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News
No scheduled deviations for OmniLink trips on Tuesday

WOODBRIDGE — A software upgrade will prevent some riders for scheduling deviations from regularly scheduled OmniLink routes. 

From a PRTC statement: 

Software upgrades to some of PRTC’s operations and communications systems are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 18 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The work will temporarily impact our ability to communicate with passengers and serve locations other than signed bus stops.  During the work:

–Customer Service will be unable to schedule OmniLink off-route trips. For off-route trips onTuesday, July 18, orWednesday, July 19, passengers should call Customer Service at (703) 730-6664 prior to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 17.

–The Rider Express email and text message notification system will not be available. Any information about delayed trips, missed stops, etc., will be posted as a Service Update at PRTCtransit.org.

–PRTC’s interactive voice response phone system will not be available. Passengers who phone Customer Service at (703) 730-6664 must speak with a Customer Service Agent to get information about bus services. Riders also may contact Customer Service at Omni@OmniRide.com.

The planned software outage comes about a week after the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, operators of OmniLink, had phone problems at its Woodbridge headquarters. 



Ornery Brewery set the tone for brew pubs in Prince William

Prince William Beer Trail

Editors note: This is the third in a series of posts showcasing breweries in Prince William County, Virginia.

Prince William County’s first brewpub just did something every brewery wants to do: Distribute its beer on the wholesale market to local restaurants.

Now diners in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. can enjoy a cold glass of beer from Ornery Beer Company in Woodbridge. The brewpub — a combination brewery and restaurant with a chef-driven menu — opened near Potomac Mills in 2015.

“When we starting thinking about this business, this county didn’t have a brewpub. It had a brewery or two but not a brewpub that served delicious beer and food,” said Ornery Brewery owner Randy Barnette, of Gainesville.

Barnette was an investor in a brewpub in Falls Church and thought he could bring the same quality product to Prince William County. Before Ornery, Barnette operated the Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge for 15 years. That restaurant had run its course, he said, and Barnette gave the space an complete overhaul before opening Ornery Brewery.

Barnette knew how to run a restaurant, so he hired master brewer Chris Jacques to create Ornery’s 15 signature beer flavors. The brewpub serves everything from dark and beers to IPAs — just about anything a craft beer enthusiast would expect to find at a small brewery.

Last October, he promoted Ferdinand McAdoo to the position of head brewer, who has been Ornery since its opening.

A favorite of restaurant goers is Ornery’s Blonde Ale, a light beer that pairs well with just about anything.

“Prince William County has a very, very diverse demographic and our beers have to be very, very diverse,” explained Barnette. “We’re not as defined in our types of beer as you might see in some other places.”



Explore summer reading at your Prince William Public Library: Young Adults

 

Free food, prizes, and events all summer long!

How it Works:

Explore Summer Reading is happening now until August 19. A couple of weeks ago we talked about summer reading for kids, infants through students entering 5th grade.

Today it’s all about the teens! Young adults (entering grades 6 – 12), come to any library branch to register and pick up a Punch Card, and we’ll give you your first punch. Then each time you visit the library, tell us what you’re reading and we’ll punch your card. At your second visit, we’ll give you a free food coupon. And at your sixth visit, more free food!

Grand Prizes

But wait, there’s more! We’re giving away a $100 prize at each of our 11 branches, plus one grand prize, a Beats™ Pill+. Each visit counts as an entry into the drawings, and you can earn punches for up to nine visits. Plus, write a book review and enter it on our Explore Summer Reading website, www.pwcgov.org/summerreading, and earn extra entries! You might also find your book review published to our Goodreads page, www.pwcgov.org/goodreads.

Weekly Challenges and Events

Come in each week of summer reading and complete the weekly challenge for the chance to win additional prizes. Then put your smartphone down and come to a free event, such as a cartooning workshop, art class, cooking demo, magic workshop, reptile show, laser tag party, and much more. For the full lineup, pick up a copy of Explore magazine at any library or visit our events page at www.pwcgov.org/library/events.

Then pick your smartphone back up and tag us #PWPLSsummer on social media. Find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Tag us and we might repost! (more…)

News
Fire department reform would give chief ultimate say

WOODBRIDGE — Major reforms are coming to the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department.

After 16 months and meetings and deliberation, career and volunteer firefighters and medics appear to have a found a new model for the system that is charged with providing emergency services for the county’s nearly half a million residents.

Fire and rescue leaders told the county’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday it wants to adopt a new organizational model known commonly as the “strong chief” operation, which places one person solely in charge of career and volunteer firefighters. The move would also bring with it the formation of a new fire and rescue advisory committee which would help the chief in setting policy and guidelines for the entire department to follow and would provide counsel to McGee– whose been the county’s fire chief for the past 10 years.

The move would dissolve the county’s existing Fire and Rescue Association; a body made up of both career and volunteer officers who have voting and veto powers when it comes to developing and adopting rules for the operation of the combined department.

“This will be a significant change to our fire and rescue system,” McGee told the Board of Supervisors. (more…)

Traffic
Man, 19, killed in single vehicle crash on Prince William Parkway

From Prince William County police:

Fatal Crash Investigation – On June 24 at 10:42 a.m., investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Prince William Parkway and Scenic Point Place in Manassas to investigate a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.

The investigation revealed that the operator of a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle, identified as a 19-year-old man of Woodbridge, was traveling eastbound on the Prince William Parkway near Scenic Point Place at an excessive speed when the operator lost control and struck a guard rail.

The motorcycle operator was pronounced dead at the scene. It is still unknown if drug and alcohol use are factors in this crash.  The investigation continues.

News
Prince William police investigating BB gun shootings

From Prince William County police:

BB Gun Shooting Investigations: Officers are currently working two separate shooting investigations involving a BB gun. The first occurred around 12:45 p.m. in the area of Darbydale Ave and Danville Rd in Woodbridge while the second occurred around 3:10 p.m. in the area of Sudley Manor Rd and Sudley Rd in Manassas.

In each incident, the victims were shot with a BB pellet by a suspect driving a red, 4-door sedan. Minor injuries were reported. At this point, there is no further suspect or vehicle description available. More information will be provided if it becomes available.

News
Babysitter arrested after child, 1, found playing in street

From Prince William County police:

Felony Child Neglect – On July 10 at 8:18p.m., officers responded to the 2100 block of Gunsmith Terrace in Woodbridge to investigate a child neglect. A citizen reported to police that a 1-year-old boy was playing in the street unsupervised.

Officers conducted a canvass of the neighborhood and located the child’s babysitter, identified as the accused. Upon further investigation, officers determined that the child left the residence while the accused was playing video games. Following the investigation, the accused was subsequently arrested without incident. The child was released into the custody of a family member and was uninjured.

(more…)

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Prince William joins the ranks of other areas with Virginia Scenic Byways

INDEPENDENT HILL — Twelve new blue signs mark the entrances to Prince William County’s first scenic byways.

The signs note the new street designation, featuring the state bird red cardinal, and were unveiled Tuesday morning at the intersection of Bristow and Joplin roads at Independent Hill. Six roads in all made the cut:

Aden Road – between Route 619 and Route 28
Bristow Road – between Joplin Road (Route 619) and Route 28
Joplin Road – between Bristow Road and I-95
Waterfall Road – Fauquier County line east to the intersection of Antioch Rd.
Antioch Road – from the Route 601 intersection south to Route 55
John Marshall Highway – from Route 681 to the Fauquier County line

These roads in Prince William County are now on par with others like the Blue Ridge Parkway. In all, Virginia has more than 3,500 miles of scenic byways.

The addition of these roads adds 40 miles to the overall scenic road network. Some of the notable stops along Prince William’s byways include Prince William Forest Park, working farms, historic churches, cemeteries, and Bull Run Mountain. (more…)



Who is the most beautiful baby? Sign up for the Prince William County Fair Baby Contest today!

The Prince William County Fair is right around the corner, and we want to see who has the cutest baby in Prince William County.

Potomac Local is proud to sponsor this year’s Baby Contest, and we want to know how cute is your baby.

The contest will be hosted over two days this year. Boys and girls ages nine to 18 months old be on Saturday, Aug. 12. We’ll have the girls contest at 3 and the boys at 4:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 13, we’ll judge boys and girls ages 18 to 36 months old. The girl’s contest is at 3 p.m. and the boys and 4:30 p.m.

To enter your child, print and fill out this application and then mail it to Prince William County Fair, 10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas, Va. 20112. All entries must be postmarked by July 14 to be considered.

You can also email your entry or fax it to 703-368-5534.

Be sure to include the registration fee of $5 per child, or $10 per child if you want the cool participant souvenir t-shirt.

News
Drive-through Starbucks planned at Cheshire Station

DALE CITY — A drive-through Starbucks could soon replace this small hillside.

The 2,082 square feet building would allow commuters to pull in, order, and pick up their coffee at a window. It would also have room enough for those who want to get out of the car and walk inside and order their beverages.

Outside, there would be about 360 square feet of patio seating. The front door of the building would face an existing Safeway store across a parking lot.

The standalone building would be new construction at the Cheshire Shopping Center at the corner of Minnieville and Dale Boulevard in Dale City.

The building would be placed in an existing space that today is an embankment. Trash dumpsters and parked cars sit at the bottom of the embankment, next to Yogi Cream frozen yogurt, the first in a series of shops in an adjacent strip center. The embankment would be replaced by a wooden retaining wall, according to plans submitted to county officials.

This new Starbucks would replace an existing walk-in only Starbucks already located inside the shopping center, at the opposite end of the aforementioned adjacent strip center. 

The Prince William County Planning Commission must approve the construction before its built. It will take up the matter at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at a public meeting at the Prince William County Government Center McCoart Building.

If approved, it will be the second drive-through Starbucks in Prince William County behind a new drive-through location under construction at the old double drive-through McDonalds, at the corner of Prince William Parkway and Worth Avenue near Potomac Mills mall.

A standalone drive-through Starbucks also sits near the corner of Liberia Avenue and Signal Hill Road in Manassas City.

News
11-year-old church in Dale City to finally open, event planned tonight

DALE CITY — A church built in 2006 only to sit dormant since its construction will finally open. 

Victory Christian Ministries International purchased the property at 14015 Minnieville Road in Dale City in 2013 for $8.1 million at a Prince William County Circuit Court auction, a church official tells Potomac Local.

Since obtaining the property, church leaders have been focused on bringing the building up to current building codes.

The church will add the location to its collection of worship houses in Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and Europe. A series of events is planned to open the new church, including an event tonight, and another on Sunday.

From a press release: 

Pastors Tony and Cynthia Brazelton, and members of Victory Christian Ministries International (VCMI), will host a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony, July 14, 7 p.m. 

With a theme to “Build a Better Community” in Woodbridge and surrounding areas, VCMI has a mandate to become the largest diverse church in Northern Virginia.  In addition to their grand opening, VCMI will also celebrate 12 years of ministry in Virginia through various events from July 9 to 16.  Other events and speakers are as following:

— People’s Appreciation and Award Night – Tuesday, July 11, 7 p.m.

— Grand Finale – Sunday, July 16, 10 a.m., Dr. Renny McLean, speaker

VCMI-Virginia is one of six churches, to include two in Maryland and one in Washington D.C., Florida, and the United Kingdom.

 



Jeff Dove Leads African American citizens across Virginia in calling out Northam’s despicable racial attacks on Gillespie

Woodbridge, Virginia – African American congressional candidate, Iraq War veteran, and small businessman, denounced Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam for using the Klu Klux Klan as political leverage in this year’s elections.

Jeff Dove who is seeking the GOP nomination in the 11th Congressional District, said Northam was giving the racist organization attention it neither deserved nor warranted. The Klan has said it will hold a rally in Charlottesville and Northam has tried to accuse Republican nominee Ed Gillespie of failing to sufficiently denounce the plan.

“The Ku Klux Klan is despicable. So is using them for political leverage the way Ralph Northam and the Democrats are trying to do,” Dove said.

“As an African American man I am well aware of the Klan and its origins in the Democrat-dominated deep south. I’m a Republican because it is the GOP that was founded to end slavery and has had to stand up to the Democrat party repeatedly to defend the concept of equality for all. Today, the Klan barely exists and Ralph Northam is giving them the attention they crave by trying to inject them into the governor’s race,” Dove said.

Kaylene Seigle, Harrisonburg School Board Member reacted to this incident by stating.

“We need leadership in Richmond who will rise above the type of politics that uses race-based accusations and innuendo. Our Commonwealth deserves better from the Ralph Northam campaign. Ed Gillespie is the type of leader our state needs to bring people together, not divide and tear us apart.”  (more…)

News
Firefighters ice police in first charity hockey tournament

Prince William County firefighters for the first time face the county’s police department on the ice, and results are in. 

From Prince William County Fire and Rescue: 

The first annual Guns and Hoses Hockey Game between the Prince William firefighters and police officers turned out to be both an exciting game and extremely successful event. While this year’s game was won by fire the real winners were the two organizations the teams played for: Law Enforcement United Team Prince William and The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. 

The organizations would like to thank everyone who helped make this event such a great success but especially the Master of Ceremonies Adam Mowry, Singer Toni Ann Gamble, the joint Prince William County Police and Fire Department Honor Guard, The Potomac Patriots U12 HP team and parents, Erin Tucker (event coordinator) and the referees and linesmen for donating their time!

We also would like to acknowledge the following contributors/sponsors of the event.

AMC Theaters AMF Bowling 
Bobby’s Burger Palace  Bungalow Ale House
Chuy’s Tex-Mex Famous Dave’s  
Fathom Realty Firehouse Subs
Kristin Lorraine Photography Maltese Brewing
Pampered Chef: Sandi Clark Prince William Ice Center
RJ Ziegler: Patriots GM Tom Crosson: Patriots photographer
Rodan & Fields: Terrin Janda Sparkling Wine: Kelly Goff
106.7 The Fan  

Finally, both teams would like to thank the nearly 200 people that came out to show their support and help us raise over $1,400 in raffles, 50/50, and donations. 

On top of the $1400.00 split 70/30 between the organizations each charity received an additional private donation of $100 each and with merchandise sales by LEU the total raised for the event was almost $2,000.  Over 30 police and fire members that played and the over 20 volunteers that made the day possible we thank you for your support.

Both teams are already gearing up for next year’s event so plan to join us back at Prince William Ice Center on July 14, 2018.

More photos of the event by Tom Crosson.

News
Updated: Phones out at PRTC; riders encouraged to email

WOODBRIDGE — There are phone problems this morning at the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

The bus agency operates OmniLink local buses in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Under normal circumstances, riders who use OmniLink may call ahead to schedule a pick-up anywhere along an OmniLink route, up to a quarter of a mile off the route.

OmniLink customers are encouraged to email the call center this morning, instead:

From PRTC:

PRTC is currently experiencing phone issues and is unable to receive calls on the Customer Service line at this time. While we are working to resolve the problem, customers may email us at Omni@omniride.com with any questions or concerns. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We’ll update this post with new information when we have it.

Update: The phone system is now working. 

News
Strangulation arrest also yields possession charge

From Prince William police: 

Strangulation | Domestic Related – On July 5 at 3:34 a.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 13500 block of Delaney Rd in Woodbridge to investigate an assault. The victim, a 48-year-old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and the accused, an acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated physically.

At one point during the encounter, the accused grabbed the victim by the throat. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, officers arrested the accused, identified as Tony Wayne SAUNDRES. During a search post-arrest, marijuana was located on the accused.

Arrested on July 5:
Tony Wayne SAUNDRES, 58, of the 13500 block of Delaney Rd in Woodbridge
Charged with strangulation, domestic assault & battery-3rd offense and possession of marijuana
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Unavailable

News
Prince William police to deploy body worn cameras

From Prince William County Police Department Chief Barry Barnard:

The staff of the Prince William County Police Department remain committed to our mission of enhancing the quality of life here in the County by providing effective police services to our community members. We accomplish our mission by building upon our existing relationships, pledge to make new connections and continue our focus of enhancing trust with those we serve.

For quite some time, our organization has made community policing and building trust a primary focus with the people of Prince William County. We will continue this effort to improve our organization through proactive means and creating dialogue with our stakeholders. Over many years, your Police Department has seen positive satisfaction ratings from Citizen Surveys. While we deeply appreciate this support, we understand there are always ways we can improve our delivery of police services to the community.

To assist us with this important task, and after significant discussion and research, the Police Department will begin deploying Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) within our community as early as September 2017. Policing in today’s society has seen a dramatic change in technological advancements in our profession. These opportunities have shown to help law enforcement agencies improve upon their dedication to providing the highest level of professionalism to our public. (more…)

News
Sentara warns of phone scam

From an email: 

Earlier this week, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center received notification from community members they had been contacted by a would-be scammer offering a lower interest rate from a 703-670 prefix with caller ID displaying “Potomac Hospital.”

The caller reportedly told the recipients a lower interest rate was available if personal information, like a credit card or social security number, was given. In the course of the investigation, it was determined the caller had used old exchanges from when Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center operated as Potomac Hospital.

