These firms recently filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's local clerk of court offices.

Under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, a company is protected from claims by creditors while it attempts to reorganize its finances under a plan approved by the court.

In a Chapter 7 liquidation, a court trustee sells assets to pay creditors' claims. The company then ceases operations.

Eastern Virginia District

Alexandria Division

Arlington Symphony Association

4238 Wilson Blvd., Suite 3064, Arlington, Va. 22203

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-12685-RGM

Date filed: July 15

Attorney: Madeline A. Trainor, 703-299-0600

Assets: $94,307

Liabilities: $139,037

Largest unsecured creditor: Citicorp Vendor Finance Inc., $20,294

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

W.P. Hendricken Inc., also known as Bethesda Dance Studio and Macken Enterprises Bethesda Dance Studio

4900 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, Md. 20814

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-26178

Date filed: July 18

Attorney: Wendelin I. Lipp, 301-951-9328

Assets: $46,503

Liabilities: $323,847

Largest unsecured creditor: Willie Hendricken, $47,354

CityNet Telecommunications Inc.

8405 Colesville Rd., 6th floor, Silver Spring, Md. 20910

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-26241

Date filed: July 19

Attorney: James A. Shepherd, 202-663-6000

Assets: $959,480

Liabilities: $1,269,608

Largest unsecured creditor: Carter & Burgess Inc., $225,000

CityNet Telecom Inc.

8405 Colesville Rd., 6th floor, Silver Spring, Md. 20910

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-26242

Date filed: July 19

Attorney: James A. Shepherd, 202-663-6000

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $1,533

Largest unsecured creditor: None

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya