Coles District Newsletter
June 2021 - 15th Edition
Dear Neighbor,

You’ll notice the format of this month’s edition of the Coles District Newsletter is a little different from previous editions.

Instead of opening up the newsletter from one PDF with a table of contents, we decided to try something a little different by including links to every article, which you can see below.

Please provide your feedback and tell us which format you prefer. You can view our March newsletter for comparison here. There is a poll at the bottom of this email so you can tell us which version you prefer with one click.

This is an exciting week as Prince William County kicks off in-person graduations with limited social distancing measures. It’s been a long sixteen months, but I know we’re all very thankful for things to be getting back to normal and on the other side of this pandemic.

Tomorrow evening there will be a virtual public information meeting on the right-of-way process in regards to the proposed Route 28 Bypass. If you’re concerned about your home potentially being taken through eminent domain you won’t want to miss this meeting. Please click here to register.

The Board will be having regular 2pm and 7:30pm meetings this month on June 15th and June 22nd.

Again, this newsletter is for you so please do share any thoughts you may have on this month’s format versus previous editions.

Wishing you and yours a great month and kick-off to your summer!

For Coles,

Yesli Vega
County Passes Budget with Largest One Time Tax Increase in County History 

On April 27th, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors passed their $1.34 billion FY2022 budget, which included a $62.8 million dollar spending increase over last year and an average increase in residential tax bills of $286 per home. The $286 average increase is the largest increase in residential tax bills in the county’s history.
- Coles District Staff
$18 Million in Federal Pork Barrel Spending Requested for Prince William/County Manassas
County Executives Send Letter in Support of Woodbridge Fast Ferry 

After a decade long ban on congressional earmarks, the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives decided to reintroduce the controversial practice this year under a new name, “community project funding.”
- Coles District Staff
Prince William County Board Adopts ‘Goal’ to Gradually Increase Tax Rates on Data Center Industry

On May 4th, the Board of County Supervisors adopted a ‘goal’ to gradually increase tax rates on the data center industry in Prince William County.
- Coles District Staff
May 2021 Capital Improvement Projects Update

On May 18th, county staff gave a presentation to the Board of Supervisors about ongoing Capital Improvement Projects.
- Coles District Staff
Nearly 20,000 Fewer County Residents Working Than Before COVID
Numbers Compare Labor Force Participation and Unemployment from February 2020 to March 2021

According to the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED), nearly 20,000 fewer Prince William County residents were working through the end of March than in February of 2020.
- Coles District Staff
Board Unanimously Approves $88 Million for Prince William County Schools from American Rescue Act
Follows Unanimous Approval of $85 Million from CARES Act Funding

On May 18th, the Board unanimously voted to accept, budget, and appropriate $87.9 million to the School Board Operating Fund from American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III Funds awarded by the Virginia Department of Education.
- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Hosts Community Meeting on Proposed Public Sector Collective Bargaining
Supervisor Vega hosted a virtual community meeting on the topic of public sector collective bargaining on Wednesday, May 26th.
County Holds Ceremony to Add Major L. Eduardo Caraveo to War Memorial Honoring Fallen County Residents
On Friday, May 28th, Prince William County held a private ceremony to officially add the name of Major L. Eduardo Caraveo, formerly of Woodbridge, to the county’s War Memorial located at the McCoart Complex.
- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Assists in Getting “Never Forget” Garden Marker Planted at McCoart Complex
At the request of a Coles District constituent and the Virginia and Prince William Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters, a marker was recently placed at the McCoart Complex to honor and remember those who have served in our nation’s armed forces.
- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Reads Resolution Honoring Anniversary of V-E Day
- Coles District Staff
Memorial Day 2021
And Every Day
We Remember You
We Honor You
“I Am the Flag”
SGM John McGruder presents a spoken word about the American flag during the May 4, 2021 Board of County Supervisors meeting
Land Use
Board Majority Initiates Zoning Text Amendment to Look Into Expanding Data Center Overlay District
Including Rural Crescent
On May 18th, along partisan lines, the Board voted 5-3 for a zoning text amendment to begin looking into expanding the Data Center Overlay District to include the Rural Crescent.
- Coles District Staff
After Several Years of Work, PWC “Rural Preservation Study” Sent Back for More Work; Purchase of Development Rights Program Passed
On May 4th, the Prince William Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to support a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program but sent a proposed Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program and “Conservation Residential” (CR) program back to the drawing board, also in a unanimous vote.
Planning Commission To Now Review and Advise on Transportation Projects

