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MedEvac Lifts Victim After Crash

Update 10 a.m. Wednesday
A motorcyclist was flown to an area hospital after he rear-ended a tractor trailer on Interstate 95.

Police and rescue crews were called to the area of I-95 and Joplin Road (Va. 619) in Triangle about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The driver of one motorcycle rear-ended a tractor trailer, but then a second motorcyclist hit the motorcyclist that slammed into the truck, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

The first biker was flown to a hospital with serious injuries while the second biker was treated for minor injuries, according to Geller.

Original Post 8:30 p.m.
Triangle, Va. ––
At least one person has been flown to the hospital following a crash on Interstate 95.

The crash happened about 8 p.m. at Joplin Road (Va. 619), according to a Prince William County emergency spokesman.

There’s no word yet on how many cars were involved in the crash or how many were injured.

The crash comes after four females died earlier this morning when a bus overturned near Kings Dominion.

Four women died in that crash, and several others were taken to at 11 other hospitals between Richmond and Fredericksburg.

The driver of the bus is charged with reckless driving, according to police.

Dudenhefer Announces Campaign Kick-off Event

Mark Dudenhefer

Mark Dudenhefer

North Stafford, Va. –– Mark Dudenhefer is kicking of his campaign for Virginia’s House of Delegates in a centralized location.


Dudenhefer, who is currently the Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, will officially announce his campaign for the newly shifted 2nd House District in North Stafford and eastern Prince William County.

He’s chosen the Quantico Corporate Center, located just off Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) on the boarder of Prince William and Stafford counties for the kick-off event to be held between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11.

Speaker of the House of Delegates, Bill Howell, as well as State Senator Richard Stuart (R, 28 – Stafford, Prince William) and Congressman Robert J. Wittman (R, Va. – 1) are slated to appear.

Dudenhefer has wide Republican support in Stafford but is relatively unknown in Prince William County.

He has served on Stafford’s Board of Supervisors since 2006 and has long been an outspoken advocate of transportation improvements after his 17-year-old daughter Emily was killed on a county road in 2004.

Dudenhefer spent 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as a colonel.

The newly shifted 2nd House District was moved from Southwest Virginia to the Potomac Communities this spring during a mandatory redistricting process.

Population in that corner of the state fell while the number of people who moved to this area grew, requiring the need for the new seat.

Around Town

Volunteers needed for Civil War festivities
The Prince William Convention and Visitors Bureau has called for volunteers to assist with parking, hand out brochures as well as tackle a wide range of other tasks during this year’s 150th Civil War Celebration, reports NOVA Fortnighlty.

Police search alleged killer’s cell phone
Fairfax County police have recently searched the cell phone of the man charged with killing another man in the county’s Belle View area April 13, Kingstowne Patch reports.

Snapping the right nature photo
Something just in time for getting outdoors this summer: picking the right camera to capture all of your outdoor nature shots. Area blog Your Piece of the Planet has posted some tips for budding photographers.

Residents asked to conserve water
From the nearby news file: Officials in Caroline County have asked residents to conserve water after a water pump that provides H20 to residents and businesses failed, reports

D.C.’s dumbest drivers
A new survey finds Washington, D.C. has the dumbest drivers on the road, according to results of drivers exams, reports

Teen Bus Pass Also Great for Baseball Fans

OmniLink switch riders buses at the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Center in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge, Va. — It’s a teenager’s annual pass to getting around town, and it goes on sale Tuesday.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission is once again selling its OmniLink Teen Summer Pass.

The bus pass is good for unlimited rides on local buses that run along U.S. 1 in Woodbridge, on Dale Boulevard in Dale City, Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge, on OmniRide’s Cross-County Connector between Woodbridge and Manassas, as well on local buses in Manassas.

The pass costs $30 and is good for rides on OmniLink buses between June 1 and Sept. 3, said PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo.

In addition to unlimited rides, it also guarantees $1 off Potomac Nationals tickets on Friday nights beginning June 10. Riders must show their passes at the ticket window before the game, said Rodrigo.

Teen passes are available at the following locations:

PRTC Transit Center, 14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge (next to Hylton Chapel)
-Mondays through Fridays, June 1 to August 5, 2011, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Potomac Mills Mall food court
-Saturday, June 11, 12-4 p.m.
-Saturday, June 25, 12-4 p.m.

Manassas Mall food court
-Saturday, June 18, 12-4 p.m.
-Saturday, July 9, 12-4 p.m.

