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Manassas has the best fireworks display in Northern Virginia. Believe it.

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Celebrate America this Independence Day in historic downtown Manassas.

Family-fun surrounds the train depot, Manassas Museum, and Harris Pavilion with great views of the best fireworks display in Northern Virginia! Bring out blankets and lawn chairs to claim your spot and enjoy all of the entertainment and fun going on. The fireworks show will start at 9:15 pm but there will be plenty of activities and contests before.

Unique bikes parade

The fun starts at 3 p.m. with kid’s rides in the water tower parking lot – Lot B – as well as a bicycle decorating contest in the Harris Pavilion. Children will ride in a parade around the pavilion showing off their unique bikes and prizes will be awarded for the most creative, most patriotic, and best overall bikes.

Apple pie contest

Next up is the apple pie baking contest at 4 p.m. Residents, visitors, and more are encouraged to show off their baking skill with delicious homemade apple pies. The pies will be judged by a group of city staff and residents looking for the City’s best apple pie.

Watermelon eating contest

Last in line for contests is the watermelon eating contest at 5 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion. What better way to cool down in the summer than a fresh piece of watermelon? The contest will be broken up into two age groups – 17 & under and 18 & older – as contestants show off how fast they can eat their watermelon. The children’s age group will have to finish a quarter of a watermelon while the adult group will have to eat an entire half.

Applications for all three contests can be found on www.visitmanassas.org and are due back no later than Friday, July 1.

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Good morning Prince William – Lake Ridge Fellowship House senior living needs a volunteer who speaks Korean to help interpret for one gentleman in particular but they also have several other residents with limited English skills. This gentleman needs help with a hearing test soon. Come share your special gift. Please call Kathleen at (703) 494-4455 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic needs 1-2 registered nurse volunteers to work a few mornings a month at their clinic. Specific duties include case management and running the clinic. Another fabulous opportunity to share your expertise with those most vulnerable. Please email Caitlin at: Caitlin.denney@pwafc.org for more info.

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· Chapel of His Glory provides legal, social services, financial management workshops and fun family gatherings to families in the Manassas community. They are looking for volunteers with legal skills, translators to a host of languages, admin support, events and children minders. Come join their team in Georgetown South Community! Please email Mr. Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· Brain Injury Services is looking for a Frank Sinatra fan to visit with a wonderful young woman with a brain injury. She lives in Centreville and would like a visitor once or twice a month for six months. She has a keen interest in Frank Sinatra! Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas. These classes are held Monday-Thursday but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week. Training is provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.

· The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Mark your calendars for the next Community Forum on Wednesday July 6th – 7pm at the Old Manassas Courthouse titled: The Rural Crescent: Fact or Fiction? This event is sponsored by The PW Conservation Alliance. All are Welcome. You can call (703) 490-5200 for additional info.

· The PW Conservation Alliance will also conduct a spruce-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on the following days: July 9 from 10am-12pm; July 17 from 2pm-4pm; August 6th from 9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

· Independence Empowerment Center looks forward to its 9th ADA Celebration at the Harris Pavilion from 10am-2pm on July 23rd. Please plan to join them for live music, food, and children’s’ games. They will announce the winner of the 2016 design contest for this year’s t-shirt.

· Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive. Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org for all the specifics. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has a new email address- it is: rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Mary can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3.

Please visit our newly re-vamped website at volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Weddings and celebrations are perfect for the Manassas Park Community Center

Weddings and celebrations at the Manassas Park Community Center

If you’re planning a big function like a wedding celebration outside, you’ll worry about the possibility of rain.

And if you are planning during the summer months, it will be hot and humid. Everyone will be sweaty, and maybe even a little cranky because of, you know, the whole hot and sweaty thing. It sure doesn’t seem like the ideal setting for a wedding – or any celebration.

However, the beautifully appointed banquet room at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC) would be the ideal setting for your celebration. The banquet room at the MPCC offers the kind of versatility that makes it possible for you and for your guests to have a successful and memorable occasion.

And you won’t have to worry about the weather! Or the heat, or the humidity!

There are two wedding packages at the MPCC.

Deluxe Package

The first package, called the Deluxe Package includes the full banquet hall for 8 hours, with seating up to 200 guests, the catering kitchen, a pre-function area where guests can have a happy hour, a 12’ x 12’ dance floor for $2,373 for residents and $3,045 for non-residents. Childcare is available for $250 for 30 children.

“This includes a $500 fully refundable deposit for the full banquet hall or a $250 deposit for the half banquet hall,” said Amelia Powell, Customer Service Supervisor. “Our indoor spaces are on a first come, first serve basis, “she said, “Our only rule is that you need to have the event paid in full 30 days prior to the event date.” She added people can pay monthly, weekly, or pay in a lump sum.

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Gold Package

The second package is called the Gold Package which includes half the banquet hall for 7 hours, seating for 115 guests, and the catering kitchen for $1,554 for residents and $2,036 for non-residents.

