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Stafford #1 for job growth in Virginia

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Stafford County is now number one for job growth in Virginia.

Last week, at the 24th Annual Business Appreciation Reception held by Stafford’s economic development department, they made the announcement about the county’s job growth numbers.

“Today is a great day for business in Stafford. None of these achievements were random. We deliberately set out to attract businesses that our citizens wanted and that would bring jobs home to the county. We created and followed plans for economic development and those efforts have paid off with more than 2,400 businesses calling Stafford home and more than 40,000 jobs located in the county,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Gary Snellings in a release.

Over the past six years, Stafford has had around a 2.6%increase in job growth annually.

Additionally, Stafford was ranked third in the state for overall business growth. There are currently more than 2,400 businesses in the county, according to a release.

“We are delighted with Stafford’s business success in the last few years but there is more work to be done. We will continue our push to attract and retain quality commercial business to Stafford County,” said Chairman of the Stafford County Economic Development Authority Joel Griffin, in a release.

How to do a tasting at Manassas Olive Oil Company

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Find perfect pairings for salads, chicken, even ice cream

At Manassas Olive Oil Company, you have the opportunity to sample over 45 flavors of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

From mild to robust, these oils fill up metal fusties that are placed throughout the room. Empty bottles are lined up beneath them, and tasting cups are waiting to be filled with fresh oils and vinegar.

A tasting experience can vary.

You may end up spending an hour with friends sampling a large variety, or you might just be looking for something to create a perfect marinade for tonight’s chicken entree.

“We encourage people to spend as much time as they want finding what they love in here,” says store manager Cameron Thomson. “If you don’t want to spend an hour and change in here tasting everything, I can ask you what you’re looking to use it for and then help you find what you’re looking for.”

Thomson says it’s an experience that most people aren’t expecting. “Typically most people, what they’ve had their whole life is nothing like this, so they’re going to be caught very off guard by what they’re about to taste,” Thomson says.

To sample any of the olive oils or balsamic vinegar, you just have to fill up a small plastic ramekin of the flavor you want. Thomson says it’s important to smell it before taking a swig. He also suggests slurping the oils in order to really discern their tastes.

For people that might be put off by drinking the oils on their own, there are jars of bread available for tastings. You can dunk the small pieces of bread into the various flavors in order to get a sense of their taste.

“Sometimes it’s good to break up the taste of it,” said Thomson. “Some of the oils have very strong flavor by themselves, so sometimes its good to have something neutral to taste it with.” 

After sampling a variety of flavors, you may end up with a French Walnut olive oil and Black Cherry vinegar pairing that will make a perfect dressing for your salad, a Mushroom Sage as marinade for tomorrow night’s pork dinner, and a raspberry vinegar to drizzle on that vanilla ice cream in your freezer.

After narrowing down your choices, employees will help you fill the empty glass bottles with the fresh balsamic vinegar and olive oils.

Thomson says this is something fun and new that everyone will love trying out.

“Open up your mind to the new possibility of tasting very fresh olive oil,”he said.

Manassas Olive Oil Company opened its doors in May. Hours are Monday thru Thursday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Update: Woman arrested, eat flowers from your backyard

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A woman is charged with assault and battery on a police officer. Prince William police were called to a home on Redskin Court in Woodbridge on Tuesday, June 9, and said they saw the suspect, 37-year-old Michelle Bullock get into a car and then try to speed away from police.

An officer ran alongside the car before to try to get the woman to stop. She eventually did and was arrested.

In Lake Ridge, The Chinn Park Regional Library is newly renovated. Over the past month, a new circulation desk was added. The desk was redesigned to make it more efficient for employees and library patrons. The renovation cost $100,000.

And From our promoted post file today — did you know that many of the weeds, flowers, and leaves in your own backyard are edible? But how do you know which ones to eat?

The Earth Village Education Foundation in Fauquier County will hold a class June 20 to help you identify what you can eat, and what neat food and drinks — including coffee — you can make from plants in your own backyard.

