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Car Lovers from DC, Virginia, and Baltimore Will Come Together in Maryland to Raise Money for the USO Metro

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

“The CONCORSO: Celebrating the Art of The Automobile”: Mark Your Calendars and Make Your Hotel Reservations NOW to Visit Baltimore September 6-7, 2008

USO Friends and families of Maserati of Baltimore, M.O.B. Exotics, Lamborghini Washington, Lamborghini Baltimore, Maserati of Washington, Ferrari of Washington, and Maserati of Washington take note! There is a wonderful opportunity coming up this fall to play in traffic with your exotic cars, have a great time, and to raise some money for a very worthy cause–benefiting our soldiers and heroes of the United States Armed Forces through the charitable efforts of the USO.

Saturday September 6th launching from the Maserati of Baltimore location at 1628 York Road in “Lutherville Timonium” [according to most Nav and GPS devices], we’ll be hosting a ROAD RALLY touring the northern Maryland regions and finishing with a touch of magic from Baltimore’s LITTLE ITALY. The exact course is being determined now, but drivers and co-pilots can expect to visit Maryland’s soaring heights and lush county grounds while they wind their way about the lakes and mountains, followed by a brief tour through downtown. Offering a fun rally style for everyone, at the end of the day we’ll be rewarding our most attentive teams with some terrific gift baskets and M.O.B. Exotics Race Fan Boutique prizes and certificates.

On that same day, later that evening Saturday, September 6, speed and travel fans can head over to the Baltimore Washington Airport area to visit the next leg of the weekend events. Aptly titled, “Wings and Wheels”, participants will get an up close and personal look at all kinds of exotic cars, planes, military vehicles, and private jets. With great assistance from BWI and Signature Flight Support, crowds are sure to be “wowed”.

On Sunday, September 7, 2008, we’ll be following through again with a huge CONCORSO event hosted at the POWERPLANT LIVE, making Baltimore’s Inner Harbor an even better looking and sounding venue for car lovers to day or weekend trip for this event. With over 5,000 visitors already expected to attend, you will want to register early to be sure to get your Pit Passes and car placement for this event.

For more information about the events of the day and weekend, please visit the USO CONCORSO link by clicking HERE. We are still actively seeking volunteers and event sponsors to help raise money for the USO, so please… if you are interested in participating let us know. We are also looking for donation items and services for the Silent Auction portion of the event, too, so if you know of a person, business, artist, or restaurant that might want to contribute, we’d love to speak with you. [All donated items, staff time, products or services costs are 100% tax deductible and vouchers will be issued through the USO.]

Read on for more information about the history on the event, excerpted from concorsoforuso.com:

“The Concorso: Celebrating the Art of the Automobile” is proud to announce our fourth annual event and two days of fund raising, parties, music, and food to benefit the USO, supporting our men and women in uniform. The theme this year is Celebrating the Art of the Automobile and will explore the artistic and sculptural forms of the transportation industry. This was formally the Concorso Italia and is still lead by its founders, Jonathan Kendall and Dave Born.

Jonathan Kendall started this event in October of 2005 as a way to raise money to help our community in the Baltimore-Washington area. The first event was attended by about (100) people, (12) cars and a beautiful automotive art display together in Annapolis. 2006 Followed a move to the famous City Dock in Annapolis, (100) people, (25) cars along with Jonathan’s beautiful photographic style of art. In 2007 the event took a huge leap to Little Italy in Baltimore where there were (75) cars and motorcycles, (250) ticket holders, (3000) spectators. For 2008 a plan has been put together to continue to grow the event and to benefit a new worthwhile charity. This year Jonathan and Dave have chosen to work with the USO as the beneficiary.

Saturday, September 6th starts with a fun “Rally” driving event through the Baltimore County, Maryland countryside that ends [winding through] historic Little Italy with an awards ceremony [scheduled for later that afternoon]. Saturday continues with the evening event at the Signature Flight Support “Wings and Wheels” Reception to be held at their modern BWI general aviation facility. Ticket holders will enjoy wonderful assortment of international cuisines, wine and drinks. There will be a silent and live auction to benefit the charities. And the event will feature live entertainment as well as a display of automotive and aircraft art.

Sunday’s event is The Concorso and will be in downtown Baltimore at the Cordish Company’s exciting Power Plant Live located at Market Place and Water Street. Over (100) exotic cars will be on display for the general public to view. There will be a private lounge, Angel’s Rock Bar, where ticket holders will find food and drinks for the afternoon. This will be our formal car judging segment and also include live entertainment, auctions and art displays.

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Brambleton’s Northern Virginia Orthodontics Spotlighted in Washington Post “LoudounExtra.COM”

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Northern Virginia Orthodontics

22855 Brambleton Plaza, Suite 200, Ashburn, VA 20148
Phone: 703-327-1718

Northern Virginia Orthodontics, located in Brambleton Town Center serves Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Brambleton, South Riding, and surrounding areas.

Northern Virginia Orthodontics provides orthodontics to children and adults featuring the latest technologies, such as Invisalign (invisible and removable braces), self-ligating braces, ‘memory’ wires, and digital radiography. A native of Northern Virginia, Dr. Casagrande is an expert Invisalign Orthodontist and is excited to help bring smiles to Loudoun County, Ashburn, Brambleton, South Riding, and the surrounding areas!

Dr. Casagrande is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction held by less than 25% of orthodontists. A Northern Virginia native, Dr. Casagrande attended Sunrise Valley Elementary School and South Lakes High School in Reston. After graduating from James Madison University, Dr. Casagrande received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, magna cum laude, from the Medical College of Virginia. In addition to his dental degree, Dr. Casagrande also earned a Master of Science degree and a certificate in Orthodontics from the Medical College of Virginia. During his time at MCV, Dr. Casagrande received grants from Pfizer for work on his master’s thesis. He remains a part of the Medical College of Virginia as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics, teaching residents to become orthodontists.

Dr. Casagrande is highly trained in the latest orthodontic techniques and treatments for pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients including Invisalign and self-ligating bracket systems that can reduce treatment time and increase patient comfort. He has extensive experience with complex cases requiring orthognathic jaw surgery as a former member of the VCU Craniofacial/Facial Reconstruction Team. Dr. Casagrande uses the latest technologies in orthodontics to maximize smile aesthetics and give the best possible results to his patients.

Northern Virginia Orthodontics offers an internet café and coffee bar for patients and parents to use before, during, and after appointments. They also have a game room for kids (and adults) of all ages. So bring your brothers and sisters with you to have some fun while they wait! Parents who are interested in getting some shopping done at the Town Center can request one of the pagers to take with them. They will give you a buzz when your child’s appointment is over.

So if you are interested in orthodontics or invisible braces, and you live in Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Brambleton, South Riding, or surrounding areas, and want to meet an orthodontist who really cares about your smile and teeth, see Dr. Casagrande.

Hours: Call for specific hours

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Excerpt from: http://loudounextra.washingtonpost.com/businesses/northern-virginia-orthodontics/

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Tips on Furniture for Condo Decorating and Loudoun County Townhome Living

Friday, March 7, 2008

Looking into life in a condo or smaller townhome in the Brambleton or Ashburn area community–but not sure how to downsize to make it all work? FINDING WAYS TO CREATE EXTRA STORAGE SPACE AND INCREASED COMFORT SEEMS TO BE THE KEY. Here’s a great older article about buying furniture, and it lists items that are especially handy to use while decorating an apartment or rental unit. Buying and utilizing the right furniture pieces (and even knowing what the names of them are so you know what to research or ask for) helps to smooth the process. Read on to find out how to keep things feeling neat, tidy, and spacious even when you are in a reduced size, a cozy room, or  your next rental transition home.

Shopping for Furniture

Posted By apartmentscomliving On September 20, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

Shopping for furniture seems like a pretty fun undertaking, until you realize you have no idea what to buy. Thumbing through a catalog, you see ottomans, loveseats, vanities… what happened to the old couch and table? If finding sturdy, well-priced, useful furniture is your goal, then arm yourself with Apartments.com’s guide to furniture shopping. We’ll clue you in on modern furniture lingo and pass along some tips for creating a great living space. Now all you need is a way to get it home! (We’ll give you some tips on that, too).

Bookcases-Yes, these obviously store books in a neat and convenient fashion but they also make great shelving solutions for living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Pick up a small one to hold the toiletries in your bathroom, a large one to serve as a hutch (more on that later) in your kitchen or a mid-sized one in your bedroom to hold the extra clothes that don’t fit in your drawers.

Chest-These are great for extra storage, but are often quite heavy and can’t really serve another purpose unless they are designed to be sat on when the lid is closed. Look for designs that can also serve as stools, pedastals or benches.

China Cabinet-This is a thin cabinet designed for displaying china. You’ve probably seen one before in a larger house but if you have a spacious kitchen or dining room in your apartment, these will work great! If you don’t have china, but like the cabinet, go ahead and store collectibles or even your everyday serveware in it. China cabinets usually have clear doors, so make sure that you’re okay with the world seeing whatever you may store in it.

Dinette-This term refers to a set of table and chairs used for dining purposes. You can usually save money by buying the entire set as opposed to buying one piece at a time. A dinette is usually smaller than a standard dining room set.

End table-An end table is similar to a coffee table. Many end tables have additional drawers or storage space underneath. These are great for apartments that are short on cabinets or closets.

Hall tree-This is a tall stand with hooks on it for hanging coats, hats, umbrellas, etc. You might consider buying one if you have extra space near your front door. You can also create storage for coats and the like by hanging hooks on the wall close to the front or back door.

Hutch-A piece of kitchen furniture designed for extra storage and as a display for dishes or knick-knacks.

Loveseat-A loveseat is not just for lovers—this shorter-than-usual couch is great for smaller spaces where a full sized sofa won’t fit.

