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Manassas

Teen Stabbed in Coverstone Neighborhood

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An 18-year-old was stabbed several times Tuesday on the 10900 block of Coverstone Drive near Manassas.

Police seek a 17 and a 15-year-0ld in connection to the crime.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Aggravated Malicious Wounding | Armed Robbery – On November 25th at 4:34PM, officers responded to investigate a stabbing which was reported to have occurred in the 10900 block of Coverstone Dr in Manassas (20109). The investigation revealed that the victim, an 18 year old man of Manassas, was stabbed multiple times by two known acquaintances following a physical altercation in the above area. During the encounter, one of the suspects also attempted to take the victim’s necklace. A friend of the victim, a 17 year old male juvenile of Manassas, was also present during the incident and attempted to intervene. At that point, one of the suspects attempted to stab the victim’s friend; however, the suspect did not make contact. The victim sustained significant injuries and was taken to an area hospital by friends where police were contacted. Detectives were able to identify both assailants involved in this incident as male juveniles belonging to a gang. Following the investigation, detectives obtained charges against both juveniles. The suspects are not in currently custody and are actively being sought by police. This was not a random incident.

Wanted: [Juveniles]

17 year old male juvenile of Manassas

Wanted for 1 count of aggravated malicious wounding, 1 count of attempted malicious wounding, 1 count of stabbing while in commission of a felony, and 3 counts of gang participation

15 year old male juvenile of Manassas

Wanted for 1 count of aggravated malicious wounding, 1 count of attempted armed robbery, 1 count of stabbing while in commission of a felony and 3 counts of gang participation

 

Arevalo-Manica Faces Sex Assault Charge

A 29-year-old woman was sexually assaulted inside a home near Manassas, police said.

Here’s more in a press release from Prince William police:

Sexual Assault Investigation – On November 22nd at 3:54AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 7200 block of Royal Fern Cir in Manassas (20111) to investigate a sexual assault. The victim, a 29 year old woman of Manassas, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused physically and sexually assaulted the victim. After the altercation, the accused left the home and the victim contacted police. The accused was located and detained by officers. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on November 22nd:

Nestor Alexander AREVALO-MANICA, 34, of 4218 De Haven Dr in Chantilly

Charged with object sexual penetration

Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

 

Wall Elected Chairman of Flory Center Board

Marion Wall Welcomes John Gregory to the Board of Directors for the Flory Center.

The Flory Small Business Center has elected a new Board Chairman to lead the organization.

The following is a press release from the Flory Center:

Marion M. Wall, owner and CEO of the Potomac Wall Insurance Agency in Quantico, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Flory Small Business Center, Inc. Mr. Wall previously served as Vice Chairman of the Flory Board and was elected Chairman following the death of former Chairman Joe France.

The Flory Center’s President and CEO, Linda Decker remarked, “We are very fortunate to have Marion serve as our Chairman. His strong commitment to the Flory Center over the past 23 years has been invaluable and we look forward to continuing to work collegially to serve existing businesses and “start ups” in the region.

Mr. Wall is a longtime board member of the Sentara Potomac Hospital Board, where his work has been recognized with the Matthew F. McNulty, Jr. Award.   This award, created by the Executive Committee of the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area, annually honors an outstanding leader who has made significant contributions to the region’s healthcare field.

Currently, Mr. Wall is Chairman of the Potomac Health Foundation, which provides grants to local organizations to better meet the growing healthcare needs of our community.

A former member of the Prince William County Industrial Development Authority, as well as the Prince William County Service Authority, Mr. Wall has deep roots in the regional community.

The Flory Board also elected John Gregory, Founder and CEO of Gregory Construction to the Board of Directors. Mr. Gregory, a lifetime resident of Manassas, currently serves as Vice Chairman of the City of Manassas Economic Development Authority.

He founded Gregory Construction, Inc., a design build firm in Manassas, in 1954 and continues to serve as CEO of the firm. Gregory Construction has played a vital role in shaping the landscape of Manassas, Prince William County, and the surrounding region.

A benefactor of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, the Gregory Family Theater is named in honor of his late wife, Angela and his late son, Scott.

Mrs. Decker noted that “the Flory Board and staff are pleased that John accepted our invitation to join the Board. He brings a wealth of private sector business experience to the position. Our former Chairman, Joe France often commented that John contributed greatly to the sound decision making process in the many organizations in which he served.”

The Flory Small Business Center, Inc. is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to business development, retention, and expansion. The Center’s active Board of Directors is composed of distinguished business people who work and reside throughout the Center’s service area. In addition to Marion Wall and John Gregory, the Center’s Board is composed of Vice Chairman, Pat O’Leary, Esq. of Woodbridge, Secretary, Mayor Frank Jones of Manassas Park, Treasurer, Steve Dawson of Catharpin, Assistant Treasurer Col. Frank Mejia of Woodbridge, and Brian Gordon of Dumfries. Col. Mejia is Chairman of the Prince William County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and Mr. O’Leary, Mr. Dawson, and Mr. Gordon serve on the IDA’s Board of Directors.

Funding for the Flory Small Business Center, Inc. is provided by the Prince William County Industrial Development Authority, Prince William County, and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The Center has been a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (U.S. SBA) since its inception in 1991.

If you have questions or would like more information on the Center, which is located at 10311 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas, please call 703-335-2500.

 

 

 

City Mayor’s Vote Must Break Tie on Manassas Station Rezoning

A rendering of what Manassas Station condos would look like from Prince William Street.

Few spoke in favor of rezoning

The City Council is split on the decision to approve a rezoning for 140 new condominium units to be built at the corner of Tudor Lane and Fairview Avenue.

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It’s now up to Mayor Hal Parrish II to decide, and that won’t happen until at least Dec. 15.

The condo project, dubbed Manassas Station, is proposed by the same developer of Historic Courts of Manassas, another condo development in the city. The building, if approved, would bring more people to live in the Old Town area of Manassas.

The building would sit at the location of the former ABC Photo and Imaging Services building. The Council must decide to rezone the land that old building, now vacant for years, from an industrial use to residential. Councilman Mark Aveni motioned to deny the rezoning and received support from fellow Councilmen Andrew Harrover and Mark Wolfe. Councilmen Ian Lovejoy, Jonathan Way, and Steven Randolph voted no on the motion to deny.

The Mayor is a tie-breaking vote, but he decided to delay his vote until December. If he votes yes, the rezoning is denied, and the project dies. If no, the motion to deny the rezoning is defeated, but someone else on the Council must motion to approve the rezoning for the project to move forward.

“What a tangled web we weave,” quipped Parrish.

“I’ve heard people say it’s too big, it is urban, and it’s not proportionate to other buildings downtown,” said Councilman Jonathan Way, who is in support of the project. He said the building would bring a “blended mix” of urban and mixed uses to the Old Town area.

A public hearing on the project was continued from a City Council meeting held on Nov. 17. Few people who spoke at the City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 24 were favor of the project.

Those opposed to the new condo building cited traffic concerns for the area as well as potential school overcrowding. Others said the building doesn’t fit with what has traditionally become known as Old Town Manassas.

Twice denied by the city’s Planning Commission, the city’s development staff approves of the project and said it fits within the master plan for the development and redevelopment of Old Town Manassas.

Manassas Students Make Thank You Cards for Veterans

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The following information was submitted to us by the Manassas City Public Schools Public Information Office:

A small parade of veterans visited Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) on Friday, November 7, 2014. Veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and even WWII arrived on motorcycles and historic military vehicles to students and staff waving flags, cheering, singing and reciting poetry.