The catering kitchen is available for use with the Banquet hall facilities. The roomy 1,082 square foot kitchen includes a six burner gas range, convection ovens, warming ovens, ice machines, and lots of stainless steel tables for prepping the food. “There is also a loading dock outside the kitchen for loading and unloading. It really makes it easier to unload all the food items right into the kitchen,” added Ms. Powell.

“We have a Preferred Vendor List, so if there is a service you need, we can provide a contact for you,” Powell said. She pointed out that the facility also provides ample parking with a private entrance for you and your guests.

More intimate gatherings

Yes, the big events can be celebrated at the MPCC, but what about other occasions that also need celebrating—like a sweet sixteen party or the celebration of the end of a sports season?

The MPCC also has multi-purpose rooms which are 1,082 feet of air conditioned space and provides seating for 35 people. This is the perfect size for a more intimate gathering and also includes a shared kitchenette space.

Whether you’re having a large wedding or a small intimate affair, you can host it at the MPCC. Give Amelia Powell a call at 703-335-8872. She will be happy to help you plan that one-of-a-kind wedding at the MPCC.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. Rental space is also availability for your event. For more information visit us at ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com, or call at 703-335.-8872.

Equality Prince William wants LGBT Pride Month

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Potomac Local was copied in this email to Prince William County Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe: 
Prince William County Supervisor Nohe:
 
What do the President of the United States, the Honorable Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Cities of Alexandria and Fairfax, the Town of Herndon, and the Counties of Arlington and Fairfax all have in common?  All have declared June 2016 to be LGBT Pride Month.  These declarations were also made in 2014 (https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/lgbt-pride-month/) and 2015 (https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-pride-month/).
 
This is a conversation that our Equality Prince William President started two years ago and one he has been trying to continue, most recently with a request more than 5 weeks ago for an appointment with you.  He has recently spoke with Kelsey Clark who assured me that she had made you aware of this request.
 
Equality Prince William has more than 300 members on our Facebook page and those individuals are members, friends, relatives, allies, and supporters of the Prince William LGBT community.  They reside in all 7 Magisterial Districts of Prince William County as well as the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
 
June is already half gone, but given the tragedy in Orlando, Florida recently and the outpouring of support for the LGBT Community worldwide as a result, I can’t stress enough what the gesture of the Prince William Board of Supervisors declaring June to be Pride Month for this year and in the years to come would mean for your constituents.
 
Thank you for your consideration and have a great evening.  Jim O’Connor (Equality Prince William President) and I are willing to meet with you in person to discuss this.
 
David Dooley, Vice President
Equality Prince William
P.O. Box 6983
Woodbridge, VA   22195 

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Frank Sinatra fan to visit with young woman with a brain injury

Good morning – Brain Injury Services is looking for a Frank Sinatra fan to visit with a wonderful young woman with a brain injury. She lives in Centreville and would like a visitor once or twice a month for six months. She has a keen interest in Frank Sinatra! Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.

· The Virginia Cooperative Extension is sponsoring To Your Credit! Understanding your credit Report on Tuesday, June 28th at the Sudley North government Center. You will learn how to read your credit report, how to build and repair your credit history, guard against identity theft, and how to correct errors on your credit report, among other topics. To register, please call (703) 792-6287 or email them at: smartmoney@pwcgov.org.

· The Prince William Area Free Clinic is seeking 1-2 registered nurses to volunteer as their INR Clinic coordinators. PWAFC runs an INR clinic four times a month for a few hours in the morning. Currently, they need volunteer RNs who would be interested in running the clinic and case management some or all of the days. Contact Caitlin at: Caitlin.Denny@pwafc.org.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas. These classes are held Monday-Thursday but volunteers are only asked to teach once a week. Training is provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.

· SERVE needs volunteer groups to provide weekday activities with the shelter kids when school is out. Come play games, do crafts, read stories and other fun stuff. Teens must be at least 16yrs old. Sounds like super fun way to offer safe fun to neat kids. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs.org for more info.

· The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Mark your calendars for the next Community Forum on Wednesday July 6th – 7pm at the Old Manassas Courthouse titled: The Rural Crescent: Fact or Fiction? This event is sponsored by The PW Conservation Alliance. All are Welcome. You can call (703) 490-5200 for additional info.

· The PW Conservation Alliance will also conduct a spruce-up of the K9 Gunner Dog Park on the following days: July 9 from 10am-12pm; July 17 from 2pm-4pm; August 6th from 9:30am-12pm. The address is 13000 Minnieville Rd., Woodbridge 22192. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and a hat to keep off the sun!

· Independence Empowerment Center looks forward to its 9th ADA Celebration at the Harris Pavilion from 10am-2pm on July 23rd. Please plan to join them for live music, food, and childrens’ games. They will announce the winner of the 2016 design contest for this year’s t-shirt.

· Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive. Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: www.habitatpwc.org for all the specifics. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.
· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has a new email address- it is: rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Mary can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Celebrate dad at the 12th Annual Manassas Wine & Jazz Fest

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The 12th Annual Manassas Wine & Jazz Festival is back on Sunday, June 19 from 12-7  p.m. on the Manassas Museum Lawn.

Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day at this day-long event with plenty for all to enjoy. Featuring Virginia farm wineries and two local breweries, the event is a great kickoff to summer as people plan their weekend getaways.

Manassas’ Wine & Jazz Festival has annually been held on Father’s Day and has expanded from the Harris Pavilion to the Museum Lawn. It’s a great event for everyone! Families can come to enjoy the day with great live jazz performances and high-end novelty crafters. The entertainment stage will host the Robert Jospe Express, the Dave Wilson Quartet and back again this year is headline jazz performer Marcus Johnson.

“Marcus Johnson has become a staple in this festival. Year after year people come strictly to see him perform and then get to experience all that the festival has to offer,” said HMI’s Executive Director Debbie Haight.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and find a spot on the front of the museum lawn at the stage to relax and enjoy the jazz music. After you’ve finished tasting all of the wines, attendees can purchase their favorite bottle and enjoy it at the festival or have it collected to pick up at the end of the day.

This year, the VIP ticket option has been upgraded significantly with a limited number of available tickets. Not only will VIP ticket holders get to enter an hour early at 11am, they will also receive a $10 gift card to the shops and restaurants in historic downtown Manassas, and complimentary water. Attendees who purchase a VIP ticket will receive 6 exclusive wine and food pairings on each hour in a secluded VIP tent. They will receive a description from each winery along with the restaurant or food vendor who is pairing with their wines. The VIP experience is sure to add additional excitement to an already fun-filled day.

Tickets for the festival are on sale via MissionTix and can be found at www.visitmanassas.org. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event but prices will go up. For more information on all of the events going on in historic downtown Manassas, go to www.visitmanassas.org

Meet our personal trainers at Manassas Park Community Center

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Summer is here, and you know what that means, it’s time to get your body into summer shape so you look absolutely fabulous in your summer clothes!

Did you know the Manassas Park Community Center has a staff of excellent, qualified and hard-working fitness trainers? Below we’re featuring bios of two of our trainers who can help you obtain and maintain your best summer body ever!

Christina Gallagher is a Personal Fitness Trainer at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC). “I can honestly say all of my work out experience, combined with my love of being healthy, is the key to helping area patrons not only work out correctly but to change their habits and to eat healthy, so they can attain their fitness and health goals.”

“I guess you could say my workout motto is: Do what you like then you will do it–no excuses! Together we will devise a workout plan, and usually, I am right next to you performing the exact same exercises. If you want to work with a small group, that is fine too. I love to work out with my clients because I can constantly monitor their form — no bad habits here!”

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MORE: Two main reasons to workout with a trainer at Manassas Park Community Center

Alan Harshaw, is also a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor at the Community Center.

“What can you expect with me as your trainer? After you complete the initial assessment, I will sit down with you to review the big three: strength training, nutrition, and cardio. We will devise a plan where you will incorporate these three things into your daily routine. It won’t take long for you to see results. Those results are important, but it is equally important that you continue to use what we discuss so that you will always maintain a healthy body and a healthy attitude.”

“As a personal trainer, my job will be to train the entire body. After that, we will focus on your problem areas. It is my job to motivate you – and it is your job to perform the work. Remember, anyone can be ordinary, but I will help you become extraordinary. You can reach any goal you desire, and I will be there to motivate you!”

Come see Alan and Christina as well as all of our Personal Trainers at the MPCC, and in no time, you will be singing their praises—and looking good too!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

This promoted post is written by Manassas Park Community Center.

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Call to Action: The Rural Crescent: Fact or Fiction?

 Good morning – Historic Manassas needs volunteers for the 12th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival on June 19th.  This super fun event offers all kinds of volunteer positions throughout the day including- early shift of 11am-3pm or the second shift of 3pm-7pm.  Locations throughout the event at the VIP Tent, will call/wine pick-up, hand out glasses or ID check.  It promises to be a warm sunny day.  Please email Erin at erin@historicmanassasinc.org to learn more.

  • Brain Injury Services needs a bi-lingual Spanish speaker to visit a huge soccer fan in Falls Church.  These very special “Pals” offer a huge impact to an individual with a brain injury.  Come be that special person. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.
  • Mark your calendars for the next Community Forum on Wednesday July 6th – 7pm at the Old Manassas Courthouse titled: The Rural Crescent: Fact or Fiction?  This event is sponsored by The PW Conservation Alliance.  All are Welcome.  You can call (703) 490-5200 for additional info.
  • The Virginia Cooperative Extension is having their next Homeownership Seminar on Saturday June 18th, 9am-4pm in Woodbridge.  Come learn about all the aspects of buying a home.  To register, please call (703) 792-6287 or email them at: smartmoney@pwcgov.org.
  • Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas.  These classes are held Monday-Thursday which gives you lots of flexibility to what class works for your schedule.  Training provided and you do not need to know any other language.  Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.
  • SERVE needs volunteer groups to provide weekday activities with the shelter kids when school is out.  Come play games, do crafts, read stories and other fun stuff.  Teens must be at least 16yrs old.  Sounds like super fun way to offer safe fun to neat kids.  Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs.org for more info.
  • The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon.  Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs.  Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health.  Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.
  • Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive.  Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home.  Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: habitatpwc.org for all the specifics.  They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers.  It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.
  • Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30.  Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.
  • The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has a new email address- it is:rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org
  • If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William.  Mary can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like.  Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3.  Please visit our newly re-vamped website atwww.volunteerprincewilliam.org.  Thanks so much for all you do in our community. 
Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

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We are all grateful to the law enforcement officers who protect us. When wounded on the job, we should know who they are.

