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What Theresa Ellis will do as #YourMayor2020

EXPERIENCED LEADER. PROVEN RECORD. PROVEN RESULTS. Theresa Coates Ellis #YourMayor2020. Elect Nov. 3rd. Theresa is an elected Manassas City Council Member, Area Governor of Rotary District 7610 Group, Past President of the ISCC Inter-service Club Council of Greater Manassas (26 Volunteer Organizations), Past Commissioner of the Manassas Regional Airport, Past member of the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation, and built her own healthcare management … Continue reading What Theresa Ellis will do as #YourMayor2020

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Moving forward #Healthy Together — Coronavirus Health Disparities in Minorities

— By: Theresa Coates Ellis — The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted our City of Manassas and the rest of the country. We are living through business shutdowns, job losses, food insecurity, education challenges, over-worked social services, stressed healthcare systems, rent and utility struggles, and much more. We have come together as a community to support each other and provide the resources needed to prepare and … Continue reading Moving forward #Healthy Together — Coronavirus Health Disparities in Minorities

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Sheriff Glen Hill Endorses Theresa Coates Ellis For Mayor

I am honored to receive an endorsement to continue to serve our City of Manassas as your Mayor from Sheriff Glen Hill. As a commited law enforcement officer, Sheriff Hill has a long history of service, starting in the US Army, and then becoming the first African American to join the Manassas Police Department. He has received multiple awards as he continues his commitment and … Continue reading Sheriff Glen Hill Endorses Theresa Coates Ellis For Mayor

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IN THE NEWS: Theresa’s 30 years in healthcare + business key to COVID-19 response + recovery.

— GREAT VIDEO PODCAST INTERVIEW highlighting the importance of my HEALTHCARE and BUSINESS background during COVID-19 response and recovery, and how our family passion for BEES, and NATIVE PLANTS play into our future SUSTAINABILITY plans. Thank you to Mike Allers Jr., Manassas City resident, teacher, and journalist, Bearing Drift, for inviting me on your show this week! Continue reading IN THE NEWS: Theresa’s 30 years in healthcare + business key to COVID-19 response + recovery.

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Shadow for a Day | Beekeepers

BEE AWARE! Councilwoman Theresa Ellis introduces her Theresa Ellis 3rd Annual Shadow for a Day Series 2020 (virtual) program. Watch + Shadow BEEKEEPER George Ellis, Manassas, plus Jim Gehlsen, President Manassas Regional Beekeepers Association. BEE Prepared — Theresa Ellis Shadow for a Day with Beekeepers is a comprehensive introduction to bees, and honey beekeeping with experts from the @Prince William Regional Beekeepers Association (PWRBA). Special … Continue reading Shadow for a Day | Beekeepers

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Small Business Recovery: VIP Nails

— By: Theresa Coates Ellis I visited this business in the shut down phase. Sam, the owner visited me during my campaign kick-off and later told me he applied for the city grant and was grateful for the help. Sam and family go above and beyond for their clients. Thank you for great customer service to our City of Manassas residents. Make sure to visit … Continue reading Small Business Recovery: VIP Nails

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

— By: Theresa Coates Ellis — WE’RE IN THE NEWS! El Imparcial newspaper! The article talks about the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The main objective is to recognize the contributions and essential presence of both Hispanic and Latin Americans to the United States and to appreciate their native heritage and contributing culture. Found in your local restaurants and stores. #TheresaYourMayor2020 #ManassasTogether Continue reading Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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Diversity and Inclusion Task Force appointments

— By: Theresa Coates Ellis APPOINTMENTS FOR THE EQUITY + INCLUSION TASK FORCE. During the last few months, I was impressed by our many residents who applied for the task force who I voted to approve for appointments this week. These appointments continue my initiation of a diverse group that would come to the table to talk together and listen together for the future of … Continue reading Diversity and Inclusion Task Force appointments

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Mayor Hal Parrish (retiring) endorses Theresa Coates Ellis for Manassas City Mayor 2020

HUMBLED AND HONORED TO BE ENDORSED by our Mayor Hal Parrish (Retiring), who is asking you to vote to elect: ✅ Theresa Coates Ellis #YourMayor2020 “Theresa Coates Ellis is experienced, helpful, trustworthy, compassionate, and willing to consider new ideas. She is a leader who has worked and worked over many years to make a difference for the betterment of everyone in Manassas and will continue … Continue reading Mayor Hal Parrish (retiring) endorses Theresa Coates Ellis for Manassas City Mayor 2020

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Absentee ballot applications now available for a safe Nov. 3rd election

