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F&B Concrete relocates headquarters to the city of Manassas

We are excited to announce that F&B Concrete, LLC has moved its corporate headquarters to the City of Manassas.  Established in 1998 in the City of Manassas Park, F&B Concrete has proven itself to be one of the most professional and specialized commercial concrete construction contractors in the area. 
 
F&B currently works for some of the region’s most well respected General Contractor’s.  Their scope of work includes foundations, slab-on-grade, structural and suspended slabs to private, government and municipal sector customers with contracts ranging from $250,000.00 to $3 million.
 
“I am pleased to welcome the corporate offices of F&B Concrete to the City of Manassas.  Our locality serves as an employment center for the Greater Manassas region and is increasingly becoming the location of choice for employers seeking a community that understands and meets the needs of their business,” said Patrick Small, Economic Development Director for the City of Manassas. 

For additional information, please contact Christine Reynolds at creynolds@fandbconcrete.com

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Two new arrests made in Rivas murder; Eight face charges

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *ADDITIONAL SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED – Detectives from the Prince William County Homicide Unit have identified two additional suspects wanted in connection to the murder of Christian Alexander SOSA RIVAS. The victim’s body was located along the shoreline of the Potomac River on January 12, 2017. Additional information obtained in the ongoing investigation identified one of the suspects as 27-year old Dimas Misael CANALES SANTOS of Hyattsville, Maryland. The second suspect was identified as a 17-year-old male juvenile, also of Maryland. The juvenile suspect was located and arrested without incident on March 29 in Montgomery County by members of the Montgomery County Police Department. The juvenile suspect will be held in Maryland until he is extradited back to Virginia. The CANALES SANTOS suspect remains wanted and is being sought by police. Six other suspects, including a separate juvenile, were previously arrested in connection to this investigation.

Wanted: [No photo available]

Dimas Misael CANALES SANTOS, 27, of the 5000 block of 54th Ave in Hyattsville, MD

Described as a Hispanic male, 5’6”, 140lbs with black hair and brown eyes

Wanted for murder and conspiracy to commit a felony

 

Arrested on March 29: [Juvenile]

A 17-year-old male juvenile of Montgomery County, MD

Charged with principal in the 2nd degree [murder]

Court Date: Pending | Status: Awaiting Extradition

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Kitchen fire to blame for Dale City home inferno

On Tuesday, March 28th at 11:25 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a single family home located in the 14700 block of Darbydale Avenue in Woodbridge.

Upon entry, fire and rescue crews encountered heavy smoke on the first floor and in the attic. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

No injuries reported.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, the home sustained moderate damage estimated at $30,000. (more…)

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App for public transport now features PRTC bus arrivals

From Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commission:

PRTC bus arrival information is now available on Moovit, the world’s #1 transit app that’s free on iOS, Android and the Web.

Moovit, which has more than 55 million users, combines information from public transit entities along with live information from users, offering travelers a real-time picture, including the best route.

“Some people hesitate to use transit because of the uncertainty about when their bus will arrive. By providing real-time information, we’ll make our transit services more attractive and help to put riders’ minds at ease,” said PRTC Chairman Frank J. Principi. (more…)

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Expect overnight work on I-95 ramp at Dale Boulevard

From VDOT: 

A portion of the ramp from southbound I-95 to Dale Blvd (Route 784) will be closed the nights of Tuesday, March 28 through Friday, March 31 for tree clearing related to the ramp realignment project, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The ramp will be closed between the Potomac Mills Road spur ramp and Dale Boulevard according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Friday, March 31: 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Traffic will be detoured via Potomac Mills Road and Gideon Drive back to Dale Boulevard.

All work is weather permitting.

The project will realign the ramp and add a traffic signal so that traffic from southbound I-95 can merge more safely onto westbound Dale Boulevard. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.

                             

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Two adults, 3 children taken to hospital after blaze

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On Friday, March 24th at 2:36 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a single-family home located in the 11200 block of Ramrod Road in Woodbridge.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered the home fully involved in flames. As fire and rescue crews initiated defensive and rural water operations to extinguish the fire, they were informed all occupants had safely evacuated the home; 5 escaped through a second-story window onto the roof of the front porch and 2 from the basement.

