Prince William News
Thu., Feb. 11 - Fatherhood Initiative sponsors events to grow relationships.
Thu., Feb. 11 - Check out this week's Names in the News.
Wed., Feb. 10 - Call to Action.
Wed., Feb. 10 - Plans call for closing of Potomac Landfill in 2032.
Wed., Feb. 10 - Amphitheater, pavilion included in master plan.
Wed., Feb. 10 - Gainesville man arrested for alleged assault Michael Charles Branson, 39, of Gainesville, was arrested on Feb. 3, by Prince William County police in connection with a domestic assault that occurred in the 7400 block of Pensacola Place, Gainesville. The victim, a 41-year-old woman from Manassas, reported that she and Branson, a family member, were allegedly arguing when the argument escalated. Branson allegedly displayed a gun and forced her into a closet. He also allegedly pushed her to the ground, preventing her from leaving. They were eventually separated and Branson left the house. The police arrived at the home at 3:30 p.m. Branson’s court date is pending and he is being held without bond. He has been charged with abduction, domestic assault and battery, brandishing a firearm, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
Tue., Feb. 9 - The House of Mercy Thrift Store announced a thank you event for shoppers who have supported their ministry of serving the local poor.
Tue., Feb. 9 - Precision, Outreach, Intervention, Surveillance, and Exercise for Falls Prevention Prince William (POISED) and Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center are offering free dance sessions to help prevent falls in aging adults.
Mon., Feb. 8 - Two Gainesville residents were arrested in a late night traffic stop in the Opal area of Fauquier County.
Mon., Feb. 8 - The Montclair and the Haymarket-Gainesville community libraries now offer the "PlayAway Launch Pad" packed with electronic books, games, puzzles and science projects for the youngest of techies.
A daddy-daughter dance date
© Gainesville Times
Fathers and daughters had the chance to dress up, dance and enjoy an evening out together, a preValentine's Day dinner date, at Daddy-Daughter dances across Prince William County last week.
The Prince William Fatherhood Initiative hosted the first Daddy and Daughter Dance last weekend as part of a state initiative which focuses on building stronger families and relationships between men and their children, wives and girlfriends through educating and empowering fathers.
Daddy-Daughter Dances were held at the A.J. Ferlazzo Building,Woodbridge, the Pat White Center at Ben Lomond Center, Manassas, and at the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center, Dale City.
Ron Hill of Woodbridge attended the dance with his girl, Kiandra Jones. Hill, a retired Army veteran, has been raising his 9-year-old granddaughter for the last seven years because her biological parents were unable to care for her.
“She was in an unhealthy situation, her father was out of the picture and her mother was bouncing around from place to place and now resides in New York," Hill said. "This program is a lifesaver... without it a lot of children wouldn’t make it."
The evening's events featured dinner, dancing, daddy-daughter photos, cake and a sparkling pink tiara for every little princess.
At Ferlazzo, Committee Chair Derwin Overton, Raymond Jackson, Nathaniel Williamson gave passionate and inspired talks about the roles of fathers and the importance they have in kid’s daily lives, whether they live in the home or in a non-custodial role.
The A.J. Ferlazzo atrium was transformed into an elegant ball room with purple and white twinkle lights throughout the area, round table tops with pink tablecloths and white elegant spindle back chairs added the chic touch to create a beautiful magical night for the father and daughter evening out.
To get the party started, the several fathers took to the dance floor with their "dates" for a coordinated dance. Local DJ Flave Styles provided tunes from artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire to the ever so popular “Watch Me” by American rapper Silentó that flooded the dance floor.
Paul Williams and his daughter Kimora (6) of Manassas have their photo taken as part of the Fatherhood Initiative's Daddy-Daughter Dance festivities. Everyone received a complimentary 5x7 print and digital file. Photo by Doug Stroud.
The dinner menu at Ferlazzo featured a number of tasty dishes; grilled chicken, beef medallions, vegetable medley, side dishes, cake for dessert and a variety of drinks. The entire evening was free, including dinner and photos.
A state grant awarded to the Department of Social Services for the Fatherhood Initiative funded the event.
The Fatherhood Initiative holds weekly meetings for men at several area churches and at adult and youth correction centers. Men interested in the program can come as participants or can become trained facilitators.
“Fathers are essential even though they may not be living in the home,” said Derwin Overton, executive director of Opportunities, Resources and Resources (OAR) Fairfax. OAR's mission is to rebuild lives and break the cycle of crime with opportunities.