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21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival

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Can you hear the far off whistle? Can you feel the rumble as the train lumbers down the tracks?

Get ready! The 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival is on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Historic Downtown Manassas. This is a family-friendly celebration of railroad history.

There will be live performances on two stages. Folsom Prisoners, Justin Trawick and High Grass Bluegrass Band are a few of the performers lined up for the day. Enjoy great food and lots to see and do. Take a train ride on the  a VRE train with a princess for $6 per person, or just peruse the memorabilia and the model trains under the Harris Pavilion.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, the inaugural trips of the 611 Steam Train will be rolling through the City. Norfolk & Western 611 will pull passengers from Manassas to Front Royal and back. This is part of Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam program.

Owned by the Virginia Museum of Transportation, 611 recently underwent a massive restoration after more than two decades in retirement. The Steam Engine will be available for photos near the Harris Pavilion after its Saturday trip. Tickets for both trips start at $109 and may be purchased online.

Whether you are a railroad enthusiast or just looking for something to do, this event is a great way to spend a Saturday.

On Friday, June 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. come to First Friday in Historic Downtown. The June First Friday features corn hole playing and corn hole tournaments throughout downtown, plus, great food and wonderful shops.

On Sunday, June 7, get ready for the Taste of Historic Manassas from noon to 4:30 p.m. This annual event transforms Historic Downtown Manassas into a lively festival with local entertainment and lots of great food. For more information on these and other events in the City of Manassas, go to visitmanassas.org.

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Water repairs on Dale Boulevard nearly complete

Repairs to a broken water main on Dale Boulevard were wrapping up Friday morning.

The broken main is located at the intersection of Dale Boulevard and Gideon Drive.

Crews worked overnight to repair a break in a 24-inch water main that was punctured midday Thursday by a construction crew, according to Virginia American Water.

A foreman on the scene said the construction just barely hit the water main.

“Just two more inches and they would have missed it altogether,” he said.

Traffic on westbound Dale Boulevard was most affected by the repair work. Construction crews set up shop in the right lane of Dale Boulevard, which meant drivers had to stay in the left lane to get by the work.

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Busy intersection under water in Dale City

11:23 p.m.

Construction crews are still on the scene at the intersection, working on the water main break. Traffic is still moving very slowly down Dale Boulevard, and only one lane is available to move traffic. There has been no official update on when roadway use will return to normal.

2:39 p.m.

According to Samantha Villegas, External Affairs Consultant for Virginia American Water – the organization responsible for that area – a construction contractor bored though the 24″ water main at the intersection.

“The 24″ water main that was damaged is on the Fairfax intake side, so the pressure is low.  We are in the process of shutting the water off.  There will be no one without water at this time.  The tanks are being filled and crew is on site for repairs,” said Villegas.

 

2 p.m.

According to Prince William police, both westbound lanes of Dale Blvd between Ashdale Plz and Gideon Dr will be closed for water main repairs. Unknown expected completion time. Officers are on scene, follow police direction and use caution.

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The intersection of Dale Boulevard and Gideon Drive is currently under water.

Cars driving through the intersection today passed through several inches of running water that was flowing out from under the sidewalk in front of the Sunoco gas station.

“We have just sent out someone in that area to take a look at that,” said Keenan Howell, spokesman for the Prince William Service Authority.

Howell stated that there needs to be a determination as to who is responsible for fixing the issue, as the Prince William Service Authority territory and American Water’s territory are divided in that area.

Potomac Local will bring you the latest on the incident.

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Sullivan, 91, shares war, cop stories with Wartime museum

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John Sullivan took time out of his golf game this week to fly to Washington so he could share his story.

At 91, Sullivan remains active on the dance floor, and is an ever-sharp conversationalist. On Tuesday, he sat in an air-conditioned recording studio inside a motor home parked in Woodbridge. There he shared the story of his life with the Americans in Wartime Museum, which filmed it as part of their “Voices of Freedom” series.

It’s part of the Wartime museum’s effort to capture the stories of those like Sullivan, who was a WWII instructor pilot, and served in Korea, and was a New York City homicide detective. Sullivan also landed in the middle of the Iran hostage crisis.

“For 31 days, we didn’t know where he was or if he was OK,” said his daughter, Maura Sullivan, of Woodbridge.

She, friends and family also sat in the trailer on Tuesday while her father gave his interview in the next room.

“He was a wonderful father growing up, but he traveled a lot, and we didn’t see him a lot,” Maura Sullivan added.

John Sullivan said he caught one of the last flights out of Iran after the hostage crisis ended. On the flight home, all onboard the plane sang the Star-Spangled Banner. It’s stories like these Sullivan wrote in his book, “Shields of Honor: The exciting life of a Naval Reservist.”

After he had finished with his on-camera interview, Sullivan reflected on his service in WWII, and military veterans today.

“Those world war two guys, that was the last time the wealthy guys, middle-class guys, and the poor all came together for the betterment of our country,” said Sullivan. “There’s nothing wrong with those we have in the service today, its just that they’re in it for a different reason.” (more…)

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Library Foundation gives libraries $14K for books, iPads

The Prince William Public Library Foundation, an area non-profit, has awarded the Prince William library system more then $14,000 to fund two new programs.

The first program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, is a national early literacy program. The program provides books and ways to incorporate reading into a family routine. With the Library Foundation’s full funding of the program, around 2,000 preschoolers will be able to participate within the first year, said a release.

The second program coming to the Prince William public library system is the introduction of Apple iPads for use with electronic reading apps. All of the county’s libraries, including the upcoming Haymarket Gainesville and Montclair Community libraries, will be equipped with the iPads.

In addition to the reading apps, librarians will be able to instruct residents on how to use the device, and use them as tools during other program activities at the libraries, said a release.

“We are overjoyed with the Foundation’s leadership in funding two indispensable programs such as early literacy and electronic assistance. I can’t thank Bryanna [Altman, Foundation Board President] and the rest of the Board enough for their continued support,” commented Connie Gilman, the Prince William Public Library System director.

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Incumbents keep seats in Prince William Firehouse Primary

The field of candidates for local elections in Prince William County is getting smaller.

Republicans held their “firehouse primary” in Prince William County on Saturday. The results of those races tell us which member of the GOP will go on to face their Democratic challengers in the November General Election.

Voting in the firehouse primary took place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at various locations across the county. The firehouse primary was held instead of a traditional primary on June 9 due to paperwork filing error on the part of the Prince William County Republican Party.

The results of the 2015 Prince William County Republican Firehouse Primary: (more…)

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Food Truck Fest comes to Woodbridge May 23

On May 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. there will be the first annual Woodbridge Food Truck Festival at Gar-Field Senior High School on Smoketown Road.

The festival will feature local vendors, and some of the area’s best food trucks, said a release.

The event is free for all residents, and there will be food and drinks available to purchase on site.

This festival signals a growing trend in food trucks in Prince William County, and the greater Northern Virginia area.

Manassas emergency workers used a hearse to respond to calls for help

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Starting May 1, the Manassas Museum will debut their newest exhibit on the fire, rescue and police equipment used in the community. 

The museum will be hosting a reception at 6 p.m. and serve refreshments to residents looking to learn more about public safety history in the City of Manassas.

One of the unique highlights of the exhibit is the fact that back in the 1960s, responders in a hearse answered emergency response calls.

Before the first public safety group, the Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad, was created in 1966, it was the Baker Funeral Home that would bring patients for medical treatment and respond to emergency scenes. 

Manassas didn’t see a modernized police and fire department structure until the 1950s, and relied on mainly volunteer services.

This exhibit, which displays the evolution of Manassas and its public safety organizations, coincides with the World Police and Fire Games, which are being hosted in Prince William County this summer.

“Our Fire, Rescue and Police personnel run into a building when others run out,” said Mayor Harry J. Parrish II.  “It is that courage and compassion for others that helps keep this City safe and well protected.”

The Manassas Museum will showcase the exhibit until July 15.

“I hope visitors and residents will come out for this exhibit. Our Police, and Fire and Rescue staff are top in their field and our volunteers are some of the most dedicated people I’ve met,” said City Manager W. Patrick Pate. 

This promoted post is brought to you by the City of Manassas and Historic Manassas, Inc.  

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Millennials fleeing suburbs for cities: Challenges facing Prince William County

Committee of 100

So much has changed in Prince William County in just the past 10 years, that the Prince William County Committee of 100 came together April 16 at the Montclair Country Club to discuss what the future of the county may look like and what it may need to succeed. 

The Prince William County Committee of 100 holds regular non-partisan, educational forums to study interests, problems and goals of the citizens of Prince William County, as well as the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. It has been functioning for more than 25 years.

“The rapid growth in Prince William County over the past decade has presented enormous challenges in overcrowded classrooms, efficient commuter traffic patterns, shortages of public amenities and over-stressed public safety resources,” read a description of the forum on the committee’s web page. “Jobs and housing are the two drivers of the future economy in Prince William County. The current economic conditions threaten growth in quality jobs, housing values and expanding business opportunities. The future for Prince William County will, in large measure, be determined by how Prince William County adapts its policies to protect the future of our community.”

The panelists were Robert Buchanan, Principle of Buchanan Partners LLC and President of the 2030 Group; Dr. Terry L. Clower, Northern Virginia Chair and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University; G. Mark Gibb, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission; and Ralph Stephenson, Chairman and Co-Founder of Citizens for Balanced Growth. 

Brendon Shaw, director of government relations for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, served as moderator. 

Each panelist gave their take on the future of Prince William County — what it may look like and what it will need. At one point, a joke was made that more Millennials should have been invited. 

One focus of the discussion was the trend of Millennials moving back into cities instead of expanding into the suburbs as previous generations have. Gibb said a “demographic inversion” is underway. For the last 50 years the region saw the people moved out of the cities to suburbia but is now seeing a population shift toward the Beltway.

If you want people to come to Prince William County, then you have to develop areas that they want to come to, Gibb remarked. “Do you want to [be] a suburban area or be more like an area that provides amenities for these new Millennials?”

Mark Gibb, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, speaking at the April Committee of 100 program.

Mark Gibb, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, speaking at the April Committee of 100 program.

Clower told the group the county needs balance, and balance comes through planning. He said land-use plans need to tie into the region’s economic development strategies, which in turn need to tie into the transportation strategies. 

“That can put you ahead of the game,” said Clower. “Economic development is a process… It doesn’t ever stop.” 

The next meeting will be held the evening of May 21 at the Wyndham Garden in Manassas. Visit PWC100.org for more details.

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Prince William budget to include $1 million for class size reduction

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors will approve the final budget and tax rate tomorrow, April 21, at their regularly scheduled meeting.

The approved budget will now include $1 million allocated specifically for reducing class sizes in Prince William County Public Schools.

As the budget period for the Prince William County Board of Supervisors comes to a close, Supervisors Candland and Lawson took the opportunity to speak on their own budget draft with a 2.5% tax increase. In March, the board announced their advertised ceiling tax rate increase of 3.88%, and the difference between the 2.5% and the 3.88% is about $14.6 million.

Budget draft to address school overcrowding

Lawson and Candland stated their draft of the 2016 budget is focused on a plan to address overcrowding in county public schools.

The budget draft would invest county funds into reducing class sizes over the next five years, drawing funding from the Recordation Tax revenue. Under the original proposal given by Candland and Lawson, the board would invest $30 million over the 5-year period, starting with $2 million in 2016. The board decided to halve this amount – giving $1 million – and requiring the school board to match the funds.

Virginia charges a tax on the recordation of deeds, deeds of trust, mortgages, leases, and contracts, which provide the funding source Candland referenced. Currently, the Recordation Tax in the county’s budget goes toward paying for transportation projects and other small line items in the budget, stated a release. (more…)

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Stewart, Crawford don’t see eye to eye on jobs, taxes in Prince William

Republicans face off in Prince William Chairmans Race Primary Debate

Two Republicans seeking to lead the Prince William County Board of Supervisors sat down for a debate on Saturday.

Incumbent Corey Stewart faced newcomer Chris Crawford, and each discussed issues facing the county from tax bills, funding firefighters, to bringing new jobs to the region.

On the latter note, Stewart addressed a question that asked what more is being done to bring high-paying jobs to the area as retailers like Walmart consistently rank in the list of the county’s top employers.

“We have so far, in a two-year period, have $1.5 billion in private investment in Prince William County,” said Stewart. “The jobs are there. Some are in the retail sector, but a lot of them aren’t. We’re seeing a lot of development in the life sciences industry especially in the [Innovation Park] area, and in the Route 1 corridor [in Woodbridge.]”

Crawford disagreed, and said he is tired of having to leave Prince William each day for a high-paying job.

“Innovation looks like a wheat field. I hear there’s a lot of jobs but I just don’t see it. We’ve got to get our tax rate under control…the businesses aren’t coming here,” said Crawford.

