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New ad campaign aims to change the stigma of senior living centers

The thought of checking mom or dad into a senior living home usually doesn’t evoke smiles. 
A new advertising campaign aims to change that.
Thrive Senior Living, the company that owns and operates Tribute at The Glen in Woodbridge and Tribute and Heritage Village in Gainesville, has launched a new tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign to call attention to the changing face of senior care.
Their campaign features cheeky statements like, “They built you a mother-in-law suite. Too bad it comes with a son-in-law,” and “There’s a very good chance she could leave it all to the dog. We’ll give you a leg up.”  
“At Thrive, we believe standards for senior living have been too low for too long,” said Les Strech, President of Thrive, in a press release. “The benchmark of ‘providing great care’ causes residents to feel like objects in need of care — rather than individuals with a purpose and a great deal to offer others.  Thrive creates an environment where older adults can build new and meaningful relationships, and ‘great care’ follows as a natural result. Our new campaign intentionally crosses a line and illustrates our non-traditional approach. While we can grow gardenias and bake a killer cupcake with the best of them, this campaign illustrates our commitment to our residents’ greater wellbeing and sense of purpose.”
“When I first got involved with the senior living industry, I was honestly mortified, and I started looking into what our competitors were like. There was no life in the building, there was no energy, there was no excitement, you could tell there wasn’t a lot of thought put into the design. With that very first community I vowed, I’m going to do this differently,” said Jeremy Ragsdale, president and founder, in an interview on the company’s YouTube channel.
Thrive Senior Living provides assisted living and memory care communities that are disrupting the industry of elder care. Rather than simply providing a care facility, they are creating communities where seniors can thrive instead of just surviving. Seniors enjoy amenities like cocktail hours and fine dining. They promote independence and assist their members 24 hours a day.  
Thrive currently operates communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
This post is brought to you by Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas whose caregivers work with senior residents at Tribute at The Glen in Woodbridge and Tribute and Heritage Village in Gainesville every day. 

National Day of Service participants donate repair services to Vietnam veteran and wife

National Day of Service participants Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia have donated repair services to a Vietnam veteran and his wife. From the press release:

Vietnam Veteran and Wife will Benefit as Locally-Owned Mr. Handyman Franchise Donates Repair Services on Sept.7, 2018

Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia Participating in 2018 National Day of Service, Giving Back and Bringing the Community Together

WASHINGTON – Sept. 5, 2018 – As part of the National Day of Service, technicians from Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia – Arlington to Haymarket and Mr. Handyman of Fairfax and Eastern Loudoun will donate over 300 hours of repair and maintenance jobs on Friday, Sept.7, all without collecting a single penny in labor or material costs. Mr. Handyman, a Neighborly company, is part of the nation’s leading repair, maintenance and improvement franchise.

Mr. Handyman’s volunteer staff will visit the home of military veteran Joe Saitta and his wife, Sarah. Joe served in the 101st Airborne Division unit. As a former Combat Medic with 2/502 Joe received various citations for his incredible service inducing: The Silver Star, Army Commendation Ribbon with Valor Device, Purple Heart-Brave Eagle Coin and the Combat Medical Badge amongst others.

During his service, Joe was wounded in the Ashau Valley where he sustained wounds throughout his body. Sarah, who stands as a cancer survivor, is disabled as well with debilitating nerve damage in her legs.

Joe and Sarah are life members at VFW Post 1503. Mr. Handyman’s services will include repairing the rear deck, landscaping, power washing, remodeling Joe’s bathroom, installing grab bars and a tile backsplash in Sarah’s bathroom, replacing the rotted front door jamb and installing a front porch to help the Saittas live safely in their home.

This project is part of a national effort by Mr. Handyman where technicians from coast to coast are encouraged to reach out to a special local charity, organization or individual in need to offer their services. Jobs often range from fixing up living areas, kitchens, bathrooms or anything else that needs refurbishment and renovation. All projects are completed in honor of the 17th anniversary of 9/11.

“We are thrilled to be sharing our services with Joe and Sarah as part of Mr. Handyman’s National Day of Service campaign,” said Jo McCabe, owner of Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia – Arlington to Haymarket. “We are excited to be part of a national campaign that allows us to give back to our community, and we are excited to help those in need.”

The Sept.11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is a federally recognized day of service aimed at honoring the victims, survivors and those who served in response to the attacks and transforming the tragedy into a day of unity, empathy and positive service. Launched in 2002 by the non-profit MyGoodDeed, National Day of Service is the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement, with nearly 30 million Americans stepping out each September 11 to volunteer and support charities in honor of 9/11, according to 9/11 Day.

