Rosslyn BID Hosts Annual Clothing Drive To Aid People In Need

ROSSLYN, VA — With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, many people are looking ahead to the season of giving. As such, the Rosslyn BID (Business Improvement District) is hosting its annual clothing food drive to help those in need in the Arlington community.

From Monday until Dec. 15, members of the public are invited to drop off new or gently used winter coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and gloves in plastic bags to a gift-wrapped donation box in the lobby of the following residential buildings around Rosslyn:

  • 1800 Oak Apartments. (1800 N Oak St.)
  • Bennett Park (1601 Clarendon Blvd.)
  • Homewood Suites (1900 N Quinn St.)
  • River Place North (1121 Arlington Blvd.)
  • River Place East (1021 Arlington Blvd.)
  • River Place South (1011 Arlington Blvd.)
  • River Place West (1111 Arlington Blvd.)
  • Turnberry Tower (1881 N Nash St.)
  • Waterview (1111 19th St.)

Each participating building will provide two to eight gift-wrapped donation boxes. Those who don’t live in these buildings can drop off their donations Monday-Friday, from 9-5 p.m., outside the Rosslyn BID Office (1911 North Fort Myer Drive, LL-10).

All of the items collected will go to A-SPAN, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Arlington, to help keep people in need warm through the winter.

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Must Read: The Pandemic’s Second Wave Threatens To Devastate Fashion’s Supply Chain, ‘Them’ Hosts ‘Chosen’ Holiday Event

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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

The pandemic’s second wave threatens to devastate fashion’s supply chain 
Fashion’s supply chain is bracing for challenges posed by the second wave of Covid-19, after getting hit hard by the first wave. In a piece for Business of Fashion, Daphne Milner writes that the fresh set of restrictions “threatens to deepen the economic and humanitarian crisis already punishing fashion’s manufacturing base.”  {Business of Fashion} 

Them hosts “Chosen” holiday event 
On Monday evening, Them put on an hourlong virtual event to showcase how members of the LGBTQ+ community come together and enjoy time with the ones they love most during the holiday season. Presented by Mastercard and called “Chosen,” the show debuted on YouTube Live and featured messages from and conversations with prominent members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as documentary-style segments that honored notable “chosen families” from the ballroom and trans communities. You can watch the full event here. {Fashionista inbox} 

Hamish Bowles profiles Virginie Viard in Vogue
Hamish Bowles interviewed Chanel’s Virginie Viard, whom he describes as the “least famous designer in fashion at its most famous house,” in a new piece for Vogue. Bowles takes us through her childhood in Lyon, France and her first Chanel show in the ’80s, all the way up to her promotion and her latest offering for the French fashion house. {Vogue

Girlfriend Collective introduces sherpa and puffer jackets 
Girlfriend Collective is adding cozy outerwear to its colorful line of ethically made activewear. On Tuesday, the brand is launching three different puffers, ranging in price from $198 to $298, and two styles of sherpa jackets, which are both priced at $128. Shop them here before they sell out. {Fashionista inbox} 

Frida Giannini talks about fashion today 
Former Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini shared her thoughts on today’s fashion industry at the virtual Milan Fashion Global Summit on Monday. In a report for WWD, Alessandra Turra writes that Giannini criticized the proliferation of successful streetwear-focused labels and the way designers are chosen to lead a brand based on their social media followings. {WWD

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With Delhi’s wedding guest list cap, hosts pick Gurugram venues : The Tribune India

Sanjay Yadav

Gurugram, November 22

With the Delhi Government limiting the number of attendees in social gatherings, including weddings, to 50, party hosts have started making a beeline for Gurugram venues, which are allowing 200 guests. The declaration by the Delhi Government has come as a blessing in disguise for venue owners in Gurugram, struggling with economic woes post Covid. Many had even shut their premises.

People are now flocking to the venues with booking requests for wedding functions starting from November 25. A majority of these requests have come from those who had planned functions in Aero City hotels and Chattarpur resorts and farmhouses.