Recent local government data show the vacancy rate for commercial office, industrial, and retail space sits at 6.8% in December 2014, down from 8.3% one year earlier. At-place employment is also slightly on the rise.

Home values continue to rise, too. Stewart said he and others on the Board of Supervisors have worked to keep low the average property tax bill for Prince William homeowners, citing the bills are 30% lower than they are in neighboring Loudoun County.

“It’s not apples to apples to compare homes in other counties. Their houses are worth more,” Crawford fired back.

Both men support taking funds from the county’s fire levy that were once given to volunteer fire companies and instead use them to pay the salaries of career firefighters.

“As we become a more suburb and community and less rural, the number of volunteers is inevitably declining,” said Stewart.

Both men added they support the county’s blended career and volunteer fire system, and both thanked volunteers for their service.

The debates were held at the Dar AlNoor Islamic Community Center. They were co-sponsored by the Coles District Civic Association and Potomac Local.

Video of the full debate produced by Bill Golden of the Coles District Civic Association after the jump (more…)

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Shooting in Dale City on Sunday injures 3

Early yesterday morning, Prince William police responded to a call in Woodbridge to investigate a shooting.

According to a Prince William police release, the victim, a 20-year old man, was walking towards a residence on Filarete Street with three other acquaintances to attend a party.

As the victim and the three other individuals entered the party, they were approached by seven individuals in vehicles, said a Prince William police release. 

A Prince William police release stated that during the interaction, another vehicle, being described as a light-colored SUV, pulled alongside the group and confronted them. The interaction escalated and a passenger in the SUV pulled out a handgun and began firing towards the individuals.

After shots were fired, the victim and other individuals dispersed from the scene, and the SUV pursued them.

The victim was shot in the lower body, and an area resident that saw the shooting aided the victim until police arrived on the scene, said a Prince William police release.

While on scene, officers learned that two 17-year olds were also shot in the lower body.

The three injured individuals were treated in area hospitals and are expected to recover, stated a Prince William police release.

The individual identified as a suspect in the shooting is described as a black male, with a heavy build and dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and green shorts, said a Prince William police release. He was a passenger riding in the SUV. 

The case is still under investigation by the Prince William police.

 

 

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Three apartments deemed unsafe after closet fire in Dale City

On Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., the Prince William fire and rescue department received a call about a fire alarm at the Orchard Mills Apartment Complex.

The complex is located on Bannon Way in Dale City.

When responders arrived on the scene, the incident was upgraded to a working fire, according to a Prince William fire and rescue release.

On scene, responders found a fire in one of the unit’s closets, which had been contained by the apartment’s sprinkler system, said a release.

Firefighters were able to suppress and extinguish the fire, and it did not spread to any other units in the building.

According to a Prince William fire and rescue release, there were four children present in the unit during the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

The Building Inspector assessed the building and posted that three units were deemed unsafe due to water damage.

Red Cross arrived on the scene to assist affected families – 9 children and 5 adults, said a release.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

It’s time for fresh, locally grown food

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On April 9 the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market opened for the season. This is the 24th season the City’s Farmer’s Market has been delivering fresh produce and goods to residents and visitors of the City of Manassas. On Thursdays, the Farmer’s Market is located in the Harris Pavilion and on Saturdays it is located in parking lot B or the water tower lot. Both markets are open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   In June, July and August there is a summer evening market from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion.

About five years ago the City’s Farmer’s Market became a SNAP distributor by applying to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. This opened the door for people that are receiving assistance to purchase fresh fruits and vegetable from the market. In addition, Historic Manassas, Inc. has formed a partnership with INOVA, who supplied matching funds for dollars spent by SNAP recipients. The City of Manassas Farmers Market was one of the very first in this region to be able to offer this service to customers.

Jeff Adams has been selling Walnut Hill Farms poultry, eggs, pork, beef and lamb at the market for about five years. His motto is “from birth to plate, we know what we ate.” Jeff is a former biology teacher and telephone company employee. He bought his farm in 2001 after saying goodbye to corporate America.

Ron Burleson of Skyline Premium Meats has been a part of the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market for seven seasons.   Burleson and his wife, Suzy run a farm in Unionville, Virginia, where they raise calves. Ron and Suzy also maintain a greenhouse, and depending on the season, produce eggs. They raise an array of annuals; from hanging baskets to potted vegetable plants and beautiful handmade Christmas wreaths in the winter season. 