This marks the tenth consecutive year Mr. Handyman has rallied around the cause, donating more than 7,000 of labor to groups in need over the past nine years. The franchise will use its skilled technicians’ time this year to give back to local communities and bring people together for a positive cause.

“Our brand is made up of local entrepreneurs who thrive in their communities,” said Mr. Handyman President J.B. Sassano. “This campaign allows our franchisees to band together to give back to the local communities that they serve every day, especially during this time when we are honoring the lives and memories of 9/11 heroes. We look forward to bringing people together all across the nation for a positive cause.”

About Mr. Handyman®

Mr. Handyman®, a Neighborly company, is North America’s leading commercial and residential property maintenance, repair and improvement company. With more than 200 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, Mr. Handyman is recognized as one of the fastest growing service-oriented franchise systems and handyman service. Acquired by Dwyer Group® in 2015, Mr. Handyman is part of Neighborly, a community of professional service experts, leveraging Dwyer Group’s 19 service brands, 17 of which support a different franchise under the following service marks: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, The Grounds Guys®, Five Star Painting®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter® (Drain Doctor® in the UK), ProTect Painters®, Rainbow International®, Locatec®, Window Genie®, Neighborly®, Bright & Beautiful®, and Countrywide Grounds Maintenance®. Collectively, these independent franchise concepts offer customers worldwide a broad base of residential and commercial services. In addition, Dwyer Group operates glass shops in New England under the Portland Glass® and Cumberland County Glass® brand names. Additional information about Neighborly can be found at For more information about Mr. Handyman, visit and to learn about franchising opportunities with the brand, visit

Back to school tips: ‘It is a different time…Trust your gut, you know your children better than anyone’

As students around Prince William County head back to class, we chat with Sentara Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Schutter RN, MSN, CFNP on some tips you & your family might want to consider for the new school year.

SB: How long have you been with Sentara?

SS: I’ve been with Sentara for 7 years.

SB: What does a typical day entail?

SS: My typical day consists of many different types of visits: sick visits, well-child visits, physicals and office visits for management of diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, asthma, allergies, thyroid disease, etc.

SB: What’s your favorite part of your job?

SS: My favorite part is taking care of families. I tried specialty medicine, but this is my true love, family practice. Knowing whole families of the infants, to teens, to parents and grandparents. There is nothing more rewarding, watching my kids grow and my adults move through different phases of their lives. I get to be there going through it with them, they are all like family to me.

SB: As parents get their children ready for back to school, what would you like them to know?

SS: As kids prepare for back to school stay positive for them, there is so much negativity and fear out there your kids need your positive support, the stressors they deal with are more than we had growing up. It is a different time, know your kids’ friends, know their families, always know where they are, be vigilant- trust your gut, you know your children better than anyone. Keep them involved, keep them busy, but allow time for fun too. Too many clubs, too many sports sometimes can be a challenge, find the balance so that they are getting just as much time to spend with their friends and have fun. Monitor their phones, their computer usage, and the apps they are using, stay informed!

SB: What are some of the biggest things you see that get forgotten as kids head back to class?

SS: Make sure prior to school that immunizations are up to date, make sure if your child plays sports they have an up to date sports physical and concussion training as the schools now require this prior to tryouts. Try to get back to sleep routine, the first weeks back are hard enough, sleep is so important for our kids. Reestablish routines to get them into their good organization and study habits, have a place in the house that is theirs to get work done. Parents have childcare back up plans in case of emergency or illness, working parents always need a backup. After school routines- keep them reading always, keep attitudes positive- if you stay positive, their year will be the best one, and they will go in with a positive attitude!

SB: In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about ADHD, bullying and other issues in the classroom. What advice do you give parents who are concerned about something that is affecting their child?

SS: For my parents concerned about things affecting your children, it’s best to discuss it with them, help them to come up with solutions on their own and with you to deal with stressful situations at school, especially if there is no imminent danger. Learning how to deal with bullies or conflicts will be something they need to learn in the future. If this isn’t possible, and you are worried for safety or concerned about the severity of an issue, as parents you have to step in, communicate with the teacher see if there is anything they can do in the classroom to assist the situation and if this still isn’t working, go higher and make sure your kids are safe, that’s most important. As for concerns with ADHD and learning disabilities- bring it up with your provider. If testing is needed, they’ll get you to the right places or to the correct specialists.

SB: What do you want to stress to parents going into this new school year?

