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EVERY Week in Crystal City

Crystal City has lots of activities to offer that you may not know about!

 

EVERY Monday: Water Park Yoga. On Mondays at 7:00 a.m. you can enjoy outdoor yoga at the Crystal City Water Park across the street from 1750 Crystal Drive.

 

EVERY Tuesday: Freshfarm Markets. On Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. until October 26th there is a farmer's market between 18th and 20th Street on Crystal Drive.

 

EVERY Wednesday: Outdoor Zumba. On Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. there is Outdoor Zumba in the Coutyard at 2345 Crystal Drive.

 

EVERY Friday: Hub Spin. On Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Revolution Cycles City Hub at 220 20th Street.

Booster Seats Make Gains In Testing

WASHINGTON DC (AP) -- Car booster seats have made strides in ensuring a proper fit for children in the back seat, according to a review by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its top marks to 21 of 72 booster seats it evaluated for properly restraining children, or about 30 percent, according to results released Wednesday. Last year, the Institute only handed out its "best bet" citation to nine of the 60 seats it reviewed, or 15 percent.

Remembrance: Firefighters On Tour Of Duty Run

WASHINGTON, DC (wusa) -- A group of Australian and American firefighters are on their last leg of a cross country run to honor the civil servicemen and women who lost their lives during the rescue attempts in New York.

"You just look down the wall and just so many names," noted Michael Jones, an Australian Firefighter. "This is very humbling to be here at the National Police Memorial."  

Their journey on foot started in Santa Monica, California a month ago. They are a band of brothers pushing each other in the name of remembrance to reach the finish line.

"One of the biggest things, is the sleep deprivation, we run all hours, explained Jones. 

The men are on pace to make it to ground zero, to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"The thirty-seven Port Authority Police, the twenty-three NYPD that died on 9-11."

Fannie and Freddie losses hit $226 billion

The government backed mortgage finance companies have burnt through $226bn in capital since the middle of 2007. The majority of those losses, or about $166bn, came from guaranteeing loans on single family homes, according to the first in what will be a series of quarterly reports from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae (which is headquartered in Washington, DC ) and Freddie Mac (which is headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA).

Ballooning losses at Fannie and Freddie, which have taken $148bn in government aid to stay afloat have become a subject of intense debate in Washington. Most of the decision makers agree that the government needs to continue to provide some kind of guarantee to backstop home loans as well as stem the rising tide of foreclosures, but what form that should take is still up for debate.

School Supplies Scarce At Stores

FALLS CHURCH, Va.  (WUSA) - Most  kids heading back to school this week have their school supplies ready go.  But for those families who waited until the last minute to go shopping,  many found themselves out of luck.  

The countdown to the school bell underway, it was a last ditch, frantic effort  to buy supplies.   

Nicole Smith went to the Greatland Target at Seven Corners and said, "I went into the store to buy a composition notebook and some pencils.  They have nothing.   I was very shocked." 

Mother of three Kay Leherr was glad she did most of her school supplies shopping several weeks ago, "There's nothing left.  Even last week we had a  hard time finding stuff we needed."

Some parents ordered their children's supplies  school through a company they does it for them.    

Federal Stimulus Dollars Create Model LED Streetlight Program

Arlington County is one of the nation’s first models for a large-scale LED (energy efficient light-emitting diode) streetlight program. By mid-September $500,000 of stimulus dollars will be put towards this program to help boost energy efficiency. This program will ultimately create savings in electricity costs for the County, as well as provide environmental benefits.  

Give Blood, Play Hockey, and Raise Funds for Inova

On Saturday, September 11, the “Give Blood, Play Hockey” event that will benefit Inova Blood Donor Services will take place at the Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington County. Tickets are now on sale!

The event will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the Virginia Coaching Cardinals will be up against the NCR Eagles for this second annual Charity Hockey Classic. The event will include a silent auction as well.