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City of Manassas companies receive ‘Excellence in Business’ nominations

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This post is written by the City of Manassas as part of a paid content partnership between the City and Potomac Local to showcase businesses and economic development.

EXCELLENCE — most commonly defined as a talent or characteristic which is unusually high quality and which exceeds the average. It is often invoked, repeatedly strived for, but rarely achieved. 

On Feb. 25, 2016 two dozen Manassas City businesses will vie for this coveted designation during the Prince William Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards dinner.  The awards recognize excellence in business, including categories for innovative practices, outstanding contributions to the community and businesses/organizations that stand out among their peers.    

Nominees include tech firms, fine dining restaurants, and government contractors from both the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park as well as from Prince William County.  They are small businesses, large employers and everything in between.    

Some have just recently opened their doors –like CJ Finz, while others have been around for more than 20 years, as is the case with Carmello’s and Little Portugal.  Both are located in Historic Downtown and both are nominated for “Outstanding Customer Service.”  Keep Reading…

Valentine’s Day Events: Chocolate walk and couples art class

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to spice up a regular date night.

Our area lot to offer to make your Valentine’s Day weekend a success. From special restaurant deals, couples painting sessions, and chocolate tasting.

Historic Occoquan Chocolate Walk, Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The third annual Chocolate Walk is taking place this Saturday in Occoquan. While strolling through the historic district of Occoquan you’ll be given the opportunity to sample chocolate goodies.

Over 40 shops and restaurants will be participating in the annual Chocolate Walk. You’ll be given the opportunity to register for a chance to win a prize, no purchase is needed to enter. This event is sponsored by the Business Guild of Occoquan. Keep Reading…

Mother and son held at gunpoint during home invasion

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Stafford Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred sometime after 4 a.m. Wednesday.

A mother and her young son were held at gunpoint while two white men rummaged throughout the home. According to police, the suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and property a little less than 15 minutes after entering the home. 

Here is more in a press release:  Keep Reading…

Have Your Next Group Event at Manassas Olive Oil

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This is a sponsored column written by Potomac Local for Manassas Olive Oil

The Manassas Olive Oil Company was founded on the notion that great olive oil should be shared with others.

Alex and his daughter Amanda, both military veterans, opened their shop on Grant Avenue in Manassas to share their passion for fresh olive oils and balsamic vinegar with their friends in thier sunlit tasting gallery.

A tasting is now an event that you can share with your friends and family. Manassas Olive Oil is available for bachelor parties, after-hour night time events, and culinary shows.

Becuase of Manassas Olive Oil, more people in and around Manassas are having fun while tasting delicious oils and vinegar. Recently, Manassas Olive Oil shared partnered with Love, Charley for a First Friday event featuring free tastings, raffles, and coupons. Keep Reading…

33-year-old man shot and killed in North Stafford

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Updated 7 p.m.

Tolliver turned himself into police, according to the Stafford sheriff’s office. 

Chancellor Tolliver was taken into custody this evening without incident after turning himself into authorities in Stafford County.  Tolliver is currently being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.   

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A 33-year-old man was shot and killed in Stafford County.

The victim was involved in an argument that took place in the area of 202 Garrison Woods Drive, just off Onville Road in North Stafford. The argument escalated, and the victim was at 4:48 a.m. Sunday, February 7.

Deputies called to the scene found the victim unresponsive. The man was taken to a local hospital but died while in route to the medical center, according to Stafford sheriff’s spokesman 1st. Sgt. Eric Quinn.

The victim was identified by the sheriff’s office as Maurice Williams Scott, of Stafford County.

Following the shooting, Stafford detectives obtained murder arrest warrants for the arrest of Chancellor Tolliver, 20, of Stafford, said Quinn.
Tolliver is said to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Tolliver’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Stafford County Crime Solvers.

Dumfries will cleanup Quantico Creek

This post was submitted and paid for by the Town of Dumfries to inform residents about community events. 

The Town of Dumfries has planned to participate in two events this April focused on fostering environmental awareness and sustainability.

Please join us as we strive to improve water quality and promote storm water management practices through our Quantico Creek Cleanup and the Keep Prince William Beautiful Festival.

28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

On April 16, the Town will participate in the 28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Through this annual cleanup, participants from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC gather at various sites to cleanup portions of the Potomac River Watershed.

Last year, almost 24,000 volunteers joined together to support the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. The Town eagerly awaits the opportunity to once again participate in this event by engaging residents to cleanup Quantico Creek, a tributary to the Potomac. Volunteers will meet at the Simpson Community Center located at 17755 Main St. Dumfries, VA 22026 at 8:30 am on the day of the event.

