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Dumfries’ Ginn Park Grand Opening April 6

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On Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2 p.m., the Town of Dumfries will be celebrating the grand opening of Ginn Memorial Park, located at 3876 Graham Park Road in Dumfries.

The Town of Dumfries was able to secure a Community Development Block Grant in 2011 to purchase land for a neighborhood park at that location. In a relatively short time, the Town has been able to complete the site work for the park and add several improvements to include a multi-purpose field, a basketball court, horseshoe pit, and playground equipment, etc. for use by its residents. Many additions are being planned for the park in future years to continue to provide recreational opportunities for the community.

The Grand Opening will include an official welcome by the Town Council, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, refreshments, face-painting, free give a ways, and a drawing for several prizes that will be awarded to attendees. Residents of all ages are invited to attend and help us celebrate!

-Daniel Taber
Dumfries Town Manager 

Buckhall United Methodist Church Holding Spring Craft Fair

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The first annual Sassy Spring Craft Show will be held at Buckhall United Methodist Church on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come to 10251 Moore Drive, Manassas VA, 20111 to add wholesome sass to your weekend. 

Grab delicious baked goods made by the Buckhall Bakers, and try the 5-Star Chili recipes of the Buckhall Chefs. Then stroll through the displays of 25 local artisans, crafters and vendors. Smell the scents of essential oils and see the photography, jewelry, hand-woven textiles, crochet and knitted accessories, wreaths, floral arrangements, wood crafts, yard art, clothing, pillows and stuffed animals, paper crafts and cards, quilts and quilted accessories, gift items, decorative glassware, hair accessories, nail art, stained glass art, pottery, and more.

Conveniently located off the Prince William County Parkway, between Woodbridge and Manassas, this event is sponsored by the Buckhall United Methodist Women, with proceeds going to community missions. Rain or shine, bring your friends and family. It’s a fun day for everyone.

-Gina Binder


Local Bakery Receives National Recognition

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STAFFORD, Va. – Local bakery, The Icing, has recently been awarded three major designations within the wedding industry. The Icing was named the best wedding cake bakery in the 2013 Wedding Professionals Edition of Virginia Bride, an honor given to only one bakery in the entire state. The Icing also snagged best wedding cakes by The Knot’s Best of Weddings and Bride’s choice from Wedding Wire. The awards come at the same time that the bakery was chosen to create Miss America, Caressa Cameron’s December wedding.

Lynn Drake, owner operator of The Icing says “It’s truly amazing to be recognized by state and national publications who are leading the trends in the wedding industry. I employ a team of eleven specialized artists and culinary experts to make sure that all of our brides get a cake that looks and tastes better then they could have imagined. These honors just solidify our desire to continue to set the cake and pastry trends for brides in our region.”

Established 15 years ago, The Icing is a true hometown bakery that makes everything from scratch daily. They specialize in creating custom cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies, chocolates, breads and more. They hold themselves to a high standard of quality with the motto “if you can’t spell it, we don’t bake with it”. The Icing is located at 1169 Courthouse Rd., Stafford Virginia – just off the Stafford Courthouse Rd. exit. 

Brooke Point Student Tackles Colon Cancer

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Brooke Point High School students dressed in Blue on March 1 for National dress in Blue day for Colon Cancer Awareness. Freshman Danielle Cornwell, whose father battled with stage IV colon cancer, is leading the charge at her school this March along with the school’s Learn & Serve program.

Danielle states, “It was hard to watch my dad fight colon cancer. Not many people talk about colon cancer and I use to get upset every time I saw a breast cancer commercial and nothing for colon cancer. So I am breaking the silence, someone has too.”

High school students are far from the recommend age for colon cancer screening, which is 45-50, depending on family history. So why bring it into the schools? In a study done by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, the average age of first time parents in the DC Metro area was 26 years old in 2006. That means that the majority of students in high school in this area have parents that are approaching the age 45-50 in a few short years.

The student lead charge will include national dress in blue day, lunch room educational booths and putting together a large student team to participate in Scope for Hope 5k on March 16th. Scope for Hope is an awareness 5k race hosted by Associates in Gastroenterology**, a local GI practice.

