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Trail markers installed at Mason Neck as part of Eagle Scout project

Picture yourself hiking along a three-mile trail through Mason Neck Park looking over sweeping views of 250 acres of Great Marsh. Now imagine being in the forest and having no idea how to find your way back to your car. That’s the type of situation Life Scout, Noah Ventura, wanted to help visitors to Mason Neck Park avoid.

When Noah Ventura began looking for a service project for his Eagle Scout rank, he wanted to do something that would enhance the community. One of the first things he thought about was Mason Neck Park. Noah and his family often use Mason Neck Park, the first national wildlife refuge established specifically for the protection of the bald eagle.

Ventura worked with Rosalind Wu, Visitor Services Manager of the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex, on the design and placement of the markers. Then he had to get his plan approved by his Eagle Project Review Board. Once that was done, Ventura started working on the signs and spent over 300 hours in almost 10 months on the project.

The new signage will help visitors better navigate the Woodmarsh Trail Loop. The results are 19 signs in 6 different locations that are designed to blend with the environment, with an earth-tone color palette.

Ventura, a student at Carl Sandburg Middle School, said he’s proud of the project and what it means to the community. He is putting together his final report on the entire project that will be reviewed by the Eagle Board of Review before he can get his Eagle Scout Rank.

Home Depot donates help to VFW Post 7916 in Occoquan

An Army of Home Depot associates descended on the Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916 this week. Their weapon: hammers, paintbrushes, and boundless energy. Their mission: improve the physical infrastructure of the Post fellowship hall and community space. Following a day of patriotic volunteerism, the Post fellowship hall once again looks vibrant!

Awarded a $2500 grant by the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot for FY2016 the efforts of the Foundation and the Home Depot associates enhanced the physical infrastructure of the Post. The post home is a 100-year-old building that is a challenge for a not-for-profit veteran service organization to maintain.

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About Hawkins-Reeve VFW Post 7916
Chartered in 1946, VFW Post 7916 is a non-profit, veterans’ service organization, whose membership is fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational as we strive to preserve and strengthen Americanism, Community Service, and care for our veterans -including active duty, retired, honorably discharged, and their families. For more information, visit us at or call 703-491-1884

Commandant of the Marine Corps Speaks at Veterans Day ceremony

The Chairman of the Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC), and Commander of VFW Post 7916, Chuck Wilson, Colonel, USAF (Ret), was the Master of Ceremonies at a Veterans Day ceremony at Quantico on Friday.

General Robert Neller, 37th Commandant of the US Marine Corps Was a keynote speaker. “

Veterans Day first began as Armistice Day with the commemoration of the armistice which ended World War I, on “the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month,” 1918.” This ceremony is held to honor all of America’s veterans past and present.

Quantico National Cemetery has hosted this event since 1983. Both the Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies such as this are sponsored by the Potomac Region Veterans Council that represents 26 Veterans Service Organizations, and 15,000 across Northern Virginia.

Sponsored by the Potomac Region Veterans Council partnering with Marine Base Quantico and Quantico National Cemetery, A Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th. Over 1,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines, along with many families and distinguished guests came to commemorate National Veterans Day, at the Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery this year.

Anderson elected Chairman of Virginia War Memorial Board

Delegate Richard L. “Rich” Anderson of Woodbridge has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Virginia War Memorial.

Delegate Anderson has represented Virginia’s 51st District (Prince William County) in the House of Delegates since 2010. A native of Roanoke, Va. and a graduate of Virginia Tech and Webster University, he served 30 years on active duty in the US Air Force and retired with the rank of Colonel in 2009.

Among his committee assignments in the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate Anderson serves as Co-Chair of the Joint House-Senate Military and Veterans Caucus, the Legislative clearinghouse for bills affecting 800,000 Virginia veterans. He also sits as a member of the Virginia Board of Veterans Services and as a member of the Virginia Military Advisory Council (VMAC).


The Virginia War Memorial in Richmond is the Commonwealth’s tribute to its fallen heroes, veterans, and active military. Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of the nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. Its basic mission is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth, and Inspire Patriotism in All.

The Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and serves as an integral part of its mission in support of all Virginians who served in our armed forces.

Letter to the Editor: Let’s not turn back the clock and give Reinboldt a return run on Stafford School Board

In 2015, voters in the Griffis-Widewater district sent a loud and clear message. They resoundingly voted against a third four-year school board term for Ms. Dana Reinboldt. Clearly they had enough. 

Unfortunately, they replaced her with Emily Fallon, who stepped down and was recently convicted of embezzlement of PTO funds. In deciding on Fallon’s replacement, a jury of her own peers, the current School Board,  rejected Dana Reinboldt’s application to serve in an interim capacity, not even giving her an interview. The person they did select, Ms. Melissa Ayers, has endorsed Ms. Jamie Decatur to be her replacement.

Perhaps voters and school board members decided 12 years of Dana Reinboldt was enough, and it was time for a new perspective. Perhaps they saw in Ms. Reinboldt someone who reigned over a fiscal disaster where taxpayer money was squandered for years. Maybe if Dana Reinboldt spent more time asking tough questions and providing prudent oversight, the millions of dollars staff shuffled around or money unspent at the end of the year could have been put to good use for our schools and students. 

I, for one, was dismayed that Ms. Reinboldt remained an advocate for Superintendent Jean Murray, one of the worst chief executives we’ve had running Stafford schools when other school board members gave her the boot.

Yes, Dana has had lots of time on the school board, but her actual record is not a good one. She laughably claims she had a good relationship with her colleagues and county supervisors. School Board minutes and articles in the Free Lance-Star say otherwise.

Jamie Decatur has an impressive background and offers county residents the many attributes Dana doesn’t. Let’s not turn back the clock and give Dana a return run. She messed it up badly during her time in office. I’m supporting Ms. Jamie Decatur for school board. She won’t put up with the shenanigans Dana allowed for 12 years.

Community leaders, Prince Willaim Chamber of Commerce endorse Lovejoy

Community and business leaders alike endorse the re-election of Councilman Ian Lovejoy.
Councilman Lovejoy has received the endorsement of several current and former elected leaders, as well as the Prince William Chamber of Commerce PAC.

Endorsements by local elected individuals include our current Mayor, Hal Parrish, as well as former mayors Douglas Waldron and John Weber. Douglas Waldron also serves as the city’s current Commissioner of the Revenue and is also a former School Board member. City Treasurer Robin Perkins has also joined the list of those supporting Lovejoy’s run for re-election.

Delegate Jackson Miller, who serves as Majority Whip in the House of Delegates has also endorsed Councilman Lovejoy. “Having worked closely with Ian, I know he’s an enthusiastic advocate for the citizens of Manassas and has a passion for our city. He’s a strong supporter of our businesses, schools and families, and I’m proud to give him my endorsement,” says Delegate Miller.
Glen Hill, who has served as Sheriff for more than a decade, also supports the re-election of Councilman Lovejoy.

“I’m honored that those who know this community and my work the best are supporting my re-election. As your councilman, I will continue to work hard for each city resident and business and continue moving our city forward,” said Councilman Lovejoy.

Here’s a partial list of Councilman Lovejoy’s endorsements:
Hal Parrish, Mayor
Jackson Miller, Delegate/ Majority Whip
Glen Hill, Prince William County Sheriff
Robin Perkins, City of Manassas Treasurer
Douglas Waldron, Former Mayor/School Board Member & Current Commissioner of the Revenue
John Weber, Former Mayor
Holmes Smith, Economic Development Authority Chairman
Harry Clark, Planning Commission Chairman
Bruce Wood, Planning Commission Vice-Chair
Debbie Edenhart, Owner- Security Title Insurance Agency, Inc.
Patrick Linehan, Former School Board Member
Mike Howard, TelNet of Virginia, Former President of the MCPS Education Foundation
Jenni Bingham Barlet, Former President of the MCPS Education Foundation
Joanne Wunderly, Owner- The Things I love
Amy Domenech, Owner- Amy’s Bridal
Austin Haynes, Owner- Crossroads, Realtors
Jack & Jacqueline St. Clair, Owners- Home Instead Senior Care
Firouzeh Chinisaz, Owner- Neda Jewelers of Manassas
Stephanie Hirsch, Owner- WSR Solutions/EI Medical
Ken Gardner, Owner- KBCulinary
Linda Marie, Owner- Center Street, LLC.

Letter to the Editor: Jamie Decatur has fresh ideas for Stafford schools

Stafford’s voters spoke loud and clear last year in the Griffis-Widewater school board race. 
Hopefully, they’ll do the right thing, yet again, as they select their school board representative in less than two weeks. 

Stafford families deserve a representative with fresh ideas and 21st-century thinking to solve  21st-century education challenges. 

Someone with a vested interest in seeing the school division continue on its  critical path the excellence.  

Jamie Decatur is that candidate.   Please vote Decatur for Griffis-Widewater School Board. 

Letter to the Editor: Decatur will hold Stafford school division accountable

I am asking all my Griffis -Widewater friends and neighbors to vote Jamie Decatur on Tuesday, Nov. 8 for School Board.

We need new blood on the school board.  We need someone that will hold the division accountable, and we need someone that we, as the citizens, can hold accountable.

Her opponent served for way too many years and helped escalate the system into the financial mess we have now. We voted her out of office once, and now, believe it or not, she is asking us to put her back on the board again.  No way.

Jamie Decatur is exactly who we need to represent us on the School Board. Vote Decatur Nov 8th.  Please vote Jamie Decatur on Tuesday, November 8th for a better school board and better future for our children.

Letter to the Editor: Stafford County School Board has a long way to go

The Stafford County School Board has been making progress on becoming a school division of which we can all be proud. They still have a long way to go, but finally, they are headed in the right direction.

Over the last 12 years, the school division has been headed in the wrong direction. Crowded classrooms, understaffed schools, lack of parity throughout the division, and financial & legal scandals had become the norm.

The Griffis-Widewater District is in desperate need of a voice on the School Board that will work to continue moving the division forward. Jamie Decatur is the leader we need to be that voice, to be an advocate to help those on the board working to improve our schools.

With Jamie on the School Board, the Griffis-Widewater district will have a leader we can all count on. Jamie will not just represent her friends or those with the political connections that seek to only benefit themselves. Jamie will work hard on everyone’s behalf to ensure the schools that serve the Griffis-Widewater district are worthy of our proud community.

Please vote for the leader that will be committed to representing all of us, especially the Griffis-Widewater district, vote for Jamie Decatur on November 8.

Reader supports Jamie Decatur for Stafford School Board

Stafford’s voters spoke loud and clear last year in the Griffis-Widewater school board race. 

Hopefully, they’ll do the right thing, yet again, as they select their school board representative in less than two weeks.  Stafford families deserve a representative with fresh ideas and 21st-century thinking to solve 21st-century education challenges.  Someone with a vested interest in seeing the school division continue on its  critical path the excellence.  

Jamie Decatur is that candidate.   Please vote Decatur for Griffis-Widewater School Board. 

Please vote Decatur for Griffis-Widewater School Board. 

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Potomac Region Veterans Council gets new chairman

Charles P. “Chuck” Wilson, Colonel, USAF, Ret., was elected as Chairman of the Potomac Region Veterans Council. Wilson, also the Commander and executive Director of VFW Post 7916 in Occoquan, is a Aerospace Business Consultant with the Goyak Group, and a business executive who has been with L-3 Communications, and the Raytheon Company. Wilson completed a distinguished Air Force career that includes three Command tours (chief executive) at multiple Command levels, served in key positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Joint Staff, and the US Department of State. Additionally, he was a U-2 pilot, U-2 instructor pilot, Director of U-2 operations, and Commander that piloted highly sensitive missions worldwide.

The Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC) was formed in June 1972 to coordinate and promote the common good of veterans of the Northern Virginia area and to honor our fallen comrades on Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day. The Council today represents over 15,000 veterans in 29 different veterans’ organizations.

