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Potomac High School Students Champion Debaters

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — If you want to get your point across in any argument, take a cue from skilled debaters at Potomac High School. Two Potomac students have honed their research and speaking skills, composure, and competitive drive sufficiently to best the best at local, regional, state, and Collegiate National Invitationals.

It is no small feat to master the art of debate. Our country’s history is filled with stories of great debaters as far back as Colonial times; and students of ancient history and philosophy likely know well the works of great orators. Perhaps we will find the young standouts someday taking on a leadership role in the great debates about our nation.

Gustavo Sanchez and Rob Dyer, seniors at Potomac High School, have achieved top honors in debate, earning points that distinguish them as winners of the National Forensic League All American Award. Recipients must reach Superior Distinction Rank; have a 3.8 grade point average or higher; and achieve a 2000 or higher score on the SAT or a 27 or higher score on the ACT. Sanchez has earned Premier Distinction, the highest rank. Dyer is close to achieving Premier Distinction and will likely reach that goal before the end of the season.

Read the whole story at the Prince William County Public Schools website.

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Dumfries Mayor Swear-In Set for Tuesday

DUMFRIES, Va. — Virginia’s first town is ready to induct it’s new mayor.

On Tuesday, Mayor-elect Gerald “Jerry” Foreman will be sworn in as mayor of the small town. Interim Mayor Nancy West, who has served as interim mayor since the death of Mayor Fred Yohey in November, is expected to step down from the Town Council.

Other seats on the council are expected to change hands after July 1, when Dorothea Barr and Gwen P. Washington are expected to step down from the council. Washington did not seek reelection, but newcomer Helen Reynolds will take her seat on the council for the first time, and past council member Charles Brewer has once again been voted to the Council.

The swearing in ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at town hall.

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Top Home Sales in Eastern Prince William

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The Woodbridge area has long harbored a reputation of having low home values, but this appears to be the year that changed.

According to varealestatetalk.com, the top home sales of the year so far in Prince William County have all been homes located in the eastern portion of the county. It’s a departure from years past when the highest valued homes were sold in developing neighborhoods in western Prince William County.

The biggest gaining neighborhoods in eastern Prince William in terms of home sales this year have been Beaver Creek, River Falls and Coventry Glen, according to the website.

The median home price in Woodbridge continues to hang around the $250,000.

While the area has long been known for its single family residential homes located near strip shopping centers, newer developments like Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center are rising and changing the landscape of the area.

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Photos: Dumfries Multicultural Festival

DUMFRIES, Va. — Vendors, crafters, musical acts, dancers, and barbeque restaurateurs all converged on Garrison Park in Dumfries on Saturday for the Third Annual Dumfries Multicultural Festival.

(Photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

(Photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

 

(Photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

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Steak Brings Boys & Girls Clubs Online Donation Options

MANASSAS, Va. — For the past 32 years at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Prince William County, the food of choice at their annual charity dinner has been steak. It’s a house favorite for many, but even vegetarians can appreciate the good work happening at the clubs that serve over 5,000 people each year through community engagement and club programs.

The Steak and Stake Dinner, planned for 6 p.m. Monday May, 21 at the Manassas Boys and Girls Club, will honor three stakeholder local businesses that have generously donated their time, money, and effort to making the Boys and Girls Clubs in Prince William County – The General Heiser Branch in Dumfries, Hylton Club in Dale City, and the Manassas Club – a success.

“We credit a lot to community partnerships. It takes a village to build what the Boys and Girls Clubs is able to provide through quality programming, as well as all of the other activities the clubs are able to provide,” said regional director Glenn Vickers.

Wellburn Management owns several McDonalds restaurants in Dumfries and Woodbridge, while Gino Manzo is the Director and Manassas Site Executive at BAE Systems, and Patrick Girard is a vice president of sales at Staples. All three will be honored at the event for their efforts supporting the clubs.

The event also draws a long list of community members, politicians, as well as business owners, but it comes at a time when the clubs are operating in the red. With 3,200 registered members in the Prince William, the organization has been impacted by rising operating costs as well as per-member costs of about $1,500 each, said Vickers.

The charity dinner normally nets the organization between $40,000 and $50,000, and this year the Boys and Girls Clubs will open up new donation portals online and on mobile devices to make it easier for the community to give.

Through programs like Send a Kid to Camp, as well as educational and sports and fitness efforts, the Prince William Boys and Girls Club gets little funding from its national parent organization but still maintains itself as a fun, safe environment where club members build strong relationships, are recognized, and move on to college, said Vickers.

Tickets for the event are $100 for individuals, $500 for half table, and $1,000 for a full table.

Live coverage of the event will be featured here on PotomacLocal.com, which is an event coverage sponsor.

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Foreman Wins in Dumfries Election Upset

By URIAH KISER

DUMFRIES, Va. — Gerald Foreman has been chosen Mayor of Dumfries during a town election that saw heavy voter turnout.

Foreman won with 57 percent of the vote and faced Interim Mayor Nancy West who has served as interim mayor since November following the death of Mayor Fred Yohey. West also served on the Town Council since 2008 and has lived in the town since 1963.

Foreman, who currently serves as a Town Council member, ran on a platform of lower taxes, abolishing the Business and Professional Licensing Tax, or BPOL – a tax on business gross receipts – as well as placing the town’s needs in the forefront, and in some cases, on the same level as the needs of the county it sits in, Prince William. He could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night.

More to the Story: See election results from the Town from the Virginia State Board of Elections.

Three Town Council seats were also up for grabs on Tuesday. The only incumbent council member that will return to the governing body is Vice Mayor Willie J. Toney.

“This is a diverse community, and each one of these diverse neighborhoods all need certain things, like sidewalks and a sound wall, and you have to listen to them. Because if you’re talking too much they won’t know you’re listening to them,” said Toney.

A former Dumfries Town Council member, Charles C. Brewer, and newcomer Helen Reynolds will fill seats that will be vacated by current council members Dorothea Barr, and Gwen P. Washington who did not seek reelection.

During the last hour of voting on Tuesday, crowds gathered outside town hall which served as a polling place. As police officers directed in and out of the tiny establishment, election officials inside reported 400 people had come to cast their ballots by 6 p.m. – which is an unusually large amount of ballots cast during town elections normally held in May.

Many of the late voters said they cast their ballots for Nancy West, a retired school system employee who they hoped would be able to do more for children in the town.

“We need more activities for children,” said Dumfries resident David Miles. “We don’t vote straight Republican or Democrat, we look at the person and then make a decision.”

Other residents said they cast their vote in hopes elected leaders would conduct themselves more professionally during meetings.

“I think it would be wonder to have a Town Council that could just work together on the issues facing Dumfries, without all of the infighting and squabbling,” said Dumfries resident Michelle Wheeler.

The newly elected mayor and council members will be seated July 1.

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Schools Want Changes in Potomac, Forest Park Boundaries

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — A community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 14 at Graham Park Middle School to gain public input on proposed boundary changes to balance enrollment at Potomac and Forest Park high schools for the 2013-14 school year. The changes are expected to affect about 100 students for the first school year that the boundary change takes effect.

A public hearing on the proposed high school boundaries is slated for the June 13 School Board meeting at 7 p.m. in the School Board Meeting Room, Kelly Leadership Center.

The completion of the 30-room addition to Potomac High School in 2013 will add 630 seats to the existing capacity of the school. Current enrollment projections and boundaries would mean that Potomac High School would be under-utilized and Forest Park High School would be over capacity, thus the need for realignment. A portion of the Forest Park High School attendance area will be re-assigned to the Potomac High School attendance area.

The Thomasson Crossing, Moncure Woods, Spanish Garden, Barnette Forest, Quantico Terrace, Belleau Wood, Cramers Ridge,Crborough Heights, Stonewall Manor, Graham Park Shores, Graham Park, and Melrose Gardens communities are likely to be affected.

Prior to the May 14 community meeting, staff from the Offices of Facilities Services will meet with the Advisory Council at both high schools.

Information and maps for the proposed high school boundary changes are located on the Facilities Services Web site. Parents with questions or comments should contact Lionel White in the Office of Facilities Services at 703-791-7312.

The School Board is expected to vote on the proposed high school boundaries on June 13 following the public hearing. If approved, the new boundaries would take effect in September 2013.

Citizens who wish to address the School Board during the public hearing must notify the Board Clerk by noon on June 13 in writing to P.O. Box 389, Manassas, Va. 20108; by phone at 703-791-8709; or by email to pwcsclerk@pwcs.edu. Citizens may also sign up in the School Board meeting room prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the public hearing.

-Press release 

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2,300 Pounds of Litter Removed from U.S. 1

By KAYNE KARNBACH
Keep Prince William Beautiful

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Saturday, April 21 2012, Keep Prince William Beautiful (formerly Prince William Clean Community Council) conducted its third annual “Route 1 Cleanup “ from 9 a.m. to noon. Keep Prince William Beautiful partnered with Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi’s office to recruit local volunteers for litter and debris removal along the nearly 13-mile stretch of U.S. 1 that runs through Woodbridge, Dumfries, and Triangle.

This year’s efforts resulted in 2,300 pounds of litter and debris removed from the U.S. 1 corridor thanks to volunteers from Harvest Life Changers Church, PotomacLocal.com, Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association as well as many other local volunteers.

For information on how you can be involved in next year’s Route 1 Cleanup, and on-going cleanup efforts throughout Prince William County, contact Keep Prince William Beautiful at 571-285-3772 or visit keepprincewilliambeautiful.org.

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Dumfries Multicultural Festival is Saturday

DUMFRIES, Va. –– Virginia’s first town will celebrate multiculturalism this weekend for the third year in a row.

Dumfries’ Annual Multicultural Festival will take place at Garrison Park behind Town Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with live entertainment, crafters, and other vendors, the event for the first time will feature the “Dumfries Bar-B-Que Battle” where festival goers will be able to sample some of the area’s best barbeque for only $1.

“Having been a citizen of Dumfries for 10 years, I can’t really say that I learned anything new about Dumfries and the surrounding community; however, I can say that the planning of this event has served as a confirmation of how people in our community can come together and celebrate one another,” said Dumfries Director of Community Services Cydny Neville.

It didn’t take long for businesses and community organizations to register to participate in the event, said Neville, who worked with members of the Town Council, police department, and the town public works department to plan the event.

Those who plan to attend should bring blankets or chairs to sit on the lawn and enjoy the afternoon of food and live entertainment.

The upcoming festival is one of several events held by the town, including an annual fall festival which also attracts crowds.

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Dumfries 2012 Voter Guide

DUMFRIES, Va. — Dumfries residents will head to the polls Tuesday to elect new Town Council members as well as a new mayor. PotomacLocal.com has compiled our Dumfries’ voters guide to help you understand who are the candidates and link you to their respective webpages.

Mayoral candidates
Nancy West – (Interim mayor)
Age 74
Married, four children (1 deceased)
Retired school employee
Why she’s running: “Our 2020 Vision Statement talks about developing our old port area with restaurants, shopping and parks. The town is in negotiations to make that happen and, I hope that it isn’t too many years down the road before we see a wonderful development there.”

Gerald Foreman (Incumbent Councilman)
Age: 50
Married, one daughter
Aviation logistics consultant
Why he’s running: “The Mayor performing as a Leader, serving ‘all’ the Town citizens, Business Owners, Town Government and fellow Councilmembers. The number one issue is the way Council works with each other, communicates, and exchanges ideas.  We need to do a better job.” 

Council candidates
Dorothea Barr (Incumbent)
Realtor
Age: Not provided
Why she’s running: Diversify town revenue streams, promote a better image of the town and ensure equal treatment of property owners and businesses regarding the application and enforcement of ordinances.

Willie J. Toney – (Incumbent, vice mayor)
Age: 61
Married, one stepson
Retired from Washington, D.C. government and youth services
Why he’s running: “I advocate for people too often overlooked and try to be a strong voice for baby boomers because this is an aging community.

Charles Brewer (former Dumfries Councilman)
Age: Not provided
Fire sprinkler services manager
Three children
Why he’s running: “I want to get the tax rate down, start a street light program and try to get the legislature to fund the Route 1 project.”

Helen Reynolds
Age: 53
Principal Systems Administrator BAE Systems
Married, two sons
Why she’s running: To bring integrity back to the council, and prosperity (bringing businesses to the town of Dumfries).

Derrick Wood
Age: 34
Married, three children
Personal chef
Why he’s running: Improve community involvement, use technology to promote the town

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Fatal Joplin Road Crashes Cause Concern

By LANCE CPL. TABITHA BARTLEY
Quantico Sentry 

QUANTICO, Va. — Within the past few weeks there have been two fatal accidents, involving motorcycles on Joplin Road, not far outside of Quantico’ main gate. Neither accident involved base personnel. Joplin Road is one of the many narrow, curvy roads in the area can be dangerous to the many service members who ride motorcycles.

The Navy Safety Center annually publishes a motorcycle personal motor vehicle fatalities graph with the rates of the last 10 years. The annual average number of Navy personal who died in motorcycle accidents in each of the last 10 years is roughly 20.

“Not only is this part of Virginia one of the most congested areas for traffic in the nation,” said Ed Billig, the traffic safety branch manager, “There is also wildlife, curvy roads and other hazards on the road to worry about. It’s the adversity of being in this area.”

Even with a slower speed limit throughout base, there are still a number of curvy roads and hidden driveways that drivers have to be aware of. Not only should people operating motor vehicles be looking out for hazards, but make sure to listen and observe the area around.

“Riders especially need to stay attentive and not get complacent,” said Billig. “Riding is a mental thing; you need to continuously be scanning and looking around you. Be prepared for the unexpected and have a plan to avoid an accident.”

Courses and camps are offered both on base and in the civilian sector, to help riders get more comfortable on rider, and have the muscle memory to handle a potential accident.

Semper Ride hosted the American Super Camp course at Camp Upshur on April 18 to teach riders to regain control of an out-of-control motorcycle. Marines trained for two days on a motocross course.

“Purposely losing control is something in street riding you never do in your training,” said Jeff Tilton, the project manager for Semper Ride. “It is very valuable cross training for street riders. They are able to get out of control and experience how to regain control, building muscle memory.”

“We really emphasize body positions,” said Chris Carr, instructor for American Super Camp. “Specifically, where you sit on the motorcycle and how that will affect the handling of the bike.”

Body positioning is an important part of riding, especially during turns, and can help a rider to avoid an accident.

The Traffic Safety Branch aboard Quantico offers a number of courses for riders to improve their skills and practice riding in a controlled environment. To sign up for motorcycle courses visit www.quantico.usmc.mil, select the course and follow the prompts.

Semper ride also has events available for riders. Visit them at semperride.com for more information.

“I want students to be better, safer motorcycle riders, that are why we are doing this,” Carr said. “We want people leaving this course safer than when they got here. That’s the whole idea.”

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Candland: Back Room Dealings Lead to Budget Increase

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William’s new kid on the political block has done more to distance himself from this fellow Board members.

Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland is serving his first term on the Board of County Supervisors and cast the lone vote against raising the county’s average tax bill about $110 per year. The six seven other members of the Board voted to increase taxes for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, adopting a tax rate of $1.209 per assessed property value. The new budget includes monies for a new police station, new school funding, and raises for county staff for the first time in four years.

Candland, in a statement released late Tuesday night, accused fellow Board members of back room dealings and threats. According to Candland, he was told if he didn’t go along with the budget increase his district would lose out on construction funding for a new Catharpin Park. That park, one of nine that was to be funded in this year’s budget, is no longer funded, he said.

“I stood up in the face of backroom deals and political retributions to fight for a park that’s critical to the families of the Gainesville District, and I’ll continue to push to find ways to get Catharpin Park funded and built as soon as possible. I’m saddened that petty politics won the day, but it’s the taxpayers of Prince William County who will suffer the brunt of these tax increases,” said Candland in his statement.

County officials stated Tuesday that real estate taxes in Prince William County are 28 percent lower than they are in similar counties in Northern Virginia. When adjusted for inflation, the average tax bill is lower than it was in 2009, according to officials.

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Dumfries Likely to Lead Water Clean-Up Efforts

By URIAH KISER

DUMFRIES, Va. – Virginia’s first town wants to take the lead on the effort to fix their waterways.

A resolution is expected to be presented to the Dumfries Town Council by May 27 naming the town as the lead authority in combating soil erosion taking place along Dewey and Quantico creeks. The document is expected to also name the town as the entity that will look to solve the problem of an invasive plant in Quantico Bay, Hydrilla, known to clog boat engines making the waterway unusable for commercial and pleasure boaters.

