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
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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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According to a recent survey released by the College Of Podiatry, 2,000 women (and men!) reported foot pain within an hour of wearing their heels. At least 20% reported that the pain begins within 10 minutes and a third reported walking home barefoot after a night of dancing.
The best way to kill the foot pain is to simply not wear heels. But, who is going to do that? Instead, we reached out to Dr. Rock Positano, Director of the Non-Surgical Foot And Ankle Service Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, for the do's and don'ts when it comes to wearing some of our favorite heels.
Here are a few DO'S/DON'TS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN WEARING HEELS...
1. DO always purchase your heels later in the day and not early in the morning. "Your foot is at its most swollen point early in the morning and you won't get as a good a fit as say, later in the afternoon," explained Dr. Positano.
2. DON'T wear heels that are 3-inches or higher for long periods of time. If you're going to wear that shoe, try to sit down longer and not walk around constantly. The ideal height you should stick with is 1-2 inches, recommends Dr. Positano.
3. DO get your feet measured consistently. "Almost 90 percent of women are wearing shoes that are at least one to two sizes too small," Dr. Positano says. As strange it sounds, your foot size will change more than once throughout your lifetime, especially right after you've had a baby.
4. DON'T be a member of the Cinderella Complex party. "The Cinderella Complex is when women do things like try to fit a size 9 foot into a size 7 shoe," explained Dr. Positano. "When you do this with high heels, you've got a prescription for disaster."
5. DO soak your feet in cold water every night. If you are suffering from swollen, painful feet, soak your feet or run cold water over them for about 10 minutes. "I recommend this for patients who are very active because it helps to reduce inflammation and swelling in the feet," Dr. Positano said.
6. DON'T wear high, narrow pencil-thin heels or straps that cut into your feet. Besides the fact that these type of shoes can give you the worst foot pain ever, after wearing them for long periods of time, they can also lead to serious heel, calf, hip and lower back problems, Dr. Positano says.
7. DO wear wedges. Dr. Positano recommends changing up the type of heels that you wear and wedges are another comfortable option to give you the length and feel of a heel, but with more support.
8. DON'T let shoes continue to chafe and rub the back of your foot. If you notice that your heel is rubbing the back of your foot, apply a Telfa Bandage to that area to keep the skin covered. Excessive rubbing can lead to painful cuts and Pump Bump, which is an enlargement of the bone in the back of the foot, Dr. Positano explained.
9. DO wear leather heels. Leather is the best material for your feet when it comes to wearing heels because it can expand and gives your foot breathing room, Positano says. Don't try to pinch pennies when it comes to purchasing these heels. Positano recommends fashion brands such as Prada and Roger Vivier as the ideal.
10. DON'T wear plastic heels. The exact opposite of leather heels, plastic allows no room for breathing and if your feet starts to sweat, they can become irritated and contact dermatitis (i.e. a really nasty rash) can develop. So, retire the jellies and plastic stripper shoes in the back of your closet, please.
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