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By: Blackfin Real Estate Investors

January 11, 2018

Blackfin Real Estate Investors Purchases Westborough Apartments in Greensboro, NC for $28.1MM Continues Its Hot Streak With 5th Acquisition In 7 Months
502-unit community in Greensboro, NC

Arlington, VA (January 4, 2017) – Blackfin Real Estate Investors of Arlington, VA has closed its fifth investment in less than 7 months with the acquisition of Westborough Apartments. Blackfin acquired the asset in a joint venture with Capital Solutions out of Blue Bell, PA. This is Blackfin’s second acquisition with Capital Solutions. The partnership acquired Calvert at Quarterfield Station in Glen Burnie earlier in 2017. This investment adds to Blackfin’s growing portfolio of residential properties that provide upside potential through creative repositioning and management.

Westborough is a 502 unit Class B garden style property that was built in 1972. Westborough occupies an ideal location in the Northwest submarket of Greensboro, with walkability to an abundance of grocery, retail, and dining along Friendly Avenue, one of Greensboro’s primary thoroughfares. Residents also value the Property’s proximity to I‐40, I‐73, and Bryan Boulevard providing convenient access to the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

“We are very excited to be expanding our NC portfolio further with the acquisition of Westborough” said Doug Root, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blackfin.   “This is a great asset and it has been very well maintained. The previous owner did a great job modernizing the look and feel of the property by adding standing seam roofs and modernizing the façade. We plan on taking it to the next level by adding a top notch amenity package.”

Andrew Buchanan, a Co-Founder with Root and Managing Partner, said, “This is our third acquisition in North Carolina in just a few months. We are excited to expand our portfolio to Greensboro and to improve our economies of scale in the region. The Triad continues to see steady job growth we really like the overall risk/return profile of this market relative to what we are seeing in other east coast markets.   Westborough is well positioned to benefit from the growth of the submarket through Blackfin’s implementation of new amenities and unit upgrades.”

Westborough is Blackfin’s fifth acquisition in the last 7 months and complements the company’s earlier acquisition of Calvert at Quarterfield Station, a 203–unit, garden style apartment community in Glen Burnie, MD; Pressley Ridge Apartments, a 504 unit apartment property in Charlotte, NC; The Bixby, a 128 unit apartment property in in Haverhill, MA; and Berkshire Manor East and Berkshire Manor West, a 296 unit property in Carrboro, NC.

Buchanan and Root founded Blackfin in August 2016. It is capitalized to build a $500 million to $750 million portfolio over the next three to five years.

Triad Commercial Properties’ Richard Montana and Marcus and Millichap’s Jim Davis co-brokered the transaction for the Seller.

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: ASAP Screen Printing

January 10, 2018

ASAP Screen Printing is partnering with Alto Fumo to offer customers a free pizza with $100 printing purchase. This is not just another marketing ploy – in 2018, ASAP Screen Printing is hoping to become an influential force in local cooperative economics, beginning with this partnership with one of the many customers who have helped ASAP survive 30 years of economic hardship.

Mr. Shiekhy, ASAP’s proprietor and a firm believer in the power of social economics, says of his idea, “When people help people, everybody wins.” Mr. Shiekhy, who took over ASAP Screen Printing in 1986, hit the ground running. He has seen this area change over the years – and not always for the better.

“Many of the smaller businesses have gone away,” he says, “You can see this area in depression, and it is disheartening. We want to change that this year by partnering with our neighbors in Arlington.”

You may know Alto Fumo under another name: Faccia Luna. ASAP Screen Printing has been in partnership with Faccia Luna Arlington for years, and helped to design Alto Fumo’s new menus and marketing materials.

“Everything should look sharp,” Stephanie in ASAP’s Creative Department says, “Even the fine print. If the menu looks good, it puts you in the mood for good food. And Alto Fumo is up to the task. That’s why we talked with Alto Fumo about this promotion when they came in for new marketing materials – good design and good food go hand in hand.”

ASAP Screen Printing hopes neighbors can enjoy pizza and printing together, to support local businesses in Arlington.

December 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee joined a bipartisan bill to help halt the flow of illicit fentanyl from Mexico, China and other nations around the world into the United States. The International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act would provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tools such as hi-tech chemical screening devices to help detect and interdict fentanyl and other illicit synthetic opioids.

