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Pour FOG in the trash, not down the drain

This public service announcement comes to us from the Prince William Service Authority. We’d thought we would share it before Thanksgiving. 

From PWSA: 

Did you know that Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) can damage your plumbing and the sanitary sewer system if you pour it down the drain?

After dining on your holiday dinner this year, please be sure to properly dispose of the leftover FOG by canning it and tossing it in the trash. More than 80 percent of clogs in the Service Authority sewer system can be attributed to grease being poured down the sink.

Sewer mains are often home to “fatbergs” a term for grease that has congealed onto the interior of sewer pipes. These obstructions can be easily seen by our field staff when they video inspect the lines.

Occoquan kicks off Christmastime events with tree lighting

OCCOQUAN, Va. — The Town of Occoquan lit its Christmas Tree on Friday night.

The annual event draws hundreds to the tiny town near Woodbridge.

The small shops in the town opened their doors for a special holiday open house to greet shoppers.

The tree lighting ceremony was scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. Thanks to Jenn Mathis at One Degree Captial, located in Occoquan, for the submitted video of the tree lighting.

The tree lighting is the first of three Christmas-themed events scheduled in Occoquan this year.

From the town’s website:

December 3: Santa Arrives by Boat
12:00 pm, Mamie Davis Park Dock
Santa visits with children at Town Hall

December 4: Town Blessing
5:30 pm, Ebeneezer Baptist Church and Mamie Davis Park

December 10: Winterfest
Santa’s Parade, 11 am – 12 pm on Harbor Drive
Fire Pits, Marshmallow Roasting, Carolers, kid’s crafts and more in Historic Occoquan, 3 pm – 7 pm

Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot Awards Grant to VFW Post 7916


The Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916 has been awarded a $2500 grant by the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot for FY2016. The support of this generous grant will greatly improve the physical infrastructure of the Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916 and its 740 Post and Auxiliary members.

The partnership established with the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot will provide materials and labor to refresh the community fellowship hall – vastly improving its appearance and utility as a space for its membership, its sponsored Boys Scouts of America Troops, and ensure its viability as a community space for the Occoquan and Prince William communities.

About the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot
Team Depot is comprised of an army of over 300,000 associates who are committed to supporting local communities. Team Depot is particularly committed to improving the lives of U.S. Military Veterans and their families. Through the Team Depot Foundation, thousands of Home Depot Associates dedicate their time and talent in the communities where they live and work. For more information, visit https://corporate.homedepot.com/community

About Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916
Founded in 1946, our membership is fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational as we preserve and strengthen comradeship among its membership to perpetuate the memory, legacy, and history of our warrior veterans, their widows, and orphans and to maintain true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Lines form early, stay brisk on Election Day

Lines at the polls this Election Day formed early on Tuesday.

Many across Prince William County reported long lines this morning at polling places. The pace was steady, and the mood of the voters: patient. 

In Manassas Park City where voters choose between Barbara Comstock or LuAnn Bennet for the 10th Congressional District, will vote on a Mayor, and a slate of new Governing Body candidates, a total of 1,443 votes were cast in Manassas as of 9 a.m., according to Manasass Park City Deputy Registrar Nancy Van Wyen.

In Pricne William County, elections spokesman Forrest Winston said the pace at the polls was brisk, but reported no problems.

Stafford County General Registrar Greg Riddlemoser reported simliar conditions at the polls, and said there had been no issues with voting eqiuipment. 

Submitted photos from the polls: 


Pictured on the left, Virginia State Senator Scott Surrovell (Fairfax, Stafford, Prince William) — who is not up for election this year — out with voters in Stafford County.

Pictured in the center Prince William Count Occoquan Distinct Supervisor Ruth Anderson, and Prince William County State Delegate Rich Anderson -- both not running for election this year -- with voters at the Prince William County Government Center.

Pictured in the center Prince William Count Occoquan Distinct Supervisor Ruth Anderson, and Prince William County State Delegate Rich Anderson — both not running for election this year — with voters at the Prince William County Government Center.

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Potomac Local Voter Guide 2016: What’s on my ballot?

It’s been a long election season, and in it will be all over in about 48 hours.

