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· Good morning – Thanksgiving is right around the corner and SERVE is looking for a volunteer group to prepare breakfast or dinner on Friday November 28th. This is perfect way to further celebrate your black Friday activities. You will need to supply the meal to the residents of the 92 bed family care shelter. Please email Jan at:firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more
· Area Agency on Aging needs a volunteer to converse with a lovely lady from Afghanistan who speaks Dari. She’s lonely and can’t participate in the activities. Please call Daphne at (5714) 792-7155 to learn more.
· The Prince William Conservation Alliance invites you to their next speaker series on Thursday November 6th at 7:30pm at the Bull Run UU Church on Main Street Manassas. The topic is managing forests, fields and streams with Jim McGlone with the VA Dept. of Forestry.
· SERVE also has an urgent need for new bed pillows for the residents of the family shelter. Please drop them off at the admin building at 100056 Dean Drive in Manassas anytime during traditional business hours.
· The Greater Prince William Food Council would love to know how all of our many small food pantries in churches and basements and such are doing. Kindness abounds in our community – please take a moment to fill out a quick survey if you are helping families with food needs. Please visit this beautiful website to complete the survey: www.gpwfoodcouncil.org
· Ho, Ho, Ho – Christmas is right around the corner and we are in full swing with our Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift Program for needy kids. If you would like to sponsor a child at Christmas I can provide you their name, age and two toy wishes so you can be a special Santa to a kid. Please visit my website at: volunteerprincewilliam.org and fill out a donor form for me. You will have a blast. I’m already stockpiling Frozen characters because I’ve been told that’s the hot item.
· Area Agency on Aging is looking for a volunteer to teach a beginner’s Spanish class one day a week on either on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for an hour or so in the middle of the day at the Manassas Senior Center. They would also love a volunteer to teach a basic computer class. Please call Melodee at (703) 792-4583 to learn more.
· Brain Injury Services needs a volunteer who can visit a client from Kenya. What a nice way to share your interest in East African culture with another. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.
· Hogar Immigrant Services is looking for volunteers to help assist eligible legal residents complete their citizenship applications on Saturday mornings each month at their Manassas office. Please call Sabra at (571) 208-1572 ext. 102 to learn more
· Beacon Adult Literacy needs volunteer tutors to teach conversation or computer literacy to ESL students in the Manassas area on Monday mornings. Please call Caroline at (703) 368-7491 to learn more.
· Literacy Volunteers is gearing up for their next volunteer training On November 22nd. Come learn all the skills you need to help another adult reach their life goals. You do not need any prior experience. This is one person helping another. Please call (703) 670-5702 or visit www.lvapw.org to learn more.
· Mark your calendars for Saturday November 22nd for the BARN’s 16th Annual Festival of Trees Ball. This year’s event is at the Hilton Washington Dulles and includes dinner, dancing, auctions. Please visit their website: barninc.org for more info.
· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Coleen can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 201, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 202. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.
DALE CITY, Va. - On October 28, a 33-year-old man told police that he saw a red SUV approach the front of his home and fire shots at him and his friend twice. According to the report, there were no injuries, damage, or description of the driver or passengers.
Here’s the latest from Prince William police:
Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle | Attempted Malicious Wounding – On October 28th at 0:11PM, officers responded to the 4100 block of Hoffman Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shots fired call. The victim, a 33 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he and a known acquaintance were standing in his yard when an unknown, red SUV pulled in front of the residence. Once stopped, an occupant of the SUV reportedly shot towards the victim and his acquaintance. The vehicle then continued down Hoffman Dr before making a U-turn and approaching the residence where the occupant fired towards the victim and the acquaintance a second time. No injuries or property damage were reported. Following the incident, the vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed. No description of the driver or its occupants was provided to police. The incident does not appear to be random.
Fliers that appear to be connected to the so-called Islamic state or ISIS, appeared to have been found at Quantico.
A government employee on Wednesday afternoon stumbled upon seven fliers while in the Town of Quantico, geographically located inside Quantico Marine Corps Base. Officials said the fliers contained the ISIS symbol and Arabic text.
The leaflets displayed the Islamic State’s symbol and were accompanied with the Arabic text, “We are here from Mexico, and came by train,” Maj. Major Andrew J. Bormann, Quantico Public Affairs director, stated in an email.
The fliers were found along River Road in the town and later turned over to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Bowman said the fliers could be a hoax, but added the fliers are being taken very seriously and added the protection of the base, Marines, and base employees are a top priority.
No arrests have been made in connection with the fliers. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is looking into the validity of the fliers.
Town officials are also watching developments in this case.
“The town intends to take all necessary steps to assess the authenticity of the leaflets and to communicate all relevant information to town and base residents as well as the general public,” said Quantico Mayor Kevin Brown. “At this time there does not appear to be any increased risk persons or property.
Quantico officials said the level of security at the base has not been heightened due to the discovery of the fliers. Officials also did not say in which building the fliers were found.
A high school football game between two Stafford County teams is canceled.
Players from Brooke Point High School will not face off against North Stafford as as was previously scheduled tonight. The cancelation comes just days after WTTG-TV in Washington posted a story about varsity football player who passed out in the team locker room and hit his head after he and another player engaged in a “choking game.”
The player sought medical treatment after he regained consciousness and is now OK.
Stafford County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Bill Kennedy said authorities are now looking into the incident.
So far, school officials have not issued a statement about the incident or the sheriff’s department’s investigation. A series of robo calls placed by the school Thursday night notified parents about the cancelation of the game.
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Honorees credited for service to community
The Boy Scouts of America honored a president and a first lady – both who work in Prince William County.
Melissa Robson, president of Novant Health in Northern Virginia at the Prince William and Haymarket medical centers, and Ernestine Jenkins, dubbed “first lady of the Neabsco District” and wife of Prince William Neabsco District Supervisor John Jenkins, both now have the honor of being “good scouts.”
A celebration dinner honoring the two women was held Oct. 22 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. The dinner raised $10,000 for the Boy Scouts of America and their operations in Prince William.
Jenkins is the mother of three Eagle Scouts, the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve. She is credited for staying active in scouting and the community while raising her sons, all while their father was serving in the Vietnam War. Today, Jenkins remains involved in the community as serves the organizer of the Dale City Forth of July Parade – the largest Independence Day parade in Virginia.
“My family keeps telling me to slow down but I don’t listen. I still need to serve. There’s still more years left in me,” said Jenkins, 74.
Robson thanked the scouting organization during her acceptance speech for their work to beautify hospital grounds.
“Scouts have contributed to the community, and specifically Prince William Medical Center, by creating a mural, a coy pond, and our patients and their families to enjoy when they are visiting for in-patient at our facility,” she said.
The highlight of the evening was when the audience heard from Eagle Scout Charlie Nelson, a 14-year-old student at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge. Nelson recalled his time as a Cub Scout before graduating to the Boy Scouts, as well as the many activities he participated in during summer camps.
One year, his teacher asked the class to write a recap of their summer activities and then turn in the paper to be graded. Nelson said he had so much fun the previous summer he didn’t know where to begin.
“I wrote about how I flew through trees and touched a bald eagle. I was saved from a rattlesnake, chased by a bear, and I shot two bullseyes and got the gold bear claw. I told them I was going to become an eagle [scout] one day,” Nelson reminisced. “Unfortunately my teacher gave me a bad grade… she ended up telling my mother that I was very imaginative and that I needed to learn how to separate facts from make believe.”
The crowd then burst into laughter.
Prince William County is home to Camp Snyder, a 325-acre camp that provides outdoor experiences for Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs.
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Cash taken during 7-Eleven robbery in Manassas
On October 28, a robbery occurred at a 7-Eleven store located on 10438 Dumfries Road. Police were told that at around 9:30 pm the suspect entered the store and with a handgun, demanded money from an employee at the register, said Manassas police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.
Once the suspect got the money, he fled and was last seen between Nikki Place and Barrington Park Circle, said Helms. The suspect is described as tall black male, slim, wearing dark clothing, sunglasses, a beanie on his head, and a white shirt or cloth around his face, said Helms.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Manassas City Police Department.
