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Stafford selling surplus from ‘old’ Stafford Senior High School

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13389943Stafford is selling some items from the old Stafford Senior High School online.

The high school, which was built in 1972, was demolished to make way for a new high school, which will be completed in the 2015 – 2016 school year.

According to a Stafford schools release, furniture and other items that were used in the old high school that cannot be repurposed on the new site, are up for sale.

Stafford schools are using Public/Surplus, an online auctioning service, to sell the items.

Up for sale are wooden chairs, a generator and pottery wheels, according to the Public/Surplus website.

Currently there are wooden classroom chairs and a number of other items available. More items will be placed on this site as they become available. 

The bid for the chair pictured is currently $25.

County to pay $230K for Pfitzner Stadium clubhouse expansion

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Pfitzner Stadium – the home of the Potomac Nationals baseball team – is getting a facelift.

The stadium, which opened in 1984, is owned by Prince William County. According to Potomac Nationals General Manager Josh Olerud, the county has leased the stadium to the team for more than 20 years.

The county board of supervisors has agreed to pay $230,000 for the stadium’s improvements, stated Olerud.

The focus of the project is to expand the Potomac Nationals’ clubhouse.

“We are expanding the visiting team’s clubhouse. [It] hasn’t been touched since stadium has been built, [it’s] probably the smallest clubhouse in all of Minor League Baseball,” stated Olerud.

According to Olerud, the stadium is currently out of compliance in some areas, as assessed by Minor League Baseball.

“The stadium gets surveyed by Minor League Baseball every other year to assess every stadium. Although we are grandfathered into many areas, we fall under compliance in several others,” stated Olerud.

The improvements to the stadium are currently taking place, and will be finished by mid-September, stated Olerud.

The Potomac Nationals organization announced in 2012 it would build a new stadium at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center behind Wegmans. Ground has yet to be broken on this project.

Everything You Need to Know about Quicken Loans National

  • Prince William County Economic Development
  • Address: 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 240, Gainesville, Va. 20155
  • Phone: (703) 792-5500
  • Website: http://www.pwcecondev.org/
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As you get ready to head over to the Quicken Loans National golf tournament this week, there are some things you need to know in order to maximize your fun and enjoyment – and minimize stress.

Here are the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the PGA TOUR’s Quicken Loans National.

Parking

DO park at Jiffy Lube Live at 7800 Cellar Door Drive in Bristow

-DON’T miss the shuttle to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club

-DON’T forget that parking lots open at 7 a.m.

-DO have $15 to purchase parking at the gate, or $10 to purchase it in advance online

-DON’T try to walk in to the entrance at RTJ, you need to take a shuttle to the course

Tee time

-DO make sure you check the schedule of events on the Quicken Loans National website

Admission

-DO make sure you get a complimentary ticket for any children 12 and under

DO head to the Ticket Office at the main entrance to get your tickets for the tournament

Cell phones

DO bring your cell phone with you

-DON’T make phone calls outside of the designated ‘cell phone zones’

-DON’T record any videos

-DON’T take photos and videos during competition rounds of the tournament

-DO know that violations may result in staff taking your phone, deleting the photographs, or being removed from the tournament

 Having fun

DO take in all of the live musical talent at the Summer Music Stage in the afternoons

-DON’T forget to enjoy steak sandwiches from Ruth’s Chris Steak House and cocktails from the Grey Goose Lounge near the 18th fairway

-DO stop at the many kiosks for food and beverages along the course

-DO make sure you have fun! Keep Reading…

National Night Out events coming Aug. 4

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Several area police departments are participating in this year’s National Night Out.

National Night Out is an event that promotes community-police awareness across the country, and is held by localities each year during the first week of August.

We’ve got information about National Night Out celebrations in your area.

Prince William

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 4th. Check with your homeowners association to see if our motorcade is coming through your neighborhood or to register your event go to www.nno.org. We hope to see you.

Stafford

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office will once again be participating in the Annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. 17 different neighborhoods have signed up to host a National Night Out event in their neighborhood with most events starting in the late afternoon and going to the early evening.

The Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Aquia Harbour Volunteer Rescue Squad, is also participating in a community wide National Night Out event at the TARGET parking lot of the Stafford Market Place. This is an open event that is also being held on Tuesday, August 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Everyone is invited to come by and enjoy numerous family fun activities. 149 different vendors, community organizations and businesses will be participating. That is an additional 59 over 2014.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. National Night Out sends a clear message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and participating in active crime prevention.

