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This week is devoted to infertility awareness

For millions of women, it’s an issue they’re all too familiar with and it’s something they deal with every day.

April 22-28 is designated National Infertility Awareness Week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 1 in 8 couples have trouble conceiving, that’s 15% of American couples.

It’s something Dr. Richard Jenet, Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Women’s Health Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and practicing physician at About Women OB/GYN, sees too often.

“We often times have to really calm people down. People get really anxious if they try for one month and haven’t gotten pregnant,” he explains.

Dr. Jenet says when a patient comes to him wanting to start a family, he starts with the basics – getting blood work and taking both general and reproductive histories.

“We talk about some healthy life choices and have people try to get pregnant on their own. Unless there’s something obvious, we don’t talk about infertility until after a year of trying.”

Most couples get pregnant within that year, but if not, Jenet starts looking at other factors, “Several items are taken into account: age, weight, health conditions and lifestyle, just to name a few.”

If there are no obvious problems, Dr. Jenet says that’s when a reproductive endocrinologist is recommended to help pinpoint the issue.

But, Jenet says the advances in medicine, over his nearly 30 years in practice, allow women more alternatives than ever before, “There are more medications. There are more treatments. There are a lot more options.” And, that means more hope for women trying to get pregnant.

To learn more about OB/GYN or endocrinology services near you, call 1-800-SENTARA or go to sentara.com.

Roofing contractors in our region are backlogged thanks to March wind storm

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Meet Linda Saylor of Manassas and Brigitte Bombardier of Woodbridge. They are Puppy Raisers for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

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Two new exhibits open at the Manassas Museum

Two very different stories are being told this month at the Manassas Museum

The first is about how the Boys and Girls Club has worked to make an impact on the city. 

The second is the story behind one of the city’s most recognizable residences, Annaburg Manor.

From a press release: 

Expanding Boundaries

The Expanding Boundaries exhibit at the Manassas Museum looks at the impact the Manassas Boys and Girls Club has on our community and the children it serves. Through its focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and promoting healthy lifestyles, the Club fulfills its mission to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need them most, acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.

Living the American Dream

The Living the American Dream exhibit at the Manassas Museum tells the story of German immigrant Robert Portner, the Washington, D.C. beer baron. He was an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a Manassas resident.

It was while visiting the Mathis family in Manassas that Robert Portner, founder of Alexandria brewery Tivoli, decided to purchase property and build Annaburg, a legendary summer retreat named for his wife Anna, that still stands on Maple Street in the City of Manassas.

He considered the 1892 house—with its 35 rooms and electricity his escape from the city. Robert Portner was also the inventor of the first mechanical air conditioning system.

Both of these exhibits are free to the public. The Manassas Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and seven days a week beginning Memorial Day weekend.

Annaburg Manor has long been owned by Prince William Hospital, which today is owned by Novant/UVA Health System. Earlier this year, the health system abandoned plans for providing healthcare services at the aging manor property and decided to sell the land.

County ready to pay for Neabsco dredging. But the creek will need routine deepening to stay viable.

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Manassas Park man suspected in stabbing that occurred after midnight Monday

From Manassas police: 

Stabbing

On April 23, 2018 at 12:08 a.m., officers responded to the 9000 block of Centreville Rd for a report of a stabbing.  Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from apparent stab wounds.  The investigation revealed the victim was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, Miguel Alexander MENDOZA which escalated.  During the altercation MENDOZA stabbed the victim several times with a utility knife.  The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital.  The accused fled the scene prior to police arrival. 

WANTED: MENDOZA, Miguel Alexander, a 44-year-old resident of Manassas Park, VA

Charges:  Malicious Wounding

More from Manassas police: 

Shots Fired

On April 20, 2018 at 11:56 p.m., officers responded to 9403 Main Street (Olde Town Inn) for a report of shots being fired.  Officers on scene spoke with witnesses who described hearing several shots being fired in the area of East St.  There were no injuries or property damage reported.  The investigation is ongoing. 

Shots Fired

On April 21, 2018 at 4:30 a.m., officers responded to the 9300 block of Saffron Hill Ct for a report of shots being fired.  Officers on scene spoke with a witness who heard several shots being fired in the wooded area to the rear of a residence.  There were no injuries or property damage reported.  The investigation is ongoing. 

Fraud

On April 21, 2018 at 7:58 p.m., officers responded to the 9400 block of Tarra Ln for a report of a fraud.  The victim told police his bank contacted him to inform him someone cashed several fraudulent checks against his account in the amount of several thousand dollars.  The investigation is ongoing.

Hit and Run

On April 22, 2018 at 3:27 p.m., officers responded to 9946 Liberia Ave (LA Fitness) for a report of a hit and run.  The victim told police sometime around 11:00 a.m. their vehicle was struck in the parking lot.  The investigation is ongoing.

Burglary

On April 22, 2018 at 10:04 p.m., officers responded to the 9400 block of Cloverhill Ct for a report of a burglary past.  The investigation revealed the incident occurred sometime between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on April 22, 2018. Entry was made into the residence through an unlocked door.  A gaming console and several games were reported stolen from the residence.  The investigation is ongoing.