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Bullet hole found at Manassas area home

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The resident of a home in the 8500 block of Cabot Court near Manassas found a bullet hole in a wall.

Police were called to the home at 8:11 p.m. Wednesday after the homeowner found the damage.

The resident told police he heard a loud noise about 3:30 p.m. earlier in the day. He heard what sounded like a gunshot, according to police. No one was injured.

Osbourn robotics team to present project at Recyclefest in Manassas

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To celebrate the 45-year anniversary of Earth Day, the City of Manassas Public Works and Utilities Department is hosting a Recyclefest on April 4.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Manassas Transfer Station on Quarry Road in Manassas.

The Osbourn High School Robotics team will be showcasing their recycling project. The team is planning to compete in an international robotics competition, according to a release.

At the event, residents will be able to recycle items including household hazardous waste, electronic waste and used clothing. They’ll also be able to shred documents for free, as well as see craft demonstrations and enter a raffle, according to a release.

During Recyclefest last year, more than 400 residents attended, and the public works department was able to recycle more than 20,000 tons in four hours.

“Two billion people across 192 countries will participate in Earth Day 2015, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The City of Manassas is happy to be part of the celebration,” said Monica Boehringer, refuse and recycling coordinator at the public works department.

Prince William libraries host adult reading program, contest

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The Prince William Public Library system is hosting a “Prince William Reads” for county residents over 18-years old.

The contest runs until March 31, and all residents need to do to participate is to read books and enter a weekly drawing at one of the county libraries, including Bull Run Regional, Central Community, Chinn Park Regional or Potomac Community library, according to a county release. 

“Adults … can read anything they want, any kind of adult fiction or non-fiction titles, or listen to them on … audio if they like. They would take a form and fill it out with every title that they read, and take it to one of the four full-service libraries,” said Sallie Tiso, the Adult Services Librarian at Chinn Park Regional Library in a release. 

Drawings are being held every Monday throughout the program, said a release.

“You can only win one weekly prize, but people should continue to submit because that will make them eligible for the grand prize drawing that will be held on March 31st. At that point, we put the entries for all the eight weeks of the contest together and pull grand prizes for each of the full-service libraries,” Tiso stated in a release.

The prizes for participants are $15 gift cards from area businesses, which are being provided by the Friends of the Library groups in the county. At the end of the program, there will be $25 grand prize gift certificates for popular restaurants in the area.

The program is being done as a way to promote reading among adults in the community.

“We hope to promote reading on the adult level and just to encourage that by giving prizes for reading. What could be better than that,” Tiso said in a release.

Service Authority starts chlorine flushing program

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On Monday, the Prince William County Service Authority began their free chlorine flushing program in the county.

According to a release, some residents may notice that there is a mild chlorinated taste or smell in their water until the beginning of the summer. This difference comes from the use of the chlorine in the water.

Typically Fairfax Water uses chloramine throughout the year, but the chlorine flushing is a far more aggressive disinfectant formulation, and this produces the smell and taste.

The Service Authority stated in a release that the addition of chlorine in the water is only a temporary change, and that it is necessary, as it will prevent bacteria found in the water from being able to form a resistance against the normal chloramine formulation.

Over the long term, using chloramine is a better option for the water system, according to the Service Authority, because it produces lower amounts of disinfection biproducts. These biproducts are possible hazards that can form when typical chlorine mixed with organic substances already present in the water.

Additionally, chloramine’s formulation is more stable in the water distribution system over an extended period of time, according to a release.

Residents should not see a disturbance in water delivery in their homes.

The Service Authority noted that the process of converting to the chlorine formulation for the time being will require drawing chlorinated water out of fire hydrants for the coming weeks. The flushing is also being done to allow any sediments or minerals present in water mains.

Manassas celebrates Founders’ Day on First Friday, April 3

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When you say the words “Founders’ Day” it brings back images of a kinder, gentler time when people shared stories on front porches. The City of Manassas is celebrating Founders’ Day on First Friday, April 3, with restaurant specials, shops staying open late and, of course, birthday cake.

Stores and restaurants will be focusing on the history of the city and the buildings they inhabit.

