I'm a native Washingtonian - born in Alexandria and raised in Silver Spring. I hardly attended class at John F. Kennedy High School. Was too busy running the school radio station. (The same one I brought in from my bedroom. My parents got sick of all the loud music.) Anyway, 40+ years later, I'm on the air at my favorite hometown station, 97.1 WASH-FM. I'm blessed to be married to a wonderful New Jersey gurl and have two amazing teenagers that keep me busy and happily frustrated. Thanks for reading AND listening!
Unlike most people who live in the DC area...I'm actually FROM here. I was born in Northwest, DC and raised in Vienna, Virginia. I'm first generation Armenian-American. Shortly after graduating from Mary Washington College (now it's University of Mary Washington), I was lucky enough to land a radio gig back in DC. I've worked on the air in this market since 1996, as a news reporter/anchor, morning show side-kick, afternoon personality and traffic reporter.
A little more about my personal interests... I'm a book worm (I've been known to read at least one novel a week). My favorite book is "To Kill a Mockingbird". I'm addicted to "Grey's Anatomy", "Boardwalk Empire", "Game of Thrones", "The Following", "The Americans" and "Breaking Bad"...don't even think about calling me during those shows! My favorite movie of all-time is "Rocky." One of the highlights of my career was interviewing Sylvester Stallone.
After several heartbreaks, I finally met a guy who actually MEANT it when he said "I want to marry you someday." My husband (Don) and I met in December 2007... and got married on May 22nd, 2011. Like me... Don is also a native Washingtonian.
Also: I don't like walking on grates, I'm SUPER competitive, I have a tendency to "sing speak" when I get excited (you may even hear me do it on the air sometimes...LOL). I've become a HUGE Washington Capitals fan since meeting my husband. Oh...and I'm a pop culture junkie. My guilty pleasures are bad reality TV and celebrity gossip.
(photo credit: April Wright)
April Wright, who teaches 2nd grade at Glen Haven Elementary School in Silver Spring! She wins a $100 dollar gift card to the Goodstone Inn & Resort in Middleburg. Thanks to her mother, Donna Wright of Silver Spring, who nominated her and wins Sprinkles Cupcakes from their Georgetown location. Here's what Donna and her husband wrote about April:
"Watching this young teacher (our daughter) going on her 4th year of teaching – working over 10-12 hours every day while attending class in the evening for her masters makes us really proud. Seeing our daughter giving back to the school district she grew up, really connecting and caring for her students - always willing to go above and beyond wanting the very best for each and every student. Purchasing many items herself, extra books and whatever supplies that will enhance her class and continues to make learning challenging and fun. She said she continues to grow and learn from her team and the staff at her school every day. She truly enjoys teaching 2nd grade and finds her students really exceptional. Watching her face light-up when talking about her class is a wonderful feeling. Teachers today really need to love “teaching” as the dedication, commitment and time demands on these achievers is unbelievable high and tough; their paychecks not matching the task before them. Seeing our daughter’s growth and dedication has made us very proud of her. - With love, her parents."
You too can nominate a teacher. Just CLICK HERE! We'll announce our next WASH-FM TEACHER OF THE WEEK on Monday, December 9th around 6:30AM! - Loo
"CONGRATULATIONS, Chilli - Your precious baby is absolutely beautiful! May your family have the best!!!" - Louise McNairn
"Your little one is so adorable – congrats to your wonderful family. Wish you all the best." - Theresa King
"What a cutie! Congrats!" - Joan Bell"
"Congratulations, Chilli. Little Donato is just beautiful. All the best to you and Don." - Anne Scott
CLICK HERE TO ALSO POST YOUR GOOD WISHES TOO! - Thanks. Loo
The LOO & CHILLI CUPCAKE PRESENTATION PATROL recently made a stop at the Kettler Community of The Fields of Gaithersburg. We dropped off a bunch of SPRINKLES CUPCAKES to Liz Martinez and her boss James. Notice 3 have already been eaten. Hmm.
(photo credit: Loo Katz)
CLICK HERE to sign up for free cupcakes. We could be coming to your workplace soon! - Loo & Chilli
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FRIDAY, March 1st
Grand Reopening of Weem-Botts Museum
The museum reopens with three new exhibits highlighting the history of Prince William County.
10am . 300 W. Duke St.Dumfries, VA
Price:$4, $2.50 seniors and students, free for age 5 and younger
Until 3/13 Ice Skating in Rockville
Ice skating in Rockville Town Square.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd
Reading: A Family Affair
Eleven artists -- from magicians to traditional Indian dancers to puppeteers -- join storytellers and authors in a morning that celebrates reading
James Lee Community Theater 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA | 703-238-0866
Family Day 2013:Families Rock
Perhaps the hippest family-friendly event in Washington this weekend will be at an art museum.
For one day, the Corcoran will be transformed into a DJ-scracthing, break dancing, graffiti-covered party in honor of its latest exhibit,
"Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s." Families will also be able to take family-friendly tours, decorate shirts and make instruments.
Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 17th St. NW, Washington, DC
A black-tie optional event held to benefit the National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area
includes food, drinks and music. At the Woodrow Wilson Center. Tickets $125
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Saturday & Sunday Chocolate Lovers Festival in Old Town Fairfax
We know, we know. You perked up when you saw the name of this event, right? Yes, there will bechocolate practically flowing in the streets of Old Town Fairfax. There will be a chocolate caper mock trial for the kids,a cake decorating demonstration, puppet show, face painting, art activities, chocolate tastings and contest.
8am to 5:30pm Main Street and University Drive Fairfax, VA
COMING March 9 and 10th Washington Travel and Adventure Show