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So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

Also, in case you want to follow me further, check out my blog at http://stevenlukisblog.wordpress.com/. Look forward to seeing you there.

Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

Male Body Found on Fort Belvoir

A man was found dead yesterday on Fort Belvoir. The body was discovered in a wooded area and he was believed to be a Solider, according to Chris Grey of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. The name of the deceased male is not being released at this time. The Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the cause of death, and once identification is confirmed his closest relatives will be notified.

 

Reflections of You Salon in Fairfax Shows Appreciation for School Staff

The Reflections of You salon and spa in Fairfax, VA is doing something special in this back-to-school season. They have given away 13 gift certificates so far to teachers and staff at various elementary and high schools for a welcome back.

The co-owner of Reflections of You, David Plum, is a teacher himself at Lake Braddock in Burke, VA. He has been providing teachers and other staff at schools gift cards for 3 years at the beginning and end of the year as a sign of appreciation for what they do day in and day out. Plum shared that this year alone, Reflections of You supplied over 1200 $20 gift cards and 13 $50 gift cards for school staff in the area.

Plum suffered from a serious ankle injury a few years ago, and spent a lot of time in the hospital. This led him to another idea.

Sterling Resident Involved in Fatal Crash in Chantilly Area

This morning, August 20, at around 1:30 a.m. there was a fatal crash at Lee Jackson Memorial Highway and Lees Corner Road. A 71-year-old woman driving a 2003 Acura MDX was traveling west on Lee Jackson Memorial Highway when she struck the driver of a 2001 Volkswagen Passat traveling north on Lees Corner Road.

The driver of the Passat, 21 year-old Burbuqe Mirena of Sterling, was immediately transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital, but was pronounced dead at around 6:30 a.m. this morning. The driver of the Acura was transported to the hospital as well, but later released with non life-threatening injuries.

No charges have been placed and investigations are ongoing. If you witnessed the crash, detectives would like to hear from you. You can call 1-866-411-TIPS, text “TIP187,” email at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org , or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

            

Summer Reading Program Recognizes 2 Grand Prize Winners

The Burke Centre Library of Burke, VA had over 275 adults sign up for this year’s summer reading program. This group read a total of 1,974 books! The library gave away lots of smaller prizes and two grand prizes. Burke resident, Edna Weller, won an Amazon Kindle and Burke resident, Ashley Gammon won an iPod.

The Burke Centre Library is located at 5935 Freds Oak Road in Burke, VA. If you missed out on this summer reading program, there are lots of different events and programs coming this fall so be sure to check them out at http://www.bcpls.org/adult.php.

100 Needy Students Receive School Supplies Shopping Spree

Early this morning 100 local students in need were given the opportunity to visit a local Target store to buy back-to-school supplies. The Salvation Army and Target teamed up to help these students purchase a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 students nationwide with the Target School Spree. Each student that is selected by the Salvation Army gets an $80 Target Giftcard for school supplies.

There were 30 students from DC and Prince Georges County, 30 from Alexandria and Arlington County, 30 from Fairfax and Prince William County, and 10 from Montgomery County.