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The Young Center is looking for adult volunteers to be child advocates for immigrant children

Good Morning Prince William – Macy’s Clothing Closet needs your help to organize donated clothing for the residents of both the SERVE Shelter in Manassas and the Hilda Barg Shelter in Woodbridge. It’s a great way for you to give a little piece of mind to shelter residents who arrive with literally the shirt on their back. Call Julie at (571) 748-2674 or visit their website at:nvfs.org to learn more.
· The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City wants to pack 30,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on March 10th. Super fun, family friendly event to help those less fortunate. You can choose either morning or afternoon shift. Please visit: www.whatsupwoodbridge.com for the link to register.

· K9 Serving Vets is looking for a volunteer photographer at their events. Please email cclark@k9sservingvets.org to learn more.

· Project Mend-A-House is now registering participants for their Live Well Workshops. This chronic disease self-management program meets at the Manassas Senior Center on Thursday mornings. Please call Martha at (571) 264-8559 to learn more.

· Prince William Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta invite you to the celebration of the contributions Africa-Americans make to the arts on Saturday February 3rd, 6-8pm at the Candy Factory in Manassas. Come see the wonderful exhibition of photography, painting and mixed media.

· The Young Center is looking for adult volunteers to be child advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children. The next training is March 3rd to give you all the tools needed for the child’s immigration process and their life in general. Please email: tkitchen@theyoungcenter.org to learn more.

· First Tee of Prince William County promises spring is right around the corner so volunteers are needed to teach kids the fundamentals of a good golf swing. Come join the fun of sharing the game of golf with kids while also sharing dealing with life’s issues. Please call Alan at (703) 792-8064 to learn more.

· People Incorporated is looking for volunteer tax preparers willing to be certified as an IRS VITA Income Tax Preparer for the 2018 tax season. This special tax preparer assists low-income individuals and families with tax preparation at Saint James Episcopal Church, 73 Culpeper Street in Warrenton. Training is required, but you will be helping this vulnerable population navigate through their tax forms and IRS regulations. Volunteer Greeters are also needed to welcome those who visit the site, distribute forms, and create a pleasant atmosphere for the clients. For more information, please call Jeanne at (571) 445-3020 or email jhaley@peopleinc.net.

· Serve Our Willing Warriors will be hosting “A Night in Monte Carlo” February 3, 6:30pm-10:30pm at the Piedmont Club. Volunteers are needed to spread the word about the event, collect auction items, help with sponsorships and assist with various tasks the day of the event. Kimberly at kimberly.gaytan@willingwarriors.org is happy to provide more information on this great fundraiser. The agency also has numerous other volunteer opportunities available. It’s a great way to say Thank You to our veterans for their sacrifices, and also help this wonderful organization spread the word on how they support veterans. Please email volunteer@willingwarriors.org or visit willingwarriors.org for more information.

· The good folks at ACTS are in need of volunteer groups (large and small) who can help with various facilities projects such as grounds work, painting and helping their shelter create more space. Volunteers must be at least 16, and this is family friendly! Please contact Tamika at tmartin2@actspwc.us to learn how you can support this agency’s programs.

· The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is in urgent need of volunteers age 55+ to teach 4th grade children the life skills to keep them safe alone and safe at home. Volunteers must be available during school hours. This fun curriculum is very interactive and of course the kids are very fun. Training is provided; please call Jan to learn more at (571) 292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team.

· SERVE Shelter is in need of small volunteer groups (6-8) who can prepare and serve a meal to their shelter residents in February. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Meals needed are February 11 Dinner and February 19 (President’s Day) Brunch and Dinner. Groups have the option to prepare food offsite and deliver, or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. Please contact Julie at jrmartinez@nvfs.org for more information on how to provide the homeless with a delicious, home-cooked meal.

If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group projects and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

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The list of nominees for the Prince William Chamber Business Awards 2018

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce announced its list of nominees for its annual Business Awards. 

The awards ceremony will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, from 6 to 9.m. 

