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Letter: On Tuesday, ‘supervisors will decide on yet another attack’ on rural crescent

The following letter to the editor is from Charlie Grymes, Prince William Conservation Alliance chairman: 


On March 6, the county supervisors will decide on yet another attack against the urban growth boundary adopted in 1998.  A developer has requested a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for a subdivision in the Rural Area, so 108 houses could be constructed on a parcel planned for 32 homes.

This is the third attempt to “bust the Rural Area” at that site.  The speculator purchased the land in 2003, long after he knew the allowed density was for 32 homes. 

You can make a nice profit building 32 homes on property bought with the land prices from 15 years ago.  Evidently, a nice profit is not enough for some developers.  Changing the county’s zoning on that parcel since 1998 is needed for more, more, more.

Supervisors previously rejected amending the Comprehensive Plan at this site because adding 76 unplanned houses there would provide no public benefits.  The private developer would get windfall benefits, while the public would get stuck with the costs of sprawl.

Sprawl is “dumb growth.”  It ultimately increases property taxes, because it is more expensive to provide public services (fire/police stations, for example).

That’s why the supervisors adopted the Rural Area and Development Area boundaries in 1998.  Voters were aroused by steadily increasing property taxes.  The county’s population had boomed, and it was clear that focusing growth in the Development Area would minimize the costs to provide new public infrastructure.

Now the supervisors are being asked to change the course followed for the last 20 years, start allowing unplanned growth in the Rural Area, and eventually increase property taxes to support scattered development.

The “Mid-County Park & Estate Homes” development being considered on March 6 is not a proposal for a park.  It’s a proposal to authorize unplanned houses, to trigger a surge of land speculation in the Rural Area, and to repeat the tax headache face by supervisors in 1998.

The supervisors should reject this development proposal – for the third time.

Frances Tyrrell

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Frances Graves Tyrrell, age 92 of Woodbridge, Virginia passed away peacefully, February 27, 2018 at her home.
Frances was born in Culpeper, VA, September 26, 1925, daughter of Robert Lee Graves and Elizabeth Kite Graves. She moved to Woodbridge after attending James Madison University to pursue a teaching career in 1946. Frances married Robert Tyrrell, December 20, 1947 and settled in Woodbridge. She joined the Woodbridge Woman’s Club in 1965. An organized club that helped the community. She served in many roles from President to Treasurer to Ways and Means Chairman. She joined the Potomac Hospital Auxiliary in 1972, where she volunteered at the information desk. She also was active in the PTA when her children were in school. She and her husband, Robert own Tyme N Tyde Marina, where she worked for many years.
Frances is survived by her husband of 70 years, Robert H. Tyrrell. They have four children, Jeffrey L. Tyrrell (Barbara), Stephen D. Tyrrell (Pam), Julie T. Mahan (Bill) and Randolph H. Tyrrell (Lisa). A surviving sister, Ann Hounshell (Barry) of Chapel Hill, NC.
She has seven grandchildren, Lindsay M. Kelsey (Todd), Kyle W. Mahan (Angie), Chad S.Tyrrell (Brittany), Colin D. Tyrrell (Lauren), Cameron H. Tyrrell (Victoria), Conner R. Tyrrell, Jeremy McCloud (Amanda) and five great-grandchildren, Makenzie J. Kelsey, Ella M. Kelsey, Cole W. Mahan, and Kelsey and Derrick McCloud.
A memorial service will be held at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home 4143 Dale Blvd Dale City Virginia, March 7, 2018. The family will receive friends from 11:00 to 12:30, with a service at 12:30. There will be a private family burial at Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, Virginia
Contributions in her memory sent to:
Woodbridge Woman’s Club PO Box 1582 Woodbridge, Virginia 22193
Sentara Hospital 2300 Opitz Blvd Woodbridge, Virginia 22191
American Cancer Society PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123

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City of Manassas, Prince William Chamber recognize multiple Manassas businesses

