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    Nolan Bushnell, creator of Atari, is Game Pioneer in Residence at Prince William County’s Virginia Serious Institute

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    If your childhood included fun-filled visits to Chuck E. Cheese’s or countless hours playing on Atari, then you can thank this guy – Nolan Bushnell.   That’s correct, the founder of Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theater Chain is also the creator of Atari, Inc. – the video gaming company that is widely credited to be the forerunner to video arcades and the modern video game industry.

    So how does one man successfully pioneer two seemingly unrelated, yet equally iconic inventions? 

    In his new capacity as Game Pioneer in Residence at Prince William County’s Virginia Serious Game Institute, Mr. Bushnell will provide this insight at the first in a year-long series of lectures, entitled “The Future of Video Game Technology.”

    Prince William County and George Mason University (Mason) invite you to learn more and attend the first lecture for free, which is held by Prince William County-based Virginia Serious Game Institute(VSGI). 

    A trained engineer who has started over twenty companies, Nolan Bushnell can aptly be described as a consummate entrepreneur, technology leader and visionary.  According to the World Video Game of Hall, by most measures of popular impact, Pong launched the video game industry and Atari into a preeminent role in the video game industry.  He has been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame; received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Fellowship; and Nation’s Restaurant News “Innovator of the Year” award; and was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America.” 

    As part of his exclusive agreement with the VSGI, Mr. Bushnell will hold a public lecture each semester and work closely with students and companies in small groups; provide startup workshops on building game-related businesses; as well as other keynote events. 

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    PRTC is turning 30 and they’re holding a free, family-friendly community celebration in Woodbridge

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    From PRTC: 

    A free, family-friendly event will be held in Woodbridge on Saturday, October 8 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). Attractions will include a Youth Talent Showcase, petting zoo, touch-a-truck, K-9 demonstration, insect exploration, bus excursions, food trucks and more!

    The community celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the PRTC Transit Center, 14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge. The highlight of the day will be a Youth Talent Showcase with local youth showing their skills in dance, martial arts, cheer, and more!

    Attendees are asked to help PRTC stuff-a-bus for the needy. Those who donate a toiletry or non-perishable food item will receive a ticket for free ice cream that day.

     

    Because PRTC’s parking lot will be the center of the day’s activities, attendees should park at the commuter lot at the corner of Potomac Mills Road and Telegraph Road. Overflow parking will be at Potomac Mills Mall with shuttle buses operating to and from the marked bus stop in front of Pier 1 every 15 minutes.

    OmniLink local bus service is also an option for attendees. The Transit Center is served by the Dale City, Dumfries and Woodbridge/Lake Ridge OmniLink routes. Bus schedule information is available at PRTCtransit.org.

     

    PRTC was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1986 and has operated bus services in the Prince William County area since 1991. Initially, PRTC’s mission was to help oversee the

    startup of the Virginia Railway Express train service. But in 1991, while the commuter rail service was still in the planning stages, Prince William County asked PRTC to take over the area’s struggling commuter bus service, which was then known as COMMUTERIDE. The bus service was renamed OmniRide in 1995.

    Today, PRTC’s services include operating 23 commuter and local bus routes, and facilitating the formation of carpools and vanpools in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. In FY16, PRTC carried an average of 11,200 passengers daily. PRTC also continues, along with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), to oversee VRE which carried an average of more than 17,600 passengers daily in FY16.

    More information about PRTC and its 30th anniversary event is available at PRTCtransit.org.

    To help defray the cost of the public celebration, PRTC secured sponsorships from a few of its  vendors. The event sponsors are: First Transit Inc., InsideNova, Smartmaps Inc., Trapeze GroupApollo Video Technology, Gillig Corp., Motor Coach Industries, and TransTrack Systems Inc.

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    Fact Checking the Manassas City Council Forum: A negative turn for the City Council race

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    Recently, Historic Manassas, Inc. hosted a City Council Forum.  A lot was said and a lot of ideas were raised.  The conversation was on point and civil– until the closing remarks. 

    City Council candidate Rex Parr chose to use his closing statement to go decidedly negative, making inaccurate claims that in some cases play to our fears rather than hopes.  When such false claims are made, it tarnishes our city’s reputation and the hard work done by our city staff and employees.

