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Old Harbor Drive commuter lot could become a park

Occoquan District Supervisor, Ruth Anderson, is aiming to increase the green space area within the district as it has the least amount of green park space, per acre, of all the districts in Prince William County.

The unused commuter lot at the corner of Harbor Drive and Minnieville Road looked like the perfect start to accumulate more park space. Supervisor Anderson devised a team with Prince William Parks and Recreation, The Green Scheme (a non-profit out of Washington, D.C.), and Keep Prince William Beautiful (a local PWC non-profit) to make this a reality.

Prince William Parks and Recreation is instrumental in the planning process for this park, ensuring more green space in the county for the residents to enjoy. The Green Scheme was contracted to design the garden and park space.

Keep Prince William Beautiful is conducting community outreach and data collection for the town halls and community surveys. In order to move forward with the project, Supervisor Anderson is hosting two town halls on Thursday, July 12, and Thursday, July 19, both from 7-9:00 pm at Lake Ridge Baptist Church, to share information about the project and ask for input from the residents in her district.

We encourage those in the surrounding areas to attend and share their wants and ideas, but all residents are welcome to join! The collaborative effort of these community partners, along with input from the community, will drive this project forward so there is another park for all to enjoy.

Helping first-time homebuyers navigate a tight market: 3 key steps from The Fauquier Bank

When it comes to purchasing a home, Mary Ann Andrews of The Fauquier Bank recommends buyers come in for a personal consultation, especially those who’ve never previously been through the complex process.

Buying a home can be daunting, between learning the lingo and understanding the financing. And given the current market conditions and limited housing inventory — which has sparked multiple offers and price bidding — it’s essential to know what you’re doing.

That’s where Andrews comes in.

“There’s so much you need to know,” says Andrews, NMLS # 482462, a TFB vice president and mortgage originator. “I like to sit down and explain how the process works.”

With first-time buyers, she adds, “I go over everything, just to get them comfortable with the language and the process.”

For tech-savvy potential buyers, it may seem tempting to do things online. But Andrews says there’s no substitute for meeting face-to-face.

“You can understand their needs,” she explains. “You can give them so much more information and discuss so many more options.”

Andrews can meet potential buyers at any of TFB’s 11 branches in Fauquier and Prince William counties.

For first-time buyers, Andrews follows a specific process. First things first: do your homework.

“Do your research and check out the area where you’re looking,” she advises. “You need to get with a realtor. And you need to find out what the taxes are and find out what the HOA fees are.” 

First-time buyers should follow these three key steps:

1. Prepare Financially: Begin by checking your credit score, saving for a down payment and figuring out how much you can afford to spend. Then meet with a mortgage originator to get pre-approved.

2. Understand Mortgages: Evaluate the different types of mortgage loans that are available and which works best for your situation.

3. Start Shopping: Look for a house that fits your needs and budget, then put in an offer. Gather the necessary documents for the loan processing and closing process.

NMLS #462668

Join us for a First-Time Homebuyer Seminar at 6 p.m. on Aug. 1 at BadWolf Brewing Company, 9776 Center St. in Manassas. Our mortgage originators will be available to answer questions. RSVP at 540-349-0202.

Enlarged prostate happens to every guy. There’s a new way to treat it at Sentara.

It’s one of the most common health issues for men as they grow older.

“As gentlemen age, the testosterone that’s in their body fuels the growth of their prostate so every guy that has testosterone and a prostate, it will eventually get larger. It happens in different rates in different people, but happens,” explains John B. Klein, M.D. of Potomac Urology.   

Even though it may not be commonly discussed, every day Dr. Klein sees patients suffering from an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH.)

Symptoms include frequent urination, difficulty starting and stopping urination, inability to completely empty the bladder and frequent trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. 

“Urinary symptoms do not necessarily indicate prostate cancer, a majority of the time they’re from benign enlargement of the prostate. However, you can have prostate cancer and benign enlargement of the prostate –so it’s important to evaluate for both concurrently,” explains Dr. Klein.

Once the prostate screening comes back negative, there are a number of options to treat an enlarged prostate, everything from daily medications and in-office procedures to outpatient surgeries.

Dr. Klein was recently recognized as a Rezum Center of Excellence for his expertise in treating BPH. While pills to treat BPH have been around for years, Dr. Klein finds many of his patients discontinue taking those medicines because of side effects like dizziness and adverse effects to sexual function.

Rezum® is one of the minimally invasive procedures offered in office and takes just minutes to perform using steam to decrease the prostate. Laser enucleation of the prostate is another option.

Dr. Klein says this outpatient procedure has been offered at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center for the last 11 months and is ideal for patients with moderate and larger prostates. The newest option Sentara Northern Virginia is offering BPH patients is Aquablation, a surgery using water to resect the prostate.

The developments are exciting for Dr. Klein who looks forward to sharing the news with the community.

“This is one of the only centers in Northern Virginia that performs all three of these treatments options. It basically gives people a one-stop shop for their treatment, no matter size and shape of their prostate.”

Volunteers needed for the Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 21

Good Morning Prince William – Volunteers needed for the Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 21st.  This event is sponsored by The Philadelphia Tavern, Sinistral Brewing and Volunteer Prince William to benefit The Un-Tim-A-Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids. Duties include selling drink tickets and checking IDs.  3 shifts available- 12noon-3pm, 3pm-6pm and 6-pm-9pm.  This is a fun, family event on Main Street, Old Town Manassas with raffles, giveaways, games, food, drinks and Santa!  Please sign up to help at mfoley@volunteerprincewilliam.org.  This promises to be great fun!

Prince William Soil & Water Conservation is having their next water quality monitoring event on Thursday July 12th at Evergreen Acres in Nokesville, 9:30-noon. Come learn about the health of local streams and how they interact with land uses.  Please call Veronica at (571) 379-7514 for more info.

ACTS needs volunteers to remove the flower beds in front of the thrift store on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting July 10th. Please email Tamika for more info at: tmartin@actspec.org.

RSVP – The retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to deliver noon meals through the Meals on Wheels Program. Shrifts are just 2-3 hours and available in throughout the greater area.  RSVP members receive a mileage reimbursement and additional insurance coverage at no cost to the volunteer.  Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 to learn more.

CASA Children’s Intervention Services needs volunteer advocates to help protect abused and neglected children in our community. You’ll receive fantastic training to give you all the skills needed to help these kids.  Please email Suzanne at: smitchell@casacis.org to learn more about the program and register for the next orientation session.

PW Conservation Alliance has several fun workdays coming up.  Please join them on the workdays of   July 20 and August 4th at Merrimac Farm, 9am-12noon.  It feels good to get your hands dirty.  Please RSVP for these events at (703) 490-5200 or via email at: alliance@pwconserve.org.

Care Net PRCs is looking for bilingual volunteers to help in their office in Manassas.  They are also having a movie event on July 14th, 7pm at Manassas Baptist Church. Come see the inspiring movie – I can Only Imagine.  Please email Kirk at crc@carenetprcs.org for more info.

K9s Serving Vets in Triangle, Virginia supports the process of partnering the vet with a service dog.  They assist from start to finish that will in the end change the veteran’s life.  Please consider donating to them on line at: k9sservingvets.org.

The PW Crime Prevention Council is looking for new volunteer members to promote safe communities.  The Council meeting the 2nd. Monday of the month at 7:30pm at 1 County Complex. Please register on the website at: pwcpc.org.

Virginia Cooperative Extension needs volunteers to lead financial seminars in Manassas and/or Woodbridge area.  Please email Victoria for more specifics at: smartmoney@pwcgov.org.

