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As a cold front leisurely makes its way southward, residents across the region can expect a shift in weather patterns, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. The front, initially pushing below the I-66/U.S. 50 corridor is anticipated to stall near the Virginia/North Carolina border, marking the transition to cooler temperatures and increased precipitation chances.

The front’s departure is accompanied by a noticeable drop in dew point, signaling the arrival of drier air. Despite the recent warmth, temperatures are expected to dip to more seasonal levels, with highs in the low to mid-70s across much of the area, a welcome change from the 80-degree temperatures observed earlier this week.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, the Allegheny Highlands and Shenandoah Valley may experience scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. While the risk of severe weather remains low due to weaker shear profiles, residents in these areas are advised to stay weather-aware.

Looking ahead, the weather pattern is set to become more unsettled as the week progresses. Wednesday brings the potential for showers, with thunderstorms possible in the late afternoon and evening hours. Highs are expected to hover around 73 degrees, with southeast winds of 5 to 7 mph.

Thursday sees the passage of a weak cold front, followed by the arrival of a stronger cold front early in the weekend. These fronts are likely to bring further chances of precipitation, albeit with varying intensities.

Despite the inclement weather on the horizon, there is a silver lining for outdoor enthusiasts. High pressure is forecasted to return on Sunday and into early next week, offering a respite from the unsettled conditions.

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Photo: Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce on Facebook

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce press release: The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce was pleased to award local businesses for their successes, entrepreneurial spirit, and community commitment at the 33rd Annual Awards Gala held Friday, April 12 at the Fredericksburg Convention Center.

With nearly 450 people in attendance including small and large businesses, nonprofits and representatives from state and local governments, the night was a massive success.

Community Impact Award – Fredericksburg Nationals

Beyond their on-field accomplishments, the Fredericksburg Nationals have consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to community service. The Community Impact Award was accepted by Robbie Perry, General Manager of the Fredericksburg Nationals.

Entrepreneur of the Year – Latasha Brooks

A “serial entrepreneur,” Ms. Brooks has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to empowering small and minority-owned businesses to achieve their growth goals. As the successful founder and CEO of several thriving enterprises, she has leveraged her 15+ years of expertise to deliver innovative solutions and measurable results for her clients.

Small Businesses of the Year Award – Stevenson Ridge

As a premier event venue and hospitality destination, Stevenson Ridge has carved out a unique niche in the local market by blending historic charm with modern sophistication. Through their meticulous restoration and preservation of the property’s 19th-century structures, the business has not only honored the past but also created an unparalleled event experience that has captivated guests from near and far. The Small Business of the Year Award was accepted by Jennifer Mackowski, Managing Partner of Stevenson Ridge

Large Businesses of the Year Award – Bloomia

Bloomia has redefined their industry, setting new standards of quality and sustainability through innovative practices and dedication to customer satisfaction. Through vertical integration, this company controls every aspect of their supply chain. This not only ensures strict quality control but also allows them to offer top quality, long lasting products while reducing waste and streamlining processes. The Large Business of the Year Award was accepted by Werner Jansen, CEO of Bloomia.

Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award – Stephen Kingsley

Mr. Kingsley served our community in numerous capacities. Mr. Kingsley also provided a life-saving bone marrow donation to a young stranger in need in 2009. From offering financial advice to local businesses, to supporting nonprofits serving children, pets, people in need, and the environment, Stephen Kingsley, Market President for Truist Bank, has gone above and beyond for the betterment of our community and its citizens.

The Chamber thanks the sponsors of the 33rd Annual Awards Gala. Title Sponsor- Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

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Gregory Scott Boros

Prince William Police: On April 12 at 8:56 p.m., officers responded to the Longhorn Steakhouse located at 9695 Liberia Avenue in Manassas to investigate an assault.

The investigation revealed an employee and a patron, identified as the accused, were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated. During the encounter, the accused pushed the victim before grabbing his neck.

Eventually the parties separated, and the police were contacted. Minor injuries were reported. Following the investigation, the accused, identified as Gregory Scott Boros, was arrested.

Arrested on April 12: Gregory Scott BOROS, 58, of 13280 Silver King Court in Nokesville. Charged with strangulation and assault. Court Date: Pending | Bond: $5,000 Unsecured.

Read the full April 15 report here.

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Crimson Coward, a new restaurant specializing in hot chicken, has recently opened in Fredericksburg next to Mary Washington University. The owners, the husband and wife team of Naveed Javed and Aman Naveed, bring years of experience in the restaurant industry to this venture.

Naveed and Aman are not newcomers to the restaurant scene in Fredericksburg, having been part of the community for almost two decades. Their journey began with Vocelli Pizza in 2008, and since then, they have expanded to four pizza delivery locations across the area.

“When we decided to venture into something new, hot chicken seemed like the perfect fit,” Javed explains. “I had been researching and experimenting with recipes for a while, and when I came across Crimson Coward, I knew it was something special.”

The decision to join forces with Crimson Coward was not taken lightly. Javed emphasized the importance of the team behind the brand, stating, “I’ve been in the franchise business for a long time, so I know franchises inside and out. The team behind the scenes really grows the brand, and we are here to grow with this brand.”