    There’s so much negativity in the politics at our state and federal levels, I’d hoped the local race would set an example of how elections should be.  Unfortunately, that hope has been seriously diminished.

    Mr. Parr may be new to running for office, but he’s mastered being a politician.

    Since these false claims are in the public domain now, I think it’s important they be examined, vetted and corrected.

    I’ve chosen the top offenders to showcase below.

    Rex Parr False Statement 1:
    “[the council experiences] stalemate, tie votes, no action on vital issues before the council that effect our kids, our communities and future economic development”

    The truth:
    The council has a diverse range of positions, indicative of the diverse range of thoughts held by our city residents.  There are, on occasion, tie votes, as there are on any elected body, but none have stopped critical actions from being take that impact our kids/schools/communities or economic development as Rex has claimed.  At most, the wide range of views has triggered compromise, which is far too lacking in most political bodies.

    Rex Parr False Statement 2:
    “[since the great recession] efforts to restore spending have been consistently blocked”

    The truth:
    The city budget is now above pre-recession levels. Funding has been restored.  Also, showing prudence and fiscal restraint has earned our city a AAA bond rating, which will save our citizens millions in borrowing costs in the future.

    Rex Parr False Statement 3:
    “our public services have been starved […] their missions have been jeopardized”

    The truth:
    Our public services are award winning and rank among the best in the nation.  From a police department in the top 1%, to an award winning utility department.  Our public services also received stellar reviews by you, the citizens, in the recent citizen satisfaction survey, beating state and national averages.

    Rex Parr False Statement 4:

    “[because of city council austerity] the reputation of our schools [has been] tarnished”

    Fact:
    The schools are managed by an independently elected School Board who has made it VERY clear that they are in charge of the schools. The city council has met its funding obligations to the schools, and the system currently spends 10%-15% more per pupil than our surrounding localities.  Let me say it again: the city council meets its funding obligations.  If our school’s reputation is “tarnished” as Mr. Parr states, it is less likely to do with city council austerity, and more likely due to the drop in test scores and achievement we’ve suffered– which would be the responsibility of the School Board.  He’s directing his ire at the wrong elected body.

    I consider Rex to be a good guy, and hope he’ll pull back from this unfortunate course and run the rest of this race in a positive, accurate way.

    This post is paid for by Manassas Councilman Ian Lovejoy.
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    Stafford got 7 inches of rain over the past 2 days

    From the National Weather Service:

    ...STAFFORD COUNTY...
       1 W RAMOTH            7.00   700 AM  9/29  TRAINED SPOTTER         
       8 ESE FREDERICKSBURG  5.03   700 AM  9/29  COCORAHS                
       2 E ROSEVILLE         3.63   759 AM  9/29  CWOP                    
       2 E HOLLY CORNER      3.50  1117 AM  9/29  PUBLIC                  
       2 NW FALMOUTH         3.11   746 AM  9/29  CWOP                    
       1 WSW SEALSTON        2.70   500 PM  9/28  COCORAHS                
       1 ESE BROOKE          2.04   916 AM  9/28  TRAINED SPOTTER        
    
    
    ...PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY...
       QUANTICO MARINE CORP  4.34   756 AM  9/29  AWOS                    
       2 W DUMFRIES          3.33   712 AM  9/29  RAWS                    
       2 SW DALE CITY        3.15   500 PM  9/29  TRAINED SPOTTER         
       1 N NOKESVILLE        2.76   752 AM  9/29  CWOP                    
       3 N INDEPENDENT HILL  2.75   751 AM  9/29  CWOP                    
       6 NW WOODBRIDGE       2.66   700 AM  9/29  COCORAHS                
       5 SE MANASSAS         2.64   600 AM  9/29  COCORAHS                
       6 SE MANASSAS         2.59   530 AM  9/29  COCORAHS                
       1 SE GREENWICH        2.26   751 AM  9/29  CWOP                    
       4 S NOKESVILLE        2.25   700 AM  9/29  COCORAHS                
       1 WSW WOOLSEY         2.18   800 AM  9/29  CWOP                    
       6 N HAYMARKET         2.03   700 AM  9/29  COCORAHS                
       2 SE GAINESVILLE      2.00   700 AM  9/29  COCORAHS                
       2 W INDEPENDENT HILL  1.07   756 AM  9/29  CWOP     
    
