From the Publisher – January 2013

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We hope that you and yours have enjoyed a wonderful holiday season.  Here at Prince William Living, we have gotten a head start on our New Year’s resolutions, with a number of changes designed to enhance the reader experience.

First, we are excited to introduce a brand new website. You can still find us at, now with a fresh, dynamic look that makes it easier than ever to keep in touch with everything going on in greater Prince William.  In addition to archived issues, the site now features extra stories and follow up articles, a more robust community calendar and the ability to subscribe online. Community organizations can even upload their own events so that our readers are the “first to know” about local happenings.

Within the magazine, you will notice an added feature—the “Taking Care of Business” section.  Starting with the coverage of Gainesville entrepreneur Christina Daves, CEO of CastMedic Designs, LLC on page 18, each month we will provide business news.  Look for insights on local companies, learn about businesses coming to town and more.

This month’s issue also has plenty of ideas for starting your 2013 on the right foot as well. Discover ways to avoid gridlock, from upcoming traffic improvements to telework, in the feature article  “Traffic Troubles & Solutions” on page 4. With all that free time, test out some of Kristina Schnack Klotus’ ideas for including the whole family in achieving your resolutions in “Family Fun” on page 28.  Kristina herself is the focus on this month’s “Going Places” on page 20, where we learn about how this successful blogger and community cheerleader got her start.

When all that resolution-keeping leaves you in need of relaxation, strap on some skates and head over to the Prince William Ice Center, this month’s “Destination.”  Or, enjoy a hearty bowl of chili at one of the two Hard Times Cafes located in Prince William, covered on page 26 in “Local Flavor.”

Last but not least, as we celebrate our second anniversary as Prince William Living, we recommit to our goal of connecting readers with stories about the people and places that make Prince William special.  Thanks to our writers, photographers, editors, advertisers and readers for being part of the journey. We are very grateful to live in such a supportive and wonderful community, and look forward to serving you for years to come.



Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher


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