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Veteran performer Livingston Taylor coming to Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Hylton Extra Series at the Hylton Performing Arts Center works to bring in widely known “top tier talent and lower tier prices,” and they’re meeting their mission once again. Livingston Taylor will be here performing April 15, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Taylor has been in the music industry for over 50 years. He comes from a family of musicians, said Hylton Center’s General Manager David Baylor.

“His brother James…everyone is aware of his sister. His other brother…all musicians.”

Taylor has had several Billboard Top 40 hits over the years, mostly in folk.

“He’s performed with…I can’t even name all the different musicians, but all the greats over the years. And we had the opportunity to have him come here to the Hylton and we just felt that someone of his stature was something that we want as part of our Hylton Extra program.”

Baylor said the center originally scheduled Taylor for the Gregorie, which is their small theater, so it would be an intimate setting. But they decided to hold the larger Merchant hall available in case ticket sales get to the point where there’s more patrons that want to see him.

Merchant has 1,100 seats. “Acoustically, it’s probably one of the better halls in the region,” Baylor said. “There’s not a bad seat in the house. And it can be a really intimate feel, since the seats are also close to the stage. No matter where you’re sitting, you’re less than 90 feet to the stage. So it has that intimate feeling, but it’s a full size concert.”

Cost for tickets is $30. Tickets are general admission and available at the Hylton Center at the box office, through their website or through

NOVEC and Buck and Julie Waters of the Water Foundation are sponsoring this event.

Baylor said, “The whole an Extra program was born out of a desire of some of our donors to see some different artist here that may not be on the main season.

What happens is, we book our season, which is booked a year in advance. And we’ll get phone calls from artists that may be traveling through the area that might have a show in Philadelphia and then shoot down to North Carolina, and they have a day in between this region. The artists ask if the Hylton Center has space. So that’s how the extra idea was born.”

Typically the Hylton Center can get a better rate if the artist is between performance dates. “The whole goal is for the Hylton Extras to be revenue neutral,” Baylor said. “You know, we want to just break even, bring a great artist for the community to see it, but it not really cost.”

“We look, we listen, we get suggestions from the community like, ‘Oh, wouldn’t it be great to have someone, say,…’ And so we’ll look, we’ll see if they’re available,” said Baylor.

“We don’t have many open dates. So it is kind of a chess match of ‘Will this artist be available? Is the price right? Can we get them here? Can we sell the tickets?’

We’ve walked into a few artists where we’ve gotten a phone call from artist management. Charlie Daniels was our first Hylton Extra. We had an opening. And, I have to say, I got to see one of the people I grew up listening to and was very excited to meet Mr. Daniels. And it’s the same thing with each one of these.”

The Extra program has brought in artists like Art Garfunkel, Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson and Paul Anka.

“That was kind of the idea, the opportunity to get artists that you wouldn’t normally see here. You might see them down, you know, at the Kennedy Center. You might see them at Wolf Trap. But you wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity to see him in a 1,100-seat hall. Same thing with the other artists. It’s just that opportunity where it works out.”

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Want to work for the P-Nats? This job fair could be for you.

We received this bit of news from the Potomac Nationals:

Woodbridge, VA—The 2018 Potomac Nationals Seasonal Job Fair will once again take place at Pfitzner Stadium. The P-Nats will host their annual job fair on Wednesday, February 28th from 4:00pm-7:00pm.

The Potomac Nationals Baseball Club, the premier family friendly entertainment destination in Northern Virginia, is looking for outgoing, dependable, and customer-service oriented gameday team members to join the staff of The Red, White, & Blue. The P-Nats’ 2018 regular season begins on Thursday, April 5th and runs through at least Thursday, August 30th, with potential postseason games to be scheduled through the first two weeks of September if the P-Nats qualify for the 2018 Carolina League Playoffs.

At the job fair, P-Nats front office officials will seek dedicated candidates to join the team as part-time gameday employees for the full season, who may also be tasked with working non-gameday special events at Pfitzner Stadium.

The P-Nats offer seasonal positions, perfect for school employees, students, retirees, and others who love the game of baseball, and all that are looking for a fun and flexible part-time opportunity in an upbeat professional sports atmosphere.

