Stafford Wawa Store Under Rennovation


Wawa to reopen Oct. 31 with deals on food, drinks


A busy convenience store on Garrisonville Road closed for remodeling.

The Wawa market and gas station at 105 Garrisonville Road will be closed for four weeks as crews work to update the popular roadside stop. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Oct. 31 with a new look on both its exterior and interior.

“We thank our customers for their patience while their Stafford Wawa was renovated,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s president and CEO.  “In 2014, we made a vow to expand the Wawa experience to more customers than ever before, and we’re excited to complete the remodeling of 22 stores by year’s end…”

When it reopens, the store will have new items like milkshakes and more flavored fountain sodas. The store will also offer free coffee, fountain sodas for 89 cents each, and sandwiches under $3 each for 10 days.

Outside, the Wawa will have new fuel pumps as well as new signs and graphics. This location is one of 22 stores in the Wawa chain to be remodeled this year – the most the convenience store chain has done at the same time, according to Gheysens. The company plans to remodel 22 more stores next year as the company prepares to turn 50 years old.

The store at 105 Garrisonville Road opened in 2004. Another nearby Wawa on Garrisoville Road at Eustace Road remains open for business.

Another Wawa store is located in North Stafford on U.S. 1.

Stafford Rescue Crews Find Small Fire in Nursing Home


Mass casualty unit used to provide oxygen to patients 


A fire this morning at a nursing home in Stafford County caused an evacuation of the building.

Rescue crews were initially called at 8:18 a.m. to the Woodmont Nursing Home at 11 Dairy Lane in Stafford County, near Fredericksburg, for a medical emergency. But when crews arrived they learned of a fire in wing of the building different from the one where the initial medical emergency was reported, said Stafford fire and rescue spokesman Mark Doyle.

A fire and rescue officer went to investigate and found a small fire in a patient room inside the facility, and ordered an evacuation for the affected wing of the building, said Doyle. The fire was quickly extinguished, but five people were taken to a hospital, including the patient for whom rescue crews were initially called to the scene. Information about their conditions was not provided.

Doyle said a mass casualty support unit was used to provide oxygen for the displaced patients of the nursing home. The cause of the fire is being investigated. It caused $1,000 in damage, said Doyle.

Stafford Wings and Wheels Event Turning 10

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Event part of Stafford’s 350th anniversary celebration 


The Stafford Rotary Club has partnered with the 350th Anniversary Blue Ribbon Committee to bring an extra special Wings and Wheels to the Stafford Regional Airport on Saturday, October 18. As part of Stafford’s 350th Anniversary, this year’s event will honor Stafford’s military heritage with highlights including a motorcycle and car show as well as a professional acrobatic air show. In addition to being part of Stafford’s yearlong 350th celebration, this year’s Wings and Wheels marks the event’s 10th anniversary in Stafford.  

“We are thrilled to join with the Rotary Club to be a part of this popular family friendly event,” said Harry Crisp, Chairman of the 350th Anniversary Blue Ribbon Committee. “As a Stafford citizen, I have long been aware of the large military presence we have here and of the sacrifices our military families make. We thought Wings and Wheels would be the perfect venue to honor our military – both active duty and retired – and let them know how much we appreciate all they do for us.”

The gates at Wings and Wheels officially open at 10 am. and the event will run until 4:00 p.m. A full schedule of performers is planned throughout the day including the U.S. Army Parachute Team “Golden Knights,” 540 Boyz Motorcycle Stunt Group, and the Fly Radio Active Radio Controlled Aircraft demonstration. Headlining the day is the Bealeton Flying Circus Airshow, Scott Francis Airshows and the Nalls Aviation Harrier. In addition, the entertainment stage will have local performers and demonstrations throughout the day. A children’s area will have a video game trailer, moon bounce, face painting and other activities.

The Wings and Wheels Festival has evolved over the years to better serve the community but maintains its focus as a family-friendly event.  A car and motorcycle show and demonstrations as well as antique cars, trucks and Government and military vehicle displays and exhibits will return this year. Local car dealers will also display their latest vehicles in a special area. A “Fly-in” will bring vintage, experimental, military, and other civilian aircraft and helicopters to the airport. Trophies will be awarded in several categories for aircraft, motorcycles and cars. 

Back by popular demand, the Rotary Raffle’s grand prize of $5,000 in cash will be awarded to one lucky winner. Other prizes include a six-month family membership to the Rappahannock YMCA, a one-year pest treatment plan from PermaTreat, a full detail and 52 car washes from Rio Car Wash, two premiere level tickets per month for one year to the Paragon Village 12 and a two-hour Video Game Party from The E.D.G.E. Party Trailer.  Tickets will be available on the day of the event for $5 each or 5 for $20. Winners do not need to be present to win.

More than 75 vendors will be available with a variety of crafts, jewelry, activities for children and delicious food and beverages available for sale.  Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs for the air show. 

Vehicles displaying a handicapped tag or license plate, as well as all motorcycles will be able to park at the airport. All other vehicles must park at the following off-site locations: Stafford County Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road; Brooke Point High School, 1700 Courthouse Road; North Stafford High School, 839 Garrisonville Road; and Stafford Hospital, 101 Hospital Center Blvd. Transportation to the airport will be provided by buses from these locations to the airport from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For more information about Wings and Wheels, please visit or The event is free and open to the public. The Stafford Airport is located at 75 Aviation Way in Stafford.

Attempted Burglary at Aquia Episcopal Church

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STAFFORD, Va. – On Sept. 25, an attempted burglary occurred at Aquia Episcopal Church located on 2938 Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford.

Stafford sheriff’s spokesman William Kennedy said that on Sept. 25, a deputy was sent to investigate an alarm activation at the church that occurred at 11:57 p. Kennedy explained that initially it appeared that the signal came from a perimeter door, but when the deputy spoke with the church pastor, it was determined that the alarm came from the church office.

Kennedy said that after the deputy spoke with the pastor, the deputy on-site discovered that the front door to the church was unlocked, which was unusual. Shortly after, other deputies arrived to clear the building and also found that the church rear door had been forced and pried open, but no suspects were found, said Kennedy.

One of the other deputies on the scene used a police dog to track the scent which led from the front door, then along the cemetery, and into the woods where the trail went cold, said Kennedy. Police believe that the attempted burglary happened between 8:30 pm and 11:57 pm after the last person left the church unlocked after 8:30 pm, said Kennedy.

The alarm may have scared the suspect or suspects away from the church as nothing was missing or tampered with, said Kennedy. If anyone noticed any suspicious activity or people running from the area between 8:30 pm and 11:57 pm, Potomac Local readers can contact Stafford sheriff or anonymously at Stafford Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020.


Colonial Forge Teacher Had Sex with Student: Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff’s office: Teacher also sent nude photos


A teacher is charged after school administrators told investigators a 16-year-old male student was involved in a sexual relationship with her.

The Colonial Forge High School teacher had sex with the student in February, May and again this month, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. The teacher also sent nude photos of herself to the student, according to Kennedy.

Erica Lynne Mesa, 27 of 410 Batley Court in Stafford County, is charged with three counts of custodian indecent Liberties and three counts of solicitation of a minor using a computer device. 

Mesa is currently being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Stafford Banks Robbed, Deputies Investigate


Updated: Bank robber suspected of changing his shirt between robberies


New information 


From the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office: 

At approximately 9:11 this morning multiple units from the Sheriff’s Office responded to a bank robbery alarm at the Wells Fargo Bank at 131 Garrisonville Road in north Stafford.  In this incident the male suspect handed the teller a note demanding money in large denominations. 

When the teller told the man she did not have the requested denominations the suspect walked out of the bank.  No weapon was displayed.  The suspect is described as a black male with a beard, wearing jeans and a gray hoodie.  The suspect was wearing a Clemson Tiger baseball cap and sunglasses, carrying a small zippered black bag.

At 9:41 this morning the same suspect entered the BB&T at 760 Warrenton Road in south Stafford and demanded money from a teller.  In this incident the subject stated that he had a weapon. The teller gave the suspect an undetermined amount of money. 

The male suspect had changed his shirt, now described as a blue/gray white striped 093014 stafford robber 2shirt and had changed his hat which was described as a black baseball cap.  The suspect was last seen walking out of the bank.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect.  If anyone has any information as to the identity of the suspect they are asked to Contact the Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400, call Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020 (callers may remain anonymous) or text “STAFFORD” + your tip to CRIMES (274637). 

Original post 

Two banks were robbed in Stafford County this morning.

The first was a Wells Fargo bank at 131 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford at 9:11 a.m. A black man wearing jeans, a gray hoodie, and sunglasses, walked into the bank and demanded money and then left on foot, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. No weapon was presented during the robbery, said Kennedy.

The second robbery occurred at 9:41 a.m. at 760 Warrenton Road in south Stafford, at a BB&T bank branch. In this robbery, a black man with a mustache and goatee, wearing a blue and gray stripped shirt, black hit with an Orioles baseball cap walked into the bank and demanded cash, said Kennedy. He left on foot, and it’s not clear if any weapon was used in this robbery.

Stafford sheriff’s deputies have closed the parking lots of both banks for their investigation into the robberies, said Kennedy. Residents in the area of the banks should expect an increased police presence for the next few hours.

More as we have it.

Stafford Shred It Event to Benefit Crime Solvers


Stafford County Crime Solvers announces the “Stafford Shred It Program- Drive Thru Style.”

The event is an opportunity for the citizens of Stafford County to shred unwanted documents, receipts or other official papers.  For $5 a box of papers, residents can come to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Parking Lot at 1225 Courthouse Road and have their unwanted papers shredded on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. until noon.

The limit for shredding is 100 pounds per vehicle with the proceeds of the day going to Stafford Crime Solvers.  If anyone has any questions feel free to contact Sgt. Darrell English at 540-658-4428.  This event will be held rain or shine. 

Stafford County Fire and Rescue Dept. Teams with Operation Warm to Provide Winter Coats to Children


STAFFORD, Va. — Did you know just $35 can buy a new warm winter coat for a child?

The Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department has teamed with several area organizations to provide winter coats to children for the upcoming winter season. And, if this winter is anything like the brutal cold and snow that befell us last year and kept children out of school for days on end, they’re going to need them.

“To date, Operation Warm has given new winter coats…throughout America. We invite you to be-come our partner, a hero in your community, and help us ensure that all children feel warm, healthy and valued,” Stafford fire and rescue spokesman Mark Doyle stated in a press release.

The Operation Warm organization aims to provide winter coats for more than 1.7 million children across the U.S. by the end of the year. Doyle said that, locally, the fire department is teaming with the following organizations to help get coats to kids who need them:

Stafford Professional Fire-fighters Association Local 4012

Stafford County Public Schools

Apple Federal Credit Union

The Wawa Foundation

Walmart Stores

“Providing brand new winter coats brings families facing challenges closer to reaching their goal of financial independence. Through community-based partner-ships, Operation Warm provides families with brand new winter coats for their children,” stated Doyle.

Donations can be made online

Dog Falls into Pipe


STAFFORD, Va. — A small dog fell into a pipe outside an apartment complex at the Villages of Aquia on Forreston Woods Drive, about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities in Stafford County say it’s not the first time this has happened, either. 

Here’s more in a press release.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division is requesting the public’s assistance in preventing incidents involving dogs or small animals from falling into uncapped 4-inch “clean out” pipes.

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 the Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division, Stafford Fire & Rescue and Stafford Utilities were contacted to assist in rescuing a small yorkie dog that had fallen into a 4 inch, uncapped, “clean out’ pipe. The dog’s owner had been walking the dog off leash, in an apartment complex, when the dog fell into the 8 foot deep pipe. Ultimately the dog was rescued by personnel on scene. In March of this year a similar incident occurred which resulted in an excavation and failed attempt to remove a small dog. Unfortunately in that incident the dog did not live. Once again multiple agencies had responded with shovels and digging equipment in an attempt to rescue the animal.

