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Public hearings scheduled for Transform 66 Outside the Beltway

From Virginia Department of Transportation:

 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in partnership with I-66 Express Mobility Partners (EMP), will host Design Public Hearings on the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project regarding plans for the 22.5 mile corridor from I-495 to University Boulevard in Gainesville.

Public Hearing Dates and Locations

All hearing times are from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a public comment period.

Monday, November 13, 2017
for project segment 3 from Route 50 to I-495
Oakton High School Cafeteria
2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181 (more…)

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‘While growing business in the County is an important goal, and one which the Chamber supports, concerns have been raised within the business community regarding whether or not focusing on a real estate tax ratio is the best “measuring stick” for progress’

On Friday, November 3, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee will host renowned economist, Dr. Stephen Fuller of the Stephen S. Fuller Institute and members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors for a discussion on regional trends and the economics of growing the commercial tax base in Prince William County.

Earlier this year, Prince William County approved their FY17-20 Strategic Plan which contains long-term goals for the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) on topics ranging from economic development to public safety and education. Of particular interest to the business community is the economic development goal focused on increasing the ratio of commercial property tax to 35% of all collected revenues. Since the plan’s approval, the Chamber has hosted multiple meetings on this issue, hearing from County staff as well as industry leaders. 

View a September Opinion piece by the Chamber that explains more about the issue.

While growing business in the County is an important goal, and one which the Chamber supports, concerns have been raised within the business community regarding whether or not focusing on a real estate tax ratio is the best “measuring stick” for progress. The Chamber has invited the Prince William Board of County Supervisors to attend the presentation to hear from Dr. Fuller in hopes that the targeted discussion will provide the necessary economic framework to inform future policy decisions regarding the expansion of the commercial tax base. (more…)

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Fredericksburg woman wins car, declines prize and donates to Autism program

From an email from Stafford County Public Schools:

April Burch of Fredericksburg wins the B101.5/Pohanka Nissan Rogue Giveaway…Then declines prize in a terrific gesture of love

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Centennial Broadcasting, II, LLC’s B101.5 Radio and Pohanka Nissan in Fredericksburg, concluded a month long contest on Saturday, October 14th, with one contestant winning a new Nissan Rogue 3-year lease. In an unexpected twist of events, the winner declined the grand prize.

April Burch of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was one of over 50 qualifiers trying their hand at winning the Nissan Rogue 3-year lease. April survived a reverse drawing that quickly eliminated all but the last 10 qualifiers. She was the 4th out of the 10 to reach into a bag and pull out a key FOB that matched the Rogue, making her the grand prize winner.

Shortly after the contest’s end, April, along with her family, made the decision to opt-out of taking the Nissan Rogue and asked Pohanka Nissan’s Tim Pohanka if she could take the cash value and donate it to the Autism/Developmental Delay program at Conway Elementary. (more…)

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Opioid Epidemic: Let’s talk about it

From an email from the Virginia Department of Health:

I am sharing information about an upcoming Opioid Epidemic event on Tuesday, Oct. 24, sponsored by the Community Healthcare Coalition of Greater Prince William and the Prevention Alliance of Greater Prince William. Please share with your readers, listeners, viewers, clients and/or friends. The flier for the event is attached as well. 

 

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Two tons of trash removed from Occoquan River/Reservoir

From an email: 

Comfortable fall weather brought out 212 loyal FOTO volunteers in full force[on October 14] to relieve the scenic Occoquan River/Reservoir of 2 tons of trash from both the water and the shorelines.

JROTC of Woodbridge High, Boy Scouts, Penn Elementary School’s Stem Class, Air Force Recruits, SEV1Tech, Rotary Club of Manassas, Osbourn Eagles Interact Club, Optimist Club, Marymount University students and several families cleaned up at all sites in Fairfax & Prince William County & the Town of Occoquan. Among the 158 bags of trash, 40 bags of recyclables, there were also 6 tires, hubcaps, a car radiator, 2 radios, 1 play-station, 3 chairs, pipes, foam pieces, buckets, oil cans, nets and fishing supplies and other materials collected. Special thanks go out to all the

Special thanks go out to all the above mentioned volunteers and Park Manager Mike Tiller who disposed of the trash the 146 Lake Ridge Park volunteers had collected, as well as Kirstyn Barr Jovanovich, Linda Murray, Renate Vanegas and Estrella Vasilescu who manned the signup stations. Thanks to Comcast TV’s Liz Lockhart, video and other photos are available on our website www.friendsoftheoccoquan.org.

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Surovell: Redistricting needed to break partisan gridlock

Four Big Issues No One is Discussing This Election Cycle
Virginians go to the polls in three weeks and if you followed the news cycle, you would think that the next General Assembly Session is going to be all about Confederate Statutes, street gangs, and natural gas pipelines – none of which is accurate. Here are four big issues facing Virginia that have been missing in action this cycle.

Redistricting
Hyper-partisan legislative districts are at the root the partisan gridlock we see today. While the Senate Democratic Caucus drew Virginia’s Senate districts in 2010, Virginia’s congressional and legislative districts were otherwise drawn by Republicans majorities with the cooperation of Republican governor’s in 2000 and 2010. Democratic voters have been crammed into a small number of seats and Virginia’s Congressional and House of Delegates districts are way out of proportion to Virginia’s actual voting.

Virginia’s next Governor will participate in Virginia’s next redistricting process. Ralph Northam and I have repeatedly endorsed and voted for non-partisan redistricting which would go a long way towards voters picking their leaders instead of leaders picking their voters.
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Prince William County leaders proclaim birth of Baha’ullah, founder of Baha’i Faith

WOODBRIDGE — When it came time to approve the consent agenda at last night’s meeting, the Brentsville District Supervisor stopped the show.

“What is this?” asked Jeanine Lawson.

The elected leader questioned a proclamation to praise the founder of Baha’i Faith, Baha’ullah, 200 years ago.

“I had never heard of it,” said Lawson. “I’m not questioning its existence, but I’ve not seen something like this in the past three years during my time on the Board.”

Lawson said she was concerned that the county Board of Supervisors would proclaim one religion, opening up the floodgates for proclamations to other faiths.

“With all due respect Supervisor Lawson, just because we haven’t recognized the Bellu’i Faith since you’ve been on the Board doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start now,” said Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi, who brought the proclamation to the Board.

Prince William County Attorney Michelle Robl was asked to weigh in. She said the proclamation was in line with what the Board had supported in the past.

“I don’t think this is putting the board behind a certain religion,” she said.

Lawson threatened to bring forward a resolution to requesting the Board of Supervisors honor Jesus Christ if this Board approved this particular resolution.

It did, with Lawson being the only leader to vote Nay.

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Temps headed to the mid 30s overnight, frost advisory issued

From the National Weather Service:

…FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 9 AM EDT WEDNESDAY…

* TEMPERATURES…Dropping into the mid 30s by dawn, especially away from larger bodies of water and urban areas.

* IMPACTS…A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

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