And the nominees are… 

“Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award for Arts & Education

° IMPACTO Youth
° Christ Chapel Academy
° Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc

Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award for Health & Human Services

° Action in Community Through Service (ACTS)
° BARN Community Housing
° Comfort Cases
° Gainesville/Haymarket Rotary Club
° Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington-Hogar Immigrant Services
° Semper K9 Assistance Dogs
° Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center
° Shared Parenting Education & Custody Services
° Dale City Track Club
° Serve Our Willing Warriors
° Volunteer Prince William

Excellence in Small Business Award (1-10 Employees)

° New Media Horizons, LLC
° Hepburn & Sons, LLC
° East to West Embroidery & Design, Inc.
° Professionals by Design
° Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center
° Accounting and Tax Services
° American Solutions for Business
° Brock-Norton Insurance
° Baden Contracting
° Kensington Vanguard National Land Services
° SBR Workplace Consultation Services

Business Excellence Award (11+ Employees)

° Able Moving and Storage, Inc.
° DuvallWheeler, CPAs
° Comfort Keepers – Manassas
° Contract Solutions, Inc.
° Insperity
° Loveless Porter Architects, LLC
° My Plumber Heating and Cooling
° MP Copiers, Inc.
° Offix

Emerging Business of the Year

° FirstLight HomeCare of Woodbridge
° Shining Sol Candle Company
° Tortino Mare
° Professionals by Design

Innovative Practice or Partnership of the Year

° CoWork, LLC
° County Commercial Development Committee
° Leadership Prince William & Comcast
° Omega World Travel
° Stafford Hospital
° Prince William County Service Authority & SPARK
° FirstLight HomeCare of Woodbridge

° HyQuest Consulting Solutions, LLC

Community Outreach Award

° Jirani Coffeehouse
° AAA MidAtlantic, Car Care, Insurance, Travel
° Apple Federal Credit Union
° Contract Solutions, Inc.
° MP Copiers, Inc.
° Shared Parenting Education & Custody Services
° Southern Management Corporation
° Stafford Hospital
° HyQuest Consulting Solutions, LLC
° Alchemy Enterprises, LLC
° Wegman’s of Woodbridge
° Storage Strategies, Inc.

Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism

° Mariachis Tequileria & Restaurant
° Occoquan Transportation Company, LLC
° Bistro L’Hermitage
° Marriott Residence Inn – Potomac Mills

Excellence in F/I/RE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate)

° Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc.
° Thomas Bigoski Insurance Agency, LLC

Tech Company of the Year
° Laser Quest Corporation
° Micron Technology, Inc.
° Transaction Expert

Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award

° William Reeder, George Mason University (Retired)
° Charlie Deane, Prince William County Police Chief (Retired)
° Michael Vanderpool, Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian, LLC
° J. Manley Garber, NOVEC (Retired)
° Molly Grove, George Mason University, Science & Technology Campus
° Marty Nohe, Prince William Board of Supervisors and Appliance Connection
° Karen Smith, ARC of Greater Prince William
° John & Shirley Dominick, Serve Our Willing Warriora

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‘Her neighbors want to say “thank you” to that donor by getting out the word about the donor registry’

Dear Potomac Local, 

“I am hoping you can help me get out the word about a bone marrow donor drive my court (Beacon Court, Montclair, VA) is holding in gratitude for Be The Match. They provided a donor for our neighbor, Karen, which will save her life.” 

WHAT:

Prince William County residents can take the first step to save a life by joining the Be The Match Registry® at the Montclair Library on February [5] using a simple cheek swab.

In gratitude for donor who gave our neighbor a chance of new life, the Neighbors of Beacon Court in Montclair, VA are working with Be The Match Registry® to inspire others to join the registry!

Karen Davis, Montclair resident, single-mom, daughter, friend to many, was diagnosed with leukemia in March this year. Karen is currently at the VCU Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, recovering from a life-saving bone marrow transplant made possible by an anonymous donor in the registry. Karen will live in Richmond for four months while her mother provides for her care and her 15-year old son, Michael, lives with neighbors so he can continue school at Forest Park High School.

