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Enter the pumpkin pie eating contest and beer and wine garden at the 34th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee

It’s that time of the year again! The 34th Annual Fall Jubilee will be held October 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

This highly recognized craft and artisan festival brings out nearly 30,000 people to visit Historic Downtown Manassas each year. Streets become lined with booths featuring unique crafters, non-profits, local community booths, and numerous downtown merchants. There is fun to be had for everyone at the Fall Jubilee!

This year brings back exciting contests introduced last year to the Fall Jubilee. Fall is the season of pumpkin pie and the pie contests are back again! Enter your homemade pumpkin pie into the baking contest or sign up for our pumpkin pie eating contest.

The pumpkin pie eating contest will be broken up into two age groups for children and adults – and there’s a catch, no hands allowed! The Main Stage on Prince William Street will feature music from DarcyDawn & Company and Kitty and the Fat Cats. Underneath the Harris Pavilion attendees can find the community stage featuring local dance troops and musical acts.

This year’s Beer and Wine Garden can be found on the Manassas Museum lawn from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sample beers from Manassas’s own BadWolf Brewing Co. and Heritage Brewing Co and get your wine fix from the new tasting room in downtown Manassas, Aroma.

There will also be loads of fun for the kids including, rides, games, and the Southern States Pumpkin Patch full of pumpkins waiting to be decorated. At noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m, there will be a DareDevil Dog Show on the museum lawn! Stop by to see tricks and a chance to meet the rebellious pups.

Parking for the Manassas Fall Jubilee can be found in the free, downtown multi-level parking garage on Main Street and Prince William Street. For more information about Historic Manassas, Inc., the Manassas Fall Jubilee, and other great Manassas events, go to visitmanassas.org.

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After beating lung cancer, LaVerne is not about to concede to woodpeckers

LaVerne Leven-Berry worked in the carpet business her husband owned for 40 years. The business closed after her husband passed away in 2010 from lung cancer and LaVerne struggled to maintain what she had. Shortly after his death, doctors discovered that LaVerne also had lung cancer and removed a portion of her lung. Not one to be defeated, LaVerne fought back to health. She now works as a home health aide, caring for two individuals.

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There’s a story behind every Habitat project

LaVerne and her husband bought their Woodbridge home 38 years ago. She raised two sons in the home and now watches three of her grandchildren in the mornings. LaVerne manages to work more than 50 hours a week in the healthcare business and still keep an impeccably neat and tidy home and lawn. She feels that keeping the home properly is an important legacy to the tireless energy and effort her husband made. She’s grateful for his pursuit to purchase the home and maintain it all those years.

What Habitat will do

LaVerne reported that woodpeckers were pecking the siding on the home. Habitat sent a pest control expert to the site for an evaluation. The expert determined that the paint may be peeling from the aluminum siding on its own without influence from the birds. However, woodpeckers are definitely pecking holes into the woodstove chimney, which is shiny. Apparently, the birds find their reflection very attractive. Habitat will treat the chimney with a surface product, will repaint the aluminum siding, will replace a wooden fence that is in disrepair, will replace a non-functioning water heater and will replace broken glass in a bay window.

How you can help LaVerne and others

We invite you to work with us to provide safe and affordable housing in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. Habitat’s Home Repair programs, including its Home Preservation program, rely on your support through donations and volunteer time. Your generous donations make it possible for us to purchase the needed materials and tools for repairs. Your volunteer hours help us save money on labor.To give and to volunteer, click the links below. To watch the repairs as they progress, check in frequently by clicking the Family Story button below.

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Please partner with us on Dee’s home preservation project in Manassas!

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Dorothea “Dee” Vanterpool

There’s a story behind every Habitat for Humanity project

Dee Vanterpool moved to her Manassas townhouse in 1992. A quaint townhouse facing the community pool, it is well-kept and Dee is content there. Dee retired from the Federal Government where she had worked at the Pentagon in Logistics as a General Supply Specialist. Today she lives quietly, enjoying her church in Burke, Virginia, playing Solitaire, watching Christian TV and walking at the mall. Her son lives in New Jersey. Her daughter and sisters all passed away in the last five years. Dee has suffered from arthritis since childhood and has experienced significant illnesses in her adult life so she could use Habitat’s assistance to correct some minor home issues.

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What Habitat will do for Dee

Habitat for Humanity will relocate a bathroom vent that discharges improperly into the attic, rebuild a fence gate and strengthen its posts and paint the exterior trim on the front entry door. We’re looking forward to giving this deserving resident a hand up with home preservation services that will make her home safer and more secure.

How our program works

Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) program engages residents and other community partners to revive neighborhoods and make them safe, inviting places to live.