These are just two of the many wonderful vendors at the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market. Visit the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market soon!

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Witness feared Dale City murder victim was pregnant

The woman who let Erica Sherwood take shelter in her home just days before her death thought she was pregnant.

Sharae Harris took a witness stand April 2 to describe the murder of Erica Sherwood, a 21-year-old woman she called a friend for 10 years. Sherwood was killed inside the Dale City home Harris lived at with her young son and mother. Sherwood died at the hands of her 22-year-old husband John on in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, according to police.

Sherwood and her young son had been staying with Harris for about two days prior to New Year’s Day.

Harris told Prince William Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge H. Jan. Roslen-Anoll that John Sherwood came to her house New Year’s Eve uninvited and then later cut his bride’s throat in a bathroom inside the house.

In the days leading up to Sherwood’s death, Harris said she suspected she was pregnant.

“We thought about Christmastime that she was pregnant,” said Harris.

Sherwood was also seen vomiting, which prompted even more suspicion that she was pregnant, said Harris.

An autopsy report for Erica Sherwood is sealed in Prince William Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Clerk’s Office.

Prosecutors, however, say Sherwood was not pregnant when she was killed.

“There was no forensic evidence to indicate she was pregnant at the time of her death,” said Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert.

A preliminary hearing for the murder case scheduled in February was rescheduled because a crime lab could not produce the autopsy report and other evidence in time for attorneys to review it.

Parties in this case are due back in court April 27 when a judge will decide the fate of Sherwood’s child.

The murder case against Sherwood is headed to a grand jury that meets on the first Monday in May. Afterward, court date will be scheduled.

Manassas Airshow Bringing in the Big Jets

The Manassas Airshow is bringing in Breitling Jet Team
The Manassas Airshow will take place Saturday, May 2.
This is the flattest run in the area, on the runway.
The 3rd Dimension Parachute Team.

On May 2, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Manassas Airshow is bringing in Breitling Jet Team, the largest professional civilian flight jet team. This team demonstrates aerobatics with precision, speed, mastery and style. The Breitling Team coordinates a meticulous ballet in which planes sometimes fly within three meters of each other at speeds of over 700 kilometers  per hour.

They are really a sight to see and the event is free to the public. 

Also performing this year are the 3rd Dimension Parachute Team, the American Helicopters Demonstration Team, Andrew McKenna P-51 and T-6 Aerobatics, the Flying Circus Stearman Flight, Scott Francis MXS Aerobatics, Jack Knutson Extra 300 Aerobatics, Matt Chapman CAP 580 Aerobatics, Randy Devere CJ-6 Aerobatics and there will be an RC Modeler Jet Demonstration. Along with these performers, the Manassas Airshow offers aircraft displays, military re-enactors and much more.

Also at the Manassas Regional Airport on April 26 at 7:30 a.m. runners will be getting ready to race the Manassas Runway 10K/5K presented by the Bull Run and Manassas Rotary Clubs. This is the flattest run in the area, being held on the actual runway.

The Texas Raiders B-17 will be at the Manassas Regional Airport from May 3 to 6 offering rides on their B-17, which is one of only eleven B-17 flying fortresses still flying today. On May 8 from noon to 1 p.m. 15 historically sequenced warbird formations will participate in the World War II Victory Capitol Flyover in honor of the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. While several of these majestic warbirds are visiting the Manassas Regional Airport, they will be giving tours, May 9-10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on any of these events, visit manassascity.org/airportevents.

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‘Dog walk’ in Lake Ridge Apr. 26

Prince William County Dogs, the Prince William Parks & Recreation Department, the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition and the Lake Ridge Parks & Recreation Association will be hosting a ‘dog walk’ fundraiser in Lake Ridge Park.

The 3-mile walk will take place on April 26 at 12 p.m at 12350 Cotton Mill Drive.

The Prince William County Dogs group is partnering with local organizations for this fundraiser, as a way of funding improvements to the K9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park, which is located on 13000 Minnieville Road in Dale City.

Residents can register online, or before the walk begins, for $10 per dog.

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Futrell, Qarni and McPike to meet for Prince William Primary Debates

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 11.26.47 AMThree candidates in the Democratic primary for the 29th district Senate seat will meet for a primary debate on Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

The three candidates – Jeremy McPike, Delegate Michael Futrell and Atif Qarni – are hoping to fill the long held seat of Senator Chuck Colgan, will debate local issues concerning governance in the district, which includes Prince William County and Manassas.