‘The goal is to have at least 100 new registrations on February [5].  

Patients are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity, and doctors request donors in the 18-44 age group more than 90 percent of the time. More young people of diverse racial and ethnic heritage are needed now to help patients searching for a match. African Americans are the least likely to find their match.

WHEN:February 5, 2017, 3-6 p.m.

WHERE: 

Montclair Library

Community Room

5049 Waterway Drive

Montclair, VA 22025

For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists.                                 

Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. About Be The Match

Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.

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‘Dumfries man was sentenced today to 30 years in prison and ordered to pay $648,000 in restitution for sex trafficking two minor’

From a press release: 

A Dumfries man was sentenced today to 30 years in prison and ordered to pay $648,000 in restitution for sex trafficking two minor victims from July 2013 to July 2015.

Michael Edward Gunn, 41, is a previously convicted sex offender. According to court documents, Michael Gunn lured and enticed the two minor victims into his prostitution ring and kept them there by providing drugs, telling the victims the ring was a family that took care of each other, providing the victims a place to stay, and by engaging in sexual relationships with both minor victims. During the course of the conspiracy, the minor victims brought in approximately $648,000 in earnings, the majority of which went to Michael Gunn.

According to evidence presented at trial, Michael Gunn helped create online advertisements, drove them to prostitution appointments, and collected and controlled the money. Evidence also showed that Michael Gunn knew both minor victims were underage. For example, around the time one of the victims was 14 years old, Gunn saw a missing persons poster with the girl’s photo and her actual date of birth.

Michael Gunn was joined in this conspiracy to prostitute the two minors by his wife, Angel Gunn, 35, and his girlfriend, Vanessa Dominguez, 31. Both women were adult prostitutes who assisted him in running the prostitution ring and testified at trial as to Michael Gunn’s role in leading the conspiracy. Both women pleaded guilty to sex trafficking minors. Angel Gunn was sentenced to 140 months in prison, and Vanessa Dominguez was sentenced to 120 months in prison.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, M. Jay Farr, Arlington County Chief of Police, Barry M. Barnard, Chief of Prince William County Police, and Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of Virginia State Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Maureen Cain and Kimberly R. Pedersen prosecuting the case.

The Dumfries Police Department provided significant assistance with this investigation.

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Surovell’s hands-free cell phone bill Senate passes committee

Delegate Scott Surovell (D-36th Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford) tells us his hands-free cell phone bill passed a Senate committee.

From a press release: 

The Senate Committee on Transportation has passed Senator Scott A. Surovell’s legislation that prohibits driving while operating any mobile communications device unless it is being used in “hands-free” mode.

Senator Surovell introduced the same legislation last year when it failed on a 6-7 vote. Virginia prohibited texting while driving in 2009, but it was classified as a secondary offense punishable by a small fine. In 2010, Fairfax County Police reported writing fewer than fifty tickets for texting while driving because of loopholes in the law and the fact that it was a secondary infraction.1 Senator Surovell began working on bills to prohibit texting while driving after an 18 year-old Fairfax County resident, Kyle Rowley, was killed on Route 7 near Herndon after a distracted texting driver stuck his vehicle without breaking at full speed on a highway.

After the driver was acquitted of Reckless Driving due to the existing secondary offense statute, Senator Surovell partnered with with Delegate Ben Cline to make texting while driving a primary driving offense.2 That bill was ultimately passed and became law in July 2013. However, that legislation has continued to elude effective enforcement. Law enforcement has been critical of the legislation because it is often difficult to verify a driver’s activity with their phone or obtain a conviction absent a confession by the driver.

“It should not be legal to play Angry Birds, chase Pokemon, surf the Internet, or order food while driving,” said Senator Surovell, “passing hand’s free legislation will bring us into conformity with our neighbors in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and fourteen other states that have prohibited driving with a phone in hand.”