Stafford Superintendent’s contract extended to 2019

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Looks like Dr. Bruce Benson will continue to be the Stafford superintendent through 2019.

The Stafford school board voted to extend his contact at their meeting on Wednesday night.

Benson began working in the Stafford County School system as superintendent last year, after Dr. Randy Bridges left to spend more time with his family.

There will not be a salary increase, according to a school release.

“I appreciate the Board’s confidence in my ability to continue guiding Stafford County Public Schools.  I have enjoyed my first year in Stafford County and welcome the excitement and challenges the next four years will bring.  There are few places in Virginia that rival the advantages of Stafford County and I am honored to call Stafford County my home. I look forward to ensuring improved community engagement and transparency for the school division over the next four years,” stated Benson in a release.

You’ll be surprised at the local artifacts featured in the ‘Hometown Tourist’ exhibit in Manassas

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Manassas Museum ‘Hometown Tourist” exhibit coming to Bull Run Regional Library 

Trade your suitcase for some walking shoes and be a Manassas hometown tourist this summer. If walking shoes aren’t an option, take a virtual tour.

The new Manassas Historical Sites Map Tour lets you click on a map to find in-depth information about the city’s eight historic properties. The tour includes photographs, little-known stories about people and places associated with the site, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and information about visiting in person. Visit manassasmuseum.org/tour to access the tour.

The Manassas Museum is taking to the road for a new summer travelling exhibit, Hometown Tourist, at the Bull Run Regional Library. The exhibit features artifacts, old post cards, and archaeology from nine area historic sites: The Southern Railway Depot, the Hopkins Candy Factory, Liberia Plantation, the Stone House, the Manassas City Cemetery, the Manassas Museum (built on land where Eastern College once stood), the Manassas Industrial School, the former Grace United Methodist Church (now Bull Run Unitarian), and the Albert Speiden House.

Most of the City’s nationally significant historic sites are open free every day and offer interpretive signage that tells their story. Take along the mobile version of the Manassas Historical Sites Map Tour as you visit the Manassas Museum, the Southern Railway Depot, the Hopkins Candy Factory, Liberia Plantation, Mayfield and Cannon Branch Earthwork Forts, and the Manassas Industrial School/Jennie Dean Memorial to enhance your experience.

If you would like to learn even more about the sites, guided walking tours of Historic Downtown Manassas are offered every Thursday and Friday at Noon, and Liberia House tours are offered Sundays at Noon through the summer. Meet at the Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William Street, for the Downtown tours, and at Liberia, 8601 Portner Avenue, for the Sunday tours.

Call 703-268-1873 or visit manassasmuseum.org for more information.

Exclusive: King is new candidate for 2nd district

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072914-First-on-plJosh King is the new Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 2nd House district.

King, an Iraq War Army veteran and a Sheriff’s deputy in Fairfax County, was officially filed as the candidate by Prince William County Democratic Party Chair Harry Wiggins. He lives in Woodbridge with his wife and three children.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to serve the residents of the second district. This district needs a representative who will work to reduce school overcrowding, increase our transportation options, and work tirelessly to attract more jobs to the area,” King stated.

The original Democratic nominee for the seat was Rod Hall, who decided that he would step down following a job offer

The incumbent for the seat, Delegate Michael Futrell, was running in a three-way Democratic primary for the 29th Senate district, when he lost to Jeremy McPike. 

Futrell was asked to run for re-election for his seat, but declined in a statement.

 

King will face Republican Mark Dudenhefer in the General Election on Nov. 3.

Wendy Maurer is the Republican nominee in Stafford Rock Hill District

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Wendy Maurer is the Republican nominee for the Rock Hill District of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.

Maurer, a Quantico businesswoman, beat out challenger Adela Bertoldi by eight points in the race.

Maurer attributed her win to the support of her family and her community.

As she prepares to face two independent candidates in November, she will focus on better schools and better development are two main issues campaign issues.

