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Local companies do big things
07/20/2019

Local companies do big things

Apollo 11 was launched over 50 years ago today! While we may not be launching rockets, we are moving a pilot’s pressurized spacesuit for United Technology Solutions. One small step for man one giant leap for moving. #whatmattersmost #apollo50th

07/20/2019
iFLY

iFLY

Have you ever wondered what it is like to fly like an instructor? Take a look at iFLY Westchester's very own, Alex Jordaan. Let us know what your favorite part is?

Local motorcycle riders don new shirts made at Studio One Printing located in Sterling, to remind ALL drivers to not "ca...
07/19/2019

Local motorcycle riders don new shirts made at Studio One Printing located in Sterling, to remind ALL drivers to not "camp out" in the left lane. Our reminder is FREE. If you get a "reminder" from law enforcement, it could be quite costly in both points and dollars!

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07/18/2019
Careers at Ihop

Looking for a job?

Find your next great career opportunity at Ihop

Healing Heroes Ride
07/09/2019

Healing Heroes Ride

Healing Heroes Ride to have Vendors on site at Boulder Crest Retreat. Join us on August 24th for the largest motorcycle ride on the East Coast supporting military, veterans and first responders. Register on line at www.healingheroesride.com

06/29/2019
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

As Move Over Awareness Month comes to a close in Virginia, we want drivers to remember this law every month when approaching a stationary vehicle that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber light or light.

Starting July 1, the law will now be a Class 1 misdemeanor on your first offense. By not following the law, you face possible jail time and a $2,500 fine.

The law was enacted in Virginia in 2002. Move-Over/Slow Down law, Section § 46.2-921.1 of the Code of Virginia requires drivers to move over one lane, if possible, whenever approaching a stationary vehicle that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber light or lights. And, if traffic is too congested to move over safely, the law requires drivers to simply slow down, below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop.

Please remember to #MoveOverVA!

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Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
06/29/2019

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Are you aware of the new laws that go into effect in Virginia on July 1? The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office wants to ensure that all of our citizens are well informed on some of the more significant changes that may affect their lives. Here are some of the new/updated laws:

1. Virginia Code §18.2-371.2- Age increase for purchasing tobacco: The minimum age required to purchase tobacco in Virginia will be increased from 18 to 21. Active duty military personnel with a valid military Identification card are exempt from this updated law and will continue to be allowed to purchase tobacco at the age of 18.

2. Virginia Code §46.2-921.1- Move Over Law: This law requires drivers to move over one lane, if safe to do so, or reduce ones speed below the posted speed limit when approaching a stationary vehicle that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating red, blue, or amber light. The current law establishes a first offense as punishable as a traffic infraction which carries a maximum fine of $250. Any subsequent violations shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and/or a $2,500 fine. The updated law will make the first offense of this code section punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Any subsequent offenses of this law will also be Class 1 misdemeanors.

3. Virginia Code §46.2-1095-Child Safety Seat: The law governing child safety seats shall be updated to require parents to place their children in rear-facing child safety seats until the age of two or until the child meets the required weight restriction for a front-facing seat. The current law only requires children to remain in rear-facing seats until the age of one. A violation of the new law will carry a $50 fine.

4. Virginia Code §46.2-1078.1- Cell phone use in highway work zones: An update to the current law about cell phone usage while driving shall prohibit all hand-held uses of cell phones while driving in a highway work zone. The current law only prohibits texting/emailing while driving on any roadway in Virginia with additional penalties if done in a work zone. Under the updated law, hand-held phone calls and other hand-held cell phone uses shall be forbidden in highway work zones. A violation of the new law shall be punishable by a mandatory fine of $250.

For a comprehensive list of all the new and changed laws going into effect in Virginia please visit: https://bit.ly/2JacGAR

Congratulations!
06/28/2019

Congratulations!

Becky Jackson, the head custodian at Woodgrove High School, has been named the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Custodian of the Year by the LCPS Department of Support Services.

Jackson shares this year’s award with Marco Mogolbay, the head custodian at Stone Hill Middle School.
Jackson was part of Woodgrove’s inaugural staff and takes exceptional pride in keeping the 9-year-old building looking like new.

Maintaining that look takes an exceptional amount of work.
“Basically, this school doesn’t close; it’s 24 hours. People don’t realize when (students and staff) leave, we’re still here. When they come in, we’re still here. They don’t understand the concept of summer cleaning. What needs to be done, what has to be done in order for them to come back in.”

Jackson and her crew of 12 is now hard at work preparing Woodgrove for the 2019-20 school year. That work began a month before school ended when custodians started cleaning vents and scraping gum off desks, chairs, tables and just about any surface to which it was stuck.

