The Southbridge Swim Team defended their 2014 Prince William Swim League Purple Division championship title with a win on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Urbanna Swim Club in Manassas. The Southbridge Seals captured their third divisional title in four years against tough competition from the Lake Manassas Blue Dolphins and the Urbanna Otters. The final score was Southbridge 3691.5, Lake Manassas 3397, and Urbanna 2711.5.
Michael Skaines, speaking for the Southbridge Swim Team board shared, “We are incredibly proud of all our swimmers, parents and loved ones who pitched in to make the 2015 season such a huge success.”
The 80 Southbridge swimmers in the water on Saturday recorded 34 “Top 25 County Times” for the league across all age groups and swim strokes. Additionally, 12 of Southbridge’s relay teams scored Top 25 times.
Greg Giovinazzo, in his second year as head coach stated, “Even though Southbridge is a small team, we have incredible swimmers who inspire and encourage each other to strive for both personal and team goals while maintaining a healthy competitive spirit, camaraderie, and above all else, good sportsmanship.”
The Seals are the official swim team of Southbridge on the Potomac located in Southbridge, Va., and includes swimmers from the Southbridge, Potomac Shores and other surrounding communities in southeastern Prince William County.
The Potomac Landfill wants to make a deal.
The 101-acre construction and debris landfill in Dumfries will soon be the largest landfill of its kind after the upcoming closure of a similar landfill in Lorton.
The growing pile of debris now stands at 220 feet. An order from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality states the landfill is too tall, and that it needs to be reduced to be a maximum of 195 feet tall.
Potomac Landfill President Philip C. Peet proposed a new deal with the Town of Dumfries that would allow him to continue piling up debris on the site, up to 250 feet tall over the next 20 years, when the landfill is expected to close.
In exchange for the increased height, Potomac Landfill will offer to pay Dumfries up to $3 million over 20 years. It will be the only construction and debris landfill in Virginia to pay a host fee.
The fees, about $2 per metric ton when the program is fully implemented in 2019, is expected to net $150,000 per year for the town. It would be paid based off the materials that end up in the landfill. Potomac Landfill sifts through and separates as much wood, concrete, dirt, metals, and cardboard from truckloads hauled into the landfill. It sells the materials to firms that will recycle it.
Peet said the landfill once had a conveyor belt and a team of people that sifted through the materials by hand. The job is now done with three front-end loaders and a handful of people.
A series of public meetings about the landfill’s proposal were held on July 27 and Aug. 4. This proposal differs from a 2012 plan that fell flat when landfill officials offered to close the landfill 15 years early and use only 39 of its total 58 acres of land, in exchange for being allowed to pile debris as tall as 310 feet.
“At that point, it just becomes too tall, and all you have is a peak, and you can’t do much with the land after that,” said Peet.
Reclaiming the land for future uses was as much a topic of discussion as how much the town stands to benefit from the deal financially. When the landfill closes, the land at the entrance to the landfill could be developed into retail shops, or a pay-to-play sports and recreation center, said Peet.
Baseball diamonds, tennis courts, or soccer fields could be built in a park on top of the mound. The landfill must be monitored for 10 years after it closes, but that would not delay construction of the park, Peet said.
Peet also said new muti-family homes, most likely apartments, could then be built on land now owned by the landfill, along Main and Duke streets in Dumfries.
Peet said he hoped the Town Council would approve his plan this fall. If it does, Potomac Landfill will begin paying Dumfries 50 cents per metric ton of debris buried at the landfill. Once plans are finalized with the DEQ, the town will get $1.50 per metric ton, and will be paid $2 per ton once all practices in place by 2019, said Peet.
Potomac Landfill also agrees remove a stipulation from a 1987 court order that would allow them to build a used tire recycling facility the company maintains it is allowed to build. Town Councilman Charles Brewer disagreed, and said the ability for the landfill to construct a used tire processing center was taken off the books many years ago.
If the plan is a approved, a new berm will be constructed to hold the additional debris to be piled into the landfill. The berm would change the elevation, which would be easily noticed by drivers on Interstate 95 and Route 234.
Residents at the meeting had few reservations about the landfill’s proposed plan. They did raise concerns sulfur odors that emanate from the landfill after heavy rains, dust, and truck noise.
Peet said he’s hired a street cleaning service to clean the entrance and exit of the landfill to reduce dust, and said only 2o odor complaints were investigated between December 2013 and June 2015. In 2011, Virginia officials investigated the landfill due to sulfur odors.
Two individuals have been charged, following an attack on a 14-year old female.
According to Prince William police, officers were called to an apartment on Worchester Drive in Woodbridge, after receiving a call about potential child abuse.
The victim – a 14-year old female – told officers that she got into a verbal fight with 25-year Woodbridge woman De’Mari Brannam, which escalated, stated Prince William police.
Prince William police stated that during the altercation, Brannam assaulted the victim and struck her body with an electrical cord. An acquaintance of Brannam’s – 26-year old Woodbridge man Laren McMillian – also struck the victim with the electrical cord in her face, according to Prince William police.
The victim had lacerations and welts on her body following the the incident, stated Prince William police.
McMillian and Brannam have been charged with felony child abuse and cruelty & injuries to children, said Prince William police.
There was an Ebola scare in Woodbridge on Friday.
The Woodbridge Professional Building on Route 1 and Delaware Drive was quarantined for a brief time Friday morning.
A sick patient at one of the doctors offices raised a red flag when it when was learned he had just visited West Africa.
Here’s more in a statement from Lori Andrew-Spear, spokeswoman for the Virginia Health Department:
On Friday, July 31, an individual who was in West Africa within the past 21 days and is part of the Virginia Department of Health’s arriving passenger monitoring program developed symptoms of illness. Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was transported to a Northern Virginia hospital for assessment.
Part of that assessment involved testing for a variety of potential causes of illness including Ebola. Testing for Ebola was negative.
An alternate diagnosis was confirmed and the individual is receiving appropriate treatment and care.
Active, post-arrival monitoring was implemented on October 27, 2014, to allow public health authorities to add another layer of protection against the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease in the United States. More information about Virginia’s active monitoring can be found here.
The all-clear was eventually given to all inside the building. A tipster to Potomac Local described a scene of confusion while the office building remained under quarantine:
They initially told everyone that it was a possible contagious medical situation, but would not provide any details, even when they were asked. The police officers on the scene told people to ask the fire department. Fireman said to ask the public health department but said they were not available for comment. In the end, hundreds of people were involuntarily detained for hours with no explanation.
It was business as usual today at the Woodbridge Professional Building.
Rescue units were dispatched to a reported injury at the end of Bertram Street in Lake Ridge, down a hill by the “river” at 12:27 p.m.
EMS units arrived on the scene to find an injured patient approximately 120 feet down a steep hill next to the Occoquan Reservoir.
Due to the steepness of the hill, OWL VFD technical rescue units carrying rope rescue gear were requested and dispatched. A rope system was quickly set up in order to safely lower rescuers and equipment to the injured patient. Understanding the dangers of hauling the patient back up the hill, the technical rescue team requested an OWL VFD rescue boat to respond to their location on the reservoir. The rescue boat arrived as the patient was being prepared for transport.
The original patient and a second patient, injured while attempting to help the first patient, were both transported via rescue boat back to the Lake Ridge Marina and subsequently transported to Sentara Hospital by a medic unit.
Fire and Rescue units from OWL, Dale City and the Department of Fire and Rescue worked cohesively to make this technical rescue safe and orderly.
A Woodbridge man has been charged, following the robbery of a pizza delivery man.
Police were initially called for the incident on the evening of April 15.
According to Prince William police, the victim – a 52-year old Woodbridge man – told police he was delivering a pizza when he was approached by two individuals.
One the individuals displayed a gun, and took money and pizzas from the victim before fleeing on foot. The victim was not injured, according to Prince William police.
Following an investigation, Prince William police have charged 20-year old Woodbridge man Bryan Petteway with robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Prince William police stated that they were still working on identifying the second individual.
The individual is described as a black male, between 18 and 25, 5’6’ to 5’8” with a medium build and black hair, stated Prince William police.
A missing jet skier was found with the help of his cell phone.
