Call to Action: Children in need of healthy sack lunches


Good morning  – The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift Program needs your help- Come share the joy of the season with a child.  We provide the child’s name, age and their 2 wishes from Santa. This promises to put you in the spirit!  I still have over 1200 children needing toys and warm clothes.  Please visit our website at: for more info and fill out a donor form.  I can provide all the info on the child right away.  You can be shopping tomorrow!

• The Manassas Christmas Parade still needs a few volunteers to help out along the parade route in Old Town Manassas on Saturday December 5th. This is tons of fun. Please email Nora at: for more info.

• Contract Solutions is looking for groups of volunteers especially youth groups to assemble bags of needed essentials for individuals staying at the Woodbridge homeless shelter. This is the perfect off-site project! Lunch size bags should be filled with new socks, snacks, candy bars and personal toiletry items. The folks at Contract Solutions deliver these Hope in a Bag every other week from now through March. It’s an on-going project of simple joy to our neighbors. Please call Carole at (703) 686-4846 for more info or via email at: • SERVE is looking for 3 groups who can make 80 sack lunches for a Nutrition Education Outreach for children on December 5th. The sack lunches need to be assembled and delivered to SERVE on December 4th. Groups provide the food, lunch bags, sandwich bags and napkins. Come be part of the solution of teaching our kids good eating habits. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs,org for more info.

• NBC 4 is looking for volunteers at their next community shredding event on Saturday December 12th at the Manassas NVCC Campus from 7am-12 noon. Volunteers age 14+ are most welcome. Please register with Claudia at: or give her a call at (571) 285-3772 to learn more.

• The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bells at Red Kettles at area Walmart, Giant and Safeway stores between now and Christmas Eve. This program helps people throughout the year. Please call Katie at (703) 618-0511 to learn more.

• Meal on Wheels is looking for a volunteer to coordinate the service to the Gainesville/Haymarket area. Duties include picking up the meals at the Manassas Senior Center and delivering them to the warming station in Gainesville so other volunteers can deliver them to the seniors in the area. There has been a tremendous increase of seniors in the Gainesville area needing nice warm lunchtime meal and this volunteer opportunity sounds like a wonderful solution. Please call Melodee at (703) 792-4583 to learn more.

• The Novant Health Foundation is looking for volunteers to serve on their Gala Committee. Duties include securing donations for the auction at their Annual Gala onFebruary 27, 2016. This is a big event that helps tons of people in our community. Please call Abby at (703) 369-8201 to learn more • Historic Manassas needs volunteers at the Visitor Center during traditional business hours. This is fun place with people from all over the world stopping in to gather historical information on our community. Please call Erin at (703) 361-6599 for more info.

• The VETS Program of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to drive veterans and/or their spouses to their doctors’ appointments. Most of these appointments are local. They do have one client needing a ride from Manassas to Landsdown on December 8th. Please call Coleen at (571) 292-5307 to learn more about these vets and how you can give them the ride they need.

• Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to get the brand new ReStore ready to go as well as the current location. Tasks include getting donations on the floor- especially all the holiday decorations. Please visit their website at: for all the specifics and to register for any of these fun events or email Tammy

• Nominate your volunteers! The 2016 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism & Community Service Awards Program is open for you to nominate your wonderful volunteers. It’s really easy to do right on-line at: The deadline for nominations is December 16, 2015 so you have a little time but don’t forget to do it.

• If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Coleen can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

Quantico gets first new police cruiser since 1995

quantico cruiser

The Town of Quantico Police Department has its first new police vehicle in 20 years.

Here’s more in a press release written by Town of Quantico Mayor David Brown:  

On 20 Oct 2015 the Town of Quantico received a new police cruiser purchased with grant funding received from the Office of the Attorney General’s Asset Forfeiture Transfer Program.

The new cruiser is a 2016 Ford Explorer outfitted with industry standard law enforcement equipment and is the first new police cruiser purchased by the town since 1995.

The town has been working with the Office of the Attorney General since February 2014 to ensure the town would benefit from the available grant funding.

I would like to thank Chief John Clair for his efforts in identifying this grant opportunity and submitting the grant application which resulted in this new vehicle.

I would also like to thank Mr. Mark Fero from the Office of the Attorney General who assisted the chief throughout the process.

The addition of this new police cruiser is a  big win for the Town of Quantico and our police department.