Dangerous Temps Forecasted

Memorial Day weekend may be the unofficial start of summer, but the Mother Nature is giving sure signs the hottest season of the year has arrived.

A heat advisory goes into effect for the Washington area at noon Monday and will last until 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

High temperatures on Monday will be in the low to mid 90s, and in the high 90s on Tuesday. But the humidity will drive up the heat index making it feel like 100 to 105 degrees outside.

The high temperatures can cause illness in those who are exposed to the high temperatures.

Those who don’t have to be out in the heat are urged to stay indoors. Those who do should drink plenty of water, and find shade and take frequent breaks.

The first heat wave of the season should last through Wednesday, when showers and thunderstorms could move through the area bringing with them lower temperatures with highs in the 80s for Thursday and Friday.

The first day of summer, or the summer solstice, is June 21.

Thunder Roars in Dumfries

Story By Uriah Kiser
Photos By Mary Davidson

Dumfries, Va. –– Lance Cpl. Aaron Austin was shot in torso and killed after saving the lives of his fellow Marines

Sgt. Maj. William Skiles said he lost Austin in the “stupid city of hell, Fallujah, Iraq,” a place that during the first days of the War in Iraq remained a strong hold of support for the late dictator, Saddam Hussein.

In 2004, Austin, while helping to defend a rooftop position in the city, helped to save the lives of seven wounded Marines who were shot there. After the Marines were air lifted out of harm’s way, Austin went back into the line of fire to make sure their weapons and ammunition didn’t fall into enemy hands.

He was shot and collapsed, but was able to stop the enemies by throwing a grenade, said Skiles, saving the lives of those remaining men in his platoon.

“This Lance Corporal told his father that he looked up to me…The hardest thing in my life I’ve ever had to do in this country is to drive to Amarillo, Texas to present the posthumous Silver Star to his dad. They didn’t want a general; his mom said ‘we wanted you, [our son] believed in you.’ In that small moment in my life, I learned that Lance Corporal looked up to me. For the rest of my life I will look up to him,” said Skiles.

Skiles, a 31-year veteran Marine who is stationed at Quantico and who also won a Bronze Star for his actions in that same battle shared his Austin’s story with the more than 200 people at East Coast Harley Davidson in Dumfries, all of whom were there to honor and remember veterans for the annual Rolling Thunder ride to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington.

And while it’s important to remember those who have fallen, Skiles said U.S. service men and women should never complain.

“Ever have a bad day or feel sorry for yourself, I take those individuals to [Arlington National Cemetery] and I grab them by the damn neck and throw them down at a tombstone, just pick one, it doesn’t matter, and you tell those individuals to tell that person who is buried right here what kind of day you’re having…once their face is white and the realize how important that place is, and they realize how important it is to raise your goddamn chin, to have a spine a live those who can’t…I took them off the grass and dusted them off and said ‘raise your goddamn chin, it’s a good day isn’t it,’” said Skiles.

The men replied with a resounding “yes, sir,” he added.

His keynote address was followed by Taps played on the bugle, and then a round of applause by the hundreds of bikers, police and firefighters, and onlookers who all came remember the fallen.

After the applause, the thunder roared as the bikers started their engines and rolled onto Fraley Boulevard (U.S. 1) in an orderly procession, all bound for Washington. They were escorted by Dumfries and Prince William police, who took then to the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstate 95.

On bridges that cross the highway, on routes like Prince William Parkway and Dale Boulevard, hordes of onlookers all shouting and waving American Flags helped to cheer on riders.

Since 1988, veterans and motorcycle enthusiast have come together each Memorial Day weekend to remember American soldiers who became prisoners of war or went missing in action during the Vietnam War.

The organization behind the ride, Rolling Thunder Inc., estimates 900,000 bikers participate in the annual event, according to its website.

Storms Bring Downed Trees, Power Outages

Update 7:48 p.m.
Dominion Virginia Power reports more than 4,300 customers without power in Burke area.

Update 7:30 p.m.
Dominion Virginia Power reports more than 2,500 customers without power in North Stafford following severe storm that just moved through area. Utility crews report an estimated repair time between 9 and 11 p.m.

Original Post 7:15 p.m.
Fire and rescue crews have fanned out across Stafford County inspecting downed trees and reports of auto accidents after a strong storm moved through the area tonight.

There have been multiple reports of downed trees across the county, said Stafford fire and rescue spokesman Mark Doyle.

