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I-95 EZ-Pass reversible lanes changes for Pope visit

Pope Francis’ arrival in Washington this week will prompt changes to the Interstate 95 EZ-Pass Express Lanes. 

Here’s what they told us: 

Pope Francis will be arriving in Washington, D.C. tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, with a parade taking place on Wednesday, September 23.  Heavy travel is to be expected in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., especially in the I-95 corridor. 

As such, we are adjusting the 95 Express Lanes lane reversal schedule on Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24, to make it easier for drivers to travel to and from the District.  Please find the updated reversal schedule below:

  • Tuesday, September 22:  No changes to reversal time.  The reversal from northbound (NB) to southbound (SB) will begin around 11 a.m. with the SB lanes open around 1 p.m.  

  • Wednesday, September 23: The reversal from NB to SB will begin around 10 a.m. with the SB lanes open around 12 p.m.

  • Thursday, September 24: The reversal from NB to SB will begin around 10 a.m. with the SB lanes open around 12 p.m.

  • Friday, September 25:  No changes to reversal time.  The reversal from northbound (NB) to southbound (SB) will begin around 11 a.m. with the SB lanes open around 1 p.m.  

During the work week, the reversal from northbound to southbound usually begins around 11 a.m. with the southbound lanes open around 1 p.m.

‘Grapes in the Garden’ raises money to provide music, art, & massage therapies for Mary Washington Hospice patients

Grapes in the Garden

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The annual Mary Washington Hospice “Grapes in the Garden” beer, wine, and food tasting is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.

The event will take place at the Snowden House on the Mary Washington Hospital Campus, from 2 to 5 p.m. The hospice provides compassionate, comprehensive end-of-life care for patients at the hospital. The hospice does this music, art, and massage therapies.

The Grapes in the Garden event helps to fund these continuing therapies.

Tickets for the event are $50 in advance, $60 at the door.

You can purchase tickets and get more information online.

Bristow woman assaulted inside home

A round-up of police reports from Prince William police: 

Strangulation | Domestic Assault & Battery




On September 5 th at 3:12AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 10000 block of Orland Stone Dr in Bristow (20136) to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 39 year old woman of Bristow, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused held the victim down on the bed and began to choke her. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. Arrested on September 5 th: Kevin James DEBERY, 31 of the 10000 block of Orland Stone Dr in Bristow Charged with strangulation and domestic assault & battery Court Date: Pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Residential Burglary

On September 15th at 6:23PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 15100 block of Colder Ln in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 8:45AM and 2:30PM. The investigation revealed that there were no signs of forced entry into the home. A cell phone, MacBook, and iMac desktop were reported missing.

Residential Burglary

On September 15th at 5:55PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 2100 block of Rutland Ct in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 9:00PM on September 13th and 6:00AM on September 14th. The investigation revealed that entry was made into several vehicles belonging to the occupants of the residence. Entry was also made into an attached garage. There were no signs of forced entry into the garage or any of the vehicles. A bicycle was reported missing from the garage. No property was reported missing from any of the vehicles.

Virginia Railway Express running regular service during Pope visit

When Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, you won’t be able to get there by OmniRide bus.

You can ride Virginia Railway Express, however. Virginia’s only commuter rail service will provide service Wednesday, Sept. 23 and 24, 2015, just as it would any other weekday. VRE will adjust its morning and afternoon trains to accommodate early demand.

Here’s more in a press release:

VRE is coordinating with local officials and law enforcement as there are several events scheduled that will likely result in extreme congestion directly affecting roads and public transportation. Due to anticipated congestion at the stations and heightened security, VRE trains could experience delays, especially closer to the downtown DC area.

With the expected increase in ridership during Pope Francis’s visit, VRE encourages riders to arrive at stations early and utilize the VRE Mobile app to purchase and validate tickets, as there could be long lines at ticket vending machines. To learn about purchasing tickets on your smartphone, please go to www.vre.org/mobile.

VRE will have staff on-hand at key stations to assist riders.

Riders can visit www.vre.org or call (703) 684-1001 to obtain schedule, service, fare and station information.

OmniRide buses from Prince William County will not take riders to portions of Northern Virginia or into Washington on Wednesday, September 24. Instead, OmniRide riders from eastern Prince William County will be dropped at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station on the Blue line, and riders from western Prince William will be dropped at the Tysons Corner Metro station on the Silver line.

Delicious Downtown: Manassas Restaurant Week returns

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Foodies have a great reason to get excited about fall!

September marks the return of Historic Manassas Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week is a tourism and marketing promotion celebrated throughout the U.S. to help bring in new customers and grow local businesses. Local restaurants feature their cuisine and offer a multi-course tasting experience for a special price.

Historic Manassas Inc. produces this event to showcase the City’s exciting culinary scene and encourage people to visit downtown businesses. Diners can try out places where they haven’t yet dined and regulars can score a great deal at their local favorites. Most Restaurant Week promotions are two courses for $25 or three courses for $35 and the specials run September 20 – 26.

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Insider’s Scoop on Restaurant Week Specials

Carmello’s (9108 Center Street) brings seasonal fine dining and an award-winning wine list to Historic Manassas. Their Restaurant Week dinner for $35 will offer a choice of a chopped house or caesar salad to start; a choice of gnocchi con carne, veal Napolitano, or marinated pork chops for an entrée; and either crème brule or chocolate hazelnut cake for dessert.

C.J. Finz Raw Bar & Grille (9413 West Street) is the City’s surf and turf destination. They have a fantastic deal that starts with your choice of a pint of beer or wine and is followed by a half-dozen shucked oysters or a half-pound of spiced shrimp. Your meal continues with your choice of several sandwiches, including a lobster roll, fried oyster po’boy, tuna tacos, salmon BLT, as well as non-fishy options like rib-eye steak, grilled chicken, or a burger on pretzel roll.

City Square Café (9428 Battle Street), where many enjoy artisan charcuterie and cheese boards, will entice diners with a choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $35 during dinner. For $48, you can indulge on a wine pairing with your meal.

El Cactus (9406 Battle Street) offers fresh Tex-Mex favorites. During Restaurant Week, two can dine for $36. Pick one of five different appetizers to share, including the Manassas Soup Bowl-winning chicken tortilla soup. Entrees on special include carne asada, smoking fajitas, mole salmon, shrimp-topped tilapia, honey roasted cilantro chicken, and sweet honey salmon salad. Dessert features churros or the Taste of Manassas-winning tres leches.  

Mackey’s (9412 Main Street), an American pub, is home to bourbon-glazed, “drunken” meats from the grill as well as plenty of “pub grub” favorites. They are offering an appetizer and entrée combo for $25.

Monza (9405 Battle Street) is where you can enjoy live music on the weekends and your favorite team on the big screens. They will be offering a choice of bruschetta, mozzarella sticks, arancini, or fried calamari for an appetizer and a choice of chicken picatta or pan-seared Atlantic salmon for an entrée for $25.

Okra’s (9110 Center Street) brings a taste of New Orleans to Manassas. This Cajun Creole favorite will feature a different dinner special each day of Restaurant Week. Swing by to see what the day’s special entrée will be and enjoy it with the choice of an appetizer and dessert for $35 during dinner. 

Philadelphia Tavern (9413 Main Street) offers authentic Philly fare and boasts hoagie rolls that come straight from Amoroso Bakery. Grab a pal and enjoy two of their famous cheese steaks and two draught beers for $25 during both lunch and dinner.

The Bone (9420 Battle Street) is downtown’s home for smoky barbecue and hand-picked craft beers. Come by for a two-meat combo platter with Banana Puddin’ Pie for dessert and a local craft beer for $25. Choose from pork, brisket, turkey, chicken, or ribs and pair it with two sides and bread.

Note: The full menus at every restaurant will still be available in addition to the Restaurant Week special menu items, deals, and pricing.

Pope visit to Washington: Changes coming to your OmniRide commute

The visit of Pope Francis in Washington will mean those who normally take OmniRide buses to Washington will instead be bused to Metro stations.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, operators of OmniRide commuter bus and OmniLink local buses, will enact its Emergency Service Plan on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The Pope has a full schedule of events planned in Washington. He will begin Wednesday with a meeting with a meeting at the White House with President Obama. Later, a papal parade will travel along 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue.

The Pope will attend midday prayer at the Cathedral of St Matthew The Apostle on Rhode Island Avenue NW. A mass will be held later in the day at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Pope Francis will later make an appearance at the U.S. Capitol for a joint address to Congress. He’ll finish the day at St. Patrick’s Church. 

All of this means PRTC OmniRide buses will not serve regular stops in Washington. Riders will picked up Wednesday morning at their regular stops and taken to Metro stations. 

Buses serving eastern Prince William County will take passengers to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station on hte Blue line. Buses serving Manassas and Gainesville riders will take passengers to the Tysons Corner Metro station on the Silver line. 

PRTC Metro Direct buses will run on a regular schedule on Wednesday. Here’s more in a press release: 

Because the implementation of the Emergency Service Plan is being announced in advance, fares will be charged for OmniRide service. OmniRide fares to and from the Metro stations will be $3.85 cash or $3.10 with a SmarTrip card, which are the equivalent of Metro Direct fares. OmniRide fares during regular, non-ESP service, are $8.30 cash or $6.20 with a SmarTrip card.

More information about the emergency service plan, and OmniRide schedules is available onlinehttp://www.prtctransit.org/index.html.

Prince William fire, police to face off on soccer field for charity

?The Prince William County Fire and Rescue and Police departments are setting up for a little interdepartmental rivalry later this month when they meet to play soccer in the Prince William Cup to raise money for four local charities. [Read more]

How to make sure your legal billing software is up to date

  • JTC Inc.
  • Address: 9720 Capital Ct #305, Manassas, VA 20110
  • Phone: (703) 794-1225
  • Website: http://www.jtcinc.net/

When you turn on your computer, do you ever see a window, telling you it’s time to update? Every software program requires updates at some point, while new features are added and vulnerabilities in the program are fixed.

And for those that run a legal firm, having software on your side for billing purposes can be a huge help. Programs like Amicus, TimeMatters and Sage Timeslips will allow you to accurately track billing for any meetings, research or calls made to your clients far more efficiently than tracking it with pen and paper or your own spreadsheet.

But even excellent programs like these need maintenance and updates in order to continue functioning properly.

“Just like any other software, they usually have integrated update notifications,” said Chris Dittrich, a solution architect for JTC, Inc.

These updates typically include annual upgrades, patches, bug fixes, and new operating system updates.

While you could handle the updates on your own, if you want to eliminate any potential error that could severely impact your ability to rely on the software, then it’s best to allow an IT company, like JTC, Inc., to handle software upgrades to your legal billing software for you.

“We subscribe to the software. When we’re working with a software platform, we have an email that goes to the engineers that will give us updates and tell us when there’s been a service update,” said Dittrich.

Especially with a full caseload, it makes more sense from a time management perspective.

“If you have a company that’s using the software, it’s advisable for them to put their IT company team on as a contact for the software vendor, so the IT company can adequately assist them in making sure those updates get done,” said JTC, Inc. spokeswoman Kristen Maxey.

Additionally, trusting the updates of your legal billing software with a company like JTC, Inc. will ensure that your system is free from any bugs or viruses.

“We want to eliminate any potential vulnerabilities that there are inside of the software,” said Maxey.

Save yourself time and effort and make sure you’re always billing your clients with up-to-date software by utilizing the services of an IT company like JTC, Inc.

Reduce, reuse, repair: How yard sales can make our community a greener place

When it comes to exploring options to improve our personal impact on the environment the old adage, “Reduce, reuse, recycle” rings as true as when it was first heard in kindergarten.

Looking from the outside, one might not make the connection on how the three R’s apply to yard sales. The R’s are indeed there having an impact even if it is simple or subtle.

The greatest impact one can have when going green is to reduce.  Typically this means that one should avoid purchasing new items or reduce consuming resources like water or electricity.

Another perspective is to reduce clutter within the home. Clearing out unused appliances, for example, means fewer items plugged into power strips slowly using energy.

Even turned off appliances can still be using energy to run background tasks or maintain WiFi connectivity. A half-empty chest freezer, a TV that is never used or a treadmill bought with the best of intentions can all be slowly consuming energy without providing any real benefit.

Reduce their impact by clearing them out!

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Clearing out is just the first step. Now the question becomes what to do with it. Properly disposing of the item is an option.

For example, there are facilities and services that take electronics like computers to break down for their components. Another option is to reuse it! The more items kept out of landfills; the healthier our environment becomes.

Reusing also reduces the pressure to gather new materials and harvest new resources. A great place to see reusing in action is at a yard sale. If somebody is looking for a chest freezer to store their bulk purchased frozen foods then a yard sale vendor selling their underutilized chest freezer is a perfect match!

The vendor makes a little money, the purchaser gets an item they were seeking for a discount and less pressure is applied to the environment.
That’s a win all the way around.

Sometimes an item is in disrepair or functions poorly. The piece overall is still in good shape, but perhaps there’s a tear in the fabric of a chair.

The handier people in our community can reach out and enact the third R – recycle. Suggesting somebody reupholstering a chair is the same as recycling may be a bit of a stretch but all one has to do is look at the myriad of Pinterest projects to see how well reusing and recycling go hand in hand.

Maybe for the purposes of this article the third R should be repair. The underlying fact still remains true: The less pressure that is put on the environment to supply brand new items the greener it will be for future generations.

Come see how you can apply the three R’s at the upcoming yard sale at the Manassas Park Community Center on September 19th from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Will you be a vendor reducing the clutter in your home?

Perhaps you’ll be a shopper looking to reuse, recycle and repair? Whichever role you assume, hopefully from now on you’ll look at yard sales with green tinted lenses.

This promoted post is written by Jason Shriner, at the Manassas Park Community Center.

5K walk planned in Dumfries Sept. 19 to help the poor

People are struggling in Prince William County.

And in an effort to assist residents in need, the St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady of Angels conference – a Catholic charitable organization – is hosting a ‘Walk for the Poor 5K’ race.

The race will be on September 19 at 8 a.m., starting in the parking lot of Saint John Paul the Great High School at 17700 Dominican Drive in Dumfries.

“It’s more a walk of awareness – it’s not so much a race. It’s not going to be a timed event,” said race organizer, Martha Larimore.

According to Larimore there is no fee to register for the 5K, but they are asking that everyone bring canned food donations, and make at least a $25 donation. The money is being used to assist residence in their coverage area – primarily Woodbridge, Dumfries and Triangle.

“We’re just trying to raise funds for the St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady of Angels conference. We assist the poor in the community with food, utilities help, sometimes prescriptions, small bills,” said Larimore.

Larimore noted that while they are a Catholic organization, residents from any faith can seek their assistance.

“Believe it or not, in Prince William County, we have many people that are struggling. Rent’s really high, groceries are really high. We have a lot of people that come in and need help, and our funding is really low right now, and we’re really just trying to help as many people as we can,” said Larimore.

Registration is available online, and the morning of the race.


Historic cemetery to be dug up for new Coles fire station

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A historic cemetery will be disinterred to build a new fire station at Independent Hill.

Following a unanimous vote from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, after a public hearing at the McCoart Building on September 8, the graves will be moved to a different area on the property, in order to make way for the new Coles District Fire Station.

The current Coles fire station, on 13712 Dumfries Road, is now past it’s intended use date, and needed to be replaced, according to Prince William Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee.

The public hearing was originally scheduled for earlier that afternoon, but was pushed to the 7:30 p.m. meeting by Chairman Corey Stewart.

McGee presented four options to the board of supervisors, supporting ‘Option A’ – which would involve moving the graves. The other three options did not require the cemetery to be moved, according to county documents.

Increased response times

According to McGee, moving the cemetery to build the fire station is necessary in order to complete the project on budget – $10.7 million – and to keep response times down.

“When I convened a task force of the Fire and Rescue Association to develop station design guidelines, the key objective of that design guideline project was to identify how we can reduce what is referred to as ‘action time’. That’s the time from dispatch to units moving out of the station…We need every second we can possibly save, in getting our firefighters and EMTs to their apparatus, and then safely on to their response route,” said McGee.

Bill Olson, a member of the Prince William Historical Commission challenged McGee’s statements on increased response time.

“The last six [fire and rescue] buildings built in Prince William County are two-story firehouses. The next planned fire house – Bacon Race fire house – is a two story building,” said Olson.

Following the vote, Olson resigned from his position on the Prince William Historical Commission and the Cemetery Committee.

Residents spoke up at the public hearing

Several residents came to the public hearing to express their thoughts about the county moving forward with moving the cemetery.

“It should not be as a last resort, and the descendants should approve of it…that’s where their family intended them to be buried,” said Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association member Mary Lipsey.

Dennis Van Derlaske, another member of the Prince William Historical Commission, stated it was the county’s duty to protect the cemetery as part of their ownership of the property.

“With any right or privilege, comes responsibility, including the privilege of land ownership. And that responsibility, if you happen to be the owner of a cemetery, is the proper custodianship of that plot of land,” said Van Derlaske.

Nohe to ‘lose sleep’, Candland blames the county

Prior to the unanimous vote to move the cemetery, and adopting ‘Option A’ as the construction plan for the new fire station, several supervisors commented on their feelings about the decision.