Mark your calendars for Saturday August 25th for the 3rd Annual Farm to Table event to support the Prince William Environmental Excellence Foundation at Windy Knoll Farm. The event runs from 3-8pm with 2 seating’s for dinner.  Tickets are just $40 for adults, $20 for children 13-18 and free for kids under 12.  There will be local vendors, artisan and farm sponsors and antique equipment.  It promises to fun for the entire family.  You can buy tickets on line at: princewilliamfarm2table2018.eventbrite.com.

The Manassas Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to teach crafts to the members of the center each week.  Come share your love of knitting, crocheting, painting, ceramics and such with others. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.  They also would love a volunteer to teach Sign Language class as well.  It’s a great way to share your skill. Please call Sue at 703-792-7154 to learn more.

Youth for Tomorrow is looking for volunteers to share hobbies and interests with the kids on weekends. If you have a little time please bring your interest to share with them such as sewing, gardening, cooking, golf, arts & crafts, jewelry to name just a few.  Please fill out the volunteer application with your resume at: youthfortomorrow.org.

The Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corps needs both medical and non-medical volunteers to join their ranks.  These volunteers are trained to respond to public health emergencies as well as day to day health department activities.  They offer tons of training topics to build your skillset.  Please call Isabella at (703) 792-7341 to learn more.

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

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

Bottle Stop in Occoquan tops Wine Spectator list

From an email: 

Bottle Stop Wine Bar, located in Historic Occoquan, announced its multiyear selection to Wine Spectator’s Wine List Awards. The Award of Excellence is granted to restaurants whose wine list typically offers at least 90 selections, features an assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. 

“We’re honored to have been recognized for two consecutive years by one of the premier international wine publications for our wine program,” said Bottle Stop owners Emil and Kim Wigode. “Our Wine Spectator selection recognizes our team’s commitment to develop a wine list that rivals the top wine lists in Washington DC and solidifies our place among the best restaurants and wine bars throughout the DMV.”   

To compliment Bottle Stop’s award-winning wine list, Executive Chef, John Swords is crafting a fresh entrée-focused menu comprised of seasonal fare and cuisine. Swords brings over a decade of fine dining kitchen experience most recently as Sous Chef at fellow award-winning restaurant Poplar Springs Inn.

The complete list of award winners is available online and will be published in the August 31 issue of Wine Spectator (available on newsstands July 17).

About Bottle Stop Wine Bar

Located in the Historic river town of Occoquan, the restaurant/wine bar offers diners a diverse selection of seasonal entrees, flat bread pizzas, sliders, and cheese & charcuterie boards. Owners Emil and Kim Wigode in consultation with Sommelier Nina Escobar, formerly of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, select a constantly changing list of small production artisan wines, craft beers and whiskeys to pair with menu items or by the glass or bottle. 

About the Wine Spectator Restaurants Award

Wine Spectator‘s Restaurant Awards represent everything from neighborhood wine bars serving small plates to opulent palaces with star chefs and elaborate tasting menus; however, the 2018 Restaurant Award winners all share one thing—a passion for exploring and sharing the world of wine. The Award of Excellence was only awarded to 2453 restaurants across the globe. 

Praise sounds for Prince William County’s official Bugler

WOODBRIDGE    At a recent meeting of the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors, Donna Flory was named as the Prince William County Volunteer of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2018. Donna was nominated by Desiree Wolfe with the Office of Executive Management and the award was presented by Gail Macdonald, the county’s Senior Human Resources Manager, for Donna’s service as Prince William County’s official Bugle and Trumpet Player.

The award reads:

“Over the last two decades, Donna has played in various ceremonies and dedications in honor of Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and 9/11.  Her rendition of ‘Taps’ continues to bring dignity and meaning to these very important events.  When asked to perform Donna has always answered ‘yes’ no matter the day.  Donna has always said it was her honor and privilege to play for Prince William County employees and citizens as we honor those who died for our freedom. Donna’s time and talent has helped make each ceremony memorable, especially for those who have lost a loved one.  For her ability to bring grace and reverence during the most solemn occasions we award Donna Flory the Prince William County Volunteer of the Quarter Award.”

