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The Young Center is looking for adult volunteers to be child advocates for immigrant children

Good Morning Prince William – Macy’s Clothing Closet needs your help to organize donated clothing for the residents of both the SERVE Shelter in Manassas and the Hilda Barg Shelter in Woodbridge. It’s a great way for you to give a little piece of mind to shelter residents who arrive with literally the shirt on their back. Call Julie at (571) 748-2674 or visit their website at:nvfs.org to learn more.
· The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City wants to pack 30,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on March 10th. Super fun, family friendly event to help those less fortunate. You can choose either morning or afternoon shift. Please visit: www.whatsupwoodbridge.com for the link to register.

· K9 Serving Vets is looking for a volunteer photographer at their events. Please email cclark@k9sservingvets.org to learn more.

· Project Mend-A-House is now registering participants for their Live Well Workshops. This chronic disease self-management program meets at the Manassas Senior Center on Thursday mornings. Please call Martha at (571) 264-8559 to learn more.

· Prince William Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta invite you to the celebration of the contributions Africa-Americans make to the arts on Saturday February 3rd, 6-8pm at the Candy Factory in Manassas. Come see the wonderful exhibition of photography, painting and mixed media.

· The Young Center is looking for adult volunteers to be child advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children. The next training is March 3rd to give you all the tools needed for the child’s immigration process and their life in general. Please email: tkitchen@theyoungcenter.org to learn more.

· First Tee of Prince William County promises spring is right around the corner so volunteers are needed to teach kids the fundamentals of a good golf swing. Come join the fun of sharing the game of golf with kids while also sharing dealing with life’s issues. Please call Alan at (703) 792-8064 to learn more.

· People Incorporated is looking for volunteer tax preparers willing to be certified as an IRS VITA Income Tax Preparer for the 2018 tax season. This special tax preparer assists low-income individuals and families with tax preparation at Saint James Episcopal Church, 73 Culpeper Street in Warrenton. Training is required, but you will be helping this vulnerable population navigate through their tax forms and IRS regulations. Volunteer Greeters are also needed to welcome those who visit the site, distribute forms, and create a pleasant atmosphere for the clients. For more information, please call Jeanne at (571) 445-3020 or email jhaley@peopleinc.net.

· Serve Our Willing Warriors will be hosting “A Night in Monte Carlo” February 3, 6:30pm-10:30pm at the Piedmont Club. Volunteers are needed to spread the word about the event, collect auction items, help with sponsorships and assist with various tasks the day of the event. Kimberly at kimberly.gaytan@willingwarriors.org is happy to provide more information on this great fundraiser. The agency also has numerous other volunteer opportunities available. It’s a great way to say Thank You to our veterans for their sacrifices, and also help this wonderful organization spread the word on how they support veterans. Please email volunteer@willingwarriors.org or visit willingwarriors.org for more information.

· The good folks at ACTS are in need of volunteer groups (large and small) who can help with various facilities projects such as grounds work, painting and helping their shelter create more space. Volunteers must be at least 16, and this is family friendly! Please contact Tamika at tmartin2@actspwc.us to learn how you can support this agency’s programs.

· The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is in urgent need of volunteers age 55+ to teach 4th grade children the life skills to keep them safe alone and safe at home. Volunteers must be available during school hours. This fun curriculum is very interactive and of course the kids are very fun. Training is provided; please call Jan to learn more at (571) 292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team.

· SERVE Shelter is in need of small volunteer groups (6-8) who can prepare and serve a meal to their shelter residents in February. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Meals needed are February 11 Dinner and February 19 (President’s Day) Brunch and Dinner. Groups have the option to prepare food offsite and deliver, or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. Please contact Julie at jrmartinez@nvfs.org for more information on how to provide the homeless with a delicious, home-cooked meal.

If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan 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 projects 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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‘Her neighbors want to say “thank you” to that donor by getting out the word about the donor registry’

Dear Potomac Local, 

“I am hoping you can help me get out the word about a bone marrow donor drive my court (Beacon Court, Montclair, VA) is holding in gratitude for Be The Match. They provided a donor for our neighbor, Karen, which will save her life.” 

WHAT:

Prince William County residents can take the first step to save a life by joining the Be The Match Registry® at the Montclair Library on February [5] using a simple cheek swab.

