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‘Kruzin 4 Kids’ Youth for Tomorrow event on April 18

Lifted Ladies and the American Legion Riders Post 1976 are hosting the first annual Kruzin 4 Kids car show.

The event will take place on April 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Springfield American Legion Post 176 location on 6520 Amherst Avenue in Springfield.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to Youth for Tomorrow, a non-profit organization that helps youth and their families discover, embrace and empower for a better future.

If it has wheels you’re welcome in this show.

For questions contact Christa Henderson at christa@lifted-ladies.com.

Salvation Army to host appreciation reception on April 23

The Salvation Army is having its annual Appreciation Reception on Thursday April 23 at Old Bridge United Methodist Church.

The reception begins at 7 pm.

State Delegate Richard L. Anderson is the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The reception gives The Salvation Army the opportunity to show its appreciation to individuals and organizations that have given their time, talents, and treasures to The Salvation Army in 2014.

Groups that will be recognized this year include Old Bridge United Methodist Church, Manassas Rotary Club, and The Hylton Foundation.

For more information about the reception please call Captain George Hackbarth at 202-497-0234. 

NOVA Manassas to host STEMFest April 25

The community is invited to STEM Fest at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This showcase of cutting-edge technology and hands-on activities is open to anyone who wants to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The free event features numerous activities for all ages, live music, free food and giveaways. Everyone will have a chance to enter a free raffle for an iPad.

Attendees can see the only human plasticized cadaver at a Virginia college, use state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopes and nanotechnology equipment, and explore research labs. NOVA students will demonstrate their skills with robotics, 3-D printers, drones and a flight simulator.

Hands-on activities include experiments with DNA, environmental science, math, chemistry, physics and molecular gastronomy. Lab activities require long pants, closed shoes and covered shoulders (no shorts, sandals or tank tops). Children can participate in DNA face painting, DNA hair twist, and make-your-own DNA jewelry, candy and cookie decorations.

Representatives from Virginia Tech’s “Bridges for the Baccalaureate” program and George Washington University’s School of Medical and Health Sciences will be available to discuss opportunities at those two institutions, including special transfer options for NOVA graduates.

The campus is at 6901 Sudley Road, Manassas. To learn more, go to www.novamanassasstemfest.com or contact Ia Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu.

U.S. Department of Justice issues identity theft warning

The tax filing deadline is tomorrow, and this prompted the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to send out a public service announcement about identity theft and protecting your identity. 

To warn citizens, they have released several videos about identity theft that the DOJ has produced, featuring Fran Abagnale – a noted identity theft depicted in the film Catch Me if You Can.

Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney to hold victim assistance reception April 23

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week takes place this year from April 19 through April 25. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Victim/Witness Assistance Program will hold a special reception in honor of the week on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The reception will take place from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554. The winner of the 2015 Molly Gill Survivor Award will be announced. For more information, please see the link below.

NOVEC took honors in competition against 7 states

Electric linemen from Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative took top honors at the 13th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo, March 28, at Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds near Ruther Glen, Va. NOVEC’s linemen competed with more than 150 other linemen from 14 electric utilities in seven states. 

The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo features three-man journeyman teams and individual apprentice linemen who perform a variety of required skills atop 40-foot utility poles. Judges score the competitors on how quickly they can complete each task correctly and safely. The Gaff-n-Go gets its name from the gaff — or metal spike — that linemen attach to their boots to assist in climbing wooden utility poles. 

NOVEC’s journeyman team of Sam Morgan, Justin Bettis, and Jesse Taylor placed first out of 30 teams to take home the coveted C.T. Bryant Award. The trio also earned the Jimmy Gardener Award, named for a pioneering Virginia lineman and given to the top-placing team among members of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.

NOVEC’s apprentices swept their division’s Climbing Skills event with Kyle Sarvis placing first, Billy Cruse placing second, and Chris Perry placing third. Sarvis, Perry, and Emmanuel Marfoplaced in the top ten in the Hurt Man Rescue event. By winning three events, Sarvis placed third overall among 55 apprentices in the five-event competition.  

