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Now in Dumfries, PRTC Moves Fairfax Transplant

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Ama Mian had never used public transportation until 2005 when she moved from Fairfax to Dumfries. These days, she’s a regular PRTC passenger who frequently rides OmniLink and Cross County Connector buses.

Being able to use public transportation to go to work and school helps her to feel independent and is less expensive than other means of travel, Ama said, adding that she doesn’t want to have to ask people for rides.

“It’s very easy to get a Weekly Pass and ride all week,” she said.

When Ama first moved to Prince William County, she noticed a bus stop sign across from her house and frequently saw buses traveling nearby. She got the Customer Service phone number from the sign and called to learn more.

“At first, I got lost many times, but now I know all of the routes,” she said.

In the future, she would like for PRTC to offer a Monthly Pass and run more weekend service – specifically on the Prince William Metro Direct and Cross County Connector buses as well as Sunday service on the eastern OmniLink routes.

Gibson: You Backed & Encouraged Me

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First of all – thank you.

To my family, friends, neighbors, and supporters: running for Congress was an audacious goal, you backed and encouraged me throughout the effort.

To ballot petition signers: even if you don’t end up voting for me, you saw that greater ballot choice is vital to a dynamic democracy.

To those who may vote for me: by rejecting partisan bickering and inaction, you empower all of us to move forward together as a nation.

Has this run been a little farfetched? Maybe, but it was a little farfetched when our Founding Father brought forth a new nation in the face of the tyranny. Nowadays we suffer the tyranny of the major parties that bring forth candidates with little more to offer than their continued existence and strengthening of these “recognized political parties”.

Has it been wasted effort? Definitely not. Civil discourse that focuses on the issues is never wasted effort. Nor was it wasted effort to get Congress moving – especially when the issues are great and resolutions within our reach.

I did my best to run an open campaign that got voters “inside the ropes” of the political process. I told voters that “what you see is what you get” with me and I never deviated from that promise. I accepted donations only from individual 11th District voters, never signed any pledges, and maintained my positions even if it meant losing endorsements.

As your Congressional representative, I will listen and I will lead. We may not always agree but I will do my best for our District and for the country as a whole.

Let’s challenge the status quo of inaction and rancor. Let’s do something audacious. Let’s do something great.

Sincerely, Mark

Mark Gibson

Independent Candidate for Congress (VA-11)

 

Volleyball is Back at Manassas

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Volleyball at the Manassas Boys & Girls Club is becoming “the number one place” for recreation volleyball in the Manassas area.

The program is proud to offer more than 10 experienced coaches that have been the key to the development and growth of the league. The club’s spoke on the importance of having strong volunteers.

“When six of my 10 volunteer coaches have been with us for almost four years, you know you have something great going. It shows parents dedication and builds trust. Parents are certain that their children are in good hands and getting excellent training,” said Athletic Director Mike Tiller.

The club now offers two indoor volleyball courts and provides numerous hours a week for girls to practice and compete in games. “The volleyball here is not only great and affordable, but it’s the friendships that I have made since coming here that bring me back,” said longtime coach Alisha James.

James went on to elaborate on those friendships.

“Not only are some of my daughter’s best friends in the league, but I have formed great relationships with the other coaches. We love to work together and help each others players together. Off court, everyone is trying to win, but the overall goal is to make sure the girls are learning and improving,” said James.

The Manassas Club offers an outstanding league that is held 3 times per year for only $80.

 

Sponsored Video: Why You Should Vote for Mark

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Mark Gibson an independent candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 11th District serving Fairfax and Prince William counties. Learn more about Mark at Gibson4congress2012.com.

 

Sponsored Video: Gibson Bucks Status Quo in ‘Viral’ Video

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Mark Gibson an independent candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 11th District serving Fairfax and Prince William counties. Learn more about Mark at Gibson4congress2012.com.

 

More Playing Soccer at Prince William Boys and Girls Clubs

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Coach Marlon Ortega is back for another season of soccer.

Not only is soccer popular around the world but it is also growing in popularity at the Boys and Girls Clubs. Although soccer is still fairly new, the number of children playing soccer at the Clubs has nearly doubled and shows no signs of slowing down.

