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Business, Aug. 27-Sept. 2

Send announcements or events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call 703-917-6454.

More than a year ago, 180 National Guardsmen from Charlie Company/23rd BN assigned to the Leesburg Armory left to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. To welcome home the Guardsmen, and to thank them and their families for their service, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and Loudoun Cares led a campaign to raise funds and gift certificates to area restaurants and shops. The result, more than $112,500 in financial contributions and more than $84,000 in gifts certificates to area restaurants, hotels, golf courses, shops and concert tickets.

Sunrise Lawn/Landscaping Services Inc., 43813 Beaver Meadow Road, Suite 100, Sterling, a member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), participated in "Renewal & Remembrance" at Arlington National Cemetery and Historic Congressional Cemetery Monday, July 21.

The Care of Trees of Dulles, a member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), participated in "Renewal & Remembrance" at Arlington National Cemetery and Historic Congressional Cemetery Monday, July 21.

Cryptek Inc. of Sterling, a secure information sharing and information assurance products and solutions, announces that it has appointed Gary Hobbs as chief operating officer. Hobbs will lead the company's global teams for sales, professional services, engineering and manufacturing and will be responsible for developing and executing growth initiatives in these areas.

He joins Cryptek from Unisys Corporation where he served as vice president and chief operating officer of federal systems.

Froots, a gourmet smoothie chain, has opened a Sterling location, 46950 Community Plaza, Suite 120. The store is owned by Sean Lee. Visit www.froots.com.

Jim Speros, owner of Velocity Five Sports Restaurant

and Bar, announces the opening of his second location in

Sterling. Speros, former owner of the CFL's Baltimore Stallions and Montreal Alouettes, as well as a former NFL coach with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills, plans to transform the 6,000-square-foot facility, located in the Great Falls Plaza Shopping Center across from Lowes Island, into an upscale

sports restaurant and bar.

The restaurant and bar features cherry wood walls, private booths, wall-to-wall hardwood floors, wireless Internet and more than 25 large, flat-screen televisions that use high definition satellite Direct TV.

Velocity Five provides non-stop televised sports, as well as special appearances by athletes and celebrities, and live radio and television broadcasts.

JetBlue Airways announces plans to launch daily nonstop from Washington Dulles International Airport to Cancun, Mexico, beginning Dec. 20.