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Week In Great Falls

<sh>Neighbors Hold

Open House

<bt>The Neighbors Network will hold an Open House on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Neighbors offices, located at 1146-D Walker Rd. in Colvin Run Center, to say thank you to the community for all of its support and involvement. Meet Sharon and Heather Rainey and enjoy cookies and cider. Let Neighbors know if you plan to attend by calling 703-759-2102.

<sh>Humpback Bridge

Works Begin Jan. 7

<bt>Major construction work on George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Humpback Bridge is expected to begin Jan. 7, causing major delays. The Federal Highway Administration, Eastern Federal Lands Highways Division, in cooperation with the National Park Service, will soon begin a road construction project to improve road and trail use safety on the Humpback Bridge.

Humpback Bridge is located on the George Washington Memorial Parkway just north of Interstate 395 and immediately south of the Columbia Island Marina. During the two and a half year improvement project, both northbound and southbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway will experience lane closures during non-rush hour periods, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and between 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. All four lanes over Humpback Bridge will be open to traffic during the morning and afternoon rush hour periods, or from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Construction crews may work seven days a week. The Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division and the National Park Service urge motorists to seek alternate routes to avoid delays during these work-hour periods. Visit www.humpbackbridge.dot.gov for construction updates, additional information on the Humpback Bridge project and to print out copies of the suggested alternate routes. Eastern Federal Lands personnel will be available to respond to questions on the project between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 1-800- 892-8776, and pressing prompt #3. Motorists may access up-to-date information on this project by dialing “511.” Information provided through this service will be updated as it becomes available. Motorists may call 1-800-578-4111 to access the same information provided through the 511 service.

<sh>Business Magazine

Honors ‘Super CPAs’

<bt>For six years, Virginia Business Magazine has been recognizing the best professionals practicing accounting in the state of Virginia. This year, 7,000 CPAs were invited to identify the best practicing CPA’s in 12 categories. Of the 1,100 nominations, 372 were chosen for the title of “Super CPA.”

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) and Goodman & Company are pleased to announce the winners in the following categories: Assurance Services: Partner, Scott Brezler; Corporate Taxation: Partner, Richard Crutchley; Employee Benefits: Tax Director, Arthur Auerbach & Partner, David Johnson; Government and Non-Profits: Partners, David Collins, Gregg Funkhouser, & Sharon McMichael; Individual Tax: Partners, Susan Gregg & Greta Tosi-Miller; Personal Financial Planning: Partner, Rick Forbes Small Business Consulting: Partners, Brian Carlton & Charlie Dietz, III; Young CPA: Manager, Erin Grant.

<sh>McLean Rotary

Supports Exhange

<bt>The McLean Rotary Club has announced the selection of Natalie Bain as a member of Rotary’s Group Study Exchange program. Bain is currently employed by the information technology company Princeton Information.

The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. Bain and her team will be going to the Apucarna-Sul area of Brazil in District 4710.

In May 2007, five Virginia professionals, led by McLean Rotarian Lois Wilson, visited southern Africa on a four week vocational and cultural exchange program as part of the GSE program.

The McLean Rotary Club meets for lunch Tuesdays at 12 p.m. in the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Fellowship Hall, located at1545 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.

<sh>Connection Online

Photo Galleries

<bt>The Connection has launched a new feature on the Connection Newspapers’ Web site, photo galleries. Every week, Connection photographers and reporters take hundreds of pictures at events around Northern Virginia and most often only one or two photos make it into print.

Now on the Connection Web site, readers can find many more photos from events. It is a work in progress, but photos from many community events are already posted.

Readers can e-mail the images to share them, and also have the opportunity to purchase prints, digital images or other items.

See www.ConnectionNewspapers.com, and click on “Connection Photo Galleries.”