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From a press release: 

Valentine’s Day Celebrations:

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

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

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

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

2/10 – Historic Occoquan Chocolate Walk (Occoquan)

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

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

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

African American History Month Events:

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

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

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

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

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

Other Attraction Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surovell: Predatory lending, education equity, and coal ash

The General Assembly has reorganized, added nearly twenty new members, and we inaugurated a new Governor on Saturday.  The 36th District now overlaps with five new state delegates including four new women.  I am looking forward to the new ideas and energy they bring. 

This year brings a long session and a new two-year budget.  The biggest news in Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget was about $500 million of new education monies, a proposed funding solution for Metro, and $170,000 to finally clean up a derelict barge in Belmont Bay. 

While we need to fix Metro, Governor McAuliffe’s proposed fix takes over half a billion dollars away from other Northern Virginia transportation projects and will serious jeopardize the current timeline on U.S. 1 projects in Fairfax County and potentially Prince William County.  I cannot support it as written and will work to find other revenue sources to solve this problem. 

I have introduced approximately sixty bills this session.  First, education equity is not being addressed in the Commonwealth.  The Constitution of Virginia guaranty’s free textbooks to students and our local school systems are violating this by mandating electronic textbooks without providing computers to all students.  Likewise, our local systems are charging lower income families $50 to $350 fees to take online classes without providing computers – this puts less fortunate students at a competitive disadvantage and is not how public education is supposed to work.  My bill makes both illegal.

Similarly, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology did not admit any students from twelve middle schools last year and perennially admits either zero to five students from Eastern Fairfax and Prince William County’s middle schools while admitting over 50 to 100 from two middle schools in the wealthier regions of Fairfax County.  Its student population has virtually no students from lower income families.  I have raised this issue for nearly nine years to no avail so I have introduced legislation requiring at least five, but not more than fifteen children to be admitted from each middle school and requiring the free and reduced lunch population to be at least fifty percent of the Northern Virginia average (it would be about 17%).

I am carrying six bills addressing Virginia’s coal ash problem.  My bills prohibit Dominion from charging ratepayers to cap coal ash in place, give regulators more flexibility in permitting, require Dominion to conduct and pay for homeowner well tests, and incentivize coal ash recycling so we can get it out of the ground and gone forever while making some jobs.

Predatory lending is back on my docket.  My first bill limits interest rates on all consumer finance loans to 36% APR.  I have also introduced legislation to prohibit car title and pay day lenders from using open ended credit lines to evade Virginia’s interest rate caps and consumer protections. 

Texting while driving continues to plague our roads and I have reintroduced legislation to make Virginia a hand’s free state.  I have also introduced a bill allowing local government to designate some roads as off limits to services like Waze or Google Maps to reduce unsafe cut through traffic which is becoming a real problem.  I have also introduced bills to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and study the decline in arrests for driving while intoxicated.

I am hosting six Town Halls in Mt. Vernon, Kingstowne, Lorton, Occoquan, Woodbridge, Montclair and Stafford.  Mount Vernon and Kingstowne are this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and Woodbridge is on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  Please see my website ( for more information!

Please take my constituent survey at, come visit in Richmond or email me at if you have any feedback! It is an honor to serve as your state senator.

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

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

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

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

Here’s today’s OPM status. 

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

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

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

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

From a press release: 

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

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

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

Drivers are asked to:

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