STAFFORD, Va. - On October 27, Stafford County sheriff spokesman William Kennedy issued a press release about the additional steps deputies will be taking this Halloween and what residents and their children can do to stay safe this Friday.
Kennedy wrote that there will be more deputies out on duty Halloween evening and at the Sheriff’s Office, located in the Public Safety Center at 1225 Courthouse Road, they will be x-raying candy to detect metal-like objects from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Kennedy also included helpful tips both residents and children can take to have a fun and safe Halloween.
Below is the official press release from Stafford County Sheriff;
A roundup of local news from local sources
Stafford suspect wanted in fraud –A 21-year-old man is wanted in Stafford County in a case involving credit card theft, fraud and obtaining money by false pretenses. [Fredericksburg.com]
Potomac High School senior dies in her home – Cheryl Osborne says it’s the stuff of nightmares. On Sunday morning, her 17-year-old daughter, Kristina Marie, was found dead in her room of unknown causes. [Insidenova.com]
Haymarket Polling Precinct Shares Building with Republican Office – About $25,000-$26,000 is due to be spent on construction of the clock tower while installation should cost about another $3,000-$4,000. [Prince William Times]
Stafford worker resigns over listing of sex offender’s program – The Republican National Committee has an office in the old Pace West School, where residents of the Haymarket Precinct will vote for elected representatives on Nov. 4. [Bristow Beat]
Express lanes operator offering forgiveness to some E-ZPass customers – Transurban, the company that operates the express lanes on the Capital Beltway in Virginia, is making some changes in its toll enforcement program in response to complaints from some toll road users that they unwittingly amassed big penalties using the lanes. [Washington Post]
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Demolishing ice cream stand would be loss for community, say residents
Word spread like wildfire across social media that a beloved ice cream stand was going to close.
Kline’s Freeze, a family-friendly food and ice cream shop off Route 28 near Manassas, has been serving their customers since 1965. Rumors began swirling over the weekend that this longtime community staple was going to close their doors because the landowner, the Lindsay Automotive Group, wanted to tear down the place.
It wasn’t long before a savvy web user created the “Save Kline’s Freeze” Facebook page, and it quickly racked up more than 15,000 followers.
But there was a bit of good news in the Kline’s Freeze drama on Monday: the building may not be going anywhere after all.
Michael Lindsay, owner of the Lindsay Automotive Group and the land on which Kline’s sits, told Potomac Local he has no intentions of demolishing the business or requiring the owners to vacate.
“I don’t have specific plans for the property. We don’t know what [Kline’s] long term plans are,” Lindsay said.
Lindsay explained that he and the owners of Kline’s restaurant, James and Lorraine Croushorn, have been in constant communication with him and he hopes to sit down soon and work out the issue amicably.
“They’re a family business, and I’m a family business – so I’m sensitive to their situation. We bought the property with the intention of redeveloping, and we’re considering our options, but first and foremost our priority will be on remodeling the body shop components and buildings to the rear of the site,” Lindsay said.
James and Lorraine Croushorn declined comment for this story.
The restaurant is a simple place where customers walk up to the window and order. There’s no drive through, and the only place to sit and eat here are the metal picnic tables around back. Surrounding the place is a myriad of auto shops, auto parts stores, body shops, and nearby car dealerships. It nearly sits alone on an island of unmistakable tastiness.
Brandon Keener, 28, created the “Save Kline’s Freeze” Facebook page.
“When I was a child, I just remember on summer evenings, going to the Prince William County Fair and my Dad taking me down to Kline’s to get an ice cream cone. It was just what you did,” said Keener continuing, “Kline’s is a piece of history in Manassas, and if they go a piece of Manassas has died…”
Others outside Kline’s Freeze on Monday afternoon reminisced while sipping their milkshakes.
Trey House, 17, and his friends frequently drive to Kline’s after attending classes at Centreville High School in nearby Fairfax County.
“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid,” said House, who added he was surprised to learn on Facebook that the dairy stand was closing.
His friend, 17-year-old Drew Rice, also of Centreville, remained nostalgic over the popular ice cream shop. “I was kind of in shock when I heard. I mean it’s been here for 50 years. My thought was that it’s going to be weird not being here after such a long time,” said Rice.
