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Teachers talk schools to ESOL parents

The Prince William County Public Schools Central Registration and World Languages Center began their 2011 series of educational workshops for Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents and students.

The first workshop of the year, “Everything You Need to Know About the Schools and Recreation Programs in Prince William County,” was held Jan. 25 at the Ann Ludwig Center in Woodbridge. (more…)

Neighbors called shooting victim ‘kind’

Update 3:30 p.m.
The victim in this morning’s deadly shooting in Woodbridge has been identified as 48-year-old Alice Jenkins Everette, of Dumfries.

Neighbors say she was a kind woman with wonderful children, and say they are saddened by her tragic loss.

Her husband, 52-year-old Daniel Lunie Everette, of Burke, is charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

He was arrested following the shooting and is being held without bond, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. (more…)

OmniRide buses routed away from 14th Street

OmniLink switch riders buses at the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Some OmniRide buses will now use 15th Street instead of congested 14th Street in Washington.

Passengers who take the commuter buses from the State Department weekday afternoons will be affected by the change, which will have all OmniRide buses re-routed away from 14th Street between H Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The change comes as Washington’s Department of Transportation has for months been working on a plan to reduce traffic congestion in the corridor. (more…)

Bus ridership up in 2010

OmniLink switch riders buses at the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. –– More people in Prince William took the bus last year than they did in 2009.

Statistics released this week from the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission state ridership on local and commuter buses in Prince William and nearby neighbors Manassas and Manassas Park increased 1.6 percent in 2010 when compared to 2009. (more…)

Liquor store moving

Woodbridge, Va. –– You’ll no longer be able to get your choice spirits at Woodbridge plaza starting next week.

The Virginia ABC store located inside shopping plaza at U.S. 1 and Occoquan Road in Woodbridge will close its doors Thursday Feb. 24. (more…)

SUV and school bus collide

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police say no one is injured after an SUV collided with a school bus at Powell’s Creek Boulevard and U.S. 1 in Woodbridge.

Police investigated the crash but no lanes of either road were reported to be closed at 3:45 p.m., said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

2 sought in dollar store robbery

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police released surveillance photos in the robbery of a dollar store in Woodbridge.

Investigators said a man walked into the Dollar City Plus at 13817 Foulger Square, showed handguns, demanded everyone get on the floor and then took an undisclosed amount of cash.

The men also tool a store employee’s cell phone, but no one was injured, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The dollar store sits in the same shopping plaza as Home Depot and Kohls. (more…)

Frustrated Slugs slowed by parking changes


Woodbridge, Va. –– Today was the day tighter commuter parking restrictions went into effect at Potomac Mills mall.

Slugs headed to Washington were told they could still park in any of the mall’s now 250 spaces (down from 1,000 on Friday).

But Slugs headed to Rosslyn, Crystal City or the Pentagon would now have to park at the Dale City commuter lot off Gemini Way.

More to the Story: See our interactive map of commuter parking lots in the Potomac Communities.

By 7:47 a.m., only five Slugs headed to Arlington had been picked up at that Dale City lot, and six drivers headed to the Pentagon waited patiently as there were no Slugs for them to take.

“The lot is a little fuller this morning that it was last week. Normally, I can park near that light post over there but today had to park a bit further back, but there’s still plenty of room,” said Jim, a commuter who lives off Ridgefield Road in Dale City.

Jim used to use the Potomac Mills commuter lot up until last week when he heard about the impending parking changes.

The reduced commuter lot at Potomac Mills was full by 6 a.m., leaving many drivers stuck in lines waiting for Slugs and vice versa.

Two of the remaining parking spaces in the lot were filled with snow, and one female driver asked mall officials on hand if she could park her car in them without being towed.

The response: Park the best way you can.

Mall security then forced members of the press off the lot.

“A lot of people have Mondays and Fridays off, so the real test of this new system will come Tuesday and Wednesday when they’re back at work,” said Vashon Veal, who boarded a commuter bus at the stop nearby the mall. “What they don’t understand is that we work in D.C. to make the money to come and shop here. Now you can bet my money will be going to Tysons Corner.”

