Friday, August 24, 2012
Find out what's going on in the kitchen of some of your favorite spots.
Want to know how area restaurants performed in their last Virginia Department of Health inspection? Restaurants in the Commonwealth are inspected between one and four times a year. There are two types of violations: critical and non-critical. What's the difference? Critical violations, unless corrected, can contribute to "food contamination, illness or environmental degradation," according to the state health department. Non-critical violations are not as severe, but can lead to critical violations if not corrected. How It Works Clicking on the restaurant name will bring you to the business' page in the Patch directory of local businesses. Clicking here will bring you to VDH's web page where you can find detailed information on any of …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered near Mineral, VA struck the DC region one year ago on Aug. 23.
Local and federal emergency management officials and geological experts offered advice and updates one year after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake caused extensive damage to several buildings including national landmarks like the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral. Though a 5.8 magnitude quake is small, compared to the incidents that shook Japan in 2011 and Haiti in 2010, "It doesn't take a big earthquake to cause big problems in the Eastern U.S.," said Bob Vogel, the superintendant for the National Mall and Memorials for the National Park Service. The message offered by all was that the region must plan and be prepared for future emergencies and increase awareness of what to do in the case of an earthquake. "More people felt …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Events set to commemorate the anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas, Aug. 24-26.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Manassas Park's neighbor Manassas is the only town in the United States that endured two major battles in the Civil War. Learn more about the history in your backyard by attending these 'Second Battle of Manassas' events this summer. The City of Manassas will commemorate the Second Battle of Manssas this weekend, beginning Friday and wrapping up Sunday. Collecting the Civil War—opened at Manassas Museum June 30. The exhibit features objects from public and private collections as well as the museum. Come see a set of spurs once worn by Stonewall Jackson! HistoryMobile— an interactive museum on wheels. The tractor trailer filled with items that tell the story of the Civil War and Emancipation will be at the corner of West and Prince …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
No illnesses reported after Tanimura & Antle Inc. shipment went to 19 states, including Virginia.
Tanimura & Antle Inc. has voluntarily recalled a single lot of romaine lettuce in 19 states—including Virginia—because it may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said the recall affects only Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine. The lettuce from the California-based company is packed in a plastic bag with the UPC number 0-27918-20314-9 and may have a "best by" date of Aug. 19. The FDA said the product was available at retail locations from Aug. 2 to 9. A total of 1,969 cases were shipped to Virginia, Maryland and surrounding states, according to the FDA. Consumers with questions or who want replacement coupons can call at 877-827-7388, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. PDT, Monday-Friday.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Kyle Brendel received $1,500 in scholarship money from NOVEC, Manassas Park's electric provider.
Manassas Park High School graduate Kyle Brendel is the recipient of one of 10 $1,500 Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative scholarships awarded annually. Kyle, who is also an Eagle Scout, graduated from Manassas Park High in June and plans to attend the University of Virginia this month. He is the son of Kevin and Patricia Brendel of Manassas Park. NOVEC awards college scholarships every year to students whose families live in each NOVEC territory. Those territories are Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties as well as Manassas Park. Scholarships are also awarded to private or home school children as well as children of NOVEC employees. Only one student in Manassas Park can receive the annual NOVEC scholarship …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
StreetSafe is mobile security service that combines cell phone GPS technology with access to a 24-hour call center.
Parents worried about the well being of their college freshman or upperclassman on campus this fall can look into a phone application that utilizes mobile GPS technology and turns it into a safety feature. StreetSafe is a paid service that offers safety options that connect the user with 911 services or a 24-hour call center. Students can tap into the StreetSafe Walk With Me service and talk to an off-duty officer as they walk from one place to another on campus. The officer can notify emergency personnel if the situation becomes unsafe, according to the StreetSafe website. The user can also activate a silent alarm on their phone if he or she should run into danger. Activating the alarm sends the StreetSafe profile of the user along with …
Monday, August 6, 2012
The school board will meet tonight at 7 p.m.
A joint meeting between the Manassas Park City Schools Board and the city council scheduled for Monday has been canceled, city officials said. The meeting will be held sometime in the fall, but no date has been set, Manassas Park City Schools Superintendent Dr. Bruce McDade said. The school board will conduct its own meeting tonight at 7 p.m. to address one agenda item, Manassas Park City Schools Board Clerk Dana Williams said. Meetings are held upstairs in Manassas Park City Hall in the school board meeting room.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Manassas Park City Schools teachers Tracy Holland and Yolanda Farmer are in the running for Best Teacher in the Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park area.
Did you know Olympic swimmers weren't allowed to wear goggles until 1976?
Friday, August 3, 2012
From the American Academy of Ophthalmology: Olympians protect and maintain their vision during their training and performance with an array of protective eyewear. In honor of the 2012 Olympics, the American Academy of Ophthalmology shares the highlights and benefits of protective eyewear worn in several of the 2012 Olympic Games. Goggles: Swimmers were not allowed to use goggles in the Olympics until 1976. Now, every Olympic swimmer uses them to help see under water while swimming at high speeds. Importantly, goggles also protect Olympians’ eyes from chlorine and other harmful chemicals found in pool water. Renowned gold medalist Michael Phelps prefers polarized goggles to enhance his vision when he swims. Protective Eyewear: Basketball …
Sunday, July 29, 2012
How much does it really cost to outfit a student for the first day of school?
The back to school supply lists keep getting longer with more and more strange requests from teachers. Parents may remember their own back to school supplies, tucked neatly in their backpack: a box of crayons, a 3-ring binder filled with loose leaf paper, a ruler, a couple pencils. If you were lucky, mom got you the big box of 128 crayons and the deluxe Trapper Keeper. These days, students are loaded down with several grocery sacks of supplies, often filled with requests for enough pencils, tissues, plastic bags and glue sticks to outfit the entire classroom. Thoughtful moms bring the supplies in early, at orientation, just to avoid a mishap of spilled crayons and glue on the first bus ride. The National Retail Federation’s recent survey …