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Prince William’s Barnard to hold ‘Conversation with the Chief’

From Prince William poilce: 

Chief Barry Barnard of the Prince William County Police Department will host a “Conversation with the Chief” on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the A.J. Ferlazzo Building located at 15941 Donald Curtis Drive inWoodbridge starting at 7:00PM. We would like to extend an invitation to those who live in the community and the surrounding area to come out, meet the chief, and engage in conversation.

Chief Barnard will personally answer questions and discuss any topics of concern from the public and residents. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to get to know their Police Department and ask questions directly to the Chief and other police staff. Members from the Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit and Personnel Bureau will also be on hand to answer questions and provide useful information regarding safety tips, neighborhood watches and recruitment.

The Chief plans to hold additional community engagement conversations at other locations across Prince William County in the future. We look forward to having a productive discussion.

Multi-family yard sale in Lake Ridge

Multi-Family Yard Sale, Saturday, July 8 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 3221 Culbreth Court, Lake Ridge, VA: Appliances, Electronics, Baby clothes, and toys, exercise equip, much more 

Appliances, Electronics, Baby clothes, and toys, exercise equip, much more 



PotomacLocal.com is the newest tenant at CENTERFUSE

PotomacLocal.com is the newest tenant at CENTERFUSE, the budding co-workspace in Downtown Manassas.

The seven-year-old digital media company with a focus on local news, politics, and transportation issues in the Prince William County region will not only produce news coverage and content at the Manassas co-working center but will engage with readers and local business owners there, too.

“My job as an entrepreneurial journalist on any given day requires me to be in multiple places in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. While a traditional office has never been in our plans, the flexibility, open work environment, and business support from the staff at CENTERFUSE are just what our company needs to grow,” said Potomac Local Media Founder and Publisher Uriah Kiser.

With Potomac Local’s acquisition of a dedicated workspace at CENTERFUSE, the company will launch a new podcast to discuss issues facing area residents. Additionally, Potomac Local will hold community events at CENTERFUSE to engage readers and residents, as well as hold scheduled publisher’s “office hours” where readers may visit with Potomac Local writers to share story ideas, as well as voice
neighborhood concerns in a one-on-one setting.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Potomac Local as our newest member of CenterFuse.  Our facility, located in Downtown Manassas lends a perfect opportunity for Uriah to connect with areas of Prince William County while working in a pristine location in the City of Manassas,” said Historic Manassas Inc. Director Debbie Haight. 

CENTERFUSE opened in early May and caters to entrepreneurs in need of shared workspace. Historic Manassas Inc. is contracted to provide small business support services to CENTERFUSE members.  

News
Virginia’s November GOP ticket stumps in Dale City

From a press release: 

This year’s Republican candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General [on Sunday, July 2, 2017] visited Dale City as part of their statewide kick-off tour for November’s election season. The kick-off rally featured Ed Gillespie (Governor), Jill Vogel (Lt. Governor) and John Adams (Attorney General) and was the first official event for the Republican ticket in Prince William Count since the June 13 Primary Election.

The location of the kick-off event, Mapledale Plaza in Dale City, will serve as a campaign headquarters for Del. Scott Lingamfelter and Ed Gillespie. The Gillespie campaign has indicated that they’ll commit a significant amount of resources to win Prince William County this year because of its importance to winning statewide elections. No one has won a statewide race in Virginia without winning Prince William County since 2001, when Mark Warner won the race for Governor.

“Prince William County is the second largest municipality in Virginia and an important bellwether for statewide elections,” said Prince William Republican Committee Chairman Dottie Miller. “We will fight for every vote including in precincts and areas of the County that normally vote more Democratic. Today’s kick-off in eastern Prince William is proof that we will compete for every single vote here.”

News
Volunteers 55+ needed to drive veterans to medical appointments in Prince William County

Good morning Prince William – have a safe and enjoyable July 4th celebration!

· Please mark your calendar for July 22 and join the Independence Empowerment Center for their 10th Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration. It will be held from 10am until 2pm at the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas. Lots of fun is planned including a live singer, many informational vendors, games for children, and a silent auction. Phat Yummies will be back! Come visit after you leave the Farmers’ Market.

· House of Mercy has just kicked off their Shoes for Kids Drive and need your help collecting new, trendy school shoes by July 22nd for their kids. The goal this year is 192 pairs of fun shoes to start the new school year. You can drop them off at the center located at: 8170 Flannery Court Manassas or check out their website for more info at: houseofmercyva.org.

· Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is still looking for volunteers for the Area Agency on Aging’s Meal on Wheels program You can sign up for a regular day or be a substitute driver. It is easy to do just by picking up a few meals at the Senior Center kitchens in Manassas or Woodbridge and delivering to your route. Bring joy and combat hunger among our seniors! If you are age 55+ contact Jan at 571-292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team. Adults 54 and under please phone Melodee at 703-792-4583.

· RSVP is also in urgent need of volunteers aged 55+ who can drive veterans and/or their spouses to medical appointments in Prince William County. There is a particular need for volunteers in eastern PWC to help veterans retired from Quantico and Fort Belvoir. Volunteers pick up veterans at their home, take them to their appointment, and assist with filling a prescription (if needed) and transport the veteran safely home. It is wonderful way to say “thank you” to our veterans and their family members for their service, and it only takes a few hours out of a day. Contact Jan at 571-292-5302 for all the details.

· Helping Neighbors-in-Need Outreach Center needs volunteers to assist in the office Monday through Wednesday, 9:30am to 3:30pm. They had some great volunteers but guess what? They got jobs and had to move on! If you would like to assist the homeless, veterans, elderly, the most vulnerable rebuild their lives; the Outreach Center could sure use your help. There is a detailed position description available, please contact, Pastor Edmonds at 571-589-8146. (more…)

Traffic
Passenger was ejected from vehicle in E-ZPass lanes crash

Authorities closed the northbound I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes on Friday after a crash. 

From Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller: 

At 5:45 a.m.Friday (June 30), Virginia State Police responded to a vehicle crash in the I-95 Express Lanes at the 159-mile marker in Prince William County.

A 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling north on I-95 when it ran off the left side of the road, struck the Jersey wall and overturned two times. As the vehicle overturned, the front-seat passenger was ejected from the vehicle.

The front-seat passenger was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for the treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The driver and two other passengers were transported to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

Traffic
Unusual I-95 delays have slowed OmniRide commuter buses since April

It’s common knowledge that traffic on Interstate 95 north is slow in the mornings as commuters head to work in Washington, D.C. In the afternoons, traffic on the interstate slows again as workers head south for home.

In the past month, however, that rule of the road has been tested. OmniRide commuter buses from Prince William County headed north on I-95 were delayed at least 12 times between May 25 and June 23.

The delays were caused by a mix of traffic congestion and crashes. The buses’ operator Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission relies on a smooth flow of northbound traffic in the afternoons to send empty, or “deadheaded” buses to Washington, D.C. to pick up evening commuters, and then turn around and use the I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes to bring them home.

From PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo:

“Yes, there has been an increase in the number of days that PRTC buses have experienced afternoon traffic delays. The congestion is typically northbound in Newington from early afternoon until the evening. Later in the evening, the traffic is tending to back up northbound from the Pentagon to the 14th Street Bridge.

To maximize efficiency and minimize costs, many of our buses operate two separate trips in the afternoons – traveling from Woodbridge to D.C. early during the rush hour, dropping passengers off in the Prince William area, and then returning to D.C. to pick up more passengers.

These second rush hour trips are particularly vulnerable to traffic conditions because at that time of day the Express and [I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes] are pointed southbound. As a result, northbound PRTC buses are using the general lanes with everyone else.”

The delays have forced PRTC to re-assign bus drivers to other routes, as well as “constantly monitor” on-time performance. (more…)


Rippon Lodge’s annual World War II Days features free showing of ‘Stalag 17’ under the stars

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In a year of significant historical anniversaries, one thinks of World War II. This year alone, many will commemorate the 75th anniversaries of the Battle of Midway (June 4) and the Battle of Stalingrad (July ’42-Feb ’43). These, like many others, shaped the course of the war. Hearing the news of these conflicts on the Homefront was difficult for many people. There was a need to escape and remember there was still hope.

The music and film industries of the 1940s provided those much-needed outlets to find laughter and joy, although fleeting, during the war years. 75 years ago, on November 26, Casablanca, with Humphry Bogart and Lauren Bacall was released.

It took filmmakers only three months of principle photography to make the picture. Warner Bros. rushed Casablanca to theaters to take advantage of the Allied invasion of North Africa only weeks earlier.

With the classic line “Here’s looking at you,” and an all-star cast, Casablanca won three Academy Awards, and became one of the most iconic movies of all time.

Released 75 years ago, “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, (with Anyone Else but Me)” was a hit of the Andrew Sisters. In actuality, it is a reworked song.

Originally written by Lew Brown and Charles Tobias, its first release was for the 1939 Broadway musical Yokel Boy. After the U.S. had entered the war, the songwriters modified the lyrics to their more popular form.

The song debuted to moviegoers in May 1942 where the Andrew Sisters performed it in the feature film, Private Buckaroo. The tune remained to be one of the most requested songs during the Andrew Sisters’ performing career. (more…)

News
Dale City 4th of July Parade to honor Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert

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From an email: 

The annual Dale City 4th of July Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4th.  Lineup for the parade begins at 9:00 a.m. at Kirkdale Road and Dale Boulevard for parade participants and the parade will end at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) commuter parking lot at Center Plaza in Dale City. 

This year’s parade committee has chosen to honor Commonwealth’s Attorney, Paul Ebert as the 2017 Parade Grand Marshal.    Family Fun Day during the parade is from 11 am to 2 pm at the Center Plaza VDOT Commuter Lot.

Drivers can also expect a traffic pattern change during the parade, according to Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. 

The eastbound lanes of Dale will be closed between 8:30 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. between Mapledale Avenue and Gerry Lane. Traffic will be forced to use the westbound lanes which will be split in both directions with cones.

 

KO Distilling celebrates Bare Knuckle American Rye release

Friends old and new gathered at KO Distilling in Manassas on June 17 to celebrate the release of the first rye whiskey bottled in the city since Prohibition.

Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey is the second in a line of spirits from the distillery, joining Bare Knuckle American Wheat Whiskey in the product line.

The whiskey release party featured live music, a barbecue food truck, tastings, and a cornhole game.



New Listing: 32315 Deep Meadow Lane

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New Listing!! Custom Jeff Hall built colonial on 6.6+ acre lot in gated Meadowland. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths with formal living room, dining room and sun-filled Florida room.

Elegant two-story hardwood foyer with palladium window. Beautiful granite kitchen w/natural cherry cabinets, large island, glass cooktop, ceramic tile backsplash & pantry. Convenient main level master suite w/walk-in closet, double vanity and marble shower.

Cozy family room w/gas log fireplace, decorative pillars & built-in shelves. Huge upper-level master suite overlooking woods w/sitting room, vaulted ceiling, ceramic tile, cultured marble tub & shower, separate W/C, pocket doors.

Bright & open finished walk-out basement w/huge rec room, wood burning fireplace, true 5th bedroom, full bath, den/exercise room, mud/laundry room w/utility sink & ceramic tile. Stamped patio leads to private in-ground swimming pool surrounded by professional landscaping.

Extra features include a 50-year engineered septic system, 405’ well (expertly designed), whole house generator, high-efficiency HVAC system.

Original owners have maintained this beautiful home in immaculate condition!! Move-in ready, a true 10+

Contact C.C. Bartholomew at 703-282-4800 or email cc@ccbartholomew.com email 



Starting July 3, ask PRTC OmniLink for a pickup or drop off at Manassas Park Community Center

Beginning July 3, the Manassas Park Community Center will be an On Demand PRTC OmniLink Bus Stop.

PRTC (Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission) is a public bus transportation system in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Services provided by PRTC include OmniRide, OmniLink, and OmniMatch.

OmniRide offers commuter buses going to DC, the Pentagon, Mark Center and Tysons. OmniMatch specializes in carpooling and vanpooling, and OmniLink is the designation used for local bus service. Remember Link = Local!

In a September 2015 survey, 40% of riders on Manassas OmniLink and Manassas Park OmniLink buses said they ride a PRTC bus 5 days/week, and another 31% ride 1 to 3 days/month. These riders also indicated that the places they travel via PRTC bus are: work 54%, shopping 45%, doctor or medical visit 26%, college or technical school 23%, social or recreational 15%, K-12 school 10%, and other 5%.

“PRTC buses are partially funded by tax dollars because the fare you pay on our buses is a fraction of the cost to operate,” said Christine Rodrigo, Public Relations Specialist for PRTC, “the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and Prince William County subsidize us so that we can keep our fares reasonable.”

PRTC responded to multiple public suggestions of adding another stop in Manassas Park at the Manassas Park Community Center. This new bus stop will be an On Demand stop. If you are not familiar with what an On Demand stop is, it simply means that the bus will not stop at an On Demand stop unless a rider requests the driver to stop there. (more…)

Traffic
A portion of Dale Boulevard closes Wednesday morning for future traffic light installation

From a press release: 

Westbound Dale Blvd (Route 784) between the off-ramp to southbound I-95 and the on-ramp from southbound I-95 will be closed Wednesday, June 28 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. to install a traffic signal pole and mast arm, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Drivers on southbound I-95 will still be able to exit onto westbound Dale Boulevard via Exit 156B, and drivers on westbound Dale Boulevard will still be able to exit onto southbound I-95.

The work is part of the project to realign the ramp and add a traffic signal so that traffic from southbound I-95 can merge more safely onto westbound Dale Boulevard. The project is scheduled for completion later this summer.

Traffic
Those standing on VRE trains need to get off, back on starting July 3

From an email: 

Queueing is when passengers stand at the doorway, making it difficult for others to detrain at their stop. Queueing on VRE trains is an ongoing issue that is frequently brought to our attention. As our ridership has risen, the problem has intensified.

Starting Monday, July 3rd, VRE will be enforcing a new policy:

All passengers standing at each stop will detrain.
This is to ensure that everyone who wants to get off can. Those who wish to resume the train ride will be let back on, but they must first detrain. Once everyone has boarded, the train can depart.

We appreciate your cooperation.

News
Fairfax police nab man suspected of stealing truck, impersonating cop

From Prince William police: 

Impersonating a Police Officer | Stolen Vehicle *ARREST – On June 23, detectives with the Intel Unit were notified by detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department that they had identified and arrested the suspect who had impersonated a police officer in the area of Prince William Pkwy and Reids Prospect Dr in Woodbridge on June 18 while driving a stolen white 2016 Chevrolet Silverado. The accused, identified as Tyson RASCHER, was charged by Fairfax for charges related to the stolen vehicle. Detectives with the Prince William Police Intel Unit subsequently obtained additional charges for impersonating a police officer and eluding police.

Arrested on June 23:

Tyson RASCHER, 19, of 6020 Martins Landing Ln in Burke

Charged with impersonating a police officer: 3rd offense and eluding police

Court Date: July 20, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond



Explore Summer Reading at your Prince William Public Library

Free special events all summer, plus prizes for reading!

Visit your local Prince William Public Library to begin your journey through books. Summer reading kicked off June 19 and will run through August 19 with plenty of free fun, challenges, and prizes along the way. Register at any branch or in person by visiting www.pwcgov.org/summerreading.

Explore Summer Reading for Kids, Infants through Students Entering 5th Grade

Come to any library branch to pick up your Passport and we’ll give you your first stamp. When you come in for a second visit, tell us what you’re reading and you’ll receive a coupon for free food. At six library visits, you pick out a brand-new book to keep! Come back for up to nine visits; each stamp is an entry into the kids’ grand prize drawing of an Asus flip laptop! You can receive one stamp in a 24-hour period, regardless of how many libraries you visit.

Weekly Challenges

Don’t lose precious brain cells this summer! Each of the nine weeks of summer reading will have a different theme and a special challenge. Come in to your library to complete the weekly challenge and you’ll be entered into a drawing for even more prizes. There will be a different challenge for each week, so visit often. (more…)



Over the road driver needed for Manassas food service company

SUMMARY:  Drives an eighteen-wheeler (tractor trailer) in order to deliver food products to restaurants and grocery stores primarily located in the Southeastern, Midwestern and Northern United States.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:      

  • Complies with all DOT regulation and maintains a CDL, class “A” Driver’s License with a safe Driving record
  • Drives up to the maximum allowed service hours, according to DOT regulations, and maintains and submits proper documentation to Operations on a weekly basis, including pre and post trip records and log books, fuel tax trip reports and payroll sheets. This must be done timely in order to ensure that payroll is processed and it will not be if any thing is missing.
  • Delivers food products to restaurants and grocery stores
  • Unloads deliveries by hand, from a trailer carrying up to 40,000 pounds (20 tons)
    • Utilizes a hand truck with product in bundles of 50 pounds
    • Utilizes a ramp whenever accessible, otherwise unloads from the truck to the ground
    • Puts the merchandise onto the hand truck
    • Moves the product to the customer’s designated area
    • Removes product from hand truck and restacks merchandise if requested by customer, sometimes near or inside a cooler of freezer, but does no merchandising
  • Compares actually merchandise vs. invoice with customer, obtains customer signature and collects any payment, if necessary
  • Immediately contact Operations with any mechanical or operational issues, Sales with any customer/product issues and Accounting with any invoice/payment issues, utilizing contact numbers in Driver Manual

(more…)

News
Prince William awards $4 million boardwalk contract

A new $4 million walkway will bridge a trail gap over the Neabsco Creek.

