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VRE: AM commute could be icy

With freezing rain and some light snow in the forecast, Virginia Railway Express officials say it could be a messy Tuesday morning commute.

While the transit system as of Monday night had no plans of canceling or delaying service on Tuesday, they do warn the platforms at stations could be icy during morning hours.

They’ve urged riders to allow plenty of time to get to the station, use handrails on ramps and while boarding the trains, and to wear sensible clothes and shoes appropriate for the wintry weather. (more…)

Do Fairfax residents need a closer watch on police?

Mount Vernon, Va. –– Residents and officials in Fairfax County are wrangling with the idea of forming a citizen review board for the police department, following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

Police Chief David Rohrer in the next few months will make the decision to allow a the board, the Mount Vernon Gazette reports.

The 52-year-old shooting victim, David Masters, was shot while behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Blazer in November 2009, on Fort Hunt Rood U.S. 1, the Washington Post reported.

Officers approached Master’s Blazer, but they said the vehicle continued to roll forward, nearly striking an officer. At one point, an officer thought he saw Masters reach for a weapon and Ziants shot and killed him. (more…)

Bill would push PWC immigration policy statewide

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31, Woodbridge) thinks Prince William County’s immigration policy – where everyone who is arrested is questioned about their immigration status – would work well in jurisdictions across the state.

He’s introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would not only require agencies to inquire about detainee’s immigration status, it would also allow them to hold those arrested without bond if authorities think they will not appear for a hearing.

The bill is still pending a hearing. has more on a University of Virginia study on Prince William County’s immigration policy that found crime in the county has decreased in recent years, but has also created a wider racial divide.

Students take limo to lunch

Woodbridge Middle School told us about a special limousine ride students took last month as a reward for selling items during a fundraiser.

On December 13, 2010 students from Woodbridge Middle School enjoyed a luxurious limo ride to Old Country Buffet as a reward for selling more than 30 items during the Fall Fundraiser. Schools need all the extra funding they can get in order to enhance the learning experience. Fund raising money is used to provide technology and library resources.

The next fund raising opportunity for Woodbridge Middle School will be the Sports Night on April 1st at 7:00.  This fun event pits students vs. teachers in games such as boys basketball, girls volleyball, and 6th grade tug of war.  It is an excellent night of family fun!

Ft. Belvoir soldier killed

Sgt. Zainah C. Creamer, 28, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan.

Ft. Belvoir, Va. –– A soldier stationed at Ft. Belvoir was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Zainah C. Creamer, 28, from Texarkana, Arkansas, was killed when an IED exploded near her, during an attack by insurgents in the Kandahar Province, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

A member of the 212th Military Police Detachment working as a dog handler, Creamer had served in the Army for six years. This was her third deployment and had been stationed at Ft. Belvoir since 2009, said Ft. Belvoir spokesman Donald Carr.

Both Creamer and her dog were working with an infantry regiment when the attack occurred, but the dog was not injured in the blast, said Carr.

Principi: Cops work harder for less

Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank J. Principi

Woodbridge Supervisor Frank J. Principi this week said the role of the Prince William County Police Department has changed from being able to help prevent crime to now only to respond to it.

In a statement, the Democrat said budget cuts have forced officers at the agency to carry larger caseloads and to patrol a wider area without additional pay.

On a lighter note, Principi said home values in the area have increased by 12.5 percent, revenue from sales taxes is up from $3.75 million to $4 million, and added the number of foreclosures in the Woodbridge area are down from 1,144 in 2008 to just 267 last year.

Volunteers to raise awareness of fire danger

Lorton, Va. –– It will be a day of service Monday for volunteers looking to raise awareness of the dangers of house fires.

Voluntters will gather at 9 a.m., on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, in several locations in the area including the Lorton Volunteer Fire Department and Dumfries Town Hall. From there they will canvass surrounding neighborhoods and distribute free information on how to prevent house fires.

The event will last until 2 p.m.,  and it marks the third year in a row the American Red Cross National Capital Region and Hope worldwide have sent volunteers to distribute the information.

Of the multiple disasters the Red Cross is called to each year, 94 percent of them are house fires, said Red Cross National Capital spokeswoman Cheryl Kravitz.

With transit plan, HOT lanes could be done deal


Fairfax County, Va. ––One of the first projects that could benefit from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s proposed statewide transportation plan is the Interstate 95/395 High Occupancy Toll lanes.

As part of the plan, among other things, McDonnell proposed this week issuing $3 billion (possibly up to $4 billion) in bonds to fund transportation in the state, as well as take a percentage from sales tax collected in Northern Virginia and putting it into a regional transportation account.