The Neighborhood Revitalization program delivers a wide array of housing solutions such as making minor exterior repairs; providing critical home repairs that alleviate critical health, life, and safety issues or housing code violations; rehabbing vacant and foreclosed homes or building new homes to provide home ownership opportunities for low-income families; and improving the energy efficiency of homes through weatherization.

If you’d like to learn more about the application process, including income criteria and other requirements, please click here to be directed to the Programs section of Habitat’s website.

How you can help Dee and others

Habitat’s Home Repair programs, including its Home Preservation program, rely on the support of your donations and volunteer time. Your generous donations make it possible for us to purchase the needed materials and tools for repairs. Your volunteer hours help us save money on labor. Please partner with us on Dee’s Home Preservation project in Manassas! To give and to volunteer, click the links below. To watch the repairs as they progress, check in frequently by clicking the Family Story button below.

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Prince William on patrol: ‘This Job is About Integrity’

Sponsored by the Prince William County Police Department, this is the second of six stories in our series that will examine the unique assignments within the Prince William County Police Department.

It’s morning, and in various stations across Prince William County, police officers sit in roll call, waiting for their daily assignments.

The morning roll call is important for patrol officers like Kimberly Walton and Borys Vargas heading out to the streets. Roll call is a chance to catch up on incidents from the previous shift.

Roll call might tell them what they could encounter throughout the day. Roll call, though, can’t possibly prepare them for the various challenges that get thrown their way.

Vargas gives examples of a busy day. The list includes everything from animal-related calls like getting bats out of a building to investigating bank robberies. The first call could be a parent requesting an officer talk to the kids about not wanting to go to school, and the next call may be about a murder suspect on the west end of the county.

The next shift may include property crimes, traffic stops, and arrests. The officers must take extreme caution and practice safety during arrests. They do encounter gangs in the area. The Police Department even has a special gang unit.

“Every day is unpredictable,” said Vargas. “But It’s always good that when something happens like a bank robbery, you can make a difference.”


Walton’s area includes Leesylvania, Hoadly, Triangle, Dumfries and Cardinal Drive to the Stafford County line. Walton and other officers may be called to work in other areas if they are having a busy day.

Walton says the feel from the communities she serves is positive. “They love us,” she says. “They come up, shake our hands.” She believes this is partly due to the respect and courtesy she and other officers show the public. “You don’t have to be a social butterfly, but you have to have tact and be respectful,” she says.

Walton says that as a kid, she always felt a positive connection with the police, and it was these types of interactions that helped her decide in high school that she wanted to make a difference as a police officer.

Walton enjoys working high priority cases and doing her job with integrity. She also likes the fact she is having fun.

With a laugh, Walton adds another reason why the job is still a blast: “using the sirens.”


Vargas’ motivation was a bit different. Vargas felt going into police work was the best way to use the skills he learned in the military. He says the application process is demanding, but worth it.

Vargas appreciates the schedule. He works 10-hour shifts that consists of five days on, four days off, five days on, four days off, five days on, five days off, giving a nice stretch of time off to decompress.

He also finds reward in doing the best he can as a representative of the county every shift. “When you put on this uniform, you represent the whole county,” he says. “You have to take that very seriously.”

The Road to Becoming an Officer

For those interested in joining the force, the easiest part of the application process, Vargas says, is the ability to apply online. He tells potential applicants to be thorough and honest. “You don’t want people to think you’re trying to hide anything,” he says. “This job is about integrity.”


Vargas also says to follow up with phone calls. “If you do that, it looks like you’re interested.”

After the initial application, there is a stringent background check going back 10 years. There are written tests, physical tests, medical and psychological tests. Patience is not just a virtue in this case. It’s a necessity.

It can take up to six months to get hired. If the applicant is in the military, it could take longer because the applicant might have moved frequently prior to applying.

Vargas explains that the background check includes an investigator talking to the applicant’s former neighbors. Frequent moves means more neighbors to interview, possibly around the country.

Applicants must be 21 years old upon graduation of the academy. A college degree can increase salary. But, Vargas says, a degree is not necessary. Many officers come in with just a high school diploma.
The department is always looking for bilingual applicants.

Women are also encouraged to apply. “You can’t discriminate,” Vargas says, regarding female officers. “They go in and respond to the call just like anyone else.”


Applicants making it through the process can look forward to six months of academy training with pay and benefits. Then it’s time to hit the streets.

Walton’s advice to new recruits? “Learn from your mistakes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re not 100% sure, ask. And always try to do your best.”

Vargas has some advice as well. “If you think you can make a difference, apply.”

For more information on careers with the Prince William County Police Department, visit the career pages on their website.

