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Monday, March 30, 2020

VRE PARKING DECALS for City Residents

New 2020-2021 VRE Parking Decals will go on sale effective April 1, 2020, through the Treasurer’s Office. This decal allows you preferred parking in the City Residents Only lot at the VRE Station.  Your current decal is good through midnight, May 15.  The cost is $2.00 per decal and you must reside in the 22401 zip code to purchase one (with the exception of Teagan Drive and Hudgins Farm Circle with a 22408 zip and a few properties on River Road with a 22407 zip that are located in City limits).  

As City Hall is currently closed to the public and most offices are working with reduced staff, the recommended way to purchase the decal is online at www.fredericksburgva.gov , Online Payments, then select the Online Payments link again.  The decal will be mailed to your address of record within  2-3 business days.

For the placement of the decal this year, the City Police Department is requesting that you adhere the decal to the backside of your rearview mirror on either the left or right side making it visible through the windshield.

Should situations change in this Covid19 environment that affects this issue, we will send notifications out via this page and all City social media outlets.  If you have questions, please call (540)372-1001, option 5 or email  trdept@fredericksburgva.gov  


 

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Ruyts Foundation of Veteran Suicide Prevention announces A fundraiser to support MASKs for Heroe

Thursday, April 3rd at 8am

Ellie's Elves and The Ruyts Foundation of Veteran's Suicide Prevention are sponsoring a walking fundraiser in support of our incredible healthcare workers.

Within these two organizations, volunteers are daily sewing and delivering masks to the Heroes who work in our healthcare community.

All proceeds collected will go directly to support these efforts. A gofundme page has been established at https://www.gofundme.com/f/mdqutj-project-frontline

On Thursday, two local residents (James Jenkins and Alec Soic) will walk the 17 miles between each of our regional hospitals (Stafford County Hospital, Mary Washington, and Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center).

These three facilities provide approximately 700 hospital beds to the community. In recognition of that, James and Alec will try to "shoulder some of the burden" for one day and carry 70 lbs between us.

We hope that you will consider donating, it is an opportunity to both recognize and give back to those who are valiantly sacrificing on the frontline of this fight. Thank you, stay safe and healthy.


 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Mary Washington Healthcare to Host COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

Contact:
Tamra Wheeler, Public Relations Coordinator
MWHC Marketing & Communications
Ph: 540.741.1412 Fax: 540.741.1511
2300 Fall Hill Avenue, Suite 511C
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
www.mwhc.com

Mary Washington Healthcare to Host COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

Fredericksburg, VA (March 27, 2020 - Mary Washington Healthcare is convening a panel of experts to host a virtual community town hall: “COVID-19 Update in the Fredericksburg Region,” a forum that will address the serious public health issue of the coronavirus. As the nation is in an unprecedented pandemic, it is the responsibility of our local healthcare leadership to provide information to our community.

This virtual town hall, open and free to the public, will take place live on the Mary Washington Healthcare’s Facebook page, https://facebook.com/events/s/virtual-community-town-hall/2760197430760583/?ti=ia , April 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM EST. A recording of the event will be available on Mary Washington Healthcare’s YouTube channel and other media platforms.

Michael McDermott, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare and Chair of Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA); Christopher Newman, MD, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Mary Washington Healthcare; and Donald Stern, MD, Interim Rappahannock Area District Director and former acting state Health Commissioner will serve as the panelists. They will share pertinent information, clinical perspectives, community resources, and take questions live from the audience.


 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Fredericksburg COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020

Governor Northam has announced Executive Order Number Fifty-Five, which is a Temporary Stay At Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) effective today. This order is not included in today’s video update, but you may review the Executive Order online here.

Fredericksburg COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020

Fredericksburg’s Interim Police Chief Brian Layton and Fire Chief Mike Jones provide a video update today on COVID-19 efforts by our public safety personnel in the City. 

Interim Chief Layton reminds our residents that Police, Fire & EMS have implemented progressive staffing plans and use of PPE in an effort to minimize illness and/or potential quarantine.  Our 911 center is staffed 24/7 and is prepared to answer emergency calls.  Please keep in mind that if you call the 911 center you can expect to be asked questions related to symptoms of COVID-19.  The responses received will assist our first responders with choosing their level of PPE during their response.   Depending on the circumstances, our police officers may ask to speak with you outside of your home or business instead of inside. And we are encouraging phone reporting when possible for crimes where an offender is not present.

It is also important to note that although our City parks remain open, our City’s playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, and pickle ball courts are closed in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Additionally, when utilizing our walking, running & biking trails throughout the City, remember to participate in social distancing and keep at least 6’ of distance between you and other users. 

A reminder for everyone to be cautious of phone, text, internet, and email fraud.  Bad actors are prevalent and they do their best to take advantage of people when the country is in crisis.  Scammers will surely try to take advantage of the coronavirus stimulus package checks or payments.  The bottom line is do not give anyone your PayPal account information, social security number, bank account number nor any of your personal information if someone claims such information is essential to sign you up for a stimulus check relating to the coronavirus pandemic.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Trust your instincts and contact the Fredericksburg Police Department if we can be of any assistance. 

Mike Jones, Deputy Fire Chief shares the number of cases. As of noon today there were 144,060 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with 2,605 deaths resulting from those cases.  In Virginia there have been 12,038 persons tested for the disease with 1,020 presumptive positive cases with 136 of those hospitalized and unfortunately 25 deaths, around the state.

In our immediate area positive cases have increased to 33 total as of early today. Stafford has 23, Spotsylvania has 6 and we now have 2 positive cases in Fredericksburg and 2 in King George. 

The City continues to provide full services to the public with a reduced footprint since City facilities are still ...


 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Fredericksburg's COVID-19 Update as of Sunday, March 22

                                                     Fredericksburg's COVID-19 Update as of Sunday, March 22 

Current cases of COVID-19 in the United States are 27,207 confirmed (which is an increase of 5,347). There have been 349 deaths as a result of COVID-19  (70 more than yesterday). And 176 are considered recovered from the virus (an increase of 29 since yesterday).

In Virginia

  *   3,337 persons have been tested
  *   219 confirmed cases of COVID-19 that is 67 more than yesterday
  *   32 are hospitalized
  *   3 deaths

In the Rappahannock Health District, which includes Fredericksburg: 7 confirmed cases (5 in Stafford and 2 in Spotsylvania)

The City has issued Order #1 (as amended) <https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/17223/First-Amendment-to-Emergency-Order1-20200320> which limits the number of “patrons” for service at restaurants and fitness centers – consistent with the Governor’s order.  And further directs that gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Please see it online here: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/17223/First-Amendment-to-Emergency-Order1-20200320

The MWHC Health Link Nurse Line offers free health advice. Their FREE nurse advice line is here for you 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call between 6:00 a.m. and midnight, and their nurses will help you decide if a trip to the ER or urgent care is needed. Call 540-741-1000.

In the event that you call 9-1-1 to request emergency services please let the dispatcher know If you have flu-like symptoms, are quarantined, or under self-quarantine and need emergency services. This will help our first responders take the necessary precautions to avoid spread of the coronavirus.

Remember if you are sick with mild symptoms:

  *   Stay at home – people who are mildly ill are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  *   Stay in touch with your doctor – call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
  *   Avoid public transportation – do not use buses, ride-sharing or taxis.
  *   Stay away from other people as much as possible - self isolate in your home.

Older people are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 which may result in increased stress during a crisis. Fear and anxiety about the pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Things you can do to support yourself:

  *   Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  *   Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  *   Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you ...


 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Due to precautions over COVID-19, the Hampton Inn Quantico/Stafford.....

Due to precautions over COVID-19, the Hampton Inn Quantico/Stafford, Holiday Inn Express Quantico/Stafford, and Holiday Inn Fredericksburg are closed temporarily as of March 23, 2020 at 5:00PM, until deemed safe to open for our employees, guests, and the community


 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools

Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Executive Order Fifty-Three orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. Governor Northam is also urging all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel outside the home, if and when possible.

This order goes into effect at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in place until 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

“This is an unprecedented situation, and it requires unprecedented actions to protect public health and save lives,” said Governor Northam. “I know the next several weeks will be difficult. These restrictions on non-essential businesses will create hardships on the businesses and employees affected. But they are necessary, and we do not undertake them lightly. I am calling on Virginians to sacrifice now, so that we can get through this together.”

In addition, Virginia is launching a statewide media campaign to ensure Virginians fully understand their risk and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Commonwealth’s “Health in Your Hands” campaign will include radio and television spots as well as statewide billboards and highway signs.

Public Gatherings

All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned statewide, beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This does not include gatherings that involve the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; operations of the media; law enforcement agencies; or operations of government.

K-12 Schools

All schools will remain closed through the end of this academic year. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will issue guidance to help divisions execute plans to continue instruction, while ensuring students are served equitably, regardless of income level, access to technology, English learner status, or special needs. This includes options for additional instruction through summer programming, integrating instruction into coursework next year, and allowing students to make up content. VDOE will submit a waiver to the federal government to lift end-of-year testing requirements and is exploring options to waive state mandated tests.

Recreation and Entertainment Businesses

The following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

  • Theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers;
  • Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;
  • Beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed that would not allow compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain six feet apart;
  • Racetracks and historic horse racing facilities;
  • Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.

Dining and On-Site Alcohol Establishments

All dining and congregation ...


 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Fredericksburg COVID-19 Update as of March 23

Fredericksburg COVID-19 Update as of March 23

Today’s COVID-19 update includes a message from Dr. Marci Catlett, Superintendent, Fredericksburg City Public Schools; Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jones; and Bill Freehling, Director of Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism.

Dr. Marci Catlett, Superintendent of Fredericksburg City Schools states that as a result of Governor Northam’s press conference today, all Virginia schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year. While City Schools will not be able to answer any questions right now, that by the end of the week they expect guidance from the Department of Education on graduation, standard and verified credits, continuity of learning and grades. They will be continuing the Mobile Feeding Programs.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jones provides an update on Fredericksburg area statistics and action on COVID-19 here in Fredericksburg. As of noon today, there were 35,418 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with 473 deaths resulting from those cases. In Virginia there have been 3,697 persons tested for the disease with 254 presumptive positive cases with 38 of those hospitalized and unfortunately 6 deaths, around the state.

In our immediate area there have been eight positive cases between Spotsylvania and Stafford. There have been no positive cases in Fredericksburg, and we expect that number to increase as more testing is done. These numbers are increasing each and every day and probably will for the foreseeable future.

City facilities are currently closed to the public to help limit the exposure and slow the spread of the virus. The public can still conduct business via electronic means. 

Essential city services will continue to be provide through the duration of this event.

For those that have questions about their health and should they seek medical care, we are working in association with Mary Washington HealthCare to provide access to the Health Link Nurse Line. It is available from 6:00am to Midnight 7 days a week at (540) 741-1000.

Bill Freehling, Director of EDT, shares the news about local business assistance programs. Fredericksburg’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) on Monday established a $50,000 grant fund to help City of Fredericksburg (22401) small businesses weather the storm of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Criteria for eligibility, allowed uses of the grant funds, the review process and more will be developed this week. The EDA anticipates publishing the criteria by early next week at Fredericksburgva.com and starting to take applications April 1.

The City of Fredericksburg will likely be matching the $50,000 by appropriating that amount from the Economic Development Opportunity Fund in the current fiscal budget. That would create a $100,000 fund to assist Fredericksburg small businesses in their great time of need. City Council will be asked to formally appropriate the funds at its next meeting, which is currently scheduled for April 14.

The EDA also has a separate loan program for small businesses in place. Many additional resources are available for small businesses, including an emergency loan program from the U.S. Small Business Administration that allows loans of up to $2 million.


 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

City Manager issues Emergency Order #1 in Response to COVID-19

City Manager issues Emergency Order #1 in Response to COVID-19

Specific to Restaurants and Gatherings

(Fredericksburg, VA) March 17, 2020 - As the first formal Emergency Order of the City of Fredericksburg’s Declaration of Local Emergency, the City Manager is issuing emergency regulations for restaurants and gatherings.

Governor Northam today announced additional direction in limiting gatherings to 10 people or less in all settings. This is in line with yesterday’s published guidance from President Trump, and is consistent with guidance from Mary Washington Healthcare and the Rappahannock Health District’s Acting Director Dr. Denise Bonds. With this in mind, the City Manager is enacting the attached measures effective today at 5:00 p.m., March 17, 2020, through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

As Dr. McDermott, CEO Mary Washington Healthcare, stated, “The key to preventing the rapid spread of this disease is the phenomenon of ‘flattening the curve’.” We must act to slow the spread of this virus to keep the health care system from being overwhelmed. We appreciate our community’s understanding of these actions as we assist in making that happen.

“We know that this action will bring additional hardships in our community. But acting tomorrow is not an option. As the major gathering place in our region, the City of Fredericksburg must do its part to slow the spread of COVID-19 - a virus we already know is here. I deeply regret that this action must be taken and know that it will have a major impact on our amazing business community, but I do ask for understanding as we work around the clock to keep our residents and community safe,” stated City Manager Timothy J. Baroody.

The City’s Economic Development Authority will be working to develop plans to assist small businesses, and they will be supported in these efforts by City Council. More aggressive measures may be forthcoming.

 


 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Fredericksburg Coronavirus Update: March 15, 2020

As of this afternoon, Governor Northam has banned all gatherings of 100 people or more statewide.  He is also recommending people do not frequent bars, restaurants, churches and other social gathering places and to stay home. The Governor did not call for a statewide quarantine at this time.

The Virginia Department of Health has received test results from 408 persons whom have been tested by all labs that are reporting 45 presumptive positive tests have been received.  One person has died that was COVID-19 positive and was a 70 year old in the Peninsula region. Most of the positive tests are in Northern Virginia, with the next highest in the Peninsula Health District.  At this time VDH is still only reporting the one case in our region from Spotsylvania.

The City of Fredericksburg Emergency Services is strongly encouraging our residents to remotely access services and use online transactions where possible. Please set up online accounts to pay bills and order services when possible. Additionally, we are asking everyone to refer to the CDC recommendations, “What every American can do to decrease the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19” which is online here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf


 

Monday, March 16, 2020

A statement from Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw on the Fredericksburg Coronavirus Preparations

(Fredericksburg, VA) March 13, 2020 – Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. We want to assure the residents of Fredericksburg that we have formed a City staff team that is communicating with our health providers, regional stakeholders, and the leadership of our schools and institutions. We are focused on crafting contingency plans of support for our providers of services to our citizens. The City has prepared the Emergency Operations Center in case it needs to open it. The EOC will provide continuity of operations for City Government in which all departments work together to make high level decisions. Our management is weighing a possible declaration of emergency here in the City.

I applaud our local businesses and restaurants who are stepping forward and taking measures to keep their customers and employees safe. Our businesses are making deliveries available and offering to go orders, in addition to their services. Many organizations are stepping up for our community in great ways. 

City Hall is open and City Hall will remain open and will be here to serve you. We are expanding our broad band capabilities and preparing telework policies for essential employees. Daily briefings to the public will be available on our website www.fredericksburgva.gov and social media accounts for FxbgGov. 

The City has not closed any public facilities at this time. The Dorothy Hart Community Center and all of the City’s parks and trails are open and we encourage residents to enjoy them this weekend. According to department policy, Parks, Recreation and Events cancels all programs when City Schools are closed. As a result, all Parks, Recreation and Events programs and classes have been canceled until Sunday, March 29th. The Children’s Art Show and Youth Sports have been postponed until further notice. 

The City School system is planning to implement their mobile lunch program to provide a meal a day to our communities.

The City Manager’s office is organizing a Volunteer Corps to help provide volunteers to organizations such as the Thurmon Brisben Center and Micah. It’s a group of our City Employees to serve as a contingency for the necessary services that are largely manned by volunteers in the community.

On Tuesday night, Council authorized the City Manager to craft a special Sick Leave guideline. It is special because it applies to part time and full time staff and encourages any employees who are sick to stay home. This is a critical step in keeping infections down – STAY home if you are sick. This policy allows those without much sick leave, or no sick leave at all, to focus on health – without the jeopardizing their paycheck. 

The City staff has stepped up cleaning services of public buildings. We are encouraging all staff and residents to continue to follow CDC guidelines for disease prevention and follow guidance from the Virginia Department of Health.

We will post daily updates on our website at www.Fredericksburgva.gov. For more information please feel free to call the City ...


 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Southern Living magazine has named Fredericksburg as one of the best small towns in the South!

Have you heard the news? Southern Living magazine has named Fredericksburg as one of the best small towns in the South!

Fredericksburg placed fifth on the magazine’s annual list. Interestingly, it placed one spot ahead of another charming Fredericksburg — the one in Texas. Williamsburg topped the list.

Read Experience Southern History and Small-Town Charm in Fredericksburg, Virginia here: https://www.southernliving.com/travel/virginia/things-to-do-in-fredericksburg-va


 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Library Locations Close Due to Public Health Concern

Fredericksburg, Virginia, March 16, 2020 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) has closed all branches and satellite locations effective 1:00 p.m. on March 16 through Sunday, March 29 due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 public health crisis. All library classes and events, and meeting room use, are cancelled during this time, as well as outreach including Lobby Stops, Grow a Reader classes, and the Youth Services Programming Van. Branches will remain open on March 16 until 7:00 p.m. for holds pickup only. Customers picking up holds at Howell Branch should use the drive-through window. Montross and Newton branches will provide holds pickup only until 5:00 p.m.

Customers are encouraged to follow any recommendations issued by the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC regarding social gatherings.

CRRL's website, librarypoint.org, and social media channels, will continue to provide online services and library updates, and will be maintained by teleworking library staff.

To serve customer's needs during this necessary closure, CRRL offers a wide range of online resources, including:

  • eBooks and eMagazines Download directly to customer's mobile devices or computers.
  • Careers & Workforce Development Research a new career and practice career entrance exams.
  • Mango Languages Learn a language online.
  • Lynda.com Premier video-based online training resource offering more than 6,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more.
  • Kanopy: Streaming Video Choose from more than 30,000 films, including acclaimed movies and documentaries, film-festival favorites, world cinema, classic film, The Great Courses, and selections from The Criterion Collection.
  • Kanopy Kids Educational streaming video for preschool age and up.

For a complete listing of CRRL's online databases, see librarypoint.org/resource.

Some online resources require library cards from CRRL, which can be ordered online at librarypoint.org/card. New cards will be mailed out within five business days.

Customers who have library items currently checked out should keep them until the library reopens, as all book drops will be closed. No fines will be charged while the library is closed. This includes Interlibrary Loan items. Books on hold will have their pickup period extended through Tuesday, March 31.

CRRL is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 30. Possible updates to this schedule, and to CRRL's response to the coronavirus, can be found at librarypoint.org/news/coronavirus and on the library's social media.