Of the seven occupants, 2 adults and 3 children, were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

A Building Official was on scene and has posted the home unsafe.

According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, damages are estimated at $525,000, a total loss.

The fire started on the outside of the home caused by improper discarding of smoking materials.

Prince William County Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee urges residents to take precautions when using smoking materials. 

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Bank robbery suspects arrested, connection to additional robberies under investigation

From Prince William County Police:

Attempted Bank Robbery ARREST – Upon further investigation into the reported attempted bank robbery which occurred at the BB&T Bank located at 13920 Noblewood Plz in Woodbridge on March 22, detectives have charged the driver of the suspect vehicle involved, identified as James Robert MOTON.

The passenger in the same vehicle, identified as William Howard ROBINSON, was also arrested on an unrelated charge. The investigation continues into this incident and possible connections to other additional robberies in Prince William County. Additional charges are pending. (more…)


Holiday Inn Express North Stafford part of growing ‘select service’ hotel catering to business travelers

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It’s been about a month since the Wingate Inn in North Stafford changed its name to Holiday Inn Express, and there’s already been a noticeable improvement.

The rooms are completely renovated, and the pool went from a chlorine-filled swimming hole to a salt water oasis, and the continental breakfast is now anything but bland.

The changes are part of an $6 million renovation project at the hotel located the heart of North Staford, across from Stafford Marketplace. Changing the brand of the hotel was a significant move to attract and cater to business travelers.

“If we’re going to do a full renovation we’re going to go for a higher brand,” said Amal Lambaraa, Managing Director of Lambaraa Hospitality LLC at the Holiday Inn Express in North Stafford.

The new name not only means fresh linens and a brighter coat of paint. It means a better, healthier complimentary breakfast with low-calorie pancakes, waffles, and grab-and-go healthy options like fruit and gourmet coffee.

“Some days, the breakfast you take away can also be your lunch. You can take your food with you, and that prevents you from needing to run out to a gas station to get food or coffee,” added Lambarra.

There is over $1 billion in new hotel construction happening across Virginia right now. Leading the pack are these types of “select service” hotels. (more…)

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Mental health counselor charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor

From Prince William County Police Department:

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor – On March 6, detectives from the Special Victims Unit began an investigation involving a juvenile and a counselor at the Psychological and Life Skills Associates located at 13885 Hedgewood Dr, Suite 245, in Woodbridge .

The investigation revealed that between January and March of 2017, the accused, identified as Matthew Stuart BROUDY, had an inappropriate relationship with a client, identified as a 17-year-old female juvenile. During the course of their relationship, the accused engaged in inappropriate contact with the victim on more than one occasion while at his above office in Woodbridge.

Detectives further learned that the accused continued to send the victim sexually explicit messages. On March 16, detectives executed a search warrant at BROUDY’s office and seized electronic items. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested.

Arrested on March 16:
Matthew Stuart BROUDY, 46, of 5711 4th St N. in Arlington
Charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and using a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

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Chimney fire scorches three-story townhouse in Woodbridge

From Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue:

On Wednesday, March 15th at 8:55 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 3400 block of Braddock Road in Woodbridge.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire in the basement that had extended to the second and third floor of the home. Firefighters initiated fire attack and extinguished the fire.

No injuries reported. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages are estimated at $200,000, a total loss.

The Building Official has posted the home unsafe.Red Cross was on scene to assist, 2 adults and 2 children, displaced by the fire.

The fire originated in the chimney and has been determined as accidental.

Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee would like to urge residents to follow these fire and life-safety tips when using wood burning equipment:

  • Each year, prior to using your fireplace or wood stove, have your chimney and vents inspected and cleaned by a qualified professional.
  • Have a sturdy fireplace screen or keep the doors on the wood stove closed to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Burn only dry, seasoned wood in fireplaces and wood stoves and dry, seasoned wood pellets in pellet stoves.
  • NEVER start the fire with a flammable liquid, kerosene or gasoline; use newspaper or kindling.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away.
  • NEVER leave a fireplace or wood stove fire unattended, particularly when children are present.

