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Boarded up and tiles missing: What’s up with this old McDonalds?


“Are we going to lose the retro McDonald’s to the new McDonald’s design?” asked Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi at an Oct. 2, 2012, meeting.

“Retro? It’s like your going to miss it,” said Prince William County Board of Supervisors Corey Stewart, At-large.

“It’s a classic design,” replied Principi.

“Good riddance,” said Stewart.

It was a lighter moment in a meeting that had dragged on for more than six hours. It was captured on video and is now archived on the Prince William County website. Keep Reading…

Marine Museum hangs WWII plane recovered from Lake Michigan


A World War II plane pulled from the depths Lake Michigan now hangs in the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Riggers today hoisted the SBD-3 Dauntless into place above the Leatherneck Gallery — the atrium visitors to the famous museum see upon entering the building. There, it will hang with other aircraft that were integral to the missions of U.S. Marines throughout history.

The Dauntless was used by the U.S. Navy starting on Aug. 24, 1942. Several Marine Corps squadrons used the plane in the U.S.

The aircraft transferred from the Marine Corps to the U.S. Navy Carrier Qualification Training Unit in Glenview, Ill. in 1943. It was lost in a training accident that same year when the plane crashed and sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan. Keep Reading…

Competitive Edge caters to Woodbridge athletes


They looked at places from Tysons Corner to Fredericksburg and didn’t quite find what they were looking for.

Monte Evans and Magnus Ellerts were looking for a place that would be able to train the entire athlete, from teaching agility and speed, to weight lifting, to developing skills on the field. That’s what Competitive Edge is all about — a new 18,000 square feet indoor sports training facility off Featherstone Road in Woodbridge.

It is the life dream of Evans, who founded a track club in Dale City six years ago. He’s been renting park facilities in Prince William County to hold meets and special events, but he always wanted a place of his own.

“Everybody’s is trying to use the county track or the fields, so we got bounced around a lot,” said Evans, “Sometimes, there just weren’t any fields available to use.” Keep Reading…

Lunchtime training leaves Chipotle fans in cold


Here’s something you don’t see too often. The photo above was taken at Noon today, and it shows a nearly empty parking lot outside a Chipotle restaurant in Woodbridge.

The burrito maker locked its doors for lunchtime on Monday so it could review new food safety policies with staff.

Some of the food Chipotle uses will now be shipped to restaurants form central kitchens, instead of being shipped to, and prepared at individual restaurants.

The company states it’s only going to marinate chicken and steak late at night, and will blanch its produce like jalapenos, limes, onions, and avocados for up to five seconds to remove any germs on the skin of the produce. Keep Reading…

Gas explosion rips through Woodbridge home


A house exploded in Woodbridge Sunday afternoon after a gas leak, according to fire and rescue officials.

OWL Volunteer Fire Department crews were called to the 14000 block of Franklin Street and West Longview Drive at 3:03 p.m. for a report of a gas leak that appeared to be outside of the house.

Crews arrived and found the smell of gas inside the home, and upgraded the call to an “inside gas leak.” High levels of gas were found inside the house, according to OWL Volunteer Fire Department spokeswoman Rebecca Barnes.

As firefighters exited the home, an explosion erupted creating a fireball that ripped through the basement. Windows inside the home were blown out, Barnes added.

Afterward, a fire in the utility room was extinguished. No one was injured, and area homes were checked for gas levels, said Barnes.

Crews from Washington Gas were called to the investigate, said Barnes. A Fire Marshal from the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department was also called to the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.

Blizzard brings delays for report cards, college transcripts

(Photo: Prince William County Public Schools)

As students mourn the loss of their beloved snow days, some stop to ask themselves; What does this mean for the remainder of the school year?

Prince William County  Public Schools are allotted 12 snow days this school year. After the #sNOVAlanche storm that blanketed the region with up to to two feet of snow January 22 and 23 , Prince William County Public School students and teachers have about 5 snow days left.

As of now, Prince William public schools students will not have to make up the missed time, according to school officials. Keep Reading…

Freshman Senator McPike passes bill allowing food trucks to sell in commuter lots


Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Prince William County) had a major breakthrough in the legislature this week. On Tuesday, he passed Senate Bill 515—the first bill passed by the freshman senator.

“I am happy to see such strong support from my colleagues and the food truck industry,” said McPike regarding the bill. “These are very active venues and I just wanted to help provide commuters with options to and from work.”

SB 515 granted food truck vendors the ability to sell food in commuter lots in Planning District 8—encompassing most of the Northern Virginia region. However, the bill required the vendors to apply for a permit and to pay business fees to the Virginia Department of Transportation, (VDOT). VDOT, in turn, will use the collected fees to pay for security cameras and to increase security personnel in these lots. Keep Reading…

Triangle teen is troop’s youngest Eagle Scout

Griffith Bullard Eagle Court of Honor, 16 Jan 2015[1]

Boy Scout Troop 74 honored Griffith Bullard with the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest level of achievement in the Boy Scout program.

At 14, he is the youngest Eagle Scout to be honored by the troop.

Griffith, of Triangle, started Cub Scouts at age seven while in first grade. As a fifth grader, he moved into Boy Scouts.

As a scout, he has spent over 20 nights camping and has over 100 hours of community service under his belt. Keep Reading…

Dumfries will cleanup Quantico Creek

This post was submitted and paid for by the Town of Dumfries to inform residents about community events. 

The Town of Dumfries has planned to participate in two events this April focused on fostering environmental awareness and sustainability.

Please join us as we strive to improve water quality and promote storm water management practices through our Quantico Creek Cleanup and the Keep Prince William Beautiful Festival.