This new police cruiser not only provides a more reliable vehicle for our officers but also improves officer safety and helps to promote a more professional image for the Quantico Police Department.

It also fits into the town’s plans to increase its emergency and disaster preparedness posture by providing new capabilities such as a 9,000 pound winch and an on-board power converter.

On behalf of the town council and the residents of the Town of Quantico, I would like to thank the Office of the Attorney General for approving our grant application.

Receiving this grant will allow the town to keep the majority of its police department funding focused on keeping officers on the streets and keeping Quantico safe.

It is the town’s understanding that the funding for the grant resulted from a Medicaid fraud settlement during Ken Cuccinelli’s term as AG of Virginia.

The vehicle was purchased from Sheehy Auto Sales, Municipal Sales & Service Center of North Chesterfield, VA for $40,333.00.

The town also celebrated another milestone this year. The town’s streets were paved for the first time in 30 years.

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Virginia Railway Express adds new train to Fredericksburg line


Fredericksburg line riders who Virginia Railway Express will see a new train starting Monday.

Virginia’s only commuter railroad added a new morning and afternoon train following the opening of the system’s Spotsylvania station last week. The new morning 304 train leaves Spotsylvania station bound for Washington’s Union Station at 5:23 a.m. The new afternoon 303 train leaves Union Station at 3:10 p.m.

The trains will operate Monday through Friday, like other VRE trains.

Here’s more in a press release:

Starting Monday, November 30, 2015, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is adding a new round trip train to its Fredericksburg Line. Schedule changes will be made to all Fredericksburg and Manassas line trains to accommodate the increase in service.

“Our Fredericksburg Line riders have been requesting more commuter rail service for a long time and we’re pleased to deliver greater flexibility and travel choices in the I-95 corridor. The opening of our new station in Spotsylvania County and near completion of a third railroad track between our Crossroads Yard facility and Mine Road have allowed us to provide the new train,” said Doug Allen, VRE Chief Executive Officer.

The new round trip Fredericksburg Line train provides an additional early morning and afternoon opportunity for travel between Spotsylvania and Washington D.C.’s Union Station. The new

VRE schedules are being implemented in partnership with Amtrak, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.

3 ways to give local, taste local at Manassas Olive Oil Company this holiday season


Manassas Olive Oil wants you to give and taste local this year.

The shop in Historic Downtown Manassas has three unique gift items that are perfect for family, friends, and clients.

The first unique gift we offer are variety packs. They come with three paired olive oils and balsamic vinegars” said Cameron Thomson, manager at Manassas Olive Oil Company. “These are a great way to introduce people to good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It gives you a nice variety of flavors as well as some of our more popular items.”

Because Manassas Olive Oil Company has so many options to choose from, they’re also a perfect gift for guests who are a little unsure of what to get their loved ones.

Manassas Olive Oil Company offers two variety packs: their Italian Collection and Manassas Collection. Included in the Italian Collection are Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar, Fig Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic Infused Olive Oil, Basil Infused Olive Oil, and Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil.

In the Manassas Collection contains the Thomson family’s favorites and includes Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Cranberry Pear Balsamic Vinegar, Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar, Leccino Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil, and Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil.

Gift baskets at Manassas Olive Oil come in two different sizes
Manassas Olive Oil Company offers two variety packs.
Manassas Olive Oil carries a variety of one and two bottle gift bags.
The Manassas Collection has the Thomson family’s favorites and includes Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Cranberry Pear Balsamic Vinegar, Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar, Leccino Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil, and Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil.

Variety packs are also customizable per your personal preference. Each box is also uniquely packaged in a beautiful box, which are durable and hold up great during shipping. Variety packs are available for just $36.95.

Gift baskets at Manassas Olive Oil come in two different sizes. The largest pre-made gift basket comes with four bottles, two spouts, a dipping dish, and a sea salt.

It includes Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil, Garlic Infused Olive Oil, and Fig Balsamic Vinegar. The smaller gift basket comes with two bottles, two pour spouts, and a dipping dish.

”Gift baskets are a great way to introduce people to olive oils balsamic vinegars because they feature our best-selling products, so they are definitely something people will love and use, said Thomson. .

You can also purchase gift baskets with different themes, such as winter, solid colors, and more colorful ones. These gift baskets are perfect for the holidays but are also a great gift all year round.

If you’re a business owner or a sales agent, gift baskets are great gifts to give to loyal clients.

