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I-95 RAMP TO FAIRFAX COUNTY PARKWAY OPENS WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29

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.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Attention all Fairfax County Residents: You can put your live Christmas tree on the curb starting in January.

All Christmas trees less than 8 feet tall can be recycled at the curb in Fairfax County during the first two weeks of January at no additional cost. Please remove tree stands and all decorations. For larger trees, contact your trash hauler for collection details.

CUE Bus Base Fare Increases by 10¢ Effective January 2, 2011

CUE Bus Base Fare Increases by 10¢ Effective January 2, 2011

FAIRFAX, Va. — Effective January 2, 2011, the City of Fairfax CUE Bus base fares will increase by 10¢ to $1.70 per person. Only the base fare is affected.  Fare remains $1.50 for SmarTrip users.  Fares for elementary and high school students, riders with disabilities and senior citizens with valid ID remain 75¢.

Children age 3 and younger continue to ride for free, as do George Mason University students, staff and faculty with ID.  For information, call 703-385-7859.

Stop fumbling for cash for bus fare: switch to SmarTrip.  CUE Bus patrons may recharge these permanent plastic cards at any Metro station, on the Metro website — even on the CUE Bus.  For information, visit www.wmata.com or call 202-637-6700.

Helping Haitian Orphans at Salon Daniel

Helping Haitian Orphans at Salon Daniel

Local Salon to Send 270 Holiday Packages to St. Clou Orphanage in Haiti

Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. is seeking donations to send 270 holiday care packages now through Dec. 31 to 270 orphans at the St. Clou Orphanage in Haiti. Each care package is $7. The salon has already raised approximately $1000 and is sending their first shipment of 50 plus care packages. They have a goal of raising more than $1500 to ship all the packages.  For more information about Salon Daniel, call 703.893.5000.

So many Haitian children are going without many basic necessities this year. We wanted to remember them during this holiday season. We appreciate our team and clients helping us achieve our goal, said Daniel Bechara, owner, Salon Daniel, (www.salondaniel.com):

Tysons Connector to Cease Operations Dec. 30

Tysons Connector to Cease Operations Dec. 30

From Virginia MegaProjects:

ALEXANDRIA — The Tysons Connector - the free midday shuttle bus service in Tysons Corner - will operate for two more weeks with its last day of service Dec. 30, 2010.  After one year of operation, ridership was not sufficient to meet minimum goals needed to viably continue the service.

Tysons Connector began in November 2009 to serve area businesses, residents, shoppers and visitors within Tysons Corner.  The service was launched to provide travel options within Tysons during construction of the Dulles Metrorail project as part of the project's comprehensive transportation management plan.

Until Dec. 30, Tysons Connector will continue to operate at 10-minute intervals between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday within Tysons Corner.

After Dec. 30, those riders who use the Tysons Connector may be able to get around Tysons Corner by using the following routes:

5 Things to Avoid if You Get Migraines

5 Things to Avoid if You Get Migraines

From Cher Murphy of CherMurphyPR:

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA – Did you know that almost 30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches? It’s true, according to the National Headache Foundation. For those who live with migraines, or suspect they may get them, there are things they can do to try to avoid some of the more common triggers that bring them on.

 

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.