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Woodbridge civic association to discuss planned Potomac Nationals stadiun

From the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association: 

“The Woodbridge Potomac Civic Association invites you to our upcoming monthly meeting on June 15, 2017, from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Potomac Shores Social Barn, 1801 Potomac Shores Parkway, Dumfries, VA 22026. 

The event features a social reception provided by The JPG Companies beginning at 6:30 pm. Beginning at 7:15 pm, the topic for discussion will be the proposed baseball stadium and commuter-parking garage at Potomac Town Center. We have confirmed speakers, Tom Sebastian, Senior Vice President, The JBG Companies and Seth Silber, Treasurer, Potomac Nationals to discuss the proposal and provide details on recent developments.

In addition, we have invited Dominion Energy, the Prince William County Service Authority, and Milestone Communications to discuss other projects occurring in the community. We hope you will join us as we meet with fellow residents and listen to invited guests discussing the proposed baseball stadium.”

‘Paws4Pops’ Fathers Day adoption event: $25 dogs, free cats

From Prince William police: 

“The Prince William County Animal Shelter, with its partner the Prince William Humane Society, are hosting a Father’s Day weekend adoption event at the Shelter, 14807 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA (20112), and at the Humane Society’s Pet Adopt Shop, 17983 Dumfries Shopping Plaza, Dumfries, VA (22026).

The “Paws4Pops” adoption event is Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, 2017. Both locations will be participating on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. During this adoption event, the fee to adopt a dog is $25; there is no adoption fee for cats! If you are still searching for the perfect gift, why not consider a furry, new best friend for the fathers in your life? Your gift will also save the life of a Shelter pet.” 

Updated: Woman, man shot at hotel on Horner Road

From Prince William police: 

“UPDATE: Incident at Quality Inn remains contained. Police attempting contact with possible other party inside one of the rooms.?


*UPDATE: One female victim has been located and transported to an area hospital. Unknown condition. A room inside the hotel is contained. Area rooms were evacuated. Call came in around 8:50am. **This is not an active shooter situation.**


*INCIDENT: Officers are currently on scene investigating a shooting at the Quality Inn located on Horner Rd in Woodbridge. Vehicle traffic in front of the hotel has been redirected. The incident is contained to the hotel. More information will be released when available.”

Update 1:50 p.m. 

From Prince William police: 

“Shooting Investigation – On June 12 at 8:49AM, officers responded to the Quality Inn located at 1109 Horner Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a shooting. Staff members reported to police that a female guest of the hotel, identified as a 54-year-old woman of New York, walked into the lobby area with a gunshot wound to the upper body. The woman reported that an altercation had taken place inside one of the rooms with a male acquaintance. The woman was immediately transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers secured the hallway and evacuated other guests from around the incident location. Several attempts to make contact with the occupant inside the room were unsuccessful. At approximately 11:30AM, a tactical team entered the room and located the male party, identified as a 55-year-old man of New York, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.

The man was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. A handgun was recovered inside the room. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division are continuing the investigation into what led up to the initial altercation between the two parties.

Both parties are known to one another and the incident was isolated to the room. The investigation continues.”

Prince William SPCA needs Board of Directors candidates

Good morning Prince William – You don’t want to miss this! Join in the fun with Super Hero Bunco Game Night on Friday, June 30th, 5:30-9pm at the Wellington Community Center. Sure to be a blast to support all the great programs at Project Mend A House. Please call Liz at (571) 264-9228 to reserve your tickets.

· Meals on Wheels has an urgent need for drivers to deliver a warm meal at mid-day to a homebound senior. This is a fantastic job to meet a few neighbors and bring joy. You can sign up for a regular day or be a fill-in driver. It’s very easy to do by just picking up a few meals at either Senior Center kitchen and delivering them out to your route. It only takes 2 hours or so! If you are age 55+ then please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team. Adults age 54 and under please call Melodee at (703) 792-4583.

· The food pantries are low just as kids are getting out of school and families will be more stressed to meet their basic needs. Please pick up a few extra basics of canned vegs, meats, pasta, sauces, cereal and such for both the SERVE pantry and the ACTS pantry. (more…)

Bare Knuckle American Rye release June 17: ‘Everyday, all of us on this planet are fighting for something’

For the first time since prohibition in the 1920s, a distillery in Manassas will sell its very own rye whiskey to the public.

Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey, bottled at KO Distillery is a drink that harkens back to older times but produced for a younger generation. An explosion of rye whiskey drinkers at area restaurants, mostly among millennials, has made popular once again a drink that was popular in the mid 20th century.

While rye whiskey may have been a favorite of the Don Draper era, KO’s new spirit is not your grandfather’s whiskey.

“What was old before is now new again,” said KO Head Distiller John O’Mara. “The younger people are trying out all of the older type cocktails at restaurants and really spurred on a big interest.”

Rye differs from the other whiskeys because a mix of spices that bring out, as O’Mara calls it, the “heart of the heart” in the brew. At 90 proof, Bare Knuckle American Rye is a smooth drink.

“You know, I was always strictly a Bourbon drinker, but the spiciness of the rye, that big, bold mouth feel that you get with the Rye. I just I just love the complexity that it has,” he said. “I drink it on the Rocks mostly, but in cocktails, I drink Manhattans. I’m starting to experiment with those.”

KO’s rye has aged 18 months in a barrel and will be ready for a release at the distillery on Saturday, June 17

“What happens inside that barrel is amazing. Basically, not through anything we do, but by the chemistry of the spirit, and the barrel, and the char inside the barrel, it’s amazing how liquor, over time, transforms into something that’s like golden nectar,” said KO Distillery Co-Owner Bill Karlson.

This is the second whiskey in the Bare Knuckle line for KO. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving 2016, the distillery released its first wheat whiskey under the same brand name. A third, yet-to-be-announced brown spirit is also planned for the Bare Knuckle line.

The Bare Knuckle bottle label features the early 1900s bare knuckle fighter and African American world heavyweight boxing champion Jack G. Johnson. Johnson’s image printed on the bottle’s label came from a trading card once distributed by a cigarette company.

“We started doing some research and found out that in 1910, The American Tobacco Company, if you bought cigarettes, inside that carton would be a coupon, and if you got enough of those coupons, you could mail them in,” explained Karlson. “What came back was a boxing trading card. And it wasn’t the size of the current baseball trading cards; it was called cabinet card, probably five inches by seven inches, really nice card.”

Karlson and O’Mara, both founders of KO Distilling, hence the initials, found an un-copyrighted image of the boxer Johnson and decided it embodied the Bare Knuckle brand. To the distillers, the image represents less of a bloodied fighter and more of a symbol of handcrafted, artisan whiskey.

“Everyday, all of us on the on this planet are fighting for something, and it’s tough. Everybody has their good and their bad days,” said Karlson. “I’d like people to think of it less like a boxer, but that we’re making this whiskey every day with our hands you’re out there in the world doing it every day with your hands. And, you know what? It’s OK to take a break and enjoy life.”

A release party for Bare Knuckle American Rye will take place Saturday, June 17 from noon until 7 p.m. To mark this special occasion, KO is offering a limited number of commemorative bottles of Bare Knuckle Rye.

Each rye bottle comes with a commemorative label that has been hand-numbered and signed by both Bill Karlson and John O’Mara, KO’s founders.

Admission to this event is free. Food and beverages provided by Burnt Ends BBQ and BadWolf Brewing Company will be available for purchase. Live music will be provided by the Rogue Johnsen Trio.

KO Distilling is located at 10381 Central Park Drive #105 in Manassas.

Your guide to Tuesday’s Primary Election in Prince William County

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for the state’s Primary Election.

Voters statewide will choose who they want to be their respective party’s gubernatorial candidates. In Prince William County, voters will choose Democratic Party candidates in four House of Delegates Races.

In what district do I live? Where do I go to vote? 

Here’s a breakdown:


Democrat Governor
Ralph Northam
Tom Periello

Republican Governor
Ed Gillespie
Corey Stewart
Frank Wagner


Lt. Governor Democrat
Justin E. Fairfax
Gene J. Rossi
Susan S. Platt

Lt. Governor Republican
Bryce E. Reeves
Glenn R. Davis, Jr.
Jill H. Vogel


Here is the breakdown for House of Delegate races in Prince William County that have Primary Elections on Tuesday. All candidates in these primaries are Democrats seeking to become their party’s nominee for the respective seat.

2nd District — House of Delegates Democrat
Jennifer D. Carroll Foy
Joshua L. King

Republican Laquan Austion is his party’s the nominee for this seat. The current seatholder Mark Dudenhefer announced he would not seek reelection.