That same storm is now moving its north through Woodbridge and is expected to impact the Lorton and Springfield areas within the hour.

A tornado warning for North Stafford and the Dale City expired at 7:15 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning continues for Woodbridge and southern Fairfax County until 7:45 p.m.

Crime Watch: Woman Abducted, Shots Fired

Warrants issued after woman abducted, assaulted
A woman was abducted by an acquaintance after an argument, police say.

Officers were called to a home in the 1500 block of Walnut Street in Woodbridge after the 33-year-old victim said she was assaulted by a male acquaintance that held her against her will.

The victim was eventually able to leave the house and call police the following day, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Police are unable to locate the man accused in the attack.

Investigators have issued warrants for Juan Carlos Ramirez, 24, of Woodbridge, charging him with abduction, intent to defile and malicious wounding, said Perok.

He’s described as Hispanic, between 5 feet 8 inches tall, with brown eyes and black hair.

Woman hears shots, finds bullet holes
A woman who was watching TV at her home Friday heard gunshots ring out, and then noticed a large hole in her bathroom window.

The shots were fired at 12:03 a.m. in the 3100 block of Chesapeake Drive in Woodbridge, just off Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1).

After seeing the hole in her bathroom window, she noticed another one in an adjacent window, police said.

No one was injured.

Home burglarized, cash missing from safe
Cash was reported missing from a safe at a home in North Stafford on Thursday.

Police say a home on Park Road in the Windsor Forest neighborhood was broken into between 8 and 11 a.m. Thursday.

The homeowner told Stafford sheriff’s deputies when he returned home items in the house were out of place, and saw that a window had been opened, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Man robbed in Triangle
A 56-year-old man told police he was robbed in the 18200 block of Graham Court in Triangle at 12:50 a.m. Saturday.

The man was getting out of his vehicle when he was approached by a group of men that took his wallet, which had an undisclosed amount of money inside, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

The men fled on foot and the victim was not injured. The victim was not able to provide a description of any of the men, police say.

Rolling Thunder, Living History Events this Holiday Weekend

Dumfries, Va. –– It’s one the largest celebrations in the Potomac Communities all year, and it’s to celebrate the men and women who have given their lives in service of their country.

East Coast Harley Davidson in Dumfries will once again hold it’s open house on Saturday, which for years has attracted Harley enthusiasts who will ride to the National Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington and then to the Pentagon the following day as part of Rolling Thunder.

“We make it a two-day party to celebrate the soldiers who have served, and it’s a big draw for the area because of our proximity to places like Quantico and Washington, D.C.,” said East Coast spokeswoman Anji Justman.

During the event, the parking lot will fill with cyclists who will be joined by everyone else who comes to the live band, meet vendors, and register for door prizes. This year, the Each Coast VA Harley Owners Group and the Ladies of Harley will donate funds raised during the event to the Quality of Life Foundation, which is working to build a home for Jay Briseno, who at age 20 was shot in the back of the head at point blank range while serving as an Army Reservist in Iraq, leaving him unable to walk, talk or care for himself. His parents, who live in Prince William County, are now charged with every aspect of his care.

On Sunday, there will be a special ceremony held at 7:50 a.m., prior to the bikers taking to Interstate 95 bound bound for Washington.

Memorial Day Events in the Potomac Communities

National Museum of the Marine Corps
Special Event — Band of America’s Few Performance
The Band of America’s Few will perform on the Parade Deck in front of the Museum. The Band of America’s Few is comprised of former/retired Marine Musicians who are driven to provide the world with a musical group unlike anything that has been done in the past, performing music that is traditionally America’s and our beloved Corps’.
There will be two performances:  11 am & 2 pm

Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon
May 27 – 29, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
Recurring daily
Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: Adults, $18; children 6-11, $12; and children under 5 are admitted free.
Historic Mount Vernon invites visitors to an unprecedented evening experience! Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon, a new event over Memorial Day weekend (May 27 – 29) offers a rare opportunity to visit Mount Vernon after the daytime crowds have departed. Visitors may take evening tours of the Mansion, relax and enjoy wine and desserts available for purchase, and delight in 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds and immerse yourself in the 18th century as the sun sets on the plantation and costumed residents like the charming Lady Washington and her granddaughter Nelly interact with visitors. This family-friendly event celebrates the beginning of summer on the plantation.

Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Kenmore and
George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm
Saturday, May 28, 10am-5pm
Sunday, May 29, 10am-3pm

Ferry Farm (Stafford County)
The Civil War at Washington’s Boyhood Home
Visit with living-history interpreters
Watch cavalry and infantry close-order drilling
Enjoy period cooking demonstrations, music, and games

Kenmore (Fredericksburg)
Cannons at Kenmore: A snapshot of Kenmore during the Civil War
Special interactive tours include stories about female spies, Kenmore as a hospital, and demonstrations of period cooking in the kitchen. Visitors can talk with Civil War re-enactors about what life was like for the typical soldier

Kenmore Admission Prices: $10 adults, $5 students, under age 6, free
Ferry Farm Admission Prices: $8 adults, $4 students, under age 6, free
Combination Ticket to both sites: $15 adults, $8 students

First Thunderstorms, Then Hot

The Memorial Day weekend starts in the Potomac Communities tonight with the region under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a possibility of strong thunderstorms after 4 p.m.

If the weather turns severe, turn to us for updates.

Just after 1 p.m. Friday, the temperature at Regan Washington National Airport was 83 degrees. Temperatures were forecast to climb into the upper 80s on Friday, according to the weather service.

The forecast calls for much of the same weather on Saturday, with temperatures in the mid 80s and a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Expect it to be hot on Sunday, as the threat of storms diminishes and the mercury is forecast to climb into the 90s.

On Memorial Day, it’ll be even hotter outside with temperatures with a forecast high of 95 degrees.

VRE Preps for Crowding Today

A Virginia Railway Express train pulls into the Woodbridge station. (File Photo: Mary Davidson)

As commuters get ready to head home for the long holiday weekend, Virginia Railway Express has added extra cars to trains to accommodate passengers.

The most crowded trains this afternoon are expected to be Fredericksburg line train #303 and Manassas line train #307.

Those two trains will be the longest VRE trains this afternoon, according to a VRE spokesman.

The transit system also reminds passengers there will be no service Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

The longer trains come after passengers on the railroad this week experience major delays Tuesday night, when a freight train broke down on the tracks in a critical junction point between VRE’s Fredericksburg and Manassas lines.

The disabled train delayed VRE trains for up to 70 minutes, forcing some passengers to take cab rides to get home.

The railroad offered to reimburse passengers for the cost of those rides in a apology statement sent to its riders Wednesday.

“We sincerely regret the inconvenience this unusual situation caused and will continue to work hard to avoid anything like it in the future,” VRE stated.

VRE says officials from Keolis, the company contracted to operate VRE trains and CSX, the owners of the railroad, were on the scene for hours Tuesday trying to get the train moving.

In the end, Amtrak was able to provide some additional equipment to get the train moving again.

Downed Wires Snarl U.S. 1 Traffic

Update 5:25 p.m.
U.S. 1 in Triangle has reopened to traffic after power lines fell across the intersection of the highway and Joplin Road about 4 p.m.

Traffic was snarled as crews worked to repair the downed lines.

Original Post 4:25  p.m.
Triangle, Va. ––
Traffic is snarled at Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) and Joplin Road in Triangle.

Wires were reported to be down across the roadway about 4 p.m. Thursday, and the backups reportedly extend four miles from intersection all the way north to Fox Lair Drive in Woodbridge.

Police were called to direct traffic in the area, according to initial reports.

Initial reports indicate traffic was being diverted from U.S. 1 to Joplin Road to Interstate 95 to get around the downed lines.

We’ll have more as we get it.

Schools Unblock Gay and Lesbian Content

Prince William County, Va. –– Public school students in Prince William will no longer be denied access to Gay and Lesbian content on the internet.

The school division announced today filters that blocked such online content have been removed, and that the removal does not compromise mandatory state and federal obligations to block objectionable information, the school system says.

The students can now have access to the information, as long the content is “information based.”

“Internet filtering is difficult, sometimes imprecise, and constantly evolving. It is nearly impossible to find the perfect balance between the protection of students, freedom of speech, and equal access, said Keith Imon, associate superintendent for Communications and Technology Services. “However, the decision to discontinue the use of the LGBT filter is within this balance.”

The school system received a letter last month from the Virginia American Civil Liberties Union saying the school system’s blockage some LGBT websites also blocked them from accessing issues concerning the Gay and Lesbian communities.

The organization concluded it was against students’ first amendment rights to be denied access to such issues.

