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South Lakes Homecoming Parade This Weekend

The following was sent to us by Michael Astudillo of South Lakes High School:

Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

Reston Halloween House & Trick or Treat Trail

The following was sent to us by The Reston Association:

Looking for a Halloween event that’s exciting, fun for the whole family, festive and (sh-h-) a bit educational?  The make your plans now for Reston’s Halloween House and Trick or Treat Trail.  You’ll be treated, really, to friendly characters along the trail who will give out treats. You are likely to meet a live owl and the animals who live inside Nature House – the year-round environmental educational facility at Walker Nature Education Center. “This is a creative Halloween event,” said Katie Shaw, manager of Walker Nature Education Center. “We have an emphasis on the environment here, so you will meet the animals and characters that share the woods with us.”

There will also be booths set up for fun activities and you can purchase snacks onsite.  Wear your fun, friendly costume.

A Forest of Color

The following was sent to us by the Reston Association:

The forest is splashed with shades of gold, fiery orange and brilliant reds. Bring the whole family and  explore why and how trees change color by doing a simple science experiment, then go on a fall foliage walk to make your own collection of colorful autumn leaves.  Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston.  You must register by Oct. 20, 2010 and the cost is $4 a person for Reston Association members and $6 for non-members. For reservations, please call 703- 476-9689 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org.

The Halt to Foreclosures will have an impact to DC area homeowners

Recently, there has been a halt to foreclosures on homes where the mortgages have fallen into default. The onus has been put on the lenders to prove that they have the right to foreclose. Judges have started dismissing foreclosure actions against homeowners as it has become clear that the banks do not have clear title or standing to foreclose.

What this means to struggling homeowners is that they now have an opportunity to challenge banks that may not have been helpful in the loan modification process. Very few homes have been successfully modified under the HAMP program and the blame for this is being laid right at the banks front door. From the entire modification process being characterized as unhelpful to downright deceptive, this moratorium on foreclosing will give homeowners a chance to negotiate favorable terms with their lenders.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Scheduled For Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

Buffalo Wings & Beer Opens New Restaurant in Leesburg Square Shopping Center

Securing Your Home

GREAT FALLS, Va. (WUSA) - "We need to get in habit of doing these things," said Master Police Officer Patrick Lucas who is a crime prevention specialist.   He says people need to remember to make sure their doors are locked and their garage doors are closed before leaving home or going to sleep.

The serial burglar, who may responsible for as many as 100 break-ins or attempted break-in through Northern Virginia, uses the path of least resistance.  He's entered most homes through unlocked doors.

"He seems to be very cash-driven oriented only," said Officer Lucas.  It may be more than one thief or  copy cat thieves.  The thief is using gloves, leaving behind little forensic evidence.  He is generally not stealing property  or credit cards, both of which could be traced back to the owner.