Read more from our series

Prince William County Police detectives chosen to work for a higher cause

Prince William County Police Digital Forensics team puts heart, soul, and mind into solving cases

How a love for animals and a vet degree spawned a career as a Prince William County Police officer


George Mason Ph.D. candidates meets Habitat for Humanity, public works, spruce up county lot

Ph.D. candidates studying at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government partnered with Habitat for Humanity Prince William County and the Prince William County Department of Public Works last weekend. The students are members of the Association for Public Policy Ph.D. Students (APPS) group.

So, you know what they say about Ph.D. candidates?

You know you’re one of them when the concept of free time scares you.

On Friday, September 9, and in their spare time, the APPS group cleared vegetation on a 1.5 acre, vacant, County-owned parcel near the Brighton Commons condominiums in Manassas.

PHD Candidates cleared brush & vegitation

The students cut back limbs and branches on cedar trees and overgrown scrub brush. They removed litter and debris from the site. And, they installed a “no loitering, no dumping” sign to discourage unwanted activity in the area.

GMU PHD candidates trim trees

Furthermore, you know you’re a Ph.D. candidate…

when you find taking notes in a park relaxing.

All kidding aside, we hope the group found their work with Habitat to be a much-needed break from the rigors of their studies. Student members included Katrina Dunlap, Hong Zhang, Angie Gill, Josh Lee, Mo Ogutimein, Kirk Heffelmire and Simi Fasehun. And, we’re hugely grateful for the time they took from their busy schedules to help us out on our Community Development project.


Habitat for Humanity Prince William County regularly partners with the Prince William County Public Works Department in its Community Development work. Tim Hughes, an Engineering Assistant with Prince William County’s Environmental Services Division, coordinates the work sites with Habitat.

Tim Hughes team leads GMU PHD candidates

Community Development projects are part of Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization program (NR). The NR program engages the residents of neighborhoods and other community partners to revive neighborhoods and make them safe, inviting places to live. Community development projects impact many residents. They improve the health and well-being of residents by revitalizing public areas, removing blight, improving water quality and generally giving residents improved access to public areas and a better sense of well-being and safety.

GMU PHD Candidates plant bushes

If you’d like to participate in a Habitat for Humanity Community Development project, or you know of one that should take place, please contact us at 703-369-6708 or programs@habitatpwc.org.

And, if you’d like more Ph.D. student jokes, head to http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/by-others/grad-student-jokes-from-jnoakes/#know.

Prince William Chamber presents ‘Direct Access’: A municipal gameshow-style event

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce has changed the name of one long-time event and added a fun new twist. Formerly known as State of Prince William, the newly formatted Direct Access: A Conversation with Local Leaders will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Red Rose Event Center (9705 Liberia Avenue, Suite 101; Manassas, VA 20110). Tickets to the luncheon are $40 for members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and $55 for non-members. All are welcome.

State of Prince William has always been a popular event for us, offering our members a look at how the three municipalities we serve—Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park—work together. Direct Access represents a change in format aimed at making the event more interactive. Audience members can expect to not only gain insight but also to find answers for their concerns in real time,” says Chamber President & CEO Debbie Jones. She went on to say that the business community has a “responsibility to work side-by-side with local governments to improve the economic climate and enhance the local quality of life if they want to see their businesses thrive.”


So what is Direct Access? In simplest terms, it is a conversation between the business community and top local elected officials sitting on the “celebrity panel.” This year’s panelists are Chairman Corey Stewart of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Mayor Hal Parrish of the City of Manassas and Mayor Frank Jones of the City of Manassas Park. The program is modeled after the old game show, “What’s My Line?” Guided by host Jim Aram– a member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and co-owner of Advantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation — audience members will trade questions with the panel on subjects such as challenges to business growth, economic development, workforce development and quality of life issues. In turn the panelists will ask questions to find out more about the audience member’s role in the community and how local government can better serve the community. Participants will have the chance to win prizes for bringing their questions to the panel.

Chamber Director of Government Relations, Brendon Shaw, likens the program to a town hall meeting saying, “We want our members to have fun with this event. That’s why we have added the gameshow-style theme this year. We also want our members to take ownership of this program because this is their Chamber and their community.  Submit questions that you want our panelists to answer. Whether you are a business owner, community volunteer, or an employee who also happens to live nearby, Direct Access provides an opportunity for you to get involved in the political process in a new and interesting way.”

Shaw is accepting questions for the celebrity panel prior to the event. Questions will be selected to represent a broad array of interests and perspectives. Potential registrants should email their questions to bshaw@pwchamber.org. Event registration is available online at PWChamber.org or by calling 703-368-6600.

Sponsors for Direct Access: A Conversation with Local Leaders include: Novant Health UVA Health System; QMT Windchimes; Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, PC; Dewberry; InsideNOVA-Prince William and Transurban (the Prince William Chamber’s Advocacy Vision Partner).  

