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On Wednesday, Dec. 29, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will open Fairfax County Parkway Exit 166B from I-95 south to Fairfax County Parkway north, making it easier and faster for motorists heading to the Fort Belvoir North Area and other destinations in Fairfax County.

At 9 a.m. Dec, 29, crews will close the right lane on I-95 between the Springfield-Franconia Parkway (Route 7900) and the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100) overpass. At noon, crews will begin removing traffic control devices, and by 1:30 p.m., the exit ramp will be open to traffic.

The ramp will offer motorists two options: Fairfax County Parkway on the left, or the newly opened Heller Road on the right, which goes into the Fort Belvoir North Area. This is where the National Geospatial Agency (NGA) is located. On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the NGA will begin admitting new employees.

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

Holiday Spending: Don't let it wipe you out.

The holiday season means entertaining guests, big meals, decorating and of course, gift buying.

Stores definitely play their part offering deals and discounts to attract everyone to their stores; all to get you to spend money you don’t intend to spend.

Despite the urge plan ahead and stick to a budget so you’re not still paying for this Christmas next Christmas. Here are a few tips to keep you on track:

1.) Leave the plastic at home

Resist the urge to use your credit card for purchases. It is more difficult to keep track of what you spent and that line of credit will only intensify your urge to buy, buy, buy. The worst part: the interest you will be paying on that purchase long after that present is unwrapped, used and pushed to the back of the closet. 

2.) Budget

8 Tips on How to Stay Fit During the Holidays from Sport&Health

The holidays are always a tough time of the year to stay in shape. You may feel like you gained a few extra pounds this past week with that extra scoop of stuffing your gave yourself or that second slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. Instead of getting back on track, many of us are thinking about heading into the season of more holiday parties, with less time to workout on top of endless sweets and cocktails. Many people don’t prioritize fitness during the holiday season, and then regret it later on which just creates a lot of extra work later down the road. Today I met with Jason Gadell, the Fitness Director of Ballston’s Sport&Health, who shared his top 8 tips on how to stay fit during the holiday season, so you can stay on track without sacrificing some of your favorite holiday treats. Follow these great tips so you don’t have to start all over after the holidays!

1) Take time for yourself

FroZenYo to Open New Locations in Arlington

FroZenYo, Washington D.C.'s self serve frozen yogurt shop, will soon be opening three new locations in Arlington. FroZenYo is expanding like mad, with plans to open yogurt shops in Ballston, Crystal City, and Rosslyn. 

Currently, the frozen yogurt shop is open in the following locations:

Downtown DC (Metro Center)
1006 F st. NW
Washington, DC 20004

Columbia Heights
3237 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

Friendship Heights
5252 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015


Arlington County Board Clears Way for Trader Joe’s in Clarendon

From Arlington County Government:

ARLINGTON, VA – Citing the importance of bringing a grocery store to the heart of one of Arlington’s most vibrant urban villages, the County Board today approved site plan modifications to accommodate a Trader Joe’s in the nearly completed Clarendon Center.

“Bringing grocery stores into our urban villages, where they can help achieve our goal of creating walkable, transit-oriented communities, is a high priority for the County,” said Board Chairman Jay Fisette. “Trader Joe’s will be a welcome addition to Clarendon’s thriving mix of restaurants, shops, services.”