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- 2011 Archived Articles -

Leewood Gets National Recognition

Leewood Times Guide to Facebook Safety

The Year Ahead in D.C.-Area Transportation

Fish or Frankenfish? FDA Weighs Altered Salmon

Springfield Mall Finds Itself at a Crossroads

McDonnell to roll out massive spending campaign for roads, colleges, jobs

Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

March Edition of The Leewood Times is Now Online

2011 Leewood Annual Meeting Notes

Leewood Clean-up Day Saturday April 2nd 2011

Semiannual Book Sale

2011 Leewood Annual Meeting Tuesday, March 8th at 8:00pm

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- 2010 Archived Articles -

Winter is Here. Are You Ready?

2010 Holiday Trash Collection

Please Help our County by Taking the Deer Management Survey

Firefighters Gather, Distribute Toys to Local Children

Leewood Times Guide To Local Farmers Markets

George Mason University Raises Tuition for the Fall

Convenient Ways to Pay Personal Property Tax

Upcoming Street Work, Tuesday 10/20/10

Annual Fall Festival and Parade - 10/23

HOT Lanes: Designs, Financing Almost in Place for I-95

Multiple Road Projects Start in Tysons

Former TJ Employee Admits To Stealing Money

Fairfax Draws Record-High Unemployment

LHOA Board Meeting Tuesday, September 14th, 7:30pm

Leewood Page on Facebook?

“Starting a Business in Fairfax County” seminars

Look Out for Deer on the Roadways

LHOA Board Meeting - Tuesday, February 9th - CANCELLED

Survival Kit Drive to help the Victims of the Haitian Earthquakes

Upcoming Street Work

Primary Vote: Fimian vs. Herrity

Leewood Clean-up Saturday 4/10

Leewood Annual Meeting 2010 - Tuesday, March 9th

'Pothole killers' to attack Virginia's road craters

Interesting Snow Facts From This Winter

Virginia Megaprojects Information

List of Construction Projects in our Area

Links to Fairfax County Online Complaints and Concerns

345 Money Saving Tips

New Door Type Approved

Holiday Trash Pick-up Schedule and Christmas Tree Recycling

Leewood Times Guide to Going Green

Leewood Times Guide to Credit Repair

Leewood Times Guide to Holiday Entertaining

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- 2009 Archived Articles -

Leewood Community Yard Sale - Saturday, May 23rd 8:00am

Stimulus Bill Could Kick-Start Road Projects

How To Protect You and Your Family From Staph Infections

King Street Trolley Up and Running – Be Sure to Catch It!

Consumer Confidence for the Washington-DC Region beats the Nation’s

Leewood Times Tax Information

Your Input on Locking Mailboxes Needed

Leewood Annual Meeting - Tuesday, March 10th, 8:00pm

Meet The Candidates

Absentee Voting for the Annual Meeting

Sharon Bulova Wins Special Election - Becomes Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Getting to Know Your New County Board Chairman

January Edition of The Leewood Times is Now Online

Holiday Trash Schedule 2008/2009 - No Change

Maggie Pitotti Elected to LHOA Board

Telephone Directory in 2009

Special Election: Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Leewood Times Inaugural Weekend Guide

Special Christmas Tree Pick-up

LHOA Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 13th 2009

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- 2008 Archived Articles -

Reagan & BWI Make Top 3 In List of On-Time Departures – Dulles at the Bottom

Loudoun County Foreclosure Rate 2nd Highest in Virginia

Leewood Times Automotive Tips

Virginia Institutes Stricter DUI Penalties for Underage Drivers

New Speed System Helping to Slow Drivers

A Sampling of New Virginia Laws

Fairfax County Leads the Region in Job Growth

Everything You need to Know About Pumpkins - But was afraid to ask!

Leewood's 2nd Annual Night Out - A Huge Success!

Leewood Times Guide to Fall Festivals

Leewood Times Guide to Seasonal Allergies and Pollen

NOTICE: Concrete Sidewalk Replacement July 24th, 25th, & 28th

New Report highlights Virginia's strengths in technology

Internet Mapping and Information Application Unveiled

Global Rice Shortage – Cause for Concern?

Leewood Times Guide to Spring Cleaning

Leewood Clean-Up Day - A Huge Success

Energy Saving Tips that Lower Your Energy Costs - Winter Version

Metro to Dulles Derailed

Proceeds From the Sale of "A Taste of Leewood" Cookbooks Provides a Nutritious Lunch for 450 Men, Women and Children.

Leewood Annual Meeting 2008 - Tuesday, March 11th, 8:00 p.m.

Special Board Meeting - Monday April 21st at 7 pm at 7040 Bradwood Court

Kaine Asks Lawmakers to Consider Raising Car Sales Tax

Leewood Times Guide to Winter 2008

Leewood Times Guide to New Year Resolutions

Trash Pick-up Holiday Schedule & Christmas Tree Recycling

Change a Light, Change the World – and Save Money

Be Alert For Deer This Season

Mixed Messages About The Region's Environmental Credentials

Leewood Times Guide to Holiday Entertaining

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- 2007 Archived Articles -

Leewood Website Has New Webmaster

Leewood.us – The Official Website of your LHOA

The History of Leewood

The History of General Braddock and His Road

Some information about Your County

Leewood Times is Now Online

LHOA Board Meeting Minutes Online

AARP offers FREE Tax-Aide

Fairfax County Park Authority to Host Gardening Symposium

Major Step taken in Springfield Mall Revamp

Pamela Stover to take over Assessment Collection Duties

Fairfax County Does Away With the Decals - Get Out Your Scrapers

Winter Preparedness - Residents Encouraged to Plan for Cold Weather Season

Charles Town Casino to offer Table Games - Contingent on Local Vote

Transportation Package Approved in Northern Virginia

Dominion Seeks Electric Rate Hike

Website Committee Adopts New Guidelines

Many Farmers Markets in Fairfax County open in May

Spring Blooms in Leewood - Spring Gardening Tips for Homeowners

Take a Hike! - Northern Virginia Offers a Wide Variety of Hiking Trails

Dumping in Leewood Costs YOU Money!

