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RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Tech tycoon Don Pyle make his fortune in IT software companies. There are a couple in Northern Virginia. Along the way he made many lifelong friends around the world.

Flowers and notes of condolences are being sent to ScienceLogic in Reston where Don Pyle was the Chief Operating Office.

"Every business in which he invested his time and energy was hugely successful," said CEO David Link.

Before ScienceLogic, Pyle hired Mary Burger in 2000 to be the senior administrator of Juniper Networks in Herndon where he was the VP of Sales. She and Pyle were often the last to leave the office.

"He waited for the traffic to go down before he headed to Annapolis. It would be 7 or 7:30. I couldn't ask for a better boss. Don touched the lives of so many people because once you were Don's friend, you were always Don's friend."

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BELLEZZA SPA DONATES CANNED GOODS to NO. VA. FAMILY SERVICES

BELLEZZA SPA DONATES CANNED GOODS to  NO. VA. FAMILY SERVICES

Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. has collected more than 75 non-perishable food items for Northern Virginia Family Services, while offering a 10 percent discount for any customer who donated five or more canned goods. For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

“We appreciate the support from our customers who helped us contribute to Northern Virginia Family Services food pantry,” said Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va.

LEARNINGRx of VIENNA/RESTON, VA. LEADS AWARD-WINNING JOB SHADOW PROGRAM

LEARNINGRx of VIENNA/RESTON, VA. LEADS AWARD-WINNING JOB SHADOW PROGRAM

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna, Va., and Reston, Va. is leading the kick-off of the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (TRCC) job shadow program for 11th and 12th grade students of Oakton, Madison and Marshall high schools in Fairfax County, Va., where students will shadow professionals in various industries in January and February. The program received a Blue Ribbon Award from Fairfax County Schools in 2014. Loftus is heading up the program as she is the chair of the TRCC’s Youth and Education Committee. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

MONZA to DONATE 10 PERCENT of PIZZA and HOUSE WINE SALES; SUPPORTS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, Jan. 27

MONZA to DONATE 10 PERCENT of PIZZA and HOUSE WINE SALES;  SUPPORTS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, Jan. 27

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting an American Cancer Society fundraiser on Tues., Jan. 27 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monza will donate 10 percent of all pizza and house wines sales from that night to the American Cancer Society. For information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“We invite everyone to come out and help support the American Cancer Society, enjoy some brick-oven pizza and make a difference,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va.

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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS in “THE LAST FIVE YEARS” in DC; STUDENTS MAKE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS in “THE LAST FIVE YEARS” in DC; STUDENTS MAKE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

Students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will debut their first, student-directed, produced performance on Fri., Jan., 16 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Atlas Performing Arts Theatre at 1333 H Street., NE, in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

The Last Five Years is a live production of Jason Robert Brown's masterpiece, which was recently rated one of the top five musicals of this decade. It premiered at Chicago's Northlight Theatre in 2001 and was then produced Off-Broadway in March 2002. The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress.

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

CITY of MANASSAS UTILITIES READY WITH SALT TRUCKS

CITY of MANASSAS UTILITIES READY WITH SALT TRUCKS

Winter weather is here for the Manassas, Va. area and the City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works Department is well armed with salt, sand and trucks. The City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works Department annually budgets approximately $225,000 for snow treatment and removal, and is prepared with 21 snow-removal trucks, 20 contract equipment, 1500 tons of road salt and 500 tons of sand. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

“We all remember the long winter last year, so we’ve prepared to clear and pre-treat our roads to allow for safer and easier access to roads,” said Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas.