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Carmello’s Earns The Spectrum Award by City Beat News

Carmello’s Earns The Spectrum Award by City Beat News

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. was awarded City Beat New’s Spectrum Award for Excellence in Customer Service.  For more information, go to www.carmellos.com.

“We’re honored to be noted for our customer service, we’ve been around for 30 years because of our wonderful patrons” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va.

‘Cook in Tuscany’ of Haymarket, Va. Supports Colon Cancer Alliance

 ‘Cook in Tuscany’ of Haymarket, Va. Supports Colon Cancer Alliance

Cook in Tuscany, of Haymarket, Va. donated an all-expenses paid Tuscan culinary tour for the Colon Cancer Alliance Blue Hope Bash held in Washington, D.C. at the Fairmont Hotel. The live and silent auctions offered several trips and luxury packages. For more information about the tour, go to www.cookintuscany.com.  

The winner will be able treat themselves in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and fun. The tour provides daily cooking lessons from local “Nonnas”, first class accommodations in the medieval hill-top village of Montefollonico, visits to regional wineries and cheese makers, tours of local and historic sites and many recreational activities.

Paul VI Catholic Crowns Homecoming King and Queen

Paul VI Catholic Crowns Homecoming King and Queen

Paul VI Catholic high school of Fairfax, Va. has a history of a strong culture of inclusion, reflective of the current reigning homecoming queen and king, Shaylyn Smith, 18, of Bristow, Va. and Zach Fowler, 18, of Vienna, Va., who both happen to have an intellectual disability. 

Smith and Fowler were selected through the standard process of selecting a homecoming king and queen with no special circumstances or special efforts to ensure that they were the ones selected. For the first time, Paul VI has voted both homecoming king and queen from Paul VI’s Options Program. For more information on the school, go to www.paulvi.net.

VIRGINIA LIVING MAGAZINE NAMES CARMELLO’s BEST of VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA LIVING MAGAZINE NAMES CARMELLO’s BEST of VIRGINIA

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. was just named Best of Virginia for Italian cuisine in the recent issue of Virginia Living Magazine. Carmello’s is owned by long-time Historic Manassas resident, Alice Pires. Go to www.carmellos.com.

Their seasonal menus serve a wide variety of American cuisine with Portuguese and Mediterranean influence. Carmello’s sources local ingredients, and uses fresh herbs from their backyard garden.

“We’re passionate about our customers and our food, and we’re honored to be a part of the Best of Virginia,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va.

LEARNINGRx’s HOSTS 23rd ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER of COMMERCE STARS EVENT

LEARNINGRx’s HOSTS  23rd ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER of COMMERCE STARS EVENT

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va. hosted the 23rd Annual Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Stars event with 42 students attending from 22 Fairfax County schools for their positive achievements and significant improvements. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

More than 150 attendees joined the event, including Dr. Steven Lockard, deputy superintendent of Fairfax County Schools. Each year, the Tysons Regional Chamber partners with area schools to celebrate and honor selected students who deserve recognition for positive potential or significant improvements. The Chamber Stars event celebrates the accomplishment of students who have persevered despite significant obstacles or personal struggles.

Smithsonian Debuts “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab” May 28 & May 29 in DC;Reopens Arts & Industries Bldg

Smithsonian Debuts “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab” May 28 & May 29 in DC;Reopens Arts & Industries Bldg

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center will debut “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality” at the historic Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and May 29, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Featuring the works of more than 40 artists, scholars and performers, “CrossLines” will host an array of art installations, live performances and interactive maker spaces. Go to http://smithsonianapa.org/crosslines/.


This two-day event over the Memorial Day weekend marks the first time the Arts and Industries building has been open to the public since 2004. The building will host occasional pop-up exhibits and special programs for the public throughout the year. Beginning June 29, Arts and Industries will serve as the marketplace for the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New, Local Teachers; Renowned Fairfax Co. Math Instructor, Vern W

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New, Local Teachers;  Renowned Fairfax Co. Math Instructor, Vern W

BASIS Independent McLean is grateful for all its new teachers this Teacher Appreciation Month. Veteran Fairfax County math teacher of 40 years, Vern S. Williams, is joining BASIS Independent McLean faculty in Aug. 2016, teaching middle school students. Renowned by parents, students and colleagues for his mastery as a math teacher, most recently at H.W. Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Va.; Williams passion and dedication to engage, teach and challenge students in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving has earned him nationwide recognition in his field. Williams is just one of many exceptional teachers joining BASIS Independent McLean, including Lisa Bliss of McLean, Va.