I saw the name of a Stafford County Sheriff’s Deputy, who was shot four times the line of duty earlier this week identified today in the media only through court records.

Thankfully, the deputy is on his way to recovery after a successful surgery.

We all respect those in law enforcement who protect and serve us. We, as a community join and rally around them to make a full recovery. We are saddened when they, god forbid, pay the ultimate price.

In this case, a reporter searching through court case records is the only reason we know the name of this brave deputy who is deserving our thanks, admiration, and goodwill.

“Initially, the deputy’s family requested that the injured deputy’s name be withheld. The Sheriff’s office complied with their wishes,” stated Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman M.C. Moncure.

When three Prince William County police officers were shot in February, one of them fatally, we (the public at large and members of the media) knew the names of the officers within hours of the incident.

The Prince William County Police Department Public Information Office not only released the names to the media on the night of the shootings, but they also posted names and photos of the officers on the department’s social media accounts.

Officer Ashely Guindon paid the ultimate price on her first day on the job. Officers David McKeown and Jessie Hempen recovered, and were celebrated when they returned to the department for roll call — a triumphant moment that Prince William police shared on its social media pages.

In hours after Prince William police told us the names of the brave officers who were shot in the line of duty during a domestic situation, that information was used by citizens to create a rallying cry around fallen officers, and to show support for a police department that serves its citizens.

Within days, 1,000 people gathered at the county’s government center for a candlelight vigil to remember Officer Guindon, and pull together for the speedy recovery of the then hospitalized officers McKeown and Hempen. It was one of the biggest display’s of community support I had seen, and it made me proud to be from Prince William.

In regards to the Prince William department’s decision to tell us the names of its wounded officers, spokesman Jonathan Perok had this to say, “There isn’t a policy in that regard. It was a mutual decision that the department and families came to at the time. We saw a need in releasing the names and the families were consulted and agreed.”

Wouldn’t the Stafford Sheriff’s Office agree the actions of the Prince William County Police Department set a good precedent in this cases like these in the name of transparency, as well as a way to solicit support from its residents?

In my nearly 20 years experience in local media, the Prince William County Police Department is not alone when it comes to providing its residents the names of its wounded police officers.

We are all grateful to the service given by the men and women of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office, and all law enforcement agencies that work to keep us safe. The ability to identify its members and support them in trying times like these should not be limited to those “in the know” or by those who are forced to search court case records.

What’s the secret to Bottle Stop Wine Bar’s success in Occoquan?

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My kids have always been entrepreneurs-in-training.

Case in point: one sunny spring day in 2007, my daughters decided to set up a lemonade stand in the front yard. Well, after about an hour, my youngest daughter, Olivia, came running into the house screaming at the top of her lungs in that ridiculously high pitch that only a 6-year-old can make.

“Daddy! Daddy! Daaaaaaddy!” she yelled. “I NEED COFFEE NOW!!!!” For a brief moment I became concerned that my daughter was taking this work-thing a bit too seriously and already had the coffee-break jitters.

Then I noticed the dollar bill in her hand.

“What’s that?” I asked.

Nearly breathless, Olivia explained, “This man came by and ordered coffee and paid me a dollar.”

“Olivia, you have a lemonade stand,” I reasoned (big mistake – never try to reason with a six year old).

Olivia put her hands on her hips and rolled her eyes at her slow-to-catch-on dad, “But DADDY, coffee is what he WANTED!”

We hurriedly made the nice man a cup of coffee, and my daughters sold a few glasses of lemonade that day.

The following Saturday morning my kids decided to ditch the lemonade and set up a coffee and donut stand instead. It worked! They made roughly $150 which they donated to a local homeless shelter.

Olivia learned a valuable business lesson – listen and learn from your customers if you want to grow.

Emil and Kim Wigode, owners of Bottle Stop Wine Bar in Occoquan

Kim and Emil Wigode, owners of Bottle Stop Wine Bar in Occoquan have taken this same approach to listening and learning to their customers over the past five years. It has been amazing to watch them make incremental improvements to their business fueled by input from their customer base.

Originally called Olde Dominion Wine Shoppe, the Wigodes sold wine made in Virginia from a small storefront. Business was good, but their growing customer base asked them to expand their selection to include non-Virginia wines.

They did, and business continued to grow so much that they needed to move into a larger space… and they haven’t stopped listening and learning from their customers since then.

The larger space allowed them to build a small commercial kitchen and offer wines by the glass. The Wine Bar concept led to demand from customers for more on-site seating, and additional food options to pair with their wine had them looking to grow further.

They expanded a second time while reducing their retail area to allow guests to enjoy creative small-plate dishes to pair with their wine (their Devilish Duo deviled eggs are amazing).

