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Issue 121

Friday, June 17, 2022

Prince William County

Dear Neighbors,

I was fortunate to attend six of our County's Class of 22 Commencement Ceremonies. While these rite of passage events are always impactful, I found myself particularly moved when the graduates participated in the iconic tossing of their caps in the air (see pictures in Chair's Calendar below).

High School graduation is a time of ending and saying goodbye. Along with that, there can be a sense of sadness. Yet, it is also a time of accomplishment and new possibilities. In that moment, I felt excitement for what their future held. Congratulations to the Prince William County Class of 2022! I can't wait to see "the places you'll go." 

Before I close, I want to acknowledge this coming Sunday there are two important celebrations. Every year, on the third Sunday in June, we take time to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives on Father's Day. This Sunday we are also recognizing one of our nation's oldest celebrations of the end of slavery, Juneteenth. You can learn more about Juneteenth and Father's Day in issue 70. You can find some of the Juneteenth celebrations taking place this weekend in County Happenings below. I wish everyone happy and safe festivities for both of these special acknowledgments. 

In Service,

Chair Ann Wheeler

Department Tour and Talk

Department of Social Services

Led by Director Courtney S. Tierney, the mission of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is to transform lives through safety, support, and self-sufficiency. The agency provides County residents with a range of services and public assistance. DSS is involved in Foster Care and Adoptions, Juvenile Services which provide short-term supervision, and Family Treatment Services in cases where child abuse or neglect is identified. 

The Department also provides federally mandated programs including Child and Adult Protective Services. Its financial Public Assistance Programs for eligible individuals and families includes Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), childcare expenses, and energy assistance.

Courtney S. Tierney, Director Department of Social Services

DSS appreciates the community’s generosity in providing gift cards throughout the year for children, young adults, and vulnerable elders in need. To donate a gift card, please email Linda Meier. DSS also appreciates the community’s generosity to the local partners that collaborate with it to serve those in need. Donations to the local non-profit community IS a donation to DSS.

"The Department of Social Services provides a broad range of needed services and assistance for residents in Prince William County. Their dedication to helping others and every day are making a difference in so many people's lives, especially during the last two years."

Ann Wheeler

Chair At-Large Board of County Services

Chair's Calendar

Class of 2022

Over the last few weeks, Chair Wheeler attended the Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremonies of Battlefield High School, C. D. Hylton High School, Forest Park High School, Gar-Field High School, Osbourn Park High School, and Woodbridge High School. Visit the PWC Schools YouTube page to see videos of these and additional Graduation Ceremonies. 

Did You Know?

The tradition of tossing caps at graduations is believed to have started in 1912 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. When the graduating Midshipmen were presented their new Officer's caps, they tossed their old ones up in the air.  

Honoring Heroes

Saturday, June 11, Chair Wheeler spoke at the Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary Club 2.2-mile Flags for Heroes walk (issue 119).

A Milestone Celebration

On Sunday, June 12, Chair Wheeler joined Rabbi Shmuel Perlstein and the Chabad of Greater Gainesville community to celebrate their 5 Year Anniversary. The dinner event was held at Windy Knoll Farm. Established in 2017, the Chabad Center for Jewish Life became the first Jewish Center on the western end of the County. 

Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today. The word “Chabad” is a Hebrew acronym for the three intellectual faculties of chochmah—wisdom, binah—comprehension and da’at—knowledge. 

Town Hall

Wednesday, June 16, Chair Wheeler attended the Coal Ash Ponds at Possum Point Power Station Town Hall (issue 120). You can view a recording of the Town Hall on the Prince William County Potomac Magisterial District's Facebook page

"The closure of Dominion's Possum Point Power Station on Quantico Creek is a matter that extends beyond the Potomac District also impacts the lives of every resident of our County...Thank each of you in advance for your continued engagement on this issue as we all seek to mitigate impacts to the health and safety of our families, our friends, our land, and our waterways."

Ann Wheeler

Chair At-Large Board of County Supervisors



The Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Cases Dashboard for the Prince William Health District dated Friday, June 17, showed case numbers have decreased since last Friday. The 7-day average on June 17 was 151.3, and it was 186.3 on Friday, June 10, (issue120).

