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Issue 131

Friday, September 9, 2022

Prince William County

Dear Neighbors,

It always seems busier after Labor Day and that is reflected in this issue. You can learn about availability of the COVID-19 updated booster and latest community levels. In addition to information on next week's BOCS meeting, you'll find out a few special actions from this week's meeting.

In County News you can read about awards, upcoming public hearings, an environment volunteer opportunity, a grant announcement, and library construction updates. County Happenings has details on an upcoming popular annual event, a special campfire experience, and the PWC Libraries' Fall Explorer magazine. County Kudos gives a shout-out to a successful first year program.

As always, Prince William County has so much to offer as seen by the many events, people and happenings that we highlight. I am grateful to live in such a vibrant community with all its diversity and depth. Prince William County has many wonderful, caring people, who make it a great place to reside.

In Service,

Chair Ann Wheeler

Chair's Calendar

Remembrance Ceremony

Friday, September 9, Chair Wheeler, along with other dignitaries and elected officials, participated in the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Liberty Memorial (issue 82), which was dedicated in 2006 and designed to honor those lost on September 11. Etched into the sides of the reflecting pool are the names of the 22 residents (issue 82) from PWC who lost their lives, more than any other county in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.


Saturday, September 3, Chair Wheeler, along with other dignitaries and elected officials, participated in the 75th Pakistan Day Festival at Bull Run Park in Centreville. The event, one of the largest in the metropolitan area, brought the Pakistani culture and colors to light through live entertainment, music, performances, vendors, food, and more.


Updated Booster Available

Tuesday, September 6, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) advised eligible residents of Virginia are able to schedule appointments with their healthcare providers to receive the new, free COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccinations, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna (issue 130). The new boosters are targeted specifically at the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the Omicron variant.

Virginia's 35 local health districts pre-ordered 100,800 Pfizer-BioNTech vials and 40,900 Moderna vials through the VDH. They were anticipated to arrive at local health department offices and partner providers by September 6. Pharmacies preordered vaccines through their federal partnership as well.


Tuesday, September 6, the Prince William Health District (PWHD) advised the new bivalent booster vaccination will be available through the PWHD Mobile Clinic Unit while supplies last and weather permitting. Appointments can be made at and walk-ins are accepted.

Low Community Level Continues

The CDC Community Level Tool dated Thursday, September 8, showed COVID-19 community level for Prince William County and the City of Manassas continued to be low, while the City of Manassas Park was medium. You can check the community levels in other areas here

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Next Meeting

Tuesday, September 13

2:00pm Work Session

7:30 pm Public Hearing

For Public Comment Time options visit SpeakUp! Prince WilliamRemote speakers must sign-up by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 12. In-person speakers can sign up at the meeting.

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Commendation and Proclamations from the Tuesday, September 6, BOCS meeting 

Commended Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) for 40 years of service. In the first year of its existence, approximately 200 seniors participated in the NVSO. Over the years, that number has multiplied with an estimated 800 registered participants scheduled to compete in this year. NVSO offers adults, ages 50 and older, opportunities to engage in competition, build self-confidence, and fellowship with their peers through recreational physical activities, competitive athletics, and non-physical games. It also promotes a year-round desire for healthy living, fitness, self-improvement, and achievement in senior adults.

2022 NVSO torch bearers, and PWC residents, Joyce and Tom Tobias accepted the commendation.

This Year's Games

The 2022 NVSO will span from Saturday, September 10, to Saturday, September 24. The 831 participants will compete in 74 individual events, ranging from basketball to line dancing, at 25 venues throughout Northern Virginia.

Proclaimed September National Preparedness Month in Prince William County, a time designated every year to raise awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness and to encourage all residents, business owners, and employees to prepare for disasters in their homes, businesses, and neighborhoods. The 2022 theme, A Lasting Legacy, encourages everyone to protect the life they’ve built by preparing for disasters. Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility, and every resident, family, and business should take steps to be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours after a major emergency or disaster.

PWC Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Misner accepted the proclamation. 


The PWC Office of Emergency Management has a roadmap to help you make a plan to ensure you are prepared. You'll learn how make a plan, tailor it to your needs, ensure everyone knows the plan, and the importance of practicing the plan. You can also review and download the PWC Emergency Preparedness Handbook.

Proclaimed September 15 through October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month in Prince William County. Every year, U.S. Congress authorizes the President to issue a proclamation designating the month to celebrate how the achievements of Hispanics throughout the United States have enriched the country’s culture and society. As a community, Hispanics are an example of a community of faith with strong family values, hard work ethic, and patriotism. Hispanics have made innumerable contributions as leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, athletes, scientists, public servants, elected officials, diplomats, teachers, law enforcement officers, engineers, astronauts, and members of the nation’s armed forces.

PWC employees, and members of the Organization of Latino Employees, Leticia Zelaya, Veronica Marquez, and Crystal Zavala accepted the proclamation  

Hispanics in PWC

According to the 2020 United States Census, Hispanics account for approximately 25.4% of Prince William County’s population and 18.7% of the country’s population, which makes them the biggest minority in both Prince William County and the United States.