Ottoman-An ottoman is a footstool that is usually placed in front of a chair. Some of the best ottomans have tops that flip up to reveal extra storage space inside!

Recliner-This is a chair that can recline back for sleeping or napping. These are usually more expensive that traditional chair but are super comfy.

Settee-If you have a small space where you’d like to put a sofa but can’t fit something that large, a settee may be a good solution. This is a smaller piece of furniture that can seat two people.

Vanity-This is a table with mirrors connected to the top and a chair or stool in front. They are usually found in bedrooms or larger bathrooms and are most often used for make up application and hair styling.

Wardrobe-This is basically a free-standing closet. It holds clothes on hangers and is great for those who have limited closet space and want some extra room.

Order or Buy?
When you purchase furniture online, make sure to determine if the item will come to you already assembled or if you’ll need to do that yourself. If you’re not as handy as you wish, some online retailers will assemble the item for you at a fee.
When you visit a brick and mortar store, you can save some cash if you purchase floor models. Always check to make sure the piece does not have significant damage and all parts of the piece are working properly. Resale shops can also carry furniture that is unique and easy on the wallet.
Before you purchase, test out furniture for durability and comfort. If you don’t have a vehicle large enough to bring home the furniture, virtually all furniture stores have delivery services for an additional charge. If you get a good deal on your purchase, this may not be a bad choice.

Article reprinted from Apartment Living: http://living.apartments.com

URL to article:
http://living.apartments.com/decorating/advice-shopping-for-furniture

 

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Zillow offers HOME VALUE REPORT to show Changes (Increase of Decline)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

How Does Your City Rate?

Zillow’s latest Home Value Report shows that over the past year, U.S. single-family home values have decreased by 5.5%, while condo values have declined by 7.4%.

VALUE CHANGES 

ASHBURN 20148 

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Realtor.com shows online marketing surpasses all other media when it comes to marketing your home for sale.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Just the facts… Realtor.com has been funding some really big research projects and has released that for the year 2008, people seeking information about the local housing market are 500% more likely to sell a home if it has been advertised on the Internet (rather than simply relying on the newspaper).  To those of us living in the Dulles Technology Corridor, this comes as no surprise; but for many people and agents in the housing markets nationwide, they are scratching their heads wondering why properties not aggressively marketed by Internet are not selling at as fast a rate…

With the release of these new stats that show the dramatic rise in popularity of the Internets, these same folks can look back with 20/20 vision in hindsight and say, “Who knew?”. To that I would just laugh and answer, “Anybody under 40 or anyone living in Loudoun County–that’s who.”

Cheers, everyone. May all your internet footprints be left in the soft sand of the virtual beach standing on the edge of the real estate marketing ocean. Thanks for the statistical support Realtor.com–those of us out here who love the net and all the positive life changes the web has the power to bring us are really grateful to you.   

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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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Scanning Print Advertising for NORTHERN VIRGINIA REAL ESTATE? Washington Post has online option for Tech Friendly!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

I don’t know about your family, but ours is caught in the middle of generational crossfire with the older folks reading a daily printed paper and the younger generations being incredibly tech savvy. Rushing out each Sunday morning to fetch the Sunday Paper is not always the first thing on our list of priorities, but to keep ourselves informed and “in the know” about news and local happenings, we have turned to the internet–and the Washington Post has given us a great way to keep up with our contemporary elders without every having to set foot outside our home.

Know someone who still relies on print advertising to find information on real estate or open houses in Loudoun county and want to plan your day together?

Here’s the easy way to find out what is being advertised in the Washington Post each weekend. Hop online and visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/real-estate/ashburn-homes-realestate.html. Once you sign up, you can keep up with the old school reader and still be in the know.

Happy Sunday News,

Kae Davis

www.activerain.com/KaeDavis

Excerpt from the Washington Post online advertisment…

Ashburn, Virginia Real Estate

Trying to find Ashburn, Virginia homes for sale? On washingtonpost.com you can search our Ashburn real estate listings whenever you want. Find condominiums, single family homes, town homes, duplexes, and more when you use washingtonpost.com. Select specific property criteria such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, fireplace, basement, and swimming pool.

Find Ashburn, Virginia new homes for sale using our designated New Construction search. Search for Ashburn, Virginia real estate listings and view floor plans, virtual tours, or additional photos. If you’re interested in open houses for the weekend use our search to find an open house in Ashburn, Virginia.

Take advantage of washingtonpost.com site tools to map the property, email the listing, print flyer, or view community guide and crime report information. Use washingtonpost.com for your home buying in Ashburn, Virginia!

Sell Your Home

Sell Your Home in Ashburn, Virginia. Reach potential buyers by advertising your Ashburn, Virginia real estate listings on washingtonpost.com. You can add up to 20 photos and include 1,000 characters of descriptive text in your listing. Users can also provide links to an e-mail address, web site, and virtual tour. Even schedule an open house! Agents and brokers can are allowed to submit an agent photo or broker logo to appear on the details page of the listing. Washingtonpost.com is the place for selling and home buying in Ashburn, Virginia.