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U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir remains closed Thursday, March 5, 2015. Walker and Telegraph Gates are closed…. http://t.co/o3f443qEaI
— Fort Belvoir, Va. (@Fort_Belvoir) March 5, 2015
The Manassas Museum is closed. Building inspections scheduled for today will need to be rescheduled. Please be… http://t.co/Kh9zumPZ8L
— Manassas VA (@CityofManassas) March 5, 2015
@PotomacLocal Due to inclement weather, RCC will be closed Thursday, March 5, 2015
— Rappahannock CC (@rappahannockcc) March 5, 2015
Park is closed due to poor weather conditions.
— Pr. Wm. Forest Park (@PWForestPark) March 5, 2015
Senior centers and the Adult Day Healthcare program in Prince William County are closed today.
— PrinceWilliamCounty (@pwcgov) March 5, 2015
The Town of Haymarket government offices are closed today, March 5, 2015. In addition Prince William County… http://t.co/gYjvL4sDEQ
— Town of Haymarket (@townofhaymarket) March 5, 2015
Update: Prince William County government is closed today, March 5, 2015. The Courthouse is also closed.
— PrinceWilliamCounty (@pwcgov) March 5, 2015
LIBRARY CLOSED: All CRRL branches are closed Thursday, March 5, due to weather.
— CentRappReg Library (@crrlnews) March 5, 2015
Stafford County Government is opening on time with liberal leave in effect.
— Stafford County (@staffordvagov) March 5, 2015
— Loudoun Co. Govt. (@LoudounCoGovt) March 5, 2015
Government Offices and Courts Closed March 5 http://t.co/ZWyXMktDuJ
— Fairfax County (@fairfaxcounty) March 5, 2015
The City of Manassas government is on Liberal Leave today, March 5, 2015. Be safe traveling today!
— Manassas VA (@CityofManassas) March 5, 2015
MCB Quantico is Code Red: closed. Only essential and emergency personnel are expected to report to work. pic.twitter.com/RZ70Fr7EYH
— MCB Quantico (@MCB_Quantico) March 5, 2015
Mason Alert: George Mason University is closed today Thursday March 5th due to weather see email for more information
— George Mason News (@GeorgeMasonNews) March 5, 2015
Thursday, 5 March 2015, Fort Belvoir offices are CLOSED – This message applies to Belvoir Garrison employees,… http://t.co/Ws9g9xiyUj
— Fort Belvoir, Va. (@Fort_Belvoir) March 5, 2015
— U of Mary Washington (@UMaryWash) March 5, 2015
— King George County (@kinggeorgecnty) March 5, 2015
DOD Schools are closed tomorrow, March 5. pic.twitter.com/DpebaU5pTJ
— MCB Quantico (@MCB_Quantico) March 5, 2015
— Germanna CC (@germannacc) March 5, 2015
Fredericksburg City Public Schools will be closed Thursday, March 5, 2015. Code Red 12-month emplo… http://t.co/3yqNKw63aS
— Fredericksburg Sch (@FredSchools) March 5, 2015
MCPS will be closed Thursday, March 5, 2015 due to potential inclement weather. Code Blue for employees.
— ManassasCitySchools (@mymcpsva) March 5, 2015
Because of the forecast for a severe winter storm, LCPS and all admin offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, March 5, 2015.
— LCPS News (@LCPSOfficial) March 5, 2015
@SCPSchools closed Thursday 3/5/15. Employees Code 1.
— Stafford Schools (@SCPSchools) March 5, 2015
— MPCSchools (@MPCSVA) March 5, 2015
ALERT – NOVA will be closed THURSDAY, MARCH 5 due to inclement weather.
— NOVA (@NovaAccess) March 5, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015,PWCS closed due to inclement weather in certain areas. Code Red for employees. SACC will not open.
— PWCS (@PWCSNews) March 4, 2015
All Fairfax County public schools and offices will be closed tomorrow, March 5, 2015. More at http://t.co/zNBBMjWGwr.
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) March 5, 2015
All Spotsylvania County Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, March 5, 2015. 12-month employees are Code 0.
— Spotsylvania Schools (@SpotsySchools) March 4, 2015
All Fauquier County Public Schools are closed Thursday March 5 2015. Administrative offices are also closed.
— Fauquier Schools VA (@FCPS1News) March 4, 2015
— King George County (@kinggeorgecnty) March 4, 2015
The City of Manassas has declared a snow emergency effective at 8 a.m. March 5, 2015. This means that cars… http://t.co/ZgVLS0PcRT
— Manassas VA (@CityofManassas) March 4, 2015
The National Weather Service has released a Dense Fog Advisory, in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.
Milder temperatures over snow in central and northeast MD to northeast VA has warranted a Dense Fog Advisory until 10 pm Wed.
