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Virginia, Dominion Providing Respite for Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly habitats going up at rest stop, commuter lots 

 

Monarch butterflies migrating to warmer climates and those staying around here will soon be able to take comfort at a highway.

The Virginia Department of Transportation and Dominion Power will team up and will place 1,376 pollinator-friendly plants at four stops in Northern Virginia, including a car rest area on Interstate 95 in Dale City. The plants will provide nectar and shelter for the butterflies that, this time of year, are making their way to warmer regions of California and Mexico.

Here’s more in a VDOT press release:

At each of the four locations, volunteers will dig 900 square-foot beds and plant about 350 plants. Dominion is providing the funding and a cadre of volunteers; Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is providing the technical expertise, and VDOT is providing the land along with volunteers to plant the way stations.

These butterfly refuge plant beds built by the volunteers will be called “way stations.” Volunteers will dig 900 square-foot flower beds and place 350 plants at each of the four locations. Other locations where butterfly refuges will be placed include a commuter lot near Dulles Airport and a lot off Dulles Greenway in Loudoun County, and at a commuter lot off Stringfellow Road in Fairfax County.

Only Monarch butterflies born in the late summer are prone to migration. The insects are born to fly.

Dominion Power said the Monarch Butterfly population in our area has reached its lowest point in 20 years

Winter Shelter Open November to March 2015

The Prince William County Winter Shelter, operated by the Department of Social Services, will open Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The shelter is located at 14730 Potomac Mills Road, in Woodbridge and operates overnight 7 days a week from 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. until March 31, 2015.

The shelter serves single individuals only and operates on a first-come first-served basis. Single women may be referred to an overflow program. The intake capacity of the Winter Shelter is 48 clients. The program provides shelter, meals, beds, showers, and referrals to supportive services.

 

During daytime hours Monday – Saturday at the Winter Shelter facility, the Department of Social Services partners with the Cooperative Council of Ministries to provide a “Drop -In Center” for homeless individuals. Services available include mental health referrals, case management services, life skills & career training, peer counseling, wellness information, health care referrals and employment assistance.

 

For more information about the Winter Shelter or Drop-In Center programs please call: 703-897-0199.

AMC Potomac Mills First to Show Mormon Movie

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Documentary film meant to educate community about the faith

 

Meet the Mormons.

On Oct. 10, a documentary film of the same name produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) opened nationwide – including AMC Theaters in Woodbridge.

The movie shares the stories of six devote Latter-day Saints: the coach, the fighter, the humanitarian, the candy bomber and the missionary mom. Each of these stories challenges stereotypes about the Mormon faith while also examining how compassion changes oneself and others.

The LDS Woodbridge congregation worked hard to bring “Meet the Mormons” to our area as the movie was originally scheduled to only open in Fredericksburg and Arlington.

AMC at Potomac Mills generously responded by agreeing to open the show one day early, with showings starting on Thursday, Oct., 9.

“I felt the first showing was fairly historic; it was actually the first public showing of the film in the entire nation,” said Ian Houston, at the Oct 9 showing of the movie.

A steady turn out kept “Meet the Mormons” at the Potomac Mills AMC through Thursday, October 23rd. Though the LDS church sees the movie as an opportunity to tell their story to a national and international audience, the movie is not a meant to be a money-making venture for them. Instead, all net proceeds from the film will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Clark Price, the President of the Woodbridge Virginia Stake, who directs 9 local LDS congregations, explains, the church’s motivation for making the film, “the film clearly shows the great and rich diversity of membership in the church. There are hundreds of languages and cultures in our church membership.” President Price finished, ““We (have) invited all to attend with an open heart and mind to learn more about who Mormons really are.”

“I was surprised in general. That religion is not what I thought it was. It seems to have not only family but it seems to have love,” said Delzoria Hawkins, of Dale City, who was invited to see the movie by her LDS neighbor said,

“It dispels a lot of false assumptions people make about our church.” His wife, Angie Harrison added “the constant you see in the people (in the film) is they are at peace,” said Clark Harrison.

AMC at Potomac Mills sold over 1,200 tickets during the two weeks the movie played in Woodbridge. To date, Meet the Mormons has earned almost $5 million dollars nationally.

After covering distribution costs, the LDS church will donate the remaining net proceeds to further the charitable mission of the American Red Cross. The film is expected to be later released on Netflix.

Editor’s note: This story was written by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Woodbridge, Virginia.

New Medical Director Stafford Hospital’s Woodbridge Wound Healing Center

Dr. Peter VanDerMeid Medical Director at Stafford Hospital's Woodbridge Wound Healing Center

Dr. Peter VanDerMeid Medical Director at Stafford Hospital’s Woodbridge Wound Healing Center

The Woodbridge Wound Healing Center for Stafford Hospital, which offers state-of-the-art treatment practices and protocols to reintroduce the body’s innate ability to heal, has appointed Peter VanDerMeid as medical director.

Dr. VanDerMeid will be responsible for reviewing patient care and results, evaluating new clinical products and providing oversight and guidance on policies and procedures. A member of the Healogics™ network, the Woodbridge Wound Healing Center of Stafford Hospital employs a rigorous scientific approach to explore, test, find and develop the clinically proven methods and technologies that help people heal faster and more completely than before.

A Stafford resident, Dr. VanDerMeid most recently served as Medical Director in Somerset, PA at Somerset Hosptial’s Wound Care Center.

Dr. VanDerMeid holds a Medical Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He then did his family practice residency for the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir. He has practiced at two family medical care facilities in Virginia and is a Certified Wound Specialist.

The Woodbridge Wound Healing Center of Stafford Hospital is located at 14010 Smoketown Rd., Suite 103, Woodbridge, VA 22192. The center offers leading-edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics.

Chronic wounds affect more than 8 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.

 

Score for Commuters: Tysons Bus Spared

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Tysons bus fares to rise Dec. 1; changes planned for Mark Center bus

 

A commuter bus from Prince William County to Tysons Corner survived the chopping block

But riders will soon pay more to use the five-year-old Tysons Express bus service. And the service on the newly planned bus from Prince William to Alexandria’s Mark Center, home to a massive federal building, won’t be as robust as originally planned.

The bus to Tysons Corner carries riders from the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express station and commuter lot at Route 123 and Interstate 95 to Tysons via relatively new 495 Express toll lanes.

The bus service was fully funded by Virginia’s transportation department while the lanes were being built as a way to get more cars off the road during construction. With the I-495 lanes being open for nearly two years and construction complete, funding for the bus was going to be cut completely.

But the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation stepped in to keep the wheels turning.

“The decision is sure to please the dozens of Tysons Express passengers who attended a September public hearing and sent comments to PRTC urging the agency to find a way to retain a route that many describe as indispensable to their daily commute,” said Christine Rodrigo, a spokeswoman for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, the agency that operates the Tysons Express bus.

Riders currently pay “promotional” fares of $3.60 for a one-way trip on Tysons Express, or $2.90 if riders use a SmarTrip card. Starting Dec. 1, fares will increase to $7.70 if paid with cash or $5.75 with a SmarTrip card.

PRTC also plans to begin operating a new commuter bus service from Prince William to the Mark Center in Alexandria in 2016. Original plans for the new service had the bus traveling to neighborhoods in the county and commuter lots to pick up passengers.

Now, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will shift funds from the Mark Center bus to the Tysons bus to help cover the ongoing cost for the bus.

Rodrigo said PRTC had previously made plans to modify the routing of the new Mark Center bus from picking up riders at commuter lots and not in neighborhoods.

“We looked at our ridership information and saw that few people would board the bus in the neighborhood locations, and having the bus make that run would only add to our operating cost and add to the time the bus would be on the road,” said Rodrigo.

The Tysons bus uses HOV lanes on I-95 to get to the 495 Express Lanes. The HOV lanes are also being converted into toll lanes — a process that is expected to be completed by December.

The 95 Express Lanes open, all vehicles will need an EZ-Pass or EZ-Pass Flex to use the lanes. Vehicles with three or more occupants will not be charged a toll but vehicles with under three occupants may use the lanes for a fee.

The 95 Express Lanes will carry motorists from Garrisonville Road (Route 610) in North Stafford to Edsall Road in Alexandria, just before the Mark Center.

Dumfries Explores Online Tax Payments

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Official Payments website would allow residents to pay for car decals

 

Residents of Dumfries must place a decal on their car windshield to prove the paid their annual personal property tax.

Now town leaders are looking at using the online Official Payments portal used by various other government agencies to collect the $24 fee for the decal.

Should members of the Town Council choose to use the Official Payments website, residents would pay a total of $25.50 to purchase their town decal. The web payment service collects $1.50 per transaction – money kept by Official Payments for the use of their services.

Currently, the town’s treasurer each year uses a list containing the names and addresses of town residents who have not paid for their decals. A letter reminding residents that decal fees are due is then mailed to those who have not already purchased.

“[residents] do send their money in with that letter and the town treasurer sends their decal out to the residents,” said Theresa Young, Dumfries IT manager.

Young researched area counties such as Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, and found they also residents to use the Official Payments website to collect tax payments. But these larger jurisdictions also collect payments for services like water bills, real estate taxes, and parking citations. Young said similar options may not work in the town as residents send payment for many of those items directly to Prince William County.

Town Mayor Gerald Foreman says residents would be better served if they could go online to fill out tax forms for payment. He also called for working together with Prince William County tax officials and to use the same database to see who has and has not paid their personal property taxes.

“We need to partner with prince William County, now we don’t have to chase vehicles,” said Foreman.

Greek Orgs Tackle Education in Prince William

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Slower growth would give schools time to catch up, panel says

 

This past weekend, the Virginia Leadership Institute hosted a forum at the Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge campus to examine the state of education policy in Prince William County.

The October 18 forum, “Divinely Standing For Scholarship: The State of Education Policy In Prince William,” panel included vocational and community leaders in education who represent the nine historically Black Greek Letter Organizations.

The panelists focused on school overcrowding, the recent drop in full accreditation for some county schools, the achievement gap among ethnic communities, minority parent involvement, and testing measurements. The members of the Prince William County chapter of the Virginia Leadership Institute planned, coordinated and hosted the Forum.

Among the many solutions discussed, the panel supported a slower County development strategy that allowed the school system to catch up with population growth, a more robust initiative to hire teachers that reflect the cultural diversity of the student body, a plan to build greater awareness about available local scholarships, and a better method to inform parents of expected academic standards for incoming kindergarten students.

The panel also stressed the need to use creative methods to engage parents who might work long hours or several jobs throughout the week, such as phone conference-calls and weekend meetings.

“Today’s forum provided a great dialogue on the state of education policy in Prince William County,” said Virginia Leadership Institute founder and CEO Krysta Jones. “The nine represented fraternity and sorority organizations are doing great work in the community; this forum further demonstrated their commitment to work together, with local government, to improve an already solid education system.”

“Prince William County is a great place to live and raise children, however, there are some challenges that our school system faces,” said forum moderator and Member of the Virginia State Board of Social Services D.J. Jordan. “Rapid growth and development has put a tremendous strain on our schools, and overcrowded classrooms are making it difficult for our teachers to try to improve achievement gaps.”

Jordan continued, “Because of our reputation as one of the top ten wealthiest counties in America, it is easy to forget about the family challenges of the 37 percent of our students who are economically disadvantaged. Education provides a pathway out of poverty, so we must make sure that every child has an opportunity for a quality education here in Prince William County.”

The nine historically Black fraternity and sorority organizations are often referred to as “The Divine Nine”.

On the panel, NVCC Manassas campus Dean of Students Mark Kidd represented Phi Beta Sigma; local teacher and Army veteran Steve Blakely represented Omega Psi Phi; federal government worker and Kappa Alpha Psi

Fraternity Guide Right Mentoring Program Vice Chairman Robe’rt Palmer represented Kappa Alpha Psi; local teacher and owner of The Educated Babysitter, LLC in Alexandria Tracy Smith Houston represented Sigma Gamma Rho; local special education teacher Brenda Bowden represented Zeta Phi Beta; consultant and author Melvin Brown II represented Alpha Phi Alpha; Occoquan School Board Member Lillie Jessie represented Delta Sigma Theta; NVCC Woodbridge campus professor Cedric Howard represented Iota Phi Theta; and local elementary school principal Marlene Coleman represented Alpha Kappa Alpha.

In addition to School Board Member Jessie, Woodbridge School Board Member Loree Williams and Gainesville School Board Member Alyson Satterwhite were in attendance.

The Virginia Leadership Institute (VLI) aims to empower the African-American community to engage local and state government through training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. To learn more about VLI, visit virginialead.org

Karen Radley Acura, County Strike Deal

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Portion of Karen Radley Acura dealership needed to widen Route 1

Officials have nearly wrapped up financial negotiations with an auto dealer as work to widen Route 1 in Woodbridge.