On Wednesday evening February 28, 2018 the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 7th annual business awards dinner at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas to honor the best of the local business community.  Awards recognize excellence in business, innovative practices, outstanding contributions to the community and businesses/organizations that stand out among their peers.
The City of Manassas presented its “Business of the Year Award” to Shining Sol Candle Company.  Shining Sol Candle Company opened its first bricks-and-mortar store in Historic Downtown Manassas a year and a half ago.  Owner Pete Evick is a life-long resident of Manassas and is committed to building a strong sense of community, which has already become evident with the huge amount of success he’s had.  Since opening Shining Sol, he has experienced a 70% increase in year-over-year revenues. Shining Sol has been a tremendous addition to Historic Downtown always striving to be a “good neighbor” and thinking outside the box when it comes to promotion, extended hours of operation and cross-merchant advertising. 
This unique line of hand-poured, wooden-wick, all-natural soy candles are crafted in true artisan fashion, one at a time or small batched and are 100% made in Manassas.  The store offers a wide selection of candle accessories, wax melts, candle tins and apparel, in addition to the soy candles. Evick regularly gives back to the community through fundraising and apprenticeship programs. 
Additionally, City businesses received top honors in 8 of the 11 Chamber categories:
·        Tech Company of the Year: Micron Technology
Micron Technology is a global leader in the semiconductor industry and a major employer in the City of Manassas, employing over 1,300. Their memory products are the #1 export in Virginia and they are the #2 manufacturer of memory in the world.  The company continues to be a great partner within the community, specifically within education.  Micron knows that education and a strong community are vital to the success of both society and innovative companies and they remain an ardent partner in Manassas and the surrounding jurisdictions.


·        Excellence in F/I/RE: Weber Rector
Weber Rector is one of the most established commercial real estate brokerage firms serving the Northern Virginia market (Prince William County, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Fauquier, Culpeper & Stafford – as well as the surrounding area).   Established in 1994, Weber Rector has brokered over $600 million dollars’ worth of commercial real estate transactions.  Paramount to this success has been the foundation upon which they operate: integrity, professionalism and knowledge, as well as the strong partnerships they have fostered within the community.


·        Community Outreach Award: Jirani Coffeehouse
Since Jirani Coffeehouse opened its doors in Historic Downtown Manassas in 2016, owners Ken and Detra Moorman have been committed to fostering a strong sense of community.  They started Jirani Coffeehouse with the mission of bringing people of all ages and interests together in a “third space” – that welcoming atmosphere that you love to frequent outside of home and work. Their unique coffee shop is not only a place for excellent coffee and conversation, but has become a neighborhood hub and a center for arts and culture.  


·        Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism: Mariachi’s Tequileria & Restaurant
Mariachi’s attracts both local and regional tourists, many from outside the DMV area, to Historic Downtown Manassas.  Their authentic Mexican cuisine and popular festivals and events have attracted many a new demographic of first time and repeat visitors to the area, which has positive spillover impacts on surrounding businesses.


·        Business Excellence Award (11+ Employees): Hepburn and Sons LLC
Hepburn and Sons is a small veteran-owned company with a combined 175 years of DoD experience, 140 years direct Navy support ranging from deep concept development to fielding, sustaining and disposing of ships/systems within the entire cradle-to-grave acquisition life cycle, including Navy Command and operational experience. Hepburn and Sons was founded in Manassas and has grown steadily in Historic Downtown.


·        Innovative Practice or Partnership of the Year: CoWork LLC
CenterFuse is a business accelerator designed to stimulate the establishment and growth of start-up businesses and emerging ventures. It is a public-private partnership between CoWork, LLC; Historic Manassas, Inc. and the City of Manassas and is the first of its kind in the greater Manassas region.  


·        Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award, Health and Human Services: Action in Community Through Service
ACTS (Action in Community Through Services) founders began by addressing the most basic human needs of food and shelter.  As the community grew, ACT’s services expanded to include the only comprehensive domestic violence program serving citizens of the City of Manassas as well as Prince William County and the City of Manassas Park.


·        Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award, Arts and Education: IMPACTO Youth
IMPACTO Youth serves socially and economically disadvantaged youth in the greater Manassas area.  It aims to create leaders and productive members of the community and empower youth to obtain their goals.