Keep Prince William Beautiful Festival

Join the Town on April 23 at the 2016 Keep Prince William Beautiful Festival. This festival is sponsored by a local environmental non-profit, Keep Prince William Beautiful, in partnership with the Potomac Nationals. Admission to the event is free and will feature community businesses and vendors, educational showcases on recycling, litter awareness, beautification and water preservation, music from local artists, food trucks and more!

The Town will have a booth displaying brochures about storm water management initiatives and actions residents can take to help improve local water quality. The festival will be held at G Richard Pfitzner Stadium located at 7 County Complex Ct. Woodbridge, VA 22192 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, please visit our website at www.dumfriesva.gov or contact the MS4 Coordinator, Shaina Schaffer, at sschaffer@dumfriesva.gov.

Dumfries events: Black History celebration, Easter Egg Hunt

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This post was submitted and paid for by the Town of Dumfries to inform residents about community events. 

On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, the Town of Dumfries will be hosting our Annual Black History Month Celebration at the Little Union Baptist Church located at 17150 Mine Road in Dumfries.

This ceremony will feature guest speaker Reverend Michael Sessoms, from Little Union Baptist Church as well as Ms. Phyllis Aggrey, Executive Director of the Prince William County Human Rights Commission. Ceremonies will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will feature performances by the Little Union Baptists Men’s Choir and the Dumfries Elementary Chorus.

A reception will follow immediately after the service at Little Union Baptist Church. Keep Reading…

Man, dog fell through ice on Aquia creek saved

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A man’s dog fell through the ice on Aquia Creek, and he went to save it.

When he fell in, the man’s son grabbed a canoe and headed out onto the ice to try and save his father.

A Stafford County detective heard a 911 call and rushed to the area and was able to pull the man to shore. The man’s son was able to save the dog.

In a press release, here’s how it all went down: Keep Reading…

Business is booming in Manassas

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This post is written as part of a paid content partnership between Potomac Local and City of Manassas to showcase businesses and economic development in the city.

Historic Heart. Modern Beat.   These four words simply yet masterfully describe the City of Manassas.  In case you missed it, this is the City’s new tagline, and it’s pretty spot-on.      

Manassas is a city steeped in rich history and tradition and takes great pride in the pivotal role it played in our country’s defining war. 

Manassas is also transforming. 

It is attracting a creative class of entrepreneurs that are changing the face of our City.  They are authentic, eclectic, driven; and they are breathing new life into Manassas, most notably in Historic Downtown.  Keep Reading…

VDOT will review miserable commute after blizzard ends

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The roads last night were treacherous across the region, as less than an inch of snow that fell quickly turned to mush, and then to ice. 

Vehicles traveling on Route 610 slipped and slid all over the roadway as drivers tried to make their way home.

I was one of the drivers that never made it home last night.

Several crashes on Route 610, as well as a jackknifed tractor trailer made it impossible to drive Route 610 west beyond Joshua Road. It was one of the more troublesome spots (especially in Stafford County, I’m told) where road conditions deteriorated quickly.  Keep Reading…

Blizzard warning from 1 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday

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We don’t see this very often around here. 

A blizzard warning goes into effect at 1 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday. This latest warning from the National Weather Service upgrades yesterday’s blizzard watch

A blizzard warning was issued for Washington, D.C. briefly in December 2009 during major “Snowmageddon” snowstorm.

Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:  Keep Reading…

Prepare for the storm today

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Like most grocery stores in our area today, lines at Aldi on Liberia Avenue in Manassas snaked from the front to the back of the store.

“Please place your milk, eggs, and water on top of your cart when you come through,” one employee shouted as customers queued up to come through the lines.

The winter storm staples of milk, bread, and toilet paper were flying off the shelves about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Shoppers were stocking up before a major, potentially “historic” storm hits the region Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Keep Reading…

Roads turn to ice after snow showers

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Crashes were “everywhere” on Wednesday night, according to a Prince William County emergency dispatcher.

A sheet of ice crippled drivers making their way home after work. The snow began falling about 5:30 p.m. and lasted about three hours.

Below-freezing temperatures and vehicles rolling on roads caused slush to turn to ice.

“There are crashes everywhere tonight,” the dispatcher told Potomac Local. “We’ve called in multiple crashes and problem areas to [the Virginia Department of Transportation] tonight.” Keep Reading…

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