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Orangetheory Fitness opens in Lake Ridge tonight


This Friday, June 23 from 5:30pm – 8pm come join us for our Grand Opening Party at Orangetheory Fitness Lake Ridge in the Glen.  Please invite friends and family.  Come join us at our brand-new studio in the Glen. We will have plenty of giveaways, food, drinks and much more… We are located at 4172 Merchant Plaza.

If you have not signed up for your free classes you must call now. This is your last chance to sign up for classes this week before Grand Opening. 

Also come in and sign up for our weight loss challenge. A six-week competition winner receives $2,500.

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‘The three existing I-95 southbound lanes in this area would be converted to lanes for local traffic’

From a press release: 

The public is invited to attend a citizen information meeting next week to learn more about the revised design for the Interstate 95 southbound collector distributor lanes – Rappahannock River Crossing project between Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and Exit 130 (Route 3) in the City of Fredericksburg.    

The citizen information meeting will be held:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

5-7 p.m.  

Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center

Fredericksburg Room

2801 Plank Road (Central Park)

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

A brief presentation will be delivered at 6 p.m.

The revised design includes construction of three new I-95 southbound lanes in the current median of I-95 for through traffic. The new through traffic lanes would be built from north of Exit 133 at Route 17 in Stafford to just south of Exit 130 at Route 3 in Spotsylvania. (more…)

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William Shepherd Colonna

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William "Bill" Shepherd Colonna age 67 of Manassas VA died on 6/17/17. He is predeceased by his Father, Edward "Ed" A. Colonna, Mother, Blanche Kelley Colonna, brother, Edward "Ned" Colonna. Services will be held at Pierce Funeral Home, Manassas VA on June 26, 2017 6 PM-8 PM. Graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park Newport News, VA on 6/27/17 1 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Hope Christian Church Manassas VA.

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Sedan ‘jumped the curb and went through the front wall of the business’


From a press release:

On Thursday June 22, 2017 at 0857 hours, units from the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department responded to the Curves Salon at 11 Hope Road for a Technical Rescue.Units arrived within two minutes to find a four door sedan that had jumped the curb and went through the front wall of the business. There were seven civilians inside the business who had sought shelter in the rear of the suite when the vehicle struck the building.

Fortunately, there were no injuries to either the driver of the vehicle or those within the occupied building. In addition to the damage to the Curves, the Urgent and Primary Care facility next door also sustained damage to an interior wall.

Crews worked with the County Building Inspector to ensure structural safety and secured the damaged interior walls between the suites. Power was disconnected to both businesses and they will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Photos submitted by: Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department Chief Mark Lockhart

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Manassas Journal Messenger building demolished

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The vacant home of a newspaper that served Manassas for more than 150 years is under demolition today.

Heavy equipment rolled into the former home of the Manassas Journal Messenger at 9009 Church Street in Downtown Manassas on Thursday. Walls were torn down to make way for a new development called Messenger Place, which will feature 94 new apartments in a new multi-storey building. There will be 3,500 square feet of retail space on the first floor.

The Manassas Journal Messenger was a daily newspaper that served the city, Manassas Park, and western Prince William County. The paper, along with the Potomac News in Woodbridge, was purchased by Media General in 2008.

The two newspapers featured similar content but had separate banners until Media General merged the papers in 2009, changing its name to News & Messenger. The combined newspaper operated under that name until Media General sold it to Berkshire Hathaway in 2012.

The paper was closed shortly after that.

Photos: Patty Prince, Manassas City spokeswoman 

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Apollo housing project wins approval despite cries of school overcrowding

A total of $4.3 million in proffers from the developers of a new townhome complex was too much for county leaders to pass up.

Apollo Enterprises got the green light from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors for a rezoning to build up to 100 new townhomes, a self-storage lot, and small retail shops on near the corner of Prince William Parkway and Hoadly Road near Woodbridge. The project will also bring an extension of Ridgefield Village Parkway, connecting Hoadly Road with Apollo Drive.

Supporters of the project, which won prior approval from the county’s Planning Commission, lauded its plan to leave nearly a quarter of the 25-acre property untouched with trees, as well as build a public plaza where local artists can be showcased.

Others said the new homes would place more burden on an already overcrowded school system, as well as take up land that could otherwise be used to attract new jobs near the county’s McCoart Government Center.

“There are simply not enough funds to build new schools and hire new teachers,” said Doug Widener, of Gainesville to the Board of Supervisors. “What is it going to take for you to stop approving new homes that cause overcrowding [in schools]?” (more…)

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Prince William brewery wins 1st place in statewide craft beer cup

From a press release: 

“The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild held the 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Awards Ceremony Monday, June 5, 2017, at WestRock in Richmond, Virginia. There were more than 240 brewers in attendance to celebrate excellence in craft beer this year. The Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition was managed by master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judge Tom Cannon and 40 judges. The competition also benefits from the continued counsel of Bill Butcher, Port City Brewing, and Bill Madden, Mad Fox Brewing. This year 356 beers in 24 categories were entered into the

The competition also benefits from the continued counsel of Bill Butcher, Port City Brewing, and Bill Madden, Mad Fox Brewing. This year 356 beers in 24 categories were entered into the competition. The judging took place Saturday, May 13th at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton, Virginia.

The Virginia Craft Beer Cup continues to be the largest state competition of its kind in the United States. The VCBG is committed to giving its members the opportunity to compete in VA, obtain critical feedback from certified judges and get noticed statewide.”

Local winners:  (more…)

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