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Call to Action: Ole Virginia Hams Amateur Radio Club starts training Sept. 27

Good Morning  Historic Manassas needs volunteers for their Steins, Wines & Spirits event on Saturday September 29th.  They have 3 shifts available- 7:30-10am, 11am-3pm and 2-5pm so you can volunteer and then enjoy.  It’s sure to be fun so please email Melissa at for all the specifics.

Prince William County Public Works needs volunteers on Saturday October 6th at 8am for a clean-up event at the Neabsco Creek Wetlands. Equipment and beverages provided but please wear comfortable boots or shoes, dress for the weather, bring gloves and safety goggles. This is a very rewarding environmental project.  Please call (703) 499-9812 to register.

The Autism Society of Northern Virginia needs volunteers on Saturday October 6th for their Annual Walk & Family Festival at the PWC Fairgrounds. Please email them for all the specifics at:

The Ole Virginia Hams Amateur Radio Club kicks off their next training series on September 27th at 7pm.  This one hour on-line series is every Thursday evening for 8 weeks. The training is free but you’ll need to buy the manual.  Please email Mark at: for more info.

The Greater Washington Heart Walk needs volunteers on November 3rd on the Mall as course marshal, set-up, sponsor assistance and more.  Volunteers must be 16 yrs. or accompanied by an adult. Please register on-line at: and click on detailed info for all the specifics.

Hurricane Florence is at the top of everyone’s mind along the east coast.  My colleagues at the Cape Fear Volunteer Center in Wilmington, NC will be managing volunteers when it is safe to proceed. If you are interested in clearing debris, serving food, transporting supplies, answering phones and mucking out basements then please register on their website: PLEASE DO NOT SELF DEPLOY!  Keep the first responders safe and wait to be called.  This is going to be a very long recovery.

Youth for Tomorrow is looking for male mentors to share their time and talent with a young man.  This promises to be a rewarding few hours per month, providing male youth with a positive role model to emulate.  Please fill out the volunteer application at

Prince William Conservation Alliance needs volunteers for the continuing buffer restoration on Minnieville Road on 9/26, 10/3and10, 20 from 10am-12pm.  Please RSVP to:

Prince William Recycles Day on Saturday October 13th from 10am-2pm needs volunteers ages 12 and up to help with all the fun activities.  This is a great teen project! Please contact Keep Prince William Beautiful at (571) 285-3772 or via email at: for all the latest info.

The Salvation Army is gearing up for their Angel Tree Program this fall.  Volunteers are needed to register families for just 2 hours a day on October 9, 10, 11 and 15th. at their Lake Ridge location.  Please contact Shawnte Brown at (703) 580-8991 to share the joy of the season.

The SERVE Shelter in Manassas is looking for volunteer groups to purchase, prepare and serve meals to the residents of the shelter. The dates needed are brunch on 10/6and 10/7, dinner on 10/14 and 10/28.  Gather up your favorite recipes and friends to share with the families at SERVE.  Please call Julie at (571) 748-2674 for more info.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver noon meals to homebound seniors throughout the community.  These meals are delivered Monday-Friday, no weekends, holidays and during periods of inclement weather. It takes about 2 hours to do your route and certainly can pick you day.  This is a perfect job if you can flex out of work for a little extra lunch period.  Please call Melodee at (703) 792-4583 to learn more.

Soroptimists International of Manassas is hosting Family Night Out events at local restaurants this fall.  Visit Jukebox Diner in Manassas through Nov. 22, Foster’s Grille in Old Town Manassas Sep. 27 and The Bone in Old Town Manassas Oct. 25 – a portion of your receipt will help this organization with their scholarship fund.  It’s a great way to get out of fixing dinner and support a worthy cause!  Please email for more information.

Keep Prince William Beautiful needs volunteers to help them at community fairs and festivals by manning their booth for a couple of hours each day.  You’ll receive all the training and information needed and this is a fun way to get out and meet people.  Some of the dates needed are 9/29, 9/30, 10/8 and 10/13.  Please call Nicole to learn more at (571) 285-3772.

Give the gift of literacy to local adults!  Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William is seeking volunteer tutors.  Previous experience is not necessary.  The next Tutor Training Workshop is November 3rd, 8:45 am-4pm and November 17th, 9am-12pm.  Attendance both days is required.  Please register at (703) 670-5702 or

The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation needs volunteers to help at the Prince William Half Marathon Sunday, September 30.  This super fun event is at Jiffy Lube Live!  Tasks include handing out water to the runners or manning the beer garden.  This is a family-friendly event for all ages 12 and up.  Please visit their website for all the specifics at

Mark your calendars for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday October 20 in Old Town Manassas.  Volunteers are needed for set-up, refreshments, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring.  You can sign up online at or email Ben at: to learn more.