Two-years-ago Marlon was just a parent of a BGC member who wanted to get more involved. After finding out that the Clubs had never had a soccer program, Marlon took it upon himself to share his knowledge of the game and become the lead instructor of the first ever “BGC Soccer Academy.”

The first season brought in close to 15 children and practiced once a week. Marlon decided to stick with his passion and attempt to grow the program into something bigger and better.

The program now trains over 30 children twice a week and has goals of creating a competitive team to join local leagues. The BGC Soccer Academy meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

 

Sponsored Video: Rational Fixes Needed in Failing Congress

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Mark Gibson an independent candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 11th District serving Fairfax and Prince William counties. Learn more about Mark at Gibson4congress2012.com.

 

Youth Basketball Clinics Begin at Dumfries

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The General Heiser Boys & Girls Club in Dumfries is enjoying being back in “Fully Operational Mode.” Through the month of September we have been planning, planning, and planning, but now in October the fall sports season has begun at this club for the first time in three years.

With plans of starting a full fledge basketball league the spring 2013, the Fall Basketball Clinic began Oct 3. The sessions are divided into two age groups, ages 5-9-years-old and ages 10-14-years-old.

The clinic covers the basic fundamentals of basketball, teaches children how to display good sportsmanship, and how to be a good teammate. If your child is ready to get started with their basketball career or get back on the court, this clinic is where you need to be.

The 5-9-year-old age group sessions are Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 pm and Saturdays 9:30 to 11 a.m. The 10-14-year-old age group sessions are Thursdays 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 to 12:30 p.m.

For more information visit our website at bgcprincewilliam.org/heiser , or call Wes Cherry at 703-441-0611.

 

Sponsored Video: Tired of Democrats and Republicans Bickering?

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Mark Gibson an independent candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 11th District serving Fairfax and Prince William counties. Learn more about Mark at Gibson4congress2012.com.

 

Manassas Park 10 Miler Track Includes Golf Course, City Streets

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MANASSAS PARK, Va. – The City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to join us as at our Annual Manassas Park 10 Miler on Saturday, October 6th. The race will start at Anytime Fitness, located at 9133 Andrew Drive in ManassasPark, at 8:30 a.m 7:30 a.m.

The Manassas Park 10 mile is open to running skill levels, from novices to self-proclaimed experts. This course will take you down Manassas Drive, through Blooms Crossing neighborhoods onto the winding, turning, steep hills of General’s Ridge Golf Course cart paths, and back through. This 10-mile run has been proclaimed as “one of the hardest races I’ve ever done”.

Registration is required for just $40 per participant. Registration includes a race t-shirt and water bottle. Awards will be given out based on age group.

For additional information about the Manassas Park 10 Mile Run, please ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or contact Carl Blake at 703.335.8872 or via email at c.blake@manassasparkva.gov

Lake Ridge Florist Discounting Pink Plants for Charity

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LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Join Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center and Sentara Healthcare as we kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn about breast health from the experts at Sentara, enjoy giveaways and prizes, and take in the nursery’s vast array of pink plants, including mums, pansies, and other fall bedding plants.

Saturday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center, 3705 Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge. 703-590-0178.

Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center is offering a 20 percent discount on all pink plants during the event, with a percentage of the proceeds going to a local cancer foundation.

For additional information: sentara.com/northernvirginia or call 1-800-SENTARA.

Sentara Lake Ridge Plans Drug Take Back

A rending shows Sentara Lake Ridge medical center, which will open next month and will offer 24-hour emergency medical services to residents in the Potomac Communities. (Submitted)

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LAKE RIDGE, Va. — On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Prince William County Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Prince William County Police will be located at Sentara Lake Ridge at 12825 Minnieville Road, under the Sentara Healthcare tent. Participants should mark through any personal identifiers. This service is free and anonymous (no questions asked) for the disposal of bottled medication only (liquid and pill forms); we cannot accept any syringes.

Last April, more than 600 pounds of expired or unused prescription medications were collected in Prince William County on Saturday, April 28, 2012, besting the previous collection by about 200 pounds, according to a news release from Prince William County Police.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Prince William County Police and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

For more information visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

Classic Car Show to Benefit Cancer Research

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JTC, Inc. is proud to sponsor Carz Cruiz-In to Cure Cancer, a charity classic car and unique vehicle show in Potomac Falls held September 16 , from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds of the event will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

JTC has donated all web-related work to help promote the show. The company has also donated Redskins tickets to be raffled off.

This is a great event organized by Doug Megill and the staff of McLean Insurance. Sponsorship opportunities and booths are still available.

 

Sentara will Get Pink in Lake Ridge

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Join Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center and Sentara Healthcare as we kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn about breast health from the experts at Sentara, enjoy giveaways and prizes, and take in the nursery’s vast array of pink plants, including mums, pansies, and other fall bedding plants.

Saturday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center, 3705 Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge. 703-590-0178.

Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center is offering a 20% discount on all pink plants during the event, with a percentage of the proceeds going to a local cancer foundation.

For additional information: sentara.com/northernvirginia or call 1-800-SENTARA.

Breast Center Recognized for Excellence

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Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center includes three locations: Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Sentara Lake Ridge and the Sentara Mobile Mammography Van. Services provided include digital mammography with computer-aided detection, high-resolution breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast MRI.

“We are very proud to receive this distinction from the American College of Radiology,” says Dr. Tina Banson, a radiologist and dedicated mammographer at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. “We’ve worked very hard to make sure we are providing the best breast imaging services possible to the women in our community.”

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that the Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Screening mammograms or other breast imaging services can be scheduled by calling (703) 523-1560 or online at sentara.com/mammogram. A physician’s referral is not required for an annual screening mammogram.

JTC Takes Cloud Computing to the SKY

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When your business loses its data it can be hard to get in touch with those charged with keeping it.

That’s why JTC, Inc. in Manassas developed SKY Hosting technology. It’s a brand new, unique service designed for small to mid-sized businesses that don’t want to invest thousands of dollars of capital funds into a dedicated server. SKY Hosting is a local cloud-based server option that provides business-level server hosting, Exchange, data back-up, all necessary software and licensing, support and monitoring, at a fraction of the cost of a full server.

“We’re making this a cost-effective solution for many businesses, because often times it’s not cost-effective to have your own dedicated server. We provide the service, which is in the cloud, as well as support seven days a week, 24 hours hours a day, 365 days a year,” said JTC spokeswoman Kristen Maxey.

A June 29 derecho storm that knocked out power for many in the region is one of the reasons why the SKY technology is perfect for small businesses.

“The SKY solution is local in a secure data center, so in the event of a major catastrophe causing Internet outages, many users who have their data stored with places like Google simply can’t call Google for help. Because the infrastructure and data is local we can still get them their data to keep their business functioning,” said Maxey.

It takes less than a week for the technology to be implemented at a new business.

GTeam Sports Plans Basketball Camps

 

Coach George Logan and the youth athletes of GTeam Sports, Inc.

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Coach George Logan lives by one motto: “You play how you practice; if you practice hard, you will play hard.”

Logan is President of GTeam Sports, Inc. where he coaches student athletes, helping them to strive for excellence in every aspect of their respective sport.

Logan is a disabled veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he was actively involved for four years. Since his retirement, he wanted to get involved in an occupation that he was not only passionate about but also one where he could give back to his community, and share a love of sports with the youth who live there.

GTeam Sports, Inc. became the business catalyst to facilitate that vision.

Currently, 14 youths between nine and 14-years-old privately train with Logan. Of the youth he’s trained, seven are in college or are college-bound.

“It’s very important for them to remember the value of giving and not just receiving; giving back to the community who helped to give to you,” said Logan. “Many people I know have afforded me the opportunity to have GTeam Sports grow and flourish, and I want to teach that concept to young people and demonstrate the same behavior.”

GTeam Sports specializes in working with young people on the fundamentals of their athletic sport while giving them the tools necessary to enhance their play and become elite. Whether training current or future athletes, Logan is often called “Coach Logan” by the ladies he coaches at Potomac Senior High School for the Varsity Girls’ Basketball program. As an assistant coach at the Woodbridge school, he helps to instill the values of hard work and educational focus.

In keeping with his mission of giving back to his community, and teaching the youth he mentors the same, Logan also volunteers at youth-serving organizations like the Prince William /Manassas Boys & Girls Clubs, and their signature fundraiser events Breakfast with Santa and the Steak ‘N Stake Charity Dinner.

To find out more about GTeam Sports, Inc., adult recreation leagues and personal training availability, visit gteamsports.com or contact Logan at 703-980-2782.

 

 

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