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The truth about the Salahis and Michaele's MS: You decide!

The truth about the Salahis and Michaele's MS:  You decide!

I recently had the opportunity to talk to the Salahis, the couple that most of our country knows as the "White House Crashers.”  During the rare but intimate interview, we siphoned through the rumors surrounding the media frenzy; from being the 3rd most hated housewife to the allegations of fraud and bankruptcy.   Michaele also shared details surrounding her 17+ year battle with the relapsing-remitting form of Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), which about 80% of people suffer from during the initial phase of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

2nd Annual Bio Medical Competition

National Institutes of Health Co-Sponsors
National Library of Medicine, NIH Office of Communications and Public Health
NIH Office of Science Education, and the National Human Genome Research Institute

On February 7th from 5:30pm-9pm, the Patriots Technology Training Center will host its 2nd annual Bio Medical Competition at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, in Bethesda MD  20894.  Their goal is to encourage students to further their interest in various medical fields.  Please visit their website (www.patriots-ttc.org) to view the 2010 Bio-Medical Competition co-sponsored by The Library of Medicine.

Eight high school and one home school team will present a five-page research paper, brochure, slide show, one-page web site, display board, and an oral presentation on one of the medical careers listed below: 

TRANQUILITY DAY SPA RAFFLES $600 VALENTINE SALON PACKAGE to HELP “A LOCAL SWEETHEART”

TRANQUILITY DAY SPA RAFFLES $600 VALENTINE SALON PACKAGE to HELP “A LOCAL SWEETHEART”

Manassas Salon Sells $10 Raffle Tickets to Raise $10,000 for 12-Year Old Cancer Patient

Local Business Makes Local Difference: Cheers Sports & Team Joe Charities Assist Inova Fairfax NICU

Local Business Makes Local Difference: Cheers Sports & Team Joe Charities Assist Inova Fairfax NICU

This week, WUSA 9 recognizes Cheers Sports for its neighborhood contribution through Team Joe Charities.

Thanks to Andrea Alexander (Aesa Consulting) for nominating Cheers Sports as this week's Local Business ... Local Difference.

Helping Haitian Orphans at Salon Daniel

Helping Haitian Orphans at Salon Daniel

Local Salon to Send 270 Holiday Packages to St. Clou Orphanage in Haiti

Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. is seeking donations to send 270 holiday care packages now through Dec. 31 to 270 orphans at the St. Clou Orphanage in Haiti. Each care package is $7. The salon has already raised approximately $1000 and is sending their first shipment of 50 plus care packages. They have a goal of raising more than $1500 to ship all the packages.  For more information about Salon Daniel, call 703.893.5000.

So many Haitian children are going without many basic necessities this year. We wanted to remember them during this holiday season. We appreciate our team and clients helping us achieve our goal, said Daniel Bechara, owner, Salon Daniel, (www.salondaniel.com):

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks.