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Friday, September 20, 2019

Rappahannock United Way Day of Action is Part of the Solution

Rappahannock United Way
3310 Shannon Park Drive
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
www.RappahannockUnitedWay.org
540-373-0041

Contact: Kathyrn Palmer
Senior Community Impact Manager
kpalmer@rappahannockunitedway.org                                 

RAPPAHANNOCK UNITED WAY DAY OF ACTION IS PART OF THE SOLUTION

Fredericksburg (September, 2019) – On Friday, September 20th, Rappahannock United Way will kick off its Annual Day of Action 200 volunteers from 16 local companies. In just one day, they will contribute nearly 750 hours of service throughout and for our community. 

Rappahannock United Way’s Day of Action is a unique opportunity for people to meet and work together to advance Rappahannock United Way’s focus in the areas of Financial Stability, Education, and Healthy Living.

“Rappahannock United Way is proud to help make the connection between needs in our community and the generous volunteers who are ready to do the work.  It’s so fantastic to see teams throughout the area giving valuable time and sharing their talents with local nonprofits.” -Kathryn Palmer, Rappahannock United Way Senior Community Impact Manager

Local media is invited to Be There to witness this volunteer movement on Friday, September 20th. Employees from companies such as Quarles and Virginia Partners Bank will be working throughout the Greater Fredericksburg area wearing teal shirts that say, “LIVE UNITED.” Contact Kathryn Palmer if you’d like to visit a project on Friday morning. 

This event is made possible thanks to Rappahannock United Way sponsors: GEICO, Mary Washington Healthcare, Patricio Enterprises, The Free Lance-Star, BB&T, RACSB, Atlantic Builders, NSWC Federal Credit Union, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Hilldrup, Lockheed Martin, Quarles, Wegmans, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Spring Arbor Senior Living, Virginia Partners Bank, Chancellor’s Village, DLR Contracting, and Atlantic Union Bank.

Would YOU like to get more involved in our community? Rappahannock United Way invites you to Be There with us by giving, advocating, and volunteering!  Find out more at www.RappahannockUnitedWay.org.

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Founded in 1939, Rappahannock United Way is a local nonprofit organization serving Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Rappahannock United Way’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Rappahannock United Way’s goal is to have more households emerge from poverty and achieve greater financial stability by focusing on the three building blocks for a better life: Education, Income and Health. We invite our community to be part of the change. Together we can inspire hope and build long lasting change. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.   

 


 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Transurban Launches I-95 Corridor Community Grant Program

PRESS RELEASE
Media Contact:

Brent McKenzie
95 Express Lanes Government Relations and
Community Outreach Manager
bmckenzie@transurban.com
571-326-5609 - cell


Transurban Launches I-95 Corridor Community Grant Program

Operator of 95 Express Lanes encourages community investment alongside Fredericksburg Extension project

Alexandria, VA (February 4, 2019). – Today Transurban announced the launch of the 95 Express Lanes -Fredericksburg Extension (Fred Ex) Community Grant Program to provide organizations with up to $3,000 for projects that improve the community or environment in the greater Fredericksburg region. Transurban is the operator of the 95, 495 and 395 Express Lanes in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The quarterly grant program supports the needs of direct-impact communities in the greater Fredericksburg area during the project’s construction phase. It provides organizations with grant awards to implement projects that sustain, enhance or protect residents, the community, and/or the environment along the project corridor.

“Extending the 95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg is a critical step in addressing one of the worst congestion hot spots in the nation. Fred Ex will give residents, commuters and all travellers a new travel option to get to their jobs and families faster and more safely,” said Jennifer Aument, President, Transurban North America. “But investing in physical infrastructure alone is not enough. We are committed to the long-term success of the I-95 Corridor and that means investing side-by-side with the community to improve neighborhoods and support residents.”

Since 2008, Transurban has been an active member of the local community through the Express Lanes Community Grant Programs. To date, more than $845,000 has been awarded to more than 200 organizations in Northern Virginia supporting initiatives like tree plantings, medical facilities in homeless shelters, meals on wheels, bicycle safety programs and other community initiatives. To learn more about the grant program, visit https://expresslanes.com/about#community-grant-programs.

The program accepts applications and distributes grant awards each quarter. The first application deadline for the grant program is March 31, 2019. Interested organizations and community members can learn more and apply online at https://expresslanes.com/grant-application.

About the 95 Express Lanes – Fredericksburg Extension (Fred Ex) project:

The Fredericksburg Extension (Fred Ex) project will extend the existing 95 Express Lanes south 10 miles along the I-95 median. The extension will span from the current end of the Lanes, just past Route 610 in Stafford County, to the vicinity of Route 17. The project will include new access points to the existing 95 Express Lanes, construction of new ramps for access to Quantico and Old Courthouse Road, and the addition of seven new bridges. When completed, the extension will operate together with the future 395 Express Lanes as a single, fully-integrated Express Lanes corridor between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring of 2019 and the extension is slated to open to travellers in late 2022. Visit expresslanes.com to learn more.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

B101.5 Looking to Make the Region a Kinder Place!

PRESS RELEASE

Monica Owens
Centennial Broadcasting
540-374-4084
Monica@wbqb.com

September 18, 2019

B101.5 LOOKING TO MAKE THE REGION A KINDER PLACE!

(Fredericksburg, VA September 18, 2019) With all the negativity in the world today, B101.5 has developed a program to encourage people to say something when they see Random Acts of Kindness. This program is called “Focus on Kindness”. A designated phone line has been made available for people to call and record the acts of kindness they witness. The number to call is 540-479-8765. Some of these calls will be aired on B101.5 looking to prompt others when they see acts of kindness to say something.

A pillar in the community for years, Access Eye Centers has stepped up as sponsor of “Focus on Kindness”. Their sponsorship makes it possible for “Focus On Kindness” to be broadcast over the entire region. Hoping by focusing on the kindness, the acts that would typically go unnoticed, will now be celebrated. When all you hear is the bad, the negativity weighs on you. B101.5 and Access Eye Centers wants to turn things upside down. Instead of focusing on the negative, let’s focus on the positive. Let’s Focus on Kindness and make the world a better…kinder place.

 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rappahannock United Way And Community Leaders Kickoff Their 2019 Workplace Campaign

FOR RELEASE – September 18, 2019
CONTACT – Brenda Sapanghila
BSapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org 
540-373-0041 x303

Rappahannock United Way And Community Leaders
Kickoff Their 2019 Workplace Campaign

Fredericksburg (September, 2019) – Rappahannock United Way kicked off its 2019 Annual Workplace Campaign at a luncheon at The Fredericksburg Country Club, on September 18th.

The Kickoff Luncheon marks the start of Rappahannock United Way’s annual fundraising effort and gives the organization an opportunity to thank local companies, donors and volunteers for their generosity and commitment to our community. Rappahannock United Way’s Board of Directors were joined by more than 150 guests including donors, business and community leaders, volunteers, and nonprofit leadership.

“This year, as we head into our campaign season, we are excited to have the continued support of our community leaders and business partners,” said Ann Jones, Director of Resource Development. “We are grateful for the opportunity to join with local businesses for fun, community involvement and the opportunity to talk about the needs of our community. We anticipate an exciting year and look forward to serving alongside the men and women who lead and live in our community.”

Rappahannock United Way’s annual campaign is a vital part of the organization’s work. Last year, Rappahannock United Way funded 25 local programs, in addition to their own, that work in the areas of Financial Stability, Healthy Living, and Education. Current Rappahannock United Way programs include Financial Coaching, Free Tax Services (The largest in the area), The ALICE Assistance Fund, and FamilyWize prescription assistance. 

“In times of crisis, in times of need, or in times of opportunity we often hear ourselves say I wish I could have been there,” said Janel Donohue, President of Rappahannock United Way.  “It’s so exciting to kick off the 2019 campaign year and give our community the opportunity to Be There. To Be There for people in crisis, in need, and to Be There for people to give them hope pursue self-sufficiency.”

www.BeThereToday.org

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For more information on Rappahannock United Way, please contact Brenda Sapanghila, Communications Coordinator at 540/373-0041 x 303 or by email at bsapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org.


 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Angel Chestnut, LLC’s photographs featured at Photoville festival

Angel Chestnut, LLC’s photographs featured at Photoville festival

Angel Chestnut is one of seventeen talented New York Film Academy Alumni, students and staff members, featured at this year's Photoville, the annual photo festival held at Brooklyn Bridge Park that runs through September 22. Photoville is currently in its eighth year and provides photographers a unique opportunity to engage audiences with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Preview the work showcased or learn more here

About Angel Chestnut, LLC
Angel Chestnut is a lifestyle and portrait photographer specializing in people and event photography with a vibrant imagination and effervescent style.  She believes in running a client-centered business anchored by impeccable service. While based in Stafford, Virginia, Angel serves the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and more. For more information, visit www.angelchestnut.com.


 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Public-Private Augmented Reality Educational Pilot Takes Off in Fredericksburg

Public-Private Augmented Reality Educational Pilot Takes Off in Fredericksburg
UMW College of Education teams up with Reclaim Hosting and Fredericksburg Academy

Fredericksburg, VA, September 16, 2019— Augmented Reality (AR) is already impacting the conventional educational process, yet little data exists to quantify outcomes or measure success of integrating AR into the formal learning program. Last year, The University of Mary Washington (UMW) College of Education, in partnership with local web hosting giant Reclaim Hosting and top-rated preschool-through-grade-12 private school Fredericksburg Academy, began delving into solving this data dearth, as well as engineering recommendations for how schools can incorporate AR into strategic units of study to enrich learning. Not long after, a leading-edge pilot program was born.

The team began with an extensive examination of Fredericksburg Academy’s present K-5 curriculum. This process was led by UMW Professor of Education George Meadows in collaboration with Fredericksburg Academy Head of School Karen Moschetto and Head of Lower School Patty Estes. The goal was to identify key units of study where AR could expand the student learning experience in a measurable way. The findings were shared with the team’s chief facilitator, Lindsey Riley, and distilled into an initial framework which the team then used to determine key performance indicators.

Meadows next researched available tools to identify which would best fit the units of study and curricular goals at each point so that the team could develop a budget. Reclaim Hosting Cofounder Tim Owens provided the seed funding to make the project a reality. The team conducted a training day to introduce Fredericksburg Academy’s faculty to the tools and applications. Estes said this about the role of technology in today’s classrooms,

The technology used in FA’s Lower School, and at the elementary level, is seen as a tool to inform and support student learning. Rather than a pencil, we view it as a highlighter that can expand or brighten the students' understanding. Incorporating technology can create a more relevant classroom environment. It is priceless when facilitating project-based and collaborative learning. It provides global perspectives and promotes interdisciplinary thinking. We are finding it is most effective in an environment where there is social scaffolding and intentional designs of its purpose and use, and we seek to prove that it can also make the comprehensive learning experience more equitable.”

Meadows and UMW College of Education students will soon begin working one-on-one with Fredericksburg Academy teachers to support them in using the tools and begin charting progress. The team will offer a Showcase Day in the coming months for the public to engage with the tools and learn more about the pilot. Within the next year, Reclaim Hosting will be developing a website to promote the pilot and report findings. The team has already been approached by public schools around the region and in Northern Virginia who want to adopt the program when the pilot phase is complete.

Learn more about the Augmented Reality in Education Pilot Program partners at: University of Mary Washington College of Education; Fredericksburg Academy;


 

Monday, September 16, 2019

REC Warns of Potential Phone Scams

Date:              Sept. 16, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Warns of Potential Phone Scams

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) urges members to be alert for phone calls from scammers who claim to be from REC stating that accounts are overdue.

If you receive a suspicious call, please keep the following in mind:

  • REC does not use collection agencies to contact members by phone.
  • Employees from REC do attempt to contact members with delinquent payments to warn them they are subject to disconnection, but representatives do not demand immediate payment.
  • If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be an REC employee demanding immediate payment, report the suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

If you are uncertain if a call you received came from a legitimate REC representative please call REC directly at 1-800-552-3904 to confirm.

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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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Library Branch Recognized Nationally for Design Excellence

Library Branch Recognized Nationally for Design Excellence

Fredericksburg, Virginia, September 12, 2019 - Spotsylvania Towne Centre Branch of Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) is one of 13 new and repurposed libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2019 Library Design Showcase. American Libraries magazine is published by the American Library Association, and includes the Design Showcase in their September/October issue, which is available in print and online.

The annual feature, celebrating its 31st year, honors innovative and interesting constructions that effectively address library customer needs in the United States and Canada. The highlighted projects, a mix of public, academic, school, and special libraries, were completed between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.

CRRL opened Spotsylvania Towne Centre Branch on August 8, 2018. This branch of Central Rappahannock Regional Library was made possible through generous support from the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors and the Cafaro Company. The Cafaro Company provides the branch space rent-free.

The branch has been very popular in its first year, handing out library cards to 668 new customers, circulating 23,565 books, movies, and other items, and has been visited by mall goers 43,378 times.

CRRL congratulates the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors and the Cafaro Company on this partnership to offer library services in an attractive, convenient, and now award-winning branch of the library.

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


 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Mary Washington Makes 'U.S. News & World Report’ Best Colleges List

Mary Washington Makes 'U.S. News & World Report’ Best Colleges List

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized among the best colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which released its “Best Colleges 2020” list this week.

UMW ranked 16th among regional universities in the South, scoring four top honors within that category. Mary Washington ranked seventh in the “Top Public Schools” and “Best Colleges for Veterans” categories, 16th in “Best Undergraduate Teaching,” and 18th in “Most Innovative Schools.”

“Service learning is a hallmark of the UMW experience,” according to U.S. News. “An education at UMW, with multiple opportunities for student research and service learning, uniquely prepares graduates for interesting careers or for advanced study.” 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.


 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Center for Community Engagement Opens at UMW

Center for Community Engagement Opens at UMW

On a late August day, Mary Washington first-years were scattered throughout Fredericksburg, mulching gardens, planting trees and cleaning up along the Rappahannock River. Others cared for animals at the SPCA and worked on projects to help area seniors, sexual assault survivors and deployed service members.

These efforts were made possible by UMW’s new Center for Community Engagement (CCE), which officially launches today. Housed in the University Center, it will build bridges – and strengthen existing ones – between Mary Washington and the greater Fredericksburg area, showcase civic and community engagement opportunities and foster partnerships that enhance student learning and encourage positive social change. The Center fits into a larger national movement to make community engagement a top priority in higher education institutions. 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.


 

Monday, September 9, 2019

GCubed Expands DoD Presence with Web CoE Contract Win

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2019 

GCubed Enterprises, Inc., DBA GCubed, Inc.
Contact: Olivia Blackwell, Marketing Manager
540-412-0753, ext. 100
oblackwell@gcubedinc.com
www.gcubedinc.com

GCubed Expands DoD Presence with Web CoE Contract Win

Stafford, Virginia –  Joint Service Provider (JSP) recently announced GCubed a successful awardee for their Web Center of Excellence (Web CoE) contract. The award amount totals $2,623,842.01. GCubed’s contract team will develop, implement, and continuously improve/upgrade the Web CoE with rapid development and associated services in support of JSP customers.  

Vernon Green Jr., GCubed Founder and CEO, says, “As this was GCubed’s very first contract back in 2014, it feels like we have come full circle. The growth we have sustained all began with the Web CoE contract. Thank you to Glen Adams and Cogent Solutions for providing an opportunity.”

This new work follows two recent wins for the Stafford, VA based IT company this summer. GCubed was honored as the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s first-place Good Business of the Year in the small business category and ranked on the 2019 Inc. 500 list as the 386th fastest-growing privately owned company in America.

About GCubed

GCubed 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 10 prime contracts and two subcontracts across the greater National Capital Region. www.gcubedinc.com

About JSP and Web CoE

JSP, an entity of the Washington Headquarters Service (DoD) resulting from the 2015 merger of two IT organizations, offers an all-inclusive end-to-end approach for providing web services through the Web CoE. This approach requires the Web CoE to be a self-contained entity capable executing and supporting all functions required to provide web services. JSP intends to offer the Web CoE to customers as a shared service model, allowing JSP to share the cost of the Web CoE services across multiple customers and reduce the cost for web services for each customer.


 

Monday, September 9, 2019

REC Linemen Bring the Gift of Light to Bolivia

Date:               September 9, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Linemen Bring the Gift of Light to Bolivia
Joining crews to help bring electricity to Bolivian village

Last week, six Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) employees traveled to rural Bolivia with twelve other linemen from Virginia and Maryland. The crew will be there for three weeks working to bring electricity to five communities for the first time.

The initiative is entitled “United We Light: Project Bolivia” and is sponsored by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) in conjunction with National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) International and support from the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp.

The line workers will be divided into two teams for an estimated 12 days of work on 11 miles of power line. Their work includes: constructing primary and secondary lines; string, sag and tie in conductors on the structures; hang transformers and make connections; and provide hands-on training to local utility workers. In all, 52 households will be powered.

“The main reason we’re going is to electrify villages and it’s going to change those people’s lives forever. And it will forever change the lives of the guys who are going,” said John Medved, director of safety and compliance at REC and team leader for the project. Medved has previously traveled to Haiti on a NRECA International mission.

The REC team is made up of
-          Patrick Ambrose, line foreman in Bowling Green
-          Cody Lockhart, first class lineman in Blue Ridge
-          John Medved, director of safety and compliance
-          Jake Michael, lead lineman in Blue Ridge
-          Dillion Sheads, first class lineman in Culpeper
-          Ryan White, digital media specialist

The trip is the first time the VMDAEC has sponsored an overseas electrification project with NRECA International, which has been providing power to unserved areas globally since 1962.

To keep track of the Project Bolivia efforts, follow “United We Light: Project Bolivia” on Facebook at facebook.com/group/unitedwelight.

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, September 9, 2019

Gwyneth's Gift Foundation hosts the boldest whiskey event in Fredericksburg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation
Sarah Jeffries
September 9, 2019
sarah@gwynethsgift.org
(540) 693-0524

Gwyneth's Gift Foundation hosts the boldest whiskey event in Fredericksburg to benefit CPR training programs and defibrillator donations
Local Nonprofit is the Recipient of a Buffalo Trace Bottle from its Sixth Millionth Barrel

Fredericksburg, VA – Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation invites the community to immerse themselves in an evening of Southern hospitality to support the mission of the Foundation on September 20th at The Old Silk Mill. Gwyneth’s Gift was chosen as one of 400 charities nationwide to receive a bottle of Buffalo Trace from their sixth millionth barrel. This bottle is not available in stores, and the only way to acquire one is through the chosen charity’s event. With each bottle valued at more than $1,200, attendees will have the chance to bid on the featured bottle. One lucky winner will take home the prize knowing he or she is benefiting a worthy cause.

“We are honored that the makers of Buffalo Trace believed enough in our cause and mission to award us the rare opportunity to receive one of these bottles,” said Stacy Horne, Fundraising Manager of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. 

Along with this exceptional bourbon, local businesses and organizations have donated several show-stopping auction items for attendees to indulge. 

With more options for whiskey lovers than ever, Gwyneth’s Gift is creating a VIP whiskey tasting experience by bringing some of the most sought-after whiskeys of the South, to the ‘Burg! Along with select whiskeys behind the bar, attendees will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy individual tastings of Tarnished Truth, Elijah Craig and Uncle Nearest from a trained and knowledgeable whiskey professional.

