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‘Fairfax and Prince William Counties charge low-income students as much as $345 to take online classes and do not provide devices making online classes difficult’

The third week of the General Assembly brought action on about two dozen of my bills.

First, my two remaining bills to address education equity were unanimously recommended by the Education Subcommittee.  The first bill prohibits localities from requiring children to use “electronic textbooks” without providing students with devices to use such “books” at home.  Many children in the U.S. 1 Corridor do not have computers or broadband at home and our schools should not mandate electronic learning without providing devices.

My second bill requires school systems to waive all fees and provide computers to students who want to take online classes.  Fairfax and Prince William Counties charge low-income students as much as $345 to take online classes and do not provide devices making online classes difficult if not impossible for all students to utilize.  The bills will be considered by the Senate this week.

The General Laws Committee reported my bill creating a sanctions process for government officials who abuse the closed meeting process or destroy public records.  There have been at least six reported or attempted violations of the closed meetings law in the last two years and reports of local governments advising employees to delete emails to avoid public disclosure. 

Predatory lending was on the docket this week.  My bill to place a 36% cap on interest rates for loans made by licensed consumer finance companies and prohibit predatory internet lenders from using existing state licenses passed the Commerce and Labor Committee 12-2.  This is the first legislation to push back against predatory lending passed by this committee in eight years. 

Waze and Google Map driven neighborhood cut through traffic has been a source of significant complaints to my office – especially in Belle Haven, Occoquan and neighborhoods close to the interstates.  I introduced legislation that would authorize local governments to designate a small number of residential secondary roads as off-limits to electronic routing services like Waze and Google Maps and keep commuters out of neighborhoods.  The City of Alexandria was extremely supportive but the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors opposed my legislation (Supervisors Storck and Foust supported).  Unfortunately, the bill died on a 6-6-1 vote in the Transportation Committee. 

My legislation to increase the required state auto insurance minimums for the first time since 1989 passed the Transportation Committee.  My bill would increase the required minimum property damage minimum insurance from $20,000 to $50,000.  Given the increased automobile prices, this is critical. 

Teen “sexting” has continued to create problems for parents, teachers, administrators, clergy, and most importantly children.  This year, I partnered with Senator Bill Stanley on legislation to classify such offenses as misdemeanors instead of either Felony Child Pornography Production or Possession.  This will allow schools, families, and counselors to take care of these issues informally instead of necessitating law enforcement consultations.  Our bill passed the Courts of Justice Committee and will be on the floor of the Senate this week.

Lastly, my legislation to impose a ban on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” passed the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and will be on the floor this week after being amended to a four-year moratorium.  A Texas company acquired leases to explore for natural gas on 84,000 acres of property on Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.  This area shares the same aquifer with over four million Virginians living east of Interstate 95 which must be protected.

Approximately a dozen of my bills have not been heard in committee yet including six coal ash bills, bills to reform the credit “freeze” process, and studies regarding the decline in arrests for drunk driving.  This week is the lead up to the deadline for action on all bills in our own chambers so stay tuned!

Please complete my survey at and email me at if you have feedback.  It is an honor to serve as your State Senator.

Scott Surovell (D) represents southern Fairfax, eastern Prince William, and northern Stafford counties in the Virginia State Senate.

Social Security card in tatters? You might be able to get a replacement online.

The DMV has announced a new system to order replacement Social Security cards. Here’s the press release:

New Service Allows Virginians to Replace Social Security Cards Online

More than 10,000 Benefit from DMV Partnership with SSA in First Quarter

 RICHMOND – Virginians may now be able to order a replacement Social Security card online, thanks to a partnership between the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Social Security Administration.

Previously, citizens who needed to replace their Social Security card had to gather the required documents and complete an application in person at a Social Security office or submit the application and documents by mail. Now, Virginians who meet a few basic requirements, and have a state-issued driver’s license or identification card, may simply visit to submit their application online. Social Security compares the submitted information with DMV and other records and, upon verification, mails the customer a new card.

More than 10,000 Virginians were served in the partnership’s first four months. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia also participate.

“We are always looking for opportunities to partner with other government agencies to offer new conveniences to Virginians,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb.

“We worked with the Virginia Department of Health to offer vital records in our 75 customer service centers and four mobile offices. Many of our offices offer E-ZPass through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation. And, in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration, Virginians can apply for TSA Pre?® and the Transportation Worker Identification Credential at eight DMV locations across the Commonwealth. It only makes sense that we would work with SSA to enable Virginians to securely replace Social Security cards online.”

U.S. citizens who reside in Virginia and are 18 or older can visit to create a My Social Security account in order to request a Social Security card replacement online. Participants must have a U.S. domestic mailing address and a valid driver’s license or identification card, and must not need to change their name or make other record revisions.


Veteran performer Livingston Taylor coming to Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Hylton Extra Series at the Hylton Performing Arts Center works to bring in widely known “top tier talent and lower tier prices,” and they’re meeting their mission once again. Livingston Taylor will be here performing April 15, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Taylor has been in the music industry for over 50 years. He comes from a family of musicians, said Hylton Center’s General Manager David Baylor.

“His brother James…everyone is aware of his sister. His other brother…all musicians.”

Taylor has had several Billboard Top 40 hits over the years, mostly in folk.

“He’s performed with…I can’t even name all the different musicians, but all the greats over the years. And we had the opportunity to have him come here to the Hylton and we just felt that someone of his stature was something that we want as part of our Hylton Extra program.”

Baylor said the center originally scheduled Taylor for the Gregorie, which is their small theater, so it would be an intimate setting. But they decided to hold the larger Merchant hall available in case ticket sales get to the point where there’s more patrons that want to see him.

Merchant has 1,100 seats. “Acoustically, it’s probably one of the better halls in the region,” Baylor said. “There’s not a bad seat in the house. And it can be a really intimate feel, since the seats are also close to the stage. No matter where you’re sitting, you’re less than 90 feet to the stage. So it has that intimate feeling, but it’s a full size concert.”

Cost for tickets is $30. Tickets are general admission and available at the Hylton Center at the box office, through their website or through

NOVEC and Buck and Julie Waters of the Water Foundation are sponsoring this event.

Baylor said, “The whole an Extra program was born out of a desire of some of our donors to see some different artist here that may not be on the main season.

What happens is, we book our season, which is booked a year in advance. And we’ll get phone calls from artists that may be traveling through the area that might have a show in Philadelphia and then shoot down to North Carolina, and they have a day in between this region. The artists ask if the Hylton Center has space. So that’s how the extra idea was born.”

Typically the Hylton Center can get a better rate if the artist is between performance dates. “The whole goal is for the Hylton Extras to be revenue neutral,” Baylor said. “You know, we want to just break even, bring a great artist for the community to see it, but it not really cost.”

“We look, we listen, we get suggestions from the community like, ‘Oh, wouldn’t it be great to have someone, say,…’ And so we’ll look, we’ll see if they’re available,” said Baylor.

“We don’t have many open dates. So it is kind of a chess match of ‘Will this artist be available? Is the price right? Can we get them here? Can we sell the tickets?’

We’ve walked into a few artists where we’ve gotten a phone call from artist management. Charlie Daniels was our first Hylton Extra. We had an opening. And, I have to say, I got to see one of the people I grew up listening to and was very excited to meet Mr. Daniels. And it’s the same thing with each one of these.”

The Extra program has brought in artists like Art Garfunkel, Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson and Paul Anka.

“That was kind of the idea, the opportunity to get artists that you wouldn’t normally see here. You might see them down, you know, at the Kennedy Center. You might see them at Wolf Trap. But you wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity to see him in a 1,100-seat hall. Same thing with the other artists. It’s just that opportunity where it works out.”

For more information, visit

Want to work for the P-Nats? This job fair could be for you.

We received this bit of news from the Potomac Nationals:

Woodbridge, VA—The 2018 Potomac Nationals Seasonal Job Fair will once again take place at Pfitzner Stadium. The P-Nats will host their annual job fair on Wednesday, February 28th from 4:00pm-7:00pm.

The Potomac Nationals Baseball Club, the premier family friendly entertainment destination in Northern Virginia, is looking for outgoing, dependable, and customer-service oriented gameday team members to join the staff of The Red, White, & Blue. The P-Nats’ 2018 regular season begins on Thursday, April 5th and runs through at least Thursday, August 30th, with potential postseason games to be scheduled through the first two weeks of September if the P-Nats qualify for the 2018 Carolina League Playoffs.

At the job fair, P-Nats front office officials will seek dedicated candidates to join the team as part-time gameday employees for the full season, who may also be tasked with working non-gameday special events at Pfitzner Stadium.

The P-Nats offer seasonal positions, perfect for school employees, students, retirees, and others who love the game of baseball, and all that are looking for a fun and flexible part-time opportunity in an upbeat professional sports atmosphere.

