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Here’s why Manassas Park resident Vivian Ward had a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget

Did you hear about the Mother’s Day Makeover and Contest sponsored by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation?

This really is one of the most amazing programs held at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC). If you have not heard about the FREE Mother’s Day Makeover and Contest, let me take a moment to tell you all the details.

First, you need to write a short paragraph about what your mother means to you and your family and enter it into the contest. Contest entries were accepted online or at the Community Center throughout the month of April. After going through all the entries, the MPCC staff chose a winner!

“Each person who entered our contest had a compelling reason and we truly appreciated that as we read each entry and decided the winner,” explained Jason Shriner, Marketing Manager, “Our contest winner received generous gifts and services from local business owners who donated their time or their products to help make the winning mother truly feel special.”

“I am so proud to share all the participating vendors including Yellow Cab of Prince William who provided sedan service for the makeover winner, hair styling by Jaisyn Markley at PR at Partners, expert make-up by Niki Kalfamanolis at PR at Partners, a manicure and pedicure from Pretty Nails in Manassas Park, and a clothing item of her choice from DeeDee of LulaRoe,” said Shriner.

In addition, the winning mother received a balloon sculpture from Nani’s etc., flowers by Montejo’s Florist, digital photos from Carol Fleurette Photography, a catered meal from Heart 2 Heart Catering, a gift basket and Paparazzi Jewelry from Lisa Briones, and three free months of membership toward an annual membership at the Manassas Park Community Center.

This year’s Mother’s Day Makeover Contest winner was Manassas Park resident Vivian Ward. Her daughter Myra Ward Lilly submitted her for the contest.

“Each week, I get the Weekl-e which highlights events at the Community Center on my phone. I saw the contest, clicked on it, wrote my feelings, and clicked to enter,” Lilly said, “It was so easy to enter, and I can’t believe how much we won.”

“I never imagined I would win something like this, and here I am!” exclaimed Ward as she showed off her new manicure. “I never wear make-up, but I love what they did for me, and do not get me started about my hair! That young man is a magician and he made my hair look beyond amazing,” Ward giggled as she patted her hair.

“I can’t put into words how special I feel,” said Ward, “I never expected so much, but that sedan just kept taking us from place to place, and all I had to do was to get up early, and get myself over to the Community Center. I was so nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, but the day was just beautiful.”

After Ward and her family returned to the Community Center, there was a big reveal. The winning family ate a gourmet lunch of grilled salmon, sesame noodles, and a vegetable medley catered by Heart 2 Heart Catering.

In addition, Safari Bingo and Sweet Pickle the Ballonatic Clown made giant bubbles and created balloon figures. Everyone had their faces painted by Elaine Jenkins of Dabbledy Doo, enjoyed free cookies and hot tea while making free Mother’s Day cards and photo frames for the photos taken at the photo booth!

Dimitris Ward, grandson of the Mother’s Day Makeover winner, enjoyed watching his family participate in all the events.

“Everyone has been so nice and treated my grandmother with such kindness. We can never thank you all enough for what you did today,” he exclaimed.

“I am still taking it all in. My family and I are thrilled and will always remember what happened here today,” Ward said.

Look for this contest again in April 2018 and enter your mother! Entering the contest is easy. You may even get the chance to make your mother feel as special as Mrs. Ward and her family felt this year!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, and 29 special events and programs–many of which are FREE! For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

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Prince William Service Authority customers: Your water quality reports are ready.

From the Prince William Service Authority: 

“The Prince William County Service Authority recently published its 2017 Water Quality Reports online. Customers can find out more about their drinking water [online]. Those wanting a printed copy of the report can emailwater_quality@pwcsa.org or call 703-335-7931. Reports will be mailed after June 1.”

The Prince William Service Authority provides water for the majority of the county. However, Virginia American Water provides water service to homes and busineses in Dale City.

We asked some questions about the reports, and the Service Authority responded: 

Q: How many reports are generated? 

A: There are three reports. One for the East Distribution System; one for the West Distribution System; and one for the Bull Run/Evergreen System. The Bull Run/Evergreen System is a public well system, so its source water is groundwater, not surface water like the East and West systems. The East System draws water from the Occoquan Reservoir, while the West System draws water from the Potomac River and Lake Manassas.

