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Monday, July 13, 2020

George Washington Regional Commission seeks public input on solutions to address region’s housing ..

George Washington Regional Commission seeks public input on solutions to address region’s housing needs

FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia – Today, the George Washington Regional Commission is releasing an online public opinion survey to collect citizen input for a newly launched study on regional housing needs. This effort will include original research on housing needs, gaps, and opportunities; as well as a menu of actionable strategies recommended for localities and the region to increase housing access, quality, and affordability for all families.

The online survey includes questions about respondents’ current satisfaction with the price, condition, and size of their homes, along with questions about any challenges encountered while searching for housing. The survey also collects information about household location, income, and demographics to help understand disparities in housing needs; however, all results will be kept anonymous. Time to complete the survey is fewer than five minutes.

The Commission will actively promote this survey with community partners to encourage widespread participation throughout the region. A strong response will help GWRC and its partners better understand the type, locations, and prices of future housing needed in the region. This, in turn, will drive better public policy decisions at the local and regional level.

Linda Millsaps, Executive Director of GWRC, said, “I am excited the GWRC Board has decided to make housing affordability a priority. While COVID-19 has made getting meaningful public input more challenging, we are hopeful folks in the region will take the time to participate in the survey and help us create a bright-line towards success.”

GWRC is assisted in this effort by Housing Virginia, a statewide nonprofit organization with more than a decade of affordable housing research and policy expertise. The survey can be accessed on the GWRC website at https://gwregion.org/ and directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GWRC-Housing-Survey. Responses will be collected through Friday, July 17, 2020. A summary of results will be released later in July, and the full report with recommendations will be released in August.

The George Washington Regional Commission is the regional planning and doing organization for Planning District 16. By statute we are charged with addressing “issues of greater than local” impact.

Housing Virginia is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing affordable housing. We provide research and information to the affordable housing community to help change attitudes, policy, and practices so that affordable housing becomes a reality for every Virginian. Learn more at housingvirginia.org.


 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Fredericksburg Nationals to Host Jackie Robinson Legacy Night, July 14

FREDERICKSBURG NATIONALS TO HOST JACKIE ROBINSON LEGACY NIGHT, JULY 14
EVENT TO INCLUDE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS AND A FREE SHOWING OF THE MOVIE “42"

WHAT: Jackie Robinson Legacy Night will include an award ceremony for the recipients of the Jackie Robinson Writing Contest that the FredNats created in conjunction with Germanna Community College. In honor of FredNats Owner, Art Silber’s 80th birthday, there will also be a free showing of the movie “42” on the video board for fans to view from the field. There will be concessions and FredNats merchandise available for purchase inside the ballpark.

WHO: Speakers for the scholarship award ceremony include Fredericksburg Mayor, Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Vice Mayor-Councilman Chuck Frye, Germanna Community College President, Janet Gulickson, FredNats Treasurer, Seth Silber, and FredNats Owner, Art Silber.

Due to regulations from the health department, there is a cap of 1,000 attendees for this event. Attendees will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis as there are no reservations or tickets.

WHY: The FredNats are hosting this event to celebrate the achievements of the Jackie Robinson Writing Contest winners and Art Silber’s 80th birthday, as well as treat members of their community to a free showing of the movie “42, The Story of Jackie Robinson.”

WHEN: The event will be held on Tuesday, July 14. The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 6:00 p.m. Gates Open

  • 7:15 p.m. Scholarship Award Ceremony Begins

  • 7:45 p.m. Free Showing of “42” (Runtime 2:08)

WHERE: The new Fredericksburg Nationals ballpark is next to the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center located at 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The movie “42” will be displayed on the stadium’s video board and will be viewed from the field and seating will be properly spaced to ensure fan safety.

Fans will be invited to sit only on the dark green stripes of turf on the field and will be asked to sit 15 ft apart from other groups or families. FredNats blankets will be available for purchase but fans are invited to bring their own if they would like. No lawn chairs will be allowed on the field.

Masks will be strongly encouraged for this event. All members of the FredNats staff will be wearing masks for the entirety of the event. 

CONTACT: To schedule any interviews before or at Jackie Robinson Legacy Night with members from the Fredericksburg Nationals, please contact Paige Honaker at phonaker@frednats.com.

The Fredericksburg Nationals are the High A affiliate of the Washington Nationals in the Carolina League. Their brand new, state of the art stadium facility is located at Celebrate Virginia South on Carl D. Silver Parkway near the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center in Fredericksburg, VA. Stay up to date with the progress of the new ballpark facility and the team online at www.frednats.com and follow the Fredericksburg Nationals on Facebook (@FXBGNats), on Twitter (@FXBGNats), and on Instagram (@fxbgnats).


 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Grants to Local Nonprofits Top $448,375 - The Community Relief Fund

Grants to Local Nonprofits Top $448,375 - The Community Relief Fund

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Community Relief Fund concluded its 12th and final round of rapid-response Immediate Relief grants to area nonprofits on June 30th.

“Our local nonprofits are demonstrating incredible resilience, ingenuity and tenacity. It’s an honor to play a part in these local solutions,” said Programs Manager, Ali Thomas.

Grants from the Community Relief Fund have helped local nonprofits deliver food and financial assistance to people in need, and helped them adapt and deliver their services safely during the pandemic.

This week, $25,000 was awarded to 5 organizations:

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Online Access: provide free internet access for residents lacking a digital connection at home

Central Virginia Housing Coalition, Inc.  

Emergency Financial Assistance

Fredericksburg Counseling Services, Inc. 

Online Access: increase access to telehealth therapy services for clients

Fredericksburg Main Street, Inc.  

Technology and Safety Grants for COVID-19 affected businesses

The Table at St. George's    

Emergency Food Distribution

Altogether, 69 grants totaling $448,375 have been awarded to 40 regional nonprofit organizations. A complete list of grantees is available at www.cfrrr.org/coronavirus-response-grants/

The Community Foundation activated the Community Relief Fund in March when the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic in our region became clear. Immediately individuals, families and businesses began to make donations to support nonprofit organizations. By June 30, gifts to the fund had surpassed $566,000.

The Community Foundation understands that the effects of the pandemic are far-reaching; that recovery is a marathon, not a sprint.

“Although the immediate relief grants phase of response is done, the Community Relief Fund remains active,” said Thomas. “Our next steps include consulting with our nonprofit partners about the evolving needs in our community and identifying the most efficient and effective ways to continue support. We will continue to offer strategic, impactful funding that supports long-term recovery efforts in our community.”

The Community Foundation urges everyone to continue supporting regional nonprofits through crisis response giving by making a donation to the Community Relief Fund or by giving to them directly.

Make a gift online at cfrrr.org.

Or mail a check to The Community Foundation/Community Relief Fund at P.O. Box 208, Fredericksburg, VA 22404.

Contact us with any questions.

Visit www.cfrrr.org/covid-19-response or contact foundation staff at info@cfrrr.org for more information. 


 

Monday, July 6, 2020

REC Increases Strategic Focus on Technology Co-op Names Peter Muhoro as Vice President of Strategy..

REC Increases Strategic Focus on Technology
Co-op Names Peter Muhoro as Vice President of Strategy and Technology

Fredericksburg, Va. – The electric industry is experiencing unprecedented technological advancement. Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) focused on the technological needs and expectations of its member-owners through innovative energy solutions that help members reduce and manage their energy use.

Peter Muhoro has been selected to fill the newly created position of Vice President of Strategy and Technology. Muhoro will be responsible for developing and monitoring long-term strategies related to REC’s technology systems and new service offerings to the membership. Strategies developed under his leadership will include a technology strategy that addresses not only the Cooperative’s needs of today, but more importantly, the information, distributed generation, clean energy, emerging technologies and advanced electrification needs of tomorrow.

Kent Farmer, president and CEO said, “Having someone on our executive leadership team with a focus on technology is critical, as our membership becomes more highly connected and desires clean, reliable, and affordable generation services.”

Muhoro is an accomplished electric utility executive with over 15 years of experience in the energy industry. In his most recent role as Vice President of Strategic Industry Research and Analysis at National Rural Utilities Finance Corporation (CFC), Muhoro led research activities, provided strategic leadership, and consulted with electric cooperative leadership and board members on trends, technologies and the future of electric cooperatives. A few of his most recent career accomplishments include:

·         Leading strategies to deploy distributed energy resources within at cooperatives

·         Advancing use of data analytics and technologies that lead to high process improvements and increased member satisfaction

·         Developing and implementing low interest financing programs for consumer members to access for the use of solar, storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicle charging

·         Serving as an National Rural Electric Cooperatives of America (NRECA) advisor and subject matter expert on technologies, renewable energy and micro-grids, while also leading efforts for grant-awarded projects helping to advance electric cooperative systems and the electric grid

  • Serving as the lead on multiple multi-million-dollar grants awarded for energy and environmental quality programs, including programs such as the NRECA Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration (SUNDA), which helped electric cooperatives find pathways to deploying solar, and several other clean energy programs.

Peter holds a Ph. D in Applied Physics with a focus on energy policy and a Master’s of Science in Applied Physics, both from the University of Michigan, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Hampton University.

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, July 6, 2020

Washington Nationals Taxi Squad to Practice at New Fredericksburg Nationals Ballpark

WASHINGTON NATIONALS TAXI SQUAD TO PRACTICE AT NEW FREDERICKSBURG NATIONALS BALLPARK PRACTICE IN FREDERICKSBURG BEGINS MONDAY, JULY 6 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Washington Nationals (“Nationals”) have begun practicing and training for their 60-man roster for the start of 2020 Major League Season. The players will be training at Nationals Park leading up to an opening day game scheduled for July 23 or 24. The Nationals announced today that their alternate site for players will be hosted at the Fredericksburg Nationals (“FredNats”) new ballpark in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The FredNats began construction of their ballpark last summer, and the new ballpark will provide first-class clubhouse and training facilities for the Nationals’ player pool, who are the additional Nationals players beyond the players assigned to Nationals Park.

The Nationals expressed their appreciation to the FredNats and their ownership group, the Silber family. Mark Scialabba, the Nationals’ Assistant General Manager, Player Development, stated: “The FredNats have built a wonderful new ballpark which will host our affiliate in the future. It will serve as an outstanding facility to help our players continue their development and prepare them to potentially join our Major League Club.”  Art Silber, Chairman of the FredNats, stated “While we are disappointed that no minor league games will be played in our ballpark this season, we are very excited to host the Nationals’ additional players to break in our facility. There is tremendous pride and excitement in Fredericksburg about the opening of our new ballpark, our relationship with the World Champion Nationals, and now serving as a venue for the Nationals to train in Fredericksburg.”

The Nationals will start practices and training in Fredericksburg tomorrow. At present, all practices and baseball related activities by the Nationals in Fredericksburg are closed to the public and media consistent with MLB guidance to ensure the health and safety of the players.

All media requests regarding the Nationals players and other baseball related activities in Fredericksburg should be directed to the Nationals, Jennifer.Giglio@nationals.com and Kyle.Brostowitz@nationals.com

Press inquiries regarding the FredNats, their ballpark, and future events to be held at their ballpark should be directed to the FredNats Marketing Coordinator Paige Honaker at phonaker@frednats.com.   The Fredericksburg Nationals are the high A affiliate of the Washington Nationals in the Carolina league. The FredNats brand new, state of the art stadium facility is located at Celebrate Virginia South on Carl D. Silver Parkway near the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center in Fredericksburg, VA. Stay up to date with the progress of the new ballpark facility and the team online at www.frednats.com and follow the Fredericksburg Nationals on Facebook (@FXBGNats), on Twitter (@FXBGNats), and on Instagram (@fxbgnats).


 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

SimVentions Sponsors 4th of July Fireworks at Fred Nats Stadium!

SimVentions Sponsors 4th of July Fireworks at Fred Nats Stadium!

Fredericksburg, VA., 6-30-2020: SimVentions, Inc. is sponsoring the Fred Nats’ 4th of July Fireworks Celebration this Saturday, July 4th, at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center parking lot. The event will run from 8:30 PM – 10 PM, with fireworks starting at 9. SimVentions and the Fred Nats are thrilled to bring this celebration to our community.

SimVentions is a company who loves America. There is nothing more American than Baseball, so when SimVentions had an opportunity to begin a relationship with the wonderful Silber family in 2018, to help bring professional baseball to the FXBG region, we jumped on it. SimVentions President, Joe Caliri, adds, “SimVentions always strives to serve our employees, customers, and the communities where we live. It's an honor to be able to do all three by sponsoring this event and bringing a celebration of our nation’s independence to our region.”

About SimVentions

SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg, 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 DOD engineering and cybersecurity disciplines to work in the Fredericksburg, VA; Dahlgren, VA; Washington, D.C.; Charleston, SC; and Virginia Beach, VA areas. Apply online at https://www.simventions.com/careers

About the Fredericksburg Nationals Visit https://www.milb.com/fredericksburg for more information.


 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Celebrate A Healthy and Safe 4th of July

CELEBRATE A HEALTHY AND SAFE 4th OF JULY
Precautions will protect your family

The 4th of July usually means parades, cookouts and fireworks. COVID-19 concerns have changed some of those plans. Many communities have canceled large gatherings out of public health safety concerns. That does not have to ruin your holiday. The 4th can still be fun for everyone, but a few precautions will keep you safe and healthy.

Family cookouts will always be a 4th of July tradition. Keep everyone safe when you fire up the grill. Remember these precautions:

· Keep children and pets away. Establish a 3-foot “Kid Free Zone” around your grill.

· Use your grill outdoors only. Keep it away from your home, deck furniture and overhanging branches that might catch fire.

· Remove grease or fat from the grill tray so it does not flame up.

· Never leave the grill unattended.

· Grilling and drinking alcohol don’t mix.

As you head outdoors for that cookout and smaller celebrations, protect your family from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Patient First physicians have these suggestions to save your skin:

· Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF, even when it’s cloudy. Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going outside.

· Wide-brimmed hats help shade your neck and face but do not offer complete protection. Use sunscreen on these sensitive skin areas.

· Wear light-weight sun-protective clothing. Long sleeves and long pants help protect skin.

· Wear sunglasses that block UV rays.

All Patient First medical centers are open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. on the 4th of July and every day of the year.

Patient First physicians are available to talk about injury prevention and treatment. Please contact Brooke Waller 571-340-1594 or email brooke.waller@patientfirst.com for interviews.

About Patient First

All Patient First Medical Centers are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays. Patient First provides non-appointment urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician. Each Patient First center has

on-site digital x-ray, on-site laboratory, and on-site prescription drugs. Patient First currently operates medical centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Media Contact: Brooke Waller

(571) 340-1594 (Mobile) Brooke.Waller@patientfirst.com

 

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twitter.com/PatientFirst


 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

REC Announces Remote Annual Meeting 2020 Director Elections Open July 1

REC Announces Remote Annual Meeting
2020 Director Elections Open July 1

Fredericksburg, Va. – Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. For the first time in its history, the Annual Meeting will be held remotely, with no in-person participation, to protect the health and safety of its member-owners during the COVID-19 crisis.

During the meeting, three members will be elected to REC’s Board of Directors. Member-owners will have the option to participate in the meeting remotely online or send in their proxy designation forms prior to the meeting.

Starting in July, member-owners can:

·         Designate their proxy online. Member-owners with a valid email on record with REC will receive instructions to complete their proxy designation form online. Beginning July 1, member-owners can also log-in to MyREC SmartHub to access an online proxy form.

·         Or, complete and mail in the proxy designation form when it arrives by U.S. Mail.

Proxy forms, either online or by mail, must be completed and returned by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12.

Registration for the Annual Meeting opens on Aug. 13 at 7 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m., Aug. 14. To register, visit www.myrec.coop/register or call 1-800-552-3904. Only registered members will receive instructions to join the remote Annual Meeting on Aug. 19 to cast their vote live.

Member-owners will automatically be registered to win prizes if they complete and return the proxy designation form:

●       By July 15 - qualify for one of 30 $250 cash prizes.

●       By August 1 - qualify for one of 14 $100 cash prizes.

●       By August 10 - qualify for one of 10 $50 cash prizes.

Members who register to participate in the remote Annual Meeting on August 19, rather than sending in a proxy designation form, will be entered to win other prizes including up to $100 in cash as well as gift cards.

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.

 

 


 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Fredericksburg Nationals Sell Over 1,001 Community Initiative T-Shirts

FREDERICKSBURG NATIONALS SELL OVER 1,001 COMMUNITY INITIATIVE T-SHIRTS MORE THAN 2,000 TICKETS WILL BE DONATED TO FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS & GM TO GET TATTOO OF MASCOT  

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Fredericksburg Nationals are proud to announce that they reached their goal of over 1,001 We Are FXBG t-shirts sold as of Monday, June 29. The team announced that they would be launching the We Are FXBG t-shirts back in May with the promise to donate two tickets to local frontline healthcare workers with the purchase of each t-shirt. FredNats General Manager and Executive Vice President Nick Hall added an extra incentive to fans by promising to get a tattoo of the team’s official mascot, Gus, if over 1,001 We Are FXBG t-shirts were sold. The 1,001 t-shirt was sold to a fan attending the third day of the Open House at the Ballpark in the afternoon of Sunday, June 28. “We’re really excited to make that tattoo real and have Gus enshrined on my body for life! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go apologize to my wife” said Hall, following the purchase of the 1,001 shirt.