Danielle continues, “It may be a hard topic for my friends to bring up at the dinner table but I feel like I can help them start the conversation with their parents. National Dress in Blue Day is an awesome opportunity to explain to someone why you are in blue. And they [students] can invite their parents to support them at the 5k race, which is both fun and educational.”

* March is Colon Cancer Awareness month. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Why? Rectum…anus…colonoscopy . These might as well be four letter words. Unlike the recent stigma change about breast cancer, society hasn’t jumped on the colorectal cancer wagon quite yet. And the silence is deadly. 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented with routine screening.

**Associates in Gastroenterology specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of all diseases and disorders affecting the digestive system. Dr. Josovitz, Brown, Marathe, Huang and Aram are locally recognized as Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 100 Doctors in this February’s issue and in years past. They are the top in their field and would be available for interviews, quotes or expertise in this or future stories. Please see our website for additional information .

Merrimac Farm Master Naturalist Program Begins May 23

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The Merrimac Farm Master Naturalist Program, beginning on May 23, is a fun way to learn about nature close to home and meet new friends.

People from previous sessions are now having a great time monitoring bluebirds, investigating vernal pools, facilitating camera trapping for the Smithsonian, monitoring stream health, learning more about and speaking up for environmental protection.

Master Naturalists are individuals who want to make a difference by helping to maintain the quality of our natural areas and local ecosystems. Interested people become Certified Virginia Master Naturalists through a combination of training and hands on volunteer service.

No previous experience is needed, just a thirst for knowledge of the world around us paired with a commitment to service to maintain, preserve, and protect our environment for future generations. Charlie Grymes, Prince William Conservation Alliance Chairman and certified Merrimac Farm Master Naturalist praises the program saying, “The more you know about your local places, the more interesting they are.”

For more information, including how to apply, check online at or email .

New Manassas Gym Offers Pole Dancing

MANASSAS, Va. — Aradia Fitness is proud to announce the opening of its new location in Virginia. The studio, located at 9705 Liberia Avenue, is on the 3rd floor of the Gold’s Gym building in Manassas. With over 12 studios across the US and Canada, Aradia Fitness is North America’s largest pole dancing and sensual movement company. Since its inception in 2003, Aradia Fitness has taught thousands of women the art of pole dancing.

“I am thrilled to open this studio,” said Aradia Fitness NOVA owner, Melissa Rose. “I’ve been teaching pole dance over five years and researched several different companies before deciding to partner with Aradia. They have a fantastic program that focuses on building strength and making pole dance fitness accessible to the everyday woman.”

Aradia Fitness NOVA offers pole dancing and specialty fitness classes to women of all ages, shapes and sizes. “We truly have something for everyone,” Rose said. “Our pole dancing program is great, but we have a variety of off-the-pole classes, too.”


350 New Jobs Coming to Stafford County

RICHMOND Va. — A press release sent this evening from the governor’s office means good news for Stafford County as well as nearby residents looking for work.

More in an edited press release:

Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Greencore Group PLC, an Ireland-based, leading international manufacturer of convenience foods, will invest $5.75 million to expand its first Virginia food processing facility in Stafford County following the April 2012 acquisition of the former Marketfare Foods, LLC. In addition to servicing Marketfare Foods’ principal customer of 20 years, 7-Eleven, Greencore will also service a significant new contract from the Stafford County operation, creating 350 new jobs.

McDonnell met with Greencore Group officials at the headquarters in Dublin, Ireland during a July 2012 marketing mission.

Speaking about today’s announcement, McDonnell said, “Last July I met with Greencore Group in Ireland to discuss the recent acquisition of Marketfare Foods and the potential to expand the operation in order to serve the company’s newest significant contract from the Stafford County plant. Successfully competing for this project against other locations is a great testament to the opportunity Greencore sees for its Virginia operation to provide new capabilities in the fast-growing food-to-go category and extend the company’s geographic footprint along the East Coast. We celebrate 350 new job opportunities and a resulting increase in volume for Virginia-grown produce that will greatly benefit the Commonwealth’s agricultural producers in the region.”

“Greencore Group’s new Virginia operation represents an excellent opportunity for the continued expansion of the company’s convenience food business in the U.S.,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Stafford County offers the right location with an existing facility and infrastructure, and convenient proximity to key customers. We are confident in Greencore’s future success in the Commonwealth, and look forward to further enhancing the partnership between Virginia and Ireland.”

