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Ci-Ci’s Selling $1 Drinks to Support Special Olympics Virginia

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Hold the anchovies but don’t hold out on supporting a athlete competing in this year’s Special Olympic Games in Virginia.

Ci-Ci’s Pizza restaurants will offer special paper logos for $1 that will be displayed throughout the restaurant. Those who buy one will get a voucher for a free regular drink with the purchase of an adult pizza buffet redeemable in August.

The fundraiser will kick-off Saturday, June 28 and will continue through July. Many of the participating restaurants will have Special Olympic athletes will be on hand to meet customers.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit Special Olympics Virginia state games. The games were already held this year, from June 6 to 8 in Richmond.

Ci-Ci’s has locations at 13600 Foulger Square in Woodbridge, at 50 Dunn Drive in Stafford, and at 10338 Festival Way in Manassas.

Sentara, MedSynergies Form Altea Health to Manage Practicing Physicians’ Books


WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- Physicians practicing at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center have formed a new company that will help physicians keep their financial records straight.

Sentara, a non-profit healthcare organization that operates Sentara Northern Virginia Hospital and medical facilities in Lake Ridge and Lorton, has founded a joint venture with Texas-based MedSynergies that will allow doctors to use new financial tools to reach and track their patients.

A Sentara spokeswoman says this move will allow doctors more time to focus on their patients and less time on billing.

Here’s more in a press release:

MedSynergies Inc. and non-profit health system Sentara Healthcare announced today that MedSynergies will deliver physician management and business services as part of the companies’ joint-venture management services organization (MSO), Aleta Health. Through Aleta Health, MedSynergies will help physicians manage their practices so they can focus on delivering quality health care to their patients.

“Physicians today should be able to concentrate on keeping their patients well rather than having to dedicate valuable appointment time to day-to-day business functions,” said Stephen Porter, corporate vice president, Northern Virginia, Sentara Healthcare. “Working with MedSynergies allows us to collaborate with physicians’ practices to expand our collective community health initiatives while delivering on our mission of exceptional patient care.”

Physicians affiliated with Aleta Health will have access to the MedSynergies MSIGHT solutions suite, which optimizes operations and provides meaningful information and analytics to help healthcare providers make more informed decisions. Physicians will use MSIGHT for patient outreach, referral and scheduling, revenue cycle management, human resources, as well as reporting and analytics.

By standardizing many of these functions and using best practices, Aleta Health physicians will improve productivity and efficiency, lower costs and have more time to dedicate to a comprehensive care model for patients. Once the phased implementation is complete, MedSynergies will provide these services to approximately 250 physicians in Northern Virginia.

“This MSO model gives physicians access to a wealth of valuable services while still allowing their practices to remain financially independent,” said James Dye, chief development officer, MedSynergies. “This agreement expands the MedSynergies footprint into Virginia and allows our teams to combine experience with a proven solution to improve practice operations while driving revenue growth.”

As a national leader in developing and operating physician management services organization, MedSynergies processes nearly 12 million patient visits each year and handles more than $1 billion in billing and collections for its 8,000-plus providers nationwide.

Aleta will serve physicians that practice under Sentara’s roof, as well as independent doctors.

Stafford Hospital Recognized for Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery

STAFFORD, Va. – Stafford Hospital has been recognized for their advances in minimally invasive surgery.

Here’s more in a press release:

Stafford Hospital was recently designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG).  This means that Stafford Hospital’s GYN Surgery program, under the medical directorship of Dr. Kurian Thott, has demonstrated excellence in minimally invasive GYN surgery.  The COEMIG program ensures that the safest, highest quality of care is delivered to minimally invasive gynecology surgery patients worldwide.  Stafford Hospital is one of only 5 Virginia hospitals that have been designated a COEMIG facility by the AAGL Surgical Review Board.

Dr. Kurian Thott, a local OB/GYN with advanced training and expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, led Stafford Hospital through the designation process.  COEMIG’s objective requirements and evaluation processes were developed in conjunction with leading minimally invasive GYN surgeons.  A commitment to patient care and success demands that the requirements be comprehensive, research-based and verified through a rigorous site inspection.

“Earning the center of excellence designation signified our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest quality care to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery patients,” said Cathy Yablonski, Stafford Hospital Administrator.  “With Dr. Thott, Stafford Hospital is performing hundreds of minimally invasive GYN surgeries each year, with outstanding results.  Participation in this designation has further focused our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines.”

