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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 www.verizonwireless.com/workshops.

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 www.verizonwireless.com.

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 (www.quantico.marines.mil) and official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OfficialMarineCorpsBaseQuantico). 

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 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.


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.

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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.**

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