The Council proudly sponsors the “Avenue of Honor” at Quantico National Cemetery. The Avenue of Honor is erected every Memorial Day and Veterans Day and is made up entirely of flags donated by families of deceased veterans. The flag poles used are not provided by the Veterans Administration. The flags are displayed on flagpoles donated entirely by families, organizations, towns and private individuals. The original design for the “Avenue of Honor” included only 80 flag poles. Today over 200 flags are flown. The project continues to expand from the main gate to every corner of the cemetery.

The Council is in the planning stages for the November 11 Veterans Day Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery where General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, will provide the keynote address. The ceremony begins at 10:30 and all are invited.

Delegate Rich Anderson to host 2017 Future Delegate Program

The office of Virginia State Delegate Richard L. Anderson (R-51) has announced that the Prince William County legislator will again host his popular and competitive annual “51st House District Future Delegate Program” at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond during the months of January and February 2017.

The program is open to public, private, and home-schooled students from grades 7 through 12. The 51st House District stretches from Occoquan Town westward through Lake Ridge, the county portions of Manassas, and into Brentsville and Nokesville.

All students are welcome to participate, regardless of party affiliation or views. The Future Delegate Program focuses solely on the legislative process and exposes students and families to legislative life in Richmond. The goal is for students to return home after a full day in Richmond with a greater appreciation for the public policy process. Anderson’s goal is to motivate students to pursue public service as their chosen profession as an adult.

Future Delegate Lyndon Johnson (center) and father-2

On November 12, from 2-3:30pm, Anderson will host an orientation for prospective student participants in the chambers at the McCoart Government Center at 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA. At that time, he and his staff will brief students and families on the program, answer questions, and accept applications for the program.

Since 2013 Anderson’s dedication to inspiring future leaders has led him to host over 200 students at the Capitol under his Future Delegate Program. The delegate stated that “seeing the excitement and interest that students have about a future in public service makes this program one I am happy to continue offering.”

The intent is that only one student will participate each day, so that they experience quality time with their elected representative and are able to focus fully on the legislative process.

Anderson further stated that “I look forward to welcoming our next group of students to Richmond in January and February. I am excited for the next generation of leadership in our Commonwealth to engage in Virginia’s legislative process first-hand. I hope that this program will inspire them to seriously consider a career in public service.”

The program is managed by Anderson’s 51st Outreach Coordinator, Mrs. Kristina Schnack Kotlus, who can be reached at

Bull Run Rotary Club gives $5,000 to students for musical instruments

MANASSAS, Va. – The Bull Run Rotary Club members were touched when they heard about the talents and wish lists of Osbourn High School Music Department.

Theresa Coates Ellis, President, Bull Run Rotary Club said, “Music contributes so much to the education of the whole student. Our club had an opportunity to apply for a Rotary District 7610 grant for $2,500 to set a plan in motion to buy new instruments.”

After working with club members, teachers and administrators to submit the application, the grant for $2,500 was awarded in the fall for the purchase of a piccolo, clarinet, euphonium, baritones and other instruments. The Bull Run Rotary Club members approved a grant match for another $2,500.

The $5,000 was presented to the Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) Music Department, Carol Hartt, Coordinator of GT, AP, World Languages & Fine Arts, (MCPS) and the MCPS Band and Orchestra teachers for the new instruments at the MCPS School Board meeting.

Rotarians were all smiles as the grateful music teachers received the $5,000 award for the students.

Ellis said, “We heard about a need in the community and the Rotary did something about it. The District grant was approved because the musical instruments met our criteria for an area of focus with sustainability.”

The Rotary Club is the oldest service organization in the world with the motto, “Service above Self.” The club’s membership represents business and professional men and women that work with community needs and assist with Rotary International’s (RI) humanitarian service efforts.

Visit a Bull Run Rotary Club meeting as a guest to learn more about what we do.

Manassas Boy Scout receives scouting honor

Eugene Hoitt, 19, of Manassas, VA has been inducted into the National Youth Leadership Society Class of 2016 by the Boy Scouts of America. Less than ten Scouts and Venturers in the Washington, DC Metro Region have been awarded this very rare recognition.

