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Issue 113
Friday, April 22, 2022
Prince William County
Dear Neighbors,

War is still being raged on Ukraine and it is clear the residents of Prince William County want to help. Your response to the Northern Virginia Regional Commission's (NRVC) drive for Ukrainian refugees (issue 108) was beyond expectations.

In addition to many donations that were brought to our office's official drop-off location, other locations and groups from across the County collected donations. Below is a picture of what was collected at our office, as well as the Muslin Association of Virginia Dar Al Noor, Ebenezer Baptist Church and Missionaries, Potomac District Supervisor Andrea Bailey's office, Brentsville District Jeanine Lawson's office, and Coles District Supervisor Yesli Vega's Office.

In all, donations from across Northern Virginia for the drive will fill three 53-foot trailer trucks of much needed supplies! Thank you to all made who made this donation possible as well as all the other ways I know so many of you have provided support to the people of Ukraine.

In Service,
Chair Ann Wheeler
Chair's Calendar
Sunday, April 17, Chair Wheeler attended the Potomac Valley Church Easter Service and Great Banquet afterwards. The festivities included a community BBQ, an egg hunt for the kids, a free food pantry, and a ribbon cutting for its new Dumfries church and pre-school, the Blue-Ribbon Results Academy.
The nationally accredited Blue Ribbon Results Academy was established to provide holistic, brain-based educational services for preschool aged children, 2.5 years old to Grade 1. These services are designed to develop students’ spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical capacity so that all children will perform to their full potential.
Grand Opening
Monday, April 18, Chair Wheeler participated in the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) Grand Opening. CACs are proven to increase prosecution of perpetrators and PWC was the only Northern Virginia jurisdiction without one. In addition to PWC funding allocated in the FY2022 Budget, the Virginia Department of Social Services contributed $350K to the project. Learn more about the center in the grand opening video below.
More About the CAC
Located in Woodbridge, the CAC will provide a child-focused, facility-based program that allows representatives from many disciplines to meet, discuss, and make decisions about investigation, treatment, intervention, and prosecution of child abuse cases. Independent interviewers will work with children there so that they are not interviewed multiple times in multiple locations, which can worsen trauma. You can learn more about how the CAC Model works here.
Tuesday, April 18, prior to the BOCS meeting, Chair Wheeler proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Victim Awareness Month to draw attention to the fact that sexual assault is a widespread crisis and has both public and personal health implications for every PWC community member. Advocate Angela Henz accepted the proclamation.
Data from various studies indicate that in the Unites States:
  • A person is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds.
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 38 men have been a victim of an attempted or completed assault in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 4 boys first experience attempted or completed sexual assault between the ages of 11 and 17.
  • 47% of all transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime.
Transportation Meetings
Wednesday, April 20, Chair Wheeler participated in a National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) Multi-Sector Working Group (MSWG) Climate Work Session. Chair Wheeler is a committee member of the TPB, and following the work session, participated in its regular monthly meeting.
More about the Climate MSWG
Part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the MSWG was established at the request of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, the Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee, and the TPB to support the recommendations and key goals of the National Capital Region Climate Change Report and work of the Region Forward Coalition.
Chair Wheeler is also serving as an Ambassador for TPB's Visualize 2045, the long-range transportation plan for metropolitan Washington. The plan will include transportation projects in the region that TPB can reasonably expect to fund and also provide a rededication to equity, resiliency, and safer communities as we visualize our future.
Provide Your Feedback
The 2022 update to Visualize 2045, the Transportation Improvement Program, and Air Quality Conformity determination documents are available for comment through Sunday, May 1. Find the online comment form and information on additional ways to comment here.
Spring in PWC
Friday, April 15, Chair Wheeler went to Burnside Farms 2022 Festival of Spring. The display of tulips was breathtaking. It really is Holland in Virginia!

Starting mid to late July, the Summer of Sunflowers will have over 30 varieties of "cutting" sunflowers on more than 30 acres and a sunflower maze.

Later that day, Chair Wheeler attended the annual Occoquan Peep Week and voted for her favorite PEEPS® diorama. There were 25 amazing entries. You can check them out and find out who won here.
Travel Mask News
Monday, April 18, the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) issued a statement that, due to a court ruling, effective immediately, it will no longer enforce requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs, which had recently been extended through Tuesday, May 3 (issue 112 COVID-19).
Tuesday, April 19, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release that it would file an appeal to the court ruling. Wednesday, April 20 the CDC issued a statement that it continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time and the DOJ filed a notice of appeal.
Protecting Yourself and Others:
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Next Meeting
Tuesday, April 26
7:30 pm Budget Adoption

For Public Comment Time options visit SpeakUp! Prince WilliamRemote speakers must sign-up by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 25. In-person speakers can sign up at the meeting.
The BOCS made the following proclamations and declaration during the April 18 meeting. Click on the hyperlink to read each in full.
April 24 through April 30 was proclaimed Crime Victims’ Rights Week and a recommitment made to ensuring that accessible, appropriate, and trauma-informed services are offered to all victims of crime.
Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney Victim Witness Assistance Program (issue 101 Dept. Tours and Talks) is dedicated to strengthening victims and survivors in the aftermath of crime, building resilience in our communities and victim service providers.
Left to right: Kristen Marek of the PWC Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Unit and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Polinske accepted the proclamation.
May 1 through May 7 was proclaimed Public Service Recognition Week and County employees thanked for their commitment, professionalism, and dedication to serving and improving the quality of life for all PWC residents.
Over 4,700 full and part-time County employees serve the diverse community as public servants, residents, and volunteers.
Left to right: PWC Service Quality Council members Sharon Richardson, Stephanie Bootwala, Nasa Primas, and Lori Wilson accepted the proclamation.
The week of May 1 was declared International Compost Awareness Week and May 7 proclaimed The Official Compost Awareness Day. Everyone was encouraged to learn about composting, make or use compost at home, and participate in the yard waste program because of the positive effects on soil and lawn health, plant growth, the environment, and waste management.
Learn about PWC Compost Awareness Day in County Happenings below.
Composting is an effective method to increase waste diversion. Yard trimmings and food scraps make up about 30% of the waste going into the County Landfill. The Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Composting Facility has successfully composted yard waste and other organic materials since 1994.
Left to right: PWC Deputy Director of Public Works Jason Pauley and PWC Recycling Program Manager Scott McDonald accepted the proclamation.
May 1 through May 7 was proclaimed National Travel and Tourism Week and the immense benefits PWC receives from the spirit of travel, which permeates through our small businesses, unique landmarks, and all those who welcome residents and visitors with gracious hospitality, was acknowledged.
According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation, in 2020:
  • Travelers to PWC directly generated over $28 million in local tax revenues.
  • PWC generated $452 million in visitor expenditures and supported 4,711 jobs.
  • PWC was the eighth largest tourism economy in the Commonwealth.

In Fiscal Year 2021, the PWC Office of Tourism generated:
  • Over 18,000 overnight stays for sports tourism and group tours
  • Increased website sessions by 34%.
  • Generated 115 earned media news stories from local and national outlets.
  • Achieved $18 million in advertisement impressions.
Left to right: PWC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Director Seth Hendler-Voss, PWC Tourism Advisory Board Member Jacqueline Connor, and Tourism Advisory Board Vice Chair Jim Larkin accepted the proclamation.
Proclaimed May 20 as Bike to Work Day and the business community and other regional decision makers were encouraged to support increased bicycle commuting through bicycle-friendly policies and initiatives.
Learn about PWC Bike to Work Day events in County Happenings below.
Left to right: Bicycle enthusiasts Jason Williams and Joe Marshall accepted the proclamation.
County News
Principal of the Year
The Washington Post named Amy Schott, principal at Henderson Elementary School, the 2022 Principal of the Year. Ms. Schott was nominated for this annual award after receiving the 2021 PWCS Principal of the Year Award (issue 70 County Kudos). Ms. Schott was selected from school districts located in southern Maryland, Washington D.C., and northern Virginia.
As a principal, Ms. Schott strives to create an inclusive environment for all her students, families, and staff. She regularly provides opportunities for student and family engagement. In addition, she supports and encourages her staff to continuously share new ideas to lead the school in achieving at high levels. Ms. Schott has worked for PWCS since 2001 and is serving in her first year as principal at Henderson Elementary, after serving 13 years as principal at Rockledge Elementary. Learn more about her in the Washington Post article.
“Being named Principal of the Year means that PWCS has multiple ‘Principals of the Year,’ as I can almost guarantee that my day-to-day efforts and activities mirror many of those of my other amazing colleagues in PWCS. We have a highly supportive and collaborative professional learning community in PWCS, and we are constantly sharing best practices, so if something is working well in one school, it's not long before it takes hold in others.”
Amy Schott
Principal, Henderson Elementary School
Rx Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, PWC, City of Manassas, and Town of Haymarket Police Departments are participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
On Drug Take Back Day you can safely and legally dispose of unused or expired prescription medications by bringing them to collection sites at:

