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5 Tips for Greening the Closet

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

With Earth Day just around the corner, it is a good time to think about greening the home. One place that most people overlook when trying to make environmentally friendly choices is the closet. While it may be tucked way and largely out of site, the closet can play an important role in creating an environmentally friendly home. Greening the closet is not only important, but is actually quite easy!

“Our closets hold so much of who we are, from the clothes we wear on a daily basis to the special vintage items we want to preserve,” says Fred Silber of Creative Organization, a New Jersey-based company that has created a line of sustainable, eco-friendly closet organizing products. “Because they tend to hold so much, and such a variety of things, it is important to make sure that it is an area of the home that is not overlooked when trying to live in an environmentally friendly way.”

Here are five tips to keep in mind when greening the closet:

Fourth Old Town Manassas Spring Cleaning Day in April

Fourth Old Town Manassas Spring Cleaning Day in April

On Sat., Apr. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Old Town Manassas will host the Fourth Annual Spring Cleaning Day at the Harris Pavilion at 9201 Center Street in Manassas, Va., where attendees can recycle their gently used household items or clothes and donate them to local non-profits, visit recycling and conservation exhibits, and kids can make earth-friendly art projects. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.visitmanssas.org or call 703.361.6599.        


The Manassas Art Guild will also be featuring a spring Earth exhibit, where artists showcase their artwork reflecting themes of recycling, natural materials and the environment. 

Spring Cleaning Day will also provide live entertainment from local entertainers, inflatable moon bounces for kids and a special preview of this summer’s Manassas farmer’s market vendors.

Internet Safety Event & Wireless Router Check

Internet Safety Event & Wireless Router Check

From Leesburg Government:


On February 5th at the Ida Lee Recreation Center, the Leesburg Police Department Crime Prevention Unit and the Leesburg Technology and Communications Commission is offering free wireless router security checks. Assisted by the Geek Squad from Best Buy, anyone who brings in their wireless router to the event can have their wireless routers security levels checked. There will be two classes offered during the event as well:

1:00 PM- Internet Safeties for Parents

Open Burning Restricted in Loudoun County: February 15 - April 30

Open Burning Restricted in Loudoun County: February 15 - April 30

From Loudoun County (VA) --- The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office is reminding citizens that open burning is restricted in Loudoun County between February 15 and April 30. The regulations, which prohibit open air fires between the hours of midnight and 4:00 p.m., are enforced by the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal. Known as the 4:00 p.m. law, these restrictions are in place due to the potential for rapid fire spread across woodland and grassland areas that is the result of dry outdoor fuels, high winds and temperature increases that are normally present in the late winter and early spring seasons.

Two Fires Attributed to Woodstoves; Fire Marshal Urges Safety Precautions

From the County of Loudoun: 

Leesburg Recycling & Yard Waste Collection Schedule Unchanged for Veterans Day

From the Town of Leesburg:

Leesburg, VA (November 8, 2010) – Recycling and yard waste collection in the Town of Leesburg will not be affected by the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

On Thursday, November 11, 2010, residential customers in the Southwest and Southeast Quadrants of Town, including South King Street and West Market Street, will have recycling and yard waste collected. Trash and recycling will be collected for curbside commercial customers on Thursday, November 11, 2010. Customers are requested to place their recycling and yard waste at the curb after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, and before 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 11.

As a reminder, the Leesburg Town Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2010 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

Volunteers to Install Rain Garden at Freedom Park on Saturday, November 13, 2010

From the Town of Leesburg – The Town of Leesburg’s Watershed Committee is seeking volunteers to help install a rain garden at Freedom Park in Leesburg on Saturday, November 13, 2010. 

A rain garden is a landscaped area that collects rainfall and stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as parking lots and rooftops and filters pollutants from the runoff before it drains into local streams. On the surface, a rain garden looks like any other landscaped area, but it is different in three key ways.  First, rain gardens are located in low areas, or depressions, so that stormwater is intercepted before flowing into storm sewers or streams.  Secondly, a rain garden features native plants that absorb and transform stormwater pollutants.  Finally, the soil in rain gardens is engineered to detain stormwater runoff long enough for the plants to absorb the pollutants.