“We’re proud of our Gaff-n-Go champions, and of all of our line technicians,” said NOVEC President/CEO Stan Feuerberg. “These are incredibly dedicated men who often work in the worst possible weather conditions to restore power when outages occur. Their jobs are physically demanding. Line work requires mental toughness, in addition to physical strength. Working around energized lines can be extremely dangerous, so linemen must be able to concentrate on the task, even when confronted with rain, ice, snow, frigid or stifling temperatures. Despite all of those challenges, NOVEC’s line techs have an outstanding safety record.”

Stafford sheriff’s office announces ‘National Telecommunicator Week’

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to report that April 12 – April 18 is National Telecommunicator Week. The Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the outstanding efforts of the Communication Officers that man the Stafford County Emergency Communications Center, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Communication Officers receive and process all calls for service via 9-1-1 (both landline and cell phones) as well as emergency and non-emergency administrative telephone calls. The ECC handles all outgoing calls in support of operations and provides dispatch services for all public safety responses and support non-emergency county functions during non-county business hours.

In 2014 the Emergency Communications Center dispatched 145,348 law enforcement calls for service and 18,599 calls for service for Fire & Rescue. “The Stafford County Community is indeed fortunate to have such dedicated professionals delivering this extremely important service,” states Sheriff Charles Jett. “The importance of this job cannot be overstated. The Communication Officers provide information or services that save lives or property on a daily basis.”

New cruise planning agency opens in Bristow

Sandra and Duke Dugan announced today that they have joined Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. As franchise owners, the Dugans now offer vacationers exclusive pricing on a wide range of cruise, land and destination wedding packages, private cruise sales, as well as travel upgrades and special amenities such as shore excursions, discounted fares, travel gifts and more. As a Cruise Planners travel advisor, the Dugans also provide specialized land vacation and tour packages to the most sought-after destinations around the world.

“Everyone travels, and it’s important to use a trusted travel specialist to help get the most value out of a vacation,” the Dugans said. “As Cruise Planners travel experts, we take the stress and hassle out of planning a vacation for our clients. Through the resources available to us, we are able to make educated recommendations based on value, destination, group size and seasonality, among other things to customize the best vacation possible. Since Cruise Planners has achieved top-producer status with every major cruise line and with many major travel partners, we are able to provide our customers with the best value along with our expertise and personalized service.” 

The cruising trend has continued to evolve and cruisers today are more adventurous and youthful. There’s also been a surge of multi-generational cruisers – families who take their cruise vacations together.  Many travelers are experiencing culturally immersive European river cruises, which is increasingly popular for savvy travelers. No matter the cruise line or destination, cruises offer a satisfying, convenient and value-oriented way to travel.  

Many travelers are also opting to go on land-based vacations, enjoy all-inclusive resort stays, explore foreign countries via a guided tour and experience high-adventure trips around the world. 

“As a Cruise Planners travel advisor, we sell complete vacation packages from exotic getaways to romantic retreats and culturally-immersive European experiences to customized African safaris,” the Dugans said. “Some people want to go on a cruise one year, and then a land-based vacation the next – we offer them a one-stop-shop with a personalized touch. 

As an American Express Travel Services Representative agency, Cruise Planners offers special programs for both American Express card holders and non-card holders, offering even more added value to vacationers.

Committee of 100 to discuss future of Prince William on April 16

In April, the Prince William Committee of 100 will gaze into the future when it hosts its monthly dinner and program. The program “What will Prince William County Look Like in the Future?” will take place on Thursday, April 16 at the Montclair County Club, 16500 Edgewood Drive, Montclair, VA, 22025. Networking begins at 6:30 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:45 p.m.

The rapid growth in Prince William County over the past decade has presented enormous challenges, such as: overcrowded classrooms, inefficient commuter traffic patterns, shortages of public amenities, and over-stressed public safety resources.  Jobs and housing are two drivers of the future economy in Prince William County.  Current economic conditions may threaten growth in quality jobs, housing values and business opportunities.  In large measure, the future of Prince William County’s quality of life will be determined by how it adapts its policies and sets priorities.

