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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 

The Fredericksburg Nationals? City aims to lure baseball team from Woodbridge.

FREDERICKSBURG — They’re clearly excited in Fredericksburg.

City officials on Tuesday posted to their Facebook page announcing the city was in the works to sign a letter of intent with the Potomac Nationals. That agreement would move the team from their home in Woodbridge, where they’ve been since 1984.

The partnership was announced at a Fredericksburg City Council meeting. The team could relocate to a new stadium to be built somewhere on a tract of undeveloped land called Celebrate Virginia South, near the city’s convention center and Mark’s and Harrison Amphitheater.

According to fredericksburgbaseball.com, if the team reaches an agreement with the city it would remain in Fredericksburg for 30 years. The deal would include a new 5,000-seat stadium for the team similar to what the team had envisioned to be built at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge.

Potomac Nationals Team Owner Art Silber could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

News of the potential move comes about a year after Prince William County officials failed to come to an agreement with Silber on a financing package for his new stadium in Woodbridge. It would have been located behind Wegmans at the town center, and, for the team, it would be a replacement for Richard G. Pfitzner Stadium, where the P-Nats have called home since moving to Woodbridge from Alexandria in 1984.

The team has talked about the need for a new stadium for about 20 years.

The Fredericksburg City Council is expected to review and vote on the letter of intent at its July 10 meeting, according to the city’s Facebook page.

This is not the first time Fredericksburg has tired to lure a team to the city. In 2013, officials were in negotiations with the Hagerstown Suns, of Maryland. But negotiations fell through when costs for a new 5,000-seat stadium grew beyond the initial $30 million price point, something similar to what happened during the P-Nats negotiations with Prince William leaders.

The Fredericksburg City Treasurer is set to begin selling parcels on the land on which the new P-Nats stadium would be built. The owners of undeveloped property owe more than two years of back tax payments.

Fredericksburg officials posted this logo to the city’s Facebook page on June 26, 2018.

26 people from 14 homes displaced by Woodbridge fire

From a press release: 

Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of an apartment fire at 1284 Bayside Avenue within minutes and reported smoke showing from the front of the building.

Crews entered the apartment building to search for one resident who was reported unaccounted for by Prince William County Police, so a second alarm was called.

Fire was knocked down approximately 20 minutes later. The missing resident was later located, uninjured, after self-evacuating. Crews remained on scene for several hours. 26 people and two dogs were displaced. 14 units were affected. There were no reported injuries. Red Cross was called in to assist.

The blaze is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, PWCDF&R, Dumfries-Triangle VFD, PWC PD responded to the incident.

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.

Now you can post your event fliers to Potomac Local

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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.

Prince William honors longest-serving police chief by naming new station after him

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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.

Find your Passion…as a Doctor!

Join us to meet the local top docs! Find your Passion as a Doctor!
(Shadow for a Day Series)

Centerfuse
9071 Center St., Manassas
Tues., June 26th, 5:30pm to 6:30 pm

Hosted by Theresa Ellis, Tackle Management PR Marketing

Students: Hear about job-shadowing opportunities.
Community members; Learn about healthcare updates.

Our top Novant Health UVA Health System physicians include:

  • Mike Perez, MD Family Medicine
  • Mark Bartolozzi, MD General Surgery
  • Joanne Gutliph, MD Gynecology
  • Ahsan Jafir, MD Cardiology

RSVP TheresaEllis@TackleManagement.com

Free with snacks and refreshments.

Woodbridge man killed in motorcycle crash

From Virginia State Police: 

Virginia State Police Trooper N.A. Dayes is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in Fairfax County. The crash occurred June 12, 2018, at 9:57 p.m. on Interstate 66, less than a mile east of the Dulles Toll road.

According to witnesses, two motorcycles were westbound on I-66 and traveling at a high rate of speed. One of the motorcycles, a 2011 Suzuki GSX, sideswiped a 2001 Jaguar XK8 traveling west on I-66. The impact of the crash caused the motorcycle to run off the left side of the interstate and strike the guardrail. 

The motorcyclist, Jorge Ranulfo Sanchez Jr., 27, of Woodbridge, Va., died at the scene. Sanchez was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the car was not injured in the crash.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center tops in treatment of heart attack patients

American College of Cardiology NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Award recognizes high standards of patient care

Sentara Heart and Vascular Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Sentara Heart and Vascular Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for eight consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures.

Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, Chair, ACTION Registry; Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. “By meeting the requirements set forth in the registry and establishing a culture of providing guideline-recommended therapy, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is saving lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

“The Cardiac Catheterization lab achievements in the ACTION Registry is an attestation of all hard work poured into the endeavors of the EMS, Emergency Department and Cardiovascular service line.  The efforts of all of our health care team cannot be overstated in providing state-of-the-art, lifesaving procedures to the most common and lethal disease of our century.  We praise and support all the staff who devoted their time and hearts to raise the level of care in our beloved community,” said Dr. Khalid Abousy, Medical Director of the Interventional Cardiology at Sentara Heart and Vascular Center in Woodbridge, Virginia.

ACTION Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.

Full STEAM Ahead at New Everbrook Academy Preschool in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE – Tomorrow’s leaders are hard at work exploring, discovering and having serious fun in Gainesville as they prepare for future success. Classes are now underway at Everbrook Academy of Gainesville, where children are among the first in the country to hone their critical thinking and collaborative skills at this unique early education experience.

Everbrook Academy is a new 21st century preschool designed to nurture young learners’ abilities as natural-born scientists and engineers while preparing them to navigate a changing world.

Emphasizing hands-on learning in STEAM – science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics – Everbrook Academy connects academic skills to practical application, bringing concepts to life in ways that are meaningful for children. The newest offering in early education leader Learning Care Group’s family of schools, Everbrook Academy builds on the company’s half-century of experience in inspiring children to love learning.

Ready for School, Ready for Life
Everbrook Academy brings the world into every classroom, encouraging children to think about what they’re learning and explore concepts in a fun and holistic way. It nurtures children’s critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration – four essential elements that will be integral in shaping their future.

“Our leading-edge new program at Everbrook Academy will prepare our next-generation leaders and innovators academically, physically and socially for future success, while introducing them to an ever changing, technology driven world,” said Barbara Beck, CEO, Learning Care Group.

The program at Everbrook Academy combines passionate, credentialed teachers, a research-driven curriculum and personalized learning experiences. Each classroom provides a stimulating environment with STEAM-inspired technology, tools and toys. Supported by Learning Care Group’s exclusive School Readiness Pathway, the proprietary curriculum is designed to address the specific needs of children based on age and individual pace of development, starting in infancy.

At the heart of Everbrook Academy is the Brook, a community activity room that provides an inviting gathering spot for children of all ages. It features cozy reading nooks with books, an interactive virtual playground with fun and educational collaborative games, a performance stage, and STEAM zones. Here, children can construct robots, design and build structures, try their hand at composing music, solve puzzles, learn about codes, and more.

“At Everbrook Academy, we’re uniquely and intentionally planning individualized learning experiences for real children, in real time, readying them for a society that is increasingly dependent on STEAM skills,” said Dr. Susan Canizares, Chief Academic Officer, Learning Care Group. “Parents will have a personalized, custom experience for their children at Everbrook which they are unlikely to find anywhere else.”

Everbrook Academy in Gainesville is located at 7550 Nolan Road and is now enrolling students. Other locations will be available to families in select markets nationwide – including schools in Arlington and Bristow, Va. Program offerings include classes for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, with before- and after-school clubs for school-age students.

For more information, call 866-222-0269 or visit: everbrookacademy.com. Here’s a glimpse of the fun hands-on learning now underway at other Everbrook Academy locations.

Donned in black, burglars hit five stores on Route 1

From Prince William police: 

Commercial Burglaries – During the early morning hours of June 9, officers responded to investigate five commercial burglaries that occurred throughout the Woodbridge area of Prince William County.

Officers determined that sometime between 2:45AM and 5:23AM, two unknown suspects wearing all dark clothing forced entry into the B-Thrifty located at 13412 Jefferson Davis Hwy, the Food Lion located at 13414 Jefferson Davis Hwy, the Wendy’s located at 14113 Jefferson Davis Hwy, the Shell service station located at 12522 Gordon Blvd, and the Exxon service station located at 13505 Minnieville Rd.

The suspects attempted to take money from cash registers and an ATM machine. Several cartons of cigarettes and money were reported missing. It is believed that the suspects used a dark colored SUV to flee the area. The investigation continues.

Fire breaks out on Soffitt Place. Crews sent to wrong house.

WOODBRIDGE — A caller with the wrong address sent fire crews to the wrong house while another burned.

From an email: 

Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a house fire in Lake Ridge.  Fire and Rescue units were initially sent to the wrong address in another neighborhood. However,  a second caller was able to direct crews to the correct address of 3534 Soffitt Place. Units arrived within minutes to find fire on the side of the house and through the roof. 

Arriving almost simultaneously, crews were able to extinguish the exterior fire on the house, shed and car while additional crews made entry to fight the interior house fire.

The fire was under control in 25 minutes. Crews remained on scene for several hours.  The blaze is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office.  

American Red Cross was called and assisted the occupants with temporary housing. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, and PWCDF&R responded to the incident. 

Von Willebrand’s disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder

Michele Thomas has a standing appointment two days a week. But, it isn’t to get her hair or nails done or improve her backswing — it’s to get the vital infusions to keep her healthy.

While some would dread their appointments, Michele looks forward to visiting the Infusion Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

“Some of these ladies have been with me since day one! I don’t remember a time when they weren’t there. It’s like a home to me. I’ve spent my whole diagnosis here,” said Michele, with tears in her eyes.

These nurses and staff have been a part of Michele’s life for more than a decade. Nurses like Karen Setzer.

“Many times we see our patients over and over, and we can’t help but get attached to them in one way or another. Every patient is unique, and yet when they arrive for the first time, you can tell how vulnerable they feel. As a team, we do our best to allay their fears to help make their stay as comfortable as possible.”

Michele was diagnosed with von Willebrand disease in 2007. Her mother lived with the same condition until her death in 2006.

“Von Willebrand’s disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder, affecting approximately 1% of the population. However, only 1% of affected individuals have medically significant bleeding problems,” explains Michele’s doctor, Hematologist, and Oncologist Geoffrey Moorer, MD. “Patients with von Willebrand’s disease have a deficiency or abnormality of von Willebrand’s factor, which is one of the many proteins our bodies make to regulate bleeding and blood clotting.”

Michele says while her grandmother was never officially diagnosed, she was always classified as a “bleeder.” Her mother was identified as having the condition when she was in her late 50’s, that’s why when Michele was diagnosed in her 40’s, she wasn’t necessarily surprised.

“At first I thought it was just the effects of coming off my blood pressure medicine,” remembers Michele. “Two days later, I still couldn’t get myself together. I had no energy. I was short of breath. Thinking the blood pressure medicine still wasn’t out of my system, I went to the Emergency Room. They took a tube of blood and came back saying I needed a blood transfusion.”

That would be the first of more than 2,500 bags of blood Michele has received, to date. After the initial shock of learning her diagnosis, Michele composed herself.

“I had a moment where I had a pity party for myself, but then I got it together, I had taken care of my mom after her diagnosis, so I knew what I had to do.”

The nurses and staff, along with Dr. Moorer, have helped guide her through the process.

“There are several types of von Willebrand’s disease and the spectrum of bleeding problems varies greatly among patients. So there is no ‘normal’ course of treatment. Patients with the most severe bleeding problems often require treatment with ‘replacement factors’ which are proteins that regulate blood clotting in the body. While patients with less severe forms of the disease may require no regular treatment at all or intermittent medications that cause their body to make more of their own blood clotting factors,” explains Dr. Moorer.

Michele is a patient that requires bi-weekly visits to Sentara’s Outpatient Infusion Center.

“I just couldn’t imagine going through this at any other place,” says Michele, “These people are like family to me!”

The Outpatient Infusion Center is just part of the expanding cancer resources at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. A recent move within the hospital has reconfigured services so they’re all grouped together on the first floor, allowing easier access for patients and family members.

“The Infusion Center allows patients to receive ongoing skilled treatment while continuing with their daily activities and often allow them to continue working if need be,” says Setzer, an RN, and Oncology Certified Nurse. “We offer a multitude of services that include chemotherapy, blood transfusions, biologics, vaccines injections, iron infusions, as well as many other treatments. Our team comes from all different backgrounds, and yet, we all have the same purpose: to improve the health of every patient we treat. We are a team of respect, closeness and are always each other’s wingmen.”

It’s this attention and commitment to exemplary patient care that keeps Michele coming back to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, even though she now lives in Fairfax.

“I would absolutely recommend the Infusion Center to people, my loyalty and faith belong to Sentara. It’s not just the care you get, but it’s the people also. I love all the ladies. I just couldn’t even imagine going through this at any other place.”

To learn about the Sentara Cancer Network and Outpatient Infusion Services at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, call 703-523-0640 or visit Sentara.com to find the services that are right for you.

El Polo Rico on Minnieville Road burns

From Prince William fire and rescue: 

Fire Incident
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
1:48 PM

Units were dispatched to the El Polo Rico restaurant in the 14000 block of Minnieville Road for a building fire. Units arrived on the scene with smoke showing from the roof. The fire was discovered in the exhaust ventilation duct system. The fire was quickly brought under control. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office. The business will be closed until repairs are made.

 
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