We crafted this local voter guide for residents in Prince William and Stafford counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. This handy guide will tell you who is on your ballot, from presidential candidates, city council, and school board.

Also in the Guide: Links to profiles for the two candidates running in the special Manassas City Treasuer election, and links to the two constitutional amendments all Virginia voters will see when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

PotomacLocal.com’s Project: Election sent candidate surveys to all of the candidates listed this post. We have linked to the responses submitted by the candidates. 

If there is no link provided for a candidate for local offices, that candidate did not provide Project: Election questionnaire. 

For Presidential and Congressional candidates, we linked to their campaign websites. An asterisk notes incumbents. 

U.S. President 

Prince William County

1st Congressional District 

10th Congressional District

11th Congressional District

City of Manassas 

10th Congressional District

Manassas City Mayor 

City of Manassas Park 

Manassas Park City Mayor 

Governing Body 

Stafford County 

1st Congressional District 

Griffis-Widewater District School Board Representative 

Now for the two Constitutional Amendment questions that all Virginia residents will see.

Here is the first Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: 

Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?

Here is the second Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: 

Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?

See more 2016 election coverage

Woodbridge VFW Post 7916 hosts Rob Wittman, honors retiring Occoquan Police Chief


November 1, 2016, Occoquan, Virginia. Woodbridge Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7916 opened its doors to the Prince William community and hosted Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA First District, Armed Services) . It also recognized Occoquan Police Chief Sheldon Levi for his decades of public service.. In attendance were Elizabeth Quist, Mayor of Occoquan; Pat Sivigny, Vice Mayor; and members of the Occoquan Town Council.

Congressman Wittman addressed the crowd speaking about the importance of U.S. veterans; active duty, retired and honorably discharged, to this country. Congressman Wittman informed the audience on current legislation affecting Veterans’ Affairs and an exceptionally detailed outlook, by Service, on the National Defense Authorization Act, along with the issues that the House Armed Services Committee faces.

Post 7916 recognized Police Chief Sheldon Levi for his many years of outstanding service. Chief Levi first joined the Town of Occoquan as an Auxiliary officer in 2007, and was appointed Chief in 2010. In June 2013, Levi, in addition to his police responsibilities, was appointed as Acting Town Manager. Post 7916 Commander Chuck Wilson presented the Veterans of Foreign Wars Certificate of Appreciation to Chief Levi in grateful recognition of his unyielding adherence to the highest ideals of law enforcement by maintaining, preserving and protecting the rights of all citizens.

Chief Levi is retiring on December 1, 2016. The public is invited to wish Chief Levi good luck on his retirement during a special retirement reception on Tuesday, November 29, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Occoquan Town Hall. A short presentation will be held at 5:30 pm. The reception is open to the public, no RSVP required.

No PRTC service cuts in coming year, funding dwindles 

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — As transit officials in Prince William County wrangle with how to keep buses rolling, riders won’t have to worry about service cuts in the coming year.

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission Interim Director Eric Marx issued this statement to riders of OmniRide commuter, and OmniLink local buses:

“PRTC has started preparing its FY18 budget, and I’m pleased to share some encouraging news with you.

At a special meeting on October 24, the PRTC Board of Commissioners agreed that bus services should not be cut in FY18, which runs from July 2017-June 2018.

 A stable year with no service cuts will enable PRTC to complete its strategic planning effort and allow the Board, our customers and other interested parties in our community to form a vision of what public transportation should look like in the Prince William area in the future. It also provides us with additional time to seek a stable and sustainable alternate source of funding.

 Those of you who are familiar with PRTC know that we’ve cut service often over the past eight years due to declining revenues from the area’s motor fuels tax combined with other federal and local funding issues. While we still have a long budget process in front of us, the prospect of being able to continue providing bus services at current levels is noteworthy.”

Local bus service in Prince William County is funded now solely through the state’s 2.1% motor fuels tax, charged at the pump each time drivers fill up in Northern Virginia.

The Prince William County Government earlier this year moved to rely on the motors fuels tax exclusively to fund buses. At the same time, shifted its source of funding for Virginia Railway Express commuter rail trains from fuels tax funding to a pot of money given to the county by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission that supposed to be used for roadway improvements.

PRTC officials still face a shortfall in funding as the motors fuels tax continues to produce less funding year over year as gas prices fluctuate and new cars continue to earn better fuel economy ratings.

From PRTC: 

Why is an alternative funding source necessary? “Alternative sustainable funding sources are needed because (as you know) funding from the 2.1% motor fuels tax revenue has been insufficient to cover existing services due to the continued drop in fuel prices.”

What sources are being reviewed? “PRTC is in the midst of a strategic planning effort, which includes examining other possible sources.”

Where are we with the budget this year vs. last year? “The FY2018 proposed budget process is under way and will be presented to the Commission at its January 2017 meeting.”

Last year in the light of a budget shortfall, OmniRide riders faced the threat of potential cuts to commuter routes as the system explored the possibility of rerouting buses to have them serve only Metro stations. Thankfully for many, those service changes never happened.

So, what does PRTC need to do to secure a permanent, reliable source of funding? Potomac Local asked state legislators and local officials and received these responses. We’ve posted them in the order we received them: 

Dudenhefer Head Shot

Delegate Mark Dudenhefer (Stafford, Woodbridge)

“I’m not on [the PRTC Board of Commissioners], so my knowledge is superficial. I believe that the majority of their problems with funding shortfalls has come from the decline is gas prices which the gas tax is based on. Gas prices have stabilized a bit which has stopped the leak temporarily.
At the state level we hear most often about setting a tax floor. As you can imagine this is a touchy subject. Where do you set the floor? Many don’t think we should set a floor at all. “
surrovellSenator Scott Surrovell (Fairfax, Stafford, Woodbridge)
“I am pleased that PRTC is not cutting service, but the General Assembly needs to step up and correct the drafting error that resulted in Prince William County losing millions of dollars in transit revenues.  We tried to correct this legislatively last year, but it got caught up in politics.”  
Updated Nov. 5, 2016
AndersonDelegate Richard Anderson (Prince William County)
“The PRTC Board met on October 24th to adopt budget guidelines for FY18 and decided that we would maintain services in FY18 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). That decision gives us the necessary time to identify alternate funding sources to fill the hole left by declining tax revenues that result from dramatically lower gas prices. For now, the way ahead is indefinite, but will take on greater clarity after we get beyond several key events that include the following:

– PRTC Board Strategic Planning Session, December 3rd, 8am-12pm, McCoart Government Center (open to the public)

– Governor’s Budget Presentation to the annual joint meeting of the House and Senate money committees, December 16th, 9:30-11am, General Assembly Building in Richmond (open to the public). This event puts the Governor’s proposals in the hands of the legislative branch and permits us to consider PRTC’s budget concerns.

– Convening the 2017 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly on January 11th (adjourns February 28th). Sometime prior to the opening of session, we’ll have a detailed legislative plan in hand from Hefty Wiley & Gore (HWG), the firm recently hired by PRTC to advocate for a solution to the challenge presented by declining tax revenues. HWG is working on the plan now, and I don’t have visibility into the plan as I type these words.”

Occoquan WinterFest 2016 activities announced

From Occoquan River Communities:

Organizers for Occoquan River Communities (ORC), a not-for-profit focused on promoting and celebrating the Occoquan River region as a premier destination, have announced the schedule of events for the second annual WinterFest celebration on December 10, 2016.  WinterFest is family-friendly, area-wide celebration of the winter season. The all-day event highlights multiple area destinations with entertainment, food and activities for all ages.

The day begins at 11a.m. with Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade – a Comic Book Christmas – on Harbor Drive in Lake Ridge, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 8-8:30p.m. sponsored by the Prince William Marina.  Other venues hosting activities include the Tackett’s Mill Center, Town of Occoquan, the Workhouse Arts Center, the Occoquan Regional Park and Hoffmaster’s Marina. Attendees will be able to partake of free hot chocolate at all venues and Santa will make multiple appearances, beginning with his arrival by firetruck at the parade.

The day’s agenda will be as follows (all events take place on Saturday, December 10, 2016)

Harbor Drive in Lake Ridge, 11a.m. – noon: Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade

Tackett’s Mill Lakeside, 12:30p.m. – Parade awards ceremonies

Tackett’s Mill Lakeside, noon – 3p.m. – Holiday Arts Market

Historic Occoquan, 3p.m. – 7p.m. –  Evening shopping, marshmallow roasts, kids’ crafts, restaurant specials, caroling and more

Workhouse Arts Center, 6p.m. – 9p.m. – Second Saturday Art Walk, carriage rides, fire pits, caroling and more

Occoquan Regional Park, 7p.m. – 9p.m. – Fireworks viewing* with free parking, hot chocolate and more

Hoffmaster’s Marina, 7p.m. – 9p.m. – Fireworks viewing* with free parking, hot chocolate and more

Activities are continually being added.  For updates and more information go to Occoquan River Communities’ Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/OccoquanRiverCommunitiesLLC/

Entry forms and participation details for Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade can be found at: http://tackettsmill.com/lake-ridge-santa-parade/

Suspect in custody after traffic stop leads to manhunt in Occoquan

OCCOQUAN, Va — One person is in custody after fleeing a police traffic stop. 

Police tell us a Virginia State Police trooper tried to stop a driver in a Nissan Altima traveling on Interstate 95 southbound. The suspect fled the scene and police pursued the driver.

The driver took exit 161 and fled police. A helicopter and units from Prince William County were called in to search for the man. 

An unidentified person is in custody. 

Here’s more from Virginia State Police: 

At 12:28 p.m., Tuesday (Oct. 25), Virginia State Police initiated a traffic stop on a Nissan Maxima traveling south on I-95 at the 168 mile marker. The Nissan refused to stop for the trooper and sped off. A pursuit was initiated. The Nissan took Exit 161 and then the driver fled on foot. Troopers lost sight of the suspect driver. With the assistance of Prince William County Police, a search was conducted and state troopers apprehended the male suspect without incident at approximately 1:10 p.m. Investigation remains ongoing at this time. No injuries reported.

Canoe-in campsites, expanded trails, shoreline restoration proposed at Mason Neck

LORTON, Va. — Virginia parks officials want to hear from residents about the future of Mason Neck Park in Fairfax County. 

Press release: 

A public meeting to discuss the long-range plan for Mason Neck State Park will be Nov. 10, 6 p.m., at the park’s visitor center, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. 

Staff with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will provide an overview of proposed updates to the park’s master plan.

Each state park has a master plan that guides development. Plans are updated every 10 years.

“Master plans outline the desired future condition for a park when it is fully developed,” said DCR Park Planner Bill Conkle. “We welcome public input in the planning process.”  

The draft master plan for Mason Neck State Park proposes canoe-in campsites, picnic shelters, shoreline stabilization, a multipurpose center and an expanded trail system.

The 1,825-acre park is situated on the Potomac River in southern Fairfax County.

Comments about this master plan update will be accepted through Dec. 10. Written comments should be submitted to bill.conkle@dcr.virginia.gov

Junction B&B in Manassas is expanding

After seven years in business, and having to turn away hundreds of tourists due to space limitations, the Manassas Junction B&B is expanding.

Owners Mark and Ann Hempen plan to rehabilitate an existing outbuilding on the property into a 450-square-foot cottage suite for the Bed and Breakfast. The addition will provide a third “room” for guests; currently, two rooms are available for rent in the 2,700 square foot main house. As a long time residents of the City, the Hempen’s hope the addition will encourage additional tourists “to enjoy and be enriched by the history, culture, and friendliness of Manassas.”

Located in Historic Downtown Manassas, the Queen Anne, Eastlake style Victorian home was originally built in 1902. Completely restored, and furnished with period antiques, this cozy bed and breakfast is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing get-a-way weekend or to accommodate out of town guests.

The owners were able to take advantage of the City’s Arts and Tourism incentive program to help offset the costs of the expansion.

For additional information on the Arts and Tourism incentive program, visit:

For additional information on Manassas Junction B&B, visit:

This promoted post is written and paid for by the City of Manassas Department of Economic Development.

Garden hoes, shoes pulled from Occoquan River

Press release: 

“Make a Difference,”that is what the 138 dedicated volunteers did at the FOTO River cleanup on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at five sites along the Occoquan Watershed.

Together with Boy Scout Troop 1369, Girl Scout Troops 718 and 1054, Southside Little League, students from Woodbridge HS’s JROTC, South County and Colgan High schools and members of the Rotary & Optimist Clubs, American Water Company and Sev1Tec and many families with their children, they removed 120 large bags of debris and 28 bags of recycled material. Foam and plastic pieces, garden hoses, lumbar, a baby carriage, shoes, balls, fishing gear, cigarette lighters, and lots of glass and plastic bottles and beverage cans were removed and properly disposed of.

At the Lake Ridge Park and Marina, Helga Perrin gave a demonstration of FOTO’s water conservation program.

FOTO’s commitment to a trash-free Occoquan river and reservoir is an ongoing effort which we could not achieve without the support of our sponsors and volunteers. Please see our webpage www.friendsoftheOccoquan.org.


Manassas makes getting a food truck permit easier

Diners in search of fast, novel, and delicious meals may soon have more choices as new rules enable food trucks to open for business in the City of Manassas.

Although food trucks have always been a fixture at Manassas events like the Fall Jubilee, and have always been permitted at private events, recent changes to the zoning ordinance make it possible for food trucks to open on a regular basis. The zoning change responded to a growing nationwide and local demand among consumers for food truck fare and a growing number of local vendors ready to open for business.

Restaurateurs interested in parking their food trucks in Manassas will find a streamlined process for permitting. Food trucks are permitted to open if a property owner with at least one acre of land grants permission, and the truck owner obtains an annual $50 zoning permit, a business license, and all appropriate licenses and inspections from the Virginia Department of Health.

Up to three food trucks can stay open at an approved location for four hours between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., and all trucks must be removed from the property at the end of the day.

 Please visit www.manassascity.org/zoningpermits or call 703-257-8232 for more information.

This promoted post is written and paid for by the City of Manassas Department of Economic Development.

Occoquan River Communities will holds annual cruise Oct. 25

From Occoquan River Communities President Betty Dean: 

Hello ORC members and friends – The Occoquan River Communities Board of Directors requests the pleasure of your company on our “State of the Occoquan” river cruise – Tuesday, October 25, departing from the Occoquan Town Dock. Boarding begins at 6pm and we will depart promptly at 6:30.

We’ll journey up and down the Occoquan River and get a river’s-eye view, along with updated presentations, on all of the exciting developments happening along the river – from the terrific new River Mill Park in Occoquan to the new Science Center emerging on the shores of Belmont Bay – and everything in between.
Light refreshments will be served and wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase on board.  We will be traveling on board the Miss Rivershore, piloted by Captain Mark Perry.  
There is no charge to attend but seating is limited (this is the smaller of Capt. Perry’s boats) so please RSVP to orcdestinations@gmail.comright away to reserve your seat. 
If you have any questions I can be reached at 703-659-5294.  Hope to see you on the 25th.  Thanks.

Enter the pumpkin pie eating contest and beer and wine garden at the 34th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee

It’s that time of the year again! The 34th Annual Fall Jubilee will be held October 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

This highly recognized craft and artisan festival brings out nearly 30,000 people to visit Historic Downtown Manassas each year. Streets become lined with booths featuring unique crafters, non-profits, local community booths, and numerous downtown merchants. There is fun to be had for everyone at the Fall Jubilee!

This year brings back exciting contests introduced last year to the Fall Jubilee. Fall is the season of pumpkin pie and the pie contests are back again! Enter your homemade pumpkin pie into the baking contest or sign up for our pumpkin pie eating contest.

The pumpkin pie eating contest will be broken up into two age groups for children and adults – and there’s a catch, no hands allowed! The Main Stage on Prince William Street will feature music from DarcyDawn & Company and Kitty and the Fat Cats. Underneath the Harris Pavilion attendees can find the community stage featuring local dance troops and musical acts.

This year’s Beer and Wine Garden can be found on the Manassas Museum lawn from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sample beers from Manassas’s own BadWolf Brewing Co. and Heritage Brewing Co and get your wine fix from the new tasting room in downtown Manassas, Aroma.