Donna began volunteering as the Prince William County official Bugler in 1992.  Her first event was the original dedication ceremony of Prince William County’s War Memorial. 

Following the presentation, Donna thanked Desiree Wolfe for this very special nomination. Donna then acknowledged her longtime friend, Jane Beyer, and thanked her for getting her regularly involved in Prince William County events that honor those that have served our country and those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Planned street extension, road widening would provide better access to Horner commuter lot

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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.   

 

Army vet takes control of her pain with the help of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Yolanda Smith is a take-charge kind of woman. The retired Army veteran, mother of three and current Human Relations contractor is used to getting things done.

So, when her fibroids turned painful, she knew she had to take action.

“I’ve had fibroids for a number of years. I’ll say at least 10, but in the last 18 months they’ve increased their size dramatically and the pain had become unbearable,” explains Smith.

Fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system. It’s estimated between 20 to 50 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all are diagnosed.

In the majority of the cases, the tumors are benign (non-cancerous), but the symptoms can be severe.  While some women have no or mild indicators, other women have severe and disruptive symptoms including heavy, prolonged menstrual cycles, abnormal bleeding between periods, pelvic and/or back pain and frequent urination. Smith suffered through many of these symptoms.    

“The pain became unbearable during my cycle and the bleeding was extreme. I cramped beyond belief. I was exhausted, I would stay home from work because I was so exhausted,” she remembers.

That’s when she turned to her doctor for help when an ultrasound showed three fibroids had increased in size. He gave her three options:

  1. Live with the pain

  2. Have surgery

  3. Have a hysterectomy

Dr. Venu Vadlamudi

Smith knew that a hysterectomy wasn’t the right treatment option for her, that’s when her primary care physician recommended “UFE” or Uterine Fibroid Embolization and referred her to the specialists at the Heart & Vascular Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

“I had never been to Sentara before, I’m used to military hospitals where I’m in my safe zone.  But, from the time I called to get a consultation with a physician there, Tina went above and beyond to make sure I got an appointment and got the necessary paperwork needed. She actually followed up with my military hospital to assure that documents were forwarded to Sentara to aid me in seeing a doctor there. I just thought that was exceptional,” said Smith.

Following clinical consultation, it was decided Dr. Venu Vadlamudi, an Interventional Radiologist, would perform the procedure.

“Interventional radiology is a field where we perform minimally invasive procedures using radiology guidance,” explains Dr. Vadlamudi. “I tell patients to imagine me as a plumber, working completely inside of the pipes.”

In Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) or Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) as it’s also known, Dr. Vadlamudi goes in through the artery with a catheter and blocks the blood flow to the fibroids using embolic agents (small particles or beads).” With the flow of blood compromised, the fibroids begin to shrink, taking with them the pain and symptoms.

“Over a matter of a few months’ time, these fibroids die away because you’ve taken away their blood supply. But again, nothing is physically tied, it’s not like putting a suture on top of the blood vessel or going from the outside, it’s all done from the inside of the blood vessel,” explains Dr. Vadlamudi. “We find it’s very rare new fibroids develop. So the overall success rate, especially from a technical standpoint, is well above 98 percent.”

In Smith’s case, Dr. Vadlamudi went in through a point above her wrist, leaving just a small nick after the procedure was completed.

“I don’t have a scar, just a little dot where he went into my arm,” she says.

After a short hospital stay, Smith went home to recover with doctor’s orders to start easing back into her routines. After almost two-weeks, she returned to work with her pain fading each day, but her admiration for the team continues to grow.

“It was just one of the best hospital visits I have ever had,” says Smith. “From the tech staff on down, everyone at Sentara Heart & Vascular Center was very attentive. They were very kind. Their bedside manner was exceptional.”

And, she offers this advice to other women living with fibroid pain.

