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Masked men rob Southbridge gas station

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On October 20 at 8:48PM, officers responded to the Shell service station located at 3186 River Heritage Blvd in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a robbery. Employees reported to police that two unknown, masked men entered the business and approached the counter. Once at the counter, one of the men brandished a firearm and demanded money. The men fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 search the area for the suspects who were not located.

Suspect Descriptions:

2 black males, unknown ages, both between 5’8”-5’9” – no further description provided

Both were last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, and black ski-style masks; One suspect was wearing black shoes while the other wore white shoes

Maintenance crews turn attention to Dumfries sewer system


DUMFRIES, Va. — Residents of the Williamstown neighborhood in Dumfries should expect to see maintenance work being performed on the sewer system.

Prince William County Service Authority press release: 

Expected to take approximately nine weeks to finish, the project entails lining sewer mains with Cured-In-Place-Pipe. The lining process is done in lieu of replacing the pipe itself, which is often a much more costly and disruptive measure for both customers and the utility.

Once completed, the resin-like substance used in the CIPP process hardens and essentially becomes a new pipe inside the existing sewer main. This protects the main from tree root intrusion and corrosion that can occur over long periods of time. CIPP also prevents groundwater infiltration into the sanitary sewer system during rain events, which helps reduce the amount of flow to the wastewater treatment plant.

The average sewer pipe lasts about 40 years, while CIPP can extend that lifespan to 90 years.

Each year, the Service Authority inspects more than a hundred miles of sewer line to determine where CIPP would be most effective. The Service Authority’s goal is to line eight miles worth of sewer main by June 30, 2017.

Sudley Manor water main section to be replaced

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Press release: 

The Prince William County Service Authority will soon be replacing a small portion of water main underneath Sudley Manor Road near Manassas. Once completed, the new main will help reinforce service reliability to the area.

The project entails the installation of a 320-foot section of 16-inch pipe beneath Sudley Manor Road just southwest of where it intersects with Prince William Parkway and just east of Wellington Road. The project is scheduled to start in early November and should be completed by the end of the year.

The work is scheduled to take place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. There will be signage providing detour information for traffic along Sudley Manor Road, Wellington Road and Prince William Parkway. This work is not expected to impact water service to Service Authority customers in the area.

The project cost is approximately $400,000.

WPWC Radio towers collapse


Two of four towers collapsed at WPWC-AM, a radio station in Dumfries.

The towers are used to broadcast Radio Zion, a Spanish Christian Radio outlet. The station is operating on low power due to the loss of the towers.

Station owner Al Hammond said a sycamore tree fell onto one of the support wires of one tower can cause it to collapse. That tower then fell onto the lines of a second tower causing it to collapse.

The towers’ collapse damaged the base of both structures. Hammond said new towers had been ordered at the cost of $70,000 each to replace the fallen structures.

A view of one of the collapsed towers and damage to fencing.

A view of the bases of the collapsed towers and damage to fencing.

A rainstorm that occurred in our region, prior the time when Hurricane Matthew impacted the east coast, caused the caused the ground to become soggy and the sycamore tree to tumble, causing a domino effect on the towers, said Hammond.

No injuries were reported in the towers’ collapse. Two of the four towers at the radio station, located at the corner of Mine and Van Buren roads can be seen from Interstate 95.

The towers site is located along the bank of Quantico Creek is known to flood after heavy rains. A bridge that carries traffic on Van Buren Road over Quantico Creek also catches debris when the creek floods.

“This has always been an issue since the station was built in 1965,” said Hammond, who is the third owner of the station.

Hammond expects his replacement towers to be manufactured within six weeks; then they will be erected in place the old towers. The towers sit on eight-foot pedestals because the ground at the site can become soggy, he added.

The radio station has undergone changes over the years, to include a switch from its original broadcasting frequency of 1580 AM to its current spot on the dial at 1480 AM. Before becoming an outlet for a religious broadcaster, the station played country music.

The base of one of the towers that remains standing.

The base of one of the towers that remains standing.

Raymond Wilson “Cousin Ray” Woolfenden owned and managed the station from the mid-1970s to 2000 when it was sold to a new owner. Woolfenden died the same year.

When operating at full power, the 500-watt WPWC has a strong signal that can be heard as far north as Alexandria and Annandale, said Hammond.

Indecent exposure reported near Rippon Middle School


Police were called this morning to a neighborhood near Rippon Middle School for a report of indecent exposure. 

