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Five-week sewer rehabilitation project begins in Triangle

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From the Prince William County Service Authority:

The Prince William County Service Authority began sewer main rehabilitation work this week in the Oakdale Circle area off of Old Triangle Road in Triangle.

The work is expected to take approximately five weeks to complete. Because this rehabilitation work does not involve digging up the road, there will not be a significant interruption to the flow of traffic.

The rehab project involves lining the inside of the pipe with a hard, resin-like substance called Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) that prevents the intrusion of tree roots and adds decades of life to the sewer main.

Last month, the Service Authority lined more than 6,800 feet of sewer main across Prince William County, and video inspected another 10 miles of pipe.

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Sex assault victim found in Walmart dressing room

From Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:

On January 14, 2017 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sergeant D.R. Colona responded to a disturbance in the area of the Walmart at 217 Garrisonville Road. The reporting party stated a female friend was hiding in the woman’s dressing room in an attempt to elude a man who was “stalking” her. The caller contacted the Sheriff’s Office after receiving a Facebook message from her friend and further advised the man was driving a gold van.

As Sergeant Colona arrived in the parking lot, he observed a gold Dodge Caravan and ran the vehicle tags which returned to a 2000 green Honda. A white male was sitting in the van. Sergeant Colona made contact and identified him as Patrick Stambler. Mr. Stambler advised that he was looking for a co-worker who he was giving a ride home. (more…)

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    ‘We believe this light will make the intersection safer’


    MANASSAS, Va. — A new signal light outside the Prince William County Fairgrounds near Manassas will help regulate the flow of traffic on Dumfries Road and Old Dominion Drive.

    The signal light sits near the new Bradley Square townhomes developed by Stanley Martin Homes and was erected by the developer. The new signal light is expected to be active within the next 45 days, according to Stanley Martin Homes spokesman Truett Young.

    Bennett Elementary School sits nearby, and the new light is expected to improve traffic flow to the school. Here’s a statement from Prince William County Pubilc Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer:

    “Every light affects operations either positively or negatively.  The majority of our buses enter Bennett ES from Grant Ave onto Old Dominion Dr. and won’t be affected at all.  We believe this light will make the intersection safer for the one bus that turns there with students on board and so we believe its impact will be more positive than anything else.”

    In addition to installing the new signal light, Stanley Martin also paid to widen Old Dominion Drive to make it safer for school buses to use the road.

    The Prince William County Fair runs for a week each year in August, and without fail, county police are called to direct traffic in and out of the fairgrounds. The new light probably won’t change that, according to this statement from fair spokeswoman Chrissy Taylor: 

    “We will meet with our [Prince William County] police detail in the spring. Most likely, the light will be flashing and PWC police will control the flow of traffic as done in previous years.”

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    Stewart plans Virginia Gubernatorial Campaign launch in Occoquan

    Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large Corey Stewart is making a run for the office of Virginia Governor.

    From Corey Stewart for Governor Campaign:

    You’re invited to join us this Monday night to kick-off our campaign to Take Back Virginia from the political elites, at our Northern Virginia Launch Party.

    It will be this Monday, January 23rd at Bistro L’Hermitage, 12724 Occoquan Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192. You can sign up to attend here.

    Come out and meet our team and learn how you can help Take Back Virginia. Appetizers will be provided.

    WHAT: Northern Virginia Launch Party

    WHERE: Bistro L’Hermitage
    12724 Occoquan Rd
    Woodbridge, VA 22192

    WHEN: Monday, January 23rd at 7 PM

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    Manassas police charged Jenkins in $13,000 jewelry heist

    From Manassas City police:

    Larceny – Arrest
    At approximately 1:50 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to Pink House Antiques & Collectables, located at 9201 Prescott Ave, in reference to a shoplifting that had just occurred. A store employee told officers that an adult male subject entered the store and inquired about some jewelry. When the employee stepped away from the jewelry counter to tend to another customer, the suspect allegedly took several pieces of jewelry, valued together at $13,000, and fled the store. Using the description provided, officers located the suspect, Walter E. JENKINS, 37, of 7809 Pine St, Manassas, Va. 20111 on the 9000 block of Centreville Rd and placed him into custody without incident. JENKINS was charged with Grand Larceny, held without bond, and has a pending court date of Jan. 31, 2017. [Photo unavailable]

    Larceny – Arrest
    At approximately 5:30 p.m. on January 16, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to The Home Depot, located at 8805 Liberia Ave, for a report of a shoplifting. An employee at the store told officers that the accused allegedly took two drills, valued together at $258, concealed them, and left the store. Using the description provided, officers located the suspect, Jeffrey FRYE, 44, of 13101 Tazanari Way #304, Woodbridge, Va. 22192 at approximately 5:45 p.m. in a wooded area behind the 8600 block of Phoenix Dr and took him into custody. FRYE has a pending court date of Feb. 28, 2017. [Photo unavailable]

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    ‘Keller Williams Realty…holding a job fair and vendor showcase’



    Keller Williams Realty in Manassas is holding a job fair and vendor showcase on Saturday, January 21 from 9 AM until 1 PM at the Keller Williams Realty Manassas building at 8100 Ashton Ave. Suite 103 Manassas VA 20109.