Manassas

National Night Out is August 4, 2015!
This just in! MCPD will be giving the first 20 families who bring a non-perishable food item and donate it towards the Team Summer Quest’s Food Drive 4 SERVE will receive a photoelectric (dusk-to-dawn) cell for their porch lights, FREE!

National Night Out (NNO) is “America’s Night Out Against Crime” – a time when neighbors come together and take a stand against crime. NNO helps send the message to criminals that the Manassas community does and will continue to fight back against crime. It also raises safety and drug awareness, strengthens community spirit, and enhances the partnership between residents and first-responders which makes every effort of safety possible.

August 4, 2015 will mark the third annual city-wide NNO event hosted by the City of Manassas. It is a community- and service-oriented, family-friendly gathering open to all. The event activities on the Museum Lawn, a food drive to benefit the Northern Virginia Family Service SERVE Food Pantry, demonstrations by first-responders, opportunities to meet the City staff and volunteers that help keep residents safe year-round, free Museum admission, food, and fun for all ages. The City also participates in individual neighborhoods’ grassroots NNO events upon request. Whether you’re planning to host your own event or to attend ours, mark your calendar and follow MPCD on Facebook and Twitter for updates in the weeks leading up to the event.

To receive your official organizational kit and stay connected with National Association of Town Watch throughout the year, register your neighborhood’s event at www.nno.org.

Manassas Park

Manassas Park Residents are invited to join in the National Night Out celebration,Tuesday, August 6, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Signal Hill Park, 9300 Signal View Drive, Manassas Park.
National Night Out (NNO), sponsored by Manassas Park Police (and McGruff the Crime Dog), features local, state and federal law enforcement exhibits, equipment and personnel. Also at the event will be civic outreach organizations, lots of food, fun and much more. 

Each year, localities across the country gear up to celebrate “community” and promote crime prevention and crime fighting awareness with National Night Out events. Manassas Park is no exception. The City’s 2012 NNO drew a crowd of 2,500 – 3,000.

Dumfries

On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, the Dumfries Police Department is asking Town residents to join in celebrating the vital role of the community in supporting and working with the Police Department to prevent and fight crime. We are asking communities to light up the night against crime by turning on their outside porch lights from 6:00 p.m. to midnight in a show of strength and unity.

We are also asking individual neighborhoods to get together and organize gatherings in their community that night to celebrate community pride. 

Neighborhood involvement could be as simple as a group of residents waiting outside to greet the motorcade as it drives through the community or a more formal gathering that might involve a community cookout or picnic, drinks and snacks, an ice cream social, etc.  The Dumfries Police Department is able to supply a variety of handouts such as coloring books to assist individual neighborhood efforts.

This is a great opportunity to demonstrate community unity and to stand together in support of effective police/community partnerships!

Please call the Dumfries Police Department (703) 221-1111 to let us know about your neighborhood celebration or with questions. 

Haymarket

The 2015 National Night Out Celebration will be held on Tuesday August 4, 2015 from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Town Hall/Police Department location, 15026 Washington Street, Haymarket, Virginia 20169. As always, we will have representatives from various agencies and lots of fun for the whole family. This year we will have a dunking tank for charity with some law enforcement officers and public officials making the sacrifice for a worthy cause, so please come out and help us reach our goal! We will also have a hula hoop contest, a drawing to win 1 of 4 new bicycles and 1 of 2 bicycle starter packs, Papa John’s pizza, live music, and lots more!!!

We look forward to another great time celebrating the Annual National Night Out with the community so please come join us!

Ten Excuses to Give Your Boss While Playing Hooky at the Quicken Loans National

  • Prince William County Economic Development
  • Address: 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 240, Gainesville, Va. 20155
  • Phone: (703) 792-5500
  • Website: http://www.pwcecondev.org/
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With excitement mounting at the Quicken Loans National PGA TOUR this week in Prince William County, here at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, you’re probably itching to get out there on the course!

Especially with international golfing celebrities, fun giveaways, and beautiful summer weather, it’s time to find a reason to get out of your office and on your way to the tournament.

We’re here to help, by giving you some ideas on excuses to give your boss while you’re at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament.

“Won’t be in today! I’ll be on that refresher ‘course’ you suggested.”

“A little ‘birdie’ told me that I have jury duty today.”

“I’m feeling a little ‘green’ and need to see a “PRO.”

“My ‘Vardon Grip’ returned and I need to see an expert about it.  No more keyboard work for a few days.”

“Boss, I need the day off, my old buddies ‘Gilligan’ and ‘Mulligan’ are in town, and I would really like to see the action.

