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Manassas to hold annual business appreciation breakfast

Manassas will hold its business appreciation event on Tuesday, May 10.

The city tells us: 

“We are excited to announce Scott Ralls,Ph.D., President of Northern Virginia Community College as our keynote speaker.  NVCC is one of the largest community colleges in the nation and is a tremendous asset for our region. Dr. Ralls is widely recognized as an innovator in workforce development and an expert in the roll of higher education in spurring economic development.” 

The breakfast will be held at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Downtown Manassas. The event is open to city businesses that register to attend

Manassas Park man charged with child pornography possession

A Manassas Park man faces federal child pornography charges to include seven counts of production of child pornography in addition to counts of distribution and possession of child pornography.

From a press release: 

According to the indictment, Michael Gerald Moody, 44, among other things, used, employed, and coerced a child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of that conduct.  He also distributed those images to others through the use of the mobile messaging application Kik Messenger. 

The case is being investigated by the FBI with the assistance of the Manassas Park Police Department.  Trial Attorney Kyle P. Reynolds of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay V. Prabhu of the Eastern District of Virginia are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Five reasons to visit Manassas National Battlefield Park for National Park Week

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Saturday marks the start of National Park Week in the U.S. 

The event runs through April 29 and encourages residents to get out and explore their national parks. There are multiple National Parks in Prince William County to include Manassas Battlefield and Prince William Forest National Parks. 

The Friends of the Manassas Battlefield National Park sent us this note highlighting five things to do to support the hallowed ground that will forever be known as the place where the Civil War began: 

One of our most important is in our own backyard. Located in Prince William and Fairfax Counties, Virginia, just outside of the City of Manassas, Manassas National Battlefield Park preserves and protects the sites of the Civil War Battles of First and Second Manassas. Celebrate National Park Week!

Celebrate your legacy. Honor what happened at Manassas over 150 years ago. It’s your story! It’s your park.

Here five ways to support Manassas National Battlefield Park this week:

1. Visit the park. Check out the park website for location and scheduled activities nps.gov/mana. If you have never been, it’s time. If you have already visited, it’s time to come back.

2. Learn what happened here in 1861 and 1862. What caused the War? What is its Legacy? Why did the first major land battle of the war happen at Manassas?

3. Enjoy the Virginia countryside and the park’s nearly 50 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. See the landscape that the soldiers saw over 150 years ago.

4. Volunteer at the Park. Contact the park’s Volunteer Coordinator, 703-361-1339 ext. 1211. We can always use the help.

5. Join the Manassas Battlefield Trust and join likeminded citizens, a non-profit organization, and businesses committed to the belief that “History Matters.” See below to join or for more information.

National Parks in the Fredericksburg area include the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

 

Victim bitten during sex assault inside lingerie store

From Prince William police: 

Sexual Assault – On April 16 at 8:45PM, officers responded to the Le Tache Couple Boutique located at 10346 Portsmouth Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate an assault. The investigation revealed that an unknown male entered the business and approached a female employee who was standing behind a counter. During the encounter, the male went behind the counter and bit the employee.

When the victim pushed the suspect out from behind the counter, he began pacing around her then inappropriately touched her. At some point, the suspect forced his way back behind the counter and attempted to lift up the victim’s skirt.

The suspect eventually left the business when the victim contacted police. Officers searched the area for the suspect who was not located. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

A Hispanic male, 5’09”, 200lbs, with a heavy build

BadWolf downsizing: The latest in a downturn for the once blossoming local craft brewing industry

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Free document shred event for Prince William area residents

From a press release: 

The Prince William County Solid Waste Division will hold a free document shred event for Prince William area residents on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at two locations: Prince William County Landfill, 14811 Dumfries Road, Manassas and Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Compost Facility, 13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA.

These events are open to residents only. No business or commercial shredding will be accepted. Residents may bring the equivalent of up to four boxes (18”x12”x15” or smaller) of paper for shredding at no charge.

Only confidential documents such as bank statements and tax returns are accepted. Nonconfidential documents such as junk mail should be recycled at the curb or citizen drop-off facilities. Paper clips (regular size) and staples do not have to be removed.

For other guidelines and restrictions visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling.



How an organ donation from a 25-year-old man gave Dan Nickloy as second-chance ‘miracle’ at life he’ll never forget

More than 115,000 men, women, and children sit on the transplant list, waiting for a miracle.

On average, 22 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time.  

Over the years, Diane Nickloy has cared for a number of those patients in her role as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse and Unit Coordinator at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. But, it was almost four years ago, roles were reversed when Diane learned her husband, Dan was in desperate need.