“Greencore’s expansion in Stafford County is a victory for both economic development and increased agricultural production in Virginia,” said Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. “During meetings with Greencore officials in Ireland and Massachusetts last year, it became clear that the Greencore’s expansion would benefit Virginia by creating more jobs at the facility and by generating more opportunities for our agricultural producers to supply the company. Greencore will be served well by expanding in Virginia and sourcing more high-quality Virginia grown products, such as cabbage, peppers, and other commodities from our outstanding family farmers.”

Greencore is a leading manufacturer of convenience food with 22 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and the U.K. These facilities produce a wide range of products including food to go, chilled prepared meals, quiche, cakes and pasta sauces for all of the major retailers in the U.K. as well as a number of regional outlets in the U.S. Greencore employs more than 11,000 people in the U.K., the U.S. and Ireland. Greencore was established in Ireland in 1991 following the privatization of the Irish sugar industry and in 2001 it acquired U.K. food manufacturer Hazlewood Foods. From 2001 to 2008 Greencore underwent a major transition from an agri-based business to a focused convenience foods manufacturer; and in 2008 Greencore entered the U.S. market with the acquisition of Home Made Brand Foods in Massachusetts.

In 2010 Greencore acquired a further business in Massachusetts, but it was the acquisitions of MarketFare Foods, with its sites in Stafford County and Salt Lake City, as well as the acquisition of HC Schau in Florida and Chicago, that saw that Greencore would become a key player in the U.S. market. The key focus of Greencore’s business in the U.S. is food to go for a major convenience store chain as well as a new major foodservice customer. Greencore USA is headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts and currently employs in excess of 1,000 across its six U.S., sites.

“Greencore is absolutely delighted to be making this investment in its facility in Stafford County,” said Liam McClennon, CEO for Greencore USA. “Virginia offers an excellent environment for us to invest in further growth in our Fredericksburg plant. In addition to the skills and capabilities of our current workforce, Virginia offers us a great pool of talent to support our recruitment plans, as well as the availability of high quality local products and ingredients, which we can use in our finished products. Furthermore, the County offers business friendly policies and an excellent transport and logistics network, which is critical to the success of Greencore. I would like to thank the governor and his team for their support and for making Greencore feel welcome in Virginia.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Stafford County to secure the project for Virginia. McDonnell approved $75,000 from the governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, a grant administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and made to businesses that add value to Virginia-grown agricultural and forestal products. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment, training and retraining activities.

“Economic development is one of Stafford’s strongest assets, and we pride ourselves in our efforts to diversify our tax base,” said Stafford Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Bob Thomas, whose George Washington District is home to Greencore’s plant in Stafford County. “Greencore adds to that diversity while bringing new employment opportunities and investment to our community. It also helps put Stafford on the global stage with the international market. We now have more than 2,250 businesses, and are Commonwealth-leading in business and job growth (by percentage of growth) in Virginia. Thanks to our aggressive economic development program, as well as our business retention and expansion efforts, almost 38,000 people can say they work in Stafford. Thanks to Greencore, that number is growing. We wish them continued success and look forward to working with them on future endeavors.”

Nurses Honored in Manassas

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MANASSAS, Va. — Prince William Health System celebrated Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by honoring its board certified nurses. The following nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care:

Certification in Critical Care Nursing (CCRN): Julia Burgess, RN; Rene Ernest, RN; Jan Griffin, RN; Sarah Herbert, RN ; Katie Hoffman, RN; Darcy Jenkins, RN; Janet Moore, RN; Oi- Mei Yau, RN; Alicia Marie Ruiz, RN; Carlos Bernal, RN; Deana Coy, RN; Jacinta Gomes, RN; Donna Rea, RN; Cynde Sturm, RN; Seong Kim, RN; Jamie Stern, RN; William “Topper” Cramer, RN; Amy Ebert, RN

Cardiac Medicine Certification (CMC): Julia Burgess, RN

Certified Nurse, Operating Room (CNOR): Kathleen Abromavich, RN; Shawn Craddock, RN; Patricia Kerns, RN; Ancy Kulakkattolickal, RN; Oakjoo Lee, RN; Jeanne Lese, RN ; Debra Parrish, RN; Amelia Atwell, RN; Linda Stohon, RN; Mar Tortajada, RN; Terea Diggs, RN

