Below are news items that have occurred prior to 2015.  Feel free to check out the following stories at your leisure.

Woodbridge News Archive –

Prince William, Manassas threaten to leave metro Council of Governments over gun control stance

Neabsco Creek Boardwalk Crossing Presentation

2012 Annual Report on Economic Development

Questions on Metro to Woodbridge Can’t Be Answered Without Study

Potomac Shores developer touts land swap experience in pursuing FBI for Prince William County

Renderings of the PNat Stadium

Potomac Nationals Unveil Renderings of New Stadium Planned for 2015 (read article)

Election Day lines, long waits prompt Congressional reform forum (read article)

Congressmen Hear Testimony from Prince William Voters who Waited in Long Lines on Election Day (read article)

Principi’s Statement on Voter Reform

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Press Release on Voter Forum (read statement)

Study: Affordable housing down

Housing needs in Prince William County vary a great deal, according to Elijah Johnson of the county’s Office of Housing and Community Development.(Read Article)

Service Authority Work in the Lynwood Area

The unlined cast iron pipes that serve this area have suffered multiple breaks and need to be replaced.  Construction of the new water system will take place on Colchester Road, Woodside Drive, Gemstone Drive, Rosedale Court, Pinewood Court, and Village Drive.

143 Homes Planned for Featherstone Road  by Uriah Kiser

It’s no secret developers in Woodbridge have shifted their focus west of U.S. 1, which for years has been known for strip shopping centers and auto dealers.  (Read Article)

Overview of Town Hall Meeting

Featherstone Q & A

County board considers wish list

Over the last week, members the Prince William Board of County Supervisors considered the requests it would make of the Prince William Delegation to the Virginia General Assembly. (Read article)

Prince William County board creates independent panel

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint an independent, bipartisan (Read article)

Woodbridge Science Center on Track for 2015

Residents know more about the Potomac Science Center planned for the growing Belmont Bay neighborhood.

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High Speed Ferry SOW

Attached is the proposed approach to the work plan outlined in the RFP. This scope has been revised from our original submission to meet specific requests of NVRC and the selection committee. (SOW)

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Summary of Potomac Nationals Stadium Town Hall that was held on September 27, 2012

This summary intends to give a high level overview of the town hall meeting. Comments are paraphrased and grouped together by subject to avoid repetition. The following people were present at the meeting: Richard Lake and Todd Weiss of Roadside Development; Art Silber of the Potomac Nationals; Supervisors Principi, Caddigan, Jenkins, and Chairman Stewart; Chris Price from PWC Planning, Tom Blaser from PWC Transportation, Maria Sinner from VDOT; and 75 citizens. Summary

Blackburn Bridge Re-Opens

The Virginia Department of Transportation has completed replacement of the Blackburn Road bridge over Neabsco Creek in Woodbridge and will re-open the road on Wednesday,  Aug. 22, weather permitting. VDOT closed the bridge on Jan. 9 after a routine inspection revealed severe vertical cracks on the bridge abutments.

VDOT bridge engineer Nicholas Roper noted, “The new bridge has a deeper foundation and a larger opening for the waterway that will improve overall durability and performance during high-water events.”  A sidewalk has also been added to allow pedestrians to safely walk across the bridge.

Over the next several days, crews will pave the roadway and install guardrail. The new bridge (pictured right) cost about $2.7 million.

The bridge carries about 6,000 vehicles a day.

Videos that may interest you!

Frank Principi Discusses Economic Competitiveness, Region Forward on NewsTalk on News Channel 8

http://www.regionforward.org/frank-principi-discusses-economic-competitiveness-region-forward-on-newstalk-on-news-channel-8

COG to Review 9-1-1 Outages and Other Failures Resulting from Derecho Storm

http://www.mwcog.org/news/press/detail.asp?NEWS_ID=586

Press Conference at Potomac Town Center

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4VxNO5KuMc.

Opening of the Scott D. Eagles Skatepark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=347m73x1pU4

 

He Shoots, He Sorts! (Recycling PSA):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyumUWMpHCg

 

The Haze:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm-35jRGOA0

 

Route 1 Opening:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtRGsBTrxjw

New P-Nats stadium to share location with commuter lot

The Potomac Nationals will soon be playing in a new ballpark.

Through an agreement with the state, Prince William County and Roadside Development, the Washington Nationals Class A affiliate will be constructing a 6-7,000 seat stadium in Woodbridge. (Read article)

Belmont Bay Transportation Impact Analysis

Principi Talks Expansion of Route 1, Extension of Metrorail

In a recent YouTube video, the Woodbridge District supervisor talked about various Woodbridge transportation issues.

Route 1 will be widened in the next few years, and an extension of the Metrorail system to Woodbridge may be in the works, Supervisor Frank Principi said Friday.

In his July 2012 Community Focus video, Principi said that transportation “is one issue that drastically affects our quality of life.”  (Read article)

Principi Hosted Telephone Town Hall

On Thursday March 22, 2012, Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi held his fifth tele-town hall.
He fielded questions about gridlock, smart growth, sidewalks, the tax rate, educating our special needs kids and more. THANK YOU to all who participated!

New Marumcso Shops Approved

New shops are coming to Marumsco Plaza as part of ongoing revitalization efforts in Woodbridge.  (Read Article)

Virginia lawmakers shouldn’t divert foreclosure funds

Last month’s landmark National Foreclosure Settlement — reached in response to a nationwide epidemic of mortgage servicing abuses — was welcome news to thousands of homeowners in our region who are about to lose their homes. Unfortunately, Virginia is considering diverting its share of settlement funds away from housing counseling programs that help struggling homeowners. That would be penny-wise and pound-foolish, and state elected officials need to hear that message loud and clear. (Click here to Read Article)

Schools Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Neighbors and politicians took time out of their schedules to visit with students on this 15th annual Read Across America Day.

Congressman Gerry Connolly, D-Fairfax, Prince William, read Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” to students at McAuliffe Elementary School in Dale City on Friday morning.

“The kids are quick to correct me if I get something wrong. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s worth it if it gets students more interested in reading,” said Connolly.

Read Across America Day is celebrated each year on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. (Click here to Read article)

Proposed FY 2013 Budget

(View Budget)

Eagles in Woodbridge

Reader Jill Jacobs has sent us some amazing photos of an eagles nest near her home off of Rippon Boulevard in Woodbridge.

“I believe the pair are incubating eggs; every behavior indicates such, and it is the right season,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs will share her photos throughout the incubation period. (View Photos)

Discretionary funds debated at Prince William Committee of 100 Forum

If people are upset by the way the Prince William supervisors spend their individual office funds, Wood­bridge Supervisor Frank J. Principi suggested they take every opportunity to make that opinion heard. (Read Full Article)

Woodbridge VRE Kiss and Ride Lot Open

After much anticipation, VRE and Prince William County’s newest addition to the Woodbridge VRE station opened to the public on Monday, January 30, 2012. Dale Zehner, VRE Chief Executive Officer, announced VRE’s Woodbridge Station “Kiss and Ride “ lot, located along Route 1, will open for Monday morning VRE service. (Read article)

VDOT Update on Snow Plowing

Thankfully, we have not had a heavy snowfall yet this winter. However, if and when we do, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has a new web tool that shows the status of plowing in northern Virginia neighborhoods. Once it snows at least two inches, residents can find out the status of plowing their area by typing in their address at http://novasnowplowing.virginia.gov

U.S. 1 Widening:  Back to the Future

Bill Alvey was just 8 years old when he began working at his father’s auto repair shop on his family’s property along U.S. 1 in Woodbridge.

The Dumfries resident would pick up trash, pump gas and help the mechanics at J & J Garage. By age 13, he was even towing wrecked cars off the highway.

Business was good and the area began to blossom as Marumsco Plaza and other shops opened. The Alveys expanded their investment in the area, buying about 13 acres of land along the growing corridor and constructing more buildings. (Read article)

Steven Pearlstein: A call of action to Washington’s business elite. Do not fail to come.

Every month, a group of Northern Virginia’s top business executives meets for cocktails, dinner and private conversation at — where else? — the Tower Club in Tysons Corner.

A lot has changed in the decades since George Johnson, then the president of the small, struggling George Mason University, first convened the 123 Club, in large part because of the efforts of the men gathered around Johnson’s dining room table. (Read article)

Budget Committee Seeking Interested Residents

Do you want to understand how your local tax dollars are spent? Do you want a say in the process? The Woodbridge Citizens Budget Committee’s job is to review the PWC budget presented to Board of Supervisors and make recommendations to Supervisor Principi. This is a limited time commitment between January and April. Meetings are held in the evening and the Committee sets its own schedule. Interested residents should send their resume to bdechene@pwcgov.org or call 703.792.7803.

Updated Information on the Blackburn Road Bridge

Staff has completed the damage assessment and developed an action plan to address the damage of the Blackburn Road bridge over Cow Branch.