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Bookmark this page for Prince William County events in February 2018

From a press release: 

Valentine’s Day Celebrations:

2/10 – American Festival Pops Orchestra: Valentine Pops @ Hylton Performing Arts Center (Manassas)

The talented musicians of the American Festival Pops Orchestra set an amorous mood for you and your loved one in a performance of romantic standards just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

2/10 – My Heart is for You Cookie Decorating Class at Simply Dessert (Gainesville)

Students will receive instructions and demonstration in how to work with royal icing. Each student will take home 8 decorated cookies and all supplies are included in the class, $35 per person.

2/10 – Historic Occoquan Chocolate Walk (Occoquan)

February 10th from 11am – 4pm visitors can enjoy grazing through this historic mill town tasting chocolate goodies. With over 35 shops participating this makes for the perfect pre-Valentine’s day afternoon. Guests can also register for a chance to win a necklace of fresh water dyed Chocolate Pearls.

12/14 – Valentine’s Serenade at Club Eclipse (Gainesville)

The Night & Day quartet is at the awesome new group that will be serenading couples at Club Eclipse for Valentine’s Day, 2018. Join vocalist Katie Hale, along with Michael Suser on keyboards, Robert Vetter on trumpet, and Roger Rosa on upright bass as we weave a romantic mood with lovely swing and jazz music.

African American History Month Events:

The Underground Railroad Network to Freedom at Leesylvania State Park (Woodbridge)

**This event runs every FridaySaturday & Sunday throughout the month of February.

Leesylvania State Park property is associated with the flight of two runaway slaves as well as a slave who escaped in 1848. A band of escaped slaves also informed Union soldiers of Confederate activity at the property’s Freestone Point in September 1861. Learn about aspects of the park’s rich and diverse history as we celebrate Black History Month.

2/17 – Future Kings Fourth Annual Black History Gala (Woodbridge)

Future Kings will be having their Fourth Annual Black History Gala on February 17, 2018 at the Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge. The event is a fundraiser that benefits their scholarship program. This year, they will be honoring Mr. Clarence Miller with their “Founder’s Award”. They will also be presenting the “James Garret Scholarship” award and the “Yvonne Hill Brown Scholarship” award. Yvonne Brown was a life-long member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and a strong supporter of the work being done by Future Kings. Get your tickets today!

Other Attraction Events:

2/3 – Open Mic Night at Brew Republic (Woodbridge)

Join Brew Republics team for Open Mic Night every Saturday night. Bring your talent and show them what you’ve got… Music? Poetry? Magic? Comedy? Creatively reading Green Eggs and Ham? They’ve got the stage, you bring the talent.

2/3 – Back to the 90s Night at Uptown Alley (Manassas)

Enjoy the Keeton Band’s live tribute to Incubus, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, & more!

2/4 – Super Bowl 52 Party at Ornery Beer Company (Woodbridge)

Looking for a great place to watch the Super Bowl this year? Ornery Beer Company is the spot to be.  They will be raffling off a 50” TV at the end of the game and visitors can enjoy beer and food specials throughout the game too!

2/4 – Bridal Open House at the Regency at Dominion Valley (Haymarket)

The team at the Regency at Dominion Valley invite you to come out for their Bridal open house to check out their beautiful wedding venue and meet their preferred vendors too!

2/4 – Farm Tour at The Little Goat Farm on the Lake (Nokesville)

Looking for a unique way to spend a Sunday? Come out and spend it with goats, alpacas, llamas, and chickens on the farm. Tours will be open from 12-2 pm. The cost is $10 per participant and include feed for the animals. Please purchase your tour tickets in advance.

2/10 – One Hot Mess at Club Eclipse (Gainesville)

The ONE HOT MESS acoustic band serves up a wide variety of classic rock covers with an emphasis on crisp vocal harmonies. The group consists of seasoned musicians that have been playing the local venues for years with an established and loyal following.

