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Pope visit to Washington: Changes coming to your OmniRide commute

The visit of Pope Francis in Washington will mean those who normally take OmniRide buses to Washington will instead be bused to Metro stations.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, operators of OmniRide commuter bus and OmniLink local buses, will enact its Emergency Service Plan on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The Pope has a full schedule of events planned in Washington. He will begin Wednesday with a meeting with a meeting at the White House with President Obama. Later, a papal parade will travel along 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue.

The Pope will attend midday prayer at the Cathedral of St Matthew The Apostle on Rhode Island Avenue NW. A mass will be held later in the day at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Pope Francis will later make an appearance at the U.S. Capitol for a joint address to Congress. He’ll finish the day at St. Patrick’s Church. 

All of this means PRTC OmniRide buses will not serve regular stops in Washington. Riders will picked up Wednesday morning at their regular stops and taken to Metro stations. 

Buses serving eastern Prince William County will take passengers to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station on hte Blue line. Buses serving Manassas and Gainesville riders will take passengers to the Tysons Corner Metro station on the Silver line. 

PRTC Metro Direct buses will run on a regular schedule on Wednesday. Here’s more in a press release: 

Because the implementation of the Emergency Service Plan is being announced in advance, fares will be charged for OmniRide service. OmniRide fares to and from the Metro stations will be $3.85 cash or $3.10 with a SmarTrip card, which are the equivalent of Metro Direct fares. OmniRide fares during regular, non-ESP service, are $8.30 cash or $6.20 with a SmarTrip card.

More information about the emergency service plan, and OmniRide schedules is available onlinehttp://www.prtctransit.org/index.html.

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Why residents at this Woodbridge housing development are at odds with a property management firm

Dead plants, faded shutters, and a lack of communication.

These are just a few of the things that residents in The Villages at Rippon Landing community are dealing with.

The housing development just off Route 1 in Woodbridge began construction in 2005, under D.R. Horton, according to Prince William County Director of Development Services Wade Hugh.

Traditionally, a community has a homeowner’s association (HOA) and a board made up of residents that can vote on what takes place in the community.

But according to the community’s governing documents, D.R. Horton still has control over the community, and the residents do not get an HOA or a say what happens in their own community until the developer has finished their bond agreements with the county.

And this means that the company tasked with managing the property – Sequoia Management Company – which many residents are dissatisfied with, cannot be removed, even if the community feels they are not taking care of the community.

“The board of directors is still under developer control. So that means that according to the governing documents, the developers are actually the board of directors,” said Angela Bernado, a community manager for Sequoia.

According to resident Avis Bracey, each homeowner pays $740 a year in fees that go to Sequoia Management Company – the company selected to oversee maintenance for the property. And while the community has been paying fees to Sequoia, Bracey asserts that the money isn’t being used to improve the property.

Bracey stated that she had been in consistent communication with Sequoia about various issues, including the property’s landscaping and the community clubhouse.

“I’ve been fighting about landscaping for years. [Why] can’t we have flowers at the entrance ways…Every year you’re budgeting this money, but we’re not seeing it…you’re fighting me to get furniture for the clubhouse – you’ve budgeted $15,000 – we don’t spend that,” said Bracey.

Bernado stated that the management company had put together a community board that could help make some decisions for the community, but the group had no assertive voting power, as D.R. Horton still has developer control. The community board disbanded, according to Bernado.

“We had that in place, and then about a year ago, a few of folks had transferred out of the community – they had moved – and the other folks, due to time commitments…they just said, ‘We can’t do this right now,’” said Bernado.

Documents from Sequoia stated that just recently 450 citations were sent to community residents for the appearance of their homes.

Bracey stated that this implies the management company isn’t doing their job. Bernado asserts that this is all a part of the bureaucratic process Sequoia is required to follow.

“We go out once a year and do an annual inspection, and that’s something you’ll probably see in a majority of homeowner’s associations. Those were done a month ago, and then the follow up is now occurring…we have to follow the laws of . Meaning we just can’t go right away, we can’t just go out and do something right away…we have to send a notice, then a second notice, we have to hold a hearing,” said Bernado.

Bracey said she has called Sequoia and volunteered to do several things in the community, but so far, the two have not been able to work together.

Bracey is not the only resident with concerns. Andre Taylor, a resident of The Villages at Rippon Landing for five years, has seen several things not being addressed by D.R. Horton and Sequoia in the community.

