Arlington, VA

October 9, 2018

LEESBURG, VA (October 8, 2018) – The annual Great American Living Awards ceremony honors only the best and the brightest in all areas of the Northern Virginia homebuilding industry, including development, architecture, sales, interior design and marketing. Once again this year, Knutson Companies took home three awards for their continued excellence in architecture, interior design and marketing.

Receiving all three of the awards, luxury terrace townhome community, Brambleton Town Center was in the spotlight. The community’s Rockland model took home Best Design & Architecture and Best Interior Design and Merchandising for a home priced between $600,000 to $700,000. The community also received an Award of Merit for Best Community Brochure. The awards validate the company’s commitment to designing and building luxury homes in urban-style, walkable neighborhoods where homeowners can truly benefit from the difference.

“There is a company culture here that extends to every person we team with on our projects and I believe it is in that attention to detail, in everything we do, that allowed us to be honored,” says Don Knutson, President and Owner of Knutson Companies. “It shows in the breadth of the awards that we won, from the architecture to the interior design and marketing, and because of that I am so proud to be a part of this award-winning team.”

Knutson also is nearly sold out of Brambleton sister community, Downtown Brambleton, which offers luxury urban townhomes right down the street. This award-winning community also took home multiple design and architecture honors at last year’s GALA ceremony.

“It is incredibly humbling to be honored by our peers in the homebuilding industry who have such a deep knowledge, understanding and passion for what we do,” says Knutson. “Year-after-year, to receive these awards of excellence means not only are we being recognized for doing what we love, but it provides validation to our homeowners that they are receiving a top-quality home experience.”

The luxury terrace townhomes at Brambleton Town Center are now selling from $479,990 and the urban townhomes at Downtown Brambleton are priced from the upper $600s.

Founded in 2012, the Knutson Companies develop and build townhome, condominium and mixed-use communities within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and recreation. Everyone at the Knutson Companies is guided by being forthright with people, sharing in their excitement, and building each and every community like they were going to live there. Visit Knutson Companies at for updates on current and planned projects in and around the Washington, DC metro area.

October 3, 2018

More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime (Centers for Disease Control, 2010). Domestic and dating violence are happening at school, work, and in the community.

To discuss what is happening and how to support our community members, Project PEACE is hosting Kate Ranta, a local domestic and gun violence survivor, and community leaders Theo Stamos, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and City of Falls Church and Christa Carlton, Director of Domestic and Sexual Programs at Doorways for Women and Families, for a community conversation about sex, violence and the Arlington community.  The event takes place Thursday, October 4th 6:30pm, at the Walter Reed Community Center, 16th Street S, Arlington, VA 22204.

Kate Ranta is the mother of two boys, a marketing professional and a survivor of domestic and gun violence.  She and her father survived two bullets each when her ex-husband shot them.  The couple’s young son witnessed the shooting.  Kate has been an activist for nearly six years, appeared in documentary films, and in national media.  She leverages her story to raise awareness about violence against women and the deadly intersection between domestic abuse and gun violence.

Theo Stamos, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church states “My office has always held the belief that victims must be championed and offenders must be held accountable. However, domestic violence occurs every day in Arlington County that never touches the criminal justice system. All of us need to take a stand against all forms of domestic violence, wherever it occurs. We must continue to strive to be a community where neighbors can rely on one another for support and to make Arlington County a safer place for everyone.”

Arlington County Project PEACE is a coordinated community response dedicated to advancing the most effective and efficient array of education, prevention, protection, and support services to end domestic and sexual violence in the community. This event includes descriptions of violence and may not be appropriate for young children.

By: The Chevy Chase Land Company

October 1, 2018

The Chevy Chase Land Company, (“The Land Company”) a leading owner, manager and developer of office, retail and multi-family properties in the Washington, DC metro area, announced today the $90 million acquisition of 672 Flats, a 173-Unit Class A apartment building in the heart of Ballston in Arlington, Virginia.

“The acquisition of 672 Flats broadens The Land Company’s investments in transit-oriented, urban properties and diversifies the portfolio with the acquisition of a Northern Virginia, multi-family asset,” said Tom Regnell, President and CEO of The Land Company. “Ballston is one of the strongest markets in our region and continues to grow and thrive by offering an exceptional level of livability with strong employment and demand drivers, ideal demographics and a vibrant live-work-play environment.”

672 Flats is a boutique, highly amenitized, urban-infill multi-family community located in the prime Ballston submarket of the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. The building is six stories and was completed in June 2018. The property is located at 672 North Glebe Road at the convergence of Glebe Road, Wilson Boulevard and I-66, among a diverse array of university campuses, restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues. 672 Flats is within three blocks of the Ballston Metro Station (Orange and Silver Lines) with a second entrance planned just two blocks from the property. Boasting a walk score of 93/100, 672 Flats is a short walk from countless amenities within the R-B Corridor including Ballston Quarter, the redevelopment of Ballston Mall which is underway and will transform the surrounding neighborhood.

The Land Company acquired the property through a 1031 tax deferred exchange from the sale of 7316 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland earlier this month.

About the Chevy Chase Land Company

For over 125 years, The Chevy Chase Land Company has owned, managed and developed exceptional properties throughout the Washington, DC region. Today, the Land Company owns and manages almost two million square feet of office, retail and residential properties. For more information on the Land Company, please visit

By: Bridges to Independence

October 1, 2018

Arlington, VA–Bridges to Independence announced today a new contribution from AT&T. A private, nonprofit organization, Bridges is dedicated to serving families experiencing homelessness in the City of Alexandria and Arlington County, VA. AT&T’s support will directly benefit Bridges’ mission by expanding the organization’s Youth Development Program which serves children experiencing homelessness.

“We are very grateful to AT&T for demonstrating this true generosity of spirit and resources,” said Sam Kelly, Bridges’ Chief Executive Officer. “Youth experiencing homelessness have many obstacles ahead of them. AT&T’s support will allow us to serve the children here in our community who need us most.”

“Bridges to Independence works with young people in Arlington who face significant challenges as they prepare for life after high school. Our contribution will help students improve academic performance, develop leadership skills, and explore college and career opportunities,” said Garrett McGuire, regional director for AT&T in Virginia.

McGuire said the $29,969 contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s initiative to drive student success in school and beyond.

Bridges to Independence’s Youth Development Program aids school-aged children five and older. The program provides vulnerable youth the opportunity to improve academic performance, find outlets for positive self-expression, expand opportunities for future college and/or career success, promote health and wellness, and build skills for adulthood.

About Bridges to Independence:

Bridges to Independence leads individuals and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures. They offer a continuum of aid and support for all family members, helping them attain financial security and move forward into self-sufficiency. As homelessness is often episodic, their other priority is working closely with former participants to ensure they are able to remain securely housed and do not fall into homelessness again. For more information about Bridges to Independence, visit or call (703) 525-7177.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. We have a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs. Our AT&T Aspire initiative uses innovation in education to drive student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

By: Michael Zuiker

July 5, 2018

Arlington, VA – During the hot, dry conditions of summer, wild birds will continuously look for reliable sources of water.

“Water is crucial to birds, sometimes more than food,” said Michael Zuiker, owner of the Arlington, Wild Birds Unlimited. “Water is vitally important when it’s extremely hot, because birds do not sweat and must remove excess body heat through their respiratory system. So, when temperatures rise, birds’ respiration rate increases, sometimes to the point where they can pant like a dog. This activity dehydrates birds,” added Zuiker.

A reliable source of water also allows birds to bathe regularly, a critical part of feather maintenance and staying in top-flight condition. However, offering water does not have to be difficult or expensive.

Attract more birds by offering water in a bird bath. These water sources are normally elevated to protect birds from natural predators. Bird baths with sloped sides permit visitors to move from shallow to deeper water, and they accommodate different sized birds that need to drink or bathe. It can also significantly increase your enjoyment of your birds by allowing you to watch their often comical antics as they drink, bathe, and preen.

However, as entertaining it is for us, water (or the lack thereof) can be deadly for birds. Birds must be ready to fly at all times, and bathing is a critical part of feather maintenance and staying in top-flight condition. So, while the addition of a bird bath, fountain or mister to your yard can supply hours of enjoyable bird watching entertainment for you, it may also be providing a lifesaving necessity.

Some people use misters to provide birds with water. When located near foliage, misters give birds the opportunity to “leaf bathe.” Birds exhibiting this behavior will flutter against wet plants or leaves to release droplets onto their feathers.

Open sources of water, such as bird baths, can cause a potential mosquito problem. For this reason, many people use a Water Wiggler, an agitator that creates ripples in water (mosquitoes cannot/do not lay eggs in moving water). Also, water in motion is far more attractive to birds than a stagnant pond.

“Water is essential to their survival,” said Zuiker, “and many people see that necessity as an opportunity to be entertained by the birds.”

Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, VA is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Visit our Web site and shop online at To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit

By: Karen Tucker

June 19, 2018

ARLINGTON, Virginia (June 18, 2018) — The Aurora Hills Women’s Club announces it has donated over $125,000 to local charities over the past ten years.

