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Sentara Northern Virginia brings mobile mammograms in the ‘Mammovan’

Duck Donuts Staff

From Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center:

On Friday, 10/6/17- We had “Donuts & Detection” outside of Duck Donuts at Stonebridge. We screened 8 women for mammograms during the course of the event which ran from 7:30-10:30 
Pictured: Duck Donuts staff



Grand opening of The Wharf expected to delay OmniRide passengers

From a press release:

OmniRide passengers should anticipate significant delays this evening due to the grand opening of The Wharf, which is expected to bring 20,000 people to Southeast D.C., and Game 5 of the baseball playoffs at Nationals Park.

Some OmniRide buses that serve routes in that area later serve other routes, so any delays in getting into the District this afternoon and serving area bus stops could have a ripple effect for commuters on all OmniRide routes. (more…)

2017 Prince William County Youth Salute Winners

Osbourn Park High School senior Brightney Varghese, 2017 Prince William County Youth Salute winner, will represent Prince William County Schools at the National Council on Youth Leadership Summit in St. Louis, Missouri, October 21-24, 2017.

Varghese is among 108 Prince William County high school seniors, and ten finalists, honored for academic achievement, formidable leadership skills, and a strong commitment to service at the restored and renovated 30th Prince William County Youth Salute Awards.  She and three runners-up, Emmanuel Murphy, Jacqueline Days and Jarrett Lash, were chosen by the Prince William Youth Salute Council to receive a Youth Salute Council scholarship and plaque.

Ten finalists were selected based on their resumes and two essays they each wrote addressing topics such as leadership, personal accomplishment, role models, and challenges facing youth today.  The following students were honored before their peers, parents, special guests, and school administrators at a ceremony held at Forest Park High School on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Winner – Brightney Varghese…Osbourn Park High School
1st runner-up – Emmanuel Murphy…Christ Chapel Academy
2nd runner-up – Jacqueline Days…Colgan High School
3rd runner-up – Jarrett Lash…Patriot High School
Breyana Hopkins…Potomac High School
Akosua Odei…Stonewall Jackson High School
Tiyam Assadpour …Patriot High School
Rida Subzwari…Gar-Field High School
Vera Bordoh-Ansah…Stonewall Jackson High School
Matthew Cinnamon…Forest Park High School


The five creepiest places to visit in Prince William County

Looking for creepy haunts this Halloween? We asked the folks over at the Prince William County Tourism office about the creepiest, scariest, most fun places to visit in the county. 

They told us: 

1. Weems-Botts Museum

Location – 3944 Cameron St.Dumfries, VA 22026

Why – Get frightened at Weems-Botts Museum, the second most haunted home in Virginia. Once home to Parson Weems, the biographer for George Washington, today the museum is rumored to have paranormal activity. Civil War soldiers are said to haunt the nearby cemeteries and park while a child, who still talks to ghost hunters in the voice of a little girl, haunts the home. The house was featured on Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story” and offers ghost tours every October.

2. Ben Lomond Historic Site

Location 10321 Sudley Manor Dr. Manassas, VA 20109

Why – Opening and closing doors, phantom footsteps, and mysteriously relocating objects are part of the experience when exploring the history of the Ben Lomond Historic Site. Ben Lomond has a diverse history, from being a Civil War hospital to being the home of countless slaves. Today, many local residents claim that the house and grounds are haunted by spirits from the past.

Weems-Botts Museum

3. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre

Location– 12229 Bristow Rd. Bristow, VA 20136 

Why – Connect with Agness, the spirit who allegedly haunts the jail at this 28-acre site. Agness was one of 13 people executed outside the jail after she was tried and convicted of killing her master.. People claim they have heard voices coming from the jail or have seen faces in the windows of the building. The television show “Ghost Hunters” filmed here just a few years ago. 

4. Historic Occoquan

Location – 200 Mill St. Occoquan, VA 22125

Why – This quaint town along the Occoquan River boasts numerous ghosts and features walking ghost tours throughout the year. Get a glimpse of the Indian who allegedly appears in a bathroom mirror at a local restaurant, talk to store owners who have had their merchandise strewn around and look for the young man who haunts a busy street corner.

The Winery at La Grange

5. The Winery at La Grange

Location – 4970 Antioch Rd. Haymarket, VA 20169

Why – The house and property are rich with history and folklore. Many visitors share their stories of experiences with the ghosts that live here. Most of the encounters entail the piano in the parlor playing on its own, the ghost of a young girl who inhabits one of the upstairs rooms as well as the spirit of Benoni who guided the homes restoration project in the 1800’s. Benoni E. Harrison purchased the La Grange estate in 1837 and lived here until he died in 1869. Rumor has it that Benoni still haunts the manor house to this day. You will find a glass of red wine on the mantel in the Tasting Room, which is set out for his ghost each day to ensure the staff doesn’t encounter any mysterious phenomena while open to the public.

Verbal altercation while driving leads to abduction charge for man, 32

From Prince William County police:

Abduction | Domestic Related – On October 10 at 2:00 a.m., officers responded to the 3800 block of Koval Ln in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a possible abduction. The caller reported to police that she was on the phone with a family member, identified as a 44-year-old woman, who stated that the accused, an acquaintance, would not let her get out of a vehicle they were traveling in.

Officers were eventually able to locate the vehicle a short time later in the area of Hillendale Dr and Prince William Pkwy and detained the accused. The investigation revealed that the victim and the accused were involved in a verbal altercation while driving in the Woodbridge area. (more…)

‘At one point in the night, every patient got up, said their name, and shared how much they’ve lost. All told, 3971 collective pounds had been shed!’


Men and women, of all ages, races, and sizes gathered together to remember what used to be.

It was all part of the bariatric team’s annual, “A Gala, Celebrating You.” For the sixth year in a row, people came together for a Weight Loss Surgery Patient Reunion at the Hylton Education Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

More than 40 former patients and their loved ones came out to remember their weight loss journey and celebrate how far they’ve come.

It was a reunion for many, with patients coming up to one another and asking tentatively, “Do you remember me?” Plenty of hugs, laughs, and smiles were exchanged.

At one point in the night, every patient got up, said their name, and shared how much they’ve lost. All told, 3971 collective pounds had been shed!

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done- outside of marrying my husband!” chuckled Reva Gravelle.

Gravelle was just one member of a patient panel who spoke with the group and answered questions. She was 62 years old when she decided to move forward and get the surgery. Eight years later, she hasn’t looked back and says she feels healthier than ever! “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels,” she says smiling.

Just like Gravelle, everybody had their own story, but there was a common thread everyone could relate to. Patients shared varied firsts: having a lap for a grandchild to sit on, being able to get up by themselves when falling, flying without having to buy an extra seat or getting a seatbelt extender, different shopping options for clothing and being able to fit in a roller coaster seat.

Many patients credit their surgeon, Dr. Denis Halmi with helping them make the change, something he seemed little uncomfortable with, “I try to explain, it wasn’t me, because you are the one making the changes, because of what you are doing, it’s making the change. I’m here to help you, here to support you, but you’re the one who does it.”

While patients were in varied stages of their weight loss journey- some, having had their surgery years ago, while others had their surgery just months earlier, all know that this is a lifetime commitment. To that end, even the event’s food reflected their new lifestyle and featured healthy choices such as diced fruits and vegetables, shrimp, turkey meatballs and blended-to-order fruit smoothies.

This was also an uplifting event for those patients who may have gotten off track. Instead of beating up on themselves for diet missteps, patient speakers and health professional reminded everyone, while it’s nice to move numbers on the scale; this voyage is about more than that. It’s about getting healthy. Organizers reminded patients this event isn’t the only support available. The program hosts both weekly and monthly support groups for current and former patients. And, if those groups are too far for some to travel, the bariatric program has recently added a new virtual support group for the last Thursday of the month. It’s all in an effort to make sure people have the assistance they need to meet their health goals. To find a bariatric surgeon near you, call 1-800-SENTARA.

Photos: Dr. Halmi in the center, surrounded by patients who enjoyed a great time, and Dr. Halmi speaking to the group, sharing words of encouragement.

Novant Health UVA Health System to host two evenings for Ladies’ Night Out

From a press release:

Events to be held in Manassas and Haymarket feature food, shopping, tours and mammograms

Novant Health UVA Health System will host Ladies’ Night Out – a shopping and beauty event exclusively for women from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, in Manassas and Thursday, Oct. 19, in Haymarket. Attendees will have an opportunity to shop for jewelry and accessories, try the latest makeup trends, and sample appetizers and “mocktails.” Guests will also have an opportunity to receive a complimentary chair massages and win prizes.

Screening mammograms will also be available at the Ladies’ Night Out events. No physician order is required, and most insurance is accepted. Financial assistance may be available for the uninsured and underinsured. Additional health screenings, including BMI, blood pressure and A1C, will also be available. (more…)

National Christmas Tree lighting ticket lottery opens this week

From the National Park Service:

Boys II Bow Ties, Mannheim Steamroller, U.S. Navy Band to Perform

WASHINGTON– You can win tickets to attend the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting simply by entering an online ticket lottery Oct. 12-16. The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30 on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). Performances by Boys II Bow Ties, Mannheim Steamroller, and the U.S. Navy Band are sure to delight with their unique spin on traditional holiday numbers. Additional entertainers and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

Free tickets for the event will be awarded to people across the country through an online lottery set to begin at 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 12 and will close at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 16. To enter the lottery, go to and click the ‘TICKET LOTTERY’ link. For those without computer access, call 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777) to enter the lottery. Lottery winners will be notified on Monday, Oct.30. (more…)

PetOberfest is Saturday: ‘All are welcome to attend and enjoy free family and pet friendly activities’

From an email:

“Stonebridge located at 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, Virginia is pleased to host the PetOberfest Event on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11am – 4pm. All are welcome to attend and enjoy free family and pet friendly activities. All pets in attendance must be leashed.

The PetOberfest is sponsored by NOVADog Magazine, Maple Shade Animal Hospital and Prince William SPCA and will feature activities including: pet rescues and adoptions; pet-related exhibitors, pet parade and costume contest, children’s entertainment, store discounts, prizes, and much more (full schedule included below).

PetOberfest Entertainment Schedule

Main Street, In Front of Orvis
— 12:30pm & 2:30pm: Mid-Atlantic Disc Dogs Performances

Main Street, In Front of PF Changs
— 12 pm: Kid Singer Jim, Zoo In My Room
— 1 pm: Reptiles Alive– 3 pm: Bar C Ranch Critter Show
— 3 pm: Bar C Ranch Critter Show
— 3:30pm: Pet Parade & Costume Contest featuring animals available for adoption

– Must register no later than 3 pm at the Information Tent.

PetOberfest Main Street Activities, 11am4pm
— Prince William SPCA Pet Photos & Mobile Adoption Van
— Stonebridge merchant displays
— Pet-oriented exhibitors
— Local animal rescues and shelters
— Petting Zoo
— Parakeet Encounter
— Underwater Exhibit
— Moon Bounce
— Face Painting
— Craft Table
— Prizes

For complete event information, visit”

‘At some point during the encounter, the suspect pulled up the victim’s shirt and attempted to unbutton her pants’

From police: 

Attempted Aggravated Sexual Battery – On October 8 at 5:49PM, officers responded to the Todos Supermarket located at 13950 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a sexual assault. The investigation revealed that the victim, an 8-year-old girl of Woodbridge, was sitting in a chair in the store while a parent was completing a transaction nearby when an unknown male sat down next to her. At some point during the encounter, the suspect pulled up the victim’s shirt and attempted to unbutton her pants. The victim screamed and ran to the parent as the suspect fled the store on foot. Upon further investigation, officers identified the suspect as Ricardo RODRIGUEZ and located him a short time later. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident. No injuries were reported.

Arrested on October 9:

Ricardo RODRIGUEZ, 32, of no fixed address

Charged with attempted aggravated sexual battery

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Charges filed in fatal crash that claimed the life of a Woodbridge man

From police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation *ARREST – On October 6, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit obtained a warrant for the arrest of the driver of the 1997 Ford F350 which was involved in the fatal crash that occurred in the 9300 block of Brentsville Rd in Manassas on September 29. The accused, identified as Robert Lee EASTON III, was arrested without incident that evening. The investigation continues.
Arrested on October 6:

Robert Lee EASTON III, 35, of 12615 Izaak Walton Dr in Bristow
Charged with involuntary manslaughter
Court date: December 20, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Marsteller ‘evacuated as a precaution due to the fire alarm and smoky haze’

From an email: 

Marsteller MS, 14000 Sudley Manor Dr., Bristow, has been evacuated as a precaution due to the fire alarm and smoky haze in building. The Fire Department is responding. All are safe. Please check website for updates,

Updated 12:45 p.m.

