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DeShundra Jefferson, chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, answered resident and media questions about housing, data centers, and the future of the county at the Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, town hall event.

Hosted by InsideNoVa, Jefferson took questions from members of the media and residents during the nearly hourlong virtual town hall event. Jefferson was sworn in as chair in January.

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Mary Washington Healthcare: Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) is proud to announce the three-year re-accreditation of Mary Washington Hospital’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Department by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Accreditation was received in all available modules which includes body, cardiac, head, spine, musculoskeletal, and MR Angiography. There were no recommendations for improvement.

The ACR is the gold standard in medical imaging. Receiving accreditation validates that the equipment and clinical images meet strict quality standards, and the physicians and technologists have the appropriate education and credentials to interpret and perform MRI imaging procedures.

To learn more about MWHC’s Imaging Services and locations to serve you, click here.

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Dreaming of small-town charm with big-city convenience? Look no further than 7156 Main St in Clifton, Virginia! Nestled just 30 miles from the heart of Washington D.C., this picturesque property offers the best of both worlds.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to find tranquility in this quaint, historic town. With its tree-lined streets and friendly community atmosphere, Clifton is the perfect place to call home. Yet, with its close proximity to the nation’s capital, you’ll never be far from the excitement and opportunities of urban living.

Imagine weekends exploring local shops, dining at charming cafes, and enjoying outdoor adventures in nearby parks. Then, commute to D.C. for work or play, soaking in all the culture, entertainment, and career opportunities the city has to offer.

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Photo: Dr. Shapiro and her husband at left, with leaders from SNVMC at the awards banquet.

Sentara Health: Carol Shapiro, MD, MBA, FACS, physician and director of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center, was honored with the 2024 Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce on February 23 during the chamber’s annual awards banquet.

The award, named in memory of longtime state Senator Charles J. Colgan, celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions throughout their lives in service to the business community in Prince William County.

With more than 50 years of service in Prince William County, Dr. Shapiro was an original member of the medical staff at Potomac Hospital – now known as Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC). She went on to become the first elected female president of the hospital’s medical staff as well as president at Prince William Hospital.

Dr. Shapiro is a board-certified plastic surgeon who established her practice in Woodbridge and Manassas in 1972 following her training at Georgetown University. Recognizing the opportunity to build a practice in a community that had previously lacked necessary medical services, Dr. Shapiro played an integral role in the development of the healthcare community in Prince William County.

As director of the outpatient Wound Healing Center at SNVMC, she championed the introduction of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) services in eastern Prince William County five years ago.

Dr. Shapiro was integral in establishing the gang tattoo removal clinic in Prince William County, generously donating her time and expertise. Her commitment to her profession has included leadership roles with the Prince William Medical Society, the Medical Society of Virginia – where she served as the first woman president – and the American Medical Association, serving as chair of the Virginia delegation from 2007 to 2016.

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Van Metre 5K Run

Participate in the 32nd Annual Van Metre 5K Run, a race that goes further than 3.1 miles, and every stride you take supports Children’s National Hospital. The Van Metre 5K Run donates 100% of proceeds to Children’s National Hospital and

County leadership, library staff, and community members gathered on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, to celebrate the new Mobile Library at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

More in a press release from Prince William County Public Libraries:

A state-of-the-art Mobile Library has been added as the “13th branch” to allow library staff to bring the library to the community. Presenters shared remarks, and then invited attendees to tour the Mobile Library.

“The new Mobile Library will promote literacy and education across the county and the City of Manassas,” said Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chair At-Large Deshundra Jefferson. “It will provide access to books, resources, and programs to residents who may have difficulty visiting our 12 library branches.”

Last year, PWPL created a new division, Community Outreach Services, to visit organizations, community events, and neighborhoods to promote library services and provide library materials. Community Outreach Services also identifies opportunities to partner with community organizations to take library services beyond its brick-and-mortar buildings.

“The library’s Community Outreach Services will also offer unique programs and will be able to attend local events to promote library services,” commented Prince William Library Advisory Board Vice Chair Corinne Doerr. “There are many other unique features of the Mobile Library, including free mobile Wi-Fi so residents can connect to reliable internet at any stop.”

The Mobile Library will make it possible for PWPL to deliver books and other physical materials to local senior centers, youth centers, and residents who cannot visit its libraries. It will also bring programs and access to technology to underserved communities.

Watch the BUZZ video of the ribbon cutting here.

The Mobile Library will begin outreach service in spring 2024. Visit the Online Events Calendar and select Location: Mobile Library to see where it will visit next.

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Decatur [Photo: Stafford County Government]
Stafford County Sheriff David Decatur has endorsed Derrick Anderson, a Republican candidate vying for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District seat. Anderson, a former Special Forces Green Beret, has gained traction in his bid to replace Abigail Spanberger, who has opted out of seeking reelection in favor of a Virginia gubernatorial run in 2025.

