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How Home Instead finds great people to care for their clients

Editors note: This paid promotional post was written by Potomac Local in collaboration with Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas, serving Prince William and Fauquier counites.

Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas is always looking for candidates searching for rewarding career.

Candice Johnson is the Regional CAREGiver Recruiter at Home Instead Senior Care. Home Instead Senior Care selects and places experienced CAREGivers to homes with seniors, from those who need just a little help and companionship to seniors who need around the clock, twenty-four hour care.

As a Regional CAREGiver Recruiter, Johnson does a lot of work and running around town to attract the best talent that the community has to offer.

“The recruiting process is a lot of repeating my same actions. So I do a lot of “flyering”, I advertise in papers and online, I participate in job fairs and speaking engagements at colleges, CNA schools, LPN schools. I’m really just getting the position out there,” said Johnson The most important part to Johnson’s role is that people know that Home Instead Senior Care is hiring and that many of the positions are flexible and can fit comfortably into anyone’s hectic schedule.

“So if they’re working full time or going to school full time, this is a job that will allow you to still keep your daily responsibilities but bring in some supplemental income on the side,” said Johnson.

Who is the ideal candidate that Home Instead looks for and hires? (more…)

Brew Republic will be Stonebridge’s brewery in Woodbridge

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What do you get when you mix a “recovering politician” with alcohol?

Woodbridge residents will find out this spring when Brew Republic Bierwerks opens in Potomac Town Center in Stonebridge.

Co-owner Jeff Frederick said his new establishment will be the first and only brewery in the shopping center known for Wegmans. The Brew Republic is one of many new breweries that have or will soon open their doors in Prince William County after leaders changed a zoning rule allowing such establishments in retail centers.

Frederick once represented Woodbridge in the Virginia House of Delegates. He served three terms in Richmond, and he also served as the head of the Republican Party of Virginia.

He announced in 2009 that he wouldn’t seek a fourth term and bowed out of politics. Other than endorsing other local political candidates for office, Frederick has remained low key since his departure from the General Assembly.

As it turns out, Frederick’s father-in-law was an executive at the Yuengling Brewery. After he passed away in 2013, he and his wife Amy met with executives at Pennsylvania-based Yuengling and learned the company once owned a brewery in Richmond.

Frederick agreed to work with the company to bring back the old Yuengling brewery to Richmond. He spent months learning about how beer is made, and about the business side of how breweries get paid.

Yuengling eventually decided they didn’t want to move forward on the Richmond project, said Frederick. So he partnered with Darcy and Ryan Heisey, of Montclair, and they agreed to open their first brewery in Woodbridge. The Heisey’s will brew the beer, and Frederick will manage the shop.

“We wanted to do it at Stonebridge because it hasn’t been done before,” said Frederick.

Ornery Public House in 2015 became Prince William County’s first brewpub, pairing homemade brews with freshly prepared cuisine. Growing Bear Brewery also opened the same year, of Golansky Boulevard.

“We wanted to be a little bit higher end, but not pretentious,” said Frederick.

The Brew Republic has 24 recipes on file, and plans to have eight to 10 beers on tap at any given time when they open in late spring 2016. A Belgian lager, an amber ale, and an IPA are just a few of the brews that will be offered.

Of all of the new craft breweries popping up around the area, Frederick said he doesn’t see them as competition.

“There’s this thing that we’ve learned in the craft brewing industry — a rising tide helps all boats,” he said.

How knowing ‘Why’ led website developer WIX to $1 billion

“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.

Five, four, three, two, one… Happy New Year! Well, almost! The New Year is a great time to evaluate our business goals and make sure we know the answer to the question, “Why do we do what we do?”

Here is a great example: Avi, a business associate I met in 1999, said to me at the time, “Rod, I want to make it easy and affordable for business owners to build and manage websites.”

In 1999 that was easier said than done. But Avi and a few of his associates started a company that set out to do just that. While his company attracted millions in venture funding, they never gained a critical mass and eventually sold to a competitor.

Flash forward several years later to a phone call I received from Avi who proudly claimed, “Rod, I have finally found a way to make it easy and affordable for business owners to build and manage websites.”

Now, those who know me know that I am a bit of a tech snob. I remember looking at the phone thinking, “WOW, that is a big claim to make!”

Sure enough, Avi’s tenacity paid off. Today his company, WIX, trades on NASDAQ and has a value of just under $1 billion – that’s right – just under $1 billion.

One Degree Capital is a customer of WIX.com, and we love it.

Across three businesses and over 16 years, Avi always knew his “Why” and stuck to it. As quoted from the company’s website, Wix’s vision is “We make it easy for everyone to create a beautiful, professional web presence.”

A common thread that runs through most successful companies is that they know their WHY – the main reason they do what they do. They know and stay committed to their “Why.”

So here is a question for you: As a business owner do you know your “Why?” If you need some help, ask yourself the following questions:

— Why? Why does your business exist? Are you passionate about this?

— Who? Do you enjoy working with your target audience?

— How? Do you serve your customers in a unique and valuable way?

If you are interested in learning more about how to build your “why” here are several great resources:

Simon Sinek, internationally acclaimed author of “Start with Why,” has a powerful TED Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sioZd3AxmnE that is sure to inspire you to action.

Jeff Parks, a Prince William County-based seasoned consultant and a Coast Guard veteran, says “Live your passion, give your gift.” www.performancebreakthroughs.com. Jeff has helped over 200 organizations define their purpose and build “High-Performance Organizations.”

Margie Warrell wrote this incredible article “Know Your Why – 4 Questions to Tap the Power of Purpose.” Also, she has written three books on Leadership, Life, Courage and Purpose.

Sharon Dilling, owner of Fairfax-based Ability Potentials helps people identify their unique skills, energies, and passions. It works! I took Sharon’s assessment test years ago, and it said I should be the general manager of a commercial finance company. She was right!

As the owner of One Degree Capital for the past six years, I can tell you that I LOVE working with my third hero: The American Small Business Owner. Sharon’s test was so helpful that I have paid for a number of people to take it.

The people who are open and willing to explore the suggested career paths have told me they later that they have truly found their “life’s work.”

What is your “Why?” If you know of any locally owned businesses that have a strong “Why” please share them in the comments section – I would love to learn more about the amazing business owners in our local area.

