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The South Arlington Lead Share Association (SALSA) meets for breakfast Friday mornings from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Juke Box Diner, 7039 Columbia Pike, Annandale. The first half hour is for networking. The meeting officially begins at 7:30 a.m. Only one business per profession can be represented. Visit salsanetworking.org or call Pat Cardillo at 571-331-8670.

First Edition Toastmasters meets every Friday at noon at 1700 N. Moore St., Suite 1030, Arlington. The diverse membership of this Toastmasters chapter includes small-business owners and employees with a variety of government agencies and associations. Visit to find out how Toastmasters can improve skills in all areas of public speaking and communicate more effectively. Call Barbara Hicks at 703-558-2266, or visit www.firsteditiontm.org .

The Arlington Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) meets for breakfast every Tuesday from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Arlington Holiday Inn, N. 4610 Fairfax Drive, Arlington. BNI leverages the power of word-of-mouth marketing and offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and referrals as they grow their business. Only one person per professional classification or specialty may join a chapter. For more information, please contact Greg Brewer at 703-237-2705.

The Northern Virginia Business Referrals group meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. for breakfast at the Metro 29 Diner, 4711 Lee Highway, Arlington. The group facilitates networking by limiting membership to one member per profession and has been in existence since 1996. For more information on the Northern Virginia Business Referrals, call 703-312-7117, or visit www.nvbr.org.

The new gastrointestinal endoscopy center at Virginia Hospital Center was open for a tour for area physicians June 28. The new center includes a registration suite, family waiting area, 12 private recovery rooms and a sixth gastrointestinal endoscopy procedure room. The sixth procedural room is expected to reduce treatment wait time for patients. The center will continue its current gastrointestinal procedures with the aid of new technology including magnifying colonoscopes and endoscopes to enable the earliest possible detection of disease. In addition, Virginia Hospital Center is adding televisions to private recovery rooms and providing patient family members with beepers so that they can be paged at any time.

Signet Realty Construction Company has been awarded the contract for construction by the Ed Peete Company of the Zoso, a multi-family residential project located at 1025 N. Fillmore St. The project consists of a condominium building with 114 condominiums and a two-level underground parking garage. The building also includes a level with stores and restaurants. The Zoso is scheduled to be finished in the summer of 2007. The contract for construction is valued at $33,220,466.

DocASSURE, Jacob & Sundstrom Inc.'s proprietary health information security software that ensures the confidentiality and integrity of electronic medical records, has been successfully integrated into Arlington Rehabilitation. DocASSURE let Arlington Rehabilitation develop and implement an information assurance process to protect their medical records from problems such as identity theft. Launched in 2005, DocASSURE software requires that specific policies and procedures are established within a medical organization so that electronic patient information is handled appropriately. Further, DocASSURE ensures that a computer network is configured properly with optimal security protection and that there are contingency plans and adequate back-up plans in place within the organization.

Neramitra Thai, 2200 Crystal Drive, has opened in Crystal City. The menu offers a contemporary take on traditional Thai cuisine. Lunch entrees range from $7-$12, and dinner items range from $9-$14. The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor seating and is open weekdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-10:30 p.m.

Comcast is introducing its AMBER Alert initiative throughout Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Arlington, Reston and Prince William County. The new program, the first corporate partnership of its kind, connects Comcast technicians to the current AMBER Alert system, giving the program broader reach to back roads and neighborhoods where Comcast technicians are working. The AMBER Alert is a partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to create an urgent bulletin in child-abduction cases. Comcast installed equipment that will immediately inform Comcast technicians when an AMBER Alert has been issued and the technicians have learned how to respond to these alerts. The equipment and training allows Comcast technicians to keep their eyes and ears open to help in the search and safe return of children.