MANARC Thrift Store Outgrows Space and Moves to 107 William Street December 19th

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) MANARC, Downtown Fredericksburg thrift store will move their location from 1108 Caroline St. to 107 William St. on December 19th.

“We have outgrown our space.” said Founder and CEO of MANARC, Deborah Franks. MANARC will continue to embrace the season of giving to offer active duty military and veterans a 20 percent off discount at their new location now till the end of December.

MANARC, Borne the Battle has been established as premier a non-profit organization operating on donations with the express purpose of providing funding to local established Veterans organizations to improve the level of Veterans support. MANARC stands for Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Reserve and Coast Guard. MANARC thrift store opened it’s doors in September of this year with a mission to support Veterans.

MANARC’s thrift store will now be located on 107 William Street. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Friday of each month open till 8 p.m. Donations are accepted all hours of operation. For more information on MANARC , visit http://www.manarcgives.org

MANARC, Born The Battle
MANARC, Born The Battle

CONTACT
Deborah Franks
manarc2014@gmail.com
540.371.1643

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350

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(FREDERICKSBURG SPOTLIGHT) on TRACEY REISCH. Things You Did Not Know about TRACEY REISCH

Tracey graduated with a B.S. in Communications and a concentration in Media and Society from Christopher Newport University in 2012.  During her time at Christopher Newport University, Tracey was an intern with a non-profit organization that focused on bettering the environment by obtaining signatures for petitions and training volunteers.

After graduating, Tracey moved to New York where she was an intern with ZenithOptimedia, a media planning and buying company. Once Tracey’s internship ended, she traveled to Spain to be an Au Pair and lived with a Spanish family. Tracey had the opportunity to immerse herself into a new culture and learn a new language.  Tracey is always looking for opportunities to help.

In 2011, Tracey joined the Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega where she worked with various non-profit organizations to aid the Tidewater Community. Peterson Randall Public Relations (PRPR) recently hired Tracey on as a public relations intern and this position has given her the opportunity to utilize her education, experience and passion for working in the non-profit community.

Tracey will be working with various local Fredericksburg area non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness. These non-profits include Fredericksburg Dining For Smiles (FDFS), Fredericksburg Regional SPCA, Rappahannock Big Sister Big Brother and The Institute of the Performing Arts (IPA). Tracey will act as a Public Relations Coordinator and be in contact with the local media to help gain visibility for these various non-profits.

Tracey Reisch, New  Intern for PRPR
Tracey Reisch, New Intern for PRPR

MEET TRACEY REISCH: PRPR’S NEW INTERN

Q: What is your favorite TV Show? A:  Grey’s Anatomy

Q: What is your favorite quote? A: “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

Q: Where is your dream vacation? A: Traveling around Eastern Europe then ending in Bali

Q: Where have you traveled? A: I was an Au Pair in Spain for 3 months and spent 2 weeks in Germany.  I also have been up and down the east coast, but have only been as far west as Nevada.

Q: Do you have any pets? A: I have a dog named Sparky!

Q: What’s your creative outlet? A: I absolutely love to dance.  I have been dancing since I was 8 years old and danced throughout college where I performed both on the dance team and in the annual showcases.  I also minored in dance and fell in love with modern dance.

Q: What is your favorite song? A: I have so many!  One of my all time favorites is “Lie in our graves” by Dave Matthews Band Q: Places you have lived? A: Virginia, New York, Spain

Q: What schools did attend? A: Graduated from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. in Communications concentration in Media and Society

14th Annual Holiday Benefit Concert for the Fredericksburg SPCA December 26th

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) The 14th Annual Holiday Benefit Concert for the Fredericksburg SPCA will take place on Friday, December 26th at The Old Silk Mill on Princess Anne Street in Downtown Fredericksburg. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices are $30 and $75 for the VIP Experience. VIP tickets include hot toddies and delicious finger foods. The event will be catered by the highly acclaimed local eatery, Foode, whose co-owner and chef, Joy Crump, recently returned from a stint on Bravo’s hit cooking show, “Top Chef”! All profits will go to benefit the Fredericksburg SPCA. To purchase tickets visit, http://kellerwilliams.net/shows