To help the team push themselves further towards their goal, they tie-dyed hundreds of We Are FXBG t-shirts with fans at their Open House at the Ballpark on June 21, June 27, and June 28. Thanks to the support from their fans, the FredNats sold almost 500 We Are FXBG t-shirts in the three days of their Open House. We Are FXBG t-shirts are still available for purchase in red, blue, grey, and white on the team’s online store at https://fredericksburgnationals.milbstore.com/products/we-are-fxbg-shirt.  

To speak to a representative of the Fredericksburg Nationals, please contact Paige Honaker, FredNats Marketing Coordinator at phonaker@frednats.com.

The Fredericksburg Nationals are the high-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals in the Carolina League, originally set to begin play in 2020 at a brand new, state of the art stadium facility, located at Celebrate Virginia South on Carl D. Silver Parkway near the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center in Fredericksburg, VA. Stay up to date with the progress of the new ballpark facility and the team online at www.frednats.com and follow the Fredericksburg Nationals on Facebook (@FXBGNats), on Twitter (@FXBGNats), and on Instagram (@fxbgnats).


 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Fredericksburg Nationals to Host Frednats 4th of July Spectacular

FREDERICKSBURG NATIONALS TO HOST FREDNATS 4TH OF JULY SPECTACULAR PROVIDING THE LARGEST FIREWORKS SHOW IN FREDERICKSBURG   FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Fredericksburg Nationals have announced that they will be hosting the FredNats 4th of July Spectacular from their new ballpark this Saturday evening. The first firework show for the organization will be sponsored by Simventions, Pohanka Nissan & Hyundai of Fredericksburg, and the City of Fredericksburg and will be paired with patriotic music on Superhits 95.9.   Fans are invited to park and remain in their cars within a 2 mile radius of the ballpark to view the incredible near-half hour long show that is set to begin at 9 p.m.   The Fredericksburg Nationals teamed up with two of their Founding Partners to bring their 4th of July Spectacular to life. The first being Simventions, a local business that offers engineering and technology solutions to the Department of Defense, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. “SimVentions always strives to serve our employees, customers, and the communities where we live. It's an honor to be able to do all three by sponsoring this event and bringing a celebration of our nations independence to our region,” said Joe Caliri, Simventions' President. The FredNats also teamed up with Founding Partner, Pohanka Nissan & Hyundai of Fredericksburg, a family of dealerships that has been in the Fredericksburg area for 100 years, committed to excellence for their customers. “As we all look for moments to come together we are happy to celebrate with family and friends as one nation.  Happy Birthday America!” said Tim Pohanka, General Manager of Pohanka Nissan & Hyundai. The FredNats 4th of July Spectacular is a free event open to the general public. Interested parties may view the Facebook Event Page here for all relevant updates and additional details: https://www.facebook.com/events/648523775741321/.    To speak to a representative of the Fredericksburg Nationals, please contact Paige Honaker, FredNats Marketing Coordinator at phonaker@frednats.com. The Fredericksburg Nationals are the high-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals in the Carolina League, originally set to begin play in 2020 at a brand new, state of the art stadium facility, located at Celebrate Virginia South on Carl D. Silver Parkway near the Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center in Fredericksburg, VA. Stay up to date with the progress of the new ballpark facility and the team online at www.frednats.com and follow the Fredericksburg Nationals on Facebook (@FXBGNats), on Twitter (@FXBGNats), and on Instagram (@fxbgnats).


 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Rappahannock United Way Continues to Provide Local Residents With Housing

RAPPAHANNOCK UNITED WAY CONTINUES TO PROVIDE LOCAL RESIDENTS WITH HOUSING ASSISTANCE TO PREVENT EVICTIONS AND FORECLOSURES.

Fredericksburg based non-profit helps working families and individuals maintain housing and financial stability.

Fredericksburg, VA – 7/1/2020   Rappahannock United Way (RUW) was one of the first non-profits to answer the call for help in the wake of COVID-19. Now as our community prepares for long term recovery, RUW is set to continue their work for those who are ALICE.

ALICE® is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and represents those individuals and families who are working, but still struggling to make ends meet.

ALICE families or individuals struggle to pay the bills, have little or nothing to put into savings and are forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push ALICE households into a financial crisis.

“We’ve only just begun. Rappahannock United Way has seen an increase in calls for assistance every day and anticipate numbers to grow.  We thank all our individual, corporate, government and foundation partners who have given generously to support this work through RUW.  We are working tirelessly to help as many households as possible. In the weeks and months ahead, as Rappahannock United Way continues to respond to new ALICE Assistance Program cases and transitions to COVID-19 recovery, our work becomes even more important. We anticipate running out of funds by the fall.” Janel Donohue, President, Rappahannock United Way

Over the past 3 months alone, Rappahannock United Way’s ALICE Assistance Program has provided $30,398 in direct financial aid. This includes help with mortgages, rent, utilities, and transportation. 33% of ALICE Assistance clients live in Spotsylvania County, 31% in Stafford County, 22% in the City of Fredericksburg, 8% in Caroline County and 6% in King George County.

Rappahannock United Way’s financial assistance is a one-time payment with opportunity for renewal based on availability of funding and the household’s need for additional assistance and continued eligibility. In addition to donations from organizations, companies and individuals Rappahannock United Way has recently been named a grantee from the Department of Health and Community Development through the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program. People interested in receiving assistance from this grant through RUW must also meet the following criteria:

  • Have experienced a loss of income due to the Coronavirus pandemic including but not limited to:
    • Those who have been laid off;
    • Those whose place of employment has closed;
    • Those who have experienced a reduction in hours of work;
    • Those who must stay home to care for children due to closure of day care and/or school;
    • Those who have lost child or spousal support;
    • Those who have not been able to work or missed hours due to contracting COVID-19;
    • Those who have been unable to find work due to COVID-19; or
    • Those whose are unwilling or unable to participate in their previous employment due to their high risk of severe illness from COVID-19

Rappahannock United Way would like to thank everyone ...


 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Free Merrill Personal Wealth Analysis To Chamber Members and Their Families

Free Merrill Personal Wealth Analysis To Chamber Members and Their Families

Jay Palmer, financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, is offering a free Merrill Personal Wealth Analysis to Chamber members and their families.  Please reach out if you are interested in a free analysis.  You can contact him at 540-899-2457, jpalmer8@ml.com, or www.fa.ml.com/jpalmer8.


 

Monday, June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Offered at Patient First

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Offered at Patient First
Walk-In Antibody Testing Available at all Centers

Patient First now offers COVID-19 antibody testing at all of its Medical Centers on a walk-in basis, from 8 am to 10 pm, every day of the week. Appointments are not needed for antibody testing.

The antibody test is used to determine if someone previously had COVID-19 and not to diagnose an active infection.

Antibody testing is for patients who believe they may have had COVID-19 in the past, who are not currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and who are at least 5 years old. Patient First recommends being tested at least 14 days after onset of symptoms of COVID-19, or 14 days after possible exposure, as it may take as long as two weeks for antibodies to develop.

The COVID-19 Antibody Test used at Patient First tests to see if the blood has antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies may be found in the blood when the body is responding or has responded to an infection, such as COVID-19. Antibodies may give full or partial immunity to the virus to which they develop. However, it is not known at this time how long the body will have antibodies or whether they actually give immunity to future infections from this virus.

Blood samples are sent to a third-party reference lab for antibody testing. Results will generally be available in about 2 to 5 days. Patients who agree to do so will receive their result via text message. Otherwise, patients will be contacted by phone about the result.

For most patients, there is no out-of-pocket expense for antibody testing. For insured patients, the visit will be submitted to patients' insurance plans. Patient First accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. The lab will determine what, if anything, it bills the patient.

COVID-19 ACTIVE VIRUS TESTING

For those with symptoms of COVID-19, or who wish to determine if they have an active infection, Patient First also offers drive-up COVID-19 active virus testing at designated centers, by appointment. Appointments for testing are made by calling a select designated testing center. Updates about testing sites, instructions about how to make an appointment, and other information is available at www.patientfirst.com/covid-19-testing.

All Patient First Medical Centers remain open on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day, for patients who have an urgent need for medical or injury care.


 

Monday, June 29, 2020

George Washington Regional Commission seeks public input on solutions to address region’s housing ne

George Washington Regional Commission seeks public input on solutions to address region’s housing needs

FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia – Today, the George Washington Regional Commission is releasing an online public opinion survey to collect citizen input for a newly launched study on regional housing needs. This effort will include original research on housing needs, gaps, and opportunities; as well as a menu of actionable strategies recommended for localities and the region to increase housing access, quality, and affordability for all families.

The online survey includes questions about respondents’ current satisfaction with the price, condition, and size of their homes, along with questions about any challenges encountered while searching for housing. The survey also collects information about household location, income, and demographics to help understand disparities in housing needs; however, all results will be kept anonymous. Time to complete the survey is fewer than five minutes.

The Commission will actively promote this survey with community partners to encourage widespread participation throughout the region. A strong response will help GWRC and its partners better understand the type, locations, and prices of future housing needed in the region. This, in turn, will drive better public policy decisions at the local and regional level.

Linda Millsaps, Executive Director of GWRC, said, “I am excited the GWRC Board has decided to make housing affordability a priority. While COVID-19 has made getting meaningful public input more challenging, we are hopeful folks in the region will take the time to participate in the survey and help us create a bright-line towards success.”

GWRC is assisted in this effort by Housing Virginia, a statewide nonprofit organization with more than a decade of affordable housing research and policy expertise. The survey can be accessed on the GWRC website at https://gwregion.org/ and directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GWRC-Housing-Survey. Responses will be collected through Friday, July 17, 2020. A summary of results will be released later in July, and the full report with recommendations will be released in August.

The George Washington Regional Commission is the regional planning and doing organization for Planning District 16. By statute we are charged with addressing “issues of greater than local” impact.

Housing Virginia is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing affordable housing. We provide research and information to the affordable housing community to help change attitudes, policy, and practices so that affordable housing becomes a reality for every Virginian. Learn more at housingvirginia.org.


 

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Good Shepherd Preschool Offers the First Month Tuition Free

The Good Shepherd Preschool Offers the First Month Tuition Free

Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is underway for The Good Shepherd Preschool, and families who register their preschoolers by June 30 will get the first month tuition free – a savings of up to $400.

The Fredericksburg area’s newest Christian preschool will be an educational ministry of Highway Assembly of God in Fredericksburg. The Good Shepherd Preschool will offer a strong academic program that integrates Christian character and biblical truths into every area of learning. 

The free month offer applies to tuition for the half-day preschool class. Fees for before-school care and extended-care and after-school care afternoon programs are not discounted.

The Good Shepherd Preschool is currently accepting enrollments on line through the school’s website at http://gspreschool.highwayag.org. Clicking on the “Apply Now” button will direct parents to the preschool’s admissions information page.

Payment of the first month’s preschool tuition, along with a registration fee and activity fee, will be required with submission of each student’s enrollment. Tuition paid with an enrollment received by June 30 will be applied to the second month of the school year.

The Good Shepherd Preschool will be hosted at Highway Assembly of God, centrally located in the City of Fredericksburg just 1/2-mile south from the interchange of Jefferson Davis Hwy. with Rte. 3, at 2221 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

The Good Shepherd Preschool offers both three-day-a-week and five-day-a-week programs for both 3-year-old and 4-year-old children. All classes will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and will be supervised by experienced lead teachers assisted by classroom aides.

For further information, visit the preschool’s website at http://gspreschool.highwayag.org or contact the preschool at preschool@highwayag.org or phone (540) 371-7662. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/preschool.highwayag.org.

The preschool is housed in a spacious educational building that features several classrooms, a fellowship hall/multipurpose area and a gymnasium. Outdoor recreational areas include a large sports field and fenced playground.

“We are excited to support area families in offering this educational resource,” comments preschool director Gary Wagner. “Our objective is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to develop foundational learning skills.”

“Our teaching staff will use a carefully designed curriculum enriched by music and physical education, arts and crafts, dramatic and creative play, and field trips, for example, to support all dimensions of child development,” explains Wagner.

 “We will be intentional in training children to grow academically, to be spiritually prepared for Christian service, and to develop a lifelong Christian worldview, while having a lot of fun.”

 


 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Curbside pickup of books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines starts June 24

Curbside pickup of books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines starts June 24

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 19, 2020 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library will institute a new curbside pickup service starting Wednesday, June 24.

1. Staff are currently preparing materials that have already been placed on hold. Customers will receive an email once their hold is available for pickup at their branch. Customers can check the status of their holds under On Hold in their online account.

2. Customers can then head to the Curbside Pickup Zone during their branch’s Curbside Pickup hours. At this point, the library is asking customers with pickup at these branches to come on an assigned day to avoid traffic issues.

Fredericksburg, Howell, Porter, Salem Church, and Snow branches:

  • Wednesdays, 1:00-5:00 (last names between A-H)
  • Thursdays, 1:00-5:00 (last names between I-P)
  • Fridays, 9:00-1:00 (last names between Q-Z)
  • Saturdays, 9:00-1:00 (all last names)

Cooper Branch: Thursdays, 1:00-5:00 Montross Branch: Fridays, 9:00-1:00 Newton Branch: Saturdays, 9:00-1:00 There will be no curbside pickup on July 3 or 4. Curbside pickup is not available at the Towne Centre or Fried Center branches at this time.

3. Customers will park in the Curbside Pickup Zone and text or call the number displayed on the curbside sign. Customers who don’t use a mobile phone can call the library at 540-645-5381 (or 804-224-0921 for Cooper, Montross, or Newton) right before they leave for the library to alert staff to expect their arrival.

4. Once customers are parked in the Curbside Pickup Zone and have let staff know that they’ve arrived, they will pop their trunk, or if that’s not possible, roll down a rear window. For the safety of all, customers should be sure to stay in their vehicle with the doors closed. A staff member wearing a face mask and gloves will check out their materials, bag them, and deliver the bag right to their car. The library is concentrating on getting the 19,000 holds already in place into customers’ hands, so the ability to place new holds on physical materials will remain paused until existing holds are filled. Customers should keep all checked out materials and donations at home. Fines will not accrue. See librarypoint.org/news/coronavirus for more information on CRRL’s response to COVID-19.


 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Music on the Steps begins June 22, with a virtual performance by Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Meal

Music on the Steps begins June 22, with a virtual performance by Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 18, 2020 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library's popular all-ages summer concert series, Music on the Steps, kicks off Monday, June 22. All concerts start Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

June Concerts

The first two concerts will be virtual only. The public can watch via Google Meet on their laptop or computer, or phone in.

  • June 22: Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy (Americana, Folk, Celtic, Rock, Jazz, Original). Join online: meet.google.com/zpx-ukqo-nbt or by phone: +1 615-326-9249‬ (PIN: ‪193 706 935‬#)

  • June 29: Spanglish Latin American Band (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Bomba, and Cha-Cha-Cha). Join online: meet.google.com/sre-qbjd-ofo or by phone: +1 219-767-0273 (PIN: 808 262 142)

July Concerts

These concerts are expected to be virtual as well. Check librarypoint.org/music-steps for updates, and links to watch.

August and September Concerts

The library hopes to hold the remaining concerts outside at Fredericksburg Branch, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, 22401, with appropriate social distancing measures. Check librarypoint.org/music-steps for updates as the season progresses. Space at live outdoor concerts will be limited. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are welcome. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be canceled.


 

Monday, June 22, 2020

REC Receives Tree Line USA Designation for 18th Year

REC Receives Tree Line USA Designation for 18th Year

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) vegetation management team has been targeting tree-related outages, clearing more than 2,200 miles of right-of-way in 2019. While working to reduce the potential for tree-related outages so that member-owners have reliable electric service, REC contractors use specialized equipment to work safely and to protect the health of the trees they trim.

This hard work and dedication from REC’s vegetation management team has not gone unnoticed. For the eighteenth year in a row, REC received the Tree Line USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. This designation recognizes utilities that demonstrate best practices in protecting and enhancing forestry.

“Our dedicated team of certified arborists and foresters understand the difference they can make to keep electricity flowing to member-owners,” said Cindy Musick, director of vegetation management. “Just as important, though, they also understand our role in protecting the environment and leaving as many healthy trees as possible.”

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, June 22, 2020

High School Grads Receive “Silver Lining” During Tumultuous 2020 Senior Year: $150,236 in Scholarsh

High School Grads Receive “Silver Lining” During Tumultuous 2020 Senior Year:  $150,236 in Scholarships

FREDERICKSBURG – Despite disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic, The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region awarded $150,236 in scholarships to 51 area sudents this month.

Generous people and businesses entrust scholarship funds to The Community Foundation. The foundation invests them with a goal to ensure long-term appreciation while meeting charitable needs over time. This means each year, renewed resources are available to support graduating high school seniors. Today, the foundation manages 41 different scholarship funds on behalf of generous individuals and families that want to strengthen the greater Fredericksburg community.

In order to ensure each scholarship is awarded to the most suitable candidate, the foundation convenes a panel of volunteer reviewers to evaluate scholarship applications based on criteria that matches the donors’ intentions for the funds. Because of the governor’s social distancing mandates, foundation staff had to retool the annual scholarship review process. Meetings were moved online and staff worked extra hours to collate reviewer feedback.

The foundation is thankful to each generous scholarship fund donor and volunteer citizen reviewer who made it possible!

A full list of 2020 scholarship winners is available at the foundation’s website https://www.cfrrr.org/apply/2020-scholarship-recipients/

Read about the scholarship funds established by generous area donors at https://www.cfrrr.org/apply/scholarship-funds/


 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Embrace Home Loans Branch in Fredericksburg, VA Gaining Momentum

Embrace Home Loans Branch in Fredericksburg, VA Gaining Momentum

MIDDLETOWN, R.I., June 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Embrace Home Loans, a prominent mortgage lender, announced that its Fredericksburg, Virginia branch had a record sales month for May, surpassing all other monthly volumes since it opened in 2016.

"We are excited about our recent growth," said John Reid, branch manager. "Everyone in the Fredericksburg office has been working hard to make our branch a success. And most importantly, we appreciate the many homebuyers and homeowners who have entrusted us with their mortgage financing. "

Reid started the Fredericksburg office in 2016. His wife, Tammy Reid, joined in January of 2018 as a business development associate, along with their son, James Reid, who is a loan officer at the branch. They have since added two processors, Valerie Shields and Kaye Pritchett, and three loan officers, Dena Cooke, Rusty Cowper and Scott Livingston. The office is currently operating at full capacity, even in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

"Sales in the month of May were great," said Tammy Reid. "I think the pandemic actually pulled us together on a deeper and more personal level. We figured out how to really focus and work together smoothly as a team. COVID-19 quickly impacted many people's lives and helping families during these unsettling times was especially gratifying. I'm so proud of our team."

"Congratulations to the Fredericksburg team for having the best month since the branch opened," said Cary Reines, regional manager. "They show what teamwork and dedication can do, along with careful attention to customers' needs."

To learn more about the Fredericksburg team, please visit www.embracehomeloans.com/location/virginia/fredericksburg or www.facebook.com/EmbraceFredericksburg/.

About Embrace Home Loans

Founded in 1983, Embrace Home Loans is a prominent mortgage lender that provides borrowers and financial institutions with an exceptional mortgage experience. Licensed in 48 states and the District of Columbia, Embrace has been recognized seven times as one of the Best Medium-sized Companies to Work for in America by Fortune and five times as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in America by Inc. The company has also been recognized twelve times as one of the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island, as the Most Community Involved Company in Rhode Island, and with the Leadership Excellence Award by Providence Business News. The company is based in Middletown, Rhode Island. For more information, please visit www.embracehomeloans.com.


 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Curbside pickup of books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines starts June 24

Curbside pickup of books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines starts June 24

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 19, 2020 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library will institute a new curbside pickup service starting Wednesday, June 24.

1. Staff are currently preparing materials that have already been placed on hold. Customers will receive an email once their hold is available for pickup at their branch. Customers can check the status of their holds under On Hold in their online account.

2. Customers can then head to the Curbside Pickup Zone during their branch’s Curbside Pickup hours. At this point, the library is asking customers with pickup at these branches to come on an assigned day to avoid traffic issues.

Fredericksburg, Howell, Porter, Salem Church, and Snow branches:
  • Wednesdays, 1:00-5:00 (last names between A-H)
  • Thursdays, 1:00-5:00 (last names between I-P)
  • Fridays, 9:00-1:00 (last names between Q-Z)
  • Saturdays, 9:00-1:00 (all last names)
Cooper Branch: Thursdays, 1:00-5:00 Montross Branch: Fridays, 9:00-1:00 Newton Branch: Saturdays, 9:00-1:00 There will be no curbside pickup on July 3 or 4. Curbside pickup is not available at the Towne Centre or Fried Center branches at this time. 3. Customers will park in the Curbside Pickup Zone and text or call the number displayed on the curbside sign. Customers who don’t use a mobile phone can call the library at 540-645-5381 (or 804-224-0921 for Cooper, Montross, or Newton) right before they leave for the library to alert staff to expect their arrival. 4. Once customers are parked in the Curbside Pickup Zone and have let staff know that they’ve arrived, they will pop their trunk, or if that’s not possible, roll down a rear window. For the safety of all, customers should be sure to stay in their vehicle with the doors closed. A staff member wearing a face mask and gloves will check out their materials, bag them, and deliver the bag right to their car. The library is concentrating on getting the 19,000 holds already in place into customers’ hands, so the ability to place new holds on physical materials will remain paused until existing holds are filled. Customers should keep all checked out materials and donations at home. Fines will not accrue. See librarypoint.org/news/coronavirus for more information on CRRL’s response to COVID-19.

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Update from the City of Fredericksburg for June 16

Update from the City of Fredericksburg for June 16

This weekend’s protest/demonstrations were supported by the City, and monitored by our Police Department. Officers worked to stage one block from the protests to help divert traffic while protesters exercised their First Amendment rights. The 911 Communications Center dispatchers are informing callers that public safety is being prioritized at all times, and to direct complaints to the City Manager’s office.

The suggestion that City Council has directed Police to NOT respond is inaccurate. City Police continue to monitor/ensure the safety of all in our community.

Mayor Greenlaw and Councilwoman Devine met yesterday and again today (6/16/20) with protest organizers. A regular meeting schedule is now being set to ensure continued dialogue. Additionally, the Citizen Advisory Panel met yesterday and is crafting next steps which include forming a Charter/bylaws, etc. Lastly, City Council has called a Special Meeting this Thursday, June 18. It will be aired at 5:30pm, and can be accessed at www.regionalwebtv.com/fredcc.

Please see the agenda, which offers a DRAFT roadmap on matters addressing incidents in the City since May 31, 2020, and a proposed path forward. Draft Plan: For Review and Action Moving Forward


 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Case Study: JTC Grows its Cloud Services Core through Trust and Teamwork

Case Study: JTC Grows its Cloud Services Core through Trust and Teamwork

Full Release Here

Trust, teamwork, and technology form the core of Jewell Technical Consulting, Inc. (JTC) and its partnership with Leaseweb USA, a leading hosting and cloud services company whose offerings include Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions. JTC, a company providing private cloud services to North Virginia and D.C. metro businesses, was originally utilizing another hosting facility 20 miles way from its Manassas, Virginia headquarters. But as JTC grew, the two- to three-hour round trips to and from headquarters and the data center became more frequent and costly. In response, JTC looked for a better solution and visited a couple of potential vendors in Manassas. Between 2010 and 2011, JTC hired Leaseweb USA to serve its data center infrastructure.

John Jewell, president and CEO of JTC, said:

“Leaseweb USA, a stone’s throw away, attracted us because of its ability to deliver and understand our needs, in addition to providing very good tools that we use daily.”

Jewell knows that new and established customers want all the compute, storage, and networking services on-demand and seamlessly, including data — a formidable challenge. Jewell added:

“A data center needs to perform well. It must be reliable and understand its customers. We have clients that run point of sale systems on our cloud, even if it is a Saturday. They need access. Downtime is not an option.”

Over the years, Leaseweb USA has shown to be trustworthy. Kristen West, an executive vice president overseeing JTC operations stated that Leaseweb USA has always been so responsive to their needs, even noting one time their staff stopped what they were doing to help JTC with getting additional cables so they could get everything racked up faster.

While Jewell and West commended their Leaseweb USA rep, Richard Copeland, and his help, a question remained. Could Leaseweb USA handle a major JTC technical upgrade and migration project while still acting as a team player? This last year JTC discovered Leaseweb USA’s mettle.

Growing Pains Requires JTC Upgrade Its Entire Infrastructure

In 2019, JTC faced major storage and technical challenges. Its customer base grew rapidly, and JTC needed to upscale. JTC utilized Dell’s EqualLogic storage area network (SAN) technology. SAN describes a cluster of shared storage devices connected by a high-speed network. Servers connect this SAN architecture to others that can be accessed by users. The SAN Data Architecture provides more storage and capacity to run powerful applications; however, it requires costly upgrades.

JTC found its SAN technology expensive. About every five years, JTC needed to purchase a new SAN, at a total between $40,000 to $50,000, for the SAN alone, not including additional infrastructure required to keep up with its customers’ hunger for data storage. West observed that JTC customers required accommodation for their increasingly voluminous data, with the same increased performance, putting a significant load the SAN technology couldn’t keep up with. JTC engineers investigated an alternative technology, which would meet the current needs and allow additional growth for ...


 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Fredericksburg Youth Forum planned for June 13th – limited seating available.

Fredericksburg Youth Forum planned for June 13th – limited seating available.

Your voices will be heard! Join us for a Youth Forum this Saturday to address Fredericksburg Community Leaders.

About this Event - We will have a Youth Forum this Saturday from 9 am -12 noon at James Monroe High School. The first 50 youth community members (ages 15-25) to RSVP will need to arrive at 9 am to work with a team to shape their message. Community leadership will arrive at 10:30am to listen to the message.

Due to Covid-19, we are limited to 50 seats. Please register as we will not have room for walk ins. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fredericksburg-youth-forum-tickets-109038565284

Community Leaders that will be present for the forum

Vernon Green as Host/Organizer (Owner, Stafford County based business GCubed, Inc.)

Citizen Advisory Panel (Fredericksburg's civilian law enforcement panel, established 2015)

Ms. Sabrina Johnson Mr. PJ Pcsolinski

Rev. Hasmel Turner Mrs. Meredith Beckett

(Rev. Jarvis Bailey) (Dr. Marci Catlett)

City of Fredericksburg

Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw

Council Member Chuck “Charlie” Frye, Jr.

City Manager Tim Baroody

Police Chief Brian Layton

City of Fredericksburg Public Schools

School Board Member Mr. Jarvis Bailey

Superintendent Dr. Marci Catlett

Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fredericksburg-youth-forum-tickets-109038565284


 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Foundation’s Anne Felder Fund Gives $11,074 to Groups Helping People with Disabilities

Foundation’s Anne Felder Fund Gives $11,074 to Groups Helping People with Disabilities

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Community Foundation administers 170 permanent funds on behalf of generous individuals, families and businesses in our region. Each year, proceeds from these are distributed in the form of grants to local nonprofits, churches and schools.

Recently the Anne Felder Fund of The Community Foundation awarded five grants to area nonprofits that help vulnerable people in our community.

Twenty years ago, Paula Felder established the Anne Felder Fund to honor her daughter. The purpose of the fund is to support the needs and to enrich the lives of intellectually challenged people in our region. Paula envisioned that the fund would support organizations and projects that benefit intellectually disabled people; for example residential services, daycare, research, education, vocational opportunities, and recreation.

A number of nonprofits submitted applications to the Anne Felder Fund immediately before the pandemic began to affect our region. The Community Foundation is mindful of the serious impact COVID-19 has had on the organizations we support, their own staff teams, and the people they serve. In order to be flexible and responsive to our grantees’ needs, the foundation invited nonprofits to re-submit proposals if their operations had changed or if they were no longer able to offer certain services.

$1,074             Cooking Autism, Exceptional Chefs Program

$2,500             Hope Tree Family Services, Improvements to the J. Howard Cates Independent Living Residential Group Home

$2,500             HumanKind, Enriching the Lives of Fredericksburg Group Home Residents (COVID-19 Response grant)

$2,500             Rappahannock Adult Activities, Inc., Emergency Operating Funds (COVID-19 Response grant)

$2,500             Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, Myers Drive Respite Scholarships (COVID-19 Response grant)

 

The Community Foundation welcomes everyone to get involved in advocating for the vitality and well-being of our region. Visit The Community Foundation’s website at cfrrr.org to learn more.


 

Monday, June 15, 2020

REC Warns of Phone Scams Disconnection for Non-payments Remains Suspended

REC Warns of Phone Scams
Disconnection for Non-payments Remains Suspended

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has received reports of fraudulent callers demanding immediate payment from the cooperative’s member-owners. REC urges members to be alert for phone calls from scammers who claim to be from REC stating that accounts are overdue and payment is due immediately.

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

·         At this time, REC has suspended disconnections for non-payment.

·         The Cooperative is not calling to demand payment on accounts that have fallen behind.

·         REC does not use collection agencies to contact members by phone.

·         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. In addition, share this important warning with neighbors, friends and family to help others avoid becoming victims of this scam.

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.


 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Announces 17 Recipients of Its 2020 Community Scholarship Program

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Announces 17 Recipients of
Its 2020 Community Scholarship Program


Fredericksburg, Va. -- Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is pleased to recognize its 2020 Community Scholarship recipients. These 17 students have been recognized for their dedication to excellence in learning and community service.

“These high school, college and trade school students are an amazing group,” said Kent Farmer, president and chief executive officer of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, a member-owned utility that provides electric service to nearly 170,000 connections in portions of 22 Virginia counties. “We are inspired by them, and everyone in our communities should be motivated by these young students as ambassadors from Virginia.”

The following 17 students were selected as 2020 Community Scholarship recipients from a competitive pool of high-achieving students:

  1. Ms. Olivia Atkins, a Class of 2020 graduate of Rappahannock County High School, plans to study nursing at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA.
  2. Ms. India Bundy, a Class of 2020 graduate of Essex County High School, plans to study psychology at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA.
  3. Ms. Rebecca Button, a native of Caroline County, is a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she studies engineering.
  4. Ms. Audrey Cruey, a Class of 2020 graduate of Madison County High School, plans to study law at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.
  5. Mr. James Deane, a Class of 2020 graduate of Orange County High School, plans to study architecture at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.
  6. Ms. Valerie Hernandez-Cervantes, a Class of 2020 graduate of William Monroe High School in Greene County, VA, plans to study nursing at Shenandoah University.
  7. Ms. Liliana Kelley-Wagner, a native of Louisa County, VA, is a student at Sweet Briar College, in Sweet Briar, VA, where she studies engineering.
  8. Ms. Gabrielle Miller, a native of Spotsylvania County, VA, is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, where she studies communication arts.
  9. Ms. Lauren Petty, a Class of 2020 graduate of Rappahannock County High School, plans to study systems engineering at the University of Virginia.
  10. Ms. Chesden Reed, a Class of 2020 graduate of King William High School, plans to study accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  11. Mr. Nathan Richardson, a Class of 2020 graduate of Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania County, VA, plans to study mathematics at Virginia Wesleyan University in Norfolk, VA.
  12. Mikayla Rooper, a Class of 2020 graduate of Culpeper County High School, plans to study dental health at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, VA.
  13. Mr. Charles Rosson, a native of Louisa County, studies at Oklahoma State University, where he studies agricultural business.
  14. Ms. Stephanie Smith, a Class of 2020 graduate of Millbrook High School in Frederick County, VA, plans to study graphics design at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
  15. Ms. Kaitlyn Spitler, a Class of 2020 graduate of Clarke County High School, plans to study occupational therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  16. Ms. Jenna Stanley, a Class of 2020 graduate of Skyline High School in Warren County, VA, plans to study public policy at ...

 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Patient First Offers Return-to-Work COVID-19 Testing

Patient First Offers Return-to-Work COVID-19 Testing

Available by appointment, 7 days a week.

Patient First now provides simple, streamlined employee Return-To-Work COVID-19 testing at designated medical centers. Employees can be tested as required by their employer with the visit charged directly to the employer’s account. 

Testing is available by appointment 7 days a week at the following conveniently located Northern Virginia centers:

Patient First – Gainesville

14800 Lee Hwy

(703)-743-7017

Patient First – Lake Ridge

2199 Old Bridge Rd

(703) 357-9707

Patient First – Leesburg

601 Potomac Station Dr

(703) 840-1396

Patient First – Alexandria

6311 Richmond Hwy

(703) 647-6087

Patient First – Fairfax

10100 Fairfax Blvd

(703) 679-1876

Patient First – Manassas

9715 Liberia Ave

(571) 229-1797

Patient First – Garrisonville

60 Prosperity Lane

(540) 658-2811

 

Test samples are collected outside of the center by a trained medical professional.  Patients may remain in their vehicles through the entire process.  The staff member collecting samples is equipped with proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including an N95 mask, gloves, eye protection, and gown. 

Test results are promptly communicated to the employee and employer upon receipt from the outside lab, usually in 2-5 days.

Patient First also offers other turnkey solutions to help employees return to work safely, such as temperature checks to detect fever and advanced employee examinations and physicals that may include a COVID-19 test, as appropriate.

To add COVID-19 Testing to an existing Occupational Health Account, or to set up a new account for COVID-19 testing, contact Occupational Health Department, at 866-253-9139 or occupational.health@patientfirst.com.

