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Does a pop-up store tarnish your impression of an ‘upscale’ shopping center?

When Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center opened in Woodbridge, community leaders sold it as a destination retail center that would be the model of future developments in Prince William County.

With its mix of restaurants, upscale shops, Wegmans grocery store, and homes, Stonebridge was going to be unlike other shopping centers that had come before it.

Some establishments in the shopping center, like Travinia Italian Kitchen, Golfsmith, and the flash-in-the-pan Toby Keith’s I love This Bar and Grill, have come and gone.

Some new ones, like Bar Louie and Spirit Halloween, have opened in their place.

In the case of Spirit, the Halloween shop is a seasonal operation.

From Spirit Halloween’s website:

“Spirit stores open in late August through early November each year, stocked with everything you can imagine for Halloween including costumes, masks, wigs, indoor and outdoor décor items, animatronics, makeup, collectibles, props and in-depth accessories.”

So, here’s the question: Does having a seasonal pop-up store at an upscale destination, near an Apple Store, tarnish the image of the shopping center?

Or, is it better to have a store fill a space on a temporary basis rather than having it sit empty, with the lights turned off?

Your thoughts in the comments, please.

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Police arrest man, 22, in connection with stabbing investigation

From Prince William County police:

Stabbing Investigation – On October 17 at 12:33a.m., officers responded to a hotel located in the 17100 block of Dumfries Rd in Dumfries (22025) to investigate a stabbing. The investigation revealed that the victims, a 21-year-old man and a 24-year-old man both of Midland, and two other male acquaintances were involved in a verbal altercation at the hotel, which escalated.

During the encounter, the accused stabbed both of the victims in the upper body with a knife. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. When officers arrived, they detained the accused without incident. The victims were transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.


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A member of the Felmley family has been involved with the hospital from before it was even built — that’s more than 45 years of service!

When Martha Felmley was invited to an introductory meeting for the Potomac Hospital Auxiliary in the early 70’s, she had no idea it would ignite a passion that would consume nearly half of her life and be passed down through the generations.

“We had fundraisers to make money and went door to door to collect money. In the beginning, it was all about money to build the hospital” remembers the soon-to-be 90-year-old, smiling.

For Martha Felmley, that commitment grew as the hospital did. Over the years, in addition to volunteering, she served on the Hospital Board of Trustees and worked in community relations, her family always by her side. That’s why it’s no surprise the hospital became a family affair, with Felmley’s daughter and granddaughter both eventually working here!

For Felmley’s daughter, Martha Moore, the connections to the hospital started before she could drive. “I used to babysit Howard Greenhouse’s children!” she remembers, laughing.

Moore, now a Cardiac Systems Coordinator for Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, started out babysitting the head of the hospital board’s children. It was about that same time she was a candy striper at the hospital, and from there, she was a weekend cashier in the gift shop. (more…)

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NOVA Woodbridge to host An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

From Northern Virginia Community College:

The NOVA Players of Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus will host the theatrical production of “An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe,” at the NOVA-Woodbridge Black Box Theatre, 2645 College Drive. Show dates are Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-5 at 7 p.m., with matinees Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. and Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.

“An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe” by Robert Mason & “Poe Connectives” is based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe with additional material included by David Tyson, assistant professor of communication studies and theatre arts at NOVA-Woodbridge.

“Edgar Allen Poe is the master of the macabre, but he’s also the father of the detective story genre, and an accomplished poet,” said Tyson. “Poe’s genius lies in his ability to capture the pain, despair, loneliness and transform it into a thrilling journey of self-discovery. This production looks at a number of his short stories and poems and dramatizes them for the stage, as we seek to discover the author and our darker selves.” (more…)

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‘Once the VIN has been etched on all the windows, a thief must strip and replace every piece of glass’

Help Eliminate Auto Theft by Protecting Your Vehicles Help eliminate auto theft in and around Manassas – protect your own vehicles from being stolen by taking advantage of MCPD’s free VIN etching service next Saturday, October 21, 2017. The event, sponsored by Manassas City Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, and the Virginia State Police H.E.A.T. Program, is provided as a free service to all motorists, weather permitting.

Free Fall VIN Etching Event: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Home Depot Parking Lot 8805 Liberia Ave, Manassas, Va. 20110

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Etching is one of the most effective means to deter auto theft that is currently available. Etching is a fast, safe and simple process of having a vehicle’s VIN engraved onto its windows using a chemical solution.

Once the VIN has been etched on all the windows, a thief must strip and replace every piece of glass in order to profit off the sale of the stolen vehicle or its parts. Doing so is a time-consuming and expensive feat, which deters many thieves from stealing VIN-etched vehicles in the first place.

There is no need to preregister, but vehicle owners will need to bring their driver’s license and current vehicle registration. For questions or more information, contact SPO Charles Sharp (Manassas City Police) at 703-257-8110, or Ofc Jason Alicie (Prince William County Police) at 703-792-4425. Additional events throughout the Commonwealth can be viewed on the H.E.A.T. website.

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‘Chairman Ryan Sawyers is not present again’

From an email: 

HEADS UP: The regular Prince William School Board is meeting tonight. Chairman Ryan Sawyers is not present again. This means that he has not attended 3 of the School Board’s 4 meetings for the 2017-2018 school year. He’s missed the 9/6, 10/4 & 10/18 meetings. The only meeting he attended was 9/20.

From Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Phil Kavits: 

Chairman Sawyers is absent tonight. The meeting is being run effectively by the Vice Chair. No votes have yet been taken that did not win overwhelming and/or unanimous approval. Thus, his absence has not had a significant impact on any outcomes so far.

The School Board today also canceled a public hearing on the sale of excess land at the site of the 13th high school in Gainesville. 

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Heroin overdose leads to arrest of Stafford man, 40

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

Stafford, VA. A man who lost consciousness after overdosing on heroin was arrested on Sunday by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. On October 15, 2017 at approximately 1:04 p.m., Stafford deputies responded to a call in the area of Ivywood Drive and Glenwood Avenue. They discovered an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with its hazard lights on positioned to the side of the road at the intersection.

Deputies suspected an opiate overdose and were able to revive the man using nasal Narcan. They discovered a substance consistent with heroin and needles in the vehicle. Eric Scott Ashby, 40, was treated at Stafford Hospital and subsequently arrested for possession of a controlled substance. He was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $2500 secured bond.

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Suspect arrested in connection with shooting in Garfield Station

From Prince William County Police:

Shooting Investigation *ARREST – On October 16, Randy Lamont JACKSON, turned himself into police without incident at the Gar-Field Station in Woodbridge. The accused was wanted for shooting which occurred in the area of Dale Blvd and Kerrydale Rd in Woodbridge on October 14.

Arrested on October 16:
Randy Lamont JACKSON, 35, of 504 Kings Crest Dr in Stafford
Charged with attempted malicious wounding and reckless handling of a firearm
Court Date: December 13, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)

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