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Ornery children? Not at this Christmastime breakfast with police

There were some happy children who were anything but ornery, who went with police officers to pick out Chirstmas gifts and then to eat breakfast. It was all apart of the annual “Santa Cops” event in Prince William County.

Ornery Public House in Woodbridge sent us their story: 

The Ornery Beer Company Public House teamed up with the Fraternal Order of Police, Battlefield Lodge 43, and the Prince William County Police Department to help bring holiday joy and fun to at-risk children of Prince William County.

With the help from many police agencies in the area, children were taken on a shopping spree at Walmart then driven in a convoy of police vehicles, lights & sirens blaring, to the Ornery Public House in the Potomac Festival Shopping Center for a breakfast of eggs, bacon, hash browns, juice and more while volunteers wrapped the presents. With holiday music playing and

Santa arrived in a helicopter at Walmart to greet the children. Law enforcement officers donate their time and to help the children have a Christmas to remember, taking them on the shopping spree then breakfast at the Ornery Public House.

The Ornery Public House donated the breakfast for the children, officers, and volunteers as well as the restaurant for the wrapping of the gifts. Participating police agencies included Prince William County Police, Prince William Adult Detention Center, Virginia State Police, Manassas City Police, Manassas Park Police, Haymarket Police, and Prince William County Sheriff’s Department.

If you would like to help contribute, please send your donation to Fraternal Order of Police ~ Battlefield Lodge 43 Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 195, Woodbridge, VA 22194.  Battlefield Lodge 43 Charitable Foundation is 501(c)3  Not-For-Profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

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The new UPS store in Woodbridge owned by Didlake is one of 6 like it in the U.S.

UPS store

Didlake Inc. will own and operate a new UPS Store at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center.

The store is the first for the non-profit that specializes in helping disabled residents find work. It is one of only six of 4,400 UPS stores in the U.S. that is owned and operated by a non-profit organization.

Didlake officials based outside Manassas heralded the store opening as an “unprecedented occasion,” and said the store located near Wegmans grocery store is expected to build a steady business.

The store opened during the height of the Christmas shipping season.

“The season is right for this kind of store to be right and ready to go,” said Prince William Chamber CEO Debbie Jones.

A ribbon cutting was held Monday on the sidewalk in front of the store.

The store also offers printing and mailbox services, in addition to shipping.

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Meeting for new ‘Ferlazzo’ elementary school planned tomorrow night at Hylton High School

Prince William County Public Schools will hold a public meeting at the C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge on Wednesday night. 

School officials will talk about the opening of the new “Ferlazzo” elementary school at nearby Spriggs and Minnieville roads. 

Here’s more in a press release; 

The second of the community meetings to discuss elementary boundary changes related to the opening of the “Ferlazzo” Elementary School at 5710 Liberty Hill Court, Woodbridge 22193, will be held Wednesday, December 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hylton High School Auditorium. The “Ferlazzo” Elementary School is scheduled to open in August 2016.

Participants will see new boundary proposals created since the last session, and get to provide feedback on all drafts of the boundary plans under consideration by the ‘Ferlazzo’ Elementary School Boundary Planning Committee.

Community members may also provide feedback throughout the boundary planning process toBoundary Planning Committee members or to Facilities Services staff at cartlimr@pwcs.edu.

Attendance boundaries that may be affected include those for Ashland, Bel Air, Coles, Enterprise, King, McAuliffe, Minnieville, Montclair, and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools.

The school has yet to be named. It has been dubbed the “Ferlazzo” school, named after the family that donated the land for the school site. 

 

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7-Eleven on Featherstone Road in Woodbridge robbed

Prince William police are investigating a robbery at a 7-Eleven store in Woodbridge: 

Armed Robbery – On December 7th at 1:00AM, officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 1701 Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that two unknown men entered the business, brandished handguns and demanded money. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the men who were not located. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:
Black male, 6’02’’– no further description provided 

Last seen wearing a black and silver jacket, a black mask with a hood, grey pants, black shoes, and black gloves

Black male, 5’7” – no further description provided
Last seen wearing black jacket, maroon scarf covering his face, black jeans, boots, pink gloves, and a lime colored back pack

Police are also investigating a robbery in Haymarket. This photo of a silver 4-door sedan is linked to that incident.

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Armed Robbery – On December 5th at 9:41PM, officers responded to the 6400 block of Trading Square in Haymarket (20169) to investigate a robbery. The victim, a 60 year old man of Gainesville, reported to police that he was in the above area when he was approached by an unknown man brandishing a handgun. The man took the victim’s wallet before fleeing in a silver 4 door sedan driven by an unknown woman. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:

White male, between 25 & 30 years age, 5’7”, 165lbs with a medium build, brown hair and blue eyes

Last seen wearing a light grey shirt, dark pants, and a white mask

White female, between 25 & 30 years of age, with brown hair

No clothing description provided

Chapel Springs produces unique Christmas CD, offers free concert in Stafford

Christmas music is so popular that many radio stations start playing holiday tunes before Thanksgiving. So giving away free CDs of Christmas music is a perfect way to invite people to celebrate Christmas at Chapel Springs Church, which has campuses in Bristow and Stafford.