This celebration is the brainchild of Councilman Ian Lovejoy. He was curious about the actual date the town was founded and in researching that date, found that the City was recognized as a town on April 2, 1873 by the General Assembly. The area was known as Tudor Hall, prior to that, until William S. Fewell, who owned the land, laid out the first six blocks and began selling lots.

The first official council meeting was held on May 17, 1873. Due to the town’s growth over the years, the town submitted a request to the General Assembly and in 1975 officially became the City of Manassas. From humble beginnings in 1873 as a half mile town concentrated along the railroad tracks, the City of Manassas grew to 10 square miles of homes, schools, shops and restaurants and more than 40,000 residents.

This Founders’ Day, come celebrate with the City of Manassas in Historic Downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. The Manassas Museum will host a City of Manassas trivia contest and a book signing. Love, Charley will offer cake, The Bone will have a beer garden and City Square Café is offering a three course dinner special and encouraging diners to dress in period attire. These are just a few of the offerings for First Friday. For more offerings and information, visit visitmanassas.org.

Davis named dean for arts at George Mason University

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Rick Davis, the long-time Executive Director for the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, has been named as the new Dean for George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Davis, who has been working with the university since 1992, will be in charge of overseeing seven academic programs and two performing arts centers in his new role.

“I have worked on both academic, and non-academic fronts…I’ve had about five different [roles] at the University. The first was running our theater company, and chairing the theater department. And then I became interim director of the Institute of the Arts, which is a predecessor to the college that we now have. Then artistic director for our Center of the Arts in Fairfax, and then Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and then I came to the Hylton [Performing Arts] Center in 2011,” said Davis.

The appointment comes after the current dean, Bill Reeder, decided to retire from the position.

“[The current dean] is retiring as Dean, although he’s staying on at George Mason as a faculty member in our management – which we’re very happy about…there was a nation search, that basically took from September till just now…I’m very honored and humbled to be the appointee,” said Davis.

While Davis is excited to get started as dean, he is no rush to transition a successor to the Hylton Center.

“We’re going to take our time and plan for an orderly succession at the Hylton. We don’t know what shape that will take – but I intend to remain in place at the Hylton for a while, because we currently have so many irons in the fire – so many things underway. I don’t see stepping away from that abruptly,” Davis commented.

According to Davis, his work over the years at the university, specifically as executive director at the Hylton Center has primed him for working as a dean.

“I think that my role at the Hylton has been to be a very public advocate for the arts as a whole, and for our work in the community. And I think that’s a good training ground for being a dean – you have to represent accurately and enthusiastically a whole range of art forms. And you have to be comfortable working across political spectrums, and fundraising and the community and all of those things are valuable in the toolkit of a dean,” said Davis.

There has been no announced start date for Davis to take up his new post at George Mason University as of yet. The Hylton Center announced their newest season lineup of performances last week.

Three arrested, man wanted for shooting in Dumfries

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The Prince William County Police Department have made three arrests in relation to a shooting that took place on March 21 in Dumfries, and are still searching for another suspect that is considered armed and dangerous.

Prince William police responded to a call for shots fired on Saturday afternoon and arrived on the scene at Swans Creek Lane in Dumfries.

According to initial reports in a Prince William police release, multiple callers reported that there were two vehicles involved in the incident that were driving dangerously down the road, and shooting at one another.

There were no injuries reported after the incident, but there were several homes and a vehicle hit by the gunfire, said a Prince William release.

Detectives on the scene discovered numerous shell casings on the road and were able to identify suspects involved in the shooting. In a release, Prince William police stated that Deante Gaines, a 19-year old Stafford resident, was the passenger in one of the vehicles, a gold Saab. Gaines was with Paulina Gomez, an 18-year old Woodbridge resident, who was the driver.

Gaines and Gomez were eating at a restaurant located near Route 1 and Wayside Drive.

Two occupants from the other involved vehicle, Andre Perry, a 22-year old man, and Briana Colbert, a 19-year old Woodbridge resident, entered the establishment. According to a Prince William police release, the individuals all knew each other prior to the incident.

The four individuals left the restaurant, and Perry and Colbert left in a red Kia. The police investigation showed that Andre Perry was the driver and shooter in the Kia.

