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Pride and dedication: What the Olympics mean to us at Manassas Park Parks and Recreation

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Have you been watching the Olympics in Rio on TV? Have you lost track of just how many gold medals Michael Phelps has won? (To date, he has won 32 gold medals!)

You hear the same type of stories about the Olympic athletes during every Olympics—the sacrifice, the dedication, the perseverance, and the never-ending support of friends, family, and countrymen to enable the Olympic athletes to perform at the highest levels as the world watches.

The official symbol of the Olympics are the five interlocking colored rings, representing the continents of North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. So when you hear an announcer exclaim that the world is watching, it is a safe bet that the world IS watching the Olympics!

Watching the Olympics really does get you excited about sports, and the Parks and Recreation staff at the Manassas Park Community Center is excited about the Olympics too. Here’s what some of the staff said when asked what the Olympics means to them:

Sue Jurjevic, Senior Recreation Specialist, says, “I am always impressed by the gifts and talents of the athletes, and I do believe that their commitment to their sport does show when they compete.

Tony Thomas, Recreation Services Supervisor, says, “To me, it means pride and dedication. The amount of pride you feel for your country competing in athletics is exhilarating. And I chose dedication because the athletes train year-round, for almost their entire lives to compete at this level. The Olympics also brings a sense of togetherness. Regardless of cultural differences or political views, most Americans put that to the side and cheer on the athletes representing our country!”

Sarah Barnett, Operations,and Aquatics Manager says, As I have gotten older, I have found that my taste in Olympic sports has broadened to not only Track and Gymnastics but also to Swimming and Diving. This past week, I have been glued to the TV at 8 p.m. to watch the gymnastics and swimming competitions. I made watching the Olympics a family affair and even allowed my young daughters to stay up past their bedtimes to watch. My oldest daughter loves watching swimming while cheering on Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. Meanwhile, my youngest is already begging me to put her in Soccer AND gymnastics! I am not surprised that my girls would fall in love with sports by watching the Olympics. I fell in love with Gymnastics as a child by watching the Olympics.”

Amelia Powell, Customer Service Supervisor, says, “I’ve been staying up until midnight watching the Olympics because I am hooked on cheering for our athletes. I love it all and I admire the athletes so much. They work so hard training their whole lives for these games, and it gives me such pride in our country that there is no way I can turn my TV off when the Olympics are on!”

Annette Starr, an Administrative Assistant, says, “Every time the Olympics comes around I love to watch it. It’s like a ‘coffee break’ from all the other things going on in the news. And when I watch it I always come away wanting to try a new sport. Like the first time I saw the rowing team, I wanted to try rowing. And believe it or not, I actually tried running (although not at these outstanding athlete’s levels). Some of the others sports that peaked my interest: bicycling, swimming, volleyball, archery, and (this year) air rifle. Once you try these different sports you realize how talented and hardworking these athletes are. So when I see them up on the stand receiving their well-earned medals, I certainly feel proud and in awe of their accomplishments.”

Maria Bosack, Writer/Content Specialist, says, “One of the girls in my neighborhood was such a good swimmer that her family moved to Florida so she could train with a famous coach in the hopes of making the Olympic team. Every family in our neighborhood was glued to their TV’s when she competed. We screamed so loudly with pure adoration and delight hoping she could hear us! She never won a medal, but to us, that didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered is that she was there, she competed, she persevered, she made it to the Olympics! I will NEVER stop cheering for the American teams in the Olympics.”

What would you say that the Olympics mean to you? 

Would you respond like the Parks and Recreation staff at the community center did? The staff really admired the athletes, were excited to see the intense level of competition and felt proud to be American—and that is exactly what the Olympics guiding principle is a quote by Baron de Coubertin: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

Thank you to our U.S. Olympic athletes who have fought hard and have won making us so very proud.

Kids and parents who are exposed to swimming and other sports they have fallen in love with while watching the Olympics will find athletic programs and classes that they can participate in at the Manassas Park Community Center. There are swim lessons, beginner gymnastics classes, sports conditioning, sports leagues including basketball, and so much more. There are athletic programs available for all ages and skill levels, just give us a call for more information!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703.335.8872.

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

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

Special Victims Bureaus aren’t just creations of Primetime TV.

In the Prince William County Police Department, Detective Matthew Newbauer works with a group of detectives dedicated to the public they serve. These are the detectives of the Special Victims Unit, trained to solve cases ranging from sexual crimes against women and children to physical abuse of the elderly.

Newbauer, who has been in law enforcement for nine years, said that while his job is not TV style police work, it isn’t a boring nine-to-five, either.

There is a lot going on in the Special Victims Unit. In addition to the cases reported by patrol officers, reports may come in from Child Protective Services or a mandatory reporter, such as a caregiver or medical professional.

Newbauer has already assisted in 40 cases of his own this year. The detectives in Newbauer’s fast-paced unit work together in every aspect of these sensitive cases, including the collection of evidence, writing search warrants and interviewing witnesses.

“Each detective handles their own assigned cases and also assists others in the same manner,” Newbauer said. “It’s truly a group effort to ensure that each case is properly and thoroughly investigated.”


Forensic interviews are different

The Bureau has 20 detectives and four supervisors working these challenging cases, and they are cross-trained to work in both the Special Victims Unit and Physical Abuse Unit of the Bureau. Criminal justice training of all types is utilized including cyber crime and domestic violence investigation to forensic child interviewing. Newbauer aids his co-workers, using his skill as a child forensic interviewer.

Forensic interviews are different from other types of interviews, such as those for property crime cases. The interviewer must connect with the victim, and ask questions like, “Can you help me understand what you remember about your experience?” With children, who are interviewed in a special room with more comfortable chairs and a flip chart with markers to draw with, the approach must be even more subtle. Being questioned by the police “is an event they’ll remember for the rest of their lives,” Newbauer said. “There’s a weight to that that goes beyond a nine-to-five job.”

These detectives don’t do this work for any fame or the thrill of carrying a badge and a gun. These detectives have chosen to work for a higher cause.