2018 Potomac Nationals Season Positions Available:


-Concessions Stand Manager


-Picnic Area Cooks/Servers

-Food Cooks/Preps

-Food Vendors




-Parking Attendants

-Grounds Crew

-Retail/Souvenir Merchandise Sales

-Kids Zone Attendants

-Scoreboard Operator


-Ticket Takers

-Box Office Ticket Sales

The majority of weeknight (Monday through Friday) P-Nats games at The Pfitz will begin at 7:05pm, while Saturday night games start at 6:35pm. Sunday games will start at 1:05pm throughout the season. There will be a 10:35am start time for the game on Wednesday, April 11th, a trio of 12:05pm starts (Monday, July 16th, Thursday, August 9th, and Thursday, August 16th), as well as a special 6:35pm start time for July 4th. All departments typically require gameday employees to be on site at Pfitzner Stadium a few hours in advance of the game’s start time.

On-site interviews will be conducted at the job fair by P-Nats full-time employees on a first come, first serve basis. No advance appointments will be accepted.

Job applications will be available on site at the job fair, or job seekers may download an application in advance at For online access to a P-Nats job application: open up the official Potomac Nationals’ website, under the top menu tab, “PFITZNER STADIUM,” click “Employment,” and then select the red “click here” link under the heading “Gameday Employment” to view and print a PDF file of the job application. Applications for part-time employment will not be accepted prior to the job fair.

For further information on seasonal opportunities with P-Nats Baseball, contact Potomac Nationals Assistant General Manager/Director of Stadium Operations, Arthur Bouvier, at 703-590-2311 ext. 217 or via e-mail at

If you can’t attend the job fair but are interested in applying for a part-time position with the Potomac Nationals, you may pick up an application at the P-Nats front office Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and return it to Aaron Johnson on or after February 28th. If you choose to print out the online version of the application, you may scan and e-mail the application to, fax the application to 703-590-5716, or bring the application to the front office on or after February 28th. To schedule an interview after the job fair, contact Aaron Johnson (see above contact information).

Note: The Potomac Nationals are an equal opportunity employer.

The 2018 Potomac Nationals season gets underway on April 5th at Pfitzner Stadium against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City Royals). First pitch for the opener is set for 7:05pm.

Expect sleet and ice in the Wednesday morning commute. We’ve got your forecast, closings and delays.

From the National Weather Service:


* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. A coating of snow and sleet with less than a tenth of an inch of ice from freezing rain.

* WHERE…The Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan areas as well as portions of the Virginia Piedmont.

* WHEN…From 3 AM to 10 AM EST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Light sleet and freezing rain will overspread the area between 3 am and 7 am early Wednesday morning. Precipitation will change to rain by 10 am Wednesday  morning with temperatures rising well above freezing. The ice may result in slippery [conditions]…especially on elevated surfaces during the morning commute Wednesday. Be prepared for reduced [visibility] at times.


A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited [visibility], and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


Expect showers Wednesday night, cold and sunny. On Thursday during the day, expect temperatures below freezing. Thursday night is expected to be cloudy with temperatures below freezing.

Check these lists for upcoming closings and delays

Here’s today’s OPM status. 

The Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates from Prince William County Public Schools, Stafford County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas Park City Public Schools, Fredericksburg City Public Schools, Spotsylvania County Public Schools, King George County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, George Mason University, Mary Washington University. 

This Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates posted by local governments in Prince William County, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, King George County, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Fredericksburg City, Dumfries Town, Haymarket Town, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Fort Belvoir. 

Marks & Harrison announces two scholarship opportunities for Virginia students

The personal injury lawyers at Marks & Harrison in Richmond, are excited to announce the details of two of their scholarship competitions; one scholarship is for students at five of the Tappahannock area high schools, and the other is open to high school or college students anywhere in the U.S.

Each year, the Richmond law firm holds a scholarship competition for high school seniors at Essex, Rappahannock, Northumberland, Washington & Lee, and Lancaster high schools in the Tappahannock area.

From now until May 15, 2018, eligible high school applicants can submit an essay of 600 words or a video that is two minutes or less that discusses ways to prevent distracted driving and specifically through the use of popular apps like Snapchat.

Winners of the scholarship will be announced on June 15, 2018. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to students with winning essays and the top prize is a scholarship to the winner’s college for $1,000. See the complete details about this unique scholarship opportunity.

An Opportunity For Virginia and Other U.S. Students

The Marks & Harrison 2018 Annual Scholarship Competition is available to any high school junior and senior student or a student enrolled in a two or four-year college or university anywhere in the United States.

From now until May 15, 2018, eligible applicants are encouraged to submit an essay of 600 words or less or a video that is two minutes or less. The essay topic should discuss distracted driving and the use of popular apps, such as Snapchat.

Winners will be announced on June 15, 2018. Three prizes will be awarded, and the top prize is a scholarship for $2,500. Visit us for more in-depth details on this scholarship opportunity.

‘Video surveillance revealed that a male suspect entered the business’

We have photos of a burglary that took place early this morning. Here’s more from the Prince William police press release.