To view full article visit, http://tinyurl.com/yyrhc5rw

New car seat law in Virginia to take effect July 1
06/26/2019
New car seat law in Virginia to take effect July 1

New car seat law in Virginia to take effect July 1

As of July 1, all children two years of age and younger will need to have a rear-facing child safety seat in Virginia. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are less likely to die or have a serious injury if they’re put in a rear-facing seat.

The Jimmy's Old Town Tavern goose is missing and they would like it back. Return it for a free order of wings, no questi...
06/24/2019

The Jimmy's Old Town Tavern goose is missing and they would like it back. Return it for a free order of wings, no questions asked. This has been a public service announcement.

Guess who is now open to the PUBlic in PURCELLVILLE?
06/15/2019

Guess who is now open to the PUBlic in PURCELLVILLE?

Day 1

06/14/2019
Jills House Ride 2019

A successful charity ride that came through Loudoun last week. Great video too Joe Livingood. Ride for Jill's House

This photo was from a dash cam of a Loudoun resident as their right mirror clipped the second vehicle (mostly unseen in ...
06/11/2019

This photo was from a dash cam of a Loudoun resident as their right mirror clipped the second vehicle (mostly unseen in this pic) on Route 7 East in front of One Loudoun.

Va. Code § 46.2-888 explains that you can't stop and block a roadway. These people should have pulled off the road to exchange their information. Further, they are lucky to have their legs and their lives. If this truck would have hit the second truck, the people would have been crushed between the two vehicles.

Please drive carefully.

Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Northern Virginia – Newsroom
06/08/2019
Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Northern Virginia – Newsroom

Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Northern Virginia – Newsroom

Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Northern Virginia June 6, 2019 For More Information Contact Risk Communications Manager Lorrie Andrew-Spear – 703-530-2627   Northern Virginia Health Departments Are Working Together to Identify People Who Are at Risk (Manassas...

Come on Loudoun!!  Someone has seen this dog!!
06/03/2019
Help find Brutus

Come on Loudoun!! Someone has seen this dog!!

PLEASE KEEP LOOKING! We are not giving up!!

06/01/2019
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Help us make #Loudoun County 100% aware of the Move Over, Slow Down law!

Did you know Virginia law requires drivers to #MoveOver or #SlowDown when approaching a stationary vehicle that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber light or lights?

Move-Over/Slow Down law, Section § 46.2-921.1 of the Code of Virginia requires drivers to move over one lane, if possible, whenever approaching a stationary vehicle that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber light or lights. And, if traffic is too congested to move over safely, the law requires drivers to simply slow down, below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop.

Starting July 1, the law will now be a Class 1 misdemeanor on your first offense. By not following the law, you face possible jail time and a $2,500 fine.

06/01/2019
The Official Loudoun County Public Schools

The Official Loudoun County Public Schools

The following message was sent to the Trailside Middle School community by its principal:

This is Bridget Beichler, the principal of Trailside Middle School.

A lawsuit has been filed against a Trailside staff member, which many of you have seen during the past few days.

The alleged events referred to in the lawsuit were investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, the Loudoun County Family Services Department and Loudoun County Public Schools. The Sheriff's Office (LCSO) issued the following statement about this investigation:

The LCSO did conduct an investigation into an employee at Trailside Middle School in coordination with the Department of Family Services. After a complete investigation and after gathering all the facts, evidence and statements, the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office declined charges in the case.

It is important to note that the lawsuit is a civil court case, not a criminal proceeding. After a thorough investigation, the staff member has not been accused of any crime. If you choose to discuss the lawsuit with your student, you may wish to explore the concept of allegations. One legal definition of an allegation is an assertion of fact that one intends to prove at trial. No criminal trial is scheduled in this matter because no criminal charges have been filed.

As shared by the school division earlier this week:

Our top priority is to ensure the safety of all our students and staff. Thus, our expectations and practices are very clear when there is suspicion of misconduct. These practices are governed by federal and state laws and School Board policy.

Employees must report suspected child abuse or neglect to appropriate authorities. Additionally, supervisors who suspect an employee of child abuse or neglect must contact Human Resources so that appropriate personnel action occurs and must contact law enforcement when the violation relates to work or to suspected child abuse or neglect.”

I realize your child may be upset by the allegations against this staff member. Trailside will have extra counselors on hand Monday, and as long as is needed, should your child need to talk about the emotions they are experiencing.

Because this is a legal matter, I cannot discuss details contained in the lawsuit. However, you can always express your concerns at [email protected].

Help our friend find Brutus!
05/31/2019

Help our friend find Brutus!