Contact:  Sean Bonney Community Engagement Manager sean.bonney@crrl.org FOR MEDIA ONLY

 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Rappahannock United Way Celebrates $698,479 in Prescription Savings

CONTACT – Brenda Sapanghila
Bsapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org 
540-373-0041 x 303

  

Rappahannock United Way Celebrates $698,479 in Prescription Savings

Partnership with FamilyWize delivers significant savings on prescription medications through its free, easy to use prescription discount card

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) – March 2020 –Rappahannock United Way, today announced that nearly 10,000 Fredericksburg region residents have saved $698,479 on their prescription medications, thanks to its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Through this partnership, United Way has helped promote the free, easy to use FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card, which has helped more than 15 million Americans save more than $1.7 billion on their prescriptions.

“People should never have to choose between putting food on the table or taking their prescription medication, “says Janel Donohue, President of Rappahannock United Way. “That’s why we formed a partnership with FamilyWize. Their free prescription discount card can reduce the costs of prescriptions for anyone who uses it. It’s an extremely valuable resource that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, can use.”

The FamilyWize card immediately lowers the cost of prescription medications by an average of 45% percent for people with and without insurance. Just by presenting the FamilyWize card or mobile app at their local pharmacy, people can save on the cost of their medicine, with no strings attached.

“We’re excited to see the Greater Fredericksburg community realize the benefits of our prescription discount card,” said Vickie Nisbet, Director of Community Relations at FamilyWize. “We hope that they continue to use the card and share it with others, as it can provide a significant savings.”

The free FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card can be used by anyone: uninsured, insured, and even people with Medicaid or Medicare. The use of the card is unlimited, does not require any personal information from the user and has no eligibility criteria.

To take advantage of the savings that FamilyWize offers visit: www.rappahannockunitedway.org/familywize-211/ or download the free FamilyWize app.

 


 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Department of Navy Awards Davis Defense Group Two (2) Task Orders for Combined Value of $80.5M

Department of Navy Awards Davis Defense Group Two (2) Task Orders for Combined Value of $80.5M

Davis Defense Group, Inc. was awarded PMA-213 and PMA-271 task orders under the NAVAIR Program Management Contractor Support Services (PM CSS) Multiple Award Contact (MAC) in November 2019.

Under PMA-213, DDG will provide acquisition and life cycle management in support the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213) under Program Executive Officer, Tactical Aircraft Programs (PEO(T)), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIRSYSCOM) located in Patuxent River, Maryland.  PMA-213 is the Naval Aviation Enterprise’s (NAE’s) Program Office for all Navy and Marine Corps Air Traffic Management (ATM) Systems and provides the Navy and Marine Corps with affordable, integrated and interoperable ATM and Combat Identification (CID) Systems, as well as increased sustainable readiness for the Navy and Marine Corps Ship, Shore and Expeditionary families of systems (FoS). The PMA-213 award value inclusive of all options is $47.5M.

The Airborne Strategic Command Control and Communications Program Office (PMA-271) is under Program Executive Officer Air, Assault, ASW & Special Mission Aircraft (PEO(A)). PMA-271 is responsible for the E-6B Mercury aircraft providing airborne strategic deterrence capabilities in support of the United States Strategic Command. Under this contract, DDG will provide project management, acquisition management, administrative, and technical support services for PMA-271 Integrated Product Teams (IPTs). The PMA-271 award value inclusive of all options is $33M.

“Team DDG will provide exceptional project management and systems acquisition support for two major NAVAIR PMAs, PMA 213 and PMA 271,” said DDG’s NAVAIR Program Manager, Tom Donahue. “DDG has a history of delivering high caliber, fast tempo services and looks forward to partnering with NAVAIR to further the mission of building a future protecting the nation.”

Both Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee task orders have a 1-year base period with 4 one-year option periods to provide support through 2025.

A Women-Owned Small Business based in Stafford, VA, DDG has supported the Department of Navy since 2002, and currently employs over 600 professionals worldwide. Davis Defense Group’s mission-focused service solutions include Acquisition, IT, Business Analytics, Engineering, Logistics, and Education. Information and current openings at Davis Defense may be found at its website, www.davisdefense.com, LinkedIn and Facebook.

 


 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Rappahannock United Way Welcomes Tax Time Allies Funding

CONTACT – Brenda Sapanghila
Bsapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org  540-373-0041 x303             

 RAPPAHANNOCK UNITED WAY WELCOMES

TAX TIME ALLIES FUNDING

Fredericksburg based non-profit receives $20,000 from Tax Time Allies to help working families and individuals save at tax time and strengthen their financial futures. 

Fredericksburg, VA – 2/26/2020 — The Tax Time Allies Campaign, through its sponsor the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation, has awarded the Rappahannock United Way, $20,000 to support and grow its programs that empower low and moderate income individuals and families to save at tax time by using free IRS-sponsored tax preparation resources – VITA and Free File – to file their tax returns.

“We’re proud Rappahannock United Way counts itself as a Tax Time Ally,” said Susan Mason, Director of the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation. “Every filing season Rappahannock United Way assists low- and moderate-income individuals and families, to help them better understand their taxes, make use of free IRS-sponsored resources and strengthen their financial futures. It is truly a privilege to support them in this important work.” 

Rappahannock United Way will use these funds to continue to help eligible taxpayers in our community learn about, access and use free IRS sponsored taxpayer assistance services as well as help them discover opportunities to save some of their tax refund. 

In 2019, Rappahannock United Way’s Free Tax Program assisted 1,764 individuals file state and federal tax returns. $2.5 Million in tax credits and refunds was returned to the Fredericksburg Region. If your household income was $80,000 or less in 2019, Rappahannock United Way can help you file your taxes for free. Tax sites opened on January 27th, 2020.

“We’re delighted to be a part of such a strong network of free tax preparation assistance providers that are tirelessly working to ensure that those who need it most, are getting access to quality no-cost tax preparation services,” said Sarah Walsh, CIO at Rappahannock United Way. “Being a Tax Time Ally means you care about making your community a better place and empowering taxpayers to strengthen their financial health through free IRS-sponsored tax preparation services. At Rappahannock United Way lifting up the community is in our DNA.”

For Tax Site locations and hours, or to file your taxes for free online (no income limit online), visit www.RUWFREETAXES.org

 


 

Monday, March 9, 2020

PUBLIC MEETING for the Historic District Handbook Update

PUBLIC MEETING for the Historic District Handbook Update

The City of Fredericksburg is seeking public input on updates to the Historic District Handbook. The Handbook is a resource for residents, property owners, and business owners and contains the design guidelines used to evaluate changes to properties and new construction in the Historic District. Two public meeting opportunities will be provided:

  • Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in the Renwick courtroom, 815 Princess Anne Street
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. in the third floor conference room, Executive Plaza, 601 Caroline Street

The public is also invited to complete a survey about the Historic District Handbook. The survey will remain open until Friday, March 27, 2020.  For more information, please contact Fredericksburg Community Planning and Building at 540-372-1179.

 


 

Monday, March 9, 2020

New Shelving and Reorganization Coming to Fredericksburg Branch

New Shelving and Reorganization Coming to Fredericksburg Branch

Fredericksburg, Virginia, March 3, 2020 - All three floors of Fredericksburg Branch of Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) will be reorganized and get improvements in March and April to accomplish several key goals. Once the renovations are complete:

  • The first floor will house adult fiction, and be devoted to the highest-circulating parts of the collection, including new books, hot genres, and DVDs. Customers will be able to find the most popular materials easily.
  • Adult materials will be moved off of the second floor, which will be devoted entirely to youth services.
  • Attractive new shelves will be installed on the first and third floors. (New shelving will be installed on the second floor in the fall.)
  • The third floor will house adult nonfiction and study rooms, and will be opened up to the public sometime in April. This will be the first time in the history of CRRL that the third floor of Fredericksburg Branch will be a public browsing, studying, and meeting space.
There will be some necessary customer service interruptions:
  • The adult collections will be closed March 9-April 3. A small selection of titles, including new releases, will still be available.
  • Fredericksburg Branch will be closed for renovations March 9, 23, and 24.

The second floor youth services collection rooms will not be closed for this project. 

Important service notes: 

  • A small selection of adult materials will still be available at Fredericksburg Branch while the adult collections are closed.
  • Adult Departments at other branches are fully operational.

Customers will be kept updated through librarypoint.org, social media, and signage.

 

Contact:  Sean Bonney Community Engagement Manager community.manager@crrl.org FOR MEDIA ONLY

 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Public Meeting for the Historic District Handbook Update

PUBLIC MEETING for the Historic District Handbook Update

The City of Fredericksburg is seeking public input on updates to the Historic District Handbook. The Handbook is a resource for residents, property owners, and business owners and contains the design guidelines used to evaluate changes to properties and new construction in the Historic District. Two public meeting opportunities will be provided:

  • Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in the Renwick courtroom, 815 Princess Anne Street
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. in the third floor conference room, Executive Plaza, 601 Caroline Street

The public is also invited to complete a survey about the Historic District Handbook. The survey will remain open until Friday, March 27, 2020.  For more information, please contact Fredericksburg Community Planning and Building at 540-372-1179.

 

 

 


 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Dominion Lux Garages is running an awesome raffle on March 11, 2020 at the ground breaking ceremony

Dominion Lux Garages is running an awesome raffle in with two prizes-Drawing on March 11, 2020 at the ground breaking ceremony

First Prize- Welcome to Track Attack at Dominion Raceway!

a unique beginner-level driving experience designed to familiarize you with our road course and introduce basic high performance driving concepts. It includes classroom instruction with a professional driving coach and several 20-30 minute on-track sessions in your car. Sessions feature paced laps for those who just want to experience what it's like on a real road course with no helmets and no passing. Between driving sessions the instructor will critique your performance and offer driving tips. You will notice with each session that your confidence, speed, and fun will increase. Then join us at the 118 Bar and Grill afterward!

Second Prize- (4 )Concert tickets to Confederate Railroad

The group first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound.

Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album (“Confederate Railroad”) was “She Took It Like A Man”. It went to No.26, a preview of what was to come. “The next two singles, “Jesus and Mama” and “Queen of Memphis” went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, “Trashy Women”,”When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back”, and “She Never Cried”. “Trashy” would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music’s Best NewsGroup Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation

Contest rules:

To enter you must submit a business card at the ground breaking ceremony. In order to receive the prize you must like DomLuxGar on facebook


 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Dominion Lux Garages is running an awesome raffle in with three prizes-Drawing on March 31, 2020

Dominion Lux Garages is running an awesome raffle in with three prizes-Drawing on March 31, 2020

Grand Prize- All Drivers and Riders get a ticket to the car(s) you chose, 3-4 Xtreme Xperience-All Drivers and Riders get a ticket to the car(s) you chose, 3-4 laps in each car on a world-class racetrack, a 25min safety training class, a professional instructor in the right seat during your experience, a racing helmet to use, and access to the Pit Area with tents waiting areas, photo ops, ice-cold waters and whatever jams we’re rocking out to that day!

First Prize- Welcome to Track Attack at Dominion Raceway!

a unique beginner-level driving experience designed to familiarize you with our road course and introduce basic high performance driving concepts. It includes classroom instruction with a professional driving coach and several 20-30 minute on-track sessions in your car. Sessions feature paced laps for those who just want to experience what it's like on a real road course with no helmets and no passing. Between driving sessions the instructor will critique your performance and offer driving tips. You will notice with each session that your confidence, speed, and fun will increase. Then join us at the 118 Bar and Grill afterward!

Second Prize- (4 )Concert tickets to Confederate Railroad

The group first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound.

Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album (“Confederate Railroad”) was “She Took It Like A Man”. It went to No.26, a preview of what was to come. “The next two singles, “Jesus and Mama” and “Queen of Memphis” went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, “Trashy Women”,”When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back”, and “She Never Cried”. “Trashy” would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song. That album with six

hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music’s Best NewsGroup Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation

Contest rules:

To enter you must go to DomLux Facebook and like the page, like the post (announcing the raffle) and tag 3 other people who might want to be entered in the contest. We will use New likes from March 1,2020 through March 31, 2020 to automatically register you for the contest


 

Friday, February 28, 2020

REC Participates in African American Heritage Night

Date:              February 28, 2020

Contact:         Casey Hollins
                      Director of Communications and Public Relations
                      (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Participates in African American Heritage Night

Courtland High School hosted African American Heritage Night on Feb. 12. The event celebrated Black History Month through food, dance and a vendor fair.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) employees participated to support the local school and community. Fafa Baker, workforce planning and development specialist, and Kellie Thompson, member service representative, talked with attendees about REC’s Community Scholarships and Grants, and Youth Tour. All programs offer opportunities for students to benefit from funding and the cooperative experience.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


 

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Community Foundation Launches Redesigned Website, Convenes Region Toward Giving

 Lisa Biever, Communications Director
 The Community Foundation
 540.373.9292 ext 121
  Lisa.biever@cfrrr.org

 

New website makes it easy to give, easy to learn and easy to get involved in our region!

The Community Foundation Launches Redesigned Website, Convenes Region Toward Giving

The Community Foundation’s newly redesigned website at cfrrr.org  offers generous people valuable information and access to effective charitable giving. The new design and updated content make it easy to give, easy to learn and easy to get involved.

Major sections of the website are portals to impactful resources for generous citizens, professional advisors, and nonprofit leaders.

Give: Start a named fund at the foundation, invest in our region through The Community Fund, and find tax advantaged ways to donate, like scholarship tax credits.

Plan: Add our region or a cause you believe in to your will, meet the community of donors who are making a lasting commitment to our region.

Advise: Tools and information for attorneys, accountants and other professional advisors to better serve your clients.

Apply: Access grant funding for area nonprofits and scholarships for high school seniors, and more

We are grateful to Kaeser Compressors, Inc. for supporting The Community Foundation to make this valuable resource available to our community. Kaeser Compressors is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and providers of compressed air products and services with US corporate headquarters in Fredericksburg, Va.

“This redesign has a modern graphic focus and unified design hierarchy,” according to web developers Higashi Glaser Design. “It allows potential givers to easily navigate the remarkable number of giving options and programs the foundation offers.”

The Community Foundation is a devoted advocate for the vitality and well-being of the Rappahannock River Region.  We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that manages and distributes charitable giving in the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline, and the City of Fredericksburg.

The Community Foundation promotes greater philanthropy by taking on the challenges donors face in a responsible and knowledgeable manner. We distinguish ourselves from other local charities by providing efficient and effective services to build a collection of permanent funds.

“Whether you are already familiar with The Community Foundation, or just getting to know us, I think you will be impressed with what you find on the new website,” said Jamie Scully, the foundation’s Marketing Committee Chair

The Community Foundation (cfrrr.org) inspires, coordinates and stewards impactful giving for our region’s most generous individuals, families and businesses. With assistance from The Community Foundation, donors make effective gifts that advance the issues and causes they are most passionate about. The foundation currently manages 171 funds that collectively give over $1,000,000 each year to local shelters, clinics, museums, habitats, schools and places of worship.


 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Viva Versona

Viva Versona

            The quest for fashion is often about finding a look that’s distinctive and personal.  That’s what fashionable women will find at Versona, a new retailer coming soon to Spotsylvania Towne Centre.  When it opens late this spring, the new Versona store will occupy approximately 9,400 square feet of space in The Village at Towne Centre, across from Park Lane Tavern.

Versona is a fun apparel, jewelry and accessories brand with a unique approach to fashion priced right every day.  It’s for the women who will take risks with her fashion, but not her budget. Versona offers her a one-stop-shop to complete her look from head to toe.  Versona is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, with nearly 70 stores in 18 states.

Spotsylvania Towne Centre has been serving the people of northern Virginia since 1980.  It is located at the junction of Interstate 95 and Route 3, near Fredericksburg.  The 1.7 million square foot complex offers more than 120 department stores, specialty shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues.  For more information, log onto www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com.  Spotsylvania Towne Centre is owned and managed as part of the Cafaro family of companies, based in Niles, Ohio.  One of the nation’s largest privately held shopping center developers, the Cafaro organization has developed and managed more than 30 million square feet of commercial real estate in 14 states.  For more information, visit online at www.cafarocompany.com.

Contacts:

Joe Bell        
Director of Corporate Communications      
Cafaro Company     
jbell@cafarocompany.com  
330-743-7688  
724-730-4532 (Mobile)

Katlin McKinney
Marketing Director
Spotsylvania Towne Centre
marketingdirector@spotsylvaniatownecentre.com
540-786-6660 x102


 


 

Monday, February 24, 2020

REC’ Youth Tour Students Meet Del. Buddy Fowler and Del. Bobby Orrock

Date:                February 17, 2020

Contact:            Casey Hollins
                         Director of Communications and Public Relations
                         (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC’ Youth Tour Students Meet Del. Buddy Fowler and Del. Bobby Orrock

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) Youth Tour provides local students with a once-in-a-lifetime experience see their state government in action.

On Feb. 13, Kaylan Campbell, Madison County; Jose Cerritos-Martinez, Culpeper County; Nicholas Coates, Madison County; Tommy Garloch, Spotsylvania County; Cindy Gonzalez-Ramirez, Greene County; Nick Goudeau, Culpeper County; Jerry Morris, Greene County; and Henry Wood, Rappahannock County toured the General Assembly building, visiting with each of their House of Delegates members. The students were able to learn about the legislative process and current issues being addressed by each delegate.

The group viewed the beginning of the day’s session in the House Gallery and were recognized from the House floor. Following their meeting with local Delegates, they toured the Virginia State Capitol, learning about its history and its importance to both the state of Virginia and the United States.

The students also met with Delegate Nick Freitas, 30th district and Delegate Michael Webert, 18th district.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

 


 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Meet Déja Grüv Band®

Media Release

Date: February 17, 2020 Media Contact: Déja Grüv Band®

Meet Déja Grüv Band®

STAFFORD, VIRGINIA - Déja Grüv Band® is the first band to join the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. A variety band based out of Stafford, VA, Déja Grüv Band® provides live music in a variety of music genres such as Jazz, Pop, R&B, Country, Top 40, Motown, and more! Contact them for all your Corporate, Community, or Private event needs; your Wedding, Anniversary, Birthday, or any other event! Déja Grüv Band®, your Multi-Generational Entertainment Band! To connect or to learn more, visit www.DejaGruvBand.com


 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Luxury Garage Condominiums Begin Construction at Dominion Raceway and Entertainment in Thornburg, VA

Luxury Garage Condominiums Begin Construction at Dominion Raceway and Entertainment in Thornburg, Virginia

Construction has begun on Phase I of Dominion Lux, a planned 115-unit luxury garage condominium facility adjacent to Dominion Raceway and Entertainment in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Alexandria based Y-12 Investments LLC and Charleston, SC based Latitude 38 are partnering with the Raceway ownership to develop the facility aimed at car enthusiasts and collectors who need additional storage space for their treasures as well as a place to mingle with like minded enthusiasts. Located just eight miles south of Fredericksburg with immediate

access to Interstate 95, Dominion Lux offers access to the Raceway’s private road course and NASCAR oval tracks, as well as miles of Virginia scenic byways.

