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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 www.artinstitutes.edu/arlington.

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: www.regions117.com.

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 TrilogyLife.com 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: www.SheaHomes.com and http://www.trilogylife.com.

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: http://www.globalgita.org.

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.

* https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/03/07/cell-phones-and-talking-passengers-both-lead-distracted-driving-12663

** 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 ExpressLanes.com.

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.

By: Kristin Cowan

May 7, 2018

It’s Small Business Week and a new small business is planning to open in Alexandria: a cat café and wine bar!

Mount Purrnon Cat Café and Wine Bar plans to be Northern Virginia’s first cat café, combining adoptable cats, history, and wine to create a unique experience for visitors. The founders, Kristin Cowan and Adam Patterson, are currently running a Kickstarter to raise funds to help with startup costs. Donating to the Kickstarter gets you a variety of rewards and your card isn’t charged until the end of the campaign, and only if the goal is met.

The café will include a lounge room filled with adoptable cats and a separate bar/café area where visitors can grab café items, snacks, beer, and wine. “Even if people aren’t huge cat fans, they can still visit the cat café and grab a drink,” says Kristin, “but they will probably want to go into the cat room when they see how much fun it is.” Featuring an early U.S. history theme, Mount Purrnon also plans to offer information on the area through books, reference materials, and maps. The café will also hold special events like cat yoga, trivia, and game night, and will be working with a local shelter to get the cats adopted.

Cat cafés have been a growing trend in the US. Originating in Taiwan in the 1990s, cat cafés have become a popular destination for those who want to play with socialized felines. “One of the benefits of cat cafés is that they get cats out of the shelter and help to socialize them,” says Kristin. Of course, perhaps the greatest benefit of cat cafés is that they temporarily house adoptable cats and allow the shelter to save more animals. Cat cafés have shown to reduce euthanasia rates and increase adoption rates. There are also benefits for humans besides the fun experience; research has shown that being around cats may decrease heart problems, decrease risk of stroke, and lower cholesterol. Cats also have been sources of emotional support and stress relief. “Cats and wine may be the perfect de-stressor,” says Kristin.

By: Infolock

May 2, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Infolock is announcing a complete corporate rebranding, including streamlined company name, logo, and a dynamic new website to tell the story of “Maximum Control Data Governance” in a world driven by information. The company was previously known as infoLock Technologies. These changes represent the company’s evolution from a leading software reseller and integrator to a comprehensive data management consulting firm.

Managing partners Sean Steele and Chris Wargo engaged ad agency Admirable Devil to develop the new brand, which is rooted in the company’s values, with a fresh perspective regarding the complex data challenges organizations face.

“After more than a decade working with leading companies and organizations, we understand the challenge facing C-suite leaders isn’t just security – it’s about proactively managing the data ‘lifeblood’ of their businesses. Millions of pieces of data, if not billions, are floating around organizations unsecure and unmonitored. It can feel incredibly daunting – even overwhelming – for business leaders. But it doesn’t have to be,” said Chris Wargo, Co-founder and Managing Partner for Sales and Operations.

The new website opens with “THE OPERAT1ON: A Data Lifecycle Story.” The interactive experience invites visitors to follow a single data file – in this story, a patient health record — from creation through end of life, interacting with several colorful and seedy characters along the way. An unwitting hospital suffers a ransomware attack and data breach. In each chapter, visitors can see how Infolock advises its clients to prepare technically and operationally to prevent incidents and mitigate damage.

The new site details two primary focus areas for Infolock:

Data Governance advisory services in four practice pillars: 1) Advise, 2) Develop, 3) Deploy, and 4) Manage;
Data Control Best Practices Framework, an addendum to The Center for Internet Security (CIS) Top 20 Critical Security Controls, designed to proactively address organizations’ internal data governance and data management priorities, plans, and practices.

“People hear about data breaches in the news all the time; how can they keep happening? We wanted to shine a light on the who, what, where, why, and how,” remarked Sean Steele, Co-founder and Managing Partner for Technology and Professional Services. “It’s no longer just CISOs who need to understand data in all its various forms. It’s something the whole organization – every individual – needs to be aligned on, from the top down. We wanted to speak truth to the power of status quo with our new brand.”

