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Excursion train ride tickets for the Manassas Heritage Railway Festival are selling fast. Get yours today.

The Heritage Railway Festival is back in Manassas for its 23rd year! Enjoy the rich railroad history of Manassas Saturday, June 3rd from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. surrounding the Train Depot.

A day full of family-friendly fun, the Heritage Railway Festival will feature a community stage on West Street hosting the Bull Run Cloggers, Wildlife Ambassadors, Premier Martial Arts, and the Suburban Gypsies Belly Dance Club.

Take an excursion train ride to Clifton and back at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. The morning trains at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. will feature character Chase from the popular cartoon Paw Patrol and the afternoon train rides at noon and 1 p.m. will feature Princess Belle. The 10 a.m. train ride has already sold out but remaining trains have tickets available for purchase online or in person at the Train Depot with ticket prices ranging from $5-$6.

After your train excursion, walk over to the Harris Pavilion and view the model train displays or walk along West Street, Prince William Street, and Battle Street to enjoy delicious food vendors, shop novelty railway crafters, and more!

The Museum Lawn will also be featuring the Greater Manassas Women’s Club canned sculpture challenge “ExtravaCANza” where organizations will be creating sculptures made entirely out of canned goods to resemble a train theme. Stop by and watch the progress as these canned goods become sculptures.

Whether you love trains and railroads or are just looking for some family fun, this event is a great way to spend your Saturday and see all that Historic Downtown Manassas has to offer. For more information on this and other events in the City of Manassas, go to www.visitmanassas.org.

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Construction set to begin on Northern Virginia veterans care center

Northern Virginia veterans will soon have a new place to recover and retire.

A new Puller Veterans Care Center will be built on a 30-acre site at Vint Hill Road and Vint Hill Parkway in Fauquier County, just across the Prince William County line.

The one and a half story veterans center will house 128 veterans and will serve as a place to care for inpatient care for veterans going through medical rehabilitation and for those who have Alzheimer’s.

The duration of stays for veterans at the facility and those who are admitted will be based on the medical needs of the patient. Veterans needing memory care could conceivably spend the rest of their lives at the center.

The veterans care center is named after the Puller family which includes Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller who fought in World War II, his son and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lt. Lewis Burwell Puller Jr., who served in Vietnam, and the recently retired former Virginia State Senator Toddy Puller, the ex-wife of Puller, Jr.

Construction on the center is expected to begin late this year, and an opening date for the facility is slated for late 2019. (more…)



Comics, sci-fi, and beer. A one of a kind brewery in Prince William.

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Prince William Beer Trail

Editors note: This is the first in a series of posts showcasing breweries in Prince William County, Virginia.

Born over brunch in 2013, Heroic Aleworks finally set up shop in Woodbridge in January. But, make no mistake, this isn’t your ordinary brewery.

The theme of the brewery infuses specific passions of the owners: comics, sci-fi, and beer. The brewery initially drifted toward a local Virginian theme, but before a research trip to the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, Colo., the owners decided on the comic based brewery.

Visitors who come out can enjoy a good drink, a good comic, and experience the ambiance of a seemingly untapped market. The website features comics since each beer has an associated character developed in conjunction with the brew recipe. The artwork is also developed by local and internationally known comic artists.

Besides the comic theme, the brewery also takes pride in their taproom, which is described “an amazing place to hang out and play one of our many board games, our free classic arcade, and get together with friends for a role playing game such as “D&D” or any other activity.”

Keep an eye out for the Minde Trappe Belgian Style Dubbel, their most ordered brew. “With its slight sweetness, higher ABV, and amazing flavor profile provided in part by our house-made candy sugar, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.”

Heroic Aleworks has also incorporated a series of fun activities coming soon. Geeks Who Drink Trivia on Wednesday nights, and it joins other themed nights and new beer releases. Don’t forget to check out their new Mug Club will be capped at 100 members.

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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.


Here’s why Manassas Park resident Vivian Ward had a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget

Did you hear about the Mother’s Day Makeover and Contest sponsored by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation?

This really is one of the most amazing programs held at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC). If you have not heard about the FREE Mother’s Day Makeover and Contest, let me take a moment to tell you all the details.

First, you need to write a short paragraph about what your mother means to you and your family and enter it into the contest. Contest entries were accepted online or at the Community Center throughout the month of April. After going through all the entries, the MPCC staff chose a winner!

“Each person who entered our contest had a compelling reason and we truly appreciated that as we read each entry and decided the winner,” explained Jason Shriner, Marketing Manager, “Our contest winner received generous gifts and services from local business owners who donated their time or their products to help make the winning mother truly feel special.”

“I am so proud to share all the participating vendors including Yellow Cab of Prince William who provided sedan service for the makeover winner, hair styling by Jaisyn Markley at PR at Partners, expert make-up by Niki Kalfamanolis at PR at Partners, a manicure and pedicure from Pretty Nails in Manassas Park, and a clothing item of her choice from DeeDee of LulaRoe,” said Shriner.

In addition, the winning mother received a balloon sculpture from Nani’s etc., flowers by Montejo’s Florist, digital photos from Carol Fleurette Photography, a catered meal from Heart 2 Heart Catering, a gift basket and Paparazzi Jewelry from Lisa Briones, and three free months of membership toward an annual membership at the Manassas Park Community Center.

This year’s Mother’s Day Makeover Contest winner was Manassas Park resident Vivian Ward. Her daughter Myra Ward Lilly submitted her for the contest.

“Each week, I get the Weekl-e which highlights events at the Community Center on my phone. I saw the contest, clicked on it, wrote my feelings, and clicked to enter,” Lilly said, “It was so easy to enter, and I can’t believe how much we won.”

“I never imagined I would win something like this, and here I am!” exclaimed Ward as she showed off her new manicure. “I never wear make-up, but I love what they did for me, and do not get me started about my hair! That young man is a magician and he made my hair look beyond amazing,” Ward giggled as she patted her hair.

“I can’t put into words how special I feel,” said Ward, “I never expected so much, but that sedan just kept taking us from place to place, and all I had to do was to get up early, and get myself over to the Community Center. I was so nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, but the day was just beautiful.”

After Ward and her family returned to the Community Center, there was a big reveal. The winning family ate a gourmet lunch of grilled salmon, sesame noodles, and a vegetable medley catered by Heart 2 Heart Catering.

In addition, Safari Bingo and Sweet Pickle the Ballonatic Clown made giant bubbles and created balloon figures. Everyone had their faces painted by Elaine Jenkins of Dabbledy Doo, enjoyed free cookies and hot tea while making free Mother’s Day cards and photo frames for the photos taken at the photo booth!

Dimitris Ward, grandson of the Mother’s Day Makeover winner, enjoyed watching his family participate in all the events.

“Everyone has been so nice and treated my grandmother with such kindness. We can never thank you all enough for what you did today,” he exclaimed.

“I am still taking it all in. My family and I are thrilled and will always remember what happened here today,” Ward said.

Look for this contest again in April 2018 and enter your mother! Entering the contest is easy. You may even get the chance to make your mother feel as special as Mrs. Ward and her family felt this year!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, and 29 special events and programs–many of which are FREE! For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

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…)



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 f at 703-282-4800 or

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

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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.

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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