Luck may have run out for our local National Football League team this season, but Elsa Melchor of Chantilly isn’t complaining after the Redskins 2013 Live It ticket she bought Dec. 24 from the Virginia Lottery won her $100,000.
Melchor, a jewelry store manager, stopped by Prime Mart in the Chantilly Shopping Center on Christmas Eve, where she spotted some Redskins 2013 Live It tickets for sale.
“I thought I would just buy one for the heck of it,” she said.
When she scratched the ticket and saw it was a big winner, she didn’t believe it, she said. It wasn’t until she went to the lottery’s customer service center in Woodbridge and redeemed the ticket that she accepted her stroke of luck.
“It hasn’t really hit me,” she said.
Redskins 2013 Live, one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery, offers prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. Melchor is the second player to claim the $100,000 prize, which means one top-prize ticket remains unclaimed.
Falls Church Housing Corp. has named Jaymar Joseph executive director of the 30-year-old nonprofit Community Development Corp. FCHC seeks to expand its mission of preserving affordable housing by moving into communities beyond Falls Church and has tapped Joseph’s talents and expertise to lead the organization through this next phase.
Joseph has more than 15 years of experience in the creation of affordable housing through community development projects for local governments, nonprofits and faith-based organizations in underserved urban communities.
He previously served as principal of the Consortium Development Group, following his tenure as senior development manager for the National Foundation for Affordable Housing Solutions. He also served as a development finance officer with the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency and as a developer with Urban Atlantic.
Joseph graduated from the University of Michigan and earned a master’s degree in city planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Northern Virginia Association of Realtors celebrated its success with an appreciation and installation ceremony last month at its Fairfax headquarters.
Jon Wolford, 2013 Chairman of the NVAR Board, led the ceremony as the association feted its outgoing 2013 leadership and welcomed in the new. Tom Stevens, 2006 president of the National Association of Realtors and the 1985 NVAR chairman, conducted the installation.
Mario Rubio, owner of Rubio Real Estate in Annandale, was installed as the new chairman of the board. Rubio also has been appointed the 2014 NAR President’s Liaison to Peru, an honor granted to one member each year. He was born in Peru, arriving in Northern Virginia when he was 16 years old. He begins his tenure Jan. 1.
In addition to Wolford of McEnearey & Associates in McLean, the 2014 NVAR Board of Directors includes chairwoman-elect Mary Bayat of Bayat Realty in Alexandria, and secretary/treasurer Virgil Frizzell of Long & Foster in Reston. Fairfax County residents serving as directors-at-large include:
• Lorraine Arora, Long and Foster, Springfield;
• Brian Block, RE/MAX Allegiance, McLean;
• Mark Bird, Bird & Associates, Oak Hill;
• Moon Choi, RE/MAX Presidential, Fairfax;
• Tracy Comstock, Comstock Realty, Vienna;
• Frank Dillow, Long and Foster Real Estate Commercial, Vienna;
• Suzanne Granoski, @Home Realty, Alexandria;
• Gary Lange, Coldwell Banker Residential, Fairfax;
• and Christine Richardson, Weichert Realtors, Great Falls.
Marcus Simon of Ekko Title in McLean was named 2013 Affiliate of the Year.
During the first two weeks of December, residents at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield coordinated a drive to collect donations for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
“Campus animal lovers donated over $500 and four grocery carts full of goods including blankets, towels, cat and dog food, and grooming supplies, among other items,” said Jan Madden, Greenspring’s resident D.O.G. club president. “All donations will go directly to the support of the animals being cared for at the shelter.”
“The Fairfax County Animal Shelter staff and volunteers appreciate all that the Greenspring residents have done for our animals and continue to do,” said Cindy Sbrocco, volunteer coordinator with the shelter. “We could not function without the support of the community and are thrilled that Greenspring residents have been so very generous to the animals here at the shelter.”
Greenspring is a pet-friendly community that is home to many dogs, cats and birds. There is a “bark park” on campus where dogs and dog owners regularly interact, as well as opportunities for dog training, pet therapy and enrichment programs.
Situated on a 108-acre campus in Springfield, Greenspring is home to nearly 2,000 residents.
• Nattachat Srikongyos has received an Army ROTC scholarship to Virginia Military Institute. Scholarships are awarded on a merit system, and recipients are enrolled as members of the ROTC Corps of Cadets. Upon graduation from college and completion of the ROTC program, the student cadet receives a bachelor’s degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the Army, and incurs a military service obligation of eight years.
Srikongyos, daughter of Waraphan and Achara Srikongyos of Springfield, graduated in 2011 from Robert E. Lee High School.
• Army Cadet Matthew Rambin has enrolled in the Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program, a two-year accelerated program for those students that meet the criteria to receive associate degrees and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard. They then must attend and complete their bachelor’s degrees at a four-year college.
Rambin, son of Mitchell and Patricia Rambin of Fairfax, graduated in 2013 from Chantilly High School. He is a student at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala.
• Army Pfc. Gabriel Ferrufino and Army National Guard Pvt. Arash Mazloum have graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.
Ferrufino, son of Marina and Edilberto Ferrufino of Falls Church, is a 2007 graduate of Jeb Stuart High School. He earned an associate degree in 2011 from Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale.
Mazloum, son of Akram Heydari and Moses Mazloom of Chantilly, is a 2012 graduate of Chantilly High School.
The Shepherd’s Center of McLean, Arlington and Falls Church needs more drivers for the growing numbers of seniors needing to get to and from medical and therapy appointments. On Dec. 31, the organization SHARE ended its transportation program, and the Shepherd’s Center will absorb the 45 seniors who have been receiving rides from SHARE.
The center grew rapidly during 2013, and volunteers are needed to help with transportation, event organization and program organization. Volunteers also serve as handy helpers and friendly callers to shut-ins. Individuals with experience in fundraising are also needed. For more, call 703-506-2199.