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Compliment leads to stolen bicycle

From Manassas City police: 

Larceny

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on July 13, 2016, Manassas City Police responded to the 9500 block of Mine Gap Way for a report of a larceny. The reporting party told officers that approximately two hours prior, he was sitting in his garage when an unknown male approached and initiated a conversation about bicycles. After complimenting the victim on his bicycle, the victim allowed the suspect to ride the bicycle for a moment however he rode out of sight and did not return. The stolen bicycle, a silver mountain bike with double suspension, was valued at $600.

Description of Suspect: Black male, 5’10”, last seen wearing dreadlocks and a grey shirt

New Habitat for Humanity Board to sell a home to a deserving family, open a second ReStore in eastern Prince William County

At its June meeting, officers were elected to lead the Habitat for Humanity Prince William County Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2017. Lawrence Hughes will serve as Chair. Mr. Hughes was the City Manager of the City of Manassas for many years and also was a former Deputy County Executive of Prince William County.

During his tenure as City Manager, Hughes focused on community-level projects, economic development, and financial management. He led an award-winning Neighborhood Services Program that forged partnerships between neighborhoods, the city, and volunteers to undertake community improvement projects.

Karen Wilkinson, Prospect Mortgage, will serve as Chair-Elect; Aron Perkins, Northwest Federal Credit Union, Secretary; Scott Silvestain, CPA with Duvall Wheeler, LLP, Treasurer; Michael Kitchen, Christopher Consultants, will serve on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past Chair.

Other members of the Board of Directors include Robert Anderson, Metro Sign and Design; John McBride, Odin, Feldman & Pittelman, P.C.; Brian Smith, Retired, City of Manassas; and Renee Woolfolk, First Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

In Fiscal Year 2017, the Board expects to sell a home to a deserving family through its home ownership program, open a second ReStore in Eastern Prince William County, build offices for its headquarters in the existing ReStore in Manassas and complete several home repair and community development projects.

Theresa Accoo Mike Kitchen and Kisha Sogunro WilsonImmediate Past Chair, Michael Kitchen, presented plaques to outgoing Board members, Theresa Accoo, Navy Federal Credit Union (l) and Kisha Wilson Sogunro, City of Manassas (r), who both completed two consecutive 3-year terms.

Habitat for Humanity Prince William County is a nonprofit, locally operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since 1994 Habitat for Humanity Prince William County has partnered with families, businesses, and volunteers to make safe, affordable and decent homeownership a reality in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Habitat for Humanity Prince William County has completed 180 homeownership, home repair and community development projects including building new homes, rehabbing existing ones, major and minor home repairs and cleanups in the neighborhood and public spaces. For more information, visit habitatpwc.org.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit habitat.org.

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Updated: Amber alert issued for missing 6-week-old from Fairfax

UPDATED 

From Virginia State Police: 

The Virginia AMBER Alert Activation for the missing 6-week-old Fairfax County female was canceled earlier this evening. The infant was safely recovered.

Original post

From Virginia State Police: 

THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AND VIRGINIA MISSING CHILDREN CLEARINGHOUSE HAVE ISSUED AN AMBER ALERT FOR A CHILD ABDUCTION ON BEHALF OF THE FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT IN ANNANDALE ON 07/11/2016 AT 11:00 AM.

THE FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR LIZ KHATUN, WHITE, female, AGE 6 weeks old, HEIGHT 1 feet 07 inches, WEIGHT 9 lbs, WITH BROWN EYES AND SHORT BROWN HAIR.

THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN EXTREME DANGER AND WAS LAST SEEN AT 7611 LITTLE RIVER TURNPIKE, ANNANDALE, VA.

THE CHILD IS LIKELY ABDUCTED BY FLORA KHATUN, WHITE, female, AGE 31 years old, HEIGHT 5 feet 02 inches, WEIGHT 120 lbs, WITH BROWN EYES AND BROWN BLACK HAIR wearing BLACK T SHIRT shirt, BLACK YOGA pants, UKNOWN
shoes, UNKNOWN.

THEY MAY BE TRAVELING IN A 2011 BLUE TOYOTA SIENNA, LICENSE XJG1035, VA, UNKNOWN.

PLEASE CONTACT THE FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT AT (703)246-7800 OR THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AT 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VACHILD).

YOU MAY FIND COMPLETE INFORMATION AT HYPERLINK
http://www.vaamberalert.comwww.vaamberalert.com

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Rail work at Arkendale will delay drivers

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Live in the Arkendale section of Stafford County? Heads up: 

From VDOT: 

Motorists traveling to the Widewater area of Stafford County July 25-29 may experience brief travel delays due to scheduled rail work at Arkendale.

Traffic at the intersection of Route 633 (Arkendale Road) and Route 658 (Brent Point Road) will use a temporary railroad crossing between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day on July 25-29.

The existing railroad crossing will be closed during the day to allow CSX to make improvements. At the end of each day, the crossing will be re-opened to traffic overnight.

The temporary railroad crossing will connect Arkendale Road and Brent Point Road slightly north of the existing intersection. It will be a one-lane crossing, and traffic will be directed by a flagging crew.

Additionally, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 25-29, traffic traveling to and from Brent Point Road east of the railroad crossing must use Route 633 (Arkendale Road) and Route 611 (Widewater Road). Through traffic will not be permitted on Brent Point Road west of the railroad crossing during the day.

Click here to view an online map of the temporary railroad crossing and detour route.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is coordinating closely with public safety and emergency response agencies. These agencies will be provided direct access in the event of an emergency.

Additional road construction is planned this fall in the Arkendale area. After the crossing work is completed, roadway patching will occur on Arkendale Road to prepare it for resurfacing.  Trench widening and resurfacing is expected to begin on Arkendale Road in November and will be completed by mid-December. This planned work will add additional width to Arkendale Road between Widewater and Brent Point.

 

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Dale City youth qualify for USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships

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Submitted: 

WOODBRIDGE – The Dale City “LIGHTNING” Track Club (DCTC) have 3 athletes that have qualified to compete in the 2016 50th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, being held July 25 – July 31 in Sacramento, California.  In the spirit of the Rio 2016 Olympics, USATF athletes will travel from across the USA to compete in various track and field and multi-events. Athletes had to finish in the top 5 amongst all athletes competing in their age division for each track event in both state and regional championships. Raven Evans (12), qualified in the 100m, Ruquyuah Byrd (10) qualified in the 400m and Taja Honay (16) qualified in the 100m.

Since the mid-1960’s, the USATF Junior Olympic program has been the most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world.  Nearly 70,000 youth athletes compete each year in the Junior Olympic Track & Field and Cross Country programs and many of America’s Olympians began as youth athletes. “The DCTC team had an outstanding season this year; we had a record number of youth athletes participating in track this season.  Many of those athletes broke their personal records this season,” stated Head Coach Monte Evans. “We could not be prouder of all our athletes, their hard work and dedication shows.”

DCTC introduces kids of all abilities to sprinting, hurdles, distance running and field events such as the shot put, discus turbo javelin toss and long jump. DCTC promotes good sportsmanship, nutrition motivates our athletes to improve their physical conditioning, and instills leadership skills to help our youth build a positive self-image. DCTC had over 150 youth athletes participate in the Spring track season.  

Dale City Lightning

The Dale City “LIGHTNING” Track Club (DCTC) was established in 2010, as a track and field running club in the Prince William County, Northern Virginia area. DCTC is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and our mission is to offer youth a positive environment that is fun, competitive, social, and informative about the sport of track and field. DCTC coaches and staff seek to improve our athletes’ leadership skills, enhance their athletic ability, combat juvenile delinquency, encourage greater participation in school sport programs and, in general, develop character in our youth that will foster necessary life skills.

DCTC operates three programs throughout the year, Spring Outdoor season (March – July); Cross Country season (September – October); and Indoor Track season (October – February). DCTC has roughly 300 youth athletes across these three programs. On average there are approximately 150 athletes that practice and compete on a weekly basis. Program activities are implemented by volunteer coaches and parents.  For more information about DCTC’s program, please visit www.dalecitytrack.org,

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Missionaries from Russia and Germany come to Dumfries

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Submitted: 
Hi Uriah, my name is John Stolnis and I am the Director of Publicity at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Dumfries, VA. I’m writing to you to pitch a story that I think would be terrific for Potomac Local.

In just about a month, a group of missionaries from Russia and Germany will be coming to northern Virginia to take part in an annual missions project. It’s part of a partnership between our three churches that saw us visit Russia two years ago and Germany last year to do work on several service projects as well as spend time with other believers from different cultures.

For the first time, our Russian and German friends are visiting the U.S. for 10 days from July 8 through the 18th, and I thought it would be something that might be of interest to you. It’s a historic partnership, the first of its kind that we are aware of.
Here’s a portion of a press release also sent to Potomac Local. 