Matchless King is the title of the newly-released CD written and produced by Chapel Springs Worship Pastor Josh Wesley and several key members of the church’s worship team. The CD takes a different approach from most Christmas CDs, though, because it tells the story not just of Jesus Christ’s birth, but God’s plan to redeem mankind through Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Matchless King features five songs including several that were written specifically for this project, and new arrangements of other classic Christmas songs.

“We wanted to think outside the box” in designing tools to invite the community to worship at Chapel Springs, said Bristow resident and Chapel Springs worship leader Aaron West, who has been a member of the worship team for about 15 years. Pastor Josh suggested creating a Christmas CD, and as the team worked through the details it realized that a CD would be a great invitational tool and would be ideal as the focus for the church’s Christmas celebration this year, West said.

“The idea was to deliver the gospel through the CD, and give the narrative from creation to the death of Christ, which is unusual for a Christmas CD,” said West, who has some experience in music production, but earned his first producing credit on this project.

The CD will be distributed throughout the community for free, and also can be downloaded for free at chapelsprings.org

Music from the recording will be featured at several upcoming Chapel Springs Christmas concerts. The first concert will take place Sunday, December 13 at 6 p.m. at Chapel Spring’s Stafford campus, which meets at Shirley Heim Middle School, 320 Telegraph Road in Stafford, VA 22554.

Kaleb Weaver and Michaelah Faith, who lead worship every Sunday at Chapel Springs-Stafford, also played a vital role on the project – helping to write and arrange songs. Faith, Weaver and Wesley also are featured as soloists on the CD.

“Matchless King is about taking the church outside the four walls. We have a lot of gifted and talented people in the church, but if we contain that talent within the building, we’re not fulfilling what God wants us to do with what he has given us,” Weaver said.

 

This post is written by Chapel Springs Church as part of a paid content partnership between Potomac Local and Chapel Springs Church.

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Woodbridge Realtor’s ‘Christmas Eve in Washington’ still a fan favorite

This year marks the 33rd year of “Christmas Eve in Washington” — the region’s very own Christmas carol.

Christmas Eve in Washington was a hit written in about 20 minutes by Woodbridge native Maura Sullivan. In the early 1980s, Sullivan was a frequent guest on a local Washington D.C radio station, WMZQ. During her segment, 10 random ideas would be taken from listeners to make a silly song. The next morning she would perform the song.

“Christmas Eve in Washington” was written with Jim London,  a radio show host  at WMZQ. When they decided to write the song, they wanted it to be a melodic Christmas card for the audience, said Sullivan. London had a line running through his mind that became the first lyric of their song, “It’s snowin’ tonight in the Blue Ridge.”

The remainder of the song came easily, said Sullivan.

The next morning, Sullivan performed their song for the radio listeners. Their audience adored the song and started to call into the show to hear it again. One thousand copies of the song were made in cassette form. Each copy was sold in just a few hours, said Sullivan.

The single raised  $180,000 for Children’s Hospital Charities and Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, said Sullivan. People drove from as far away as West Virginia to purchase the song, and more cassettes were mailedto fans, said Sullivan.

The current version we hear now was recorded in 1987 with Sullivan singing and a full band.  WBIG radio in Washington included Christmas Eve in Washington on their holiday album in the 1990s.

Sullivan went on to record a couple of her own country albums in Nashville. Sullivan said she is not a traditional country singer. Her songs incorporate blues vibes along with country.

Sullivan stopped performing professionally about four years ago. Her music is no longer in print but can be found on Amazon and iTunes.

No longer working on her music, Sullivan shifted her attention and is working on her second children’s book in her “Marty the Dolphin” series. The first installment of the series, “Marty the Dolphin’s Great Day Adventure,” was written to teach children about the goodness of dolphins. Sullivan’s second installment is called “Marty the Dolphin’s Great Pacific Adventure.”

Sullivan is also a full-time realtor based in Woodbridge.

Christmas Eve in Washington can still be heard around the Christmastime. The song can also be ordered from christmaseveinwashington.net.

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Huckabee visits Woodbridge, says U.S. at war with ‘radical Islam’

Mike Huckabee urged voters in Woodbridge to sign a petition to get him on the ballot, whether they end up voting for him or not.

The former Arkansas Governor said Virginia is the most difficult state to get a candidate’s name on a ballot. Unlike some states that require paying the appropriate fees that range between $20 and $40,000, or by simply submitting one’s name — the commonwealth requires a proportionate number of signatures from each congressional district before a candidate’s name is placed on the ballot, said Huckabee.

