Reynolds wants to improve Dumfries transportation

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Helen Reynolds is running to keep her seat on the Dumfries Town Council. 
 
Reynolds says transportation is an important issue for the town. 

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Dumfries residents will head to the polls May 3, 2016 to elect new members to the Town Council.
 
We sent a questionnaire to Reynolds, and all other candidates seeking office in Dumfries. Her responses are below: 
 

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Gun permit fees go down, Prince William Court budget goes up

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The cost to get a concealed carry gun permit in Prince William County went down. But the amount of funding for the offices that process the applications is going up.

Members of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in February negotiated a deal with the County’s Sheriff Glen Hill to lower the cost of obtaining a concealed carry permit from $50 to $15. Hill agreed for drop his $35 portion of the license fee in exchange for getting more money for additional staffing in his department.

With the deal, Hill will get two new sheriff’s deputies and a new patrol car in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The Prince William County Board of Supervisors agreed to fund the new positions if Hill agreed to the permit fee reduction — something he didn’t have to do as he is an elected official and is not bound to follow the direction of the Board of Supervisors, as the county’s police chief is required to do. (more…)

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$450,000 project aims to stop shoreline erosion at Leesylvania

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Wave action along the Potomac River continues to erode the shoreline at Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.

This summer, the park will begin work to prevent shoreline erosion with a new project that calls for placing rocks that sills, or jetties parallel to the shoreline. Sand and aquatic plants will be placed behind the rocks. As plant life grows, the roots will hold the sand in place, and rocks will help stop erosion caused by wave action. (more…)

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IKEA remodels Woodbridge restaurant

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Reginald Thomas looks forward to his breakfast.

A bus driver for PRTC, the hot meal is a chance to take a welcome break and put fuel in his tank to keep going for the rest of the day. The price of his meal at a newly remodeled IKEA Restaurant at Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge is easy to swallow, too.

“It’s 99 cents. By far, this is the best breakfast deal in town,” said Thomas, of Lake Ridge, who is a regular here on workdays.

With a plate piled high full of sausage and potatoes, Thomas poured himself a drink from a self-serve beverage station that sits in the middle of the floor and then he found himself a seat.

“I don’t eat the eggs here,” he said. “For some reason, they’re not cooked the way I like them. I like my eggs cracked, and they don’t do that here.” (more…)

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Louisiana flare, fun coming back to Manassas for ‘Cajun Occasion 2’

Okra’s will throw a Louisiana-style picnic again this year in Historic Downtown Manassas.

The celebration — Okra’s Cajun Occasion 2 — invites residents to the lawn of the Manassas Museum where they can be with family and friends, listen to live music, and treat themselves to a bounty of Louisiana fare.

“This is the kind of thing where everyone can come down, bring a lawn chair, listen to live music and get their dance on, or they can go to our all-you-can-eat buffet and feast on our lagniappe,” said Okra’s Cajun Creole Restaurant Owner Charles Gilliam. (more…)

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Traffic at I-95 at Rt. 123 at Occoquan stinks. Would this fix it?

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This post started by someone sending us a Tweet about improving congested traffic conditions the intersection at Interstate 95 and Route 123 near Occoquan. 

The Twitter account “Fix Route 28” and the organization behind it is one we are familiar with. The organization regularly argues for improvements along Route 28 between Manassas, Manassas Park, and I-66 in Centreville.  (more…)

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Virginia Governor’s restoration of voting rights also will affect gun rights

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe allowed more than 200,000 ex-cons in Virginia to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election last week.

This single action marks one of the biggest steps taken by a state to instantly restore voting rights. The change applies to all felons, violent and non-violent, who have completed their sentences and been released from supervised probation or parole. Furthermore, with the signing of this executive order, McAuliffe eliminated the need for an application for those that had completed their sentences.

“Once you have served your time and you’ve finished up your supervised parole...I want you back as a full citizen of the commonwealth,” McAuliffe said. “I want you to have a job. I want you paying taxes, and you can’t be a second-class citizen.”

Along with restoring voting rights, the governor’s action restores the right to serve on a jury, become a notary public and run for public office. The new rights also apply to felons convicted in another state and living in Virginia.

However, this action alone does not automatically return the Constitutional Rights found in the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. According to Virginia State Law, the Governor does not have the power to restore firearm rights to convicted felons. Pursuant to Section 18.2-308.2 Code of Virginia, convicted felons who have been granted restoration of their political rights can then petition the Circuit Court where they reside and request a hearing on restoration of firearm rights by the Circuit Court Judge. The court may, in its discretion and for good cause shown, grant such petition and issue a permit.

With the Governor’s blanket political restoration, I would expect that many of those 200,000 felons will now petition their Circuit Courts for the restoration of their firearm rights. Our law firm is ready to assist these individuals in regaining this important right.

With the political restoration completed, the process to petition the court is rather simple. An attorney will draft the petition, give notice to the Commonwealth Attorney, and then notice the case for a hearing.

I would expect to be before a judge in less than 30 days from filing. In my 15 years of practice I have successfully petitioned for this right on behalf of my clients many times.

Goodall, Pelt & Carper, P.C. offers this service in the City of Fredericksburg, and Prince William, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline counties. The standard fee for this service is $500. Once the petition is granted the felon will have the right to purchase and possess firearms legally in Virginia.

“The right to bear arms is guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and now, thanks to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is attainable to many more Virginians.”

This post is written by Jason M. Pelt. Senior Partner Goodall, Pelt & Carper, P.C.
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