Girls walking to the middle school in Woodbridge told police that a man exposed himself to them about 8 a.m. 

Police are looking for a black man between the ages of 18 and 22, wearing camouflage pants, a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, with the number 89 on the sweatshirt.

Police focused their search in a wooded area near Lodge Terrace and Old Kings Road. Officers searched the area for at least two hours after the incident was reported.

No injuries were reported and no arrests were made, said Prince William police 1st Sgt. Jonathan Perok.

Schools in the area will remain vigilant, he added.

Police break up attack on Potomac Mills security guards

From Prince William police: 

Unlawful Wounding On October 19 at 4:21PM, officers responded to Potomac Mills mall located at 2700 Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a fight. When officers arrived a woman, later identified as the accused, was being detained by security personnel.

The investigation revealed the accused was involved in an altercation with a male acquaintance inside the mall near the food court. At one point, two security officers attempted to intervene and resolve the situation. During the encounter, the accused struck one of the security officers and became belligerent. When security personnel attempted to detain the accused, she actively resisted and began biting, striking, and scratching both security officers.

Police arrived and detained the accused without further incident. Both security officers sustained minor injuries and were treated by rescue personnel. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Elizabeth Regina HOUSTON, was arrested.

Arrested on October 19:

Elizabeth Regina HOUSTON, 22, of Woodbridge

Charged with 2 counts of unlawful wounding and 1 count of disorderly conduct

Court Date: November 22, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Virginia voter deadline extended to Oct. 21, 2016

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Problems with Virginia’s online voter registration portal this week prompted a federal judge to extend a voter registration deadline to Friday, October 21, 2016. 

The Virginia Department of Elections has expanded hours in the wake of the ruling.

From Gov. Terry McAuliffe: 

“I am pleased that the court has agreed with the request to extend Virginia’s voter registration period after unprecedented web traffic prevented many people from completing their registrations online before the original deadline. The Commonwealth will fully comply with the court’s order and extend our registration process online, in-person and through the mail.

“The Virginia Department of Elections and the Virginia Information Technology Agency have been working overtime since Monday night to expand the capacity of the system that allows Virginians to register to vote online, and I am confident that the steps we have taken will provide an improved experience to people who use it.

“However, I do want to urge Virginians who are interested in registering to vote to act as quickly as possible and, if they are able, to take advantage of all of the available ways to register to vote during this period, including visiting a local registrar’s office or a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

“Additionally, in the event that there are unexpected technology issues, we urge Virginians to contact the Department of Elections and indicate that they are attempting to register, so that staff can follow up and ensure that they make it through the process.

Local politicians reacted on Twitter: 



Police work to fix signal lights at large Woodbridge intersection


WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Police are at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Smoketown Road in Woodbridge where traffic signal lights are flashing.

Police were notified by drivers that signal lights on Prince William Parkway were flashing yellow and lights on Smoketown Road were flashing red. 

The intersection is one of the largest intersections in Prince Willam County. The intersection is made up of 20 lanes, with three travel lanes and two turn lanes in each direction.

Police are reported to be working to repair the signal lights.


More signal lights are reported to be on flash at the following intersections: 

Smoketown at Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge 
Smoketown and Minnieville Road in Woodbridge 
Dale Boulevard and Potomac Center Boulevard.
Route 1 and American Eagle Boulevard 

More shots found to have been fired at homes on Hoffman Drive in Dale City


DALE CITY, Va. — Prince William police were called to a Dale City neighborhood for a third time this week to investigate shots fired into a house. 

Police were called back to the Hillendale section of Dale City on Tuesday night for another report of shots fired at a house. Police linked this new report, at a home on Hoffman Drive, to a similar incident that occurred on the same street over the weekend.

Press release: 

Shooting into a Residential DwellingOn October 18 at 7:36PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 4100 block of Hoffman Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shots fired call. Multiple callers reported to police that gunshots were fired into a residence by a passing vehicle described as a newer model 2-door coupe. A bullet was recovered from the home, as well as, a shell casing from the roadway. Although a neighboring residence was struck during this incident, it is believed that this occurrence is related to a similar shots fired call which was reported on October 15 . Detectives are continuing their investigation into both incidents which do not appear to be random.

On Saturday, October 15, two homes — one on Keytone Road and another on nearby Hoffman Drive — was shot at. The following day, a bullet hole was reported by police to have been found at a home on Kirkdale Road.

No injuries have been reported in any of the shots fired incidents. 

