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Annual tank farm event in Nokesville this weekend

Seven years after winning approval from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to build a new museum behind what used to be Kmart and today is At Home, they’re still raising money for the complex. 

The Americans in Wartime Museum will hold its annual Tank Farm demonstration event in Nokesville this weekend. 

From organizers: 

2017 Americans in Wartime Open House 

Sep 23 and 24 

10am – 4pm

13906 Aden Rd Nokesville, VA 20181

Some highlights of our event include: Military tanks and armored vehicles on display, Helicopter on display, Flamer Thrower Demonstration, Veterans Round Table, K9 Demonstrations, Horse Reenactor Team, 9/11 Artifacts, Scavenger Hunt for Kids, Veteran Welcome and Registration, Artifacts and displays, Living History Unit Displays, Voices of Freedom Recording Studio, Brickmania Display, Food and Drinks. Merchandise Sales

The Americans in Wartime Museum, when approved in 2010, was expected to cost $50 million, and feature military demonstrations and vehicles, set on 70 acres of land donated to the organization.

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Safety vest swindler in custody

Police say they have a suspect in custody — the person who is suspected of robbing two area banks, one most recently in Montclair in Prince William County, and the other in Manassas

From police: 

Bank Robbery *ARREST – During the below investigation, detectives from Anne Arundel County Police, Manassas City Police and Prince William County Police identified the suspect involved in multiple bank robberies which occurred in all three jurisdictions. The first robbery occurred at the United Bank in the City of Manassas on September 14. The same suspect is further alleged to have committed a bank robbery at the Sandy Spring Bank in Edgewater on September 15 followed by the robbery in Prince William County on September 16 at the SunTrust Bank located at 4377 Kevin Walker Dr in Dumfries. Following the investigation, detectives from Prince William County obtained warrants for the arrest of the suspect, identified as Jack Antonio ROMERO. On September 20, officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department located and arrested the accused at a home on Coleridge Dr in Silver Spring, MD. The accused remains incarcerated in Maryland pending extradition back to Virginia.

Arrested on September 20: [Photo provided by Anne Arundel Police]

Jack Antonio ROMERO, 30, of 2302 Coleridge Dr in Silver Spring, MD

Charged with [PWC]: robbery, entering a bank armed with intent to commit larceny and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: October 16, 2017 | Status: Pending Extradition

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Girls in Aviation Day to introduce girls ages 8 to 17

From a press release:

The Capital Region Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI) will hold their annual event, Girls in Aviation Day, to introduce local girls ages 8 to 17 to potential careers in aviation. The day’s activities will take place at the Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) in Virginia from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23. More than 100 girls have signed up, tripling the attendance of last year’s event.

“We want our local girls to see that there are exciting careers available to them as engineers, astronauts, pilots, dispatchers, air traffic controllers, and dozens of other jobs within the aviation community,” says Maria Killian, president of the WAI Capital Region Chapter. “We’ll introduce them to role models and educate them in a fun and supportive atmosphere during a day full of aviation and aerospace activities at their local airport.” (more…)

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Kline developer proffers funds for trailer classroom at Signal Hill Elementary School

MANASSAS — Stanley Martin Homes has offered $45,000 for the addition a new trailer classroom at Signal Hill Elementary School.

Under a new purchasing contract with school division, its enough to purchase a single-wide trailer.

The cash is apart of proffers for the Kline Development, a mixed-use community to include 400 new homes planned at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Liberia Avenue outside Manassas.

Officials have yet to approve a rezoning for the land that would clear the way for the project, which is scheduled to go before the Prince William County Planning Commission on Oct. 4.

While county school officials have no say on whether or not the project is approved, they made it clear they don’t want the new homes because it would cause overcrowding conditions at nearby schools.

As we’ve reported, “If built, the Kline development will bring an estimated 238 new students to Signal Hill Elementary, Parkside Middle, and Osbourn Park High schools. By the 2020-21 school year, Signal Hill and Parkside are slated to be operating at over 100 percent capacity. Five years later, the estimated capacity numbers at each school jump to 125 and 110 percent, respectively.”

School officials this week tell us the $45,000 would be enough to add a new modular, or trailer classroom to Signal Hill Elementary School. From Prince William County Public Schools

“…the applicant shall make a monetary contribution to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in the amount of $45,000 for the installation of a new modular classroom at Signal Hill elementary School.’

Stanley Martin Homes did not respond to a request for comment on this post.