Additional information is available at www.patientfirst.com/covid-19-testing-for-employers.

This Occupational Health service is in addition to drive-up COVID-19 testing offered to patients throughout the Mid-Atlantic.  All Patient First Medical Centers, including the designated testing centers, remain open on a walk-in basis from 8 am to 10 pm, every day, for patients who have a need for medical or injury care including Occupational Health services. 


 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

A New Drive-In Movie Series Is Coming To Fredericksburg This Thursday

 A NEW DRIVE-IN MOVIE SERIES IS COMING TO FREDERICKSBURG THIS THURSDAY

Purchase Tickets Today to Reserve Space

FREDERICKSBURG, Va— The Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Nationals and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce announced today that an all new entertainment series that will take place this week.  The limited engagement Drive-In Movie series will provide families with a safe, fun entertainment experience in Fredericksburg as the community begins steps to emerge from the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

Drive-In Movies will kick off on Thursday, June 11 with Indiana Jones: Raider of the Lost Ark in the parking lot of the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. Two shows are planned for weekdays (4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) and three showings on Saturdays and Sundays (12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.). 

The series is anticipated to run for at least 2 to 3 weeks, featuring blockbuster movies such as Jurassic Park, Bumblebee and Secret Life of Pets 2. Movie tickets, FredNats merchandise, and concessions will be available by pre-purchase online only, to ensure the safety of attendees and staff. To purchase tickets, merch or concessions, please visit https://www.fredericksburgexpocenter.com/drive-in-movies

“We’re excited to create an experience that everyone can look forward to throughout the month,” said, Marlene Camp, General Manager of the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center managed by OVG Facilities, LLC. “Drive-In Movies are the classic movie-going experience that families can enjoy safely from the comfort of their vehicle.”

The Silber family, who operates the Fredericksburg Nationals minor league baseball team and

the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center is excited to bring movies to the community. “As we begin to emerge from the health crisis, we are thrilled to be able provide exciting family entertainment in a safe

environment. We are also excited to provide benefit to the community by committing to provide 10% of all profits to

important community organizations,” said Seth Silber.

The Sunshine Ballpark Foundation will be the beneficiary of the first four days of movies.  Additional community partners will be announced as additional dates and shows are set.

The Drive-In will feature a 17’ x 32’ tractor trailer mounted LED screen offering a view like no other.  Outfitted with the latest in LED technology, the screen’s brightness, color depth, and clarity will make the movies larger than life. 

The Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center will continue to follow guidelines issued by the Virginia Governor’s Office and the Virginia Health Department, including social distancing and the requirement of face coverings. The full movie schedule and additional details (including safety procedures) can be found at https://www.fredericksburgexpocenter.com/drive-in-movies

For all media inquiries, please email Paige Honaker, Marketing Coordinator for the Fredericksburg Nationals at phonaker@frednats.com or call at (540) 858-4242 ext. 233.


 

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Children’s Museum announces Fredericksburg location closure

The Children’s Museum announces Fredericksburg location closure

RICHMOND, Va. (June 1, 2020) — The Children’s Museum announced today that it is permanently closing its Fredericksburg location at 1275 Jefferson Davis Highway effective immediately as a cost-cutting measure during the coronavirus pandemic.

The museum’s other locations continue to be closed to the public due to COVID-19, but plan to reopen at a future date in accordance with state guidelines.

“Since 2014, it has been an honor and privilege for the Children’s Museum to play a part in the strong and supportive community of Fredericksburg,” said Danielle Ripperton, the nonprofit’s president & CEO. “This decision was made with a heavy heart, but is necessary in light of our extended closure and resulting loss in revenue.”

“Moving forward, we are focused on the long-term viability of our organization and remain committed to serving our members and the community,” she continued. “We want the Children’s Museum to be available to Central Virginia’s children and families long after the pandemic, and for decades to come.”

Plans are underway for some Fredericksburg exhibits to be relocated to other Children’s Museum locations.

“The Children’s Museum remains committed to its mission of providing experiences for children and families to learn together through play,” said Ripperton, citing as an example the museum’s athome content series that provides activities, tips, and videos as a way to have fun and promote creativity at childrensmuseumofrichmond.org/blog. “The blog includes everything from making your own paint to how to conduct a ‘Gratitude Scavenger Hunt,’ ” said Ripperton, with the goal of continuing to serve as a valued resource to families throughout Central Virginia.

The Children’s Museum’s facilities and exhibition team is also actively taking measures to ensure compliance with state guidelines that include social distancing, with the revamping of existing space and the expansion of outdoor areas, in anticipation of and preparation for a future reopening.


 

Monday, June 1, 2020

REC Vice President Elected to Leadership Positions

Date:               
May 28, 2020
Contact:         
Casey Hollins
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Vice President Elected to Leadership Positions

John Hewa, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) chief operating officer and vice president of corporate services, has been elected as the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) board chair. The ESA is the national trade association dedicated to energy storage, working toward a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid.

Earlier this year, Hewa was elected to the Virginia Chamber of Commerce board of directors. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the Commonwealth’s leading advocate for business, speaking for every economic sector.

Hewa joined REC in 2017. He has more than twenty years of experience in the electric utility industry and is a registered professional engineer. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce represents businesses and supports the Commonwealth’s economic activity, as well as playing a major role in helping shape energy policy that effects the reliability and affordability of electricity.

Similarly, the ESA is leading the way in energy solutions and future energy solutions. With Hewa serving as board chair, REC can stay up-to-date on and help shape policies and technology that store renewable energy, help meet peak demands and assist with continuity and sustainability during times of power loss.

“Both of these organizations work to benefit the Commonwealth,” said Kent D. Farmer, REC’s president and chief operating officer. “Having John serve on both boards, representing REC while taking part in creating policies, benefits REC member-owners.”

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, June 1, 2020

How Junk in Your Home Causes Stress

How Junk in Your Home Causes Stress

A cluttered home is more than just an inconvenience. It is also a major cause of stress. If chronic stress is an issue for you, then the first thing you should check is the amount of clutter in your home. If you have all sorts of junk filling up your house, this could be the reason you’re having such a hard time relaxing. There are a number of reasons excess stuff tends to stress us out, and a little research makes it obvious why clearer hallways might be the secret pathway to a clearer mind.

Distracting Excess Stimuli

Humans are, by nature, susceptible to overstimulation. Our brains developed to take in everything around us, keeping our eyes peeled and our ears pricked for potential danger. When we’re in our homes, of course, we should not subject ourselves to this kind of hyper-sensitive sensorial intake. If your house is cluttered, then you’re constantly seeing, smelling, and touching more than your mind should have to handle in a state of rest. Your mind is essentially asked to remain in overdrive, and this proves taxing over time.

You’ll also find you’re easily distracted in a cluttered home. Everywhere you look, there’s something filling your visual space. This does not make an ideal environment for a tranquil mind.

A Nagging Sense of Guilt

Almost all of us, at the bottom of our hearts, feel social pressure to maintain a respectable home. If your house is full of clutter, you’re likely to feel a sense of guilt or even shame every time a neighbor unexpectedly drops by. Eventually, you might even start hoping that nobody comes to your place at all. This, of course, is an unnatural and harmful desire, as we’re social animals by nature and should look forward to human interaction in our homes.

Difficulty Relaxing

One of the best things about a home is that it gives you a place to relax. After a long day of doing whatever it is you do, you should be able to hang around the house and unwind. These essential stretches of leisure time become impossible if you are constantly worried about the mountains of junk piled around you. You’ll feel like you’re leaving a job undone, and that sense of nagging incompleteness will haunt you when you most need to relax.

A cluttered house really does lead to a cluttered mind. If your messy house has got you feeling stressed, then it’s in your hands to do something about the problem so that you start to feel better. Check out our website and contact us today. We can help get the clutter out of your home. Not only will your house be emptier after we’re done, but your head will feel clearer and ready to fill up with the things that really matter.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Community Services Board Battles Opioid Epidemic During a Global Pandemic with New, Virtual Services

Community Services Board Battles Opioid Epidemic During a Global Pandemic with New, Virtual Services

Fredericksburg, Virginia – The global pandemic creates conditions that are ripe for the deadly opioid epidemic, and experts worry that the coronavirus will leave a growing toll of overdoses in its wake. To prevent deaths and promote recovery during the Covid-19 outbreak, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board offers specialized virtual services, including training to reverse overdoses, drop-in peer-led recovery groups, and substance use disorder counseling.

“We know that isolation can compound the underlying causes of substance use disorders,” said Executive Director Jane McDonald Yaun. “And the anxiety surrounding the coronavirus, childcare closings  and finances don’t help. We want individuals to know that they are not alone in their struggles and that we are here to help them find hope in these uncertain times.”

Studies from the National Bureau of Economic Statistics show that a one percent increase in the local unemployment rate can drive the opioid overdose rate up three times. And changes in recovery services can cause stress and relapses. To mitigate these impacts, RACSB is using video conferencing to provide a variety of supports for individuals with opioid use disorders and their families.

REVIVE! Opioid Overdose Reversal Training

This life-saving education teaches individuals how to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses by administering naloxone. The 60-minute online course will teach participants to fully respond to an opioid overdose emergency. Participants will need a smart phone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer equipped with a camera, microphone and speakers and Zoom video meetings conferencing software, which is available as a free download.

Participants who live in the City of Fredericksburg or the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania or Stafford will be able to pick up a free kit that includes CPR mouth barriers, vinyl gloves, stickers and an instruction card. They will also have access to a free dose of naloxone.

Virtual trainings will be offered May 28 at 6 p.m.; June 15 at 11 a.m.; and June 22 at 9:30 a.m. Participants can sign up for the session of their choice at https://bit.ly/VIRTUAL_REVIVE. Registration will be confirmed by an email with the course login instructions.

“We are pleased to provide this important training virtually,” Prevention Services Coordinator Michelle Wagaman said. “Addiction and opioid use do not take a break even in a pandemic. Following completion of the online training, there will be scheduled opportunities for participants to pick up a free REVIVE kit and dose of Narcan. Contactless, of course!” 

Peer-Run Support Groups

RACSB hosts three virtual peer-run groups weekly via Zoom. Go to www.rappahannockareacsb.org/ peer-run-support-groups/ for links and instructions on joining the groups.

The available groups are: Remodeled Recovery, Mondays, 12:30—1:30 p.m.; Serenity Sisters, Tuesdays, 12:30—1:30 p.m.; and Hunger for Hope, Fridays, 3:30—4:30 p.m.

These groups are designed to offer encouragement and advice from someone who understands the unique struggles of recovery in a pandemic. Anyone who needs support in dealing with drug and/or alcohol use may attend. ...


 

Friday, May 22, 2020

COVID-19 Critical Local Needs Report Published

COVID-19 Critical Local Needs Report Published 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The majority of nonprofit organizations in our local region are not able to offer at least some of their core services and programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community. This is according to a recently published needs assessment by The Community Foundation with support from the George Washington Regional Planning Commission. Of local nonprofits, more than 45% surveyed reported that COVID-19 is creating an even greater demand for services.

Area nonprofit organizations are a vital and necessary protection for many of our most dramatically affected fellow citizens. The Community Foundation set out to understand the impact of the current pandemic on regional nonprofits and the people they serve in order to deliver donations where they are needed most and do the most good.

The Community Foundation sent an online survey to 368 regional nonprofit organizations and shared the survey link broadly on the foundation’s website and social media channels. Responses from 95 organizations are included in the new report. Because the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, nonprofits have been encouraged to update their responses when circumstances change. The foundation is monitoring these evolving needs.

Nonprofit survey responses were wide ranging – every segment of our community is impacted and need nonprofit services – children, seniors, veterans, adults, and those with disabilities or facing mental health challenges.

George Washington Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Linda Millsaps worked with Program Manager Ali Thomas to distill responses from area nonprofits down to the most important data points.

“It’s clear the need is great,” said Millsaps. “I’m glad we could help present data that helps people understand the impact – especially for our region’s most vulnerable. We look forward to continuing this regional analysis into the future.”

Many nonprofits reported that COVID-19 is causing organization hardship due to a lack of funding, for example because critical fundraising events are cancelled. When asked to estimate the additional financial resources needed for the next 30 – 45 days, the combined total exceeded $1.84 million.

Our community needs extensive resources to address these critical regional needs: The Community Foundation offers solutions through its Community Relief Fund.

“The new Snapshot of Critical Needs report shows the urgency and necessity of The Community Foundation’s Community Relief Fund,” said Ali Thomas, Community Relief Fund lead staff.

“Nearly $500,000 has been donated to the fund and we are distributing an average of $45,000 each week to nonprofits that provide food, shelter, medical supplies and a range of essential support and advocacy for people in need.”

In the words of one regional nonprofit, “In the long run, local support will continue to be vital to our work and to our community. As the economic implications of the pandemic unfold, more people in our community are going to become unemployed, uninsured, or medically underserved. The numbers of people who need our services are going to keep growing, and we will be called to meet that need.”


 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Local Organizations Receive Funding from REC

Local Organizations Receive Funding from REC

Due to the generosity of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners, REC’s The Power of Change recently awarded over $111,000 to local organizations that make a positive difference throughout the REC service area.

Through The Power of Change, over 25,000 REC member-owners either round up their bill to the next whole dollar, make a one-time donation or give a set monthly amount. Those donations are then awarded to non-profits and charitable groups throughout the communities REC serves.

Local recipients of The Power of Change funding include:

Cooking Autism, Inc., Fredericksburg, received $4,200 to go towards gathering the special needs community together for a series of important life-skills and cooking programs.

Emerging STARS, Spotsylvania County, received $15,000 to go towards purchasing a van to provide transportation for 15 young adults with developmental disabilities to go out into the community to experience new activities.

Friends of the Rappahannock, Fredericksburg, received $500 to go towards supporting the staff and fuel for transportation.

Friends of Spostylvania County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Inc., Spotsylvania County, received $22,209 to go towards leadership training, instructor certification, supplies, equipment and reading materials.

G Cubed Ministries, Stafford County, received $8,000 to go towards their Extraordinary Young Minds program, which focuses on students’ good character, mutual respect and the core values of leadership, resources and partnerships.

Legal Aid Works, Fredericksburg, received $5,000 to provide legal information to disadvantaged members of the community of their rights.

Mental Health America of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, received $3,070 to go towards their Suicide Prevention Education program to be provided to Caroline Schools.

Stafford Food Security, Inc., Stafford County, received $5,000 to pay for the facility.

St. Jude of Massaponax/Knights of Columbus Council 13599, Spotsylvania County, received $2,760 to go towards providing ten families with elementary-school children in need to receive free healthy groceries every month for one year.

 “A member’s donation could be a few cents each month, but they add up quickly and can make a difference for local organizations,” said Casey Hollins, director of Communications and Public Relations. “Enrolling in The Power of Change only takes a few minutes to sign up, but the impact can last a lifetime.”

REC members who would like to help make a difference in their communities can learn more at thepowerofchange.org. Gifts can be a set monthly amount, a one-time donation or members can have their bill rounded up their bill to the next whole dollar.

To see the full list of recent recipients, visit REC’s website at myrec.coop/TPOCrecipients.

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




 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Stay Safe Memorial Day Weekend

STAY SAFE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Urgent Care and COVID-19 Testing Available

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer.  While there may not be as many gatherings with family and friends this holiday weekend, many Memorial Day celebrations will continue.  Whether you live in an area where stay-at-home orders remain in place or where restrictions are easing, people continue to limit their exposure to the coronavirus. 

Patient First has provided uninterrupted care throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so throughout the Memorial Day weekend and beyond. COVID-19 testing will also be available at designated centers.

As you head outdoors for some fun, whether it is at the beach or in your backyard, protect your family from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Patient First physicians have these suggestions to save your skin:

  • Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF, even when it’s cloudy.  Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going outside.
  • Wide-brimmed hats help shade your neck and face but do not offer complete protection.  Use sunscreen on these sensitive areas.
  • Wear light-weight sun-protective clothing.  Long sleeves and long pants also protect the skin.
  • Wear sunglasses that block UV rays.

Sun damage accumulates and occurs even when you are not actively trying to soak up a few rays.  Whether you are walking the dog or mowing the lawn, sun damage adds up over time.  Remember that newborns and children are especially sensitive to the sun’s rays.  Protecting their skin is crucial.

Family cookouts are a Memorial Day tradition.  More people will celebrate at home with a backyard cookout during this pandemic.  Keep everyone safe when you fire up the grill.  Remember these precautions:

  • Keep children and pets away.  Establish a 3-foot “Kid Free Zone” around your grill.
  • Use your grill outdoors only.  Keep it away from your home, deck furniture and overhanging branches that might catch fire.
  • Remove grease or fat from the grill tray so it does not flame up.
  • Never leave the grill unattended.
  • Grilling and drinking alcohol don’t mix.

All Patient First Medical Centers are open from 8 am until 10 pm on Memorial Day and every day of the year.  COVID-19 testing also continues during the holiday at designated Patient First locations.  Updates about testing sites, instructions about how to make an appointment, and other information are available at www.patientfirst.com/covid-19-testing.