“There’s not been much outreach, in terms of giving information to us, and informing the residents of the community about things being done…Certain things haven’t been maintained the way they should…I don’t see the value [of my dues] at all. The streets haven’t been paved since I’ve lived here…there needs to be a presentation [of the community] that’s appealing. When it comes time to sell your home, the value is impacted,” said Taylor.

Why are these residents and the management company unable to work together, in a community still under “developer control?”

“Developers sign what’s called a performance agreement with the county…we know with a development it’s going to take at least two years…when the agreement is up or about to expire – usually six months before it expires – we send out notification out to them…then they either have finished the development…or they come back in and say ‘We’re still actively working on the site, we need to extend it’ and they’ll do a bond extension. Which is exactly what’s happened down at The Villages at Rippon [Landing],” said Hugh.

According to county documents, all of the bond agreements for The Villages at Rippon Landing are coming due early next year. Then, Hugh said they will work with D.R. Horton to push them to complete the work and release the community over to the residents. Then residents will be able to form a board under an HOA that could renegotiate or eliminate their contract with Sequoia, due to concerns about work not being done.

“The county’s not in the business of putting businesses out of business…we work with the developers. As long as you’re actively working, and you’re addressing citizen concerns,” said Hugh.

If D.R. Horton were to continue to be unable to complete the agreement, the county could have the bonds defaulted, according to Hugh.

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Prince William fire, police to face off on soccer field for charity

?The Prince William County Fire and Rescue and Police departments are setting up for a little interdepartmental rivalry later this month when they meet to play soccer in the Prince William Cup to raise money for four local charities. [Read more]

Prince William police officer struck in face

A Prince William County police officer was struck in the face. 

Here’s more in a statement from police: 

Assault & Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On September 13th at 1:17AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 3600 block of Elm Farm Rd in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a domestic dispute. The investigation revealed that the accused had assaulted anther member of the home, identified as a 39 year old woman. When officers attempted to place the accused in custody, he actively resisted and struck one of the officers in the face. After a brief struggle, the accused was detained. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on September 13th:

Jose Abraham HIDALGO SALGUERO, 42, of the 3600 block of Elm Farm Rd in Woodbridge

Charged with assault & battery on a LEO, domestic assault & battery, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and public intoxication

Court Date: pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

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Minnieville Road gas station robbed

An Exxon gas station at 13505 Minneville Road was robbed at gunpoint about 12:30 p.m. 

Police said the robber was in his late 20s to early 30s, is black with a dark complexion, has a thin build, and was wearing a long-sleeved shirt with white stitching and black pants. 

Nearby Gar-Field Senior High School was placed on secure the building status while police investigated the incident. 

No one was injured. 

How to make sure your legal billing software is up to date

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When you turn on your computer, do you ever see a window, telling you it’s time to update? Every software program requires updates at some point, while new features are added and vulnerabilities in the program are fixed.

And for those that run a legal firm, having software on your side for billing purposes can be a huge help. Programs like Amicus, TimeMatters and Sage Timeslips will allow you to accurately track billing for any meetings, research or calls made to your clients far more efficiently than tracking it with pen and paper or your own spreadsheet.

But even excellent programs like these need maintenance and updates in order to continue functioning properly.

“Just like any other software, they usually have integrated update notifications,” said Chris Dittrich, a solution architect for JTC, Inc.

These updates typically include annual upgrades, patches, bug fixes, and new operating system updates.

While you could handle the updates on your own, if you want to eliminate any potential error that could severely impact your ability to rely on the software, then it’s best to allow an IT company, like JTC, Inc., to handle software upgrades to your legal billing software for you.

“We subscribe to the software. When we’re working with a software platform, we have an email that goes to the engineers that will give us updates and tell us when there’s been a service update,” said Dittrich.

Especially with a full caseload, it makes more sense from a time management perspective.

“If you have a company that’s using the software, it’s advisable for them to put their IT company team on as a contact for the software vendor, so the IT company can adequately assist them in making sure those updates get done,” said JTC, Inc. spokeswoman Kristen Maxey.

Additionally, trusting the updates of your legal billing software with a company like JTC, Inc. will ensure that your system is free from any bugs or viruses.

“We want to eliminate any potential vulnerabilities that there are inside of the software,” said Maxey.

Save yourself time and effort and make sure you’re always billing your clients with up-to-date software by utilizing the services of an IT company like JTC, Inc.

Groundbreaking for new Kilby Elementary School planned

A groundbreaking will be held for a new R. Dean Kilby Elementary School in Woodbridge.

A replacement elementary school will be constructed next to the existing Kilby school building on Horner Road that opened in 1959.

