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To have an item listed, mail to the Gazette-Packet, 1604 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314; fax to 703-917-0991 or e-mail to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. If you have any questions, call Marguerite Rogers at 703-917-6407.

David G. Speck of Wachovia Securities in Alexandria, has recently been named to the 2004 "Research Magazine" Advisor Hall of Fame. One of only five financial advisors to be recognized this year by this leading industry publication, Speck passed a rigorous screening process that involved key criteria such as industry experience, assets under management and superior client service. Other criteria include peer recognition and community involvement.

Speck began his financial services career in 1982 following 11 years on the faculty at George Washington University, where he also received his doctorate in higher education. As managing director of investments at Wachovia Securities since 1990, Speck prides himself on a conservative, disciplined approach to investing, which has won him accolades from clients and national recognition as a mutual fund advisor. Speck’s office is located in Old Town Alexandria.

Alexandria Business and Professional Women, working to achieve equity for women in the professional workplace, meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September to May at 7 p.m., at the Eisenhower Ave. Holiday Inn. For more information, call 703-379-1965.

Employment Club. The Laurie Mitchell Employment Center hosts "The Job Club" every Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The group is for those with mental illness and others who need support in their job search. The center is located at 8794 S. Sacramento Drive, Alexandria.

The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a community food and outerwear drive to replenish the food bank of UCM Community Solutions and help provide cold weather gear for local children. Items that are needed include coats, hats, scarves and mittens for children. Food for holiday meals, which could be stuffing mix, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pie crust mix, desert mixes. The food bank is always in need of canned fruit and vegetables, evaporated milk, food mixes, paper products, infant formula, and diapers.

The drive will run through Dec. 15 and items may be dropped off at these locations: Village Hardware; Office Depot; Holly Woods & Vines; ParcelPlus at Belle View; Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust, Cooper Road Branch; Power Video; Turner, Trichel & Associates Travel; Virginia Commerce Bank; Wicks Sports Lettering; Regent Company, LLC; Safeway at Hollin Hall; Liberty Tax Service; Woodlawn Stables; Knights of Columbus; Rent-All Center; Step N Out: Z-Coil Shoes; Erica’s Beauty Salon; and Paul Spring Retirement Community