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The first Talbots Men's store in the Washington, D.C. area officially opens its doors on Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Located next to the existing Talbots store at Tysons Corner Center, Talbots Men's will offer sportswear for weekday and weekend. The grand opening will include a shopping benefit hosted by Arnold B. Zetcher, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Talbots, and featuring informal modeling by members of the McLean Police Department and Dunn Loring Fire & Rescue Department. Through Sept. 20. there will also be drawings for prizes such as dinner for two at Citronelle, Redskins tickets, a fly-fishing excursion and more.

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce September schedule is as follows:

Sept. 8 - Board of Directors meeting, community room, Governmental Center, 5:15 p.m.

Sept. 9 - marketing committee meeting, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 6832 Old Dominion Drive

Sept. 10 - rise 'n' shine networking breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., at Cafe Oggi, 6671 Old Dominion Drive. $15 for members, $ for nonmembers.

Sept. 11 - Roaring 20s annual action and casino event meeting, 12 p.m. Place is to be decided.

Sept. 16 - technology committee mixer, 5:30 p.m., community room, Governmental Center

Sept. 17 - education committee meeting, 8:30 a.m., place to be decided.

Sept. 17 - business mixer, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Ross, Langan & McKendree, L.L.P., 6828 Elm St., Suite 300.

Sept. 25 - membership committee meeting, 11:30 a.m., community room, Governmental Center. Lunch fee.

Sept. 25 - annual business awards dinner, 6:15-9 p.m., at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Road. $45 per person.

The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce schedule is as follows:

Every Tuesday, a lunch and lead tip group allows members to meet and network, share leads and mingle, 12:15-1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt DoubleTree Hotel at Tysons, 7801 Leesburg Pike. R.S.V.P. to Harvey Silverman, 703-319-8806.

Every Friday, a business-to-business tip group meets, 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula's Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike, in the Tysons Corner Marriott. R.S.V.P. to Jodi Scholes, 703-255-1500.

Sept. 4-7 – The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce invites the public to enjoy the fun and excitement of a carnival for the whole family. The carnival is an opportunity for all ages to enjoy an outing together, with children’s rides and games plus grown-up thrills.

Oct. 29 – The 57th annual Vienna Halloween Parade. Participants will have the opportunity to salute local volunteerism with the theme “Celebrate Our Volunteers: 100 Years of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.” Former Chiefs from the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department will serve as Grand Marshals. Volunteers are needed to help with organization, crowd control and constructing a Chamber float. Anyone interested in helping or in serving on the committee should contact the Chamber office.

The Rotary Club of Tysons Corner announced the award of threescholarships to deserving graduates of Marshall High School.

All of the students will be attending George Mason University.

Leah Torres, a 2002 graduate of Marshall, was given a scholarship last year and this year.

Shawn I. Bowen and Miguel Dominguez graduated in 2003.  The students are entitled to continue receiving the scholarship for four years as long as they maintain a high academic standing.

The Rotary Club of Tysons Corner meets on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Tower Club.

Sport & Health Company, the Washington, D.C. metro area's largest health club company, has announced that its Tysons Corner Center Sport & Health Club will be open to members 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday, for a two-month trial period from Sept. 1, to Oct. 31. The new hours of operation have been implemented in response to growing member demand and general consumer interest and will mark the first time any of the Sport and Health Clubs have offered access on a 24-hour basis. The Tysons Corner Center Sport & Health Club is located at 8209 Watson St., McLean.

The Craftmark Group was ranked 48 out of 100 on the list of the largest privately held companies in the Washington metropolitan area. The annual revenue for 2002 totaled $247 million. The McLean-based home builder, consisting of Craftstar and Craftmark Homes, was the top residential home builder to be featured on the list. The list of largest private companies is published annually by the Washington Business Journal and focuses solely on businesses in the Washington metropolitan area.

