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Lake Ridge Race Benefits Students, Provides Scholarships

Quincy Foundation race begins 8 a.m. at Lake Ridge Middle School

 

The Quincy Conner Foundation (TQCF) is pleased to announce the third annual ‘5Q’, a 5K run/walk, which will be held at Lake Ridge Middle School in Lake Ridge, Va, on Nov. 1 beginning at 8 a.m.

New this year, a Kids Costume Fun Run for ages 4-12. The ‘5Q’ is a USATF Certified Course.

The ‘5Q’ is one oftwo annual fund-raising events that TQCF has hosted since their inception in 2009. This race intends to bring the Lake Ridge community together to help make “strides in students’ lives.”

TQCF is a 501(C)(3) organization that is devoted to the remembrance of Quincy Conner, a Woodbridge native, devoted son, father, husband, and friend, whose life ended suddenly at the age of 28 from a massive heart attack in December of 2005. The Foundation’s goal is to raise money through various events and award scholarships to high-school students.

“Being a member of the TQCF board is an honor. It’s amazing to be involved with a group of friends to do great work in honor of a friend whose life was cut too short,” said Tracey Watson, 5Q chair. ”We hope to see lots of runners, walkers, and kids in costumes on November 1 to carry on the spirit of our friend, Quincy Conner.” 

The community is invited to join us on Saturday. A childrens costume run will immediately follow the 5K run and walk.

For more information on the ‘5Q’ or the Foundation, visit The Quincy Conner Foundation web site, TheQuincyConnerFoundation.com, where you can register for the race and make donations to help support this charity.

TQCF would like to thank Confections Bakery, VA Runner, the Wall family, Jenni Toole, the Kidder family, Kristin Gartner, Bright Horizons Consulting, LLC, Marigold and Grey, and DJ Jeremy Whitham for supporting this year’s race as the sponsors.

TCQF is a 501(C)(3) charitable foundation that raises education dollars, awarded in the form of college scholarships.  The foundation was established in 2009 to honor the late Quincy Conner, a young father, husband, beloved son and cherished friend. 

-Press release submitted by the Quincy Foundation.

Potomac Local Pets

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Laila

is a adorable 5 month old Terrier mix puppy that looks like a mini Rottweiler. She is housebroken, is up to date on her shots and is ready to meet her new family!

Coco

She is a beautiful tortie female who loves to cuddle! Coco is a very sociable girl with a soft purr and playful attitude. She is very good at entertaining herself OR her people and would make a fantastic addition to any family.

Lost female dog — Stafford County, Va.
Still missing! Bunny was spotted Thursday morning 10/23/14 on Joshua Rd. off of Garrisonville Rd.. LOST 10-21-2014: 7:00p.m. Rock Hill Church Rd./ Lake Arrowhead area Lost German Shepherd, 5 year old female, black and tan. Her name is Bunny, also responds to Bun-Bun. Please call with any info –  540-752-2957

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals shown above. 

Land Owner: No Plans to Demolish Kline’s Freeze

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Demolishing ice cream stand would be loss for community, say residents

 

Word spread like wildfire across social media that a beloved ice cream stand was going to close.

Kline’s Freeze, a family-friendly food and ice cream shop off  Route 28 near Manassas, has been serving their customers since 1965. Rumors began swirling over the weekend that this longtime community staple was going to close their doors because the landowner, the Lindsay Automotive Group, wanted to tear down the place.

It wasn’t long before a savvy web user created the “Save Kline’s Freeze” Facebook page, and it quickly racked up more than 15,000 followers.

But there was a bit of good news in the Kline’s Freeze drama on Monday: the building may not be going anywhere after all.

Michael Lindsay, owner of the Lindsay Automotive Group and the land on which Kline’s sits, told Potomac Local he has no intentions of demolishing the business or requiring the owners to vacate.

“I don’t have specific plans for the property. We don’t know what [Kline’s] long term plans are,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay explained that he and the owners of Kline’s restaurant, James and Lorraine Croushorn, have been in constant communication with him and he hopes to sit down soon and work out the issue amicably.

“They’re a family business, and I’m a family business – so I’m sensitive to their situation. We bought the property with the intention of redeveloping, and we’re considering our options, but first and foremost our priority will be on remodeling the body shop components and buildings to the rear of the site,” Lindsay said.

James and Lorraine Croushorn declined comment for this story.

The restaurant is a simple place where customers walk up to the window and order. There’s no drive through, and the only place to sit and eat here are the metal picnic tables around back. Surrounding the place is a myriad of auto shops, auto parts stores, body shops, and nearby car dealerships. It nearly sits alone on an island of unmistakable tastiness.

Brandon Keener, 28, created the “Save Kline’s Freeze” Facebook page.

“When I was a child, I just remember on summer evenings, going to the Prince William County Fair and my Dad taking me down to Kline’s to get an ice cream cone. It was just what you did,” said Keener continuing, “Kline’s is a piece of history in Manassas, and if they go a piece of Manassas has died…”

Others outside Kline’s Freeze on Monday afternoon reminisced while sipping their milkshakes.

Trey House, 17, and his friends frequently drive to Kline’s after attending classes at Centreville High School in nearby Fairfax County.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid,” said House, who added he was surprised to learn on Facebook that the dairy stand was closing.

His friend, 17-year-old Drew Rice, also of Centreville, remained nostalgic over the popular ice cream shop. “I was kind of in shock when I heard. I mean it’s been here for 50 years. My thought was that it’s going to be weird not being here after such a long time,” said Rice.

And while the outcry to save the business has been louder than ever, there may be no need for customers to panic.

“I’m committed to exploring every alternative for him to continue his business. [The owners’] getting a lot of community support, and I acknowledge that, respect it, and I think that if the community were to give this whole thing some time – and this is going to take months and months – I think that everyone’s going to be pleased with the end product,” Lindsay said.

Before it was Kline’s, the roadside food stand was previously a Tastee Freez in 1955. Another Kline’s location further west on Route 28 near Manassas Regional Airport has since closed.

BadWolf Brewery Expansion: Prince William’s Loss is Manassas’ Gain

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Prince William reviews zoning laws for small breweries

Manassas will help a popular brewery expand while Prince William County will ask why small breweries are not allowed there.

Jeremy Meyers is the owner of BadWolf Brewery on Center Street in Manassas. Open for 18 months, the brewery offers its own distinct hand-crafted beers – and that’s all. Laws in Virginia have changed from when only places that served food could serve alcohol. And when Manassas updated their zoning laws to allow such small-time breweries, BadWolf eagerly set up shop.

Now it’s to time expand and Meyers, who lives with his wife in Prince William County, had his sight set on Tacketts Mill in Lake Ridge. There’s an old lakeside restaurant that would have been a perfect setting for a tap room and even more barrels.

He went to speak with county officials about opening up a new small brewery there.

“Basically, it was an unequivocal no. We were told that breweries were only allowed in manufacturing districts, and there are no exceptions unless you are a restaurant, and I don’t serve food, I don’t want to serve food,” said Meyer.

We’re not talking about an operating the size of Anheuser-Busch or Coors. Meyer refers to his operation and others like it in Manassas and neighboring Stafford County, as “coffee shop breweries.”

“It’s a damn shame you can’t have a little coffee shop brewery in Occoquan or in Stonebridge [in Woodbridge],” said Meyers.

Prince William has not updated its zoning laws to permit these types of businesses like Manassas and neighboring Stafford County has already done. Elected leaders said the laws could stand updating.

“This is a fairly small, niche market, as we’ve seen with the wine industry in Northern Virginia. But there is a market for this kind of stuff, and bringing a small brewery here would be away to better promote our market,” said Prince William Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May.

The county’s zoning office will now review the rules on the books that prevent such small breweries from opening in the county. Right now, breweries – big or small – may only open in industrialized areas.

Prince William County Planning Office Director Christopher Price says commercial areas and places zoned for agriculture would be good spots for small breweries to open. Requests to open a small brewery in the county are few, he adds.

Meyer said it could take the county six to eight months to change the laws. His business need to expand now, so he’ll take advantage of some incentives from Manassas City leaders will provide, like paying for some permit fees and the cost of producing architectural drawings.

City leaders were already urging Bad Wolf to expand in the city even while they were in meetings with Prince William County officials.

“When you have one party saying ‘no, it’s not legal, and then you have another saying we’re going to give you $1,500 to stay, it’s kind of a no-brainer,” said Meyers.

Bad Wolf Brewery plans to open its new location in a warehouse across the city from its current spot. There they’ll do hand bottling, canning, and offer a wider assortment of draft beers. The first Bad Wolf Brewery will remain open as a “pilot” brewery where the company will experience with new brews.

Crows Nest Tour Registration Continues

A new parking lot at Crow’s Nest Natural Preserve in Stafford County will accommodate 20 vehicles. (Photo submitted by: Paul Milde)

A field day at Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford County will be held Nov. 8, starting at 9 a.m. Participants will see various plants and wildlife while on a guided hike through the preserve’s wooded landscape. The guided hikes offer views of the freshwater tidal marsh and open water surrounding the preserve.
 
The field day is free, but reservations are required. Call 804-786-7951 to reserve a spot. The event is limited to 80, and reservations are first-come, first-served. Driving directions will be provided to those who register.
 
Participants should wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes, and be prepared to walk up to 4 miles. The event will take place rain or shine.
 
Crow’s Nest is a peninsula between Accokeek and Potomac creeks. The 2,872-acre preserve contains mature hardwood forest and some of the best examples of diverse, intact wetlands in the Potomac River drainage basin. It supports habitat for a variety of species, including bald eagles, migratory birds, the federally endangered short-nosed sturgeon and 22 plant species important to Virginia’s Coastal Plain. 
 
Crow’s Nest was designated a natural area preserve in 2009 and is co-owned by Stafford County and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

DCR manages the property as part of the state’s natural area preserve system, which was established in the 1980s to protect significant natural areas and rare-species habitat. Today, the system comprises 61 preserves totaling 55,352 acres.

AMC Potomac Mills First to Show Mormon Movie

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Documentary film meant to educate community about the faith

 

Meet the Mormons.

On Oct. 10, a documentary film of the same name produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) opened nationwide – including AMC Theaters in Woodbridge.

The movie shares the stories of six devote Latter-day Saints: the coach, the fighter, the humanitarian, the candy bomber and the missionary mom. Each of these stories challenges stereotypes about the Mormon faith while also examining how compassion changes oneself and others.

The LDS Woodbridge congregation worked hard to bring “Meet the Mormons” to our area as the movie was originally scheduled to only open in Fredericksburg and Arlington.

AMC at Potomac Mills generously responded by agreeing to open the show one day early, with showings starting on Thursday, Oct., 9.

“I felt the first showing was fairly historic; it was actually the first public showing of the film in the entire nation,” said Ian Houston, at the Oct 9 showing of the movie.

A steady turn out kept “Meet the Mormons” at the Potomac Mills AMC through Thursday, October 23rd. Though the LDS church sees the movie as an opportunity to tell their story to a national and international audience, the movie is not a meant to be a money-making venture for them. Instead, all net proceeds from the film will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Clark Price, the President of the Woodbridge Virginia Stake, who directs 9 local LDS congregations, explains, the church’s motivation for making the film, “the film clearly shows the great and rich diversity of membership in the church. There are hundreds of languages and cultures in our church membership.” President Price finished, ““We (have) invited all to attend with an open heart and mind to learn more about who Mormons really are.”

“I was surprised in general. That religion is not what I thought it was. It seems to have not only family but it seems to have love,” said Delzoria Hawkins, of Dale City, who was invited to see the movie by her LDS neighbor said,

“It dispels a lot of false assumptions people make about our church.” His wife, Angie Harrison added “the constant you see in the people (in the film) is they are at peace,” said Clark Harrison.

AMC at Potomac Mills sold over 1,200 tickets during the two weeks the movie played in Woodbridge. To date, Meet the Mormons has earned almost $5 million dollars nationally.

After covering distribution costs, the LDS church will donate the remaining net proceeds to further the charitable mission of the American Red Cross. The film is expected to be later released on Netflix.

Editor’s note: This story was written by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Woodbridge, Virginia.

American Kidney Fund to Honor Meshia Adams, of Woodbridge

Meshia Adams and her husband and kidney donor, Rodney

Adams has battled kidney disease for 18 years

 

The American Kidney Fund will honor Meshia Adams, of Woodbridge, as the “Hero of Hope” at its sixth annual gala, The Hope Affair, on Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Adams is being recognized for her dedication to raising awareness for kidney disease in her community and across the nation.

“Meshia is a dedicated individual who has used her personal experience with kidney disease to help others who may be at risk,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Meshia has touched so many people through her website, Meshia’s Hope, her volunteer work with dialysis centers in her community, and her advocacy on Capitol Hill. Meshia is a remarkable woman who represents a true ‘Hero of Hope.’”

Adams has lived with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for over 18 years. She was diagnosed with kidney disease when she was 16 years old. At 17, her kidneys failed, and she began dialysis to survive. After four months on dialysis, she received a kidney transplant, which lasted for 15 years.

When the transplant failed in July 2010, Adams resumed dialysis treatment. In July 2012, her husband Rodney donated a kidney to her. During her time on dialysis, she also had two hip replacements due to medication she was required to take with her first transplant to prevent early rejection.

Her experience with kidney disease encouraged her to create Meshia’s Hope, a website dedicated to educating patients and those who may be at risk about kidney disease. She provides resources, commonly used kidney disease terms, and shares other patient’s stories.

In addition to her website, she frequently visits kidney patients at local dialysis centers, makes quilts for patients, and provides other volunteer resources.

Adams has also advocated for kidney disease awareness, education and legislation on Capitol Hill.

“I consider it to be a blessing to receive the 2014 Hero of Hope Award from the American Kidney Fund,” said Adams. “The work that I do helps others and the feeling I get from that is priceless. To be recognized for something I love doing is simply amazing.”

It is estimated that as many as 31 million Americans are living with CKD, the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. In the Washington, D.C. area, the rates of death from kidney disease are above the national average. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of CKD, but there are other major risk factors including having a family history of the disease, having heart disease, being over age 60, and being of African American, Asian American, Native American or Hispanic ethnicity. Left undiagnosed and untreated, CKD can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and death.

Meshia and two other inspirational figures will be recognized at The Hope Affair on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The event, themed “Sharing the Journey,” is a celebration of the people who inspire us in the fight against kidney disease. The event will honor inspiring kidney patients and caregivers. Honorees and guests will enjoy performances by Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue.

 

For more information on the American Kidney Fund, visit kidneyfund.org.

Potomac Local Pets

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Lilith

Lilith

Lilith is beautiful, soft gray, little lady and is truly the cat’s meow! She is UTD on all her shots and has been spayed. Lilith is a spry 3 years old who is always up for any game you can toss her way. She is a fun and entertaining kitty to have around and, after she’s done playing, she loves to cuddle up with her favorite people.

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Fantine

Fantine

Fantine is a lovely, petite1 year old little lady. Striking all black kitten with bright gold eyes and sweet disposition. She is very friendly, loves to play and cuddle on your lap.

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals shown above. 

Ebola Prompts Leaders Urge Governor to Ban Travel from Africa

Prince William Medical Center to serve as Ebola treatment center

 

A hospital just outside Manassas will play a critical role in the event someone in our area contracts Ebola.

Designated as an Ebola treatment hub is Prince William Medical Center by the company that owns it and other hospitals in North Carolina, as well as the Haymarket Medical Center here in Virginia: Novant.

“We want to bring additional comfort to our communities who have expressed concern than an isolated room is not as safe as an isolated dedicated unit,” said Tom Zweng, MD, chief medical officer for Novant Health. “Our current protocols are safe and follow CDC recommendations; however, we wanted to take extra caution should the need arise.”

Prince William Medical Center will also accept Ebola patients from other area hospitals that are not equipped to treat the disease. So far, no area resident has contracted the deadly virus.

But Thomas Duncan, a man who passed through Dulles International Airport on his way from Liberia, Africa to Dallas late last month, became the first person in the U.S. to die from Ebola. Since the two other nurses who treated Duncan inside a Dallas hospital have fallen ill from Ebola.

Three Virginia politicians are now urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to urge the Federal Government to place a ban on travel from west African nations to the U.S.

Manassas Delegate Bob Marshall, Frederick County Delegate Mark Berg, and Virginia Senator Dick Black all signed a three-page letter to the governor that outlined their case for a travel ban. The letter states that African countries Senegal and Nigeria banned travel to and from affected Ebola countries, and since then has seen the rate of infection drop.

“The most preventive method is: don’t expose Americans to it,” said Del. Bob Marshall.

But some have opposed banning such travel from the U.S. due to the negative economic impact it could have on already poor west African nations. Marshall says Dulles Airport is the second most used gateway to the U.S. for travel between here and Africa. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International is third.

“Dead people don’t buy anything,” said Marshall on the prospect of negative economic impacts.

The Delegate was clear to point out that medical teams should still be allowed to charter flights to west African nations to send help to treat the virus.

Back at the hospital, this the latest new piece of Ebola-related announcement from the healthcare organization. Officials there are calling this a “centralized” approach that will allow the company to focus its training and resources into a handful of centers rather than having all of their hospitals equally equipped to treat patients who have contracted the virus.

‘Battle of Route 28′ Competition for Brentsville, Patriot High Schools

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Chick-fil-A at Bristow owner Mike Lovitt standing at the drive-through window of his restaurant on Route 28 near Manassas.

 

Brentsville, Patriot high schools have chance to win cash from Chick-fil-A

 

It’s being dubbed the “Battle of Route 28,” as two high schools will have a chance to show which school is the most spirited, and to win some cash.

Chick-fil-A at Bristow has partnered with Brenstville District and Patriot high schools in Prince William County for a spirit competition. According to Chick-fil-A at Bristow owner Mike Lovitt, fliers were distributed to both schools detailing the competition.

Those who dine in at the restaurant on Route 28 near Manassas and drop off the flier will help tally up points for their respective schools. Fliers dropped in a special box will be tallied each night and the school with the most fliers wins

The restaurant will also give 15% of the proceeds based on those who came into the restaurant, said Lovitt. The winning school will also receive matching funds from the restaurant, he added.

The contest begins Monday, Oct. 13 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 18.

The competition is part of “SPARK,” the education foundation and philanthropic arm of the Prince William County Public Schools div

Stonebridge Plans PetOberfest

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Dogs to bark near Wegmans

 

Pets are about to take center stage in Woodbridge near Wegmans grocery store. 

The folks at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center shared this with us: 

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center located at 14900 Potomac Town Place in Woodbridge is pleased to host the PetOberfest Event on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 from noon – 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend and enjoy free family and pet friendly activities. All pets in attendance must be leashed.

The PetOberfest is sponsored by NOVADog Magazine, Prince William SPCA and Unleashed by Petco and will feature activities including: pet rescues and adoptions; pet-related exhibitors, a fashion show, a pet parade, pet contests, children’s entertainment, store discounts, prizes, and much more (full schedule included below).

PetOberfest Main Stage Schedule

Noon: Mutts Gone Nuts
1pm: Learning Safari hosted by Leesburg Animal Park
2pm: Reptiles Alive
3pm: Fashion Show featuring animals available for adoption
4pm: Safari Bingo
4:30pm: Pet Parade & Contests – Must register no later than 4pm at the Information Tent.

PetOberfest Main Street Activities, Noon – 5 p.m.

• Prince William SPCA Pet Photos & Mobile Adoption Van
• Stonebridge merchant displays
• Pet-oriented exhibitors
• Local animal rescues and shelters
• Petting Zoo
• Moon Bounce
• Balloon Art
• Prizes

For complete event information, visit sptcpetoberfest.com.

 

See 5 Great Historic Haunts in Prince William, Manassas

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Haunted places in Prince William, Manassas

 

Discover Prince William County and ManassasOver the years ghosts have allegedly been seen throughout Prince William & Manassas, appearing in windows or on street corners while other times causing mischief by making candle flames dance, doors close and stairs creek. This October come experience our historic haunts!

Weems-Botts Museum
Get frightened at Weems-Botts Museum, the second most haunted home in Virginia. Civil War soldiers are said to haunt the nearby cemeteries and park. Staff and ghostbusters have heard loud noises on the stairs, seen books crash to the floor and overheard a girl whispering throughout the home. Experience it for yourself with a “lock-in” every Saturday night in October starting at 9:00pm.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre
Connect with Agness, the spirit who allegedly haunts the jail at this 28-acre site. Agness was one of 13 people executed outside the jail after she was tried and convicted of killing her master. People claim they have heard voices coming from the jail or have seen faces in the windows of the building. On Oct. 17 sit around the campfire as you hear stories from staff about the haunted happenings of the local sites around Prince William County.

Manassas Cemetery

Located in Historic Downtown Manassas, the Cemetery is the final resting place of the famed Civil War Prince William Cavalry and a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. Take a guided night tour led by the Manassas Museum. Pass by costumed interpreters with lantern light and experience the history of the Cemetery and those that are buried there.

Rippon Lodge
Rippon Lodge is one of the oldest haunted homes in Prince William County. Rumor has it that Route 1 had to be rerouted just to avoid the ghostly residents of this property. There are a few ghosts that roam Rippon including a child who can be seen looking out the upstairs window. Newspaper articles from the 1920’s and 30’s also claim the house is haunted because a loser of a dual bled to death in the home. On Oct. 24 and 25 you can tour the house and grounds by candlelight while meeting historical characters that once lived there.

Historic Occoquan
This quaint town along the Occoquan River features a walking ghost tour throughout the year. Get a glimpse of the Indian who allegedly appears in a bathroom mirror at a local restaurant, talk to store owners who have had their merchandise strewn around and look for the young man who haunts a busy street corner. Ghost walking tours of the town are offered every Saturday evening at the Discover Prince William & Manassas Visitor Center on Mill Street.

For more information about event details please visit the Discover Prince William & Manassas event calender at discoverpwm.com and share with us how you #discoverpwm this October!

Zandra’s Taqueria Opens Thursday in Manassas

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Owner of popular Monza tries hand at tacos

 

 Zandra’s Taqueria will celebrate its Grand Opening on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. 

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting followed by fun giveaways and entertainment by Harlen Simple, a local Manassas band.  All are welcome to come out and celebrate the grand opening. 

Owners Nicholas Kowalewski and Miguel Pires are excited to open their doors to the public with this fun, casual, gourmet handcrafted taco concept.

“Our specialty is our handcrafted tacos – corn tortillas with fresh ingredients and fun atmosphere.  We are looking forward to having guests try us out,” said Kowalewski.   Owner Pires added, “Nick and I worked on opening this concept for over a year and we are very excited to celebrate and be part of the City of Manassas community.” 

Zandra’s Taqueria of Old Town Manassas, Va. was established in 2014 and is owned by local restauranteurs and young entrepreneurs Nicholas Kowalewski and Miguel Pires of Manassas.  

The contemporary American taqueria offers handcrafted gourmet tacos. Kowalewski, age 31 and a graduate of the Stratford University culinary program and Zandra’s Taqueria executive chef, general manager and owner, uses local and fresh ingredients to add a new twist to tacos. 

Pires, 31, grew up in a family-owned and -operated restaurant business and is part of the history of the long-established Carmello’s and Monza of Manassas.  As the general manager for 10 years, Pires decided to continue to expand the culinary experience in Old Town Manassas and open Zandra’s Taqueria. 

For more information, go to zandrastacos.com, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or call 571-359-6767.

Montclair Man GEICO Volunteer of the Year

GEICO senior vice president Seth Ingall (left) congratulates Keith Scott after Scott was named 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

GEICO senior vice president Seth Ingall (left) congratulates Keith Scott after Scott was named 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

$30,000 raised for Children’s National Medical Center

 

Keith Scott of Montclair  has earned GEICO’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Scott, a systems analyst, led GEICO’s Children’s Hospital fundraising campaign at the Fredericksburg regional office. Since he began co-chairing this campaign in 2013, Scott and fellow associates have helped raise more than $30,000 for Children’s National Medical Center. GEICO donated an additional $1,000 to the cause in honor of Scott’s efforts.

“We get creative and host many events, including a basket raffle, water balloon toss, penny wars, snack-o-rama and much more,” Scott said. “It’s amazing to see how much support our associates give, all to benefit the children.”

Through Keith’s leadership, the number of GEICO associates who participated in Fredericksburg’s annual March for Babies walk has doubled, and fundraising increased.

Scott has embraced volunteering since joining the GEICO family in 2002. In addition to his work with Children’s Hospital, Scott has led fundraising efforts for March of Dimes, where GEICO’s contributions grew by more than 200 percent and the number of associates in the annual March for Babies walk in Fredericksburg doubled. Scott also recruited a record 200 GEICO associates and their families as volunteers for GEICO’s All Star Friday Night to benefit the Special Olympics.

Nancy Pierce, GEICO’s regional vice president in Fredericksburg, said that Scott serves as a true inspiration to his fellow associates. “Keith has an unwavering dedication to make a difference, and no challenge is too great for him,” Pierce said. “It is a great honor to provide Keith with this recognition because he has no doubt helped to touch many lives.”

Don’t Miss ‘Missiles In Your Backyard!’ at Workhouse

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Here are a list of upcoming events in November at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton: 

Dada Re-Discovered
October 25 – January 19

Building W-16 Vulcan Gallery

Dada Re-Discovered explores how contemporary media and ideas can filter past Dada concepts and artwork.  The exhibit will feature sound, video, performance and other visual mixed media. Dada, an art movement birthed out of World War I Europe, was a rejection of prevailing standards in art. As it came to America, it became associated with the absurd, yet stayed grounded in anti-culture and avant-garde artistic ideas.

FCPS Art Teachers Exhibition
November 1 – December 15

Building W-16 McGuireWoods Gallery

The best art teachers teach in Fairfax County and exhibit at the Workhouse! For many years a primary goal of the Fairfax County Public Schools Fine Arts Office has been to seek out and hire candidates who are not only great teachers, but also great artists. Today, there are more than 350 visual art teachers in FCPS, many of whom continue to practice art-making while sharing their expertise with students. The FCPS Fine Arts Office is proud to partner with the Workhouse Arts Center to organize an exhibition showcasing the talents and artistic achievements of these artist-teachers.

Cabaret Series: Heroes Cabaret!
Saturday, November 1 at 8pm & Sunday, November 2 at 1pm
Tickets: $25, includes planche campagnarde

Featuring the music of heroes and anti-heroes alike we celebrate the valiant, the flawed, the strong, and the vulnerable characters that audiences have admired, adored and applauded over the last century! Whether he’s a stately gentleman or the boy-next-door, the music composed for these memorable characters is some of the best ever composed.

The Cold War in Lorton: Missiles In Your Backyard!
Sunday, November 9 at 2pm
Tickets: Free – $10 suggested donation

W-3 Theatre

Marvin ‘Shep’ Crow, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired), will discuss the Nation’s perceived need for air defense weapons during the Cold War with the Soviet Union and the development of the U.S. air defense system, focusing on the Lorton site. Presented by the Workhouse Prison and Museum Committee, Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc.

 

2nd Saturday Art Walk

November 8, 6-9pm

Campus Wide, Free!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community.

Guests can tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music. The social atmosphere of the monthly art walk makes it the perfect destination for a date night or girls’ night out, as well as for art collectors and art appreciation groups alike. These monthly events are also perfect for family art outings.

Date Night: Chef’s Table

Saturday, November 15, 7-9pm

Building W-3, Classroom 302

$85 per person (covers all food and a glass of wine)

Anyone can go out for dinner and a movie so why not make your night something special to be remembered? Date Night cooking classes are designed to be fun, relaxing and an escape from the daily grind. They are great way to learn some basic cooking techniques while enjoying your company and making new friends. The menu items will be prepared by participants working together at each of the cooking islands. Participants will be served a tasting portion of all the entrees and a pre-chef-selected drink of choice. No one will leave hungry! Every month you will prepare a new dish ranging from ethnic cuisines like Japanese, Thai and Spanish High Cuisine to Vegetarian and much more!

Ballroom Social Dance

Saturday, November 15, 7:30-10:30pm

W-16 McGuire Woods Gallery

$10-15

Start your evening by learning some new moves with a ballroom mini-lesson! Each month will feature a new style of dance ranging from the ChaCha to the Tango. Mini-lesson begins at 7:30pm and is $5 per person. Then take your new moves to the dance floor when open dancing begins at 8pm. Open dance is $10 per person. Complimentary refreshments and a cash bar will be available in the gallery. There is no need to get fancy unless you feel like it—the dress code is casual. All skill levels are welcome–even if you have two left feet!

Mini-lesson 7:30-8pm. 
Open dance 8-10:30pm
Complimentary refreshments and cash bar available.

Stranger than Fiction: Great Art Heists in History

Friday, November 20, 7:30pm

W-3 Theatre

$10 per person, $5 for Artists at the Workhouse, Friends of the Workhouse, Workhouse Volunteers and Military

Anne Kenny-Urban: Budget Services Manager at VMFA
Discover what Japanese gangsters, bear spray and daring boat getaways have in common with noteworthy art thefts. In this lecture, you will travel the globe learning why museums from Amsterdam to Zimbabwe have been targets for thieves and what tools they used to elude detection. Find out who got caught…and who did not.

