A 'Master' Teacher

Harold B. November, of Arlington, will receive the 1990 Master Teacher Award of the Foundation for Jewish Studies. The award, to be presented Sept. 9, is in recognition of his efforts in designing and organizing programs in adult Jewish learning.

November has been a member of the Arlington-Fairfax Jewish Congregation since 1955 and served on the boards of the Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center and on the adult education commission of the United Synagogue of America.

The Foundation, organized in 1983, is devoted to adult Jewish learning.

Employee of the Year

Johnny Gutridge, of Franconia, recently was selected 1989 Alexandria Hospital Employee of the Year. Gutridge, who has worked in the engineering department for 24 years, began his career as a painter and worked his way up to senior remodeler.

Young Composer

Melissa Fadely, of Fairfax Station, recently was named a National Finalist in the 1990 National Junior Composers Contest. The 14-year-old was named a finalist after winning the regional and state competition for her original piano composition, "Syncopated Lady." The contest is sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Police Officer Honored

Police Officer First Class Bryan D. Patterson, of Catharpin, recently was honored by the McLean Optimist Club. Patterson, assigned to the police force since July 1978, served with the tactical section before he was transferred back to the McLean District Station where he serves today. The award was presented last week in conjunction with Respect for Law Week.

American Legion Leader

Stuart Drake, of Falls Church, recently was elected commander of the American Legion District 17. Drake, who joined the legion in 1976, will command all Northern Virginia American Legions.

Work for Homeless Cited

State Sen. Joseph V. Gartlan Jr. (D-Mount Vernon) and Del. Marian Van Landingham (D-Alexandria) recently were recognized for their legislative work on behalf of the homeless by the Northern Virginia Coalition for the Homeless.

Gartlan and Van Landingham were recognized because of their efforts in allocating state funding to combat homelessness in Northern Virginia. The allocation of $400,000 has grown to approximately $3.5 million since their first budget in 1987.

National Merit Scholar

Edward Wong, of Alexandria, recently was awarded a $2,000 National Merit Scholarship. Wong, a graduate of T.C. Williams High School, competed with 14,000 finalists across the country to be chosen one of 1,800 recipients of the scholarship. The scholarship winners were chosen by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors who considered finalists' academic record as well as test scores and significant contributions to school and community.

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