While driving down Swans Creek Lane, Perry and Gaines began shooting at one another, and Gaines sustained a wound from a bullet grazing a section of his upper body, said a Prince William police release.
Prince William police have arrested Colbert and Gomez in connection to the shooting. Gaines was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force on March 23, and he is currently awaiting extradition, a Prince William Police release stated.

There are currently warrants for Perry’s arrest, but at this time he has not been apprehended, and should be considered both armed and dangerous.

Historic Manassas, Inc. wins achievement award in Richmond

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During an awards ceremony in Richmond, Historic Manassas Inc. was presented with the Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award.

The award is given to those that have demonstrated voluntary investments to revitalize downtown areas, like Downtown Manassas.

More than 60,000 volunteer hours have been put in to events and the revitalization of Downtown Manassas since 1997, according to a city release.

Historic Manassas, Inc. has been working in Downtown Manassas as a non-profit organization since 1986. 

In Virginia, there are currently 25 areas as designated Main Street communities. These communities are involved with the Virginia Main Street program, which is managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

The department provides the areas with assistance and training to help improve and expand their businesses and economic growth opportunities in these downtown areas, said a city release.

“The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in the City of Manassas as evidenced by this award. Volunteers are what make this City great and this is an overwhelming number of volunteer hours donated to our Historic Downtown. We thank every volunteer for their gift of time,” said Manassas City Manager, W. Patrick Pate.

 

JC Penney location in Manassas Mall to close in April

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JC Penney in Manassas Mall will close in April.
Employees will have the option to relocate to another store.
JC Penny has long been an anchor store in Manassas Mall.

About April 4, the JCPenney store located in the Manassas Mall will be closing.

Last week, Potomac Local spoke with a staff associate at the store that confirmed that the location was going to be closing.

Inside the store, most merchandise was being offered at a discount, and store fixtures were already being packed. 

According to Joey Thomas, a Media Relations and Corporate Affairs representative for J.C. Penney Company, Inc., the store was underperforming.

“We continually evaluate our store portfolio to determine whether there’s a need to close or relocate underperforming stores.  Reviews such as these are essential in meeting our long-term goals for future company growth.  While it’s never an easy decision to close stores, especially due to the impact on our valued associates and customers, we feel this is a necessary business decision,” said Thomas.

There are currently 60 staff members employed at the Manassas JCPenney location, according to Thomas.

Employees may receive separation benefits, assistance in relocating to another JCPenney store, or career training services to help them find a new job.

“Eligible associates who do not remain with the company will receive separation benefits, and, if possible, we will assist associates in identifying other job opportunities at nearby JCPenney stores.  Additionally, we’re offering all associates an on-site career training class.  The class will assist associates in writing resumes, filling out applications, answering interview questions and more,” Thomas commented.

 

Manassas man wanted for rape case involving female minor

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Noe Raymundo Cedillo, a 33-year old Manassas man, is wanted in a rape case by the Manassas City Police.

The Manassas police were called to a residence on Taney Road on Sunday afternoon, to respond to a call about a physical altercation that took place at the home, said a Manassas police release.

After arriving at the scene and investigating the incident, Manassas police found that Cedillo has been sexually abusing his girlfriend’s daughter, who is a minor, for an extended period of time, according to a Manassas police release.

When Cedillo was confronted, he fled the scene on foot, and has not yet been located.

He is a white Hispanic male, 5’4”, 130 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. 

Cedillo is known under the aliases Francisco Raymundo, Noe Raymundo and Noe Cedillo, according to a release.

Manassas City Police is asking anyone that has information pertaining to the case, or his location, to call 703-257-8000.

Manassas man charged in parking lot stabbing

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On Saturday night, Prince William police responded to a call at the All American Steakhouse location on Ashland Community Square in Manassas, to investigate a stabbing.

According to a release, during their investigation they discovered that a fight had broken out in the parking lot outside of the restaurant.

During the altercation the accused suspect, 50-year old Wendell Abraham Howard, a Manassas resident, stabbed two victims.

One of the victims in the altercation, a 33-year old man from Woodbridge, sustained a life-threatening stab wound to the lower part of his body, according to a Prince William police release. The victim was unconscious when Prince William police arrived on the scene.

Two police officers provided CPR on-site to the victim, while a third officer applied pressure to the wound while waiting for paramedics.

The other victim, a 43-year old Woodbridge man, received a stab wound to his arm when attempting to break up the fight.

When paramedics arrived, both victims were transported to the hospital, and expect to survive.

Howard, who remained on the scene after the altercation, was then arrested by Prince William police. 

Howard is charged with two counts of malicious wounding, and is being held without bond.

More from a Prince William police release:

Malicious Wounding – On March 21st at 10:02PM, officers responded to the All American Steakhouse located at 5594 Ashland Community Sq in Manassas (20112) to investigate a stabbing. The investigation revealed that a fight had broken out in the parking lot of the business. During the encounter two victims were stabbed by a man later identified as the accused. One of the victims, a 33 year old man of Woodbridge, sustained a significant, life-threatening stab wound to his lower body. This victim was unconscious when the first officers arrived at the scene. Two officers began CPR on the victim while a third maintained pressure on the wound. The second victim, identified as a 43 year old man of Woodbridge, sustained a stab wound to his arm when he attempted to break up the altercation. Both victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Both are expected to survive. The accused remained at the scene and was detained without further incident. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on March 21st:

Wendell Abraham HOWARD, 50, of 13210 Spriggs Rd in Manassas

Charged with 2 counts of malicious wounding

Court date: May 13, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Gas leak in Manassas, Sudley Road closed

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The closed section of Sudley Road has now been reopened, according to a Prince William police release.

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Due to a gas leak in Manassas, Sudley Road will be closed in both directions, from Bulloch Drive to Route 29, according to a Prince William police release.

Additionally, there is restricted access for drivers attempting to access Sudley Road from I-66.

The area of closure for the gas leak extends near the Manassas Northern Virginia Community College Campus and the Manassas Battlefield Visitor Center. 

There is currently no estimated time for repairs to be completed at this time.

Potomac Local will keep you up to date on the latest information about this gas leak.

More from a Prince William police release:

*TRAFFIC ALERT: Gas Leak | Manassas;

Sudley Rd will be closed in both directions between Bulloch Dr and Lee Hwy (RT.29) near the NVCC Campus and Manassas Battlefield Visitor Center. Access to Sudley Rd from I-66 is restricted. Unknown ETA for repairs.Use caution and follow police direction.

Groundbreaking tomorrow for new high-tech Baldwin school in Manassas

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The Manassas City School Board will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Manassas, on the site of the new Baldwin Elementary and Intermediate schools.

The two schools will be built on the same site and will accommodate the growth of students in Manassas City, according to a release.

Manassas City Public Schools recently awarded the construction contract for the projects to Schiebel Construction out of Huntington, Maryland, according to Jeff Abt, the Executive Director of Student and Administrative Support Services for the school system.

Additionally, Abt was a former principal at the original Baldwin Elementary School from 1997 to 2005.

“This has been a twenty plus year idea…so getting to where we are now is just really exciting. It’s taken a long time getting there, but we’re now building a school where the…building is very flexible,” said Abt.

The project will cost just over $32 million in construction costs, which is being paid through bond funds, according to Abt.

“[This] will help with our overcrowding in our current intermediate school. The school will be approximately 1,000 students, 700 for [kindergarten through fourth grade] and 300 for the [fifth and sixth grade]…It’s going to replace our existing Baldwin Elementary School. It was a building that was built in 1958. And the new school is being relocated on Tudor Lane next to our high school,” Abt said.

According to initial design plans for the project, the site will have two distinct entrances, with PreK through fourth grade on the elementary side, and grades 5-6 on the intermediate side.

The elementary and intermediate school will be split up on each side of the site, but there will be some shared space between students, including the gymnasium.

Abt stated that the school would be built with the latest technology, with today’s learners in mind.

“What this school [will have] is learning neighborhoods outside of each floor – it’s three floors. And there’s a lot of glass, so that a teacher can have a small group outside of the classroom, and still be able to see them, with a larger group within the classroom,” said Abt, continuing, “Our computer labs will literally be in the learning neighborhoods. They won’t be in a room, like you would traditionally think with a computer lab. There will be a multitude of smart boards in the neighborhoods, potentially monitors in the neighborhoods. So it’s going to be tons of technology.”