Certification in Emergency Nursing (CEN): Pam Smith, RN; Molly Mello, RN; Seong Kim, RN; Debra Oakes, RN; Joanne Broomer, RN; Melissa Morin, RN; Tricia Sutherland, RN; Christel McGovern, RN; Victoria Scott, RN

Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN): Jeanie Barlow, RN; LeeAnne Green, RN; Dawn Harris, RN ; Suzanne McAndrews, RN; Illana Naylor, RN ; Donna Pfost, RN ; Dolores Torres, RN; Jessy Tramontana, RN; Carin Ashbrook, RN

Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN): Gail Behrle, RN; Christine Keaveny, RN; Jillian Powers, RN; Pamela Komaridis, RN; Sally Randall, RN

Certification in Inpatient Obstetric Nursing (RNC-OB): Theresa Alicea, RN; Judy Ballard, RN; Claudia Barnish, RN ; Marylou Soto, RN; Jan Dagenhart, RN; Leann McMullen, RN; Dana Shanks, RN; Ronda Webb, RN; Christen Grimes, RN

Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN): M. Kate Edwards, RN; Brenda Primus, RN

Certified Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC): Shawn Craddock, RN: Beatrice Holt, RN: Karen Webb, RN: Eileen Caulfield, RN

Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN): Kadi Kanu, RN; Schelly Harrison, RN

Orthopedic Nurse Certification (ONC): Claye Avera, RN; Mary Pat Blanchette, RN

Certified Gastrointestinal Registered Nurse (CGRN): Linda Henderson, RN

Certified in Low Risk Neonatal Nursing (RNC-LRN): Leeann Brown, RN; Michelle Curran, RN; Patricia Irvin, RN; Judy Jenkins, RN; Shanna Leary, RN; Constance Rickerson, RN; Sheryl Roloff, RN; Pamela Scarce, RN; Lisa Whitmer, RN; Carrie Banks, RN; Stephanie Pigeon, RN

Certified in Neonatal Intensive Care (RNC-NIC): Maryann Savage, RN; Patricia Irvin, RN

Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN): Jan Griffin, RN; Dae Park, RN; Pam Smith, RN; Julie Garcia, RN; Stephanie Fournier, RN; Jennifer McEachin, RN

Adult Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP-BC): Jan Griffin, RN

Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS-BC): Julia Burgess, RN

Psychiatric & Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS-BC): Susan Campbell, RN

Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC): Rene Ernest, RN: Susan Campbell, RN

Certification in Nursing Professional Developmen

(RN-BC): Michele Poblador, RN: Lily Batayola, RN

Certified Wound and Ostomy Nurse (WOCN): Tracy Fields, RN

Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML): Kelly Davis, RN

Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CFA): Jeanne Lese, RN

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC): Teresa Baltuano-Post, RN: Rosemary Wlaschin, RN

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE): Kathryn Orski, RN; Rosemary Wlaschin, RN

Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ): Kathryn Moss, RN

Certified Infection Prevention and Control (CBIC): Kathryn Moss, RN

Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC): Tina Stoernell, RN

Certified Professional In Healthcare Management (CPHM): Miriana Gomez, RN

Accredited Case Manager (ACM): Dorothy Mullenix, RN

Certified Case Manager (CCM): Monica S. Noonan, RN

Certified Diabetes Educator: Linda G. McMillan, RN: Jane C. Suliga, RN

Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN): Christel McGovern, RN

Certified Electronic Fetal Monitoring (C-EFM): Judy Ballard, RN

National Certified School Nurse (NCSN): Schelly Harrison, RN

Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN): William “Topper” Cramer, RN

Certified Transport Emergency Nurse (CTRN): William “Topper” Cramer, RN

Family Nurse Practioner – Board Certified (FNP-BC): Karen Sisa, RN

Maternal Newborn Nursing (RNC-MNN): Karen Foster, RN

House of Mercy Collects Food to Help Families

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MANASSAS, Va. – April orders for SHARE food packages can be placed now through Saturday, April 6, at the House of Mercy, a nonprofit organization in Manassas.

“The packages are priced at about half their grocery store value. For only $22, you can buy about $45 worth of food,” said Kellie Ross, executive director at the House of Mercy.

