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Prince William police investigating series of child neglect incidents

Officers are currently investigating several instances of child neglect and cruelty in Prince William County.


One incident took place at a home on Springwoods Drive in Woodbridge on the morning of August 16.

According to Prince William police, the victims – a 38-year old Woodbridge woman and a seven month old child – were in the home when the woman and 30-year Fredericksburg man Marcus Mays got into a verbal argument.

During the incident, Mays pushed the woman, who was holding the child, and knocked them to the ground, before getting on top of the woman and covering her nose and mouth, according to Prince William police.

There were minor injuries, stated Prince William police.

Mays is currently wanted for strangulation, cruelty or injuries to children and domestic assault and battery.

Two more child neglect cases took place in Woodbridge this week.

According to Prince William police, officers responded to a call in the area of Dale Boulevard and Forestdale Avenue in Woodbridge for a child that was found.

A caller told Prince William police that they saw a small child, who officers identified as a three year old boy, trying to cross Dale Boulevard.

Prince William police stated that the child lived on Fillerate Street and when they arrived at the residence, they found the door open and 24-year old Woodbridge woman Kiara White asleep in a bedroom.

The child was not injured.

White has been charged with felony child neglect, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police was called to another home, on Royal Court in Woodbridge on August 16 after a 9-1-1 call.

When officers arrived at the home, they found the front door open, and a one year old girl alone, according to Prince William police.

The infant was not injured.

Shortly after officers arrived, 56-year old Woodbridge woman Felicita Ortiz Sorto returned to the home. Sorto is being charged with abandonment of an infant, according to Prince William police.


According to Prince William police, an officer stopped a vehicle near Nokesville Road and Fitzwater Road in Nokesville for a suspected DUI (driving under the influence) on August 16.

During the incident, 33-year old Manassas man Jose Calleja Soto was found to be intoxicated and was arrested, according to Prince William police.

Additionally, officers found that a 12-year old girl, who was related to Calleja Soto, was inside the vehicle, stated Prince William police.

Calleja Soto has been charged with felony child neglect, driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license, according to Prince William police.

Updated: Officer shoots man during domestic dispute in Woodbridge

Update August 28, 2015

An internal investigation found a Prince William County Police officer was justified when he shot a man inside a Woodbridge home earlier this month. 

Here’s more in a press release: 

On August 17th at 6:36PM, officers were dispatched to a home in the 13100 block of Tory Loop in Woodbridge to investigate a domestic disturbance between Yonatan Marufe, 25, and his 47 year old step-mother. Initial information indicated that both parties were involved in a verbal altercation and that Yonatan had broken an interior door in the home.

The first officer made contact with the step-mother in front of the residence who relayed that Yonatan has a history of mental illness. The officer went to the front door of the home, announced himself and called for Yonatan. After receiving no response, and believing that Yonatan may be in the process of harming himself based on the step-mother’s description of his behavior, the officer entered the residence with the step-mother and went to an upper floor where he was last seen.

Upon reaching the top of the steps, Yonatan appeared suddenly in front of the officer, armed with a knife which he then raised towards the officer and the step-mother. In an attempt to create distance, the officer stepped back and lost his footing, falling back into the step-mother and down the stairs. Yonatan continued aggressively advancing down the steps towards the officer with the knife. At that point, the officer pulled his service weapon and shot towards Yonatan striking him once in the shoulder area. Yonatan sustained a non-life threatening wound and was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released later that night.

The officer and the step-mother sustained injuries from the fall and were also treated at an area hospital; both are expected to make a full recovery. Following the investigation Yonatan was charged with attempted aggravated malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and attempted aggravated malicious wounding. Yonatan remains in custody at the Adult Detention Center with a preliminary court date set for October 14, 2015.

According to Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert, “The officer was justified given the circumstances and acted appropriately.”

Prince William County Police Chief Steve Hudson commented, “I fully support the officer’s actions in this case and feel they were justified with the situation he faced. We hope everyone involved in this incident makes a speedy recovery and that Yonatan receives the proper treatment he needs.”