Using the data collection online tool city-data.com, the House of Mercy has determined that the nonprofit humanitarian organization, located in Manassas, serves about 16 percent of the poor overall in targeted areas of Greater Manassas combined, helping up to 34 percent of impoverished residents in some communities.
That’s according to Ann Cimini, the agency’s executive director, who said that House of Mercy clients number 1,575 of 10,089 poor and low-income residents throughout Manassas Park and the Census Designated Places (CDPs) of Buckhall, Bull Run and Loch Lomond, all in Greater Manassas, and the unincorporated Manassas communities of Wellington and West Gate. The figures are based on House of Mercy registered-client totals at the beginning of October and information on city-data.com on each area’s population below the poverty rate, she said.
House of Mercy provides free food and clothing to its clients, which also include 84 families in Woodbridge, 36 in Bristow and 33 in Gainesville, said Cimini. The agency serves clients in almost all towns surrounding Manassas, she said. The average size of families that House of Mercy serves is 3.5 people, she said.
The City of Manassas was not included in the agency’s report, which also excluded figures for the unincorporated Manassas community of Sudley Springs and Greater Manassas CDPs Sudley (which includes SplashDown Waterpark), Independent Hill and Yorkshire. The report focuses only on Greater Manassas areas where House of Mercy serves the most residents in need, Cimini said.
At nearly 34 percent, Loch Lomond, located about a mile and a half north of the City of Manassas, has the highest percentage of poor and low-income residents served by House of Mercy, Cimini said. The agency’s clients include 215 of the neighborhood’s 640 residents with income below the poverty rate, according to House of Mercy statistics. More than 27 percent of Loch Lomond’s population live in poverty, based on figures for 2012 on city-data.com.
About 20 percent or 193 of West Gate’s 976 poor and low-income residents are House of Mercy clients, the organization’s report showed. According to data for 2009 on www.city-data.com, 8.4 percent of residents there live in poverty.
With 823 of the agency’s clients residing in Wellington and 134 in Manassas Park, the agency serves slightly more than 16 percent of Wellington’s 5,120 impoverished residents and 16.4 percent of Manassas Park’s 816 community members living below the poverty rate, based on House of Mercy’s statistics.
Greater Manassas areas the agency serves that have the lowest percentage of House of Mercy clients compared tototal number of poor and low-income residents include Bull Run, located about two miles northwest of Manassas city. The organization serves 8 percent or 210 clients of that CDP’s 2,537 residents living below the poverty rate, based on the agency’s report.
Buckhall, an expansive geographic area stretching from southeast to northwest nearly two miles south of Manassas city, has more than 23,000 poor and low-income residents, including 61 House of Mercy clients, according to the report. They all live in the Forest Park Mobile Home Community, the report stated.
While Manassas city was not included in the report, House of Mercy calculated that the agency serves more than 32 percent of residents living in Georgetown South, a Manassas neighborhood with among the highest poverty rates in the city, said Cimini. She noted that 651 House of Mercy clients live in the neighborhood, which has a population of 2,026 based on information on www.city-data.com, she said.
“This is a huge piece of information we’ve been missing. We know we’re good at giving aid to people, but until now we weren’t able to quantify our help’s real value in the community,”said Cimini.
Such statistics are required on almost all grant applications, usually under the question, “How does the work you do impact your community?” she said.
The organization’s goals include extending aid to more families to serve a greater percentage of those in need in the area, she said. However, the endeavor’s success depends upon donations of money, food and clothing, and those are down in this troubled economy, while demand continues to grow, Cimini said.
To supplement food donations, House of Mercy purchases food from Capital Area Food Bank, the largest nonprofit food bank in the Washington, D.C., area. Once ordering about twice a year, the agency now places an order at least every six weeks, Cimini said.
“Before this year, food donations kept up with demand, and we made strides in providing clients with healthful foods,” she said. “Now we’re spending close to $3,000 a year to ensure that our clients have protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals and low-sugar and low-salt canned goods.”