Highways to Fill with Holiday Travelers

Drivers travel north on Interstate 95 at Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) in North Stafford. (Mary Davidson/

Traveling by car this Memorial Day weekend? You’re not alone.

Nine out of 10 people in the Washington area are expected to pack the car and head to their vacation destination spot this weekend to herald the unofficial start of summer.

Many of them will travel more than 50 miles to their destinations, a break from the past when more people chose to stay home due to high gas prices and a troubled economy.

“Scrimp and save and still go. That’s the new travel reality and paradigm for Washington area travelers during the first holiday weekend of summer,” said AAA Mid Atlantic spokesman John B. Townsend II. “Amazingly, more Washington residents, nine out of ten, will travel by automobile this year than last, even with sky-high gasoline prices along the way. In fact, automobile travel continues to be the dominant mode of transportation for local residents this Memorial Day.”

More people from our area will be traveling this weekend than last Memorial Day, an expected 1.4 percent increase.

Room rates are nearby beaches, Virginia Beach and Ocean City, Md., are well over $200 per night and many have been sold out.

Travelers told AAA Mid Atlantic they will spend less while at their destination spots to compensate on fuel prices.

The automobile agency says auto travel is expected to be up this year slightly, by 0.7 percent, air travel up by 12.7 percent, and all other forms of travel down by 11.2 percent.

Gas prices are also higher this year than they were last year.  The average price for a gallon of gas in the Potomac Communities averages $3.87 per gallon, according to AAA Fuel Price Finder.

Last year, the average price for a gallon of gas in the same areas was $2.75.

Around Town

Fairfax County asks for delay of Mark Center opening
Now, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have asked for a delay in opening the massive Mark Center building where thousands of federal employees will relocate, reports Mt. Vernon Patch.

House to vote on BRAC delay
And with that request, the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to vote on a bill that would delay the BRAC move and would give officials more time to prepare for the move, reports The Washington Business Journal.

Manassas gets new fire chief
At first he was hesitant, but now Brett Bowman says he’s ready to be the next fire chief for Manassas and took the job on Monday, reports

Kaine won’t commit on Obama budget
The president proposed his budget for 2012, but Senate contender and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, would not say how he would have voted on the proposed budget if he were serving in the senate chamber, reports The Washington Post.

Area jewelry shop makes charity a priority
One area jewelry shop has made charity a big part of their business, and now the Washington Post profiles the owner.

Comcast TV Customers told to Upgrade Equipment

The days of getting cable service by simply plugging a coaxial cable directly into the back of the TV set are coming to an end for many Comcast customers.

Beginning this week, the largest cable company in the nation began requiring customers in Prince William and Stafford counties to get digital set top boxes to continue receiving many of their regular channels.

Customers who haven’t already switched to digital service on Tuesday were greeted with a message on their TV screens stating upgrades to Comcast’s network would require customers to get additional equipment to continue receiving many of the Comcast’s channels they have come to expect.

Not all of the channels were taken away, but cable networks such as Bravo, TNT and others suddenly disappeared from the cable TV line up.

“Again, we’re calling the initiative “world of more” because it’s helping us keep our customers ahead of the digital curve and bring them access to more HD, more video on demand, faster Internet speeds and the ultimate in digital video and sound.  To make “world of more” possible, Comcast’s analog expanded basic cable channels will be delivered exclusively in digital format, and digital equipment will be needed to view those channels,” said Comcast spokeswoman Alisha Martin.

The change won’t affect the 85 percent of Comcast customers nationwide who already have cable TV converter boxes.

Comcast’s expanded basic customers without will be allowed one digital converter box and up to two smaller boxes for other TVs in the house for no additional charge. Existing digital customers will be allowed up to two free digital adapters for their homes, said Martin.

Those new boxes can be picked up at payment center, including one in Dale City and on Garrisonville Road (Va. 610), or can be ordered online and mailed to customers.

So many people have been affected by the change that a customer service center in Manassas ran out of the smaller digital adapters on Wednesday afternoon, but was still able to offer set up boxes.

Cable bills are not expected to rise as part of the change, but customers are promised more channels like Biography, Bloomberg, History International and Lifetime Movie Network.

Memorial Day Closings

It’s the annual, unofficial start to summer! Memorial Day weekend is here, the time where we take an extra day off of work to honor those who have served their country. Because it’s a holiday, it won’t be business as usual for many municipal agencies.