Since 1958, members of the Club have lived up to its motto of “Continuing Community Commitment” by actively supporting organizations and projects that help make Arlington a great place to live. The purpose of the Club is two fold:

  • To support charitable organizations that serve people in Arlington
  • To provide programs of general interest and education to its members in a social setting

Annually the Club holds several fundraisers and is known locally for its holiday wreath sale, featuring custom wreaths individually designed and decorated by the members. Funds raised are designated primarily to two charities.

The main beneficiary is the Hume School building, which houses the Arlington Historical Museum. Located in its neighborhood, the Club has an interest in preserving and maintaining this iconic former schoolhouse. Over the past ten years, the Club has provided in excess of $64,000 for this purpose.

Every year Club members select an additional charity for a substantial donation. For the 2017-18 Club year, the members selected the Arlington Free Clinic, which provides health care services to needy people in Arlington. At the recent annual awards luncheon for the Club, the Free Clinic was provided a donation of $7,500. Past recipients of significant donations include Doorways, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Arlington Thrive, the Operation Renewed Hope Foundation (housing for homeless military vets), and the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

About the Aurora Hills Women’s Club

The Aurora Hills Women’s Club was founded in 1958 by a small group of military wives who got together to raise money for community projects. The Club is a 501c3 nonprofit. Membership is open to all local women who support the mission of the Club. Please visit our website for membership and donation information.

By: Garret Littler

June 18, 2018

On Friday, June 15, 2018, Keri Shull, CEO of Arlington’s Optime Realty and The Keri Shull Team, was awarded the Second Annual Women in Sales Executive Leadership Award by the Institute of Excellence in Sales.

Keri has been lauded for her forward thinking, hyper supportive and inclusive team structure. In an industry with exceedingly high failure rates, the Keri Shull Team system is set up to provide maximal support to realtors.

Her approach has ensured the widespread success of her rapidly growing team in an increasingly competitive real estate market and has helped her business grow to become the top real estate team in Arlington for 4 years running.

Keri Shull is the CEO and co-founder of Optime Realty, the top real estate team in Arlington, VA. She has been featured on TLC’s “My First Home” and WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” with Mary Walters, and was recently awarded IES’s Second Annual Women in Sales Executive Leadership Award.

By: Tiffany Young

June 11, 2018

ARLINGTON, VA, June 8, 2018 — The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is pleased to announce that Grammy-nominated R&B singer and songwriter, Eric Robeson, will be the keynote speaker at the its 2018 commencement. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Roberson is known as a singer, songwriter, and producer who continues to break boundaries as an independent artist in an industry dominated by major labels, manufactured sounds and mainstream radio. Described as the original pioneer of the independent movement in R&B/soul music, Roberson has achieved major milestones in his career, from being a successful songwriter and producer for notable artists such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, Vivian Green and countless others, as well as headlining sold out tours across the country.

The Rahway, New Jersey native and Howard University alum became the first independent artist to be nominated for a BET Award. In addition, Roberson was nominated for a GRAMMY award in the “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” category.

“We are delighted to welcome Eric Roberson to address our graduates. Like our students, Eric has demonstrated that he values self-expression, originality, beauty and the development of new ideas,” said Earl Smith, dean of academic affairs.

The Art Institute of Washington, a private, accredited, nonprofit institution and one of The Art Institutes, a system of schools throughout the United States. The 2018 graduating class will receive bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science, associates of arts, associates of science, diploma and certificates degrees in the design, media, and culinary arts. For more information regarding commencement, visit

About The Art Institute of Washington

The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, GA is one of The Art Institutes, a system of non-profit schools throughout the United States. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Some institutions in The Art Institutes system are campuses of Argosy University. The Art Institute of Washington, 1820 N. Fort Myer Drive Arlington, VA 22209 © 2018. The Art Institutes. All rights reserved. Our email address is [email protected].

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By: Trilogy® at Lake Frederick

May 31, 2018

Farm-to-table restaurant in Northern Virginia offers fresh in-season food from popular farms in the region.

Winchester, VA – Region’s 117, Northern Virginia’s hottest farm-to-table restaurant, has unveiled a new spring and summer menu featuring such items as chipotle lime skirt steak and country-style green tomatoes.

“When you start with farm-fresh ingredients, your menu has to change with the seasons by necessity,” said Bilstad. “It’s also a great way to keep your staff engaged and involved, since things are always changing.”

Executive Chef Scott Bilstad said the new menu items are based on fresh ingredients available seasonally from local farms, with the aim of providing fresh twists on classic comfort food dishes and nods to the traditions of the surrounding Shenandoah Valley.

