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04/29/2020
Loudoun Lights

Loudoun Lights

Join your Loudoun County neighbors and place a candle outside your front door, each Wednesday, at 7pm. Let's show support for our healthcare workers, first responders and all of the service people working to aid others during this COVID-19 pandemic.

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington
04/12/2020

US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington

Potential for a significant severe weather outbreak throughout the day on Monday. Multiple rounds of severe storms expected between sunrise and mid-afternoon. Storms will bring a threat for large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.

Another reason that Keith and Cheryl Early are so great!
03/20/2020

Another reason that Keith and Cheryl Early are so great!

HAPPY FACES / TRYING TIMES
In an effort to make the best of this catastrophe, The Bungalow is distributing our perishables to our staff members for there consumption.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
03/13/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is proud to announce that Captain Greg Ahlemann has graduated from the 279th session of the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.

Captain Ahlemann was one of 255 veteran law enforcement officers who graduated March 13, 2020, from the 10-week program. Captain Ahlemann is an over 19-year veteran of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. He began his career as a deputy in the Field Operations Division. He has worked as a patrol deputy, a member of the LCSO Motor Unit, and served as the Assistant Station Commander of the Western Loudoun Station. He currently serves as the commander of the Western Loudoun Station.

“This prestigious program increases the professionalism of our leadership staff and is part of the reason the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is a premier law enforcement agency in our region and in the country,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.

Captain Ahlemann is the 28th member of the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office senior staff to have graduated from the FBI Academy since 1970 when then-Sheriff Robert W. Legard completed the training with the 86th session.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, offers 10-weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 21-years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

Photo: Captain Greg Ahlemann with Sheriff Mike Chapman, Lt. Col. Eric Prugh and Acting Major Ken Dondero.

Loudoun County Public Schools
03/11/2020
Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools

Dear LCPS Families and Staff:

Given the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to update you with new information about our continuing preparations.

Teacher Workday in Preparation for Possible School Closures

Friday, March 20, will be a work day for teachers to prepare for the possibility of distance learning and to provide educational experiences in the event of extended school closures. To support this, the School Board authorized the transfer of $5 million to potentially accelerate the completion of our 1:1 rollout of Chromebooks in grades 3 through 12. On March 20, all teachers will participate in training and structured planning time regarding distance learning options.
There will be no school for students on March 20. After school activities will proceed as scheduled.

Domestic Travel

Out of an abundance of caution for our students, staff and families, we decided today to cancel all in-state and out-of-state overnight field trips, effective immediately. Any overnight trips scheduled from March 11 through April 30, 2020, are canceled. Any trips scheduled to New York state, including day trips, are also canceled. All other day trips will proceed as scheduled. Participation in instructional field trips, athletic trips and other student activity trips is optional, and schools will provide an appropriate alternative for students who do not participate in an instructional field trip. LCPS will continue to collaborate with local and state officials and will modify plans as appropriate in the future. We recognize that the decision to cancel overnight field trips is disappointing, however, we believe it is appropriate based on the rapid evolution of the virus situation.

School Board Presentations

Tuesday evening, an update on our emergency preparedness in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was provided at a meeting of the School Board of Loudoun County. Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services Dr. Asia Jones was joined by Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend in delivering the presentation to the School Board. Their presentations and a video replay of the board meeting are available through the COVID-19 Preparedness at LCPS webpage at https://www.lcps.org/COVID19 .

School Attendance

Some parents have asked whether they should send their child to school if the child has an underlying health condition. In his presentation to the School Board, Dr. Goodfriend emphasized that, if there was no underlying medical basis to keep the child home during influenza season, it is unlikely that the condition would prevent the child from safely attending school. There also is no recommendation that well family members of people being evaluated for COVID-19 need to remain at home. LCPS will continue to monitor student and staff absentee patterns and maintain ongoing communication with the Loudoun Health Department.

International Travel

As mentioned in my previous update, all LCPS-sponsored international travel has been suspended through June 30. The Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit has been canceled, and students will be offered a virtual summit experience instead.

Universal Precautions

Tuesday night’s presentation revisited the universal precautions students and staff should take to avoid getting sick, including staying home when sick, disinfecting frequently touched objects and washing your hands.

