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Thieves hit a string of cars outside Haymarket golf club

Virginia State Police are calling for the public’s help for information on a crime that occurred just after Thanksgiving: 

From a press release: 

The Prince William County Police and Virginia State Police are seeking the public’s help with identifying the individuals in the attached surveillance photo. The two individuals are being sought in connection with a series of vehicle break-ins that occurred in a neighborhood in Haymarket during the early morning hours of Nov. 25, 2017.

On that morning, numerous reports were filed of vehicles parked on the street and in driveways in the Piedmont Golf Community having been broken into and various items missing. Among the vehicles broken into was an unmarked Virginia State Police car. A Department-issued firearm was taken from inside the locked vehicle.

Anyone with information about these individuals and/or the vehicle break-ins is encouraged to call the Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026 or #77 on a cell phone or sent by email to questions@vsp.virginia.gov. Tips can also be submitted to Prince William County Police Department at 703-792-5123 or by email at policedept@pwcgov.org.

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Antietam Elementary students flying high after radio chat with International Space Station

It took over a year planning and preparation, but then on Monday, December 11, 2017, their ship — the International Space Station — came in.

Students at Antietam Elementary School in Lake Ridge used a Ham Radio to speak with Astronaut Astronaut Mark Vande Hei.

The window to speak to speak to the station was short — about 10 minutes. And the timing had to be just right, too.

As the ISS made it’s approach over Virginia, flying in space at 17,500 mph over the U.S. from west to east, the students put out a call.

“NA1SS, this is KM4TAY for our scheduled contact,” said one student.

After about three tries, the space station came in loud and clear and the audio was piped over a loudspeaker for the more than 600 students that packed the school’s cafeteria to listen. Selected students lined up to ask questions about what life in space is like, about the food astronauts eat, about working in zero gravity, sleeping on a wall, and if an asteroid has ever stricken the station.

Vande Hei answered each question thoughtfully. While he did, the student body sat quietly and listened intently, raising their hands over their heads and waving them to show their excitement.

“We’ve been talking about this on the morning news every day for almost a month to get them ready for this,” said Principal Marcia Wieduwilt.

The school applied to be one of 20 to get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak to the ISS.

In preparation for the event, the administrators purchased a new antenna for the school’s ham radio club to use. About 30 students belong to the club.

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Five of seven people injured in Dale City town home blaze

From a press release: 

On Thursday, December 14th at 7:04 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a single family house, on fire, located in the 4300 block of Glendale Road in Woodbridge.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire showing from the rear of the home. Firefighters initiated attack and quickly extinguished the fire. Five of the seven occupants sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were treated on scene and transported to a local medical facility for further treatment.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages were moderate estimated at $100,000. The Building Inspector has posted the home unsafe. Red Cross was on scene to assist the family, 4 adults and 3 children, displaced by the fire.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Renovations turn old Mackey’s Pub into ‘Taps-N-Apps’

From a press release: 

We are very pleased to welcome the newest restaurant in Historic Downtown Manassas, Taps-N-Apps.  Located in the former Mackey’s space on Center Street, the new restaurant has been completely renovated from floor to ceiling.  Owner John Csoka has invested roughly $87,000 in paint, flooring, lighting and top-of-the line kitchen equipment to ensure that customers have a great experience in a family-friendly atmosphere.  

The menu features reasonably priced small plates for sharing, salads and sandwiches made with fresh ingredients in house as well as an extensive craft beer and cocktail list.  By spring the owner hopes to have outside dining available. 

Above Taps-N-Apps on the second floor is Atlas Club which holds up to 95 people and has also been renovated as an event space for corporate meetings, bridal lunches, holiday parties, etc.  Every weekend the lounge and bar at Atlas is open after 9 p.m.          

Because Taps-N-Apps is committed to building community, all uniformed police and fire personnel will receive a 50% discount on food for dining-in.

Check out the full menu and daily specials at tapsnapps.com or follow them on Facebook.  

 

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Tim Hugo wins the recount. Now he’s one of three Republicans representing Prince William County in Richmond.

Tim Hugo Prince William County’s joins State Senator Dick Black as the only Republicans representing Prince William County in the General Assembly.

Tim Hugo will keep the 40th District House of Delegates seat in western Fairfax and Prince William counties. He beat his opponent Democrat Donte Tanner by 99 votes, according to this press release: 

Today, the recount for Virginia’s 40th House District concluded, and Delegate Tim Hugo’s victory was reaffirmed. The results were mainly unchanged with Delegate Hugo winning by 99 votes.

“I would like to thank the hardworking volunteers and recount officials who made this recount go smoothly and without incident,” said Delegate Hugo. “As I said during the campaign, win or lose, we want to make sure that every lawful vote is counted and this process has ensured just that. I am honored to be re-elected and thank my constituents for their continued trust in me.  My focus has always been on improving the lives of those I serve.

“We faced unprecedented opposition from numerous outside groups, but our message of service to our community is why we received such bi-partisan support and were ultimately successful. I look forward to building on our accomplishments and finding new ways to improve our community.

