How to Build a Native Bee House at Home

By Theresa Coates Ellis, Manassas City Council

With overwhelming support for the Bee City USA that I initiated for our City of Manassas, I will be introducing more ideas for our community to do at home as we move forward.

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Here is a great video that I found on the Prince William Master Gardeners with the Virginia Pinterest.  There are a variety of pollinators in our City, but to attract this native — a Mason bee — a non-stinger — build a bee house or hotel.

Here are some other tips for building bee houses and hotels that I found to add to this great video.

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Message or contact me if you have additional questions on facebook, by email Theresa@ManassasTogether.com or my cell 571-247-6729.

#BeeSafe
#BeeCityUSABuzz

 

 

E-Gift Cards for Community | Frontline + Families in the City

It is very easy and will make a big impact.  Just one extra step. Buy and email your gift cards and certificates from local businesses to the Department that needs them the most: Healthcare, Police, Fire, and Family Services.  Direct revenue to the business and support to our community members out their fighting COVID19.

With the 30 years past experience that I have in healthcare management, I understand the hardships that these important people are enduring in this time of crisis.

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Here are the steps:

E-GIFT CARDS FOR COMMUNITY | City of Manassas
Your Safe Support for our Frontline + Families! #CombatCOVID19

Easy, safe and impactful! Join your Manassas City Council member Theresa Coates Ellis as we support our Frontline; our Healthcare Professionals, and First Responders. Plus support our Families and our local businesses to bring #ManassasTogether to #CombatCOVID19.

HOW?

Buy local business virtual or e-gift cards by phone or online AND then email them directly to our Frontline — our Healthcare Professionals, Police, Fire + Rescue and our Families in need now:

Healthcare: NHUVA.SR@novanthealth.org
Police: DKeen@manassasva.gov
Fire + Rescue: RClemons@manassasva.gov
Family Social Services*** MGehr@ci.manassas.va.us

SHARE!

Post a selfie with hashtag #FeedLocal #BuyLocal #CombatCOVID19 and tell us your story!

***Clean plastic gift cards/ paper certificates? Just add them to Family Social Services drop box at their entrance to 9324 West St. Manassas

Contact Theresa@ManassasTogether.com with any questions or comments.

Thank you for your support for our City of Manassas!

www.ManassasTogether.com

 

Combat COVID19 #StayHome

Combatting COVID19:

Hello City of Manassas,

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.  Upon Governor Northam’s orders, people should only leave their homes to obtain food, supplies or medical care, or for exercise. All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned. Here are some steps that we are taking to flatten the curve in our community.

Education

Our teachers during this time are stepping up in this time of need. We must support our teachers in the City of Manassas as they stay connected to our students and families.

Every Monday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, a five-day food supply is distributed at the curbs of Osbourn, Weems, and Round to cars with students. This week I participated, with gloves and social distancing, at Osbourn, in the feeding of more than 25 cars at Osbourn.  From a distance, I encouraged students to read, keep learning, and enjoy the sunshine with exercise at home.

Small Business

I am working to make sure that small businesses are supported and remain open in a safe, stable way.  Make sure our friends and neighbors can be helped during this time when many are leaving their jobs and owners may be struggling to keep the lights on. Here are some things you can do to do your part:

  • Participate in my Council member Ellis e-Gift Cards for Community program that I launched this week. Buy from local businesses and email e-gift cards directly to our local frontline and families in need. Visit http://www.ManassasTogether.com for email contact information.  Direct income boost to business and showing support  for our frontline and families.
  • Use take-out, pick-up curbside or drive-thru options.
  • Seek out Go-Fund Me pages to help Manassas Business
  • Adhering to 10 patron guidelines with 10 people inside and outside on a patio
  • Sign up for newsletters and stay updated with http://ChooseManassas.org for updated opportunities for small business in local, state and federal government for finances, loans, grants, and unemployment.
  • Contact Historic Manassas Inc. to add your business and current operations plus specials to their website.
  • Contact Theresa@ManassasTogether.com or call (571)247-6729 (cell) with any questions or comments.

First Responders

To those nurses, doctors, First Responders, and those serving on the frontline, on behalf of Manassas, we say thank you.  We must all do our part to support these brave men and women as they put themselves at risk.

Stay safe and healthy.  We will be get through as a stronger community because we are waiting and working as #ManassasTogether.  Thank you to all of those who are doing their part for our City of Manassas.

#EatLocal #ShopLocal #FeedLocal #CombatCOVID19

All my best,

Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buzz and Bees in the City

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By: Theresa Coates Ellis, Manassas City Council

Join #NeighborsComingTogether for our monthly meet-up for residents, HOAs, and COAs. Linda will share her expertise as a master gardener and beekeeper focusing on sustainability, native plants and bees/pollinators for yards and common area in communities.

Enjoy the grounds, learn about the future gardens and plans of Liberia House, our historic building and park. Located on Portner Ave.

ManassasTogether.com

City Talk with Theresa | What’s the Buzz in March?

— By Theresa Coates Ellis for Manassas City Mayor on Nov. 3rd, 2020 —
March 2020

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— March into Spring Events in our City of Manassas —

Our City of Manassas is bursting with shindigs, conversations, action, and creative culture that connect our #ManassasTogether.

Why it matters: The world is coming alive! The Spring bulbs are popping out of the dormancy of Fall and Winter. We have been hybernating long enough. I am aware that even though our Winter has been mild, in the past, we have had big snowstorms in March — ever hear of America’s 1993 Storm of the Century on March 12-14? Spring or snow, we have a lot going on in the City — enjoy!

  • In case you have not heard, I have initiated a plan for a resolution for Manassas City to be designated as a “Bee City USA.” Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement. It is an awareness for action message — plant native, attract native bees, set up hives, all good stuff. It is no wonder that people love the City of Manassas.
  • Historic Liberia House and the grounds for the City park are going to be even more amazing.  We need to FINISH Liberia. We still need donations for Liberia restoration and thanks to a generous donor, we have the garden funded!  Visit Liberia House, Portner Ave. (between Liberia/Lomond and Breeden Ave.) on Sat., March 28 at 1pm to learn more about the exterior/landscape plans!

So, I am not a fan of snow — so I hope it stays away! Teachers and students might disagree with me. I’m sure they miss their snow days.  Maybe we should give them off for a Spring Day!

The big picture: There is something for everyone in the City of Manassas. Here is a collection of upcoming community events, happenings, and ideas to keep you, your business and family updated and/or busy.

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Shindigs:

Historic Manassas
• March 6, 6 to 9 p.m. – First Friday
• March 14, 11 a.m. – Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade
• May 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Manassas Viking Festival

Manassas Regional Airport
• May 2, 4 p.m. — Leaseweb Manassas Airshow
• April 26, 8 a.m. – 2020 Manassas Runway 5k, 10k, 1 miler

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Conversations:

Manassas Museum
• March 8, 1:30 p.m. – Book Talk: 250 Years in Fauquier Country: A Virginia Story, John T. Toler
• March 11, 3 p.m. – Stories in Preservation and Progress with James G. Harrison III
• April 19, 1:30 p.m. Book Talk, Witchcraft in Colonial Va.
• April 22, Noon, Spotlight Talks
• April 24, 10-11 a.m. — Museum Stories for families

Liberia House
• March 7, 2 p.m. and April 11, 1:00 p.m. – Front Porch Conversation
• March 28, 1p.m. – Buzz and Bees in the City with Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis. Learn about pollinators, native, and honey bees, native plants and the Bee City USA designation with Linda, Prince William (PW) County Master Gardner and PW Regional Beekeepers Association.

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Take action:

Manassas Transfer Station
• March 7, 8 a.m. to Noon – Household Hazardous and e-Waste Drop Off Day
• March 21 – May 31 Great American Cleanup

Creative Culture:

Historic Manassas, Inc.
• April 24, 6:00 p.m. to April 25, 10:00 a.m. One Love Art & Music Festival

Center for the Arts
• Ongoing art, acting, dance classes
• Feb. to March — Ballroom Dance

Manassas Museum
• March 5, 6 p.m. Opening Exhibit. March 6 – 31 Artistic Expressions, Osbourn High School
• March 14, 10 to 11 a.m. – Family Workshop: Native Legacy, Symbols
• April 16, 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. Museum at the Farmer’s Market

Hylton Performing Arts Center
• March 13 to 15 – Manassas Ballet Theatre, Les Sylphides
• March 21, 7:30 p.m. – Voices United: One Voice, Many Voices, Manassas Chorale

Bulletin Board:

Holidays and Important Dates
Remember March 8 is daylight savings time! Spring ahead!
• March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day (observed)
• April — Farmer’s Market

City Hall
• March 16, 7:00 p.m. “Town Hall” by City Council at the Manassas Regional Airport.
• April 1 — 2020 is a Census Year. Please complete census forms in a timely manner.

Hylton Performing Arts
• March 18, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Valor Awards 2020
• March 21, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Prince William County / Manassas History Symposium

The bottom line: Spring is right around the corner! Enjoy the beauty of the season and plant native plants to attract our declining pollinators!

If you would like to add to this ongoing list, please email Theresa@ManassasTogether.com.

Theresa Coates Ellis is a candidate for Manassas City Mayor for the upcoming election Nov. 3rd, 2020. She is an elected member of Manassas City Council and was appointed to the Economic Development Authority, Land Use, and the Citizen’s Action Committee. She has a professional background in business, marketing, photography, and events. She is Area Governor of the Rotary in the City of Manassas and Prince William County. In 2019, she was awarded George Mason University Communication Department Alumni of the Year for her community achievements and contributions to continued education for our youth and young professionals. Theresa and her husband George have six daughters and one son – all grown — and live in the City of Manassas.