Crossroads has partnered with two “sister” churches, a Baptist church in Gera, Germany, and another in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. In all, 28 Germans and 12 Russians will be coming to Northern Virginia from July 8-July 18, 2016, where they will be joined by congregants of Crossroads Church to help renovate and preserve historic cabins in Prince William Forest Park, which celebrates its 80th anniversary as a park, as well as the 100th anniversary of the US National Park System.

Past projects by the three churches include trips to Russia to help build a sanctuary for the Russian church, and to Germany to help renovate the city zoo in Gera, as well as to participate in the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

This will be the first trip made to the U.S. by the German and Russian groups.

In addition to working in Prince William Forest park, the three teams will assist women in transition at the Women’s Empowerment Center, a facility operated by ACTS (Action in Community Through Service) headquartered in Dumfries. Work will include improving the appearance of the organization’s grounds and building a fence that will help keep women and children safe as they enter the facility. The group will also tour the US Capitol Building, meet Members of Congress and other governmental officials and experience an old-fashioned Virginia farm barbeque.

The goal of this unique partnership is to serve the communities where these churches live, work and play, and to promote understanding between three very different cultures that were once World War II enemies, all while demonstrating the reconciliation that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Are high school graduates ready for the workforce? Virginia education officials are coming to Manassas to find out.

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Virginia education officials will come to Manassas Thursday to discuss changes to the state’s core high school curriculum, 

More from Manassas City Public Schools spokeswoman Erin Gibson:

Good afternoon,

Osbourn High School (Fine Arts Commons)  will serve as host for a state Board of Education public hearing on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to gather input on projects being developed at the state level to better prepare students academically with the expectations of higher education and employers from all sectors. The community is strongly encouraged to attend. Please help spread the word!

http://www.mcpsva.org/pages/Manassas_City_Public_Schools/News/MCPS_to_Host_State_Public_Hear

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Firefighter training in Haymarket will use synthetic smoke

Don’t be alarmed if you see smoke in the area of Interstate 66 and Route 15 in Haymarket this weekend.

More from Prince Willliam County Department of Fire and Rescue: 

On Friday, July 15, 2016, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue First Battalion Companies will begin training in acquired structures located on James Madison Highway in Haymarket.

The three structures were made available to the Fire Department by VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation) who is currently working on the Interstate 66 expansion project.

Fire Department units will be using synthetic smoke to create a realistic training environment for firefighters to practice search, rescue, ventilation, and hose line operations. Fire Department training will conclude on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

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It’s a go: Manassas funds small business accelerator

New Owners to Combine Best of Past, Present and Future to Transform 100-Year-Old
Hynson Department Store Building Into Flagship Office Space

Manassas will inject $200,000 into a small business accelerator in the heart of its downtown.

The center will be a co-work space for start-up companies looking for office and conference space, mailbox services, and for entrepreneurs attend community events designed to educate small business owners and spur economic growth in the city, said Manassas Economic Development Director Patrick Small.

The business accelerator will be located inside the Hynson Building at the corner of Main and Center streets. The building most recently Fiducial, a company that specialized in business payroll, tax, and accounting services.

The small business accelerator will be located in the bottom floor of the building, with offices for Whitlock Wealth Management and ECU Communications will be located on the top floor. Both independent firms formed an LLC to purchase the building for $1.3 million earlier this year.

“It took a lot of hard work on a lot of people’s parts to come up with a plan solid enough to go to City Council,” said Small. “These conversations have been ongoing for four years.”

The $200,000 grant from the City will be paid to the buildings’ owners once they receive an occupancy permit for space from the city, following a proper build out. The money comes from the city’s economic development reserve fund, with funds gained from land sales like the city’s decision to sell the Downtown Post Office building in 2006, a sale that netted city coffers $657,000, according to Small.

If the accelerator closes within 12 months of opening, the city will recover 66 percent, or $132,000. The city and the private owners will cut their losses wipe their hands of the deal if the center is not profitable within three years.

It will take at least 36 to 48 months before the business becomes profitable, said Small. In the meantime, the private owners, with an investment of at least $650,000 in the building, must hire staff to run the accelerator and pay to keep the lights on.

“I think it’s great that the city is going to have a say in what happens in the premier building in its downtown,” said Gayle Whitlock, a spokeswoman for the controlling LLC owners group.

The accelerator plans to hold educational events while offering two paid membership levels, one for novice entrepreneurs who need additional guidance, and more experienced business owners said Small. It’s not clear when the new center will open for business.

Before the City Council’s vote to fund the $200,000 grant, the City’s Economic Development Authority privately discussed financing the grant with its cash. The idea never gained traction, and the EDA Board of Directors at its June 21 meeting, following a closed session that lasted over an hour, decided to take no action on the funding request.

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