“Lastly, Donte Tanner and I just spoke and I congratulated him on a hard fought race.”

Delegate Hugo was first elected in a special election in 2002. He serves as the House Majority Caucus Chairman and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Transportation committee as well as on the Commerce & Labor, Finance, and Privileges & Elections committees. The 40th District includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties.

While Senator Dick Black was not up for reelection in November, a Democratic wave on Election Day Nov. 7, 2017, swept out longtime Republicans Bob Marshall, Scott Lingamfelter, Jackson Miller, and Richard Anderson in favor of Democrats Danica Roem, Elizabeth Guzman, Lee Carter, and Hala Ayala, respectively.

State Senator Richard Stuart (R-28) also represents a portion of Prince William County.

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Now you can grab a slice of pizza in the ‘Quan

It was once the Coffee House in Occoquan. Now, after lying dormant for many years, it’s now serving up some hearty slices of pizza. 

From Facebook: 

Third Base is Historic Occoquan’s newest specialty pizza and frozen custard parlor. Come join Kathy, Josh, and the team for a fun time with some great pizza and frozen custard.

This latest spot knocks it right out of the park and when asked about the name; Kathy says, ” This is the name of my father’s first restaurant, so we wanted to bring it back for old times sake.”

A true renovation has taken place in this historic building which also houses a three bedroom Air BNB called HOME. Come join us as we celebrate the opening of Third Base… The last stop before HOME!

Occoquan serves as a commuter cut-through route for people who live in Lake  Ridge but don’t want to sit in traffic on Route 123 to turn on Old Bridge Road. Hundreds of commuters will pass by the new pizza joint each weekday. 

The restaurant comes from the same team that reopened Bar-J Chili Parlor in Occoquan in 2016. 

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Those KO Distilling guys have ‘nursed’ that win long enough. It’s time for a new round of nominees.

Bourbon makers KO Distillery in Manassas won the Prince William Chamber Emerging Business of the Year award for 2017 in February. 

Owners John and Bill Karlson have had nearly a year to ferment in the joy of winning both the award and recognition. There were 12 winners in as many categories at this year’s show.

Today, the chamber called for a new round of nominees for the next Chamber Business Awards to take place 

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for their 2018 Business Awards and Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards, now through December 31. Nomination forms are available online at pwchamber.org/events/business-awards. Forms may be filled out online, or downloaded for later. Business people and Prince William County/Manassas area residents are encouraged to nominate their favorite local businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Categories include:

  • Excellence in Small Business Award (1-10 Employees)
  • Business Excellence Award (11 + Employees)
  • Emerging Business of the Year
  • Innovative Practice or Partnership of the Year
  • Community Outreach Award
  • Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism Award
  • Excellence in F/I/RE (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) Award
  • Tech Company of the Year
  • Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards: Awarded to 2 not-for-profit organizations making a demonstrable contribution to the quality of life in the Greater Prince William region. Each award is accompanied by a check for $1,000 to continue the winner’s work. Awards are given in 2 sub-categories: Arts & Education or Health & Human Services.

 (For more information see the attached list of categories & criteria)

Business Award winners will be announced during the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Business Awards dinner on February 28, 2018, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. The awards ceremony will feature guest MC Jennifer Nycz-Conner, Editor-at-Large, Washington Business Journal. For more information or to purchase tickets to the awards dinner, call the Chamber at 703-368-6600.

Winners will be chosen by the Business Award Selection Committee, comprised of members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. For the 3rd year in a row the Chamber Board will also select the recipient of the Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award.

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Anderson calls for working group to address speeding in Prince William County

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Requests to install speed bumps in neighborhoods have become an all-too-common request for Prince William County Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson.

From a press release: 

[On Tuesday] at the Prince William Board of County Supervisors meeting, Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson called for County Staff to form a working group to address the countywide residential speeding issue.

Police, County and State Transportation, individual citizens and members of local media will be asked to take part in this group. The directive was supported by all Supervisors present at the meeting.

Anderson stated that this idea came about after analyzing frequent requests for traffic calming measures from constituents.

“Requests for speed bumps and pole mounted speed displays are becoming an increasing trend from community members. I feel it is time to look at this problem from a broader, county-wide perspective to see if there are any best practices with technology, messaging, etc. that might mitigate this public safety problem” said Supervisor Anderson.

The vision is for this working group to recommend creative, best-practice-based solutions to address the problem. Solutions might include better messaging through public advocacy, increased enforcement, new technologies, new state or local legislation and education. Education and enforcement are currently the two main ways to influence driving behaviors.

Under the direction of the PWC Police Department, this group will provide their recommendations to the Board prior to July 1, 2018.

Potomac Local worked with Anderson twice this year to hold community meetings about transportation in the Occoquan District, which includes Lake, and the Buckhall area outside Manassas.

The issue of speeding came up during our meeting on Yates Ford and Davis Ford roads, where it was addressed by Prince William police.