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Cancer, COVID-19, and Christmas.  In conjunction with St. Baldrick’s, I’ve written an article for Medium discussing our ...
12/24/2020
Finding Christmas Joy Through COVID and Cancer

Cancer, COVID-19, and Christmas. In conjunction with St. Baldrick’s, I’ve written an article for Medium discussing our family and our situation. When you read it, please know I’m not a professional writer, I’m just a mom living through an impossible situation.

Merry Christmas!

Andrea

By Andrea Colasurdo

Give the gift of Hello Fresh meal service! Start delivery before January 2021!
12/23/2020
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12/19/2020
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

The LCSO continued their annual Santa Ride on Friday to help make this holiday season bright for children at area hospitals.

The #Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Cole's Closet, a nonprofit organization, for the past several years to help collect donated toys to fill “closets” with toys for children while they are at the hospital during the holidays.

Through the kindness of Loudoun residents and businesses, the LCSO collected nearly 5,000 toys- our largest collection to date!

12/17/2020
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12/16/2020
Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools Closed Tomorrow, December 17

Loudoun County Public Schools and Administrative Offices are closed tomorrow, Thursday, December 17. All distance-learning classes for tomorrow are cancelled. There will be no food pick-up at LCPS schools tomorrow and food deliveries by bus have been cancelled. All activities on school campuses are cancelled tomorrow. The virtual Student Support and Services Committee Meeting will go on, as scheduled, at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Re-convening of the Recessed December 15, 2020, virtual School Board Meeting will go on, as scheduled, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
12/16/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

#LCSO is working a number of weather-related crashes in #Loudoun County. Residents are advised to only drive if necessary and to please #DriveSafe.

Be sure to monitor traffic and road conditions at www.511virginia.org and sheriff.loudoun.gov/traffic

You can also sign up to receive email and text Traffic Alerts through Alert Loudoun at sheriff.loudoun.gov/alertloudoun.

Below is the current (as of 11:25 a.m.) map of traffic-related incidents being worked by the LCSO deputies.

12/16/2020
SNAP Mounts

Great stocking stuffer from folks in Ashburn!

You NEED this adapter if you own a PHONE!

12/15/2020
Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools and Administrative Offices will be closed tomorrow, December 16, 2020. All distance-learning classes for tomorrow are cancelled. There will be no food pick-up at LCPS schools tomorrow and food deliveries by bus have been cancelled.

All activities on school campuses are cancelled.

From our friend Eileen Whelan
12/14/2020

From our friend Eileen Whelan

Who’s ready for some wintry weather Wednesday?! ❄️

This is a tricky forecast with the rain/snow line impacting totals in your neighborhood, especially near the Beltway. Roads will definitely be impacted, so plan ahead & consider staying home, if that’s an option for you. 🏡 I see a fire in the fireplace & Christmas cookie baking in my future Wednesday! 🍪🎄

Read more: https://wjla.com/weather/stormwatch7-weather-blog/tracking-two-weather-makers-this-week-that-will-bring-rain-and-snow

Loudoun County Government
12/11/2020

Loudoun County Government

With COVID-19 cases rising throughout Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam has announced new, targeted measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The following mitigation measures will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020:

• Modified Stay-at-Home Order: All individuals in Virginia must remain at their place of residence between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Exceptions include obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work, and seeking medical attention.

• Universal mask requirement: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person. This order expands the current statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29, and requires all individuals aged five and over to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public settings outside of their own household. These changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines (https://bit.ly/2Lm61Zb), released December 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings.

• Reduction in social gatherings: All social gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals, down from the current cap of 25 people. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings. Restaurants and retail stores are already governed by strict social distancing requirements, and are not included in this limit.

• Continued limits on dining establishments: Virginia restaurants are currently governed by strict social distancing and sanitization requirements, which remain in place. The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol remains prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight.

• Teleworking: Employees who can telework are strongly encouraged to do so.

The full text of Executive Order 72, which details these temporary restrictions, is online here: https://bit.ly/33YFHLm

Read the full text of the governor’s news release here: https://bit.ly/3qVsjS2

Loudoun County Public Schools
12/10/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

To All LCPS Families and Staff Members:

On Thursday, December 10, the Virginia Department of Health published data showing that both Loudoun County core indicators have exceeded the thresholds established by the School Board for returning to 100% distance learning. In addition, the Virginia Department of Health has retroactively updated metrics for earlier dates in December that indicate both metrics had exceeded their thresholds as of December 6.

