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Marsteller ‘evacuated as a precaution due to the fire alarm and smoky haze’

From an email: 

Marsteller MS, 14000 Sudley Manor Dr., Bristow, has been evacuated as a precaution due to the fire alarm and smoky haze in building. The Fire Department is responding. All are safe. Please check website for updates, https://marstellerms.pwcs.edu/.

Updated 12:45 p.m.

Staff and students have returned to the building at Marsteller Middle School following a precautionary evacuation. Normal activities have resumed. The alarm was triggered by smoke from a copy machine, which was removed from the building by the Fire Department.

Photo: Marsteller Middle School PTO

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Prince William culinary tour owners present travel adventures online

From an email: 

Northern Virginia owners, George and Linda Meyers, of Cook in Tuscany, Cook in Mexico and Cook in Cuba debuted ‘Cook, Eat, Play, Travel’, their online, video diary of their worldwide travels and journeys.  They are always asked about life “outside” of their culinary tours in Tuscany, Mexico and Cuba, so they started documenting their adventures.  Named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today, the Meyers created Cook, Eat, Play, Travel to allow people around the world to experience some of their culinary travel adventures online. To view or learn more, go to www.cookeatplaytravel.com

“We’re fifty-somethings enjoying our second chapter in life, traveling, cooking, playing and enjoying every minute,” said Linda Meyers, co-founder of Cook, Eat, Play, Travel, and Cook in Tuscany, Mexico and Cuba. “Instead of buying things, we started buying experiences…and in the process, opened three different cooking schools in three different countries; now people can follow our adventures around the world,” said Meyers.

Retired United States Air Force pilot, George Meyers and his wife, Linda, retired Prince William County, Va. school teacher are natives of New Orleans and high school sweethearts. The Meyers’ shared a long-time passion for good food. The Meyers personally take guests on all tours, creating an immersive experience in Tuscan, Mexican and Cuban cuisine and culture. The week-long package tours are all-inclusive of hotels and food, not including air fare. Cook in Tuscany has expanded its class space, and now offers two classes during Cook in Tuscany travel weeks. Review the schedule at www.cookintuscany.com.

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‘During the encounter, the accused brandished a handgun and fired one round into the air’

From police: 

Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On October 5 at 11:03PM, officers responded to the Liberty service station located at 3511 James Madison Hwy in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a shooting. The investigation revealed that the victims, a 55-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman both of Berrymill, reported to police that they were retrieving property from their vehicle which they had towed to the service station earlier that week. At some point, the business owner, later identified as the accused, arrived in his vehicle and became involved in a verbal altercation with the victims. During the encounter, the accused brandished a handgun and fired one round into the air. The victims fled the area and contacted police. When officers arrived and made contact with the accused, officers observed drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view in his vehicle. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident. No injuries or property damage were reported. A shell casing and two handguns were recovered.

Arrested on October 6:

Omar Ali AWAD, 52, of 4580 Lawnvale Dr in Gainesville

Charged with and reckless handling of a firearm, possession of a firearm while in possession a controlled substance, and possession of a scheduled I or II narcotic

Court Date: December 5, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond



SNVMC President Kathie Johnson on how Potomac Hospital, now Sentara, is ‘45 years new’

 

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Sentara Susan Bahorich sat down for an interview with Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center President Kathie Johnson.

Not only did Kathie celebrate her one year anniversary this summer, but Sentara is also preparing for our 45th hospital anniversary this fall, and she spoke frankly on several different topics and is very engaging and informative.

SB: You’ve been at the helm just over a year now. How has your first year gone?

KJ: It’s been absolutely wonderful. Very exciting- there are terrific people here to help with things and we’ve achieved a lot in one very short year.

SB: You’ve accomplished a lot in one year. What’s next?

KJ: Our vision is to be the healthcare provider of choice in our market, which is Northern Virginia. And what we’ve done is work with our community to identify services they would like us to bring to the community. Our goal is that people should not have to travel for healthcare, they should be able to get what they need right here. And, that’s actually what our #MySentara is all about – this is our hospital, we own it, we love it, we want it to be the best that it is and it’s also our community’s hospital, so we want to be here for the community and whatever they need.  