Mall officials announced the commuter parking changes last month, sending elected officials and Prince William County staff scrambling to find another place for commuters to park.

Late Sunday, a plan formulated by Slug-Lines.com webmaster and author David LeBlanc was released, informing Slugs to the Pentagon and spots in Arlington to begin parking at Dale City.

“It just made sense to have both lines that are going to Rosslyn, Crystal City and the Pentagon – all points in Virginia – to be moved and kept at the same lot,” said LeBlanc.

Alcohol, speed factors in fatal crash

Woodbridge, Va. –– A Dumfries man was killed this morning after he was partially ejected from his SUV.

Police were called to a crash at 2:44 a.m. in the area of U.S. 1 and River Heritage Boulevard in Woodbridge.

Investigators found the driver of a 1996 GMC Jimmy lost control of the SUV while traveling east on River Heritage Boulevard.  The SUV entered a spin, the driver lost control and was partially ejected from the vehicle, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok. (more…)

Sprinklers help douse blaze

Dale City, Va. –– Fire and rescue crews in Dale City were called to an apartment fire on Thursday.

While no one was injured, officials say sprinklers helped to douse the flames.

The fire broke out at 5:30 p.m. at 12800 Island House Loop in Ridgefield Village off Hoadly Road.

When rescue crews arrived, they found the fire was in the laundry room of the one of the apartments on the third floor.

The blaze had already been contained by the sprinkler system when rescue crews arrived, and fire fighters worked to douse the remaining portion of the fire, said Prince William Fire and Rescue Department spokeswoman Kim Hylander. (more…)

Girl, 11, stalked at mall, say police

John Walter Niehaus, 66, is charged with assault and battery.

Woodrbridge, Va. –– Prince William police said a 66-year-old man inappropriately touched an 11-year-old girl at Potomac Mills mall.

More from the police incident report:

Assault and Battery
On February 10th at 3:28PM, police responded to Potomac Mills Mall located at 2700 Potomac Mills Cl in Woodbridge (22192) for a suspicious person. The investigation revealed that the accused had allegedly been following the victim around the mall. The accused then allegedly rubbed up against an 11 year old girl as she was in one of the stores within the mall. No injuries were reported. The accused was located and charged.

John Walter NIEHAUS, 66, of 8912 Ox Rd in Lorton
Charged with assault and battery
Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond

-Prince William County Police Department

Can fire crews see your numbers?

Volunteer fire and rescue crews in Woodbridge are urging home owners to be prepared to be rescued.

If a fire or any other emergency breaks out at a home, rescue crews and fire fighters need to be able to clearly see the house number posted on each home as quickly as possible, officials said.

If the numbers aren’t posted, it could take longer for help to arrive in the event of an emergency. (more…)

Doctor faces 5 charges in sex cases

Nizar Mohamed Hussain, 44, of McLean, faces charges in seperate sex cases, police say. (Submitted)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police say three women were the victims of one doctor’s unwanted sexual advances, and in one case a woman was sexually assaulted.

The doctor inappropriately touched three separate victims – all adult women – on three different occasions last year, in his office at 2000 Optiz Boulevard in Woodbridge.

The alleged instances took place in March, September and December, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

In the September incident, a 52-year-old woman from Stafford was sexually assaulted, and In the March and December incident, the accused tried to kiss the victims – a 37-year-old woman from Lorton and a 37-year-old woman from Stafford, said Perok. (more…)

Teachers honored


Twenty-three Prince William County Public School teachers who earned National Board certification or recertification in 2010 and another 18 teachers nominated this year for “The Washington Post” Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award were recognized at a School Board reception on February 8 at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center in Prince William County.

School Board Chairman At-Large Milton C. Johns addressed the audience, saying, “It is teachers who, each and every day, touch the lives of our children. They are the ones who can truly make a difference. Teachers have a tremendous affect on students; theirs is an awesome responsibility.” (more…)

Commuters vent at town hall meeting

Brenda Higgins, a commuter affected by the parking changes at Potomac Mills mall, waits to add her comment at a town hall meeting held in Woodbridge on Wednesday. (Eric Spiegel)

By Eric Spiegel
For PotomacLocal.com

Woodbridge, Va. –– Brenda Higgins told a panel of officials she wouldn’t be shopping at Potomac Mills mall any time soon.