“If you’re suffering from fibroids, definitely do your research, consider UFE, and consider UFE at Sentara, they have the best staff!” she adds.

If you’d like to learn more about Interventional Radiology or what Sentara Heart & Vascular can do for you, call 1-800-Sentara or visit Sentara.com.

Police to hit the water this weekend looking for drunken boaters

WOODBRIDGE — Prince William County police were on the Occoquan River on Thursday. 

Officers on the county’s police boat could be been on the water talking with other boaters that were anchored in Belmont Bay in Woodbridge. The patrols came the before the start of a larger enforcement effort — Operation Dry Water. 

This weekend, just before the biggest holiday of the summer, police will patrol the Potomac River and its tributaries in Prince William County making sure boaters are operating their crafts safely, and not under the influence of alcohol. 

More in a press release: 

Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a year-round, boating-under-the-influence, awareness and enforcement campaign. Its mission is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.

Operation Dry Water’s heightened awareness and enforcement three-day weekend takes place annually around Independence Day. This year the campaign begins Friday and runs through July 1. Prince William County Police will be out on all navigable waters in the County, including the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers as well as at parks and businesses that front them.

The purpose of the heightened enforcement component of the Operation Dry Water campaign is to deter boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When boaters chose to boat impaired they are endangering not only themselves but also other boaters on the water.

Since the launch of Operation Dry Water in 2009, the number of boating fatalities with alcohol named as a contributing factor has decreased in the United States. However, alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in recreational boating deaths in the United States.

Amid state’s lowest unemployment since 2008, Virginians search for jobs in Manassas

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Why is swimming an essential skill?

Throughout your children’s lives, they will learn a great number of skills that will help their long-term development. Basic skills like reading, writing, and math are picked up throughout school, while social skills like manners and conversation are taught at home.

Swimming, however, is a skill that is not specifically taught in school or at home. It is a skill that not only promotes health but is also proven to be a potentially life-saving skill.

During your children’s growing stages, swimming is a great sport that allows them to exercise with low-impact resistance routines. Often times, children take a liking to the sport and continue to practice it in their middle and high school years.

Swimming focuses on core strengthening and flexibility, two very important health aspects. Whether they do it for fun or competitively, it is important to give your children access to this skill early on.

Aside from exercise, swimming is a crucial life-saving skill to have. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were an average 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings between 2005 and 2014.

About one of five people who die by drowning are children 14 years or younger. Many cases of non-fatal drowning injuries often lead to hospitalization and can lead to PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in later years. By learning to swim, a child’s life can potentially be saved when an adult is not present.

The Manassas Park Community Center offers a wide variety of swimming lessons. From six-month-olds to seniors, our swimming programs give students the ability to take up the skill with a variety of levels.

Our Parent and Child course is an introductory early childhood class in which a parent or guardian is in the water with the child. Our Preschool and School Age swimming classes are divided into levels based on skills received at prior levels. We also offer basic swimming and lap swim lessons for adults and seniors. It is never too late to learn this essential skill!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, special events, and recreational classes. For more information visit us at ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

Free webinar focuses risks, medication challenges for older adults

Research conducted by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, indicates that as the number of prescription medication a person (ages 70 or older) takes increases, so do challenges with medication management and potential health risks.

Register for this webinar to discover the ways medications can jeopardize an older adult’s health and independence.  Learn about solutions that could help families and their older loved ones pinpoint potential threats an start the conversations that can potentially lead to effective solutions.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Identify the potential risks associated with medication mismanagement
  • Understand common medication challenges for older adults and signs to look for when medications are to blame for health issues
  • Recognize risks of common conditions that impact medication management
  • Help strengthen he role of the family in reducing the potential for medication risks
  • Learn more about resources to help families feel confident about keeping older adults safe at home

The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, and is offered in cooperation with the American Society on Aging.  For more information and to complete the required pre-registration, go to CaregiverStress.com/ProfessionalEducation 

22 new Prince William police officers graduate academy

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — The Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy Basic Law Enforcement 42nd Session graduated on Friday, June 22, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, just outside Manassas.

