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2nd Annual Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause 8K Race

This was sent to us by Cathy Clarke of Acumen Solutions:

Race Registration Proceeds to Benefit 12 Local Charities

Acumen Solutions, an international leader in business and technology consulting, announced today that two-thousand dollars in combined prizes will be awarded to race winners across different categories for its second annual Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause™ 8K and 1-Mile Fun Run on Sunday, October 17, 2010 in Arlington, VA.  

The 1 mile format has been added this year to give families and young runners a chance to participate. The race gives all registrants the unique opportunity to choose their charitable preference by picking from the following organizations listed below.

•     Boys and Girls Club – Alexandria-Olympic Branch

•     Boys and Girls Clubs – Fairfax Branch

•     Bridge to Freedom

•     BUILD Metro DC

Capital One credit card charge-offs increase

Local credit giant Capital One (based in McLean, VA) has stated that its rate of uncollectible credit card balances increased in the third quarter. Initially, it seemed that consumers were showing progress in paying credit card bills, but with the rate of unemployment continuing to climb, consumers are concentrating on major bill payments such as mortgage and automobile payments.

Charge offs for Capital One have increased from $366.8 million to 368 million continuing to show that consumers are still under stress and enduring financial hardships. It has been noted that while consumers are attempting to make payments on their credit card debt, they are still delinquent in their payments.

It has been found that consumers are using credit cards for basic needs such as groceries, gas and prescription drug purchases. In addition, most consumers are carrying at least $10,000 in credit card debt and have at least 5 credit cards.

Chez Andree - A Hidden Jewel!

Sound familiar?  It's Friday evening, the work week is done and the last thing you want to do is go home and cook!  So don't!  Really, it's as simple as that!  We all know that there are hundreds of places you can go in and around the Arlington area but I've GOT to take this opportunity to tell you about one of my favorite places!  The title of the story says it all:  Chez Andree - A Hidden Jewel - and that's exactly what it is!  Located on West Glebe Rd., just a couple of blocks from Del Ray in Alexandria is this wonderful, quaint country French restaurant.  I can't say enough about the service, the atmosphere or the food!  Really, it's a little slice of heaven.  Their escargot is yummy, but nothing - and I mean nothing - compares to their homemade French onion soup!  One of my favorite dishes, I've yet to find it done better anyplace else!  Their rack of lamb or steak au poivre?  Superb!  How about duck l'or

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Fellow beer drinkers - a must read!!!

What:  10th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

When:  October 2, 2010, 12 pm - 7 pm

Where:  Village at Shirlington - Arlington, VA

Don't miss this fun event!  My husband and I had the pleasure of attending last year and we were NOT disappointed!  From the baby pilsner glasses you get when you walk in the gates to the 30+ varieties of beers from local breweries...you've just GOT to take advantage of this fun day!  Your best bet is to metro and bus to Shirlington Station as parking is very limited in the area but if you do have to drive, there are several parking lots - you just may have to wait your turn. 

Some Lanes Eastbound I-66 Shut Down Prior To Roosevelt Bridge


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Virginia State Police are on the scene of a serious multi-car crash on eastbound I-66.

Officials tell 9NEWS NOW some lanes of eastbound I-66 at the Route 110 split have been reopened. Originally, all lanes were shut down after a collision involving seven vehicles prior to the Roosevelt Bridge.

Fire officials say the initial 911 call indicated that the motorist that caused the crash may have suffered a medical emergency.  Crystal Nosal, spokesperson for Arlington County Police, says the man may have suffered a heart attack and has been taken to a local hospital. 

Nosal says occupants from the other six vehicles have also been transported with minor injuries.

Arlington officials say traffic is being detoured onto Spout Run Parkway.

Favorite Restaurant

So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

Also, in case you want to follow me further, check out my blog at http://stevenlukisblog.wordpress.com/. Look forward to seeing you there.

Plan Includes Energy Efficient Recommendations For Arlington Homes

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- The home of the future in Arlington is a 5,000 square foot mansion. In addition to five bedrooms, it's 45 percent more energy efficient than a standard home.

"We spent about $40,000 on windows and doors," says Andrew Moore of Arlington Designer Homes. He says standard windows would have cost $15,000.

He spent another $6,000 on a Solar Water Heater, versus $1,000. And $8,000 for water fixtures, versus $2,000.

"There will be less than four cups of water that need to come from the hot water heater to get to the fixture," he says.

In Arlington, a Community Energy Plan recommends new homes and remodels be 30 percent more energy efficient starting in 2015.