In gratitude for donor who gave our neighbor a chance of new life, the Neighbors of Beacon Court in Montclair, VA are working with Be The Match Registry® to inspire others to join the registry!

Karen Davis, Montclair resident, single-mom, daughter, friend to many, was diagnosed with leukemia in March this year. Karen is currently at the VCU Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, recovering from a life-saving bone marrow transplant made possible by an anonymous donor in the registry. Karen will live in Richmond for four months while her mother provides for her care and her 15-year old son, Michael, lives with neighbors so he can continue school at Forest Park High School.

‘The goal is to have at least 100 new registrations on February [5].  

Patients are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity, and doctors request donors in the 18-44 age group more than 90 percent of the time. More young people of diverse racial and ethnic heritage are needed now to help patients searching for a match. African Americans are the least likely to find their match.

WHEN:February 5, 2017, 3-6 p.m.

WHERE: 

Montclair Library

Community Room

5049 Waterway Drive

Montclair, VA 22025

For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists.                                 

Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. About Be The Match

Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.

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Surovell’s hands-free cell phone bill Senate passes committee

Delegate Scott Surovell (D-36th Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford) tells us his hands-free cell phone bill passed a Senate committee.

From a press release: 

The Senate Committee on Transportation has passed Senator Scott A. Surovell’s legislation that prohibits driving while operating any mobile communications device unless it is being used in “hands-free” mode.

Senator Surovell introduced the same legislation last year when it failed on a 6-7 vote. Virginia prohibited texting while driving in 2009, but it was classified as a secondary offense punishable by a small fine. In 2010, Fairfax County Police reported writing fewer than fifty tickets for texting while driving because of loopholes in the law and the fact that it was a secondary infraction.1 Senator Surovell began working on bills to prohibit texting while driving after an 18 year-old Fairfax County resident, Kyle Rowley, was killed on Route 7 near Herndon after a distracted texting driver stuck his vehicle without breaking at full speed on a highway.

After the driver was acquitted of Reckless Driving due to the existing secondary offense statute, Senator Surovell partnered with with Delegate Ben Cline to make texting while driving a primary driving offense.2 That bill was ultimately passed and became law in July 2013. However, that legislation has continued to elude effective enforcement. Law enforcement has been critical of the legislation because it is often difficult to verify a driver’s activity with their phone or obtain a conviction absent a confession by the driver.

“It should not be legal to play Angry Birds, chase Pokemon, surf the Internet, or order food while driving,” said Senator Surovell, “passing hand’s free legislation will bring us into conformity with our neighbors in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and fourteen other states that have prohibited driving with a phone in hand.”

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Bookmark this page for Prince William County events in February 2018

From a press release: 

Valentine’s Day Celebrations:

2/10 – American Festival Pops Orchestra: Valentine Pops @ Hylton Performing Arts Center (Manassas)

The talented musicians of the American Festival Pops Orchestra set an amorous mood for you and your loved one in a performance of romantic standards just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

2/10 – My Heart is for You Cookie Decorating Class at Simply Dessert (Gainesville)

Students will receive instructions and demonstration in how to work with royal icing. Each student will take home 8 decorated cookies and all supplies are included in the class, $35 per person.

2/10 – Historic Occoquan Chocolate Walk (Occoquan)

February 10th from 11am – 4pm visitors can enjoy grazing through this historic mill town tasting chocolate goodies. With over 35 shops participating this makes for the perfect pre-Valentine’s day afternoon. Guests can also register for a chance to win a necklace of fresh water dyed Chocolate Pearls.

12/14 – Valentine’s Serenade at Club Eclipse (Gainesville)

The Night & Day quartet is at the awesome new group that will be serenading couples at Club Eclipse for Valentine’s Day, 2018. Join vocalist Katie Hale, along with Michael Suser on keyboards, Robert Vetter on trumpet, and Roger Rosa on upright bass as we weave a romantic mood with lovely swing and jazz music.

African American History Month Events:

The Underground Railroad Network to Freedom at Leesylvania State Park (Woodbridge)

**This event runs every FridaySaturday & Sunday throughout the month of February.

Leesylvania State Park property is associated with the flight of two runaway slaves as well as a slave who escaped in 1848. A band of escaped slaves also informed Union soldiers of Confederate activity at the property’s Freestone Point in September 1861. Learn about aspects of the park’s rich and diverse history as we celebrate Black History Month.