About 50 people came to see the Republican presidential at OWL Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 in Woodbridge Friday morning. It was the second visit to Prince William County this week by a candidate seeking the GOP nomination for president, followed by a stump by Donald Trump in Manassas Wednesday night.

Huckabee wasted no time in calling for a swift response to this week’s mass shootings in California that killed 14, calling them “terrorist attacks by radical Islam.”

“The attacks in San Bernadino is a reminder that we are at war, and this is unlike anything we have ever seen in this country,” said Huckabee, speaking of ISIS. “There not looking for more land, they don’t want a better seat at the table the [United Nations], they don’t want to negotiate.”

The Republican liked ISIS to cancer that should not be contained but rather eradicated.

“This is not a benign tumor, this is a malignancy, and we have to take the fight to them,” he said.

Huckabee also took the New York Daily News to task for it’s Thursday newspaper front page that stated”God’s Not Fixing This,” and showed Tweets from several GOP members of Congress offering their prayers and condolences in the wake of the shootings.

“Call me politically incorrect, but I believe God intervened in the creation of this country,” he said. “We can’t explain the notion of America if our morals are in a vacuum.”

The governor also promoted his “fair tax” plan that calls for doing away with both income tax and the IRS and replacing it with a federal tax on goods sold.

“For 40 years, workers have been working harder and wages in the country have been stagnant. When work is taxed, it makes it hard for people to climb the ladder,” said Huckabee.

The Republican took a series of questions from the audience, and explained his “fair tax” would allow U.S. workers to take home a larger paycheck. He also said low cost “illegal” laborers end up making more than taxed documented workers.

“If an illegal is making $8 an hour, and another person on the books is making $12, even though the boss might be trying to save money by using cheap illegal labor, the illegal ends up making more after taxes,” said Huckabee.

OWL Volunteer Fire Department President William Spicer, Jr. gave Huckabee a tour of the fire station and explained Prince William County career staff operate the out of the station during the day while volunteers work on nights, weekends, and holidays. Huckabee said his father worked as a firefighter in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas and that he spent several days as a child in the firehouse.

Huckabee left Woodbridge and headed back to Washington to tape a segment for Fox News Channel. He spent about an hour at the Woodbridge fire house on F Street.

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Car slams into Woodbridge home

A car crashed into a home in the Marsh Overlook section of Woodbridge at 2:41 a.m. Friday.

Here’s more in a press release from OWL Volunteer Fire Department: 

Fire and Rescue units from the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department, Dale City Volunteer Fire Department, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue and Prince William County Police responded to a report of a vehicle into a home at 15433 Marsh Overlook in Woodbridge.  The first arriving units reported that one vehicle was into the side of the house.

The OWL Technical Rescue Team worked quickly to stabilize the vehicle so a wrecker could remove it.  Once the vehicle was removed, the scene was turned over to the Building Inspector. One patient was transported to the hospital. The occupants of the home were displaced. 

Earlier this week, crews from OWL Volunteer Fire Department were called to a 2-alarm house fire in Lake Ridge.

Six area shopping centers giving away $500 to $1,000 this holiday season

Six Prince William County shopping centers are giving you the chance to win big this holiday season.

Bristow Center, Davis Ford Crossing, Dillingham Square and Smoketown Plaza are taking part in their annual Holiday Shopping Spree, a promotion that has one lucky winner at each center walking away with $500 worth of gift certificates to the specific center and a $1,000 donation to their favorite local school.

At Bull Run Plaza, the winner receives $1,000 worth of gift certificates to spend at the center, as well as a $1,000 donation to the winner’s favorite local school.

At Dominion Valley Market Square, five winners will each receive $100 worth of gift certificates to center.

Entry forms are available in the shopping centers’ stores and online.

 

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To enter the Bristow
Center’s Holiday Shopping Spree, click here: http://bit.ly/BristowCenterHoliday2015. Bristow is located at the intersection of Nokesville and Linton Hall roads, features Harris Teeter and CVS/pharmacy.

Enter Bull Run Plaza’s Holiday Shopping Spree here: http://bit.ly/BullRunPlazaHoliday2015. Bull Run is located at the intersection of Route 234 and Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas, and includes Dick’s Sporting Goods, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Office Depot and Chili’s.

Click here to enter Davis Ford Crossing’s Holiday Shopping Spree: http://bit.ly/DavisFordCrossingHoliday2015. Davis Ford Crossing is at the intersection of Liberia Road and Prince William Parkway in Manassas. The center features L.A. Fitness, Petco and Staples.

Enter Dillingham Square’s Holiday Shopping Spree here: http://bit.ly/DillinghamSquareHoliday2015. Dillingham Square is at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Dillingham Square in Lake Ridge. The center includes Food Lion, Gold’s Gym and Brittany’s.

Enter the Dominion Valley Market Square’s Holiday Shopping Spree here: http://bit.ly/DominionValleyHoliday2015. Anchored by Giant Food, Dominion Valley Market Square is located at the intersection of James Madison Highway (Route 15) and Dominion Valley Drive in Haymarket. 

To enter Smoketown Plaza’s Holiday Shopping Spree, click here: http://bit.ly/SmoketownHoliday2015. Smoketown Plaza is at the intersection of Smoketown Road and Minnieville Road in Woodbridge. The center includes Lowe’s Home Center, Glory Days Grill and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Dillingham Square and Smoketown entry forms are due no later than 10 a.m. on December 9. All Bristow, Bull Run Plaza and Davis Ford Crossing entry forms are due by 10 a.m. on December 10. Dominion Valley entry forms are due no later than 10 a.m. on December 11.

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70th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade welcomes Ed Asner as the Grand Marshal

 

So many holiday events this weekend: 

The Christmas season gets underway this weekend on our area with the following events: 

Manassas Christmas Tree Lighting — Friday 5:30 p.m. 

The Christmas Tree in Downtown Manassas will be illuminated at 6:30 p.m. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives at the Manassas Train Depot. There will be holiday music at 6 p.m. 

Attendees can take free hayrides around Downtown, and skate at Harris Pavilion.

70th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade — Saturday 10 a.m. 

The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade is honored to announce our 2015 Grand Marshal, Ed Asner! Mr. Asner comes to us with a prolific resume and may be best known for his role as Lou Grant on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and later on a spin off titled Lou Grant.

The younger generation might best recognize him as the voice of the older man in the 2009 Pixar film Up or as Santa Claus in the 2003 movie Elf. Mr. Asner is known to be a versatile, committed, eloquent and talented actor and has received seven Emmy Awards – the most any man has ever received.

The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade has been a hallmark event for 70 years providing entertainment for families and friends in the Greater Manassas community and beyond! It sets the mood for the holiday season!

The parade features over 100 marching units, numerous floats, high-flying balloons, several dancing groups-in all totaling over 2,000 participants each year! Come watch this year’s theme ‘Lights…Camera…Christmas!’ For more information, visit gmchristmasparade.org.

41st Annual Dumfries Christmas Parade — Saturday noon 

Join residents from Dumfries and eastern Prince William County for the 41st Annual Dumfries Christmas Parade at noon on Saturday. The parade route takes marchers and floats down Main Street (Route 1) past Town Hall. The Dumfries-Triangle Volunteer Fire Deparment, Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad, as well as several churches and businesses participate in the parade each year.

A tree lighting will follow the parade at 5 p.m. at Town Hall.

Lunch with Santa — Saturday 12:30 p.m. 

Come have lunch with the man in the big red suit at 12:30 p.m. in the Old Manassas Courthouse.

Monza / Carmellos collects gently used coats for gift cards

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE in exchange for a $10 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Sat., Dec. 5 during the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. Coat donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Downtown Manassas, Va., as well as throughout December to support SERVE of Manassas, Va.

They’ll also be accepting new toys for children of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Manassas, Va.) in exchange for a $10 Monza/Carmello’s gift card during December. For more information, go to eatmonza.com. One gift card will be given per coat and/or per new toy.

“We all feel the drop in temperature, and for those in need, sometimes one warm coat is hard to come by which is why we wanted to help collect as many coats as possible for the our local SERVE program,” said Alice Pires, owner of Monza and Carmello’s in Historic Manassas, Va. “We’re excited to collect toys for the kids of CASA, let’s try to make sure no one is forgotten this holiday,” said Pires.

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Ahead for bus riders: OmniRide Delays Thursday, schedule changes Monday

If you’re riding OmniRide tomorrow, get ready for some delays due to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. 

This is the official word sent out to bus riders from the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission: 

This is a reminder that the National Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, December 3, on the Ellipse near the White House. In anticipation of the extreme traffic congestion, PRTC will activate the Emergency Service Plan for the AFTERNOON/EVENING commute on December 3.

Beginning at 2 p.m., OmniRide buses will only pick up from the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station for eastern Prince Willi am County passengers and Tysons Corner Metro Station for Manassas, Gainesville and Linton Hall passengers. Midday trips meeting at the Pentagon at 12:34 p.m. will operate at the normal times along the regular routes. All other afternoon/evening trips will depart from the Metro stations. All regular drop-off stops will be served. Services from the Metro stations will continue until 7:30 p.m. except for Prince William and Manassas Metro Direct buses, which will continue operating until their last published departure time.

Bus fares will be $3.85 cash or $3.10 on your SmarTrip card.

It’s also time for PRTC’s Fall Service Change. The commuter bus operator says to expect changes to some schedules: 

Timetable changes will be made to the following schedules. Routes not listed below will not change.

OmniRide:

-Dale City – Pentagon/Crystal City – Timetable changes.

