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Local Family Starts Tornado Relief Effort: NOVA for BAMA

Local Family Starts Tornado Relief Effort: NOVA for BAMA


Catherine Haynes was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When she received word of the tornados hitting her hometown and surrounding areas, she decided to take action locally.

Soon after hearing about the great losses in her family’s neighborhood, Catherine Haynes was talking to her husband and said, “I feel helpless and I don’t feel like I can help my parents. I feel like we ought to get together and try to help the community as a whole, since I am not there to actually help them get the tree off the house, or get the yard straight."

The couple decided to put the relief effort online and see how many people they could get behind them. The Facebook fan page has grown to over 160 “likes” and is a place where you can find the various drop-off locations, as well as a list of supplies needed. Home goods have become a particular identified need by the aid centers.

Little Things Make a Big Difference

    Leadership is an act that takes place in three areas of our lives: in our work environment, our personal environment, and in our community.

     Recently, while facilitating a leadership training, I shared the DVD titled, 212°, because I found its message both inspiring and motivating. After the presentation and then again at our lunch break, many of the participants continued to discuss, interpret and then envision how the information would be helpful. I continue to marvel at how little things, do indeed, make a big difference. 212° tells us there is very little that separates the good from the great. The difference is, many times, only a single degree!  This simplistic truth has vast application for all of us.

Three Arlington Students Win National Merit $2,500 Scholarships

From Arlington Public Schools:

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that three Arlington seniors have earned $2,500 scholarships through the National Merit program. These students will join 2,500 other students from around the country who are receiving similar recognition.

The National Merit scholars are:


Samuel Passaglia


Thomas M. O'Duden

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology*

Peter Hansen

Young Photographer Exhibits at Cherrydale

Young Photographer Exhibits at Cherrydale

From Arlington Public Library:

This Spring, the Cherrydale Branch Library will display a photo exhibit by a young Arlingtonian photographer, Vikram.

Vikram is an elementary school student in Arlington, and recently traveled to South Africa and Botswana, on a family trip for his grandfather's 70th birthday. While there, he visited the Mala Mala Private Game Reserve and the Mashuta Game Reserve, where he saw - and photographed - hundreds of elephants, cheetahs, hyenas, crocodiles, leopards, lions, rhinoceroses, giraffes, zebras and many other animals.

In addition to traveling and photography, Vikram enjoys playing sports and has a Red Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Vikram's photos will be on display at Cherrydale from Wednesday, April 6 - Friday, July 1.

A Mother's Love Letter: "The Way that I Love You"

A Mother's Love Letter: "The Way that I Love You"

It’s indescribable, really . . . the way that I love you. I want more for you than I could ever imagine wanting for myself.

LLS Woman of the Year Candidate Hosts Fashion for a Cause

LLS Woman of the Year Candidate Hosts Fashion for a Cause


Sanam Toossi continued her campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Woman of the Year last night through an evening filled with fashion, fun and charity. Toossi hosted a fashion show called “Fashion for a Cause” at Josephine’s in Washington D.C.

The event was sponsored by NOVA Fashion Week and featured lots of spring dresses and other spring looks by DC fashion designer House Rossil and up and coming student designer Samuel Ugglee.

All of the proceeds of the event went to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Toossi’s goal is to raise $100,000 for the cause and last night’s fashion show was one of several fundraising events to reach her goal.

Education Secretary Thanks Teachers for Hard Work

Education Secretary Thanks Teachers for Hard Work

From Arlington Public Schools:


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan kicked-off Teacher Appreciation Day by surprising teachers and staff at RandolphElementary School during the school’s PTA teacher appreciation breakfast. Duncan visited Randolph to congratulate the 2011 APS Teacher of the Year, Matt Tosiello and to thank teachers in his children’s home district.

During the visit, Duncan expressed his gratitude to the  teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication. He also congratulated Gifted Teacher of the Year Pamela Clark and American Association of University Women Educator of the Year Jeanette Anderson.