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By: LCOR

October 3, 2022

ARLINGTON, V.A. – October 3, 2022 – LCOR, a fully integrated real estate investment, development and management firm, today announced the launch of leasing at Sage, a 20-story, 306-unit, highly amenitized residential property located at 480 11th Street South at the crossroads of Crystal City and Pentagon City in Arlington’s National Landing district.

With final completion slated for October, Sage is comprised of 306 residences, inclusive of a mix of studios, junior one and one-bedroom units and junior two and two-bedroom units. In-unit amenities include efficient-design layouts, quartz countertops, matte black fixtures and hardware, a choice between graphite or river rock color schemes and in-unit washer and dryers.

“Sage’s prime National Landing location within the epicenter of the DC region provides prospective residents with the unique opportunity to have city life and access to countless neighborhood amenities mere steps away,” said Josh White, Senior Vice President at LCOR. “We are thrilled to be growing our Virginia footprint within the burgeoning National Landing community and look forward to soon welcoming prospective residents to their new home at Sage.”

As one of the newest luxury apartment offerings to be delivered to the Arlington community, Sage offers a wide array of shared resident amenity spaces inclusive of a roof deck with fireside seating and grilling areas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an overlook lounge, a lobby lounge featuring a vegetation wall, a library equipped with tech pods, an entertaining space with an open kitchen and a pet spa.

Located in Arlington’s National Landing district and ideally situated at the crossroads of Crystal City and Pentagon City, Sage offers residents immediate access to countless fine-dining, shopping, outdoor activities and green spaces, entertainment and art offerings. Additionally, the property’s central location and close proximity to transit offers residents quick and easy access to the center of DC via the Metrorail, commuter rail and bus offerings and is within walking distance to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Sage marks LCOR’s fourth development in the Virginia market, adding to Altaire, Kingston and The Commons of McLean.
Prospective residents can contact the team at 703.783.4800 or visit www.sagenationallanding.com for more details, leasing inquiries and to schedule a tour of Sage.

About LCOR
LCOR is a build-to-core, transit-oriented, multi-family development platform focused in major east coast urban markets. Over its 40-year history, the development firm has applied its comprehensive expertise and fully integrated investment management and development strategy to more than 300 large-scale mixed-use projects. For more, please visit www.lcor.com.

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) prevented two Alexandria, Va., residents from carrying their handguns onto their flights yesterday, Thursday, Sept. 29. These gun catches came on the heels of another gun that was caught a day earlier, which resulted in three guns caught in a two-day span.

Thursday morning a woman was stopped with her .380 caliber gun among her carry-on items. It was not loaded. Later in the afternoon, a man was stopped with a 9mm handgun loaded with 14 bullets, including one in the chamber. He also had an additional 14 bullets among three gun magazines. The two incidents were not related.

In each instance when TSA officers spotted the firearms, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police were notified, confiscated the weapons and cited the travelers on weapons charges.

“It is disturbing to see so many individuals carrying their firearms to our security checkpoints,” said John Busch, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport. “If you own a firearm, our web site, www.tsa.gov, has detailed information on how to safely transport it for a flight. We are happy to help transport it as long as it is properly packed and declared with the airline.”

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms only in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-sided locked case and declared at the airline counter so that it can be placed in the belly of the aircraft with other checked baggage as described on the TSA website.

Bringing a gun to an airport checkpoint also carries a federal civil penalty because TSA reserves the right to issue a civil penalty to travelers who have guns and gun parts with them at a checkpoint. Civil penalties for bringing a handgun into a checkpoint can stretch into thousands of dollars, depending on mitigating circumstances. This applies to travelers with or without concealed gun carry permits because even though an individual may have a concealed carry permit, it does not allow for a firearm to be carried onto an airplane. The complete list of civil penalties is posted online. Additionally, if a traveler with a gun is a member of TSA PreCheck®, that individual may lose their TSA PreCheck privileges.

Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality and passengers should do their homework to make sure that they are not violating any local firearm laws. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.

Nationwide, TSA officers detected 5,972 firearms on passengers or their carry-on bags at checkpoints last year. Of the guns caught by TSA in 2021, about 86 percent were loaded.