Posted: March, 2020
Go deeper:
• #ManassasTogether
• City Connection Newsletter
• Historic Manassas
• Prince William Chamber of Commerce
• Service and Non-Profit Organizations (ISCC)
• City of Manassas Designated List of 20 Community Events
• Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory
• Manassas City Public Schools
• Manassas City Government and City Council Calendar
• Manassas City Council Meetings (video, agenda, minutes)
• Manassas Regional Airport

How I started over on Valentine’s Day

By Theresa Coates Ellis

This week, a great news article was written by Terri Erwin and published by Bull Run Observer (in print) this week about how George Ellis, my husband, and I, met on eHarmony.

Both of us had been married for long periods of time to other people, had never met, when the marriages both ended suddenly.

Valentine’s Days of the past have not all  been happy.

Valentine’s Day was a key crappy day when I decided to start to meet people again. At that time, I had been alone, running my business, and raising my children.

Years ago, I had a blog called “Tackle Your Life.” Below is my 2012 post about how I turned my big frown upside down. It wasn’t that easy.

Life can turn around. Keep moving forward, and meeting and enjoying people.

Tackle Your Life

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Behind the Scenes at eHarmony: Dating and 542 Marriages a Day

A few years ago, I was single and raising three girls. My oldest son lived in North Carolina with his wife and family. I tried online dating and was matched on eHarmony with a wonderful man named George. He had three girls of his own.
Six months later, we were married. I submitted our success story to eHarmony. “The ‘Brady Bunch’ on Estrogen,” was about two people falling in love and joining six daughters together in one chaotic home.
eHarmony loved the story! On Valentine’s Day 2011, they invited George and me to California to participate in their national marketing campaign.
Hair, makeup, wardrobe, and action! Twelve couples were invited to film, interview, and do photo shoots with eHarmony in the Hollywood area. We were labeled the “hip” parents. Strike a pose!
A few weeks later, our happy faces started popping up on eHarmony.com and ads online! Some of the couples we met showed up on the TV commercials.
I have continued the relationship with eHarmonyby mentoring for their facebook community. A few weeks ago, eHarmony team members welcomed me, George, and our daughters, Jillian and Laura for a personal tour of their new 65,000 sq. ft. Santa Monica, CA corporate office.
             
eHarmony, a privately held company, was launched August 22, 2000 as an online dating site with an emphasis on long term relationships based on compatibility. An average of 542 eHarmony members marry every day in the USA as a result of being matched on the site.*
Lunch with members of Public Relations, Marketing, and Social Media was enjoyed in the City Grille in the Yahoo Center. Stories were shared about Dr. Neil Clark Warren, a clinical psychologist who is the founder of eHarmony. Dr.Warren studied happily married couples to determine what made them happy. eHarmony’scomprehensive questionnaire was developed to determine the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility, later patented by Dr. Warren.
The highlight of the tour was the endless photos of success couples on the walls at eHarmony. We even spotted our candid shot and were asked to autograph it.

Our two teen daughters had a great experience meeting eHarmony’s friendly team and learning how a successful business operates. They both want to move to California.

Jillian, our future public relations major, looks very comfortable in the corporate environment!

*2009 U.S. survey conducted for eHarmony by Harris Interactive®

Bull Run Observer News Article By Terri Erwin Feb. 2020

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City Talk with Theresa | Busy Times

By Theresa Coates Ellis, Manassas City Council
February 2020

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Busy Times in our City of Manassas

Our City of Manassas is bursting with shindigs, conversations, action, and creative culture that connect our #ManassasTogether.

Why it matters: With the combination of our economic boom, ideal location, top education opportunities, and vibrant quality of life and charm, it is no wonder that people love the City of Manassas.
• Our City of Manassas Economic Development Department reported that approximately 450,000 people attended events in 2019.
• Our #SIPandSHOPtime was added to selected Historic Manassas events. Launched in October with an overwhelming success.

The big picture: There is something for everyone in the City of Manassas. Here is a collection of upcoming community events, happenings, and ideas to keep you, your business and family updated and/or busy.

