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For the first time ever, the new Cirque Italia gold unit is coming to Woodbridge

Don’t miss the fun August 16 – 19 at Potomac Mills 

Did you know Cirque Italia has two traveling shows?

For the first time ever, The new gold unit is coming to Woodbridge with the state of the art water show you don’t want to miss! 

Cirque Italia has grown to the point where the next logical step can only be to expand operations and double our presence at the national level. In response to our wonderful fans all over the U.S., and with over 90% of shows being sold out, NOW is the perfect time for a substantial investment.

Beginning in 2017, Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, introduced a second unit, the Gold Unit: a luxurious experience where technology and performing arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show. Now for 2018, a brand-new performance has been created.

This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Audience members can expect to see words and beautiful patterns as the waterfalls to the ‘lagoon’ below.


Cirque Italia is ready to provide a breathtaking experience. This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent – the result is simply out of this world!   

The latest trends of the industry are challenged with every Cirque Italia appearance and this 2nd unit is not going to be any different. A careful casting selection has united the best artists from all over the world. This production will feature acts all the way from Russia to Mexico. Cirque Italia believes in multi-culturalism as one of our strongest assets.

Packed full of incredible acts, there is no room for boredom. The variety presented is exceptional.

For those who enjoy whimsy, we have an Avatar. There is almost no bodily limit for our contortionist, Ricardo, as he bends in ways you would never have imagined.


Our incredible wheel of death performance features a front summersault flip, something you will be hard-pressed to see anywhere else. If that doesn’t get your head spinning, perhaps our five roller skaters and their incredible tricks and turns will.

And although Cirque Italia does not use animals in our performances, this year we will be featuring amazing lifelike elephant puppets. They are so well made, you might just think they are real.

Whether it’s a futuristic laser act or mesmerizing aerial performances, the show has something for all tastes and expectations. One thing Cirque Italia sets out to accomplish is to create a type of world-class entertainment suitable for all age groups. 

This new second unit also follows the same strict animal-free policy that makes the Water Circus stand out from other circus entertainment shows. The “magic touch” of the Italian entrepreneur Manuel Rebecchi, President and Owner of Cirque Italia, added to the flawless direction of the COO, Chanté DeMoustes, and has turned this once romantic project into a successful production known and acclaimed all over the country.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be amazed and transported to a fantastic realm where your deepest dreams can — and will — come true. For more information visit and make sure to check all our social media accounts.

Tickets can be purchased now starting at $10 – $50 depending on availability.  Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full-priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or deals. Please call 941-704-8572 to find out the promo code for this location.

Eight shows will he be held at Potomac Mills mall located at 2700 Potomac Mills Circle in Woodbridge from Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 19.

Woman found stabbed to death on bed

MANASSAS — Police said they found a woman inside a home who died of stab wounds, and that the person who called 911 is the one who killed her.

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation – On August 13 at 8:51PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 8300 block of Rolling Rd in Manassas (20110) to investigate a death. The caller contacted police after he had discovered his roommate, identified as an adult woman, lying in her bed suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper body. Rescue personnel responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Upon further investigation, detectives from the Homicide Unit were able to determine that the caller and the victim had been involved in a verbal altercation earlier that day. The argument escalated when the accused stabbed the victim multiple times, ultimately killing her.

The victim and the accused were known to one and were tenants of the same residence. The victim’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas for an autopsy. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Willie Sykes DAWSON, was arrested.

                Arrested on August 14:

                Willie Sykes DAWSON, 68, of 8317 Rolling Rd in Manassas

                Charged with murder

                Court Date: September 19, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond



                The victim was identified as Gloria Jean PIPER, 60, of Manassas

Police identify victim in Manassas area murder

From Prince William police: 

Murder Investigation *VICTIM IDENTIFIED – Detectives from the Homicide Unit confirmed the identity of the victim killed at a residence located in the 8900 block of Rugby Rd in Manassas on August 10. The accused, identified as Dale Andrew WOLFE, has been arrested in connection to the death which stemmed from an altercation inside the residence. The accused and the victim were known to one another.


               The victim was identified as Terri Jo HILBRAND, 54, of Manassas

Murder Investigation [Previously Released] – On August 10 at 11:47PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 8900 block of Rugby Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate an assault. A caller contacted police on behalf of her neighbor who reported that he witnessed a family member, identified as the accused, assaulting another person inside his residence.

When officers arrived at the home, they located an adult woman, later believed to be an acquaintance of the accused, unconscious near the front door of the residence. As officers were checking the home, they located the accused in another area of the residence where he was detained without further incident. The female victim initially located by officers was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation revealed that the homeowner, an 84-year-old man, was sleeping in his bedroom when he woke to the sound of a commotion inside the residence. Upon checking on the noise, he observed the accused physically assaulting a woman with a blunt object. The homeowner attempted to intervene and was pushed aside by the accused, sustaining a minor injury. The homeowner then fled the residence and went to a neighbor’s home where police were contacted.

The investigation further showed that the accused and the woman were involved in an altercation that escalated. After being detained, officers discovered that the accused had a laceration to his arm. Both the accused and the homeowner were transported to an area hospital for treatment. The deceased victim was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas for an autopsy and to confirm her identity. The victim’s identity will be released once a next-of-kin has been notified.

The investigation continues.

                Arrested on August 11:

                Dale Andrew WOLFE, 56, of the 8900 block of Rugby Rd in Manassas

Charged with murder

Court Date: September 25, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond

It’s that time of year: Top 13 things you absolutely must have for college

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: back to school!

For those of you heading off to college, that means you need to take along some necessities for maintaining as much of your lifestyle as possible in a sparsely furnished room with cinder block walls, also known as a dorm.

You’re smart enough to know you need to bring the basics — clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, toiletries. And you know you need pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks — whatever tools of the school trade work for you.

But what about the rest of the stuff? We’ve put together some tried-and-true tips, based on the experience of students and parents, about what other items you might want to consider bringing.

Here are a baker’s dozen of the best ideas for you to choose from:

1. Coffee.

First things first: Get yourself caffeinated for class. If coffee is what you need to get going in the mornings, you might want to bring a small coffee maker. A Keurig-style machine can also give you hot water for tea, hot chocolate, soup or even an emergency dose of instant mac-and-cheese.

But mostly, it’s for the coffee. Sometimes, we’re all like Lauren Graham’s character, Lorelai, from The Gilmore Girls: “I can’t stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking coffee, I stop doing the standing, and the walking, and the words-putting-into-sentences doing.”

2. Water bottle.

You also need to be sure to keep yourself hydrated. Many experts recommend drinking water first thing in the morning (even before that coffee). Lots of college cafeterias and even classroom buildings come equipped with water fountains (many of which are filtered) so you can keep that bottle full all the time.

3. Laptop.

Now we’re into the educational necessities, and a computer is at the top of that list. You’ll be using your laptop for everything from writing term papers to creating presentations to watching Netflix.

If you’re thinking about getting a Mac, or any other Apple device, this is the time to get in touch with the experts at Experimac Manassas because they have several Back-to-School specials now through Aug. 25:

• Get 15% off (up to $50) Apple laptops.
• Buy a MacBook Pro and get a free laptop cover. 
• Buy an iMac and get a free six-month performance tune-up.
• Prince William and Fairfax County school employees get 15% off (up to $25) any Apple product or repair.

Anyone looking for a college laptop should consider that Macs offer numerous advantages over their rivals, such as an intuitive operating system, built-in security defenses, and included apps and software. They’re renowned for graphics, video and music capabilities. And opting for a used or refurbished laptop is a great way to save money on college expenses.

If you already have an Apple laptop, the specialists at Experimac can perform diagnostics to be sure it’s in the best shape for the new school year. They can help you increase the speed of your Mac, store information on a hard drive or transfer data to a newer product.

As Ron Mosely, Experimac’s owner puts it, “We can get them running just as fast as — or sometimes faster than — new.”

Basically, these gurus can give your laptop the tune-up it needs to get you through the school year. And best of all — no reservation is needed and you can avoid those infamous long lines at the Apple store.

4. Cell phone.

Yes, this one goes without saying, but make sure you’ve got the right service plan. For instance, if you use a note-taking app, be sure you’ve got enough data to cover your needs.