Up until now a private organization, Friends of Quantico Bay, has been the advocate for town waterways. Interim Mayor Nancy West says the organization has asked the town for their help because, they say, Dumfries is better poised at receiving grant funding that would ultimately lead to the dredging of Quantico Bay and the creation of a viable Port of Dumfries.

“They are looking for the Town of Dumfries to step up to the plate,” said West.

Councilman Jerry Foreman blames storm water runoff from nearby developments in Prince William County’s Potomac District west of Interstate 95 as the culprit. He says storm water now pours onto the Potomac Landfill site which subsequently drains to the Quantico Bay filling it with sediment.

Some homeowners in Dumfries have “lost up to 30 feet of their backyards due to erosion caused by excessive water; height, volume, & velocity coming downstream from developments in the Potomac District of PWC and from I-95 runoff,” Foreman read from a prepared statement at an April 17 Town Council meeting.

“We’ve done nothing. The town has not stepped forward and done anything. I’m saying we should step forward and pass a resolution…if we’re going to spur ourselves forward and say we have a Port of Dumfries we need it dredged,” said Foreman.

The resolution that is expected on May 27 will not identify any funding sources to address the water problems. Funds would come later in the process, said Foreman.

Town Manager Daniel Taber said the resolution will force him to find new resources within the budget to address the problem.

“This is not something we can accomplish overnight…the reality is, as much as I want to stay here for a long period of time, this is going to be with the Town of Dumfries long after I go,” said Taber.

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HOV Lanes to Close this Weekend, Again Next Week

Photo: Mary Davidson

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A portion of the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes will close again tonight and tomorrow as work on the 95 Express Lanes project ramps up.

The HOV express lanes facility is normally open to southbound drivers Friday night through Saturday afternoon. Tonight and tomorrow beginning at 11 p.m., however, the lanes will close from Franconia-Springfield Parkway to Va. 234 in Dumfries as crews complete test boring work.

Drivers will have to use the regular travel lanes to get where they’re going until 10 a.m. Saturday, and again on Sunday, when the HOV lanes are reopened for regular use.

But work on the HOV lanes doesn’t stop this weekend. It will continue throughout next week as the HOV lanes will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and again from 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. next Friday and Saturday, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

By 11 p.m. during the planned work next week, drivers headed north on Interstate 95 will be able to enter the HOV lanes north through an entrance just past Exit 169 in Springfield. Drivers who use Franconia-Springfield Parkway will also be able to enter the northbound HOV lanes by 11 p.m., VDOT states.

When complete, the 95 Express Lanes will charge single drivers a toll to use the lanes at all times while vehicles with three or more occupants will be able to use the lanes for free. The express lanes will also be extended nine-miles south from Dumfries to Va. 610 in North Stafford.

Currently, vehicles must have three or more occupants to use the lanes between 6 and 9 a.m., and 3:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Drivers can use the lanes for free during all other times.

 

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Rock Star Bandit Hits Pizza Shop

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A delivery pizza restaurant was robbed by a man wearing a Kiss mask Wednesday night.

The robber walked in at 8:42 p.m. to the delivery location at 16693 River Ridge Boulevard off U.S. 1 near Dumfries, displayed a handgun and demanded money, according to police documents.

The man fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police used K9s to search the area but were unable to find the man.

The man is said to be black, 6 feet tall, 155 pounds, with a thin build, wearing black jeans, a black jacket, black and white shoes, and a mask molded after make-worn by members of the rock band, Kiss.

 

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Dumfries Officials’ Children Barred from Summer Youth Program

By URIAH KISER

DUMFRIES, Va. — Children of Dumfries Town Council members and town staff will not be allowed to participate in this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

Last year, three students were selected to participate in the program aimed at showing students the ropes of town government. This year, students ages 15 to 18-years-old will be selected for the program that will run from July 9 to Aug. 14.  They’ll be paid $8 an hour for a 15-hour work week. A committee of five, including two town council members, will select this year’s candidates based on the applicant’s level of interest and a submitted essay.

Children of members of appointed town boards and commissions are still eligible to participate.