The program will be moderated by Mr. Brendon Shaw, Director of Government Relations Prince William Chamber of Commerce. Shaw is a long time Prince William County resident from Haymarket. For the better part of a decade he worked on numerous political campaigns on the federal, state and local levels along the east coast. Most recently he worked in the office of Majority Whip, Delegate Jackson Miller, as his legislative aide.

Currently, Shaw is the Director of Government Relations at the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in Government and International Politics.  

Shaw will guide the discussion and the question and answer period among four panelists.

The panelists include Robert Buchanan, Principle, Buchanan Partners, LLC and President, 2030 Group; Terry L. Clower, Ph. D., Northern Virginia Chair and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University; G. Mark Gibb, Executive Director Northern Virginia Regional Commission and Ralph Stephenson, Chairman and Co-Founder Citizens for Balanced Growth. Each will provide their glimpse of the future for Prince William County.

Civil War Symposium in Downtown Manassas on May 16

There will be a  “After the War” Civil War Symposium on May 16, 2015 at the Old Manassas Courthouse is downtown  Manassas. 

The event is sponsored by Prince William County, City of Manassas, Historic Prince William and the Prince William County Historical Commission. 

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March of Dimes ‘March for Babies’ event in Prince William on April 26

Thousands of families and business leaders across the Washington D.C. Metro Area will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies – the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those that need help to survive and thrive. 

Six March for Babies events are planned in the Greater Washington Area from April 25 – May 3, 2015, in Fairfax County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Prince William County, Southern Maryland and Washington, D.C. To register for an event in your community visit marchforbabies.org.

When/Where

March for Babies – Prince George’s Co.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9:30 am
Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive 
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

March for Babies – Prince William Co.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 10:00 am
Loy E. Harris Pavilion
9201 Center Street
Manassas, VA 20110

 

March for Babies – Montgomery Co.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 9:30 am
Mattie Stepanek Park 
1800 Piccard Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

 

March for Babies – Washington, D.C.  

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 9:00 am
Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

March for Babies – Fairfax Co.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10:00 am
Reston Town Center
11900 Market Street
Reston, VA 20190

 

March for Babies – Southern Maryland

Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 9:00 am
Regency Furniture Stadium
11765 St. Linus Drive
Waldorf, MD 20602

Funds raised by March for Babies in the Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Family Support Programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. 

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than 450,000 babies each year and is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five. This past November, the March of Dimes issued a Report Card on Premature Birth, giving the nation a “C.”  Virginia received a “B” grade, Maryland earned a “C” and Washington D.C.’s grade slipped to a “D.”  The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the health of babies.   

Woodbridge High School presents ‘Beauty and the Beast’ starting April 16

Woodbridge Sr. High School’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) invites you to “Be Our Guest!”  Come see the Academy Award winning film come to life on our stage. Performances are April 16th – 19th with Evening and Matinee performances available. 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. 

Tickets are $12 for Adults and $6 for Children and Students. On April 15th, come to a 7:30 PM Working Rehearsal for only $3.00.

WSHS Beauty and the Beast

Sinclair Elementary to host multicultural festival April 10 in Manassas

Sinclair Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia is excited to announce our Multicultural Festival on Friday, April 10, 2015, from 6pm to 8pm. 

The Multicultural Festival will give Sinclair students and families the opportunity to share and showcase food, dress, artifacts and information about their own cultures. Additionally students, families, and the community at large will have the opportunity to learn and appreciate that people from different cultures have different values, languages, preferences, and behaviors associated with their cultures. Students will learn to accept these differences and appreciate them. This acquired knowledge with help students break down cultural stereotypes in our school and our society as a whole.

Sinclair Elementary School is and has always been committed to creating a learning community that reflects both our multicultural society and individual differences. To teach students to participate effectively in a democratic and global society, we need to respond to the needs of various groups within our school as well as to the needs of individual students.

We look forward to seeing you at the Multicultural Festival on April 10th!

Document shredding program comes to Stafford April 11

Stafford County Crime Solvers announces a Stafford Shred It Program- Drive Thru Style, an opportunity for the citizens of Stafford County to shred unwanted documents, receipts or other official papers. For only $5.00 a box citizens can come to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Parking Lot (1225 Courthouse Road, Stafford) and have their unwanted papers shredded on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8:00AM – 12:00PM.