“My car got into a ‘Grand Slam’ on the way to work, and I need to see a mechanic.”

“I misplaced my ‘Niblick’, and need to find it quickly.”

“My TV went ‘lights-out’ and I’m stuck at home waiting for the cable guy.”

“Boss, my ‘yips’ returned and I need to see an expert about it.”

“I made a ‘bogey’ on my taxes, and now I’m being audited by the IRS.”

Some of these excuses may work better than others, but do what you can to slip away from the office and head out to one of the biggest golf tournaments Prince William County has ever seen!

Leadership Prince William children donate to car crash victim

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It was a like a scene from movie.

Greg Powell was in the kitchen making dinner when a knock came on the door. It was a police officer was waiting tell him that his wife and 12-year-old son had been involved in a serious car crash.

Katherine Hennessa, 54, and her son Carson were on their way back home from having ice cream on Route 29 in Gainesville on June 1. Thier car was t-boned by another driver, sending Katherine and Connor to a hospital.

Connor underwent therapy, was released, and is still recovering. Katherine, a teacher at Centreville High School in Fairfax County, remains in the hospital where she was in a coma for six weeks. She’s suffered a post-traumatic brain injury and memory loss.

Greg Powell and his oldest son, Clayton, 15, were on hand Friday at Youth for Tomorrow, where a check for $2,764 was presented. The money is to help the family with medical costs.

“I can’t tell you how much it means to us that you have decided to do this,” Greg Powell told the Leadership Prince William Campers on Friday.

The check came from a group of children who fresh out of the Leadership Prince William Summer Youth Academy, a two-week long camp where area youth are introduced to the workings of local government and business.

Children raised the money during “leadership lemonade,” where two teams of campers competed to see who could sell the most lemonade to raise money for the Powell family. The children selected the Powell family as the benefactors of the event.

The campers graduated from the camp at a special ceremony at Youth for Tomorrow on July 24.

In addition to leadership lemonade, the children toured several locations across the county including the Occoquan Town Hall and the Prince William County Adult Detention Center.

“I’ve never even been to most of these places, or knew they existed,” said one child.

Robber hits 3 Woodbridge businesses on same street

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Three Woodbridge businesses on Darby Brook Court were targeted by robbers this week.

Shanghai Café Chinese Cuisine

On the afternoon of July 26, Prince William police were called to Shanghai Café Chinese Cuisine for an attempted burglary.

According to the business owner, that someone attempted to enter the business overnight on July 25 between 10:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m., stated Prince William police.

The front door was found damage, but no entry was made and no property was reported missing, stated Prince William police.

Maxim Healthcare Services

In the morning on July 27, Prince William police responded to a call at Maxim Healthcare Services for a burglary.

An employee stated that the burglary took place between 6 p.m. on July 24, and 1 p.m. on July 26, according to Prince William police.

An investigation showed there was no sign of forced entry, and that the individual entered the business at the main office, rummaging through several desk drawers. No property was reported missing, stated Prince William police.

National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Prince William police also responded to a call for a burglary at the National Wildlife Refuge Complex on July 27.
A facility manager stated that the burglary occurred between 10 a.m. on July 25 and 8 a.m. on July 27, stated Prince William police.

There was no sign of forced entry, and the individual entered several offices, taking money, two firearms, ammunition and other property, according to Prince William police.

Haymarket to explore town-wide wireless broadband service

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Va. 55 intersects with Jefferson Street in Haymarket, Va.

What would you do if you could pay for wireless internet service in your home the same way you paid for water or electric service?

A new committee formed by the Haymarket Town Council will explore that question.

Haymarket Mayor David Leake said the panel will weigh the options of rolling out wireless broadband internet service in the town. Visitors, residents, and business owners could potentially use the WiFi service.

Comcast is the only provider of broadband internet services in the town.

Verizon provided its Fios product to homes just outside the town limits but decided not to offer the service inside the town, said Leake.

“The Greenfield Crossing community of about 400 homes, half is in Gainesville and the other is in Haymarket. About half the homes [in Haymarket] do not have Fios,” said Leake.

Manassas offered a similar wireless program in its downtown area. The program was canceled years ago, said city spokeswoman Patty Prince.

A report by Cisco states the rollout of municipal wireless is becoming more popular. Not only can municipal wireless be used to connect computer users in parks and other public places and in private homes, town employees may also use the WiFi broadband to perform their job duties.

Leake said the wireless broadband committee is just forming and, and that a date for the committee to report their findings has yet to be set.

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