The Police Department’s administrative investigation is continuing, but has preliminarily found this officer involved shooting to be justified and objectively reasonable. The final review will be conducted by the Department’s Police Deadly Force Shooting Review Board which will examine the details of the incident.

The officer involved in the shooting was identified as Officer Hector Figueroa, a 30 plus year law enforcement veteran with 8 years of service with the Prince William County Police Department.

Original post August 17, 2015

A 25-year-old man was shot by a police officer tonight in Woodbridge. 

Officer Involved Shooting – Currently, the Prince William County Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred at a residence located in the 13100 block of Tory Lp in Woodbridge (22192).

Officers were initially called to the home around 6:36PM for a reported domestic disturbance between a mother and son. An officer arrived at the residence and made contact with the mother. While speaking to the mother, the son, identified as a 25 year old man, approached the officer armed with a knife.

During the encounter, the officer fired and struck the son in the upper body. The son was flown to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The officer and mother sustained minor, non-gunshot related injuries and were also transported to an area hospital.

More information on this incident will be released when available.

Habitat for Humanity bringing new jobs, ‘Restore’ to Woodbridge


Habitat for Humanity is opening a new Habitat Restore in Woodbridge.

According to President of Habitat for Humanity Prince William County Traci DeGroat, the new store will be opened at Noblewood Plaza in Woodbridge, in a portion of the former Food Lion building.

“It actually raises funds to help us with our construction projects that we do. The Woodbridge store is just an expansion into a second location,” said DeGroat.

Habitat for Humanity has been running a successful Restore in Manassas for 11 years, according to DeGroat.

The new location in Woodbridge has been talked about for a long time, but after acquiring a special use permit from the county, Habitat for Humanity was able to move forward with the expansion.

“They require the special use permit, because we’re receiving donated materials, so they consider it a donation center,” said DeGroat.

DeGroat said that one of the motivations for opening another location, was to make it easier for residents to donate.

“We’re opening a store [in Woodbridge] to be closer to the donors on the eastern end on the county, to make it more convenient for them. Not only that, but we’re hoping to have enough profit from it to be able to improve the number of families we serve…in order to enhance our real mission, which is to provide affordable and safe housing for everyone in the community,” said DeGroat.

The store is expected to open at the end of December or beginning of January, said DeGroat. They’re also planning to hire between eight and ten employees, according to DeGroat.

Once the store is open, they will be able to take donations.

“Just like in our Manassas store, we will accept furniture, building materials, tools, household goods – anything to do with the home. Once we have that fully stocked and open, the general public is welcome to shop there,” DeGroat said. 

Shots fired at vehicle in Woodbridge

Prince William police were called to the area of Old Coach Road and Rippon Boulevard in Woodbridge on the afternoon of August 13, to investigate the shooting.

The three victims – a 22-year old man, a 21-year old woman, and a 17-year old girl – told officers they were in a vehicle on Old Coach Road, when they were followed in a vehicle by 18-year old Woodbridge man Ron Elliott, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that the victims heard several gunshots that appeared to be aimed at the vehicle.

No one was injured, and there were no damages, according to Prince William police.

Officers on the scene found multiple shell casings.

Elliot is currently wanted on three counts of attempted malicious wounding and one count of reckless handling of a firearm, stated Prince William police.

Lots of yummy fun at Prince William County Fair

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There is nothing like sausage, peppers, and onions when it comes to eats at the fair.

Served on a bun with fries and a cola, bangers are a time-honored classic at the county fair.

“Sausage. It’s fair food,” said Billy, of New York City, whose been travel across the U.S. making fair food for 47 years”They’ve been serving since this the 1800s.”

He starts cooking the sausage at least hours before the fairground opens to the public, and then adds the peppers and onions later in the process. Hand-dipped corn dogs and French fries are another fair delicacies you can find at Billy’s cart.

There’s a lot of food to eat at the Prince William County Fair. From burgers, chicken, turkey legs, and pizza, there’s enough here to make your cholesterol rise just thinking about eating here.

There’s also sweet treats to eat, like ice cream and funnel cakes.

It really about having the right batter, the right temperature, and the right technique, and you’ll get the perfect funnel cake,” said Corona Tidmore, of Lonestart, Texas, who travels up and down the east coast making funnel cakes at fairs.

