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Stafford, Prince William, and Manassas are all participating in the Summer Food Service Program this year. The meal service is part of the Summer Food Service Program federally funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, or age, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided at the sites and times below:

 

Stafford Schools

Conway Elem.   June 10-July 13   7:45-8:15 a.m.   10:30-12 p.m.  Closed July 4-5

Kate Waller Barrett Elem.   June 10-July 3   7:45-8:15 a.m.   10:30-12 p.m.

Widewater Elem.   June 10-July 12   7:45-8:15 a.m.   10:30-12 p.m.   Closed July 4-5

Stafford Middle   June 10-July 3   8:30-9 a.m.   11-12:30 p.m.  Closed  June 28

Edward E. Drew Middle   June 24-July 11   8:30-9 a.m.   11-12:30 p.m. Closed  July 3-4

Shirley C. Heim Middle   July 8-July 25   8:30-9 a.m.   11-12:30 p.m.

 

Manassas Schools

All schools are closed July 4.

Jennie Dean Elem. School   June 24-July 11   8:45-9:15 a.m.   12:15-12:45 p.m.

Round Elem. School   June 24-July 11   8:45-9:15 a.m.   12:15-12:45 p.m.

Mayfield Intermediate School   June 24-July 11   8:45-9:15 a.m.   12:15-12:45 p.m.

Osbourn High School   June 17-July 25   9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.   1:15-1:45 p.m.

 

Prince William Schools

Belmont Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Closed  July 4-5

Dale City Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Closed  July 4-5

Featherstone Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    Closed  July 4-5

Fitzgerald Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     Closed  July 4-5

Freedom High   June 20-July 26   7-8 a.m.   10-11:30 a.m.     Closed  July 4-5

Hampton Middle   June 13-July 12   7:15-8:15 a.m.   10-11:15 a.m.     Closed  July 4-5

Innovation Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     Closed  July 4-5

Kerrydale Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     Closed  July 4-5

Leesylvania Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    Closed  July 4-5

Loch Lomond Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     Closed  July 4-5

Osbourn Park High   June 20-July 26   7-8 a.m.   10-11:30 a.m.     Closed  July 4-5

Parkside Middle   June 24-July 12   7:15-8:15 a.m.   10-11:15 a.m.     Closed  July 4-5

Pennington Traditional   July 15-July 26   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Porter Traditional   July 15-July 26   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Potomac Middle   June 24-July 12   7:15-8:15 a.m.   10-11:15 a.m.     Closed  July 4-5

Rockledge Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Closed  July 4-5

Rosa Parks Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Closed  July 4-5

Triangle Elem.   June 24-July 12   8:30-9:30 a.m.   11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     Closed  July 4-5

 

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Recognize Outstanding Volunteers
Does your organization have an outstanding volunteer or volunteer group whose service deserves recognition? Serve Virginia announces that nominations for this year’s Governor’s Volunteerism & Community Service Awards are open! This is a wonderful way to recognize and thank your special volunteers for their service. Please visit https://bit.ly/3K2GLT1 for more information. The deadline to submit is June 25 at 5 pm.

BEACON for Adult Literacy
BEACON for Adult Literacy needs volunteers age 18+ to host their Summer Conversation Classes this summer. Sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 am-11 am, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 pm-8:30 pm. All sessions are online, so you can help students improve their English skills from the comfort of your home. Online volunteer information sessions are available; please visit https://bit.ly/43zEFTv to sign up. For more information, email [email protected] or call 571-531-5838.

Boxes of Basics
Looking for a summer volunteer opportunity? Consider helping the wonderful staff at Boxes of Basics! They’re hosting Summer Drop-In Volunteering for volunteers age 18+ on Mondays, 9 am-1 pm, starting June 17 through August 12. Help sort and organize their warehouse at 9239 Mike Garcia Drive, Manassas, in preparation for the next school year. For more information, email [email protected].

Canine Companions
Dog lovers! You can volunteer to raise a puppy and be a part of something truly life-changing. Canine Companions needs Prince William area volunteers to be Puppy Raisers, supporting their mission to provide service dogs to people with disabilities. This family-friendly opportunity allows you to help train a puppy for a future career as a service dog. For more information, visit [this https://bit.ly/3yNvAuT. Upcoming virtual volunteer information sessions will be held June 25 and July 11. For more details, email [email protected].

