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If amended bill passes, coal ash closure process at Possum Point could slow

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe amended a bill that would give more time to communities facing the possibility of a cap-in-place closure of a coal ash pond.

Bill SB1398 by State Senator Scott Surrovell (D-Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford) placed a one-year moratorium on the permitting of coal ash ponds int the state. This would give residents and elected leaders in Prince William County more time to evaluate whether or not a plan to close by capping a coal ash pond at the Possum Point Power Station near Dumfries is feasible and environmentally sound.

Before making it to the governor’s desk, the General Assembly stripped the moratorium provision from the bill. The bill, which addresses the closure of coal ash ponds across the state, will go back to the Senate on April 5 where it will again be voted on with the governor’s amendments. If it passes, it heads back to the House of Delegates.

“This is a problem that states across the U.S. are trying to solve in their own ways: what to do about these coal ash ponds,” said Surrovell. (more…)

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Man previously sought for aggravated sexual battery arrested

From Prince William Police Department:

Aggravated Sexual Battery *ARREST – On March 21, Eduyn Misael BELTRAN-ROMERO turned himself into police without incident at the Adult Detention Center in Manassas. The accused was wanted for a sexual assault which occurred at a residence in Dumfries in July of 2016.

Arrested on March 21:
Eduyn Misael BELTRAN-ROMERO, 43, of no fixed address
Charged with aggravated sexual battery and production of child pornography
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)


Holiday Inn Express North Stafford part of growing ‘select service’ hotel catering to business travelers

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It’s been about a month since the Wingate Inn in North Stafford changed its name to Holiday Inn Express, and there’s already been a noticeable improvement.

The rooms are completely renovated, and the pool went from a chlorine-filled swimming hole to a salt water oasis, and the continental breakfast is now anything but bland.

The changes are part of an $6 million renovation project at the hotel located the heart of North Staford, across from Stafford Marketplace. Changing the brand of the hotel was a significant move to attract and cater to business travelers.

“If we’re going to do a full renovation we’re going to go for a higher brand,” said Amal Lambaraa, Managing Director of Lambaraa Hospitality LLC at the Holiday Inn Express in North Stafford.

The new name not only means fresh linens and a brighter coat of paint. It means a better, healthier complimentary breakfast with low-calorie pancakes, waffles, and grab-and-go healthy options like fruit and gourmet coffee.

“Some days, the breakfast you take away can also be your lunch. You can take your food with you, and that prevents you from needing to run out to a gas station to get food or coffee,” added Lambarra.

There is over $1 billion in new hotel construction happening across Virginia right now. Leading the pack are these types of “select service” hotels. (more…)

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Robbery suspect argued with women, kicked cat, police said

From Prince William police: 

Strong Armed Robbery | Cruelty to Animal | Domestic Related – On March 10 at 9:35PM, officers responded to investigate an assault which occurred earlier that evening at a residence located in the 4000 block of Bradys Hill Dr in Triangle (22172).

The investigation revealed that the accused was involved in physical altercation with three victims, a 42-year-old woman, 19-year-old woman, and a 17-year-old female juvenile. During the encounter, the victims were assaulted by the accused.

At some point during the altercation, the accused kicked an 8-month-old cat across the room. As the victims attempted to leave, the accused held down the 42-year-old woman and took money from her. The accused then destroyed the victims’ cell phones as they attempted to contact police.

The parties eventually separated and the victim’s drove back to their residence in Woodbridge where they contacted police. Minor injuries were reported. The cat was not injured. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused.
Wanted: [Photo from August 2008]

Glenn Russell HALL, Jr., 51, of the 4000 block of Bradys Hill Rd in Triangle

Described as a white male, 5’08”, 190lbs with hazel eyes and brown hair

Wanted for 1 count of robbery, 3 counts of assault & battery, 1 count of cruelty to animals, and 1 count of destruction of property


Bingo mixed with aerobics keeps seniors active during winter months

The winter months can be a difficult time for seniors.

Cold temperatures and wintry weather conditions can make it difficult to go outside or to take regular shopping trips and excursions.

The Arbor Terrace Sudley Manor Assisted Living and Memory Care Center near Manassas recognizes this can be a problem and works to keep their residents active and engaged on gray winter days.

One of the ways it does so is by gathering residents in a dining area and playing “Arringo,” an activity that mixes aerobics with bingo to engage the mind, body, and soul.

This post is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas

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One trapped after sedan collides with semi truck

QUANTICO, Va. — One person is trapped inside sedan after it collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 near Quantico.

Fire and rescue crews are working to remove the patient from the wrecked car. A right lane on I-95 south at milepost 150 is blocked.

More as we have it.

3:47 p.m. 

The victim is pulled from the wreckage. 


3rd Annual Historic Manassas Bridal Show

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The 3rd Annual Historic Manassas Bridal Show is taking place on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory. This free event is proving to be that the third times a charm for this growing event with a wide variety of 30 wedding-related vendors. In years past, the event has been held at two other potential wedding venues in the City – the Harris Pavilion and the Manassas Museum Lawn. This year will be the first indoor show at another great downtown wedding venue – Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory.

This year’s Bridal Show will make the most out of this unique, gorgeous location. The first floor of the Center for the Arts features a gallery ideal for a happy hour before the reception. Hop on the elevator to the third floor featuring the perfect space for a reception. With gorgeous exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, this space is perfect for a reception with around 120 guests.

This year’s show will feature 30 vendors located on both the first and third floors. Local downtown merchants including Amy’s Bridal Boutique, Shining Sol Candle Company, Scatter Seeds, Jirani Coffeehouse, Travel Place, and Okra’s Cajun Creole will be set up along with popular venues such as Morais Vineyards and Airlie. Photographers, bakers, entertainment providers, specialty gift providers and more will be set up as well. A complete listing of all participating vendors can be found here. (more…)


Manassas Park builds community, finds success with youth basketball

Ask any Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation staff member what is the most popular program offered and without hesitation, they will respond, “The youth basketball league.”

The Manassas Park Youth Basketball League (MPYBL) is going into its 20th year, and lots of credit is owed to the community spirit the residents and employees of Manassas Park exude.

“Whenever we come there’s always a sense of family,” writes 2016-2017 MPYBL Coach Steve Gaskins, “There’s something here for everyone. It’s like a second home. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and the building is organized and clean.”

Gaskins is not exaggerating. Generations of families have grown up with Manassas Park Parks and Recreation including children who enrolled in Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC) preschool before the current building was built and are now graduating from high school. Children who participated in Extended Care and MP3, afterschool programs for school-age children and teenagers respectively, are now working part time jobs at the Community Center.

Many players return year after year to participate in the league. High school freshman Jonathan Ojo enjoys the basketball league for its great level of competition. (more…)

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Prince William acts as coal ash deadline looms

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Environmental officials on Tuesday said the EPA continues to investigate the release of 27 million gallons of water from a Prince William County coal ash pond in 2015.

Dominion Power, which owns the pond next to the Possum Point Power Station on the Potomac River near Dumfries, released the untreated water in April 2015. While the EPA is investigating this specific water release, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Northern Virginia Regional Director Tom Faha said discharged was allowed under the state-issued permit Dominion was using at the time.

In fact, during the 60 months leading up to the April 2015 water discharge, even larger discharges of more than 27 million gallons of water were released from a coal ash pond on the site during 18 of those 60 months, said Faha.

In January 2016, the Virgina Water Control Board approved a modified permit which allowed Dominion to treat the toxic coal ash water, remove contaminants, and then release the treated water into Quantico Creek and the Potomac River. (more…)

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Another suspect arrested in Dumfries robbery

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery *ADDITIONAL ARREST – On March 3, Raymond Laird DAVIS, the remaining suspect wanted for an armed robbery which occurred in the 18000 block of Fraley Blvd in the Town of Dumfries on August 18, was arrested in Washington, DC. The other suspect involved, identified as Darius Lamont DAVIS, was previously arrested on September 11. Raymond Laird DAVIS has been extradited back to Prince William and remains in custody.

Arrested on March 3:

Raymond Laird DAVIS, 22, of 3521 Buena Vista Terr in Woodbridge

Charged with abduction, robbery, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony

Court Date: April 6, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)


Manassas City businesses shine, take home top awards

This past Tuesday evening, the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 6th annual business awards dinner at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas to honor the best of the local business community. Awards recognize excellence in business, innovative practices, outstanding contributions to the community and businesses/organizations that stand out among their peers.

The City of Manassas presented its first “Business of the Year Award” to Management and Training Consultants Inc. (MTCI).  For more than 15 years MTCI has specialized in federal and military recruiting, retention and personnel management. MTCI is led by Dalena Kanouse, President and CEO.  Under Dalena’s leadership, MTCI has received a number of national and international certifications.  She is passionate about ensuring the principle upon which MTCI was founded — “maximizing human potential” is at the core of everything they do.  She truly believes the greatest asset of MTCI is the people who carry out the mission.  76 percent of the company’s associates are veterans; of those, 50 percent are retirees and 26 percent are combat veterans.

Additionally, many of the City’s businesses were nominated in the eleven categories of Chamber awards, including local favorite Jirani Coffeehouse for its commitment to enriching the lives of those in our community as well as Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services for providing outstanding professional services in the Greater Manassas region.

Four City businesses received top honors:

  • Tech Company of the Year: Aurora Flight Sciences

Headquartered at the Manassas Regional Airport, Aurora Flight Sciences is a world-wide leader in the research and development of unmanned aircraft systems, robotics and autonomous flight technologies.

  • Emerging Business of the Year: KO Distilling

Craft distillery KO Distilling opened their doors in the City of Manassas on September 12, 2015 with a 12,000 square foot facility featuring a state-of-the-art distilling plant, barrel storage, and tasting room. Co-founded by college classmates and long-time friends Bill Karlson and John O’Mara, KO Distilling is part of the emerging craft spirits industry in Virginia, providing exports as well as tourism revenue.

  • Business Excellence Award (11+ Employees): Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, PC

From their start in 1986, one of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian’s goals was to become a sophisticated law firm providing top-notch work for the community’s legal needs. Over the years, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian has grown to include twelve practice areas and 29 employees who all work in concert to provide every client with the best possible outcome for their legal needs.

  • Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award, Arts and Education: Center for the Arts

The mission of the Center for the Arts is to enrich the creative community by engaging people of all ages; celebrating diversity, fostering innovation and cultivating collaboration and communication. Where similar organizations may be focused solely on visual arts, or dance, or theatre with programs for either adults or children; the Center for the Arts is proud to offer programs for all ages, in a multitude of mediums.

Additional Nominees from the City of Manassas:

Innovative Practice/Partnership of the Year: Historic Manassas Inc., Novant Health UVA Health System

Community Outreach Award: Jirani Coffeehouse, Mr. Handyman, Apple Federal Credit Union, Transaction Expert

Government Contractor of the Year: MTCI-Management and Training Consultants Inc.

Outstanding Professional Service: Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services Inc., Twin Air LLC, Mr. Handyman

Tech Company of the Year: Tracen Technologies Excellence in Small Business: Transaction Expert Business Excellence Award: Hepburn and Sons, Apple Federal Credit Union

Chuck Colgan Visionary Award: Mike Vanderpool

Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards: Health and Human Service: Action in Community Through Service (ACTS), Apple Federal Credit Union


Take these numbers to heart

There are important numbers that can give you an overall picture of your heart health. Keeping track of your numbers provides you with a history of your health and encourages you to continue working toward your goals.

Here are the healthy numbers you should aim for and what they mean:

BMI: Based on height-to-weight ratio, body mass index (BMI) is an overall indicator of healthy weight. BMI does not distinguish between women and men. Your BMI should be between 20 and 24.

Waist circumference: Extra waistline inches can indicate heart disease risk because abdominal fat has a harmful effect on vital organs. People with a normal BMI but a high waist circumference are encouraged to reduce abdominal fat. Women should have a waist circumference of less than 35 inches, and men should have a waist circumference of less than 40 inches.

Waist-to-hip ratio: This ratio is sometimes used instead of waist circumference. To calculate, measure the circumference of your waist at its smallest point and measure the circumference of your hips at their widest point. Divide waist measurement by hip measurement. (Example: waist circumference = 35, hip circumference = 40, 35/40 = .88). Women should have a waist-to-hip ratio of less than 0.8, and men should have a waist-to-hip ratio of less than 0.95. (more…)

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Prince William residents want Board of Supervisors to intervene in Dominion coal ash plan

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Prince William residents want their Board of Supervisors to intervene in a plan to “cap-in-place” four million tons of coal ash along the Potomac River.

A survey commissioned by the Potomac Riverkeeper Network. an environmental group arguing for the ordered removal of the coal ash, found that a majority of respondents said yes when asked “Should Prince William County Board Of Supervisors Require Dominion To Come Up With Alternative Solutions Other Than Simply Capping It In Place Before Dominion Receives Final Approval For A Solid Waste Permit To Store This Coal Ash?”

From the survey results:

“Women (86%) more than Men (73%) want the Board of Supervisors in Prince William County to intervene. However, 73 percent is no slouch of a result, and it is due mainly to the 77 percent of Male Independents who say “yes.” Among the 61 percent who oppose Dominion’s “cap in place” plan, 93 percent of them want the Board of Supervisors to have a voice in the decided outcome of the permit granting procedure.”

Dominion Virginia Power wants to leave the coal ash in place in Pond D at the Possum Point Power Station near Potomac Shores along the Potomac River. A liner at the bottom of the pond and a new cap that would be placed atop the pond would keep the toxic ash water from leaking out, according to Dominion. (more…)

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Grill accident sets Dumfries home alight

From Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue:

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On Sunday, February 26th, at 6:40 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 5000 block of Buena Vista Drive in Dumfries.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed fire on the rear deck of the townhome that had extended to a second-floor interior bathroom and the attic. Firefighters initiated suppression and quickly extinguished the fire.

No injuries reported.

The occupant, home at the time of the fire, had just finished cooking on the grill and was in the kitchen when they noticed the grill on fire: they attempted to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful and called 911. (more…)

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Deborah Wright is the new Library Director for Prince William County

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The Prince William County Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Deborah Wright is the new Library Director for the County’s Public Library System.

Wright has 14 years of experience in the Prince William Public Library System, including two years as the Assistant Library Director where she oversaw public services in 11 branches and had direct supervision of the branch administrators. Wright previously worked at the Prince William Public Library System as well as the Prince William County Schools before moving to the Newport News Public Library System serving as a Branch Administrator, and a Family and Youth Services Coordinator. She then made her way back to Prince William becoming the Branch Administrator for Chinn Park Regional Library.

Wright received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Roanoke College and her Master of Science degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina. She is also a member of the Virginia Library Association and the American Library Association.

The previous Prince William County Public Library Director Connie Gilman retired in October, 2016


Check out Mad Mondays in March at Chick-fil-A Bristow

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Each Monday in March, there’s something special going on at Chick-fil-A Bristow!

Mad Hatter Monday — Monday, March 3, 2017

Wear your craziest hat and get a FREE chocolate chip cookie!

Luck O’ the Irish Monday — Monday, March 13, 2017

Wear green from head to toe and get a FREE soft drink!

B-Ball Jersey Monday — Monday, March 20, 2017

Wear your favorite team’s B-Ball Jersey and get a FREE Chick-fil-A Sandwich!

Crazy Bunny Ears Monday — Monday, March 27, 2017

Wear your craziest Bunny Ears and get a FREE IceDream!

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Update: Mattei Makayla, 15, found after going missing from Dumfries home

15-year-old Makayla Mattei from Dumfries, reported missing February 17th, has been found.

From Prince William County Police:

*UPDATE*: Makayla Mattei, 15, who was reported to Prince William County police as missing and endangered on February 20, was located safe and unharmed in the Harrisonburg, VA area a short time ago.

Makayla was found in the company of Meiti Metsla, 21, who has since been arrested for a Prince William County police felony charge of using a communication device to solicit certain offenses involving children. During the investigation into Makayla’s disappearance, detectives learned of inappropriate online conversations involving Meiti Metsla.

Arrangements are currently being made to reunite Makayla with her family in Dumfries. The Prince William County Police Department would like to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Virginia State Police for their assistance in this investigation.

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Service Authority to begin lining sewer mains in Dumfries

From Prince William County Service Authority:

Feb. 21, 2017
The Prince William County Service Authority will begin performing important rehabilitation work on the sanitary sewer system in the Tripoli Boulevard neighborhood of Dumfries this week.

Expected to take approximately four weeks to finish, the project entails lining sewer mains on Tripoli Boulevard, Dumfries Road, Wilson Street, Maple Street, Diamond Point Mews, Pine Street and Pine Court with Cured-In-Place-Pipe. The lining process is done in lieu of replacing the pipe itself, which is often a much more costly and disruptive measure for both customers and the utility.

Once completed, the resin-like substance used in the CIPP process hardens and essentially becomes a new pipe inside the existing sewer main. This protects the main from tree root intrusion and corrosion that can occur over long periods of time. CIPP also prevents groundwater infiltration into the sanitary sewer system during rain events, which helps reduce the amount of flow to the wastewater treatment plant.

The average sewer pipe lasts about 40 years, while CIPP can extend that lifespan to 90 years.
Each year, the Service Authority inspects more than a hundred miles of sewer line to determine where CIPP would be most effective. The Service Authority has lined more than five miles worth of sewer main in the last six months.

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PRTC submits proposed FY18 budget

From the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission:

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) Board of Commissioners voted February 9 to submit the agency’s proposed FY18 budget to its six member jurisdictions for their consideration. The member jurisdictions are Prince William, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.

PRTC provides commuter and local buses and ridesharing services in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park. PRTC also operates the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), serving all six member jurisdictions. (more…)

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