His current plan, as his he did during his 2009 campaign, identifies the I-95/395 HOT lanes as a priority project. (more…)

Fewer parking spaces got you bummed? You have options

OmniLink switch buses at the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. –– The expansion of the Horner Road commuter lot in Woodbridge may provide some relief for commuters that will no longer be able to park at Potomac Mills mall.  But it won’t come fast enough to help those who will be put out on February 14.

Potomac Mills announced Thursday it would curtail commuter parking in their lots by 75 percent beginning Valentine’s Day. Afterward, mall managers suggested putout commuters take the bus.

But that may not be an option for many who would board OmniRide commuter buses near the mall, as nearly all of those early morning buses are full. (more…)

Work continues on highway projects

It’s a good thing you stopped by. We’ve got a lot of information on local road construction projects and lane closures.

I-95 Widening
Weekday work – Closures occur between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

I-95 north between the Exit 160, Gordon Blvd. (Route 123) and one mile south of Exit 166, Fairfax County Pkwy (Route 7100) – Right lane closed Monday – Thursday for bridge work. (more…)

Fire crews called to apartment blaze

Three people were displaced by the blaze, but none injured, say fire officials.

Fire crews found the fire was contained to one apartment and there was smoke damage to another. Crews worked to quickly douse the blaze, said Prin ce William Fire and Rescue Department Battalion Chief Joseph Robertson.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated, but it did cause $50,000 in damage to the complex. (more…)

Woman escapes captor in Woodbridge

U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, at the intersection of E. Longview Drive and Prince William Parkway.

Lorton, Va. –– A woman from Lorton was abducted Wednesday and driven to Woodbridge, where she narrowly escaped her captor, police said.

It happened at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when the 20-year-old victim was walking along U.S. 1 south, near Woodside Lane in the Gunston area of Fairfax County.

While the woman was walking near a shopping center, the alleged captor yelled out to her while the car was still moving. As the car stopped, the woman walked over to the passenger side of the car to speak to the man. (more…)

Va. officials urged to be cautious about safety

The Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.

When Virginia’s 2011 General Assembly session began Wednesday in Richmond, state legislators got a somber reminder about the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

A letter from the state capitol’s Chief of Police, Kimberly S. Lettner, stated legislators should be mindful of their surroundings when in Richmond and to always report suspicious activity if they see it.

She made no mention of any specific threat in the letter. (more…)

Potomac Mills expansion to force out commuters

Commuters on Tuesday were greeted with yellow cones and barriers as they tried to park at a crowded parking lot at Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge. (File)

Update 5 p.m.
We now know a bit more about why Potomac Mills mall decided to drastically reduce the amount of commuter parking there.

In a statement issued by the mall, officials say an increased demand for employee and customer parking, as well as the anticipated addition of several new retailers and restaurants in the coming year has driven the need to reduce the number of parking spaces commuters use each weekday by 75 percent from when commuter parking there was at its peak. (more…)

Restrictions eyed for Occoquan reservoir


Occoquan Reservoir

Fairfax County, Va. ––If you live along the Occoquan Reservoir, there may be some changes coming that will dictate what you can do with your property.

Fairfax Water will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday February 3 to discuss updates to their easement plans for those with homes along the body of water, which separates portions of Prince William and Fairfax counties.

Some of the new regulations awaiting approval prohibit residents from putting debris in the reservoir, requiring residents to plant vegetation along the shoreline to prevent erosion, and new regulations that permit stairs along the shoreline where grades are at 10 percent or greater.

Fairfax officials are accepting comments on the matter until Feb. 2. You can email them to

Principi will use phone for town hall

Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank J. Principi

It’s time to tell Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank J. Principi what’s on your mind.

The county supervisor on Wednesday on his Twitter account said he would hold a telephone town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday January 25.

There is no word yet on how many people are expected to participate, or what number residents will dial to take part in the telephone conference.

According to Tele-Town Hall’s website, those who participate in Tele-Town Halls are able to pose questions and get answers from politicians while using their technology.

The firm says thousands of politicians nationwide use the Tele-Town Hall service.

Helping parents with college, disabled students

Navigating the wilds of college applications can be tough.

That’s why a town hall meeting aimed at tackling the financial aid process will be held for parents and students Thursday January 20 at 7 p.m. at Freedom High School in Woodbridge. The event is free.

There will also be a meeting for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school into college and post-school life.

The seminar will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday March 5, 2011 at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center near at Independent Hill.

The meeting will cover estate planning, college disability support services, career planning and other topics.

Reservations are suggested for the event.

There are a lot of other events going on in the area. Check them out and submit your own.

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