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On May 24, at 6:11 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 8500 block of Charnwood Court near Manassas to investigate a stabbing.

The investigation revealed that a 22-year-old man and an acquaintance were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated. The acquaintance, identified as Danaisa Xiane Matthews, allegedly stabbed the victim in the leg before leaving the house. The victim was treated at an area hospital, where police were contacted. Officers obtained arrest warrants for Matthews, described as a 23-year-old black woman, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and 160 pounds. Attempts to locate Matthews have been unsuccessful.

On May 25, at 2:52 a.m., officers responded to the 14400 block of Richmond Hwy. in Woodbridge to investigate an assault that occurred earlier that morning. The investigation revealed that a 28-year-old man was walking around 1 a.m. when two unknown men approached him. Without provocation, one of the men produced a wooden baseball bat and struck the victim multiple times, causing him to lose consciousness temporarily. When the victim woke, the suspects were gone. He went to a nearby business, where police were contacted. The victim was treated at an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects were described as black males, one wearing a blue t-shirt and black pants, and the other wearing a black t-shirt and black pants.

On May 24, at 11:59 p.m., officers responded to the Bayvue Apartments in the 1300 block of East Longview Drive in Woodbridge to investigate an assault. The investigation revealed that a group of individuals, including the victim, a 53-year-old man, were on the back porch when an unknown man and woman approached them. During the encounter, the unknown man brandished a knife and slashed the victim before he and the woman ran out of the area. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Officers and a police K-9 searched the area for the suspects, who were not located. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male with black hair and wearing white-colored clothing.

Authorities are continuing their investigations into these incidents. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police.

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PWC Public Defender Grace Lemp hands Anjali Ghafoerkhan a glass award, symbolizing her scholarship award. [Photo: Alan Gloss]
The Beat the Odds Scholarship Banquet was held in Woodbridge on May 23, 2024. It marked the culmination of a competitive scholarship process for 22 court-involved teens.
Among the night's honorees was Anjali Ghafoerkhan, who expressed gratitude for the scholarship that would help her pursue higher education.

"I've needed a lot of support throughout my life," Ghafoerkhan shared, detailing the challenges of growing up with a mother diagnosed with type-2 bipolar disorder and a family history in the domestic relations court. Despite these difficulties, Anjali excelled academically and received offers from several prestigious universities, including Harvard, where she has committed to and will be attending in the fall.

The scholarships are for young scholars who have overcome legal and domestic relations challenges to achieve academic success. Some program members violated laws, while others were victims of abuse, neglect, trafficking, mental health, or substance abuse. Established in 2001 in Prince William County, the program mirrors a national initiative by the Children's Defense Fund to support young people involved in the juvenile justice system. Support for the program comes from the local Bar Foundation—the nonprofit arm of the Bar Association.

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Tapas and Tequila: A Fun Fundraiser

The GTSCCF provides year round programming to our residents and others from nearby low income communities. Our goal is to educate and empower them bringing about a level of equality for all. We are trying to buy a 15 passenger

Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, was yesterday, marking the beginning of a season filled with sunshine, warmth, and endless possibilities. As we dive into the summer months, we want to know how you plan to make the most of it. Whether you’re hitting the beach, exploring nature trails, firing up the grill for a barbecue, enjoying local festivals, or simply relaxing indoors, we’d love to hear about your favorite summer activity. Let us know by participating in our poll below!

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Georgetown South in Manassas is gearing up for its first-ever fundraiser, the Tapas & Tequila Fundraiser, which will take place on Friday, May 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at 9444 Taney Road and will bring together the community for an evening of food, drinks, and entertainment.

Attendees will enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of tapas, complemented by a tequila flight, two margaritas, or drinks of their choice. To sweeten the evening, a cupcake dessert will also be served. The fundraiser will feature live entertainment, ensuring a lively and enjoyable atmosphere for all guests.

Tickets for the event are priced at $50 each, offering an excellent opportunity for community members to support a good cause while enjoying a night out. All proceeds from the event will support the Georgetown South Community Council, which works to enhance the quality of life for residents in the area through various initiatives and programs.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Georgetown South Community Council’s website.

