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Pennoni Associates, an ENR Top 100 engineering, design, and consulting firm, is pleased to announce that William Allen, PE, has joined the firm as a vice president and will focus on business development. He previously worked as director of project development, large projects group for Skanska USA Civil, Inc.

Allen has 40 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, primarily through the management of large engineering and construction organizations. He has a proven record of success in marketing and in the acquisition of major projects and has built profitable engineering and construction business lines. Allen has extensive expertise in creating and implementing public-private partnership projects. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, he is a registered professional engineer in eight states, including Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He is involved with many organizations, including ACEC, ASCE, AASHTO, APWA, SAME, the Design-Build Institute of America, and the American Underground Construction Association. He also served on the board of directors of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

As part of CORT’s partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation, the transition services company has introduced a new texting program that allows customers to make a donation for educational scholarships that benefit children and spouses of fallen or severely injured soldiers from the convenience of their mobile phones. Customers can text “CORT” to 27722 and donate $10 to the Folds of Honor. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to the customer’s mobile phone bill or deducted from a prepaid balance. For more information on CORT and the Folds of Honor Foundation, visit www.cort.com or www.foldsofhonor.org.

The Nest Egg in Fairfax has been named one of Home Accents Today’s 50 Retail Stars for 2013 by editors of the premier trade magazine for the home accents industry. The business, founded in 2003, is located at 11940 Grand Commons Avenue and is owned by Ann and Sean O’Shields. The Nest Egg hosts events throughout the year that benefit local organizations such as the Main Street Child Development Center and Journey 4 A Cure. The shop offers interior design services and offers a selection of customizable American-made furniture and upholstery.

If weather forecasters are correct about the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions having a colder winter than normal this year, many low-income people will need help paying for heat. Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative customer-owners can help by participating in NOVEC’s Operation Round Up fund. By participating, NOVEC customers authorize NOVEC to round up their monthly electric bills to the next dollar. For example, if a bill is $69.54, NOVEC will round it up to $70 and put the extra 46¢ into the ORU fund. Customers who participate donate an average of $6 a year. One hundred percent of all donations go into the fund.

NOVEC customers may join ORU online at www.novec.com/oru12 under “Community,” or they may call the customer service center, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at 703-335-0500 or toll-free: 1-888-335-0500.