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Hard hat and orange vest: Bandit dressed as construction worker robs Wells Fargo Bank in Gainesville

From Prince William police: 

Bank Robbery– On May 23 around 3:45PM, officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 7591 Somerset Crossing Dr in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man approached the bank area then passed a note demanding money.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot. No weapon was displayed and no injuries were reported. A police K-9 and helicopter are currently checking the surrounding area for the suspect. Heavy police presence can be expected in the area. More information will be released when available.

The investigation continues.

Lookout: Hispanic male, between 30-40 years of age, 5’09”-5’10”, 160lbs with a thin build. He was last seen wearing an orange construction vest, yellow hard hat, a dark hoodie, dark blue pants, blue gloves, and clear goggles.

Customer Service Rep. / Inside Sales Assistant

LORTON, VA

A branch office of Major Water Bottling Plant looking for an experienced Inside Sales Assistant / Customer Service Rep.

This position will help provide sales and customer service support for our clients and outside sales reps as well as assist in the execution of some corporate marketing efforts. Previous background in Sales and Customer Service Required. Job Duties include but not limited to the following:

Sales – provide a point of contact for customer quotations and receiving orders
Order Entry – Process customer orders.
Label Design/Artwork – Follow up and confirm customer design and order label from the supplier.
Production Assistance – add orders to production list – including due dates, label arrival dates, and maintaining stock for customers.
Quotations – prepare sales quotes for specific projects or bills of material
Customer Service – field calls and questions from customers regarding existing and past orders, in a timely and professional manner
Support Account Executives – provide administrative and technical support to outside sales staff.
Marketing Assistant – provide assistance with corporate market efforts.
Office Support – Answer phones and provide some basic administrative services for a small branch office.



RASco brews up better beverage quality for Prince William County breweries, restaurants

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As the craft beer industry rapidly expands and builds with it a following of beer connoisseurs in their quest for the ultimate sensory experiences through flavor, there is one key technology in Prince William County that can make all the difference for better-tasting craft beer. 

For the past two years, ROMEM Aqua Systems Company, RASco, Inc. has been focused on this technology –  research and development of their TruBru water system.  Yes, that’s right water.  Engineering a cleaner, better-tasting craft beer in Prince William County starts with water. 

TruBru is an advanced filtration system that uses automated technologies to deliver consistent water chemistry, which is vital to overall beverage quality. RASco miniaturized their existing technology for use in breweries by developing a modular, scalable, mobile water purification system that could fit inside a brewery’s common tight spacing.

“If you don’t start out with a quality first ingredient, it’s hard to produce a quality end product. In breweries, that first ingredient is water.  This is our most exciting product, and it’s applicable not only to breweries but to restaurants as well. We explain to people how the different chemical relationships of our water can help them produce their foods. That quality water gives a better taste. This is not your typical processed water, bottled water or tap water,” said Jim Judkins, RASco Vice President of Operations. 

RASco was built on water

In 1977 after 20-plus years in the U.S. Army, Dr. Vincent Ciccone launched V.J. Ciccone & Associates in Woodbridge, VA. Focused predominantly on civil and environmental engineering services, the company expanded over time to include mechanical, electrical, plumbing and even architectural engineering. After a period of growth in the 70’s and early 80’s, V.J. Ciccone & Associates was acquired in the mid-80’s by a large international engineering firm. 

In 1991, Dr. Ciccone opted to re-form the company as RASco, Inc. to implement patented water purification systems. Housed in a ten thousand square foot facility off Route 1 in Woodbridge, RASco is in the optimal location due to its proximity to Quantico and Fort Belvoir. RASco’s clients include various state and federal government agencies, as well as private sector and commercial businesses. (more…)

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Okras and its ‘N’Awlins’ fare a sign of life on the Virginia Oaks Golf Course

It’s the “Cheers” of Virginia Oaks.

Okras — a staple restaurant in Downtown Manassas since 1998 — opened its second location on the Virginia Oaks golf course clubhouse in Gainesville. The Cajun-style restaurant is the sole occupant of the clubhouse, complete with dining areas, a full bar, patio, and events spaces.

The new restaurant offers the same signature “N’Awlins” food including Shrimp and Grits, Red Beans and Rice, Gumbo, but it does so in an atmosphere that is brighter, more open, and more conservative than its Manassas flagship location. (more…)

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‘Beforehand, to reach the big hole, residents were required to travel over a long unpaved, dusty or muddy dirt road’

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Why, Potomac Local, why? 

Have you ever been walking, driving, or riding along and asked: “why?”

Why does this road only have two lanes when it could be better with four? Why does this school have so many trailers classrooms while others don’t?

We always like to hear your questions to our local community, and if you send us a question to potomaclocal@gmail.com, we promise to do our best to find an answer.

This week: “When and why did the landfill change from allowing people to drive up to the drop-off point and start using roll away dumpsters at the citizen convenience area?”  (more…)



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Open House: 12931 Brigstock Court, Bristow, Va.

Open House: 12931 Brigstock Ct, Bristow VA 20136

12931 Brigstock Ct, Bristow VA 20136

Neighborhood: Bridlewood Manor

Listing Price: $515,000

Open House: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1-4pm

New Listing!! Classic colonial on cul-de-sac lot. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths with formal living room, dining room and study. Elegant 2 story foyer and family room. Remodeled granite kitchen with stainless appliances, large island, gas cooking and beautiful tile backsplash. Walk-out basement with rec room, den, and full bath. Awesome backyard with huge brick paver patio and extensive landscaping, great for entertaining.

Extra features include recessed lighting, upgraded light fixtures, crown molding, chair rail, boxed and bay windows,  hardwood floors, wood laminate floors in upper-level bedrooms.

This home has been well cared for!!! Min to VRE and Patriot High School.

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



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Open House: 8806 Sudley Road, Manassas, Va.

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Open House: 8806 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20110

8806 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20110

Neighborhood: Robnel

Listing Price: $350,000

Open House: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1-4pm

New Listing!! Awesome rambler in great City of Manassas neighborhood!!!  ORIGINAL OWNERS have taken great care of this home. Total all brick 3 bed rooms, 1 bath with one car garage.  Entry into living room, dining area, eat-in kitchen with new wall oven and  built in micro-wave. Gleaming hardwoods under carpet. Convenient mud room/laundry. Awesome .46 acre lot with mature trees and extra shed.  

This home is a great opportunity for an affordable detached home in the city, with all one level living!! Minutes to VRE and all of Old Town Manassas has to offer!!!

Original owners have taken great care of this home, some updating is required, but a totally “move-in” ready property.

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

Traffic
‘Single lane closures will occur along northbound Route 29 between Lucas Court and Carver Road’

From VDOT: 

“Single lane closures will occur along northbound Route 29 between Lucas Court and Carver Road the nights of Sunday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 10 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night for drainage pipe replacement, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

One lane will remain open to traffic during the work; however, drivers should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

All work is weather permitting.”

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Drug take-back day yields 1,143 pounds of unused medications

From Prince William County Police Department:

A total of 1,143 pounds of expired or unused prescription medications were collected in greater Prince William County on Saturday, April 29th. The event was sponsored by the Crime Prevention Unit of the Prince William County Police Department, the City of Manassas Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center, Sentara Lake Ridge Ambulatory Care Center, and Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center hosted the DEA’s “Take Back” initiative.

The nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The partner agencies involved wish to thank the public for their participation in continuing to keep our communities safe and healthy. (more…)

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Escape your Cinco de Mayo celebration tonight with SoberRide

From a press release: 

Preparing to combat that time of year when, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly a third
(31%) of all U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers*, free Lyft rides will be offered to deter impaired driving throughout the Washington-metropolitan area on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th).
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City of Manassas Celebrates its Business Community in May

Recognizing that businesses are the backbone of Manassas, the Manassas City Council recently issued a proclamation declaring May “Business Appreciation Month.”

“The strength of the City of Manassas relies on the strength of its business community,” says Mayor Harry J. Parrish II. “Our businesses create jobs and make the City a great place to live, work, and do business.”

Through Business Appreciation Month, the City of Manassas honors and celebrates its thriving businesses and the engaged business owners who are very involved in the community. They enthusiastically support local service groups, youth activities, and participate in events like this week’s upcoming First Friday Gallery Walk where downtown merchants will showcase local artists’ works.

According to the Virginia Employment Commission, the City has 1,530 business establishments within its boundaries. Its businesses range from new start-ups to corporations with more than 1,000 employees and feature unique shops, restaurants offering a spectrum of cuisines, and even breweries and a distillery.

To thank the business owners and operators who choose to be located in the City, the City of Manassas and the Prince William Chamber are hosting a free Manassas Business Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, May 11, 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the Center for the Arts (9419 Battle Street, Manassas). Local businesses are encouraged to spend the morning networking with each other and mingling with the mayor and members of the City Council. Members of the business community may attend this invitation-only event by contacting Nicole Smith with the City’s Economic Development Department at 703-853-3701.



Give mom a gift of time to read, listen to music, or catch a few minutes of sleep, so she’ll arrive at work refreshed

Doing something special for your Mom on Mother’s Day is thoughtful, but what if you could make the gift last all year? You can give her something that helps make every day better – some free time and a stress-free commute!

When Mom commutes with OmniRide, she can use her travel time to listen to music, read, or catch a few minutes of sleep so she’ll arrive at work refreshed and ready to have a great day! And at just $6.50 per trip when paying with a SmarTrip card, the commute will save her some money too – all moms will like that!

OmniRide commuter bus routes start in Dale City, Gainesville, Lake Ridge, Manassas, the Route 1 corridor, and Woodbridge. Popular destinations include the Mark Center, Pentagon, Rosslyn/Ballston, Crystal City, Washington, D.C., Washington Navy Yard, and Tysons.

Or maybe Mom would rather take a Metro Direct bus for easy travel to a nearby Metrorail Station – and no parking fees! She can travel to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station from eastern Prince William County, and to the Tysons Corner Metro Station from Manassas and Gainesville. The fare is just $3.25 with a SmarTrip card.

If mom prefers to stay closer to home, the OmniLink local bus service is a great alternative with routes serving Dale City, Dumfries, Manassas, Manassas Park, Quantico, the Route 1 corridor, and Woodbridge/Lake Ridge. And don’t forget about the Cross County Connector, which operates between eastern Prince William and the Manassas area. Local fares are just $1.50 per trip, so Mom won’t be worried that you spent too much on her!

Yes, brunch and flowers are nice. But this year, give Mom the gift she’ll use year-round! See routes and timetables at PRTCtransit.org, or speak with a friendly PRTC Customer Service Agent at (703) 730-6664.

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Columbia Gas to issue refunds, hike rates

From Columbia Gas: 

“Columbia Gas of Virginia residential natural gas customers will receive a refund in their May or June bills as a result of the final order in Columbia’s 2016 base rate case, issued in March 2017. The average residential refund amount is approximately $15

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Manassas to kick off 3-day arts festival on First Friday

This year Gallery Walk has kicked it up and expanded into a three-day art festival in historic downtown Manassas. The Much Ado About Art Festival will kick off during the May First Friday on May 6 from 5 – 9 p.m. At 5:p.m. the streets will be open to pedestrian traffic and the arts will come alive.

Follow the balloons from store to store and experience the fine art on display, from photography to oils and acrylics, there is much to see for everyone. Hop onto the walk-on travel art van that will be on display in the intersection of Main and Center Streets.

Friday night won’t just be featuring Gallery Walk. Violinists will bring a whimsical sound to downtown and a Dueling Brushes competition will be taking place at Creative Brush, Zandra’s, and Mariachi’s. Watch as artists create an original work from start to finish and then vote for your favorite at Creative Brush Studio. Completed works will be on display in Creative Brush all weekend with voting open through 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. There will be fun for the kids as well – enjoy balloon twisting and face painting Friday night between Prospero’s Books and Totally Vintage Design.

On Saturday, May 6, the day will begin with Manassas Reads at the Harris Pavilion. This free event promotes literary art with book giveaways and readings with a few special guests.

Following Manassas Reads, a ticketed paint class will be held at the Pavilion with instructor Emily Thomson from Manassas Olive Oil Company where attendees will create their own unique floral scene. Weather permitting, there will also be a new Little Bits project going on at 10 a.m. on the corner of Center and Main Streets next to the Old Towne Man Cave as the transformer box is transformed into an aquarium!

p-ART-ners will also be hosting Battle of the Artists on Battle Street from 9am-3pm, weather permitting, where you can watch chalk art come to life and vote for your favorite piece! Voting boxes can be found at the Center for the Arts, Creative Brush Studio, and Grounds Central Station through Sunday. Saturday evening, Gallery Walk will continue again from 5 to 9 p.m. and a free concert from Kitty and the Fat Cats will take place at the Pavilion at 7 p.m. – don’t forget to bring your own chairs!

On Sunday, it’s community day! Enjoy performances at the Pavilion from the Osbourn High School Drum Line, McGrath Irish Dance Studio, and the Manassas Ballet. Manassas Art Guild will also be hosting a community canvas art project on the flat rail car and the Center for the Arts will be hosting a community art paint splatter project on their bench in the side parking lot on Battle Street. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy all the art that has blossomed in historic downtown Manassas.

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Blame cursive confusion for multiple spellings of Bristow

Photo: Civil Warscapes

Why, Potomac Local, why? 

Have you ever been walking, driving, or riding along and asked: “why?”

Why does this road only have two lanes when it could be better with four? Why does this school have so many trailers classrooms while others don’t?

We always like to hear your questions to our local community, and if you send us a question to potomaclocal@gmail.com, we promise to do our best to find an answer.

Here’s one: Why is Bristow spelled with a “W” on maps and road signs but with an “E” at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park? (more…)

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Fare hikes, western maintenance facility funding comes with new PRTC budget

Fare hikes are coming for bus riders in Prince William County.

OmniRide commuters paying with SmarTrip will pay $6.90, up from $6.50, and cash fares are up from $8.75 to $9.20. A single ride on local OmniLink bus would increase to $1.55, up from $1.50. Overall, it’s an average 5% fare increase for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

There will also be service cuts to some routes, removing underused services such as the route between Manassas Junction shopping center and Manassas Mall, and the elimination of a route between Lindendale Road and the Dale City commuter lot on the system’s Navy Yard route.

The eliminations and reroutings are expected to save PRTC $200,000. (more…)



The near-fully restored Brentsville Jail, once home to moonshiners, horse thieves, and murderers will be opened to the public May 13

The project to restore the Brentsville Jail has reached the final stage, with completion expected any day now. It comes just a few short years before the community will celebrate 200 years of history.

From county seat to small rural town, Brentsville has seen a lot of change during that time. The one surviving building that best represents the changing role of this town is the two-story brick building commonly called the Brentsville Jail.

Brentsville served as the Seat of Prince William County from 1822 to 1893 and the Brentsville Jail housed those accused of everything from selling liquor without a license to horse stealing, to murder.

When the County Seat moved to Manassas, the use of the jail changed as well. The Courthouse was sold and converted into a private school for teachers, in-turn the jail was refitted to act as a student dormitory.

Later when the school moved on, the jail-turned-dormitory became a private residence until it was eventually purchased, given to the county to be used as office space. Today the Jail is in the final stages of the stabilization and restoration project that began in 2010, which will see the building used in yet another purpose; a public museum.

The future museum will explore the people whose stories are connected to the building. The main orientation room will not only explore the history of the jail but also tie it to the history of the town of Brentsville and larger story of Prince William County.

The adjacent room will be a historically furnished Jailor’s Office that will examine the lives of the various jailers and their families who at one time lived in the building as caretakers. Across the hall will be another historically furnished room, a criminal cell, in which an inmate was famously assassinated.

The final room downstairs will include STEM-based architectural activities that will highlight the building construction.

The exhibit will continue upstairs featuring a historically furnished debtor’s cell and early 20th dormitory room. An audio room will examine the stories of some of the individuals incarcerated in the jail, such as abolitionists, individuals suffering from mental illness, female criminals, and others.