In addition to sipping on some of the world’s finest whiskey at the event, guests will have the chance to take a bottle home by participating in the whiskey pull and entering the drawing for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. Entertainment, good whiskey and delicious food go hand in hand in the South. You can rest assured that the Chef of The Old Silk Mill will be cooking up some of the tastiest fare of the South including fried okra, chicken & waffles and of course slow cooked BBQ. At the bar, quench your thirst with a featured cocktail or enjoy select whiskey on the rocks. The Significant Others will be making an appearance as the rocking band for the evening playing your favorite southern tunes.  Finish off the night with a trip to the snack bar after indulging in an exclusive, hand-rolled cigar from Pucho Cigars. 

Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person or $140 per couple and are available on Eventbrite at https://ggfwhiskeybusiness.eventbrite.com. For more information about the event or Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, please visit the official Facebook page or visit http://www.gwynethsgift.org.

About Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation: Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation is a local non-profit organization that is devoted to making a difference in the community and the lives of those within. Their purpose is to raise awareness regarding the education of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Since inception, ...


 

Friday, September 6, 2019

The 8th Annual Fredericksburg Pet Show will bring joy to animal lovers and pets September 21-22

For Immediate Release
September 6, 2019

The 8th Annual Fredericksburg Pet Show will bring joy to animal lovers and pets September 21-22 

Fredericksburg, VA. . . Calling all Pet Lovers (and Pets).  Mark your calendars for The 8th annual Fredericksburg Pet Show Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. 

The Pet Show provides fun for the entire family. Vendors include the areas top veterinarians, kennels, animal hospitals, groomers, trainers and more! Check out a variety of pet supplies, learn new training tips and find quality service providers. Shelters and rescue agencies will have a variety of lovable animals looking for their new home.

Making return appearances are two of the most popular attractions ever to appear at the Fredericksburg Pet Show.  Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel is returning for the first time in many years.  Yes, a squirrel that puts on water skis and is pulled around a pool by a remote controlled boat.  If that’s not enough, The Fredericksburg Pet Show is proud to announce the return of The Dog Lure Course.  This interactive dog attraction is an agility and speed track where participating dogs can chase a mechanical squirrel through an obstacle course.

Plenty of other demonstrations and attractions are available for attendees to take in including reading with the Blue Gray Therapy Dogs, Pup N Iron agility and training demos, along with Stuart the Awesome Opossum. There will be something for pets, adults and kids of all ages!

Don’t leave your pet at home – well behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join the fun for an exciting weekend! Visit www.FredericksburgPetShow.com for an admission coupon or discounted advanced tickets along with the most up to date vendor list and demo schedules.  

This is a Ballantine Management Group Production.

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HIGHLIGHTS
 - Vendors with Pet Related Products 
 - Shelters and rescues with Adoptions
 - Meet some of the areas top Pet related service providers
 - Attractions
 - Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel 
 - The Dog Lure Course – Dogs chase a mechanical squirrel through a course*
                     *additional fees apply
 - Reading with Therapy Dogs
 - Agility and Training Demonstrations
 - Stuart the Awesome Opossum Presentation
- Pets are encourage to attend

BASIC PET SHOW INFO: 
WHAT: Fredericksburg Pet Show 
WHERE: Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway Fredericksburg, VA 22401
WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019: 10am-5pm Sunday, September 22, 2019: 11am-4pm 
COST: At Door: $9, Online: $8*, Senior at door (60+): $8, Online: $7*,  Kids under 12 & Pets: FREE – Tickets Good Both Days             *Processing Fees Apply
WEBSITEwww.fredericksburgpetshow.com 
FACEBOOKwww.facebook.com/FredericksburgPetShow 
PHONE: 540-548-5555 

Media Contact:
David Kerper
dkerper@bmg1.com
540-220-3766


 

Friday, August 30, 2019

G3 Community Services Awarded Transurban Express Lanes Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2019
G3 Community Services
Contact: Jonathan Shores, Executive Director
540-412-0753 ext. 102
jshores@g3cs.org
www.g3cs.org

G3 Community Services Awarded Transurban Express Lanes Grant

Stafford, Virginia – G3 Community Services (G3CS) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a max donation from Transurban Express Lanes Community Grant. The Transurban Express Lanes Community Grant Program is designed to support organizations that sustain, enhance or protect the local environment and neighborhoods in the I-95 and I-495 corridors. Under the community category, G3CS has been selected for its focus on projects that support health, economic development and well-being. The grant will allow G3CS to continue to grow programs that support Stafford County Public schools, Veterans and their families, and those in need throughout our community. 

Our Founder, Vernon Green continues to promote the “together we can do more” philosophy and realizes that through strong partnerships, we can continue to be an impactful force within our community. He is grateful to the G3 Community Services Team for their hard work as well as our strategic partners who help us carry this great mission to improve lives and strengthen communities!

About G3CS

G3CS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to restore, inspire, and empower the family unit through coaching, mentorship, and education; improving lives and strengthening communities.


 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

REC Hosts Second Telephone Town Hall Meeting of 2019

Date:               Aug. 29, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Hosts Second Telephone Town Hall Meeting of 2019

Fredericksburg, Va. - On Tuesday, August 27, REC hosted a Telephone Town Hall event. REC invited a random sample of 50,000 member-owners to participate in the call. Nearly 5,000 members accepted the call to participate.

Kent Farmer, President and CEO, answered questions live during the event that lasted just over an hour. At the conclusion of the call, over 40 voicemails were left for follow-up questions.

The topics members asked about were solar power, electric rates, energy efficiency, broadband, reliability, Cooperative Sunshare and electricity rates.

REC hosts these opportunities for member-owners to be able to ask questions directly to our President and CEO. Over the next week, members who did not have their questions answered live and those who left a voicemail will receive follow-up calls from REC's management team and others.

Members who missed the call can listen to the recording in the Newsroom on the REC website: https://www.myrec.coop/newsroom/TTHAUGUST2019.cfm .


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.


 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Annual Unity Festival planned for October 5th at Walker-Grant Middle School

News Release: Annual Unity Festival planned for October 5th at Walker-Grant Middle School

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 5, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. FREE and Open to the public

LOCATION: Walker-Grant Middle School - 1 Learning Lane Fredericksburg VA 22401

HOSTED BY: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rappahannock Region - Fredericksburg Branch

WHAT: The UNITY Festival concept arrived through a conversation between the Executive Director of the local Boys and Girls Club, and several of the Boys and Girls Club members. The concern of the members was surrounded by the fact that in this era of diversity and race relations, “people just don’t seem to understand each other.” The members suggested, “Why not host a UNITY Festival for the Greater Fredericksburg Community?”

MISSION STATEMENT/PURPOSE: The UNITY Festival is an all-inclusive community development project designed to raise the level of cultural/diversity awareness and understanding in our community. The Festival will explore diverse cultures and races at a family-oriented celebration and will showcase music, storytelling, drama, dance, and visual arts. This event will create an environment that encourages cross-cultural friendships and relationships of trust.

FEATURING: Ventriloquist Rob Marston, Phillip Samuels, Musical Ensemble, Karaoke Contest, mixed African Drum Corp, Area High School Cheerleaders, and Spanish/Latino Band,

food trucks, for-profit/craft vendors, non-profit organizational vendors, United States Airforce Color-Guard, and an array of educational outreach activities.

SPONSORS: City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation, Hilldrup, Kiwanis, Fairview Baptist Church, Living Water Christian Center Church, Walker-Grant Alumni Association, Harambe360, NAACP, and Area Fraternities/Sororities, Spotsylvania County Schools, Fredericksburg City Public Schools, and the City of Fredericksburg.

WEBSITE: For additional information, please visit www.UNITYFestivalRR.org or https://bgcrr.org/unity-festival-2019

CONTACT: Forrest Parker, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of the Rappahannock Region: (540) 220-3943, (540) 368-9531 or fparker@bgcrr.org

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

disAbility Resource Center Sponsors Legislative Forum September 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE from the disAbility Resource Center
DATE:  August 24, 2019
CONTACT:  Kim Lett, 540-373-2559

The disAbility Resource Center is sponsoring a Legislative Forum Sept. 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg.  Important topics that affect people with disabilities and their familieswill be discussed with candidates for the Virginia General Assembly, the Chairs of the local counties’ Board of Supervisors, and the mayor of Fredericksburg. The dRC has invited candidates that are running for office in districts that encompass Fredericksburg City and Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline Counties.  Some of the topics to be addressed include long-term care waivers, waiting lists, transportation, employment, and accessible housing, etc.  Individuals are needed to come and tell their stories about how these issues affect their lives.  Contact Kim Lett at klett@cildrc.org for more information.   Register to attend at www.drcforum.eventbrite.com.


 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

City of Fredericksburg Plans Marketing Campaign Ahead of Chatham Bridge Closure

News Release: City of Fredericksburg Plans Marketing Campaign Ahead of Chatham Bridge Closure

(Fredericksburg, VA) August 28, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg is committing funding and resources for a locally oriented marketing and social media campaign letting people know that downtown Fredericksburg is open for business as usual during the planned Chatham Bridge closure.

The City is preparing a campaign to provide easy access of information to those who work in, live in and visit downtown Fredericksburg. This effort is focused on how the Chatham Bridge closure – which is expected to begin this coming May and last approximately 16 months -- might affect the immediate downtown and detour areas. The City’s goal is to minimize disruptions to the downtown community.

Public information will include online and printed maps for the detour, parking and alternate routes. There will also be opportunities for the public to sign up for informational alerts. As part of this campaign, the City will be working with Fredericksburg VA Main Street, Inc. in planning promotional efforts such as scavenger hunts and “find the mascot” campaigns that will seek to raise awareness about the ease of getting around downtown and the abundant parking options that will still be available throughout construction. Additionally, the City is coordinating with VDOT on maps and signage advertising the detour route. These coordinated efforts will seek to encourage everyone who frequents downtown to share our “open for business as usual” message throughout the 16-month renovation. At the conclusion of the project, Chatham Bridge will reopen with a rebuilt surface and a 10-foot multi-use pathway separated from vehicular traffic that will connect to Stafford County’s extensive trail system.

More information will be available in the coming months, and the campaign will launch in early 2020. For more information, or if you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact Sonja Wise, Fredericksburg Public Information Officer, at 540-372-1010, or visit Fredericksburgva.gov.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Volunteer for the Complete Count Committee

News Release: Volunteer for the Complete Count Committee
First meeting to be held Monday, September 16 at 7:00pm

(Fredericksburg, VA) August 26, 2019 –In April, City Council resolved to support the 2020 Census effort by launching a Complete Count Committee (CCC). A CCC is a group of citizens and stakeholders organized with the purpose of ensuring all people are counted in the Census. The task of the City’s CCC is to educate and motivate Fredericksburg residents to participate in the census by distributing educational information about the census and planning activities for outreach.

We are now seeking volunteers for the Complete Count Committee. The CCC will meet monthly at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street. Any and all residents and stakeholders who represent an important voice in our community and can help spread the word about participating in the 2020 Census are invited and encouraged to attend.

The first meeting of the CCC is set for Monday September 16 at the Dorothy Hart Community Center from 7:00pm-8:00pm. At this meeting, Census Partnership Specialist, George Millsaps, will be present to advise the group on beginning this effort.

To volunteer, please contact Susanna Finn, Community Development Planner at 540-372-1179. Or for more information please visit www.fredericksburgva.gov.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces Upcoming First Fridays

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                       08/19/2019
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 Upcoming First Fridays

Join the Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) for First Fridays throughout the rest of the calendar year. FAM’s First Friday series included extended hours and engaging programs. This recurring series is FREE and open to the public, all ages are welcome! The program schedule is as follows:

Sounds of Summer, featuring Spanglish Latin American Band (5 – 9 PM museum open and free, concert 7 – 9 PM in Market Square.) Sounds of Summer is presented by Lidl with sponsorship for the band generously provided by Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw.  

Gaye Todd Adegbalola and Lisa Lim, October 4 (5 – 8 PM): Join Gaye Adegbalola and Lisa Lim for an unplugged performance in historic Council Chamber (3rd floor gallery.) Performance is 7 – 8 PM (limited seating) and the museum’s galleries are open 5 – 8 PM.  Cash bar and refreshments for sale from 5 – 8 PM.  This performance is generously sponsored by Mary Washington Healthcare.

Extended Hours At FAM, November 1 (5 – 8 PM): FAM gallery spaces will be free and open to the public for November’s First Friday. Come see “People & Their Pets,” “The People’s Gallery,” and “Our Fredericksburg Story: In Their Own Words” before they close at the end of the year.

Merry Trees Opening, December 6 (5 – 8 PM): Celebrate the holiday season by coming to see FAM’s fourth annual “Merry Trees” exhibit. FAM’s gallery spaces will be filled with trees decorated by the Hugh Mercer Elementary School students. Each tree is inspired by a book the students have read in the classroom.

FAM’s First Friday series is generously sponsored by Joan Diaz-Mendez, Realtor Associate. Programs are FREE and open to the public. RSVP is not necessary but appreciated. Please contact Theresa Cramer at tcramer@famcc.org or 540-371-3037 x 138 to RSVP. For more information on these events, or for additional programming information, please contact the FAM at 540-371-3037, or visit www.famva.org.  

The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the historyheritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region.


 

Friday, August 23, 2019

REC Member-Owners Elect Peers to Board

Date:               Aug. 23, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Member-Owners Elect Peers to Board

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners selected three of their peers to serve on REC’s Board of Directors. More than 7,000 member-owners participated in the election by returning their Proxy Designation Card or attending the Annual Meeting Aug. 22 at the Fredericksburg Conference Center.

  • In Region I, Michael W. Lindsay was re-elected. This region covers the counties of Frederick, Shenandoah and portions of Page, Warren and Rappahannock.
  • In Region VI, Linda R. Gray was re-elected. This region covers Caroline County.
  • In Region VII, J. Mark Wood was re-elected. This region covers Louisa County.

All terms are for three years.

Also at the Annual Meeting, Board Chairman Christopher G. Shipe and President and CEO Kent D. Farmer provided updates on the Cooperative's accomplishments, challenges and future plans.

Shipe noted REC’s commitment to listening to and responding to feedback from member-owners. As a result of that feedback, he noted the Board has recently:

  • Approved additional funding for the Vegetation Management team so field workers can complete additional tree trimming to reduce the number of storm-related outages.
  • Initiated a Governance and Document Center for REC’s website to make it easier for member-owners to find important information about their cooperative.
  • Took steps to make it easier for broadband to reach rural areas that are currently underserved. REC’s Fiber Utility Network, an 800-mile network of fiber optic cable -  once completed -  will make it easier for a third party to extend broadband service.
  • Focused more on renewable energy, especially with the launch of Cooperative Sunshare, which allows member-owners to show their support for solar power without installing panels on their homes. REC also worked with state officials to make it easier for member-owners to connect their renewable generation systems to REC through net metering.

Farmer shared with member-owners REC’s continued commitment to community. He explained that employees attend more than 300 local events each year, sharing important information on energy efficiency, electric safety, electric vehicles, renewable power and more.

He also noted the impact of The Power of Change program, which allows member-owners to round up their electric bill each month with the extra change going to local charities. Some member-owners choose to make a one-time contribution or donate a set amount. In all, more than 20,000 REC member-owners make a difference through The Power of Change.

“You, REC’s member-owners, have made the impact we have on our communities even stronger,” Farmer said.

Communities served by REC include 22 counties with nearly 170,000 electric connections. “In the past year, REC has connected nearly 5,000 new homes and businesses,” Farmer said. “It’s not something REC takes lightly.”

“The employees at REC, myself included, get the opportunity to wake up every day knowing that the service we are delivering to you – electricity – is powering your everyday lives, powering your businesses, powering ...


 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

University of Mary Washington Welcomes Class of 2023

University of Mary Washington Welcomes Class of 2023

 

For eagles, building a nest is a bonding activity. The same could be said for the 900-plus first-year students who on Wednesday made the University of Mary Washington their home.

Move-In Day 2019.

Residence halls opened their doors to the Class of 2023, who arrived with parents, siblings, pets and armloads of bedding and clothes, as well as furniture, mini-fridges, laptops and shower caddies. They immediately began making connections with fellow students, and with President Troy Paino and wife Kelly, who – along with UMW staff – were on hand to help with the hauling. The freshmen strategically placed personal mementos and Mary Washington gear around their rooms, to remind them of the people who gave them their wings and those who’ll help them take flight.

The incoming students have a lot in common, especially their brains. Their average GPA is 3.63 and average SAT score is 1179. Nearly a quarter are the first in their families to attend college, and 102 have enrolled in UMW’s Honors Program. But there are differences, too. Read more.


 

Monday, August 19, 2019

REC Annual Meeting: Elect Board of Directors

Date:               Aug. 19, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Annual Meeting: Elect Board of Directors

Fredericksburg, VA - Member-owners of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) can elect directors and receive important updates at this year’s Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Fredericksburg Conference Center.

At the meeting, three member-owners will be elected to REC’s Board of Directors. To learn more the candidates in this year’s Director elections – and to view candidate bios and videos – please visit myrec.coop/AnnualMeeting.

About the Annual Meeting

  • Thursday, Aug. 22
  • Fredericksburg Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
  • 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – Registration
  • 7 p.m. – Business Meeting

President and CEO, Kent D. Farmer and Board Chairman, Christopher G. Shipe also will review the past year’s accomplishments and share plans for the future.

Member-owners also can:

  • Learn about and ride in electric vehicles.
  • Receive information about Cooperative Sunshare, which allows member-owners to show their support for solar power without having to purchase solar panels for their homes.
  • And ask questions to REC leaders during a Q&A session.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 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, August 19, 2019

Keanu Reeves Shows Support for G3 Community Services

Since 2017, GCubed has sponsored G³ Community Services, a Stafford, Virginia non-profit focused on improving lives and strengthening communities. Through GCubed’s continued support, G³CS developed and successfully implemented a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) program in eight Stafford County elementary schools, fed local families over two consecutive holiday seasons, and provided assistance to military veterans transitioning to the civilian workplace.

The Washington Post recently wrote an article about how Keanu Reeves has shown support for G3 Community Services. Read the article here.


 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Fredericksburg Baseball hits a “fredanthropic” home run

News Release: Fredericksburg Baseball hits a “fredanthropic” home run
The baseball team is the City of Fredericksburg’s final Fredanthropist participant

(Fredericksburg, VA) August 19, 2019 - When word of the City of Fredericksburg’s Fredanthropist program began circulating, it caught the eye of two of Fredericksburg Baseball’s principals -- Lani Weiss, team president & COO, and her brother, Seth Silber. Always looking for ways to enrich the community where the team will be located and believing the program’s core objective coincided with their core values, they contacted the City about the opportunity to participate.

“After reading more about the Fredanthropist program from ‘Fred Focus’ and getting an even better understanding about its objectives, we decided that it was something we really wanted to be a part of,” Mrs. Weiss explained to Clint Manning of the City’s Department of Economic Development & Tourism. In continuing, she said, “we are excited to be involved in this and to support the efforts that you all work so hard to achieve for the community.”

The team joins 11 other organizations and individuals as inaugural Fredanthropists: Hilldrup, Rappahannock Development Group, Lidl, Coldwell Banker Elite, Mrs. Mary Jane O’Neill, Mary Washington Healthcare, LifeCare Medical Transports, ILM Corporation, Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Team Pohanka (Honda, Hyundai, Nissan), and the GeMROI Company.

As first announced, future money from the program could help the City develop more events such as last year’s wildly successful SlideFXBG, improve park facilities and attract annual festivals. Additionally, money donated to the program will solely be used for said improvements and attractions; it will not be used within the city for other purposes.

In exchange for their support, Fredanthropists will receive year-long recognition, including being named on a rink-side dasher board at the Dixon Park roller-hockey rink, in the Fred Focus weekly newsletter and Parks and Recreation catalogs, and on Fredanthropist.org. They will also receive a special commemorative plaque recognizing their Fredanthropist designation. The hockey rink is anticipated to be operational at the end of summer, thanks in large part to the generosity of these 12 Fredanthropists.