The Prince William Health District (PWHD) COVID-19 Locality Metrics Dashboard dated Monday, June 13, showed Prince William County and the City of Manassas Park continue to be in a medium level of community transmission, while the City of Manassas had returned to a low level. The CDC guidelines for individual and household prevention methods by community transmission level can be found here.  

Protecting Yourself and Others:
Latest Data:
How to Get Vaccinated:
How to get tested:

Next Meeting

Tuesday, June 28

2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Links to the agenda and to register to participate in Public Comment Time remotely will be shared in next week's issue.

The BOCS Wants Your Input

PWC is currently in the recruitment process for a new County Executive. To ensure a transparent and inclusive process, the BOCS is seeking feedback from the community on what you consider to be the top priorities for our next County Executive. The County’s third-party recruiting vendor is collecting the feedback and will use it to make final recommendations to the Board. 

Members of the community are invited to provide their input here by close of business on Friday, July 1. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

County News

Holiday Hours

Monday, June 20 in recognition of Juneteenth:

  • County Government Offices will be closed
  •  All Libraries will be closed
  • Courts will be closed

Additionally, Saturday, June 18, all Libraries will be closed.

You can learn about some of the Juneteenth activities taking place this weekend in County Happenings below.

Plan Update

PWC is updating its 20-year Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). The current plan, which was adopted in 2004, includes the County and the incorporated towns of Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, and Quantico. The SWMP establishes a foundation and reflects the vision for management of solid waste in PWC over the next 20 years. Solid waste in PWC generally refers to any garbage or refuse from residents, businesses, schools and organizations.

Your Feedback Requested

Residents and business managers can send comments and questions to the County about the 2022 Draft SWMP through July 22. To learn more, you can:

  • Read the 2022 Draft SWMP here.
  • View the 2022 Draft SWMP slide presentation here.
  • Watch a brief recorded webinar about the SWMP development process here (recording password is 8RcJpmZb).

Submit your feedback here.

Taxpayer Services Change

For the next several months, the PWC Taxpayer Services call center and counter locations will open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesdays. This is in an effort for the Finance Department to meet with staff and provide additional training. The hours for the call center and counter locations on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday hours will remain 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Be Prepared

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration has predicted an above-normal Atlantic season. The PWC Office of Emergency Management suggests the tips below to prepare your family and home. You'll also find tips on what to do if a storm has been identified to possibly impact PWC here. To see if your property is in a designated FEMA floodplain or a Virginia Storm Surge Zone, you can use this interactive lookup tool.

Preparing your family:


Preparing Your Home:

  • Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Reduce property damage by retrofitting your home to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
  •  If you purchase a portable generator, have a licensed electrician install the correct transfer switch for your home. NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
  • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.
  • Review or purchase a homeowner's insurance policy. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, consider purchasing flood insurance.
  • Take photos of all your valuables and the condition of your house inside and out, including the roof. Store the photos on a flash drive or a secure online file hosting service along with copies of your important documents.

County Happenings

Here are some of the Juneteenth happenings in PWC:

Fly Fishing

Saturday, July 16, and Saturday, July 23, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, the PWC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is offering an Introduction to Fly Fishing at Silver Lake Park in Haymarket. The $18 workshop is designed for ages 16 to 99 who are interest in trying fly fishing and will cover the basics of equipment, casting techniques, tools, and safety concerns. It will also compare the differences in fly fishing from spin casting, bait casting, and traditional fishing. Register for one or both here

Learn About Amateur Radio Operators

Starting 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 25, through 2:00 pm June 26, the Ole Virginia Hams (W4OVH) is participating in the annual Amateur Radio Operators Field Day at Nokesville Park,12560 Aden Road in Nokesville. The event will be under the big pavilion and rain or shine. 

Field Day combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. It has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Amateur Radio operators provide a critical public service during times of disaster, by providing reliable communications when the normal infrastructure is offline. Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and trained in the art and science of radio communication and basic electronics theory, they own and maintain their own communications equipment and are prohibited by federal law from receiving payment for our services. The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) is their national organization and has built relationships with several served agencies including FEMA, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and many others.

Ann B. Wheeler was elected Chair At-Large of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors during the 2019 General Election and assumed office on January 1, 2020. Prince William County is located 25 miles south of Washington, D.C., and is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s second-most populous county with approximately 482,000 residents. 
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