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Pour FOG in the trash, not down the drain

This public service announcement comes to us from the Prince William Service Authority. We’d thought we would share it before Thanksgiving. 

From PWSA: 

Did you know that Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) can damage your plumbing and the sanitary sewer system if you pour it down the drain?

After dining on your holiday dinner this year, please be sure to properly dispose of the leftover FOG by canning it and tossing it in the trash. More than 80 percent of clogs in the Service Authority sewer system can be attributed to grease being poured down the sink.

Sewer mains are often home to “fatbergs” a term for grease that has congealed onto the interior of sewer pipes. These obstructions can be easily seen by our field staff when they video inspect the lines.


Plan your Prince William historic holiday events with tours, seasonal music, cider, and Santa Claus

It is the time of year time to start thinking of plans for the holidays, scheduling family trips, booking airline tickets, and creating delicious menus for hungry guests. During the last few months of 2016, consider bringing family and friends to one or more of our historic sites to participate in our special and unique holiday programs.

After the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, come by and enjoy Lunch with Santa Claus at the Old Manassas Courthouse! On Saturday, December 3, families may partake in a delicious lunch, have a chance to meet Santa Claus, and directly deliver your “wish list” to him.

Kids may make a historic holiday craft before or after their meeting with Santa. If possible, please participate in our efforts to support Toys for Tots by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for donation. Lunch with Santa runs from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 3; admission is $20 for ages 6 and up, $10 for ages 5 and below. Call 703-792-4754 for reservations. (Reservations are required as space is limited). The event will take place at the Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue in Manassas.

Holidays through the Ages returns to Rippon Lodge Historic Site in December. The historic house’s interior spaces shall be dressed with holiday decorations from various time periods, with a special dedication to the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Visit each weekend for these holiday-only tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, December 2 – 4, 9 – 11, and 16 – 18.

Tours begin on the hour on the front porch. Tour times are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Fridays and Sundays); 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Saturdays); $5 per person, children under six are free. The Rippon Lodge Historic Site is located at 15520 Blackburn Road in Woodbridge. Call 703-499-9812 for more information.

On Saturday evenings (5 p.m.-8 p.m.) enjoy colorful outdoor lights and tree displays decorated for the season by local schools, art studios and organizations, live seasonal or period music by local schools and guitarists, and holiday songs sung by school choirs. Children’s crafts, light refreshments, a warm beverage, and shopping for unique Rippon Lodge merchandise round out a wonderful holiday tour.

Reservations strongly recommended for groups larger than four guests. 

If you love seasonal music, then join us on Saturday, December 10 for two special Holiday Concerts at Brentsville’s Historic Union Church. Enjoy classic, seasonal music performed by the Brentsville District High School. A nice cup of hot cider and cookies by a warm bonfire round out this special event.

Concerts are Free and open to the public from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow. 703-365-7895.

You better watch out! You better not cry! The one and only Santa Claus comes to Rippon Lodge Historic Site on Saturday, December 10. This visit is for one afternoon only!

Be on your best behavior and keep your name on the “Nice” list. Parents will be given special “Things Santa Should Know” cards upon arrival. Bring your camera for pictures!

With large numbers of excited tots expected, we ask parents bring plenty of snacks and extra activities for young children. Admission is from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; $2 per child. Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, 703-499-9812.

We look forward to your visit to one of our great historical locations during this holiday season! For more information about our programs, please call the sites or call 703-792-4754.

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Occoquan kicks off Christmastime events with tree lighting

OCCOQUAN, Va. — The Town of Occoquan lit its Christmas Tree on Friday night.

The annual event draws hundreds to the tiny town near Woodbridge.

The small shops in the town opened their doors for a special holiday open house to greet shoppers.

The tree lighting ceremony was scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. Thanks to Jenn Mathis at One Degree Captial, located in Occoquan, for the submitted video of the tree lighting.

The tree lighting is the first of three Christmas-themed events scheduled in Occoquan this year.

From the town’s website:

December 3: Santa Arrives by Boat
12:00 pm, Mamie Davis Park Dock
Santa visits with children at Town Hall

December 4: Town Blessing
5:30 pm, Ebeneezer Baptist Church and Mamie Davis Park

December 10: Winterfest
Santa’s Parade, 11 am – 12 pm on Harbor Drive
Fire Pits, Marshmallow Roasting, Carolers, kid’s crafts and more in Historic Occoquan, 3 pm – 7 pm


Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra Presents: How to ‘Handel’ the ‘Messiah’ sing-along without being disowned by your family

The rules are simple.

Handel’s inimitable Messiah Oratorio is just a few months short of its 275th birthday, and it continues to delight audiences around the world. Countless orchestras and vocalists have gathered to celebrate the season with this perennial favorite, often with a significant audience participation component. Will you be ready when sing along time comes? Just in case, we are pleased to provide you with this summation of centuries’ worth of rules for “Handeling” the time-honored tradition of the “Messiah” Sing-Along.

Rule 1: Do Your Vocal Warm-ups in the Car on the Way to the Performance

You can’t belt out “For unto Us a Child Is Born” with a tense larynx. On the other hand, repeating in the concert hall “fluffy floppy puppy” and “Sally saw Silvester stacking silver saucers side by side” might be alarming to your fellow concert-goers.

Your best bet is to warm up in the car using exercises like humming up and down a scale or singing “Don’t Stop Believin’” at the top of your lungs.

Rule 2: Pick the Right Performance

To get the most out of a “Messiah” Sing-Along, you need support and lots of it. You need a well-prepared orchestra, dynamite soloists, and a chorus of pros to help you negotiate those tricky passages.

Fortunately for you, that’s precisely the kind of support system you’ll find on Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30 PM, at First Baptist Church, 13600 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, and again on Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30 PM, at Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Road, Manassas.

Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra and featured choruses from First Baptist, Grace UMC, All Saints Catholic Church, and New Dominion Choraliers will be there for you; you don’t have to go it alone. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted gratefully.

Rule 3: Sit Next to a Ringer

Watch for someone walking confidently into the concert. Likely, he or she will be wearing an artfully disheveled scarf and carrying a marked-up, dog-eared copy of the Messiah score.

This is how you will know that this is not his or her first rodeo. Follow that person into the audience. Befriend the singer. Imitate him or her fiercely.

Rule 4: When in Doubt, Mouth the Word “Watermelon”

No need to panic if you’ve lost your place in the score! Scientists are not sure why this is true, but mouthing “watermelon” is the perfect choral faking device. It also works well if intonation is not your forte.

Rule 5: Employ the Art of Misdirection

You may not be able to sing your way out of a paper bag, but that doesn’t have to be common knowledge.

Rock an obnoxious holiday sweater. If it’s loud enough, no one will notice that you are completely tone deaf. If your sweater game is weak, study up on puns, carefully dropping one at the end of each chorus.

Saying things like “That one was too hot to Handel” will result in the kind of groans that will erase any memory of what you just did to “And He Shall Purify.”

To address the younger audience members giving you side-eye about your not-quite-baritone baritone, try saying “The club can’t even Handel me right now.” That should shut them up.

Rule 6: Have Fun

An OBCO Sing Along is about the community coming together in song. It is impossible to leave without feeling joy, inspiration, and the fullness that comes from artistic satisfaction … and post-concert cider and cookies.

An OBCO Sing Along is about the community coming together in song. It is impossible to leave without feeling joy, inspiration, and the fullness that comes from artistic satisfaction … and post-concert cider and cookies.

For more information, visit www.obco.org or www.facebook.com/obcomusic.


Open House: 13537 Princedale Drive, Woodbridge, VA

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13537 Princedale Drive, Woodbridge VA 22193
Neighborhood: Dale City
Listing Price: $334,900
Open House: Sunday, November 20 from 2-5 p.m.

Completely remodeled and move-in ready! This stunning single-family home boasts three finished levels with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half baths.
Watch the children walk to school from your oversized country style front porch.

With a more traditional floor plan featuring enhanced crown moldings, brand new front door, six-panel interior doors and wainscoting; the trim package in this home is luxurious and amazing.

Neutral decor, appropriated room size top of the line ceiling fan, recessed lighting package and brand new light hardwood floors give this family room it’s sought after updated look.

Upgraded tiled baths, to include state of the art stainless steel appliance package in kitchen, granite counter tops, new cabinetry, breakfast bar in kitchen opens to dining room with new fixture, newer windows thought-out as well breathtaking double door french doors on two levels.
The full finished walk-out basement offers tons of storage with two walk-in finished closets, nice sized laundry room 4th bedroom and full bath; all opening to a large fully fenced backyard with storage shed.

This home has great curb appeal and no HOA! Come see everything this great home has to offer at our OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY, November 20th from 2-5 p.m.

Please contact Coretta at More Options Realty 703-831-1077 or CorettaMcKinney@gmail.com, and visit us online at MoreOptionsRealty.com
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Police continue search for Alan Cohee, missing from Woodbridge home since November 11

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William police continue to search for a man who went missing from his home on Featherstone Road in Woodbridge.

“*MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT — UPDATE: The Prince William County Police Department continues to ask for the public’s assistance in locating Alan Cohee, who was reported as missing and endangered by a family member on November 11. Since Mr. Cohee’s disappearance, the Prince William County Police Department, with assistance from other local and state agencies, have conducted multiple searches of the immediate area surrounding his home. On November 11, Prince William County officers, with helicopter and Bloodhound assistance from the Fairfax County Police Department, conducted a search around Mr. Cohee’s residence on Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge and the immediate area after learning he was believed to have left his home on foot. The following day, on November 12, Prince William County Search & Rescue Teams conducted an extensive ground search of the same area. On November 14, Search & Rescue Teams, with K-9 assistance from the Virginia State Police, expanded their search further down Featherstone Rd to include areas in and around Veterans Park. In addition to this ground search, the Prince William County Underwater Search & Rescue Team conducted a search of two nearby shallow ponds. After all searches, nothing of note was located. There has been no known contact with Mr. Cohee since he was last seen on November 10. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Cohee is asked to call the non-emergency line at 703-792-6500.”

Original police press release: 

*MISSING ENDANGERED ADULT [Previously Released]: The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing, endangered adult. Alan Cohee was last seen on Thursday, November 10 at approximately 4:30PM at his residence on Featherstone Rd in Woodbridge.Alan Cohee is believed to have left the residence on foot voluntarily and may be in need of assistance which qualifies him as being classified as endangered. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this individual is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

Alan Cohee is described as a 61-year-old white male, 6’1’’, 160lbs with white & gray hair

He was last seen wearing a black, gray & white hooded jacket, blue jeans and white & black sneakers

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Shattered glass bottles used in fight at Woodbridge motel

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From police: 

Malicious Wounding – On November 16 at 7:29PM, officers responded to the Potomac Inn located at 13964 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a fight. When officers arrived, they located two victims, both 27-year old men of no fixed addresses, who reported to police that they were involved in a physical altercation with two other unknown men outside the hotel. During the encounter, both men broke glass bottles and attempted to strike the victims. One of the suspects, identified as Pastor ARTOLA, was able to strike one of the victims in the upper body with the broken bottle causing superficial injuries. The other victim was able to deflect the other suspect, identified as Abdulio CRUZ-REYES, and avoided being struck. After the altercation, both suspects fled in a vehicle. Detectives were able to identify both men who were eventually located and subsequently arrested following the investigation. Minor injuries were reported.

Arrested on November 16:

Pastor ARTOLA, 50, of 17 Wedgedale Dr in Sterling

Charged with malicious wounding

Court Date: December 19, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

Abdulio CRUZ-REYES, 50, of 1066 Garden View Lp, #201, in Woodbridge

Charged with attempted malicious wounding

Pictured above: Cruz-Reyes, Artolla

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Dale City shooting suspect in custody

From police: 

Attempted Malicious Wounding *ARREST – On November 15, the accused, identified as Lee O’Neal DICKERSON, who was wanted in connection to a shooting which occurred at an apartment located in the 14300 block of Westminister Ln in Woodbridge on October 23, was arrested. The accused turned himself police without incident.

Arrested on November 15:

Lee O’Neal DICKERSON, 33, of the 14300 block of Westminister Ln in Woodbridge

Charged with attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Court Date: December 14, 2016 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

The shooting occrred after the suspect was involved in an argument with the 35-year-old victim, police stated. 

More from police: 

Attempted Malicious Wounding [Previously Released] – On October 23 at 7:45PM, officers responded to an apartment located in the 14300 block of Westminister Ln in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they located the suspect, identified as a 33-year-old man of Woodbridge, inside the apartment suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. The investigation revealed that this individual was involved in a verbal argument with the victim, identified as a 35-year-old man of Florida. After the argument, the victim attempted to leave the apartment and was followed by the suspect. The victim retrieved a wooden board to defend himself, at which point, the suspect went to the bedroom and retrieved a handgun which he then shot towards the victim. The victim was not struck and a struggle ensued. During the altercation, the handgun discharged striking the suspect in the upper body. The suspect was flown to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive. All parties remained on scene and were questioned. Charges are pending. The investigation continues.

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Police called to Minnieville Exxon morning after robbery

From police: 

Armed Robbery – On November 14 at 9:43AM, officers responded to investigate a robbery which was reported to have occurred at the Exxon service station located at 13505 Minnieville Rd in Woodbridge (22192) the night prior, November 13, at approximately 9:40PM. A store employee reported to police that three masked men entered the business armed with handguns. The men approached the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money, cigarettes and other property before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. The men were only described as black males, one heavyset, wearing hooded shirts and masks.

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Let them eat cake: World record for tallest pyramid cake set in Woodbridge

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Students set the record for the tallest cake shaped like a pyramid in Woodbridge.

The cake, topping nine feet two inches, was assembled inside the food court at Potomac Mills mall on Friday, November 12. Instructors, with help from students from Stratford University in Woodbridge. assembled the cake.

“We wanted to show the world that we have a lot of students in our culinary program working with chef instructors who are the top in the industry,” said Stratford Woodbridge Campus Director Ovette Finnell.

The school has 130 students enrolled in its culinary program, which has become one of the school’s most popular courses of study.

A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records traveled to the mall to measure the cake, which included hundreds of sheet cakes used to make up an 8,000-pound cake held together with no inside structures or supports.

After being awarded the record, the cake was cut and some 32,000 slices of cake were sold to onlookers at the mall.

The previous record for the tallest pyramid cake was set in September in India, coming in at about six and a half feet tall.

“It is great to be a part of history. I get excited when the students get excited,” added Finnell.

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$85,000 improvements underway on Lake Ridge trail

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — A popular trail in Lake Ridge will close for the remainder of the month while crews work to improve it. 

From Prince William County Parks and Recreation spokesman Brent Heavner: 

PL: What work / improvements are being completed?

Heavner: Two culverts are going to be installed, and the trail tread is being improved. We should complete the work in about 3 weeks.

PL: Why is work is needed?

Heavner: This project addresses two areas on the trail that were by storm water runoff.  

PL: How popular is this trail?

Heavner: The trail is a popular amenity for Lake Ridge Park  and is a primary route for local residents to walk and jog. It’s one of our most popular trails.

PL: Where does the trail run (from where to where)?

Heavner: The trail runs from Springwood Drive through Lake Ridge Park to Hedges Run Drive.

PL: How long is the trail?

Heavner: Currently, the route of the trail runs roughly two miles. Though this particular project does not add new mileage to the trail, the long range plan calls for the extension of the trail all the way to the town of Occoquan for a total length of roughly 10 miles. As sections of trail are completed and connected, this trail corridor will grow in the coming years.

PL: How much is budgeted for work?