UPDATE: Hand Written Numbers In Parking Lot Removed

Leewood’s National Night Out 2007 A Success!

Fairfax Co. Restricts Big-Box Development

Horses Safe After Clifton Barn Fire

LHOA Special Board Meeting Tuesday July 3rd, 7:30pm

Daylight Saving Time Ends - Saturday November 4th

Absentee Voting Continues Through Saturday, November 3rd

The Electoral Board and General Registrar General Election

Capital Home & Garden Show 2/22-2/25

Mommy & Me Program Love Drive

LHOA Annual Meeting March 13th 8:00pm

LEEWOOD Annual Meeting – The Results are In…

The Fairfax County Police Need Your Help

Leewood Spring Clean-up Day (4/14)

Neighborhood Concerns and County Services

Computer chips now lead Virginia exports

Kettler Capitals Iceplex Opens in Arlington

Norovirus Sickens 150 at Crystal City Hyatt

Pruning for the Homeowner Workshop at Green Spring 3/10

Enjoy a Potomac River Sightseeing Cruise

Leewood Times Summer Fun Guide 2007

Fight The Bite! - A message from supervisor Penny Gross

Yappy Hour! K-9’s-n-Wine, A Huge Success!!

Fairfax Co. Restricts Big-Box Development

Transportation Package Nears Approval in Northern Virginia

Do Your Share for Clean Air

VDOT Holds Meetings about HOT lanes on Interstate 95 & 395

Fairfax County to Crackdown on Illegal Boarding Houses

Fairfax Votes For Overhead Metro Link To Dulles

Higher Fines for VA Drivers

UPDATE: Fees for Driving Infractions to Be Reassessed

Virginia Cracks Down on Gang Activity

Graduation Rates In Fairfax County Near Top

Ann Bailey Takes Over The Homeowner Account Duties

Update of Leewood Community Projects

Homeowner Association Questionnaires

Leewood Times Guide to Virginia Fall Festivals 2007

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Have Your Personal and Sensitive Documents Shredded for FREE!

Judge Affirms Transportation Plan

Virginia DMV Expands Online Services - Website Gets New Look

Volunteer Fairfax Seeks Recruits

Virginia Facing Teacher Shortages

Did You Know? - the dry pond

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- 2011 Archived Articles -


Leewood Gets National Recognition

The November 8th 2008, Saturday Edition of the Washington Post included an article about our community and association. The article was titled "Can-Do Spirit Keeps Leewood Looking Sharp" and was a refreshing look at townhome communities and our fine assocation members. Click Here for a link to the Washington Post article.


Guide to Safety

Facebook is the fastest growing social networking site in the world today with up to 250,000 new users being added every day. But sharing information has lots of risks including your name which can be accessed by others and your profile can be viewed. Anyone can get valuable information and private photos from your profile -- ultimately getting you in big trouble. You can keep your misfortunes down to a minimum by following these tips. We have created a guide for you to use to help keep you and your family safe when using Facebook. More >


The Year Ahead in D.C.-Area Transportation

Government revenue problems have dampened spending on transportation improvements in the D.C. region, yet some of the biggest road and rail projects in the nation will reach significant milestones in 2011, or at least have major effects on commuting patterns as their construction continues this year.

Beltway HOT lanes: By spring, lanes on the Capital Beltway from Braddock to Gallows roads are scheduled to shift right, allowing work to begin on new lanes in the middle of the highway. These middle lanes will become the High Occupancy Toll lanes when the project is done in late 2012. Later this year, more new bridge spans will open at the Beltway interchanges.

Gainesville interchange: Work is already underway at Route 29 and Linton Hall Road. Detour roads should be in place by the summer so that construction can begin on the interchange that will eliminate the at-grade railroad crossing. The entire project, intended to relieve congestion at a long-standing bottleneck, is scheduled to be done by the end of 2014.


Fish or Frankenfish? FDA Weighs Altered Salmon

This undated handout photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies shows two same-age salmon, a genetically modified salmon, rear, and a non-genetically modified salmon, foreground. The Food and Drug Administration pondered Monday whether to say, for the first time, that it's OK to market a genetically engineered animal as safe for people to eat.

Genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as the conventional fish appears to be safe, an advisory committee told the Food and Drug Administration Monday. But they argued that more testing may be needed before it is served on the nation's dinner tables.

If the FDA approves the sale of the salmon, it will be the first time the government allows such modified animals to be marketed for human consumption. The panel was convened by the agency to look at the science of the fish and make recommendations on its safety and environmental impact.


Springfield Mall Finds Itself at a Crossroads

The struggling mall could soon be closed for good, its lofty redevelopment plans permanently shelved. Or it could be destined for a multimillion-dollar Christmas gift, with new high-rise apartments, outdoor outlets and a hotel.