The new seasonal menu includes such items as a Reuben sandwich with Wagyu beef corned in- house, a husky chicken verde with Byrd Mill yellow grits and mussels in white wine sauce. Other new additions include lemon ricotta agnolotti.

Along with the food, the scenery has also been changing with the seasons at Region’s 117, which is situated on the picturesque 117-acre Lake Frederick in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The restaurant, which is surrounded by hiking and biking trails, was named one of the 100 most scenic in America by Open Table in 2017.

Region’s 117 is housed in the 36,000-square-foot Shenandoah Lodge & Athletic Club, located at Trilogy® at Lake Frederick, an exclusive and upscale 55+ active lifestyle resort community 90 minutes from Washington, D.C. It offers scenic views of both Lake Frederick and the surrounding Shenandoah Valley with optional seating on the outdoor veranda.

“Seasonal menus are a great way to feel more connected with the food you eat,” added Bilstad. “When you’re looking out the beautiful spring landscape while enjoying fresh ingredients prepared with care, it really keeps you grounded.”

To view Region’s 117’s complete spring and summer menu, visit:

Watch the new Trilogy at Lake Frederick Lifestyle Video here:

About Trilogy® Active Lifestyle Communities

Trilogy® communities are resort style communities offering a new choice in living to those looking for an exciting lifestyle that centers around health and wellness, exploration and continued learning, and close personal connections with new and existing friends. Architecturally desirable product design and amenities reflect the changing needs of today’s sophisticated consumer, including dynamic food and beverage programs, world-class clubs, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and a diverse range of recreation and education opportunities. More information is available by visiting or calling 888-694-9478.

About Shea Homes®

Shea Homes is one of the largest private homebuilders in the nation. Since its founding in 1968, Shea Homes has built more than 100,000 homes. Over the past several years, Shea Homes has been recognized as a leader in customer satisfaction with a reputation for design, quality and customer service. Shea Homes builds new homes in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Texas. For more information about Shea Homes and its communities, please visit the company’s websites at: and

Global Bhagavad Gita Convention (GBGC) will showcase Gita’s road-map to accomplish personal and universal well-being through uplifting and insightful presentations by a distinguished group of speakers including professionals, scholars, leaders, and thinkers, who will share with us Gita’s timeless wisdom with practical perspectives. The convention promises to be an enlightening and transformative event.

The global dialog on Bhagavad Gita is being convened as part of a long-term effort under the inspirational guidance of Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha, a renowned Spiritual Master from India. ​Through a series of global dialog, Center for Inner Resources Development – North America (CIRD-NA) will present the message of Bhagavad Gita as a secular and historical text to all as a universal life manual.

This year’s convention will be held from September 15-16, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday), at Center for the Arts, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Admission to the convention is free.

Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Indian text that documents the dialog between two great warriors, Krishna, the teacher and Arjuna, the student. For the past several millennia people from all walks of life have discovered practical spiritual wisdom in Gita to empower their lives. The knowledge in Gita provides a deep understanding of human nature enabling one to live and interact in the world with expansion, ease, and fulfillment.

The convention will provide an opportunity to participants to understand the spiritual truth at a personal level and the practical application of the Bhagavad Gita message. Attendees from every walk of life will discover how spiritual wisdom enriches and empowers their inner personality, enabling them to assimilate various impacts from the world and thereby feel a sense of inner expansion and elevation.

“The convention will offer a platform for learning, knowledge exchange and collaboration and will aim to positively impact personal and social welfare.”

According to Pankaj Bhatia and Dr. Ravi Jandhyala, Program Convenors of 2018 GBGC.

Interested participants are encouraged to register early and confirm their participation by visiting The Global Bhagavad Gita Convention Website:

By: Transurban

May 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2018 — A survey of more than 1,000 Washington, D.C., area drivers who travel the Interstate 395 corridor shows that motorists self-report engaging in a number of distractions while behind the wheel.

Following the survey findings, Transurban, operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, and the Virginia Department of Transportation announced today the launch of a 2018 “Orange Cones. No Phones.” campaign to reduce distracted driving within the 395 Express Lanes work zone.

“We focus on safety on the Express Lanes and in the 395 Express Lanes work zone every day,” said Jennifer Aument, president, North America, Transurban. “We need the help of drivers to create a safer work zone to ensure on-road construction crews and other travelers are getting where they need to go safely.”

