Digital solutions company JTC expands to Fredericksburg, Richmond

  • JTC, Inc.
  • Address: 9720 Capital Ct. #305, Manassas, Va.
  • Phone: (703) 794-1225
  • Website: http://www.jtcinc.net/
John Jewell is the president of JTC, Inc.

Jewell Technical Consulting will expand its market territory to include Fredericksburg and Richmond.

A Manassas, Virginia-based company, JTC, is the official IT provider of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, and has long concentrated on the Northern Virginia market. The expansion marks the first time JTC has expanded into a new regional market.

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Charles Sowers will lead the expansion and concentrate on growing the business in the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Stafford areas in Central Virginia. Sowers will manage technical sales for JTC in these markets.

“I met Charles in 1995 when we were working on a project for Capital One Bank,” said JTC, Inc. President John Jewell. “We moved the bank from a Macintosh network and put it on a Windows network.”

JTC will market solutions to new customers in the medical and legal fields. The company will offer a wide range of solutions to include managed services of electronic medical records systems, disaster recovery, private cloud services, and IP telephone services.

“JTC Cloud is a private server. Unlike being on a Google, Amazon, or Rackspace server, we own the equipment, and our customers data is stored in a data center right here in Manassas,” said Jewell.

A large number of hospitals along the Interstate 95 corridor, and ancillary medical facilities that surround them made the area attractive to JTC. The expansion has been in the works for about a year, added Jewell.

JTC is a Microsoft Certified Partner and a Dell Certified Partner.

Expect parking changes for Downtown Manassas in coming weeks

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Parking changes are coming to Downtown Manassas.

According to Manassas spokeswoman Patty Prince, following a survey given to residents and tourists in the area, the city will undergo some changes to parking.

More on the changes from a Manassas release:

This fall changes are coming to parking in and around the Historic Downtown area of the City of Manassas.  Improvements are already underway at City Hall and the Parking Garage.  Changes of note include:

Daytime public parking in the garage has been moved from Levels 4 & 5 to Level 2 for customer convenience. Level 2 will have both four-hour free parking and all day paid parking.  The entire garage remains free and open to the public on evenings and weekends and after 10 a.m. on weekdays.

Permanent closure of the Journal Messenger Lot (Lot I) for public use.

Additional public and downtown employee/resident parking at City Hall.

Lengthened hours for public parking at the Manassas Museum and City Hall.

Additional four-hour public parking in the Water Tower Lot (Lot B).

When all of the changes are put in place, parking will be more streamlined.  Parking lots on the north side of the railroad tracks and all on-street parking will have a two-hour time limitation. On the south side of the railroad tracks, near Prince William Street, public parking lots will have a four-hour time limitation. All permit and time restrictions will cease at 5 p.m.,MondayFriday, excepting Red Permit commuter restrictions that will end at 10 a.m. There will be no permit or time restrictions in effect on evenings and weekends.

As always, certain parking lots and on-street parking may be closed for special events or street cleaning. Always read the posted signs before leaving your vehicle.

All of these changes come as a result of citizen recommendations gained from an online survey of residents and visitors, and the parking task force made up of residents, businesses and city staff.  Task force information can be found atwww.manassascity.org/parkingTF.  For more information on permits, visit www.manassascity.org/parking.

Prince stated that the changes to the City Hall lot and it’s additional parking are already available, but there are not set dates for the other parking changes to take effect.

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Man attacked during Manassas armed robbery

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Prince William police are looking for two suspects, following an armed robbery in Manassas.

According to Prince William police, officers were called to investigate the robbery at Halterpath Trail in Manassas on the morning of September 1.

The victim – a 33-year old Manassas man – told officers he was walking when he was hit in the back from behind by an unknown object, which knocked him to the ground, according to Prince William police.

When the victim was on the ground, two unknown individuals kicked the victim and took his wallet before fleeing in a black vehicle, stated Prince William police.

The victim had minor injuries, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police are looking for the two suspects, described as male, between 18 and 20 years old, wearing black face masks. They were last seen wearing black clothing and construction type gloves, according to Prince William police.

Expansion readies BadWolf Brewery for local distribution

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Jeremy and Sarah Myers (left) own BadWolf Brewery.
BadWolf opened a new tap room inside a Manassas warehouse.
BadWolf opened a new tap room inside a Manassas warehouse.
BadWolf Brewery's first TV set arrives.

The goal for BadWolf Brewery: get its beer into every restaurant in Downtown Manassas.

The two-year-old brewery expanded to a new 6,200 square foot production facility and tap room in a warehouse complex on at 8420 Kao Circle in Manassas earlier this year. It’s “the next step up” in their game after opening the company’s original brewery on Center Street in Manassas.

Owners Sarah Meyers, 31, and Jeremy Myers, 35, and their nine employees will use the space to produce larger quantities of beer for with the goal of distributing it to local restaurants. The new facility also hosts events, and is a place where customers can walk in and buy a growler or keg for their parties at home.

