There will be no OktoberFest at Ft. Belvoir tonight.
That’s the latest word from officials at the Army Base, who say today’s heavy rains forced the cancellation of the event.
All is not lost, however, as tonight’s keg tapping event will go on as scheduled at 6 p.m., and will be held in the Wells Field House on base, said Ft. Belvoir spokesman Donald Carr.
Crews are said to be working “nonstop” to ready the grounds for tomorrow’s scheduled 6 p.m. opening of Ft. Belvoir’s OktoberFest.
By MARY DAVIDSON
The 2010 Modern Day Marine expo kicked off today at Quantico Marine Corps Base.
The exposition is designed to showcase the latest in military and security defense and intelligence products. (more…)
Stafford County, Va. –– The man in charge at Quantico is not pleased about a plan to develop Boswell’s Corner into an urban business district.
The developing plot of land sits where U.S. 1 meets Telegraph Road, just south of the Prince William County line, and “is poised for explosive growth,” according to a draft of the Stafford County Comprehensive Plan.
The BRAC consolidation is expected to bring more than 500 military jobs here by September, 2011.
The Quantico Corporate Center – an expanding office complex that includes the Globe and Laurel restaurant, a longtime staple of the Quantico area – now sits at Boswell’s Corner. (more…)
Stafford County, Va. –– Those at Quantico on Tuesday will get a glimpse at what today’s modern Marine looks like.
The Modern Day Marine exposition will showcase the latest products in military manufacturing, science, technology and warfighting.
“The concept of holding this military exhibition on-site at Quantico is to give users of systems and equipment an opportunity to carry on dialogue with manufacturers’ representatives and suppliers that will lead to improvements in manufacturing, understanding the user needs and awareness of new equipment coming on line,” said Quantico spokesman Lt. Brian Villiard. (more…)
Flames broke out in the basement of the building about 5 p.m., prompting fire crews from Quantico Marine Corps Base to respond to the facility.
No one was injured and officials say the fire was minor, but it produced heavy smoke which caused damage to the building. (more…)
Stafford County, Va. –– Everyone seems to know U.S. 1 at Quantico needs to be widened, but no one seems to know who is going to pay for it.
Earlier this year both Stafford and Prince William counties applied for $2 million in federal money for the study and design phase of widening the highway from four to six lanes, between Quanitco’s main in Triangle gate to the Quantico Corporate Center in Stafford’s Boswell’s Corner.
Stafford officials say they’ve received their portion of the money – just over $1 million – and say the study is a huge step forward.
But no organization has stepped up to cover the estimated $25 million that will be needed to actually widen the road. (more…)
By URIAH KISER
Quantico, Va. –– The Potomac River and Town of Quantico served as a backdrop Sunday for protesters who demanded the release Pfc. Bradley Manning.
The U.S. Army intelligence analyst was charged in June for violating military code after investigators say he leaked a video showing soldiers shooting and killing unarmed Iraqi civilians and journalists, as well as handing over classified military documents which were later posted to the Internet.
He faces 52-years in prison if convicted, and has been jailed on the neighboring Quantico Marine Corps Base since his arrest.
Protester’s signs stated “blowing the whistle on war is not a crime,” and the 25 protesters who showed up – a smaller number of participants who last month came to Quantico to protest – shouted “Bradley Manning is our youth. Set him free to speak the truth.”
“Were concerned because we believe there are war crimes being committed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and when crimes are committed it helps when there is a whistle blower to report them. We’re a little annoyed with the term ‘criminal leaker’ is being used, when Bradley Manning is really a whistle blower,” said rally organizer Pete Perry.
His organization, the Bradley Manning Support Network, held several rallies across the country this weekend that urging U.S. officials to drop the charges against Manning. (more…)
Traffic Crews finishing rail repairs
Quantico, Va. – Train service between Washington and Richmond should be restored this afternoon.
Officials with CSX, the owners of the rail line, say repairs should be completed this afternoon and train traffic on the rails will be able to return to normal. (more…)
11:30 a.m. Update
Quantico, Va. – The coal train that derailed Thursday at Quantico has spurred cancellations and delays for most of the east coast.
Thousands of Amtrak passengers were left stranded overnight as crews worked to clean up the seven coal cars that toppled over about 3 p.m. Thursday. (more…)
Traffic Coal train derails at Quantico
4:25 p.m. Update
Virginia Railway Express officials are using buses to get people home after a coal train derailed at Quantico.
Trains are being stopped at the Franconia-Springfield station, and passengers are being unloaded and moved onto buses, said VRE spokesman Mark Roeber. (more…)
Woodbridge, Va. – Belvoir Federal Credit Union will end its partnership with three Woodbridge area schools.
Branches of the credit union had been set up at Gar-Field and Woodbridge high schools, and Godwin and Woodbridge middle schools, under a partnership between the credit union and Prince William public schools. (more…)
After spending 19 years in the Army so far, Master Sgt. Bill Martin has secured his family a newly renovated home near Ft. Belvoir.