Fairfax County
Government offices – Closed Monday May 30

Courts – Closed Monday, May 30

Libraries – Closed Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30

Prince William County
Government offices – Closed Monday ,May 20, 2011

Courts – Closed Monday, May 30, 2011

Landfill – Closed Monday, May 20, 2011

Libraries – Closed Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30, 2011, neighborhood libraries closed Saturday, May 28 through May 20, 2011. All branches to reopen May 31, 2011.

Stafford County
Government offices – Closed Monday, May 30

Courts – Closed Monday, May 30

Landfill – Closed Monday, May 30. Will reopen Tuesday, May 31 for regular business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Libraries – Closed Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30. Will reopen normal hours Tuesday, May 31.

Traffic and Transit

I-95 / 395 / 66 High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes
HOV Resrtrictions lifted Monday May 30, 2011

I-95/395 lanes to run southbound from 1 p.m. Friday, May 27 until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Lanes will run northbound from 4 p.m. through the remainder of the weekend.
The lanes will CLOSE to regular traffic Sunday for the Rolling Thunder motorcycle event, between 7:30 and 11 a.m.

Fairfax Connector Bus – Sunday schedule on Monday, May 30, 2011

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission – No service Monday, May 30, 2011

Virginia Railway Express – No Service Monday, May 30, 2011

Metrorail – Washington’s Metrorail will conduct track maintenance over the weekend. Riders are asked to plan ahead for delays.

Summer Camp to be Held in Dumfries

Dumfries, Va. –– Children in Dumfries will have another summer camp option this year.

The Boys and Girls Club will hold its Summer Camp Heiser beginning June 20 at the General Heiser Memorial Branch of the Boys and Girls Club, at 17565 Old Stage Coach Road.

The camp will offer fun activities for children to do during the day, one weekly trip to a swimming pool and a weekly field trip, according to Boys and Girls Club spokeswoman April Chervenka.

Registration for the camp happens from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. It’s $30 to become a member of the club until December 31, and an additional $25 registration fee for the summer camp.

Parents are asked to make sure their children come to the camp each day with a prepared healthy lunch.

The camp will run until Aug. 26, according to Chervenka.

Around Town

Teacher raises on the way
Teachers in Stafford County will get step raises during the next school year, reports

Unpopular commuter lot
Despite a shuttle bus and two new Slug lines, still too few people are using a commuter lot at the First Baptist Church of Woodbridge, reports

Bus fares raised
It’s going to cost you more to ride FRED buses in Stafford and Fredericksburg, reports Fredericksburg Patch.

Fairfax buses to change routes near Ft. Belvoir
Fairfax Connector bus service is expanding as the BRAC closure/open date draws near, reports Mt. Vernon Patch.

No Walmart for Wilderness
Walmart  won’t build a new store on the site of a Civil War battlefield in Wilderness, the Washington Business Journal reports.

CASA Event Rescheduled for October

By Kristina Schnack Kotlus

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Greater Prince William “Moms in Motion” event, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been moved to October 15.

Event Coordinator Vicki Shoemaker noted Saturday was a full day for awareness events, and in order to ensure a successful event that benefits everyone involved, she felt a few changes were necessary.

“CASA is a program that matches a child with an advocate who does a home study, a school study, and speaks with the child to report back to the judge as an impartial third party on the best interests of the child”, explained Shoemaker. “We’ve grown tremendously and now have almost 500 children in the CASA program.”

The cost of providing services to each child in CASA is $1,200 per year.

The October 15 event, which has been renamed “All In Motion: AIM to Stop Child Abuse” to be more inclusive of community members who are not mothers, will feature belly dancing, Zumba, and more for a $30 participation fee.

Participants may also use microsites to raise additional funds through sponsorships.

All funds will go directly to CASA to assist children in our local community.  For more information or to register, visit

Around Town

Community college tuition going up
It’s going to cost more to attend a Virginia Community College next year, reports.

You can help tornado victims
After the deadliest tornado in 60 years ripped through Joplin, MO on Monday, there are ways you can help the victims, reports Mt. Vernon Patch.

PWC BOCS member eyes state senate
A Prince William County Board of Supervisors member will run for Virginia’s Senate, reports The Washington Post.

Endangered historical sites named
Some of the most endangered historic sites in Virginia have been named, and at least one of them is in Stafford County, reports

FRED bus service to hold hearing on fare increase
FRED is looking at another fare increase, reports

Metro names too long
The names of some Metro stations in the region are too long, and now transit authorities want to do something about that, reports Greater Greater Washington.

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