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Townhouse fire in Manassas displaces 5

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Yesterday evening at 5 p.m., Prince William fire and rescue units were called to a townhouse fire at Hiram Court in Manassas.

According to Prince William fire and rescue release, crews that arrived on scene were informed that occupants in the home had been evacuated safely. They also observed that a townhouse – mid-row – was fully engulfed in flame.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire without incident, with only minor siding damage done to a nearby townhouse unit, said Prince William fire and rescue.

There were three residents within the home that were evacuated prior to the fire and rescue unit’s arrival, and one resident was treated for minor injuries. The individual was transported to a local medical facility for treatment, said a Prince William fire and rescue release.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the two adults and three children that were displaced by the fire, Prince William fire and rescue stated.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, the assessed property damage totaled $180,000.

A Prince William fire and rescue release stated that a building official was on the scene and has posted the property as unsafe.

Prince William fire and rescue were able to determine that the origin of the fire was the kitchen stove, and was determined as accidental.

Discount store opens across from Potomac Mills Mall

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The new location is one of many coming to the Prince William Square Shopping Center.
A new discount chain store has opened in Woodbridge.
The chain does have more than 200 locations in the U.S.
They offer clothing for men, women, girls, boys and juniors, as well as home decor.
Fallas opened its first location in Los Angeles.

Fallas Discount Stores, an off-price retail chain, has opened a new location in the Prince William Square Shopping Center, across from Potomac Mills Mall.

According to their website, the store chain was established in 1962 in Los Angeles, and now currently has more than 200 locations in the United States.

The new location offers a selection of clothing for men, women, boys, girls and juniors, along with luggage and home furnishings.

Fallas is one of several new stores to move in to the shopping center in the past few months.

A Ross Stores location is also set to be coming to the shopping center.

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Fire engulfs waterfront house in Stafford

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A home in Aquia Creek caught fire yesterday.
The area does not have hydrant service.
A fire boat was called in, but didn't make it in time.
Dominion Power had to come out and disconnect the power.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

A fire of unknown origin destroyed much of a home situated on a wide section of Aquia Creek in Stafford on April 16. 

Stafford County fire and rescue crews got the call at 11:22 a.m., for a fire in the Hidden Springs neighborhood. That area doesn’t have hydrant service, so a tanker team of three tanker trucks was also called in, as was a fire boat. The fire boat never made it. 

There was a problem with the fire boat that was called in from Quantico, Virginia, so one was requested from Charles County, Maryland. But that boat took so long that the fire was extinguished before it arrived.

Dominion Virginia Power also had to come out and disconnect the power to the house for the safety of the firefighters who had to fight the fire from inside. 

Several real estate websites say the home was built in 1918. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated. 

Two men wanted for armed robbery of pizza deliveryman in Woodbridge

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Late yesterday night, Prince William police responded to a call to investigate a robbery that was reported on Westminster Lane in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 52-year old Woodbridge man – stated that he was delivering pizza in the area when two unknown individuals approached him.

One of the individuals showed the victim a handgun and demanded his property, said a Prince William police release.

The Prince William police stated that the two individuals took his money and pizzas before fleeing on foot.

A Prince William police K-9 unit was used to search for the two individuals. No injuries were reported.

A Prince William police release stated that the two individuals were described as black males, from 18 to 25 years of age, 5’6” to 5’8” with medium builds, dark complexions and black hair.

One individual was described as wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, and the second was described as wearing a red jacket and blue jeans, stated Prince William police.

Wildlife federation to host habitat workshop in Nokesville May 1

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The Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation is hosting a workshop May 1.
The workshop will show landowners how to create wildlife habitats.
A panel of landowners that have done habitat work will be present.
There are still 25 to 30 slots left.

On May 1, the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation and the Virginia Quail Recovery Initiative are hosting a workshop in Nokesville, to help residents learn about what they can do to create wildlife habitats in their backyards. 

“Our goal is trying to spread the word about wildlife habitat work that can be done even on a small scale…what we’re trying to do with this workshop is try and give folks some options. For example, converting [their land] into a wildlife meadow for continual bloom and beauty from May to October, while also providing a great habitat for songbirds and pollinators, monarchs as well as other species,” said David Bryan, a private lands wildlife biologist for the USDA-NRCS.

The workshop runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes free food.

“What we’re going to do at the workshop is we’re going to have an outdoor walk and talk, on the farm where we’re hosting it – which has done some habitat work – and talk about the types of things you can consider doing in your backyard,” commented Bryan.

After a walk on the property, participants will be able to engage in a conversation about landowner options and hear from a panel of landowners from surrounding counties about the habitat work they’ve done on their land.

According to Bryan, the program still has room for 25 to 30 people, and registration is required. 

Residents can register by emailing nicoleethier@pwswcd.org.

Supervisor Principi to run on his record for a third term

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Supervisor Frank Principi, the incumbent on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors for the Woodbridge district, has announced his campaign to run for re-election.