Their neighborhood, Woodlawn Village, is well-known among service men and women who work on and around Army base.
The homes, which sit off U.S. 1 and are not considered to be on base, were built 30-years ago as two, three and four-bedroom duplexes.
Now they’re getting a facelift, as the duplexes are being expanded, some to full-size homes with up to five bedrooms, large two-car garages, larger living spaces, bigger backyards, all which are being built around a new community center. (more…)
QUANTICO, Va. – It’s going to get loud near Quantico Marine Corps Base this week.
Marines will be conducting munitions training this week, which could rattle windows and some nerves of those who live near the base.
On Tuesday, the training is scheduled from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Marines will use the same training schedule on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement from Stafford County officials.
Weather conditions can affect how much noise you will hear from the base. If skies are overcast, chances are noise vibrations will increase, officials warned.
MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Traffic congestion may force some of the 20,000 federal employees that are expected in the region next year because of BRAC to stay away. One local business group aims to convince them otherwise.
BRAC, the military’s acronym for base realignment and closure, authorized in 2005 by congress, will force the relocation of the tens of thousands of federal and military employees to Ft. Belvoir Army Base and Quantico Marine Corps Base.
In this week’s Across Town, a look at business happenings around the area: A local hospital gets a new leader and it’s your free chance to find out more about the BRAC relocation.
Hospital’s new president
Sentra Potomac Hospital announced it has a new leader.
Megan Perry, who has worked as a health care executive for the past 10 years with Sentra, was promoted to President of Northern Virginia operations as well as operations at Woodbridge’s Sentra Potomac Hospital.
She will be responsible for marketing efforts for the hospital. (more…)
Traffic Crashes cause southbound delays
A head-on crash has forced the closure of U.S. 1 in Triangle.
Just before 4:30 p.m., a Ford F-150 collided with a sports car just south of the Marine Corps Museum. Fire and rescue units were called, but it appears no one was seriously hurt.
Police closed the northbound portion of the road due to the crash and the southbound side of the road, already full of cars, experienced even longer delays. (more…)
WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Once you catch a Snakehead fish you have to kill it immediately.
And that’s what Joey Campbell did after reeling one in July 1, while fishing on Quantico Creek and the Potomac River.
His Snakehead weighed in at 13.6 pounds, about average for a fish that can grow to be 33-inches long.
The Northern Snakehead is an invader from Asia and Korea, and since 2002 has been found in the Potomac and in Aquia Creek in Stafford County, to points north in Prince William, Fairfax and near Maryland shores.
It’s still a mystery as to how this creepy fish found its way to here. One thought is someone who owned one as a pet and then released it into the river. (more…)
QUANTICO, Va. — If the woman would have taken the free ticket maybe police wouldn’t have forced her from the train.
A conductor on Virginia Railway Express train #308 from Fredericksburg to Washington on Tuesday asked a woman for her ticket, so he could validate that she paid to ride.
But the woman became angry and told the man that the ticket machines at the station where she boarded were not working and then refused to show a ticket, said VRE spokesman Mark Roeber.
She became more confrontational when the conductor pressed her on the issue, telling her she couldn’t ride without one. (more…)
An “unruly passenger” has made commuting difficult this morning for those in Virginia Railway Express train #308 from Fredericksburg to Washington, accoring to the commuter railroad.
The train was stopped at the Quantico station just before 8 a.m. VRE said the passenger was the reason for the delay. The train eventually moved about a half-hour later, making its way to the Rippon station in Woodbridge.
We’ll have more on this story when it becomes available.
Questions are mounting about the widening of U.S. 1 between Stafford and Prince William counties. And they’re coming before an influx of federal workers is expected to relocate to Quantico Marine Corps Base in 2011.
The road is currently being widened from four to six lanes in Triangle, between Joplin and Brady’s Hill roads, as part of the planned Triangle Village near the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Improvements to the small stretch of road are being paid for by Prince William County taxpayers.
But it seems there won’t be any federal help when it comes to additional road improvements for the BRAC relocation to Quantico. (more…)
More soldiers serving abroad will be able to speak with their families thanks to the generosity of area residents.
During the past six months, Belvoir Credit Union collected 322 cell phones at their more than 10 branches. And with each cell phone donation, the credit union has donated one dollar to the Cell Phones for Soldiers charity.
The charity turns the donated phones into calling cards that are sent to soldiers, said Belvoir Credit Union spokeswoman Amy Shanks.
Since two Massachusetts teenagers formed the charity in 2008, Cell Phones for Soldiers has been working to collect 50,000 old cell phones per month at more than 3,000 collection sites, according to the charity’s Web site.
You can donate your old cell phones at Belvoir’s Woodbridge location, at 14040 Central Loop, just off Prince William Parkway.
*This story originally appeared on PotomacLocal.com on Tuesday June 22, 2010.