The highway is being widened from four to six lanes from Dale Boulevard to Featherstone Road. The road carries motorists through a neighborhood historically known for strip malls and auto dealers.

A deal has been struck between the county and Karen Radley Acura dealership at 14700 Jefferson Davis Highway, but no specific details of the agreement have been released yet.

“We have verbally agreed to a price for the easements and damages but until we have a signed deal, I do not think it’s appropriate or fair to either party to share to share the terms of the deal,” Blaser told Potomac Local.

Officials previously offered $120,619 for a portion of land on which the Radley at the dealership. Details of the deal could be made public soon he added.

Karen Radley Acura did not return a request for comment for this story.

A public hearing on taking the Radley property was held on Oct. 7, but the action on acquiring the property was deferred when Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi requested two more weeks to work out a deal.

County leaders on also on Tuesday voted to exercise “quick take” powers over another nearby property at 14524 Jefferson Davis Highway needed to accommodate the wider Route 1. Documents state the county offered $66,831 for a portion of land currently occupied by a trailer park and two restaurants. Now that money will be paid to the land owner after a settlement could not be reached.

As of Tuesday, there was $1.5 million in the right of way acquisition budget for the Route 1 widening project. The effort to improve the roadway has also prompted the county to take portions of several other properties in the area. Officials say property negotiations need to be finalized so the overall project to widen the road can move ahead on time and on budget.

When complete, Route 1 will be a six-lane road between Cardinal Drive and Featherstone Road. The highway has already been widened to six lanes in Triangle, from Brady’s Hill Road to Joplin Road. There are also plans in the works to widen Route 1 in Woodbridge from Mary’s Way to the Occoquan River.

Officer Injured in Near Fatal Car Crash

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - On October 21, a man, identified as the driver, was arrested for driving under the influence and for making contact with a police officer who was directing traffic after a fatal car crash. The officer was hospitalized for his injuries and then released. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Driving under the Influence | Injured Officer – On October 21st at 9:51PM, a Prince William County police officer was directing traffic in the area of Horner Rd and Occoquan Rd in Woodbridge (22191) related to the fatal crash on Jefferson Davis Hwy. As the officer was controlling the intersection, a driver of a vehicle, identified as the accused, proceeded through the intersection and clipped the officer. The accused remained at the scene and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. Following the investigation, the accused was subsequently arrested. The officer was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released.

Arrested on October 21st:

Jose Osmin LIZAMA, 45, of 8160 Gilroy Rd in Lorton

Charged with driving under the influence and unreasonable refusal

Court date: November 24, 2014 | Bond: unavailable

Police: Drunken Man Tries to Bite Hand

GAINESVILLE, Va. - On October 19, police say an intoxicated man was arrested after he refused to leave a 911 caller’s home as well as resisting arrest and trying to bite an officer’s hand. According to the report, there were no injuries after the incident.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:  

Attempted Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On October 19th at 10:50AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12800 block of Thornton Dr in Catharpin (20143) to investigate a disorderly call. The caller reported to police that the accused, a known acquaintance, was intoxicated and refusing to leave the residence. Officers arrived and made contacted with the accused outside of the home. The accused was placed under arrested and refused to cooperate with police. At one point, the accused attempted to bite one of the officers on the hand. No contact was made and no injuries were reported. The accused was eventually detained without further incident.

Arrested on October 19th: [No photo available]

Brian Edward LISI, 38, of 4389 Canterbury Ln in Gainesville

Charged with attempted assault & battery on a LEOresisting arrest and intoxication in public

Court date: December 2, 2014 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

No Charges in Deadly Pedestrian Crash

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - On October 21, officers investigated a fatal car crash involving a female pedestrian. The driver of a 2003 Toyota Highlander was traveling south on Jefferson Davis Highway when a pedestrian got hit while crossing the street. The pedestrian was identified and taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries. The driver stayed at the crash scene and was not charged due to numerous identified factors. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police; 

Crash – Fatality – On October 21st at 6:58PM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the 13400 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a crash involving a pedestrian. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2003 Toyota Highlander was traveling southbound on Jefferson Davis Hwy in the area above. At the same time, a pedestrian, identified as an adult woman, was crossing the street and was subsequently struck by the vehicle. The driver remained at the scene and was unharmed. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where she died as a result of her injuries. Investigators determined that at the time of the crash, the pedestrian was not in a designated crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing. Weather may have also made it difficult to see the pedestrian as she attempted to cross the road. The driver of the vehicle was not charged. No other contributing factors were determined.