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Competitive Edge helps battle childhood obesity

When people think of a sports training center, many images might come to mind, none of which include children who are overweight. About 18 percent of children suffer from childhood obesity, a statistic that has increased by 5% since 2013.

Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center in Woodbridge, Virginia is doing something about it, giving kids a fun way to address their health, without the stigma.

A Program that Works

Ashley Than, a strength coach at Competitive Edge, has a Bachelor’s in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Through her education and training, she has become familiar with the national issue of childhood obesity and has dedicated her professional life to helping children overcome it.

Every day at Competitive Edge, Than helps children gain confidence and live healthier, more active lives. She says every day is different for her at work, but she is usually in the weight room.

“I warm up the athletes and run them through their workouts, making sure they are working as hard as they can, doing the exercise right, and getting the most of their lifts. Other days I am coaching Tennis, working on techniques, gameplay, and speed and agility on the court,” she said.

During the school year, Than works with homeschool PE days, when they keep home school children active. Their workouts begin with a run, followed by dynamic warm-ups, followed by a workout like circuit training or obstacle courses. These PE sessions are designed to be fun. The workouts are interspersed with games to keep kids engaged.

Changing the Trend

Than sees the top causes of childhood obesity as poor diet (overeating, limited access to nutritional foods), sedentary lifestyle (playing video games or watching too much television) and genetic factors (race, ethnicity, age, heredity and fat cell development).

Obesity in children can cause lifelong illness. According to Than, children’s risk of developing diabetes rises exponentially if they are obese.

“Being obese makes the child more at risk for metabolic syndrome, which is a set of health conditions that can lead to heart disease, stroke and, of course, diabetes,” Than said. “If a child has any risk factors in adolescence, they will never lose them as they grow into an adult.”

Childhood obesity makes people more susceptible to weight gain, and it makes it more difficult to maintain weight loss as an adult, as well as increases the risk for developing weight-related diseases, said Than.

Making good food choices is imperative. Schools are part of the equation.

Regarding school lunches, Than doesn’t believe schools offer the healthiest options but says they have come a long way over the years.

“You know, back when I was in school, I remember eating pizza, fries and burgers, foods with very little nutritional value. Nowadays, the school systems are starting to implement higher standards for school lunches and including healthier options like whole-wheat pasta, wraps, salads, and fruits.”

She pointed out that schools are now following the Choose My Plate program, which is a great way to introduce healthy eating to children.

For families struggling with childhood obesity, Than’s advice is to begin making lifestyle changes as a family. She advises making small, gradual changes, like cutting back on TV and electronics usage, going for walks and incorporating more outdoor activities.

She also advises implementing good portion control and using the tools at Choose My Plate to make healthier eating choices. “Motivation will be the key thing here,” said Than. “In my experience, the kids won’t want to move or leave the house. Be creative. Definitely, don’t force them into anything. Encourage them.”

Find more information about Competitive Edge’s innovative programs at www.competitiveedgeva.com.

Manassas Façade, Landscape grants encourage business owners to reinvest in properties

With its historic heart and modern beat, Manassas has a charm all its own.  

It is a place where Fortune 500 companies and small entrepreneurial businesses alike, can thrive and grow.   There is an authenticity that allures those searching for a place to call home, a place to establish roots and positively contribute to the fabric of what makes Manassas so special.  

Manassas has become “the place to be.”  It would be easy to sit back and bask in the glow of this success but the City realizes that it cannot rest its economic future based solely on market factors.  It must make the retention and expansion of its existing business community a priority; they are the lifeblood of Manassas. 

For many years the City has strategically used its business incentives program to both encourage the expansion of existing businesses as well as attract new companies.   Tax deferrals, abatements and other offsets have been used as a way to encourage job creation and capital investment by the private sector.   These programs have been targeted mostly at expansion and new investment with companies needing to add employees, build or lease additional space and purchase new equipment.  For those businesses that wanted to make investments in cosmetic repairs to their buildings or beautify their properties with enhanced landscaping, the City had nothing to offer.

As part of City Council’s strategic initiatives to enhance economic opportunity and a sense of place, two new incentive programs have been created as part of the FY2017 Budget.  The new programs allow the City to support its existing business community and to show them the appreciation held for their role in making Manassas special.  

With the adoption of the budget, City Council approved expanding its incentives to include two pilot incentive programs; a Façade Improvement Grant Program and a Landscape Improvement Grant Program.  These incentives will assist with the exterior renovations and landscaping of existing commercial or industrial properties and require no expansion.  

The new initiatives are designed to encourage business owners to reinvest in properties throughout the City and serve as a redevelopment tool intended to bring new life to older structures.  Each pilot program has been allocated $50,000 and property owners must agree to invest $2 for every $1 the City invests.