13th District — House of Delegates Democrat
Mansimran Singh Kahlon
Danica A. Roem
Steven A. Jansen
Andrew A. Adams (No social media or campaign website found, so we linked to his VPAP page)

Republican Bob Marshall is the incumbent for this seat.

31st District — House of Delegates Democrat
Elizabeth R. Guzman
Sara E. Townsend

Replican Scott Lingamfelter is the incumbent for this seat.

51st District — House of Delegates Democrat
Kenny Allen Boddye
Hala S. Ayala

Republican Richard Anderson is the incumbent in this seat.

There was to be a Republican Primary Election in the 50th District in Manassas. However, Hal Parrish II dropped out of the race to be the next 50th District Delegate after the incumbent Jackson Miller lost his April bid to be the next Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court. Miller will move ahead to the fall election as the GOP candidate in this race.

Spotted mountain lion slows dismissal at Chris Yung Elementary

From Prince William schools: 

“About 3:20 p.m. today, Chris Yung Elementary School was placed in secure-the-building status because a mountain lion was spotted near the school.

This action is precautionary and staff and students are safe. Teachers will walk students to their buses at dismissal at 3:50 p.m. One bus will be loaded at a time. Parents are asked to come pick up their children if they are walkers.  

Updates will be placed on the school website, https://chrisyunges.pwcs.edu/

Occoquan gives interim chief of police and town sergeant permanent job

From a press release: 

“During their June 6, 2017 meeting, the Occoquan Town Council appointed Interim Chief of Police and Town Sergeant Adam Linn to permanently fill the position. Chief Linn, a 15-year law enforcement veteran, has been serving as the Town’s Interim Chief/Town Sergeant since December of last year upon the retirement of previous Chief Sheldon Levi. Chief Linn first joined the Town of Occoquan in February 2016 as an Auxiliary Police Officer.

Prior to joining the Town Police Department, Chief Linn served as a Sergeant with the Falls Church Sheriff’s Office where he was a motorcycle/traffic unit supervisor, agency and academy instructor, and field training officer. He began his law enforcement career in 2002 as reserve police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in DC before joining the Falls Church Sheriff’s Office in 2004.


Dogtopia expanding to new Gainesville location

Dogtopia, a one-stop shop for all things canine, will soon be opening a  location in Gainesville, VA. Dogtopia offers full or half-day dog day care, seven days a week. For dirty dogs, spa services will be included with boarding. The state-of-the-art facility is set to open soon although a date has not been listed. Company representatives have not returned requests for comment.

For those nervous about leaving their beloved dog alone, Dogtopia offers webcam access in each of their four playrooms so you can check in with your pet. Dogtopia’s indoor playrooms are fully climate-controlled, and the rubber flooring is designed for the dogs’ comfort and to ease stress on paws, joints, legs and hips. 

Dogtopia has nearby locations already open in Woodbridge, Springfield and Manasssas. 

Long & Foster’s Gainesville office hosts community service day

The Gainesville, Virginia, office of Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States, will take part in the company’s 20th annual Community Service Day on June 7, 2017. The Gainesville office will join the brokerage’s over 220 offices in the day of giving back by hosting a packing party for Comfort Cases.

Thousands of children enter the foster-care system each year, and most carry little more than the clothes on their backs. Comfort Cases was founded on a mission to provide the essentials to these brave children on their journey to find a home. Founder Rob Chasteen-Scheer, an adoptive father of four, experienced the foster care system first hand as a young adult which led to the formation of Comfort Cases.

“Our Gainesville Long & Foster agents appreciate our community’s support and this is our way of showing how much we appreciate our customers and clients,” said Managing Broker Zhanneta Lopez. (more…)

Police seek two suspects in armed burglary of Manassas home

From Prince William County police:

Burglary While Armed – On June 7 at 11:18 p.m., officers responded to the 7400 block of Pinehurst Ln in Manassas to investigate a home invasion. When officers arrived, they spoke with a victim, a 31-year-old man of Manassas, who reported that he was outside the residence when he was approached by two unknown men.

During the encounter, one of the men brandished a handgun and ordered the victim into the residence. Once inside the home, the men ordered the victim, and two other residents, a 29-year-old female and a 38-year-old man, both of Manassas, to the ground. The suspects took the victim’s cell phones, money, and clothing before exiting the home and fleeing on foot. (more…)

Leaders, residents, gather at Forest Park High School to discuss area opioid addiction problem

Prince William police in late 2011 began seizing more and more heroin on the streets.

