Good morning – The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift Program needs your help- Come share the joy of the season with a child. We provide the child’s name, age and their 2 wishes from Santa. This promises to put you in the spirit! I still have over 1200 children needing toys and warm clothes. Please visit our website at: volunteerprincewilliam.org for more info and fill out a donor form. I can provide all the info on the child right away. You can be shopping tomorrow!
• The Manassas Christmas Parade still needs a few volunteers to help out along the parade route in Old Town Manassas on Saturday December 5th. This is tons of fun. Please email Nora at: email@example.com for more info.
• Contract Solutions is looking for groups of volunteers especially youth groups to assemble bags of needed essentials for individuals staying at the Woodbridge homeless shelter. This is the perfect off-site project! Lunch size bags should be filled with new socks, snacks, candy bars and personal toiletry items. The folks at Contract Solutions deliver these Hope in a Bag every other week from now through March. It’s an on-going project of simple joy to our neighbors. Please call Carole at (703) 686-4846 for more info or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org • SERVE is looking for 3 groups who can make 80 sack lunches for a Nutrition Education Outreach for children on December 5th. The sack lunches need to be assembled and delivered to SERVE on December 4th. Groups provide the food, lunch bags, sandwich bags and napkins. Come be part of the solution of teaching our kids good eating habits. Please email Jan at: jhawkins@nvfs,org for more info.
• NBC 4 is looking for volunteers at their next community shredding event on Saturday December 12th at the Manassas NVCC Campus from 7am-12 noon. Volunteers age 14+ are most welcome. Please register with Claudia at: email@example.com or give her a call at (571) 285-3772 to learn more.
• The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bells at Red Kettles at area Walmart, Giant and Safeway stores between now and Christmas Eve. This program helps people throughout the year. Please call Katie at (703) 618-0511 to learn more.
• Meal on Wheels is looking for a volunteer to coordinate the service to the Gainesville/Haymarket area. Duties include picking up the meals at the Manassas Senior Center and delivering them to the warming station in Gainesville so other volunteers can deliver them to the seniors in the area. There has been a tremendous increase of seniors in the Gainesville area needing nice warm lunchtime meal and this volunteer opportunity sounds like a wonderful solution. Please call Melodee at (703) 792-4583 to learn more.
• The Novant Health Foundation is looking for volunteers to serve on their Gala Committee. Duties include securing donations for the auction at their Annual Gala onFebruary 27, 2016. This is a big event that helps tons of people in our community. Please call Abby at (703) 369-8201 to learn more • Historic Manassas needs volunteers at the Visitor Center during traditional business hours. This is fun place with people from all over the world stopping in to gather historical information on our community. Please call Erin at (703) 361-6599 for more info.
• The VETS Program of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to drive veterans and/or their spouses to their doctors’ appointments. Most of these appointments are local. They do have one client needing a ride from Manassas to Landsdown on December 8th. Please call Coleen at (571) 292-5307 to learn more about these vets and how you can give them the ride they need.
• Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to get the brand new ReStore ready to go as well as the current location. Tasks include getting donations on the floor- especially all the holiday decorations. Please visit their website at: habitatpwc.org for all the specifics and to register for any of these fun events or email Tammy at:firstname.lastname@example.org
• Nominate your volunteers! The 2016 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism & Community Service Awards Program is open for you to nominate your wonderful volunteers. It’s really easy to do right on-line at: vavolunteerismawards.org. The deadline for nominations is December 16, 2015 so you have a little time but don’t forget to do it.
• If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Coleen 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 atwww.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.
The Town of Quantico Police Department has its first new police vehicle in 20 years.
Here’s more in a press release written by Town of Quantico Mayor David Brown:
On 20 Oct 2015 the Town of Quantico received a new police cruiser purchased with grant funding received from the Office of the Attorney General’s Asset Forfeiture Transfer Program.
The new cruiser is a 2016 Ford Explorer outfitted with industry standard law enforcement equipment and is the first new police cruiser purchased by the town since 1995.
The town has been working with the Office of the Attorney General since February 2014 to ensure the town would benefit from the available grant funding.
I would like to thank Chief John Clair for his efforts in identifying this grant opportunity and submitting the grant application which resulted in this new vehicle.
I would also like to thank Mr. Mark Fero from the Office of the Attorney General who assisted the chief throughout the process.
The addition of this new police cruiser is a big win for the Town of Quantico and our police department.
This new police cruiser not only provides a more reliable vehicle for our officers but also improves officer safety and helps to promote a more professional image for the Quantico Police Department.
It also fits into the town’s plans to increase its emergency and disaster preparedness posture by providing new capabilities such as a 9,000 pound winch and an on-board power converter.