-Dale City – Navy Yard – Timetable changes.

-Lake Ridge – Pentagon/Crystal City – Timetable changes.

Montclair – Timetable changes.

-Manassas — The route will no longer serve Williamson Boulevard. Additionally, three more AM Manassas OmniRide trips will become express trips, originating at the Portsmouth Commuter Lot. This is in addition to the three express trips on the current AM schedule.

OmniLink:

Woodbridge/Lake Ridge – Timepoint changes from Prince William & Hoffman to Prince William & Hillendale; timetable changes.

-Dale City – The first three weekday inbound trips will begin at Dale Blvd. & Orangewood instead of the Chinn Center. Alternate service from Chinn Center is available on Woodbridge A OmniLink. Timepoints change from Mapledale Plaza to Dale & Orangewood/Dale &Trident.

-Dumfries – First three AM weekday trips and first AM Saturday trip will begin at the Lofts instead of the 7-11 on Fuller Heights Road.

Route 1 OmniLink – Timepoint changes from Dumfries Shopping Center to Fraley & Williamstown.

-Manassas – Timetable changes.

Manassas Park – Timetable changes.

Metro Direct:

-Manassas Metro Direct – Timetable changes.

-Linton Hall Me tro Direct – Timetable changes.

Cross County Connector – Timetable changes.

OmniRide commuter buses provide transit services for those traveling from Prince William County and Manassas to points in Northern Virginia and Washington. OmniLink local buses provide transit services for those traveling inside Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

Aurora Flight Sciences launches world’s first 3D-printed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

A 3D printed drone

Ten years ago it might have been hard for many people to imagine being able to send a digital file to a printer and producing a three-dimensional object. However, this advanced technology is becoming more widely used in many different industries and is inspiring innovations like 3D-printed cars that can drive and medical devices that can save lives.

Today, Manassas-based Aurora Flight Sciences is taking this technology one step further. The company unveiled the world’s largest and fastest 3D-printed, unmanned aircraft at the Dubai Airshow in November. This high-speed, jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flies faster than 150 miles per hour.

Aurora partnered with Stratasys Ltd., a 3D printing and additive manufacturing company, to design and produce an aircraft using 3D-printed, lightweight plastics and metal. This UAV was developed in half the time it typically takes using traditional manufacturing methods.

By using 3D printers, Aurora’s aerospace engineers can build customized products quicker and produce them more cost effectively, which creates new opportunities for the company. For example, the U.S. Air Force recently announced an initiative called “Affordable, Attritable Aircraft” to significantly reduce aircraft procurement costs. The development of lower-cost, 3D-printed UAVs will make it more “affordable” for the military to lose a drone in combat situations.

“Part of the Air Force’s challenge is to separate manufacturing costs from production rate and quantity,” says Dan Campbell, Aerospace Research Engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences. “3D printing is a major enabler of meeting their needs.”

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, uses a “materials printer” to produce a three-dimensional object from a computer model. The printer builds the object by placing layers of a material on top of each other. Aurora and Stratasys mostly used a strong thermoplastic that is resistant to heat and chemicals to build their UAV. The materials that they chose significantly reduce the aircraft’s weight but still meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s requirements for flame, smoke, and toxicity. The UAV has a 9-foot wingspan and only weighs 33 pounds.

“Whether by air, water, or on land, lightweight vehicles use less fuel. This enables companies to lower operational costs as well as to reduce environmental impact,” says Scott Sevcik, Aerospace & Defense Senior Business Manager for Stratasys. “Using only the exact material needed for production is expected to reduce acquisition cost by eliminating waste and reducing scrap and recycling costs.”

Aurora Flight Sciences and Stratasys began working together through the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory program. For four years, the two companies have been collaborating on developing novel materials and design methods for manufacturing small aircraft using 3D printing.

Having already achieved similar success with unmanned aircraft developed under Department of Defense-funded programs, the Aurora and Stratasys team is excited to publicly demonstrate their achievements. The internally funded UAV showcased at the Dubai Airshow was developed specifically to demonstrate their technology and show the world what can be done with 3D printing and aerospace engineering.

Aurora Flight Sciences, which was founded in 1989, has its headquarters in the City of Manassas and is a long-standing member of the business community. This leading developer and manufacturer of UAVs and aerospace vehicles has won industry recognition and awards for its cutting-edge technology.

Aurora is one of the top ten employers in the City with 188 staff members who are active volunteers with civic organizations and STEM education programs. Since 2003, Aurora has been giving back to the community by supporting the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a national student rocket design contest, through sponsorship and mentoring of local middle and high school teams.

The company has grown considerably over the years and has expanded several times to include production plants in West Virginia and Mississippi; a research and development center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it collaborates with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and a new office in California’s Silicon Valley at Mountain View.

This post is written by the City of Manassas to showcase businesses and economic development in the city in a paid content partnership with Potomac Local.