Water and sewer rate hike proposed for some Prince William customers

Water bills could be going up for some Prince William County residents.

The proposed increase for Virginia American Water customers would mean a 30% increase for customers in Prince William County. Virginia American Water’s Prince William customers are in the eastern portion of the county while the separate Prince William Service Authority provides water service for all other areas of the county.

Customers in the Prince William District would see rates increase by nearly 14% and customers in the Prince William Waste Water District would see rates go up by 17% The increased revenues would amount to about $3 million in additional annual funding for the utilty.  Virginia American Water provides both water and waste water service to about 90% of its customers in Prince William County.

The company needs to charge more to recoup the costs of improving pipes and other equipment, according to a filing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

“The investments in the waste water system in Dale City system include roughly $1 million of equipment and tools, including computer/electronic equipment, and two larger pieces of equipment – trucks equipped with machinery and technology to clean, repair, inspect, assess and record pipe condition and other tasks necessary for operating and maintaining the wastewater collection system. In addition, we invested $650,000 to replace two deteriorating aerial (above ground) sewer mains to prevent potential environmental issues in the future,” said Virginia American Water spokeswoman Samantha Villegas.

Virginia American Water also serves other areas of Virginia to include Alexandria, where rate increases are also requested. If approved, the company stands to gain nearly $9 million more annually.

The utility is requesting to charge a minimum of $20 per customer for those who have a 5/8 inch meter, $30 for 3/4, $50 for 1 inch, up to $500 for a 4-inch meter.

Starting in April, the utility plans to change the way it bills customers in Prince William County. Waste water customers in county would be billed monthly after receiving service instead of quarterly before receiving the service. Waste water bills will also be incorporated into regular water bills, and a new electronic billing service will be introduced. 

The Virginia State Corporation Commission will accept comments about the rate increase between now and June 14. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled at SCC headquarters in the Tyler Building, 1300 E. Main Street in Richmond at 10 a.m. June 21.

Virginia American Water acquired the Dale Service Corporation in 2013 and now operates it as the Prince William Water District.

Shootout, tornado, and brew pubs; Potomac Local’s top stories of 2015

Another year has gone by, and Potomac Local continues to bring you important late-breaking news in your community.

We started 2015 off with heavy snows that left drivers stranded on the roads. As the weather improved, we saw more breweries pop up in shopping centers as local governments changed the rules that once prevented them from locating there.

New restaurants cropped up, and old ones plan to return.

It was also a busy year for the police and fire crews who work to keep us all safe.

Here is a collection of Potomac Local’s most viewed stories of 2015, ranked by number of clicks from you:

1. Shootout at Wings to Go kills 1, injures 2

wings to goA quiet Sunday afternoon in North Stafford was rocked on February 15 when three men inside two cars exchanged gunfire. 

One man who got out of his car was killed, and two others were wounded.

2. Woodbridge Army Reservist attacked in Norfolk



Potomac Local broke the story of London Colvin, an Army Reservist and graduate of Woodbridge Senior High School who was viciously attacked by police dogs after leaving a party in Norfolk.

The incident sparked an investigation at the Norfolk Police Department that ended with four city police officers losing their jobs.

Colvin was a student at Norfolk State University at the of the attack and required 43 stitches to close her wounds.

3. Woodbridge hookah bar brawl

11866258_889345217781579_8338679539284698514_nPotomac Local readers were following the story of 23-year-old Tiffany Conley who police said stabbed another woman outside a hookah bar.

Police said Conley and the 25-year-old victim got into a fight in August at a hookah bar on Golansky Boulevard in Woodbridge. The fight escalated and the victim was stabbed multiple times with a box cutter. 

The victim was taken to a local hospital and suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.  

4. Manassas Council melts for Krispy Kreme 

Krispy KremeThe Manassas City Council in December approved a rezoning at the Davis Ford Shopping Center that cleared the way for the fast food favorite to be built between an Exxon gas station and an Arby’s Restaurant.

Our story lit up social media and readers shared their excitement about what will be the only Krispy Kreme Doughnuts location in the Greater Manassas area.

5. Witness describes mother’s last moments

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Prince William County’s first murder of 2015 came just minutes after midnight New Years Day. That’s when police said John Sherwood came to a house on Concord Drive in Dale City and killed his wife and mother of his child Erica Renee Sherwood (pictured on left).

Sherwood’s friend Sharae Harris took the witness stand in April to describe the horror that unfolded inside her home in the early morning hours of January 1. She said John Sherwood accused his wife of cheating, and that he cornered her in a bathroom and slit her throat.

John Sherwood’s case is set for trial in a Prince William County Courtroom on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

6. Marston goes missing 

martsonJames “Daniel” Marston went missing in late January, prompting Stafford County authorities to seek the public’s help in finding him.

The missing endangered teen left his home on Belle Plains Road near Fredericksburg on January 29. The next day, the Stafford sheriff’s office reported they had exhausted their search for the boy and that it was possible the teen left the area.

Marston was later found in the Richmond area. 

7. Tornado hits Bristow, Manassas

manassas-tornado-3A tornado that started in Bristow ripped through Manassas in June.

A wind gust as high as 61 mph was recorded during the summer storm, and it was enough to topple scoreboards and cause damage at baseball fields in Manassas.

No one was injured in the tornado.

The same storm also brought heavy rains and flooding to eastern Prince William County.

8. Stafford couple dies in murder-suicide


080911 Sheriff new carPotomac Local readers followed the tragic story of a murder-suicide in Stafford.

Authoriteis were called to the 300 block of Garrison Woods Drive in North Stafford on May 15 where the bodies of a man and woman were found.

The victims, a boyfriend and girlfriend, suffered fatal gunshot wounds, according to Stafford authorities.

The bodies were sent a medical examiner in Richmond.

9. Lewd animal acts land man in jail

amleyIn March, police said they found a man who used the internet to chat with a woman who agreed to perform sexual acts with his lab mix dog. The two agreed to meet, and while there the woman would perform the acts in front of a video camera that would record the encounter, police said. 

This wasn’t the first time the man had recorded sex acts with animals, police said. Investigators found other videos featuring animals on his computer at his home near Manassas, and the videos were distributed on the web, police said.

The suspect was charged, and the animals were seized by police and were put into the care of a veterinarian. 