The 22 men and women completed a 24-week course of training in all aspects of police work, including classes in firearms, use-of-force decision making, driver training, legal training, patrol techniques, criminal investigation and crash investigation.

To put their lives on the line serving the community, starting officers make $48,000 a year. Now graduated from the training academy, the officers will serve in one of three police districts in the county — on the east side in Woodbridge, on the western end near Manassas, and a new central police district created when the department opened its third police station on Davis Ford Road earlier this year. 

The graduating law enforcement personnel are listed below, and brief biographies of each graduate follow:

Flynn X. Allen served in the U.S. Army Reserves prior to joining the Department. Additionally, he has family in law enforcement. Officer Allen is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

James T. Clinton is a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He has family in law enforcement. Officer Clinton is assigned to work patrol in central Prince William County.

Luiz Carlos J. Da Silva, Jr., is a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C. He worked in the health care industry prior to joining the Department. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Officer DaSilva is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Xavier P. Garcia is a graduate of King High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. He served in military law enforcement in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to joining the Department. Officer Garcia is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

K. Ernest Grenke is a graduate of Culpeper County High School in Culpeper, Va. He served in The Old Guard in the U.S. Army prior to joining the Department. Officer Grenke is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Leathan R. Hopkins is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College in Virginia Beach, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Officer Hopkins is assigned to work patrol in central Prince William County.

Cody W. Jones is a graduate of Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Va. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to joining the Department. Officer Jones is assigned to work patrol in central Prince William County.

Jesse L. Kesterson is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He served in security forces in the U.S. Air Force prior to joining the Department.  Officer Kesterson is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Adnan M. Khan is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He is fluent in Pashto. Officer Khan is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Christopher J. Lehn is a graduate of CUNY Queens College in Flushing, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Officer Lehn is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

Ryan J. Linkous served in military law enforcement in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to joining the Department. Additionally, he was Class Guide of the 42nd Session. Officer Linkous is assigned to work patrol in central Prince William County.

Travis D. Martin is a graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. Officer Martin is assigned to work patrol in central Prince William County.

Michael C. Miller, II, is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Benjamin S. Montgomery has family in law enforcement. Officer Montgomery is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

James K. Murray is a graduate of the University of Mississippi in Oxford with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He has family in law enforcement. Officer Murray is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

Rachel A. Mynier is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She worked in law enforcement in Florida prior to joining the Department.  Officer Mynier is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

Christopher J. Russo is a graduate of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y., with an associate degree in criminal justice. He served in military law enforcement in the U.S. Navy prior to joining the Department. Officer Russo is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Charles D. Simmons, Jr., is a graduate of Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Va., with an associate degree in criminal justice. Officer Simmons is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

Liam M. Solis-Santana served in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to joining the Department. He is fluent in Spanish. Officer Solis-Santana is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

August C. Stickel, V, is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University in Altoona, Pa., with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He served in the U.S. Army prior to joining the Department. Officer Stickel is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

William J. Ward is a graduate of Park View High School in Sterling, Va. He worked in the health care industry prior to joining the Department. Additionally, he was Class President of the 42nd Session. Officer Ward is assigned to work patrol in western Prince William County.

LeAndra K. Watford is a graduate of Paul D. Camp Community College in Virginia with an associate degree in criminal justice. Additionally, she serves in the U.S. Army National Guard. Officer Watford is assigned to work patrol in eastern Prince William County.

A police spokesman says the department is still hiring for new officers. Interested applicants may apply by going to joinpwcpd.org.

A series of zesty days coming to Occoquan in July

From an email: 

Escape the heat and enjoy a lemon zesty day in Occoquan. Explore this historic waterfront town and soak up the flavor of the day enjoying free tasty lemon treats and sipping lemonade.