“I had virtually shut my marriage lawn, meant for over 300 people. We had no booking this season, but were suddenly flooded with calls from Delhi residents, ready to pay double the price per plate. We have five big back-to-back bookings,” said a jubilant Alok Yadav, owner of a wedding garden on the CRPF Road in Sector 12.

The banquet manager of a high-end hotel in Udyog Vihar said: “A majority of Gurugram residents had got bookings done in Aero City owing to competitive prices, but now everybody was back. We have booked all available venues in the hotel in the past two days.”

All sought-after venues are already full for the upcoming days. People have now gone as far as Manesar to seek alternatives. While venue owners are rejoiced, people are a harried lot.

“My daughter is scheduled to get married on November 30. I had invited 150 guests and this happened at the last moment. I had booked a premium venue in Chattarpur and paid the minimum price for 100 plates. I have now changed the venue to a hotel in Sector 29, Gurugram. I have to pay double for a plate and am not even getting a refund,” said Suresh Aggarwal, a resident of Sector 14.

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Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute Hosts First Annual Women’s Summit at The University of Texas at Austin

Empowering Women to Lead. Encouraging the World to Follow.

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (WEL Institute) and The University of Texas at Austin hosted their first annual Women’s Summit.  This powerful virtual event follows last year’s announcement of the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute, which established a new female leadership program at the University. The Women’s Summit, hosted by the WEL Institute and attended by hundreds of students, was sponsored by Kendra Scott and Dell Technologies.

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University of Texas at Austin

“Our first Women’s Summit put the national spotlight on Austin and some of the country’s greatest female trailblazers,” said Kendra Scott. “Our mission at the Women’s Entrepreneur Leadership Institute is to empower even more women to change the world.”

As UT Austin President Jay Hartzell said in the WEL Institute’s Summer 2020 Impact Report, “Entrepreneurship — and the entrepreneurial spirit — are key components of our local, state and global economies. Through its creative approaches to classroom instruction, experiential learning opportunities, community programming and connections to alumni and the business community, the WEL Institute is transforming our university and creating unprecedented opportunities for young Longhorns in business and beyond. Because of Kendra’s vision, there is no limit to what the Institute, and our students, can do.”

The Women’s Summit included a full day of programming with the preview of the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Student Lounge, workshops, a virtual dinner with cookie deliveries from Tiff’s Treats, and panel discussions with some of today’s most successful and powerful women in their industries, including Kendra Scott, Maria Menounos, Nastia Liukin, Sheinelle Jones (TODAY), Abigail Cook Stone (Otherland Candles), Tiffany Masterson (Drunk Elephant), Tiffany Chen (Tiff’s Treats) and Liz Matthews (Dell Technologies), amongst others.

The Women’s Summit follows the September announcement of Kendra’s addition to UT Austin’s illustrious roster of professors, where she co-teaches a Women in Entrepreneurship course in a new faculty appointment as a Professor of Practice in the College of Fine Arts.

For more information about the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute and to watch the Women’s Summit in full, please visit https://ksinstitute.utexas.edu/.

About Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is a leading fashion accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel and sense of community of its CEO and designer, Kendra Scott. With over 2,000 employees, Kendra Scott has over 100 standalone stores across the US and is sold in premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and 600 specialty boutiques worldwide and boasts a thriving web business. Kendra Scott is known for its kaleidoscope of beautiful accessories as well as the innovative and customizable Color Bar™ experience. As the brand continues to grow, the company remains true to its founding philosophy of “Family, Fashion, Philanthropy” and since 2010, the company has given back well over $30 million to local, national and international causes.

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Af-Am House hosts winter clothing drive

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As the cold weather sets in, the Afro-American Cultural Center has found a way to help the New Haven community — by collecting winter clothing.

From Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, the Afro-American Cultural Center is holding a “Winter Essentials Drive” to collect winter clothing for donations and raise funds for toiletry care packages. The drive is a partnership between the Af-Am House and the Kappa Delta and Zeta chapters of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

“There’s already such a high number of people with housing insecurity in New Haven, and to compound that with COVID-19, it just made sense for us to try to help out,” Community Connections Coordinator Jaelen King ’22 said. 

