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Food Lion Stores Returning

The Bottom Dollar grocery store in Station Plaza in Woodbridge is one of several Bottom Dollar and Bloom stores in the Potomac Communities that will be converted to Food Lion stores as part of a plan to boost slumping sales. (Mary Davidson/

Woodbridge, Va. — The Food Lion grocery store brand will be roaring back into the Potomac Communities.

Several Food Lion stores that were converted to Bloom and Bottom Dollar grocery stores in the middle of the past decade, but it appears the new brands never fully caught on with shoppers in the area, according to information released by Food Lion parent company Delhaize America.

All of the Bloom and Bottom Dollar stores will be converted to their former Food Lion brand, and the company will retire the Boom brand altogether, Delhaize America reported. The Bottom Dollar name will live on at stores in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets where it has done well.

“This portfolio optimization will enable us to focus our efforts on the most promising Food Lion stores and markets and to accelerate our profitable growth,” the company reported.

Nationwide, 42 Bloom stores and 22 Bottom Dollar stores will be converted, while 113 under preforming stores will be closed, according to Delhaize America.

The conversions are taking place in Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia. The company said it plans to open “hundreds” of new Bottom Dollar foods stores in Pennsylvania in the next five years.

Bloom conversions in our area:

Dale City – 6306 Dumfries Road, 5592 Staples Mill Plaza

Montclair – 5227 Waterway Drive

Lake Ridge – 12429 Dillingham Square

Stafford – 905 Garrisonville Road, 2612 Jefferson Davis Highway

South Stafford – 736 Warrenton Road

Bottom Dollar conversions in our area:

Dumfries – 17120 Jefferson Davis Highway

Woodbridge – 14641 Jefferson Davis Highway, 13414 Jefferson Davis Highway

Park Wants Old Christmas Trees

(Mary Davidson/

Woodbridge, Va. — Christmas has been over for a bit now. But if you still have your Christmas Tree in your home you can recycle it this weekend.

Residents in the Potomac Communities have the options of dropping off their trees at Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge or at the Prince William County landfill.

County officials posted more information on their website on how to dispose of O Tannenbaum.


Officers in Shooting Identified

Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane

Dumfries, Va. — The officers involved in a shooting that killed a 21-year-old man suspected in a robbery last month have been identified.

The Associated Press reports the three officers had been put on administrative leave following the shooting but have all since returned to work.

Prince William police Chief Charlie T. Deane said the shooting was justified.


Nancy West to Run for Mayor

By KJ Mushung

Dumfries, Va. – As Dumfries looks to elect a new town mayor in a special election, two councilmembers said they want the job.

The interim mayor of Dumfries, Nancy West, and Councilman Gerald Foreman II both announced they are running for mayor in a special election.

West was serving as vice mayor when Mayor Fred Yohey Jr., passed away Nov. 6. The Dumfries Town Council appointed her as interim mayor of Dumfries in a closed session Nov. 15. In the same resolution, council members also appointed Councilman Willie J. Toney as interim vice mayor and town citizen Gwen P. Washington as a councilmember.

West said she made up her mind to run after receiving a lot of encouragement from town citizens.

“After a couple of meetings I thought… I’d really like to see things through,” said West.

“I can be a full-time mayor because I’m retired. So that is one of the advantages. I feel like I have a good working relationship with the staff and with county officials, which I think is very important.”

Foreman announced his bid for mayor in December. According to his website, his goals for fiscal year 2012, which we are currently in, are to add new crosswalks traversing U.S. 1, dredge the Port of Dumfries, provide monetary incentives to municipal employees who live within town limits and add new bike paths in the town

The special election is set for May 1, according to Town Clerk Dawn Hobgood. Normally, the mayor of Dumfries serves a four-year term. However, this election will determine who will serve the remaining two years of Yohey’s term.

Overnight Fire Displaces 2

(Submitted photo)

Triangle, Va. – A fire ripped through a Triangle home Tuesday night displacing two people.

Fire crews from the Dumfries-Triangle Volunteer Fire Department and Quantico Marine Corps Base at 10:45 p.m. were called to a home in the 18000 block of Chestnut Drive. Flames were seen shooting from the roof of the home as crews arrived, said fire officials.

Two occupants made it out of the home safely and told witnesses they were doing laundry when flames broke out, and that they could smell something burning outside their home for several minutes before calling 911, said officials.

The fire appeared to have started in the attic, and the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s office conducted an investigation into the official cause of the fire. Details on the investigation have yet to be released.

The Red Cross was not needed to assist the victims. Fire crews cleared this scene at 2 a.m. Wednesday.

(Submitted photo)


(Submitted photo)

Police Shoot, Kill Suspect

Triangle, Va. — Police in Prince William County posted details of Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting that took the life of a man suspected in an armed burglary.

Prince William and Dumfries police spotted a car belonging to a suspect in the burglary in the area of U.S. 1 and Old Triangle Road in Triangle about 1:40 p.m. Police stopped the car but the passenger fled on foot, according to police.

The driver was arrested, and then police searched for the suspect but were unable to find him. That’s when K-9 units were called in to track the suspect, whom they later found in a wooded area near a ravine off U.S. 1 north, which runs parallel to Old Triangle Road.

Officers saw the man had a handgun, and said the man would not respond to their commands. When the suspect began moving toward the officers, one officer fired his weapon shooting the man, said police.

The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

The incident prompted a closure of U.S. 1 north in Triangle for several hours Wednesday night.

Police said the victim was suspected to have burglarized a home in the 1500 block of Indiana Avenue in Woodbridge just before noon Wednesday.

Dumfries Coffee Shop Serves Up Joe, Treats

Emoni’s Coffee and Desert Bar founder Cici Matthews. (Stephanie Tipple/

By Stephanie Tipple

If you’re in Dumfries and are looking for a great cup of coffee and a treat, then look no further than Emoni’s Dessert Bar & Café. Emoni’s has been open for just three months, in the previous Dumfries Coffee location, but has already been warmly received by various members of the Dumfries community, due to Emoni’s wide variety of offerings and excellent baked treats. The word “emoni” means faith in Swahili, and Emoni’s CEO Cici Matthews has quite a bit of faith in her business and her product.

Matthews, a Los Angeles native, and 17-year Virginia resident has had the opportunity to see the impact and importance of a strong community, and this is something that is being incorporated into her business model.

The dessert bar and café is named after Matthew’s daughter Emoni, a student at Woodbridge Senior High School, and this is appropriate when considering all that Emoni’s aims to do for residents of Dumfries. In addition to offering quality baked goods, the café plans to host several cultural and community events, working with poets and artists from the DC metro area, like poet Phillip Gregory, to get children, teens and adults reinvested in the Dumfries community.

“I believe that you have to put seeds in other people’s dreams and talents, in order to get your own seeds for your dreams,” Matthews said.

Emoni’s also offers coffee and wine pairing educational talks with customers, teaching customers about the impact and reasoning as to why certain coffees and wines pair with different desserts, allowing customers to get the full flavor experience. They also offer free WiFi to all of their customers, which means that you can have your cake and eat it too, when it comes to grabbing a treat and getting some work done.

They offer cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, brownies, pies, and cheese cakes, and will take special orders within 24 hours. All of these bakery items are made daily and fresh on the premises, and all of the left-over products are donated to local charities and organizations in the community.

And like any good reporter, I took it upon myself to perform the grueling task of sampling various dessert offerings that you’ll find at Emoni’s. The lemon cupcakes were fresh and light, a perfect pick me up when you want dessert, but without the afterward heavy bloated feeling. The Kentucky Derby pie didn’t disappoint, and was crisp and flaky like a pie should be when made just right. But overall, my hands down favorite had to be the German chocolate cake. There was just the right amount of fudge and coconut topping to blend together, and didn’t leave my mouth with an overly sweet or chocolatey taste.

Photos: Prince William Officials Sworn In

Prince William County, Va. — Prince William County on Monday night held a swearing-in ceremony for members of the county Board of Supervisors, Sheriff’s office, and other elected positions, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.


Prince William County Board of Supervisor Chairman At-large Corey A. Stewart is sworn in for his second term as At-large Supervisor. [Photo courtesy: Prince William County]



Prince William Sheriff Glen Hill is sworn in for his next term, a position he’s held since 2003. [Photo courtesy: Prince William County]



Prince William Neabsco District Supervisor John Jenkins, a member of the Board since 1982, is sworn in for his next four-year term. [Photo courtesy: Prince William County]


Prince William Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert is sworn in. [Photo courtesy: Prince William County]


Elected officials attend a swearing-in ceremony in Manassas on Monday night. [Photo courtesy: Prince William County]

Fire Rips Through House

(Photo: Martin O’Connor)

(Photo: Martin O’Connor)

(Photo: Martin O’Connor)

Dumfries, Va. – A house went up in flames early Thursday in Montclair near Dumfries.

Fire and rescue crews were called to 4391 Spillway Lane about 5 a.m. after a home caught fire. Officials reported the two-story house fully involved in fire when they arrived. Everyone inside the home made it out safely and no one was injured while fighting the blaze, said Prince William fire and rescue spokesman Joe Robertson.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but damage is estimated at $150,000. 

The house fire follows another fire at a homeless camp behind Potomac Festival Shopping Center in Woodbridge.

Crews were called Wednesday morning to a wooded area of Potomac Mills Road after a fire started in a tent and quickly spreak to other tents in the area, said Robertson.

Crews doused the blaze and found the cause to be a heating device attached to a camping sized propane bottle, said Robertson.

No one was injured.

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Parade Winners Announced

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Dumfries, Va. — Dumfries held its 37th Annual Holiday Parade on Saturday afternoon.

This year’s parade theme was “Toys on Parade.” It was evident that parade participants put in a lot of time and commitment to create such wonderful floats and costumes to reflect the theme.

There were hundreds of parade spectators lining the parade route who were able to view performances by Potomac High School Marching Band, Freedom High School Marching Band, as well as the All That Jazz, Graham Park Middle School’s Dance Team, and NOVAK’s Gymnastics. They were also treated to candy, hats and other tokens passed to spectators, from the parade participants.

The town was honored to have Shelly Cramer, daughter of the late “Donna “Jeanie” Cramer –who played Mrs. Claus in the past, fill her mother’s legacy.

“I never understood why my mom loved it so much, now I do, I had a great time. It was a wonderful experience; I know that my mother is really proud that I did that. There are no words for the experience I had on Saturday,” said Cramer.

The town would like to thank all of its participants who braved the cool weather, to make this event a success. We would also like to thank our volunteers and guests who participated in the event.

The following is a list of parade winners:

Animal Unit—American Red Cross, 1st place; Dumfries Animal Hospital, 2nd place

Business/Organization—Prince William Forest Park, 1st place; Parish Blue, 2nd place; Top Teens of America, 3rd place.

Marching Band—Potomac High School, 1st place, Freedom High School, 2nd place.

Dance, Step Cheer—All That Jazz, 1st place; Graham Park Middle School Dance Team, 2nd place.

Emergency Vehicle Services—Dumfries Triangle Rescue Squad, 1st place; Family Health Connection, 2nd place; Dumfries Triangle Volunteer Fire Department, 3rd place.

Honor Guard—Freedom High School, 1st place, Prince William County Sherriff’s Department, 2nd place.

Motorcycle Unit—American Legion, 1st place; Buffalo Soldiers of Northern Virginia, 2nd place; Relay for Life, 3rd place.

Scouting Unit—Troop 861, 5894, 3705, 1st place; Brownie Troop 1789, 2nd place; Girl Scouts of Aquia, 3rd place.

Walking Group—Dumfries Elementary School, 1st place; NOVAKS Gymnastics Center, 2nd place; Dumfries United Methodist Church, 3rd place.

Council’s Choice—Two Guys Antiques, 1st place; Emoni’s Dessert Bar, 2nd place; Belle Framing, 3rd place.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

If any of the winners have not collected their trophies, they should contact, Cydny Neville, Director of Community Services at, or call 703.221.3400 ext. 144.

-Submitted by the Town of Dumfries

$16 Million Radio Upgrade Proposed

The new public safety radio system eyed by officials in Prince William County would improve radio ability inside buildings, documents state. Areas in red indicate improved radio coverage with after a new radio system is implemented.

Prince William County, Va. — The communication system used by first responders in Prince William County could soon get an upgrade.

County officials want to replace the radio system used by county police, fire and rescue personnel, public schools, sheriff’s office and jail with a new system guaranteed to last 15 years. It comes with a $16 million contract price tag with nearly $6 million in incentives worked into the deal, according to county documents.

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors is expected to be briefed on the new system at their public meeting Tuesday.

In addition to agencies in Prince William County, Dumfries, Haymarket, Quantico and Occoquan will also use the system.

The new radio system, which could be implemented by the lower of two current bidding compaines, Motorola, will improve radio communication inside of buildings on the eastern and extreme western sides of the county, documents state. The new system would also include two new base towers to improve the radio system’s transmission abilities.

The county’s current radio system was installed in 1999 and was guaranteed a lifespan of 15 years. It will no longer be supported by its manufacturer in 2013, and county officials hope to have a new system in place by the end of its guaranteed lifespan.

County documents don’t address an option of encrypting the radio system to shield communications from public ears. If county officials do encrypt its radio frequencies, they will follow suit with neighboring Stafford Count which last year hushed police communications, preventing residents from monitoring the sheriff’s department’s actions and from getting up to the minute information about road closures over the public airwaves.

1 Ejected from Car

Triangle, Va. — One person was reported ejected from a car when it crashed on Joplin Road.

