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Occoquan Schools Nominee a College Advocate

By URIAH KISER

OCCOQUAN, Va. — A retired educator and administrator with 35 years experience at Prince William County Public Schools will make a run for the School Board.

Lillie Jessie, of Lake Ridge, will run as a Democrat to represent the School Board’s Occoquan District — one of eight seats on the countywide Board. She will face Michael E. Wooten, who was appointed to the Board this spring following the sudden resignation of Grant Lattin in May.

Working now as an educational consultant and small business owner, Jessie retired from Prince William schools as Principal of Elizabeth Vaughn Elementary School in Woodbridge. During her tenure with the school system, she focused her work on the U.S. Department of Education’s Title I program that works to ensure fair access to higher education.

“Middle-class kids, my kids, I know are going to go to college. But some children don’t have that chance,” said Jessie.

Candidate Jessie appeared publicly for the first time Sunday night at Occoquan Town Hall. There she noted Prince William’s public schools as some as the best in the nation.

If elected in November, she said she’d do more to educate parents on the inner workings of schools, show them what educational options are available to their children.

She also said students need fewer multiple choice test and more exams that require critical thinking.

“I’m sticking with Prince William County School’s ‘World Class’ motto, and if our schools are world class you’ve got to make them teach students to be competitive in a world market,” said Jessie.

A product of a segregated school system in Newberry, S.C., Jessie was the first in her family, and was one of only a handful in her graduating class to go to college, she said. She credits the encouragement of a teacher, and his help filling out college applications, as the reason she continued her education beyond high school.

Jessie also has ties to Virginia Tech, and she developed a program called “Kindergarten to College” where fifth grade students at Vaughn Elementary School traveled to the Blacksburg school annually.

Wooten, her opponent, served as Marine Corps officer, holds a Doctorate of Higher Education Management, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board at Northern Virginia Community College.

Jessie said her experience will make all the difference in this race.

“[Wooten] has a degree in education. I have a background in education, and my experience is documented,” she said.

 

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Crime Watch: Woman Accuses Man of Indecent Exposure

FROM POLICE REPORTS: 

Armed Robbery / Malicious Wounding – On July 11th at 11:30PM, police responded to the 18500 block of Old Triangle Rd in Triangle (22172) for a robbery. The victim, a 17 year old male juvenile of Triangle, reported to police that he encountered the accused, a known acquaintance, in the above area. The accused allegedly approached the victim from behind, punched him in the face, threatened him with a knife and kicked him numerous times in the head prior to fleeing the area on foot with the victim’s cell phone and wallet. Following an investigation, and utilizing a police K-9, officers were able to locate the accused in a wooded area nearby. The accused was subsequently arrested without incident. The victim was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries. The wallet and cell phone were recovered and returned to the victim.

Arrested: (Juvenile)

A 14 year old male juvenile of Woodbridge

Charged with armed robbery, malicious wounding and a probation violation

Court date unavailable, held at a Juvenile Detention Facility

Boyles

Indecent Exposure – On July 10th at 2:23PM, police responded to the area of Forrest Hill Rd and Fox Ridge Ct in Woodbridge (22192) for an indecent exposure. The victim, 42 year old woman of Woodbridge, reported to police that she and three other female juvenile victims, between 8 & 10 years of age, were in the above area when they encountered an unknown man, later identified as the accused. During the encounter, the accused allegedly exposed himself to the victims before fleeing the area. Police were able to locate the accused who was subsequently arrested without incident.

Arrested:

Brion Louis BOYLES, 51, of 13209 Delaney Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with three counts of indecent exposure

Court date unavailable, released on personal recognizance

Weir

Narcotics Investigation – On July 11th, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit concluded a narcotics investigation into the selling of marijuana with the execution of a search warrant at 15918 Donald Curtis Dr in Woodbridge (22191). As a result of the search and investigation, marijuana, firearms and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency were seized. The following arrest was also made without incident.

Arrested:

Tom Neil WEIR JR, 28, of 15918 Donald Curtis Dr in Woodbridge

Charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and a firearm with narcotics

Court date August 17, 2012, held on an $8,000 secured bond

 

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Crime Watch: Shooting Arrest Made

FROM POLICE REPORTS:

Weaver

Malicious Wounding ARREST – On July 6, detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau were able to identify and arrest a suspect in regard to the shooting which was reported to have occurred in the 15700 block of Tassleford Ln in Woodbridge from July 5. Following the investigation, warrants were obtained against the accused who was later located at his residence on Keating Dr and was arrested without incident.