The House has set up several different locations across New Haven for people to drop off their donations. Drop-off sites include public spaces like the St. Thomas More Catholic Center and Chapel as well as commercial sites like LL Bean, Beauty Plus, and Patagonia.

Assistant Chaplin Allan Esteron of STM told the News he thinks the clothing drive will help a lot of people in the New Haven community. He said that the drop-off site has already collected eight bags of clothes.

“Every year in our soup kitchen, we encounter people in need of warm clothing during the winter,” said Esteron. “Some of them stay outdoors in freezing temperatures. I would sometimes see guests with no gloves or wearing a worn-out jacket during a very cold day. A winter clothing drive is really a great way to help them stay warm and protected.”

King said he believes the clothing drive provides Yale students a way to connect with the New Haven community. In a regular year, King said, students usually have more opportunities to interact with the city and its residents.

“Hopefully with this drive, people can more or less destroy those boundaries that Yale puts up,” King said. “Even though we are not able to do anything physically in person, it’s important to still show that there are people in the Yale community that care about what happens outside the gates of Yale.”

After the donated clothes are collected at the drop off sites, King said they will be cleaned and sanitized, then given to the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. 

Alpha Phi Alpha plans to do a giveaway of these clothes over the weekend of the Nov. 20. The list of local organizations that will be receiving the clothes has not been finalized. 

The House plans on distributing the toiletry care packages at their upcoming Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 19. There, they will be passing out prepackaged meals along with the case packages. 

Keylalee Rivera-Nieves, a member of the Sigma Iota Alpha chapter, thinks of the clothing drive as a way to unite the community.

“I got involved in this event because I already work with individuals that are at risk or currently facing homelessness, food insecurity or financial hardship, and this

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Hazlet Nursing Care Center Hosts Wedding Ceremony Amid Pandemic

HAZLET, NJ – When Wendy Donoughue and Anthony “Tony” Wasneuski met on the outdoor patio of Anchor Care & Rehabilitation Center in Hazlet last January, little did they know the pair would marry in the same spot nine months later.

Wendy, a self-described “Jersey Girl” and Tony, a native Staten Islander and former Soho art dealer, tied the knot at the Hazlet nursing care facility on Oct. 9 surrounded by friends and family during a quaint courtyard ceremony.

The wedding took place on the bride’s birthday and was officiated by Jesse Hynes, Esq. Facility staff assisted in all the details of the celebration, with music provided by nurse Zito Quiambao’s band BZ Signal.

Administrator of the Anchor Care & Rehabilitation Center Chaim Ribiat described the event as a ceremony that was as important for residents and staffers as it was for the happy couple:

“Our residents and front-line hero staff have experienced a great deal of heartache over the past several months,” Ribiat said. “The marriage of Wendy and Anthony came at the right time as it underscored just how contagious the positive spirit of two people can be and, in turn, the role
a loving community can play in making the plans of two individuals come true.”

According to Tony, the two became fast friends just before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with Tony recalling immediately taking to Wendy’s good looks. Wendy says she loves Tony’s intelligence and their conversations.

“I never thought I would fall in love again,” Tony said. “Yet today, I can’t imagine being without my new bride. I love buying her presents and picking flowers for her.”

As for Wendy, she says she enjoys her conversations with Tony and making him laugh.

“Every member of the Excelsior Care Group family is devoted to providing the highest level of medical care and structured social activities to all of our residents,” said Isaac Wiener, Chief Operating Officer of Excelsior, a firm that manages Anchor Care.

“That said, Wendy’s and Tony’s wedding hangs a lantern on our staff’s commitment to embracing the needs, wants and desires of our residents and to providing a warm and friendly environment that allows each resident to live their lives to the fullest.”

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Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Hosts clothing Drive for NJ Re-Entry program

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone announced today the successful completion of an annual clothing drive held for the benefit of men and women reentering the workforce.  The drive was held in conjunction with the N.J. Reentry Corporation of New Brunswick, a non-profit organization working to remove employment barriers for individuals returning from jail or prison.  Former Governor James McGreevey was in attendance and joined members of the Prosecutor’s Office in recognizing the overwhelming success of the drive.

