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Chick-fil-A free food faithful expected in Haymarket

A new Chick-fil-A restaurant will open in Haymarket next week. That means hundreds are expected to pack the eatery’s parking lot for a chance to win free food for a year. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Local franchise owner Jason Ward will open Haymarket’s first stand-alone  Chick-fil-A restaurant on Aug. 4, bringing 80 new jobs, a chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for the community to donate children’s books to benefit Prince William County Schools.

              The family-friendly overnight First 100 party is expected to pop up in the restaurant parking lot at 15250 Washington St., 24 hours before the grand opening as guests try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. This community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. A complete listing of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Openings.

The Chick-fil-A First 100

              A tradition going back more than 12 years, Chick-fil-As First 100 celebration has given away nearly $27 million in free food through 2015 and continues to be the chains signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures below zero or above 100 do not deter fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs, computers and other gear.

              Each fan is hoping to win a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults — ages 18 and older with identification — in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. on Aug. 4. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on Aug. 3, a drawing will be held to select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening in order to secure their spot.

              “My team members and I cant wait to welcome our guests,” said Ward. “Were not just in the chicken business — were in the people business. Our goal is to provide a remarkable experience for every customer, every time, by serving food our guests can truly feel good about eating, providing sincere hospitality and being a good neighbor in the Haymarket community.”

Childrens Book Drive

              Reflecting his desire to have a positive impact on the surrounding community, Ward is inviting his First 100 guests and restaurant customers to celebrate the new location by participating in a children’s book drive for a local elementary school. Ward is collecting new and gently used childrens books on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The donated books will be placed in a nearly 3-foot Book House to serve as a free library exchange and will be donated to Prince William County Schools. The Book House, built from reclaimed wood, is donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation (http://www.chick-fil-afoundation.org/). Last year with the help of communities from coast to coast, Chick-fil-A collected more than 10,000 books, which were donated to 89 local organizations in 30 states and Washington, D.C.

Restaurant Details

The new Haymarket Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:

·       restaurant design using hand-made, authentic materials for a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, subway tiles, and light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets.

·       two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi.

·       drive-thru service expanded to offer dual drive-thru ordering lanes and screens to enable customers to quickly move into a single lane for payment and pick up.

·       dining room with seating for 134 and additional outdoor patio seats

·       full-service menu including breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open Monday through Saturday from     6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Like all Chick-fil-A locations, it will be closed on Sunday.

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Truck that caught fire at Haymarket loaded with tomatoes

Truck burns underneath one-of-a-kind interchange under construction 

A tractor trailer hauling tomatoes caught fire this morning under a brand new bridge in Haymarket.

The truck was traveling on Interstate 66 when it hit a guard rail. The truck them burst into flames underneath the new bridge that carries Route 15 traffic over I-66, known as the Diverging Diamond Interchange.

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. Inspection crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation went to investigate damage to the bridge after fire crews extinguished the blaze, said Haymarket Mayor David Leake.

This was the first fire at the new bridge, and “it fared well through it, it seems,” added Leake.

More from Virginia State Police:

At 8:06 a.m., Monday (July 18, 2016), Virginia State Police Trooper R.E. Curiel responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 66 under the Route 15 overpass.

A tractor-trailer was traveling east on I-66 when it ran off the left side of the interstate, struck the guardrail, and traveled approximately 1/10 of a mile against the guardrail before coming to a stop. The truck then caught fire.

The driver, Jose E. Martinez, 50, of Brownsville, Texas, suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was charged with reckless driving. Fatigue was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

The tractor-trailer was loaded with tomatoes.

Westbound lanes of I-66 were reopened at about 9 a.m. Eastbound lanes of I-66 will remain closed for cleanup and removal of the charred tractor-trailer. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route and be prepared for delays.

Photos are attached. The photos are property of the Virginia State Police, which grants permission for the republication and rebroadcast of the images.

 

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Candland announces first youth art contest

Supervisor Pete Candland would like to invite local children to participate in the First Annual Gainesville District Youth Art Contest. The contest is open to all children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Entries will be accepted in any medium, painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. The contest theme for the artwork is Summer Vacation.

Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on June 8, 2016, at 6 PM at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library. All entries will be displayed through the month of June at the library. Winners will receive a gift card and have their artwork displayed in Supervisor Candland’s office until June 2017.

Artwork should be submitted to Supervisor Candland’s office (7001 Heritage Village Plaza, Suite 210, Gainesville, VA 20155) by 6 PM on June 6, 2016.

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VRE to Haymarket: If you build it will home developers come to the Rural Crescent?

Those behind a study to expand Virginia Railway Express in western Prince William County say the region’s population numbers will explode.

The transit agency said it used statistics from the Prince William County Planning Office that show more 43 percent of the growth in the county between now and 2040 will be centered along a planned 11-mile extension of VRE’s Manassas line, from the city to Haymarket.

The proposed $550 million extension would have three commuter rail stations — one at Innovation Park, another at Gainesville near Virginia Gateway, and a terminus outside Haymarket. (more…)

2 main reasons to workout with a trainer at Manassas Park Community Center

With the temperatures warming up outside, it’s natural to feel the urge to get up, get out, and get active.

There is still plenty of time to reach your fitness goals before beach season hits, but as we get closer and closer to summer, you may find it difficult to stay on task and stay motivated. That’s where personal training can come in handy.

To help you reach your fitness goals, the Manassas Park Community Center will give you an additional 10 free 30-minute personal training sessions when you renew or purchase an annual Basic or All-Access Passport membership throughout the month of April.

If you’re like me though, you may not exactly understand what personal training is or how it can benefit you. I sat down with our Deputy Director, Jay Swisher, who has worked as personal trainer and oversees our personal trainers here at the community center and asked him some questions I had about personal training.

Shriner: So, what exactly is a personal trainer?

Swisher: A personal trainer is someone who provides not only guidance in the technical sense but also moral support to someone in an effort to help them reach their fitness goals.

Shriner: I’m fully capable of going to the gym and working out or running on the treadmill. What is the advantage of using a personal trainer versus just going to the gym on my own?

Swisher: There are two main reasons to work out with a trainer:

First, you’re working with somebody who is specifically trained in an exercise science based discipline. That specialized knowledge will allow them to prescribe the most effective program to help you fulfill your fitness goals. Exercise prescription includes everything about your workout routine – the recommended exercises, repetitions, sets, weights, frequency, and so on. This knowledge is derived from different places including past experience or background, which can include education and formal training.

Second, you’re gaining a support system. A trainer will motivate you and hold you accountable. Sure, you can go online and download sheets of exercises or watch YouTube videos but those videos aren’t going to text you to make sure you’re keeping up with your routine or encourage you to keep going when you feel like you’ve plateaued. In addition, your trainer will be able to monitor your form by demonstrating how to properly perform exercises. You can put yourself at risk by performing exercises incorrectly, but also incorrect form means you aren’t achieving your maximum potential and getting the most from each exercise.

Shriner: Okay, so I’m convinced. What do I need to look for in a personal trainer? How can I make sure I’m picking a good trainer?

Swisher: The first thing you want to do when you’re considering using a trainer, or even when you want to work out on your own, is figure out what your fitness goals are. Search for a trainer whose skill set best matches your needs. If you have very specific fitness goals, you’d want to seek out a personal trainer who has expertise in that same area.

It’s important to vet your trainer to make sure they are truly qualified. Check their background, ask about their experience and certifications. When it comes to certifications, check for reputable agencies such as AAFA, ACE, or ACSM. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for a mini session. Tell them about yourself. Say you’re a 44-year-old male with high blood pressure who has been sedentary for the past 15 years and one of your goals is to lose 10 pounds. Listen to what the trainer would recommend and see what they demonstrate. How do you feel about their training style? Ask them about their fitness philosophies – do they make sense to you? What it boils down to is you need to ask questions, listen to the answers, and observe their style. (more…)

Live Well Festival to feature health and wellness activities, farm to table brunch

Spring has sprung and it’s time for the year’s first festival in historic downtown Manassas! The 10th Annual Live Well Festival, formerly known as Spring Cleaning Day, will be held Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 .p.m in the Harris Pavilion and along West Street. Health and wellness information, exercise classes, a farm-to-table brunch, and more will be available. (more…)

Manassas Farmers Market has more vendors, ‘Take-Out Tuesdays’

The City of Manassas Farmer’s Market is back for its 25th peak season. Running from April through early November, the market is open on both Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Thursday market will be housed at the Harris Pavilion beginning April 7, while Saturday shoppers can find all their market necessities in Parking Lot B, across from the Train Depot beginning April 9. (more…)

Who is Gar-Field Senior High School named after?