“We need to make sure we fund our schools to have teachers available to teach our children,” said Maurer.

Stafford schools cut 55 teachers from the school division last year, said Maurer. She said it’s up to the Board of Supervisors to work hand in hand with the school board to ensure schools are properly funded.

Maurer says she will work to attract more businesses to the county — something the county has already had great success in doing — but adds the Rock Hill District doesn’t have the necessary road infrastructure needed for the development of new homes.

Maurer says she will make updating the county’s comprehensive plan a priority to control growth in the area.

Project Election: Primary election results here

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Prince William & Stafford

State Senate – 29th district

Michael Futrell (D): 20.66%
Jeremy McPike (D): 43.23%
Atif Qarni (D): 36.11%
Winner: Jeremy McPike

Virginia House of Delegates – 2nd district

Mark Dudenhefer (R): 59.48%
Tim Ciampaglio (R): 40.52%
Winner: Mark Dudenhefer

Virginia House of Delegates – 28th district

Susan Stimpson (R): 37.92%
Bill Howell (R): 62.08%
Winner: Bill Howell

Prince William Board of Supervisors – Potomac district 

Andrea Bailey (D): 66.73%
Derrick Wood (D): 33.27 %
Winner: Andrea Bailey (93% precincts reporting) 

Stafford Board of Supervisors – Rock Hill district

Wendy Maurer (R): 53.97%
Adela Bertoldi (R): 46.03%
Winner: Wendy Maurer 

Stafford Clerk of the Court

Darrell English (R): 37.57%
Jim Fry (R): 11.7%
Kathy Sterne (R): 50.73%
Winner: Kathy Sterne

Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney

Eric Olsen (R): 59.08%
Jason Pelt (R): 40.92%
Winner: Eric Olsen 

Primary elections are tomorrow

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Tomorrow, Prince William County and Stafford County will be holding primary elections.

For the Potomac district board supervisor seat, Democrats Andrea Bailey and Derrick Wood will be facing off. The incumbent and Republican opponent for the seat is Maureen Caddigan.

For Virginia’s 2nd district House seat, there will be a primary vote for the Republican candidate, between former delegate Mark Dudenhefer and Tim Ciampaglio.

Long time senator Chuck Colgan will be retiring this year, and tomorrow three Democratic candidates will be vying for the nomination – Delegate Michael Futrell, Jeremy McPike and Atif Qarni. In November, one of the three will be running against Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish, who is the Republican nominee.

For the Stafford board of supervisors , two Republican candidates – Wendy Maurer and Adela Bertoldi – are running for the nomination for the Rock Hill district in Stafford.

 

Find your polling place.

Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood House a fun experience

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My and wife and I went to Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood House for the first time.

She had been before for a workplace party a few years back. For me, it was my first time. But not my first time dining at a Hibachi-style steakhouse.

The morning before we went, I called to make reservations, as was recommended by my wife. We arrived at 7:30 p.m. (a half-hour later than we made our reservation for — thanks, traffic jam) and the hostess welcomed us as if we were right on time. She showed us to our seats at a U-shaped table that surrounded a flat-top grill where our food would be prepared.

Two other women were already sitting down at the table and were enjoying their conversation. My wife and I took the time to catch up after what had been a long and busy week for the both of us.

Our drinks came — my wife ordered a plum dessert wine, and I had water. Then, in walked a family two children who sat down at our table. Now with a full house, it was for our onion soup ( broth with thinly shaved mushrooms and other spices) and house salad topped with ginger dressing. I ate about half of each.

For dinner, my wife ordered combination platters. Hers was a mix of chicken and shrimp and my filet mignon and chicken.

“OK, it’s showtime,” said the chef as he drizzled oil on the flat, hot cooktop. After a flash of flame to heat things up, he began to prepare the rice and vegetables — carrots and zucchini, and onions —  that would make up the foundation of our plate. Of course, we were treated to the classic onion volcano that is always impressive to see, and is something I wouldn’t try at home.