Sheriff Decatur expressed his support and emphasized the importance of partnering with individuals dedicated to combating crime. “In law enforcement, identifying partners committed to combating crime becomes essential,” stated Decatur. “Derrick Anderson unequivocally stands with law enforcement and has my full support. With Derrick’s backing, our collective efforts will continue to enhance the security and safety in Stafford County.”

“Sheriff Decatur’s record of service to the community is impressive, and I look forward to working with him to keep Virginians safe,” said Anderson. “I’ll always have law enforcement’s back — they need all the tools they can get to fight crime, the drug crisis, and the border crisis.”

Anderson’s campaign has garnered support from various quarters within Virginia and nationally. Recent endorsements include Rep. Jen Kiggans, Greene County Sheriff Steven Smith, Spotsylvania County Supervisors Jake Lane and Gerald Childress, and every Stafford County Board of Supervisors GOP member. National leaders such as Speaker Mike Johnson, Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, Sen. Tom Cotton, and several prominent conservatives and elected military veterans have thrown their support behind Anderson.

Anderson’s fundraising efforts have also been noteworthy, with over $460,000 raised since the launch of his congressional bid. This places him ahead of his Republican counterparts, including Cameron Hamilton, who trails with $270,000 in funds.

Democrats lead with fundraising, as Yevgeny “Eugene” Vindman has raked in $2 million, while Woodbridge District Supervisor Margaret Franklin comes in second with $123,000 in the bank, in thier run for their party’s nomination.

Virginia’s 7th Congressional District encompasses eastern Prince William County, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, and Fredericksburg, as well as parts of Caroline, Culpeper, Greene, King George, Madison, and Orange.

Virginia will hold a Primary Election on June 18, 2024, to decide respective party nominees. Until then, all eyes are on Virginia’s Republican and Democrat Presidential Primary scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2024. Early voting for that election ends at 5 p.m. today.

Election Day Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Find out where to vote. 

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On Friday, March 1, 2024, at 3:07 p.m., emergency response units were dispatched to the 2400 block of Port Potomac Avenue in Woodbridge following reports of a house fire. Upon arrival, crews from Prince William fire and rescue found a single-family house engulfed in heavy flames, with the fire rapidly spreading throughout the structure.

The occupants of the home had already evacuated safely upon discovering the blaze. Despite the swift action of the responders, the fire caused extensive damage to the dwelling, rendering it unsafe for occupancy as determined by the Building Official.

Battalion Chief Matt Smolksy of Prince William fire and rescue reported that one person sustained a non-life-threatening injury during the incident and was transported to a local medical facility for further evaluation.

Following the displacement of one adult and four children from the affected residence, the Red Cross has stepped in to provide assistance to the affected individuals.

Upon investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office, it was determined that the fire originated accidentally in the engine compartment of a vehicle parked in the garage, subsequently spreading to engulf the entire structure.

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Mary Washington Hospital

George Washington Regional  Commission: On January 22, 2024, the Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund of Mary Washington Hospital Foundation announced grant funding applications approved by the Mary Washington Hospital Board of Trustees. In this round of funding, the George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC) received a grant in the amount of $45,622 to support the ongoing efforts of sustainable housing affordability solutions in Planning District 16.

The awarded grant from the Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund will support staffing of the Regional Housing Assembly (RHA). Staffed by the GWRC, the RHA serves as an advisory group of volunteers in partnership with multi-sector stakeholders related to health and housing. Composed of an overarching consortium of housing interests, the RHA enhances regional coordination, communication, and effectiveness toward overall housing conditions in Planning District 16.

Formed from the 2022 Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP) to address the region’s need for a centralized voice around addressing the region’s affordable housing issues, the RHA is responsible for generating research and data on housing-relate issues with a focus on housing production, diversity, accessibility, cost, location, design, and increasing housing stability for the region’s residents.

This is the second year that the GWRC has received this funding. In the first year of funding, the GWRC focused on forming the RHA and building awareness of the region’s housing crisis. In October 2023, the RHA hosted the region’s first Regional Housing Summit to educate citizens within PD-16 on the challenges and current initiatives related to affordable housing. Following the summit, a report was created targeting three main priorities for the region to focus on:

1. Use comprehensive plan updates to explore density options and expand housing education efforts.
2. Incubate a new entity with powers similar to a housing authority.
3. Increase housing rehab and critical repair assistance programs.

Here’s the full 2023 Regional Housing Summit Report.

The RHA will host the summit annually, focused on solution-oriented discussions. The 2024 summit is set for October 24, 2024.z

The RHA meets at the George Washington Regional Commission building monthly, and all meetings are open to the public. Please see the GWRC website for additional information on upcoming meetings.

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A data center under construction on Hornbaker Road outside Manassas.

Insidenova.com: “Microsoft Corp. recently acquired vacant property zoned for data centers in Gainesville for more than $465 million, according to a Washington Business Journal report.”

“The publication reports the property comprises about 124 acres across two parcels at 13490 University Blvd. and 5941 Wellington Road, directly south of Conway Robinson State Forest and Manassas National Battlefield Park, near where the contentious PW Digital Gateway data center corridor is primed for development.”

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