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This week is devoted to infertility awareness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stayin’ Alive: Volunteer fire crews douse blaze on Beegee Court

Fire crews were called to a townhouse fire in the 1800 block of Beegee Court in Woodbridge.

From a press release: 

OWL Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a townhouse fire off Sugar Hill Drive in Woodbridge. A second caller reported the fire in the next neighborhood located at 1862 Beegee Court, and responding units were immediately redirected. Crews arrived within minutes and reported fire showing from the back of the townhouse.

Crews extinguished the fire on the exterior and then made entry into the house, also heavily involved with fire on all three floors. Fire damaged the siding of both neighboring townhouses, but crews prevented it from spreading and causing additional damage. The fire was under control within 50 minutes.

The blaze is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office. Two adults, two children, and one dog were displaced. There were no reported injuries. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, PWCDF&R, and Fairfax responded to the incident.

Sentara to hold cancer survivor night at the Potomac Nationals

WOODBRIDGE — A special cancer survivor’s night will be held at the Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge. 

The idea is to bring together cancer survivors for a game of Minor Leauge Baseball on Friday, May 4, when the Potomac Nationals take on the Salem Red Sox.

The event is organized by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center which will have a sign-in and photo booth for attendees at 5:30 p.m. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. 

During the game, survivors who registered and claimed tickets ahead of time will be recognized on the field during the game. Survivor tickets are available on a first come, first served basis by calling 703-523-1599. 

Sentara’s Elizabeth Rogers tells us: 

This is not a first for SNVMC, it’s the second. We tried it last year, heard great things from our survivors so decided to do it again.

Last year we had 26 survivors attend (plus their guests). Our goal is 50 survivors + 50 guests.

This event is important to us because cancer patients go through a lot, physically and mentally, and we want to celebrate them and their journey…give them something fun to do and be recognized for fighting for their health. It does also help raise awareness to a variety of community members about the Sentara Cancer Network and the quality cancer services in Prince William County.

The other cancer-related events throughout the year include our clinical providers giving lectures to a variety of groups, Breast Cancer Survivorship Brunch, Party on Wheels! Mobile Mammo Event (held at Potomac Mills Mall on Columbus day each year), we also sponsor and sponsor and attend the ZERO Prostate Cancer Awareness Walk & we have a team at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Potomac Mills mall farmers market returns this weekend

WOODBRIDGE — The Potomac Mills Farmers Market returns this weekend for the second year. 

the market will run through October 27 and will be located at the commuter lot on the front side of Potomac Mills mall, located at 2700 Potomac Mills Circle in Woodbridge.

On Saturday, April 21 the Farmers’ Market at Potomac Mills will return for its second year, featuring more than 50 local farmers, producers and vendors. The market will also include range of fun activities on opening day including face painting, balloon artists and giveaways for kids and pups. Located in the parking lot near Matchbox, this family-friendly (and dog-friendly) Farmers Market will take place every Saturday from April 21 through October 27, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

“Last year we received such a positive response from both the community and vendors that we knew we had to bring the Farmers’ Market back for a second season,” said Bethany Zorn, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Potomac Mills. “It means a lot to us to be able to offer our customers a unique shopping experience, serving as a one-stop shop for the Woodbridge community.”

Purveyors include:

  • Honeycomb Heroes, a veteran owned vendor offering hive-derived honey, candles, lotions and more. 

  • Taste of Old Country, a line of award-winning oils, vinegars and seasonings passed down from the “old country.”

  • DC Dills, homemade varieties of tradition dill and sweet pickles in addition to specialties like beets, kraut and more.

  • Blur Coffee, offering rare, artisanal coffee beans direct traded from farms in Vietnam.

  • Happy Family Ranch, a family owned and operated ranch focused on raising chemical (and stress) free meats.

How an organ donation from a 25-year-old man gave Dan Nickloy as second-chance ‘miracle’ at life he’ll never forget

More than 115,000 men, women, and children sit on the transplant list, waiting for a miracle.

On average, 22 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time.  

Over the years, Diane Nickloy has cared for a number of those patients in her role as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse and Unit Coordinator at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. But, it was almost four years ago, roles were reversed when Diane learned her husband, Dan was in desperate need.

