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Kfoury Construction Group is in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps for its seventh year as a Toys for Tots public drop-off site. A collection box will be located in the lobby at 11307 Sunset Hills Road in Reston, through Dec. 20, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has achieved its 13th CMMI(r) Level 5, the highest possible rating for bench marking commercial and defense industry best practices for management and engineering. The Intelligence Systems Operations business, part of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector in Reston, has attained an organization-wide Level 5 maturity rating against the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI(r)) standard. The achievement marks the eighth CMMI(r) Level 5 rating for the Mission Systems sector and the thirteenth for Northrop Grumman, the most Level 5 ratings earned by any defense or commercial company to date.

Reston-based developer, Waterford Development LLC, presented a check for $1 million to the McLean Revitalization Corporation Dec. 2. The WaterfordÕs The Palladium, a mixed-use condominium building, is part of McLeanÕs downtown revitalization efforts.