“The INTERDICT Act is an important step in combating the opioid crisis by restricting the flow of illicit fentanyl that is trafficked into the United States,” Kaine said. “The bill would ensure that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has the resources necessary to intercept and block the unlawful importation of fentanyl.”

Drug overdoses have been the leading cause of unnatural death across Virginia since 2013. Last year, more than 75% of fatal drug overdoses in Virginia were a result of opioid overdose.

Specifically, the INTERDICT Act:

  • Ensures that CBP will have additional portable chemical screening devices available at ports of entry and mail and express consignment facilities, and additional fixed chemical screening devices available in CBP laboratories.
  • Provides CBP with sufficient resources, personnel, and facilities – including scientists available during all operational hours – to interpret screening test results from the field.  
  • Authorizes – based on CBP guidance – the appropriation of $15 million for hundreds of new screening devices, laboratory equipment, facilities, and personnel for support during all operational hours.

A copy of the International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act can be found HERE.

By: Jay Jacob Wind

December 19, 2017

Book signing on Sunday, December 24, at 1 PM at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

(Arlington VA, December 18, 2017) Arlington Sun Gazette staff writer Jay Jacob Wind published his first novel on December 9, a techno-thriller entitled “The Man Who Stole The Sun,” available now on Amazon Kindle.

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, 1621 South Walter Reed Drive in Arlington, hosts a book signing by author Jay Jacob Wind on Sunday, December 24, at 1:00 PM, following Mary Joy One Mile Run / Walk starting at 12:00 noon at the restaurant. (safetyandhealthfoundation.org/maryjoy)

The suspense story is set entirely in Arlington and written in the style of the TV show “24.”  The story revolves around three Arlington runners planning to run Marine Corps Marathon the next day.  “The Man Who Stole The Sun” is the first fiction novel to feature Marine Corps Marathon.

One of them, running his 21st Marine Corps Marathon, a genius inventor, visually-impaired, obsessed by his desire to see the Sun with his own eyes, gets a fusion reactor up-and-running the day before the marathon, in a building that just happens at mile 25 of the marathon, with unexpected consequences.

The other two marathoners are an Arlington County police officer, earlier disabled in action, and his 14-year-old daughter, a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  Both of those characters are heroic, and both plan to run their first 26.2-miler the next day.

The rest of the ensemble cast includes assistants at the reactor — an exceedingly-bright engineer-programmer, a hard-working heavy-equipment operator, a highly-creative Ethiopian woman, and three brothers who were born in Russia but grew up with their freedom-fighter father in Syria; the inventor’s wife and cat; an intrepid reporter from the fictional Washington Today and her editor; Arlington County’s police chief, fire chief, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School middle school principal; a world-class computer software designer who solved two problems that we all face every day; and an unnamed youth track coach / track meet and marathon director.

Author Jay Jacob Wind said, “The story takes many twists and turns, but I always lay out clues in advance.  Anton Chekhov said, ‘If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off.’  If you follow everything in the first half of the book, from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the Saturday before Marine Corps Marathon, then you may be able to anticipate the fast-moving action in the second half, from 6:00 PM that Saturday to 8:00 AM on the Sunday of Marine Corps Marathon.”

“This book is the first-ever fiction novel to involve Marine Corps Marathon,” said Wind, “and you learn what it takes to train for and then run Marine Corps Marathon, but wait, there’s more.  Along the way, you learn quantum mechanics, astrophysics, the elusive “Theory of Everything,” Internet history, a little bit of Russian language, a lot of chess, the redemptive power of running, and how three very different families show their love in three very different ways.”

The book is available for $4.99 directly via amazon.com/dp/B0789VMT9D or the author’s web page www.arlingtonsunrise.com

The book will soon be available as a paperback.  You can reserve a copy for $10 via PayPal.com to [email protected]

One dollar of every sale goes to Old Dominion Eye Foundation.

December 14, 2017

Despite the weather, the first community wide drop off for the Arlington Realtors Care (ARC) initiative, held on Saturday, Dec. 9 was a great success. ARC is sponsoring a second community wide drop off date scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16 at RGS Title.

For members of the public interested in contributing outerwear, blankets and food items in support of the Arlington Realtors Care Drive (ARC), donations can be made at RGS Title located at 4600 Lee Highway, Suite 110, Arlington. Collection hours are 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Donated items will continue to be delivered from the participating ARC partners to individual charitable organization.

