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Police want community feedback

Officials at the Franconia District Police Station in Fairfax want more neighborhood feedback.

They’re looking for more residents to become part of the station’s Community Advisory Committee, where they can share concerns about their community with police and increase communications between residents and the police department, said station spokesman Richard Henry.

During the meetings members are kept informed about safety issues in their neighborhood, and are encouraged to question officials during the meetings held every third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Call Sue Hotto at 703-354-1988 or email her sue.hotto@gallaudet.edu for more information.

Try transit, win Amtrak tickets

If you pledge to try transit this week you could win tickets to ride Amtrak.

Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission’s OmniRide and OmniLink buses will be participating this week as part of Virginia’s third annual Try Transit Week.

Between now and Sept. 24, if you pledge to use transit your name will be put into a drawing for a pair of tickets for use on Amtrak Virginia, which provides service from the state to the Northeast U.S, according to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. (more…)

Storms could develop today

Strong to severe thunderstorms could sweep across the region this afternoon, bringing with them potentially damaging winds.

The storm risk will be at its highest this afternoon into the evening hours as an area of low pressure moves across the region, according to the National Weather Service.

If storms do develop, they will be the latest round of severe summertime weather to batter the Washington area in recent weeks. (more…)

Coastal flood advisory issued

Sunday morning’s rain has prompted a coastal flood advisory to be issued for the Potomac communities today.

According to the National Weather Service, the high tides along the Potomac River in Alexandria today will be at 1:14 p.m. and Aquia Creek in Stafford County at 11:28 a.m.

The rain will produce tides about 1 foot above normal and could cause minor coastal flooding in some areas, according to the weather service.

Friday Finds

In this week’s Friday Finds: It’s your chance to see a classic 80s movie outdoors, see a classic 80s rock band perform, and learn where you can take your children to a place where they can have fun and mom and dad can have a Friday night to themselves.

“Foosebumps” will play Yak-A-Doos in south Stafford on Aug. 19.

Back to the Future

What’s summertime without a free outdoor movie? Come to the lawn at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Woodbridge for a showing of the 1980s classic “Back to the Future” and watch the teenage hero Marty McFly meet his parents when they were in high school in the 1950s, dance with a younger version of his mother at the high school dance, and with the help of a wild-eyed scientist, get back home to the year 1985. (more…)

Flash flood warning issued

7 p.m. UPDATE:

A flash flooding warning remains in effect for eastern Fairfax County until 8:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service noted a line of heavy rains and strong thunderstorms in the area just before 7 p.m.

The warning follows a long day of severe weather in and around the Washington area.

A tornado warning has been issued for Stafford County.

At 4:03 p.m., the National Weather Service says a storm that has produced a tornado near Aquia Creek has been spotted moving southeast at 25 mph.

The storm is moving in the area of Potomac Creek.

Residents in that area are encouraged to get indoors and take cover.

New bus route proposed

Fairfax Connector

Fairfax Connector may soon have a new route between Huntington and the Engleside neighborhood.

Tranist officials will hold a public meeting at noon Saturday at the South County Center, at 8350 Richmond Highway, to discuss a newly proposed bus route, route 159.

The new route would bring changes to Fairfax Connector’s existing routes 151 and 152, according to a statement from the transit agency. (more…)

CoffeeBreak: For teens, local travel is an adventure

Michelle Bond

Finding something fun to do in the summer of 1983 was not easy.  Our options were limited.  The highlight at that time was the Dale City Skating Rink on Smoketown Road. For the most part, we were left to our own survival skills and imagination to occupy our days.

It was during this time that we were introduced to McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.  One afternoon my best friend Tracey and I walked seven miles to the only McDonalds in the area to get a 20 piece order of McNuggets.  The joy was in the journey.  On our walk we talked, and sang and I believe a little dancing occurred.  I am sure we are a legend, somewhere. (more…)

We’ve joined forces with TBD.com

We are proud to announce our partnership with Washington’s newest local news organization.

TBD.com, a collection of news and information from around the Washington area, launched today and PotomacLocal.com is the latest local Web site to partner with them. (more…)

VRE to run normal service

Quantico, Va. – Now that one train track at Quantico has been reopened to Amtrak trains, commuter railroad officials say things should be back to normal for their trains on Monday.

