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Happy Birthday Mullen Elementary School

Mullen Elementary School will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Fri., Oct. 22, 1 p.m. The school is located at 8000 Rodes Drive, Manassas 20109.

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Fairfax Police 'Scale Back' Search For Missing Boater

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (WUSA) -- Police have confirmed the missing woman's identity as 64-year-old Julia Shew of Lorton, Va. Rescuers say she has been missing since Saturday.

Police still have not found her remains and they say they'll "scale back" efforts to find her today.

Fairfax Police will continue to use their helicopter, Marine Patrol and divers. However, they will be limiting their search to the boat launch area of the park. Therefore, all other Fountainhead Park facilities will be open Tuesday.

Friends say Shew was supposed to compete in the Occoquan Chase and was last seen in her scull boat, practicing.

Police say she launched her boat Saturday morning. Around 11 a.m., Junior Ranger Carl Martin says he saw her rowing alone without a life jacket. Later that evening, Shew didn't come back to shore, so club employees went looking for her.

Police say they found her boat, overturned in the water with her shoe floating nearby.

The Halt to Foreclosures will have an impact to DC area homeowners

Recently, there has been a halt to foreclosures on homes where the mortgages have fallen into default. The onus has been put on the lenders to prove that they have the right to foreclose. Judges have started dismissing foreclosure actions against homeowners as it has become clear that the banks do not have clear title or standing to foreclose.

What this means to struggling homeowners is that they now have an opportunity to challenge banks that may not have been helpful in the loan modification process. Very few homes have been successfully modified under the HAMP program and the blame for this is being laid right at the banks front door. From the entire modification process being characterized as unhelpful to downright deceptive, this moratorium on foreclosing will give homeowners a chance to negotiate favorable terms with their lenders.

Securing Your Home

GREAT FALLS, Va. (WUSA) - "We need to get in habit of doing these things," said Master Police Officer Patrick Lucas who is a crime prevention specialist.   He says people need to remember to make sure their doors are locked and their garage doors are closed before leaving home or going to sleep.

The serial burglar, who may responsible for as many as 100 break-ins or attempted break-in through Northern Virginia, uses the path of least resistance.  He's entered most homes through unlocked doors.

"He seems to be very cash-driven oriented only," said Officer Lucas.  It may be more than one thief or  copy cat thieves.  The thief is using gloves, leaving behind little forensic evidence.  He is generally not stealing property  or credit cards, both of which could be traced back to the owner.

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"Health" Magazine Calls Springwoods Elementary One of America's Healthiest Schools

This was sent to us by Prince William County Public Schools:

“Health” magazine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have honored Springwoods Elementary School and four other elementary schools as “America’s Healthiest Schools 2010” as part of the HealthierUS Schools Challenge. The schools are recognized for taking steps to end the trend toward childhood obesity by incorporating ideas that promote good health and nutrition at the school. “Students at Springwoods [Elementary School] are taught to live by the ‘95210’ principle—that’s nine hours of sleep, five servings of fruits and vegetables, no more than two hours of screen time, at least one hour of exercise, and zero sugary drinks per day,” states the magazine’s online article, “An A+ for Health.” 

Art for Wounded Marines

The following was sent to us by Nina Foster:

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is pleased to sponsor a project to collect original art for wounded Marines. The Museum will collect children's art work from now until November 30, 2010. The collection of original student works will be displayed in the Wounded Warrior wing of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Children are welcome to draw, color or paint a picture for our Wounded Warriors, along with including a message. The only requirement is that the art fit on an 8 1/2 X 11 inch piece of paper. Be sure that each child puts his or her name, hometown and grade level on the back of the artwork submission.

Project Mend-A-House to Hold 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Project Mend-A-House, a nonprofit home-repair group, will host its 2nd annual golf tournament this Friday. The money raised in the tournament will go directly towards which fixing up homes for seniors, the disabled and low-income Prince William County area residents.

The tournament will be held at Bristow Manor Golf Club, which is located at 11507 Valley View Dr. in Bristow, VA. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 8:00 a.m.

The entry fee is $100 per golfer. You can mail your registration to Project Mend-A-House's office at 7987 Ashton Ave., Suite 231, Manassas, Va. 20109. Tournament sponsorships are also available for $1,000, hole-in-one sponsorships are $500 and hole sponsorships are $100 each. For information, contact Kevin English at 703-499-2247 or varealest@aol.com.