For more information on this philanthropic effort to help make a positive impact in Fredericksburg, kindly contact Clint Manning of the Department of Economic Development & Tourism at camanning@fredericksburgva.gov or 540-372-1216.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

CRRL Wins Goodwill Community Partner Award

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

CRRL Wins Goodwill Community Partner Award

Fredericksburg, Virginia, August 12, 2019 - CRRL received the 2019 Rappahannock Goodwill Community Partner of the Year Award in recognition of the library's work with Americorps and the Good Skills Literacy tutors as well as CRRL's many other services.

For more than nine years, RGI and CRRL have worked together on behalf of the community, providing volunteer literacy tutoring and job-seeking assistance to any who are interested. Most recently RGI and CRRL have joined together to bring free computer skills training to the community in several library branches.


 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Unsheltered Homelessness Initiative Pilot Meets Year-One Target

News Release: Unsheltered Homelessness Initiative Pilot Meets Year-One Target

FREDERICKSBURG, VA., August 15, 2019 – The Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care’s (CoC) Unsheltered Homelessness Initiative aims to functionally end unsheltered homelessness. The CoC is the federally-mandated coalition responsible for planning and implementing homeless services throughout Planning District 16, the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford and the City of Fredericksburg.

With funding from the City of Fredericksburg and Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC), the CoC is undertaking a two-year pilot to move closer to the initiative’s goal. This effort moves households experiencing unsheltered homelessness from the street to permanent housing and highlights the community benefits associated with focusing resources on housing the most vulnerable in our community. The City, MWHC, and CoC are excited to report that the pilot has met its year-one target of helping four previously-unsheltered households move into their own homes.

“In 2016 Fredericksburg City Council identified a regional housing and homeless plan as one of their Priorities for their 2036 Vision Statement,” said Tim Baroody, City Manager. “Our staff was tasked by City Council to establish a regional working group and identify solutions based on successful best practices in other jurisdictions. And that’s what we set out to do.”

With that in mind, the City of Fredericksburg approached the CoC in 2017 to discuss concerns about homeless encampments within City limits, asking what could be done to address the issue. In response, the CoC developed strategies to target new housing resources to the unsheltered population by expanding existing systems. The CoC estimated that a total of $484,700 per year in additional funding, above and beyond what is already provided to other homeless service strategies, would be needed to fully meet the needs of the estimated 73 people who experience long periods of unsheltered homelessness in our community each year. This cost includes housing location services, case management, and rental subsidies. The CoC estimated that 47 individuals would need short-term support, at a cost of about $5,000 per person, and that 26 individuals would need long-term support, at a cost of about $10,000 per person. At the City’s request to make this a regional effort, the CoC requested the funding from the five jurisdictions of Planning District 16. Lacking a favorable response, the City of Fredericksburg called for a smaller-scale pilot to test the strategies.

The City of Fredericksburg and Mary Washington Healthcare each committed $20,000 toward the twoyear, $40,000 pilot, which targets short-term housing assistance and case management to the most  vulnerable, unsheltered households in our community to help them move into permanent housing. The funding is administered by the George Washington Regional Commission, the CoC’s Lead Agency and Micah Ecumenical Ministries, the community’s street outreach provider, is providing the housing and case management services.

Xavier Richardson, MWHC Sr. Vice President, says, “Recent studies have shown that medical care is only responsible for no more than 20% of healthy outcomes; the remaining 80% or more is impacted by social determinants of health such as access to safe and affordable housing, ...


 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fredericksburg Parking Garage is Going Cashless

Fredericksburg Parking Garage is Going Cashless
Look for new parking payment technology in September

(Fredericksburg, VA) August 15, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg’s public parking garage on Sophia Street is about to have an upgrade. A new pay station and gate will be installed September 3rd - 12th and it will be a cashless system. The current pay stations will no longer be accepting cash payments as of August 30th. The garage will remain open for public parking during the scheduled installation.

This new technology will accept credit cards at a new “pay-on-foot” station by the 1st floor elevator and also at the exit gate where drivers may pay from their car upon exit. In addition to making the pay process more convenient for drivers, this new system is expected to generate cost savings for the City as well as reduce maintenance and repairs.

The Parking Garage, which was built in 2005 to address the parking concerns of the downtown area, has been using the current pay stations since its original opening. By upgrading to this new technology, the City is seeking to streamline payments and offer speedier exits of traffic. The system being replaced can only accept payment at two “pay-on-foot” stations – one near the exit and one near the pedestrian entrance from Caroline Street. Many customers drive to the gate expecting to pay there, but have to get out of their car and walk to the pay station before being able to leave.

The Parking Garage is located at 601 Sophia Street and is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers a great parking destination for visitors to downtown Fredericksburg. It is a convenient walking distance to downtown shopping and dining areas. It is free to park in the garage for the first 3 hours and then $1 for each hour after with a maximum of $8 per day. Well-lit and monitored by security cameras, the garage is served by a parking attendant during the hours of Monday through Friday 6:30am-9:30pm, Saturday 7:30am-9:30pm, and Sunday 8:30am-7:30pm.

While cash payments will no longer be accepted after August 30th in the garage itself, customers who do not possess a credit/debit card will be able to pay in cash at the Parking Garage Office, located on the 2nd floor of the building next door (601 Caroline Street) during business hours. For more information about parking passes, the new cashless system, or how this change might affect monthly parking passes, please feel free to call 540-371-8542 or visit www.Fredericksburgva.gov.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

GCubed, Inc. Makes Inc. 5000 List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2019
GCubed Enterprises, Inc., DBA GCubed, Inc.
Contact: Olivia Blackwell, Marketing Manager
540-412-0753 ext. 100
oblackwell@gcubedinc.com
www.gcubedinc.com

GCubed, Inc. Makes Inc. 5000 List

Stafford, Virginia – GCubed, Inc. is honored to announce its placement on the list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. GCubed ranked 386th on the list. This achievement places the cybersecurity & IT firm among an elite group of businesses such as Microsoft, Timberland, Vizio, Intuit, Chobani, Oracle, and Patagonia who have made the Inc. 5000 list in the past.

Vernon Green Jr., Founder & CEO of GCubed, says, “We are humbled and honored to receive such a prestigious award. We continue to attribute our success to listening to the needs of our customers, staying at the forefront of technology, and most importantly, focusing on our organization’s greatest asset, our people!” 

This latest achievement follows GCubed’s five-year anniversary and June 2019 first-place award in the Small Business category as the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Good Business of the Year. This is GCubed’s first time appearing on the Inc. 5000 list.

About GCubed, Inc.
Founded in 2014, GCubed 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. For more information visit www.gcubedinc.com

About Inc. 5000
Inc. Magazine publishes its Inc. 5000 list annually. Companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2015 to 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. For more information visit www.inc.com.


 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

CRRL Receives Risk Management Award

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

CRRL Receives Risk Management Award

Fredericksburg, Virginia, August 12, 2019 - CRRL received the 2019 Risk Management Performance Award at the Virginia Risk Sharing Association's annual meeting. VRSA staff work with the library on addressing potential exposures--like how to partner with a local skate shop when safety considerations don't allow skateboarding on library property. Other areas of consult include compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, safe driving, and active shooter training. CRRL was credited as having achieved a 100 percent score on the Risk Management Guidelines assessment.

Angela Hopkins, Human Resources Manager, received the 2019 Risk Management Excellence Award. Angela was described by VRSA's nominating staff as a true HR professional who works to do what is best for the library while also keeping the needs of the employee in mind. Angela recently passed the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional Exam.


 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

UMW Grant to Help Students Recover From Substance Addiction

UMW Grant to Help Students Recover From Substance Addiction

The University of Mary Washington has received a $50,000 grant for a unique program that helps students in various stages of recovery from alcohol and substance abuse and addiction.

The “Expanding Collegiate Recovery in Virginia” grant, awarded this summer by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), will fund growth for UMW’s Eagles in Recovery program. Though a number of colleges claim substance-free housing, the program puts UMW among only a handful in Virginia – and relatively few across the country – to offer support services for students recovering from substance addiction. 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.


 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces The Marines in Market Square Concert

For Immediate Release 8/8/2019
Theresa Cramer, Education Coordinator
Fredericksburg Area Museum
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x 138
tcramer@famcc.org
www.famva.org 

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces The Marines in Market Square Concert

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is pleased to announce the return of The Quantico Marine Corps Band Concert in historic Market Square on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.  Please join us from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in historic Market Square located at 907 Princess Anne Street.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy patriotic and family-friendly music by The Quantico Marine Corps Band.

Established in 1918, the Quantico Marine Corps Band is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles in the Marine Corps. The band is comprised of a ceremonial band and concert band equipped to provide musical support as directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region-MCB Quantico. The band’s mission is to provide musical support that will encourage community relations, enhance troop morale, and promote the Marine Corps recruiting program through its demanding performance schedule. As well as musical support, the members of the band also fulfill their duties as Marine Riflemen. In support of the War in Iraq, 17 members of the band were attached to Task Force National Capitol Region and deployed conducting combat operations. These Marines returned to the band in June 2008. The Quantico Marine Corps Band has received numerous military and civilian citations, letters of commendation and letters of appreciation. The group entertains audiences performing classic to contemporary pieces at more than 350 performances annually across the Eastern Seaboard, covering more than 50,000 miles.

INFORMATION: Located in historic Market Square, 907 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  This concert is FREE and open to the public.  Please note, in case of inclement weather this concert will be canceled. To check the status of this concert, please visit www.famva.org, or Facebook at www.facebook.com/FredericksburgAreaMuseum

For more information on this event, or for additional information, please contact Theresa Cramer at tcramer@famcc.org, or visit us at www.famva.orgThe mission of the Fredericksburg Area Museum is to collect, interpret, and present the history and culture of the Fredericksburg area in order to share with residents and visitors alike the stories of those who shaped the region and its role in the nation’s development.


 

Friday, August 9, 2019

B101.5 & Centennial Digital Advertising to Help Businesses Answer the Question, "Am I Top of Mind?"

For Immediate Release 
Contact: Debbie Patten 
Local Sales Manager - Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions/B101.5 
540-373-7721- Ext. 230 dpatten@wbqb.com  

August 8, 2019 

B101.5 AND CENTENNIAL DIGITAL ADVERTISING TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES ANSWER THE QUESTION, “AM I TOP OF MIND?” WITH BRANDING SURVEY 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – B101.5 and Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions are currently conducting a branding survey to determine which businesses in the area have the most brand recognition. The results of this survey will be presented to businesses in the region in September. The results will show very clearly where each business ranks within their category in the market. Many businesses will find they are on the correct marketing path. Others will discover their brands are not as well-known as they would like. 

“Successful branding means your business is top of mind when somebody needs your product or service,” says Debbie Patten, Local Sales Manager for B101.5. “When you need a plumber, search for a new dentist, or shop for a car or truck, you likely already have a store or business in mind. That’s because you’ve seen and heard their advertising. Companies that strongly advertise their brand will see favorable results.” 

“Knowing where you rank will help you determine what marketing changes you may need to make,” says Mark Bass, General Manager of B101.5. “Appropriate changes with branding WILL make a significant difference in business growth. B101.5 has always been a big supporter of local businesses and this survey is just another useful tool to help them grow.” 

Anyone in the region is eligible to participate in the survey at www.b1015.com, keyword, “survey”. It only takes minutes to complete and the data gathered will be essential to help local businesses grow and thrive in the region. Five random participants will receive a $50 Visa gift card for completing the survey. Visa gift card winners must be over 18 and may not be employees of Centennial Broadcasting. No purchase is required to participate. 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

King George IHOP Restaurant Property Sold as Investment

For Immediate Release 

King George IHOP Restaurant Property Sold as Investment 

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, August 5, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of 16361 Gateway Lane in King George, Virginia.  

Gateway Holdings, LLC purchased the 4,587 square foot building from Gateway Hospitality, LLC for $1,715,000. The building, located in the King George Gateway Wal Mart anchored retail center, was constructed in 2018 for IHOP and was sold as a net-leased investment.  

Wilson H. Greenlaw, CCIM of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the purchaser. 

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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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Mary Washington Earns Spot Among Princeton Review’s 'Best Colleges'

Mary Washington Earns Spot Among Princeton Review’s 'Best Colleges'

The University of Mary Washington has once again been named among the nation’s best by The Princeton Review’s annual publication, The Best 385 Colleges. The 2020 edition of the leading college guide, which debuted today, profiles only about 13 percent of the nation’s 3,000 four-year colleges.
 
In it, students gave UMW high marks in both campus life and academics, praising Mary Washington for providing the “strategies and tools necessary to think critically and succeed in the workforce” and “professors [who] go the extra mile to help students.” They also bragged about the research opportunities, dedication to community service, school spirit and quality of life they found on campus. 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.


 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award

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

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

Fredericksburg, VA (August 5, 2019) - Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places the hospital among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

“We strive, every day, to make sure our patients receive the very best care,” said David McKnight, CEO of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. “To receive this validation from Healthgrades recognizes the quality of work we strive to continue to deliver to our community.”

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients hospitals, on average*:

  • 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
  • 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
  • 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
  • 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”

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About Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center…As part of the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Healthcare, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is a 133 bed acute care facility serving the greater Fredericksburg Region. Employing more than 750 full-time and part-time staff, the hospital operates as a for-profit corporation that combines sophisticated technology with personalized care. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Primary PCI – Chest Pain Center, and is a Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for the Treatment of Heart Failure, Pancreatitis, Respiratory Failure, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Deliveries. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has also received Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places the hospital among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades.

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View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

SRMC Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Awards for Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Delivery

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

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Awards for Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Delivery

Fredericksburg, VA (August 5, 2019) - Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a Five-Star Recipient of the following Healthgrades 2019 Awards: Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Delivery. These 5-star ratings indicate that Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected for both Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Delivery.

“Our focus is on providing high quality, personalized, patient-centered care,” said David McKnight, CEO of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. “To receive these national recognitions from Healthgrades is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, staff, and entire hospital team.”

 “Healthgrades recognizes hospitals for providing exceptional care in a variety of cohorts for women’s health, and those that achieve a 5-star rating are focused on delivering high quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As healthcare trends continue to improve and evolve, patients who select a hospital that is a 5-star recipient can feel confident in their decision when it comes to women’s care.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed all-payer state data for 15 states for years 2015 through 2017. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received 5-stars and those that have not. For example: 

  • From 2015 through 2017, patients having a Gynecologic Procedure in hospitals rated 5-stars have, on average, a 63.5% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star[1].
  • From 2015 through 2017, patients having a Vaginal Delivery in hospitals rated 5-stars have, on average, a 43.5% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star[2].

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is focused on offering a comprehensive approach to women’s health in the Fredericksburg area community through a dedicated women’s health unit. The unit provides 24-hour family centered maternity care, 10 private labor, deliver, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), free childbirth education classes and tours, lactation and breastfeeding support services, breast health education, and advanced imaging services, to include digital mammography, breast ultrasound and MRI, and bone density screenings. Additionally, as a part of HCA Healthcare’s Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery, the most experienced robotics program in Virginia, the hospital offers robotically assisted gynecologic surgical options. Robotic surgery typically means minimal scaring, less pain, faster recovery, and a shorter hospital stay for patients. 

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About Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center…As part of the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Healthcare, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is a 133 bed acute care facility serving the greater Fredericksburg Region. Employing more than 750 full-time and part-time staff, the hospital operates as a for-profit corporation that combines sophisticated technology with personalized care. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Primary PCI ...


 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Free Leadership Program to Prepare Area Business Leaders for Policy and Political Engagement

Media Release
Date: August 5, 2019
Media Contact:
Kyle Allwine, Director of Government Affairs
540-373-9508, kyle@fxbgchamber.org

Chamber Launches Free Leadership Program to Prepare Area Business Leaders for Policy and Political Engagement
Application deadline is September 13, 2019 

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA - The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking applicants for a free nonpartisan training program to teach local business-minded leaders strategies on how to engage locally in the policy and political process and promote a robust regional economy as the foundation for a vibrant quality of life.

The Public Leadership Institute, to be held on October 24, 25, and 28, will feature experts in political engagement and public policy and allow members to consider how their business experience, skills and talent could address local public affairs issues. 

Education for Engagement

Class members can choose one of three educational tracks, covering tactics on how to:  1) advocate for policies to support a strong business climate; 2) land an appointment to critical boards and commissions; or 3) prepare to run for political office.

Applications are available at http://www.fredericksburgchamber.org/Public-Leadership-Institute and must be returned by September 13, 2019.  The classes will be held at the Chamber offices.  Only a limited number of applicants will be selected to participate based on a competitive process. A full scholarship will be provided to all members. The program cannot accept declared or filed candidates for political office.

There is no requirement that participants engage in advocacy or public leadership, merely consider the possibility in a short or long-term time horizon.

Building the Pro-Business Bench

“Our region is fortunate to have outstanding public leaders who understand the relationship between a strong small business climate and an outstanding quality of life.  It’s important to continue this legacy by building the bench of aspiring advocates and public leaders who want to explore how they can make a difference on important business issues,” said Susan Spears, President and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Active-Learning Curriculum

The curriculum will be taught in an active-learning workshop format with small-group and simulation exercises. Topics include: Understanding The Political Process and Local Political Environment; Advocacy and Policy Objectives for the Business Community; Identifying Areas of Engagement; Preparing for Opportunities in Public Leadership; Political Messaging and Advocacy; Fundraising; and Building a Grassroots Coalition and Voter Targeting, among other areas.

The program is based on a public leadership development model that has been successful in other regions.

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce does not endorse or financially support candidates for office.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

“Bulletproofing Your Business From Online Giants™” Workshop For Local Business Owners / Operators

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Bass
               General Manager - Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions/B101.5/NewsTalk 1230 WFVA
               540-373-7721- Ext. 201
               mbass@wbqb.com

August 1, 2019

CENTENNIAL DIGITAL ADVERTISING SOLUTIONS AND FREDERICKSBURG REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOST “BULLETPROOFING YOUR BUSINESS FROM ONLINE GIANTS™” WORKSHOP FOR LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS/OPERATORS

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions in partnership with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and B101.5 radio will host, “Bulletproofing Your Business From Online Giants™,” a free workshop designed to empower local business owners with key strategies to compete, thrive, and grow especially in the era of online retail and service giants. The workshop will be held Friday, September 6th, 9am-Noon, at the Fredericksburg campus of Germanna Community College, 10000 Germanna Point Drive in Fredericksburg, Virginia.   

This workshop is extremely timely as multiple research firms estimate that Amazon Prime Days 2019 generated more than $6 billion in sales at the expense of local business. Worse yet, in an exit poll, 61% of those buyers never thought about purchasing locally. This workshop will help all types of local business owners and operators become better prepared to close more business and keep that business in the future.

International marketing consultant, Mark Levy, President and CEO of Revenue Development Resources Inc. (RDR), will lead this interactive workshop to help local business owners:

  • Close sales and win customers with exceptional customer service
  • Understand management vs. leadership
  • Get buy-in from their teams and more

Attendance is free, but registration is strongly suggested at www.b1015.com, keyword “BUSINESS”. 

“We are thrilled to partner with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce to bring this important information session to local business owners,” says Mark Bass, General Manager of Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions and B101.5 radio.  “Mark Levy is one of the top marketing and management strategists in the industry.  His expertise is diverse and includes all the tools a business owner needs to compete against and alongside the giant online retailers.”

