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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.

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Connie Moser Named State Neighborhood Advocate of the Year

From Prince William County Government:

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA–Connie Moser, President of the Dale City Civic Association, and an active member of the Prince William Clean Community Council and Prince William County Neighborhood Leaders Group, has been named “State Neighborhood Advocate of the Year” at the 11th Annual Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference in Roanoke, Virginia on September 25.

Individuals nominated for the award were judged on the significance of the impact they have made on their community during the past year, in one or multiple projects/roles.  Individuals whose service is defined by its longevity were most appropriate for the award.

Other civic individuals recognized as award finalists for their tireless work to enhance the quality of life in their communities included Dwayne Lynch of Manassas, Dudley Colbert of Norfolk, and Valeria Alphin, Mary Jane Hurt and Diane Kelly of Roanoke.

Submit School Name Suggestions by December 1

From Prince William County Public Schools:

The Prince William County School Board seeks name suggestions for the elementary school currently under construction at 8301 Linton Hall Road in Bristow. Suggestions should be sent to the School Division’s Community Relations Office, P.O. Box 389, Manassas, VA 20108, or emailed to paynebj@pwcs.edu by December 1, 2010.

Woodbridge Gunman Shoots Neighbor's House, Injures Man

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA) - A Woodbridge man was hit by gunfire after police say a neighbor shot up the front of his townhouse on Hersand Court. The victim was hit in the ankle and taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

A kitchen window is riddled with bullet holes and police from the bizarre and frightening incident that shook this neighborhood that was filled with children heading to their bus stop.

"It was real loud. We heard a lot of gunfire. It was scary. My first reaction was to tell the kids to get down... they're naturally curious they want to know what's going on," said neighbor Stephen Hansen.

The shooting happened around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, October 8th. William Dyer, who lives across the street, says he saw the gunman and that after he fired into his neighbor's house, he start shooting into the street.