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The Alexandria/Arlington Resource Recovery Facility located in Alexandria, has been named the 2011 Large WTE (Waste-to-Energy) Facility of the Year in the combustion category by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in recognition of its strong environmental and safety performance record. The award was announced at the 19th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference in Lancaster, Pa.

Colette Wilson, a CPA at Cotton & Company, LLP was named vice chair by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

MercerTrigiani law firm has been named as one of the “2012 Best Places to Work in Virginia” by Virginia Business magazine. The Alexandria-based law firm joins 70 other statewide companies being honored for providing best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state’s economy and cultivating the work force.

Association of Alexandria Radiologists, P.C., provider of radiology services to Inova Alexandria Hospital, rose to win the Top Performer Award in radiology services for 2011 from Professional Research Consultants. The Top Performer Award represents PRC’s highest honor and signifies that Inova Alexandria Hospital radiology services are at or above the 100th percentile in the nation, as judged by other physicians, out of 376 healthcare facilities across the country.

CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union of Alexandria has launched its redesigned website at www.cofcu.org.

Virginia Commerce Bank announces the return of Bob McCoy, senior vice president, regional manager to the bank’s Alexandria market. McCoy has been with the bank since 2002, when he began his tenure in the same market. Most recently he oversaw the bank’s branches in Arlington, McLean and Vienna.

Shari L. Bolouri has been selected as Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s new director of events and communications. She will be responsible for event coordination, fund development and new project creation. She was selected for her outstanding skills and experience in sponsor development, event management, budgeting expertise and community development. She can be reached at the Chamber office on her direct line (703- 739-3815) or by e-mail at sbolouri@alexchamber.com.

Inova Alexandria Hospital (IAH) has launched two critical trials- Ultrasound-Accelerated Thrombolysis for Pulmonary embolism (PE) and Prostatic Artery Embolization for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate.

IAH was the first in the U.S. to enroll a patient in the SEATTLE II trial, offered at only 25 hospitals. The trial uses the EKOS EkoSonic Endovascular Device which employs high-frequency, low power ultrasound to deliver clot-busting medication, tPA to the arteries at the time of an embolism.

Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer on King Street in Old Town, will be transformed into an oriental rug showroom on September 6, when more than 300 rugs, all hand made in Pakistan by fairly paid adults, arrive for the annual 4-day sale. But on Sunday, July 29, people interested in fair trade rugs can get a sneak peek of the event. Guests can sample fair trade wines and artisanal cheeses as they view samples of the rugs coming in September, learn about the different types of oriental rugs, how they are made, how fair trade rugs differ from other rugs, and what to consider when choosing a rug for their home. The hour-long preview party starts at 6:30 pm Sunday, July 29 at the store. The event is free but seating is limited, so reservations are strongly advised. Ten Thousand Villages is located at 915 King St. Call 703-684-1435 for more information

H&M will open a new location on Alexandria’s historic King Street in Fall 2012. H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, the global retailer known for offering fashion-forward apparel and quality basics, is thrilled to announce its continued expansion in the greater Washington, D.C. area. The approximately 19,000 square foot space at 614 King Street will include collections for ladies, men, young ladies and young men, with separate “store within store” sections for accessories, lingerie, sports apparel, and maternity. This location will also carry H&M’s fantastic children’s collection, which features quality clothing for newborn up to kids age eight.

Inova Alexandria Hospital has been selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind national effort to significantly improve breastfeeding rates in states where rates are currently the lowest.