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BASIS Independent Mclean Led By Head of School, Sean Aiken

BASIS Independent Mclean Led By Head of School, Sean Aiken

Sean Aiken, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean, Va. is blazing the trail for Tysons Corner’s first preK to 12th school. Raised by educators, Aiken’s passion for teaching and education came easily.  Most recently, he headed up two nationally ranked schools.  For more information, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

A native of Arizona, Aiken excelled in his science/math magnet program, ranked at the top in the state in academic competitions, was an avid athlete, an accomplished musician, and one of 20 Arizona students hand-picked and awarded a full merit scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and minor in English from the University of Arizona and earned a masters of education in teaching and teacher education from there as well.

VIRGINIA LIVING MAGAZINE NAMES CARMELLO’s BEST of VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA LIVING MAGAZINE NAMES CARMELLO’s BEST of VIRGINIA

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. was just named Best of Virginia for Italian cuisine in the recent issue of Virginia Living Magazine. Carmello’s is owned by long-time Historic Manassas resident, Alice Pires. Go to www.carmellos.com.

Their seasonal menus serve a wide variety of American cuisine with Portuguese and Mediterranean influence. Carmello’s sources local ingredients, and uses fresh herbs from their backyard garden.

“We’re passionate about our customers and our food, and we’re honored to be a part of the Best of Virginia,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va.

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New, Local Teachers; Renowned Fairfax Co. Math Instructor, Vern W

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New, Local Teachers;  Renowned Fairfax Co. Math Instructor, Vern W

BASIS Independent McLean is grateful for all its new teachers this Teacher Appreciation Month. Veteran Fairfax County math teacher of 40 years, Vern S. Williams, is joining BASIS Independent McLean faculty in Aug. 2016, teaching middle school students. Renowned by parents, students and colleagues for his mastery as a math teacher, most recently at H.W. Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Va.; Williams passion and dedication to engage, teach and challenge students in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving has earned him nationwide recognition in his field. Williams is just one of many exceptional teachers joining BASIS Independent McLean, including Lisa Bliss of McLean, Va.

USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

USA Today Names Haymarket, VA's 'Cook in Tuscany' Top Foodie Destination

Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, was recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today. Haymarket, Va.-based owners, George and Linda Meyers spend six months of the year in Tuscany, where they host their worldwide guests on cooking tours in authentic Tuscan kitchens, and guide guests on personalized Tuscan historic tours and truffle hunts. For more information, go to www.cookintuscany.com.

LEARNINGRX OF NO. VA. DONATES 20,000 LEGOS TO AUTISM SOCIETY OF NO. VA.

LEARNINGRX OF NO. VA. DONATES 20,000 LEGOS TO AUTISM SOCIETY OF NO. VA.

More than 20,000 Legos were donated to the Autism Society of Northern Virginia by local LearningRx brain training centers in Leesburg, Fairfax, Reston and Vienna, Va., and LearningRx directors committed to trekking a 10-foot “LEGO® Walk of Fire” in bare feet upon meeting their 20K Lego goal. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

“We’re grateful to the community to help us support autism awareness and surpassed our Lego goal,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston and Vienna, Va. “Our Lego Walk of Fire was everything you’d expect…it was painful, but fun…the key is to walk quickly,” said Loftus.

ASNV provides LEGO®- based activities at various campaigns, but currently have to rent LEGO®s for these events. With enough LEGO®s, ASNV could have their own set of LEGO®s to be used for all of their autism outreach programs.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION at NOVA

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION at NOVA

Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va. recently performed for the Black History Month Celebration by Music at NOVA at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.  Other entertainment included:  poetry, Martin Luther King, Jr. excerpts, NOVA Jazz Ensemble, NOVA Community Chorus and more. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.   

“We were honored and thrilled to be part of NOVA’s Black History Month celebration – tap has rich roots in black history, and some of our greatest tap legends were African-American,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts Alexandria and Lorton, Va.

CARMELLO’S WARMS the HEART with VALENTINE’s WEEKEND DINNER and ROSES and CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER

CARMELLO’S WARMS the HEART with  VALENTINE’s WEEKEND DINNER and ROSES  and CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER

Carmello’s is hosting a Cakebread Cellar Wine Dinner, Thurs., Feb. 11. at 7 p.m. for $110 inclusive, per person at Carmello’s on Center Street in Manassas, Va. The four-course dinner will feature Cakebread Cellar wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new winter menu.  A special Valentine’s Day dinner is also being served from Fri., Feb. 12 through Sun., Feb. 14 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., to include a rose. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

The Cakebread Cellar wine dinner menu includes:  1st Course Sauvignon Blanc 2014