$5,000 REWARD #HelpFindBrutus

Apparently $1,000 isn’t enough. We want our dog back and SOMEONE HAS HIM! Still no sightings or information.

Please share far and wide anywhere you can! If he is returned to us or information leading to successfully #HelpFindBrutus qualifies for $5,000 cash reward.

Please see link to Go Fund Me page if you’d like to contribute or help out. If money isn’t used it will be refunded. Thanks in advance.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-find-brutus&rcid=r01-155803418191-9882d84118864198&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_m

Last known details:
-Last seen: Thursday evening 5/9 5:30 pm inside my home & office in the Lenah/Aldie, VA area across the street from Liberty Gas Station & Hammerdown BBQ.
-Name: Brutus
-Extremely friendly
-Breed: Pit Boxer Mix
-Age: 10
-Neutered
-microchipped
-Does not like cats if you find him.
-Name, phone & address was on his collar and tags. Collar was brown leather with brass looking name plate and was also wearing a fluorescent yellow e-collar.

Brutus is a 10 yr old Pit/Boxer Mix that was last seen Thursday evening 5/9/2019 at our home on Lenah Farm Lane in Aldie, VA. We believe he snuck out when someone opened the door and we didn’t know until Friday morning. There have been ZERO sightings of him since. We brought in a professional tracker and although he just might be lost we believe he may have been picked up or taken late Thursday in the middle of the night. Brutus is our family and he has been great to us. We owe him nothing short of every ounce of our family’s effort and time.

If found please PM this page, call/text my cell 571-235-3520 or Loudoun County Animal Services at 703-777-0406‬. A report has been filed.

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Thank you Climatic Heating and Cooling, Inc
05/31/2019

Thank you Climatic Heating and Cooling, Inc

Hot out there today! Special thanks for the patience of all of our clients and the hard work of our staff to help them.

Sponsorship opportunities available - Carz Cruizin to Cure Cancer
05/30/2019

Sponsorship opportunities available - Carz Cruizin to Cure Cancer

Congrats Melt!
05/30/2019

Congrats Melt!

Our unscientific poll on National Hamburger Day had MELT winning hands down for the best burger 🍔 in Loudoun County! Congrats. They also do great things for the community as well! Three cheers to our friends at MELT!

Leesburg Walmart Supercenter Opening Delayed
05/22/2019
Leesburg Walmart Supercenter Opening Delayed

Leesburg Walmart Supercenter Opening Delayed

Leesburg shoppers will have to wait a little bit longer for the opening of their new Walmart. A Walmart spokesperson confirmed today that the opening of the new Walmart Supercenter in the Compass Creek development has been pushed back a week. It is now expected to be open Wednesday, May 29. The Edw

Town of Leesburg, Virginia
05/16/2019

Town of Leesburg, Virginia

T-minus one week until the closure of Walmart on Edward's Ferry Road. A new supercenter will re-open one week from today at 19360 Compass Creek Parkway, in Leesburg.

Have your tickets yet?
05/14/2019

Have your tickets yet?

JPK all the way!!!!!!!
Meet XS, star of The Flash & Black Sails!
GOT TIX YET?
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The Official Loudoun County Public Schools
05/10/2019

The Official Loudoun County Public Schools

Governor’s Flag Order for the Commonwealth of Virginia
In accordance with the authority vested in me as Governor, I hereby order that the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia be flown at half-staff on all state and local buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth of Virginia in respect and memory of U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Benjamin S. Hines, of Ashburn, Virginia. I hereby order that the flags shall be lowered at sunrise on Friday, May 10, 2019, and remain at half-staff until sunset.
Ordered on this, the 9th day of May, 2019.

Are you hungry for Fire Works Pizza but you are not near Fire Works Pizza - Leesburg or Fire Works Pizza - Courthouse? Y...
05/07/2019

Are you hungry for Fire Works Pizza but you are not near Fire Works Pizza - Leesburg or Fire Works Pizza - Courthouse? You are in luck! Fire Works Pizza Cascades is now open at Cascades overlook!

21475 Epicerie Plaza, Sterling

05/05/2019
05/04/2019
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

The weekend has arrived and we ask everyone who will be traveling on our roadways in #Loudoun to drive with care. And during #MotorcycleSafetyAwareness Month, the LCSO Motor Squad wants to remind all drivers to look twice for motorcycles- it could save a life! #AlwaysBeSeen

JK Moving Services
05/02/2019

JK Moving Services

JK Moving's own Chuck Kuhn received the 2018 Community Partner Award from the Waterford Foundation Inc. for his work and investment in JK’s Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary.

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