Here’s information from a press release from Prince William County Public Schools: 

The School Board, other elected officials, and members of the school community are expected to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the Kilby Elementary replacement school on Friday, September 18 at 9:30 a.m.

The event is open to the community. Overflow parking will be available at Grace Lutheran Church, 1601 Prince William Parkway, with shuttle bus service to the school provided by the School Division.

Multiple truckloads of dirt will be needed at the new school site to make the topography suitable for construction, according to the press release. The county’s growing school division is wrangling with a shortfall of available sites to build new schools in eastern Prince William County.

R. Dean Kilby Elementary School was named for the school’s original principal who served from 1959 to 1971. 

 

Reduce, reuse, repair: How yard sales can make our community a greener place

When it comes to exploring options to improve our personal impact on the environment the old adage, “Reduce, reuse, recycle” rings as true as when it was first heard in kindergarten.

Looking from the outside, one might not make the connection on how the three R’s apply to yard sales. The R’s are indeed there having an impact even if it is simple or subtle.

The greatest impact one can have when going green is to reduce.  Typically this means that one should avoid purchasing new items or reduce consuming resources like water or electricity.

Another perspective is to reduce clutter within the home. Clearing out unused appliances, for example, means fewer items plugged into power strips slowly using energy.

Even turned off appliances can still be using energy to run background tasks or maintain WiFi connectivity. A half-empty chest freezer, a TV that is never used or a treadmill bought with the best of intentions can all be slowly consuming energy without providing any real benefit.

Reduce their impact by clearing them out!

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Clearing out is just the first step. Now the question becomes what to do with it. Properly disposing of the item is an option.

For example, there are facilities and services that take electronics like computers to break down for their components. Another option is to reuse it! The more items kept out of landfills; the healthier our environment becomes.

Reusing also reduces the pressure to gather new materials and harvest new resources. A great place to see reusing in action is at a yard sale. If somebody is looking for a chest freezer to store their bulk purchased frozen foods then a yard sale vendor selling their underutilized chest freezer is a perfect match!

The vendor makes a little money, the purchaser gets an item they were seeking for a discount and less pressure is applied to the environment.
That’s a win all the way around.

Sometimes an item is in disrepair or functions poorly. The piece overall is still in good shape, but perhaps there’s a tear in the fabric of a chair.

The handier people in our community can reach out and enact the third R – recycle. Suggesting somebody reupholstering a chair is the same as recycling may be a bit of a stretch but all one has to do is look at the myriad of Pinterest projects to see how well reusing and recycling go hand in hand.

Maybe for the purposes of this article the third R should be repair. The underlying fact still remains true: The less pressure that is put on the environment to supply brand new items the greener it will be for future generations.

Come see how you can apply the three R’s at the upcoming yard sale at the Manassas Park Community Center on September 19th from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Will you be a vendor reducing the clutter in your home?

Perhaps you’ll be a shopper looking to reuse, recycle and repair? Whichever role you assume, hopefully from now on you’ll look at yard sales with green tinted lenses.

This promoted post is written by Jason Shriner, at the Manassas Park Community Center.

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NAACP march comes through Woodbridge

Virginia State Police on Sunday escorted marchers participating in the NAACP “America’s Journey for Justice” rally. 

About 20 marchers were spotted walking along Route 1 in Woodbridge just before 5 p.m. Sunday. State troopers escorted the marchers, and traffic became congested, according to a Potomac Local reader who submitted the photo for this post.

Marchers will gather Tuesday in Washington, D.C. for a rally. The march route begain in Selma, Ala. and ends in Washington.

Marchers are expected to cross the Memorial Bridge at 1:30 p.m. A press conference on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial is scheduled about an hour later.

On Wednesday, marchers will head to Capitol Hill to tell U.S. Senators “our lives, our votes, our jobs, and our schools matter.” according to an agenda posted to the NAACP website.

 

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Historic cemetery to be dug up for new Coles fire station

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A historic cemetery will be disinterred to build a new fire station at Independent Hill.

Following a unanimous vote from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, after a public hearing at the McCoart Building on September 8, the graves will be moved to a different area on the property, in order to make way for the new Coles District Fire Station.

The current Coles fire station, on 13712 Dumfries Road, is now past it’s intended use date, and needed to be replaced, according to Prince William Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee.

The public hearing was originally scheduled for earlier that afternoon, but was pushed to the 7:30 p.m. meeting by Chairman Corey Stewart.

McGee presented four options to the board of supervisors, supporting ‘Option A’ – which would involve moving the graves. The other three options did not require the cemetery to be moved, according to county documents.