By: Falls Church Arts

September 30, 2022

Fifty-one artists will be featured in the ‘Scapes exhibit at the Falls Church Arts gallery from October 8 through November 12. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 8, at 7:30 pm. Artists will be on hand to share their processes and inspirations. Juror and internationally renowned landscape artist Bryan Jernigan will speak about the jurying process. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit theme, “landscapes, memoryscapes, seascapes, dreamscapes,” challenged artists to contemplate the “‘scapes” that inhabit their world–inner or outer, real or imagined, representational or abstract, macro- or microscopic–in this all-media show.

The Falls Church Arts gallery is located at 700-B West Broad St. (Route 7), Falls Church. It is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Masks are optional and guests are asked to postpone their visit if they are not well.

Artworks can also be viewed online at www.fallschurcharts.org. All pieces can be purchased at the gallery or on the website.

A $150 Juror’s Choice Award and a $50 People’s Choice Award were made possible by a donation from DuBro Architects + Builders, 429 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046. Jernigan will announce the Juror’s Choice Award at the opening. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on October 30, based on votes from visitors to the gallery.

Jernigan spoke generally about the exhibit theme, saying ‘Scapes departs “from the traditional ‘landscapes’ show, featuring the broad use of media–from sculpture to photography to paintings, fiber, collage and mixed media in this show, and the attention to the formal principles of art–whether that’s composition, value, use of line or repetition, mastery of color, highlights, shadows and more.”

He also talked about the challenges in selecting artworks for ‘Scapes. “I had to narrow the 197 submissions to just around 50. Eliminating nearly 75% of the work for any show would be incredibly difficult, but when the artwork is across-the-board stellar, it made my job that much harder. So, what viewers will see will be truly the cream of the crop!

“I am so proud of the artists’ community in northern Virginia. In reviewing all the submissions, it is evident it is rich with promise and growing every day. The ‘Scapes show is singularly a validation of the fact that art is alive and well in our community.”

Jernigan is a painter and teacher whose work has won numerous awards. He routinely participates in juried and non-juried art shows and events, and his work is held by patrons both nationally and internationally.
The following artists have works in ‘Scapes:

John Allen, John Ballou, Sara Bardin, Ruth Becker, Diana Bozza, Donna Byrne, Julie Clark, Jodi Condes, Rita Corwin, Amanda Dempsey, JK Dimond, Vicky Dorn-Fontana, Bethany Douglas, Roberta Drabyk, Erin Endean, Samantha Lane Fiddy, Caitlin Garvey, GM Guernica, Xavier Hardison, Sara Harland, Stuart Hindle, Daniel Horowitz, Nancy Jakubowski, Kiefer Johnson, Roxanne Kaylor, Elissa Krieg, Leslie Landerkin, Gerda Lane, Sharon Malley, Russ Mardon, Carolyn Marshall Wright, Molly McCracken, Jane McElvany Coonce, Suzanne McIntire, Anne Meagher-Cook, Aynex Mercado, David Merrell, Cynthia Miller, Marilyn Miyamoto, Nan Morrison, Sandi Parker, Alejandra Pineiro, Helen Power, William Rollins, Joan Slottow, Margaret Stewart, Terry Svat, Suzanne Updike, John Valenti, Rebecca Visger, and Craig Wright.

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By: Langston Boulevard Alliance

September 29, 2022

The Langston Boulevard Alliance (LBA) has announced that due to the rainy weather forecast, for Saturday, October 1, the Walking Tour for Area 3 is being relocated.

• New location for Area 3 Walking Tour starting point: LBA’s office at 4500 Langston (across from the Lee Heights Shops). Walking Tour starts at 10 am.
• Information Tent (inside the LBA office at 4500 Langston Blvd will be open from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Plan Langston Boulevard Walking Tour and Information Tent provide an informal opportunity for residents, business owners, community members and other Langston Boulevard stakeholders to explore the Preliminary Concept Plan. “It’s very easy to meet with project planners, ask questions, and provide feedback,” said Ginger Brown.

