IN THE NEWS TODAY
Map of the data center overlay district. The district was created in 2016 to protect from data centers expanding too quickly outside of light industrial areas.

Prince William Supervisors Vote to Keep Data Center Overlay District Intact

The Gainesville and Brentsville supervisors argue that keeping the Data Center Overlay District would presently be detrimental to schools, existing businesses and the power supply.
The Promenade at Virginia Gateway Shopping Center features national retailers and restaurants.

FRT Purchases Gainesville's Virginia Gateway Shopping Center for $215 million

Federal Realty Acquires Virginia Gateway in Dynamic & Affluent Northern Virginia 110-Acre Retail Hub with Market-Dominant Position and Strong …

The Learning Experience Opens Early Childhood Academy in Bristow

Megan Barefoot, Director of The Learning Experience in Bristow, is a welcoming face at the school along with TLE's playful characters, like Bubbles the Elephant.

When The Learning Experience: Academy of Early Education offered Megan Barefoot the position of site director at their new Bristow center, she jumped at the opportunity. Barefoot is an early …

Crime Report
Police Search for Nokesville Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teen
Prince William Police are searching for Arturo Gomez Toribio, suspected of sexually assaulting a minor.
Prince William Police Arrest Local Man for Peeping in Girl's Bedroom Window
Peeping Investigation – On June 2 at 9:50PM, officers responded to the Maplewood Park Apartments located in the 8100 block of Peakwood Ct. in Manassas (20111) to investigate a peeping incident. …
Police Search for Burglar Homeowner Finds in his Manassas House
It was around noon when a Manassas homeowner found a burglar in his house.

Prince William Police Arrest Contractor Accused of Assaulting Woman in Home

Officers responded to a residence located in the Manassas area of Prince William County to investigate a sexual assault.
Community Events

Tin Cannon Brewing Hosts Pints & Panels Comic Book Swap & Shop Event

The DMV Comic Collectors, a group of over 750 members, will hold a swap and shop event  June 23 from 1- 5 p.m. at Tin Cannon Brewing Company in Gainesville.

Tutanhamun: His Tomb & His Treasures

Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures is an exhibition that offers guests an unprecedented glance into Ancient Egypt. With hundreds of perfectly reconstructed objects, breathtaking decorations and …

Silver Eagle Stable Announces 4th Annual Show Series

Riders demonstrate their posture while riding in the Silver Eagle Show Series.

Silver Eagle Stable Annual Show Series will return this April with shows running one Saturday a month through November.

"Water, Water Everywhere" NPAA Art Exhibit

ARTfactory to Showcase 19 Nova Plein Air Artists in Upcoming Group Exhibit “Water, Water Everywhere” Exhibit dates: May 2 – June 15, 2024 (9419 Battle St, Manassas, VA 20110) Artist Reception: May 4, 6 pm-8 pm (Free & open …

COMMUNITY EVENTS & FEATURES

Heritage Hunt Charity Classic Donates to UVA Health Cancer Care Gainesville

The UVA Health team members are Felicia Blow, Executive Director, UVA Community Health Foundation, Director of Development, Community Hospitals, Heather Heard, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Sanjeev Aggarwal, MD, Medical Director, UVA Health Cancer Care Gainesville, Ross Snare, Associate Chief External Affairs Officer, UVA Health, Erik Shannon, Chief Executive Officer of UVA Health’s medical centers in Manassas, Haymarket, and Culpeper, and Zan Zaidi, MD, Chief Medical Officer of UVA Health’s medical centers in Manassas, Haymarket, and Culpeper.  

GAINESVILLE, VA, June 14, 2024 - Heritage Hunt Charity Classic, Inc. the philanthropic arm of the Heritage Hunt neighborhood in Gainesville, presented a $20,000 check to the UVA Community Health …

ARTfactory Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

ARTfactory building in the City of Manassas.

ARTfactory, a creative arts center dedicated to providing quality programming in the visual and performing arts to Manassas, Prince William County, and surrounding areas.

Parks & Rec Presents Proposed Prince William Sports Complex & Event Center

Illustration of the proposed Prince William County Sports & Event Center.