In addition to the new homes, the proposal calls for building commercial buildings along Prince William Parkway across from a Harris Teeter grocery store in Manassas City. For these structures, supervisors must also approve multiple special-use permits for a Sheetz gas station, an unnamed drive-through fast food restaurant, a CVS Pharmacy with a drive-through window, and a self-storage facility

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Five people displaced after blaze at Yorkshire home

From a press release:

On Wednesday, September 20 at 1:50 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire in the 7600 block of Somerset Lane in Yorkshire.

Upon entry, fire and rescue crews discovered a small fire on the first floor of a home office. Firefighters initiated suppression, immediately extinguishing the fire containing it to the first floor.

No injuries reported.

The home received moderate damage estimated at $50,000. The Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

The occupants, four adults, one child and their pet were displaced by the fire.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Virginia State Police warn of automated traffic ticket scam

If you get an email from someone claiming to be from the Virginia State Police telling you about an automated traffic ticket, it’s a scam. 

From Virginia State Police: 

Virginia State Police is warning all Virginians of an email scam that advises individuals they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the State Police. The Virginia State Police does not use or issue digital/automated traffic tickets or summonses. Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and NOT click on any links provided in the email (See example below).

The email scam is just one of numerous tactics used by scammers to harass individuals under the guise of being the Virginia State Police. Just last month Virginia State Police pushed out an advisory about state police phone numbers being cloned by scammers demanding money and/or threatening individuals with arrest warrants. In these instances, anyone receiving such a phone call should hang up.

To protect one’s self from such scams:

— Never open or click on a link in an email from an unknown email address, individual or organization. To check the validity of an email, locate the entity’s website and call to determine if it is a legitimate email. The same goes for an individual.

— Never give out personal information, credit card numbers, bank account information, etc. to an unknown individuals or entities via the phone or email.

— For additional tips on how to protect yourself and identifying common scams, go to www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center launches Sentara Neck and Back Center

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center announces its newest addition to help you get back in the game!

Today, Monday, September 18th, the hospital launched the Sentara Back and Neck Center during a ribbon cutting attended by doctors, nurses, volunteers and members of the team.

The Sentara Back and Neck Center offers patients a ‘one-stop shop’ for complete, compassionate care from our board-certified, fellowship trained spine surgeons offering advanced surgical procedures and treatments such as minimally invasive surgeries and artificial disk replacement.

“It’s a more comprehensive approach to treating spinal issues. It’s a team approach, “explains Dr. Paymaun Lotfi, an Orthopedic Spine Specialist and Surgeon at Sentara.

This comprehensive, team approach to treating back pain and spinal issues allows patients to return to their lives with less pain and more hope. Whether that treatment means minimally invasive surgeries or a non-surgical alternative, like working with a pain management specialist or trained physical therapist to create a rehabilitation plan – the new Sentara Back and Neck Center is a specialized program that has something to get everyone back in the game.

“Most people realize they’re going to have some aches and pains, or stiffness, with normal aging. That’s very common. The majority of the issues we see are among those lines, but when you have radiating pain into the extremities- into your arm, into your leg, numbness, weakness, tingling… that’s really not common with normal aging,” explains Dr. Lotfi.

Our expanded orthopedic specialty services are a reflection of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s commitment to offer state-of-the-art services right here in our community.

“We’re there for you and your family every step of the way,” says Dr. Lotfi.

Chick-fil-A Bristow Charity Golf Tournament will benefit Christ In Action, whose volunteers are in Texas helping Hurricane Harvey victims

The First Annual Chick-fil-A Bristow Charity Golf Tournament at Broad Run Golf Course & Practice Facility to benefit Christ In Action will take place on September 30, 2017.

Currently deployed to southeast Texas to assist Hurricane Harvey victims, Christ In Action is a nonprofit disaster relief, 100 percent volunteer organization, whose mission statement is “Bringing Hope to America’s Families” whose communities have been devastated by tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and floods.

Volunteers, donations, and through their selfless commitment help to provide services to these communities at no cost by deploying their fleet of trucks to provide food, water, showers, and supplies.

However, to do this, it takes support from the community, and that is why we will be hosting the First Annual Charity Golf Tournament on September 30, 2017, to help raise money for this amazing organization.

You too can participate in the excitement of this event by supporting Christ In Action! There will be a variety of ways that you can participate and to lend your support.

Your kind donation or sponsorship will bring us closer to our fundraising goals for 2017. We encourage our communities to sign up and register to play in the tournament and get involved and help us generate the enthusiasm to participate in this upcoming golf event for this great cause!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for supporting Christ In Action and their efforts to provide disaster relief to families in need. It is with the support of the community, donations, sponsorships, Chick-fil-A Bristow and Broad Run Golf & Practice Facility that will make this First Annual Chick-fil-A Bristow Charity Golf Tournament a success.