Identified:

The pedestrian was identified as Amelu G. FELIX, 51, of Woodbridge

 

The driver of the 2003 Toyota Highlander was identified as a 61 year old woman of Springfield

Growing American National University Campus to Offer Cyber Security, Business Degrees

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Students at American National University Northern Virginia Center in Manassas, Virginia.

School took early root in Virginia, expanded to 5 states

 

American National University’s Northern Virginia Center opened its doors in Manassas in February, and it is the university’s 31st and newest campus.

Doug Earhart, a retired Army Officer, has been working in higher education since his retirement. In 2009, Earhart was the Director of Financial Aid and eventually became a Dean at a large university before becoming the Director of the Northern Virginia Center of ANU. Earhart has seen the Manassas location grow from a few employees into a “viable campus,” complete with courses, faculty, and educational resources.

American National University has a long-standing tradition of higher education excellence in the Commonwealth dating back to 1886 when it began as a local business school in Roanoke, Virginia. It expanded quickly into a national business school and developed multiple campuses within the state, including in the cities of Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, and Lynchburg. Eventually, it expanded into West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee.  Since its expansion, American National University has added on various academic and medical programs including its highly acclaimed Medical Assistant Associates (MAA) Degree. 

ANU’s MAA program is one of the few in the region fully accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The Manassas center offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at its English Language Institute, including preparation for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In addition, the Northern Virginia Center offers the MAA program as well as Pharmacy Technician and Medical Coding and Billing diplomas.  Next year the campus will expand its academic programs to include bachelor degrees in Cybersecurity and Business Administration.

The Northern Virginia Center has developed valuable educational programs that caters to both international and local students. Earhart said that many students have come from embassies to learn English at the Northern Virginia Center and upon completion, they can have a “seamless” transition into an academic program.

The Northern Virginia Center’s medical assistant program began on Sep. 15. One student, Earhart said, was a single mom, working at a fast food restaurant when she chose to attend ANU. The student had to make a “hard decision” to go, but now with medical assistant coursework under her belt she will graduate and go on to find a job and a limitless futures said Earhart.

“Another student had faced significant life challenges but after enrolling in that same program, she now has plenty of options and can essentially start over.  The people who are ‘perfect’ for ANU are those who may be “lost…[or] unemployed” and have General Education Development (GEDs) that are not allowing them to reach their full potential. On average, the students at the center are in their late 20s and 30s, with some exceptions,” said Earhart.

Earhart believes American National University stands apart from other colleges and universities in the area by their CAAHEP  accredited programs, by offering internships and by placing students into careers. Unlike at many other colleges and universities, at the center, career placement is not only a “nice thing to do” it is something that Earhart regards as both his and the university’s “responsibility” to find students good jobs that “directly correlate” with their degrees.  The university’s success is ultimately measured by this factor.

Lastly, Earhart explained that there is much more focus on career training than on socializing the students. Career training is the main goal of the school and so far, that and ANU’s crucial formula has resulted in great “success” for the Northern Virginia Center.  Finally, Earhart added “students do have fun while learning” and urged anyone looking for more information to check out ANU on Facebook or at an.edu.

5 Tips to Remain Injury Free While Raking Leaves

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The time of year is upon us where the leaves start changing to beautiful shades of orange, red, yellow, etc…, which of course is followed by their inevitable fall to the ground.

like-us-facebook-Transparent-300x143For many of us, this annual occurrence adds an item to our Fall “to do” list. Some, with a tree or two in their yard, may find this task quite simple. However, others may feel like they live in a forest by the time the piles of leaves have been raked, bagged and dragged to the curb. Keep the following in mind when you head out to clean up the yard this fall.

Pace Yourself – The good news is that raking your yard can be a good form of exercise. However, if you’re not accustomed to regular exercise, it is important not to overdo it. Inflexible muscles & overuse of those muscles may have you laid out rather than upright this fall. Complete one quadrant of your yard at a time, make it an activity you can do with your children or partner with a neighbor to get both yards done.

Posture is Important – Do not hunch over while you rake – this will put unneeded stress on your low back. Stand up straight and use small strokes. Furthermore, use your legs when you need to turn from side to side to avoid repeated twisting at the waist. Finally, try switching from side to side as you rake – this may feel a bit awkward at first – but chances are your body will thank you as this will help balance the muscles your body is using while you work.

