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Prince William school earns Green Ribbon award

A Prince William County elementary school was honored this week, along with three other Virginia schools, as national 2015 Green Ribbon School award winners. The U.S. Department of Education program recognizes energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly schools that promote environmental awareness, community engagement and student wellness. 
Coles Elementary School partnered with the private sector and non-profit organizations to create nine school gardens watered with recycled water. The school nutrition program includes “no paper days” and dining by natural light on “lights off Fridays.”
The other winning schools are: 
  • Bassett High School, Henry County 
  • Crozet Elementary School, Albemarle County 
  • The Steward School, a suburban Richmond private school 
“The earth-friendly practices and hands-on environmental learning experiences woven into the instructional programs of these schools provide opportunities for students to make a difference as young people today and in the future as thoughtful and engaged citizens,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Managing Director of the White House Council of Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss announced the winners as part of Earth Day celebrations. Nationally 58 schools, 14 school districts and nine postsecondary institutions — including the University of Virginia — were honored and will receive green display banners and be invited to send a delegation to a June recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The Green Ribbon School program was created in 2011. 

Stafford student awarded $50,000 scholarship

A North Stafford High School senior was selected out of hundreds of applicants for one of three $50,000 “Greens for Grads” scholarships. 

The scholarship is a part of the McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., Educates Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is for high school seniors who are planning to enroll as full-time undergraduate students at a college or university.

 This year, the McDonald’s Educates Scholarship Program offered two levels of scholarship awards. The General Level scholarship encompasses 60 scholarships in the amounts of $5,000 or $1,500 each. The Greens for Grads Level scholarship includes three scholarships in the amount of $50,000 each.

Precious Mathis won one of the $50,000 scholarships. 

She was told at the school in a surprise announcement on Monday, April 20. 

Jazz instrumentalist Paul Reisler performs at Hylton Center May 16

Enjoy an intimate concert of great folk-jazz sounds when world-class songwriter and instrumentalist Paul Reisler performs at the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Gregory Family Theater on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Guests will enjoy sitting at café tables as they take in an impressive musical fusion featuring Reisler’s inspiring songs and instrumentals, as well as Lea Morris’ “soul-folk” blend of gospel, jazz, country and R&B music, and Marshall Keys’ versatile saxophone style. 

With more than 3,500 concerts and 50 albums to his name, Paul Reisler has dedicated his musical career to sharing his songwriting talents with audiences of all ages. Reisler is the founder and director of the Kid Pan Alley™ Children’s Songwriting Project, a program that works with children in the creative process of songwriting, and has resulted in more than 2,500 songs that have been written with more than 35,000 children across the country. The project has released three CDs featuring collaborations with such world-class guest artists such as Sissy Spacek, Amy Grant and the band Cracker, among others. “The group of artists Mr. Reisler brought together are each extraordinarily talented, and the program was a beautiful melding of their artistry,” said the late Maestro Lorin Maazel and his wife, Dietlinde Maazel, founders of the Castleton Festival in Rappahannock County, Va. In addition to his work with Kid Pan Alley, Reisler was the co-founder and leader of Trapezoid, one of the nation’s most popular and influential acoustic bands, for more than 25 years; The Washington Post called the group “the finest folk group in America.” He currently leads the band Paul Reisler and A Thousand Questions. 

Program will be announced from the stage. 

This performance is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts

and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for PAUL REISLER are $25 for adults, $10 for youth through grade 12. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @Hylton_PAC.

Rosanne Cash to perform at Hylton Center June 26

The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas welcomes a singer-songwriter the Library of Congress called “one of the most compelling figures in popular music” when Grammy Award-winning musician and storyteller Rosanne Cash makes her first appearance on the Hylton Center’s Merchant Hall stage on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8 p.m. as a Hylton Center Extra!

In “The River & The Thread In Concert,” Cash performs songs from her recent three Grammy Award-winning album, “The River & The Thread,” a musical travelogue that connects her personal and family history and heritage to the people, places, events and culture of the American South; she will also perform chart-topping hits from throughout her career. Written with her longtime collaborator, producer, guitarist and husband John Leventhal, “The River & The Thread” reflects Cash’s journeys throughout the Southern landscape, with stops to William Faulkner’s house; Dockery Farms, the plantation where Howlin’ Wolf and Charley Patton worked and sang; her father’s boyhood home in Dyess, Ark.; the Sun Records Studio in Memphis; and the Mississippi Delta, with its memories of the birth of the Civil Rights era and the haunting gravesite of the great bluesman Robert Johnson.

