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Residents Donate Over $137K to Staff Appreciation Fund at Ashby Ponds

Residents Donate Over $137K to Staff Appreciation Fund at Ashby Ponds

 

(Ashburn, Va.) - This year, residents at Ashby Ponds donated a total of $137,570 to the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund.  The annual campaign is organized each year as a way for the residents to say “thank you” to the non-management hourly employees at the community.

At Ashby Ponds, eligible employees may include the community’s wait staff, security officers, communication and administrative staff, banquet servers, maintenance workers, culinary team members, housekeepers, and the special projects crew, totaling 320 staff members.

This year, 82% of all residents at the community participated in the campaign.   On Tuesday, December 9, Ashby Ponds hosted a Staff Appreciation Fund reception where donated funds were distributed to each eligible employee.  Employees also had the opportunity to write notes of thanks to the residents for their generosity.

Thousands have power back after outage in Va.


ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA9) -- Nearly 10,000 people were temporarily without power in Ashburn, Virginia Tuesday night.

The cause of the outage was a broken cross arm on a pole on a bike path on the W&OD Trail, Dominion Power said.

By 8:00 p.m. power had been restored to all but 300 customers.

By 6 a.m. Wednesday, the Dominion Power outage map showed no customers without power in Northern Virginia.


MANASSAS CITY ‘OPERATION ROUND UP’ HELPS THOSE IN NEED with UTILITY BILLS

MANASSAS CITY ‘OPERATION ROUND UP’ HELPS THOSE IN NEED with UTILITY BILLS

Colder weather has set in and that means people are turning up their thermostats and seeing higher utility bills.  The City of Manassas’ Operation Round Up is in full force, where customers that authorize the City of Manassas to "round up" their monthly electric bill to the next higher dollar. If the bill is $73.80, it is rounded up to $74 and the extra 20 cents is contributed to the Operation Round Up® fund.  Single donations from customers are also accepted, simply by adding the additional dollars to their payment with a notice that the overpayment is for Operation Round Up. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Wed., Dec. 17

DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Wed., Dec. 17

Monza is hosting a Dogfish Head Brewery Beer Dinner on Wed., Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for $75 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Dogfish Head beers that complement new fall menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.                                         

The four-course dinner includes the 90 Min IPA with Meat and Cheese Platter; Namaste with Namaste Drunken Smoked Bacon Mussels, includes garlic, shallots, scallions, dijon crème fraiche and crostini; Punkin Ale with Four-Cheese Ravioli, served with wilted spinach, diced tomatoes, parmesan, creamy alfredo and pumpkin seeds; Indian Brown Ale with All Natural Braised Beef Ragu and Butternut Squash Gnocchi, served with carrots, celery, arugula, parmesan and olive oil ; and Aged-World Wide Stout with Homemade Bread Pudding, includes chocolate, cherries and crème anglaise.

Loudoun Co. schools could charge students for bus rides


LOUDOUN CO., Va. (WUSA9) -- Loudoun County Public Schools could be the first in the state to charge students for bus rides if they get the okay from state legislators.

Stephanie Cole picks up her nine-year-old daughter from Ashburn Elementary School, but her other two children in middle school ride the bus. Paying for bus rides would add up quickly.

"I don't like that at all. I think that's a terrible idea. I think we pay enough as it is," Cole said.

She says when her children buy lunches it could cost her $10 a day. Adding on a bus fee is a bit much, according to Cole.

"All we are asking to do is untie our hands to assist us with the tools to deal with budget issues," countered Bill Fox, the Leesburg representative on the Loudoun County School Board.

Fox says he would rather not have students pay, but in a pinch he wants that authority.

Football players charged in Briar Woods High School locker room assault


ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two 17-year-old students at Briar Woods High School in Loudoun County have been charged with assaulting another student in the school's locker room in October.

Officials say the two teenagers allegedly assaulted an underclassman on the junior varsity football team on Oct. 9 after regular school hours. The suspects are both members of the school's varsity football team.

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office began investigating the circumstances surrounding the assaults after being notified by a school resource officer on Oct. 17.