ACTS is seeking volunteer groups of all sizes to assist with ongoing landscaping and beautification of the Beverly Warren Emergency Shelter.  Weekday/weekend opportunities are available.  It’s a wonderful team project for your office, and a great way to give back to the community!  Please visit, click on Volunteer and fill out a group application for consideration, or contact Tamika at to learn more.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to deliver noon meals through the Meals on Wheels Program.  Shifts are just 2-3 hours and available in throughout the greater area.  RSVP members receive a mileage reimbursement and additional insurance coverage at no cost to the volunteer.  Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 to learn more.

If you’re an administrative genius, Streetlight Community Ministries wants to meet you!  They have an urgent need for volunteer office workers on weekdays to help with basic admin duties, along with those fun, last-minute projects that always spring up.  Not only will you be supporting the staff, you’ll also be helping to support the homeless clients Streetlight serves, a win-win all around!  Please email to learn how you can make a difference.

If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William.  Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group projects and send you weekly updates if you’d like.  Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 2, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3.  Please visit our website at  Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Coates Ellis: Growing business in Manassas will ‘take the tax burden off families’

This is Theresa Coates Ellis’ second run for a seat on the Manassas City Council. 

Ellis ran unsuccessfully for council in 2016. Since then, she’s been a regular at business and community events. 

We sent a questionnaire to Coates Ellis. Her responses are below: 

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PL: What are the top three major issues facing the district you wish to represent?

Coates Ellis: 

1. Economic Development and Job Growth.
2. Quality Public Education
3. Fiscal Responsibility

PL: What concrete solutions do you propose to address these issues?

Coates Ellis:

1. Economic Development: I have a plan, “Grow the Manassas Business Landscape.” As a management, public relations and marketing professional, I will be your representative to attract new entrepreneurial businesses and help existing businesses thrive with easy guidelines with a “We’re Open for Business,” message.  Growing businesses will stop the tax increases on families.
2. Quality Public Education: Our students need to be career-ready as well as college-ready.  Expanding the Osbourn High School Career Technical Education (CTE) program with certified curriculums and internships will improve student career skills to contribute to higher education.
Promoting entrepreneurship to students and young professionals with education in school or in Centerfuse, our local business accelerator, will launch business growth in the City of Manassas.
Growing my “Shadow for a Day” program and “Find Your Passion” series with an ”Open for Business” message and will showcase our city as a business community that cares and invests in their students and young professionals by offering mentorships and shadow programs.
City council, the city staff, and the school board need to work together to set up a strategic plan so the community can participate in the education of our young population.
3.  Fiscal Responsibility:  Our city attracts families and homeowners because it is affordable.    As real estate assessments increase and as taxes increase, we will have an affordability crisis, especially for fixed income families.  Growing businesses will grow revenue to support our community to take the tax burden off families.
Public safety, traffic, and public image are priorities.  Safe neighborhoods for our families and businesses are necessary for a vibrant community.  I support improving traffic and walkability to get our citizens to work and for a better lifestyle in our City of Manassas. Our public image departments in our schools and city need to be expanded to continue sharing the events and news in our community.  Awareness and transparency are important to attract new residents and businesses to grow Manassas. 

PL: From your perspective, what is the job description of the office you’re seeking?

Coates Ellis: The Manassas City Council members serve their citizens as decision-makers for the community. The elected council hires the City Manager, who serves the council. Council supervises the manager’s performance.

Council responsibilities include approving the budget, determining the tax rate, strategizing and setting short-term and long-term community goals, major capital improvement projects, economic development, land use, and financing. The council represents the people and are the eyes, ears, and voice of the community.

PL: What expertise will you bring to the office?

Coates Ellis: As a mom to a family of six daughters and one son — all adults — I am a skilled at multi-tasking. I built my own business 30 years ago and have experience in strategic management and planning, marketing, promoting and as a connector in public relations, hiring professionals, making payroll, and making tough decisions. I have mentored and hired students and professionals in careers in education, healthcare, management, IT, marketing and the arts.

As a community volunteer leader, I have connected and surrounded myself with diversified people who share my dedication to the City of Manassas to get things done. I am a person of action who rises to a challenge.

I will expand my “Shadow for a Day” and “Find Your Passion” series launched this year to connect students and businesses to grow Manassas with mentorships, shadow opportunities and jobs.