On behalf of the town council and the residents of the Town of Quantico, I would like to thank the Office of the Attorney General for approving our grant application.
Receiving this grant will allow the town to keep the majority of its police department funding focused on keeping officers on the streets and keeping Quantico safe.
It is the town’s understanding that the funding for the grant resulted from a Medicaid fraud settlement during Ken Cuccinelli’s term as AG of Virginia.
The vehicle was purchased from Sheehy Auto Sales, Municipal Sales & Service Center of North Chesterfield, VA for $40,333.00.
The town also celebrated another milestone this year. The town’s streets were paved for the first time in 30 years.
Fredericksburg line riders who Virginia Railway Express will see a new train starting Monday.
Virginia’s only commuter railroad added a new morning and afternoon train following the opening of the system’s Spotsylvania station last week. The new morning 304 train leaves Spotsylvania station bound for Washington’s Union Station at 5:23 a.m. The new afternoon 303 train leaves Union Station at 3:10 p.m.
The trains will operate Monday through Friday, like other VRE trains.
Here’s more in a press release:
Starting Monday, November 30, 2015, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is adding a new round trip train to its Fredericksburg Line. Schedule changes will be made to all Fredericksburg and Manassas line trains to accommodate the increase in service.
“Our Fredericksburg Line riders have been requesting more commuter rail service for a long time and we’re pleased to deliver greater flexibility and travel choices in the I-95 corridor. The opening of our new station in Spotsylvania County and near completion of a third railroad track between our Crossroads Yard facility and Mine Road have allowed us to provide the new train,” said Doug Allen, VRE Chief Executive Officer.
The new round trip Fredericksburg Line train provides an additional early morning and afternoon opportunity for travel between Spotsylvania and Washington D.C.’s Union Station. The new
VRE schedules are being implemented in partnership with Amtrak, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.
Manassas Olive Oil wants you to give and taste local this year.
The shop in Historic Downtown Manassas has three unique gift items that are perfect for family, friends, and clients.
“The first unique gift we offer are variety packs. They come with three paired olive oils and balsamic vinegars” said Cameron Thomson, manager at Manassas Olive Oil Company. “These are a great way to introduce people to good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It gives you a nice variety of flavors as well as some of our more popular items.”
Because Manassas Olive Oil Company has so many options to choose from, they’re also a perfect gift for guests who are a little unsure of what to get their loved ones.
Manassas Olive Oil Company offers two variety packs: their Italian Collection and Manassas Collection. Included in the Italian Collection are Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar, Fig Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic Infused Olive Oil, Basil Infused Olive Oil, and Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil.
In the Manassas Collection contains the Thomson family’s favorites and includes Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Cranberry Pear Balsamic Vinegar, Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar, Leccino Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil, and Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil.
Variety packs are also customizable per your personal preference. Each box is also uniquely packaged in a beautiful box, which are durable and hold up great during shipping. Variety packs are available for just $36.95.
Gift baskets at Manassas Olive Oil come in two different sizes. The largest pre-made gift basket comes with four bottles, two spouts, a dipping dish, and a sea salt.
It includes Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil, Garlic Infused Olive Oil, and Fig Balsamic Vinegar. The smaller gift basket comes with two bottles, two pour spouts, and a dipping dish.
”Gift baskets are a great way to introduce people to olive oils balsamic vinegars because they feature our best-selling products, so they are definitely something people will love and use, “said Thomson. .
You can also purchase gift baskets with different themes, such as winter, solid colors, and more colorful ones. These gift baskets are perfect for the holidays but are also a great gift all year round.
If you’re a business owner or a sales agent, gift baskets are great gifts to give to loyal clients.
Cameron said, “Since it’s the time of the year for rewarding clients, right now we have an order for several gift baskets from a company, so it’s proved to be another nice way to say thank you to anyone.”
The large gift baskets retail for $96 and the smaller gift baskets for $56. Manassas Olive Oil Company will customize gift baskets to suit your needs.
Customers can request to have products added, removed, or substituted in order to create something personal. They can even customize the type of basket and bows, And if the customer is wants a basket, but is unsure of what to add, the knowledgeable staff at Manassas Olive Oil will help.
“The third gift option is buying our products off-the-shelf,” said Cameron. “When purchasing, we wrap the bottles in colorful paper, but if our guest would like a different presentation, we carry a variety of one and two bottle gift bags in different themes.”
Manassas Olive Oil receives its bags from a company that specializes in wine packaging, so they are a better fit for the bottles that it carries.
“Olive oil and balsamic vinegar are gourmet products, which make wonderful gifts. Everyone loves to eat, so surprise your host, friends, and family with the gift of taste,” stated Thomson.
Fire and rescue crews were called to a home in Dale City on Tuesday. They said the fire started after a man was working to repair his vehicle.