She’ll make hundreds of funnel cakes over the course of the fair. She’ll put toppings like cherries, drizzled chocolate, and the most popular of toppings strawberries and cooked apples.

“The apples taste like apple pie and the starwberries — everybody likes strawberries,” said Tidmore.

The Prince William County Fair runs through Aug. 22, 2015.

Prince William County Fair opens

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The Prince William County Fair opens for its 2015 run tonight.

This is the 66th year for the county fair, which offers a little something for everyone — from carnival rides, animals, music, to demolition derby in the grandstand.

The runs Aug. 14 to 22 at the Prince William County Fairgrounds at 10624 Dumfries Road in Manassas. Everyone gets into the fair for $6 for opening night August, 14, 2015.

Here are the prices and special dates for the remainder of the fair:

General admission: $10
Child (ages5-13) and seniors (ages 60 or older) $6
Half-price day is Monday, Aug. 17, child/seniors $3 and adults $5
Tuesday is $2 admission, $2 per ride (no wristbands)
All ladies admitted free Wednesday, Aug. 19
All veterans admitted free Thursday, Aug. 20
Active duty military admitted free daily
There are several new attractions to the fair this year:

Welde’s Big Bear Show
Jeff Robbins Mountain Music
Ackmonster Chainsaw Artist
No-Joe’s Clown Circus
Jurassic Kingdom
Comedian Reggie Rice

The home arts exhibits are always popular at the Prince William County Fair. It’s where anyone can bring produce they’ve grown at home, food, and crafts into be judged. Prizes are awarded for everything from best-looking produce, best photography, best canned good, to tastiest jelly.

“The home arts department is a dying breed, especially here in Northern Virginia. It’s something that is truly unique to a county fair,” said spokeswoman Chrissy Taylor.

Some of the fair’s largest attractions — tractor pull, demolition derby, and “bulls ‘n barrels” show — will be featured in the grandstand and are free with admission.

Fair organizers listed this year’s events for the 10-day run.

Woodbridge homeless shelter gets $100K for renovations

The Hilda M. Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge is getting a new kitchen.

The shelter, named after former Woodbridge supervisor Hilda Barg, is a 30-bed emergency facility.

Recently, the county owned shelter switched service providers to Northern Virginia Family Services, who now oversee operations of the shelter.

According to county documents, the Prince William County Department of Social Services received $100,000 from a community service trust, in order to do the renovations. The board approved the appropriation of funds at their August 4 meeting.

At the shelter, volunteers from the Cooperative Council of Ministries provide daily meals to shelter residents, and they noted that it was time to upgrade the equipment and storage space in the kitchen, according to county documents.

County documents stated that if funds are leftover from the kitchen renovations, the Department of Social Services will replace furniture and computer equipment on site.

“We are working with the Cooperative Council of Ministries to determine the specifics. We haven’t gotten very far because the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) just approved the appropriation” stated Courtney S. Tierney, the Director of the Department of Social Services.

Prince William shelter bursting with animals

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Jennette Skinner came to the animal shelter Wednesday in search of a new friend.

She adopted her pit bull from a shelter in Maryland, but he’s now passed on. She now hopes to rescue a small dog and a cat.

“We’ve always had big dogs, and now we want a small one because they’re easier to take care of,” said Skinner, of Manassas.

She was one of the several people lined up outside the door at the Prince William County Animal Shelter just before it opened at 11 a.m. There are about 200 animals inside the 40-year-old shelter to choose from, from dogs and cats to birds, and guinea pigs.

Summer is a busy time for the shelter, as the staff usually sees an influx of cats and other animals during the warmer months. Space here is at a premium, as the shelter wasn’t built to house as many animals as it does today.

About 2,000 animals per year came through the shelter when it opened in 1975. Today it sees about 6,000. Animals here are no longer euthanized due to space constraints.

“The way that sheltering has changed has created some problems with us,” said Suzette Kapp, head caretaker the shelter. “We don’t have enough space; we don’t have air circulation in some rooms,
and we’re understaffed.”

The shelter operates with about 40% fewer staff members than needed. Volunteers who filled out an online application and were later picked to work here help fill the void.