“Please dress for the weather and join us for the Walking Tour–you’ll learn about the possible changes coming to nearby neighborhoods and can ask questions in a casual setting,” encouraged Missy Heinzer, who lives in Area 3 which includes Waverly Hills, Cherrydale, Donaldson Run and Old Dominion neighborhoods.

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By: Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation

September 29, 2022

While Southern states brace for the impact of Hurricane Ian, Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF), a pet rescue organization, has been preparing their Rescue Care Center for an emergency intake. In partnership with BISSELL Pet Foundation, LDCRF has committed to taking in 60 dogs and cats from southern partners to allow for the critical sheltering of homeless pets from the storm.

It takes a village. BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization, is facilitating the evacuation from two Florida shelters, Citrus County Animal Services and Suncoast Humane Society. The rescued pets are being sheltered at Greater Birmingham Humane Society before being transported by Charleston Animal Society to partner facilities including the LDCRF Rescue Care Center.

The Rescue Care Center, located in Falls Church, Va., was built as a dedicated resource to provide extra capacity in the face of pressing challenges like Hurricane Ian. Volunteers are quickly mobilizing to ensure that the necessary supplies and care are ready for the pets’ arrival. There are multiple ways for people to be involved including fostering, adopting, shopping various wishlists, and volunteering at the Rescue Care Center.

The unconditional care given by foster families and the generosity of the dedicated LDCRF volunteer, alumni, and donor community make good health and forever homes possible for rescued pets. LDCRF does everything in its power to help homeless pets find their way into loving homes through rescue and adoption.

SHARKEY’S CUTS FOR KIDS OPENS IN FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA OCTOBER 8TH

FALLS CHURCH, VA – One company is transforming the way we think of a kids’ salon and turning it into an immersive experience of fun, laughter, and more. Over the course of 20 years in business, Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids has made a name for itself as a place for superior boy and girl haircuts and has even gained attention for the style options it offers to moms and dads.

In other areas of the United States, Sharkey’s is already recognized as a great salon for the entire family. Soon, a new location will give the Falls Church, Virginia community a glimpse of how the kids salon will add value to the city when it opens its doors on October 8th.

A ribbon cutting event will take place on Friday, October 7th at 5:30 PM. Amongst those attending will be Executives and staff of Sharkey’s Falls Church, as well as a variety of business and civic leaders; and members of the Falls Church community.

To celebrate its grand opening on October 8th, Sharkey’s Falls Church is offering $7.00 off every haircut plus a chance to win free haircuts for the entire year when customers book an appointment between Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th.

“From the moment a child steps in the door, we want them to discover that fun is the name of the game at Sharkey’s,” say Sharkey’s Falls Church owners Garry and Pauline Devinger. The new location, which is woman and veteran-owned business, aims to be fun for the entire family, not just for those visiting for girl haircuts or boy haircuts.

Those who visit during the salon’s grand opening can expect a fun-a-palooza. Customers looking for a boy haircut service will enjoy sitting in fun car chairs like the fire truck or police cruiser. Those in need of a girl’s haircut service may enjoy their salon experience in the Disney’s Frozen Jeep or Lightning McQueen chair, and can end the visit with a free minicure-complete with a glamour ring. For the teenage or preteen boy, Sharkey’s offers a tween lounge with Xbox One gaming systems to play on 40″ screens. Teens can even watch their favorite shows on popular streaming services.

Don’t take our word for it! Visit the salon during its grand opening at 7395 Lee Hwy, Suite D. Falls Church, VA 22042 on October 8th. Find out for yourself just how much fun awaits at Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, and be sure to bring the whole family!

About Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids

Founded in 2002, Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids is a national kids salon chain offering quality haircuts in an engaging atmosphere. Families can experience fun for the whole family at one of its 100+ locations nationwide. Visit www.sharkeyscutsforkidsfallschurch.com for more information.

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By: APAH

September 27, 2022

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) celebrates the grand opening of Lucille and Bruce Terwilliger Place, the nonprofit developer’s new affordable housing development and new space for American Legion Post 139 in Arlington’s Virginia Square neighborhood. APAH was joined by its partners, funders, supporters, and the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs to cut the ribbon and commemorate the building’s opening.