Given this new information, and the expectation that metrics will stay above the thresholds for the foreseeable future, LCPS will revert to 100% distance learning for all students beginning Tuesday, December 15.

The Loudoun County School Board had determined that LCPS would return to 100% distance learning if both indicators exceed the established thresholds. In-person instruction would pause if Loudoun County stays above those thresholds for five consecutive business days.

The metrics, referred to as Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Core Indicators, are:

1. Total number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days reaches more than 200; AND

2. Percentage of RT-PCR tests that are positive during the last 14 days reaches more than 10%.

The metrics are reported by the Virginia Department of Health (https://tinyurl.com/y2k3vt8r), and the VDH reporting is posted to the LCPS COVID Case Data webpage (https://tinyurl.com/yxbnj3am) each business day.

If one of these metrics drops below its action threshold on Friday, December 11, or Monday, December 14, the five-day counter would reset to zero and restart when both metrics again exceeded their thresholds. LCPS does not anticipate that happening before December 15.

We understand that this process is disruptive for families of students who have been participating in hybrid in-person learning this fall. The safety and well-being of all students, staff members, their families and the community continues to be our highest priority, and this decision is being made consistent with our commitment to achieving that objective.

LCPS will further discuss plans for using these metrics to determine when hybrid in-person learning could resume at the December 15, 2020, School Board meeting.

Thank you for your continued support as we adapt to the changing conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic in Loudoun County.

Sincerely,

Eric Williams, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
12/07/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

#Loudoun, beginning January 1, 2021 it will be a primary offense to hold a handheld personal communication device (e.g. cellphone) while driving a motor vehicle in the state of Virginia.

Penalties for violating this law include $125 for a first offense and $250 for a second offense. Breaking the law in a highway work zone is punishable by a mandatory $250 fine.
#PhoneDownLoudoun

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
12/07/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE:

Two Sterling men are in custody in connection with the December 4 robbery of a 7-Eleven where one of the robbers pepper-sprayed an employee during the incident.

Marvin R. Garcia- Dominguez, 27, and Carlos A. Centeno-Torres, 29, were apprehended this weekend as part of an investigation in coordination with the Town of Herndon Police Department.

Garcia- Dominguez was charged with robbery and abduction. Centeno-Torres was charged with robbery, abduction, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Both suspects were also charged in connection with a similar robbery that occurred on December 2 in Herndon.

In Loudoun County, the two suspects entered the convenience store located in the 21900 block of Cascades Parkway around 1:10 a.m. on December 4 and walked around for a short period of time. One of the suspects then pushed the employee behind the counter and pepper-sprayed him. The suspect then forced the employee to open a cash register and remove cash. Both suspects then fled the store.

The incident was later reported to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office around 2 a.m. The victim declined medical treatment at the scene.

Both Garcia- Dominguez and Centeno-Torres remain held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported robbery at a 7-Eleven in Sterling where the suspects pepper-sprayed an employee during the incident.

Two suspects entered the convenience store located in the 21900 block of Cascades Parkway around 1:10 a.m. on December 4 and walked around for a short period of time. One of the suspects then pushed the employee behind the counter and pepper-sprayed him. The suspect then forced the employee to open a cash register and remove cash. Both suspects then fled the store.

The incident was later reported to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office around 2 a.m. The victim declined medical treatment at the scene.

The first suspect was described as a white, possibly Hispanic male, 5’6”-5’8” tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a dark-colored jacket, green cargo pants, and light-colored sneakers. He was also wearing a dark beanie-style hat and was covering his face. The second suspect was described as a white, possibly Hispanic male, 5’6”-5’8” tall, and was wearing black pants, a black hoodie, red sneakers, and a medical face mask.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective T. Rodriguez with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021. You may also 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.

Well done Purcellville!
12/07/2020

Well done Purcellville!

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
12/04/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE:

Two Sterling men are in custody in connection with the December 4 robbery of a 7-Eleven where one of the robbers pepper-sprayed an employee during the incident.