Cleaning Protocols

The presentation also reviewed the LCPS facilities cleaning plan, which emphasizes using LCPS-provided cleaning solutions that have been verified by the CDC and Virginia Department of Health. Additional cleaning supplies have been provided to schools. If a school or classroom experiences higher-than-normal absenteeism due to illness, the Facilities Department will conduct additional cleaning.

Ongoing Communication

More details about these topics and the most up-to-date information on the LCPS response is available at COVID-19 Preparedness at LCPS at https://www.lcps.org/COVID19 . LCPS will continue to share updates on COVID-19 through Blackboard Mass Notification and social media posts.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Eric Williams, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools
02/28/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

The field is set for the 38th Annual Loudoun Regional Spelling Bee at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at Stone Bridge High School.

Seventy-eight spellers from Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) elementary and middle schools and area private schools will take part in the event. The winner will advance to the 93rd Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 24-29 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s Loudoun Regional Spelling Bee contestants include:

To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/vr8gy9z

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
02/25/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Please call us if you recognize the suspects or the vehicle in the photos.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Deputy M. Sarrichio of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office at 571-439-5083 / [email protected].

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 or submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app. The Loudoun Sheriff app is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Fauquier County Sheriff's Office
02/15/2020

Fauquier County Sheriff's Office

WANTED; Levi Norwood is wanted for 2 counts of murder. His current location is unknown. Levi was last seen in the 12800 blk of Elk Run Road in Midland. Anyone who oberserves Levi Norwood is urged to contact 911 immediately and report the location. Do not confront Levi, he is considered armed and dangerous.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
02/09/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Update: Unfortunately the launch will not take place as planned due to a technical issue.

Looking for an activity on this beautiful Sunday afternoon? How about watching a rocket as it flies through the atmosphere above #Loudoun on its trip to the International Space Station!

This evening, at approximately 5:39 p.m., an Antares rocket, carrying supplies, will lift off from a small launch facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. Residents of Loudoun will be able to see the rocket approximately 90-120 seconds after launch.

Keep your eyes on the skies this evening!

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Local Loudoun woman sets up go fund me for her 12 year old niece that has cancerous brain tumor.===Our sweet Jelena, a b...
02/08/2020
Speedy recovery & healing for Jelena organized by Joanna Colasurdo Smith

Local Loudoun woman sets up go fund me for her 12 year old niece that has cancerous brain tumor.
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Our sweet Jelena, a beautiful 12 year old girl. In late January, she was vomiting and had bad headaches. A "very long story" shortened is that she has a cancerous brain tumor. She is getting tests and surgery and everything is overwhelming physically, emotionally, and financially for this sweet girl and the entire family. Any gift amount would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to follow along on the details of her condition, please visit http://tiny.cc/jelena

Also, feel free to share this post with others that have a caring heart. Thank you.

Joanna Colasurdo Smith Speedy recovery & healing for Jelena 1/29 update: THANK YOU EVERYONE for everything. Prayers, messages, posts, donations, visits, war

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
01/04/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office have released a surveillance video image of the suspect vehicle involved in the hit-and-run of a deputy in Sterling on Wednesday.

After further investigation, the vehicle has been determined to be silver or light gray 2019-2020 Nissan Altima with Ohio tags. There should be damage on the passenger side, from the front to the mid-passenger side door.

The driver was described as a Black male with a medium complexion, between 40 and 50-years-old, approximately 240 lbs., and over 6 tall. He was wearing a dark-colored knit cap and a black/gray jacket.

The hit-and-run occurred shortly before 11 a.m. January 1, 2020, in the area of S. Cottage Road and Lindsay Court. The deputy, a member of the agency’s Motor Unit, was running RADAR in the area and was signaling the driver to pull over. The driver stopped before he sped away and struck the deputy. The deputy suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Anyone with any information regarding the possible identity of the driver or the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to contact Det. C. Pickrell at 703-777-1021

01/02/2020

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate the driver of a vehicle after he sideswiped a deputy who was working traffic enforcement in the Sterling area.

The hit and run occurred shortly before 11 a.m. this morning in the area of S. Cottage Road and Lindsay Court. The deputy, a member of the agency’s Motor Unit, was running RADAR in the area and was signaling the driver to pull over. The driver appeared to be coming to a stop before he sped up and struck the deputy. The deputy suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

The driver is described as a Black male and was wearing a black knit cap. The vehicle has Ohio license plates and described as a dark gray sedan, possibly a Honda or Toyota, and may have damage to the bumper and passenger side of the vehicle.