Unlike more familiar Scouting awards such as the Eagle Scout award, the National Youth Leadership Society is managed through the national office of the Boy Scouts of America and relies upon nominations from Boy Scout councils in the local communities. Nomination criteria include earning the highest awards in Scouting. Hoitt earned the Eagle Scout award and the Silver Award, capstone awards from both the Boy Scout program as well as the Venturing Program. In addition, nominees must take considerable amounts of leadership training, and give back to their fellow Scouts through serving in multiple leadership roles. It is the aim of the National Youth Leadership Society to recognize the youth members of the BSA who have provided elite levels of leadership skills and selfless service to others.

Hoitt’s journey towards this nomination stretch back nearly a decade ago when he first became a Boy Scout in 2007 and took on his first leadership position, Patrol Leader in Troop 1182 in Manassas. Later he served the troop as their Senior Patrol Leader and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. He currently serves the troop as a member of their Troop Committee.

In addition, he helped form Venturing Crew 617 in Manassas. Unlike the more familiar Boy Scouting program, Venturing is open to boys and girls ages 14-20. It is also entirely youth led. Hoitt served as the President of Crew 617 in 2012, and the President of the Bull Run District (northern Prince William County) in 2013. In that year he also served as the Area Vice President where he supported a territory which includes Northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and the United States Virgin Islands. Currently, he serves as the incumbent council Youth President of the National Capital Area Council’s Venturing Officer Association, and is a member of the Council’s Executive Board.

When he is not Scouting, Hoitt is an avid fan of history, he is currently in his final year at Northern Virginia Community College where he is vigorously been pursuing a degree in education. Hoitt hopes to leverage the leadership experience he’s learned through Scouting to help make history come alive to the students of tomorrow.

Letter to the Editor: If my religious liberties are in jeopardy, then technically so are yours

Secretary Clinton cannot have it both ways regarding the WikiLeaks hacking claims.  It either did or did not happen.  Her response to the “public and private face” she had an answer too.  But we are being told other leaks are from “Russia.”  

Some of these leaks have come from her most inner circle.  An inner circle whose words have become extremely derogatory towards Catholics and Evangelicals.  In order to preserve the religious liberties I hold dearly, I must err on the side of caution and now speak to now protect them.

If my religious liberties are in jeopardy, then technically so are yours.  During my tiny little existence in this world, I have had many experiences of love, hope, joy, and charity.  Many of such are religious experiences that tie us together including baptisms, bar mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, ordinations of Catholic priests and Protestants ministers, among many others.  I have experienced Catholics, and Muslims peacefully share their beliefs with one another, including a journey after death.  My shared beliefs with friends have been put into action by helping to organize a bar mitzvah party, and to light candles under a statute of Our Lady of Fatima for the “journey” of both Muslims and Catholics.  If Catholics and Evangelicals are under attack today – then what religion, person, organization, institution, group, or country tomorrow?

A vote for Donald Trump, a flawed person as we all are, is now a vote for all religious liberties.  If we begin to chip away at our first amendment, the second will follow.  After the number one comes the number two, and so on.  Once our religious liberties have been taken from us, next will be our right to bear arms. 

Our religious ideologies are part of our great country and her diversity. Please help me to be allowed to continue to pray on my knees for God, family, and country.  Peace.

Cathy McCoart

City of Manassas Recyclefest November 5

 The City of Manassas is celebrating America Recycles Day, with a Fall Recyclefest, Saturday November 5, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Manassas Transfer Station located at 8305 Quarry Road, in Manassas.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average U.S. household generates more than twenty (20) pounds of household hazardous waste per year. In 2015, City of Manassas residents dropped off a total of more than one hundred twenty three (123) tons of recyclable material at nine (9) household hazardous waste and electronic waste drop off days held at the Manassas Transfer Station.

During Recyclefest, City residents can drop of household hazardous waste, electronic waste and shred up to four (4) boxes of their paper documents, for free. Proof of residency is required to enter and no commercial waste will be accepted.