Dogs are usually adopted from shelters sooner than cats. But it was a cat Allison Wishon, of Purcellville, was searching for when she came to the Prince William shelter.

“We have two rescue cats at home, and we know there are so many more animals out there that don’t have homes,” said Wishon.

The shelter, and an animal shelter in Manassas, will participate in the “clear the shelters” adoption event on Saturday. It’s an event sponsored by NBC, and Kapp says she hopes national attention brought by the TV network will help to increase the number adoptions at the shelter.

The adoption event on Saturday is just one of several the shelter does over the course of the year. It also brings animals to festivals and fairs in the community, and posts photos of them on social media to get them adopted.

The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Those who wish to adopt should bring ID with their address printed on it. Animals that are not spayed or neutered will be sent to an area veterinarian where the animal will undergo the procedure. Those who adopt will need to pay the shelter adoption fee of $45, and a $140 spay or neuter fee for dogs or $100 for cats.

Next month, the shelter will celebrate its 40th anniversary on September 27. Rescue groups, children’s activities, and raffles will be featured during the event that is aimed at bringing more people inside the shelter.

The Prince William County Animal Shelter is located at 14807 Bristow Road near Manassas, just off Route 234 across from the county’s animal shelter.

Plato’s Closet off to good start with Woodbridge grand opening

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If you love a good deal, and you’re in Woodbridge, you’re in luck.

A new Plato’s Closet location had its grand opening at 13293 Worth Avenue, near Potomac Mills Mall, just in time for back to school shopping.

The Plato’s Closet chain, which is a secondhand clothing store for teens and young adults, has several locations in the Northern Virginia area, including one in Manassas and Fairfax, according to their website.

The store offers clothing for both men and women, and allows customers to sell their own clothes to the store. According to the Plato’s Closet, each store varies in what they will purchase, but they prefer trendy and designer clothing items.

The line was almost out the door this afternoon, with shoppers laden down with their purchases.

Manassas, Prince William vie for more weddings

Calling all brides to Harris Pavilion.

Manassas will host its first-ever bridal show underneath the popular destination. It’s the same spot where city employee Thomas Joyce wed his sweetheart Ashley Thiesing on live TV July 31.

It’s the next move for a city that is working to market itself as a wedding destination.

“The Harris Pavilion is a great wedding venue with the trademark Virginia LOVE sign hanging behind it. The Manassas Museum Lawn is also ideal for a large outdoor wedding (when Liberia Plantation is finished with restoration, it is another option for outdoor weddings). The Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory is another unique wedding venue for a smaller, more intimate wedding,” said Historic Manassas, Inc. spokeswoman Brittany Bowman.

The show on Sunday, Sept. 6 will feature local businesses like caterers, shops with unique wedding gift ideas, wedding dress boutiques, and spas. While most bridal shows are held in spring, organizers of the Manassas show wanted to take advantage of the still-warm September weather in hopes it will help bring out brides to be.

“We are hoping to attract recently engaged women who plan on getting married in the next 18 months searching for an authentic wedding,” said Bowman.

The city hopes to make the bridal show an annual event, she added.

Prince William County is also in the wedding business, of sorts. The county’s Historic Properties Division manages some of the most historic sites in the region, like the county’s first courthouse at Bristow, to the 18th-century tobacco plantation, and the oldest house ni Prince William County, Rippon Lodge.

“Our sites give people the option of an affordable location that has a great history, scenery, and originality. All of our sites are over 100 years old and have defined this community,” said historic properties spokesman Rob Orrison.

Open flames aren’t allowed in the historic buildings, but, surprisingly, alcohol is, with the proper permits. Users may visit the county’s website to reserve a historic and read a list of freqeuntly asked questions.

Manassas a magnet for creative, performing arts

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The Arts and Tourism District is in Historic Downtown Manassas.

Manassas already boasted the renowned Center for the Arts where visual and performing arts are taught, practiced and displayed as well as the highly regarded local studios and galleries, Creative Brush and ArtBeat. But local artists and community leaders wanted more.

The city council has a vision for Manassas to become known as an arts and cultural center in Northern Virginia, and beyond.