Fire and rescue personnel were called to mile post 16 along the two-lane road just before 2 p.m. Sunday. Four people were involved in the crash, and one person was ejected from the vehicle, according to initial reports.

One person was flown to an area hospital following the crash. Details have not been released by police.

One man was killed and another woman were seriously injured in September when their car crashed on Joplin Road.

Dumfries Christmas Parade Tomorrow

Dumfries, Va. — Dumfries will ring in the holiday season Saturday with the town’s annual Christmas parade.

The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. in front of town hall on Main Street, and the parade route will follow U.S. 1 to the Dumfries Shopping Center.

Before the parade, Mahogany Books will provide a kid’s literature corner on the second floor fo the community center from noon to 2 p.m.

The Weems-Botts Museum will also host their annual Victorian open house Saturday complete with a Victorian Santa, short tours, music and colonial cider refreshments.

Dumfries Appoints New Mayor and Vice Mayor

Dumfries Town Hall

By KJ Mushung

Dumfries, Va. — The Dumfries Town Council appointed Vice Mayor Nancy West as Interim Mayor of Dumfries in a closed session Tuesday night. In the same resolution, council members also appointed Councilman Willie J. Toney as Interim Vice Mayor and town citizen Gwendolyn Washington as a councilmember. The move follows the Nov. 6 death of Mayor Fred Yohey Jr.

The vote was not unanimous. Five of the remaining members of the council voted for the resolution, while Councilwoman Kristin Forrester voted against the appointments. There was only one vote held for all three appointments together, so council members were unable to vote for each candidate individually.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have this opportunity to carry forward the legacy of Fred Yohey,” said West in a press release. “He was a friend, a mentor and a beloved member of our town for many years. Although this is a tremendous opportunity, it is a bittersweet one. Fred had great faith in our community and in each other and believed that active involvement by our residents and business leaders was essential to building a strong and successful community. We are blessed and fortunate to have so many people devoted to making our town a better place to live… One of [Yohey’s] greatest desires was to establish a strong foundation that we can leave to our children, one they will look back on with great pride. As mayor, I promise to make this a priority to ensure his vision is realized.”

West and Toney will serve in their new interim positions until a special election, scheduled for May 2012, is held. That election will determine who will serve the remaining two years of Yohey’s term. They were both elected to the town council in May 2008.

Washington, daughter of former Councilman Wilmer Porter and wife of former Vice Mayor Clyde Washington, will serve the remainder of West’s council term, which expires June 30, 2012. Washington is a retired educator.

JoJo’s For Sale?

Dumfries, Va. — Could a staple in the Potomac Communities known for its ice cream be for sale? Or is it a clever buzz-generating trick?

JoJo’s Ice Cream in Dumfries just closed for its regular season this past weekend, but cryptic a message posted to their Facebook page Tuesday night had many fans wondering just what was happening.

“JO JO 4 sale…….what!” stated the business’ Facebook page.

No one at JoJo’s was available for comment Tuesday.

Responses to the strange post ranged from “huh,” to “say it isn’t so.” Another commenter said she talked with the owner on Friday and got no indication the ice cream shop was going out of business.

“I sa[w] jojo on Friday and he didn’t say anything to me about selling the sho[p],” said Jennifer M. Fishback of Dumfries.

Dumfries’ Yohey ‘Beat the Odds’ at Life

By Uriah Kiser

Dumfries, Va. – As much as he was fired up lately about a foul stench coming from a landfill, he was equally as excited about a new park and coming street scape improvements on Dumfries’  Main Street.

Dumfries Mayor Fred Yohey died Sunday at age of 63 after complications from juvenile diabetes, said Dumfries Vice Mayor Nancy West. It’s an ailment that haunted him all of his life, one Yohey would discuss with West when he would call her at home to discuss the events of the day.

“I feel like I’ve lost a good friend,” said West. “You know, people from our generation, like Fred, who have juvenile diabetes didn’t have a long life expectancy. Fred said he expected to live until his early to mid thirties, and he once told me ‘I’ve beat the odds and lived this long,’” said West.

West and her husband met Yohey while attending Dumfries United Methodist Church.

Over the course of the last month Yohey’s health was beginning to fade. West presided over the town’s last council meeting on Nov. 1 in Yohey’s absence. His eyesight was failing and he resigned from driving a car, said West.

He was admitted to Sentara Potomac Hospital on Oct. 22 and was placed into medical coma. Word of his death came late Sunday night.

Yohey, a retired federal worker, made a day job out of being mayor. Most days showed up at town hall at 10 a.m. and stay until after 5 p.m. “He was really excited about the staff we have working in the town, about how well trained and professional they are,” said West.