Heavner: The current culvert project carries an estimated cost of $85,000.

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Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot Awards Grant to VFW Post 7916

Submitted: 

The Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916 has been awarded a $2500 grant by the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot for FY2016. The support of this generous grant will greatly improve the physical infrastructure of the Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916 and its 740 Post and Auxiliary members.

The partnership established with the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot will provide materials and labor to refresh the community fellowship hall – vastly improving its appearance and utility as a space for its membership, its sponsored Boys Scouts of America Troops, and ensure its viability as a community space for the Occoquan and Prince William communities.

About the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot
Team Depot is comprised of an army of over 300,000 associates who are committed to supporting local communities. Team Depot is particularly committed to improving the lives of U.S. Military Veterans and their families. Through the Team Depot Foundation, thousands of Home Depot Associates dedicate their time and talent in the communities where they live and work. For more information, visit https://corporate.homedepot.com/community

About Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916
Founded in 1946, our membership is fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational as we preserve and strengthen comradeship among its membership to perpetuate the memory, legacy, and history of our warrior veterans, their widows, and orphans and to maintain true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America.

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Kelly Carrubba, of Woodbridge, now a Virginia State Trooper

From Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller: 

Early Monday (Nov. 7, 2016), 44 new Virginia State Police troopers reported to their respective Division Headquarters to begin the final phase of training. The 124th Basic Session celebrated their graduation Friday (Nov. 4, 2016), at the state police Academy in North Chesterfield County. Upon receiving their diplomas, the new troopers finished a rigorous 27-week training session. They received instruction in more than 100 different subjects spanning hundreds of hours. Academy training includes such areas as crime scene investigation, survival Spanish, judicial procedures, self- defense, cultural diversity and firearms. Each of the graduates will spend the next six weeks with a field training officer learning his or her new patrol area and day-to-day duties.

Woodbridge resident, Trooper Kelly A. Carrubba, returns home to Prince William County for her first patrol assignment. The 24-year-old is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College with an associate’s degree in administration of justice. She sought a career with the Virginia State Police for the, “…chance to be able to help the community.”

In addition, Trooper Thomas R. Floch of Sayreville, N.J., joins the ranks of Area 11 in Prince William County along with two Southwest Virginia natives:

            From Smyth County, Va., is graduate Trooper D. Cody Collins. Joining the Virginia State Police has been a lifelong dream of the 26-year-old Chilhowie native and his goal of “being able to help people.”

            Trooper Daniel G. Giles, 23, heads to Northern Virginia to Prince William County for his first patrol assignment. The Duffield, Va., native chose the state police because he “wanted to challenge” himself and “be with the best

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Lines form early, stay brisk on Election Day

Lines at the polls this Election Day formed early on Tuesday.

Many across Prince William County reported long lines this morning at polling places. The pace was steady, and the mood of the voters: patient. 

In Manassas Park City where voters choose between Barbara Comstock or LuAnn Bennet for the 10th Congressional District, will vote on a Mayor, and a slate of new Governing Body candidates, a total of 1,443 votes were cast in Manassas as of 9 a.m., according to Manasass Park City Deputy Registrar Nancy Van Wyen.

In Pricne William County, elections spokesman Forrest Winston said the pace at the polls was brisk, but reported no problems.

Stafford County General Registrar Greg Riddlemoser reported simliar conditions at the polls, and said there had been no issues with voting eqiuipment. 

Submitted photos from the polls: 

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Pictured on the left, Virginia State Senator Scott Surrovell (Fairfax, Stafford, Prince William) — who is not up for election this year — out with voters in Stafford County.

Pictured in the center Prince William Count Occoquan Distinct Supervisor Ruth Anderson, and Prince William County State Delegate Rich Anderson -- both not running for election this year -- with voters at the Prince William County Government Center.

Pictured in the center Prince William Count Occoquan Distinct Supervisor Ruth Anderson, and Prince William County State Delegate Rich Anderson — both not running for election this year — with voters at the Prince William County Government Center.