Customers can also bring their own food to the new tap room — whether it be takeout or brought from home in a crockpot — and eat and sip on BadWolf beer.

“Manassas was ready for an eventual shift,” said Jeremy. “There was already so many great restaurants downtown, and the area was ready for a craft brewery, and we just happened to come in at the right time,”
The couple credits educated consumers who helped to build their strong local following.

“We live in cultured times when more people are asking questions about where their food comes from, where it’s made, what’s in it, and not just believing something that is crammed into their brain from a TV ad,” said Sarah.

BadWolf originally opened on Center Street in Manassas and quickly grew to be a local favorite. They Meyers’ wanted to open a large facility like the new one but couldn’t afford it.

BadWold eyed an old restaurant space for their expansion in the Tacketts Mill shopping center in Lake Ridge. But it would have cost too much to bring the Lake Ridge building up to current building codes, said Jeremy. Also, Prince William County did not allow small craft breweries in shopping centers at the time, but that has changed.

The company worked with a bank to secure a loan and then worked with Manassas City officials to find the new production house where they eventually located. The company plans to offer different experiences in their old and new tap rooms.

“We’ll do a batch of wild brews at the original brewery for those who want to mix it up, and then we’ll have the ‘safe zone’ here at the production facility for those who want the taste of something more familiar,” said Jeremy.

The brewery will next work to strike a deal with a beer distributor so its brews can be poured from taps in local restaurants. BadWolf’s two most-popular beers — “AK 47,” an Ameri-Kolsch style, hoppy-flavored ale, and its popular “Jesse’s Girl” amber ale is what they will pitch to Fredericksburg distributing company J.F. Fick.

The brewery also wants to bring in local restaurant owners to educate them on the beer making process. The new center also has yeast lab that will allow the company to harvest its own yeast. That key ingredient costs $300 per batch of beer brewed, and each brew nets 10 barrels of beer.

The couple will also add a new fixture to the new tap room: a 50-inch flat screen TV. UPS dropped it off on Tuesday and Jeremy helped unbox it.

“We always said we wouldn’t have a TV because we wanted people to come in and talk amongst themselves and interact. But people love to watch their games,” said Sarah.

The couple recently visited Old Ox Brewery in Fairfax County and noticed how many people came into watch baseball. That convinced them to order the new TV.

Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest times for BadWolf Brewery. The brewery will see about 100 customers at the new tap house on these nights, and about half that number at their brewery on Center Street.

Since BadWolf opened its doors two years ago, Manassas has welcomed Heritage Brewery, and KO Distilling that will focus its efforts on producing spirits. In nearby Woodbridge, Onery and Growling Bear breweries have opened.

Stafford could bury power lines along Route 1 at Courthouse

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Stafford County will consider burying power lines as part of its Route 1 improvement project.

The $11.2 million project will widen, and add turn lanes to Route 1 between Courthouse and Bells Hill roads in Stafford. Work on the project would begin in 2018 and be finished a year later.

It would cost an additional $2 million to bury the power lines along the half-mile stretch of road.

“Right now we have estimated the cost to relocate the overhead utilities at $2.5 million. It would cost an additional $2 million to place the utilities underground,” stated Alex Owsiak, Stafford County transportation project manager in an email. “That additional $2 million cost was not included in the project cost estimate as Stafford County would be solely responsible for paying the additional cost to underground the utilities.”

Neighboring Prince William County approved $11 million of its budget to be used for burying power lines along a mile-and-half stretch of Route 1 in Woodbridge.

Haymarket power line: ‘Every resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia that is a Dominion customer will be paying for this project’

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It will be up to Virginia’s State Corporation Commission to decide where a new electric transmission line will run in Haymarket.

The project, which has been met with an outcry from the community, currently has five different routes that are on the table, according to the Dominion Power website.

Recently, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution stating that they would only support the ‘I-66 Alternatives’ plan, which would bury the transmission lines underground near I-66 and Route 29.

Other routes would potentially place large overhead transmission lines through residential areas, according to Dominion Power maps.

Why the need for a new transmission line?

The purpose of bringing a transmission line project to an area would typically be to increase capacity and service for all residents in the area, but this may not be the sole reason for the project in Haymarket.

In a Washington Post article, it is reported that the transmission lines are being built for the benefit of one customer – Amazon – as it is reported that they are building a new data center in Haymarket that will need additional power capacity.

Senator Dick Black and Delegate Bob Marshall have even stated that they believe Amazon is the reason for the project and have written letters to Amazon’s owner Jeffrey Bezos.

Amazon did not return Potomac Local’s request for comment.

Who pays for the project?

According to Dominion Power spokesman Chuck Penn, there is no official cost for any of the proposed routes – but it will be at an upward of $140 million.