And while the outcry to save the business has been louder than ever, there may be no need for customers to panic.
“I’m committed to exploring every alternative for him to continue his business. [The owners'] getting a lot of community support, and I acknowledge that, respect it, and I think that if the community were to give this whole thing some time – and this is going to take months and months – I think that everyone’s going to be pleased with the end product,” Lindsay said.
Before it was Kline’s, the roadside food stand was previously a Tastee Freez in 1955. Another Kline’s location further west on Route 28 near Manassas Regional Airport has since closed.
MANASSAS, Va. – Police were called to Tommy’s Place Bar & Grill in the early morning hours of Oct. 27 to investigate an assault. Upon arriving to the scene, officers saw a fight-in-progress in the parking lot and were able to identify the victim as a 26-year-old male who had to be treated for non-life threatening injuries to his face and head, said Manassas police spokeswoman Adrienne Helms.
Witnesses at the scene told police that a man struck the victim’s head with a beer bottle multiple times and kicked him the head before leaving the area with another man, said Helms.
Officers were able to find the suspect a short time later at his home and charged the suspect, Ramirez Vanegas, 24, with malicious wounding and public intoxication, said Helms.
He was held without bond with a pending court date of Nov. 25.
Ladies night event offers tips, food and drink
Pitkins Ace Hardware in Dale City will hold a Ladies Night on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at their store in Dale City.
The special event will feature power tool and paint demonstrations, car repair tips from Steve’s Auto Repair, jewelry from Quinn’s Jewelers, drinks and hors d’ouevres. The Sentara Mammovan will also make an early appearance at the Dale City store from 2 to 6 p.m. The van provides a hotel-like setting, complete with dressing rooms, were patients can come and have mammograms performed.
There will also be demonstrations of paint, as well as a class on how to repair a broken toilet.
This is a natural place for women because they make a lot of the paint, design, and décor decisions for the home,” said hardware store owner Sarah Pitkin.
The ladies night event will build on Pitkins effort to support women in during October. The staff has worn pink t-shirts to raise awareness of breast cancer.
Pitkin says her store offers great customer service, and many customers can find what they need and be in and out of the store in 10 minutes. This helps her compete with larger chain stores, said Pitkin.
Pitkin and her sister, Amy Monroe, have operated the family business for the past eight years following her father’s retirement. Her father and uncle founded the business.
Pitkins Home Center / Dale City Hardware is located at 4340 Dale Boulevard in Dale City. For more information about the ladies night event, call 703-670-2139.
This post is sponsored by Hometowne Auto Repair and Tire of Woodbridge.
*This post originally listed the incorrect date for this event.
A former Marine accused of killing his wife pleaded guilty Monday morning, surprising the courtroom and his own attorney with the unexpected plea. See more on NBCWashington.com.
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Whitlock Wealth Management celebrating 20 years in business
Whitlock Wealth Management will hold a ribbon cutting for their newly renovated offices in Lake Ridge.
The company is celebrating 20 years in business, and the ribbon cutting event is free to attend.
The celebration will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at their offices 12848 Harbor Drive, Suite 101, in Lake Ridge, near Tacketts Mill shopping center.
For more information visit whitlockwealth.com.
A roundup of local news from local sources
Kline’s Freeze to be torn down –It’s more than just a local landmark — it’s an integral part of the landscape for longtime residents of Manassas. [Prince William Times]
Greater Haymarket Sees Two Train-Vehicle Accidents within 24 Hours – Police are reporting two train crashes in the Haymarket area within 24 hours of each other. [Haymarket Beat]
Changes coming to Town of Quantico – About $25,000-$26,000 is due to be spent on construction of the clock tower while installation should cost about another $3,000-$4,000. [Prince William Times]
Stafford worker resigns over listing of sex offender’s program – A Stafford Parks and Recreation employee resigned Friday in the wake of a county investigation into whether background checks were done on a company offering youth programs through the county department, county spokeswoman Cathy Vollbrecht said. [Fredericksburg.com]
The death of Prince McLeod Rams: Where do Prince William prosecutors turn now? – The stunning revelation Friday that the chief Virginia medical examiner could not determine a cause of death for the 15-month-old victim in a capital murder case, combined with earlier developments in the case, may make it extremely difficult for Prince William County prosecutors to obtain the death penalty for Joaquin S. Rams, who they have long believed is a serial killer. [Washington Post]
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Prince William reviews zoning laws for small breweries
Manassas will help a popular brewery expand while Prince William County will ask why small breweries are not allowed there.
