- Guest Speaker: Samantha Barber
- Topic: Voice for the Voiceless
- THIS IS A FREE EVENT – Please join us and other women looking to be inspired!
“More than just another networking group.” FRWRC WIN is open to all the women in our community. It was founded on the concept of women lifting each other up, through meaningful connections, opportunities to learn from one another and shared interests. We hope you will join us. Bring your lunch and business cards to share and a door prize if you like.
Samantha will tell you she is always first and foremost wife and mom to her two amazing children and puppy. But along with that, she also is very passionate about serving her community and advocating for young girls and women. After a family decision to leave the busyness of Alexandria, Samantha and her family now live in the nestled valley of the Shenandoah. She also ended her career in education where she worked in the College and Career Center at T.C. Williams High School. Settled into her new home, she is focused on family and the reopening of her nonprofit organization Reaching Out Now, Inc.; a dream and passion for empowering and leading young girls and young women to become their best selves is once again a reality. As an organization, Samantha along with her board and committee members hopes to support and guide these young girls and women to believe that success is within reach, they can and will become a positive influence in society and in their communities. Samantha believes that all can reach their full potential; no matter the circumstance, it is possible to live a life of success and not defeat.
TOPIC: Voice for the Voiceless
As we draw close to October, which is recognized as domestic violence awareness month, it is very fitting to focus on the silent epidemic of domestic violence that is plaguing our county and honestly the world. It’s time for these women’s voices to be heard. It’s time to speak the loudest to bring hope and change to the silence that abused victims who are suffering.
- 3.3 Million: its estimated number of children in the US each year witness domestic violence against their mother or female caretaker.
- 4,774,000 women in the U.S. experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year.
- 40-60% of men abuse women who also abuse children According to Partnership Against Domestic Violence every 9 seconds, another woman is beaten in the United States.
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Thank you What Matters W2, Beth Medved Waller, for being a FRWRC Gold Business Partner & for sponsoring this event: Beth supplies this great meeting space.
In late March 2016, we opened a new space on Main Street in the Middle of Main building. It is called Team Waller’s Open House: Meet in the Middle” and will serve as a resource to our community. We will offer a wealth of real estate and community information, as well as cutting edge technology to learn more about listings, the buying process, and our local community attractions and resources. This space is for the entire community. We will open our doors to community groups to educate the public about the causes that are close to their hearts and also offer our space as a meeting venue to anyone in need of a local location. Helping our community grow and serve as a resource to our neighbors is “What Matters” to us.
About The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center – a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 to provide a support network for women in Warren County. Through monthly networking meetings, yearly grant presentations, special events, email connections and program activities, we have forged a link between women in our community.
Town Talk: A conversation with Fern Vazquez and Christy Goodwin, CHEO Garden; food programs
In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks with Fern Vazquez and Christy Goodwin about the CHEO Community garden and food programs in Warren County. Fern gives us an update on the two gardens that CHEO planted this season and the amount of food that was distributed.
Christy Goodwin who is also the President of the Ministerial Association in Warren County discusses the meal programs and food support in our community.
Special thanks to The Wednesday Group for donating a freezer to help in these food support programs.
Donations to the CHEO garden can be made through C-CAP. Checks should be made payable to C-CAP with a notion on the check that the money is earmarked for the CHEO garden. Their address is C-CAP, 316 N Royal Ave # L1, Front Royal VA 22630.
The First Baptist Church Dinner Program provides free hot to-go meals in their parking lot Monday-Thursday, 5:00-6:00. Volunteers are needed, please contact Christy McMillin-Goodwin, First Baptist Church, 540-635-2122.
Front Royal/Warren County Ministerial Association meets on the second Tuesday of every month, 9:00-10:00 am, in First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. More information – please contact Christy McMillin-Goodwin, First Baptist Church, 540-635-2122
Town Talk is a series on the Royal Examiner where we will introduce you to local entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profit leaders, and political figures who influence Warren County. Topics will be varied but hopefully interesting. If you have an idea, topic, or want to hear from someone in our community, let us know. Send your request to news@RoyalExaminer.com
Roger Evans LaCross (1941 – 2021)
Roger Evans LaCross, 80, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on October 25, 2021, at Winchester Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M on November 1, 2021, at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W Main St., Front Royal, Virginia with Bryan Keyser officiating. Following the service, the interment will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Guests are welcome to visit one hour prior to the service.
Roger was born on October 7, 1941, in Ohio to the late Raymond and Catherine LaCross. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Carl LaCross; and his sister, Karen Stupak.
Surviving Roger is his loving wife of 28 years, Nancy LaCross; his children, Tina Mamula (Mark), Christopher LaCross (Kimmee) and Bobbi Lee Halmo (Stephen); his step-daughter, Sandra Fox (Steven); his siblings, George LaCross (Debbie), Sharon Manbeck, Darla Brewer, and Debbie Grable; his six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Roger served 30 years in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and the Beirut Conflict. He was a member of the Masonic Temple and was a Civil War enthusiast. He absolutely loved Elvis and sang 130 of Elvis’ songs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Maddox Funeral Home. Due to health conditions, the family has requested that no flowers be delivered for the service.
Betty Lou McDaniel (1942 -2021)
Betty Lou McDaniel, 78, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at Warren Memorial Hospital.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 11 am at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal with Sammy Campbell officiating.
Burial will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. McDaniel was born on October 28, 1942, in Washington, DC to the late William and Katherine Wiley Spencer. She was also preceded in death by her brother, James Michael Spencer.