SB: What does that look like for the hospital and patients?

KJ: We have renovation projects going everywhere to support our ability to deliver the best and highest quality care to our patients. We’re also recruiting new providers to this market and bringing in new programs, so it’s very exciting. We’ve done a whole lot in a pretty short time.

SB: This year we’re celebrating our 45th Anniversary- not only remembering our past but looking to the future.

KJ: When you look to the future what we’re going to see is more services more acute services more preventative services, more outreach to our community. Our mission is to improve healthcare every day so we’re not just here when people get ill, we’re here to keep people well and work with our community to do that. We have a lot of partners in the community to help us there and that’s just a lot of strength that we can build on to be successful.

SB: Already there are a lot of people who have shared their love of Potomac, but there’s a lot of strength in Sentara and what we’ve been able to build and craft here.

KJ: Certainly, there are a lot of people who love Potomac. There are a lot of people who remember Potomac and when it started and have been here for many years and have dedicated a lot of services and a lot of heart and a lot of commitment to the hospital and to our patients, but the future is coming. Healthcare is changing. It’s growing, there are new therapies, there are new ways to stay healthy, there are new cures and we want to be at the forefront of bringing all of that to our community.

SB: As a not for profit hospital, what does that mean for our patients?

KJ: By not for profit, it means that any money that we receive, that doesn’t go for expenses, is invested back into the hospital so that we can continue providing services to our patients. We provide a lot of care that we do not receive payment for which is part of our mission is to reach out and do that for the community. We are very proud that we are able to do that and support other not for profit partners in the community in providing that care. So, not for profit means there are no shareholders or anything like that. It means that any money that we are able to keep, after all of our expenses, were able to give back to our patients and community.

SB: And, that means that no patient is ever turned away. 

(more…)

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Novant Health UVA Health System seeks health grant applications

The Novant Health UVA Health System is set to award $50,000 in grants. 

From a press release: 

Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center Foundation is seeking proposals from community nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the health of low-income and at-risk populations in greater Prince William County. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $20,000.

“At Novant Health UVA Health System, we believe in our role as a good corporate citizen,” said Kelly Persons, director, Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center Foundation. “We recognize how important it is to work with local agencies and organizations to make our community a better place to live and work.”

The foundation is particularly interested in nonprofit organizations that address the top four significant health priorities identified in its 2016 community health needs assessment. Those areas include:

Diabetes

Obesity

Chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease and stroke

Mental health, including substance abuse

Organizations that apply must hold a 501(c)(3) designation for a minimum of two years and must be in good-standing within the community. Last year’s grant award winners include the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory and the Prince William Area Free Clinic.

Grant applications for the fall cycle are due Oct. 15, with grant awards announced in December.

To be considered for a grant, applicants must complete an electronic application and submit via email. Contact Kelly Persons, director of Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center Foundation, for an application at klpersons@novanthealth.org or 703-369-8791.

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Sheetz opens Bristow store, renovates Haymarket location

A new Sheetz gas station is open in Bristow, while a Sheetz in Haymarket (the first Sheetz to be built in Prince William County in the mid-1990s) is being renovated. 

From an email: 

The Bristow store, located at 11627 Nokesville Road, is 6,478 sq. feet with indoor and outdoor seating.  It has the ability to fuel 12 vehicles at one time. 

The interior construction at the Haymarket store, located at 15315 Washington St., wrapped up last week.  That is also a 6,479 sq. foot store location with indoor/outdoor seating.  Work is currently being done at gas pumps at that store.  Work on the pumps is projected to wrap up in late November, and when completed, 20 cars will be able to fuel at the same time.

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Vote for these guys, says Prince William Chamber

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee made its endorsements in this year’s local House of Delegates races.  

Voters will head to the polls Nov. 7.