Citizens are requested, that if they have “clean out” pipes on their property, to make sure that they are capped properly. Citizens may contact Stafford County Utilities if they have questions about the type of cap to place on the exposed “clean out” pipes. It is the responsibility of the property owner to cap the open pipe. If citizens’ notice uncapped pipes on public property they are urged to contact Stafford County Utilities at 540-658-8630.

RACSB Plans Stafford Open House


STAFFORD, Va. — The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) will host a series of open house events their five outpatient clinics. The events are an opportunity for RACSB to provide local and state elected officials as well as community members with an update on the community-based mental health, intellectual disability, substance abuse, prevention, and early intervention services offered by RACSB. 

An event in Stafford will be held on Wednesday, October 29 at the Stafford County Clinic, Charles A. Cooper Building, 15 Hope Road from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Newton, Thomas to Perform at Celebration Stage


STAFFORD, Va. — Stafford County is proud to announce that one of its own, renowned bluegrass musician Mark Newton, and his partner, Steve Thomas, will perform the first concert held at Stafford’s new Celebration Stage at Pratt Park. Newton and Thomas are set to play the stage, an initiative of the Stafford’s 350th Anniversary Celebration, on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

“We are delighted to have a wonderful venue to offer performances of this caliber to our citizens,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Jack Cavalier, Griffis-Widewater District. “I think it’s fitting that a native son of Stafford County performs the first concert at a stage that symbolizes our 350 years of history.”

Newton is a veteran of the Heights of Grass, Cabin Hill, the Knoxville Grass, Virginia Squires, Tony Rice Unit and even the Seldom Scene for a brief stint. Thomas has toured with award-winning artists such as Barbara Mandrell and Del McCoury. He’s played the Grand Ole Opry with Jim & Jesse and the Osborne Brothers. They bring with them years of musical experience, a Grammy nomination, a CMA nomination and multiple IBMA awards.  The duo formed in 2012 and just released their first album Reborn.

Tickets for the concert are $1 and may be purchased online, at a Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities office, or at the concert. No alcohol is allowed at the park and patrons are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. Celebration Stage is located near the entrance to Pratt Park at 120 River Road, Falmouth, VA 22405.

On U.S. 1, Police Find Drugs, Firearm Inside Truck


STAFFORD, Va. – In the early morning of Sept. 6, a male suspect was arrested on Jefferson Davis Highway on several drug charges and possessing a firearm after a Stafford County Sheriff deputy saw the suspect’s car weaving in between lanes. 

Major David P. Decatur said that at around 2 a.m., a Stafford County Sheriff deputy saw a car identified as a “silver-colored Dodge Ram pickup truck” that was traveling south bound on Jefferson Davis Highway. Decatur further said that the deputy on duty noticed that the driver of the car had difficulty staying in the designated lane which prompted the deputy to perform a traffic stop.  

As the deputy conducted the stop and searched the car, multiple drugs and a firearm were found which added up to three separate charges and in addition, the driver of the car will face added legal penalties for hazardous driving, said Decatur.  

During the investigation, the deputy found many items in the car that included a rifle, an unknown amount of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well as a large amount of money on the suspect, said Decatur. Lastly, Decatur identified the suspect as Kenneth Wayne Kissenberger, 27, of 5284 Browning Road, of Culpeper and he was sent to Rappahannock Regional Jail while being placed on a $2000 bond.

Yankees Back in Falmouth This Weekend


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — This weekend, Sept. 13 and 14, teach President Lincoln how to take a “selfie” at the 7th Annual “Yankees in Falmouth! And Some Confederates Too!”

This family-friendly and free event in Stafford County interprets the Union Army’s occupation of the Rappahannock River community of Falmouth during the Civil War. The event will be held on the grounds of the Moncure Conway House, an Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Historical Site, and the Historic Port of Falmouth Park.

Bring your family out to the event and engage them in history while they capture pictures of a variety of reenactors, including Union and Confederate soldiers, President Lincoln, the 14th Brooklyn, also known as “The Red Legged Devils”, 23rd USCT African-American regiments, 8th Virginia Infantry, 13th Virginia Infantry, 47th Infantry, Edenton Bell Battery/Artillery, and 3rd U.S. Regulars. Some of the military reenacting units will portray the historical counterparts that were encamped and quartered in Falmouth during the Civil War. Event activities will include daytime and nighttime artillery firing demonstrations, period music by Evergreen Shade, special lectures, strict military impressions, period telegraph display, encampments, civilian living history interpretation, and other special activities.

On Saturday, two presentations will be given: “Civil War Union Women in Falmouth and Stafford” by Al Connor and “Servant Call Bells and the Southern System” by Lenetta Schools. On Sunday at 11 a.m., a Civil War Church service will be held and the general public is encouraged to attend.

Saturday’s daytime event is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday will also feature a special night time cannon firing at 8:30 p.m. at the Historic Port of Falmouth Park.

Sunday’s event is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit For more information about the “Yankees in Falmouth! and Some Confederates Too!!” annual event and other Civil War activities in Stafford County, please visit the or contact Stafford County Tourism directly at 540-658-8681.

River Road in Stafford County Closing for Tree Removal


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — A section of River Road in Stafford County will be closed to traffic on Thursday, Sept. 11 and Friday, Sept. 12 for tree removal.

River Road will close between Route 3 Business, near Chatham Bridge, and the entrance to Pratt Park between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. this Thursday and Friday. The River Road entrance to Pratt Park will remain open to traffic approaching from the Route 1 area.

A contractor will be removing trees along River Road as part of a U.S. Department of the Interior project.

Next week, River Road will close again at the same location from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15 and Tuesday, Sept. 16. 

Stafford County Opens Citizens Academy Registration

021011 Stafford Courthouse

STAFFORD, Va. — The Stafford County Citizens Academy is now open for student registration. The academy is a series of classes taught by Stafford County employees designed to familiarize citizens with the services that they provide to the community. 

The academy will run once a week in October. Classes focus on educating residents, business owners and interested individuals who work in Stafford on how the operations of their daily county government contribute to building a better community. Topics will include an introduction to local government, as well as information on various County departments and programs, the County budget, and history and tourism.

Classes are free and take place on Thursday evenings in October, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554.

Space is limited and students are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The minimum age to participate is 16. To register, please contact Jeff Shover, Citizens Assistance and Volunteer Services Manager, at (540) 658-4516 or  

It’s Transition Time at North Stafford Commuter Lot — Starting Monday


NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — Park at the Staffordboro Road commuter lot near the Stafford Marketplace shopping center? 

There are some big changes you need to know about. Here’s the latest from the Virginia Department of Transportation:

Traffic will be transitioned to a new parking section in the Staffordboro Boulevard Park & Ride lot in Stafford County beginning Monday, Sept. 8.

New parking spaces will open as the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) closes the existing Park & Ride lot for refurbishment.

This is the final stage in an 18-month construction project to add nearly 1,000 spaces to the lot. Work is anticipated to finish on time with all parking spaces open by late October 2014.  

“We encourage motorists to arrive a few minutes early on Monday, Sept. 8 to meet their carpool, vanpool or bus, or to use the new HOV carpooling pickup area,” said Michael Coffey, P.E., VDOT Assistant District Administrator for Construction, Fredericksburg District. “We appreciate the public’s patience while we finish this final phase of construction. We look forward to opening the entire lot in October with new pavement, bright lane markings, and more than 1,800 parking spaces.”

VDOT has posted a map online of the new parking section and traffic patterns that will be in place during the transition period.

What Lot Users Need to Know

  • The existing Park & Ride lot will close at 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.
  • The existing lot will remain closed until the end of the project. VDOT is paving the lot and painting new lane markings.
  • There is no net loss of parking spaces. Before this phase of construction, 882 parking spaces were available, and 912 spaces will be available on Monday, Sept. 8.
  • HOV carpooling (also known as slugging) will move to a designated area in the new section of the lot. Signs will be posted to direct users to this pickup area.
  • Buses should collect passengers at the new bus bay area, and follow the recommended traffic patterns to enter and exit the lot.
  • The number of handicapped accessible parking spaces will double to 28 spaces.