Packages contain a variety of high-quality frozen meats and fresh produce and are offered at a low cost to help families save money on their grocery bills, she said. Anyone can order regardless of their income level, she added.

Each month the House of Mercy offers a different menu of selections. April orders must be picked up on Saturday, April 20, between 9 a.m. and noon at the House of Mercy, located at 8170 Flannery Court in Manassas.

Purchasers are asked to volunteer two hours in the community, Ross said. “SHARE’s purpose is to build communities and strengthen families, as well as to help families eat healthy for less.”

SHARE (Self Help And Resource Exchange) is a nonprofit food and community-building network sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington. The House of Mercy joined SHARE’s network this year to make the program available to area families, Ross said.

“As a distribution site for SHARE, we can offer wholesome food at huge savings to all families in our community.” The House of Mercy receives no profit from the sale of the packages, which it sells at cost, she said.

The April menu includes three packages: the Value Package for $20, the Cooking for Two for $16 and the Season’s First Grill Box for $21. A $2 surcharge is also added to each order to cover transportation costs, Ross said.

The Value and Cooking for Two packages each include boneless Pollock filet, split chicken breasts, ground turkey and Aunt Jemima buttermilk waffles. The Value Package also includes ready-to-serve chicken breast strips, pork sausage patties and five fresh produce items. The Cooking for Two Package includes three fresh produce items.

The Season’s First Grill Box contains grilling meats, including two choice sirloin, two boneless pork chops, three quarters of a pound of Italian sausage, one pound each of chicken breast and ground beef and 10 ounces of pork tenderloin.

Orders can be made by phone if paying by credit or debit card. Otherwise, orders must be placed in person, Ross said.

Payments can be made by credit and debit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover), cash, food stamps or money order. No checks are accepted. For more information or to order, call 703-659-1636.

Shumaner Makes Dean’s List

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Frank Alan Shumaner, senior history major from Haymarket, Va. (home schooled) has been named to the Dean’s List at Waynesburg University for the Fall Term 2012.

The Dean’s List is published at Waynesburg University in March and July. The honor recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement during the previous semester. Honorees must be classified as undergraduate students, be enrolled full-time with a load of 12 hours or more in graded courses, and must achieve a semester grade point average of at least 3.50 on a four-point scale.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 23 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

Exceptional Women Sought for Awards

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Mary Washington Healthcare is accepting nominations for the regional Spirit of Women Awards. The Awards Program honors ordinary women who do extraordinary and selfless things to benefit their communities at large. These individuals represent the unsung heroes of American society in their own unique and special ways.

Mary Washington Healthcare will select three people who perform extraordinary acts of service in their communities as the 2013 Spirit of Women Regional Award recipients in Fredericksburg. All Spirit of Women Award nominees will be recognized on April 26, 2013, 4:00 p.m. at the Mary Washington Healthcare Spirit of Women Awards Celebration to be held at the John F. Fick Conference Center.

Mary Washington Healthcare will select one regional winner in each of three categories:

Young Person Role Model, 14- 20 years of age

Community Hero, age 21 and over

Healthcare Hero, MWHC Clinical Professional

Winners are chosen based on the contributions they have made to issues the community faces in the areas of work, family and health; and on the impact they have had in their community and on the lives of others.

Regional Winners will also be candidates for the National Spirit of Women Awards program. If selected as a National Winner, these women will represent Mary Washington Healthcare at the Spirit of Women National Awards Celebration Breakfast in Las Vegas, Nevada in July.

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Spirit of Women Awards Program is April 19. Visit for more information and to nominate a special lady.

Letter: Woodbridge Man Returns Missing Wallet

You must be doing something right in Woodbridge!

Last week, after several days frantically searching for my perpetually-misplaced wallet, I received a call from a wonderfully honest Woodbridge man whose selfless action brought me joy and, finally, a good night’s sleep.

Corey Smith was doing work near Cox Farms in Fairfax County when he came across my wallet, soaked through from the recent snow but intact. I had no idea I had dropped it there while taking my dogs for a walk. He called me immediately, and as he couldn’t wait for my arrival, we arranged for him to take it to the Cox Farms office, where I picked it up later.