Increased response times

According to McGee, moving the cemetery to build the fire station is necessary in order to complete the project on budget – $10.7 million – and to keep response times down.

“When I convened a task force of the Fire and Rescue Association to develop station design guidelines, the key objective of that design guideline project was to identify how we can reduce what is referred to as ‘action time’. That’s the time from dispatch to units moving out of the station…We need every second we can possibly save, in getting our firefighters and EMTs to their apparatus, and then safely on to their response route,” said McGee.

Bill Olson, a member of the Prince William Historical Commission challenged McGee’s statements on increased response time.

“The last six [fire and rescue] buildings built in Prince William County are two-story firehouses. The next planned fire house – Bacon Race fire house – is a two story building,” said Olson.

Following the vote, Olson resigned from his position on the Prince William Historical Commission and the Cemetery Committee.

Residents spoke up at the public hearing

Several residents came to the public hearing to express their thoughts about the county moving forward with moving the cemetery.

“It should not be as a last resort, and the descendants should approve of it…that’s where their family intended them to be buried,” said Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association member Mary Lipsey.

Dennis Van Derlaske, another member of the Prince William Historical Commission, stated it was the county’s duty to protect the cemetery as part of their ownership of the property.

“With any right or privilege, comes responsibility, including the privilege of land ownership. And that responsibility, if you happen to be the owner of a cemetery, is the proper custodianship of that plot of land,” said Van Derlaske.

Nohe to ‘lose sleep’, Candland blames the county

Prior to the unanimous vote to move the cemetery, and adopting ‘Option A’ as the construction plan for the new fire station, several supervisors commented on their feelings about the decision.

“No one wants to move a cemetery…the challenge I’m faced with on this issue is this – as a member of the board of supervisors, there are a lot of responsibilities that we are charged with, and we cannot ignore any of them…from my perspective, my responsibility as supervisor is first and foremost has to be the public safety of the people…I’m going to lose a lot of sleep tonight…knowing the board has been put in the position to have to make this decision…moving the cemetery isn’t something I believe is the ideal thing to do. But I do feel that the most important thing that this board always has to consider is how our decisions affect the safety of the community,” said Supervisor Martin Nohe.

According to Supervisor Peter Candland, the county is at fault for not looking at other options to build the fire station without disturbing the graves.

“I just think we missed out on opportunities to research other options. I think the county dropped the ball…I hate this decision – we are to blame here…and I think this is a sad day with this vote,” said Candland.

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Battlefield playmakers lead game, win in Woodbridge

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A Friday matchup between two, 2-0 teams, was kicked off with a specialty ceremony in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by the Woodbridge marching band, color guard, players and cheerleaders.
 
Kalel Grant, received the kickoff for Woodbridge to start the game. Despite a fumble on the second down of the drive, Woodbridge was able to recover and start another set of downs on their 30-yard line. Unable to convert, Battlefield received the ball quickly.
 
With their first possession, and 5:08 left in the first quarter, Battlefield scored the first touchdown of the game by running back, Chris Ferrill. A turnover on downs by Woodbridge, put Battlefield in great field position, mid-field, and allowed for a 50-yard touchdown within 3-minutes of their previous score. 
 
At 9:52 in the second, Kalel Grant received a deep pass to the right and picked up an additional 20 yards to put the Viking’s on Battlefield’s 20-yard line. Another first down moved the chains inside the ten for a first and goal opportunity. 
 
However, Battlefield’s defense held Woodbridge to only a field goal late in the second quarter. Two strong running plays by Brandon Berry, set the Bobcats up for an additional scoring opportunity. A touchdown scored by Collin Parker and the extra point, placed a total of 3 scores on the board for Battlefield. 
 
A deep pass by quarterback, Brandon Pitt to Wide Receiver, Dominic Benson put the Vikings on the 3-yard line with a fresh set of downs. For the second time in the game, the Vikings were unable to score in the red zone. On fourth down, Brandon threw an interception to Mason Crawford and ended the half.
 
Bobcats led at halftime, 21-3.
 
In the second half, Battlefield received the kickoff. A long run by Berry put the Bobcats on the Vikings 30-yard and in close scoring position. Kicker, Brendan Freehan added to the Battlefield score and increased the lead by 21 points.
 
Woodbridge continued the fight in the second half with a broken up pass by Kalel Grant, holding Battlefield and giving Vikings control of the football on the 41-yard line.
 
An injury to Pitt, allowed for back-up quarterback, Ousmane Barry to come into the game midway through the third quarter.
 