The man was reported missing Saturday night, and fire and rescue crews from Fairfax and Prince William counties and Charles County, Md. were dispatched to look for him.
The jet skier was spotted about 7 p.m. headed south on the Occoquan River. Searchers were scouring the Potomac River, as the missing man was said to be anywhere from Alexandria to Dumfries, said OWL VFD spokeswoman Rebecca Barnes.
OWL VFD dispatched one of their boats to assist in the search about 9:30 p.m. to help other boats from the U.S. Coast Guard and Maryland Natural Resources division who were already on the case. That’s when they decided to ping the man’s cell phone to try and find him.
“At approximately 9:50 p.m. a request was made to perform a “ping” of the persons cell phone. This process can take 30 or more minutes to complete the required paperwork and approval process before the information is returned,” stated Barnes in a press release “Within 10 minutes of the data being returned and relayed, OWL Fireboat 502 spotted the missing jet ski in the vicinity of the “ping”. A few seconds later, Fairfax Police helicopter spotted the missing person in the water a short distance away.”
Crews returned the jet skier to a marina unharmed. Barnes did not know what led to the man’s disappearance.
Manassas Civil War Weekend is August 21-23
There was much more to the Civil War than bloody battles, endless strategizing, and the stands of famous generals.
This year, in addition to featuring portrayals of well-known generals and studies of tactics, the fourth annual Manassas Civil War Weekend will also bring to life the experiences of women on both the home front and in the conflict.
The weekend’s free events, from August 21-23, promises to engage visitors of all ages and interests with the sights, sounds and scents of Civil War-era Manassas. Speakers and performers will reveal many stories about the stark reality of war.
The weekend begins with a keynote address by well-known Civil War re-enactor Al Stone, who has been portraying General Robert E. Lee for more than 20 years to nationwide audiences. Stone will portray Lee in his reflective post-war years, when he became president of what was then called Washington College in Lexington, Va., later renamed Washington & Lee University. His address begins on Friday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. on the Manassas Museum lawn.
Many speakers throughout the weekend will focus on the war’s military experience. Richard Killblane, the United States Army Transportation Historian and author of the war history, The Filthy Thirteen, will talk about the logistics of the war. Re-enactors will portray General William Tecumseh Sherman, General Philip T. Sheridan, General Jubal Early, General John B. Gordan, Major Jed Hotchkiss, and General Samuel Cooper. Earl McElfresh, author of Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War and cartographer and historian for the McElfresh Map Co., will speak about maps during the Civil War.
To lend a different perspective on the war experience, living historians will also portray Clara Barton, the famous Civil War nurse; Dorothea Dix, an American activist who created the first American mental asylums; Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln’s seamstress and confidante; the wives of Generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Isaac Trimble; and Barbara Smith and Hendrina Appelt, who will talk about the role of women in the war.
Tracey McIntire and Dr. Audrey Scanlan-Teller will speak about the experiences of more than four hundred women who disguised themselves as men and served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. They will speak not only about individual soldiers, but about gender roles and military culture during the era.
Visit www.manassasmuseum.org for the weekend’s latest schedule.
A mother pulled her two children from a burning minivan this afternoon.
Their 2001 Nissan Quest caught fire at the intersection of Cardinal Drive and George Fyre Circle just before 4 p.m. in Woodbridge.
No one was injured in the blaze, but the children’s mother India Cutler was visibly shaken. Cutler was taking her children out to eat and was waiting to make a left turn from George Frye Circle on the Cardinal Drive. That’s when her minivan exploded. Flames engulfed the front of the vehicle and the front seats. Fire also damaged the middle of the vehicle where her children were sitting.
Fire crews were called to douse the blaze. They were able to save some of Cutler’s personal items including a notebook and purse.
“I guess we’ll eat in tonight,” said Cutler.
In a separate incident earlier in the day, at PT Cruiser caught fire near the intersection of Hoadly Road and Route 234. About noon Friday, 22-year-old Karina Freeman had nearly pulled into her driveway at her home at 13617 Dumfries Road when flames started shooting from the inside air vents, she said. Fire then engulf the front of the car.
Freeman escaped without injury and ran into her house afraid her car was going to explode.
