Arlington, VA

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today applauded the passage of a bill to continue providing financial support to those who suffered physical harm or families of those who were killed as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks or ensuing debris removal efforts. With the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) set to expire in 2020, the bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act will secure funding for the VCF through Fiscal Year 2090 and ensure that all first responders and victims suffering from certified 9/11 illnesses can continue to count on this crucial program.

“Virginians will never forget 9/11 or the brave individuals who put their lives on the line in service of their fellow Americans. Unfortunately, many first responders and survivors today are reminded of that fateful day by the health issues they now face,” said the Senators. “While we can never repay the sacrifices of our first responders or their families, we can at least ensure that they receive the financial support they deserve. We applaud the passage of this important bill and urge the President to sign it into law as soon as possible.”

During the September 11th terrorist attacks, thousands of first responders and survivors were exposed to toxic materials, including burning chemicals, pulverized drywall and powdered cement. As a result of this exposure, many victims and first responders have become injured, fallen ill or lost their lives. The VCF provides compensation for those affected and has awarded more than $5 billion in benefits, with approximately 21,000 claims pending. From the Pentagon, 152 responders and 69 non-responders filed claims. Of those, the fund approved 36 claims by responders and thus far paid 32. It has also approved 16 claims from non-responders and paid all 16. In addition to reauthorizing funding, this legislation will also modify the VCF by allowing claims to be filed until October 2089 and adjusting the annual limit on economic loss compensation to account for inflation.

The bipartisan bill, introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), passed through the House earlier this month by a 402-12 vote. It passed through the senate by a vote of 97-2.

By: The Ritz-Carlton

July 23, 2019

Hotel Debuts Restaurant Chef, Pastry Chef and Executive Sous Chef

Arlington, VA [July 23, 2019] The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City announced the appointment of three new members of the Ritz-Carlton culinary team.Including the quintessential service experience Ritz-Carlton is known for, the chefs bring with them unique new talents to contribute to the exceptional culinary scene of the Washington D.C. metro area.

Jose Noguez has been named Restaurant Chef for fyve Restaurant Lounge. He began his love for cooking at age three in Naples, Florida. Noguez competed in culinary competitions and continued to learn the fundamentals of his profession at Johnson and Wales University in North Miami. In 2010, Noguez was appointed Chef de Partie at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples where he expanded his culinary experience. Soon after, he was promoted to Chef Tournant in charge of the Bella Vista Lounge, a position he held for two years before being named Restaurant Chef at Mezzo.

Anabella Pru, Executive Pastry Chef, hails from Venezuela, and uses her innovative creations to design cakes and other delicious desserts with exotic ingredients. Pru’s career at Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts led her to work alongside some of the world’s best executive pastry chefs, which influenced her own unique style.  Pru was nominated for the JWU ZEST award for Pastry Chef of the Year, one of seven of Miami’s Elite Pastry Chefs, while working at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne.

Culinary professional, Phil Skerman, was named Executive Sous Chef. He has served as a chef at Ritz-Carlton locations throughout Florida and the Washington, D.C. region. Skerman’s background includes strategic planning and introduction of new food & beverage initiatives at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. He is a multiple nominee and winner of the Five Star Employee of the Quarter Award.

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

Set against a backdrop rich in history and tradition, The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City offers a modernly elegant hotel experience near the nation’s capital. Luxury accommodations and amenities, including a globally influenced restaurant and event space, are complemented by attentive service and an Arlington, VA location that is moments from historic landmarks, museums and shopping.

By: University of Phoenix

July 22, 2019

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – In celebration of University of Phoenix’s Northern Virginia – D.C. Metro Service Center in Arlington, VA, grand opening, the University will host a series of activities open to students, alumni and the community next week. This new service center will provide career and academic support resources, work and meeting spaces, and host other community events throughout the year.

Next week’s events include a ribbon cutting opening ceremony and a career fair, where participants will receive free LinkedIn headshots, tips on how to create federal resumes and corporate resumes, and the opportunity to meet with employers. University of Phoenix will also partner with Rise Against Hunger for a community service event. Staff, alumni, students, faculty, and new graduates will pack 15,000 meals that will be distributed to vulnerable populations around the world.

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Opening of University of Phoenix’s Northern Virginia – D.C. Metro Service Center

Thursday, July 25, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

2019 Summer Career Fair
Friday, July 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Rise Against Hunger Community Service Event
WHERE:       University of Phoenix
4401 Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203

Media are welcome to attend these events, and the Director of Academic Affairs Michael McKinley and Campus Director Cheryl Seminara will be available for interviews.

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.