2/10 – Detox to Retox at Brew Republic (Woodbridge)

This beer and yoga class is a basic 60 minute Vinyasa Flow suitable for beginners and experienced students. Participants will enjoy basic and advanced poses, hand on assists and learn breathing techniques so you are ready to be more mindful when it comes to the Beer tasting!

2/17 – AIDA by Northern Virginia Ballet at Hylton Performing Arts Center (Manassas)

Don’t miss the World Premiere Ballet AIDA set to Verdi’s stunning music. The first full-length ballet of AIDA, this heart-wrenching story of two lovers from warring countries who must choose between love or country.

2/18 – Lexi Jackson at Farm Brew LIVE (Manassas)

Spend your afternoon taking in the sultry sounds of Lex Jackson at Farm Brew Live. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Lexi has never left her country roots. She is a singer and guitarist performing all along the East Coast.

2/24 – Mid-Atlantic Chiliheads Pod Cook Off at Tin Cannon (Gainesville)

Join Tin Cannon for the Mid Atlantic Chiliheads (Chili MAC) Pod CCO benefiting Bull Run Warrior Retreat. This will be an outdoor cook so be sure to DRESS WARMLY! The brewery will open to the public at 1 pm. 

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Updated: Road rage case with gun leads to arrest warrant

From a press release: 

Brandishing a Firearm | Road Rage – On January 7 at 1:12PM, officers responded to the area of Dale Blvd and Birchdale Ave in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a brandishing. The victim, a 39-year-old man, reported to police that he was driving on Brickwood Dr when he observed a silver Dodge Charger speeding and driving recklessly. The driver of the Charger allegedly drove through several stop signs before stopping the vehicle in the middle of the road at the intersection of Brickwood Dr and Brazil Ct. The victim drove his vehicle around the Charger and made eye contact with the driver. The victim continued driving and made no other contact with the other driver. The victim stopped at the intersection of Benita Fitzgerald and Brickwood Dr where the driver of the Charger pulled alongside. At that point, the driver lowered his window and pointed a handgun towards the victim. The suspect immediately drove away with the victim following. The suspect was last seen getting onto I-95 northbound before the victim contacted police. Upon further investigation, officers identified the driver of the Charger as Howard Samual ANDERSON and obtained a warrant for his arrest on January 16.  

Wanted: [Photo from September 2017]

Howard Samual ANDERSON, 41, of the 900 block of Central Hills Ln in Hyattsville, Maryland

Described as black male, 6’01”, 220lbs, with black hair and brown eyes

Wanted for brandishing a firearm

Updated

This post has been updated to show Anderson remains at large. An earlier headline incorrectly noted he had been arrested. 

Obituary
Harry Irvin Mahon III

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Harry Irvin “Sonny” Mahon III, 75, of Colonial Beach, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Mary Washington Hospital.

He was born Friday, May 8, 1942 in Fairfax, Virginia to the late Harry Irvin Mahon, Jr. and Margaret Hall Mahon of Lorton, Virginia. Sonny served his country in the United States Navy, retired as a Captain for the Fairfax County Fire Service and was then an electrician at Fort Belvoir.

He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., Eagles, Moose and Masonic Lodges and the Colonial Hunt Club. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved spending time with his family and friends and helping others along the way.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Lee Mahon, 3 children, Michael Roy Mahon, Margaret Teresa Davis and her husband Michael, Melissa Anne McIntosh, a sister, Rebecca Chaklader and her husband Subir, 6 grandchildren Jessica Mahon, Christopher Davis, Sarah Davis, James McIntosh, Jr., Henry Long and Alicen McIntosh, 4 great grandchildren, Logan Neer, Christopher Davis, Jr., Paetynn Vaughan, Trevor Davis and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Storke Funeral Home Colonial Beach Chapel, 131 3rd St, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 and/or Oak Grove Fire Dept. 121 James Monroe Hwy, Colonial Beach, VA 22443. Condolences may be left for the family at www.storkefuneralhome.com.