Following a directive last year by Supervisor Vega to look into the creation of a Transportation Commission to study and review transportation projects the Prince William County Planning Commission decided to tackle this issue head on and will add bi-monthly transportation work sessions to their scope of work.
- Coles District Staff
Extra Highlighting of Coles District Historical Sites Proposed Following Outrage over Thoroughfare
In response to the outrage over the desecration of graves in the Thoroughfare community, Prince William County Government included some potential action steps to proactively preserving more cemeteries, communities, and African-American History in their May 18th presentation to the Board.
- Coles District Staff
Scott Cemetery at Historic Thoroughfare
Background and Actions Taken by County

The Scott Cemetery is a private cemetery located south of Highway 55 in the Historic Thoroughfare community. It is believed that African American slaves, freed slaves and Native Americans have been buried on the property since the 1800s.
- Coles District Staff
How to Obtain A COVID-19 Vaccine
There are no longer any restrictions to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine in the Commonwealth. Everyone in Virginia aged 12 or older is now eligible. The removal of these restrictions has greatly simplified the process for obtaining a vaccine.
- Coles District Staff
Governor Northam’s Mask Mandate and Restrictions Lifted

On May 28th, the mask mandate and most of the COVID-19 related restrictions imposed by Governor Northam were lifted. This followed guidance from the federal government which recommended that fully-vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask or continue to restrict their behavior.
- Coles District Staff
Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Becomes Available to Adolescents Aged 12 to 15

On May 12th, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech would be expanded to include adolescents aged 12 to 15 years old. Previously, the vaccine was only available to those 16 and older.
- Coles District Staff
Free COVID-19 Testing
Free COVID-19 testing is available for anyone who lives or works in Prince William County, the City of Manassas, or the City of Manassas Park. Participants must provide their full name, telephone number, and a home or work address in Prince William County, the City of Manassas, or the City of Manassas Park to obtain COVID testing and receive the results.
Over 67% of Adults Have Received a COVID-19 Vaccine in Virginia

As of May 31st, almost 4.7 million Virginians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Over 67% of those over 18 in the Commonwealth have been given a COVID-19 vaccine, and almost 59% are now fully vaccinated.
- Coles District Staff
Prince William County Face Covering Directive Aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Governor Ralph Northam’s seventh amended Executive Order 72, employees and members of the public who have been fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a face-covering in many county facilities; however, there are several exceptions as noted below.
- Prince William County Office of Communications
Prince William School Board Votes Along Partisan Lines for “Equity Statement”
Vega says School Board Owns Disparities in Racial Outcomes Over Last Year

On May 19th, the Prince William County School Board, along partisan lines, voted for an “Equity Statement” which many residents who showed up to speak labeled as “racist” according to Potomac Local.
Colgan XC Team Competes in State Championship 
Senior Bryce Lentz Gets 1st Place 
After having their season cancelled in fall of 2020 due to COVID-19 shutdowns, Virginia high school cross country runners were given a condensed 2 month season this March and April. 
- Coles District Staff
Resilience & Perseverance
A National Geographic Educator-Explorer Partnership in a Pandemic Year

Colgan High School physics teacher Lori Pawlik, MS Ed. and her class partnered with a National Geographic Explorer to create an ArcGIS story map. Students were able to Zoom with the Explorer Ms. Cuevas Flores from Mexico.
Prince William County Public Schools Remove Capacity Limits and Mask Requirement for Graduations

In accordance with updated guidelines from those in Richmond, the Prince William County Public School’s graduation ceremonies will no longer have limits on the number of attendees and will no longer mandate mask wearing.
- Coles District Staff
PWCS announces 2021-22 Learning Plan

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Walts presented the 2021-22 Learning Plan to the School Board on Wednesday, May 5. The reopening plan provides for five days a week of full-time, in-person instruction for all students in all grade levels. Students at all grade levels will have the option to remain virtual.
- Prince William County Public Schools
Police Blotter
Four Local Residents Arrested in Murder of Retired Fauquier County Sheriff’s Son
Prince William County Authorities Released One From Jail With Drug Related Wrap Sheet In 2020
Four local residents have been charged with the murder of a 24 year old Fauquier County man who was interrupting a burglary at his home on April 22nd.
Charles “Trip” Bopp, a dairy farmer and son of a retired Fauquier County Sheriff’s Major, died of an apparent gun shot wound after arriving at his home in Remington around 5:30pm on April 22nd. Bopp was found deceased by authorities on his front lawn.
- Coles District Staff
UPDATE: Final Suspect Arrested and Charged in April 2nd Murder at Manassas Mall
On April 29th, the remaining suspect sought in connection to the fatal shooting that occurred outside of the Manassas Mall located on Sudley Rd in the Manassas area of Prince William County on April 2, was arrested. The suspect, Christian Starr HAYNES, turned himself into police without incident.
- Prince William County Police Department
Mob Assault In Woodbridge Injures Two, Suspects Wanted: Police
One man was stabbed when he was attacked by a "mob" on Monday morning, according to the Prince William County Police Department. One suspect was arrested in connection with the stabbing on Monday, but two other suspects are still at large.
- Woodbridge Patch
Trial delayed for suspect in random Woodbridge gang murders
The trial has been delayed for the youngest and final suspect who police say was part of a random 2018 killing of a Woodbridge man by the MS-13 street gang.
- InsideNOVA
Man charged with assaulting two women walking in Bristow

Police have charged a 20-year-old man after assaults on two women walking in Bristow this month.
- InsideNOVA
Reported Woodbridge Rape Did Not Occur

On May 12, upon further investigation, detectives with the Special Victims Unit determined the incident surrounding the rape that allegedly occurred in the area of Golansky Blvd. and Noble Pond Way on May 6, was unfounded.
- Prince William County Police Department
The Next Recruiting Open House is Scheduled for June 5

Are you interested in a career in law enforcement? Do you have questions about how to become a police officer?
- Prince William County Police Department
Police Seek Assistance with Finding Armed Robbery Suspect in Mid-County
Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit are asking for the community’s help identifying the suspect involved in a robbery that occurred near Tayloe Dr. and Gordon Dr. in the Manassas area of Prince William County on May 11.
- Prince William County Police Department
Robbers assault 90-year-old woman, steal her car in Woodbridge

Police are searching for four men who assaulted a 90-year-old woman at a Woodbridge gas station Wednesday afternoon, then stole her purse and car.
- InsideNOVA
Police Seek Suspect Accused of California Chicken Wings Armed Robbery

On May 19 at 8:17PM, officers responded to the California Chicken Wings located at 8124 Sudley Rd. of Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery.
- Prince William County Police Department
85 Year Old Dale City Man Charged in Shooting

An 85 year old Dale City man was arrested for shooting another man, 63, at his home following a domestic dispute on May 5th.
- Coles District Staff
Warrant obtained man jailed in Fla., tied to Triangle man’s murder
On October 22, 2020, detectives began to investigate the disappearance of a 25-year-old man who was reported missing by his family.
- Potomac Local
Torch Run for Special Olympics is June 10