As they cooked up, the chef placed a portion of rice on our plates and then portioned out the vegetables. Some at the table were clearly hungry and started eating right away. My wife and I waited until we had our full place in front of us.

When it was time for the meats, the shrimp seemed to cook up faster than anything else. The chef diced the chicken breast, and he made sure the steak was cooked to order. Mine was medium well and prepared just right.

Just as it was time to dig in, the chef played a little game. He cut up some remaining chicken and offered to play catch, and used his utensils to toss food toward the guests and see who could catch it in their mouths.

A few at the table made it look easy. It wasn’t for me as I was zero for two tries. My wife, ever the consummate lady, opted out of the food-tossing competition.

As we ate, the chef thanked all of us, and we all clapped in appreciation of the show we had seen. He poured rail vodka on the cooktop and quickly cleaned it and then went into the back.

The food was delicious and required no seasoning or sauce though two kinds of sauce are provided to you — a ginger dipping sauce and an orange sauce referred to as “yum yum” sauce.  

Or bill for the two of us was about $70 with tip. While it is something my wife and I would do together again, this place would also be fun to share with friends and family.

Animals to adopt at Stafford SPCA

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Billie Jane is a 2-year-old female Heeler mix that is spayed, UTD on vaccines, and micro chipped. She will pull at your heartstrings with her playful nature and youthful energy! Billie Jane can live happily with other dogs (with proper introduction) and children older than 5 years.

Ledo is a 4-year-old male DSH cat with an adorable lopsided mustache, and a unique black and white pattern. He is neutered, UTD on all vaccines,  and simply LOVES being around people. If you are looking for a feline with a friendly and outgoing  personality then look no farther – you’ve found your new BFF. 

Found dog. Intact male lab mix. About 1 year old. Very friendly. Found at the apartments behind Garrisionville Walmart. Please contact(540) 693-2843 if you have any information.

-Information provided by the Stafford SPCA. Contact them for more information on any of the animals shown above.

Stafford dog park opens

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A new dog park opened in Stafford County on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Residents were invited to bring their four-legged friends to the new park at Duff McDuff Green Memorial Park on Route 3 for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Two new parks were opened: a 7,500 square foot small dog park and a 15,000 large dog park. Both are the first such county parks in Stafford.

The parks are complete with water bowls, toys, and benches for people to sit on.

Members of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors were on hand to cut the ribbon for the new park. Garrisonville District Supervisor Laura Sellers, Falmouth District Supervisor Meg Bohmke, Hartwood District Supervisor Gary Snellings, and George Washington District Supervisor Bob Thomas posed for a ribbon cutting photo on Saturday.

Little free libraries project has new partner, online map

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The Greater Prince William (GPW) Little Free Libraries project has continued to move forward with the addition of a new partner, and the launch of our online map.

A new partner

Our newest partner for the initiative is the non-profit group Write by the Rails, which is based in Manassas. The group is a chapter of the Virginia Writer’s Club.

“We go out into the community and promote literacy, and to help the community become more literate by our activities within the community. We are authors – authors and writers,” said Belinda Miller, Vice President of Write by the Rails.

According to Miller, the decision to join the project was motivated by their mission to promote literacy.

“I’m a children’s book author, and I’m an ex-reading teacher. So it’s always been a passion of mine to get children to read…so when the little free libraries idea came up…I got in touch with Bryanna Altman and we decided it’s time – it’s time to get these libraries up,” said Miller.

The group plans to reach out to Lowe’s, to ask them to donate building supplies, according to Miller. Additionally, Write by the Rails will be reaching out to places like Birmingham Green to secure more library locations.

How to find a little free library

Today we launched our GPW Little Free Libraries map via Google Maps.

This interactive online map will allow you to find all of the little free libraries in our area that are participating in our initiative.

See a little free library missing from the map? Let us know!

What to do this weekend

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Events happening in Stafford, Manassas, and Lorton 

There are several fun events going on this weekend in the area that you should check out.