SEVEN CORNERS – Eastbound and westbound Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) at the Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) interchange and eastbound Wilson Boulevard (Route 613) between the eastbound Route 50 service road and the westbound Route 50 service road will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, August 2 to 5 a.m. Monday, August 5 to safely demolish the Wilson Boulevard bridge deck over Route 50 and install the new bridge deck, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Eastbound Route 50 traffic will be detoured via the eastbound Route 50 service road back to Route 50, and westbound Route 50 traffic will be detoured via the westbound service road back to Route 50.

Eastbound Wilson Boulevard traffic will be detoured via Route 7, Patrick Henry Drive, Route 50 and the westbound Route 50 service road back to Wilson Boulevard.

Drivers can expect major delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

The work is part of the Wilson Boulevard over Route 50 bridge rehabilitation project. After the weekend closure, drivers can expect single-lane closures on Route 50 and the eastbound Wilson Boulevard bridge until late fall. The project is scheduled for completion this winter.

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By: VMDO Architects

July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019–A 2017 AIA Committee on the Environment “Top Ten” recipient, Discovery Elementary School is the first school and third project ever to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Zero Energy certification. Designed by VMDO Architects, Discovery is also the first recipient of the USGBC National Capital Region’s (NCR) Net Zero Award and is the only building in the NCR to date to demonstrate a net-positive energy balance. Internationally, Discovery is one of the largest buildings of any kind anywhere in the world to receive Zero Energy (ZE) certification by the International Living Future Institute and New Buildings Institute.

Arlington Public Schools Sets the Bar–Discovery is Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) first elementary school designed in the 21st century. Throughout a series of intensive community planning meetings, careful attention was focused on designing and building a school that supports how and where students learn. Every nook and cranny of the school is arranged to create a seamless integration between design, sustainability, and learning. The school’s ZE design results in $117,000 of annual utility cost savings in comparison to a typical APS elementary school of the same size–enough to cover the salaries of two teachers. The project was completed under budget, allowing the school district to apply $2,900,000 to other projects. Further, the building is operating more efficiently than designed, at an actual energy use intensity (EUI) of 15.8 KBTU/sf/year. Since 2017, Discovery has produced more energy than it’s used–sending a surplus of 100,000 kWh annually back to the grid, which is enough to power 7.5 average Virginia homes for an entire year.

“There is no reason that we can’t use public school construction anywhere in this country to advance zero energy and learning outcomes. Cost certainly is not the reason.”

–Wyck Knox, Principal, VMDO Architects

Accelerating ZE through Sustainable Design Partnerships–In fall 2016, the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative launched its Zero Energy Schools Accelerator in conjunction with a tour of Discovery, led by VMDO’s Wyck Knox. In 2019, the USGBC NCR used a similar tour of Discovery to bring attention to its LEED Zero certification. Both initiatives seek to make ZE schools more mainstream by demonstrating how investing in renewable energy translates into cost savings and enhanced learning environments. As reported by the New Buildings Institute’s 2019 Watchlist, ZE schools have experienced a remarkable 850% growth since 2010. Successful ZE schools like Discovery are creating pathways for participation for schools and school districts across the country.

“What is most important about Discovery is that it allows teachers to think about how students learn. Curriculum is just something the state gives to us and you can teach that anywhere, but with this space, we can get creative, experiment, and shepherd meaningful experiences.”

–Erin Russo, Principal, Discovery Elementary School

School as a Teaching Tool–Like its name suggests, Discovery provides hands-on learning opportunities that encourage students to take ownership of their sustainable school and contribute to its carbon-neutral culture. Discovery achieved LEED Gold certification in 2018 for new construction. Notably, it earned full points within the Innovation credit category and includes the School as a Teaching Tool credit, which is intended to help project teams integrate sustainability features of the school into the educational mission. To foster a culture of stewardship and accountability, sustainable features such as the photovoltaic array are made visible and accessible through learning opportunities like a rooftop solar lab. Data from the adjustable solar lab is fed into the school’s building energy dashboard, allowing students to conduct experiments with real-time data. Engaging students in the learning opportunities inherent in zero energy schools offers a way for their vision for a greener future to become a reality.

“Innovative projects like Discovery Elementary School are critical to transforming our buildings, spaces, and places so that they can continue to sustain future generations. Giving students the opportunity to see and experience their school building as a living laboratory encourages greater understanding and stewardship for their planet and community. By setting high goals for energy performance and involving students in the effort, Discovery demonstrates a new threshold of academic and industry leadership.”

–Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC

For more information about VMDO Architects and Discovery Elementary School, please visit vmdo.com. For media inquiries, please contact Mary Beth Lineberry, Director of Marketing, at [email protected]

By: Marymount University

July 18, 2019

Dr. Hesham El-Rewini joins leading Catholic university after serving at the University of North Dakota since 2008.

