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It's Public Transportation Day!

OmniRide Wants You to Dump the Pump June 17

OmniRide will join public transportation systems across the country in marking the 16th annual national Dump the Pump Day. On that day, residents are encouraged to ride public transportation instead of driving a car.
Prince William Schools makes plan for fall semester

'Normalcy' is the Goal for PWCS Return to Learning

While 95% of students intent to return to 5-day in-person learning in the fall, Prince William County Schools will make virtual learning an option at all grade levels.
Prince William School Board votes on one-time year end bonus

School Board Approves Equal Bonuses for All Employees

The Prince William County School Board unaniomously approved a one-time $1,600 bonus for all PWCS full-time employees. Those serving less will have their bonuses prorated. No one will receive less …
The Prince William County School Board will review start time options at their June 16 meeting

Poll: How Should PWCS Order Its HS, MS & ES Start Times

Should Prince William County Schools change their start times so that adolescents don not have to start school before 8 a.m.? You get to weigh in!!
Superintendent Walts Sings End of Year Message

Prince William County Schools Superintendent plays piano again!

Dr. Walts says he did it all FOR SCHOOL.
The following guidance was issued Friday by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE):

Masks are No Longer Required for Vaccinated Staff When Students Are Not Present

The policy allows more flexibility for vaccinated staff to remove masks when not directly in the presence of students or young people in their care.
Business
Yondr Group Acquires 270 Acres in Prince William, Loudoun Counties to Develop Data Centers
Yondr Group in partnership with JK Land Holdings acquired 270 acres in Loudoun and Prince William Counties, Virginia. The sites are expected to support the delivery of 500MW of critical IT capacity.
Franchise Marketing: Why a Corporate Only Strategy Can Fail a Franchise
Kate Sprague owner of Flourish with Kate marketing. By Kate Sprague  There’s a reason the Franchise Corporate Office provides advertising materials for local and regional use. It doesn’t even …
Caring Senior Service 'Grab the Bars' E-Bike Ride Spreads Awareness on Senior Safety
The “Grab the Bars” initiative aims to educate people on how bars installed in senior’s homes can save lives. Falls are the leading cause of serious injury among seniors.
Freeman & Sherburne Has Been Insuring Families & Businesses for 150 Years
Agent Bob Oveissi of Freeman & Sherburne Insurance works from his office in Gainesville, Virginia.[/caption] What if it only took one phone call, and one conversation with just one licensed …
Vita Nova Creatives & Coffee Comes to Nokesville
Finally, a coffee house is coming to Nokesville- to be located at the intersection of Fitzwater Drive and Nokesville Road (Route 28). The café, Vita Nova Creatives & Coffee, is what many in the …
'Get Told. Not Towed,' Prince William Entrepreneur Develops Parking Messaging System
Everyone can relate to a hectic day of racing between appointments and having no extra time only to find your car blocked by another vehicle, or unable to start because the lights killed the battery. …
Education
Masks are No Longer Required for Vaccinated Staff When Students Are Not Present
The policy allows more flexibility for vaccinated staff to remove masks when not directly in the presence of students or young people in their care.
Teachables Nova Recognizes Kathy Blanco as 'Teacher of the Most Ridiculous Year'
Teachables Nova, a new educational supply store in Bristow, presents 'Best Teacher of the Most Ridiculous Year Award' to Bristow Run Elementary School kindergarten teacher Kathy Blanco for excellence during an unprecedented year.
Prince William School Board Member Says Board Supports Employee Bonuses
"There are rumors that members of the PWCS School Board are not supporting teacher bonuses. As you know, I was the first advocate for some type of hazard pay and therefore feel obligated to clear up these misconceptions.."
School Board Passes Equity Statement
Despite resistance from some citizens, the Prince William School Board approved an equity statement, Wednesday.
Prince William Schools to Plan for 5-Day In-Person Instruction, Virtual Option for Next Year
Photo by Ashleigh Henegar The Prince William County School Board asked the superintendent to work on a plan to return to school five-days a week in-person for next year, and to also offer an …
Black Voices, Black Stories: 3 literary treasures for summer
As discussions surrounding race continue to evolve across the nation, Black voices and stories can provide new perspectives for readers.
Lifestyle

Prince William HD Announces New Hours for COVID-19 Vaccinations

The new hours begin on Tuesday, June 8 for the PWHD Manassas Mall COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
Prince William Parks & Rec. Seeks Lifeguards!
The Prince William Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (DRPT) is seeking lifeguards to staff County pools and waterparks this summer.
OmniRide Buses Roll Out from Manassas for 1st Time
OmniRide dispatched buses from its new Western Bus Operation and Maintenance Facility for the first time on Monday.
Bristow Author Brings Home Top Award for Area Individual Artist
With nine books published, one of them an Amazon #1 new release and another a Nonfiction Author's Association Silver Award winner, Gotthardt was recognized for her contributions to the literary arts and the community
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Food & Cooking

Take Salad Season to the Next Level

Warmer months typically call for lighter bites, and one of the first things that comes to mind for many is a fresh and flavorful salad.

Education

Redefining ‘Summer School’: How Year-Round Learning Can Shape K-12 Education

by Megan O’Reilly Palevich, M.Ed.  (NAPSI)—Each day, as people across the country wake up and check their phones, turn on their morning news broadcast, or unfold their local papers, one …

Pets

4 questions to ask before getting a new pet

(BPT) - One good thing about 2020? More people are fostering and adopting pets who need homes. And during the holidays, pet adoption increases even more because families have more time away from work …

Home improvement

5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

When temperatures creep up again, it signals time for an annual tradition: spring cleaning.

Travel

Top travel trends for U.S. travelers this season

(BPT) - After a devastating pandemic kept us in our homes for over a year, wanderlust is at an all-time high and more Americans are starting to get back out there. In fact, one-third of us plan to …

Green Living & the Environment

As carry out surges during the pandemic, landfills are filled with disposable containers

When the world could no longer eat together in restaurants at the beginning of 2020, many of us turned to take-out, delivery and fast food. Online meal delivery revenues in the United States are projected to reach $26.5 billion this year, a 20 percent increase over 2019.

Gainesville Tobacco Shop Burglarized

Prince William Police are looking for two men who broke into a Gainesville Tobacco shop Tuesday morning.

Prince William Police Arrest Juvenile for Armed Robbery at Exxon Mobile

Manassas teen snatches purse from woman at pump, Friday. Spits at arresting officers.

UPDATE: Police Investigate Fatal Shooting at Manassas Mall

UPDATE: April 6 at 2:25 p.m. Prince William County Homicide detectives are asking for the community’s help identifying the suspects involved in the shooting that occurred outside the Manassas Mall …

Officials Hold Ribbon-Cutting for New Manassas City Library

While the Manassas City Library, at 10104 Dumfries Road, has been open for a few months, a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Monday, June 7 brought together Prince William County and City of Manassas elected officials.

Prince William Supervisors Honor Deceased Major L. Eduardo Caraveo

Maj. Caraveo was killed at Fort Hood along with 13 other service members in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Army base in 2009. He was posthumously awarded The Purple Heart Medal and is buried in Arlington National Ceremony.

City of Manassas Named 'Bee City USA'

In May, the Manassas City Council voted unanimously to become a Bee City USA®, joining other cities and campuses across the country united in improving landscapes for pollinators.

Prince William County Aligns Face Covering Directive with CDC

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA –In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Governor Ralph Northam’s seventh amended Executive Order 72, employees and members of the public who have been fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a face-covering in many county facilities; however, there are several exceptions.