2/17 – Future Kings Fourth Annual Black History Gala (Woodbridge)

Future Kings will be having their Fourth Annual Black History Gala on February 17, 2018 at the Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge. The event is a fundraiser that benefits their scholarship program. This year, they will be honoring Mr. Clarence Miller with their “Founder’s Award”. They will also be presenting the “James Garret Scholarship” award and the “Yvonne Hill Brown Scholarship” award. Yvonne Brown was a life-long member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and a strong supporter of the work being done by Future Kings. Get your tickets today!

Other Attraction Events:

2/3 – Open Mic Night at Brew Republic (Woodbridge)

Join Brew Republics team for Open Mic Night every Saturday night. Bring your talent and show them what you’ve got… Music? Poetry? Magic? Comedy? Creatively reading Green Eggs and Ham? They’ve got the stage, you bring the talent.

2/3 – Back to the 90s Night at Uptown Alley (Manassas)

Enjoy the Keeton Band’s live tribute to Incubus, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, & more!

2/4 – Super Bowl 52 Party at Ornery Beer Company (Woodbridge)

Looking for a great place to watch the Super Bowl this year? Ornery Beer Company is the spot to be.  They will be raffling off a 50” TV at the end of the game and visitors can enjoy beer and food specials throughout the game too!

2/4 – Bridal Open House at the Regency at Dominion Valley (Haymarket)

The team at the Regency at Dominion Valley invite you to come out for their Bridal open house to check out their beautiful wedding venue and meet their preferred vendors too!

2/4 – Farm Tour at The Little Goat Farm on the Lake (Nokesville)

Looking for a unique way to spend a Sunday? Come out and spend it with goats, alpacas, llamas, and chickens on the farm. Tours will be open from 12-2 pm. The cost is $10 per participant and include feed for the animals. Please purchase your tour tickets in advance.

2/10 – One Hot Mess at Club Eclipse (Gainesville)

The ONE HOT MESS acoustic band serves up a wide variety of classic rock covers with an emphasis on crisp vocal harmonies. The group consists of seasoned musicians that have been playing the local venues for years with an established and loyal following.

2/10 – Detox to Retox at Brew Republic (Woodbridge)

This beer and yoga class is a basic 60 minute Vinyasa Flow suitable for beginners and experienced students. Participants will enjoy basic and advanced poses, hand on assists and learn breathing techniques so you are ready to be more mindful when it comes to the Beer tasting!

2/17 – AIDA by Northern Virginia Ballet at Hylton Performing Arts Center (Manassas)

Don’t miss the World Premiere Ballet AIDA set to Verdi’s stunning music. The first full-length ballet of AIDA, this heart-wrenching story of two lovers from warring countries who must choose between love or country.

2/18 – Lexi Jackson at Farm Brew LIVE (Manassas)

Spend your afternoon taking in the sultry sounds of Lex Jackson at Farm Brew Live. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Lexi has never left her country roots. She is a singer and guitarist performing all along the East Coast.

2/24 – Mid-Atlantic Chiliheads Pod Cook Off at Tin Cannon (Gainesville)

Join Tin Cannon for the Mid Atlantic Chiliheads (Chili MAC) Pod CCO benefiting Bull Run Warrior Retreat. This will be an outdoor cook so be sure to DRESS WARMLY! The brewery will open to the public at 1 pm. 

News
Updated: Road rage case with gun leads to arrest warrant

From a press release: 

Brandishing a Firearm | Road Rage – On January 7 at 1:12PM, officers responded to the area of Dale Blvd and Birchdale Ave in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a brandishing. The victim, a 39-year-old man, reported to police that he was driving on Brickwood Dr when he observed a silver Dodge Charger speeding and driving recklessly. The driver of the Charger allegedly drove through several stop signs before stopping the vehicle in the middle of the road at the intersection of Brickwood Dr and Brazil Ct. The victim drove his vehicle around the Charger and made eye contact with the driver. The victim continued driving and made no other contact with the other driver. The victim stopped at the intersection of Benita Fitzgerald and Brickwood Dr where the driver of the Charger pulled alongside. At that point, the driver lowered his window and pointed a handgun towards the victim. The suspect immediately drove away with the victim following. The suspect was last seen getting onto I-95 northbound before the victim contacted police. Upon further investigation, officers identified the driver of the Charger as Howard Samual ANDERSON and obtained a warrant for his arrest on January 16.  