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors awarded the funds to construct a new boardwalk to become part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, which runs from the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania to the Chesapeake Bay. Thirty-eight miles of the trail run in Prince William County, and while the trail is a National Park Service project, it’s up to the localities in which the trail runs to fund its construction, according to county documents.

About nine miles of the Prince William County portion of the trail is completed, mostly in the southern portion of the county.

The nearly 1-mile long boardwalk will be built in Woodbridge with southern yellow pine boards, and with posts to construct a handrail. The 10-foot wide structure will connect Rippon Landing Community Park with the Julie J. Metz Wetlands Preserve.

Nature Bridges, the winning construction firm, also proposed building the boardwalk using Black Locust timber decking at an increased cost $5.2 million. If county officials chose this material, it would have slowed construction up to 36 months as the company worked to acquire the timber, but, at up to 40 years, it would have doubled the lifespan of the walkway.

In addition to the $3.8 million award to Nature Bridges, the Board also gave $365,600 to Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, P.C. to pay for the architectural and design work for the walkway. (more…)

News
Murders, traffic fatalities increase in Prince William County

Chief Barry Barnard of the Prince Willam County Police Department looked back on a violent year.

There were 22 murders in the county in 2016, marking the highest murder rate in Prince William County in 15 years. It topped 2006 when there were 16 murders in the county.

A total of 18 of the 22 murder victims in the county knew their killer. Some, like Prince William police Officer Ashley Guindon, were killed in domestic valence situations.

“We lost a brave and courageous police officer who responded to a call and was murdered, along with Crystal Sheree Hamilton, inside,” said Barnard.

Hamilton, 29, was shot and killed inside her home on Lashmere Court in Dale City on February 28, 2016. Police say that after shooting his wife,  33-year-old Ronald Hamilton then turned his gun on Guindon, 29, killing her.

The murder of 23-year-old Pablito Kamara, 23, on May 30, 2016, is the only homicide case from last year that remains unsolved. Pablito was shot sometime after 2 a.m. outside a nightclub on Golanski Boulevard in Woodbridge and was taken to a local hospital where he later died. (more…)

News
Apollo housing project wins approval despite cries of school overcrowding

A total of $4.3 million in proffers from the developers of a new townhome complex was too much for county leaders to pass up.

Apollo Enterprises got the green light from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors for a rezoning to build up to 100 new townhomes, a self-storage lot, and small retail shops on near the corner of Prince William Parkway and Hoadly Road near Woodbridge. The project will also bring an extension of Ridgefield Village Parkway, connecting Hoadly Road with Apollo Drive.

Supporters of the project, which won prior approval from the county’s Planning Commission, lauded its plan to leave nearly a quarter of the 25-acre property untouched with trees, as well as build a public plaza where local artists can be showcased.

Others said the new homes would place more burden on an already overcrowded school system, as well as take up land that could otherwise be used to attract new jobs near the county’s McCoart Government Center.

“There are simply not enough funds to build new schools and hire new teachers,” said Doug Widener, of Gainesville to the Board of Supervisors. “What is it going to take for you to stop approving new homes that cause overcrowding [in schools]?” (more…)

News
Hit and run leads to robbery charges for Washington, D.C. woman

From police: 

“Strong Arm Robbery | Hit & Run *ARREST – On June 20, Brittany I’Esha BENNETT turned herself into police without incident at the Gar-Field Station in Woodbridge. The accused was wanted for robbery which occurred in the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Dale Blvd in Woodbridge on June 10.

Arrested on June 20:

Brittany I’Esha BENNETT, 18, of 415 Longfellow NW St in Washington, DC

Charged with robbery and hit & run

Court Date: July 18, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Strong Arm Robbery | Hit & Run [Previously Released] – On June 10 at 3:30PM, officers responded to the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Dale Blvd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed that the victim, an 18-year-old woman of Woodbridge, was traveling southbound on Jefferson Davis Hwy in the area of Featherstone Rd when she was involved in a vehicle accident with a 2003 black Honda sedan. When the driver of the Honda attempted to flee the area, the victim followed the vehicle to the area of Jefferson Davis Hwy and Dale Blvd where it stopped at the intersection. The accused then got out of her vehicle and was involved in a verbal altercation with the victim. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the victim and took a cell phone before fleeing the area. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit obtained a warrant for the arrest of the accused, identified as Brittany I’Esha BENNETT. The investigation continues.”

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