There is instability on both bridge abutments, this is the result of undermining from bridge scour that has appeared since our previous bridge inspection on 1/7/2010.  Severe weather events that occurred in August 2011 (Hurricane Irene) and September 2011 (Tropical Storm Lee) are the most likely cause of the scour that caused Abutment B to fracture into two halves.

The bridge needs to be replaced, VDOT will accomplish this by emergency contract. The estimated cost to replace the bridge in kind is around $ 1 million dollars.  We have started working on the emergency contract, there are a couple of unknown s such as affected utilities and available right of way for construction activities, though our goal is to have the contract in place within the next few weeks and have construction completed prior to the start of the next school year.  Due to the existing bridge condition, it will have to remain closed until the new bridge is in place. Traffic will continue to be detoured following the established detour.

Monthly progress reports will provided . Thank you for your support and understanding. Please contact me or Nick Roper, VDOT District Bridge Engineer at 703-259-1953 should you have any questions about this.

Torian Eyes Metro, “Improvement Fees”

Richmond, Va. – Since he was elected to the Virginia House, Delegate Luke Torian (D-Dumfries, Woodbridge) has been pushing to bring Metrorail service to Prince William County.

During the 2010 legislative session, he sponsored House Bill 1313, which would have created the Prince William County Metrorail Improvement District “to provide a means of financing an extension of commuter rail service from Fairfax County into Prince William County.” That bill died in the House Appropriations Committee. (Read article)

COG Elects Principi Chairman

The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) today elected Prince William County Supervisor Frank J. Principi as its Chairman for 2012. The COG Board is made up of local and state elected officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and is responsible for the regional body’s overall policy and funding decisions. (Read article)

Pictures from the Swearing In Ceremony

If you would like to be considered for
a board appointment, please email my office at WoodbridgeDistrict@pwcgov.org (Click here for more information)

Osprey’s Landing Reopens

SBA Disaster Outreach Center Closed, but Loans Still Available

Fireplace Safety

Safety First When Heating Your Home

SBA offices open today for Tropical Storm Lee victims

SBA Fact Sheet

SBA Press Release

Supervisor Frank J. Principi’s Press Release

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School Awarded Blue Ribbon

Forty years later, Woodbridge ‘jewel’ opens to public

It only took a few months in office for Woodbridge Supervisor Frank J. Principi to hear about his constituents’ desire to open Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge.

Nearly four years later, it has become a reality thanks to hard work from Principi, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly,  D-11th, and a host of community partners.  Read article

Featherstone Wildlife Refuge Opens to Public

After 40 years of being closed to the public, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) and Woodbridge district supervisor Frank Principi (D) help celebrate the re-opening of the refuge to the community.  View Video

Governor seeks federal disaster aid for flood victims

Gov. Bob McDonnell is seeking federal disaster aid for residents in Prince William and Fairfax counties affected by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.  Read article

Benefit raises funds for Woodbridge flood victims

A cool day with intermittent rain failed to dampen the spirits of a group of volunteers who put on an outdoor fundraiser to benefit the flood victims of Holly Acres mobile home park.

The event was held in a roped-off section of the parking lot of the B Thrifty store in Woodbridge.  Read article

Woodbridge non-profit renews flood relief efforts

With dozens of families still in need of permanent housing after the Sept. 8 floods, Woodbridge Workers Committee is doing its best to help them out.  Read article

Connolly Calls For Metro to Prince William County Summit

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly on Monday is having a Metrorail Summit to start the discussion about extending rail to Prince William County. Is it feasible? Where and when is the meeting? Harbour View, 13200 Marina Way, Woodbridge, at 6:30 p.m.  (Read article)

Woodbridge meeting on I-95 HOV/HOT lanes held today

The first of three meetings will be held Monday night to discuss hot lanes or toll lanes as a way to solve the traffic nightmare on

I-95 in Springfield and all points south.  Read article.

Just talking about Metro to Woodbridge is worthwhile

On Monday, a meeting hosted by Congressman Gerry Connolly will talk about the potential to extend Metro to Woodbridge. The hurdles are large, especially funding, and on the pure transportation merits another mode might be better. However, it’s still a good idea for the Congressman and residents of Prince William to talk about Metro.  Read article

Board Donates $25, 000 to Woodbridge Flood Victims

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors donated $25,000 to the Prince William Education Foundation’s Flood Relief Fund on Tuesday.  Read article

Flooded out Woodbridge business owners hear relief options

A group of about a dozen Woodbridge business owners who represented roughly 50 jobs met at the Ferlazzo Building Monday to learn about the process of getting back to work after last week’s flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Lee.  Read article

Flood Victims Will be Moved to Church

Dumfries, Va. – Though time is up for flood victims still living in a Red Cross shelter today, those without homes now have a place to go.