— By: Theresa Coates Ellis — The updated Absentee ballot application dated 7/1/2020, is now available online or at the Registrar’s office at 9025 Center Street, Manassas, next to City Hall. With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 continuing to be a challenge for voters during the November 3rd general election, completing this application is a safe option. Here is the link to the Absentee Ballot … Continue reading Absentee ballot applications now available for a safe Nov. 3rd election

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Nurture Your Future: Childcare and Job Resources plus Funding

By: Theresa Coates Ellis, Councilwoman and #YourMayor2020 Back to School begins for many students, parents, families, and teachers within the next week(s) and the search continues for assistance with the safer virtual classroom learning.  As your Manassas City Council Member, I supported and pushed strongly for the CARES Act allocation funds to help with childcare and jobs until the deadline of Dec. 29, 2020.    … Continue reading Nurture Your Future: Childcare and Job Resources plus Funding

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Updated CARES Act for Unemployed and Under-employed

— By: Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis — The City of Manassas Economic Development CARES Act allocated $400,000 funds is available for furloughed, job-seekers and the under-employed at $5,000 per person. Manassas City residents that need help with skills and support can visit CareerWorks / SkillSource (Virginia Career Works Northern Region) at VCWnorthern.com or email Ziyoda Crew CARESjobs@vcwnorthern.com for opportunities with NOVA and other partners. If … Continue reading Updated CARES Act for Unemployed and Under-employed

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Shadow for a Day | Wildlife Biologists

— By: Theresa Coates Ellis —Wildlife Biologists Kat Coates and Toni Dotterer present their careers as wildlife biologists with amazing images and videos of animals and landscape during their travel to Tanzania. A new career will be presented every second Thursday with “Watch Parties” scheduled on facebook. To connect to our Shadow for a Day network, please contact Theresa@ManassasTogether.com. Continue reading Shadow for a Day | Wildlife Biologists

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3rd Annual Shadow for a Day Program

— By: Theresa Coates Ellis — Our job creation, career building, and mentor connector that we have presented in-person at Centerfuse during the last two years, is now in it’s 3rd year! This year the program will be virtual with an incredible line-up. Wildlife BiologistsBeekeepersBrewerEnvironmental ScientistPark RangerArtist / SculpturerPlus diverse leaders and university students discussing hard conversation topics Look for the “Watch Party” for each … Continue reading 3rd Annual Shadow for a Day Program

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Stories from the Pandemic: Straight out of NYC and thrown into Virginia country life.

–By: Theresa Coates Ellis — It was an escape from the pandemic — or an attempt. I’m sure we all have a story, or a friend or family with a story — but all in all, we have been impacted by this public health crisis. Back in March, I happened to be in Florida with my daughters Alli (and her sidekick pup, Trinity), and Laura … Continue reading Stories from the Pandemic: Straight out of NYC and thrown into Virginia country life.

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Councilwoman Theresa Ellis expands Blood Drives during blood shortage

— As a 30+ year healthcare professional manager and an American Red Cross blood donor, Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis was concerned about the lack of appointments available for blood donations during a pandemic. Ellis said, “I contacted the American Red Cross to offer my place of business for a blood drive. After speaking with donor recruiter, I learned that previous scheduled places had cancelled due … Continue reading Councilwoman Theresa Ellis expands Blood Drives during blood shortage

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Virginia Judicial System: Judge terms

Structure of the judicial system and current process which judges go through in the state of Virginia can be found at the Va. Division of Legislative Services. The court system in Virginia is made up of the following 5 jurisdictionally distinct courts and terms and are appointed by state legislature: Supreme Court,  7 justices for 12 years Court of Appeals, 11 judges for 8 years … Continue reading Virginia Judicial System: Judge terms

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Spanish-Speaking team needed to combat Manassas COVID19

Please help us build our Manassas City Spanish-Speaking community team to fight Manassas COVID-19 Hot Spot CDC Working in Manassas to Combat COVID-19 Friends and Neighbors, With 30+ years of healthcare professional management experience, and as your Manassas City Council Member, I am initiating a timely request for help from you, your affiliates and members, to add Spanish-Speaking community members to assist with our City … Continue reading Spanish-Speaking team needed to combat Manassas COVID19

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We’re going in! Phase Two today: On to #ManassasRollout

Safely moving forward as we continue to get our City of Manassas back on track. Here are the differences: Here are the guidelines for each business industry: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Virginia-Forward-Phase-Two-Guidelines.pdf Guidelines for schools opening: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Final-Phase-Guidance-for-Virginia-Schools-6.9.20.pdf From the Va. Department of Education: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/covid-19/recover-redesign-restart.shtml Continue to stay safe and healthy: Continue reading We’re going in! Phase Two today: On to #ManassasRollout

