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Prince William Chamber PAC releases endorsements in 2015 race

Updated Oct. 9, 2015

Prince William County Board of Supervisors, At-large — Corey Stewart 

“In his most recent term, Chairman Stewart has demonstrated tremendous leadership and made great strides in establishing Prince William as an emerging business location,” said Brian Gordon, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) of Metropolitan Washington, and the Chairman of the Prince William Chamber PAC.  “In the face of a challenging economic environment, Chairman Stewart and the Board of County Supervisors have helped to position the County to be on the forefront of economic development in strategic growth sectors.  The Chamber PAC is pleased to endorse his candidacy for reelection so that he may continue to build on these successes, maintain a positive, business-focused public discourse and work to further improve the local business climate.” 

Virginia Senate 29th District — Hal Parrish 

“Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park have been privileged to be represented for so many years by Senator Colgan,” said Brian Gordon, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) of Metropolitan Washington, and the Chairman of the Prince William Chamber PAC.  “Mayor Parrish is best suited to carry on in his tradition and further his lasting legacy of fighting for Prince William and promoting a strong economy while maintaining the highest level of statesmanship.  While the PAC was impressed with both candidates, only one possessed a proven track record of working with and on behalf of the business community to grow our local economy and strengthen our community.” 

Candidate endorsements were determined through a questionnaire and interview process and an evaluation and comparative analysis of the policy platforms and records of each candidate as they related to that of the region’s business community. 


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The Prince William Chamber Political Action Committee, the political arm of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, announced its endorsements of candidates for the Virginia General Assembly and Board of County Supervisors.

Candidate endorsements were determined through a questionnaire and interview process and an evaluation and comparative analysis of the policy platforms and records of each individual as they related to that of the region’s business community.

Potomac District – Maureen Caddigan

28th Senate District – Richard Stuart

Coles District – Martin Nohe 39th Senate District – George Barker

Neabsco District – John Jenkins

2nd House District – Mark Dudenhefer

Occoquan District – Earnie Porta

31st House District – Scott Lingamfelter

Woodbridge District – Frank Principi

40th House District – Tim Hugo

50th House District – Jackson Miller

51st House District – Rich Anderson

52nd House District – Luke Torian

87th House District – John Bell

“Prince William County is blessed to have so many strong candidates, willing to dedicate their time and service to elected office,” said Brian Gordon, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) of Metropolitan Washington, and the Chairman of the Prince William Chamber PAC. “The candidates endorsed by the Chamber PAC demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the region’s economic challenges and put forward substantive plans and proposals for improving our local business climate.”

The Prince William Chamber PAC was established in 2014 by members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. The PAC promotes and facilitates the accumulation of voluntary contributions from members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and others. Contributions are used primarily in support of issues and candidates for local and state offices who have taken positions consistent with the Chamber’s public policy positions regarding the private enterprise system.

Singstock collects community endorsements for Nov. 3

Tim Singstock, candidate for Chairman – At Large of the Prince William County School Board has collected numerous bi-partisan and community endorsements since beginning his campaign in December 2014. These Prince William community leaders are supporting Tim Singstock for School Board Chairman-At Large in the November 3rd General Election:

U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman (1st CD)

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (10th CD)

State Senator Richard Black (13th SD)

State Senator Richard Stuart (28th SD)

Delegate Tim Hugo (40th HD)

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (31st HD)

Delegate Jackson Miller (50th HD)

Delegate Rich Anderson (51st HD)

Former Delegate Jeff Frederick (52nd HD)

Dumfries Mayor, and candidate for 36th State Senate District, Jerry Foreman

Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart

Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan

Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe

Occoquan District Supervisor, and candidate for Commonwealth Attorney, Mike May

Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland

Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson

Former Woodbridge District Supervisor Hilda Barg

Former Gainesville District Supervisor John Stirrup

School Board Chairman-At Large Milt Johns

Gainesville District School Board Representative and Vice-Chair Alyson Satterwhite

Coles District School Board Representative Dr. Michael Otaigbe

Brentsville District School Board Representative Gil Trenum

Former Neabsco District School Board Representative Julie Lucas

Former Occoquan District School Board Representative Mike Wooten

Former Brentsville District School Board Representative Lyle Beefelt

Prince William County Sheriff Glenn Hill

Prince William Clerk of the Court Michele McQuigg

Quantico Town Councilwoman Earlene Clinton

Dumfries Town Councilman Cliff Brewer

Haymarket Town Councilman Matt Caudle

Former Dumfries Mayor Nancy West

Darrell “DJ” Jordan, Virginia Board of Social Services

David Byrne, Chairman of the Boy Scouts Occoquan District

Dalena Kanouse, President & CEO MTCI Inc.