The Northern Virginia mall's owner, New York-based Vornado Realty Trust, has been shopping its $160 million in debt in recent weeks, leading to speculation that lenders will foreclose on the property. If the mall closed, it would mark the end of a storied shopping destination that helped define Springfield for decades.

Opened in 1973, Springfield Mall was popular among families from across Washington. During its heyday in 1985, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana famously visited the mall during a trade trip to see a "Best of Britain" promotion at JCPenney. The mall's managers, a family-owned group, posted news clippings about the royal couple's U.S. visit on mall bulletin boards. The mall was sold to Vornado in 2006 for nearly $36 million.

Vornado agreed to invest an additional $100 million to turn the aging edifice into a "lifestyle center," with 1.1 million square feet of office space, a 225-room hotel and 2,200 apartments. At least a third of Springfield Mall's storefronts are vacant. Large swaths of the mall, with its faded gray tile and white walls, are boarded up. Store owners and shoppers alike say it's in sore need of a facelift.

"The magnitude of the construction that we need out there hasn't happened, and that's frustrating," said Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff C. McKay (D-Springfield), who has campaigned heavily to redevelop the mall. Two gang-related stabbings and a fatal shooting, along with numerous vehicle break-ins and muggings, gave Springfield Mall a reputation as a hangout for rowdy youths and criminals, McKay said.


McDonnell to roll out massive spending campaign for roads, colleges, jobs

Governor McDonnell plans a massive spending campaign that he said would unclog state roads, award thousands more college degrees and spur job creation, part of an aggressive legislative agenda he is expected to roll out this week.

McDonnell (R) will press lawmakers to approve a series of statewide projects he said would be paid in part through Virginia's $403 million budget surplus, $337 million in higher-than-expected tax revenue, and $192 million generated through cuts and savings.

And in stark contrast to other governors, who are cutting budgets and slashing payrolls, McDonnell plans to borrow nearly $3 billion over the next three years for transportation projects and intends to spend an additional $400 million to fix the state's ailing roads, $58 million to help state colleges and universities, and $54 million to create jobs.

Every Virginia governor in modern times has tried to tackle the state's transportation problems, and McDonnell is no different. He already announced he wants to spend $150 million from last year's budget surplus and $250 million recouped from the transportation audit.


Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

Here are the Heat Safety Basics:

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible for you, your family and your coworkers.

Stay aware to stay cool. There are simple measures you can take to protect yourself, your family, pets and neighbors

Drink plenty of fluids: Drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink water even if you don't feel thirsty.

• Do not drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages because they dehydrate the body.

• Keep cool indoors: If you can, stay in an air-conditioned area. Resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses. Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theathers, shopping malls and other community facilities.

• Electric fans may provide comfort, but with temperatures in the 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

• Plan outdoor activities around the heat: If you must go outside, go before noon or at night when it's cooler.

• Avoid strenuous physical activities or reschedule them for the coolest part of the day, usually the early morning. Limit physical activity until your body adjusts to the heat.

•Eat light meals, avoiding high-protein foods because they increase metabolic heat.

• Don’t take salt tablets unless directed by a physician.

• Wear light-colored clothing, which helps reflect sunlight.

• Wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Sunburn makes it more difficult for your body to cool off.

• Never leave children or pets unattended in a car—not even for a few minutes.

• Ensure your home's cooling system is working properly before it is truly needed.

• Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.

For more information on heat-related illness, heat stroke, helping the vulnerable through extreme heat along with information on how to keep your pets cool, visit




March Edition of The Leewood Times is Now Online

The newest edition of your community newsletter is now online, along with every past edition. Viewers can access the newsletter by clicking here, and if interested, you can view the archive of articles by clicking here.

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2011 Leewood Annual Meeting Notes

The Annual Meeting of the Leewood Homeowners Association was held on March 8th. Maggie Pitotti was reelected to the Board. Kevin Klaugherty was elected to the Board as a new member. The tax resolution passed. The by-law change was defeated by two votes.

There were 39 people present at the meeting. They along with proxies resulted in 75 households in Leewood being represented.

During Open Forum, the three major topics of discussion were trash in the community, excessive dog poop in the common areas and in one instance in a homeowner’s private yard and parking. The Board will consider these items during the coming months.

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Leewood Clean-up Day Saturday April 2nd 2011

Clean-up Day will be held April 2nd. The rain date will be April 9th. Please bring gloves and rakes if possible. Refreshments will be served after the project is complete. Plan on meeting in the common area behind 7035 Leebrad Street. We hope that everyone will plan on attending at least for a few hours.

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Semiannual Book Sale

The Friends of the George Mason Regional Library is sponsoring a huge sale in five areas of the library. Books for all ages, plus CDs, videos, recorded books and rare books will be available. The Sale Dates are:

-Thursday, April 14, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Note: Library services end at 6 p.m. on Thursday.)
-Friday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
-Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Sunday, April 17, noon to 5 p.m. (Note: Library services begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.)

George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003


George Mason Regional Library
Friends of the George Mason Regional Library

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2011 Leewood Annual Meeting Tuesday, March 8th at 8:00pm

The 2011 Leewood Homeowners Association Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at the Phillips School. Each homeowner should have received packet in February. We strongly encourage homeowners to plan to attend the meeting or at minimum, submit a proxy so that we can establish a quorum.

The agenda is posted online for you to view. More >

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2010 Holiday Trash Collection

There will be NO change to your trash and recycling collection for 2010. Regular pick-ups will continue during the upcoming holiday season.