Wanted: [Photo from September 2017]

Howard Samual ANDERSON, 41, of the 900 block of Central Hills Ln in Hyattsville, Maryland

Described as black male, 6’01”, 220lbs, with black hair and brown eyes

Wanted for brandishing a firearm

Updated

This post has been updated to show Anderson remains at large. An earlier headline incorrectly noted he had been arrested. 

A ribbon was cut at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center unveiling new rooms, upgrades at its emergency department

WOODBRIDGE — Today, Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center officially unveiled a $2.6 million renovation of its Emergency Department.

Surrounded by doctors, nurses, members of the team and representatives from Prince William County’s EMS, hospital President Kathie Johnson helped cut the ribbon and usher in this new generation of emergency care at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. The redesign and renovation of the 21,000-square-foot space features a revamp of patient rooms and storage areas, creating a clean, sleek, inviting space supporting streamlined services and exemplary patient care.

Lobby renovations will expedite the registration and triage process and allow our clinical staff to assess the severity of a patient’s ailments. Inside the Emergency Department doors, the open floor plan allows our nurses, doctors and staff to more easily see, monitor and respond to our patients.  

The renovation and remodel of the Emergency Department not only signals a fresh look, but also the launch and redesign of Emergency Care Services at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center: Focused Care and Acute Care. Focused Care for patients needing minor care with minimal, additional testing. Acute Care for patients requiring more advanced medical attention and diagnostic testing. We have four fully equipped critical care specialty rooms ready to handle the most acute emergencies. Designating the most appropriate care track for our patients, enhances the patient experience and supports patient care.  

In addition to the added value of this redesign inside the Emergency Department, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is proud to offer Emergency Department valet services. This service is designed to meet the needs of our patients and their families at no charge from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.. These services are just one more way we’re working to improve health every day and to become the provider of choice for our Prince William County Community.

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Some OmniRide commuter buses will miss these stops Friday afternoon

We’re hearing from OmniRide that the March for Life on Friday will cause some of its buses to miss their stops. 

From the transit agency: 

Some Montclair-Washington and South Route 1 OmniRide trips will detour the afternoon of Friday, January 19, due to street closures for the March for Life.

The MC-101 trip will start at 14th & F at 12:22 p.m., and will miss the first five stops of the route.

MC-101 Missed Stops:

  •        -D & 7th
  •        -7th& Maryland
  •        -7th& Independence
  •        -Pennsylvania & 7th
  •        -11th& E

MC-101 Alternate Stops:

  •        -14th& F
  •        -14th& Pennsylvania
  •        -14th& Independence

MC-101 passengers who are unable to board at an alternate stop are encouraged to board the D-301 Dale City-Navy Yard bus at 7th & Maryland around 12:22 p.m., and transfer at the Pentagon to the MC-101.

Starting with the MC-102 and RS-1, Montclair-Washington and South Route 1 OmniRide buses will start their routes at Pennsylvania & 7th. These routes will resume regular service when the street closures end around 3:30 p.m.

Missed Stops:

  •        -D & 7th
  •        -7th& Maryland
  •        -7th& Independence

Alternate Stops:

  •       -Pennsylvania & 7th
  •        -14th& Independence

‘Acting with an air of arrogance is not the FreshySites way’

“Be Ego Free” – the second part of the FreshySites Ethos.

This mantra flows seamlessly from the first component of our Ethos Serve the Customer.

As we said in our previous post, without the members of our client family, we wouldn’t be here. We always strive to impress upon our clients that they’re our top priority through making customer service and support best practices an integral part of the FS process.

Being ego-free is another way we effectively serve each and every one of our customers.

Whenever we’re collaborating with one another, and with clients, each one of us makes a concerted effort to treat whoever we’re working with the utmost respect and kindness, always making them feel comfortable and valued.

Acting with an air of arrogance is not the FreshySites way.

Everyone on our team, as well as each one of our clients, has something to offer. We value the differences in our team members’ skills and abilities because it makes us stronger as a unit and better able to serve our various clients’ different needs.

We’re confident in our individual team member’s talents and abilities, as well as our team’s collective skills and capabilities.

However, we recognize that we’re not perfect. Though we may be experts in certain fields, there is always more to learn – from each other and from our clients.