Paul Colangelo, Coach, Parent, and 36 year Prince William County resident

– Submitted by the Tim Singstock campaign

Wreaths Across America Fallen Veterans Ride

Every Year on the second Saturday of December, Wreaths Across America performs a ceremony to pay tribute to our Fallen Veterans by placing hand made wreaths from Maine on the veterans grave sites.

This year the ceremony will be on December 12 at noon at Oak Hill cemetery located at 1902 Plank Road Fredericksburg.

Along with the ceremony, there will be a remembrance ride for our local Fallen Veterans escorted by the City of Fredericksburg police starting at 10:30 a.m. from the VFW located at 2701 Princess Anne Street in Downtown Fredericksburg.

The ride will be approximately 18 miles long and will be passing through Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties and ending at the Oak Hill cemetery for the ceremony.

Please come and join us whether you ride 2 or 4 wheels in paying tribute to our Fallen Veterans.

Prince William NAACP interfaith prayer breakfast Oct. 17

The Prince William County Branch NAACP invites the Prince William Community to an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast,

“Together as one we pray for our nation and community” will be held Saturday, October 17 at 9 a.m.

Guest speaker Janice Brooks, wife of NAACP president Cornell Brooks, will deliver remarks at the breakfast hosted in the Manassas Mosque Community School Hall, 12950 Center Entrance Court, Manassas, Virginia.

This is a ticketed, no cost event open to everyone.

Sentara Lake Ridge to participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back

Do you have unused or expired prescription medications? Improper disposal of these medications can create a public safety issue, potentially leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. So what is the proper way to dispose of them?

On September 26, Sentara Lake Ridge will join with Prince William County Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the 10th Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back, providing a safe way for people to dispose of their unused and expired medications.

Sentara Lake Ridge, a state-of-the art ambulatory campus offering advanced imaging, lab services and 24-hour emergency care, will serve as a collection site. The event will talk place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“At Sentara, we are committed to the wellness and safety of our community, and we are pleased to participate once again in the DEA’s Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back.” said Dynette Rombough, director of emergency services for Sentara Healthcare in Northern Virginia.

During this initiative, prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications (i.e. tablets and capsules) will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine will also not be accepted during National Take-Back Day.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This nationwide prescription drug Take-Back initiative seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. According to the Prince William County Police Department, last September more than 1,080 pounds of expired prescription drugs and other medicines were collected in our county during the DEA’s fall “Take-Back” initiative.

Find more information on this program, including updates on collection sites. You can enter your ZIP code to find the collection site nearest you. 

Downey, of Triangle, named to St. Bonaventure University Board of Trustees

St. Bonaventure University alumnus Fr. Kevin Downey, O.F.M., has been named to the Board of Trustees at his alma mater. He is serving a three-year term. Fr. Kevin is pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, Va.

A friar with Holy Name Province, Fr. Kevin’s previous pastoral assignments included serving as pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J., St. Bonaventure Parish in Allegany, N.Y., and parochial vicar at St. Francis Parish in Raleigh, N.C. A 1973 graduate of St. Bonaventure, Fr. Kevin was appointed assistant vice president for University Relations from 1982-1983.

He also spent eight years, from 1983 to 1991, at Quincy University, Quincy, Ill., where he served as vice president for development and executive vice president. 

Prince William & Fauquier businesses: Become ‘Alzheimer’s Friendly’

Free Trainings for Businesses Aim to Reduce Isolation Among Families Impacted by Alzheimer’s For the 15 million Americans providing care for their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease, isolation is a serious risk.

With the unpredictable nature of the disease, symptoms such as memory loss, repetition and poor judgment lead many to choose to avoid the outside world rather than risk the possibility of unpleasant, awkward or even frightening situations in public.

In fact, in a recent survey of Alzheimer’s caregivers, 74 percent reported that they and their loved ones have become more isolated from the community as a result of the disease. Furthermore, 85 percent reported that they feel a reduced quality of life due to isolation.