Garage units are available in a variety of sizes with prices starting in the high $100’s. Each unit is fully finished with individual climate control, private bathroom, designer lighting, and a mezzanine overlooking the main 22-foot clear storage space. Customers can personalize their space by choosing from a variety of options such as coffee and wet bars, glass hand railings, and upgraded wall and floor finishes. Owners can meet other enthusiasts in the amenity spaces which include a billiards room, bar, an indoor wash bay, and a service bay with a lift. 

Stewart Bartley, lead developer for the project and a car enthusiast himself, says, “For most car enthusiasts, safe and secure storage is often the single biggest limitation on the enjoyment of their hobby. Dominion Lux aims to help alleviate that problem while also building a community of fellow car enthusiasts. For me personally, I plan to take advantage of both Dominion Raceway’s excellent two-mile road course for my vintage race cars and the miles of beautiful Virginia country roads that are right outside our main entrance for my antique road cars which are not happy in Beltway traffic.”

For more information visit www.DominionLux.com or contact Mr. Bartley at SBartley@Y12Investments.com.


 

Monday, February 17, 2020

The City Partners with Traipse To Create New Presidential History and American Heritage Tours

The City of Fredericksburg Partners with Traipse To Create New Presidential History and African American Heritage Tours

(Fredericksburg, VA) February 12, 2020 – New walking history tours offer locals and tourists a way to experience area history with a scavenger-hunt twist.  The tours and the content within will be managed using Traipse, a free, Staunton, VA-based smartphone app for “puzzle hunt” tours of local history and businesses. Traipse is like virtual geocaching where visitors engage with each location by answering questions that can only be completed by physically being present at each site. Further, at each stop, complementary information is given to visitors allowing them to learn more about the location through articles, photos, and video.

“There are few places that can claim such centuries-spanning American history like Fredericksburg, VA. We are excited to partner with the city to create these unique experiences for people to enjoy and to become more familiar with the area’s rich heritage,” said Austin Auclair, Director of Creative Content at Traipse.  

It’s not just about history, however, as more tours for downtown are planned that will highlight locally-owned businesses with an aim to bring additional foot traffic to area merchants.

Danelle Rose, Tourism Services Manager, Economic Development & Tourism in Fredericksburg stated, “We were excited to launch with these two tours. They are free to use and available 24/7 by downloading the app.  The Fredericksburg Visitors Center offers numerous guided tours–via our wonderful horse-drawn carriages, trolley tours and guided specialty groups - but we saw a need to provide an option to our residents and visitors who like to explore at their own pace. Using the Traipse app, everyone can get out and experience Fredericksburg’s locally-owned businesses and attractions, while making a fun game that engages the whole family.”

February is Black History Month across the U.S. and here in Fredericksburg our new “African American Heritage of Fredericksburg” tour provides an opportunity learn and reflect. This free, self-guided tour shares some of the African American experience through the history of this city. Visitors will be guided to 14 stops while seeing about local Civil Rights, murals, historic locations such as Shiloh Baptist Church – Old Site and more. Download the Traipse app (available in ios and android), find Fredericksburg and then select the African American Heritage of Fredericksburg tour.   

Another new tour is arriving just in time for Presidents’ Day, which is Monday, February 17th. Fredericksburg is no stranger to celebrating presidents, especially Washington who lived here and whose mother is buried here. This new “Presidential Fredericksburg” tour includes 13 stops, such as: James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Lincoln’s Historic Footsteps, Hugh Mercer Apothecary, Thomas Jefferson Religious Freedom Monument, Meditation Rock and more!  Download the Traipse app (available in ios and android), find Fredericksburg and then select the Presidential Fredericksburg tour

ABOUT TRAIPSE

Founded in 2014 and based in Staunton, VA, Traipse is a free smartphone application that leads users on a walking tour of landmarks and local businesses. At each stop on a Traipse ...


 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Construction of Riverfront Park to Begin; Sophia Street Parking Areas to Close February 23

Construction of Riverfront Park to Begin; Sophia Street Parking Areas to Close February 23
City of Fredericksburg to Implement Parking Changes in the Vicinity of the Park

(Fredericksburg, VA)  February 14, 2020 - The construction of the Riverfront Park will begin - on or about Monday, February 24. Last November, City Council awarded a contract for construction of the park to Athena Construction of Triangle, Virginia.

The start of construction will require the entire park property to be fenced, thus closing the public parking lot in the 700 block of Sophia Street as well as the parking area accessed across Sophia Street from Charlotte Street. All vehicles must be removed from these areas by no later than midnight, Sunday, February 23. Vehicles remaining in these areas after that time will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. 

Last fall, the City announced actions it intended to take to mitigate the closure of these parking areas. These actions include: 

Increasing the period of time that vehicles may be parked on the east (river) side of the 600 through 800 blocks of Sophia Street (from Wolfe Street to just south of George Street) from two hours to four hours during the periods that time restrictions apply to downtown streets (Monday-Saturday; 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.)

Convert the surface parking lot in the 600 block of Sophia Street (between Sophia Street and the river, directly across the street from the Sophia Street Parking Garage) to public parking. The only restriction on the use of this lot will be that only vehicles displaying a City of Fredericksburg resident decal may be parked in the lot Monday through Friday 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. The resident decals may be obtained at the Treasurer’s Office at City Hall by providing proof of City residency.

Increase the period that vehicles may be parked in the Sophia Street Parking Garage to four hours (currently, three hours) for no cost. The rate for additional hours will remain the same ($1/hour to a maximum of $8/day.)

All of these actions will be taken prior to February 24. Questions about this matter may be directed to Assistant City Manager Doug Fawcett at dfawcett@fredericksburgva.gov or by phone at 540-372-1010.


 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Library an Essential Part of 2020 Census

Library an Essential Part of 2020 Census

Fredericksburg, Virginia, February 14, 2020 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to make support of the 2020 Census a key priority for the library, particularly March-April, when every household in America will receive a postcard with instructions for taking the Census online or by phone in several languages. With public libraries the nation's largest provider of free computer access, CRRL expects a surge of customers to visit branches to complete the Census, and staff will be standing by to assist as needed.

Civic Lab events in March will present information about the 2020 Census and its importance to the community, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.

On Wednesday, April 1, most branches will host Census Day Celebrations--family-friendly activities and help with filling out the Census.

A complete list of CRRL’s activities and services in support of the 2020 census, answers to common census questions, and library resources that provide access to census data can be found at librarypoint.org/2020census.

American Library Association Census Grant Awarded to Just 59 Libraries Nationwide

CRRL was recently named a recipient of ALA’s Census Equity Fund mini-grant. This $2000 grant will be used to bolster services to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. Only 59 libraries out of 500 nationwide applicants received the award.

“The 2020 Census will determine how political representation and critical resources are distributed for the next ten years, and libraries are essential partners in making sure the data collected as part of the Census is complete and accurate. The efforts of these 59 libraries will shine a light on all the library workers across the country who are shouldering efforts to reach and inform their communities—especially vulnerable and hard-to-count populations—about the importance of a full and inclusive count.”

ALA President Wanda Brown

Contact:  Sean Bonney Community Engagement Manager community.manager@crrl.org FOR MEDIA ONLY

 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Welcomes New OBGYN Groups to Active Medical Staff

CONTACT:
Jael Cooper
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
540-498-4054
Jael.Cooper@hcahealcare.com

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Welcomes
New OBGYN Groups to Active Medical Staff

Fredericksburg, VA (February 7, 2020) - Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has expanded its medical staff to include Rappahannock Women’s Health Center and Central Virginia OBGYN.

More women in the Fredericksburg region will now have access to Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center’s family-centered approach to maternal and neonatal care, through their labor and delivery unit and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“Rappahannock Women’s Health Center is committed to providing the best possible experience for our patients,” said Dr. Jae Kil. “We are excited to be joining the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center team and provide our patients with access to their expert staff and beautiful women’s unit.”

Dr. Joon Kil of Central Virginia OBGYN adds, “We’re thrilled to offer another option for delivery to women in the Fredericksburg area. We’re confident the team at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center will enhance our patients’ birth experience through their compassionate care, advanced technology, and community resources.”

To meet the needs of this growing patient population, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has increased the number of OB tours and classes offered. New patients are encouraged to go to spotsrmc.com/calendar or call 1-888-685-1610 to schedule a free tour of the facility and meet the team that will play a role in their birth experience. This online resource also provides a listing of free classes such as Labor Basics, Labor Express, Breastfeeding Basics, and Baby Basics to help prepare families for their new baby.

Additionally, in October 2019 SRMC opened an obstetrics (OB) emergency department, a separate triage and care space that allows for a dedicated, specialized staff to be available for women who are expecting and in need of emergent care. With the opening of the OB emergency department, the hospital also launched its OB hospitalist program that ensures that specialty trained OB physicians are on site 24/7.

“As our community grows, our experienced staff is committed to delivering the highest quality care through our women’s and children’s services,” said David McKnight, chief executive officer of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. “We are thrilled to welcome our new active medical staff and their patients to the hospital.”


 

Monday, February 10, 2020

And the Winner Is….

Contacts:

Katlin McKinney
Marketing Director
Spotsylvania Towne Centre
540-786-6660 x102
marketingdirector@spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

And the winner is….

The competition was stiff but after careful consideration the winner of the Small Shop Showdown at Spotsylvania Towne Centre is Lilly Bloom Soap, Body & Bath owned by Margo Frazier of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia.  She competed with a variety of other local entrepreneurs who described their business concepts to a panel of real estate leasing experts.  As the winner, Frazier will receive six months of FREE rent inside Spotsylvania Towne Centre, April 1 – September 30, 2020.  A few key spaces are available inside the mall. The one which best suits the store’s needs will soon be determined.  In addition to the free use of store space, Frazier will receive a package of marketing assistance to help get the business off the ground, on-mall signage, a news release, digital signage and advertising on social media.

Lilly Bloom Soap, Body & Bath is a business that creates luxurious artisan soaps, lotions, body scrubs, bath bombs and candles. Frazier began making her products three years ago, with packaging that she describes as “Whimsical, designed to make you smile.”  She began selling them at craft fairs and via social media, but it wasn’t the optimal approach. “For our product, people need to smell it, feel it, touch it” Frazier explained. “Retail is really where we wanted to go.  This contest was really a dream come true.”  Lilly Bloom Soap, Body & Bath is a family effort.  Frazier’s daughter, Sierra Frazier, 22, and son, Dakota Frazier, 16, will be the owners of the store, while Margo concentrates on creating and supplying the products.

The judges of the Small Shop Showdown were very impressed with all the candidates who entered the competition.  As a result, choosing a winner was extremely difficult.  Consequently, the judges are looking forward to working with the finalists to help them bring their exciting business concepts to reality inside the mall.

Spotsylvania Towne Centre has been serving the people of northern Virginia since 1980.  It is located at the junction of Interstate 95 and Route 3, near Fredericksburg.  The 1.7 million square foot complex offers more than 120 department stores, specialty shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues.  For more information, log onto www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com.  Spotsylvania Towne Centre is owned and managed as part of the Cafaro family of companies, based in Niles, Ohio.  One of the nation’s largest privately held shopping center developers, the Cafaro organization has developed and managed more than 30 million square feet of commercial real estate in 14 states.  For more information, visit online at www.cafarocompany.com.


 

Friday, February 7, 2020

City Acquires 30 New Sidewalk Buttlers

City Acquires 30 New Sidewalk Buttlers

Replacing downtown “butt buckets” for cigarette litter collection

(Fredericksburg, VA) February 4, 2020 – Several new downtown Sidewalk Buttlers are standing ready to help prevent cigarette butt litter. The City of Fredericksburg’s Clean and Green Commission and the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board (R-Board) partnered to acquire the 30 free cigarette buttlers from Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) to provide the public a means to dispose of their cigarette butts. These new buttlers are in addition to the initial 30 units donated in 2019 by KVB to the City’s Parks, Recreation and Events Department — now in place in City parks. 

The City’s Public Works Department installed the buttlers and they are emptied by Commission interns. The containers are mounted on sidewalk trash receptacles and are primarily located along Caroline and William Streets. All cigarette butts collected will be weighed and then recycled via TerraCycle.

These new units replace the downtown “butt buckets” the Commission sourced and maintained as part of their ongoing “Butts Are Litter Too” campaign. “The downtown butt buckets served their purpose to help reduce cigarette litter, but they were labor intensive and needed to be replaced regularly,” said Robert Courtnage, Commission chairman. “Our new Sidewalk Buttlers are a more attractive and more permanent solution to help curb cigarette litter.”

Cigarette butts are the most frequently littered item. Because the filters are made mostly of plastic, they do not biodegrade. When dropped on the street or sidewalk, they may be washed into storm drains and end up in the Rappahannock River and beyond, where they harm aquatic life.

Littering is also a criminal offense in the City. The Fredericksburg Police Department strictly enforces the littering code. According to the City’s Watershed Manager, “A cigarette butt that is tossed on the sidewalk could cost you up to $2,500, a conviction of a Class 1 misdemeanor, lost wages, and court costs. That's a pretty expensive cigarette.”

Watch the R-Board’s video, “Please Butt In - Cigarette Butts are Litter too” https://youtu.be/1HGZ0veKT5k

For more information about the Fredericksburg Clean & Green Commission, please visit their Facebook page or webpage.


 

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Inspire 10 Program

The Inspire 10 Program

Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) and its business partners share the common goal of providing quality of life resources to the community. It is our mission to inspire a prosperous connection between Stafford County Public School employees and businesses throughout the community. The Inspire 10 program is the connection.

What is Inspire 10?

Inspire 10 is an incentive program that will provide 10% off to Stafford County Public Schools employees at participating businesses in Stafford County.

How it Works?

A business will confirm their participation by completing the registration form attached in the link below. Once confirmation is received, the participating business will receive a mailed decal logo to place on the cash register, entrance door or window, or any highly visible place. Stafford County Public Schools employees will present their ID badge to receive the 10% discount at all participating businesses. The Communication Team will list businesses on advertisements, media campaigns, and other marketing activities.

https://forms.gle/5RoopBi5N9tgMxCh9

Other points

Stafford County Public Schools has 4,000 employees.

If a business decides to cancel its participation, please send an email to Cherice Taylor at taylorcf@staffordschools.net.

If you have any questions, please contact Cherice Taylor at tayorcf@staffordschools.net or 540-658-6534.


 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Construction of Riverfront Park to Begin

 Construction of Riverfront Park to Begin

City of Fredericksburg to Implement Parking Changes in the Vicinity of the Park

(Fredericksburg, VA) February 6, 2020 - The construction of the Riverfront Park will begin in late February or early March. Last November, City Council awarded a contract for construction of the park to Athena Construction of Triangle, Virginia. 

The start of construction will require the entire park property to be fenced, thus closing the public parking lot in the 700 block of Sophia Street as well as the parking area accessed across Sophia Street from Charlotte Street.

Last fall, the City announced actions it intended to take to mitigate the closure of these parking areas. These actions include: 

• Increasing the period of time that vehicles may be parked on the east (river) side of the 600 through 800 blocks of Sophia Street (from Wolfe Street to just south of George Street) from two hours to four hours during the periods that time restrictions apply to downtown streets (Monday - Saturday; 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.) 

• Convert the surface parking lot in the 600 block of Sophia Street (between Sophia Street and the river, directly across the street from the Sophia Street Parking Garage) to public parking. The only restriction on the use of this lot will be that only vehicles displaying a City of Fredericksburg resident decal may be parked in the lot Monday through Friday 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. The resident decals may be obtained at the Treasurer’s Office at City Hall by providing proof of City residency.

• Increase the period that vehicles may be parked in the Sophia Street Parking Garage to four hours (currently, three hours) for no cost. The rate for additional hours will remain the same ($1/hour to a maximum of $8/day.)

All of these actions will be taken prior to the closure of the parking areas on the Riverfront Park property. The specific date on which the closures will occur will be announced by mid-February.

Questions about this matter may be directed to Assistant City Manager Doug Fawcett at dfawcett@fredericksburgva.gov or by phone at 540-372-1010.

 


 

Friday, February 7, 2020

New Fredericksburg Regional Transit Director Announced

New Fredericksburg Regional Transit Director Announced

(Fredericksburg, VA)  February 5, 2020 - City Manager Tim Baroody is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Jackson to the position of Director of FREDericksburg Regional Transit.  Ms. Jackson comes to FRED from Hampton Roads Transit, where she has served as Director of Transit Development since October, 2016. She previously served as Deputy Executive Director of the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority.

“FRED is a tremendous regional asset, supporting access to public services, health care, shopping and employment.  As our region evolves and grows it will be important to better integrate enhancements that bring more regular transit operations to community assets.  We look forward to Ms. Jackson’s leadership and experience bringing us to the next level in this new decade,” stated Fredericksburg City Manager Tim Baroody.   

Ms. Jackson is a graduate of the College of William and Mary where she received her Bachelor’s in International Relations and has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She plans to assume her duties with FRED on March 2nd.

Ms. Jackson succeeds Wendy Kimball, who retired January 31st after serving as FRED’s Director since 2014 and previously as Assistant Director from 2007 until assuming the Director position. 

“FREDericksburg Regional Transit is a great transit system that continues to have a positive impact on the region,” said Ms. Jackson. “I am excited about the opportunity to lead the system, be a part of the FRED team, engage the community, and offer and implement high quality transit service to our customers. I look forward to continuing the great work that has been done and will lead the continued advancement of FRED to mirror the exciting growth that is occurring in the region by providing excellent transit service and mobility options for our customers.”

FRED Regional Transit offers public transportation services on weekdays in the City, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Additional services include weekday feeder bus services to Virginia Railway Express in the City and Spotsylvania, a VDOT commuter shuttle in north Stafford County and an Eagle Express weekend service for the University of Mary Washington.  The services FREDericksburg Regional Transit provides are made possible through a partnership among Federal, State and local governments, public institutions and private businesses.  For more information about FRED Regional Transit, please visit www.ridefred.com or call 540-372-1222.


 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Affordable Suites of America– Serving the Fredericksburg Region for 14 Years

Affordable Suites of America– Serving the Fredericksburg Region for 14 Years

Affordable Suites of America is an apartment-style hotel with two locations in our immediate area offering a concept in short term and long-term lodging that provides guests with an experience not yet seen in its category. The room layout for each 450 to 500 square-foot suite was intentionally designed to feel like a home, with a dedicated living room, full kitchen, and separate bedroom.