MCPS partnered with the local VFW and American Legion Post #10 to organize the parade—complete with a police escort. The event was part of Post #10’s Thank You Card project. Students and staff made cards, which volunteers picked up from the students during their visit to the schools before presenting them at the annual Veterans Day Parade in Old Town Manassas on November 8. The cards were also given to veterans in area assisted living facilities.

Many veterans visited the schools, including retired MCPS teacher Lt. Col. Jerry Martin USMC, who earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam; Silver Star recipient Merle Hancock, who served in WWII; as well as Osbourn High School graduate and Afghanistan veteran Faris Amra, whose decorations include the Purple Heart.

Also on November 7, about 100 Osbourn High School (OHS) students, including those in ROTC, took a Fine Arts field trip to the Hylton Performing Arts Center to watch a very special and timely production from the Manassas Ballet Theatre.

“Colin: Son, Marine, Hero” tells the story Colin J. Wolfe, a 2005 OHS graduate who lost his life in the line of duty at the age of 19. Wolfe, who joined the Marines the day after he graduated high school, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq just seven weeks into his deployment. “We felt honored that ROTC got personally invited to the play. It means a lot,” said Dilcia Cruz Palucho, an 11th grader at OHS.

Wolfe, a former dancer, was compelled to become a Marine following the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. The ballet chronicles Wolfe’s life from when he was a baby in his mother’s arms until the day two Marines showed up at his parents’ doorstep with the devastating news. Wolfe is the son of Manassas Ballet’s artistic director Amy Grant Wolfe.  “The play was very good and it was touching about how they showed their point of view from their son’s death and how they incorporated that into the play,” said Connor Howard, who is also in the 11th grade. Osbourn Assistant Principal said the ballet was “very moving” and an “awesome opportunity” for students.

In addition, on Monday, November 10, Mayfield Intermediate School invited a group of local veterans for a small, private reception. They were honored through songs performed by the Mayfield fifth grade chorus, before sharing their stories with the entire fifth and sixth grade student body. One such veteran was 91-year-old Hancock who became a WWII POW after his plane was shot down by the Germans on his 37th mission. The students really enjoyed hearing the story of a true American hero!
Please visit our Facebook gallery for additional photos of these events.

Fire Crews Called to Panera Bread in Manassas

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Fire crews were called to Panera Bread on Liberia Avenue in Manassas.

A false alarm triggered the response, said Manassas spokeswoman Patty Prince.

Photo credit: Allissa Jones

‘Manassas Station’ Would Replace old ABC Photo Building

The old home of ABC Photo Processing in Manassas, Virginia
A rendering of what Manassas Station condos would look like from Prince William Street.

A rendering of what Manassas Station condos would look like from Prince William Street.

The footprint of Old Town Manassas could soon expand east.

A proposal calls for 140 new condos to be built at Manassas Station, a new four-story housing development that would replace the old ABC Photo Processing Center on Prince William Street, originally built in 1953 and modified in 1985.

If approved, the new homes would have the same look and feel of the buildings in Old Town and would come on the heels of Manassas City leaders approving 94 new condos at the site of the old Manassas Journal Messenger building on Church Street.

The same developer who built Historic Courts of Manassas on Center Street would also be developing Manassas Station. A new Baldwin Intermediate School will be built across the street where ballfields outside Osbourn High School are in what is an already changing neighborhood. In order for the project to move forward, the land needs to be rezoned from industrial to residential use.

The city’s planning commission twice denied approval of the condo building because it would be built too close to existing historic homes on Fairview Avenue. But those who work in the city’s planning office said Manassas Station should go forward because it fits the city’s downtown development plan.

“There’s been very little interest in the property until our people came in and proposed something,” said John Foote, a lawyer representing the developer.

The amount of increased traffic that would come from the development is a concern. A new traffic signal at the nearby intersection of Fairview Avenue and Tudor Lane would need to be installed, and the developer has proffered $117,000 for the needed signal.