Last year the city converted the hallway on the first floor of City Hall into an art gallery aptly named “The Hall at City Hall.” The gallery has featured paintings, photographic art and works by local art students at Osborn High School and changes artwork every six weeks so there are regularly new displays.

Another example is the banner art displayed on light poles throughout Historic Downtown. The juried competition attracted artists from throughout the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Sixty of the more than 130 entries were transformed into public art that is on display seasonally until winter.

Historic Manassas Inc., the city’s Virginia Main Street Program, oversaw the project and intends to repeat it annually. The top -ranked submission, as judged by a panel of professional artists, received a $1,000 cash prize and at the end of the season one artist will be awarded the “People’s Choice” prize of $500. Ballots for this are included in a brochure describing each piece and available at the City’s visitor center in the historic train station adjacent to the municipal parking garage.

But it’s not all just about the visual arts.

Manassas also boasts the second largest ballet company in Virginia. The work of the Manassas Ballet Theater is recognized in the national and international press.

This attention helps contribute to Manassas becoming known as a regional arts and tourist destination. Further, Manassas worked closely with George Mason University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Prince William County to bring the Hylton Performing Arts Center from dream to reality. The city continues to provide support to ensure the performing arts venue remains an asset for the citizens of Manassas and the surrounding area as well as attracting visitors.

There are many other local performing and visual arts groups and businesses in the city too numerous to mention in this article; all of which exist to teach, promote or display the vibrant culture of this historic yet modern city.

Prince William schools surpass Virginia SOL scores

Prince William County Public School students beat the pass rates of counterparts statewide on the latest Standards of Learninga ssessments in almost all subject areas, and across most demographic groups, according to initial results released today by the Virginia Department of Education. [Read more]

Hookah bar brawl erupts in Woodbridge

A trip to a Woodbridge hookah bar turned sour after two women got into a fight.

Prince William police were called to the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center on Opitz Boulevard for a stabbing incident.

According to the victim – a 25-year old Dumfries woman – she and 23-year old Woodbridge woman Tiffany Conley, an acquaintance, got into a verbal argument that escalated outside of the Babylon Hookah bar on Golanksy Boulevard, stated Prince William police.

During the fight, Conley took a box cutter and stabbed the victim several times in the upper body, stated Prince William police.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for serious, but not life-threatening injuries, according to Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that Conley has been charged with malicious wounding, and is being held without bond.

Why Supervisor Principi is wearing a Trader Joe’s shirt

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Supervisor Frank Principi wants a Trader Joe’s grocery store in Woodbridge.

And to prove that point, Principi will be taking a trip in a Trader Joe’s shirt he bought on eBay to the store’s headquarters in Monrovia, California on August 17.

At the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo building in Woodbridge, Principi hosted a reception last week with residents to talk about the campaign for a Trader Joe’s location to come to Woodbridge.

The privately-owned specialty grocery chain was started in 1958 by Joe Coulumbe, according to the Trader Joe’s website. The chain currently has more than 400 locations in the United States.

“I grew up in Southern California…when I was growing up we had a Trader Joe’s on what seemed like every corner…[and] as I was growing up my family owned a chain of grocery stores,” said Principi.

Currently there are three Trader Joe’s locations in Fairfax, but none in Prince William.

In order to appeal to Trader Joe’s, Principi and his staff have started a Facebook page and a petition that will be used as verification of community support when he visits their headquarters.

Additionally, Principi said that he has been meeting with individuals that are involved in selecting Trader Joe’s locations and retail site owners that could offer space for a new Woodbridge location.

“We have been meeting with developers who own and operate commercial centers, and we have three of them who have agreed to provide us confidential proprietary lease packages that add a lot specifics for the decision from Trader Joe’s to relocate here. I will be bringing with me ‘my homework’…the demographics of the three locations we’re looking at…the lease packages are part of it…a cover letter on ‘why Woodbridge’ to make the case for us,” said Principi.

Principi noted that the trip he is taking to California, as well as an additional trip to a broker for Trader Joe’s in Boston, will be paid for out of his own pocket.

Trader Joe’s makes their decisions about new locations each January, and it would take at least one to two years before a retail location is open, said Principi.