Anyone with any information regarding the possible identity of the driver or the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to call the LCSO at 703-777-1021.

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Flags of Valor
12/29/2019

Flags of Valor

Truly an honor to Give Back in collaboration with @therock and create a well deserved custom flag for such a great soldier, world class athlete and friend @ellie_anne_marks . Thanks for being such an inspiration to all of us.

Thanks to all those that helped make this happen. @kevinplank96 @underarmourfreedom @underarmour

RHOLC Foundation
12/09/2019

RHOLC Foundation

#2ndAnnualRHOLCToyDriveInFullForce #AllForTheKids #AllTheWayUp #DropOffYourToysASAP 🙏🙏🙏🙏
We will be doing a live video for this next week but in the meantime we have good news that the DROP OFF locations are ready. We have the locations covered from Eastern Loudoun all the way up to Western Loudoun. Thank you to all the businesses participating!! 💥🙏😍🇺🇸🇺🇸

Drop off locations are: Sully's Pour House, Embrace Home Loans - Ashburn, VA, Bullseye Guns of VA, Northern Virginia Tattoo Company and Velocity Wings - Lovettsville Let's make it another huge success as we partner again with our favorite @Sheriff Michael Chapman @Loudoun Loudoun County Sheriff's Office to collect toys for Cole's Closet!!
Here are some great pictures so far from this year's drop off's and last year's highlights !!! Thank you, thank you to all!!!

💥💥💥A special thank you to Kris Olsonfor all the boxes he made personally himself and dropped off. An even more special thank you to Nicole Olson for putting up with Kris using up all the gift wrapping paper gain this year. 🤦‍♂️😆😆😆😆💥💥💥

Loudoun Times-Mirror The Loudoun Tribune Loudoun Now ABC 7 News - WJLAFox 5 DC CBS DC The National Conference Center City Tap Loudoun Tarbender's Lounge Delirium Cafe Leesburg Black Hoof Brewing Company Black Walnut Brewery Beltway Brewing Company The Ashburn Pub Copperwood Tavern One Loudoun Matchbox Restaurant at One Loudoun Finnegan's Grill & Irish Pub - Ashburn, VA Real Fathers Of Northern Virginia Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce The Purcellville Pub

RHOLC Foundation
12/01/2019

RHOLC Foundation

#2ndAnnualRHOLCToyDriveInFullForce #AllForTheKids #AllTheWayUp #DropOffYourToysASAP 🙏🙏🙏🙏
We will be doing a live video for this next week but in the meantime we have good news that the DROP OFF locations are ready. We have the locations covered from Eastern Loudoun all the way up to Western Loudoun. Thank you to all the businesses participating!! 💥🙏😍🇺🇸🇺🇸

Drop off locations are: Sully's Pour House, Embrace Home Loans - Ashburn, VA, Bullseye Guns of VA, Northern Virginia Tattoo Company and Velocity Wings - Lovettsville Let's make it another huge success as we partner again with our favorite @Sheriff Michael Chapman @Loudoun Loudoun County Sheriff's Office to collect toys for Cole's Closet!!
Here are some great pictures so far from this year's drop off's and last year's highlights !!! Thank you, thank you to all!!!

💥💥💥A special thank you to Kris Olsonfor all the boxes he made personally himself and dropped off. An even more special thank you to Nicole Olson for putting up with Kris using up all the gift wrapping paper gain this year. 🤦‍♂️😆😆😆😆💥💥💥

Loudoun Times-Mirror The Loudoun Tribune Loudoun Now ABC 7 News - WJLAFox 5 DC CBS DC The National Conference Center City Tap Loudoun Tarbender's Lounge Delirium Cafe Leesburg Black Hoof Brewing Company Black Walnut Brewery Beltway Brewing Company The Ashburn Pub Copperwood Tavern One Loudoun Matchbox Restaurant at One Loudoun Finnegan's Grill & Irish Pub - Ashburn, VA Real Fathers Of Northern Virginia Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce The Purcellville Pub