“No one wants to move a cemetery…the challenge I’m faced with on this issue is this – as a member of the board of supervisors, there are a lot of responsibilities that we are charged with, and we cannot ignore any of them…from my perspective, my responsibility as supervisor is first and foremost has to be the public safety of the people…I’m going to lose a lot of sleep tonight…knowing the board has been put in the position to have to make this decision…moving the cemetery isn’t something I believe is the ideal thing to do. But I do feel that the most important thing that this board always has to consider is how our decisions affect the safety of the community,” said Supervisor Martin Nohe.

According to Supervisor Peter Candland, the county is at fault for not looking at other options to build the fire station without disturbing the graves.

“I just think we missed out on opportunities to research other options. I think the county dropped the ball…I hate this decision – we are to blame here…and I think this is a sad day with this vote,” said Candland.

Dumfries Fall Festival won’t relocate

Dumfries will hold its annual fall festival in the usual spot. 

The festival will kickoff at 11 a.m. run until 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at Garrison Park on Main Street, behind Town Hall.

Last month, there was discussion among town council members that the festival could be moved to nearby Dumfries Elementary School. If moved, the fall festival would coincide with a 5K run that was to be held prior to the start of the festival. The idea: capture some of the 5K crowd after the run and have them hang out for the festival.

That didn’t pan out. 

Here’s more from Dumfries Town Manager Daniel Taber: 

Dumfries ES event was initially downsized in the length of the run due to concerns over road closings. That sparked some reconsideration and we went back to the original location. My understanding is the school canceled the event and will aim for a full 5K perhaps at PW Forest Park sometime in the future.

So, to sum it up: Taber says the school canceled their run. This means that instead of having the fall festival in Merchant Park behind the Weems-Botts Museum, next to Dumfries Elementary School, it will take place where it always does behind town hall.

Some town council members have said the town competes with other events in Prince William County and in Fredericksburg when trying to draw crowds to Dumfries.

Millennials find walkable downtown, new apartments near transit in Manassas

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For the past decade, city planners have been discussing the ways that Boomers and Millennials are going to reshape communities.

These two demographic groups comprise almost half of the U.S. population — the Census Bureau estimates there are 75.4 million Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) and 83.1 million Millennials (those born between 1982 and 2000).

Despite the age difference between Millennials and Boomers, they share similar preferences regarding where and how they want to live. Walkable neighborhoods with amenities such as coffee shops, restaurants, arts venues and shopping are at the top of the list. The less people need to get into a car to enjoy those amenities, the happier they are. This is why more people are relocating to small cities and towns with defined downtown districts.

The City of Manassas is a perfect example of what people are seeking in a vibrant downtown. Residents in and around the historic district have a short walk to the growing array of downtown restaurants and shops, festivals and events, markets, galleries , and more. In fact, Historic Downtown Manassas has a Walkscore of 85, which is considered “Very Walkable.”

Responding to these lifestyle trends, real estate developers have become increasingly willing to diverge from typical suburban development to smaller and denser urban renewal projects. Conceived during the economic downturn, several new (but different) housing developments in the Downtown Historic District cater to both demographics.

Prescott Court, a 33unit garagestyle townhome development offers homes priced around $300,000 and is still under development. Old Towne Square, a 58unit townhome development featuring two and threebedroom units with Georgianstyle architecture was priced slightly higher. Old Towne Square began construction in 2013 and the last unit was sold in August.

“The neat thing about this community is that it encompasses an entire city block in the heart of the historic district. We were excited about the location because it is walkable to so much in downtown Manassas,” says Candy McCracken of Van Metre. “We worked in partnership with the City to come up with the right product on this site. Everybody is happy with it and homeowners love it.”

Millennials are more transient now than ever before and find apartment living appealing. The City of Manassas offers downtown apartments to meet their needs.

The Courts at Historic Manassas offers 139 luxury rental units priced from $1,400-$2,000 per month. These units are close to all of the amenities that Downtown offers while also being conveniently located to major employers and the VRE.

Renting allows residents to become acclimated to a new area before buying, provides housing without the financial and maintenance burdens of home ownership, and grants flexibility for relocation without worrying about selling a home. Interestingly, the flexibility afforded by apartment living also appeals to Boomers who like to travel extensively.

Highlighting these trends, two more apartment projects in the Historic Downtown are in preliminary development. Messenger Place will replace the vacant News & Messenger Building at 9009 Church Street and will bring 94 apartments to downtown75 two-bedroom units and 19 one-bedroom units. It will be a five-story building that will feature 3,500 square feet of retail on the ground level. Residents will enjoy a 24-7 gym facility, lounge, and office area. Rents will range from $1,500 to $2,000. The developer, Coleman Enterprises LLC, anticipates construction to start before the end of the year and for units to become available in July 2016.