A poor punt by Woodbridge put the Bobcats in Viking’s territory easily. With 7:38 left in the game, Battlefield’s kicker put a 31-yard field goal on the scoreboard.
 
With a little more than 7 minutes left in the game, Woodbridge found themselves on the 11-yard line and in scoring position. Vikings found themselves in another 4th down situation. Choosing to go for the score, instead of kicking the field goal, netted zero points.
 
The final score of the game was 27-3, Battlefield.

 

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Players: Woodbridge football improved under Wortham

Tacketts Mill #FootballFriday — Live coverage from Woodbridge Senior High School starts 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11

The varsity Vikings are playing to win tonight.

They’ll have home field advantage when the Battlefield Bobcats from Haymarket come to Lake Ridge. The game starts at 7:30 p.m at Woodbridge Senior High School.

The Vikings are, for the most part, a new team. Coach Gary Wortham now leads these young men on the field. He came here after five years as head football coach at nearby Freedom High School.

“Woodbridge is home, and I’m glad to be home. It’s a great opportunity for me. It’s a dream job. And I’m living the dream,” said Wortham.

He was an assistant football coach at Woodbridge from 1995 to 97, and again from 2003 to 2010, before leaving for Freedom.

Wortham has developed a team he says focused on both the running and passing game. It’s a way to make sure all of those on the field are “playing honest.”

Both Woodbridge and Battlefield are 2-0 in this early season. Tonight’s match-up is an out of conference for the teams. And while both teams will play for a win, one of them will walk off the field tonight with its first loss of the season.

“You’ve got two very good teams. it should be an exciting game,” said Wortham.

His players are focused on the task at hand. The confident senior defensive tackle Kyree Campbell, 17, followed Wortham from Freedom to Woodbridge and had already committed to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It was on of 42 schools that made him an offer.

“This is a game where I’ve got to be selfless. I’m Kyree Campbell, and nobody can block me,” he said.

Campbell said the team gelled over the summer by not only working out on the field but eating dinners together and going to the movies. The family base and the fan base at Woodbridge is better, he said.

Senior running back Jay-Jay Burris, 18, said he uses the energy on the field to get him excited to play well. If’s he’s breaking tackles, as he’s done so this season on a regular basis, he’s doing his job.

“…when I run the ball…as long as my team is on the sideline rooting for me, I’m going to clap it up when they get into the game,” said Burris.

Cameron McAfee, 18, a senior, has been on the varstiy squad for three years, and a team captain for two years. He plays left guard on the defensive line. He’s focused and determined not to make his teammates or his coaches look bad.

McAfee says the football program at Woodbridge has improved under Wortham.

“He was hard on us at first, and then we learned he was cool.. he wants the best for us,” said McAfee.

Millennials find walkable downtown, new apartments near transit in Manassas

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For the past decade, city planners have been discussing the ways that Boomers and Millennials are going to reshape communities.

These two demographic groups comprise almost half of the U.S. population — the Census Bureau estimates there are 75.4 million Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) and 83.1 million Millennials (those born between 1982 and 2000).

Despite the age difference between Millennials and Boomers, they share similar preferences regarding where and how they want to live. Walkable neighborhoods with amenities such as coffee shops, restaurants, arts venues and shopping are at the top of the list. The less people need to get into a car to enjoy those amenities, the happier they are. This is why more people are relocating to small cities and towns with defined downtown districts.

The City of Manassas is a perfect example of what people are seeking in a vibrant downtown. Residents in and around the historic district have a short walk to the growing array of downtown restaurants and shops, festivals and events, markets, galleries , and more. In fact, Historic Downtown Manassas has a Walkscore of 85, which is considered “Very Walkable.”

Responding to these lifestyle trends, real estate developers have become increasingly willing to diverge from typical suburban development to smaller and denser urban renewal projects. Conceived during the economic downturn, several new (but different) housing developments in the Downtown Historic District cater to both demographics.

Prescott Court, a 33unit garagestyle townhome development offers homes priced around $300,000 and is still under development. Old Towne Square, a 58unit townhome development featuring two and threebedroom units with Georgianstyle architecture was priced slightly higher. Old Towne Square began construction in 2013 and the last unit was sold in August.

“The neat thing about this community is that it encompasses an entire city block in the heart of the historic district. We were excited about the location because it is walkable to so much in downtown Manassas,” says Candy McCracken of Van Metre. “We worked in partnership with the City to come up with the right product on this site. Everybody is happy with it and homeowners love it.”

Millennials are more transient now than ever before and find apartment living appealing. The City of Manassas offers downtown apartments to meet their needs.