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) March 5, 2015
Wondering if you have work or school tomorrow? Take a look at our closings page.
The City of Manassas has declared a snow emergency, effective starting 8 a.m. tomorrow.
More from a city release:
On March 4, 2015, the City of Manassas is declaring a Snow Emergency effective at 8 a.m. on March 5, 2015 due to the impending snow event. This means that cars parked along designated snow emergency routes are subject to towing and fines.
Snow emergency routes in the City of Manassas are as follows: Dumfries Road/Route 234, Hastings Drive, Godwin Drive, Liberia Avenue, Richmond Avenue, Fairview Avenue, Grant Avenue, Wellington Road, Ashton Avenue, Cockrell Road, Nokesville Road/Route 28, Center Street, Prescott Avenue, Sudley Road/Route 234, Church Street, Zebedee Street, Centreville Road/Route 28, Mathis Avenue, Portner Avenue and Euclid Avenue.
Once the snow event is over, the City will issue a termination of the snow emergency and will reopen these streets to parking.
The Service Authority is asking residents to help keep fire hydrants free of snow during the storm, in case of incidents where fire and rescue need access.
Looks like we will be getting a good amount of snowfall tomorrow. Please make sure to clear away the white stuff… http://t.co/wTeiZuGzbu
— Service Authority (@PWCSA) March 4, 2015
Expect more snow – and lots of it.
The National Weather Service has issues a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from midnight to 9p.m. on Thursday.
There is a wintry mix expected, with between 4 to 8 inches of snow accumulation and additional ice accumulation.
The snow is expected to be heaviest during late Thursday morning, and continue on through Thursday afternoon.
If you’re still planning to commute into work on Thursday morning, VDOT is urging caution, and has also issued a release about difficulties traveling during the storm.
Potomac Local will keep you updated on the latest in closings, delays and outages.
More from a National Weather Service alert:
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
TO 9 PM EST THURSDAY…
* PRECIPITATION TYPES…WINTRY MIX…THEN ALL SNOW…HEAVY AT
* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES…ALONG
WITH AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.
* TIMING…RAIN CHANGES TO WINTRY MIX AROUND MIDNIGHT THEN ALL
SNOW THURSDAY. SNOW HEAVIEST THURSDAY LATE MORNING INTO THE
* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.
* WINDS…NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED…VISIBILITIES WILL DROP
TO AROUND A QUARTER-MILE AT TIMES…MAKING TRAVEL DANGEROUS.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…
FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
A coalition of law enforcement agencies, including the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, City of Manassas Park Police, Virginia State Police, Fairfax County Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were able to make several arrests on February 25, following a gang activity investigation.
The arrests were made in relation to a case involving gang recruitment for a gang known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.
Two search warrants were executed in Reston on a suspect’s vehicle. This search provided evidence that led to the arrest of four suspects. Additionally, there has been a total of 43 warrants issued, and more charges are currently pending.
The coalition of law enforcement agencies had been working together for almost three months on the investigation. The investigation followed the assault of a 15-year old girl in Manassas by the MS-13 gang as part of a gang initiation ritual back in November.
Two individuals were taken into custody on February 25 – Jose Angel Iraheta Palacios, and Carlos Albert Hernandez-Garcia.
More from Manassas City Police Department crime report:
Arrested on February 25, 2015:
1) IRAHETA PALACIOS, Jose Angel (AKA: “Little Crazy”), 30
Address: 11910 Winterthur Ln, Reston, VA 20191
Charged with: human trafficking; gang participation (9 counts); gang recruitment (2 counts); conspiracy to cause a juvenile to assist in the distribution of marijuana (3 counts); conspiracy to distribute marijuana; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; aiding illicit sexual intercourse; use of a vehicle to promote unlawful sexual intercourse; threaten force to encourage gang participation; and obstruction of justice
IRAHETA PALACIOS, Jose Angel (30)
2) HERNANDEZ-GARCIA, Carlos Albert (AKA: “Momia” and “Albert”), 20
Address: None fixed
Charged with: human trafficking; gang participation (6 counts); gang recruitment (2 counts); conspiracy to distribute marijuana; conspiracy to cause a juvenile to assist in the distribution of marijuana; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor
While the winter weather wasn’t as severe as predicted today, the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook alert.
The rain is expected to continue into Wednesday, and could pose a flooding threat in some areas.
Late Wednesday night the precipitation is expected to turn into snow. There has been no exact project on the amount of snowfall expected, but the accumulation is projected to be significant.
Potomac Local will be releasing all information about weather updates, closings, delays and outages.
More from a National Weather Service alert:
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY
HEAVY RAIN IS POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHICH COULD
COMBINE WITH SNOWMELT FOR A LOCALIZED FLOODING THREAT.
SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE LATE WEDNESDAY
NIGHT INTO THURSDAY. THERE IS UNCERTAINTY WITH REGARD TO HOW MUCH
SLEET MAY MIX IN WITH THE SNOW. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS.
Grammy Award-winning folk musician, songwriter and activist Peter Yarrow returns to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas to bring a fun and interactive musical performance on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2 p.m. This concert, which combines beloved folk tunes with inspiring lessons for children of all ages, is a part of the Hylton Family Series, featuring events for families to enjoy and experience the arts together. Prince William County is the 2014-2015 Hylton Family SeriesSponsor.
In this family-oriented concert, Yarrow shares his folk tunes with a new generation, performing his legendary hits, such as “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” as well as “Don’t Laugh at Me” and other newer songs that encourage children to treat each other with compassion, kindness and respect. His activism brings a new purpose: instructing children about the effects of bullying.
As a member of the popular folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, and as a solo artist, Yarrow has stirred audiences across the nation through his music and activism, while also selling many gold and platinum albums along the way. Throughout his career, Yarrow has used his musical talent to focus attention on numerous noble causes in the last half century, from marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in support of Civil Rights, to starting Operation Respect, an organization to combat school violence and bullying. He has also advocated for peace, gender equality, the environment, hospice care, education and on behalf of the homeless.
Prince William County is the 2014-2015 Hylton Family Series Sponsor
Tickets for PETER YARROW are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesdaythrough Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @Hylton_PAC.
The Winter Weather Advisory has been called off by the National Weather Service, as the precipitation has been mostly rain.
With the impending winter weather forecasted today, VDOT has issued a release warning drivers to be careful on the roads today, as conditions could become dangerous.
More from a VDOT release:
Motorists are advised that sleet and freezing rain could affect road conditions this afternoon in the Fredericksburg area, especially in northern and western areas.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are ready to apply salt and sand to reduce icing, and provide additional traction for vehicle tires. Sleet and freezing rain are forecast to affect the region starting in early afternoon, followed by rain.
Rain is forecast this afternoon in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Travelers are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and road conditions on 511Virginia before starting a trip this afternoon.
Motorists are encouraged to:
Slow down and allow extra travel time to reach your destination.
Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, ramps, hills, curves and overpasses.
Keep a safe following distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are applying sand, salt, and treatment chemicals to the road.
Use extra caution on roads carrying less traffic, such as subdivision streets.
And just when you thought that the snow was over – it’s come back again.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory earlier this evening, in effect tomorrow morning at 9a.m. until 10p.m.
Snow and sleet accumulation is expected to be up to 1 inch, and there is some anticipated ice accumulation as well.
As always, Potomac Local will keep you up to date on the latest in weather, closings, delays and outages.
More from a National Weather Service alert:
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM EST TUESDAY... * LOCATIONS...THE BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREAS AND NORTH CENTRAL MARYLAND. * HAZARD TYPES...SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN. * ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION OF UP TO 1 INCH...ALONG WITH UP TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE. * TIMING...TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY EVENING. * IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BE SNOW AND ICE COVERED. TRAVELING WILL BE DANGEROUS. * WINDS...SOUTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH. * TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
The House of Delegates in Richmond has passed bill HB 1672 – legislation that will remove the A to F grading system of school districts in Virginia.
The grading system is for school districts, not for individual student’s grades.
The A to F grading system for school districts was first implemented after bill HB 1999 was passed during the 2013 General Assembly session.
Support for the new legislation to remove the earlier grading system was immense, as the system had unintended consequences on schools.
“When the [original] bill was passed a couple of years ago, we were all concerned about what it would do to some of our schools – and the various categories they would be placed in. [We felt] that some of our schools and students would be disenfranchised by this piece of legislation, and it had the potential of penalizing some schools in a way that would not be reflective of the [school’s] efforts and their stance academically,” said Delegate Luke Torian.
The grading system was used on school districts, based upon their “student growth” defined in HB 1999 as maintaining proficiency on state assessments and growth and improvement based on a statewide average.
Schools with a low-grade rating on the scale would be in jeopardy of losing their accreditation, according to Torian.
“[Schools] were given a particular rating, based on certain criterions that were presented in the [earlier] legislation…The legislation was just too broad, in general,” said Torian.
Now that the bill has passed the floor of the House, it will now be moved to a Senate floor vote, before being placed in front of Governor McAuliffe for final approval.
While the legislation removes the current school district grading system, it does not articulate a new one. Torian stated that the originating legislator of the A to F system, Delegate Thomas Greason, will be working on legislation to implement a new system.
“I think what Delegate Greason is doing – he’s looking at some other alternatives…He will be talking to the leading educational organizations here, to design a new bill that will serve his intent. But right now what we don’t want to do – we don’t want to put forward something that is going to adversely impact schools,” Torian commented.
