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Week in Herndon

Two HHS Teachers Awarded

Scott Mack, social studies teacher at Herndon High School, was awarded the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Teacher award for 2004-05.

Mack was chosen as the graduation speaker by the class of 2004 and during the summer of 2004 received a grant allowing him to study the American Civil Rights movement in America at Oxford University in England.

Past HHS principal Janice Leslie said during his tenure at HHS Mack has been "attentive to the needs of the 'regular student' and worked extensively in extracurricular activities."

Mack will be honored at the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce Gala, Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Westfields Marriott.

Rebecca Small, also of the social studies department, was nominated as the school's Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted.

Respected throughout the country for her authority in teaching advanced placement government, Small's students regularly score at the top percentile in Fairfax County.

Leslie said Small "motivates her pupils to want to learn and she challenges them to stretch themselves to achieve depth as well as breadth of instruction."

Interim Principal at HHS

George Keim, retired Chantilly High School principal, will act as interim principal at Herndon High School for a couple of weeks until the new principal is named.

On Nov. 29, past HHS principal Janice Leslie announced to staff and students that she would be leaving at the December break to become the director of Secondary Education for Fairfax County Public Schools.

Since then a panel comprised of staff, parents and one student was formed and scheduled to interview applicants Jan. 4.

Denny Dearden, FCPS Cluster One director, said in a December interview a new principal could be selected by mid-January.

Chamber January Meetings

Better Business Luncheon: Tuesday, Jan. 11, noon, at Sheraton Reston, 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr. Enjoy the buffet while listening to a program on marketing strategy and research presented by Danny Vargas, VARcom Solutions. Register in advance by Friday, Jan. 7, for a $5 discount. Pay $25 at the door for members and non-members. For more information contact 703-437-5556, ext. 100.

Chairman's Luncheon: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m., at Hyatt Dulles. Chairman's Luncheon and annual membership meeting and installation of officers for 2005. Exciting guest speaker TBA! $40 per person. Reservations must be made by Jan. 11. Register online at www.herndondulleschamber.org (Events page) or contact Bev O'Brien for more information 703-437-5556, ext. 103.

Chamber 101: Wednesday, Jan. 19, noon, at ITT Technical Institute, 14420 Albemarle Point Place, Suite 100, Chantilly.

This monthly seminar teaches how to use Chamber events and programs effectively. Lunch and networking with 25-30 other businesses included. Free, but pre-registration required with Membership Manager Ellen Kaminsky 703-437-5556, ext. 102, e-mail membership@HerndonDullesChamber.org .

Monthly Mixer: Thursday, Jan. 20, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at Hawthorne Suites, 467 Herndon Pkwy. Rates: $10/members, $15 non-members at the door. RSVP and info: 703-437-5556, ext. 100.

Networking Breakfast in Chantilly: Thursday, Jan. 27, 8 a.m., Holiday Inn Select-Dulles Expo Center. Speaker Thomas V. Luhn, CPA , principal at Bond Beebe, will discuss, "Why Every Small Business Needs to Plan." The program also features an organized "Power Networking" segment. RSVP to 703-437-5556, ext. 100. Rates: $15 members/$20 non-members who prepay 48 hours in advance; otherwise $20 at the door for all. All welcome.

New Business of the Year

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce has announced that MainStreet Bank was nominated as "New Business of the Year for 2004."

In the seven months since it opened, MainStreet Bank has established new deposit accounts in excess of $31 million and provided loans in the local community in excess of $20 million.

Among their first moves to engage the community was to join the Herndon Dulles and Greater Reston chambers of commerce, as well as the Reston Rotary and the Herndon Downtown Business Council.

They also reached out to the community by hosting a chamber networking mixer, a reception for artist Pat Macintyre and a sign-up for a sponsorship of the Herndon Dulles Chamber's spring/summer outdoor entertainment series Friday Night Live!

Finalists in all business awards categories will be recognized and winners will receive an award at the Chamber of Commerce's Annual Gala on Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Westfields Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

For more information on the Herndon Dulles Chamber's annual Awards Gala, contact the Chamber at 703-437-5556 or visit www.herndondullescha mber.org.

Attorney Receives Certification

Margaret A. O'Reilly of the O'Reilly Law Firm, was recently awarded with the Elder Law certificate.

The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) — the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of elder law — successfully completed its examination leading to her certification.

