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VIDEO: How To Disable A Cash For Clunkers Car – cash for clunkers – Jalopnik

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Engine Disablement Procedures for the CARS Program

THIS PROCEDURE IS NOT TO BE USED BY THE VEHICLE OWNER

Perform the following procedure to disable the vehicle engine.

1. Obtain solution of 40% sodium silicate/60% water. (The Sodium Silicate

(SiO2/Na2O) must have a weight ratio of 3.0 or greater.)

2. Drain engine oil for environmentally appropriate disposal.

3. Install the oil drain plug.

4. Since the procedure is intended to render the engine inoperative, drive or move the

vehicle to the desired area for disablement.

5. Pour enough solution in the engine through the oil fill for the oil pump to circulate

the solution throughout the engine. Start by adding 2 quarts of the solution, which

should be sufficient in most cases.

CAUTION: Wear goggles and gloves. Appropriate protective clothing should be

worn to prevent silicate solution from coming into contact with the skin.

6. Replace the oil fill cap.

7. Start the engine.

8. Run engine at approximately 2000 rpm (for safety reasons do not operate at high

rpm) until the engine stops. (Typically the engine will operate for 3 to 7 minutes. As

the solution starts to affect engine operation, the operator will have to apply more

throttle to keep the engine at 2000 rpm.)

9. Allow the engine to cool for at least 1 hour.

10. With the battery at full charge or with auxiliary power to provide the power of a fully

charged battery, attempt to start the engine.

11. If the engine will not operate at idle, the procedure is complete.

12. If the engine will operate at idle, repeat steps 7 through 11 until the engine will no

longer idle.

13. Attach a label to the engine that legibly states the following:

This engine is from a vehicle that is part of the Car Allowance Rebate System

(CARS). It has significant internal damage caused by operating the

engine with a sodium silicate solution (liquid glass) instead of oil.

via VIDEO: How To Disable A Cash For Clunkers Car – cash for clunkers – Jalopnik.

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Loudoun County Fireworks Shows and Date listed by Community: 4th of July

Friday, June 26, 2009

2009 Fireworks Displays in Loudoun County for Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations — General Listings about where to go and how to plan your festivities. Things to do for Dulles Technology Corridor residents.

Listed here by community area… fun activity for children and parents — a patriotic thing to do to celebrate the holiday with friends is to plan a meet-up with family and friends to watch the fireworks together as an annual event. Fireworks displays make a wonderful low cost date night alternative, too!

EARLY DATE!!! Tuesday, June 28th

  • Brambleton Fireworks Display – 9:30pm (rain date June 29)
  • Dulles Town Center – 9:30pm (rain date June 29)

Friday, July 3rd

  • South Riding Display at SR Golf Club- 9:30 (rain date July 5)
  • Waterford – 9pm (rain date July 5)
  • Lansdowne Resort- 9:25pm (NO rain date) ** There will be a concert beginning at 7:30pm.  Fireworks will follow.
  • Eastern Loudoun Independence Day Celebration – 9:15pm (event is hosted at Sterling Golf Club)
  • Lovettesville Community Center -9:15pm (Parade will begin at 5:30 at the community center.  DC3 will provide entertainment at 7pm)

Saturday, July 4

  • Franklin Park – 9:30pm (rain date July 5)
  • Ashburn Village – 9:30pm  (rain date July 5)
  • Middleburg Community Center – dark (rain date July 5)
  • Hillsboro Community Center – dark (rain date July 6)
  • Claude Moore Park (old fashioned 4th of July) – Events held all day from 10:30am – 3pm (donations suggested)
  • Ida Lee Festivities – 9:30pm (rain date July 5) – Parade begins at 10am.  Gates open at 6pm for live entertainment before the fireworks display.

For more information about fireworks displays in Loudoun County for 2009, please visit https://brambletonbuzz.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/4th-of-july-weekend-in-loudoun-county-fireworks-schedule-and-more-from-the-loudoun-county-parks-and-recreation-service/.

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Holiday Road Trip Alert: Giving in Style Event at Maserati of Baltimore Displays Celebrity Fashion December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

*** Mid-Atlantic MEDIA ADVISORY***
Baltimore Raven, Daniel Wilcox Hosts “Giving In Style”

Celebrities Donate in Charitable Fashion…

Washington Redskins Fans from Northern Virginia and the DC Metro Area Cordially Invited to Attend

Author:
Eddie Rhodman
e-mail
Web: www.d4sm.com
Phone: 770-908-1525

Who:
Baltimore Ravens tight end, Daniel Wilcox, through his charitable foundation, Empowerment M.I.N.D.S., which seeks to open up the horizons of disadvantaged youth through programs that increase their access to opportunities.