John McConnell, long time local resident and franchise owner for the Affordable Suites, recently said "We saw an opportunity to reinvent long-term lodging and to provide our guests with what they really want — and that is the space and in-room amenities to truly live comfortably while traveling away from home. Our hotels are designed to provide guests with separate living, kitchen, and sleeping areas, just as they would experience in their personal residence. Most long-term lodging accommodations consist of a single room with a bed steps away from a small kitchenette. We've created an environment that goes well beyond that, giving travelers a better way to stay and live while away from home." 

He added, “with our 2 locations in Stafford County (just off Hwy 17 in South Stafford) and on Route 1 in North Stafford (just south of the Quantico Marine Corp Base), we continue to meet the demand for more than just a hotel room in this market and at a price point that meets almost all budgets.”

The interior of each suite includes:

· 450-500 square feet of living space

· An open-concept living room that includes a sleeper sofa, a lounge chair, and a wall-mounted television

· A fully equipped kitchen featuring a full-size stove, oven, microwave, and refrigerator

· A separate spacious bedroom with a second large television, a walk-in closet, a king, queen, or double beds, and a work area — all allowing guests to get some shut-eye down the hall, completely separated from the living space and kitchen

· A central air system providing a quiet, residential feel

For more information go to www.affordablesuites.com/fredericksburg or www.affordablesuites.com/quantico or call 540-621-4294.


 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Honors Business Leaders at 29th Annual Awards & Gala

Media Release
Date: Jan. 31, 2020
Media Contact:
Anna Talcott
Marketing & Communications Manager
atalcott@fxbgchamber.org
540-373-9537

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Honors
Business Leaders at 29th Annual Awards & Gala

FREDERICKSBURG – The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce was pleased to award local businesses for their successes, entrepreneurial spirit, and community commitment at the 29th Annual Awards & Gala held Friday, January 31st at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Tyrone Logan won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which celebrates an innovative business owner who recognizes and meets a market need by successfully launching and developing a new business. Prior to being in business, Tyrone Logan served in the US Marine Corps and the US Navy. In 2008, Logan was recognized as the U.S. Fleet Forces Command Sea Sailor of the Year by the US Navy. As the CEO and go-founder of Obsidian Solutions Group, he has taken the firm from humble beginnings to an Inc. 5000 fastest growing company with over 230% growth in the last two years. In 2019, the firm was awarded several competitive government contractors totaling hundreds of millions in revenue.

Businesses of the Year Award

This award is presented to a company that balances business success with a dedication to improving the community’s quality of life.

CIP Finishes received the Small Business of the Year Award. Since the company began in 1986, it has navigated the fast-changing landscape of multi-family residential communities, proving to be a regional leader in finishing hardware and installation needs. Locally, the company has put the finishing touches on Fredericksburg’s Cobblestone Square, The Seasons at Celebrate Virginia, Abberly at Southpoint, and Eagle Landing at University of Mary Washington’s Eagle Village. To date, the firm has furnished and installed interior hardware in more than 30,000 residential units. They recently broke $10,000,000 in work under contract – a new record of success for this healthy small business that constantly strives to break new ground.

Virginia Partners Bank received the Large Business of the Year award. It has been in business in the region since 2007. Founded to be the only community bank headquartered in Fredericksburg, they have created more than 55 jobs, invested nearly $7 million in the local economy in facilities and equipment, and made over $700 million in loans to put families in homes, send children to college, and help the region’s businesses grow and expand. Virginia Partners Bank is a major financial sponsor of more than 25 community organizations and they support dozens more area non-profits. Their employees have donated over 2,000 hours of service in just the last two years.

Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award

Brian Baker won the Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award, which honors an individual who has provided a lifetime of service and commitment to the Fredericksburg region. It’s named for the former Mary Washington College president whose vision, integrity and dedication to serving others made him a pillar of the community.

 

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Friday, January 24, 2020

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Celebrates One Year at Fredericksburg Location

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Celebrates One Year at Fredericksburg Location 

Press/Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Alex Rynkiewicz, Associate Marketing Representative, Vascular Institute of Virginia
Phone: 703-763-5224
Email: info@teamviv.com

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – On January 21, 2020, the Vascular Institute of Virginia celebrates the one-year anniversary of the opening of their second location in Fredericksburg’s Central Park. The Vascular Institute of Virginia is an accredited outpatient medical clinic, specializing in treating vascular conditions like varicose veins, peripheral arterial disease, dialysis access, and more.

In 2011 when the first location of the Vascular Institute of Virginia opened in Woodbridge, its vision was to provide outstanding vascular care in an outpatient setting. Through the years, the Vascular Institute of Virginia has added physicians, staff members, broadened the scope of services provided, while working to continuously improve care for patients. About the expansion into Fredericksburg, Dr. Shah says, “We had patients driving up I-95 on a daily basis to receive care in Woodbridge. We are thrilled to be able to serve patients from Fredericksburg in their backyard. And we are truly thankful with the warm welcome we have received from the community and the local health care providers.”

The Vascular Institute of Virginia provides treatments for many conditions including men’s and women’s health, vascular disease, kidney failure, and oncology. A relaxed outpatient environment with modern comforts makes experience at the Vascular Institute of Virginia comfortable and enjoyable. This unique organization has multi-specialty Vascular & Interventional experts, which allows them to care for and treat an array of health issues and provide a more comprehensive plan of care. For more information on the Vascular Institute of Virginia, please visit www.vavascularinstitute.com.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

FRED Transit to Relocate Spotsylvania Avenue Transfer Point on Monday, January 27

News Release: FRED Transit to Relocate Spotsylvania Avenue Transfer Point on Monday, January 27

Beginning Monday, January 27, 2020, FRED Transit will relocate its Spotsylvania Avenue transfer point from its current location to its new location in the parking lot of Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) at 4701 Market Street. The new transfer facility will serve the following routes:

• S1

• S4

• S5

• F2

• F3

Each route will continue to serve Stop 26 on Spotsylvania Avenue, but buses will no longer make transfers here.

To better serve customers, the new transfer point has a large shelter, benches, bike racks, solar lighting, and a trash receptacle. It is fully accessible.

The new transfer facility was completed in December 2019 with financial assistance from the Federal Transit Administration, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the City of Fredericksburg. It is built on land owned by RGI and Lakeside Conservancy, both of which generously provided easements.

For additional information, please contact Glenn Jenkins, Operations Manager, FRED Transit at 540-899-6939 x606.

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Please see photographs of the new Transfer point attached. 

Link to release online: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16814/Transfer-Station-Press-Release-011420?bidId=


 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Fredericksburg Branch Celebrates Expanded Theater

Fredericksburg Branch Celebrates Expanded Theater

City's improvements to branch enhance usability and appearance

Fredericksburg, Virginia, January 22, 2020 - Fredericksburg Branch of Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) will hold a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the renovated theater on Thursday, January 30, at 4:30 pm. This event is open to the public. Fredericksburg Branch is located at 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, 22401. The theater has been expanded to allow for larger audiences, a sound booth and a larger screen have been installed, the entire space repainted, and the stage floor refinished. In addition to making improvements to the theater, the City of Fredericksburg has installed new carpeting, enhanced lighting, and added an environmentally friendly water fountain, among other enhancements building wide. Two offices on the lower level have been converted to meeting rooms for customer use. Lastly, security enhancements and landscaping have been upgraded in addition to the recent parking lot expansion. “The City Council adopted a twenty-year Vision in 2016, and the “Council Priorities” we developed to execute on that Vision included efforts meant to expand City performing arts spaces. This project, along with the doubling of parking, account for more than $500,000 in recent upgrades and investments to our treasured downtown library,” stated Councilwoman Kerry Devine. CRRL would like to thank the City of Fredericksburg for making Fredericksburg Branch even more useful and pleasant for customers. This popular public multipurpose theater space can now accommodate 220 audience members, up from 160 in its previous form. Contact:  Sean Bonney Community Engagement Manager community.manager@crrl.org FOR MEDIA ONLY

 

Friday, January 17, 2020

The FXBG Chamber Is Excited to Announce the Rebrand of Their Young Professionals Group

Press Contact:
Anna Talcott
Marketing and Communications Manager
Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
atalcott@fxbgchamber.org
(540)373-9537

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Is Excited to

Announce the Rebrand of Their Young Professionals Group

Fredericksburg – The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce announced last Friday (1/10/2020) that the Next Generation of Business Leader’s (NextGen), the organization’s young professionals group has officially changed its name to The Chamber’s Network of Young Professionals (CNYP). 

“I love the new CNYP brand. It comes at the perfect time when our group is growing and evolving its programming. Having a new image is a great way to showcase that we are more than just another networking group. It’s 2020 and our vision for CNYP is clearer than ever. CNYP is committed to developing young leaders professionally and giving back to our community.  We have a lot of new events planned this year to switch things up and reach a wider audience.” –Grace Draper, Chair of CNYP Advisory Committee

CNYP strives to serve as the catalyst for young professionals to make measurable and significant growth in both their personal and professional lives as well as in our community.

How CNYP Connects

Civic Engagement: When you invest in our community, it pays off. CNYP drives volunteerism to enhance civic engagement for our region’s young professionals. Quarterly volunteer events will be available.

Professional Development: CNYP, helps members cultivate professional skills essential for strong leadership with quarterly programs such as Mid-Week Motivation Luncheons.

Networking: Build your network and community with other ambitious young professionals. With many networking opportunities throughout the year, the opportunity to foster new relationships is at your fingertips. CNYP offers meaningful connections with young leaders across many industries.

How Can I Join CNYP?

Chamber Members or employees of Chamber Members between the ages of 21 and 40 have the benefit to join the group for FREE.

If you are interested in joining but not employed by a Chamber Member, the annual fee is $50.

Questions? Interested?

Contact Kyle Pfohl, Chamber’s Member Services Coordinator and CNYP Program Lead at kpfohl@fxbgchamber.org and 540-373-9400.

 


 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friends of the Library Open Warehouse for Big Winter Book Sale

Friends of the Library Open Warehouse for Big Winter Book Sale

 

Fredericksburg, Virginia, January 9, 2020 - The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will hold a Winter Book Sale January 31-February 4 at the Friends of the Library Center and Bookshop. The Friends are opening their warehouse for shoppers to take advantage of great bargains and support the library.

  • Friday, January 31, 5:30-7:30, will be for members of the Friends of the Library only. Customers who are not already a member can join at the door, or ahead of time at crrlfriends.org/join-us.

  • Saturday, February 1 and Monday, February 3, 10:00-2:00, all items will be half price.

  • Tuesday, February 4, 10:00-2:00, all items in the Bookshop will be half price, and all items in the warehouse will be $1.00 per bag.

This Friends of the Library Bookshop features thousands of gently used books, movies, and audiobooks at bargain prices. The Bookshop is located at 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 150, Fredericksburg, 22408, and is open Monday-Friday, 10:00-2:00.

The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library raise funds to enhance the services of CRRL, to focus public attention on the library, and to support the library in developing library services and facilities for the region. For more information about the Friends, or to join, visit crrlfriends.org.

Contact:  Sean Bonney Community Engagement Manager community.manager@crrl.org FOR MEDIA ONLY  

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Lease Transactions In the Fredericksburg Area for the Month of December

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports the following recent lease transactions in the Fredericksburg area for the month of December:

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Global Energy Services LLC leased 7,200 square feet in Fredericksburg Center B Building at 11900 Main St. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.

Century 21 New Millennium renewed its lease of 7,148 square feet in The Shoppes at Westwood at 1931 Plank Rd. in Fredericksburg, VA. Chris Russotti and Jamie A. Scully, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Flowers Baking Company renewed its lease of 7,000 square feet in Longwood Business Center at 230 Industrial Dr. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

DBZ Towing leased 6,000 square feet at Houser Drive in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

MD Tech Solutions leased 5,520 square feet at 109 Olde Greenwich Dr. in Fredericksburg, VA. Chris Russotti handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant.

GEICO leased 5,100 square feet in Central Park Corporate Center at 1121-1440 Central Park Blvd. in Fredericksburg, VA. Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Sharon Schmidt handled the lease negotiations. 

Power of Redemption Apostolic Ministries leased 4,800 square feet at 261 Cambridge St. in Stafford County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM and Adam Nelson handled the lease negotiations. 

All In Solutions expanded and leased an additional 4,300 square feet in Plank Road Plaza at 3940 Plank Rd. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant. 

A Place of a Second Chance leased 4,000 square feet in Doc Stone Professional Building at 24 Onville Road in Stafford County, VA. Berkley M. Mitchell and Wilson H. Greenlaw, Jr., CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Stafford Baseball League, Inc. renewed its lease of 3,708 square feet at 11900 Main St. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Dominion Youth Services renewed its lease of 3,410 square feet in The Shoppes at Westwood at 1931 Plank Rd. in Fredericksburg, VA. Chris Russotti and Jamie A. Scully, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.

S-L Distribution Company, LLC renewed its lease of 3,300 square feet in Longwood Two at 11001 Houser Dr. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Precision Lifts & Equipment LLC leased 3,000 square feet in Longwood Business Center at 230 Industrial Dr. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.  

Hole in One, Inc. renewed its lease of 1,900 square feet at 300 Garrisonville Rd. in Stafford County, VA. Joby Saliceti and Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

Jeffrey D. Gandee renewed their lease of 1,885 square feet in Fredericksburg Center B Building at 11900 Main St. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.

Timothy Roy leased 1,885 square feet in Fredericksburg Center B Building at 11900 Main St. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Honaker Automotive LLC leased 1,800 square feet ...


 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Launch Party Ignites UMW's Farmer Legacy 2020 Celebration

Launch Party Ignites UMW's Farmer Legacy 2020 Celebration

Nearly 500 people turned out yesterday to help UMW kick off Farmer Legacy 2020, a yearlong celebration of Dr. James L. Farmer Jr., the day after what would have been his 100th birthday.

The hourlong launch party packed plenty of emotion, from student accounts of life-changing experiences they’ve gained through UMW – and learning about Farmer’s legacy – to a moving rendition of Happy Birthday by Mary Washington gospel ensemble Voices of Praise.

Held in the UMW University Center’s Chandler Ballroom, the celebration commenced a year of events paying tribute to Farmer, the late Mary Washington history professor who founded the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and made an immeasurable impact on the civil rights movement as a member of the Big Six. Fredericksburg residents, Board of Visitor members and colleagues in higher education joined UMW students, faculty and staff in recognizing Farmer and his contributions, and vowing to follow in his footsteps by dedicating themselves to civic action and inclusion.

Honorary celebration chair, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, the last surviving member of the Big Six, had to cancel plans to attend yesterday’s launch due to a recent cancer diagnosis. Attendees signed a card for him. Read more.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Traffic Signal at Prince Edward and George Street Not Functioning

News Release:  Traffic Signal at Prince Edward and George Street Not Functioning

Are you wondering what’s happening with the traffic signal at Prince Edward and George Streets near Hurkamp Park? The signal cable and equipment are beyond repair. Our Public Works crew has set the signal to flashing red on both the Prince Edward Street and the George Street approaches,  and has added temporary stop signs to the intersection. The City is working with Kimley-Horn consultants to study whether the signalized intersection is warranted or if it can be decommissioned and another method of traffic control be implemented. We hope to provide an update in the next month. In the meantime, please use caution at the intersection and obey posted signs. For more information, please feel free to contact our Public Works Department at 540-372-1023.

Photograph Attached: Traffic signal set to flashing red at the intersection of George and Prince Edward Streets in downtown Fredericksburg. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Sonja

 


 

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Childress Agency Acquires Desio Studios

Contact: Gerald Childress
Phone: (540) 412-5199
Email: gchildress@childressagency.com

THE CHILDRESS AGENCY ACQUIRES DESIO STUDIOS

Fredericksburg, VA (January 16, 2020) - The Childress Agency announces its recent acquisition of local Fredericksburg business DeSio Studios. DeSio Studios was founded by local artist and entrepreneur Adam DeSio and had been providing photography, website and graphic design services to its clients since its founding in 2004.

The Childress Agency purchased DeSio Studios from Mr. DeSio on January 01, 2020 and had been working closely with him throughout the process of moving his clients over to the Childress Agency.

During this process, Mr. DeSio tragically passed away on January 13, 2020 after a battle with cancer. While the Childress Agency is deeply saddened by Adam’s passing, their team will continue his legacy by providing expanded marketing and web design services for all of DeSio Studios’ clients. The Childress Agency is working diligently to make this transition as smooth and effective as possible for all of their newly acquired clients.

The Childress Agency is based in Fredericksburg, Virginia and has been providing a wide range of web design and marketing services to its 500+ clients since 2012.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

President Paino: UMW Positioned to Think Big

President Paino: UMW Positioned to Think Big

On the cusp of a new decade, the University of Mary Washington is poised to meet the changing needs of a student body that will become even more diverse. President Troy Paino delivered that message Tuesday at an All-UMW Assembly, while also sharing accomplishments, updates and reflections.

Monday’s launch of UMW’s Farmer Legacy 2020 celebration gave him a sense of optimism, Paino told faculty and staff in Dodd Auditorium, but he expressed concerns over how the upcoming election and polarized politics may impact campus life in the coming year. As a public university, UMW must encourage civil debate, he said, asking faculty and staff to reflect on the values of the late Mary Washington history professor and civil rights icon Dr. James Farmer and the University’s yearlong commitment to action in his honor. “We have to remind ourselves of our roles as mentors and advisors to these young people,” he said, noting that many UMW students will be voting in a presidential election for the first time.

Mary Washington is serving a more diverse and underrepresented student population than ever before, Paino said. In an effort to make the external environment more inclusive and reflective of our values, he said, the University will begin exploring and executing the recent recommendations made by the Campus Environment Committee, including a name change for Trinkle Hall.

“We need to look back to understand who we are, but we also can look forward in terms of who we aspire to be,” Paino said. Read more. 

The University of Mary Washington is a premier, selective public liberal arts and sciences university in Virginia, highly respected for its commitment to academic excellence, strong undergraduate liberal arts and sciences program, and dedication to life-long learning. The university, with a total enrollment of more than 5,000, features colleges of business, education and arts and sciences, and three campuses, including a residential campus in Fredericksburg, Va., a second one in nearby Stafford and a third in Dahlgren, Va., which serves as a center of development of educational and research partnerships between the Navy, higher education institutions and the region’s employers.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

City of Fredericksburg Welcomes New Budget Manager

City of Fredericksburg Welcomes New Budget Manager 

(Fredericksburg, VA)  January 3, 2020 - The City of Fredericksburg is pleased to announce Brenna Erford has been hired as the new Budget Manager. She brings more than 17 years of public and private sector leadership experience in commercial, nonprofit, and public sector organizations. She’s an established expert in U.S. state fiscal and budgetary policy who has testified before numerous state legislative bodies and professional associations.   

“We are so pleased to have Brenna coming on board to manage our budget process” said Mark Whitley, Assistant City Manager. “As Budget Manager, she will be responsible for supporting our City Council as they decide on how to put city resources to work on behalf of our growing community.” 

