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Long & Foster's Centreville office will serve as a proud sponsor of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves' annual Toys for Tots campaign between now and Dec. 16. Long & Foster, as directed by the U.S. Marine Corps, asks that donated toys be new and unwrapped. Toys may be dropped off at the Long & Foster office at 14260-C Centreville Square, Centreville, seven days a week until Dec. 16.

Once the toys are collected and presented to the Marines, they are distributed through churches and social welfare agencies to the neediest children throughout the community. The Toys for Toys campaign, started by the Marines in 1947, in an annual toy collecting drive that now reaches across 388 communities throughout 50 states.

Last year's national Toys for Tots campaign raised 13.2 million toys benefiting nearly 6 million needy children. Long & Foster collected more than 30,000 new toys throughout the company last year, which were transported to Marine Corps headquarters in time for Christmas. For information on this year's Toys for Tots Campaign, call or stop by Long & Foster, Centreville Office, 703-631-3200.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is proud to announce its top producers for the month of October. From Centreville — Milagro Lopez; from Fair Oaks — Bill Bolinger; and from Fairfax Station — Bob MacIntosh.

Bob Graham, a sales associate from Weichert, Realtors' Centreville/Clifton office, has been honored for his achievements in September.

Among the company's 9,000 sales associates, Graham ranked No. 1 with the most resales and the most sales. Regionally, Graham was honored for generating the most resales. The region consists of offices located throughout Northern Virginia.

The number of listings on the market continued to rise in September 2002 by more than 5 percent in greater Northern Virginia. Sales prices declined with the average price in Greater Northern Virginia dropping below $300,000 to $289,764. The average sales price for September in Northern Virginia was up by more than 10 percent compared to the same period last year. The year-to-date average sales price stands at $316,695.

Century 21 New Millennium of Centreville is conducting a coat drive for needy people in the community. Beginning Friday, Nov. 1, drop off your new or used coats in good condition to the office, located at 5109 Westfields Blvd., Centreville. New hats and gloves would also be appreciated.

Long & Foster Real Estate announces its $125,000 Scholarship Program for well-rounded graduating high school seniors entering an accredited four-year college or university. The Long & Foster Scholarship Program will award $1,000 to each of 125 worthy recipients throughout the five-state region for the 2003-2004 academic year. The scholarship award will be made payable directly to the college or university in the student's name. The deadline for applying is March 3, 2003, and the scholarships will be awarded beginning May 1, 2003. Eligible high school seniors must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate financial need, indicate positions of leadership they held while a student, and describe in which school groups they have been involved, community organizations in which they have served, and whether they have held a part-time job while in school, to be considered well-rounded applicants.

Applications can be obtained from any of Long & Foster's residential sales offices, from high school guidance counselors, or via Long & Foster's Web site at www.longandfoster.com/scholarship. A hard copy of the application and the required attachments must be mailed to Long & Foster corporate headquarters at the following address: Long & Foster Scholarship Program, c/o Corporate Marketing Department, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 11351 Random Hills Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-6082, Attn: Colleen Park by March 3, 2003.

Virginia REALTORS has launched a new Web site at www.VARealtor.com. It provides information for brokers, agents, specialty practitioners, association leaders and local Realtor associations. There is also a marketplace area for links to home buying- or selling-related services, and a news area with statistics on home sales for the state. The site includes information for foreign-language-speaking Realtors, properties for sale and rent, a directory of Realtors and commercial property information.