Jeremy Meyers is the owner of BadWolf Brewery on Center Street in Manassas. Open for 18 months, the brewery offers its own distinct hand-crafted beers – and that’s all. Laws in Virginia have changed from when only places that served food could serve alcohol. And when Manassas updated their zoning laws to allow such small-time breweries, BadWolf eagerly set up shop.
Now it’s to time expand and Meyers, who lives with his wife in Prince William County, had his sight set on Tacketts Mill in Lake Ridge. There’s an old lakeside restaurant that would have been a perfect setting for a tap room and even more barrels.
He went to speak with county officials about opening up a new small brewery there.
“Basically, it was an unequivocal no. We were told that breweries were only allowed in manufacturing districts, and there are no exceptions unless you are a restaurant, and I don’t serve food, I don’t want to serve food,” said Meyer.
We’re not talking about an operating the size of Anheuser-Busch or Coors. Meyer refers to his operation and others like it in Manassas and neighboring Stafford County, as “coffee shop breweries.”
“It’s a damn shame you can’t have a little coffee shop brewery in Occoquan or in Stonebridge [in Woodbridge],” said Meyers.
Prince William has not updated its zoning laws to permit these types of businesses like Manassas and neighboring Stafford County has already done. Elected leaders said the laws could stand updating.
“This is a fairly small, niche market, as we’ve seen with the wine industry in Northern Virginia. But there is a market for this kind of stuff, and bringing a small brewery here would be away to better promote our market,” said Prince William Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May.
The county’s zoning office will now review the rules on the books that prevent such small breweries from opening in the county. Right now, breweries – big or small – may only open in industrialized areas.
Prince William County Planning Office Director Christopher Price says commercial areas and places zoned for agriculture would be good spots for small breweries to open. Requests to open a small brewery in the county are few, he adds.
Meyer said it could take the county six to eight months to change the laws. His business need to expand now, so he’ll take advantage of some incentives from Manassas City leaders will provide, like paying for some permit fees and the cost of producing architectural drawings.
City leaders were already urging Bad Wolf to expand in the city even while they were in meetings with Prince William County officials.
“When you have one party saying ‘no, it’s not legal, and then you have another saying we’re going to give you $1,500 to stay, it’s kind of a no-brainer,” said Meyers.
Bad Wolf Brewery plans to open its new location in a warehouse across the city from its current spot. There they’ll do hand bottling, canning, and offer a wider assortment of draft beers. The first Bad Wolf Brewery will remain open as a “pilot” brewery where the company will experience with new brews.
MANASSAS, Va. - On October 24, Adrienne Helms of the Manassas City police department issued a press release about drunk driving prevention this Halloween. Around the area, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will also be offering alternative options to get riders home safe, said Helms.
Here’s the latest from Manassas City police;
Please see the attached drunk driving prevention press release, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Halloween” as well as information on the Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s Sober Ride Program, available in both English and Spanish. Don’t let this Halloween turn into a nightmare – designate a sober driver. You might just save a life.
Monarch Butterfly habitats going up at rest stop, commuter lots
Monarch butterflies migrating to warmer climates and those staying around here will soon be able to take comfort at a highway.
The Virginia Department of Transportation and Dominion Power will team up and will place 1,376 pollinator-friendly plants at four stops in Northern Virginia, including a car rest area on Interstate 95 in Dale City. The plants will provide nectar and shelter for the butterflies that, this time of year, are making their way to warmer regions of California and Mexico.
Here’s more in a VDOT press release:
At each of the four locations, volunteers will dig 900 square-foot beds and plant about 350 plants. Dominion is providing the funding and a cadre of volunteers; Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is providing the technical expertise, and VDOT is providing the land along with volunteers to plant the way stations.