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Chuys will hire 175 employees for Woodbridge diner

Chuy’s will open inside the old Macaroni Grill in Woodbridge in January, and the Tex Mex restaurant plans to hire 175 workers.

Here’s more in a press release: 

Chuy’s Woodbridge, scheduled to open January 2016, will be located near Potomac Mills at 2641 Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192.

“We are thrilled to expand our reach and bring authentic Tex-Mex to even more Northern Virginia residents,” said Skylar Bell, local Owner/Operator of Chuy’s Woodbridge. “We are looking for excited and motivated staff that are as passionate as we are about making and serving quality, fresh food.”

To support its vibrant and friendly atmosphere, Chuy’s will be hiring a variety of full- and part-time positions, including hosts, servers, bussers and bartenders. The authentic Tex-Mex restaurant is also looking for talented kitchen staff to help prepare its made from scratch dishes and signature sauces. Priding themselves on working hard and having fun at the same time, Chuy’s will be looking for new employees in Woodbridge to continue that trend.

Interested applicants can apply Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chuy’s hiring office located at the future site of Chuy’s Woodbridge.

Chuy’s has locations in Springfield Mall and on Route 29 in Fairfax County. The company opened in 1982, and its restaurants serve Tex Mex food with recopies inspired by food consumed in border towns in south Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico.

Parades, pancakes, ornaments, & Santa pet photos: Don’t miss holiday fun at the Manassas Park Community Center

 

‘Tis the Season at the Manassas Park Community Center!

There’s just something about the holiday season that makes it one of my favorite times of the year. Maybe it’s because this is the season for spreading happiness, togetherness, and well-wishes to everybody you meet. To help you get into the spirit of the season the Manassas Park Community Center has lots of special events lined up!

The festivities kick off on Thursday, December 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. where you and your family can decorate dough ornaments for only $3 a person. You can literally create a lifelong memory to include on your Christmas tree or to keep at your desk all year round.

As a baking enthusiast, nothing brings me more holiday cheer than gingerbread houses! You and your family can decorate your own gingerbread houses Thursday, December 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for just $5 per participant. We’ll supply everything but feel free to bring your own special candy to make your houses extra unique.

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Our popular 10th Annual Light Parade is on Saturday, December 12 starting at 5:45 p.m. There’s a new route this year! It will start at the General’s Ridge Golf Course and follow Manassas Drive to the Manassas Park Community Center. There’s still time to have your vehicle be a part of the parade. Contact Tony Thomas at t.thomas@manassasparkva.gov for more details.

Santa will be visiting the Manassas Park Community Center for a pancake breakfast on Saturday, December 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. It’s only $5 per person for Breakfast with Santa and kids 2 years old and under can join us for free. Make sure to bring your wishlist!

Your pups can meet Santa on December 19 as well! From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. bring your dogs to take pictures with Santa during our Santa Paws special event! It’s only $5 per dog and you’ll get a high quality digital photo to keep for years to come.

In addition to all of our special events, our monthly promotion gets in on the holiday action! Get 12% off an annual Basic or All-Access membership or 12% off any rental you book during the month of December! For more details on memberships and rentals you can visit our website at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call the front desk at 703-335-8872.

We hope to see you soon here at the Manassas Park Community Center!

Sentara to host info meeting for Junior Volunteer program


Information Session for the 201
6 Junior Volunteer Program

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Auxiliary will be conducting an information session about the Junior Volunteer program on Saturday December 12, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Hylton Education Center located inside the hospital’s garden level.

Every year in January, the Auxiliary opens its doors to new applicants. It is a competitive process into the program and once in, volunteering can be demanding if not well managed as many high school students are taxed with so many other commitments.

The purpose of the information session is to provide an opportunity for parents and their high school age students to come and learn more about the program before investing in the application process.

Attendees are asked to park in the Visitor Parking lot located in the back of the hospital. The Information session will start promptly at 10a.m. and will last approximately one hour.

Junior Volunteer Information Session

2300 Opitz Blvd

Woodbridge, VA 22191

Hylton Education Center

12/6/2014

10:00-11:00 am

For additional information, please contact Phim Gilberry, (703) 523-1345 or visit our webpage.

 

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Utility lines break in Woodbridge neighborhood

A neighborhood street is closed in Woodbridge this morning due to two unity line breaks.

Kentucky Avenue, between Maryland Avenue and Alaska Road is closed to a water main and gas main break, according to Prince William police.

Crews from the Prince William Service Authority are on the scene to repair the water main break. Crews from Washington Gas are here to repair their utility line.

The water main break is not related to the gas main break, and was reported at 5:24 a.m. Monday, stated Prince William Service Authority Spokesman Kennan Howell. Customers in the are without water in their homes at this time. Howell said he did not have information on what caused the break or how long it would take to repair it. 