Staff and students have returned to the building at Marsteller Middle School following a precautionary evacuation. Normal activities have resumed. The alarm was triggered by smoke from a copy machine, which was removed from the building by the Fire Department.

Photo: Marsteller Middle School PTO

Dale City deck fire extinguished with garden hose

From County of Prince William Department of Fire & Rescue:

On Saturday, October 7th at 6:48 p.m., fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire in a single family home located in the 5600 block of Roundtree Drive in Dale City.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue units discovered a deck fire that had been extinguished. Firefighters were informed that a neighbor observed a fire on the homeowner’s deck; they immediately called 911 and began extinguishing the fire with a garden hose. (more…)

‘Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Woodbridge will hold its Grand Opening on Saturday, October 21’

From an email: 

The signs are up on the outside of the building, donations are coming in and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Woodbridge will hold its Grand Opening on Saturday, October 21.

The new, 20,000 square foot home improvement store and donation center is located in the former Food Lion site at the corner of Minnieville Road and the Prince William Parkway, next to BJs.

The Habitat ReStore accepts building materials, tools, furniture and home décor as donations from members of the community. The donor receives a tax donation acknowledgment to use when they are filing their taxes.=

The donated merchandise is sold to the public at 40%-90% off retail prices. The constantly changing inventory offers deals for bargain shoppers, do-it-yourselfers, and treasure hunters. (more…)

Service Authority to begin lining sewer mains along Telegraph Road

From Prince William County Service Authority:

The Prince William County Service Authority has begun performing important rehabilitation work on the sanitary sewer system in easements near the Potomac Festival shopping center and Telegraph Road in Woodbridge.

The work is expected to take approximately 6 weeks to complete. Because this rehabilitation work is “trenchless,” there will be virtually no impact on traffic. (more…)

Prince William Board approves new targeted industries study

WOODBRIDGE — New high-paying jobs in Woodbridge appear to far and few between.

“I don’t think we’ve announced new jobs, at least since I’ve been a supervisor,” said Prince William County Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi, who’s been in office since 2008.

His comments come on the heels of an approval of a new $125,000 study that will help economic development officials in his county determine what types of businesses should be pursued, and ultimately lured to the county.

County leaders have an ambitious goal of increasing the amount of commercial tax revenue it collects to 35 percent, up from 14 percent currently.

The targeted industry study would identify new business objectives the county is not focused on, said Prince William County Economic Development Director Jeffery Kaczmarek.

The majority of small federal contractors have offices in eastern Prince William County, while larger corporations have invested in space at the county’s Innovation Park just outside Manassas.

“I agree with you wholeheartedly with you, Mr. Principi,” said Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan. “I have not seen the benefit for the eastern end of the county.”

Kaczmarek assured Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland that this new study would have a geographical component that would help identify which target industries would do well in individual portions of the county.

Right now, the county targets life sciences and biotechnology, information technology, federal agencies and corporate facilities, and specialized logistics and supply chain industries.

Prince William culinary tour owners present travel adventures online

From an email: 

Northern Virginia owners, George and Linda Meyers, of Cook in Tuscany, Cook in Mexico and Cook in Cuba debuted ‘Cook, Eat, Play, Travel’, their online, video diary of their worldwide travels and journeys.  They are always asked about life “outside” of their culinary tours in Tuscany, Mexico and Cuba, so they started documenting their adventures.  Named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today, the Meyers created Cook, Eat, Play, Travel to allow people around the world to experience some of their culinary travel adventures online. To view or learn more, go to

“We’re fifty-somethings enjoying our second chapter in life, traveling, cooking, playing and enjoying every minute,” said Linda Meyers, co-founder of Cook, Eat, Play, Travel, and Cook in Tuscany, Mexico and Cuba. “Instead of buying things, we started buying experiences…and in the process, opened three different cooking schools in three different countries; now people can follow our adventures around the world,” said Meyers.

Retired United States Air Force pilot, George Meyers and his wife, Linda, retired Prince William County, Va. school teacher are natives of New Orleans and high school sweethearts. The Meyers’ shared a long-time passion for good food. The Meyers personally take guests on all tours, creating an immersive experience in Tuscan, Mexican and Cuban cuisine and culture. The week-long package tours are all-inclusive of hotels and food, not including air fare. Cook in Tuscany has expanded its class space, and now offers two classes during Cook in Tuscany travel weeks. Review the schedule at

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