The developer has also offered $671,860 in proffers to the city’s school system to help offset the cost of educating new students who would move into the condo building. Foote said he used the city’s own data to determine that condo buildings in the city generate fewer school children than a nearby townhouse community and a trailer park.

Opponents of the project said the character of Old Town is changing too fast, fear its population will become denser, and that they don’t want the city to someday look like Arlington.

“I feel that the look and feel of this massive building will further erode the look and feel of our historic district, a district that so many people care about and what makes Manassas unique. Soon it will be hard to find historic buildings if we continue to allow development of this scale in the historic district,” said Mary Ann Jenkins, who lives on Windsor Street in the city.

Supporters of the new project called the condos a sign of “progress” being made in the city. They, along with Foote, also said many young Millenials are choosing to rent rather than buy a home due to the down economy.

“I’m 30 years old and I’m not in a position to purchase a home. It’s a tough world, economically, and I don’t know what can be done to support home ownership because it’s a difficult thing,” one woman told city leaders.

Manassas Station would be built on nearly four acres of land, feature 85 one-bedroom units and 55 two-bedroom units. Among other proffers, the developer has offered $50,000 to improve parking in Old Town, $121,800 for public safety improvements, $6,300 for parks, and would not allow owners to sublease any condo unit in the building.

 

Meth Lab Raided at Manassas Area Motel

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Police busted three people suspected of making meth in an area motel.

Investigators made the bust Nov. 3 at Red Roof Inn just off Interstate 66 near Manassas

A search warrant indicates police suspected meth was being made inside room 237, and it was being sold to people staying at the motel. Detectives went to the door to speak with and spoke with two men staying in the room. While there, they and saw batteries, tin foil, butane, gas masks, tubing and a clear jar with a white powdery substance that

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indicate the manufacturing of methamphetamine, all lying in plain sight, according to the search warrant.

The two men told police that meth had recently been made inside the room and that the man who rented the room would return shortly, according to the search warrant.

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The renter of the room returned a short time later driving a Toyota Highlander, according to the search warrant. Needles, a spoon and a battery were all items listed on the search warrant as recovered.

James Kiger, 45, of no fixed address, is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine.

Lindsey Elizabeth Rengstorff, 24, of Bowling Green, is charged with possession.

Samuel Hoak, 21, of Pembridge Road in Manassas is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

The suspects are due in court Jan. 9, 2015.

Final Utiltiy Pole Removed at Center, Prescott Streets

At a formal pole removal ceremony on today, the City of Manassas Public Works & Utilities Department officially declared the Center Street/Prescott Avenue Overhead to Underground project complete. This Capital Improvement Project, which began in July 2012, removed 33 utility poles from the side of the road and relocated the lines underground.

The project entailed moving 27,708 linearfeet of conductor line from above ground to underground, making the area much more visually appealing. More than 15,352 man-hours were used to move electric lines and to upgrade 3,216 linear feet of water main pipes along the route which included; Center Street, Prescott Avenue, Zebedee Street, Quarry Road, Cherry Street and Maple Street. Moving these lines from above to below ground helps ensure reliability of electric service, while also taking away that cluttered feel of above ground power lines.

Local cable franchise lines for Comcast and Verizon were also moved to below ground during the project. 20 new Sternberg street lights were placed along the route, adding an “old town” ambience to the project. The City also upgraded the water main in this area to a new 12 inch line for improved pressure in the area.

Decorated Veteran to Speak at the Freedom Museum

On Dec. 11, 2014, Major Bruce H. ‘Doc’ Norton, USMC (Ret.) will speak at the Freedom Museum about several books he has authored on U.S. Military History. He will discuss several of the men about whom he has written, why he chose them, and will present lessons learned about writing military history, as well as mention some of his future projects.

