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Manassas in-home care firm awarded Franchisee of the Year

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Jack and Jacqueline St. Clair have much to celebrate this year. On October 27, the St. Clairs celebrated owning Home Instead Senior Care for a decade. They also celebrated winning Homecare Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association.

The St. Clairs began their franchise when Jacqueline’s grandmother needed care.

“We know what it’s like to need good care and what a difference it makes to the client and family. Service, quality of care, education of caregivers and quality control all are really important to us.”

In the past 10 years, the St. Clairs franchise of Home Instead Senior Care and their 200 caregivers have provided Prince William and Fauquier counties over 1 million hours of quality care to over 5,000 seniors, the disabled and Veterans in their homes, close to friends and family. With purchasing a Home Instead Senior Care office in Herndon in April of 2014, they are looking forward to serving even more.

The services Home Instead Senior Care offers can include companionship, meal preparation, respite for family caregivers and Alzheimer’s care. Jaqueline noted how essential memory care is and how important it is for those memory care clients that want to stay in their own home.

“We’ve always been ambassadors for the Alzheimer’s Association. So many of our clients have Alzheimer’s.”

The St. Clairs are proud of the accomplishments their franchise has achieved. Looked to as one of the top in revenue, Jack is most proud of their franchise also being looked to as an information resource for caregivers.

“We take great pride that we’re a company that cares for the clients we serve and the people who are the caregivers.”

Honorees of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Awards are chosen from among franchisees who have demonstrated excellence within the franchising community. In the St. Claire’s case, the corporate management of Home Instead Senior Care recognized the dedication they show for both their franchises of Home Instead, as well as their community. They were nominated over 700 other Home Instead Senior Care offices.

Home Instead, Inc. was founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska. They provide in-home caregiving and support to help seniors “age in place.”

The International Franchise Association is the oldest organization and represents franchising worldwide. IFA membership includes franchise companies from over 300 different business categories. IFA announced they would be presenting Jack and Jacqueline St. Clair with their award at the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. This meeting brings together franchise business leaders, policy makers, and other D.C. dignitaries to discuss the economic and community contributions of the franchise sector.

With this award and the quality care they bring to their clients, the St. Clairs do have a lot to celebrate. But Jaqueline said they are celebrating the future as well: “We want to continue,” she said. “We’re looking forward to celebrating 20 years.”

For more information on Home Instead Senior Care in Manassas, visit  www.homeinstead.com/manassas-va.

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Electrical outlet cause of Bristow fire, 2 treated for smoke inhalation

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Prince William fire and rescue just sent us details on a house fire that broke out at a home in Bristow. 

On Tuesday, November 1st, at 11:39 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a single family home located in the 12000 block of Vantage Point Court in Bristow.|

Upon arriving, fire and rescue crews observed smoke showing from the second floor bedroom. As firefighters made entry, they began suppression and extinguishment of the fire that had originated in an electrical outlet and had extended to clothing and furniture
adjacent to the outlet. Firefighters checked for further extension throughout the home; no further extension was found.

Two adults, home at the time of the fire, were alerted of the fire by the sounding of the smoke alarm. Upon discovering the fire, one resident attempted to fight the fire before fire and rescue services arrived. Both residents were treated for smoke inhalation at a
local medical facility.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $8,000. The fire originated in a second floor bedroom; the cause was electrical and has been determined as accidental

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Cheers to F.H. Furr and their Keep’em Warm Coat Drive for kids across the community

· Good morning Prince William – Cheers to volunteer managers around the world celebrating International Volunteer Managers Day Saturday, November 5th. Our colleagues have the skills and knowledge to help people meet community needs. They provide the leadership and direction for volunteers of all ages build a good and just society and mend the social fabric of our community. Cheers to all the volunteer managers- our friends and colleagues!