Educate America, Inc.
Educate America, Inc, a nonprofit startup, is seeking volunteers ages 18+ to assist with providing after-school tutoring and mentoring services within five to ten Prince William County Public Schools during the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 school year. Your time and expertise can positively impact the academic success and personal development of underserved youth. Volunteers need to complete background and CPS checks by July 15, 2024. To join, complete the online application form at https://www.educateusainc.org/now-recruiting. For questions, email [email protected].

Celebrate America
Historic Manassas, Inc. needs volunteers to support Celebrate America and the Stars & Stripes Rooftop Picnic in Old Town Manassas on July 4. Shifts are available from 11 am-3 pm, 3 pm-7 pm, and 7 pm-11 pm. Support these fun events, including kid-friendly and family-friendly activities, and enjoy a magnificent view of the fireworks. Sign up at https://bit.ly/3Sp91TJ or email [email protected] for more information.

Manassas Bee Festival
The Manassas Bee Festival is coming on June 22 at Liberia House, 8601 Portner Avenue, Manassas, and volunteer “Worker Bees” of all ages are needed. Volunteers under 18 are welcome with a responsible adult or group leader. Volunteers are needed June 21 to help set up the festival and during the event on June 22. Tasks include assisting with set up, helping vendors, and working at the welcome tent. Volunteers will receive a free green t-shirt. Sign up at http://www.manassasbeefestival.com/contact-donations-questions/, indicating you are a Volunteer. For more details, email [email protected].

USO Centers at Marine Corps Base Quantico
Support those who serve our country! Marine Corps Base Quantico needs volunteers age 18+ to support their USO Centers. Volunteers support center operations, events, and programs, positively impacting active-duty service members and military families. For more information, visithttps://bit.ly/3zbrUDi or email [email protected].

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners
If you love plants and connecting with local gardeners, Virginia Cooperative Extension Prince William Unit is recruiting Master Gardener volunteers. Information sessions will be held over the summer, and training begins in September. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3V3NwsK, email [email protected], or call 703-792-7747.

For more volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer Prince William at 703-369-5292 or visit volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thank you for all you do in our community!

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Updated 1 p.m. -- All 111 Prince William Estates neighborhood residents who lost power on Monday had it restored by 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2024.

"Initially, it was called in as two broken poles and two broken cross arms. When our crews arrived, they found the first broken cross-arm and a second before coming across a third broken pole. So three broken poles total," said Dominion Energy spokeswoman Aisha Khan. "Also, there was an untraceable gas line connected to the third broken pole, causing it to be a tough dig for our crews.

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Dill Dinkers is opening its first flagship location in Virginia at Manassas Mall on Saturday, June 8. The 16,485-square-foot facility features six indoor courts, event space, a pro shop, and a state-of-the-art reservation system. The club will offer a range of services, including clinics, lessons, leagues, and private event rentals. Pickleball pro-Gage Tutko will be on staff to enhance the player experience.

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Dill Dinkers, known for its fun, friendly, and welcoming environment where players of all ages and skill levels can play, socialize, and improve their skills, has announced its first flagship location in Virginia will open on Saturday, June 8, in Manassas Mall at 8300 Sudley Rd (Suite A4) across from the Autobahn Indoor Speedway.

The 16,485-square-foot space will offer six indoor cushioned courts with fences, an event space, a ball machine, a pro shop, and a state-of-the-art reservation system powered by CourtReserve for members and visitors. Dill Dinkers Manassas will offer clinics, private and semi-private lessons, open play, round robins, leagues, business advertising, and rental space for private events. Offering a fun and professional player experience that is practical and cost-effective, the club will have pickleball pro, Randolph College Alumni, and Professional Certified Coach Gage Tutko on staff.

Additionally, through its industry-leading connections, Dill Dinkers boasts its national brand partnership with Baltimore-born, No. 1 doubles team and top professional pickleball player Collin Johns. Each club is also equipped with top-notch paddles, nets, and other high-quality products through its relationship with JOOLA. With other partnerships in the pipeline, Dill Dinkers is passionate about not just growing infrastructure related to pickleball but sustaining the sport and its future in the sports and recreation industry.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of this special milestone for Dill Dinkers as it opens its first flagship location in Virginia,” said Tutko. “I’m eager to bring a unique pickleball experience for people of all skill levels in Manassas to have fun, improve their skills, and experience the joy of pickleball through an inclusive community.”