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Shindigs:

Historic Manassas
• Harris Pavilion – Daily Ice Skating
• Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. First Friday, Souper Bowl
• March 6, 6 to 9 p.m. – First Friday
• March 14, 11 a.m. – Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade
• May 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Manassas Viking Festival

Manassas Regional Airport
• May 2, 4 p.m. — Leaseweb Manassas Airshow
• April 26, 8 a.m. – 2020 Manassas Runway 5k, 10k, 1 miler

Conversations:

Manassas Museum
• Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.– Annual Athletic Field Use
• February, March, April – Museum Spotlight Talks
• Feb. 8, Noon — Neighbors Coming Together (HOAs, COAs). Join us to build our City of Manassas Inter-Neighborhood Group. Understanding Financials with Chris Peden, Peden Accounting Services and Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis
• Feb. 12, 3 p.m. — Stories in Preservation and Progress with Chief Emeritus John Lightner
• Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – African American Ancestry Workshop
• Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Evening for Educators: African American History in Manassas
• Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m. – Book Talk: Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge, Scott Patchan
• Feb. 28, 10 a.m. – Museum Stories with family hands on activity
• March 8, 1:30 p.m. – Book Talk: 250 Years in Fauquier Country: A Virginia Story, John T. Toler
• March 11, 3 p.m. – Stories in Preservation and Progress with James G. Harrison III of the National Museum of the American Indian

Liberia House
• March 7, 2 p.m. – Front Porch Conversation
• March 26, 1p.m. – Buzz and Bees in the City with Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis. Learn about honey and native bees and the Bee City USA designation.

Take action:

Manassas Transfer Station
• March 7, 8 a.m. to Noon – Household Hazardous and e-Waste Drop Off Day
• March 21 – May 31 Great American Cleanup

Creative Culture:

Historic Manassas, Inc.
• April 24, 6:00 p.m. to April 25, 10:00 a.m. One Love Art & Music Festival
Center for the Arts
• Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Camera Eyes: On Poetry Art Exhibit with JoAnn Lord Koff
• Feb. 7, 8, 14 & 15 Mystery Dinner Theatre Murder on the Manassas Express.
• February — Yemonja Small, “It’s Complicated,” Black History Month.
• Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Feb. 16, 1 to 4 p.m. – Auditions: Sweeney Todd
• Ongoing art, acting, dance classes
• Feb. to March — Ballroom Dance

Manassas Museum
• Feb. 5, Noon – Spotlight Talk
• Now through May – Exhibit: Native Legacy: The Patawomeck Indians of Virginia.
• Feb. 8, 10-11:30 a.m.– Workshop
• March 5, 6 p.m. Opening Exhibit. March 6 – 31 Artistic Expressions, Osbourn High School
• March 14, 10 to 11 a.m. – Family Workshop: Native Legacy, Symbols

Hylton Performing Arts Center
• Feb. 8, 8 p.m. — Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
• Feb. — Va. National Ballet: Cinderella
• March 13 to 15 – Manassas Ballet Theatre, Les Sylphides
• March 21, 7:30 p.m. – Voices United: One Voice, Many Voices, Manassas Chorale

Bulletin Board:

Holidays
• Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day
• Feb. 17 – President’s Day
• March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day (observed)

Manassas Museum
• Feb. 8, Noon — Neighbors Coming Together (HOAs, COAs). Join us to build a City of Manassas Inter-Neighborhood Group. Understanding Financials with Chris Peden, Peden Accounting Services and Councilwoman Theresa Coates Ellis

City Hall
• Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. City Council Meeting; 7:30 p.m. – Comprehensive Plan Update City Council public hearing
• Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m. City Council Meeting
• April 1 — 2020 is a Census Year. Please complete census forms in a timely manner.

Hylton Performing Arts
• March 18, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Valor Awards 2020
• March 21, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Prince William County / Manassas History Symposium

The bottom line: The doldrums of winter will come to an end with the emerging of spring. Our City of Manassas is packed with things to do to get you through the cold weather – so get busy and enjoy!

If you would like to add to this ongoing list, please email Theresa@ManassasTogether.com.

Theresa Coates Ellis is an elected member of Manassas City Council and was appointed to the Economic Development Authority, Land Use, and the Citizen’s Action Committee. She has a professional background in business, marketing, photography, and events. She is Area Governor of the Rotary in the City of Manassas and Prince William County. In 2019, she was awarded George Mason University Communication Department Alumni of the Year for her community achievements and contributions to continued education for our youth and young professionals. Theresa and her husband George have six daughters and one son – all grown — and live in the City of Manassas.

Posted: February 1, 2020
Go deeper:
• #ManassasTogether
• City Connection Newsletter
• Historic Manassas
• Prince William Chamber of Commerce
• Service and Non-Profit Organizations (ISCC)
• City of Manassas Designated List of 20 Community Events
• Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory
• Manassas City Public Schools
• Manassas City Government and City Council Calendar
• Manassas City Council Meetings (video, agenda, minutes)
• Manassas Regional Airport

 

Community Rotaract being formed in Manassas City

Young professionals approached Theresa Coates Ellis with a proposal: to set up the first Community Rotoract service organization in the city for 18 to 35 year olds. Theresa jumped in to assist. They are actively recruiting to this diversified group! Join them! Find them on facebook too at Manassas City Rotoract!