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Cox Honored at Potomac State College

Cox honored at Potomac State

President of Potomac State College of West Virginia University, Leonard Colelli, Ph.D. (far left), along with Alumni President Jennings Stickley, (far right) are pictured with Dolly Cox (second from right), Class of 1953, who was presented with the with the Distinguished Service Award during the annual Homecoming Banquet at the College. Cox resides in Dumfries, Va. Pat Hovis, a resident of Keyser, W.Va., introduced Cox to those in attendance.

Manassas Police Seek 7-Eleven Robber


Cash taken during 7-Eleven robbery in Manassas


On October 28, a robbery occurred at a 7-Eleven store located on 10438 Dumfries Road. Police were told that at around 9:30 pm the suspect entered the store and with a handgun, demanded money from an employee at the register, said Manassas police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.

Once the suspect got the money, he fled and was last seen between Nikki Place and Barrington Park Circle, said Helms. The suspect is described as tall black male, slim, wearing dark clothing, sunglasses, a beanie on his head, and a white shirt or cloth around his face, said Helms. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Manassas City Police Department. 



House of Mercy Does the Numbers, Helps Poor in Greater Manassas



Using the data collection online tool city-data.com, the House of Mercy has determined that the nonprofit humanitarian organization, located in Manassas, serves about 16 percent of the poor overall in targeted areas of Greater Manassas combined, helping up to 34 percent of impoverished residents in some communities.

That’s according to Ann Cimini, the agency’s executive director, who said that House of Mercy clients number 1,575 of 10,089 poor and low-income residents throughout Manassas Park and the Census Designated Places (CDPs) of Buckhall, Bull Run and Loch Lomond, all in Greater Manassas, and the unincorporated Manassas communities of Wellington and West Gate. The figures are based on House of Mercy registered-client totals at the beginning of October and information on city-data.com on each area’s population below the poverty rate, she said.

House of Mercy provides free food and clothing to its clients, which also include 84 families in Woodbridge, 36 in Bristow and 33 in Gainesville, said Cimini. The agency serves clients in almost all towns surrounding Manassas, she said. The average size of families that House of Mercy serves is 3.5 people, she said.

The City of Manassas was not included in the agency’s report, which also excluded figures for the unincorporated Manassas community of Sudley Springs and Greater Manassas CDPs Sudley (which includes SplashDown Waterpark), Independent Hill and Yorkshire. The report focuses only on Greater Manassas areas where House of Mercy serves the most residents in need, Cimini said.

At nearly 34 percent, Loch Lomond, located about a mile and a half north of the City of Manassas, has the highest percentage of poor and low-income residents served by House of Mercy, Cimini said. The agency’s clients include 215 of the neighborhood’s 640 residents with income below the poverty rate, according to House of Mercy statistics. More than 27 percent of Loch Lomond’s population live in poverty, based on figures for 2012 on city-data.com.

About 20 percent or 193 of West Gate’s 976 poor and low-income residents are House of Mercy clients, the organization’s report showed. According to data for 2009 on www.city-data.com, 8.4 percent of residents there live in poverty.

With 823 of the agency’s clients residing in Wellington and 134 in Manassas Park, the agency serves slightly more than 16 percent of Wellington’s 5,120 impoverished residents and 16.4 percent of Manassas Park’s 816 community members living below the poverty rate, based on House of Mercy’s statistics.

Greater Manassas areas the agency serves that have the lowest percentage of House of Mercy clients compared tototal number of poor and low-income residents include Bull Run, located about two miles northwest of Manassas city. The organization serves 8 percent or 210 clients of that CDP’s 2,537 residents living below the poverty rate, based on the agency’s report.

Buckhall, an expansive geographic area stretching from southeast to northwest nearly two miles south of Manassas city, has more than 23,000 poor and low-income residents, including 61 House of Mercy clients, according to the report. They all live in the Forest Park Mobile Home Community, the report stated.

While Manassas city was not included in the report, House of Mercy calculated that the agency serves more than 32 percent of residents living in Georgetown South, a Manassas neighborhood with among the highest poverty rates in the city, said Cimini. She noted that 651 House of Mercy clients live in the neighborhood, which has a population of 2,026 based on information on www.city-data.com, she said.

