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The Vienna Police Department is again participating in “Santa’s Ride for Children” to benefit children who are hospitalized or in need during the holidays. The Fairfax County Police Department’s Motor Squad sponsors the ride, which includes participants from the County Sheriff’s Department and the Virginia State Police.

Residents can support this program by delivering new unwrapped toys, games, books and stuffed animals by Dec. 9 to the Vienna Police Department, 215 Center St. S. Cash donations are also welcome.

Santa, escorted by his squad of motorcycle elves, is scheduled to arrive in Vienna Dec. 10. For more, visit

Foundation raises $15K to prevent suicide

The Josh Anderson Foundation, which works to reduce teenage suicide by promoting mental wellness for youth, raised more than $15,000 during its second annual Fall Fundraiser on Nov. 14 at The Tavern at Great Falls. The foundation secured more than $6,000 in sponsorships for the event, plus 25 raffle and door prize items and five auction items, which brought in $5,000.

Local businesses, including Keller Williams McLean and ATG Title, supplied volunteers and guest bartenders for the event. More than 100 people from McLean, Great Falls, Reston, Vienna and Washington, D.C., turned out to support the effort.

The foundation’s agenda is three-fold: to reduce the stigma associated with mental and emotional challenges; to increase dialogue among students, peers and adults; and to let students know about resources available to them. Monies pay for mental wellness programs, including speakers, in local schools. Jordan Burnham, a nationally recognized mental health advocate, spoke at George Mason High School in October and at Annandale High School in November. He will share his story of survival with students and parents at Chantilly and Centreville high schools in early December.

The foundation is named for Josh Anderson, a student at Langley and South Lakes high schools, who ended his life in 2009. For more, visit

Two Scouts earn Eagle honors

Luke McKennedy and Christopher Day Wheeler, 18-year-olds from Centreville and members of Boy Scout Troop 1995, Sully District, have each been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Their accomplishments were celebrated in a Court of Honor on Nov. 9 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Centreville.

Luke began his Scouting career in Troop 321 at Bull Run Elementary. For his Eagle project, he built benches for Ormond Stone Middle School in Centreville. Luke, son of Sarah and Heath McKennedy, holds a brown belt in jujitsu and works at Cox Farms. He plans to study exercise science and psychology in college and join the ROTC.

Chris attained the rank of Brotherhood in Order of the Arrow. For his Eagle project, he constructed picnic tables for Deer Park Elementary School, also in Centreville. Chris, son of Melinda Day, plays clarinet in the Westfield High School Marching Band and will perform in the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day. He hopes to study computer sciences at James Madison University.

Military salutes

• Army Specs. Muhammad Sarwar, Katherine Dixon and Vincent Damico, Army Reserve Pfcs. Tamba Sam-Manimoi and Eric Argueta, Army Pfcs. Ryan Wood and Jesse Earls, Army Pvt. Jacinta Dorsey and Army National Guard Pfc. Jesse Amaya have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

Sarwar, son of Muhammed Sultan and Munazza Faisal, both of Chantilly, is a 2012 graduate of Mountain View High School.

Dixon, daughter of Dionisia and Leonard Dixon of Fayetteville, N.C., is a 2007 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from George Mason University.

Damico, son of Mark and Carol Damico of Vienna, is a 2006 graduate of James Madison High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Virginia Tech.

Sam-Manimoi is the son of Samuel Sam-Manimoi of Alexandria.

Argueta, son of Blinda and Jose Argueta of Alexandria, is a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Wood, son of Todd and Diane Wood of Honolulu, Hawaii, is a 2009 graduate of Oakton High School.

Earls is a 2010 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School.

Dorsey is the niece of Patricia Latimore of Landover, Md. She is a 2007 graduate of South Lakes High School.

Amaya, son of Agustin Amaya of Herndon, is a 2002 graduate of Herndon High School.

• Air Force Airmen 1st Class Andre Morgan, Ashley Reeves and Philip Hays, Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Juliet Pradier, Air Force Reserve Airman Alicia Lane, and Air Force Airmen Wilmer Ponce Garcia, Julia Rogers, Charles Adams, John Dargle, Alexander Marris and Joseph McKenna graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Airmen who complete the eight-week program earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Morgan, son of Amy Calderon of Centreville, earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is a 2012 graduate of Westfield High School.

Reeves, daughter of Anthony Reeves of Fort Belvoir and Valerie Reeves of Baltimore, Md., is a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Hays, son of Ann and James Hays of Alexandria, is a 2007 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from George Mason University.

Pradier, daughter of Jewell Pradier of Fredericksburg and Frank Pradier III of Leesburg, earned distinction as an honor graduate. She is a 2003 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2007 from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Lane, daughter of Carmen Senior of Centreville, is a 2001 graduate of Centreville High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Kaplan University in Chicago.

Ponce Garcia, son of Ena Garcia of Centreville, is a 2010 graduate of Centreville High School.

Rogers, daughter of Suzann and Robert Rodewald of Annandale, is a 2011 graduate of Altus High School in Altus, Okla.

Adams, son of Lisa Steffensen of Springfield and Brooks Adams of Flint, Texas, is a 2012 graduate of West Springfield High School.

Dargle, son of Maureen Dargle of Chantilly, is a 2012 graduate of Chantilly High School.

Marris, son of Randy Marris of Fairfax, earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is a 2010 graduate of James W. Robinson High School.

McKenna, son of Ho Sun Um of Centreville, is a 2012 graduate of Centreville High School.

Magazine puts its money on Navy Federal

Navy Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Vienna, was named “Best Financial Institution for the Military” in MONEY magazine’s “Best Banks 2013” annual list. MONEY highlighted the credit union’s free checking and savings accounts for active duty personnel and its free checking for small business members.

“Our military members serve and protect our country across the world and around-the-clock,” said Cutler Dawson, president and CEO at Navy Federal. “We’re happy to be a part of their lives wherever they are, providing 24/7 worldwide service that meets their unique financial needs.”

MONEY noted the following three Navy Federal accounts as standouts for military members and their families: NFCU Flagship Checking; Money Market Savings; and Business Checking with three different accounts, Business, Business Plus and Premium Business.

Help with VA claims

Veterans needing assistance with a Veterans Administration claim may contact Phil Dunn, service officer at American Legion Post 180 in Vienna. All armed forces veterans are welcome. Call Dunn at 703-938-9535 or email