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How One Man Went from Homeless to Successful Entrepreneur

How One Man Went from Homeless to Successful Entrepreneur

Joe Pippins, founder of The Fishing Caddy, went from homeless to successful entrepreneur and won the competition on the Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME show

The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that there are over 564,000 homeless people living on the streets of America. The last place that most people would assume they would end up is competing on a national television show as one of two entrepreneurs trying to sell their invention to the audience in order to win seed money. Yet that’s exactly what happened when Joe Pippins, founder of The Fishing Caddy, squared off against another entrepreneur on the Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME, and walked away with the grand prize of $20,000.

Carmello’s Wins Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2017 Award of Excellence

Carmello’s Wins Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2017 Award of Excellence

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. recently earned Wine Spectator magazine’s 2017 Award of Excellence for the eighth consecutive year, noted for its vast Portuguese wine selections. For more information, call 703-368-5522 or go to www.carmellos.com.

Carmello’s offers more than 100 Portuguese wines from Portuguese regions, such as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura and Vinho Verde, and presents one of the largest Portuguese wine lists in the United States.

“We’re always excited to be selected by Wine Spectator magazine; we have a passion for good wine, and we like to share that passion with our customers,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Opens New Black Box Theatre

Metropolitan School of the Arts Opens New Black Box Theatre

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. recently revealed its newly constructed Black Box Theatre, perfect for intimate dance, music and theatre performances, seating 130. Costing $140,000 to build, MSA received an anonymous gift of $60,000 to help with the cost of the theatre. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

“We are the only Alexandria performing arts space to offer this type of theater for public use in Alexandria,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va. “Other performing arts groups can also take advantage of this space through rental options, as we encourage more performing arts opportunities in the greater Alexandria area,” said Dobbs.

LearningRx’s Hosts 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber Stars Event

LearningRx’s Hosts 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber Stars Event

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va. hosted the 24th Annual Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce Stars event with 42 students attending from 21 Fairfax County area schools for their positive achievements and significant improvements. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

More than 130 attendees joined the event, including Jay Pearson, executive principal, Region 2, Fairfax County Public Schools and Maureen Loftus, youth and education chair for the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce. 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. 

Tips for Handling Conflict Resolution in the Office

Tips for Handling Conflict Resolution in the Office

According to American Psychological Association (APA), 65% of Americans cite work as a top source of stress in their lives. Being that it’s a place we spend so much time, we should enjoy our day, or least not get stressed out. Far too often, however, there are problems such as jealousy, power struggles, gossip, and drama that can lead to stress and workplace conflicts. How a company handles conflict resolution in the office can impact everything from its productivity to its turnover rate, making it an important issue to stay on top of.

“Conflicts in the office can result from people of different generations and ideologies working together, or because they are lacking a strong leader to help set the example of what is acceptable,” explains Jamie Wright, a renowned millennial lawyer and political pundit. “The good news is that where there is conflict there are resolutions. There are always effective ways to handle the situations as they arise.”

LearningRx Names March Madness/Brain Awareness Month Winners

LearningRx Names March Madness/Brain Awareness Month Winners

Katie Merritt, age 9 of Reston, Va and Gabriel Galdabini, age 7 of Arlington, Va. won LearningRx’s Brain Awareness Month’s March Madness Competition at its Reston and Vienna centers, respectively. The March Madness brain competition required all competitors to complete a circuit of five brain training activities as quickly as possible (with accuracy). Merritt held the winning time at LearningRx Reston at 2 minutes and 7 seconds, while Galdabini won with 4 minutes and 25 seconds LearningRx Vienna. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Merrit and Galdabini received a basket full of brain training games and brain-healthy snacks, including: 5 Second Rule, Set, Spot It, Distraction and Apples to Apples, dark chocolate-covered blueberries and nut mix.

Carmello’s Celebrates 30 Years; Offers 30 Percent Off Menu Feb. 3 – Feb. 12

Carmello’s Celebrates 30 Years; Offers 30 Percent Off Menu Feb. 3 – Feb. 12

 

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. is turning 30 on Feb. 6, 2017. In celebration, Carmello’s will offer 30 percent off all food from Feb. 3 through Feb. 12, 2017, located at 9108 Center Street in Manassas. Go to www.carmellos.com.

Carmello’s has been a family-owned restaurant in Historic Manassas, since 1987. Their seasonal menus serve a wide variety of Mediterranean cuisine with Portuguese influence. Carmello’s sources local ingredients, and uses fresh herbs from their backyard garden.

“We’re so grateful for our customers, and we welcome them to stop by and help us celebrate our 30th anniversary,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va.