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Theresa Ellis, Rotary Area Governor, leader for change

As a 2-term Rotary Area Governor for the City of Manassas, Virginia and Prince William County, Theresa Ellis has many years experience in leading — for change. Listen to experience. We are in serious times making serious decisions. You deserve a leader who genuinely cares about you with the experience to get things done. Ellis can connect to the right sources. Ellis is job-ready to … Continue reading Theresa Ellis, Rotary Area Governor, leader for change

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Small Business Relief Grant Application and Guidelines

— Listed below are the City of Manassas Economic Development Department and Authority press release, small business $2,500 grant application, and guidelines from the CARES Act $1.5 million allocated to our City for small businesses. As your Manassas City Councilwoman liaison for EDA, I encourage all City businesses to apply. A lottery will happen if we have too many applicants.   Click to access 29423-EDCM-CaresActGrant-PressRelease.pdf … Continue reading Small Business Relief Grant Application and Guidelines

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Osbourn Drive-by Graduation Celebration

–Congratulations to all of our amazing Osbourn Seniors who had non-traditional graduation because of COVID19. Cars were decorated, students were dressed in cap and gown, and tears flowed, as students waved goodbye to teachers, students, and friends. The students were cheered and received their never-used post-prom T-shirts. Our students took one last lap down to Osbourn’s front door. Congratulations Seniors! Continue reading Osbourn Drive-by Graduation Celebration

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VDH unveils CovidCheck a new online health screening tool

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/ As we are all working to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health created a resource, COVIDCHECK that allows individuals to check their symptoms, find close testing centers, and answer questions you may have about exposure and testing. The symptom check portion asks interactive questions that recommend the next steps an individual can take to make sure they stay safe. Continue reading VDH unveils CovidCheck a new online health screening tool

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Online food shopping available for SNAP recipients

On Friday, May 29, an innovative online purchasing pilot program approved by the United States Department of Agriculture will allow 740,000 Virginians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, to buy food online and have it delivered to their homes. The participating online retailers are Walmart (which has contact-less pick up service) and Amazon. This will allow community members in need to stay safe … Continue reading Online food shopping available for SNAP recipients

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Tune in to Virginia War Memorial this Monday Morning

Memorial day is this Monday, May 25th. Join the Virginia War Memorial in their live stream as they honor Virginia’s Heroes. The Virginia War Memorial is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s premier monument, museum, and educational center dedicated to Virginians who served to defend the United States from World War II through today. Its mission: To honor veterans, preserve history, educate youth, and inspire patriotism in … Continue reading Tune in to Virginia War Memorial this Monday Morning

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Food for our kids still on for Memorial Day

Our Manassas City Public School has been distributing meals every Monday 11:30am to 12:30pm since the shut down of our schools. And they are not missing a day on Memorial Day. The Monday pick-up will feed a student for a week. It has been inspirational to work with our community to feed our students. The meals for a week will continue to be distributed by … Continue reading Food for our kids still on for Memorial Day

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Manassas City EDA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund expands eligibility

Manassas City Economic Development Authority (EDA) had a special morning meeting Saturday, May 23, 2020 to establish the requirements for a Small Business Relief Fund from a proposed transfer of CARES Act funds. The amount for the Small Business Relief Fund is assumed to be $400,000 but must be approved by Council. As your Councilwoman and EDA liaison, I support the EDA authorized requirements for … Continue reading Manassas City EDA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund expands eligibility

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Summer camp operation guidelines

As we approach the summer months, many parents are wondering about summer day camps. The main concern is if they will be open and safe for their children. Summer Day Camps follow the same guidance as child day care providers, meaning they follow the guidance listed below: There are critical precautions that child care centers, as well as summer day camps must abide by, some … Continue reading Summer camp operation guidelines

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Preparing for Phase One Together in the City of Manassas

#PrepareTogether for Northern Virginia Phase One: — By: Theresa Coates Ellis — As your Manassas City Council Member, I proposed with Council agreement, for our Community Development, Economic Development, Historic Manassas Inc., to work with our volunteers in Economic Development Authority, and Business Council, to initiate safe social distancing guidelines for retailers and restaurants to reopen in Phase One. Potomac Local News: “Manassas City Councilwoman … Continue reading Preparing for Phase One Together in the City of Manassas

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Housing Resources for Veterans and Surviving Families During Covid-19

— As a military mom, I am very proud to have two Air Force vet children — our daughter and son. With Memorial day weekend here, we remember the incredible sacrifices made by our armed forces and their families to keep America safe. We honor our service members who gave their lives — the ultimate sacrifice. Many veteran families may be going through a hard … Continue reading Housing Resources for Veterans and Surviving Families During Covid-19

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Still no stimulus payment?