Commercial Burglary – On February 5 at 2:30AM, officers responded to the Metro PCS located at 4810 Dale Blvd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an alarm activation. When officers arrived, they discovered that the front glass door was damaged. Video surveillance revealed that a male suspect entered the business then left a short time later without taking any property. A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

    Suspect Description:

    Black male, between 15 & 20 years of age, 5’08” with a thin build

    Last seen wearing a white Chicago Bulls hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, white shoes, black back pack, and one white glove

The third part of the FreshySites Ethos is ‘Ask For More’

The key to carrying out the different aspects of our company’s process as thoroughly as possible – and with the level of skill, support and expertise our clients have come to expect from us – is asking for more.

Serving the customer and being ego free are the prerequisites necessary to effectively ask ourselves and our clients for more. Our team has to be united in its goal to serve the customer first and foremost, as well as in our unanimous dedication to treating both team members and clients with the utmost respect and kindness.

These ideas lend themselves to asking for more or striving to be the best we can, internally and externally.

With us, asking for more can come in countless ways, shapes, and forms. On the company level, it means we are constantly pushing ourselves individually, as well as each other, to be the best we can possibly be through encouragement, suggestions and constructive criticism.

It also means that we consistently look for tools, techniques, or opportunities to drive our process to be more straightforward and efficient, producing the most thoughtful and beautiful results for our clients possible.

More than this though, asking for more starts the moment we are introduced to a prospective client and extends to the very end of their project – even beyond launching their website.

It means going the extra mile on a project – whether it’s something as simple as (literally) asking for more content to keep a client’s site competitive and take it to the next level, or asking for more from ourselves and staying late to hit a deadline.

Asking for more is our way of ensuring that we’re always pushing ourselves to the limit – and therefore always pushing FS forward 🙂

FreshySites – a regionally focused company with national reach and operations, dedicated to serving our clients through asking for more.

FreshySites is a fast-growing website design firm dedicated to creating beautiful websites, while consistently delivering best-in-industry customer service and support. Founded in 2011, FreshySites has quickly expanded into the largest in-house WordPress web design shop on the East Coast. Our Washington D.C. office was founded in 2012 by Vincent Consumano. With additional offices, we have the team, resources and tools to serve our local – and national – clients through website mockups, creative briefs, revision rounds, and Search Engine Optimization audits.

FreshySites is determined to take our regional clients’ online presence to the next level, ultimately helping them to grow and thrive. Explore our website to learn more about us, see our portfolio of work and become a part of our client family today!

Celebrate Black History Month with Prince William County Historic Preservation

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There is a rich legacy of African American history in Prince William County. The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division takes great care in researching and interpreting the stories that speak about African American experiences throughout this region.

The history of Lucasville is one such story about a strong African American community that developed in our area after the Civil War. The strength and determination of this community of about 100 people, is evident with the legacy left by the Lucasville schoolhouse.  Approved in 1883 and built in 1885, construction paid by the Prince William County School Board, costs totaled $267.13.  The school operated from 1886 to 1926, although attendance waivered through the years, a commitment to keeping the school open demonstrated their belief in the value of an education.

During this same time, Frederick Douglass was one of the most prominent African Americans in the county; he too valued the power of education.  Douglass said, during his keynote speech for the opening of the Manassas Industrial School, “To found an educational institution for any people is worthy of note; but to found a school in which to instruct, improve and develop all that is noblest and best in the souls of a deeply wronged and long-neglected people, is especially noteworthy.”

There are many opportunities for visitors to learn and experience something unique during the month of February, from visiting the historic school to the Ben Lomond slave quarters. You can join us as we celebrate African American History Month, February 10 at Lucasville School, where we will share stories about the Lucasville community and celebrate the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial.

The Ebenezer Men’s Choir will kick off the celebration with song and the youth group will follow, reading aloud passages from an 1894 Frederick Douglass speech.  Prince William County Historic Preservation Division will also give away one special editionNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to each family in attendance with schoolchildren, while supplies last.

Later in the month, you are welcome to join us for an exclusive opportunity to spend the night in an original slave quarter, where historians and interpreters will share stories about the people who lived at Ben Lomond, how they worked to survive and to resist.  

If you would rather not spend the night, you might enjoy a day program, where visitors can explore the historic home and original slave quarter, learning about the enslaved population at Ben Lomond in the years before the Civil War.

The Slave Quarter at Ben Lomond is one of only three to survive in Prince William County today! Reservations are required as space is limited. For more information on these events, please visit or call 703-367-7872.

3 things to do to get your business recycling plan going: ‘When you don’t recycle – you pay’

China, the biggest buyer of recyclable materials, notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it would be imposing a ban on the import of a broad range of recyclable materials including plastic, waste paper, and textiles from 2018. As the primary exporter of recyclable materials to China, the United States will be hit hardest by the ban.