The legislation is considered a relief for many school districts, such as Manassas City Schools, whose school board outlined the removal of the A to F system as a legislative priority for 2015.
“The Board believes it does not indicate a division’s success in preparing students for career/college readiness,” said Almeta Radford, Public Communications Coordinator for Manassas City Schools.
- Historic Manassas Inc.
- Address: 9431 West Street Manassas, Virginia 20110
- Website: visitmanassas.org
Historic Downtown Manassas is going a little “mad” for First Friday. On March 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., City restaurants, retailers and the Manassas Museum are offering specials and special entertainment.
The list participating merchants is growing and can be viewed at .visitmanassas.org.
Each store and restaurant is selecting their own way to celebrate March with either a Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day or other March theme.
The Manassas Museum will offer free admission and 10% off at Echoes, their gift store.
The Osbourn High School String Quartet will serenade museum visitors.
There will be book signings, drink specials and much more around the Historic Downtown of the City of Manassas. Come for dinner and stay to shop and explore.
Inspired by the success of the monthly event concept held in other localities, First Friday in Historic Downtown was created by the Historic Manassas, Inc. promotions committee to enhance tourism and entertainment offerings in the City of Manassas.
The initial First Friday event was held in February 2014 and has grown and evolved. Some months feature roving musicians and caricature artists, while other months feature sidewalk art, games or special foods.
Update: Loudoun County Public Schools are closed today, March 2, 2015 due to extreme icy conditions. Admin offices open two hours late.
— LCPS News (@LCPSOfficial) March 2, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015: MCPS will be opening two hours late today due to icy conditions on sidewalks and secondary roads.
— ManassasCitySchools (@mymcpsva) March 2, 2015
— MPCSchools (@MPCSVA) March 2, 2015
All Spotsylvania County Public Schools are now closed, Monday, March 2, 2015.
— Spotsylvania Schools (@SpotsySchools) March 2, 2015
@SCPSchools CLOSED today, March 2, 2015. Code 2 for staff.
— Stafford Schools (@SCPSchools) March 2, 2015
DOD Schools are on a 2 hour delay. There will be no morning Pre-K. pic.twitter.com/G4ibj5XORy
— MCB Quantico (@MCB_Quantico) March 2, 2015
All schools will be closed today, 3/2/15. School offices & central offices will open two hours late. More at http://t.co/zNBBMjWGwr.
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) March 2, 2015
All Fauquier County Public Schools are closed today Monday March 2, 2015. Administrative offices open at 10am. Liberal leave is in effect.
— Fauquier Schools VA (@FCPS1News) March 2, 2015
Fredericksburg City Schools will have a 2 hour DELAYED opening on Monday March 2, 2015 http://t.co/CGB9u5dMzF
— Fredericksburg Sch (@FredSchools) March 2, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015,PWCS closed due to icy roads advisories in certain areas. Code Red for employees. SACC will not open.
— PWCS (@PWCSNews) March 2, 2015
Loudoun County Public Schools will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow, March 2, 2015 due to the weather. Admin offices open on time.
— LCPS News (@LCPSOfficial) March 2, 2015
— King George County (@kinggeorgecnty) March 1, 2015
Colleges and universities
ALERT — College Delayed Opening — NOVA will open at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 2 due to inclement weather.
— NOVA (@NovaAccess) March 2, 2015
Mason Alert: George Mason University will open at 10:30 am Monday March 2nd due to weather. http://t.co/7JhiLhjRqc
— George Mason News (@GeorgeMasonNews) March 2, 2015
— U of Mary Washington (@UMaryWash) March 2, 2015
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir is OPEN under a two-hour delay with option for unshceduled leave, unscheduled… http://t.co/jUKMD5wGLm
— Fort Belvoir, Va. (@Fort_Belvoir) March 2, 2015
— MCB Quantico (@MCB_Quantico) March 2, 2015
PW Senior Centers are closed, Adult Day Healthcare will have one-hour delayed opening & the Bluebird trip is cancelled today due to weather.
— PrinceWilliamCounty (@pwcgov) March 2, 2015
Government facilities are open today with unscheduled leave policy in effect.
— PrinceWilliamCounty (@pwcgov) March 2, 2015
LATE OPENING: CRRL branches will delay opening by one hour, opening at 10am today, Monday, March 2.
— CentRappReg Library (@crrlnews) March 2, 2015
Government Offices Open March 2; Unscheduled Leave Granted for Employees http://t.co/DszN3KgOPI
— Fairfax County (@fairfaxcounty) March 2, 2015
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce honored their members with their annual Excellence in Business Awards.
There are 10 categories in the Chamber’s business awards ranging from small business of the year, community service, and innovative partnership of the year.