Yohey would have turned 64-years-old next month, and had he just finished serving the the first two years of a four-year term. It was his second term as elected mayor.

Town council will meet again Nov. 15 and West will once more preside over the meeting. Its expected she will serve as interim town mayor for up to 45 days until the council appoints a new mayor.

The town will hold a scheduled election in May as three current town council members, including West, will be up for reelection. If a mayoral candidate steps forward in May and is elected, they will serve the remaining two years of Yohey’s term, said West.

A memorial service will be held for Yohey at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mountcastle Funeral Home on Dale Boulevard in Dale City. He will be buried at Dumfries Cemetery behind Dumfries Elementary School.

Dumfries Mayor Dies

Dumfries Town Manager DanTaber, Mayor Fred Yohey Jr. and Vice Mayor Nancy West talk at a Town Council Meeting. (KJ Mushung/

Dumfries, Va. — Dumfries Mayor Fred Yohey has died at age 63.

According to, Yohey passed away Sunday night at Sentara Potomac Hospital where he had been admitted on Oct. 22 after a medical emergency.

Yohey was serving his second term as mayor and had previously served on the town council.


Dumfries Mayor in ICU

Dumfries Mayor Fred Yohey Jr., (center) chats with Town Manager Dan Taber (left) and Vice Mayor Nancy West after a council meeting in September. Photo by: KJ Mushung

By KJ Mushung

Dumfries, Va. — The mayor of Dumfries, Fred Yohey Jr., has been a patient in the intensive care unit of Sentara Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge since he suffered what Vice Mayor Nancy West described as a “major medical event” on Saturday, Oct. 22.

“Recent reports are that Mayor Yohey is in serious but stable condition,” said West. “My husband and I did go to the hospital on… Sunday afternoon, and the nurse that we spoke with that was in his room did say that he was gaining strength.”

The hospital confirmed today that the mayor is a patient in the ICU and that he was admitted Oct. 22.

West said he was in a medically induced coma to let his body heal. The hospital would not confirm specifics of the mayor’s medical condition.

State Probes Odor at Potomac Landfill

Potomac Landfill

Dumfries, Va. — Last month, Dumfries residents and those driving along Interstate 95 near the town complained about an awful odor.

Now, Virginia officials are looking into whether the Potomac Landfill – the source of the smell – violated state law, reports

Landfill officials say unusually high amounts of rain in our area lead to the smells, and that they have purchased new equipment and chemicals to lessen that will help to lessen the odor.

150 Attend Job Dumfries Job Fair

Officials said more than 150 attended Dumfries' first ever government contractors jobs expo on Wednesday night. (Submitted)

The Town of Dumfries held their first-ever Government Contractors/Technology Job Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. The purpose of holding a Government Contractors/Technology Job Expo was to Connect the Defense/Technology Industry located in the Town of Dumfries with talent located in the community and the Greater Prince William County area. The town is fortunate to have several nationally and worldwide government contractors located within the town limits and right-outside the town limits. With the close proximity to Quantico Marine Corp Base, the Town of Dumfries is becoming a natural hub for defense and technology related companies.

“We are seeing more inquiries from defense contracting and Technology companies inquiring about expanding or moving their operations to Dumfries,” stated Debi Sandlin, Director of Community and Economic Development. “The expo was initiated by companies located in the town and along with the Town collaborated together to hold a government contractor/technology specific job expo.”

Held on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m., the expo drew in over 150 job seekers. The workshops job seekers were able to take advantage of included “How to Work a Job Fair,” presented by Pete White from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce; “How to Market Yourself,” and “Preparing for the Interview,” both presented by the Virginia Employment Commission, Skill Source Group in Woodbridge.

“The Job Expo far exceeded our expectations. Well worth our time,” said Joe Miller of DSC Corp.

“It not only met our expectations, it exceeded our expectations,” stated Jen Arnold from Chenega CTI.

Robert Rufu, a job seeker, stated that he “was very impressed with the number of local and regional companies who exhibited and the spectrum of positions available”.

Dumfries Council Lady Michele Jurgensen stated, “The Town of Dumfries, a magnet for growth in federal, information technology, and contractor services job market attracts a strong workforce. There are many opportunities for economic development and job growth. This is what local government can do to create an economically advantageous environment for businesses. The Town of Dumfries is the place to invest, live, work, and play.”

This Expo would not have been possible without the sponsoring companies, to include: American Systems, The Hosting Company, Armed Forces Services Corporation, Platinum Sponsor for the event, Chenega CTI and Aurora Flight Sciences.

-Press release 

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