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Quinn’s opening new store

A lone worker Tuesday drilled into the façade of the new Quinn’s Goldsmith store.

A jeweler who’s been a staple of the Occoquan community for years is now expanding to Potomac Town Center.

Quinn’s Goldsmith plans to open its new store Thursday in the developing shopping center in Woodbridge, which is also home to Wegman’s grocers.

It won’t be a fanfare event (that will come on the store’s official grand opening date on March 2).

The new store will be a bit of a departure from their more traditional Occoquan store, targeting a slightly younger crowd, but the with same line of products their customers have come to expect from them over the years. (more…)

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Bungalow hopes to open Thursday

The Bungalow Alehouse is Woodbridge is set to open.

The kitchen at Bungalow Alehouse in Woodbridge was cooking up food for members of the restaurant staff Tuesday night.

They, along with neighbors of the restaurant and lounge on Prince William Parkway, had been invited to opening night before the official opening night.

Bungalow plans to open to the public Thursday, after it acquires its license from the state’s ABC Board.

“It takes a lot of team work and it takes a great staff, and without their help we wouldn’t have been able to get where we are today,” said Bungalow manager Mike Halcomb. (more…)

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Baseball clubhouse to get upgrade

G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge

Woodbridge, Va. –– Prince William officials have allocated money to pay for a portion of a $210,000 renovation of the Potomac National’s clubhouse.

In a vote Tuesday night, supervisors approved $70,000 for renovations to the locker rooms, restrooms and coaching offices at G. Richard Pfitzner baseball stadium in Woodbridge.

The team’s owner, Art Silber, and the Prince William Park Authority are expected to split the remaining two-thirds costs at $70,000 each. (more…)

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First on PL: Driver trapped in serious crash

Fire crews battled a blaze in the 12500 block of Calexico Lane in Dale City. (Submitted)

Volunteer fire and rescue crews were busy Tuesday night as a truck overturned trapping its driver inside, and after a fire broke out at a home in Dale City.

Just before 9 p.m., a truck traveling in the area of Donald Curtis Drive and Carol Avenue in Woodbridge overturned.

The driver was trapped inside, and emergency crews had to remove both doors to the truck to pull him to safety, according to officials. (more…)

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2 charged in Montclair burglaries

William Russell Griffin, 23, faces charges in a string of burglaries. (Submitted)

Montclair, Va. –– Police say a man has been charged in a series of brazen burglaries in Montclair.

Officers in Dinwiddie County, Va. in December stopped a man who was driving a stolen car and was in possession of items that were reported stolen from Prince William County.

The items were connected to a series of burglaries at a home in the 15800 block of Edgewood Drive in Montclair in November and December 2010.

Police said a man entered the home through a garage door and then though an unlocked door that led into the house while the owners were asleep. (more…)

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Potomac Mills recognized as clean shopping center

(Prince William Clean Community Council)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Three shopping centers in eastern Prince William County will receive awards for being some of the cleanest in the area.

The Prince William Clean Community Council on Friday is expected to award Potomac Mills mall, Lake Ridge Commons and the Shops at County Center with the organizations clean shopping center award.

The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the atrium of the McCourt Building, at the Prince William County Government complex off Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge, said PWCCC spokesman Kayne Karnbach. (more…)

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Prince William to net $200 million in transit deal

Photo: Mary Davidson

Photo: Mary Davidson

Commuters use a busy Interstate 95 near Woodbridge on a weekday morning. (Mary Davidson)

Woodbridge, Va. — Prince William County is in line to receive 1,000 new commuter parking spaces and a wider U.S. 1 as part of a $220 million transportation deal struck with state officials.

Sources told PotomacLocal.com on Monday county officials and state elected delegates on both sides of the isle were in talks over the weekend with Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton.