Being ego-free is an essential part of that, as well as ensuring the business-to-client relationship is both respected and trusted.

You couldn’t trust us to take your business or organization’s message and effectively communicate it to the public through a beautiful website if you felt like we didn’t listen to your input because we thought ours was better.

At FresySites, you’ll never feel like that. Once you’re a member of the FS client family, you and your input will always be valued first and foremost.

FreshySites – a regionally focused company with national reach and operations, dedicated to serving our clients through being ego-free.

FreshySites is a fast-growing website design firm dedicated to creating beautiful websites, while consistently delivering best-in-industry customer service and support. Founded in 2011, FreshySites has quickly expanded into the largest in-house WordPress web design shop on the East Coast. Our Washington D.C. office was founded in 2012 by Vincent Consumano. With additional offices, we have the team, resources and tools to serve our local – and national – clients through website mockups, creative briefs, revision rounds, and Search Engine Optimization audits. FreshySites is determined to take our regional clients’ online presence to the next level, ultimately helping them to grow and thrive. Explore our website to learn more about us, see our portfolio of work and become a part of our client family today!”

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Winter weather delays and closings information for Jan. 17, 2018

Here’s today’s OPM status. 

The Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates from Prince William County Public Schools, Stafford County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas Park City Public Schools, Fredericksburg City Public Schools, Spotsylvania County Public Schools, King George County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, George Mason University, Mary Washington University. 

This Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates posted by local governments in Prince William County, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, King George County, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Fredericksburg City, Dumfries Town, Haymarket Town, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Fort Belvoir. 

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At least an inch of snow expected Tuesday. Telework if you can.

Virginia transportation officials are telling commuters to plan to telework if they can ahead of a winter storm that could bring at least an inch of snow to the region, and throw a wrench into tomorrow morning’s commute.

From a press release: 

Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been busy preparing for snow that is forecasted to fall starting later this afternoon into Wednesday morning. VDOT asks drivers to keep monitoring forecasts and to plan ahead for an impacted Wednesday morning commute. See National Weather Service forecastWinter Weather Advisory and Winter Commuting Hazard statements.

Roads were pre-treated Monday and Tuesday with a special focus on critical locations such as bridges, ramps, overpasses, and turn lanes. Trucks will stage along roadways, ready to treat roads whether it be with salt and sand, or plow if needed, once snow begins to fall.

Due to low pavement temperatures, any precipitation will quickly stick to roads.Drivers are asked to adjust trips as needed to avoid driving in icy conditions.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Stay closely tuned to weather forecasts (see National Weather Service)overnight and through the day tomorrow.
  • Consider teleworking or adjusting trips around the forecast. If conditions are icy, delay trips for safety.
  • Assume any “wet” pavement to be icy. Bridges, ramps, overpasses and lower-volume roads may ice first, and even previously treated roads will become slick quickly with the low pavement temperatures.
  • Ensure gas and wiper fluid tanks are full, and have a good emergency kit. Here’s how: www.ready.gov/car.
  • Be aware that low temperatures will mean continued potential for
    refreez and slick road conditions.

 


IT threats to look out for in 2018

With every new year come new inventions and discoveries, new risks and areas of opportunities. As even the most private and sensitive areas of our business and personal lives become digitized, new cybersecurity and IT threats arise. IT expert Chris Albright of CMIT Solutions of Centreville considers ransomware, IoT hacking, machine learning, and insufficient IT and cybersecurity to be the largest IT threats of 2018.

Ransomware

Globally, ransomware attacks grew by 56 percent in 2017, with the WannaCry attack being the largest of all time. Ransomware includes any kind of cyberattack in which a business or individual is required to pay a monetary fee in order to regain full access of their computer, breached data or Cloud. There is currently no way around regaining access without paying the ransom — and no guarantee that if you pay, the breached data won’t be compromised once paid. Most ransomware attacks are automated, so it is rare that you currently or will ever be able to determine who is behind your data or computer breach. Payments are often a few hundred dollars paid via cryptocurrency which is extremely difficult to track.

IoT Hacking

There are many personal and professional benefits to creating an in-house Internet of Things (IoT). As convenient as your smart devices or custom network may be, each come with unique IT risks. This goes beyond standard mobile devices to IoT hacks for pacemakers, defibrillators, heart monitors, video cameras and any internet-connected electronic device. This also includes the increased risk for hacking into home or office automation features.