According to Newbauer, “There is a sacred responsibility to anyone who enters this profession to maintain the highest standard of ethics while working harder than they ever thought they could to serve their community. This is not a profession for those who feel entitled to recognition. This is a profession for those few people who desire to commit their lives for the highest cause of service and to protect people from those who prey upon the innocent.”

Part of a professional family

In return, the Detective and his colleagues are rewarded by being part of a professional family fighting together to help victims during what might be the most difficult moments in their lives.

When asked to give an example, Newbauer shared pieces of his most memorable case. While he could not reveal specifics, he spoke of one witness’s bravery.

The witness looked past the “personal ramifications” to make sure the child victim was identified and treated. “I wasn’t the hero of this case; that witness was. We should all aspire to be that person and do the right thing even when it’s scary. That’s true courage.”


The capacity for compassion and empathy

The Detective had a few words of advice for those interested in the profession: “I would tell them that first of all, you have to have the capacity for compassion and empathy for those that have endured abuse. You have to shake off any victim-blaming mentality that our culture supports and be prepared to truly listen to the story of a victim.”

Detectives must get over the shock of what comes along with the investigations.

He also shared the need for a bit of Zen.

“Because of the nature of these investigations,” he said, “it is vital that you come to work prepared to uncover “Because of the nature of these investigations,” he said, “it is vital that you come to work prepared to uncover truth, and you leave work prepared to rediscover yourself. Work-life balance is essential; it will help you be the best investigator at work and the best parent/spouse/partner at home.”

“The most rewarding aspect of my job is when I complete an investigation and I know that the hard work and countless hours I’ve put into the case has helped a defenseless person escape their abuser and find a little bit of justice,” Newbauer said. “If that’s something that motivates you, then this is your calling.”

The Prince William County Police Department continually seeks qualified applicants for Police Officer I and Certified Officers. Apply today at joinpwcpd.org

Read more from our series

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


Manassas Park Community Center Fall Program Preview!

How can you find out about the great programs and classes offered at the Manassas Park Community Center?

Well, you can check out the Fall 2016 Manassas Park MOSAIC available August 15! it’s the best way to find out about the fantastic programs offered at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC). Some of our classes and programs are brand new, while others are back by popular demand because they are patron favorites.

Why use the term MOSAIC instead of the word directory?

The word mosaic refers to a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces of hard material, such as stone, tile, or glass. The MOSAIC lists all the programs and classes offered at MPCC for all ages. There are sports leagues for kids (ages preschool to teen), swim lessons, American Sign language classes for adults, therapeutic programs, and programs especially for seniors. All of the classes and programs offered combine to produce a large picture (a mosaic) of a community interacting, learning, and having fun at the Community Center.

If you haven’t been to the Manassas Park Community Center, it really is worth the trip. Whether you walk or drive, as you approach the Community Center, you will notice several baseball fields, corn hole structures, basketball hoops, picnic tables, and a dog park. There are colorful, fresh flowers planted outside the main entrance, and there is more than ample parking for all guests.

Once inside, you are immediately greeted by friendly staff members who will direct you to the program you are signed up for. And if you haven’t signed up yet, they will be more than happy to assist you!

Do you like Zumba classes? Our Zumba classes have been so popular, starting in the fall there will be Zumba classes offered for all age levels! Zumba Jr. (ages 4-6) and Zumba Kids (ages 7-11) start 9/9.

What about a cooking class? Even better, a cooking class for kids? Well the MPCC has new cooking classes for school age kids and even preschoolers! Lil Sprouts Cooking Class (ages 3-5) and Lil Sprouts Just a Taste (Kindergarten – 8 years old) start 9/12.

What else is new? We’ll have a ballet class for preschoolers, journaling and breakdance classes for teens, and a co-ed volleyball league and pickleball class for adults and seniors! Be sure to check the MOSAIC on the 15th for more details, cost, dates, and times.

Don’t forget to check out our popular fall special events! Take a look in the MOSAIC (right next to the program index) for the exciting events coming up at the Community Center.

Fall yard sale

The fall yard sale is scheduled on Saturday, September 17 from 8:00 am-12:30 pm. There is no cost to check out one of the busiest yard sales in the area. Individuals who want to sell their treasures can bring their items to this annual bargain hunter’s paradise. Vendor space is available for only $7 and vendors must pre-register by September 16th. Space goes quickly so be sure to come register at the Manassas Park Community Center as early as next week!

The Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

The Fall Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00am-3:00 pm. This festival is free to attend, but if you want to reserve a table, it will cost $20.00 per space. Since space for this popular event is limited, please contact Kaitlyn Collier to reserve your space starting next week at K.Collier@manassasparkv.gov. You will find lots of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind arts, crafts, antiques, décor, and jewelry for any budget or style.

Floating Gourd Night

On Friday, October 21 from 7:00pm-8:30pm, there is a truly amazing program that kids always love. It is the Floating Gourd Night! MPCC staff has added some fun to pumpkin picking by creating a pumpkin patch right in the indoor pool. After some swim time, kids can decorate the gourds – talk about some unique and amazing holiday decorations! This event only costs $5 per person.

Trunk or Treat

How does the MPCC celebrate Halloween? Well, come to the Trunk or Treat event on October 31 and you will see ghosts, monsters, superheroes, and princesses’ trick or treating! Decorated vehicles will line the parking lot with their trunks open and hand out candy to all the trick or treaters from 5:30-7:30pm. There is no cost to attend—it’s totally free for both kids and the volunteers who want to hand out candy. It’s a safe and fun where to celebrate Halloween!

As you think about the rich, descriptive word mosaic, you realize that the word more than adequately describes all the amazing programs happening this fall at the Manassas Park Community Center. Be sure to grab your copy of the Manassas Park Community Center Fall 2016 Mosaic on August 15 and sign up for a class!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

King’s Highway tells the story of George Washington and the French travels during the Revolutionary War

Long before European settlers arrived in Northern Virginia Native Americans traveled numerous waterways in the region.

