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Loudoun County Zoning Administrator Dan Schardein Resigns

From the County of Loudoun:

Loudoun County Zoning Administrator Dan J. Schardein has announced that he is resigning from his position. Citing family reasons, Schardein submitted his resignation effective the end of February 2011.

Schardein came to Loudoun County in February 2009 from Stafford County where he had worked for more than 20 years in the areas of zoning and economic development. As Loudoun County’s Zoning Administrator, Schardein administered and enforced the county’s Zoning Ordinance, and headed the Zoning Administration division within the Department of Building and Development.

Kidz Act Holds Auditions In Early January For “FAIRY TALE COURTROOM”

Kidz Act Holds Auditions In Early January For “FAIRY TALE COURTROOM”


Karen Trainor Installed as Leader of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

Karen Trainor Installed as Leader of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

From the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors:

Fairfax, VA – Culminating a year of cautious optimism, the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®, led by Vinh Nguyen, 2010 Chairman of the Board, hosted its annual appreciation and installation ceremony, at which the 2011 leadership team was inducted and 2010 leaders were lauded. Karen Trainor, managing broker of Weichert Realtors® in Ashburn, was installed as the 2011 Chairman of the Board.

“My top goal for 2010 was to help Northern Virginia Realtors® usher in a comeback of this region’s economy,” said Nguyen to an audience of 275 guests at the Hyatt Regency in Reston on Thursday, Dec. 9.

“We did have a comeback for affordability, average sales prices and sustainable mortgage products, but there is still work to be done,” Nguyen said. ” I am confident that my successor, Karen Trainor, has the vision and fortitude to lead us to a strong finish in 2011.”

Video Demonstration: How To Make the Perfect Snowball

Much of Northern Virginia is experiencing its first real snow of the season. One-to-three inches are expected in Loudoun County today, and Loudoun County Public Schools closed two hours early.

Not surprisingly, children all over the county have taken to their driveways and neighborhoods for a little snowball making, sledding, and cold weather fun. Leesburg residents, Jake and Morgan Macdonald, thought readers might appreciate a little "how to" instruction for perfect snowballs. As you can see from their video demonstration, they have a handy-dandy gadget that makes the job just a bit easier. If you'd like your own snowball making gadget, click here to purchase one for just $7.99 from Amazon.com.

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

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. 

Scores Gather to Support INMED’s Fight for Healthy Children and Bright Futures

Scores Gather to Support INMED’s Fight for Healthy Children and Bright Futures

Scores gathered recently for a Dinner for a Food Cause, an elegant dinner and silent auction at the beautiful Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville, VA. They were there to support INMED Partnerships for Children, a local organization that’s making an international difference. INMED is a nonprofit development organization that rescues children around the world from immediate and irreversible harm and prepares them for a brighter future.