Grief counselours at Battlefield High School after student death


Grief counselors are at Battlefield High School outside Haymarket today after a student took his own life.

Prince William County Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer students may choose to speak with counselors at the school.

The teenage boy died suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to initial reports. Officials said his death is a suicide. 

Police said the teen was 16 years old.

The incident took place at a home in Bristow at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

The teenager was flown to a local hospital where he later died.

Pedestrian struck on Clipper Drive in Lake Ridge

A woman was taken to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center this morning after she was struck by a car.

A call to 911 sent fire and rescue crews to the intersection of Clipper and Huntersbrook drives, near Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge about 9 a.m. 

Rescue crews found one victim on the scene. She was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to initial reports.

We don’t know the extension of her injuries, and we don’t know yet if any criminal charges were filed in the case.

Cost could outweigh benefit of expanding VRE to Haymarket


WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The cost to extend Virginia Railway Express 11 miles west to Haymarket could be as much as $660 million — about $60 million per mile.

That number brought pause to members of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors who on Tuesday said the costs of the project might outweigh the ridership benefits, and that could lead to the project’s demise.

Transportation officials last fall began a $4 million study on what it would take to extend the commuter rail line west of Manassas. While Haymarket would be the ultimate end of the line, the railroad is evaluating other options like building a shorter extension only to Innovation Park just outside Manassas, or one to two stations in Gainesville.

The cost for shorter track options ranges between $572 and $631 million. The railroad must add an additional track in the right of way it will use for its rail line expansion, the existing Norfolk-Southern freight line, dubbed the B-line. It splits off the main line near the intersection of Wellington Road and Prince William Street in Manassas.

If VRE expands west, it must also increase capacity at its storage yard at the Broad Run Station at Manassas Regional Airport, today’s terminus of the Manassas rail line. A new station would be built just east of the airport, possibly in the area of Godwin Drive and Prince William Parkway (Route 234 Bypass) at the new Manassas Gateway planned mixed-use development. 

The train yard would be expanded and would consume the existing parking lot at the Broad Run station. A flood plain behind the station prevents the railroad from having enough room to expand the station at the railyard at Broad Run, said Christine Hoeffner, whose headed up the westward expansion study for VRE.

With the enlarged storage lot, VRE will be able to increase the number of daily trains from 16 to 22. More trains would mean more frequent service, reducing average wait times from 30 to 20 minutes between trains on the Manassas line during rush hour.

While the costs are high, the numbers that show anticipated ridership growth following the expansion are small by comparison. Today, VRE’s Manassas line carries 10,220 riders. An extension west to Haymarket would net the commuter railroad 6,240 more riders by 2040.

“If money were not an issue, this would be a slam dunk,” said Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi, who has long supported extending Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail from Springfield to Woodbridge. “The concerns that I’m hearing is the cost benefit.”  

Funding for the expansion would come from state and federal sources, and local funds. At $9 million a year, Prince William County residents already pay the majority of VRE’s local subsidy. That’s more than Arlington, Fairfax, Stafford, and Spotsylvania counties and the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Fredericksburg.

The VRE expansion study also states that riders travel from western counties like Fauquier and Warren to the Board Run station to catch trains. 

“We see that VRE  riders ar willing to drive,” said Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland. “I don’t know why we would build another VRE station in the D.C. area unless you are building it very far away.” 

The number of local subsidy dollars that localities pay to VRE would increase if the extension is built, said Hoeffner. She assured Supervisors the cost of the expansion would be felt in places like Fairfax County, where riders would benefit from more frequent train service if the line is extended.

Hoefner also briefly discussed the potential economic development benefits of building new VRE stations in Haymarket, Gainesville, and Innovation Park. The population around VRE’s Lorton station increased by 43% between 1990 and 2014, according to VRE’s report. She added stations could support greater tax revenue, minimize sprawl, and conserve open space. 

But county leaders on Tuesday were far more inclined to talk about immediate cost taxpayers to expand the line rather than forecasting transit-oriented growth in western Prince William. 

Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe suggested the county’s planning staff review VRE’s study and come back to the Board with a recommendation on whether or not to move forward with the expansion.

Two of the proposed four stations along the B-line could be built in the county’s Brentsville District. 

“I need to be really convinced that the ridership numbers justify the cost,” said Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson. 

VRE plans to hold another public meeting on December 7 to discuss the final findings of the expansion study. If approved, construction of the line should take about two years, with the line opening for service in 2021.

PRTC turns 30, holds celebration in Woodbridge


WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission is 30 years old. 