28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

On April 16, the Town will participate in the 28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Through this annual cleanup, participants from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC gather at various sites to cleanup portions of the Potomac River Watershed.

Last year, almost 24,000 volunteers joined together to support the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. The Town eagerly awaits the opportunity to once again participate in this event by engaging residents to cleanup Quantico Creek, a tributary to the Potomac. Volunteers will meet at the Simpson Community Center located at 17755 Main St. Dumfries, VA 22026 at 8:30 am on the day of the event.

Keep Prince William Beautiful Festival

Join the Town on April 23 at the 2016 Keep Prince William Beautiful Festival. This festival is sponsored by a local environmental non-profit, Keep Prince William Beautiful, in partnership with the Potomac Nationals. Admission to the event is free and will feature community businesses and vendors, educational showcases on recycling, litter awareness, beautification and water preservation, music from local artists, food trucks and more!

The Town will have a booth displaying brochures about storm water management initiatives and actions residents can take to help improve local water quality. The festival will be held at G Richard Pfitzner Stadium located at 7 County Complex Ct. Woodbridge, VA 22192 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, please visit our website at or contact the MS4 Coordinator, Shaina Schaffer, at

Updated: 1 displaced after Woodbridge fire




Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue sent out a press release with updated details on this mornig’s fire in Woodbridge: 

The fire was reported by a neighbor who smelled smoke upon their return home.

Through further investigation, they discovered fire in a vacant unit and immediately called 911.

Red Cross was called to assist a neighbor, 1 adult, temporarily displaced due to sustained smoke damage.

Building Inspector was on scene and has posted the primary unit unsafe.

The origin of the fire was a second floor utility room; the cause electrical and has been determined accidental.

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Five people were displaced overnight after a vacant townhouse caught fire.

Volunteer fire crews were called to the 2900 block of Williamsburg Court, just off Route 1 in Woodbridge shortly after two a.m. today. A fire that started on the first floor of the house quickly spread through the second floor and then into the attic, according to fire crews called to the scene.



A water heater collapsed on the first floor, and flames burned through the second floor of the house while fire crews were inside, we’re told.

Smoke damage was reported at several homes adjacent to the townhome that caught fire. The roofs of several homes were cut open to help ventilate the smoke, according to our source.

No one was injured. Five adults and two dogs are now in the care of the American Red Cross.

A fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the blaze. 

Woman charged with malicious wounding in Woodbridge


A 48-year-old man was stabbed in the upper body after an argument in Woodbridge.

According to police, the victim was transported to a local hospital for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Here is more in press release:

Malicious Wounding – On February 1 at 12:32AM, officers responded to the 14700 block of Potomac Mills Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a stabbing. The victim, a 48 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused stabbed the victim in the upper body. The parties were eventually separated and police were contacted. The accused was located and detained without incident by responded officers. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on February 1: Deborah Elaine OWENS, 40, of No Fixed Address

Charged with malicious wounding

Court Date: March 9, 2016 | Status: Held WITHOUT Bond

Dumfries events: Black History celebration, Easter Egg Hunt

little union elem chorus
This post was submitted and paid for by the Town of Dumfries to inform residents about community events. 

On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, the Town of Dumfries will be hosting our Annual Black History Month Celebration at the Little Union Baptist Church located at 17150 Mine Road in Dumfries.

This ceremony will feature guest speaker Reverend Michael Sessoms, from Little Union Baptist Church as well as Ms. Phyllis Aggrey, Executive Director of the Prince William County Human Rights Commission. Ceremonies will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will feature performances by the Little Union Baptists Men’s Choir and the Dumfries Elementary Chorus.

A reception will follow immediately after the service at Little Union Baptist Church. Keep Reading…

D.C.’s Matchbox opens at Potomac Mills


Matchbox in the process of a national expansion.

The Washington, D.C.-based Matchbox American Kitchen + Spirit plans to open at least six new restaurants per year, with eyed locations in Richmond, Colorado, and Florida. The eatery got its start on H Street, near Verizon Center in D.C. and later expanded to Maryland and Northern Virginia.

It’s the newest location at Potomac Mills mall opened Thursday. The setting of this two-level restaurant is cold-weather cozy, with two fireplaces inside and three fire pits on an outside patio.

Reclaimed wood was used to make the walls, and steel and brick round out the industrial feel of the restaurant. The second floor is complete with tables that overlook the bar, and two “floating” booths that offer a cozy space for group dining. Keep Reading…

Panel to discuss Prince William’s pie made with your dough



The event is postponed due to expected inclement weather. Here’s a statement from event organizers. 

Given the risk of inclement weather on Monday, Our Prince William and Smart Chicks on Politics and Entertainmen thave decided to err on the side of caution and postpone the “Baking the Pie with Your Dough” Townhall scheduled for Monday, February 8th.  Given the enthusiastic response of potential audience-goers, we look forward to announcing a replacement date shortly.

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Prince William County officials are doing what they always do at this time of the year: prepare a budget for the coming year.

The new budget for fiscal 2017 starts July 1. The Board of Supervisors must approve it by April.

Last year, Prince William County approved a $2 billion budget to fund local government operations, and to help fund local education.

Over the next two months, the Board of Supervisors will decide what put into the budget and what to leave out. Keep Reading…

Mark Center commuter bus begins operation


New commuter bus service from eastern Prince William County to Mark Center begins today.

Commuter buses will take riders from neighborhoods in Dale City and Lake Ridge to Mark Center, the federal employment hub in Alexandria that is the home to the Department of Defense’s Washington Headquarters Services, and other Department of Defense agencies.

Four trips in the morning and afternoon will be offered to commuters on the both the Dale City and Lake Ridge routes. Keep Reading…

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