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Icy conditions possible Saturday

From the National Weather Service office in Sterling

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 6 PM EST
SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR WINTRY MIX...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 6 PM EST SATURDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF UP TO 1 INCH...ALONG WITH
  AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.

* TIMING...LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS...ICY PATCHES ON ROADS AND BRIDGES WILL MAKE TRAVEL
  DIFFICULT.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST 5 MPH OR LESS.

* TEMPERATURES...AROUND 30.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...
AND FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

The Town of Dumfries is Hiring

Town Seal_Color-w. borderJoin a Great Team – The Town of Dumfries is presently accepting applications for the following positions:

— Building Official

— Chief of Police

— Code Compliance Officer

— Community Development Director

— Director of Public Works

— Information Technology Manager

— Police Officer

— Sergeant

The staff at the Town of Dumfries do what they love and love what they do. While each person has a particular role, the staff also works together to support each other and the Town as a whole. You can find further information and details on how to apply on the Town’s website at www.dumfriesva.gov.

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‘The school division can and has purchased land for schools with nor need for BOCS involvement’

Lillie Jessie, the Occoquan District School Board representative, penned a post for Potomac Local last week that we titled ‘Instead of giving us money,…provide land needed to build new schools.’

We lifted the words for the headline straight from Jessie’s text. And then we started wondering: Is it always up to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors (BOCS) to purchase land, or designate a site on which the Independent School Board should build a new school?

From Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Phil Kavits: (more…)

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Virginia won’t consider widening I-95, blames Express Lanes

First on Potomac Local 

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — When the Occoquan District Supervisor asked state officials to consider a small fix to ease a part of the region’s Interstate 95 traffic burden, she didn’t like the answer she received.

Ruth Anderson asked Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board to consider extending a fourth travel lane on Interstate 95 from the Occoquan River south to Prince William Parkway. After extending the 4th lane from Newington in Fairfax County south to the river in 2011, the Virginia Department of Transportation created a heavy bottleneck at the lane’s terminus at the busy Route 123/I-95 interchange.

Anderson stated that “at a minimum” a fourth lane extended south to the Parkway is a sensible solution as the six-lane road, and its highway interchange is better equipped than the Route 123 junction to handle more traffic. Officials in Prince William said they’ve long asked the state to widen the road to four travel lanes on the north and southbound sides through nearly the entire stretch of I-95 in Prince William County, from Occoquan to Dumfries.

Instead, the I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes were built. Toll lanes in the center of the highway that regularly charge as much as $16 one way, and allows vehicles with three or more occupants to ride free. (more…)

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Winners announced for the 2017 MLK Oratorical Contest

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter (PWCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest on Monday, Jan. 16, 2016

The theme is “what the world needs now.” The event begins at 11 a.m. at the C.D. Hylton Memorial Chapel, located at 14640 Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge.

Here are the winners/speakers for the event: (more…)

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Body found in Cherry Hill along banks of Potomac River

From Prince William police: 

Suspicious Death – On January 12 at 12:40PM, officers responded to the 1500 block of Cherry Hill Rd in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a death. The caller reported to police that while walking in the above area, a man’s body was observed along the shoreline of the Potomac River. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives from the Homicide Unit are investigating the death as suspicious. The body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further examination and autopsy. The victim’s identification will be released once confirmed and a next of kin has been notified. The investigation continues.

Detectives from the Homicide Unit are investigating the death as suspicious. The body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for further examination and autopsy. The victim’s identification will be released once confirmed and a next of kin has been notified. The investigation continues.

Update

Body of Sosa Rivas, 21, of Fairfax, found in Cherry Hill

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Marshall defends bathroom privacy bill

A state lawmaker and his supporters Thursday defended legislation telling transgender individuals which bathroom they must use – a proposal that Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vowed to veto.

House Bill 1612, proposed by Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, would require people in public schools and government buildings to use the restroom for the sex shown on their original birth certificate.

The bill also would require the principal of a public school to notify the parent or guardian if a child requests to be identified by the name, pronoun or treatment “inconsistent with the child’s sex.”

Marshall discussed the proposal, known as the Physical Privacy Act, at a news conference with members of the Virginia First Foundation, a citizens group that supports “limited Constitutional government supported by a strong Judeo-Christian, Conservative culture.”

“This bill ensures that parents are included when a student requests accommodations when they are gender uncertain,” Virginia First Foundation board member Travis Witt said.