10. Prince William’s first brewpub opens 

orneryfrontPrince William County changed its policy in late 2014 that banned breweries from opening in shopping centers. The change cleared the way for several breweries to open or expand.

Randy Barnette remade his Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge into Ornery Beer Company and Public House — Prince William County’s very first brewpub specializing in brews made in-house coupled with chef-inspired cuisine.

Our story was enough to get people talking about the demise of Hard Times, onces a bustling neighborhood bar, and to get them excited about the changes at the new place – including a new rule that a banned smoking inside the establishment.


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It’s time to party with Okras New Years Eve in Manassas

  • Okra's Cajun Creole
  • Address: 9110 Center Street Manassas, Va. 20110
  • Phone: (703) 330-2729
  • Website: www.okras.com

An all-inclusive party, a hotel room, and hangover cure awaits New Years Eve revelers at Okras in Manassas.

Okras Cajun Creole in Downtown Manassas will hold a New Year’s Eve party that will feature a full buffet of favorites from the Big Easy, to include Pene New Orleans with andouille sausage and ham; Cajun deviled eggs and alligator bites.

Drinks will be flowing from the bar, as hurricanes, landmines, and some bourbon from Okra’s private stock are all on the menu.
A high-energy live band will play music from the 80s and 90s, and take requests all night long.

After the party, guests will enjoy a deeply discounted room rate at Olde Town Inn, a short, one-block walk from Okras. This way, those who come out to party don’t have to think about getting behind the wheel of a car.

Those who stay the night at the hotel will be welcomed back to Okras the following day for an individually prepared “hangover” lunch.

While the party is all about fun, Fisher said it was important for Okras to partner with Olde Town Inn to give his guests a place to stay for the night.

“This is a great way to come out and have fun and skip the driving home part,” said Fisher.

Tickets for Okra’s New Year’s Eve party are on sale online now. 

Okras opened in 1998 and became known as the place that brought New Orleans flair to the City of Manassas. The restaurant sits on the corner of Center and Battle streets in Manassas, at the heart of the city’s growing entertainment district.

Okras has become a destination for local and visitors seeking authentic “Nawlins” food and flair. The restaurant has become a popular gathering place for those who are looking for daily drink specials, and for those who seek authentic New Orleans cuisine. 

Ferringer murdered; Police reclassify case

Indya Davis most likely stabbed and killed Lyle Ferringer before she stabbed and killed herself.

Prince William police today reclassified Ferringer’s death from suicide to homicide. It’s now believed the two 17 year old teenagers parked their van on Hamilton Drive in Dale City October 24 voluntarily and had intended to die.  

Police later found the van forced their way in only to find the bodies of Davis and Ferringer inside. 

The two teenagers had been reported missing by their families.

Police today released this statement:

Murder Investigation *UPDATE – Upon reviewing the circumstances and all evidence collected at the scene where two juveniles were found deceased in the 4400 block of Hamilton Dr in Woodbridge on October 24th, detectives, in concurrence with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, have classified the death of Lyle Ferringer as a murder. The death of India Davis was previously ruled a suicide on October 26th by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Detectives believe that both juveniles went to the area of Dawson Park voluntarily. The death of Lyle Ferringer is also believed to have occurred at the hands of Indya Davis prior to her own death. This is Prince William County’s 9th reported homicide of 2015*.

BBC, WaWa, ’90-Day Fiancé’ are just some of the big names filming in Manassas

The tent was set up and light was barely coming over the horizon when the crew from Twin Productions began filming two commercials for Wawa, the food and gas chain of Pennsylvania.

“Manassas was like a perfect Hollywood back lot,” said Sasha Levinson, director for the Wawa commercials. “So many areas to create stories in, Manassas was an ideal place for our story to come to life.”

“Manassas was the perfect combination of beautiful locations and a cooperative and helpful infrastructure that made shooting our Wawa commercial a wonderful experience,” commented Angela Edwards, Producer for Twin Productions.

This is not the first film crew to choose Manassas in the last several months. Six other production companies have filmed in the City in just a short period of time. The City of Manassas’ new brand touts the City as having an historic heart and a modern beat. These film crews are a perfect example of the new brand.

Filming the City’s Modern Beat was Sharpe Entertainment as they used Stonewall Park to film an episode of “90-Day Fiancé.” Ideology Productions shot a commercial for American Public University also in Stonewall Park.

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Illustrating the City’s Historic Heart was Flight 33 Productions who worked at Liberia Plantation to film an episode of “Codes and Conspiracies” for the American Heroes Channel. Also along the Historic Heart theme was Boundless Productions from the BBC filming a segment of “Great American Railroad Journeys” outside the City’s Train Depot.

As a more “Modern Beat” type of filming, Fox 5 selected the City of Manassas for one of its summer Zip Trips. City staff worked with Fox 5 producers to showcase the City and all it has to offer, ranging from restaurants, to shops to the wonderful community.

A grad student filming his thesis project in the City incorporated both the Historic Heart and the Modern Beat of the City of Manassas. He used a portion of Main Street to shoot a retro movie with 1950’s subject matter.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation website cites a study by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Public policy which found that more than 8,000 people in Virginia are involved in this industry, which brought more than $500 million in economic impact to Virginia in 2004.

While that data is a bit old, it gives a general perspective on the importance of the film industry to the Commonwealth and, by extension, localities. Film crews spend money with local businesses – shops, restaurants and small businesses all benefit. The crew that filmed for WaWa had more than 60 people on location throughout the day. So not only does all of the filming in Manassas contribute to extending the City’s brand, it really has a positive economic impact as well. Look for the

The City will continue its efforts to work with this important industry in the future.

This post is written by the City of Manassas to showcase businesses and economic development in the city in a paid content partnership with Potomac Local.

Youth ice hockey team says accused Manassas detective, coach had clean background checks

Manassas City Police Detective David Abbott was a 16-year ice hockey coach with the Potomac Patriots, a youth team that plays at the Prince William Ice Center in Dale City.

Abbott, a Manassas officer since 2001, turned a gun on himself Tuesday morning and killed himself after police officers came to his home to serve him with a search warrant. Police said Abbott was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a minor, and that he had inappropriate relationships with two teenage boys.

Abbott met both boys while coaching ice hockey.

On Wednesday, Potomac Patriots General Manager RJ Ziegler issued this statement:

Patriot Families,
I wanted to update you on the situation involving David Abbott and our organization.