It was an early warning sign that the drug was becoming a problem in the community. Since then across the state, the use of heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanyl have exploded. The use of fentanyl alone increased 147% between then and now, according to Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine.

Despite the fact that so many Virginia residents are now hooked on opioids, the stigma that the drugs are used only by the poor or less fortunate is a contributing factor to the spread of the problem. Opioid addiction impacts everyone and does not discriminate by race, color, gender, or social class.

“This is a bigger problem that affects everyone, not just by race like we saw with crack or PCP,” said Prince William County District Court Chief Judge William Jarvis. (more…)

Six town homes damaged in fire, crews call ‘mayday’



A sea of fire and rescue and construction vehicles lined Pope Street just off Sudley Manor Drive today. 

A fire broke out and damaged multiple townhomes in a residential neighborhood. early this morning A collapse unit from the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department remained on the scene late this afternoon, as well as did fire investigators. 

Here’s more from a fire and rescue press release: 

“On Thursday, June 8th at 12:45 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 10900 block of Pope Street [near[ Manassas.

Upon arrival, fire and rescue crews observed a mid-row townhouse with heavy fire to the rear quickly spreading to adjoining townhomes. During interior operations, conditions quickly changed causing two firefighters to quickly exit the building.

During the exit the crew became slightly disoriented and declared a “Mayday.” The crew was able to self-exit with assistance from nearby personnel. Firefighters continued suppression and extinguishment of the fire.

Two firefighters and one resident sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a local medical facility.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, six townhomes sustained damage estimated at approximately $1 million dollars.

A total of 6 townhomes sustained fire damage. The Building Official has declared 4 of the structures “unsafe” to occupy.
Red Cross was called to the scene to assist 12 occupants displaced by the fire.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.”

Sign remembers long-serving Lake Ridge crossing guard

A new sign honoring the life of a Prince William County crossing guard was erected Wednesday. 

The sign at the intersection of Hedges Run Drive and Mount Burnside Way remembers the life of Besty Rose, 62, a who served as a county crossing guard for 26 years. The sign was erected outside Lake Ridge Elementary School where she helped hundreds of children across the street. 


From Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson’s office: 

“The Occoquan District Office was approached with this idea from community members and made the calls to County Transportation and organized the event to celebrate Ms.Rose.”

Rose died in February, and the Prince William County Police Department posted this statement: 

“WE WILL NEVER FORGET: The Prince William County Police Department is mourning the loss of Crossing Guard Elizabeth “Betsy” Rose. Betsy, age 62, served in the Department’s Crossing Guard Bureau for 26 years. Most of that time, Betsy was assigned to the Lake Ridge Elementary School crossing located at Mt. Burnside Way and Hedges Run Drive. In addition, Betsy served in Parking Enforcement before becoming the Parking Enforcement Assistant in the office.

The Department will deeply miss her kindness, her professionalism, and her smiling face. Betsy truly loved being a Crossing Guard and having lasting interactions with the students, parents, and four-legged companions at her crossing. On February 1, Prince William County Executive Christopher Martino ordered all Prince William County Flags lowered to half-staff in memory of Crossing Guard Betsy Rose. Betsy was laid to rest today but her memory will live on in our hearts. Thank you, Betsy, for your service and dedication to our Prince William County community.”

Trivia contest wins over Literacy Volunteers fundraiser dinner

A 15-question trivia quiz turned out to be the star of the evening at an annual taste of the town dinner for Literacy Volunteers of America – Prince William.

The questions ranged from “Before they were the Potomac Nationals, what team was the Prince William Cannons affiliated with?” to “what do you call a word that has two meanings?”

The correct answers for this quiz: “Pittsburgh Pirates” and “auto-antonym,” respectively.

“Many of you thought that was an impossible question, but one team got it right,” said Ken Ikeda, the author of the trivia quiz and Chairman of the Literacy Volunteers Prince William Board of Directors.

More than 100 people cvame to the annual dinner event Wednesday night held VFW 1503 in Dale City. After sampling foods from more than 20 area restaurants, each table broke into teams and worked together to answer trivia questions as Ikeda read them aloud from a microphone on the stage. (more…)

Prince William landfill wants your torn, tattered flags

From the Prince William County Solid Waste Division

“In commemoration of Flag Day [June 14], and just in time to celebrate Independence Day with style, take a good look at your current flag. If the American Flag flying at your home or business is faded, torn, tattered or frayed, then it should be replaced and no longer displayed.