“My husband got sick very quickly,” remembers Diane, “Our daughter was getting married in May of that year and decided we needed to get healthy so that we’d look good in our tux and our dress. Dan hadn’t been to the doctors in 15 years, so he said, ‘I’m going to make an appointment and go,’ and he did. While he wasn’t feeling sick or anything, the doctor discovered an atrial flutter or abnormal heart rhythm. From there, the doctor decided to do lab work as a precaution. When the labs came back days later, it showed Dan had an abnormal liver function.”

Dan, who was just 61 at the time, went from feeling a little tired to dealing with a major health crisis.

“Once I had my diagnosis, my disease progressed rapidly,” remembers Dan. “I learned very early that transplant was the only cure. My first thought was I was going to die early and I wasn’t ready. I had a lot to do in life and I was going to miss out,” he said.

That May, Dan was able to walk his only daughter down the aisle at her wedding, but soon after he was admitted to the hospital.

“I was getting sicker. I didn’t think I was ever coming home, and prepared to say my goodbyes,” he remembers. “Then, one night the doctor came in, put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Mr. Nickloy, we have a liver. Are you ready to go?’”

Dan says that today, July 17, 2014, marks a miracle and the second chapter in his life.  

The Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) says that’s what it’s all about.

“Organ donation means lives saved!” explains Valerie Schneider, Media Relations and Communications Manager for WRTC, “For every organ donor, there’s the potential to save eight lives. For those waiting on the transplant list, there’s nothing more meaningful than the gift of life.”

In the DC metropolitan area, with thousands of people are on the transplant list, only about 67% of the adult population are registered as donors. One reason could be the myth that donors won’t receive the same level of care should they be injured or come to the hospital.

“When someone passes, they are evaluated by a highly skilled team to determine their donation capability. Nobody is ruled out for donation because of age, race, or social status; the medical evaluation determines the donation potential,” says Schneider.

The Nickloy family doesn’t know much about the person whose gift made Dan’s life possible, only that he was 25-years-old and killed in an automobile accident. While Dan has asked to meet the donor’s family, they haven’t taken him up on his request.

He just wants them to know how grateful he really is.

“I feel I was part of a miracle,” he says. “My only regret is I never got to meet the family who made the selfless act to donate their loved one’s organ in their time of grief, so I could live a better, fuller life.”

That fuller life includes the birth of his grandson, Brooks. While the donation of a liver, Dan wouldn’t have been alive to meet him.

It’s a gift he doesn’t take for granted.

“Today I feel great. I’m 65 and have more energy than I ever did. I have a positive outlook. I have changed my diet, I don’t smoke or drink. I don’t take a moment here on earth for granted. I make sure I spend time with family and friends, you never know what the future holds,” says Dan.

Dan also shares his experience with organ donation to raise awareness. He encourages people to become donors themselves.

“Organ donation is a gift to others that allows their life to go on. I want donor families to know that your generous decision to donate your loved ones’ organ will be received with dignity and respect.”

To learn more and to register to become a donor go to

Tour four beautiful homes at the Clifton Homes Tour for Charity

The Clifton Community Woman’s Club will host the 46th Annual Clifton Homes Tour and Silent Auction on Friday, May 18. Tour: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Silent Auction: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Clifton Presbyterian Church. Proceeds benefit the Club’s 501(c)(3) Charitable Trust and are distributed to local scholarships and charities.

The Tour offers guided tours of four beautiful homes in Clifton. Visitors can tour a farmhouse built in 1900 with furniture and antiques specific to Virginia. In another home, bold colors and true Williamsburg style combine to create a fun family atmosphere. A third home balances natural elements and 18th-century proportion. A fourth home is a Georgian hilltop manor with Virginia-made furniture and original artwork.

Free guided tours are offered for two historic churches: Clifton Baptist Church (1910) and Clifton Primitive Baptist Church (1871). Other events with free admission include a Silent Auction, Trinkets and Treasures, and wreath sale at the Clifton Presbyterian Church.