You’ve no doubt seen the ongoing reports regarding the circumstances surrounding David Abbott’s death. According to the Prince William County Police Department, David was under investigation for inappropriate communications with children when he took his own life.

I understand that this news is difficult to process for many in the club. David was a long time coach (16 years) and had come to know many parents and players over the years. I also understand this news is very concerning, particularly how it pertains to the inappropriate contact a coach in our program reportedly had with a child.

While there is still an ongoing investigation, we are not at liberty to discuss specifics of the case or David’s actions. I can tell you that immediately upon learning of the serious allegations about David’s conduct from a club parent, we took swift and immediate action to engage law enforcement authorities, to include the FBI. We also took immediate action to suspend David from all club activities, and banned him from entering the Prince William Ice Center until an investigation could be completed. We are so very appreciative of the professionalism and urgency our law enforcement agencies demonstrated in addressing the allegations.

In light of Dave’s death, I opted to cancel all Travel team practices yesterday. Instead, Tony Ryan and I met privately with David’s players and parents at an assistant coach’s home. Grief counselors provided by Prince William County (Kate Schell Smith and Tina DiGiacomo) were on hand for the meeting to provide assistance for those who needed it. They were fantastic and have offered to help in any way they can moving forward.

Two team captains pulled me aside and requested that Assistant Coach Fred Cundy take over for the rest of the season. This tells me that the players were already looking at how they can continue moving forward – together. The resiliency that this team is demonstrating is remarkable. It was one of the proudest moments of my coaching and management career.

So how did we get here? David Abbott, like our entire coaching staff, was subject to USA Hockey’s mandatory background checks and Safe Sport training. David was current in all of USA Hockey’s certification requirements. Despite these safeguards, we were not made aware of his alleged inappropriate activities until a brave club member spoke up. As mentioned before, when the inappropriate actions came to light, we were able to swiftly and decisively take appropriate actions to protect the safety of all players within our organization.

I talked to the President of USA Hockey by phone today who expressed how proud he was with how the Potomac Patriots have dealt with this situation. Our local affiliate (PVAHA), as well as the staff at USA Hockey, has been at our disposal since this process began and continue to offer their resources to us. We appreciate their support as well.

Parents: I encourage you to have a discussion with your children about appropriate relationships with adult coaches, mentors, etc. We rely on the trust of the adults we place our kids with, but as you know, we must always be vigilant about our children’s safety despite all of the safeguards we have in place. This discussion may not be an easy one to have with your child, but will prove critical over time in situations such as these.

USA Hockey provides guidance on fostering safe, abuse-free environments. This training is mandatory for coaches and staff…but the program’s informational resources and training are available to anyone. More information about USA Hockey’s SafeSport program can be found here: http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/908023-usa-hockey-safespor t-program

I know you will join me in reinforcing our commitment to a safe environment for our children. As a new parent myself, we spend a great deal of time preparing ourselves and our families for potential dangers, but sometimes we just can’t see it coming no matter how much we prepare.

I, like so many others today, have a range of emotions from frustration to sadness on several levels. But it’s the same people that help us prepare that also help us cope and recover – and it’s those people that we all need to surround ourselves with in times like these. I hope everyone can find strength to deal with the events that unfolded yesterday and I am confident we will work through this as a united, unified hockey family.

If a child or parent observes inappropriate behavior from one of our coaches or staff members, please contact me or a member of the club’s staff immediately. Please know that the safety of our players and hockey family is first and foremost. It is worth reinforcing that when the inappropriate actions came to light, we are able to swiftly and decisively take appropriate actions to protect the safety all players within our organization.

Moving forward, we should not let the actions of one individual define
us as an organization. I won’t let it. I won’t let the actions of one individual soil the legacy that many of you sacrificed so much to develop over the years. I won’t allow the transgressions of one individual to rob our children of the opportunity to grow…to develop…to excel. I’m confident that we will overcome this tragedy and we will all become stronger and wiser because of it.

Lastly, the Prince William Ice Center ownership understands the privacy concerns of our families and has agreed to post signs to keep the media off of rink property. I am very grateful for the solidarity that our facility has shown us during this very trying time.

Please keep the players, parents and coaches of the Bantam Red team in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. I will be sending out the Prince William County Grief Counselor’s contact information to the coaches and managers to distribute. Please do not hesitate to call them. They are genuine people who are eager to help.

I will continue to provide updates as I am permitted to do so.

Updated: Dale City area schools lift secure building order

Updated 1:40 p.m. 

Prince William County Public Schools report the secure the building status has been lifted at all schools affected: C.D. Hylton High School, and Rosa Parks, McAuliffe, and Enterprise elementary schools.

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Police are on the scene of a burglary in the 5600 block of Roundtree Lane in Dale City. 

Nearby schools have been placed in “secure the building mode” while police investigate. Access to the schools buildings is restricted. 


Announcing the new 55+ Active Adult Membership at the Manassas Park Community Center

The Manassas Park Community Center is very excited to announce our new Active Adult membership.

This membership is exclusively designed for individuals 55-64 years old and is only $15/month with 6 and 12 month options. The membership includes access to the gymnasium, pool, and wellness centers as well as all land and water group exercise classes, one fitness orientation, one fitness assessment, and two 30 minute personal training sessions.

This exciting new membership was created based on member feedback and proven demand over the last couple years. Until now our only Active Adult membership option was our Senior Passport membership which is only $30/year. However, this membership is only available for individuals 65 years and older.

As the senior programming became increasingly popular requests to expand our membership offerings also grew. The result was the creation of the new Active Adult membership.

Trying to stay fit? The Active Adult membership includes a number of wellness based classes!

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Senior Strength and Stretch offers a challenging workout that is low impact, but still meets your fitness needs.

Mixed gentle yoga focuses on your core and improves balance with easy-going, gentle yoga poses.

Aquasize is a water based exercise class that offers muscle toning in a low impact environment.

One of our most popular programs is Pickleball which is described as a combination of tennis and badminton.

Looking to learn something new or meet new people? Going Global is an opportunity to experience the diversity within our communities where you can learn about a variety of cultures through photos, stories, and food.

Piano/keyboard lessons offer a chance to explore your musical side whether you’re a beginner or a novice.

If you’re crafty, Social Knitting and Crafting for a Cause are two programs where you can learn to knit or crochet while creating projects for yourself or others to donate. The monthly senior potluck allows you to reconnect with friends in a casual environment.

Easy Gourmet is a hands-on cooking class where you learn to make quick and easy fourfive ingredient recipes.

Road Trip 66 State-to-State is a program where you can experience the diversity of our own country – think of it as a domestic Going Global! All of these programs and more are included in the new Active Adult membership!

Come meet our Senior Recreation Specialist, Bethiah Shuemaker, who has been at the forefront of creating all new senior programs for spring!

We hope to see you soon here at the Manassas Park Community Center!

Child porn charges filed against former Benton Middle teacher


Loudoun County sheriff’s spokesman Kraig Troxell said Stancill had encounters with an underage girl on several occasions, and that he met the girl at a public event. He could not provide any more species about the event. 

Stancill faces four charges of solicitation of a minor in Loudoun County, added Troxell. 

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Prince William police have filed a child pornography charge against a former Benton Middle School teacher. 

The teacher is identified as Tommy Stancill who taught at Benton Middle School during the 2013-14 school year. Prince William police charged Stancill with one count of possession of child pornography in March 2015, according to Prince William police spokesman Nathaniel Probus.

“Additionally, there were two direct indictment placed through the courts which were returned by the grand jury on December 8,”said Probus.

Stancill, 32, lived in Prince William County at the time of the incident, Probus added. 

The arrest comes after a joint investigation between Loudoun and Prince William authorities. We don’t know the age or gender of the victim. 

NBC Washington reports Stancill the victim was not a student at the school. 

Prince William school officials have notified parents at Benton Middle School, and gave us this statement: 

We let the Benton MS community know of this by autodialer yesterday after we heard of the charges. We let parents know they may hear media reports about the charges against a teacher who taught at Benton only during the 2013-14 school year.

The charges reportedly involve the use of computers to exchange inappropriate material with a minor in another county. Prince William County Public Schools will be cooperating with the police in their ongoing investigation.

Loudoun County is the lead investigating agency in this case, said Probus. We’ve contacted them and are awaiting more information from that agency.

Buses in jeopardy: Prince William faced with ‘transit death spiral’

The future looks bleak for transit bus service in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

The Potoamc and Rappahannock Transportation Commission which operates OmniRide commuter buses and OmniLink local buses faces a $9 million budget shortfall in fiscal year 2017. That number grows to about $12 million in FY 2018 and continues in the following years.

Prince William County officials are wrangling with how to pay for the bus service that in recent years had seen a decline in ridership. The question: Should officials reduce bus service forcing more people to drive, carpool, or take Virginia Railway Express to work in Washington? Or should they raise taxes to fund the shortfall?

“You’re in what’s called a transit death spiral,” explained PRTC Interim Executive Director Eric Marx.

With ridership on the decline by 3.6% over last year, cutting services would only increase that number as more and more would flee the bus service for other options or drive themselves to work, he explained.

What’s driving the decrease in ridership? Lower fuel prices, a fluctuating federal government employee transit subsidy that has seesawed between $240 and $130 per month, and recent fare increases, added Marx.

What’s driving the budget shortfall? PRTC operates on funds from the region’s 2.1% motor fuels tax collected at the gas pump when drivers fill up. Lower gas prices, more efficient cars, and less funding from federal and state sources leave PRTC in a lurch.

Prince William County Budget Office chief Michelle Casciato told the Board of Supervisors the county could use its “30% transportation funding” from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission — tax monies given to the locality as part of former Gov. Robert McDonnnel’s transportation reform package passed while he was still in office — to fill the gap.

The county could also impose a new tax on industry and use that money to fund new transportation improvements, as that is what the Board is permitted by law to do with new industrial tax monies, added Casciato.

That’s what they could do. But Casciato told the Board she doesn’t recommend any of those measures.

PRTC and Virginia Railway Express are expected to send their 2017 budgets to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to review by mid-January. The Board must approve a new budget by the end of April.

VRE has also asked for a 5% increase in funding from the counties its serves. As it stands, Prince William County pays the highest jurisdictional amount of funding to VRE because the county generates the majority of riders on the commuter rail system.

The future of retail in the City of Manassas: Why some stores are perfect, and some aren’t

retail shopping in Manassas

The City of Manassas recently completed a retail study using H. Blount Hunter Retail & Real Estate Research Co. The study was designed to examine the market and trade area from the perspective of a retailer. This economic analysis is intended to assist in recruiting retail businesses to Manassas and guide future planning and development efforts.

The City analyzed several existing and potential retail trade areas where shoppers can find a mix of chain and independent businesses. These areas are primarily located on transportation corridors and include Sudley Road, Mathis Avenue, Liberia Avenue, and Route 28/Nokesville Road.  

The analysis also included Historic Downtown which is both on a transportation corridor and is a destination center. Hunter identified several sites within these areas that are well-positioned to capitalize on emerging consumer trends and market factors. 

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For example, residential development has been successfully sustaining retailers along Route 28. It is a high-visibility area that is well traveled, which are benefits that are attractive to retailers. And, in the next few years, Manassas Gateway between Godwin Drive and the Prince William Parkway will begin developing with an exciting mix of housing, office space, entertainment businesses, and retail space. New residents, office workers plus visitors to the planned hotel, Heritage Brewing and other planned attractions will generate the critical foot traffic that new retailers want.

Mathis Avenue and Centreville Road

Another area for retail development is along Mathis Avenue and Centreville Road. This major commuter route is lined with businesses that generally offer “convenience goods.” 

There is incredible potential for refreshing the look of the existing shopping centers with façade improvements and enhancing parking lots with landscaping to completely change their appearance. Aesthetic improvements can go a long way in helping to fill vacancies as well as to attract high-quality tenants. Also, the large parking lots offer plenty of room for developing pad sites along Mathis Avenue, which means more commercial buildings can be built within them to create space for new businesses.

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In Downtown Manassas the unique historic district is set apart from other commercial areas in the region because it is filled with independent restaurants and retailers that can’t be enjoyed anywhere else. It offers an attractive sense of place, a storied history, a year-long calendar of events, and experience-driven visits from local residents as well as people who come from miles away.  

Hunter points out that unlike other shopping areas in the D.C. Metro region, shoppers will travel greater distances to the downtown for the “powerful combination of community events, dining, and specialty shopping in a walking environment that has niche appeal.” 