To protect your privacy, use a permanent marker to blacken out your personal information on the labels, if you are unable to peel them off.
The following will be accepted:
  • Prescription and over-the-counter solid-dosage medications (i.e., tablets and capsules).
  • Vape pens and e-cigarettes AFTER batteries have been removed.

The following will NOT be accepted:
  • Intravenous solutions, injectables, needles, hydrogen peroxide, compressed cylinders (asthma inhalers, for example), iodine-containing medications and thermometers.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine.
Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 21, the new Haymarket Hilton Garden Inn held its ribbon cutting ceremony. Located within the hotel, the Red House Tavern is open to the general public and offers a sophisticated take on classic favorites and features locally sourced ingredients.
School Physicals
Through August, Inova Cares Clinics for Families - Manassas, at 8051 Sudley Road in Manassas, is offering free school physicals for children ages 4-18 who are uninsured or have Virginia Medicaid coverage. Physicals are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 703-698-2550.

County Happenings
Earth Day Activities
While Earth Day (issue 112 County Happenings) is Friday, April 22, the PWC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism has compiled the below list of Earth Day cleanup projects, events and volunteer programs happening for the next month around PWC. The theme for Earth Day this year is Invest in Our Planet. Earth Day is a great reminder to get outside, enjoy nature and fresh air, plant a tree or garden and help clean up our parks.
Compost Awareness Day
Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, PWC Solid Waste Division and its partners, Freestate Farms and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), will host a Compost Awareness Day event at the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, 13000 Balls Ford Road in Manassas. Volunteers from the VCE Master Gardeners program will be present to share materials on the benefits and use of compost and yard waste, as well as food composting at home.
Event visitors can drop off food scarps and receive a free compost sample in their own bucket, compliments of Freestate Farms. Compost discounts and compost bins will also be available for purchase. Facility tours will begin at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.
Friday, May 20, Bike to Work Day will be celebrated at "pit stops" located throughout PWC. Each pit stop is different, but all are free and will have T-shirts and fun. Most will have free snacks and beverages, plus free SWAG and bicycling information, all while supplies last. Some will offer cool raffle prizes too. While most pit stops will have morning hours, a few will have afternoon hours, and some will have both. Start and end times vary by pit stop. Use the hyperlinks below to visit your pit stop’s web page for details. See Bike to Work Day FAQ's to learn more. Register to participate in Bike to Work Day here.

County Kudos
International Awards
PWC Public Libraries (PWPL) was awarded two Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media. The awards recognize outstanding work while promoting the philanthropic nature of marketing and communications professionals.
The Gold Award was for its Strategic Marketing Campaign, “PWPL Brand Drives the Miles.” The initiative placed new decals on the library's delivery trucks with the most important services and resources it offers. The trucks drive among 12 PWPL’s library branches and other community locations twice a day, distributing books and other materials.
Of the more than 1,500 Gold Award winners, Prince William Public Libraries was only one of two library systems to be recognized, and the only library system in the United States.
PWPL also received an Honorable Mention Award for Electronic Media/Social Media/YouTube Video for “PWPL’s Wi-Fi Has Left the Building!”
State News
Nomination Period is Open
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The nomination period ends at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 17. The annual awards recognize the significant contributions of Virginia citizens to the life and welfare of the Commonwealth and its people. Individual honors will be awarded in the categories of youth, young adult, senior and adult volunteers. Group honors will be awarded in the categories of faith-based organizations, families that volunteer together, community organizations, small businesses and corporations. Learn more and submit a nomination 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.