“This is a huge piece of information we’ve been missing. We know we’re good at giving aid to people, but until now we weren’t able to quantify our help’s real value in the community,”said Cimini.

Such statistics are required on almost all grant applications, usually under the question, “How does the work you do impact your community?” she said.

The organization’s goals include extending aid to more families to serve a greater percentage of those in need in the area, she said. However, the endeavor’s success depends upon donations of money, food and clothing, and those are down in this troubled economy, while demand continues to grow, Cimini said.

To supplement food donations, House of Mercy purchases food from Capital Area Food Bank, the largest nonprofit food bank in the Washington, D.C., area. Once ordering about twice a year, the agency now places an order at least every six weeks, Cimini said.

“Before this year, food donations kept up with demand, and we made strides in providing clients with healthful foods,” she said. “Now we’re spending close to $3,000 a year to ensure that our clients have protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals and low-sugar and low-salt canned goods.”

-Press release submitted by House of Mercy

Flash Cube

A roundup of local news from local sources


Free cab rides offered Halloween As a means of making the Washington-metropolitan area’s roadways a little less frightening this Halloween, free cab rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington-metropolitan area on the evening of Friday, October 31st. [Washington Regional Alcohol Program]

School Board Members Not Considering Later Start for High Schools; Cost Major Factor –Cost may be the deciding factor in whether or not Prince William County Schools will follow the lead of neighboring Fairfax and Loudoun counties and start their high schools later in the morning. [Bristow Beat]

Stafford considers 14 schools for change – Students at 14 elementary and middle schools in Stafford could potentially be impacted by a process to reduce overcrowding at the county’s schools. [Fredericksburg.com]


Stratford University Holding Free Job Fair Today

Stratford University in Woodbridge, Virginia. [Stratford University Facebook page]

The Woodbridge campus of Stratford University will hold a free job fair from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.

The job fair will be held in collaboration with Virginia’s SkillSource center in Woodbridge.

The campus is located at 14349 Gideon Drive, near Potomac Mills mall.

Attendees are asked dress professionally and bring several copies of their resume.

The event is free to the public. Click here for a list of companies attending the fair.

Do You Like our Wednesday Rainbow Shot? We Don’t



Our cell phone camera didn’t do it justice, but to be fair it wasn’t that bright in the sky.

A rainbow appeared briefly Wednesday night in the skies over North Stafford, following an afternoon of cloudy, rainy weather.

The color streaks appeared about 6 p.m. as the clouds and rain were exiting the area.

The photo shows the area of Route 610 in North Stafford in the direction of Interstate 95. If there was a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, judging by our vantage point, it would have been somewhere in the Potomac River.

Russian Dancers Guest Stars in ‘Nutcracker’ at the Hylton

Russian dancers fashion spokesmodels


"Irina Dvorovenko & Maxim Beloserkovsky, Stars of American Ballet Theatre.

“Irina Dvorovenko & Maxim Beloserkovsky, Stars of American Ballet Theatre.

The Northern Virginia Youth Ballet (NVYB) and its affiliate school, The Academy of Russian Ballet (ARB) are pleased to announce that International Ballet Super Stars Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky will guest in their eight annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Nov. 29  at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Ms. Dvorovenko and Mr. Beloserkovsky are former Principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) where they performed nearly all leading roles in the company’s classical and contemporary repertoire. Trained at the Kiev State Choreographic Institute in the USSR, they were Principal dancers with the Kiev State Ballet in Ukraine. Ms. Dvorovenko has received many awards and prizes from prestigious international competitions in Moscow, Japan, Jackson, Ukraine including “Anna Pavlova Prize” at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 1992.

After immigrating to the U.S., they immediately joined ABT where they became famed for their dramatic artistry and technical purity on stage. They are spokesmodels and fashion designers for Bloch Dancewear USA and have modeled for Vogue Magazine among others. Most recently, Ms. Dvorovenko was a guest judge on the hit TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance?”. She will also be featured in the upcoming Starz Channel series, “Flesh and Bone”.