I will initiate a Public Image Committee to appoint citizen ambassadors for the community to share events and news.

My “Grow the Manassas Business Landscape” program will attract new businesses and help existing businesses to flourish with easy guidance to grow and prosper.

PL: Do you think residents are well informed on the workings of local government? 

Coates Ellis: I do not feel that the average citizen is well-informed and understands the workings of local government. The city is a business. With my background in business, marketing, and public relations, I can understand a budget, will promote and increase awareness of the existing tools available on our website and in meet-ups.

Our Public Image Department is excellent but needs to be expanded with a Public Image Committee — ambassadors for the community to organically share news and events.

A video podcast or live broadcast series updating the public featuring special guests can bring awareness to local government, events and news. Partnering with private existing media businesses will help grow their business.

PL: Have you ever made any mistakes in your public life? How have they affected you?

Coates Ellis: My biggest regret was going to college for only two years as a young woman and delaying the finish until I was an adult with full career and family responsibilities. I had to pay for my own education so after two years as a young Business student at Millersville University, I paused my education to work to support my family and start and grow my business.

When my children were entering high school and college, I went back to finish school as an adult learner and it was very challenging to juggle a full-time job, raising a large family and go to school full time. I graduated cum laude in two years from George Mason University with a degree in Business Communication updating my Marketing and Public Relations skills. My children witnessed the struggle and focused on making their education a priority while working to contribute to their education.

My experiences in public life have all been positive because any diversion from a plan is a learning experience to grow my future.

PL: Our readers want leaders in local government. Why should they vote for you? 

Coates Ellis: I will work hard for you and your family as your representative in City Council to grow Manassas together.

I have worked in many industries from growing up in a “shop” as my entrepreneurial family grew their auto repair business in a city, as a shirt presser in a hot dry cleaning business, in banking, in finance, to building my own management, public relations, and marketing business.

I was a first generation high school graduate and later a college graduate. I built my own small business 30 years ago and sacrificed and faced the struggles of growing a large family, a small business and finishing college making tough decisions as I led professionals and staff and mentored students.

Volunteering in the community has always been a priority to give back to the City of Manassas. I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 6 to serve you and your family as your representative in Manassas City Council.

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George Mason University, Virginia Serious Game Institute and CenterFuse to collaborate

Strengthening Resources to Advance Business Startups

George Mason University, the Virginia Serious Game Institute (GMU/VSGI) and  CenterFuse CoWork Begin a Collaborative Partnership

Manassas, VA (Press Release) – George Mason University, the Virginia Serious Game Institute GMU/VSGI and CenterFuse CoWork (CenterFuse) are pleased to announce our new strategic partnership to develop sustainable social and economic value with the assistance of our resources located within GMU/VSGI and CenterFuse.  Our mutual goals are to advance and strengthen the business resources of GMU/VSGI and CenterFuse for high-tech startups, game-startups and small-business startups. Simultaneously, GMU/VSGI and CenterFuse will support research, educational, promotional, and strategic business partnership goals.

Through this collaboration, we seek to support the growth of Prince William County, the City of Manassas and surrounding area entrepreneurs by being the nucleus for where innovation happens.  Our collaborative mission will be focused on creating an environment to accelerate the vision of our startup companies by promoting innovative ideas through creativity, inspiration and strategy, commented Dr. Olivia M. Blackmon, Director of Corporation Outreach at George Mason University – Virginia Serious Game Institute.

“We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with GMU/VSGI. This is a wonderful platform to expand opportunities for both organizations to have access to educational forums, workshops, mentoring, business plan development, idea creation, and shared events”, commented Jackie Krick, CenterFuse Co-Founder and Partner.

To kick off our partnership, GMU/VSGI and CenterFuse will host an open house event for startups October 25th at CenterFuse.  Register to attend online at Eventbrite, event name: Get Serious. Get Startup.

The Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI), established in 2014, is located on the George Mason University Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County.  VSGI provides hands-on training, certification, research and development assistance, as well as rapid prototype development for the U.S. government.

CenterFuse, founded in 2016 is a unique, shared coworking space located in the heart of Historic Downtown Manassas at Center and Main Streets with a mission to empower entrepreneurs and startup small business ventures.