Finally, 105 apartments will be coming to Prince William Street, replacing the ABC Building. Manassas Station will anchor this edge of downtown with a three-story building by Christopher Land LLC. It will offer a combination of one- and two-bedroom units featuring granite countertops, walk-in closets, and balconies. Manassas Station will offer residents a fitness center; a community room with a TV and wet bar; and a “cyber café” for working remotely. Rents are anticipated to be comparable with the other two developments and the project is anticipated to be completed in late 2016.

Come to Williams Ordinary in Dumfries September 12 & 13 for history, artillery demonstations, food, and beer

How many times have hopped off Interstate 95 south and taken Route 1 through Dumfries? 

Have you ever noticed that just after the median splits in two, a large brick building rises on your right – so close to the road it looks like it’s going to jump in front of you? 

That’s the headquarters for Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division – and if you’ve ever wanted to learn more or take a peek inside, stop by on September 12 and 13.

For those two days the Williams Ordinary will reemerge as a busting stop it was in the 18th century. The building has seen a lot of change – built by John Glassford and Company in the mid 1760’s the structure was a popular store through the Revolutionary War.  

George Washington stopped at “the storehouse” in Dumfries to resupply on his way to victory at Yorktown at the end of the war. Just a few years after the war the building would become a Ordinary, or tavern, providing food, drink, and a place to lodge for people passing through area.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 12 and 13 you’ll find William’s Ordinary and the nearby Weems-Botts House a bustle of people that would have passed through here during its early history. 

Infantry, artillery, medical and cooking demonstrations will be on the two sites. At the Ordinary you can stop inside the recreated tavern room and meet George Washington, our Tavern keeper Alexander Henderson, or any number of other characters from our past.  

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Author John R. Mass will be discussing his latest book “The Road to Yorktown.”

Don’t miss the one of a kind event after the sun goes down on September 12; join us at the Ordinary for historic beer, appetizers, and live music for a chance to get a taste of the 18th century. 

Call 703-792-4754 to make your reservations – just $35 per person.

Parking is available at Dumfries Elementary School for both the day and evening events, with shuttle service to Williams Ordinary, located at 17674 Main Street, Dumfries, VA 22026

What happens when lawyers update a database without a good backup?

  • JTC Inc.
  • Address: 9720 Capital Ct #305, Manassas, VA 20110
  • Phone: (703) 794-1225
  • Website: http://www.jtcinc.net/

When a lawyer walks into the courtroom, they need to know that they have all of their information and records they need. In many cases this is sensitive information that can have a big impact on a client’s case. But what if that information were to vanish during a system update?

This is something a law firm really can’t afford, when it comes to building their business, and providing a reputable service that clients can count on. And this is why law firms and lawyers need to have a good backup of all of their records and files available, in case something goes wrong.

“If you don’t have a backup, you’re taking a huge risk of losing data,” said JTC, Inc. spokeswoman Kristen Maxey.

If a lawyer is utilizing legal billing software or an electronic records platform, you’re going to have to update these programs from time to time, as updates and patches are released. And if you don’t utilize the services of an IT company, like JTC, Inc. you may end up accidentally wiping some of these crucial records.

Especially when you’re doing a big update to one of these databases, it’s important to have both a local and off-site backup of your records. That is something that JTC, Inc. can manage.

“You have the potential for corrupting files. Because when you’re updating a database, there are sometimes what’s called ‘schema’ changes, which is changes to the format of the database itself. When you do a large update like that, there’s always a risk or potential for corruption because you’re doing mass changes to the database,” said JTC, Inc. Solution Architect Chris Dittrich.

JTC, Inc. will not only help with installation, but they will manage and alert you about system updates, assist with the updating process, and maintain an off-site copy of the records you need.

As a growing business, don’t risk losing your data. Legal billing software can save you time, and JTC, Inc. can keep your software and databases backed up and secure.

Former Dumfries Town Councilwoman Betty Ann Mejia-Fraley dies

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Betty Ann Mejia-Fraley, 59, formerly of Dumfries, Virginia, died, Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at her home in Middletown, Virginia.

Mrs. Mejia-Fraley was born in 1955, in Ohio, the daughter of Francisco Mejia and the late Eileen Mejia. She was a graduate of Woodbridge High School, Class of 1973.

Mrs. Mejia-Fraley was a Council Member for the Dumfries Town Council. She worked for Dumfries Discount House in Dumfries, Virginia.

She married Michael Wallace Fraley on October 21, 1981 in Dumfries, Virginia.

A portion of Route 1 in Dumfries, Fraley Boulevard, is named after Mejia-Fraley’s father-in-law Ed Fraley. Ed Fralye was the first Dumfries Mayor after the town charter was reactivated in 1962, according to former Dumfries Interim Mayor Nancy West.

Surviving with her father, of Woodbridge, Virginia and husband, is her daughter, Sara Ann Fraley of Middletown, Virginia; sons, Christopher James Mejia of Woodbridge, Virginia, Michael Alexander Fraley (Jackie) of Dumfries, Virginia; grandchildren, Shelby, Edward and Matthew Mejia, Michael A., Jr., and Caleb, Gabriel, Livia and Liam Fraley; sisters, Eileen M. Mejia of Woodbridge, Virginia, Yvonne Mejia of Middletown, Delaware; brothers, Francisco Jose Mejia of Fairfax, Virginia, Edward Raphael Mejia of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Douglas Mejia of Anaheim, California. All services with Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 or the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75231.

Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.com

Potomac Local contributed to this report.

Fall for Manassas! So many great events happening this season

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Children are already back in school and now the sun sets earlier and earlier. Why does summer always go by so quickly?

Don’t lament digging out your coats and putting away your flip flops. With autumn comes plenty of festivals and events to get you in the mood for fall.

First Friday

To kick off September, there is a First Friday on Sept. 4. Enjoy the last of the warm weather by strolling the streets of downtown where you can enjoy live music, shopping, and dining from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Downtown.

Bridal Showcase

Here’s a gift to all the brides-to-be is a one-stop shop for bridal research. Discover what Manassas businesses offer that will make the wedding of your dreams at the Historic Downtown Manassas Bridal Showcase on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Harris Pavilion. Buy tickets.

Bands, Brews & Barbecue

How does a roasted porter with a vanilla finish or a seasonal ale with layers like a pumpkin pie sound? Sample the best beer that the region has to offer at Bands, Brews & Barbecue on Sept. 12 from noon until 6 p.m. Hourly BBQ pairings are featured in the VIP tent. Manassas Museum Lawn. Buy tickets.


Cool off the dogs of summer at the Dog-a-pool-ooza at Stonewall Pool. The afternoon of Sept. 13 is the only day pups are allowed in the pool before it closes ($5/dog). Stonewall Park.

Greek Festival 

Interested in a Big, Fat, Greek Weekend? Visit the Annual Greek Festival on Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Taste of Greece and East the following day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opa! Harris Pavilion. Free.

Antique car meet

What’s more American than an apple pie? An antique car show! Come check out 150 four-wheeled beauties at the Annual Edgar Rohr Memorial Antique Car Meet on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s feature car is a 1941 convertible Buick Phaeton and you can watch a team assemble a Model T Ford. There is still time to register to show your car for a small fee. Manassas Museum Lawn. Free.

Rev it up

Enjoy more classic cars as well as food trucks, cold beer, and live classic rock music at Bull Run Rotary’s Rev It Up for Rotary charity event benefitting CASA, Habitat for Humanity, and BARN from 5 to 9 p.m. Harris Pavilion. Free.

Chili cookoff 

Nothing says “fall” more than chili! Don’t miss the annual Chili Cookoff on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Think you have the best batch? It isn’t too late to join. Enter as a professional cook, amateur cook, or nonprofit organization. Sampling starts after 1 p.m. Harris Pavilion. Free.

Latino festival 

Salsa your way to the Annual Latino Festival on Sept. 27 from noon to 5:30 p.m. You will find tons of games for children, tasty foods, piñatas, and live music and dancing all day! Harris Pavilion. Free.

Fall Jubilee 

Pick a perfect pumpkin at the Annual Fall Jubilee. Enjoy the crisp air as you browse cool crafts, play games, and enjoy live music on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downtown. Free.

Open house 

On Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., swing by the City of Manassas Utilities Open House at 8500 Public Works Drive to enjoy free food, a huge pumpkin patch where you can pick out a free pumpkin, children’s activities, and a chance to check out the cool utility trucks. Free.

Farmers market 

Don’t forget the farmer’s market is still open on Thursdays in the Harris Pavilion and Saturdays in Parking Lot B from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick up your favorite fall veggies before grabbing lunch at a nearby spot.

Several lanes closed after accident on Route 234

Several southbound lanes on Dumfries Road (Rt. 234) near Village Parkway are currently blocked, following an accident.

