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‘Mayor’s Paddles’ Kayaking in Occoquan

By Stephanie Tipple

OCCOQUAN, Va. — The Mayor of Occoquan wants area families to get into the paddling business.

Town Mayor Earnie Porta announced “Mayor’s Paddles,” a yearly kayaking tour hosted by Occoquan Regional Park, will take place at the park on 9751 Ox Road just across the Occoquan River in Fairfax County, every first and third Saturday of the month.

The kayak tours, which run from April 7 until mid-fall, start at 11 a.m. and aim to provide families with a memorable tour of historic Occoquan, all from the perspective of the Occoquan River.

Those who are already well versed in the history of Occoquan also have the option to rent kayaks for $10, or you can bring your own kayak plus a launching fee, and then join in on any tours that are going on, or head out on your own and explore the river.


Gibson Seeks Office, Challenges Connolly

DUMFRIES, Va. — From a doughnut shop in Dumfries, Mark Gibson explains why he’s getting into the race to become the next congressman for the Potomac Communities.

“As a small business owner I have to keep low overhead costs, and I don’t think the federal government is doing that,” said Gibson.

The 51-year-old Independent from Fairfax is collecting signatures to get his name on the ballot for the November General Election. He needs 1,500 before June to be considered in the race.

His opponent is two-term Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly, a man Gibson described as having a good knowledge of how the government works, but also has too many years in office touting the same party line.

“Mr. Connolly is a good foot solider for the party but we don’t need foot soldiers, we need innovation,” said Gibson.

A native of the Washington area, Gibson, 51, lives with his wife, daughter and son – both who are in elementary school in Fairfax County. He’s the chief operating officer of a 15-employee IT firm that does database work for small business.

While the 11th Congressional District he wants to represent had portions of western Fairfax and Prince William counties redistricted away from it, the district still includes much of the Potomac Communities of Dumfries, Lake Ridge, Occoquan and Woodbridge. It’s an area of economic good fortune, he said, with federal jobs aplenty. Gibson said he doesn’t believe in a federal hiring freeze, and added downsizing government would ultimately lead to the loss of federal workers — but it doesn’t all have to happen at once.

“You can lose positions from attrition, and that will lead to more government savings, and over time that means we can pass along pay raises to federal employees,” said Gibson. “The people who come for work for me have gumption. They come in and want to be promoted, and federal workers are no different.”

On Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, Gibson says those who were promised a return on their investments into those systems should be rewarded, but added that those who have not yet reached retirement age will most likely have to wait longer to receive benefits.

A one-time Democrat, Gibson said he attended a meeting of Dems in Fairfax County but later felt the caucus was more about business as usual than bringing about change, which is why he said he’s running as an Independent.

Aside from Connolly, he faces proclaimed fiscal conservative Ken Vaughn and likely Republican nominee Chris Perkins.

Bottle Bombs Resurfacing in Prince William

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Over the past few weeks, chemical bottle bombs have become an increasing problem in Prince William County. There have been a number of occurrences in the Lake Ridge area beginning on March 18 and April 1 on Kempston Lane and April 5 on Berwick Place. The Fire Marshal’s Office and Prince William Police are working together to investigate, apprehend and prosecute those individuals responsible for these deadly devices.

Due to the corrosive nature of the mixture, anyone coming in contact with the materials while manufacturing or discharging the device can sustain serious and long-term debilitating injuries. Permanent injures to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract are common.

The Fire Marshal’s Office and Police Department reminds everyone that individuals involved with the possession, manufacture, or discharge of chemical bottle bombs will face criminal charges for their actions. Additionally, they will be held responsible for costs associated with any property damage, emergency response and mitigation (police, HazMat, fire and rescue), and clean up. Due to the hazardous nature of the residual material, clean- up costs can be substantial.

If a chemical bottle bomb is discovered or suspected in the community, citizens should immediately relocate a safe distance away from the device and call 911 to report it. Under no circumstances should anyone touch or move a suspected device. Further questions or information should be directed to the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-792-6360.

-Press release

PRTC Asked to Explore Consolidation

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — There are four transportation organizations that help govern how some commuters travel in Northern Virginia. Now there is a renewed call to consolidate them.

