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Habitat for Humanity

Resale of Donated Items Aid Needy

Habitat for Humanity builds or renovates homes, apart- ments, and condominiums for use by qualified applicants who are in need of affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity ReStore is an important fund-raising effort which supports the overall program. In Northern Virginia there are two Habitat for Humanity ReStore programs (Alexandria and Chantilly) that collect and resell a selected number of preapproved items to individuals and organizations at 50-90 percent below re- tail value. Donated items are tax deductable.

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can resell them and raise money for housing projects to provide the needy a decent and afford- able place to call home. In addition, shoppers come here knowing fully well that their money will go di- rectly for housing programs for the needy.”

The local marketing and communications director for Habitat for Humanit , Virginia Patton, helped organize the promotional wellness day event, coor- dinate volunteers, and answer questions. She and the contingent of volunteers relished the spike in the busy day of shoppers coming in to purchase items and the number of people dropping off donate items. It was a busy and productive day for everyone.

The ReStore program has trucks available by ap- pointment to pick up large heavy donated items in good condition such as a refrigerator, couch, desk, or bed. For others it is an opportunity to purchase used kitchen cabinets and other items at a discount and to know that the money is going directly toward building homes for the needy. Volunteers are always welcome.

The proceeds of the resold items are used to finance the building and renovation of homes for needy families. Locally, the funds raised by the two Habitat for Humanity of North- ern Virginia ReStore sites will be used for a new housing project: to convert an existing apartment building in Arling- ton, called Perry Hall, into a 12-unit condominium.


(Must be in useable condition) Building supplies Electrical and plumbing Electronics Flooring Hardware and tools Windows Kitchen cabinets Lumber Office furniture New and used appliances Websites: www.restorenova.org and: www.habitatnova.org

Wellness Day Vendors

Nutritional Consulting: Cynthia Lamons-Kerr, CNC Yoga Instructor: Michelle LeRe Simplify for Life; Residential & Business Organizing

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Warning Signs: Calming or Confusing?

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December, are essentially continuously flashing bea- cons at unmarked crossings.

have long been concerned about the part of the road between Highland Lane and Buckman Road. In the last few years, this segment has logged eight pe- destrian injuries and five pedestrian fatalities mak- ing it the most dangerous stretch of Richmond High- way.

“Anything that can get drivers off their cell phones and paying more attention to the road, that’s a good thing,” said Lt. Michael Wall of the Mount Vernon District Station. “On the other hand, these new signs and flashing lights don’t do anything to make it easier to cross the street.”

THE ORIGINS of the new pedestrian safety mea- sures date back to spring of last spring, when Super- visor Gerry Hyland called for construction of an over- head mounted pedestrian warning signs between Highland and Buckman. Funding for the $235,000 project came from the state transportation safety fund. The overhead signs, which were installed in

“This innovative approach to improve pedestrian safety is new to Fairfax Count , and will alert drivers that extra awareness of pedestrians is required,” Hyland wrote in a board matter from March 30, 2009. “The installation of these signs is expected to im- prove pedestrian safety for those crossing Richmond Highway to access homes, businesses and bus stops.”

The northbound sign is located between Highland Lane and Wyngate Manor Court, and the southbound sign is situated between Skyview Drive and Frye Road. That leaves about a half-mile zone between the flashing signs where drivers are on high alert to watch out for jaywalkers. While neighborhood resi- dents acknowledge the need for increased pedestrian safet , the installation of flashing signs at unmarked crossings strikes many as a Band-Aid solution.

“This needs a comprehensive approach,” said Kahan Dhillon, chairman of strategic planning for the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations. “Taking care of one segment is not going to solve the problem.”

Business Notes

Send announcements to the Ga- zette, by e-mail to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with ques- tions.

John A. Hurley has joined Re- public Capital Access, LLC, in Reston as vice president. Hurley will focus on expanding RCA’s funding pro- gram, RCAAdvantage, to companies providing products, services and training to the national security, homeland security and law enforce- ment communities.

Hurley is active in Mount Vernon area civic associations.

The new Fairfax Village Neigh- borhood Center in the residential villages of Fort Belvoir has achieved a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design — New Construction (LEED-NC) Platinum rating, becoming the first fa- cility in the U.S. military to achieve that status. It is also the second building in Virginia to earn the highest sustainable rating possible awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.

Tammy Razmic has joined Inova Mount Vernon Hospital as its new chief financial officer, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare fi- nance, planning and budgeting to her new role.

Before joining Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Razmic served as the assistant

vice president of Finance for Health Services at Inova Health System. While in that role, she managed sys- tem-wide financial planning and budgeting, implemented new finan- cial-management reporting software and developed reports for improved fiscal analysis. Razmic also managed finances for Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as their Director of Financial Ser- vices and Corporate Controller, overseeing audits, payroll, research grants, donor funds and other ac- counting practices. In addition, Razmic held the position of vice president of finance at Adventist HealthCare and at George Washing- ton University Hospital, managing financial revenue, annual budgets and business plans.


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