The awards were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.
Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards: Health & Human Services
Trillium Drop-In Center, Inc.
Trillium Drop-In Center is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing stigma-free services to Prince William County’s mental health consumers. Trillium Drop-In Center began as a Manassas support group that turned a Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute grant into an opportunity for more than 3,000 people to better cope with mental illness, to find housing and to find jobs.
Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards: Arts & Education
Literacy Volunteers of America–Prince William, Inc.
Literacy Volunteers of America—Prince William (LVA-PW) provided tuition-free reading and writing classes to more than 8,500 adults, reducing the estimated number of 35,000 adults in Prince William County who could only read at or below the 4th grade level.
2015 Business Awards:
Micro Business of the Year: American Solutions for Business
American Solutions for Business works diligently to enhance productivity and to increase creativity, while reducing client costs through their product offering of promotional products, printed documents, office supplies, e-commerce and marketing solutions. Keep Reading…
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Bull Run Regional Library and Central Community library will be closing at 2 pm today, March 1.
— PW Public Library (@PrinceWmLibrary) March 1, 2015
All activities scheduled in schools/school grounds scheduled for 1 p.m. or later today, 3/1/15, are canceled – http://t.co/zNBBMjWGwr.
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) March 1, 2015
Because of the weather, all activities using Loudoun County Public Schools’ buildings on Sunday, March 1, are cancelled.
— LCPS News (@LCPSOfficial) March 1, 2015
Road Conditions are AMBER at Fort Belvoir. Use caution and allow extra following and stopping distance due to icy… http://t.co/DB4dD5ZzMD
— Fort Belvoir, Va. (@Fort_Belvoir) March 1, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015 All PWCS afternoon and evening activities cancelled today due to inclement weather.
— PWCS (@PWCSNews) March 1, 2015
Crews rolling but steady sleet/freezing rain across region. Stay off roads if you can–expect conditions to deteriorate through the day.
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) March 1, 2015
LIBRARY CLOSED: All CRRL branches will be closed Sunday, March 1, due to weather.
— CentRappReg Library (@crrlnews) March 1, 2015
— Germanna CC (@germannacc) March 1, 2015
The Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department were called to the scene of another collision, at Shelton Shop and Courthouse Road. According to the department, one of the individuals in the crash was injured.
RE-14 on the scene with 2 vehicles head on 1 lane block and 1 injured.
— Stafford County FR (@SCFR) March 1, 2015
Units responding to a 2 vehicle accident reported head on in the area of Shelton Shop and Courthouse Rd.
— Stafford County FR (@SCFR) March 1, 2015
A winter storm warning is in effect for Prnce William and Stafford counties, and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park until 3 a.m. Monday.
Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM EST MONDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.
* LOCATIONS…WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA…CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN.
* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO AN INCH OF SNOW AND SLEET. 1 TO 2
INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET NEAR THE MASON-DIXON LINE. ICE
ACCUMULATION AROUND ONE QUARTER INCH.
* TIMING…SNOW AND SLEET WILL CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN BETWEEN 11
AM AND 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST ICE ACCRETION FROM FROM
FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.
PRECIPITATION WILL END THIS EVENING.
* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW AND ICE COVERED THROUGH TONIGHT.
TRAVELLING WILL BE DANGEROUS.
* WINDS…SOUTH AROUND 5 TO 10 MPH.
* TEMPERATURES…RISING THROUGH THE 20S THIS AFTERNOON.
TEMPERATURES WILL RISE INTO THE LOWER 30S
The frigid temperatures of the past few weeks, and the work of community outreach groups are drawing attention to the growing needs of the homeless population in Prince William County.
The Dale City Civic Association has been working with their Homeless Outreach program tirelessly this winter to provide supplies for the homeless individuals in camps gathered in the wooded areas of the county.
“It would be easier to tell you where they’re not – they’re everywhere,” said Lucille Cahill, a coordinator for the Homeless Outreach program.
According to Cahill, the program services homeless individuals aged 17 to 65, with the goal of not only providing them with necessary supplies at drop-offs every Saturday, but getting them out of the woods altogether.
“Our goal is to get them out of the woods, and into housing – whether family take them in, or we get them jobs and find them a room until they can find affordable housing. If they need medical care, we try to work that out with the local free clinic,” Cahill said.
To get funding for the supplies and outreach work they do, Cahill said they look to the community and churches for assistance.
While there are a lot of ideas about the lifestyles and situations of homeless individuals, Cahill stated that a lot of the people that are homeless in these camps work one, and sometimes even two jobs. They simply can’t afford to pay the high rent prices in the area.
“People who work at Wal-Mart, or local businesses can’t afford to live here anymore, and they wind up in a tent,” Cahill commented.