Councilwoman Kristen Forrester opposed barring council members’ children from the program, and said her daughter has a keen interest in local government.

“Interest in local government tends to run in the family. So, I think we would exclude some kids in favor of town employees for board members’ children, but to say they’re not eligible to participate is the wrong way to go,” said Forrester.

Forrester added that serving on the town council is a public service and does not account for full time employment.

Councilman Willie J. Toney disagreed.

“Those of who are public servants and are paid by the taxpayers’ dollars…our children should not be eligible for this program as the way it stands now,” said Toney.

Councilwoman Dorothea Barr was concerned that, if council members’ children were allowed to participate, town residents would not see the selection process as fair.

“I’m not saying the person who picked them [last year] didn’t pick excellent candidates last time, but I am saying that there is a certain perception that we have to recognize when we’re doing these types of programs. Because it’s not just for the golden ones, it’s for the entire town,” said Barr.

Students will not get class credit  for attending the summer youth program. The application deadline to apply is Friday, May 4.

 

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Circus Camels, Elephants Invade Dumfries

By STEPHANIE TIPPLE

DUMFRIES, Va. — If you’re looking for a fun event that the whole family will enjoy, then consider taking a trip to the Piccadilly Circus in Dumfries from April 18 to the 22. This year’s presentation from the Piccadilly Circus, titled “Blast!” includes performing animals, acrobatic stunts.

In the Big Top, you’ll be able to see racing camels, a nine thousand-pound elephant balancing on a three- foot ball. In addition to the feats of these animals, you’ll be able to see the Romanian Olympic High Bar Team, who will perform acrobatic stunts like flying across the Big Top and diving from 80 feet in the air.

One thing that dad’s and motorcycle fans will be able to see at this circus is the motorcycle stunt, where the riders defy gravity. If you’re the kind of person to take a joke, then you’ll enjoy the Big Top comedian that will perform.

For those who reminisce about Evil Kenieval stunts of their youth, there will also be daredevils, and other stunts like the Russian swings, that will have you wishing you were more flexible. If you have smaller children, Piccadilly Circus also has a Fun Zone, pony rides, and a petting zoo.

The circus is located at Dumfries Shopping Plaza, at 17932 Frayley Boulevard, and is scheduled to hold shows from now until Sunday.

 

Having a little snack, Oka, is one of the main attractions at the Piccadilly Circus. Oka is a 9,000-pound Asian elephant. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

As the sun sets, the big top starts to rise on the Piccadilly Circus tent in the Dumfries Shopping center. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

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3 Charged in Dumfries Robbery

DUMFRIES, Va. — Three men are in custody after a man walking his dog was robbed at gunpoint in Williamstown.

Police said the robbery happened at 1:24 a.m. in the area of Williamstown Drive and Old Triangle Road in Dumfries. A car pulled up alongside the victim and two males armed with handguns got out and took the victim’s jacket and cell phone, then got back into the car and fled the area, according to police documents.

The victim went to a nearby home to call police, who then searched the area. Officers were able to find a car matching the description of the one given by the victim near U.S. 1 and Va. 234.

The victim was not injured in the robbery.

Geoffrey Tyrone Eubanks, 19, of 3404 Groveton Street in Alexandria, and Jerrod Marquis Galloway, 18, of 9508 Saluda Court in Lorton are believed to have the two who held the victim at gunpoint, police stated. Another man, 21-year-old Kenneth Leron , also of 9508 Saluda Ct in Lorton, is believed to have been the driver, according to police documents.

All were charged with robbery and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony and were held without bond. They are expected to appear in court May 16.

 

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Dumfries ‘Jesus Ordinance’ to be Reviewed

By URIAH KISER

DUMFRIES, Va. — The Dumfries Town Council sparred Tuesday night over putting Jesus Christ back into their meetings.

Councilman Jerry Foreman wants to amend a resolution passed in 2010 that bars anyone from stating Jesus Christ, or “in Jesus name we pray” during the invocations prior to each public council meeting. Foreman asked the council to review the language in the resolution, and asked both the town attorney and manager to review the legality of an ordinance that also states any “recognizably Christian” prayer is not allowed. The terms God, providence, heaven, and creator have always been permitted by the nearly two-year-old resolution.

