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Juan Rivera talks about adding a charter service, and the future of the Manassas Regional Airport

The Manassas Regional Airport is the largest general aviation airport in Virginia.

For years, the airport has attracted pilots and their clients who are looking for an alternative to larger airports like Regan Washington National or Dulles airports. 

We talked to the airport’s director Juan Rivera who told us that while the airport has little room left to expand its land footprint, it is looking to add new services like a charter plane service. 

It’s all in this episode of the Potomac Local Podcast.

The Manassas Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 25th Anniversary Season with Russian Silver

From a press release: 

The Manassas Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director James Villani, will conclude its 25th Anniversary Season with Russian Silver on May 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. The highlight of the concert will be the performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical Scheherazade, where the orchestra will be augmented with 21 advanced musicians from seven area high schools and one middle school, representing 3 different school districts, Prince William County, Manassas City, and Fairfax County Schools. The MSO performed this amazing composition in 2007.

Internationally-acclaimed Steinway Artist Agnes Wan is the concert’s highlighted soloist, playing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. A first prize winner at the Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso Music Competition and the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, Agnes Wan has also won the Loyola Concerto/Aria Competition, University of Iowa All-University Concerto/Aria Competition, and the University of Iowa Chamber Music Competition. Her performance should not be missed. The program also includes Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Op. 96.

Season subscriptions and individual concert tickets are available from the Hylton Center Box Office or by calling 888-945-2468. All children and student tickets (through college) are free.

Founded in 1992, the Manassas Symphony is the winner of the 2015 American Prize for Orchestral Performance, Community Division and is a Resident Arts Partner of the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. The all-volunteer orchestra plays five concerts a year and is involved with many educational and civic events throughout the community. For more information on the Manassas Symphony, visit its website at

Manassas to hold annual business appreciation breakfast

Manassas will hold its business appreciation event on Tuesday, May 10.

The city tells us: 

“We are excited to announce Scott Ralls,Ph.D., President of Northern Virginia Community College as our keynote speaker.  NVCC is one of the largest community colleges in the nation and is a tremendous asset for our region. Dr. Ralls is widely recognized as an innovator in workforce development and an expert in the roll of higher education in spurring economic development.” 

The breakfast will be held at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Downtown Manassas. The event is open to city businesses that register to attend

Manassas Park man charged with child pornography possession

A Manassas Park man faces federal child pornography charges to include seven counts of production of child pornography in addition to counts of distribution and possession of child pornography.

From a press release: 

According to the indictment, Michael Gerald Moody, 44, among other things, used, employed, and coerced a child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of that conduct.  He also distributed those images to others through the use of the mobile messaging application Kik Messenger. 

The case is being investigated by the FBI with the assistance of the Manassas Park Police Department.  Trial Attorney Kyle P. Reynolds of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay V. Prabhu of the Eastern District of Virginia are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Five reasons to visit Manassas National Battlefield Park for National Park Week

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Saturday marks the start of National Park Week in the U.S. 

The event runs through April 29 and encourages residents to get out and explore their national parks. There are multiple National Parks in Prince William County to include Manassas Battlefield and Prince William Forest National Parks. 

The Friends of the Manassas Battlefield National Park sent us this note highlighting five things to do to support the hallowed ground that will forever be known as the place where the Civil War began: 

One of our most important is in our own backyard. Located in Prince William and Fairfax Counties, Virginia, just outside of the City of Manassas, Manassas National Battlefield Park preserves and protects the sites of the Civil War Battles of First and Second Manassas. Celebrate National Park Week!

Celebrate your legacy. Honor what happened at Manassas over 150 years ago. It’s your story! It’s your park.

Here five ways to support Manassas National Battlefield Park this week:

1. Visit the park. Check out the park website for location and scheduled activities If you have never been, it’s time. If you have already visited, it’s time to come back.

2. Learn what happened here in 1861 and 1862. What caused the War? What is its Legacy? Why did the first major land battle of the war happen at Manassas?

3. Enjoy the Virginia countryside and the park’s nearly 50 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. See the landscape that the soldiers saw over 150 years ago.

4. Volunteer at the Park. Contact the park’s Volunteer Coordinator, 703-361-1339 ext. 1211. We can always use the help.

5. Join the Manassas Battlefield Trust and join likeminded citizens, a non-profit organization, and businesses committed to the belief that “History Matters.” See below to join or for more information.

National Parks in the Fredericksburg area include the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.


Victim bitten during sex assault inside lingerie store

From Prince William police: 

Sexual Assault – On April 16 at 8:45PM, officers responded to the Le Tache Couple Boutique located at 10346 Portsmouth Rd in Manassas (20109) to investigate an assault. The investigation revealed that an unknown male entered the business and approached a female employee who was standing behind a counter. During the encounter, the male went behind the counter and bit the employee.

When the victim pushed the suspect out from behind the counter, he began pacing around her then inappropriately touched her. At some point, the suspect forced his way back behind the counter and attempted to lift up the victim’s skirt.

The suspect eventually left the business when the victim contacted police. Officers searched the area for the suspect who was not located. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

Suspect Description:

A Hispanic male, 5’09”, 200lbs, with a heavy build

BadWolf downsizing: The latest in a downturn for the once blossoming local craft brewing industry

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