Arlington, Va. — Marymount is proud to welcome the university’s new Provost, Hesham El-Rewini, Ph.D., P.E., who officially begins his duties on campus this week.

Dr. El-Rewini is a proven leader in higher education, and assumes his new position with nearly 30 years of experience at both private and public universities. He also brings to Marymount a successful track record in fundraising, strategic planning, program development and public speaking.

A Provost search committee selected Dr. El-Rewini from a national pool of highly-qualified candidates in February. He is expected to play a crucial role in the implementation of Marymount’s strategic plan, which seeks to transform the institution from a regionally recognized school to a nationally recognized and internationally renowned university.

“We have bold plans for the future of Marymount as we strive to become an elite Catholic institution that is nationally recognized for innovation,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “We are honored to bring Dr. El-Rewini on board, and we are sure he will be instrumental in helping lead us into a new era of transformative education.”

“Many factors have attracted me to Marymount – most important of all are its talented people, strategic location near the nation’s capital, new strategic plan and incredible potential to be recognized among the very best universities nationally and internationally,” Dr. El-Rewini said. “I’m excited about working with the faculty and staff to strike a good balance between expanding our existing strong programs and offering new, innovative programs in strategically important areas to a larger pool of students.”

Most recently, Dr. El-Rewini served since 2008 as Dean of the College of Engineering and Mines at the University of North Dakota (UND). In addition, he concurrently served as Senior Vice Provost of UND from April 2017 to June 2018.

From 2008 to 2019, Dr. El-Rewini was instrumental in increasing both physical enrollment (119 percent for undergraduates, 158 percent for graduates and 420 percent for doctoral students) and online enrollment (285 percent). He also oversaw improved retention rates (78 percent to 81 percent) and increased college research expenditures (88 percent), as well as growth of student scholarships (221 percent) and total college endowment (313 percent).

Dr. El-Rewini even received an award from UND’s student government in 2016 for his dedication to student success. He credits his accomplishments to a collaborative leadership style that is honest, transparent and inclusive.

“I believe that decisions are more effective when varied opinions are included in the process,” Dr. El-Rewini said. “I want to promote a culture of togetherness…of collaboration, support, inspiration, empowerment and healthy debate. It’s a culture in which everyone knows for sure that they have something to do with every accomplishment and every success.”

Before his time at UND, Dr. El-Rewini served for seven years at Southern Methodist University as chair of the department of Computer Science and Engineering, and 11 years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as assistant/associate/full professor and chair ad interim of the department of Computer Science. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Oregon State University.

Throughout his career in higher education, Dr. El-Rewini has led funded research projects, published numerous scholarly articles, supervised master’s and doctoral students and coauthored several books, including one of the earliest books written about parallel computing.

Dr. El-Rewini is married to Dr. Sherine Talaat, an internal medicine physician. Together, they have three children – daughter Zeinab, son Bassel and daughter Yassmine.

Since September 2018, Dr. Jeanne Matthews has served as the university’s interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She is also the Dean and a Professor of Nursing at Marymount’s Malek School of Health Professions. Dr. Becerra thanks her for her dedication and leadership throughout this period of transition.

About Marymount University

Marymount University is a Catholic university with its main campus in Arlington, Va. Marymount offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines. It has approximately 3,375 students enrolled, representing approximately 44 states and 76 countries.

By: Arlington Chamber of Commerce

July 17, 2019

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Kate Bates, has received the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) 2019 Forty Under 40 award. This award recognizes professionals from the chamber industry who have demonstrated significant success in their careers and have made noteworthy contributions to their communities. Bates stood out in a pool of more than 118 candidates from around the country due to her impressive career accomplishments and commitment to Arlington.

The Forty Under 40 award is a new program, presented by ACCE, designed to highlight the brightest individuals under the age of 40 in the chamber industry. The inaugural class of honorees have demonstrated meaningful involvement in the advancement of their communities and proven professional success within their respective chambers.

Kate Bates joined the Arlington Chamber of Commerce staff in 2007 and was appointed as President and CEO in 2014, following an extensive national search. Under her leadership, the Chamber’s annual operating income has grown by 30 percent, crossing the million-dollar threshold in 2018 for the first time in the organization’s history. Over the last five years, Bates has also significantly grown the membership to a current level of more than 760 members.

In addition, Bates has increased the Chamber’s business advocacy efforts. The Chamber has accomplished notable state and local successes for their advocacy efforts, including mobilizing local support for Amazon’s performance agreement in March 2019. Due to the Chamber’s growth in revenue and advocacy efforts, this year, the Washington Business Journal named the Arlington Chamber of Commerce one of the 25 Largest Business Advocacy Groups in the Greater D.C. area.

Growing the organization has provided the Arlington Chamber additional opportunities to serve its member businesses and organizations in customized ways. The Chamber has been able to provide additional support for networking and business development, business advocacy, community engagement, and professional development.