The project is scheduled for completion by January 2017, but there are hopes that it will be completed sooner.

“[We have] hopes of potentially moving in sooner. The construction company would like to see if they can accelerate the construction of the project,” said Abt.

The groundbreaking ceremony is open to the public.

Cardinal Forest has 1,000 apartments and trusts JTC with IT infrastructure

Vanessa Zambrana is the On-Site Community Manager at Cardinal Forest, located in Springfield, Virginia.

Cardinal Forest is a large condominium association and community that manages over 1,000 condo units for its owners within Fairfax County.

Zambrana has worked at Cardinal Forest for nine years and during all of those years, Cardinal Forest has “always used” Jewell Technical Consulting, Inc. (JTC, Inc.) for their services.
Recently, JTC, Inc. deployed a new server for Cardinal Forest. Zambrana was able to explain how the experience turned out for them.

“They do our monitoring of our server behind the scenes and everything and we got a notification from them that the current server we had, the software that runs the machine wasn’t going to be supported by Microsoft any longer,” said Zambrana. “So they basically told us we could use it up until the time that the support expires by Microsoft, or we could replace it, so we planned the replacement, I would say less than a year ago.”

“Our board of directors funded it through this year’s budget and then we decided, January 1, that we were going through the process to get it started.” I think Microsoft stopped supporting sometime in the summer, and we just wanted to be ahead of the game,” added Zambrana.

Cardinal Forest is professionally managed by Cardinal Management Group Inc. which also oversees residential association property management.

Cardinal Forest’s chose JTC, Inc. over other companies to an existing relationship it’s parent company had with the firm, so JTC was a natural fit.

Prior to replacing the old server, Zambrana, as well as the other staff at Cardinal Forest had to deal with slow Internet and an even slower server.

“Our old server was 10 plus years old, so everything was really slow. It would take the longest time just to open a file,” said Zambrana, “Now things are a lot faster.”

Thankfully, the process of JTC, Inc. going in and replacing the old server and transitioning to the new one, was efficient and painless to business operations.

JTC is a Microsoft Certified Partner and a Dell Authorized Partner and utilizes Microsoft and Dell technology.

Child porn investigation targets Manassas teen

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A 17-year-old male from Manassas is charged with distribution of child pornography.

Manassas police announced March 19 an arrest had been made after a months-long investigation into exploitation of children over the internet. Local police, as well as agents from the Northern Virginia-Washington, D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) zeroed in on a home in the 9300 block of Witch Hazel Way last Thursday.

Police took several items from the house after obtaining a search warrant, according to a Manassas police spokeswoman.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Drive to Donate program starts tomorrow, benefits local fire and rescue departments

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Transurban will be launching their Drive to Donate program tomorrow – a program that will allow drivers on 495 and 95 Express lanes to donate their toll money to local fire and rescue departments.

The program will last throughout Saturday.

All tolls that are collected by the 495 and 95 Express Lanes will be donated to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, the Prince William County Fire and Rescue, and the Stafford County Fire and Rescue departments.

For drivers to participate in the program, all they need to do is travel on the Express Lanes tomorrow, using their E-Z Pass or E-Z Pass Flex devices mounted in their car.

Your readers can participate and help support these organizations by traveling on the 495 or 95 Express Lanes this Saturday with their E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex properly mounted in their vehicle. It’s that easy.

According to Jennifer Aument, the North American Group General Manager for Transurban, this program is a way to benefit the safety of the communities surrounding the Express Lanes.

“As safety is a top priority on the Express Lanes, we want to give back and support those who keep us safe each and every day,” said Aument, continuing, “We strive to be a good neighbor and long-term partner to our customers and the community, and we believe in supporting those who impact our lives for the better.”

Prince William County Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee stated that the funds raised by this program will help them to purchase important public safety equipment.