From a press release:

The Prince William Chamber Political Action Committee, the political arm of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, announced its endorsements of candidates for the Virginia General Assembly:

31st House District – Scott Lingamfelter

40th House District – Tim Hugo

50th House District – Jackson Miller

51st House District – Richard Anderson

52nd House District – Luke Torian

87th House District – John Bell

Candidate endorsements were determined through a questionnaire and interview process along with an evaluation and comparative analysis of the policy platforms and records of each individual as they related to that of the region’s business community.

“The Chamber PAC is proud to support the above list of candidates. These endorsements were earned through demonstrated leadership and responsiveness to those issues of importance to the Chamber and its member businesses,” said Brian Gordon, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) of Metropolitan Washington, and the Chairman of the Prince William Chamber PAC. “Their collective record of advocacy and action in the legislative arena has served to bolster the local economy and we look forward to continuing to work side by side with these leaders in Richmond toward our shared objective of improving the local business climate.”  (more…)

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Vigil for teen shot, killed planned outside government center

There’s going to be a vigil outside the Prince William County Government Center on Tuesday afternoon following the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy by a Prince William County Police officer last month. 

The vigil takes place at 5:30 p.m. The Prince William County Board of Supervisors is set to meet at 2 p.m. inside the government center. 

From an email: 

Tomorrow night there is a VIGIL TO REMEMBER RUBEN URBINA.
 
The Urbina family and the Prince William County community will come together to remember the life of Ruben Urbina, a 15 year old shot and killed by Prince William County Police
 
When: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 5:30 PM EST
Where: McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Who: The Urbina family, community members of Prince William County, La ColectiVA, CASA of
Virginia, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Northern Virginia
 
On September 15, 2017 15 year-old, Ruben Urbina, was killed by a Prince William County police officer outside of his home in Haymarket, Virginia. The Urbina family, along with community members and organizations will hold a vigil…
 
The vigil will be held in front of the McCoart Administration Building in lead up to the Board of Supervisors meeting that evening. The Urbina family and the Prince William County community want justice for Ruben to make sure that no other family ever has to experience such a tragic loss.
Officers were called to the 6800 block of Hartzell Hill Lane in Haymarket on the day Urbina was shot and killed for a possible hostage situation. 
 
Details from the police department on the day of the incident: 

As officers were responding, information was received that one of the parties involved had a bomb strapped to his chest and was holding a family member hostage. When officers arrived, they observed a male individual in front of the residence. During the encounter, the individual brandished a crowbar and began walking toward the officers in a threatening manner.

The officers gave the individual multiple commands to drop the crowbar which he refused. At that point, one of the officers fired their Department issued weapon towards the individual, striking him in the upper body. Officers provided immediate first aid until rescue personnel arrived.

The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

More: Police shooting death of 15-year-old Haymarket teen ruled justified

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Gainesville under 21 club transitioning to restaurant, comedy venue

GAINESVILLE — That didn’t last long.

Club Eclipse, the only under 21-club in Prince William County, will transition into a restaurant and live comedy venue in the coming weeks.

While a menu has yet to be established, drinks will also be served once the transition is complete.

Eclipse opened about three months ago, and, so far, the attendance has been disappointing.

“The kids aren’t’ showing up,” said owner Jason Flis.

And that has left Flis and his team scratching their heads. The establishment opened and catered to teens, and had multiple security guards, a dress code, and drug-sniffing dogs on site, he said.

“We don’t know if that was scaring them off,” he added.

Right now, the club is still open for teens and does not yet serve alcoholic drinks. It is the only venue in Prince William County that caters to an under-21 crowd.

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Firefighters dispatched to fire at Stonewall Middle School

From County of Prince William Department of Fire & Rescue:

On Thursday, September 28th at 7:17 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire located in the 10100 block of Lomond Drive in Manassas.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews discovered fire in a classroom trailer on the grounds of Stonewall Middle School. Firefighters initiated suppression and immediately extinguished the fire.