What:
Giving in Style, a red carpet charity cocktail party, celebrity fashion show and auction, proceeds of which will help Empowerment M.I.N.D.S. to provide Baltimore area youths  and youth sponsored by The Have a Heart Campaign with reading materials, technological products and cultural opportunities.

Eunice Style Fashion Consulting, IMAT, and IMEG Productions are coordinating the fashion show featuring celebrity models including Ravens’ players such as Ed Reed, Chris McCalister, Bart Scott and many others.  Plus, musical entertainment will be provided by Carmen, Paula Campbell, Chop Shop Cartel and various talented acts. Also in attendance will be various dignitaries such as star violinists “Nuttin’ But Strings”, Peter Angelos and Baltimore Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti.

When:
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008, 6:30 PM- 10:30 PM

Where:
Maserati of Baltimore Dealership
1628 York Road,
Timonium, MD 21093

Confirmed Celebrity Models:
Marcus Maxwell #17, Corey Ivy #35 CB and Emilia Ivy, Edgar Jones #84 TE, Chris McCalister #21 CB, Frank Walker #41 CB, Ed Reed #20 DB, Quinn Sypniewski #88 TE  and Mia Sypniewski, Haruki Nakamura #43 DB, Evan Oglesby #25 CB, Bart Scott #57 LB and Starr Scott, Mark Clayton #89 WR, Steve Hauschka PK, Ernie Wheelwright #12 WR, Derrick Mason #85 WR, Christine Ngata wife of Haloti Ngata #92DE, Nathan Corbett of HBO’s  The Wire, Anwan Glover  of HBO’s The Wire and Larry Caudell.

Fashion Contributors:
Jimmy Choo, Davon Scott, Star Won, Natey McFly, Xavier Furs-Furrier to the Stars, Ande and Amarley, Dollhouse Boutique, Nido Jewelry,
Smythe Jewelers, Parish Clothing, Renegade, Ducati Wear- Speeds Cycle, KatWalk Boutique, Alex Risimnic Couture- Featured Designer, Kustom Looks Clothier – Designs, DTLR, Chaos Boutique

About Empowerment M.I.N.D.S.:
The Empowerment M.I.N.D.S. Foundation http://www.empowermentminds.com/
(Motivating and Inspiring Neighborhoods Determined to Succeed) seeks to open up the horizons of disadvantaged youth in the inner city areas through partnering with schools & community based organizations to create & support programs to increase youth access to reading materials, technology, and cultural opportunities.

About Daniel Wilcox:
Decatur, GA native, Daniel Wilcox is an 8th year tight-end/utility player going into his 6th year as a Baltimore Raven. One of the most active Ravens in the community, Wilcox is a frequent visitor to area schools throughout the season. Professionally, he’s known as a versatile playmaker with soft hands who converted from a college wide receiver to tight end in the NFL.

Cost for Tickets (Space is LIMITED so buy early):

$50 General Admission / $83 Reserved Seating

For more information about the event, please visit http://www.mobexotics.com.

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“Let’s Dish” has new BLOG

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Ashburn residents in the know know about our local franchise for creative cuisine, Let’s DISH! For many of us here in the Ashburn Technology Corridor, meals from their shop allow us to prepare restaurant quality healthy food dished right from our own kitchen’s at home. Easy and convenient food prep in no time flat, their dishes are truly the essence of inspired cuisine. Now, aking their service even more family firendly, Let’s DISH! offers up their own version of an electronic chef’s discussion by keeping aspiring cooks up to date by blog. Here’s what they are saying for the month of March about this new community resource and ethnic food choice menu;

Follow the action all month long on our blog (today’s post: “Itinerary for Your Culinary Adventures”), and discover ethnic favorites even your kids will adore. Just don’t be surprised if you hear them say “más chimichurri, por favor.”

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Loudoun Services for Deaf Residents and Hearing Impaired

Thursday, February 14, 2008

NVRC information excerpted from www.nvrc.org Loudoun County Information Section.

Joan Cassidy, Loudoun County Outreach Specialist

Joan serves the residents of Loudoun County in a number of ways; providing support groups, exhibiting at fairs, answering questions one-on-one, and advocating for better access and movie captions.  For more information for you or your business, organization or health care facility, call Joan at 703-444-0101 (Voice) or 703-430-2906(TTY) or email Joan Cassidy.   (See Joan’s monthly schedule.)

