1 Million Cups Prince William turns 2 with talk about ‘failure’


“Failure” panel discussion scheduled Feb. 17, 2016

1 Million Cups — the group that brings an entrepreneurs to the stage each week to help them solve their challenge questions — turns two this week.

Based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee, the all-volunteer group of about 25 to 30 entrepreneurs meet each week at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas at 8:30 a.m. each Wednesday. They drink coffee, network, and swap ideas.

At 9 a.m., entrepreneurs are invited to the front of the Lovey Hammel Lounge to share their story of what catapulted them into the stressful, sometimes scary, hopefully rewarding, and always educational world of entrepreneurialism. Keep Reading…

Fire rips through bedroom of Woodbridge home


Fire crews in Woodbridge were called to a home on Melbourne Avenue, where they found a fire and a bedroom. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Woodbridge, VA February 13, 2016 — 9:20 a.m. Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Department  responded to the report of a house fire at 14418 Melbourne Ave in Woodbridge. Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported smoke showing from the attic. The fire was located in a bedroom and extinguished.

Fire & Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD and PWC Department of Fire & Rescue and PWCPD, responded to the incident. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Prince William County Fire Marshal’s office.

Conditions in the home made overhaul difficult due to excess household items.  Crews were on scene for some time after the fire was out.

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If your Valentine doesn’t think your’re awesome, get a new one

Riley Kotlus is 12 years old and in 6th grade. He’s always at school, because school is at home, but he is also an active Boy Scout and member of OCCS swim. 

Valentine’s Day is lame.

When you’re a little kid, you get excited about candy, and when you’re older, you can be all lovey-dovey with your girlfriend.

When you’re in the middle, Valentine’s Day is a combination of being forced to give out cards to your whole class and feeling totally weird about it because bros don’t give bros Valentine’s cards.

If you’re feeling stuck celebrating a decades-old baby who has yet to be potty trained, I have a few ideas for how to spruce up your Valentine’s Day. Keep Reading…

Clinton unpopularity could bode well for Prince William GOP


If you’re already tired of the 2016 presidential campaign, just wait: The rhetoric is about to get a lot louder here in the Old Dominion.

Virginia continues to be a “purple” swing state, one that can easily go Democratic one year and see voters flip the script and put Republicans in office the next. To boot, every year in is an election year in Virginia, whether voters are putting candidates in local, state, or federal offices.

Virginia will join 15 other states holding presidential primaries and caucuses on March 1 for “Super Tuesday.” The state’s open primary is a chance for Democrats and Republicans to come out and select their nominee for president.

And since it’s an open Primary, Republicans can vote for Democrats and vice versa. Keep Reading…

Over 100 jobs available at Potomac Nationals stadium


The Potomac Nationals 2016 Seasonal Job Fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge.

This annual job fair event is open to the public with over 100 positions in all departments available.

The baseball team seeks dedicated candidates to work part-time as game day employees during the baseball season. Employees could also be tasked with working non-gameday special events.

On-site interviews will be administered on a first come, first serve basis.

Job applications can be downloaded online and will also be available on-site. Applications can be downloaded from the Potomac Nationals website. Part time employment applications will not be accepted prior to the job fair. Keep Reading…

Crews hitting streets before snow showers, bitter cold sets in


Snow showers should pass through the region this evening. While the showers will be light in nature, we all remember what happened last time the forecast called for “light snow.” 

The snow should move through this evening late into the afternoon rush hour. Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will deploy snow plows to treat the roads early this afternoon, said VDOT Northern Virginia spokeswoman Jennifer McCord. 

Crews will also monitor conditions and treat roads where necessary in the Fredericksburg region, too. Stafford County is included in this region. Keep Reading…

City of Manassas companies receive ‘Excellence in Business’ nominations

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This post is written by the City of Manassas as part of a paid content partnership between the City and Potomac Local to showcase businesses and economic development.

EXCELLENCE — most commonly defined as a talent or characteristic which is unusually high quality and which exceeds the average. It is often invoked, repeatedly strived for, but rarely achieved. 

On Feb. 25, 2016 two dozen Manassas City businesses will vie for this coveted designation during the Prince William Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards dinner.  The awards recognize excellence in business, including categories for innovative practices, outstanding contributions to the community and businesses/organizations that stand out among their peers.    

Nominees include tech firms, fine dining restaurants, and government contractors from both the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park as well as from Prince William County.  They are small businesses, large employers and everything in between.    

Some have just recently opened their doors –like CJ Finz, while others have been around for more than 20 years, as is the case with Carmello’s and Little Portugal.  Both are located in Historic Downtown and both are nominated for “Outstanding Customer Service.”  Keep Reading…

Transit crisis comes as bus loads lighter, drivers leaving


Morale among bus drivers at the region’s commuter transit agency is low.

It’s the kind of mood you would expect from employees if your bosses, the heads of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation, are heard in public, and in the media talking about a “doomsday scenario” where operations as you know them could come to an end.

It’s no joke that PRTC faces a $9.2 million budget shortfall every year over the next five years. If state and local leaders don’t find the money, the transit system that thousands of residents, federal workers, and carpoolers (Slugs as they’re called in Northern Virginia) rely on could be blown up, changed, and rerouted to only ferry commuters to Metro stations.

All of this comes at a time when some drivers who trained at PRTC are leaving to make more money driving buses for other agencies. Keep Reading…

Dumfries landfill to close in 2032, give $4 million


A debris landfill in Dumfries will close in 2032, and give the town government up to $4 million in host fees.

The Town Council and the landfill reached an agreement this month on the closure of the 101-acre facility. The agreement comes after years of on again, off again negotiations between the two entities.

Dumfries will be paid the host fee over the course of the next 16 years. In 2015, Potomac Landfill President Philip C. Peet told Potomac Local his landfill would be only of its kind in Virginia to pay such fees.

The landfill will also pay up to $50,000 for a study on how the land could be used following the closure. The land could be used for future parks and recreation facilities. Keep Reading…

Celebrate Black History Month with Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division


Prince William County has a unique and extensive African American history that is preserved and interpreted through its surviving buildings. 

Throughout the county’s history, many enslaved African Americans worked at plantations throughout the county including Rippon Lodge and Ben Lomond. 

At Brentsville, both enslaved and free African Americans were placed on trial where they were not able to testify against their white neighbors because they were considered second class citizens. 

At Lucasville and the Barnes House, free African Americans after the Civil War built homes and communities to establish a life for themselves as free citizens, where they began to challenge racism and segregation.  Keep Reading…

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