According to Prince William police, a vehicle struck a light pole, and the pole fell, blocking the roadway.

No one was injured.

One southbound lane on Dumfries Road is currently open to traffic, according to Prince William police.

Digital solutions company JTC expands to Fredericksburg, Richmond

  • JTC, Inc.
  • Address: 9720 Capital Ct. #305, Manassas, Va.
  • Phone: (703) 794-1225
  • Website: http://www.jtcinc.net/

Jewell Technical Consulting will expand its market territory to include Fredericksburg and Richmond.

A Manassas, Virginia-based company, JTC, is the official IT provider of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, and has long concentrated on the Northern Virginia market. The expansion marks the first time JTC has expanded into a new regional market.



Charles Sowers will lead the expansion and concentrate on growing the business in the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Stafford areas in Central Virginia. Sowers will manage technical sales for JTC in these markets.

“I met Charles in 1995 when we were working on a project for Capital One Bank,” said JTC, Inc. President John Jewell. “We moved the bank from a Macintosh network and put it on a Windows network.”

JTC will market solutions to new customers in the medical and legal fields. The company will offer a wide range of solutions to include managed services of electronic medical records systems, disaster recovery, private cloud services, and IP telephone services.

“JTC Cloud is a private server. Unlike being on a Google, Amazon, or Rackspace server, we own the equipment, and our customers data is stored in a data center right here in Manassas,” said Jewell.

A large number of hospitals along the Interstate 95 corridor, and ancillary medical facilities that surround them made the area attractive to JTC. The expansion has been in the works for about a year, added Jewell.

JTC is a Microsoft Certified Partner and a Dell Certified Partner.

Softball tournament funds scholarship named after fallen Prince William firefighter

Prince William County firefighter Kyle Wilson dedicated his life to community service by becoming a Prince William County firefighter when he was just 23 years old. 

It was a commitment that ended his life a year later as he searched a smoke and flames for the residents of a burning home in Woodbridge.

Wilson became the first Prince William County career firefighter to die in the line of duty. But his pledge to the community did not die.

His friends, family and the entire community are carrying on his passions for community service and education this weekend through the Kyle Wilson Softball Tournament and Kyle Wilson Endowed Scholarship in honor of the George Mason University alumnus.

The fifth annual softball tournament, Sept. 5 and 6, 2015, will be held at Valley View Sports Complex 11930 Valley View Drive in Nokesville. The park has five softball fields and aims to field 30 teams.

“If you want an old-fashioned Labor Day full of food, fun, and Adult Softball, drive over to Nokesville,” said Cherish Green, tournament coordinator.

Green there will also be plenty of raffles going on throughout the day from products donated from the business community. Green, whose husband is also a Prince William County firefighter, said the annual event has grown every year, as the community gathers to honor a home-grown hero.

“This has been a 5-year labor of love by Kyle’s friends, family, and members of the community to show our love and appreciation for this selfless young man,” said Green.

The tournament is one of three annual events that funds the Kyle Wilson Endowed Scholarship in George Mason University’s School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. The scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student who exhibits Wilson’s leadership, values, academic achievement, and passion for physical fitness and who has been admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training Education program.

Wilson graduated from George Mason University in 2005 with a BS in Athletic Training. Wilson died in 2006 when conditions suddenly worsened as he conducted a room-to-room search of a Woodbridge home.

All seven residents of the burning home escaped unharmed.

To donate to the scholarship, please make a tax deductible donation online at supportingmason.gmu.edu (write in “Kyle Wilson Scholarship” under “Other Established Fund”) or send your gift to: Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship George Mason University Foundation 4400 University Drive, MS 1A3 Fairfax, Va. 22030

Minimally invasive heart surgery benefits Mary Washington Healthcare patients

Dr Alex Na, cardiovascular surgeon at Mary Washington Healthcare, talks about how patients benefit with minimally invasive heart surgery.

“They have less pain, and they have less wound-healing problems, they have less bleeding complications, and they less pulmonary complications,” said Na.

Mary Washington’s comprehensive heart center offers surgical excellence and advanced treatment options close to home and family.

“If you look at those complex cases, our outcomes are as good or better than most of the big institutions,” said Na.

While caring for each patient with dignity and compassion, our heart center continues to advance.

“The hospital is committed to bringing in the new technologies and keeping our cardiac surgery program as state of the art as possible. We’re doing all these things because it’s better care for the patients.”

Mary Washington Healthcare. Here for you. Always.

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