And if your iPhone screen is cracked or damaged, you can get it replaced and get 50% off the screen protector you should have had in the first place at Experimac through Aug. 25.

5. Power cords.

Now that you’ve got your laptop and phone ready to go — along with anything else that needs to be charged — make sure you’ve got what you need to keep them juiced up. Dorm rooms are notorious for not having enough outlets, so be prepared with power strips, HDMI cords and extra long charging cables. An extension cord can be handy, too, but make sure they’re allowed where you’re going to be living.

6. Backpack.

Just like Dora the Explorer, you need a backpack to haul your stuff in. There are tons of options, colors and features out there. Ultimately, it boils down to what works best for your specific needs. 

7. Laundry supplies.

Yes, you have to do it yourself now, so you’re going to need the supplies: laundry detergent, fabric softener or dryer sheets if that’s your jam and possibly a lot of quarters. Plus, you need a sturdy basket to put it all in. And if you’re really prepared, you’ll also toss in a sewing kit for reattaching buttons that are bound to get lost.

8. Shower shoes.

Get yourself some flip-flops for walking to and from the shower — and for wearing in the shower. They don’t need to be fancy; cheap ones will do the job. But save yourself a case of athlete’s foot.

9. Umbrella.

You still have to walk to class even when it’s raining, so make it a sturdy one that can withstand wind gusts, keeping you and your books dry.

10. Dorm Decor.

This is very subjective. You can do as much or as little as you want here. The goal is to make yourself feel comfortable by creating the kind of environment where you can sleep and study, hang out with friends, or just chill. You can go all out with colorful bedding, string lights, tapestries, even peel and stick wallpaper. It’s up to you. As you will learn via a quick search of the words “dorm décor ideas,” there are myriad ideas online (and that’s before you look at Pinterest).

11. Command strips.

You’re going to need something to hang your decor on those cinder block walls, which means those handy peel-and-stick Command strips are about to be your new best friend.

12. Cold medication.

Here’s some real advice from a real college student — Hannah Kanfer, a writer for Her Campus at George Mason, which pretty much makes her an expert on what to bring.

“If you want to know how most of my bonus bucks were spent, it was me walking in to One-Stop at awful hours of the night just for Nyquil or some cough drops,” Kanfer wrote. “We should all just accept that you’re going to get sick at least once a school year (because college is a life-size petri dish), and if you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t get sick, give it to a friend in need (like me).”

13. And finally, snacks.

As Kanfer explained, “Not once during college did I think, ‘I have too many snacks.’ Admittedly, this tip may encourage the sophomore/junior/senior 15, but let’s be real, a bag of Cheetos always sounds good.”

Final advice: Don’t overdo it here. If you forget something, you can always get it later. Maybe your parents want an excuse to come visit or send you a care package. Or maybe you need a reason to spend a weekend back at home. Just don’t over pack; you’ll be fine.

Portion of Ashton Avenue closing this week for water main work

From the Prince William Service Authority: 

A portion of Ashton Avenue in Manassas will be closed to traffic during the evenings of Wednesday, Aug. 15 and Thursday, August 16 as a result of the Prince William County Service Authority’s Sudley Road Water Main Improvements Project.

The road will be closed from Lomond Drive to Crestwood Drive and will require a detour. Virginia Department of Transportation signage will be on the street to inform motorists of alternate routes during the road closure. The work on Ashton Avenue is expected to start at approximately 9 p.m. and conclude each morning at approximately 5 a.m.

The closure is necessary so that the Service Authority can connect a new water main with an existing pipe. Estimated to take 12 months to complete, the Sudley Road Water Main Improvements Project entails the installation of approximately 7,700 feet of 16-inch water main from the Sudley Road-Rixlew Lane intersection to the Ashton Avenue-Sudley Manor Drive intersection. This project will maintain water quality and enhance system reliability for customers living in the Greater Manassas area.

The current water main serving the area was constructed in the 1970s and 80s and is more difficult to perform maintenance on due to its depth, location and number of valves. The second phase of the project will include decommissioning of the current main and installing several loop closures to further improve the reliability of the system.

Please email any questions about the project to

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