Savoring the Last Days of Summer

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2020 has been one for the books, and we’re only a little over halfway through. When this pandemic began, the days seemed to drag so slowly, yet here we are thinking about the kids heading back to school. While we know this year isn’t anything like what we normally face, we’ve pulled together some thoughts and tips on having a successful 2020 back-to-school season.

As you’re soaking in the last month of summer break, we’ve got some ideas on how to fill your time. Check out our Home and Hearth section for summer home maintenance projects to knock out while the weather is warm. Kick back by the pool or inside where it’s cool and take a virtual journey to some of the world’s most unique museums, all featured in our Destinations section. Our Family Fun column shares some wacky August holidays to celebrate with your family. (Ice Cream Sandwich Day and S’mores Day are calling my name.)

In Giving Back, we bring you the story of Northern Virginia Family Service’s SERVE program, providing much-needed shelter, meals and healthy family programs to our community. Also giving back in our area is this month’s Change Maker, Adelle Settle, local lawyer and founder of Settle the Debt. Her nonprofit is paying
down Prince William’s school lunch debt and advocating for universal school meals.

As we continue to navigate 2020 and all that it has delivered, we bring you up-to-date health information on multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C. Novant Health UVA Health System provides parents with the information you need to know in our Health and Wellness section. And if COVID-19 has taken a toll on your small business, read up on resources for keeping your business going in this month’s Finance section.

Need an escape from your kitchen? Bella Vita is open and offering their authentic taste of Italy right here in Prince William. Also learn why Prince William Marina has been voted the number one marine dealer in North America. According to owner Carlton Phillips, they have whatever a boat owner could possibly need.

I hope you find time this month to bask in the sun and savor a few more lazy days of summer.

Rebecca Barnes


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