Susan Spears, President and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce says, “With the rise of e-commerce and technology, it has become increasingly difficult for businesses to modernize and transform to meet the needs of their ever-changing customer needs and wants. This event will give businesses the toolkit for success in the 21st century.”

“I’m honored to be able to conduct ‘Bulletproofing Your Business From Online Giants™’ in conjunction with Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions and the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce,” says Mark Levy, President and CEO of Revenue Development Resources, Inc.  “Working together, we all look forward to helping area companies close and retain more local business!”

About Mark Levy                 

Described as a dynamic “value-packed” public speaker, “fabulous sales trainer and motivator,” and resource of “thousands of tips and approaches that always pay dividends,” Mark Levy has 35+ years of experience and expertise in growing organizations’ teams, profits and impact. As President and Co-Founder of Dallas based Revenue Development Resources (RDR), Mark is a widely-known and highly-respected ...


 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Fredericksburg nominated as 'South’s Best Small Town'

News Release: Fredericksburg nominated as 'South’s Best Small Town'

(Fredericksburg, VA)  August 5, 2019 – Southern Living has announced its nominations for the "South’s Best 2020," and Fredericksburg, Virginia, is up for “Best Small Town.” Williamsburg and Fredericksburg were the only Virginia locations nominated for Best Small Town. Beaufort, North Carolina, was voted Southern Living's Best of the South in 2019.

Cast your vote and share your hometown passion for Fredericksburg by visiting  https://www.southernliving.com/southsbestvote. Vote now!  #SouthsBest #SouthernLiving

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Plan the Future of Fredericksburg’s Parks

News Release: Plan the Future of Fredericksburg’s Parks
Public is invited to an open house August 12 & 13

(Fredericksburg, VA)  August 2, 2019 – You are needed! Plan the Future of Your Parks. The Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events Department is hosting an Open House for public input on Fredericksburg’s Parks Strategic Plan.

Please join us on Monday, August 12 between 5:00pm – 8:00pm or on Tuesday, August 13 from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Dorothy Hart Community Center auditorium, 408 Canal Street in Fredericksburg. This drop-in style of open house will allow participants a chance to express what they feel are the important park amenities for the community. Consultants and staff will be on site to ask questions and receive all comments about what our community needs for park and trail improvements.

Lose Design of Nashville, Tennessee has been hired by the City to perform a Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan.  Public input from the August 12th and 13th open houses is the important first step in a months-long process designed to help the City determine the future of our parks. This plan will serve as a guide for the City’s development, expansion and improvement of parks and recreation facilities for many years into the future.

For more information please feel free to contact Jane Shelhorse, Director of Parks, Recreation and Events Department at 540-372-1086 and www.FredParksRec.com.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Announces Class of 2020

Media Release
Date: August 1, 2019
Media Contact:
Kyle Allwine, Director of Government Affairs
540-373-9508, kyle@fxbgchamber.org

Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Announces Class of 2020
31 Fellows Selected

FREDERICKSBURG – The Chamber’s signature program, Leadership Fredericksburg, is pleased to announce the Class of 2020 which will begin in September 2019 and conclude with a graduation ceremony in May 2020. Sessions occur at various business locations throughout the Fredericksburg region. Each session includes in-depth leadership skills development and meetings with industry and community leaders. Each Fellow is paired with a trained mentor who will support his or her progress through the program. Fellows divide into teams to partner with an area organization on an Action Learning Project. Each team will present “deliverables” – concrete results – during a competitive event next May, a week prior to graduation.

Leadership Fredericksburg’s faculty of six is led by Dr. David Corderman with Academy Leadership Associates and Dr. J.R. Flatter with Flatter, Inc. Chamber President/CEO Susan Spears is the program’s Executive Director and a member of the faculty, along with Jeremy Pickwell with Lifepoint Church, Mike Fidgeon with MySoul, LLC, and Janel Donohue with the Rappahannock United Way. Mary Washington Healthcare is serving as the program’s Title Sponsor.

Leadership Fredericksburg 2020 Fellows

  • Xavier Bates, LifeCare Medical Transports
  • Shane Bittinger, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
  • Kiara Branch, Flatter, Inc.
  • Karen Carr, Atlantic Builders
  • Stacey Coolican, Coolican Consulting
  • Sarah Dye, SimVentions 
  • Barbara Gustavson, Discover Next Step, LLC
  • Randa Hayes, NSWC Federal Credit Union
  • Charles Hicks III, Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Casey Hollins, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Summer Hughes, Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Michael Jewth, Dominion Energy
  • Stephen Kingsley, BB&T
  • Kunle Lawson, University of Mary Washington
  • Laura Liddy, ECS Mid-Atlantic 
  • Ginni Mastin, Matern Staffing
  • Kate Melton, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Karen Moschetto, Fredericksburg Academy
  • Elizabeth Ottarson, National Parks Service
  • Kim Pierpoint, Pierpoint Construction
  • Rebecca Purdy, Central Rappahannock Regional Library
  • Tiffany Ray, Germanna Community College
  • Devlin Reily, Rappahannock Area YMCA
  • John Rogers, Comcast
  • Sharon Roper, Fredericksburg Christian School  
  • Will Rudich, Quarles Petroleum
  • Arlene Saitzyk, United States Navy
  • Paul Santay, Stafford County
  • Kathleen Steininger, Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation
  • Stephanie Terrell, RACSB
  • Timothy Zaegel, Lifepoint Church


The Chamber thanks the following sponsors whose generosity makes the Leadership Fredericksburg program possible:

2020 Program Title Sponsor: Mary Washington Healthcare and the 2020 Program Gold Sponsors: Atlantic Builders, Ltd.; Atlantic Union Bank; LifeCare Medical Transports; Lifepoint Church; NSWC Federal Credit Union; and Stafford County Government.

To learn more about Leadership Fredericksburg, please visit www.fxbgchamber.org/Leadership-Home or contact the Chamber office at 540-373-9400.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Susan Spears, IOM and Whitney Watts, IOM Graduate from Institute for Organization Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST, 1, 2019
Contact: Andrew Weller 202-463-5802

SUSAN SPEARS, IOM and WHITNEY WATTS, IOM of FREDERICSKBURG REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 
Graduates from Institute for Organization Management
A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Susan Spears, IOM, President and CEO, and Whitney Watts, IOM, Vice-President of Member Services, of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber, have graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

institute.uschamber.com           @IOMeducates

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

CRRL Wins Fredericksburg Parent's Best Tutoring Service Award

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

CRRL Wins Fredericksburg Parent's Best Tutoring Service Award

Fredericksburg, Virginia, August 1, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library has been awarded Best Tutoring Service in Fredericksburg Parent's annual Family Favorites competition. This marks the third year in a row that the library has been recognized with this community-voted award which acknowledges CRRL's mission of inspiring lifelong learning for everyone in our community.

CRRL offers many resources at librarypoint.org/backtoschool for students going back to school, including:

  • Biography in Context - Biographical information on influential people from every time period and area of study.
  • Early World of Learning - World Book Online's early childhood digital resource with a variety of ways to introduce and reinforce early literacy concepts.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica - The classic encyclopedia enhanced with images, videos, magazine articles, primary sources, and recommended websites.
  • JSTOR - Academic journal articles covering arts, history, humanities, science, medicine, and law.

Learning for all ages is available at librarypoint.org/research, including:

  • Learning Express Library - Online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks, supporting job search, and workplace skills improvement in reading, writing, basic science, and career certification. Test prep available for licensure exams, college and grad school entrance tests, GED tests, and more.
  • Lynda.com - Also known as LinkedIn Learning, this collection of over 6,000 self-paced online video courses are taught by certified instructors. Users can create their own playlists of courses or follow learning paths such as Small Business, Web Design, and  Mastering In-Demand Professional Soft Skills.
  • Mango Languages - Over 70 languages are available to learn online, including English taught in other languages. This service is also available as a mobile app.
  • Universal Class - This program is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and provides certificates and CEUs (continuing education units) in topics such as life coaching, accounting, computer training, finance, and entrepreneurship.

These services are available to the public free of any fee, with a library card.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

REC’s CEO and President, Farmer, Elected to ODEC Board

Date:               August 1, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC’s CEO and President, Farmer, Elected to ODEC Board

Kent Farmer, president and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, was elected to serve as chairman of the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s (ODEC) Board of Directors. ODEC is REC’s primary power provider. New officers were elected at ODEC’s annual membership meeting held in Williamsburg, Va. on July 30, 2019.

Joining Farmer are John C. Lee, president and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, as vice-chairman; and, Jeffery S. Edwards president and CEO of Southside Electric Cooperative as secretary/treasurer. Each of the officers' terms will expire in 2022.

“I appreciate the confidence of my fellow board members,” said Farmer. “Innovation and opportunity are at an all-time high in the electricity industry, and I look forward to working with ODEC to maximize the benefits they may bring to cooperative members.”

ODEC is a member-owned generation-and-transmission cooperative that provides wholesale power to REC and 10 other member electric distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Farmer’s leadership on the board is one of many ways REC is directly engaged in ensuring that members receive a reliable supply of electricity that is both reasonably priced and responsibly generated.

“Our newly elected officers reflect the outstanding leadership that is present on our board of directors. I’m confident their guidance will ensure that ODEC remains a standard bearer of the cooperative business model,” said Marcus Harris, ODEC’s president and CEO.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 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.


 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Data center information meeting to be held August 12

News Release: Data center information meeting to be held August 12

The City of Fredericksburg will play host to a public information session on data centers August 12.

Data centers have become a significant growth sector throughout the U.S. and particularly Northern Virginia as cloud computing gets increasingly common. The Fredericksburg region has identified data centers as an economic development opportunity and has been taking steps to market itself to the industry through competitive tax rates and business-friendly policies.

The City of Fredericksburg will host the August 12 session to provide information about data centers and answer the public’s questions about the industry. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. August 12 at Germanna Community College’s FredCAT facility at 1325 Central Park Blvd.

The featured speaker at the meeting will be Josh Levi, vice president of policy for the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). The NVTC is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. It serves about 1,000 companies and organizations, including businesses from all sectors of the technology industry, service providers, universities, foreign embassies, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

For more information about this public information session, please contact the City of Fredericksburg’s Business Development Manager, Angela Freeman, at 540-372-1216 or read more online at www.fredericksburgva.com.


 

Friday, July 26, 2019

GEICO congratulates Fredericksburg, Va., associate on 50-year career

GEICO congratulates Fredericksburg, Va., associate on 50-year career

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., July 26, 2019 - In 1969, Doris Shreves walked into GEICO headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and asked if help was needed. She was hired on the spot. Fifty years later, Shreves is still working at GEICO and has no plans to leave anytime soon.

Shreves began her GEICO career as a typist at age 17.  At the time, insurance forms had to be carefully typed before going out to customers.

“If you messed up or made a typo, you had to rip the paper out of the typewriter and start all over,” Shreves recalled.

Over the decades, Shreves has held many positions. In 2002, she transferred to GEICO’s Fredericksburg, Virginia, regional office to join the licensing department. She’s still there today, working with state insurance departments to help GEICO associates obtain their licensing.

“Doris is very dedicated to her job. She is detail-oriented, and her agents love her,” says Gina Ober, Shreves’ supervisor.

GEICO has a reputation of building long-term careers for its associates, and Shreves is one of just 20 associates who have reached the 50-year mark, 10 of which continue to work for the company.  Even after reaching that rare milestone, she says she’s not quite ready to say goodbye to GEICO just yet.

“They say when you retire you have to find things to do, but I’ve got plenty to do right here,” she said.

ABOUT GEICO
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles. For more than 80 years, the company has worked to make people’s lives better by protecting policyholders against unexpected events. As GEICO has grown, it has delivered money-saving coverage and outstanding customer service to policyholders through its investment in human resources and technology. GEICO is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.  GEICO also provides homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft  and term life coverages through non-affiliated insurance companies secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. GEICO has a national workforce of 40,000 associates.  GEICO sales representatives throughout the country are licensed insurance agents in order to help guide customers through coverage decisions. To make changes, report claims, print insurance cards and/or purchase additional products, policyholders can access their insurance policy here, connect via GEICO Mobile or by phone. Sales and service is also available at GEICO Local Offices. Visit www.geico.com for a quote or to learn more. 


 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Announces Award Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2019
Contact: Julie Rettinger, Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer
540-371-3070. julie.rettinger@FredGoodwill.org

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Announces Award Recipients

Fredericksburg, VA – Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) recently held their annual celebration event at the Goodwill Community Resource Center. “A Hand Up” honors community members and RGI employees and volunteers. The award recipients were selected from RGI employees, local employers, community volunteers and partners, and individuals who have been helped by RGI. The event was held in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours. Sponsors of the event included The Media Partners, Proxios, and Hirschler Fleischer.

The three honorees were as follows:

  • The Graduate of the Year Award is given to an individual who has received services through RGI and has gone on to achieve significant improvement in her or her life through employment in the community. This year, Mr. Chuck Green was recognized as the 2019 Graduate of the Year. Chuck had 20 years of carpentry experience but due to a back injury he could no longer continue in the trade. Chuck met with a Case Manager at Rappahannock Goodwill Industries in Culpeper and decided to become a home inspector. With funds provided by the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act through the Virginia Career Works – Piedmont Region, Chuck was able to take an online course through Germanna Community College. Chuck went on to earn two more certifications through the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. He obtained his State Certified Home Inspector’s License, which allowed him to launch his own business in 2016. As the owner and operator of Granite Home Inspections, LLC., Chuck now performs multiple inspections a day and has built a strong business network with realtors and customers in the region.
  • The Community Partner of the Year Award is given to a person or organization that partners with Rappahannock Goodwill in fulfilling the mission of RGI. This year, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) was recognized as RGI’s 2019 Community Partner of the year. For more than nine years, RGI and CRRL have worked together on behalf of the community, providing volunteer literacy tutoring and job seeking assistance to any who are interested. Most recently RGI and CRRL have joined together to bring free computer skills training to the community in several of the library branches. Ms. Martha Hutzel, Executive Director of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, accepted the award.
  • The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to someone who gives their time and skills to volunteer for Rappahannock Goodwill. This year, Ms. Bernardine Miles was recognized for her service to RGI. Bernardine participates in the AmeriCorps Goodskills Literacy program at RGI. She provides one-on-one tutoring to individuals in the community who are trying to grasp the English language. As a career educator, Bernardine also works in the RGI Job Help Center, assisting individuals with resume writing, conducting mock interviews, and sharing her life and career experiences.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

6th Annual Extraordinary Events and Wedding Showcase at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center

For Immediate Release
July 23, 2019

The 6th Annual Extraordinary Events and Wedding Showcase, is set for August 11 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
Take your Event or Wedding to the next Level.

Fredericksburg, VA .. The 6th Annual Extraordinary Events and Wedding Showcase, is set for August 11th at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. This highly anticipated event planning expo will showcase the amazing talents, services and products of the companies that assist all those that plan a variety of events including small and Large Weddings!

Enjoys the Showcase as a Very Important Planner (VIP). A limited number of VIP passes are available and this that Purchase a VIP pass will enjoy a glass of champagne, tasting menu and a sneak peek at the Show. VIP guests will enjoy these special amenities from 11am – 12pm and will also be entered into special VIP only drawings. 

The event features suppliers and planners for Banquets, Galas, Graduations, Holiday Parties, Proms, Quinceaneras, Reunions, birthday parties, Baby and Bridal Showers, and Weddings.

Preview the latest trends in gowns, dresses, and formalwear. Luminuss Productions will create spectacular scenes demonstrating special effects, lighting and decorations that will help turn any special event into something extraordinary.  Plan an event your guests will be talking about for years.  Interview photographers, florists, caterers, DJs, bakeries, event sites, event planners, and more. 

Don't get stressed - get it all done in one day on Sugar 11th!  Visit www.extraordinaryeventandweddingshowcase.com or Facebook for a list of vendors or tickets,  pre-register for special prizes and discount coupons.

Join the fun August 11th from 12pm to 3pm at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center.

This is a Ballantine Management Group Production.

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What: 6th annual Extraordinary Events and Wedding Showcase
Where: Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
When:  August 11, 2019  
General Admission Entrance: 12pm -3pm
VIP Ticket Entrance: 11am-3pm

Admission: 
General Admission Ticket:
Online: $9* - At Door: $12
VIP Ticket: Available in advance only: $20*
 *processing fees apply

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/The-Big-Day-Bridal-Show
Website:   www.extraordinaryeventandweddingshowcase.com
Phone Number:  540-548-5555

Media Contact Info:
David Kerper
Ballantine Management Group
540-220-3766
dkerper@bmg1.com


 

Monday, July 22, 2019

DREAMS4U 2019 Silent Auction to Raise Scholarship Funds for Students in Financial Need

7/22/2019 NEWS/PRESS RELEASE

DREAMS4U 2019 Silent Auction DREAMS4U 2019 Silent Auction to Raise Scholarship Funds for Students in Financial Need
Saturday, October 12, 2019 4:30pm to 8:30 pm 

DREAMS4U 2019 Silent Auction event to raise scholarship funds for students in financial need in Louisa, Orange, and Spotsylvania.

DREAMS4U awarded scholarships to six (6) students in 2019. These scholarships are initial and renewable each year for a total of four years for each of these students. Now we are looking to continue with those students educational paths AND make four (4) new scholarship awards. 

Two of the local schools choirs or ensembles performing at the event with fantastic programs; we are so looking forward to these performances! 

The event ticket includes two event beverages and event appetizers. Cash bar is available and you can make your dinner reservations at Callie Opie's!

We are excited and humbled working with our donors and contributors for the silent auction event. You can see contributors and supporters on our web page:https://dreams4u.org/silent-auction-october-12. Silent auction updates prior to and during the event on our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/events/332626454063131/.

Event Tix and Sponsorship Available: https://secure.givelively.org/event/dreams4u/dreams4u-2019-silent-auction/dreams4u-2019-silent-auction 

What:DREAMS4U 2019 Silent Auction 
Where: Callie Opie's Orchard Restaurant 4533 Zachary Taylor Hwy 
Mineral VA, 23117 
When:October 12, 2019 4:30 to 8:30 pm 
Why: Helping raise scholarship funds for DREAMS4U.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Fredericksburg Reassessment Work Begins

News Release: Fredericksburg Reassessment Work Begins

Field Work to inspect properties by contractor is set to begin week of July 15th

(Fredericksburg, VA) July 15, 2019 – A General Reassessment, as required by State Law, is scheduled for the City of Fredericksburg, effective July 1, 2020. The last reassessment in the City of Fredericksburg was effective July 1, 2016, with the field work being completed in 2015/2016. The purpose of the reassessment process is to bring all assessments to an updated 100% market value and assure uniformity of assessments.

Wingate Appraisal Service, a professional appraisal firm, is under contract to carry out this project. Field work to inspect properties by Wingate staff members is set to begin the week of July 15, 2019. Wingate staff members are in the process of compiling sales data from different areas of the City, verifying existing information, updating photographs and collecting additional data, as needed. Field inspections will help the assessors verify the property data, and this process will take several months to complete. Wingate staff members carry City identification and have magnetic signs on their automobiles, with the words, Real Estate Assessment. Should property owners and residents wish to confirm the identity of reassessment staff members, please call the Commissioner of the

Revenue Real Estate Office at (540) 372-1207 or the City Police Department at (540) 373-3122.

Notices of the new proposed assessed values will be mailed to property owners prior to May 2020, providing hearing dates and times when owners will have an opportunity to discuss and/or, if necessary, appeal new assessments.

For more information about the general reassessment, please visit www.Fredericksburgva.gov or call the Commissioner of Revenue Real Estate Office at (540) 372- 1207.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

CRRL wins Virginia Library Association Awards

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

CRRL wins Virginia Library Association Awards

Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 9, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library has been recognized by the Awards & Recognition Committee of the Virginia Library Association (VLA).