· Cheers to F.H. Furr and their Keep’em Warm Coat Drive for kids across the community. We are collecting new kids coats age 0 to 12yrs old. There are hundreds of kids that will show up at school with only a sweatshirt on when they should have a warm coat on. You can drop off your donation at any of the 4 United Bank branches in Prince William- Liberia Road, Balls Ford Road, Lake Ridge and Route 1 Dumfries. And the Prince William County Libraries are also collecting coats at the following full-service locations: Chinn Park, Potomac, Montclair, Central, Bull Run and Haymarket/Gainesville branches. Huge Cheers to F.H. Furr, PW Libraries and United Bank for this partnership!

· The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids is in full swing. Share the joy of the season by sponsoring a child. You will receive the child’s name, age and two gift wishes so you can make their dreams come true. Please email mfoley@volunteerprincewilliam.org for a donor packet.

· Chapel of His Glory Immigration Ministry is looking for a volunteer Paralegal/Legal Assistant to help pro bono lawyers working with immigrant families who entered the US legally and need assistance to renew/retain their legal status. Please email Pastor Herbert at treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to present the Safe at Home curriculum to 4th-grade students. Be part of the team to teach cute kids critical life skills while they are home alone. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.

· The Potomac River Cleanup at Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers on Saturday, November 12th at 11 am. Be sure to wear bug spray, closed toed shoes, old clothes, and sunscreen for this super fun gets a dirty little job. You’ll know immediately how much impact you have on our precious resources! Please call (703) 583-6904 to register.

· Bright Care Center in Manassas provides social and medical services to adults with disabilities. Volunteers are needed daily to pick up the noon lunch meal from Caton Merchant House for the participants. Volunteers are also needed for activities such as crafts, puzzles, music and jewelry making. This is a great job for teens age 16+. Please call Nyome at (703) 330-5836 to learn more.

· The Soroptimist Club of Manassas invites young women ages 14-17 to nominate themselves for their Violet Richardson Award Program. This program celebrates volunteer service to better our community. Please email jamilah.dalton@gmail.com to learn more.

· The SPCA is teaming up with ACTS to provide healthy and safe food alternatives for pets at Thanksgiving. They are collecting pet food that will be distributed to the Operation Turkey families. Volunteers are needed to fill the bags of pet food by November 15th. This is the perfect job for scouts and youth groups. Go to www.pwspca.org for more info on the Thanksgiving pet food drive.

· Saved Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers to teach Microsoft Office to adults either in the evenings or daytime. They are also looking for a grant writer, administrated support and a marketing director. Be part of the team offering skill building to disadvantaged adults. Please email info@savedhandsfoundation.org to learn more.

· The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk on weekdays. Tasks include welcoming guests, answering the phone or assist residents and staff with admin projects. Volunteers must be 18 yrs. +. Please call Paola at (571) 748-2674 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic is looking for volunteer Pharmacists on Tuesday evenings from 3-7pm at their Woodbridge clinic. Please fill out an application at pwafc.org/our-team.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.

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Route 28 temporarily closed for larceny investigation today

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Prince William police this morning closed a portion of Route 28 while looking for someone they thought could be related to a larceny in the area. 

From police: 

At about 10:55 this morning, officers responded to a business located in the 8300 block of Centreville Rd in Manassas to investigate a disorderly person inside the business. The person was possibly related to a larceny related offense and was detained without incident. Officers are investigating which crime, if any, occurred. The reason why Route 28 (southbound) was temporally shut down was due to the size of the parking lot where the incident occurred. Officers had to park their vehicles on 28 while they conducted the investigation. 28 is now open for normal traffic.

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Prince William voters have their say on international TV, live from Manassas

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Veteran Sky News journalist Jeremy Thompson broadcast his nightly look at the U.S. Election from Jirani Coffeehouse on Thursday.

The Manassas coffeehouse served as the backdrop for a community conversation about the upcoming Presidential Election. A cross-section of Hillary Clinton supporters and Donald Trump die hards attended the event.

When questioned by Thomspon during his live “America Decides” broadcast that airs on Great Brittan’s widely-viewed 24-hour news channel Sky News, some at Jirani told the journalist that planned not to vote at all.