Railway Festival

In Downtown Manassas, there will be the 21st annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday. The family friendly festival will include live music performances, food and train rides.

Dog park opening

And if you’ve got some pups rearing to get outside, you should stop by the opening of Stafford’s first dog park on Saturday. The ribbon cutting for the three separate park sites – which are separated by dog size – will take place at 10 a.m. at the Duff McDuff Green Memorial Park.

Pirate Day at Pohick Bay

If you want to take part in some fun in nearby Lorton, Pohick Bay Regional Park will be hosting their annual Pirate Day at the Pirate’s Cove Waterpark on Saturday. The park opens at 10 a.m. and there will be a pirate camp, scavenger hunt and child activities.

Know of any other fun events this weekend? Let us know, and it include them on our free events calendar.

History thundering toward Manassas Railway Festival

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Norfolk Southern is bringing Steam Engine 611 to the City of Manassas during the 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival on Saturday, June 6. The “611” belongs to the Virginia Museum of Transportation, but Norfolk Southern will have it out for 11 round-trip single day excursions beginning with the Railway Festival on Saturday.

Along with excursion rides on 611, there will be VRE rides for the younger set. Also featured at the Railway Festival are model trains, train memorabilia, live entertainment and great food. This is an event not to be missed!

So, what does it take to “Fire Up 611?” Other than 10,000 hours of volunteer labor, it takes about 25,000 gallons of water for each trip of about 100 miles. This Steam Engine rolled off the line on May 29, 1950 and traveled nearly three million miles before its retirement in 1957 when diesel became the more price-conscious option. 611 was in such great condition, she was selected to pull the company’s “farewell to steam” excursions in October 1959.

The “611” is coming to Manassas June 6, 2015.
The “611” is coming to Manassas June 6, 2015.
The “611” is coming to Manassas June 6, 2015.

In 1981, Norfolk Southern president Robert Claytor sent 611 to the Norris Steam Shop in Birmingham, Alabama. The 611 became the star of the Norfolk Southern steam program pulling excursions throughout the eastern U.S.

While previously limited to the N&W’s system, 611 was able to travel as far south as Florida, as far north as New York, and as far west as Chicago. For 22 years she traversed the mainlines recreating the golden age of American railroading and inspiring a new generation of steam fans. Norfolk Southern decided to end the program in 1994. The 611 returned to her hometown of Roanoke, Va. to once again serve as a static display.

If you prefer not to take a ride, 611 will be available for picture opportunities at the 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival at about 1 p.m. For more information on 611, visit fireup611.org.

On Friday, June 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. come to First Friday in Historic Downtown. The June First Friday features corn hole playing and corn hole tournaments throughout downtown, plus, great food and wonderful shops.

On Sunday, June 7, get ready for the Taste of Historic Manassas from noon to 4:30 p.m. This annual event transforms Historic Downtown Manassas into a lively festival with local entertainment and lots of great food.

For more information on these and other events in the City of Manassas, visit visitmanassas.org.

Summer storm clouds roll over North Stafford

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Storm clouds over Stafford.
Storm clouds over Stafford.
Storm clouds over Stafford.
Storm clouds over Stafford.

A summertime thunderstorm moved north from Spotsylvania County into North Stafford on May 20, 2015.

Photos by Mary Davidson 

My day with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office

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A ride along with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
A ride along with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
A ride along with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
A ride along with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

Our regional editor Stephanie Tipple spent the day with Sgt. Chris Truslow of the Stafford sheriff’s office to learn more about the work law enforcement does each day.

Roll call

My day with members of the Stafford sheriff’s office began bright and early, at their 5:30 a.m. roll call meeting.

I was greeted by a room full of officers and deputies, who watched me shuffle into the room with my bulletproof vest.

During roll call, the officers watched footage of an incident where force was used, and had a serious discussion about the most appropriate and respectful ways to handle the situation.

Ride along

After roll call, I got into Truslow’s patrol car, and we began to patrol his area. During that time, I got to speak with him about his job and his life.