“Data security is often represented in the abstract. In the real world, this stuff is fascinating. We believe the new website reflects that reality in the most compelling way possible,” added Bruce Gray, Co-Creative Director at Admirable Devil.

View the new website at www.infolock.com.

About Infolock

Experts in data governance, Infolock provides consulting and advisory services that help organizations effectively secure, manage, and optimize their data. We help clients regain control of their data with our deep understanding of risk management, combined with technical expertise, and business acumen. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, Infolock is the go-to data management advisory firm for security-conscious organizations in the financial services, healthcare, insurance, retail, manufacturing, and public sectors.

Contacts

Infolock
Jill Speisman
[email protected]

By: Jon David Salon

April 27, 2018

After successfully opening three salons in Northern Virginia, the Jon David salon team is excited to announce the opening of it’s fourth location in the Lee Heights shops.

We will be at 4522 Lee Hwy in the heart of Arlington. The new location will be sure to impress you with our expert stylists,new salon design, along with the first hybrid cosmetology school. Hair Tech Institute (HTI).

This location will be everything and more of what you have come to expect from the Jon David brand. The new salon is scheduled to open Fall 2018. For further information please visit JonDavidsalon.com.

By: Wild Birds Unlimited

April 24, 2018

Your local Wild Birds Unlimited (2437 N. Harrison Street) is dedicated to the hobby of backyard bird feeding. We provide quality bird food and supplies to all of your backyard birds.

The position of Sales Associate can be either a part-time or full-time position that reports to the franchise owner or manager. The primary responsibility of a Sales Associate is to provide a high-energy customer experience.

Selling / Customer Experience:

  • Understands that the high-energy customer experience is the #1 priority.
  • Uses successful selling skills to satisfy the customer and complete the sale.
  • Wears the logo name badge and logo apparel while working on the sales floor.

Merchandising:

  • Understands and communicates the store’s merchandise and target products to the customer.
  • Completes the changing of displays, signing and the restocking of merchandise as directed by management.

Personnel Management:

  • Demonstrates a positive, enthusiastic and professional demeanor.
  • Attends store meetings as required.
  • Completes any other duties as assigned.

Administrative Control:

  • Adheres to all store policies and procedures regarding the ringing of all transactions, any administrative duties and scheduling.
  • Completes accurate and legible paperwork.

Store Maintenance:

  • Maintains good housekeeping standards to help present a clean and well-presented store.
  • Helps keep store and backroom clean & organized.

Please call (703) 241-3988 or come in to pick up an application!


Registration is open for the new flag football-based workout program, as the trial practice and Spring program start in April.

Arlington, Va. – March 26, 2018 – DRILLS Practice is a new way to work out, integrating football-based strength and conditioning exercises, with traditional flag football drills. Experienced coaches incorporate route runs, coverage, footwork, and speed and agility drills, to improve your fitness and athleticism.

This program is perfect for those looking for a new, intense, non-traditional workout, and for those in recreational flag football leagues looking to improve their game. There will be a trial practice on April 7, with the men’s 9-week program beginning later that month. Go to www.drills-practice.com for more info.

PRACTICES: DRILLS Practice is a unique, full body, sports-based workout, where experienced football coaches conduct football-based strength, conditioning and skill-building techniques to improve your overall fitness, while also building your athleticism.

Workouts include cone drills, hurdles, agility ladders, route runs, footwork, coverage, one-on-ones, a scrimmage, etc.

The program includes a “combine” assessment of your 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, 3-cone drill and more, to test and measure performance and progress.

The program is ideal for adults who:

  • Are looking for a new, fun and intense non-traditional workout to improve their fitness and athleticism in a sports-based environment;
  • Play in flag football rec leagues and want to be coached to improve their technical skills; or
  • Previously played football in high school or college and miss being back on a football field.
  • DRILLS Practice is for all levels and abilities, and uses flags (non-tackle and non-contact).
  • PROGRAM DETAILS:
    • Registration is officially open for the Spring Men’s Program, in partnership with Arlington County Parks and Recreation.
    • The workouts will be held on Sundays at Wakefield football stadium in Arlington, VA from April 22 – June 24th, 2018 (skipping Memorial Day weekend).
    • The program registration fee is $199 and includes a free performance T-shirt and local discounts.
  • Co-ed programs to follow.