She called fire and rescue crews who came to douse the blaze.
The PT Cruiser was in a Fredericksburg repair shop just last week because the car had been overheating, said Freeman. She had plans to travel to Emerald Isle Beach in North Carolina tomorrow. She must now put off that trip.
“I don’t even want to think about getting another car right now,” said Freeman.
While not as humid as the day before, temperatures on Friday climbed into the low 90’s. It was the latest in a string of days in what has been a summertime heat wave.
Police closed portions of Cardinal Drive, and Route to 234, respectively, were closed during each incident as fire crews mopped up the mess.
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These lane closures are canceled, according to a VDOT spokesman.
Get ready for some lane closures on Interstate 95 next week.
Overnight on August 3 and August 4, there will be multiple lane closures on I-95 North near Exit 158 (Prince William Parkway).
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) stated that the lanes will be closed at 9 a.m. each night, and then there will be more closures overnight that will last for around 30 minutes.
All of the lanes will be fully reopened at 4 a.m., stated a VDOT release.
If there are any delays due to weather, the work will be completed overnight on August 5.
A VDOT release stated that the closures are being done to install a new overhead sign, as part of the 95 Shoulder Improvement Project.
The project is working to build auxiliary lanes, new guardrails, additional lighting, and widened road shoulders on I-95 between Dumfries Road and Prince William Parkway, according to VDOT.
In the mood for some European-inspired deserts?
Bellash Bakery’s owner Mario Rubio, opened the New York and European style bakery a few months ago in Woodbridge.
“I saw there were no Italian or European bakeries around. So I thought it was something that the neighborhood would want,” said Rubio.
Rubio, who owned a bakery in New York for 30 years, wanted to bring residents a way to try European baked goods you couldn’t find elsewhere in the area.
Bellash Bakery offers an assortment of European desserts including butter cookies, Italian biscuits, French pastries, European tortes, cupcakes and Rubio’s custom cakes.
“A lot of people think that with a European bakery, they expect that all of our products come right from Europe. And around here, you aren’t really able to get those ingredients. But in New York, we are able to get those ingredients. So we are able to do a combination of the European tastes, with the American style bakery. You’re going to get the original taste from Europe, but you can imitate it with American ingredients,” said Rubio.
The bakery is located at Station Plaza on Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge.
A mixer, moving more than a million gallons of water non-stop, has been added to the Locust Shade Water Tank in Prince William.
According to the Service Authority, the mixer has been added to the water tank as a way to maintain a healthy level of disinfection.
More from a Service Authority release:
Each spring, the Service Authority switches to the use of free chlorine as a disinfectant while it flushes and cleans out the water distribution system. For the rest of the year, chloramines are used to disinfect drinking water. Chloramines are a combination of chlorine and ammonia and are much less harsh on the water infrastructure than free chlorine.
When water is not moving inside a tank, the chlorine in the water can begin to slowly dissipate and the ammonia will start to nitrify, which can compromise water quality. This can happen particularly inside tanks that experience lower usage demands or in those located near the end of the distribution system where the water’s journey from the treatment plant is the longest
Before the mixer was installed at Locust Shade, the tank was being served by the Service Authority’s re-chlorination trailer in order to maintain the quality of the water. Unveiled two years ago, the custom-built mobile unit adds chloramines to water in tanks challenged with this issue.
Installing the mixing device is a far more cost-effective method of ensuring better water quality than continually deploying the trailer, which requires the ongoing purchase of chloramines, said Technical Support Manager Robert Jenkins. The mixer at Locust Shade will likely be used on a permanent basis, said Jenkins.
Two years ago, the Service Authority installed a mixer at the Battery Heights tank, a Dumfries-area water tower that was experiencing the same issue as Locust Shade. These issues have since been remedied thanks to the mixer. Eventually, Jenkins would like to see another installed in the Dominion Valley tank, the northernmost tower in the distribution system.
“The Service Authority prides itself on using innovative tools to maintain the health and safety of all our customers,” Jenkins said. “The mixers at Locust Shade and Battery Heights are excellent examples of our ongoing commitment to providing first class drinking water to the folks living in southern Prince William County.”
