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Man fatally struck near Woodbridge VRE

A man was struck and killed Friday night by an Amtrak train in Woodbridge.

The unidentified victim was walking on the tracks near the Woodbridge Virginia Railway Express station about 7:30 p.m.

Police are working to notify the next of kin.

Amtrak 90 from Florida to New York was scheduled to be passing through the region at the time of the collision. Amtrak has not responded to a request for comment on this story.

The collision sparked delays for riders on Virginia Railway Express.

From a VRE spokesman:

“VRE Train 315, our last train of the evening was stopped at the Lorton Station. We contacted PRTC, and they provided three buses to accommodate the 147 passengers on board. Buses arrived at 9:00 pm. Passengers were loaded on buses and departed to southern stations.”

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Minor League Baseball president to testify in Prince William ahead of Potomac Nationals stadium vote

Whether or not a proposed $35 million Potomac Nationals baseball stadium goes to a referendum in November comes down to one swing vote.

Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe will be the deciding factor on Tuesday whether or not voters will have a say in a project, which for which taxpayers mean they would on the hook for an annual $425,000 land lease payment should the baseball team be unable to pay the rent.

Nohe said he likes the idea of letting voters decide, but he’s yet to decide to support a referendum. The Potomac Nationals have threatened to kill the project should the Board send the project to a referendum.

The team also maintains it can pay the lease over 30 years and in negotiation with the Prince William County officials, offering a $2.7 million as an insurance policy to so county that covers all stadium expenses for one year, including the land lease price.

“We need to negotiate the best deal we can, and we haven’t finished negotiations yet,” said Nohe. “We risk losing the best deal altogether if the team walks away.”

The Potomac Nationals held attended a meeting Thursday night of the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association to drum up support for its proposed 6,000-seat baseball stadium to be located behind Wegmans at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center. The new ballfield would replace the team’s 33-year-old Richard G. Pfitzner Stadium behind the Prince William County Government Center. (more…)

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King wants recount in 2nd District race in Prince William, Stafford

A total of 12 votes separates Democrats Josh King and Jennifer Carrol Foy.

Voters in Virginia’s 2nd District, in eastern Prince William and northern Stafford counties, went to the polls Tuesday to choose which Democrat they want to represent them in the fall General Election.

“Upon official certification by the State Board of Elections, the Josh King campaign will request a recount to assure every vote is counted accurately. The accurate accounting of ballots is the cornerstone of American democracy and we intend to ensure that principle is upheld in this election,” said Anthony Fragale, Josh King Campaign Manager.

The campaign went on to thank King supporters in the same statement.

Virginia law permits a recount if a candidate is apparently defeated by not more than a one percent margin. 
(more…)

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Down but not out: Stewart returns to Prince William with 2 more years as county’s top elected leader

Corey Stewart regularly makes a good political showing in Prince William County.

When he won a 2015 bid to keep his seat as County Board Chairman, At-large, the Republican beat his Democratic opponent winning 57% of the vote. He not only did well in the county’s more conservative western precincts, but he also did well in mid-county precincts like Coles, Penn, Marshall, Hylton, and Spriggs.

On the county’s heavily Democratic-leaning eastern side, the voters in the Occoquan District who originally voted him as their district supervisor in 2006 overwhelmingly voted for him again in 2015, as the Republican won every precinct in the Occoquan District except York.

Current Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson, a Republican, also won her campaign that year running against former Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta, a Democrat, who carried name recognition not only from his time in office but his involvement in non-profit groups and the chamber of commerce. At the time, local political pundits said Anderson, a political newcomer, was able to ride Stewart’s coattails in the Occoquan District as voters cast ballots down party lines.

Stewart on Tuesday night lost his Primary Election bid to be Virginia’s next Republican gubernatorial candidate to Ed Gillespie by just over one percent. It was the second time Stewart sought higher state office following a losing 2013 bid to be Virginia Lt. Governor. (more…)

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Man robbed at gunpoint after agreeing to meet on Minnieville Road

A man was robbed at gunpoint of his purse along Minnieville Road, according to police. 

More from Prince William police: 

Armed Robbery – On June 13 at 9:09PM, officers responded to the 14600 block of Minnieville Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 51-year-old man of Woodbridge, made arrangements to meet an acquaintance in the above area. During the encounter, the victim was approached by several men. 

At some point, one of the men brandished a firearm. The suspects took the victim’s purse and money before fleeing the area in a vehicle. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit identified one of the suspects involved as Joseph Blane WILBURN and obtained warrants for his arrests. Attempted to locate WILBURN have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.

Wanted: [Photo from September 2016]

Joseph Blane WILBURN, 25, of the 3100 Oakmont Dr in Triangle

Described as a white male, 5’05”, 150lbs with a thin build, brown hair and brown eyes

Wanted for robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to use a firearm in the commission of a felony, and conspiracy to violate the drug control act.”

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1 flown from I-95 crash that snarled rush-hour traffic at Dale City

All lanes of Interstate 95 south were closed for a brief time about 8 p.m. Tuesday for a crash. 

A car overturned at Dale City near Potomac Mills mall. 

From Virginia State Police: 

“At 7:30 p.m., Virginia State Police responded to a traffic crash in the northbound lanes of I-95 at Exit 156. One vehicle ran off the road, struck the guardrail and overturned. One person was flown to Fairfax Inova Hospital for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.”

A helicopter was called to land on the highway to take the patient to a local hospital. The highway was reopened after the helicopter cleared the crash scene.

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Riders that ‘dump the pump’ will entered to win prizes

From PRTC: 

“The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is encouraging Prince William County area residents to Dump the Pump by leaving their vehicles at home on June 15 and using transit instead. 

All PRTC riders are encouraged to tell a friend about the benefits of public transportation and invite that friend to ride with them on June 15. After riding, the new rider can take a survey on PRTC’s website so they and their friend can be entered into separate prize drawings. New riders will be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 SmarTrip cards, while the friend who recommended transit will be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 Starbucks gift cards.

The 12th annual Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, APTA, to highlight the benefits of using public transportation. In 2016, Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation. Among its benefits:

–A two-person household can save, on average, $9,823 a year by downsizing to one car;

–Residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service;

–U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas in 2011, according to the latest research;

–87 percent of public transit trips impact the economy; and

–Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.

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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.”

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‘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.” 

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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.?

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*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.**

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*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.”

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.

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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:

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

Democrat Governor
Ralph Northam
Tom Periello

Republican Governor
Ed Gillespie
Corey Stewart
Frank Wagner

VIRGINIA LT. GOVERNOR

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

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY HOUSE OF DELEGATES

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.

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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…)

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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. 

Rose

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.”

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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…)

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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.”

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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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New homes. Self-storage. It’s all part of the Apollo project near Prince William Parkway.

Up to 100 townhomes could be built near the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Hoadly Road.

Dubbed “the Apollo project” for its location on Apollo Drive, the project on 25 acres of land would bring a mix of townhomes, self-storage units, and retail to an area just across from a shopping center anchored by Harris Teeter grocery.

A former Walgreens pharmacy sits vacant adjacent to the Apollo project property and is not part of the overall project. The plan calls for a new restaurant that would be seen from Hoadly Road.

A public hearing for the project is scheduled for the June 20 meeting of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Leaders must approve a rezoning of the land from agricultural and planned business district land use to general business, light industrial, and residential.

The Apollo project won approval from the county’s Planning Commission May 3. As many as six homes per acre are planned for the neighborhood, along with walking trails, and a park.

The project comes with $2.5 million in proffers schools, fire and rescue, and other county services. It includes a mandate that the developer, Apollo Enterprises, improve the intersection of Hoadly Road and Apollo Drive, as well as improve the left turn lanes used by drivers on westbound Prince William Parkway turning left onto Hoadly Raod.

Plans also call for an extension of Ridgefield Village Drive from its current terminus at Pilgrims Inn Drive to Apollo Drive.

“I don’t think you’ll see proffers like this in the future,” said Neabsco District Supervisor John Jenkins.

The project was proposed under old proffer guidelines now defunct after the Virginia General Assembly last year voted to restrict how localities collect from developers.

Jenkins said he liked the $1.7 million in proffers for the school system, and half-a-million dollars for county parks.

The project has been under review for more than a year, and multiple community associations to include LOCCA/PELT, and surrounding homeowners associations have participated in the review process, according to county documents.

