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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

Law student sues Georgetown Univ. over rabbi voyeurism


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Georgetown law school student is suing the university, Kesher Israel synagogue and the National Capital Mikvah amid accusations that a rabbi secretly recorded women showering.

The student claims that Dr. Barry Freundel, who taught a Jewish Law Seminar, lured her into a bath to sexually exploit her. Freundel had suggested that the student write a paper on the mikvah ritual and required her to participate, according to the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, the student claims that Georgetown, Kesher Israel and the National Capital Mikvah ignored red flags that Freundel was acting inappropriately.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

Possible plea deal for rabbi Barry Freundel, accused of voyeurism


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Georgetown rabbi Doctor Barry Freundel appeared in a D.C. courtroom Wednesday for a status hearing, and the possibility of a plea deal has left some people furious.

The 62-year-old, who is charged with voyeurism, will have another hearing on January 16. He faces six counts of voyeurism, accused of setting up a camera in the women's showers at the Kesher Israel Orthodox synagogue.

Upset that she may have unknowingly helped Freundel, Lisette Garcia angrily told reporters that she encouraged women converting to go into the mikveh, the sacred bath at Kesher Israel Synagogue, not knowing Freundel, according to police, was secretly recording those using it.

Georgetown student Daniel Milzman sentenced for ricin in dorm


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Georgetown University student who had ricin in his dorm room was sentenced Monday morning in federal court.

Daniel Harry Milzman, 20, of Bethesda, Md., was sentenced to one year and one day with three years of supervision after his release. He will receive credit for time served.

Judge Ketanji Jackson ordered that Milzman complete 400 hours of community service during the three years of supervision, to be focused on tutoring underprivileged students in math and physics, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. She also required him to participate in a mental health program.

Georgetown rabbi victim hotline set up


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A hotline has been set up for anyone who believes they may have been a victim of the Georgetown rabbi, who police say secretly recorded women.

Bernard Freundel has been charged with voyeurism. According to court documents, he recorded women in the showers at Kesher Israel, an Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown.

A phone line and e-mail address for anyone who may have been a victim has been set up by the US Attorney's Office.

If you are a victim and would like to be added to the mailing list to receive information about the case, please send your information to the following address:

Victim Witness Coordinator
US v Bernard Freundel
United States Attorney's Office
555 Fourth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530
U.S.A.