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100 Needy Students Receive School Supplies Shopping Spree

Early this morning 100 local students in need were given the opportunity to visit a local Target store to buy back-to-school supplies. The Salvation Army and Target teamed up to help these students purchase a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 students nationwide with the Target School Spree. Each student that is selected by the Salvation Army gets an $80 Target Giftcard for school supplies.

There were 30 students from DC and Prince Georges County, 30 from Alexandria and Arlington County, 30 from Fairfax and Prince William County, and 10 from Montgomery County.

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Burial Service at Arlington National Cemetery for Young Soldier

Army Specialist and Combact medic, Morganne M. McBeth, died at the young age of 19 after being injured in a non-combat-related incident in Iraq. McBeth, of Fredericksburg, VA, passed away on July 2 while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. There will be a burial service for McBeth tomorrow, August 11, at Arlington National Cemetery.

The service is open media and the public. If you plan to attend, please meet at the main entrance to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Drive at 1:30 p.m. sharp where you will be escorted into the cemetery.

The Office of Senior Adult Programs Offers More for Seniors

Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs is offering more activities than ever. In the next few weeks, the center is offering senior employment counseling, senior trips, square dancing, chess groups, Facebook training sessions, a weight loss group called TOPS (take off pounds sensibly), walking groups, Wii Fit groups, piano lessons, line dancing classes, and much more.

For dates, times, locations, and more information about programs you can visit http://www.arlingtonva.us/Portals/Topics/TopicsSeniors.aspx. Many of the programs are free and newcomers are welcome; the only qualification is that you must be 55 years old or older!

Local Lobbyist Handcuffed for Illegal Campaign Contributions

A local Arlington lobbyist, Paul Magliocchetti, the president and founder of PMA Group Inc., was arrested yesterday by FBI agents for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions. He was also arrested on charges of making false statements to a federal agency. Magliocchetti and his firm concealed from the FEC that they were in fact the source of the funds for these illegal federal contributions.

Campaign contributions made by Magliocchetti exceeded $120,000, according to court documents. Yesterday, Magliocchetti made his initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. in Alexandria, VA. He pleaded guilty to making the illegal corporate campaign contributions and sentencing has been scheduled for November 16, 2010.

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Vintage Crystal Will Serve Up Tapas and Tequila Yet Again

The Crystal City Business Improvement District is bringing the 4th annual Vintage Crystal on Sunday, September 19th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at 220 20th Street South in Arlington, VA. Part of Crystal City BID’s goal is to promote the vibrant Crystal City restaurants, so going off of last year’s Latin theme, there will be more than 30 different wines from Spain and South America, as well as tequila, and tasty tapas.

Some of the 25 local restaurants participating include CC Bistro, Cabot Creamery, Restaurant Mez, Salsa La Glorias, Lebanese Taverna, and Zpizza. There will be over 30 different wine selections from Spain, Argentina, and Chile. Jazz music will fill the streets and local Latin American dance groups will light up the stage. But the dancing is not limited to these performers! Attendees can join in on the Salsa, Samba, Rumba, Cha-Cha-Cha with lessons provided by the Salsa Room.

American Century Theater to Open New Theatrical Season

Arlington’s American Century Theater is getting ready to open an all-new theatrical season. This professional non-profit theater company is getting ready to open the season with The Tenth Man (1959) by Paddy Chayefsky. This romantic comedy by the Emmy and Academy Award-winning writer of screenplays for Marty and Network is about a Jewish exorcism of a young woman and the power of faith and love.

Following The Tenth Man, the theatrical season will continue with One Night with Fanny Brice, Beyond the Horizon, Stage Door, and Visit to a Small Planet. The American Century Theater is committed to producing 20th century American plays and musicals that are at the risk of being completely forgotten. 

The performances are held at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center located at 2700 South Lang Street in Arlington, VA.

Expect Road Delays Due to Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

Beginning on August 4 the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Connector Road, Route 267, will be closed for 3 nights starting at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. The construction will be impacting drivers using the eastbound Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Airport Access Highway. Drivers will be required to detour onto the southbound I-495 Capital Beltway and exit on to northbound Route 123 toward McClean and then rejoin the eastbound Dulles Connecter Road from northbound Route 123.

While the initial construction has set times of closure, there will be more periodic closures over the next few weeks as required. However, the detour will remain the same. Keep in mind that all work is subject to change if there is inclement weather. For more information about the Metrorail project itself you can visit www.dullesmetro.com.