The wine by the glass program was such a hit that they expanded to offer craft beer, craft whiskey, and scotch as well.

Their newest addition is in answer to customers who would love a glass of a higher-end wine without having to purchase the whole bottle. Their state-of-the-art Wine Preservation System allows bottled wine to be kept fresh so customers may enjoy an even larger selection of wines by-the-glass.

From great business owners like Kim and Emil to budding entrepreneurs like my daughter Olivia, listening and learning to what customers want is a vital key to success for no matter what your business size.

Know a local business that does a great job listening and learning from their customers? Introduce us and I’d love to feature a story about them!

“Business Beat” is a sponsored column written by One Degree Capital CEO and President Rod Loges. His column examines ideas and best practices that help local businesses succeed.

Celebrate the 4th of July with the City of Manassas Park

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There are few things that go together better than celebrating July 4th and watching the fireworks display at the Signal Hill Park.

The City of Manassas Park truly offers one of the best fireworks displays in the area.

You know what they say, the early bird gets the worm and in this case, the early bird gets the best seat for viewing the amazing fireworks show! So plan to arrive early, and take the shuttle so you don’t have to worry about parking.

Handicapped only parking will be available on-site at the Signal Bay Water Park for just $5.00 per spot. The handicapped only parking lot will be open after 5 p.m. There is also limited general parking across the street from the entrance to Signal Hill Park. It only costs $5 per spot, and will be available after 5 p.m.

Once the parking area across the street is full, there will be free shuttle buses from City Hall and from VRE directly to Signal Bay Water Park. Those shuttles will begin at 6 p.m.

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To ensure that this popular event is safe for the whole the family, MPCC staff will be conducting bag checks as you arrive. Alcohol, glass containers, and outside fireworks (including sparklers) are not permitted inside the park – so please leave those items at home!

The fireworks display begins as soon as it gets dark, so that the dark sky can be the backdrop to the stunning, colorful and sometimes loud, fireworks display. Pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and prepare to view the best July 4th fireworks celebration at the Signal Hill Park!

Signal Hill Park is located at 9300 Signal View Drive in Manassas Park, VA. Maintained by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation the park features one softball field, four multi-use fields, Signal Hill Pavilion, a playground, a tennis court, basketball courts, walking paths, and pond area.

Signal Hill Park is also home to Signal Bay Water Park a 27,000 sqft aquatic facility featuring a zero depth entry leisure pool with water cannons, slides, and lazy river. For more information regarding  Signal Hill Park or Signal Bay Water Park please visit ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

This promoted post was written by Maria Bosack for the Manassas Park Community Center. 

Talented workforce helps IFAS expand in Prince William

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Never let a door close behind you. Never be afraid to call on an old co-worker or boss. And never underestimate the power of a relationship.

“If a person is not the right person you’re looking for, that person might just be the one to help you make the connection to the right person,” said Tabatha Turman, president and CEO of Integrated Finance & Accounting Solutions, LLC (IFAS) in Prince William County.

More than just sound networking advice, that is how Turman grew a one-woman consulting business that began in her home into a firm of more than 80 employees, serving as the Prime Contractor for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in project management, program development, budget execution and cost analysis.

As a subcontractor, today IFAS provides financial improvement and audit readiness assistance services for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and IFAS serves as Prime Contractor to the Financial Management Division (FMD) Accounting Branch.

IFAS is located in Class-A office space along Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge.
IFAS provides financial improvement and audit readiness assistance services for the Defense Logistics Agency.
Tabatha Turman grew a one-woman consulting business that began in her home into a firm of more than 80 employees.

As Turman transitioned out of active duty service in the Army nine years ago, she relied on relationships she had built there. Now, as her company prepares for its 10-year anniversary, the Army remains its oldest client.

“We get to know our clients on a personal and professional level,” said Turman. “When we have someone assigned to a customer, we get to know their families, and who they are…it’s not only about business.”

Turman’s first office was a small space at Tacketts Mill in Lake Ridge, something the Federal Government told her she needed if she wanted to obtain the necessary security clearances to win contracting work. Today she’s located in Class-A office space along Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge.

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The company recently expanded its offices to include more conference room space for client meetings and team-building sessions, and more workspaces for project managers. Turman kept her business in Prince William despite other business owners who told her she wouldn’t be able to find a quality workforce there.

“I have very talented people who have been with me for eight of the nine years I’ve been in business. They drive from Bristow, Gainesville, from other parts of the surrounding area,” said Turman. “Their job is part of their quality of life. My employees enjoy the fact that they can go to work for a firm making the same, or more money and not have to sit three or four hours in commuter traffic every day.”

Last year, IFAS received an award from the Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Chief Information Officer for their support in financial and administrative areas. In 2014, Turman was selected as a Brava! winner for SmartCEO’s Brava! Awards program. The Brava! Awards celebrated the distinguished achievements of 32 of Greater Washington’s top women business leaders. The class collectively generated more than $254.6 million in annual revenue and employed over 1,111 individuals.