The stimulus checks/payments are still rolling out.  If you have not received one, please check the IRS for the status. You May Need: Your 2019 return, if filed, and Your 2018 return Data is updated once per day overnight, so there’s no need to check back more than once per day. Didn’t file a return in 2018 or 2019? If you have a filing requirement … Continue reading Still no stimulus payment?

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May is National Foster Care Month

National Foster Care month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau. In an effort to recognize the important network of foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policy makers and child welfare professionals in the community who help find  permanent homes for children and youth in foster care. The purpose of foster care is to provide support for families going through transition and working to better … Continue reading May is National Foster Care Month

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City Buzz: What’s growing, crawling, and flying in Manassas?

We’re getting ready for Bee City USA in the City of Manassas. As the patron Councilwoman for this designation, I have been working on my initiation to #PrepareTogether. What is Bee City USA? It’s bringing awareness and planting native plants and attracting pollinators — important to save our bees in crisis. Need help? We have our experts ready to name and identify what’s growing, crawling, … Continue reading City Buzz: What’s growing, crawling, and flying in Manassas?

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Free drive-thru or walk-up COVID-19 Testing

— On, Tuesday, May 19, from 10am-6pm at Stonewall Jackson High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane, Manassas, will be offering free testing for COVID-19 by drive-thru or walk-thru. The testing is sponsored by Prince William Health District, Virginia Department of Health and Mako Medical Laboratories. You will be asked for your name, date of birth, address, phone number and current symptoms. Nasal or oral swabs are … Continue reading Free drive-thru or walk-up COVID-19 Testing

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Manassas offers many virtual faith-based opportunities

— My community out-reach, Manassas All-Faith Together initiative to connect our houses of faith, worship, and reflection, was started years ago. I have visited many of the wonderful services offered in our City of Manassas and share a network of information with members to assist our community. Our City is a City of Churches.  We are fortunate to have a diverse collection of options available.  … Continue reading Manassas offers many virtual faith-based opportunities

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Ellis proposal: Extend use of outdoor space for a safe Manassas City business rollout

— Manassas City Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis proposed for City of Manassas flexible guidelines in place as soon as possible to get businesses up and running again when the Northern Virginia Phase One begins. Council in attendance all agreed with Ellis proposal to prepare together:  I initiated a set of business guidelines for a Manassas rollout mid-April by working with businesses in mixed industries, Economic … Continue reading Ellis proposal: Extend use of outdoor space for a safe Manassas City business rollout

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Happy Mother’s Day!

— Celebrating Mother’s Day: During the pandemic, Mother’s Day might be a little different. Maybe Mom is far away. 1. If you can’t be with your Mom, order out from her favorite local restaurant and have it delivered to her. She can take a break and enjoy delicious food! Here’s a list of our local businesses you can order from: Dining 2. Zoom with a … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!

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First Responders Salute NOVANT/UVA Healthcare Heroes!

— It was an event to remember during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2020. Last evening, the large majestic red, white, and blue American flag flew from the tallest Manassas City Fire and Rescue System ladder at our ER entrance.  Area brave first responders including Manassas Park, and Prince William County, were invited by Manassas City Fire and Rescue, to surround and ride by our Novant … Continue reading First Responders Salute NOVANT/UVA Healthcare Heroes!

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City Talk with Theresa May 7, 2020

— Here is some information and updates in the City of Manassas. May 7, 2020 Economic Development Commercial Real Estate Tax: Concerned citizens are asking about any anticipated adjustment to the Commercial Real Estate Tax that is due on June 5. Reduction? Postponement? Dropping late payment penalties & interest? Nothing has been discussed or decided. But we expect a discussion in the near future. Education … Continue reading City Talk with Theresa May 7, 2020

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Revisiting Grant Ave. Streetscape Plan

During the pandemic, government continues to serve and decisions are still being made for the City of Manassas.  If our Georgetown South community members, including their board of directors, have any questions about the Grant Avenue Streetscape Plan, that has been discussed for years and is a projected funded in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), please contact me at Theresa@ManassasTogether.com. At the time of the … Continue reading Revisiting Grant Ave. Streetscape Plan

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Professional pandemic cleaning practices

— VRHP/VRMA Cleaning Guidelines for COVID-19 — May 1, 2020 “Cleaning a vacation rental is no small task, even when we are not faced with a global pandemic. A housekeeper is expected to take a property that is in disarray from departing guests and completely reset it—eradicating the microbes that have been left behind in the property and creating a like-new experience for arriving guests. … Continue reading Professional pandemic cleaning practices