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Looking for a fun crafting activity to do with your child? Join us at Claude Moore Park for our WINTER GIFT WORKSHOP on Saturday, December 14 from 3:30-5 pm; $5, ages 4 & up. Pre-registration required; adult chaperone free. Register at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac for activity 26172 . Questions? Call 571-258-3700
My name is Bill Incatasciato, and I am the admin for my page “Loudoun Christmas Lights,” My family and I love Christmas Lights and enjoy driving around the area to see the wonderful displays that other people set up. Unfortunately, I could never find a reliable listing of Christmas Light displays in Loudoun County, so I decided to create a comprehensive list of large and creative displays three years ago. I wanted to help other people find local Christmas displays in Loudoun County and to provide a platform for those who do large and/or cool displays to show them off to others. This page is intended for people in Loudoun County (and maybe really close by) to post their homes so that others may find them and appreciate the cheer they have created on their properties. This is the third year that I have been doing this, and hope that it continues to grow and become a valuable resource for our community. I ask that you help in one or all of the following ways: • Like/follow and share my page with others. • Send me photos and locations of Christmas light displays so I can post onto the page. It doesn’t have to be just your house. I do believe we should share the joy that others create. • Visit the displays and enjoy the effort that was put into them. When posting a picture, please include an address, hours, (if applicable), any restrictions/limitations (i.e. no head lights, don't block driveways, accepting donations, etc…,) and any other commentary. Please note, this a family friendly site, and I will review each submission prior to posting. Thanks for helping light up Loudoun County for the holidays!
Claude Moore Park's spring break PUPPET SHOW and CAMPFIRE is this Friday, April 19 from 11 am - 12 pm. Please be sure to preregister if you're planning to attend. In the event of inclement weather, refunds will be available. $5 each; ages 3 & under free, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. Go to loudoun.gov/webtrac to register (activity # 361724). Call 571-258-3700 for more information. Hope to see you there!
America, the legalization of marijuana is not the answer. The effort to legalize marijuana is an absolute cop-out to make more money for the states. It is not a sincere effort to confront the hard core issues of marijuana misuse and substance abuse in New York and states across America. Marijuana is extremely addictive, and it literally destroys both mental and physical health in the lives of misusers and abusers. However, legalizing medical marijuana, where it is clearly medically warranted, watched and carefully administered by trained medical professionals, is the wiser choice. Currently, we have blatant discrimination in marijuana arrests all over America in which African-Americans and Latinos are arrested in far greater percentages than white people. An effort is greatly needed to fight double standards. Summonses to appear in court, instead of arrests, can free up much needed funds for substance abuse prevention. The unjust, racist double standard regarding arrests should be stopped, but not the illegal use of marijuana. Most of all, a plan and push for substance abuse prevention and training is needed to transform the deeply wounded soul of America. When someone is totally high on marijuana and is committing horrible acts of physical, verbal, mental and sexual abuse, the laws against marijuana use are needed. Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. Senior Pastor Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral 243 Rev.Dr.A.L Mackey Sr. Avenue Roosevelt, New York, 11575 516 939 5679
Save the Date December 7th @ 6:30 PM! Join us for the black tie event of the year - The Ignite Founders Masquerade Ball and Gala. It is going to be an incredible night of celebrating 15 years of serving the great people of Ignite Church, Loudoun County Virginia and the DMV with world class entertainment. If the Ignite Church, Overseer Yolanda Stephens or myself have impacted your life or ministry in any way, we are looking forward to having you celebrate with us. You can get information on securing your ad for our electronic booklet & marquee and sponsorship by emailing us at [email protected] Did I mention there will be giveaways on top of giveaways all night long. It’s going to be an evening of elegance you’ll remember for years to come. Singles meet and greet kicks off on the red carpet at 6:30PM and the live entertainment begins at 7PM. Go to www.IgniteFoundersWeekend.org to secure your seats now.
Ignite Church is preparing for the celebration honoring our pastors and founders Apostle Shawn & Overseer Yolanda Stephens for 15 years of pastoring and serving God’s people. Join us Thursday December 6th - Sunday December 9th for a weekend of Glory. Don’t miss the black tie event of the year our Founders Masquerade Ball Friday December 7th. Mix and Mingle on the Red Carpet begins @ 6:30PM. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ignites-15th-annual-founders-ball-and-gala-tickets-52268584744 We will also host our Holiday Bazaar featuring unique and affordable vendors again this year. Vending and Sponsorship is available by emailing us [email protected] We look forward to having you join us for this incredible celebration!