Machine Learning

Intelligent chatbots and machine learning algorithms that get smarter with each interaction create a whole new set of IT threats. This includes the in-depth personal and business data gathered by the artificial intelligence (AI) we implement to boost productivity. For example, Amazon Echo, Siri or Google Assistant can now help us complete a long and growing list of virtual tasks. While AI can be used for a variety of legitimate and productive purposes, it can also be used to help hackers learn how to improve their hacking techniques. On the flipside, AI will be simultaneously used to detect bad bots, malicious AI and machine learning.

Insufficient IT and Cybersecurity

Training, education and a proactive IT and cybersecurity plan is the best way to minimize internal and external risk factors. Unfortunately, few families have an IT plan in place, and businesses with an IT security plan often fail to update the plan with the frequency required to remain secure. With the number of bring your own (BYO) devices, shared devices, internet-connected gadgets and IT threats evolving at a rapid place, it is essential that everyone have an IT plan in place. This includes everything from secure hosting, network security, mobile device management, data and Cloud security, in-house IT policies and procedures, and managed IT services.

The threats above are far from the only IT security concerns you should have your eye on but are some of the greatest IT threats of 2018.

CMIT Solutions of Centreville provides a strategic approach to IT consulting that improves the performance of your business technology in the most cost-effective way possible. Assisting businesses across Northern Virginia, CMIT Centreville can help you achieve the fastest return on your technology investment. Call 703-881-7738 today to see how CMIT Centreville can help your business stay in business.

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1 to 2 inches of snow possible. Maybe 3 inches in some areas.

A winter storm will bring as much as three inches of snow to our region Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. 

The National Weather Service says to expect about 1 to 2 inches conservatively. Some areas could get up to three inches in a boom scenario.

The snow is expected to start Tuesday morning in the mountains west of our area, and then work its way into our region about 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

A winter weather advisory had been issued Monday night for portions of West Virginia and Maryland. The National Weather Service says more advisories for our region could be issued Tuesday.

The storm is expected to impact the Wednesday morning commute. 

From the National Weather Service: 

There is a potential for hazardous commuting conditions for the Wednesday morning commute. A period of snow is expected to develop Tuesday night and continue into Wednesday morning across the Baltimore/Washington metro areas with the potential of one to two inches of snowfall accumulation on area roads.

If this threat does materialize during the Wednesday morning rush-hour, many roads could quickly turn icy. This could lead to dangerous traveling conditions, multiple accidents, and extensive delays.

If commuting Wednesday morning, be aware of the possibility of significant travel disruptions. Plan ahead by allowing for extra travel time, and consider using public transportation and telework options.

High temperatures on Tuesday will be in the 40s and then will drop into the 20s by nightfall.

It will be plenty cold enough for snow on Wednesday with a forecasted high temperature of just 29 degrees. The temperature on Wednesday night will dip into the teens.

The sun returns on Thursday with high temperatures in the 40s with lows in the low 20s.

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The annual Souper Bowl Bingo event. You’ll want to be there.

Good Morning Prince William – The Haymarket Regional Food Pantry is having their Annual Souper Bowl Bingo event on Saturday January 20th from 3-5pm at Alvey Elementary School. Come join all the fun by either purchasing your bingo card for $1 or bring a can of soup, vegetables, beans and the like. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please email Kim with any questions at: mail@networkforgood.com.

· Northern Virginia Family Services needs An American Sign Language volunteer to help with their Healthy Families program. Please call Navara at (571) 748-2536 to learn more.

· ACTS in Dumfries needs volunteers to help in the main office to answer phones and man the front desk. This is a fun, busy office. Please fill out a volunteer application on their website: actspwc.org

· First Tee of Prince William County promises spring is right around the corner so volunteers are needed to teach kids the fundamentals of a good golf swing. Come join the fun of sharing the game of golf with kids while also sharing dealing with life’s issues. Please call Alan at (703) 792-8064 to learn more.

· Please mark your calendars for Saturday, January 20 when the Annual Joe 15 Blood Drive will be held, 9am to 2pm, at Manassas Church of the Brethren. Not only does this provide life-giving blood for the community, this event also honors the memory of Joseph “Joe” Page, who would have turned 30 this year. Please contact Debbie at debd509@aol.com to schedule an appointment. You can also visit redcrossblood.org/make-donation and enter The Joe 15 Team in the Sponsor Code box.

