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Bill Gilligan has been named regional president for Toll Brothers following the retirement of Cory DeSpain in April.
Gilligan, whose career with Toll Brothers spans more than 12 years, will oversee all of the company's communities in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. He is responsible for all of the company's operations in these markets, including land acquisition, land planning, project management, construction, marketing, and sales.
Under Gilligan's direction, Toll Brothers expanded to the Washington, D.C.-area in 1987. previously serving as vice president, he was responsible for managing many award-winning communities, first in Boston, Mass., and later in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.
Gilligan earned his business degree from Pennsylvania State University. After working for Washington Homes Inc. and Poretsky Building Group for a combination of 10 years, Gilligan joined Toll Brothers. He resides with his family in Ashburn.
Sonak Family Chiropractic, 46859 Harry Byrd Highway, No. 102, Sterling, will celebrate its fourth anniversary Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The celebration includes free chiropractic services, food, chair massage and door prizes.
From May 1-31, The Pampered Chef is collaborating with the American Cancer Society to help increase awareness of the importance of early detection and raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. This marks the seventh year of the Help Whip Cancer campaign. Pampered Chef customers have the opportunity to contribute to the American Cancer Society by hosting May Cooking Shows or purchasing specially designed products during the month of May. The Pampered Chef will contribute $1 from the sale of each special product, and 10 percent or 15 percent of total sales from in-home cooking demonstrations or catalog shows to the American Cancer Society. Visit www.pamperedchef.biz/shellyslebrch.
The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding the State of Broadband, Tuesday, May 2, 8-10 a.m., River Creek Country Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg. The first in a year-long PolicyMaker series, learn more of the development of Broadband services in Loudoun County. Guest speaker, Scott W. Bashore, manager, Loudoun County Broadband Services. $30 for chamber members, in advance; $35 for chamber members, at door; $40 for nonchamber members. Preregister online at www.loudounchamber.org or call 703-777-2176, Ext. 123 or e-mail email@example.com.
The 2006 Northern Virginia Tourism Summit hosted by the Northern Virginia Visitors Consortium, May 2, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Smith Auditorium at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and will showcase Northern Virginia's newest attractions and events including a hard-hat tour of Mount Vernon's $95 million expansion/new facilities scheduled to open Oct. 27. RSVP by April 26 and confirm participation in the Mount Vernon tour, by calling the LCVA at 703-771-2170. Ext. 14 or e-mail harp@VisitLoudoun.org.
Loudoun Women Business Forum, May 4, noon, at River Creek Country Club, Leesburg. Speaker: Carolina Felipe on small business banking. $13.50, includes lunch. Call 703-728-8900.
SuccessLab Learning Centers is celebrating its two-year anniversary with a "family fun day" May 6, 1-4 p.m., at its Old Ashburn Square shopping center location, 20660 Ashburn Road. Features a moon bounce, crafts for children, information for parents on SuccessLab Learning Centers and other local businesses and a drawing for prizes.
Whitestone Farm, Aldie, has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having one registered Angus cow included in the Association's 2006 Pathfinder Report. Only 2,187 of the more than 34,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year's report.
Lisa Mathey has formed Adoption Educators to offer consulting services to prospective adoptive parents who desire to complete the domestic adoption process. The company provides information on how to contact an adoption agency, attorney, social worker and/or home-study agency when necessary; consulting and supporting the prospective parents; helping the parents meet state requirements; preparing the family's adoption profile and other help need to prepare a final dossier.
Relocation Systems in Dulles has hired an instructor to teach English to its native Spanish-speaking employees. The employees attend class three time a week.
Juan Portillo has opened JP's Deli, formerly Hunter Mill Deli, in the Countryside Shopping Center, 104 Edds Lane, Sterling. JP's is a family restaurant offering dine in, carry out, delivery and catering.
The Nova Medical and Urgent Care Center Inc. has hired three new staff members to the Nova Medical Group.
Elise Schroeder, ND (naturopathic doctor), holds a BS degree in human biology from the University of Albany, and completed her Doctorate in naturopathic medicine at National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore.
Michael Jabalee, Lic. Ac., M.Ac., joins the group most recently from Mancos, Colo. He is a licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist practicing five element acupuncture for more than 14 years. He holds a BS in biology, pre-med from Salisbury State University and a masterÕs degree in acupuncture-herbs-nutrition from the TAI-SOPHIA Institute in Laurel, Md.
Stephanie Dacko, MS, RD, joins Nova having worked in outside medical practices for several years. She holds a bachelorÕs degree in dietetics from James Madison University and a masterÕs degree in exercise, fitness and health promotion from George Mason University. She is a registered dietitian credentialed with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University.
At its April 6 meeting, the Community Services Board recognized Michaels Arts and Crafts general manager, Jeff Green, and members of the River Creek Home and Garden Club for their support of people with mental disabilities.
Green, was recognized for the positive influence he is making in the lives of two clients that work at Michaels through the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Job Link Program, which helps people with mental retardation or serious mental illness get and keep jobs in the community. Green has altered hours, accommodated requests for extra supports, maintained and created positions during slow business periods and most importantly, has shown contagious enthusiasm for the success of his employees with disabilities.
The River Creek Home and Garden Club was recognized for its $1,794 donation to the Healing Garden at Friendship House, Loudoun County's psychosocial rehabilitation program in Leesburg that provides opportunities and support to people with mental illnesses allowing them to develop the work and social skills required to live successful in the community. The Healing Garden is a popular and truly therapeutic activity for many of its members.
Two staff teams were also recognized the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Community Outreach Services staff and the Division of Mental Retardation Potomac Terrace Group Home staff.
The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Friday, May 19, 10:30 a.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of the informal session is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Thursday, June 22, 2 p.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of the informal session is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The next Loudoun County Procurement's Buyer/Seller Information Exchange is Monday, July 24, 10:30 a.m., in the Lovettsville Room on the first floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., in Leesburg. The purpose of the informal session is to give area businesses the opportunity to meet the county's procurement staff and become familiar with the county's procurement process. Call 703-771-5142 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Safe Zone, 43723 Lees Mill Square, Lansdowne, a new company making safety and security realistic for families, opened operations April 14. The company will offer safety and security inspections by highly trained crime prevention and safety specialists, plus seminars, a safety and security kit and more.
My Safe Zone specialists will visit homes to check for 123 different criteria to protect against crime and promote child safety, emergency preparedness, fire prevention, cyber safety and identity theft. Homeowners will receive a comprehensive report, with practical recommendations they can complete themselves in a reasonable time or ask for advice in implementing. To keep the customerÕs interests foremost, the firm is not affiliated with area vendors; however, if the client elects, My Safe Zone can recommend resources to help homeowners make the recommended improvements.
David Harbour, a former Washington Redskin, formed the company with fellow real estate agent and former IT executive Jeff Lubell.