The audience gathered for the show which began at 8 p.m. U.S. east coast time and at midnight in the United Kingdom. The show lasted an hour., and the first portion of the show was displayed on a large TV screen inside the coffeehouse, while others streamed the second portion of the broadcast on their cell phones.

Thompson anchored the broadcast solely talking about the election, one of the most divisive in recent history, tossing to other Sky News correspondents fanned out across the U.S. who talked to U.S. residents to get their take on the presidential contest.

Thompson then fanned out across the coffeehouse while live on-the-air and asked audience members about who they planned to vote for, and why. Thompson asked questions about Clinton’s email scandal affects voters’ impressions of her, and how Trump’s consistent battering of the state of the federal government impacted federal workers’ opinion of the candidate, as many live in and around Manassas and work in Washington, D.C.

Sky News producer Kenneth Stewart contacted Potomac Local in mid-October informing us the international news network planned to visit Prince William County. His team of journalist took an interest in the locality because of its bellwether status, with a history of projecting who will win the White House based on the majority vote of the county’s electorate.

President Obama won Prince William County in 2008 and 2012 while President Bush won the vote here in 2004 and 2000. Trump visited the Prince William County Fairgrounds in December but, unlike in the past two Presidential Elections, Prince William County and much of Virginia has been ignored by the candidates as the Commonwealth was placed early into the Democratic win column.

Shifting poll numbers following the FBI’s announcement that it was reopening the Clinton email investigation has been good news for Trump. The Clinton campaign announced Thursday that running mate and Virginia U.S. Senator Tim Kaine plans to visit the state before the election on Tuesday. Reports also state the Trump campaign will swing back through the re-ignited battleground state before Election Day.

Stewart told Potomac Local that his team was interested in broadcasting “America Decides” from a downtown area where his team could speak with people on the street before the show to gauge their opinions on the Clinton-Trump battle. We put Sky News in touch with the Detra and Ken Moorman, owners of Jirani Coffeehouse, who decided to reschedule a weekly open-mic night to host the British broadcasters.

We tagged along with Sky News Social Media Producer Alex Bath as he fanned out across Downtown Manassas with cardboard cutouts of Clinton and Trump. Of those he interviewed on camera, those who planned to vote for Hillary Clinton were asked to stand next to the cardboard Trump to say why they thought he would not make for a good president. Trump supporters were asked to do the same next to a cutout of Clinton.

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Portion of Wellington Road closed for gas leak investigation

Fire and rescue crews are on the scene of a reported eight-inch gas leak at the intersection of Balls Ford and Wellington roads near Gainesville. 

Police closed the westbound portion of Wellington Road between Balls Ford Road and Gainsford Court so fire and rescue crews could investigate the gas leak. 

A Sheetz gas station is located at the intersection of Wellington and Balls Ford roads. The Jiffy Lube Live concert venue is also nearby.

More as we have it.

Update

A contractor struck the gas line while working in the area, stated Prince William fire and rescue spokesman Matt Smolsky.

No evacuations were prompted by the leak, and no injuries have been reported. 

Washington Gas owns the line and is expected to make repairs. The work should be done by noon, according to Smolsky. 

Update 

A representative from Washington Gas tells us the affected line belongs to Columbia Gas.

Update

 

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Local singer Mayah Dyson to backup Solange Knowles on SNL

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MANASSAS, Va. — Mayah Dyson, 19, of Manassas will perform backup vocals for Solange Knowles on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 5, 2016. 

From her father (and biggest supporter) Keith Dyson: 

Since appearing on BET’s Chasing Destiny, Mayah is continuing her education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA; where she is currently a junior majoring in Music and Performing Arts with a minor in Music Business.  

She continues to perform locally and abroad and has recently performed at Forest Park High School’s 2016 graduation.  She was eager to perform amongst her peers, family and friends at the graduation.  She has also performed in Nashville, TN and most recently at the Boston Jazz festival.   

She will also be performing in San Jose, CA in mid-November.

Keith Dyson stopped by Jirani Coffeehouse to show us cell phone video of practice sessions on the Saturday Night Live set, in preparation for Saturday’s broadcast. 