Attractive building facades and landscapes can have a significant effect on the value and marketability of surrounding areas, and drive up foot traffic as a result.  In addition to achieving the City’s goals of supporting local businesses and improving the appearance of the community, similar programs in other localities have resulted in increased property values and spurred adjacent property owners to make similar investments regardless of whether or not grant funding is involved.  Rising property values and successful businesses provide a return on investment to the City through enhanced tax revenues.

The City’s incentive package is tailored to meet the individual needs of the applicant, based upon specific criteria.  For additional information on the program please go to www.manassascity.org/incentives or contact the City’s Economic Development Department at 703-257-8881.

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How the right in-home care reduces hospital readmissions

Mrs. Dorothy Bologna was born in Manhattan in 1929, in a strong community where she says everybody helped everybody.

But by the time she needed help, she says, “There was nobody left.” Her family had all died or gone to college and moved to areas where they studied. So she moved to the Gainesville area eight years ago to be near her daughter.

All seemed to be going well until Bologna had a fall and ended up in the hospital. Her hospital stay was followed by a stay in Gainesville Rehab for several weeks.

She says they worked on her leg strength. “I wasn’t using them,” Bologna said. “They felt like jelly.

Discharge orders and readmission

For many patients, the trip home from the hospital does not last long. According to the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, for some common conditions treated in hospitals, as many as one in  patients is readmitted within 30 days of discharge. And according to the New England Journal of Medicine, as many as one in seven patients undergoing major surgeries are readmitted within 30 days. Roughly 80% of hospital readmissions are for patients 65 years of age and older.

Readmission takes a toll on patients, their families and hospitals. Readmission means that patients are sicker. Readmissions cost Medicare alone an estimated $17.5 billion a year. And with the Affordable Care Act, hospitals receive reduced federal funding based on readmission rates.

Dr. J. Douglas Wall, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Novant Health UVA Health System says, “While we don’t have specific statistics on how many people have to return to the hospital because they don’t/can’t follow the discharge orders, it is one of the most common reasons why patients are readmitted to the hospital. Patients sometimes do not understand the orders or don’t fully follow the instructions. They may be unable to carry out all elements of what their discharge follow-up needs to be, whether those are follow-up appointments, instructions, diet modifications, etc.”

Novant Health UVA Health Systems strives to reduce the amount of people who are readmitted to the hospital. That’s why they have been taking the simple but effective step of calling patients post-discharge to check on them. They ensure patients have made their follow-up appointments, see if they have taken their medications and if not, find out what is preventing them from doing so. They ask if there are barriers to obtaining the right medications, either physical or financial, and screen for those prior to patients leaving the hospital.

Wall says asking questions and getting patients to explain their own discharge orders prior to discharge is a “way of helping the patients to drive home with more than a piece of paper.” They aim to solicit their understanding of healthcare and staying well.

Wall says if a patient needs financial help, case managers can determine what type of assistance is available. In some cases, they recommend home health care.

When more is needed



Providers of home care, Home Instead Senior Care® in Manassas says about one out of every five seniors is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of initially being discharged. A home care provider often can give the kind of assistance needed to ensure patients are following discharge orders by ensuring patients are taking their medications correctly, accompanying them to medical appointments, cooking them healthy meals and more. The results? Not only are patients healthier, they are less likely to be readmitted for the same reason.

Caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care® are not medical providers, but they are fully trained, bonded and insured. Through the practical care they offer, more seniors live at home instead of in nursing facilities and do not face hospital readmission.

In a study of seniors with congestive heart failure (CHF), a common diagnosis resulting in readmission, by providing home services to seniors in Henrico Doctors’ Hospital of Richmond, VA, Home Instead saw a 35-percent improvement upon the hospital’s overall CHF readmissions rate (16.9 percent); 59- and 58-percent improvements over those of its parent company (19.9 percent and 19.8 percent, respectively); and a 97-percent improvement upon national readmission estimates for Medicare enrollees with CHF (24.6 percent.)

Bologna uses caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care®. She says Home Instead has been wonderful to her. “I’m home with great care,” she says. “I’m very blessed.” If Bologna needs something delivered, like her special order walker with handbrakes, a seat and a basket, Home Instead makes sure she gets what she needs on time. Caregivers do light cleaning, offer entertainment and companionship and ensure she is following discharge orders. And caregivers are “great cooks,” Bologna says. “They know how to save leftovers.”

Toni Adams is one of Bologna’s caregivers. Bologna says, “She’s the kind of person who makes you feel better and likes it.”

“I love elderly people,” Adams says. If it’s not in your heart, you might as well not do it.”

What’s one of Bologna’s favorite things about her Home Instead caregivers? “They make you laugh,” she says. “And that’s the best medicine. It’s priceless.”

Bologna has not been readmitted for the same injuries and continues to improve.

