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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 www.sptcpetoberfest.com.”

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‘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

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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

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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, https://marstellerms.pwcs.edu/.

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

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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…)

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‘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…)

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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…)

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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.

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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 www.cookeatplaytravel.com

“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 www.cookintuscany.com.

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‘Virginia’s and America’s much-too-lax firearms environment’

Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas assault rifle killing spree has again highlighted the dangers of Virginia’s and America’s much-too-lax firearms environment.  Virginians know the dangers of high-powered weapons having experienced snipers Malvo and Muhammad and the Virginia Tech massacre.  Some of us have been steadily, but unsuccessfully, trying to pass reasonable firearms violence prevention laws in Virginia for years.

For example, after Jared Loughner’s 2011 attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, I cosponsored legislation to prohibit the sale of firearm ammunition magazines that hold more than 20 bullets.  The legislature has rejected the bill every year since.

In 2015, a Fairfax attorney told me about a client he defended in a mental commitment proceeding in which his client was found to be a danger to himself or others.  Virginia law prohibits these people from obtaining a concealed weapon permit or possessing a firearm, but the law does not prohibit the possession of ammunition.  I tried to prohibit mentally-incapacitated people from purchasing or possessing ammunition, but the legislature struck it down. (more…)

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‘During the encounter, the accused brandished a handgun and fired one round into the air’

From police: 

Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On October 5 at 11:03PM, officers responded to the Liberty service station located at 3511 James Madison Hwy in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a shooting. The investigation revealed that the victims, a 55-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman both of Berrymill, reported to police that they were retrieving property from their vehicle which they had towed to the service station earlier that week. At some point, the business owner, later identified as the accused, arrived in his vehicle and became involved in a verbal altercation with the victims. During the encounter, the accused brandished a handgun and fired one round into the air. The victims fled the area and contacted police. When officers arrived and made contact with the accused, officers observed drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view in his vehicle. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without incident. No injuries or property damage were reported. A shell casing and two handguns were recovered.

Arrested on October 6:

Omar Ali AWAD, 52, of 4580 Lawnvale Dr in Gainesville

Charged with and reckless handling of a firearm, possession of a firearm while in possession a controlled substance, and possession of a scheduled I or II narcotic

Court Date: December 5, 2017 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Value-oriented retailer, Ollie’s, coming to Manaport Plaza

“We buy bargains and sell cheap” is the business approach for Ollies, according to company spokesperson Jerry Altland.

Come Nov. 1, Ollies will be opening a 25,000 square foot store at Manaport Plaza at Sudley and Rixlew Roads, across from Manassas Mall.

Ollie’s, in business for over 35 years, is a value-oriented retailer, offering 30 to 70 percent off retail prices for all manner of goods, according to Atland. 

Ollies will be hiring 40 to 50 people for its opening. will be open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

The stores will be open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

 

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Voters in Prince William and Stafford’s 2nd District won’t hear from Makee at public forums

Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy rang the bell of the area press corps on Thursday when her campaign sent out a press release notifying us her Republican opponent Mike Makee will not attend a series of candidate forums.

Both Carroll Foy and Makee are running for the House District 2 seat in eastern Prince William County, and northern Stafford County.

Here are the dates, times, and locations of the upcoming voter forums, with one starting tonight at 7:30.

What: 2017 Prince William Delegate Forum
Hosted by: Prince William County NAACP, League of Women Voters – Prince William Area, and Prince William Committee of 100
When: Friday, October 6th, 7:30 PM
Where: George M. Hampton Middle School, 14800 Darbydale Ave, Woodbridge, VA 22193

 

What: 2017 Stafford County NAACP Candidate Forum
When: Tuesday, October 10th, 7:30 PM
Where: Board of Supervisors Chambers, Stafford County Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, Virginia

From Caroll Foy’s press release:

“Jennifer Carroll Foy is the clear choice for voters in eastern Prince William and northern Stafford Counties. She will fight to expand Medicaid, protect funding for Planned Parenthood, reduce class size and increase teacher pay, and find solutions to our broken transportation system,” said Teddy Smyth, Carroll Foy’s campaign manager. “But voters won’t get to see the full choice at these forums. Perhaps Mike Makee doesn’t want to answer questions about heartless Republican policies that deny thousands of people healthcare here in the Second District and that put politicians between women and their doctors. Also, why did Mike Makee donate to Donald Trump’s campaign? Mike Makee’s agenda is simply too extreme for the people of the Second District.”

Makee’s campaign sent us this statement in response to the press release:

“Mike and volunteers have been knocking thousands of doors a week for the past two months, and he will continue to reach out and talk to voters every day. Unfortunately, Mike has prior commitments on the dates of the forums including his United States Naval Academy Class of 1992 Reunion. Mike is proud of his service to the country and our area and looks forward to continuing to deliver his positive message to the voters of the 2nd District.”

Carroll Foy has always been the Democratic nominee for the seat this election cycle. However, before Makee, Republican Laquan Austion was the GOP nominee but stepped down from the race earlier after he was found to input false information about his educational background to this website, and questions arose about past financial dealings.

Makee stepped up to run shortly after that.

The 2nd District is a swing district. In 2015, Mark Dudenhefer inched out a victory over Joshua Cole with 50% to 49% of the vote, respectively.

Two years before that, Democrat Micheal Futrell inched out Dudenhefer with 50% to 49% of the vote.

In January 2017, Dudenhefer broke the news exclusively to Potomac Local that he would not seek another term in Richmond. He’s now running to claim his seat on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, which he held from 2005 to 2011 when he was first elected to the 2nd District House seat.

The district is split between left-leaning eastern Prince William County and Republican-heavy Stafford County.

Manassas Delegate Jackson Miller will also be absent from tonight’s campaign forum at Hampton Middle School.