These butterfly refuge plant beds built by the volunteers will be called “way stations.” Volunteers will dig 900 square-foot flower beds and place 350 plants at each of the four locations. Other locations where butterfly refuges will be placed include a commuter lot near Dulles Airport and a lot off Dulles Greenway in Loudoun County, and at a commuter lot off Stringfellow Road in Fairfax County.
Only Monarch butterflies born in the late summer are prone to migration. The insects are born to fly.
New boundaries please Department of Justice
Prince William County Schools released their new boundary plan for the 12th High School created in cooperation the United States Department of Justice (D.O.J.).
Should the School Board decide to implement the new Alternative Boundary Plan, the D.O.J. has indicated to PWCS that their agency would not object nor would they pursue legal action.
The previous boundary plan was called into question by the Civil Rights Division of the D.O.J. for failing to provide similar demographic diversity that as seen in neighboring schools. The D.O.J. also felt that the boundary map carved out “island” neighborhoods excluded from the new boundaries.
However, this new plan, entitled the “Alternative Boundary Plan” satisfies the D.O.J. It creates a more racially diverse student body and provides a more equitable distribution of economically disadvantaged and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students throughout mid-county schools.
According to Supervisor of Planning, Dr. Matthew Cartlidge, the Alternative Boundary Plan takes into consideration guidance from the D.O.J. as well as community input.
“[The D.O.J] were given all emails that were sent to staff regarding the 12th High School. As we were collaborating with them, we continued to provide feedback about the history of neighborhood assignments,” Cartlidge said.
Differences Between the Plans
Cartlidge listed what he believed to be key differences between the Alternative Boundary Plan and the last recent revision, Administrative Recommendation Version 1.2.
• The neighborhoods north of Prince William Parkway (State Route 294), which are currently assigned to Benton Middle School, will remain assigned to Osbourn Park High School, rather than being reassigned to the 12th High School, now under construction. These include the Bacon Race, Cannon Bluff, River Falls, Coventry Glen, and Reids Prospect areas
• The neighborhoods of Ridgefield Village and Queensdale, which are currently assigned to Osbourn Park High School, are now proposed for reassignment to the 12th High School.
• The neighborhoods of Smalls Crossing, Victory Ridge, White Oak Estates, Websters Landing and the eastern section of Trentdale, which are currently assigned to Hylton High School, are now proposed for reassignment to the 12th High School.
In regard to feeder schools, the new plan would take some students from both Benton and Beville middle schools.
The plan satisfies the demographic requirements .of the U.S. Government by more equitably distributing minority students who attend public high school in mid-Prince William County.
The PWCS Office of Facilities Services estimated that 45.7 percent of the population at the 12th High School will be members of a racial minority, 12.8 percent will be economically disadvantaged and 2.9 percent will be Limited English Proficient.
These new demographics are more similar to that of nearby Osbourn Park High School, which will be at 53.6 percent minority, 25.2 percent economically disadvantaged and 9 percent LEP.
Moreover, should the Alternative Boundary Plan be accepted, it would not radically alter the demographic makeup of surrounding schools, which was also important to the D.O.J.
Osborn Park’s demographics would not significantly change. The school would see only a 2.6 percent increase in minority students, a 5.1 percent increase in economically disadvantaged students and a 2.3 percent increase in LEP students.
PWCS estimates Hylton High School will be at 74.8 percent minority students after the 12th High School opens. However, it will also only see a small percentage increase over its previous demographic numbers. Hylton will receive 3.7 percent more minority students; 3.8 percent more economically disadvantaged students; and 0.9 percent more LEP students.
There is not a significant difference in demographics at Brentsville, Forest Park or Patriot High School, which are schools that will be minimally affected by these boundary changes.
The opening of the 12th High School helps alleviate overcrowding at Osbourn Park, Hylton and Brentsville District high school and to a lesser extent, Forest Park and Patriot high schools.
In the school year 2016-17, Osbourn Park will open with an estimated enrollment at 87.8 percent capacity, in comparison to 121.2 percent capacity without the new school opening.
Comparative percentages for the other schools are as follows: Hylton 102.2% v. 119.2%; Brentsville 104.3% v. 123.7%; Forest Park 103.3% v. 108.9%; and Patriot 138.8% v. 133.7%.