There will also be loads of fun for the kids including, rides, games, and the Southern States Pumpkin Patch full of pumpkins waiting to be decorated. At noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m, there will be a DareDevil Dog Show on the museum lawn! Stop by to see tricks and a chance to meet the rebellious pups.

Parking for the Manassas Fall Jubilee can be found in the free, downtown multi-level parking garage on Main Street and Prince William Street. For more information about Historic Manassas, Inc., the Manassas Fall Jubilee, and other great Manassas events, go to visitmanassas.org.

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Jan Walker swings through Occoquan on September 11th National Memorial Trail

Good Morning-
Jan Walker has been walking and running across America in support of the September 11th National Memorial Trail for the past seven months.  Starting at the Pacific Ocean, [Sunday] she was in Prince William County and Fairfax County, Virginia on her way to Mount Vernon.  I have attached a photo of her in the quaint Town of Occoquan walking through their Arts and Crafts Festival. Mayor Liz Quist and former Mayor Earnie Porta joined her.
Today, Monday, she will be at Mount Vernon at 2:30 PM.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th  she walk through Alexandria, stopping for an early lunch, and then arrive at the Pentagon Memorial where we will greet her at 2:00 PM.  This is quite an accomplishment, and we all at the September 11th National Memorial Trail thank her for her strong support of honoring our heroes of 9/11.
Also – Hope that you all had an opportunity to read the wonderful article on the September 11th National Memorial Trail in the September issue of the Rails-To-Trails magazine.

David G. Brickley
President and CEO
September 11th National
Memorial Trail Alliance

Occoquan 2016 Fall Craft Show is this weekend


The Fall Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show will be held rain or shine on Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Historic Occoquan. A 47-year tradition, this award winning outdoor street festival features more than 300 artisans and crafters, fun interactive activities for the kids, live entertainment and great food!

The Fall show is a great time to start your holiday shopping as it features many holiday-themed arts and crafts, as well as great gifts for family, friends and yourself!  Be sure to stop by the new River Mill Park to listen to live music and participate in fun activities perfect for the entire family.




Saturday, September 24

Time                           Performer                                                      Location

10 AM – 12 PM         DJ John Coulter                                            River Mill Park

12 – 2 PM                   Jahnel Daliya (Soul, R&B, Pop)                 River Mill Park

12 – 2 PM                   The Bull Run Troubadours                         Mamie Davis Park

2 – 3 PM                     DJ John Coulter                                            River Mill Park

3 – 5 PM                     Rocknoceros (Family, Pop, Rock)              River Mill Park

5 – 6 PM                     DJ John Coulter                                            River Mill Park


Sunday, September 25

Time                           Performer                                                      Location

10 AM                         DJ Theo                                                          River Mill Park

10:30 AM                   Performances by Virginia Dance Center  River Mill Park

11 AM                         DJ Theo                                                          River Mill Park

12 – 2 PM                   LATO (Blues, Rock, R&B, Soul)                 River Mill Park

12 – 2 PM                   David Toves (Guitarist)                              Mamie Davis Park

2 – 3 PM                     DJ Theo                                                          River Mill Park

3 – 5 PM                     Riptide (Classic Rock)                                 River Mill Park


In addition to scheduled performances at River Mill Park and Mamie Davis Park, the Rockledge Assembly of English Country Dancers will be performing throughout the event area. Also, while you are at the show, be sure to stop by the kid’s activity area in River Mill Park to create your own artwork with Edgemoore Art Studio and have your face painted or get your very own balloon art with Fairy Jennabelle.

Admission is free.  Off-site parking with shuttle bus service is available at the Vulcan Materials lot, Tackett’s Mill Commuter lot, Route 123 Commuter lot and the I-95 Commuter lot.  There is a $5 round trip shuttle fee payable at the event drop-off; kids 12 and under ride free.

Funds generated by the semi-annual Arts and Crafts Show supports the Town’s Capital Improvement Program, which includes maintaining, updating and implementing infrastructure improvements, building maintenance and other public improvements like streets, sidewalks, gaslights, stormwater and more.

For more information on the Fall Arts and Crafts Show, to volunteer to help during the event, or for special rates at area hotels, visit www.occoquanva.gov or www.Facebook.com/OccoquanCraftShow, or contact Donna Brown, Events and Community Development Director, at (703) 491-2168 or dbrown@occoquanva.gov.