Prince William area residents and businesses can bring their old flags to special collection bins at the Prince William Landfill or the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility to be properly retired. The Boy Scouts in our area with the help of other civic groups like VFW and American Legion and the Prince William County Solid Waste Division will make sure that “the Stars and Stripes” gets retired with the respect it deserves.

David Byrne, Occoquan District Scout Master and flag center initiator urges, “Please do not throw our flag in the trash. Fold it neatly and bring it to one of the Flag Collection Centers during the facilities’ normal operating hours.”

The Prince William County Landfill is open Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Balls Ford Road Compost Facility is open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling for holiday closings and other Solid Waste programs and services.”

Armed robbers hit Nokesville 7-Eleven early Wednesday morning

From Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On June 7 at 3:41AM, officers responded to the 7-11 convenient store located at 13050 Nokesville Rd in Nokesville (20181) to investigate a robbery. An employee of the business reported to police that an unknown man entered the store, brandished a gun, and took an undisclosed amount of money before leaving the business on foot. A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located. There were no injuries reported.

Suspect Description:

White male, unknown age, 5’7’’, and unknown weight

Last seen wearing a grey jacket, black pants with white stripes, and black shoes”

‘Metro’s oldest and least-reliable cars’ to be retired July 1

Metro says its oldest and most unreliable series rail cars will be retired sooner than planned. 

From Metro: 

“Every 1000- and 4000-series railcar — Metro’s oldest and least-reliable cars, respectively — will be decommissioned and permanently removed from passenger service by July 1, months ahead of original projections, Metro announced today.

Under Metro’s Back2Good program, announced earlier this year, Metro had accelerated the retirement of the 1000- and 4000-series railcars as new, more reliable 7000-series railcars arrive, resulting in improved service, fewer offloads and delays. New 7000-series cars are up to six times more reliable than the cars they are replacing, traveling more than 176,000 miles between delays in April. By contrast, Metro’s least-reliable 4000-series cars traveled an average of only 27,259 miles between delays in 2016.”

Updated: ‘Ms. Robinson left her residence on Lynn St in Woodbridge and headed towards her grandmother’s residence’

From Prince William police: 

“*MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing, endangered adult, Brandi Robinson.  The investigation revealed that Ms. Robinson left her residence on Lynn St in Woodbridge and headed towards her grandmother’s residence on Princess St. in Alexandria around 2:00PM

Ms. Robinson is believed to have left the residence voluntarily and may be in need of assistance which qualifies her as being endangered. Anyone with information on this person’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

Brandi Robinson is described as a black female, 23 years of age, 5’4″, 200lbs with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white tank top, black leggings and black flats with a blue wristlet and black duffle bate

Update from Prince William police: 

“Brandi ROBINSON, who was reported missing and endangered, has been located and is safe.”

Governor signs anti-bullying bill into law at Forest Park High School

From a press release from the Office of  Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn: 

“On Tuesday, June 6, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed HB 1709 at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge. 

This law will require the policies and procedures prohibiting bullying that are contained in each school board’s code of student conduct to direct the principal to notify the parent of any student involved in an alleged incident of bullying of the status of any investigation within five school days of the allegation.”

From Prince William County Public Schools: 

“Senator Jeremy McPike (District 29) and Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (District 41) bill sponsors, flanked the Governor as he signed Senate Bill 1117 and House Bill 1709.

McPike’s bill, SB 1117, requires school counselors to receive training in trauma, suicide, and substance abuse when renewing licensure from the state. Forest Park High School was selected as the site for the ceremony because it is well known for its annual Suicide Awareness Walk led by students, many of whom experienced a loss or knew someone who has.

Filler-Corn’s bill, HB 1709, requires School Boards to adopt policies to inform parents when a child is involved in bullying, either as a victim or perpetrator.”

From the Office of Sen. Jeremy McPike: 

“The Governor signed Delegate Filler-Corn’s bullying bill and Senator McPike’s suicide bill at Forest Park HS yesterday because of the ongoing work the FPHS students do on suicide prevention. This year was the third year… students organized the Suicide Awareness Walk along Spriggs Road. Senator McPike suggested Forest Park to give these students, as well as the advocates at Payton’s Project and the David J Cobb Foundation, the opportunity to witness the signing and meet the Governor.” 
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