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Congratulations to Micron! $3 Billion expansion in Manassas City!

Big news announcement for Micron Technology Inc! Great news to #GrowManassas! Virginia’s Largest Capital Investment in Modern History Comes to the City of Manassas Manassas City Mayor Hal Parrish: “Micron’s expansion in the City of Manassas represents one of the largest manufacturing investments in the history of Virginia and will position the Commonwealth as a leader in unmanned systems and Internet of Things,” said Governor … Continue reading Congratulations to Micron! $3 Billion expansion in Manassas City!

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Getting away with a big family on a budget

By: Theresa Coates Ellis — Smiles, grins and key moments were captured during an invitation to meet up with the bulk of our family for one last bonding time in the summer. My only son, Christopher, active USAF, couldn’t go far from his home base, so we went to him and his family. We loaded up the two vehicles with as many bodies, luggage and … Continue reading Getting away with a big family on a budget

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PW Chamber Economic Development luncheon — educate students to be workforce ready.

Prince William Chamber of Commerce Economic Development luncheon was packed yesterday at the Hylton Performing Arts Center Gregory Family Theater with Governor Ralph Northam and George Mason University President Angel Cabrera. The program began with a special tribute to John Gregory, who passed away Monday and had gifted the theater when it was built. Virginia is #6 in new business in the country when it … Continue reading PW Chamber Economic Development luncheon — educate students to be workforce ready.

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The worst fear

By: Theresa Coates Ellis — My 8 year-old grandson Colby stayed with me last week. He went home yesterday — to Georgia. Today as the lock down at the schools unfolded, my heart dropped thinking about the children, the parents, the teachers and our first responders who were all at the mercy of one person. Last week I had my radar up every second that … Continue reading The worst fear

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From Osbourn Eagle to Indonesia — Destination Learning

My daughter, Kat Coates, and I are exploring an educational business model. Destination Learning. The entrepreneurial spirit has even hit the scientist! Students pay or are awarded to learn and educators are paid to teach all over the world. My daughter Kat Coates, Osbourn Eagles, has been a self-funded or grant-winning student in S. Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru, and even Florida. Now that she has … Continue reading From Osbourn Eagle to Indonesia — Destination Learning

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All hands on deck for Education

By: Theresa Coates Ellis — Our City of Manassas is changing. Our schools face challenges from years of changing without preparation. We have great students and teachers, but our community must come together to think outside the box and find solutions to these challenges. Our population continues to change. Historic Manassas Inc., service organizations and energetic citizens create great events attracting a diverse vibrant population. Growing … Continue reading All hands on deck for Education

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Proud momma weekend

By Theresa Coates Ellis — It was a triple play home run this weekend with my grandson, Jaxon’s birthday; my daughter, Kat’s graduation and Mother’s Day. Jaxon turned 6 years old and is an expert at FaceTime — even while jumping on a trampoline. Even though he is far away in Georgia, we all shared several phone sessions for his big day. Kat was awarded … Continue reading Proud momma weekend

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Ellis for Council kick-off success!

Thank you to our supporters who could join us at our Theresa Coates Ellis for Manassas City Council campaign start-up. Our team is growing with new faces and dedicated people. This will be a challenging, expensive election year, but we have a strong foundation to launch into victory! If you could not attend, we missed you! To invest in good leadership for our City of … Continue reading Ellis for Council kick-off success!

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May is bursting with events

      Leaseweb Manassas Airshow 2018 May 5, 2018 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Manassas Regional Airport 10600 Harry J Parrish Blvd get directions Cost: Free Admission Contact: Kevin Rychlik 571-220-3086 krychlik@americanheli.com http://www.manassasairshow.com   One Love: Celebration of Life with the Arts May 18, 2018 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Historic Downtown Manassas 9201 Center Street Get directions Cost: Free to attend Contact: Rebekah … Continue reading May is bursting with events

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Ladies step out in style to support Theresa for Council

There was a lot of chatter, laughter and rallying to cheer Theresa to the end to victory for Manassas City Council. Friends, family and business associates shared style and wellness tips in between discussions on the happenings in the city. Barbara Hurst, beauty consultant for Mary Kay and Lisa Abrams, fashion designer for LuLaRoe, spearheaded the presentations for busy women to make their day easier! … Continue reading Ladies step out in style to support Theresa for Council

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Osbourn Eagles artists deck The Hall