Discover our independent small businesses, services and cafes. Shop for ongoing specials, bargains and unique finds in our boutiques. Some specials only available during this event. 

Savor a meal, waterside or in a cozy courtyard at one of our restaurants. Stop in at the Tourist Information Center for business information and things to do. Don’t miss the Mill House Museum for local history about our 1700’s town.

Follow the yellow balloons for participating businesses from 10am-5pm each day.

  • Sponsored by The Occoquan Merchants’ Guild

  • 6th Annual Occoquan Lemonade Stroll

  • Townwide Event

  • July 20th & 21st 2018, 10am – 5pm each day

  • Participating businesses each serving Free lemon treats

  • Historic Town just 30 minutes south of DC, I-95 exit 160

  • Free Parking

  • 100% Independent Small Businesses & Restaurants (no chains)

 

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Our $99.50 “Flier Plus” option allows users to have their fliers featured on both our PotomacLocal.com homepage and on our social media. That’s a reach of more than 150,000 local readers.

People make creative fliers to promote themselves because it’s quick, easy, and fun. Now we’ve made it easy to upload those fliers to our website.

We will also continue to serve those who would rather a written press release posted to PotomacLocal.com instead of a flier because you value our high SEO ranking and the results it can produce for their business or organization.

Our $299 “News Post” option puts your press release on our PotomacLocal.,com website homepage, and on social media. Our $349 “News Plus” option allows you to collect user-submitted emails address right from your press release. We collect the emails and send them to you automatically.

Over the years, our readers and advertisers have used PotomacLocal.com’s “Submit News” feature to post their news to our website, which is then reviewed and approved by Potomac Local before it’s published to the website. The addition of the Flier and Flier Plus options come in response to many requests from local business owners looking for a faster, more convenient way to reach more local customers.

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Wound Healing Center opens at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Today, Thursday, June 21, 2018, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center officially unveiled its newly renovated and expanded Sentara Wound Healing Center during a ribbon cutting attended by current and past Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Board members, the Potomac Health Foundation Board, administration, physicians, community members and members of the team. 

The Sentara Wound Healing Center has a history of offering its patients a comprehensive, specialized team approach in dealing with non-healing and difficult to heal wounds. This recent renovation permits easier access for patients and staff with larger doorways and halls. The expansion also includes more storage space and room for the introduction of an advanced treatment option:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

The addition of Sentara Wound Healing Center’s two hyperbaric oxygen chambers will allow new opportunities for patients with slow healing, hard to treat wounds.

Being able to treat patients with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a huge advancement for our organization,” explains Dr. Carol Shapiro, Medical Director of Sentara Wound Healing Center, “This is an exciting technology and even in our short experience, we are already seeing results.”

In Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, patients receive daily treatments of 100% oxygen delivered under pressure. The purpose of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is to promote healing in wounds which are stalling like, areas treated with radiation or because of a systemic disease, like diabetes. By breathing this 100% oxygen, wounds heal quicker, opening diseased or injured blood vessels.

For patients like Larry Boomer, an amputee and diabetic who has been fighting slow healing wounds for years, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has given him a new lease on life.

“In the short time I’ve been doing this treatment, my wounds have healed up so amazingly. I had surgery on my foot and had a wound which was open for six months. Now, within 34 days, the wound is just about completely closed. I’m just amazed!” says Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy patient, Larry Boomer.

“This advanced technology is an incredible addition to the community and the Sentara Wound Healing Center. It wouldn’t be possible without months of hard work by our dedicated team,” says Kathie Johnson, President, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

The state-of-the-art Sentara Wound Healing Center brings together a diverse team of doctors and specialists who work with a patient’s own physicians to develop a customized treatment plan and provide expert care for hard to treat wounds.

“The addition of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy aligns with Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s mission and vision: to Improve Health Every Day and be the provider of choice for our community. The Sentara Wound Healing Center does this by elevating patient care and providing these important treatment options right in our patients’ own backyards,” says Johnson.