 


 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Discounted Fees for Children of Military Members and Police

Discounted Fees for Children of Military Members and Police

The Fredericksburg area’s newest Christian preschool will open its doors for the 2020-2021 school year this August.

Operated as an educational ministry of Highway Assembly of God, The Good Shepherd Preschool will offer a strong academic program that integrates Christian character and biblical truths into every area of learning. 

“We are excited to support area families in offering this educational resource,” comments preschool director Gary Wagner. “Our objective is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to develop foundational learning skills.”

Wagner adds, “We especially appreciate our armed forces and police officers and their service to our nation and community. So we are offering a 10% discount on preschool tuition and on fees for before school care, extended care and after-school care for children whose parents are active-duty military or local law enforcement officers.” 

To be eligible for this discount program, parents registering their children must be U.S. military members, currently in active-duty status or service-disabled veterans, or current local (city, county, state) uniformed law enforcement officers.

The Good Shepherd Preschool is currently accepting enrollments on line through the school’s website at http://gspreschool.highwayag.org. Clicking on the “Apply Now” button will direct parents to the preschool’s admissions information page.

The Good Shepherd Preschool is hosted at Highway Assembly of God, centrally located in the City of Fredericksburg just 1/2-mile south from the interchange of Jefferson Davis Hwy. with Rte. 3, at 2221 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

The preschool is housed in a spacious educational building that features several classrooms, a fellowship hall/multipurpose area and a gymnasium. Outdoor recreational areas include a large sports field and fenced playground.

“Our teaching staff will use a carefully designed curriculum enriched by music and physical education, arts and crafts, dramatic and creative play, and field trips, for example, to support all dimensions of child development,” explains Wagner.

“We will be intentional in training children to grow academically, to be spiritually prepared for Christian service, and to develop a lifelong Christian worldview, while having a lot of fun.”

The Good Shepherd Preschool offers both three-day-a-week and five-day-a-week programs for both 3-year-old and 4-year-old children. All classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and will be supervised by experienced lead teachers assisted by classroom aides.

For further information, visit the preschool’s website at http://gspreschool.highwayag.org or contact the preschool at preschool@highwayag.org or phone (540) 371-7662. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/preschool.highwayag.org.

 


 

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Community Relief Fund Raises Nearly $500,000 for Area Nonprofits

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

The Community Relief Fund Raises Nearly $500,000 for Area Nonprofits 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The region around Fredericksburg, Virginia has seen a surge in charitable contributions to create a thriving, resilient and event stronger community during the COVID-19 crisis.

“The need is great,” said Teri McNally, The Community Foundation’s Executive Director, talking about the potential to make a difference for our community’s future, “but the response we are getting to the Community Relief Fund is incredible.”

The Community Foundation activated the Community Relief Fund in March when the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic in our region became clear. Immediately individuals, families and businesses began to make donations to support nonprofit organizations. In fewer than 8 weeks, the fund has grown to $449,425.

“I’m confident we can reach $500,000 in charitable gifts to help our communities,” said Community Foundation President Elect Michele Mansouri. “What a powerful message it would send to our region’s most vulnerable people if we reach $1,000,000!”

All of the money donated to the Community Relief Fund is currently being distributed to nonprofit organizations that provide human services and emergency assistance like food, shelter, transportation and financial support in our local area, as well as health/mental health and educational resources.

Grants are being electronically transferred to nonprofit bank accounts each week. So far, $180,425 has been awarded to 25 different nonprofits. Grant money is being used to purchase and distribute emergency food supplies, to provide COVID-19 prevention support to vulnerable citizens, to offer childcare to essential workers and first responders and to convert services like legal aid, mental health care and advocacy to telehealth/online access.

The Community Foundation is assessing urgent needs, identifying short-term gaps, and gathering information that will inform longer-term recovery efforts. Initial findings from the foundation’s Nonprofit Needs Assessment have been published to the foundation’s website with the support of the George Washington Regional Planning Commission. Over 76 percent of surveyed nonprofits indicated that they are not able to offer at least some of their core services as a result of COVID-19. Nonprofit support is needed by every segment of our community – children, seniors, veterans, those with disabilities or facing mental health challenges, and more.

One major gift to the fund was a donation of $100,000 from the Sunshine Lady Foundation. A representative told The Community Foundation, “We were motivated to make this donation on Doris Buffet’s behalf by our warm memories of her special Fredericksburg relationship and our trust in The Community Foundation leadership and goals.”

Fredericksburg Savings Charitable Foundation, Kaeser Compressors, sPower, Michele Mansouri/Access Eye, The Honeywell Charitable Fund, and Rennie and Richmond McDaniel have also made leadership gifts to the fund.

Gifts of any size add up to a huge impact for our region and its future!

Nonprofits can access the online application from The Community Foundation’s websitehttps://www.cfrrr.org/nonprofit-grant-application/

Complete grant guidelines are available on the website as well: https://www.cfrrr.org/grant-guidelines-the-community-relief-fund/

Learn more about the Community Relief Fund and how it has been activated to respond to the ...


 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Graduates Thirteenth Class

Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Graduates Thirteenth Class

FREDERICKSBURG – The Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg program graduated its thirteenth class of 31 fellows during a May 15 ceremony virtually on Facebook.

The Leadership Fredericksburg 2020 Class President and Owner of Discover Next Step, LLC, Barbara Gustavson, gave an inspiring message to the graduates and attendees as they recounted their journeys through the program.

The 31 fellows in the 2020 class began their Leadership Fredericksburg experience in September 2019 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 Fredericksburg Rescue Squad. Each team presented their deliverables during the Project Presentations on Facebook Live.

Leadership Fredericksburg 2020 Fellows

Xavier Bates, LifeCare Medical Transports

Kiara Branch, Flatter, Inc.

Karen Carr, Atlantic Builders

Stacey Coolican, Davis Defense Group

Jael Cooper, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center

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, now Truist

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, effectv a Comcast company

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

Applications for the 2021 Class will be available on the Chamber’s website, www.fxbgchamber.org, this summer.

Leadership Fredericksburg thanks the 2020 Program Title Sponsor: Mary Washington Healthcare and the 2029 Program Gold Sponsors: Atlantic Builders, Ltd., Atlantic Union Bank., LifeCare Medical Transports, Lifepoint Church, NSWC Federal Credit Union, and Stafford County Government.

 


 

Monday, May 18, 2020

City of Fredericksburg, EDA to explore business assistance programs

City of Fredericksburg, EDA to explore business assistance programs

(Fredericksburg, VA) May 18, 2020 - The City of Fredericksburg and its Economic Development Authority will work with the local business community to establish additional business-assistance programs in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The EDA will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss a business-relief program funded by the EDA and City of Fredericksburg. The EDA and City of Fredericksburg have already teamed up on a business-relief program that led to $250,000 in grants being made to 107 Fredericksburg small businesses. The EDA and City now want to work with the business community to discuss and implement additional ways to help.

Ideas that have been discussed have included additional grants, a subsidized gift card program, and the purchase of items that allow businesses to safely reopen to the public.

“Everything is on the table,” said City Manager Tim Baroody. “We want to tap into the best minds of our community to come up with a program that will help our businesses and enhance economic activity while keeping our residents safe – which remains our no. 1 priority.”

The EDA on Wednesday will work to establish an exploratory committee composed of two EDA members, City staff (with guidance from the Mayor and City Council), and designated members of the business community. That committee will meet to quickly implement one or more programs.

The EDA’s share of the funding would come from the Authority’s currently available funds, which have mostly come from fees paid by private developers who have issued bonds through the Authority. The City’s share would come from the approximately $2.5 million allocated to the City from the CARES Act based on its population. That money must be spent by December 30 and can be used only for COVID-related expenses.

One of the allowable expenditures under the law is “expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency, such as … expenditures related to the provision of grants to small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures.”

The City will also seek to recoup expenses related to enhanced teleworking, cleaning supplies and equipment related to COVID-19, and other expenses. The exact amount to be put toward the business-assistance effort will be discussed by the exploratory committee, but it is likely to be higher than the funds allocated through the grant program.

“We look forward to working with Council, the EDA and the business community to create one or more programs that will assist our small businesses – which are truly the lifeblood of our great City,” Baroody said.

For more information, please call Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism at 540-372-1216 or visit www.FredericksburgVa.com.


 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Governor Northam’s Phase One Begins in the City of Fredericksburg

Governor Northam’s Phase One Begins in the City of Fredericksburg

(Fredericksburg, VA) May 15, 2020 - Some Virginia businesses will be allowed to resume operations in a restricted and very limited manner today, including those in the City of Fredericksburg. This marks the start of Governor Northam’s “Phase One” loosening of some restrictions on business operations and civic activity. Detailed guidance for all businesses and specific sectors is available at: www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia

The City of Fredericksburg continues to strongly urge strict adherences to universally recognized COVID-19 best practices to include: social distancing (stay 6 feet apart), stay home if sick or a high risk citizen, following aggressive hygiene measures (wash your hands often), wear a mask when in the company of others. (The CDC website states: Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. The Governor’s website states: Some people with COVID-19 have no signs or symptoms and do not feel sick, but can still pass the virus on to others. A cloth face covering can help prevent this.)

Businesses are urged to carefully follow the Governor’s guidelines in order to keep everyone safe and to prevent a setback that could lead to the re-imposition of restrictions. The City of Fredericksburg is studying ways that certain businesses, including restaurants, can slowly expand their operations in the weeks ahead in a manner that is consistent with the Governor’s directive. One possibility being discussed is expanding the existing Sidewalk Café permit to temporarily allow for sidewalk seating areas in the public right of way that incorporate physical distancing requirements. Additionally, the City will be waiving Temporary Use Permit fees for restaurants who are able to use adjacent private property for outdoor seating. Look for more information on these measures soon.

Businesses needing assistance in interpreting occupancy restriction are encouraged to call the Building Services Division of the Community Planning and Building Department at (540) 372-1080 or the Fire Department’s Fire Marshall’s Office at (540) 372-1059. City staff is here to help you get the information you need to meet the Governor’s guidelines and have a safe business operation for employers, employees and customers.

The Fredericksburg Police Department will have increased patrols in an effort to educate and seek voluntary compliance with the outlined Phase One restrictions issued by Governor Northam. If the community has specific questions related to Executive Order #61 or wishes to report observed violations of the order, please call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (540) 373-3122 and ask to speak to the on-duty watch commander.

Additionally, after delaying the opening one week, the City Manager has authorized the reopening of the outdoor Farmers Market at Hurkamp Park on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Extra staff will be on site,

implementing significant new measures to ensure better social distancing. Additionally, robust hygiene measures, masks and gloves will be strongly encouraged at the site. 

The Market will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to ...


 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Inc. Magazine Reveals Annual List of Best Workplaces for 2020

INC. MAGAZINE REVEALS ANNUAL LIST OF BEST WORKPLACES FOR 2020

RPI Group, Inc. is one of the highest-scoring businesses, with standout employee engagement

Fredericksburg, Virginia (May 6, 2020) – RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) has been named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the Best Workplaces for 2020. Hitting newsstands May 12 in the May/June 2020 issue, and as part of a prominent Inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wideranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies that have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits.

At RPI, the experience matters just as much as the solution and their employees play a crucial part in that. RPI got into this business because they loved ambitious projects; the timelines others could not meet and the challenges too complex to solve. At nearly two decades in, they’re still obsessed with fixing what is broken in the industry while providing an experience as seamless as the final product. RPI has gone to extraordinary lengths to attract, develop, and maintain its highly skilled and dedicated workforce. Our customers benefit from receiving top quality support and results while our employees can continue rising to any challenge. It is the extraordinary people and teams working in the close-knit family-like atmosphere that make the real difference. 

Collecting data from more than 3,000 submissions, Inc. singled out 395 finalists for this year’s list. Each nominated company took part in an employee survey, conducted by Quantum Workplace, on topics including trust, management effectiveness, perks, and confidence in the future. Inc. gathered, analyzed, and audited the data. Then we ranked all the employers using a composite score of survey results. This year, 73.5 percent of surveyed employees were engaged by their work.

The strongest engagement scores came from companies that prioritize the most human elements of work. These companies are leading the way in employee recognition, performance management, and diversity. It is a different playbook from a decade ago, when too many firms used the same template: free food, open work environments, and artifacts of “fun.”

Robert Pleban, CEO of RPI says, “We are thrilled to receive this award for the third time! The human touch in a high-tech world is simply critical. Being human centric is being mission centric. We are truly grateful for all of our fantastic folks here at RPI!”

“Building a great corporate culture comes only from strong leadership,” says Inc. magazine editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “The companies on Inc.’s Best Workplaces list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from, especially now, when company culture is more important to the workforce than ever.”

While researching the finalists, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes:
• 100 percent provide health insurance.
• 50 percent allow employees to bring pets to work.
• 62 percent take employees to offsite retreats to relax and recharge.
• 20 percent offer paid sabbaticals to reward length of service.

 


 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Fredericksburg Digital Agency Kicks off Fundraiser for Underfunded Brisben Center

May 1, 2020
Media Contact:
Shawn McGuinn
shawn@creative2.com
creative2.com

FREDERICKSBURG DIGITAL AGENCY KICKS OFF FUNDRAISER FOR UNDERFUNDED BRISBEN CENTER FOLLOWING STAR STUDDED LIVE-STREAM ‘THE CALL TO UNITE’

Fredericksburg, Virginia – Creative2, a digital agency with one of its main hubs in Fredericksburg, is kicking off a fundraiser for the Brisben Center following star-studded livestream “The Call to Unite” this weekend.

By launching the fundraiser on the heels of “The Call to Unite”, Creative2 hopes to get more attention on the Brisben Center and its struggle to take on the added expense of maintaining safe social distancing while simultaneously enduring substantial COVID-19-related funding shortfalls.

“In order to keep people a safe distance from each other, we’ve had to lease hotel rooms and it’s expensive,” explained Chris Payton, Resource Officer with the Brisben Center. “Our signature fundraising event was canceled and private foundations we used to rely on are overwhelmed and no longer accepting proposals. On top of that, resources from government sources are projected to sharply decline while homelessness is projected to rise. As a result, we are facing substantial shortfalls.”

Creative2 created a GoFundMe page where donations will be accepted for the Brisben Center and has pledged to match every dollar donated through the campaign up to $500 in the month of May. Additionally, if the related post on Creative2's Facebook page is shared at least 100 times, the company will double its match.

Creative2 has sought out other local companies to pledge their own match. Four local companies and individuals have already signed on including Gwyneth's Gift, Brittany Henry Ministries, and two anonymous donors. Those interested in joining the matching efforts are encouraged to contact info@creative2.com. Companies who take part will have the option of being included in future marketing for the campaign.

“‘The Call to Unite’ is giving us a chance to impact the US as a whole,” said Hunter Renard, Creative2 Developer and Mary Washington alumnus, “but it’s even more meaningful to bring aid back home here to Fredericksburg. To know that some of our neighbors are struggling to pay their mortgage and put food on the table makes me glad to be involved in a solution.”

Creative2 is one of a handful of companies behind “The Call to Unite” which begins Friday and brings together more than 200 actors, musicians and public figures including Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, and President George W. Bush.

Creative2, an award-winning digital agency, builds websites, apps, systems, and event technology with easy to use, conversion-driven interfaces. Creative2 places a priority on community service

and a family-friendly culture focused on developing people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Creative2 donated web and hosting resources to “The Call to Unite” livestream event to support viewers around the world and encourage donations to COVID-19 charities. To work with Creative2, visit Creative2.com.

The Brisben Center is the largest emergency homeless shelter and transformative services provider in the four-county Fredericksburg, Virginia region. Its mission is to provide residents with temporary shelter and equip them with tools to resolve poverty and obtain housing. The Center serves 60 ...


 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Virginia Chamber celebrates 25th Anniversary of Fantastic 50 recognizing small, fast growing compani

Virginia Chamber celebrates 25th Anniversary of Fantastic 50 recognizing small, fast growing companies

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of the 2020 Virginia’s Fantastic 50. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Fantastic 50 program is the only statewide awards program of its kind which honors the fifty fastest growing companies in the Commonwealth.

"Small business is the heart of our economy and we are pleased to honor the entrepreneurial spirit and hard work of Virginia’s fifty fastest growing businesses,” said Barry DuVal, President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “Although we are unable to honor these business leaders and their dedicated teams in-person, due to COVID-19, we applaud each of these companies who continue to set the bar higher every year and want to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve for their contributions to the Commonwealth.”

To be eligible for the Virginia Fantastic 50, a company must be privately held with headquarters in Virginia, show revenues between $200,000 and $200 million, and demonstrate positive revenue growth and positive net income in its most recent fiscal year over the previous year. Companies are judged on four-year revenue history (2015-2018). The professional service firm Dixon Hughes Goodman verifies all award entries. Additional information on the application process can be found below.

In addition to the Fantastic 50, the Chamber announced three Virginia Vanguard winners, recognized for the highest growth in the categories of service and technology, and recognizing the company with the highest overall growth in Virginia.

