Boston Market opening at Potomac Mills mall


Boston Market, a national fast casual chain specializing in rotisserie chicken and home style meals, will open its second restaurant in Prince William County on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 in the food court at Potomac Mills mall.

The Potomac Mills opening is a progression of the fast-casual chain’s desired expansion into the non-traditional segment of the restaurant industry.

The Potomac Mills restaurant will offer a streamlined version of the traditional Boston Market menu, featuring favorites like rotisserie chicken, roasted turkey breast and a selection of popular home style sides including mashed potatoes, green beans and cornbread.

A standalone Boston Market is located outside the mall at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Smoketown Road.

A public relations representative submitted this post to Potomac Local. A mall spokesman confirmed the opening of the new restaurant.

Video of Prince William County School Board Chairman Debate


Potomac Local sponsored a debate Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 featuring three candidates for Prince William County Public School Board Chairman. 

The candidates are Tracy Conroy, Ryan Sawyers, and Tim Singstock.

The debate was hosted by the Dar Al Noor Islamic Community Center on Hoadly Road near Dale City, Virginia. 

The video was shot and edited by Bill Golden with the Coles District Civic Association.

Caddigan fights for parking, wider roads, additional lanes, environment


I just had to reach out to you about County Supervisor Maureen Caddigan. 

As a resident of Prince William County for over 10 years, I’ve watched her operate in a very positive and consistent manner.  Always professional and personable; she may not have the answer you want to hear, but she’ll always be honest and share the “greater good” picture with you. 

My first encounter with Supervisor Caddigan was when I was a Marine.  We worked together to bring needed road upgrades to the southeastern portion of the county due to the significant growth aboard the Quantico Marine Corps Base.  That growth was due to the new Criminal Investigative building.  It was a result of 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) directive and would result in 3,000 new jobs to our area.  She fought for parking, wider roads, additional lanes, and the environment.

Just last Monday I saw Supervisor Caddigan’s work again.  This time it was for the groundbreaking and naming ceremony for the Ali Krieger Sports complex at the Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Potomac Shores. 

It was apparent that this was a project that Ms. Caddigan had planned and provided key leadership for the negotiations with land owners, developers, school officials (both private and public) and the Prince William Soccer Club (PWSI).  These field are needed for our children and sports activities.  Simply put, this complex will be the best in the area and will help increase the value of local resident’s homes. 

We are blessed to have many great public servants in Prince William County, but none of them better than Maureen Caddigan.  

Jim Longi is a resident of the Ashland community in Prince William County. Maureen Caddigan is running against Andrea Bailey to keep her seat on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. 

Quantico street paving job 30 years in the making

quantico paving streets

Quantico streets are getting resurfaced for the first time in 30 years.

The Virginia Department of Transportation hired Julis Branscome Inc. to repave about 3 miles of streets in the small town. C Street, Broadway Street, Potomac Avenue, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th streets are all being repaved at a cost of $282,000.

Milling work began on Monday, October. 12, while patching work began October 16. Paving should begin Monday and be completed by midweek, stated VDOT spokeswoman Jennifer McCord in an email.

River Road serves traffic to and from Hospital Point on Quantico Marine Corps Base. The road is not part of the project because it is maintained by the base, said Quantico Town Clerk Rita Frazier.

The last time the town’s streets were paved at this scale was in 1985, added Frazier.

Prince William Police Association supports Ebert

The Police Association of Prince William County, Inc., is pleased to announce that we endorse Paul Ebert in the upcoming 2015 elections.

This endorsement is for his commitment to the citizens of Prince William County and his support for the police officers of Prince William County. 

We look forward to continuing our work together in the future.

Editors note: Incumbent Paul Ebert is running for Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney against Michael May.

Mike May would change hiring process in Prince William Commonwealth Attorney’s office


This November 3, we will have an election for the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney is the lead elected prosecutor of felony crimes in Virginia. Working with 22 assistants, the elected Commonwealth’s Attorney helps ensure justice for our community.

The current incumbent is Paul Ebert who has held the position since 1968. The 77-year-old was first elected to the position at the age of 29. Yet a lot has changed since 1968.

For example, the average cost of a house was about $14,000 and the average income was $7,800 in 1968. The price of gasoline was 34 cents per gallon and the hourly wage was $1.50.

The year 1968 was also an historic year for America. It was the year that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, it was the year that Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, and it was the year that the Civil Rights Act of 1968 was signed into law.

And almost half a century later, the issue of race and justice is still at the forefront of many American cities and communities, particularly in recent months. Our local community has definitely changed tremendously since 1968. Prince William County has drastically changed from a sleepy farm community to the 2nd largest county in Virginia and one of the most economically and ethnically diverse large counties in America.

In fact, our county is a majority-minority community, meaning there are more ethnic minorities that make up the majority of the population than do Caucasians. African-Americans make up 21 % of the county and 13% of the City of Manassas. Hispanics make up 22% of the county and 31% of Manassas. Asian-Americans make up 8% of the county and 5% of Manassas. This diversity makes our community unique and special.

We represent the full fabric of our nation, as we fuse our cultures under the American banner of freedom, peace and opportunity. At the same time, there are challenges that we face.

For example, in many communities of color, there is pronounced distrust of law enforcement. As a result, our entire criminal justice system must confront such challenges proactively, rather than passively sitting by before reaching out to affected communities.

As an African-American female, I was very interested to hear from the respective candidates for Commonwealth’s Attorney as to their views on these issues at the recent debate sponsored by the local NAACP. The contrast between the candidates could not have been more dramatic. When asked about the distrust between communities of color and law enforcement and what could be done about it, Mr. Ebert essentially stated that this was not an issue and if there were any problems, to call him.

Unfortunately, this kind of complacency demonstrates just how out-of-touch Mr. Ebert has become after 47 years. It is no longer enough to sit passively and wait for issues to arise; it is time for our criminal justice system to actively engage with our community. We need a proactive leader to address the challenges of today’s Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

This complacency is also reflected in Mr. Ebert’s hiring practices. For example, despite our diverse population, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney has not changed to reflect the diversity of the community it serves. Of the 22 Assistant Prosecutors under Paul Ebert, only one of them is an ethnic minority.

And Ebert has no plan or strategy to diversify the office. In fact, Mr. Ebert does not even publicly advertise available positions—so even if a qualified attorney of color wanted to apply for a job, he or she would not know where to look. In contrast to the complacency of 47 years of incumbency, Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May has a proactive plan to address the issues that confront today’s community.

His agenda includes opening the hiring process so that all qualified attorneys can compete for the opportunity to serve our community. Mike May’s top criteria will be competence; not political loyalty. By opening up the hiring process and actually advertising open positions, we will get a more diverse applicant pool and that will inevitably make the office more reflective of today’s community. .

It’s time for a fresh perspective in the Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney. Mr. Ebert has enjoyed a very long 47 year history in this position, but it’s time for change. It’s time to bring the Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney into the 21st Century. On November 3, join me in supporting Mike May for Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Rick Smith says sitting Prince William Board of Supervisors Chair too close with developers


Since moving to Dale City in 1978, residential growth in our community has been a constant.

When I arrived, our population was less than 140,000 residents. Today, we’re over 440,000 people and counting.

Some believe that we’ve grown too quickly, while others disagree. But the pertinent question isn’t simply how many people reside within our County – it is whether or not growth has been managed appropriately with respect to the infrastructure needed to support our growing population.

Among the responsibilities belonging to the Board of County Supervisors, managing growth is perhaps the most important. Managed appropriately, residential growth can be beneficial. Left uncontrolled and it can have disastrous consequences on our quality of life.

During a recent debate, my opponent for Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors Corey Stewart and I were both asked if we believed that accepting campaign contributions from developers created a conflict of interest and if either of us had accepted such contributions. I shared that I had received one small contribution from a close friend who is a retired police officer and now a real estate agent.