Tour tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 at local businesses: in Manassas at Flower Gallery; in Clifton at Adler’s Art & Frame, Belle Jar Design, and Hydrangea of Clifton; in Centreville at Banner’s Hallmark; in Burke at Five Star Hair, The Picket Fence, and The Yarn Barn; in Fairfax at Twinbrook Floral Design. Tickets are also available online for $30 at or at Clifton Presbyterian Church (12748 Richards Ln, Clifton, VA 20124) the day of the tour.

Please visit or contact Kay at for more information.

We need a freelance community reporter

We’re seeking a freelance reporter who has a passion for community and who isn’t afraid to pick up the phone, use email, or dig on the web to get details.

Our ideal writer will be familiar with the Prince William County, Virginia region to include the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

They will be able to write about local government, schools, business, events and features.

Much if not all of the writing can be completed while working from home.

Experience gained while writing for a community news publication is preferred but not required.


Send your resume, links to three of your best articles, and contact info to Uriah Kiser.


NOVA students participate in third annual ‘hack-a-thon’

From a press release: 

Approximately 356 students from various colleges, universities and high schools across the country gathered on the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College to participate in the third annual Innovation Hackathon event, held at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) on April 13-15. Individuals traveled as far as Florida to attend this year’s largest NOVA-Woodbridge Hackathon event since it began in 2016.

Innovation Hackathon, a 36-hour-long competition offered hands-on experience to students interested in cybersecurity and secure coding methods. Participants came prepared for the weekend with sleeping bags and overnight items, eager to work in teams to “hack” several challenges provided by corporate sponsors General Dynamics Information Technology, Rapid Cycle, Strategy and Management Services (SAMS), Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA), Rigil Corporation and the AllCyber Association. The challenges involved the complexities of data visualization, developing applications, information assurance and secure programming for first-, second- and third-place teams to win a HP Chromebook 14 G5, an Amazon Echo and an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. In addition, seven students each received a $1,000 Hackathon award from sponsors.

Dr. Kenneth Fritzsche, director of the Identity Technology Division (ITD) in the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), within the National Protection and Programs Directorate was the keynote speaker for the event. He encouraged participants to explore opportunities in STEM fields when determining lucrative career options.   

Rescue crews pull man from 10-foot construction trench

From a press release: 

Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of a worker injured in a trench at Route 1 and Mary’s Way.  Units arrived on scene to report a person injured from a partial trench collapse, but not buried, in the bottom of a 10-foot construction trench. 

Tactical crews went to work immediately to ensure the trench was safe from additional collapse and to remove the victim. The victim was removed from the trench in minutes and transported to a local hospital. 

Construction workers dug the victim from the collapse debris before fire and EMS crews arrived.   Fire & Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, Dumfries Triangle VFD, PWC Department of Fire & Rescue and PWCPD, responded to the incident. 

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Changes coming to Woodbridge/Lake Ridge OmniLink bus

The Woodbridge/Lake Ridge OmniLink buses will no longer serve some stops and will stop traveling through Tacketts Mill shopping center. 

From an email of OmniRide: 

New routing and bus stops will be served as of Monday, April 23 for all local Woodbridge/Lake Ridge buses at Smoketown Plaza and Tackett’s Mill.

At Smoketown Plaza, local Woodbridge/Lake Ridge buses will begin serving a new bus shelter across from Arby’s, behind the Mobile 1 Lube Express. The last day that buses will serve the current bus stop, in front of Subway, will be Saturday, April 21.

At Tackett’s Mill, local Woodbridge/Lake Ridge buses will no longer travel through the shopping center at the management company’s request. (However, Lake Ridge Fellowship House will continue to be served as an on-demand and off-route trip location.) Instead, starting on April 23, two new bus stops will be served outside the shopping center at:

  • Tackett’s Mill Drive after Minnieville Road, behind CVS and in front of Burger King; and

  • Harbor Drive before Lake Manor Drive, next to the lake and across from the Car Wash. This stop will serve as the start and end point for all trips that currently are listed as starting and ending at Tackett’s Mill. It also will be a time point, which means any early-arriving buses will remain at this location until the scheduled departure time.

Business leaders, entrepreneurs to provide an interactive experience which will prepare participants to create/grow ventures successfully

CenterFuse and Innovate Manassas is set to launch the first LaB Bootcamp 101.

The boot camp starts May 2 and runs until July 25.

