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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. 

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual Awards

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual Awards

Past-presidents Todd Lattimer and Eric Williams presented the 2010 Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards December 9 at the Hilton Springfield.  Local businesses and citizens are honored each year for their efforts and achievements throughout the year based on nominations from the Greater Springfield community.

The Robert J McDonough Business Owner of the Year award was presented to Mark and Helen Russell, owners of Metro Run & Walk, for excelling in the promotion of their business and for their contributions to the Greater Springfield community.  Metro Run & Walk specializes in shoes, apparel and accessories for runners, walkers, people with an active lifestyle, and those in the quest for daily comfort.

Holiday Spending: Don't let it wipe you out.

The holiday season means entertaining guests, big meals, decorating and of course, gift buying.

Stores definitely play their part offering deals and discounts to attract everyone to their stores; all to get you to spend money you don’t intend to spend.

Despite the urge plan ahead and stick to a budget so you’re not still paying for this Christmas next Christmas. Here are a few tips to keep you on track:

1.) Leave the plastic at home

Resist the urge to use your credit card for purchases. It is more difficult to keep track of what you spent and that line of credit will only intensify your urge to buy, buy, buy. The worst part: the interest you will be paying on that purchase long after that present is unwrapped, used and pushed to the back of the closet. 

2.) Budget

2010 Holiday Gift Ideas - All Under $30

It's time for holiday shopping, but don't stress because I did a little work for you already. Here are some holiday gift ideas for the whole family and they are all under $30! Most of these purchases can be made without even going into an actual store. That's right, you can buy these gifts from the mall carts in Tyson's Corner. I know you can usually find some pretty abstract items from mall carts, such as smokeless cigarettes or several versions of eyebrow threading, but today in Tyson's Corner I came across a few fabulous gift ideas. 

-For the little ones: Stuffed animal pillows. Who wouldn't love one of these? They might not just be for the little ones. These pillows come in pretty much animal (pigs, lady bugs, frogs..you name it!) and are $16.99 for the smallest, $21.99 for the medium sized one, and $24.99 for the largest one.

Briar Patch Donates Rooms for Veteran's Day

Reprinted with permission from Ashburn Patch -- Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in scenic Middleburg plans to offer free rooms to veterans as part of a nationwide promotion this week to honor those who have served our country.

B&Bs and inns across the country are providing free rooms on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 to honor servicemen and women now serving or who have previously served time with one of the country's military forces.

Two B&B owners started the program in 2009. Both were members of the West Virginia B&B Association and this year the veteran program has expanded to include 49 states, 8 international locations and more than 850 Inns.

Three Leesburg Restaurants Featured in Northern Virginia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010

 

From the Town of Leesburg – In the November 2010 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, three Leesburg restaurants are featured in the magazine’s annual list of the area’s 50 Best Restaurants.  All three restaurants—Lightfoot Restaurant, Tuscarora Mill, and The Wine Kitchen—are also recognized as “Destination Restaurants” by Visit Loudoun (www.visitloudoun.org).  

“Northern Virginia Magazine’s recognition of these remarkable Leesburg restaurants accurately showcases the growing culinary arts culture in Leesburg,” commented Ara Bagdasarian, chair of Leesburg’s Economic Development Commission.

Company to Give Away a Heating System

My Plumber Heating and Cooling prides itself on a long history of giving back to the communities that it serves.  As company founder R. Wendell Presgrave explains it, “We consider it our privilege to give something back to the communities that provide our living, and frankly, we love having the opportunity.”  My Plumber has collected many tons of food for the hun­gry, performed free or deeply discounted plumbing repairs for homeless shelters and in private homes throughout Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland, and sponsored sports teams, school plays and many other educational activities.  The company also has a tradition of replacing, for free, the oldest, ugliest heating system that it can find each autumn.