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Youth pastor charged with indecent liberties by a custodian

From Prince William police: 

Indecent Liberties by a Custodian – On July 7, detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate inappropriate contact which was reported to have occurred at the Life Church located at 11234 Balls Ford Rd in Manassas (20109) in 2015. The investigation revealed that the accused, a youth pastor at the church, sent inappropriate text messages and inappropriate touched the victim, a 16-year-old female juvenile, on more than one occasion between January and September of 2015. The contact allegedly took place at the church in Manassas. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant on August 17 for the arrest of the accused, identified as Jordan David BAIRD. The accused was located and arrested without incident at a residence in Fauquier County later that evening. A search warrant was subsequently executed at his residence. The investigation continues.

Arrested on August 18:

Jordan David BAIRD, 25, of 6646 Kelly Rd in Warrenton

Charged with 2 counts of indecent liberties by a custodian

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held on a $10,000 secured bond

Obituary
Nancy Elliott-Gunter

Nancy Elliott-Gunter (56), Passed away on August 12, 2016 after a courageous battle against cancer. Nancy was a kind-hearted and sweet spirit who lived her life with love.

Nancy was born in Washington D.C. and spent the majority of her life in the Alexandria area. She was a 1977 graduate of Fort Hunt High School and 1981 graduate of Virginia Tech. She made many friends working as a technical writer at a variety of companies over the years, including Northrop Grumman, the Library of Congress, Avectra, Aether Systems, Computer Based Systems, Inc., and TimeLife Books. Those she leaves behind remember her for her wonderful baking, the way she spent time genuinely caring for others needs, and for her devotion to her family.

Nancy was a beloved daughter, aunt, niece, sister, and most recently, wife. After 23 wonderful years together, she married the love of her life, Larry Gunter, on May 21, 2016. Larry was her constant support and remained by her side until the very end.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Larry Gunter, her mother, Jean Elliott, her sister, Susan Elliott, her brother, John Elliott (Ginger), nieces Ashley, Anna and Mary Liz, and nephew John Robert.

A memorial service and reception will be held at the Mount Vernon Unitarian-Universalist Church in Alexandria on Sunday, August 28 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Nancy’s memory may be made to DC Cares where Nancy valued opportunities to serve others.

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Volunteers age 55+ to present a fun disaster preparedness program

Call to Action 

Good morning Prince William – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) needs volunteers age 55+ to present a fun disaster preparedness program to 4th-grade students throughout the community. The program will teach the kids critical life skills to keep them safe when they are home alone. It’s so easy and doesn’t take much time out of your day. Training provided! Benefits also include additional insurance, a mileage stipend, recognition events but most importantly teaching our kids life skills. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more. 

· Catholic Charities has an urgent need for volunteers to teach English classes in Manassas, Woodbridge and Dale City. You only need to do one class a week. No foreign language skills or teaching experience needed. Training will be provided. Please call (571) 208-1572 ext. 103 to learn more- you’ll be so glad you did.

· We’re pleased to present the volunteer management training series again this fall. This comprehensive 5 part program will give you all the skills needed to manage your volunteers. The series begins Wednesday September 14th from 9am-12noon. Topics include Understanding volunteers, recruiting and matching skills, orienting and training, supervision and evaluating for improving results. Please register online for this free program at: volunteerprincewilliam.org/events.

· Saved Hands Foundation needs office space in the Woodbridge area as they offer their trainings to the homeless and other seeking employment. It’s a great way to help them give a hand up to those in need. Please call (703) 895-6681 for more info.

· BEACON Adult Literacy is looking for volunteers to teach English as well as technology facilitators. Morning classes are 9:30-11:30 and evening classes are 7-9pm. They will give you all the training needed to be successful. Please call Jen at (703) 368-7491 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers in their ReStore during the week and also volunteers to bring lunch to the construction sites Thursday-Saturdays. A sandwich, chips and a drink go a long way to help home ownership to a deserving family. Please check out their website to sign up for your volunteer shift at:habitatpwc.org

· Historic Manassas is gearing up for the Bands, Brews, and BBQ festival on September 10th. They need 60 people to poor beer from noon to 6pm. There will be two shifts for pourers and over 50 craft beers and siders for sampling! Contact Erin at: erin@historicmanassasinc.org.

· National Public Lands Day is Saturday September 24th at Leesylvania State Park. Volunteers are needed to collect native tree seeds that will go to local nurseries that grow trees for reforesting efforts across the region. Wear your closed-toed shoes and all the tools, water and supplies will be provided. Check-in is 9:30-10am. Please register at:Eventbrite.com/e/get-nuts-for-public-lands-tickets-26876603645.