- Christmas Tree Collection -

Wednesday January 5, 2011


Wednesday January 12, 2011.

Please remove all tinsel and decorations. Please do not place trees in plastic bags. Please mark your calendars with these dates.

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Winter is Here. Are You Ready?

Winter? Already?

Last year's Snowmageddon produced record snowfall and left many residents stuck in their homes. Don’t get caught unprepared! Check your emergency supplies to ensure that nothing has expired. This is also a great time to make sure that you have enough spare medication to last at least 72 hours in the event you get snowed in.

What if you get stuck on the road? Are the necessary items in place in your emergency car kit?

Things to include:

A shovel
Substantial Snowbrush
Windshield Ice Scraper
Working Flashlight
Battery powered radio with extra batteries
Snack food
Extra hats, Socks, Mittens
Old Coat and Boots
First-Aid Kit with Pocket Knife
Necessary Medications
Tow chain or rope
Road salt and Sand
Booster cables
Emergency flares
Fluorescent distress flag
Extra Windshield Washer Fluid


For additional winter preparedness information, visit http://m.fema.gov/winter-storms-extreme-cold.

Click Here for your Leewood Times Guide to Winter

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Please Help our County by Taking the Deer Management Survey

The Fairfax County Police Department, Animal Services Division has asked that we provide the following information to members of the Leewood Homeowners Association:

White-tailed deer are one of our most common native species. Several factors, including loss of natural predators and habitat modification, have resulted in an abundant local deer population. As the Fairfax Country Wildlife biologist, it is my responsibility to implement a deer management program each year. In an effort to develop the most effective and comprehensive deer management plan, your help is needed.

A Deer Management Survey has been designed to collect information from residents throughout the County. Survey results will be used to help develop a program that is better suited to your community’s needs. The information that is provided is confidential."

The online survey is available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/survey/deermanagement.htm

Information about local wildlife and wildlife management is available online at:


Deer have been spotted in Leewood on several occasions and just recently, a deer was killed on Braddock Road as you exit Bradwood Street.

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Firefighters Gather, Distribute Toys to Local Children

Partnering with private corporations and local businesses, Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics are sponsoring the Thirteenth Annual Firefighters Holiday Rescuers Toy Drive, and will distribute toys Wednesday, December 15, 2010, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Penn Daw Fire and Rescue Station 11, 6624 Hulvey Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.

Department members, the Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, Inc., and the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics, Local 2068, have been collecting toys, games, and other items to be distributed to children throughout Fairfax County.

Through generous donations and support from businesses and civic organizations including Deloitte Consulting, Inc., Promax Realtors, the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner, and Walmart, it is anticipated that several thousand school-aged children and their families will receive toys and gifts this holiday season.

The Fire and Rescue Department, with support from Fairfax County Public Schools and the Department of Family Services, plan to reach a record number of children this holiday season.

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Guide To Local Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets are popular with thousands of Fairfax County residents who wish to buy locally produced food for their families. The Markets have a long, rich history with the county. The Fairfax County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension started the first market in 1978. Eleven weekly markets at locations across Fairfax County now provide area residents the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, eggs, dairy products, meats, honey, cut flowers and container plants. This ability to “buy local” supports sustainable agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. As a “producers only” market program all vendors and products come from within a 125 mile radius of Fairfax County. We have created a guide of Farmers Markets in Fairfax County and in the District of Columbia. Here is a daily list with links to thier websites of the Markets in Fairfax County.

- Tuesdays -

Mount Vernon Farmers Market, 8:00 am - Noon
May 4 - November 23

Fairfax Farmers Market, 8:00 am - Noon
May 4 - October 26

- Wednesdays -

Vienna/Oakton Farmers Market, 8:00 am - Noon
May 5 - November 17

Frying Pan Farmers Market, 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
May 5 - October 27

Wakefield Farmers Market, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
May 5 - October 27

- Thursdays -

Herndon Farmers Market, 8:00 am - Noon
May 6 - October 27

Annandale Farmers Market, 8:00 am - Noon
May 6 - November 4

- Fridays -

McLean Farmers Market, 8:00 am - Noon
May 7 - November 19

Kingstowne Farmers Market, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 7 - October 29

- Saturdays -

Burke Farmers Market, 8:00 am - Noon
May 1 - November 20

Reston Farmers Market, 8:00 am - Noon
May 8 - October 30

- Sundays -

Lorton Farmers Market, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
May 2 - October 31


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George Mason Regional Library Book Sale Dates Announced

The Fall Book Sale will start on Thursday, October 21, at 5 pm. For the opening night, they have permission from Fairfax County Public Libraries to stay open until 9 pm. This is good news for shoppers because, normal library services will end at 6 pm. From 6 to 9 pm, the shoppers won't need to compete with library users for parking places. Since most of the staff will leave at 6 pm, we will have their parking places to use, too. Another bonus, after 6 pm, buyers have more choices inside the library for space for collecting their purchases before check out.

The bad news for shoppers is that you won't be able to combine book sale and library use unless you arrive before 6 pm. After 6 pm, you will not be able to check out books, use the library computers, get a library card, ask for help from the Information Librarian, or pay bills.

The sale will follow library hours on Friday and Saturday. Friday hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Saturday hours are 10 am to 5 pm. On Sunday, we will get a one hour jump on library hours (and get more parking spaces) by opening the sale at noon. Library services will start at 1 pm. Sunday hours end at 5 pm.