NVYB’s production of “The Nutcracker” is family friendly and adheres to tradition. Sets and backgrounds were produced in Russian theatres and costumes are either custom made in Russia and Europe or by an in-house design team. The 65 local performers joining Ms. Dvorovenko and Mr. Beloserkovsky onstage are students of ARB and range in age from three to eighteen. Dimtri Vistoropskiy and Ruslan Amrayev, Russian dancers trained at the A.V. Seleznev Choreographic Institute in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will also appear in the production as The Nutcracker and Snow King respectively.

NVYB and ARB provides talented area students with professional performing experience, original choreographic pieces, and community arts collaboration. Members of NVYB and students of ARB have placed top-12 at Youth America Grand Prix, been voted “Best Performing Arts Group in Prince William County”, have been accepted to acclaimed summer intensives around the country, received traineeship offers with professional companies, and received college scholarships. Two members have been invited to study full time at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. In April 2013, three members of NVYB/ARB competed at the 2013 Dance Triumph Festival and Competition in Germany.

Tickets are $35.00 for adults, $25.00 for children, seniors, and military. Tickets may be purchased at www.hyltoncenter.org. For more information, visit www.AcademyofRussianBalletVA.com .

Secret Garden Cafe Donating to Charities in Nov.

Starting in November, Occoquan’s Secret Garden Cafe is beginning a donation program where 10% of sales on a particular evening go to a deserving nonprofit organization in the community.  

On Friday, November 7, the Secret Garden Cafe will donate 10% of the evening’s proceeds to Rolling Thunder’s Wounded Warrior Program.  Then, on Friday, January 2 and Friday, February 6, 10% of sales will go to the Occoquan Historical Society.

The Secret Garden Cafe is located at 404 Mill Street in Occoquan and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The restaurant’s website posted this to describe their menu:

When asked to describe our menu, after many attempts to describe it, we are left simply saying, “well, its food we like.” From the far east of the globe to the far west, we are not afraid to be adventurous.

Cuisine de Commerce Encourages Professionals to Dine Local

Cuisine de Commerce is an event from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. [Photo: Potomac Local]

15 restaurants to participate in Cuisine de Commerce


The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is preparing for one of its most popular events, the Cuisine de Commerce, sponsored by Internet Ad Management, Inc. Taking place at the Continental Event Center, 9705 Liberia Avenue in Manassas, 11:30 a.m. on November 6, this “taste of the town” will feature samples from 15 area restaurants and caterers.

A toy drive will also take place, with donations accepted at the event and at Burke & Herbert Bank locations throughout greater Prince William.

 “We encourage everybody in the community to come out, discover new restaurant favorites and bring something for the toy drive,” said Chamber President and CEO Debbie Jones. “This event is all about our community: highlighting and supporting local businesses. With all that Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park have to offer, we want members and guests to see that there is plenty of reason to stay close to home when going out to eat.” Jones encourages employers to consider recognizing their staff or clients by inviting them to join you for this luncheon, where a table of ten is just $375 for members or non-members.

“Burke & Herbert Bank is proud to be the Toy Drive Sponsor of the Cuisine de Commerce. As a local community bank and the oldest bank in Virginia we believe it is important to support the communities in which we do business,” said Burke & Herbert Bank Senior Vice President Terry Cole. “We are excited about working with the Prince William Chamber to help bring holiday joy to less fortunate children in our neighborhoods and pleased to have our branches serve as locations for the collection of toy donations.

“I’m proud that so many of our members are glad to give back to the community that supports their business,” said Bruce Moore of Internet Ad Management, Inc., the Main Event Sponsor and a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. This is the third year that his company has sponsored the luncheon. Over the last two years, the event has featured a food drive where members brought in close to 500 pounds of food. This year everyone is asked to bring a toy, which the Continental Event Center, in partnership with local churches, will distribute to local families in need of help this holiday season.

