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MANASSAS UTILITIES NOW OFFERS E-BILLING TO ITS CUSTOMERS

MANASSAS UTILITIES NOW OFFERS E-BILLING TO ITS CUSTOMERS

City of Manassas residents can now use a more convenient way of receiving and paying their utility bill online. They have the option to pay by electronic check for free or pay a nominal fee to use their credit card. As of Sept. 1, the City of Manassas had more than 800 customers that have paid bills online, and almost 500 are using e-billing, enabling electronic notifications of due dates. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

Customers choosing to pay their bills by mail or in-person, can continue to do so.

For those customers who register for e-billing now through Nov. 30, they will be automatically entered for a raffle to win an Ipod Nano.

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NYC’s BROADWAY DANCER CENTER’s ELITE COMES TO METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS

NYC’s BROADWAY DANCER CENTER’s ELITE COMES TO METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS

Broadway Dance Center of New York City is the epicenter of elite dance training; some of their veteran dance staff are visiting Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) along with international dance teachers from New Zealand, Japan and Brazil. Classes are taught at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive, and include master dance classes in street jazz, Broadway jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, rhythm tap, ballet, and Broadway tap on Sat., Sept. 20, from 3:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 21 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For registration and class fees, go to www.metrpolitanarts.org.

“We’re honored to have such well-trained instructors from all over the world visit our studio, each with their own dance expertise, they share their skill and experience with our students from a real-world perspective,” said Melissa Dobbs, president of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Lorton and Alexandria, Va.

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.

Residents escape townhouse fire in Reston


RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Five people are without homes after a townhouse fire spread to an adjacent home in Reston on Monday.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department officials say at approximately 4:15 p.m. firefighters arrived at a townhouse in the 2000 block of Golf Course Drive to see heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the home. The residents had already escaped unharmed, say officials.

The firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes, according to fire officials. Some of the fire extended into the townhouse next door.

Five people from both townhouses have been displaced, say officials. Red Cross support was offered but declined.

The damage is estimated at $180,000, say officials.

The fire started on the exterior rear deck, according to officials, and is under investigation.

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BOOK a BACK-to-SCHOOL MANICURE/PEDICURE PARTY at BELLEZZA SPA; and HELP No.Va. FAMILY SERVICES

BOOK a BACK-to-SCHOOL MANICURE/PEDICURE PARTY at BELLEZZA SPA;  and HELP No.Va. FAMILY SERVICES

For those moms and daughters looking to enjoy one last summer pedicure or manicure, Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. is now offering a special Back-to-School Manicure/Pedicure package, available to a party of five for $250, available now through Sept. 7, 2014. Each member of the party will receive a free nail polish of their choice, and for each party of five booked, Bellezza Spa will donate a $50 gift card to the Northern Virginia Family Service’s (NVFS) homeless shelter of Oakton, Va. and will be collecting book bags and school supplies for NVFS now through Sept. 7. For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

Smaller groups of two to four clients, will be charged $50 per person. Gift card donations are valid with parties booked with five or more participants.

25 years ago, a different Ebola outbreak in Va.


RESTON, Va. (AP) - The return of two Americans infected with Ebola is reminding residents of a northern Virginia community about a scare 25 years ago that permanently linked their town's name to the virus.

In 1989, a monkey house in the town of Reston was the site of an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Dozens of monkeys died, and several workers at the facility were infected with the virus.

The outbreak prompted a full-tilt response from Army scientists at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and the Centers for Disease Control to contain the outbreak. As it turned out, the strain of Ebola that broke out in Reston did not make humans sick. The strain is now known as Ebola-Reston.

The site of the old monkey house, near the new Reston Metro subway station, is now home to a daycare center.


FLYING DOG BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Th., Aug. 14

FLYING DOG BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Th., Aug. 14

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting a four-course Flying Dog Brewery beer dinner, featuring beers like Bloodline IPA, Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, Hefeweizen and Easy IPA on Thurs., Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.eatmonza.com.

Monza’s four-course beer dinner includes: Greeter Beer Bloodline IPA with meat and cheese platter;  Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale with Old Bay Crab Cakes, pan-seared crab cake, with roasted red pepper coulis, frisee, lemon olive oil and sriracha aioli; Hefeweizen with  Strawberry Mache Salad with radicchio, hydro-bibb lettuce, toasted hazelnuts, vanilla-bean vinaigrette; Easy IPA paired with Penne Roasted Tomato Sausage Ragu, includes roasted red peppers, leeks, oregano, basil and parmesan; and for dessert a Gonzo Porter Beer Float, includes Gonzo porter, vanilla ice cream, caramel and a homemade chocolate chip cookie.