As an added bonus for families planning to come to the sale on Saturday, Annandale is having their Fall Festival. The morning parade will include the Annandale High School Marching Band at over 100 strong. Generally, there is a fair showing of candidates for public office as well. The Fall Festival continues with activities in the parking lot of Safeway on Little River Turnpike, about a mile from the George Mason Regional Library.


Book Sale: October 21 - 24


Thursday 5 to 9 pm
Friday 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday noon to 5 pm

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George Mason University Raises Tuition for the Fall

It's going to cost a lot more to attend George Mason University now that the Board of Visitors voted Thursday to raise tuition, fees and room and board for the 2010-2011 school year. In-state students will pay $950 more for a total of $16,624. Out-of-state students will fork over an extra $1,730, bringing the total to $33,338. The board says the hikes are necessary to continue existing academic programs. The decision is directly related to a cut in state aid for the public university by $4.5 million this year.

The state university, located in the city of Fairfax, had an unanticipated surge in state applications over the past year and the trend has continued for next fall. The school has more than 19,000 undergraduate students. There will also be a six percent increase in tuition for both in-state and out-of-state graduate students at GMU.

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Convenient Ways to Pay Personal Property Tax

Oct. 5 is the deadline to pay the 2010 Personal Property Tax. Fairfax County provides residents with several convenient payment options that can save time and gas. These include paying online; cash payments at Shoppers Food and Pharmacy locations; or paying by mail. There also are extended tax payment hours at the Fairfax County Government Center, Suite 223:

-Sept. 27-29, Oct. 1, 4 and 5: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sept. 30: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 2: 8 a.m. to noon.

Tax payments can be made:

- Online – Visit the Department of Tax Administration and pay by check or credit card. (Credit card companies charge a service fee.)

-Shoppers Food and Pharmacy and other Global Express locations – Bring cash payment and bill to pay at customer service desk at Shoppers Food and Pharmacy stores throughout Virginia. For additional Global Express locations, call 1-800-989-6669, option 3, then option 4. Only cash payments are accepted, and there is a $1.25 service fee by Global Express.

-At banks – Pay by check or cash (not credit card) at Fairfax County branches of Bank of America, SunTrust and Wachovia. Residents must bring their bill and pay the exact amount billed.

- Credit card by phone – Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If using VISA, MasterCard and American Express, call 703-222-6740, TTY 711. If using Discover, call 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594. (Credit card companies charge a service fee.)

-By mail – Send bill and checks only (no cash) payable to the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA 22035. Payments must be postmarked before or on Oct. 5.

-In person – Pay by check, cash, credit card or debit card at the Fairfax County Government Center, Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax. (Credit card companies charge a service fee.)

There is a 10 percent penalty plus interest for late personal property tax payments, and a 25 percent penalty for payments more than 30 days past due. Late payments are subject to multiple collection actions and additional fees. Personal property includes automobiles, trucks, motor homes, motorcycles, trailers, campers, boats, outboard motors, planes and business property. More information is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta.

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Upcoming Street Work, Tuesday 10/20/10

Bradwood Court will be closed from 8 p.m. Wednesday October 20th and will reopen about 10 a.m. Friday October 22nd. No trash should be placed on Bradwood Court for Friday pickup.


Annual Fall Festival and Parade - 10/23

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, the Annandale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a spectacular Fall Festival in the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike. This is the largestpublic event in Greater Annandale. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. scores of merchants with hand made and fashion jewelry, ceramics, imported silks, pet accessories, art work, quality giftware from major manufacturers, exquisite crafts and so much more will fill the community market.

Multiple rock bands and Jazz groups will set your toes tapping while “The Taste of Annandale”with food from many culinary cuisines will satisfy every taste craving. The Kid’s Zone will challenge with a Climbing Wall, 24' Dual Slides, Bungee Run, a Sticky Wall, an Obstacle Course, Moon Bounce, a Reading Test with costumed characters, a Musical Petting Zoo, a Treasure Hunt, and interactive games for toddlers to teens.

The Annual Parade, held since 1950, will march along Columbia Pike from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and finish at the Festival Grounds.

Click here for further information on the festival or parade.

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HOT Lanes: Designs, Financing Almost in Place for I-95

Engineering designs and financing for the High Occupancy Toll lanes project along the Interstate 95/395 corridor from Massaponax to the 14th Street Bridge could be in place in the next few weeks.
The economy and design changes stalled the long planned HOT lanes.

"We would still have to resolve the issue involving the lawsuit," says Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton.

A lawsuit filed by Arlington County is making its way through the courts. The suit seeks to halt the entire project along I-95/395. Arlington believes the state's environmental study was inadequate and that low-income and minority residents along the corridor would be harmed by new air pollution. Connaughton says Virginia would like to the 14 miles of HOT lanes being built along the Capital Beltway extend into Maryland.

"In the long term, we would like to see Maryland pursue either HOT lanes or HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes on the Beltway that would simply connect right up there," Connaughton says.

He says the state could have an agreement within the next few weeks to extend the HOT lanes 1.5 miles closer to the Maryland border. The project would end at the American Legion Bridge, rather than just north of the Dulles Toll Road.

The extension would be paid for by Fluor-Transurban, the consortium of two private firms that partnered with the Virginia Department of Transportation to build the lanes. The state and civic groups would need to approve the project.