Have the Right Tools – Use a rake that is the proper height for your size. This will help avoid unnecessary reaching and twisting. Wear gloves to avoid blisters. Dress in layers so you can adjust to the temperature. Remember the exercise part of raking leaves? You may work up a sweat. Finally, make sure your shoes have some tread & can grip the ground. Leaves can be slippery – especially wet ones.

Lift with Your Legs – This is good advice any time of year when lifting – of course it is one we often forget – so it bears repeating. Don’t overfill your bags – especially if they are wet. If it’s an option try not to rake after a rainy day. When moving those bags to the curb, lift by bending your knees, avoid bending at your back. Hold the bag close to your body and turn/twist by moving your feet – not your waist.

Cheat – Why not hire the industrious neighborhood boy or girl that wants to make a few bucks to rake your leaves? Maybe invest in a leaf blower – just be sure to be neighborly and not blow all your leaves into the next yard. We would hate to add “black eye” to the list of leaf removing injuries.

Hopefully, these tips and reminders will help you avoid becoming one of the 38,000 people who suffered an injury in 2012, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This should leave you free to enjoy your Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Kabobs, Pumpkin Spice Creole, Pumpkin Spice Gumbo, Deep Fried Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Spice Soup, Pumpkin Spice Stew, Pumpkin Spice Salad, Pumpkin Spice and Potatoes, Pumpkin Spice Burger, Pumpkin Spice Sandwich, Pumpkin Spice Shrimp….I think that’s about it.

Have a wonderful fall everyone.

Editor’s note: This post was provided by Advantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, LLC, with clinics located in Manassas and Gainesville, working with those who desire to restore and improve motion and achieve a long-term quality of life.

Child Pornography Tip Leads Officers to Bristow Home

BRISTOW, Va. On October 8, officers and members of the Special Victims Unit and Internet Crimes against Children Task Force arrested the residents of a Bristow home after following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Police say that a Tumblr account contained sexual content of underage boys and when officers identified and located the owner of that account and the home, they found and removed several pieces of evidence of child pornography. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Child Pornography Investigation – On August 8th, detectives from the Special Victims Unit and members of the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force began an investigation into child pornography after a tip was received through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip provided detectives with information about nude and sexual images of underage boys being uploaded to a specific account via the social media site called “Tumblr”. The investigation into the owner of that account led investigators to a residence located at 13580 Dodsworth Dr in Bristow (20136). Detectives subsequently obtained and executed a search warrant at the home. As a result of the search, multiple electronic and storage devices which contained illicit images were located and seized. The identity of the victims in the images is unknown; however, detectives were able to determine that the children were minors. Following the investigation, the adult residents of the home were arrested.

Arrested on October 8th:

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Billy Scott MCGHEE, 47, of 13580 Dodsworth Dr in Bristow

Charged with 9 counts of possession of child pornography and 1 count of distribution of child pornography

Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Arrested on October 13th: [No photo available]

Aaron N. LANDERS, 36, of 13580 Dodsworth Dr in Bristow

Charged with 5 counts of possession of child pornography

Court date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Man Exposes Himself to Four Children in Woodbridge

DALE CITY, Va. - On October 16, police say a man exposed himself to four children between the ages of 6 and 10 years old as they were walking home. Investigation is on-going. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Indecent Exposure – On October 17th at 10:16AM, police responded to the 4500 block of Knoll Dr in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an indecent exposure incident which was reported to have occurred on October 16th at 4:00PM. The investigation revealed that four children, between 6 and 10 years of age, were walking home in the above area when they were approached by an unknown man. During the encounter the man lowered his pants and exposed himself to the children prior to departing from the area on foot. No injuries were reported. A man similar in description to this incident was also reportedly seen jogging in the same area last week. No exposure or contact was reported in that incident. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

White male, between 30 & 40 years of age, 5’11”, 200lbs with a heavy build, light complexion, receding brown hair and a beard

Last seen wearing a black sweat suit

Maryland Woman Assaulted in Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - On October 15, a man was arrested for trying to assault a woman, and at one point he grabbed a knife and held it to her neck. Police say that the man initially prevented her from contacting police until she was able to get away from him.