The Bootcamp is held every other Wednesday evening doors open at 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The cost for the eight-session program is $200.

The program is ideal for those individuals in a home based business or any startup including those in the idea phase. Any people with the passion, vision, and insight to start and grow a business.

The LaB Bootcamp offers assistance and training in:

• Challenges and opportunities for new and growing ventures
• Innovative marketing
• Business Concepts and ideas
• Legal considerations
• Sustainability
• Financing the business
• Accounting
• Fundamentals and operations
• Using technology & social media
• Intellectual Property
• …and much more!

The LaB Bootcamp is a series of intensive education sessions designed to help entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs develop the skills necessary to create successful, growth-oriented businesses.

A team of business leaders and guest entrepreneurs provide an interactive experience which will prepare participants to create/grow ventures successfully. Attendees also receive one-on-one consulting assistance.

Focused, intense, and packed with useful material, LaB Bootcamp is tailored to aspiring entrepreneurs, helping them answer the following questions:

• What is a good business concept?
• How can I determine if my business idea is a good one?
• Do I really need a business plan and, if so, how can I write a great one?
• What do I need to know about my customers and the market, and how can I get answers?
• Where do I get financing?
• How do I make sense of the numbers and which numbers really matter?
• What is a business model, and does my business model make sense?
• What is guerrilla marketing? Are there ways to do more with marketing while spending less?
• What does it really take to succeed in business by myself?
• Where do I go to get the information I need to organize my new business?

A team of experienced business leaders all successful entrepreneurs work with participants, introducing ideas and concepts, and showing you how to apply them to a current or potential business. At the end of the eight sessions, participants will have completed a business plan and have the opportunity to pitch their idea and plan to a group of potential investors.

Win four tickets to see ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to benefit Haymarket Regional Food Pantry

A special screening of Marvel’s new Avengers: Infinity War movie will be held on Thursday, April 26 — a day before the movie is released in theatres.

The special screening will benefit the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry.

Potomac Local subscribers have a chance to WIN a family-four pack of tickets to the show courtesy of Simple Luxuries Travel

From an email. 

I wanted to make you aware of a community event here in Manassas that is designed to help stock the shelves of the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry.

Simple Luxuries Travel is hosting a private, invitation-only preview screening of Avengers: Infinity War on April 26 at 7 p.m. in Manassas.

We would like to offer you a family 4-pack of tickets to giveaway to one of your viewers/subscribers. How you choose to pick the winner is at your discretion, we would just need the name and email of the winner to get them their tickets since all tickets to the event will be electronic.

With Disney releasing the Avengers and the Incredibles movies this year we want to use this superhero theme to reach out and encourage people to be their own superhero and help those families in need. Many people look at the holidays to help those fighting hunger but this need must be addressed each day for some families.

The screening will be held at Manassas Stadium 14 & IMAX, located at 11380 Bullock Drive near Manassas.

The winning Potomac Local subscriber will be notified via email on Friday, April 20.

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Charges filed after electronic threat made against Hylton High School student

From Prince William police: 

Threats of Bodily Harm | Threats on School Grounds – On April 10 at 5:26PM, officers responded to a residence located in Woodbridge to investigate a threatening message against a student of Hylton High School located at 14051 Spriggs Rd in Woodbridge (22193). The investigation revealed that the victim received several threatening messages communicated over the social media app “Instagram” from two user accounts that suggested an act of violence against the student while at the school.

On April 11, another student reported to a School Resource Officer (SRO) that he had found graffiti written on a bathroom stall also suggesting an act of violence at the school. Upon further investigation of both incidents, detectives with the Intel Unit and the SRO determined that the same student who found and reported the threatening graffiti had also fraudulently created the two Instagram accounts. Further investigation also determined that the same suspect wrote the graffiti on the bathroom stall then reported it. Detectives subsequently determined that the risk to the school was not credible. Following the investigation, the SRO obtained and served petitions for the student on April 13.

Charged on April 13: [Juvenile]

A 16-year-old male of Woodbridge

Charged with  communicating a threat of bodily harm over electronic means, threats of serious bodily injury on school property, and destruction of property

Court Date: Pending | Status: Held at a Juvenile Detention Center

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