If you or a loved one has a wound that just won’t heal, don’t hesitate. Contact the experienced doctors, nurses and staff at the Sentara Wound Healing Center: 703-523-0660.

Woman struck in hit and run on I-95 cited for ‘being a pedestrian on the interstate’

A woman from Lorton was struck after she pulled off on the side of Interstate 95 south at the Purple Heart Bridge over the Occoquan River. 

We don’t yet know why she stopped. 

More from Virginia State Police: 

Virginia State Police is investigating a report of a pedestrian struck on I-95 in Fairfax County.

At approximately 3:49 p.m. on May 20, 2018, Breeja R. Wilkins, 21, of Lorton, Va. had pulled onto the right shoulder of I-95 South at the 161.2 mile marker near the Occoquan Bridge and exited her vehicle.  A Toyota Tacoma, driven by Robert T. McGee, 51, of Lorton, Va., entered the highway from Route 1 in the lane adjacent to Wilkins.

A verbal altercation between Wilkins and McGee ensued. The state police investigation revealed Wilkins walked into the merge lane to where McGee’s vehicle was located. She was subsequently struck by his vehicle.  

McGee left the scene in his vehicle. 

Wilkins was transported to a nearby hospital in her vehicle by one of her passengers. She was treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

During the course of the trooper’s investigation, video of the incident was obtained from a passing vehicle. The video is not being released as it is part of the ongoing investigation.

State police did receive a 911 call about the incident, but when the trooper arrived on scene both vehicles and parties had left the scene. 

State police has charged McGee with one felony count of hit & run and one misdemeanor count for assault.

Traffic summons for being a pedestrian on the interstate and improper stopping on the interstate have been issued for Wilkins.

The incident remains under investigation.

Three ways seniors can stay healthy and fit

Aging comes with many inevitable changes in the body. As we get older, our metabolism slows down and gaining weight becomes almost imminent, especially if we are not accustomed to exercising regularly.

As we get older, our bodies are also more prone to illness. Many seniors experience loss of strength in the bones, which can put them at risk of injury. With lack of exercise, seniors may lose the energy to perform simple daily tasks, such as walking up and down stairs, carrying groceries, or even walking for extended periods of time. Fortunately, these things can be avoided by taking classes that make exercising comfortable and easy on the body.

Yoga is a perfect example of a class that exercises the body without the stress of heavy lifting. Yoga is a type of exercise routine that uses a variety of stretching poses focusing on flexibility and core strength, both of which are key factors for seniors to have comfortable mobility. It’s also a perfect way to increase balance and reduce joint pain. Aside from giving the body a workout, yoga is also used to stay relaxed.

If you enjoy aquatics and being in the water, there are also classes that take place in the pool. Classes like Aqua Zumba and Aquasize help give you a great low-impact, full-body workout. Water classes are different in the sense that the water itself adds resistance. It is as if you are lifting weights, without the strain-free weights put on your body. 

Of course, some seniors may not feel comfortable in a group exercise setting. If so, a great way to remain healthy is simply by walking, and doing it often. Walking is likely the easiest way for seniors to stay active, as it has great heart benefits.

A good way to keep track of your health is to set gradually increasing goals as the weeks go by, so you can see how much you improve as you walk for longer distances and times. Joining a Walking Club may even help you meet new friends as you achieve your fitness goals. Walking in trails surrounded by nature is particularly beneficial.

According to a study by Holli-Anne Passmore and Dr. Andrew J. Howell, spending time in nature helps to relieve stress, and puts your brain in a state of calmness that helps it refresh after a busy day. A good pair of comfortable shoes and water are all you need!

The Manassas Park Community Center offers many classes that focus on senior health at an affordable price. All of the group exercise classes mentioned above are offered at no additional cost to members. They are also available to non-members for a $4 drop-in rate. It is never a bad time to start! We hope we can be a vital part of your fitness journey!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, special events, and recreational classes. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

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