Take a trip to Manassas City Hall. Turn left upon entering and set your sights on beautiful pieces of art. We have some talent in our great city with top Osbourn Eagles creative teachers dedicated to our students. Photography, paintings, sculpture, quilting, quilling, knitting and more line The Hall. It’s great to see an exhibit dedicated to students who are passionate about their craft. Continue reading Osbourn Eagles artists deck The Hall

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Jump into Spring with the Ladies

By: Theresa Coates Ellis — Ladies: Join us to meet up for a quick chat about the upcoming election followed by beauty tips, style trends, makeup presentation, fun, finger foods and drinks hosted by some good friends and family! The general election is November 6th and it will be a challenge. I have been working very hard, non-stop, since 2016 to gear up for a … Continue reading Jump into Spring with the Ladies

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Osbourn Alum Forrest Odend’hal’s Passion to Give Back

  By Theresa Coates Ellis — Great people have emerged from the City of Manassas to share their knowledge with others. Real estate veteran, Forrest Odend’hal, is a managing broker for Long and Foster Real Estate.  He is traveling the East Coast presenting seminars on investments and retirement. He invited me to a local session at George Mason’s Eagle Bank Arena this past week packed … Continue reading Osbourn Alum Forrest Odend’hal’s Passion to Give Back

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Easter and April happenings!

By: Theresa Coates Ellis — There are a lot of activities during Easter and month of April in the City of Manassas. Enjoy Spring break and celebrate the Easter holiday! Historic Manassas Inc. welcomes you to hop around from store to store for sweet surprises! For each purchase from a participating merchant, customers get to select an egg from the merchant’s basket and win a prize. Three … Continue reading Easter and April happenings!

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Grow the STEM passion.

By: Theresa Coates Ellis — She loved daddy long-leggers as a toddler. Yes, the spider. Many years ago, when I caught Kat, one of my daughters, giggling with one crawling up her arm, I was horrified. She said it tickled. As a mom, I encourage my children to fuel their passions, but sometimes it takes courage and patience. Kat always loved living things. In fact, … Continue reading Grow the STEM passion.

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Going to the Chapel! First daughter wedding plans support Manassas City businesses

​ By Theresa Coates Ellis — Local businesses have hummed as our family prepared for our Natalie and her fiancé’s Derek’s October wedding — Manassas City restaurants, stores plus our favorite designer, Xiao Yin Byron, Tang’s Alterations — for the dress. After a few frowns morphed into an ear to earn grin, the many flowing, silky and lacy dresses from Tang’s alternations, Manassas City, brought … Continue reading Going to the Chapel! First daughter wedding plans support Manassas City businesses

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Manassas Airport ranked top in Virginia

Proud to be an appointed member of the Manassas Regional Airport Commission! Congratulations to the Airport Director, Staff, City of Manassas and my fellow Airport Commission members as the Airport is recognized as top General Aviation airport in jobs, wages, and economic activity in Virginia! The Airport is also the host of the annual Airshow, Hangar Dance, Bull Run Rotary 5K 10K 1 Mile Run and invited my Osbourn High … Continue reading Manassas Airport ranked top in Virginia

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Super February!

  February 14 is Valentine’s Day! Plan now for that perfect, special gift!     First Friday – 4th Annual Souper Bowl! February 2, 2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MANASSAS COST: $10 cash for unlimited tastings (while supplies last) CONTACT: Rebekah Raze 703-361-6599 rebekah@historicmanassasinc.org Fourth Annual SOUPER BOWL! Friday, February 2nd from 6-9pm Join us in Historic Downtown Manassas, as our restaurants … Continue reading Super February!

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Singing Christmas Trees in Manassas City 

​ ​ The house was clean and the Christmas boxes with decorations were lined up in the garage waiting for a tree. We piled in our vehicle to visit Plantland to see Don Gray. Greeted by Tiger, the skilled mouser, we meandered through Douglas Firs (labeled ugly trees) and Grand Firs to pick a small reasonably priced evergreen. It didn’t quite work out that way. … Continue reading Singing Christmas Trees in Manassas City 

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Thanksgiving

“It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.” Author Unknown — Inspirational quotes are flooding my social media: Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter — it is a thought-provoking time of year. My daughter called this week — crying. She is grateful for her family and friends but wondered if she was giving enough?  She is very empathetic and … Continue reading Thanksgiving

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November Now!