The COEMIG program recognizes that the integrated efforts and resources of both the surgeon and the hospital are what provide lasting health benefits for patients.  Dr. Thott and Stafford Hospital meet these requirements and are committed to delivering safe, effective, evidence-based care for women requiring minimally invasive GYN surgery.

Potomac Local Pets


Starla: A beautiful, brown tabby who is about 6-years-old and a little love bug! When this sweet girl isn’t curled up on your lap, she loves regular play sessions. She adores other laid back cats and we think she’d be a fantastic ‘older sister’ to any young kitty. Starla is spayed, fully vaccinated and FIV/FeLV negative.

Sampson: This amazingly cute, chocolate brindle, Lab mix boy is 3 months old.Sampson is in the process of being leash trained and housebroken plus he is UTD on all his shots. He is playful and loves to cuddle.

Callista: The cutest little momma you ever did see! She is a 4-year-old spayed, Tortie female. She has a very relaxed but playful attitude. Callista is affectionate and loves to be with people.

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals shown above. 

Comedy, Concerts Featured Events as June Comes to Close

Stand up comedy, celebrating the 25th year of a popular state park, and a summer sounds concert are all in your weekend events calendar this last weekend of June.

Comedian Ryan Conner Live at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Friday – Tickets $15 pre sale, $20 at the door

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA as host and comedian Rahmein Mostafavi presents our headliner Ryan Conner.

Ryan Conner has developed a style of sharp story-telling that is “unique and extremely funny,” according to Punchline Magazine. His stand-up act has earned him a position as a contributing writer for Saturday Night Live and for MTV’s Ridiculousness.

Other TV credits have ranged from being in a pilot for the NFL Network, to doing 2008 post-election commentary for the BBC.

For tickets and information, please visit: http://workhousearts.org/events/performing-arts/cool-cow-comedy-presents-ryan-conner-1

Leeyslvania State Park on Potomac River in Woodbridge Celebrates 25 years, Saturday – Free with park admission

Leesylvania State Park celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a special cake cutting at the Marina at 6 p.m. followed by Anthony James Band and fireworks. If you like to take your canine best friend hiking with you, enjoy a special range led hike at either 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Dogs of all ages and breeds are welcome to go for a walk on the wild side. Leashes no longer than 6 feet in length are required. If your puppy gets nervous around other dogs please tie a yellow ribbon to their leash to let others know your furry friend needs some personal space. Meet at the visitor center.

Rhodes Tavern Troubadours live in concert at Workhouse Arts Center, 7 p.m. Saturday — FREE

oin us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Mount Vernon Nights presentation of The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours live in concert, June 28th at 7:00 p.m.

The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours are a post-pop and roots spectacular, ready to rock your world and serve up all kinds of ditties from Mark Noone’s Slickee Boys tunes to Jake Flack’s Thousand Dollar Car/Neptunes rockers, with everything in between.
This concert is free, no tickets are necessary.

For more information, please visit workhousearts.org/events/performing-arts/mount-vernon-nights-rhodes-tavern-troubadours-roots

Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory SummerSounds Concert Series, 6:30 p.m. Saturday — FREE

The Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory kick-starts SummerSounds Concerts featuring the Washington Scottish Pipe Band June 28 at the Harris Pavilion.

Bring the family and a picnic and join us for tender to rousing Celtic Classics! The Center for the Arts brings all SummerSounds to you free, rain or shine, and in partnership with the Harris Pavilion, Micron Technology Foundation and the City of Manassas.

Visit www.center-for-the-arts.org/programs/summer-sounds-concerts for more information.

Book Talk – Author Canden Schwantes, 2 p.m. Sunday — FREE

Fiery suffragettes, unconventional first ladies and rebellious socialites – turning up their noses at ladylike behavior, these pioneering women of Washington, D.C., shattered the expectations of a tightly corseted society. Escaped slave turned spy Mary Touvestre risked it all to scuttle Confederate plans to break the Union blockade.

Trading petticoats for trousers to work at the Union hospitals, Dr. Mary E. Walker was both the only female Medal of Honor recipient and the possessor of a police record for impersonating a man. During Prohibition, Firs Lady Florence Harding hosted jazz soirees and served up cocktails in the White House gardens.

Form pioneering photographers and newspaperwomen to enterprising madams and soldiers in disguise, author Canden Schwantes introduces readers to the decidedly daring and wild women of the capital.

Mary Poppins Movies Brings Crowd to Potomac Town Center


WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Hundreds of moviegoers sat below the big screen under the stars Sunday night.

They came out to Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge to watch a double feature of “Mary Poppins” and “Savings Mr. Banks.” Both Disney films, the former is a classic tale that depicts a nanny who comes to work for the family of a banker, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The latter is the story behind the making of the Mary Poppins movie, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.

There is a movie shown at Stonebridge each Sunday at 7 p.m. now through Sept. 28, 2014. The movie schedule is posted to Stonebridge’s website.

A portion of Potomac Town Place, the main street at the shopping center, is closed to vehicular traffic when the movies are shown so families can set up lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the film.

Foreigner and Forest Park’s Choir Perform Together at Jiffy Lube Live

[Photo: Forest Park Choir]

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – Foreigner had a little help from the Forest Park High School Choir.

The iconic rock band with hits like “waiting for a girl like you,” “cold as ice,” and “juke box hero,” performed at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow on Friday night.

Students from the Forest Park choir were tapped to help sing back-up vocals on the band’s smash hit “I wanna know what love is.”

The choir in May was asked to sing with the band at the June 20 show. The school’s choir program will also receive a $500 grant from the Grammy Foundation.

“The kids are stars in class for me every day, and tonight they got to be rock stars!” said Forest Park High School Choir Director Laura Brittain.

The concert took place one day after school let out for the summer. Forest Park High School is located at 15721 Forest Park Drive, just of Va. 234 near Dumfries.

From Virginia, Foreigner’s summer tour moves on to venues in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The band topped the music charts in the late 1970s and 80s and is touring with Styx, another popular rock band of the same era.

In 2012, students from Colonial Forge High School in Stafford County were invited to sing with Foreigner at a show in Fredericksburg.s

Ryan, Hanks Choose Virginia for ‘Ithaca’ Film

Meg Ryan has chosen Virginia to make a  film that will tell a coming-of-age  story set in World War II.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the film, “Ithaca,” which is based on the 1943 novel “The Human Comedy” that chronicles the challenges of growing up during wartime, will be shot in the state. The film will star Sam Shepard and Ryan’s son, Jack Quaid. Ryan will also direct and play role in the film.

The film will be produced by Tom Hanks. Ryan and Hanks wooed romantic comedy audiences in the 1990s when they shared the screen in “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail.”

“We couldn’t be happier that Meg Ryan has chosen Virginia as the location for her directorial debut,” said Governor McAuliffe in a press release. “Ithaca is a heart-warming story, and we are proud that it will be shot in the Commonwealth.  We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks on this film about an important time in American history.”

The movie will be shot in the Richmond and Petersburg area. Filming will begin next month and should wrap up in August. The production will be eligible for the Virginia Film Credit – the exact amount of the credit depends on how many workers the film brings to the state, as well as services purchased during the production.

The film and television industry in Virginia totaled $328.4 million and provided 3,061 jobs and $50.5 million in tax revenue in 2012, according to McAuliffe.

This is not the first time Hank’s production company, Playtone, has shot a film in Virginia. Much of 2008’s John Adams which was shown on HBO was shot in the state.

The Virginia State Capitol was a location used during filming of 2012’s “Lincoln.”

NOVA Students Win VEX Robotics Contest

Several students at Northern Virginia Community College in Manassas traveled to Anaheim, Calif. and won the VEX Robotics World Championship.

Here’s more in a press release from the college:

The team members include Andrew Bender, of Woodbridge, Justin Dommer, of Manassas, Oscar McCullough, of Triangle, Nick Reeves, of Woodbridge, Matt Rheinstein, of Woodbridge, and Jason Sanchez, of Dumfries.

The team earned the award in the VEXU division, which recognizes an outstanding engineering notebook based on the following criteria:

-  Engineering notebook is a clear, complete document of the team’s design and build process

-  Team is able to explain their design and strategy throughout the season

-  Team demonstrates personnel, time and resource management throughout the season

-  Teamwork and interview quality

The competition included 15,000 participants compromised of 760 teams (elementary, middle, high, and college level) from 27 countries. NOVA Robotics is based at NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus but open to all NOVA students. It is an outgrowth of SySTEMic Solutions – NOVA’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach program.

