Alexandria Police K9 Stryker and Officer Wilson

Alexandria Police Department’s K9 Stryker Receives Body Armor

In November 2016, the Alexandria Police Department announced that K9 Stryker was to receive a ballistic and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Stryker has now received his body armor. K9 Stryker’s vest is sponsored by Rhonda Carter of Alexandria, VA and is embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc”.   (more…)

Skyline Richmond Virginia

Do you feel stressed out living in Virginia?

Career website Zippia recently analyzed over 62 places in Virginia that they deemed to be the most stressed out places to live. The rankings were based on a set of six stress criteria that reflect its root causes for most people – unemployment, number of hours worked, and percentage without health insurance to name a few.

The top 10 most stressed out cities in Virginia are:

  1. Dumfries
  2. Manassas
  3. Norfolk
  4. Manassas Park
  5. Franklin
  6. Richmond
  7. Portsmouth
  8. Petersburg
  9. Fairfax
  10. Hampton

How do you find living in Virginia? Do you feel stressed living in Virginia?

(Photo via Jim, on Flickr)

Studio Barre in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, Virginia’s got a new fitness studio

Got Barre? Studio Barre is NOW open in the Braddock Road Metro neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.

Located next door to Bastille in the Asher apartment complex, the studio barre workout is designed to develop dancer-like bodies. With little or no equipment involved, it will change your body in only a few classes.

For hours of operation of the Alexandria, Virginia studio, pricing, class schedules, and more visit this link. For more information about Studio Barre, visit this link.

Bradlee Barber Shop

As we mentioned at this link, the Bradlee Barber Shop in Alexandria, Virginia, a place where I got my first haircut when I was at MacArthur Elementary, is closed temporarily while the 500+ square foot shop undergoes a renovation. We understand from sources that the renovation should take about ten (10) days.

The store will reopen under new management and we have confirmed with two (2) more sources that all barbers will return once the shop re-opens. See the shop’s new phone number in the photo above.

The former owners of the shop, the Monahan’s, left this note on the window to longtime patrons.

Now, if the new management could learn how to spell ‘Bradlee’ correctly…

(Image via @PeterAck on Twitter)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
As readers know, a week ago Tuesday, a major power outage at USPTO headquarters resulted in damaged equipment that required the subsequent shutdown of many of their online and IT systems. Power and systems have since been restored.

The USPTO Deputy Director posted his comments on the outage today in USPTO’s Director’s Forum blog.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our stakeholders and employees for their patience and support as we worked to repair USPTO operations to full functionality. I also want to extend our sincere appreciation to the hundreds of employees, contractors, and service providers who have been working around the clock, through the holidays, to restore operation of thousands of servers, network switches, firewalls, databases, and their connections.

The USPTO contracts, through service providers, for clean uninterrupted power from state of the art, redundant, uninterrupted power supplies for our data systems. On December 22, both of these power supplies were damaged, resulting in a complete power outage to our data systems. Analysis of the damage over the last week confirms our earlier assessments and eliminates any concerns of foul play. We will take this opportunity to work with our service providers to ensure that lessons are learned and improvements are made.

We regret that any interruption occurred, and we strive to provide service equal to the best in government and industry. The USPTO continues to invest in improving our IT systems and many of these improvements allowed the agency to bounce back more quickly. I am proud to say that the USPTO teams returned operation to many systems as early as the next day, successfully restored data from our backup systems, and made all the necessary hardware repairs to return to nearly 100 percent operations by December 28th. Thanks to the tireless dedication of so many people, the USPTO is again operating on an uninterrupted power supply.

(Flickr Pool photo by Alan Kotok, on Flickr)

Patent Office, Alexandria, VA

Power Outage at USPTO headquarters leads to systems failures

UPDATE (4:23 PM): The USPTO says their fax line is operational (Link).

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia is currently experiencing a major systems outage which is affecting its operations across the country. Multiple sources confirm the outage is expected to last through Christmas and will likely run until Monday, December 28th.


A major power outage at USPTO headquarters occurred last night resulting in damaged equipment that required the subsequent shutdown of many of our online and IT systems. This includes our filing, searching, and payment systems, as well as the systems our examiners across the country use. We are working diligently to assess the operational impact on all our systems and to determine how soon they can be safely brought back into service in the coming days. We understand how critical these systems are for our customers, and our teams will continue to work around the clock to restore them as quickly as possible, though the impacts may be felt through the Christmas holiday. We know many people have questions regarding filing and payment deadlines.

Status updates and alternative filing methods can be found on our systems alert page as they become available, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

(H/T G)

(Flickr Pool photo by Bill, on Flickr)

Whole Foods Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Dec. 2 to 8, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies will cost 25 cents apiece at all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. They are available daily while supplies last, limit three per customer.

“What can I say, our cookies rule! We’re excited to offer them to customers with such a sweet deal,” said David Lannon, Whole Foods Market’s executive vice president of operations. “And don’t forget the 365 Everyday Value milk, soy milk or almond milk for dunking!”

All bakery items at Whole Foods Market are made with cage-free eggs and non-bleached or bromated flour, and they contain no artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats.

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