous support of the Manassas community,” said Alice Pires, owner of Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. “SERVE does so much for those in need, it’s our honor to help them with their programs,” said Pires.