"[Winners were selected] from a very competitive application pool. Librarians and library project teams from academic, public, and special libraries across the commonwealth are honored for their exemplary contributions to their communities and profession in 2018."

The Trustee Award

Dr. Samuel Smart, former CRRL Library Board member, has been recognized for his consistent and tireless advocacy and support for the library during his long tenure on CRRL's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Samuel Smart dedicated 16 years of service to the library, championing CRRL's budget requests and advocating for staff raises, increases to the materials allocation, and the expansion of library services.

A well-known optometrist for 47 years, Dr. Smart retired from practice in December 2018 and is enjoying retirement with his wife Laura.

The Outstanding Professional Associate Award

Joy O’Toole, Adult Services Programmer at Howell Branch, has received this award for fostering communication among library employees throughout the Commonwealth and advancing and strengthening the image of professional library associates. Joy was selected for her embodiment of the ideals of customer service, her ability to make connections with customers and coworkers alike, and her enthusiasm and leadership. The Awards & Recognition Committee was particularly impressed by Joy’s initiatives to connect and support local authors through the Inklings program, special events, and CRRL’s Rappahannock Writers Conference.

The Public Innovator Award

CRRL's Creative Minds initiative, under the leadership of Youth Services Coordinator Darcie Caswell, and in coordination with Tina Bialecki, Paragon Autism Services’s Director of Community Outreach and Education, has been chosen for the Public Innovator Award for making an outstanding contribution to advance the mission of the public library.

Creative Minds is a class specially created for children with autism and other special needs at an elementary developmental level. The goal of the program is to create a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment where students are given the tools and support they need to learn at their own pace and in their own way. Adult caregivers stay in the room with the children and family members are welcome, ensuring Creative Minds is an opportunity to meet and socialize in an enjoyable learning experience.

Darcie Caswell has been committed to the education of young people for over twenty years, first as a teacher and now as a librarian. As Youth Services Coordinator for Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Darcie leads a Youth Services team of twenty-six enthusiastic, creative staff dedicated to providing educational opportunities across CRRL’s service area.      

Tina Bialecki has had the privilege of working with children with special needs in many capacities and settings for close to thirty years and is proud to serve the special needs community in her role as Paragon Autism Services’s Director of Community Outreach and Education. Paragon Autism Services is a well-respected, award-winning ABA company in the Central and Northern part of Virginia which ...


 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Support Veterans this July by Donating your Technology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
MEDIA CONTACT:  Margaret-Hunter Wade,
540-777-7406
Margaret-Hunter.Wade@cox.com    

Support Veterans this July by Donating your Technology
Help us collect 5,000 donations in 5 weeks

Herndon, Va. – Cox is partnering with the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Tech Council and AbleVets to collect technology for Tech for Troops (T4T). Your tech donations will be refurbished by T4T and provided free of charge to veterans in need, who can also receive IT training and job opportunities.

Help us reach our goal and collect 5,000 donations in 5 weeks by dropping of your tech donation at the Cox Solutions Store in Fredericksburg on Plank Road during business hours by Friday, July 26.

Tech for Troops can accept the following items: 

  • Laptops with or without power adapters
  • Working flat panel monitors
  • RAM, video cards, and network cards
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Laptop bags
  • Servers and network equipment
  • Desktop computer towers
  • Cell phones and tablets
  • Power and network cables

All donations are tax deductible. Click here to fill out a digital receipt for donated items. And, don’t worry about data left of your devices. Tech for Troops wipes data with methods approved by the Department of Defense, National Security Agency, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

About Tech for Troops
Tech for Troops is a non-profit based in Richmond, VA, whose mission is to bridge the digital divide for Veterans and their families.

About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox. Follow us on Twitter at @CoxVA.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Chamber Ribbon Cutting at New Bookshop

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

Chamber Ribbon Cutting at New Bookshop 

Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 5, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library will host the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 17, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for a Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the new Friends of the Library Bookshop. The Bookshop is located at 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 150, and is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Bookshop will be open for business, with thousands of gently used books, movies, and music for sale at bargain prices. Refreshments will be served.

This event will be broadcast via Facebook Live on the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Library customers can also pick up holds at this location by choosing "Friends of the Library Center" as their pickup location. They can then collect their materials any time the Bookshop is open.

Bookshop customers don't have to be a Friend of the Library to shop. Customers wishing to join the Friends of the Library, support the library, and get advance notice of special sales can join at the Bookshop or at crrlfriends.org. Memberships start at $10.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Nonprofits: Apply for Funds from The Power of Change

Date:               July 9, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

Nonprofits: Apply for Funds from The Power of Change

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) The Power of Change program is ready to support local charities and non-profit organizations. Applications for funding can be submitted now through 5 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Since 2008, The Power of Change has helped dozens of community groups by funding programs that feed the hungry, enhance performing arts programs, provide crisis support services and more throughout REC’s service territory. The program is funded by REC member-owners, who voluntarily round up their electric bill to the next whole dollar each month, contribute a set amount each month or make a onetime donation.

“REC employees live in the same communities as our member-owners, and we all see the challenges nonprofits face to fund their important services,” said Matt Faulconer, REC’s manager of external affairs. “The Power of Change is just one way REC is proud to make a difference.”

Applications are available online at www.thepowerofchange.org. The website also provides guidelines for funding and a list of organizations who have previously been awarded funding.  

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 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.


 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Local Athlete selected for USA Field Hockey’s Top Olympic development camp

Local Athlete selected for USA Field Hockey’s Top Olympic development camp
Grace Norair, a rising junior at Fredericksburg Academy, will compete for a spot on USA Rise (O-16) Women’s National Team

Fredericksburg, VA, July 9, 2019—USA Field Hockey recently announced the athletes selected to advance within the Olympic Development Pathway following the conclusion of its Junior National Camp (JNC) held between June 29-July 2, and a Fredericksburg-area teen is the only athlete from Virginia to make the O-16 cut.

Grace Norair, a rising junior at Fredericksburg Academy, was selected along with just 40 athletes from across the nation for a chance to compete for a place on the USA Rise (O-16) Women’s National Team.

Norair had to first be one of the top 80-100 athletes hand-picked for Junior National Camp to have a shot at a Rise Selection Camp nod. She remained at the top of the field when it was again narrowed based on performances at JNC.

Norair’s Varsity Field Hockey coach, Karen Moschetto, also Frederickburg Academy’s Head of School and a Big Ten Medal of Honor winner for field hockey, says this about the selection:

“In playing against some of the best talent in the country, Grace continues to elevate her game to new levels.  It is an honor to be selected to participate in the Rise Camp. Grace looks at each opportunity as both a challenge and a chance to improve her stick skills. I am excited for her and know she relishes these opportunities that she has worked so hard for.”

Final selections for the USA Rise (O-16) Women’s National Team will be made at Rise Camp to be held in January 2020, dates to be finalized.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Announcing the Grand Re-Opening of Rocking Nissan of Stafford and Car Giveaway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rocking Nissan of Stafford
Steve Kaplaneris, Executive Manager
540-657-3552
steve@psdauto.com

Announcing the Grand Re-Opening of Rocking Nissan of Stafford and Car Giveaway

Stafford, VA --- Rocking Nissan of Stafford is excited to announce their grand re-opening on August 1, 2019 where they will be giving away a free car for one year to a veteran. The grand re-opening will be held on August 1 from 12 – 6 p.m. at Rocking Nissan of Stafford located at 1 Coachman Circle, Stafford, Virginia 22554. Food will be served from 12 – 3 p.m. and catered by Mission BBQ The ribbon cutting and guest speakers will begin at 2 p.m. with the car giveaway following that at 3 p.m. Stay after the giveaway to celebrate with the attendees and veterans as they will also be having surprise giveaways.

Leading the grand re-opening will be Executive Manager of Rocking Nissan of Stafford Steve Kaplaneris. Kaplaneris has 19 years of automotive experience. His vision of the store is to make it a Family/Community first inspired organization where he makes “Customers For Life, Not Just For A Day.” He is passionate about supporting local business and is looking to make an immediate impact to the community and surrounding areas.

Rocking Nissan of Stafford is seeking veteran nominations for the free car. If you know a veteran in need that you would like to nominate, please visit https://www.rockingnissanofstafford.com/nomination-page/ -- Deadline for submission is July 20th, 2019.

Rocking Nissan of Stafford is working to make customers for life, not just for a day. They are a full service dealership selling New Nissans as well as Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. They have a full service department that can service any make and model with a Customer lounge and wifi availability while you wait. They are located just North of SR-610 on US-1 under the GIANT Rocking Nissan of Stafford Flag. Stay connected with Rocking Nissan of Stafford at www.Rockingnissanofstafford.com and follow them on Facebook (@rockingnissanofstafford), and Instagram (@rockingnissanofstafford).

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Monday, July 8, 2019

The Countdown to Christmas Expo Coming to Fredericksburg Expo Center July 20th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2019

The Countdown to Christmas Expo Coming to Fredericksburg Expo Center July 20th
Why have a regular ol' July show when you can have a holly jolly July Christmas themed Expo?  

Fredericksburg, VA . . It’s beginning to look a lot like … well … Christmas …in July. sNOw kidding!  Christmas will come early this year to Fredericksburg, Virginia when The Countdown to Christmas Expo opens on Saturday, July 20 at 9:00am at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center.

Why have a regular ol' July show when you can have a holly jolly July Christmas themed Expo?  The Countdown to Christmas Expo will have a variety of local and regional crafters and vendors spreading holiday cheer that also includes DIY Workshops and attractions.

It is never too early to start preparing for Christmas, right? Christmas is everyone's favorite time of the year, there's no denying it.  Imagine being able to complete a good portion of your holiday shopping in July. If you can adopt the Christmas in July mindset, think how much you can get ahead for all those occasions for which you might need a perfect gift in the future. 

In addition to the array of shopping and food opportunities through the aisles of The Countdown for Christmas Expo, attendees can sign up in advance for several adult and kids DIY projects from two of Fredericksburg’s best Workshop companies:  When Pigs Fly Decor and Deep Creek Vintage.  Why buy when you can DIY? There is a variety of other activities and events planed including  Holiday cookie decorating for the Kids while the adults can try Holiday themed cocktails that will be available for purchase.

Head to the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center for a holly and jolly merry-filled day at the 1st Annual Countdown to Christmas Expo on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tickets are $5 at the door (cash only) or available in advance for $4.99, Kids 12 and under are Free.  

For complete info, to purchase tickets or to reserve your spot in the DIY workshops stay tuned to:  www.fredericksburgartsandcraftsshows.com

This is a Ballantine Management Group of Virginia Production.

WHERE: 
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center 
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
www.FredericksburgExpoCenter.com

WHEN:  Saturday, July 20:  10am-5pm

ADMISSION:
At Door: $5 , Online: $4.99
Kids 12 & Under: Free

WEBSITE:
http://www.fredericksburgartsandcraftsshows.com

FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/FredericksburgArtsandCraftShows

MEDIA CONTACT:
David Kerper
dkerper@bmg1.com
540-22-3766


 

Friday, July 5, 2019

DREAMS4U And Central Park Fun-Land Spirit Night Fundraising Event

7/5/2019 NEWS/PRESS RELEASE

DREAMS4U And Central Park Fun-Land Spirit Night Fundraising Event

Thursday, August 29, 2019 Noon to 8:00 pm

Go Karts! Laser Tag! Bumper Cars! Arcade, bowling, and all kinds of fun to be had at Central Park Fun Land benefiting DREAMS4U! Purchase your $25.00 Fun-Land pass (originally $33.99) online and portions of the proceeds go directly to DREAMS4U while you have FUN at Fun-Land!! Check out the new multi-level Go Kart track! Thank you to the folks at Fun-Land for teaming with DREAMS4U!! #DREAMS4U #DREAMS4UDonate #DREAMS4UScholarship

What: Central Park Fun-Land Spirit Night for DREAMS4U
Where:  1351 Central Park Blvd, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
When: August 29, 2019 noon to 8:00 pm
Why: Helping raise scholarship funds for DREAMS4U. 

Come on out to try the new multi-level go kart track or the 360 turn bumper cars or check out your arcade favorites!  Fun for adults and families while raising funds for a good cause! 


 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

All 12 Fredanthropists Now in Place

News Release: All 12 Fredanthropists now in place

GeMROI, Team Pohanka the latest to join; final participant to be announced soon

(Fredericksburg, VA) July 3, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg needed 12 Fredanthropists to step up to meet the City’s financial needs for the construction of the roller-hockey rink at Dixon Park. Twelve generous corporate and individual sponsors have now done just that.

The City is delighted to announce that it has received commitments from 12 Fredanthropists for 2019-20 – the inaugural year of the philanthropic program.

Team Pohanka (Honda, Hyundai, Nissan) and The GeMROI Company are the latest local companies to join the program. They join Hilldrup, Rappahannock Development Group, Lidl, Coldwell Banker Elite, Mrs. Mary Jane O’Neill, Mary Washington Healthcare, LifeCare Medical Transports, ILM Corporation and Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw.

The identity of the 12th and final 2019-20 Fredanthropist will be announced soon.

In exchange for their support, Fredanthropists will receive year-long recognition, including being named on a rink-side dasher board at the Dixon Park rink, in the Fred Focus weekly newsletter and Parks and Recreation catalogs, and on Fredanthropist.org. They will also receive a special commemorative plaque recognizing their Fredanthropist designation.

The hockey rink is anticipated to be operational this summer thanks in large part to the generosity of these 12 Fredanthropists.

For more information about the Fredanthropist program, contact Clint Manning of the City’s Department of Economic Development & Tourism at camanning@fredericksburgva.gov or 540-372-1216.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Participate in the 2019 REC Board of Directors Election

Date: July 2, 2019
Contact: 
Casey Hollins 
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

Participate in the 2019 REC Board of Directors Election 
Elections began July 1 for all members

The election process for the REC Board of Directors began July 1. All members are encouraged to participate in selecting directors from Region I, Region VI, and Region VII. Send in your proxy designation by August 19.

You can participate by mailing in the Proxy Designation Card that is included with your July Cooperative Living or by logging in to your MyREC SmartHub online account at myrec.smarthub.coop. Members may also vote in-person at REC’s Annual Meeting on August 22 at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.

By participating in REC’s annual Director Election, you have the chance to make your voice heard! Your vote matters as you get to weigh in on the leaders who will represent your interests at the Cooperative.

All REC members regardless of where they live can participate in selecting candidates from the following three regions:

Region I
Michael J. Biniek
Michael W. Lindsey, incumbent

Region VI
Linda R. Gray, incumbent
Andrea R. Miller
David A. Rababy

Region VII
John D. Manzari
J. Mark Wood, incumbent

To learn more about each candidate and the Annual Meeting visit: myrec.coop/AnnualMeeting

Returning your proxy designation by mail or in MyREC SmartHub, or attending the meeting, enters you to win one of six prizes: Lydia Mountain weekend getaway, Kings Dominion season pass, flat screen Smart TV, Nest programmable thermostat, $250 groceries gift card, or a portable generator. Winners of the door prizes will be announced at REC’s Annual Meeting on August 22, but do not need to be present to win.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 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, July 1, 2019

REC’s Youth Tour Students Take in D.C.

Date: June 28, 2019
Contact:
Casey Hollins 
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop


REC’s Youth Tour Students Take in D.C.

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) selects students from its service territory each year to travel to Washington, D.C., to explore key issues in the electric industry, study the cooperative business model, interact with students in leadership-building programs, tour historical and cultural sites, meet their members of Congress and attend a show at the Kennedy Center.

In June, these young adults joined more than 1,800 high school students from across the country for the annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

REC’s Youth Tour students were selected as the best representatives from a diverse group of applicants. Together with chaperones from REC, they spent a week touring Washington and learning how critical it is to become involved in the legislative process and in their local communities.

Kaylan Campbell of Madison County enjoyed not only meeting peers from across the country, but also learning about electric cooperatives such as REC.

"I learned that they do more than provide electricity," Kaylan said. "They want to be engaged in the community, and I got the bigger picture that all the cooperatives work together to take care of the whole country."

Congratulations to this year's Youth Tour participants:

  • Kaylan Campbell from Madison County High School.
  • Jose Cerritos Martinez from Culpeper County High School.
  • Nicholas Coates from Madison County High School.
  • Joseph Flynn from William Monroe High School.
  • Tommy Garloch from Fredericksburg Christian School.
  • Cindy Gonzalez, William Monroe.
  • Nick Goudea from Culpeper County High School.
  • Jerry Morris from William Monroe.
  • Kevin Wang from William Monroe.
  • Henry Wood from Rappahannock County High School.

To learn more about Youth Tour – and to see video highlights from this year’s event – please visit www.myrec.coop/YouthTour.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 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. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Expands Youth Workforce Programming Through Community Support

For Immediate Release June 20, 2019 
For more information, contact:  Julie Rettinger
Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer
Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc.
(540) 371.3070
Julie.rettinger@fregdoodwill.org

RAPPAHANNOCK GOODWILL INDUSTRIES EXPANDS YOUTH WORKFORCE PROGRAMMING THROUGH GENEROUS COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Culpeper, VA – Rappahannock Goodwill Industries is pleased to announce it has received a recent $9,400 charitable contribution by Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center. These funds will support The Groundwork Project – a joint venture with Verdun Adventure Bound.

The Groundwork Project is a leadership development and career readiness program for youth and young adults in Culpeper, Rappahannock, and Fauquier counties.  Anyone ages 16-24 with a life circumstance which makes it difficult to find employment is eligible for the program.  The Groundwork Project runs for eight weeks, taking place one day per week for six hours.  Participants create a career portfolio, participate in high and low ropes elements to foster soft skills, and engage in CPR/First Aid training.  At the conclusion of the program, each participant received job search assistance to attain employment within six months. Since 2017, the Groundwork Project has served 126 youth who have earned 104 credentials with 72 job placements.

The Groundwork Project is offered free of cost to all participants because of generous supporters, such as Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center.  Other community funders supporting The Groundwork Project include The Ohrstrom Foundation, The PATH Foundation, Culpeper County Public Schools, and Rappahannock County Public Schools

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Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that serves the City of Fredericksburg and a 12-county region. It provides work opportunities and job training to people with barriers to employment, particularly those with disabilities. Its operations include a commercial laundry, off-site custodial and administrative services, a packaging and assembly operation, Taskforce Staffing, ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning for Good, several Job Help Centers, thirteen Goodwill stores, a Goodwill Outlet, and numerous Attended Donation Centers.


 

Friday, June 28, 2019

SimVentions Hosts Rise Against Hunger with Special Guest Appearance by Pirates of Penzance Cast

Press Release for Immediate Release

SIMVENTIONS HOSTS RISE AGAINST HUNGER WITH SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY PIRATES OF PENZANCE CAST FROM RIVERSIDE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS!

Fredericksburg, VA., 06-28-2019: On Thursday evening, June 27th 2019, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, SimVentions hosted their seventh annual “Rise Against Hunger” event. Over 110 SimVentions’ employees, families, friends, and business neighbors joined together to put a dent in the problem of world hunger by packaging 25,704 meals in just 2 hours!  This brings the grand total of meals packaged by SimVentions over all seven events/years to an incredible 169,158! 

As an added surprise, some of the cast members, currently appearing in “Pirates of Penzance” at Fredericksburg’s Riverside Center for the Performing Arts (which is directly across the street from SimVentions Corporate Headquarters where the Rise Against Hunger event was taking place), along with Marketing Associate Allison Mayberry, took time out to come across the street and cheer on the volunteers and praise their efforts.