2018 Potomac Nationals Season Positions Available:


-Concessions Stand Manager


-Picnic Area Cooks/Servers

-Food Cooks/Preps

-Food Vendors




-Parking Attendants

-Grounds Crew

-Retail/Souvenir Merchandise Sales

-Kids Zone Attendants

-Scoreboard Operator


-Ticket Takers

-Box Office Ticket Sales

The majority of weeknight (Monday through Friday) P-Nats games at The Pfitz will begin at 7:05pm, while Saturday night games start at 6:35pm. Sunday games will start at 1:05pm throughout the season. There will be a 10:35am start time for the game on Wednesday, April 11th, a trio of 12:05pm starts (Monday, July 16th, Thursday, August 9th, and Thursday, August 16th), as well as a special 6:35pm start time for July 4th. All departments typically require gameday employees to be on site at Pfitzner Stadium a few hours in advance of the game’s start time.

On-site interviews will be conducted at the job fair by P-Nats full-time employees on a first come, first serve basis. No advance appointments will be accepted.

Job applications will be available on site at the job fair, or job seekers may download an application in advance at For online access to a P-Nats job application: open up the official Potomac Nationals’ website, under the top menu tab, “PFITZNER STADIUM,” click “Employment,” and then select the red “click here” link under the heading “Gameday Employment” to view and print a PDF file of the job application. Applications for part-time employment will not be accepted prior to the job fair.

For further information on seasonal opportunities with P-Nats Baseball, contact Potomac Nationals Assistant General Manager/Director of Stadium Operations, Arthur Bouvier, at 703-590-2311 ext. 217 or via e-mail at

If you can’t attend the job fair but are interested in applying for a part-time position with the Potomac Nationals, you may pick up an application at the P-Nats front office Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and return it to Aaron Johnson on or after February 28th. If you choose to print out the online version of the application, you may scan and e-mail the application to, fax the application to 703-590-5716, or bring the application to the front office on or after February 28th. To schedule an interview after the job fair, contact Aaron Johnson (see above contact information).

Note: The Potomac Nationals are an equal opportunity employer.

The 2018 Potomac Nationals season gets underway on April 5th at Pfitzner Stadium against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City Royals). First pitch for the opener is set for 7:05pm.

Haymarket suspect turns self in, charged with robbery, assault, battery

From the Prince William police press release:

Strong-armed Robbery *ARREST – On February 5, Cliff Montgomery SPENCER turned himself into police without incident at the Paul T. White Station in Manassas. The accused was wanted for a robbery of uBreakiFix located at 7443 Linton Hall Rd in Gainesville (20155) on January 24.

Arrested on February 5:

Cliff Montgomery SPENCER, 40, of the 5400 block of Sherman Oakes Ct in Haymarket

Charged with robbery and assault & battery

Court Date: February 26, 2018 | Bond: Held on a $5,000 secured bond


Strong-armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On January 24 at 2:50PM, officers responded to the uBreakiFix located at 7443 Linton Hall Rd in Gainesville (20155) to investigate an assault. An employee reported to police that he was involved in a verbal altercation with the accused, a customer, which escalated. During the encounter, the accused assaulted the employee then demanded money from the cash register. The accused took an undisclosed amount of money before leaving the business. No injuries were reported. Following the investigation, officers obtained warrants for the arrest of the accused, identified as Cliff Montgomery SPENCER. Attempts to located the accused have been unsuccessful.

Suspect in December robbery of Woodbridge Sally Beauty Supply found, charged

From the Prince William police press release:

Armed Robbery *ARREST – On February 5, members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested Sergio Maurice EDWARDS in Alexandria, for the robbery of the Sally Beauty Supply located at 13920 Shoppers Best Way in Woodbridge on December 23.

Arrested on February 5:

    Sergio Maurice EDWARDS, 26, of no fixed address

Charged with robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

    Court Date: March 13, 2018 | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond


Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On January 9, detectives from the Robbery Unit identified one of the suspects involved in the robbery of the Sally Beauty Supply located at 13920 Shoppers Best Way in Woodbridge on December 23. Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of this suspect, identified as Sergio Maurice EDWARDS. Attempts to locate EDWARDS have been unsuccessful. The investigation continues.  


Armed Robbery [Previously Released] – On December 23 at 9:26PM, officers responded to Sally Beauty Supply located at 13920 Shoppers Best Way in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that two unknown, masked men entered the business where one of the men brandished a handgun and demanded the employee open the cash register. The men then took the cash drawer before fleeing the store on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the suspects who were not located.

Suspect Descriptions:

    Black male, between 23-27 years of age, 6’0”, thin build with a light complexion

Last seen wearing an orange jacket, black mask and gloves


Black male, between 23-27 years of age, 6’0”, thin build with a dark complexion

Last seen wearing a black jacket and black mask

Expect sleet and ice in the Wednesday morning commute. We’ve got your forecast, closings and delays.

From the National Weather Service:


* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. A coating of snow and sleet with less than a tenth of an inch of ice from freezing rain.

* WHERE…The Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan areas as well as portions of the Virginia Piedmont.

* WHEN…From 3 AM to 10 AM EST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Light sleet and freezing rain will overspread the area between 3 am and 7 am early Wednesday morning. Precipitation will change to rain by 10 am Wednesday  morning with temperatures rising well above freezing. The ice may result in slippery [conditions]…especially on elevated surfaces during the morning commute Wednesday. Be prepared for reduced [visibility] at times.


A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited [visibility], and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


Expect showers Wednesday night, cold and sunny. On Thursday during the day, expect temperatures below freezing. Thursday night is expected to be cloudy with temperatures below freezing.

Check these lists for upcoming closings and delays

Here’s today’s OPM status. 

The Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates from Prince William County Public Schools, Stafford County Public Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas Park City Public Schools, Fredericksburg City Public Schools, Spotsylvania County Public Schools, King George County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, George Mason University, Mary Washington University. 

This Twitter list below will show closings, delays, and updates posted by local governments in Prince William County, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, King George County, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Fredericksburg City, Dumfries Town, Haymarket Town, Quantico Marine Corps Base, Fort Belvoir. 

Marks & Harrison announces two scholarship opportunities for Virginia students

The personal injury lawyers at Marks & Harrison in Richmond, are excited to announce the details of two of their scholarship competitions; one scholarship is for students at five of the Tappahannock area high schools, and the other is open to high school or college students anywhere in the U.S.

Each year, the Richmond law firm holds a scholarship competition for high school seniors at Essex, Rappahannock, Northumberland, Washington & Lee, and Lancaster high schools in the Tappahannock area.

From now until May 15, 2018, eligible high school applicants can submit an essay of 600 words or a video that is two minutes or less that discusses ways to prevent distracted driving and specifically through the use of popular apps like Snapchat.

Winners of the scholarship will be announced on June 15, 2018. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to students with winning essays and the top prize is a scholarship to the winner’s college for $1,000. See the complete details about this unique scholarship opportunity.

An Opportunity For Virginia and Other U.S. Students

The Marks & Harrison 2018 Annual Scholarship Competition is available to any high school junior and senior student or a student enrolled in a two or four-year college or university anywhere in the United States.

From now until May 15, 2018, eligible applicants are encouraged to submit an essay of 600 words or less or a video that is two minutes or less. The essay topic should discuss distracted driving and the use of popular apps, such as Snapchat.

Winners will be announced on June 15, 2018. Three prizes will be awarded, and the top prize is a scholarship for $2,500. Visit us for more in-depth details on this scholarship opportunity.

Contest winners, these 1902 poll books will be getting a facelift

From the press release:

County Wins Money to Preserve 1902 Poll Books

The 1902 poll books from Prince William County’s Brentsville District – some labeled “Colored” and others labeled “White” – came away with a $2,000 prize as part of the Virginia Association of Museum’s contest of Top 10 Endangered Artifacts for 2017. The public was asked to vote online for their favorite artifact. The poll books came in fourth in the competition, and the money received will go toward restoring the books.

Prince William Preservationist Sarah Nucci said the process to get the books restored is beginning now that the results are in. “We need to have a conservator look at them to give us a price and exactly how much we can get done. They need to be rebound, and they will need to stabilize some of the cardboard on the covers.”

Once the books are restored, they will probably be publicly displayed, Nucci said. “We would expect that they will be displayed at the Brentsville Courthouse,” she said. “Our plan right now is to preserve them and put them on display during the part of the year when the courthouse is open.”

The books represent one of the first opportunities for African American men to vote, but having the names written in segregated books also shows the state-sponsored voter disenfranchisement of African Americans that lasted until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The artifacts that outpaced the poll books in the public voting included: rare discs of radio recordings of country music pioneer Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, circa early 1950s held at the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol; an 18th-Century merchant ship, circa 1750s to 1800, excavated at the site of the new Hotel Indigo in Alexandria; and a segregated-era “colored” sink from the African-American Historical Society of Portsmouth that exemplified the “separate but equal” life under the Jim Crow laws in the south.

For more information about the county’s historic properties, visit

Prince William fire personnel will be training Thursday. Yes, you might smell smoke.