Clothing items will be delivered to A-SPAN, an organization that strives to end homelessness in Arlington through housing and ongoing case management. A-Span’s current needs are sneakers, NEW socks, winter-wear (gloves, scarfs, beanies), NEW underwear and bras, blankets and backpacks. Items should be new, cleaned or recently laundered.

Food donations will be delivered to The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to Arlington residents. AFAC accepts most unopened, unexpired, and unprepared foods, including perishable items. The organization is most in need of low sodium tomato products (diced, paste, & sauce), low sodium canned tuna, low sodium canned soups, low sodium canned beans, low sugar cereal and cooking oil.

ARC is comprised of 8 real estate firms and RGS Title who have joined forces to provide winter essentials for those in need throughout the Arlington community. The drive continues through Dec. 31.

Participating real estate firms are Advon Real Estate, Brock Realty, Buck & Associates, Coldwell Banker, Compass, Long and Foster, Realtors | Christie’s International Real Estate, TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty, and Weichert, Realtors.

For more information on the charities involved, visit AFAC: The Arlington Food Assistance Center –https://afac.org/ and A-Span – http://www.a-span.org/.

By: Wild Birds Unlimited

December 14, 2017

They give to us without asking for anything. They give us the beauty of rainbow colors. They give to us the melodic notes of a myriad of songs. They give us babies. And they give us the mystery of science and nature. They do all of this and ask for nothing.

So, this holiday season, wouldn’t it be nice to give back to them the gift of life? The gift of life in the form of food, water, shelter and a house to raise their young. Because the dozens of wild bird species in your backyard give to us all year long. They ask for nothing. But as we remove more and more of their wild habitat, they are stressed to survive. Stressed to find food.   Stressed to find water to drink and bathe. Stressed to find habitat to roost in during the colder months of the year. And stressed to find a safe habitat to raise their young.

Don’t get me wrong. Colorful silly ties, chewy healthy Fruit Cake and electronic gizmos are fun to open on Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanza. But the tie will only be worn twice in the year. The electronic gizmo will be broken before nightfall. And you better not keep the Fruit cake more than a week! But a bird feeder is a gift of life that will last for years and years. Which each passing season, you will be helping the wild birds to survive and sustain themselves. You will also be giving the wonderful gift of “the hobby of bird feeding” to someone. The joys of discovering the natural world all around us is never ending. With the four seasonal changes, comes new birds, colors and songs. An awareness to being observational as to which bird species visits and or live in your yard becomes more focused with each day, week and month. Before you know it, you have given someone a lifetime worth of magic. And it all started with one simple gift of a bird feeder and some food.

Now until December 24th, we will help you get started. When you bring in one donation of food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, we will give you a FREE 2# bag of bird food to feed your birds.   You give the gift of food to help the hungry; we will give you bird food to help the hungry and cold birds in your or your neighbor’s yard. We have bins ready in the store for your generous contributions. Thank you for giving

Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, VA is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard birdfeeding and nature specialty stores with more than 300 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with their bird feeding and nature products, their expert advice and educational events. Visit our Web site at www.wbu.com.

By: Buzz McClain

December 12, 2017

Headed out the door to the holiday party without a gift for the host? Looking for something inexpensive but adorable for that white elephant gift exchange? Bistro 360 is your answer, and it’s right around the corner.

More than a full-service restaurant and international wine bar, Bistro 360, located at 1800 Wilson Boulevard, is also a convenient market stocked with fresh baked breads, pre-made salads, cheese, charcuterie, gourmet sweets and craft beers but also whimsical-but-practical stocking stuffers. Here are three:

Laugh at the Lab lapping up the vino: A wine holder with whimsy. $32.

Spice up the cocktail party: Assortment of bitters, and real maraschino cherries. From $9.50.

Teas from around the world: Brands you can’t find anywhere else. From $10.

Bistro 360 is located at 1800 Wilson Boulevard, between Rosslyn and Courthouse. Reservations can be made at OpenTable or by calling 703-522-3600.

By: Michael Zuiker

December 8, 2017

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – From food consumption to feather adjustments and shivering, birds use a variety of techniques to stay warm during winter.

Food is the most essential element, providing birds with the energy, stamina and nutrition they need. To stay warm, birds will expend energy very quickly, some losing up to 10% of their body weight on extremely cold nights. An ample supply of high-calorie foods, such as black oil sunflower seeds, peanuts and suet can be crucial to a bird’s survival.