Before joining the City, Ms. Erford founded Intersect Strategic Consulting, which provided strategic planning, applied research, and legislative fiscal analysis. Prior to consulting, Ms. Erford managed the Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s portfolio of philanthropic investments in improving the sustainability of U.S. federal, state, and local public finance and retirement policy. Ms. Erford also worked with state and local government clients as a manager in Alvarez & Marsal’s Public Sector Services practice in Washington, D.C. 

Ms. Erford was integral to the launch of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ influential work on state budget policy, which helps states identify strategies to better manage fiscal pressures resulting from economic and revenue volatility. From 2013 through 2016, Erford directed the project’s work with state budget leaders, including technical assistance to develop and adopt policy solutions, and managed a team of researchers who identified and analyzed evidence-based policies to serve as models for states.

She previously worked as a researcher and advocate for state policies supporting low-income and working families at the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, where her portfolio spanned K-12 finance, Medicaid, and a wide array of state economic development and tax issues. Before that, she served as a legislative fiscal analyst for the North Carolina General Assembly’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division and as a legislative analyst for the Illinois General Assembly’s Office of the House Minority Leader.

Ms. Erford received a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric from the University of Illinois and holds a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina State University.

For more information, please feel free to visit www.fredericksburgva.gov or call the City Manager’s office at 540-372-1010.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Lee's Hill Retail Center Sells in Spotsylvania County

For Immediate Release

Lee's Hill Retail Center Sells in Spotsylvania County 

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, January 6, 2020 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of Lee's Hill Retail Center located at 10651-10673 Spotsylvania Avenue in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

Yims Icon Property LLC purchased the fully leased 14,500 square foot retail center situated on 1.85 acres from Falcon Realty Investments, LLC for $2,550,000 as an investment.

Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Sharon E. Schmidt of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller. 

For Further Information Contact:
Jamie A. Scully, CCIM
First Vice President
+1 540 322 4140
jamie.scully@thalhimer.com


 

Monday, January 13, 2020

3rd Annual Adult Winter Reading Challenge

3rd Annual Adult Winter Reading Challenge

Customers earn limited-edition mug for reading books

Fredericksburg, Virginia, January 8, 2020 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) is offering its 3rd annual Winter Reading Challenge for adults January 1 through March 31, 2020. CRRL customers 16 or older can sign up at librarypoint.org/winter. Similar to CRRL's Summer Reading program, participants can complete online missions to earn digital badges and chances to win movie tickets or a bag of books. Participants who log four or more books will receive a limited-edition CRRL travel mug while supplies last. Participants can join the library's Book Chat Facebook group to encourage other readers, trade book reviews, and share photos. An Adult Winter Reading Challenge app for Apple and Android is available from Readsquared to participate on the go! Once the app is installed, search for "Central Rappahannock Regional Library," then select the Adult Winter Reading Challenge. Over 2,000 readers participated in last year's Winter Reading Challenge. Contact:  Sean Bonney Community Engagement Manager community.manager@crrl.org FOR MEDIA ONLY ###

 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Former Dick's Sporting Goods Building Sold

For Immediate Release

Former Dick's Sporting Goods Building Sold

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, January 8, 2020 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of a former Dick's Sporting Goods location in Cosner's Corner at 9721 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

DWMK, LLC purchased the 50,227 square foot retail location situated on 4.78 acres from AEI Income and Growth Fund, 23 LLC for $2,600,000 as an investment.

Jamie Scully, CCIM and Chris Russotti of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the purchaser, and James Ashby IV and Connie Jordan Nielsen, also with Thalhimer, represented the seller.

For Further Information Contact:

Jamie A. Scully, CCIM                            James Ashby IV

First Vice President                                   Senior Vice President

+1 540 322 4140                                       +1 804 697 3455

jamie.scully@thalhimer.com                      jim.ashby@thalhimer.com

 

Paula English
Director, Communications
Thalhimer


 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces New FAMFun! Family Afternoon Program Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/09/2020
Theresa Cramer
Education & Public Programs Coordinator
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA 22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x (138)
tcramer@famcc.org
www.famva.org

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces New FAMFun! Family Afternoon Program Series

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is excited to announce the launch of a new quarterly family afternoon program series, FAMFun! Each program focuses on a FAM exhibit and begins with a special guided tour designed specifically for families. Afterwards, children and their caregivers are encouraged to participate in an interactive activity, experiment or art project inspired by the rich stories of the Fredericksburg region. This program is FREE and open to the public.

The first program in this new series will be FAMFUN! Kid Curator. Are you interested in knowing what happens behind the scenes at a museum? On February 8th from 1pm – 2:30 PM, families will learn what it takes to become a museum curator, and how to handle and care for artifacts. This program is FREE and open to the public. Due to limited spots, RSVP is required. Please contact Theresa Cramer at tcramer@famcc.org or 540-371-3037 x 138 to RSVP. 

For more information on this event, or for additional programming information, please contact the Museum at 540-371-3037, or visit us at www.famcc.org. The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the history, heritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Spencer Devon Brewing Remains Open During Work on George Street

 Spencer Devon Brewing Remains Open During Work on George Street

Spencer Devon Brewing remains open amid construction activity that has shut down part of the 100 block of George Street in front of the downtown Fredericksburg brewpub.

Utility work has been under way at the intersection of George and Sophia streets since November 21, restricting traffic to one direction on the 100 block of George Street and eliminating street parking. The work is being done in preparation for the Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project, which is expected to begin this spring and last about 16 months. 

However both the sidewalks along George Street, and Spencer Devon itself at 106 George Street, remain open during the work. The nearby public parking lot on Sophia Street at George Street is also not impacted by the work, which was expected to take up to 60 days to complete (which means work is expected to continue through most of January). 

Spencer Devon has regular disc golf, trivia, karaoke, discussion and other events. Live music is planned January 11 and February 8.  More information is available on their website https://www.spencerdevonbrewing.com/.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Friends of the Library Open Warehouse for Big Winter Book Sale

Friends of the Library Open Warehouse for Big Winter Book Sale

Fredericksburg, Virginia, January 9, 2020 - The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will hold a Winter Book Sale January 31-February 4 at the Friends of the Library Center and Bookshop. The Friends are opening their warehouse for shoppers to take advantage of great bargains and support the library.
  • Friday, January 31, 5:30-7:30, will be for members of the Friends of the Library only. Customers who are not already a member can join at the door, or ahead of time at crrlfriends.org/join-us.
  • Saturday, February 1 and Monday, February 3, 10:00-2:00, all items will be half price.
  • Tuesday, February 4, 10:00-2:00, all items in the Bookshop will be half price, and all items in the warehouse will be $1.00 per bag.
This Friends of the Library Bookshop features thousands of gently used books, movies, and audiobooks at bargain prices. The Bookshop is located at 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 150, Fredericksburg, 22408, and is open Monday-Friday, 10:00-2:00. The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library raise funds to enhance the services of CRRL, to focus public attention on the library, and to support the library in developing library services and facilities for the region. For more information about the Friends, or to join, visit crrlfriends.org. Contact:  Sean Bonney Community Engagement Manager community.manager@crrl.org FOR MEDIA ONLY ###

 

Friday, January 3, 2020

How We’re Working To Change The Roofing Industry in Fredericksburg

Media Release
Date: 12/23/2019
Media Contact:
Cross Jimenez | 571-277-2594 | Cross.Jimenez@exteriormedics.com

How We’re Working To Change The Roofing Industry in Fredericksburg


FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA – Exterior Medics of Fredericksburg announces "How we’re working to change the roofing industry in Fredericksburg."

If you walked into a doctor’s office and, without looking at you or asking you any questions, they rushed you to surgery, you’ll have pause for that. We feel the same way about roofing.

Exterior Medics opened up in the Fredericksburg region for no other reason than we knew we could do things differently. Roofers can promise you the world but then they fall short on delivery – not Exterior Medics. We were built on standing behind our word. That’s why we have a 100% lifetime craftsmanship warranty on all full replacements. It’s not the next roof you’re going to put on, it’s the last one. We’re here for the long run because when you get a new roof, you want that contractor to be there 5 years, 10 years, even 50 years later.
Our genuine passion for building relationships with you is what drives our work. It’s what makes us consistent, professional, and take nothing less than the best. Expect a difference when you call Exterior Medics because we’re here to leave a lasting, positive mark on your home. We’re here to change the way you see roofing.

Exterior Medics of Fredericksburg
11901 Bowman Drive #106
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
540-737-8500
appointments@exteriormedics.com


 

Friday, January 3, 2020

REC Gives Safety Demo at Fredericksburg Academy

Date:                December 23, 2019

 

Contact:          Casey Hollins
                         Director of Communications and Public Relations
                         (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

 

REC Gives Safety Demo at Fredericksburg Academy

A top priority at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is safety. This goes beyond the workplace, so REC employees share important electric safety information with the community.

As part of this effort, REC employees gave a safety demo at Fredericksburg Academy on Dec. 15. Zack Smith, member service field representative, and Stuart Schools, energy management technician and master technician, spoke with fourth grade students at the school. Students learned how electricity is generated and delivered to their homes and local businesses, as well as how they can stay safe around electricity. Students were also excited to try on some of the safety gear that lineman wear.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Fredericksburg City Council asks the Fredericksburg Circuit Court to dismiss the Slave Auction Block

News Release: Fredericksburg City Council asks the Fredericksburg Circuit Court to dismiss the Slave Auction Block lawsuit

(Fredericksburg, VA) December 30, 2019 - Fredericksburg City Attorney Kathleen Dooley filed the City Council’s response to the petition filed by E.D. Cole Building, L.L.C. and Local Holdings, L.L.C., in the Fredericksburg Circuit Court. The petition alleged that only the Architectural Review Board could order the relocation of the slave auction block, and that the City Council had no legal authority to approve a certificate of appropriateness under the City’s zoning ordinance.

The City Council filed an “Answer” generally denying erroneous allegations in the Petition, and a “Motion for Summary Judgment,” which asks the Circuit Court to decide the matter on the basis of the public record and controlling law. The Motion for Summary Judgment argues that ARB decisions may be appealed to City Council, and “final decisions” of the City Council may be appealed to Circuit Court. Petitioners relied on one subsection of City Code (§72-23.1(D)(3)), but they either overlooked or ignored a following subsection (§72-23.1(F)(1)), which grants City Council authority to hear and decide appeals of ARB decisions. 

The relocation plan approved by City Council calls for Public Works crews to undertake the removal of the block from the public right of way under the supervision of professional archaeologists. After removal and cleaning, the auction block will go on display at the Fredericksburg Area Museum, which re-opens to the public on March 1, 2020. City Council has directed the City Attorney to bring the lawsuit to a successful conclusion as soon as reasonably possible. No hearing date is scheduled at this time.

The full Answer is available here.

The full Motion for Summary Judgment is available here.

For more information on the three-year history of Council’s decision to relocate the block please visit www.fredericksburgva.gov.

Please feel free to contact the City Manager’s office at 540-372-1010 with questions or concerns.

 

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Friday, January 3, 2020

The 2020 Boating Season begins January 17-18-19 at the Fredericksburg Boat Show

For Immediate Release
January 2, 2020

The 2020 Boating Season begins January 17-18-19 at the Fredericksburg Boat Show with the newest boats and personal watercraft on display.

Fredericksburg, VA. . .  Fredericksburgs biggest boating event with hundreds of boats to board and buy at the best prices of the year is coming to the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, January 17-18-19.  The Fredericksburg Boat Show - offers everything from cruisers and pontoons to water sport boats and marine and outdoor accessories  all from the areas largest dealers.  Besides great pricing, one of the biggest incentives to attend is that all the boats are all under one roof to compare.  

Whether it’s fishing, sailing, cruising, riding personal watercraft, wake surfing or tubing — the Fredericksburg Boat Show provides a unique shopping experience for your budget and lifestyle. Take advantage of the special pricing, incentives and perks that only can be offered only at the Fredericksburg Boat Show.  Dealers will be able to offer Incredible One time only Deals you cannot find at their showroom because of Manufacturer incentives.

For those ready to plan their summer fun, the Fredericksburg Boat Show is the place to start.  Boating provides great experiences from excursions on the water with family to fishing to entertaining with friends.  Nothing erases the thoughts of the wet and cold winter weather like the Fredericksburg Boat Show, January 17-18-19 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center.

Tickets are good all weekend and Kids under 12 are always Free.  Friday, January 17th, is $5 Senior Ticket Day,available at the door with no coupon necessary. For more info or to order discounted tickets online, visit FredericksburgBoatShow.com or visit the show site on Facebook. 

This is a Ballantine Management Group Production.

 

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Friday, January 3, 2020

REC Power Costs Decrease in 2020

Date:                Jan. 2, 2019

Contact:          Casey Hollins
                         Director of Communications and Public Relations
                         (540) 891-5908, chollins@myrec.coop

REC Power Costs Decrease in 2020 

Fredericksburg, Va. – In 2020, the power bill from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) for a typical home using 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month will go down $3 per month.

“This reduction is a result of REC’s long-term wholesale power contract with Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) and its diversified portfolio of energy resources,” said Matt Faulconer, manager of external affairs. “REC’s relationship with ODEC provides access to affordable wholesale power, and that directly benefits REC’s members-owners in the form of this bill decrease.”

The reduction will show up on electric bills under the line item titled Power Cost Adjustment (PCA), and will appear on bills starting in January. The PCA, in addition to Electricity Supply Service rate, recovers the costs to generate and transmit power, which vary from year-to-year. 

While the total bill reduction will vary depending on a member-owner's electricity use, the savings REC is passing along is .3 cents per kWh. 

In addition to effectively managing wholesale power costs, REC and ODEC’s other member cooperatives are working to increase the use of renewable energy, with several solar facilities expected to soon be added across Virginia. 

REC provides electric service to over 171,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Retail Land Sells on Garrisonville Road in Stafford County

Retail Land Sells on Garrisonville Road in Stafford County

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, December 17, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of approximately 1.6 acres of land located at the corner intersection of Garrisonville Road and Tech Parkway in Stafford County, Virginia.

Net Lease Development purchased the land from Atlantic Union Bank for $925,000, with plans to develop the property.

Will McGoogan, Jamie Scully, CCIM and Berkley Mitchell of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

 

About Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer

Thalhimer was founded in 1913 and currently has offices in Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, VA; and Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, SC.  The company has over 100 broker professionals and employs over 400 associates. Thalhimer represents, on behalf of its clients, a property portfolio of over 56 million leasable square feet, and management of over 30 million square feet of commercial property, and over 8,000 multifamily units.  In 2018 Thalhimer completed nearly 2,000 transactions with a transactional volume over $1.3 billion.  Thalhimer is the region’s leading provider of comprehensive commercial real estate services.  The firm offers comprehensive commercial real estate services including corporate services, investment sales, tenant representation, project management, asset management, and the sale and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties.  
To learn more, visit www.thalhimer.com or follow @Thalhimer on Twitter.

Independently Owned and Operated / A Member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance

 

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 51,000 employees in 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2018, the firm had revenue of $8.2 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Orange County Partner to Expand Fiber Communication Network

Date:    Dec. 18, 2019

Contact:   Casey Hollins 
                 Director of Communications and Public Relations
                (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

 

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Orange County Partner
to Expand Fiber Communication Network
 

Fredericksburg, Va. – On Dec. 17, the Orange County Broadband Authority (OCBA) approved an agreement between the county and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) to lease capacity across 19 miles of fiber optic cable that REC is installing as a part of the Cooperative’s new Fiber Utility Network. 

“REC’s fiber utility network provides our county the opportunity to bring broadband to more of our citizens quicker,” said Jim White, Chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors and Broadband Authority. “The OCBA is happy to announce this partnering arrangement with REC. This effort completes a county fiber optic loop supplying highly reliable connectivity for the public safety communications system.  This project should also enable future opportunities for third parties or the county to provide high-speed Internet to homes and businesses. We are pleased to be taking this first step with REC and look forward to future collaboration.”

John Hewa, chief operating officer and vice president of corporate services for REC, elaborated, “REC’s investment in a fiber backbone has the potential to enable many advantages to REC’s member-owners and citizens of Orange County, including educational benefits, the potential for expanded economic development and an overall ease of access to information.” Hewa said, “The county’s use of a portion of the REC fiber backbone improves the economics of both projects. We look forward to this agreement with Orange County being the first of many similar arrangements in localities across the REC service area.” 

REC recently kicked off the six-year fiber project that will bring benefits to its member-owners for many years to come. Across the 800 miles of planned construction, REC is installing additional fiber that will allow third parties, such as Orange County, to lease capacity on the REC network, enabling the extension of broadband solutions.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

 

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Friday, December 20, 2019

New Ira and Gladys West Scholarship Among 40+ Opportunities for Local Students from The Community F.

For Immediate Release.

 

Contact:          Ali Thomas, Programs Manager

                        The Community Foundation

                        540.373.9292

                        Ali.thomas@cfrrr.org 

New Ira and Gladys West Scholarship Among 40+ Opportunities for Local Students from The Community Foundation 

FREDERICKSBURG - The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region will award more than $140,000 in scholarships to area high school seniors this spring. Seniors are encouraged to apply now through the foundation’s online application portal at www.cfrrr.org/apply-for-grants-and-scholarships. Applications must be submitted on or before 11:00 PM on March 1, 2020. 

The Community Foundation administers more than 40 different scholarship funds on behalf of generous people in our community. We believe that investing in education for area young people is a powerful investment in our community’s future. 

Scholarship opportunities are available to local high school seniors that plan to attend a 4-year or 2-year university or college, vocational school or career technical school. Students from Caroline, Fredericksburg, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford may apply. Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria: some support a specific county or school, some are for athletes or musicians, and others are for students in need or pursuing a particular field of study. The online application system helps students navigate the diverse opportunities.

Students may apply for multiple scholarships. 

Last year, The Community Foundation awarded scholarships to 53 students totaling $150,000. 

One new scholarship has been added for the 2019-2020 cycle, the Ira and Gladys West Scholarship. Each year, this scholarship will make one award to a graduating senior in King George County. The Dahlgren Heritage Museum created the scholarship fund at The Community Foundation in honor of two remarkable Dahlgren Navy Base employees, Dr. Gladys West and Mr. Ira West. 

Dr. West was among a small group of women who manually executed computing for the US military in the era before electronic systems.

Mr. West spent the majority of his career working on Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile programs and was one of the first African American supervisors on the base. 

The West family and the Dahlgren Heritage Museum believe in the “hidden” power of an education rich in math and sciences. With this scholarship, they hope to support students pursuing a degree in mathematics or other Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) related fields. Priority will be given to high achieving and highly motivated students with demonstrated financial need.