New development opportunities may present themselves along areas that are underutilized – such as the commuter parking lots surrounding the Manassas Museum — and can accommodate new, mixed-use construction. Future development can likely attract even more boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, especially since most chain businesses require bigger spaces than what is available there.

Chain businesses have very specific requirements

Retail development is a complex process. Residents of a community frequently ask that a specific retailer be recruited to the City; however, retailers, especially large chain businesses, have very specific requirements that they look for when choosing a new location. These include a minimum building size, access to highways, and certain customer demographics – typically income levels. 

Since the City can’t grow in size, the retail that Manassas can recruit has to fit within the existing buildings or on the vacant land that is available. Each retailer’s preference for where they want to open a location is different, too. Some want to be near their competition and others want to be near other stores that appeal to similar customers. 

All chains avoid opening new locations in close proximity to their existing locations because they don’t want a new store to steal sales away from an existing one. This is why your favorite store in a nearby town might not open another location in the City. 

For example specialty retailers currently located in Fair Lakes, Potomac Mills, and the growing commercial corridors in Gainesville to the west may not be able to locate in Manassas. Consumers travel greater distances to take advantage of these mall environments and consequently the retailers will space their locations much further apart.

Why a cashier asks for your zip code

Many people don’t realize what a complex science retailers practice when siting new stores. In addition to analyzing complementary and competitor businesses, they use demographic information, drive times and zip code data which they get from your credit card company whether you shop in a physical store or online and when you otherwise provide it. Have you ever wondered why a cashier asks for your zip code when checking out with your purchase?

Choosing poorly is the worst decision a retailer can make. In addition to the capital cost of opening a new store, companies lock into lengthy leases. Plus, closing a store can tarnish a company’s image in the eyes of the consumer who wonders why the business failed and may attribute it to other peoples use and perception of the product.

For a City of approximately 40,000 people, Manassas has more opportunities for retail development than experts typically anticipate for communities of that size. This is because there is a customer base of about 150,000 people within a five mile radius, which builds the potential for retail recruitment.  

Future development opportunities and destination commercial districts means there is a lot in store for retailing in Manassas.

This post is written as part of a paid content partnership between Potomac Local and City of Manassas to showcase businesses and economic development in the city.

Meeting for new ‘Ferlazzo’ elementary school planned tomorrow night at Hylton High School

Prince William County Public Schools will hold a public meeting at the C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge on Wednesday night. 

School officials will talk about the opening of the new “Ferlazzo” elementary school at nearby Spriggs and Minnieville roads. 

Here’s more in a press release; 

The second of the community meetings to discuss elementary boundary changes related to the opening of the “Ferlazzo” Elementary School at 5710 Liberty Hill Court, Woodbridge 22193, will be held Wednesday, December 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hylton High School Auditorium. The “Ferlazzo” Elementary School is scheduled to open in August 2016.

Participants will see new boundary proposals created since the last session, and get to provide feedback on all drafts of the boundary plans under consideration by the ‘Ferlazzo’ Elementary School Boundary Planning Committee.

Community members may also provide feedback throughout the boundary planning process toBoundary Planning Committee members or to Facilities Services staff at cartlimr@pwcs.edu.

Attendance boundaries that may be affected include those for Ashland, Bel Air, Coles, Enterprise, King, McAuliffe, Minnieville, Montclair, and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools.

The school has yet to be named. It has been dubbed the “Ferlazzo” school, named after the family that donated the land for the school site. 


Chapel Springs produces unique Christmas CD, offers free concert in Stafford

Christmas music is so popular that many radio stations start playing holiday tunes before Thanksgiving. So giving away free CDs of Christmas music is a perfect way to invite people to celebrate Christmas at Chapel Springs Church, which has campuses in Bristow and Stafford.

Matchless King is the title of the newly-released CD written and produced by Chapel Springs Worship Pastor Josh Wesley and several key members of the church’s worship team. The CD takes a different approach from most Christmas CDs, though, because it tells the story not just of Jesus Christ’s birth, but God’s plan to redeem mankind through Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Matchless King features five songs including several that were written specifically for this project, and new arrangements of other classic Christmas songs.

“We wanted to think outside the box” in designing tools to invite the community to worship at Chapel Springs, said Bristow resident and Chapel Springs worship leader Aaron West, who has been a member of the worship team for about 15 years. Pastor Josh suggested creating a Christmas CD, and as the team worked through the details it realized that a CD would be a great invitational tool and would be ideal as the focus for the church’s Christmas celebration this year, West said.

“The idea was to deliver the gospel through the CD, and give the narrative from creation to the death of Christ, which is unusual for a Christmas CD,” said West, who has some experience in music production, but earned his first producing credit on this project.

The CD will be distributed throughout the community for free, and also can be downloaded for free at chapelsprings.org

Music from the recording will be featured at several upcoming Chapel Springs Christmas concerts. The first concert will take place Sunday, December 13 at 6 p.m. at Chapel Spring’s Stafford campus, which meets at Shirley Heim Middle School, 320 Telegraph Road in Stafford, VA 22554.

Kaleb Weaver and Michaelah Faith, who lead worship every Sunday at Chapel Springs-Stafford, also played a vital role on the project – helping to write and arrange songs. Faith, Weaver and Wesley also are featured as soloists on the CD.

“Matchless King is about taking the church outside the four walls. We have a lot of gifted and talented people in the church, but if we contain that talent within the building, we’re not fulfilling what God wants us to do with what he has given us,” Weaver said.


This post is written by Chapel Springs Church as part of a paid content partnership between Potomac Local and Chapel Springs Church.

Six area shopping centers giving away $500 to $1,000 this holiday season

Six Prince William County shopping centers are giving you the chance to win big this holiday season.

Bristow Center, Davis Ford Crossing, Dillingham Square and Smoketown Plaza are taking part in their annual Holiday Shopping Spree, a promotion that has one lucky winner at each center walking away with $500 worth of gift certificates to the specific center and a $1,000 donation to their favorite local school.

At Bull Run Plaza, the winner receives $1,000 worth of gift certificates to spend at the center, as well as a $1,000 donation to the winner’s favorite local school.

At Dominion Valley Market Square, five winners will each receive $100 worth of gift certificates to center.

Entry forms are available in the shopping centers’ stores and online.