The few paths around the area frequently followed high ridges between the rivers and creeks. In this area, the trail was commonly referred to as The Potomac Path by early provincials in the area, and they were charged by the General Assembly to keep their “highways clear of vegetation. “

By the end of the 17th century, this road was formally known as the Potomac Path, established to travel the most “convenient wayes to the Church, to the Court, to James Towne and from County to County.” As communities expanded, the route became the artery of Prince William County – Churches and Chapels were established along its way, as were public tobacco warehouses, businesses, and courthouses.

By 1755 the Fry & Jefferson Map identified the road as the “King’s Highway” and mail service was transported along the route. For generations, this road was little better than a rough path, wide enough for a few wagons. It connected rural estates and small homesteads, to small communities dotting the eastern seaboard.

During the Revolutionary War, the road in what today is eastern Prince William County would gain new significance. In 1781 the Comte de Rochambeau arrived from England with reinforcements of ground troops to support the American War effort.

The plan was to converge on Yorktown and end the war. Most troops traveled by boat, but General Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau, their staff, the artillery, and baggage begin to move south on the Kings Highway to Yorktown.

They would arrive in Yorktown in mid-October and lend a hand to the siege. A year later, having won the war, the French would travel the same route north to Boston on their way home.

Small sections of this road still exist through Prince William County and Northern Virginia and are undergoing preservation efforts from the county’s Historic Preservation Division and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

This route tells the story of our history beyond the travels of General Washington and the French during the Revolutionary War. It was traveled by Native Americans, ordinary citizens, and some of the most extraordinary individuals in our history.

And in the future, we hope that you experience these same pathways that our ancestors did.

More than 30,000 flock to Manassas Farmer’s Market for food, music, demos

The City of Manassas Farmers Market has had quite the season this year!

This season alone, there have been over 30,000 visitors to the markets. The City of Manassas Farmers Market runs three days a week – Tuesdays through August from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion, Thursdays through the beginning of November from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion, and Saturdays through November from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Parking Lot B, better known to many as the water tower lot across from the Train Depot.

The Tuesday night market began three years ago with the attempt to catch the commuters coming home on the VRE. While it is a smaller market, the 10 vendors range in items from produce and hot sauces to clothing and photography.

A big draw at the Tuesday evening markets is the free, live concerts. Each Tuesday, the Harris Pavilion hosts a musician for their special Take Out Tuesday summer concert series. Both events in conjunction with each other have continued to draw people downtown and see all that the City has to offer. The Tuesday evening market runs each summer from June through August.

The Thursday market is the City of Manassas’ one producer-only market. On Thursday’s the 20+ vendors range from delicious fresh herbs, veggies, and fruits to fresh meats and brewed coffee. The Thursday market often hosts groups of young children to introduce them to healthy eating and farming. Schools can contact the market manager to arrange a field trip to the market anytime throughout the market season.

Saturday morning markets have consistently been a favorite of market goers. This year alone they have had just shy of 21,000 visitors to this market.

This year the market acquired two sponsors. Robison & Robison Services, a local HV/AC company, is proudly sponsoring the weekly musical artists that perform. Each Saturday you can find artists ranging from country and bluegrass to a family of fiddlers and a local jazz ensemble.

This year’s second sponsor is Beazer Homes and has allowed the Manassas market to add monthly cooking demonstrations. The market vendors happily donate fresh goods and a local volunteer, Terry Lopez, cooks up a delicious and simple recipe for market attendees to watch and sample.

So far cooking demonstrations have focused on pickled veggies and mushrooms. Two cooking demonstrations are coming up in August – August 20 a teenage chef will be making gazpacho and on August 27 the recipe will focus on fresh peaches from Dodson produce.

Make sure to follow the City of Manassas Farmers Market Facebook page for specials, cooking demonstration schedules, musical performers, and more!

Top tips for teaching kids about living a Zero Waste Life

As the old song goes “I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” There is little hope for our planet if we don’t start teaching our children the importance of living the zero waste life.

One of the great things about children is that they are so open to new ideas and plans. When you teach them about the importance of something and ask for their help to solve a problem, they go all out with their enthusiasm and efforts.

Let’s take a look at some of the top ways we can instruct our children on how they can live a zero waste life and save the planet.

1. Let’s Talk Toys

Let’s face it. For kids, it’s all about the toys (OK, toys and candy). When they are very small, it’s easy to please them with dolls or toys made from wood, but what do you do once they are older? Most kids will understand if you explain the importance of not buying and creating new plastic . Encourage them to buy used plastic toys if they really want them. They will also surprise you with just how creative they can be when giving gifts for friends. Rather than another plastic dinosaur, they can give friends handmade “gift” cards for an hour at a rock climbing gym or a day at the zoo.

2. Teach Them How to Pack Their Own Zero Waste Lunch

It’s sad that we live in a disposable society, but watch how your child will blossom when you challenge them (with some help, depending on their age) to make their own zero waste school lunches. Let them look through thrift stores for metal lunch boxes, their own washable napkin, etc. They will have a blast doing this and, chances are, they will tell their friends about it, who, in turn, will hopefully ask their mom if they can do it too!

3. Show Them the Facts

Nothing is better than a close up encounter with plastic and trash from our throw away world. This year, why not visit www.cleanuptheworld.org and plan an activity with your child or children for World Clean Up Day, which runs the weekend of September 16-18 in 2016. You can help your kids organize their own activity or they join one in your area that is being organized.

By showing our children the massive amounts of garbage that accumulate from an irresponsible society, and then teaching them how they can take care of the planet they will  inherit, everyone wins! Let’s teach future generations why and how they can live a zero waste life!

American Disposal Services Inc. would like to remind you to be mindful of your environment and exercise your responsibility to nature.

Kwik and EZ Bail Bonds: ‘Let My People Go’

Navigating the justice system can be a bit of mystery, especially if you try to steer through it by yourself.

This is when Ricardo “Rick” Watts steps in.   Deciding to become an entrepreneur in the Bail Bonds profession was not out of the ordinary for this Navy Veteran.  

