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The days are getting shorter, and there's a hint of fall in the air. What a
perfect time to take stock in ourselves and ensure that various needs are
being met. These two businesses can lighten the burden.
One of the biggest decisions for new parents who need to return to the
workplace is to whom they should entrust their child. We are fortunate
to have a fantastic resource in our midst.
Children of America has long
been renowned as a childcare center that is committed to each child's
The Manassas center's director, Tina Smith, joined the staff nearly two
years ago, but her experience in and love for early childhood education
goes back much further. She explains that various care options are
offered for infants as young as six weeks through children up to age 12. In
addition, before- and after-school care is offered for school-age children.
Children of America's Success Through Academic Readiness (STAR)
curriculum is another draw for parents. "They learn through hands-on
experiences," Tina says. "Although they often work together, children get
the individual attention needed to increase their skills."
New and veteran parents alike appreciate the center's innovative efforts
that allow them to share in their children's day even when they can't be
physically present. Tina explains that parents can either go online or
download a special camera app to their smartphone--either one allows
them to "pop in" to their child's classroom at any time! Another app called
"Stay in Touch" allows for real-time communication with parents, who
can receive pictures and information throughout the school day. To learn
How about a break from the kitchen? An ocean of delights awaits you at
Blue Ridge Seafood in western Gainesville, where fresh seafood has
been served up for nearly four decades. Mark and Donna Donovan run
the restaurant, which was opened by Donna's parents, and they remain
loyal to offering as many U.S. products as possible, and of course keeping
those products local whenever they can.
Donna notes that while people enjoy crabs year-round, they're often at
their best in the fall. Good-sized local crabs are currently available, and
their Alaskan snow crab legs are always a big hit. Fresh local oysters
will be back in season soon, and you'll fi nd them on the menu, which
also features scallops, 100% wild-caught shrimp, lobsters--Mark loves to
show their enormous lobster tanks to visitors--and other favorites.
Easily accessible on southbound Route 29, Blue Ridge Seafood attracts
veteran and fi rst-time visitors with innovative messaging on its outdoor
sign. For example, "Quit driving by and give us a try!" was recently posted,
bringing in people interested in dining in as well as carrying out items from
their seafood market board. They even offer catering!
And if you prefer turf to surf? No problem! The menu boasts steaks,
ribs, chicken, quail, and even veggie tacos. As weather permits,
be sure to enjoy an al fresco meal out at the tiki bar. Check out the
restaurant's Facebook page for upcoming events, or to learn more,
Some Time for You!
~ Nancy Griffi n-Bonnaire
CHILDREN OF AMERICA
BLUE RIDGE SEAFOOD
Online at www.discoverypubs.com