Keller is a hometown hero and is a big animal lover and adoption advocate and has supported the Regional Fredericksburg for several years. For more information on this event, visit, http://kellerwilliams.net/home

The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA
The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA

ABOUT THE REGIONAL FREDERICKSBURG SPCA
The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA is a non-profit, No-Kill humane organization dedicated to the principle that every life is unique and worthy of protection. As a local leader in humane care and education, the Fredericksburg SPCA’s mission is to tackle the problem of pet overpopulation through education, adoption, rehabilitation and spay/neuter. The organization saves the lives of many homeless animals each year and cares for approximately 400 cats and dogs daily. The Fredericksburg SPCA is not affiliated with any other animal welfare organization, they are a independent No-Kill shelter that must raise 100% of our annual budget. For more information visit, http://www.fburgspca.org

CONTACT
Debra Joseph
The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA
debraspca@verizon.net
540.898.1500

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Peterson Randall Public Relations
Randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350

Why I am Running For Commonwealth’s Attorney of Spotsylvania County

As many of you know, I have decided to run for Commonwealth’s Attorney of Spotsylvania County. My decision is in response to the requests of numerous citizens and groups throughout the community and additionally I believe the role of the Commonwealth’s Attorney is to ensure justice for the community. I have been a prosecutor in the City of Fredericksburg for the last ten years where I have earned a reputation of being tough, but fair. During my time there, I have heard and seen first-hand the frustration felt by local law enforcement and the citizens of Spotsylvania County regarding the pursuit of justice by the current Commonwealth’s Attorney, Mr. Neely.  The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of this county deserve much better. I made Spotsylvania my home and I simply want to bring dedicated service, accountability, and justice to the citizens of this great county. They deserve nothing less.

For those of you who do not know me, my father was a career law enforcement officer in Virginia and instilled a strong sense of justice in me. My father retired to Florida so I attended college at Florida State University majoring in criminology and went on to law school at the University of Miami. I then returned to Virginia where I have been a probation officer, assistant public defender, and now a prosecutor for over ten years. In all three positions, I was placed in a supervisory role within the office.

As an attorney, I have handled thousands of cases ranging from traffic violations to first degree murder. During my career as a prosecutor, I have worn many hats aside from regular duties to include supervising juvenile prosecutions, gang prosecutions, drug court prosecutions, and running a regularly sitting Special Grand Jury. Additionally, I have practiced in all of the courts of the region as a special prosecutor to include Spotsylvania County on several occasions. I have lectured for the U.S. Department of Justice, National District Attorney’s Association, Virginia State Police, Fredericksburg Police, Virginia Commonwealth Attorney’s Services Council, and the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.  Additionally, I am also a faculty member for the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council’s Trial Advocacy School that teaches the newly hired prosecutors each year at the William & Mary Law School.

The last year has been very humbling for me. First, I was voted employee of the year by my co-workers, and then I was nominated for a General District Judgeship by my peers in the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association. I am honored to know that my fellow members of the bar placed that level of confidence in me.

I am very grateful, and consider myself lucky, to be a prosecutor as I get to ensure that every attempt is made to secure justice for the victims of crime. I get to fight for those who cannot and make their voices heard. Additionally, I get to ensure the safety of the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth from future harm. I take my responsibilities to heart and feel blessed to be able to represent the citizens of the Commonwealth on a daily basis. I strive to make not only the Fredericksburg region, but the Commonwealth a safer place to live, conduct business, and to raise a family.

Speaking of family, I would be remiss if I did not mention that I consider myself very lucky to have my wonderful wife Kristin, who is a prosecutor in Stafford County, and my daughter Avery supporting me in this endeavor. As my beautiful daughter tells people “mommy and daddy fight bad guys”.

Spotsylvania deserves to have a Commonwealth’s Attorney who is involved in the community and attuned to the concerns of the citizens of the county and focused on ensuring justice and protecting this community.

I ask you now to allow me to utilize my education, abilities, and experience to serve the citizens of Spotsylvania County as your next Commonwealth’s Attorney. I can only accomplish this important task with your help and support. Please feel free to contact me at tbird4ca@gmail.com.

Travis Bird
Travis Bird
The Bird Family
The Bird Family

Media Contact:
Myandi Peterson
Randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350