 

 

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Another Wells Fargo Bank branch robbed

From Prince William police: Wells Fargo Suspect 1

 

Bank Robbery – On March 13 at 11:08AM, officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 13716 Smoketown Rd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man approached the bank area then passed a note demanding money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of Wells Fargo Suspect 2money before fleeing the area in a silver Dodge or Chrysler van. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

Black male, 5’08” with a thin build

Last seen wearing black jacket with purple stripes, sunglasses, and a Dallas Cowboys hatWells Fargo Suspect Vehicle

A Wells Fargo Bank branch on Dale Boulevard in Dale City was robbed in a similar fashion on March 3.

 


Bingo mixed with aerobics keeps seniors active during winter months

The winter months can be a difficult time for seniors.

Cold temperatures and wintry weather conditions can make it difficult to go outside or to take regular shopping trips and excursions.

The Arbor Terrace Sudley Manor Assisted Living and Memory Care Center near Manassas recognizes this can be a problem and works to keep their residents active and engaged on gray winter days.

One of the ways it does so is by gathering residents in a dining area and playing “Arringo,” an activity that mixes aerobics with bingo to engage the mind, body, and soul.

This post is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Manassas

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Attic blaze at house on Colchester Road doused

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Woodbridge, VA March 12, 2017 — 8:22 a.m. Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton  Volunteer Department responded to the report of a house fire at 1416  Colchester Road in Woodbridge. Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported smoke showing from the attic.

The fire was under = control quickly with minimal damage. Fire & Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD and PWC Department of Fire & Rescue and PWCPD, responded to the incident. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s office.

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Potomac Nationals stadium lease deal would be most expensive in Minor League Baseball

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Photos: Potomac Nationals fans pack the Board of Supervisors chambers, Potomac Nationals Owner Art Silber

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The owner of the Potomac Nationals told Prince William County leaders they had to choose to move forward with a proposal to build a new baseball stadium in Woodbridge or lose the team.

“We’re outta time…We need to know if we’re going to move. The lead time for another ballpark for another community is two years. We will sell the team. We’re not going to own the team unless it is here,” Potomac Nationals Owner Art Silber told the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors listened, and to move ahead with a non-binding agreement that calls for the prospect of building a $35 million baseball stadium with as many as 7,000 seats for the Potomac Nationals to lease from the county for 30 years. In addition to construction costs, county taxpayers would be on the hook for up to $7 million in site work to prepare the stadium site and cover the cost of a $450,000 annual rent payment to JBG Companies, the owners of the Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center where the new stadium would be built.

The annual rent payment would be the most expensive in all of Minor Leauge Baseball, said Michelle Attreed, who works in the county budget office. With a rent escalator clause in the contract, the county would pay millions in rental fees to JBG Companies for the seven acres of land on which the stadium will sit, across from Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. (more…)

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Suspect wanted for abduction arrested without incident

Abduction | Unlawful Wounding * ARREST – On March 8, John David CABRERA-BONILLA, wanted for a domestic incident which occurred at a residence located in the 14400 block of Brandon Ct in Woodbridge on February 24, was arrested without incident at his residence.

Arrested on March 8:
John David CABRERA-BONILLA, 19, of the 14400 block of Brandon Ct in Woodbridge
Charged with abduction and unlawful wounding
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond (more…)

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Man, 26, arrested for dealing drugs via Uber

Abduction | Narcotics Investigation – On March 7 at 12:58 p.m., officers responded to the area of Minnieville Rd near Cardinal Dr in Woodbridge to investigate a possible ongoing abduction. A third party caller reported to police that her friend, a 26-year-old woman of Woodbridge, had picked up an unknown man in the above area with her Uber vehicle. (more…)


3rd Annual Historic Manassas Bridal Show

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The 3rd Annual Historic Manassas Bridal Show is taking place on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory. This free event is proving to be that the third times a charm for this growing event with a wide variety of 30 wedding-related vendors. In years past, the event has been held at two other potential wedding venues in the City – the Harris Pavilion and the Manassas Museum Lawn. This year will be the first indoor show at another great downtown wedding venue – Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory.