During his Vietnam tours spanning five years, he was decorated for heroism “under fire on numerous occasions”. After his Vietnam Service, Major Norton attended the College of Charleston, where he earned a BA in US History and a Commission as a Second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired after twenty-four years of military service in command and staff positions and earned a Master’s Degree in Military Sciences before becoming the Director of the Marine Corps’ Command Museum, in San Diego, California, and also taught military history courses at the University of San Diego.

Admission to the Freedom Museum is free and light refreshments will be served. The presentation will be from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM at the Museum, which is located in the Manassas Airport Terminal, 10600 Harry Parrish Blvd., Manassas, VA 20110. For further information and directions to the museum, visit www.freedommuseum.org.

Round Elementary in Manassas Placed on Lockdown

Students held inside Manassas elementary during police investigation

 

Students at George C. Round Elementary School were placed on modified lockdown this morning.

Manassas police surrounded the school at 10100 Hastings Drive after the sound of gunshots were reported the in the area.

“Upon investigation, the police department did not find anything suspicious,” stated George C. Round Elementary Principal Kara Mills in a letter to parents distributed today.

Teachers were told to stay inside the building and continue with their normal instructional day during the modified lockdown, which lasted between 9:50 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

“Because normal activity continued in the building, there was little to no loss of instructional time,” according to Mills.

A total of 532 students attend Round Elementary School.

American Festival Pops Orchestra to Play Holiday Songs in Manassas

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The American Festival Pops Orchestra will be playing holiday tunes December 12 and 13 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center and the George Mason University Center for the Arts.

More information from a Hylton Center press release:

Northern Virginia’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra makes the season merry and bright when it presents “Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season,” a festive musical array filled with Christmas cheer. The ensemble appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. and at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at 8 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).

This sparkling musical extravaganza features beloved classics from Irving Berlin, Leroy Anderson and John Williams, including “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “The Christmas Song” and “Winter Wonderland.”

In keeping with tradition, American Festival Pops Orchestra is excited to welcome back Hylton Center Executive Director Rick Davis, in a captivating narrative set to music in “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” and young and old alike will enjoy the ever-popular audience sing-along. Under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Anthony Maiello, American Festival Pops Orchestra gathers some of the most extraordinary musical talent the greater D.C. area has to offer, including members of Mason’s School of Music faculty, U.S. military ensembles and regional symphonies.

Maestro Maiello is an associate director and university professor in Mason’s School of Music, and has made professional appearances throughout the United States and abroad, conducting music festivals; adjudicating ensembles; and presenting lectures, clinics and workshops. For more information about the American Festival Pops Orchestra and Maestro Anthony Maiello, please visit afpo.gmu.edu.

 

More information on how to purchase tickets, from a Hylton Center press release:

TICKETS FOR THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:Tickets for AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA’S “HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON” concert are $50, $43 and $30. 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. 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.

TICKETS FOR GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Tickets for AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA’S “HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON” concert are $50, $43 and $30. 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.

Man Assaults Officer, Grabs K-9

MANASSAS, Va. – On Nov. 16, an off-duty police officer said that an unknown man was banging at the door of his home and tried to enter inside by pushing past him. When officers arrived to arrest him, the man struck an officer on the head many times and grabbed a K-9 by the neck and held it down.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police; 

Assault & Battery on Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On November 16th at 11:20PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 11600 block of Bradley Forest Dr in Manassas (20112) to investigate a disorderly call.

The homeowner, identified as an off-duty Prince William County police K-9 officer, reported that an unknown man, later identified as the accused, was banging on the front door to his residence. When the officer opened the door, the accused attempted to enter the home by pushing past him.

Police were immediately contacted and, upon hearing responding officers, the accused began to walk away from the area. A responding officer located and attempted to detain the accused which led to a struggle. During the struggle, the accused assaulted that officer, striking him to the head multiple times. As the accused was fighting with the officer, the homeowner (officer) and K-9 partner ran to assist.

