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Heat wave to impact area just before start of summer

The heat is on.

Temperatures on Monday will rise into the mid-90s with a heat index value as high as 102 under mostly sunny skies. That means temperatures will feel like they are in the triple digits. 

Monday night, low temperatures will drop into the high 70s.

Tuesday brings a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Still hot, high temperatures will hover in the low 90s across the region.

On Tuesday night, we’ll feel temperatures in the low 70s.

It’ll be relatively cooler on Wednesday with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. Rain showers are in the forecast on Wednesday through the weekend.

Summer officially arrives on Thursday.

The Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department on Friday reminded parents and drivers to never leave children or pets inside hot cars and to always check the back seat before getting out of the car.

People exposed to high temperatures are also more susceptible to hypothermia. The symptoms include sudden dizziness, cramps, or fatigue.

Fire and rescue officials also remind residents to check on elderly residents and make sure they have electric fans or to take them to air-conditioned buildings like shopping malls, libraries, or other community facilities.

At last but not least, drink plenty of water all day long.

Didlake workers take their strike to company’s Manassas headquarters

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Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center tops in treatment of heart attack patients

American College of Cardiology NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care

Sentara Heart and Vascular Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Sentara Heart and Vascular Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures.

Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, Chair, ACTION Registry; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

“The Cardiac Catheterization lab achievements in the ACTION Registry is an attestation of all hard work poured into the endeavors of the EMS, Emergency Department and Cardiovascular service line.  The efforts of all of our health care team cannot be overstated in providing state-of-the-art, lifesaving procedures to the most common and lethal disease of our century.  We praise and support all the staff who devoted their time and hearts to raise the level of care in our beloved community,” said Dr. Khalid Abousy, Medical Director of the Interventional Cardiology at Sentara Heart and Vascular Center in Woodbridge, Virginia.

ACTION Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.

Motorcyclist, 63, dies in Liberia Avenue crash

From Manassas police:

Fatal Accident

On June 12, 2018 at approximately 4:43 p.m., officers of the Manassas City Police Department responded to the area of Liberia Ave and Ivy Glen Ct for a report of an accident. The investigation revealed the driver of a motorcycle was travelling on Liberia Ave and collided with a vehicle turning onto Liberia Ave from Ivy Glen Ct.

The driver of the motorcycle was transported to a local area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The victim was identified as George SANDERS, a 63 year-old resident of Manassas.

The investigation is ongoing.

Prince William Conservation Alliance Named ‘One of the Best’ nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

From a press release: 

After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected Prince William Conservation Alliance to be part of the Class of 2018-19. Prince William Conservation Alliance has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 120+ experts in the local philanthropic field, and has met the Catalogue’s high standards.

Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are worthy of their support. Prince William Conservation Alliance’s mission is to inspire community action and create sustainable communities for all.

This year the Catalogue celebrates its 16th anniversary: since its inception it has raised $40 million for nonprofits in the region. It also offers trainings, neighborhood-based opportunities for collaboration, and a speakers series for individuals who want to learn about and engage with the needs, challenges, and accomplishments of our shared community.

This year, reviewers helped select 77 charities to feature in the print edition, 38 of which are new to the Catalogue this year. It also selected an additional 49 nonprofits to be re-featured on its website. The network now includes 400+ vetted nonprofits working in the arts, education, environment, and human services sectors throughout Greater Washington.

“People want to know where to give and they need trusted information. Based on our in-depth review, we believe that Prince William Conservation Alliance is one of the best community-based nonprofits in the region,” says Bob Wittig, Executive Director of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Executive Director Kim Hosen says, “Prince William Conservation Alliance is delighted to recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Since 2002, our work has opened doors to community action, from reclaiming native habitats to support for smart growth initiatives. This important recognition highlights the value of our hard work and helps us advance our goals over the next 16 years.”

A new look for Prince William Medical Center

MANASSAS — It’s almost like having a new hospital.

Officials on Thursday gathered at Novant/UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center in Manassas on Tuesday to usher a new era at the medical facility.

Among the new features is a fully redone building facade facing Sudley Road, and a healing garden designed to provide green space and respite for hospital visitors.

