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City of Manassas companies receive ‘Excellence in Business’ nominations

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This post is written by the City of Manassas as part of a paid content partnership between the City and Potomac Local to showcase businesses and economic development in the city.

EXCELLENCE — most commonly defined as a talent or characteristic which is unusually high quality and which exceeds the average. It is often invoked, repeatedly strived for, but rarely achieved. 

On Feb. 25, 2016 two dozen Manassas City businesses will vie for this coveted designation during the Prince William Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards dinner.  The awards recognize excellence in business, including categories for innovative practices, outstanding contributions to the community and businesses/organizations that stand out among their peers.    

Nominees include tech firms, fine dining restaurants, and government contractors from both the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park as well as from Prince William County.  They are small businesses, large employers and everything in between.    

Some have just recently opened their doors –like CJ Finz, while others have been around for more than 20 years, as is the case with Carmello’s and Little Portugal.  Both are located in Historic Downtown and both are nominated for “Outstanding Customer Service.”  Keep Reading…

Transit crisis comes as bus loads lighter, drivers leaving

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Morale among bus drivers at the region’s commuter transit agency is low.

It’s the kind of mood you would expect from employees if your bosses, the heads of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation, are heard in public, and in the media talking about a “doomsday scenario” where operations as you know them could come to an end.

It’s no joke that PRTC faces a $9.2 million budget shortfall every year over the next five years. If state and local leaders don’t find the money, the transit system that thousands of residents, federal workers, and carpoolers (Slugs as they’re called in Northern Virginia) rely on could be blown up, changed, and rerouted to only ferry commuters to Metro stations.

All of this comes at a time when some drivers who trained at PRTC are leaving to make more money driving buses for other agencies. Keep Reading…

Dumfries landfill to close in 2032, give $4 million

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A debris landfill in Dumfries will close in 2032, and give the town government up to $4 million in host fees.

The Town Council and the landfill reached an agreement this month on the closure of the 101-acre facility. The agreement comes after years of on again, off again negotiations between the two entities.

Dumfries will be paid the host fee over the course of the next 16 years. In 2015, Potomac Landfill President Philip C. Peet told Potomac Local his landfill would be only of its kind in Virginia to pay such fees.

The landfill will also pay up to $50,000 for a study on how the land could be used following the closure. The land could be used for future parks and recreation facilities. Keep Reading…

Celebrate Black History Month with Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division

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Prince William County has a unique and extensive African American history that is preserved and interpreted through its surviving buildings. 

Throughout the county’s history, many enslaved African Americans worked at plantations throughout the county including Rippon Lodge and Ben Lomond. 

At Brentsville, both enslaved and free African Americans were placed on trial where they were not able to testify against their white neighbors because they were considered second class citizens. 

At Lucasville and the Barnes House, free African Americans after the Civil War built homes and communities to establish a life for themselves as free citizens, where they began to challenge racism and segregation.  Keep Reading…

Found human remains spark murder investigation

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Prince William police are investigating a murder after human remains were found last month. 

Here’s more in a press release issued today: 

Murder Investigation – On January 13 at 1:56PM, officers located what appeared to be human remains and bones in a wooded area in the 8000 block of Barrett Dr in Manassas (20110). The remains were collected by the Medical Examiner’s Office and further analysis was completed which confirmed the remains were human. Based upon the Medical Examiner’s preliminary analysis, detectives from the Homicide Unit are investigating this death as a murder. The exact cause of death is still pending.

Detectives are still awaiting positive confirmation on the victim’s identity. At this point, the victim is described as an adult male. Detectives are continuing their investigation into this incident. No suspects have been identified or arrested in connection with this investigation. This is Prince William County’s 1st homicide of 2016.*

1 wrong letter cost $2,000, ruined a friendship

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“Business Beat” is a sponsored column written by One Degree Capital CEO and President Rod Loges. His column examines ideas and best practices that help local businesses succeed.

As I mentioned in my last article, my keg delivery business taught me the value of being diversified.

My very determined competitors helped me learn that one (did they really have to flatten all FOUR tires?)

By my second year in business, I had added custom-printed shirts to my service offering. That addition helped me learn another valuable business lesson: the importance of details. A very expensive lesson as it turned out.

College campuses back in the 80s – as now – had a lot of parties.

Back then, custom shirts were not as readily available as they are today. There was no Internet to order from, and FedEx was in its infancy. Keep Reading…

Valentine’s Day Events: Chocolate walk and couples art class

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to spice up a regular date night.

Our area lot to offer to make your Valentine’s Day weekend a success. From special restaurant deals, couples painting sessions, and chocolate tasting.

Historic Occoquan Chocolate Walk, Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The third annual Chocolate Walk is taking place this Saturday in Occoquan. While strolling through the historic district of Occoquan you’ll be given the opportunity to sample chocolate goodies.

Over 40 shops and restaurants will be participating in the annual Chocolate Walk. You’ll be given the opportunity to register for a chance to win a prize, no purchase is needed to enter. This event is sponsored by the Business Guild of Occoquan. Keep Reading…

Mother and son held at gunpoint during home invasion

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Stafford Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred sometime after 4 a.m. Wednesday.

A mother and her young son were held at gunpoint while two white men rummaged throughout the home. According to police, the suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and property a little less than 15 minutes after entering the home. 

Here is more in a press release:  Keep Reading…

Patient First no longer accepting new Anthem patients

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Virginia’s largest provider of primary and urgent health care, Patient First, has stopped accepting new patients insured by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, citing Anthem’s “reduction in the reimbursement rates paid.”

The change, which took effect Feb. 2, also excludes all Anthem members with HealthKeepers Plus plans, even people who are existing patients at Patient First.

Ian Slinkman, the director of marketing and public relations at Patient First, said in an email, “The costs for delivering care increase year over year. Every one of the other Virginia payors with whom we contract understands this and provides reasonable trend increases that enable us to maintain our high levels of access and service.”

However, he said, “Anthem instead insists on reducing our reimbursement back to 2012 levels.” Keep Reading…

Will Manassas save its water tower?

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The Manassas City Council will vote February 22 on whether or not to keep the water tower that watches over historic Downtown.

The old 75,000-gallon water tower is no longer in use, but it serves not only as the entrance to Downtown, it also garnishes the city with historic and architectural significance.

The stylistic elements of the tower feature an early 20th century American industrial riveted steel tank and craftsmanship. According to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the tower has been found to be in excellent condition.

The tower is now eligible for listing on the State and National Register of Historic Places. With this in mind, a committee was formed to proceed with all necessary steps to get the water tank insured as a historic site. Keep Reading…

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