Sentara values our patients’ trust and are troubled that thieves would use our good name to commit fraud. Sentara does not call patients, or former patients, and ask for personal information. If you get such a call, hang up, never give personal information over the phone and contact your service provider with the caller’s details.  

Traffic
Motorcycle crashes on exit ramp in Dale City

A motorcycle crashed at mile marker 156 south on Interstate 95 in Dale City. 

Fire and rescue crews were dispatched to crash reported to be on the exit ramp of 156-A. 

Traffic is already delayed in the area due to a heavy volume of cars traveling south.

More as we have it. 

Updated

One person was taken to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. We don’t know the extent of the victim’s injuries.

News
Former Redskins star Randle El speaks about fatherhood at Waterworks

From a press release: 

Former star football player for the Washington Redskins, Antwaan Randle El, spoke to a group of local fathers and their kids at the Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative’s ‘Dad’s Play Day’ event last Saturday. Randle El was the special guest for the third annual event at Leitch Waterworks Park in Dale City.

Antwaan Randle Ed played in the National Football League for nine years for the Redskins and also the Pittsburgh Steelers as a wide receiver and kick returner. He is the father of six children, and owns a nonprofit, called The EL Foundation, that does leadership development. At ‘Dad’s Play Day,’ Randle El encouraged the fathers to prioritize their responsibility as father above their careers and hobbies. He also encouraged the fathers to be sure to spend quality time with their kids as much as possible.

The Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative is also looking for volunteer leaders to help the Initiative grow and serve more fathers and children across the County. The Initiative’s mission is to empower fathers to do what is in the best interest of their children. When fathers are involved in the lives of their children, especially their education, kids learn more, have better self-esteem, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior, according to proven research. (more…)



MyLink – ‘There is no way I would have been as successful in my academics, job, or even in my athletics’ without it

Teens who are striving for independence but lack a driver’s license or access to a vehicle need the MyLink Teen Summer Bus Pass! With the pass, teens can travel around the Prince William County area without relying on their parents for a ride!

Here’s a MyLink teen testimonial:

“I have used [a MyLink pass] for the past several years, and there is no way I would have been as successful in my academics, job, or even in my athletics” without it, one teen told PRTC in 2016. “My dedication to the various aspects of my busy lifestyle has undoubtedly been made possible thanks to the Teen Summer Pass.”

Now in its 10th year, the MyLink program is offered by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). The pass enables those ages 13-19 to get unlimited local bus rides all summer long for $30. In addition, teens who use a MyLink pass get credit for the local fare when traveling on PRTC buses to nearby Metro stations and destinations including Washington, D.C.

In a 2016 survey, 69% of teens who used a MyLink pass last summer said they bought it because they didn’t have a driver’s license. Half said they used their pass to spend time with friends and get to summer school or other school-related activities.

MyLink passes are loaded onto SmarTrip cards, making it easy for teens to transfer to Metro trains or other regional transit providers. If the teen doesn’t already have a SmarTrip card, there is an additional $2 fee to purchase one.

PRTC’s one-way local fare is $1.55. At that rate, a teen who takes more than 10 local round-trips over the summer will save money with a MyLink pass. The pass is valid through Saturday, September 2, 2017. (more…)

News
Firefighters to face off with police in 1st charity ice hockey tournament

Ice, prince william, skating, hockey

From an email: 

On July 8, 2017, members of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue will square off against members of the Prince William County Police Department in a friendly charity hockey event to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Law Enforcement United. The game will be held at the Prince William Ice Center, 5180 Dale Blvd, Dale City, VA 22193. The puck is set to drop at 12:00 noon. Please join us in support of your local public safety representatives for a great benefit and cause to
include raffles, contests (including chuck-a-duck) and food trucks.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Mission: To honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives, and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. For more information visit our web site www.firehero.org or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NationalFallenFirefightersFoundation.

Law Enforcement United
Mission To remember and honor fallen law enforcement officers and support the survivors left behind. Law Enforcement United raises money for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). The proceeds help support the annual C.O.P.S. kids’ summer camp, a vital part of the healing process. The weeklong event is free to children of fallen officers. For more information visit our web site www.leunited.org or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lawenforcementunited/.

From Prince William fire and rescue Captain Bruce Tucker: 

This is the first year but plans are already in the works to make this an annual event.

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