The panel was gathered for the commuter parking town hall meeting held in Woodbridge on Wednesday night.  Higgins was among many who were angered by the decision by outlet mall to reduce commuter parking from 1,000 spaces to 275. (more…)

Commuter town hall tonight

Commuters on Tuesday were greeted with yellow cones and barriers as they tried to park at a crowded parking lot at Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge. (File)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Officials will hold a commuter parking town hall tonight in to update residents on the shrinking commuter parking situation in Woodbridge.

More to the story: Use our interactive map of commuter lots in the Potomac Communities that could provide a you a parking alternative to the Potomac Mills mall commuter parking lot.

It’ll start at 7 p.m. at the Ferlazzo Government Building at U.S. 1 at and Cardinal Drive.

Supervisors Frank J. Principi and Mike May will take questions from commuters who will be forced from parking at Potomac Mills mall, which last month announced they would decrease the number of commuter parking spaces there by 75 percent starting Monday. (more…)

Quinn’s opening new store

A lone worker Tuesday drilled into the façade of the new Quinn’s Goldsmith store.

A jeweler who’s been a staple of the Occoquan community for years is now expanding to Potomac Town Center.

Quinn’s Goldsmith plans to open its new store Thursday in the developing shopping center in Woodbridge, which is also home to Wegman’s grocers.

It won’t be a fanfare event (that will come on the store’s official grand opening date on March 2).

The new store will be a bit of a departure from their more traditional Occoquan store, targeting a slightly younger crowd, but the with same line of products their customers have come to expect from them over the years. (more…)

Bungalow hopes to open Thursday

The Bungalow Alehouse is Woodbridge is set to open.

The kitchen at Bungalow Alehouse in Woodbridge was cooking up food for members of the restaurant staff Tuesday night.

They, along with neighbors of the restaurant and lounge on Prince William Parkway, had been invited to opening night before the official opening night.

Bungalow plans to open to the public Thursday, after it acquires its license from the state’s ABC Board.

“It takes a lot of team work and it takes a great staff, and without their help we wouldn’t have been able to get where we are today,” said Bungalow manager Mike Halcomb. (more…)

Baseball clubhouse to get upgrade

G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge

Woodbridge, Va. –– Prince William officials have allocated money to pay for a portion of a $210,000 renovation of the Potomac National’s clubhouse.

In a vote Tuesday night, supervisors approved $70,000 for renovations to the locker rooms, restrooms and coaching offices at G. Richard Pfitzner baseball stadium in Woodbridge.

The team’s owner, Art Silber, and the Prince William Park Authority are expected to split the remaining two-thirds costs at $70,000 each. (more…)

First on PL: Driver trapped in serious crash

Fire crews battled a blaze in the 12500 block of Calexico Lane in Dale City. (Submitted)

Volunteer fire and rescue crews were busy Tuesday night as a truck overturned trapping its driver inside, and after a fire broke out at a home in Dale City.

Just before 9 p.m., a truck traveling in the area of Donald Curtis Drive and Carol Avenue in Woodbridge overturned.

The driver was trapped inside, and emergency crews had to remove both doors to the truck to pull him to safety, according to officials. (more…)

2 charged in Montclair burglaries

William Russell Griffin, 23, faces charges in a string of burglaries. (Submitted)

Montclair, Va. –– Police say a man has been charged in a series of brazen burglaries in Montclair.

Officers in Dinwiddie County, Va. in December stopped a man who was driving a stolen car and was in possession of items that were reported stolen from Prince William County.

The items were connected to a series of burglaries at a home in the 15800 block of Edgewood Drive in Montclair in November and December 2010.

Police said a man entered the home through a garage door and then though an unlocked door that led into the house while the owners were asleep. (more…)

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