The final room will explore the African-American experience in both Brentsville and Prince William County through most of the 19th century. Two interactive kiosks will also allow visitors to examine some primary documents that are not normally available to the general public.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre is hosting a special Jail Grand Opening on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Although the museum exhibits will not be installed by opening day, visitors will be allowed to explore the building and receive special tours. Also, special lectures will be offered throughout the day, covering many exciting topics. At 11 a.m., local historian Arwen Bicknell will talk about her new book: Justice and Vengeance Scandal, Honor and Murder in 1872 Virginia, which highlights a murder that took place in the Brentsville Jail.

At 1 p.m., Dr. Sherri Huerta will explore the African-American history of the building with “’Remanded to Jail’: How Enslaved Persons Experienced Life and Death in the Brentsville Jail.”

Finally, at 3 p.m. local historian Morgan Breeden will talk about his experience living in the jail when it was his family’s private residence.

The dedication begins at 10 a.m. and programs run through 4 p.m.

News
Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers to spruce up the fishing pier

Good morning Prince William – Happy National Volunteer Week! Thanks for all you do- we live in a wonderful community because of you!

· Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers to spruce up the fishing pier by replacing boards and power washing the pier. This pier affords fisherman year round access as well those early birds up to watch the sunrise. Please email Ben at: degrob@hotmail.com to learn more.

· Project Mend a House is registering participants in their Live Well Workshops. The is a free 6 week class to help you with several painful conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, asthma, chronic pain and heart disease. The next session begins May 9th at the Woodbridge Senior Center. Please call Jodie at (571) 494-5577 to learn more.

· Friends of the Kennedy Center need volunteers for their JFKC Open House on Saturday May 27th. This event will celebrate what would have been President Kennedy’s 100th Birthday. Please register on their website by May 12th- Kennedy-center.org. Jobs include check-in, artist liaison, information tables and more!

· Saved Hands Foundation needs volunteers to teach life skills to adults in Woodbridge two days a week from 4-5pm. Please email Pamela at:info@savedhandsfoundation.org to learn more about the great services given to the homeless clients in the community. (more…)


Nominate your mother for the Manassas Park Community Center 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Makeover Contest

How many ways can you tell your mother how much she means to you and pamper her at the same time? It is not as hard as you may think. All you need to do is to enter your mom in the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC) Mother’s Day Makeover Contest! The winning mother will receive the following gifts and services:
 
•Transportation to participating vendors courtesy of Yellow Cab Company
 
•Expert hair styling by Jaisyn Markley at PR at Partners
 
•Expert makeup by Niki Kalfamanolis at PR at Partners
 
•Manicure and pedicure from Pretty Nails in Manassas Park
 
•A clothing item of her choice from DeeDee of LulaRoe
 
•A balloon sculpture from Nani’s
 
•Flowers by Montejo’s Florist
 
•Digital photos from Carol Fleurette Photography
 
•A catered meal from Heart 2 Heart Catering
 
•Cookies from Bijou’s Sweet Treats
 
•A jewelry item of her choice from Lisa Briones of Paparazzi
 
•A gift basket by Lisa Marie
 
•3 free months of membership toward an annual membership at the Manassas Park Community Center
 
Each of these generous business owners is donating either their time or their products to help the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC) staff truly make your mother feel extra special this Mother’s Day!
 
Then on May 13, from 12:30 pm. – 2 p.m., join us for the big reveal and the announcement of the contest winner at the MPCC! There will be fun for everyone and activities for the kids!
 
There will also be a photo booth! For $5 per photo, you can capture a great photo of mom and her family. Then, after you have your photo taken at the photo booth, you can decorate a free picture frame! What a great complement to that photo booth portrait!
 
The kids will love the clowns Safari Bingo and Sweet Pickle the Ballonatic Clown as they make giant bubbles, create balloon figures, and play with puppets! Kids can have their faces painted by Elaine Jenkins of Dabbledy Doo, and can make a free Mother’s Day card at our cardmaking station!
 
Click here to nominate your mother before the April 28 deadline! Then plan to attend all the fun on May 13 from 12:30pm-2:20pm! 
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