“I went back to where I was born, and these songs started arriving in me,” Cash has said of her travels that shaped the album. “All these things happened that made me feel a deeper connection to the South than I ever had. We started finding these great stories, and the melodies that went with those experiences. I feel this record ties past and present together through all those people and places in the South I knew and thought I had left behind.”

“The River & The Thread” won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album and the song “A Feather’s Not a Bird” won the Grammy Awards for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song. USA Today called the album “captivating … haunting … the finest of her career.”

As part of country music’s legendary Cash and Carter families, Cash takes great pride in her lineage, but has spent more than three decades carving out her own place in music history. Her distinctive voice and rich sound that straddles country, folk, rock, blues and American roots music is perfect to tell stories of heartbreak and healing through her poignant and passionate songs. Throughout her career, Cash has released 15 albums and four books, including the best-selling memoir, “Composed.” She has earned four Grammy Awards and 12 nominations,the Americana Honors and Awards’ Album of the Year Award and 21 Top 40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. For more information about Rosanne Cash, please visit

Guided wetlands hike at Crow’s Nest preserve in Stafford May 2

A field day at Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford County will be Saturday, May 2, starting at 9 a.m. Participants will see various plant life while on a guided hike through wetlands and rolling landscape. 

The field day is free, but reservations are required. Call 804-786-7951 to reserve a spot. The event is limited to 80, and reservations are first-come, first-served. Driving directions will be provided to registrants.
Participants should wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes and expect to walk up to 4 miles. The field day will take place rain or shine.
Crow’s Nest is a peninsula between Accokeek and Potomac creeks. The 2,872-acre preserve contains mature hardwood forest and some of the best examples of diverse, intact wetlands in the Potomac River region. It supports habitat for a variety of species, including bald eagles, migratory birds, the federally endangered short-nosed sturgeon and 22 plant species important to Virginia’s Coastal Plain. 

Crow’s Nest was designated a natural area preserve in 2009 and is co-owned by Stafford County and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Stafford Anytime Fitness offers ‘free workout Saturdays” in May

Get ready for some outdoor fitness fun! Anytime Fitness of Stafford is hosting fun-infused exercises like tug-of-war and relay races at Fredericksburg Christian School – Stafford Campus, located at 101 Shepherds Way, Stafford, VA at 8 a.m. every Saturday during the month of May.

The five consecutive “Free Workout Saturdays” will be led by certified personal trainers and are designed for people of every fitness level. They are open to all adults, not just Anytime Fitness members. The concept, inspired by grassroots efforts of a few Anytime Fitness clubs that regularly offer free outdoor “boot camps,” has grown into a nationwide campaign to promote physical fitness.

“We want our community to be as healthy and active as possible – and we hope that the Free Workout Saturdays will show folks that exercise can be fun,” said Alex Diaz, co-owner of Anytime Fitness. “We hope this is the jumpstart and motivation to continue their own healthier lifestyle journeys.”

Anytime Fitness in Stafford is one of more than 1,000 Anytime Fitness clubs across the U.S. that will host the free outdoor exercise sessions.

Virginians for the Arts to give $50K to local arts groups

Virginians for the Arts (VFTA), in partnership with Dominion Resources, is proud to announce the 5th Annual Dominion ArtStars Awards. The 2015 awards will celebrate arts and education in the community, recognizing arts organizations that best demonstrate and advance the synergy of arts and education. These awards emphasize the contributions of arts organizations through their partnership and collaboration with schools across the Commonwealth.

“The Dominion ArtStars Awards offer arts organizations in Virginia the opportunity to be recognized on a statewide platform,” said VFTA Executive Director Petrina Jones. “We are grateful for Dominion’s continued partnership with VFTA to celebrate the meaningful social and economic impact of the arts and appreciate Dominion’s commitment to helping the environment, critical community needs, and education.”

“Dominion is pleased to partner with VFTA in honoring these exceptional arts programs across the Commonwealth,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “We value their contributions toward building vibrant communities and driving a stronger economy.”

Applicants may select one program serving Pre-K through 12th Grade students for consideration in the following categories:

Shining Star Award ($5,000). VFTA and Dominion will present one Shining Star Award to a Virginia organization with (i) a qualifying arts and education program in existence for six or more years and (ii) an annual budget of $1 million or higher.