A Woodbridge man was abducted and robbed by men in a pickup truck.
Prince William police responded to a call early in the morning on July 29, for a robbery on Brook Drive in Woodbridge the previous night.
According to Prince William police, the victim – a 19-year old Woodbridge man – told officers that he was outside of his home when an unfamiliar tan pickup truck approached him.
The victim stated that multiple individuals forced him into the truck and there was a struggle, during which time multiple shots were fired in the vehicle, stated Prince William police.
Eventually the victim was able to get a way from the individuals. Money was taken from the victim during the incident, stated Prince William police.
Prince William police stated that the victim may have known one of the individuals involved, and that the incident was not random.
Guadalupe Castro has been baking and cooking up classic El Salvadorian food for a long time.
Castro, who is the owner of Castro’s Bakery in Falls Church, recently opened the doors at her new location in Woodbridge, near Potomac Mills Mall.
Castro has owned the Falls Church location for 30-years, and after requests from customers, she decided to expand.
“She was thinking about opening a second location, and we came down a couple of times…and then when she saw this location – next to the [El Salvadorian embassy] – she thought ‘well okay, I’ll open it,’” said Pam, the Woodbridge bakery’s manager.
Castro immigrated to the United States from El Salvador decades ago, and built her businesses up from scratch.
“Her whole experience – how she worked herself up to where she is now – she’s amazing. She just has this gift about her with cooking,” said Pam.
The Castro’s Bakery location in Woodbridge offers not only baked goods and custom cakes, but traditional El Salvadorian food as well – like enchiladas, pollo guizado, and paselito de carne.
The bakery is located at 14556 Potomac Mills Road, and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pfitzner Stadium – the home of the Potomac Nationals baseball team – is getting a facelift.
The stadium, which opened in 1984, is owned by Prince William County. According to Potomac Nationals General Manager Josh Olerud, the county has leased the stadium to the team for more than 20 years.
The county board of supervisors has agreed to pay $230,000 for the stadium’s improvements, stated Olerud.
The focus of the project is to expand the Potomac Nationals’ clubhouse.
“We are expanding the visiting team’s clubhouse. [It] hasn’t been touched since stadium has been built, [it’s] probably the smallest clubhouse in all of Minor League Baseball,” stated Olerud.
According to Olerud, the stadium is currently out of compliance in some areas, as assessed by Minor League Baseball.
“The stadium gets surveyed by Minor League Baseball every other year to assess every stadium. Although we are grandfathered into many areas, we fall under compliance in several others,” stated Olerud.
The improvements to the stadium are currently taking place, and will be finished by mid-September, stated Olerud.
The Potomac Nationals organization announced in 2012 it would build a new stadium at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center behind Wegmans. Ground has yet to be broken on this project.
Several area police departments are participating in this year’s National Night Out.
National Night Out is an event that promotes community-police awareness across the country, and is held by localities each year during the first week of August.
We’ve got information about National Night Out celebrations in your area.
National Night Out is Tuesday, August 4th. Check with your homeowners association to see if our motorcade is coming through your neighborhood or to register your event go to www.nno.org. We hope to see you.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office will once again be participating in the Annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. 17 different neighborhoods have signed up to host a National Night Out event in their neighborhood with most events starting in the late afternoon and going to the early evening.
The Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Aquia Harbour Volunteer Rescue Squad, is also participating in a community wide National Night Out event at the TARGET parking lot of the Stafford Market Place. This is an open event that is also being held on Tuesday, August 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Everyone is invited to come by and enjoy numerous family fun activities. 149 different vendors, community organizations and businesses will be participating. That is an additional 59 over 2014.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. National Night Out sends a clear message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and participating in active crime prevention.
National Night Out is August 4, 2015!
This just in! MCPD will be giving the first 20 families who bring a non-perishable food item and donate it towards the Team Summer Quest’s Food Drive 4 SERVE will receive a photoelectric (dusk-to-dawn) cell for their porch lights, FREE!
National Night Out (NNO) is “America’s Night Out Against Crime” – a time when neighbors come together and take a stand against crime. NNO helps send the message to criminals that the Manassas community does and will continue to fight back against crime. It also raises safety and drug awareness, strengthens community spirit, and enhances the partnership between residents and first-responders which makes every effort of safety possible.