I also shared that I do believe that it creates a conflict of interest. Stewart initially dodged the question, but he eventually shared that he “unashamedly” accepted contributions from developers.

When he first ran for Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in 2006 against Sharon Pandak, Corey Stewart pledged to control residential growth. He predicted that uncontrolled growth would lead to overcrowding in our schools, congestion on our roads and insufficient public safety infrastructure to support our growing population.

He ran on a platform that asked voters to vote for him and “make a developer mad.” He even called on his opponent to return a campaign contribution from the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, saying that it created a conflict of interest. And, dare I say it, Corey was right.

Since then, Stewart has accepted over $1 million in campaign from real estate developers for his campaigns for Chairman and an unsuccessful bid for Lt. Governor. He even received, and kept, contributions from the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association in 2011 and 2014, the same organization whose donation he demanded Sharon Pandak return.

And from the dais, he’s approved rezonings and new housing developments on behalf of his contributors, even in instances where county planning staff and/or the Planning Commission have recommended denial. He’s consistently proven the fact of the very conflict of interest he predicted in 2006.

And the impact on our quality of life has been just as predictable. Our county government is responsible for providing, through our investment, the infrastructure needed sustain our community at a level that provides an acceptable quality of life and makes us an attractive destination for new businesses.

But because Stewart has allowed residential development without the commensurate investment in our schools, public safety and other critical areas, our quality of life has diminished. Our schools now boast having the largest student to teacher ratios in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. We invest significant less per student than surrounding jurisdictions and pay our teachers inadequately. We have fewer sworn police officers protecting us per capita today than we did four years ago.

And despite diverting $1.3 billion in local tax dollars to transportation projects that should have been paid for by Richmond but have been required by uncontrolled residential growth, commute times for Prince William County residents are actually longer today than they were in the year 2000. And make no mistake; these deficiencies have had an adverse effect on our ability to attract businesses that offer high-paying jobs.

The average salary for jobs in Prince William County is now $46,000. In Fairfax, it’s $82,000. Worse, we’ve not only fallen behind Stafford and Fauquier Counties, but wages in our county are increasing at a slower rate. In other words, we’re losing ground.

The strains on our infrastructure, our schools, public safety and roads, were and continue to be predictable. And self-inflicted. Had Corey Stewart lived up to his promise of controlling residential growth and ensuring that it paid for itself instead of adding to the deficits we currently have, out quality of life in Prince William County would be far better.

Instead, he willing chose to put the interests of his contributors ahead of ours. Stewart believes that it’s his job to “cut deals” with developers. But the important question is who does he represent at the negotiating table.

As your Chairman, I’m committed to representing the people of Prince William County first. I’ll certainly work with developers. But I won’t support any new development and rezoning application that adds to our infrastructure deficit.

I’ll listen to planning staff and the Planning Commission, giving their input on the impact of development the importance it deserves. Most importantly, I’ll listen to you. This is our community. And each and every one of us deserves an equal say in how we move forward.

Bailey would fight for progressive values on Prince William County Board of Supervisors

This November, Prince William County has the opportunity to elect the individuals who will lead our local and state governments.

When choosing a leader, we all want to make sure we select the very best qualified person for the job which is not an easy task. It is for this reason that when we became aware of Andrea Bailey who is a Deaconess at a local church, highly educated, a small business owner with an extensive Human Resources experience, a military spouse, and advocate for family values with deep ties to Prince William County the Democratic Party requested that she run for office.

We knew upon coming into contact with her that she would use all of her knowledge and experience to immediately improve the quality of life for all the residents of Prince William County. She understood that we as citizens needed someone to champion our causes and fight for Progressive values at a time when we have been under attack, and Andrea Bailey agreed to be that champion.

Once Ms. Bailey committed to campaign to be the Potomac District Supervisor, she quickly proved herself as a formidable politician by successfully defeating her opponent in the primary by winning 70% of the vote on Election Day.