The candidates will take part in a state-run primary on June 9, which will decide who will go against Republican challenger Hal Parrish, Mayor for the City of Manassas, in November.

You may submit questions for the Democratic Senate primary debate. 

The debate will be held in the auditorium at the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building at 15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge. 

Potomac Local is sponsoring the event, in partnership with the Prince William County Democratic Committee. 

 

The candidates were briefed on the format of the debate as follows:

— Candidates will be introduced to the audience
— Short bios for each candidate will be read
— A candidate will be asked a specific question
— The candidate will have two minutes to respond
— An opposing candidate will have one minute for rebuttal
— A new question is asked of different candidate and process repeats

Stephanie Tipple, Prince William Regional Editor for Potomac Local, will moderate the debate. 

Bob Gibson, Executive Director for the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and Stephen Farnsworth, author and professor at the University of Mary Washington, will be the panelists for the debate.

Potomac Local will accept reader-submitted questions that may be asked of the candidates during the debates.

The event is open to the public.

Campaign literature and signs are permitted outside of the Ferlazzo building and must be removed upon event conclusion.

RELATED: Stewart, Crawford; Nohe, O’Meara to meet for Prince William Primary Debates

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Investigation into bomb-making materials expands to Newport News area

An investigation into explosive devices found in a Dale City apartment took authorities this morning to a trailer home just outside Newport News.

The home of Alan Michael Blischak was searched during the early hours of Tuesday morning by authorities by Prince William and York counties. An explosive device was also found inside the trailer, according to Prince William fire and rescue spokesman Thomas Jarman. Investigators are mum on exactly what was found.

The Newport News bomb squad, Virginia State Police Bomb K9 Unit, the Department of Homeland Security, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, and York County Fire and Life Safety Office were all involved. 

The discovery follows a search of an apartment police said Blischak occupied at Dale Forest Apartments in Dale City when he was arrested last March 26. Bomb making chemicals, a self-timer, a circuit board, propane torch, tripod, battery pack, and blood samples were taken from the apartment, according to a search warrant filed in Prince William County court.

Blischak is charged in Prince William County with creating explosive devices. Jarman said officials in York County will also file charges on Blischak .

Blischak was released from jail on a $50,000 bond. He is expected in a Prince William County courtroom on May 7.

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Stewart, Crawford; Nohe, O’Meara to meet for Prince William Primary Debates

Four candidates for elected office in Prince William County will meet for two separate debates Saturday, April 11.

First at 5:30 p.m., incumbent Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman, At-large Corey Stewart will meet his Republican challenger Chris Crawford to debate local issues concerning governance of Prince William County and the task of leading its Board of Supervisors. Both men are candidates in an April 25 party canvass, also known as a “firehouse” primary where Republican voters will decide who will go on to face Democrat challenger Rick Smith in November.

You may submit questions for the Chairman’s Primary Debate.

At 6:30 p.m., incumbent Prince William County Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe will meet with Republican challenger Paul O’Meara to discuss streetlight issues facing voters in the Coles District, which spans from the mid-county area to neighborhoods around Manassas.

To date, no Democrat seeks the Coles District seat, so this could be the debate that helps voters decide who will become the next Coles District Supervisor.

You may submit questions for the Coles District Primary Debate.

The debates will be held at the Dar AlNoor Islamic Community Center on Hoadly Road in Woodbridge. The event is co-sponsored by the Coles District Civic Association and Potomac Local.

The candidates were briefed on the format of the debate as follows:

  • Candidates will be introduced to the audience
  • Short bios for each candidate will be read
  • A candidate will be asked a specific question
  • The candidate will have two minutes to respond
  • An opposing candidate will have one minute for rebuttal
  • A new question is asked of different candidate and process repeats

Potomac Local Publisher Uriah Kiser will moderate the debates. The local online news organization will accept reader-submitted questions that may be asked of the candidates during the debates.

The candidates, audience members, and all those involved in the debates are asked to adhere to the following rules:

  • Occupants of the Dar AlNoor Islamic Community Center must remove their footwear at the door and place footwear in a storage area inside the center.
  • Campaign literature and signs are permitted outside of the community center and must be removed upon event conclusion

RELATED:  Futrell, Qarni and McPike to meet for Prince William Primary Debates

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