About DRILLS Practice:
DRILLS Practice was founded by Danielle Chelminsky, and was created as an alternative workout for people to cross train and work on their fitness and athleticism in a fun, sports-based environment. DRILLS Practice was recently featured on FOX Sports Radio, Listen in with KKN, which Chelminsky won the “Do Good” Sports Person of the Week Award.

For more information, go to www.drills-practice.com
Follow on facebook (www.facebook.com/drillspractice) and Instagram @drillspractice.

By: Michael Zuiker

March 20, 2018

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — This week’s snow has the potential to wreak havoc on the lives of many wild birds struggling to find enough food to survive the long, cold nights.

Many people mistakenly believe that once the brunt of winter is over, birds can easily fend for themselves. However, even under normal weather conditions, spring is a difficult and stressful time for birds.

Most of last year’s natural food sources have been depleted, and the majority of this year’s seeds and berries won’t be available until much later in the year. Meanwhile, birds are expending a great deal of energy migrating, courting and building nests.

“Providing food throughout the spring is as important as winter feeding,” explained Michael Zuiker, owner of the Arlington, VA Wild Birds Unlimited. “Feeding the birds is even more critical as we experience these very cold conditions and this very unusual snowstorm, during which a supply of food can mean the difference between life and death for a bird. Ideally, birds should have food available late afternoon in order to survive the cold nights, and early morning to replenish their energy supply.”

Food loaded with fat and calories helps birds struggling to survive cold times such as these. The best seeds for providing high energy levels are black oil sunflower, striped sunflower and safflower.

Suet and peanuts are also high-energy foods that are invaluable when birds need many more calories to keep warm.

In addition to high-calorie foods, birds also need an open source of water for drinking and a place to bathe when temperatures drop. Clean feathers help birds stay warm, and a bird bath with open water is often the only way for some birds to drink and stay clean when it’s cold.

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 www.wbu.com. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com. Stop in and save $10 off any $50 purchase now until March 31, 2018.

By: Orange Line Living

March 7, 2018

Free Home Buying Workshop to be held in Rosslyn – Multiple Dates!

The first 3 to register and attend the class get a FREE Google Chromecast!

Attend the free Home Buyer Class hosted by Orange Line Living and learn all of our tips and get $1,500 towards your next home purchase!

Benefits of Attending

• $1,500 credit towards your new home or towards early lease termination
• 12-month home buy-back guarantee
• Wine and cheese provided
• AND the first 3 to attend will receive a Google Chromecast!

Space is limited, register by clicking here.

Details
• When: Monday 3/19/18 and 3/26/18 at 6:00pm
• Where: Orange Line Living, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
• Cost: Free
• Parking: Validated Parking or Free Street Parking
• Food: Wine and Cheese
• Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Learn More About Home Buying Essentials at Arlington’s Free Home Buying Workshop! You will get a comprehensive explanation of the home purchasing process – there’s more to know than you’d think. The Orange Line Living Team and Keri Shull Team will be teaching all of the acronyms and definitions you will need, what happens at each stage of your transaction, real strategies on how to negotiate a lower purchase price, the different type of loans available, and much more. There will be local specialists from multiple industries in attendance, so come with questions.

By: Blackfin Real Estate Investors

March 6, 2018

Arlington, VA (March 1, 2018) – Blackfin Real Estate Investors of Arlington, VA has acquired another asset in Charlotte, NC, the firm’s fourth acquisition in the Carolinas in the last eight months and the most recent addition to its growing portfolio of value-add multifamily that now exceeds 2,000 units and spans major markets across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast.

Montclaire Estates is a 301-unit, residential community located in Charlotte’s North Pineville submarket. The asset is poised to capture strong rental demand given its walkable access to the Arrowood LYNX Light Rail Station and its proximity to major employment centers and entertainment destinations throughout the Charlotte MSA.

“Blackfin is extremely excited to expand its presence in the Charlotte market, and we look forward to transforming this asset to meet its potential,” said Doug Root, co-founder and managing partner at Blackfin Real Estate Investors. “We have immediate plans to commence renovations with the addition of a best in class amenity package that includes a turf soccer field, amenity deck, and upgraded unit finishes.”

Andrew Buchanan, a co-founder with Root and managing partner, said, “We believe this asset sits directly in the path of growth along Charlotte’s LYNX train line and will benefit tremendously from the increase in demand that is coming from the area’s rapid gentrification.”