“We are very proud of the students in their efforts and success in representing Northern Virginia Community College and the Commonwealth at the world championship,” said Josh Labrie, SySTEMic Solutions program manager. “Their achievement not only speaks well of NOVA, but also of the STEM talent that is being developed in the region through the partnership between NOVA’s SySTEMic Solutions and the region’s eight school divisions.”

He added: “The business community, particularly the Micron Foundation, has made collaborative STEM programs and competitions widely available in the region, and it is through their direct support that the NOVA team was created.”

Teams from Woodbridge Senior High School and Seton Junior High School in Manassas also competed.

Prince William Poets Laureate Named

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – The two top poets in Prince William County were named at a special ceremony at Tacketts Mill in Lake Ridge.
Dr. Robert Scott of Haymarket and Alexandra “Zan” Hailey of Manassas will share the honor of being the county’s first Poets Laureate.

They’ll hold the title for the next two years, and they were selected for a group of 14 writers who were all vying for the distinction.

“According to the 11-member selection panel, both candidates simply blew them away with their individual creative strengths. For Dr. Scott, it was the project he proposed: using a website, a series of community seminars and a great deal of pavement pounding, Dr. Scott plans to encourage budding and seasoned Prince William poets to submit poems for inclusion into a permanent “10,000 poem exhibit,” a press release stated.

“For Zan Hailey, it was the power of her submitted poems, such as “Around the Yellow House.” Though still a college student, Zan has already published her work, garnered an award, mentored young writers through the Northern Virginia Writing Project and even created an on-line collection of poetry from all over, using Band-Aids® as a prompt. She is a graduate of the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Woodbridge Senior High School,” the press release continued.

The announcement was made June 14 at the Tacketts Mill Shopping Center in Lake Ridge. Guy Lambert, a news personality at WPGC-FM in Lanham, Md. served as the emcee of the event.

Seven of the 14 nominees were school teachers in Prince William County. The nominess will now form Prince William Poet Laureate Circle to spur other community poetry projects. Those nominees are:

1. Phebe Ciemny, Woodbridge: student, Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Woodbridge Senior High School

2. Joe De Cesare, Woodbridge: marketing assistant, Fort Belvoir Federal Credit Union & stagehand, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

3. Brittany Crow, Woodbridge: student, Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Woodbridge Senior High School

4. Melody Lane Ashtara De Furia, Manassas: Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge Campus Business Office

5. John Dutton, Woodbridge: Language Arts teacher, Beville Middle School

6. Paulette Garner, Manassas: Language Arts teacher, Parkside Middle School

7. Katherine Gotthardt, Bristow: author, editor, blog and website developer

8. Neil Hailey, Manassas: student, Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Woodbridge Senior High School

9. Bennie Herron, Manassas: educator

10. Dora Muhammad, Woodbridge: author, editor and performer

11. Renee Ordoobadi, Bristow: student, Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Woodbridge Senior High School

12. Heather Stevens, Manassas: author, artist and performer


Manassas Park a Finalist in $100,000 Dog Park Contest

Prince William County Dogs volunteers hang signs at the new dog park on Minnieville Rd in Lake Ridge, Virginia - March 2013

MANASSAS PARK, Va. —  It hasn’t gone to the dogs yet, but Manassas Park has made it into the finals in a competition to receive a newly constructed dog park.

The city located inside Prince William County is a participant in the “Bark for Your Park” contest where $100,000 is up for grabs for construction of a new park. PetSafe is sponsoring the contest, and that’s where you can go vote to help the city win.

Even if the city doesn’t win the big cash prize, it could be one of four finalists that are awarded $25,000. Manassas Park is one of 15 finalists.

Manassas Park does have a makeshift dog park behind its popular community center. City officials established a committee to identify where a dog park should go but have not released the names or locations of potential sites for a permanent park.

Potomac Local Pets


-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals shown above. 



Eco-themed Worship Services Help Make St. Francis of Assisi Parish GreenFaith Certified

TRIANGLE, Va. – New Jersey-based GreenFaith, a nationally acclaimed interfaith environmental coalition, has certified Triangle, Va.-based St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church as a “GreenFaith Sanctuary” and faith-based environmental leader.

“Saint Francis of Assisi has shown deep commitment and leadership,” said Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith’s Executive Director. “They have made significant changes to lessen their environmental footprint, and to inspire and educate their community about one of the most important issues of our time. They are an inspiration for church communities all across the country.”

In 2012, St. Francis of Assisi Parish was accepted into – and was the first house of worship in Virginia to participate in – the GreenFaith Certification Program, the country’s first interfaith environmental certification program.