It is time for the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics, and the Police Department would love to have the public join us and cheer on the runners!
- Prince William County Police Department
May 11th Board Work Session Not Televised by Board; Supervisor Vega Livestreams    
Over the objections of the three Republican Supervisors, the May 11th Board work session was moved to a location, the Buckhall Volunteer Fire Department, which does not allow for the meeting to be carried on local access television or through the county’s website.
- Coles District Staff
Board Votes to Hire Consultant, Set Criteria for Redistricting
Also Asks Consultant to Draw Lines for Potential New Eighth District

In the early morning hours of May 19th, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted to set the decennial redistricting process into motion with the hiring of a consultant, criteria, and opened the door for a new eighth magisterial district.
- Coles District Staff
Supervisors Vega and Candland Chat with Appointees to ‘Racial and Social Justice’ Commission
On April 29th, Supervisors Vega and Candland held a zoom call to discuss the state of the newly created Racial and Social Justice Commission with their appointees, Mac Haddow and Erica Tredinnick.
Public Pools Re-Opening This Summer

Prince William County’s Parks Department is reopening their public pool facilities this summer.
On Saturday, May 29th, Waterworks Waterpark in Dale City opened. Waterworks will only be open on weekends until mid-June.
- Coles District Staff
Building Crisis Resiliency: ACTS Leads With a Frontline Focus
- Department of Economic Development
Promote Your Products and Services on Market Maker!
Learn how to register your business and create a profile that synchronizes with Buy Fresh Buy Local, Virginia Grown and Virginia’s Finest listings.
- Virginia Cooperative Extension
Prince William County Accelerated Support for Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Prince William County Department of Economic Development (DED) watched with the rest of the world as the COVID-19 pandemic brought the global economy to a tumultuous standstill. Yet as the team committed to developing the county’s economic future, DED immediately started speeding up support faster than ever before.  
- Prince William County Department of Economic Development
The Department of Development Services' Small Business Program supports 36 business owners 'Open for Business" in April
Thirty-six businesses received a ‘Certificate of Occupancy’ or official letter to ‘Open for Business’ from the Department of Development Services’ Small Business Project Management Program in April.
- Prince William County Department of Development Services
Happy Father's Day!
I am so grateful for my husband Rene, my dad, and all the other dads we are blessed with. I wish all families, especially the dads, a happy Father's Day!

- Supervisor Vega
Sikh Center of Virginia Vaisakhi Mela Day
On Sunday April 18th, our office joined the Sikh community at their Vaisakhi Mela day.
- Coles District Staff
Virtual Meeting to be Held June 9th on Trails Component of Comprehensive Plan

Interested in County Trails? If so, you won’t want to miss this virtual meeting on the trails component for the Comprehensive Plan!
Supervisor Vega Attends Prince William Wildflower Society’s Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony
On April 30th, Supervisor Vega attended the Prince William Wildflower Society’s Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony at the Old Courthouse in Manassas.
Special thanks to Nancy Vehrs and the Wildflower Society for their commitment to conservation and our environment!

- Coles District Staff
Farmers Markets and Farm Stands to Visit
Find a list of farmers markets and farm stands in Prince William County
- Prince William County Office of Tourism
Supervisor Vega Addresses Lake Jackson Lions Club
Supervisor Vega addressed the Lake Jackson Lions Club at their virtual meeting on May 17th.
- Coles District Staff
Virginia to Hold Primary Elections on June 8th
Virginia will hold primary elections on June 8th. Only certain political parties will their nominee be chosen on June 8th as some seats are uncontested, while other nominees were chosen by other methods.
- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Speaks at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new LIDL Store on Liberia Avenue
On April 21st, Supervisor Vega was invited to speak at the ribbon cutting for the new LIDL store on Liberia Avenue. Their new location is the fourth to open in Prince William County in recent years. Supervisors Vega thanked the store for expanding their investment into Prince William County and for offering fresh, quality produce at reduce costs to county residents.

