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The following was sent to us by Seamus Hogg of Sage Communications:

Company to Give Away a Heating System

My Plumber Heating and Cooling prides itself on a long history of giving back to the communities that it serves.  As company founder R. Wendell Presgrave explains it, “We consider it our privilege to give something back to the communities that provide our living, and frankly, we love having the opportunity.”  My Plumber has collected many tons of food for the hun­gry, performed free or deeply discounted plumbing repairs for homeless shelters and in private homes throughout Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland, and sponsored sports teams, school plays and many other educational activities.  The company also has a tradition of replacing, for free, the oldest, ugliest heating system that it can find each autumn.

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.

Dominion VA Power to Present 7 K-12 Educational Grants

Tomorrow evening, Thursday, October 7, Dominion Virginia Power will present checks to 7 area schools to help strengthen the mathematics and science skills of students in grades K-12. The event is being hosted at Hollin Meadows Math and Science Focus school and the students from the school will be providing tours of the irrigation system they built as a result of last year’s grant from Dominion. Using wind and solar power they built, the students hooked rain barrels together to create an irrigation system to complete their learning garden.

The event will run from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. at Hollin Meadows Math and Science Center Learning Garden located at 2310 Nordok Place in Alexandria, VA.

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Local Car Wash Partners Up With Area High Schools

The following was sent to us by Speedy Green Car Wash:

Speedy Green Car Wash is committed to helping local schools by creating fundraising programs with Manassas Park, Osbourn Park and Osbourn High Schools in Manassas, Va.  Now through June 2011, patrons can select the school fundraiser of their choice at Speedy Green Car Wash's Auto Teller while selecting their car wash option. Twenty percent of their purchase goes back to the school of their choice. For more information, call 703-257-0737 or view the fundraising page at www.speedygreencarwash.com.

Bloomingdale's to Open First Outlet Store

Bloomingdale’s opened their first international location this year when they opened a store in Dubai and now they are opening their first outlet store. This Saturday, August 20, Bloomingdale’s is going to be opening its first outlet store at the Potomac Mills mall. The store’s opening celebration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and local entertainment from Urban Nation H.I.P – H.O.P Choir of Washington D.C.

Arnola Orlick, the Senior Vice President of Outlet Stores and former division principal of Federated Department Stores (which is now Macy’s, Inc.) will be leading the ribbon cutting ceremony along with Mark Cechini, the Operating Vice President of Outlet Stores and Former General Manager of Bloomingdale’s at The Shops in Riverside.

The new Bloomingdale’s outlet store is located at 2700 Potomac Mills Circle in Suite 307 in Prince William, VA. The store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.