One of the most noted concerns about the project is about the planned self-storage lots on the property. A county report notes the self-storage facility as a weakness because it “does not significantly increase” the number of jobs in the area.

The developed abandoned a plan to build a 10-bay automotive service facility on the property as part of the overall project for the self-storage units, according to the report.

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Market at Opitz Crossing sells for $29 million

From a press release: 

Sterling Organization, a vertically integrated private equity real estate investment firm has announced the sale of Market at Opitz Crossing, a 157,724-square-foot grocery-anchored shopping center in the Washington, D.C. MSA, to Klein Enterprises for $29.25 million. Market at Opitz Crossing was originally acquired on November 18, 2013, via Sterling’s institutional fund Sterling Value Add Partners, LP (“SVAP”) for $17.75 million. Geoffrey Millerd and Mat Adler of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the Sterling-managed fund in the recent disposition of the asset.

Located at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway (US-1) and Opitz Boulevard just 1 mile east of Interstate 95 in Woodbridge, VA, Market at Opitz Crossing is anchored by Wakefern’s grocery concept PriceRite. During Sterling’s ownership, a new Chipotle Mexican Grill outparcel building was added and the occupancy of the shopping center increased from approximately 77% to 96%. (more…)



‘Explore Summer Reading program is all about celebrating the joy of reading for fun’

Ah, Summer! It’s time for flip-flops, popsicles, lazy days at the pool, and a break from school. It’s also time for Summer reading at your public library! We’re talking prizes for reading, fun weekly challenges and tons of events and activities all Summer long. And it’s all free, of course!

Before we get into the details, let’s talk about why Summer reading is so important to school-age students. Maybe you’ve heard of the “Summer slide”? It’s the learning loss that happens during the summer when kids and teens don’t read or participate in educational activities. But don’t worry, because public library Summer reading programs help combat Summer slide. Research shows that children who are engaged in Summer reading programs perform better academically when they return to school in the Fall. And the best part is that your kids and young adults get a quality experience at no cost. (more…)



Public Works Director

The Town of Dumfries, VA seeks a new Public Works Director.

The Town of Dumfries, VA, located 27 miles south of Washington D.C., offers an inviting atmosphere for its residents and visitors alike. The Town’s “Quality of Life” is highlighted by its friendly neighborhoods, affordable cost of living, outstanding educational opportunities and proximity and vast ranges of historical, cultural, and leisure activities. Although the Town is small in size, Dumfries enjoys a prominent place in history as Virginia’s oldest continuously chartered town.

Though considered a part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Dumfries continues to value its heritage and maintain a unique identity. Since it’s found in 1749, Dumfries has long been recognized as an ideal location for business making it one of the fastest growing areas in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Region. Dumfries is committed to promoting a diverse and progressive community and to positioning their community as the “Place of Choice” for businesses considering relocating or expanding and for developers interested in finding the perfect location for their next project.

The Public Works Director, under the direction of the Town Manager, oversees the day-to-day operations and administration of the Public Works Department. The department encompasses transportation planning and project management, Storm-water, Site and building plan review and Inspections, Information Technology, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program efforts in accordance with the U.S. Clean Water Act, and Operations (Buildings & Grounds, Vehicle Maintenance, Engineering, and Streets Maintenance). The Director must ensure capital improvement projects and maintenance projects are performed according to project terms, in compliance with contract guidelines, and in a timely manner. The Director serves as the Town’s representative by working with the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on transportation related matters and projects.

The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field; supplemented by five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public works operations and administration; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Experience working with the Virginia Department of Transportation on complex road projects as well as experience with storm-water management and drainage projects is needed. The Town of Dumfries is looking for candidates who possess the ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and/or theorize data along with applying principles of logical and synthesis functions. The successful candidate must be decisive, creative and have the ability to exercise judgement in critical and/or unexpected situations involving risk to the organization.

The salary range is between $65,000 – $75,000 DOQ/E, with benefits including participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, and medical insurance. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at https://waters-company.recruitmenthome.com/postings/1337. This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than June 14, 2017. For more information, please contact Miguel Ozuna at mozuna@waters-company.com, 214.842.6478 or Anne Lewis at richmond@waters-company.com, 804.726.9748.

Dumfries, VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce!

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