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The Blue & Gray Press | May 23, 2018

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The little non-profit with the big job: RCASA provides resources for local women

April 26, 2018 |


Contributing Writer

Tacked up on bulletin boards across the University of Mary Washington campus are brochures displaying a sketched tree with teal ribbons hanging from the branches.Read More

Updates on the empty store fronts in Eagle Village

February 22, 2018 |


Staff Writer

In recent months, two storefront properties located in Eagle Village have closed their doors. One used to house  Mexican restaurant, Pancho Villa and the other used to be a Blackstone Coffee café. Today, the two properties are being leased by Cushman and Wakefield Thalhimer Commercial Real Estate.Read More

Spring Break adventures: options for students remaining in the area

February 22, 2018 |


Staff Writer

For many college students, spring break is an opportunity to get away from the stress of school and explore the world outside of textbooks. However, this can be difficult for the students who are stuck on campus over break or are staying in Virginia. However, Virginia offers many opportunities for UMW students to really explore and have fun over the week-long break. Here are some events in the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg area that are held over UMW’s spring break.Read More

Students living off campus express concern over Fredericksburg Parking Plan

September 21, 2017 |


Staff Writer

The UMW Office of the President released a message stating that a Campus Parking Task Force will be forming in response to student concerns over the new parking policies which will take effect soon. According to many students, the most controversial change for the UMW area is that the city hopes to charge for 2-hour parking and install parking meters along the campus side of College Avenue.Read More

Parking Action Plan introduces new policies

September 14, 2017 |


Staff Writer

The city of Fredericksburg is making new changes to the Parking Action Plan because of the existing challenges for locals parking downtown. These changes include a two-hour restriction for cars parked along the 500 to 600 blocks of William Street. This policy will replace the old unlimited parking limit to hopefully allow for more free spaces throughout the day.Read More

Fredericksburg Visitor Center showcases brochures, maps and local art

April 13, 2017 |


As Friday night in downtown Fredericksburg begins to ignite, tourists and Mary Washington students wander in and out of an old brick building on the corner of Caroline and Charlotte Street. Each person has one goal in mind: to see what the city of Fredericksburg has to offer.Read More

President Paino takes horseback riding lessons on Fredericksburg tour

February 23, 2017 |


UMW President Troy Paino decided to explore the downtown area in his own way on Tuesday. The weather was unseasonably warm as President Paino traveled through downtown Fredericksburg on horseback. Paino, along with equestrian team member and junior Psychology major, Nikki Ferrell, received several stares as they pit stopped in popular Fredericksburg shops. This is all part of a promotional video that Paino is filming for upcoming UMW students.

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Behind the scenes of Historical Preservation Club’s ghost tours

November 3, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington’s Historical Preservation Club recently hosted their annual ghost tour on Oct. 21 and 22, a tradition that has taken place for over 30 years. Tour guides take excited guests to haunted areas around the city of Fredericksburg, where student volunteers and members of the club dress like ghosts and put on a show at each location.Read More

Fredericksburg’s boom in business could affect UMW students

December 3, 2015 |


Whether students have lived in Fredericksburg for 10 months or 10 years, downtown, or down Route 17, their lives have undoubtedly been impacted by the unrelenting expansion of the commercial and residential areas of the city.
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Fredericksburg noise ordinance seeks to quiet UMW students

November 5, 2015 |


Recently many students, specifically commuter students who live in the Fredericksburg area, may have received an email regarding some changes to a noise ordinance in effect throughout the city of Fredericksburg.Read More

The best deals downtown for Restaurant Week

January 21, 2015 |


Any student at the University of Mary Washington knows that Fredericksburg has a number of exciting and appetizing offerings when it comes to local restaurants. However, students also know that going out to eat is not always … Read More

New sports lounge opens its doors in downtown Fredericksburg

November 5, 2014 |


Downtown Fredericksburg welcomed a new small business to its family with the grand opening of Jay’s Downtown Sports Lounge.Read More

Fredericksburg baseball team inevitable after new proposal

October 1, 2014 |


For more than a century, baseball has been labeled as America’s pastime, proving to be one of the most popular and loved sports among kids and adults alike.Read More