“We can play a vital role during cold conditions,” said Michael Zuiker, owner of the Arlington Wild Birds Unlimited. “At these times, a reliable supply of food can mean the difference between life and death for a bird.” If you think of birds as little flying furnaces, you understand that they need fuel to keep the fire burning throughout the night. High fat foods in the form of Oil Sunflower seeds, nuts and suets give the birds the fuel they need.

Most birds will also keep warm by adjusting their feathers to create air pockets.

“You will often notice the birds look fatter or ‘puffed up’ during cold weather,” explained Zuiker. “This is because the birds are fluffing up their feathers; the more air space, the better the insulation.”

Staying warm is not all about food and feathers, though. Some birds perch on one leg at a time, drawing the free leg to their chest for warmth. Most birds will shiver to convert muscular energy into heat for the short term, but the energy must be replenished shortly thereafter.

While birds are equipped to withstand most winter weather, survival can be made easier by providing food, a heated, open source of water and protection from the elements with natural plant cover or a roosting box.

So, while your sitting by the fireplace, roasting chestnuts and singing holiday songs- remember to fill your bird feeders. You will be receiving a great show of colorful birds as the frozen, white flakes of water, fall. Knowing all the while that you are helping the wild birds, as the Winters wrath begins to take hold.

Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, Virginia, 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/arl. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.

By: Dante

December 5, 2017

Ouli connects merchants and consumers through personalized recommendations

Arlington, VA – December 4, 2017 – Arlington-based software company, Dante, announced Signature Theatre is the latest to join its consumer product Ouli App. The uniquely intelligent, personal concierge app connects consumers to local merchants, events, and community experiences that are personalized based on chosen activities, time, location, history and preferences. The app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices.

Shirlington-based Signature Theatre is one of many local theaters that has partnered with the app to spread the word about upcoming productions. The theater scene in Arlington is robust. With everything from children’s theatre to award-winning productions, the choices can be overlooked and even a bit overwhelming. With Ouli users can select the “See a Show” intent, and the app will provide suggestions which allows them to see a synopsis of the play, the dates and times it’s running, and allow them to add it to their calendar to receive reminders. In addition to partnering with local theaters and arts groups, Ouli has partnered with local businesses and community organizations since its launch in late 2015. With thousands of current users, the app is connecting consumers to businesses, theaters, local events, volunteer opportunities, community experiences and more.

One of the community organizations with whom Ouli has partnered is Embracing Arlington Arts – a local citizens group that advocates and helps increase the visibility of Arlington Arts organizations and artists in the County. “Ouli App is a great way to discover local theater,” stated Janet Kopenhaver, Founder and Chair of Embracing Arlington Arts. “Many of our groups and artists have very limited budgets and staff so any avenues to help them reach the community – especially targeting our younger audience members – is so critical in spreading the word about the thousands of events, productions and openings offered each and every day in Arlington.”

“Dining out and shopping are only a small part of enjoying a community. Cultural events, sports, performing arts; there are so many great things to do in cities. The Metro DC area has a great performing arts scene and we want to make it easier than ever for residents to enjoy and support their local theaters,” said Pierre Malko, Dante’s CEO. “By fusing technology and performing arts we are bringing theaters to top of mind for the age-old question, ‘what should we do tonight?’ Within minutes Ouli users can plan an entire day or weekend out. Users can find what they want to do and then make it happen all within the app. No additional searching and planning required.”

By learning users’ preferences, the app tailors its recommendations to each user and provides personalized suggestions based on location, time of day and choice of activity including: dining out, happy hour, shopping, local events, doing something with the kids, volunteering, and many other options. Ouli is steadily adding merchants in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. In addition to providing personalized offers and suggestions, Ouli can help users book reservations with OpenTable through the app and set up Uber rides to merchant locations.

Merchants interested in partnering with the app should contact: [email protected]

For more information connect with us online:
Facebook: Facebook.com/ouliapp
Twitter: @Ouliapp
Instagram: @Ouli.app
Website: www.ouliapp.com
Contact: [email protected]

By: Lafayette Federal Credit Union

December 1, 2017

A Lafayette Federal Holiday Loan is the perfect way to finance all of your extra spending this time of year! For a limited time, we’re giving our members access to a reduced-rate loan, perfect for the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

  • Rates as low as 2.74% APR*
  • Borrow up to $10,000 for 36 months

Don’t miss out on this special offer! Learn more at www.lfcu.org/holidayloan.