Here’s more in a press release:
On Tuesday, November 24th, at approximately 12 noon, fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire in a single-family home located in the 13500 block of Princedale Drive in Woodbridge.
Upon arrival, fire and rescue units observed two vehicles in the driveway on fire that had extended to the home.
Firefighters commenced suppression and extinguishment of the fire while checking for further extension into the home; although no further extension was found, a light smoke/haze permeated throughout the home in which firefighters commenced ventilation to clear the smoke.
No injuries reported. Preliminary damages estimated at $29,000.
The origin and cause of the fire was a vehicle in the driveway and has been determined accidental.
Popular Catholic singer-songwriter and speaker, Steve Angrisano, will lead a three-part Advent reflection series at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Triangle, Va., over three consecutive nights: Sunday, December 13; Monday, December 14; and Tuesday, December 15. Start time for all three events is 7 p.m.
The concert/parish mission is open to the public and there is no admission charge. A freewill offering will be taken to help cover expenses. The parish is located at 18825 Fuller Heights Road, Triangle, Va.
“For the past year, we’ve rededicated ourselves to growing in the faith and putting that faith into action,” said Fr. Kevin Downey, O.F.M., pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. “We’ve asked Steve to be with us, because we don’t want this Christmas season to go by as just any other time. Our hope is that this year it’ll be healing, life-changing and a call to action for everyone.”
Each night, Angrisano will combine music with a different reflection. Themes will include “encountering God in your life and evangelization,” “responding to the call and living the faith,” and “missionary discipleship and making a difference.”
An 82-year-old man succumbed to his injuries following crash on Cardinal Drive in Woodbirdge.
Here’s more in a press release:
Fatal Crash Investigation – On November 19th at 6:34PM, officers responded to the area of Cardinal Dr and Swan Way in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a two vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2008 Toyota Prius was attempting a left turn from southbound Cardinal Dr onto Swan Way when the vehicle collided with the driver of a 2010 Jeep Patriot who was traveling northbound on Cardinal Dr. The driver of the Prius, who was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision, was flown to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries on November 24th. The driver of the Jeep was not injured. Speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in this crash.
The driver of the 2008 Toyota Prius was identified as Leon POMEROYJr., 82, of Woodbridge
The driver of the 2010 Jeep Patriot was identified as a 31 year old man of Woodbridge
Eager children and their families looking to experience the joy and magic of the holiday season can do so this month and next at Potomac Mills.
From now through December 24th, children can visit and be photographed with Santa in the Grant Court near TJMaxx and the Children’s Play area. Hours of operations are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“One of the great traditions of holiday shopping at Potomac Mills is our Simon Santa Photo Experience,” said Rocell Viniard, Area Director of Marketing and Business Development at Potomac Mills. “Santa is eager to greet children bringing him their holiday wishes.”
The mall will also be providing two additional wonderful programs this month and next. Children with special needs and their families will an opportunity to enjoy a carefully managed Santa photo experience through the Caring Santa program.
This year, Caring Santa will occur on November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., prior to the mall opening.
Those interested in attending must register in advance at simon.com/caringsanta.
In addition, the popular Pet Photo Night will return on December 13th from 6:30 pm. to 8 p.m. and allow guests to take photos with their pets. Reservations can be secured by visiting simon.com/petphoto. Simon’s theme for this year’s holiday season is “Spread Love”:
Two investigations centering on how police work with federal immigration and customs officials are ongoing in Prince William County.
One is a public probe ordered Saturday by the Board of County Supervisors to learn if county police are talking to federal immigration and customs officials, or ICE when officers come across anyone has criminal, or civil administrative — also called a deportation order — against them.
The second is an internal investigation ordered by Prince William County Police Chief Stephan Hudson, who wants to know why some officers declined to properly notify ICE in about half of the cases involving illegal immigrants with a civil or administrative warrant for their arrest.
A WJLA story labeling Prince William as one of four “sanctuary cities” in the Washington, D.C. region for illegal immigrants prompted a swift reaction from At-large Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart. The Chairman in 2007 made national headlines when he pushed for some of the strictest measures in the nation when leading the Board to pass an ordinance that would require all county police officers to check the legal presence of anyone stopped or arrested.
In an email obtained by Potomac Local, Chief Hudson told county officials that only about half of the cases involving illegal immigrants were handled properly.
“I have some additional info I can share, but am still working to verify some facts with ICE. Basically, our officers appear to have made phone contact with ICE’s screening center in about half the cases when we got these hits. We appear to have failed to notify ICE in the remaining cases… I will conduct a formal internal investigation into this matter to determine how this apparent failure to notify (in at least some of the cases) has occurred, but that will take time.
