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City of Manassas celebrates its business community in May

Recognizing that businesses are the backbone of Manassas, the Manassas City Council recently issued a proclamation night declaring May “Business Appreciation Month.”

“The strength of the City of Manassas relies on the strength of its business community,” says Mayor Harry J. Parrish II. “Our businesses create jobs and make the City a great place to live, work, and do business.” (more…)

Sudley Road named after forgotten Sudley community

Like many road names throughout Prince William County, Sudley Road and Sudley Manor Road find their beginnings with the influential Carter Family.

In the 1750s, Landon Carter was deeded a portion of land from the Middle Bull Run tract in northern Prince William, eastern Loudoun, and western Fairfax counties. While Landon primarily lived in Richmond County at Sabine Hall, the task of developing the Middle Bull Run tract was given to two of his sons: John Carter and Landon Carter II. (more…)

Jail house life recreation one of several events during Prince William Historic Preservation Month

May is Historic Preservation Month, a nationwide event that highlights the contributions that historic preservation has made in strengthening local communities.

Prince William County is lucky to have many organizations that help preserve our community’s history, including a County Historic Preservation Division. The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division is the caretaker of nearly a dozen historic sites and properties that interpret the history of all of Prince William County’s residents from the pre-colonial era to today.

The early history of our county is best showcased at Rippon Lodge Historic Site in Woodbridge. The 1747 estate of a colonial elite, Rippon Lodge was restored in 2007 and follows the history of the building and the county as new sections were added in the following 200 years. (more…)

7 reasons to choose sports camps at Manassas Park Community Center

It’s that time of year. Summer camp season is upon us, and the excitement builds up in the household.

I can recall my youth and the constant annoyance I became to my parents to please put me into a summer sports camp. I attended Elite basketball camps in Pittsburgh all the way down to Orlando, Fla. I also participated in sports camps from soccer to football and I met a variety of great coaches and staff.

I developed numerous friendships with other campers whom would later turn out to be some of the same men and women that became star athletes respectively in their sports. (more…)

Dance, improv comedy, music part of bigger Manassas Gallery Walk

Gallery Walk is back and bigger than ever in historic Downtown Manassas on Friday May 6 from 6 to 9 pm. Residents and visitors are invited to come out and explore all of the arts this vibrant downtown has to offer.

This year, along with stationary visual arts, there will also be live performances of dance, music, and improv comedy throughout the streets.

Partnering with the Prince William County Arts Council, this year’s Spring Gallery Walk event has attracted a larger number of artists thus adding excitement for all that there is to see throughout the evening. (more…)

Louisiana flair, fun coming back to Manassas for ‘Cajun Occasion 2’

Okra’s will throw a Louisiana-style picnic again this year in Historic Downtown Manassas.

The celebration — Okra’s Cajun Occasion 2 — invites residents to the lawn of the Manassas Museum where they can be with family and friends, listen to live music, and treat themselves to a bounty of Louisiana fare.

“This is the kind of thing where everyone can come down, bring a lawn chair, listen to live music and get their dance on, or they can go to our all-you-can-eat buffet and feast on our lagniappe,” said Okra’s Cajun Creole Restaurant Owner Charles Gilliam. (more…)

Virginia Governor’s restoration of voting rights also will affect gun rights

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe allowed more than 200,000 ex-cons in Virginia to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election last week.

This single action marks one of the biggest steps taken by a state to instantly restore voting rights. The change applies to all felons, violent and non-violent, who have completed their sentences and been released from supervised probation or parole. Furthermore, with the signing of this executive order, McAuliffe eliminated the need for an application for those that had completed their sentences.

“Once you have served your time and you’ve finished up your supervised parole...I want you back as a full citizen of the commonwealth,” McAuliffe said. “I want you to have a job. I want you paying taxes, and you can’t be a second-class citizen.”

Along with restoring voting rights, the governor’s action restores the right to serve on a jury, become a notary public and run for public office. The new rights also apply to felons convicted in another state and living in Virginia.

However, this action alone does not automatically return the Constitutional Rights found in the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. According to Virginia State Law, the Governor does not have the power to restore firearm rights to convicted felons. Pursuant to Section 18.2-308.2 Code of Virginia, convicted felons who have been granted restoration of their political rights can then petition the Circuit Court where they reside and request a hearing on restoration of firearm rights by the Circuit Court Judge. The court may, in its discretion and for good cause shown, grant such petition and issue a permit.

With the Governor’s blanket political restoration, I would expect that many of those 200,000 felons will now petition their Circuit Courts for the restoration of their firearm rights. Our law firm is ready to assist these individuals in regaining this important right.

With the political restoration completed, the process to petition the court is rather simple. An attorney will draft the petition, give notice to the Commonwealth Attorney, and then notice the case for a hearing.

I would expect to be before a judge in less than 30 days from filing. In my 15 years of practice I have successfully petitioned for this right on behalf of my clients many times.

Goodall, Pelt & Carper, P.C. offers this service in the City of Fredericksburg, and Prince William, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline counties. The standard fee for this service is $500. Once the petition is granted the felon will have the right to purchase and possess firearms legally in Virginia.

“The right to bear arms is guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and now, thanks to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is attainable to many more Virginians.”

This post is written by Jason M. Pelt. Senior Partner Goodall, Pelt & Carper, P.C.

Aden’s origins remain a true mystery

Was Aden ever more than a Country Store?