We’re working to find out what caused the gas break and to learn how many customers are affected at this time.

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Treat and release: What Dominion wants to do with toxic water at Possum Point

The Possum Point Power Station opened in 1948 as a coal-burning facility, generating electricity for the region.

Coal, when burnt, leaves behind coal ash — a fine powdery, toxic substance. That ash was placed in five ash ponds surrounding the power plant.

Dominion Virginia Power owns and operates Possum Point Power Stations on the banks of the Potomac River outside Dumfries, but it hasn’t burnt coal since 2003. It now uses natural gas and oil to generate electricity.

The plant is in the process of capping those ash ponds. Water from a final pond will treated and drained into the Quantico Creek and then will flow into the Potomac River. Only two of the five coal ash ponds remain — three have been dry since the 1960s.

A 2013 permit allowed Dominion to dig up coal ash from the three old dry ponds and move it to the largest of the five ponds on the site, D-Pond. Some coal ash from E Pond was also moved to D-Pond, as allowed by the permit.

The coal ash movement took place between June and Octobert of this year. Now, Dominion wants to treat the water in D-Pond, scrub it of deadly toxins contained in the ash, and release the water into Quantico Creek where it will flow into the Potomac River.

The utility behemoth will need a permit to do so, and Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is now taking public comments about Dominion’s request to treat the ash water and eventually flow it — about 2.53 million gallons of water per day — into the river. If approved, DEQ will add an amendment to Dominion’s 2013 permit that allows it to move the coal ash.

If all goes to plan, water in the ponds will be treated and drained, and the ponds “capped” and closed, and filled with dirt.

“Once the final permit conditions are finalized, a waste water treatment system will be selected. The discharge will be routed through the treatment system prior to discharge. DEQ will develop limits for specific constituents that are associated with discharges. These limits are developed using conservative EPA and DEQ procedures that will ensure that the receiving stream and human health are protected. Monitoring of the discharges will occur to ensure that these limits are met,” said Dominion spokesman Dan Genest.

Virginia’s Water Control Board will meet Jan. 14, 2016 to decide whether or not to allow Dominion to drain the water. The change would amend a permit issued in 2013 that allowed Dominion to consolidate ash from all five ponds into one, and then drain treated water from the final pond into the Potomac River.

Written public comments are being accepted by Virginia DEQ until December 14. A public hearing at the DEQ Northern Virginia Regional Office, located at 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge, will be held at 6 p.m. December 8.

How the coal ash is being moved

Coal ash is grey and dark. It turns to sludge when placed into a ash pond, said Bryant Thomas, with the Virginia DEQ Northern Virginia Regional Office.

There are five ponds at the Possum Point site. All of them are identified by letter: A, B, C, D, and E.

Ponds A, B, and C haven’t been used since the mid-1960s. Coal ash was buried in the ponds, and then dirt was used to cover, or cap the ponds. Trees and bushes now grow on the land, and power lines were strung overhead.

Between June and mid-October, crews at Possum Point have been digging up dirt and coal ash from ponds A through C and moving the ash into Pond D — the largest of two remaining ash ponds at the site. Some ash from Pond E — located next to Pond D, and easily seen from Possum Point Road — is being moved into Pond D.

A 2013 permit allows Dominion to consolidate the coal ash into one pond. The ash is toxic, and chemicals contained in the ash have been linked to causing cancer, neurological disease, respiratory illness, and organ disease. 

Treating the water

Waters from ponds D and E is largely contained by earthen berms. Some water from the ponds drains into Quantico Creek from two small toe drains or outfalls.

The water and sediment from around the toe drains are consistently monitored by DEQ, said Thomas. The sediment in the water contains elevated levels of copper, nickel, and zinc. However, elevated levels of those elements are not detected in the water.

“A domino effect is possible, where the detected elements in sediment could affect the water column, but we’re just not seeing that,” said Thomas.

Dominion says it has the experience to do the job correctly.

“We have benchmarked with other companies that are closing ash ponds and are applying best practices. Firms to complete the work were evaluated and a firm selected based on experience and performance in conducting similar work. We have project oversight to ensure the project is completed in compliance, focusing on safety and according to the design,” said Genest.

DEQ is now taking public comments on defines appropriate levels of metals are allowed in the waters of Quantico Creek and the Potomac River near Possum Point. DEQ would require Dominion to test regularly the waters for as long as it deems necessary, and then report their findings to the state.

Such self-reporting requirements are common in cases like these as Dominion could rack up several penalties that could lead to major fines if incorrect information on water contaminants is given to state authorities, said Thomas.

A large “Brita like” filter would be used to treat the water that would eventually flow into the creek.

“It could take months to drain,” added Thomas.

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Virginia Railway Express adds new train to Fredericksburg line

Fredericksburg line riders who Virginia Railway Express will see a new train starting Monday.