Here’s the latest from Prince William police: 

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On October 15th at 3:04AM, officers responded to the Roadway Inn located at 13964 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate an assault. The victim, an adult woman of Maryland, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim and, at one point, retrieved a knife and held it to the victim’s neck. The victim was able to separate from the accused and contact police. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on October 15th:

Everent Vonzell WALKER, 52, of 100 Richmond Rd in Front Royal

Charged with attempted malicious wounding

Court date: December 4, 2014 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Man Attempts to Sexually Assault Woman, 37, in Lake Ridge

 LAKE RIDGE, Va. - On October 15, police arrested a man for forcing a 37-year-old woman into a bedroom and attempting to sexually assault her. According to the report, the two were arguing before the incident and minor injuries were caused. 

Here’s the latest from Prince William police:

Attempted Rape | Abduction – On October 15th at 6:27PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 12100 block of Greatbridge Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate an attempted sexual assault. The victim, a 37 year old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused forced the victim into a bedroom where he attempted to sexually assault her. At one point, the victim tried to callpolice but the accused took the phone from her and left the room. The victim was eventually able to contact police. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on October 15th:

Evert Emmanuel VENTURA-MEJIA, 25, of the 12100 block of Greatbridge Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with attempted rape and abduction

Court date: December 23, 2014 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

 

Potomac Mills Mall Offers Halloween Fun

Community invited to take part in “mall-o-ween”

Potomac Mills is offeringWashington, D.C.-area ghouls and boys two fun-filled opportunities to celebrate Halloween this season! The Simon Kidgits Clubwill presents its annual Halloween Extravaganza event on Thursday Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Court near Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. Then, on Friday, October 31, the community is invited to take part in Mall-o-ween, a family friendly trick-or-treating alternative.

“Potomac Mills is the perfect place for families looking for Halloween entertainment in a fun, safe community environment,” said Sam Hosn, general manager for Potomac Mills. Whether kids want to show-off their new costume or take home some Halloween-themed crafts, there is an activity, here, to suit superheroes, princesses and not-so-scary monsters. Mall-o-ween is one of our most popular Simon Kidgits Club programs.”

This year, the Simon Kidgits Club will recognize October as Bully Prevention Month in association with ‘Malls & Retailers Unite Against Bullying’ and Captain McFinn, a proprietary role model, who promotes social and emotional development in children through live virtual playdates, online games, apps and resources for parents and teachers. Families will be encouraged to download

The Bully Free Zone, a free app released by Captain McFinn, filled with fun, educational activities, a new McFinn cartoon and a chance for families to win a free iPad Air.

Families who download the app can sign the Bully Free pledge and help spread the word about bully prevention. With the Kindness Calendar app feature, children and parents can spread the good word via prompts to complete acts of kindness. Once an act is completed, it is tracked in the Kindness feed. The more kind acts that are accomplished, the more badges children and their parents receive.

Potomac Mills will have several activities for children to enjoy including a Halloween craft station, free treats from Starbucks, Ben and Jerry’s and Moe’s Southwest Grill and a special performance by Louis the Magician. Kidgits members will also receive Halloween glow necklaces.

In addition, Potomac Mills will host Mall-o-ween, a mall-wide trick-or-treating event on Friday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For added fun, guests will also have their choice of face painting or balloon art*. Participating retailers will have a Halloween sticker in their window.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.

Simon Kidgits Club members receive a variety of goodies, including a Simon Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday card and gift, discounts and scheduled activities. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit simon.com/kidgits or contact Potomac Mills at (703) 496-9330 or www.potomacmills.com.

*Activities are available to non-Kidgits Club members for a $5 fee which includes a Kidgits Club membership, valid for one year. Kidgits Club members will receive face painting or balloon art for free.

Body of Shooting Suspect Found

Body identified as shooting suspect

 

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Police say the body of a man found this morning outside a Prince William County elementary school fits is that of Edward Hale, Jr., 35, of Glen Burnie, Md.

He was wanted in connection to the shooing death of 31-year-old Jessica Leigh Wilson, who was shot and killed outside of her home in Bristow over the weekend.

This morning, police cordoned off the area around T. Clay Woods Elementary School in Nokesville just after 11 a.m. when they found the body near baseball fields. Prior to the sighting of the body, police found what appeared to be the suspect’s car in a parking lot. The car was unoccupied, so police placed the school on lockdown and then called in a police helicopter from Fairfax County to search for the suspect.

Police have not identified the body found this morning, and posted on the department’s Facebook page that an investigation is ongoing.

