“Street Smart” Education and Enforcement Campaign for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

Warmer weather means more people will be out on foot and on bicycles this spring. So the Prince William County Police Department invites County residents to help observe pedestrian and bicyclist safety during the “Street Smart” education and enforcement campaign, observed the week of April 14 to May 11, 2014.

This campaign is aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian and bicycle crashes with motor vehicles. During the campaign, police officers will focus attention on vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle violations that are known to contribute to these types of crashes:

  • speeding,
  • running red lights,
  • running stop signs, and
  • driving without headlights at night, or at any time when visibility is reduced.

For full details download the flyer.

Give the Gift of Literacy

Give the gift of literacy to a Prince William County adult! Would you like to help an adult learn to read and write, or improve their English skills? Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William would love to help you do that! Previous experience is not necessary. We will train you to become a certified adult literacy tutor! Our next Tutor Training Workshop is May 17, 2014 (9AM-4PM) and May 31, 2014
(9-noon). Attendance both days is required. Please register today! There is a one-time fee of $35.00 to cover materials. Contact us at 703/670-5702 or lvapw@aol.com. For more details, please visit our website: www.lvapw.org. The gift of a small amount of time each week can change an adult learner’s life! Please join our tutoring team today!

Download the flyer.

Compost Awareness Day

The Prince William County Solid Waste Division will host its second Compost Awareness Day Event for Prince William area residents on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prince William County Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Compost Facility, located at 13000 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA.

Event highlights include:

  • WTOP’s “Garden Guru” Mike McGrath will talk about backyard composting and its benefits in his unique and entertaining style at 10:30 a.m. with Q&A at noon.
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension – Prince William Master Gardeners will conduct workshops on vermicular (worm) composting and proper tree composting/mulching at 12:45 and 1:15 p.m.
  • Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District will provide information on composting of agricultural wastes and manure.
  • Future Farmers of America - Brentsville High School plant sale.
  • Eastern Clearing Stages of Compost exhibit and Compost in Action lawn display.
  • Information tables staffed by Keep Prince William Beautiful, Madera Farms and Commonwealth Recycling Aggregates.

For complete details, download the flyer.

Interesting composting facts.

Older Americans Month Annual Picnic

Older Americans Month LogoJoin us for a day of fun, good food, and entertainment. There will be dancing, games, nature trails to explore, motorcycle rides and our annual fitness walk. Music provided by DJ Ben Geyer. The camp’s beautiful indoor facility seats 600.

This event will be held on Friday, May 9th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket.

Download the flyer for details.

Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate – Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone

Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Annually, 2.4 million Americans sustain a brain injury; at least 230,000 are admitted to hospitals with TBI and approximately 5.3 million are living with a long-term or life-long disability as the result of a brain injury. The estimated annual cost to treat these injuries is approximately $56.3 billion dollars reports the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)(www.biausa.org).

Read this press release.

New Simulation and Game Institute in Prince William County Opens Doors to support entrepreneurship in simulation, modeling and game industry

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George Mason University and Prince William County, a public-private partnership in Simulation and Game design, formally opened the new Simulation and Game Institute today.

The Simulation and Game Institute (SGI) is the only one of its kind on the East Coast and one of only four global affiliated facilities established to primarily support early-entry entrepreneurship into the simulation, modeling and game industry – an $80 billion industry, growing 7% annually.

Speaking at the Ceremony, Dr. Annie Hunt Burriss, Chief Executive Officer, George Mason University – Prince William Campus said, “The world is changing quickly. In the innovation economy “high value industries of the mind” are creating the well paid jobs of the future. Together, George Mason University and Prince William County, with our community partners, are creating a great new industry and jobs that Americans want.”

Read this press release.

Video article of this event on the PWC YouTube channel.

You Can Help Keep Our Water Clean!

Volunteers Needed to Clean Occoquan River – the water supply for most of Eastern Prince William & Fairfax Counties

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On Saturday, April 12, 2014 (rain date April 26, 2014) Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC), a 501(c)3 organization, is conducting its 5th annual clean-up of the upper Occoquan River, from 9 different sites along 25 miles of the Occoquan River. The clean-up ranges from Cedar Run/Broad Run, through Lake Jackson, and from the base of Lake Jackson Dam to Hooes Run (south of Lake Ridge Marina). This cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s (www.fergusonfoundation.org) Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Friends of the Occoquan (www.friendsoftheoccoquan.org) will also be holding a cleanup at different sections of the Occoquan River on April 12, 2014 (rain date April 13th).

PWTSC is working with a number of county offices, home owners associations, civic associations, businesses, and volunteer groups to accomplish this major 25-mile river clean-up. On the April 2013 cleanup, 115 volunteers pulled 5000 pounds of trash out of the Occoquan River and this year we hope to get more help to remove even more!

PWTSC is requesting experienced kayakers, canoeists and jon boaters to sign up for this major on-the-water conservation effort. We will have some kayaks and canoes available for loan – provided by Penguin Paddling (at Hooes Run) and the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department (at Lake Ridge Marina). Please visit www.pwtsc.org for more information and to register for this event.

Event Flyer and Press Release.

$1M Grant to Fund Sidewalk

At Tuesdays BOCS meeting the County received confirmation that we have acquired a $1 million Hazard/Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grant for the sidewalk on Route 234 (Dumfries Road) from Fortuna Center Plaza to Four Seasons Drive. This project has received FY16 HSIP funding, which will be available after July 2015. VDOT will be administering the project and will determine a project schedule once design begins.

Neighborhood News

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The March/April edition of the Neighborhood News has arrived. Published by the Prince William County Neighborhood Services, the Neighborhood News gives you access to helpful resources, such as:

  • Neighborhood Leadership Group meetings continue on Wednesday, March 26th.
  • What to do about Graffiti
  • Compost Awareness Day, Saturday, April 26th.
  • Free Community Shred Day, Saturday, May 10th.
  • Need Home Repairs? Habitat for Humanity Can Help

Download the Neighborhood News

Register for the 2014 Great American Spring Cleanup

Prince William County, Virginia - Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB) is hosting its annual Spring Cleanup Campaign, which is part of the Great American Cleanup Campaign hosted by Keep America Beautiful, from March to June 2014.

KPWB will support local organizations, communities, neighborhoods and homeowner associations by providing supplies and volunteer give-a-ways to encourage cleanups throughout Prince William County. Landfill vouchers (for residential use only) will also be provided, which will allow haulers to dump free of cost at the County Landfill.

All residents in Prince William County are welcomed to participate in this campaign. Please submit an application by either March 15th or May 15th, for a chance to get a Garbo Grabber as a gift! (while supplies last).

Select the links below to learn more about this program and Keep Prince William Beautiful.

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