According to Jones, this luncheon is a great way to treat office staff, clients or friends to a special lunch. Attendees will have the chance to sample foods and treats prepared by:

Zandra’s Taqueria

P.F. Chang’s

Bahama Breeze

Travinia Italian Kitchen

A La Carte Catering and Event Design

The Piedmont Club

UNO Chicago Grill

Dyvine BBQ in Motion

Café Rio Mexican Grill

Cakes by Happy Eatery

Not Your Average Joe’s

Flash Cube

A roundup of local news from local sources


Launch failed: Antares rocket explodes just seconds after liftoff, investigation underway – Just seconds after liftoff, the Antares rocket exploded and fell back to the ground. [Washington Post]

TV theft precedes chase in Stafford – Stafford County authorities are looking for a man who led deputies on a chase Monday evening after the theft of a television was reported at the Walmart off U.S. 17. [Fredericksburg.com]

Quantico gets military surplus boat, Humvee for emergencies – The town spent about $5,000 to get the boat in operating order and put the police department’s name on the sides. [Insidenova.com]

Police to Provide Extra Enforcement for Drinking & Driving this Halloween – Halloween falls on a Friday this year, which could lead to more partying and drinking than usual. [Prince William County Government]

‘The Bone’ Holding Ribbon Cutting on Monday


Join us in celebrating our successful opening of The Bone in Historic Old Town Manassas.  The ribbon cutting will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday at The Bone, 9420 Battle Street. 

Representatives of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and Historic Manassas Inc. will be on hand to assist with the ribbon cutting, as well as Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish.

Before and after the official cutting of the ribbon there will be social time with complimentary BBQ sliders and drink specials and all attendees will enjoy 10% off dine-in and take-out orders from 4 to 6 p.m. 

While you’re here, grab a 6-pack of craft brew to kick off the after-party. Those who purchase two six packs get a free t-shirt.

RSVP’s are not necessary, just show up for the party. For more information, please contact Chase Hover at 703-330-3820 or email at chase@thebonebbq.com.

Trail to Freedom to Honor African American History in Stafford

6 century-old churches to be recognized during daylong events


STAFFORD, Va. - Stafford County and the 350th Anniversary Blue Ribbon Committee are inviting local residents to an all day “Trail to Freedom” event celebrating African-American history in Stafford County on this Saturday, Nov. 1.

According to organizers, the event will start out as a “motor coach tour” from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. of three separate locations; Jubilee Central, Port of Dreams, and the Crossroads of Virginia and parking will only be available at the Government Center located at 1300 Courthouse Road with the last motor coach leaving from the center at 2:30 pm. 

From 2 to 3 p.m., there will be a special ceremony held at Mount Hope Baptist Church to honor six 100-year-old African-American churches in the Stafford area. Mount Hope Baptist Church, however, will have no parking but shuttles will be available from the Government Center to the church, according organizers.

Later in the evening, a celebration honoring African-American history in Stafford County will take place at the Rowser Building at 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, in Stafford from 5 to 8 p.m. The formal unveiling ceremony will occur at 5 p.m. and parking will be available at the Rowser Building once participants present this invitation, according to officials.


3 Bus Stops Moved for Safety Reasons

New OmniLink buses that serve Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. The buses have a new look more aligned with the overall color scheme for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission. [Submitted photo]

Three bus stops in eastern Prince William County have been moved.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, operators of OmniRide and OmniLink buses, relocated the following stops in Dale City, Woodbridge, and Triangle:

- Dale & Delaney (moving 50 feet west away from intersection): Dale City OmniRide, Rosslyn/Ballston OmniRide, Dale City OmniLink
- Cardinal & Bonneville (moving 100 feet east): Montclair OmniRide
- Old Triangle & Soundview (moving 50 feet north under lamppost): Dumfries OmniLink

The stops were moved due to safety reasons, the transit agency said.

OmniRide buses carry commuters from Prince William County to areas in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

OmniLink buses carry local bus riders in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

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.

School Board of the City of Manassas FY 2016 Budget Public Input

The School Board of the City of Manassas will hold public input on the FY 2016 Budget (Capital Improvement Plan and Operating Budget) at the regularly scheduled School Board Business Meeting on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Interested citizens are invited to attend. Written comments regarding the FY 2016 Budget can be submitted to the Manassas City School Board. Please forward comments to: Manassas City Public Schools, Attn: Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 520, Manassas, VA 20108, kclapper@mcpsva.org
For further information, please call the Clerk’s office at 571-377-6008.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities, if requested.

