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15-year-old shooting death: ‘what happened is not as you read in the news’


WOODBRIDGE — Ruben Urbina, 15, was shot and killed by a Prince William County police officer Sept. 15.

After receiving a 911 call from a male who said they no longer wanted to live, had a bomb strapped to his chest, threatening to hurt others, police stated that they shot Urbina as he wielded a three-foot-long crowbar at them and ignored commands to drop the weapon.

Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert called the shooting “justified.”

Urbina’s family, friends, a school teacher, and former pastor gathered outside the Prince William County Government Center Tuesday night to mourn his death,

His brother, Oscar, said this:

“We don’t agree with the story as reported in the news… what happened is not as you read in the news. The fact and truth of what happened will be uncovered.”

The family did not take any questions from the line of reporters who showed up to cover the vigil. No one wanted to talk about the events that led up to the shooting death of the 15-year-old.

Ruben attended school at Pace West in Prince William County. His brother, Oscar, said school officials placed his brother at PACE West because Ruben needed a school with fewer students to excel in his studies. (more…)

2-million gallon water tank near Potomac Mills is getting a face lift

WOODBRIDGE — The Prince William County Service Authority has 23 water tanks in its system. 

This month, it is rehabilitating a tank built in 1999 near Potomac Mills mall on Shoppers Best Way in Woodbridge.

Our Q and A with the Service Authority: 

What is the cost? 

The range to recondition/ rehab the tanks is estimated cost $500,000 to $1.4 million per tank. The Potomac Mills will have an estimated cost of $1.1 million to rehabilitate.

Why is the work being done? 

We believe it will pay dividends in the long run in the form of better water quality and will extend the useful life of the tank. Each rehab includes a washout, any needed metal repairs or upgrades to enhance safety, painting of the exterior and the interior of the tank and a visual inspection and disinfection of the structure prior to putting it back in service. The interior washout also helps the removal any mud, silt and other debris inside the tank to enhance water quality.

Is there a rehab schedule for PWCSA tanks? What is the schedule interval? (more…)

Firearm brandished after argument outside Cheesecake Factory

From police: 

Brandishing of a Firearm – On September 25 at 4:20PM, officers responded to the Cheesecake Factory located at 2708 Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate a brandishing. The investigation revealed that an unknown male was involved in a verbal altercation with a restaurant employee.

The male went outside and was followed by another restaurant employee. During the encounter outside, a vehicle approached the employee and a passenger brandished a firearm at him. The male eventually got into the vehicle and fled the area. No injuries were reported. There is no suspect description available at this time.

Vote for these guys, says Prince William Chamber

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee made its endorsements in this year’s local House of Delegates races.  

Voters will head to the polls Nov. 7.

From a press release:

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:

31st House District – Scott Lingamfelter

40th House District – Tim Hugo

50th House District – Jackson Miller

51st House District – Richard Anderson

52nd House District – Luke Torian

87th House District – John Bell

Candidate endorsements were determined through a questionnaire and interview process along with 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.

“The Chamber PAC is proud to support the above list of candidates. These endorsements were earned through demonstrated leadership and responsiveness to those issues of importance to the Chamber and its member businesses,” 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. “Their collective record of advocacy and action in the legislative arena has served to bolster the local economy and we look forward to continuing to work side by side with these leaders in Richmond toward our shared objective of improving the local business climate.”  (more…)

Dale City Elementary School ready to celebrate 50 years

DALE CITY — Dale City Elementary School was the first public school in Dale City.

It opened in 1967, and parents, teachers, students, and staff on Oct. 20 will mark the school’s 50th anniversary.

Patricia Shomo, an ESOL teacher at the elementary school, told us:

“We’ve got we have a lot of things planned. In fact, during the day they’re going to be two different celebrations. During the day, is going to be for the parents and the children and the current students.

We’re setting up a very large timeline. That timeline is going to have Dale City events and everything important that has happened to Dale City. Pictures of the kids. I found some pictures from 1967. A lot of the old retired teachers have brought a lot of things a lot of pictures, and so I’ve been busy scanning those and making collages and things like that…it’s going to be a large timeline integrating daily events with world events and pop culture.

We have a gentleman bringing one of the first personal computers so the kids can play on that. We have a gentleman from the Virginia Telephone Museum…and he’s going to bring television, telephone, record player. Everything entertainment from 1967 and you had a demonstration. And with his iPhone, he is going to demonstrate how all of that is now in this (pointing to her smartphone).”

Dale City Elementary School started with a small student population and blossomed in no time.

Principal Cindy Crowe-Miller:

“The school that actually opened in spring of 1967, in April, with 50 kids. By the time the next fall opened it was up to hundreds and hundreds…it was the first public school in Dale City area, and it grew exponentially.

But it was back then, and it still is now, truly a neighborhood school. We’re one of the smaller schools in Prince William with only two buses, so it’s generally a “walking” school.”

With a student population of 470, Dale City Elementary School is smaller than other nearby schools Bel Air and Neabsco Elementary schools that boast 700 or more students.”

Over the years, the demographics at the school have changed.


“…the school opened in 1967 and a lot of people were moving to Fort Belvoir, a lot of veterans came to this area were signed to Fort Belvoir, so they built all these smaller homes, and it was very much a more of a white middle-class community back then. So it’s changed through the years. But it’s there’s still a lot of the old sense of…the core community still is here.”

Today, about 75 percent of the school students receive free or reduced student lunches. Shomo, who has done much of the research and planning for the school’s 50th-anniversary celebration, is one of five English as Second Language teachers that work at the school.

Many of the parents of Dale City Elementary students don’t work regular nine to five jobs, but rather two to three jobs, at all hours of the day. That has made it nearly impossible for the school to recruit parent volunteers, or to maintain a Parent-Teacher Organization.

However, parents still play a role in the success of this school.


“We want the parents in the school no matter what. So now we schedule things during the day for them to come in and watch their children perform, or be part of the school. We don’t have nighttime events as much because it’s harder for them because they don’t have babysitters, they don’t have a lot of families around… our biggest challenge is having the parents feel really part of the school, and to invest in the child’s education in a way that we all we want.”

A time capsule that will include items from students and teachers to be opened at the school’s 100th anniversary event — to include an iPad with saved photos of the school, and instructions on how to operate it in case no one knows how to use an iPad in 50 years — will be buried during the celebration. A special 50th Anniversary Facebook page is being used to chronicle the anniversary events.

The event open to the public, to include area elected officials, will take place Oct. 20 from 5 to 7. Parents, teachers, and students will celebrate throughout the day before the evening event.

Fire & Rescue Station 26 open and ready for service

From County of Prince William Department of Fire & Rescue:

On Saturday, September 30th, at 6:00 a.m., Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue’s newest station, Station 26, will open for service. Station 26 is located at 5026 Davis Ford Road near the Government Center on Prince William Parkway.

The 18,000 square feet, $11.2 million station has three apparatus bays to house an engine and an Advanced Life Support (ALS) medic unit. In addition, the station will include sleeping quarters, a kitchen, dayroom, physical fitness room, and offices for 27 fire and rescue personnel. (more…)

‘Mission BBQ is opening its 54th location in Woodbridge’

WOODBRIDGE — In less than an hour, a new place for barbeque will open in Woodbridge. 

Mission BBQ will open its second location in our region today. The restaurant, known as the place where the National Anthem is played each day at noon, opened its first regional location in Stafford in 2015. ‘

The new restaurant is located at 13890 Shoppers Best Way Woodbridge near Potomac Mills mall.

Mission BBQ just sent us this press release: 

MISSION BBQ is opening its 54th location in Woodbridge, VA on Monday, October 2, 2017. This will be the 11th location in Virginia for the restaurant known for its traditional American BBQ with a hefty side of patriotism.

Co-founders, Bill Kraus and Steve Newton achieved the original goal of 40 restaurants two years ahead of schedule in November 2016. The opening of the Woodbridge is part of MISSION BBQ’s new expansion plans, with a targeted goal of 80 restaurants throughout the East Coast by the end of 2018.

As is tradition with the opening of every MISSION BBQ, the Woodbridge location will host charity nights throughout the week leading up to the Grand Opening, with all sales donated to organizations chosen by local police and fire departments in the Woodbridge Community, as well as the USO.

Grand Opening DayOpen to the Public

Monday, October 2: 12 Noon

Live rendition of the National Anthem, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Doors open immediately afterward.

The grand opening comes after a series of pre-opening events. 

From a press release: 

Firefighters Friends and Family Night – Private Party – Invitation Only

Wednesday, September 27: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Benefiting The Johnny Thomas Foundation

Police Officers Friends and Family Night – Private Party – Invitation Only

Thursday, September 28: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Benefiting The Fisher Fund  

Military Appreciation Night – Open to the Public

Friday, September 29: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Benefiting the USO – Metropolitan Washington–Baltimore  

Four suspects charged in carjacking

Leggett, James
Spinner, Antoinette
Leggett, Wanya
Carroll, Tyree

From Prince William County police:

Carjacking | Malicious Wounding *SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED AND ARRESTED – During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Robbery Unit identified and obtained warrants for the arrest of four suspects involved in a carjacking which was reported to have occurred at an unknown location on Georgetown Rd in Woodbridge on September 20.

Following the investigation, all four suspects were subsequently arrested. The investigation continues (more…)

Shining Sol Candle Company is celebrating their 1 year retail store anniversary, Friday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Oct.1

Shining Sol Candle Company is celebrating their 1 year retail store anniversary, Friday (Sept 29) -Sunday (October 1). As a way of saying thanks to all of our amazing customers, we have a full-on celebration happening at the store. There are deals, steals, prizes, food, discounts, a raffle, and much more. Some of the fun includes:
With every purchase, customers get to spin our “Wheel of Deals”! Earn discounts, free Shining Sol products, or free prizes from participating
Historic Downtown Manassas businesses (over $1,000 worth of goodies to be given away)!
Every $20 spent in-store or online earns a raffle ticket entry, with the grand prize being a brand new guitar graciously provided by Dean Guitars ($600 value!)
Friday evening is the return of “Make-Your-Own” Candle time, a fan favorite! Make your own candle from 5pm – 9pm.
Saturday features food provided by Okra’s Cajun Creole.
Offer: 3 candle tins for $30.
Offer: 5 wax melts for $25.
Offer: Buy a warmer, get a free wax melt ($5.99 value).
Saturday also features the Steins, Wines and Spirits event happening at Harris Pavilion from 12pm – 5pm.
From the guys who made it happen: 
“I don’t have the words to explain how thankful I am for the friends we’ve made and customers we have gained in our first year of business in Historic Downtown Manassas. To say all expectations were exceeded is an understatement. Thank you all for getting us to this milestone. I hope we continue to pique the interest of the Historic Downtown district and provide unique products that the community can be as proud of as we are.”
“I can’t believe what we have been able to accomplish in this past year. We are so grateful for all of our customers and we will continue to make amazing products for all of you.” 
“I can’t believe it’s been one year already! We’ve met so many awesome people, made lots of new friends, partnered with countless local businesses, and all in a cool little place called Manassas (where Pete and I were born and raised). Our whole crew (Pete, Sara, myself, Elizabeth, Kara, Jen, Tina, Brittany) can’t thank everyone enough for showing us support and shopping with us this past year. We’re going to continue to make great products, support our local community and have a whole lot of fun while doing it all. Small business can be a tough road a lot of times, but you’ve all made it a lot easier with your support and encouragement. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” 

Volunteers needed for 1st annual Old Bridge Road clean-up

Please join the Occoquan District Supervisor’s Office and Keep Prince William Beautiful in cleaning up Old Bridge Road! Groups, families, and individuals are all encouraged to sign-up.

Monday, October 9th, 2017 (Columbus Day).

Clean-Up: 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Thank You Lunch: Noon to 2:00 p.m.

The Sign-In Station (pre clean-up) and Thank You Lunch (post clean-up) will be held on the Lake Side of the Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center. (more…)

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center: The Beginning

As we prepare to celebrate our 45th Birthday, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is taking a look back at the history which shaped the facility into what it is today.

While it’s hard to imagine now, at one point the hospital campus was comprised of open fields. And, before 1972, if residents had a medical emergency they had to travel either to Fredericksburg or Alexandria for care; for many, Manassas wasn’t even an option! That’s where the idea was born for a hospital on the eastern end of the county.

In 1965, the Woodbridge Jaycees hired professional consultants to study the feasibility of such a plan. Architects were hired and at least five sites were surveyed to determine the hospital’s location.

In June 1968, community leaders joined together to form the Potomac Hospital Corporation, and elected John Johnson, then head of Virginia Power, president.

Howard Greenhouse, who would later go onto to become the first chairman of the Potomac Hospital Board of Trustees, was a businessman at the time. But, he soon found himself involved in the project.

“It was a struggle to start,” Greenhouse remembers.

In 1969, the first hospital membership drive began, and soon there were 3,300 members ready and willing to support the hospital’s fundraising efforts. At one point, volunteers like Greenhouse were going door to door asking for donations.

“I can tell you that was not my most enjoyable time spent because I hate when people ask me for money, and I don’t want to go ask someone else,” Greenhouse chuckles, ”But, where else was there?”

The community answered the call. When it was all said and done, more than two million dollars was raised. A 77-acre building site was purchased for $258,070.70 from Mrs. Anna Greisch. Mrs. Johanna Opitz, a longtime area landowner, then dedicated the right of way to the property which is now Opitz Boulevard. It was from there, Potomac Hospital was born.

Langston “Rich” Richardson became the hospital’s first administrator.

“There was never a doubt in my mind it would succeed,” says the now 89-year-old Richardson, thinking back. “Everybody was interested (in the success) because we were building something from scratch and they had put their soul and heart into it. And, that’s what made Potomac Hospital what it is.”

In 2009, Potomac Hospital joined one of the largest health systems in Virginia, Sentara Healthcare. The name has changed to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, but the mission to provide quality patient care remains the same. Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is a hospital built for the community, by the community.

House of Delegates candidates agree to campaign forum

DALE CITY — Candidates vying for seats in the Virginia General Assembly will take questions in front of an audience in Dale City next week.

Currently, the candidates from House Districts (HD) 31 and 51 have accepted. From the 31st HD incumbent L. Scott Lingamfelter (R), Elizabeth R. Guzman (D) and Nathan D. Larson (I) have agreed to respond to questions. Hala S. Ayala (D) and Richard L. Anderson (R), the incumbent in the 51st HD will also participate.

The Prince William NAACP, the League of Women Voters of the Prince William Area, and the Prince William Committee of 100 are collaborating to present the free candidate forum.

More in a press release:


Currently, the candidates from House Districts (HD) 31 and 51 have accepted. From the 31st HD incumbent L. Scott Lingamfelter (R), Elizabeth R. Guzman (D) and Nathan D. Larson (I) have agreed to respond to questions. Hala S. Ayala (D) and Richard L. Anderson (R), incumbent in the 51st HD will also participate. Residents may register and submit questions for the candidates online at each organization’s website.


Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, President and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, has agreed to moderate the forum. Dr. Farnsworth is a Political Science professor focusing on mass media, the presidency and Virginia politics.

“We’ve held many candidate forums over the years and they have been very useful in letting the public compare the candidates,” says Committee of 100 President, Ann Wheeler.


The organizers sought to include legislative districts that represent Prince William, Manassas City and Manassas Park. Organizers also invited candidates from the open 2ndHouse District seat. Democratic candidate Jennifer D. Carroll Foy accepted, however, Mike D. Makee is undecided. A forum for House Districts Candidates for 13th, 40th and 50th was scheduled earlier, but was canceled when some declined. However, candidates in the 13th and 40th HD have completed a questionnaire that may be found at

“These forums allow the public access to those seeking to represent them,” said Cozy Bailey, PWNAACP President. “We are proud to help bring these candidates to the public,” continued Bailey.


The three organizers are also producing a Lieutenant Governor’s forum on Tuesday, October 24th. Well-known television news anchorman Leon Harris will moderate the forum. More information will be available soon. 

Please join us Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7pm at George M. Hampton Middle School located at 14800 Darbydale Ave., Woodbridge, VA. Please send HD Candidate Forum Question Submission by 5PM on October 3.  

Annual Boo Ball to support the Un-Trim-A-Tree Holiday Gift

· Good Morning Prince William – Come join our Annual Boo Ball to support the Un-Trim-A-Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids. This super fun event is Saturday, October 28th at 7 pm at the Manassas Moose Lodge. Tickets are just $35 and include dinner, specialty drink, cash bar and Livin’ the Dream live band. Grab a costume and your friends for a fun time and for a great cause. Tickets can be bought online at:

· ACTS in Dumfries is having their 7th Annual IWALK event on Saturday, October 7th at Stonebridge at Potomac Town center. Registration begins at 8 am with the 5K walk/run at 9 am. Registration is just $20/individual, $15/team, or $50/family. Proceeds benefit all the good things ACTS does for the community. The free Fall Festival is 10am-2pm following the run. They’ll have food vendors, performances, kid’s activities, carnival games and much more. Please register at:

· Saved Hands Foundation is having their next volunteer orientation on Saturday, October 7th from 10-2pm at Chinn Park Library. Come find out about all the neat ways you can help another. Please call (571) 572-9013 to learn more.
· Brain Injury Services is looking for a friendly visitor volunteer to visit their client who lives in Aldie and loves watching sports, walking or working out. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881, ext. 232 to learn more.

· ACTS is also looking for administrative volunteers during traditional business hours. Please email Tamika at: to learn more.

· Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is still looking for volunteer presenters age 55+ to teach 4th-grade children the life skills to keep them safe alone and safe at home. Volunteers must be available during school hours. This fun curriculum is very interactive and of course the kids are very fun. Training is provided; please call Jan to learn more at 571-292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team.

· Historic Manassas is looking for volunteers to help at the Fall Jubilee event on Saturday October 7th. Duties include beer pourer, stage performer check-in, directional assistants, and much more. Shifts are for a couple of hours throughout the day. You don’t want to miss this super fun event. Please call Melissa at (703) 361-6599 for all the specifics. (more…)

Construction work resumes on police station following $50,000 fire

WOODBRIDGE — A fire at Prince William County’s new $30 million Central District Police Station on Friday will not further delay its construction. 

From county spokesman Jason Grant: 

There should be no delays due to the fire. 

The structural steel was examined and was not damaged. So, work has resumed. The GC started repairs already, and is able to do the repairs concurrently with the remaining construction. 

The building, which is still under construction and has already been delayed by three months, caught fire Friday when construction workers using torch ignited combustible material, according to a fire and rescue spokesman. 


The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.

The shared-use path on Prince William Parkway will be repaved

The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin repaving the shared use path on Prince William Parkway. 

The path sits on the westbound side of the roadway and is popular with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. 

The repaving effort will take place on both Prince William and Fairfax County parkways.

From a press release: 

Paving of portions of the Fairfax County Parkway Trail and the Prince William Parkway trail will begin Wednesday morning, Sept. 27, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The Prince William Parkway trail work will start Wednesday morning at Hoadly Road, making its way north in sections to Liberia Avenue. The paving is scheduled for completion later this fall.

The Fairfax County Parkway Trail paving will begin later this fall and is scheduled for completion in summer 2018. The section of the trail between I-66 and Route 7 will be worked on first, followed by the section from I-66 to Whitlers Creek Drive (about a quarter-mile north of Rolling Road).

The work totaling nearly 30 miles between the two parkways will take place weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Trail users should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes; VDOT will provide regular updates regarding work zone locations to local biking organizations, as well as via the project page and VDOT Northern Virginia’s Twitter account. Reflective barriers will be installed at each work zone.

In 2016, extensive patching and crack sealing occurred on both trails in anticipation of this paving. Maintenance also occurred in 2014 along the Fairfax County Parkway Trail between Route 29 and Route 7.

Fall into the New Classes here at MPCC

  • Manassas Park Community Center
  • Address: 99 Adams Street Manassas Park, Va.
  • Phone: 703-335-8872

The fall season conjures scenarios of bountiful baskets of freshly picked apples, pumpkins, and enchanting autumn foliage! It also brings a whole batch of new classes here at the Manassas Park Community Center, including the Road to Wellness, Focused Awareness Meditation, Bollywood and Classical Indian Dance, and Outdoor Yoga! Also, there are several music classes for the music lovers too!

These new classes focus on all types of music, dance, and whole-body wellness. One thing we all have in common as residents of Northern Virginia is that we are all under a lot of stress. Regardless of the reasons for that stress, we all need to find something to help us reduce it.

Several new classes here at the Community Center to help you better handle your stress include Focused Awareness Meditation and the Road to Wellness. Taught by Karen David of Live Life Well, LLC, and using her years of experience as a registered nurse, she uses her medical experience to help people change their lives! She says that when you believe in you, you will have the ability to not only believe in something but to reach optimal wellness through daily personal wellness habits.

“I base my classes on my own journey, and when I was spread super thin, my own health suffered,” Karen shared, “I defined my own values of relationships, defined my boundaries, and my values.” Those became the foundation for her Road to Wellness class.
“I ask my students and my clients to evaluate the boundaries they are forming. I help them to realize we have gone from looking and observing to just reacting, and I can help them to honestly answer questions about why they made their plan the way they did,” Karen added.

She further pointed out that it is great to take care of others, but not to forget to take care of yourself too. ‘Take care of others, but do not forget to ask what I have done for me,’ has become her mantra!

Appreciating music is another way to relieve stress. Called the “great soother,” music can help you process your emotions. Sometimes just turning up that radio, and screaming the words to your favorite song is just the thing to help you get past a bad day as you trudge home after a long day of work.

The new Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Jazz Appreciation, Music Ensemble classes here at the Community Center are all taught by a professional musician who uses his own experiences as the foundation to help others to love music the way he does.
Most music lovers have their own ideas and reasons for liking particular types of music, but his classes help students focus on the history of the particular genres of music while highlighting major composers of the day. Relax and enjoy the conversations, learn new techniques, and maybe even become more proficient on a musical instrument you have always wanted to learn to play!

Consider trying a new and different type of dance class also offered this fall at the Community Center this fall. Options include Bollywood and Classical Indian Dance, Hand Dancing, and Line Dancing with Scotty Inman. Come alone or with a partner to learn the basics of each dance: each with its own elegant style, charm, and fun dance styles.

As residents of Northern Virginia, we can all agree that the stress we encounter daily is something we cannot ignore. However, by trying one of the new fall classes offered at the Manassas Park Community Center, we could focus elsewhere, learn something new, and have lots of fun too!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, and 29 special events and programs. For more information visit us at or call at 703-335-8872.

Governor McAuliffe names 3 Manassas companies to participate in Virginia Economic Gardening Pilot Program

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced 12 Virginia companies were selected to participate in the Virginia Economic Gardening Pilot Program (VEGPP). The VEGPP, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), targets second-stage companies. These businesses are growth-oriented and have moved beyond the startup phase by demonstrating a notable increase in revenue or employment. By addressing strategic growth issues, such as identifying new markets and industry trends, refining business models, raising online visibility, and offering access to competitive intelligence, the VEGPP enables high-growth companies to achieve the next level of success.

“Second stage companies are a key driver of local job creation and revenue generation.  I am pleased three companies from Manassas were chosen to participate, the most of any locality across the Commonwealth and the only ones in Northern VA.  I believe this underscores the tremendous talent base we have here in the City,” said Mayor Hal Parrish.  Economic Development staff worked very closely with VEGPP to identify companies meeting the eligibility requirements for the Pilot and are poised to provide a continuing stream of qualified Manassas businesses should the program continue.

