Prince William News
The UniStars Unicycling Showtroupe will be holding tryouts and registration on Aug. 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Vint Hill Community Center Gym just south of Gainesville. Anyone interested in joining the troupe is encouraged to attend. Riders will have to exhibit controlled riding as well as the ability to ride in formations with others.
The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is showing a series of movies on Thursday evenings at the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater. Participants can enjoy a movie under the stars with family and friends. Everyone can sit on benches or bring a blanket to stretch out on the grass.
The 65th annual Prince William County Fair officially came to a close Saturday night in Manassas with a Monster Truck Show serving at the main event at the grandstands. Maxie Broadus of Tappahannock won the competition, earning 23 points in the wheelie event, 27 points for times of 19.54 and 18.59 seconds in the relay race, and 50 points in the freestyle.
As the afternoon sun shone on the barn rooftops and the storm clouds gathered on the horizon, community members gathered together to discuss plans for a mosque in Nokesville on Aug. 12. The site, which is likely to continue to generate controversy over the next few months, is a 14-acre tract of land at 12655 Vint Hill Road.
Playing golf with your spouse or "significant other" is a great opportunity to spend quality time together. It opens the door for some great vacation trips, and what could be more beautiful than the great outdoors with open air and beautiful landscapes that golf courses provide? My wife and LPGA instructor Leslie and I teach a class on "Couples Coaching" at Bull Run Golf Club and we have a very different perspective on how men and women approach the game.
n Aug. 19 the City of Manassas lost a pillar of the community. Life-long resident Mattie Parrish, born in Manassas on January 21, 1921, wife to Mayor and Delegate Harry J. Parrish and mother of current Mayor Harry J. Parish II, passed away Tuesday night at age 93.
The Gainesville Haymarket Baseball League and Bull Run Little League continue to battle both on and off the fields this summer. While the children have been playing baseball, the adults have been playing hardball with officials from the competing leagues tied up in court. At issue is a youth baseball community divided.
Rarely do national events intrude into our neighborhoods, but this week we bring news of an unfolding national, even international, humanitarian crisis that almost landed on our very doorstep. We've followed with interest the controversy surrounding the selection of Joe Gibb's Youth For Tomorrow in Bristow as a caretaker for illegal immigrant children whose parents sent them on the perilous trip north to the United States on the vague promise by a feckless American administration of future citizenship.
Prince William County Public Schools is proposing a new site near Catharpin Park for a transportation center where buses will be kept. The proposed location sits on 14 acres adjacent to Catharpin Park on Sudley Road, with an entrance on Kyle Wilson Way. According to associate superintendent Dave Cline, the site will help the school system provide better bus service to the U.S. 15 corridor “without compounding existing traffic issues.”
Now four years old, the federal Dodd-Frank Act was meant to protect customers in the financial sector from predatory lending, but the practical effect of the law has been to place unnecessary barriers to lending, according area banking officials. Dodd-Frank was enacted in the wake of the collapse of the housing market in 2008, which drove many large financial institutions to the brink on insolvency and required massive federal bailouts.