Churches, synagogues, mosques and temples gain recognition as environmental leaders when they earn GreenFaith certification by carrying out more than two dozen environmental activities in two years.

From eco-themed worship services and religious education on the environment, to reducing consumption in their buildings and engaging in environmental justice activities, participants “green” their communities from top to bottom.

When a congregation completes the program, GreenFaith officially acknowledges them as a “GreenFaith Sanctuary” and religious environmental leader.

“By definition as Franciscans, we’re obligated to be good stewards of God’s creation,” said Fr. Kevin Downey, O.F.M., pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. “Going through the GreenFaith Certification Program has not only energized the parish and school in this responsibility, but the ripple effect has been such that it has also greatly impacted the individual thinking and personal practices of our parishioners.”

When St. Francis of Assisi Parish and School began the GreenFaith program, they audited their facilities and programs using templates GreenFaith provides and created an action plan.

They “greened” their facilities, saving energy and water, and established non-toxic cleaning and maintenance practices. They reduced paper usage and increased recycling, had energy-efficient windows installed in the parish school, and offered healthy, sustainable food and canning workshops. They even made use of composting bins, planted gardens, and became a National Wildlife Federation® Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site, among many other actions.

They advocated for access to safe water and sanitation for developing countries and participated in legislative advocacy, including a campaign to address environmental concerns on the George Washington National Forest.

They created newsletters and eco-reflections and distributed numerous resources to the community on an assortment of environmental topics, including waste and composting; Pope Francis on the culture of waste; a Franciscan approach to ecology; the importance of local and organic eating; green cleaning tips; researching safe cosmetics, and many others.

They published timely church bulletin and school newsletter eco-tips on such topics as water conservation, energy-efficient washing machines, unplugging from technology, using reusable grocery bags, “phantom” power usage, simplifying one’s life, cleaning out dryer lint, keeping cool in the summer by preparing no-cook meals, addressing one’s carbon and water footprint, and fixing water leaks promptly.

The parish incorporated Catholic social teaching on the environment into Masses and other parish celebrations, hosted interfaith events and guest speakers, and provided education, classes and activities for children, teens and adults, in addition to launching an annual St. Francis Earth Day, participating in two fair trade global bazaars, as well as taking class field trips to a local landfill.

As a result, the parish and school experienced the renewed conviction and satisfaction that comes from a deep commitment to caring for creation.

“This was a huge parish and school team effort, and we have many people to thank for this certification,” said Downey. “This GreenFaith honor is a great milestone for us, as this culmination is not an end, but a motivation for all we have planned going forward.”

Founded in 1992, GreenFaith (www.greenfaith.org) inspires, educates and mobilizes people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. For more information on the GreenFaith Certification Program, contact Stacey Kennealy at skennealy@greenfaith.org or 732.565.7740, ext. 303.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (www.stfrncis.org) is part of the Diocese of Arlington and was established in 1957. For more information on the GreenFaith certification at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, call the parish office at 703.221.4044.

Oh, Snap! Beach Shop Bans Selfies



COLONIAL BEACH, Va. – It’s a warm summer day. The boardwalk is bustling with activity.

The sound of motors can be heard as their propellers churn the water. Children are laughing and splashing while their parents are curled up on the sand with a book in hand. Colonial Beach, during the annual Potomac River Festival which draws tens of thousands to the small river town on the banks for the Potomac, seems to welcome everyone.

060914-selfieAnd inside the only Beach Shop on the boardwalk everyone and everything is welcome – except for “selfies.” The store sells most any items one would find at any beach shop, like beach towels, t-shirts, sunglasses, and hats.

But on the door, there’s the can’t-miss sign printed on yellow paper and taped to the door that states “No Selfies with Merchandise.”

“I have four grandchildren and if I didn’t have them I wouldn’t even know what a selfie is,” said Mary Ann Day.

She owns and operates half of the Beach Shop and her daughter owns the other (her part of the store starts just beyond where the lollipops sit on the front counter).

Day posted the sign after she got sick and tired of people coming inside her store, placing hats on their heads, sunglasses on their faces, and the using their cell phones to snap photos, or selfies, of themselves to share on social media sites like Facebook or Instagram.

“They run around here and take a photo of themselves with the item…they wear hats… hold up shirts… when they leave everything is a mess and we have to go around cleaning up after them,” explained Day.