Marvin R. Garcia- Dominguez, 27, and Carlos A. Centeno-Torres, 29, were apprehended this weekend as part of an investigation in coordination with the Town of Herndon Police Department.

Garcia- Dominguez was charged with robbery and abduction. Centeno-Torres was charged with robbery, abduction, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Both suspects were also charged in connection with a similar robbery that occurred on December 2 in Herndon.

In Loudoun County, the two suspects entered the convenience store located in the 21900 block of Cascades Parkway around 1:10 a.m. on December 4 and walked around for a short period of time. One of the suspects then pushed the employee behind the counter and pepper-sprayed him. The suspect then forced the employee to open a cash register and remove cash. Both suspects then fled the store.

The incident was later reported to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office around 2 a.m. The victim declined medical treatment at the scene.

Both Garcia- Dominguez and Centeno-Torres remain held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported robbery at a 7-Eleven in Sterling where the suspects pepper-sprayed an employee during the incident.

Two suspects entered the convenience store located in the 21900 block of Cascades Parkway around 1:10 a.m. on December 4 and walked around for a short period of time. One of the suspects then pushed the employee behind the counter and pepper-sprayed him. The suspect then forced the employee to open a cash register and remove cash. Both suspects then fled the store.

The incident was later reported to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office around 2 a.m. The victim declined medical treatment at the scene.

The first suspect was described as a white, possibly Hispanic male, 5’6”-5’8” tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a dark-colored jacket, green cargo pants, and light-colored sneakers. He was also wearing a dark beanie-style hat and was covering his face. The second suspect was described as a white, possibly Hispanic male, 5’6”-5’8” tall, and was wearing black pants, a black hoodie, red sneakers, and a medical face mask.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective T. Rodriguez with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021. You may also 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.

RHOLC Foundation
12/03/2020

RHOLC Foundation

Let's make 2020 our most successful year ever!! RHOLC Foundation is honored and proud to help support and collaborate once again with Sherriff Michael Chapman and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for our 3rd year RHOLC Toy Drive collecting toys for Cole's Closet. Help us bring happiness to the kids in the hospitals this holiday season.

Donations of new and unwrapped toys for children age infant to 17-years-old are being accepted now through December 14, 2020. The toys can be dropped off at any LCSO Station, Monday through Friday (excluding Holidays), from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. You can also make a donation directly to Cole’s Closet here: https://www.colescloset.org/programs Last year you helped us collect over 2,100 toys for our annual toy drive.
The drop-off locations are:

Eastern Loudoun Station
46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling, VA
20164

Ashburn Station
20272 Savin Hill Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147

Dulles South Public Safety Center
25216 Loudoun County Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20152

Western Loudoun Station
47 W. Loudoun Street, Round Hill, VA 20141

LCSO Headquarters
803 Sycolin Road SE, Leesburg, VA 20175

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
11/30/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Leesburg Police Department
11/20/2020

Leesburg Police Department

REMINDER: On Friday 11/20/20, the Virginia Department of Transportation will be reducing the East Market Street (Route 7) speed limit in both directions between Cardinal Park Drive SE and River Creek Parkway SE from 55 mph to 45 mph as part of the Route 7 / Battlefield Parkway interchange project. #RoadSafety

More at: https://bit.ly/32U3z26

Town of Leesburg, Virginia
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
11/13/2020

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

#ScamAlert

Don't Be Fooled by Jury Duty Scams!

Jury duty scams involve a caller claiming to be with law enforcement and threatening arrest if you don't pay fines for failing to report for jury duty.

The past few days multiple residents reported they were contacted by a caller claiming they were with the LCSO and there was a warrant for their arrest because they missed (federal) jury duty. In some cases, they used the name of a Lt. Mark Richardson and advised the victims to obtain gift cards to pay fines to avoid arrest.

Remember- under no circumstance would a law enforcement official in Virginia be permitted to collect fines of this nature.

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It's less than a week until Christmas! If you are looking for a place to find all the great local Christmas light displays, then check out: https://www.facebook.com/LoudounChristmasLights/. I’m the admin for this page and I have compiled over 160 area displays to view. Go to the pinned post for the map to these displays. If you have a display you’d like to be listed, please send me your photos (the pinned post will also explain how to submit.) Please like and follow this page as well, and share with your friends. Enjoy the Holidays!!! - Bill
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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!