August 4, 2015 will mark the third annual city-wide NNO event hosted by the City of Manassas. It is a community- and service-oriented, family-friendly gathering open to all. The event activities on the Museum Lawn, a food drive to benefit the Northern Virginia Family Service SERVE Food Pantry, demonstrations by first-responders, opportunities to meet the City staff and volunteers that help keep residents safe year-round, free Museum admission, food, and fun for all ages. The City also participates in individual neighborhoods’ grassroots NNO events upon request. Whether you’re planning to host your own event or to attend ours, mark your calendar and follow MPCD on Facebook and Twitter for updates in the weeks leading up to the event.
To receive your official organizational kit and stay connected with National Association of Town Watch throughout the year, register your neighborhood’s event at www.nno.org.
Manassas Park Residents are invited to join in the National Night Out celebration,Tuesday, August 6, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Signal Hill Park, 9300 Signal View Drive, Manassas Park.
National Night Out (NNO), sponsored by Manassas Park Police (and McGruff the Crime Dog), features local, state and federal law enforcement exhibits, equipment and personnel. Also at the event will be civic outreach organizations, lots of food, fun and much more.
Each year, localities across the country gear up to celebrate “community” and promote crime prevention and crime fighting awareness with National Night Out events. Manassas Park is no exception. The City’s 2012 NNO drew a crowd of 2,500 – 3,000.
On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, the Dumfries Police Department is asking Town residents to join in celebrating the vital role of the community in supporting and working with the Police Department to prevent and fight crime. We are asking communities to light up the night against crime by turning on their outside porch lights from 6:00 p.m. to midnight in a show of strength and unity.
We are also asking individual neighborhoods to get together and organize gatherings in their community that night to celebrate community pride.
Neighborhood involvement could be as simple as a group of residents waiting outside to greet the motorcade as it drives through the community or a more formal gathering that might involve a community cookout or picnic, drinks and snacks, an ice cream social, etc. The Dumfries Police Department is able to supply a variety of handouts such as coloring books to assist individual neighborhood efforts.
This is a great opportunity to demonstrate community unity and to stand together in support of effective police/community partnerships!
Please call the Dumfries Police Department (703) 221-1111 to let us know about your neighborhood celebration or with questions.
The 2015 National Night Out Celebration will be held on Tuesday August 4, 2015 from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Town Hall/Police Department location, 15026 Washington Street, Haymarket, Virginia 20169. As always, we will have representatives from various agencies and lots of fun for the whole family. This year we will have a dunking tank for charity with some law enforcement officers and public officials making the sacrifice for a worthy cause, so please come out and help us reach our goal! We will also have a hula hoop contest, a drawing to win 1 of 4 new bicycles and 1 of 2 bicycle starter packs, Papa John’s pizza, live music, and lots more!!!
We look forward to another great time celebrating the Annual National Night Out with the community so please come join us!
It was a like a scene from movie.
Greg Powell was in the kitchen making dinner when a knock came on the door. It was a police officer was waiting tell him that his wife and 12-year-old son had been involved in a serious car crash.
Katherine Hennessa, 54, and her son Carson were on their way back home from having ice cream on Route 29 in Gainesville on June 1. Thier car was t-boned by another driver, sending Katherine and Connor to a hospital.
Connor underwent therapy, was released, and is still recovering. Katherine, a teacher at Centreville High School in Fairfax County, remains in the hospital where she was in a coma for six weeks. She’s suffered a post-traumatic brain injury and memory loss.
Greg Powell and his oldest son, Clayton, 15, were on hand Friday at Youth for Tomorrow, where a check for $2,764 was presented. The money is to help the family with medical costs.
“I can’t tell you how much it means to us that you have decided to do this,” Greg Powell told the Leadership Prince William Campers on Friday.
The check came from a group of children who fresh out of the Leadership Prince William Summer Youth Academy, a two-week long camp where area youth are introduced to the workings of local government and business.
Children raised the money during “leadership lemonade,” where two teams of campers competed to see who could sell the most lemonade to raise money for the Powell family. The children selected the Powell family as the benefactors of the event.