At that point, the accused grabbed the K-9 around the neck and held him to the ground. The accused eventually complied and was taken into custody. The officer was transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The accused was treated at the scene, also for minor injuries. The police K-9 was not injured. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

                Arrested on November 16th:

                Raymond Joseph LESHYNSKI Jr., 30, of 9075 Forest View Dr in Manassas

Charged with assault & battery on a LEOassault & battery on a police K-9burglaryobstruction of justice and disorderly conduct

                Court date: January 23, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Health Insurance Enrollment Begins at Evergreen Clinic in Manassas

The Evergreen Clinic in Manassas, Virginia employs counselors to help enroll residents in the federal Healcare Insurance Marketplace.

Enrollment in the federal Healthcare Marketplace, commonly known as Obamacare, began Saturday.

The Greater Prince William Health Center Evergreen Clinic in Manassas welcomed Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to a health insurance enrollment party held by the clinic Saturday.

This is the second enrollment period for the federal healthcare program created by the Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010.

“We want to be the center of Marketplace enrollment in prince William County. We’ve been the recipient of federal grants under the Affordable Healthcare Act, so it’s really important to do this service for the community,” said heath center director Frank Principi.

Principi said Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made more resources available to his federally qualified health center to promote the open enrollment period now through Feb. 15, 2015. More money was also provided to the clinic to double the number of enrollment counselors this year to six.

When visitors to the clinic came in Saturday, many had the option of working one-on-one with a counselor to sign up or renew their healthcare options. Translators assisted those who spoke Spanish.

About 15 computers were set up in a conference room for users who didn’t require one-on-one assistance.

“We’ve been told to prepare for various situations, like for someone who might come in with little insurance, and for someone that may have been insured for a long time and not know what to expect when enrolling in a new program,” said Emily Riley Roller, with the Virginia Community Healthcare Association.

Sylvia Burwell succeeded Kathleen Sibelius as Health and Human Services Secretary earlier this year following Sibelius’ resignation.  

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Volunteers Pack Nearly 90,000 Meals for Poor

More than 270 volunteers participated in the House of Mercy’s 2014 Campaign to End Hunger fundraiser and meal-packing event Oct. 18. The nonprofit humanitarian organization, located in Manassas, Va., shipped more than 78,000 meals packed during the campaign to Kentucky’s hungry in Appalachia. Nearly 11,000 meals of beans and rice packed during the event will go in mid-November to two impoverished communities in Honduras.

Meals for hungry packed at Manassas Park Community Center

 

Volunteers packed nearly 90,000 meals for the poor during the House of Mercy’s fourth annual “Campaign to End Hunger” fundraiser and meal-packing event, Oct. 18 at the Manassas Park Community Center.

Although falling short of the nonprofit humanitarian organization’s goal of 150,000 meals packed during this year’s all-day event, the total is still “a success in our book,” said House of Mercy Executive Director Ann Cimini. “Through the generosity of hundreds of people and our corporate sponsors, we’ve been able to serve the poorest of God’s children,” she said.

The agency, located in Manassas, Va., shipped 78,408 of the meals to the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center, which will distribute them in Christmas baskets to families in need in Kentucky’s impoverished Appalachian region, Cimini said.

The center, located in Louisa, Ky., is an interdenominational nonprofit organization that has served about 10,000 Kentucky mountain residents, said Cimini. The Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center, which is an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Ky., distributes food, clothing and furniture to low-income families in its area and provides four charity thrift stores with donated merchandise for sale, she said.

Appalachia’s poor were the designated primary recipients of meals packed during this year’s campaign, held in conjunction with events for the United Nations’ World Food Day, Oct. 16.

In addition, 11,196 meals of beans and rice packed during Campaign to End Hunger 2014 are bound this month for two impoverished villages in Honduras, Cimini said. The campaign goal was to pack 30,000 meals for those communities, but achieving that, along with this year’s objective of 120,000 meals to Appalachia, depended upon how many people signed up to pack meals during the event, she said.