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To enter the Bristow
Center’s Holiday Shopping Spree, click here: http://bit.ly/BristowCenterHoliday2015. Bristow is located at the intersection of Nokesville and Linton Hall roads, features Harris Teeter and CVS/pharmacy.

Enter Bull Run Plaza’s Holiday Shopping Spree here: http://bit.ly/BullRunPlazaHoliday2015. Bull Run is located at the intersection of Route 234 and Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas, and includes Dick’s Sporting Goods, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Office Depot and Chili’s.

Click here to enter Davis Ford Crossing’s Holiday Shopping Spree: http://bit.ly/DavisFordCrossingHoliday2015. Davis Ford Crossing is at the intersection of Liberia Road and Prince William Parkway in Manassas. The center features L.A. Fitness, Petco and Staples.

Enter Dillingham Square’s Holiday Shopping Spree here: http://bit.ly/DillinghamSquareHoliday2015. Dillingham Square is at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Dillingham Square in Lake Ridge. The center includes Food Lion, Gold’s Gym and Brittany’s.

Enter the Dominion Valley Market Square’s Holiday Shopping Spree here: http://bit.ly/DominionValleyHoliday2015. Anchored by Giant Food, Dominion Valley Market Square is located at the intersection of James Madison Highway (Route 15) and Dominion Valley Drive in Haymarket. 

To enter Smoketown Plaza’s Holiday Shopping Spree, click here: http://bit.ly/SmoketownHoliday2015. Smoketown Plaza is at the intersection of Smoketown Road and Minnieville Road in Woodbridge. The center includes Lowe’s Home Center, Glory Days Grill and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Dillingham Square and Smoketown entry forms are due no later than 10 a.m. on December 9. All Bristow, Bull Run Plaza and Davis Ford Crossing entry forms are due by 10 a.m. on December 10. Dominion Valley entry forms are due no later than 10 a.m. on December 11.

70th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade welcomes Ed Asner as the Grand Marshal


So many holiday events this weekend: 

The Christmas season gets underway this weekend on our area with the following events: 

Manassas Christmas Tree Lighting — Friday 5:30 p.m. 

The Christmas Tree in Downtown Manassas will be illuminated at 6:30 p.m. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives at the Manassas Train Depot. There will be holiday music at 6 p.m. 

Attendees can take free hayrides around Downtown, and skate at Harris Pavilion.

70th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade — Saturday 10 a.m. 

The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade is honored to announce our 2015 Grand Marshal, Ed Asner! Mr. Asner comes to us with a prolific resume and may be best known for his role as Lou Grant on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and later on a spin off titled Lou Grant.

The younger generation might best recognize him as the voice of the older man in the 2009 Pixar film Up or as Santa Claus in the 2003 movie Elf. Mr. Asner is known to be a versatile, committed, eloquent and talented actor and has received seven Emmy Awards – the most any man has ever received.

The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade has been a hallmark event for 70 years providing entertainment for families and friends in the Greater Manassas community and beyond! It sets the mood for the holiday season!

The parade features over 100 marching units, numerous floats, high-flying balloons, several dancing groups-in all totaling over 2,000 participants each year! Come watch this year’s theme ‘Lights…Camera…Christmas!’ For more information, visit gmchristmasparade.org.

41st Annual Dumfries Christmas Parade — Saturday noon 

Join residents from Dumfries and eastern Prince William County for the 41st Annual Dumfries Christmas Parade at noon on Saturday. The parade route takes marchers and floats down Main Street (Route 1) past Town Hall. The Dumfries-Triangle Volunteer Fire Deparment, Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad, as well as several churches and businesses participate in the parade each year.

A tree lighting will follow the parade at 5 p.m. at Town Hall.

Lunch with Santa — Saturday 12:30 p.m. 

Come have lunch with the man in the big red suit at 12:30 p.m. in the Old Manassas Courthouse.

Monza / Carmellos collects gently used coats for gift cards

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE in exchange for a $10 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Sat., Dec. 5 during the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. Coat donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Downtown Manassas, Va., as well as throughout December to support SERVE of Manassas, Va.

They’ll also be accepting new toys for children of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Manassas, Va.) in exchange for a $10 Monza/Carmello’s gift card during December. For more information, go to eatmonza.com. One gift card will be given per coat and/or per new toy.

“We all feel the drop in temperature, and for those in need, sometimes one warm coat is hard to come by which is why we wanted to help collect as many coats as possible for the our local SERVE program,” said Alice Pires, owner of Monza and Carmello’s in Historic Manassas, Va. “We’re excited to collect toys for the kids of CASA, let’s try to make sure no one is forgotten this holiday,” said Pires.

Ahead for bus riders: OmniRide Delays Thursday, schedule changes Monday

If you’re riding OmniRide tomorrow, get ready for some delays due to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. 

This is the official word sent out to bus riders from the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission: 

This is a reminder that the National Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, December 3, on the Ellipse near the White House. In anticipation of the extreme traffic congestion, PRTC will activate the Emergency Service Plan for the AFTERNOON/EVENING commute on December 3.

Beginning at 2 p.m., OmniRide buses will only pick up from the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station for eastern Prince Willi am County passengers and Tysons Corner Metro Station for Manassas, Gainesville and Linton Hall passengers. Midday trips meeting at the Pentagon at 12:34 p.m. will operate at the normal times along the regular routes. All other afternoon/evening trips will depart from the Metro stations. All regular drop-off stops will be served. Services from the Metro stations will continue until 7:30 p.m. except for Prince William and Manassas Metro Direct buses, which will continue operating until their last published departure time.

Bus fares will be $3.85 cash or $3.10 on your SmarTrip card.

It’s also time for PRTC’s Fall Service Change. The commuter bus operator says to expect changes to some schedules: 

Timetable changes will be made to the following schedules. Routes not listed below will not change.


-Dale City – Pentagon/Crystal City – Timetable changes.

-Dale City – Navy Yard – Timetable changes.

-Lake Ridge – Pentagon/Crystal City – Timetable changes.

Montclair – Timetable changes.

-Manassas — The route will no longer serve Williamson Boulevard. Additionally, three more AM Manassas OmniRide trips will become express trips, originating at the Portsmouth Commuter Lot. This is in addition to the three express trips on the current AM schedule.


