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Call to Action: Can you help a local nonprofit serve our community?

Good Morning Prince William  
Friends of the Square need your help on Saturday March 10th, 9am-12 noon for the big clean up event at the waterway near Bull Run Shopping Center and Costco Manassas.  Bring your energy and spirit and they’ll provide litter bags, litter grabbers and gloves. Please wear boots. This is a great way to kick off daylight saving weekend! Please call (571) 379-8213 for more info.
We also have these nonprofit needs in the community:

·         Keep Prince William Beautiful has a fun new program for fitness enthusiasts to take action to be environmental stewards.  This volunteer team is called Prince William Ploggers. Please call Lynda at (571) 285-3772 to get your Plogger team going.

·         Hey Teens – there are still a few volunteer spots available to help at the ICan Bike event during Spring break at Colgan High School. It’s a great way to help new bike riders and have tons of fun during spring break- March 26-30.  Please register to volunteer at: You can call Jennifer or Yukiko at (571) 989-3618 to learn more.

·         The Autism Society of Northern VA is gearing up for the annual walk in the fall and need volunteers to join their planning committee.  Tasks include coordination, outreach, recruitment, promotion, fundraising and logistics management. Please email them at: to learn more.

·         Manassas Parks, Culture and Recreation is looking for volunteers to serve as instructors or assistants for a basic tech class for seniors. The curriculum includes navigating the internet, online banking, reading emails and attachments as well as basics of Microsoft Word.  Please call Jean at (703) 257-8451 to learn more.

·         CASA Children’s Intervention Services is looking for volunteer advocates to work with children in crisis.  They have an extensive training program to give you all the needed skills.  Please come to their next volunteer information session on March 21st from 6-7pm at 9415 West Street Manassas. Please email Suzanne at: to learn more.

·         The Haymarket Regional Food Pantry invites you to their 40 days of Giving Campaign- 2018 Lenten Challenge.  Gather your friends and family to pledge either a can a day or a dollar a day to support the many families in need.  This campaign started February 14th and goes through April 1st– Easter Sunday.  Suggested items are all the usual’s you know!  A full list and additional info can be found on their website at:

·         The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Dale City wants to pack 30,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on March 10th.  Super fun, family friendly event to help those less fortunate.  You can choose either morning or afternoon shift.  Please visit: for the link to register. They also need donations to buy the meal components.  Please call Patti at (703) 200-3077 to learn more.

·          Occoquan Watershed Clean-up is hosted by Rebekah a 13 yr. old Girl Scout on March 10th 10am-12;30 at Lake Ridge Park.  Come support her litter prevention project!  Please email Rebekah to volunteer or for more info at:

·         Save the date! April 21st for the 9th Annual Upper Occoquan River Clean-up 9am-2pm. This extensive project has a whole number of places to start the day. Trash bags, water, gloves and refreshments provided.  Please visit their website at: to register and get all the specifics for the day. Please email Ed at to learn more.

·         The ARC Greater Prince William invites you and your family to their 5K Run/Walk/Roll on Saturday April 28th, 8am at Potomac Nationals Stadium. $25 for the first 100 participants, $30 early-bird registration before April 1stand then $40 regular price.  Please visit for more info and to register today!

·         Mark your calendars for April 18th at Chick-Fil-A in Lake Ridge to find more volunteer opportunities from area agencies.  The event is 9am-10:30am.  Bring your friends for free coffee.

·         The Bull Run Rotary Club invites you to their annual Manassas Runway 10K, 5K or 1 mile run on the Manassas Airport Runway on Sunday April 29that 8am. Please register online at:

 If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group projects and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

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Letter: On Tuesday, ‘supervisors will decide on yet another attack’ on rural crescent

The following letter to the editor is from Charlie Grymes, Prince William Conservation Alliance chairman: 


On March 6, the county supervisors will decide on yet another attack against the urban growth boundary adopted in 1998.  A developer has requested a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for a subdivision in the Rural Area, so 108 houses could be constructed on a parcel planned for 32 homes.

This is the third attempt to “bust the Rural Area” at that site.  The speculator purchased the land in 2003, long after he knew the allowed density was for 32 homes. 

You can make a nice profit building 32 homes on property bought with the land prices from 15 years ago.  Evidently, a nice profit is not enough for some developers.  Changing the county’s zoning on that parcel since 1998 is needed for more, more, more.

Supervisors previously rejected amending the Comprehensive Plan at this site because adding 76 unplanned houses there would provide no public benefits.  The private developer would get windfall benefits, while the public would get stuck with the costs of sprawl.

Sprawl is “dumb growth.”  It ultimately increases property taxes, because it is more expensive to provide public services (fire/police stations, for example).

That’s why the supervisors adopted the Rural Area and Development Area boundaries in 1998.  Voters were aroused by steadily increasing property taxes.  The county’s population had boomed, and it was clear that focusing growth in the Development Area would minimize the costs to provide new public infrastructure.

Now the supervisors are being asked to change the course followed for the last 20 years, start allowing unplanned growth in the Rural Area, and eventually increase property taxes to support scattered development.

The “Mid-County Park & Estate Homes” development being considered on March 6 is not a proposal for a park.  It’s a proposal to authorize unplanned houses, to trigger a surge of land speculation in the Rural Area, and to repeat the tax headache face by supervisors in 1998.

The supervisors should reject this development proposal – for the third time.

Frances Tyrrell

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Frances Graves Tyrrell, age 92 of Woodbridge, Virginia passed away peacefully, February 27, 2018 at her home.
Frances was born in Culpeper, VA, September 26, 1925, daughter of Robert Lee Graves and Elizabeth Kite Graves. She moved to Woodbridge after attending James Madison University to pursue a teaching career in 1946. Frances married Robert Tyrrell, December 20, 1947 and settled in Woodbridge. She joined the Woodbridge Woman’s Club in 1965. An organized club that helped the community. She served in many roles from President to Treasurer to Ways and Means Chairman. She joined the Potomac Hospital Auxiliary in 1972, where she volunteered at the information desk. She also was active in the PTA when her children were in school. She and her husband, Robert own Tyme N Tyde Marina, where she worked for many years.
Frances is survived by her husband of 70 years, Robert H. Tyrrell. They have four children, Jeffrey L. Tyrrell (Barbara), Stephen D. Tyrrell (Pam), Julie T. Mahan (Bill) and Randolph H. Tyrrell (Lisa). A surviving sister, Ann Hounshell (Barry) of Chapel Hill, NC.
She has seven grandchildren, Lindsay M. Kelsey (Todd), Kyle W. Mahan (Angie), Chad S.Tyrrell (Brittany), Colin D. Tyrrell (Lauren), Cameron H. Tyrrell (Victoria), Conner R. Tyrrell, Jeremy McCloud (Amanda) and five great-grandchildren, Makenzie J. Kelsey, Ella M. Kelsey, Cole W. Mahan, and Kelsey and Derrick McCloud.
A memorial service will be held at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home 4143 Dale Blvd Dale City Virginia, March 7, 2018. The family will receive friends from 11:00 to 12:30, with a service at 12:30. There will be a private family burial at Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, Virginia
Contributions in her memory sent to:
Woodbridge Woman’s Club PO Box 1582 Woodbridge, Virginia 22193
Sentara Hospital 2300 Opitz Blvd Woodbridge, Virginia 22191
American Cancer Society PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123