Rick’s family DNA includes a myriad of professions, and he credits his cousin Bruce Watts who has been in the bail bonds business for over 40 years as his inspiration to start Kwik and EZ Bail Bonds.  

As CEO, Rick uses his passion, commitment, and professionalism to create an organization that is a triple win: Uphold the policies outlined by the Department of Justice; assist family members with navigating the bond and legal process and lastly, work to get their loved one out of custody and home.    

Rick explains that the court sets a bail that is either unsecured or secured. If the court sets bail as secure, property, cash or an assurity must be held by the court to ensure the client will return for further court dates. This is when a professional bondsman is required. The bondsman can accept a percentage as payment from the client or co-signer to make sure there are enough assets to deliver to the court.

There can be a flurry of events and people involved in getting a client bond. There may be video arraignments, courtroom hearings or a bond hearing in a holding room. The judge needs to make sure the client understands the charges and find out if the client has an attorney. If an attorney is there, that attorney may argue bail amounts and other arrangements for the client.

KEZKwik and EZ bail bonds simplifies this process. They are available 24 hours a day and even provide online services, including an online application and a list of jails they work with.

Rick notes that getting released can take up to three hours after bail is set. He likes to make his end of it as painless and free of red tape as possible. “The justice system works. I don’t get frustrated with it, he says.

Rick looks to his upbringing and experiences as the encouragement to be in a business that he sees as helping people. His father owned a produce business, and young Rick worked with him. After serving in the Navy, Rick looked into the bond business, getting advice from his cousin about how to go about starting his own Bail Bond business.

To Rick, the client is depending on him to give great customer service. “They don’t understand (the complexities). They get upset about a lot of things,” says Rick. “You have to know how to talk to customers.”

But Rick doesn’t think of his profession as just a business venture. He sees it as his calling. In fact, the motto of Kwik and EZ is Let My people Go. As one of the few Christian based bondsmen, he truly believes in treating his clients with respect and showing them genuine assistance during a hard time.

“My job is to tell them that Jesus loves them and let them know regardless of what they did, there is hope,” Rick says. God forgave us, and therefore we must forgive our fellow man.”

Rick’s faith sustains him on what he considers his battlefield, commending the efforts of those working to turn inmates’ lives around through rehabilitation. “You have to choose to do better,” he tells his clients. “Jesus wants us to choose. Jesus does not force us to do anything.”

Clients are not the only ones who benefit from the work bondsmen do, according to Rick. Bonding clients out also aids law enforcement, which Watts holds in high regard. “I’m assisting jails with overcrowding, providing a service,” he said. “I’m a big advocate of the police.”

For more information on Kwik and EZ Bail Bonds, visit www.kwikandezbailbonds.com.

What you need to know before Summer Reading ends!

Summer Reading isn’t over just yet!

Explore Summer Reading ends August 20, but the journey through reading lasts a lifetime. The fun isn’t over yet, though—you still have three weeks to earn stamps and attend exciting free performances, and kids can still earn a free book.

And if you’ve missed a couple of weeks, you can earn two Bonus Stamps! Just come in to any branch and either show us your reading log or tell us how you’ve completed an activity related to history, science, art, or nature. You can earn one Bonus Stamp per week plus your current week’s stamp.

Things you need to know about the end of Explore Summer Reading:

— The last day to earn stamps, submit adult summer reading tickets, or pick up a free book is Saturday, August 20.

— The kids’ and teens’ grand prize drawings will be held after August 20 and winners will be notified around August 29.

— The last day to pick up Weekly Challenge drawing prizes is close of business Friday, September 2.

— You may print your online Summer Reading logs until close of business Friday, September 30.

Finally, we’d like to hear from you! How can we make next year’s Explore Summer Reading even better? Please tell us by taking a quick survey at www.pwcgov.org/summerreading. Thanks again for making this another amazing Explore Summer Reading expedition.

Thank you to our sponsors: Bookworm Central, Friends’ of the Library, Prince William Library Foundation, Belvoir Federal Credit Union (now PenFed), Giant Foods, Roy Rogers, Micron, Apple Federal Credit Union, Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation, and Prince William County Historic Preservation Division

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The Kids Triathlon at the Manassas Park Community Center is Much More Than Just a Race

A triathlon is defined as the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. While many variations of the sport exist, a triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances.

Ask anyone who likes to participate in a triathlon why they like them and they’ll tell you triathlons are great way to stay in shape. As a bonus, you can compare your completion times against other participants and against yourself to attain your personal best time.

On August 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the Manassas Park Community Center, kids between the ages of 8 and 12 can participate in the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation triathlon which is held rain or shine!

“Of course if the weather is raining like it did on July 4th, we might have to reconsider,” joked Recreation Services Supervisor, Tony Thomas. “All kidding aside, this triathlon is a great event for kids because it allows kids who have never competed before to get out there and actually compete. For kids who have completed a triathlon, they can compare their times and use this experience for their next triathlon,” he added.

Participants are separated into two groups based on age: the 8 and 9-year-old children form the first group, and the 10-12-year-olds form the second group.

“These groups compete together, which makes everything go smoother,” said Thomas. “The participants begin and end the race at the same place so that their parents and friends can cheer them on at the beginning and again at the end of the race. We have lifeguards in the pool and course marshals set up throughout the course. Plus, we will have lots of volunteers handing out water to keep all the participants hydrated.”

The order of events at this year’s triathlon is swimming, cycling, and running.

“We start in the pool where the younger kids swim one 50-meter lap. The older kids swim two laps or 100 meters. After that they ride their bikes. The younger kids, ages 8 and 9 will ride 1 ½ miles, and the kids ages 10-12 will ride for 3 miles. For the last event the kids will run. Ages 8 and 9 will run ½ mile and ages 10-12 will run 1 mile.

I want to emphasize that if a kid doesn’t finish the race, it isn’t the end of the world,” Thomas pointed out, “We are far more interested in providing safe place for the kids to have fun and to shoot for their personal best than to have an ultra-competitive forum that turns kids off to competitive sports.