Located at 3445 Washington Boulevard, just 1,500 feet from the Virginia Square-GMU Metro, Terwilliger Place is a 160-unit affordable rental community, featuring a modern 6,000-square-foot ground floor space for American Legion Post 139. The certified EarthCraft Gold building also includes community and multi-purpose spaces, a counseling office, and a business center. Terwilliger Place has a 50% veteran preference, and 26 units are deeply affordable to households earning 30% of the area median income (AMI).

Project Origins

In 2016, American Legion Post 139 selected APAH as to redevelop their 1.3-acre site to create affordable apartment homes and a new Legion Post in response to an aging facility and diminishing membership. Post 139 members saw redevelopment as an opportunity to transform their site in addition to their programs and services offered to local veterans while providing critically needed affordable homes. APAH guided the project through the Washington Boulevard and Kirkwood Road Special General Land Use Plan (GLUP) Study in 2017, which unlocked greater site density. The project was approved for rezoning and gap financing from Arlington County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund in 2019.

APAH skillfully balanced the underwriting parameters to enable this project and Loudoun View Senior to win 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in 2019. The project broke ground in May 2020 and welcomed the first residents in July 2022. “Terwilliger Place represents innovative housing at its finest, scaling seven-stories high, totaling 160 mixed-use affordable apartments with a veteran preference, right here in Arlington,” says APAH President and CEO, Carmen Romero. “A first of its kind in this region.”

Focus on Veterans

The DC Metro region is home to one of the country’s largest and youngest veteran populations, who contribute to a culture of leadership and civic responsibility. Situated in a high opportunity location just steps from public transit, George Mason University’s Arlington campus, a grocery store, plus many jobs and services, this new development is centrally located near the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Meyer, Henderson Hall, and multiple military memorials. Terwilliger Place provides critical affordable housing as well as veteran-focused services through APAH’s certified Resident Services Program.

The Honorable Denis McDonough, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, joined APAH to cut the ribbon and share the project’s impact on the veteran community. “This strategy is replicable in other locations. It can be a successful blueprint to help increase the stock of housing dedicated to veterans and provide more opportunities for those who have served,” noted Secretary McDonough. “Because no veteran should be homeless in the country they fought to defend.”

“Our mission to serve veterans and their families has never been clearer or more important,” said Post Commander, Bob Romano. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with APAH and raising the flag at our new Post.” American Legion Post 139 used land sale proceeds to build a brand new 6,000 square foot condo space, which will include gathering and private counseling spaces, a commercial kitchen, and additional resources for local veterans. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2022.

Terwilliger Place serves as a model for other communities throughout Virginia and the country. Many veteran-serving organizations own aging facilities and experience declining membership, an opportunity ripe for redevelopment. “Our new location will allow the Post to attract and support a younger generation of members. It’s a place where veterans can mingle, have a beer, and socialize in a comfortable atmosphere,” says Mr. Romano.

Ron Terwilliger’s Philanthropic Vision

Terwilliger Place is the first APAH property where philanthropy has played a pivotal role. The Terwilliger Family Foundation provided the lead gift of $1.5 million. In conjunction with the building’s Grand Opening, the foundation committed additional funding to support the first three years of onsite resident services. Ron Terwilliger is a renowned multi-family developer and national advocate for affordable housing. The project is named Lucille and Bruce Terwilliger Place in honor of his parents.

Ron Terwilliger began his life in Arlington, growing up modestly in South Arlington and attending Barcroft Elementary School. At Wakefield High School, he excelled in academics and athletics, and went on to attend the US Naval Academy. After leaving the Navy and graduating from Harvard Business School, Ron had a successful real estate career, serving as CEO of Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) from 1986 to 2008. During his leadership, TCR was the largest developer of multi-family housing in the nation.