But Turman’s business success was not without challenges. Like many small businesses, Turman faced problems accessing the capital necessary to grow. They resolved their financial woes by developing relationships with bankers who understood the industry. “I heard your three biggest friends in business are your banker, accountant and attorney,” Turman said. Bankers are willing to work with IFAS because “They’ve been with me on the ride,” Turman said.

Turman in the early days remained focused on her vision to grow her company and then relied on her network of relationships to make it happen. She recounted that someone once told her, “Slow down to go fast…align your team around a common purpose. Create the vision so everyone moves in the right direction no matter what their role is in the organization.”

In addition to the power of relationships, Turman attributes some of her success to staying focused and time management skills. She has fine-tuned “trying to master a healthy balance between professional, personal and family life.”

IFAS continues to support contracts in areas outside the Washington, D.C. region, to include Colorado, San Diego, and Tampa, Fla. She aims to grow her company by winning work in more areas in the U.S.

For more information on IFAS-LLC, visit www.ifas-llc.com.

This promoted post is written by Potomac Local under an agreement with Prince William County Department of Economic Development to showcase business in the region.

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Call to Action: Volunteers for 12th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival

 Good morning  – As we approach Flag Day on June 14th the local district Boy Scouts invite you to retire your worn or tattered flag properly with honor at their two Flag Collection Centers.

The scouts man these two centers the second and fourth Saturdays from 9am-1pm. The collection centers are located at both the PWC Landfill and Balls Ford Compost Facility. Huge Cheers to our scouts!

· The Manassas City Police Association invites you to their Free VIN Etching event on Saturday June 11th, 10am-2pm at the Manassas Train Depot. This is a simple process of having the VIN engraved onto the window using a chemical solution which is very effective in deterring auto theft. They will also have Thin Line BBQ for sale as well.

· The Virginia Cooperative Extension is having their next Homeownership Seminar on Saturday June 11th, 9am-4pm. Come learn about all the aspects of buying a home. To register, please call (703) 792-6287 or email them at: smartmoney@pwcgov.org.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas. These classes are held Monday-Thursday which gives you lots of flexibility to what class works for your schedule. Training provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Historic Manassas needs volunteers for the 12th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival on June 19th. This super fun event offers all kinds of volunteer positions throughout the day including- early shift of 11am-3pm or the second shift of 3pm-7pm. Locations throughout the event at the VIP Tent, will call/wine pick-up, hand out glasses or ID check. It promises to be a warm sunny day. Please email Erin at erin@historicmanassasinc.org to learn more.

· PW Soil & Water Conservation District is having their next volunteer certification training for stream monitors in northern Virginia. It’s June 11th at Manassas National Battlefield Park Hdqtr. From 9am-3:30pm. This training is free but you must register with Veronica at: (571) 379-7514. Very cool!

· SERVE needs volunteer groups to provide weekday activities with the shelter kids when school is out. Come play games, do crafts, read stories and other fun stuff. Teens must be at least 16yrs old. Sounds like super fun way to offer safe fun to neat kids. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs.org for more info.

· The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive. Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: habitatpwc.org for all the specifics. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has a new email address- it is: rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Mary can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

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Call to Action: Want to help improve the dog park?

Good morning  – Mark your calendars for Thursday June 2nd for the annual Do More 24 Day. Please visit DoMore24.org to learn more and of course support a kid and a toy at Volunteer Prince William’s Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program with just a $24 contribution.

· Catholic Charities- Hogar Immigrant Services is urgently seeking teachers for the English classes in Manassas. These classes are held Monday-Thursday which gives you lots of flexibility to what class works for your schedule. Training provided and you do not need to know any other language. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more.

· Historic Manassas needs volunteers for the 12th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival on June 19th. This super fun event offers all kinds of volunteer positions throughout the day including- early shift of 11am-3pm or the second shift of 3pm-7pm. Locations throughout the event at the VIP Tent, will call/wine pick-up, hand out glasses or ID check. It promises to be a warm sunny day. Please email Erin at erin@historicmanassasinc.org to learn more.

· The K9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park and adjacent buffer project have their next work day on Sunday June 5th, 2-4pm. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes and sun block for this fun get your hands dirty project. You can email Vinetta at: vpaul@pwconserve.org to learn more.

· Keep Prince William Beautiful needs volunteers on June 4-5 at the Occoquan Arts and Crafts Fair and on June 15th for the 4th quarter litter survey from 8:30am-1pm. Please Claudia at (571) 285-3772 to learn more.

· PW Soil & Water Conservation District is having their next volunteer certification training for stream monitors in northern Virginia. It’s June 11th at Manassas National Battlefield Park Hdqtr. From 9am-3:30pm. This training is free but you must register with Veronica at: (571) 379-7514. Very cool!

· SERVE needs volunteer groups to provide weekday activities with the shelter kids when school is out. Come play games, do crafts, read stories and other fun stuff. Teens must be at least 16yrs old. Sounds like super fun way to offer safe fun to neat kids. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs.org for more info.