As a community, we cannot allow this to happen to our neighbors, friends and loved ones. We can change these frightening statistics here at home. To do just that, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Prince William and Fauquier Counties is helping launch the Alzheimer’s Friendly BusinessSM program.

The program includes a training for local businesses that is designed to help employees understand the disease and provide simple techniques to ensure customers with Alzheimer’s are treated with compassion and respect. The training itself is quick and can be done for businesses in as little as 30 minutes, but the impact on families in our community can be long-lasting.

For a family coping with Alzheimer’s disease, going to a restaurant where a hostess will know the best place to seat you to prevent your loved one from becoming confused can lead to a much-needed night out of the house. Errands to the bank may seem less overwhelming when you know the teller on the other side of the counter can recognize and politely respond to an unexpected behavior as a result of Alzheimer’s, where others in that same situation might be confused or even rude.

Businesses in Prince William and Fauquier counties can work directly with the local Home Instead Senior Care office to arrange an in-person training for their employees, and an online version of the training is also available at AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness.com.

Once the training is completed, businesses will receive a window decal with the Alzheimer’s Friendly Business logo, allowing those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia to easily recognize these businesses taking the lead in making our community more Alzheimer’s friendly.

For more information about Home Instead Senior Care’s Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program, including information on what to look for in an Alzheimer’s Friendly Business, visit AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness.com or call 703-596-1217.

Pollinator plants to be placed at Dale City rest stop on I-95

Over 8,000 plants to be planted Tuesday, Sept. 29

Why: Pollinator habitat is dwindling, and so are pollinators. We rely heavily on pollinators for our food production in the U.S. and recreating habitat for these animals and insects is a way we can assist in bringing back some of the most threatened, like the Monarch Butterfly.

All of the plants used in this project are native to Virginia and the goal of the site is for it to become naturalized in a few years so that intervention by humans is not necessary. There will also be two small areas near the rest station building planted as education stations, so visitors can learn about the project that VDOT intends to implement statewide.

VDOT, Dominion Virginia Power, Virginia Native Plant Society, Plant NOVA Natives, and others will place pollinator-friendly plants at the I-95 northbound rest area at Dale City (car only) in Northern Virginia on Sept. 29. The site will serve as a “way station,” or refuge, for monarch butterflies and other threatened pollinators by providing nectar and shelter to protect and boost populations.

Dominion is providing a cadre of volunteers; Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, the Virginia Native Plant Society, and the Plant NOVA Natives Campaign are providing additional technical expertise; and VDOT is providing the project management, site preparation, the land, volunteers, and staff to plant the new habitat. 

Mandy North to serve as Pastor of Faith Formation at Manassas Church of the Brethren

Manassas Church of the Brethren joyfully announces the call of North Dell’Uomo North to serve as Pastor of Faith Formation beginning October 1, 2015.

North has a passion for the faith formation of youth and young adults as they recognize, explore, and strengthen their relationship with God in Christ. She has worked as a volunteer with youth and children ministries at Manassas Church of the Brethren since 2007 and as Coordinator of Youth Ministries (2008-2009) and Coordinator of Special Ministries (2010-2011).

She served as interim pastor at Nokesville Church of the Brethren, from 2014-2015. She has been an active leader in district youth events and in 2014 she authored the junior high youth lesson plans for Shine, children and youth curriculum published by Brethren Press and MennoMedia.

North received her Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary (2013), her Bachelors of Science from Bridgewater College (2002) and has attended various courses with the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership.

She is a group leader in MOPS, and part of the Prince William County Mothers of Multiples club (PWMOMC.org). She lives with her husband, Sean and their boy/girl twins.

Public info session scheduled for I-95 Stafford Courthouse Road interchange

The public is invited to learn more about upcoming Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) road improvements in the Courthouse Road area of Stafford County on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

A design public hearing will be held on the proposed Interstate 95/Courthouse Road Interchange Relocation project. This project would reconstruct the existing interchange at Exit 140 as a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). The intersection of Courthouse Road and Route 1 would be moved south to align with Hospital Center Boulevard.

At the same time, VDOT will hold a citizen information meeting on the Courthouse Road widening project. Courthouse Road will be widened from two lanes to four lanes west of I-95, between Cedar Lane and Ramoth Church Road/Winding Creek Road. VDOT is holding an information meeting to update the public on its status.