“As a child, my father worked two jobs to make sure that we had a safe, stable home right here in Arlington. His sacrifices gave Bruce and me the chance to attend good schools and pursue our dreams,” Ron Terwilliger said. “Today, the high cost of housing puts that dream out of reach for too many families. Projects like this are essential to helping people of all incomes and backgrounds continue to call Arlington home.”

More than 50 donors joined Mr. Terwilliger in giving to APAH’s Uniting to Serve capital campaign, including Amazon, which provided $1 million through the Arlington Community Foundation. In total, more than $4 million in philanthropic funding was raised to make the project a reality, allowing additional units to be deeply affordable to those earning 30% AMI. Donors who contributed to the Uniting to Serve campaign are honored in a custom installation in the lobby by local artist, Elizabeth Kendall.

Project Financing and Partners

The $77 million project includes $33.8 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) awarded by the Virginia Housing and Development Authority (VHDA). Capital One, in partnership with the National Equity Fund as syndicator, purchased the tax credits and provided $70,000 in predevelopment grants from Capital One’s Community Impact & Investment team. “Capital One is thrilled to have played a role in the realization of Terwilliger Place,” said Ed Delany, Senior Director of Community Finance at Capital One. “We congratulate APAH, Post 139, and the other partners involved in creating much-needed homes for our veterans and neighbors.”

In addition to tax credits, VHDA also provided a direct permanent loan, a loan through its Resources Enabling Affordable Community Housing in Virginia (REACH Virginia) programs, and a grant for pre-development work. The Commonwealth of Virginia provided a permanent loan from the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. Arlington County provided a $13.9 million loan. “Arlington County is committed to providing opportunities for all residents, including those who served our country. A stable, affordable home is critical to that goal,” says County Board Chair, Katie Cristol.

Terwilliger Place Features and Amenities

The newly constructed, certified EarthCraft Gold property creates 160 units of affordable housing, half of which feature a veteran preference. Designed by Davis Carter Scott (DCS Design) and constructed by CBG Building Company, Terwilliger Place boasts a mix of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units to accommodate families. Kia Weatherspoon of Determined by Design, an Air Force veteran herself, provided the interior design and state of the art finishes with the needs of residents and functional beauty in mind. “We wanted to create something that is about connection, legacy, and reimagining,” said Ms. Weatherspoon.

Common spaces throughout the property include private counseling spaces, a computer lab, dedicated offices for leasing and Resident Services programming, multipurpose and flexible spaces, and an outdoor courtyard plus playground for residents to enjoy.

Terwilliger Place exemplifies innovative community partnerships, the power of philanthropy, and service to our neighbors and veterans. The project serves as a model for future development throughout the region and the country. Terwilliger Place resident and veteran, Robert Davis, describes “…the peace and comfort of having my own space that I can afford. I watched this property being built from the ground up… it is incredible to come home to every day!” said Mr. Davis. Read the full project case study at the APAH website.

About APAH

Founded in 1989, APAH now helps more than 2,600 households live in stable, secure, and affordable rental homes. APAH has more than 300 affordable apartments under construction and an additional 1,500 in its development pipeline. APAH’s Columbia Hills Apartments received the 2019 ULI Washington Trends Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing. And both Columbia Hills and Gilliam Place were recognized as Virginia’s Best Affordable Housing project by Virginia Housing. In 2020, APAH was named one of the nation’s Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. HAND, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, awarded APAH as 2021 Developer of the Year and 2022 Best Large Affordable Housing Development for Queens Court.

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By: VDOT

September 25, 2022

Join VDOT, Arlington County and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, to break ground on improvements to safety, traffic flow and enhancements to accessibility and connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians. The project will reduce Boundary Channel Drive from four lanes to two in order to construct an eight-foot-wide eastbound sidewalk and a twelve-foot-wide westbound shared-use path, install roundabouts on Boundary Channel Drive just west and east of I-395, reconfigure the ramps between I-395 and Boundary Channel Drive and adding crosswalks along Boundary Channel Drive. The project also features a new shared-use path linking the Mount Vernon Trail to Long Bridge Park, ultimately connecting with the existing one that parallels the southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway ramp to I-395 southbound. See project webpage for additional information.