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Swing Dance the Night Away at Rippon Lodge’s WWII Canteen

During World War II, canteens were more than just used for transporting water.

The term was used in various buildings across the U.S. and in the European Theatre that served as entertainment locals for service men (and women) to go and listen to great music, get home cooked food, non-alcoholic beverages, and perhaps rub shoulders with famous motion picture and theater stars, musicians and even former presidents.

In America, there were many canteens, including one in Washington D.C. However, the two most recognized were the Stage Door Canteen in New York City, and the Hollywood Canteen in Los Angeles, Calif. 

The Stage Door Canteen opened on March 2, 1942. Operated and managed by the American Theatre Wing, the canteen was located in a theater basement on 44th Street, and could hold 500 people. After a successful opening, the canteen was constantly occupied by servicemen and women dancing or listening to live band music, playing card games, pool, or getting served sandwiches from actors like Helen Hayes and Walter Pidgeon. 

Because of the success of the canteen in New York, Hollywood decided to make a film about it starring such recognizable actors like Katherine Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Cowl, Katherine Cornell, Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Sam Jaffe and Paul Muni.

On the west coast, the Hollywood Canteen opened up in October 1943, and was located on Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood. Again, it offered food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas, and was even open to Allies Forces. 

All it required to be admitted was a military uniform. Everything inside was free of charge. This canteen had Hollywood involved from the beginning. Betty Davis was the driving force, and volunteered a great deal of time and money toward the project, serving as president of the canteen. 

Along with John Garfield and Jules Stiles, the building where the canteen was going to be housed received a complete overhaul. It was run completely by volunteers, largely from the entertainment industry, a total of 3,000. Stars like Rita Hayworth, Buster Keaton, Marline Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Frank Sinatra, and band leaders like Bennie Goodman could be serving food, speaking with soldiers, or even dancing or playing cards. 

By September of 1943, it had seen its millionth serviceman walk through its doors. The luck fellow got a kiss from Betty Grable and was escorted all night by Marline Dietrich. By the time it closed, it had seen over three million servicemen.

On September 10, from 7 to 10 p.m., Rippon Lodge Historic Site honors this wonderful history by hosting its own Canteen for one night. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, this is the second of three events this year recognizing the importance of and sacrifices our service men and women gave during World War II. 

Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, live music by the Saint Thom Cats, appearances by WWII soldiers, military vehicles, the Americans During Wartime Museum, and much more. Come dressed up in your active military uniform or your best 1940s inspired outfit and dance in front of the historic lodge under the stars. 

There is no need to know how to swing dance! Let your feet move to the beat. 

Tickets are $30, with discounts for active military. Call (703) 499-9812 to purchase tickets before Saturday, September 10, or at the door with a major credit card (Visa/MasterCard accepted).

6th Annual Bands, Brews and Barbeque features more breweries than ever

Are you a fan of local craft beer, delicious barbecue and live music? Come out to the 6th Annual Bands, Brews, and Barbecue on September 10 from 12-6 p.m. on the Manassas Museum Lawn. Tickets are $35 for tasters and $10 for designated drivers. Tasters will receive a complimentary tasting glass, tastings from 25+ breweries, a full day of live music, and access to purchase delicious barbecue and other foods. Entrance to the festival will be in the Train Depot parking lot and enter onto West Street where attendees will have their first sample of delicious brews. Walk along Prince William Street to find delicious food options and finish on the museum lawn where you can continue sampling delicious beers and shop local crafters.

The entrance to the festival will be in the Train Depot parking lot and enter onto West Street where attendees will have their first sample of delicious brews. Walk along Prince William Street to find delicious food options and finish on the museum lawn where you can continue sampling delicious beers and shop local crafters.

The festival will feature a line up of three live acts to entertain you as you find your favorite beers. Enjoy performances from Skribe, Harlen Simple, and Brickyard Road throughout the afternoon. Bring out your blankets and chairs to secure a spot on the lawn for a close up performance.

Attendees can also sign up for a free cornhole tournament for a chance to win growlers, gift cards to local breweries, and gift cards to the shops and restaurants in historic downtown Manassas. The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. so make sure you get there early to secure your spot.

This year’s festival has expanded to incorporate the most breweries we have ever had! Including local breweries, Heritage and BadWolf, all of our featured breweries are coming from Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and North Carolina. This might be the festival where you find your new favorite brew and start planning a trip to visit the brewery. If beer isn’t your favorite, both Bold Rock and Cobbler Mountain will be featuring their award winning ciders.

Ticket prices will go up the day of the event, so get yours here today! There will be free parking on event day in the parking garage on Prince William Street and Main Street as well as surrounding commuter lots. Go to www.visitmanassas.org for a full list of breweries and other upcoming events in the City of Manassas.

