July Fourth is for Fireworks, not Foodborne Illness

Pull out the grill and your red, white, and blue because the Fourth of July is here. This means gatherings, outdoor festivities, and good times with family and friends. As the meat sizzles on the grill, don’t let food safety fizzle out of your memory. “Wherever you go this...

Occoquan’s Bottle Stop Receives International Accolades

Congratulations to Occoquan’s Bottle Stop Wine Bar! For the third consecutive year, Wine Spectator Magazine has selected this local establishment for its Best of Award of Excellence. This honor is bestowed on fewer than 1,300 restaurants worldwide. The Bottle Stop is one of only 20 recipients in Virginia and the only one in Prince William County!
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Over the Hump: Area Weekend Events

Like this article? Support us by subscribing here. Your donation will help us continue to provide quality of life news and make local impact possible. We’re over the hump! We’re here twice a month to let you know what’s going on in the area each weekend. Here are just a few of the events happening locally over the coming weekends.

PWC, Marine Corps Leaders to Mark Renaming of Jefferson Davis Highway Section to Semper Fidelis Way

On June 29 at 10:00 a.m., the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and the National Museum of the Marine Corps celebrate the renaming of the road section on which the museum is located from Jefferson Davis Highway to Semper Fidelis Way. The museum’s new address will be 1775 Semper Fidelis Way to celebrate the founding of the Corps on Nov. 10, 1775, and to honor the long history and commitment of the Marine Corps. The ceremony will feature Marines in a variety of uniforms, including 1775 period uniforms, dress blues and modern combat gear.

ARTfactory Names New Executive Director

The Virginia ARTfactory names Talya Rebecca Conroy as the new Executive Director. Conroy recently served as Vice President at United Bank. She will take over management of the ARTfactory July 1, after 17 years in community banking and finance. She is heavily involved in the community, having served as President of the Manassas Park Education Foundation as well as Chairman Elect with Project Mend A House. In 2019 she was nominated as Volunteer of the Year from the Inter Service Club Council. Conroy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Theatre and Dance and History from the University of Mary Washington.

United States Navy Band Cruisers Joins Summer Concert Series at Marine Museum

Composed of eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers, the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers will perform at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on June 30 as part of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation annual summer concert series. The Cruisers, formed in 1999, take their name and inspiration from the Navy’s most adaptable and multipurpose ship, the cruiser. The band lives up to its versatile namesake, playing musical genres from jazz to rhythm & blues, classic rock to pop, and their own original material as well.

Open Space Arts Holds Emerging Artists Reception

The Emerging Artist Reception at the Open Space Arts Gallery last Thursday was filled with family, friends and art enthusiasts celebrating the works of young adults across Prince William County. Seven talented artists from ages 15 to 23 have been showing in the gallery at Open Space Arts since June...

Celebrate the 4th of July Safely

The Fourth of July means parades, cookouts and fireworks. This means fun for everyone, but a few precautions will help you safely celebrate the holiday. Family cookouts are a Fourth of July tradition. Keep everyone safe when you fire up the grill. Remember these precautions:. Keep children and pets away....

An Update on New Manassas Businesses

It’s been a busy first half of 2022 in the City of Manassas. Entrepreneurs and new businesses have flocked to the City in droves, thanks to Manassas’s favorable business environment, numerous training and support resources, and impactful City partnerships. To date, the City has issued well over 50 new commercial business licenses in the first six months of the year (not including the many home-based businesses).

A Storm Called Agnes

June 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the devastation caused by a storm called Agnes. (For those of you who are chronological sticklers, it’s technically the 51st anniversary, but let’s follow convention here.) Agnes started out as a tropical depression over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on June 14, 1972,...

Celebrate 4th of July Safely – Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

Rarely do we consider fireworks harmful, much less deadly. Yet fireworks are one of the biggest fire dangers to life and property. Each year, thousands of fireworks-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments throughout the United States. Although Prince William County permits the use of some fireworks, restrictions apply and for good reason. No matter how breathtaking fireworks are or how easy they appear to use, they are potential fire starters. Chief Tim Keen of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue System encourages residents to leave fireworks demonstrations to trained professionals by enjoying one of the many larger aerial fireworks shows in the area.

New Unmanned Aircrafts Transforming Aviation Seminar

Learn how Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are transforming the aviation industry during a free Manassas Regional Airport seminar on July 7, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Airport’s main terminal building. Registration is required at Speakers will discuss how both airports and communities...

Trivia Night in River Mill Park

It’s the second of the season Trivia Night in River Mill Park this Friday, June 24, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (gates open at 6:00 p.m.). The theme for this Friday is “Power Plays,” and will feature six rounds of brain busters. Bring a team of up to six people, camp chairs or blankets for seating, and a packed picnic or other food items. The prize for winners is $100 in gift cards.

NVTC Foundation Announces 2022 Kilberg Scholarship Recipients

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the trade association representing the region’s technology community, announced five recipients of the NVTC Foundation Kilberg Scholarship Fund. This fund was established to support women interested in a career in the tech industry. Each recipient demonstrates leadership promise and a commitment to advancing technology-driven innovations. Each will receive $5,000 to pursue higher education in STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

People to Meet: Area Networking Events

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Enjoy Workplace Flexibility with Remote Job Openings at Octo

With kids on break, vacations being planned, and warmer weather beckoning families to the beach, summer is all about fun. But how do you juggle swim lessons, play dates, and BBQs with work? It is possible with a company that offers options. Octo is proud to have been named a Washington Post Top Workplace that supports workplace flexibility. So if you’re seeking a career that can make your balancing act a little easier now and in the future, check out these remote positions.

Extraordinary Teens

On June 1, Prince William Living celebrated the 2022 Extraordinary Teens at Sweeney Barn in Manassas. Photographer Rob Jinks was on hand to capture the moments.

Dr. Richmond Hill Named Interim NOVA Woodbridge Provost

Like this article? Support us by subscribing here. Your donation will help us continue to provide quality of life news and make local impact possible. Dr. Richmond Hill, associate vice president for student support services at Northern Virginia Community College, began serving as interim provost for the Woodbridge Campus on June 10.