More information on each of the Fantastic 50 businesses for this year can be found in the feature story published by Virginia Business Magazine.

The 2020 Virginia Vanguard Winners are:

Highest Overall Growth: B3 Group Inc., Herndon

Technology: GCubed Enterprises Inc., Stafford

Service: Alpha Omega Integration, LLC, Vienna

A full list of the Fantastic 50 award winners is available below.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

2020 Virginia Fantastic 50 Winners

  1. B3 Group, Inc., Herndon (Virginia Vanguard - Highest Overall Growth)
  2. Alpha Omega Integration, LLC, Vienna (Virginia Vanguard – Service)
  3. FedWriters, Fairfax
  4. Dynamic Systems Technology Inc., Fairfax
  5. GCubed Enterprises Inc., Stafford (Virginia Vanguard – Technology)
  6. The Language Group, Virginia Beach
  7. The Author Incubator, McLean
  8. Axiologic Solutions LLC, Fairfax
  9. Spatial Front Inc., McLean
  10. SOLitude Lake Management, Virginia Beach
  11. Changeis, Inc., Rosslyn
  12. CoSolutions, Inc., Sterling
  13. World Services, LLC, Alexandria
  14. U.Group, Arlington
  15. Advanced Concepts and Technologies International LLC (ACT I), Arlington
  16. Seventh Sense Consulting, Woodbridge
  17. Firebird Analytical Solutions and Technologies, Arlington
  18. Criterion Systems ...

 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Fredericksburg VA Main Street launches Reboot Downtown! Survey

For more information:
Ann Glave, Executive Director
Fredericksburg VA Main Street info@fredericksburgmainstreet.org
540-479-1595

Fredericksburg VA Main Street launches Reboot Downtown! Survey

These are unprecedented times and we are all figuring out a new way of taking care of normal day-to-day activities. Downtown businesses demonstrated their independent spirit by facing down this challenge and pivoting their businesses to remain viable and strong during this time. Our Main Street community is the HEART of Fredericksburg and through all stages of this pandemic we will continue to demonstrate why we are FXBG STRONG!

We are at a very important crossroad as we prepare to reopen Downtown. Now is the time for businesses to prepare their spaces and staff for important safety considerations. You can help us with this transition by completing the survey link below. The survey will close on May 12.

The feedback will be used to develop an overall "Reboot Downtown! Initiative". There is no specific date that Downtown will reopen. Each business and industry will follow Federal, State, and local guidance to ensure that they keep their staff and customers safe. Please continue to follow the Fredericksburg Downtown Facebook page and your favorite business’s social media pages for the up-to-date reopening plan.

The creation of this survey was done in collaboration with the University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg Main Street recognizes the time and expertise of Leslie Martin, Director of the Center for Community Engagement, Kashef Majid, associate professor of Marketing in the College of Business and Dave Kolar, professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, in the College of Arts & Sciences. Another example of the Community working together towards a common goal.

“We are grateful of the public support of the Downtown community and our Main Street Organization. We quite literally could not do it without you!” states April Peterson, president of Fredericksburg VA Main Street.

Link to Survey

Fredericksburg VA Main Street is a designated National Main Street community since 2013. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Fredericksburg VA Main Street concentrates in the heart of the historic commercial district of Downtown. It’s where historic preservation and economic vitality come together to create a vibrant Downtown. Projects include Face the River, planters, Downtown gift cards, Renwick Feasibility Study, Small Business Saturday, A Downtown Affair, Zero Interest Loan, Technology Grants and more. Visit FredericksburgDowntown.org for details.


 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Library produces PPE for local medical workers and law enforcement

Library produces PPE for local medical workers and law enforcement

Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 1, 2020 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) is assisting medical workers and law enforcement in our community by 3D-printing personal protective equipment (PPE) for LifeCare Medical Transports and Westmoreland County sheriff and correctional officers. Staff have set up all 12 of the library's 3D printers and have started production of ear guards for surgical masks, face shields and face masks. To date they have printed 182 ear guards and 115 face shields. This week they began printing face masks for Westmoreland County as that is the greater need. Staff continue to print face shields and ear guards too. CRRL would like to thank the North Stafford, Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Rappahannock Rotary Clubs, and Dr. Sam Smart, Matern Staffing, and International Auto Specialist for donating funds for purchasing filament and supplies. Also, thanks to Nathan Sekinger, Gayle Middle School Librarian, for consulting on the digital files and supplies needed.

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


 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Community Collaboration Feeds Thousands of Area Residents

Community Collaboration Feeds Thousands of Area Residents

Community Services Board teams up with LDS Church and local organizations to provide nearly 40,000 pounds of food to individuals in need

Fredericksburg, Virginia – The pantry was almost bare. Fredericksburg United Methodist Church gave bags of food to 400 families in March and by mid-April, the bags dwindled while the demand for help surged. But a joint community effort replenished the church’s food pantry and provided food for more than a dozen local organizations facing similar struggles.

On April 23, a tractor trailer pulled up to HDT Global’s warehouse in Spotsylvania County, carrying nearly 40,000 pounds of food donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the Fredericksburg Community

The large philanthropic effort was organized by Amy Jindra Rippy, the coordinator of the Kenmore Club, a day program run by Rappahannock Area Community Services Board for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. That program provides job skills, meaningful relationships, and community involvement for about 90 individuals.

The clubhouse closed its doors due to social distancing requirements from the coronavirus, and staff provided supports by video conferencing. But the program also provides nutritious meals, which can’t be offered via Zoom. Many clubhouse members also rely on other community partners, and Rippy knew those organizations were seeing growing demands for help as unemployment surged after the pandemic forced the closure of many businesses.

Rippy belongs to the LDS Church and when she discovered that the Salt Lake City-based denomination was sending truckloads of food around the country, she asked if the Fredericksburg area could receive a donation. The next hurdle was finding a place to distribute about 20 tons of food. HDT stepped in to offer a warehouse and a forklift.

“We are concerned for all those who are suffering during this pandemic and are excited to work with RACSB to distribute needed food to those in the Fredericskburg area,” said John Genho, president of the Fredericksburg Stake of the LDS Church. He provides guidance to leaders of nine congregations in the Fredericksburg and Culpeper regions. “We hope we can continue to work with RACSB in the future to reach those in the most need.”

With help from RACSB, Rippy coordinated a two-day effort that provided food for groups big and small, including schools, nonprofits, government agencies, and faith-based programs.

Micah Ecumenical Ministries will use nearly 5,000 pounds of food to sustain more than 100 formerly homeless individuals who now have a roof over their heads, said Executive Servant Leader Meghann Cotter.

“It is so important at a time like this to have key support from the community to fill the gaps,” she said. “Many of the resources our folks previously depended on are shut down or overrun by demand. 

Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services used their donated provisions for more than 30 clients struggling to pay bills during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Because of this food donation, we have been able to alleviate one of their most pressing needs ...


 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Patient First Launches Telehealth Visits

Patient First Launches Telehealth Visits

Now Available to Patients in Virginia and Maryland

Patient First has launched its new Telehealth service, making it even more convenient to visit a Patient First physician. Patients can now access a Patient First physician through their smart phone, tablet, or computer.

Patient First’s Telehealth service is available Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.  Patient First Medical Centers remain open from 8 am to 10 pm, 365 days a year, for walk-in care of illness and injury.

To be eligible for a Telehealth visit, you must be in Virginia and have been treated at any Patient First in Virginia within the last 5 years or you must be in Maryland and have been treated at any Patient First in Maryland within the last 5 years. Currently, Telehealth is available only to patients who are 18 years old or older.  Patient First plans to expand access to additional states, and to younger patients, in the near future.

Common conditions that are appropriate for Telehealth include:

  • Headache
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Chest Congestion
  • Fever
  • Ear Pain
  • Body Aches
  • Urinary Issues
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Skin Infection
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Other Body Pain
  • Achy Joints
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Food Poisoning
  • Prescription Refills, when appropriate and originally prescribed at Patient First.  (Opioids may not be prescribed during Telehealth visits.)

To begin a Telehealth visit, patients call (866) 990-2533 where they will speak with a Patent Service Representative.  Once the patient’s eligibility for Telehealth is determined, the patient is registered and connected with a Patient First physician.  The physician will review the patient’s medical history, including allergies and medications being taken.  He or she will conduct a virtual exam, and provide diagnosis and treatment recommendations. 

If drugs are prescribed, the prescription will be electronically transmitted to the patient’s pharmacy.

For insured patients, Patient First will file the Telehealth visit to insurance for payment.  For those without insurance, or with insurance with which Patient First does not participate, the cost of a routine visit is $75.  Follow-up visits are $35. 

Telehealth is not available for work injury visits, or other employer services at this time.  These services are available at Patient First centers on a walk-in basis. 

Additional information is available on Patient First’s website, www.patientfirst.com

DC/Fredericksburg Areas

Also, Patient First is offering drive-up COVID-19 testing at its locations along Garrisonville Road near I-95 in Stafford, VA, on Liberia Avenue in Manassas, VA, and on Crain Highway in Waldorf, Maryland.  Testing is by appointment only.  Appointments are made by calling a designated testing center.  For more information, visit www.patientfirst.com/covid-19/covid-19-testing.

 

 

 


 

Monday, May 4, 2020

GCubed Receives Top Honor from Virginia Chamber of Commerce

GCubed Enterprises, Inc., DBA GCubed, Inc. 

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

GCubed Receives Top Honor from Virginia Chamber of Commerce   

Stafford, Virginia – Today, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce named GCubed the fifth fastest growing company on the annual Fantastic 50 list, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing companies in Virginia. GCubed was also named the Virginia Vanguard winner for technology, an honor recognizing the highest growth in the categories of service, technology, retail/wholesale, and overall growth in Virginia.

GCubed Founder & CEO Vernon Green Jr. says, “When I retired from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer after 20 years of service, I decided to stay in Virginia because of the great opportunities here. As we celebrate six years in business, I never would have imagined that the GCubed Enterprises, Inc. team would be the Virginia Vanguard winner for technology. While technology is the category for this award, at GCubed we believe an organization’s greatest asset is still its people. Our team executes the mission and vision. We take great pride in this award and will continue to develop innovative, effective solutions for our customers.”  

To be eligible for the Fantastic 50 Award Program, a company must be privately held with headquarters in Virginia, show revenues between $200,000 and $200 million, and demonstrate positive revenue growth and positive net income in its most recent fiscal year over the previous year. Companies are judged on four-year revenue history. The professional service firm Dixon Hughes Goodman verifies all award entries. The Fantastic 50 Award Program is a signature event of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and is the only annual statewide award recognizing Virginia’s fastest growing businesses. For more information, please visit https://www.virginiabusiness.com/article/charting-growth/

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 contractors across nine sites in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. GCubed ranked as the 386th fastest-growing privately held company on 2019’s Inc. 5000 list. For more information, visit www.gcubedinc.com


 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Free Lance–Star announces grant program to provide marketing assistance to local business impact by

Free Lance–Star announces grant program to provide marketing assistance to local business impact by COVID-19

THE FREE Lance–Star is proud to announce the launch of our Local Marketing Grant program, which offers matching marketing funds to local businesses whose livelihood has been impacted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

The Free Lance–Star has partnered with local businesses across our region to deliver their message to customers in both times of prosperity and in times of great challenge. While the coronavirus outbreak has created change and difficulties for us all, the ability of our local business community to market to their customers remains essential to their, and all of our, sustainability and recovery. Our company’s greatest assets, by far, are the local communities we serve and we’re firmly committed to supporting them through this grant program.

This program will be available to locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and will provide matching advertising grants for use in The Free Lance–Star print and digital publications and services. This builds upon our existing commitment to our local business community through such successful initiatives as our Buy Local gift card program, and the We’re Open Directory.

Through our Local Marketing Grant program, we are enabling small business owners to access a much broader portfolio of marketing products. This program will allow us to take a far more comprehensive approach to overcoming the unique challenges our local business partners face as a result of this pandemic.

Grants will range from $250 to $15,000 each month, and will be awarded in April, May and June. Applicants may apply online at fredericksburg.com/grant.

As a trusted source of news and information for the communities we serve, we feel that we are uniquely positioned to assist our local business community during these trying times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen record-setting trends in both pageviews and users who are accessing our content both in our printed newspaper and at fredericksburg.com. These audiences present a tremendous opportunity for our local business community to get their message out to local residents each and every day.

During these uncertain times, we believe each of us can do our part to help our community come through the other side of this pandemic stronger and more united to tackle the challenges ahead. We ask that you join us in supporting our local business community in the weeks and months to follow.

Two weeks ago, we launched our Support Local Now program, which provides a free online We’re Open Directory to local businesses that are open during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as a separate directory for those who sell gift cards.

We have been very pleased by the success of this new program, which has added over 200 businesses to the two directories. Thanks to our sponsors of this program and to all of the businesses participating.

 


 

Monday, April 27, 2020

REC Lineman Helps Coordinate Flyover

REC Lineman Helps Coordinate Flyover

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) first class lineman, Chuck Tippett, has used his airplane for a variety of things over the years. What do all of them have in common? He does it to bring smiles to those around him!

On April 22, Tippett took part in Mary Washington Health Care’s parade and flyover to salute local healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“My patient and I got to watch from my office window – it was really neat,” said Ellen Conrad, a REC member-owner who works for Mary Washington Health Care in the Massaponax area.

“I am so privileged and honored to recognize and thank them,” Tippett said of the flyover. “My hat is off to them.” 

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.

Here is a video on Chuck’s coordination of the flyover: https://youtu.be/2uERBcvKnlU

 


 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Fredericksburg Social Services Extends Child Abuse Prevention Month

Fredericksburg Social Services Extends Child Abuse Prevention Month

The City of Fredericksburg’s Department of Social Services recognizes that we are experiencing a very difficult time and wants everyone to know that they are here to help! They have officially extended Child Abuse Prevention “month” until the current Shelter in Place order is lifted by Governor Northam.

If you are worried about a child, you can reach out (anonymously if you prefer) to someone who can help. To make a child or adult protective services referral to  Fredericksburg Social Services between 8 a.m. and  4:30 p.m. call (540) 940-2401 or (540) 372-1032 ext. 298. After hours, call (800) 552-7096 (Child Protective Services Hotline) or (888) 832-3858 (Adult Protective Services Hotline).  Keep kids safe in our community and stay strong Fredericksburg!

For more information please call 540-372-1032 or visit www.Fredericksburgva.gov/491/Social-Services.


 

Monday, April 27, 2020

FDA Approved Face Masks

FDA Approved Face Masks

Stone’s Office Equipment, in alliance with our manufacturer partner have access to FDA approved KN95 Masks, if your office would like to purchase any and help our community. Masks are sold in quantities of 25: For every 5 masks sold, Stone’s will donate a mask to our First Responders, Assisted Living or Nursing Home Facility. All orders require credit card payment or check in advance. The CDC is recommending wearing face masks when going out, especially in areas where people congregate. Latest data suggested some sort of social behavior changes through 2021, which is why masks are in such demand. These are 5 layers of protection, compared to 3 layers from other manufacturers.

For more information from the CDC click here If interested, please contact your account executive, or call (804) 288-9000.


 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Rappahannock United Way And Community Leaders Celebrate A Successful 2019 Workplace Campaign

Rappahannock United Way And Community Leaders
Celebrate A Successful 2019 Workplace Campaign

Fredericksburg (April, 2020) – Rappahannock United Way celebrates a successful 2019 Workplace Campaign alongside representatives from Corporate Campaign Companies and Local Government Campaigns.

Because of these companies’ successful campaigns, Rappahannock United Way was able to immediately spring into action when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, namely through the ALICE Assistance Fund. This fund provides financial assistance for working or newly furloughed, or laid off households, by providing one-time assistance to eligible applicants. Financial assistance is provided with the intent of assisting households in overcoming a financial crisis, stabilizing housing (with rent and mortgage payments) and keeping them working (paying vehicle repairs and providing coaching).

Rappahannock United Way would like to thank their Corporate Campaign Companies, Local Government Campaigns, and their employees for their generous and consistent contributions throughout 2019. These successful workplace campaigns also helped fund grants that supported community-wide programs in Education, Healthy Living, Financial Stability - including the ALICE Assistance Fund and RUW Free Tax Program.

Workplace Campaign Awards

Flagship Company: GEICO, with over $1,000,000 raised in campaign!

Employee Campaign Coordinators of the Year:

Ingrid Thomas, Virginia Partners Bank

Joshua Pierce, PermaTreat

Kathy Digman, Target

Kelsea Olszewski and Melodie Basso, GEICO

Chairman’s Award of Excellence in Employee Giving: Mary Washington Healthcare

Chairman’s Award of Excellence in Corporate Spirit: Quarles Petroleum

Chairman’s Award of Excellence in Leadership Giving: GEICO

Best Theme Award: Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Hilldrup

Local Government Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year: Donna Krauss, Stafford County Government

Local Government Top Dog Award: Stafford County Government, raising over $51,000 total!