-Press release submitted by House of Mercy
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A roundup of local news from local sources
Free cab rides offered Halloween – As a means of making the Washington-metropolitan area’s roadways a little less frightening this Halloween, free cab rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington-metropolitan area on the evening of Friday, October 31st. [Washington Regional Alcohol Program]
School Board Members Not Considering Later Start for High Schools; Cost Major Factor –Cost may be the deciding factor in whether or not Prince William County Schools will follow the lead of neighboring Fairfax and Loudoun counties and start their high schools later in the morning. [Bristow Beat]
Stafford considers 14 schools for change – Students at 14 elementary and middle schools in Stafford could potentially be impacted by a process to reduce overcrowding at the county’s schools. [Fredericksburg.com]
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The Woodbridge campus of Stratford University will hold a free job fair from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.
The job fair will be held in collaboration with Virginia’s SkillSource center in Woodbridge.
The campus is located at 14349 Gideon Drive, near Potomac Mills mall.
Attendees are asked dress professionally and bring several copies of their resume.
The event is free to the public. Click here for a list of companies attending the fair.
Our cell phone camera didn’t do it justice, but to be fair it wasn’t that bright in the sky.
A rainbow appeared briefly Wednesday night in the skies over North Stafford, following an afternoon of cloudy, rainy weather.
The color streaks appeared about 6 p.m. as the clouds and rain were exiting the area.
The photo shows the area of Route 610 in North Stafford in the direction of Interstate 95. If there was a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, judging by our vantage point, it would have been somewhere in the Potomac River.
Starting in November, Occoquan’s Secret Garden Cafe is beginning a donation program where 10% of sales on a particular evening go to a deserving nonprofit organization in the community.
On Friday, November 7, the Secret Garden Cafe will donate 10% of the evening’s proceeds to Rolling Thunder’s Wounded Warrior Program. Then, on Friday, January 2 and Friday, February 6, 10% of sales will go to the Occoquan Historical Society.
The Secret Garden Cafe is located at 404 Mill Street in Occoquan and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The restaurant’s website posted this to describe their menu:
When asked to describe our menu, after many attempts to describe it, we are left simply saying, “well, its food we like.” From the far east of the globe to the far west, we are not afraid to be adventurous.
15 restaurants to participate in Cuisine de Commerce
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is preparing for one of its most popular events, the Cuisine de Commerce, sponsored by Internet Ad Management, Inc. Taking place at the Continental Event Center, 9705 Liberia Avenue in Manassas, 11:30 a.m. on November 6, this “taste of the town” will feature samples from 15 area restaurants and caterers.
A toy drive will also take place, with donations accepted at the event and at Burke & Herbert Bank locations throughout greater Prince William.
“We encourage everybody in the community to come out, discover new restaurant favorites and bring something for the toy drive,” said Chamber President and CEO Debbie Jones. “This event is all about our community: highlighting and supporting local businesses. With all that Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park have to offer, we want members and guests to see that there is plenty of reason to stay close to home when going out to eat.” Jones encourages employers to consider recognizing their staff or clients by inviting them to join you for this luncheon, where a table of ten is just $375 for members or non-members.
“Burke & Herbert Bank is proud to be the Toy Drive Sponsor of the Cuisine de Commerce. As a local community bank and the oldest bank in Virginia we believe it is important to support the communities in which we do business,” said Burke & Herbert Bank Senior Vice President Terry Cole. “We are excited about working with the Prince William Chamber to help bring holiday joy to less fortunate children in our neighborhoods and pleased to have our branches serve as locations for the collection of toy donations.“
“I’m proud that so many of our members are glad to give back to the community that supports their business,” said Bruce Moore of Internet Ad Management, Inc., the Main Event Sponsor and a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. This is the third year that his company has sponsored the luncheon. Over the last two years, the event has featured a food drive where members brought in close to 500 pounds of food. This year everyone is asked to bring a toy, which the Continental Event Center, in partnership with local churches, will distribute to local families in need of help this holiday season.
According to Jones, this luncheon is a great way to treat office staff, clients or friends to a special lunch. Attendees will have the chance to sample foods and treats prepared by:
Travinia Italian Kitchen
A La Carte Catering and Event Design
The Piedmont Club
UNO Chicago Grill
Dyvine BBQ in Motion
Café Rio Mexican Grill
Cakes by Happy Eatery
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