The limit for shredding is 100lbs. per vehicle with the proceeds of the day going to Stafford Crime Solvers! If anyone has any questions feel free to contact Sgt. Darrell English at 540-658-4428. This event will be held rain or shine.

Manassas foundation awards $74K for education

The MCPS Education Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded more than $74,000 to programs in Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) this year. The Foundation’s Grants program encourages educators to identify and develop solutions to educational challenges.

Lisa Harlow, STEM Instructional Coach earned funding for a new program “Take a Closer Look”, which will provide each classroom at Haydon Elementary with a hand held microscope/camera and an iPad to view the images. “This will allow students to more closely examine the scientific world around them. From simple observations in Kindergarten to the study of plant reproduction in grade four, access to these microscopes and the ability to view and record the images will enhance our students understanding of the standards they are expected to master.”

To address a deficit on 3rd grade History SOLs, Ancient China artifact boxes will be used in 2nd grade classes at each elementary school in the District . Students will use the artifacts to develop an understanding for the process by which evaluating primary sources requires.

Special Education Case Managers will be getting some needed help with the Assistive Technology/Alternative Augmentative Communication Program (AT/AAC). Due to motor, cognitive, or communication issues, these students often struggle to demonstrate what they have learned or to communicate basic information. This program will provide tools, resources, and training sessions that will help the instructional team to tailor communication systems to student’s individual needs and abilities.

Lego StoryStarter will be utilized school-wide at Haydon Elementary. StoryStarter is a hands-on tool that is designed to motivate students to write. Using specially selected LEGO bricks and minifigures, students can work collaboratively or individually to create a scene or story that they then put into writing. “This tool will provide the motivation that many students need to express themselves and their ideas” said Diana Hahn, Reading Interventionist.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) funding comprises the majority of the Education Foundation grants. Together, Micron Technology Foundation and Lockheed Martin generously contributed more than $56,000 to the MCPS Education Foundation to be used specifically for STEM initiatives such as FIRST LEGO League at Elementary Schools, VEX Robotics at Mayfield Intermediate, Robotics Programs at Metz Middle School and Osbourn High School, as well as Summer Engineering Camps.

The Foundation awarded a total of 18 grants including support for a Mathletes program at Jennie Dean Elementary, Saturday Learning Seminars, Backpack Attack Program of Manassas, Brain Games Cart at Baldwin Elementary, Youth Salute Leadership Council, and other Literacy and Physical Fitness programs.

The MCPS Education Foundation is preparing to assess scholarship applications for graduating Osbourn High School Seniors . Scholarship applications are due by April 7, 2015. Additionally, up to sixteen $250 Summer enrichment scholarships will be available this year and these applications are due by May 15. For applications and more information about the MCPS Education Foundation, visit www.mcpsedfoundation.org

Demolition training scheduled on Quantico April 6 – 10

Residents in the immediate vicinity of Marine Corps Base Quantico may experience an increase in noise as an affect from ground/aircraft training or range clearance operations during the week of Apr. 4-10.

Monday, Apr. 6 – Demolition training is scheduled 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr. 7 – Demolition training is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Apr. 8 – Demolition training is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 9 – Demolition training is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 10 – Demolition and Live Fire training is scheduled from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

All questions regarding training should be directed to the Quantico Public Affairs Office at (703) 784-2741/2742.
**Please Note: Aircraft supporting training or support to other agencies from the Marine Corps Air Facility at Quantico can also generate noise. The frequency and number of aircraft supporting training can occasionally generate higher volumes of noise. Additionally, atmospheric conditions can amplify aircraft noise volume and the distance sound travels.**
**All questions regarding this training should be directed to the Quantico Public Affairs Office at (703) 784-2741/2742.**

NOVA to host open house on April 11 in Woodbridge

NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus will hold an Open House on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event to learn more about NOVA-Woodbridge by touring the campus; applying for the Summer and/or Fall semesters; receiving on-site financial aid assistance; learning about transferring and Guaranteed Admissions to four-year universities; learning about the many academic programs; and receiving academic advising to make sure you start (or restart!) your college career on the right path.