  Flags for Heroes November 3 -November 12, 2017 All Day Manassas Museum Lawn 9101 Prince William Street Manassas, VA 20110 Bull Run Rotary Presents Flags For Heroes! Honor your military, police, doctor, teacher, fire and rescue, or personal special hero by sponsoring a flag. Corporate sponsorship available for $50+. For more information contact Bull Run Rotary Foundation PO Box 567, Manassas, VA 20108 patrickawcloud@aol.com … Continue reading November Now!

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Oh Glorious October!

By Theresa Coates Ellis — When the leaves begin to turn brilliant colors and the air becomes crisp, we know that it’s time for fun in the Fall! So grab your pumpkins, rakes, hot drinks, scarves, friends and family because here are some top Manassas October events! Prince William Half Marathon The race start is staged at Jiffy Lube Live – the premier live entertainment venue … Continue reading Oh Glorious October!

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Messy fun at Manassas Clay

By: Theresa Coates Ellis — What happens when three adult daughters want family bonding time before dinner on a Friday evening? They book a clay sculpture class in Historic Manassas.  I love the arts, but never had the chance to sculpt a slab of clay from scratch. My husband wanted to  watch, but soon dug right in and took the craft quite seriously. With precision, … Continue reading Messy fun at Manassas Clay

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Step into September

    By: Theresa Coates Ellis — Manassas is buzzing during the month of September! With school back in action, fall right around the corner, and new events popping up every weekend, there’s plenty to keep up with! Labor Day Weekend: September 2, 3, 4 Labor Day is the end of summer and preparing for the fall season as we celebrate achievements with family and friends. The … Continue reading Step into September

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Home is where the flowers (and weeds) grow

Summer has been a whirlwind of travel, work and connecting with family and community. But today we are home, digging in and admiring the fruits of our labor. Seeds started in the spring have dotted our yard with color. Grilling out, saying goodbye to carbs — again — and hard yard work are on the agenda. I can do laundry and fight dust bunnies with George … Continue reading Home is where the flowers (and weeds) grow

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Meet “Almost,” the Acorn Woodpecker — Virginia Biologists research a Cali reservation.

By: Theresa Coates Ellis — It was the east meeting the west — for the love of birds. Kathryn, my middle daughter, was eager to catch up with her buddy — Toni — they met in their local High School Nursing program years ago. After Kathryn graduated Osbourn High School, they became Old Dominion University (ODU) roommates and expanded their interests to study Biology.  Now … Continue reading Meet “Almost,” the Acorn Woodpecker — Virginia Biologists research a Cali reservation.

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Awesome August Outings!

Every Tuesday in August: Take out Tuesday Concert Series 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm HARRIS PAVILION 9201 Center St get directions COST: Free CONTACT: Anna Marie Robinson 703-361-9800 Various local musicians performing a variety of songs. Visit one of the many old town restaurants and receive a 10% discount on a take out dinner to the concert. This is a very laid back and relaxing … Continue reading Awesome August Outings!

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Why we have them when we’re young

This summer I was introduced to a fidget widget — a hot commodity according to Colby, my seven-year-old grandson. Basically, a toy — a fancy replacement for playing with your pencil, clicking a pen, doodling or twirling your hair when you are bored or anxious. Finding this toy became a part of his mission during his solo visit with us during the week. When the opportunity … Continue reading Why we have them when we’re young

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Jump into July and have a blast!

July is a month full of great music, food and fun! Check out what the City of Manassas has going on in July. Celebrate America Tuesday, July 4th, 3:00pm-10:00pm Historic Downtown Manassas Celebrate America this Independence Day with one of the largest fireworks displays in Northern Virginia! It’s an all-American party in Historic Downtown Manassas, sponsored by the City of Manassas and Historic Manassas, Inc.! … Continue reading Jump into July and have a blast!

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For the love of leading

By Theresa Coates Ellis — Every Tuesday morning at 7:30 am, I joined a group of early birds as President of a club in one of the oldest service organizations in the world. We planned events, charitable giving, and fellowship. When I proposed a new idea that I had seen in Delaware, Flags for Heroes, to benefit the Bull Run Warrior Retreat, we went full … Continue reading For the love of leading

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Build it and they will come

As college students prepare for graduation, they sort, pack, toss and plan. After finding that perfect outfit to walk the big stage, they ponder. Young and new professionals are emerging into the workplace. Finding a job or a career is the number one priority. The reality of life — bills — are about to hit them. The last thing they want to do is move … Continue reading Build it and they will come