Archive for: January 22nd, 2018

Legislative Update
Goodlatte: Shutdown Never Should Have Happened
January 22, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, after three days of inaction, Senator Schumer and his colleagues in the United States Senate finally agreed to stop stalling and support legislation to fund the government through February 8. Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives once again passed legislation to fund the federal government. It also included reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement on today’s votes:

“This shutdown never should have happened. Senator Schumer and Senate Democrats held funding for our government hostage for three days over a bill they did not even disagree with just because they had not yet gotten a deal on DACA. Negotiations in the House and Senate were already underway on how to address DACA by the March deadline, and the decision to insert this issue into the funding debate and hold our government hostage was completely unnecessary. Tonight, these Senators did what they should have done on Friday – pass a bill to fund the federal government, preserve access to children’s health coverage for thousands of Virginia children, and provide for our troops.

“The shutdown may be over, but we still need to continue conversations about long-term spending solutions in Congress. Funding the federal government through short-term deals isn’t the way to govern, and I know many in the Sixth District agree. The House has passed all 12 appropriations bills needed to fund the government for 2018; however, the Senate has yet to take them up. I hope Senate Democrats will allow these bills to come to the floor so that Congress can stop depending on short-term fixes and fund our government with certainty.”

Legislative Update
Goodlatte, Gowdy, Nunes Statement on New Text Messages from Top FBI Officials
January 22, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) released the following statement concerning the 384 pages of new text messages between top FBI officials:

“This weekend we met to discuss the text messages and possible next steps in our oversight of these agencies. The contents of these text messages between top FBI officials are extremely troubling in terms of when certain key decisions were made by the Department of Justice and the FBI, by whom these decisions were made, and the evident bias exhibited by those in charge of the investigation. The omission of text messages between December 2016 and May 2017, a critical gap encompassing the FBI’s Russia investigation, is equally concerning. Rather than clearing up prior FBI and DOJ actions, these recently produced documents cause us to further question the credibility and objectivity of certain officials at the FBI.”

Town Notices
CAUTION: Pothole repairs on John Marshall Highway on Tuesday
January 22, 2018
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FRONT ROYAL – The Town of Front Royal will be repairing a pothole on Route 55 East/John Marshall Hwy & Walker Avenue on Tuesday, 1/23/18 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., weather permitting. Rain date will be Wednesday, 1/24/18.

There will be flaggers present for traffic control, please be patient and cautious with the maintenance crew and equipment. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Public Works at 540-635-7819.

Town Events
United Way 2018 Day of Caring in Front Royal
January 22, 2018
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United Way of Front Royal-Warren County has begun planning for its 2018 Day of Caring and is currently accepting applications for client projects. This year’s event will be held on April 6, 2018 from 9 A.M. until jobs are completed.

“We hope to avoid the rain delays like we had last year’ quipped Dawn Grave, Executive Director when asked about the date change for this year. ‘We had a group of phenomenal volunteers that worked with the homeowners to complete the projects in spite of the 20 plus days of rain we had in May”.

Each year United Way volunteers help selected clients with home repairs, cleaning and other tasks, such as painting, yard cleanup, landscaping, minor plumbing, electrical and carpentry work – pending required expertise. This year we will accept applications from nonprofit agencies and schools in addition to homeowners.

Clients must meet the following qualifications: live in Warren County; income at or below 200% of the poverty guideline; certify that they are the homeowner and that the home is not being prepped for sale. Client applications are available on our website or at our office. Completed applications must be submitted to our office no later than March 2, 2018.

Our volunteers make the difference. We have several teams of truly dedicated volunteers who come out year after year to make a difference in the quality of life for our neighbors. Last year’s event had more than 60 volunteers turn out to work on 18 projects in the county.

If you are aware of anyone needing some help to stay comfortable in their home or to volunteer for our 2018 Day of Caring, please contact us at info@frontroyalunitedway.org or 540-635-3636.

2018 Day of Caring Client Application & Waiver

Volunteer Waiver 2018

Health Jenspiration
WomanGathering with JoAnna McCue-Martin
January 22, 2018
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Basic movement can be so healthy for our mind, body and spirit along with deep breathing and the concept of mindfulness.  Watch this interview to learn more from JoAnna McCue-Martin who not only teaches movement (and so much more) to adults but to children as well.  What a gift for our children to learn such amazing coping skills and awareness at a young age.  Fill that tool box!