“We are grateful to Transurban for the opportunity to participate in this program; and we are grateful to the members of the community who will help donate to the Fire Department by taking the Express Lanes that day. The donations we receive will go towards purchasing items that allow us to continue to pursue innovation and provide service to our community while protecting and keeping our community safe. And that’s what our mission is all about,” said McGee.

Mark Doyle, the Assistant Chief for the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department expressed his gratitude on behalf of the department.

“These donations will serve to protect our first responders, and assist with our community outreach programs. We greatly appreciate all drivers who take the Express Lanes on March 21, as well as the Express Lanes whose generosity will directly contribute to driver and first responder safety,” said Doyle.

Retired Circuit Court judge to decide on GOP primary process tomorrow

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Judge Paul Sheridan, a retired Circuit Court judge from Arlington, will decide at 10 a.m. whether or not the Prince William County GOP will be able to have a state-run primary.

This court hearing comes after the Prince William County GOP Chairman, Bill Card, forgot to file the paperwork for a Republican state-run primary before the State Board of Elections deadline.

Prince William County Board of Supervisors primary candidate Chris Crawford and incumbent and Chairman At-Large Corey Stewart spoke with Potomac Local about their thoughts about the hearing and the primaries.

“We tried through the State Board of Elections, the State Board of Elections said ‘We can’t fix this, but the local Board of the Elections can’. And then the local Board of Elections – the two Democrats on there didn’t feel that they didn’t have the power to do that, so they denied the primary,” said Stewart.

After the local board had denied the request, Stewart, Sheriff Glenn Hill, Supervisor Maureen Caddigan and Supervisor Marty Nohe filed a writ of mandamus with the Circuit Court, to require a hearing.

At the hearing, Sheridan will have the option to reaffirm the local board’s decision, or court order the local board to allow the Republican Party to have a state-run primary, according to Stewart.

“Look – [Card] just made a clerical error. There is the opportunity for the State Board of Elections to correct,” Stewart commented.

According to Crawford, this will not change much for his campaign.

“It doesn’t matter to me at this point, which way we go. My team is ready for whichever – we just want to know so we can tell people. We’re getting a lot of questions,” Crawford said.

Crawford stated that he found his opponent Stewart’s position to push for a state-run primary odd.

“It’s curious…I think it’s hard for me to say what’s going on – why he and the others – seem so interested in doing it in June. I don’t think that it should matter…I think they should just stand up there, and go on their record,” Crawford said.

Crawford also said that individual candidates did not have to let Card file their paperwork for the primary ballots – per Virginia law, individual candidates can file their own paperwork.

Stewart said his motivation for the writ of mandamus and the push for the state-run primary are constituents that may not be able to get out to the polls in a party-run primary.

“My issue with a party run nomination is that it does not allow for people that – for whatever reason – are not able to come to a party run process. And, as a result, a party run process, such as a firehouse primary or a convention excludes active duty military…we’re going to fight for a primary where there’s a provision for absentee balloting, which would allow for active duty military, the elderly, and people with mobility issues to vote,” said Stewart, continuing, “We’ve got men and women, serving…around the world, who cannot participate in a convention or canvass because there’s no provision for absentee voting – those are our number one citizens, and those are the ones we’re fighting for, to participate in this process.”

‘Friends’ of Hylton Center, press, gather for season announcement

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Last night, the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas announced their sixth season performance lineup for 2015-2016 to patrons and the press.

The announcement included several acts in their Hylton Family Series, like ventriloquist Kevin Johnson, their Hylton Presents performances, such as The Midtown Men, and a slew of Matinee Idylls, including the Echos Chamber Choir.

According to Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Hylton Center, the announcement event has doubled in size from last year.

“By the end of our current year in June, well over 100,000 people will have taken advantage of the Center’s amazing capabilities, whether as an audience member for a great concert, a performer in a play, a guest at an art gallery reception, a business person or civic leader at a meeting, or a happy bride and groom,” said Davis in a release.

The Hylton Center has also recently garnered national attention, after a popular country group, Dailey & Vincent, filmed a performance on-site. The taping of the performance has since been released nationally by PBS and is being seen in homes across the United States.

During the event, members of the Hylton Center staff stated that residents can now subscribe, purchase tickets and manage their purchases at the Hylton Center all online.

