Valentine’s Day Events: Chocolate walk and couples art class


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to spice up a regular date night.

Our area lot to offer to make your Valentine’s Day weekend a success. From special restaurant deals, couples painting sessions, and chocolate tasting.

Historic Occoquan Chocolate Walk, Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The third annual Chocolate Walk is taking place this Saturday in Occoquan. While strolling through the historic district of Occoquan you’ll be given the opportunity to sample chocolate goodies.

Over 40 shops and restaurants will be participating in the annual Chocolate Walk. You’ll be given the opportunity to register for a chance to win a prize, no purchase is needed to enter. This event is sponsored by the Business Guild of Occoquan. Keep Reading…

Mother and son held at gunpoint during home invasion


Stafford Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred sometime after 4 a.m. Wednesday.

A mother and her young son were held at gunpoint while two white men rummaged throughout the home. According to police, the suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and property a little less than 15 minutes after entering the home. 

Here is more in a press release:  Keep Reading…

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Patient First no longer accepting new Anthem patients


Virginia’s largest provider of primary and urgent health care, Patient First, has stopped accepting new patients insured by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, citing Anthem’s “reduction in the reimbursement rates paid.”

The change, which took effect Feb. 2, also excludes all Anthem members with HealthKeepers Plus plans, even people who are existing patients at Patient First.

Ian Slinkman, the director of marketing and public relations at Patient First, said in an email, “The costs for delivering care increase year over year. Every one of the other Virginia payors with whom we contract understands this and provides reasonable trend increases that enable us to maintain our high levels of access and service.”

However, he said, “Anthem instead insists on reducing our reimbursement back to 2012 levels.” Keep Reading…

Will Manassas save its water tower?


The Manassas City Council will vote February 22 on whether or not to keep the water tower that watches over historic Downtown.

The old 75,000-gallon water tower is no longer in use, but it serves not only as the entrance to Downtown, it also garnishes the city with historic and architectural significance.

The stylistic elements of the tower feature an early 20th century American industrial riveted steel tank and craftsmanship. According to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the tower has been found to be in excellent condition.

The tower is now eligible for listing on the State and National Register of Historic Places. With this in mind, a committee was formed to proceed with all necessary steps to get the water tank insured as a historic site. Keep Reading…

Permitted release of coal ash surface water continues at Possum Point


While efforts are underway to halt Dominion’s plan to treat the toxic water and release it into the waterway, the state’s largest utility continues to drain storm water at the site.

It is also moving forward with plans to treat toxic water and release it into the Potomac River. On Jan. 14, 2016, Dominion won approval from Virginia’s Water Control Board to consolidate water and ash from five coal ash ponds at the Possum Point Power Station near Dumfries and Quantico, treat the water, and release it into the Potomac River.

Dominion release follows permit rules 

In Spring 2015, Dominion released about 27 million gallons of water from Coal Ash Pond E into a tributary of the Quantico Creek. The water was storm runoff that accumulated in the pond, which Dominion calls surface water. Keep Reading…

Have Your Next Group Event at Manassas Olive Oil


The Manassas Olive Oil Company was founded on the notion that great olive oil should be shared with others.

Alex and his daughter Amanda, both military veterans, opened their shop on Grant Avenue in Manassas to share their passion for fresh olive oils and balsamic vinegar with their friends in thier sunlit tasting gallery.

A tasting is now an event that you can share with your friends and family. Manassas Olive Oil is available for bachelor parties, after-hour night time events, and culinary shows.

Becuase of Manassas Olive Oil, more people in and around Manassas are having fun while tasting delicious oils and vinegar. Recently, Manassas Olive Oil shared partnered with Love, Charley for a First Friday event featuring free tastings, raffles, and coupons. Keep Reading…

Taxi driver carjacked near Dumfries


A man is charged with carjacking, hit and run, eluding police, driving under the influence, preventing the summoning of law enforcement, and driving on a suspending license. 

Redmon forced a taxi driver from his vehicle and drove away with it. When officers attempted to stop Redmon, he fled. Redmon struck another vehicle at a redlight at the intersection of Prince William Parkway, according to police.

No injuries were reported except minor injuries of the accused. Keep Reading…

Tourism rebounds in Prince William County and Manassas


In the wake of the federal shutdown in 2014, tourism screeched to a halt in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. But in the 2015 fiscal year, various localities, including Prince William County and Manassas, experienced substantial growth in tourism traffic and revenue.

Nicole Warner, marketing and communications specialist for Discover Prince William & Manassas, said the federal shutdown took a big toll on Northern Virginia.

“It was a huge hit for hotels [in 2014]. Several companies and federal agencies were out of work and couldn’t pay for traveling expenses. Due to the proximity of the counties to D.C., it was a huge, huge hit,” Warner said. Keep Reading…

Boarded up and tiles missing: What’s up with this old McDonalds?


“Are we going to lose the retro McDonald’s to the new McDonald’s design?” asked Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi at an Oct. 2, 2012, meeting.

“Retro? It’s like your going to miss it,” said Prince William County Board of Supervisors Corey Stewart, At-large.

“It’s a classic design,” replied Principi.

“Good riddance,” said Stewart.

It was a lighter moment in a meeting that had dragged on for more than six hours. It was captured on video and is now archived on the Prince William County website. Keep Reading…

Marine Museum hangs WWII plane recovered from Lake Michigan


A World War II plane pulled from the depths Lake Michigan now hangs in the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Riggers today hoisted the SBD-3 Dauntless into place above the Leatherneck Gallery — the atrium visitors to the famous museum see upon entering the building. There, it will hang with other aircraft that were integral to the missions of U.S. Marines throughout history.

The Dauntless was used by the U.S. Navy starting on Aug. 24, 1942. Several Marine Corps squadrons used the plane in the U.S.

The aircraft transferred from the Marine Corps to the U.S. Navy Carrier Qualification Training Unit in Glenview, Ill. in 1943. It was lost in a training accident that same year when the plane crashed and sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan. Keep Reading…

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