This victory earned her the respect and support of many state and federal politicians including Lt. Governor Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring, and Congressman Gerry Connolly in addition to a host of locally elected leaders including Delegate Scott Surovell and Supervisor Frank Principi.

In addition to electing this one of a kind candidate, we have an opportunity to make history in Prince William County by electing a highly qualified African American woman on our County Board of Supervisors for the very first time in more than 150 years in a majority minority county.

Once elected, Ms. Bailey would further cement her place a role model for young women and children of color all over the Commonwealth and even this nation.

Unfortunately, there are some well-seasoned Democrats in Northern Virginia who have a working relationship with Ms. Bailey’s opponent. It is because of those relationships that these individuals have elected to formally endorse the other individual in this race.

While we have nothing but respect for the service these individuals have given to our community, they do not speak for the Democratic Party. Sadly, these individuals have placed personal self-interest above progressive values and what is best for our community.

On Nov. 3, 2015 join us in making history by casting your vote for the Democratic-endorsed candidate Ms. Andrea Bailey.

Alexandria Commonwealth Attorney supports Ebert for Prince William Commonwealth Attorney


I write to publicly endorse Paul Ebert’s candidacy for Commonwealth’s Attorney of Prince William County. 

I have served as a prosecutor in Alexandria for fourteen years, the past two as the elected Commonwealth’s Attorney.

As a young prosecutor, I had the pleasure of attending several conferences at which Mr. Ebert spoke. His humility, intelligence and integrity were immediately obvious.

He shared a number of the trial tips he had learned over his lengthy and distinguished career and was happy to serve in the role of mentor to the younger prosecutors in attendance. As Commonwealth’s Attorney, I have had the opportunity to see the respect and admiration other elected prosecutors have for Mr. Ebert. Simply put, when Paul Ebert speaks, his colleagues listen.

I know firsthand that being the elected prosecutor for a jurisdiction as large as Prince William County is a difficult job. It is not a political position – it is a career and a calling where experience and judgment really matter. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Ebert has fought the good fight for the citizens of his county, holding murderers, rapists and other violent felons accountable so that the citizenry might feel safe in their homes.

The citizens of Prince William County are lucky to have as fine a public servant as Paul Ebert prosecuting on their behalf. I am honored to publicly endorse his candidacy.

Bailey would bring racial diversity to the Prince William Board of Supervisors


Andrea Bailey is running as a Democrat for the Board of County Supervisors for the Potomac District.

This District has the largest African American population in the entire county and is a majority minority district.

Andrea is a small business owner, a long-time resident of the county, and highly qualified for this position.

The racial makeup of the Board of County Supervisors is currently all white. Not a single minority is representing Prince William County – one of the most diverse counties in Virginia.

Andrea has received support from Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and Congressman Gerry Connolly, two prominent Democrats in Virginia. But on the local level, her campaign is being undermined by establishment Democrats, including Toddy Puller (outgoing State Senator), Chuck Colgan (outgoing State Senator), Hilda Barg (former Board of County Supervisor), and Supervisor John Jenkins, who are all throwing their support behind the current Republican in this contested seat, Maureen Caddigan, simply to maintain the status quo.

The decision to endorse a Republican candidate over a well-qualified African American female candidate in your own party is absurd. It seems pretty clear that Democratic values and principles matter much less to these individuals than their personal relationship with Caddigan.

Caddigan has not done a good job representing the voters of this district. The schools in the District are under-funded and development projects are completely mismanaged. Andrea should not have to “take a back seat” to these cross-party shenanigans. Instead, she should be encouraged and uplifted, particularly by members of her own party.

More importantly, the will of the people who live in the Potomac District, which is overwhelming Democratic, should not be thwarted. I’m urging all voters in the Potomac District to support Andrea Bailey on November 3.

The Board of County Supervisors needs fresh ideas and new perspectives, which Andrea will bring. More importantly, the Board needs to look more representative of the people who live in our county. Prince William County voters must not let the desire of a few dictate the will of many.

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