-Prince William County Police Chief Stephan Hudson
Officers check the ID of anyone stopped by for a suspected offense. Information on that person is returned to them on a computer. And, if the person has a criminal warrant out of their arrest, police place the suspect in handcuffs.
If the suspect has a civil or administrative warrant against them, police do not have the authority to arrest that person, explained Stewart. Officials now want to know how many times Prince William officers have come encountered individuals with such warrants and did not notifiy ICE.
The Prince William County Police Department’s authority to check the legal status of immigrants ended in 2012 when the 287g program — a joint program with the feds that trained officers on how to check the legal status of those arrested went away. Officers at the county jail are still trained in checking the legal status of those arrested, and still do so today.
“We certainly disagree with Channel 7’s labeling of Prince William County as a “sanctuary county.” Law enforcement officials in Prince William County have a well-established history of cooperating with ICE. In all criminal custodial arrests, PWCPD officers inquire into the immigration status of the arrestee and document the response on arrest paperwork.
100% of all arrestees booked into the Prince William/Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center (Jail) are screened through the 287g program, and the Jail notifies ICE of those findings.
Furthermore, In the event our officers find a person to have a criminal “Previously Deported Felon” warrant from ICE, officers arrest that person and follow the same procedure at the jail.”
–Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok
Interacting with those who have administrative warrants is only a “small portion” of the department’s dealings with ICE, but that was the core focus of the WJLA story, added Perok.
The Board of Supervisors was beginning its search for a new police chief at the same time the police department’s 287g authority was coming to an end. Hudson was appointed Chief of Police in February 2013 after Charlie T. Deane, the department’s first Chief of Police retired. It’s possible that someone could have dropped the ball during this changeover period, and at least some directives weren’t followed, said Stewart.
“There’s a lot that we don’t know yet, and we’re going to have to wait for the results of our audit,” added Stewart.
The county tasked private firm RSM with conducting the audit. The results could come before the end of the month.
The E-ZPass Express Lanes on Interstate 95 will be extended in Stafford County, and to Washington, D.C.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today in a press release that the express lanes in Stafford County would be extended two miles past Garrisonville Road. Two lanes will merge into one, and drivers will be able to continue past today’s final exit point at Garrisonville Road.
Drivers in the Express Lanes regularly sit in congestion at the terminus of the lanes in Stafford County. Those who don’t exit at Garrisonville Road will exit the lanes two miles south into the left travel lane of I-95, much like old traffic pattern at Dumfries before the December 2014 opening of the E-ZPass Express Lanes.
A right exit and flyover were built at Garrisonville Road so traffic exiting the Express Lanes could reenter mainline I-95 traffic into the right lane, not the left. Transit officials before the Express Lanes opening blamed heavy bottleneck traffic at Dumfries, in part on the left exiting – entering traffic pattern that existed there at the time.
The left exiting – entering ramp was closed, and a new right exit-enter ramp was built just before Joplin Road at Quantico.
Here are the full details on the governor’s plan for the Stafford terminus:
I-95 Express Lanes Southern Terminus
The project will extend 95 Express Lanes by approximately 2 miles past the point where the current flyover carries southbound traffic to Exit 143/Garrisonville Road in Stafford County. A single reversible lane would be built, eventually splitting into northbound and southbound merge ramps.
Southbound traffic in 95 Express Lanes will be able to continue driving past Exit 143 at Garrisonville Road. Southbound traffic will merge back into the mainline I-95 southbound lanes approximately 1,500 feet beyond the Garrisonville Road on-ramp to I-95 southbound. Traffic will merge into the left lane of I-95. This spacing will balance local and express lanes traffic entering I-95 southbound.
Northbound traffic can enter the 95 Express Lanes sooner. The new northbound entrance will be located approximately 1,000 ft. before the I-95 northbound off-ramp at Exit 143 to Route 1 at Aquia. Northbound traffic will merge into express lanes from the left lane.
Construction is estimated to begin in 2016 and take two years to complete. Work will primarily take place within the median and within the existing right-of-way. No personal or business property should be affected.
The Express Lanes carry drivers north toward Washington, D.C. in the mornings. The Express Lanes currently end at just before Duke Street in Alexandria. Single paying drivers must exit the lanes in the mornings, but vehicles with three one more occupants may continue using the HOV lanes to get to the 14th Street Bridge in Washington. These lanes are the last vestige of the old HOV system that spanned between Dumfries and the Pentagon.
All drivers who use the E-ZPass Express Lanes must have an electronic E-ZPass transponder in their vehicle. Single drivers pay a toll, and vehicles with three or more occupants in the car ride free with the E-ZPass.
Arlington County officials in the latter part of the last decade protested the conversion of HOV lanes to toll lanes by saying the lanes would mean more drivers would moving through the county, and more pollution from cars.
