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Cabela’s grand opening of its new Gainesville store is Thursday, March 9


Cabela’s announced today plans to celebrate the official grand opening of its new Gainesville, Va., store on Thursday, March 9, with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration offering events, giveaways, family activities, guest appearances and more.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela’s executives, will begin at 9:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee. Doors to the new store will open for business at 10 a.m.

Opening day will kick off a weekend-long celebration highlighted by special appearances, family events, giveaways, sales and more. A complete schedule of events will be available on www.cabelas.com/stores when finalized.

The 79,999-square-foot store is located at 5291 Wellington Branch Drive, adjacent the Virginia Gateway Center. Upon opening, it will become Cabela’s first location in the Washington D.C. metro area and the third in the state of Virginia, joining stores in Short Pump and Bristol.

The store is being designed to offer customers an immersive outdoor experience, complete with Cabela’s signature Conservation Mountain and wildlife-display feature, dozens of museum-quality taxidermy mounts, vintage outdoor photos and memorabilia, and a regionally specific theme and habitat feature.

Additionally, the store will include an archery and firearm tech room, indoor archery range and Bargain Cave, along with thousands of high-quality outdoor products from a variety of well-known brands.

Cabela’s has employed approximately 175 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees to staff the location, most coming from the surrounding area. 

A concrete plant was demolished in 2015 to make way for the store. Then the company announced it would not build the store, and then backtracked and announced it would build it after all.

Updated: Something’s happening at the old Bob Evans in Woodbridge

There are signs of life at an old Bob Evans Restaurant at 13900 Noblewood Plaza.

We spotted new awnings at the eatery, and crews working at the restaurant space near the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Minniville Road in Woodbridge.

The property was purchased by Dody Ventures for $1.65 million in August, according to Prince William County records. The property was built in 2004 and opened as a Bob Evans. The restaurant later closed, however, another nearby Bob Evans is still in business at the intersection of Smoketown Road and Gideon Drive. 


Thanks to Gus Sapien shared with us via Facebook the link to the new dentistry that will be located here: http://www.britestarsdentistry.net/225598071

From the website: 

Welcome to BriteStars Pediatric Dentistry, where we strive to provide the best dental care for infants, children and teens.  We only treat patients up to the age of 18 so you are guaranteed that your children will receive specialized dental care at BriteStars.  Our doctors are experienced Pediatric Dentists and Orthodontist, who will ensure that your children are comfortable and relaxed during their visits at our office.  We are currently accepting new patients from Lorton, Woodbridge, Prince William County and other parts of VA.


‘A capital improvement of $10.5 million for a single, primarily white high school in the west’

From a letter from Prince William County School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers, Vice Chair Lillie Jessie, and Loree Williams to the United States Department of Justice



“Of current concern to the undersigned members of the [Prince William County School Board] PWCSB is a recent gambit in which the [Prince William County Board of Supervisors] PWCBOCS offered previously-unappropriated funds to the PWCSB for the express purpose of selecting a more expensive and opulent design for a new high school to be built in the predominantly white western portion of the County, which it would then match with an equal amount to be



generally used in the predominantly minority eastern part of the County.

In other words, a capital improvement of $10.5 million for a single, primarily white high school in the west, along with $10.5 million to be used at dozens of predominantly black/Hispanic elementary schools in the east. Potential funding for predominately minority schools was made contingent upon the approval of a more extravagant model for



the new high school in the predominately white portion of the county.

The anticipated enrollment of the new high school in the west is 2,500, which represents $4,200/per student, while the combined attendance of elementary schools in the east is approximately 21,000, meaning that $500/per student has been made available in the primarily minority schools. This proposal was unfortunately accepted by the PWCSB on January 4, 2017, by a vote of 5-3 (with the undersigned providing the three votes against).”


Reaction from elected officials in Prince Willaim County: 

Rescued horse ‘Romeo is resting comfortably’

We have a message from the owner of “Romeo,” the horse emergency crews in Prince William County were called to help on Saturday.

It was passed along to us via Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team.