This year’s Bridal Show will make the most out of this unique, gorgeous location. The first floor of the Center for the Arts features a gallery ideal for a happy hour before the reception. Hop on the elevator to the third floor featuring the perfect space for a reception. With gorgeous exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, this space is perfect for a reception with around 120 guests.

This year’s show will feature 30 vendors located on both the first and third floors. Local downtown merchants including Amy’s Bridal Boutique, Shining Sol Candle Company, Scatter Seeds, Jirani Coffeehouse, Travel Place, and Okra’s Cajun Creole will be set up along with popular venues such as Morais Vineyards and Airlie. Photographers, bakers, entertainment providers, specialty gift providers and more will be set up as well. A complete listing of all participating vendors can be found here. (more…)


Manassas Park builds community, finds success with youth basketball

Ask any Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation staff member what is the most popular program offered and without hesitation, they will respond, “The youth basketball league.”

The Manassas Park Youth Basketball League (MPYBL) is going into its 20th year, and lots of credit is owed to the community spirit the residents and employees of Manassas Park exude.

“Whenever we come there’s always a sense of family,” writes 2016-2017 MPYBL Coach Steve Gaskins, “There’s something here for everyone. It’s like a second home. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and the building is organized and clean.”

Gaskins is not exaggerating. Generations of families have grown up with Manassas Park Parks and Recreation including children who enrolled in Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC) preschool before the current building was built and are now graduating from high school. Children who participated in Extended Care and MP3, afterschool programs for school-age children and teenagers respectively, are now working part time jobs at the Community Center.

Many players return year after year to participate in the league. High school freshman Jonathan Ojo enjoys the basketball league for its great level of competition. (more…)

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Where Woodbridge voter office sits, DMV wants its space back

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A long-standing relationship between Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles and the Prince William County Voter Registrar could be coming to an end. 

A voter registration office at the Woodbridge DMV Customer Service Center — an office in which the county does not pay rent to use — could be reclaimed by the DMV to make up for lost revenue. 

From Virginia DMV spokeswoman Brandy Brubaker: 

“The decision to end our longstanding relationship with the Prince William County general registrar was not one we made lightly. We are proud to have been able to offer gratis space at our Woodbridge Customer Service Center to our local partners for more than 14 years, at an estimated cost savings to the county of $438,000.  However, in difficult fiscal times, DMV, unfortunately, can no longer afford to continue this practice and needs to make the best use of this premium office space to better serve our customers and increase revenue.

The monthly fee we must now assess the general registrar, effective July 1, 2017, will enable us to recoup a modest portion of our monthly building overhead costs. We are not trying to recover previous costs related to this more-than-a-decade-long partnership. We have kept the monthly fee as low as possible, at $2,600 a month, as we have long valued this partnership and recognize that budget challenges extend beyond state government.

Beginning February 28, 2018, we will need the space the registrar’s office occupies for DMV services. Fortunately, local residents will still be able to apply to register to vote at DMV as they have been since 1996. And, with our new electronic system, these applications are submitted to election officials in real time.”

Many of the voter registration processes are completed at the DMV counter and not at the adjacent voter registration office, an office worker told us. The voter registration office is heavily used during election season for absentee-in-person voting. 

Absentee in-person voting is about to begin soon with the special election to replace the late Michele McQuigg, who served as the Prince Willaim County Clerk of the Circuit Court. The special election is set for April 18, 2017.

We’re asked for and are waiting for an official comment from the Prince William County Voter Registrar’s office.

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Arrest made in malicious wounding where woman knocked unconscious

From Prince William police: 

Malicious Wounding *ARREST – On March 1, Jorge de la FUENTE, wanted for an assault which occurred at a residence located in the 14700 block of Arizona Ave in Woodbridge on February 25, was arrested without incident.

Arrested on March 1:

Jorge de la FUENTE, 25, of the 14700 block of Arizona Ave in Woodbridge

Charged with malicious wounding

Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

(more…)

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