About the Project

Construction began in May 2013 on a $12.9 million expansion of the Staffordboro Boulevard Park & Ride facility, which is maintained by VDOT.

When fully open in October, the finished lot will have 1,865 parking spaces.

While the project was under design, VDOT invited Fredericksburg area commuters to submit suggestions to promote safe and orderly traffic flow. The expanded commuter lot will include:

  • A consolidated, central location for carpool pickup and dropoff  

  • A bus pickup and dropoff bay that can accommodate 4 passenger buses

  • An extended sidewalk along Staffordboro Boulevard

  • Left and right turn lanes into a new lot entrance on Staffordboro Boulevard

  • A roundabout that connects the commuter lot to Doc Stone Road, Juggins Road and Moncure Lane, improving access management to the site. 

Anne Kadis Wins Stafford County 350th Art Competition


Local artist Anne Kadis envisioned marrying Stafford’s rich history with modern day life in her award-winning work “History Lessons.” Ms. Kadis won the Commemorative Art Piece Competition sponsored by 350th Anniversary partner The Professional Artists and Artisans Association of Stafford County (PAAASC). Limited edition prints of “History Lessons” will be offered as a thank you to the many volunteers who have helped make the 350th Anniversary a success.

“Without our many volunteers, we would not have been able to pull off the events and programming this year,” said Chairman of the 350th Anniversary Blue Ribbon Committee Harry Crisp. “We wanted to do something special for them and I think this lovely print will remind them of this special year and their important role in it.”

Ms. Kadis said this is the first painting she completely staged. She wanted to depict the strong roles of African-American women in the lives of children like the young George Washington as well as pay tribute to the role of Stafford County as being part of the “Freedom Trail” slaves used to escape. The quilt in the painting is an heirloom belonging to Ms. Kadis’ family. The setting for the painting is the front porch of Concord, a home built in 1790 in Stafford that belongs to local historians Rick and Jerrilynn MacGregor. The original painting is on display in the lobby of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554.

Stafford’s 350th Anniversary Celebration is still going strong! The Wings and Wheels Festival takes place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, where Stafford will honor its strong military heritage. The Trail to Freedom Tour and the Rowser African-American History Wall dedication follow on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Personalized bricks are still available to support these two events as well as other 350th Anniversary programming. The bricks will be placed at the Rowser Building. For more information, visit 

It’s Too Hot Outside This 1st Day of School for Outdoor Activities

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — It’s the first day of school and already some activities are already canceled. 

This is what SCPS posted to their Facebook page: 

 All Outdoor Activities Canceled at Stafford Schools for Tuesday, September 2 All outside activities at all Stafford County Schools have been canceled due to heat index/temperatures. This includes elementary school recess, all physical education classes, and middle and high school after-school athletic and after-school activities. High School games will be rescheduled and afternoon and evening practices may be moved indoors. Please contact the individual school with any questions regarding rescheduling or practices.

At 1:30 p.m., the temperature in Stafford County was 90 degrees with scattered thunderstorms in the forecast, according to the National Weather Service. I’ll be hot again tomorrow with highs in the upper 80s. 

Stafford County Parents Greeted by New Security System at Schools


It’s the first day of school across the area today. For nearly everyone — especially those with children — summer has come to a close.

Students in Stafford County are going back to school today, and the school division wants parents to know their child is a bit safer thanks to precautions put in place at the front door of the school. 

Here’s more in a press release:

In an effort to increase the security of its schools and facilities, Stafford County Public Schools is installing a video intercom entry system at each of its 30 schools and 4 operating sites.

The system, called AIPHONE, will be installed at the main school entrance and allow the main entrance doors to be locked during the school day and still permit visitors to enter (all exterior school doors are locked during the school day).  Visitors will push a button on an intercom located on the wall by the main front door of the school.  A security camera at the door will allow a school staff member to view the visitor on a screen inside the building.  The visitor will be asked for identification and the reason of the visit.