Virginia Railway Express officials say there may be some delays on Monday as trains could be forced to move slower through the Marine Corps Base, but they are not anticipating a full-service shut down on the Fredericksburg line like they had Friday.

VRE canceled all trains on the line following the derailment of seven cars on a 79-car coal train Thursday. (more…)

Crews finishing rail repairs

A CSX crew member walks along the track where a 79-car coal train derailed Thursday at Quantico. (Quantico Public Affairs)

Quantico, Va. – Train service between Washington and Richmond should be restored this afternoon.

Officials with CSX, the owners of the rail line, say repairs should be completed this afternoon and train traffic on the rails will be able to return to normal. (more…)

Auto thefts common before Labor Day

It’s peak auto theft season in  the Washington area.

Officials say between Memorial Day and Labor Day is when your car is most likely to be stolen. And though the number of auto thefts in the area has dropped in recent years, more than 17,000 cars were stolen last year in the Washington area, said AAA Mid Atlantic spokesman John Townsend. (more…)

Friday Finds

It may be the dead of summer, when it seems everyone is on vacation. But you can still rock out without leaving town!

Junk Food to rock Workhouse

If you like unapologetic rock and roll, you will love the sounds of “Junk Food” performing live Sunday at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center. (more…)

Watershed plan unveiled

Karl Lady, of Dogue Creek, voices his concerns about the draft watershed management plan. (Eric Spiegel)

By Eric Spiegel

Mt. Vernon, Va. –  The Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division held a community forum Thursday to present a draft management plan for three Fairfax County watersheds – Belle Haven, Dogue Creek and Four Mile Run.  The forum was designed to promote understanding of watersheds and allow county officials to show its residents proposed plans to help improve and maintain watershed functions. (more…)

Derailment impacts east coast travel

A freight train transporting coal derailed on CSX tracks within Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va. late Thursday afternoon, August 5, 2010. (Cpl. Sean P. Cummings/Quantico Public Affairs Office)

11:30 a.m. Update

Quantico, Va. – The coal train that derailed Thursday at Quantico has spurred cancellations and delays for most of the east coast.

Thousands of Amtrak passengers were left stranded overnight as crews worked to clean up the seven coal cars that toppled over about 3 p.m. Thursday. (more…)

Thunderstorm warning issued

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Stafford, Prince William and Fairfax counties.

A lines of severe thunderstorms were approaching in the area, all capable of producing winds of 60 mph, hail and heavy rains.

Hot, Hot, Heat

It is going to be a hot day across the Potomac communities.

The area is under a heat advisory today from the National Weather Service today, where were told to expect temperatures that feel like 100 to 105 degrees.

Those triple-digit temperatures are actually the heat index values forecasted today between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. The actual temperatures are forecasted to reach the upper 90s today, the weather service stated. (more…)

Kayaker drowning ruled accidental

Fairfax County, Va. – Police say a Maryland man accidentally drowned last weekend in the Potomac River.

An investigation was launched when the body of 46-year-old Kenneth E. Huggins, of Suitland, Md. was found Sunday after a 911 call reported him missing the day before. (more…)

Immigration opinion prompts no changes

A new opinion from Virginia’s Attorney General puts police officers on the front lines of the illegal immigration battle, but it won’t change the way local departments conduct business.

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli stated that like officers in Arizona, Virginia police officers have the ability to inquire about the immigration status of those who they arrest.

That’s nothing new, as Stafford County Sheriff Charles E. Jett says the immigration statuses of persons they arrest have always been checked at the jail. (more…)

Watershed plan up for review

Mt. Vernon, Va. – Streams known for pouring over their banks is one of the issues Fairfax officials plan to address a new watershed plan.

A public meeting about the new plan for the Belle Haven, Four Mile Run and Douge Creek watershed areas will be held at Thursday at Mt. Vernon High School. (more…)

Police probe kayaker’s death

Kayaks for rent at Belle Haven Marina near Alexandria.

Fairfax County, Va. – Police want to know how a man went missing and later died in the Potomac River.

Dive teams found the body of Kenneth E. Huggins, 46, of Suitland, Md., after he went missing at 11:36 a.m. Saturday while kayaking off Belle Haven Marina in Fairfax County. (more…)

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