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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. 

Recognizing Signs Your Aging Loved One Needs Assistance

From Mary Strunk of Right at Home:

For those who live far from their parents, the holidays are often a happy time of family reunions and catching up. But as loved ones age, this can also be a time of unpleasant surprises for those who discover that their aging loved one is showing signs of decline.

“Aging adults that are facing new limitations often try to avoid drawing attention to themselves. It’s not uncommon for an out-of-town relative to be unaware of the changes their loved ones are facing. Holiday family gatherings can be a good time to assess how your loved one is doing,” said Mark L. Turner, President of Right at Home of Northern VA.

But even if a loved one is experiencing new changes or challenges with age, are these changes serious? There are some key signs to look for that a loved one may benefit from in-home assistance.

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.

Andre Agassi Makes Appearance in Tyson's Corner

Besides being a world champion tennis player, Andre Agassi is a snowboarder, a cook, “20 + 20 years old,” and a humanitarian. Agassi appeared today at Fink's Jewelers in Tyson’s Corner to speak about his charity, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. This foundation has contributed $150 million to educational initiatives to date.

Agassi played in his first professional tournament when he was just 15 years old. What is the first thing that comes to Agassi’s mind when he thinks about tennis? Well, first of all “physical pain,” he joked after playing last night. But what tennis truly brings to mind for Agassi is the word “grateful.” He is grateful for what tennis taught him about himself, and he encouraged the children to push themselves in whatever they do because it will make them better people.

This Saturday, Join Work It, Girl! Networking for its 1st Annual Gobble, Gobble, Giveathon!

Work It, Girl! Networking is hosting its 1st Annual Gobble, Gobble Giveathon!

Briar Patch Donates Rooms for Veteran's Day

Reprinted with permission from Ashburn Patch -- Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in scenic Middleburg plans to offer free rooms to veterans as part of a nationwide promotion this week to honor those who have served our country.

B&Bs and inns across the country are providing free rooms on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 to honor servicemen and women now serving or who have previously served time with one of the country's military forces.

Two B&B owners started the program in 2009. Both were members of the West Virginia B&B Association and this year the veteran program has expanded to include 49 states, 8 international locations and more than 850 Inns.

Howard Herman Announces Retirement After 40 Years

From the City of Falls Church:

        Howard Herman, General Manager of the Community Services Department and Director of Recreation and Parks for the City of Falls Church, has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2011. 

        Herman, one of the longest serving City employees ever, began his career with the City of Falls Church in October, 1970, working part-time for the Recreation and Parks Department while he attended George Mason High School.  He became Assistant Director of Recreation & Parks in January, 1989 and was appointed Director of Recreation and Parks in March, 1990.  He was named General Manager of Community Services in January 2007, in addition to his director duties.