Black Friday Holiday Celebration at the Workhouse

Friday, November 28, 10am-7pm
Campus-wide, Free!

Begin your holiday season with family and friends at the Workhouse’s Holiday Celebration! Explore the artwork of nearly 100 artists, join in interactive demonstrations and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list–while supporting local artists in your community. Festivities will also include Doughnuts with Santa, fine-art projects for children, and holiday music and theatrical performances throughout the day. Don’t miss the culminating sing-a-long and tree lighting! Parking and admission is free. Get into the holiday spirit at the Workhouse! 

Lumberjacks Part of Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee

Hundreds came to the annual Manassas City Fall Jubilee on Oct. 4, 2014. [Photo: City of Manassas]

Manassas holds fall jubilee 

 

The annual Manassas Fall Jubilee was on Saturday in Old Town.

Hundreds of people turned out for the event that featured lumberjack demonstrations, vendors, wine tastings, a beer garden, childrens rides, and a pumpkin patch.

The fall jubilee is one of the many events held in the city all year long, to include the city’s lighting of its Christmas Tree, and the Wine and Jazz Festival held in the spring.

Click here to see more photos of the fall jubilee.

Sidelined by Floods and its Building Later Demolished, Total Auto Parts and Paint Presses On

Total Auto Parts and Paint in Dumfries, Virginia

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Total Auto Parts and Paint moves from Woodbridge to Dumfries

 

First, flood waters ruined his Woodbridge auto parts store. Then, years later after it had been restored and reopened for business, the state came and tore it down.

Resilient, Total Auto Parts and Paint has moved to Dumfries and continues to calls the stretch of U.S. 1 in Prince William County home, as it has for the past 30 years. But it hasn’t been easy.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011 flooded out the former location of Total Auto Parts and Paint on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, near Marumsco Plaza. It also took a toll on a nearby mobile home park, sending at least 300 to a Red Cross Shelter and leaving many homeless.

After a day of solid rain, employees left the store and when they did they saw the Marumsco Creek rising out of its banks.

The creek down the street from us, it was coming up. I didn’t think much of it,” said Rick Jones, owner of Total Auto Parts and Paint. “I went and looked out the window and [the water] was coming in, and before I knew it was like looking like a fish tank on our window.”

The water rose four feet that day, inundating the shop, ruining several computers and destroying $200,000 of merchandise. And, as quickly as the water rose, it was gone the next day leaving behind mud caked all over the floors.

It took three weeks to clean up the store. The stores three employees helped with the clean up, even though one slipped on the mud and broke his leg. None of the employees were laid off during the clean up.

“It just about killed me, it was tough. We’re working but we didn’t have any business coming in,” recalled Jones.

He took cash from his personal savings account to keep employees paid during the down time. The store later reopened and things were looking like they were going to turn around – until Jones’ store was marked for destruction due to the impending widening of U.S. 1 in the area.

With the reality of losing his store again staring him in the face, Jones thought about throwing in the towel. “I work 12 hours a day and you don’t get to where I am today just by giving up,” he said.

The new Total Auto Parts and Paint at 17297 Jefferson Davis Highway in Dumfries is coming along and gaining customers both new and old. The store carries a wide selection of parts but mostly specializes in auto paint. Customers, those who are painting their own cars and professional auto body shops, rely on Total Auto Parts to conveniently mix them a can of their perfect paint color.

Jones says he likes being in Dumfries, that its been easy to work with the town’s government to get things like permits, and that even the town’s mayor has come in to buy paint from him. He hopes more of his old customers who visited him in Woodbridge will soon find him in Dumfries.

For more information, click here for Total Auto Parts.

 

Food Fair Benefits Project Mend-A-House

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The sun shines down on the U.S. Flag hoisted outside VFW Post 1503 in Dale City.

 

An event for area foodies aims to raise cash and awareness for those living below the poverty line in our area.

Aquia Project Mend-A-House will hold the 14th annual Taste of the Town on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City. More than 20 restaurants will participate in the event, including:

Applebees

Bahama Breeze

Bonefish Grill

Brittany’s Sports Bar

Chick-fil-A

China Express

China Gourmet

Dixie Bones

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Nando’s Peri Peri

Not Your Average Joe’s

Old Country Buffet

P.F. Chang’s

Red Lobster

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

The Cakery

VFW Post 1503 (café)

Project Mend-A-House serves low-income households, considered to by anyone who makes 50% or below the median income for Prince William County, which is about $90,000 per year. The organization also loans medical equipment like hospital beds, wheel chairs, stair climbers, and electronic medical alert tags that can wear rescue crews in the event of a personal emergency such as a slip or fall.

While the Potomac Health Foundation provides support for Project Mend-A-House, the Taste of the Town fundraising event allows residents to see what the organization is all about.

“The Taste of the Town is our signature event. It brings together so many aspects of the community, from the restaurants that attend to our supporters, it’s a great event,” said Project Mend-A-House Executive Director Jennifer Schock-Bolles. It’s $30 for a ticket to the event, and that comes with the ability to sample food from all vendors.