    
    ...CITY OF MANASSAS...
       MANASSAS              1.65   705 AM  9/29  CO-OP OBSERVER          
       MANASSAS COOP         1.65   703 AM  9/29  UCOOP                   
    
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    Enter the pumpkin pie eating contest and beer and wine garden at the 34th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee

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    It’s that time of the year again! The 34th Annual Fall Jubilee will be held October 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    This highly recognized craft and artisan festival brings out nearly 30,000 people to visit Historic Downtown Manassas each year. Streets become lined with booths featuring unique crafters, non-profits, local community booths, and numerous downtown merchants. There is fun to be had for everyone at the Fall Jubilee!

    This year brings back exciting contests introduced last year to the Fall Jubilee. Fall is the season of pumpkin pie and the pie contests are back again! Enter your homemade pumpkin pie into the baking contest or sign up for our pumpkin pie eating contest.

    The pumpkin pie eating contest will be broken up into two age groups for children and adults – and there’s a catch, no hands allowed! The Main Stage on Prince William Street will feature music from DarcyDawn & Company and Kitty and the Fat Cats. Underneath the Harris Pavilion attendees can find the community stage featuring local dance troops and musical acts.

    This year’s Beer and Wine Garden can be found on the Manassas Museum lawn from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sample beers from Manassas’s own BadWolf Brewing Co. and Heritage Brewing Co and get your wine fix from the new tasting room in downtown Manassas, Aroma.

    There will also be loads of fun for the kids including, rides, games, and the Southern States Pumpkin Patch full of pumpkins waiting to be decorated. At noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m, there will be a DareDevil Dog Show on the museum lawn! Stop by to see tricks and a chance to meet the rebellious pups.

    Parking for the Manassas Fall Jubilee can be found in the free, downtown multi-level parking garage on Main Street and Prince William Street. For more information about Historic Manassas, Inc., the Manassas Fall Jubilee, and other great Manassas events, go to visitmanassas.org.

    This promoted post sponsored by Historic Manassas Inc. 
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    Active Prince William Bikes and Beers social and bike ride in Lake Ridge on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

    Waters End Brewery in Lake Ridge is hosting the Bikes and Beers Social.

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    Come hang out, have a beer flight, and chat about bikes and biking in Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park. This social event organized by Active Prince William  will be at the recently opened Waters End Brewery in Lake Ridge, the first brewery in the area that you can safely bike and walk to. The event is FREE! PLUS: FREE Door Prize Raffles FREE Bike Valet Parking PRE-EVENT RIDE WITH POTOMAC PEDALERS 11:00 AM 12.5 miles The route will be only mildly hilly, following mostly quiet streets through Lake Ridge and Woodbridge. Meet in Waters End Brewery parking lot (in Dillingham Square).

    For more info visit: potomacpedalers.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=866756

     

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    California woman meets man in D.C., is robbed in Woodbridge

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    From Prince William police: 

    Armed Robbery – On September 28 at 10:15PM, officers responded to the 14300 block of Crossing Pl in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 19-year-old woman of California, reported to police that she met an unknown man in Washington, D.C., then traveled back to the above area with him. During the encounter, the suspect brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s property. The suspect took the victim’s cell phones, money, and purse then fled in a black vehicle. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

    Suspect Description:

    Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’06”, 150lbs with black hair and brown eyes

    No clothing description is available at this time

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    Jose Veliz, a mechanic from Triangle, wins $150,000

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    From the Virginia Lottery: 

    Jose Veliz was sitting at home with some friends and scratching a Virginia Lottery ticket when he saw something on the ticket he’d never seen before. Suspecting it was a big winner, the Triangle man put the ticket aside.

    His Casino Thrills ticket had won the top prize of $150,000.

    Mr. Veliz, who works as a mechanic, bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 13304 Occoquan Road in Woodbridge.

    He’s the third and final player to claim the top prize in Casino Thrills (game #1623), which means the game is closed. It is the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games once the last top prize is claimed.

    The odds of winning the top prize in Casino Thrills were 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize were 1 in 4.28.

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