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5 Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

5 Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 79 million students will be heading back to school this fall. With the relaxing, and often even boring, summer break officially coming to a close, it will mean a drastic change for most families. The school year goes hand in hand with a busy family schedule – one that leaves many families unsure how to slow things down and make it a little less hectic.

“Families across the nation experience a major time crunch once the school bell rings,” explains Shawn Davis, otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, the founder of CBS Foods and The Original Shrimp Burger. “We only have so many hours in a day, and we have many things we need to fit into them. It’s crucial that we take the time to find ways to slow the pace, if only for our peace of mind.”

Here are 5 back-to-school time-saving tips that families can use to help slow the pace and help make life a little less hectic:



Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC of Gainesville and Manassas Va. offers safety tips for kids’ carrying school backpacks to avoid strains and injury. For more information, go contact 703-753-1005 or visit www.aptronline.com.

“Many students and parents are inclined to overload their backpacks with books, lunches and jackets,” said Lisa Kerrigan, physical therapist and president of Advantage Physical Therapy in Gainesville and Manassas, Va. “Over time, children who carry excessive heavy loads can experience issues with back strain, posture and injury,” said Aram.

Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC suggests top 10 tips when choosing a student’s backpack:

Cats and Kids Scratch Out Bullying – What to Teach Kids About Bullying

Cats and Kids Scratch Out Bullying – What to Teach Kids About Bullying

Over the next few weeks, roughly 79 million students will head back to schools around the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. When the school year resumes, so too will the perpetual cycle of students missing days of school because they fear bullying. Each day, it is estimated that 160,000 students stay home from school to avoid being bullied.

“The first step in preventing bullying is to realize that we all share common traits and we all need to feel safe, accepted, and liked for who we are,” explains Peter J. Goodman, author of the book “We’re All Different But We’re All Kitty Cats.” “One of the main themes in my book is tolerance, because it is crucial, especially when we live in such a diverse world.”


Although born and bred in upstate New York, I have lived in Northern Virginia for 31 years. This election cycle, the Commonwealth is a battleground in the Presidential race, and by virtue of anticipated coattails, negative or positive, in the Senatorial one as well. For what seems like an eternity, residents have endured increasingly nasty TV ads, and it isn't even post convention, post Labor Day!  Candidates have been crisscrossing the state in attack dog mode, spewing gall and gaffes, attempting to drum up support. I want to buy earplugs.

Five Engineers Join The Elite for Electromagnetic Railgun Advancements

Five Engineers Join The Elite for Electromagnetic Railgun Advancements

One of the Navy's most prestigious achievement awards was recently given to five members of the Office of Naval Research's Electromagnetic Railgun technology team during a Pentagon ceremony.

The team was honored with the 2011 Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award with their hard work in advancing EM Railgun launcher technology, which is a weapons system that fires projectiles using electricity instead of chemical propellants.

"We've assembled a highly dedicated and talented team of engineers who have made extraordinary achievements," said The Office of Naval Research's, Roger McGinnis. "The EM Railgun provides the Navy with greater steel-on-target accuracy and firepower, but importantly, also affords our warfighters and vessels with improved protections and multi-mission capabilities."

Congrats to all the engineers and scientists who are paving the way for our future and advancing our weapons technology at home and abroad.

Best of the DC Suburbs: 2012 Winners by I AM Modern Magazine

Best of the DC Suburbs: 2012 Winners  by I AM Modern Magazine

With so many choices, deciding the best for you and your family can be a difficult process. Which orthodontist should you take your kids to? Where can you go to get the best facial in town? Who has the best hot dog? I am modern is here to ease at least some of the burden of the decision-making for you. After an exhaustive month long voting process, we've compiled our second annual “best of the dc suburbs” issue as chosen by you.


Mayor Vincent C. Gray Showcases Upcoming Real Estate Development Opportunities


From Robert Marus: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor Victor L. Hoskins today announced forthcoming District development solicitations. The announcement came at a Pre-Solicitation Workshop hosted by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development (DMPED) in conjunction with the Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) at the Lincoln Theatre. The intent of the Pre-Solicitation Workshop was to introduce various upcoming projects to all sectors of the development community, provide details of the process and response requirements, and provide a forum for interaction between potential project team members ahead of the District’s forthcoming release of the solicitations.