As Corey had assured me on the phone, nothing was missing. A lesser man might have availed himself of some cash, or not have returned the wallet at all. In fact, about a decade ago, I lost a wallet and it was dropped into a local mailbox — after the money and credit cards were removed. Corey Smith, someone raised you right. Many thanks.

Barbara Tourtelot
Delaplane, Va.

Elementary School Teacher Raises Money for Breast Cancer

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Ann Biczo a resident of Woodbridge is an elementary school teacher committed to finding a cure for breast cancer. After two colleagues were diagnosed with breast cancer (and both are now survivors), and her best friend’s mom is dying from breast cancer, Biczo knew she had to step in and do something.

Biczo started participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in 2010. The walk takes two days. Ann along with many others walk 26.2 miles on Saturday and then another 13.1 on Sunday, completing 39.3 miles or 1 1 and a half marathons. In doing this walk, Ann has committed to raise the required $1,800 and train for the walk.

Biczo has began hosting dinners around Northern Virginia. She is hosting one more fundraiser dinner event at Bob Evans on Smoketown Road across from Potomac Mills mall Woodbridge on April 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Biczo will be at the restaurant from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with two raffle tickets to win a prize. 

Manassas Student Pens Plan to Recycle Gas to Heat Campus, Wins Award

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MANASSAS, Va. — Syed M. Sarwar of Manassas recently won a competition sponsored by the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies. Sarwar was recognized during an awards banquet Feb. 23 in Silver Spring, Md., where he also received the $500 first-place prize.

Sarwar expressed his excitement about winning the award. “I felt very good when I heard the good news from my engineering professor that my hard work paid off,” he said.

Called the Competition for Outstanding Young Engineer and Architect Research Papers, the contest evaluated research papers written by undergraduate and graduate students. The rigorous criteria required entries to be formatted according to standard guidelines for publication in a professional journal and to include an abstract, discussion, method of study, results and significance of the project.

Sarwar’s submission, “Utilization of Landfill Biogas to Decrease Campus CO2 Emissions through Construction of CHHP System,” won in the undergraduate category. The paper illustrates how a hydrogen energy system constructed on a college campus can make use of local resources such as municipal landfills. The hydrogen energy system described in the paper would use landfill gas to fuel itself and to supply thermal and electrical energy needs for the campus and surrounding community. In return, the system would reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

As a student at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, Sarwar learned about the contest from engineering instructor Monica Mallini.

“I wanted to give my students an opportunity to learn how to write a professional paper, something most students do not experience until graduate school. Syed wrote the paper as a freshman in the honors option section of my ‘Introduction to Engineering’ class,” Mallini said. “At the awards reception, the education committee chairman said we made history because Syed was the first community college student to enter and win this contest. I am extremely pleased with Syed’s success and encouraged to find more opportunities like this for our students.”

Sarwar graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 2011 and enrolled at NOVA that fall. After NOVA, he plans to transfer to George Washington University to continue his education in mechanical engineering specializing in the automotive industry.

“I am very motivated and passionate about becoming a mechanical engineer and working at Mercedes-Benz, my dream company,” Sarwar said.

Youth Football Teams Race to Sell Charity Raffle Tickets for Ford Sedan

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DALE CITY, Va. — Two of the area’s most respected youth football organizations are teaming up with the Prince William County/Manassas Boys & Girls Clubs to raise $50,000 in partnership with Steve’s Auto Repair in Woodbridge.

Northern Virginia Youth Athletic Association (NVYAA), American Youth Football lead by President Tony Keiling, and Prince William Pop Warner Football led by President Terry Hubbard are in a head to head contest to sell the most car raffle tickets for a 2001 Crown Victoria for the Boys & Girls Club. “We support the community and we support the Boys & Girls Club” says Tony Keiling of NVYAA “None of us are able to impact the community by ourselves, that why we support one another.”

Both organizations football programs are run out of different Clubs. NVYAA-AYF operates their program from the Hylton Boys & Girls Club in Dale City and Prince William Pop Warner is based out of the Manassas Boys & Girls Clubs. “We have 5,000 car raffle tickets to sell by March 29. We are confident that these two great programs will help us reach our $50,000 goal” says Regional Director Glenn Vickers. “What makes both programs special is their commitment to education and good citizenship. This friendly rivalry between each league is a great example of good sportsmanship and fair play.” says Vickers.