This year, we are delighted to have a special recycling guest. Savers™ is a well-established recycling power house that collects gently used clothing, accessories and household goods and helps to support communities by donating part of the proceeds to a local organization. This year, the Martin K. Alloy Boys & Girls Club of Manassas will receive a donation based on the total weight of the recycled items they receive.

The continued support of our community makes RecycleFest the best recycling event in the City’s history. We’ve even received national recognition from Keep America Beautiful for a job well done.

Become part of the new classic recycling event in the City of Manassas – drop in and drop off at RecycleFest! For more information call (703) 257-8252.

New 10-week support group explores fatherhood, relationship strategies

The Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative will start a new fatherhood support group on Monday, November 7, to help fathers become the best parent they can be. Any father in Prince William County can attend the group meetings for free.

The meetings will take place on Monday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm at the A.J Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge (15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191). The group will explore various topics that impact parenting, such as encouragement, education support, co-parenting relationships, and discipline strategies. Interested participants should seek information or register by emailing

The Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative’s mission is to empower fathers to do what is in the best interest of their children. When fathers are involved in the lives of their children, especially their education, kids learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior, according to proven research.

The Initiative is led by a Steering Committee made up of social service professionals and community partners to administer programs that engage parents with their children. In addition to the Initiative’s 10-week long support group, the Initiative also hosts an annual “Dad’s Play Day” event to celebrate Father’s Day and a “Daddy-Daughter Dance” to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

You can learn more about the Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative by visiting .

Surovell: The ‘right-to-work’ proposal is a bad policy

On November 8, you can vote on two state constitutional amendments that require voter approval, in addition to voting for President and U.S. Congress.  There are also local measures on the ballot in some counties.  

One constitutional amendment is relatively non-controversial and would allow localities to exempt property owned by the widow of a killed-in-action first responder from real estate taxes.  Two years ago, Virginians approved similar treatment for the widows of killed-in-action soldiers.  I support giving our localities this authority and voted “yes.”

The second amendment is very controversial and very confusing as written on the ballot.

In 1947, Virginia adopted a law commonly labeled a “right-to-work” law.  This law prohibits labor unions from negotiating contracts with employers that require all employees to join labor unions as a condition of employment.  This practice results in what is sometimes called a “union shop.”    

No legislator has even introduced legislation to repeal this statute in at least three decades.  If they did, it would be a waste of time because it would not pass.  This might lead you to ask why is this on the ballot when has been Virginia law for almost 70 years and no one has tried to repeal it?  

This proposal is part of a multi-state campaign to constitutionalize similar provisions and is organized nationally by a group called the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC.  ALEC is funded by various large corporations and think tanks and has advocated model laws to weaken environmental protections, promote mandatory voter identification and weaken firearm violence prevention laws.  Provisions along these lines are on the ballot in five states on November 8, 2016.

I voted against placing this measure on the ballot as your Senator and voted “no” two weeks ago (I voted by mail).  

Constitutions are fundamental governing documents that set forth fundamental rules of governance between people, branches of government and between different levels of government.  We do not put every policy in our state constitution for a good reason. For example, we do not put alcoholic beverage rules, the definition of murder, or speed limits in our state constitution.  

The “right-to-work” proposal is also bad policy.  Workers in states with right-to-work laws earn 12.1 percent less than workers in other states, median household incomes are lower and fewer workers in right to work states have access to basic benefits like health insurance.  States with right to work laws spend 32 percent less on K-12 education than other states, have higher rates of workplace fatalities and have higher poverty and infant mortality rates.  Workers in these states also have fewer job protections.

I hope you will join me in voting against this provision.  

It is an honor to serve as your state senator.  You can email me at if you have any feedback.

North Stafford High School Marching Band Invitational is September 24


On Saturday, September 24th beginning at 10:00 AM the 34th Annual North Stafford High School Marching Band Invitational will be held at North Stafford’s A.J. Slye Stadium.

One of the longest running marching competitions in Virginia, this year’s event will feature performances by 20 different marching bands from all over Virginia. Performances will occur approximately every 15 minutes with an exhibition performance by North Stafford’s own Big Blue Marching Band at 4:30 pm. An awards ceremony will follow where judges will award competitive categories by school size.