 “Wishful” and “dirty” recycling reduces the value of the commodity household recycling becomes once it is collected. Many people throw more than they should into their recycling containers because they think “the hauler will sort it at the facility,” and so they don’t feel the need to be extra cautious about how they sort.

When the average person looks at their recycling bins, they don’t see a $117 billion industry or make the connection that the simple act of sorting plastic, cardboard, paper and cans supports over 500,000 jobs in the U.S., which in turn sustains many other local businesses and services that communities rely on.

In a recent report published by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, recycling in the City of Manassas has created 347 jobs and provides an estimated $80 million to our local economy.

The economic impact does not end there. The disposal cost for trash is $60 per ton.

By diverting cardboard, hard plastics and paper from the waste stream, businesses can reduce their waste disposal costs while supporting the local economy. The City of Manassas has public cardboard disposal dumpsters located behind Harris Pavilion, behind Taps and Apps and at Public Works – so you can dispose of your recyclables for free!

If you don’t believe there is a value to recycling, think again. When you don’t recycle – you pay.

Start your business recycling by doing three simple things:

  • Pick one recyclable (cardboard, paper, hard plastic, cans)
  • Set your recycling container in an easy to find location
  • Let your customers and staff know that you recycle

The City of Manassas is working in partnership with our contractors and other regional jurisdictions to develop policies and outreach information that clearly explains recycling requirements and improves public understanding of the economic and environmental consequences of recycling contamination.

Call Monica Boehringer on (703) 257-8256  or send an email to: for more information and assistance with your business recycling needs.

1 bedroom condo for rent in Occoquan

I have a 1 bedroom condo for rent. $1100 per month. Mention this post on Potomac Local to get all utilities included. It’s located in Occoquan Ridge just outside of Occoquan. Close to VRE, I95 & 123 perfect for a young professional. Absolutely no smoking. It’s on the bottom floor of a 4 level building so it has a separate entrance, a small patio and “yard” that is away from all the others. Please email val6466[at] if you’re interested.

That baby born 24 years ago — She’s now working alongside the Sentara doctor who delivered her

  • Address: 2300 Opitz Blvd, Woodbridge, VA 22191
  • Phone: 703-523-1000

Dr. Peter Bryce, a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist (OB/GYN) has delivered thousands of babies in his nearly 40-year career.

“I have been delivering about 100 babies a year on average,” he explains.

If you add that up, that’s approximately four thousand bundles of joy delivered in private practice and at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

“I have enjoyed every moment of these short years,” Dr. Bryce says smiling.

His patients have gone on to do numerous things, “Of these many babies, I have in turn, delivered many babies of these babies!” he explains.

Dr. Bryce had a full circle moment of a different sort, when a baby he delivered 24 years ago, introduced herself to him as one of his newest co-workers.

Melissa Batitto, BSN, RN, joined the team in June 2017 as one of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s newest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses. During that time, she had met Dr. Bryce, not knowing their connection.

“I actually met Dr. Bryce during my orientation,” Batitto recalls, “I’ve had plenty of conversations with him. I would see him in the hall or when he was preparing for a C-section.”

Recently, Battito was talking with her mother. While the young nurse knew she was born at the hospital in 1993, that conversation revealed some new details.

“My mom inquired if Dr. Bryce still worked here and then she told me, he delivered me!”

During Battito’s next shift, she shared with a co-worker what she had learned. From there, they decided to seek out Dr. Bryce and disclose the unique connection, “His reaction was priceless! It’s not everyday people get to meet the doctor that delivered them!”

Team members were on hand for the big reveal and couldn’t let the opportunity pass without capturing it digitally.

It’s a moment they won’t soon forget. And for Batitto, it’s a unique way to start her career, “Here I’m hired at the hospital where I was born and the doctor that delivered me happens to still be working here. It was an awesome experience!.”

To learn more about the Women’s Health Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and OB/GYN services near you, call 1-800-SENTARA or go to

It’s time for the Souper Bowl!

First Friday is back and it is time for the 4th Annual Souper Bowl!

On Friday, February 2, from 6 to 9p.m., merchants in Historic Downtown Manassas will be hosting restaurants and serving up soup. This year, 18 locations will feature soups, ranging from chili to gumbo and more.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 at any participating merchant location and will entitle attendees to unlimited soup samplings. Once you have sampled the wide assortment of soup, you’ll be asked to vote for your favorite to crown the winning restaurant “Souper Bowl Champion”. Last year, the reigning champion, Mariachi’s, took home the crown yet again with their Caldo Tialpeno Soup. Coming in a close second was C.J. Finz’ delicious She Crab soup.