    There will be local employers looking to hire new associates, small businesses looking to expand, and vendors presenting their products and services who are also looking to connect with new partners.

    The event will be open to employers/vendors starting at 8:00 am for setup. 

    This is a golden opportunity to come out and support small and local businesses. All profits from this function will go to Stillbrave to help support children and families with cancer.

    We are charging our vendors a small $10 fee and attendees are free.  We will also have a small refreshment table that should result in a small profit.  After our expenses we will donate the proceeds to Still Brave.  We have work with them previously and feel that public awareness of this fabulous organization is benefit.

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    ‘5,454 vascular and/or thoracic patients were impacted’ by Sentara data breach


    From Sentara spokesman Peter J. Sengenberger: 

    I have attached a news release, which you may find helpful.

    A total of 5,454 vascular and/or thoracic patients were impacted, with the majority of patients being in the Hampton Roads area. Sentara is working with law enforcement, the vendor and a leading cybersecurity firm to investigate the incident. To help prevent something like this from happening in the future, the vendor has informed Sentara that it is enhancing its system security. In addition, Sentara continually strengthens policies and procedures and invests in technologies which protect our information technology systems. Because this is security related, we will not be sharing publicly what those enhancements or technologies are.

    We are taking this situation very seriously and our primary concern and focus is on supporting those directly affected. Patients who have not received a letter and want to confirm whether they are affected or have questions can call 844-319-0134, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST (excluding national holidays).

    In addition to Hampton Roads, Sentara operates facilities in the Northern Virginia market to include Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge, the Sentara Lake Ridge outpatient center, as well as other outpatient healthcare facilities in Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania counties.

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    Connolly boycotts Trump Inauguration

    Rep. Gerry E. Connolly, D-Fairfax, Prince William. [Uriah Kiser/Potomac Local News]

    Rep. Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly who represents voters in Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District today joined a growing list of federal lawmakers boycotting the Presidental Inauguration of Donald Trump. 

    From Connolly: 

    “After long reflection I have decided that I cannot attend the inauguration of Donald J Trump on Friday. His behavior and harmful words during and after the campaign have left the country I love with open, bleeding wounds. Instead of binding those wounds, he has poured salt on them. Instead of unifying us, he has reveled in driving wedges between us. His disparagement of an entire religion; his racist rants about minorities; his resurrection of white supremacy; his ridicule of the disabled; his blatant misogyny and boasting of unwanted sexual advances; his intimidation of the press; his repugnant attack on civil rights hero John Lewis; and his disturbing defense of and advocacy for Vladimir Putin – a KGB thug – threaten our democratic institutions. How can I celebrate that? The sordid aspects of his behavior must not become the new normal for America or her presidents.”

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    Route 123 commuter ‘lot is simply not as convenient as the others’


    WOODBRIDGE, Va. — There’s always a plethora of open parking spaces at the commuter lot at the intersection of Route 123 and Interstate 95.

    It sits right on the highway and might make one think that using it would be a no-brainer. But that’s not the case, according to Potomac and Rappahannock Transporation spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo: 

    Each year PRTC performs a commuter lot usage count. Below are the observed counts for the I-95 and 123 Commuter Lot since 2007. (VDOT also does counts.) The greatest usage came after Potomac Mills reduced the number of spaces that allowed for commuter parking and prior to the opening of the Telegraph Road Commuter Lot.

    Comparing utilization and location for this lot to others in I-95 corridor that are regularly over or very near capacity (Horner Road, Telegraph Road, Lake Ridge, 123 and Old Bridge, 234 and Route 1) you could come to the conclusion that the lot is simply not as convenient as the others.


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    NOVA, GW to host Academic Pathways to Technology Careers forum



    Discover a myriad of careers available in the information technology industry at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus open forum, Academic Pathways to Technology Careers on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at 2645 College Drive in Woodbridge.

    In partnership with The George Washington University (GW), NOVA-Woodbridge will host an interactive workshop for those interested in exploring a career in information systems technology, integrated information, science and/or technology. Faculty and staff from GW and NOVA-Woodbridge, along with industry partners from the Telos Corporation, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Institute for Defense Analysis, Booz Allen Hamilton and Women in Technology & Enterprise will present information on the skills and qualifications required for new hires in the field. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with representatives from each organization in addition to speaking with NOVA and GW admissions and financial aid departments. 

    During the Fall 2016 semester, NOVA first partnered with GW to offer two bachelor’s degree completion programs in Cybersecurity andIntegrated Information, Science and Technology (IIST) at the Woodbridge Campus. The collaborative effort to form a 2-plus-2 transfer agreement between NOVA and GW has been established to detail the required set of courses to be completed at NOVA in order for students to transfer to GW.  Students who successfully complete an associate degree in IT or Cybersecurity or 60 credit hours of suitable coursework, can transfer to GW with a junior standing.  

    Academic Pathways to Technology Careers forum is open to the public and will be held in the Black Box Theatre of NOVA-Woodbridge Arts & Sciences Building (WAS). Parking is free in any B lot on campus. Lunch will be provided for all registered guest. To register, please visit Registration will be accepted through Jan. 27.

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