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Get ready for an enchanting afternoon of live music at The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm, featuring the talented Carleigh Jane.

The event, set to take place on Saturday, May 25, 2024, from 3 to 5 p.m., promises to be a delightful experience for all music lovers. Jane, a gifted acoustic musician and emerging songwriter, hails from Virginia and has captivated audiences with her musical prowess from a young age. Her journey began with piano lessons at age five, followed by professional vocal training at eight. By age ten, Jane had already taught herself to play the ukulele and acoustic guitar, and she seamlessly integrated the electric guitar into her performances.

At just 12 years old, Jane took the spotlight as a solo artist, charming audiences in local music venues and quickly becoming a well-known figure in Old Town Manassas. Her reach has since expanded to venues across Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Richmond, and Washington, D.C.

Her diverse musical style spans from the hits of the 70s to today’s popular music, showcasing her versatility and genuine passion for music. In addition to performing covers of beloved songs, Jane is an aspiring songwriter. Attendees may even get the chance to hear some of her original compositions during the performance.

The Winery At Sunshine Ridge Farm sits at 15850 Sunshine Ridge Lane, Gainesville.

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Greetings, Prince William – Does your organization have an outstanding volunteer whose service deserves recognition? Serve Virginia has announced nominations for this year’s Governor’s Volunteerism & Community Service Awards are now open! It’s a wonderful way you can recognize and thank that special volunteer for all they’ve done to support your organization and its mission! Please visit https://bit.ly/3K2GLT1 for more information. The deadline to submit is June 25 at 5 p.m.

  • The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program urgently needs friendly Volunteer Drivers age 18+ to provide rides for local patients who have appointments for treatments on weekdays. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance, pass background and vehicle records checks and complete required training. Not only will you be providing a smile and a ride, you’ll also be helping to save a life! Please visit cancer.org/drive to learn more or email Jen at jen.bu…@cancer.org.
  • You can make a difference in the life of a child! CASA Children’s Intervention Services needs volunteers age 21+ who care about children growing up in a safe, permanent and loving home. The staff will hold their next Virtual Information Session on June 12, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Learn how you can help protect abused and neglected children in your community by becoming a volunteer advocate. Please email jpo…@casacis.org or call 703.330.8145 to receive the link to the meeting or to inquire about alternate dates.
  • Educate America, Inc, a nonprofit startup, is seeking volunteers ages 18+ to assist with providing after-school tutoring and mentoring services within five (5) to ten (10) Prince William County Public Schools during the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 school year. Volunteer with Educate America and make a difference in the lives of underserved youth! Your time and expertise can positively impact the academic success and personal development of our youth—contributing to brighter futures for the next generation. Volunteers will need to have background and CPS checks completed by July 15, 2024. Please join them as a volunteer, tutor, mentor, or community partner by completing and submitting the online application form(s) at educateusainc.org/now-recruiting. Questions? Please email educat…@gmail.com.
  • Here’s a “Honey” of a volunteer opportunity! The Manassas Bee Festival is coming June 22 at Liberia House, 8601 Portner Avenue, Manassas and volunteer “Worker Bees” of all ages are needed to support this fun event. Volunteers under 18 are welcome to volunteer with a responsible adult or group leader. Volunteers are needed June 21 help set up the festival at Liberia House. Then, volunteers will help with the 2K Honey Hike 8:45 a.m. on June 22 at Manassas Museum lawn and on shifts during the festival on June 22. Jobs include assisting with set up, helping vendors unload, helping at the welcome tent to show the map or answer basic questions. Volunteers who sign up will get a free green t-shirt but should complete the online form at manassasbeefestival.com/contact-donations-questions/. Please be sure to indicate you are a Volunteer on the form. Please email manassasb…@gmail.com for more information.
  • You can help homebound seniors get a hot, nutritious meal! Meals on Wheels has an urgent need for volunteers to deliver noontime meals to homebound older adults weekdays between 10 a.m. and 12p.m. Daily routes take about 1.5 hours to complete; the schedule is flexible! Volunteers must have their own vehicle, valid driver’s license, and current automobile insurance. Volunteers must also pass a background and driving record check. Meals on Wheels operates out of the Manassas and Woodbridge Senior Centers, and you’ll feel great knowing you are helping to fight food insecurity and deliver a friendly smile to our local senior population! Please visit pwcva.gov/department/area-agency-aging/volunteer for more information and volunteer forms, email TSol…@pwcgov.org with any questions.
  • The 2nd Annual Puerto Rican Festival is scheduled for June 15, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Harris Pavilion in Manassas, and volunteers age 16+ are needed to make this a success! All sorts of fun jobs are available including setup, assisting vendors, monitoring children’s games, face painting, help with Lost and Found and more! While bilingual skills in Spanish are not required, they will be helpful. This is a family-friendly event, and you’ll feel great as you help support the culture of our neighbor in the Caribbean! Please email manassasp…@gmail.com for more information and to sign up.
  • Gardeners, here’s a fantastic volunteer opportunity for you! PWC Office of Historic Preservation is looking for Historic Garden Volunteers to help maintain the garden at Rippon Lodge Historic Site this summer. Help is needed with planting, weeding and harvesting the fruit and vegetables. You’ll enjoy being outdoors as you help the garden illustrate what plants may have been planted by the Ellis family in a Victory Garden during World War II! Please call Rippon Lodge at 703.499.9812 for more information.

–Volunteer Prince William 

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An anonymous tipster sent Vince Compaglianese a photograph of the box truck stopped at the gates of Maine Corps Base Quantico. (Source: Twitter @Vincecoglianese)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a statement on May 16 confirming that two Jordanian nationals were turned over to ICE custody. However, ICE did not respond to the request to confirm whether one or both men were on the Terrorism Watch list or address the contents of the box truck.

Captain James Covington, ICE spokesman, confirmed: “On May 3, 2024, Marine Corps Base Quantico’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested two Jordanian noncitizens for trespassing.  Marine Corps Base authorities notified the ICE Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Washington, D.C., of the apprehensions.  Deportation officers from ERO Washington, D.C.’s Criminal Apprehension Program responded and arrested both individuals without incident.  Both individuals will remain in ERO custody pending removal proceedings.” 

On May 15, an anonymous listener of WMAL’s “The Vince Coglianese Show” sent Vince Coglianese a photograph reportedly showing the box truck stopped at the Fuller Gate at Quantico. In an unrelated press conference on May 16, ICE Director Patrick Lechleitner responded to a question from Fox News’s Steve Doocy to confirm the incident and verified two Jordanian nationals were detained. 

It has been 14 days since two Jordanian nationals attempted to access Quantico, claiming to be subcontractors delivering for Amazon. After being pulled aside by gate security, they attempted to accelerate and pass the guards; a vehicle barrier was deployed, which stopped the truck. 

Multiple sources have stated at least one individual had recently crossed the border and entered the U.S.. At least one is reportedly on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List. Both Quantico and ICE have not acknowledged requests to confirm this information. 

This incident follows a recent spate of unauthorized access attempts at bases nationwide. Two days after Quantico, an unknown individual crashed into the gates at the White House. The driver perished in the crash, and no additional information has been released. In late April, a vehicle attempted to access  Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach. The driver perished in the crash, and no additional information has been released. In late March, a Chinese National attempted to gain access to Twentynine Palms, but was detained and transferred to ICE.

Jon Myers, a retired Marine intelligence officer with over 28 years of experience and former Joint Chiefs senior intelligence officer, advised in an interview that incidents such as these illustrate the border crisis is not an immigration issue but rather a national security issue. Myers, who is running for Congress in Virginia’s 7th District, described these incidents as “an indicator of a much, much larger problem.” 

The Homeland Security Committee meeting on May 16, 2024, contained testimony from witnesses who said over 100 incidents of Chinese nationals attempting to access the U.S. Bases have occurred in recent years. 

Potomac Local News will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. This story has been picked up by several national publications, including the NY Post, Blaze Media, and Fox News.

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Animal Control Officer M. Schultz responded to the 14000 block of Glenkirk Road in Gainesville for a stuck bird. He arrived to find a red-tailed hawk in need of rescue. Thanks to help from PWC Fire & Rescue, Officer Schultz was able to safely free the bird without causing further harm. The hawk has been transported to Blue Ridge Wildlife Center for further evaluation.

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