Potomac Local profiled Mayah Dyson earlier this year when she was featured on BET’s “Chasing Destiny” show.

Dyson is a student a Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is a graduate of Forest Park High School.

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Would-be phone customer robbed at gunpoint outside Sams Club

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery On November 2 at 9:13PM, officers responded to the Sam’s Club located at 14050 Worth Ave in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. The victim, 36-year-old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he made arrangements to meet an unknown man in the parking lot of the above store to purchase a phone. When the man arrived, an argument ensued and the man displayed a handgun before taking the victim’s wallet containing an undisclosed amount of money. After the encounter, the man got into a vehicle and fled the area. No were injuries reported.

Suspect Description:

Black male, between 25 & 35 years of age, 6’0’’, 220lbs with a muscular build and black hair

Last seen wearing a gray shirt and unknown colored jeans

Vehicle Description:

Described as a silver four door sedan, possibly a Mercedes, with Maryland tags

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London-based Sky News to broadcast live in Manassas tonight, asks who you’re not voting for

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MANASSAS, Va. — The eyes of the British press on are on Manassas today.

A London-based team of reporters from Sky News are asking city residents, those who live in Prince William County, as well as visitors to the city who they do not plan to vote for in Tuesday’s Presidential Election.

The Sky News team brought with them cardboard cutouts of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and are standing the respective cutout next to a voter who plans to vote for the opposite candidate.

Trivett Austin, 37, an African-American and self-identified Republican, plans to vote for Trump. He’s dissatisfied with Obamacare, and while he respects President Obama for being the first black U.S. President, he’s said he’s disappointed in him for not doing more to support the black community.

Trump, says Austin, already has money and power and seeks office to work to improve the economy, fix healthcare, and provide a better future for citizens.

“If he sticks by what he says, I’m with him all the way,” said Austin. “Healthcare is ridiculous. Last year, I was charged $700 for not having healthcare. This year, it’s $1,200.”

Austin stood next to a cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton and was happy to be interviewed by the British TV reporter. So did Manassas lawyer Sheyna Burt, who stood next to a cutout of Trump.

“I imagine him being dumbfounded by what he has taken on,” Burt said when asked how Trump would react if elected. “I imagine him going into the Oval Office and pushing the wrong button, or saying something to ruin international relations… he’s just not qualified for the job.”

Burt said she voted for Hillary Clinton in a Primary Election when she ran against Obama in 2008.

“Sorry, I love [Obama] but I’ve always been on team Hillary,” she added.

The excitement in 2008, and again in 2012 for voting for Barack Obama just isn’t there this year, said 21-year-old Shakora Sykes, of Dumfries.

She voted for Obama in 2012 but is not excited about going to the polls this year.

“I don’t want to vote, but I guess I will go vote for Hillary,” said Sykes.

Sky News traveled to Manassas to talk to voters in and around Prince William County, largely known as bellwether county that can, historically, help decide the turnout of Tuesday’s election.

The Sky News team will broadcast their nightly show “America Decides” from Jirani Coffeehouse in Downtown Manassas beginning at 8 p.m. The show can be viewed on Youtube and on AppleTV.

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Charges filed in fatal Minnieville Road crash

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DALE CITY, Va. — Policed filed charges in the fatal crash of a motorcycle rider killed last week on Minneville Road in Dale City. 

From police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation *CHARGES FILED – On November 2, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit filed charges in connection to the fatal crash which occurred in the area of Minnieville Rd and Cheshire Station Plz in Woodbridge on October 25. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2015 Honda Accord failed to yield the right-of-way upon making a left hand turn which caused the collision with a passing motorcycle. The motorcycle operator was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of this injuries. Following the investigation, the driver of the Honda Accord, identified as Charles James ALLEN, was served a summons related to the crash on November 3.

                Charged on November 3: [No photo available]

                Charles James ALLEN, 69, of 14196 Regent Ct in Woodbridge

                [The driver of the 2015 Honda Accord]

Charged with failure to yield the right-of-way on a left turn

                Court Date: December 14, 2016 | Status: Issued a Court Summons