The 12th High School will open in 2016 at 77.7 percent capacity, but that will increase to 101.7 percent in 2018-19 when it has a senior class. By 2018-19 school year, it will already be at 101.7 capacity.
One reason the plan does not do more to help alleviate overcrowding at Patriot and Battlefield high schools is that a 13th high school is planned to alleviate overcrowding in Western Prince William Schools. Also, the 12th High School is located in mid-county.
Editor’s note: This story was written by Bristow Beat as part of a news sharing relationship with Potomac Local. Click here to read the full story.
NOTICE TO RESPONDENT(name) Martin Richard Skurski,
YOU ARE BEING SUED. LO ESTAN DEMANDAANDO. PETITIONERS NAME IS: Donna Maria Skurski CASE NO: BD603190. You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 or FL-123) at the court and have copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. For legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately, Get help finding a lawyer at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhlep) or by contacting your local bar association. NOTICE: The restraining orders on page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners unit the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further order. The orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of to the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or for the other party, if this happens, the part ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees.
The name and address of the court are Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles Stanley Mosk Courthouse. 110 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012
The name and address and telephone number of the petitioner, Donna Maria Skurski, 1111 S Grand Ave, Apt 1013 Los Angeles, CA 90015 (310)-993-6831
Date June 11, 2014 Sherrie R. Carter, Clerk-Martha Escoledo, Deputy.
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A field day at Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford County will be held Nov. 8, starting at 9 a.m. Participants will see various plants and wildlife while on a guided hike through the preserve’s wooded landscape. The guided hikes offer views of the freshwater tidal marsh and open water surrounding the preserve.
The field day is free, but reservations are required. Call 804-786-7951 to reserve a spot. The event is limited to 80, and reservations are first-come, first-served. Driving directions will be provided to those who register.
Participants should wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes, and be prepared to walk up to 4 miles. The event will take place rain or shine.
Crow’s Nest is a peninsula between Accokeek and Potomac creeks. The 2,872-acre preserve contains mature hardwood forest and some of the best examples of diverse, intact wetlands in the Potomac River drainage basin. It supports habitat for a variety of species, including bald eagles, migratory birds, the federally endangered short-nosed sturgeon and 22 plant species important to Virginia’s Coastal Plain.
Crow’s Nest was designated a natural area preserve in 2009 and is co-owned by Stafford County and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
DCR manages the property as part of the state’s natural area preserve system, which was established in the 1980s to protect significant natural areas and rare-species habitat. Today, the system comprises 61 preserves totaling 55,352 acres.
Several events planned for November
The Manassas Museum asks “What’s Under Your Feet?” and features some “wild women” in November. On Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. the Manassas Museum will host a four-mile family-friendly bike tour around the City.
Riders will see lesser-known historic sites as they ride along at a leisurely pace. For tickets, visit manassasmuseum.org.
Wild women of Washington, D.C.
On Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. the Manassas Museum will host a free book talk by author Canden Schwantes. She will talk about her book, Wild Women of Washington, D.C.: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District. The book includes stories of fiery suffragettes, unconventional first ladies and rebellious socialites of Washington, D.C. who shattered the expectations of the tightly corseted society.
Stories include: escaped slave turned spy Mary Touvestre who risked it all to scuttle Confederate plans tobreak the Union blockade; Dr. Mary E. Walker, who traded petticoats for trousers to work at Civil War Union hospitals, winning both the Medal of Honor and a police record for impersonating a man; and First Lady Florence Harding, who hosted jazz soirees and served up cocktails in the White House gardens during Prohibition.
On Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. children ages 3 to 5 years old with their care givers are invited to Pre-K Tuesday at the Manassas Museum for story-telling, crafts, songs and more. For tickets, call 703-368-1873 or visit manassasmuseum.org.
What’s under your feet?
What’s Under Your Feet is a new exhibit at the Manassas Museum that runs through Feb. 15. This exhibit features the stories associated with archeological finds and treasures from local historic sites. Visitors who wish to experience the “thrill of the dig” can get their hands dirty with an archeology activity. For more information, visit manassasmuseum.org.