For $25, children will be allowed to enter a house building contest where they’ll use popsicle sticks and glue to build a themed, miniature house. The creations are judged for structural integrity, creativity, the fan favorite, and the winner gets a gift card,” said Schock-Bolles.

Earnestine Jenkins, of Dale City, is the chairwoman for the committee that organizes the event. Stella Nelson, whose life was saved by a medical alert device like the ones distributed by Project Mend-A-House, will be the keynote speaker.

Occoquan a Small Riverfront Town, a Quaint Destination

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River cruises to small restaurants, Occoquan a gem

 

Escape the hustle and bustle of strip malls and highways to the quaint town of Historic Occoquan. Nestled along the banks of the Occoquan River, this quiet town is one of Northern Virginia’s best hidden gems and features more than 60 merchants and restaurants.

Derived from a Dogue Indian word meaning “at the end of the water,” Occoquan was a natural site for water-borne commerce and home to the U.S.’s first automated grist mill. Today, people can explore the Mill House Museum to learn more about the town’s rich history.

Stroll the streets and visit with merchants who sell everything from jewelry and art to books, gourmet treats and other unique merchandise. Enjoy lunch along the River at Madigan’s Waterfront, taste some vino at Tastefully Yours’ weekend wine tastings or sip afternoon tea at the kid-friendly Pink Bicycle Tea Room.

Or, step aboard a Rivershore Charters boat for a cruise along the Occoquan River then finish the day with dinner and music at Cock & Bowl. Known for its Belgian beer and European-style fare, this restaurant features live music several days a week during the summer.

In the spring and fall, the streets of Occoquan are filled with artisans from across the country who come for the annual Arts & Crafts Shows.  During the summer, join Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta for kayak tours down the river or, get spooked during evening ghost tours, which run Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Emergency services

The Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department responds to 911 calls for emergencies from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and has some 24-hour staff at fire stations in the county. The Dale City Volunteer Fire Department and rescue crews respond to calls from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. and on holidays. Police services are provided by Prince William Police Department. For non-emergency situations, residents can visit one of two police stations — The Eastern District Station in Woodbridge and the Western District Station in Manassas. Call 703-792-6500 for more info.  

Pets

Dogs 4-months-old or older must be licensed by January 31 of each year. The $10 licenses can be purchased beginning in November at the Prince William County Taxpayer Services Office at the McCoart Government Center, at the county Animal Shelter, or by mail. Call the Animal Shelter for more info: 703-792-6465.

Snow removal

Snow removal is handled by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Snow is removed first from roads with the highest traffic volumes, from Interstate Highways to neighborhood streets. Call 1-800-367-7623 for more info.

Leaf removal, recycling, trash disposal

Trash and leaf collection is performed by privately licensed waste removal companies in Prince William County. Residents should contact a licensed private waste removal provider. Residents may choose to dispose of waste at the County Landfill with a solid waste decal. Call 703-792-6710 for more info.

Population

The majority of Dale City lies in Prince William County’s Neabsco District which had 49,097 residents in the 2010 Census. By 2012, it’s estimated 430,289 people lived in all of Prince William County.

Taxes

Personal property taxes on vehicles, trailers, and motorcycles are due on Oct. 5 of the year. Personal property tax statements are mailed each spring.  For real estate taxes, the first half of the year’s taxes are due July 15 and the second Dec. 5. Real estate assessments begin Jan. 1, and assessment notices mailed by late winter.

Vehicle decals

Prince William County does not require decals to be displayed on vehicles. Vehicles must be registered with Taxpayer Services upon moving in and moving out of the area by calling 703-792-6710. A $24 charge for cars/trucks, and a $12 charge for motorcycles will be billed along with personal property taxes.

Voting

The Voter Registration Office is open 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During General Elections held every November in Virginia, you must be registered to vote 22 days before Election Day to vote. Call 703-792-6470 for more info.

Water and sewer

Prince William County Service Authority and Dale City Virginia American Water handle water and sewer utilities in the county. Call 703-335-7900 or 703-491-2136, respectively, for more info.

Mill Hosting Last Demonstration of the Year

The Town of Occoquan

Visit the Occoquan Historical Society‘s Mill House Museum this Sunday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the last Milling Demonstration of the year. Children will have the opportunity to use a hand-turned mill to grind wheat into flour and then take home the flour they mill, seeds to plant, and a recipe for “Mill House Millies.”

Visitors on Sunday will also have an opportunity to meet local children’s author, Jamey M. Long, who later in the month will be holding a writing clinic for elementary school children.  Sponsored by the Occoquan Historical Society, the writing clinic will take place on October 25 at the Occoquan Town Hall.  During a 90-minute class, children will develop their own story line and character.  Registration is $25 and class times are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the 25th.  All supplies are provided and young authors will leave with a signed copy of Jamey’s book, Johnny Appleseed.

To register for the class in advance, call the Mill House Museum daily at 703-491-7525 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The child’s name, age, address, phone number, and an adult contact are required.  You may also email the required information to: curator@occoquanhistoricalsociety.org.  Limited same-day registration is also available.

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