The campers graduated from the camp at a special ceremony at Youth for Tomorrow on July 24.
In addition to leadership lemonade, the children toured several locations across the county including the Occoquan Town Hall and the Prince William County Adult Detention Center.
“I’ve never even been to most of these places, or knew they existed,” said one child.
Three Woodbridge businesses on Darby Brook Court were targeted by robbers this week.
Shanghai Café Chinese Cuisine
On the afternoon of July 26, Prince William police were called to Shanghai Café Chinese Cuisine for an attempted burglary.
According to the business owner, that someone attempted to enter the business overnight on July 25 between 10:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m., stated Prince William police.
The front door was found damage, but no entry was made and no property was reported missing, stated Prince William police.
Maxim Healthcare Services
In the morning on July 27, Prince William police responded to a call at Maxim Healthcare Services for a burglary.
An employee stated that the burglary took place between 6 p.m. on July 24, and 1 p.m. on July 26, according to Prince William police.
An investigation showed there was no sign of forced entry, and that the individual entered the business at the main office, rummaging through several desk drawers. No property was reported missing, stated Prince William police.
National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Prince William police also responded to a call for a burglary at the National Wildlife Refuge Complex on July 27.
A facility manager stated that the burglary occurred between 10 a.m. on July 25 and 8 a.m. on July 27, stated Prince William police.
There was no sign of forced entry, and the individual entered several offices, taking money, two firearms, ammunition and other property, according to Prince William police.
What would you do if you could pay for wireless internet service in your home the same way you paid for water or electric service?
A new committee formed by the Haymarket Town Council will explore that question.
Haymarket Mayor David Leake said the panel will weigh the options of rolling out wireless broadband internet service in the town. Visitors, residents, and business owners could potentially use the WiFi service.
Comcast is the only provider of broadband internet services in the town.
Verizon provided its Fios product to homes just outside the town limits but decided not to offer the service inside the town, said Leake.
“The Greenfield Crossing community of about 400 homes, half is in Gainesville and the other is in Haymarket. About half the homes [in Haymarket] do not have Fios,” said Leake.
Manassas offered a similar wireless program in its downtown area. The program was canceled years ago, said city spokeswoman Patty Prince.
A report by Cisco states the rollout of municipal wireless is becoming more popular. Not only can municipal wireless be used to connect computer users in parks and other public places and in private homes, town employees may also use the WiFi broadband to perform their job duties.
Leake said the wireless broadband committee is just forming and, and that a date for the committee to report their findings has yet to be set.
Police in Prince William County are looking for one of their own.
William “Bill” Hurley retired as a sergeant from Prince William County in the early 2000s. Hurley left his Leesburg home Monday night in his green truck and has not been heard from since.
On Tuesday at the Quicken Loans National tournament in Gainesville, PGA star Billy Hurley made a tearful plea for his father to return home. Hurley said he would play Quicken Loans in hopes his father would see him and return home.
Here is a statement from Leesburg police on Bill Hurley’s disappearance:
The Leesburg Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the whereabouts of Willard (Bill) Hurley. A missing person report was filed yesterday, July 27, 2015 by Mr. Hurley’s wife stating that Hurley left their residence voluntarily on July 19, 2015 and has not been seen or heard from since. Mr. Hurley left the residence in his 1998 Ford F150 truck, green in color with Virginia registration YWH-5898. The truck has a camper shell on the back.
After leaving his residence in Leesburg, Mr. Hurley utilized a credit card for gas in Woodstock, Virginia. On July 23, 2015 it has been determined that Mr. Hurley stayed overnight at a Hotel in Texarkana, Texas.
Mr Hurley is 61 years old, 5′-10″, 210 LBS, with Brown eyes and gray hair.
The Leesburg Police Department is asking that anyone who has any information or may have seen Mr. Hurley or his vehicle, please contact us immediately at (703) 771-4500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at (703) 443-TIPS (8477). The department can also receive information from the public using a program called TIPSUBMIT. Tips about a specific crime or criminal activity can be sent by text, email or smartphone. Simply Text LPDTIP plus your message to 274637.