Then Virginia Transportation Secretary and former Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sean Connaughton struck a deal with the county, and private toll road operator Transurban to build the lanes as far north as Turkeycock Run, just before Duke Street in Alexandria.
Here’s the governor’s plan for the northbound extension:
I-395 Express Lanes Extension
The project will extend the 395 Express Lanes for eight miles north to the DC line. The project will convert and expand the existing HOV lanes on I-395 from Turkeycock Run north to the district to dynamically tolled express lanes.
An additional express lane will be built, providing three express lanes in the corridor.
There will be dedicated funding for new and enhanced transit services and carpooling incentives.
The work will be done by Transurban under the existing contract it has with the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Construction is expected to begin in 2017, with the extended lanes opening to traffic in 2019.
Vehicles with three or more people will continue to use the express lanes for free. Solo drivers will have the choice to take general purpose lanes for free or use the express lanes for a variable toll.
The Osprey’s Golf Club at Belmont Bay will close Sunday, November 29.
The closure of the golf club brings and end to 18 years of play on a course located on the mixed-used residential and commercial development of Belmont Bay on the bank of the Occoquan River in Woodbridge.
The Osprey’s Restaurant located in the same clubhouse will remain open for business. It briefly closed in 2013, but later reopened for business.
The golf course will remain an open space, maintained by the developers of Belmont Bay. Residents will be able to walk and bike along the old golf cart paths.
The golf club has been losing money on the golf operation since it opened in 1997. The average round of golf costs about $40 at the public course.
“We’ve been supporting all of these loses over the years with sales of real estate to subsidize to keep the golf course open,” said Preston Miller, with Belmont Bay, LCC.
The club booked 27,000 rounds of golf in one year during its peak. Now less than 20,000 rounds of golf are played at the course annually.
“The revenue is just not there,” said Miller. “The sound business decision would have been to close it down years ago.”
Belmont Bay is located in the northern portion of Woodbridge, behind the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express station. Home sales are up in the neighborhood, in large part because of Belmont Bay’s convenient location to commuter rail and Interstate 95.
“The golf course has always been nice but not a must-have,” said Cindy Jones, who sells homes in Belmont Bay. “The draw of this community is that it is a nice location, it’s a small community, and neighbors can to walk around and get to know each other.”
Miller is a third-generation member of the Caruthers Family — the developers of Belmont Bay. He said the project has not taken off as planned due to the lack of a promised interchange at Routes 1 and 123.
Complete with a flyover, the interchange would connect drivers with Express and Belmont Bay drives, become the main entrance way to the neighborhood. Route 1 is being widened in Woodbridge from Mary’s Way north to the Occoquan River, to include an interchange at Routes 1 and 123.
A flyover ramp from the interchange into the Belmont Bay neighborhood has been designed, but $100 million in funds to build the ramp have yet to be found, said Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi.
A new science center to be operated by George Mason University is under construction on the bank of the Occoquan River at Belmont Bay, and so are eight new town homes — four of which are sold to new homeowners. A new corner market also just opened for business in front of the neighborhood’s marina.
The second of two suspects connected to the November 1 murder of Gilbert Kindard in Dale City turned himself into police.
Here’s more in a police press release:
Murder Investigation *ARREST – On November 22nd, Byron KING turned himself into police without incident at the Gar-Field Station in Woodbridge. This individual was the remaining suspect wanted in connection to the murder of Gilbert KINARD which occurred in the 15200 block of Brazil Cir in Woodbridge on November 1st. The other suspect, LamarLEWIS, was previously located and arrested on November 17th in Georgia by members of the Atlanta U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force.
Arrested on November 22nd:
Byron Alan KING, 30, of the 2700 block of Beechtree Ln in Woodbridge
Charged with murder
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
A teenager lost her life after the car she was riding in collided with another vehicle.
Here’s more in a police press release:
Fatal Crash Investigation – On November 6th at 10:35PM, officers responded to the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Powells Creek Blvd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a two vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis was attempting a left turn against a red turn signal from southbound Jefferson Davis Hwy onto eastbound Powells Creek Blvd when the vehicle collided with the driver of a 2013 Toyota Avalon who was traveling in the northbound lanes. A passenger of the Avalon was transported to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries on November 18th. The driver of the Avalon sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in this crash. The driver of the Grand Marquis was initially charged with reckless driving at the scene. The investigation continues.
The passenger of the 2013 Toyota Avalon was identified as Arlinda WATERS, 66, of Springfieldd
The driver of the 2013 Toyota Avalon was identified as a 65 year old man of Springfield
The driver of the 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis was identified as Jasmine Janelle JOHNSON, 24, of 15084 Cardin Pl in Woodbridge
*This story has been corrected. An earlier version incorrectly identified the victim as a 19-year-old woman.