Golfdom has joined forces with the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society to take part in the Freddie Mac Longest Day of Golf. Throughout the months of September and October, area golfers have the opportunity to play golf all day free at 42 local sponsoring host courses. The golf clubs donate the green fees while participants commit to raising money to help people affected by multiple sclerosis. When anyone registers for Golfdom’s Very Important Golfer (VIG) program, $20 of his $25 VIG initiation fee will be donated to the National MS Society. Additionally, Longest Day of Golf participants who reach certain fund-raising levels will earn Golfdom gift certificates ranging from $25 to $350. All certificates will be redeemable at Golfdom, located at 8203 Watson St., McLean. To register a foursome or to learn more about the National MS Society, call 202-296-5363, or visit

Todd Roy has been added to the Pinnacle Design and Consulting team. Roy received his master's in architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and comes to Pinnacle Design and Consulting from Devereaux and Associates of McLean.

Re/Max Gateway president Scott MacDonald announced that Patrick Jablonski has been named chief operating officer. Jablonski will be responsible for company expansion, agent development, recruitment and training.

On July 25, Meta Carta announced that it had promoted Randy Ridley to the position of vice president and general manager, Federal Systems. In this capacity, he will have overall responsibility for management of the MetaCarta team in the federal sector.

Jon Berghoff, co-founder of Berghoff Consulting in McLean, is $30,000 short of reaching the Vector Marketing Corporation Hall of Fame. The threshold is $500,000. He broke several company sales records five weeks into his career; he has now been with Vector four years. He was twice the number one sales representative in the company, winning the Vector All-American College Scholarships while a student at DeAnza College, Cupertino, Calif. He opened a branch office for Vector and trained 90 sales representatives in one summer. This year Berghoff and his brother, Mike, moved to McLean and opened a Berghoff Consulting to provide motivation and training to Vector representatives and other growing businesses across the country.

Robert H. Duesenberg of Oakton, who served on the Valparaiso University Board of Directors for seven years, was elected an honorary member of the board at its summer meeting on campus. Duesenberg, retired senior vice president and general counsel of General Dynamics Corp., was elected to the University's governing body in 1996. Before joining the board, Duesenberg served on the Valpo President's Advisory Council and, along with his wife Lori, chaired a $35 million campaign that funded construction of the Center for the Arts on campus.

Duesenberg received his bachelor's degree from Valpo in 1951 and his law degree from the University's School of Law in 1953. Valparaiso University is located in Valparaiso, Ind.

Miramax Films presented a special pre-screening of The Johnson Group's documentary, "Paper Clips," for one week starting Aug. 29 at the Angelika Theatre, 18 West Houston St., New York, N.Y. The documentary tells the story of children in Whitwell, Tenn., a community of about 2,000 people that is almost exclusively white and Fundamentalist Christian. Led by their principal's desire to help the students explore the diversity beyond their valley, the documentary follows the students' response to learning about the Holocaust with a promise to honor every soul lost in the event.

The Johnson Group is located in McLean.

On Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24, H&M clothing store collected gently used children's books to be donated to a needy local school selected by the participating store. In return for their donation, patrons received a coupon of 20 percent off an entire outfit from the children's department. All children who visited the store received H&M book covers to decorate while parents were shopping. H&M is located in Tysons Corner.

Excedent Technologies, a global leader in business email outsourcing, anti-virus and Spam filtering solutions, announced that it has successfully defended its customers from the latest epidemic of computer viruses and worms that have wreaked havoc across the Internet in the last two weeks. The most notable virus outbreak, a new variant of Sobig, known as Sobig.F, was first discovered on Aug. 19, and has since become the most widespread virus in history.

Excedent works with industry leaders to protect customers from harmful viruses and the company was able to immediately quarantine emails containing Sobig.F.

Excedent provides small businesses and service providers with hosted e-mail accounts protected from computer viruses, junk e-mail and other nuisances spread through e-mail. The company employs server side virus protection in order to prevent viruses from reaching customer inboxes.