Small Business Saturday in Woodbridge

Saturday, Nov. 27 — It’s “Small Business Saturday” today across the country. If you’ve watched any TV leading up to this Thanksgiving weekend or listened to the radio, you’ve probably heard the promotions for it. Sponsored by American Express, it’s their attempt to place the focus for one day across the country on independent, local … Continue reading

Black Friday Shopping Gets Early Start at Potomac Mills

Friday, Nov. 26 — At Potomac Mills, it may as well have 12 noon, rather than midnight as Black Friday got underway today. Thousands of cars and shoppers streamed into the mall’s parking lot and main entrances as midnight approached. Parking spaces filled up fast, and there was a steady flow of shoppers continuing to … Continue reading

Potomac Mills Mall’s 22-Hour Black Friday Event

Is Potomac Mills Mall trying to make Thanksgiving night into a New Year’s Eve-style event? It’s just possible, as they will open their doors for “Black Friday” shopping at the stroke of midnight tonight as Thursday’s Thanksgiving turns to Friday. They are offering 22 solid hours of Black Friday shopping at the mall — from … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Virginia Wine Suggestions

Wednesday, Nov. 24 — The Old Dominion Wine Shop in Occoquan has some suggestions for last-minute wine purchases for your Thanksgiving Day dinners: Thanksgiving Wine Parings. They’ve already had their “stock-up” sale for Thanksgiving, still their suggestions for pairing your Thanksgiving meal with some Virginia wines should be considered if you haven’t already made the … Continue reading

The Dangers of Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

Tuesday, Nov. 23 — Thanksgiving dinner dangerous?!? Why, Thanksgiving is for succulent, juicy turkey and all the trimmings — potatoes and home-baked rolls and pies — it’s certainly not dangerous, right? But the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue is highlighting some sobering statistics that all home cooks should remember as kitchens get … Continue reading

Prince William County Immigration Policy Report

Tuesday, Nov. 16 — A study undertaken by the University of Virginia Center for Survey Research on the affects of Prince William County’s policy on illegal immigrants has shown a number of key things: Aggravated assault declined substantially A sharp decline in serious hit-and-run accidents No evidence of racial profiling PWC’s largest immigrant population (Hispanics) … Continue reading

One Marine’s Life and Service

In a previous post regarding the demonstrations that Westboro Baptist Church had planned to hold in our area (not just in Woodbridge, but at Arlington National Cemetery, The George Washington University, Rockville, Md., etc.) we mentioned that they were planning to be at New Life Wesleyan Church in La Plata, Md., on Nov. 15 to … Continue reading

Westboro Baptist Church Demonstration Draws Counter-Protest at WSHS

Monday, Nov. 15 — If numbers are any indication, messages of love, peace and acceptance won out over the opposing messages of death and hate this morning at Woodbridge Senior High School. A handful of demonstrators affiliated with the Westboro Baptist Church arrived for their scheduled demonstration this morning across from the entrance to Woodbridge … Continue reading

Westboro Baptist Schedules Protests for Woodbridge Area

Wednesday, Nov. 10 — If you’ve seen the news reports on Westboro Baptist Church, you probably have a strong opinion of them. They’re the group that has gained notoriety for protesting at the funerals of men and women killed while in service to our country. They also stage protests against the gay community. They’ve decided … Continue reading

The Smart Car Wash Salutes Vets

Wednesday, Nov. 10 — The Smart Car Wash, on Minnieville Road between Smoketown Road and the Prince William Parkway (right next to the Dunkin’ Donuts and adjacent to Lowes – MAP) is offering free car washes on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, for veterans and active duty military members between 0700 and 1900. (No need … Continue reading

Free Parking at State Parks Nov. 11

Wednesday, Nov. 10 — In honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, all Virginia State Parks are offering free parking (and you don’t even have to be a veteran to enjoy it)! Spend the day hiking, boating, trail-running or just getting out to enjoy the outdoors and maybe take a few photos or videos. It’s … Continue reading

Backyard Beauty

Mon., Nov. 8 — Beauty is where you find it, and sometimes it’s right in your backyard — that is, our common backyard as residents of Woodbridge. We’re introducing this regular feature to share with visitors to and use it as a forum to display the beauty that we come across in our daily … Continue reading

‘Pot-Shot’ Military-Related Shootings Continue

Tues., Nov. 2 — In yet another incident of shots being fired at military-related facilities in our area, today the Coast Guard recruiting office near Potomac Mills Mall took a hit. The office is not in the mall; it’s located in a commercial building that also houses Mattressland and Carpetland, and is behind the Silver … Continue reading