Seniors Helping Veterans

Seniors helping Vets
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

Cover of the July, 2014 VRE Ride Magazine

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

Prince William County Police Badge

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

Prince William Area Free Clinic Finds Home in Woodbridge

Supervisor Caddigan, Jane Beyer and others at the free clinic opening

The Prince William Area Free Clinic has a permanent home in a former Woodbridge Church; and it is big enough to accommodate its ever-growing patient base of the working poor who qualify for free medical care.

Read this article, Free clinic’s Unified Health Center is the medical home for the poor at InsideNOVA.

PW Science Accelerator Gets First Tenant

Prince William County Supervisors at Science Accelerator Opening

Life sciences startup company ISOThrive becomes the first tenant at the Prince William Science Accelerator, "a unique and innovative facility [located in Innovation Technology Park] where small and growing life sciences companies can license wet lab space built-out to suit their specific needs."

Read more about this event at the following links:

Illegal Fireworks: You Light It, We'll Write It!

If you light it, we will write it poster

June is Fireworks Safety Month. During the month of June and continuing through the latter part of July, fireworks-related injuries peak. In 2011, there were an estimated 9,600 injuries treated in U.S. emergency facilities. Of those injuries, 65% (6,200) occurred during June 17th – July 17th. A major component of total fireworks-related injuries was children, age 15 and younger, accounting for approximately 26 % of estimated injuries.

Although the fireworks injury rate has declined as the result of public information and public education, more needs to be done. In an attempt to reduce the number of fireworks-related injuries and deaths, the Fire Marshal’s Office, a division within the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue, has initiated a Fireworks Enforcement Campaign to stop possession and use of illegal fireworks. The campaign’s slogan, Illegal Fireworks, “If You Light It, We’ll Write It!” Leave Fireworks to the Professionals is a means by which the Department is able to educate the community about the dangers of illegal fireworks while informing them about Prince William’s zero tolerance for possession and use of illegal fireworks. This year as in the past, Fire Marshals will be teaming up with Police for their annual fireworks safety initiative and deploying personnel throughout the County in an effort to prevent injury and fires due to illegal or unsafe use of fireworks. In addition, the team will write summons to individuals who possess and/or light illegal fireworks and will confiscate any and all illegal fireworks found in their possession. In Prince William County, the discharge of illegal fireworks is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $2,500.00 and or up to one year in jail.

For more information download this press release.

Sun Safety Week – Tips on How to Prevent Skin Cancer

Annually, more than 2 million new cases of skin cancer occur in the U.S. Over the past 30 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined, i.e. breast, prostate, lung, colon. According to the Sun Safety Alliance (www.sunsafetyalliance.org), one out of five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

Skin cancer varies in numbers and types. One type of skin cancer is Melanoma. Of the seven most common cancers, it is the least common, yet, the deadliest form of skin cancer. It is the only one whose incidence is increasing, killing one person every hour (57 minutes). In 2010, over 60,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with melanoma of the skin; over 9,000 died from it. Melanoma is caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light and artificial sources of light in tanning beds. Although UV rays are its strongest during the summer, exposure to UV rays can occur throughout the year. According to the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov), surfaces like water, cement, sand and snow reflect 85-90% of the sun’s UV rays.

Download this news release for more information.

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