County News

PWC Recognized

In August, PWC was honored with several 2022 Achieviment Awards by the Virginia Associations of Counties (VACo). The County's Early Diversion Program in Domestic Violence Cases (read submission) program earned the Best Large County Achievement Award. The Northern Virginia Bioscience Center (read submission) earned an Achievement Award. The Northern Virginia Critical Incident Response Team (read submission), which was submitted by PWC, also earned an Achievement Award.

Comprehensive Plan Updated

The PWC Planning Office has republished the Pathway to 2040: Comprehensive Plan Update August 2022 Mobility Chapter draft.  The Mobility Chapter, Roadway Plan Updated September 2022 draft now includes a map of the Roadway Plan (page 22) and associated tables describing the proposed roads. 

Reminder: Upcoming PWC Planning Commission Public Hearings 

Feedback on the both of these can be submitted to the Planning Office using the online Project Planning Comment Form.

Volunteers Needed for Annual Cleanup

Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 to 2:00 pm (rain date, Saturday, October 1), Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC) is holding its 13th Annual Upper Occoquan River Cleanup. The event will include nine different sites along more than 25 miles of the Occoquan River, ranging from Cedar Run/Broad Run through Lake Jackson and from the base of Lake Jackson Dam to Hooes Run, south of Lake Ridge Marina. People who are interested in helping, can register for water or land cleanup.

During the 2021 cleanup, 263 volunteers collected 234 bags – more than 2,000 pounds – of trash on water and land.

Additional Details

Cleanup points of contact are Bill McCarty and Veronica Tangiri. You can also call 571-379-7514 for more information. For cleanup supplies, data sheets to report cleanup data, and to share pictures, contact or call 571-379-7514.

Arts Grant Application Window is Open

The PWC Arts Council has announce that the BOCS reopened the grant cycle for a second round of grants in support of the arts for fiscal year 2023. All nonprofit organizations in arts education, community arts, dance, electronic media, festivals, folk arts, literature, minority arts, music, theatre, and visual arts across the greater Prince William, City of Manassas and City of Manassas Park, are encouraged to apply. The grant application deadline is 5:00 pm Friday, September 16. 

Additional Details

Grants are available through the New and Emerging and the General Operating Grant programs. New and Emerging Grants are designed to assist newly established art start-up nonprofit groups find their footing through providing some assistance within the first three years of their existence. General Operating Grants are available to ensure that established nonprofit organizations have every opportunity to sustain themselves as they continue to provide rich cultural and art performances to our citizens across the region.

Library Construction Updates

The Bull Run Library is reopening Monday, September 12, at 10:00 am. The 25,000 square-foot building renovations included a new Makerspace (issue 90), additional study room, updated children and young adult areas, new dedicated tween area, open floor plan, and new furniture.

The Haymarket Gainesville Library demolition of the existing heating and cooling system is 90% complete and electrical work has begun. Currently, the project is on track to have the new system functioning this coming October. The library remains open during the system replacement.

County Happenings

Annual Open House

Saturday, September 24, and Sunday September 25, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, PWC's Tank Farm is holding an Open House and hosting the Americans in Wartime Experience. Located at 13906 Aden Road in Bristow, the Tank Farm will have 50 vehicles on display, an additional dozen that will be demonstrated, and over a hundred living historians who will bring the event to life. The event will also include K9 demonstrations, children’s activities, food vendors, flame thrower demonstrations, and more. You can get a taste of the Americans in Wartime Experience in the video below and register for the event here.

Campfire Tales

Saturday, September 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, come out to the Brenstville Courthouse Historic Centre for Strange Tales Campfire. You'll roast s'mores and hear tales of unusual happenings and strange sights in PWC. Whether it’s monsters in the woods of Independent Hill, unknown lights in the sky near Manassas, or a logger’s lament in the Bull Run Mountains, these stories are a bit outside the realm of regular ghosts or hauntings. Fee is $5.00 and children under 6 are free. Register to attend here.

Library Fall Offerings

The PWC Public Library Fall Explorer online magazine is now available. Halloween events, LEGO clubs, Repair Cafés, and more await you this fall at Prince William Public Libraries. Read the online version of Explore magazine to see all free upcoming programs. You can also pick up a short version at any of our 11 open libraries or browse the Online Events Calendar to register and learn more about upcoming events.

County Kudos

Summer Camp Scholarship Program

Thanks to a new scholarship program supported by the Prince William Parks Foundation (issue 117), 103 children had the chance to experience summer camp. The scholarships were awarded through the Count Me In Scholarship Program (issue 117), a partnership between the Foundation and the PWC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. The needs-based scholarship awards were made possible thanks to the generous donations from individuals, corporations, and the Hylton Foundation. 

The Prince William Parks Foundation will continue raising funds for the program with a long-range goal to ensure no child is turned away from camp due to cost. To learn more about the Prince William County Parks Foundation or to donate, please visit here

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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