· The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity has started the new home makeover on Central Park Drive. Lots of volunteer opportunities on this home. Please visit the volunteer calendar for all the specifics at: habitatpwc.org for all the specifics. They especially need lunch donors to bring lunch to the other volunteers. It’s easy- just make some sandwiches, a bag of chips, few cookies and a drink to make their day.

· Helping Neighbors Outreach Center in Dale City needs volunteers to help in the office on Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Duties include answering the phone, mailings and other admin duties. Please call Pastor Edmonds at (703) 964-7725 for more info.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program –RSVP has a new email address- it is: rsvp@volunteerprincewilliam.org

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Mary can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

We’ve got cloggers, belly dancers, wintry princesses, and train rides at the Heritage Railroad Festival in Manassas

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The Heritage Railway Festival is back in Manassas for its 22nd year! Enjoy the rich railroad history of Manassas Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. surrounding the Train Depot.

A day full of family-friendly fun, the Railway Festival will feature a community stage on West Street hosting Premier Martial Arts, Wildlife Ambassadors, Bull Run Cloggers, and Magnificent Belly Dancers. Take an excursion train ride to Clifton and back featuring two wintry princess.

Tickets are available for purchase online and in person at the Train Depot. Excursion trains will leave at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.. After your train excursion, walk over to the Harris Pavilion and view the memorabilia and model train displays. Stop by the Farmers Market, enjoy children rides, shop novelty vendors and more!

A new addition to the festival this year, is the chance to win a tea party with the two wintry princesses between the morning and afternoon trains. Bags of Hershey Kisses are being sold at numerous downtown merchant locations with winning bags containing blue Hershey Kisses. Winners will have a one-hour tea party at The Things I Love for additional time with the princesses.

Back again this year is the Norfolk & Southern J-Class 611 Steam Train. The Steam Train will take passengers on a half day excursion to Front Royal and back Saturday morning and return around noon to remain as a static display for the duration of the festival. The Steam Train will then take two excursions on Sunday, June 5. A limited number of tickets remain for the three Steam Train excursions and can be purchased online at www.fireup611.org.

Whether you love trains and railroads or are just looking for some family fun, this event is a great way to spend your Saturday and see all that Historic Downtown Manassas has to offer. For more information on this and other events in the City of Manassas, go to www.visitmanassas.org.

Mall walking keeps seniors fit, healthy (and humorous!)

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You can see them bright and early, at 8 o’clock most mornings — walking, talking and laughing in Manassas Mall, enjoying the new layout and the mall extension. They are the mall walkers, an informal group of retirees who are into staying active and getting some social time in, too.

This particular group of mall walkers met each other initially by good, old fashioned, in-person introduction, and before long they formed a strong bond. Members have been walking the mall anywhere from five years all the way up to 20 years. They range from ages 65 to 90 years old and tend to walk alongside those who have similar paces.

While they may not have discovered the fountain of youth, these seniors recognize a healthy habit when they see one. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “The loss of strength and stamina attributed to aging is in part caused by reduced physical activity. Inactivity increases with age. By age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity.” These stats don’t apply to the mall walkers.  

The benefits of walking are substantial. A study by University College London suggests that walking for an hour or two daily might lower the risk of stroke in both men and women by as much as one-third. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston say women who walk 30 minutes a day reduce their risk of stroke by 20 percent. If they engage in brisk walking, that benefit increases to 40 percent. And a study at the University of Colorado at Boulder found that post-menopausal women who walk up to two miles a day can lower their blood pressure by about 11 points in 24 weeks.

Walker Ruby Willbanks may or may not know about the stats, but she does know what advice to give. “Never give up,” she says. “Just keep moving.”

The benefits of mall walking are substantial.
The benefits of mall walking are substantial.
The benefits of mall walking are substantial.
The benefits of mall walking are substantial.
The benefits of mall walking are substantial.
The benefits of mall walking are substantial.
The benefits of mall walking are substantial.

The Social Side

Charles Willbanks half-jokingly says he started walking because his wife Ruby told him to. But he is evidence of what the CDC reports on seniors staying fit: “Social support from family and friends has been consistently and positively related to regular physical activity.”

“I come to the mall because I know where it is,” jokes Richard Perry, who also belongs to a gym. On a more serious note, he adds, “This is social. I don’t know anyone at the gym.”

Mary Griffith, who says she has seen a lot of changes in the mall over the years, has been a faithful mall walker for two decades. Twice a week she also goes to the Manassas Senior Center to take a class called “Stand Tall and Don’t Fall.” She meets her walking friends at the food court for coffee and conversation after their brisk walks.

Most of the group grew up in the area, but there are people from all over the world and from different backgrounds.

Jacob Mathai is from India. He has been walking the mall for about four years. Sporting an iPhone he uses to track his miles, he says, “We come here for exercise, networking and fun. We’re here for each other. The people who come just feel better about life.”

“Every day is a good day,” says Ruby Willbanks.

Rev. Ralph Benson, Pastor of Brentsville Presbyterian, joins the group. He is former military and a former Pentagon chaplain. When asked what the group talks about, he says frankly, “politics and religion.”