“It was wonderful because we cannot afford that kind of sleeping bags. It actually saved lives,” said Cahill.
Cahill was appreciative of the sleeping bags they board donated, but she felt more importantly that the actual dialogue started between the homeless outreach and the board is what is going to help the homelessness issue in the county.
“I think there’s finally a dialog between the outreach groups and the county. There’s been a lot of dialogs lately. Low-income housing is the first step…90% of the people I service – they work. They have jobs. They just can’t afford to eat and pay rent,” Cahill said.
Potomac Supervisor Maureen Caddigan, who was involved in the board decision to donate the sleeping bags, said that something needs to be done, but that there isn’t an easy solution.
“[The board] is going to be doing what our human services is doing right now. We have people in place. We want to help – within reason,” Caddigan commented.
Caddigan stated that she has received requests from residents, asking that the county purchase a vacant Holiday Inn hotel in Dumfries to house the homeless. The hotel is currently being listed for $3.5 million, and for Caddigan, that is not a realistic option as the board moves forward to handle the budget.
There are several county buildings that are opened for the homeless on dangerously cold nights, by the county’s deputy director of Human Services, Elijah Johnson. But very few homeless individuals utilized the shelters, according to Caddigan.
“The thing is, that the people in the woods don’t want to leave their belongings. They don’t want to go into a shelter – some of them,” Caddigan said.
The Prince William County Committee of 100 has even recognized the homeless population as in issue in the community. The Committee hosted a forum on homelessness on February 19, where several panelists spoke with attendees about the issue, and potential steps to help the homeless community in Prince William.
There have been major successes for the Homeless Outreach program, in their goal to move the homeless into housing.
“We’re working [with] a couple right now…[one of the individuals] mother is elderly, and she has agreed to take them both in, in return for them caring for her. So we’re helping them get out of the woods and to New Jersey, which is no small feat when some of these people haven’t left the woods for several years,” said Cahill.
They have launched a Go-Fund Me page to help raise funds for the couple’s transport to the housing being offered to them in New Jersey.
If you’re a resident or organization that is looking to assist the Homeless Outreach program, they are currently looking for the following supplies, according to the Dale City Civic Association’s Facebook page:
McDonalds gift cards
Virgin Mobile phone cards
Verizon mobile phone cards
Cases of water
Cases of canned soups
Cases of Toilet Paper
Cases of Hand Wipes
Packs of Batteries – AA, AAA, C & D
Tarps & Ropes
Boxes of crackers
Case of canned meat
As part of the Saturday with the Superintendent series, the Manassas City school’s superintendent, Dr. Magouyrk, spoke with parents about the school budget and took questions from the community last Saturday.
The meeting was well attended despite the snow, according to Magouyrk.
“We had great attendance, even though the snow was coming down like it was,” Magouyrk said.
The Saturday with Superintendent events take place about every six weeks and serve as a primary way for parents to interact with administrators.
“It’s just an opportunity for the community – for families – to know what’s taking place,” Magouyrk stated.
One of the main topics for this meeting was the budget, which is currently in progress for the upcoming fiscal year.
“We talked about the Superintendent budget presentation – that is right now what the school board is working on. We talked about the new Baldwin [school], and our school calendar for next year,” Magouyrk said.
Magouyrk also spoke to parents about the Career and Technical (CTE) initiatives taking place in Manassas City schools.
Overall, Magouyrk stressed that the meetings are an opportunity for parents to ask questions and get information they need from their children’s schools.
“We had a parent of a gifted student [at the meeting], and she wanted to get more information about our gifted program. So they were able to ask me questions,” Magouyrk commented.
For the remainder of the school year, two more of these meetings are scheduled – one on March 21 at Jennie Dean Elementary and one on May 16 at Baldwin Elementary.
Friday, February 27, 2015, PWCS will open two hours late due to weather-related conditions. SACC opens 2 hrs late.
— PWCS (@PWCSNews) February 27, 2015
All Spotsylvania County Public Schools will be on a 2-hour delay for Friday, February 27, 2015.
— Spotsylvania Schools (@SpotsySchools) February 26, 2015
Fredericksburg City Schools will have a 2 hour DELAYED opening on Friday February 27, 2015 http://t.co/ioc1GvAv4n
— Fredericksburg Sch (@FredSchools) February 26, 2015
On Tuesday night, the Manassas City Police responded to a call for a shooting that took place at the intersection of Stonewall Road and McKenzie Circle in Manassas.
The suspect in the shooting, who was in a vehicle at the time of the incident, fled the scene.
Last night the Manassas City police took the suspect, Paul David Thomas, into custody after a traffic stop near Liberia Avenue.
The victim of the shooting experienced non-fatal injuries.