The new glass facade modernizes the 56-year-old building and is fully new glass to brighten up the place. Inside, there’s a new patient corridor and mechanical enhancements that hospital officials said will provide a better private room experience.

The building is also now more energy efficient, and it features, last but not least, a newly redesigned gift shop.

Community leaders gathered at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 for a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the changes at the hospital.

The healing garden was designed and planted in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener’s program.

The total cost of the renovations at the hospital is $38 million.

Prince William Medical Center is located at 8700 Sudley Road in Manassas.

Police break up hotel brawl outside Manassas

From Prince William police: 

Malicious Wounding – On June 12 at 5:45PM, officers responded to the Wyndham Garden hotel located at 10800 Vandor Ln in Manassas (20109) to investigate an assault. The investigation revealed that the accused was involved in a verbal altercation inside one of the hotel rooms with an acquaintance, a 33-year-old man, which escalated.  During the encounter, the accused began to fight with the victim. When the victim attempted to call police, the accused grabbed the phone and prevented the victim from completing the phone call. The accused chased after the victim when he attempted to flee the room and ran into the hallway. The accused caught the victim and continued to assault him until the parties eventually separated. When officers arrived, the located the accused a short time later and detained him without incident. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Khoran Zeine POPE, was charged.
Arrested on June 12:

Khoran Zeine POPE, 25, of 225 Diamond Dr in Walkersville, Maryland
Charged with malicious wounding and preventing the summoning of a law enforcement officer
Court Date: July 26, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Full STEAM Ahead at New Everbrook Academy Preschool in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE – Tomorrow’s leaders are hard at work exploring, discovering and having serious fun in Gainesville as they prepare for future success. Classes are now underway at Everbrook Academy of Gainesville, where children are among the first in the country to hone their critical thinking and collaborative skills at this unique early education experience.

Everbrook Academy is a new 21st century preschool designed to nurture young learners’ abilities as natural-born scientists and engineers while preparing them to navigate a changing world.

Emphasizing hands-on learning in STEAM – science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics – Everbrook Academy connects academic skills to practical application, bringing concepts to life in ways that are meaningful for children. The newest offering in early education leader Learning Care Group’s family of schools, Everbrook Academy builds on the company’s half-century of experience in inspiring children to love learning.

Ready for School, Ready for Life
Everbrook Academy brings the world into every classroom, encouraging children to think about what they’re learning and explore concepts in a fun and holistic way. It nurtures children’s critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration – four essential elements that will be integral in shaping their future.

“Our leading-edge new program at Everbrook Academy will prepare our next-generation leaders and innovators academically, physically and socially for future success, while introducing them to an ever changing, technology driven world,” said Barbara Beck, CEO, Learning Care Group.

The program at Everbrook Academy combines passionate, credentialed teachers, a research-driven curriculum and personalized learning experiences. Each classroom provides a stimulating environment with STEAM-inspired technology, tools and toys. Supported by Learning Care Group’s exclusive School Readiness Pathway, the proprietary curriculum is designed to address the specific needs of children based on age and individual pace of development, starting in infancy.

At the heart of Everbrook Academy is the Brook, a community activity room that provides an inviting gathering spot for children of all ages. It features cozy reading nooks with books, an interactive virtual playground with fun and educational collaborative games, a performance stage, and STEAM zones. Here, children can construct robots, design and build structures, try their hand at composing music, solve puzzles, learn about codes, and more.

“At Everbrook Academy, we’re uniquely and intentionally planning individualized learning experiences for real children, in real time, readying them for a society that is increasingly dependent on STEAM skills,” said Dr. Susan Canizares, Chief Academic Officer, Learning Care Group. “Parents will have a personalized, custom experience for their children at Everbrook which they are unlikely to find anywhere else.”

Everbrook Academy in Gainesville is located at 7550 Nolan Road and is now enrolling students. Other locations will be available to families in select markets nationwide – including schools in Arlington and Bristow, Va. Program offerings include classes for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, with before- and after-school clubs for school-age students.

For more information, call 866-222-0269 or visit: everbrookacademy.com. Here’s a glimpse of the fun hands-on learning now underway at other Everbrook Academy locations.