Manassas Local

Manassas woman in Humvee gets patients to critical care during snowstorm


Two feet of snow didn’t stop Debra Bobitt from helping to get residents to critical medical care.

Area road conditions were treacherous when the major winter storm brought the region to the standstill on Jan. 22, 23 and 24. Despite the snow, hospitals, and medical clinic can’t afford to take a snow day when they have to accommodate patients who need daily treatment.

Bobitt was particularly of help to patients who needed to get to DaVita Dialysis in Woodbridge during the storm. With the help of her H1 Hummer that’s she’s owned for 15 years, Bobitt carried patients from their homes to the clinic. Then she waited two to three hours for them to complete their dialysis, and took them back to their homes.

Bobittt, of Manassas, has experience with operating large vehicles in harsh conditions thanks to her time in the military. She has given her time to Volunteer Prince William for more than five years. Keep Reading…

Pedestrian struck in downtown crosswalk


Vandalism to Auto

At approximately 1:05 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2016, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 9600 block of Ellicott Ln for a report of a vandalism. The reporting party told officers that she was inside her residence when she heard loud noises coming from outside. When she looked outside, she discovered that her vehicle’s front passenger window had been shattered, resulting in $500 worth of damage.

Stolen Auto

On Jan. 30, 2016, Manassas City Police met with a resident on Police Headquarters for a report of a stolen auto. The reporting party told officers that sometime during the overnight hours after 9 p.m. on Jan. 29, his locked vehicle was stolen from where he parked it at the Manassas Train Depot (9431 West St).

Description of stolen vehicle: 2009 silver Nissan Altima, valued at $8,000 Keep Reading…

Manassas eateries hope for successful NOVA restaurant week

Vicente and Nancy Santos of Stafford try out the new Jin's Garden restaurant in North Stafford on Monday. (Photo: Mary Davidson/

Eateries in Downtown Manassas hope this year’s expanded restaurant week will spur new business.

The March 7 – 14 event has been dubbed “Northern Virginia Restaurant Week,” as several area chambers of commerce to include the Prince William Chamber banded together to promote this event as a regional event.

“By doing this, the hope is to get some national attention,” said Historic Manassas Inc. Director Debbie Haight.

Historic Manassas, Inc. partnered with the Prince William Chamber to allow all restaurants in Downtown to participate in the upcoming event without having to pay the $250 per restaurant participation fee. Keep Reading…

Dumfries will cleanup Quantico Creek

This post was submitted and paid for by the Town of Dumfries to inform residents about community events. 

The Town of Dumfries has planned to participate in two events this April focused on fostering environmental awareness and sustainability.

Please join us as we strive to improve water quality and promote storm water management practices through our Quantico Creek Cleanup and the Keep Prince William Beautiful Festival.

28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

On April 16, the Town will participate in the 28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Through this annual cleanup, participants from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC gather at various sites to cleanup portions of the Potomac River Watershed.

Last year, almost 24,000 volunteers joined together to support the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. The Town eagerly awaits the opportunity to once again participate in this event by engaging residents to cleanup Quantico Creek, a tributary to the Potomac. Volunteers will meet at the Simpson Community Center located at 17755 Main St. Dumfries, VA 22026 at 8:30 am on the day of the event.

Keep Prince William Beautiful Festival

Join the Town on April 23 at the 2016 Keep Prince William Beautiful Festival. This festival is sponsored by a local environmental non-profit, Keep Prince William Beautiful, in partnership with the Potomac Nationals. Admission to the event is free and will feature community businesses and vendors, educational showcases on recycling, litter awareness, beautification and water preservation, music from local artists, food trucks and more!

The Town will have a booth displaying brochures about storm water management initiatives and actions residents can take to help improve local water quality. The festival will be held at G Richard Pfitzner Stadium located at 7 County Complex Ct. Woodbridge, VA 22192 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, please visit our website at or contact the MS4 Coordinator, Shaina Schaffer, at

Dumfries events: Black History celebration, Easter Egg Hunt

little union elem chorus
This post was submitted and paid for by the Town of Dumfries to inform residents about community events. 

On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, the Town of Dumfries will be hosting our Annual Black History Month Celebration at the Little Union Baptist Church located at 17150 Mine Road in Dumfries.

This ceremony will feature guest speaker Reverend Michael Sessoms, from Little Union Baptist Church as well as Ms. Phyllis Aggrey, Executive Director of the Prince William County Human Rights Commission. Ceremonies will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will feature performances by the Little Union Baptists Men’s Choir and the Dumfries Elementary Chorus.

A reception will follow immediately after the service at Little Union Baptist Church. Keep Reading…

Manassas Park, FreshySites develop new police website


The Manassas Park Police Department recently launched a new and improved website that features some revamped widgets and other tools available for users.

The new website has increased accessibility for public usage along with an improved aesthetic and interface for navigability.

New features of the site include an emergency alert system delivered by the application Everbridge. It’s an application that automates emergency messages to residents who signed up to receive them.

This application notifies residents about concerns or hazards that are of potential concern in the area where residents live. Residents will be able to sign up to receive Everbridge notifications and messages through phone calls, text messages, and emails. Additionally, forums, commonly asked questions, anonymous tips, and press releases can be accessed by visiting the new website. Keep Reading…

Manassas Re-Store opens Saturday; will be region’s largest


They’ve spent the past three months stocking, staging, and polishing.

At Habitat for Humanity’s new Manassas store, every appliance is checked to ensure it’s in working order; that every ceiling fan rotates, and that every piece of furniture has the nuts and bolts needed before customers arrive.

“I grabbed six screws to put in a mirror out there on the floor,” said Chris Butler, 19, whose working his first regular job. “I need to make sure it’s fixed.”

On Saturday, Habitat for Humanity Prince William will open the largest “Re-Store” in the Washington, D.C. region. Located inside an old Food Lion on Hastings Drive, this 38,541-sqaure foot floor space the new center of the charity’s operations. Keep Reading…

Woman punched in head, man charged


A man is charged with aggravated malicious wounding after punching the victim in the head. 

According to report, the 28-year-old victim was transported to a hospital for serious, life threatening injuries.

Aggravated Malicious Wounding – On January 24 at 1:38AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 8400 block of Sunset Dr in Manassas (20109) to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 28 year old woman of Manassas, reported to police that she and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused punched her in the head. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious, life threatening injuries. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident.

Arrested on January 24: Roberto Enrique Arma MONTOYA DE LEON, 27, of 8400 block of Sunset Dr in Manassas

Charged with aggravated malicious wounding

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond

Business is booming in Manassas

This post is written as part of a paid content partnership between Potomac Local and City of Manassas to showcase businesses and economic development in the city.

Historic Heart. Modern Beat.   These four words simply yet masterfully describe the City of Manassas.  In case you missed it, this is the City’s new tagline, and it’s pretty spot-on.      

Manassas is a city steeped in rich history and tradition and takes great pride in the pivotal role it played in our country’s defining war. 

Manassas is also transforming. 

It is attracting a creative class of entrepreneurs that are changing the face of our City.  They are authentic, eclectic, driven; and they are breathing new life into Manassas, most notably in Historic Downtown.  Keep Reading…

Jirani Coffeehouse merging arts with downtown community


Downtown Manassas will soon welcome a new, quaint little coffeehouse to its collection of stores. Located across the train tracks in Old Town Manassas, Jirani Coffeehouse plans to open its doors to locals in mid-February this year.

The coffeehouse will offer live music, shows, and entertainment that’s easily accessible right in the Manassas community. This will be a major perk for locals as it allows them to skip the drive to D.C. and grab a quality cup of joe at a live event.

The thing is, this isn’t any old coffee shop. In fact, it’s not a “coffee shop” at all.

“This is not just a coffee shop. We call it a coffeehouse because our little tagline is that we’re a third space. You have home, you have work, but it’s another place you can go. It’s the third space,” said Connie Mosemak, the Manager of Jirani Coffeehouse. Keep Reading…

VDOT will review miserable commute after blizzard ends


The roads last night were treacherous across the region, as less than an inch of snow that fell quickly turned to mush, and then to ice. 

Vehicles traveling on Route 610 slipped and slid all over the roadway as drivers tried to make their way home.

I was one of the drivers that never made it home last night.

Several crashes on Route 610, as well as a jackknifed tractor trailer made it impossible to drive Route 610 west beyond Joshua Road. It was one of the more troublesome spots (especially in Stafford County, I’m told) where road conditions deteriorated quickly.  Keep Reading…

Blizzard warning from 1 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday


We don’t see this very often around here. 

A blizzard warning goes into effect at 1 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday. This latest warning from the National Weather Service upgrades yesterday’s blizzard watch

A blizzard warning was issued for Washington, D.C. briefly in December 2009 during major “Snowmageddon” snowstorm.

Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:  Keep Reading…

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