No injuries reported. (more…)

Shining Sol Candle Company is celebrating their 1 year retail store anniversary, Friday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Oct.1

Shining Sol Candle Company is celebrating their 1 year retail store anniversary, Friday (Sept 29) -Sunday (October 1). As a way of saying thanks to all of our amazing customers, we have a full-on celebration happening at the store. There are deals, steals, prizes, food, discounts, a raffle, and much more. Some of the fun includes:
 
With every purchase, customers get to spin our “Wheel of Deals”! Earn discounts, free Shining Sol products, or free prizes from participating
Historic Downtown Manassas businesses (over $1,000 worth of goodies to be given away)!
 
Every $20 spent in-store or online earns a raffle ticket entry, with the grand prize being a brand new guitar graciously provided by Dean Guitars ($600 value!)
 
Friday evening is the return of “Make-Your-Own” Candle time, a fan favorite! Make your own candle from 5pm – 9pm.
 
Saturday features food provided by Okra’s Cajun Creole.
 
Offer: 3 candle tins for $30.
 
Offer: 5 wax melts for $25.
 
Offer: Buy a warmer, get a free wax melt ($5.99 value).
 
Saturday also features the Steins, Wines and Spirits event happening at Harris Pavilion from 12pm – 5pm.
 
From the guys who made it happen: 
 
Pete:
“I don’t have the words to explain how thankful I am for the friends we’ve made and customers we have gained in our first year of business in Historic Downtown Manassas. To say all expectations were exceeded is an understatement. Thank you all for getting us to this milestone. I hope we continue to pique the interest of the Historic Downtown district and provide unique products that the community can be as proud of as we are.”
 
Sara:
“I can’t believe what we have been able to accomplish in this past year. We are so grateful for all of our customers and we will continue to make amazing products for all of you.” 
 
Deron:
“I can’t believe it’s been one year already! We’ve met so many awesome people, made lots of new friends, partnered with countless local businesses, and all in a cool little place called Manassas (where Pete and I were born and raised). Our whole crew (Pete, Sara, myself, Elizabeth, Kara, Jen, Tina, Brittany) can’t thank everyone enough for showing us support and shopping with us this past year. We’re going to continue to make great products, support our local community and have a whole lot of fun while doing it all. Small business can be a tough road a lot of times, but you’ve all made it a lot easier with your support and encouragement. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” 

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3 homes damaged, 2 people displaced in Haymarket fire

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Fire crews overnight battled a blaze in Haymarket. 

From Prince William County Fire and Rescue:

On Friday, September 29th at 2:48 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 15800 block of Mackenzie Manor Drive in Haymarket.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed heavy fire on the rear deck of a townhome that had extended through the roof. Firefighters commenced suppression and immediately extinguished the fire.

An occupant of the townhome was transported to a local hospital and was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

The home sustained extensive damage estimated at $450,000. Two additional units sustained minor damage.

The Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

Red Cross was on scene to assist 2 adults displaced by the fire.

The fire originated on the deck; the cause was improper disposal of smoking materials and has been determined as accidental.

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We’re now back to the I-66 overhead Haymarket powerline route

It’s back to to the overhead route for Dominion’s Haymarket Powerline. 

The utility abandoned its plan to build along the controversial Carver Road route, which would have seen a power line built where some of Virginia’s first freed slaves made their home after the Civil War. 

From Dominion: 

“Through this filing, we are updating the Commission that the construction of the Carver Road route is not possible given Prince William County’s denial of needed easements. Because Carver Road, the Commission’s approved route, is not constructible, we are asking the SCC to amend its Final Order and approve construction of the Haymarket Transmission Line Project via the I-66 Overhead Route.”

The company asked for an additional 60 days to work with Prince William County officials to obtain easements to properties along the Carver Road route to build the new line to power a series of new Amazon data centers in Haymarket. It didn’t get the permissions. 

“We had asked for and were granted 60 days in which to secure permission from Prince William BOCS to gain access to easements we need to construct the Carver Road Route. The Commission had previously directed the Company to build the Carver Road Route, but the Commission also recognized that the County had the authority to deny the needed easements, thereby blocking the route. The Company is now apprizing the Commission of the County’s denial of the easements and requesting that the Commission grant the Company the authority to build along the I-66 Overhead Route, the company’s preferred route in our November 2015 application.”

From Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman, At-large Corey Stewart: 

“The Board and I were never going to allow corporate bully Dominion to uproot Carver Road families, many of whom have been there for over a century as descendants of slaves who acquired the land under federal law in the 1860s.  

We will continue to fight to keep our commitment to protect communities in Prince William County like Hopewell Landing, Somerhill, Somerset Crossing, Carver Road, and the Town of Haymarket. The Board and I along with the community have been unified since the beginning that no route except the I-66 Hybrid route would be acceptable. We will not back down.” 

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Town hall meeting to discuss Rural Crescent: ‘Fact, Fiction and the Future’

From an email: 

Hello,
Delegate Rich Anderson and I hope to see you on October 11th. We will discuss the Rural Crescent and share information on how land use policies affect all of our residents.
Jeanine

BRENTSVILLE DISTRICT TOWN HALL MEETING
THE RURAL CRESCENT
Fact, Fiction and the Future

Please Join
Supervisor Jeanine Lawson and
Delegate Rich Anderson

Wednesday, October 11th @ 7pm
Brentsville District High School
12109 Aden Rd, Nokesville, VA 20181



Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center: The Beginning

As we prepare to celebrate our 45th Birthday, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is taking a look back at the history which shaped the facility into what it is today.

While it’s hard to imagine now, at one point the hospital campus was comprised of open fields. And, before 1972, if residents had a medical emergency they had to travel either to Fredericksburg or Alexandria for care; for many, Manassas wasn’t even an option! That’s where the idea was born for a hospital on the eastern end of the county.

In 1965, the Woodbridge Jaycees hired professional consultants to study the feasibility of such a plan. Architects were hired and at least five sites were surveyed to determine the hospital’s location.

In June 1968, community leaders joined together to form the Potomac Hospital Corporation, and elected John Johnson, then head of Virginia Power, president.

Howard Greenhouse, who would later go onto to become the first chairman of the Potomac Hospital Board of Trustees, was a businessman at the time. But, he soon found himself involved in the project.

“It was a struggle to start,” Greenhouse remembers.

In 1969, the first hospital membership drive began, and soon there were 3,300 members ready and willing to support the hospital’s fundraising efforts. At one point, volunteers like Greenhouse were going door to door asking for donations.

“I can tell you that was not my most enjoyable time spent because I hate when people ask me for money, and I don’t want to go ask someone else,” Greenhouse chuckles, ”But, where else was there?”

The community answered the call. When it was all said and done, more than two million dollars was raised. A 77-acre building site was purchased for $258,070.70 from Mrs. Anna Greisch. Mrs. Johanna Opitz, a longtime area landowner, then dedicated the right of way to the property which is now Opitz Boulevard. It was from there, Potomac Hospital was born.

Langston “Rich” Richardson became the hospital’s first administrator.

“There was never a doubt in my mind it would succeed,” says the now 89-year-old Richardson, thinking back. “Everybody was interested (in the success) because we were building something from scratch and they had put their soul and heart into it. And, that’s what made Potomac Hospital what it is.”

In 2009, Potomac Hospital joined one of the largest health systems in Virginia, Sentara Healthcare. The name has changed to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, but the mission to provide quality patient care remains the same. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is a hospital built for the community, by the community.

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‘Alternative 2B is incompatible with the historic character of the Bull Run Regional Park and would significantly degrade the integrity of the hallowed ground’

As transportation officials search for a solution for Route 28 congestion, The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s proposal, dubbed “Alternative 2B,” the most popular idea for relieving local congestion, has generated strong opposition from local preservation and conservation agencies concerned about historical and environmental impacts.

If approved, Alternative 2B would extend Godwin Drive from Sudley Road near the Manassas Mall, between the Lomond neighborhood in Prince William County and residential neighborhoods in Manassas Park, across a new bridge over the Bull Run River connecting to Route 28 in Fairfax County.