In order to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), an attorney must meet qualifying standards in experience, peer review and continuing legal education, and must pass a full-day certification examination.

There are only 10 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

O'Reilly was admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts in 1978, and returned to her home state of Virginia in 2003 to join her brother, Mayor Michael L. O'Reilly, and her sister, Nancy J. O'Reilly, at The O'Reilly Law Firm.

O'Reilly focuses her practice in the elder law areas of long term care planning, wills and estate planning, creation and administration of trusts, guardianship and conservatorship and issues involving Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

'The Barker of Seville'

The Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department will present the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre as they perform "The Barker of Seville" on Monday, Jan. 17 at the Phoenix Worldgate Movie Theatre in Herndon.

Featuring nine dog puppets and two larger-than-life costumed characters, "The Barker of Seville" is an original musical comedy about a day in the life of an aspiring opera singer.

This performance is geared for preschoolers and young children. The show begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $4 in advance; $5 at the door. To order tickets, call 703-435-6868 or purchase them at the Herndon Community Center located at 814 Ferndale Avenue.

Assistance League Meetings

Assistance League of Northern Virginia will hold a workshop Monday, Jan. 10 at the group's donated storage space — McLearen Storage, 13800 McLearen Road at the corner of Centreville Road — at 9:30 a.m.

The workshop is for the group's Project Lullaby philanthropy to make bundles for expecting mothers at the Inova Fairfax Hospital's OB/GYN clinic who are below the poverty level. The bundles include diapers, baby bottles, pacifiers, hats, booties, blankets, onesies, and parenting information. Anyone interested is encouraged to come. For more information call Grace Alderman at 703-476-1998 or Teri Lohmann at 703-758-6675.

The group will also hold a multi-town membership meeting on Monday, Jan. 24 from 10:15 a.m. to noon at the Chantilly branch of the Fairfax County Public Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly, Virginia 20151.

For more information, contact Debbie Kiessling, Membership Chairman, at 703-758-1085, or Cindy Burgess, president, at 703-758-8454. The Assistance League national web site is www. assistanceleague.org.

Kiddie Open Gym at Center

Toddlers can enjoy tumbling, big wheel days, kiddie basketball and some pool time at the Herndon Community Center during Kiddie Open Gym.

Kiddie Gym is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. starting Jan. 4 to Feb. 24 in the Herndon Community Center Gym. Fee is $4 per child per day and discounted passes are available. An adult must accompany children.

The Herndon Community Center is located at 814 Ferndale Avenue. For more information call 703-435-6868 or register online at www.herndon-va.gov.

Teen After School Cinema

Teens ages 12 to 17 are invited to the Herndon Community Center for an afternoon of refreshments and a movie — all free.

Teen Cinema will be held every second and fourth Thursday at 2:30 p.m. during January, February and March.

All movies are rated PG or PG-13.

To find out the movie schedule or to be placed on a mailing list, call the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868. To register online, go to www.herndon-va.gov.

Teen Advisory Committee Meeting

The Teen Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet Monday, Jan. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center.

Any teen interested in serving on the committee is encouraged to attend the meeting. Vans will pick students up from Herndon Middle School at 3:20 p.m. and take them to the community center, parents should pick children up from the center following the meeting.

The Teen Advisory Committee is made up of students in Herndon Middle School, Herndon High School and St. Joseph's school who meet once a month to plan and organize teen events, trips, dance and volunteer programs in conjunction with the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, or to RSVP, call Kimberly Wood at 703-435-6800 ext. 2109.

Herndon Festival Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Herndon Festival planning and entertainment committees. Interested members of the community and civic groups from throughout the town are invited to assist the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department in the planning and execution of the 25th annual Herndon Festival to be held June 2-5, 2005.

Volunteers are also needed to serve on the entertainment subcommittee, which will meet once or twice to consider possible performers and make suggestions to the festival executive committee.

For more information about the planning committee call the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6800, Ext. 2123. Those interested in the entertainment subcommittee should call 703-435-6800, Ext. 2120.

Town Calendar

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council Public Hearing.

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m.

Neighborhood College Alumni Group.

Friday, Jan. 14

Town Incorporation, 1879.

Monday, Jan. 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Town Offices Closed.

Community Center Open, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Refuse Collected Jan. 18.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council Work Session.

Refuse Collected.