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Produce allegedly violated in Manassas grocery store

Now making national news, an alleged produce violation has resulted in an arrest of a Manassas man. From the Manassas City police report:

Destruction of Property/Indecent Exposure

On September 15, 2018 at approximately 4:37 p.m., officers of the Manassas City Police Department responded to 10100 Dumfries Rd (Giant Food) for a report of destruction of property. A loss prevention employee reported the suspect was seen picking-up produce, pulling down his pants, rubbing the produce on his buttocks, and replacing the produce back on the shelf. As a result, the store had to destroy several pallets of produce. The suspect, later identified as Michael Dwayne JOHNSON, was arrested by officers on-scene.

                Arrested: JOHNSON, Michael Dwayne, a 27-year-old resident of Manassas

                                Charges: Destruction of Property, Indecent Exposure


UMW poll shows Kaine ahead of Stewart, but race ‘likely to tighten up as the contest draws nearer’

The survey, conducted September 4-9 for UMW by the national research firm SSRS, found that Kaine had a 51 percent to 33 percent margin among registered voters and a 52 percent to 36 percent margin among likely voters. Libertarian candidate Matt Waters received 5 percent support in both subsets of Virginians.

Among all respondents, Kaine held a 49 percent to 30 percent advantage. The remaining respondents were uncertain or declined to express a preference.

“The latest Mary Washington survey demonstrates that Tim Kaine remains popular in Virginia,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies. “But any statewide election in ‘purple’ Virginia is likely to tighten up as the contest draws nearer.”

About one-third of those surveyed said that President Trump would be a major factor in their Senate vote, and Kaine had the support of those voters by a 60 percent to 35 percent margin. Stewart has the support of 92 percent who said they voted for Trump two years ago, while 93 percent of the Hillary Clinton supporters back Kaine, who was Clinton’s vice presidential running mate in 2016.

The Clinton-Kaine ticket carried Virginia by more than five percentage points that year.

Among Democrats, 90 percent support Kaine. Stewart has the support of 73 percent of Republicans, and Kaine picks up 15 percent.

“By September, successful candidates usually have their partisans locked down,” Farnsworth said. “That so many Republicans favor Kaine at this point in the election is terrible news for Corey Stewart.”

There is evidence of a substantial gender gap in voter preferences. Women favored Kaine by a 52 percent to 27 percent margin. Among men, Stewart was ahead, 55 percent to 47 percent.

Among Stewart supporters, 39 percent said that immigration was the most important problem facing the country, followed by 18 percent identifying the economy and jobs. Among Kaine’s supporters, 29 percent said health care was the most important issue, as compared to 17 percent saying the economy and jobs.

Kaine has a huge advantage in Northern Virginia, where he enjoys a 63 percent to 20 percent margin, and in Tidewater, where he enjoys a 50 percent to 28 percent margin. Respondents in the western regions of the state backed Stewart by a 44 percent to 33 percent margin, his best regional performance.

Among levels of education, Stewart did best with those who did not graduate from high school, where he had a 42 percent to 29 percent advantage over Kaine. Kaine did best with those who had at least a college degree, where he had a 61 percent to 24 percent advantage.

White respondents were divided, with 42 percent expressing support for Kaine and 41 percent expressing support for Stewart. African Americans favored Kaine by 71 percent to 4 percent for Stewart, as compared to a 51 percent to 11 percent margin favoring Kaine among Latinos.

Survey Information:

The University of Mary Washington’s Virginia Survey Fall 2018 obtained telephone interviews with a representative sample of 801 adults, ages 18 or older, living in Virginia. Telephone interviews were conducted by landline (281) and cell phone (520). The survey was conducted by SSRS. Interviews were done in English from September 4 to 9, 2018. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is ± 4.6 percentage points. For resulted based on registered voters [N=704] the margin of sampling error is ±5.0 percentage points. For resulted based on likely voters [N=512] the margin of sampling error is ±5.8 percentage points.

Updated: Fatal crash at Sudley Road and Godwin Drive investigated

Updated. From the Manassas City police report:

Fatal Crash Investigation

On September 17, 2018 at approximately 9:21 p.m., officers from the Manassas City Police Department responded to the intersection of Sudley Rd and Godwin Dr for a report of a single vehicle crash. The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was travelling on Godwin Dr when he suffered a medical emergency causing him to collide with a guardrail at the intersection of Godwin Dr and Sudley Rd. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced dead.   The victim has been identified as David Morales DAVIS, a 53 year-old resident of Manassas. 


MANASSAS — One person is dead after a crash late Monday in Manassas.

City police were called to the interaction of Sudley Road and Godwin Drive about 10:30 p.m.

Police have released few details about the crash. We’re told it involved one vehicle.

The crash scene was cleared shortly after 11 p.m.

Police said the crash is under investigation. Multiple lanes of Sudley Road were closed during the investigation.