Regional Shining Star Awards ($5,000 each). VFTA and Dominion will present five regional Shining Star Awards, one in each region to an arts organization with (i) a qualifying arts and education program in existence for six or more years and (ii) with an annual budget of less than $1 million. 

Rising Star Awards ($1,000 each). VFTA and Dominion will present two Rising Star Awards, each to a Virginia organization with a qualifying arts and education program in existence for three to five years, regardless of annual budgets. 

Virginians for the Arts will accept entries beginning April 16th and ending June 19th by email at . Applicants must be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations headquartered in Virginia. Judging will occur over the summer and award winners will be announced in September with official recognition to follow. Entry forms are available at 

Student winners announced for STEM competition at GMU

George Mason University hosted a crowd of more than 800 from nearly 50 K-12 schools at its Fairfax campus for the 4th annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) April 9. Each year, SEAS provides an opportunity for regional K-12 students to compete in events that showcase their talents using science and technology to solve environmental problems.

“This event is a fun and educational way to develop budding engineers and future scientists that could help solve our environmental problems,” said Dr. Cynthia Smith, George Mason organizer and K-12 Education Director for the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC).

Students from Alexandria City, Arlington, Falls Church City, and Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William County Public Schools competed in science and engineering competitions and engaged in inquiry-based STEM activities.

In the KidWind Challenge, 60 middle and high school students competed by testing the energy output and design of their wind turbines and demonstrating their knowledge of wind energy and engineering. The top three teams in each division qualify to compete in the KidWind Eastern Regional Finals at James Madison University on April 25, 2015. The teams include: Lanier Middle School, Kenmore Middle School, and Piney Branch Elementary School; and Massanutten Technical Center, Alleghany High School, and Fauquier High School.

Students also participated in Caring for Our Watersheds, an environmental, educational competition that encourages innovative ideas to help improve local watersheds. Top winners George Washington Middle School, Lanier Middle School, and Kenmore Middle School took home a combined $6,000 in cash prizes from the competition.

In addition, several schools participated in the environmental Showcase, presenting their projects to improve the sustainability of their community. The Fairfax County Federation of Teachers presented the “Dynamic Young Visionaries” award to two schools for demonstrating outstanding environmental stewardship with innovative and collaborative problem-solving strategies: Hollin Meadows Elementary School and Longfellow Middle School.

Two new events this year included a recycled mascot competition, which yielded creative and inspiring designs made completely of recycled materials, and a tour for high school students interested in the George Mason’s STEM offerings.

The 2015 SEAS was hosted jointly hosted by Mason’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, NoVA Outside, and Earth Force and coordinated with the James Madison University Center for Wind Energy. A 4-VA Grant, which fosters collaboration among Virginia universities, supported outreach and community engagement for the event.

Partnering organizations included: City of Alexandria, Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Audubon Naturalist Society, BMW, Environmental Protection Agency, Fairfax Co. Dept. of Public Works and Environmental Services, Fairfax Co. Park Authority, GMU Honey Bee Initiative, GMU Upcycling Club, Gulf Branch Nature Center, iSchool for the Future, Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, Operation Patriotic STEM, Project Learning Tree, Society of American Military Engineers, Sweet Virginia Foundation, The Nature Generation, Thompson Creek Window Company, and US Fish and Wildlife Service.           

Mt. Zion historic park opens for “Eyewitness to War” tours

The historic 1851 Mt. Zion Baptist Church, sitting alongside Rt. 50 east of Gilbert’s Corner, will open its doors to the public on the 4th Sundays of the month beginning on April 26th, from 1p.m. to 5p.m.  It will be open each fourth Sunday of the month through October.

Used as a place of worship by members of the Old School Baptists from 1851 until 1980, Mt. Zion Church and its adjoining cemetery witnessed fighting during the Civil War, but also served in the aftermath of battle as a hospital for the wounded and as a final resting place for some who fought in the war.  It’s also known as the first, and frequent, meeting site of Confederate guerilla fighter John Singleton Mosby and his Rangers, and saw intermittent use as a barracks and prison during the war. 