“Romeo is resting comfortably at Marion du Pont Scott Equine Medical Center, no diagnosis yet but EPM is one of the possibilities. Waiting for blood results , neuro work up today with possible spinal tap. I will be there and will try to send an update.

I can’t express in words how much I appreciate the entire team that helped me with Romeo and thank you all for your continued well wishes and prayers. Dr Melinda Freckleton, Haymarket Veterinary Service,Doug Monaco and the entire Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team, Malena Brisbois, Always There Horse Care- you all went above the call of duty with utmost compassion. Thank you!”

What do you think of Gabe’s?

This discount clothing store for men and women brands itself as “unbelievable.”

From shirts, pants, shoes, to home accessories, Gabe’s is a one-stop shop for fashionistas on a budget looking for department store brands.

After opening a store just outside Fredericksburg, Gabes is now open in Featherstone Square in Woodbridge.

Have you shopped there? What do you think? Is the store as “unbelievable” as they say it is?

Tell us in the comments.

‘A bullet was found lodged in an interior wall of a vacant apartment’

From police: 

Shooting into an Unoccupied Dwelling– On January 6 at 2:00PM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 1200 Potomac Vista Dr in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a destruction of property.

The property manager reported to police that a bullet was found lodged in an interior wall of a vacant apartment. Further investigation revealed that gunshots were heard in the area around 9:00PM on

December 29. Officers checked the area at the time but nothing was found. No injuries or other property damage were reported.

VRE will run ‘S’ trains on Inauguration Day


On January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day, the Virginia Railway Express will operate on an “S Schedule,” which will offer reduced service from the normal operating schedule.  Specific train times can be found at www.vre.org under “Schedules.”  Only trains with an “S” above the train number on the schedule will operate.

VRE’s decision to reduce service was based on a number of factors, including expected rail congestion in and around Union Station due to the increase in the number of Amtrak trains, projected delays resulting from increased security across the network, and the Federal Government’s decision to make the day a holiday for federal workers within the National Capital Region.

‘My number one legislative priority will be prohibiting drivers from having mobile phones in their hands while driving’

On Wednesday, January 11, the 2017 Session of the General Assembly Session will gavel in for a 45-day “short” session. I am looking forward to a very busy six weeks and would like to update you on my plans for session. I am introducing nearly 40 bills, but here are a few highlights.

First, lagging state revenues continue to limit legislative initiatives and create funding priorities. The Virginia State Police is hemorrhaging Troopers due to lagging pay and a planned two percent raise for teachers and state employees was delayed after anticipated revenues fell short. They will be a priority this year.

My number one legislative priority will be prohibiting drivers from having mobile phones in their hands while driving. Between January 1 and July 1 of 2016, traffic fatalities in the United States were up by 10% – for the first time in 50 years. Most experts attribute this to distracted driving. Anyone driving our roads only has to look at the vehicle next to them to realize this is a problem that requires attention. (more…)

Prince William fire crews fight two fires over weekend

From press releases:

On Sunday, January 8th at 9:46 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a shed located in the 11200 block of Smithfield Road in Manassas.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed smoke showing from a detached garage. Firefighters began attacking the fire and quickly extinguished it.

No injuries reported.

The homeowner, whom earlier had been working on his vehicle in the garage, was not home at the time of the fire.


‘Prince William County’s Critical Home Repair program’

  • Habitat for Humanity Prince William County
  • Address: 10159 Hastings Dr Manassas, Virginia
  • Phone: (703) 369-6708

Through Habitat for Humanity Prince William County’s Critical Home Repair program, critical systems that impact health and safety are repaired, replaced or built for families who could not otherwise afford to accomplish these tasks. Please visit http://habitatpwc.org/programs/ to learn more!

‘Day 1 of RILEYwatch on the floor of the Va. House of Delegates’

Press release: 

Manassas 7th grader Riley Kotlus will travel to Richmond next month to begin a two-month experience working with the Virginia General Assembly. Kotlus was selected by House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell as one of only 38 students from throughout the Commonwealth for the highly competitive Virginia House of Delegates Page Program. The Virginia Senate also conducts a similar program in its own chamber.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Kotlus. “I have always been interested in politics and government, and even though I will be doing clerical duties, I will have a front-row seat to history.”
Pages work during the day completing assigned tasks that include assisting committee clerks, distributing documents, running messages, and performing other administrative tasks.


Updated: ‘Can VDOT improve the signage and signals to clarify turns on red …on Purcell Road at VA Route 234 to avoid confusion from drivers?’

Submitted by Daniel Foose, of Prince William County: 

With recent completion of construction on Purcell Road, there are now three lanes instead of two where Purcell Road ends at VA Route 234. Two of the three are right turn lanes on Purcell.

At the signal, the leftmost right turn lane is marked with a “red light” signal indication and a sign that says “No Turn on Red from This Lane” and the rightmost right turn lane is marked with a “right red arrow” signal indication.

According to the Virginia Driver’s Manual, published by the DMV, “Virginia law prohibits right and left turns at red arrow lights” unless signs are posted at the intersection that read ‘Right on Red Arrow After Stop’ or ‘Left on Red Arrow After Stop.’” (source: https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/dmv39c.pdf). Both signals display “right green arrow” indications.

It is rather curious, then, that VDOT has chosen to display the signals and signage in this convoluted manner, rather than placing a general sign stating “No Turn on Red” if the intention were to prohibit all turns on red.

If the intention were to, instead, allow right turns on red in the rightmost right lane, it would be better to have signage or signals that clearly indicate that one can do so. This is how most drivers appear to be treating the lane, though the “right red arrow” signal makes this illegal.

Can VDOT improve the signage and signals to clarify turns on red in the rightmost right turn lane on Purcell Road at VA Route 234 to avoid confusion from drivers?

Got a traffic question, concern, or gripe? Send it to news@potomaclocal.com and put “traffic” in the email subject line.


This is a Prince William County Department of Transportation road project, not VDOT.

Here’s a statement from the department’s director Rick Canizales: 

“We are literally working on resigning the entire intersection. Right now there are no u-turns allowed on Rt 234, but that will change and signage to advise about right turns on red will be included at the same time. This will be happening within 30 days, awaiting VDOT approval and sign manufacturing.”

‘As of 6 p.m. Saturday, State Police have only one reported traffic fatality’


From Virginia State Police: 

Virginia state Police troopers remain busy this evening as the temperatures continue to drop and roadways remain frozen. Virginians are encouraged to avoid traveling overnight and on through tomorrow morning due to the continuing and very serious threat of black ice and treacherous road conditions. Any roads that thawed earlier today due to being cleared will refreeze tonight. Stuck, disabled vehicles continue to be the greatest problem on Virginia’s highways…

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, State Police have only one reported traffic fatality. Fortunately, the majority of crashes have involved only damage to vehicles.

From midnight Saturday through 6 p.m. Saturday, Virginia State Police have responded to 527 traffic crashes and 686 disabled vehicles statewide. During the same time period, Virginia State Police have received a total of 2,082 calls for service.

As of 6:15 p.m., troopers are still on scene of 16 traffic crashes and 23 disabled vehicles statewide.

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)

Traffic Crashes=33

Disabled Vehicles=30

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)

Traffic Crashes=10

Disabled Vehicles=46       

Updated: ‘A horse that was down in his stall, unable to get up’


From Nokesville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department:

DATE: 01/07/2017
TIME: 1103HRS [11:03 a.m.]
BOX: 2528

DESCRIPTION: Engine 525 was dispatched to assist Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team with a horse that was down in his stall, unable to get up. Working together, units successfully up-righted the horse.

The horse did not appear to be injured, but was going to be checked out more thoroughly by the vet.

Photos courtesy of Captain Kane.


Are you the owner of the horse or the vet who cared for it? Send us an email to news@potomaclocal.com and update us on the condition of the horse, and please give us the animal’s name. Potomac Local readers are asking if the horse is OK.