The Courts at Historic Manassas offers 139 luxury rental units priced from $1,400-$2,000 per month. These units are close to all of the amenities that Downtown offers while also being conveniently located to major employers and the VRE.

Renting allows residents to become acclimated to a new area before buying, provides housing without the financial and maintenance burdens of home ownership, and grants flexibility for relocation without worrying about selling a home. Interestingly, the flexibility afforded by apartment living also appeals to Boomers who like to travel extensively.

Highlighting these trends, two more apartment projects in the Historic Downtown are in preliminary development. Messenger Place will replace the vacant News & Messenger Building at 9009 Church Street and will bring 94 apartments to downtown75 two-bedroom units and 19 one-bedroom units. It will be a five-story building that will feature 3,500 square feet of retail on the ground level. Residents will enjoy a 24-7 gym facility, lounge, and office area. Rents will range from $1,500 to $2,000. The developer, Coleman Enterprises LLC, anticipates construction to start before the end of the year and for units to become available in July 2016.

Finally, 105 apartments will be coming to Prince William Street, replacing the ABC Building. Manassas Station will anchor this edge of downtown with a three-story building by Christopher Land LLC. It will offer a combination of one- and two-bedroom units featuring granite countertops, walk-in closets, and balconies. Manassas Station will offer residents a fitness center; a community room with a TV and wet bar; and a “cyber café” for working remotely. Rents are anticipated to be comparable with the other two developments and the project is anticipated to be completed in late 2016.

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Battlefield ready to take on Woodbridge: Both teams undefeated

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Tacketts Mill #FootballFriday — Live coverage from Woodbridge Senior High School starts 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11

First-year football coach Jared Van Acker is focused forging a solid team and taking the reins of a well-respected head coach.

Van Acker took the helm this year from longtime Battlefield High School coach Mark Cox who stepped down this year as head coach. Cox still works at the school, and Van Acker consults him on a regular basis.

The Haymarket team is 2-0 so far this season, beating Gar-Field Senior High School in Woodbridge by 32 points last week, and shutting out Hylton High School 28-0 during week 1 of play.

Van Acker’s roster is not full of returning players this year. He’s fostered a quarterback competition, and it’s Alex Gutierrez whose stepped up to make plays for the team.

“He’s had a lights-out performance last week and is able to get the ball out to the playmakers. We’ve not had too many turnovers, and they’re protecting the football, and that’s very crucial,” said Van Acker.

There’s a big focus on defense for this team. Returning all-state wide receiver, Zac Kerxton is a big part of the team’s playbook.

“Things really seem to be going our way this year,” said Kerxton, noting the that he doesn’t want to “jinx” the team by saying that. “They’ve been pressuring me a lot as a wide receiver, and that’s been opening up the run game, and that opens up the passing game. “So it’s really like ‘pick your poison’ out there and then, we can win the games.”

Kerxton grew up playing football with quarterback Gutierrez, and he says they work well together. The wide receiver has two touchdowns this season.

Brett Reid brings a lot of confidence to the game and has three interceptions so far this season. He credits his team for their victories this past two weeks over their opponents.

“Hylton is obviously always good. We’re better,” said Reid. “We play as a team. We just came out fired up, more pumped up about the game and we won. And we’re more talented than Gar-Field, and we know that.

This week the Battlefield Bobcats take on the 2-0 Woodbridge Vikings in Viking territory. The Vikings put up 37 more points on last week’s win over Stafford High School.

Van Acker says his team will treat this game, like all others, as a playoff competition. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. at Woodbridge Senior High School located at 3001 Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge.

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Pennsylvania man charged with abduction in Woodbridge

Prince William police have charged a Pennsylvania man following a dispute at a Woodbridge home.

According to Prince William police, officers were called to a home on Alaska Road in Woodbridge to investigate a domestic incident on the evening of September 7.

The victim – a 35-year old Woodbridge woman – told officers that around 8:30 a.m. that morning, 31-year old Pennsylvania man Alvin Burtch, entered the home through an unsecured sliding glass door, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that when Burtch entered the home, he went to an upper floor, pulling out a knife and making verbal threats toward the victim. During the incident, Burtch struck the victim in the head, according to Prince William police.

Also during the incident, Burtch and the victim drove to an area convenience store, and the victim attempted to get out of the car and flee, stated Prince William police. When this occurred, Burtch stopped the victim and wrapped his arm around her neck, forcing her back into the car, according to Prince William police.

When they both returned to the residence, the victim attempted to flee again, but Burtch was able to catch her and drag her back to the home, stated Prince William police.