“Normally pirates are ‘taking’ and not ‘giving’ – but these pirates gave an abundance of excitement, energy, and encouragement to our volunteers, to include an opportunity to have our pictures taken with them! In the crazy times in which we live – it is so encouraging to see folks come together and live out the golden rule ‘to do unto others as you would have them do unto you!’ ” said Larry Root, SimVentions CEO.

About Rise Against Hunger
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. Rise Against Hunger meals, are paid for and packaged by volunteer groups, and are specifically designed to provide a comprehensive array of micronutrients. These meals include enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and nutrients.  More about Rise Against Hunger can be found at https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/.            

About SimVentions
SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg (Stafford County), Virginia, 22406 and offers engineering and technology solutions to the Department of Defense, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps.  For additional information about SimVentions, please visit https://www.simventions.com/


 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Parrish Learning Zone Offering Summer Programs and Camps for Students of All Ages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Nina Parrish, Parrish Learning Zone
Phone: (540) 999-8759
Email: info@parrishlearningzone.com
June 17, 2019

Parrish Learning Zone Offering Summer Programs and Camps for Students of All Ages
Prevent the Summer Slide with Fun and Interactive Summer Programs

[Fredericksburg, Virginia]- Summer is here! Now is the time to start thinking about your plans to stay ahead of the learning curve throughout the summer. A Smart Summer starts with enrichment that is fun. Parrish Learning Zone is offering a variety of summer camps and workshops for students in 2nd-12th grade focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), preparing for the SAT, the college application process, and essay writing.

For elementary students we are once again offering our awesome half-day STEM and Arts Camp. This camp is for rising 2nd through rising 5th grade students and starts in July. Students will spend half of their day doing hands-on science, math, robotics, engineering, and coding activities and the other half learning about arts, literature, and writing. We will keep some of our most loved activities from last year, but there will be some changes and surprises for returning students!

Inspirational math workshops will be offered in late July and early August for elementary and middle school students to review in a fun and interactive way before returning to school. In this five-hour program, students will learn math facts conceptually and visually through activities that are fun using research-based lessons developed by the Stanford University School of Education. Students will work on mathematical reasoning, learn about place value, and explore number relationships by playing games and participating in interactive activities.

For high school students, Parrish Learning Zone is offering a college application and essay writing group and several SAT prep groups. Competitive SAT scores, a strong college application, and well-written personal narrative essay are the three keys to getting into the college of your choice. However, many students do not know how to prepare for the SAT on their own or how to utilize the college application and essay to their greatest advantage. Our small groups allow students to use the extra time available in the summer to prepare for SATs and get a head start on their college applications.

In addition to our summer programs, Parrish Learning Zone provides high-quality individual and small group tutoring year round for students in kindergarten through college, with licensed teachers, in all subjects.

For more detailed information on our summer programs or to register, please visit the Summer Tutoring and Workshops page on our website.


 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

REC Meets Future Linemen at County Fair

Date: June 27, 2019
Contact: Casey Hollins
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Meets Future Linemen at County Fair

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) enjoyed spending the evening of July 21 with members at the Caroline County Agricultural Fair. All attendees got to spin the prize wheel to win a prize. Visitors also got to meet with REC linemen, try on their gear and had the opportunity to check out a bucket truck.

REC had information on Green Together, MyREC SmartHub and The Power of Change. The REC team talked to members about signing up for MyREC SmartHub to help with managing their energy use and many members commended the Cooperative for getting the power restored quickly after the storms ripped thru Caroline County just days before the Fair.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Fredericksburg Baseball Opening Fredericksburg Store July 5th Plus Other Milestones!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE on Tuesday, 6/25/19
Potomac Nationals Media Relations Contacts:
Mike Weisman 703-590-2311 ext. 219 (Office)
781-929-2755 (Mobile)
mweisman@potomacnationals.com

Stadium Construction Set to Begin in July; Fredericksburg Baseball Receives Over 2,400 Name the Team Responses; Set to Open Store on Caroline Street on July 5th

Fredericksburg, VA---Fredericksburg Baseball is excited to announce several milestone developments moving forward towards opening its state-of-art ballpark in Fredericksburg in April 2020.  Site work is set to begin in early July on the stadium to be located in Celebrate Virginia South.  Fredericksburg Baseball will provide updates on its website and via social media on construction progress, leading up to Opening Day at the new ballpark.

With that milestone progress, the Team is excited to announce the following exciting upcoming initiatives.

Team Receives More than 2,400 “Name the Team Reponses”
Following the launch of its “Name the Team” contest during April, Fredericksburg Baseball was overwhelmed with more than 2,400 responses from fans in the greater Fredericksburg area. Fans provided extensive input on the team name, colors, mascots, and other ideas to bring the history and culture of Fredericksburg to life for the team.  The responses demonstrated tremendous allegiance to the “Nationals” name, while numerous fans also expressed support for honoring the great history of the City and our nation’s founding fathers.

 “We were astounded by the extraordinary volume of the response, and the incredible creativity of our fans. This outpouring shows the continued strength of our fan base, which builds on the excitement and support we’ve already seen from the community,” said team owner Art Silber “We can’t wait to unveil the team name and logo, and see our players walk onto the field in April 2020 in their Fredericksburg uniforms.”

Based on this incredible response, Fredericksburg Baseball is moving forward with finalizing the team name, developing a new logo and uniform designs.. The team plans to unveil the team name and logo to its fans early this fall at a public event.

Team Opening Store on Caroline Street in Downtown Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Baseball is also excited to announce that it will open its downtown Fredericksburg team store on July 5th.  The store will have Fredericksburg Baseball merchandise for sale, which will include hats, t-shirts, and much more. Fans can also view seating maps, renderings of the stadium, and sit in sample stadium seats as they determine what seating section in the new ballpark they want to sit in.

The team store will be located on the first floor at 601 Caroline Street (Executive Plaza).  “Opening Day” for the store is July 5th, and the team plans to have the store open from 2-6 pm that day.  The team encourages all fans to come and see the plans for the stadium, seating maps, and purchase merchandise.

Fredericksburg Baseball is also sponsoring on July 5th a concert that evening as part of the Fredericksburg Area Museum’s “Sounds of the Summer” concert series in Market Square.  The concert that evening features the Fredericksburg Concert Band performing patriotic music in celebration of the Fourth of July weekend.  ...


 

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Becomes Accredited by AAAHC

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

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Becomes Accredited by AAAHC

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Vascular Institute of Virginia has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this outpatient, minimally-invasive surgical center from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety.

Status as an accredited organization means the Vascular Institute of Virginia has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,100 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are currently accredited by AAAHC.

1095 Strong is a transformational movement and call-to action spearheaded by the AAAHC to equip ambulatory leaders with the best of what they need to operationalize quality practices. The three-year, or 1,095-day, period between accreditations is a critical time when ambulatory health organizations, with help from proven experts, can develop the kind of everyday habits that enable leaders in the industry to provide the utmost in quality care to their patients. Organizations, such as The Vascular Institute of Virginia, that earn AAAHC Accreditation embody the spirit of 1095 Strong, quality every day, an ongoing commitment to high-quality care and patient safety. 

While the onsite survey is an important component of the process, ongoing compliance and continuous improvement are part of the accreditation maintenance mindset that a facility should integrate into its daily activities long after the survey has been completed. The intent of accreditation is for organizations to adopt policies and procedures that fuel ongoing QI and self-evaluation every day.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking AAAHC Accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and onsite survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory care. The survey is peer-based and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

The Vascular Institute of Virginia is a multi-specialty practice with state-of-the-art locations in the Washington DC and Northern Virginia areas that serve patients locally, nationally, and internationally. We provide treatments for many conditions including men’s and women’s health, vascular disease, kidney failure, and oncology. We provide a relaxed outpatient environment with modern comforts to make your experience comfortable and enjoyable. Our unique practice has multi-specialty Vascular & Interventional experts, allowing us the advantage to see and treat an array of health issues and provide a more comprehensive plan of care within our own team. For more information on the Vascular Institute of Virginia, please visit www.vavascularinstitute.com.

AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care), founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 6,100 organizations accredited. It accredits a wide range of outpatient settings including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery facilities, endoscopy centers, student health centers, medical and dental group practices, community health centers, employer-based health clinics, retail clinics, and Indian/Tribal health centers, among others. 

AAAHC advocates for the provision of high-quality health care through the development and adoption of nationally-recognized Standards. They provide ...


 

Friday, June 21, 2019

$500 Lender Credit Available for Hometown Heroes - Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Teachers and More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Scott Livingston 
Embrace Home Loans
1671 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 205
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-809-4828
slivingston@embracehomeloans.com

$500 Lender Credit Available for Hometown Heroes
Scott Livingston at Embrace Home Loans Provides Special Offer for
Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Healthcare Workers and Teachers of Virginia

(Fredericksburg, VA, June 21, 2019)— Scott Livingston at Embrace Home Loans in Fredericksburg, VA, is recognizing local heroes with a $500 lender credit when they work with him to buy or refinance a home now through the end of July.

“Their sacrifice deserves to be rewarded,” says Livingston. “With everything they do for our community, saving them money seems like a small way to say thank you.”

For more information or to take advantage of this offer, call Scott at 540-809-4828 or email slivingston@embracehomeloans.com. You can also visit him in person at the Embrace Home Loans office located at 1671 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 205, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. This offer cannot be combined with any other credit or promotional offers and includes all loan programs except State Bond Programs. It is only available at the Fredericksburg, VA, office.

Embrace Home Loans in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is here to serve all your mortgage needs. But the Embrace Home Loans promise and team goes much further than that, bringing residents of Fredericksburg all kinds of financial products and tools to prepare for your financial path, to begin planning for retirement, and all the things in between. With more than three decades of experience in the lending industry, Embrace has crafted ways to make debt consolidation easier, higher education more attainable, and methods for making pre-approval for first-time homebuyers a reality.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

National Gift Basket Convention Participants Treated to Workshop by Twana’s Creation Gift Baskets

The National Gift Basket Professional Convention Participants are Treated to Ribbon Bow Workshop by Twana’s Creation Gift Baskets

Gift Basket Businesses gathered to learn techniques and be mentored to succeed in the business world

Canton, OH - Twana’s Creation Gift Baskets has decided to spread their knowledge and began offering seminars to other growing Gift Basket businesses.

On June 13, 2019, Twana Jones, Business Owner and CEO of Twana’s Creation Gift Baskets gave a seminar at The National Gift Basket Professional Convention titled “Dress it Up and it’s a Wrap”.  Unlike other workshops, Twana offered a hands-on experience on how to create different ribbon bows using different tools.  For many participants, this was a first-time experience.  Topics covered were types of ribbon bows, materials, types of gift basket wraps, tools, and other various useful knowledge.  As a bonus, the attendees were treated to an in-depth explanation on a business hierarchy and how to go from a one-person workhorse machine to a multiple departmental business.  Many gift basket companies were presents from all over the United States.

Willie Jones, Executive Sales Director at Twana’s Creation, said: “This is a big step for our company.  We know the struggles in this industry.  We now have the chance to help other companies grow, and it just feels good to give back.”

Many of the Gift Basket Professional Convention members are looking forward to Twana’s Creation returning next year.  They truly enjoyed the educational experience.

Twana’s Creation Gift Baskets
800 Corporate Drive, Suite 301
Stafford VA 22554
Phone:  540-693-7601
Website:  TwanasCreation.com


 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

GEICO Fredericksburg’s 25th anniversary honors longtime associates and looks to the future

GEICO Fredericksburg’s 25th anniversary honors longtime associates and looks to the future

FREDERICKSBURG, VA, June 19—It was a day of celebration for GEICO associates at the company’s Fredericksburg Regional Office building.  Today, former and current GEICO associates gathered together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the building’s dedication.

In a recent ceremony, Regional Vice President Scott Markel praised not only the associates who had been with the company since before the Fredericksburg Regional Office opened in 1994, but also all of the associates who have given--and continue to give--their best every day since the company was founded in 1936.

“Our associates here in Fredericksburg have gone above and beyond for 25 years, providing the best customer service day-in and day-out,” Markel said during the event.  “We started with 700 associates in 1994 and we’re now at over 4,000—and still growing as we serve customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.” 

The ceremony also recognized the 20th anniversary of GEICO’s National Print Mail Center (NPMC), which coordinates, prints, and mails out all materials to policyholders nationwide.  The NPMC has sent out over one billion pieces of mail.

Additional speakers at the event included Bill Roberts, GEICO’s president and CEO; Tony Nicely, GEICO's executive chairman; former Virginia Governor George Allen who attended the dedication ceremony in 1994; Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary Snellings reading a proclamation; and GEICO’s  assistant vice president of information services Robbin Martz, who read a proclamation from current Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. 

The celebration also recognized GEICO’s support of the of the local Fredericksburg community, having donated more than $14 million for local nonprofit and community organizations over the past 25 years.

About GEICO

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles.   To make changes, report claims, print insurance cards and purchase additional products, policyholders can access their insurance policy here, connect via GEICO Mobile, phone or by visiting a GEICO local agent.  Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft  and term life coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc.  Commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available.  Visit www.geico.com for a quote or to learn more.


 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Library receives grant for collaborative ideaspace

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

Library receives grant for collaborative ideaspace
Facility to be cornerstone of new Maker District

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 18, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) has received a Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority grant to create a dedicated, library-staffed ideaspace for 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.

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

The digital media lab will include video equipment:

  • GoPro digital action videocamera
  • Ultra HD camcorder
  • 360 degree videocamera
  • 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

An opening date has not been set.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Librarian receives professional development award

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

Librarian receives professional development award

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 18, 2019 - A librarian with Central Rappahannock Regional Library has received an award from the Public Library Association.

Jessica Robertson, Collection Discovery Librarian, was awarded the Demco New Leaders Travel Grant. The $1500 grant, presented by Demco and the Public Library Association (PLA), is designed to enhance the professional development of public librarians new to the field by making their attendance possible at critical professional development events.

This award will be presented Saturday, June 22, during the American Library Association’s 2019 Annual Conference.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

G3CS Makes the Honor Roll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2019

G3 Community Services Contact: Jonathan Shores, Executive Director
Phone: 540-412-0753 ext. 102
Email: jshores@g3cs.org
www.g3cs.org

G3CS Makes the Honor Roll

Stafford, Virginia – G3Community Services received a commendation certificate from the Virginia School Board Association during the Stafford County School Board meeting on Tuesday, June 11.  G3CS was recognized as a part of the 2019 Business Honor Roll program for its support of the counties public schools with programs such as Extraordinary Young Minds (EYM) and The Bridge Program.  Sherrie Johnson, Director of Strategic Communication & Community Engagement for Stafford County Public Schools said this during the presentation:

“And we thank GCubed Community Services and GCubed Enterprises for providing a mentorship program at 10 elementary schools to teach character development through science, technology, engineering, art, and math; providing an apprenticeship program that supports high school seniors as they transition to college, the military, and the workforce; serving as a volunteer coach for Sea Pearch, Focus program, and Career Café; sponsoring a Chick-Fil-A breakfast for all elementary, middle, and high school counselors; and donating 30 laptops, four robotics kits, and 150 Thanksgiving and holiday dinners to SCPS families in need.”

Vernon Green Jr., Founder of G3CS responded to the recognition saying, “We are very excited to receive this commendation from the VSBA in response to our efforts in our community.  We are equally as humbled to be represented with the other fantastic recipients of this honor.  We believe that consistency is the key to success when it comes to changing lives, and this serves as an inspiration to us at G3Community Services to continue to strive to make a difference in Stafford.  It’s a mission we do not take lightly, and we are so thankful for the recognition and the support.”

About G3CS
G3Community Services is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Stafford, Virginia.  Our mission is to restore, inspire, and empower the family unit through coaching, mentorship, and education; improving lives and strengthening communities.


 

Friday, June 14, 2019

“Please Butt In” – Cigarette Butt Cleanup Event

News Release: “Please Butt In” – Cigarette Butt Cleanup Event
Fredericksburg’s parks are gaining new cigarette butt disposal containers and we are celebrating with a cleanup!

(Fredericksburg, VA) June 14, 2019 – There are new “Sidewalk Buttlers” in town, standing ready to help keep our city clean. Thanks to a recent donation, the City of Fredericksburg’s Clean and Green Commission, the Rapppahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board (R-Board), and Fredericksburg’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Events partnered to acquire and install 30 new cigarette butt disposal containers in popular City parks to help reduce cigarette butt litter.  These new receptacles were provided to the City by the Richmond-based organization Keep Virginia Beautiful. The containers will be located at City Dock, Hurkamp Park, Old Mill Park, Alum Spring Park and Motts Run Reservoir.

You may have seen the “Butts are Litter, Too!” signs and buckets around town as part of the ongoing campaign to reduce cigarette butt litter. “Cigarette butts are the single most littered item in the world,” said Robert Courtnage, chairman of the City’s Clean and Green Commission. “As the filters are made mostly of plastic, they don’t degrade in the environment. When dropped on the street or in the park they can be swept into storm drains by the rain and into the Rappahannock River where they are eaten by fish and birds who mistake them for food.”

Littering is also a criminal offense in the City. The Fredericksburg Police Department strictly enforces the littering code. According to Officer Joe Young, 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-one misdemeanor, lost wages, and court costs. That's a pretty expensive cigarette.”

To help educate residents and visitors on the importance of keeping cigarette butts in the ash receptacles where they belong, the Clean and Green Commission, R-Board and City of Fredericksburg are kicking off a “Please Butt In” event on Monday, June 24th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.  “Our goal is to heighten awareness of the need for citizens to dispose of cigarettes properly and encourage volunteers to help adopt a block and keep cigarettes out of the Rappahannock River,” said City Councilor Kerry Devine, who also is the liaison to the City’s Clean and Green Commission.

The public is invited to meet in Market Square located at 907 Princess Anne St. at 3:00pm on June 24th. Individuals and volunteer groups will be given a small plastic bag containing a pair of plastic gloves and an assignment card.   The volunteers will fan out to their assignments, picking up cigarette butts along the way. Volunteers will have an hour to collect as many butts on city sidewalks as they can find! The cleanup event will end at City Dock on Sophia Street, where a celebration of the new cigarette disposal units will take place.

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

For more information about the “Please Butt In” event or the “Butts are ...


 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Official Statement on Acquisition of Auction Block

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                           06/13/2019
Sara Poore
President & CEO
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x 134
spoore@famcc.org
www.famva.org

Official Statement on Acquisition of Auction Block


On June 11, 2019 Fredericksburg City Council voted to remove the auction block from its location on the corners of William and Prince Edward Streets and move the historical artifact to the Fredericksburg Area Museum. In response to City Council’s vote, FAM is prepared to participate in a comprehensive study of the Auction Block, engage members of the community in the process to produce an exhibition on the African American story in the Fredericksburg Area, and develop an ongoing programmatic series to discuss race relations as it relates to both history and our contemporary lives. FAM plans to undertake this important work in partnership with Fredericksburg City Council and the Memorials Advisory Commission.

FAM serves the community as not only a repository for objects that speak to our area’s nation-shaping history, but also as a contemporary cultural center where, together, the community can gather and celebrate the vibrant arts, reflect on our history, and learn not only about the past but of the unique experiences of our neighbors today. Moving the auction block to FAM is not the conclusion of the story of racial injustices in our area nor is it the end of public engagement. Subsequently, the removal of the auction block from its original location presents a unique opportunity for our community to unite and develop a comprehensive and non-traditional exhibition that can serve as an example for other communities in the Commonwealth, the Nation, and around the World.