The walkers also go on what they call field trips. On the last Friday of each month, they eat at IHOP in the mall. They visit museums together, like the Air and Space Museum, the Marine Corps museum in Quantico and others. They carpool together. Fridays are “hat days” when everyone wears different hats.

The quote they chose for their particular little group?  “Everyone makes us happy — some when they come, some when they leave.”

But, Charles Willbanks adds more seriously, “Everyone is welcome.”

This post is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas.

Manassas wants to know what keeps you coming back to Downtown, and what more you want to see.

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Historic Manassas, Inc. (HMI) is in the process of re-branding itself and wants public input.

HMI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit contracted by the City of Manassas, but many people are unaware of what HMI does for the community.

However, much of what the community participates in is planned and coordinated by HMI.

“Many people hear ‘Historic’ Manassas and automatically think we run the museum and the historical landmarks in the City, but that’s not us,” said Executive Director Debbie Haight.

HMI created a short survey to gather a general idea of what people that HMI is, what draws them to a great downtown area, and more. The survey is designed to take no longer than 15 minutes of one’s time and also provides for an opportunity to win a gift card to the shops and restaurants in historic downtown Manassas.

HMI’s survey has only been up and running for less than a week, but the response has been incredible.

“The responses we’ve received so far have already shown us that people are confusing what our organization does,” said Haight. “However, it’s exciting to see so many people invested in the downtown district and we can’t wait to show them what they are helping us to create.”

After a brief look at the results many people are excited about all that has happened in Downtown Manassas over the last few years with new events and art initiatives and all that is to come.

If you have a few moments, consider taking this short survey and getting your opinions and thoughts heard here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FB3XSZ6.  The survey will be up through Sunday, May 29.

 

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Call to Action: Help needed for food drive pickup

Good morning – The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-12noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more. (more…)

Fiducial building in Downtown Manassas sells for $1.3 million

New Owners to Combine Best of Past, Present and Future to Transform 100-Year-Old
Hynson Department Store Building Into Flagship Office Space

“The possibilities and opportunities it offers are almost endless”

ECU Communications, a full-service digital marketing and advertising firm, and Whitlock Wealth Management, a full-service Ameriprise financial planning firm, have jointly purchased the historic building located at 9073 Center Street in the heart of Downtown Manassas. ECU and Whitlock Wealth Management will share the second floor of the building, and rehabilitate the ground floor for future rental.

The unoccupied building sold for $1.3 million. 

Built in 1915, the building occupies a prime location at the intersection of Center and Main Streets, just two blocks from the Manassas train station and parking garage and surrounded by restaurants, shops and art galleries. The building will serve as Manassas-based ECU Communications’ headquarters and a second location for Whitlock Wealth Management, which has its main office in Lake Ridge. City Manager Pat Pate underscored that “the addition of these two professional firms to Downtown Manassas exemplifies the continuing diversification of the City’s business base, as more and more firms choose this historic, vibrant location”.

“We’re working with the City to make the most of the building’s location, history and character. The possibilities and opportunities it offers are almost endless,” said Jackie Krick, president of ECU. “This acquisition will also help ECU continue to grow our private sector and local client base,” Ms. Krick added. Bennet Whitlock, principal of Whitlock Wealth Management, concurred. “Not only is this a great location,” Mr. Whitlock said, “but it allows us to significantly expand our business footprint into the City of Manassas and central Prince William County, which will help us serve more investor clients.”

As an Ameriprise Advisor, Whitlock Wealth Management specializes in retirement and estate planning, wealth preservation strategies and comprehensive investment planning. ECU Communications specializes in digital and multicultural advertising and marketing, serving government, corporate and nonprofit clients. For more information about Whitlock Wealth Management, please phone 703.492.7732 or visit online at whitlockwealth.com. For more information about ECU Communications, please phone 703.754.7728 or visit ecucomm.com.

 

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Call to Action: Help needed for new home makeover

Good morning – The Community Health Network at the Manassas Park Community Center needs volunteers on Tuesdays from 8am-noon. Duties include assisting patients with medical forms, assisting with tracking information on electronic software and other admin jobs. Great training is provided by the VA Dept. of Health. Please call Valda at (703) 792-6755 to learn more.

· Don’t forget to buy your tickets to the 2nd Annual Cajun Occasion Crawfish Boil on Sunday May 15th. This year’s event benefits the Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids. Please register by May 10th! This promises to be great fun and for a great cause. It’s a family picnic with authentic Louisiana Buffet and a Crawfish Boil, music by Kitty and the Fat Cats and the beer and wine garden. All you can eat is $40/person or just $10 to be a tourist with limited concessions of burgers, dogs, drinks and ice cream but access to the wine and beer garden. Please purchase your tickets online at: missiontix.com (more…)

City of Manassas celebrates its business community in May

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Recognizing that businesses are the backbone of Manassas, the Manassas City Council recently issued a proclamation night declaring May “Business Appreciation Month.”

“The strength of the City of Manassas relies on the strength of its business community,” says Mayor Harry J. Parrish II. “Our businesses create jobs and make the City a great place to live, work, and do business.” (more…)

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