· IWALK for ACTS is Saturday October 1st at Potomac Town Center at 9am. Pull together your family, friends, colleagues and people you’d like to know and come out to support families in need. Registration is $20/individual, $15/team members or $50/family. Please register at:iwalkforacts.com

· House of Mercy’s 2016 Campaign to End Hunger is Saturday October 1st. Pledge just $20 and come assemble 40,000 meals of pinto beans and rice. Where else can you feed 10 people for each dollar you invest? Call (703) 659-1636 or visit: houseofmercyva.org to learn more.

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· 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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Victim dragged to car in abduction effort, police said

From Prince William police: 

Abduction – On August 15 at 3:30PM, officers responded to the 12700 block of Marblestone Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a 911 call for service.

Several callers reported seeing a woman attempting to run away from a vehicle but eventually being dragged back to the vehicle by an unknown man. When officers arrived, they made contact with the accused and detained him without incident.

The investigation revealed that the victim, an 18-year-old woman of Woodbridge, and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal alteration while driving in the above area. During the encounter, the victim stopped the vehicle and got out then attempted to walk away from the accused. The accused then grabbed the victim and dragged her back to the vehicle. The victim attempted several more times to run away from the accused but was dragged back to the vehicle each time before officers arrived and made contact with the parties.

Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on August 15:

Terrance Anthony BROWN Jr., 20, of 16615 Telescope Ln in Dumfries

Charged with abduction and assault & battery

Court Date: September 14, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond


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Pride and dedication: What the Olympics mean to us at Manassas Park Parks and Recreation

Manassas Park Community Center

Have you been watching the Olympics in Rio on TV? Have you lost track of just how many gold medals Michael Phelps has won? (To date, he has won 32 gold medals!)

You hear the same type of stories about the Olympic athletes during every Olympics—the sacrifice, the dedication, the perseverance, and the never-ending support of friends, family, and countrymen to enable the Olympic athletes to perform at the highest levels as the world watches.

The official symbol of the Olympics are the five interlocking colored rings, representing the continents of North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. So when you hear an announcer exclaim that the world is watching, it is a safe bet that the world IS watching the Olympics!

Watching the Olympics really does get you excited about sports, and the Parks and Recreation staff at the Manassas Park Community Center is excited about the Olympics too. Here’s what some of the staff said when asked what the Olympics means to them:

Sue Jurjevic, Senior Recreation Specialist, says, “I am always impressed by the gifts and talents of the athletes, and I do believe that their commitment to their sport does show when they compete.

Tony Thomas, Recreation Services Supervisor, says, “To me, it means pride and dedication. The amount of pride you feel for your country competing in athletics is exhilarating. And I chose dedication because the athletes train year-round, for almost their entire lives to compete at this level. The Olympics also brings a sense of togetherness. Regardless of cultural differences or political views, most Americans put that to the side and cheer on the athletes representing our country!”

Sarah Barnett, Operations,and Aquatics Manager says, As I have gotten older, I have found that my taste in Olympic sports has broadened to not only Track and Gymnastics but also to Swimming and Diving. This past week, I have been glued to the TV at 8 p.m. to watch the gymnastics and swimming competitions. I made watching the Olympics a family affair and even allowed my young daughters to stay up past their bedtimes to watch. My oldest daughter loves watching swimming while cheering on Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. Meanwhile, my youngest is already begging me to put her in Soccer AND gymnastics! I am not surprised that my girls would fall in love with sports by watching the Olympics. I fell in love with Gymnastics as a child by watching the Olympics.”

Amelia Powell, Customer Service Supervisor, says, “I’ve been staying up until midnight watching the Olympics because I am hooked on cheering for our athletes. I love it all and I admire the athletes so much. They work so hard training their whole lives for these games, and it gives me such pride in our country that there is no way I can turn my TV off when the Olympics are on!”

Annette Starr, an Administrative Assistant, says, “Every time the Olympics comes around I love to watch it. It’s like a ‘coffee break’ from all the other things going on in the news. And when I watch it I always come away wanting to try a new sport. Like the first time I saw the rowing team, I wanted to try rowing. And believe it or not, I actually tried running (although not at these outstanding athlete’s levels). Some of the others sports that peaked my interest: bicycling, swimming, volleyball, archery, and (this year) air rifle. Once you try these different sports you realize how talented and hardworking these athletes are. So when I see them up on the stand receiving their well-earned medals, I certainly feel proud and in awe of their accomplishments.”

Maria Bosack, Writer/Content Specialist, says, “One of the girls in my neighborhood was such a good swimmer that her family moved to Florida so she could train with a famous coach in the hopes of making the Olympic team. Every family in our neighborhood was glued to their TV’s when she competed. We screamed so loudly with pure adoration and delight hoping she could hear us! She never won a medal, but to us, that didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered is that she was there, she competed, she persevered, she made it to the Olympics! I will NEVER stop cheering for the American teams in the Olympics.”