This event marks a significant step for the Georgetown South community as it seeks to bolster its resources and foster a more robust, more connected neighborhood. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to support Georgetown South and enjoy a fantastic evening with friends and neighbors.

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OmniRide, the leading public transit provider for Northern Virginia, is poised to expand its services to new regions, pending final budget approvals. Bob Schneider, CEO of OmniRide, shared the plans in a recent interview, highlighting the organization's efforts to connect more communities along expanding transit corridors.

OmniRide has submitted a budget amendment and several grant applications to the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). Once approved, the transit provider can extend its operations beyond Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania counties. "This allows us to partner with any planning district, county, or municipality to operate services," Schneider explained. The amendment would enable OmniRide to offer transit solutions in areas like Warrenton and Front Royal, significantly expanding its reach.

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Manassas Town Council press release: Theresa Coates Ellis, Patron Manassas City Council Member of Manassas Bee Festival (June 22); Patricia Kouttab, Owner of Kerbobble Toys; Sherry Day, building owner of 9216 Center St.; Mark Olsen, Chair and Kristen Kiefer, Executive Director, Historic Manassas Inc., proudly announce the launch to create a new wall mural at an entrance to Historic Manassas on the wall of  Kerbobble Toys celebrating the Bee City USA designation for the City of Manassas.

On May 2021, the Manassas City Council voted unanimously to become a Bee City USA, initiated by Council Member Coates Ellis, a trained master gardener and beekeeper. With that designation, the City must hold public awareness activities to plant native and to save our pollinators, including bees. The 4th annual Manassas Bee Festival fulfills this requirement with a free family fun and educational event held on Saturday, June 22nd from 10am to 2pm.

Coates Ellis said, “We started a nonprofit organization, Friends of the Manassas Bee Festival, so  we could give back to the community. Our goal was to contribute more public art and education to the city of Manassas with the important native plant and pollinator theme. Since 2019, we have visited many schools and groups and hosted workshops and demonstrations at the apiary at Liberia House and Grounds. This year, we are thrilled that a public art plan came together and the Friends of the Manassas Bee Festival will be donating funds for the wall mural project on Kerbobble Toys, to welcome visitors to our Historic Manassas, a Bee City USA.”

Patricia Kouttab, owner of Kerbobble Toys (opened December, 2019), is also an artist and designed the new mural. She will be painting her original work of art on the wall of her business. The building is owned by Sherry Day, who submitted her consent for the project to Kouttab.

Day said, “This will be a beautiful greeting for anyone entering Old Town.”

Coates Ellis had been scouting for a wall for months for the Bee City USA designation. She had visited Kouttab at Kerbobble Toys (toys, books, and collectibles) during the annual Christmas Parade who said she was interested in painting a new mural on the wall herself and loved the theme.

Kouttab said, “Kerbobble Toys is honored to be a part of this exciting art project for the community. It is going to be a vibrant new addition to welcome all to the Historic District.”

Coates Ellis and Kouttab consulted with Mark Olsen, Chair, and Kristen Kiefer, Executive Director, Historic Manassas Inc. to make this idea a reality. They advised Sherry Day, the building owner, of the process to apply to the Architecture Review Board (ARB) for the mural rehabilitation of the existing weathered mural known as the “train mural,” painted many years ago by neighboring high school students.

Kiefer said, “HMI is honored to be a part of this exciting collaboration. This new, vibrant mural is important to our City because this building is a gateway into our Historic downtown district providing one of the first impressions that visitors see and is representative of Manassas’s identity as a designated Bee City.”

Last week the new mural design was unanimously approved by the ARB with Coates Ellis and Olsen present for support. The ARB expressed optimism that the new mural will be a welcome and popular spot for visitors.

Olsen said, “Historic Manassas, Inc. is thrilled to further its mission of engaging our Main Street community to highlight our appreciation of the arts and influence beautification initiatives, like this mural, to ensure a welcoming historic downtown district.”

The preparation of the wall started this week with power washing and cleaning up the landscape. Kouttab will be updating her YouTube channel, “Kerbobble Toys,” showing the progress of her art project until the final original wall mural is ready for the public with an official ribbon cutting in the upcoming months.

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