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Old prescription drugs accepted today at mall, hospital

Woodbridge, Va. –– Going to Potomac Mills mall today? Take some old, unused prescription medication with you.

The outlet mall in Woodbridge, and the Stafford Hospital Center off U.S. 1 in Stafford, are two of more than 75 locations in Virginia where residents today can drop off unused prescription medications, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as part of the first-ever National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The initiative is designed to raise awareness of, and curb prescription drug abuse, officials said. (more…)

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Traffic hot spots to avoid

Get ready for some road work in our area. Here is a list pf projects and places, provided to us from the Virginia Department of Transportation, you may want to avoid if you can.

Interstate 95 Widening

Nighttime work – Closures occur between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

I-95 south from Accotink Creek to Exit 160, Gordon Blvd. (Va.123) – Two lanes closed Sunday – Thursday nights 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for  milling, paving and striping.

Weekday work – Closures occur between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. (more…)

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Woman attacked in Lorton

The man who tried to snatch a purse from a Lorton woman, and then pushed her to the ground, looked like this. (Fairfax County police)

Lorton, Va. –– A woman told police a man tried to steal her purse, and now investigators have asked Lorton residents to keep an eye out for the would-be thief.

The victim was walking to her home in the 9400 block of Cherwek Drive, just off U.S. 1, at 8:50 p.m. Sept. 15, when a man approached her and grabbed her purse, said Fairfax police Franconia District spokesman Richard Henry on Thursday.

The purse was hanging around the woman’s neck by its strap, which prevented the man from taking it.

But a struggle ensued during the attempted theft, and the man grabbed the woman by the shoulder and threw her to the ground, said Henry. (more…)

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Weekend Finds

Miss Virginia Caitlyn Uze will appear at a talent show to benefit Children’s Miracle Network on Sunday at North Stafford High School. (Photo: Miss Virginia)

In this week’s Weekend Finds: It’s your chance to let the children watch a movie while you get dinner, one of the area’s largest craft shows comes back to town and Miss Virginia will stop by a talent show on Sunday to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

Movie night equals smooth Friday night

You have worked a full week, and on Friday evening – once you make your way through traffic and pick up your child – treat yourself to a smooth evening by stopping by our local Wegmans to see the very entertaining movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This move is free, and dinner will be a breeze since Wegmans has plenty of tasty options to choose from.

Movie time begins at 7 p.m. at the large grocery store, at 14801 Dining Way in Woodbridge.

For more information call 703-763-5500.

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CoffeeBreak: Time flies as son turns into young man

Michelle Bond

How do I feel about school being back in session? I will simply say “yeah!” and do a “mommy-Moonwalk”.

This year my son started 9th grade.  He is now officially a high school student.

Last year my son was moved up from 7th to 8th grade.  A parent’s dream right?  Well, sort of.

The obvious fact would be that I am abundantly proud of my son, and am proud of the fact that he is able to learn and retain in a way I have never been able to accomplish.  I was never “that student,” you know – the student who would be expected to be on the honor roll. (more…)

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Fairfax seeks input on “Great Parks” plan

A group of AmeriCorps volunteers clean up Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County in May 2010. (Courtesy: Virginia State Parks)

Fairfax County is home to tens of thousands of acres of parkland, and officials are looking to improve them.

The Great Communities, Great Parks initiative was started in February 2007 as a way to guide park development between now and 2020.

Part of the plan will address how much new park land to acquire over the next 10 years, and how to protect the park land the county already owns.

Residents are invited to a meeting at the South County Government Center on U.S. 1, at 7 p.m. at Oct. 14. (more…)

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Recession’s over, but homeless problem remains

By URIAH KISER

The recession may be officially over, but the homeless problem in Northern Virginia persists.

A new report out Monday declared the recession that has left many out of a job, struggling to pay the bills, ended in June 2009.

But many of those who lost their jobs are still without work, and a surprising number of Americans – 44 million – can’t afford to buy goods to feed their families.

Officials in Woodbridge are aware of the problem, as the area has a large homeless population that utilizes a cooling/warming shelter near a local bus terminal on Potomac Mills Road, and a homeless shelter on U.S. 1. (more…)

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Police want community feedback

Officials at the Franconia District Police Station in Fairfax want more neighborhood feedback.

They’re looking for more residents to become part of the station’s Community Advisory Committee, where they can share concerns about their community with police and increase communications between residents and the police department, said station spokesman Richard Henry.

During the meetings members are kept informed about safety issues in their neighborhood, and are encouraged to question officials during the meetings held every third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Call Sue Hotto at 703-354-1988 or email her sue.hotto@gallaudet.edu for more information.

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Try transit, win Amtrak tickets

If you pledge to try transit this week you could win tickets to ride Amtrak.

Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission’s OmniRide and OmniLink buses will be participating this week as part of Virginia’s third annual Try Transit Week.

Between now and Sept. 24, if you pledge to use transit your name will be put into a drawing for a pair of tickets for use on Amtrak Virginia, which provides service from the state to the Northeast U.S, according to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. (more…)

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Storms could develop today

Strong to severe thunderstorms could sweep across the region this afternoon, bringing with them potentially damaging winds.

