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Yavelberg Studios, specializing in murals, portraits and fine art paintings, has relocated to Reston. Josh Yavelberg, founder of Yavelberg Studios in New York City, has combined with Cheryl Parson, formerly of Cheryl Parsons Designs of Miami, to provide art to residential and businesses in the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area.

The Northrop Grumman Corporation's Mission Systems sector, based in Reston, achieved three more CMMI Level 5 ratings, the highest possible rating for bench marking commercial and defense industry best practices for management and engineering. Northrop Grumman now has 16 Level 5 ratings, more than any defense or commercial company to date.

Equity Office Properties announces that more than $1,300,000 was raised at Reston Town Center in 2004 by local charities and not for profit groups.

Equity Office donates the use of the Reston Town Center Pavilion on Market Street to local nonprofit organizations for fund-raising activities. In 2004, 15 not-for-profits held events at the Pavilion and raised more than $1 million. Large not-for-profit organizations such as the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the American Diabetes Association have each raised $80,000 at Reston Town Center events, while the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society both raised more than $430,000 at their Reston Town Center events in 2004.

Equity Office also sponsors and produces several signature events each year, through which funds are raised. Of these events, Pet Fiesta raised $1,000 for Reston Dogs; Autumn Adventure event raised $6,000 for Reston Interfaith and a week-long ice-skating fund raiser raised $2,600 for the Reston Character Counts! Coalition. During the holidays, Reston Town CenterÕs Horse Drawn Carriage Rides raised more than $1,600, which was donated to Character Counts, Reston Rotary and Volunteer Fairfax. Equity OfficeÕs cash and gift certificate donations in 2004 amounted to more than $60,000.

Jacqueline D. Griffiths, M.D. of New View Laser Eye in Reston, announces the fifth anniversary of her private ophthalmology, aesthetic practice and laser eye center which officially opened its doors Nov. 15, 1999. At the time of its opening, there were only three other centers, and they were all corporately owned. The New View Laser Eye center is located at