Macy’s Security Guard Nearly Bitten

MANASSAS, Va. - On October 16, police went to a Macy’s department store at Manassas Mall to investigate a case of shoplifting. Macy’s security told police that when the male shoplifter tried to leave, he tried to bite one of the security guard’s hands. When officers arrived, police say that he resisted arrested and gave a false identity while in custody. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On October 16th at 11:44AM, officers responded to the Macy’s in Manassas Mall located at 8270 Sudley Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a shoplifter. Officers arrived at the business and were informed by store security that the accused took clothing items and left the business without paying. As security went to detain the accused, he attempted to bite one of them on the hand. No contact was made. As officers attempted to arrest the accused, he actively resisted. Following a brief struggle, the accused was detained without further incident. During questioning, the accused provided officers with a false identity.

Arrested on October 16th: [No photo available]

Roger GONZALEZ, 21, of no fixed address

Charged with attempted malicious woundingresisting arrestgrand larceny and providing false ID to police

Court date: November 17, 2014 | Bond: $7,500 secured

Police: Intoxicated Driver Pushes, Strikes Officer

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - On October 22, police were in the area to investigate a crash. Police determined that one of the drivers had been driving while intoxicated. When officers tried to arrest the driver, the driver pushed then struck an officer in the face with his elbow but the officer was not injured. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On October 22nd at 5:58PM, officers responded to the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and East Longview Dr in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a crash. As a result of the investigation, one of the driver’s, identified as the accused, was arrested for driving under the influence. During the arrest, the accused pushed the arresting officer and then struck him in the face with his elbow. The accused was eventually detained without further incident. The officer was not injured.   

Arrested on October 22nd:

Alvaro ARBOLEDA SOLIS, 49, of 12892 Grays Pointe Rd, apt. 92C in Fairfax

Charged with assault & battery on a LEOresisting arrest and driving under the influence

Court date: November 24, 2014 | Bond: $7,500 secured

Stafford Sheriff: Take Precautions on Halloween

STAFFORD, Va. - On October 27, Stafford County sheriff spokesman William Kennedy issued a press release about the additional steps deputies will be taking this Halloween and what residents and their children can do to stay safe this Friday.

Kennedy wrote that there will be more deputies out on duty Halloween evening and at the Sheriff’s Office, located in the Public Safety Center at 1225 Courthouse Road, they will be x-raying candy to detect metal-like objects from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Kennedy also included helpful tips both residents and children can take to have a fun and safe Halloween. 

Below is the official press release from Stafford County Sheriff; 




Flash Cube

A roundup of local news from local sources


Stafford suspect wanted in fraud –A 21-year-old man is wanted in Stafford County in a case involving credit card theft, fraud and obtaining money by false pretenses. [Fredericksburg.com]

Potomac High School senior dies in her home – Cheryl Osborne says it’s the stuff of nightmares. On Sunday morning, her 17-year-old daughter, Kristina Marie, was found dead in her room of unknown causes. [Insidenova.com]

Haymarket Polling Precinct Shares Building with Republican Office – About $25,000-$26,000 is due to be spent on construction of the clock tower while installation should cost about another $3,000-$4,000. [Prince William Times]

Stafford worker resigns over listing of sex offender’s program – The Republican National Committee has an office in the old Pace West School, where residents of the Haymarket Precinct will vote for elected representatives on Nov. 4. [Bristow Beat]

Express lanes operator offering forgiveness to some E-ZPass customers – Transurban, the company that operates the express lanes on the Capital Beltway in Virginia, is making some changes in its toll enforcement program in response to complaints from some toll road users that they unwittingly amassed big penalties using the lanes. [Washington Post]

Land Owner: No Plans to Demolish Kline’s Freeze

Kline's freeze restaurant, manassas, centreville road, route 28


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.

Vanegas Charged in Restaurant Brawl

MANASSAS, Va. – Police were called to Tommy’s Place Bar & Grill in the early morning hours of Oct. 27 to investigate an assault. Upon arriving to the scene, officers saw a fight-in-progress in the parking lot and were able to identify the victim as a 26-year-old male who had to be treated for non-life threatening injuries to his face and head, said Manassas police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.

Witnesses at the scene told police that a man struck the victim’s head with a beer bottle multiple times and kicked him the head before leaving the area with another man, said Helms.

Officers were able to find the suspect a short time later at his home and charged the suspect, Ramirez Vanegas, 24, with malicious wounding and public intoxication, said Helms.

He was held without bond with a pending court date of Nov. 25.  



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