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Multiple Road Projects Start in Tysons

Construction work related to the Dulles Rail Project will cause significant closures and detours in the Tysons Corner area for the rest of the month and into next month.
Starting at 9:30 p.m. Friday, crews will shut down sections of eastbound Route 7 between Spring Hill Road and the southbound ramp of Route 123 in order to complete paving related to the widening of Route 7. The left lane of Route 7 will be closed from 9:30 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. At 2 a.m., crews will then reopen the left lane and shut down the right and center lanes until 7 a.m.

More work on Route 7 will be done the first week of June. The left through lane of southbound Westpark Drive also will be closed Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. to allow crews to demolish a traffic island.

Between May 20 and May 29, crews will repair portions of Galleria Drive, Tysons Boulevard and Route 123 that were damaged during previous work. The work, which is part of the Dulles Metrorail Project, will be done overnight during the weekend hours. Detours will be posted in the area.

Additionally, you should expect intermittent lane closures on the Dulles International Airport Access Highway and the Dulles Toll Road.

For helpful links and more information on our Capital Beltway, visit your Leewood Times Guide to the Capital Beltway. More >

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Former TJ Employee Admits To Stealing Money

Financial technician cites need to support gambling habit, pay mortgage as reason for theft

A former employee of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology pleaded guilty May 6 to stealing more than $279,000 in funds intended to support functions like student athletics, clubs, prom and graduation parties.

Susan Thanh Litwin worked as a financial technician at Jefferson for a little over three years. She acknowledged taking money in chunks ranging from $2,500 to $35,000 from various school accounts during the period of March 1, 2008 to Jan. 25, 2010.

According to the press release, Litwin used some of the funds to support a gambling habit, pay off a mortgage on her Woodbridge home and cover extensive personal debt. Litwin said she replaced some funds she had taken from the school. The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia is holding Litwin responsible for stealing $197,965.53 from Jefferson overall, according to a plea agreement signed by a federal prosecutor, Litwin and her attorney and filed May 6. Litwin pleaded guilty to a charge of theft from an organization receiving federal funds.

She could face up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a requirement to make full restitution to Jefferson and Fairfax County Public Schools as a result of the conviction. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 30.

After her arrest, a magistrate required Litwin to refrain from all gambling, undergo mental health testing and treatment and attend gambling anonymous meetings as a condition of her release. She was also not allowed to open a new line of credit, according to a court order signed by the magistrate on March 5.

Litwin has also forfeited a piece property she owned in Orlando, Fla. to federal officials.

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Fairfax Draws Record-High Unemployment

Fairfax County’s unemployment figures held at a record-high level of 5.5 percent in February. The locality’s current unemployment has jumped 1.2 percent, when compared to the same month a year ago.

Fairfax County’s unemployment rate is lower than booth Virginia and the United States. Unemployment in the commonwealth is at 7.7 percent and unemployment in the country held at 9.7 percent in February.

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LHOA Board Meeting Tuesday, September 14th, 7:30pm

Your LHOA board meeting is a great opportunity for our members to voice concerns and learn something new about our community. All members are invited to attend and speak in an open forum. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Philip’s School across Braddock Road. The agenda is posted online for you to view. More >

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Leewood Page on Facebook?

Your Leewood Times editor would like to know how many residents would be interested in creating a Leewood Facebook page – how many of you are already on Facebook?

Businesses, local organizations, manufacturers and a myriad of companies use their Facebook page to facilitate quick interaction with their “followers” and have had great success.

You Editor believes this would be a great tool to keep the community updated on a most consistent basis (this newsletter is only published once every 2 months) and it will provide you with a platform to voice your opinions, concerns, suggestions or simply just to stay in touch with your neighbors.

Please send your thoughts on this to LeewoodTimes@cox.net and your Editor (and the Board) will take the time to create, monitor and answer questions if the residents think it will be useful.

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“Starting a Business in Fairfax County” seminars

The popular “Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County” seminars will continue in 2009 with nine sessions scheduled throughout the year. The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) hosts the informative workshops for individuals interested in beginning a business in the county. More than 1,700 persons have attended the sessions since the FCEDA began them in 2003.

The last 2009 workshop is scheduled for November 3rd.

The workshops generally are held on the first Tuesday of each month at FCEDA headquarters, 8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 450, Vienna (Tysons Corner). Sessions begin at 8 a.m. with refreshments and networking. The workshops are free but pre-registration is required. More >

Interested participants can register on the FCEDA’s Web site at


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Look Out for Deer on the Roadways

The Fairfax County Police Department is launching its seasonal public awareness effort to remind motorists to be on the lookout for deer as they travel the roadways this fall. Studies show that nearly one in every 136 Virginia drivers will be involved in a deer-related crash over the next 12 months. In Fairfax County, 45 percent of all deer collisions are recorded in October and November. During deer breeding season, October through December, adult deer are highly mobile.

Deer are especially active pre-dawn to mid-morning and dusk to early evening. Watch for eye shine along the roadsides and if you spot a deer immediately slow down. Where you see one deer, there are bound to be many more, as they typically travel in herds. If a deer is frozen in place on the road, reduce speed and flash your headlights. < Click here for 10 tips for safe driving in deer season >

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LHOA Board Meeting - Tuesday, February 9th - CANCELLED

Due to inclement weather, your LHOA board meeting for this month has been cancelled. Your personal safety is very important to us, and was considered when evaluating the ability to travel to our meeting during severe weather. The agenda is posted online for you to view. We hope to see you at the next meeting. Please check back here for updated information.

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Survival Kit Drive to help the Victims of the Haitian Earthquakes


Thank you to all those who came by to drop off things for the Haitian Relief Effort. Both my car and trunk were full. Everyone at the embassy was very grateful for the donations.

When Ron and I dropped the items off, the embassy was alive with volunteers who were sorting, boxing, carrying and working feverishly to move the donations out of the rain.

It was an interesting and very heartwarming sight.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Lou Ann Filadelfo

NOAH (National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians) held a Survival Kit Drive on Sunday, January 17, 2010 from 11am - 4pm at the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Washington D.C. located at 2311 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Our good Nieghbors Lou Ann and Ron Filadelfo accepted your donations and brought them to the embassy on your behalf.

Below are a list of items still needed. Many can be found at your local dollar store or even the One Spot in your local Target. Please spread the word to all because a MAJOR group effort is needed to get Haiti through this. Thank you in advance for all your prayers, help and support it is greatly appreciated.


Baby formula (dry/powder)
Baby wipes
Baby bottles
Baby clothes
Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste)
Hand sanitizer
First aid kits
Over the counter medicines
Mosquito repellent
Flip flops
Lightweight jackets
Non perishable food that’s not in cans (seal-paks of tuna or sardines, for example)
Think flat, lightweight, easily packable. Remember, L'union fait la force!

For more information please contact NOAH at (718.755.0119) or (202.904.9070).

or visit http://www.noahhaiti.org/

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Upcoming Street Work

The street work in Leewood will be in two phases and will begin Monday, August 30th.

Phase I - Milling and paving of Leebrad Street

- Leebrad Street will be closed at 8pm on Sunday, August 29th and will remain closed until 8pm Tuesday, August 31st.

- ALL cars from house # 7000 - 7027 MUST be moved during this time.

- Cars that are not moved will be towed at the owner's expense. see below for more information.


For Leestone Street and Leestone Court, use the Leestone Street entrance from Backlick Road.

For Bradgen Court & Bradwood Court and the unaffected portion of Leebrad, use the Bradwood Street entrance from Braddock Road.

Phase II - Sealcoating ALL of Leebrad Street - Thursday September 2nd.

- ALL cars must be moved from Leebrad Street by 8pm on Wednesday September 1st and reopened Friday 8pm. Towing rules from above will apply


All towed cars will be by Henry's. They can be reached at (703) 698-8900.

Thank You for your patience while we make these improvements to your neighborhood.

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Primary Vote: Fimian vs. Herrity

Two candidates face each other for Republican nomination June 8

Virginia’s 11th Congressional District will see its first primary contest in 18 years next month. Supervisor Patrick Herrity (R-Springfield) and businessman Keith Fimian are vying for the chance to take on U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) next fall in what could be a competitive race. Primary voters go to the polls to decide between Herrity and Fimian June 8.

In Virginia, voters do not register with a political party, so any person, regardless of political affiliation, can participate in the election to pick the Republican Party nominee.

Fimian and Herrity share many of the same opinions when it comes to general matters of public policy. Both candidates said reducing the federal deficit would be a priority should they be elected to office. Both have hammered Connolly for support of the government health care reform bill and "cap and trade" legislation, which places a ceiling on emissions over concern about the environment but is frowned on by some business groups.

Click Here for more information about the candidates.

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Leewood Clean-up This Saturday 9:30am

Not only is spring a time for revival, but it is also a time for Leewood's Annual Spring Cleanup!
Please join your neighbors on Saturday, April 10th at 9:30am (rain date April 17th) and let's get
our community looking immaculate again. We will be picking up trash and clearing away the dead branches and other debris left by winter storms.

Any tools and equipment that you can share will be appreciated.

We will be meeting in front of 7026 Leebrad Street at 9:30am.

Dead branches that were broken during our many winter storms need to be picked up and ready for trash collection. As your perennials come up, see how far they have migrated – you might want to trim some of them back so that other plants get some ground to grow. Of course along with the delight of perennials coming back, those uninvited weeds are also reappearing. Sometimes it seems as though the weeds grow into mature flowering beasts overnight. This is particularly troublesome, as the average weed seems to set thousands of seeds, and distribute them, in a matter of just days.


Leewood Annual Meeting 2010 - Tuesday, March 9th

The Leewood Homeowners Association annual business meeting was held on March 9th, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Philips School Located at the Northwest corner of Braddock and Backlick Roads at 7010 Braddock Road, Annandale, VA.

Two spots on the board were filled. Janet Rourke was re-elected for another term, and Lynda Flynn was elected as the newest member of your LHOA board of directors. The minutes will be posted here as soon as they are voted on at the next meeting.

Congratulations to both and thank you for your service to our community.



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'Pothole killers' to attack Virginia's road craters

Following this winter’s snowstorms, potholes have become a growing concern for commuters. Machines known as "pothole killers" have begun to start filling Northern Virginia's potholes.

"We will get those potholes filled as fast as we can. Now, it is going to be a monumental task this winter," says Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Joan Morris.

VDOT will rent three or more of the machines to get the job done. "Pothole killers" can fill 100 holes a day. They allow a single worker to fill a pothole without leaving the machine's seat.

"They can knock out a bunch of potholes per day, a lot more than a regular pothole crew can. We already have them lined up. We will be using them throughout Northern Virginia," Morris says.

Click here to check out how the "pothole killer" works in this VDOT video:

Click here to report a pothole in our area.

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Interesting Snow Facts From This Winter

When it comes to this winter, there's no question it has been a doozy. So how does it all break down?

This winter dumped 56 inches of snow at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In February alone, Reagan saw 32 inches, while 46 inches fell at Dulles International Airport and 49 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall.