The victim was with Burtch until police were contacted, according to Prince William police.

Minor injuries were reported.

Burtch has been charged with abduction, attempted malicious wounding, burglary and domestic assault and battery, stated Prince William police.

Come to Williams Ordinary in Dumfries September 12 & 13 for history, artillery demonstations, food, and beer

How many times have hopped off Interstate 95 south and taken Route 1 through Dumfries? 

Have you ever noticed that just after the median splits in two, a large brick building rises on your right – so close to the road it looks like it’s going to jump in front of you? 

That’s the headquarters for Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division – and if you’ve ever wanted to learn more or take a peek inside, stop by on September 12 and 13.

For those two days the Williams Ordinary will reemerge as a busting stop it was in the 18th century. The building has seen a lot of change – built by John Glassford and Company in the mid 1760’s the structure was a popular store through the Revolutionary War.  

George Washington stopped at “the storehouse” in Dumfries to resupply on his way to victory at Yorktown at the end of the war. Just a few years after the war the building would become a Ordinary, or tavern, providing food, drink, and a place to lodge for people passing through area.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 12 and 13 you’ll find William’s Ordinary and the nearby Weems-Botts House a bustle of people that would have passed through here during its early history. 

Infantry, artillery, medical and cooking demonstrations will be on the two sites. At the Ordinary you can stop inside the recreated tavern room and meet George Washington, our Tavern keeper Alexander Henderson, or any number of other characters from our past.  

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Author John R. Mass will be discussing his latest book “The Road to Yorktown.”

Don’t miss the one of a kind event after the sun goes down on September 12; join us at the Ordinary for historic beer, appetizers, and live music for a chance to get a taste of the 18th century. 

Call 703-792-4754 to make your reservations – just $35 per person.

Parking is available at Dumfries Elementary School for both the day and evening events, with shuttle service to Williams Ordinary, located at 17674 Main Street, Dumfries, VA 22026

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Woodbridge woman charged, following Prince William police chase

A Woodbridge woman has been arrested, following a fight, and a high-speed car chase.

According to Prince William police, officers were called to Varsity Drive in Woodbridge for a fight. When an office arrived, they got information that the victim, a 51-year old Woodbridge man, had been stabbed, and 40-year old Woodbridge woman Tina Scales left the scene in a vehicle, stated Prince William police.

An investigation showed that the victim had attempted to stop Scales and another individual from physically fighting. During the incident, Scales stabbed the victim in the abdomen twice before fleeing, according to Prince William police.

The officer – in their police cruiser – located Scales leaving the scene in a vehicle. The vehicle was driving at a high speed and almost hit the officer’s cruiser head on, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that the officer was able to avoid a collision, and followed the vehicle on Interstate-95 North. Scales stopped the vehicle just before the Fairfax County line, and was arrested, according to Prince William police.

According to Prince William police, Scales was determined to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

The victim was flown to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police have charged Scales with malicious wounding, eluding, and driving under the influence.

What happens when lawyers update a database without a good backup?

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This is something a law firm really can’t afford, when it comes to building their business, and providing a reputable service that clients can count on. And this is why law firms and lawyers need to have a good backup of all of their records and files available, in case something goes wrong.

“If you don’t have a backup, you’re taking a huge risk of losing data,” said JTC, Inc. spokeswoman Kristen Maxey.

If a lawyer is utilizing legal billing software or an electronic records platform, you’re going to have to update these programs from time to time, as updates and patches are released. And if you don’t utilize the services of an IT company, like JTC, Inc. you may end up accidentally wiping some of these crucial records.

Especially when you’re doing a big update to one of these databases, it’s important to have both a local and off-site backup of your records. That is something that JTC, Inc. can manage.

“You have the potential for corrupting files. Because when you’re updating a database, there are sometimes what’s called ‘schema’ changes, which is changes to the format of the database itself. When you do a large update like that, there’s always a risk or potential for corruption because you’re doing mass changes to the database,” said JTC, Inc. Solution Architect Chris Dittrich.

JTC, Inc. will not only help with installation, but they will manage and alert you about system updates, assist with the updating process, and maintain an off-site copy of the records you need.

As a growing business, don’t risk losing your data. Legal billing software can save you time, and JTC, Inc. can keep your software and databases backed up and secure.

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Indecent exposure at Woodbridge apartment leasing office

Another indecent exposure incident took place in Woodbridge, yesterday afternoon.

According to Prince William police, officers were called to the Misty Ridge Apartments leasing office on Delaware Drive in Woodbridge for an indecent exposure.