More from a police release:
Manassas City Police Department
Shooting – Arrest
An investigation by Manassas City Police following the February 24th shooting at the intersection of Stonewall Rd and McKenzie Cir have resulted in the identification of Paul David THOMAS (18), of 8522 Piney Point Cir, as the primary suspect in the case. At approximately 8:35PM on February 25, 2015, THOMAS was taken into custody without incident on a traffic stop in the area of Liberia Ave and Stonewall Rd and charged with aggravated assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and discharging a firearm in public. THOMAS was held without bond and has a pending court date of March 19, 2015. The victim, an adult male of Manassas Park, sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the initial incident.
Russian National Ballet Theatre brings two of the most enchanting and magical fairy tale ballets to audiences in the greater D.C. area this spring. This illustrious ballet ensemble from Moscow performs “Cinderella” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8 p.m. The Russian ballet dancers then appear at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax, performing“Cinderella” on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8 p.m. and “The Sleeping Beauty” on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 4 p.m. Pre-performance discussions, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at the Hylton Center and Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts (sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts).
“Cinderella” tells of the virtuous and mistreated servant girl who is magically transformed by her benevolent fairy godmother so that she may attend the grand royal ball. She captures the heart of the handsome prince, but dashes off at the stroke of midnight, leaving only her glass slipper behind. With Russia’s finest dancers, Prokofiev’s exuberant music, sumptuous costumes, lush scenery and comical stepsisters, this performance is a treat for audiences of all ages.
“The Sleeping Beauty” is the story of the beautiful princess who waits in slumber to awaken through the kiss of her prince. A classic tale of good versus evil, the ballet follows Aurora, who has been cursed since birth by the malevolent fairy Carabosse. After pricking her finger on a spindle, the princess and her entire kingdom fall into a deep sleep lasting a century, until she is saved by her brave prince, Désiré. Considered the crown jewel of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, this enchanting tale is set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Luminous costumes, elaborate sets and the graceful movements of these gifted Russian dancers result in a sublime afternoon of breathtaking artistry.
Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Elena Radchenko during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s. The company has since been committed to preserving and rejuvenating the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet. “A cut above many of its rivals.” (The Washington Post)
TICKETS AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:
Tickets for RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE’S production of “CINDERELLA” are $56, $48 and $34. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesdaythrough Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter
TICKETS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS:
Tickets for RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE’S productions of “CINDERELLA” and “THE SLEEPING BEAUTY” are $56, $48 and $34 per performance. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – According to Prince William police, homicide detectives are still seeking any information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the individuals connected to the murder of Glenda Marisol Coca-Romero.
The murder occurred at Platanillos Grocery and Jewelry in Woodbridge, VA on February 21, 2014.
The local police and the FBI Washington Field Office are working together to offer a reward of $20,000 for information that can lead to the arrests and convictions of these individuals. Additionally, there is a $1,000 reward being offered by the Prince William County Crime Solvers.
Glenda Coca-Romero was one of two victims (both employees) caught in the shooting at Platanillos Grocery and Jewelry, located in Woodbridge on 14342 Jefferson Davis Highway. The second victim was a 42-year-old store clerk who had also been shot and wounded. According to the police, the murder happened before 9:00 pm when three males entered the store in dark clothing and covered faces caught by the surveillance video footage. Following the shooting, the men fled the scene, most likely on foot.
Another employee, as well as a customer, was also inside the store when the murder happened but were unharmed. Prince William police also reported that no money or property was taken from the scene. Prince William police have released the surveillance footage from the night, and it is available for anyone to watch. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Prince William County Crime Solvers anonymously.
Below is the latest from Prince William police;
Reward increased to $21,000 in the 2014 Murder of Glenda Marisol Coca-Romero
Prince William County, Va. — Prince William County Police Homicide Detectives continue to seek any information related to the murder of Glenda Marisol Coca-Romero, which occurred on February 21, 2014 at the Platanillos Grocery and Jewelry in Woodbridge, Va.
The FBI Washington Field Office partnered with the Prince William County Police Department to offer a reward for the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Coca-Romero. On February 20, 2015, the reward amount was increased to $20,000. This reward is still being offered in conjunction with a reward of up to $1,000 from the Prince William County Crime Solvers.
Anyone who has information regarding this case is asked to call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. You do not have to give your name, just the information.
Glenda Coca-Romero was murdered at the Platanillos Grocery and Jewelry located at 14342 Jefferson Davis Highway in the Woodbridge area of Prince William County on February 21, shortly before 9:00p.m. A second store clerk, a 42-year old woman, was also shot and wounded during the attack.
Three male suspects wearing dark clothing with their faces covered were seen on surveillance entering the store. The suspects immediately fled the business following the shooting, possibly on foot. Two additional individuals, a customer, and another employee, were also inside the store at the time of the incident and were unharmed. No property or money was taken during the incident. Both victims were identified as being employees of the business.