JoAnna McCue-Martin, M.Ed., has a passion for sharing mindfulness, yoga and movement with children and adults.  Having over 20 years experience working in a variety of private and public educational settings, JoAnna has come to love the process of encouraging growth, creativity and play with people of all ages!  She holds a Virginia teaching certification along with certifications for The Nia Technique® (sensory based movement practice), Creative Kids Yoga® and is finishing her 200RYT this Spring.

Front Royal Women’s Resource Center – WomanGathering – Monthly FB LIVE Interview
Hostess: Eka Kapiotis Special Guest: JoAnna McCue-Martin, M.Ed. Topic: Mindful Movements & Gentle Yoga

Contact for more information and class schedules: www.facebook.com/playfulexplorations

Jenspiration Local News
Community leaders gather to create a “kindness tunnel” for elementary school children at LFK
January 22, 2018
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FRONT ROYAL – At Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School today, kids had a fun welcome through the “Kindness Tunnel!”  This special welcome is the kick off to The Great Kindness Challenge from January 22 – January 26th.

Community leaders of all sorts gathered to welcome the children creating a tunnel full of high-fives and kindness including Fire & Rescue, the Superintendent, the Mayor of Front Royal, Sheriff’s department, Town Police, Officials from Central office, Warren County High School Administration and students, Willy the Wildcat, Town Council and more!

😻🐾 #ChooseKind #KindnessMatters #LFKHasKindKids

To learn more about The Great Kindness Challenge visit: thegreatkindnesschallenge.com

Legislative Update
Warner & Kaine Statement on Today’s Bipartisan agreement to reopen the government
January 22, 2018
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WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, and Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Budget Committees, released this statement after voting for a bill that will end the shutdown and fund the government through February 8, following a bipartisan agreement to address critical national security and domestic priorities:

“We voted against the House Republican Continuing Resolution on Friday night because it left unaddressed too many priorities important to Virginians. We remain deeply disappointed that our Republican colleagues refused to keep the government open this weekend while we finalized a long-term deal on these issues. President Trump and Republican leadership have hurt Virginia and our military by governing from crisis-to-crisis and being unwilling to compromise.

“However, we are heartened by our work with more than 20 Senators from both sides of the aisle this weekend to create a bipartisan path forward to give Virginians long-term certainty and protect Dreamers.

“As a result of those discussions, we now have a path forward to resolve many of the challenges that Congress has punted on for months, including a long-term solution to sequestration and full-year funding for our government and the military. Today we are reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that tens of thousands of Virginians rely on – after months of Republican obstruction – and giving servicemembers and federal employees peace of mind that their paychecks will arrive on time. We also have the opportunity to finally make investments here at home to fight the opioid crisis, provide relief for communities hit by natural disasters, allow those who rely on community health centers to get care, reform pensions, and much more.

“For more than three years, the Republican majority has blocked any viable effort to fix our broken immigration system. As recently as Friday night, Leader McConnell refused to commit to taking up the DREAM Act with any urgency. Today, Republican leadership has finally agreed to bring bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers to the floor in the next three weeks, and both parties – as well as the American public – will hold them to it.”

Arrest Logs
POLICE: 7 Day FRPD Arrest Report 1/22/2018
January 22, 2018
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Business
More women are starting small businesses
January 22, 2018
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Starting and running a small business takes a lot of passion and determination, and recently the number of women taking the plunge has been rising.

According to recent data from the Institute of Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), about 29 percent of all business owners in America are women. This figure is up from 26 percent as recently as 1997. In the last decade, there has been a growth of 68 percent in women-owned firms compared to only 47 percent growth for all businesses on record.

One aspect of women-owned businesses that stands out is the 265 percent increase in the number of minority women who have stepped up to be their own boss.

Two programs, the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the Women’s Equity in Contracting Act, help these businesses get more contracts from the government.

Passion will only take a woman so far if she is serious about building something from the ground up and, just like their male counterparts, it is wise to follow the advice of those with experience. According to Fortune Magazine, women interested in starting their own small business should pursue certifications in their field to gain legitimacy, seek out other women to partner with and learn from, and get ready to hustle to build their customer base by putting themselves out there.