Habitat for Humanity Manassas ReStore needs lots of volunteers


Happy Valentine’s Day and Heart Month! Catholic Charities –Hogar Immigrant Services has an urgent need for ESOL teachers for the classes in Manassas. You don’t need teaching experience or speak another language to make a huge difference in the life of another. Please call Cynthia at (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to join this great team.

· SERVE has an urgent need for dedicated volunteers with fluency in Spanish to help with food intakes on weekdays. You must be 18 yrs. +, have good computer skills and pass a background check. It’s that time of year when families aren’t getting the hours at work and you can make a huge impact at SERVE. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs.org to learn more.

· Historic Manassas has a number of super fun volunteer’s positions. Positions include assisting with the farmers market on Thursday and Saturdays from April through November. They also are looking for volunteers to give tours at the Historic Liberia Plantation from May 29 through September 4th on Sundays at noon or downtown Manassas walking tours on Thursdays and Fridays at 12 noon. There’s always lots of fun event going on throughout the spring and summer with Historic Manassas. Please call Erin at (703) 361-6599 to learn more. Keep Reading…

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Threats, slashed tires challenges for beer keg delivery service

“Business Beat” is a sponsored column written by One Degree Capital CEO and President Rod Loges. His column examines ideas and best practices that help local businesses succeed.

When I tell people about One Degree Capital, I often hear things like “Oh, I’d love to start my own business doing ‘XYZ’ someday.”

To the outsider, it often looks easy to own a business. The reality is that business owners face challenges and surprises all the time. It takes a lot of perseverance to overcome them and be successful.

My lessons in perseverance came to me early in life. I started my first business as a sophomore at Miami University, where I discovered an opportunity to help solve a disturbing problem in the community.

The two-lane, windy highway between small-town Oxford, Ohio (home of Miami of Ohio – go Hawks!), and the nearby City of Hamilton had been nicknamed “The Highway To Heaven” because so many college students died traveling that road. Students regularly drove to Hamilton to pick up kegs of beer for parties from local distributors. Sadly, many drove under the influence, which added to the trouble. Keep Reading…

Freshman Senator McPike passes bill allowing food trucks to sell in commuter lots


Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Prince William County) had a major breakthrough in the legislature this week. On Tuesday, he passed Senate Bill 515—the first bill passed by the freshman senator.

“I am happy to see such strong support from my colleagues and the food truck industry,” said McPike regarding the bill. “These are very active venues and I just wanted to help provide commuters with options to and from work.”

SB 515 granted food truck vendors the ability to sell food in commuter lots in Planning District 8—encompassing most of the Northern Virginia region. However, the bill required the vendors to apply for a permit and to pay business fees to the Virginia Department of Transportation, (VDOT). VDOT, in turn, will use the collected fees to pay for security cameras and to increase security personnel in these lots. Keep Reading…

Manassas woman in Humvee gets patients to critical care during snowstorm


Two feet of snow didn’t stop Debra Bobitt from helping to get residents to critical medical care.

Area road conditions were treacherous when the major winter storm brought the region to the standstill on Jan. 22, 23 and 24. Despite the snow, hospitals, and medical clinic can’t afford to take a snow day when they have to accommodate patients who need daily treatment.

Bobitt was particularly of help to patients who needed to get to DaVita Dialysis in Woodbridge during the storm. With the help of her H1 Hummer that’s she’s owned for 15 years, Bobitt carried patients from their homes to the clinic. Then she waited two to three hours for them to complete their dialysis, and took them back to their homes.

Bobittt, of Manassas, has experience with operating large vehicles in harsh conditions thanks to her time in the military. She has given her time to Volunteer Prince William for more than five years. Keep Reading…

Triangle teen is troop’s youngest Eagle Scout

Griffith Bullard Eagle Court of Honor, 16 Jan 2015[1]

Boy Scout Troop 74 honored Griffith Bullard with the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest level of achievement in the Boy Scout program.

At 14, he is the youngest Eagle Scout to be honored by the troop.

Griffith, of Triangle, started Cub Scouts at age seven while in first grade. As a fifth grader, he moved into Boy Scouts.

As a scout, he has spent over 20 nights camping and has over 100 hours of community service under his belt. Keep Reading…

Pedestrian struck in downtown crosswalk


Vandalism to Auto

At approximately 1:05 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2016, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 9600 block of Ellicott Ln for a report of a vandalism. The reporting party told officers that she was inside her residence when she heard loud noises coming from outside. When she looked outside, she discovered that her vehicle’s front passenger window had been shattered, resulting in $500 worth of damage.

Stolen Auto

On Jan. 30, 2016, Manassas City Police met with a resident on Police Headquarters for a report of a stolen auto. The reporting party told officers that sometime during the overnight hours after 9 p.m. on Jan. 29, his locked vehicle was stolen from where he parked it at the Manassas Train Depot (9431 West St).

Description of stolen vehicle: 2009 silver Nissan Altima, valued at $8,000 Keep Reading…

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