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Game on! Satterwhite says Prince William School Board special meeting is happening

Alyson Satterwhite says there will be a special meeting of the Prince William County School Board on Wednesday night.

The Gainesville District School Board representative called the meeting last week, but then Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers reportedly canceled the meeting.

The Board is expected to discuss the Prince William County Board of Supervisor’s offer to give the schools $21 million in additional funds if the School Board decides to build a larger building capable of housing more students at the site of the planned 13th high school in Bristow.

“Our agenda is not very full so unless we take a long time on board matters, or unless there is a lot of citiznen comments, I think there will be because of everything that is happening, we’ll get started right after the regular meeting,” said Satterwhite.

The special meeting is slated to take about a half hour, she added.

The regular School Board meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, at the Prince William County Public Schools Kelly Leadership Center located 14715 Bristow Road. 

Sheetz at Caton Hill and Telegraph roads for sale

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A recently opened Sheetz gas station in Woodbridge is for sale by a private investor, we’re told. 


Greysteel, a national commercial real estate investment services firm, has been named exclusive advisor and agent by a private client for the sale of a newly constructed Sheetz convenience store and gas station located in a suburb of Washington D.C., which is one of the fastest growing counties in the country.  

Greysteel Senior Investment Associate, Henry Schuldinger of the Company’s Washington, D.C. office, is leading the marketing of the property.

This Sheetz location at 2540 Caton Hill Road is subject to a long-term ground lease. Sheetz opened the 24-hour location for business in July 2016.

The property is located at the corner of Caton Hill and Telegraph roads, adjacent to the largest park and ride commuter lot in Northern Virginia.  It is also less than one mile from the Potomac Mills Mall, one of the largest outlet malls in the country.  Surrounding major retailers in this dense retail corridor include IKEA, Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Kohl’s Wegmans, and CarMax.

“Sheetz has been expanding aggressively into the Virginia market along the I-95 corridor. This Sheetz property presents the company’s newest 24-hour prototype construction with expanded restaurant services. The property is located at an entrance to a commuter parking lot with nearly 3,000 spaces immediately off of heavily traveled Interstate 95,” said Mr. Schuldinger. “Given its location, we believe this site offers a unique underlying real estate value that will generate significant investor interest and we look forward to marketing the property to investors across the country,” he added.

Andrew retires from Prince William County Parks Department after 31 years

Prince William County is searching for a new parks and recreation department chief after the retirement of Debbie Andrew, who work for the county for more than 3o years. 

Andrew penned this statement to coworkers: 

It is with mixed feelings that I am tendering my resignation, effective December 30, 2016. I will officially retiring from the county with 31 years of service.

The Park Authority and then the county have provided me with a wonderful career of the years, with many opportunities to grow and take on new roles.

The Parks Authority has been my family since coming on board in 1986 and becoming part of the county has allow me to expand that family.

I will miss my work in the county every day, but I know there is someone out there that will be perfect for this job and ready to take the department to newer and better places.

The Prince William County Park Authority became the parks department in 2012. Andrew was promoted to parks director one year later. 

‘$38 million master facility project’ work at Novant/UVA Prince William Hospital to begin


Media and community members are invited to a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of the final phase of renovation at Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center. When completed in December 2017, the new façade will complement interior improvements already completed as part of Prince William Medical Center’s $38 million master facility project.

Energy infrastructure upgrades, a renovated intermediate critical care unit and mechanical room and parking improvements were completed in earlier phases of the project designed to make the medical center friendlier to patients while improving efficiency and access. A new clinical decision unit was added and electrical infrastructure updates provided technology required for the medical center’s new electronic medical record system. The new façade will improve patient comfort and privacy by creating separate hallways for guests and patients. A new multicultural chapel, gift shop and renovated patient information center are also planned. 

When:  Thursday, Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hospital main entrance
              Novant Health UVA Health System
              Prince William Medical Center
              8700 Sudley Road
              Manassas, VA 20110

Update: Route 1 repopned Possum Point Road in Dumfries

One person was flown to a hospital following the incident. A white powder found at the scene was determined to be laundry detergent, said Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus. 

More as we have it.



Stolen ‘puppies valued altogether at $5,885’

From Manassas police:

Burglary — At approximately 6:20 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2017, Manassas City Police responded to DC Pups, located at 9021 Center St 9021 Centreville Rd, for a report of a burglary. The reporting party told officers that sometime between 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Jan. 1, someone entered the business by breaking a window and stole six young, small-breed dogs. The puppies, valued altogether at $5,885, included two Maltese, one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, two Maltipoos, and one Cavachon. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information related this case or the whereabouts of the stolen puppies is encouraged to call Manassas City Police Department at 703.257.8000 or 9-1-1.

Zandras collects ‘more than 50 coats’


Zandra’s Taqueria once again invited the community to join in the “Warm Up the Community” clothing drive, held in conjunction with the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. The eatery collected more than 50 coats, along with numerous scarves, hats, socks and gloves during the drive, which is now in its third year.

Zandra’s donated the clothing, along with proceeds from its sales of hot chocolate and coffee during the event, to SERVE, a program of Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS). NVFS is the largest private, nonprofit human service organization in Northern Virginia, and addresses the challenges of systemic poverty on the community.

To encourage donations, Zandra’s offered anybody who dropped off warm clothing–such as coats, hats and gloves–a voucher good for one free taco.


Occoquan sign knocked down

From Occoquan Mayor Liz Quist:

Intersection of Washington and Commerce Streets. I found it at 3:15 yesterday afternoon while on a walk with my husband.

One resident reported that it was still standing at 3 pm, but an employee of a local business thinks it was downed Saturday night.

We were able to move it out of the roadway with the help of two passing motorcyclists.

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Recycle your Christmas Tree in Prince William County


After all the holiday festivities are over and the finery has lost its luster give your Christmas tree, wreath and other cut greenery another life as compost, mulch or habitat. Simply remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel, nails and the tree stand and take the greenery to one of locations listed below to be recycled or repurposed.  

The Prince William County Landfill at 14811 Dumfries Road in Manassas.  Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The facility is closed New Year’s Day. 703-792-4670

The Balls Ford Road Compost Facility located at 13000 Balls Ford Road in Manassas. Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The facility is closed New Year’s Day. 703-792-4670

Leesylvania State Park located at 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive in Woodbridge (off Neabsco Road). Trees may be dropped off at Shelter 2 and will be used for habitat.

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) located at 5399 Wellington Branch Road in Gainesville.  Dec. 26 – Jan. 9.  The drop off area is located in the front parking lot in the area outlined with the orange safety cones.  NOVEC will deliver the wood-chip mulch to interested customer-owners at no charge, visit