“It’s an honor to be included in the inaugural class of honorees and to receive the award alongside such exceptional chamber industry peers,” said Bates on accepting the award. “The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has a strong trajectory as we have grown our membership and impact significantly over the last five years. We are incredibly proud to be the go-to resource for Arlington businesses and their ever-evolving needs.”

The Arlington County Treasurer’s Office received its re-accreditation from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia (TAV) on June 14, 2019. The Office Accreditation program is a voluntary professional certificate program that is overseen by the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia. Sixty-five treasurers’ offices were accredited this year. It is estimated that combined, the accredited offices handled close to $13 billion dollars in Fiscal Year 2018.

While it is not required for any treasurer’s office to be accredited, receiving accreditation acknowledges that the office meets the statewide best practices for performance in treasury management. “The Arlington County Treasurer’s Office chooses to submit to the accreditation process every year to ensure that we are good stewards of Arlington’s funds,” said de la Pava.

As part of the rigorous accreditation process, offices must successfully pass an outside audit with no findings of material weakness. The accreditation process also requires proof of continuing education such as attendance of an ethics course by the treasurer (or a principal officer) and educational requirements for staff. Accredited offices are required to have written policies in place addressing areas such as personnel, customer service, and delinquent collections. The Arlington County Treasurer’s Office has been accredited every year since 2015.

“The TAV is committed to ensuring that elected treasurers have the resources and tools they need to serve the citizens who elect them,” concluded the TAV’s Immediate Past President Evelyn Powers. “We are proud of the 65 offices that received accreditation this year and the hard work and dedication it took for each of them to meet the highest standards of excellence in fiscal management.”

About the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia

The Treasurers’ Association of Virginia has 187 active members across Virginia’s cities, counties, and towns. Its goal is to use education and networking to raise professionalism and fiscal leadership in Virginia’s treasurers and their staffs. The Association hosts multiple classes and conferences to support its members and to enable offices to stay current in practices and standards. Members adhere to a strict code of ethics and to the highest standards of performance as they seek to manage faithfully the funds entrusted to them by the citizens of Virginia.

This summer, we’re bringing you the magic of cinema under the stars with Movie Nights in the Plaza at Ballston Quarter!

On July 18th, you’re invited to join the Pre-Show Party at the Plaza complete with party games like giant Jenga and beer pong.

The party kicks off at 7:30 PM, but find your seats by 8:30 PM for the start of the film. We’ll be showing Shazam! on our outdoor screen. Make sure to bring chairs or a blanket to complete the theater experience.

When: July 18th, 7:30 PM-Pre-show Party, 8:30 PM-Movie Starts
Where: Ballston Quarter

Kick it old school at Ballston Field Day! Field Day is all about fitness, fun and making new friends. Join us on Saturday, July 27th, from 10am-1pm at Washington Liberty’s football field to expand your fitness routine and get tips to fuel your body and mind. You’ll be able to try a new workout every 10 yards with the regions top gyms, including OrangeTheory Fitness, Ballston Crossfit, [solidcore], and more!

Your participation not only empowers you — your $5 donation at registration also supports Doorways. Doorways for Women and Families is a local nonprofit creating pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault leading to safe, stable and empowered lives.

By: Virginia State Police

July 14, 2019

At 12:44 a.m. Saturday (July 13), Virginia State Police Trooper L. Vajglova initiated a traffic stop on a Ford Expedition traveling west on Interstate 66 near Route 123 in Fairfax County. The violation was for speeding – 90 mph. At first the Expedition refused to stop for the trooper, but finally pulled off and stopped on the shoulder. A few minutes into the traffic stop, the driver of the Expedition drove off from the trooper and a pursuit was initiated westbound on I-66.

The pursuit continued into the City of Manassas and then eastbound on I-66. During the course of the pursuit, the Expedition repeatedly rammed Trooper Vajglova’s patrol car, two other troopers’ vehicles, and a Fairfax County Police Officer’s vehicle as they attempted to surround the suspect vehicle in order to safely bring it to a stop and end the pursuit. But the Expedition continued west onto I-495 where Virginia State Police finally maneuvered it to a stop approximately a 1/2 mile from the exit for I-95.

The driver of the Expedition, Noe Adalberto Guerro Molina, 34, of Arlington, Va., was taken into custody and arrested for DUI – 2nd offense within 10 years. He was also charged with one felony account of eluding police, six counts of attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer; two counts of hit-and-run; obstruction of justice; and failure to obey a red light. He is being held without bond at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

No law enforcement were injured during the course of the pursuit. No civilian vehicles were struck during the course of the pursuit. Fairfax County Police assisted with the pursuit.

The incident remains under investigation.

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