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A BNI Referral Networking meeting takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Centreville Lonestar Steakhouse off Route 29 in the Centreville Square Shopping Center. Contact Chris Allen at 703-653-8946.

The Coalition for Mentally Disabled Citizens will hold its annual Legislative Breakfast on Dec. 5 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Fair Oaks Holiday Inn next to Fair Oaks Mall. The theme is "Setting the Priorities: Where Do We Stand?" The Coalition for Mentally Disabled Citizens was formed over 15 years ago to work on behalf of Virginians with mental illness, mental retardation and substance dependence. Call Kathy May, Co-Chair, Coalition for Mentally Disabled Citizens Lead Advocate, The Arc of Northern Virginia, phone 703-532-3214 or on the Web at www.TheArcofNoVa.org

The Longaberger Company has recognized Diana Leineweber of Centreville as a 2003 National Top Sales Award Winner at its annual convention held in Columbus, Ohio. Longaberger is a direct selling company with more than 71,000 Independent Sales Consultants nationwide that sell Longaberger baskets and home and lifestyle products, including pottery, fabric accessories and wrought iron through home shows. Diana has received the annual sales award of Level I Sales $45,000-$59,000 and sponsorship award of Level II Sponsoring 9-10.

The independent accounting firm of Thompson, Greenspon & Co., P.C., of Fairfax, has joined one of the world's largest networks of CPA firms, CPAmerica International. CPAmerica International is an exclusive association of more than 70 large, independent accounting and consulting firms across the U.S. that share industry-specific knowledge, training programs, practice management techniques and numerous other services.

R.W. Murray Co. of Chantilly was recognized on Sept. 10 by the Metropolitan Washington and Virginia chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for an Excellence in Construction Award. The honor was bestowed upon the company for the industrial category for their work on the Buck Distributing Company facility in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Gov. Mark Warner recently announced local appointments to boards and commissions:

* Board of Juvenile Justice — Amy Michelle LaRose of Centreville, an attorney and philanthropist;

* Virginia Workforce Council — C. Michael Ferraro of Chantilly, President and CEO, Training Solutions Inc.

Charlie Chiang’s will open its ninth restaurant this winter at Centrewood Plaza in Centreville. This Asian restaurant has leased 4,000 square feet between Popeye’s and Shade Tree restaurant. The Rappaport Companies represented the landlord in the lease negotiation. Charlie Chiang’s represented itself. The restaurant will feature Chinese cuisine with an Asian touch, as well as a Mongolian Grill. New dishes will include wok-seared scallops, New York strip with black pepper sauce, steamed Chilean sea bass, a unique Asian salad and crispy shrimp rolls with cream cheese. Owner Charlie Chiang expects to open the new restaurant in January. Hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day. Centrewood Plaza is located at St. Germaine Drive and Machen Road in Centreville.