The top three cellphone distractions reported among D.C. area motorists were using a phone to talk, checking GPS or travel planning, and reading a text message. Despite growing research that finds holding a conversation on a cellphone is still dangerously distracting*, more than half of area drivers report feeling unconcerned about using their phones to talk while behind the wheel. The “Orange Cones. No Phones.” campaign aims to improve safety by reducing distracted driving within the 395 Express Lanes work zone.

“In 2017, distracted driving accounted for almost 25 percent of traffic fatalities,” said Shannon Valentine, Virginia Secretary of Transportation. “In work zones alone, VDOT recorded 2,666 crashes resulting in 1,329 injuries and 12 fatalities. The lives lost were completely preventable. We must continue to engage the public about the dangers of distracted driving. The ‘Orange Cones. No Phones.’ campaign is an important component to help deliver safety on our roads and reduce incidents.”

The survey** conducted in March 2018 finds:

  • Nine out of 10 drivers say they have used a cellphone while driving.
  • One in five drivers who have had an accident or near accident claim it was due to cellphone use.
  • Nearly three out of four drivers say they keep their phone close when driving, and one in six have it in their hand.
  • Fifty-four percent of drivers admit to using a cellphone at least occasionally while driving.
  • One-third of drivers in the survey said the last time they used their phone while driving was “today.”
  • One-third of drivers feel “it’s OK” to use a cellphone while stopped at a red light, a stop sign or in traffic.
  • Compared to a similar survey of area drivers in 2014***, hands-free talking while driving increased by 14 percent, with 53 percent of drivers in March 2018 now admitting to doing it.
  • One in four people admit that using a cellphone for activities other than conversations while driving is “frightening.”
  • Seven out of 10 drivers say they stop cellphone use while driving after seeing a sign advising them to do so.
  • Seeing a police officer causes 78 percent of drivers to stop cellphone use while on the roads.

“As the first responders to many of these crashes, we understand the serious consequences of distracted driving,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “Safety is our number one concern, and we are pleased to support this program to educate and increase awareness with drivers across the region to help cut down on distracted driving.”

“With so many drivers on the roads around the Washington area admitting they are distracted while driving, there is a huge safety concern for everyone on the roads,” said John Townsend, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Holding a conversation is still a distraction, and our hope is that this program will help drivers become more aware of the dangers of distracted driving, especially around work zones on our highways, and take active steps to make better choices.”

Checking a cellphone or sending a text using voice commands at seemingly safe moments such as when there is a lull in traffic or the car is stopped at an intersection also has been found to be dangerous behavior. According to a Study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, these types of potentially unsafe mental distractions can affect motorists’ attention for as long as 27 seconds, which is equivalent to traveling the length of nearly three football fields at a speed of 25 miles per hour.

As part of the “Orange Cones. No Phones.” campaign, the partners are implementing a number of tactics supported by the study’s findings, industry data and best practices to improve safety for all drivers:

  • “Orange Cones. No Phones.” signs will be visible throughout the 395 Express Lanes construction corridor.
  • The Virginia State Police presence will be increased in the 395 corridor.
  • Advertisements will remind drivers to travel safely and not to drive while distracted.
  • Press throughout the region will be engaged to help increase awareness with drivers around this important safety message.

The 395 Express Lanes are scheduled to open in fall 2019. The Lanes will extend the 95 Express Lanes eight miles north to the D.C. line and help get people moving in the I-395 corridor. The Lanes will increase capacity by adding another HOV lane, creating three reversible lanes on I-395. As part of this project, Transurban will provide $15 million in transit funding per year to enable multimodal solutions in the corridor.


** The online survey of 1,003 Washington, D.C., area drivers who travel I-395 at least monthly was conducted by international market research firm YouGov between March 21 and March 28, 2018.

*** Online survey of 1,023 frequent I-95 drivers who live in Northern Virginia.

About the Express Lanes

The 495 and 95 Express Lanes operate on I-495 and I-95, providing drivers with faster and more predictable travel options in Northern Virginia. Together, the 495 and 95 Express Lanes create a region-wide network of free-flowing lanes for over 40 miles from the Dulles Toll Road to Stafford County. Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban, the Express Lanes give drivers reliable travel choices on two of Northern Virginia’s most congested roadways. For more information, please visit

About Transurban

For over twenty years, Transurban has improved the quality of life for customers by providing innovative solutions for their transportation needs. Transurban is a pioneer of the public-private partnership (P3) managed lanes concept in the United States. The North American business was among the first to implement major transportation infrastructures in the Virginia region. Our Express Lanes network features industry-leading tolling and traffic management systems on more than 40 miles of managed lanes across the 495 and 95 Express Lanes. Transurban was one of the first to use a number of innovative financing and technology strategies in the development of major toll road projects.


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