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Stafford Chick-fil-A under renovation, will reopen later this summer

From Garrisonville Chick-fil-A Franchise Owner Leslie Brown:

The Garrisonville Chick-fil-A in Stafford, which originally opened in April 2001, closed on June 15 for renovations that will incorporate the chain’s newest innovations to increase capacity and improve the customer experience, whether guests choose dine-in, carry out or drive-thru service.  
The kitchen will be reconfigured to create a smoother flow, improved team member environment and room for future growth. The dining room will be updated and the drive-thru will be reconfigured, resulting in increased vehicle capacity and better use of the parking area.
The restaurant is projected to reopen later this summer with its normal operating hours of 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.Monday through Saturday.

Starting July 3, ask PRTC OmniLink for a pickup or drop off at Manassas Park Community Center

Beginning July 3, the Manassas Park Community Center will be an On Demand PRTC OmniLink Bus Stop.

PRTC (Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission) is a public bus transportation system in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Services provided by PRTC include OmniRide, OmniLink, and OmniMatch.

OmniRide offers commuter buses going to DC, the Pentagon, Mark Center and Tysons. OmniMatch specializes in carpooling and vanpooling, and OmniLink is the designation used for local bus service. Remember Link = Local!

In a September 2015 survey, 40% of riders on Manassas OmniLink and Manassas Park OmniLink buses said they ride a PRTC bus 5 days/week, and another 31% ride 1 to 3 days/month. These riders also indicated that the places they travel via PRTC bus are: work 54%, shopping 45%, doctor or medical visit 26%, college or technical school 23%, social or recreational 15%, K-12 school 10%, and other 5%.

“PRTC buses are partially funded by tax dollars because the fare you pay on our buses is a fraction of the cost to operate,” said Christine Rodrigo, Public Relations Specialist for PRTC, “the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and Prince William County subsidize us so that we can keep our fares reasonable.”

PRTC responded to multiple public suggestions of adding another stop in Manassas Park at the Manassas Park Community Center. This new bus stop will be an On Demand stop. If you are not familiar with what an On Demand stop is, it simply means that the bus will not stop at an On Demand stop unless a rider requests the driver to stop there. (more…)

Those standing on VRE trains need to get off, back on starting July 3

From an email: 

Queueing is when passengers stand at the doorway, making it difficult for others to detrain at their stop. Queueing on VRE trains is an ongoing issue that is frequently brought to our attention. As our ridership has risen, the problem has intensified.

Starting Monday, July 3rd, VRE will be enforcing a new policy:

All passengers standing at each stop will detrain.
This is to ensure that everyone who wants to get off can. Those who wish to resume the train ride will be let back on, but they must first detrain. Once everyone has boarded, the train can depart.

We appreciate your cooperation.

Heroin overdose leads to 2 arrests at Stafford motel

From the Stafford sheriff’s office: 


On Sunday, June 25, 2017 at approximately 5:30pm, deputies from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Motel 6 located at 401 Warrenton Rd in reference to a drug overdose. Deputies arrived on scene to find a female subject unresponsive.

It was soon discovered that the female was suffering from a heroin overdose. Nasal Narcan was administered at the scene and the female regained consciousness. Evidence of heroin


usage was found at the scene. The female was later identified as Tara Michelle Sussman, age 31 of Fredericksburg.

While deputies were dealing with Sussman they were alerted by a motel patron about a male subject in another part of the motel complex who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Deputies A.I. Assur and S.T. Myers tended to the male subject who was later identified as Cody Andrew Godwin, age 23 of Stafford County.

Godwin displayed slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet to the point that he couldn’t stand without the assistance of deputies. It was later learned that he too was suffering the effects of Heroin usage. Deputies attempted to take Godwin into custody and were immediately met with active resistance.


Walmart Neighborhood Market opening in Stafford on Wednesday a prototype store

From a press release: 

Stafford’s very first Walmart Neighborhood Market – and the second business in the Stafford Complex Center development – will open on Wednesday, June 28. In addition to being a new prototype that only exists in limited markets across the country, the store offers the convenience of a drive-thru pharmacy, the first Online Grocery Pickup service in the area and creates approximately 95 local jobs.

The 40,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market at 14 N. Stafford Complex Center is a new prototype – featuring wider aisles, lower counter tops in the deli and bakery for easy ordering, and made-to-order pizza. Customers can pick out their pizza toppings and shop while their pizza cooks, or take it home and cook in their own oven.

Neighborhood Market offers fresh produce and organic selections; a full-service deli and in-store bakery with fresh bread and more; convenient Grab-and-Go prepared meals; and a full grocery department with favorite name-brand products at the same affordable prices as our larger stores. In addition, customers will find a convenient, full-service pharmacy with a drive-thru, health and beauty items, baby and pet supplies and select household goods.

A grand opening ribbon-cutting will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, preceded by a short performance by the North Stafford High School Drumline. Area residents are also invited to a community celebration, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 1 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Highlights will include music, activities for kids and food samples, including pizza, hot dogs, fresh fruit and Marketside cookies.

Explore Summer Reading at your Prince William Public Library

Free special events all summer, plus prizes for reading!

Visit your local Prince William Public Library to begin your journey through books. Summer reading kicked off June 19 and will run through August 19 with plenty of free fun, challenges, and prizes along the way. Register at any branch or in person by visiting www.pwcgov.org/summerreading.

Explore Summer Reading for Kids, Infants through Students Entering 5th Grade

Come to any library branch to pick up your Passport and we’ll give you your first stamp. When you come in for a second visit, tell us what you’re reading and you’ll receive a coupon for free food. At six library visits, you pick out a brand-new book to keep! Come back for up to nine visits; each stamp is an entry into the kids’ grand prize drawing of an Asus flip laptop! You can receive one stamp in a 24-hour period, regardless of how many libraries you visit.

Weekly Challenges

Don’t lose precious brain cells this summer! Each of the nine weeks of summer reading will have a different theme and a special challenge. Come in to your library to complete the weekly challenge and you’ll be entered into a drawing for even more prizes. There will be a different challenge for each week, so visit often. (more…)

Lake Mooney will be open for fishing on Saturday, July 1

The Lake Mooney Reservoir, the most expensive public works project in Stafford County’s history will soon be open for fishing.

From a press release:

Stafford County and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries proudly announce that Lake Mooney will be open for fishing on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The lake, named for the late Stafford Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason Mooney, opened to visitors in June 2016. It is also the 5.54 billion gallon reservoir for Stafford County.

Lake Mooney is stocked with largemouth bass, channel catfish, redear sunfish, and bluegill. Black crappie and several other species naturally colonized the lake during filling. There are creel limits and size limits in the chart below. There is a park at Lake Mooney with restroom facilities and a boat launch – no gas-powered engines are allowed. There is no charge for admission to the park. No swimming is allowed and a license is required to fish. For information on buying a fishing license, please visit www.dgif.virginia.gov/licenses.

Lake Mooney is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., mid-March through October 31. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November 1 through mid-March. All boats must be off the water an half hour before closing. Lake Mooney is located at 500 Greenbank Road, Falmouth, VA 22406.