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Myths and Truths About Investing in Diamonds

Myths and Truths About Investing in Diamonds

Many people are concerned about investing their money in the stock market. Not only do they not trust it, many don’t understand how it works. Even those that do are concerned about putting all of their money into paper. Increasingly, people are looking for alternative assets to save and invest for their future. One tangible asset that is gaining traction and getting second looks is diamonds. But there are many myths about investment diamonds.

“Many have heard statements like, diamonds are controlled by a cartel, and diamonds are complicated and difficult to understand,” explains Sean Cohen, president of Van Zwam, the home of Defined Value Diamonds (DVDs). “That’s one of the reasons we developed the DVD diamond, a diamond investing program that is easy to understand and accessible to everyone.”

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BASIS Independent McLean Earns First Place at 34th Annual Northern Virginia Regional MATHCOUNTS Com

BASIS Independent McLean Earns First Place at  34th Annual Northern Virginia Regional MATHCOUNTS Com

For the first time in almost 30 years, the 34th Annual Northern Virginia Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition awarded first place to a new math champion: BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) of McLean, Va., which opened in 2016. BIM’s middle school math team placed first among schools in the Northern Virginia Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition (comprised of 17 schools). Longfellow Middle School of Falls Church, Va., who has historically earned the first place award since the 1980s, came in second place. For more information on BASIS Independent McLean, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com.

Vienna Student Learns Hands-On Teaching at BASIS Independent;Tysons Chamber Job Shadow Program

Vienna Student Learns Hands-On Teaching at BASIS Independent;Tysons Chamber Job Shadow Program

Angie Soler, a senior at James Madison High School of Vienna, Va., got hands-on teaching skills when job shadowing BASIS Independent McLean’s kindergarten teacher, Danielle Sarver. Soler is part of the 5th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (TRCC) job shadow program, which includes 50 11th and 12th grade students of Oakton, James Madison, Marshall Academy and George C. Marshall high schools in Fairfax County, Va. Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna, Va., and Reston, Va. is heading up the program as she is the chair of the TRCC’s Youth and Education Committee. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

More than 20 local companies are hosting students, to include: BASIS Independent McLean, Intelsat, Navy Federal Credit Union, Impact Business Solutions, Tysons Corner Animal Hospital, AV Architects, Alpha Graphics and Seasons 52.

Tips for Re-Thinking Eating for Better Heart Health

Tips for Re-Thinking Eating for Better Heart Health

February is a Heart Health Month, making it the perfect time to find ways to re-think what we eat in order to help lead us to better heart health. It’s an issue that most of us need to pay attention to, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. In fact, each year there are around 610,000 people who die from heart disease, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths. Further, each year there are around 735,000 Americans who have a heart attack. The good news is that there are things we can do to help reduce our heart disease risk, with what we eat playing an important role.

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BASIS Independent McLean Students Give Back to Fairfax County Animal Shelter

BASIS Independent McLean Students Give Back to Fairfax County Animal Shelter

BASIS Independent McLean’s early childhood and primary students created and donating 20 hand-made animal beds, blankets, cat toys and dog treats to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. For more information on the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com.

“At BASIS Independent McLean, we teach our students how we’re all part of a bigger community, which is exactly what our animal bed project conveyed to our youngest students,” said Sean Aiken, head of school, BASIS Independent McLean of McLean, Va. “Not only did our students love creating the beds, but they were equally enthusiastic to learn that their hard work would bring comfort to so many animals in need,” said Aiken.

The Dr. Yum Project Offers Casino Night to Help Kids Learn Healthy Eating

The Dr. Yum Project Offers Casino Night to Help Kids Learn Healthy Eating

What do a casino night and healthy eating have in common? On March 3, 2017, the community is invited to take part in Casino Night, being sponsored by The Doctor Yum Project, with funds going to support the mission of teaching families to eat healthy. Casino Night will be held at The Old Silk Mill, located at 1707 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The event is from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. and will feature a variety of fun activities for attendees.

“We are excited to be holding Casino Night,” says Dr. Nimali Fernando, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project. “This is a great way for the people in the community to have a fun night out, and know that the funds will be put to good use helping to improve the health of our community.”

Metropolitan School of the Arts Celebrates American Heart Month - $60 for Unlimited Adult Fitness/D

 Metropolitan School of the Arts Celebrates American Heart Month - $60 for Unlimited Adult Fitness/D

MSA is proud to offer Unlimited Adult Fitness and Dance classes for just $60.00 for the entire month of February for American Heart Month. Participants can take as many MetroBarre, Yoga, Ballet, Tap and Contemporary Classes throughout February for only $60. www.metropolitanarts.org to register.