“We do not have cost estimates for each route…initially when we first announced the project – the so-called ‘railroad route’ – was in the neighborhood of $60 million…and the preliminary cost for the ‘hybrid route’ was $140 to $142 million. But since then, we’ve determined that that estimate is low,” said Penn.

And according to Penn, this cost is going to be passed to all of the rate-payers, regardless of if the transmission line is being built for the benefit of one business, like Amazon.

“We don’t view it as being for any customer – it’s a block lode increase…ultimately, the cost of the project will be passed on to the rate-payer. And when I say rate-payer, that’s across the entire Dominion footprint – across all of Dominion’s customers…every resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia that is a Dominion customer will be paying for this project,” said Penn.

According to Penn, Dominion Power does not get the final say on the route chosen for the project. The route is decided by the State Corporation Commission.

“There’s been a very robust and healthy exchange of information, with regards to this project, and we have benefitted greatly from these ongoing interactions with the community. And it translated into three of the routes that were under consideration that we’re going to recommend to the State Corporation Commission…the reality of it is that it’s very rare, that any transmission project is universally endorsed by all parties,” Penn said.

Currently, there is no set timeline for the commission to select a route.

Drink up at Fall BrewFest in Centreville Oct. 17, 18

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Grab some beer, cider and mead in Centerville this October.

Mad Fox Brewing Company is sponsoring the 9th annual Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest, which will be at the Bull Run Regional Park on October 17 and October 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

According to a release, there will be more than 50 craft beers, ciders and meads available at the event.

More on tickets and details of the event, from a release:

The NoVa Fall BrewFest is ready to host serious brewers and beer fans alike. The focus for the NoVa Fall BrewFest will be fall and winter seasonal brews from local and regional breweries with some added meaderies and cideries in the mix. There will be more than 50 craft beers, ciders and meads to sample at the festival, with a nice representation from the local DC Metro area that has seen an explosion in the opening and establishment of craft breweries.

A ticket to the BrewFest costs $25 in advance online or $35 at the door. A ticket gives you admission to the festival, a special commemorative beer tasting glass and six tickets to taste your choice of craft brews. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10; children under 16 are free with an accompanying adult. Additional beer sampling tickets can be purchased for $2 per ticket.
For more information on the 2015 Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest, visit www.novabrewfest.com. Also, follow us on Twitter @novabrewfest and like us on Facebook.

Minimally invasive heart surgery benefits Mary Washington Healthcare patients

Dr Alex Na, cardiovascular surgeon at Mary Washington Healthcare, talks about how patients benefit with minimally invasive heart surgery.

“They have less pain, and they have less wound-healing problems, they have less bleeding complications, and they less pulmonary complications,” said Na.

Mary Washington’s comprehensive heart center offers surgical excellence and advanced treatment options close to home and family.

“If you look at those complex cases, our outcomes are as good or better than most of the big institutions,” said Na.

While caring for each patient with dignity and compassion, our heart center continues to advance.

“The hospital is committed to bringing in the new technologies and keeping our cardiac surgery program as state of the art as possible. We’re doing all these things because it’s better care for the patients.”

Mary Washington Healthcare. Here for you. Always.

Student flashed on way to school in Woodbridge

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10:30 a.m. 

More information from police about a student who was flashed this morning on her way to school: 

*INCIDENT: Indecent Exposure;

On September 2nd at 7:30AM, officers responded to investigate an indecent exposure which was reported to have occurred at 7:00AM in the area of Savannah Dr and Woodway Pl in Woodbridge (22913). The victim, a 17 year old female juvenile of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was walking in the above area on her way to the school bus stop when she observed an unknown man standing in a nearby wood line exposing himself and making obscene gestures towards her. No physical contact was made and the man never approached the victim. Police were contacted and conducted a search of the area. The man was not located.The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:
Black male, approximately 20 years of age, 6’1”, 180lbs with a muscular build
Last seen wearing a black shirt, black shorts

9:20 a.m. 

There is extra police presence in a neighborhood just off Minnieville Road in Woodbridge after a Hylton High School student was flashed. 

 


The incident occurred in Woodbridge. This is all the information that has been released about this incident at this time.

Manassas man charged after fleeing moving vehicle

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A Manassas man has been charged for fleeing for his vehicle while it was still in drive, and had a child inside.

According to Prince William police, an officer saw a suspicious vehicle near Lomond Drive and Lomond South Drive in Manassas on the evening of August 30.

After the officer pulled the car over, driver of the vehicle – 27-year old Manassas man Nicholas Mavrommatis – opened his door and fled the area on foot when the vehicle was still in drive, stated Prince William police.

The vehicle began to move on to a sidewalk before a 26-year old Manassas woman in the passenger’s seat was able to place it in park, stated Prince William police.

When the officer investigated further, he found that the car was also occupied by a one year old girl, stated Prince William police.

Mavrommatis was arrested and is charged with felony child neglect, driving under the influence, unreasonable refusal, reckless driving and obstruction of justice, according to Prince William police.

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