Arrested:

Stephen Hyrum WEAVER, 22, of 13423 Keating Dr in Woodbridge, charged with aggravated malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond

Malicious Wounding (Previously Released) – On July 5 at 8:56PM, police responded to the 15700 block of Tassleford Ln in Woodbridge (22191) for a shooting. The victim, a 17 year old male of Woodbridge, reported to police that he and other known acquaintances were involved in a verbal altercation with a group of unknown suspects which escalated. During the encounter, one of the suspects in the other group displayed a handgun. The victim and the group of known acquaintances ran from the suspects when the handgun was displayed. The suspect fired several shots towards the group and subsequently struck the victim in the lower body. All suspects fled the scene in a vehicle prior to police arrival. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. The incident does not appear to be random. Investigation continues.

Malicious Wounding / Hit & Run – On July 7 at 2:54AM, police responded to the area of Spriggs Rd and Hoadly Rd in Manassas (20112) for a hit and run. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 19 year old man of Manassas, and another known acquaintance were involved in a physical altercation with an unknown suspect in the above area. During the encounter, the suspect returned to his vehicle while the victim and his acquaintance attempted to run from the suspect. The suspect allegedly drove his vehicle toward the victim and his acquaintance and subsequently struck the victim with his vehicle. The suspect fled the area in the vehicle prior to police arrival. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. The incident does not appear to be random.

Investigation continues.

Lookout:

White male, between 18 & 25 years of age, 5’5” / 150 lbs, thin build with short black hair. Last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants

Vehicle Lookout: Newer model, silver, 4-door

Malicious Wounding – On July 8that 4:54AM police responded to the 13900 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) for an assault. The victim, a 27 year old man of Woodbridge, was found, in the area above, unconscious with injuries to head. An investigation revealed the victim was involved in a physical altercation with a known acquaintance(s). The victim was transported to an area hospital with severe injuries. This incident does not appear to be random. Investigation continues.

Armed Robbery – On July 7 at 1:00AM, police responded to the area of Bel Air Rd and Jeffries Rd in Woodbridge (22191) for a robbery. The victim, a 19 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was walking in the above area when he was approached by two unknown men. One of the men displayed a handgun, pointed it at the victim and demanded he empty his pockets. The men took the victim’s iPod touch and a cell phone before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported.

Lookout: two  males, unknown race, between 20 & 25 years of age, 5’7”/160lbs, medium build. Both were last seen wearing a long sleeve shirt, jeans and a mask. Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling – On July 8 at 12:39AM, police responded to the Shell Gas Station located at 13313 Occoquan Rd in Woodbridge (22191) for a shooting. Witnesses reported to police that a group of unknown suspects were driving in a white sedan in the above area and fired several shots from their vehicle in the direction of the Shell Gas Station. The suspects fled the area prior to police arrival. No injuries or property damage were reported.

No descriptions could be provided of the suspects. Investigation continues.

Residential Burglary – On July 6 at 8:41PM, police responded to the 13000 block of Lashmere Ct in Woodbridge (22192) for a burglary. A neighbor reported to police that the burglary occurred between 8:00PM on July 5 and 8:00AM on July 6. Entry appeared to have been made through rear basement window which had been broken out. No items were reported missing.

Residential Burglary – On July 6 at 4:27PM, police responded to the 15400 block of Wheatfield Rd in Woodbridge (22193) for a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 5:00AM on June 26 and 3:00PM on July 6. Entry appeared to have been made through a basement window which had been broken out. Jewelry and other items, valued around $8,900, were reported missing.

Residential Burglary – On July 5 at 3:33PM, police responded to the 1600 block of Horner Rd in Woodbridge (22191) for a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 2:45PM and 3:33PM. Entry appeared to have been made through the front door which had been forced open. Two televisions, valued around $1200, were reported missing.

Commercial Burglary – On July 5 at 7:44AM, police responded to the CITGO Gas Station located at 14101 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) for a burglary. An employee reported to police that the burglary occurred between 10:00PM and 10:30PM on July 4. Entry appeared to have been made through a door which had been forced open. Cigarettes, valued around $13, were reported missing.

 

 

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County’s Swing Status Gets National Attention

OCCOQUAN, Va. — The Fox News Network was in Virginia’s Potomac Communities today showcasing area landmarks for an evening news show.

The network’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” broadcasted live from Maddigan’s Waterfront Grill in Occoquan from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday. The hour-long show came to Prince William County because the jurisdiction has been called a “swing county” that could determine or predict who will the presidency in the November General Election.

Baier visited the entrance to Quantico Marine Corps Base, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge, and Georgio’s Restaurant in Montclair, covering topics such as what impact downsizing the federal government would have on workers in Prince William, a ordinance passed in 2007 that’s since been changed that required police to ask anyone for proof of legal presence, as well as regional and state issues.

The show also plans to make stops in Colorado, Ohio, Iowa, and Nevada, all in states with jurisdictions said to be swing counties.

 

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Gas, Charcoal Grills Banned on Balconies

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Fire officials remind condominium owners and apartment renters in Prince William County there are restrictions on grilling on balconies.

The reminder comes after a massive blaze displaced about 100 people and destroyed 24 homes at Woodbridge Station Apartments on Thursday. No one was injured and the American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the displaced residents.

The fire was linked to the use of a propane grill. 

Charcoal, gas, or propane grills are not allowed to be used on or under balconies, according to an existing county ordinance. Electric grills are allowed but they should still be used with caution, said Prince William fire and rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

Anyone charged with violating the ordinance is required to appear in court, and can be fined up to $2,500 and face one year of jail.

Prince William Woodbridge District Supervisor noted in a statement on Friday that everyone who was impacted by the fire did have renters insurance, which he says will help the families rebuild their lives.

 

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Strong Winds Possible Today

It could get windy and stormy around here tonight as we’re in for another day of hot and humid temperatures.

Virginia could face some strong winds this afternoon as a cold front moving in from the west could bring severe thunderstorms and hail. Some of the storms could produce localized corridors of higher winds, according to the National Weather Service Strom Prediction Center.

Dominion Virginia Power on Twitter this morning stated they are closely watching the area of developing storms, urged residents to prepare, and asked them to call 866-366-4357 if you lose power.

The high temperature is once again today set in the upper 90s with heat index values about 105 degrees. You’ll remember the derecho storm on June 29 that brought high winds following a day of similar heat. That storm brought power outages to hundreds of thousands of residents in the region, and misery as storm victims sweated it out in the sweltering heat waiting for power to be restored. 

The cold front, however, will usher in relatively cooler temperatures, as Monday’s highs are forecast in the 80s. Showers and thunderstorms will also be possible on Monday.

 

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Fox News Likes Occoquan as Prince William Noted Bellwether

Bret Baier

 FIRST ON POTOMACLOCAL.COM 

By URIAH KISER

OCCOQUAN, Va. — The political spotlight is once again on Prince William County as the Fox News Network plans to broadcast from Occoquan Monday afternoon.

The evening news show, Special Report with Bret Baier, will broadcast live from the deck of Maddigan’s Waterfront restaurant from 6 to 7 p.m. as part of their “counties that count” series that will examine Prince William as a political bellwether for Virginia.

Restaurant owner Cathy Maddigan said a producer visited her Occoquan riverside eatery and asked if they could use the deck for the Monday broadcast. Maddigan said she will learn more about the planned broadcast when she speaks with the show’s producers Sunday afternoon, and the network has already advertised the show on their website.

All of this comes as a recent blog post on Not Larry Sabato noted voters in Prince William County have correctly chosen the winners of every national and statewide election since 2004 – the year when the county went red and put President George W. Bush in office for a second term. Prince William voters also sent Governors Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R), and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) to Richmond.

The blog notes Prince William’s Coles Magisterial District as being the bellwether for the county. Encompassing much of the midsection of the county of 400,000 residents, the Coles District stretches from Minnieville Road in Woodbridge to Manassas.

“The Coles District is a microcosm of Prince William County. It’s a district, more so than any other district, it has a rich mix of urbanized areas, of purely classic suburban neighborhoods with quarter-acre lots, a lot of semi-rural areas similar to what we see in southern Virginia, and then some rural areas on the outside areas of the Rural Crescent,” said Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe.

And it’s not just bloggers or TV shows that have the attention of the Coles District and Prince William County, so does the state’s health department. Because of the cross section of residents in the district, the Virginia Department of Health with grant funding is studying the Coles district to determine trends in smoking and obesity, as well as other factors.

“The health department wanted to study the entire county but didn’t have the staff or resources to look at all of it, it’s just too big a piece of pie to eat all at once, so they decided to study the Coles District,” said Nohe.

In June, First Lady Michelle Obama stopped at Moms Apple Pie in Occoquan on her way to a campaign event for her husband inDale City. 

 

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Code Red Air Day, Temps Soar to 100 Degrees

It’s hot outside today, ridiculously so. It’s hot enough for the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning. And the air quality is so poor that a Code Red ozone alert is place today from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

At noon today, the temperature at Aquia Harbour in North Stafford was 98 degrees. In Woodbridge, the mercury was set at 97 degrees, according to the weather service. 

The bottom line: don’t go outside if you don’t have to, as exposure to this kind of heat – with temperatures topping the century mark some places, and heat index values making it feel like 110 degrees outside – can cause heat exhaustion.

The heat will remain with us all weekend as temps are forecast near 100 degrees Sunday and heat index values of about 106, but there is relief in sight for Monday. Temperatures are expected to fall back into the 80s by then.

 

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5 Rescued from Potomac River

 FIRST ON POTOMACLOCAL.COM 

KING GEORGE, Va. — Rescue crews pulled five people from the Potomac River early Saturday.

A boat with five onboard stalled in the middle of the Potomac River just after midnight. Three of the five occupants onboard decided to swim to shore to get help, but about 1,000 yards from the shoreline the swimmers determined they couldn’t make it to shore and 911 was called, said Prince William fire and rescue Battalion Chief Curtis Brodie.

Initially, the callers reported he was near Tims Rivershore restaurant in Dumfries. Rescue crews from Prince William County, Charles County, Md., and a police helicopter from Fairfax County, were dispatched to the area near Tims Rivershore.

But the caller soon determined his boat stalled near Tims II – Tim Rivershore restaurant’s second location in King George County.

“Once we got the word, the helicopters and rescue crews immediately diverted to Tims II where we found the boat,” said Brodie.

Rescue crews pulled three from the water and two from the boat. No one was injured.

Boating is popular on the Potomac River, but if a boat stalls out it’s important to use a map to determine your exact location, remain on the boat, and then use a cell phone to call for help.

“If your ship is not sinking, and it’s not a life-or-death situation, remain on the boat and call for help. They may send a tow boat to come rescue you,” said Brodie.

 

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Power Back On, So is the Heat

TRIANGLE, Va. — Everyone in the Potomac Communities who lost power after June 29’s derecho storm is back online.

An interactive map from Domnion Virginia Power shows no storm-related outages in our area today. Thursday afternoon, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative announced it had also restored all power to those who lost it in last week’s powerful storm.

A Dominion dispatch order shows work crews today will still be on the job restoring power in portions of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Fauquier, and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia.

Hampering their work early Thursday morning was another powerful storm that knocked out power to the Dumfries, Triangle, and Quantico areas. Blowing through the Potomac Communities about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the storm took down trees and power lines at homes on Old Triangle Road, and knocked out to power to homes on Quantico Marine Corps Base.

A base spokesman Thursday said cooling shelters were set up on the base to accommodate those without power.

HEAT WATCH

While the lights have come back on, the sun is unrelenting. Another excessive heat advisory is in effect today until 8 p.m. Temperatures will range between 100 and 105 degrees, and the heat index could make it feel like it’s hotter than that.

On Saturday, temperatures could feel like 100 outside, states the National Weather Service. It’ll remain hot with on Sunday, but relief will come Monday with temperatures in the mid 80s.

(Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

 

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County Calls for Verizon 911 Probe

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Emergency call centers in Prince William County are working again after a disruption in 911 service following Friday’s storm.

The storm knocked out 911 and cell service for much of the day Saturday. But it’s the lack of 911 service that has Prince William County officials calling for an investigation into what went wrong.

Verizon, the company responsible for providing 911 service in the, on Sunday blamed the failure on one of it’s facilities in Arlington. But in a press release Tuesday the company states it’s hard to identify just one weakest link in the chain that led to the failure.