Virginia’s only commuter railroad added a new morning and afternoon train following the opening of the system’s Spotsylvania station last week. The new morning 304 train leaves Spotsylvania station bound for Washington’s Union Station at 5:23 a.m. The new afternoon 303 train leaves Union Station at 3:10 p.m.

The trains will operate Monday through Friday, like other VRE trains.

Here’s more in a press release:

Starting Monday, November 30, 2015, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is adding a new round trip train to its Fredericksburg Line. Schedule changes will be made to all Fredericksburg and Manassas line trains to accommodate the increase in service.

“Our Fredericksburg Line riders have been requesting more commuter rail service for a long time and we’re pleased to deliver greater flexibility and travel choices in the I-95 corridor. The opening of our new station in Spotsylvania County and near completion of a third railroad track between our Crossroads Yard facility and Mine Road have allowed us to provide the new train,” said Doug Allen, VRE Chief Executive Officer.

The new round trip Fredericksburg Line train provides an additional early morning and afternoon opportunity for travel between Spotsylvania and Washington D.C.’s Union Station. The new

VRE schedules are being implemented in partnership with Amtrak, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.

3 ways to give local, taste local at Manassas Olive Oil Company this holiday season

Manassas Olive Oil wants you to give and taste local this year.

The shop in Historic Downtown Manassas has three unique gift items that are perfect for family, friends, and clients.

The first unique gift we offer are variety packs. They come with three paired olive oils and balsamic vinegars” said Cameron Thomson, manager at Manassas Olive Oil Company. “These are a great way to introduce people to good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It gives you a nice variety of flavors as well as some of our more popular items.”

Because Manassas Olive Oil Company has so many options to choose from, they’re also a perfect gift for guests who are a little unsure of what to get their loved ones.

Manassas Olive Oil Company offers two variety packs: their Italian Collection and Manassas Collection. Included in the Italian Collection are Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar, Fig Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic Infused Olive Oil, Basil Infused Olive Oil, and Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil.

In the Manassas Collection contains the Thomson family’s favorites and includes Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Cranberry Pear Balsamic Vinegar, Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar, Leccino Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil, and Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil.

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Variety packs are also customizable per your personal preference. Each box is also uniquely packaged in a beautiful box, which are durable and hold up great during shipping. Variety packs are available for just $36.95.

Gift baskets at Manassas Olive Oil come in two different sizes. The largest pre-made gift basket comes with four bottles, two spouts, a dipping dish, and a sea salt.

It includes Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil, Garlic Infused Olive Oil, and Fig Balsamic Vinegar. The smaller gift basket comes with two bottles, two pour spouts, and a dipping dish.

”Gift baskets are a great way to introduce people to olive oils balsamic vinegars because they feature our best-selling products, so they are definitely something people will love and use, said Thomson. .

You can also purchase gift baskets with different themes, such as winter, solid colors, and more colorful ones. These gift baskets are perfect for the holidays but are also a great gift all year round.

If you’re a business owner or a sales agent, gift baskets are great gifts to give to loyal clients.

Cameron said, “Since it’s the time of the year for rewarding clients, right now we have an order for several gift baskets from a company, so it’s proved to be another nice way to say thank you to anyone.”

The large gift baskets retail for $96 and the smaller gift baskets for $56. Manassas Olive Oil Company will customize gift baskets to suit your needs.

Customers can request to have products added, removed, or substituted in order to create something personal. They can even customize the type of basket and bows, And if the customer is wants a basket, but is unsure of what to add, the knowledgeable staff at Manassas Olive Oil will help.

“The third gift option is buying our products off-the-shelf,” said Cameron. “When purchasing, we wrap the bottles in colorful paper, but if our guest would like a different presentation, we carry a variety of one and two bottle gift bags in different themes.”

Manassas Olive Oil receives its bags from a company that specializes in wine packaging, so they are a better fit for the bottles that it carries.

“Olive oil and balsamic vinegar are gourmet products, which make wonderful gifts. Everyone loves to eat, so surprise your host, friends, and family with the gift of taste,” stated Thomson.

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Leon Pomeroy, Jr., of Woodbridge, suffers fatal injuries in crash

An 82-year-old man succumbed to his injuries following crash on Cardinal Drive in Woodbirdge. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On November 19th at 6:34PM, officers responded to the area of Cardinal Dr and Swan Way in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a two vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2008 Toyota Prius was attempting a left turn from southbound Cardinal Dr onto Swan Way when the vehicle collided with the driver of a 2010 Jeep Patriot who was traveling northbound on Cardinal Dr. The driver of the Prius, who was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision, was flown to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries on November 24th. The driver of the Jeep was not injured. Speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in this crash.

Identified:

The driver of the 2008 Toyota Prius was identified as Leon POMEROYJr., 82, of Woodbridge

The driver of the 2010 Jeep Patriot was identified as a 31 year old man of Woodbridge

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