Cameron said, “Since it’s the time of the year for rewarding clients, right now we have an order for several gift baskets from a company, so it’s proved to be another nice way to say thank you to anyone.”

The large gift baskets retail for $96 and the smaller gift baskets for $56. Manassas Olive Oil Company will customize gift baskets to suit your needs.

Customers can request to have products added, removed, or substituted in order to create something personal. They can even customize the type of basket and bows, And if the customer is wants a basket, but is unsure of what to add, the knowledgeable staff at Manassas Olive Oil will help.

“The third gift option is buying our products off-the-shelf,” said Cameron. “When purchasing, we wrap the bottles in colorful paper, but if our guest would like a different presentation, we carry a variety of one and two bottle gift bags in different themes.”

Manassas Olive Oil receives its bags from a company that specializes in wine packaging, so they are a better fit for the bottles that it carries.

“Olive oil and balsamic vinegar are gourmet products, which make wonderful gifts. Everyone loves to eat, so surprise your host, friends, and family with the gift of taste,” stated Thomson.

Fire crews called to Dale City home

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Fire and rescue crews were called to a home in Dale City on Tuesday. They said the fire started after a man was working to repair his vehicle. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

On Tuesday, November 24th, at approximately 12 noon, fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire in a single-family home located in the 13500 block of Princedale Drive in Woodbridge.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue units observed two vehicles in the driveway on fire that had extended to the home.

Firefighters commenced suppression and extinguishment of the fire while checking for further extension into the home; although no further extension was found, a light smoke/haze permeated throughout the home in which firefighters commenced ventilation to clear the smoke.

No injuries reported. Preliminary damages estimated at $29,000.

The origin and cause of the fire was a vehicle in the driveway and has been determined accidental.

Steve Angrisano to perform free concert at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Triangle


Popular Catholic singer-songwriter and speaker, Steve Angrisano, will lead a three-part Advent reflection series at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Triangle, Va., over three consecutive nights: Sunday, December 13; Monday, December 14; and Tuesday, December 15. Start time for all three events is 7 p.m.

The concert/parish mission is open to the public and there is no admission charge. A freewill offering will be taken to help cover expenses. The parish is located at 18825 Fuller Heights Road, Triangle, Va.

“For the past year, we’ve rededicated ourselves to growing in the faith and putting that faith into action,” said Fr. Kevin Downey, O.F.M., pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. “We’ve asked Steve to be with us, because we don’t want this Christmas season to go by as just any other time. Our hope is that this year it’ll be healing, life-changing and a call to action for everyone.”

Each night, Angrisano will combine music with a different reflection. Themes will include “encountering God in your life and evangelization,” “responding to the call and living the faith,” and “missionary discipleship and making a difference.”

Happy Thanksgiving


Pull up a chair, pass the butter, and carve me out some turkey. It’s Thanksgiving.

For some, it’s the day when friends and family get together to stuff their faces with some great homestyle cooking. It truly is the one meal that is complete with all the trimmings.

Football, and watching your favorite movies with the family are classic Thanksgiving traditions. There’s also a giant parade in New York City broadcast to our TVs each year.

This is also a time when we take stock in what we’ve accomplished, and what we’ve earned. We say “thanks” to those who are close to us, those who have helped us throughout the year and throughout our lifetime become better people and reach for higher goals.

Many of us turn to social media to say thanks and post a new message each day about for whom or what they are thankful. Some drop off extra food and a warm coat for a family in need. Many simply stroll up and say “thank you.”

I am thankful for my family who, through ups and downs, continue to show what love and patience truly look like. I am thankful for my wife — the most patient person I know — who works hard to provide for our family each day, and has provided me with love, nurturing, and motivation the likes I have never seen.

I am thankful to live in a thriving community and have the privilege to go out and gets the day’s news and tell our stories. I’ve grown up here, and so much of our area has changed, it’s nice to reflect on how far we’ve come.

And I’m thankful for you — those who read every day and trust us to bring you the day’s news. Thank you to the people who financially support what we do by sponsoring content, or by purchasing advertising.

Your support not only means our website continues to serve a purpose. It means those who live here will continue to have a local news resource at their fingertips to help them understand what is happening in their neighborhood. It means there is one more set of eyes looking at the actions of local government.

It means there is one more reporter looking into what is happening at your child’s school. It means you have a place to turn to when you want to know why the police were on your street last night and you want to know if your family is safe.