Anderson to hold Occoquan town hall meetings

Prince William County Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson will hold a series of town hall meetings. 

From Anderson: 

Occoquan District Town Halls

As we enter into the fall months, I will be having four town halls around the district to give updates and hear from residents on the community.

What topics will be covered?
This series of Town Halls will include updates on the upcoming budget process (including seeking input for resourcing PWC Schools), public safety, parks initiatives, congestion think tank progress, economic development, animal shelter progress, human services and much more. The main purpose of these town halls is to provide more opportunity for residents to give us their ideas and input on anything in the district.

Town Halls

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Buckhall VFD
7190 Yates Ford Road
Manassas, VA 20111
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Woodbridge Senior High School
Upper Cafeteria
3001 Old Bridge Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
McCoart Administration Building,
BOCS Chambers
1 County Complex Court
Prince William, VA 22192
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, September 2219, 2016
Westminster at Lake Ridge
12191 Clipper Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Occoquan Police Chief, Town Sergeant Sheldon Levi to retire

During the September 6, 2016 Occoquan Town Council meeting, Occoquan Police Chief and Town Sergeant Sheldon Levi announced his retirement effective December 3, 2016, after more than six years in these positions. Levi first joined the Town of Occoquan as an Auxiliary officer in 2007, and was appointed Chief in 2010, following Occoquan Town Sergeant Mary Brown’s departure.  In June 2013, Levi, in addition to his police responsibilities, was appointed as Acting Town Manager, while the Town Council conducted a search for a permanent appointment to the position.

Levi is the Town’s only full-time police officer and, during his tenure, expanded the Town’s Auxiliary Officer program in an effort to reduce cost and increase police coverage and availability. Prior to his appointment, the Town employed anywhere from one to three full-time or part-time officers at various times throughout the department’s history. In addition, Levi is the Town’s first Chief of Police with the Town’s previous chief law enforcement officer being designated as Town Sergeant.

“Chief Levi has been much more than the Town’s chief law enforcement official in his tenure with the Town of Occoquan,” said Mayor Elizabeth A.C. Quist. “He has been an integral member of Town staff during a period of growth and transition, and I offer sincerest congratulations to him on his pending retirement. He will certainly be missed.”

Levi began his law enforcement career in the City of Falls Church, VA as a Deputy Sheriff with the Falls Church Sheriff’s Office.  Since that time, he has held law enforcement positions with the Towns of Haymarket and Quantico, before coming to Occoquan.  In addition, Levi served as an Auxiliary Police Sergeant with the City of New York Police Department, served as a certified EMT, and provided and taught fire service photography.

“I have been serving as your Chief of Police and Town Sergeant for over six years, but the time has come for me to open a new chapter in my life,” Levi stated during the meeting. “It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to work for the Town of Occoquan…and I will miss working at the best job I have ever held.”

The Occoquan Town Council will conduct a search to find Levi’s replacement throughout the coming weeks.

Occoquan’s Rivermill Park opens to hundreds

Rivermill Park opened to the public Saturday unveiling views not seen in nearly 50 years.

Hundreds turned out for the ribbon-cutting event in Occoquan at 10 a.m. Mayor Elizabeth Quist, Fairfax Water Chairman Phil Allin, and Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart attended the event.

The new park features a walking trail, green space, performance stage, restroom facilities, and views of the Occoquan River over rocks and one of two dams used for the Occoquan Reservoir. Some likened the views to those at Great Falls National Park in Northern Virginia, where the Potomac River falls over rocks.

Locals and elected officials talked about building Rivermill Park in its current location, at the end of Mill Street in Occoquan since the early 2000s. The parkland was once a water treatment facility owned and operated by Fairfax Water, the organization that opened the water treatment plant in 1967.

The water treatment plant closed in 2007. Since then, the water company worked with Prince William County and Occoquan Town officials to build the 1.1-acre park. Fairfax Water leases the land back to the town for park use.

Prior the park’s opening, large water tanks were demolished to make way for the public green. Visitors were not permitted on the land to see the river overlook during the years the area was used as a water treatment plant.

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