As part of the deal, the county will receive $220 million from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s statewide $4 billion transportation package still awaiting approval from the General Assembly for widening U.S. 1 in Woodbridge between the Occoquan River and Va. 123, widening Interstate 66 between U.S. 29 and U.S. 15 in western Prince William County, and an additional 1,000 commuter parking spaces at the Horner Road commuter lot – already the largest commuter lot in the state. (more…)

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Water main repaired

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

Update 12:15 p.m.
It was a 10-inch water main the burst this morning on U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, cutting water service to about 12 businesses and some residents of a nearby mobile home park.

Water service had been restored by Noon in the area of the break, at Mt. Pleasant Drive near Marumsco Plaza.

Crews got the call about the break about 4 a.m. and were on the scene less than an hour later.

The service authority uses a reverse 911 system to notify customers about service outages, and to see if customers in a particular area are without water. (more…)

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Who will clean bus shelters?

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

Prince William County, Va. — It’s time for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission to decide who will clean and remove snow from its bus shelters.

The transit agency that operates OmniRide and OmniLink buses is expected to open the bidding process to find a company that will regularly clean the windows, remove any graffiti, as well as snow and ice from the transit sheds along area roads.

The number of shelters in PRTC’s inventory has grown over the past five years as new shelters have been added, forcing the agency to now to find a company through the competitive procurement process. (more…)

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Fire fighter to be sentenced today

Update
The case of accused Prince William County fire fighter Robert McParland has been continued for a fourth time, according to Virginia online court records.

McParland is scheduled to appear in a Prince William County courthouse at 9 a.m. Feb. 18.

According to court records, he was to be sentenced today for a DUI charge he received in December.

Original Post: 11:41 p.m. Thursday
A Prince William County fire fighter will appear in court today to be sentenced after being charged in December with DUI.

Robert McParland, 49, a veteran member of the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue was charged Dec.18 with driving under the influence in the Manassas area, according to police. (more…)

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Child abuse charge filed

Chu My Ngo, 39, of 13514 Woodvale Court in Woodbridge is charged with felony child abuse. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– One woman who lives in Woodbridge is charged with felony child abuse.

Police said the accused was caring for a six-month-old girl at a home in the 13500 block of Woodvale Court in Woodbridge on Monday.

The child suffered injuries to her head that appeared to be non-life threatening, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Chu My Ngo, 39, of 13514 Woodvale Court in Woodbridge is charged in the case, said Perok.

She was released on bond.

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Holiday for DMV employees

Employees at Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles are taking a holiday this month.

All DMV locations in the state will be closed Feb. 21 in observance of Washington Day, honoring the nation’s first president.

Customers may still do business with the DMV online or through an automated phone service by going to dmvnow.com or by calling 1-888-377-4782. (more…)

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New commuter parking demanded for HOT lanes

(File) Drivers travel past the Pohick Road overpass at Lorton on the new fourth lane that opened Friday on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County. (VDOT)

Woodbridge, Va. –– If developers want Prince William leaders’ support for High Occupancy Toll lanes, they’d better build a new commuter parking lot.

Commuter parking has been the focus of much debate in the Woodbridge in recent weeks, after Potomac Mills mall announced they would reduce commuter parking there by 75 percent.

That left officials looking to find residents new places to park and ride, possibly leasing spaces at local churches.

Any help from the developers of the HOT lanes, Texas-based Fluor, and Transubran in Australia, would be welcome.

“If we are going to drop our opposition to the HOT lanes their developer must agree to build at least 1,000 new commuter parking spaces in eastern Prince William County,” said Stewart.

Many of those spaces should be located near the state’s largest commuter lot, at Horner Road in Woodbridge, he added. (more…)

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Parking reduction could force commuting, work changes

There are several commuter lots in the Woodbridge area.

Rhonda Reed is looking to cut her losses and move north because of the lack of effective commuter parking in Woodbridge.

Though she lives in the Virginia suburb she works in Friendship Heights, Md., just north of the Washington, D.C. line.