· People Incorporated is looking for volunteer tax preparers willing to be certified as an IRS VITA Income Tax Preparer for the 2018 tax season. This special tax preparer assists low-income individuals and families with tax preparation at Saint James Episcopal Church, 73 Culpeper Street in Warrenton. Training is required, but you will be helping this vulnerable population navigate through their tax forms and IRS regulations. Volunteer Greeters are also needed to welcome those who visit the site, distribute forms, and create a pleasant atmosphere for the clients. For more information, please call Jeanne at (571) 445-3020 or email jhaley@peopleinc.net.

· The busy team at the SERVE Shelter are looking for volunteers age 18 and up to help with the annual Point in Time Count on January 25, 6:30am-12Noon. This survey provides an annual count of the nation’s unsheltered homeless population, and will focus on Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The survey will be held, rain, snow or shine. Training prior to the survey will be provided. Please contact Julie at jrmartinez@nvfs.org for more information on how to get involved with this important project.

· Serve Our Willing Warriors will be hosting “A Night in Monte Carlo” February 3, 6:30pm-10:30pm at the Piedmont Club. Volunteers are needed to spread the word about the event, collect auction items, help with sponsorships and assist with various tasks the day of the event. Kimberly at kimberly.gaytan@willingwarriors.org is happy to provide more information on this great fundraiser. The agency also has numerous other volunteer opportunities available. It’s a great way to say Thank You to our veterans for their sacrifices, and also help this wonderful organization spread the word on how they support veterans. Please email volunteer@willingwarriors.org or visit willingwarriors.org for more information.

· The good folks at ACTS are in need of volunteer groups (large and small) who can help with various facilities projects such as grounds work, painting and helping their shelter create more space. Volunteers must be at least 16, and this is family friendly! Please contact Tamika at tmartin2@actspwc.us to learn how you can support this agency’s programs.

· The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is in urgent need of volunteers age 55+ to teach 4th grade children the life skills to keep them safe alone and safe at home. Volunteers must be available during school hours. This fun curriculum is very interactive and of course the kids are very fun. Training is provided; please call Jan to learn more at (571) 292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team.

· SERVE Shelter is in need of small volunteer groups (6-8) who can prepare and serve a meal to their shelter residents in February. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Meals needed are February 3 Dinner, February 4 Brunch, February 11 Dinner and February 19 (President’s Day) Brunch and Dinner. Groups have the option to prepare food offsite and deliver, or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. Please contact Julie at jrmartinez@nvfs.org for more information on how to provide the homeless with a delicious, home-cooked meal.

If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan 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 projects 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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Coldest-ever temps mean electric bills are about to skyrocket

If you think you’ve never felt so cold while living here in Northern Virginia, ever, you are correct. 

Dominion Energy tells us not only was it the coldest period on record, the utility also saw its highest demand — ever — for electricity. 

And that means we’re going to pay.

From an email: 

“…the first week of January was the coldest on record.

Dominion Energy customers used more energy during that week than any on record to keep their homes and businesses warm and set a record on Saturday, Jan. 6 for the highest demand ever in a 24-hour period. Sunday, Jan. 7 was the second highest.

What does this mean for customer bills? It means that many customers will see bills that are higher, possibly much higher, than expected as their heating systems strained to keep pace with demand, drawing higher amounts of electricity to keep running.

At the same time, severe constraints on the pipelines serving Virginia caused record spikes in the price of natural gas, which will ultimately result in even higher electric bills for customers later this year.

Therefore customers will see higher bills now because they used more, and later, because the energy they used was more expensive than ever. By law, these fuel costs must be passed on to customers.

It also means that you may start to hear from customers in the coming days and weeks about their bills—worried the bills are incorrect or that they can’t afford to pay them.

You can help your audience and us by doing two things—helping them understand that the weather is the big driver behind high bills, and letting them know that we want to help them work out a payment solution, should they need one. We offer payment extensions, long-term payment plans, and bill payment assistance to help get them through a rough spot. All our customers need to do is go onto their online account for help or call 866-DOM-HELP. For more information about payment arrangements, click here. For info about EnergyShare, click here.

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We first told you about membership and our upcoming premium content in early December.

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