On October 11, 2015, former Aquinas student, Colby Thomas Smith, passed away tragically in a dirt bike accident.
Colby’s parents formed the charity, Colby’s Ride, in his memory to provide bicycles and helmets for underprivileged youth in our community.
Students and faculty/staff at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School (Aquinas) mourned the loss of former Aquinas student, Colby Thomas Smith, along with his parents, family and friends. When news of Colby’s passing was shared, our Aquinas community came together in prayer and comfort provided by our Catholic faith.
Colby and his family were remembered several times in prayer including the recitation of the Holy Rosary by a gathering of our school community, grief counseling was provided for his classmates, and faculty/staff and students attended his funeral at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.
Inspired by their son and his love of bike sports, Colby parents, Keri Farley and Zach Smith, created a charity bearing his name, Colby’s Ride. The charity will provide bicycles and helmets to underprivileged children in this area. Our students and parents were eager to support Colby’s Ride, so Aquinas Admissions Director, Ms. Cardinale, suggested a Penny Competition to raise funds for this worthy cause.
A penny competition is traditionally held between the boys and girls at Aquinas, with the intent of providing an accessible way for our students to participate by contributing their own pocket money. Large water bottles are marked separately as “boys” and “girls” for this competition.
Each team places pennies in their own bottle to count positively towards a final total, and students can place silver coins and paper bills in the opposing team’s bottle to count negatively against that team. This year, the girls won bragging rights in winning the Penny Competition but helping the less fortunate in our neighborhood is an important act of mercy for all of our students.
Our Penny Competition raised a total of $1,198.37 for Colby’s Ride in just four days.
“Our school community was deeply affected by Colby’s death and he was fondly remembered by all. It was an important part of the healing process for our students to be able to participate in this fundraiser to honor Colby’s memory and to extend our love and support to his parents,” said Sister Kateri Rose Masters, O.P., Principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School.
St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School will present the Penny Competition funds to Colby’s mother for Colby’s Ride, on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 2 p.m., in the school Hall. Students in our fifth grade classes who were his classmates (until this year when he transferred to a public school) will participate in this event.
Fifth grade student, Kayley Benway, made posters to help raise support for Colby’s Ride. She and another fifth grade student received a Colby’s Ride t-shirt from Ms. Farley. We are pleased to support Colby’s Ride with the student-driven fundraising initiative of the Penny Competition.
Prayer, acts of mercy and community service are intrinsic to student life at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School.
Come for the Manassas Christmas parade, stay for lunch and learn why historic Santa wears red, white, and blue
On Saturday, December 5, Manassas will host its annual Christmas Parade in Downtown.
Why not make a day of it and come have lunch with Santa Claus at the Old Manassas Courthouse located at 9248 Lee Avenue in Manassas, at the corner of Lee and Grant avenues. He’ll be once again dusting off that old patriotic suit of red, white, and blue for his visit.
The suit, which resembles our nation’s flag was created by famed German Born cartoonist Thomas Nast and first appeared in Harper’s Weekly on January 3, 1863 and was used as a recruiting piece for the northern war effort during the Civil War.
Santa was illustrated giving Christmas gifts to soldiers outside Fredericksburg, and was meant to soften the blow suffered by the Federal Army under General Ambrose Burnside earlier in December of 1862.
The menu will consist of oven roasted turkey, honey baked ham, home-style mashed potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, freshly cut bacon herbed green beans, fresh cranberry sauce, giant cookies, and freshly baked pumpkin pie.
Beverages will include spiced apple cider, freshly brewed coffee, and hot chocolate. After lunch, bring your camera for a picture with Santa and an opportunity to discuss your Christmas list with him.
Then make an authentic 19th Century Christmas decoration to take home. Participants are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
The cost is $20 per person ages 11 and up, and $10 for children 10 and younger. Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Upstairs Ball Room.
Elevator access is available to those who need it. For more information or to make a reservation please contact the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division at (703) 792-4754.
The Town of Occoquan is decked out for Christmas.
Shops in town have window displays set for Santa and his elves, and for shoppers looking to find something special in one of the many unique shops in the tiny town.
In December, the carolers will participate in the first “WinterFest” event. Singers belting out Christmas carols will walk the town streets on December 12 as part of the festival which takes place in the town, at Tacketts Mill Shopping Center, and at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.
A Prince William County Public Schools employee at Freedom High School in Woodbridge now faces charges of indecent liberties with a child.