“My main job is to monitor what’s going on – to make sure people are doing what they’re supposed to be doing, to see what calls are going on and monitoring the calls to make sure they’re doing their jobs…I do a little bit of everything,” said Truslow.

Truslow has been in law enforcement for 10 years – 5 of which have been in Stafford. He lives in Spotsylvania with his wife and two children.

Our first stop of the day

When going through a residential 25 mph zone, we had our first stop of the day. A man, on the way to his first day of a new job, was going 40 mph in the 25 mph zone.

Truslow stated that he always tries to consider the residents during stops, and if he can give them a lesser fine, or offer advice, he does so.

The flat tire incident

Our first call of the day was for a disabled vehicle on Inez Way, near the intersection of Andrew Chapel Drive. The driver’s rear tire had loose lugnuts and couldn’t move down the two-lane road.

Truslow was able to redirect traffic, so drivers could safely surpass the blocked lane.

The driver of the vehicle immediately got to work, as his wife handed him what appeared to be professional car tools, and he had his tire fixed in less than three minutes. It reminded us of a NASCAR pit station.

After this incident, Truslow and I got back on the road, and I continued to talk with him about why he wanted to work in law enforcement.

“I just always wanted to be a cop, since I was four or five years old. My dad was a special deputy [as a volunteer]…so since I was a little kid, he’s been [involved]. I always wanted to do it, always had an interest in it and I went to college and got a criminal justice degree. I interned my last semester with Christiansburg Police,” Truslow said.

Truslow recalled stories over his years with the Stafford sheriff’s office, and spoke about how difficult it is to use force against an individual.

“It’s very difficult, because you know you need to quell the situation, but you also know that the backlash that’s going to come from [using force],” said Truslow.

He specifically recalled a situation where a man was being uncooperative, after being caught shoplifting.

“He starts screaming that I’m using excessive force, and I’m not even touching him. So I can’t get him under control – so I’ve got this guy in handcuffs, and I don’t know if he has a weapon on him, and I don’t know if his friend’s going to come in and assault me. There’s a whole lot going on – I’m by myself…so [using force] is a very difficult situation,” said Truslow.

Truslow went on to talk about how being in law enforcement and using force in situations has been made more difficult by unrealistic depictions of shootings in entertainment.

“There’s a decent amount of people that think that we should be like the police in the movies – that we should be shot at first, before we shoot back. That even a guy with a gun pointed at us isn’t enough for us to shoot somebody…when you watch a movie and somebody get’s shot, there’s always this dramatic falling over and people are flying through glass…and it’s just not like that at all. It’s not every day that you see a real person get shot, but people watch movies where people get shot all the time, so that becomes the reality for people,” Truslow said.

Accidents and moped chases

Toward the end of my time with Sgt. Truslow, we were on the scene of a car accident on Garrisonville Road and Onville Road, where K-9 and traffic officers were also on the scene. A person had run a red light and struck another car, which then hit an electrical box. 

One of the most exhilarating moments was when we rushed to the scene of a moped theft which was done by a teenager. We were able to call a “code one” and put the lights on in the vehicle to quickly arrive. I bruised my knee in the process, but the excitement was well worth it.

On our way back to the station, Truslow and I talked some more about national events with the police in recent months – like Ferguson and the Baltimore riots.

Truslow stated that he feels that residents in the community appreciate the work that the officers and deputies do now more than ever, and it put a positive spin on a negative situation.

My takeaways

Prior to this experience, I had never had close interaction with law enforcement. It really opened my eyes to see the work that they do isn’t glamorous, and they have tough decisions they have to make at a moment’s notice – including life or death situations. The care that I saw exhibited by Truslow was one I didn’t expect, but I am happy to know that individuals like him are helping to protect our community.

Manassas City businesses rise and shine at appreciation breakfast

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Close to 100 people gathered at the Center for the Arts for the inaugural Manassas Business Appreciation Breakfast where they celebrated the City’s entrepreneurial spirit and thriving business community. The City of Manassas and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted the event to recognize local businesses.

