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52 cars crashed on 95 in Dale City

A 52-car pile up injured 10 people on I-95 today in Dale City.

Update 3:50 p.m.

Police now say 10 people were taken to the hospital this morning, and 52 cars involved in a crash that closed a portion of Interstate 95  in Dale City.

The crash happened at 8:08 a.m., when a truck slid into the rear of a tractor-trailer.

That crashed sparked a number of smaller crashes along the same stretch of road, resulting in the 52-car pile.

It all happened at the height of Saturday morning’s snowfall.  (more…)

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Leesylvania to honor revolutionary Harry Lee

Woodbridge, Va. –– The father of confederate General Robert E. Lee was born in what today is considered Woodbridge.

Known as “Light Horse Harry” Lee, the historical figure served as a delegate to the continental congress, favored adoption of the U.S. constitution, and was Virginia’s ninth governor.

Leesylvania State Park, once a plantation on the Potomac River where Lee was born, will provide a tour of his birthplace, tell visitors of his life and accomplishments and showcase what life was like in colonial times.

The event begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 29, at the park’s visitor center. (more…)

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Slide show: McDonnell, Redskins get fit

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell exercises with students from Fred Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge as the Redskins donate a “Youth Fitness Zone” to the school. (Mary Davidson)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell appeared alongside Redskins Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander on Thursday, when they donated a “Redskins Youth Fitness Zone” to a Fred Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge.

The governor was joined by his wife, Maureen, and team owner Daniel Snyder and his wife, Tanya, were also on hand for the event.

While there, the McDonnell exercised with students inside the gymnasium.

He also told the crowd that his wife was a Redskins cheerleader when they met 35-years-ago. (more…)

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Another Five Guys closes

Another Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant has closed.

After the company closed one of its Woodbridge locations last month, the popular Five Guys location in Salem, Va. (in southwest Virginia) closed its doors Dec. 31.

So far, the representatives from the Lorton-based burger chain have not said why they chose to close the locations.

A representative from the shopping center in Salem where the restaurant once sat told the Roanoke Times the burger joint appeared to be successful. (more…)

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Dog ruling tough for parents who work full time

Ft. Belvoir, Va. –– Fairfax County Public Schools officials will allow 12-year-old Tyler Stevens, a student at Ft. Belvoir Elementary School, to bring his service dog to the classroom.

Alaya, the five-year-old German Shepard that assists Tyler – who suffers epilepsy, can be allowed in the school as long as both the boy and dog are accompanied by the child’s father, Army Sgt. Angelo Stevens.

The arrangement will be a difficult one because both of Tyler’s parents work full time jobs, NBCWashington reports.

School officials say the 12-year-old is not an adequate handler of the animal. (more…)

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Video: New ice rink anticipated

The Prince William Ice Center collapsed in February 2010 following a major snowstorm. (Prince William Ice Center)

Dale City, Va. –– On the day the Prince William Ice Center collapsed after a snow storm last February, emergency crews, skaters and the center’s owners couldn’t believe it was gone.

The weight of the snow on the center’s roof caused the building’s steel supports to buckle and the roof to collapse.
Those inside said they heard strange noises and said they could see twisting steel just before the roof fell. The sights of twisting steel sent everyone inside running for their lives.

They all made it out safely, but it marked an end a building that since 1996 provided a place for children, parents, hockey leagues and others to enjoy a day on the ice.

Now there are plans to rebuild the center in the same spot it once sat, near the intersection of Dale Boulevard and Ridgefield Road. (more…)

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Miss your chance to serve on the parks board?

Mt. Vernon, Va. –– If Fairfax Supervisor Gerald Hyland was looking to get a wide range of applicants who want to be his next appointee to the county’s park authority he didn’t leave them much time to apply for the job.

Hyland, in a press statement released Tuesday, announced Fairfax County Park Authority Board Vice Chairman Gil. S. McCutcheon told Hyland he would not serve a sixth term on the board, asking not to be reappointed.

The press release asked those who want to replace McCutcheon on the board should submit a resume and a one-page letter that states their views on public service and to identify key issues facing residents living in Hyland’s magisterial district. (more…)

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Man’s body found in woods

VICTIM REMEMBERED FOR HELPING TO KEEP AREA SAFE

Dale City, Va. –– A man was found dead Wednesday morning in Dale City.

The body of 60-year-old George Dwight Doughty was found at a homeless encampment behind Ashdale Plaza on Dale Boulevard.

Police said his death appears to be medical-related, but had no further information. (more…)

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Governor, Redskins to be in Woodbridge

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell

Woodbridge, Va. –– Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will appear in Woodbridge on Thursday as the Redskins donate a new fitness facility to a local school.

The state’s top official and his wife, Maureen, will be on hand when the Redskins Charitable Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline donate the ‘Redskins Youth Fitness Zone” at Fred M. Lynn Middle School, at 1650 Prince William Parkway.

The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., according to McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson. (more…)

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Victim ID’d, burglaries probed, crasher charged

Victim identified
The pedestrian struck and killed in Mt. Vernon on New Year’s Day has been identified as 58-year-old Marino Sorto-Reyes, of Alexandria.

Sorto-Reyes was killed after being struck by a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee as he was trying to cross U.S. 1 in the area of Janna Lee Avenue.

Police said the victim was not using a crosswalk. No charges have been filed. (more…)

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High-speed rail board to set agenda Friday

The White House’s vision of high-speed rail in the U.S. in 2009.

Woodbridge, Va. –– The second meeting of the Virginia – North Carolina High-Speed Rail Compact will be mostly an organizational one, says one of the local legislators who represents Virginia on the board.

The 10-member board, which includes five members of the Virginia House of Delegates, an engineer and four members of the North Carolina House of Representatives, will meet Friday in Richmond.

Virginia Del. Richard Anderson, R-51 (Lake Ridge, Woodbridge) was tapped by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell to serve on the board.

The board is expected to identify what they will work on over the coming months at the meeting.

“We need to maximize any sort of federal grants we get so that we can press forward on the construction of high speed rail. I definitely agree with the Obama administration on high-speed rail. It’s something we need, and in our area, it’s much more doable than bringing Metro to Woodbridge,” said Anderson. (more…)

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VRE brass to hold Web chat

VRE’s top official wants to hear from you tomorrow, and he wants to know how things are going on the rails.

Dale Zehner will hold one another one of his regular online chats will passengers of Virginia’s only commuter rail service Wednesday at noon.

In addition to Zehner, Keolis Transportation (the company charged with operating VRE trains) manager for the Manassas line Scott Treece, will also take part in the Web chat.

Riders can post their questions early to this page on VRE’s website. Questioners are urged to check back to the same link, as it is where the chat will take place, according to a VRE press release.

Related: The Virginia – North Carolina High-Speed Rail Compact is scheduled to meet Friday in Richmond to discuss a planned high-speed rail line between Washington and Charlotte, N.C.

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Woman carjacked outside Safeway

Fairfax County, Va. –– A woman was carjacked at gunpoint outside a grocery store Wednesday.

The 38-year-old victim was coming out of a Safeway at 5980 Kingstowne Center in Fairfax County when a man approached her and then pointed a gun.

He demanded her purse, keys and cell phone, got them, and drove off her in her 1993 Toyota Camry. (more…)

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Car slams into community center

A car slammed into a community center in Lake Ridge on Sunday. (Submitted)

Lake Ridge, Va. –– One person was taken to the hospital after their car crashed into building in Lake Ridge.

OWL Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department crews were called to an apartment complex on Sherbrook Circle just after 5 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, crews found a car had plowed into a community center, and rescue crews had to pull the unidentified driver to safety.

The driver was taken to a local hospital suffering injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, said OWL VFD Chief Jim McAllister.

No one was inside the building when the car plowed into the structure. (more…)

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Pedestrian killed on U.S. 1

Mount Vernon, Va. –– A man was killed Saturday night in the Mount Vernon area while crossing U.S. 1.

The victim was struck by a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 9:52 p.m. in the area of Jana Lee Avenue.

The yet-to-be-identified victim was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

The driver of the Grand Cherokee, a 58-year-old man from Maryland, stayed on the scene, police said.

Speed, alcohol does not appear to be factors in the crash. Police also added the victim was not using a crosswalk when he was struck. (more…)

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Area road work to resume

Fairfax County — Virginia transportation officials suspended roadwork on most major highway projects throughout the state in observance of the 2010 holiday season.

But the New Year means crews and equipment will soon be working again.

Here’s some info you need to get around two of the major road projects happening right now in the Potomac Communities:

BRAC/ Fairfax County Parkway Extension

Nighttime work – Closures occur between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

I-95 north and south, and HOV for one mile south of Franconia Springfield Pkwy (Route 7900) overpass – Multiple lanes closed Monday – Friday nights for overhead sign work. (more…)

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Free cab rides offered tonight

Plan on having a few too many tonight while ringing in the New Year? Some can get a free cab ride home.

SoberRide will offer free cab rides home (up to a $30 fare) from now until 6 a.m. Saturday.

While residents in south Fairfax and Woodbridge can get in on the free rides, no cab company in Stafford County is participating in the SoberRide program. (more…)

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Late jazz musician frequented area high school

Dr. Billy Taylor, legendary jazz preformer and educator, died Wednesday at 89. (Credit: Travis Sullivan's Blog)

Woodbridge, Va. –– The legendary Dr. Billy Taylor died Wednesday at age 89.

The Washington native, renowned pianist and jazz educator often gave performances at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge as part of “Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center Program.”

The educational show was televised nationally by the Prince William Network, a media services division of the county public school system.

“He was our favorite artist and was always a gentleman who was never demanding. But when working with him you knew you were working with a giant of the jazz world and you made sure everything was perfect for his performances,” said Prince William Network Director Ben Swecker.

Taylor lived outside New York City and died of apparent heart failure, according to his website. (more…)

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Metro robber said to have pockmarks

Fairfax County, Va. –– A man walking to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station Christmas Eve was robbed at gunpoint.

Police said the 41-year-old victim from New York was walking about 3 p.m. in the 6800 block of Frontier Drive, outside the transit station near Springfield Mall, when it happened.

As he was walking, the victim saw three men sitting in a newer model, light gray Dodge pick-up. One of the inside the truck got out, approached him, pulled out a handgun and then demanded money from the victim. (more…)

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No VRE service Friday

Virginia Railway Express will not operate Friday Dec. 31, 2010 in observance of New Year’s Eve.

The commuter railroad will resume full service Monday Jan. 3, 2011.

Today, VRE operated trains only designated on the schedule as S.

The next time the railroad plans to modify their schedule will be Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to a press release.

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Vote: Top Stories of 2010

PotomacLocal.com has been around nearly a year, and in that time we’ve managed to attract a lot of readers and responses to our stories.

Have a look at our poll, click your mouse and choose the what you think was the biggest story of the year.

Below our poll you’ll find the top five most read stories that appeared on our site this year, and we’ll also say please keep those clicks coming!

Top 5 Most Read Stories on PotomacLocal.com in 2010

1. Photos of Krystal Ball surface on Web
2. A woman and her pet fox
3. Fire at FBI Academy at Quantico
3. Buffalo Wild Wings to open
3. Man defends woman then beat up

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