The FBI and Prince William County Police encourage the public to continue viewing the video surveillance taken during the attack.
The Prince William County Police Department is the lead agency for this investigation. The FBI has been providing investigative assistance.
FBI Bulletin seeking information: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/glenda-marisol-coca-romero/view
Surveillance footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i07VFaj8RL8
Atif Qarni, a teacher in Prince William County and a veteran, has decided to run for the 29th District Senate seat currently held by Senator Chuck Colgan.
Colgan has made the decision to retire, after almost 40 years in his seat.
Before working as a teacher in Dale City at Beville Middle School for six years, he served in the Marine Corps for eight years. He has his Master’s degree from George Mason University. Qarni currently lives in Manassas with his wife and two children.
During his candidacy, Qarni has three main issues he hopes to address – education, transportation and strengthening small businesses.
“I want to restore the funding for public education. With the transportation bill that was passed, the state is looking at where to invest money – I want to really fight for those dollars to be focused on Prince William County – really fixing some of the infrastructure issues that we have,” Qarni said.
According to Qarni, the way to deal with the growing issue of residents having to leave the area to find jobs is by investing in small businesses.
“A lot of people are leaving the county – I want to bring jobs back to the county – and I think that the best way to do that is really strengthening our small businesses,” said Qarni.
While he did not win the delegate race against Marshall, Qarni stated that the race taught him things that he will bring into this Senate race.
“I had a good grasp of running prior to [the delegate race], but I feel that I’m even stronger in that area. I can really represent the concerns the folks have in our district,” Qarni commented.
Qarni feels that he and Colgan share some core values that will allow him to continue that political legacy.
“Senator Colgan has done a lot for our district – with his 40 years of service, especially with the community colleges…and I’m big on education. So one of my hopes is to really continue in that regard, but focus more on K-12 education,” said Qarni.
“What sets me apart [from the other primary candidates] is my service background. With my military service, having served my country for eight years, and having gone to combat in Iraq…and my service as a teacher. I understand this district better than anybody.”
The primary will take place on June 9.
Qarni mentioned during his interview that he felt a candidate forum with Futrell and McPike would be an appropriate venue for voters to assess the candidates.
- Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center
- Address: 9100 Freedom Center Blvd Manassas, VA 20110
- Phone: 703-993-8444
- Website: http://www.freedom-center.com/
The Attack the Fat challenge at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center uses a variety of different work outs to keep participants inspired and burning as many calories as possible.
Director of the Attack the Fat, Robin Frey says that for the strength component of the program they use everything from Technogym strength equipment, free weights, various weighted equipment, and many times functional body weight exercise, without any equipment.
Frey highlighted their use of TRX suspension training, which involves suspension straps weighed down by body weights. She said, “It’s very functional because you have to control every part of your movement with your body itself. You can do all different movements that require balance and stability so you’re getting a more integrated effort at that point.”
The center’s Olympic sized swimming pool is also used for strength training because of the natural resistance the water creates.
In addition to more strength based training, Frey says that they do a lot of cardio work.
“It’s by creating a metabolic effect where you’re keeping the heart rate elevated is where you’ll see calories burned,” said Frey. She explained that their goal is to create this metabolic effect, where both the heart rate and the metabolism increases.
Frey said, “Our most recent research shows us that when you bring the body up to that level and maintain it, it takes calories afterwards, a sufficient amount of calories, to bring it back to a resting state. So your body continues to metabolize and stay at a certain level after exercise.”
While the variety in these Attack the Fat workouts helps to burn calories and shed pounds, it also keeps the participants in the program engaged. With so many different resources available, trainers are able to help participants explore a variety of options for reaching their weight loss goals.
It started snowing overnight and it piled up quickly.
All school systems in our area canceled classes today, governments delayed their opening, and Quantico Marine Corps Base closed altogether.
The National Weather Service just released some unofficial snow totals that measure what snow fell overnight:
…CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG… FREDERICKSBURG 4.0 827 AM 2/26 PUBLIC
…PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY… 1 ENE DUMFRIES 3.5 849 AM 2/26 TRAINED SPOTTER
HAYMARKET 1.3 936 AM 2/26 PUBLIC
…STAFFORD COUNTY… STAFFORD 2.5 831 AM 2/26 PUBLIC
A winter storm warning in effect for Stafford County expires at noon. Expect more snow showers this afternoon and evening ending before 2 a.m.
There’s another chance of snow showers Friday, and high temperatures will only be in the low 30s, according to the weather service. It’ll be sunny and cold on Saturday, and cloudy and in the low 40s un Sunday.
We could see highs in the low 50s on Monday – hello winter warm up.