The opening of Crimson Coward has also brought employment opportunities to the area. The restaurant currently employs around 25 people. The two owners provide jobs for 80 individuals across all their businesses, contributing to the local economy.

Located at 1217 Emancipation Highway in Eagle Village, Crimson Coward aims to cater to college students and the surrounding community. “It’s a good location, right at the intersection of a busy junction,” says Naveed. “We have a college crowd right across, and with the [Mary Washington Hospital] nearby, there are plenty of opportunities for us.”

Aman echoes Naveed’s enthusiasm. “So far, everyone on our team has tried the food, and they are as excited as we are. We want to continue spreading that excitement and provide a unique dining experience for our customers,” she said.

Looking to the future, Naveed and Aman are optimistic about Crimson Coward’s success. “Our goal is to grow,” says Naveed. If this location does well, we definitely plan to open more in the future. We’re in this business to grow and succeed.”

The Fredericksburg location marks the second Crimson Coward to open in the region this year. The restaurant chain opened at Embrey Mill in Stafford County, owned and operated by Nabil Asad, a longtime franchise restaurant who opened the first Subway restaurant in Stafford County at Aquia Town Center in the early 1990s.

Asad and his business partner, John Filipiak, also operate a Crimson Coward near Hoadly Road and Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge.

The Fredericksburg location is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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It’s time once again for the annual Stafford County Business Appreciation Reception.

The event is organized by the county’s economic development department, which we told you are under new management with the appointment of Liz Barber as the new department head.

The event is Wednesday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Stafford County. It’s free to attend, but organizers ask that you register before attending.

Here’s more from the economic development department:

What to expect?

After such a great turnout and event last year, we are looking forward to this year’s Business Appreciation Reception! We are excited and eager to celebrate, honor, and acknowledge our business community, partners, and leaders in person as we gather together. This will be an event full of food and beverages, entertainment, and awards. You can expect a fantastic evening with the comaraderie of local Stafford business leaders and entrepreneurs!

Who should attend?

You! All Stafford Businesses and your select staff members are welcomed to attend. We encourage you to network and meet your local Economic Development Authority members, the Stafford County Department of Economic Development team, Stafford leaders, and fellow businesses.

Awards will be presented to businesses who are nominated and selected for one of the following: Business of the Year Award, Innovation Award and the Donald H. Newlin Community Stewardship Award.

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A photo posted to X showing Democrat Eugene Vindman, the front runner in the Democratic race to replace Abigail Spanberger in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, holding a Confederate Virginia State Flag, has been deleted from the social media platform.

A photo of Eugene Vindman holding a confederate state flag of Virginia appeared on X, formerly Twitter.

Vindman, a Democrat and a 25-year Army veteran was a key witness in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. He is running to replace Abigail Spanberger (D) in the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 7th District, which includes Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania counties and Fredericksburg.

Vindman and others are holding the flag used by the Confederate Virginia State Government from 1861 to 1865. The flag is similar to the Commonwealth flag used today, with a few noted differences. There are some color variations,  the woman representing Roman virtue is fully clothed, and the king tyrant on the ground is looking up at the woman.

Today’s Virginia flag shows the woman’s exposed breast and the king tyrant lying dead on the ground.

A total of 11 Confederate states adopted state flags during the Civil War. The original X post with the photo of Vindman holding the flag has been deleted.

“Colonel Vindman served our country abroad and by standing up to Donald Trump’s corruption, so the notion that he would stand by any sort of Confederate flag is absolutely absurd,” Jeremy Levinson, a campaign spokesman, told Potomac Local News.

Vindman, a Lake Ridge resident and political newcomer, has raised $1.75 million in campaign contributions — more than any other Democrat or Republican in the race. A Primary Election on June 18 will decide which Democrat and Republican candidate will compete for the seat during the November 2024 General Election.

The majority of Vindman’s campaign donations have come from outside of the state. The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to Eugene Vindman’s campaign last month asking for clarifications on his end-of-year finance report about many unitemized donations, reports the Virginia Scope.

Levinson told Potomac Local News that Vindman is focused on the 7th District, has participated in multiple Democratic voter candidate forums, and has attended numerous fundraisers inside the homes of supporters who live there.

The three-term incumbent Spanberger announced her run for Virginia Governor in 2025, seeking to replace Glenn Youngkin (R), whom the Virginia State Constitution prohibited from seeking a second term.

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Prince William fire and rescue crews were called to a townhouse Fire at 9:36 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2024

Four adults and a child were displaced after the fire.

Prince William fire and rescue: Yesterday evening, fire and rescue units were dispatched to the 8700 blk of Chorley Way (Bristow) for a reported townhouse fire. Crews arrived to find light smoke showing and all occupants safely out of the home. The fire was quickly discovered in the kitchen and was promptly extinguished. The home sustained moderate damage. No injuries were reported. The structure was declared unsafe to occupy by the Building Official, displacing 4 adults and 1 child. Th 5 were assisted by the Red Cross. The Fire Marshal’s Office determined an occupant was utilizing the kitchen’s oven when they smelled smoke and discovered fire coming from underneath the appliance. The cause was accidental involving the faulty appliance.

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