This post is written and sponsored by the City of Manassas.

Local leaders tour Home Instead Manassas, learn importance of in-home care

Local leaders were invited to come and tour Home Senior Care in Manassas

Jack St. Clair, co-owner Home Instead Senior Care Manassas

My name is Jack St. Clair, and I am the owner of Home Instead Senior Care located in Manassas and also the one located in Herndon.

Today, what we did is what we call a “meet a Home Instead Senior Care Senior” where we invited senators and delegates from the State of Virginia to come and meet not only us, my wife and I and our office staff but also our caregivers and their clients for them to see what exactly home care is.

They’re used to seeing nursing homes and assisted living facilities which are brick and mortar buildings, but they’re not used to seeing a facility like ours where we have an administration office in this location serving more than 220 clients in their own homes.

Jacquline St. Clair — co-owner Home Instead Senior Care Manassas

It’s almost like having guests from out of town come in your home, and so, we took what we already have in our office and just spruced it up a bit and took some time, about a month ago, to invite folks to this event knowing that folks are out of session right now.

So we invited in representatives and the local officials. We gave tours today; we showed people our office.

Jack St. Clair

Surveys show that 93% of seniors want to age and die in their own home. So, we are part of the solution to that, and that is by providing much-needed companionship, help, or personal care services to seniors who do want to remain in their own homes.

We have a wide range of clients. We have clients who maybe just need us for a few hours a week, and then we have clients who are actively dying utilizing hospice services who have us come in 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help them age in their own home and eventually pass away in their own home.

We want to be part of that solution. If their wish is to stay in their own home, we want to be able to meet that wish and to be part of that.

This post is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas.

‘Chamber Classic: 18 Holes of Opportunity’ is not the golf tournament you’ve come to expect

If you have played in a few golf tournaments, then by now you probably know what to expect: Foursomes of people who already know each other enjoying a day out of the office. 

If you’re lucky then you play on one of the foursomes that always win. But even if you don’t win the tournament you have to admit that a bad day on the course is better than a good day at your desk, right?

On September 19 the Prince William Chamber of Commerce introduces the inaugural Chamber Classic: 18 Holes of Opportunity at Old Hickory Golf Club (11921 Chanceford Drive; Woodbridge, VA 22192). This 18-hole golf tournament puts a unique spin on the typical community golf tournament by mixing up the teams in a four-person scramble to maximize the potential benefits to your bottom line.

Says Prince William Chamber Chairman C.C. Bartholomew, a local realtor and golf enthusiast, “The Chamber Classic provides an exciting business networking opportunity. By mixing up the foursomes, we are encouraging players to forge new business relationships while enjoying a day on the course. The hope is that local business leaders, young professionals, and entrepreneurs will come together to play a round of golf and leave with connections that will empower them to grow or improve their businesses in some way.”

Chamber Classic Logo

Interested participants are encouraged to register up to four players with the understanding that a max of two of those “teammates” will end up playing together. Several participating companies have already registered three or four singles for maximum networking impact.

Information about the tournament, along with registration, is available online at PWchamber.org or by calling the Prince William Chamber of Commerce at 703-368-6600. Entry to the Chamber Classic is $150 per player. The deadline to register is Friday, September 9. Download registration packet here.

Prizes include a Sandals vacation for two, Visa Gift Cards ranging from $25-$100 and a set of Calloway irons.

The Chamber Classic is sponsored by Heltzel Mortgage; C.C. Bartholomew, Keller Williams Solutions; Kensington Vanguard; East to West Embroidery & Design; Elite Golf; R.W. Murray Company; APT Impact, Inc. and Sandra Dugan of Cruise Planners.

To become a sponsor, contact Chamber Event Coordinator Kaitlyn Britton at kbritton@pwchamber.org.

Victim seeks witnesses of September 2015 assault in Dale City

The victim of an assault is looking for witnesses who may have seen the crime take place.

A white man pushed a short, brown-haired, Latina female to the ground and kicked her chest on Gideon Dr on the afternoon of September 15, 2015.

The incident occurred on Gideon Drive in Dale City. The victim was walking in the direction of Potomac Mills mall.

The victim suffers from a misaligned spine following the attack.

The victim asks any witnesses to contact the Prince William County Magistrate Office to provide details about what they saw.

Potential witnesses have until September 15, 2016 to contact authorities before the statute of limitations in this case expires.

The victim can be reached at 571-477-8399.

This Promoted Post is paid for by the victim.

Creating Results’ Prince William County base helped it grow into a national company

  • Creating Results Strategic Marketing
  • Address: 14000 Crown Court Woodbridge, VA 22193
  • Phone: 703-494-7888
  • Website: http://creatingresults.com/

When people think marketing and advertising, many things might come to mind, but Baby Boomers and seniors probably are not in the mix.