When Potomac Local spoke to patrons, they stated that they were happy that a high-quality arts venue was so close to home.

“There’s selection and variety…and because they have such a diverse variety, we come here. Over the years, we’ve found that we can get equally good talent at either this venue or the one in Fairfax. And we can avoid the hassle of having to drive down to D.C.,” said Peter Coughlan, a Fairfax resident.

Alan Yates, a Prince William resident, said he that the value he gets from the Hylton Center performances rival well-known venues in D.C., including the Kennedy Center.

“It’s great for people to be exposed to the arts…we’ve been to many shows here, and many shows in Fairfax. And the shows are just fantastic. When you look at the price you’d pay at the Kennedy Center, this is a tremendous value for your money. A lot of people just don’t realize what’s at their doorstep,” Yates said.

Subscriptions for the Hylton Presents and Hylton Family Series go on sale today.

Why George Mason University will drop ‘Prince William’ from its campus’ name

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George Mason campus outside Manassas to be known for science and technology

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George Mason University will rebrand its Prince William Campus at Innovation Park outside Manassas.

In a matter of weeks, the campus will soon be known as the George Mason University Center for Science and Technology. The school will drop the Prince William moniker used since the campus opened in 1997.

“We want to send a strong message that every time people talk about this campus that is it known fro the cutting edge work that is being done here,” George Mason University President Angel Cabrera told Potomac Local. “It will always be our location in Prince William, outside of Manassas for sure, but is sending a message on what we do here, and it’s part of our strategic plan where we are going to make our science and technology programs grow.”

The name change also means more of Mason’s engineering programs, as well as the university’s more “lab intensive” classes, will move to the science and tech center in Prince William. There is more excess space at the Prince William facility house such classes than there is at the university’s main campus in Fairfax, added Cabrera.

George Mason University sits at the heart of Innovation Park, a 1,600 acre, public-private cooperative effort to bring research firms, bio-manufacturing businesses, data centers, as well as other corporate offices to the center at the intersection of Route 234 and University Boulevard.

In recent years, Innovation has welcomed a new biotech firm and the Virginia Serious Game Institute, designed to foster creativity in video game design.

Cabrera said Mason is committed to working with Prince William County in making Innovation Park a success.

“We would all love [Innovation Park] to grow faster, but the momentum is there,” said Cabrera.

As more universities across the country focus more on science, math, and technology, Prince William’s top official says he won’t miss the Prince William moniker.

“This is phenomenal…this will mean the focus on investment in the future for George Mason University will be at its Prince William campus,” said

Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman, At-large Corey Stewart.

The 134-acre campus attracts more than 4,000 students. It has classrooms, libraries, recreation, and auditorium space. The campus is also home to the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and the Mason Enterprise Center business incubator.

How updating 70-year-old zoning rules led to an abortion debate in Manassas

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A proposal under consideration in Manassas would require medical care facilities, like urgent care centers, to obtain a special use zoning permit before opening.

The discussion sparked a debate over abortion clinics in the city — Manassas is home to one such clinic. Those who support a woman’s right to choose say the proposal goes too far. Those who oppose abortion say it doesn’t go far enough.

For years, the abortion clinic in the city has been a contentious point of debate among city residents and a magnet for abortion protestors.

The ordinance proposed by Councilman Mark Aveni last year requires medium-sized medical care to obtain a special use permit. The city’s planning commission recommends amending the proposed ordinance, requiring special use permits only if the medical care facility would be located in the city’s downtown area, or in an area where commercial development abuts a residential neighborhood.

Overall, the city aims to have three tiers of zoning for medical land uses. The first is for small doctors offices, like dentists and general practitioners, the second is the medium sized medical care facilities to include uses like outpatient surgery centers, and a third for major medical uses such as hospitals.

Nicole Caruso, of Manassas, warned members of the City Council on Monday requiring special use permits to open doctors offices in the city could send the wrong message to doctors.

“If we need a special permit to open a new dentist office, a new doctor’s office, we here Manassas are going to be short on doctors and have residents with some bad teeth,” said Caruso.

Other city residents disagreed, and supported Aveni’s proposal to require the special use permits for all medical offices in these areas. Keep Reading…

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