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To view the Governor’s Press Release in full, please click here.  


Prince William Humane Society Wags-N-Wine

From a press release:

The Prince William Humane Society’s 5th Annual Wags-N-Wine fund-raising event and silent auction will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at our new Pet Adopt Shop located in the Dumfries Shopping Plaza from 12 – 5 p.m.

This year our fund-raising efforts will go to support our new Pet Adopt Shop where homeless shelter pets live and thrive until they find their forever homes.

Prince William Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization whose mission is to help support and find forever homes for adoptable pets from the Prince William County Animal Shelter by creating the Pet Adopt Shop and implementing an improved adoption experience designed to increase adoptions. (more…)

Get a rabies vaccine and certificate for $10 at the Animal Shelter Open House on Sunday

From a press release: 

The Prince William County Animal Shelter will host its annual Open House on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, from Noon to 4 p.m. The Shelter is located at 14807 Bristow Road [near] Manassas (20112).

The event includes a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Prince William Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PWSPCA). Bring your dogs and cats to get a rabies vaccine and certificate for just $10 per animal. This clinic will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

For the safety of everyone, all dogs that attend must be on a leash; all cats that attend must be in carriers. There will be children’s activities, vendors, veterinarians and pet-and rescue groups as well as local businesses.

There will also be numerous raffle items on offer – each person gets one free ticket; additional tickets are available for sale. Food will also be available for purchase from Dave’s Dogs. Best of all, the Shelter will have animals for adoption.

Come select your “fur-ever” friend! For more information, visit the Animal Shelter’s and the Police Department’s websites and social media sites. You can also call the Shelter at 703-792-6465, or send an email to

‘6 adults, 2 children and their pet, displaced by the fire’

From a press release: 

On September 20 at 9:33 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to an apartment fire located in the 14900 block of Potomac Heights Place in Woodbridge.

Firefighters made entry to a fourth-floor apartment where they discovered an activated sprinkler within the kitchen.

The occupant sustained a non-life threatening injury that did not require medical transport.

The home received minimal damage estimated at $10,000.

The Building Official has posted the home unsafe.

Red Cross was on scene to assist the occupants, 6 adults, 2 children and their pet, displaced by the fire.

The origin and cause of the fire was a cooking fire and has been determined as accidental.

Prince William County Fire & Rescue Chief Kevin McGee urges residents to take the necessary precautions when cooking due to cooking fires being the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. These fires are preventable by simply being more
attentive when using cooking materials and equipment.

Residents get a glimpse of a future commuter ferry service for Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE — About 40 people gathered at Harbor View conference center in Woodbridge at 7 p.m. Thursday for the capstone event of a daylong series of events to discuss the future of a passenger ferry that could, someday, provide commuter service between Prince William County and Washington, D.C.

“We need to use our region’s last unused highway, the Potomac River,” said Prince William Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi, whose long pushed for the creation of a “fast ferry” from Woodbridge to Washington.

Thursday’s Fast Ferry Summit was the second ferry summit Principi has held while in office. The first one was in 2009.

He kicked off the event noting that ferry service was once popular among area plantation owners between 1760 and 1790.

“George Washington built a wooden bridge to get across the river. It washed out. What did they do next? Ferry service,” said Principi.

He then introduced a panel of experts who discussed ferry service operations, challenges, and the likelihood of a new fast ferry in Woodbridge.

‘Like a Rubix cube… there are a lot of challenges on the Potomac’

Capt James Barnberger, with the U.S. Maritime Administration Department of Direct Risk Analysis, said that while there of hundreds of water taxi options in New York City, bringing a commuter ferry to Prince William County will have a unique set of challenges.

“Like a Rubix cube… there are a lot of challenges on the Potomac, but in time you can overcome them. This is not an easy thing to do, I know because I was part of a lot of successful operations in New York, and I was apart of an operation that didn’t make it here on the Potomac River.”

Some of the larger challenges outlined by Barnberger include environmental concerns, getting people to change their commuting habits and abandon their car for a ferry, and cost. (more…)

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