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NOVA, ECPI sign agreement for Cyber and Network Security



ECPI University and Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) have signed an articulation agreement that gives NVCC students automatic admission into ECPI University’s Cyber and Network Security bachelor degree program. Through ECPI University’s year-round, accelerated schedule, these students will have the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree in just 60 weeks.

Transferring students will enjoy a number of additional benefits, including lower tuition. NVCC graduates will be charged the equivalent of the highest Virginia in-state tuition and fees for the portion of the program taken at ECPI or actual ECPI University costs, whichever is less.

ECPI University will waive the application and registration fees, and accept most NVCC credits. These benefits are predicated upon the student earning a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in their AAS in Cybersecurity program and achieving a “C” or better in all courses applied to the degree. All courses must be completed within the past 10 years. (more…)

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New historic marker denotes old ‘Manassas Village Colored School’


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Submitted by EJ Scott:

The Prince William NAACP celebrated Black History Month at the City of Manassas’ dedication of a historic marker on Liberty Street on Sunday afternoon. Liberty Street is part of the City’s historically black neighborhood. A legacy left from the days of segregation.
Liberty Street hosts the first African American school in Prince William County. Built in 1870, first named the Manassas Village Colored School, the school was renamed the Brown School, after a Quaker benefactor provided funding for improvements,  teachers, and supplies. The building still stands, although it serves as a private residence today.
The historic marker is two-sided. On one side, facing Prince William Street, the marker tells the history of Liberty Street. The other side recounts the story of the of the historic Brown School. 


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    Prince William residents want Board of Supervisors to intervene in Dominion coal ash plan

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    PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Prince William residents want their Board of Supervisors to intervene in a plan to “cap-in-place” four million tons of coal ash along the Potomac River.

    A survey commissioned by the Potomac Riverkeeper Network. an environmental group arguing for the ordered removal of the coal ash, found that a majority of respondents said yes when asked “Should Prince William County Board Of Supervisors Require Dominion To Come Up With Alternative Solutions Other Than Simply Capping It In Place Before Dominion Receives Final Approval For A Solid Waste Permit To Store This Coal Ash?”

    From the survey results:

    “Women (86%) more than Men (73%) want the Board of Supervisors in Prince William County to intervene. However, 73 percent is no slouch of a result, and it is due mainly to the 77 percent of Male Independents who say “yes.” Among the 61 percent who oppose Dominion’s “cap in place” plan, 93 percent of them want the Board of Supervisors to have a voice in the decided outcome of the permit granting procedure.”

    Dominion Virginia Power wants to leave the coal ash in place in Pond D at the Possum Point Power Station near Potomac Shores along the Potomac River. A liner at the bottom of the pond and a new cap that would be placed atop the pond would keep the toxic ash water from leaking out, according to Dominion. (more…)

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    Grill accident sets Dumfries home alight

    From Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue:

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    On Sunday, February 26th, at 6:40 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 5000 block of Buena Vista Drive in Dumfries.

    Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire on the rear deck of the townhome that had extended to a second-floor interior bathroom and the attic. Firefighters initiated suppression and quickly extinguished the fire.

    No injuries reported.

    The occupant, home at the time of the fire, had just finished cooking on the grill and was in the kitchen when they noticed the grill on fire: they attempted to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful and called 911. (more…)

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    I-95 Overnight lane closures in Prince William County

    DALE CITY – The two right lanes of northbound and southbound I-95 between Cardinal Drive and the Dale City cars-only rest area will be closed the night of Tuesday, Feb. 28 between 10 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. for inspection of the bridges over Neabsco Creek, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    Crews will first close the two right lanes and shoulder of northbound I-95 between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., then close the two right lanes and shoulder of southbound I-95 between 1:30 and 4:30 a.m.

    Drivers should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes. The I-95 Express Lanes will not be impacted by this work.

    Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

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    Call to Action: Child Advocate training by The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

    Good morning Prince William – Historic Manassas is looking for volunteers to help with the Live Well Festival on Saturday, April 22nd – 9am-2pm. Positions include morning directional to help get vendors situated from 7am-9am. Also needed is assistance with helping set up the Farm to Table Brunch from 9:30am-12:30 pm. Please call Erin at (703) 361-6599 to register for this fun event.

    · Prince William Conservation Alliance invites you to their Open House on Tuesday, February 28th, 5:30-7 pm with a speaker on new stormwater rules and the Chesapeake Bay. They’re also having an Environmental Advocacy Workshop in Alexandria on March 18th. You can register online for this at audubonva.org. There’s their Annual Party with guest speaker Alonso Abugattas on March 12th in Woodbridge, 3-6pm and lastly, there is bird walks on the last Sunday of every month at Merrimac Farm in Nokesville. Please call (703) 499-4954 or alliance@pwconserve.org to learn more.

    · Project Mend-a-House has partnered George Mason to offer the POISED: Stay Active and Independent for Life group fitness program. This is a 10-week program for ages 55 a better that meets three days per week at Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30 to 12:30. It is FREE, and classes can be joined up to 2 weeks past the start date! Contact Jodie to register: pmah.health@gmail.com or via phone at 571-494-5577. (more…)

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    Police seek leads after man shot overnight in Manassas


    From Manassas police: 

    Shooting Shortly after midnight on Feb. 24, 2017, an adult male was sitting in his vehicle parked in the area of Burnside Rd and Ashton Ave when he was shot by an unknown person. The victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was treated at a local hospital.

    He is expected to make a full recovery. This is an active investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective A. Chambers of the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at 703-257-8057 or email her at achambers@manassasva.gov.

    If you have information and you would like to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Manassas City/Manassas Park will pay a cash reward up to $1000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. The confidential 24-hour tip line is (703) 330-0330.

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    Suspect wanted in sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

    Woodbridge Sexual Assault

    From Prince William County Police:

    Sexual Assault Investigation – On February 15, detectives with the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which occurred in the 13200 block of Occoquan Rd in Woodbridge (22191) on February 14 around 6:00PM.

    The victim, a 12-year-old girl of Woodbridge, reported to police that she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance. The incident was not reported to police till February 15 at 1:00PM. Attempts to identify the acquaintance have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

    Suspect Description:
    Hispanic male, approximately 20 years of age,
    ’11”, 200lbs,
    with brown eyes and brown hair

    Last seen wearing black pants, black jacket with blue stripes, and a black hat

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    Stafford urged to speak up, reject Dominion’s coal ash permit at Possum Point

    Bill Johnson-Miles asks Stafford County's Board of Supervisors to make a statement, approve a resolution and write an official letter to the Virginia DEQ demanding that they reject Dominion's solid waste permit regarding their ash coal ponds at their Possum Point power station.


    I attended the Stafford County’s Board of Supervisors Meeting this evening and asked them to make a statement, approve a resolution and write an official letter to the Virginia DEQ demanding that they reject Dominion’s solid waste permit regarding their ash coal ponds at their Possum Point power station. Here is my speech…

    “My name is Charles William “Bill” Johnson-Miles and I live here in Stafford. I am asking our Stafford County Board of Supervisors to join the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in requesting Virginia’s DEQ not approve a state permit that would allow Dominion to permanently bury roughly four million tons of poisonous coal ash at their Possum Point power station. The coal ash is a waste material containing toxic heavy metals. It’s been sitting in ponds on Dominion’s property and seeping into the groundwater, into Quantico Creek and into the Potomac River. All that toxic pollution flows down river past Stafford County homes and parks, locations where our families and children live and play. (more…)

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