SS: The most important message to my parents is: TALK to your children, and take time to LISTEN. We only get them for physicals once a year if they are healthy and we try to cover everything and educate, but they need to hear it from you, too. Talk to them about drugs, depression, anxiety, smoking, alcohol, a plan for safety if they are in a situation they are not comfortable in, etc. They need to hear the truth from their providers, their parents, and their teachers. If we aren’t talking about it with them, someone else is, and you want to make sure the information they’re receiving is accurate. My kids love to pretend they are ignoring me, but I know even if they only hear one thing each time they will get a little of all of it in the end!

If you’re looking for a primary care provider, call 1-800-Sentara or visit

‘NOVAVETS is especially in need of executives to oversee and coordinate the organization’s operations’

The Northern Virginia Veterans Association (NOVAVETS) is an organization with a sole purpose of supporting veterans, transitioning military members and their families throughout the Northern Virginia region.  Located in Manassas, VA, the association is a one-stop hands-on non-profit that provides that support at no-cost to the veteran or family member.  Those in need are connected to local community resources that best meet their requirements.  Because of the vast need for services and support, NOVAVETS focuses its efforts on the most vulnerable of veterans and those with extraordinary needs.

Founded in 2015, by Retired Major Angela McConnell (PhD), who is also an expert in health services, NOVAVETS is unique in veterans support by guiding the client through the vast and often confusing network of available resources until the problem or issue is resolved.  Relying on a cadre of support specialists, which include military retirees and health care experts, NOVAVETS utilizes pre-screened and verified service and support partner companies and entities to fill the veteran’s need.  Since its founding, NOVAVETS has assisted hundreds of veterans and family members, ranging from veterans needing mental and other health services, to families facing immediate eviction, to obtaining transportation to a veteran’s doctor appointment, to home and yard care help, to hospice care assistance, and to meeting the recreational needs of the severely injured.  Despite the overwhelming successes achieved in coordinating care and assistance to the veterans, the demand continues to grow.  Relying exclusively on volunteers to fill its ranks of supporting the needs of the association, NOVAVETS is especially in need of executives to oversee and coordinate the organization’s operations.  These positions are ideally suited to retired military members, military spouses, or retired professionals.  Compensation is knowing that one made a difference in a hero’s life.  Contact NOVAVETS at 703-659-0788 or

David Bice is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General and is Chairman, Board of Directors, NOVAVETS.  He lives in Woodbridge, VA.

Patrick Ryan, Alexander Stecco of Manassas; Joseph Hargenrader of Bristow recognized for academic achievements

The Citadel, New York Institute of Technology and University of Scranton have high achievers, according to press releases we received from each institution:

Patrick Ryan of Manassas, VA (20112) was awarded gold stars by The Citadel for achieving a 3.7 grade point average or higher during the 2018 spring semester. Cadets and students who achieve gold star recognition are also placed on The Citadel’s dean’s list.


Joseph Hargenrader of Bristow was named to NYIT’s Spring 2018 Presidential Honor List. Hargenrader, who is studying Computer Science, was among 867 students named. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.7 or higher.


Alexander Stecco of Manassas was among the 43 University of Scranton students who studied abroad during the Summer 2018 semester. Stecco, a business administration major at Scranton, participated in the University’s Travel Course “Modern Germany History and Culture” in various cities, Germany.

Daniel Yu of Gainesville named to The Citadel’s dean’s list

This press release came in from The Citadel, announcing Daniel Yu’s academic achievement:

Daniel Yu of Gainesville, VA (20155) was named to The Citadel’s dean’s list for their academic achievements during the 2018 spring semester.

The dean’s list is a recognition given to cadets and students who are registered for 12 or more semester hours and whose grade point average is 3.20 or higher, with no grade of I (Incomplete) and no grade below C for work in a semester.

About The Citadel

The Citadel, with its iconic campus located in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a classic military college education profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction.

Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about one-third of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service.

Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their states and their communities as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842.

The Citadel Graduate College offers 26 graduate degree programs with 42 concentration options, 25 graduate certificate programs and 10 evening undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule with many courses now available online.

The Citadel was named Best Public College in the South by U.S. News & World Report for seven consecutive years, and #1 Best Public College for Veterans in the South as well as Best Value out of all South Carolina colleges and universities by Forbes.

Shots ring out during evening commute near Quantico

Updated 9:30 p.m. 

One man is behind bars after an apparent road rage incident.

It started when one driver was speeding and then began tailgating another driver in the area of Corporate Drive in North Stafford, at the Quantico Corporate Center.