The goals and objectives which will guide the community curation process include:

  1. Engage the entire community in an evaluation and determination of the expectations and requirements of placing the auction block in a context that can be shared in perpetuity.
    1. Historian and educator engagement
    2. African American community engagement
    3. Senior and youth engagement
  1. Develop a comprehensive and educational exhibition that evokes an emotional response.
    1. Conduct research and compile a complete history of the auction block for use in exhibition
    2. Research stories of the human experience as it relates to the auction block
  1. Develop a programmatic series that parallels the themes presented in the exhibition to bring the stories and educational experience beyond the walls of FAM.

For more information regarding FAM’s plan for the auction block or to become involved in the community curation, please contact us at info@famcc.org or visit www.FAMVA.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.


 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

News Release: City Council Moves Forward on Auction Block Preservation, Interpretation

News Release: City Council Moves Forward on Auction Block Preservation, Interpretation

(Fredericksburg, VA)  June 13, 2019 --  On June 11, 2019, the City of Fredericksburg Council voted 6-1 in favor of moving the slave auction block from its current location at the corner of William and Charles Streets to the Fredericksburg Area Museum. This decision by Council followed the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Final Report.   This report, the final of three phases of community engagement work in the City conducted throughout 2018, was received by Council in March 2019. 

This report and the other information on the slave auction block can be found at:  https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/1287/Slave-Auction-Block

The City Council decision-making process, specific to the future of the auction block, has been taking place within the larger context of a community dialogue about race, history, and memory. City residents have been integral to these discussions since 2017 and Council’s actions have sought to reflect the voice of our community.  These efforts are consistent with Council’s 2036 Vision Statement of Sharing Our Past, Embracing the Future:  The people of Fredericksburg are building a 21st century urban center on the foundation of this historic city at the fall line of the Rappahannock River. Fredericksburg is the hub of regional economic activity, a city with a multicultural population and thriving cultural scene, a place that works for everyone, a community where the people are writing the next chapters of Fredericksburg’s history.

Where did this discussion begin? The City had a lengthy community dialogue in 2017 about the slave auction block. Councilor Frye placed the topic on the City Council agenda for August 22, 2017 following the previous Sunday night, when a group of about 100 people had gathered downtown to pray for reconciliation and healing, at the site of the slave auction block. The Council then directed staff to engage the community about the future of the slave auction block.

The discussion led the City to seek broad input through community meetings and an online survey.  More than 600 people responded to the online survey, and more than 100 attended a special community meeting at James Monroe High School.  With that input in mind, City Council voted on September 26, 2017, to preserve the slave auction block in place and to focus on better telling a more complete history of Fredericksburg. 

On telling a more complete history, after some research, The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) was hired to assist the City of Fredericksburg in turning "dialogue into action."  Members of ICSC spent approximately a year working with the community in three phases of work  1) an audit of how we, as a City, tell our story today  2) discussions on how the auction block is to be portrayed moving forward  3) discussion on telling our more complete story moving forward. 

The Phase 1 sessions were held during April and May 2018 with approximately 140 individuals participating in small focus groups. ICSC sought to gain an understanding of what "story" the City has told in the past, ...


 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

BBQ Donation to Thurman Brisben Center

In partnership with the City of Fredericksburg, Pifer Bros. BBQ Company delivered 35 pounds of pulled pork and 20 pounds of pulled chicken along with coleslaw, their homemade sweet & tangy BBQ sauce, and Dad’s famous wing sauce to the Thurman Brisben Center in Fredericksburg on Monday, June 10th.

The City of Fredericksburg Annual Golf tournament benefiting the United Way was to be held June 10 at the Lee’s Hill Golf Course. Due to the forecasted rain the tournament was cancelled. But what would be done with all the BBQ?

Brenda Martin, Executive Assistant of the City Manager’s Office, worked with Pifer Bros. BBQ and coordinated the donation to the area homeless shelter.

During the delivery today, Joe Hargrove, Volunteer Coordinator at the Thurman Brisben said, “The residents would be very excited, BBQ was a real treat.”

Joe gave the Pifer Brothers a tour of the facility including their new laundry room provided by Washington Redskins Charitable Fountain: Loads of Love.

Pifer Bros. BBQ is located in the Fredericksburg Battlefield Industrial Park at 451 Central Rd. Unit D 22401. They offer business & private event catering, wedding catering, food truck, box lunch BBQ and much more!!! Find out where they will be serving next on social media @piferbrosbbq. 


 

Monday, June 10, 2019

GCubed Wins Small Business Top Honor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2019

GCubed Enterprises, Inc., DBA GCubed, Inc.
Contact: Olivia Blackwell, Marketing Manager
540-412-0753 ext. 100
oblackwell@gcubedinc.com
www.gcubedinc.com

GCubed Wins Small Business Top Honor 

Stafford, Virginia – GCubed is pleased to announce its first-place award in the Small Business category as the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Good Business of the Year. The government contractor, who just celebrated five years in business, stood out among 23 finalists to claim the honor. Small businesses are defined as having 100 or less employees in the Greater Washington Region. CEO Vernon Green Jr., COO Wendy Maurer, and corporate team members attended the June 7 ceremony in Tysons Corner, VA.

Mr. Green said, “When your focus is on community and you surround yourself with diverse people who have that same desire to improve; same drive to excel; same passion for people and focus on community; great things will happen! We were honored to be considered, and to win. Considering all of the incredible support that so many companies are providing to our community, this was an awesome experience that the GCubed Team will not forget! Thank you to the Chamber and all the tremendous companies in the Northern Virginia Region. We look forward to working with you all in the future.”

The honor is particularly meaningful, as GCubed took home third-place in the same category last year. The Good Business Awards honor and celebrate the leadership of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits that serve as powerful champions for good in the Greater Washington Region. Learn more about the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce at www.novachamber.org.

About GCubed

GCubed is a veteran-owned, 8(a) business with defense, civilian, and commercial past performance. Areas of expertise include information technology support services and cybersecurity. The company is headquartered in Stafford, Virginia, with contractors across nine sites in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. www.gcubedinc.com


 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Grand opening of new library satellite location

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

Grand opening of new library satellite location bringing wifi, computers, library services to rural Spotsylvania community

Grand Opening is Tuesday, June 18

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 7, 2019 - The Grand Opening of the Partlow Satellite Location of Central Rappahannock Regional Library at Partlow Ruritan Club, 3229 Partlow Rd, 22534 will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 4-7 p.m.

The Partlow Satellite Location is a partnership with the Partlow Ruritan Club. Every Tuesday, free wifi, computers, printing, and other library services are available from 4-7 p.m. A library card is not required to take advantage of these services, but those interested can apply for one on-site. Customers can use library computers or take advantage of free wifi on their own devices.

Each Tuesday, from 4-7 p.m., the following services will be available:

  • Computers, printing, and internet access
  • Holds pickup
  • Books, movies, and audiobooks for all ages
  • Homework help and reading recommendations

The library also offers a satellite location at the Belmont Community Center, 7124 Belmont Road, Mineral, VA 23117. The Belmont satellite location is open Mondays, 4-7 p.m.

The library brings services to the community, including satellite locations, through CRRL's Library on the Go initiative.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Fredericksburg Area Museum & the American Red Cross Announce August’s Second Saturday

Media Contact:  Theresa Cramer
Education & Public Programs Coordinator
Fredericksburg Area Museum
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
540-371-3037 x (138)
tcramer@famcc.org
www.famva.org

The Fredericksburg Area Museum & the American Red Cross Announce August’s Second Saturday: Spirit of ‘45

On August 10th, the Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) and the Rappahannock Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, will celebrate Spirit of ’45 Day by hosting a WWII-themed blood drive along with family activities in historic Market Square. Spirit of ’45 Day is a commemorative day that honors the legacy and service of the men and women of America’s ‘Greatest Generation’ and coincides with President Truman’s announcement of the end of WWII (August 14, 1945). This special Second Saturday program and blood drivewillcommemorate the American Red Cross and the contributions of the Fredericksburg community toward the war effort.

During the blood drive, adults and children of all ages are invited to participate in special art and educational activities. Families will learn about the science of blood donation and will make their own Red Cross hat and/or armband inspired by 1940’s U.S. military uniforms.

FAM’s Second Saturday program is a free, regularly scheduled family program that includes hands-on activities, and an opportunity to explore the museum’s exhibits.  Along with these activities, admission to FAM will be free and open to the public all day.

INFORMATION: Saturday, August 10 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in historic Market Square located at 907 Princess Anne Street. To make a donation appointment or to learn more about donor eligibility, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org  and use sponsor code SpiritOf45 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help expedite the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. in most states, individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements. For more information on this event, or for additional FAM programming information, please contact Theresa Cramer at 540-371-3037 x 138, or visit us at www.FAMVA.org.  

FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the historyheritage, 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. 


 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Fredericksburg Badges for Baseball

News Release: Fredericksburg Badges for Baseball
First Responders partner as mentors and coaches with kids in a unique summer program

(Fredericksburg, VA) June 6, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg’s First Responders are sponsoring Badges for Baseball again this summer. Don’t let the name of the event fool you. There is no need to have any previous baseball experience nor is there any need to bring any equipment. Badges for Baseball is an opportunity for the youth of Fredericksburg to have fun with members of the Fredericksburg Fire Department, Police Department and Sheriff’s Office during one week of fun-filled adventures.

Held June 17 – 21 at Sunshine Ballpark, each day will include a discussion that focuses on a life lesson (such as teamwork, respect, life choices, communicating, and personal growth). There will also be an activity each day that focuses on one of the City’s public safety agencies:

• Monday - Stop the bleed and hands only CPR
• Tuesday - Ladder truck demonstration and operating the fire hose
• Wednesday - K9 and UAS Drone (One of the “Coaches” actually gets in the protective suit and gets bit by the K9!)
• Thursday - A hike on one of the trails near the ballpark with Officer Joe Young
• Friday - A visit from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control “Critter Unit”

Also on Friday, we will have a visit from a VIP for some closing remarks followed by a pizza party and fun activities to wrap up the week. Each day starts out with a special breakfast from Chick-Fil-A!

This day camp is open to children between 6 and 14 years of age that reside in the City of Fredericksburg. It is held one week only, June 17 – 21, 2019, from 9:00am to 12:30 at Sunshine Ball Park, 1200 Wicklow Drive in Fredericksburg. Transportation to and from the event is available. Details can be found on the registration site and form. Admission is free, but space is limited. Children must pre-register at https://www.sunshineballpark.org/cof-badges-registration or by using the Event Board mailbox at Sunshine Ballpark.

The event is possible through the efforts and support of the Fredericksburg Fire Department, Fredericksburg Police Department, Fredericksburg Sheriff’s Department, and the Sunshine Ballpark Foundation. For more information about Badges for Baseball or how to get registered please call 540-408-4952 or visit www.sunshineballpark.org.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

New Friends of the Library Bookshop Opens

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

New Friends of the Library Bookshop Opens

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 5, 2019 - The new Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Bookshop at 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 150, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408 opens Monday, June 17. The Bookshop will be open Mondays through Fridays, 10:00-2:00.

Customers don't have to be a Friend of the Library to shop. Anyone wishing to join the Friends and support the library (and get advance notice of special sales) can join at the Bookshop or at crrlfriends.org. Memberships start at $10.

Library customers will also be able to pick up their holds at this location during open hours by selecting "Friends of the Library Center" when placing materials on hold using CRRL's online catalog.

The Friends of the Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises funds to enhance library services, to focus public attention on the library, and to support the library in developing services and facilities for the region. 

Beginning this year, Friends of the Library memberships will begin April 1 and be valid through March 31 of next year. Membership will be extended to April 1, 2020 for any Friends who registered between May 2018 and March 2019.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports the following recent lease transactions

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

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USA Allstars renewed its lease of 7,000 square feet at 112 Juliad Court, Stafford County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM and Adam Nelson handled the lease negotiations. 

Heather Abu Zabra leased a 6,000 square foot lot on Houser Dr., Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Stephen Morse renewed his lease of 3,650 square feet at 1117 Tyler Road, City of Fredericksburg, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Benfield Electric renewed its lease of 3,000 square feet in Longwood Business Center at 230 Industrial Dr., Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Stafford County Public Schools leased 3,000 square feet at 24 Perchwood Drive, Suite 103, Stafford County, VA. Wilson H. Greenlaw, Jr., CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Ferguson renewed its lease of 2,400 square feet at 311 Central Road, City of Fredericksburg, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Central Rappahannock Regional Library leased 1,680 square feet at 1616 Princess Anne St., City of Fredericksburg, VA for their new Makers’ Lab. Chris Russotti and Jamie A. Scully, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Community Market leased 1,500 square feet in Plank Road Plaza at 3940 Plank Rd., Spotsylvania County, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations. 

Nail Art renewed its lease of 1,375 square feet in Central Park Marketplace at 3124 Cowan Blvd., City of Fredericksburg, VA. The landlord was represented by Mark J. Banach, Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Chris Russotti.

Lee's Cleaners renewed its lease of 1,276 square feet in Eagle Village at 1245 Jefferson Davis Hwy., City of Fredericksburg, VA. James Ashby IV and Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Barb's Bling leased 1,080 square feet in Lee's Hill Retail Center at 10651-10673 Spotsylvania Ave., Spotsylvania County, VA. Joby Saliceti and Sharon Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.  

Dr. James DeSimone leased 1,040 square feet in Brafferton Square Business Park at 306 Garrisonville Rd., Stafford County, VA. Joby Saliceti and Sharon Schmidt handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord. 


 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Awards Ambassador of the Year and Joseph L. Argenzio Award

Media Release
Date: June 4, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristin Mills, Marketing & Communications Manager
kristin@fxbgchamber.org, 540-373-9537

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Awards Ambassador of the Year and Joseph L. Argenzio Award

FREDERICKSBURG – The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce was proud to award Stephanie Lyles, Director of Community Engagement, NSWC Federal Credit Union, with the Ambassador of the Year and Mike Fidgeon, CEO of MySoul, LLC, with the Joseph L. Argenzio Award at the Chamber’s Member Meeting held Tuesday, June 4 at Gari Melchers Belmont.

Ambassador of the Year
Ambassadors are a critical part of the Chamber. They are often the first impression that a member has of another member. For the second year in a row, Stephanie Lyles has gone above and beyond in her service to the Chamber as an Ambassador. An Ambassador since 2011 and Ambassador Chair since 2016, Stephanie is always positive, welcoming and a wealth of Chamber and community knowledge.

Joseph L. Argenzio Award
The Joseph L. Argenzio Award was created in 2010 to recognize a volunteer for their continued commitment and tireless efforts above and beyond the call of duty in service to the Chamber. It is named for Joseph L. Argenzio, the youngest GI to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day. A great hero and quiet leader, Mr. Argenzio lived in the Fredericksburg region and had a special relationship with the Chamber in the final years of his life. Mike Fidgeon has been involved with the Chamber since he participated in the 2009 class of Leadership Fredericksburg. He was elected class president, and went on to found the Leadership FXBG Alumni Builder to support continuous learning for graduates of the program. In addition, Mike has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2011, to include service as the 2014 chairman of the board. He has volunteered his time on multiple committees and working groups that support the Chamber’s vitality. More recently, Mike joined the professional facilitation team that delivers content and executive coaching for Leadership Fredericksburg.

Also during the Member Meeting, the Chamber’s Network of Enterprising Women (CNEW) presented two checks of $2800 each to both Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation and Healthy Generations Area Agency on Aging on Aging as their 2018 charities. The Chamber also recognized Roxbury Farm and Garden Center for their 50 years of Chamber membership and 90 years of service to the community. The Chamber will be planting a tree to commemorate their long history and the impact they have had on the community on a whole.

The Chamber thanks the sponsors of the Member Meeting:
Moore-Talent Solutions, LLC and Sodexo Catering at the University of Mary Washington

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Visit Fredericksburg’s Public Sculptures, A unique family outing this summer

News Release: Visit Fredericksburg’s Public Sculptures, A unique family outing this summer

(Fredericksburg, VA) June 4, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg’s Public Sculpture Program is entering into its fourth year, to the delight of residents and visitors to our city. This innovative effort provides a one-year long temporary display for six large-scale outdoor public sculptures at key gateway locations in the city. And at the end of the year in late September, a fresh new group of six artworks will be installed. This program is designed to be a fun and interesting way for the public to engage with art, which changes yearly.

The Public Sculpture Project got its start under the auspices of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission in 2016, and was soon embraced by the community. Jane Shelhorse, Director of Fredericksburg’s Parks, Recreation and Events Department said, “People are reaching out to city staff and asking, ‘where can I see the sculptures and how long will they be up?’ This community interaction is exactly what we love to see!”

Preston Thayer, the project director, notes that when the program was first launched, it was uncertain how residents and visitors would respond. Now that sculptures have been here for several years, they are being incorporated into people’s conversations and appreciation of local art. Many people have expressed their support for this addition to the city's lively art scene. Thayer says “It’s very rewarding to see pedestrians walking by the work and stop to take pictures.”

Residents and visitors alike are invited to explore these artworks at the following sites through the end of September:

  1. Luke Achterberg, "Killer Bee." Painted steel sculpture located at Route 1 at the Falmouth Bridge.
  2. Charlie Brouwer, "A Future and a Hope." Locust wood sculpture located at Wolfe Street triangle.
  3. Jim Gallucci, "Morning Glory Bench IV." Powder coated steel sculpture located at Old Mill Park on the Heritage trail
  4. Ray Katz, "WinterMoon." Brushed Aluminum sculpture located in Dixon Park
  5. Harry McDaniel, "Lightning Sanctuary." Aluminum sculpture located on Caroline Street between Frederick St and the VRE station
  6. John W. Parker, "Swallowtail II." Steel plate sculpture located at Fall Hill Ave at Village Lane

On June 22, 2019 at 10:00 am the Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism Department is hosting a FREE walking tour of two of the sculptures, guided by Mr. Thayer, who has been involved with the Sculpture Project since its inception. It's easy to get in on the fun! Meet Preston at the pocket park at the triangle intersection of Wolfe Street, Prince Edward Street, and Kenmore Avenue to find out more about these large public art installations. The talk is free and will conclude at the sculpture site behind the VRE station on Caroline Street. Wear walking shoes and please feel free to bring cameras. Selfies and sharing images of these sculptures is encouraged!

View the list of current sculptures online at fredarts.com. And for more information on the Public Sculpture Project or about the Fredericksburg Arts Commission, please contact Kim Herbert of the Parks, Recreation and Events Department at ksherbert@fredericksburgva.gov or 540-372-1086. 


 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

City Council Town Hall June 18, 2019

News Release: City Council Town Hall June 18, 2019

The public is invited to a Town Hall with the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:00pm at James Monroe High School, 2300 Washington Avenue.

Topics will be:

  • Update on “2036 Vision Statement, Desired Future States”
  • Report on the City’s two-year progress on 35 Priorities
  • Introduce Council’s updated set of 34 priorities for the next two years

Everyone is welcome. Please contact the City Manager’s office with questions at 540-372-1010 or visit www.Fredericksburgva.gov.

The Council Vision and Priorities 2017-2020 are available online here: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/1268/Council-Priorities-2017-2020


 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

DREAMS4U And MooThru LKA Melting the GAP Fundraising Event

NEWS/PRESS RELEASE

DREAMS4U And MooThru LKA Melting the GAP Fundraising Event 

Thursday, June 13, 2019 2pm to 8:00 pm

It’s just HOT out there and you need to COOL off my “melting” some ice cream!  Come on out and support DREAMS4U in raising scholarship funds for students in financial need in Louisa, Orange, and Spotsylvania majoring in STEM, accounting, or healthcare and attending an accredited Virginia post-secondary institution.