About The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that manages and distributes charitable giving in the Rappahannock River Region. The foundation is a devoted advocate for the vitality and well-being of our community. One of The Community Foundation’s strategies for preserving and growing the quality of life in our region is supporting higher education for area students.

The Community Foundation offers a spectrum of services for individuals, organizations and businesses that are eager to achieve great results with their charitable actions. For more information call 540 373-9292, email info@cfrrr.org or visit www.cfrrr.org.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Jones Named Next Fredericksburg Fire Chief, Replacing Allen Who is Retiring in 2020

News Release: Jones Named Next Fredericksburg Fire Chief, Replacing Allen Who is Retiring in 2020 

(Fredericksburg, VA)  December 18, 2019 -  Michael Jones has been named as the next Fredericksburg Fire Chief by City Manager Tim Baroody, succeeding Eddie Allen, who will retire in March.  Jones is the current Deputy Chief for the Fire Department.

“Mike has a depth of experience and knowledge of fire and rescue service that makes him well-qualified for this promotion,” said Baroody.  “He has a deep understanding of the Fredericksburg Fire Department’s culture and future needs.  I am confident he can lead the department through transformational changes in the City in the years to come.”

Jones has served as Deputy Fire Chief since 2012.  He was hired by the City as a firefighter in 1983 and steadily rose through the ranks as a Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief.   He holds an A.A.S. in Fire Science and has served as an officer and instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.   

“It will be an honor and privilege for me to lead the men and women of the Fredericksburg Fire Department.  They do an outstanding job each and every day of the year.  We will work together to enhance our mission of providing outstanding response to our community and provide the highest level of service possible,” Jones commented on his promotion.  

D.C. Jones spearheaded a 2017 analysis of the fire station needs of the Department resulting in the Manitou Study, which also made recommendations on fire service staffing and integrating the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad into the City’s public safety services.   Personnel management, procurement, and project management are among his current responsibilities.

Jones is expected to assume his new responsibilities in March.  He will replace Chief Eddie Allen, who has worked in the Fredericksburg Fire Department for 45 years, the last 16 as Fire Chief.   Allen expressed his support of Jones’ promotion.  “Mike has been an excellent officer and Deputy Chief throughout his career.  He has demonstrated his ability and judgement to serve as Chief in this Department,” he said.  “It has been my hope that Mike would be the next Chief who will help the Department grow and continue its traditions of excellence.”            

For more information on the Fredericksburg Fire Department, please visit www.fredericksburgva.gov or call 540-372-1059.

 

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Stafford Rotary Raffle

Media Release
Date: December 20, 2019
Media Contact
Laura Watts

 Stafford Rotary Raffle 

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA – Stafford Rotary Club is raffling off an unforgettable Valentine’s night at the luxurious Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. The package includes a Grand Premier King Guest Room, a 3-course dinner for two at the renowned Lemaire Restaurant and $100.00 in cash. The raffle tickets are only $20.00, so you can buy multiples!!! The drawing is on February 5th, 2020 and the Night’s Stay is February 14th, 2020. Interested? Please call 703-929-5990 or email: lwatts@stonesoffice.com.

https://www.jeffersonhotel.com/

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Friday, December 20, 2019

The Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces Its Winter Closing

For Immediate Release                                                                                                        

Caroline Ford
Administrative Assistant
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x 135
cford@famcc.org
www.famva.org

  

The Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces Its Winter Closing

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) will temporarily close its doors January 1st - February 29th, 2020 as it prepares new exhibits and installations in the museum.

The FAM will retire three current exhibits, including People and Their Pets, A Magical Collection located in the People’s Gallery, and Our Fredericksburg Story: In Our Own Words. FAM staff is proud to announce the following new exhibitions:

  • Fredericksburg Baseball: An overview of the history of baseball as it pertains to the Fredericksburg Area. This includes Civil War era baseball, the African American and Latino baseball experience, and Fredericksburg’s first professional baseball team.
  • SITES- Hometown Teams: A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that examines the many roles that sports play in American Society. Be sure to see it before it’s gone- this exhibit leaves in April 2020!
  • St. George’s 300th Anniversary: Revel in the fascinating history of one of Fredericksburg’s oldest and most historic churches as they celebrate their 300th anniversary. This exhibit makes its way into the museum in May 2020.    

These new exhibitions (and more!) will be revealed at FAM’s March 1st, 2020 re-opening. Members will have special access to the exhibitions prior to the public opening.

For more information on the museum closing or the new exhibits, please visit www.FAMVA.org, follow us on Facebook, or contact Caroline Ford at cford@famcc.org.

The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the history, heritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance. We will facilitate an understanding and appreciation of how the acts of those who preceded us have shaped this community and the nation at large—providing both lessons and inspiration as we work together to forge a greater community.


 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Seeks Approval to Test Innovative Rate Program

Date:                December 20, 2019 

Contact:          Casey Hollins
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

 

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Seeks Approval to Test Innovative Rate Program 

Fredericksburg, Va., - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) wants to pay its member-owners to use less electricity during certain hours in the summer, according to an application filed Friday with the State Corporation Commission.

“While utilities traditionally charge the same rate per kilowatt hour regardless of when electricity is used, the actual costs of producing that electricity varies significantly depending on the time of day and time of year,” said David Koogler, REC’s senior vice president of member services and external affairs. “Of the nearly 9,000 hours in a year, just five hours in the summer help determine a significant portion of the cost that REC pays for wholesale electricity the following year.”

The goals of REC’s innovative pilot program are simple:

  • Gauge member-owners’ interest in participating in a program that provides a financial incentive to reduce electricity use at peak times.
  • Test REC’s advanced business systems to deliver innovation solutions. 
  • Measure the reductions in wholesale power costs that will be passed along directly to pilot participants and indirectly to all member-owners.

Here’s how it would work for member-owners participating in the pilot project:

  • Participants will be notified the evening before a peak event by their preferred communication channel, including text, email and social media.
  • The peak events will typically be between 4 and 6 p.m. on hot summer afternoons, and it is expected that approximately 15 events would be called between June and September.
  • Participants would be paid 75 cents for every kilowatt-hour of electricity not used during specified hours compared to what they would normally use during those hours.
  • Participants can choose not to respond to a specific called event; they are not penalized and would pay what they normally would for electricity used during that time.  
  • Participants can reduce their usage during the few hours by manually adjusting their AC’s thermostat, by turning off electric appliances or devices, or by using smart energy-saving technology that is now available. 

 “REC is very excited to propose the first innovative rate pilot of this type in Virginia,” Koogler said. “We are hopeful that we will have a very successful test with 200 participants in the summer of 2020, and the interest of our membership will be so robust that we can expand significantly in year two, potentially up to 1,000 member participants.”

 

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


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Friday, December 20, 2019

Beyer Named the New Director of Public Works

News Release: Beyer Named the New Director of Public Works

City Also Fills Key Positions in Capital Projects and Stormwater Management 

(Fredericksburg, VA)  December 20, 2019 - The City is pleased to announce a change in leadership in the City’s Public Works Department. The current Director, Dave King, will be retiring in January. 

“After two broad searches since August, we have determined that our own Diane Beyer is the best candidate for the job,” states City Manager Tim Baroody.

Diane Beyer was hired by the City as Assistant Director in 2017.  She is certified as an ISA Arborist, Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Inspector, Virginia Urban Nutrient Management Planner, and certified in 6 Pesticide Applicator categories. Her diverse background includes employment as: VDOT Contractor for State Roadside Management Division where she implemented the statewide Pollinator Habitat Program, member of the Commonwealth’s DCR/DEQ team on the Chesapeake Bay Act/Stormwater/Nutrient Credit Trading programs, District Manager of the Tri-County City Conservation District, longtime Environmental Educator and Chief Historic Interpreter, and service as a National Park Ranger for 15 years.    

Additionally, Ray Regan is being promoted to Assistant Director of the department. “Between Diane, Ray and Tim Slaydon (Assistant Director of Utilities) the Public Works Department will have leadership in hardscape, environmental services, utilities, and facilities that our growing community demands,” says Baroody.

Ray Regan was hired by the City in 2015 as Manager Public Facilities. With a Bachelor in Business Administration and an Associate’s degree in Heating and A/C, he was formerly Director of Facilities and Construction Services at Mary Washington Healthcare.  Ray’s significant experience in all facets of construction, handling many multi-million dollar projects, with prior role as Director of Environmental Services at Service Master, have contributed to the City’s overall efforts to maintain and cost-save in all of our city buildings. 

Additionally, the City is excited to announce our recent selection for two more key positions. Tyler Gelles has been hired as our new Storm Water Manager and Chantz Ballard is our new Storm Water Administrator.  Recruitment is now underway for two additional recently Council funded support positions.

“Our organization focuses on achieving the highest standards in service delivery, supporting our team members and helping make Fredericksburg the best place to live, work and play. I’m excited to bring in new talent as well as promote from within for these important roles,” said Mr. Baroody. We look forward to the energy and expertise they bring to the City. 

For more information on the Fredericksburg Public Works, please visit www.fredericksburgva.gov or call 540-372-1023.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Appeal Filed Against Moving the Slave Auction Block

News Release: Appeal Filed Against Moving the Slave Auction Block

(Fredericksburg, VA)  December 13, 2019 -  E.D. Cole Building, L.L.C. and Local Holdings, L.L.C. filed a petition in the Fredericksburg Circuit Court on December 10, 2019, appealing City Council’s November 12, 2019 adoption of Resolution 19-100, “Granting a Certificate of Appropriateness for the Relocation of the Slave Auction Block to the Fredericksburg Area Museum.” The filing of the petition stayed the effect of the Resolution, effectively blocking the City’s plans to remove the slave auction block from the corner of Charles and William Streets until the case can be resolved through the courts.

E.D. Cole Building, L.L.C is the owner of the commercial building across the street of the slave auction block at 402 William Street. Local Holdings, L.L.C. is the owner of the Olde Towne Butcher shop and The Butcher’s Table restaurant at 401 William Street. The petitioners allege that they will lose business income from what they predict will be a decline in foot traffic and a decline in tourist visits to the corner after the stone auction block is removed. Their petition argues that City Council had no legal authority to order the relocation of the slave auction block, and that only the Architectural Review Board could undertake this action.

The approved plan for relocation of the stone auction block called for its removal by Public Works crews under the supervision of the professional archaeologists of Dovetail Cultural Resources, the cleaning of the stone with water and mild detergents at a City facility, and then, after the stone had fully dried, its transport by Public Works crews to the River Gallery of the Fredericksburg Area Museum for display to the public. The Public Works Department had constructed a custom pallet to accomplish this move. The museum is closed to the public during January and February 2020 for its annual reconfiguration of exhibits, and then re-opens to the public on March 1.

The plan called for interpretation of the block site after relocation to occur in several phases. Under Phase 1, at the time of the block’s removal, a medallion approximately the same diameter as the block will be placed in the sidewalk to mark the location. The medallion will be level with the sidewalk. Additionally, a wayside panel will be placed at the block site. 

In Phase 1A, the City will complete infrastructure improvements, including sidewalk bump-outs at each of the four corners of the intersection. This effort will result in an expansion of the sidewalk surface and narrowing of pedestrian crossings, improving the safety of the site and allowing more space for Phase 2 interpretation efforts. The Memorials Advisory Commission is leading a process to design permanent interpretive materials for the site, part of their initiative to help the City “tell the whole story” of African American history in Fredericksburg.

“The City Council’s decision to relocate the slave auction block was made after 18 months of public input sessions, including the year-long community collaboration project led by ...


 

Friday, December 13, 2019

Powering the Future: REC Scholarship Funds Available

Date:                December 10, 2019

 

Contact:          Casey Hollins
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908
                        news@myrec.coop

Powering the Future: REC Scholarship Funds Available

Since 1996, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has been powering the future with the Community Scholarship. Each year, local students who are seeking to advance their career goals by attending college or a trade school are encouraged to apply.

In 2020, 15 local students will be chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship and two will be chosen to receive a $2,500 scholarship to help them in the pursuit of higher education. The applicant’s parent or guardian must be a REC member-owner. There are three categories a student can apply to: students currently enrolled in a college, a high school senior planning to attend college, or a student planning to attend a trade school in 2020. 

“REC is more than your local energy provider,” said Brian Wolfe, senior public relations specialist. “It’s important that REC is actively involved in supporting local communities and the Community Scholarship is a great way to help our youth.”

Applications are due January 27, 2020 and can be accessed from REC’s website. Recipients will be notified in March 2020. If you have any questions, contact Brian Wolfe at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914 or communityscholarship@myrec.coop.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 


 

Friday, December 13, 2019

New Library Digital Media Lab Receives Community Foundation Grant

New Library Digital Media Lab Receives Community Foundation Grant

Facility to be cornerstone of new Maker District

Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 5, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL), has received a grant from the Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund of The Community Foundation for IdeaSpace, a new dedicated, library-staffed cornerstone of the intended Princess Anne Corridor Maker District.

CRRL has been a longtime pioneer of offering Maker technology to customers in branches, including 3D printers and scanners, drawing tablets, coding equipment, and sewing machines. Hundreds of library customers have undergone training to earn certification badges allowing them to independently use the technology. Library staff will bring expertise in empowering technology exploration and learning to this new venture.

IdeaSpace is located at 1616 Princess Anne Street, Suite B, Fredericksburg, 22401, and will be open 30-35 evening and weekend hours a week. The facility will include a digital media lab for audio/video recording, drawing tablets, and 3D printing and scanning services. Library staff will provide access and training at no charge to the community.

Customers will be able to borrow technology to pursue their own creative projects, including:

  • 360 degree videocamera
  • Go Pros
  • drawing tablets
  • stabilizers
  • Zoom audio recorders

The digital media lab will include video equipment:

  • GoPro digital action videocamera
  • Ultra HD camcorder
  • Pro video stabilizer
  • Light kit and ring light
  • Tripod dolly 

and audio equipment:

  • Launchpad track controller
  • Directional and lavalier microphone
  • Broadcast quality condenser microphone
  • Hand-held four-track recorder
  • 2-deck DJ controller

IdeaSpace will open this winter. For updates, visit librarypoint.org/ideaspace.

CRRL thanks the Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund of The Community Foundation for their generous support.

Contact: 

Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org
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Friday, December 13, 2019

Library MakerLab Specialist Recognized as Top Ten of the Next Gen

Library MakerLab Specialist Recognized as Top Ten of the Next Gen

Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 5, 2019 - Simon Watts, Youth Services MakerLab Specialist for Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL), has received a Top 10 of the Next Gen awardfrom the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Top 10 of the Next Generation awards ten individuals who are emerging as true leaders. Each Top 10 of the Next Gen award goes to an individual who excels in the business environment, has a passion for community, and is innovative in their approach.

Simon's efforts to develop the IdeaSpace digital media lab, his leading role in establishing Fredericksburg's Canal Quarter maker district, and his involvement in CRRL MakerLab operations led to this recognition.

Contact: 
Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org
FOR MEDIA ONLY

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Friday, December 13, 2019

SimVentions, Inc. Welcomes John Lysher as Cybersecurity Group Vice President

SimVentions, Inc. Welcomes John Lysher as Cybersecurity Group Vice President

Fredericksburg, VA – December 10, 2019 – John Lysher brings over three decades of experience in joining SimVentions corporate leadership team.

Lysher is assuming the responsibilities of SimVentions Cybersecurity Group Vice President (GVP), replacing Megan Shepherd who was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer.  He will provide the leadership, management, and vision to the Cybersecurity Group necessary to continue the focus on customer delivery, quality products, and advancement of technical skills.  He will also be a key contributor on the corporate leadership team and participate in executive level decision making on SimVentions future.

Lysher recently retired as the Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSTM) for the Weapons Control & Integration Department, located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), in Dahlgren, VA.  While at NSWCDD, he provided executive-level leadership over a large science and engineering workforce performing research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), analysis, systems engineering, and integration of complex weapons, principally in the areas of asymmetric systems, maritime warfare control, missile systems integration, weapons effectiveness, platform integration, and strike weapons systems.

Lysher has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from George Mason University.

SimVentions specializes in professional engineering services to the Department of Defense. For more information, visit us at www.simventions.com.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

REC Launches Fiber Utility Network

Date:                Dec. 13, 2019
Contact:         Casey Hollins 
                      Director of Communications and Public Relations
                      (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Launches Fiber Utility Network

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has kicked off a six-year project that will bring benefits to its member-owners for decades.

Known as the Fiber Utility Network, the $30 million investment will not only revolutionize REC’s communications network, but also represents a significant investment in the communities REC serves.

Once complete, the network will add over 800 miles of optical fiber to connect REC’s offices, substations and towers. The first phase included installing 25 miles of fiber in the Culpeper region.

REC’s fiber network will pave the way for the continued modernization of the electric grid. Enhanced communications will allow REC to operate the electric system more rapidly and detect outages faster. Also, of great interest to many rural member-owners, REC is installing extra fiber that would potentially allow third parties to lease capacity on the REC network that could then enable the extension of high speed Internet and other broadband solutions directly to homes.

“This technology has the potential to make a positive difference for so many of REC’s member-owners, and we couldn’t be more excited to launch this project,” said John Hewa, chief operating officer and vice president of corporate services.

Hewa noted that federal and state agencies have programs designed to support rural broadband projects, “so our timing is ideal.” The fiber project will upgrade many aspects of REC’s  infrastructure, including:

  • Replacing the 30-year-old microwave communications between each office.
  • Supporting business systems REC plans to implement over the next several years.
  • Allowing for more comprehensive monitoring and faster detection of problems on the grid.
  • Allowing for faster restoration of critical systems in the event of a disaster.
    Supporting advanced substation and field communications.

The fiber network will be able to transfer increased bandwidth of information to support electric system operations.

“REC recently celebrated 80 years of providing electric service to its member-owners,” Hewa said. “With this fiber project, we’re well-prepared to serve members for another 80 years and beyond.”

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Rappahannock United Way Kicks Off Women United With Keynote Speaker Jeannette Walls.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2019
CONTACT – Brenda Sapanghila
BSapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org  540-373-0041 x303

 

Rappahannock United Way Kicks Off Women United
With Keynote Speaker Jeannette Walls.

Fredericksburg, VA (December 4, 2019) – Rappahannock United Way launched their new affinity group, Women United, with a business luncheon held at Gari Melchers Studio Pavilion. Hosted by Rappahannock United Way’s Women United Leadership Council (WULC) and attended by over 120 women, the WULC was honored to host Jeannette Walls as their keynote speaker. A celebrated author, Walls is best known for her #1 New York Times best-selling memoir, “The Glass Castle,” which details her life growing up in extreme poverty and the tale of her emergence from it. Named by Amazon as one of the top 10 books of the decade, her inspiring story was brought to the big screen in the 2017 major motion picture, The Glass Castle. Walls shared her unforgettable journey of overcoming unrelenting adversity and discussed how each person has the power to turn their greatest weakness into their greatest strength.

