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Fairfax credit union board member retires after 34 years

Lila Carnevale, vice chair of the Fairfax County Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, is retiring after 34 years on the board and 46 years as a volunteer.

“Lila has played a key role in the credit union’s success,” said Joe Thomas, president and CEO. “She has been instrumental in the growth of Fairfax County Federal Credit Union from $407,000 in assets in 1966 to over $280 million today.”

Her term officially ended at the credit union’s April 23 annual meeting, when she was named the first emeritus board member.

Carnevale served on the credit union’s Supervisory Committee from 1966 to 1974 and 1978 to 1979 and was chair for seven of those years. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 1979 and has been a director since then, including 26 years as vice chair.

Brian Waymire, a member of the Supervisory Committee for the past nine years and an associate board member for the last five, was elected to fill Carnevale’s seat. Board member Roberta “Bobbie” Deegan was re-elected at the meeting.

A board resolution expressing gratitude for Carnevale’s service cites the hundreds of hours she devoted to board business and countless hours more in educating herself on financial matters, credit union operations and best practices of volunteer governance.

Fairfax County Federal Credit Union serves about 15,000 members and has more than $280 million in assets. Anyone who lives, works, worships or regularly does business in the county may join the credit union.

Three to model in regional fashion show

More than two dozen models with Down syndrome will take part in the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s “Be Beautiful Be Yourself” Gala, a fashion show and fundraiser May 8 at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C.

Three models are residents of Fairfax County: Canela Bahamonde of Centreville, Melissa Castellanos of Fairfax and Julia Greene of Alexandria.

The event features a performance by nine-time Grammy-winner Sheryl Crow and welcomes CNN’s Kyra Phillips, Fox News’ John Roberts and members of Congress. The gala is designed to raise awareness about the chromosomal disorder affecting one in 691 babies.

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Herndon celebrates its volunteers

The Town of Herndon honored 447 volunteers from 38 service organizations and groups at the 29th annual Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night at the Herndon Community Center April 21.

Each honoree contributed 100 hours or more of volunteer service to the community this past year.

The Distinguished Corporate Service Award was presented to Griffin-Owens Insurance, nominated by Herndon-Reston FISH. Don Owens leads monthly financial workshops and emcees the FISH Fling. Chris Griffin works with FISH clients in crisis, serves on the board of directors and worked the FISH Fling. Together, Griffin-Owens played host to receptions and donated meeting space, prizes and consultation services.

Three residents were honored as Distinguished Volunteers, the highest level of recognition awarded in the town: Ivan Young, Rudy Tassara and Robin Carroll.

Young has served Herndon’s youth for more than 10 years through the Herndon Enrichment Program and assisted the Reston Interfaith food pantry staff with its Thanksgiving food drive.

Tassara, an Argentine native nominated by the Herndon Rotary Club, grew up loving the tango. He created an event focused around the tango, which drew more than 350 attendees and raised almost $10,000 for the club’s youth scholarship funds.

Carroll’s work as president and executive director of the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts led to development of a public art gallery in Herndon. ArtSpace Herndon features monthly exhibits, offers hundreds of classes and has acquired more than $200,000 in grants and sponsorships.

Kyle Alger received the Teen Distinguished Volunteer Award. He carried out NatureQuest at Runnymede Park, when the Friends of the Park could not continue it themselves. He worked with town staff, recruited volunteers, arranged for exhibitors and raised money to fund the event.

The Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night takes place annually in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, sponsored nationwide by the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. On hand for this year’s event were Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel, Town Council members and Del. Tom Rust. Julie Carey, Northern Virginia Bureau Chief for News4, was the keynote speaker.

Award recipients were chosen by Penny Halpern and Barbara Glakas, previous Distinguished Service Award winners, and Jennifer van der Kleut of the Herndon Patch.

Rotary Club recognizes Vienna employees, volunteer

The Rotary Club of Vienna presented its 2013 Service Above Self awards to three Town of Vienna employees and one volunteer April 24.

Operations Superintendent Mark Sherwood and Sanitation Supervisor Jonathan Wooden received awards for revamping the town’s refuse collection program and streamlining trash, recycling, bulk and brush pickup. The Department of Public Works employees spent numerous hours working with the Town Council, staff and citizens to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce costs and increase quality of service to residents.

Tammy Barker, a dispatcher with the Vienna Police Department, was honored for going above and beyond her duties by assisting the records section with data entry. Also, she and her sister crocheted more than 100 hats and scarves for needy children in the community, and donated more than 100 chemo caps to children undergoing chemotherapy.

Judi Medwedeff, a volunteer who joined the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department in 2011, has contributed more than 700 hours by taking on several major projects, including the annual fund drive and the community outreach committee.

Caffe Amouri in the spotlight for good works

The Vienna Town/Business Liaison Committee recognized Caffe Amouri and its owner, Michael Amouri, with the 2013 Carole Wolfand Business Community Service Award, open to any business within town limits that contributes to community life and the spirit of Vienna.

In business since 2010, Amouri most notably launched “Vienna Idol,” which spotlights local talent while raising money to support scholarships for Vienna’s youth. He also presents free educational events and showcases local talent in the café.

The committee also recognized two nominees for this year’s award. Tim Fricker with Bikes@Vienna was recognized for collecting, repairing and distributing donated bikes at no charge for the Committee For Helping Others’ Christmas program. Cameron Medwedeff of Michael’s Lawn Service was recognized for his quality business practices.

Business briefs

• Family-owned Tailored Living, featuring PremierGarage — a closet, garage and organization system design and installation company — welcomed local officials to a ribbon-cutting April 17 for the opening of its showroom in Herndon. The new showroom allows customers to see and sample Tailored Living’s organizational spaces as well as its accessories and lighting features.

Owners Juliana and Todd Carter invite the public to an open house May 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. For more, visit or

• Four retailers — The Art of Shaving, Clarks, Sports Zone Elite and Zumiez — recently opened their doors at Fair Oaks Mall.

Created in 1996, The Art of Shaving shops are operated by shaving specialists and trained master barbers and offer a full range of natural shaving products. The Barber Spa offers traditional barber services along with advice on proper grooming techniques.

Sports Zone Elite, which opened its first Sports Zone in northern Virginia in 1985, specializes in fashionable apparel and performance footwear.

Family-owned Clarks offers shoes, handbags, belts and shoe care products from Clarks, Bostonian, Privo, Indigo, Clarks Originals and more.

Seattle-based Zumiez, pronounced “Zoomies,” is a lifestyle brand for young men and women involved in skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, BMX and motocross. The store specializes in action sports apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories.

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• Studio BE Pilates has moved to a new location in Fairfax Corner, which marks the expansion of the studio’s offerings of private and group Pilates instruction and Booty Barre classes. The new studio is 11881 Grand Commons Ave. Visit

• A New Balance Store opening in the Mosaic District in Fairfax will celebrate with a Grand Opening May 18 and 19. New Balance offers high-tech running shoes, casual shoe styles in its Aravon and Cobb Hill line for women and Dunham line for men and shoes designed specifically for tennis, basketball and walking. Call 703-392-3411.