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Despite what its name implies, Ashby Ponds Ladies who do Nothing social group recently got active organizing a campus-wide effort to send care packages to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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[Last summer, Eve and LeRoy Christian decided to move from Tysons Corner, Va., and call Ashby Ponds home after they heard about it from a friend. We knew we would be the only deaf residents here, but that was not a big issue in our decision, says Mrs. Christian.

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As a child, I was very close to my grandmother, says Shaveta Kotwal, M.D. I loved spending time with her. I think, ultimately, that is what inspired me to study geriatric medicine. [caption id="attachment_12552" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Shaveta Kotwal, M.D., at Ashby Ponds.

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When looking for stimulating conversation, good food, and a festive atmosphere, those living at Ashby Ponds head to the popular happy hour socials, held every Tuesday and Friday afternoon at the Cardinal Clubhouse.

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Since the advent of the Food Network, foodies everywhere have been craving up-close-and-personal experiences with the chef preparing their meal. [caption id="attachment_11874" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Each Evening with the Chef comes complete with fine linens and candlelight.

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The quickest way to a friend s heart may be through the stomach, at least for many at Ashby Ponds. Within months after the Ashburn community opened, Natalie Margiotta started a monthly dining out group Women Out to Lunch as a way to meet new friends while enjoying delicious meals at some of the D.C. area s finest restaurants.

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In less than 18 months, Ashby Ponds has become home to more than 500 people.Today 500 people live there. (Above photo by Jason Conners, File photos)"][/caption] This is a huge milestone, says Executive Director David Gallagher.

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For Ashby Ponds Sharon Harvey, life is an adventure. This daredevil s accomplishments include working on a race car pit crew, white water rafting, hang gliding, and hot air ballooning in Kenya.

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[caption id="attachment_8218" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Benjamin Givens created this website to document the history of the U.S.S. Indiana, a ship he served on from September 23, 1944, until March 6, 1946."][/caption] Surrounded by bookcases filled with his research, Benjamin Givens shares the history of the World War II battleship U.S.S.