Jeannette’s story tied into Rappahannock United Way’s focus for Women United; women helping women overcome adversity and achieve success in the workplace. “Through intensive study United Way has identified possible barriers for women in our community who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE). Top on the list of barriers are:  childcare, transportation, work certification and stable housing.  RUW’s Women United will help women overcome these barriers helping to create and maintain a strong and vibrant workforce, in the Fredericksburg Region.” -Ann Jones, Director of Resource Development, Rappahannock United Way

RUW Women United members are engaged leadership donors who are part of a larger global network of more than 70,000 women in 165 communities across six countries, all dedicated to improving lives and creating stronger communities. Worldwide, Women United has raised more than $1.5 billion to solve local issues 

Founding members of the Rappahannock United Way Women’s Leadership Council include:

Sally Cooney Anderson
Jo Ellen Armstrong
Susan Coleman
Cathy Davis
Renee Gregory
Donna Krauss
Amanda Talbert
Beth Williams 

This event was possible due to our generous event sponsors:

Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Mary Washington Healthcare
Germanna Community College
Rappahannock Area Community Services Board

 

To learn more about Rappahannock United Way Women United please visit:
https://www.rappahannockunitedway.org/give/women-united/
Learn more about the Women United: https://www.rappahannockunitedway.org/give/women-united/

 

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Thalhimer reports the following recent lease transactions in the Fredericksburg area for November

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports the following recent lease transactions in the Fredericksburg area for the month of November:

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La Luna leased 3,600 square feet in The Shops at Lee's Hill at 10615 Spotsylvania Ave. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM and Mark Banach handled the lease negotiations.

Colony Pest Control renewed its lease of 2,000 square feet in Quarles Warehouses at 101 Juliad Ct. in Stafford County, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

Commonwealth EMS, LLC renewed its lease of 2,000 square feet in Quarles Warehouses at 101 Juliad Ct. in Stafford County, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

KMH Surfaces renewed its lease of 2,000 square feet in Quarles Warehouses at 101 Juliad Ct. in Stafford County, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.

El Molcajete Moya 2, Inc. leased 2,667 square feet at 125 Corporate Drive in Stafford County, VA. Mark Banach handled the lease negotiations.

Ortho 1 leased 1,100 square feet at 412 Cambridge St. in Stafford County, VA. Wilson H. Greenlaw, Jr., CCIM handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant and Joby Saliceti and Sharon Schmidt represented the landlord.

At Home Care leased 4,000 square feet at 1121 Heatherstone Dr. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Sharon Schmidt handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant.

Jahan Naveed renewed their lease of 1,500 square feet in Falmouth Industrial Park at 96 Truslow Rd. in Stafford County, VA. Adam Nelson and Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.

Surge Staffing, LLC leased 1,050 square feet in Breezewood Station at 10705 Courthouse Rd. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Adam Nelson and Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.

Paula English
Director, Communications
Thalhimer

T +1 804 697 3444
F +1 804 697 3479
paula.english@thalhimer.com


 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Industrial Land Portfolio Sold in City of Fredericksburg

Industrial Land Portfolio Sold in City of Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, December 4, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of four office/industrial buildings as well as three industrial lots in Battlefield Industrial Park in the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Andrew and Andrew RE Investment, LLC purchased the Central Road Industrial Portfolio from Wilson Real Estate LLC for $3,800,000 as an investment.

Virgil Nelson, CCIM of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

About Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer

Thalhimer was founded in 1913 and currently has offices in Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, VA; and Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, SC.  The company has over 100 broker professionals and employs over 400 associates. Thalhimer represents, on behalf of its clients, a property portfolio of over 56 million leasable square feet, and management of over 30 million square feet of commercial property, and over 8,000 multifamily units.  In 2018 Thalhimer completed nearly 2,000 transactions with a transactional volume over $1.3 billion.  Thalhimer is the region’s leading provider of comprehensive commercial real estate services.  The firm offers comprehensive commercial real estate services including corporate services, investment sales, tenant representation, project management, asset management, and the sale and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties.  

To learn more, visit www.thalhimer.com or follow @Thalhimer on Twitter.

Independently Owned and Operated / A Member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 51,000 employees in 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2018, the firm had revenue of $8.2 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Upper Caroline Street Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project Set to Begin

Upper Caroline Street Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project Set to Begin
Caroline Street to be closed between Herndon and Germania Streets

(Fredericksburg, VA) December 6, 2019 - Work will soon begin on the replacement of the sanitary sewer interceptor system in the upper Caroline Street corridor.   On Monday, December 9, Caroline Street will be closed between Herndon and Germania Streets on a 24/7 basis to facilitate the start of the project. Crews with W.C. Spratt will begin working near the intersection of Ford Street.

Caroline Street will be reopened to traffic between December 24 – January 6.   The roadway will be closed again on January 6 and remain closed for the duration of the project.    Local traffic will be permitted to reach destinations within the road closure. The townhouses and apartments will be accessible from the Germania Street side of the work zone, but no thru traffic towards Ford Street will be permitted. Please adhere to the posted no parking signage and exercise caution within work zones. Drivers are encouraged to subscribe to www.fredericksburgalert.com<http://www.fredericksburgalert.com>, list name: “General Community Information -> Traffic Alerts” for updates on street closures.

The Heritage Trail in this area will remain open until January 6 and may experience temporary closures or detours after January 6, 2020, in which case notice will be provided. Trail users are encouraged to subscribe to www.fredericksburgalert.com<http://www.fredericksburgalert.com>, list name: “Parks and Recreation -> Park and Pool Updates” list to receive updates on the Heritage Trail. Please watch for posted signage and exercise caution near work zones. 

This is a major project that involves the replacement of two existing sewer mains that are well past their useful lifespan and are in poor condition.   Both of the existing mains will be replaced with a single 21” sanitary sewer main that is upsized to meet future sewer demands.    The $1.7M project is part of a PPEA water/sewer infrastructure improvement contract with W.C. Spratt, Inc. and is anticipated to be completed by May of 2020.    For questions about the project please contact the Department of Public Works at 54-372-1023. Please subscribe to City alerts at www.FredericksburgAlert.com.<http://www.FredericksburgAlert.com.> 

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Friday, December 6, 2019

New Work Zone and Traffic Patterns at Liberty Place Project

New Work Zone and Traffic Patterns at Liberty Place Project
Announcing William Street Lane Closure

(Fredericksburg, VA) December 6, 2019 - Motorists are advised of upcoming work zones and traffic pattern changes in the 600 block of William Street (between Douglas and Winchester Streets) associated with construction of the new Liberty Place development.   On Tuesday and Wednesday, December 10 and 11, the right thru-lane and right side parking lane will be closed to traffic to facilitate the installation of new utilities under the roadway.   

Beginning Thursday, December 12, the left thru-lane will be closed and will remain closed to traffic through May 2020 to facilitate construction of various underground utilities serving the future Liberty Place facility, as well as improvements to the public sidewalk and road surface.   Motorists are advised to use caution as they travel through the work zone area in the 600 block of William Street.

Liberty Place will be a 43,000 square foot, three-story commercial building along William Street, between Douglas and Winchester streets at the gateway to downtown Fredericksburg. Tenants will include Blue Cow Ice Cream, Burger Bach, Cary Street Partners, Mellow Mushroom, Pasta Fresca Cafe, Atlantic Union Bank (lending office) and others. Site work is now under way on a 322-space parking garage along William Street in downtown Fredericksburg. This will be the second downtown Fredericksburg parking garage and the first one that is privately financed. 

For questions regarding the lane closures, please contact the Department of Public Works at 540-372-1023. Would you like to receive traffic alerts by text or email? Subscribe to www.FredericksburgAlert.com and look for list name: “General Community Information -> Traffic Alerts” for updates.

 

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Monday, December 2, 2019

REC Returns $6.2 Million to Member-Owners

Date:               
November 26, 2019
Contact:         
Casey Hollins
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

 REC Returns $6.2 Million to Member-Owners

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners received a cash back credit on their November electric bill. This credit represents a portion of the member-owner’s share of the Cooperative. The longer a household has been a member-owner of REC – and the more electricity they have used during that time – the more Capital Credits they will have earned and the larger their share of the cash back will be.

“As a not-for-profit business, all revenues REC receives, beyond the costs for providing electric service, remain the property of REC’s member-owners and is assigned to them as Capital Credits,” explained Larry Andrews, manager of administrative services and controller. “As financial conditions allow, a portion of the Capital Credits are returned as cash back. This year, REC is returning $6.2 million to member-owners in the form of Capital Credits.” 

Member-owners are reminded to check their November-December electric bill to see their cash back amount. For more information on Capital Credits and how they benefit REC, visit myrec.coop/capitalcredits.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Casey Hollins, CCC
Director of Communications and Public Relations
540-891-5908
www.myrec.coop
Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube


 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Comcast Spotlight Rebrands as Effectv, Launches New Solutions to Drive Better Performance

Comcast Spotlight Rebrands as Effectv, Launches New Solutions to Drive Better Performance in the New TV Landscape

Announces Two New Products to Bring Greater Addressability to TV Advertising

New Name Reflects Company’s Evolution Toward Audience-based
Advertising and Commitment to Delivering Measurable Results for Clients,
Reinforcing TV’s Transformation to a Full-funnel Marketing Platform

NEW YORK – November 5, 2019 – Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, today announced that it has rebranded as Effectv (e-FEC-tiv), emphasizing its commitment to delivering measurable results for its clients. This name change follows a notable evolution of the company over the past year, including the rollout of new data-driven TV advertising strategies, targeting and attribution products, cross-screen capabilities and a self-service buying platform for advertisers.

“Our new name, Effectv, reflects our commitment to drive better performance for our advertising clients,” said Marcien Jenckes, President, Comcast Advertising. “By applying data to television advertising in new ways, across all screens, and making it easier to buy than ever before, we’re transforming TV advertising. We combine the targeting and measurement of digital, with the reach and impact of television – an unbeatable combination.”

As part of the rebrand, the company also announced the launch of two new products to bring greater addressability to television advertising:

  • Audience Intelligence allows advertisers to plan and run data-informed linear TV schedules to more effectively identify and reach their target audiences at the local, regional and national level. Moving beyond age/gender demographics, advertisers can build campaigns using networks and dayparts to reach specific audiences – for instance, in-market SUV buyers, with scale and efficiency.
  • Addressable Full Avail is a linear TV product that enables advertisers to target custom audience segments at the household level. Advertisers can choose up to five different creative units for a given :30 spot, using Comcast viewership and third-party data to determine which ad unit should be sent to which household. For instance, an auto advertiser could send truck copy to truck intender Comcast households, sports car copy to sports car intender Comcast households, and default brand copy to all other homes in their selected markets. Since advertisers are buying the entire “avail” of that designated spot, they benefit from both the broad reach for branding and the addressable targeting for relevant households. Advertisers can then use reporting data to optimize their next campaign flight.

Addressable Full Avail follows the On Addressability initiative announced earlier this year by Comcast Advertising with the goal of enabling addressability across the TV ecosystem.

“As we evolve to a more data-driven future, the work that Effectv is doing will make television a more effective, accountable medium for advertisers,” continued Jenckes. “These addressable solutions, as supported by our On Addressability efforts launched in Cannes, ensure that television will continue to be the most effective marketing medium for advertisers.”

“Our new name reinforces our mission of partnering with clients to deliver results that matter to them,” said Maria Weaver, Chief Marketing Officer, Comcast Advertising. “With the rollout of Effectv’s product suite over the past year, we can offer clients solutions to find their ...


 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Join Fredericksburg Spirit Day with the Washington Capitals

News Release: Join Fredericksburg Spirit Day with the Washington Capitals 

Fresh on the heels of the opening of our new roller-hockey rink at Dixon Park, the City of Fredericksburg and Washington Capitals have announced another partnership.

The Washington Capitals’ January 5th 12:30 p.m. game against the San Jose Sharks at the Capital One Arena in Washington will feature the first “Fredericksburg Spirit Day.” City of Fredericksburg and Caps officials have worked together to create a special ticket-offer that includes a Capitals T-shirt that can be redeemed at the game. 

A portion of all ticket proceeds will go toward Fredericksburg’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Events. A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are expected to go quickly at this almost sold out game. Click here for tickets. 

In addition, people interested in riding together to the game can go on a bus sponsored by Exterior Medics. Buses will depart at 10 a.m. that day from the Dorothy Hart Community Center in Fredericksburg for the Capital One Arena and are expected to return by 7 p.m. Seats are $10 per person, and are available first-come, first-served. Click here to sign up for the bus.

For more information about Fredericksburg Spirit Day at the Capital One Arena, please contact Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events at 540-372-1086 or fredprpf@fredericksburgva.gov or visit www.FxbgHockey.com.

 

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Sonja Cantu
Public Information Officer
City of Fredericksburg
540-372-1010 ext. 304
spcantu@fredericksburgva.gov


 

Friday, November 22, 2019

SimVentions Announces the Promotion of New President and COO

SimVentions, Inc. Names Caliri President

Fredericksburg, VA – November 19, 2019 – SimVentions, Inc. promoted Joseph Caliri to President.

Caliri is assuming the responsibilities of President from Larry Root, current President/CEO of SimVentions. This promotion allows better focused efforts on overall corporate growth and governance as Caliri (SimVentions President) and Root (SimVentions CEO) can better focus on their respective

responsibilities. As the company continues to grow, this dual focus will enhance SimVentions’ efforts to innovate corporate performance, develop its employees, serve their customers, and engage the community.

In Caliri’s previous position as SimVentions COO, where he has served for the past 4 years, he was instrumental in positioning SimVentions to become one of the premier defense contractors supporting the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) commands and related technical communities.

Caliri brings over 33 years of experience in the defense industry, of which ten have been with SimVentions. He holds a B.S. degree, an MBA, and a PMP, is a US Navy Veteran, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Mary Washington.

SimVentions specializes in professional engineering services to the Department of Defense. For more information, visit us at www.simventions.com.

SimVentions, Inc. Names Shepherd Chief Operating Officer (COO)

 

Fredericksburg, VA – November 19, 2019 – SimVentions, Inc. promoted Megan Shepherd to COO.

Shepherd replaces Joseph Caliri who has been promoted to SimVentions President. She will be responsible for all SimVentions direct support to our Government clients across all our offices and remote support sites.

In Shepherd’s previous position as SimVentions Group VP for Cybersecurity, where she has served for the past 5 years, she was instrumental in growing SimVentions offerings and customers within the Defense Industry’s Cybersecurity domain. Through her efforts, and that of her team, SimVentions has established itself as one of the Navy’s premier Cybersecurity contractors. Ms. Shepherd also functioned as SimVentions Deputy COO for the last four years.

Shepherd brings over 15 years of experience in the defense industry, of which seven have been with SimVentions. She holds two B.S. degrees from Mary Washington College, a PMP, and multiple cybersecurity and Information Technology related certifications.

SimVentions specializes in professional engineering services to the Department of Defense. For more information, visit us at www.simventions.com.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Memory Lane Home Health: "Forget Me Not" and "Lunch and Learn"

 "Forget Me Not" 

On September 26, 2019 Memory Lane Home Health hosted it first annual "Forget Me Not" purple tie engagement benefiting the Alzheimer's Association. The event was held at 718 Venue located on Caroline Street downtown Fredericksburg.  Local comedian Simone Ferguson kept the room entertained with humor while also encouraging the group to continue the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer's.  Guest Speaker Jennifer Murphy from the Fredericksburg Alzheimer's chapter provided and abundance of information and self experiences while dealing with caring for a loved one with the disease.  Followed by a Q and A session that was very  informative.   

The vocals by Today Show award winning local artist Anthony Cambell, entertained the audience throughout the evening with dinner and provided by a few of the area's favorite local Italian eateries.  a silent auction in which items were donated by local businesses raised $2350.00 for the Alzheimer's Association to continue efforts in raising awareness and finding a cure for the disease.  Memory Lane Home Health would like to thank Michael Colangelo and Jill Bevan of 718 Venu, and the host of local restaurants  and businesses that provided the resources to make this event a huge success and one to expand on annually for years to come.

"Lunch and Learn"

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Memory Lane Home Health hosted a Lunch and Learn, on November 14, 2019 to bring Awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia.  The topic of discussion were:  

-The difference between Alzheimer's and Dementia 

-Current Research and Treatments

-Alzheimer's Association Resources 

Speakers were:

Sharon Napper from the Alzheimer's  Association, Nurse, Certified Alzheimer Practitioner and Professional trainer Virginia.

Jessica Canada, CEO Memory Lane Home Health

Cindi Bowen, Marketing Spring Arbor of Fredericksburg

 

 


 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces Hen Asem Reflection Event

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                       11/20/2019
Theresa Cramer
Education & Public Programs Coordinator
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x (138)
tcramer@famcc.org
www.famva.org

  

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces Hen Asem Reflection Event

In 2019, the Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) hosted a year-long program series titled Hen Asem. Derived from the fante/twi words of the Ghanaian language, Hen Asem means “Our Story.”  Programming included a lineup of performances, workshops, lectures, events, and family programming focused on African American stories, with attention to the beginning of the passage of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This series hoped to bring Fredericksburg closer to its African connections. 

This series was established by FAM in conjunction with the Congressional 400 Years of African American History Commission to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, VA, in 1619. Virginia officially kicked-off the state commemoration, American Evolution, in October 2018. The FAM’s programming supports not only the state’s commemoration, but also the Nation’s. In addition, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that 2019 is the “Year of Return” for descendants of all Africans captured and transported to the Americas as slaves. FAM’s programming aims to bring these international initiatives to the local level. 

Join the FAM on Monday, December 16th from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM for the Hen Asem Reflection Event, the final Hen Asem program of 2019. The community is invited to join us for refreshments and conversation about the topics discussed in the series, including the 1619 commemoration. This event is FREE and open to the public.   

The Hen Asem series is graciously sponsored by the City of Fredericksburg. Support provided by the City enables FAM’s Hen Asem committee to present quality cultural and educational programming in an effort to unify and better understand our diverse community and history.

For more information, contact Theresa Cramer (540-371-3037 x 138) or Sonja Petersen Cantu (540-372-1010 x 304). The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the history, heritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Utility Work Begins In Fredericksburg Ahead Of Chatham Bridge Rehabilitation Project

UTILITY WORK BEGINS IN FREDERICKSBURG AHEAD OF CHATHAM BRIDGE REHABILITATION PROJECT

George Street will be restricted to one-way westbound traffic between Sophia Street and Caroline Street starting Thursday, November 21

(Fredericksburg, VA)  November 20, 2019 – Utility work is beginning at the intersection of George Street and Sophia Street in the City of Fredericksburg in preparation for the Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project. 