Enjoy your ice cream or take home some ice cream while MooThru LKA graciously donates a portion of the proceeds from your bill to DREAMS4U.  SHOW THIS TO YOUR SERVER so DREAMS4U gets credit.

DREAMS4U will be there collecting your individual donations as well; $20.00 or more gets you a ticket for prize drawings for grocery and restaurant gift cards; drawing at 7pm and winners posted on website.

What: Melting The Gap for DREAMS4U
Where:  MooThru LKA ONLY 200 Boardwalk way, Mineral, VA 23093 ONLY
When: June 13, 2019 2:00 to 8:00 pm
Why: Helping raise scholarship funds for DREAMS4U. 

Come on out to try new flavors and test them out before your summer guests arrive!  Get a cone, cup, or grab a pint (or two) to take home with you!!  Try your own combinations andlet’s come up with a new recommended combo flavor for folks to try


 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

REC Names New Director of System Planning and Engineering Design

Date:               May 30, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Names New Director of System Planning and Engineering Design

Fredericksburg, Va. – Gary Durdock was recently promoted to director of system planning and engineering design for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC). REC's engineering department is responsible for the planning and coordination of the Cooperative's entire electrical system.

Durdock has extensive experience in all phases of electric utility transmission, substation and distribution work, including 16 years of direct involvement with system planning. Prior to REC, Durdock worked at Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative and Florida Power and Light Company.

Durdock earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami, where he later completed his graduate studies in biomedical engineering.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 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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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

SimVentions Awarded $55m Contract for Track Management Engineering & Analysis Support

Press Release for Immediate Release

SIMVENTIONS AWARDED $55M CONTRACT FOR TRACK MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING & ANALYSIS SUPPORT

Fredericksburg, VA., 5-29-2019: SimVentions is pleased to announce a 5-year, $55M contract award for Track Management Engineering Analysis and Support out of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). Track Management is the identification, tracking, and characterization of attributes of sensor data which feed the combat or command and control system. It is a key component of warfare systems and relies on having highly accurate Position, Navigation, and Time (PNT) services. This effort will allow SimVentions to provide subject matter, systems engineering, software development, and test and evaluation expertise to NSWCDD V Department’s Combat Control Division (V30) to facilitate, plan, execute, and deliver Track Management products.

“SimVentions has been involved in the Track Management domain for many years, however, this is the first time that we will be providing this level of support as a prime contractor!” said President/CEO, Larry Root. “Three things come to mind: First, we are grateful for the continued blessings of the Hand of Providence on our company and the opportunities that have been granted us – and are honored that NSWCDD is willing to put their trust in us for this critical work. Second, one of SimVentions’ core values is Technical Excellence, and I am grateful for employees who are the best at what they do and that seek to drive excellence into all facets of their work – and this win is a direct reflection of that commitment to excellence! Third, we’re proud of our amazing team and the expanded positive impact, afforded by this contract win, that they are able to have in support of our warfighters – the ultimate success of our warfighters is truly our honor!”

About SimVentions:
SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg (Stafford County), Virginia, 22406 and offers engineering and technology solutions to the Department of Defense, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. For additional information about SimVentions, please visit https://www.simventions.com/.

SimVentions is always looking for qualified candidates across all disciplines to work in the Fredericksburg, VA; Dahlgren, VA; Washington, DC; Charleston, SC; and Virginia Beach, VA areas. Apply online at https://www.simventions.com/careers/.


 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Hosts Free Varicose Vein Screening Event

Contact: Dawne Owens, Director of Business Development
Phone: 703-763-5224
Email: info@teamviv.com

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Hosts Free Varicose Vein Screening Event 

FREDERICKSBURG – The Vascular Institute of Virginia will be a hosting a Free Varicose Vein Screening Event at their location in Central Park (1440 Central Park Blvd, Suite 108, Fredericksburg, VA 22401) on Saturday, June 8th, 2019. The Vascular Institute of Virginia is a multi-specialty group providing treatments for a variety of conditions including venous disease and arterial disease, dialysis access for kidney failure, men’s & women’s health, and interventional oncology. Their team of Vascular & Interventional Physicians opened their Central Park location in January 2019 and now has offices Woodbridge and Fredericksburg.

Chronic venous insufficiency affects an estimated 40% of people in the United States, and most commonly presents as varicose veins or spider veins. Symptoms can include leg swelling, aching, heaviness, itching, burning, or throbbing. The team at the Vascular Institute of Virginia offer complete diagnostic and minimally-invasive treatment options in their state-of-the-art facilities. Procedures are performed in a minimally invasive manner without the need to take time off work or limit regular activities.

The free varicose vein screening will be on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 from 8 AM to 12 PM. Each scan and consultation will take approximately 15 minutes, and our providers will see each attendee individually. Please call ahead to make sure your preferred time is reserved for you during the event.

Where:
Vascular Institute of Virginia
1440 Central Park Blvd, Suite 108
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 

When:
Saturday, June 8th
8AM to 12 PM

How:
Call 703-763-5224 or email info@teamviv.com to reserve a time for your consultation.

Get more information about this free varicose vein screening event by calling the Vascular Institute of Virginia at 703-763-5224.


 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

City of Fredericksburg to offer free “Around the Town” Trolley this summer

News Release: City of Fredericksburg to offer free “Around the Town” Trolley this summer
Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg to again provide seasonal service

(Fredericksburg, VA) May 27, 2019 - A free, family-friendly “Around the Town” service that offers participants a snapshot of the wonders of downtown Fredericksburg is returning this summer. The City of Fredericksburg is bringing back our free shuttle service for locals and tourists alike. It will transport visitors around downtown on Friday and Saturday evenings between May 31 and August 31. 

The City will contract with Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg on the service, which will run Fridays and Saturdays between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The service will include a roughly 15-minute loop of downtown and stop at four carefully selected locations. The Trolley Tours guides will have handy information for riders upon request about the downtown and its rich history and many amenities.

The four stops will be: the parking lot at Barton and William streets, Hurkamp Park near the corner of William and Prince Edward streets, the Fredericksburg Visitor Center at 706 Caroline Street, and near Carl’s Ice Cream. The Carl’s shuttle stop is located at 2200 Princess Anne Street near several great restaurants as well as the popular Rappahannock River Heritage Trail.

“This is a great way to visit Downtown during the summer time,” says Ann Glave, Executive Director of Fredericksburg Main Street. “It adds a fun way to leave your car parked and explore our businesses and restaurants.” The “Around the Town” ride is located near a variety of excellent restaurants, public restrooms, coffee shops, art galleries, museums, parks, and downtown shops as well as close to key parking infrastructure that have ample availability on weekend evenings. These include:

  • The former Free Lance-Star parking lot at William and Barton streets
  • The downtown garage at Wolfe and Sophia streets
  • The “VRE parking lot” at Frederick and Caroline streets
  • The many surface lots along Sophia Street
  • The parking lot at the corner of Charles and Amelia streets

“People will have no problem parking downtown and riding the trolley to their chosen destinations,” said Danelle Rose, Fredericksburg’s Tourism Services Manager. “We see this service as a great primer into what makes our downtown so special. We fully expect that once visitors get a taste of everything we have to offer, they will be back.”

Just look for the “Around the Town” trolley-stop signs and hop aboard on Friday and Saturday evenings this summer! For more information on where to park in downtown Fredericksburg, visit Fredericksburgva.gov. And follow #wheretoparkfxbg on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For more information about our summer trolley service please feel free to contact Danelle Rose, Tourism Services Manager, City of Fredericksburg at 540-372-1216 or darose@fredericksburgva.gov.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Library partners to offer free lunches for children and teens throughout the summer

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

Library partners to offer free lunches for children and teens throughout the summer

Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 28, 2019 - For the fourth year, Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) is partnering with Fredericksburg City Public Schools, the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, and the Heartwood Center to bring free meals to area youth. Meals are available throughout the summer at Fredericksburg Branch in downtown Fredericksburg, at Howell Branch in southern Stafford County, and at Salem Church Branch in Spotsylvania County. 

Fredericksburg Branch
Monday-Friday, June 18 - August 2 except July 4, 12:00-12:45 p.m.
For kids and teens ages 18 and under. In partnership with Fredericksburg City Public Schools Mobile Cafe.

Salem Church Branch
Tuesday-Thursday, June 4 - August 8, except June 11 and 18, July 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
For kids and teens ages 18 and under. In partnership with Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank's Kids on the Go.

Howell Branch
Saturdays, June 15 - August 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Food bags provided to all local children who qualify for free and reduced lunch, when accompanied by an adult. In partnership with The Heartwood Center. Call 540-788-9838 for more information and registration details.

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For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Darcie Caswell, darcie.caswell@crrl.org, 540-372-1144 ext. 7007.


 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Music on the Steps begins Thursday, May 30, with a performance by Lafayette Station

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

Music on the Steps begins Thursday, May 30, with a performance by Lafayette Station 

Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 24 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library's popular summer concert series, Music on the Steps, kicks off Thursday, May 30, 7:00 p.m. at the downtown Fredericksburg Branch, 1201 Caroline Street, with a performance by Southern rock band Lafayette Station. This special Thursday concert is followed by regular performances every Monday at 7:00 p.m., June through August. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are welcome. In case of inclement weather, concerts move inside to the theater.

2019 Line-up:

  • June 3: Acoustic Onion
  • June 10: The Dangerous Kitchen
  • June 17: Dixie Power Trio
  • June 24: Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy
  • July 8: Karen Jonas
  • July 15: Cinema Hearts
  • July 22: Elby Brass
  • July 29: Don Brown's Soul Experience
  • August 5: Whiskey Django Foxtrot
  • August 12: Southern Explosion Band
  • August 19: Fredericksburg Concert Band
  • August 26: Semilla Cultural

Music on the Steps made possible by a Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority Grant and the Friends of the Library. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fredericksburg’s mayor joins Fredanthropist program

News Release: Fredericksburg’s mayor joins Fredanthropist program
Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw is among nine committed sponsors 

(Fredericksburg, VA) May 23, 2019 - There’s been a buzz in the ‘Burg that has many people asking: “What exactly IS a Fredanthropist?” That’s how our conversation began last week with the City’s Mayor, Mary Katherine Greenlaw. After hearing the news about the program, Mayor Greenlaw called Clint Manning, the Fredanthropist project manager, to find out the details. And when the conversation was done, Greenlaw had enthusiastically agreed to join the effort as our newest Fredanthropist.

Manning states: “Mayor Greenlaw called me up, and then she came right to the point with me. She asked, ‘Why are we doing this? Where does the money go? And who decides what projects Fredanthropists will help in the future?’”

So let’s answer the mayor’s questions one by one.

Why is the City doing this? “We needed financial help building the roller-hockey rink,” states Bill Freehling, Fredericksburg’s director of economic development and tourism. “And we have charitable citizens and businesses right here at home who are looking for ways to help the community. After many conversations with staff, we had a collective “lightbulb” moment where it all came together and the ‘Fredanthropist program’ was born.”

Where does the money go? In year one (FY20) the contributions from all 12 Fredanthropists will fund the construction of the new roller-hockey rink at Dixon Park. In exchange for their project support, Fredanthropists will receive year-long recognition, including being named on a rink-side dasher board, in the Fred Focus weekly newsletter, and on the Fredanthropist website.

Who decides what projects the Fredanthropists will help next year? A committee of existing Fredanthropists and city staff will decide what project/s will be funded in the second and subsequent years of the program. Possibilities include city park improvements and bringing community festivals to the area. We plan to focus on projects that provide community benefit that might not otherwise be funded by city resources.

With a predetermined limit of 12 openings for this program, the remaining three spaces are expected to go quickly. By limiting Fredanthropist to 12 contributors, the program will remain nimble to act quickly and bring projects to fruition within the one-year commitment. For example, the hockey rink is anticipated to be operational this summer within months of launching Fredanthropist.

In total, 9 organizations and individuals from the Fredericksburg area have already committed to funding this innovative partnership. The City is delighted to confirm the following Fredanthropists: Hilldrup, Rappahannock Development Group, Lidl, Coldwell Banker Elite, Mrs. Mary Jane O’Neill, Mary Washington Healthcare, LifeCare Medical Transports, ILM Corporation and Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw. Together they will help advance community amenities in partnership with the City.  “We believe this new philanthropic partnership has the potential to significantly grow in the coming years to fund a variety of wonderful amenities and events that will make our City an even-more attractive place to live, work and play,” says Freehling.

As announced last week, money contributed through the Fredanthropist program will be used solely ...


 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Announces Community Conversations Series Kickoff

Media Release
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristin Mills, Marketing and Communications Manager
kristin@fxbgchamber.org, 540-373-9537

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Announces Community Conversations Series Kickoff - Powering Our Economy: The Energy Grid and Renewable Energy

FREDERICKSBURG – The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce will host Kent Farmer, president and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, and a panel of experts from sPower, Dominion Energy and the Nuclear Economics Consulting Group for a discussion about the impact that energy and energy policy has on our regional economy as part of the Community Conversation series presented by Virginia Partners Bank on May 29, 2019. The event will be held at the Fick Conference Center at 8:30 a.m.

Energy plays a significant role in our regional and state economy. Electricity, gas and other fuels power up our industry, our vehicles and our innovation. Join us for a comprehensive discussion on how this works, discuss improvements needed and what we can do to build for the future.

Susan Spears, president and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber, stresses the need for a strong energy grid saying, “To keep our economy moving forward, we need a secure, sustainable and efficient energy grid that powers our home, our businesses and our innovation. Without energy, our economy is in the dark.”

Get more information about this series or other Chamber programs by visiting fredericksburgchamber.org or by calling the Chamber office at 540-373-9400.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

DREAMS4U And El Patron Mexican Restaurant 2 Slap the Pinata Fundraising Event

5/22/2019
NEWS/PRESS RELEASE

DREAMS4U And El Patron Mexican Restaurant 2 Slap the Pinata Fundraising Event

Thursday, May 30, 2019 3pm to 10:00 pm

BeCAUSE you need to eat, come on out and support DREAMS4U in raising scholarship funds for students in financial need in Louisa, Orange, and Spotsylvania majoring in STEM, accounting, or healthcare and attending an accredited Virginia post-secondary institution. 

Enjoy your food and beverage while El Patron graciously donates a portion of the proceeds from your food and beverage bill to DREAMS4U.  SHOW THIS TO YOUR SERVER so DREAMS4U gets credit. 

DREAMS4U will be there collecting your individual donations as well; $20.00 or more gets you a ticket for the Slap the NIPYATA! (adult pinata) event at 7:30 and the prize drawings for restaurant gift certificates and grocery gift cards. 

WHERE: 9112 Old Battlefield Blvd. Spotsylvania, VA  22553 (Spotsylvania Courthouse area) 

Contributors of prize drawings:  Sweet n Sassy Barbecue, Asian Café, Angela’s Italian Restaurant, Chick-Fil-A Southpoint, Dairy Queen Thornburg, Outback Fredericksburg, Marathon Gas, Weis Markets.  


 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

DREAMS4U Inaugural Scholarship Awards

5/22/2019
NEWS/PRESS RELEASE

DREAMS4U Inaugural Scholarship Awards 

DREAMS4U (formed in the fall of 2018) just completed the formal inaugural scholarship awards!!  DREAMS4U awarded four $1,000 scholarships these past two weeks.  The DREAMS4U scholarships are renewable for a total of $4,000 per student across four years, subject to requirements of course.  

Why is this a big deal?  Because DREAMS4U raises scholarship funds from the community or “village” of local individuals, businesses, and others supporting the DREAMS4U vision of helping students in financial need in our local community.  Through a combination of individual and business contributions and DREAMS4U fundraisers, DREAMS4U was able to award these first four scholarships.

DREAMS4U evaluation committee evaluated the scholarship application forms, essays, and transcripts using a DREAMS4U evaluation process to select our 2019 awardees.  Congratulations to Gene, Megan, Michael, and Michaela!  See pictures of award presentation at dreams4u.org. 


 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Graduates Twelfth Class

Media Release
Date: May 21, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristin Mills, Marketing & Communications Manager
kristin@fxbgchamber.org, 540-373-9537

 Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Graduates Twelfth Class

FREDERICKSBURG – The Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg program graduated its twelfth class of 31 fellows during a May 17 ceremony at the University of Mary Washington – Stafford campus.

Lisa Wescoat LF ‘12, Executive Director of Marketing for NSWC Federal Credit Union, and Leadership Fredericksburg 2019 Class President and Pastor of The Way Church, Matthew Rothe, both gave inspiring messages to the graduates and attendees as they recounted their journeys through the program.

The 31 fellows in the 2019 class began their Leadership Fredericksburg experience in September 2018 with a personality profile assessment. Each month, community, business, nonprofit, political and educational leaders offered the fellows insights about their personal leadership journeys. In addition, each fellow was paired with a trained mentor from the business community who supported their progress throughout the program.

Prior to graduation, four teams from the class of 31 fellows presented the results of their Community Action Projects for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL). Each team presented their deliverables during the Project Presentations on May 9 at Lifepoint Church – Spotsylvania campus to compete for a team prize. The competition was judged by Sean Bonnie, Community Engagement Manager with the CRRL alongside two Alumni leaders, James Roberson LF ’15 with Roberson’s Music and Angela Freeman LF ’18 with the City of Fredericksburg’s Economic Development Department.

Leadership Fredericksburg 2019 Fellows

  • Katie Bailey, Stafford County
  • Cody Blankenship, Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Debbie Bruehs, Atlantic Builders
  • Sarah Chiles, Fredericksburg SPCA
  • Susan Coleman, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
  • Randy Comer, The Thrasher Group
  • Sarah Degen, Sesco-DSS
  • Davy Fearon, Jr., Rappahannock Area Community Services Board
  • Lucas Flatter, Flatter, Inc.
  • Jennifer Freeland, Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Carl Fuller, WestCreek Financial
  • Eugene Hamrick, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Marsha Harris, CTI Real Estate
  • Jewels Jarrell, Jarrell Properties, Inc.
  • Michelle Jones, Matern Staffing, Inc.
  • Ashley Katsourakis, Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Fredericksburg
  • Lynne Keenan, VDOT
  • Cassie Kimberlin, Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity
  • Katie Leimbach, Cask, LLC
  • Kimberly Leone, The Gemini 3 Group
  • JoAnn Lohr, LifeCare Medical Transports
  • Sarah Maguire, MCCS Quantico
  • Shawn McGill, Lifepoint Church
  • Linda Millsaps, George Washington Regional Commission
  • JoAnn Murchison, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc.
  • Jason Rachanow, SimVentions, Inc.
  • Matthew Rothe, The Way Church
  • Jayson Silvera, DDR Courier
  • Don Smith, NSWC Federal Credit Union
  • Amy Woodruff, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Kimberly Young, University of Mary Washington

The Chamber is now accepting applications for Leadership Fredericksburg’s 2020 Class. The class of 2020 will be Leadership Fredericksburg’s 13th class. Since 2008, the program has graduated over 300 fellows.

An application can be obtained online at www.fredericksburgchamber.org or by calling the Chamber office at (540) 373-9400. There is a $25 application fee. Applications must be received at the Chamber office by 5 p.m. on July 1.

Leadership Fredericksburg thanks the 2019 Program Title Sponsor: Mary Washington Healthcare and the 2019 Program Gold Sponsors: Atlantic Builders, Ltd., CTI Real Estate, Flatter, Inc., LifeCare Medical Transports, Lifepoint Church, NSWC Federal Credit Union, Stafford County Government and Atlantic Union Bank. Leadership Fredericksburg also thanks Bellawood Photography for photographing the class’ Project Presentations and Graduation. 

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