The transit agency that operates OmniRide and OmniLink buses in Prince William County, as well as plays a role in Virginia Railway Express, held a celebration on October 8 to mark the occasion, at the PRTC Transit Center in Woodbridge. 

Former Virginia Delegate David Brickley, who sponsored PRTC’s founding legislation, talks about the history of the agency during its 30th anniversary celebration. Joining him (l –r) were Eric Marx, PRTC Interim Executive Director, and PRTC Board Chairman Frank J. Principi.

Former Virginia Delegate David Brickley, who sponsored PRTC’s founding legislation, talks about the history of the agency during its 30th-anniversary celebration. Joining him (l –r) were Eric Marx, PRTC Interim Executive Director, and PRTC Board Chairman Frank J. Principi.

From Interim Executive Director Eric Marx: 

PRTC celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this month by hosting a community celebration with family-friendly entertainment, bus excursions and tours of the Transit Center. We didn’t invite the rainy weather, but it showed up anyway. Yes we got a little wet, but it was dry under the large tent that was temporarily placed in our parking lot.

Those who didn’t let the raindrops discourage them had a fun time watching the talented young folks who performed in our Youth Showcase, laughing with our juggler/entertainer, being amazed by many fabulous balloon art creations, taking silly photos in our photo booth, watching a police K-9 demonstration , climbing in and out of various emergency vehicles , and enjoying delicious treats from multiple food trucks.

The public was amazingly generous, donating so many non-perishables and toiletries that we were able to fill 10 good-sized boxes that will be distributed to area homeless shelters over the next week. What great timing with the holiday season just around the corner!

I want to publicly thank the many groups and individuals who made our day special:

·        The elected officials and dignitaries who kicked off our celebration by recalling our 30 years of history;

·        The youth groups who showed off their skills and kept us entertained;

·        The Prince William County police and fire/rescue departments who brought vehicles so the children could experience them up-close;

·        The county’s Public Works department, which staffed a table educating people about pests and even brought along a snake;

·        The Virginia State Police who brought an explosives-sniffing K-9 for a demonstration;

·        The many members of the public who helped us to celebrate our day; and

·        My wonderful staff who poured their hearts and souls into planning the celebration

Among the dignitaries celebrating PRTC’s 30th anniversary were Virginia Delegate Mark Dudenhefer, Virginia Delegate Richard Anderson, Prince William County Supervisor Ruth Anderson, former Virginia Delegate David Brickley, and former Stafford County Chairman Robert Gibbons.

Among the dignitaries celebrating PRTC’s 30th anniversary were Virginia Delegate Mark Dudenhefer, Virginia Delegate Richard Anderson, Prince William County Supervisor Ruth Anderson, former Virginia Delegate David Brickley, and former Stafford County Chairman Robert Gibbons.

Canoe-in campsites, expanded trails, shoreline restoration proposed at Mason Neck


LORTON, Va. — Virginia parks officials want to hear from residents about the future of Mason Neck Park in Fairfax County. 

Press release: 

A public meeting to discuss the long-range plan for Mason Neck State Park will be Nov. 10, 6 p.m., at the park’s visitor center, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. 

Staff with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will provide an overview of proposed updates to the park’s master plan.

Each state park has a master plan that guides development. Plans are updated every 10 years.

“Master plans outline the desired future condition for a park when it is fully developed,” said DCR Park Planner Bill Conkle. “We welcome public input in the planning process.”  

The draft master plan for Mason Neck State Park proposes canoe-in campsites, picnic shelters, shoreline stabilization, a multipurpose center and an expanded trail system.

The 1,825-acre park is situated on the Potomac River in southern Fairfax County.

Comments about this master plan update will be accepted through Dec. 10. Written comments should be submitted to

More shots fired at in Dale City neighborhood

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DALE CITY, Va. — From Prince William police:

Shooting into a Residential DwellingOn October 16 at 2:06PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 4700 block of Kirkdale Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a destruction of property call. The homeowner reported to police that on October 15, around 10:00PM, a loud noise was heard coming from outside the residence. The following day, the homeowner discovered broken glass in a vacant bedroom and, what appeared to be, a bullet hole in the window. This incident is possibly related to a similar call on Keytone Rd reported around the same time on October 15. Officers located a shell casing in the roadway. No injuries were reported.



Helicopter called to land at University Boulevard in Bristow


BRISTOW, Va. — Emergency crews planned to land a helicopter at the intersection of University Boulevard and Hackney Drive. 