Police were searching for 35-year-old Edward Hale, Jr., of Glen Burnie, Md. Police said he shot and killed 31-year-old Jessica Lee Wilson outside of her Bristow home Saturday night following an argument. After killing Wilson, the suspect fled the area, according to police.

Homicide investigators following the shooting quickly learned that the two knew each other the shooting was a result of a domestic dispute. Detectives then put out a warrant for Hale’s arrest.

This is the fourth murder in Prince William County this year. Wilson’s murder It comes after a 21-year-old Glenda Marisol Coca-Romero was shot and killed inside a Woodbridge grocery store in February. Last year, there were six murders in Prince William County, followed by two the year prior, according to police crime statistics.

Witnesses: Truck Hit Utility Pole, Sped Away

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Power lines fell about lunch time

 

A portion of Horner Road was closed today in Woodbridge this afternoon.

Power lines fell on a portion of the four-lane road near Rawls Street about 12:15 p.m.

Witnesses said a black pick up struck a utility pole causing it to buckle and the power lines to fall onto the street. The heavily damaged truck then sped away, said two witnesses on the scene.

A police cruiser and fire truck was dispatched to the scene to close traffic. Drivers were diverted off of Horner Road and onto side streets where they could access Occoquan Road to get around the downed lines.

The Prince William Service Authority was also called to the scene after a fire hydrant was also damaged in the collision.

No injuries were reported.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Shores Club at Potomac Shores Coming 2016

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Potomac Shores breaks ground on new social center

 

A ground-breaking ceremony was recently held for The Shores Club, a multi-building, 13,000 square-foot recreational and social center to be located within the Potomac Shores master-planned community in Prince William County, Va.  A private club for community residents, the Club is planned to open in 2016.

Members of master developer SunCal’s development team and representatives of NVR Inc., the community’s homebuilder, joined for the ground-breaking moment at the Club’s future site.

Situated on the banks of the Potomac River in Prince William County, Potomac Shores is a 1,920-acre master-planned community being developed by SunCal, one of the largest real estate development companies in the U.S. that specializes in large-scale, mixed-use master-planned communities. 

The Shores Club will feature a Social Barn with a spacious multi-purpose room; a covered outdoor dining patio; a well-appointed living room/lounge; a professional boardroom for meetings; and a demonstration kitchen for culinary events.  The Rec Barn will offer a state-of-the-art gym with cardio equipment and weights; a movement studio and yoga garden; and member lockers, showers and changing rooms.

Residents visiting the Club will also find a family pool area with sundeck, cabanas, kids’ pool and spa; a poolside snack bar with restrooms; an eight-lane Junior Olympic competition pool with amphitheater-style viewing areas; and community gardens with a working greenhouse/ potting shed.

“We’re very excited to be moving earth in preparation for The Shores Club,” said Eddie Byrne, Vice President of Project Management for Potomac Shores.  “We already have new residents living here at Potomac Shores, and I know that they and future residents will be thrilled by the variety of recreational features and social opportunities they will find in their new Club.”

In Phase 1 of the community, 371 single-family homes will be built by NVR, Inc. under the NV and Ryan Homes brand names.  To date, in just over a year, more than 154 homes have been sold to homebuyers.  Potomac Shores represents a ground-floor opportunity for people looking to live in a high-end, upscale development.   NVR is offering beautifully designed homes inspired by the region’s Tidewater architectural style with entry-level homes starting in the $450,000s.

Potomac Shores covers 1,920 acres and features nearly two miles of shoreline, 1,000 acres of preserved hardwood forests and streams, traditional Virginia Tidewater architectural designs and a new Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The transit-oriented development will offer a mixed-use town center, a new VRE commuter rail station, a planned marina and waterfront village, a resort hotel, and a corporate campus.  It will also feature the private recreation center, two public schools, multiple sports fields, 10 miles of trails and over 3,800 residences. For more information, visit www.potomacshores.com.

SunCal acquires, entitles and develops major residential properties and commercial developments.  The company creates distinctive master-planned and mixed-use communities that emphasize quality of life, environmental sensitivity and recreational opportunities.  SunCal is one of the largest real estate development companies in the U.S. that specializes in large-scale, mixed-use master-planned communities, and has offices in Irvine, Calif.; Northern California; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas; Denver; Austin, Texas; Savannah, Ga.; and Melbourne, Fla.  For more information, visit www.suncal.com

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