Halloween, It’s More than just Candy and Costumes

Halloween began as “Samhain” a festival celebrating the end of the Celtic calendar year on October 31st throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. All Hallow's Eve emerged from Hallowmas, a three day Catholic holiday honoring the saints that began on October 31st. Many believe that when it was created in the 11th century... Continue Reading →

According to Wikipedia, "Diestrammena is a cricket genus in the family Rhaphidophoridae. It is native to Asia, including Japan. The United States is currently undergoing a camel cricket census conducted by researchers and citizen scientists at North Carolina State University. Citizen scientists were asked to survey their homes for presence or absence of camel crickets... Continue Reading →

FICO 9 Model Could Expand Home Ownership

The recent announcement from Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), on August 7, 2014, is drawing lots of attention from both home-buyers and Realtors. If the deal struck between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Fair Isaac (the company that generates FICO numbers used by mortgage companies to determine an applicant’s credit worthiness) goes forward as planned... Continue Reading →

Support Our Troops with Confidence

I was speaking with my father during his visit this past fall and mentioned that I was considering donating my horse to the PATH Intl. Horses for Heroes Therapeutic Riding Program which prompted a discussion about how much of the donated proceeds raised by the several Wounded Warrior type organizations actually go towards helping veterans and their... Continue Reading →

30 Things Every Homeowner Should Know     I don't know about you but I grew up watching Bob Vila on "This Old House". Bob has put together a really good list of helpful tips for homeowners, some more than others. I recommend you take a few minutes to read his suggestions, numbers 12 and... Continue Reading →

What will become of Margaret’s Garden?

  A Vienna based developer, Sekas Homes, has purchased The Iris Lady’s 5.26 acre property for $2,375,000 in the name of Iris Hills LC. The property was sold by the estate of Margaret Thomas, known to many in our community as The Iris Lady for her remarkable garden. Margaret lived to be 89 and died... Continue Reading →

TJ Earns High Marks

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology came in fourth in the Nation in a comparison done by US News involving 19,400 public schools garnering it a Gold Medal. Fairfax County Public Schools’ ultimate magnet school uses a STEM-focused curriculum that starts with the Integrated Biology, English and Technology program and culminates with a... Continue Reading →

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