“Woodbridge is changing. Frankly, not as quick as we’d like, but it is changing and the new Woodbridge is becoming a reality…we need a Trader Joe’s to help brand our community,” Principi said.

Chuy’s Tex-Mex replaces Macaroni Grill in Woodbridge

Think of it like a Mexican diner.

Chuy’s will open in the old Romano’s Macaroni Grill on Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge. Construction crews since last week have been working on getting rid of the makings of the old Italian restaurant to make way for the new Tex-Mex eatery.

Coined from a nickname people use for Jesus, the Austin, Texas-based Chuy’s has been opening new restaurants across the east cost. They opened their first one in Austin in 1982. The company opened its first Chuy’s outside Texas in 2009 and has been expanding ever since.
The company is expanding in Northern Virginia.

“We opened two restaurants, one in Fairfax and the other in Springfield, and they’re doing very well,” said Kianne Hilburn, a company spokeswoman. “Woodbridge was the obvious next step.”

The restaurant prides itself on using fresh, never frozen ingredients. The prices are more like something you would find in a traditional diner, said Hilburn. The most expensive item on the menu is the fajitas for about $15.

Patrons will also find silverware rolls, and funky wall decorations, much like you would find in a diner, when Chuy’s opens, said Hilburn.

The new Chuy’s in Woodbridge will open next door to another already popular chain Mexican restaurant — On the Border. On many nights when Macaroni Grill was still open, the parking lot at On the Border was packed with cars while fewer cars were parked outside the Italian joint.

“We consider ourselves to be different from On the Border simply because we are authentic tex-mex,” said Hilburn.

Chuy’s gets all of its recipes from border towns along the Rio Grande River between Texas and Mexico. It’s not clear when the new eatery will open, but the company hopes to open its doors before the end of 2015, said Hilburn.

Burger joint burglarized in Woodbridge

Someone stopped at  Bobby Flay’s burger restaurant in Woodbridge – but not for a bite to eat.

On the morning of August 8, Prince William police were called to the Bobby’s Burger Palace location at Potomac Mills Mall for a burglary.

According to an employee, the burglary took place at 7:25 a.m. that morning, stated Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that video surveillance showed an individual entering through the front door of the restaurant and taking cash from the cash registers, before exiting through a back side door.

The individual is described as a black male, 5’11” and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans, gloves and black shoes, stated Prince William police.

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The ladies who bring history to life at Civil War Weekend in Manassas

Civil War Weekend is not just about fighting and strategy.  It’s about the upheavals of lives and it’s about the lives of women during the Civil War.  

Living historians will portray Clara Barton, the famous Civil War nurse; Dorothea Dix, an American activist who created the first American mental asylums; Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln’s seamstress and confidante; the wives of Generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Isaac Trimble.  Barbara Smith and Hendrina Appelt will speak to audiences about the role of women in the war.

Tracey McIntire and Dr. Audrey Scanlan-Teller will speak about the experiences of more than four hundred women who disguised themselves as men and served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. They will speak not only about individual soldiers, but about gender roles and military culture during the era.

Inside the Manassas Museum, join museum curator Mary Helen Dellinger for Chats with the Curator.  These will highlight unusual items in the Museum collection. Prince William County Historic Site Operations Supervisor Rob Orrison will speak about the joint city-county exhibit, New World Aristocracy: The Carters of Virginia, and guest curator Chesney Rhodes will speak about her exhibit, Partisans Among Playmates: American Childhood and the Civil War.

At nearby Liberia Plantation, 8601 Portner Avenue, stroll through the shade-filled grounds and hear the accounts of well-known Confederate Spy Rose Greenhow, portrayed by Emily Lapisardi. A living historian who has presented historical impersonations in nine states and the District of Columbia, Lapisardi will tell the stories of Liberia’s connection to Civil War spy rings and Greenhow’s ability to glean information from Union admirers. 

Interpreter Marion Dobbins will bring to life a more local slave experience as she presents a portrayal of slave life at Liberia, once the largest slave-holding plantation in the area. Dobbins will also cook over an open fire, and talk about African-American “foodways” and culture.

