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Prince William Chamber urges officials support new Potomac Nationals stadium in Woodbridge

From a press release: 

This morning the Board of Directors of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce unanimously voted to endorse the proposed Potomac Nationals stadium in eastern Prince William County. After several months of meetings with representatives from the County and the project, Chamber Board members agreed the new stadium represents a significant economic opportunity that should not be missed by Prince William County.

“Earlier this year, Prince William County approved their new strategic plan. That plan calls for what the County has branded as their ‘moonshot goal’ of more than doubling the existing commercial tax base,” said 2017-2018 Chamber Chairman, Jim Elliott. “Projects like this one only come around but so often and if the County is serious about meeting their economic development goals, they should support these types of initiatives.”

The Chamber’s Economic Development Committee Chairman, Gary Jones, II, stated, “I hear from business owners regularly on how they would like to see our region be more aggressive in terms of our approach to economic development. I am glad that the Chamber’s Board voted to endorse the stadium. This project, along with the great work JBG Companies has already done in the corridor, has the opportunity to fundamentally reshape economic development in eastern Prince William County.” 

See attached letter sent to Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

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Starting July 3, ask PRTC OmniLink for a pickup or drop off at Manassas Park Community Center

Beginning July 3, the Manassas Park Community Center will be an On Demand PRTC OmniLink Bus Stop.

PRTC (Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission) is a public bus transportation system in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Services provided by PRTC include OmniRide, OmniLink, and OmniMatch.

OmniRide offers commuter buses going to DC, the Pentagon, Mark Center and Tysons. OmniMatch specializes in carpooling and vanpooling, and OmniLink is the designation used for local bus service. Remember Link = Local!

In a September 2015 survey, 40% of riders on Manassas OmniLink and Manassas Park OmniLink buses said they ride a PRTC bus 5 days/week, and another 31% ride 1 to 3 days/month. These riders also indicated that the places they travel via PRTC bus are: work 54%, shopping 45%, doctor or medical visit 26%, college or technical school 23%, social or recreational 15%, K-12 school 10%, and other 5%.

“PRTC buses are partially funded by tax dollars because the fare you pay on our buses is a fraction of the cost to operate,” said Christine Rodrigo, Public Relations Specialist for PRTC, “the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and Prince William County subsidize us so that we can keep our fares reasonable.”

PRTC responded to multiple public suggestions of adding another stop in Manassas Park at the Manassas Park Community Center. This new bus stop will be an On Demand stop. If you are not familiar with what an On Demand stop is, it simply means that the bus will not stop at an On Demand stop unless a rider requests the driver to stop there. (more…)

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A portion of Dale Boulevard closes Wednesday morning for future traffic light installation

From a press release: 

Westbound Dale Blvd (Route 784) between the off-ramp to southbound I-95 and the on-ramp from southbound I-95 will be closed Wednesday, June 28 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. to install a traffic signal pole and mast arm, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Drivers on southbound I-95 will still be able to exit onto westbound Dale Boulevard via Exit 156B, and drivers on westbound Dale Boulevard will still be able to exit onto southbound I-95.

The work is part of the project to realign the ramp and add a traffic signal so that traffic from southbound I-95 can merge more safely onto westbound Dale Boulevard. The project is scheduled for completion later this summer.

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Those standing on VRE trains need to get off, back on starting July 3

From an email: 

Queueing is when passengers stand at the doorway, making it difficult for others to detrain at their stop. Queueing on VRE trains is an ongoing issue that is frequently brought to our attention. As our ridership has risen, the problem has intensified.

Starting Monday, July 3rd, VRE will be enforcing a new policy:

All passengers standing at each stop will detrain.
This is to ensure that everyone who wants to get off can. Those who wish to resume the train ride will be let back on, but they must first detrain. Once everyone has boarded, the train can depart.

We appreciate your cooperation.

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Obituary
Nina Virginia Laws

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Nina Virginia Good Laws, age 101, a resident of Caton Merchant House, Manassas, Va., passed away Wed. June 14, 2017. She was born in Swanton, Md., on March 9, 1916, the daughter of William Preston Good and Minnie Grandstaff Good. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 63 years H. Layton Laws, Sr.; two sisters; one brother; and two sons-in-law. She is survived by one son, H. Layton Laws, Jr. (Sue) of Manassas and one daughter, Carolyn M. Harman of Ellenton, Fla; two grandsons, H. Layton Laws III (Dawn) of Manassas and Troy Preston Laws (Tracey) of McLean; four great grandchildren, H. Layton Laws IV, Anna Virginia Laws, William Preston Laws, and Lauren Alexis Laws.

Nina was graduated from Nokesville High School in Nokesville, Va., and resided in Manassas for over 30 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she was a soloist and choir member. She was active in community affairs and events, performing annually in the Manassas Kiwanis Capers. She and her husband retired to Florida where they lived for over 30 years. At the death of her husband she moved back to Manassas to be near family.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 3, at 1pm, at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, Va,, with memorial service at 2pm.

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Zachary Hasso Wales

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ZACHARY HASSO WALES (Age 20)

Passed peacefully into Heaven on June 19, 2017. Zach was immensely overcome by grief after the loss of his brother Alexander on September 23, 2016 and to our very deepest sorrow, he ultimately succumbed to that grief. Both boys were diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy.

Zachary Hasso Wales was born at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV. He then moved with his family to San Antonio, TX, and finally to Bristow, VA. Zach attended Olympia Elementary in Universal City, TX, Franconia Elementary in Alexandria, VA, Bristow Run Elementary, Marstellar Middle School and Patriot High School.

He was an outstanding student, very involved with the Building Trades Program gradating with a seal on his diploma and a Principals Awards for his work in the program. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, a member of the Gainesville United Methodist Church Youth Group, Youth Group Leader after graduating High School, and a Confirmation Mentor.

He is survived by his Parents, Michael and Kathleen (Cardew) Wales, Grandparents Jerry and Marilyn Cardew and Great Aunt and Uncle Joe and Kay Van Dosen.

Services will be held at Gainesville United Methodist Church this Saturday, July1, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Flowers can be sent to the church, or a donation in Zach’s memory can be made to the Gainesville United Methodist Church Youth Group by calling them directly.

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