VDOT is administering construction of the project, which began the week of Sept. 12 and is expected to be completed fall 2023.

The $14.1 million contract for the design-build project is being completed by Shirley Contracting Company, LLC and Dewberry.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 10 a.m.

WHO:

Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol
VDOT Deputy District Engineer Bill Cuttler, P.E.
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Chief Executive Officer Monica Backmon

Remarks from VDOT, Arlington County, General Assembly members and any other elected officials attending. Ceremonial shovel toss on-site.

WHERE:

Parking lot at the Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center
333 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, 22202

By: VHC Health™

September 22, 2022

Arlington, VA (September 14, 2022) – VHC Health™, a community-based health system providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area, is pleased to announce that it has received a donation of more than $5,500 from the proceeds of Bear Chase Brewing Company’s limited-release summer beer, “Doctor’s Orders,” crafted in appreciation of the exceptional care VHC Health provided to a member of the Bear Chase team.

When Charles Knoll, Bear Chase Brewing Company’s Brew Master, was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year, he needed both his kidney and a tumor removed. Charles was supported by several departments at VHC Health and spent time recovering in one of VHC’s medical units. To express appreciation for the top-quality care he received during this challenging time in his life, Charles crafted “Doctor’s Orders,” a light “Radler” style lager, as well as a commemorative VHC Health stein, to honor the hospital and give back to future patients.

“We are humbled by the generosity we’ve received from Charles Noll and the Bear Chase Brewing Company,” said Tony Burchard, President of the VHC Health Foundation and the Health System’s Chief Growth Officer. “It is always wonderful to be recognized by the community and patients we serve, and this donation is a welcome reminder of the reason we do the work we do. VHC Health is grateful to Bear Chase Brewing Company and all our supporters who make it possible for our Health System to provide the latest, most innovative treatments.”

In early July, the VHC Health team joined Charles and his team at the Bear Chase Brewery for a special event celebrating the launch of Doctor’s Orders and offering complimentary health information to the community. Photos from the event can be viewed on the Life at VHC Health Facebook page.

About VHC HealthTM:
VHC Health provides exceptional medical services as the region’s community health system. Virginia Hospital Center was recently designated a 2021 Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. In 2022, the Hospital was selected for an 11th consecutive Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and a 20th consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group. Virginia Hospital Center is a 453-bed not-for-profit teaching facility and designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. VHC Health is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations.

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By: VHC Health™

September 22, 2022

Arlington, VA (September 19, 2022) – VHC Health™, a community-based health system providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area, is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael A. Silverman, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been honored with the 2022 William T. Newman, Jr. “Spirit of Community” Award from the Arlington Community Foundation in recognition of his service as chief of emergency medicine and for providing critical information about the pandemic to the DMV region.

“We are proud and fortunate to have Dr. Silverman at VHC Health — His work caring for patients who visit the Emergency Department, as well as his clear communication of essential information, especially during the height of the pandemic, offers guidance, comfort, and assurance to the community we serve,” said Chris Lane, CEO and President, VHC Health. “This achievement is a testament to Dr. Silverman’s steadfast support of VHC Health’s staff and community, and we are incredibly grateful for his service.”

At the start of the pandemic, Dr. Silverman began providing “Friday Night Updates” from the Emergency Room on his personal Facebook page, providing a source of trustworthy medical information for the community about the pandemic, and he has continued making these community updates on a weekly basis to a global audience of nearly 8,000 followers ever-since.

Named in honor of William T. Newman, Jr., who serves as Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Virginia, the “Spirit of Community” award was established to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a tireless and unselfish commitment to improving the quality of life in Arlington. Annually, a celebratory luncheon brings together hundreds of business, civic, and philanthropic leaders, as well as Arlingtonians from all walks of life, in recognition of individuals who have made the community a better place to live. This year’s luncheon will take place on Thursday, November 10.

In 2021, Dr. Silverman was selected as one of five 2020 Facility Medical Directors of the Year by Alteon Health, and as the 2021 recipient for the Dominion Energy Torch Award for Ethical Leadership by the Leadership Center for Excellence.