Estimated amount of snow removed from Northern Virginia roads in February: 20,200,000 tons.

About 12,000,000 Olympic-size pools would be needed to hold all snowmelt and rain from the first blizzard, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

An average 155-pound person shoveling snow for half an hour burns 223 calories.

Virginia State Police answered calls to 1,713 accidents on the first weekend of the storm, Feb. 5-7.






Virginia Megaprojects Information

Virginia Megaprojects are a series of large-scale transportation improvements designed to ease congestion and provide you with new, better choices for getting where you need to go. Together, these Megaprojects will not only enhance our interstates, roadways and neighborhoods – they’ll completely transform the way we travel in Northern Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Transportation & Department of Rail and Public Transportation have created a webpage that will provide viewers with an overview and map of individual megaprojects in addition to commuter solutions and resources for employers to help their employees navigate construction. You can also sign up for thier monthly e-newsletters about Virginia Megaprojects and other regional construction projects. For more information, visit www.vamegaprojects.com

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List of Construction Projects in our Area

Northern Virginia congestion is the second worst in the country, and improvements and expansions are long overdue. construction is taking place right now.

These projects include construction of the final two miles of the Fairfax County Parkway from Rolling Road to Fullerton Road, the final phase of the Wilson Bridge project - the I-95 Telegraph Road Interchange, the Dulles Corridor Metrorail, which will link downtown D.C to the Dulles International Airport, High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on I-95/395 and the Capital Beltway (I-495), and the Defense Department’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The editors of the Leewood Times have created a roadwork page with project overviews and helpful links to the project web pages. More >

There is also a guide to our Capital Beltway, with links to traffic cameras and allerts. More >

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Links to Fairfax County Online Complaints and Concerns

Fairfax County has online forms to use to report complaints, concerns and issues. They include a Home and Property Report Form to use to report excessive debris, noise, building heights, home businesses, junk vehicles and many other issues. A Tenant-Landlord Complaint Form for disputes involving tenants and landlords. A Crime Report Form to report graffiti, civil disputes, destruction of property, disorderly conduct, alcohol violations, identity theft, trespassing, telephone threats and many other issues. An Aggressive Driver Form to report aggressive drivers within 10 days of observation. A Police Department Complaint Form to file a report against police officers or staff. A Lost or Found Pet Form to use to report lost or found dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals. A Consumer Complaint Form for disputes involving a business in Fairfax County.

These and many more are available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/complaints/

To report other issues not listed there, call 703-FAIRFAX (703-324-7329), TTY 711, or consult the county's online directory or hotlines.

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345 Money Saving Tips

Every day is the right day to start saving your hard earned money, though it is more important during these tough economic times. The editors of the Leewood Times have scoured the internet and have listed 345 tips that can save you and your family money and help you get out of debt.

Our money saving tips range from everything from budgeting & finance, to transportation & travel and this guide is also a great reminder of how much we waste. Click here to help you develop the habit of spending less than you make. More >

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New Door Type Approved

Your LHOA has approved a new type of door for your home. See picture above. Wooden, metal or fiberglass doors are permissible. The glass should be clear, un-frosted, uncolored, un-etched, non-bevel glass without ornamentation. Brass kick plates not to exceed 6 inches in height are permitted. Doors should ideally be the same color as shutters and a different color from the trim color. Click Here for the full architectural standards page.

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Holiday Trash Pick-up Schedule and Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Day (Friday December 25) – Office is closed and NO services will be
provided. Our trash collection falls on this day. Service will resume on Tuesday
December 29th.

NOTE: Please do not put your trash out on Christmas Eve.

New Year’s Day (Friday January 1, 2010) – Office is closed and NO services will be
provided. Our trash collection falls on this day. Service will resume on Tuesday,
January 5th.

NOTE: Please do not put your trash out on New Year’s Eve.

Christmas Tree Collection – Christmas trees will be collected on the lst two Wednesdays
in January. We ask that all tinsel and decorations be removed. Please do not
place trees in plastic bags.

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Guide to Going Green

Most of us understand that we need to do something, some of us understand what to do but few of us are actually doing anything. The editors of the Leewood Times have created a guide to accessible information on green thinking, environmentalism and sustainable living. Included in the guide is everything you need to know about how to go green and how to save money on your energy costs at the same time. Helpful Links are provided to online sources to help us do our part to solve environmental problems. More >

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Guide to Credit Repair

You see the advertisements in newspapers, on TV, and on the Internet. You hear them on the radio. You get fliers in the mail, and maybe even calls offering credit repair services. They all make the same claims:

- “Credit problems? No problem!”
- “We can remove bankruptcies, judgments, liens, and bad loans from your credit file forever!”
- “We can erase your bad credit — 100% guaranteed.”
- “Create a new credit identity — legally.”

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says do yourself a favor and save some money, too. Don’t believe these claims: they’re very likely signs of a scam. You can improve your credit report

legitimately, but it takes time, a conscious effort, and sticking to a personal debt repayment plan. The editors of the Leewood Times have created a guide to help you repair your credit with sample letters and helpful links to FTC articles. More >

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Guide to Holiday Entertaining

It is that time again. If your home will be the central gathering place this year for a holiday, it's time to make your lists and check them over twice. We have created this guide to holiday entertaining to help you get organized and make the visit pleasurable for you and your guests. Whether you're planning to throw your first dinner party, or you've been hosting gatherings for years, this primer will remind you of all the little details that add up to a spectacular occasion. More >

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