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The Prince William County Winter Shelter, operated by the Department of Social Services, will open Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The shelter is located at 14730 Potomac Mills Road, in Woodbridge and operates overnight 7 days a week from 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. until March 31, 2015.
The shelter serves single individuals only and operates on a first-come first-served basis. Single women may be referred to an overflow program. The intake capacity of the Winter Shelter is 48 clients. The program provides shelter, meals, beds, showers, and referrals to supportive services.
During daytime hours Monday – Saturday at the Winter Shelter facility, the Department of Social Services partners with the Cooperative Council of Ministries to provide a “Drop -In Center” for homeless individuals. Services available include mental health referrals, case management services, life skills & career training, peer counseling, wellness information, health care referrals and employment assistance.
For more information about the Winter Shelter or Drop-In Center programs please call: 703-897-0199.
Robin Anne Krohn, 31, of Stafford, Virginia, was sentenced today to 143 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office; Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Charles E. Jett, Stafford County Sheriff, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris.
Krohn pleaded guilty on July 22, 2014. According to court documents, Krohn is a former patient of Dr. Nibedita Mohanty, who was indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances, aiding and abetting health care fraud, and aiding and abetting money laundering on July 24, 2014.
Krohn was a patient of Dr. Mohanty from approximately February 2010 through December 2011. During that time, Dr. Mohanty prescribed excessive dosages of controlled substances to Krohn. Krohn both abused the medication she was prescribed, snorting up to 150 pills per day, and distributed a large portion of the controlled substances prescribed by Dr. Mohanty for a profit, earning between $3,000 – $5,000 per week throughout the course of the conspiracy.
Knowing that Dr. Mohanty freely prescribed excessive dosages of controlled substances, Krohn was also responsible for recruiting a number of individuals to see Dr. Mohanty in order to obtain unnecessary prescriptions, which Krohn and her conspirators would later abuse and distribute for profit.
This case was initiated and investigated by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and assisted by the FBI’s Richmond and Washington Field Offices. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gene Rossi and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Ballantyne and Nicole Grosnoff prosecuted the case.
Editor’s note: This story was written by the office of the United States Attorney’s Eastern District of Virginia.
Documentary film meant to educate community about the faith
Meet the Mormons.
On Oct. 10, a documentary film of the same name produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) opened nationwide – including AMC Theaters in Woodbridge.
The movie shares the stories of six devote Latter-day Saints: the coach, the fighter, the humanitarian, the candy bomber and the missionary mom. Each of these stories challenges stereotypes about the Mormon faith while also examining how compassion changes oneself and others.
The LDS Woodbridge congregation worked hard to bring “Meet the Mormons” to our area as the movie was originally scheduled to only open in Fredericksburg and Arlington.
AMC at Potomac Mills generously responded by agreeing to open the show one day early, with showings starting on Thursday, Oct., 9.
“I felt the first showing was fairly historic; it was actually the first public showing of the film in the entire nation,” said Ian Houston, at the Oct 9 showing of the movie.
A steady turn out kept “Meet the Mormons” at the Potomac Mills AMC through Thursday, October 23rd. Though the LDS church sees the movie as an opportunity to tell their story to a national and international audience, the movie is not a meant to be a money-making venture for them. Instead, all net proceeds from the film will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Clark Price, the President of the Woodbridge Virginia Stake, who directs 9 local LDS congregations, explains, the church’s motivation for making the film, “the film clearly shows the great and rich diversity of membership in the church. There are hundreds of languages and cultures in our church membership.” President Price finished, ““We (have) invited all to attend with an open heart and mind to learn more about who Mormons really are.”
“I was surprised in general. That religion is not what I thought it was. It seems to have not only family but it seems to have love,” said Delzoria Hawkins, of Dale City, who was invited to see the movie by her LDS neighbor said,
“It dispels a lot of false assumptions people make about our church.” His wife, Angie Harrison added “the constant you see in the people (in the film) is they are at peace,” said Clark Harrison.
AMC at Potomac Mills sold over 1,200 tickets during the two weeks the movie played in Woodbridge. To date, Meet the Mormons has earned almost $5 million dollars nationally.
