IT Gateway Learningclasses begin May 19

Registration is underway for the IT Gateway Learning Community at the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Classes begin May 19.

The program is part of NOVA’s Credentials to Careers, which helps unemployed and underemployed adults quickly train for jobs in the information technology field.

Aptitude tests, advisers and other support services are included. For information, call 703-530-3048 or e-mail itgatewayc2c@nvcc.edu .

Manassas public works receives platinum award

For the fifth year, the City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities was one of two public utilities in Virginia to be awarded the 2013 Reliable Public Power Provider platinum level recognition by the American Public Power Association for outstanding reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

Only 184 out of more than 2,000 public power utilities in the United States earned the designation.

For information, call 703-257-8276 or visit www.manassascity.org

Manassas public works receives platinum award

The City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities was one of two public utilities in Virginia to be awarded the 2013 Reliable Public Power Provider platinum level recognition by the American Public Power Association for outstanding reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

Only 184 out of more than 2,000 public power utilities in the United States earned the Reliable Public Power Provider designation this year. This is the fifth year that the City of Manassas department has received this distinction.

For information, call 703-257-8276 or visit www.manassascity.org

Cat found in Woodbridgetests positive for rabies

A gray-and-white cat found near Forest Glen Road in Woodbridge on March 31 tested positive for rabies, the Virginia Department of Health said. There also has been an increase in the number of wildlife found with rabies in the Nokesville area.

Anyone who may have come in contact with the cat or rabid wildlife should contact the Prince William Health District at 703-792-5363 or Prince William County Animal Control Division at 703-792-6500. The Prince William Health District reminds residents to avoid contact with bats, feral cats, stray dogs and other wild animals.

To protect against rabies exposure:

→ Do not feed stray animals. Avoid wild animals, especially raccoons, bats, foxes and skunks. Feed your pets indoors and do not let them wander.

→ Make sure your pets are vaccinated against rabies and their shots are current. By law, all dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies.

→ Teach children to avoid contact with wild animals and unfamiliar pets.

→ Do not handle sick, injured or dead animals.

→ Keep wild animals out of homes by capping chimneys with screens and blocking openings in attics, cellars and porches. Ensure trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

→ If you observe a stray animal in the area, call the Animal Control Division. Do not try to trap or handle it.

→ If a bat is found indoors and may have had contact with someone, call the Animal Control Division to determine whether it should be picked up and tested for rabies.

Manassas public works receives platinum award

The City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities was one of two public utilities in Virginia to be awarded the 2013 Reliable Public Power Provider platinum level recognition by the American Public Power Association for outstanding reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

Only 184 out of more than 2,000 public power utilities in the United States earned the Reliable Public Power Provider designation this year. This is the fifth year that the City of Manassas department has received this distinction.

For information, call 703-257-8276 or visit www.manassascity.org

— Compiled by Sarah Lane