The two drivers continue to tangle with each other until they became side by side while traveling on Route 1 south. One of them pulled out a gun a fired three rounds into the other car at 5:52 p.m., said Stafford sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo.

No one was hurt, but the bullets shattered nearly every side window in the victim’s car.

The two men then pulled to the side of the road and flagged down a Stafford County Sheriff’s Deputy who was already in the area, said Vicinanzo.

Both men told the deputy what happened. Additional deputies were called to the scene.

The man who police said fired the shots was arrested. The suspect told police that the victim pointed something that looked like a gun at him, however, investigators did not find a weapon on the victim or in his car, added Vicinanzo.

Oscar Martinez is charged with attempted aggravated malicious wounding, shooting from a vehicle, shooting at a moving vehicle, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, reckless handling of a firearm, said Vicinanzo.

Vicinanzo did not have the suspect’s age or the name of the town in which he lives.

Original post 8:58 p.m. 

NORTH STAFFORD — The driver of a black Mercedes Benz was shot at while traveling on Route 1 at Quantico. 

Shots rang out about 6 p.m. Tuesday when sheriff’s deputies were called to an area of Route 1 in North Stafford, just outside the Potomac Hills fire station.

Witnesses said two cars —a  silver sedan and the black Mercedes were traveling on Route 1 south. The silver sedan was behind the Mercedes, and both were driving slowly in the left lane, near the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico in Prince William County.

A woman on her way home from work said she passed the two cars on the right. She saw the vehicles again, now in Stafford County near the fire station.

“The driver of the Mercedes said he had been shot and for me to call 911,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified.

It’s unclear if any of the bullets that struck the car hit the driver. All of the side windows on the car had been shattered by what appeared to have been gunfire.

The Stafford sheriff’s office has yet to respond for a request for comment on the story.

Shortly after the sheriff’s office arrived on the scene, they told dispatchers that the fire and rescue crews that had been dispatched to the scene were not needed.

Both cars witnesses said were involved in the shooting remained on the scene. Authorities never closed Route 1 during the investigation.


Shuyan Huang M.D. of Manassas joins US Army Medical Corps

We received this news release from US Army 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion:

Future Army Doctor Vows to Boldly Go Where She is Needed

(Fort Meade, Md.) — On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, US Army’s 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion welcomed its newest doctor into the fold. Shuyan Huang M.D. of Manassas, VA has officially joined the US Army Medical Corps as of Wednesday, August 15, in Washington, DC.

Huang is a board certified anesthesiologist who graduated from New York University. She is currently attending the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

She chose the Lincoln Memorial as the spot where she wanted to swear in because she believes she can reach her “full potential in the Army and fulfill the true meaning of this country’s creed.” Both she and her husband appreciate the nation that has “brought them together as immigrants” from countries that don’t have the freedoms that America offers, she added. Both of her parents and her husband came to the Mall to support her for the momentous day.

Army Recruiter, Staff Sergeant Stephen Minogue says he was impressed with Dr. Huang from the moment he met her and her family. “I was impressed, not only with her intelligence, but her character as well. Her decision to pursue an active duty career over Army Reserves was noteworthy due to her immense qualifications. Dr. Huang is a patriot and truly wants to give something back to the country that had provided her so many opportunities. Dr. Huang will prove to be a remarkable asset to the U.S. Army Medical Corps.”

She and her husband Yuriy Huang have both decided to join the Army – he as an army cyber direct-commissioned officer, and she as a doctor. When asked why she had chosen to serve in the US Army as a doctor, Huang says, “it’s my second calling.” With all that education and talent, some could wonder why she has chosen the Army as her employer. Huang says she and her husband have an appreciation for the democracy and opportunities that our Nation has already provided them, and they only wish to repay that gift.

They also both admitted to having an interesting affinity for all things Star Trek. Huang even presented the officiant of the ceremony, 1MRBn Executive Officer Major Lauren Hamlin, a portrait of Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway, captain of the Starfleet starship USS Voyager.

With their dedication for their country, each other, and their enlightened principles, the Huangs are slated for an adventure that they both have sought after. They don’t know where it will take them, but they do know that they will be together for it. Huang looks forward to a long and prosperous career in Army Medicine. She will serve in the US Army at the initial rank of captain and expects to move up the ranks quickly.

Iwo Jima statue restoration underway at Quantico

QUANTICO — The effort to restore the iconic Iwo Jima statue at Quantico is underway. 

The project is being executed by EML/BMAR Joint Venture, LLC. at a cost of $45,807, according to Quantico spokesman Capt. Kenneth Kunze. 