“Last year, there was a kid who was really pushing himself to finish the race. He was walking – instead of running – at the end of the race. It was obvious that this kid was really pushing himself, and the other kids ended up cheering him on so that he would actually finish the race,” said Kaitlyn Collier, Special Events Coordinator Assistant.

“It was so great to see because while a triathlon is competitive, the kids came together as a group for this one participant,” she added. “It really was special.”

At the end of the race is an arch donated by Amazing Race Timing. As the participants from both age groups cross the finish line, their times are called.

“We call times for each participant. It usually takes anywhere from 35-120 minutes from start to finish, and the younger kids usually finish last, but they all really want to hear their times,” said Thomas. A participant can ask that their time not be called out loud prior to the start of the triathlon.

“This is our fourth consecutive year hosting the kids triathlon, and we have kids come every year to compete from all over,” said Collier. “Last year, kids came from Virginia Beach, DC, Herndon, and Fairfax.”

Each participant receives a race day bag which contains healthy snacks, a t-shirt, sponsor coupons including free passes to the MPCC and Signal Bay Waterpark. “If it is really hot outside, participants are invited inside the air-conditioned Community Center to cool down,” said Collier.

“Don’t let the word triathlon scare you away; instead, use this experience to have fun and shoot for your personal best,” said Thomas, “That’s what this day is all about, competing, doing your best, having fun and maybe even meeting some new friends.

Last year, the best overall time was 33 minutes. Do you think you can beat that time? Come compete in the Manassas Park Community Center triathlon on Saturday, August 13th at 8:30 am and find out! The registration fee is only $25 and can be done online by clicking here.

For more information and for updates click here to check out the MPCC Triathlon Facebook page. You can also contact Kaitlyn Collier directly at K.Collier@manassasparkva.gov.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

This promoted post is paid for by the Manassas Park Community Center.

Leesylvania State Park wants the owner of this boat to come and get it



Notice is hereby given that the following watercraft has been abandoned for more than 60 DAYS on the property of Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191:

1993 Ebbtide, Fiberglass, Open, 22’ long, Hull Number: ETC30835d393.

Application for Watercraft Registration/Title will be made n accordance with Section 29.1-733.25 of the Code of Virginia if this watercraft is not claimed and removed within 30 days of the first publication of the notice. Please contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with questions.


Heartland Dental NOVA Team Open House Career Fair Thursday, Aug. 4

  • Heartland Dental Northern Virginia Open House Career Fair
  • Address: Leesburg Hampton Inn & Suites at 117 Fort Evans Road, NE, Leesburg, VA
  • Website: http://www.heartland.com/

Please join the Heartland Dental NOVA Team for an Open House Career Fair on Thursday, August 4thth from 11am-5pm at the Leesburg Hampton Inn & Suites at 117 Fort Evans Road, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176 .  We have immediate openings for Dental Assistants, Front Office, and Dental Hygienists across the NOVA area in Herndon, Ashburn, Fairfax, Chantilly and Lorton!  Why join

We have immediate openings for Dental Assistants, Front Office, and Dental Hygienists across the NOVA area in Herndon, Ashburn Fairfax, Chantilly & Lorton! 

Why join Heartland Dental?  Because it is the largest Dental Support Organization in the U.S. and is a career focused company looking for the perfect fit to assist with the growth and development of our supported practices!

Heartland provides a wide range of continuing education, benefits, and competitive pay!  RSVP’s are welcome but not required! 

Please show up with your resume and be ready to express why you feel you’d be a great addition to Heartland’s growing team!   RSVP’s should email cbaggarly@heartland.com and please visit our website for more information at www.heartland.com.

The Manassas Park Community Center gears up for another great year of their Youth Basketball League

Right now, it is hot outside with temperatures reaching into the high 90s. But in a few months, these hot temperatures will be just a memory as we begin gearing up for the fall and winter seasons. At the Manassas Park Community Center, winter is synonymous with the Community Center’s Youth Basketball League, formerly called Biddy Ball league!

What separates this league from others in our area? Mike Arrington, Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation League Director and Athletics Recreation Specialist says it is a combination of the electric atmosphere, intense games, and the passion of everyone involved to create a memorable experience.

“When I tell the kids to have fun, I really mean it,” Mr. Arrington said while smiling. “We are very hands on. Practices are weekly and games are on Saturdays, and either I or a member of my team, is there each Saturday watching the games, checking out the referees, and keeping everyone happy,” he added.

Keeping everyone happy begins the minute participants sign up for the league. Mr. Arrington pointed out that this league is, by far, the best value in the area. If families have a Community Center All-Access Passport membership, the price is only $45. Residents pay $80 and non-residents pay $90. This price includes an officially licensed, replica NBA jerseys which participants keep after the season has ended.

“We have people coming back year after year because they like the way the league is organized, and that tells me we are doing our job! Our league is developmental; we are providing a fun place where kids really learn how to play the game of basketball, and they have fun,” Arrington added.

Participants and their parent must attend an assessment night. It is during this time that coaches and staff look at each participant to determine their skill levels.  “The kids usually fall into one of three categories and are placed accordingly,” Mr. Arrington explained, “From there, we have a draft. Every effort is made to keep the draft fair and the teams as balanced as possible. It doesn’t benefit the players or the league if the teams are not balanced.”

There are no more than 10 kids on a team which means that every child plays. “We don’t have any king or queen benchwarmers in our program,” emphasized Arrington, “Each coach is on an honor system and usually has an assistant coach or a team mom or dad monitor the playing time of each player on the team.”

“We also bring back the same referees each year because they are consistent. They will stop and explain their calls to our youngest or to our newest players so that the players learn from their mistakes.” Arrington finds this level of interaction from coaches, parents, and referees encouraging and representative of the values he believes the program embodies. Good sportsmanship is a quality that can never be overemphasized.