He’re more in a press release:
Indecent Liberties by Custodian – On November 18th, detectives from the Special Victims Unit responded to investigate a sexual assault which was reported to have occurred at an unknown location in Dumfries (22026). The investigation revealed that the accused had an inappropriate relationship with the victim, a 16 year old male juvenile of Woodbridge, since October of 2015.
Detectives further learned that the accused initially sent inappropriate messages to the victim. The victim is a student of Freedom High School and the accused is an employee of the Prince William County School system. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested later that evening without incident.
Arrested on November 18th:
Debra Elizabeth CRAWFORD, 26, of 5691 Rowser Dr in Woodbridge
Charged with indecent liberties and use of a communications device to facilitate certain offenses
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
Police provided the photo attached to this post. No arrests yet in the robbery.
More as we have it.
Police surrounded a Sunoco gas station on Gideon Drive outside Potomac Mills mall this afternoon.
An armed robber went into the gas station and demanded cash. The 911 caller reported the male suspect fled toward a nearby HH Gregg electronics store.
Police swarmed the area and are searching for a suspect described to be black, wearing all black, with glasses, and a silver handgun, according to initial reports.
We’ll bring you more as we have it.
European Wax Center opened in June at Bull Run Plaza in Manassas.
Ron Whidby, the franchise owner of the location, said European Wax Center in Manassas offers its guests a unique experience that stands out from the competition, and they strive to make guests look and feel beautiful.
“We provide an upbeat, friendly atmosphere. Our guests enjoy a personalized experience from the time they enter our doors. Our guest service coordinators greet you as soon as you arrive. We offer a private room with your licensed professional, whom we call Wax Specialists or Skin Care Specialists,” said Whidby.
European Wax Center in Manassas uses its own exclusive wax, called Comfort Wax that is shipped from Paris. The wax is applied at a lukewarm temperature, and there are no strips needed to remove the wax because it is a hard wax, meaning the wax hardens and is removed without strips, quickly and effortlessly. It’s ideal for sensitive skin and is unlike the traditional soft wax, which can cause irritations to the skin. Other places may use a hard wax like European Wax Center, but Whidby says that it’s not the same.
“A lot of the Wax Specialists can’t believe how well our wax works compared to other hard waxes they’ve used in the past,” said Whidby. The high-quality of the wax and materials used at European Wax Center is enough for guests to make return visits. Men and women, from a variety of ages, often visit the center.
“For women, the number one service is the bikini wax,” Whidby said. “Men typically get a back or shoulder wax.”
Unlike other spas, European Wax Center in Manassas only provides waxing services. “Our Wax Specialists focus on waxing all day long so they master the techniques needed to complete a service effectively and efficiently. We are the experts in waxing, because that is all that we do. Most services are scheduled for 15 minutes, which allows many guests to come in for their waxing on a lunch break. They are in and out before their breaks are over,” said Whidby.
What else keeps guests coming back? It’s the luxury feel and setting of European Wax Center.
“When they walk past the glass door and into their wax suite, it’s a setting unlike anything else,” said Whidby. Guests are greeted by their Wax Specialist who will guide them back to their wax suite. Along the way guests see beautiful brick archways as soon as they enter the hallway.
“It’s eye-catching and that’s when we get that ‘wow,'” said Whidby.
All of the Wax Specialists who work with European Wax Center in Manassas are state licensed and have graduated from esthetic or cosmetology schools. They are also required to complete an in-house training that ensures each Wax Specialist is providing the same level of excellent service to guests.
“We do more than just wax or remove unwanted hair; we reveal the natural, beautiful skin that remains. We educate our guests on proper skin care before and after their waxing,” said Whidby.
The Wax Specialists educate guests about how to hydrate their skin to prevent drying, and which products from European Wax Center’s exclusive product line they can able use so they can have better results as they continue to wax.
As part of the overall service, Wax Specialists educate guests on their exclusive four-step process, which prepares the skin before and after service, to make the waxing experience as comfortable as possible.
European Wax Center believes in the services provided, that a free service is offered to all new guests. “As long as you are a Virginia resident, we give a complimentary wax to first-time guests of European Wax Center,” said Whidby.
“We want our guests to try the products and services we have to offer. Women can get a complimentary eyebrow, underarm, or bikini line wax, or can upgrade to a Brazilian bikini wax for half-off the regular price. Men can get a free eyebrow, ear, or nose wax for their first visit.”
Packages are also offered to discount the price of services.
“For some services we have our unlimited wax pass where you can come in as often as you’d like for one year for that service,” said Whidby. These passes are only available for the eyebrow, underarm, and bikini waxes.
The pre-paid wax pass allows guests to buy nine of the same service, and get three free where guests can save up to twenty-five percent off of their services. These passes are available for all of the services offered and the visits never expire, so guests have the flexibility to use their visits according to their own schedule.