*APR = Annual Percentage Rate. APR of 2.74% for loan amounts up to $5,000. APR of 4.74% for loan amounts $5,000.01 up to $10,000. Offer expires on January 31, 2018. Must be at least 18 years old with a minimum credit score of 660 to be eligible for up to $5,000 and a minimum credit score of 700 to be eligible for $5,000.01 up to $10,000. Standard underwriting guidelines will apply. Sample payment: $28.97 per $1,000 borrowed for 36 months at 2.74% APR. $29.85 per $1,000 borrowed for 36 months at 4.74% APR. $50 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.10% APY** on LFCU share savings account balances. $5 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.025% APY** on LFCU checking account balances. **APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates effective December 1, 2017. Rates may change at any time without prior notice, before or after the account is opened. Your savings federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the U.S. government. NMLS #464425.

There are several factors to consider before obtaining a personal loan to pay off credit cards. To qualify for the best personal loan rates, you will need a high credit score, and time to research. It is best to thoroughly search around the internet to spot any promotional rates being offered. Consolidating multiple credit cards into one loan simplifies paying off your debt by forming a definitive timeline and consistent payment amount to meet your debt free goal. Personal loans are typically simple and quick and involve no fees. There are pros and cons to any type of financial decision, and consolidating from credit cards to personal loan is no different.

Pros:

  • One monthly loan payment
  • Reduction of interest rate
  • Set term and payment
  • No fees absorbing your savings

Cons:

  • Monthly payment increase is possible for higher balances
  • Higher interest rate than some other types of loan options
  • Payoff eliminates balance on your card allowing for additional charging

Once you gather all of your monthly credit card bills, calculate all of the balances. Then, calculate and aggregate all of your minimum monthly payment amounts. Finally, simply calculate your proposed monthly payment for the personal loan. You can now see the comparison of monthly payments now versus if you consolidate. The consolidation’s monthly payment, interest rate, or interest paid over the life of the loan should be lower.

Are you willing to close your credit cards? This could have slight adverse credit score consequences, but in the end if you need to in order to not reuse, or it is mandated by the creditor to approve your loan, then it is worth it. Just keep one or two for emergency use only and use them for a small purchase periodically to keep them active.

Do you have other items of value that can be used as collateral, such as a paid in full car, cash savings, 401(k), or equity in your home? These may be better options depending on the amount of outstanding debt you need to consolidate, interest rates being offered, and the monthly payment you can afford, or would like to pay. Many of these have lower interest rates, and allow for a longer term for those consumer with very high amounts in credit card debt.

A Lafayette Federal Holiday Loan is the perfect way to finance all of your extra spending this time of year! For a limited time, we’re giving our members access to a reduced-rate loan, perfect for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Learn more at www.lfcu.org/holidayloan.

By: Buzz McClain

November 20, 2017

You come for the wine tasting, you stay for the dinner.

That was our experience one Thursday night at Bistro 360, the three-year-old wine bar that splits the difference between Courthouse and Rosslyn. We came for a wine tasting in the hopes of discovering new flavors, but we also stumbled onto one of the best food values in Arlington.

Each Thursday at 6:30 a sommelier representing a different winemaker hosts an informal tasting in the market portion of the restaurant. It’s a no-pressure presentation of three wines that happen to be agreeably priced as well as welcome finds.

For example, our new discovery–the Monasterio de San Miguel Tinto Roble, a 90-point tempranillo–was $20 in the market. After sampling it (several times, we have to admit), we decided to buy a bottle and stay for dinner.

When you purchase one of the wines in the tasting, the $10 corkage fee is waived, which is an added and unexpected value that made our evening all the more affordable.

Deciding we would stay for a meal after all, once we sat down in the restaurant section of the three-stage Bistro 360 and looked at the menu, we were taken by the price of a selection of three small plates: $25.

And so it was we washed down with the tempranillo a just-enough meal of deviled eggs with black truffles and fresh chervil, tuna poke with avocado, cilantro, green onion and soy-sesame dressing, and lamb and hummus with feta, mint and nan.

The next wine tasting we attend, we’ll plan on sampling the “regular” entrees and perhaps something else from the 150-label wine collection.

Bistro 360 is located at 1800 Wilson Boulevard, between Rosslyn and Courthouse. Reservations can be made at OpenTable or by calling 703-522-3600.

