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Issue 123

Friday, July 1, 2022

Prince William County

Dear Neighbors,


I view the 4th as a time when we collectively celebrate the birth of our Nation. 


For many of you, the holiday weekend is already planned out and maybe even well underway. On the other hand, if you are still looking for things to do, you'll find plenty of options in the Holiday Information section below.


Whether your plans are big, or more intimate, I wish you a safe and joyous weekend. One where we can appreciate this time of unity.


In Service,

Chair Ann Wheeler


Chair's Calendar

Kickoff Event

Monday, June 27, Chair Wheeler attended a meet and greet kickoff event at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville for the 19th Solheim Cup it is hosting in September 2024. This will be the first major women’s competition held at the club, which hosted the first four Presidents Cups held in the United States. The club, which opened in 1991, was founded and designed by famed golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. who considered the layout to be one of his finest designs.

Pictured with Chair Wheeler are Megan Khang (blue cap), Stacey Lewis (red cap), and Austin Ernst (white cap) of the LPGA.

The Solheim Cup is a biennial, transatlantic team match-play competition features the 12 best European players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the 12 best U.S. players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, June 29, Chair Wheeler participated in the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's Ribbon Cutting to celebrate renaming the access road located just off of Route 1 where the museum is located to Semper Fidelis Way. The ceremony featured Marines in a variety of uniforms, including period uniforms from 1775, dress blues, and modern combat gear. Major General James Lukeman USMC (Ret) and Marine Corps Heritage Foundation CEO had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

Also, effective Friday, July 1, sections of Route 1 in PWC will be renamed Richmond Highway (issue 53). This is also the date the Route 1 Refresh Grant (issue 122) program launches, which provides financial aid to eligible businesses impacted by the name change. 

Program Tour

Wednesday, June 29, Chair Wheeler toured the INOVA Juniper Program office in Dumfries. Northern Virginia's largest provider of HIV/AIDS care, the INOVA Juniper Program offers all aspects of primary medical care, mental health care, substance abuse care, and case management services to HIV positive individuals, as well as HIV/AIDS clinical and education services.


Compassionate and dignified care is provided to individuals regardless of their sex, race, background, sexual orientation, religious preference, financial status, or insurance coverage. At any given time, the INOVA Juniper provides services to about 1,800 active clients. The Juniper Program has a second PWC office in Manassas.

Learn more about the impact of the INOVA Juniper Program below. 


COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Cases Dashboard for the Prince William Health District dated Friday, July 1, showed slightly higher case numbers from last Friday's. The 7-day average on July 1 was 162. On Friday, June 24, it was 153.3 (issue122).

The CDC Community Level Tool on Friday, July 1, showed Prince William County's community level has returned to medium (last Friday, June 24 it was low). This tool looks at hospital beds being used and hospital admissions, as well as number of new cases. The CDC advises the following when the community level is medium to:


You can check the community levels in other areas here


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

BOCS

July Meetings

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, July 12, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm


Work Session

Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 pm


Links to the agenda and to register to participate in Public Comment Time remotely will be shared in issue prior to the meeting.


County News

Community Information Session 

The BOCS adopted several “targeted industries” in 1999 to focus the County’s economic development programs and efforts. The targeted list of industries is periodically evaluated and refined to ensure the County remains competitive.


In January 2022, the County contracted with Camoin Associates to conduct an independent analysis to determine the past performance of targeted industries, provide future industry projections, and compare that with available zoned and planned commercial land. This will help determine the pipeline of suitable land for economic development purposes for the next 20 years. In May, Camoin provided its Targeted Industry Land Needs Analysis (issue 117). 

Thursday, July 14, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, the PWC Planning Office and Department of Economic Development are hosting a virtual public information meeting with Camoin Associates. During the meeting, Camoin will provide an overview of the key findings, as well as respond to previously submitted questions from the community. The deadline for submitting questions is Thursday, July 7.

How to participate:

  • Submit your question, and/or register for the Zoom meeting, here.
  • Visit PWC's Targeted Industry Land Need Analysis webpage here.