Montclaire Estates is Blackfin’s sixth acquisition in the last 11 months and complements the company’s earlier acquisitions of Calvert at Quarterfield Station, 203 unit property in Glen Burnie, MD, Pressley South End, a 504-unit apartment community in Charlotte, NC, Berkshire 54, a 301-unit apartment community in Carrboro, NC, The Bixby, a 128 unit property in Haverhill, MA, and Westborough Apartments, a 502-unit apartment community in Greensboro, NC.

Buchanan and Root founded Blackfin in August 2016. It is capitalized to build a billion dollar portfolio over the next three to five years.

About Blackfin Real Estate Investors

Blackfin Real Estate Investors is focused on acquiring and repositioning multifamily properties from the Carolinas to Boston. Its experience within real estate spans the spectrum of real estate investment management, capital renovations, property operations, finance and accounting. Founders Andy Buchanan and Doug Root have more than 30 years of combined experience working for institutional quality apartment acquisition, development, and management companies. Both are experienced real estate and investment management professionals. They have worked with some of the most respected names in real estate, development and investment management throughout the country and they plan to continue working with this network as they grow their portfolio. Visit www.blackfinrei.com for more information.

By: Heritage Brewing

March 5, 2018

Since 2013, Heritage Brewing co. has consistently sought to improve their company and products in every way possible. Their initial offerings provided an introduction to their craft brewing ability, but by no means the limits of their capability.

They have taken their lessons learned in their five years in the industry and made impactful changes to their processes and recipes. With their continuing desire to improve, they have also decided to make changes to their brand and product lineups to reflect the company they are today and the company they feel they have always been at heart.

This year, they are taking their brands forward in a big way. They have refined their products inside and out to meet craft beer drinker’s demands. With expertly tuned recipes, and fresh new flagship offerings, Heritage Brewing co. has never been more ready to serve the craft beer community.

Over the coming months they will be updating their company to reflect these changes, to include a new flagship lineup available March 10. Updates to their existing taproom will follow in the next few weeks and updates to their Arlington brewpub throughout the course of the year. They expect to be complete with this update by the end of 2018.

Heritage Brewing co. has always taken every effort possible to create and design everything that they make, in look, feel, and taste. They hand craft their own brews from start to finish and design their aesthetics, logos and products themselves.

Heritage Brewing co.’s founders and veteran brothers Ryan and Sean Arroyo are at last working side by side full time in the brewery. Ryan honorably finished his service with U.S. Army recently, where he served for 10 combat deployments, and received the Purple Heart, and four Bronze Stars, amongst other awards.

Their new brand and logo gives a nod to the two veteran founders of their company with its subtle stars side by side. The “H” in the center is meant to indicate the ever forward moving and progressing nature of their company. As they continually seek out excellence in everything that they do, their logo is always moving onward to the next goal, next pursuit, next great creation.

This is just the beginning! Heritage Brewing co. has just launched their new website, HeritageBrewing.com. Their new site showcases additional details on their new brand, product lines, locations and upcoming events. Keep up to date with Heritage Brewing co. on social media to find out whats coming next.

By: Michael Zuiker

February 13, 2018

Arlington, VA-The annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place (FEBRUARY 16-19), it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy nature and be a citizen-scientist. This study helps scientists better define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and habitat needs.

Wild Birds Unlimited is the major sponsor of this joint project between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society. Individuals, families, schools and organizations are encouraged to count birds at bird feeders and in backyards, local parks or other locations. Those tallies are then reported online through the BirdSource web site at www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

The BirdSource Web site is a revolutionary partnership between citizens and scientists. It gives participants almost instantaneous feedback through graphics, animated maps and other regularly-updated information.

The GBBC is a fun and educational way to get kids excited about birds and nature. Kids are encouraged to participate in the count. To learn more and get additional activities for kids, visit the GBBC Web site (http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/kids). Additional kid’s activities can be found on the Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways to Nature for Kids Web site (http://www.wbu.com/pathwaysforkids/index.html). We invite you to stop in our store from now until February 19, 2018 to receive a FREE 1# bag of our No-Mess Blend with any purchase.

For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, call or stop by the Wild Birds Unlimited located at 2437 North Harrison Street, Arlington, VA 22207, 703-241-3988.

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 www.arlingtonva.wbu.com. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.

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