The helicopter was called to fly one victim to a hospital after the victim was found in a nearby house with a self-inflicted gunshot wound about 1:30 p.m. 

Police were called to the intersection to close a portion of University Boulevard and  stop traffic to allow the helicopter to land. 

Explore these ghostly haunts of Prince William County

Rippon Lodge

Prince William County is home to many amazing historical sites, each with their own unique stories. Some of these stories include a ghostly nature, perfect for the Halloween season.

Here are several spooky stories from our sites along with upcoming programs for you to possibly have your own paranormal experience.

Ben Lomond Historic Site ghostly encounters

With a chilling history as a Confederate hospital in the aftermath of the Battle of First Manassas, Ben Lomond Historic Site has a long history of ghostly encounters from unexplainable sounds to unexplained shivers.

But a Halloween experience told by one Prince William County employee is by far the most chilling to have occurred at the site. During a weekend of Halloween programs at the house, the employee stayed overnight sleeping on a cot in one of the rooms upstairs.

A sudden sensation of being dragged by the leg jolted him from his sleep, and when he opened his eyes, he found he was on the floor on the far end of the bed. One might guess that an enterprising spirit mistook the slumbering employee for yet another deceased body from the battle and attempted to pull him to an awaiting grave outside.

Rippon Lodge ”is so sinisterly haunted that no one will occupy it”

At Rippon Lodge Historic Site the beautiful scenic views overlooking the Potomac River belie the creepy past that has followed the site. A 1930’s paper supposedly once reported that the house ”is so sinisterly haunted that no one will occupy it,” and a long-standing rumor has it that Route 1 was altered to avoid passing too close to the house.

In the 1700’s, Mrs. Blackburn angrily struck an unfortunate slave child who then fell against the stone fireplace and died. An inquiry found weeks later proclaimed it an “accident” and many people are convinced they can see a bloody spot where the child’s head struck the stone. Others swear they have seen a little girl running towards the woods where it is supposed she’s buried.

Shot dead at Brentsville Jail

Injustice and tragedy are sown within the fabric of many histories and historic places throughout the county, but nowhere can it be found more evident than at the sight of the Brentsville Jail at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. It is widely considered to be one of the creepiest and most haunted locations in the county.

In 1872, a sensational trial swept Virginia in which James Clark was arrested for allegedly abducting Fannie Fawell, bringing her to Washington on promises of marriage and then leaving her. Before Clark ever received his chance to defend himself in court, Rhoda Fawell, brother of Fannie, shot him dead in his cell.

What started as an abduction trial suddenly became a murder trial in which a jury declared Fawell not guilty to thunderous applause from spectators sitting in the courthouse. If indeed it is the shadow of James Clark that haunts the jail where he was killed, few spirits have been more justified in the aftermath of such unbelievable injustice.

Prince William County Historic Preservation is offering a variety of Halloween programs where you can learn about the incredible, spooky and tragic stories at all of our sites. Check out our upcoming Halloween Programs below or call 703-792-4754 for general questions.

Spirits of Rippon Lodge: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., $10 per person, (not appropriate for young children)

On Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, come and experience a uniquely haunted tour of the historic house and grounds by candlelight, perhaps encounter the departed spirits of notable residents and neighbors and hear their tales of sadness and triumph.

Reservations required; tours on the half hour (7, 7:30, 8, and 8:30) Call 703-499-9812 for reservations

Overnight Stay in Brentsville Jail: 8 p.m. – 8 p.m.; $125 per person, reservations are required

On the night of Friday, October 28, spend the night in the nearly 200-year-old building and learn the stories of the people who were imprisoned there, including James Clark. And keep your eyes open, you never know what you might see in the dark of the jail.

Call 703-365-7895 for reservations.

Hospital Horrors by Night: 7 – 9 p.m.; $10 per person, children under 6 free.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, come experience a unique opportunity to tour the house and grounds in the dark and hear the stories of soldiers, doctors and loved ones who were forever changed during the Civil War. Bring a flashlight.

You never know what spirits you’ll run into. Guided tours every half hour. Not recommended for children under 12. Reservations strongly recommended. Call 703-367-7872 for reservations.

Sponsored content by Prince William County Historic Preservation Division

Traffic, school quality concerns common of those moving to Woodbridge

As Woodbridge continues to grow, planners are focused on easing traffic congestion and bringing new transportation options to the area.