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS and other authorities estimate that between 8.8% and 10% of the population is deaf or hard of hearing.  We think that for the Northern Virginia Metro Area it is probably closer to 10% because of the number of military personnel, the high levels of everyday exposure to noise, and the aging of the population. 

The current estimate for Loudoun County is 25,550 people with hearing loss.


Loudoun Association for Children with Hearing Loss (LACHL)

LACHL’s mission is to strengthen and support families of deaf/hard of hearing infants and school-aged children in Loudoun County, VA.  We accomplish our mission by hosting monthly meetings to host networking opportunities among families and professionals.  In addition, we offer educational speakers at many of our meetings.  The LACHL meetings take place the 2nd Friday of every month from September – May.  Meetings are held at the Leesburg Executive Airport, 3rd floor conference room, beginning at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is welcomed to attend.  Refreshments and light snacks are provided.  If you would like to be included on the LACHL email distribution list for upcoming meeting notices and other pertinent items of interest, please send an email to mailbox@loudounhearing.org


You can talk to Joan Cassidy in person at any of these locations each month.

 Ashburn Library, AshburnFirst Sunday:   1 pm to 3 pm  Cascades Senior Center, SterlingThird Thursday:  10 am to 2 pm
 Leesburg Senior Center, Depot Court, LeesburgFirst Wednesday:  10 am to 12 noon  Leesburg Social Services, Leesburg
102 Heritage Way (tall red brick office bldg near Walmart
Fourth Thursday:  10 am to 1 pm
 Purcellville Library, PurcellvilleSecond Tuesday:  11 am to 2 pm Support Group for Hearing Loss or TinnitusFirst Friday:  2 pm

Cascades Senior Center, Sterling

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HIGH WIND ADVISORY FOR ASHBURN February 10, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

They aren’t kidding today!

Batton down the hatches, Brambleton and local Ashburn neighbors. Be incredibly careful driving too; between road debris sure to appear suddenly and the gust of wind trying to carry your car away, Northern Virginia is feeling a bit like Kansas today. Here’s the details from the National Weather Service:

Hazardous Weather Outlook
High Wind Warning

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 14. Breezy, with a west wind 25 to 28 mph decreasing to between 17 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 32. West wind between 14 and 16 mph.

Monday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 14. West wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm. 

STAY SAFE AND WARM TONIGHT!

 ~~ Kae 

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Preparing your Virginia House for Quick Sale in a Changing Real Estate Market

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
How to Prepare Your House for Sale (from article on About.com)
 

Prepping and staging a house. Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it’s not luck that makes that happen. It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks.Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.  Here’s How:

  1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

    • Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.

    • Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.

    • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!

    • Say goodbye to every room.

    • Don’t look backwards — look toward the future.

     

  2. De-Personalize.
    Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”

     

  3. De-Clutter!
    People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.

    • If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?

    • Remove all books from bookcases.

    • Pack up those knickknacks.

    • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.

    • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.

    • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

     

  4. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
    Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

    • Alphabetize spice jars.

    • Neatly stack dishes.

    • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.

    • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.

    • Line up shoes.
       

  5. Rent a Storage Unit.
    Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?”

     

  6. Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
    If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

     

  7. Make Minor Repairs.
     

    • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.

    • Patch holes in walls.

    • Fix leaky faucets.

    • Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.

    • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
      (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”)

    • Replace burned-out light bulbs.

    • If you’ve considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

     

  8. Make the House Sparkle!
     

    • Wash windows inside and out.

    • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.

    • Clean out cobwebs.

    • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.

    • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.

    • Clean out the refrigerator.

    • Vacuum daily.

    • Wax floors.

    • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.

    • Bleach dingy grout.

    • Replace worn rugs.

    • Hang up fresh towels.

    • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.

    • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.

     

  9. Scrutinize.
     

    • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?

    • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.

    • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.

    • Make sure window coverings hang level.

    • Tune in to the room’s statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?

    • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You’re almost finished.

     

  10. Check Curb Appeal.
    If a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside.

    • Keep the sidewalks cleared.

    • Mow the lawn.

    • Paint faded window trim.

    • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.

    • Trim your bushes.

    • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

Article submission courtesy of David Korrie

To contact David, please email: dkorrie@yahoo.com

or visit his website www.davidkorrie.com for more information.
 

 

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