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‘Residents…confirmed having witnessed several gunshots on the 8600 block of Bruton Parish Ct’

From Manassas police: 

Shots Fired At approximately 10 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to the area of Bruton Parish Ct. for a report of shots fired. Officers and Detectives from the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force located and secured the scene and interviewed residents, who confirmed having witnessed several gunshots on the 8600 block of Bruton Parish Ct moments prior. Several vehicles and the maintenance portion of one apartment building sustained minor damages. No victims or injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

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Icy conditions possible Saturday

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From the National Weather Service office in Sterling

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 6 PM EST
SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR WINTRY MIX...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 6 PM EST SATURDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF UP TO 1 INCH...ALONG WITH
  AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.

* TIMING...LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS...ICY PATCHES ON ROADS AND BRIDGES WILL MAKE TRAVEL
  DIFFICULT.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST 5 MPH OR LESS.

* TEMPERATURES...AROUND 30.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...
AND FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

The Town of Dumfries is Hiring

Town Seal_Color-w. borderJoin a Great Team – The Town of Dumfries is presently accepting applications for the following positions:

— Building Official

— Chief of Police

— Code Compliance Officer

— Community Development Director

— Director of Public Works

— Information Technology Manager

— Police Officer

— Sergeant

The staff at the Town of Dumfries do what they love and love what they do. While each person has a particular role, the staff also works together to support each other and the Town as a whole. You can find further information and details on how to apply on the Town’s website at www.dumfriesva.gov.

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3 dogs killed, 5 people displaced after Manassas Park house fire

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MANASSAS PARK, Va. — Five dogs were pulled from a burning home in Manassas Park on Thursday. Three of them died. 

From Manassas Park Fire Rescue Department Chief David Dixon: 

At [1:11 p.m.] on Thursday January 12, 2017 a residential structural fire box assignment comprised of Manassas Park City, Manassas City, and Prince William County fire and rescue units, along with Manassas Park Police Department, were dispatched to 118 Baker Street, City of Manassas Park, for the report of a house fire.

The first fire units arrived on scene within 5 minutes finding a working residential structure fire with smoke and flames visible. Firefighters quickly entered the structure for fire attack and search for any occupants. Five dogs were located and removed from the home. Firefighters and paramedics provided lifesaving treatment to all five unresponsive animals. Two were revived and transported to a local emergency veterinary clinic by a Manassas Park Police animal control vehicle. The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters which limited fire damage to just the structure of origin.

One occupant, who was not home at the time of the fire, experienced a medical emergency after arriving at the scene. The occupant was treated by paramedics and transported to a local hospital.

The fire started in the living room and has been ruled accidental due to careless smoking. A total of five occupants were displaced.  American Red Cross was on the scene assisting with temporary relocation. The total fire loss is estimated to be $125,000.

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‘A female driver drove onto campus, took multiple, unattended book bags from a table in front of the school’

From Manassas City Police: 

Larceny – Arrest

At approximately 12:20 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to Seton School, located at 9314 Maple St, for a report of a larceny that had just occurred. The reporting party told officers that a female driver drove onto campus, took multiple, unattended book bags from a table in front of the school, and drove away. With the assistance of the Manassas City Police Traffic Services Unit, officers quickly identified and located the suspect, Casey A. MHIRE, 31. MHIRE was arrested without incident and charged with Grand Larceny. Items that were stolen along with the book bags were valued altogether at approximately $1,500 and included personal items, wallets, school supplies, and electronics.

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NyeasParty owner, balloon decorator Annia Jaffa will present at 1 Million Cups Prince William

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Party Store owner and Balloon Decorator Annia Jaffa will present at 1 Million Cups Prince William on Wednesday, Jam. 18, 2017. 

From Jaffa: 

I retired in 2014 to open the party supply store in Woodbridge. My prior experience was 30 years as a telecom professional with a major corporate firm.

As a new entrepreneur I have learned lot about the party industry becoming involved with the community and listening to my customers and clients. I have taken balloon decorating classes, attending the World Balloon Convention and taken several party and balloon workshops. I have also extended balloon decorations as a major service to my customers and clients.

In 2015, we were awarded the Thumbtack’s Best of 2015 in the Event Decorators category. This award was a direct result of customer reviews.

In 2016 were awarded the Red Tricycle’s “Totally Awesome Award Phenomenal Party Supply Stores” category.

Award is based on parents voting for their favorite stores in each city.

NyeasParty also supports the community and provides discounts to all teachers and military personnel.

 

Editor’s note: Potomac Local Publisher Uriah Kiser is 1 Million Cups Prince William volunteer organizer.

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‘Computer-brain interfaces can revolutionize the way that disabled individuals can go about their everyday lives’

Submitted:

Interfacing Brains to Electronics will be discussed by bioengineering professor Nathalia Peixoto at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 as part of Galileo’s Science Café, hosted by George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus.