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Police find children alone, locked outside of home

A Woodbridge woman faces child neglect charges after police found three children home alone.

From police: 

Felony Child Neglect – On November 4 at 4:43PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 1400 block of Eisenhower Cir in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a child neglect call. Officers received information that three young children were possibly left unattended. When officers arrived, they made contact with three children, ages 11, 10 and 6, who were not under adult supervision and locked outside of their residence for several hours. Officers eventually made contact with the mother of the children who responded back to the residence later that evening. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. The children were not injured and released to the custody of a family member.

Arrested on November 4:

Katy Lynn SMITH, 31, of the 1300 block of Eisenhower Cir in Woodbridge
Charged with 3 counts of felony child neglect and 3 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Court Date: Pending | Bond: $6,000 secured

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Stratford University wants world title for tallest pyramid cake at Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A Guinness Book of World Records judge will be at Potomac Mills mall this week as chefs attempt to make the world’s tallest pyramid cake.

From Stratford University

Stratford University, with eight campuses in Virginia, Maryland, and internationally in New Delhi, India, will attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Tallest pyramid cake on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11 at Potomac Mills.

The current record for the Tallest pyramid cake measured 1.98 m (6 ft 5.95 in) and was achieved by Atul Bakery, Shakti Foundation and Ashwin Sudani in Surat, Gujarat, India, on September 17, 2016.

Beginning at 10 a.m. when the mall opens, Potomac Mills patrons can watch as Stratford chefs finish building and icing the cake in the area adjacent to the Food Court.

A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator will be on hand to judge the cake when it is completed (approximately 2 – 3 p.m.) to confirm that Stratford’s attempt has followed the strict Guinness guidelines and certify that the record has been broken.

Certified Master Chef Raimund Hofmeister, Stratford University Director of Culinary Arts and Hospitality, and Certified Master Pastry Chef Jan Bandula, a Stratford instructor, are coordinating the design and baking of the cake at the Stratford Baltimore campus. The cakes will then be transported and constructed into the pyramid at Potomac Mills.

According to plan, there will be hundreds of sheet cakes weighing a total of more than 8,000 pounds to make up the pyramid cake, which can have no inside structures or support. All totaled, Stratford will need to distribute 32,000 slices of cake.

Stratford University has named the Fisher House Foundation as the charity of its choice for this record breaking attempt. The university will ask for $1 donations for each slice of cake served up at the mall, and that money will be donated to the two Fisher House locations in Ft. Belvoir and Richmond, Virginia. The Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve.

 

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Car flips on Occoquan Road

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Rescue crews were called to a report of an overturned car at the intersection of Occoquan Road and Davis Street. 

The car reportedly flipped at the Woodbridge intersection at 10:55 a.m. The crash involved two cars, both Ford automobiles, according to initial information. 

Callers to 911 told operators that at least one of the cars involved was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash occurred.

Rescue crews closed one lane of eastbound Occoquan Road when they arrived.

More as we have it.

Updated

Emergency crews report the crash is in the intersection of Occoqaun and Horner roads. Multiple cars are involved in the crash, they said. 

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Woodbridge Senior High School is performing Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The spirits of Christmas will visit the stage at Woodbridge Senior High School in Lake Ridge this season. 

The drama department there is putting on the finishing touches on Charles Dicken’s classic “A Christmas Carol.” 

From Woodbridge Senior High School volunteer Jennifer Rokasky: 

Woodbridge Senior High School is performing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Friday and Saturday November 11 and 12 at 7:30pm (with a matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday, November 12th) at the Woodbridge Senior High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and they are available for purchase at the door.

The play is directed by Woodbridge’s theatre teacher Terri Caretti.

A Christmas Carol is more than a tale about Christmas.  It is a story about personal redemption; the importance a family and friends; and our collective responsibility to care for the weak and destitute.  Charles Dickens changed the way England, and Europe, viewed the Holiday season.  Because of A Christmas Carol, the Holiday season is as much about charity and helping the poor, as it is about our family and friends.