Coaches are required to attend a mandatory meeting outlining all the rules and regulations. Coaches provide the framework for the league. All coaches are encouraged to let the kids play while learning the fundamentals and the game of basketball. “Just like in the professional NBA, all teams are not winning teams,” Arrington pointed out, “The kids learn how to handle losing as well as learning what it means to win. Learning from mistakes and not always winning certainly are life skills our kids will always use.”

Parents and coaches must sign a Code of Conduct where they agree not to interfere with the learning process. “Our parents are super-involved, and during the games, the gym is rocking,” said Arrington.
“Unfortunately, sometimes a bad call can bring out another side of the parents,” he added. “We understand how emotionally vested our parents are, and, as a last resort, have escorted a parent out of the building,” he admitted, “But that behavior is not the norm.”  

Parents and fans get so involved in the games because they see their kids’ teams progress and get better each week. A great way to reward participants who are noticeably progressing is with an All-Star game, which is also part of this league. Coaches poll their parents to determine the best two players on each team and those players play in the All-Star game. “The MVP of the All-Star game is usually the most well-rounded player,” said Arrington, “We’re looking for the player who is passing, assisting, making defense moves, and encouraging his/her teammates,” he added.

After the regular season ends, each team participates in the playoffs. It is a single elimination playoff where if your team wins, you stay and play another game. If you lose, you go home. The champion team for all the age groups is posted on Facebook and all the kids on the first and second place teams will receive a trophy. The exception is the participants in the 4-5 age group who will receive a certificate of completion.

Participants of all age groups receive a certificate of completion, but Mr. Arrington knows they receive much more than that. They learn teamwork, persistence, and get great exercise too.

“I’m a guy who grew up playing sports – basketball and football to be specific. My dad was hard on us, but my mother honestly was worse! I know what that is like and I am working with my staff to provide a place for kids to have fun and to learn about a game I truly love,” summed up Mr. Arrington.

He isn’t the only one who loves the league at the Manassas Park Community Center. The hundreds of kids who participate and the coaches who teach and guide them come back to play year after year. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Do what you love and have fun too!

Registration for The Manassas Park Youth Basketball League opens August 15th. You can reach Mike Arrington at M.Arrington@manassasparkva.gov for more information.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

Habitat for Humanity Prince William County’s sixteenth home ownership dedication is Thursday, July 28 in Woodbridge

Donors, volunteers and community leaders will celebrate Habitat for Humanity Prince William County’s sixteenth home ownership project with a Home Dedication on Thursday, July 28, 2016, 7 p.m. Wudasie Retta and Tesfaye Abuye will purchase the home at 4602 Central Park Drive, Woodbridge, from Habitat for Humanity with an affordable mortgage and will make it home for themselves and their three children, Kidus, Haleluya and Levi, ages 9, 7 and 2.

Retta and Abuye qualified for the home purchase through Habitat for Humanity Prince William County’s home ownership application process in the spring of this year and work to rehab the home began shortly after in May. The family volunteered more than 350 hours of time with Habitat for Humanity, including working on the home, providing lunch for volunteers and taking financial management and homeownership classes.

Habitat for Humanity Prince William County purchased the home using Neighborhood Stablization Program funds received through Habitat for Humanity Virginia and the Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development.

EVENT: Home Dedication

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: 4602 Central Park Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22193

WHO: Volunteers, donors, community leaders, Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and staff will join the family for the celebration.

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Wudasie Retta (l), her husband, Tesfaye Abuye, and their children Haleluya (7), Levi (2) and Kidus (9).


Habitat for Humanity Prince William County is a nonprofit, locally operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since 1994 Habitat for Humanity Prince William County has partnered with families, businesses and volunteers to make safe, affordable and decent homeownership a reality in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. Habitat for Humanity Prince William County has completed 180 home ownership, home repair and community development projects including building new homes, rehabbing existing ones, major and minor home repairs and cleanups in neighborhood and public spaces. For more information on this project and the Family Story, visit habitatpwc.org.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit habitat.org.

Obesity took Jessica’s mom at age 55. She didn’t want the same to happen to her.

“My mom died of a heart attack early. She was only 55, and it was due to her being obese for so long. That’s pretty young, and I want to live longer than that,” said Jessica Barnett. “That was the catalyst. I could see myself following in her footsteps. I really didn’t want to die.”

This is the primary reason for Jessica’s decision to have weight loss surgery. She had been on a 20-year weight loss journey, that culminated with her surgery in May 2015. At that time, she weighed in at 250 pounds, wore a size 22 and had a BMI of 40.

She had gone to nutritionists, tried every diet and exhausted every avenue. Then she turned to Dr. John Dockins, a surgeon at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge, and she found her weight loss solution. “It [gastric bypass] has saved my life,” she said. “I recommend it every day.”

Jessica started her weight loss surgery journey like all other patients at Sentara. She watched a formal presentation on obesity, how it affects overall health, the science of obesity, how to treat it, what surgeries are available and how pre-operative and post-operative processes work. She then went to see Dr. Dockins for an initial consultation.

At this point, some patients decide not to move forward, but Jessica elected to proceed. She committed to a medically supervised weight loss program with a nutritionist. Most patients spend three to six months losing weight and going through pre-op testing to make sure they are fully educated, and it is safe for them to proceed with surgery. The staff works with patients to make changes prior to surgery; these pre-operative changes ultimately aid in their post-surgical success.

“Most morbidly obese people who try to lose the weight without surgery regain all their weight within two years,” Dr. Dockins said. But the education Sentara provides helps people to prepare for a healthy lifestyle. Patients are given the education followed by surgery to set them up for long-term weight loss success. “Weight loss surgery is a tool we use to help achieve the goals of life-long weight reduction and resolution of the medical problems associated with obesity. The lifestyle changes that people make throughout the process is just as important to their long-term success,” said Dr. Dockins. He teaches patients to use that surgical tool.

Jessica took Dr. Dockins’ advice to heart and made the healthy changes required to maintain permanent weight loss. “One of the things that’s a big change for me is being conscious of portion sizes,” Jessica said. She replaced all her dishes with smaller, picnic size dishes. She also began a regimen of walking five to six miles per day. Her family uses the dishes and walks with her. As a result, they have lost weight, too.