Free and Low-Cost Mental Health Counseling

In the first round of funding (issue 113) by the PWC AARP Community Grant Program (issue 102) from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Women’s Center was awarded $92,680. The funds are dedicated to providing free and low-cost mental health counseling to women, children, men, families, and teens of PWC

In addition to in-person and virtual sessions for individuals and groups, the Women’s Center provides adolescent and couples counseling. Programming is available in English and Spanish.


PWC residents looking to utilize these services from the Women's Center can call the Center at (703) 281-2657 (TTY: 711). If residents are not able to call, they can email the Center at questions@thewomenscenter.org.

More About the Women's Center

The Women’s Center has been a fixture in Northern Virginia for 48 years, providing essential mental health counseling services, education, and support to women, men, teens, and children across all ethnically and racially diverse populations who are traumatized, in crisis, or experiencing other challenges impacting their ability to lead healthy, safe, productive lives. It ensures financial need is never a barrier to accessing care and that all population groups living within our community have access to effective mental health services. All services are offered in Spanish and English.  

For Those Experiencing Food Insecurities

With rising inflation and gas prices, this Summer the Northern Virginia Food Rescue and PWC Public Libraries are partnering to help residents experiencing food insecurities on select days and locations. Food will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no ID required. Learn more here

The drive-through events will run from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on the dates at the PWC library locations listed below:

  • Friday, July 1 - Lake Ridge Library, 2239 Old Bridge Road
  • Friday, July 8 and Thursday, 21 - Central Library, 8601 Mathis Avenue 
  • Friday, July 15 - Manassas City Library, 10104 Dumfries Road
  • Monday, July 25 - Dumfries Library, 18115 Triangle Shopping Plaza 
  • Wednesday, Aug 24 - Potomac Library, 2201 Opitz Boulevard

Virtual Training Event

Monday, July 11, at 6:00 pm, the PWC Police Department is having a Virtual Neighborhood Watch Presentation. The meeting will be hosted by the department’s Crime Prevention Unit and is expected to last an hour. The session will cover situational awareness, crime reporting, home security, and watch patrolling, which will enable you to start a neighborhood watch in your community. All members of the public are welcome to attend. Register for the event here. If prompted, the password is "safe."


Holiday Information

Closed for the 4th

Monday, July 4, the County:

  • Government Offices will be closed
  • Landfill and Balls Ford Road Compost Facility will be closed
  •  Libraries will be closed
  • Courts will be closed


Additionally, all library branches will be closed, Saturday, July 2.

Fireworks Safety

Learn about fireworks safety in the video from Assistant Chief and Fire Mashall Matt Smolsky of the PWC Fire Marshall's Office. You can learn more about fireworks safety in issue 119 and in the Fire Marshall's Office web site

Revolutionary War and PWC

Within Prince William County and the City of Manassas there are twelve sites designated as part of the Revolutionary War History Trail. The trail connects visitors with the great campaigns and lesser-known sites of the Revolutionary War. Illustrated signs combine storytelling with historic images at each historic site.

You can read some of the history of Independence Day in issue 72.

July 4th Events

Monday, July 4, 8:30 am and 9:30 am

The Freedom Firecracker 5K and Sparkler 1-Mile will be held at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center in Manassas. The 5K starts at 8:30 am, followed by the 1-Mile at 9:30 am. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hero's Bridge, an organization dedicated to serving veterans aged 65 and older. Registration is open until July 4 at 9:00 am and the fees are $45 for 5K and $20 for 1-Mile. 

Monday, July 4, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Dale City Independence Day Parade and Family Fun Day (issue 122) will be held on Dale Boulevard, from Kirkdale Drive to the commuter lot. Family Fun Day follows from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. There will be music, food vendors, crafts, games with prizes, a moon bounce, pony rides, and more.

Monday, July 4, 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Celebrate America will be at the Historic Downtown train depot, the Harris Pavilion and the Manassas Museum. Rides for the kids start at 3:00 pm. The rest of the fun, to include face painting, a caricature artist, food concessions, and novelty vendors begins at 4:00 pm. There will be a Watermelon Eating, Bike Decorating, and Pie Baking contests. Fireworks start at 9:15 pm

Monday, July 4, at 9:00 pm

The City of Manassas Park Fireworks will be held at Signal Hill Park. The event is free and will have a variety of food trucks. Shuttles start at 5:30pm from the VRE and City Hall.

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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