As in past years, the 4th Sunday programs will highlight the Civil War history of the church, but visitors will also hear of its early beginnings as a place of worship in the Aldie community.  Local historian Wynne Saffer will share the church’s history, as well as that of the adjacent cemetery.  Volunteer Jim Cromer will be on hand to interpret the use of the site as a field hospital after the cavalry battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville in June of 1863, and historic graffiti found on sections of the interior walls will be on view.  According to Site Manager Tracy J. Gillespie, “Mt. Zion is one of several sites where soldiers from both North and South spent time, recuperating from wounds or illness. Perhaps as a way to say ‘I was here and I mattered,’ they sometimes signed their names and regiment affiliation on the walls.”  Mt. Zion is one of five sites featured on the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti Trail.

Admission to the fourth Sunday programs & tours is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. 

For more information, contact Tracy J. Gillespie at or call her at Aldie Mill Historic Park, 703-327-9777. Mt. Zion Historic Park is owned and operated by NOVA Parks.  For more information, visit

Skyline Drive in Stafford closed due to failed pipe

Route 615 (Skyline Drive) in Stafford County is closed to through traffic between Cropp Road and Hartwood Road due to a failed drainage pipe. 

The road will be closed to through traffic until a replacement pipe is installed. 

Once high water at the pipe location has receded, a new pipe will be installed and the road can be re-opened. The pipe installation is scheduled to occur this week, weather permitting.

Approximately 350 vehicles a day travel Skyline Drive.

1st Annual ‘John “Mac” McDonald Poker Run’ scheduled for May 16

On May 16, Stafford Volunteer Fire Department, Station 2, and Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club (MC), Station 161, will join forces to host the First Annual “John “Mac” McDonald Poker Run, a motorcycle event to raise money for the newly established “John McDonald Scholarship Fund.”

The Poker Run will bring together motorcycle clubs and enthusiast alike in Mac’s memory so that riders can share stories about Mac and his life-long contribution to Public and Fire Safety, which spans decades. 

In the process, motorcycle riders will follow a pre-described route with five stops along the way.  At the end of the run the rider with the best poker hand wins. 

In the process folks get to ride their motorcycles, make new friends and remember a dear friend.   Proceeds, including a raffle, will help to fund the scholarship designed to help provide much needed financial aide to worthy higher education candidates.

On May 30, 2014 Battalion Chief John “Mac” McDonald was scheduled to complete his tour of duty where he was about to complete his shift.  Unfortunately, this was to be Chief McDonald’s final tour of duty.  John passed away early that morning resulting in a line of duty death.

John was a Navy veteran and a long-time Fire official of the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) where he served as Battalion Chief at the Naval District of Washington Fire and Emergency Services Central Division.

During his extensive career John also served as Chief for the Stafford County Virginia Volunteer Fire Department, Station 2, where he was a Life Member. 

John was also a Charter Member of the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club, Station 161 (Northern Virginia), where he shared his passion for riding motorcycles with other Fire and Emergency Service First Responders and those affiliated with fire service.

Project Mend a House ‘Spring Spruce Up’ draws 60 volunteers

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Project Mend-A-House’s (PMAH) inaugural Spring Spruce Up on April 11 saw 60 volunteers tackle major home improvement projects to improve the lives of low income seniors.

Following up on the success of PMAH’s Fall Fit-It, volunteers worked at three locations to make a variety of repairs to the homes of seniors. Volunteers helped with a variety of indoor and outdoor repairs, painting and yard work. The work of these volunteers will raise the quality of life for these PMAH clients.

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out and made this day such a success.

Project Mend-A-House, a local 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, committed to making a difference in the lives of low income seniors by making home repairs to make their homes more livable and has been serving the residents of Prince William, City of Manassas and the Manassas Park areas for over 30 years. For more information or to volunteer, please contact PMAH at 703-792-7663.

Woodbridge high school to host 5K for JROTC on April 25


On April 25, Woodbridge Senior High School is hosting a 5K to commemorate 99 years of the JROTC.

Cost is free for cadets all others, $15.00 donation for runner’s bib and T-Shirt.

On site registration starts at 10:00 A.M., runners/walkers with disabilities starts at 11:30 A.M. and run starts promptly at 12:00 P.M.

The race will take place at Occoquan Regional Park, Ox Road, Lorton, VA

Woodbridge Senior High School is doing the run as a way of celebrating 99 years of JROTC, while also trying to beat the world record for “most people running a 5K at the same time,” and rising funds for the Mane Program.