(more…)

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‘Two patients transported, unknown condition’

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A serious crash a occurred about 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Sudley Road and Interstate 66. 

Here’s info from Prince William police: 

T-bone accident between small truck and another vehicle. Two patients transported unknown condition. One lane of Sudley NB blocked.

 

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‘The proposed permit addresses the closure of…the remaining coal ash ponds’

Submitted: 

The Department of Environmental Quality will host an information briefing on a proposed environmental permit for the Dominion Possum Point power station in Prince William County.

The meeting will be held at Potomac Senior High School, 3401 Panther Pride Drive, Dumfries, VA 22026 on January 26, 2017, beginning at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held February 2, 2017, at the same location and time.

The meeting will provide information on a proposed solid waste permit that regulates the closure of the coal ash ponds. The closure of these ponds is necessitated by final coal ash regulations that were approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. The proposed permit addresses the closure of coal ash Pond D, which is closing in place, including the capping and post-closure care. The proposed solid waste permit also covers the remaining coal ash ponds, which are being closed through removal.

(more…)

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‘Members of the family were home asleep at the time of the fire when they were awakened by the smoke detector sounding’

From Prince William fire and rescue: 

On Wednesday, January 11th at 10:40 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire located in a single family home in the 12900 block of Vixen Court in Bristow.

Upon entry firefighters observed a fire in the kitchen microwave that extended to the kitchen cabinets. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

Members of the family were home asleep at the time of the fire when they were awakened by the smoke detector sounding. The occupants safely evacuated the home and called 911.

Although the fire was contained to the kitchen, the kitchen and dining room areas sustained smoke damage. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $20,000.

No injuries reported.

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

Did anyone snap photos at the scene? Send them to news@potomaclocal.com.

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AMC Potomac Mills 18 adds ‘premium large format’ screens, Dolby sound

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — New screens with enhanced sound were added to AMC Potomac Mills 18 Theatres on December 30. 

From a press release: 

AMC Theatres and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. have elevated the movie-going experience in Woodbridge, as movie lovers at AMC Potomac Mills 18 can now experience the next generation of premium large format theatres with the opening of Dolby Cinema™ at AMC.

Dolby CinemaTM at AMC combines Dolby’s spectacular imaging and sound technologies with innovative seating that takes comfort to the next level with AMC’s spacious recliners. Guests of Dolby Cinema can expect:

DRAMATIC IMAGING – The picture comes alive with astonishing brightness and contrast, and captivating color that more closely matches what the eye can see.

MOVING AUDIO – Guests are transported inside the story withsound that flows all around them, including overhead, with breathtaking realism that creates a powerfully moving experience.

INNOVATIVE SEATING – Moviegoers enjoy next-level comfort with spacious, high-power, reserved recliners that pulsate with the action.

Updated

From Facebook: 

Katy Lau Our movie was at 2 pm, the tickets cost $16.25 each. I think this is about $3-4 more than a regular theater at the same time if i remember correctly. The movie we saw only had this theater or 3D available though.

GM Bunno Brinkley Yeah. Saw underworld in it. They need to turn the volume down a notch or 2. I understand great new option look at us but still there is a thing called too much… Not alot just a notch or two.

Shawn Riley You can go to the one in centerville for half the price, recliners, reserved seating, and many more perks.

Crazy if people are paying what the movie costs when it comes out on blu ray.

I’ll drive the extra, go to Sweetwater for dinner then slide on over. Had a better dinner than around Potomac mills and saved money with better experience at theater.

Donna DeFife I’ll wait & watch at home in my own recliner.

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Yeah, the Haymarket DDI is not opening this weekend, either

From VDOT: 

UPDATE: The DDI will not open this weekend. The opening date for the DDI will be announced once weather conditions needed for final striping can be confirmed.

This is the latest in a series of weather-related delays

The weekend forecast from the National Weather Service office in Serling has multiple chances for winter weather:

Friday: Night A slight chance of rain before 1am, then a chance of rain, snow, and sleet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday: Freezing rain and sleet likely. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday: Night A chance of freezing rain and sleet. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday: A chance of rain and snow before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday: Night A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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

Submitted: 

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.

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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. 

Update

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.

 

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‘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

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“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

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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

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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).”

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Reaction from elected officials in Prince Willaim County: 

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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.

Submitted: 

“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!”

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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.

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‘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.

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