General admission is $6 with discounts based on age and North Stafford students will receive a discount with ID while Stafford County middle school students will receive free admission if they wear their band shirt.

This event is run by the North Stafford Band Boosters, a non-profit organization that raises funds for the North Stafford High School Band program under the direction and guidance of Mr. Chris Mallory, the new Director of Bands at North Stafford High School

GMU to honor retired Virginia State Senator Charles J. Colgan with statute

The public is invited to the unveiling of the statue honoring retired Virginia State Senator, Charles J. Colgan, on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. This free event will be held at Colgan Hall on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus, 10900 University Blvd., Manassas. This will be the Senator’s 90th birthday. There is no charge but please RSVP to or 703-993-4705.

Mr. Colgan has contributed greatly to the Commonwealth of Virginia serving 40 years before his retirement in the Virginia Senate preceded by four years on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. He is the longest serving Virginia Senator in the history of the Commonwealth.

The Gala Tribute Committee, composed of business, community, and civic leaders from across the region, held an evening gala in September 2015 to honor the Senator. Committee Co-Chairmen David Brickley, Jimmy Hazel, and Mike Carlin will lead a short program to include the unveiling of the statue of Senator Colgan.

Throughout his long career, Mr. Colgan was involved with numerous initiatives including: freezing college tuition and investing in higher education; the initial funding of George Mason University’s Prince William Campus and the Rt. 234 Bypass; the abolition of the dishonest parole system; pro-family, pro-work Welfare reform, and supporting the recruitment of Micron.

U.S. Senator Timothy Kaine stated at the gala last fall,There are few Virginians who have contributed as much to our Commonwealth as Chuck Colgan. A lifelong public servant whose leadership in the General Assembly and the business community has been an inspiration to me and so many others, Chuck raised the bar in a way that will be greatly missed in Richmond.”

Please join The Colgan Tribute Committee in the unveiling of the statue honoring Virginia State Senator, Retired, Charles J. Colgan, for his unparalleled lifetime of public service to the people of Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County, the Commonwealth, and the United States of America.

Occoquan Police Chief, Town Sergeant Sheldon Levi to retire

During the September 6, 2016 Occoquan Town Council meeting, Occoquan Police Chief and Town Sergeant Sheldon Levi announced his retirement effective December 3, 2016, after more than six years in these positions. Levi first joined the Town of Occoquan as an Auxiliary officer in 2007, and was appointed Chief in 2010, following Occoquan Town Sergeant Mary Brown’s departure.  In June 2013, Levi, in addition to his police responsibilities, was appointed as Acting Town Manager, while the Town Council conducted a search for a permanent appointment to the position.

Levi is the Town’s only full-time police officer and, during his tenure, expanded the Town’s Auxiliary Officer program in an effort to reduce cost and increase police coverage and availability. Prior to his appointment, the Town employed anywhere from one to three full-time or part-time officers at various times throughout the department’s history. In addition, Levi is the Town’s first Chief of Police with the Town’s previous chief law enforcement officer being designated as Town Sergeant.

“Chief Levi has been much more than the Town’s chief law enforcement official in his tenure with the Town of Occoquan,” said Mayor Elizabeth A.C. Quist. “He has been an integral member of Town staff during a period of growth and transition, and I offer sincerest congratulations to him on his pending retirement. He will certainly be missed.”

Levi began his law enforcement career in the City of Falls Church, VA as a Deputy Sheriff with the Falls Church Sheriff’s Office.  Since that time, he has held law enforcement positions with the Towns of Haymarket and Quantico, before coming to Occoquan.  In addition, Levi served as an Auxiliary Police Sergeant with the City of New York Police Department, served as a certified EMT, and provided and taught fire service photography.

“I have been serving as your Chief of Police and Town Sergeant for over six years, but the time has come for me to open a new chapter in my life,” Levi stated during the meeting. “It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to work for the Town of Occoquan…and I will miss working at the best job I have ever held.”

The Occoquan Town Council will conduct a search to find Levi’s replacement throughout the coming weeks.

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