- Coles District Staff
Fleet Management Division Recognized as Best 100 Fleet in America

The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA), the world’s largest association of fleet management professionals for the 13th year has recognized Prince William County’s Department of Facility and Fleet Management-Fleet Management Division as a Best 100 Fleet in America 2021.
- Prince William County Office of Communications
Save the Date! Manassas City Library Ribbon Cutting!
Prince William Public Libraries cordially invites you to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
to celebrate the grand opening of
the Manassas City Library. The event will be Monday, June 7th from 10:00–11:00 a.m. at
10104 Dumfries Road Manassas.
- Prince William Public Libraries
Increase in Glass Recycling in Prince William County
There has been an increase in glass recycling in Prince William County. Residents have made this program a success. The Solid Waste Division joined other jurisdictions in the regional “purple bin club” in April 2019.
- Prince William County Office of Communications
VRE Returns to Full Service
 Commuter Rail System to Operate 32 Daily Trains Beginning June 1st
Circle June 1st on your calendar. That’s when the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) will resume its full-service schedule, increasing commuting options for passengers. VRE has been running a reduced-service schedule since March 17, 2020, following a decline in ridership due to COVID-19. Under the full-service schedule, VRE will operate 32 daily trains on its two lines.
- Virginia Railway Express
Congratulations to Aidan Kahl on achieving Eagle Scout! 
On May 16th, our office had the privilege of attending Mr. Kahl's Eagle Scout Ceremony. Congratulations!
Supervisor Vega visits with Residents of Hidden Spring
On May 12th, Supervisor Vega had the privilege of visiting with the wonderful residents of the Hidden Springs neighborhood off of Lucasville Road for a beautiful outdoor evening meeting.
This active neighborhood had a lot of questions about transportations, roads, and public safety. Supervisor Vega looks forward to assisting them with their requests!

- Coles District Staff
Walk and Talk Wellness
In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, our community coalitions have partnered to support you with wellness messages at nine of our county trail locations.
- Greater Prince William Trails Coalition
Supervisor Vega Participates in ORMA’s Blessing of the Fleet
On May 15th, Supervisor Vega enjoyed a beautiful morning the Occoquan River Maritime Association’s 20th Annual Blessing of the Fleet.
This year’s Blessing was dedicated in the memory of Patricia Croft.
The Blessing of the Fleet is a centuries-old tradition where receiving a blessing from the local Clergy was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.

- Coles District Staff
Brentsville Jail Museum Grand Opening
After years of restoration and research, the Prince William County Office of Historic Preservation within the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism hosted the Grand Opening of the Brentsville Jail Museum on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The new and innovative exhibits tell the story of the town of Brentsville and its inhabitants, highlighting the building's various uses from a jail in the 19th century, to a dormitory, private house, and office space in the 20th century.
- Prince William County Office of Communications
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map Preliminary Update

The FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map or FIRM displays floodplain areas and level of flooding hazard for parcels across the county. This allows the federal government to determine the necessity for flood insurance, the county government to prevent development in the floor plain, and is how insurance brokers ascertain the amount of flood risk there is for a given parcel.
- Coles District Staff
They’re Baaaaack! Brood X Cicadas Have Arrived in Prince William County.
By now you have heard the 17-year Brood X cicadas will be visiting Prince William County this summer. Chris Eckart, Specialty Programs coordinator for Science in the Park, captured this photo early this morning, at Lake Ridge Park, Woodbridge, VA.
- Prince William County Parks Department
Hatfield Brings Home Top Prize at 2021 Virtual Water Art Invitational
The Service Authority's Water Art Invitational is designed to raise awareness about the value of clean water and to engage students in environmental stewardship through artistic expression.
- Prince William Service Authority
Kenneth Parsons, Founder of Independent Hill’s Parsons Farm, Passes Away at 88
- Coles District Staff
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