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Local Residents Enjoy ‘Staycations’

'Staycation' is a new word that was added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary this year. Local Centreville resident, Natasha Powderly, is learning to enjoy her fare share of staycations. Staycations are defined as vacations near home, saving hundreds of dollars of fees from airfare, car rental, and other costs associated with a typical vacation.

Natasha and her husband have discovered that staying at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner at least once a month is a perfect get-away. They first tried it out last year for their anniversary, and now they try to get back as much as possible.

In the midst of a difficult economy, the Powderly’s have found creativity and new opportunities for vacations in the form of staycations. The Powderly’s find this staycation perfect because they can get away from the kids, but still be close to home. It is a nice chance for the couple to get away, without the hassle of a real getaway weekend.

Local Elementary Teacher Arrested for Cruelty to Students

Centreville’s Deer Park Elementary School teacher, Jennah Christine Billeter, has been arrested for physically assaulting and mistreating two young boys, ages 4 and 5. Billeter is a special education teacher and the two young boys were assigned to her class. The incidents occurred during the school day sometime between May and July.

Billeter was arrested and charged with one account of misdemeanor simple assault as well as two counts of felony cruelty to the boys. This past Sunday, Billeter turned herself into the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.