Enjoy free parking, refreshments and giveaways! For more information, contact Tamaica Jackson at tjackson@nvcc.edu.

Distinctive Programs at NOVA-Woodbridge include: Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Massage Therapy; Cybersecurity; Contract Management; Business Management; IT; Fine Arts; Photography; Honors Program; Continuing Workforce Education and Training.

Stafford sheriff’s office announces ‘distracted driving month’

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that April is National Distracted Driving Month. This year’s theme, provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association is “U Drive. U Text. U Pay”.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office will be actively patrolling, looking for motorists who are texting and driving. Texting While Driving is now a primary offense in Virginia with drivers facing a fine of $125.00 and court costs for the 1st offense and a fine of $250.00 and court costs for the second offense. Studies show that drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident if they are texting and driving and more than 3000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving.

“Texting while driving has proven to be a deadly combination,” states Major David Decatur. “The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is committed to preventing motor vehicle accidents. Is that text really worth possibly causing an accident or worse?

Arts Alive festival coming to Hylton Center May 2

Arts Alive! 2015, a co-production of the Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, is a free, family-fun arts festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hylton Center.

This highly-anticipated annual community event celebrates the diversity and talent of visual and performing artists and ensembles from Prince William County and the City of Manassas, and also offers hands-on arts-related activities for children and adults, as well as food and craft vendors with items for sale. Admission and parking to the event are FREE. Arts Alive! 2015 Sponsors are United Bank and NOVEC.

This exciting afternoon will feature 32 indoor and outdoor performances occurring on four stages: Merchant Hall, Gregory Family Theater and the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery inside the Hylton Center, and on the Showmobile outside of the building. Local artists and ensembles performing include Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Magnificent Belly Dance, Dumfries Elementary School Chorus, New Dominion Choraliers, scholarship winners from the Woodbridge Music Club, the Church Street Singers, Fools! Improv and much more. There will also be strolling performers from the Bull Run Unitarian Universalists Mime Troupe and Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.

Visual arts groups participating include the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club, Stone House Quilters and the Prince William Art Society. Activities for children include watercolor painting with Edgemoor Art Studio, face painting and a children’s story corner. Local artisans will sell their diverse wares, including jewelry, pottery, quilts and photography. Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, will sell books by local authors.

Arts Alive! 2015 will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va. 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. Additional information about Arts Alive! 2015 is available at HyltonCenter.org or pwcartscouncil.org.

 

Manassas Museum announces April events

April brings more free book talks and outside adventures, with walking tours and bike tours of the City of Manassas.

From April through October take a Historic Downtown Walking Tour on Thursdays and Fridays at noon.  During the tour, costumed interpreters share stories about Historic Downtown during the Civil War and about the rebirth of the area after war and the fire.  Visit www.manassasmuseum.org<http://www.manassasmuseum.org> for more information.

On April 11 at 10 a.m. join a Manassas Museum Architectural Walking Tour and take the time to appreciate the history of the city’s diverse homes and businesses.  The tour will discuss the legends behind notable homes, businesses, and their owners, as well as observe the architectural styles in the historic district.  Visit www.manassasmuseum.org<http://www.manassasmuseum.org> for more information.

On April 14 at 10 a.m. children ages three to five and their caregivers may enjoy storytelling, crafts, songs, and outdoor exploration during the Pre-K Tuesday program at the Manassas Museum.  Visit www.manassasmuseum.org<http://www.manassasmuseum.org> for more information.

On April 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. explore the hidden corners of the City of Manassas on a Bicycle Tour given by the Manassas Museum.  The tours, held on the fourth Saturday of the month from March through May and August through October, focus on historic areas around Manassas. The tour, which begins at the Manassas Museum, is about two hours long and is $5 per person. Visit manassasmuseum.org or call 703-257-8453 for tickets, and bring your own bike.

On April 26 at 2 p.m. join Author Edward Longacre for a free book talk as he discusses his book The Early Morning of War, Bull Run 1861.  This book blends narrative andanalysis to describe First Manassas/Bull Run and capture the drama and suspense of the time. Longacre also uses biographical sketches to detail the backgrounds and personalities of both leading commanders and other soldiers in the conflict.

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