About VHC HealthTM:
VHC Health provides exceptional medical services as the region’s community health system. Virginia Hospital Center was recently designated a 2021 Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. In 2022, the Hospital was selected for an 11th consecutive Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and a 20th consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group. Virginia Hospital Center is a 453-bed not-for-profit teaching facility and designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. VHC Health is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations.

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By: Perpetuo Films

September 22, 2022

Sept. 22, 2022–The team behind “Dani’s Twins,” a documentary capturing the rare, perspective-changing journey of a quadriplegic woman, announced today its acceptance of the coveted Audience Award at the recent DC Shorts Film Festival. “Dani’s Twins” was named the audience favorite among the 77 films comprising the festival lineup.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about this outcome,” says star and producer, Dani Izzie. “The audience was super engaged during the Q&A following our opening night screening. I hope they take with them the film’s themes of respect and inclusion for parents with disabilities.”

Set in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, “Dani’s Twins” follows Izzie’s pregnancy and early parenting journey as one of the few quadriplegics ever to give birth to twins.

“Dani’s story is one of incredible love, beauty and high-stakes drama,” says Arlington, VA-based producer Angie Gentile. “It’s not only an entertaining story-there’s also a layer of disability justice that sheds light on the discrimination people and parents with disabilities face.”

The film is set to make its LA premiere on Sept. 23 with a one-week Oscar-qualifying run at the Lumiere Cinema in Beverly Hills, CA (https://bit.ly/3BYGVY5). The team then joins renowned disability advocates and influencers for a screening and disability roundtable discussion at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco on Sept. 29 (https://www.ticketweb.com/event/danis-twins-with-filmmaker-post-the-castro-theatre-tickets/12481885). The film returns to the DC area for the Washington West Film Festival (greater DC area) on Oct. 15 (https://washwest2022.eventive.org/schedule/6316737c351f91003e042e70), before returning to CA for the Ojai Film Festival (CA) on Nov. 6 (https://ojaifilmfestival.com/danis-twins/).

Since its world premiere in May at Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, CO, Dani’s Twins has screened at Atlanta DocuFest, Venice Shorts, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Toronto International Women Film Festival (where it won “Best Film About Women”), Iowa Independent Film Festival, and Reel Abilities Pittsburgh. The film was also an official selection and semi-finalist at Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, Montreal Independent Film Festival, Rotterdam Independent Film Festival, and New York International Women Festival.

Dani’s Twins was directed by Brad Allgood, known for his feature documentary “Landfill Harmonic,” which garnered over 40 festival wins in 250+ festivals and was acquired by HBO, and Steve Dorst, whose film “Shattered Sky” told the story of how America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis ever seen (the ozone crisis) and played on PBS.

The film was made possible in part through generous contributions from Magnetic Me, a clothing line for babies and moms, and Friendsheep, a fair trade producer of eco-friendly wool dryer balls.


DANI’S TWINS is the premiere release of PERPETUO FILMS, a studio that produces entertaining content for people who give a damn. Our active slate of programming includes DANI’S TWINS; PATROL, the battle to preserve Nicaragua’s rainforest from illegal cattle ranching; and EAT BITTER, the first English-language documentary out of the Central African Republic, capturing the tensions between Chinese migrants and local workers during a civil war. In 2021, our films secured grants and partnered with the biggest global names in nonfiction storytelling: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Ford Foundation, the Sundance Institute, Mountainfilm, the European Union, Re:wild, Netflix Ambulante, DOC DEVELOPMENT AFRICA, Durban FilmMart, and others. Perpetuo Films aims to accelerate the web3 creator economy to amplify filmmaker autonomy, control, and ownership. PERPETUO FILMS: Story | Impact | #Film3.

CONTACT

Angie Gentile, VP, Impact and Engagement, Perpetuo Films, [email protected], +1-571-243-0972

RELATED LINKS

Facebook: http://facebook.com/DanisTwinsFilm
Website: http://DanisTwinsFilm.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DanisTwinsFilm and https://www.instagram.com/daniizzie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanisTwinsFilm
Dani’s blog: http://daniizzie.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/daniizzie

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