Posts Tagged ‘community outreach programs’


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

Eddie Rhodman
Phone: 770-908-1525

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.

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.

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

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
(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


Loudoun Services for Deaf Residents and Hearing Impaired

Thursday, February 14, 2008

NVRC information excerpted from 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

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


Resources for College-Bound High School Students

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Links For Parents and Students

The following are some helpful links for you and your student (courtesy of Tri-Ed Tutoring at serving Northern Virginia Fairfax County and Loudoun County students).

Resources for College-Bound High School Students – Register for the SAT and SAT II: Subject Tests here. Free practice questions and full length practice test available to help you prepare for the tests. – Register for the ACT, do practice test questions, and find out which colleges require the optional writing portion of the ACT here.

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia – View a list of links to all of the public and private universities in Virginia.

Standards of Learning

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) – Look at the standards of learning by grade level and subject and see released test items from previous SOL tests.

Maryland Standards – Look at the standards of learning by grade level and subject and see sample assessment items for MD standards.


SAT Study Groups Forming in Brambleton, Fairfax County, and Loudoun County this January

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Attention High School Students in Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Annandale, Alexandria, Ashburn, South Riding, Broadlands, Ashburn Farms, Sterling, Chantilly, Leesburg, Herndon, Reston, Cascades, and Dulles:

Did you know there is a private tutoring agency that works in our region? It is called Tri-Ed Tutoring, and they offer a fantastic opportunity for parents and students. Rather than coming to a learning center, the tutors from Tri-Ed can meet with you and your group at a public place (like a library, bookstore, community club house, or restaurant)  or they can arrange to meet your student right in their home!

Tri-Ed Tutoring offers student tutoring in the following subjects and categories: remediation, Language Arts Skills, Reading Classes, Math (including basic math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry), homework help, essay and research paper assistance, school project help, English, Science (including basic sciences, Biology, Chemistry), Social Studies (including History, Geography, Civics, and Government), Standardized Test Prep, ESL, GED, and Basic Study Skills. They also have instructors able to work with special education students (including LD, ADD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum).

Home school students love working with Tri-ed Tutoring, too. Although they offer full tutoring services to all of Fairfax and Loudoun County, here is the communication I just received from Tutor and company owner Amanda Medders about what options Brambleton and Loudoun Area High School Students have for small group S.A.T. and SOL 11 critical reading, formal academic writing, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry skills remediation and “SAT Prep Class” (or SAT Review with an emphasis on standardized testing an score improvement).

Tri-Ed Tutoring offers SAT and SOL Test Prep

Work one-on-one or in a small group (up to 3 students) to improve your score. 

Tutors come to you at a mutually convenient place. This could be your home, a public library, bookstore, etc.  

All of our SAT tutors have scored in the top percentiles on the SAT or other similar standardized test, such as the ACT or the GRE.  

We combine a review of the content that will be on the SAT, test-taking strategies, and practice problems tailored to your individual needs to achieve the results that you want. 

Our basic study plans S.A.T. DISCOUNT TUTORING PACKAGES include: 

*8 hours- best used for one subject area (math, reading, or writing) 

*16 hours- best used for an overall review in all subject areas and a focus on one weak subject area (math, reading, or writing) 

*24 hours- this works well for students that are weak in more than one area of the test and need an in-depth review of 2 or more areas.  

These are suggested plans and can be modified to meet your individual needs. During our sessions, we will work on the following areas: 

*Review of the content styles and question formats that you will see on the exam

*Techniques for solving specific question types

*Test-taking skills

*Time Management 

We recommend students beginning to prepare for the SAT test at least 6-8, 8-12, or 16 weeks in advance. 


Now is the perfect time to start preparing for the Spring and Summer planned test dates! 

For more information and to find a private SAT tutor in your area,

contact Amanda Medders  at (703)899-6282 or visit . 


Real Simple Tips for Holiday Tipping and Gifts at the Office

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hello folks! With the holidays fast approaching, everyone in Ashburn and Brambleton is busy getting ready and finishing up their last minute shopping for their families. However, what is the right gift to give to the everyday people in our lives who are our service providers and employees?

I did a little Brambletonian-style high tech sleuthing and have come up with a definitive article from the 2006 holiday guide at and am posting it here as the “authority” on office and domestic staff. Read on, and remember to give a big smile and a warm word of thanks and cheer to those around us who help make the world go ’round.

Our postmen, trash service providers, favorite Brambleton Town Center workers, and the HOA and Visitor Center girls could use a little gift certificate, friendly card, and holiday handshake, too!

Kae Davis, “Cheer Elf Merriment Official” from Brambleton  

Holiday Tipping: Who? How Much?

’Tis the season when everyone gets a gift. But how do you thank mail deliverers and dog walkers? The ultimate thank-you guide for a year of good service

Who? How Much?
Monica Buck

Tip or Gift? Gift.
What to Give: A gift or a gift card of $50 or more (separate from any end-of-year bonus). The value should reflect your position in the company as well as how long the assistant has been with you.
What to Consider:Avoid perfume and clothing, says Hilka Klinkenberg, founder of Etiquette International, a business-etiquette firm in New York City. “If it touches skin, it’s too personal for the office.”

Babysitter, Nanny

Tip or Gift? Gift and tip.
What to Give: For a regular babysitter, cash or a gift equal to one or two nights’ pay. For a nanny, one to two weeks’ pay plus a gift, ranging from something your child made to a generous present.
What to Consider:Give a gift she wouldn’t buy for herself, like a designer handbag, says Patricia Cascio, president of the International Nanny Association. Avoid kid-related presents; your nanny needs a break, too.


Tip or Gift? Gift.
What to Give:It’s not necessary to give your boss a gift, says Klinkenberg. But if you do, make it small and simple (less than $50), like a Fred Flintstone cookie jar you found on eBay if she is a fan.
What to Consider:Give a group gift instead. “I prefer that everyone chips in a small amount,” says Klinkenberg. “Then it’s a token of appreciation, not a bribe.” Take her to a group lunch at her favorite restaurant.

Day-Care Staff

Tip or Gift? Gift and tip.
What to Give: A tip or a gift in the amount of $25 to $70. If only one person takes care of your child, give in the upper end of the range. Multiple employees? Give $25 to $70 each.
What to Consider:Cash and gift certificates are most popular. But take the time to add a card, says Laurie Kaufman, program director for All Aboard Childcare, in Ossining, New York.,21770,1561805,00.html?nid=-1695791 on 12/18/2007

Loudoun County on

Friday, December 14, 2007

Researching communities in Loudoun County? Realtors living in Loudoun County? Homeowners living in Loudoun County? Business professionals working in Loudoun County? I highly recommend visiting to find out more information about the area in which we live.

If you are here already, PLEASE CONTRIBUTE to their growing photobank and community resource pages. We have a tremendous opportunity through to promote lifestyle quality as ambassadors of Northern Virginia–helping to improve market conditions for ourselves, our neighbors, and our greater community.

I know I’m uploading, and hoping to post articles continuously. If you have tidbits to share or can snap a camera phone pic here and there, we can truly help strengthen our region’s profile to the global marketplace.

Visit to share.

Happy Holidays, everybody!

Kae Davis, Real Estate Agent  


Weather and Traffic Conditions Around Loudoun

Friday, December 7, 2007

The weather is getting mighty cold and grey this weekend. Here are a few quick links tor save to your favorites that will help you get to and fro a bit safer as you go. Virginia road alerts traffic conditions and road construction in Loudoun County for extended area information travel and commuting information by zip code


Kae Davis, Real Estate Agent

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Ashburn Dulles