We strive to get the story right, and we strive to be useful in a growing world of online media outlets. We strive to make sure the news and content published on our site are locally focused. And we strive to provide voices to those in our community who deserve to be heard.

As long as we’re here, we will be forever grateful to this community. Happy Thanksgiving.

Uriah Kiser is the founder, editor, and publisher of

Leon Pomeroy, Jr., of Woodbridge, suffers fatal injuries in crash


An 82-year-old man succumbed to his injuries following crash on Cardinal Drive in Woodbirdge. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On November 19th at 6:34PM, officers responded to the area of Cardinal Dr and Swan Way in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a two vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2008 Toyota Prius was attempting a left turn from southbound Cardinal Dr onto Swan Way when the vehicle collided with the driver of a 2010 Jeep Patriot who was traveling northbound on Cardinal Dr. The driver of the Prius, who was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision, was flown to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries on November 24th. The driver of the Jeep was not injured. Speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in this crash.


The driver of the 2008 Toyota Prius was identified as Leon POMEROYJr., 82, of Woodbridge

The driver of the 2010 Jeep Patriot was identified as a 31 year old man of Woodbridge

Manassas Crime Analyst Terri Hines is IACA certified


Manassas police are lauding the efforts of one of their own.

More in a press release:

Manassas City Police is proud to announce that Crime Analyst Terri Hines was awarded the highly esteemed Certified Law Enforcement Analyst (CLEA) designation through the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) last month.

In order to qualify for the certification, Hines first had to meet extensive eligibility requirements pertaining to credentials, which she met with her formal education and coursework, four years of work experience with MCPD, continuing professional education, and contributions to the field.

Following major preparation, Hines then passed the IACA exam, which is designed to test demonstrable knowledge in 20 specific areas such as demographics, criminal behavior, descriptive statistics, geographic profiling, charting, intelligence, and research.

In order to pass the IACA exam, candidates must meet a passing grade of at least 70% in each of its 20 individual skill sets. Hines joins seven other professional Law Enforcement Analysts currently certified in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is one of only 48 certified worldwide through IACA.

VDOT motoring traffic at Potomac Mills, Virginia Gateway to ease congestion for holiday shoppers


The Virginia Department of Transportation has help for shoppers this holiday season, and it’s out in time for Black Friday — one of the buisest shopping days of the year. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the Virginia Department of Transportation will time signals to help move drivers through major shopping centers around northern Virginia.

Using traffic data gathered during last year’s holiday season, VDOT developed time- and location-specific signal-timing plans at 222 intersections.

“Each year, the goal is to accommodate the changing traffic patterns expected around the shopping centers as efficiently as possible,” said Ling Li, Operations Engineering Manager at VDOT’s Transportation Operations Center.

Engineers will also use traffic cameras and traffic sensors to monitor conditions and make adjustments in real time, even on holidays, to help keep traffic moving in especially congested areas such as Tysons, Virginia Gateway and Fair Oaks Mall areas.

Holiday signal timing will be in effect from Nov. 26, 2015 through Jan. 1, 2016 at the following shopping centers:   

  • Tysons and Galleria Shopping Centers
  • Reston Town Center
  • Fair Lakes Shopping Center
  • Fair Oaks Mall
  • Potomac Mills Mall
  • Manassas Mall
  • Springfield Mall
  • Cascades Town Center
  • Potomac Run Center
  • Dulles Town Center
  • Leesburg Outlets
  • Dulles 28 Centre
  • Virginia Gateway Shopping Center

Tysons Displays Refreshed
Also in time for Black Friday, VDOT’s travel information displays at Tysons Corner Mall have been refreshed with a revised, easier-to-read layout. The screens display real-time Metro and bus arrivals, as well as a rotating display of bus locations, travel times, traffic cameras, road conditions and incidents near Tysons.

A new screen is also in place this year near the first-floor food court that exits at parking garage C. The additional five screens are located near the movie theatres, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble and Macy’s. Shoppers are reminded of these tools to help them use Metro or Bus to avoid holiday shopping traffic and congestion in the Tysons area.

VDOT offers shoppers the following tips for staying safe and avoiding traffic:

  • Put down the cell phone, especially while exiting or entering a shopping center and angling for a parking space.

  • Avoid multiple trips to the mall. Consider getting shopping done all in one day, with an early start around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.

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