Tickets for the raffle are being sold at all three Boys & Girls Clubs in Dumfries, Dale City, Manassas, and Steve’s Auto Repair and with members of both NVYAA and Pop Warner. Terry Hubbard stated “The response from our Pop Warner Family has been great, may the best league win”

The raffle will be pulled on Friday, March 29, at 6 p.m. at the Hylton Boys & Girls Club 5070 Dale Boulevard in Dale City.

For more information both either youth football leagues and partners please visit


Northern Virginia Pop Warner

Steve’s Auto Repair

Hospital Hosting Seminar on Benefits of Brain Food

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Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) will host a free seminar and cooking demo, Brain Food: Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle, Tuesday, March 26 to share the latest about insomnia, headaches, and dementia—and how good food choices and a doctor’s care can ease common neurological ailments.

Brain Food, to be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will feature Dr. Maha Alattar, MD, MWHC neurologist and sleep medicine specialist, explaining risk factors for neurological ills and how diet is essential to a healthy brain.

“What we eat has an extraordinary impact on our brain and nervous system,” Dr. Alattar says. “If we don’t nourish our minds properly, we can invite conditions such as insomnia, migraines, or seizures. We can even waste opportunities to ward off dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease.”

“Wholesome food triggers important chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters. They give us optimal brain power so we can maximize attention, memory and emotional well-being. Neurotransmitters are important in recovery from stroke or traumatic brain injury,” Dr. Alattar says.

What: Brain Food: Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

Who: Dr. Maha Alattar, MD, Neurologist

When: Tuesday, March 26, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. Cooking demo by expert chef. Chat with registered dietitian about making the most of every bite. Sample brain-healthy foods. Easy-to-follow recipe cards, other giveaways.

6:30 p.m. Keynote by Maha Alattar, MD, neurologist, about how diet is central to a healthy nervous system.

Cost: FREE

Where: Fick Conference Center, Mary Washington Hospital campus, 1301 Sam Perry Blvd., 2nd Floor (Carl Silver Center/Moss Free Clinic Bldg.)

Register: or 540-741-1404. Registration recommended.

Submit questions for Dr. Alattar when registering.

As the greater Fredericksburg region’s only Spirit of Women® hospital system, Mary Washington Healthcare is hosting Brain Food: Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle as part of a network of more than 100 Spirit member hospitals across the U.S.


Chick-fil-A Woodbridge Offering Free Sandwich for Potomac Local News Readers

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For the first time, Chick-fil-A on Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge is offering a free original chicken sandwich to all readers of Potomac Local News all day Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

All you need to do is visit the restaurant and mention Potomac Local News when you order to receive your free sandwich.

Chick-fil-A Woodbridge is open 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sundays. With a menu centering around chicken, the restaurant features their classic sandwiches both crispy and grilled, breakfast, salads, wraps, and deserts.030213-Free-sandwich-cfa

NOVA Holding Career Training Open House

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Northern Virginia Community College will hold a Career Training Open House on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. until noon at our Innovation Park location in Manassas. The event is free and open to the public.

In one place, attendees will learn about; financial aid, potential funding for school through the Workforce Investment Act, free counseling services for adult students, assistance for job seekers and unemployed Virginians, ESL courses, and numerous NOVA and partner credit, non-credit, and training programs in STEM fields.

To learn more or RSVP, go to NOVA’s website , call 703-425-5245, or email

Residents 60 and Older to be Offered Free Fall Risk Assessments

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Project Mend-A-House, a non-profit organization serving seniors, veterans, the disabled and low-income residents of Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and Manassas Park, is offering a fall risk screening at no charge to adults over 60-years-old.

Have your vision checked by an Optometrist, your gait and balance evaluated by a Physical Therapist, your medications reviewed by a Pharmacist, and meet with a Nurse who will discuss and explain your results. Choose to participate in a research project headed by the Locomotion Research Department from Virginia Tech to further the development of new technology to help prevent falls among older adults.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Friday, May 3, 2013

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sharron Baucom-Dale City Recreation Center
14300 Minnieville Rd., Dale City, VA 22193
Register: 703-670-7115, ext. 227 or


Forest Park Wins AAA State Championship

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Forest Park Cross Country and Track

We started our weekend with a quote (which I altered a bit) from Mark Twain as inspiration to help carry ourselves with confidence. The confidence, determination, and the hard work over the last few months really showed up in the end.

