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‘I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 3 a.m.’ for Trump Inauguration

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From Virginia State Police: 

Virginia Vehicular Restrictions:
· I-395 HOV northbound lanes will close at 3 a.m. on January 20. HOV lanes on I-395 will re-open southbound upon the conclusion of the Inaugural parade.

· HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-66 (as well as on I-395 when the lanes reopen Friday evening).

· I-395 main lanes and I-66 will be open to all traffic.

· Memorial Bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic and authorized vehicle traffic only.

· Key Bridge, Chain Bridge, Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the American Legion Bridge will be open to all traffic.

· North Washington Street at Montgomery Street (City of Alexandria) to Reagan National Airport will be open.

For street closures and restrictions within the District and Maryland, visit www.secretservice.gov/events/2017-Inaug/

To avoid congestion and travel delays, residents are encouraged to use Metro, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and Amtrak for travel from Virginia into Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day.

Those needing to travel are encouraged to seek alternate means of transportation and develop a backup route. For real-time Virginia traffic information, visit 511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile app.

Those in the Northern Virginia region not attending inaugural activities should anticipate and plan for potential traffic congestion and delays. Those needing to travel are encouraged to also seek alternate means of transportation or alternate traffic routes. For the real-time Virginia traffic information, click on the VDOT 511 Website or download the free 511 app.

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    ‘Little Library creators are reporting a large turnover of the books’

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    How are Prince William County’s “Little Free Libraries” doing? 

    From Prince William County Library Foundation Board member Candi Johnson: 

    “First, let me say that the program is doing great. Many of our Little Library creators are reporting a large turnover of the books in their Little Libraries. Mom’s Organic Market is actually asking for book donations to fuel their ever-growing need. Earnie Porta is also reporting a big turnover in his Little Library in Occoquan and others are reporting the same thing. 
     
    Right now the Foundation is doing a big push for Children’s books to get more of those available to the Greater Prince William Community Health Centers. It also needs to be noted that these Little Libraries are not, in any way, meant to replace our wonderful Prince William Public Library System – rather a way to improve literacy and get people reading books again. Hopefully, once adults remember how much fun it is to hold a book and read it, they will be using our brick and mortar Libraries more and more.” 
    From Prince William County Library Board of Trustees member Patti Beattie:
    “Though I have been a patron of the library system since becoming a Prince William County resident in 2000, I am a very recent appointee to the Library Board of Trustees and as such did not hear about the initiative originally.
     
    I have seen one Free Little Library location around the community and it did not seem to be getting much use or traffic based upon appearances. The shop that was presenting it had it on the covered porch of their store which is housed in an old home in Occoquan. Though it was under cover of a porch, the elements did seem to be having an effect on the materials.
     
    I also did not see any evidence of information about the public library system presented there and think that should be the case, thus offering this “free library” and encouraging use of our wonderful library system where access is free, too.”
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    Treasurer, Commissioner of Revenue on ballot this year in Manassas Park

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    MANASSAS PARK, Va. — Candidates seeking to run for the offices of City of Manassas Park Treasurer or Commissioner of the Revenue can pick up information packets at the city’s voter registration office.

    From City of Manassas Park Director of Elections Patricia Brendel:

     

    The two positions will be on the ballot November 7, 2017.  One is for the office of the Treasurer and the other is for the Commissioner of Revenue.  The deadline to file paperwork to run for those office’s  is 7:00pm on June 13, 2017; this also happens to be the same day as the June Primary.  Packets are available for anyone interested in running for either of these offices.

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    Work underway on new Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Woodbridge

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    WOODBRIDGE, Va. — There is new construction happening ahead of the opening of a new Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Woodbridge. 

    Work is underway on the facade of an old Food Lion store at 13989 Noblewood Plaza, where the new ReStore will be located at the corner of Prince William Parkway and Minniville Road.

    We’re told the landlord is doing the work. 

    From Habitat for Humanity Prince William County Director Traci DeGroat:

    It is the Landlord. They haven’t turned over the site to us yet. Once they are done with their work and give us possession, we’ll have 90 days to do our work. 

    Habitat for Humanity Prince William County last year took over an old Food Lion store in Manassas, at the corner of Dumfries Road and Hastings Drive. 

     

     

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    We want your Inauguration photos

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    Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th U.S. President on Friday.

    The Inauguration ceremony begins in the front steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. at 11:30 a.m.

    Be an on the scene reporter and keep us up to date by sending us your photos of Inauguration activities as you head around town on Friday from traffic conditions on the roads and rails, U.S. flag-waving supporters on the National Mall, or protesters lining the sidewalks. 

    Email photos to potomaclocal@gmail.com, Tweet them to @PotomacLocal, or share them on our Facebook page.

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    ‘The performances are Bohemian Rhapsody (a hard rock ballet to the music of Queen)’

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    Submitted: 

    I hope you have a moment to read Virginia National Ballet’s newest press release announcing two World Premiers coming in February at the Hylton, and our inclusion in the Virginia Commission for the Arts 2017-18 Touring Directory.

    The performances are BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (a hard rock ballet to the music of Queen) and LA BOHEME (based on the gorgeous opera by Puccini, accompanied live by the OLD BRIDGE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA). 

    If you could help us to spread the word about the performances, we would be most grateful!

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    Boddye wants to put marketing skills to work as state legislator

    Ken Boddye aims to challenge incumbent Richard Anderson in Virginia’s 51st House of Delegates District.
     
    Boddye submitted responses to our Project: Election survey posted below the jump.
     
    Election information for 2017 from the Virginia Office of Elections: 
     
    6/13/17 June Primary (called if needed)
    Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, May 22, 2017

    Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

    11/7/17 General Election and Special Elections
    Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, October 16, 2017

    Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

    Where do I go to vote? 

     
    PL: What are the top three major issues facing voters in your district?

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