More than 270 volunteers participated in this year’s Campaign to End Hunger, including 207 who each paid the event’s $35 fundraising fee per two-hour shift to pack meals during the campaign, said Cimini. The event had 320 meal-packing shifts available, she said.

Cimini said that she is disappointed, but not surprised at the lower participation than organizers hoped for. “We changed our fundraising strategy this year for the event,” she said. “Although Campaign to End Hunger has always been a fundraiser, we’ve had enough corporate sponsors in the past to allow the majority of folks willing to pack meals during the campaign to pack at no cost. We lost sponsors this year, and, with it, the capacity for us to offer the free packing.”

The 2014 campaign raised about $25,000 in contributions from individual participants and corporate sponsors, Cimini said. Contributions covered the event’s costs, including raw food ingredients, packing supplies, advertising, fees and shipping, she said. Remaining contributions after campaign expenses are met will help fund the agency’s operating costs and community programs throughout the year, Cimini said.

Campaign sponsors included Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Bristow, Va., and National Vendor Management Services, Inc. (NVMS), TS&T (Traffic Systems and Technology) and Able Moving and Storage, all located in Manassas, Va. Several local businesses also provided meal packers for the event, said Cimini.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors and participants for making this event possible,” she said. “All of these organizations and people understand that the health of us as a town and a community depends on all of us acting together to assist those who need our help.”

To learn more about the House of Mercy, call 703-659-1636 or visit houseofmercyva.org.

Manassas Battlefield Receives Grant, Plans to Expand

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Manassas Battlefield expansion requires congressional approval

To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Gov. Terry McAuliffe awarded state grants to several battlefields across Virginia for preservation and expansion.

Manassas National Battlefield Park is among the recipients for this grant, and will use the funding to acquire 2.6 acres of new property on the Yeates Tract to add to the park’s boundary.

The total for the state grants was $1.7 million, although the amount of the grant for the Manassas Battlefield has not yet been announced to the Manassas Battlefield Trust.

“These are state grants that will ultimately go to the Civil War Trust for the purchase of a piece of property…in our case it’s the Yeates property, of 2.58 acres, which is not in the park now,” said Maureen Finnerty, president of the Manassas Battlefield Trust.

The Trust is a newly formed local non-profit for the Manassas Battlefield. “We are essentially a friend-raising and fundraising non-profit group, to raise money and friends for the Manassas Battlefield,” said Finnerty.

In order to incorporate the Yeates Tract into the boundary line for the Manassas Battlefield, they will need to purchase 25 to 30 existing residential properties on the land, and go through a congressional approval process to formally change the boundary line, according to Finnerty.

This process may take up to a year, although the boundary change is considered minor.

The Yeates Tract, which is located east of Groveton Road, was a significant landmark in the battles at Manassas, as Maj. Gen. James Longstreet undertook a massive counterattack against the Union on the site in 1862.

The Bone Brings High-Quality Barbecue to Historic Downtown Manassas

Ribbon cutting at The Bone

Ribbon cutting at The Bone

The ribbon was sliced on Monday, November 3rd celebrating one of Historic Downtown Manassas’s newest foodie hot spots, The Bone.

More from a press release about the opening:

The Bone Barbecue opened on July 4th, 2014, at its location, 9420 Battle Street. The restaurant offers high quality barbecue with meats that are smoked in-house, and sauces and sides made from scratch.

The Bone is the second barbecue joint for owners Mike, Chase, and Bobby Hoover. Their first, Bad to the Bone Smokehouse, in Gainesville, Virginia, has received much local acclaim for its barbecue– including a win of a lengthy, bracket-style competition called the “BBQ Brawl,” where they were selected as the winner over 32 other restaurants. The Bone is the fast, casual version of Bad to the Bone, with the same quality cuisine.