The biggest highlight of the day was the 4*2. Our Boys lowered their number one national time on the flat track, broke the state record by nearly two seconds, and will be going for the national record in two weeks at the national championships.

Ricky Morgan had one of the toughest triples of the day running the 4*2, 500, and 300. He did not disappoint, despite getting sick before the start of his 1st race, Ricky helped get us get a big lead in the 4*2, he followed that up with a 3rd place finish in the 500, and another all state finish in the 300.

Josh Washington led off the 4*2 and handed off the baton in a neck and neck tie for 1st place. He then came back in the 300 to finish 4th and his score really helped put some distance between us and the other teams in the point standings.

Mustaqeem Williams placed in five events and nearly brought home four titles himself. In the triple jump he went for it on his last jump and he lept 49-1 putting him in 1st in the meet and 6th nationally. One more jumper went and lept 49-7 forcing us to settle for second.

The Long Jump was a little more controversial in that Mustaqeem had the best jump going into the final and reserved the right as the best jumper to jump last after the 4*2. However upon returning to the pit the head official closed it not allowing Mustaqeem or 4 others to get in their last jumps. Despite our protest we were told the results were final and Mustaqeem ended up 2nd by a 1/2 inch.

We decided to move on because the team title was our focus! In the 55 he had a horrid start, which in that event can be disastrous, but his speed is simply unmatched in the short sprints in Virginia as he turned on another gear midway through the race to taking the lead at the line and bringing home the 55 meter title for the second year in a row. Mustaqeem wrapped up his day by gutting out a 3rd place finish in the 300. All in all Mustaqeem finished with two golds (55, 4*2), two silvers (TJ,LJ), and one Bronze (300).

Calvin Michie ran a strong relay leg to help keep the lead and break the national record.

Ebenezer Agyemong lept to a personnel Indoor best of 6-1 in the High Jump.

Finally Andrew Gaiser put the icing on the cake by scoring in the two mile. Despite being sick he dropped five seconds off his time and earned his second all state honor and first on the track.

The girls had a pretty solid day as Yaa Agyepong Wiafe lowered her own school record and finished all state in the hurdles. Allyson Bodmer just missed an all state finish in the mile dropping 4 seconds of her indoor personnel best.

Lastly, Hannah Zachman dropped another amazing 20 seconds off of her two mile. In the last two weeks she has dropped 40 seconds off of her two mile time.

It was wonderful to see so many Bruin parents and supporters there among the thousands watching the meet. In the end seeing our Bruin Team hoist that state champion trophy was pretty special.

By the numbers
1 state record
2 state individual titles
2 state runner up finishes
11 All state Finishes
And the biggest prize of all
Virginia AAA State Team Champions

Rising Above Expectations Seeks Volunteers in Prince William County

Rising Above Expectations inc. commonly known as RAE, is a nonprofit organization founded by Simeaka Melton and inspired by her daughter Aaliyah Melton. RAE is based in Prince William County and currently has five chapters spread between Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. We are constantly seeking volunteers, community partnerships and welcomes participants.

RAE provides an ongoing mentoring and leadership program for all youth. The areas of focus include self esteem building, healthy relationship education and suicide prevention education. The organization provides a 14 week out of school session in the spring and in the fall, serving youth between the ages of 8 to 18. The out of school session workshops include topics such as self esteem, body image, media pressures, bullying, healthy relationships, life skills, suicide prevention education and other daily issues youth face. In addition to the spring and fall sessions RAE offers annual events, summer camp, field trips, college tours, family activities and professional resources in the community.

Simeaka Melton (Founder/Chief Executive Officer) takes the integrity of Rising Above Expectations inc. seriously and works hard to inspire “One Life At A Time”. Since Shola Kemp has joined RAE as Chief Operations Officer the two dedicated women have worked diligently in building the organization into one parents and other organizations seek.

RAE spring session begins on March 2 and ends with “I Am Worth My Purpose” camp on June 1. For additional program information or information on how to get involved please call 202-421-1945, or email Simeaka[at]

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