The storm risk will be at its highest this afternoon into the evening hours as an area of low pressure moves across the region, according to the National Weather Service.

If storms do develop, they will be the latest round of severe summertime weather to batter the Washington area in recent weeks. (more…)

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Coastal flood advisory issued

Sunday morning’s rain has prompted a coastal flood advisory to be issued for the Potomac communities today.

According to the National Weather Service, the high tides along the Potomac River in Alexandria today will be at 1:14 p.m. and Aquia Creek in Stafford County at 11:28 a.m.

The rain will produce tides about 1 foot above normal and could cause minor coastal flooding in some areas, according to the weather service.

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Friday Finds

In this week’s Friday Finds: It’s your chance to see a classic 80s movie outdoors, see a classic 80s rock band perform, and learn where you can take your children to a place where they can have fun and mom and dad can have a Friday night to themselves.

“Foosebumps” will play Yak-A-Doos in south Stafford on Aug. 19.

Back to the Future

What’s summertime without a free outdoor movie? Come to the lawn at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Woodbridge for a showing of the 1980s classic “Back to the Future” and watch the teenage hero Marty McFly meet his parents when they were in high school in the 1950s, dance with a younger version of his mother at the high school dance, and with the help of a wild-eyed scientist, get back home to the year 1985. (more…)

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Flash flood warning issued

7 p.m. UPDATE:

A flash flooding warning remains in effect for eastern Fairfax County until 8:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service noted a line of heavy rains and strong thunderstorms in the area just before 7 p.m.

The warning follows a long day of severe weather in and around the Washington area.

A tornado warning has been issued for Stafford County.

At 4:03 p.m., the National Weather Service says a storm that has produced a tornado near Aquia Creek has been spotted moving southeast at 25 mph.

The storm is moving in the area of Potomac Creek.

Residents in that area are encouraged to get indoors and take cover.

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New bus route proposed

Fairfax Connector

Fairfax Connector may soon have a new route between Huntington and the Engleside neighborhood.

Tranist officials will hold a public meeting at noon Saturday at the South County Center, at 8350 Richmond Highway, to discuss a newly proposed bus route, route 159.

The new route would bring changes to Fairfax Connector’s existing routes 151 and 152, according to a statement from the transit agency. (more…)

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CoffeeBreak: For teens, local travel is an adventure

Michelle Bond

Finding something fun to do in the summer of 1983 was not easy.  Our options were limited.  The highlight at that time was the Dale City Skating Rink on Smoketown Road. For the most part, we were left to our own survival skills and imagination to occupy our days.

It was during this time that we were introduced to McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.  One afternoon my best friend Tracey and I walked seven miles to the only McDonalds in the area to get a 20 piece order of McNuggets.  The joy was in the journey.  On our walk we talked, and sang and I believe a little dancing occurred.  I am sure we are a legend, somewhere. (more…)

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We’ve joined forces with TBD.com

We are proud to announce our partnership with Washington’s newest local news organization.

TBD.com, a collection of news and information from around the Washington area, launched today and PotomacLocal.com is the latest local Web site to partner with them. (more…)

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VRE to run normal service

Quantico, Va. – Now that one train track at Quantico has been reopened to Amtrak trains, commuter railroad officials say things should be back to normal for their trains on Monday.

Virginia Railway Express officials say there may be some delays on Monday as trains could be forced to move slower through the Marine Corps Base, but they are not anticipating a full-service shut down on the Fredericksburg line like they had Friday.

VRE canceled all trains on the line following the derailment of seven cars on a 79-car coal train Thursday. (more…)

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Crews finishing rail repairs

A CSX crew member walks along the track where a 79-car coal train derailed Thursday at Quantico. (Quantico Public Affairs)

Quantico, Va. – Train service between Washington and Richmond should be restored this afternoon.

Officials with CSX, the owners of the rail line, say repairs should be completed this afternoon and train traffic on the rails will be able to return to normal. (more…)

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Auto thefts common before Labor Day

It’s peak auto theft season in  the Washington area.

Officials say between Memorial Day and Labor Day is when your car is most likely to be stolen. And though the number of auto thefts in the area has dropped in recent years, more than 17,000 cars were stolen last year in the Washington area, said AAA Mid Atlantic spokesman John Townsend. (more…)

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Friday Finds

It may be the dead of summer, when it seems everyone is on vacation. But you can still rock out without leaving town!

Junk Food to rock Workhouse

If you like unapologetic rock and roll, you will love the sounds of “Junk Food” performing live Sunday at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center. (more…)

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Watershed plan unveiled

Karl Lady, of Dogue Creek, voices his concerns about the draft watershed management plan. (Eric Spiegel)

By Eric Spiegel

Mt. Vernon, Va. –  The Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division held a community forum Thursday to present a draft management plan for three Fairfax County watersheds – Belle Haven, Dogue Creek and Four Mile Run.  The forum was designed to promote understanding of watersheds and allow county officials to show its residents proposed plans to help improve and maintain watershed functions. (more…)

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