From October 26th to October 29th, lightly used business wear; toiletries; and hygiene products were generously donated by numerous county employees as well as their families and friends.  Drop off locations were set up at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the County Administration Building, and the County Fire Academy.  The Office’s efforts were led by Assistant Prosecutor Amber Gibbs, IT Manager Sara Luckus, and Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Panfile. 

 

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The Project hosts HOWL over Gwyneth Paltrow’s annual Goop Holiday Gift Guide

The Project hosts HOWL over Gwyneth Paltrow’s annual Goop Holiday Gift Guide – which includes a special bag for watermelons and a lamp made out of bread

Gwyneth Paltrow’s annual Goop Holiday Gift Guide has raised eyebrows once again thanks to its curated collection of bizarre merchandise.

And there was nobody more amused with the unusual items than the hosts of The Project, Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar.

On Monday, the trio dissolved into a fit of hysterics as they learnt the Hollywood star was selling a lamp made out of bread, a special bag to store watermelons and a speaker to listen to plants.

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'It's as wacky as ever!' The Project's Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar dissolved into a fit of hysterics over Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow's 2020 Goop Holiday Gift Guide

‘It’s as wacky as ever!’ The Project’s Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar dissolved into a fit of hysterics over Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow’s 2020 Goop Holiday Gift Guide

Carrie began by saying: ‘Not even 2020 can stop Gwyneth Paltrow. The annual Goop gift guide is out, and no surprise, it’s as wacky as ever.

‘Highlights include a lamp made of bread, a $38,000 mattress, and a special bag to hold your watermelon – price on request!’

Peter hilariously responded: ‘I think I’ll carry my watermelons by hand’.

Bizarre! Hollywood star Gwyneth [pictured] is selling a lamp made out of bread, a special bag to store watermelons and a speaker to listen to plants

Bizarre! Hollywood star Gwyneth [pictured] is selling a lamp made out of bread, a special bag to store watermelons and a speaker to listen to plants

Carrie added: ‘Oh, there’s so many more fun things. There is a birthing chair, a $7,500 one that can just be used around the home, so it’s multi-purpose.’

Poking fun at the woman dressed in designer garbs while pretending to give birth in the promotional image for the birthing chair, Pete quizzed: ‘Don’t you have to take your pants off when giving birth?’

Carrie quipped back: ‘That’s what I looked like!’

Carrie amused: 'Highlights include a lamp made of bread, a $38,000 mattress, and a special bag to hold your watermelon - price on request!'

Carrie amused: ‘Highlights include a lamp made of bread, a $38,000 mattress, and a special bag to hold your watermelon – price on request!’

She continued: ‘There’s a speaker where you can hear your plants because they talk to us and we don’t get to hear them!’

The hosts once again burst out laughing as they struggled to make sense of the peculiar and unnecessary items on sale by the Oscar-winner’s lifestyle brand, Goop.

Other items on sale include a vulva colouring book, a self-heating concrete bathtub and a standalone garden structure called a Studypod.

Peculiar merchandise: Other items on sale by the Oscar-winner's lifestyle brand Goop include a vulva colouring book, a self-heating concrete bathtub and a standalone garden structure called a Studypod

Peculiar merchandise: Other items on sale by the Oscar-winner’s lifestyle brand Goop include a vulva colouring book, a self-heating concrete bathtub and a standalone garden structure called a Studypod

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Scotland 3-0 Albania: Hosts dominate in Women’s Euro 2022 qualifying win

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Rachel Corsie’s guided header put Scotland on path to victory

Scotland maintained their 100% start to Women’s Euro 2022 qualifying by brushing aside Albania at Tynecastle.

Shelley Kerr’s side were dominant throughout and took the lead thanks to a header from captain Rachel Corsie.

A double from Caroline Weir in the second half made sure of the points that, in truth, never looked in doubt.

Scotland move back into second in Group E with three wins from three, a point behind leaders Finland who they face in Helsinki on Tuesday.