Historical Impacts

In a letter dated September 11, 2017, James Lighthizer, President, Civil War Trust letter, stated Alternative 2B “would have a significant negative impact on Bull Run Regional Park, which includes significant acreage associated with the Battle of Blackburn’s Ford…one of the first notable engagements of the Civil War, with 151 estimated casualties.”

According to Lighthizer, the acreage through which the northern part of Alternative 2B would cut, particularly the land contained in Bull Run Regional Park, is located well within the potential National Register Boundary and the “core” battlefield boundary as determined by the federal Civil War Sites Advisory Commission (CWSAC) and its Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields.

“The Trust strongly believes that Alternative 2B is incompatible with the historic character of the Bull Run Regional Park and would significantly degrade the integrity of the hallowed ground of the Blackburn’s Ford Battlefield, the quality of the visitor experience, as well as the area’s scenic and historic viewshed,” said Lighthizer.

“Moreover, by crossing Bull Run Regional Park, Alternative 2B threatens potential prehistoric and historic archeological resources that may be present in the path of this proposed alternative.” (more…)

Annual Boo Ball to support the Un-Trim-A-Tree Holiday Gift

· Good Morning Prince William – Come join our Annual Boo Ball to support the Un-Trim-A-Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids. This super fun event is Saturday, October 28th at 7 pm at the Manassas Moose Lodge. Tickets are just $35 and include dinner, specialty drink, cash bar and Livin’ the Dream live band. Grab a costume and your friends for a fun time and for a great cause. Tickets can be bought online at: volunteerprincewilliam.org.

· ACTS in Dumfries is having their 7th Annual IWALK event on Saturday, October 7th at Stonebridge at Potomac Town center. Registration begins at 8 am with the 5K walk/run at 9 am. Registration is just $20/individual, $15/team, or $50/family. Proceeds benefit all the good things ACTS does for the community. The free Fall Festival is 10am-2pm following the run. They’ll have food vendors, performances, kid’s activities, carnival games and much more. Please register at: iwalkforacts.com.

· Saved Hands Foundation is having their next volunteer orientation on Saturday, October 7th from 10-2pm at Chinn Park Library. Come find out about all the neat ways you can help another. Please call (571) 572-9013 to learn more.
· Brain Injury Services is looking for a friendly visitor volunteer to visit their client who lives in Aldie and loves watching sports, walking or working out. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881, ext. 232 to learn more.

· ACTS is also looking for administrative volunteers during traditional business hours. Please email Tamika at: tmartin2@actspwc.us to learn more.

· Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is still looking for volunteer presenters 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.

· Historic Manassas is looking for volunteers to help at the Fall Jubilee event on Saturday October 7th. Duties include beer pourer, stage performer check-in, directional assistants, and much more. Shifts are for a couple of hours throughout the day. You don’t want to miss this super fun event. Please call Melissa at (703) 361-6599 for all the specifics. (more…)


Fall into the New Classes here at MPCC

  • Manassas Park Community Center
  • Address: 99 Adams Street Manassas Park, Va.
  • Phone: 703-335-8872

The fall season conjures scenarios of bountiful baskets of freshly picked apples, pumpkins, and enchanting autumn foliage! It also brings a whole batch of new classes here at the Manassas Park Community Center, including the Road to Wellness, Focused Awareness Meditation, Bollywood and Classical Indian Dance, and Outdoor Yoga! Also, there are several music classes for the music lovers too!

These new classes focus on all types of music, dance, and whole-body wellness. One thing we all have in common as residents of Northern Virginia is that we are all under a lot of stress. Regardless of the reasons for that stress, we all need to find something to help us reduce it.

Several new classes here at the Community Center to help you better handle your stress include Focused Awareness Meditation and the Road to Wellness. Taught by Karen David of Live Life Well, LLC, and using her years of experience as a registered nurse, she uses her medical experience to help people change their lives! She says that when you believe in you, you will have the ability to not only believe in something but to reach optimal wellness through daily personal wellness habits.