So, the seflie was promptly banned. But the selfie is nothing new.

People have been taking photos of themselves since the first photos were taken since before the turn of the 20th century. With the rise in popularity of the camera phone in recent years, celebrities, politicians, to just about anyone with a social profile page have taken one.

Even President Obama posed in a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the funeral of Nelson Mandela in December.

Matt, 26, made the 45 minute drive from his hometown of Fredericksburg to Colonial Beach and saw the sign posted on the store’s front door. “What kind of store is this?” Matt curiously asked of his group of friends.

So, all four went inside. When they came out, they said there were even more signs posted inside the store.

“One of them said ‘don’t even try it – you’re on camera,’” said Matt. The sign serves as a warning to would-be thieves.

“I really didn’t see anything worth taking a photo of,” said Jessica, 30, Matt’s friend.

There is, however, one thing lots of people take photos of.

“The funny part is lots of people take a selfie with the ‘no selfies’ sign,” said Day.

And that is OK, she says.

Potomac Local Pets

Found Dog This sweet little Chihuahua was found wandering loose on Monday (Memorial Day) near the Stafford SPCA (Brooke Rd. & Stagecoach). She has a recent summer cut and has also been recently spayed. Please email Bill@Staffordspca.org or call Bill @ 540-842-9936 if you recognize this pup.

Romeo is a smart, lovable Treeing Walker Coonhound mix. He enjoys being outside with his people. He is neutered, housebroken, UTD on vaccines, HW negative and would love to get back to ‘home’ living!

Julia The best lap cat in the SPCA! Julia is such a mellow girl. If you are looking for the perfect companion cat, this is the one. She is friendly, playful & enjoys enjoys the company of other cats.

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals listed above.

Want a Dog Park in Manassas Park? Go Vote

MANASSAS PARK, Va. – There is $100,000 up for grabs, and that money could help some area dogs have a new place to play.

Manassas Park’s Dog Park Committee is participating in the Petsafe “bark for your park” contest where one city will be awarded the full amount, and four other finalist cities will win $25,000.

The city now ranks in the top 10 in popularity in the contest. First-round voting ends June 7, and the finalists will move on the a next round a voting that begins June 13. Voters can go online and cast their ballots twice per day, once on the Petsafe website and again on on the organization’s Facebook page.

Manassas Park Parks and Recreation Department’s Jennifer Deuterman says the city currently does not have a permanent dog park, but does have a designated area where dogs can play behind the Manassas Park Community Center. The city’s Dog Park Committee is working to find a site for such a park.

A handful of sites have been identified in Manassas Park where a dog park could be built, though the names or locations those sites were not provided to Potomac Local News.

The committee will act as a liaison between the parks department and dog park users, and will also oversee fundraising for the project, said Deuterman.

Open Houses This Weekend

053014-somerville-2004 Somerville Street, Stafford

3 BD / 2 BA


List price: $224,990

Open Sunday noon – 1:30 p.m.

053014-ladderbacked-20014282 Ladderbacked Drive, Gainesville

4 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA


List price: $525,000

Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

053014-sorrell-20012009 Sorrel River Way, Manassas

3 BD / 2 Full, 2 Half BA


List price: $325,000

Open Sunday 1 to 3 p.m.

053014-kentwood-2004714 Kentwood Lane, Dale City

3 BD / 2 BA


List price: $264,900

Open Saturday noon to 3 p.m.

053014-henderson-2009713 Handerson Place, Manassas Park

2 BD / 2 BA


List price: $196,900

Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

Find more open houses and Potomac Local Real Estate by clicking here!

Open Houses This Weekend

051914 elkwood4086 Elkwood Court, Woodbridge

4 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA


List price: $434,888

Open Sunday 2 – 5 p.m.

051914 wellman14070 Wellman Court, Manassas

5 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA


List price: $560,000

Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

051914 heritage13754 Heritage Valley Way, Gainesville

3 BD / 3 BA

David Shollenberger WEICHERT, REALTORS

List price: $489,000

Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

051914 sweeny16750 Sweeney Lane, Woodbridge

4 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA


List price: $289,000

Open Saturday noon – 3:30 p.m.., Sunday noon – 3 p.m

051914 poagues10626 Poagues Battery Drive, Bristow

5 BD / 4 Full, 1 Half BA


List price: $549,000

Open Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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‘Thunder,’ Fireworks, Sock Hop Top Memorial Day Weekend Event List

It’s Memorial Day weekend and for those who are staying home there is lots to do around town. Make sure you sign up for “On The Go with Glenn Vickers“, to receive our events email newsletter every Wednesday.