Use our interactive map of commuter lots in the Potomac Communities that could provide a you a parking alternative to the Potomac Mills mall commuter parking lot.

She leaves her house each weekday morning by 6:45 a.m. to get to the Potomac Mills mall commuter lot by 7:15 a.m. to get a parking space, before the lot becomes full. (more…)

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Slide show: Ready, Aim, Fire!

Revolutionary War re-enactors take center stage at Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge has become the place for re-enactors who depict what life was like during the Revolutionary War.

About 40 people attended the state park’s Lee’s of Leesylvania Event, used to highlight the area (on the park grounds) where General Harry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee was born. Lee is the father of the famed confederate general Robert E. Lee.

Among the mix of attendees to the event were college students from Northern Virginia Community College who all watched 12 re-enactors — members of the First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line — dressed in full Revolutionary War-period attire fire their rifles on park grounds. (more…)

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Church could ease parking woes

(File) An OmniRide commuter bus bound for Dale City stops at 14th Street and New York Avenue in Downtown Washington and picks up about 20 passengers as slugs looked on.

Woodbridge, Va. –– Commuters that will be forced from the commuter lot at Potomac Mills mall could soon park at the First Baptist Church of Woodbridge.

The church is considering leasing to Prince William County up to 500 parking spaces in their 700-space lot for commuters to use on weekdays.

The church, with a 1,250-member congregation, sits at Minnieville and Elm Farm roads just off Prince William Parkway and stands to benefit financially from the deal.

“This is a deliberative process for us when we are considering annexing a large amount of spaces for commuter parking, and we also have to think about the impacts of our ministry,” said First Baptist Church of Woodbridge Executive Pastor Frank Johnson. (more…)

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Intruder grabs woman in home

Police released a sketch of the man they say climbed through a window a grabbed a woman inside her Woodbridge home. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– A woman told police someone climbed through a window and grabbed her Sunday.

It happened at a home in the 1400 block of G Street in Woodbridge, near the St. Paul United Methodist Church at 5:39 a.m., police said.

The 36-year-old victim heard a noise, went to check it out and then saw her front door was ajar. She then saw someone opening a window in her living room, trying to get access to the house.

A man climbed halfway through the window and grabbed the woman, but she then struck the man several times with a lamp post which caused him to flee, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. (more…)

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Sex offender & former pastor gets probation

Jason Bolton plead guilty to taking indecent liberties with a child.

Dumfries, Va. –– A convicted sex offender was sentenced today to two years probation.

Jason Roy Bolton, a former pastor at a Woodbridge area Baptist church who plead guilty in October to taking indecent liberties with a minor, was sentenced to three years in jail with all three years suspended, according to Prince William County court records.

Bolton lives in Dumfries and his probation will be supervised, court records state.

Bolton was involved a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female in April 2010.

He was arrested and charged with sodomy in July.

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Continuing Storm Coverage

Update 1 p.m.

Dominion Virginia Power is reporting outages in the following areas:

Lake Ridge (the hardest hit in the Potomac Communities) 1,475 customers without power

Mt. Vernon 755 customers without power.

After what was a light morning rush hour the roads are a slushy mess, but more importantly passable.

The past 24 hours have been a busy time for police officers in Prince William County, as they were called to 1,300 incidents. Police today are using unmarked vehicles to help them better navigate the slush-covered roads. (more…)

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D.C. police officer charged

Joanne Nicole Marshall Ivy, 27, of Woodbridge is charged with obstruction of justice.

Woodbridge, Va. –– A Metropolitan Police officer faces a charge in Prince William County.

Police were called on Sunday to the 2700 block of Brier Pond Circle near Dumfries for a report of shots fired. They arrested one man in connection to the incident, but now there’s word of another arrest in the case.

Joanne Nicole Marshall Ivy, 27, of Woodbridge was charged Tuesday with obstruction of justice after police say she provided false information to prevent being arrested.

Ivy is a police officer in Washington, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Her court date was not released.

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