Fredericksburg in the running for 10 Best college towns

September 24, 2014 |


Every week, USA Today asks travel experts to pick 20 nominees for different categories to compete in their “10Best” contest. One of the categories featured is Best College Town Weekend, and Fredericksburg, Virginia, home to the University of Mary Washington, is currently featured as a nominee.Read More

Best nights to eat out in the Burg

September 17, 2014 |


As a rule, college students are frugal and are always trying to get the best bang for their buck. When looking for an inexpensive night out, it can be better to look for local deals instead of settling for unhealthy, cheap choices.
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The little Italy of Fredericksburg

September 17, 2014 |


Since its opening, Basilico set out to provide a unique dining experience, intentionally distancing itself from other Italian restaurant competitors.Read More

Senator Warner attends office opening, discusses student debt

September 4, 2014 |


Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) spoke at the grand opening of the Virginia Victory 2014 Fredericksburg campaign office in Spotsylvania as a part of his campaign tour, Fair Shot for All Virginians.Read More

Get Hairy with the Fredericksburg, VA Beard Coalition

September 4, 2014 |


When the subject of beards comes up in conversation, it is rarely in regards to benefitting the community. However, it is the connection of these seemingly unrelated topics that makes one local organization stand out amongst others in the city of Fredericksburg.Read More

Game Vault offers creative community for gamers

September 4, 2014 |


There are few places where grown men are seen rolling dice, painting models and discussing the finer points of their war tactics. However, at the gaming store Game Vault, this is a common occurrence.Read More

No RA doesn't mean no restrictions

September 4, 2014 |


As another semester begins, we settle into our new living arrangements, and many students settle into their own off-campus housing. While a change in residence can provide freedom and excitement, off-campus housing comes with its own set of challenges.Read More

New city baseball stadium strikes new home nearby

October 9, 2013 |

The City of Fredericksburg will soon be home to the Hagerstown Suns baseball team, a class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals baseball team.Read More

Fredericksburg community stars raise $65,000 through dance for performing arts

September 5, 2013 |

University of Mary Washington President Rick Hurley danced the rumba in front of more than 500 people, in coordination with Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars, a special event held to create a $65,000 scholarship for UMW students.Read More

Add a little alpaca to your life at nearby family farm

April 25, 2013 |

It is fairly common to find an alpaca farm in someone’s backyard in Fredericksburg. At least, it is for residents of Coakley Lane ever since the Marantha Alpaca Farm moved in.Read More

SGA neighborly with city council

February 27, 2013 |

Two Student Government Association (SGA) members from the University of Mary Washington were invited to represent the university at the bi-monthly Fredericksburg City Council meeting last Tuesday. Read More

Michelle Obama Discusses Voting, Jobs in Speech

September 19, 2012 |


Michelle Obama visited the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, Sept. 13 speaking to an animated crowd that consisted of 2,400 students, faculty and Fredericksburg residents. The First Lady discussed education, women’s rights and the importance of … Read More

FOODE: A Culinary Adventure in Downtown Fredericksburg

April 11, 2012 |


Tired of eating on campus? Are you looking for something new and exciting to tingle your taste buds? Then head downtown to FOODE at 1006 C Caroline St. for a culinary adventure you don’t want to … Read More

Local Residents Meddle in Private Affairs of Students

February 29, 2012 |


The Fredericksburg community’s dissatisfaction with University of Mary Washington students has been a pervasive feature in local news, which is not unusual for residents of an active, often inebriated college town. However, recent articles have gone too … Read More

Noise Ordinance is too Loud

January 25, 2012 |

The discussion of the recent passage of changes to the Fredericksburg nuisance ordinance on Dec. 13 has taken an ugly turn, a turn that does not reflect well on the University of Mary Washington student body.

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Problems of a College Town

November 30, 2011 |


The University Mary Washington was founded in 1908, so it is not exactly a new institution. So, residents of Fredericksburg beware: if you don’t want to be bothered by college neighbors that might get a little rowdy, … Read More

Homeless Left Out in the Cold

November 10, 2011 |


Businesses located in downtown Fredericksburg have made it clear: keep the homeless out. Micah Ecumenical Ministries, a group that helps the homeless, has stopped serving free breakfast because of pressure from local businesses.

According to the Free … Read More