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Jessica now weighs in at 143 and has been maintaining that weight for the past three to four months. She wears a size eight, which she achieved in nine months. She is no longer trying to lose weight, but just to maintain it.

Losing all that weight has meant a change in shopping habits. To find the right size, Jessica often has to shop in the junior section. “But I don’t want to look like a teenager,” she said. She turns to the Internet and personal shoppers to help her get the right size and styles for her.

Jessica also takes advantage of the support groups offered by Sentara, which provide in-person support and through a private Facebook group. The online group shares healthy recipes offer words of encouragement and holds clothing swaps, so members don’t have to buy a completely new wardrobe as they lose weight. “It’s inspiring for people who are going through their surgeries,” Jessica said.

Jessica isn’t alone in her struggle with obesity. The Center for Disease Control says more than one-third (34.9 percent or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Dr. Dockins said a typical patient he sees might be 150 to 200 pounds overweight. Like Jessica, they’ve tried medication, diet modification, and exercise to no avail.

But this isn’t just a desire to look better. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, and the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. is in the billions.

Dr. Dockins aims to improve those statistics one patient at a time. To attain that goal, Dr. Dockins performs gastric bypass surgery, the surgery Jessica had, and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. The goal of these surgeries is not only to lose weight but to help alleviate those health problems that come along with obesity. He estimates that only about one percent of people who have access to weight loss surgery take advantage of it.

Dr. Dockins doesn’t stop with surgery; he says he wants to continue to be a resource for his patients long after he sees them in his operating room. “I’ve performed hundreds of surgeries, but more importantly, I’ve followed hundreds of post-op patients for the months and years after surgery. This long-term relationship helps to ensure that patients’ medical problems are resolving, they’re losing weight without developing nutritional deficiencies, and they are maintaining

a healthy lifestyle. The life-long follow-up is just as important as performing the initial surgery. “I want patients to lose weight for life. I do my best to work with people and make them successful.”

Jessica Barnett would agree. “He [Dr. Dockins] is a wonderful man,” said Jessica. “He saves many lives. He cheers for you. I’m very lucky I found him.”

Lessening growing pains in the government contracting world

When President Jack C. Pines and CEO Robert M. Hemingway founded Analytical Consulting Group, LLC in 2003, they wanted more than just a means to support themselves.  Growing pains were soon realized as they tried to get a foothold in the contracting world.  Hemingway shared that one of the biggest challenges they faced was finding a contracting vehicle.

“If you’re a new company, no matter how experienced you are, if you don’t have a vehicle, you’re dead in the water,” said Hemingway.  In order to become a pre-approved vendor to the Federal Government, companies must have three years of contracting business history. This often equates to working with a larger company because they are already approved. Hemingway asserted there is a lot of competition and the possibility to lose the rights to your work to another company.

The belief that the federal government should leverage the agility and innovation potential of small business by protecting them from large business competition dates back to the Great Depression. In the decades since, it’s become enshrined in policy that small businesses should have “maximum practicable opportunities” to compete for prime contracts and subcontract awards. Translating that into practice for your particular industry is no mean feat and growing your business within the realities of the federal market is its own challenge.  However, if your offering is unique and you’re a small business, the deck is stacked in your favor, shared Steve Charles, co-­founder and executive vice president of immixGroup. 

Along with challenges have come triumphs.  One of those triumphs came when the company was signed as a prime contractor for the U.S. Army, not sub-contracting for a larger company. Hemingway is also proud of the fact that, right after the economy crashed, they were able to still hire people and give them the opportunity to maintain a steady work record. They attribute their success to client satisfaction and providing the highest degree of expertise and industry capability.

“We’re not in this business for the sole purpose of making money,” Hemingway said. “We’re former intelligence analysts. We see it as not just a market, but providing a service. We’re proud that most of our employees are veterans. We’re not limited to that, but we’re proud of it.  We don’t approach this as a market to be exploited.” 

What’s Hemingway’s advice for people going into the contracting business? “Know the basic tenets of federal acquisition regulation. They offer that through the Virginia PTAP,” he said.  The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) educates participants on what they can and can’t do in government contracting. The program is administered by George Mason University.

Analytical Consulting Group provides a wide range of services for their clients, including national defense, geospatial intelligence, information technology services, information assurance, cyber security, program management and language services.  More information on Analytical Consulting Group can be found at analyticalcg.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.


The summer reading fun isn’t over yet at Prince William Library

Week five has begun, so congratulations to all of those dedicated summer readers (infant-students entering 5th grade) who can now come into their branch and select a brand-new book for their remarkable efforts this summer.

This year’s Prince William Public Library System Explore Summer Reading program has been amazing with huge attendance at summer programs and many committed readers.  

For kids and parents of little ones, don’t fret if you haven’t quite yet collected five stamps. We still have four more weeks left to go, so stay with it and a brand-new book (supported by Bookworm Central) will be yours to take home.


And remember that every stamp, no matter how many you get, is an entry into the Explore Summer Reading’s grand prize drawing for a laptop.

Teens, be sure to stay vigilant these next few weeks, especially as we get closer to the end of summer reading. Keep writing more reviews for extra entries into your branch’s Teen Explore Summer Reading grand prize drawings.


Have you missed a couple of weeks, been on vacation or are new to the area? Kids and teens can earn up to two Bonus Stamps starting Week 6 (July 25).

Two ways to earn a Bonus Stamp:

  1. Show us your reading log
  2. Tell us how you completed a history, nature, or art activity this summer

That is it. Starting July 25, kids and teens can come in and make up two extra bonus stamps. This way kids can still have a chance to earn a brand new book with only four more weeks to go, and kids plus teens can collect more entries into our branch/system prize drawings.


Here at the library, we would also like to let you know that in addition to our amazing list of programs and summer fun, many of our locations are Pokémon Stops. Additionally, our Chinn Park and Bull Run Regional Libraries are Pokémon Gyms. Hatch your eggs, find Pokéballs, and challenge willing participants in a safe and fun environment!