The design public hearing and citizen information meeting will be held together:

Tuesday, Sept. 29
5-8 p.m.
Colonial Forge High School
550 Courthouse Road
Stafford, VA 22554
A brief presentation will be delivered at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The meeting will be an open house format. Stop by anytime between 5-8 p.m. to review project maps and ask questions. Staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns.

Public comment

Written or oral comments may be submitted at the design public hearing on the proposed I-95/Courthouse Road Interchange Relocation project.

After the hearing, comments will be accepted through close of business on Oct. 15, 2015. Comments can be emailed to VDOT at fredericksburginfo@VDOT.Virginia.Gov with “I95/Route 630 Interchange Project” in the subject line.

Comments may be mailed to:

Ms. Michelle Shropshire
Project Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation
87 Deacon Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Mailed comments must be postmarked no later than Oct. 15, 2015.

Haymarket student finalist in photo contest, work featured at Hylton Arts Center

Ten students from local high schools have placed as finalists in the Nature Visions Photo Expo (NVPE) Student Photography contest and will receive a $50 gift card fromDistrict Camera, of Burke, Va.

The 10 finalists were chosen out of more than 60 submissions, representing schools from Northern Virginia and Maryland.

The winner will receive a $100 District Camera gift card and will be announced at NVPE at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va., held on Sat., Nov. 14 and Sun., Nov. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

All finalists’ photography will be on display at NVPE. General admission is free to view the photo exhibits and visit more than 20 local and national photography vendors.

Class fees range from free to $85. Merchant Hall three-day passes are also available at $160 per person and allow access to 11 presentations. Purchase passes at www.naturevisions.org.

NVPE finalists include: two-time finalist, Gabriel Arias, 17 of Potomac, Md., attending Winston-Churchill High School for his photos, Harmony and Bloom

Sai Charan Gurrapu, 15, of Chantilly, Va., attending Chantilly High School, for Blossom

Two-time finalist, Kevin Hackler, 18, of Herndon, Va., graduate of Chantilly High School, for Glory and Connections

Alicia Kay, 17 of Vienna, Va., attending Oakton High School , for Monet

Abby Keller, 18 of Springfield, Va., graduate of West Springfield High School, for Frozen in Time

Alyssa Prouty, 18, of Haymarket, Va., graduate of Paul VI Catholic High School, for Freedom

Andrew Savino, 17 of Fairfax Station, Va., attending The Howard Garner School, for Eastern Screech Owl

Jess Taylor, 17, of Vienna, Va., graduate of Winston Churchill High School, for Stranded

The Expo presents nature photography exhibits from eight of the DC-area’s best camera clubs, as well as free classes for beginners, two free Lightroom seminars and 23 more instructional sessions on topics from the iPhone to landscape photography.

More advanced lectures by notable professional and freelance nature photographers, including keynote speaker Joe McNally, veteran photojournalist of the book, Faces of Ground Zero and renowned, freelance photographer for National Geographic and LIFE magazines, do charge a fee.

In addition to the seminars and lectures, photographers will have the chance to focus their lenses on hawks and owls in a natural setting, just outside the Hylton Performing Arts Center. All proceeds go to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia to support their animal rehabilitation programs.

“Like painting, music and the performing arts—photography is an art-form to be enjoyed and practiced,” said Tom Shevock, president of Nature Visions Photo Expo. “We all look to capture a moment with our camera, whether it’s a professional shot or just a quick click of the cell phone–our Expo offers something for everyone.” 

2 charged with grand larceny after landscaping contract

 A round up of incident report from Manassas City police: 

Burglary – Arrest

On September 21, 2015, Manassas City Police arrested two suspects involved in a burglary that took place on September 5, 2015.  On September 7, 2015, officers met with the reporting party on the 8800 block of Center St in reference to a burglary that occurred in the past.  The reporting party told officers that on September 5th, a crew of three individuals was contracted out to perform landscaping on the property, was paid, and left without incident.  On September 7th, the victims returned to their residence to find that the three subjects had returned uninvited.  When the victims arrived, two subjects emerged from the house and all three left in a small gray truck with tools in the back.  After entering the residence, the victims found several items to be missing: jewelry, an impact drill, and money, valued together at over $1,600.00.  Through further investigation, officers identified the two suspects as Roger Lee BRUMMERT (35) and Jacob Michael GARRISON (19).

Suspect #1:         BRUMMERT, Roger Lee (35)
Address:              2370 Somerville Rd, Locust Grove, VA 22508
Charged with:   Breaking and Entering and Grand Larceny
Bond:                    None
Court date:         October 27, 2015

Suspect #2:         GARRISON, Jacob Michael (19)
Address:              125 Market St #341, Manassas Park, VA 20111
Charged with:   Breaking and Entering and Grand Larceny
Bond:                    $10,000.00
Court date:         October 27, 2015

More reports:

Attempted Fraud

On September 17, 2015, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 9100 block of Firethorn Ct for a report of an attempted fraud.  The reporting party told officers that she had received three phone calls from an unknown male subject claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The caller then told the resident that she owed money to the IRS, and offered to meet her later in the day for payment.  The resident did not comply or provide any additional information to the caller.

Attempted Breaking & Entering

On September 19, 2015, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 8900 block of Virginia Ave for a report of a breaking and entering that had occurred the night prior.  The victim stated that she was awoken by a loud noise and two males outside.  Through further investigation, officers determined that the two subjects entered the resident’s backyard, causing $500.00 in damage to the fence and gate, then proceeded to shatter a portion of the back door, causing an additional $600.00 in damage.  The suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

                Description of suspects: (1) Light-skinned male, 20s, 5’8” -5’11”, 150-180lbs; (2) Light-skinned male, 20s, 5’8”-6’3”, 170-190 lbs

Johnson charged with malicious wounding

A round-up of incident reports from Prince William police: 

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On September 19th at 2:18PM, officers responded to the 3100 block of Chesapeake Dr in Dumfries (22026) to investigate a fight with weapons. The victim, a 24 year old woman of Dumfries, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in verbal altercation in front of the apartment complex building in the above area. During the encounter, the accused pulled out a knife and advanced towards the victim in a threatening manner. Other witnesses to the incident were able to separate both parties while police were contacted. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested without further incident.

Arrested on September 19th:

James JOHNSON, 58, of 3101 Chesapeake Dr, #204 in Dumfries

Charged with attempted malicious wounding

Court Date: November 2, 2015 | Bond: Held WITHOUT bond


More reports: 


Malicious Wounding | Strong Armed Robbery – On September 19th at 9:04PM, officers responded to the 13900 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate an assault. The victim, a 30 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was assaulted by four unknown Hispanic men in a wooded area near the above location. As a result of the confrontation, the victim sustained a laceration to his head. The men also took the victim’s cell phone and destroyed it before fleeing.  The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. Officers checked the area and no suspects were located. The victim was unable to further describe the assailants.

Reckless Handling of a Firearm – On September 19th at 3:09AM, officers responded to the 7600 block of Cass Pl in Manassas (20109) to investigate a shots fired call. The caller reported to police that a large group was observed outside of the apartment building in the above area. A short time later, gunshots were heard and the group dispersed. Officers arrived in the area and located multiple shell casings on the sidewalk. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Residential Burglary – On September 19th at 6:01PM, officers responded to the Quality Inn located at 10653 Balls Ford Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate a burglary. A resident of the motel reported to police that his room was entered sometime between 6:50AM and 5:00PM. The investigation revealed that there were no signs of forced entry into the room. Entry is believed to have bene made through an unsecured door. A wireless printer was reported missing.

Residential Burglary – On September 17th at 2:35PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 13200 block of Conrad Ct in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 9:00AM on September 16th and 2:00PM on September 17th. The investigation revealed that entry was made into the residence through a door which was found damaged. A shed on the property was also entered and a gas powered tiller was reported missing. No property was reported missing from the main residence.

Gar-Field High School receives authorization to offer the IB’s newest program

 Gar-Field High School Receives Authorization to Offer the IB’s Newest Programme

Prince William County Public Schools has received notification from the International Baccalaureate Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, that Gar-Field Senior High School has been fully authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme.

This news comes after a year-long formal authorization process.

Administrative Coordinator of IB at Gar-Field, Brian Bassett, said, “The authorization process is a tough journey. The IBO makes you plan it, build it, then measure it; sends in an inspection team, then makes you go back and successfully address any issues that may exist, then authorizes you. This was the result of several years’ worth of work and professional development by curriculum supervisors in CTE and Specialty Programmes; Principals, both past and current; and teachers.”