From a Prince William Count Fire & Rescue press release:

On Thursday February 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue will be conducting live structural fire training in the 10300 block of Kettle Run Road. Those in the area will notice apparatus in the area with smoke and fire emitting from the building periodically. The live fire training will present no hazard to the community or those nearby. The training will better prepare the members of Recruit Class 17-2 on fire behavior characteristics. For additional information please contact Lieutenant Dave Caruana at (703) 792-6380.

‘Video surveillance revealed that a male suspect entered the business’

We have photos of a burglary that took place early this morning. Here’s more from the Prince William police press release.

Commercial Burglary – On February 5 at 2:30AM, officers responded to the Metro PCS located at 4810 Dale Blvd in Woodbridge (22193) to investigate an alarm activation. When officers arrived, they discovered that the front glass door was damaged. Video surveillance revealed that a male suspect entered the business then left a short time later without taking any property. A police K-9 searched for the suspect who was not located. The investigation continues.

    Suspect Description:

    Black male, between 15 & 20 years of age, 5’08” with a thin build

    Last seen wearing a white Chicago Bulls hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, white shoes, black back pack, and one white glove

Updated: School bus driver killed in Prince William County

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY — A school bus driver was struck and killed this morning at a Prince William County bus depot.

The unidentified victim struck by a bus back out of a service bay shortly after 7 a.m. at the McCuin bus depot on Piney Branch Lane in Bristow. 

Family members of the victim have been contacted. The school division is awaiting notification of next of kin before the driver is identified, said Prince William County Schools spokesman Phil Kavits.

The school division was operating this morning on a two-hour delay due to icy conditions overnight. 

The McCuin school bus depot is one of three in the county where drivers park their personal vehicles, board their respective buses, and begin their morning routes. The other two school bus depots are located at Independent Hill and Potomac Senior High School in Woodbridge.

We’ll update this post as more becomes available.

Update — Statement from the school division

We are sad to report that a PWCS bus driver was killed this morning by a bus reportedly backing out of the service bay at McCuin Transportation Center. An investigation is underway.

We are withholding the name pending full notification of family members. A Critical Incident Team was dispatched to provide support to those dealing with the sad news. We are all saddened by the loss of our PWCS family member and our thoughts are with his family, friends, coworkers and student passengers.

Update 3:39 p.m. 

From Prince William police: 

Fatal Crash Investigation – On February 5 at 7:31AM, investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the Prince William County Schools McCuin Transportation Center located at 7900 Piney Branch Ln in Bristow (20136) to investigate a crash involving a County school bus. The investigation revealed that a driver of a 2014 Freightliner school bus was backing out of a service area within the center when another employee, who was standing behind the bus, was struck. The employee who was struck was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not injured. No children were on the bus at the time of the incident. At this time, no charges have been placed. The investigation continues.


                The employee was identified as Richard Lee PROFFITT, 62, of Manassas

                The driver of the school bus was identified as a 60-year-old man of Nokesville

The third part of the FreshySites Ethos is ‘Ask For More’

The key to carrying out the different aspects of our company’s process as thoroughly as possible – and with the level of skill, support and expertise our clients have come to expect from us – is asking for more.

Serving the customer and being ego free are the prerequisites necessary to effectively ask ourselves and our clients for more. Our team has to be united in its goal to serve the customer first and foremost, as well as in our unanimous dedication to treating both team members and clients with the utmost respect and kindness.

These ideas lend themselves to asking for more or striving to be the best we can, internally and externally.

With us, asking for more can come in countless ways, shapes, and forms. On the company level, it means we are constantly pushing ourselves individually, as well as each other, to be the best we can possibly be through encouragement, suggestions and constructive criticism.

It also means that we consistently look for tools, techniques, or opportunities to drive our process to be more straightforward and efficient, producing the most thoughtful and beautiful results for our clients possible.

More than this though, asking for more starts the moment we are introduced to a prospective client and extends to the very end of their project – even beyond launching their website.

It means going the extra mile on a project – whether it’s something as simple as (literally) asking for more content to keep a client’s site competitive and take it to the next level, or asking for more from ourselves and staying late to hit a deadline.

Asking for more is our way of ensuring that we’re always pushing ourselves to the limit – and therefore always pushing FS forward 🙂

FreshySites – a regionally focused company with national reach and operations, dedicated to serving our clients through asking for more.

FreshySites is a fast-growing website design firm dedicated to creating beautiful websites, while consistently delivering best-in-industry customer service and support. Founded in 2011, FreshySites has quickly expanded into the largest in-house WordPress web design shop on the East Coast. Our Washington D.C. office was founded in 2012 by Vincent Consumano. With additional offices, we have the team, resources and tools to serve our local – and national – clients through website mockups, creative briefs, revision rounds, and Search Engine Optimization audits.

FreshySites is determined to take our regional clients’ online presence to the next level, ultimately helping them to grow and thrive. Explore our website to learn more about us, see our portfolio of work and become a part of our client family today!

Lake Ridge Middle School evacuated for gas leak, will open on time Monday

Students at Lake Ridge Middle School should plan to report on time Monday. 

From Prince William County Public Schools: 


Celebrate Black History Month with Prince William County Historic Preservation

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There is a rich legacy of African American history in Prince William County. The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division takes great care in researching and interpreting the stories that speak about African American experiences throughout this region.

The history of Lucasville is one such story about a strong African American community that developed in our area after the Civil War. The strength and determination of this community of about 100 people, is evident with the legacy left by the Lucasville schoolhouse.  Approved in 1883 and built in 1885, construction paid by the Prince William County School Board, costs totaled $267.13.  The school operated from 1886 to 1926, although attendance waivered through the years, a commitment to keeping the school open demonstrated their belief in the value of an education.

During this same time, Frederick Douglass was one of the most prominent African Americans in the county; he too valued the power of education.  Douglass said, during his keynote speech for the opening of the Manassas Industrial School, “To found an educational institution for any people is worthy of note; but to found a school in which to instruct, improve and develop all that is noblest and best in the souls of a deeply wronged and long-neglected people, is especially noteworthy.”

There are many opportunities for visitors to learn and experience something unique during the month of February, from visiting the historic school to the Ben Lomond slave quarters. You can join us as we celebrate African American History Month, February 10 at Lucasville School, where we will share stories about the Lucasville community and celebrate the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial.

The Ebenezer Men’s Choir will kick off the celebration with song and the youth group will follow, reading aloud passages from an 1894 Frederick Douglass speech.  Prince William County Historic Preservation Division will also give away one special editionNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to each family in attendance with schoolchildren, while supplies last.

Later in the month, you are welcome to join us for an exclusive opportunity to spend the night in an original slave quarter, where historians and interpreters will share stories about the people who lived at Ben Lomond, how they worked to survive and to resist.  

If you would rather not spend the night, you might enjoy a day program, where visitors can explore the historic home and original slave quarter, learning about the enslaved population at Ben Lomond in the years before the Civil War.

The Slave Quarter at Ben Lomond is one of only three to survive in Prince William County today! Reservations are required as space is limited. For more information on these events, please visit or call 703-367-7872.

3 things to do to get your business recycling plan going: ‘When you don’t recycle – you pay’

China, the biggest buyer of recyclable materials, notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it would be imposing a ban on the import of a broad range of recyclable materials including plastic, waste paper, and textiles from 2018. As the primary exporter of recyclable materials to China, the United States will be hit hardest by the ban.

 “Wishful” and “dirty” recycling reduces the value of the commodity household recycling becomes once it is collected. Many people throw more than they should into their recycling containers because they think “the hauler will sort it at the facility,” and so they don’t feel the need to be extra cautious about how they sort.

When the average person looks at their recycling bins, they don’t see a $117 billion industry or make the connection that the simple act of sorting plastic, cardboard, paper and cans supports over 500,000 jobs in the U.S., which in turn sustains many other local businesses and services that communities rely on.

In a recent report published by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, recycling in the City of Manassas has created 347 jobs and provides an estimated $80 million to our local economy.

The economic impact does not end there. The disposal cost for trash is $60 per ton.

By diverting cardboard, hard plastics and paper from the waste stream, businesses can reduce their waste disposal costs while supporting the local economy. The City of Manassas has public cardboard disposal dumpsters located behind Harris Pavilion, behind Taps and Apps and at Public Works – so you can dispose of your recyclables for free!

If you don’t believe there is a value to recycling, think again. When you don’t recycle – you pay.

Start your business recycling by doing three simple things:

  • Pick one recyclable (cardboard, paper, hard plastic, cans)
  • Set your recycling container in an easy to find location
  • Let your customers and staff know that you recycle

The City of Manassas is working in partnership with our contractors and other regional jurisdictions to develop policies and outreach information that clearly explains recycling requirements and improves public understanding of the economic and environmental consequences of recycling contamination.

Call Monica Boehringer on (703) 257-8256  or send an email to: for more information and assistance with your business recycling needs.

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