Update from Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team Facebook page: 

The crews then pulled him out of the stall and into the field. You can see by the pictures that the snow was steadily increasing! The vet examined him and decided that we should turn him over to his other side. After performing this he began to eat — a good sign!

Once the sedative wore off, he stood on his own. He was administered fluids using a pike pole from our heavy rescue as an IV pole. We retrieved our gear as they prepared to transport him to Marion dupont Scott Equine Medical Center for continued evaluation.

We would like to thank Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue, Nokesville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, Prince William County Animal Control Officers, the vet, owner, and neighbors that assisted with this operation. We responded with Equine 1209 and Rescue 1209 with seven volunteers.

We would also like to recognize the six volunteers who staffed our EMS and Engine Company while we were out of the area (for the three hour incident). We would like to extend Romeo get well wishes.

‘If you believe that our testing culture has gotten out of control and that we need to meet the basic needs of movement and play for young children then please…attend the Pep Rally’


I am writing to tell you about an exciting event happening at the [Prince William County] School Board meeting on January 27, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. My name is Barbara Larrimore and I have three young children; two of which are attending Lake Ridge Elementary School. Through watching and volunteering at the school, hours of research, and calling other counties and highly ranked schools in the state of Virginia, that PWC is not allowing best practices for our youngest citizens. 

American Academy of Pediatrics states that children need 60 minutes of physical activity a day.  Half of our children’s waking hours are spent at school so they should be getting 30 minutes of physical activity a day (recess or P.E.).  On most days, out of the 6.5 hours, they spend in school, my children will only get 15 minutes of physical activity. This is a staggeringly low number for my exuberant five and eight-year-old.
Please, if you believe that our testing culture has gotten out of control and that we need to meet the basic needs of movement and play for young children then please…attend the Pep Rally for more recess on January 27, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the school board meeting!  Feel free to share this with your family and friends. 

‘Prince William County returned multiple indictments against…Noe Antonio Nolasco Amaya, in connection to the murders of Willian Alexander Molina-Rivas, 36, and Jose Javier Avalos, 17’

From police: 

Nolasco Amaya, Noe

Nolasco Amaya, Noe

Double Murder Investigation *ARREST – On January 3, 2017, the Grand Jury for Prince William County returned multiple indictments against a suspect, identified as Noe Antonio NOLASCO AMAYA, in connection to the murders of Willian Alexander Molina-Rivas, 36, and Jose Javier Avalos, 17, which occurred at a residence in the 10300 block of Lomond Dr in Manassas on July 31, 2016. Investigators from the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office previously charged the same man with arson in August of 2016 for allegedly causing the fire inside the home resulting in the deaths of both victims and four dogs. The suspect was served the additional charges on January 4, 2017 and remains incarcerated at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center. This incident was jointly investigated by the Prince William County Police Homicide Unit and Fire Marshal’s Office with the assistance of the B.A.T.F. Arson and Explosives Unit.

Indicted on January 3: [No Photo Available]
Noe Antonio NOLASCO AMAYA, 36, of no fixed address 
Charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder and 2 counts of felony murder
Court Date: May 1, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

‘Any shift with the storm edge will greatly affect snow totals’

From the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington office, updated 5:10 p.m. Friday: 

Not much on radar at this time, though increasing coverage over the Great Smokies is making the 12Z GFS look more reliable. The surface low is not apparent yet, but should be developing over the western Gulf of Mexico. We are on the wester fringe of this storm with the surface low remaining off the Carolina coast and pushing NE from off Hatteras. Dry and cold air being drawn into the storm will limit snow for a majority of the LWX CWA. However, after midnight, swaths of snow will overspread southern and eastern portions of the area. The winter weather advisory was expanded to include central MD as well as the central Shenandoah Valley. 12Z guidance went a little farther west and the western edge will be tight, so these areas were the greatest targets at this time.

Snow will taper off from the west Saturday morning through the early afternoon. Snow ratios look to be 12-15 through the event across the area. So any shift with the storm edge will greatly affect snow totals.

North to northwest winds will remain up through the night with gusts 25 mph. Min temps teens west and low 20s east.

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