Thanks again to our greater Prince William community for making this another amazing summer with lots of more fun yet to come. Please visit any of our branches with any questions you might have or visit www.pwcgov.org/summerreading.






This promoted post was written by the Prince Wiliam County Public Library System.

Test your trivia knowledge at Prince William County Historic Preservation History Happy Hour

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to spend the evening?

Join us at the Old Manassas Courthouse on August 5 at our final summer History Happy Hour for a Trivia Night! 

Test you skills in history and popular culture centered on Virginia. Compete individually or in teams against friends, family, and other players in multiple rounds to increase points. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and last place. Trivia competition will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Not interested in competing? Cheer squads and happy hour enthusiasts are welcome to come enjoy one of Prince William County’s historic social venues, watch the trivia competition, and learn about the history of Prince William County and its unique historic sites.

Admission for History Happy Hour is $15 per person, ages 21 and up only. Cost includes two drink tickets and light food and refreshments. Additional drinks are available for purchase. Reservations are suggested, but are not required. For more information or to make reservations, please call 703-367- 7872.

Old Manassas Courthouse is located at 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110. Free parking is available Lee Avenue and in the lot located at Lee Avenue and Peabody Street.

We hope you’ll join us!

For more information, please call 703-367- 7872 or email pgibbonsbackus@pwcgov.org

New Habitat for Humanity Board to sell a home to a deserving family, open a second ReStore in eastern Prince William County

At its June meeting, officers were elected to lead the Habitat for Humanity Prince William County Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2017. Lawrence Hughes will serve as Chair. Mr. Hughes was the City Manager of the City of Manassas for many years and also was a former Deputy County Executive of Prince William County.

During his tenure as City Manager, Hughes focused on community-level projects, economic development, and financial management. He led an award-winning Neighborhood Services Program that forged partnerships between neighborhoods, the city, and volunteers to undertake community improvement projects.

Karen Wilkinson, Prospect Mortgage, will serve as Chair-Elect; Aron Perkins, Northwest Federal Credit Union, Secretary; Scott Silvestain, CPA with Duvall Wheeler, LLP, Treasurer; Michael Kitchen, Christopher Consultants, will serve on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past Chair.

Other members of the Board of Directors include Robert Anderson, Metro Sign and Design; John McBride, Odin, Feldman & Pittelman, P.C.; Brian Smith, Retired, City of Manassas; and Renee Woolfolk, First Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

In Fiscal Year 2017, the Board expects to sell a home to a deserving family through its home ownership program, open a second ReStore in Eastern Prince William County, build offices for its headquarters in the existing ReStore in Manassas and complete several home repair and community development projects.

Theresa Accoo Mike Kitchen and Kisha Sogunro WilsonImmediate Past Chair, Michael Kitchen, presented plaques to outgoing Board members, Theresa Accoo, Navy Federal Credit Union (l) and Kisha Wilson Sogunro, City of Manassas (r), who both completed two consecutive 3-year terms.

Habitat for Humanity Prince William County is a nonprofit, locally operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since 1994 Habitat for Humanity Prince William County has partnered with families, businesses, and volunteers to make safe, affordable and decent homeownership a reality in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Habitat for Humanity Prince William County has completed 180 homeownership, home repair and community development projects including building new homes, rehabbing existing ones, major and minor home repairs and cleanups in the neighborhood and public spaces. For more information, visit habitatpwc.org.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit habitat.org.

Heartland Dental Open House Career Fair on Wed., July 20 National Harbor

  • Heartland Dental Northern Virginia Open House Career Fair
  • Address: Residence Inn, National Harbor located at 192 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Md.
  • Website: http://www.heartland.com/

Please join the Heartland Dental NOVA Team for an Open House Career Fair on Wednesday, July 20 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Residence Inn, National Harbor located at 192 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Md.

We have immediate openings for Dental Assistants, Front Office and Dental Hygienists across the NOVA area in Alexandria, Lorton, Springfield, Dale City, Dumfries, Manassas, Fairfax, Herndon and Ashburn!

Why join Heartland Dental?

Because it is the largest Dental Support Organization in the U.S. and is a career focused company looking for the perfect fit to assist with the growth and development of our supported practices! Heartland provides a wide range of continuing education, benefits, and competitive pay! RSVP’s are welcome but not required!

Please show up with your resume and be ready to express why you feel you’d be a great addition to Heartland’s growing team!

RSVP’s should email cbaggarly@heartland.com and please visit our website for more information at heartland.com.

City of Manassas is outperforming school systems with similar demographics and serving a single high school

Northern Virginia is home to some of the best public schools systems in the state, and nation. 

For a relatively small community like the City of Manassas, ‘keeping up with the Jones’’ might seem like a daunting task.  But just as Manassas is experiencing a revitalization, so too is the public school system.

In the four years since Superintendent Catherine Magouryrk took the helm, Manassas City schools have undergone significant transformation.  The challenges have been considerable, but she continues to face them head on.  She and the staff have been working harder than ever before. 

And they are getting results, great results.

–Osbourn High School (OHS), the City’s only high school, was recently named a Silver Medal School, ranking it in the top 16% of high schools in Virginia by US News and World Report.

–85% of OHS graduates go on to college.

–George C. Round Elementary School has earned the Virginia Department of Education’s 2016 Board of Education ‘Distinguished Achievement Award’ for advancing student learning and achievement.

–The City’s K-12 STEM curriculum, which includes coding, robotics and maker spaces, has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Education and its students are winning competitions across the state.

When compared to school systems with similar demographics and serving a single high school, the City of Manassas is outperforming; specifically in the areas of math and science.

Manassas City Public School system is proud of its accomplishments to-date, and thanks to the significant efforts of Dr. Magouryrk and staff is on a path towards greater success over the next few years.  If you have questions about or are just curious to see first-hand, the significant progress being made in our schools, please visit the City Schools website to schedule a tour or visit with Dr. Magouryrk.

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This post is sponsored by City of Manassas Economic Development.

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