Rolling Thunder Celebration Harley Davidson of Quantico, Friday, Saturday, Sunday — Free

It wouldn’t be Memorial Day weekend around here without the annual Rolling Thunder event at Quantico Harley Davidson, formerly East Coast Harley Davidson, in Dumfries.

Bikers are expected to pack the parking lot of the bike dealer starting Friday for live music and vendors, and then again on Saturday for more music, free food, and demonstrations by Prince William police motorcycle units.

On Sunday morning at 7:30, the bikers will line up for their procession north on Interstate 95 for the annual Rolling Thunder celebration at the Pentagon and in Washington. Thousands of bikers will participate in the parade, and hundreds of onlookers will gather on bridges overlooking I-95 to get a view of the bikes as they enter the highway and enter the HOV lanes.

Swim season begins 

Area swimming pools will open for the first time this season on Saturday to herald the unofficial start of summer.

Both of the waterparks in Prince William County — Waterworks in Dale City and Splashdown in Manassas — open on Saturday.

Splashdown is the largest waterpark in Northern Virginia and has a lazy river stretching over 700 feet.

In Stafford County, you can join elected officials at the newly renovated Curtis Memorial Park Pool, where a new wading pool, handicap ramp, as well as new pumps and filers have been installed.

It’s also opening day at Signal Bay Waterpark in Manassas Park complete with slides, water cannons and a lazy river.

Fireworks at Quantico, Saturday, 9 p.m. — Free

Oorah! Come down to the Town of Quantico for a fireworks show in Raftelis Potomac River Park at 408 River Road.

The show is sponsored by, appropriately enough, Quantico Tactical, which was founded in the town — the only town in U.S. to be located completely inside the borders of a military installation.

This is the second year for the Quantico Memorial Day fireworks show which starts at 9 p.m. A live music concert will preceed the show beginning at 7 p.m.

Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm, Sunday, 8 a.m. — Free 

Go to the edge of a flood plain on Sunday while looking to spot native birds. The monthly bird walk at Merrimac Farm will begin at 8 a.m. when walkers will take a tour of Cedar Run in Nokesville while spotting birds and other native wildlife.

Everyone is welcome, but be sure to dress for the weather and the outdoors. Some of the terrain on this guided tour is well off the beaten path. Merrimac Farm is a wildlife preserve so be sure to leave pets at home.

1960s Rock Sock Hop, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. — Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at door

Take a step back in time as you return to the 1960s for a rockin’ sock hop at the Workhouse Performing Arts Center in Lorton.

Baby boomers and newcomers are in for a show from award-winning rock-n-rollers, The Sixth Generation, who will perform live in the McGuireWoods gallery with plenty of room to dance the night away.

Beer, wine, and other concessions will be sold at the indoor event but be sure to drink them there as you won’t be able to take them outside of the studio turned dance hall.

Want to see your event on our top five list? Post ‘em to the Potomac Local Events page. That’s where we pick ‘em for this column.

Open Houses This Weekend

051314 orleans12966 Orleans Street, Woodbridge

6 BD / 2 Full, 1 Half BA


List price: $395,900

Open Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.

051314 kellogg mill421 Kellogg Mill Road, Stafford County

4 BD / 3 BA

Shannon Pfannenstein SAMSON PROPERTIES

List price: $370,000

Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

051314 janna9402 Jenna Court, Manassas Park

3 BD / 3 BA


List price: $369,900

Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

042414 barnett115104 Golf View Drive, Haymarket

5 BD / 4 Full, 1 Half BA


List price: $702,589

Open Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

042414 lamplighter9510 Lee Court, Manassas

3 BD / 2 Full, 1 Half BA


List price: $268,900

Open Saturday 1o:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Find more open houses and Potomac Local Real Estate by clicking here!

Potomac Local Pets


051214 Onyx 12-13











Onyx is a striking, 3 year old, all black male cat with brilliant gold eyes. Onyx has been micro-chipped, UTD on vaccinations, has been neutered and would love to go home with you today!

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Solomon: This handsome boy is a big bundle of love. He is a 5 year old, neutered male Rottweiler with a superb temperament and a puppy like personality. He plays nicely, loves to snuggle and will roll over willingly for a belly rub.

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals listed above.

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