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The More Things Change…

Photo by Chris LehtoHaving grown up in Dale City, I have seen firsthand the change from sleepy little bedroom neighborhoods to the engaged and complex community that we are today. As we attract new residents and grow, there is more diversity in how we live and even what comprises a “typical” household. Helena Tavares Kennedy explores some of the ways we have changed—and stayed the same—in the November feature, “The Changing Face of the Family” (page 4).

One of those changes is more people choosing to spend their golden years here. Some enjoy an active retirement, taking advantage of the recreational and cultural venues that have popped up over the years. For seniors who are homebound or disabled, services such as Meals on Wheels make it possible to age in place with dignity. In “Giving Back” (page 24), Val Wallace gives us a look into this nonprofit that offers clients a hot meal and a watchful eye.

Of course, some things stay the same. Steeped in military history and a long tradition of supporting our troops, there is no shortage of patriots in our community. We even host the D.C. area’s largest Veterans Day parade in Manassas, complete with floats, dance troupes and color guards. You’ll find details on this Nov. 9 event in “Destinations” (page 12).

Speaking of tradition, we began a new one last month, with the launch of our first annual Prince William Living Giving Back Award. Taking our “Giving Back” department to this next level has long been a goal. So it is with much anticipation that we open it up to the second phase—with nominations tallied, now it is time to vote.

Go to to read about our outstanding nominees and help us select the first Giving Back recipient. You’ll support a deserving not-for-profit and learn about the inspirational work being done to enhance the quality of life here in greater Prince William.


Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher

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