February kicks off the first First Friday of 2018. Souper Bowl is a great kick off for the year and gets the community excited about what is to come for future First Fridays. Street closures for First Friday will begin in April and run through October to allow pedestrian traffic in the streets.

The event is a great way for people to get a little sample of what each restaurant has to offer. A list of participating merchants and restaurants for Souper Bowl can be found at This event will be held rain or shine. While on your tasting tour, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a $25 membership with HMI! Memberships entitle cardholders to a discount at your favorite downtown restaurant and shops!

If you are looking for something to do on a First Friday, or any other day of the week, be sure to check out Historic Downtown Manassas – you just may find your new favorite restaurant and shops!


Free webinar to help people living with Alzheimer’s identify potential signs, triggers of wandering

Wandering is a significant issue for people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their loved ones. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, three of five people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander. If not found within 24 hours, up to half of the individuals who wander will suffer serious injury or death.

The Home Instead Senior Care network is extending its support to this important area of Alzheimer’s education through a web service at that is designated to help family caregivers locate individuals with dementia who become lost. This is an important and potentially lifesaving area of Alzheimer’s support.

Professionals in the aging field are encouraged to help educate families about tapping into resources such as this web service to help ensure their loved ones remain safe.

To get the facts about the risks of wandering and what families need to know, be sure to register for this month’s webinar.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

Identify some of the potential signs and triggers of wandering
Understand why individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias might wander
Identify ways to prepare the home to prevent wandering
Learn what to do if a person with Alzheimer’s goes missing
February 7, 2018

10:00 AM (PT) / 11:00 AM (MT) / 12:00 PM (CT) / 1:00 PM (ET)

These CEUs are offered in cooperation with the American Society on Aging. For more information and to complete the required pre-registration, go to

The Home Instead Senior Care Network

More than 65,000 Home Instead CAREGiversSM worldwide are trained to provide services to seniors and their families. These services include support for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and providing assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

Updated: Two shot in Dale City over weekend

Two men were shot in Dale City on Saturday afternoon.

Here’s what we know: 

Shooting Investigation – Currently, officers are on scene investigating a reported shooting which occurred in the area of the 15000 block of Cloverdale Rd in Woodbridge at approximately 4:20PM. Two individuals were transported to an area hospital for precautionary reasons. The suspects are believed to have left the area in an unknown direction of travel. At this time, this incident does not appear to be random and there’s no public threat. More information will be released as it becomes available. Please follow our social media – Facebook & Twitter @PWCPolice – for further updates.


Shooting Investigations On January 27 at 4:20PM, officers responded to the 15100 block of Cloverdale Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived, they located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds to the arm and lower body. Officers used their Department issued trauma kits to provide immediate first aid to the victims before rescue crews arrived on scene. The victims, identified as a 15-year-old male and a 17-year-old male of Woodbridge, were flown to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries for precautionary reasons. The initial investigation revealed that the victims were walking in the above area when they were involved in an altercation with an unknown suspect. During the encounter, the victims were shot. The suspect then fled the area and police were contacted. Several shells casing were located in the area. Later that evening around 11:05PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 15200 block of Crescent St to investigate a second shooting. The victim, a 30-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was sitting inside of his home when he heard several gunshots outside. At some point, the victim was grazed by a bullet causing a minor injury. Upon further investigation, detectives with Violent Crimes Bureau and Special Investigations Bureau believe that the two shootings appear to be related and are not random. At this point, detectives also believe that the victim of the second shooting does not appear to be related to the parties involved and was not the intended target. No other injuries or property damage was reported. Multiple shell casings were recovered in the area of Cloverdale Rd and Crescent St. There is no suspect information available at this time. The investigation continues.

‘Hey teens – great volunteer job for Spring Break with I CAN Bike’

Good Morning Prince William – Mark your calendars for Saturday February 10th for our Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Manassas Mall from 11am-2pm. We have over 25 local agencies attending that can inform you of their volunteer opportunities to make the best use of your time, talent and passion. We’ll be at the Macy’s Court so come on by!