“My husband got sick very quickly,” remembers Diane, “Our daughter was getting married in May of that year and decided we needed to get healthy so that we’d look good in our tux and our dress. Dan hadn’t been to the doctors in 15 years, so he said, ‘I’m going to make an appointment and go,’ and he did. While he wasn’t feeling sick or anything, the doctor discovered an atrial flutter or abnormal heart rhythm. From there, the doctor decided to do lab work as a precaution. When the labs came back days later, it showed Dan had an abnormal liver function.”

Dan, who was just 61 at the time, went from feeling a little tired to dealing with a major health crisis.

“Once I had my diagnosis, my disease progressed rapidly,” remembers Dan. “I learned very early that transplant was the only cure. My first thought was I was going to die early and I wasn’t ready. I had a lot to do in life and I was going to miss out,” he said.

That May, Dan was able to walk his only daughter down the aisle at her wedding, but soon after he was admitted to the hospital.

“I was getting sicker. I didn’t think I was ever coming home, and prepared to say my goodbyes,” he remembers. “Then, one night the doctor came in, put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Mr. Nickloy, we have a liver. Are you ready to go?’”

Dan says that today, July 17, 2014, marks a miracle and the second chapter in his life.  

The Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) says that’s what it’s all about.

“Organ donation means lives saved!” explains Valerie Schneider, Media Relations and Communications Manager for WRTC, “For every organ donor, there’s the potential to save eight lives. For those waiting on the transplant list, there’s nothing more meaningful than the gift of life.”

In the DC metropolitan area, with thousands of people are on the transplant list, only about 67% of the adult population are registered as donors. One reason could be the myth that donors won’t receive the same level of care should they be injured or come to the hospital.

“When someone passes, they are evaluated by a highly skilled team to determine their donation capability. Nobody is ruled out for donation because of age, race, or social status; the medical evaluation determines the donation potential,” says Schneider.

The Nickloy family doesn’t know much about the person whose gift made Dan’s life possible, only that he was 25-years-old and killed in an automobile accident. While Dan has asked to meet the donor’s family, they haven’t taken him up on his request.

He just wants them to know how grateful he really is.

“I feel I was part of a miracle,” he says. “My only regret is I never got to meet the family who made the selfless act to donate their loved one’s organ in their time of grief, so I could live a better, fuller life.”

That fuller life includes the birth of his grandson, Brooks. While the donation of a liver, Dan wouldn’t have been alive to meet him.

It’s a gift he doesn’t take for granted.

“Today I feel great. I’m 65 and have more energy than I ever did. I have a positive outlook. I have changed my diet, I don’t smoke or drink. I don’t take a moment here on earth for granted. I make sure I spend time with family and friends, you never know what the future holds,” says Dan.

Dan also shares his experience with organ donation to raise awareness. He encourages people to become donors themselves.

“Organ donation is a gift to others that allows their life to go on. I want donor families to know that your generous decision to donate your loved ones’ organ will be received with dignity and respect.”

To learn more and to register to become a donor go to BeADonor.org.


Tour four beautiful homes at the Clifton Homes Tour for Charity

The Clifton Community Woman’s Club will host the 46th Annual Clifton Homes Tour and Silent Auction on Friday, May 18. Tour: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Silent Auction: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Clifton Presbyterian Church. Proceeds benefit the Club’s 501(c)(3) Charitable Trust and are distributed to local scholarships and charities.

The Tour offers guided tours of four beautiful homes in Clifton. Visitors can tour a farmhouse built in 1900 with furniture and antiques specific to Virginia. In another home, bold colors and true Williamsburg style combine to create a fun family atmosphere. A third home balances natural elements and 18th-century proportion. A fourth home is a Georgian hilltop manor with Virginia-made furniture and original artwork.

Free guided tours are offered for two historic churches: Clifton Baptist Church (1910) and Clifton Primitive Baptist Church (1871). Other events with free admission include a Silent Auction, Trinkets and Treasures, and wreath sale at the Clifton Presbyterian Church.

Tour tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 at local businesses: in Manassas at Flower Gallery; in Clifton at Adler’s Art & Frame, Belle Jar Design, and Hydrangea of Clifton; in Centreville at Banner’s Hallmark; in Burke at Five Star Hair, The Picket Fence, and The Yarn Barn; in Fairfax at Twinbrook Floral Design. Tickets are also available online for $30 at cliftoncwc.org or at Clifton Presbyterian Church (12748 Richards Ln, Clifton, VA 20124) the day of the tour.

Please visit cliftoncwc.org or contact Kay at kaygilbert@cox.net for more information.