Principi has been on the board for eight years and is currently finishing his second term.

In the race for the seat, there are two Republican candidates, Steve Chapman and Lee Price, that will face each other in a Republican primary. Antonio Merrick, an Independent candidate, will also be a part of the three-way race.

A Master’s candidate at the University of Maryland College Park, Principi has worked as the Executive Director of the Greater Prince William Community Health Center for the past seven years. master’s candidate at UMD

According to Principi, he is planning to run on his record, and what he has accomplished during his 8-years as Woodbridge Supervisor.

“I’m running on my record. My record of not just the vision of a new Woodbridge, but the fact that we’ve got a billion dollars in public and private investment over the last four years in Woodbridge. I think we have a lot to be proud of. We have five different smart growth projects at various different stages – coming up out of the ground in eastern Prince William…we’ve achieved a lot, but we still have a long way to go. If the 62 to 64,000 residents of Woodbridge will have me back, I’ll be happy to serve another four years,” said Principi.

Principi lives in Woodbridge with his wife and twin daughters.

Woodbridge native Joey Cook eliminated from ‘American Idol’

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American Idol contestant Joey Cook was voted off the show last night.

A “#SaveJoey” campaign on Twitter was not enough to save the Woodbridge native from elimination from the nationally televised singing competition. “Somebody to love” by Jefferson Airplane was the last song the 24-year-old singer performed on the show.

Cook took to Twitter following her elimination with a positive attitude.   

Cook also received accolades via Twitter from performer Boy George.   

 

Cook is a native of Woodbridge and attended Woodbridge Senior High School. She now lives in New Orleans.

Virginia Serious Game Institute launches their first online game

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Virginia Serious Game Institute is based in Prince William County

The Virginia Serious Game Institute has announced their first game title – ‘Mimycx’ – a multi-player online game meant to help those in the healthcare industry.

The game institute, based out of Prince William, is releasing the title in partnership with one of the startups it has incubated – Professions Quest, LLC.

Virginia Serious Game Institute started in October 2013, after a $32,000 investment from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to fund the effort, which was a partnership with the county’s economic development department and George Mason University, a release said.

According to a release, the game is meant to help students and workers in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, public health, allied health and veterinary care by working together on an interactive game that will teach them how to deal with real-life healthcare scenarios.

The Mimycx game will be debuted at the upcoming IPEC Institute conference in Herndon later this month, said a release.

“A key goal in the design of Mimycx is the development of a new approach to interprofessional education learning that creates benefits not yet discovered through any other virtual or e-learning educational vehicle.” said Dr. Scott M. Martin, Founding Director, Virginia Serious Game Institute, in a release.

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman At-Large Corey Stewart spoke about how the game institute, and other high-tech projects in the county are driving growth and economic development.

“Prince William County encourages technological innovation, growth and expansion. The Virginia Serious Game Institute captures our shared vision to help small businesses realize their market potential and growth opportunities,” said Stewart in a release.

A release stated that the game is set in a futuristic environment, and they can either play on their own or interactively with five members or go on different missions within the game together. During the gameplay students in the healthcare field will be evaluated on their performance.

Following the launch of Mimycx, Professions Quest will be releasing a new scenario for gamplay every six weeks, stated a release.

Look up, see great art in Historic Downtown Manassas

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manassas art streetlight 3If you are walking or driving through Historic Downtown Manassas, make sure to look up at the light poles that line the city streets. There are 60 original pieces of art hanging from the downtown light poles.

Over the winter months, Historic Manassas, Inc. in partnership with the City of Manassas, held a Banner Art Competition. This competition was for artists from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. to create original art that, if selected, would hang from the City of Manassas’ light poles. The competition was the brainchild of Debbie Haight from Historic Manassas, Inc. who formed a small committee to make the dream a reality.

manassas art streetlight 2More than 130 pieces of art were submitted for the competition. In February, members of the community gathered to select the 60 pieces of art that would hang on the light poles. This gathering included City Council members, students, business leaders, and community members. From the 60 selected pieces of art, one grand prize winner, who will receive $1,000, will be announced at an awards presentation during the spring gallery walk on May 1, 2015.

manassas art streetlightAll summer long residents and visitors are invited to look at the banners and select their favorite for the “people’s choice” winner. In the fall, the artist who painted the people’s favorite piece will receive $500. A walking tour brochure of the banners will be available after May 1. This will have information about each piece and information on how to vote in the “people’s choice” competition.

So, the next time you are in Historic Downtown Manassas, make sure to take the time to look up and appreciate the art.

Republican firehouse primary to take place April 25

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Following the decision by the board of elections to not allow for a state-run Republican primary, the Prince William County Republican Party will be hosting a firehouse primary on April 25.

All Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park residents will have the ability to vote in the primary that day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help decide who will be the Republican nominees for the general election in November. Keep Reading…

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