The restoration should be completed by Sept. 28, 2018. 

The statue sits outside the main gate at Quantico Marine Corps Base and is highly visible from Route 1.

The statue was damaged in a historic March 1 windstorm. The hands that hold the U.S. flag became cracked and officials decided to remove the flag and flagpole to prevent further damage to the statue prior to the start of the restoration.

The statue is a depiction of Joe Rosenthal’s iconic photo of Marins hoisting the U.S. flag on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima during WWII.

The architectural design of the nearby National Museum of the Marine Corps is also based on the photo.


Police subdue Quantico woman they say brandished a knife

From Prince William police: 

Stabbing Investigation | Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO]  On July 9 at 9:47AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 230 block of 4th Ave in the Town of Quantico (22134) to investigate a possible domestic involving a knife.
A third party caller reported to police that an unknown woman was seen holding a knife and threatening a man as they were standing on a balcony of the residence. Officers arrived and confronted the woman who was still holding the knife and threatening the man.
When officers challenged the woman, she ignored officers’ commands and went back into the residence. The woman eventually came to the door without the knife and refused to cooperate with officers. When officers attempted to detain the accused, she resisted.
Officers deployed pepper spray and, after a brief struggle, the accused was detained without further incident. Upon further investigation, officers determined that the victim, a 61-year-old man, and the accused, an acquaintance, were both intoxicated and became involved in a verbal altercation while standing on the balcony.
During the encounter, the accused retrieved a knife and stabbed the victim in the hand before officers arrived. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was charged.
Arrested on July 9:

Jennifer HENRY, 45, of 15238 Wentwood Ln in Woodbridge
Charged with aggravated malicious woundingassault & battery on a LEOintoxicated in public, and obstruction of justice
Court Date: July 24, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

The City of Manassas is home to two of Virginia’s leading industries

Two of the Commonwealths leading industries are major economic generators in the City of Manassas. 

According to a recent report from the Virginia Employment Commission, Manassas-based companies in the professional and technical services offer the 4th highest wages in the state. 

Healthcare and social assistance wages in Manassas rank in the top 10. 

Companies like Micron, Lockheed Martin, and Novant Health UVA Health system drive local economic growth and employ thousands in Manassas; thanks in part to the availability of skilled labor and the City’s pro-business climate. 

These fields account for nearly 25% of total employment and $77 billion in total wages state-wide.  As innovation and technological advancement continue to be made employment and wages are expected to rise. 

The City of Manassas works closely with its major employers, Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University to ensure current and future workforce needs are met and the companies continue to grow and thrive.   

To read the full report, click here.   


Special Olympics Virginia torch carried through Quantico

QUANTICO — Runners and members of the Prince William police and sheriff’s office and Manassas police handed off the torch to military police. 

The torch made its way to Quantico about noon on Thursday. Runners made their way south along Route 1 from the Prince William County Police Eastern District Station to the Marine Corps Base. 

Police directed traffic so the runners could safely use Route 1 south to hold the torch high. 

Runners are on their way to Richmond to light the torch at the Special Olympics Virginia Summer games that will start Saturday. 

The torch will pass through Stafford County along Route 1 starting 6 a.m. Friday.

Power outage leaves Quantico in the dark

QUANTICO — A massive power outage has left the crossroads of the Marine Corps in the dark today.

Dominion reports 445 customers both in the Town of Quantico and on the Marine Corps Base without power.

The utility says they are working to restore power and should have the lights back on sometime after 2 p.m.

The outage was reported at 9 a.m. today. The cause of the outage is being investigated, according to Dominion.

Officials on base have been posting updates to Twitter:

Memorial Day service planned for Quantico National Cemetery

From a press release: 

On Memorial Day, May 28, 2018, our country honors our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who have fallen, fighting for our nation.the ones who gave all, and those who are still unaccounted for. This year, plan to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery (QNC).

Major General Niel Nelson, USMC, will provide the keynote address. Maj Gen Nelson is currently the Deputy Commanding General Quantico Marine Base, VA. The Chairman of the Potomac Region Veterans Council, Charles P. “Chuck” Wilson, Colonel USAF Ret., is the Master of Ceremonies. Wilson is also the Commander VFW District 10 Virginia.

The U.S Marine Corps Band will begin playing a musical prelude at 10:30 AM with the ceremony starting promptly at 11:00. The Ceremony is planned to last 45 minutes.

The Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC) has conducted both Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies dating back to 1983. PRVC represents 26 Veteran Service Organizations and as many as 15,000 veterans across Northern Virginia.

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