Voters will head to the polls Nov. 7.



SNVMC President Kathie Johnson on how Potomac Hospital, now Sentara, is ‘45 years new’

 

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Sentara Susan Bahorich sat down for an interview with Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center President Kathie Johnson.

Not only did Kathie celebrate her one year anniversary this summer, but Sentara is also preparing for our 45th hospital anniversary this fall, and she spoke frankly on several different topics and is very engaging and informative.

SB: You’ve been at the helm just over a year now. How has your first year gone?

KJ: It’s been absolutely wonderful. Very exciting- there are terrific people here to help with things and we’ve achieved a lot in one very short year.

SB: You’ve accomplished a lot in one year. What’s next?

KJ: Our vision is to be the healthcare provider of choice in our market, which is Northern Virginia. And what we’ve done is work with our community to identify services they would like us to bring to the community. Our goal is that people should not have to travel for healthcare, they should be able to get what they need right here. And, that’s actually what our #MySentara is all about – this is our hospital, we own it, we love it, we want it to be the best that it is and it’s also our community’s hospital, so we want to be here for the community and whatever they need.  

SB: What does that look like for the hospital and patients?

KJ: We have renovation projects going everywhere to support our ability to deliver the best and highest quality care to our patients. We’re also recruiting new providers to this market and bringing in new programs, so it’s very exciting. We’ve done a whole lot in a pretty short time.

SB: This year we’re celebrating our 45th Anniversary- not only remembering our past but looking to the future.

KJ: When you look to the future what we’re going to see is more services more acute services more preventative services, more outreach to our community. Our mission is to improve healthcare every day so we’re not just here when people get ill, we’re here to keep people well and work with our community to do that. We have a lot of partners in the community to help us there and that’s just a lot of strength that we can build on to be successful.

SB: Already there are a lot of people who have shared their love of Potomac, but there’s a lot of strength in Sentara and what we’ve been able to build and craft here.

KJ: Certainly, there are a lot of people who love Potomac. There are a lot of people who remember Potomac and when it started and have been here for many years and have dedicated a lot of services and a lot of heart and a lot of commitment to the hospital and to our patients, but the future is coming. Healthcare is changing. It’s growing, there are new therapies, there are new ways to stay healthy, there are new cures and we want to be at the forefront of bringing all of that to our community.

SB: As a not for profit hospital, what does that mean for our patients?

KJ: By not for profit, it means that any money that we receive, that doesn’t go for expenses, is invested back into the hospital so that we can continue providing services to our patients. We provide a lot of care that we do not receive payment for which is part of our mission is to reach out and do that for the community. We are very proud that we are able to do that and support other not for profit partners in the community in providing that care. So, not for profit means there are no shareholders or anything like that. It means that any money that we are able to keep, after all of our expenses, were able to give back to our patients and community.

SB: And, that means that no patient is ever turned away. 

(more…)

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Novant Health UVA Health System seeks health grant applications

The Novant Health UVA Health System is set to award $50,000 in grants. 

From a press release: 

Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center Foundation is seeking proposals from community nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the health of low-income and at-risk populations in greater Prince William County. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $20,000.

“At Novant Health UVA Health System, we believe in our role as a good corporate citizen,” said Kelly Persons, director, Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center Foundation. “We recognize how important it is to work with local agencies and organizations to make our community a better place to live and work.”

The foundation is particularly interested in nonprofit organizations that address the top four significant health priorities identified in its 2016 community health needs assessment. Those areas include:

Diabetes

Obesity

Chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease and stroke

Mental health, including substance abuse

Organizations that apply must hold a 501(c)(3) designation for a minimum of two years and must be in good-standing within the community. Last year’s grant award winners include the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory and the Prince William Area Free Clinic.

Grant applications for the fall cycle are due Oct. 15, with grant awards announced in December.

To be considered for a grant, applicants must complete an electronic application and submit via email. Contact Kelly Persons, director of Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center Foundation, for an application at klpersons@novanthealth.org or 703-369-8791.

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Veterans docket coming to Prince William court: Vets see things ‘you see things you just don’t see every day’

Starting Nov. 1, military veterans who find themselves on the wrong side of the law will have their cases eligible for a special hearing on a new court docket.

The “veterans docket” will deal with veterans issues, and many of the cases it will hear are people wrangling with substance abuse and mental health issues. Many times these can lead to theft and veterans being charged with larceny.

When returning from combat, for the most part, many returning veterans can reintegrate into society. Others may have issues, and cannot shake the horrors of the battlefield.

“It’s very stressful; you lose comrades, you see people wounded, you see things you just don’t see every day,” said Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William, Fauquier), who supported the new docket. “What we saw in Las Vegas, folks, that’s combat, that’s what it’s like. The people who come out of those conditions, they carry a lot of baggage.”

Cases on the docket will be heard at the Prince William County Courthouse at 4 p.m. Mondays. There will be no limit to the number veterans cases added to the docket.

“Mr. Ebert will see that justice is carried out will see in every case, case by case,” said Prince William County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Bradley Marshall, speaking about his boss, Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert.

Virginia’s Supreme Court this year worked on a new set of standardized rules for the new docket, allowing for the creation of similar programs in other localities. Fairfax County already has a veterans docket. However, officials told us it deals more with probationary measures following the conviction of a veteran charged with a crime.

Prince William’s new veterans docket will deal address veterans charged with crimes before they are convicted.

“The vast majority of these vets do return with no residual effects of having served there, but for those who do, that’s why we have the special docket,” said Delegate Richard Anderson (R-Prince William), who called a press conference to announce the creation of the new veterans docket.

Officials hope the new program will be able to connect struggling vets with important healthcare services, like the ones to be offered at a new veterans care center to be built in Vint Hill, near Haymarket.

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