Q: Does each PWCSA customer get a report?

A: All Service Authority customers receive a notification (bill insert) in their bills informing them that the Water Quality Reports are posted on our website (www.pwcsa.org) in both English and Spanish. E-bill customers receive email notifications with a link to the reports that are posted online. The Service Authority mails printed copies of the reports to all those who request a hard copy. (more…)

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Manassas police officer-involved shooting ‘justified,’ BB gun found

The investigation into the shooting of an 18-year-old man by a Manassas police officer is over. 

From a Prince William County police press release: 

“Upon reviewing the details of the shooting investigation involving the two Manassas City police officers, Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Paul Ebert, ruled the shooting was justified. Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert stated, “In my opinion, the officers involved were in reasonable fear of death or serious harm when they used lethal force and therefore their actions were justified.”

A Manassas City police officer pursued a car driven by 18-year-old Luis Daniel Torres Molina, of Woodbridge, from the city to George Helwig Memorial Park just off Route 234 and shot him early Friday. A 911 caller told Manassas police they heard shots fired, and then described seeing a black Ford Explorer with tinted windows.  (more…)

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Driving a truck through Manassas? City leaders say find another way around.

Manassas City leaders on Monday banned trucks from operating on some city thoroughfares.

The city council passed a “no thru truck” ordinance barring trucks longer than 36 feet and semitrailers from operating on these streets:

1. Hastings Drive
2. Cloverhill Road from Hastings Drive to Wellington Road
3. Center Street
4. Grant Avenue from Sudley Road to Wellington Road
5. Stonewall Road from Center Street to Liberia Avenue
6. Centreville Road from Sudley Road to Church Street
7. Liberia Avenue from Centreville Road to Stonewall Road

Now, trucks must only use these roads to pass through the city:

1. Nokesville Road
2. Godwin Drive from Nokesville Road to Sudley Road
3. Wellington Road
4. Liberia Avenue from Hastings Drive to Centreville Road
5. Sudley Road
6. Centreville Road from Sudley Road to City Limits
7. Dumfries Road from Wellington Road to City Limits

Truck drivers may use the roads if “…arriving to or departing from a truck terminal within the City limits, receiving loads within the City limits, or making deliveries within the city limits,” according to city documents.

The new truck routes will be marked by signs. The no-truck will also be noted by road signs.

Police, and fire and rescue vehicles are exempt from the truck ban. (more…)

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Knife, machete used in gang chase, police said

From Prince William police: 

Merino Argueta

“Attempted Aggravated Malicious Wounding On May 21 at 9:00PM, officers responded to the 13600 block of Charles Ct in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate subjects fighting in the area. Officers located two victims, a 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old man both of Woodbridge, who reported to police that they were in the area above when they were confronted by two individuals. During the encounter, the suspects brandished a knife and a machete then chased after the victims. The parties eventually separated and the suspects fled the area prior to officers arriving. No injuries were reported. Upon further investigation, officers determined that this incident was gang related. Later that evening, officers identified the suspects and detained them without incident at their residence. Following the investigation, both of the suspects were arrested.

Arrested on May 22:

Kevin Orlando MERINO ARGUETA, 19, of 13308 Alison St in Woodbridge

Bryan Wilfredo RIOS-GONZALEZ, 18, of 13308 Alison St in Woodbridge


Both were charged with attempted aggravated malicious wounding, gang participation, and brandishing a bladed weapon

Court Date: June 15, 2017 | Bond: Both were held WITHOUT bond”

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Young Marines organization opens new Dumfries headquarters

From a press release: 

“More than 50 people attended a ribbon cutting and open house for the new headquarters of the Young Marines, a national youth organization. The event took place on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the headquarters, 17739 Main Street, Suite 250, Dumfries, Virginia 22026.

The ribbon was cut by William L. Smith, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines; William P. Davis, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines and Richard Gore, national commandant of the Marine Corps League.

Guests attending included: members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, State Representative Richard Anderson, and several members of the Marine Corps League. Also attending were the CEOs of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Toys for Tots Foundation, Marine Corps Association and Foundation, the Marine Corps University Foundation, and the Iwo Jima Association of America.”

The opening comes as the Young Marines welcomed a new member to its Board of Directors. 


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