Utility crews will be mobilizing on Thursday, November 21st on one side of the 100 block of George Street, which will be restricted to one-way westbound traffic from Sophia to Caroline Street. The parking lane on the Spencer Devon side of the street will become the westbound thru-lane for George Street.  Parking on the other side of the street will become a work zone. As a result, street parking will be prohibited in the 100 block of George Street. Both sidewalks and one-way traffic on this block will remain open. The nearby public parking lot on Sophia Street at George Street will not be impacted by this work. 

The utility work may take up to 60 days to complete. Utility lines connected to the Chatham Bridge are being moved in advance of the start of bridge construction, which is planned for May 2020. The project must advance now so as to keep the Chatham Bridge Rehabilitation project moving on its planned timeline. Telecommunications engineers have determined that they must bore under the river from the location on George Street to ensure viability of telecommunication infrastructure.

No other parking downtown will be affected. Remember: Parking is now available for 4 hours through the holiday season – and the Sophia Street Parking Garage is free for 3 hours.

Click here to see the November 12, 2019 VDOT Traffic Alert for more information on the George Street utility work. And for more information on the upcoming Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project, and updates as construction and the detour approaches, please visit the project page on www.VirginiaDOT.org.

For more information about parking or how to sign up for City Traffic alerts please call 540-372-1023 or visit www.fredericksburgva.gov.

 

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Friday, November 22, 2019

RPI Group, Inc. Announces Multiple Promotions

RPI Group, Inc. Announces Multiple Promotions

October 2019 – Fredericksburg, VA - RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) is proud to announce the promotion of multiple executive level employees: Hart Rutherford, formerly the Director of Operations, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO); Wayne Biemolt, Director of Business Development, was promoted to Vice President of Business Development; Craig Hartburg, Director of Security Services, was promoted to Vice President of Security; and Jacquelyn Brookins, Human Resources/Recruiting Manager was promoted to Director of Human Resources. 

Hart Rutherford, a Navy Veteran, joined the RPI team in 2018.  Prior to RPI, he served in multiple senior-level positions as a catalyst for strong business growth and delivering technical excellence to customers.  In his new role as COO, Hart’s chief responsibility is to prepare the company for growth by integrating and aligning all of the company’s operations with aggressive business strategies and effective processes.

Wayne Biemolt has more than 38 years of proven leadership experience in the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the defense industry, and the commercial marketplace. Wayne joined RPI in 2014 as the Director of Marine Corps Programs was promoted to Director, Business Development, and currently serves as the Vice President, Business Development.  He is responsible for defining RPI’s business development and marketing strategy and goals, building customer relationships, identifying business opportunities, negotiating and closing business deals and maintaining an extensive knowledge of the current marketplace.

Craig Hartburg, another Marine Corps Veteran, joined RPI in 2015 as an accomplished  security executive and leader with an impressive performance history of developing superior corporate security programs for the DoD and IC.  In 2017 he leveraged his expertise in leadership and security to create the  new Security Services Business Unit. This new capability provides electronic and physical security design and implementation for government, commercial, and education sectors.   He is a proven executive leader with over 30 years of combined military and government contracting experience. As the Vice President of Security, Craig is skilled in National Security, Physical and Industrial Security, Crisis and Emergency Management, Intelligence, Operational Planning and Tactics.

Jacquelyn Brookins joined RPI in 2016 as the Human Resources/ Recruiting Manager to leverage her HR and talent acquisition background to build a robust HR department at RPI. With over 15 years of HR, recruiting, training  and management experience, she has become a strategic partner within the organization and integral part to RPI’s executive team. As the Director of Human Resources, her guiding principle for continued growth at RPI is attracting and retaining a highly skilled and engaged workforce.

On behalf of RPI, CEO Robert Pleban stated ‘These professionals represent the ‘best of the best.’ We are extremely pleased to have them as a part of the RPI team!” RPI is excited to promote these amazing leaders from within the company and is proud of their accomplishments both in and out of the company.

About RPI Group Inc.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. (RPI) is a Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing ...


 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Land Sold in Stafford County for Investment

Land Sold in Stafford County for Investment

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, November 21, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of approximately 1.43 acres of land located at 1311 & 1319 Courthouse Road in Stafford County, Virginia.

Courthouse Road Real Estate, LLC purchased the land from Elizabeth A. Jacoby for $467,500 as an investment.

Berkley M. Mitchell and Michael E. Degen of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

About Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer

Thalhimer was founded in 1913 and currently has offices in Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, VA; and Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, SC.  The company has over 100 broker professionals and employs over 400 associates. Thalhimer represents, on behalf of its clients, a property portfolio of over 56 million leasable square feet, and management of over 30 million square feet of commercial property, and over 8,000 multifamily units.  In 2018 Thalhimer completed nearly 2,000 transactions with a transactional volume over $1.3 billion.  Thalhimer is the region’s leading provider of comprehensive commercial real estate services.  The firm offers comprehensive commercial real estate services including corporate services, investment sales, tenant representation, project management, asset management, and the sale and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties.  
To learn more, visit www.thalhimer.com or follow @Thalhimer on Twitter.

Independently Owned and Operated / A Member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 51,000 employees in 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2018, the firm had revenue of $8.2 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Luncheon with Jeannette Walls, Author of "The Glass Castle"

Luncheon with Jeannette Walls, Author of "The Glass Castle"

Fredericksburg, Virginia, November 8, 2019 - Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle," will keynote a luncheon on Tuesday, December 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Gari Melchers Pavilion, 224 Washington Street, Falmouth, VA 22405. Tickets cost $49 and can be purchased at rappahannockunitedway.org/castle.

This is a kick-off event for the Rappahannock United Way's Women United campaign:

Women United is part of a global network of more than 70,000 women in 165 communities across six countries, all dedicated to improving lives and creating stronger communities.

Contact: 
Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org
FOR MEDIA ONLY

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Friday, November 15, 2019

REC Heads to the Frog Level Parade

Date:                November 14, 2019
Contact: 
Casey Hollins
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Heads to the Frog Level Parade 

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) yellow bucket truck was hard to miss at the Frog Level Parade on Oct. 26. REC apprentice lineman, Adam Stubbs, drove the bucket truck in the parade. 

Following the parade, Amelia Wright and Stuart Schools spoke with members about REC’s electric vehicle and answered questions about electric vehicle charging.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

RPI Group, Inc. Awarded Camp Lejeune Cybersecurity Support Services Contract

RPI Group, Inc. Awarded Camp Lejeune Cybersecurity Support Services Contract

 November 2019 – Camp Lejeune, NC - RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) has been awarded a three-year, $5.5M prime contract supporting the Public Works Division (PWD) at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  RPI will provide cybersecurity engineering support to secure the Industrial Control System (ICS) / Operational Technology (OT) systems related to Camp Lejeune's Wastewater/Water Treatment Plant and High Voltage Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.  RPI will provide direct support to the Information Security System Manager (ISSM) with the review and integration of these systems into the Marine Corps Compliance and Authorization Support Tool (MCCAST) Package for the purpose of maintaining an Authority to Operate (ATO). 

RPI is strategically teamed with Johnson Controls (JCI) to provide Building Management System and Direct Digital Controls subject matter expertise.  JCI specializes in enhancing the ‘intelligence of buildings,’ making them ‘smarter’ through their digital solutions, technologies, and software. JCI is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries.

About RPI Group Inc.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. (RPI) is a Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DoD and the commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, cyber, security services, and systems engineering experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity, Industrial Control Systems Operational Technology (ICS OT) Cybersecurity, Network/Systems Architecture & Engineering, Research & Development, and Security Services.   RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA. with a supporting office in Denver, CO.  

Contact
Johnna Hetrick, Marketing Manager
11903 Bowman Drive, Suite 101
Fredericksburg, VA   22408
jhetrick@rpigroupinc.com
Ph: 540.898.8700


 

Friday, November 15, 2019

SimVentions Recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor as Veteran-Employment Leader!

SimVentions Recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor as Veteran-Employment Leader!

Fredericksburg, VA., 11-06-2019: SimVentions, Inc. was recognized by the United States (U.S.) Department of Labor as a veteran-employment leader at their 2019 Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Awards Ceremony held this past November 6th, 2019 at the Great Hall inside the U.S. Department of Labor main building in Washington D.C.

The goal of this program is to honor the employers who hire our Nation's heroes.

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. By meeting the criteria required for a Platinum Medallion Award in the Medium Business Category, SimVentions has demonstrated a model of patriotism worthy of praise as well as recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace.

“SimVentions is excited to be recognized as a HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion recipient by the U.S. Dept of Labor’s Veteran’s Employment and Training Service (VETS), as our passion has always been to serve our warfighters and there is no better way to drive that passion forward than to hire those that have served!” said Larry Root, CEO, SimVentions. “We have a large picture on the wall in our office that shows various warfighters in theater and in action...and below this picture are the words: Remember. They Fight For Us. We Work For Them. This serves as a constant reminder of why we are in business and the blessing that comes from serving those that fight for our Country and its interest around the world.” 

About HIREVets:

The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act or the Act), signed by President Trump on May 5, 2017, requires the Secretary of Labor to establish a program, by rule, that recognizes employer efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans. Employer-applicants meeting criteria established in the rule will receive a “HIRE Vets Medallion Award.” As described in the Act, there are different awards for large employers (500-plus employees), medium employers (51-499 employees), and small employers (50 or fewer employees). Additionally, there are two award tiers: platinum and gold. For each award, the employer must satisfy a set of criteria. Verification of these criteria includes a self-attestation by the applicant and a check for violations of veteran-related DOL labor laws by the U.S. Department of Labor. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published on August 18, 2017. DOL’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) thoroughly evaluated and carefully considered all comments received. The Final Rule announced by the Secretary on November 9, 2017 is available for viewing on the Federal Register website. The Final Rule became effective in January 2018 and VETS began accepting applications for this award in January 2019. 

Additional information about the Final Rule and program demonstration can be found on the website at www.hirevets.gov or by contacting HIREVets@dol.gov.

About SimVentions:

SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406 ...


 

Friday, November 15, 2019

REC Helps Students ‘Discover’ Their Future

Date:  November 14, 2019
Contact:         
Casey Hollins 
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Helps Students ‘Discover’ Their Future 

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) employees from multiple departments across the Cooperative attended the two-day Discover Your Future career fair at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.

REC employees provided hands-on career opportunities to over 5,000 8th grade students from multiple local schools. Students were able to explore and learn about many career paths at REC including dispatch, engineering, communications & public relations, line work, member services and technology. In addition to the career exploration, REC participated in mock interviews with local high school students to help prepare them for their future.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

GCubed Honored with HIRE Vets Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2019

GCubed Enterprises, Inc., DBA GCubed, Inc.
Contact: Olivia Blackwell, Marketing Manager
oblackwell@gcubedinc.com
www.gcubedinc.com

GCubed Honored with HIRE Vets Award

Stafford, Virginia – GCubed is proud to announce its selection as a 2019 Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award recipient. GCubed Founder & CEO Vernon Green Jr., a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer, is pleased to accept this honor from the Department of Labor for the second year running. As Mr. Green stated last year when GCubed was honored to win this award, “The leadership, work ethic, and mission-first mentality demonstrated by veterans aligns with our ‘mission over self’ philosophy. Those intangible qualities are difficult to explain in a resume, but they are critical in the work we do for our clients.” Being recognized two years in a row demonstrates the commitment GCubed has to America’s veterans.

The award recognizes leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining our nation’s veterans. The HIRE Vets Medallion Program, led by the Department of Labor, is the only federal-level award that recognizes job creators who successfully recruit, hire, and retain America’s veterans. GCubed values veterans and will continue to recruit and retain military professionals.

For more information about the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, please visit www.hirevets.gov.   

About GCubed

GCubed, an Inc. 500 company, is a veteran-owned, 8(a) business with defense, civilian, and commercial past performance. Areas of expertise include network engineering, cybersecurity, and program management. The company is headquartered in Stafford, Virginia, with contractors across nine sites in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

REC Linemen Provide Live Line Demo for First Responders

Date:   November 12, 2019

Contact:         
Casey Hollins 
Director of Communications and Public Relations
 (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Linemen Provide Live Line Demo for First Responders

To ensure that local first responders are aware of electrical safety around power lines, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) linemen provide electrical safety to first responders. The Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department received training with REC’s Live Line Demo. No matter the emergency, it’s important for first responders to know electrical safety around power lines so they can do their job safely.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

UMW and the City Expand Parking near Hanover Street

Media Notice: UMW and the City Expand Parking near Hanover Street

Public is invited to Ribbon Cutting on Friday, November 22 at 4:00pm

(Fredericksburg, VA)  November 15, 2019 – The University of Mary Washington and the City of Fredericksburg are pleased to announce completion of the expanded parking area at the Battlefield Athletic Complex. Please join us for a ribbon cutting on Friday, November 22 at 4:00p.m.  This City/Campus collaborative effort supports tournament attraction (economic development) and neighborhood parking relief.  The lot is located in front of UMW’s Physical Plant in the Battlefield Athletic Complex in the 1300 Block of Hanover Street.  The entrance is near the intersection of Bright and Hanover streets, please see map attached. 

For more information please feel free to contact: 

Lisa Chinn Marvashti
Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations
University of Mary Washington
lchinn@umw.edu
540-654-1378

 

Sonja Cantu
Public Information Officer
City of Fredericksburg
spcantu@fredericksburgva.gov
540-372-1010 

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Office/Medical Building Sells in Spotsylvania County

Office/Medical Building Sells in Spotsylvania County

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, November 1, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of 10472 Georgetown Drive in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

Anchor Investment Group LLC purchased the 2,432 square foot office/medical building from Coker Family Investments, L.P. for $425,000 and will occupy for their business.

Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Chris Russotti of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

About Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer

Thalhimer was founded in 1913 and currently has offices in Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, VA; and Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, SC.  The company has over 100 broker professionals and employs over 400 associates. Thalhimer represents, on behalf of its clients, a property portfolio of over 56 million leasable square feet, and management of over 30 million square feet of commercial property, and over 8,000 multifamily units.  In 2018 Thalhimer completed nearly 2,000 transactions with a transactional volume over $1.3 billion.  Thalhimer is the region’s leading provider of comprehensive commercial real estate services.  The firm offers comprehensive commercial real estate services including corporate services, investment sales, tenant representation, project management, asset management, and the sale and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties.  
To learn more, visit www.thalhimer.com or follow @Thalhimer on Twitter.

Independently Owned and Operated / A Member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance

 

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 51,000 employees in 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2018, the firm had revenue of $8.2 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Jackson Hewitt’s National Hiring Event

NATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
Jackson Hewitt’s National Hiring Event
Monday, November 11th – Friday, November 15th

Throughout the week of November 11, 2019, Jackson Hewitt and its independently owned and operated franchisees will be conducting on-the-spot interviews and extending job offers to qualified candidates. Available positions will vary by location and length but may include temporary, seasonal positions in tax preparation and client support for the duration of the tax season.

Jackson Hewitt is an industry leading provider of full-service individual, federal and state income tax preparation with offices across the country.  Jackson Hewitt and its franchisees together operate over 6,000 locations throughout the United States.  We have a passion for our employees and our clients. We recognize and appreciate that our team members are our single greatest competitive advantage. We offer flexible scheduling, including nights and weekends, and the amount of work hours may vary weekly based on need or position.  At participating locations, tax preparers may be offered the opportunity to earn performance-based bonuses.

Learn more about the various types of seasonal employment opportunities that Jackson Hewitt and its franchisees have to offer by visiting one of your local offices which you can find by using our office locator or by visiting https://jacksonhewitt.com today!

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Fredericksburg Christmas Parade Street Closure Notice

News Release: Fredericksburg Christmas Parade Street Closure Notice

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, several streets in downtown Fredericksburg will close for the annual Christmas Parade. Parking will not be permitted on the streets along the parade route and some adjacent side streets beginning at 2:00pm and closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 3:30pm. There will be signs in place to indicate the restrictions and vehicles will be towed at the owners’ expense on that Saturday afternoon that have not been removed from the street.

The roads will remain closed until City maintenance crews finish cleaning the route. All streets are expected to be open by 9:00pm. Expect traffic delays before and after the parade. Please be patient, use caution, and obey traffic signs.

Timeline for streets impacted by Christmas Parade:

2:00pm - Parking restrictions begin at VRE Lot located at Sophia Street and Frederick Street, towing enforced.

2:00pm - Parking restrictions begin on the following streets in downtown, towing enforced where signage posted.

• 300-1000 blocks of Caroline Street

• 100-200 blocks of Amelia Street

• 500-1200 block of Princess Anne Street

• 100-300 blocks of George Street and William Street

• 100-400 blocks of Wolfe St, Charlotte St and Hanover St

• 800 block of Charles Street

3:30pm - Streets listed above will be closed to through traffic

5:30pm - Parade begins

9:00pm - Streets reopen after parade cleanup

 

Information about where to park and best places to view the parade is available online at www.fredericksburgchristmasparade.com. For more information, please call Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events at 540-372-1086.

 

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Virginia 2019 Commemoration's Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival

CONTACT
Yuri R. Milligan
yuri.milligan@jyf.virginia.gov
O: (757) 253-4470 / C: (757) 634-1079

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

VIRGINIA 2019 COMMEMORATION’S CUSTOMS, CULTURES, AND CUISINE FESTIVAL FEATURES EVENTS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND STATEWIDE THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER  

 

Jamestown, VA (November 6, 2019) – Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution ’s Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival will be celebrated across the Commonwealth throughout the month of November, and will feature more than 40 events and programs. Presented by TowneBank, the premier events, festivals and special programming will draw on 400 years of Virginia’s unique history and culture. This month-long, statewide festival will serve as a momentous capstone to the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.

 

The festival is timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the first official Thanksgiving in English North America, which occurred in Virginia in 1619. Many people are unaware that Virginia is the true home of America’s first English Thanksgiving, though scholars and U.S. Presidents have recognized the Commonwealth’s role in hosting this significant tradition. In 1619, a group of English settlers arrived safely in Charles City, Virginia and held a ceremony of Thanksgiving for safe passage across the Atlantic, which was to be observed “annually and perpetually” thereafter.

 

“We invite Americans from across the nation to come home to Virginia this November to enjoy and participate in the many events and special programs the Commonwealth has planned to commemorate 400 years of Virginia’s unique history and culture,” said Kathy Spangler, Executive Director of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. “In honor of the 400th anniversary of the first official English Thanksgiving, American Evolution is taking back the spirit of Thanksgiving by partnering with area food banks to ensure that no Virginian goes hungry during the holiday season this year.”  

Find your local food bank or make an online donation here

The upcoming Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine featured events and programs will include:

The upcoming Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine signature events and programs will include Sampling the Centuries: Virginia’s Food Firsts, Virginia Thanksgiving Festival, 10th Biennial Conference, ASWAD (Association ...