Come get an early start to the Christmas Season at Woodbridge.  Although it is only early November, we wish you a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year.

Woodbridge Senior High School is located at 3001 Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge.

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Clinton wins Beville Middle School: Students hold mock election

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DALE CITY, Va. — They stood outside the gym chattering, excited, waiting — some not so patiently — to cast their vote for the next U.S. President.

“Stop! I did not call you in here yet,” shouted Tiffany Graczyk, a history and civics teacher at Beville Middle School in Dale City, who worked to keep order at the polling place while telling two anxious students to get back into a long line outside formed in a hallway outside the gym.

Graczyk on November 3 was serving as a poll worker in the school’s mock election, allowing voting students 12 and 14-years-old to place their ballots into a box and then giving each an “I voted” sticker. Many of those stickers wound up on voters’ faces.

“I won’t be able to vote for president, for real, until I’m 21-years-old, so this is my chance to be heard,” said 13-year-old AJ Royall.

The students and teachers participating in Beville Middle School’s mock election took it seriously. Once voters entered the polling place, they stood in a line until called to a table staffed by volunteers from the Prince William County Leauge of Women Voters, where each was asked for voter ID.

A card given to each student at the begging of the year with the student’s phone number, or the “lunch number” were accepted as valid forms of ID. Poll workers checked their names against a list of student voters, and then each voter was sent to a booth to fill out an individual ballot to include all four candidates for president: Clinton, Trump, Gary Johnson, of the Libertarian Party, and Jill Stein, of the Green Party.

Also on the students’ ballot: The same two constitutional amendment questions adults will see when they go to the polls on Tuesday, and the name Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly, who is running unopposed, seeking his 5th term in Congress representing Prince William and Fairfax counties.

“I didn’t like that we had only one option for Congress,” said Sarah-Myra Nzeutcheb, 13. “I hoped to see more options.”

Beville Middle School instructors Graczyk, Jim McGovern, and Atif Qarni, who last year ran for Virginia State Senate in Prince William County, worked together since the beginning of the school year to pull off the mock election. The teachers rearranged their governmental teaching unit that explains about the election process and the Electoral College and moved it from the end of the year to the beginning so students could understand what is happening on Election Day November 8.

“We want our students to be educated about the process, we show them TV campaign coverage, like CNN vs. Fox News and we show them campaign ads on TV, and we show them campaign mailers,” said Qarni. “We want them to experience the election as if they were voting in it.”

Graczyk counted the more than 400 ballots during 7th period, and an announcement declaring the winner of the vote was made before students left school for the day.

Hillary Clinton won the day at Beville with 242 votes, while Donald Trump won 32 votes. The remainder of the votes were split between Johnson and Stein.

All schools in Prince William County will be closed on November 8, as many are used for polling places.

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Potomac Local Voter Guide 2016: What’s on my ballot?

It’s been a long election season, and in it will be all over in about 48 hours.

We crafted this local voter guide for residents in Prince William and Stafford counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. This handy guide will tell you who is on your ballot, from presidential candidates, city council, and school board.

Also in the Guide: Links to profiles for the two candidates running in the special Manassas City Treasuer election, and links to the two constitutional amendments all Virginia voters will see when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

PotomacLocal.com’s Project: Election sent candidate surveys to all of the candidates listed this post. We have linked to the responses submitted by the candidates. 

If there is no link provided for a candidate for local offices, that candidate did not provide Project: Election questionnaire. 

For Presidential and Congressional candidates, we linked to their campaign websites. An asterisk notes incumbents. 

U.S. President 

Prince William County

1st Congressional District 

10th Congressional District

11th Congressional District

City of Manassas 

10th Congressional District

Manassas City Mayor 

City of Manassas Park 

Manassas Park City Mayor 

Governing Body 

Stafford County 

1st Congressional District 

Griffis-Widewater District School Board Representative 

Now for the two Constitutional Amendment questions that all Virginia residents will see.

Here is the first Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: 

Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?

Here is the second Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: 

Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?

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