What would you say that the Olympics mean to you? 

Would you respond like the Parks and Recreation staff at the community center did? The staff really admired the athletes, were excited to see the intense level of competition and felt proud to be American—and that is exactly what the Olympics guiding principle is a quote by Baron de Coubertin: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

Thank you to our U.S. Olympic athletes who have fought hard and have won making us so very proud.

Kids and parents who are exposed to swimming and other sports they have fallen in love with while watching the Olympics will find athletic programs and classes that they can participate in at the Manassas Park Community Center. There are swim lessons, beginner gymnastics classes, sports conditioning, sports leagues including basketball, and so much more. There are athletic programs available for all ages and skill levels, just give us a call for more information!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703.335.8872.

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Aquatics center inside Colgan High School to open September 10

Students and residents will have a new place to swim starting September 10 when the ribbon is cut on the new indoor Prince William County Aquatics Center.

The facility includes a 500,000-gallon competition swimming pool with a moveable bulkhead for multiple meet configurations, a 50,000 gallon, zero-depth leisure pool, and a 150-foot long 20-foot high water slide.

The swim center located inside the newly built $111 million Colgan High School — one of the most costly high schools ever built in the state — will be open to the community seven days a week and be will be used by students. Getting students acquainted with the pool — children who otherwise not be acclimated to the water at home — is a core mission of the swim facility.

After the school year begins on August 2 and the pool opens for business two weeks later, second-grade students will come to the aquatics facility on a field trips to learn about water safety as part of the many educational programs planned at the pool.

“We’re not teaching them how to swim, but we are providing some instruction for safety in and around the water, and maybe someday that will save a life,” said Prince William Aquatics Center Manager Allen Dunn.

Drowning is the second-leading cause of the death for children under the age of 14. Black children are statistically more likely to drown than whites, officials added. 

The pool will be used as a field trip site for students who do not attend Colgan High School. Physical education students at Colgan will use the pool as part of their curriculum.

Nine Prince William County Public Schools will have daily swim team practices here, as well as two U.S. Swim teams. Teams from area homeowners associations will also use the facility. Dunn has already scheduled three conference meets and two regional swim meets at the facility.

prince william aqatics facility

A raised spectator spanning the length of the competition pool allows for extensive views of the indoor center. With an occupancy of 465 people, the facility is slightly larger than the indoor pool at the Freedom Aquatics and Fitness Center just outside Manassas, said Dunn.

The depth of the competition pool at the aquatics center ranges from four feet in the shallows to 12 and a half feet on the deep end. When not in use by swim teams, residents will be able to use the pool for activities ranging from swimming lessons, water aerobics, to scuba diving training.

Not only is the size of the facility impressive, but so is the “state-of-the-art” equipment used in the pump room to keep the pool clean. Ultra-violet light is used to disinfect the water during the filtration process, before its sent back to the pool.

“You’ll notice the air in here is pretty clear, low humidity, and you don’t have that strong chlorine smell you usually associate with other indoor swimming facilities, because of UV light and lower amount of chlorine we use…” said Dunn.

The doors to the aquatic center will open at 9:30 a.m. on September 10, and recreational swimming in both pools and use of the waterslide will be free. School officials hope residents will come and get aquatinted the new facility and then return in the following days as paying customers.

The pool will be open for public use from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, and 6 to 10 a.m., and 4 to 9 p.m. on weekdays.

Weekday evening hours will start at 6 p.m. beginning in November and last until the end of the high school swimming season.

Daily admission to the aquatics center will cost $5 for ages 3 to 15, $7 for ages 16 to 59, $5 for those 60 and older, and $15 for a family pass.

A 20 visit pass costs $75 for ages 3 to 15, $112.50 for those aged 16 to 15, and $75 for those over 60.

A one-month membership to the facility will cost $45 for those aged 3 to 15, $67.50 for those aged 16 to 59, $45 for those over 60, and $115 for a family.

A 12-month membership to the facility costs $273 for ages 3 to 15, $409.50 for those between the ages of 16 and 59, $273 for those over 60, and $819 for a family.

A separate entrance for the aquatics center at the rear of the school building will allow the public to come and go without entering the main section of Colgan High School. Inside the facility, doors will be locked preventing public access to the school. This will make it easier for the public to use the facility while keeping the students inside the school buying more secure, said Dunn.

The Prince William Aquatics Facility joins the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, and the Chinn and Sharon Baucom Dale City Rec Center both in Dale City as public swimming facilities in the county. The facility is also the first and only swimming pool at a public school in Prince William County.

The Prince William Aqutics Facility is located at 13719 Dumfries Road near Woodbridge.

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