Gar-Field High School, located on Smoketown Road, was originally established near Cardinal Drive and Route 1 on land donated in 1949 by Martin Gilmer Garber and Grover P. Manderfield. (more…)

We Want to Help You Make it A Mother’s Day She’ll Never Forget!

Mother’s Day may be over a month away, but if you want it to be the most epic Mother’s Day ever then you want to start planning for it now.

Sit back and think to yourself, “What should I do to really make my mom happy on Mother’s Day?” Would she love to cook with gourmet olive oil? Has she been working so hard that only the best massage could relieve her 9-5 tension? Does she own the room when she shows up flawless in a gown? (more…)

Growing security firm Always Protected urges Prince William homeowners to discuss safety, security plans

Donation to be made to Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship Endowment for new installations 

Always Protected is a local authorized ADT Dealer underneath the Safe Streets, USA umbrella. Mike Mess, the CEO of Always Protected, has successfully positioned this company to have a nationwide presence with over 1,000 real estate agents.

The real estate agents are currently enrolled in the company’s partner program, helping the brand continue a strong, aggressive growth plan that Mess has envisioned since launching this company.

Headquartered in Woodbridge, with a second location being launched in Norfolk on April 4, his goal in 2016 is to launch five additional offices. With their current locations and new to come, they hope to continue their outreach to assist homeowners in protecting their home against burglary, fire, and carbon monoxide emergencies.

A lot of people, when they think of ADT or home security, immediately think of protection against burglary or home invasions.

Mess stated, “What has always stayed close to my heart about this industry is the ability to assist in any emergency most families aren’t prepared for. Our keypads have Emergency Medical, Fire, and Police panics, so in the event a child was home alone, or elderly adults and something were to happen they can simply push a button and get emergency assistance immediately.”

Mess, who grew up in Woodbridge, and spent the first 21 years of his life in our hometown, strongly believes it should be mandated that homeowners have integrated smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide detectors in homes. This type of monitoring can save property and lives.

“To this day, before I go to bed each night, I always visit local news websites, and I’m always in disbelief of how many fires, gas leaks, and burglaries take place. It is so important to take proactive measures to your family’s safety because you can’t plan for an event like that to take place. The best you can do is have your family discuss emergency scenarios and have the protection of a security system that is being monitored by a company like ADT.”

Always Protected goes above and beyond for homeowners when they activate their security system. Because of their unique business model, they can waive the cost of equipment and installation for their customers.

“Now-a-days we can accommodate everyone’s needs because we can do everything from basic security to complete home automation,” stated Mess. Our company will always offer a free security consultation for every client because we understand the importance of educating homeowners on the importance of our life-saving devices.

As a way to give back to the community, spread fire awareness, and taking preventive measures with families across our area, Always Protected is going to donate $50 for every residence in Prince William County that gets installed to the Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship Endowment, via the George Mason University Foundation.

Wilson, 24, was the first Prince William County firefighter to die in the line of duty on April 17, 2007. Wilson was trapped after he went inside burning house in Woodbridge to search for occupants who had already made it out safely.

Always Protected will also provide a monitored smoke and heat detector. Both detectors, along with the cost of any other equipment, and the charge for installation, are free for all homeowners who want to take a proactive stance with fire protection and enter into a monitoring agreement with Always Protected, Safe Streets, USA, and ADT.

“I’m truly blessed to be in the position that I’m in, and the least I could do is give back to the community I was born and raised in,” said Mess.

For a free assessment of your home or business, please don’t hesitate to call us at 877-492-2711.

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