“So for our regular guests that know they’re coming frequently, there are ways for them to save instead of paying full price every time,” said Whidby.
Police arrested two suspect believed to have been involved in the shooting death of a man shot and killed inside his Woodbridge home on November 11.
Murder Investigation *ARRESTS – On November 14th, detectives from the Homicide Unit arrested a suspect, identified as Bernard WINESTOCK, in connection to the murder of Zachary METER which occurred in the 14400 block of Village Dr in Woodbridge on November 11th. This suspect was driving a vehicle allegedly used in the incident. The vehicle was located in Fort Washington, MD and was stopped by Prince George’s County Police leading to his arrest.
On November 17th, detectives learned of a second suspect involved in the incident, identified as Diamonte MARBURY. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of this suspect who was subsequently located and arrested in Maryland on November 18th by Prince George’s County Police. Both men remain in custody in Maryland pending extradition back to Virginia. Detectives have determined that this incident stemmed from a narcotics transaction and are continuing the investigation to identify additional suspects involved.
Arrested on November 18th: [No Photo Available]
Diamonte Cordell MARBURY, 21, of 2504 Corning Ave, apt. #4 in Fort Washington, MD
Charged with murder
Court Date: Pending | Status: Pending Extradition
Arrested on November 14th: [No Photo Available]
Bernard Joseph WINESTOCK, 21, of 2504 Corning Ave, apt. #4 in Fort Washington, MD
Charged with murder principle in the 2nd degree
Court Date: Pending | Status: Pending Extradition
- City of Manassas
- Phone: 703-257-8200
- Website: http://www.manassascity.org/
Shop for olive oil, home décor, fashion, pottery, fair trade goods, jewelry, books, antiques and collectibles, musical instruments, quilting supplies, and spiritual items
When it comes to holiday shopping, you can choose between two completely different experiences next week.
On Black Friday, you can rise before the sun and get ready to fight frenzied crowds. You can endure long lines as you frantically attempt to snag limited-time, mega deals on big-ticket items.
Or, on Small Business Saturday, you can instead enjoy a leisurely day browsing independently owned businesses, discovering unique gifts and specialty items, enjoying attentive customer service, and sitting down for a relaxing meal with friends and family.
There are many independently owned shops across the City of Manassas where fantastic, one-of-a-kind gifts are waiting for you on Saturday, November. 28.
In Historic Downtown Manassas, retailers will open early at 9 a.m. to welcome shoppers through their doors. You can park once and stroll for hours while finding something for everyone. To get an idea of the wide range of retailers in the downtown, take a look at VisitManassas.org’s merchant directory.
Explore specialty boutiques that offer premium food from wine to olive oil, home décor, fashion, pottery, fair trade goods, jewelry, books, antiques and collectibles, musical instruments, quilting supplies, and spiritual items. Leave the stress of the season behind! In between your purchases, pick up a warm beverage, take a spin around the ice-skating rink at the Harris Pavilion, and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the independently owned restaurants.
If you have history buffs on your list, there is no better place to visit than Echoes, the Manassas Museum shop. It features a wide array of merchandise that celebrates local history and culture. From children’s toys to Civil War collectibles to souvenirs – you will find many distinctive presents here that are not available elsewhere.
For shoppers pressed for time, a drive along Liberia Avenue to The Shops at Signal Hill, the Fairview Shopping Center, and the Davis Ford Crossing Shopping Center will offer you the convenience of running errands, buying groceries, and shopping “small.”
Discoveries here will delight the people on your list who hard to shop for. You can find gifts for antique seekers, archers, coin and military memorabilia collectors, art enthusiasts, cyclists, foodies, and cigar connoisseurs. And, you can save time by not cooking and stopping into one of the ethnic eateries or your other local favorites here.
If you are cruising down Centreville Road, don’t miss stopping into one of the antique shops that could very well have that rare piece you have been looking for. There are also several niche boutiques that can satisfy very specific wish lists – like bowling supplies, dancewear, signature pieces of jewelry, and vinyl records.
The desire to “buy local” has been growing in popularity over the years. American Express, the force behind Small Business Saturday, estimates that shoppers spent a total of $14.3 billion at independent businesses in 2014. This spending significantly impacts a community. Studies have shown that for every $100 that is spent at an independently owned business, approximately $45 is re-spent in the local community. This is often because those business owners live locally and recirculate their earnings back into their hometowns, conduct business with other local establishments, make charitable donations, and put local employees on their payrolls.
On the flip side, for every $100 spent at a national chain business, only approximately $14 goes back to the local community.
For shoppers who love spending time at independent businesses, shifting a portion of their holiday dollars will make a difference in supporting their community and their favorite merchants. Show your love for your favorite shops and choose Small Business Saturday next week!