Those considering moving to Woodbridge are families with elementary-school aged children, according to realtor Mark Worrilow, who has sold real estate in the region for nearly 20 years.

“I’m not getting questions about Metro expansion to Woodbridge, or if there is a ferry that can take people to work in D.C.,” said Worrilow.

The Realtor does field questions about what types of shopping are available, what are the quality of the public schools, and questions about how bad is the traffic congestion?

“My customers like to hear about Stonebridge and all of the new stores coming there,” he said.

Worrilow points curious parents to the county school’s website for educational information and test scores. As for traffic: While some people don’t want to make the drive from Woodbridge to Washington, D.C. every day, they quickly learn that they can have more house for the same money than if they moved to Burke in Fairfax County to the north, said Worrilow.

Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi has long labored under the term “New Woodbridge,” and has touted new growth in the area — to include Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center — as well as the widening of traffic-clogged Route 1. He’s also been an outspoken proponent of a Metrorail extension to Woodbridge, and for a water taxi service from Occoquan to Alexandria and Washington.

Principi at 7 p.m. Thursday will hold a public meeting focused on transportation, called “Get Woodbridge Moving.”

From Principi’s website:

Let’s talk traffic! Traffic congestion in this region has been ranked worst in the country, negatively impacting the environment, and costing area families and businesses time, money and productivity. Come hear about the state of our transportation system and the need to link land use with transportation policies. We’ll also explore:

What is the relationship between land use policy decisions and traffic congestion?

Are we ready for Metrorail? Expanded bus and rail service? Bus rapid transit? Fast ferry?

How you can help the county make the right policy and budget choices?

Residents who attend the town hall are asked to weigh in and comment. Representatives from the Prince William County Planning Office, the Potomac, and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, and VDOT are scheduled to attend.

The meeting will be held at Homewood Suites by Hilton, located at 2650 Neabsco Commons Place in Woodbridge.

People are excited to learn about the widening of Route 1, and like the idea of using Virginia Railway Express to get to their place of employment added Worrilow.

Northern Virginia Family Service awarded grant to care for uninsured

Press release:

The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded $40,348 to Northern Virginia Family Service for a medication assistance caseworker (MAC) at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center to help obtain prescription medicines for their sick, uninsured patients.

The grant is a portion of $1.6 million awarded to 37 organizations throughout Virginia as part of VHCF’s RxRelief Virginia (RxRVa) initiative, which was expanded in 2016 with an increase in state funds. It now funds 51 MACs in 80 of Virginia’s 134 localities.


The Virginia Health Care Foundation is a non-profit public/private partnership whose mission is to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. The Foundation was initiated by the General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care in 1992. Since its inception, it has funded 380 community-based projects across the Commonwealth, and its programs and partnerships have touched the lives of more than 600,000 uninsured Virginians. For more information about VHCF and its programs, visit or call (804) 828-5804.

Freedom High School to host All-County Choir


Press release: 

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Hundreds of choral students from middle and high schools across the county are practicing for the upcoming All-County Chorus event on October 28 and 29 in the auditorium of Freedom High School. The event will challenge the singers as they rehearse new music with guest conductors.

The Middle School Men’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 28. Performances will continue on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. with the High School Treble Choir, followed by the Senior Mixed Choir. The Middle School Women’s Choir will perform at 4:30 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public.

The All-County Chorus represents the best of the PWCS choral music programs. At the middle school level, chorus teachers audition their own students and select top vocalists to represent their schools. High school students participate in a Divisionwide audition process just weeks after the school year begins.

This year’s conductors bring a wealth of choral music experience to the performances. Patrick Vaughn, Choral Director for Annandale High School (Fairfax) will conduct the Senior Mixed Choir. Joseph Eveler, Choral Director for Stafford High School (Stafford)  will conduct the Senior Treble Choir, and Mary Ann Casey, retired PWCS Choral Director for Saunders Middle School, will conduct the Middle School Men’s and Women’s choirs. 

Lights on flash after power flickers in Woodbridge

Signal lights are flashing at intersections in Woodbridge following a brief p;ower outage.

Signals at the intersections of Route 1 and Dale Boulevard, Route 1 and Neabsco Mills Road, and Route 1 and American Eagle Boulevard are reported to be flashing.

Police have been notified about the flashing lights. They are working to restore the signal lights to normal operation.

The Eastern District Police Station on Donald Curtis Drive also briefly lost power, according to a police spokesman.

Dominion Virginia Power, which serves the area, reports no current outages in Woodbridge as of 3:45 p.m. 

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