“Today, families across our community are wondering how they are going to make ends meet. Thanks to the support of our strong corporate partners and donors, we are witnessing the magnitude of impact workplace giving has on our community. It is because of your decision to BE THERE during our 2019 workplace campaigns that we can BE THERE for our community now during this critical time of need,” says Ann Jones, Director of Resource Development, at Rappahannock United Way. “From all of us at Rappahannock United Way, thank you for your generous donations and corporate contributions. Our community will benefit greatly from your heartfelt benevolence.”

If your company or organization would like to get involved in fundraising or volunteering at Rappahannock United Way, please contact Grace Draper, Corporate Relationship Manager.

gdraper@rappahannockunitedway.org
(540) 373 - 0014 x 318

 


 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Now Offered at Patient First

Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Now Offered at Patient First

Available by Appointment at Select Northern Virginia Centers

Patient First now provides drive-up COVID-19 testing at its locations along Garrisonville Road near I-95 and on Liberia Avenue in Manassas.  Testing is by appointment only.

All Patient First Medical Centers, including the designated testing centers, remain open on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day, for patients who have an urgent need for medical or injury care. 

Appointments are made by calling a designated testing center.  Patients are asked about symptoms and risk factors to determine whether they meet screening criteria based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  In order to be tested, a patient must either have a symptom or symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) or be a healthcare worker or first responder.

Testing is currently scheduled between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week. 

All test samples are collected outside of the center; patients may remain in their vehicles through the entire process.  The staff member collecting samples is equipped with proper PPE, including an N95 mask, gloves, eye protection, and gown. 

Samples are sent to a third-party reference lab for testing.  Results are expected to be ready within about 2 days.  A Patient First nurse will call each patient once results are available, to share results, provide guidance, and answer questions.

For insured patients, there is no out-of-pocket expense for COVID-19 testing. The visit will be submitted to patients' insurance. Patient First accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. For self-pay patients, the cost is $90 plus a separate bill from the lab, which is $51.31 in Virginia.

Appointments are not needed for visits unrelated to COVID-19 testing. All Patient First centers have taken steps to provide a safe environment for patients and staff, including requiring all patients and staff to wear masks while inside the center, thoroughly disinfecting surfaces throughout the center at regular intervals, requiring frequent hand washing, and limiting visitors to only essential family members.

Updates about testing sites, instructions about how to make an appointment, and other information is available at patientfirst.com/covid-19-testing. 

Also, Patient First has launched its new Telehealth service, making it even more convenient to visit a Patient First physician. Patients in Virginia can now access a Patient First physician through their smart phone, tablet, or computer.

Patient First’s Telehealth service is available Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.  Patient First Medical Centers remain open from 8 am to 10 pm, 365 days a year, for walk-in care of illness and injury.

To be eligible for a Telehealth visit, you must be in Virginia and have visited any Patient First in Virginia within the last 5 years. Currently, Telehealth is available only to patients who are 18 years old or older. 

To begin a Telehealth visit, patients simply call (800) 990-2533.  For additional information, please visit 


 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Community Thanks Frontline Associates at MW and Stafford Hospitals with Appreciation Flyover

Community Thanks Frontline Associates at Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals with Appreciation Flyover and Car Parade

FREDERICKSBURG, VAApril 23, 2020 â€• Local community groups came together on Wednesday, April 22 at Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals to express their gratitude and love for Mary Washington Healthcare’s associates, medical staff and local first responders on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Fredericksburg region.

The car parade was organized by Ashley Hawk, a member of the community who just wanted to give back and show support for our healthcare workers. Her grassroots MW Hospital Love Day Facebook event drew hundreds of cars to Mary Washington Hospital for the parade with honking horns, painted windows and homemade signs. “The community means everything, because without it we wouldn’t be able to share all this love,” said Ashley, a King George resident. “From the cleaning crews at night to the doctors and nurses on the frontline… you guys are really angels. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication for all these people when they need it the most.”

The pilots of the five aircraft formation flight are all local Virginia residents. Several have a military flying background, others have worked for airlines, and two are purely civilian pilots with regular day jobs. All are members of the Mid-Atlantic Stearman Association (MASA) based in Virginia. MASA exists solely to promote Stearman flying and to preserve these amazing vintage WWII biplanes. Pilot and flyover coordinator, Lee Fox said, “Anything we can do to make them a little bit happier, give a little cheer into their day, that’s what we wanted to do, to give something back to these people… heroes, every single one of them.”

Mary Washington Healthcare wants to thank the community and the generous volunteers who coordinated the flyovers and the car parade. It warms our heart to see the continual outpouring of support for our associates and frontline teams.

To see video of the appreciation flyover and car parade, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSlHzJihe1M&feature=youtu.be


 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Guidance for Local Business on COVID-19 Protective Measures

 Guidance for Local Business on COVID-19 Protective Measures

(Fredericksburg, VA) April 24, 2020 -  The City of Fredericksburg is offering guidance for workers and employers involved in retail operations that remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those operations with high customer volumes and in critical sectors. This includes retail pharmacies and drug stores, grocery stores, and other entities that sell essential supplies that have frequent contact with the public.

Retailers should assess the hazards to which their workers may be exposed; assess the risk of exposure; and select, implement, and ensure both employers and employees use infection and hygiene controls to prevent exposure.

1.      As appropriate, such as at customer service windows and cash register lanes, encourage the use of physical barriers or sneeze-guards such as plexi-glass or acrylic partitions to separate retail workers from members of the general public.

2.      Use rope-and-stanchion systems to keep customers from queuing or congregating near work areas. For example, provide a waiting area for customers that is separated by at least 6 feet from a cash register workstation. Signage that instructs individuals waiting in line to remain 6 feet back from work areas may bolster the effectiveness.

3.      If an entity has concrete or similar hard surface flooring, tape applied on the floor in 6 foot increments also serve as customer staging while awaiting in lines.

4.      Whenever possible, direct customers to self-checkout kiosks to minimize worker interaction with customers. Establish protocols and provide supplies to disinfect frequently-touched surfaces in workspaces and public-facing areas, such as points of sale. For example, wipe down credit card terminals and pens/styluses and sneeze-guard barriers between each customer. Wipe down worker-facing touch screens, keyboards, or other equipment at least as often as workers change workstations.

5.      Frequently clean push bars and handles on any doors that do not open automatically, and be sure to clean any plexi-glass or acrylic barriers often.

6.      Consider restricting the number of customers allowed inside the facility at any point in time. For example, in smaller convenience stores adhere to the state maximum of 10 patrons or less depending on the square footage of the business.   Some stores have implemented this by specifying hours dedicated to vulnerable populations (elderly people, people with underlying health conditions, etc.).

More detailed guidance is provided by OSHA and CDC online at these links:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-small-business.html

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3996.pdf

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the City of Fredericksburg’s Risk and Safety Officer at 540-372-1028 or Fredericksburg Fire Department at 540-372-1059.


 

Monday, April 20, 2020

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Remains Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Remains Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  At the Vascular Institute of Virginia, we continue to follow the recommendations as set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO), Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Our goal is to limit the spread of this illness while still being able to serve our community for vital medical care.  Our team is taking every precaution necessary to keep each other and our patients safe and healthy during this time.

Currently, the Vascular Institute of Virginia is offering limited, select services on a same-day/next-day appointment basis, including:

  • End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) access issues
  • Mediport Placements for patients that need to initiate chemotherapy
  • Arteriogram and revascularization for Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI)
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Consultations
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Evaluation
  • Other urgent vascular evaluations as needed

We understand that patients who have ESRD, PAD/CLI, cancer or are suspected of having DVT can often not wait for diagnosis and treatment. Our local hospitals, and our entire health-care system, are being overwhelmed by the impact of COVID-19.  We are fully prepared to continue to support our community and to ease the burden on our hospitals. Where appropriate, we are able to offer telehealth evaluations for patients by simply calling our office to schedule. 

Please call our office at 703-763-5224 or visit www.TeamVIV.com for more information.

The Vascular Institute of Virginia is a multi-specialty practice with state-of-the-art locations in Woodbridge, VA and Fredericksburg, VA.  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 that provide a comprehensive plan of care.  For more information on the Vascular Institute of Virginia, please visit www.TeamVIV.com.


 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Supporting Local Businesses While Giving Back to Residents

Supporting Local Businesses While Giving Back to Residents

Fredericksburg, VA, April 16, 2020– National real estate investment and development firm, Silver Companies, is supporting local businesses while showing their appreciation for residents at their Silver Collection resort style apartment communities.

As Silver Collection residents are quarantined in their apartments, owner, Silver Companies has been providing weekly food deliveries to their doors to bring some comfort during these uncertain times. Residents greatly appreciate the convenience of the deliveries from area businesses including Cici’s Pizza, Panera, and even cheerful flower deliveries from Flowers by Val.

“Our top priority is the safety of our residents,” said Larry D. Silver, President and CEO of Silver Companies. “We are finding innovative ways to keep the communities connected from a safe distance through ongoing food deliveries, virtual activities, and even live music to enjoy from their screened in balconies.”

Silver Collection residents are accustomed to luxury amenities and an abundance of activities, from free daily breakfast to resort style pools and spas. Activities Directors at each community are hosting live virtual activities to reinvent their resident monthly event calendars. Popular virtual activities include fitness classes with fitness instructors, happy hours with mixologists, cooking demos, trivia nights, Bingo, Pictionary, and scavenger hunt.

Silver Collection will be hosting three upcoming live musical events where guitarist Shannon Peterson will be performing outside while residents listen from their screened in balconies:

  • Friday, April 18th, 6pm at Silver Collection at Cosner’s Corner

 • Sunday April 19th, 6pm at Silver Collection at Carl D. Silver Parkway

 • Saturday, April 24th, 6pm at Silver Collection at Celebrate

About Silver Companies

Founded in Fredericksburg by Carl D. Silver in 1941, Silver Companies has long been noted for its honesty, integrity, character, and passion for innovation. Today, the company continues to build on that reputation as a third generation, family owned national real estate investment and development firm with headquarters in Boca Raton, FL, and a regional office in Fredericksburg, VA


 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Red Cross blood drive to be held at select CRRL branches

Red Cross blood drive to be held at select CRRL branches

The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to the number of blood drive cancellations caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help people counting on lifesaving blood. To support this effort, the American Red Cross is having blood drives at two CRRL locations:

Porter Branch 2001 Parkway Blvd, Stafford, VA 22554 Thursday, April 16, 1-7 p.m. Howell Branch 806 Lyons Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22406 Thursday, April 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Stafford County and CRRL are working with the American Red Cross to support the medical community and help alleviate ongoing blood shortages, while ensuring that necessary precautions are in place to protect staff and donors. Visit What to know about the Coronavirus and Blood Donation for more details, to schedule an appointment, and for additional area blood drives. During the blood drive, only the branch meeting room will be open; the rest of the building will not be accessible. Library materials should not be returned to any library branch or book drop until the library reopens. Late fees will not be charged.

 

Monday, April 20, 2020

The Community Foundation gives $45,000 in first of weekly grants from the Community Relief Fund

The Community Foundation gives $45,000 in first of weekly grants from the Community Relief Fund

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Community Foundation awarded $45,000 in immediate relief  grants to nonprofits providing COVID-19 response solutions in our community. New grants will be announced weekly. A complete listing of grantees is available on the foundation’s website at cfrrr.org.

The majority of nonprofits that submitted applications in the first week of the grant program asked to purchase more emergency food to distribute to regional families. Organizations shared that the number of meals they distribute has grown dramatically.

Stafford Food Security provides backpack meals to schools to distribute to families in need. They are now delivering groceries directly to homes and the number of families they serve is increasing. Community Ministry Center has seen a decrease in donations of food from businesses. They attribute the decline to the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Virginia Community Food Connections facilitates the distribution of $92,000 in federal SNAP nutrition support that is intended to help low-income shoppers buy fresh food from area farmers. With farmers markets closed, they requested support to distribute food in new ways and leverage SNAP funding. Together, grants to support food access comprised $29,500 of the initial grants made.

“It’s wonderful to make these grants,” said Casey Hu, Director of Donor Services, “but the need is great.” The foundation funded 8 of the proposals received in the first week the application was open. “We know from calls we’re getting that these are just the first of many requests. The Community Foundation is committed to making grants through the Community Relief Fund to help people in need as long as our community keeps coming forward to give.”

In addition to food, area families need assistance with rent or mortgages, utilities, childcare costs and essential transportation. A grant to Rappahannock United Way directly supports ALICE, a term for people who are asset-limited, income constrained and employed (or recently unemployed). The Salvation Army has expanded their assistance availability from 1 to 5 days per week. Their grant supports food and other emergency assistance for local families.

In partnership with another gift from corporate donor sPower, a Community Relief Fund grant will support Ron Rosner Family YMCA’s Childcare Relief for Essential Workers program. YMCA locations in the area are currently closed, but their facilities and expertise will become a valuable childcare resource for the families of workers at Mary Washington Healthcare, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and any other area first responders.

One grant was made to Fredericksburg SPCA’s Safe Haven initiative. It provides temporary housing for community pest when people are not able to care for them due to health, domestic or economic challenges. The CDC requires that COVID-19-exposed pets quarantine for 14 days in the SPCA facility, rather than in animal foster care.

The Community Foundation activated its disaster response fund, the Community Relief Fund, in March when the probable impact of the coronavirus pandemic in our region became clear. The foundation is actively encouraging individuals, families and businesses to give to ...


 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Comcast Business Launches Webinar Series to Support Businesses of All Sizes

 Comcast Business Launches Webinar Series to Support Businesses of All Sizes

Comcast and industry experts explore critical topics facing today’s business community

PHILADELPHIA – April 13, 2020 – Comcast Business today announced the launch of a new webinar series aimed at helping businesses, of all sizes and across all industries, navigate the current environment, including strategies on how to rethink their short- and long-term goals and leverage technology to remain productive and nimble with their operations.

“With our network of industry experts and strategic partners, we’ve compiled a collection of new webinars to support and empower the business community,” said Eileen Diskin, CMO, Comcast Business. “Our hope is that these webinars will inform businesses of all sizes as they adapt their operations and adjust their technology strategies to help them remain connected, agile and secure, now and in the future.”

The free, five-part series, features Comcast Business leaders and subject matter experts alongside industry partners and topical experts tackling some of the biggest questions facing today’s businesses amidst the global pandemic. The first of the webinars begins Tuesday, April 14th at 1PM EDT.

Interested businesses can view full details and register here. The scheduled webinars in the series include:

Tuesday April 14, 2020 1PM EDT

Leaning in to Support Small Business

Experts from Davis Polk & Wardell LLP will explore the facts of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including eligibility requirements, primary considerations, and details of other government programs designed to keep businesses running.

Panelists: Jai Massari, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; John Banes, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Thursday April 16, 2020 1PM EDT

Connectivity and Resilience: How Technology is Supporting Business Continuity

A shift to remote working and digital commerce puts new demands on technology infrastructure. Comcast Business experts explore how resilient network connectivity can help keep businesses productive.

Panelists: Bob Victor, SVP, Product Management; Noam Raffaelli, SVP, Network & Communications Engineering; Jeff Lewis, VP Data Product Management, Strategic Planning & Development

Thursday April 23, 2020 1PM EDT

Remote Learning Tech Solutions

Many school districts lack the technology to enable remote learning. Comcast Business and industry experts detail how educators can adapt by shifting their networks and technologies.

Panelists: Lenny Schad, Chief Information & Innovation Officer - District Administration; Nelson Ortiz, Executive Director National Sales Engineering at Comcast Business

Tuesday April 28. 2020 1PM EDT

Keeping Cybercriminals at Bay – and Protecting Your Business

Companies are vulnerable during a crisis. Comcast security leaders help businesses understand how to identify if they are a potential target and explore the steps that can be taken to mitigate risk.

Panelists: Shena Seneca Tharnish, Vice President, Cybersecurity Products, Comcast Business; Noopur Davis, EVP, Chief Product & Information Security Officer, Comcast.

Thursday April 30, 2020, 1PM EDT

Steering Your Brand Through Crisis

Brand actions matter, especially during difficult times. Lou Aversano, CEO of Ogilvy & Mather USA will discuss how companies can manage their brands during all phases of a crisis and come out on the ...


 

Monday, April 13, 2020

City’s Personal Property Tax Deadline Extended, Real Estate Bill Deadline Unchanged

City’s Personal Property Tax Deadline Extended, Real Estate Bill Deadline Unchanged

Fredericksburg City Council voted last week to extend the Personal Property Tax deadline from May 15 to July 15, 2020. The deadline for Real Estate bills was NOT extended, and are due to the Treasurer’s Office no later than close of business on Friday, May 15, 2020.  Due to the public health crisis, City Hall remains closed to public access and citizens are requested to pay their Real Estate bills in the following ways: 1) online at www.Fredericksburgva.gov, 2) by drop box at City Hall, 715 Princess Anne Street, or 3) by U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 967, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. For more information please call Treasurer’s Office at 540-372-1001.