After covering distribution costs, the LDS church will donate the remaining net proceeds to further the charitable mission of the American Red Cross. The film is expected to be later released on Netflix.
Editor’s note: This story was written by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Woodbridge, Virginia.
The Woodbridge Wound Healing Center for Stafford Hospital, which offers state-of-the-art treatment practices and protocols to reintroduce the body’s innate ability to heal, has appointed Peter VanDerMeid as medical director.
Dr. VanDerMeid will be responsible for reviewing patient care and results, evaluating new clinical products and providing oversight and guidance on policies and procedures. A member of the Healogics™ network, the Woodbridge Wound Healing Center of Stafford Hospital employs a rigorous scientific approach to explore, test, find and develop the clinically proven methods and technologies that help people heal faster and more completely than before.
A Stafford resident, Dr. VanDerMeid most recently served as Medical Director in Somerset, PA at Somerset Hosptial’s Wound Care Center.
Dr. VanDerMeid holds a Medical Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He then did his family practice residency for the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir. He has practiced at two family medical care facilities in Virginia and is a Certified Wound Specialist.
The Woodbridge Wound Healing Center of Stafford Hospital is located at 14010 Smoketown Rd., Suite 103, Woodbridge, VA 22192. The center offers leading-edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics.
Chronic wounds affect more than 8 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.
Tysons bus fares to rise Dec. 1; changes planned for Mark Center bus
A commuter bus from Prince William County to Tysons Corner survived the chopping block
But riders will soon pay more to use the five-year-old Tysons Express bus service. And the service on the newly planned bus from Prince William to Alexandria’s Mark Center, home to a massive federal building, won’t be as robust as originally planned.
The bus to Tysons Corner carries riders from the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express station and commuter lot at Route 123 and Interstate 95 to Tysons via relatively new 495 Express toll lanes.
The bus service was fully funded by Virginia’s transportation department while the lanes were being built as a way to get more cars off the road during construction. With the I-495 lanes being open for nearly two years and construction complete, funding for the bus was going to be cut completely.
But the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation stepped in to keep the wheels turning.
“The decision is sure to please the dozens of Tysons Express passengers who attended a September public hearing and sent comments to PRTC urging the agency to find a way to retain a route that many describe as indispensable to their daily commute,” said Christine Rodrigo, a spokeswoman for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, the agency that operates the Tysons Express bus.
Riders currently pay “promotional” fares of $3.60 for a one-way trip on Tysons Express, or $2.90 if riders use a SmarTrip card. Starting Dec. 1, fares will increase to $7.70 if paid with cash or $5.75 with a SmarTrip card.
PRTC also plans to begin operating a new commuter bus service from Prince William to the Mark Center in Alexandria in 2016. Original plans for the new service had the bus traveling to neighborhoods in the county and commuter lots to pick up passengers.
Now, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will shift funds from the Mark Center bus to the Tysons bus to help cover the ongoing cost for the bus.
Rodrigo said PRTC had previously made plans to modify the routing of the new Mark Center bus from picking up riders at commuter lots and not in neighborhoods.
“We looked at our ridership information and saw that few people would board the bus in the neighborhood locations, and having the bus make that run would only add to our operating cost and add to the time the bus would be on the road,” said Rodrigo.
The Tysons bus uses HOV lanes on I-95 to get to the 495 Express Lanes. The HOV lanes are also being converted into toll lanes — a process that is expected to be completed by December.
The 95 Express Lanes open, all vehicles will need an EZ-Pass or EZ-Pass Flex to use the lanes. Vehicles with three or more occupants will not be charged a toll but vehicles with under three occupants may use the lanes for a fee.
The 95 Express Lanes will carry motorists from Garrisonville Road (Route 610) in North Stafford to Edsall Road in Alexandria, just before the Mark Center.
Disabled train at Godwin Drive in Manassas
A broken down train is causing headaches for drivers in Manassas.
A railroad crossing at Godwin Drive near Ashton Avenue and Rixlew Lane is blocked after a disabled train came to a stop.
Manassas spokeswoman Patty Prince said they don’t know when the train could be moved from the tracks.
The rail line is operated by Norfolk Southern and it carries freight rail traffic to Front Royal and beyond.