Groundbreaking for Potomac Shores VRE Station to Spur New Development

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On Thursday, July 31, 2014, members of the Board of County Supervisors participated in the groundbreaking for the new Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station, which is being built by SunCal as a public-private partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide necessary transportation infrastructure and a key amenity to SunCal’s Potomac Shores community. The VRE station will provide 550 commuter parking spaces and is scheduled to open in 2017.

Prince William Supervisors Maureen S. Caddigan, Martin E. Nohe, John D. Jenkins and W.S. “Wally” Covington III, along with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, broke ground at the site for the future Potomac Shores Town Center, which is located on the Cherry Hill Peninsula off of Route 1.

Caddigan noted that the project is critical to the future of the community. “The station will help establish the town center, position the development as a transit-oriented hub and take thousands of commuters off the road.”

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PWC Senor Center August Newsletter

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The August newsletter is packed with activities, resources and other information such as:

  • Tropical Breeze Party, August 11th
  • Daryl Davis Boogie Woogie Man, August 18th
  • Happy Hoofers Performance, August 26th
  • Legal Services
  • Game Night
  • Digital Services
  • Movie Time, Photography Class, Birthday Celebration, Nutritional Program, B.P./Glucose Screening...really too many items to list here

Download the August Newsletter

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5th

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The Prince William County Police Department will observe the 31st National Night Out celebration this year by encouraging County residents to lock their doors, turn on outdoor lights and spend the evening of Tuesday, August 5, outside with their neighbors as a symbol that they care about their neighborhoods.

National Night Out – coordinated by the Crime Prevention Unit of the Police Department in partnership with the Prince William Crime Prevention Council – is designed to help create healthy neighborhoods block by block, to help neighbors know one another, to celebrate community, and to take steps to make neighborhoods safer for all residents.

Additionally, National Night Out helps form good relationships between the community and the Police Department. Neighborhood Watch programs, and National Night Out, help to create a neighborhood network to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life in the County.

For more information, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 703-792-7270.

Charity Soccer Teams Up with Public Safety Officials for a Free Car Seat Check

On Sunday, July 27th, Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue and Police Departments will hold a free Safety Car Seat Check at Patriot High School, 10504 Kettle Run Road in Nokesville from 3:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. The car seat check will be held in conjunction with the First Annual Prince William County Cup Charity Soccer game. The soccer team consists of public safety personnel from Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Department of Fire & Rescue is one of the largest providers of this free service in the Commonwealth. ALL of Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue stations have nationally certified car seat inspectors/educators that you can call or come by to assist you in checking your child safety seat. In 2013, we checked over 1,400 car seats at events and public safety stations across the region. Sadly, of the numbers of seats we checked, most of them were incorrectly installed. Last year, we found over 90% of the car seats checked by our members were incorrectly installed or used.

Sunday’s Car Seat Check is a part of this year’s aggressive campaign to provide this free monthly service in Prince William County. In addition to our ongoing efforts to check car seats at our stations, the Department of Fire & Rescue will join with community partners and businesses to provide educational car seat and checkup events at least once a month throughout 2014. These free events will be located across the county;

  • August 2 - Chesterbrook Academy | School #819 Woodbridge, VA – 10 am to Noon
  • September 20 – Dulles International Airport Plane Pull – National Seat Check Saturday
    – Regional Fire Safety & Car Seat Display and Home Escape Obstacle Course
  • October – To be announced
  • November 5 – Location To be announced
  • December 19 – Super Target Rt. 28 Manassas VA – 1 pm to 3 pm (Santa on Site)
  • January 2, 2015 - Super Target Rt. 28 Manassas VA – 1 pm to 3 pm

VDOT Call Center

VDOT has set up a call center for residents to call / email the need for maintenance or repair services on needs such as:
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  • Potholes
  • Drainage
  • Clogged pipes
  • Vegetation trimming
  • Missing stop signs
  • Signal malfunctions
  • Damaged guardrail
  • Debris on the road

The VDOT call center (1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623)) or http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp can be used to communicate concerns to us. The issue will be taken and entered into our statewide database which is tracked 24/7. Typically this will route issues to the appropriate area within hours . A tracking number will be provided which can be used for reference or can be used to check the event’s status.

Seniors Helping Veterans

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The program, which is a cooperation between the Prince William Area Agency on Aging and Volunteer Prince William under the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), aims to give senior citizens 55 and older a chance to volunteer to help veterans, said Barbara Diehl, an agency supportive services specialist.

Diehl said the volunteer drivers say they get a kick out of driving the vets around. “The number one theme we heard, over and above all else, is that there’s an opportunity to give back to their community and say thank you to veterans.”

Wood, who retired about 18 months ago after a 38-year career with the Department of Interior, said he likes hearing the veterans’ stories, and he likes helping them, as well. “I was looking for some more volunteer opportunities. I was never in the military, so I thought this would be a good way to give back to the military.”

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Meet Maureen Caddigan...in the July VRE Magazine

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Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan is featured in an article in the Virginia Railway Express Magazine, "Ride".

A resident of Prince William since 1969, Caddigan is passionate about her community and spearheaded efforts to bring both a train station and the OmniLink bus service to the town of Quantico, which is surrounded by the Marine Corps base.

Caddigan is now working to get another station open at the new Potomac Shores development. SunCal (a developer) is building a mixed-use town center around the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, which opened this year, and plans to invest over $14 million for a new VRE station.

“My district has experienced substantial growth over the years and now we are poised for the next significant step with the Potomac Shores development and the new station,” Caddigan said. “It will be a tremendous asset to Prince William County and the VRE system.”

Read this article in the VRE Ride

The Citizen Police Academy is Accepting Applications

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA. . . Do you wonder what it would be like to be a police officer? How do they make the decisions they make? What does a detective do? How are they trained?

The Citizen Police Academy gives citizens an overview of the Prince William County Police Department. Graduates of the course will have a better understanding of the operation of the Department, and a greater awareness and appreciation of the challenges and decisions faced by Prince William County police officers each day.

The 10-week program meets Mondays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (plus one Saturday morning), and consists of classroom and hands-on instruction. Topics to be covered include virtually every aspect of police work, including Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Tactical Operations, Crime Scene Management, Internal Affairs, and Special Operations. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to ride a shift with a patrol officer and be familiarized with police equipment, including firearms.

There are a few slots still available for the upcoming session. To apply, simply complete the Citizen Police Academy Application Form, which is found on our website at www.pwcgov.org/police. From there, select “Volunteer Center” and a drop down menu appears.

Once the application is submitted, a background check is completed and letters are mailed to those who are selected approximately one month prior to the available session. Eligible applicants who do not get into the upcoming session in the fall will be placed on a waitlist for future sessions in order of receipt of their application.

For more information, please call the Criminal Justice Academy at 703-792-6599.

Voter, are you ID Ready?

Are you ready for Voter ID?
Effective July 1, 2014 voters must present an acceptable form of identification:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License
  • DMV-issued photo identification card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Valid Employee photo identification card
  • Other government-issued photo identification card
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (issuer must be an institution of higher education located in Virginia)

If you do not have an acceptable form of identification please contact your local voter registration office for a free ID.

For more information please Download the Flyer

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