“I base my classes on my own journey, and when I was spread super thin, my own health suffered,” Karen shared, “I defined my own values of relationships, defined my boundaries, and my values.” Those became the foundation for her Road to Wellness class.
“I ask my students and my clients to evaluate the boundaries they are forming. I help them to realize we have gone from looking and observing to just reacting, and I can help them to honestly answer questions about why they made their plan the way they did,” Karen added.

She further pointed out that it is great to take care of others, but not to forget to take care of yourself too. ‘Take care of others, but do not forget to ask what I have done for me,’ has become her mantra!

Appreciating music is another way to relieve stress. Called the “great soother,” music can help you process your emotions. Sometimes just turning up that radio, and screaming the words to your favorite song is just the thing to help you get past a bad day as you trudge home after a long day of work.

The new Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Jazz Appreciation, Music Ensemble classes here at the Community Center are all taught by a professional musician who uses his own experiences as the foundation to help others to love music the way he does.
Most music lovers have their own ideas and reasons for liking particular types of music, but his classes help students focus on the history of the particular genres of music while highlighting major composers of the day. Relax and enjoy the conversations, learn new techniques, and maybe even become more proficient on a musical instrument you have always wanted to learn to play!

Consider trying a new and different type of dance class also offered this fall at the Community Center this fall. Options include Bollywood and Classical Indian Dance, Hand Dancing, and Line Dancing with Scotty Inman. Come alone or with a partner to learn the basics of each dance: each with its own elegant style, charm, and fun dance styles.

As residents of Northern Virginia, we can all agree that the stress we encounter daily is something we cannot ignore. However, by trying one of the new fall classes offered at the Manassas Park Community Center, we could focus elsewhere, learn something new, and have lots of fun too!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, and 29 special events and programs. For more information visit us at ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.


Governor McAuliffe names 3 Manassas companies to participate in Virginia Economic Gardening Pilot Program

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced 12 Virginia companies were selected to participate in the Virginia Economic Gardening Pilot Program (VEGPP). The VEGPP, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), targets second-stage companies. These businesses are growth-oriented and have moved beyond the startup phase by demonstrating a notable increase in revenue or employment. By addressing strategic growth issues, such as identifying new markets and industry trends, refining business models, raising online visibility, and offering access to competitive intelligence, the VEGPP enables high-growth companies to achieve the next level of success.

“Second stage companies are a key driver of local job creation and revenue generation.  I am pleased three companies from Manassas were chosen to participate, the most of any locality across the Commonwealth and the only ones in Northern VA.  I believe this underscores the tremendous talent base we have here in the City,” said Mayor Hal Parrish.  Economic Development staff worked very closely with VEGPP to identify companies meeting the eligibility requirements for the Pilot and are poised to provide a continuing stream of qualified Manassas businesses should the program continue.

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To view the Governor’s Press Release in full, please click here.  

 

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Get a rabies vaccine and certificate for $10 at the Animal Shelter Open House on Sunday

From a press release: 

The Prince William County Animal Shelter will host its annual Open House on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, from Noon to 4 p.m. The Shelter is located at 14807 Bristow Road [near] Manassas (20112).

The event includes a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Prince William Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PWSPCA). Bring your dogs and cats to get a rabies vaccine and certificate for just $10 per animal. This clinic will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

For the safety of everyone, all dogs that attend must be on a leash; all cats that attend must be in carriers. There will be children’s activities, vendors, veterinarians and pet-and rescue groups as well as local businesses.

There will also be numerous raffle items on offer – each person gets one free ticket; additional tickets are available for sale. Food will also be available for purchase from Dave’s Dogs. Best of all, the Shelter will have animals for adoption.

Come select your “fur-ever” friend! For more information, visit the Animal Shelter’s and the Police Department’s websites and social media sites. You can also call the Shelter at 703-792-6465, or send an email to animalshelter@pwcgov.org.

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