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Comstock speaks in Manassas while protesters line sidewalk

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MANASSAS, Va. — Rep. Barbara Comstock spoke today at the Rotary Club of Manassas.

We’re told the Republican representing Virginia’s 10th Congressional District discussed rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, and about replacing Obamacare with a new GOP-backed plan.

Constituents for days have urged Comstock, and other GOP lawmakers to hold a town hall meeting about the health care issue. They’re using Indivisible Guide website, which touts itself as “a practical guide to resisting the Trump agenda” to organize their efforts.

Protestors stood outside the Rotary Club meeting, held at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Downtown Manassas, while Comstock spoke.

Potomac Local called Comstock’s office seeking a statement for this post but has yet to hear back. We’ll post any statement from Comstock’s office in this post when/if we receive it.

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Osbourn High School student a winner in Yearbook Excellence Contest

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From Manassas City Public Schools:

Osbourn High School (OHS) yearbook student R’ Asya Philbert has been recognized in a national Quill and Scroll contest. The OHS senior was one of 297 winners nationwide in the 2016 Yearbook Excellence Contest. Her winning entry, “Senior Ads,” in the contest’s Advertising division earned her a spot among 36 Sweepstakes winners, and the opportunity to apply for Quill and Scroll journalism scholarships.

Over 1,400 contest entries were evaluated for reporting, in-depth captions and strong visual packages. The award also recognizes the excellent work of the high school’s journalism program and Yearbook advisor Ms. Ruth Lindenfelser.

Visit Quill and Scroll and partners present 2016 Yearbook Excellent Winners for more information.
Winning Yearbook staff member Ms. Philbert is seen in the attached picture with her award plaque from Quill and Scroll.

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PRTC submits proposed FY18 budget

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From the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission:

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) Board of Commissioners voted February 9 to submit the agency’s proposed FY18 budget to its six member jurisdictions for their consideration. The member jurisdictions are Prince William, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.

PRTC provides commuter and local buses and ridesharing services in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park. PRTC also operates the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), serving all six member jurisdictions. (more…)

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‘We never send people out to ask for or collect money under any circumstances’

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 A reader told us she spotted someone collecting cash for the homeless on Sunday, Feb. 12 in Manassas.

“Helps homeless children.” New life ministries out of Fredericksburg. Corner of Liberia and Euclid.”

After receiving the tip, Potomac Local contacted every church in the Fredericksburg area — from just north of Richmond to Colonial Beach, Va. — and each one told us no one from their church was collecting cash in Manassa on that date. 

“We don’t do ‘canning’ collections, where someone stands on the street corner, traditionally with a bucket and asks for cash,” said Jason Sweezy, with New Life Chruch in Beaver Dam, Va. 

We were also provided this statement from another church, New Life Outreach Int’l Church: 

“Hello, there are no fundraising efforts we ever do in the community, or on the streets from our Ministry – New Life Outreach International in Fredericksburg VA. Thank you for checking. We never send people out to ask for or collect money under any circumstances. Thank you for asking us to confirm. Blessings!”

 

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Bill lets women get 1 year of birth control pills

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RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Senate on Thursday passed legislation allowing pharmacists to provide women a full year of birth control pills at once if prescribed by a doctor.

HB 2267, was sponsored by Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Springfield. The bill, titled the Birth Control Access Act, will now be sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe to be signed into law.

Women’s right activists praised the measure’s passage. Many insurance policies currently limit women to a 90-day supply of birth control pills.

“Passing the Birth Control Access Act is a huge victory for women. Women lead busy lives, and going back and forth to the pharmacy every few weeks to get the birth control they need isn’t necessary, so we’re thrilled that the General Assembly has passed this common-sense solution,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia. “Everyone in a community benefits when women are able to take control of their own bodies, and passing this bill is a step in the right direction.” (more…)


Retail space for rent on Zimbro Avenue in Manassas

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Retail space for rent on Zimbro Avenue in Manassas. This is a high-visibility, attractive leasing opportunity.

The space is situated along heavily trafficked Route 28 and is surrounded by many neighborhood amenities. Space is ideal for a bookstore, tutoring services, laundry mat, pet hospital, food services, or restaurant.

I’m looking to rent this 2,000-square-feet of retail space. Please call Irene at 703-225-9824.

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How about those 70-degree temps in February?

This President’s Day weekend has been unusually warm with high temperatures reaching the low 70s.

From Ornery Beer Company in Woodbridge: 

“It’s a Biergarten kinda day!”

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And Manassas residents also got in on the nice weather in Downtown. 

From Manassas City Councilman Ian Lovejoy:

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So, will that nice weather continue today? 

 

 

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ALDI expanding existing grocery stores

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At least two ALDI grocery locations in Prince William and Stafford counties are being expanded. 

In Stafford the Ali at 263 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford Plaza, and in Woodbridge at 13782 Smoketown Road are being enlarged, we’re told. The improved stores will feature a new concept layout. 

The move comes as the discount grocery chain has opened new stores, including one outside Dumfries, with floor plans that differ from their other locations, and as German competitor Lidl (pronounced Lee Dell) plans to open several new stores in the region this summer. 

From Jeff Baehr, Frederick division vice president for ALDI:

“We’re excited to share that we’re updating the ALDI store experience as part of our $1.6 billion nationwide plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 of our stores by 2020.

With approximately 20 stores in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia Region, we can’t wait to bring the new look of ALDI to shoppers who know and love us, plus new fans, as we make more room for a larger selection of fresh products, plus customer favorites like organics, gluten-free foods and premium baby items.

We know you’re eager to learn about plans for our store in Stafford, so we’ll be sure to reach out with more specific details at a later date.”

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What is Mug Shot Monday?

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All of most recent mug shots included in crime stories posted to PotomacLocal.com will be shared weekly in Monday Mug Shots.

Today marked the first day for the weekly Monday Mug Shots email to be sent every Monday at 8 a.m. The email will feature a round-up of arrests from Prince William and Stafford counties, as well as the Greater Manassas area.

Monday Mug Shots is free, and you can get it by signing up on PotomacLocal.com.

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Argument escalates, woman choked

From Prince William police:

Strangulation | Domestic Assault & Battery – On February 15 at 12:00p.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 8100 block of Halsey Ct in Manassas (20110) to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 25-year-old woman of Manassas, reported to police that she and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal argument which escalated.

During the encounter, the accused pushed the victim and, at one point, placed his hands around her neck preventing her from breathing. A struggle ensued and both parties eventually separated. Minor injuries were reported.

Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Jorge Antonio GONZALEZ AMAYA, was arrested.

Arrested on February 15:
Jorge Antonio GONZALEZ AMAYA, 23, of the 8100 block of Halsey Ct in Manassas
Charged with strangulation and domestic assault & battery
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond