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Arson Causes $20,000 in Damage

Woodbridge, Va. –– Police want to know who set someone’s front porch ablaze Monday.

Fire and rescue crews at 1:06 a.m. were called to a home in the 1700 block of Averet Street, off Blackburn Road, and found a resident dousing the fire with a garden hose.

Damage to the home is estimated to be at $20,000, and no one was injured, said Prince William fire and rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

The Prince William Fire Marshall is actively investigating this case.

Prince William Crime Rate Falls Slightly

Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane

Woodbridge, Va. –– Overall crime in Prince William County fell slightly in the past year, according to newly released crime statistics.

Falling slightly was the number of rapes that were reported, down four from the five-year high in 2009 of 57 reported rapes in Prince William.

Police heralded the capturing the notorious East Coast Rapist that terrorized women for 14 years, and in his most recent suspected attack, raping two of three girls behind in woods behind a shopping center at gunpoint in Dale City on Halloween night 2009.

“This was a case that we put a lot of effort into…this is truly a stranger abduction, rape of the worst kind,” said Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane.

As the county population increased over the past year, the county’s overall crime rate slightly fell from 19.5 to 19.2 percent. That continues a trend of a falling crime rate over the past five years, when it was at a recent high of 21.6 percent in 2006, according to the crime stats report.

The number of murders in the county fell last year by one to nine, and all of which have been solved, said Deane.

There were some categories of crime that rose last year, including larcenies (virtually any type of theft), and cases of aggravated assault.

Of the 224 people charged with aggravated assault last year, at least 20 of them used a firearm, knife or some type of cutting instrument.

Several illegal immigrants were arrested last year, including 274 for not having a driver’s license, six for rape and three for murder.

Prince William began keeping track of illegal immigrants who were arrested after county officials passed an illegal immigration ordinance in 2008.

Dominion Donates $150,000 to Woodbridge Park

Woodbridge, Va. –– Leesylvania State Park on Tuesday became a better place to play.

More than 100 volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power donated their time installing new pieces of fitness equipment to create a special exercise hiking trail for seniors, replacing old playground equipment, refurbishing the volleyball area and building new picnic sites.

And if that wasn’t enough, the organization also presented an oversized check for $150,000 to Leesylvania in honor of Virginia State Park’s 75th Anniversary Celebration.

“We have a very simple strategy in our profession, and we understand what customers expect: They want us to keep the lights on when they go out, they expect us to keep up with the growing demand for electricity in the commonwealth so more business can come and prosper, and they expect us to who reinvestment in the communities we serve,” said Dominion Vice President of Distribution Operations Rodney Blevins. “We’re a big company, and we’re a corporate citizen so volunteering is what we do.”

A catered lunch buffet was provided for the volunteers, some eager to replenish the energy spent that morning working on the trails.

“Many citizens and guests from out of state who come to our parks will never know of your contributions, but those that are close to you recognize the significance of your contribution and your unselfish act,” Del. Luke Torian (D-52, Dumfries) told volunteers.

Leesylvania State Park was opened in 1992 and sits along the Potomac River in Woodbridge.

In addition to a boat launch and marina, the park also plays host to a summer concert series held at the park’s Breakwater Store.

School Bus Driver Resigns Following Charges

Prince William County, Va. –– A Prince William County school bus driver has resigned after she was charged with assaulting two students.

Police say the 10 and 12-year-old boys were assaulted at 12:06 p.m. Friday while they were on the bus parked at Independent Hill School at 14800 Joplin Road, police said.

The driver resigned after four years on the job, said Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Ken Blackstone.

School officials would not comment on the extent of the children’s injuries because of privacy concerns.  Police say the children did not suffer any injuries.

Minnie Pearl McBride, 29, of Woodbridge, is charged with two counts of assault and battery, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Her court date was not released.

Pearl is the fifth Prince William schools employee to faces charges since April.

One week ago, a 13-year-old girl told police a teacher at Woodbridge Middle School inappropriately touched her. The teacher now faces charges.

Borders Could Close Remaining Stores

During its final days, many flocked to Borders Books at Stafford Marketplace on final deals on books, movies and music. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

In a cost cutting measure, Borders Books and Music closed several stores including its North Stafford location.

The store in Woodbridge remains open, as do other stores that performed better than the Stafford County location.

But now, company officials say all of the remaining stores may close if a bidder for the company is not found soon.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed additional locations in Washington and Tysons Corner by the end of April.

In Stafford, officials have not said what business may fill the large spot in the Stafford Marketplace left by Borders.

Elephants for Potomac Mills

Woodbridge, Va. –– The circus came to Potomac Mills this past weekend, and no, we’re not describing the driving conditions in the mall’s parking lot.

The Cole Brothers Circus put on a show under the big top for many who ventured out to see the live animals and performances.

We captured a photo of a trainer preparing one of the show’s many elephants prior to it entering the stage for its performance.

After 50 years, OWL Honors One of its Own

By Rebecca Barnes
For PotomacLocal.com

Woodbridge, Va. –– Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton VFD Auxiliary member Marguerite J. Arrington celebrating 50 years of service with the OWL VFD Auxiliary.  Rete was recently recognized at the Auxiliary’s Annual Installation of Officers and Banquet.

Rete, as she is known to her friends has a long standing history of dedication to the Woodbridge Community.  Not only is she a life member of the Auxiliary, having served as president, vice president, secretary, chaplain, and conductress, she also received the Auxiliary Member of the Year Award in 1976 and 2005.

Rete was also an active member of the Featherstone Elementary and Rippon Middle school Parent Teacher Associations and earned a life membership award in 1968.

Special guest, Del. Richard Anderson (R-51), presented a commendation from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, to commemorate her 50 years of service.

“Congratulations to Rete for her 50 years of selfless service,”  said Anderson, “and to the newly-installed officers of the OWL VFD and the volunteers of OWL VFD and the Auxiliary: you make Prince William a great place in which to live, work, and serve.”

“We are very proud of Rete, and all our Auxiliary volunteers. Her dedication exemplifies the spirit of OWL VFD,” said William Spicer, current President and past Chief of OWL VFD. “The auxiliary’s work helps us achieve our mission as a fire and rescue department.”

OWL VFD is one of the largest and busiest volunteer fire and rescue departments in the United States. OWL VFD provides fire suppression, EMS care, and rescue services to 80,000 residents in our 27-square mile area through the operation of three fire stations. OWL volunteer Firefighters and EMTs work the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift, five days a week, plus 24 hours on holidays and weekends.

Latest Sex Arrest Will Be Addressed by School Administrators

David F. Blount, 62, is charged with attempted indecent liberties by a custodian, police say.

Woodbridge, Va. –– Another Prince William County teacher has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child.

This latest incident happened at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodbridge Middle School, when a 13-year-old female student told police her teacher inappropriately touched her.

The teacher was arrested the following day in North Stafford, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

David F. Blount, 62, is charged with attempted indecent liberties by a custodian and was held on $2,500 bond.

Bount’s arrest comes less than a week after a teacher at nearby Beville Middle School in Dale City was also arrested on similar charges.

Since April, Blount is the fourth teacher in Prince William County to face sex charges. Two teachers at Woodbridge’s Gar-Field Senior High School are also facing sex charges.

Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Ken Blackstone said the recent rash of sex arrests will be a addressed in a series of regularly scheduled meetings that will be attended by county school administrators.

“We have 10,000 employees, and after thorough background screening and ongoing professional development, ultimately, we rely on each of those 10,000 employees making a conscious choice to follow our policies, regulations, procedures, and – most importantly – the law. Since one violation is too many, we will continue to diligently remind all employees of the public trust for which they are accountable,” said Blackstone.

The county school division has an existing tip line for parents, students and school employees to use if they see in appropriate behavior. Callers may dial 703-791-2821 to report activity, and remain anonymous if they choose.

Smoking Materials Blamed for Apartment Complex Fire

After fire crews had doused the blaze, major damage to the apartment complex’s roof could be seen.

Lake Ridge, Va. –– It was improperly discarded smoking materials that sparked a blaze in two apartment buildings in Lake Ridge, causing up to an estimated $2 million in damage.

The fire broke out about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 3600 Block of Golf Side Circle.

A firefighter was injured in the fire, and was treated at a local hospital and released.

At least 35 people were displaced by the fire, officials said.

Police Were Also Expecting Usher at School

Woodbridge, Va. –– Students at Woodbridge Middle School weren’t the only ones expecting to see Usher on Friday.

So were the additional Prince William police officers called in for extra security during the school’s day-long celebration for achieving high scores on standards of learning exams.

Everyone hopes were dashed, however, as the pop star was never scheduled to appear at the school.

A school employee working on a committee to help promote the school came in contact with an unauthorized representative from Usher, who said the singer would appear Friday.

That got the attention of students, parents and other members of the community who became excited for the chance to see the performer in their own backyard.

“We had the same information as everyone else,” said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Extra officers were posted Friday in the school’s gym and on an outside field, where school officials told students Usher would take center stage.

Prince William County Public Schools spokesman Ken Blackstone said they are still trying to learn more about what lead to this miscommunication.

They do say Woodbridge Middle School did not pay any money to the authorized agent, nor will they have to reimburse the police department any money for the extra officers that were on hand that day.

In the future, the school system plans to involve more people in the decision-making process when it comes to promoting events, said Blackstone.

Fire Caused $1.5 Million in Damage

A fire broke out at an apartment at Dominion Middle Ridge Apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Anthony Wilcox, Jr.)

Update 9:45 a.m. Wednesday
A total of 35 residents are displaced this morning after a fire ripped through their apartment complex in Lake Ridge.

The Red Cross has been called into help many displaced yesterday by the massive 2-alarm fire that required 75 firefighters to battle it, according to officials.

The fire started on the balcony, and caused $1.5 million in damage, said Prince William Fire and Rescue Department Battalion Chief Joseph Robertson.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Update 4:30 p.m.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do,” said Obenwa. “I didn’t want anything to happen to her because she is so little.”

Fire crews were able to pull Poochie, and many other animals to safety after a fire broke out in a fouth-story apartment at 3695 Golfside Circle, near Smoketown Road in Lake Ridge.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire, and was treated at a local hospital and released, officials say.

No residents were injured, and fire officials are still investigating what sparked this major blaze that has displaced residents in at least 12 apartment units.

After fire crews had doused the blaze, major damage to the apartment complex’s roof could be seen.

“It appears the fire may have started in the rear of the apartment, possibly on a balcony, because of how intense the fire was on the back side of the building,” said Prince William Fire and Rescue Captain Curt Brodie.

The fire broke out about 1:45 p.m. and was massive. Drivers for miles around on Prince William Parkway could see smoke billowing into the sky.

Fire crews were forced to haul heavy equipment up to the fourth floor to battle the blaze, and two large ladder trucks each equipped with a deck gun fire hose battled flames, one attacking from the front and the other from the rear.

“Anytime you have fire in these conditions, in this temperature, and you have firefighters hauling gear up to a fourth-story apartment, a level of exhaustion sets in quickly,” said Brodie.

School children getting off buses on their way home stared in amazement wondering what had happened, and asked if their homes had been spared by the flames.

Investigators plan to be on the scene throughout the evening taking a closer look at the damage.

It’s not yet known when or residents in the affected buildings will be let back inside their homes.

Update 3:20 p.m.
A third-story apartment on Golf Side Circle in the Dominion Middle Ridge Apartments caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

It’s not clear if anyone was inside of the home when flames broke out, but rescue crews did pull a water-soaked cat from the complex that housed the burning apartment.

That cat was given to it owner, a teenage girl, who cried tears of joy when her cat was back in her arms.

Police have cordoned off the area, blocking all traffic into the affected neighborhood that sits off Smoketown Road.

As school children get off their afternoon school busses, many are coming home and asking how this fire started.

Original Post 2:15 p.m.
Lake Ridge, Va. ––
Rescue crews have called for a second alarm for a fire at an apartment complex in Lake Ridge.

According to initial reports, a blaze broke out at an apartment in a 3-story apartment complex on Golf Side Circle, just off Smoketown Road in Lake Ridge about 2 p.m.

It’s not clear if anyone was inside the home when the fire broke out.

Rescue crews are on the scene and we’ll bring you more on this when we have it.

A Police Officer Dies Every 53 Hours in U.S.

Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane

Woodbridge, Va. –– Fallen police officers will be remembered tonight in Woodbridge.

Prince William police will hold its annual memorial tribute to officers who have paid the ultimate price to serve and protect their communities.

Every 53 hours in the U.S. a police officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the U.S., on average, and that prompted President John F. Kennedy to declare National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, observed annually as National Police Week.

This year, police will mark the remembrance between May 15 and 21.

“In 2010, 162 American law enforcement officers died striving to keep their communities safe. Sixty-one of these officers were gunned down by their assailant. While Prince William County was fortunate to not lose any police officers during 2010, 89 felonious assaults on officers were recorded. Each day of an officer’s career the inherent dangers of policing are acknowledged. Despite these risks, officers continue in their commitment to protect and serve,” said Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane.

Prince William police will hold their annual ceremony tonight at 7 p.m. at the Ferlazzo Building on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) in Woodbridge. It’s open to the public.

Prince William County has released a list of the 14 men in law enforcement who have lived or worked in the county since 1970 who have died in the line of duty.
• Trooper Jackie M. Bussard, Virginia State Police – May 1970
• Officer Paul T. White Jr., Prince William County Police – Oct. 1973
• Investigator Claude Everett Seymour, Virginia State Police – April 1975
• Trooper Johnny R. Bowman, Virginia State Police – Aug. 1984
• Sergeant John D. Conner III, Manassas City Police – July 1988
• Officer Phillip M. Pennington, Prince William County Police – Nov. 1990
• Trooper Jose M. Cavazos, Virginia State Police – Feb. 1993
• Special Agent William H. Christian Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation – May
1995
• Detective John M. Gibson, United States Capitol Police – July 1998
• Officer Marlon E. Morales, Metro Transit Police – June 2001
• Second Lt. Francis Joseph Stecco, Fairfax County Police – Oct. 2008
• Special Agent Chad L. Michael, Drug Enforcement Administration – Oct.
2009
• Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon, Drug Enforcement Administration – Oct.
2009
• Officer Paul Michael Dittamo, Metropolitan Police – Oct. 2010

Teacher Faces Charges

Lawrence Eric Lucchetti faces charges after he inappropriately touched a female student, police say.

Dale City, Va. –– A teacher at a Dale City middle school faces charges after a student said he inappropriately touched her during class.

The 12-year-old victim told police the incident happened at 2:58 p.m. Friday, at Beville Middle School at 4901 Dale Boulevard, while the girl was in the teacher’s care.

The teacher was arrested without incident, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Lawrence Eric Lucchetti, 33, of Alexandria, is charged with taking indecent liberties by a custodian and aggravated sexual battery, said Perok.

He was held without bond and his court date was not released.

Changes Coming to OmniRide, OmniLink

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

Woodbridge, Va. –– There are some major changes coming to Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission buses.

You know them as OmniLink and OmniRide. Click here to learn about the changes which will take effect in two weeks on May 23.

Fire Engines, Helicopters to be Featured at Spring Fest

The fire department will be at the spring festival tomorrow at Potomac Town Center.

They’ll bring their mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog, offer tours of the fire engine, a 100-foot ladder truck and ambulance.

The crew of MEDEVAC helicopter Air Care 1 will also be on hand at 2:30 p.m. to talk to festival goers.

Children will also receive free fire helmets, temporary tattoos and stickers.

“OWL VFD is committed to community safety — we provide education, fire prevention, fire suppression and emergency rescue services for the citizens of Occoquan, Woodbridge and Lorton,” says OWL VFD Chief Jim McAllister in a press release. “We are proud to attend community events like these which allow us to meet people and give them an up-close look at our state-of-the-art apparatus.”

The festival begins Saturday at 1 p.m. and goes until 5 p.m.  It’s in the same shopping center as Wegmans grocery store, off Dale Boulevard and Neabsco Mills Road.

In addition to the volunteer fire department, there will also be prizes, free family activities as and an appearance by an area radio station.

New School, Teacher Raises in Prince William

Prince William County Public Schools approved an $879 million operating budget for fiscal year 2012.

The budget is $11,000 less than Prince William County’s 2012 operating budget approved last week.

With the Prince William County School Board’s approval of its $879 million FY 2012 budget on May 4, the construction of a new elementary school planned for western Prince William will be begin a year earlier, employees will see a small raise, and many schools will get technology upgrades. The cost of school lunches will increase by 5 cents.

The total compensation increase of 2.35 percent for employees includes a 1.75 percent raise and a 0.6 percent bonus that would be paid in October and January.

Dave Cline, associate superintendent for Finance and Support Services, pointed out in his presentation to the School Board that the general lunch price increase is mandated by the federal government under the Federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Additional revenue from the increase will be used to provide healthier meals that include more fresh fruits and vegetables, which generally cost more.

The scheduled opening of the new school on Devlin Road was advanced from 2015 to 2014 to help address continued growth issues on the western end of the county and to minimize the use of additional trailers, said Cline.
-Prince William County Public Schools statement

Usher Never Scheduled to Appear at School

Update 7 p.m.
Usher wasn’t even supposed to be in Woodbridge today. That’s the latest word from both the pop star’s reps in New York City and from Prince William County Public Schools.

Read the county school system’s statement below:

A school employee who was helping to organize the “School of Excellence” event at Woodbridge Middle School on May 6 was apparently working with someone who was not an authorized representative of Usher. While it was announced at the event that Usher would be in attendance, the artist was not aware of the event. Woodbridge Middle School is sorry for this miscommunication and apologizes for any negative publicity about Usher and for the disappointment to students.

Representatives for Prince Royce also say he was not scheduled to perform today at the school.

Update 4 p.m.
There was a celebration today at Woodbridge Middle School despite the fact pop senstation Usher and relative new comer Prince Royce didn’t show up to the party.

The two pop-singers were asked by the school’s publicity campaign, which is made of teachers who work at school, to appear during their School of Excellence celebration.

Former NFL players showed up, so did representatives from WPGC-FM –– which says it had no nothing to do with the two pop stars’ scheduled appearances at the school –– along with locally elected leaders who all spoke about the importance of education.

The buzz about Usher’s appearance began building about noon, but it became clear by 2 p.m. neither Usher nor Prince Royce was going to show.

A school official blamed the no show on a record label scheduling mistake.

While there were disappointed faces in the crowd today, school principal Skyles Calhoun says their overall celebration went off without a hitch.

“The most important thing is that we had a celebration and rewarded the kids for all of their hard work. Sometimes you hear someone is going to show up and you turn around and they’re not there, you just pick up and move on. I wouldn’t say we had confusion, I would say he had a good time today,” said Calhoun.

It was not only pop stars that were going to be there, Calhoun said it was also rumored Virginia Senator Mark Warner would make an appearance. At least he sent and aide from his office, Calhoun added.

The School of Excellence celebration this afternoon was to mark the school’s progress in the year’s Virginia Standards of Learning exams.

The school achieved high marks in its yearly academic performance review, and students and faculty spent the day outside of the classroom having fun.

Update 3 p.m.
A source says WPGC radio never scheduled Usher to appear at Woodbridge Middle School today.

The radio station’s street team was at the school for a student achievement celebration, and to speak about the importance of education.

It’s unclear where rumors originated the pop star was going to appear today at the school.

Update 2:45 p.m.
Woodbridge, Va. –– Children at Woodbridge Middle School got excited Friday afternoon when they learned Usher would perform for them at noon.

Two hours later, that excitement and smiles on their faces dimmed after they learned the renowned pop star wasn’t coming.

School officials blamed the performer’s record label for making a scheduling mistake.

The performance was supposed to be a part of a celebration that marks the school as a center for excellence.

Teachers there were quick to point out that this celebration was more than having the popular singer at their school.

Students had gathered on the school’s football field in anticipation of the big show, which was also to include Prince Royce, who released his debut album last year, we’re told.

Original Post 1:20 p.m.
Woodbridge, Va. ––
They’re waiting or Usher to show up at Woodbridge Middle School.

The renowned pop-star was scheduled to show at noon today after the school was recognized as a center for excellence, according to Prince William schools spokesman Ken Blackstone.

Blackstone said as of 12:30 p.m. the singer had yet to show at the school.

The appearance was being organized by WPGC radio in Washington.

More as we get it.

Quinn’s Fundraiser Aims to Grant Childrens Wishes

By Kristina Schnack Kotlus

 

Occoquan, Va. –– On Thursday night, local businessman Terry Quinn was granting more than jewelry wishes as he continued 11-year tradition of holding a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This marks the second year the fundraiser has been has been held at Occoquan’s Bistro L’Hermitage restaurant.

Quinn’s annual Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser held this year at has netted over $250,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s local chapter run by Mary Martinez, who notes that the funds raised by the national organization stay in the area to benefit those who need them.

The organization is still totaling up how much money was raised during last night’s event.

“When a fundraiser is held in Northern Virginia, even though we’re a national organization, that money stays local and grants local wishes”, said Martinez.

The funds donated by Quinn’s include both the money raised at the fundraiser, as well as the change collected in a special fountain outside their newest store, Quinn’s 2 in Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge.

The Make a Wish Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help in granting wishes, which may include wishes to “to go, to be, to meet, or to have”, according to Tammy Heller, also with the local chapter.

Heller also added that the average cost of granting a child’s wish runs around $7,500, which means that funds raised at this event will go to fund between three to four wishes with profits estimated to be between $25,000 and $30,000.

In addition to hosting his event each year, Quinn also sits on the advisory council for the region’s Make a Wish Foundation, and is in the process of becoming a regional representative.  That would mean Quinn is able to go to grant wishes to children with serious health risks.  Make a Wish considers the wishes granted to children to be a type of hope therapy rather than a “final wish”.

Last year, the local chapter of Make a Wish granted 402 wishes.  This year, 74 have been granted in Northern Virginia alone.  “Going to [grant] a wish would be amazing.  That’s what this is all about,” said Quinn.

Quinn says he hold’s the event each year in honor of his late daughter, Michaela Lee Quinn

New Budget Includes Multiple Woodbridge Projects

Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi

Woodbridge, Va. — Eastern Prince William will benefit handsomely after county leaders passed a new $890 million budget for fiscal year 2012.

Prince William County will see more police officers, Woodbridge residents will get to drive on wider road, a library will be renovated and county employees will get raises.

“This budget basically gives residents a better quality of life, by giving them the ability to get to and from work quicker through better roads.  Once home from work, they can relax with their family by taking them to the expanded Potomac Library or for a walk on the Potomac National Scenic Heritage trail.  While out, they will have peace of mind knowing their family, home, and neighborhood is safer with the additional 17 police officers on the street.  If they need assistance through social services, they will get their benefits quicker because of actions taken during this budget cycle.  After years of budget cuts, we are once again investing in our future.  The residents of Woodbridge will reap the benefits for years to come,”
-Frank Principi, Woodbridge District Supervisor

Budget highlights as pointed out by Principi’s office

-17 new police officers, first increase in police protection in the county in four years
-Widening of Jefferson Davis Road (U.S. 1) from Neabsco Mills Road to Featherstone Road
-$300,000 for the renovation of Potomac Branch Library, for expanded patio
-Funding for Potomac Heritage Scenic Trail
-2 percent cost of living increase for every county employee

Yard Signs Help Construction Company Over Slump

Christopher Jabs President of Jabs Construction, consults with his office Manager, and sister, Colleen Eller. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

By Amy Maddox
For PotomacLocal.com

A company that was once known for simply remodeling bathrooms and small home repairs is growing despite a troubled economy.

Jabs Construction, a family-owned company, opened in 1978. However, the economic downturn of 2008 affected his business like many others in the area.

Unlike some, owner Tim Jabs grew his business during the down time by working to maintain a professional reputation, turning to the Web for marketing, increasing advertising within the area and using old-fashioned yard signs, he says.

Because of this, business has increased to include new additions to homes ranging in the $100 to $200,000 range, says Jabs.

With an uptick in building Jabs says it’s a sure sign the economy is coming back, and he thinks financial advisers are once again telling people to reinvest into their homes.

Jabs Construction is located in Dumfries.

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