In his opening remarks, Mayor Harry J. Parrish II thanked the audience for choosing Manassas and “for all that you bring to the community.” Beyond creating jobs and boosting the local economy, he acknowledged the many business leaders who serve on boards and commissions and participate in the robust calendar of events.

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Those in the room took a moment to welcome the newcomers to downtown, which include Amy’s Bridal, Totally Vintage Designs, and Scatter Seeds as well as the soon-to-open Cut Rate Barbershop and Jitterbug ice cream shop. H Mart and Firehouse Subs, which recently opened on Liberia Avenue, were recognized as well. Dalena Kanouse, the CEO of MTCI Management and Training Consultants, Inc., and incoming chair of the Prince William Chamber, pointed out that her well-established company was once a newcomer to the City of Manassas. She told the tight-knit business community that MTCI moved from Dumfries to take advantage of the opportunities in Manassas and are happy to be here.

Existing businesses in the City are flourishing, too. Fauquier Bank relocated within the City to accommodate its anticipated expansion. Malone’s opened a second floor to accommodate their growing business. Another expansion in the City is Aurora Flight Science who are sub-leasing the airport’s FlightWorks hanger and envision creating 50 new jobs over the next several years. B. Hayes Framme, advisor for infrastructure and development for the Commonwealth of Virginia, acknowledged that most businesses have “Chief ‘Everything’ Officers.” He also identified high-growth opportunities in Virginia like cyber security and biotechnology and discussed incentives and policies that support job creation.

The City strives to create a business-friendly environment and is always interested in speaking to prospective business owners who wish to join this supportive community. For more information, call the economic development department at 703-257-8881.

Changes coming to Stafford commuter lot

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The Virginia Departmevdotlogo600pixelsnt of Transportation (VDOT) is proposing that new signs and a pickup area for HOV carpooling be added to the Staffordboro commuter lot in Stafford.

According to VDOT, the lot was observed and there was a survey given to users of the lot that slug using the HOV lanes that helped them to determine that changes needed to be made.

Here are the improvements proposed by VDOT:

Destination signs for the Pentagon, Crystal City, and Rosslyn lines

New, separate HOV carpooling pickup area for Rosslyn sluggers

Crosswalks spanning the lot’s central access road

View an online map of the proposed changes 

“We received more than 60 responses to our online survey about slugging and congestion near the HOV carpooling area. Many commuters requested better signage to identify HOV carpooling destinations, and suggested space for an additional HOV carpooling pickup area in the Staffordboro lot. We have proposed these changes to provide better direction in the lot, and to reduce minor congestion in the HOV carpooling pickup line,” said Sean Nelson, VDOT Fredericksburg Residency Administrator, in a release.

Stafford will dedicate reservoir to honor fallen deputy

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On May 29, Stafford County alongside the Stafford sheriff’s office will hold a ceremony to dedicate the Lake Mooney Reservoir to the late Stafford Deputy Jason Mooney.

According to a release, Mooney was killed in an accident on I-95 after responding to an emergency call on duty in October 2007.

Mooney was a Colonial Forge High School graduate, a Marine, and a former Stafford firefighter, said a county release.

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors made the decision to name the reservoir after Mooney in 2014.

More on the plans for the reservoir, from the county:

The reservoir, formerly called Rocky Pen Run Reservoir, was approved by the Board of Supervisors in 1992 and later, permitted by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2006. The reservoir was created by the construction of a dam that rests 2,000 feet upstream at the mouth of Rocky Pen Run which is north of the Rappahannock River. Completed in 2014, Lake Mooney holds 5.54 billion gallons of water at full elevation within a surface area of 503 acres. The dam is 118 feet in height and 1,200 feet in length.

The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., is open to the public.

The lake will be opening on Memorial Day in 2016, and will have a boat launch and sites for canoeing and fishing.

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