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The number 12 is significant in both the sacred and the secular: 12 gods living on Mount Olympus, 12 zodiac signs, Jesus’ 12 disciples, the 12 days of Christmas, 12 months of the year. The number also has special meaning for certain cultures.

But for Wil Hiday, a student at Louise Archer Elementary School, it means only one thing: 12/12 is his birthday. And next week is his once-in-a-lifetime “golden birthday”: He will be 12 years old on Dec. 12, 2012.

“It’s a big day for him,” said his mother, Kim Hiday of Vienna, adding that the whole family “is really excited.”

Almost as excited as Wil is his grandmother, who is Japanese. In the Asian culture, Kim said, not only is it very good luck when all the numbers align, but it’s especially so for a boy born in the Year of the Dragon, as Wil was.

“It’s very auspicious,” she said.

Wil was born the day before his due date in 2000 in London, where his father, Jeffrey Hiday, was working as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

The family is planning a big celebration at IHOP at the stroke of midnight — 12 a.m. on 12/12/12.

Pro Bono of the Year goes to Fairfax firm

Cole Miller PLLC, a family law firm in Fairfax County, received the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award on Nov. 28 at the annual “State of the Judiciary” luncheon sponsored by the Fairfax Bar Association.

The Fairfax Bar’s award-winning Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center gave the award to Cole Miller to recognize its contributions in handling pro bono cases for the center throughout 2012.

Several Cole Miller attorneys, including Michael Miller, Teresa Cole and Virginia Haizlip, represented clients who were matched with their Vienna firm through the center’s Family Legal Assistance Project.

FLAP accepts low-income clients without resources, who have a compelling need for full representation in a family law matter. Often they need to secure support or access to family resources in situations of abandonment, where the other spouse has control of the family’s resources.

Partner Teresa Cole is a native of Alexandria, having graduated from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and the University of Virginia.

Vienna hires first IT director

Vienna Town Manager Mercury Payton has announced the appointment of Antoine “Tony” Mull as Vienna’s first information technology director.

Information Technology Administrator Craig Griffin, who retires this month after 28 years with the town, has been leading the Information Technology division.

Mull was selected from 124 applicants for the position. He has a masters in public administration from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in information technology and project management from Capella University.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Mull served as telecommunications manager for the city of Fairfax and most recently worked as a network engineer with REI Systems in Sterling.

He assumed his duties Dec. 3, responsibilities that include maintenance and support of the town’s information technology infrastructure and leading town-wide technology initiatives.

New retailers open their doors

Big Lots opened a new store Nov. 16 at 11181 Lee Highway in Fairfax. During the grand opening celebration, Big Lots district manager Fred Galzerano presented a $2,500 check to Scott Poole, principal of Lanier Middle School.

Unleashed by Petco opened a new store Nov. 30 at 2304 Hunters Woods Plaza in Reston. The store will run community gatherings throughout the year, including adoption events and activities like Pug-a-Palooza, local dog meet-ups, and contests and social gatherings.

The Washington Redskins opened their newest Redskins Team Store on Dec. 1 at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, on the lower level between Lord & Taylor and Sears. The new super store offers the largest variety of Redskins jerseys, hats, T-shirts and apparel in the region and serves as the official merchandise headquarters for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Reston bank fastest growing in state

BestCashCow, an online resource for bank rate information, announced that Reston-based John Marshall Bank tops the list of fastest-growing banks in Virginia for the five-year period ending June 30, 2012.

“Our success and continued growth is attributable to the experience and market knowledge of our bankers,” said bank President Bill Ridenour.

John Marshall Bank has full-service branches in Falls Church, Leesburg, Arlington and Rockville, Md., and at 1943 Isaac Newton Square E., Reston.

Real estate office opens in Centreville

A new Re/Max Elegance office recently opened at 14701 Lee Highway, Suite A207, Centreville. The new office provides a wide range of real estate services and utilizes the most current technology, processes and systems to assist buyers with all their home buying and home selling needs.

Samer Makhlouf is the principal broker/owner.

Calling all artists

The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore invites Northern Virginia artists to submit works for its “Art of Caring,” an art acquisition event and silent auction to benefit children affected by illness or injury.

The fundraiser, scheduled for April 13, will showcase a variety of art forms, including sculptures, two-dimensional works, jewelry and photographs. Works of art will be chosen by guests through a random lottery or won through a silent auction. All donations will be sold at minimum for the price of a ticket.

Donated art will be featured on the Hopkins Children’s website alongside an artist bio and link, and will be displayed throughout the event and in the program booklet.

Deadline for art submissions is Jan. 25. Keep in mind that all art must be original, royalty-free 2-D and 3-D works by artists who have previously shown in a professional gallery; valued at a minimum of $250; and ready to display.

For details, visit