Once the visitor is approved by the staff member, an electronic door lock will be released so that the visitor may enter the building.  As is current practice, upon entry into the school, visitors will sign-in at the office and obtain a visitor’s badge. A photo identification card (driver’s license, state ID card or military ID) is required to sign-in.  In the event school staff believes the person requesting entry is a danger to the students or staff, entry into the building will not be allowed.

Installation of this system is taking place this summer for the majority of schools and facilities.  Several schools will have the system installed in 2015 and 2016 as part of ongoing or planned construction projects.  

SCPS asks for the cooperation of all parents and school visitors as this security enhancement is implemented.  We encouraged parents to visit their child’s school prior to the school year to become familiar with this new security feature.  

Stafford Spending $101,340 on Modems for Waste Water Pump Stations

One of Stafford County's 89 pump stations. [Photo: Stafford County Government]

STAFFORD, Va. — Computers, your cell phone and, yes, even waste water pump stations rely on transmitting data wirelessly.  

Stafford County is giving $101,340 to Sterling Engineering Solutions – the sole bidder on a project, according to county documents — to replace modems on 89 waste water pumping stations at various locations around the county.

The radio modems currently in use transmit information from the stations back to a central computer. But, those modems are over 10 years old and are no longer compatible with newer equipment purchased in recent years, according to county documents.

At the cost of about $1,139 per new modem, the county will pay about 27% more for the modems than they did 10 years ago. The winning bidder will install the modems and help Stafford County’s utilities department workers bring them online.

Prior to the modems, utilities workers had to collect data the old-fashioned way: they actually had to drive out to wastewater collection stations for maintenance, stated county spokeswoman Cathy Vollbrecht in an email.

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors approved the contract at their August 19 meeting.

North Stafford’s Brafferton Center Sells for $22.3 Million

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NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — That shopping center you drive by on Garrisoville Road — you know the one with Sport and Health gym, restaurants like Mainstreet Grill and Bar, and North Stafford’s late-night staple Dunkin Donuts – we bet you didn’t know it was called Brafferton Center. We also be you didn’t know it just sold for $22.3 million.

Mosaic Realty Partners, based in Baltimore, bought the new center. We were tipped off to the sale in the press release from Larry Lichtenauer, president of Lawrence Howard & Associates, Inc., in which this information was included:

Located at the intersection of Garrisonville Road (Route 610) and Brafferton Boulevard, the retail center is currently 98% occupied and anchored by Sport & Health, a health and fitness club which occupies approximately 50% of the project. Additional tenants include Dunkin’ Donuts, Massage Envy, Avis Car Rental and Sweet Frog. The center is within close proximity to North Stafford Plaza, Walmart, Target and Lowe’s Home Improvement and is less than one mile from the Garrisonville Road exit of Interstate 95.

Brafferton Center is comprised of a retail strip of stores containing approximately sixteen separate retailers, as well as two free-standing out parcels that house an additional eight retailers. Approximately 70,000 consumers and 23,000 households reside within a five-mile radius of the project with an average household income of more than $112,000.

 “Brafferton Center is positioned within a high density residential section of Stafford County, and the entire retail group has established a loyal and consistent consumer following in the community,” explained Neil Markus, Principal of Finmarc. “The new owner acquired an excellently-maintained and visible asset contained within an environment that features among the most recognizable retail brands in the country.”

“Our team was able to identify a number of viable buyers for this asset with Mosaic Realty Partners, a locally-owned and managed real estate company, emerging as the most suitable purchaser,” stated Mat Adler, of the KLNB Retail Investment Sales Group. “This property, which represents the firm’s initial acquisition in the Virginia area, complements the company’s existing portfolio.”

The photo we used in this post is, we’ll admit, kind of polished, but we used it anyway since we don’t have a file photo of Brafferton Center. It was also submitted to us by Lichtenauer.

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