Woodbridge/Lake Ridge – Timepoint changes from Prince William & Hoffman to Prince William & Hillendale; timetable changes.

-Dale City – The first three weekday inbound trips will begin at Dale Blvd. & Orangewood instead of the Chinn Center. Alternate service from Chinn Center is available on Woodbridge A OmniLink. Timepoints change from Mapledale Plaza to Dale & Orangewood/Dale &Trident.

-Dumfries – First three AM weekday trips and first AM Saturday trip will begin at the Lofts instead of the 7-11 on Fuller Heights Road.

Route 1 OmniLink – Timepoint changes from Dumfries Shopping Center to Fraley & Williamstown.

-Manassas – Timetable changes.

Manassas Park – Timetable changes.

Metro Direct:

-Manassas Metro Direct – Timetable changes.

-Linton Hall Me tro Direct – Timetable changes.

Cross County Connector – Timetable changes.

OmniRide commuter buses provide transit services for those traveling from Prince William County and Manassas to points in Northern Virginia and Washington. OmniLink local buses provide transit services for those traveling inside Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

Aurora Flight Sciences launches world’s first 3D-printed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

A 3D printed drone

Ten years ago it might have been hard for many people to imagine being able to send a digital file to a printer and producing a three-dimensional object. However, this advanced technology is becoming more widely used in many different industries and is inspiring innovations like 3D-printed cars that can drive and medical devices that can save lives.

Today, Manassas-based Aurora Flight Sciences is taking this technology one step further. The company unveiled the world’s largest and fastest 3D-printed, unmanned aircraft at the Dubai Airshow in November. This high-speed, jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flies faster than 150 miles per hour.

Aurora partnered with Stratasys Ltd., a 3D printing and additive manufacturing company, to design and produce an aircraft using 3D-printed, lightweight plastics and metal. This UAV was developed in half the time it typically takes using traditional manufacturing methods.

By using 3D printers, Aurora’s aerospace engineers can build customized products quicker and produce them more cost effectively, which creates new opportunities for the company. For example, the U.S. Air Force recently announced an initiative called “Affordable, Attritable Aircraft” to significantly reduce aircraft procurement costs. The development of lower-cost, 3D-printed UAVs will make it more “affordable” for the military to lose a drone in combat situations.

“Part of the Air Force’s challenge is to separate manufacturing costs from production rate and quantity,” says Dan Campbell, Aerospace Research Engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences. “3D printing is a major enabler of meeting their needs.”

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, uses a “materials printer” to produce a three-dimensional object from a computer model. The printer builds the object by placing layers of a material on top of each other. Aurora and Stratasys mostly used a strong thermoplastic that is resistant to heat and chemicals to build their UAV. The materials that they chose significantly reduce the aircraft’s weight but still meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s requirements for flame, smoke, and toxicity. The UAV has a 9-foot wingspan and only weighs 33 pounds.

“Whether by air, water, or on land, lightweight vehicles use less fuel. This enables companies to lower operational costs as well as to reduce environmental impact,” says Scott Sevcik, Aerospace & Defense Senior Business Manager for Stratasys. “Using only the exact material needed for production is expected to reduce acquisition cost by eliminating waste and reducing scrap and recycling costs.”

Aurora Flight Sciences and Stratasys began working together through the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory program. For four years, the two companies have been collaborating on developing novel materials and design methods for manufacturing small aircraft using 3D printing.

Having already achieved similar success with unmanned aircraft developed under Department of Defense-funded programs, the Aurora and Stratasys team is excited to publicly demonstrate their achievements. The internally funded UAV showcased at the Dubai Airshow was developed specifically to demonstrate their technology and show the world what can be done with 3D printing and aerospace engineering.

Aurora Flight Sciences, which was founded in 1989, has its headquarters in the City of Manassas and is a long-standing member of the business community. This leading developer and manufacturer of UAVs and aerospace vehicles has won industry recognition and awards for its cutting-edge technology.

Aurora is one of the top ten employers in the City with 188 staff members who are active volunteers with civic organizations and STEM education programs. Since 2003, Aurora has been giving back to the community by supporting the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a national student rocket design contest, through sponsorship and mentoring of local middle and high school teams.

The company has grown considerably over the years and has expanded several times to include production plants in West Virginia and Mississippi; a research and development center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it collaborates with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and a new office in California’s Silicon Valley at Mountain View.

This post is written by the City of Manassas to showcase businesses and economic development in the city in a paid content partnership with Potomac Local.

Parades, pancakes, ornaments, & Santa pet photos: Don’t miss holiday fun at the Manassas Park Community Center


‘Tis the Season at the Manassas Park Community Center!

There’s just something about the holiday season that makes it one of my favorite times of the year. Maybe it’s because this is the season for spreading happiness, togetherness, and well-wishes to everybody you meet. To help you get into the spirit of the season the Manassas Park Community Center has lots of special events lined up!

The festivities kick off on Thursday, December 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. where you and your family can decorate dough ornaments for only $3 a person. You can literally create a lifelong memory to include on your Christmas tree or to keep at your desk all year round.

As a baking enthusiast, nothing brings me more holiday cheer than gingerbread houses! You and your family can decorate your own gingerbread houses Thursday, December 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for just $5 per participant. We’ll supply everything but feel free to bring your own special candy to make your houses extra unique.

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Our popular 10th Annual Light Parade is on Saturday, December 12 starting at 5:45 p.m. There’s a new route this year! It will start at the General’s Ridge Golf Course and follow Manassas Drive to the Manassas Park Community Center. There’s still time to have your vehicle be a part of the parade. Contact Tony Thomas at t.thomas@manassasparkva.gov for more details.

Santa will be visiting the Manassas Park Community Center for a pancake breakfast on Saturday, December 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. It’s only $5 per person for Breakfast with Santa and kids 2 years old and under can join us for free. Make sure to bring your wishlist!

Your pups can meet Santa on December 19 as well! From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. bring your dogs to take pictures with Santa during our Santa Paws special event! It’s only $5 per dog and you’ll get a high quality digital photo to keep for years to come.

In addition to all of our special events, our monthly promotion gets in on the holiday action! Get 12% off an annual Basic or All-Access membership or 12% off any rental you book during the month of December! For more details on memberships and rentals you can visit our website at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call the front desk at 703-335-8872.

We hope to see you soon here at the Manassas Park Community Center!

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