To get involved, all you have to do is register at then select
“Woodbridge High School- Occoquan Regional Park, 9751 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079”
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UMW President Hurley announces retirement

At a meeting of the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors today, President Richard V. Hurley announced his plan to retire, effective June 30, 2016. 

Hurley, who has served as UMW’s ninth president since July 1, 2010, has made clear his desire to spend more quality time with his family. Prior to being named president, he had already announced his retirement plans. At that point, he had served Mary Washington for a decade in various positions, including executive vice president and chief financial officer, and twice as acting president.

Hurley, who has presided over the institution during a time of nearly unprecedented capital expansion, indicated that he is announcing his plans now to ensure that the Board of Visitors has sufficient time to conduct a national search to name his successor. “I believe that 2016 is the right time, both for the University and for me, to effect this transition,” he said. “I am confident that I will have achieved the primary goals I established for my presidency, including the completion of our $50 million Mary Washington First campaign.”

In his statement to the Board, Hurley noted that after a long and diverse career in higher education, he especially looks forward to spending time with his wife, Rose, who also has been a tireless ambassador for UMW, their three adult children, and seven grandchildren ­–– all of whom reside in the Richmond, Virginia, area.

Holly T. Cuellar ’89, rector and spokesperson for the Board of Visitors, said, “The Board sadly accepts President Hurley’s announcement to retire. He truly has been a transformative leader on our campus and a visionary in higher education.

“He has advanced the University of Mary Washington and the institution’s ability to serve the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond,” Cuellar continued. “History will show that his tenure as president was the perfect pairing of strategic vision, innovation and productivity.

“Obviously,” she added, “while we will miss President Hurley and Rose, the Board wishes his family all the best in retirement and offers gratitude for their service to the University and to the Commonwealth.”

As President, Hurley has been responsible for implementation of the University’s 2009-2014 Strategic Plan, as well as launching the development of a new strategic plan that will be announced this year. He has directed numerous facilities and capital projects, including construction of the Anderson Center convocation and athletics arena, as well as the design and construction of Mary Washington’s third campus, the Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research in King George County. Other facilities improvements under his leadership include numerous building renovation and expansion projects, completion of the newly-opened 72,000 square-foot Information and Technology Convergence Center, and design and construction of the 100,000 square-foot University Center, which will open this fall.

Hurley serves as a board member of the University of Mary Washington Foundation where he played a key role in the acquisition and development of the Eagle Village mixed-use venture.  Eagle Village includes apartments housing 600 UMW students, a pedestrian bridge spanning Route 1, commercial retail and office space, a parking facility, and a Hyatt Place Hotel. This partnership between the University, the UMW Foundation, and the City of Fredericksburg has been highly acclaimed as a model of effective public-private partnership, successful regional economic development, and community revitalization.

Beyond campus, Hurley is recognized as an active community leader and is strongly committed to regional engagement and economic development. He has served as chair of the board of directors of the Rappahannock United Way, a director of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the board of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance. President Hurley formed the UMW Center for Economic Development and has engaged a wide variety of community and business leaders in the development of a regional economic development plan.  Hurley also established the Town and Gown Committee, a group of University and city officials and citizens, who work to strengthen the University’s relationships with the community.

Earlier this year, he received the Chamber’s Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award, annually presented to an individual who has provided a lifetime of service to the Fredericksburg region.

On a statewide level, Hurley has served as chair of the Virginia Council of Presidents, and he was appointed by the governor to Virginia’s Higher Education Advisory Committee. According to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, “President Hurley’s unwavering leadership, thoughtful approach, and dedication to engagement at all levels will be sorely missed.”

 Hurley has been a hands-on and highly visible president, engaging regularly with students and visitors to campus. He helps out on move-in day, shows up in the student dining room, occasionally calls Bingo, assists with student service projects, and enjoys attending University events, such as sports contests, plays, concerts, lectures, and student programs.

During his presidency, the University of Mary Washington has continued to garner widespread media recognition as one of the nation’s best public liberal arts and sciences universities and one of the top values in higher education. Hurley is proud that UMW boasts some of the highest student retention and graduation rates among institutions of its type.

From 2013 to 2014, Hurley served as chair of the Virginia Council of Presidents, and he was appointed by the governor to Virginia’s Higher Education Advisory Committee. 

A native of New Jersey, Hurley earned a bachelor of science in environmental studies from Richard Stockton College, now Stockton University. He received a master of arts in public administration from Central Michigan University. He also holds certificates and diplomas from the University of Kentucky and Harvard University.