By: Lafayette Federal Credit Union

November 17, 2017

What is a credit union? Credit unions are full-service financial institutions that solely exist to serve their members and, as member-owned and cooperative institutions, provide a safe place to save and borrow at competitive rates. Credit unions work for their members–not for stockholders. This means the focus is not on profits, but on creating the best member experience possible.

Lafayette Federal is a local credit union that has been serving members worldwide since 1935. We pride ourselves in treating our members as unique individuals with specific needs and financial goals. With rates and terms more favorable than those of other financial institutions, as well as top-notch member service, Lafayette Federal is a leading choice for consumer and business banking.

We also offer competitive products and services, including:

  • Competitive Mortgage Programs (SPECIAL OFFER!)
  • Special-Rate Holiday Loan
  • Low-Rate Auto Loans
  • No-Fee Checking that Earns Dividends
  • FREE Online and Mobile Banking
  • Competitive Saving Rates
  • Rewards Credit Cards–No Annual Fee and No Balance Transfer Fee
  • 100,000 Surcharge-Free ATMs Nationwide
  • 5,500 Shared Branch Locations

Becoming a Lafayette Federal member is easy. Simply visit www.lfcu.org/membership to get started!

Employment opportunities available! If you want to join a growing team of outstanding employees, consider employment with us! We offer a great benefits package, including an employer-matched 401(k) program and a generous paid time off package.

When you find a job you love, it’s not a job. It’s a career. Start your career today at Lafayette Federal Credit Union. Visit www.lfcu.org/careers for available positions.

By: Suzie Cook

November 17, 2017

Arlington Community Credit Union Announces “Loans That Give” Program Donates to Five Arlington Charities

ARLINGTON, VA (November 15, 2017) – Arlington Community Credit Union (ACFCU) announced today the launch of its new campaign “Loans That Give.” The campaign will donate $25 to one of five local charities for every new loan or credit card of $2,500 or more. The campaign runs through December 30, 2017.

“Loans That Give” is the latest support for Arlington’s non-profits to come from the Credit Union. Monthly they are seen in the community demonstrating their passion for the groups empowering those in need through sponsorships, financial education, and volunteering.

This campaign offers a new partnership between community members, the charities, and ACFCU. Anyone who refinances loans to the Credit Union or takes out new loans can earn $25 per loan for one of their favorite charities listed:

Community members can contact ACFCU Loan Advisors at 703.526.0200×4. Loan Advisors review credit without a fee and provide recommendations on meeting goals such as lowering monthly payments, reducing interest, or consolidating debts. To learn more, visit www.ArlingtonCU.org.

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About Arlington Federal Credit Union

Arlington Community FCU (arlingtoncu.org), for over 60 years, has remained committed to its core purpose of empowering members’ lives. With over $250 million in assets and three branches, the Credit Union serves over 21,000 members who live, serve, learn, and lead LOCAL in the Arlington Community.

CONTACT:
Suzie Cook, Marketing
[email protected]
703.526.0200 x266

By: Michael Zuiker

November 14, 2017

Arlington, Virginia – Wild Birds Unlimited is having a party to celebrate their 26th Anniversary on Saturday, November 18, from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

The nature specialty store is proud to have “brought people and nature together” for all these years. “We are very grateful for the support, encouragement and friendships we have created over the past 26 years. We want to say thank you by having this party,” says owner Michael Zuiker.

During the extended hours, the entire store will be on sale, with 20% off coupons provided for everyone who comes into the store. In addition to the coupons, there will be FREE giveaways all day long:

-FREE $5 coupon for Heidelberg Bakery for the first 30 sales between 8-9 am.

-FREE 10# No-Mess Bird Food for the first 26 customers between 2-3 pm

-FREE 6 pack (6 suets and suet cage) for the first 26 sales between 5-6pm.

-FREE “Joy of Birdfeeding” book for the last 26 customers between 7-8 pm

“We have enjoyed our 26 years being part of this community offering interesting and educational information about the hobby of backyard bird feeding and bringing nature to their yards,” said Zuiker, owner of the Arlington Wild Birds Unlimited. “Giving back to the community by having this Party is one small way in which we, at Wild Birds Unlimited, can say “thank you.”

“We hope to see a lot of people visit and enjoy this fun atmosphere,” said Zuiker. “It’s a terrific way for people to get out and experience nature before the rush of the holidays.”

For more information, contact Wild Birds Unlimited at 703-241-3988.

Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, Virginia 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/arlington. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.

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