New breakthroughs in computer-brain interfaces can revolutionize the way that disabled individuals can go about their everyday lives. Our ability to see, hear, move, and think is controlled by neurons in our body that communicate by transmitting electrical signals. Scientists are using the electrical properties of nerves, in conjunction with the power of modern computers, to develop computer-brain interface technologies.

While this may sound like science fiction, our neural engineering laboratory is electrically stimulating and recording activity from neurons, developing retinal implants for blind people, and leveraging augmented reality to help people with disabilities.

Date: January 12, 2017

Location: Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Virginia

Time: 
6 p.m.: Doors open, food and beverages available
7-7:30 p.m.: Scientific Discussion
7:30-7:45 p.m.: Q&A
7:45-8:30 p.m.: Meet the Scientist and Networking Reception

RSVP to attend.

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Baldwin Elementary School clean-up effort ‘extensive’

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The new Baldwin Elementary School in Manassas closed its doors Tuesday and will be closed again Wednesday due to a pipe burst.

The pipe burst at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to school officials. The temperature at Washington Regan National Airport at that time was 17 degrees

Here’s a statement from Manassas City Public Schools Executive Director of Finance & Operations Andy Hawkins:

Early this morning we were notified that a water pipe had broken at Baldwin Elementary School and water was flowing from the ceiling on the 3rd floor extended learning area down to the second and first floors which house K through 3rd-grade classrooms.

Our Maintenance team and the custodial teams from both Osbourn High School and Baldwin responded. We also contacted an outside vendor (A-1 Flood Tech) to assist us in in the remediation effort.

A review of our security camera footage documented that at approximately 10:15 last evening water started leaking from an Outside Air Unit. This unit circulates fresh air throughout the building.

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Baldwin Elementary School students get another day off Wednesday

 

Baldwin Elementary School closed today due to a burst water pipe. The brand new school opened just before Christmas.

We emailed Manassas City schools spokeswoman Al Radford about the closure for tomorrow.

Potomac Local to Manassas Schools: “Do you have any photos of the Baldwin damage? Cost repair estimate? Also, can you tell us how something like this happened in a brand new facility? “

Manassas City Public Schools spokeswoman Al Radford: “No pictures…and not sure of total cost of repairs at this point.  I am copying Andy Hawkins, Director of Finance and Operations…Mr. Hawkins is gathering information from the staff regarding everything that has been done and will provide an update to the School Board at the meeting tonight if you are able to view it.”

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Lovejoy launches ‘100 Ways in 100 days’

From Manassas City Councilman Ian Lovejoy:

“What is 100 Ways in 100 days? In short, 100 Ways in 100 days is an “idea-raiser.”  Rather than raising money, our goal is to solicit ideas from the Manassas community on how to better the city.  As the name implies, the ultimate end-game is to come up with 100 small, cost effective, and implementable ideas that collectively have a big impact- all within approximately 100 days (January 15th – April 25th).”

Only ideas submitted via the website will be accepted, we’re told.

 

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‘No school for Baldwin Elementary School students today…because of standing water in the building due to frozen pipes and no heat’

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From Almeta (Al.) Radford Director, of Public Communications, Manassas City Public Schools

There will be no school for Baldwin Elementary School students today, Tuesday, January 10th, because of standing water in the building due to frozen pipes and no heat. A clean-up crew is on site to remove the water.

We will provide an update regarding the status of the building later today.  We appreciate the flexibility and understanding of Baldwin parents as this matter is addressed.

Traffic
‘The average pavement condition for our…roads is in the poor category’

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MANASSAS, Va. — A new report outlines the condition of streets and roads in Manassas City. 

Of the 250 lane miles maintained by city crews, 148 of them are in poor or very poor condition and are in need of paving, according to the full report

The new report identifies streets that will be paved over the next three years. 

The city paid $23,647 for the report.  The City has $700,000 per year for paving projects, according to city spokeswoman Patty Prince.

From the city’s report: 

This summer, the City hired Fugro-Roadware, Inc. with a specially outfitted truck to drive the City’s streets and measure the pavement condition and evaluate the ride quality. The pavement condition has been used to prioritize the maintenance projects identified in the three-year Pavement Management Plan.

Based on this inspection, the current condition of the majority of the City’s roads indicates that the City should implement a pavement maintenance program that is as aggressive as the City’s finances permit. This inspection also indicates that the majority of our roads should be evaluated and monitored for maintenance.

The average pavement condition for our principal arterial roads is in the poor category, while all other roads have an average condition that is in the fair category.

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VRE will run ‘S’ trains on Inauguration Day

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Submitted: 

On January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day, the Virginia Railway Express will operate on an “S Schedule,” which will offer reduced service from the normal operating schedule.  Specific train times can be found at www.vre.org under “Schedules.”  Only trains with an “S” above the train number on the schedule will operate.

VRE’s decision to reduce service was based on a number of factors, including expected rail congestion in and around Union Station due to the increase in the number of Amtrak trains, projected delays resulting from increased security across the network, and the Federal Government’s decision to make the day a holiday for federal workers within the National Capital Region.


‘Prince William County’s Critical Home Repair program’

  • Habitat for Humanity Prince William County
  • Address: 10159 Hastings Dr Manassas, Virginia
  • Phone: (703) 369-6708
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Through Habitat for Humanity Prince William County’s Critical Home Repair program, critical systems that impact health and safety are repaired, replaced or built for families who could not otherwise afford to accomplish these tasks. Please visit http://habitatpwc.org/programs/ to learn more!

Traffic
‘As of 6 p.m. Saturday, State Police have only one reported traffic fatality’

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From Virginia State Police: 

Virginia state Police troopers remain busy this evening as the temperatures continue to drop and roadways remain frozen. Virginians are encouraged to avoid traveling overnight and on through tomorrow morning due to the continuing and very serious threat of black ice and treacherous road conditions. Any roads that thawed earlier today due to being cleared will refreeze tonight. Stuck, disabled vehicles continue to be the greatest problem on Virginia’s highways…

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, State Police have only one reported traffic fatality. Fortunately, the majority of crashes have involved only damage to vehicles.

From midnight Saturday through 6 p.m. Saturday, Virginia State Police have responded to 527 traffic crashes and 686 disabled vehicles statewide. During the same time period, Virginia State Police have received a total of 2,082 calls for service.

As of 6:15 p.m., troopers are still on scene of 16 traffic crashes and 23 disabled vehicles statewide.

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)

Traffic Crashes=33

Disabled Vehicles=30

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)

Traffic Crashes=10

Disabled Vehicles=46       

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‘Any shift with the storm edge will greatly affect snow totals’

From the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington office, updated 5:10 p.m. Friday: 

Not much on radar at this time, though increasing coverage over the Great Smokies is making the 12Z GFS look more reliable. The surface low is not apparent yet, but should be developing over the western Gulf of Mexico. We are on the wester fringe of this storm with the surface low remaining off the Carolina coast and pushing NE from off Hatteras. Dry and cold air being drawn into the storm will limit snow for a majority of the LWX CWA. However, after midnight, swaths of snow will overspread southern and eastern portions of the area. The winter weather advisory was expanded to include central MD as well as the central Shenandoah Valley. 12Z guidance went a little farther west and the western edge will be tight, so these areas were the greatest targets at this time.

Snow will taper off from the west Saturday morning through the early afternoon. Snow ratios look to be 12-15 through the event across the area. So any shift with the storm edge will greatly affect snow totals.

North to northwest winds will remain up through the night with gusts 25 mph. Min temps teens west and low 20s east.

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BadWolf, CJ Finz team for brewpub in Downtown Manassas

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MANASSAS, Va. — The owners of BadWolf Brewery and CJ Finz will soon open a brewpub on Battle Street in Downtown Manassas, sources close to the project told Potomac Local.

Owners of the respective establishments have been mum on details of the new joint, and we don’t yet know when it will open.

The site located at 9406 Battle Street was most recently home to El Cactus Tex Mex which closed in October. 

The owners posted this farewell message to Facebook: 

Thank you so much to everyone that came out this weekend and last to say Goodbye!!! Thank you to our guests.

Thank you to my Wife who put the Mom in Mom and Pop operation. I couldn’t have done this without you Erika. Thank you to my Dad and Mom for your support ever since you adopted me and took me into your home.

Thank you to my amazing staff that stayed until the end. Thank you to The GunSmoke band, Chuggalug, and Chris Rall, the staff of Okras, and the staff of the Manassas Longhorn steakhouse who came out both nights. Thank you to my staff from Outback Steakhouse for your support. We are so moved by everyone’s support of the years.

Thank you Manassas and Historic Manassas for your support. God has blessed us in so many way.

Th new brewpub from BadWolf and CJ Finz comes after economic development officials announced a $10,000 grant to help the owners of Sinistral Brewing, located nearby and slated to open later this summer. 

CJ Finz is located in Downtown at 9413 West Street. BadWolf has two locations: Big Bad Wolf at 8420 Kao Circle, and Little Badwolf at 9776 Center Street in Manassas.

 

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Stafford under winter weather advisory for Saturday

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...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 1 PM EST
SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 1 AM TO 1 PM EST SATURDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES.

* TIMING...OVERNIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS...SNOW ON ROADS WILL RESULT IN TRAVEL IMPACTS.

* WINDS...NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.
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