Gar-Field Senior High School is the 7th school authorized to offer the IBCP in Virginia, 75th in the United States, and 103rd globally. The IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) began as a pilot program in 2004 and became available in 2012 to all interested IB World Schools offering the Diploma Programme.

“Similar to the IB Diploma Programme, the IBCP is another option for our students in grade 11 and 12,” GF IBCP Coordinator Michelle Schneider explains. “Students must take a rigorous academic schedule that includes Diploma Programme courses and an approved career-related program. These two components are bridged by a set of specially designed IBCP core requirements that include second language development, service learning, an Approaches to Learning course, and a reflective project in their chosen career pathway.”

“The IB Career-Related Programme will help us reach an even broader student population by allowing students with passion in various CTE fields an earlier opportunity to specialize in a particular chosen career field,” says Gar-Field Principal, Dr. Cherif Sadki.

Current career pathways available to Gar-Field students interested in pursuing the IBCP Certification include: Project Lead the Way Pathways, Marine Corps Junior ROTC, Teachers for Tomorrow, and over 10 different career clusters offered through the Virginia Department of Education.

“Receiving our authorization is a shared achievement. The collaboration between core academic subjects and CTE electives is where we need to be in order to prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow. I am encouraged with the dialogue and potential for authentic interdisciplinary learning and application. To me, it is one more way an IB education helps break down walls of communication and perception,” says Bassett.

Prince William County Safe Schools Advisory Council Selects Leadership

The Prince William County Safe Schools Advisory Council held their first meeting of the 2015-2016 school year on Monday Sept 14.

In accordance with the bylaws they voted to select a new chair and vice chair.

Congratulations to Shawn Brann from the Brentsville District and Wendy Dempsey-Cruz from the Woodbridge District on their unanimous selections as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Safe Schools Advisory Council.

Shawn Brann will bring his experience chairing the Piney Branch Elementary School Principal’s Advisory Council to the Safe Schools Advisory Council.

After the election Shawn Brann said, “It’s a great honor to chair the Safe Schools Advisory Council for the 2015-2016 school year.” Brann stated that he “intends to carry on the exemplary work accomplished by Tim Singstock and the entire Safe Schools Advisory Council; the 2014-2015 school year was an impressive collaboration of PWCS parents, school administrators, and safety professionals from the school system and county level. We brought our focus on mental health and internet safety directly to the community with two information nights.”

Tim Singstockterm as Chairman ends on September 30. Singstock is running to be elected the next Prince William County School Board Chairman.

“Safe Schools is an important council and it requires invested leadership. Shawn and Wendy will provide that leadership. The Safe Schools Advisory Council will do great things in the 2015-2016 school year.”

Wendy Dempsey-Cruz quoted Nelson Mandela in her acceptance speech.  

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Wendy, like Shawn is very involved at her children’s schools.

Singstock was appointed to the SSAC in late 2013.

Students headed to military academies: Want a nomination from Rep. Barbara Comstock?

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th) today announced an October 1 deadline for students interested in applying for a nomination by the 10th District Service Academy Advisory Board to one of the nation’s military academies for the Class of 2020.

Students seeking a nomination have until 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 1 to have an application into Comstock’s office in Sterling. 

“Our country is only as strong as the next generation and that is why the Service Academies are so important to building America’s future leaders,” said Congresswoman Comstock.  “This process is open to everyone in the 10thCongressional District who aspires to be a part of the Class of 2020.  I look forward to the 10th District Service Academy Advisory Board getting to work and viewing the applications of our future leaders.” 

Applications can be mailed or hand delivered to Comstock’s Sterling office at 21430 Cedar Drive, Suite 218, Sterling, Virginia 20164.  Interested students can request an Academy Nomination Application from Comstock’s Web site at https://comstock.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominationsThe selection process is strictly a competitive one. 

For more information about the congressional nominating process, contact Mary Ann Cannon in Comstock’s Sterling office at (703) 404-6903, or go to https://comstock.house.gov/ and click on Military Academy Nominations under the Services section.

VDOT closing Pageland Lane in Gainesville for pipe fix

Crews need to repair a pipe that carries a natural stream underneath Pageland Lane, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. 

Here’s detail in a press release: 

Pageland Lane (Route 705) between Route 29 and Route 234 will be closed, weather permitting, from 6 a.m. Monday, September 21 through 7 p.m. Thursday, September 24 for emergency pipe replacement, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The work involves excavation to replace the large pipe that has failed and then repaving the road.