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Manassas Protects and Prepares Together

As of this morning (5/5/2020) the Virginia Department of Health is reporting 289 confirmed coronavirus cases in the City of Manassas and now 1 death. A decision on moving to step one is planned to be Friday, May 15th for nonessential workers which was extended from Friday, May 8th by the Governor. Step 1: All businesses need to promote safety with physical distancing. Policies to … Continue reading Manassas Protects and Prepares Together

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Communication is key with rent challenges during COVID-19

— If you are faced with financial hardship during this challenging time in a pandemic, it is important to contact your landlord, banks, mortgage company, insurance companies, creditors and any one else that requires payment. Reach out to them as soon as possible and explain your situation to work together. If you do nothing, the person or organization will assume you can pay, received unemployment, … Continue reading Communication is key with rent challenges during COVID-19

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City Talk: Connection in May English/Spanish

City Connection: English  Preguntándose sobre el agua En estos días todos nos lavamos las manos con más frecuencia y prestamos más atención a la higiene, pero para el personal de la Planta de Agua de la Ciudad que mantiene el agua pura que sale de su grifo, todos los días es un ejercicio de hiperlimpieza. La pandemia de coronavirus no ha cambiado las operaciones en … Continue reading City Talk: Connection in May English/Spanish

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How to donate blood and/or plasma

If you are healthy, a great way to give back is to give blood or plasma. If you have recovered from COVID-19, consider donating plasma.  Visit American Red Cross for blood drives and places to give, but call first for an appointment and screening at 1-800-RED CROSS or go online. Reasons that might prevent you from donating: Illness — wait for 24 hours after the … Continue reading How to donate blood and/or plasma

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Join our #ManassasRollout plan

Thank you visiting Theresa Coates Ellis for Manassas City Mayor 2020! Our plan #ManassasTogether is a living, ever-changing plan during this crisis leading to recovery. Our next program in our #ManassasTogether plan: Join our #ManassasRollOut as we #ProtectTogether #PrepareTogether, and #ProsperTogether again. Steps: 1. #ProtectTogether. Understand fear. Put proper precautions and testing or screening options in place for safety to fuel growth. 2. #PrepareTogether. Share resources … Continue reading Join our #ManassasRollout plan

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Community delivers Colorful Bee Hive Boxes on Earth Day 2020

Bee Yourself Michael Allers Jr. / April 22, 2020 The 50-year celebration of Earth Day this week is dampened by the COVID-19 black cloud impacting the world. In the City of Manassas, Council Member Theresa Coates Ellis wanted the milestone to continue with a buzz. Mrs. Ellis is a candidate for Mayor, after Mayor Hal Parrish announced he was not running for re-election on November … Continue reading Community delivers Colorful Bee Hive Boxes on Earth Day 2020

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Combatting COVID-19 #StayHome

Hello City of Manassas, With more than 30 years of healthcare management experience, I have seen the transition from last year to now when we evaluate the impact of the coronavirus on our community and our frontline. Please understand the importance to stay safe, sanitized, and secure during this challenging time as we combat COVID-19. The Governor has ordered a Stay-at-Home order until June 10. … Continue reading Combatting COVID-19 #StayHome

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City Talk COVID-19 Business and Community Conference Call 3/21/2020

— Summary of Roundtable COVID-19 Discussion with Restaurant Call 3/21/2020 — Council Member Theresa Coates Ellis C: (571)247-6729 E: Theresa@ManassasTogether.com Council Member Ian Lovejoy Council Member Candidate Lynn Forkell Green In response to several restaurant owners inquiring about communication and resources from the local government after the State of Virginia was declared in a State of Emergency, Lynn Forkell Greene set up a call and … Continue reading City Talk COVID-19 Business and Community Conference Call 3/21/2020

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City Talk with Theresa for Mayor 2020 | March 18

Manassas City declared a local state of emergency To our City of Manassas community: The absolute top priority during this challenging time as we combat the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is the health, safety, and well-being of you, your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors!  I will provide resources for credible information and assistance to move us forward as we join together in our City of Manassas with hope … Continue reading City Talk with Theresa for Mayor 2020 | March 18

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Theresa Coates Ellis announces candidacy for Manassas City Mayor

  With the retirement announcement of Mayor Hal Parrish, Theresa Coates Ellis has announced that she will run for Mayor in the upcoming Nov. 3rd, 2020 election. She is excited to get started with her team and build a network to win the seat to serve our diversified and talented people in the City of Manassas! Continue reading Theresa Coates Ellis announces candidacy for Manassas City Mayor

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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