A total of 22 elected legislators in March sent a letter to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, one of the four transportation groups on the list that was asked to explore consolidation. PRTC operates OmniRide and OmniLink bus service in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

For the past two sessions of the Virginia General Assembly, there have been failed efforts to consolidate PRTC, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Northern Virginia Regional Transportation Authority, and the Northern Virginia Regional Alliance.

The PRTC Commission is lead by several elected officials who meet on a monthly basis. Prince William Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe Chairs both the NVRC and the NVTA.

“We ask you as chairs of NVTA, NVRC, NVTC, and PRTC, to engage your organizations in an effort to determine whether consolidation and/or improved coordination would improve regional planning, including transportation planning and services,” the letter stated.

Delegates from the Potomac Communities who signed the letter include Richard Anderson, R-Prince William, and Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge.

PRTC commissioners are scheduled to take up the matter at tonight’s regularly scheduled commission meeting.


New Model Captures Old Occoquan Mill

By Stephanie Tipple

OCCOQUAN, Va. — On your next trip to Occoquan, you may see historic buildings and pretty scenes, but one thing you’re not going to see is the old Merchant’s Mill, which was once located in historic Occoquan. The mill burned down in 1924, but one resident of Occoquan, Dr. James Walbert, has found a way to revive the memory of Merchant’s Mill – he’s constructed a scale model of the mill for residents and tourists.

On Saturday, Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta and town residents gathered at Town Hall to hear Walbert speak on the history of Merchant’s Mill, and the arduous process he underwent to construct a scale model of the mill. Walbert shared the step by step process he used to construct the model, showing photos and dimensional drawings to further demonstrate the process.

The model, which can be seen at the Mill Museum on Mill Street, was the culmination of almost a year’s worth of work, and is an excellent replica of the mill, based on gathered photos and information found in records.

The model stands a quarter inch to one foot in scale of the original mill, was constructed using construction foam, wood, and other traditional materials, and is full of precise and immaculate details. While some parts of the mill were unable to be researched, requiring Walbert to use some skillful guesswork, with the help of the Historical Society, and Mayor Porta’s book in the Arcadia series on the town of Occoquan, Walbert was able to make a model that is the exact image of Merchant’s Mill.

Residents and patrons are able to see the model of Merchant’s Mill at the Mill Museum in Occoquan, daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Mill Museum is operated by the Occoquan Historical Society.


Early Work Slated for 95 Express Lanes

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — While final plans are not yet in place for High Occupancy Toll lanes on Interstate 95, transportation officials will begin preliminary work on the project next week.

Drivers will notice the work taking place on the highway shoulders on I-95 between Springfield and Dumfries, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The proposed toll lanes, if approved, will be a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and private construction firm Fluor-Transurban. Taxpayers are expected to foot $97 million while the private firm is expected to fund $843 million.

In December, officials said construction could begin as early as this spring. But no formal announcement has been made. According to vamegaprojects.com, the work scheduled next week is utility work.

Once known as HOT lanes, the project has apparently been rebranded 95 Express Lanes to match its counterpart toll lanes on the Capital Beltway, the 495 Express Lanes which are scheduled to open late this year.

Work schedule:

I-95 north from Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) to Springfield Interchange – Mobile right shoulder closures Monday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for utility work.

I-95 north from Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) to Springfield Interchange – Mobile single lane closures Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for utility work.

I-95 south from the Springfield Interchange to Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) – Mobile right shoulder closures Monday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for utility work.

I-95 south from the Springfield Interchange to Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) – Mobile single lane closures Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for utility work.

I-95 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes from Springfield Interchange to Dumfries Rd. (Route 234) – Mobile alternating shoulder closures Monday through Thursday from 7 am. to 7 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to noon.

Pr. William Sups Expecting Comments on Budget

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William County officials tonight will hold a public hearing on a proposed $912.6 million budget for 2013.

The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. at the Prince William County Government Center on Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge.

The new budget includes, among other items, funding for 12 new police officers, two new arson investigators within the county fire department, five new 911 operators, upgrades to the security system at the county’s juvenile detention center, more cash for the county’s gang response team, and a new center for economic development concentrated on redeveloping the U.S. 1 corridor in eastern Prince William.

Teachers in Prince William County who have been clamoring for pay raises got work last night they would receive them, but announced they would appear at the meeting in mass to urge the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to maintain the proposed tax rate of $1.215 per $100 of the assessed property value.

“Any lowering of the tax rate will directly impact public education as the Superintendent’s current proposed budget is based on the advertised tax rate,” stated Brandie Provenzano in an email to PotomacLocal.com.

Provenazno has said teachers will organize outside the government center to urge county supervisors to approve the proposed tax rate.

Tonight’s public hearing comes as county staff in recently years has trimmed $140 million from its budget, and has passed on more retirement costs to their employees, officials said.

Mayor Running Unopposed

By Stephanie Tipple

OCCOQUAN, Va. — It’s been said that the best competitions are ones that you know you’re going to win, and this can be said for Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta

Porta, a Democrat, will seek his third, two-year consecutive term, as he runs for reelection – unopposed — this year.

Occoquan residents will go to the polls Tuesday, May 1 at Town Hall, at 314 Mill Street. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

While Mayor Porta has a seemingly election season ahead of him, he commented, “I don’t take anything for granted, though, so I will be out there campaigning for votes. I am hoping we will see solid voter turnout for the election, and I would very much like to see all the council members re-elected as well.”

Residents are encouraged to register to vote before the end of April in order to cast ballots in the upcoming town mayoral and council elections.


Occoquan to Host 5K Run, Walk

By Stephanie Tipple

OCCOQUAN, Va. — The Washington Regional Transplant Community will host their third annual 5K race in historic Occoquan.

The Race to Donate Life 5K in Occoquan will take place Sunday, June 10 at 9 a.m. The race, hosted by the Washington Regional Transplant Community, will be in Occoquan for its first time, and has been hosted in Northern Virginia for the past three years.

The 5K race will occur at the edge of the Occoquan River, and will start at the check-out point at 7:30 a.m. in front of Town Hall. In addition to the race, there will be music, food and other entertainment that the entire family can take part in.

All of the money raised from the 5K and surrounding events will be put to use for awareness programs in the area for organ, tissue and eye donations.

There is no minimum skill level for this 5K, and walkers, competitive runners, and everyone in between are welcome. There is a $30 registration fee for adults and $5 for children 12-years-old and younder. To register for the Race to Donate Life 5K, visit their website.

Revised School Budget Fails

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. –– A proposed measure that would have given all Prince William County Public Schools employees a raise has failed.

Prince William Schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts put forth a revised budget that included a two-percent raise for all school employees. But the county’s School Board denied passage of the newly proposed budget in a meeting Wednesday night.

Instead, At-large School Board Chair Milton Johns called another meeting next Wednesday where the Board is expected to explore more ways to cut spending in order to fund pay raises, said Prince William County Schools Communications Director Philip B. Kavits.

The Board has until April 1 to approve a new spending package.

This latest move comes after teachers in Prince William County have staged protests and so-called “work to the rule” campaigns in order to draw attention to the lack of pay raises over the years.

Teachers say they would like at least a three-percent increase in pay, as many have gone years without a salary increase. Teachers also said they dip into the own pockets to pay for supplies, and work evening and weekend hours just to meet the demands of the job.

First Ladies Campaigning in Area Today

OCCOQUAN, Va. — Two former Virginia first ladies will tour portions of the Potomac Communities on Thursday, stumping for their husbands who are running for U.S. Senate.

Susan Allen will stop in Falmouth in Stafford County at 10:30 a.m. at the Warrenton Road Park and Ride lot on U.S. 17 where she’ll be joined by Virginia State Senator Bryce Reeves, Delegate Mark Dudenhefer, and Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Susan Stimpson.

The topic of this gathering of Republicans? Rising gas prices, which are averaging $3.88 in North Stafford, $3.97 in Woodbridge, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Fuel Price Finder.

Allen is married to George Allen who was Virginia’s Governor from 1994 to 1998.

Anne Holton is married to Democrat Timothy Kaine, who led the state between 2005 and 2009. She will tour small businesses in Occoquan on Thursday starting at 11 a.m.

Holton is expected to join Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta on a “small business listening tour.”

The tour will begin at Occoqaun Town Hall and is expected to conclude at The Garden Kitchen.


Riverboat Ghost Tours Planned

By Stephanie Tipple

OCCOQUAN, Va. — A company fascinated by things that go bump in the night will offer ghost hunting tours in Occoquan.

Footsteps to the Past, a family-owned business in Northern Virginia, specializes in historical ghost tours in Alexandria and surrounding areas. Run by two members of the Potomac Valley Paranormal Society, this tour will take you on a smooth ride on the Miss Rivershore boat on the Occoquan River, while tour guides provide information and insights into the various aspects of ghost hunting.

But you don’t need to worry about handling weapons when it comes to ghost hunting – just some technological gadgets and a camera, as explained by the tour guides. Guests who attend the ghost hunting tour will have the opportunity to hear about the different kinds of spirits, or ghosts, along with methods on how to potentially capture their existence and hear tales and experiences that the tour guides have experienced with those who have “passed on.”

The highly energetic and friendly vibe of this tour may seem off course for a ghost hunting endeavor, but this tour will provide you with all of the necessary information you need to know for the next time you might find yourself in a graveyard or a haunted house.

These ghost hunting sessions in Occoquan will continue into the spring, and the company will host more ghost tours in other Northern Virginia areas in the coming months.

Occoquan’s Cock & Bowl: Food and Beer to Savor

Crevettes Boclique

By Stephanie Tipple

If you’re looking for a hearty meal, a beer, and an excellent atmosphere on your next trip to Occoquan, then stop in at the Cock & Bowl.

Owned by couple Jacquie and Michael Lopez, this restaurant is a culmination of their love for entertainment, food and French and Belgian culture.

The Cock & Bowl at 302 Poplar Alley has become an established local favorite, recognized as one of the Best New Restaurants by Northern Virginia Magazine. The restaurant was also rated number two for one of the Top Prince William Places.

The location of the Cock & Bowl was originally a Belgian restaurant, and while studying Belgian culture, the Lopez’s discovered the French culture that they loved was deep within the roots of Belgian culture and decided to expand on this theme for their restaurant. Their menu also incorporates seafood elements like mussels, and a popular item – frites—which are dipped in mayonnaise.

"We Are the Champignons"

One thing that many patrons rave about at the Cock & Bowl is their extensive beer list.

“Beer is so much more approachable,” Jacquie Lopez commented, comparing it to French wines. “We have a two-page food menu, and a 12-page beer list – we’re a beer joint,” Michael Lopez said of the atmosphere he wants to convey to patrons.

In addition to their beers, and their comfort food meets that French cuisine dishes, Cock & Bowl offers restaurant goers live acoustic music on their patio. And like a good reporter always does, I decided to dig in and see for myself if the Cock & Bowl’s food and atmosphere lived up to the reputation.

After poring over the menu, I selected a shrimp dish called the “Crevettes Bucolique.” This dish was a great portion of shrimp with a cream based sauce, garnished with steamed spinach and tomatoes. For the side dish, I ordered the famous frites with mayonnaise, which truly live up to their reputation. This meal is light seafood fare that melts in your mouth, leaving you happily satisfied with the portion and flavors.

My companion selected the “We Are the Champignons” mussel dish for her entrée, which was a delicious plate of mussels, with a cream and mushroom based sauce, along with a side of bread. While many people may shy away from seafood, particularly shell fish, my companion commented that the mussels were light and not over-burdened by the seafood taste, and that the creamy rich sauce complimented the mussels nicely.

One of the best known Belgian dishes in American culture is Belgian waffles, and the Cock & Bowl offers these Belgian waffles in a variety of forms on their menu for a dessert treat. If you’re a little weary of having a breakfast item for dessert, then take a look at their varieties with fudge and caramel, topped with a scoop of Hagen Daz ice cream.

The “Ganache Belgian Waffles” are far from your traditional breakfast waffles, with a light fluffy waffle made fresh, topped with whipped cream and a heavy dousing of chocolate. This dessert is as fun to look at as it is to eat, and hits the spot after a beer and a great meal.