A detour will be established via Route 29 and Route 234. Signs and message boards are in place to alert motorists.

How Potomac Local helped sell-out Prince William County’s first ‘Tavern Night’

When was the last time you saw George Washington take a drink?

Come to think of it, we had never seen our first president kick back a cold one. Not even a re-enactor.

But that’s OK.

On Sept. 12 in Dumfries, they were putting down pints revolutionary style. It was “Tavern Night” at Williams Ordinary — one of the oldest buildings in Prince William County, a place actually used as a tavern during colonial times.

While old George didn’t have a drink on Tavern Night, the real George Washington most likely rode by the place during his travels through Virginia.

Tavern Night was a first of its kind for the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division. The drew local residents to Williams Ordinary for a bit of history and fun. Historic Preservation turned to Potomac Local for marketing assistance for the event.

We were happy to help turn Tavern Night into a sold-out event.

“The day our ad went up on Potomac Local, our phone began to ring almost within the hour. When we talked to people on Saturday night to see where they heard about it, a majority said the either read the article in Potomac Local or saw the ad on the website,” said Robert Orrison, with the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division. “We really appreciate all the help you provided to get the word out for our event.”

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Ads for Tavern Night appeared on every page of Potomac Local, and a promoted post appeared in our news section. It was a great mix of local advertising and content marketing.

We look forward to the next Tavern Night. And we wonder if old George Washington ever drank some of Sam Adams’ beer.

Bristow woman assaulted inside home

A round-up of police reports from Prince William police: 

Strangulation | Domestic Assault & Battery




On September 5 th at 3:12AM, officers responded to a residence located in the 10000 block of Orland Stone Dr in Bristow (20136) to investigate a domestic assault. The victim, a 39 year old woman of Bristow, reported to police that she and the accused, a known acquaintance, were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated. During the encounter, the accused held the victim down on the bed and began to choke her. The parties eventually separated and police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. Arrested on September 5 th: Kevin James DEBERY, 31 of the 10000 block of Orland Stone Dr in Bristow Charged with strangulation and domestic assault & battery Court Date: Pending | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

Residential Burglary

On September 15th at 6:23PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 15100 block of Colder Ln in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 8:45AM and 2:30PM. The investigation revealed that there were no signs of forced entry into the home. A cell phone, MacBook, and iMac desktop were reported missing.

Residential Burglary

On September 15th at 5:55PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 2100 block of Rutland Ct in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a burglary. The homeowner reported to police that the burglary occurred between 9:00PM on September 13th and 6:00AM on September 14th. The investigation revealed that entry was made into several vehicles belonging to the occupants of the residence. Entry was also made into an attached garage. There were no signs of forced entry into the garage or any of the vehicles. A bicycle was reported missing from the garage. No property was reported missing from any of the vehicles.

Stolen briefcase used to strike man in Manassas

A round-up of police reports in Manassas: 

Stolen Auto

On September 16, 2015, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 9200 block of Byrd Dr for a report of a stolen auto.  The reporting party told officers that sometime between September 12th and 15th, someone stole his 2003 gray Toyota Tundra pickup truck valued at $8,000.00 from outside his residence.  Inside the vehicle were also three ladders valued at $1,500.00, a brake machine valued at $2,000.00, and a drill valued at $200.00.


At approximately 5:50pm on September 14, 2015, Manassas City Police responded to the 9300 block of Scarlet Oak Dr for a report of a robbery in progress.  The reporting party told officers that just moments prior, an unknown male subject approached him as he was parking his vehicle.  According to the victim, the suspect confronted the victim about the victim’s alleged involvement with the suspect’s girlfriend before taking the victim’s briefcase and striking him with it.  The suspect then fled on foot in the direction of Georgetown South.  The victim did not sustain injuries.

                Description of suspect: Black male, 5’8” with a thin build and short hair


On September 14, 2015, Manassas City Police responded to Thousand Oak Barrel Co (9118 I Beam Ln) for a report of a larceny.  The reporting party told officers that sometime between 5:30pm on September 11th and 9:30am on September 14th, someone stole tools, an air compressor, and a camera, all valued together at $700.00.  There were no signs of forced entry into the building.

Anyone with information on these crimes should contact Manassas Crime Solvers. 

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