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This mindset guides our process and allows the FreshySites team to grow from within

The fourth part of the FreshySites Ethos is Grow From Within. We’re always open to welcoming new members to the FS team if we’re hiring. But once you’re on team Freshy, a lot is expected of you – because our clients expect a lot from our company.

The Freshy team is highly motivated, reliable, extremely organized, creative, collaborative and so much more.

As we’ve stated before, the FS team comes to work each day ready to serve the customer in any way possible, constantly looking for ways to help them and show them their value. This requires us to be ego free, always treating clients, and each other, with the utmost respect and kindness.

Our unity in these mindsets allows us to effectively ask for more in our daily process, pushing ourselves to be the best we can be, pushing FS forward as well. More than anything else, our asking for more lends itself to growing from within.

In order to push our company forward, our employees have to push themselves, each day, to be as thoughtful, efficient and productive as possible in their individual roles and responsibilities.

Having this mindset guide our process allows the FS team to effortlessly grow from within because our team members are consistently surpassing expectations – both internally and externally – growing their individual skills and capabilities, as well as our team’s collective talents and abilities.

Our team is constantly growing in our capabilities, skills, talents and so much more.

More importantly, though, our employees are growing individually, far beyond their official titles – from junior web designers into web designers for example – but in their responsibilities within the company, becoming even more productive, hard-working, incredible members of our team with each passing day.

FreshySites – a regionally focused company with national reach and operations, growing our team from within.

FreshySites is a fast-growing website design firm dedicated to creating beautiful websites, while consistently delivering best-in-industry customer service and support. Founded in 2011, FreshySites has quickly expanded into the largest in-house WordPress web design shop on the East Coast. Our Washington D.C. office was founded in 2012 by Vincent Consumano. With additional offices, we have the team, resources and tools to serve our local – and national – clients through website mockups, creative briefs, revision rounds, and Search Engine Optimization audits. FreshySites is determined to take our regional clients’ online presence to the next level, ultimately helping them to grow and thrive. Explore our website to learn more about us, see our portfolio of work and become a part of our client family today!”

Featured Listing: 9113 Church Street

FOR LEASE: 2,773 SF Office Space

RARE OPPORTUNITY!  Located at the corner of Church and Battle streets in the heart of Historic Downtown, this property has it all: a desirable location, charm and affordable rental rates.   Just steps away from restaurants, shops and the Court House- this gem is perfect for a small professional services firm and won’t be on the market for long.    

Space Includes:

  • 5 Private Offices
  • Conference Room
  • Reception/Waiting Area
  • Storage & Server Rooms
  • 2 Private Restrooms 
  • Lease rate: $15 per SF

For additional information, 

please contact: 

Brian Snook, 703-330-1224

brian@weber-rector.com

or

Patrick Small, 703-257-8881

psmall@manassasava.gov



Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center gets heart healthy, urges people to ‘Know Your Numbers’

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women.

The American Heart Association says 1 in 3 women dies from the disease, and that’s why February is American Heart Month.

Sadly, the news isn’t surprising to Dr. Aysha Arshad, Medical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, “Women are often busy with day to day tasks, taking care of others, taking care of their family. They neglect their own health until things become much worse for them.”

Every day, Dr. Arshad sees women who have heart issues which haven’t been addressed, “The data for heart failure and women who suffer heart attacks show they come in much sicker and they’re much more difficult to treat because they’ve let so much time lapse.”

Part of the issue is women’s heart attack symptoms can differ from men’s, “They may not have crushing chest pains, they may have jaw or neck pain. Or maybe, be a little sweaty. Or perhaps, have a difference in exercise capacity,” explains Dr. Arshad.

The sooner a woman is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin.

Dr. Arshad says knowledge is power and offers this advice, “Recognize the early symptoms for heart disease, be a good advocate for your own cardiovascular health, follow up with your doctor should you develop any of those symptoms and know there are newer technologies that have developed that are simpler, more efficient and cosmetically better.”

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is helping people in their mission to be heart healthy, to do that, we’re inviting people to “Know Your Numbers.” Individuals with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are more likely to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and be overweight. Knowing your numbers is a crucial step in assessing your risk of developing heart disease, as many times there are no symptoms. This event includes complimentary screening of blood pressure, calculation of body mass index (BMI,) measurement of cholesterol and HbA1c levels (blood sugar) and an optional, pocket EKG screening is available for $20.

Registration is required. To register, call 1-800-SENTARA.



Manassas Airport accounts for 30 percent of statewide economic activity

The aviation industry is a major contributor to the economic vitality of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The busiest general aviation airport in the Commonwealth happens to be Manassas Regional Airport. 

The City-owned airport boasts 400-based aircraft, two fixed-base operators, an FAA control tower and experiences roughly 90,000 takeoffs and landings a year. 

The City has long recognized Manassas Regional Airport as an asset and significant contributor to the City’s economic base.  A recent report by the Virginia Department of Aviation reinforces this impact.  

The Economic Impact Study included 57 general aviation and nine commercial airports in the Commonwealth.  It focuses on the economic benefits created by the businesses and tenants on Virginia’s airports, tourists and others who rely on their services to conduct business. 

The findings show that Manassas Regional Airport not only leads the industry in revenue generation but accounted for roughly 30% of the statewide $1.1 billion in economic activity in 2016. That equates to 1,351 aviation jobs, wages of $117,438,000 and generation of $375,492,000 in residual economic activity in Manassas. 


Marks & Harrison announces two scholarship opportunities for Virginia students

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

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

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

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

An Opportunity For Virginia and Other U.S. Students

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Celebrate Black History Month with Prince William County Historic Preservation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Start your business recycling by doing three simple things:

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

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

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



1 bedroom condo for rent in Occoquan

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



It’s time for the Souper Bowl!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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