“By amending this language the resolution stays non-denominational. It’s doesn’t specifically call one religious leader or one religion out,” said Foreman.

He added the 2010 resolution was passed after the U.S. Supreme Court addressed prayers said during public meetings.

But with some members of the town council — including Foreman and the mayor — up for reelection on May 1, some called Foreman’s request politically motivated.

“This is a very difficult thing. Nobody wants to go to hell over this. I mean, you deny Christ you go to hell if you’re a Christian. It’s a personal conflict as well as a governmental issue…I’m not sure it needs to be addressed tonight when we have an election coming up in two weeks,” said Councilwoman Dorothea Barr.

Councilwoman Michele Jurgensen asked the council to delay voting on the item until after the election.

“When I was elected I put my hand on the bible to uphold the constitution, I did not put my hand on the constitution to uphold the bible,” said Jurgensen.

Foreman countered, saying local religious leaders have asked to be involved in invocations delivered at town council meetings and said that work should begin now to review the resolution prior to the seating of the new town council on July 1.

In the end, the council voted unanimously to create a committee to review the ordinance and make needed changes as needed. Interim Mayor Nancy West, Foreman, Town Manager Daniel Taber, and Town Attorney Christine Sanders are all slated to serve on the committee.

 

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Dumfries, Stafford Men Die in Motorcycle Crashes

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Police released the names of two motorcyclists killed this weekend in separate crashes on Joplin Road.

Christopher Lee Capo, 34, of Dumfries, was killed Saturday morning near the intersection of Joplin and Park Headquarters roads near Triangle when the driver of a 2007 Volkswagen Golf traveling west on the two lane road tried to make a U-turn. The car crossed into the path of an oncoming 2010 Aprilia RSV4 motorcycle.

The motorcycle rider tried to avoid colliding with the car but couldn’t, police documents state.

The rider was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the Golf was a 17-year-old from Manassas Park.

In the second crash involving a motorcycle on Joplin Road this weekend, 22-year-old Darren Mitchell Kirby, of Stafford, was killed while headed east on Joplin Road on Sunday night. Police said Kirby’s bike crossed a double yellow line into the path of an oncoming 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada SUV.

Kirby was pronounced dead on scene and was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The 78-year-old driver was not injured; however, the 68-year-old female passenger suffered minor injuries, according to police.


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Fallen Prince William Firefighter Remembered

UPDATED: PRINCE WILLIAM FIRE CHIEF REMARKS

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The first and only Prince William County firefighter to die in the line of duty will be remembered today.

Kyle Wilson, 24, was killed five years ago today when he went inside a burning home on Marsh Overlook Drive in Woodbridge to search for those who might have been trapped inside the home. County officials read a message over the public emergency radio at 6 a.m. and will repeat it at 6 p.m. commemorating Wilson’s death.

“Five years ago today Technician I Kyle Wilson made the ultimate sacrifice while operating at Box 1209, 15474 Marsh Overlook Drive. Kyle was staffing Tower 512 and was killed in the line of duty while performing a primary search looking for possible trapped occupants. The Department of Fire and Rescue has made a solemn promise, we will never forget Kyle or the sacrifice he made,” the statement reads.

On the day of the fire, all the occupants of the home had made it out safely unbeknownst to Wilson. Inside the home, he became trapped under a stairwell, radioed for help, but fire fighters couldn’t reach him in time.

While widely covered in Prince William County, Wilson’s death received little attention in the region as he died on the same day as the Virginia Tech shooting massacre.

Prince William fire and rescue chief Kevin McGee issued a statement this morning about Wilson.

“Our Department and our fire and rescue system will never be the same as it was prior to the dispatch to 15474 Marsh Overlook Drive. It shouldn’t be the same and it won’t. We have done much together to improve and make corrections over the past five years to enhance firefighter safety and improve service to our community. We have more work to do,” stated McGee.

The chief asked residents to keep Wilson’s family and friends in their thoughts today.

Kyle Wilson’s family, friends, and and fellow firefighters remember him now each year during the fifth annual “Kyle Wilson 10K Walk for Fitness,” as a way to remember his service to the community and provide a scholarship for those who wish to attend the athletic training program at George Mason University – Wilson’s alma mater.

The walk will be held this year at 9 a.m. at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge.

 

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