Survivors include her husband, Douglas E. McDaniel; daughter, Terri Kreitzer (Chester); two grandchildren, Chad Kreitzer (Stephanie) and Cory Kreitzer (Lori) and six great grandchildren, Tucker Kreitzer, Amanda Kreitzer, Annabelle Kreitzer, Logan Jones, Lorayle Kreitzer and Madelyn Kreitzer.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
IRS faces huge backlog of business returns
The Internal Revenue Service is facing a massive backlog of 8 million paper business tax returns. That’s an increase of more than 3,000 percent compared to the same period in 2019 before the pandemic threw the world into disarray. Some cash-strapped companies rely on tax refunds to stay afloat. Given the IRS backlog, such companies may not get the needed funds in time.
Like many other organizations, the IRS took steps to protect employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. This slowed down tax return processing, especially for paper returns. While the IRS has tried to add staff, a tight labor market has impeded efforts.
Have problems? Need to talk with the IRS? In years past, contacting the IRS was relatively straightforward. The IRS provides help for people struggling to fill out their returns, and also contact points to settle issues. You could typically call and talk with a live representative.
Right now, however, the phones are ringing but are seldom answered. Compared to 2019, the IRS received four times as many calls from taxpayers looking for assistance in 2021. At one point, the IRS was receiving 1,500 calls per second. While statistics for business taxpayers aren’t readily available, just 3 percent of calls to the IRS’s 1040 line were answered.
Businesses and individuals that need to resolve issues with past tax returns are also struggling to contact the IRS. While they wait, interest may continue to accrue on past-due balances.
Besides processing taxes, the IRS has to remain on top of tax law changes, stimulus programs, and other measures. The government agency processed roughly 475 million Economic Impact Payments worth about $800 million during the pandemic. These stimulus payments likely propped up consumer spending. However, if consumers can’t get stimulus payments and refunds quickly, it may put a crimp on consumer spending, some observers say.
County Supervisors change November meeting date – stay mum on Closed Session EDA litigation discussion
The only open session action taking by the Warren County Board of Supervisors at a Special Meeting of Tuesday, October 26, was authorization to change the date of a November Supervisors meeting from the 16th to the 18th. That item was a late addition to the agenda made and acted on prior to a scheduled closed session.
The bulk of the 5 p.m. meeting, about an hour-and-a-quarter, was taken up by a Closed/Executive Session to discuss Economic Development Authority litigation. As Royal Examiner readers know, that is an oft-behind closed doors topic over the last two-plus years in the wake of the $26-million to $62 million FR-WC EDA financial scandal that began unravelling in mid-2018. No announcement or action regarding that litigation was offered during the brief open session to adjournment shortly after 6:20 p.m.
As has been previously reported, the EDA financial scandal involves civil and criminal cases, the latter now handled at the federal level by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Virginia headquartered in Harrisonburg. Before criminal indictments were dropped by the Special Prosecutor at the state level due to speedy trial concerns surrounding the mountain of documented evidence, estimated at over a million pages, there were as many as 23 co-defendants alleged as co-conspirators of former EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald. The federal prosecutor launched action on August 31, filing a 34-count indictment against McDonald, including 16 counts of money laundering, 10 for bank fraud, 7 for wire fraud, and 1 count of aggravated identity theft regarding someone identified as “T.T.” (ITFederal principal Truc Tran perhaps?)
In related civil litigation, McDonald and the EDA reached an agreement in which $9-million-dollars of assets were ruled out of McDonald’s bankruptcy court filing as owed to the EDA, though without any admission of fault by McDonald. As part of that agreement the EDA recently announced assumption of ownership of McDonald Real Estate LLC MoveOn8’s undeveloped 41-acre Happy Creek parcel valued at over a million dollars.
The EDA and Town of Front Royal are also engaged in dueling civil countersuits initiated by the Town, claiming disputed lost assets related to the financial scandal. During the tenure of Interim Town Manager Matt Tederick, other than then-Mayor Eugene Tewalt, the town council chose to ignore EDA offers to sit down in a non-litigious, good faith effort to determine exactly what was owed to the Town related to the alleged misdirected EDA assets involved in Town and County capital improvement and economic development projects financed through the EDA. The Town has since initiated an effort to create its own unilateral Front Royal EDA (FREDA) operating independently of the over half-century-old Town-County EDA, which technically the Town is still a legal, if now silent, partner in.
That independent EDA effort has become a political hot potato in the coming Town Special Election to fill resigned member Jacob Meza’s seat. In recent years the County had fully funded EDA operational costs, with each municipality covering its own debt service related to EDA financing of projects. Independent conservative council candidate Bruce Rappaport has made the unilateral Front Royal EDA a major target of his campaign, citing it as a waste of town taxpayer money and destructive wrench in the cog of Town-County relations.
Warren County parent endorses Funk for School Board in Happy Creek District
I would like to share my endorsement and support of Dr. Antoinette Funk, candidate for the Warren County, Virginia School Board, Happy Creek District.
Dr. Funk and I served on the Warren County Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee for 7 years. On this committee she inspired many of us to become more knowledgeable of our role and to better organize our work. As a parent, she appreciates the importance of a school district having a good line of communication with families, as an education professional with experience in teaching and working in school administration, she understands the many responsibilities that schools face, and as a long-time resident of Warren County, she appreciates the importance of a school district being the best that it can be to serve the families of a community. Her experience as a parent, a resident, and an educator will give her a uniquely broad perspective as a school board member.
As election day approaches, please consider what is needed on our school board and consider voting for Dr. Antoinette Funk for the Happy Creek District School Board Member of Warren County, Virginia.
Warren County Parent and Resident