Check manassasmuseum.org/civilwar for the weekend’s latest schedule.


5 local spots for great seafood

Looking to savor great seafood without having to go very far to get it?  These hidden hideaways right here in Prince William & Manassas, will transport you to a seaside retreat to indulge in fruity cocktails and fresh seafood. With a wide variety of activities, live music and more there is sure to be something for everyone at one of these local eateries.

Tim’s Rivershore – Located in Woodbridge, this waterfront restaurant sits on one of the widest points of the Potomac River and offers panoramic views of the river. The view can be enjoyed from inside the restaurants dining room, on the outdoor deck or at the torch-lit tiki bar and beach. 

From monthly full moon bonfires on the beach to their annual “Not on the 4th” fireworks display there is a constant flow of events, live music and festivals held here every year. Serving fresh crabs, oysters, scallops, shrimp, mussels, and fish as well as steaks, burgers, pulled pork and chicken sandwiches this family-friendly restaurant is a must visit.

Blue Ridge Seafood – Find a southern twist on traditional seafood dishes in Gainesville, at Blue Ridge Seafood.  From fried frog legs to alligator bites and crawfish you are in for a treat when visiting this southern seafood hideaway.  More traditional fare such as fresh crabs, seasonal fish, hush puppies and french fries are also offered. 

Plan a night out with family and friends to enjoy live music on the back deck or stop in and pick up crabs and hush puppies to enjoy at home.  Their backyard tiki bar is the perfect backdrop to any happy hour too!

Crosby’s Crab Co. – Rated one of the best places to find fresh fish, lobster, crabs and oysters in Northern Virginia by Washingtonian Magazine, Crosby’s Crab Company prides itself on its fresh seafood selection.  In addition to a variety of local seafood to choose from they also have alligator, frog legs and octopus available for the brave and curious.

A more traditional seafood market, they offer carry out service only and can often be found at the Historic Downtown Manassas Farmers Market on Saturdays during the summer months. Crosby’s is open year round to satisfy any seafood cravings.

CJ Finz Raw Bar & Grill – A surf and turf restaurant offering coastal dining with a hometown feel, is what guests will find at CJ Finz Raw Bar & Grill in the heart of Historic Downtown Manassas.  Offering a hint of the Outer Banks in Northern Virginia, diners can relax on the rooftop deck while enjoying freshly shucked oysters or a beer from one of the local breweries.

This family friendly restaurant offers a wide variety of seafood and southern style dishes from fried pickles to oyster po-boy sandwiches. It is a must visit next time you are in the mood for a convenient get away with great food and amazing views.

Madigan’s Waterfront – Whether you are looking for a special place for date night or a unique location for your next private event, this waterfront retreat can accommodate both.  Overlooking the Occoquan River and marina patrons can select from a variety of seafood dishes and seating options that are sure to please. 

The topside deck and tiki bar play host to live music and entertainment throughout the summer months, making it the perfect spot to sit back and relax. From candlelit riverside dining to karaoke and dancing there is a little something for everyone at this restaurant on the river.

To discover more about where to dine and shop visit discoverpwm.com.   

Victim clobbered in face, Woodbridge man charged

A Woodbridge man has been charged with unlawful wounding.

Prince William police were called to a home on Granada Way in Woodbridge on the evening of August 5, to investigate an assault.

The victim – a 22-year old Woodbridge man – told officers that he and 22-year old Travon Davis were involved in a verbal fight that escalated, stated Prince William police.

During the incident, Davis struck the victim in the face, which caused a severe injury, according to Prince William police.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment, said Prince William police.

Prince William police stated that Davis is being held without bond.

And on the same evening, Prince William police were also called to the scene of an altercation on Berkshire Drive in Woodbridge.

According to Prince William police, the victim – a 15-year old boy – told officers that he and 38-year old woman Flor Donis Arevalo, were in a verbal argument that escalated.

During the altercation, Donis Arevalo allegedly picked up a knife and chased the victim into the residence, stated Prince William police.

The victim struck Donis Arevalo in the face during the incident. The victim was not injured, stated Prince William police.

Donis Arevalo has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, according to Prince William police.

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