Chase Hoover says they “let the meat do the talking,” when it comes to their recipes, by using quality and simplicity in the preparation. Meats are pulled and sliced with little to no sauce. Guests can add flair by choosing one of their five sauces, two of which feature beer from Manassas brewery, Heritage Brewing Company. Local, craft beer is also available for purchase to drink while you dine or to take with you. The interior has an industrial rustic feel featuring many touches put together by the owners themselves. Outdoor seating is also available.

The team at The Bone is pleased to join the Historic Downtown business community stating, “It was a no-brainer for us in terms of a second location.” They were impressed by the development of downtown and “saw a great opportunity to be a part of the growing area.” The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, 11am-9pm, and on Sundays from 11am- 3pm. More information can be found at www.thebonebbq.com

El Taco Owners Looking to Cash Out

El Taco Mexican Restaurant off of Route 28 in Manassas may soon be under new ownership and management.

The restaurant was listed for sale last week on Craigslist.

The establishment has gained mixed reviews for its food and atmosphere over the years, according to reviews placed on Google.

The property, which has been an El Taco since 1970, is being sold with owner financing for $195,000. This includes all of the fixtures, menu and recipes.

More from the online post announcing it’s sale:

Restaurant for sale with some owner financing, El taco since 1970 is for sale at $195000 business only and is need of new management. The price is for the menu recipe and all fixtures. Rent is $7500 a month with about 2900 sq ft of retail space and about .91 acres of parking. The freestanding building is on busy Centreville Rd.

‘Marketplace Party’ Offers Free Insurance Enrollment, Flu Shots

: Governor Terry McAuliffe at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center’s Evergreen office in Manassas, announcing that   Virginia is one of four states to have been awarded a $9.3 million federal grant to help people get insured during the open enrollment period for Health Insurance Marketplace, Nov. 15-Feb. 15.

Governor Terry McAuliffe at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center’s Evergreen office in Manassas.

The Greater Prince William Community Health Center will kick off its second annual “Marketplace Party” with Affordable Care Act open enrollment walk-in services on Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The all-day enrollment services are free and open to the public, held at the new Evergreen Health Center located at 9705 Liberia Avenue, Suite 201, Manassas, Virginia.

Certified Application Counselors (CAC) will be available to help individuals and families understand insurance eligibility requirements and to enroll in the plan of their choice. CACs can also explain IRS tax penalties for not enrolling and monthly insurance plan premiums. Bilingual (Spanish) CACs will also enroll and renew eligible individuals and families in Medicaid.

The day-long event will also feature education sessions, flu shots, Center tours and free lunch for the whole family. Free flu shots will be given to all individuals who complete the enrollment process. “We are working with our community partners across the state so that more residents realize the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, helping them to secure the peace of mind that comes with health care coverage for their families,” said Frank J. Principi, Executive Director of the Center. “We want more of our working families to have affordable access to quality care, keeping children in school and their parents at work.”

In addition to the Marketplace Party, the Health Center, a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Woodridge and Manassas, will offer enrollment assistance by appointment throughout the open enrollment period, which runs Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. Last year, the Center assisted more than 7,000 individuals with health coverage during the first annual open enrollment period. The Center’s staff speaks English and Spanish.

More information about the Greater Prince William Community Health Center is available at gpwhealthCenter.org or info@gpwhealthcenter.org. Marketplace Party updates are posted at Facebook.com/GPWHealthCenter. To schedule a medical or dental appointment with one of the Center’s doctors, call 703-680-7950.

Car Wash, Wine Offered as Local Veterans Day Deals

The following deals were submitted to Potomac Local after we asked for local businesses to tell us what they were giving away today to honor those who served.

Sonic Soft Carwash in Woodbridge

All veterans receive 1 free gold carwash, free coffee from Cuppys Coffee, and free doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts.

Malones Restaurant in Manassas

The restaurant is offering Side by Side limited edition California wines. Proceeds of the purchase of Side by Side to fund Azalea Charities Aid for Wounded Warriors.

 

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