Cyprus lost 3-0 to Portugal earlier in the day.

It has been a phenomenal start to the campaign for Scotland, who came into this meeting at Tynecastle having scored 13 goals in two games without conceding. The story was rather different for Albania, who had garnered just three points from five games.

Despite having not played since March, there was little rustiness from Kerr’s team who started confidently. The ball was never far away from the Albania box and Jane Ross went through on goal in the opening moments but 17-year-old debutant keeper Antigona Hyska got down low to divert her away from goal.

Cuthbert also threatened, her volley from the edge of the box skidding off the top of the bar, while Corsie was flagged for offside as she turned in a Rachael Boyle cross at the back post.

However, the 31-year-old was not to be denied her 17th goal for her country. A pinpoint delivery from a Weir free-kick found her unmarked at the front post. The defender showed terrific predatory instincts with a glancing header which had Hyska easily beaten.

Cuthbert glanced a header wide just before the break, while the pressure continued to pile on the visitors’ box following the interval. However, it took until the 75th minute before they would finally be breached again.

A lay off from Cuthbert into the path of Weir was struck well by the Manchester City forward, but a big deflection off Albina Rrahmani made sure it found the net.

And Weir would grab her second before the game was out. Kirsty Hanson was chopped down in the box with the City stiker sending Hyska the wrong way from the spot.

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Player of the match – Caroline Weir

Caroline Weir
Set up one and scored two, Caroline Weir’s contribution was key for Scotland at Tynecastle

What next?

Kerr’s side travel to Finland to take on the group leaders on Tuesday (16:15 GMT kick-off).

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My sister sits in a Saudi prison cell as Riyadh hosts a G-20 women’s conference

Lina al-Hathloul is the sister of imprisoned Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul.



Loujain Alhathloul smiling for the camera: Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in an undated photo. (Reuters)


Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in an undated photo. (Reuters)

This week, some of the most powerful women from around the world attended the virtual Women20 (W20) conference, part of the Group of 20 summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia. But who was missing? For one, my sister Loujain al-Hathloul, an award-winning women’s rights activist, who is in a maximum-security prison cell only 25 miles from Riyadh.

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In recent years, my sister was one of the only Saudi women who dared to attend international conferences outside of the kingdom to discuss the truth about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. She spoke out about the injustice of the repressive patriarchal systems in the kingdom, which grant men almost total superiority before the law and give them the absolute right to guardianship over their wives and children. For voicing the exact values that W20 claims to uphold, my sister was targeted and now sits in prison.

In 2018, Loujain spoke at a United Nations conference in Geneva on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. She publicly denounced Saudi Arabia’s abject failure to respect its international agreements on gender equality. Shortly after returning to the gulf, she was kidnapped from the United Arab Emirates, remanded to Saudi Arabia and incarcerated for exercising her right to free speech.

In prison, my sister has been subjected to all forms of torture and degradation, including sexual abuse. I fear for her safety, and for her life, every day. Saudi prosecutors say her crime was “attempting to destabilize the kingdom,” but it is clear she has been imprisoned for defending women’s rights and for her speech. In fact, the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that her imprisonment and deprivation of liberty are “arbitrary.”

If members of the G-20, which purports to promote gender equality and advance the social and economic empowerment of women, truly want to mainstream issues of gender, voices such as that of my sister Loujain must be included. And for that, they must be released from their arbitrary detention in Saudi prisons. Unless Loujain and other female activists are freed and allowed to exercise their equal, universal rights of speech and association, this conference stands as nothing more than another symbol of Saudi and international hypocrisy on the issue of women’s equality.

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Loujain is only one of a staggering number of female human rights defenders who remain imprisoned across the Middle East and North Africa. Samar Badawi, Nassima al-Sada, Nouf Abdulaziz and Maya’a al-Zahrani all remain behind bars. Though Saudi Arabia was celebrated for lifting its ban on women driving in 2018, at least 11 of the activists instrumental in advancing that right were imprisoned. At this time of global outcry for gender equality, world leaders

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