· CASA Children’s Intervention Services is looking for volunteer advocates to represent a child suffering from abuse or neglect right here in our community. This is a very special volunteer job! Come to their next volunteer information session on Wednesday February 28th from 6-7pm at the offices of Imagine in Old Town Manassas- 9415 West Street to learn about this job and the extensive training afforded to you. Please call Suzanne at (703) 330-8145 or via to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity is gearing up for their next project in Gainesville at the home of a veteran starting in 2 weeks. This project involves repairs to wall, insulation, plumbing lines and fixtures, floors, trim, windows and doors so this gentleman doesn’t face costly zoning violations. He stood up for and now it’s time for us to help him. Please visit their website to learn more and sign up to volunteer at:

· SERVE in Manassas needs Spanish Speakers! To help with client intakes for food assistance. Duties include review and update client files, help families with registration forms for assistance, and other admin duties. Come help at any of the following shifts: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 9-11:30am or 12:30-3:30pm, Wednesdays 9am-12 noon or 4-7pm and Fridays 9-11:30am. Please call Navara at (571) 748-2536 or via email to learn more

· Hey teens – great volunteer job for Spring Break with I CAN Bike- volunteers 15 years old + are needed to help with their camp March 26-30th at Colgan Senior High School. Duties include providing physical, emotional and motivational support to kids with Autism learning to ride a bike. Please call Jennifer or Yukiko at (571) 989-3618 or via email at:

· Macy’s Clothing Closet needs your help to organize donated clothing for the residents of both the SERVE Shelter in Manassas and the Hilda Barg Shelter in Woodbridge. It’s a great way for you to give a little piece of mind to shelter residents who arrive with literally the shirt on their back. Call Julie at (571) 748-2674 or visit their website at: to learn more.

· The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City wants to pack 30,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on March 10th. Super fun, family friendly event to help those less fortunate. You can choose either morning or afternoon shift. Please visit: for the link to register.

· Project Mend-A-House is now registering participants for their Live Well Workshops. This chronic disease self-management program meets at the Manassas Senior Center on Thursday mornings. Please call Martha at (571) 264-8559 to learn more.

· The Young Center is looking for adult volunteers to be child advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children. The next training is March 3rd and 4th to give you all the tools needed for the child’s immigration process and their life in general. Please email: to learn more.

· First Tee of Prince William County promises spring is right around the corner so volunteers are needed to teach kids the fundamentals of a good golf swing. Come join the fun of sharing the game of golf with kids while also sharing dealing with life’s issues. Please call Alan at (703) 792-8064 to learn more.

· People Incorporated is looking for volunteer tax preparers willing to be certified as an IRS VITA Income Tax Preparer for the 2018 tax season. This special tax preparer assists low-income individuals and families with tax preparation at Saint James Episcopal Church, 73 Culpeper Street in Warrenton. Training is required, but you will be helping this vulnerable population navigate through their tax forms and IRS regulations. Volunteer Greeters are also needed to welcome those who visit the site, distribute forms, and create a pleasant atmosphere for the clients. For more information, please call Jeanne at (571) 445-3020 or email

· The good folks at ACTS are in need of volunteer groups (large and small) who can help with various facilities projects such as grounds work, painting and helping their shelter create more space. Volunteers must be at least 16, and this is family friendly! Please contact Tamika at to learn how you can support this agency’s programs.

· The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is in urgent need of volunteers age 55+ to teach 4th grade children the life skills to keep them safe alone and safe at home. Volunteers must be available during school hours. This fun curriculum is very interactive and of course the kids are very fun. Training is provided; please call Jan to learn more at (571) 292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team.

· SERVE Shelter is in need of small volunteer groups (6-8) who can prepare and serve a meal to their shelter residents in February and March. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Meals needed are February 19 (President’s Day) dinner, March 3rd dinner, March 4th brunch, March 11, 17, 25 and 31 all need dinner. Groups have the option to prepare food offsite and deliver, or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. Please contact Julie at for more information on how to provide the homeless with a delicious, home-cooked meal.

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. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Prince William County Arts Council promotes all art in the Greater Prince William County Area

The arts are alive in Prince William County! Yes, Prince William County has a rich tradition of promoting the arts. Although there are many options for your time, the culture and tradition of the arts are a sure bet in entertaining and providing many hours of enjoyment for you, your family, and friends.

So where can you find a complete list of art and art-related programs in Prince William County?  If you are like most people, when you have a question like the one posed, you immediately click onto Google or simply ask Siri.

Google “art in Prince William County” and the first entry that comes up is the Prince William Arts Council. What exactly does this council do, and how do they promote art in Prince William County?

Here is the short answer: The Prince William County Arts Council (PWCAC) is a membership organization serving the Greater Prince William Area, including Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. The vision of the Prince William County Arts Council is to be the go-to resource for the local arts.

The Arts Council provides year-round programming in performance and cultural arts, representing both professional and amateur endeavors. The council provides networking, development, and marketing opportunities for members. Membership includes non-profit and for-profit arts organizations, individual artists, civic groups, and businesses that support the arts in Prince William County.

The Prince William County Arts Council is a division of the Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation.  Terraya Lewis is the Arts Recreation Specialist for Parks and Recreation. She acts as the liaison between the advisory group of volunteers and members representing the Arts Council and Parks and Recreation.  