 


 

Monday, April 13, 2020

FLS Launching Two Directories to Promote Local Businesses During Outbreak

FLS Launching Two Directories to Promote Local Businesses During Outbreak

To support the local business community during the COVID-19 crisis, The Free Lance–Star is launching two free options to local businesses for directory services that will include daily print advertising as well as high volumes of digital and social media promotions.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Virginia Partner’s Bank, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Central Virginia Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce are helping The Free Lance-Star cover the cost of the program, but we need a few more sponsors. So if you want to help with this effort, please call Bill Smith at 540/374-5470 or your sales representative immediately, as our program and the respective websites launch Sunday (see more information about sponsorships below).

We are excited about our Support Local Now initiative. This effort consists of two platforms, both free to businesses: the "Yes, We’re Open" business directory and "Buy Local" gift card directory.

Businesses that are currently open, but with modified operations, will be able to participate in both of these directories, which we'll promote through our extensive print, digital, email and social media messaging. They'll have access to the more than 150,000 weekly readers of our print products and 30,000 recipients of our marketing emails, and be in position to take advantage of the millions of page views we receive monthly on Fredericksburg.com. 

Businesses that are temporarily closed can participate in our Buy Local gift card directory, which encourages consumers to support them now and shop later when they reopen.

Buy Local Gift Card DirectoryOur new Buy Local platform is a reliable, one-stop shop that will help customers buy gift cards to keep their favorite local businesses afloat during this difficult time. It’s absolutely free to join. All you have to do is fill out a short form. We’ll take care of the rest!

Yes We’re Open Directory: This is a separate platform that tells our readers and online subscribers that you are open for business. Participating in this directory is free for April and May. It requires a separate sign-up and you can register using this link. Register now and your listing will be up on the site within 48 hours.

Sponsorships: Sponsors of these programs will be recognized in banner displays on both sites, in our daily print listings and in other marketing efforts.

From Sunday, April 12, through Saturday, May 30, we will be promoting these directories EVERY DAY in the newspaper, with logos and listings of those who have signed up. That will put sponsors and participating businesses in front of an average of more than 60,000 readers each day. 

Starting Wednesday, April 15, we will be promoting the directories—including sponsors and the businesses—in weekly ads in our Star weekly newspapers, which go to households across Fredericksburg and Stafford and Spotsylvania counties.

We will send out a daily notification to our email list of almost 30,000 users identifying the sponsors and providing a link to the directory ...


 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Area Nonprofits Can Apply Now for Immediate Relief Grants from the Community Relief Fund

Area Nonprofits Can Apply Now for Immediate Relief Grants from the Community Relief Fund

FREDERICKSBURG, VA –The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region opened an online grant portal on Monday, so nonprofits may apply for immediate relief funding through the Community Relief Fund.

Foundation staff streamlined their traditional grant process to make it easy for nonprofit organizations to apply even as they hurry to deliver services while under the strain of coronavirus in our community. The foundation simplified its paperless grant process and pivoted to ACH grant payments to facilitate rapid grant processing and reduce physical interactions.

“We want nonprofits leaders to know that the foundation and our generous donors are here to support them. We understand that the coronavirus is dramatically effecting their operations and the needs in our community, said Ali Thomas, Program Officer. “Our goal is to offer the flexibility you need so you can meet the challenges you are facing.”

Grants will be awarded on a rolling weekly basis. The first applications may be submitted before noon on Monday, April 13. Submissions after that date will be reviewed the following week. Nonprofits may apply each week, but must take a break of one grant cycle once awarded a grant. Nonprofits can access the online application from The Community Foundation’s websitehttps://www.cfrrr.org/nonprofit-grant-application/

Complete grant guidelines are available on the website as well: https://www.cfrrr.org/grant-guidelines-the-community-relief-fund/

The Community Foundation convened a crisis response committee to assess urgent needs, identify short-term gaps, and gather information that will inform longer-term recovery efforts. Grantmaking decisions are overseen by the committee, which consists of foundation staff and board members. 

The first grants will be given to nonprofits organizations with deep roots in the community that provide human services and emergency assistance, as well as health/mental health and educational resources. Examples include food, shelter, transportation, living expenses and rent/utility assistance.

Nonprofits that serve vulnerable populations are also prioritized. These may include children out of school, families without childcare, people who have lost income due to the pandemic, people who are experiencing homelessness or rapid rehousing, people experiencing domestic violence or child abuse, individuals without paid sick leave or health insurance, non-English speaking residents and senior citizens.

“We think nonprofits will be sending applications for funding to directly support client needs. They may need help to cover costs of working with fewer staff or working remotely due to quarantine or social distancing,” said Casey Hu, Director of Donor Services. “We’re likely to see requests to provide mental health support for clients or staff. There is a lot of valuable work being done to organize or coordinate donations of food or in-kind goods to people disrupted by the virus.”

The foundation is actively collecting information directly from nonprofits about how coronavirus is affecting their organization and the mission they serve. All are encouraged to complete the foundation’s community needs assessment: https://www.cfrrr.org/nonprofit-needs-assessment-covid-19/The George Washington Regional Planning Commission has partnered with the foundation to evaluate results of the survey.

The initial priority is to address immediate ...


 

Monday, April 13, 2020

sPower Invests in Regional Coronavirus Response

 sPower Invests in Regional Coronavirus Response

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – sPower is donating $50,000 to benefit regional nonprofits providing COVID-19 response solutions in our community.

Teri McNally, The Community Foundation’s Executive Director, expressed gratitude for the sizeable gift, “sPower is a generous corporate citizen in our community. We’re honored they chose The Community Foundation to assist with rapid-response giving in our region.”

sPower responded immediately to the need for community resources to respond to COVID-19 and pledged $40,000 to be given through the Community Relief Fund to area nonprofit organizations that apply for grants.

sPower is also donating $10,000 through The Community Foundation to support Ron Rosner Family YMCA’s Childcare Relief for Essential Workers program. The Y is determined to exceed prescribed safety recommendations for children. The donation will pay for program supplies for each individual child and will hire additional workers to keep participants safely distanced. The program is open to families of workers at Mary Washington Healthcare, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and any other area first responder.

sPower is the United States’ largest private owner and operator of solar assets. Last year, they announced a partnership with The Community Foundation to distribute charitable funds in Spotsylvania County for the life of the new solar facility being built there.

The Community Foundation activated its disaster response fund, the Community Relief Fund, in March when the probable impact of the coronavirus pandemic in our region became clear. The foundation is actively encouraging individuals, families and businesses to give to the Community Relief Fund. This money will be distributed to nonprofit organizations with deep roots in the community that provide human services and emergency assistance like food, shelter, transportation and emergency financial support, as well as health/mental health and educational resources.

The Community Foundation is assessing urgent needs, identifying short-term gaps, and gathering information that will inform longer-term recovery efforts. The first grants from the Community Relief Fund will be announced on Monday, April 20th.

Nonprofits that serve vulnerable populations are also prioritized. These may include children out of school, families without childcare, people who have lost income due to the pandemic, people who are experiencing homelessness or rapid rehousing, people experiencing domestic violence or child abuse, individuals without paid sick leave or health insurance, limited English proficient individuals and senior citizens. 

Nonprofits can access the online application from The Community Foundation’s websitehttps://www.cfrrr.org/nonprofit-grant-application/

Complete grant guidelines are available on the website as well: https://www.cfrrr.org/grant-guidelines-the-community-relief-fund/

Learn more about the Community Relief Fund and how it has been activated to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic on The Community Foundation’s website: https://www.cfrrr.org/the-community-relief-fund/ 

Through the generous support of The Community Foundation’s Board of Governors, all Community Relief Fund administrative costs have been waived through June 30, 2020. This ensures that 100 percent of funds are distributed to community-based organizations in need. 

The Community Foundation urges everyone to include regional nonprofits in your crisis response giving by making a donation to the Community Relief Fund or by giving to them directly.

Make a gift online ...


 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Art Show Named for Johnny P. Johnson

Art Show Named for Johnny P. Johnson

Fredericksburg, Virginia, April 9, 2020 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) would like to recognize the sizable contributions to library art programs made by Johnny Johnson, who has served as a judge for every CRRL Teen Art Show since the first in 1995. CRRL is proud to announce that, starting next year, the CRRL Teen Art Show will be known as the Johnny P. Johnson Teen Art Show. Johnson's contribution to the Fredericksburg arts community is profound, including his history as an arts instructor starting at Walker-Grant in 1959, then at James Monroe High School, and the University of Mary Washington until his retirement in 1991. Johnny Johnson has shared his gifts with generations of artists and fans. His visual work blends striking textures with themes of family and social commentary, and he has produced over 5,000 pieces in his lifetime.

On July 7, 2018, the City of Fredericksburg named a special day in his honor, organized by the Arts and Cultural Council of the Rappahannock. Visitors approaching Fredericksburg from the Chatham Bridge can view a mural celebrating Johnson to the left of the Sophia Street intersection. Central Rappahannock Regional Library thanks Johnny Johnson for his many contributions to art and for supporting the library's outreach to teen artists.

While the 2020 Teen Art Show cannot be viewed in person due to the library's closure, the winners and honorees can be seen here, and the entire show is viewable on CRRL's Flickr.

2020 Best in Show
Amenique by Myah Berkley Grade 12, Massaponax High

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


 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

GCubed Ranks No. 72 on the Financial Times 2020 List of The Americas’ 500 Fastest Growing Companies

GCubed Enterprises, Inc., DBA GCubed, Inc.

Contact: Olivia Blackwell, Marketing Manager

540-412-0753 ext. 100 oblackwell@gcubedinc.com www.gcubedinc.com

GCubed Ranks No. 72 on the Financial Times 2020 List of The Americas’ 500 Fastest Growing Companies

Stafford, Virginia – Today GCubed ranked No. 72 on the Financial Times 2020 List of The Americas’ 500 Fastest Growing Companies. The rating is the result of a joint project by the Financial Times and Statista consisting of months of research, public calls, intensive database research, and directly contacting tens of thousands of companies.

GCubed Founder & CEO Vernon Green Jr. says, “We are honored to be recognized for such a great accomplishment! We are a company that believes in community, and collectively we use our success, our skills, and our resources to make an impact on the lives of youth, entrepreneurs, and veterans in our community. As we grow, we will continue to give back in these areas.”

About the Financial Times 2020 List of The Americas’ 500 Fastest Growing Companies To qualify for the list, companies must 1) have had revenue of at least $100,000 generated in 2015, 2) have had revenue of at least $1.5m generated in 2018, 3) not be a subsidiary, 4) have had primarily organic revenue growth between 2015 and 2018, and 5) be headquartered in one of 20 countries in the Americas. For the full list and methodology, visit https://www.ft.com/content/b0a5e02e-7412-11ea-ad98-044200cb277f

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 contractors across nine sites in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. GCubed ranked as the 386th fastest-growing privately held company on 2019’s Inc. 5000 list. For more information, visit www.gcubedinc.com.


 

Monday, April 6, 2020

Reiki & Energy Healing Center is offering free Reiki distanced healing

During this time of crises and social distancing, Reiki & Energy Healing Center is offering free Reiki distanced healing to everyone who wants it. Just go to our Facebook page, Reiki and Energy Healing Center and leave your name or the name of anyone you want us to send healing to. Reiki isn’t just for physical healing but mind and spirit as well so even if you are not sick but worried or depressed it can help that to.


 

Monday, April 6, 2020

Rappahannock United Way and FamilyWize, along with Walmart are pleased to partner to provide Narcan

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

Rappahannock United Way and FamilyWize, along with Walmart

are pleased to partner to provide Narcan to the community.

(FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia) – April 1, 2020 – Rappahannock United Way today announced they received free Narcan to be dispersed to local law enforcement throughout the Greater Fredericksburg Area. FamilyWize wanted to help with the opioid crisis that is facing our nation by providing free Narcan vouchers that can be redeemed at Walmart.

Rappahannock United Way helped found the Be Well Rappahannock Council a couple of years ago. This collaborative effort is comprised of organizations with a deep concern for the health and well being of the residents of the Greater Fredericksburg community.

“The purpose of the Be Well Rappahannock Council is to identify priority health needs,” said United Way’s Chief Impact Officer, Sarah Walsh, who also serves on the Be Well Rappahannock Council, “one of those key issues has been the opioid epidemic our community is currently facing.”

The City of Fredericksburg ranked fifth statewide in the rate of fatal overdoses per 100,000 people between 2007 and 2018, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Fredericksburg’s rate was two to three times higher than other localities, Spotsylvania (12.5) and Stafford (9.7) counties.

“Our local law enforcement officers are on the front line of responding to individuals overdosing on opioids.” said Walsh, “We were eager to do something to help support them. Through this partnership with FamilyWize and Walmart we can provide Narcan at no cost to them. Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride) is proven to save lives in the event of an overdose.”

“FamilyWize is pleased that we can help the community as they face this challenge against opioid overdoses,” said Vilmarie Gilliam, Vice President, Partnerships at FamilyWize. “We want to help where we can.”

The Narcan voucher is a restricted program being distributed by United Ways for a limited time.

For individuals and organizations looking for more information about resources and trainings available regarding opioid issues please visit www.BeWellRappahannock.org

About Rappahannock United Way

Celebrating over 80 years in our community, Rappahannock United Way is a local nonprofit serving Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline. Rappahannock United Way’s vision is a community where individuals and families achieve their potential through Education, Financial Stability and Healthy Living. Together, we can create opportunities for a better tomorrow. www.rappahannockunitedway.org

About FamilyWize

In 2019, FamilyWize has helped nearly 4 million Americans live healthier lives by saving them more than $305.5 million on life-saving prescription drugs. By aggregating large groups of patients, FamilyWize advocates for deep discounts on prescription drugs which it then passes on in full to patients. FamilyWize partners with some of the most respected community groups, including United Way Worldwide, Mental Health America, American Heart Association and American Lung Association among thousands of other community organizations. To join FamilyWize, download our card at https://familywize.org/ or visit an App Store and download the App.


 

Monday, March 30, 2020

VRE PARKING DECALS for City Residents

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

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

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

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


 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Mary Washington Healthcare to Host COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

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

Mary Washington Healthcare to Host COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

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

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

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


 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Fredericksburg COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020

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

Fredericksburg COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Monday, March 23, 2020

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

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


 

Monday, March 23, 2020

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

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

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

In Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Remember if you are sick with mild symptoms:

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

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

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


 

Monday, March 23, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Gatherings

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

K-12 Schools

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

Recreation and Entertainment Businesses

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

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

Dining and On-Site Alcohol Establishments

All dining and congregation ...


 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Fredericksburg COVID-19 Update as of March 23

Fredericksburg COVID-19 Update as of March 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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

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

Specific to Restaurants and Gatherings

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Fredericksburg Coronavirus Update: March 15, 2020

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

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

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


 

Monday, March 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Monday, March 16, 2020

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

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

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

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


 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Library Locations Close Due to Public Health Concern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Rappahannock United Way Celebrates $698,479 in Prescription Savings

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

  

Rappahannock United Way Celebrates $698,479 in Prescription Savings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Monday, March 9, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Rappahannock United Way Welcomes Tax Time Allies Funding

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

 RAPPAHANNOCK UNITED WAY WELCOMES

TAX TIME ALLIES FUNDING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Monday, March 9, 2020

PUBLIC MEETING for the Historic District Handbook Update

PUBLIC MEETING for the Historic District Handbook Update

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

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

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

 


 

Monday, March 9, 2020

New Shelving and Reorganization Coming to Fredericksburg Branch

New Shelving and Reorganization Coming to Fredericksburg Branch

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

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

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

Important service notes: 

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

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

 

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

 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Public Meeting for the Historic District Handbook Update

PUBLIC MEETING for the Historic District Handbook Update

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

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

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

 

 

 


 

Friday, February 28, 2020

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

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

First Prize- Welcome to Track Attack at Dominion Raceway!

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

Second Prize- (4 )Concert tickets to Confederate Railroad

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

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

Contest rules:

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


 

Friday, February 28, 2020

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

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

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

First Prize- Welcome to Track Attack at Dominion Raceway!

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

Second Prize- (4 )Concert tickets to Confederate Railroad

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

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

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

Contest rules:

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


 

Friday, February 28, 2020

REC Participates in African American Heritage Night

Date:              February 28, 2020

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

REC Participates in African American Heritage Night

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

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

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


 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Viva Versona

Viva Versona

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

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

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

Contacts:

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

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


 


 

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Community Foundation Launches Redesigned Website, Convenes Region Toward Giving

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

 

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

The Community Foundation Launches Redesigned Website, Convenes Region Toward Giving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Monday, February 24, 2020

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

Date:                February 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Meet Déja Grüv Band®

Media Release

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

Meet Déja Grüv Band®

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


 

Monday, February 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Monday, February 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT TRAIPSE

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


 

Monday, February 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Library an Essential Part of 2020 Census

Library an Essential Part of 2020 Census

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

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

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

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

American Library Association Census Grant Awarded to Just 59 Libraries Nationwide

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

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

ALA President Wanda Brown

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

 

Monday, February 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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