Alexandria, Arlington County briefs

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Charles Houston center honored for being 'green'

The Charles Houston Recreation Center in Alexandria has been awarded a gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The award signifies that the building's construction and design have met some of the highest nationally accepted standards for environmentally friendly buildings.

The facility has a 5,000-square-foot vegetated roof to reduce storm water runoff, a demonstration rain garden that pre-filters pool water and energy-efficient heating and lighting systems with natural light in major spaces to lower electricity demand.

The center also has a gymnasium, dance studio, cafe, meeting rooms and outdoor swimming pool, among other features.

Commission on women seeks award nominations

The Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women seeks nominations for its Women of Vision awards, presented to people who have demonstrated their commitment to women's issues and improving the lives of Arlington women. Awardees must live, work or volunteer in the county.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 17. For information, visit and search on "Commission on the Status of Women."

NoVa Synchro wins synchronized swim event

NoVa Synchro, an Arlington County youth synchronized swimming team, won gold at the Senior Association Championship and 13-15 Invitational in Laurel on Jan. 17.

Courtney Gistaro finished first in the 13-15 solo competition. Polina Tamarina, Kathleen McLean and Sofie Ravesteijn won gold in the senior trio division.

NoVa Synchro's senior trio and duet will compete in a regional event in Dallas next month. For information about NoVa Synchro, visit or e-mail

-- Compiled by Christy Goodman

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