“My role is to support the mission of both entities and to guide the Prince William County Arts Council through the necessary procedures so it can function as a County-funded program.  I am personally not a member; however, I am beyond inspired by the vibrant, lively, blending of music, dance, literature, visual design, and theatre right here in Prince William County,” Lewis explains.

Amelia May, Chair of the PWCAC Board of Directors shares her love of the arts and her expertise with members and fellow board members at the monthly meetings. “This council is just like the arts here in Prince William County: we are both thriving. My fellow board members are volunteers, like me, and we are thrilled to celebrate the arts in our community,” May shares.

In addition, the Prince William County Arts Council also hosts two events every year:

Arts Alive!

The Kathleen K. Seefeldt Awards for Arts Excellence

Every fall, the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts is the setting for the Arts Alive! This annual festival features various art forms from chorale and opera singers, to actors and Poets Laureate, who share their talents, and promote art throughout all areas of the County. There is literally something for everyone.  Best of all, admission is free and includes hands-on art-related activities for kids of all ages!

Established to recognize artists, arts organizations, volunteers, educators, and businesses in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park, the Kathleen K. Seefeldt Awards for Arts Excellence provide prestigious recognition on behalf of Seefeldt’s legacy of public service and support for the cultural arts. Community supporters and municipal officials present winners of each category including dance, theater, music, literary, and visual arts organizations.

Check out the PWCAC website at and see why the Prince William County Arts Council is the resource for the local arts.

Once a Radio City Rockette, no slowing for this soon-to-be 93-year-old 

  • Address: 2300 Opitz Blvd, Woodbridge, VA 22191
  • Phone: 703-523-1000

Lenore Beetar isn’t like most 92-year-olds.

Her life has always been about movement, grace and energy, qualities vital to a dancer. For four years, from 1944 to 1948, Beetar was a Radio City Rockette.

But, over the summer, her daughter, Lenore Reeves, noticed her once lively mother was suddenly acting differently.

“I just knew something was wrong because she wasn’t being herself. I kept saying to her, ‘You’re so out of breath. You don’t have any energy. There’s something wrong here.”

That’s when she took her mother to see a doctor, who put her on a heart monitor. The monitor showed Beetar’s heartbeat was dropping, explaining some of her recent symptoms. Beetar was referred to Electrophysiologist, Dr. Aysha Arshad.

Electrophysiology is a subspecialty within cardiology where doctors train in rhythm disorders and how to fix them. Often these disorders are corrected with an implant device, most commonly known as a pacemaker.

“Pacemaker is a device that can help patients with a low heart rate. It can also help in patients with alternating slow and fast heart rates where medicines may be needed, which can aggravate the slow heart rhythm. So, a pacemaker would stabilize a heart rhythm in that circumstance,” explains Dr. Arshad.

Arshad - waist up

Dr. Arshad explained to the family the benefits of a pacemaker. The workings of the device weren’t foreign to them since a close relative had one, but Reeves’ worried her mother’s memory issues could cause problems with recovery. That’s when they started exploring the Micra Pacemaker, the world’s smallest pacemaker, as an option.

It’s something many of Dr. Arshad’s patients are pursuing.

“It’s a miniaturized device containing revolutionary new technology. It’s delivered directly into the heart and cosmetically appealing since there’s no scar. The device itself is as small as a vitamin pill.”

For Lenore Beetar and her family, the recovery time and limited restrictions were key. Beetar spent one night in the hospital before being released. Her daughter says the results were instantly noticeable.

“She had the energy she hadn’t had in three months, it was unbelievable! It made an immediate difference.”

As for the soon-to-be 93-year-old, she barely knows the device is there. “I feel fine. I don’t even think about it! If you asked me about it, I’d say, ‘Oh, I think I have it,’” she shares chuckling.

Reeves recommends the device to everyone, sharing her mother has had little discomfort. Beetar agrees, “I didn’t feel anything!”

“There was no pain, no tenderness. They went in through the groin, it was a couple of stitches and some light bruising. It was very simple from a patient standpoint,” adds Reeves.

It’s been just three months, but already Beetar is back to her vivacious self. And, on a recent shopping trip, she was able to keep searching for deals, just like the old days.

“The procedure was a no-brainer for us,” says Reeves, “It gave my mom her quality of life back.”

Dr. Arshad reminds women their heart disease and heart attack symptoms may be different than men’s. While men are known to have crushing chest pains, women may have jaw or neck pain. They may be sweaty, or like Beetar, have a difference in exercise capacity.

If you’re experiencing chest pains, seek immediate medical attention. To find an Electrophysiologist or Cardiologist who’s right for you, contact 1-800-SENTARA or find a provider at

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