Prince William Bans Burning

Prince William County, Va. — Fire officials in Prince William County have banned all outside burning for Friday due to unusual weather circumstances.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast is calling for low humidity and dry conditions with high winds of 20-30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. The Fire Marshal’s Office would like to alert the community regarding the threat of fire danger, i.e. outside fires that can spread quickly and out of control escalating into multi-alarm incidents threatening woodlands and structures while depleting fire and rescue resources.

These weather conditions are similar to the conditions that arose this time last year in February that produced numerous brush fires. Therefore, the Fire Marshal’s Office is banning all outside fires commencing today, Thursday, February 23rd through Saturday, February 25th.

Due to high winds and wind gusts, the Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to secure all outdoor furniture, trash receptacles, cooking grills, and other free-standing items that may become air born causing injury and damage if not properly secured.

The weather has been unseasonably mild this winter prompting homeowners to start early spring clean up and removal of large piles of debris such as damaged trees, shrubbery and leaves. Please note that outside burning of debris is prohibited for residential areas and the preferred method of debris removal is to have it chipped or shredded on site and/or transported to the landfill for disposal.

Earlier this month, the fire marshal’s office instituted it’s 4 p.m. burning law that requires all residents to burn brush after 4 p.m. when humidity levels are typically higher.

-Prince William Fire and Rescue Department 

Last year, a high winds spawned a rash of wildfire in the Potomac Communities along Interstate 95 and behind shopping centers on Prince William Parkway.

Occoquan Will Host Civil War Reenactment

Occoquan will host a historical Civil War re-enactment on Feb. 25 for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. (Submitted photo)

By Stephanie Tipple

Occoquan, Va. — “Yankee” and “Rebel” may seem like names only used long ago when describing the Civil War. But local re-enactors are looking to revive the events of that time by hosting a lecture, re-enactment, and encampment in Occoquan on Saturday, Feb. 25, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

This reenactment group, comprised of members in the Northern Virginia and Maryland, is involved in projects and re-enactments year-round in the area.

“We portray a variety of infantry units, including on occasion Confederates,” said Michael Schaffner, of the reenactment group.

The re-enactors fancy themselves primarily a Union sharpshooter company, added Schaffner.

For this event, noted author Robert Alton will be offering attendees a lecture on the background history of the Civil War. It will be followed by the re-enactors who will be acting out a conflict that happened in Occoquan, exposing residents to the culture and past of history of the town on the river that bears the same name.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the encampment of the sharpshooters, which will be located near the town’s Tourist Information Center on Mill Street. This encampment will be open to visitors who can view demonstrations on the firearms and weaponry used during the war.

Town merchants will also offer discounts and specials for those who attend the special re-enactment.

Town Demands Oaks III Developer Fix Watershed Problems

By Stephanie Tipple

Occoquan, Va. –– Occoquan officials have made their next move to slow construction of an office building just outside their town limits.

The Occoquan Town Council on Tuesday passed a resolution stating Ken Thompson, the developer of the much debated Oaks III office building to be located at the intersection of Old Bridge and Tanyard Hill roads in Lake Ridge, must first repair the water run-off issues at his adjacent Oaks II office development.

Thompson last month petitioned the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to rezone an 18-acre parcel of undeveloped land that will accommodate the planned 32,500 square foot, low-rise Oaks III office building. The rezoning passed despite outcries from Occoquan residents and members of the Prince William Board, clearing the way for the building’s construction.

According to Prince William County documents, Thompson promised to leave just over 13 acres of the property untouched as a conservation area. But Occoquan’s resolution comes as documents show that the National Rifle Association, not Thompson, owns the land.

Thompson did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

Occoquan officials point to water runoff from the Oaks II property as one of the major culprits that contributed to a flood of the Ballywhack Creek that inundated the town last fall.

The town has compiled a list of possible fixes for the flooding – one of the proposed solutions costing nearly $23,000.

Thompson offered to do these repairs in the course of developing the site of Oaks III, but did not proffer a reasonable time estimate, town officials said. Instead, he stating that market conditions would dictate the timing of the repairs, officials said.

The resolution would the developer accountable for fixing the run-off and erosion issues, stating, “…the developer, Ken Thompson, to promptly and with all possible speed, perform the run-off and stream remediation steps proffered under the rezoning, without regard to the timing of the construction of the Oaks III project.”

Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta also weighed in on the matter Thursday night and said if the erosion is not fixed, “the result will be continued deterioration of the watershed and even higher future costs to the taxpayer.”

Occoquan to Assess Legal Options in Oaks III Fight

Mill Street in Occoquan. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

By Stephanie Tipple

Occoquan, Va. — Occoquan officials on Tuesday are expected to weigh their legal options in the fight against a development slated to be built just outside town limits.

Mayor Earnie Porta in an email stated that he, Town Council members, and legal counsel, will meet behind closed doors at Town Hall to discuss what options, if any, they have when trying to bar a the “Oaks III” office building that will be built alongside a single-family home at the busy intersection of Old Bridge and Tanyard Hill roads.

The closed-door session will take place at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Town Council.

A majority of Occoquan residents spoke out last month at a Prince William Board of Supervisors meeting against the development, which will be built in Lake Ridge. After listening to their testimony, Prince William officials ultimately voted to rezone the property that Oaks III will be located on, clearing the way for construction.

The property has been cited as a potential flooding and traffic issue for the town, leading to their opposition for the development. Town residents also said the developer failed to meet with them to hear their concerns on how the anticipated increased traffic levels that would be brought by the development would impact their hometown.

Once the closed session is complete Tuesday, there will be more information about the town of Occoquan and their plans on dealing with Oaks III, said Porta.

Another hot-button issue for the Town Council will be a watershed study proposal, which would allow the county to evaluate the flooding and water drainage issues occurring in the area. This issue will be discussed during the open session of the public meeting.

Many remember the flooding that took place in Occoquan last year, and this has drawn more effort and attention to solving the flooding issue, with this watershed study becoming one of the first steps toward a resolution.

The Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at 314 Mill Street in Occoquan.

Business Recycling Reports Due Feb. 15

The seal of Prince William County, Va.

All Prince William County businesses are asked to complete the annual recycling report by Feb. 15, 2012. The 15-question report can be accessed by clicking here. The report can be completed in 5-10 minutes preferably by the property manager or the person most familiar with trash and recycling services for the property. The Department of Public Works is conducting the annual program to gather information on recycling activities from all businesses and non-residential properties, a requirement of the Prince William County Code and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Recycling is mandatory for everyone in PrinceWilliamCounty.

Annually, about 58% of the County’s waste gets disposed each year at the Prince William County Landfill and the County encourages residents and businesses to do more to reduce, reuse, and recycle their waste so that we can conserve natural resources and landfill capacity for future generations.

Home-based businesses and businesses located within the cities of Manassas and ManassasPark or the incorporated towns of Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, or Quantico are exempt from filing this report. The recycling information is needed in order for the County to comply with recycling reporting requirements established by the Commonwealth of Virginia under Code of Virginia, Section 10.1-1411 and 15.1 – 11.5.2. For more information on the annual non-residential recycling report or to learn more about ways that you can reduce, reuse and recycle in PrinceWilliamCounty, please visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling or call the Solid Waste Division at (703) 792-4670.

-Press release 

New Fire Chiefs Promoted

Pictured in the photo left to right: Assistant Chief Matt Smolsky, Operations Section Assistant Chief Lance McClintock, Community Safety Section Assistant Chief Tim Keen, Systems Support Section. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. — Prince William County has three new assistant fire chiefs.

Each was promoted last night at a ceremony at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge.

Assistant Chief Matt Smolsky will work in the operations section of the department, Assistant Chief Lance McClintock will work in the community safety section, and Assistant Chief Tim Keen will work in systems support, said Prince William Fire and Rescue Department spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

The promotions come after long-time Assistant Chief Hadden Culp retired from the department late last year.

Redesigned Website Focuses on Occoquan

By Stephanie Tipple

Occoquan, Va. — A new website has dedicated itself to providing information about Occoquan.

Occoquanwaterfront.com has recently gone through a redesign, with an aesthetic update and even more content about everything you need to know about what’s going on in Occoquan.

Occoquanwaterfront.com offers information on what is happening in the town, a complete history of the town, the town’s political past and present, development projects currently on tap, and information about transportation in the town.

Residents will find information about the best places to dine, as Occoquan has more than 100 restaurants and shops. Boating and real estate information is also listed on the site.

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