The victim – a 27-year old Fredericksburg woman – told officers that she was closing the leasing office for the day, when an unknown individual knocked on the door, asking to use the office’s bathroom, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that the victim agreed, and allowed the man inside the office. When he was inside the office, he then asked about leasing an apartment, asking for a tour, stated Prince William police.

During the incident, the individual exposed himself and made an obscene gesture, before the victim told him to leave, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police are currently looking for the individual who is described as a black male, between 25 and 27 years old, 5’3” and 160 pounds with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and white tennis shoes.

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Man charged with strangulation after Woodbridge apartment fight

Prince William police have charged a man with strangulation, after a domestic incident in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, officers were called to an apartment on River Rock Way in Woodbridge around 1 a.m. on August 26 for a domestic assault.

The victim – a 23-year old Woodbridge woman – told officers that she and 28-year old Woodbridge man Dustin Barnett, were in a verbal argument that escalated, according to Prince William police.

During the incident, Barnett assaulted the victim and pushed her on to a coffee table, placing his hands around the victim’s neck, choking her, stated Prince William police.

The victim had minor injuries from the incident, according to Prince William police.

Barnett had fled the scene, and was arrested by Prince William police on September 3. Barnett is being charged with strangulation and domestic assault and battery, stated Prince William police.

Fall for Manassas! So many great events happening this season

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Children are already back in school and now the sun sets earlier and earlier. Why does summer always go by so quickly?

Don’t lament digging out your coats and putting away your flip flops. With autumn comes plenty of festivals and events to get you in the mood for fall.

First Friday

To kick off September, there is a First Friday on Sept. 4. Enjoy the last of the warm weather by strolling the streets of downtown where you can enjoy live music, shopping, and dining from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Downtown.

Bridal Showcase

Here’s a gift to all the brides-to-be is a one-stop shop for bridal research. Discover what Manassas businesses offer that will make the wedding of your dreams at the Historic Downtown Manassas Bridal Showcase on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Harris Pavilion. Buy tickets.

Bands, Brews & Barbecue

How does a roasted porter with a vanilla finish or a seasonal ale with layers like a pumpkin pie sound? Sample the best beer that the region has to offer at Bands, Brews & Barbecue on Sept. 12 from noon until 6 p.m. Hourly BBQ pairings are featured in the VIP tent. Manassas Museum Lawn. Buy tickets.

Dog-a-pool-ooza

Cool off the dogs of summer at the Dog-a-pool-ooza at Stonewall Pool. The afternoon of Sept. 13 is the only day pups are allowed in the pool before it closes ($5/dog). Stonewall Park.

Greek Festival 

Interested in a Big, Fat, Greek Weekend? Visit the Annual Greek Festival on Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Taste of Greece and East the following day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opa! Harris Pavilion. Free.

Antique car meet

What’s more American than an apple pie? An antique car show! Come check out 150 four-wheeled beauties at the Annual Edgar Rohr Memorial Antique Car Meet on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s feature car is a 1941 convertible Buick Phaeton and you can watch a team assemble a Model T Ford. There is still time to register to show your car for a small fee. Manassas Museum Lawn. Free.

Rev it up

Enjoy more classic cars as well as food trucks, cold beer, and live classic rock music at Bull Run Rotary’s Rev It Up for Rotary charity event benefitting CASA, Habitat for Humanity, and BARN from 5 to 9 p.m. Harris Pavilion. Free.

Chili cookoff 

Nothing says “fall” more than chili! Don’t miss the annual Chili Cookoff on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Think you have the best batch? It isn’t too late to join. Enter as a professional cook, amateur cook, or nonprofit organization. Sampling starts after 1 p.m. Harris Pavilion. Free.

Latino festival 

Salsa your way to the Annual Latino Festival on Sept. 27 from noon to 5:30 p.m. You will find tons of games for children, tasty foods, piñatas, and live music and dancing all day! Harris Pavilion. Free.

Fall Jubilee 

Pick a perfect pumpkin at the Annual Fall Jubilee. Enjoy the crisp air as you browse cool crafts, play games, and enjoy live music on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downtown. Free.

Open house 

On Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., swing by the City of Manassas Utilities Open House at 8500 Public Works Drive to enjoy free food, a huge pumpkin patch where you can pick out a free pumpkin, children’s activities, and a chance to check out the cool utility trucks. Free.

Farmers market 

Don’t forget the farmer’s market is still open on Thursdays in the Harris Pavilion and Saturdays in Parking Lot B from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick up your favorite fall veggies before grabbing lunch at a nearby spot.

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