The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
LOCAL BRIEFS: City Social Services Project promotes safe sleeping for babies
The Fredericksburg Department of Social Services is kicking off its holiday Project Manger efforts.
This project is part of the Safe Sleep Campaign, which educates parents and caretakers on the risks of sleeping with babies. Suffocation is a leading cause of death for infants.
As part of the campaign, the department started a holiday project to raise money to buy portable cribs for families who can’t afford a safe sleeping place for their babies. Social workers have given more than 30 portable cribs to families in need, and the money to buy more is dwindling.
As part of Project Manger, the department is collecting money for more portable cribs. The average cost of a portable crib is $60. To donate to the project, call Shannon Hartung at 540/372-1032, ext. 247.
—Amy Flowers Umble
Accident during construction knocks out power at UMW
A construction mishap caused a outage at the University of Mary Washington Monday afternoon, leaving the south portion of the Fredericksburg campus without electricity for four hours.
The contractor working on the Campus Center construction project inadvertently cut a large electrical line around noon. Dominion Power restored full power by 4 p.m. to the campus.
No homes in College Heights were affected by the outage.
Combs Hall, an academic building; Brent Hall, home of the UMW police; and residential halls Jefferson, Bushnell, Russell and Marshall lost power.
Power was also shut off for an hour in the middle portion of the campus, affecting buildings near Trinkle and Lee Halls for a couple of hours during the repairs.