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Long & Foster sales offices are designated collection sites for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Donations can be dropped off at the neighborhood Long & Foster office through Dec. 15, to be distributed to local churches, social welfare agencies and needy children throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The Herndon and Reston offices are located at 150 Elden St., Herndon, 703-904-3700 and 1831 Wiehle Ave. Reston, 703-437-8881. Visit

BAE Systems and its employees donated 200 new bicycles and bicycle helmets to the USO of Metropolitan Washington during ceremonies at company facilities in Reston. The bikes, in various colors, models and sizes will be distributed by USO-Metro to family members of U.S. service personnel in the Washington/Baltimore area. The Holiday Bike Drive has been an annual event since 1995. Since that time, BAE Systems and its employees have donated more than 3,100 bicycles.

The Sembler Company, based in St. Petersburg, Fla. announces its expansion to the Mid-Atlantic, opening its first office in the region in Herndon. The company seeks to identify and create retail and mixed-use development and redevelopment opportunities in the region. It has multiple mixed-use projects currently under development in the Southeast. The new office will be located at 13873 Park Center Road, Suite 136. Visit