The Prince William County Sports and Event Center is a proposed large indoor multi-sport and special event facility, that if ultimately approved, will be developed in North Woodbridge.

I-66 Express Renews Its Boxes of Basics  Silver Sponsorship for 2024

Nancy H. Smith, I-66 EMP Director of Corporate Affairs, and Kirsten West, I-66 EMP Senior Communications Specialist, present Boxes of Basics Founder and Executive Director Sarah Tyndall with a check for $5,000.

Operator of 66 Express Outside the Beltway Continues Long-Standing Partnership with Prince William Non-Profit

UVA Health Prince William Medical Center Donates $10,000 to Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic 

UVA Health today announced a donation of $10,000 to the Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic in Manassas and Woodbridge.

IN THE NEWS
Prince William County Education Association [PWEA] members gather at the Kelly Leadership Center to demonstrate their support of fair contracts for Prince William County School employees. (2023)

PWCS & PWEA Finalize Negotiations for FY25 Collective Bargaining Agreement 

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) and the Prince William Education Association (PWEA) celebrate the official solidification of all negotiations for the 2024-25 collective bargaining agreement (CBA). 
Image rendering of proposed sports center

Prince William's $140M Sports Complex Facing an Uncertain Future

The proposal for an over $100 million indoor athletics facility in Prince William County faces a dicey future as a majority of elected officials appear unable to coalesce around it.

PWCS to Reduce Bus Stops, Consolidate Routes to Improve Arrival Times

School bus routes will look very different for Prince William County School buses for the 2024-25 school year.
EDUCATION & LEARNING
The Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) named Osbourn Park High School Principal Lisamarie Kane the 2024 Outstanding High School Principal of Virginia.
To cultivate an empowering, supporting, and engaging environment with a strong sense of belonging, Prince William County Public Schools will recognize excellence in the workplace at the annual …
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has recognized Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) as one of the Best Communities for Music Education for the fifth consecutive year!

10 game-changing strategies for finding the right summer camp

(BPT) - With the days growing longer and warmer, securing a suitable camp for your child can feel like an impossible task. However, finding the perfect camp experience for your kid this summer …

 The Prince William County School Board ratified the Collective Bargaining Agreement with its employees’ exclusive bargaining agent, the Prince William Education Association (PWEA),
Prince William Education Association [PWEA], the largest public-sector education local representing over 11,000 educators in Prince William County Schools [PWCS], has announced the ratified the first …
The key to succeeding at anything in life begins with knowing what you want to do but selecting a career path is a daunting task for students and families. …
NEWS & CRIME REPORTS

Prince William Board of Supervisors Approves Prince William Public Schools 2025 Budget

Notably, employees will earn an average 6% pay increase.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin-R

Google announces $1B for Data Center Expansion in Loudoun, Prince William Counties

Google announced a $1 billion investment to expand its Virginia data centers, Friday, including two Loudoun County sites and a newly opened Prince William County campus.

Prince William County Expected to Hike Data Center Taxes while Cutting Homeowner's Rate

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors appears likely to raise taxes on data centers in hopes of making good on the promise that data center revenue will help to offset the county's residential tax burden.

Police Investigate Vehicle Struck by Bullet on Fitzwater Drive in Nokesville

A bullet struck a vehicle parked on residential property in Nokesville, Wednesday afternoon.

Vehicle Strikes 3-Year-Old and Father on Crescent Park Drive in Gainesville

Prince William County Officers responded to the 7800 block of Crescent Park Drive in Gainesville to investigate a crash involving pedestrians, April 16 at 7:44 p.m.

Bristow Townhouse Fire Displaces 5 Residents

Prince William County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched to the 8700 block of Chorley Way in Bristow for a reported townhouse fire, Sunday, April 14 at 9:36 p.m.
VIRGINIA STATE NEWS

Police Clash with Protesters at VCU Pro-Palestine Event

Police tear down a pro-Palestine encampment by Virginia Commonwealth University students on March 29.

Law enforcement officers arrested 13 individuals during a chaotic clash that involved use of chemical agents to break up a pro-Palestine encampment on the Monroe Park campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. 

VIRGINIA STATE NEWS
Virginia State Senator Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax).

Governor Vetoed Senator Boysko’s Safe Storage of Firearms Bill

RICHMOND, VA – Today, the Governor vetoed Senator Jennifer Boysko’s (D-Fairfax) Senate Bill 368, requiring any person who possesses a gun in a residence to store their firearm safely …

Gov. Youngkin Requests Review of Course Syllabi at Two Virginia Universities

RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Glenn Youngkin recently requested syllabi from two state universities, a move some faculty called “unprecedented."

The origins of 20 political words and terms

Stacker traced the origins of 20 words and terms used in political discourse using historical archives, research reports, and news articles.

SEASONAL

Who are today’s climate activists? Dispelling 3 big myths for Earth Month

Climate rallies, like this one in New York City in 2022, draw activists of all ages. AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe As Earth Month 2024 gets underway, climate activists around the world are planning …

Failed West Virginia microschool fuels state probe — and some soul-searching

The 74 reports on a microschool closure that led to a government investigation and closer scrutiny at other programs across the country.

Simple, Convenient Salads to Celebrate Spring

(Family Features) Letting in a little fresh air with an open window or a screen door is a sure sign of spring, allowing the natural sights and smells of the outdoors to accompany you at the dinner table.

Sanctuary, self-care and sustainability top outdoor living trends

(BPT) - Over the past several years, our backyards have become much more than spaces for weekend barbecues. They’re sanctuaries where we go to decompress from our increasingly hectic lives and …

Kids & Family

New Data from Carter’s Shows that Moms are Having a 'Hot Mom Summer'

(BPT) - As the temperatures rise and summer approaches, expecting mothers are desperate for a way to beat the heat while awaiting their little one's arrival. In fact, according to a recent survey …

Start in the attic to keep your home and energy budget cool

(BPT) - Is your home ready for what may be another historically warm summer season? According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2023 was the planet’s warmest …

5 Things a Patient Wants People to Know about NF1-PN

(BPT) - Thirty-eight-year-old Antwan has been living with neurofibromatosis type 1 with plexiform neurofibromas (NF1-PN) his whole life. This diagnosis led to more than 25 hospitalizations and 18 …

How to jumpstart your day & level up your morning routine

(BPT) - The start of a new day can be exciting, especially if you have an action-packed schedule to look forward to. If you’re looking to meet the day with more, there are plenty of easy ways …

Considering a Child-Free Wedding? Tips to Know Before You Say Yes

(BPT) - Wedding planning requires countless choices, but one that remains highly debated is whether (or how much!) to include children in the festivities.The Zola First Look Report found, of 4,000 …

Add a Patriotic 'Pop' to Fourth of July Parties
(Family Features) Break out the red, white and blue and (safely) set off your favorite fireworks - it's time to honor America's birthday. Along with all the booms and blasts, make sure your crowd is satisfied with one of the country's most beloved snack foods.
Quench Your Summer Cravings with Bold, Refreshing Beverages
(Family Features) In between summer adventures and hot afternoons spent poolside, you're likely looking to combat rising temperatures with a cool, refreshing beverage.
Enjoy a Fruit-Infused Fourth of July
(Family Features) Fourth of July fun calls for favorite snacks that complement the excitement. Whether you're a pyro or prefer to leave the fiery entertainment to the experts, one thing you can take charge of is the dessert table with recipes like Apple and Berry Cream Cheese Tarts and Patriotic Apple "Donuts."
Everything You Need To Know To Host An Epic Summer Pool Party
(BPT) - Summer has arrived! If you're lucky enough to find a pool to spend the summer by, a pool party is a must. Whether you're taking advantage of the sunshine and hot weather during the day or …
Tips For An Easy and Impressive Summer Soirée
(BPT) - Summer is synonymous with entertaining. Longer days and warmer weather mean plenty of time to gather and enjoy life with the ones we love.If you’re looking to up your game this summer, …
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(BPT) - Los clientes que buscan Internet residencial asequible pueden sentir la tentación de cambiarse a un servicio de Internet 5G. Pero, por lo general, con un servicio irregular y …

¿Puede reconocer las “4 P” de una estafa?

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