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    Enter the pumpkin pie eating contest and beer and wine garden at the 34th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee


    It’s that time of the year again! The 34th Annual Fall Jubilee will be held October 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    This highly recognized craft and artisan festival brings out nearly 30,000 people to visit Historic Downtown Manassas each year. Streets become lined with booths featuring unique crafters, non-profits, local community booths, and numerous downtown merchants. There is fun to be had for everyone at the Fall Jubilee!

    This year brings back exciting contests introduced last year to the Fall Jubilee. Fall is the season of pumpkin pie and the pie contests are back again! Enter your homemade pumpkin pie into the baking contest or sign up for our pumpkin pie eating contest.

    The pumpkin pie eating contest will be broken up into two age groups for children and adults – and there’s a catch, no hands allowed! The Main Stage on Prince William Street will feature music from DarcyDawn & Company and Kitty and the Fat Cats. Underneath the Harris Pavilion attendees can find the community stage featuring local dance troops and musical acts.

    This year’s Beer and Wine Garden can be found on the Manassas Museum lawn from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sample beers from Manassas’s own BadWolf Brewing Co. and Heritage Brewing Co and get your wine fix from the new tasting room in downtown Manassas, Aroma.

    There will also be loads of fun for the kids including, rides, games, and the Southern States Pumpkin Patch full of pumpkins waiting to be decorated. At noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m, there will be a DareDevil Dog Show on the museum lawn! Stop by to see tricks and a chance to meet the rebellious pups.

    Parking for the Manassas Fall Jubilee can be found in the free, downtown multi-level parking garage on Main Street and Prince William Street. For more information about Historic Manassas, Inc., the Manassas Fall Jubilee, and other great Manassas events, go to

    This promoted post sponsored by Historic Manassas Inc. 
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    Active Prince William Bikes and Beers social and bike ride in Lake Ridge on Sunday 16 October 2016

    Waters End Brewery in Lake Ridge is hosting the Bikes and Beers Social.


    Come hang out, have a beer flight, and chat about bikes and biking in Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park. This social event organized by Active Prince William  will be at the recently opened Waters End Brewery in Lake Ridge, the first brewery in the area that you can safely bike and walk to. The event is FREE! PLUS: FREE Door Prize Raffles FREE Bike Valet Parking PRE-EVENT RIDE WITH POTOMAC PEDALERS 11:00 AM 12.5 miles The route will be only mildly hilly, following mostly quiet streets through Lake Ridge and Woodbridge. Meet in Waters End Brewery parking lot (in Dillingham Square).

    For more info visit:


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    California woman meets man in D.C., is robbed in Woodbridge


    From Prince William police: 

    Armed Robbery – On September 28 at 10:15PM, officers responded to the 14300 block of Crossing Pl in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 19-year-old woman of California, reported to police that she met an unknown man in Washington, D.C., then traveled back to the above area with him. During the encounter, the suspect brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s property. The suspect took the victim’s cell phones, money, and purse then fled in a black vehicle. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

    Suspect Description:

    Black male, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’06”, 150lbs with black hair and brown eyes

    No clothing description is available at this time

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    Jose Veliz, a mechanic from Triangle, wins $150,000


    From the Virginia Lottery: 

    Jose Veliz was sitting at home with some friends and scratching a Virginia Lottery ticket when he saw something on the ticket he’d never seen before. Suspecting it was a big winner, the Triangle man put the ticket aside.

    His Casino Thrills ticket had won the top prize of $150,000.

    Mr. Veliz, who works as a mechanic, bought the ticket at the 7-Eleven at 13304 Occoquan Road in Woodbridge.

    He’s the third and final player to claim the top prize in Casino Thrills (game #1623), which means the game is closed. It is the Virginia Lottery’s policy to close games once the last top prize is claimed.

    The odds of winning the top prize in Casino Thrills were 1 in 1,060,800. The odds of winning any prize were 1 in 4.28.

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    More on why Stafford County Public Schools closed today

    We emailed Stafford County Public Schools spokeswoman Sherrie Johnson some questions this morning asking her about the decision to close schools today. 

    Here’s our Q and A: 

    PL: Can you tell us why schools were closed today? Flooding at school sites? Traffic? 

    Johnson: High Water, impassable roads, and roads closed. 

    Route 1 was closed at the Potomac Fire Station and was not expected to open until after rush hour. Other secondary roads were closed by downed trees.

    PL: Were any students able to safely make it to class today? If so, any idea of how many?

    Johnson: No 

    PL: Were school buses stuck on area roadways? If so, how many? 

    Johnson: No

    PL: How does the school division weigh the safety of its students / employees sitting in traffic on flooded roads? How was this weighted into today’s decision to close? 

    Johnson: The safety of our students and staff is our top priority for Stafford County Public Schools. 

    Johnson also included this situation report in her email to us: 


    Stafford County Emergency Management: 2016-09-29 Severe Weather (Rain) Situation Report:

    • Weather

    o   Rain accumulations:

    • South County: approx. 3-6”
    • North County: approx. 3-6”
      up to 2-4” more rain is expected from now until Friday AM, 30 September

      Detailed Forecast

    • Today, 29 September – Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 73. East wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. Tonight Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers after 2am. Low around 66. East wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
    • Friday, 30 September – Showers. High near 72. Northeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Friday Night Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Northeast wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
    • Saturday, 1 October – A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Saturday Night A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
    • Sunday, 2 October – Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.
    • Roads

    o   Road conditions:

    • Interstate: Clear with some water pockets – Traffic is moving VERY SLOW!
    • Primaries: Moderate
    • Secondaries: Severe (Limited)

    o   Traffic lights out at 610 and Rte 1 (0740 SSO Traffic Units enroute)

    o   Rte 1, all lanes, near Potomac Hills closed at 0501 for 3 hrs due to flooding (Stafford Alert)

    o   Rte 1, 1 lane open at 0810 , near Potomac Hills (EM)

    o   River Road closed (SSO FB)

    o   Harrell Road Closed (SSO FB)

    • Power Outages (0900)

    o   Dominion- 683 customers are out of power (down from a high of 4885) (Aquia Harbour Area is majority. Widewater Beach is also affected) Dominion Crews are on site in Aquia

    o   REC-0

    o   Novec-0

    o   Northern Neck – 0

    • Ops Update:

    o   SSO:

    • Traffic Units out in force
    • Deployed at 0200


    o   Schools:

    • Stafford County Schools closed , Employees Code II, Liberal Leave in effect

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    Tacketts Mill opens Prince William County Walk of Fame


    From Tacketts Mill: 

    The Prince William County Walk of Fame is an installation of granite plaques each representing an individual who is ‘locally famous’ for his or her extraordinary contribution to the quality of life in Prince William County.  This three year project envisions 35-40 plaques permanently mounted on the grounds of Tackett’s Mill in Lake Ridge, where a paved path encircles the manicured lake behind the Fellowship House. 
    Eight installments are currently in place.  A central directory for the installments is located outside Safeway at the Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center. 
    The Selection Committee invites you to attend the SerenAid 2016 banquet on October 20th, 5:30pm at the Old Hickory Club House to award the current Nominees. 
    The Nominees for 2016 are Senator Charles J. Colgan, David Brickley, John Jenkins, Trevor Blake, and Dr. Richard G. Tami.  The banquet is a fundraiser for the Walk of Fame and its community partners: The Clearbrook Foundation a 5019(c)(3) corporation, Tackett’s Mill Foundation, New Dominion Choraliers, and the Woodbridge Rotary Club.  
    For more information email “”.  You can also download the attendance form directly by visiting  Click on the ‘Explore’ tab to find the Walk of Fame.
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    Tippy Wiley Matteson missing from her home near Manassas

    From Prince William police: 

    *MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing, endangered adult, Tippy Wiley MATTESON.  Family members reported to police that Ms. Matteson was last heard from [Wednesdsay, Sept. 28, 2016] around 1:00PM. It is believed that Ms. MATTESON voluntarily left her residence located in the 10500 block of Crooked Branch Ct in Manassas (20112) and may be in need of assistance which qualifies her as being endangered. Ms. Matteson may be driving a 2016 grey Nissan Versa with Virginia license plates: VRG-5766 and may be in the area of ManassasCity.  Anyone with information on Ms. Matteson’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

    Tippy Wiley MATTESON is described as a white female, 47 years of age, 5’07”, 140lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. It is unknown what clothing Ms. Matteson may be wearing.


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    Stafford closes schools after heavy rains, flooding

    North Stafford High School sits on Garrisonville Road in North Stafford (Photo: Mary Davidson/


    Updated 8:15 a.m. 

    From Stafford County Public Schools: All Stafford County Public Schools are closed today, Thursday, September 29 due to severe weather, flooding and road closures. Employees will be on Code II. Liberal leave is in effect. Administrative Offices will open at 10 a.m. Thank you,

    Sherrie Johnson

    Director of Strategic Communication and Community Engagement

    31 Stafford Avenue

    Stafford, Va 22554

    More information on weather-related delays. 

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    Route 1 reopened in North Stafford after early morning flooding


    As overnight rain tapers off into the day, the Virginia Department of Transportation asks drivers to be aware of changing road conditions, and to prepare for a resurgence of heavy rain during the afternoon commute and continued rain through the Friday morning rush hour.

    Drivers are asked to monitor the weather forecast, and:

    • Check road conditions, before traveling, at or the mobile app
    • View list of road closures by region or county
    • Follow @vadotnova and @511northernva on Twitter for updates
    • Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
    • Turn on headlights to be more visible to fellow drivers
    • Be alert to unexpected road conditions like ponding and downed trees
    • Never drive through flood waters; turn around, don’t drown
    • Report any road safety hazards at or by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623)


    9:30 A.M. UPDATE: Route 1 has re-opened to traffic at Acadia Street, just north of Telegraph Road, between Route 610 and Quantico Marine Corps Base in Stafford.



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    From VDOT: 

    Route 1 in Stafford County is closed to northbound and southbound traffic at Acadia Street due to flooding.

    Acadia Street is located between Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) and Quantico Marine Corps Base.

    Route 1 is anticipated to remain closed through the morning rush hour period.

    Virginia Department of Transportation crews are assisting law enforcement personnel with traffic control and posting detour signs to guide motorists around the closure.


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