New Verizon location opened in Stafford

Today in Stafford, Verizon Wireless launched their newest “Smart Phone” location. 

Located just off I-95, and in close proximity to the Quantico Marine Base, it will serve as an ideal place for current and retired military, as well as the growing regional population, including Federal Government workers who reside in the area. Verizon is redefining retail, and the Smart Store concept is designed to make shopping for wireless devices and services more convenient and personalized for customers.

The ceremony took place from 9:30-10:00 AM, with brief remarks from the local Chamber of Commerce and included a $3,000 HopeLine check presentation to Empowerhouse, a local domestic violence prevention group. Through HopeLine, Verizon’s signature philanthropy program, the company helps domestic violence victims become survivors by collecting no-longer-used wireless phones and turning them into cash support for organizations nationwide. In 2014 alone, in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, Verizon Wireless awarded nearly $700,000 in HopeLine grants to 23 non-profit organizations across the region.              

The 5,300-square-foot location, at 100 Prosperity Lane in Stafford, Virginia, features the most advanced smartphones, tablets and wirelesss technology such as the ever-popular DROID and Samsung Galaxy lines and numerous other devices with Android, Windows, and Blackberry operating systems running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Verizon’s Smart Store retail concept showcases numerous interactive “Lifestyle Zones” for customers to engage with specialists and experience hundreds of smart accessories, gadgets, apps and services. These Lifestyle Zones include:

  • Get Fit – tech gear for the active sports and fitness buff
  • Amplify It – numerous Bluetooth speakers and more for the music aficionado
  • Have Fun – smart toys, games and wireless gaming accessories for the family
  • Home and On The Go – devices for home monitoring and energy management
  • Anywhere Business – technology for the mobile professional and entrepreneur

“Customer response to our new design has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Marquett Smith, Verizon Wireless Regional President. “Shoppers who walk through the door are amazed to see the wide-array of tech products and solutions that can help them do everything from lose weight, to sleep better, to reduce home energy consumption, to keep their kids, homes and cars safe.”

An expanded area is available for free in-store customizable wireless workshops that provide for personalized hands-on training, with both basic and advanced classes for all operating systems and a variety of devices and smart accessories. Schedules are posted at the store with registration and information available online at

With the barriers of the counter and cash register removed, representatives in the newly redesigned stores are also able to spend more time with customers. The company is also integrating systems to make it easy for customers to do business with Verizon Wireless across all contact points — online, in stores and through telesales.

Business hours for the new store, located at 100 Prosperity Lane are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Verizon products and plans also are available at dozens of authorized retailers in the area. For more information on Verizon Wireless technology, visit

Quantico Noise Advisory Week of April 18 – 24

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. 18-24.

Monday, Apr. 20 – Demolition training is scheduled 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr. 21 – Demolition training is scheduled from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Apr. 22 – Demolition training is scheduled from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 23 – Demolition training is scheduled from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 24 – Demolition training is scheduled from 7 a.m. – 6 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.**

Noise advisories for the upcoming week will be posted every Friday to Marine Corps Base Quantico’s website ( and official Facebook page ( 

Kickin’ Bass fishing tournament in Woodbridge May 15

The Sheriff’s Offices’ of Stafford and Prince William County are hosting their Kickin’ Bass fishing tournament on May 15.

The tournament will take place at Leesylvania State Park from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The check-in time for the event is at 6 a.m. that morning.

To register, it costs $50 per person, $10 per big fish or a total of $100 or $120 per boat.

There is a maximum of 100 boats allowed to participate in the tournament. 

To register, residents must contact the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office at 703-792-5817 or at the ramp the day of the event.

There is a 100% payout to the winner of the tournament.

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Boy Scouts of America to host sporting clays tournament May 7-8

The Boy Scouts of America are hosting the National Capital Area Sporting Clays Tournament on May 7-8 in Haymarket.

The competition will take place at Camp William B. Snyder on both days.

On May 7, participants will take part in a VIP clinic with Redskins Hall of Famer Dave Butz, and on May 8 will clay shoot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

According to a release, there are 4 shooters allowed per team.

Prizes for the top shooting teams and individuals will be awarded at the end of the competition. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available for those that wish to support the Boy Scouts of America.

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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

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 or contact Ia Gomez at

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