That’s precisely what makes Creating Results so special. With verticals in senior living, real estate, hospitality, education, retail, healthcare and 55+ housing, Creating Results is crashing through the traditional walls of marketing and advertising and reinventing the industry to motivate one of the largest demographics with discretionary income.

And they are doing it primarily from their offices in Prince William County.


It’s About Location

Co-owner Todd Harff said they chose Prince William County because “Prince William County offers a unique mix of ease of doing business as well as the best quality of life in the D.C. Metro area. There is access to cultural activities, good schools, outdoor activities [and] less traffic.”

Harff also said their Woodbridge location is convenient for their team members, who commute from Fairfax, Stafford and Front Royal. And Though they are based in Prince William County, they have customers all across the country, as well as in Mexico and Canada.

Their work knows no geographic bounds. With easy access to three major airports, Harff, who is located in the New England office, has no problem coming to the main office in Woodbridge, nor does anyone on the team have major challenges arranging flights to the other states and countries where Creating Results does business.

Prince William County also has the demographics and verticals that match Harff’s market. About 32,000 seniors live in the county. There are more than 70 senior living communities, including independent living, assisted living, continuing care and more in Prince William, and the residential real estate market is strong.

With state of the art hospitals and healthcare centers like Sentara and Novant UVA Health, Prince William County was the perfect place to set up shop. Prince William County, being a travel destination, has a superb hospitality industry catering to visitors from within the states and overseas.

This all adds up to success for the company seeking to work with these industries. Locally, Creating Results has provided services for the Potomac Health Foundation, Westminster of Lake Ridge, Discover Prince William and Manassas and more.


It’s About Niche and Growth

It all began with an idea. Creating Results carefully chose their niche in the marketing and advertising world. Many agencies focus on advertising to young people, but Harff wanted to something other than what run-of-the-mill agencies offered.

The Pew Research Center reports there are 74.9 million Boomers (ages 51 to 69) in the U.S., and 50 percent of the U.S. population will be over the age of 50 by 2017. Yet, this is a largely ignored segment of the population, at least in the advertising world. This is Creating Results’ market, the niche they chose.

“That has proven to be the most important decision in our business,” Harff said.

Harff’s wife, Judy, ran a successful boutique design agency. In 2003, the couple combined forces and began working out of the home with only the two of them and what he called “zero revenue.” Now their revenue is about 4 million per year. They have 12 full-time team members and a variety of freelancers.

In the next five years, they expect to see growth as demand for advertising that caters to Boomers increases. Harff said they plan to grow in a way that makes sense for the requirements of the clients and the team. They feel their niche will give them tremendous opportunity for some time, as younger Baby Boomers are still in the workforce and have different needs from those who just retired.


It’s About the Tools

Creating Results’ continued growth also relies on data they collect through studies. One study is called “Social Silver Surfers,” which looks at Boomers’ online website and social media preferences.

“We ask, what are they doing and what is working well? What frustrates them? How do they want to interact with companies online and in social media?” said Harff.

Results of these studies are guiding Creating Results into the future.

Another tool the company uses is big data, which they have access to as a Google Partner. Creating Results has the ability to pinpoint people who are likely prospects and find others who are like them through social media and online behaviors. They can produce customized search results based on past behaviors of users.

They have the ability to know what people are doing online. They know what people search for, who their friends are. They can serve up different information on sites based on previous visits. Remarketing, sponsored content, native content – these are all ways to get in front of targeted audiences.

“We like to think of it as being close to prospects, but not creepy,” Harff said.

It’s About Teamwork

For Creating Results, it has been a major challenge, but also a triumph, finding just the right people to help achieve their mission.

“I always recognize it’s good to be lucky, and picking a niche was critical, but so was finding the right people. Lots of people want jobs, but we sort through applicants to find who is aligned with our culture,” Harff said.

“In this regard, our Prince William County location serves us especially well as it affords us immediate access to a highly-educated, highly-skilled, dynamic and innovative workforce,” said Harff.

The average tenure for employees with the company is over eight years.

“People come to work with us and are excited to be part of that team and grow with us,” Harff said.

Creating Results is looking to evolve over the next 10 years and is seeking team members who are excited about helping them do just that. Currently, Creating Results is hiring a Media Marketing Associate and Client Services Director. For more information, visit their website www.creatingresults.com

This promoted post is written by Potomac Local under an agreement with Prince William County Department of Economic Development to showcase business in the region.

Upgraded kitchen, electronics, dining room floor make this a must-see home in Manassas

  • Ian Lovejoy Crossroads Realtors
  • Address: 9216 Center Street Manassas, VA 20110
  • Phone: 571-762-8387
  • Website: http://lovejoyrg.com/

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