“Verizon recognizes the critical public safety nature of 911 services, and we regret that some customers may have been without access to 911 this past weekend,” said Verizon Vice President of Engineering Mike Daigle. “Our 911 network is designed so that there is no one single point of failure anywhere in the network that can interrupt 911 service. Unfortunately, the nature and severity of this particular storm damaged multiple Verizon facilities inside and outside of offices in the affected area, and that’s what led to the weekend’s 911 issues.”

The failures were described as catastrophic, with public officials urging those with emergencies who could not get through to 911 to flag down first responders, to go to the nearest public safety center, or directly to a hospital.

Officials said this is the second time in as many years the 911 system failed. During a snow storm last year, officials said the emergency phone system went down.

“While we appreciate the efforts Verizon made to get the system back up and running, all efforts should be made to ensure that the critical 911 system does not fail in the future,” said Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large Corey A. Stewart. “We expect Verizon to conduct a full investigation into how the 911 service failed and offer solutions to better secure the system. It is imperative that residents of Prince William County and the entire Washington Metro area never have to face such emergencies without the critical 911 service that can be the difference between life and death for those in need.”

Stewart said he hopes other counties in the area will join with Prince William in calling for an investigation into the failure. Fairfax County officials have also called for an investigation into the 911 failure.

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Dominion Work Orders Posted

There are 2,534 Dominion Virginia Power customers without power in Prince William County as of 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

There are 4,166 Dominion customers without power in Stafford County as of the same time Tuesday.

The utility just posted what neighborhoods you can expect to see power restoration crews today.

This comes as Stafford County set up a temporary cooling shelter for residents.

 

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NOVEC Promises Power for Independence Day

 CONTINUING STORM COVERAGE 

UPDATE 4 p.m.

About 90 percent of Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative have their power back on.

Following Friday night’s powerful storm with winds that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses – about 2 million people – the utility says most will have power back on by Independence Day.

The announced could be good news for many customers in NOVEC’s service districts in Prince William and Stafford counties who have family in town for the Wednesday holiday.

BY THE NUMBERS – 4 p.m. Monday

Prince William

Dominion customers still without power: 4,962

NOVEC customer still without power: 280

Stafford

Dominion customers still without power: 7,673

NOVEC customer still without power: 2

 

STAFFORD, Va. — It could be Saturday before all affected Dominion Virginia Power customers get their power back on.

The utility said it was bringing in help from help from states like Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida, and from as far away as Canada to help in the restoration efforts. A Dominion spokesman said 80 to 85 percent of customers should be restored by Tuesday night, with 90 to 95 percent of customers getting their juice back by Thursday.

“Unlike a hurricane, this storm could not be forecasted well ahead of time by the National Weather Service,” said Dominion Vice president-Electric Distribution Operations Rodney Blevins. “That is complicating restoration efforts because crews and supplies could not be positioned in advance.”

BY THE NUMBERS

Prince William

Dominion customers still without power: 5,297

NOVEC customer still without power: 438

Stafford

Dominion customers still without power: 7,177

NOVEC customer still without power: 58

In Stafford, county officials Sunday night last night closed an emergency shelter at Rodney Thompson Middle School.

Spoiled food was tossed out of the frozen food section in a Food Lion store on Va. 610 in North Stafford after it lost power. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

 

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Body of Islamic Leader Found in Occoquan

Mehboob

UPDATE

Fairfax County police now investigating the death of local Islamic leader Mohammed Mehboob, 58, said a state medical examiner will determine the cause of death. That report has yet to be released.

Mehboob’s body was found in the Occoquan River Thursday night after police used side-scan sonar to locate it in the water. Mehboob’s car was found on the Va. 123 bridge that crosses the Occoquan River earlier Thursday, and had been reported by Prince William police as a missing person.

OCCOQUAN, Va. — Police recovered the body of a director of a Woodbridge Islamic center late Thursday.

The body of Mohammad Mehboob, 58, was recovered in the Occoquan River. Police were called to the Occoquan River Bridge over Va. 123 Thursday morning where Mehboob’s 1992 gold Lexus was found abandoned.

Prince William police issued a lookout for Mehboob, and noted that he may be suicidal, and listed him as missing endangered.

Mehboob, of Manassas, is listed as a director at the Dar AlNoor Islamic Community Center on Hoadly Road just outside Dale City.

The investigation into Mehboob’s death will be handled by police in Fairfax County.

 

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Prince William’s ‘Waste Place’ Under Review

The “Too Good to Waste Place” at the Prince William County Landfill has been credited with reducing the amount of trash that ends up in the landfill, as residents can leave behind still-usable items which are later picked up by other landfill visitors. (Submitted photo)

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The “Too Good to Waste Place” has been scrapped – at least for now.

The Prince William County Landfill announced the temporary closure of the donation center on its campus that’s been in operation since 1991. The “Too Good to Waste Place” has been credited with reducing the amount of trash that has ended up in the landfill, as residents instead have chosen to leave, or donate, still-usable items like couches, bicycles, and lawnmowers at the site. Once left, other residents who visit the landfill can simply take what’s left behind.

The donation spot will close Thursday, July 5, as county officials reexamine how they are going to administer the program.

“…there is no timeframe for reopening. They are going to be looking at how to better operate the program or alter it to be more effective. They are looking at other similar programs and models for donating items to make certain it is being operated in the most effective way possible,” stated Prince William County spokesman Jason Grant in an email.

During the closure, Grant suggests residents instead donate still-usable good to local charities.

Residents of Prince William County can access the landfill for free, while those who live in Dumfries, Occoquan, Quantico, or Haymarket must pay a $5 fee for up to 200 pounds of trash per visit to the landfill.

 

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Occoquan River Communities Tour Water Plant

By BRYANNA ALTMAN
For PotomacLocal.com

LORTON, Va. — The brick buildings located on Va. 123 across from the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton was the site of the Occoquan Workhouse, and in 1917 housed suffragettes who were arrested picketing the White House to give women the right to vote. Today it is part of the largest water utility in Virginia, and provides drinking water to 1.7 million customers.

The Fred P. Griffith Jr. Water Treatment Plant is owned by Fairfax Water, and it serves the southern tip of the utility’s service area. Public Affairs Officer at Fairfax Water Jeanne Bailey on Monday gathered a group from the Occoquan River Communities — a grassroots, not-for-profit organization tasked with the stewardship of the Occoquan River Watershed — for a tour of the facility. Bailey said providing a reliable supply of safe water is Fairfax Water’s number one concern.

To do this, the utility operates two of the largest water treatment facilities in Virginia with a combined capacity of 345 million gallons per day. Forty-five percent of the water comes from the Occoquan River and Reservoir, and is processed at the Griffith Plant. The other 55 percent comes from the Potomac River and is processed at the James J. Corbalis Jr. plant near Reston.

When the Griffith Plant began operations in 2006, the plant utilized a 10-foot wide tunnel under the Occoquan Reservoir that delivers raw water to a pumping station. The tunnel travels 700 feet under the river to connect the intake to the pumping station. Once the water reaches the Griffith plant it begins the water treatment process, said Bailey.

The plant meets stringent Environmental Protection Agency regulations and uses ozone disinfection and a granulated activated carbon filtering process. Strict automated process controls are used to securely and safely provide reliable continuous service and meet maximum day demands.

The Occoquan River Communities has partnered with Fairfax Water and promotes river-related education and conservation. The river group coordinated with Fairfax Water to arrange a private tour of the Griffith Plant.

Fairfax Water produces over 50 billion gallons of water per year making it the largest drinking water facility in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Retail account (residential and commercial) comprise about 60 percent of the Fairfax Waters total sales and approximately 40 percent of total water sales are sold wholesale to the counties of Prince William, Loudoun, as well as the Alexandria, Ft. Belvior, Herndon and Dulles International Airport.

Bryanna Altman is President of the Occoquan River Communities and owner of The Computer Doctor.

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Politicos Wait Tables in Lake Ridge Fundraiser

OCCOQUAN, Va. – For many, it was a chance to be waited on hand and foot by a locally-elected official.

The Lake Ridge Rotary Club held their annual Celebrity Luncheon at Bistro L’Hermitage restaurant in Occoquan. Nearly 120 people came to the annual fundraiser and were served food and drinks by Prince William Occoquan Supervisor Mike May, Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe, Delegate Richard Anderson, Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta, and Chairman of the Potomac Health Foundation Marion Wall, and CASA Greater Prince William Executive Director Charlyn Hasson-Brown (she appeared as Dolly Parton we’re told).

Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish, and Potomac Nationals Mascot Uncle Slam also made an appearance.

“The Celebrity Luncheon serves as an annual fund-raising event to support the many causes of the Lake Ridge Rotary. Everything from hosting events for the Fellowship House, to providing scholarships to youth, supporting numerous local organizations,” said organizer Jason Hickman.

Bistro L’Hermitage is a classic French bistro on Occoquan Road, founded by Washington, D.C. restaurateur Youssef Eagle Essald.

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Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish with Potomac Nationals mascot Uncle Slam.

 

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Wooten Chosen Occoquan School Board Rep

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The Prince William County School Board Wednesday night selected Woodbridge resident, Dr. Michael E. Wooten, to fill the vacant Occoquan District Seat.

Wooten was selected in a unanimous Board vote from among thirteen applicants for the post vacated by former Board Member Grant Lattin, who resigned in May. Wooten will serve on an interim basis until voters choose a long-term replacement on Election Day to serve though the end of 2015.

Board Chairman-at-Large Milton C. Johns praised the “wonderful group of qualified and motivated candidates” from which Wooten was chosen.

The new Board Member termed his appointment “a wonderful opportunity to serve the students of Prince William County.”

Wooten holds multiple graduate degrees and recently earned his Ed.D in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor of Contract Management at DefenseAcquisitionUniversity, and has worked with Prince William County Public Schools through a long running Taekwondo program partnership.

Wooten’s two children are graduates of Prince William County Public Schools.

-Press release 

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13 Vie for Occoquan School Board Seat

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — We now know who wants a shot at becoming the next person to fill a vacant seat on the Prince William County School Board.

Thirteen individuals put their name in a hat this week to replace retiring Occoquan District School Board Member Grant Lattin who is leaving because of personal reasons.

While the School Board is an elected body, the current members of the board are expected to appoint a new member to fill Lattin’s seat on June 20. Voters will elect a permanent member to the Board on General Election Day Nov. 6.

Those who are being considered for the School Board seat are listed below:

Thomas Archibald, Ph.D., Director of Operations, ADL Co-Lab Hub

Stanley Bender, Program Analyst Ballistic Missile Defense Organization

Richard Fitzgerald, Retired

J. Randall Good, Ph.D., Director, Science & Technology Programs, ENSCO, Inc.

John Gray, Certified Public Accountant, Self Employed

Lillie Jessie, President and CEO, High Expectations Learning

Bruce C. Keener, Chief Estimator, William B. Hopke Company

Linda Krimmer, Manager, Auxiliary Gift Shop, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Lori Bauckman-Moore, Co-owner, Mechanix Auto Repair

Kristina Schnack-Kotlus, Owner/Writer, PwcMoms.com, PotomacLocal.com contributor

Julie Shuell, Manager, National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement

Elizabeth Tramel, Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools

Michael Wooten, Ed.D., Professor of Contract Management, Defense Acquisition University

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Breast Cancer Screening Van Coming to Businesses

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Women in Prince William County will soon have more access to Breast Cancer screenings.

A $750,000 grant from the Potomac Health Foundation will go to fund a mammography van that will visit area businesses to provide screenings and care for insured employees. Afterward, patients can learn where to go for any follow-up diagnoses and treatment.

“The mammography mobile unit is a 40-foot coach that has full digital mammography with computer aided detection,” said Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Senior Director Marty Ward in a press release. “We will partner with the Family Health Connection to serve those with little or no insurance and we’ll also partner with communities, organizations, businesses and houses of worship to make access even more convenient for Northern Virginia residents.”

Ward says there is a lack of early detection and treatment of Breast Cancer in Prince William, especially for low-income women, and that can lead to high cancer death rates. Locally, data show more serious cancers are detected at a later stage, she added.

Annual mammograms are recommended for women 40-years-old or older.

The van comes as Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center was granted a three-year, full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The center provides comprehensive care and information about clinical trials and treatment options.

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Photos: Runners Show for Occoquan 5K

Photography by MARY DAVIDSON

OCCOQUAN, Va. — On Sunday, runners descended on Occoquan for the first-ever Race to Donate Life 5K.

The first runner to cross the finish line, #624, with an unofficial time was 23:36.

Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta gives some last-minute comments before sounding the air horn to start the "Race to Donate Life." The 5K run was held in Occoquan Sunday morning to raise awareness for the need of organ, eye and tissue donation.

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