Traveling on the back roads toward Nokesville from Route 234, there is a four-way stop at the crossroads of Aden Road and Fleetwood Drive. (more…)

Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center builds athletes

Speed. Strength. Agility. Skill development. Athletes need all four, along with endurance, perseverance, good sportsmanship and other attributes. Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center in Woodbridge fosters it all.

Competitive Edge, a dynamic youth performance center offering 18,000 square feet of skill-building space, is arguably one of the most comprehensive sports centers in the area. With half of their space devoted to baseball, the other half devoted to speed, strength and agility training, there’s always a flurry of activity at the center.

Competitive Edge has indoor batting cages, pitching tunnels, a full weight room, running lanes and a multi-use sports court, all which enables athletes to practice and train for track and field, basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, lacrosse, tennis and more. This indoor facility caters to athletes no matter what sport they’re in.

Establishing a comfort level

“When people walk through the door, we want to make them feel comfortable,” said Director of Finance and Administration Shanel Evans. We pride ourselves on our personal touch.

This is no small feat. Some Competitive Edge athletes are new to sports, some travel and some compete in baseball and other sports. In spite of the range of Competitive Edge’s athletes, the center’s memberships give all athletes an opportunity to gain confidence by having a regular place to go to build skills and work in a supportive environment.

With half of their space devoted to baseball, the other half devoted to speed, strength and agility training, there’s always a flurry of activity at the center.
Competitive Edge trainers encourage children to young adults by getting to know them personally, working with them no matter what level they are when they start and giving them guidance to build skills and self-esteem.
Competitive Edge, a dynamic youth performance center offering 18,000 square feet of skill-building space, is arguably one of the most comprehensive sports centers in the area.
Some Competitive Edge athletes are new to sports, some travel and some compete in baseball and other sports.
Competitive Edge, a dynamic youth performance center offering 18,000 square feet of skill-building space, is arguably one of the most comprehensive sports centers in the area.
“Our goal wasn’t to just throw up four walls and turf. We focused on making this feel like home.”

Competitive Edge trainers encourage children to young adults by getting to know them personally, working with them no matter what level they are when they start and giving them guidance to build skills and self-esteem.

“When athletes come here, they know they are cared about. They are pushed to do things outside the box, but they start seeing the benefits of it,” Evans said.

 

The Backstory

Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center is co-owned by Monte Evans and Maurice Briddell. Maurice Briddell, is manager of the Prince William Reds – a travel baseball team in eastern Prince William County. Maurice is an Ocean City, Md. native and has lived in Northern Virginia for the last 25 years. He has been an active Board Member of the Woodbridge Little League where his son has played for nine years, two of those years he was an assistant coach.

It is his love of the game of baseball that led him to want to open an indoor training facility where he could continue to see baseball athletes develop. Maurice and his wife, Dena Briddell would take their daughter and son all over the Northern Virginia area to train. Their vision of Competitive Edge Baseball sparked from traveling so much outside of the county and the thought of bringing this type of facility to Prince William County to train for baseball, softball and conditioning.

Evans and her husband, Monte Evans II, have a history of supporting athletes. The couple founded the Dale City Lightning Track Club in 2011 and run it to this day. Monte is the head coach of the Lightning which has 12 coaches and trains over 300 athletes per year.

About three years ago, the team evolved from cross-country to indoor strength and agility. Evans said they used to rent space from the county and schools, but realized their team was growing so fast, that solution wasn’t sustainable.

Monte teamed up with Darnell Washington, a well-known trainer in the area, who is now the Director of Athlete Performance and that’s how Competitive Edge Speed and Agility program was born. The two sat down with Maurice and began planning Competitive Edge’s structure for months before putting their vision into action.

Evans said when she and her husband discussed the idea of Competitive Edge, they wanted athletes in the area to have a place where they could train at all levels.

“Our goal wasn’t to just throw up four walls and turf. We focused on making this feel like home.”

 

Building a Community

Coach Magnus Ellerts is the general manager and works mostly on the baseball side of the business. Ellerts said Competitive Edge serves a wide range of baseball and softball players, from age 4 up through college-bound athletes. They work with local Little League and travel teams, helping them raise the level of their game and giving them tips and training they need to build skills.

In addition to trainers, Competitive Edge has junior coaches at high-school and college ages. They also have coaches who are semi-pro or college players, all of whom are willing to share their expertise with younger players.

According to Ellerts, adults in their 50s and 60s who are still on teams and play in tournaments also come to the facility. These adults find the benefit of using the tee station and pitching machines to work on timing and speed. Sometimes, Ellerts said, adults coming in might not formally request training, but they are just talking baseball, talking about their swings. “It’s a great group of people. Older guys playing at a higher level are always willing to lend a hand.

Every adult who comes in says ‘God I wish I had a place like this when I was growing up.”

Ellerts said one of the most satisfying aspects of working with the younger players is seeing individuals making changes, hitting stronger and better and seeing the smiles on their faces.

His absolute favorite moments?

“When I see the whole place rocking…athletes competing…when the place is rocking with the sound with balls being hit and caught, said Ellerts, “I can’t stop from smiling.”

For more information on Competitive Edge, visit competitiveedgeva.com.

This promoted post is paid for by Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center

Artists are being drawn to Manassas for the City’s energy

Artists are thriving in the City of Manassas.  

A once little known community, the City’s art programs are gaining recognition across the state.  Staying true to the City’s motto of having an “historic HEART and modern BEAT,” the City is no longer attracting artists based solely on its history.  (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…)

What does it take to buy a Habitat For Humanity home?

A Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication touches the hearts of the family who will own the home, the volunteers who worked to build or rehab the home and the donors who made it possible through their generous gifts. 

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