Flood victims from Holly Acres Mobile Home Park, which flooded last week from rains from Tropical Storm Lee, will be moved to First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries when the current shelter they are in at the Sharon Baucom Dale City Recreation Center closes at 5 p.m.  Read the article

Prince William board allocates funds for flood victims

Prince William County supervisors budgeted $40,000 to the American Red Cross on Tuesday to help residents impacted by Tropical Storm Lee.

More than 150 Woodbridge area residents are homeless after floodwaters engulfed two mobile home communities on Thursday. Holly Acres, off Route 1, was hit the hardest; county officials have condemned almost 70 of the 108 mobile homes in the trailer park. About 15 businesses were also impacted, and residents in an apartment complex were also temporarily displaced when a retaining wall failed, county officials said. Read entire article

Schools, church assisting flood victims

Hundreds of Woodbridge trailer park residents have been left homeless from last week’s flooding and at least three area schools and one area church are stepping up to help.  Belmont Elementary School, Fred Lynn Middle School and Freedom High School have joined forces with Potomac Crest Baptist Church in Montclair to assist the victims of Tropical Storm Lee.  Read entire article

What Happened During the Flood?

What happened to Route 1 during the flood last week?

As a result, approximately 66 mobile homes in the Holly Acres mobile home park are in a FEMA-designated floodway, which means that 150-175 people, or 35-40 families are permanently displaced and can not rebuild on the floodway.  Read entire article

Supervisor puts out call for help for Woodbridge flood victims

Twenty-nine families flooded out of their homes last week — 140 people in all — need new homes when an emergency shelter run by the Red Cross closes Friday.

Prince William County Supervisor Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge, has put out a call for rental property owners to help.  Read entire article

Potomac Crest Baptist Church Taking Item Donations for Flood Victims

You can drop off clothes, toiletry items, gift cards, and other item donations for flood victims at Potomac Crest Baptist Church this week.    Click here to get the details

Flooding Affects Families in Holly Acres Community

The shelter at the Sharon Baucom Dale City Recreation Center is currently set up to provide temporary housing for those families from the Holly Acres community that were displaced by major flooding last week. At this point, 29 families – approximately 140 people – are using the recreation center. These families immediate and greatest need is housing, as the shelter will close at noon on Friday, Sept. 16. If you have property or know of properties that these families could rent, and that would waive a security deposit, first and last month rents, please contact communications@pwcgov.org.

Displaced Residents Seek Information in Wake of Evacuation

BREAKING NEWS: A briefing will be held at 10:30 a.m. at WSHS for displaced residents for the updates on properties.  Read entire article

Flooding Wrecks Havoc in Eastern Prince William County

Prince William County officials say flood waters are subsiding in the area, but there is a lot of damage left behind.

A boil water advisory has been issued for Woodbridge customers near Interstate 95 and U.S. 1, south of Occoquan Road and north of Prince William County Parkway. It includes the neighborhoods of Marumsco Village, Millwood Estates, Maben Woods, and Ashford.  Residents should bring water to a rolling boil for one minute and cool before drinking or used bottled water until further notice is given.  Read the complete article

August 15, 2011

Help with Back to School

August 13, 2011

Prince William Students Surpass Adequate Yearly Progress Targets

August 12, 2011

Potomac Library Groundbreaking Ceremony

August 11, 2011

Prince William Ends Fiscal Year with a Surplus

August 10, 2011

I-95 HOV/HOT Lanes Meetings Planned

August 9, 2011

UVA Recognizes Todos Supermarket

August 5, 2011

Police Officers Promoted

August 4, 2011

Prince William Adds to Transportation Reserve Fund

August 3, 2011

Woodbridge Does Well in Budget Actions Approved by the BOCS

August 2, 2011

New Bus Trips Start Monday

August 1, 2011

Prince William Will Help Complete Kiss and Ride Lot

July 27, 2011

29 Graduate from Citizen Police Academy

July 26, 2011

Prince William, Fairfax Politicos Convene on Rt. 1 Transit Study

Group Offers Help for Struggling Home Owners

During Heat, OWL VFD Answered the Call

July 19, 2011

Potomac Heritage Trail in Woodbridge Gets Boost

July 18, 2011

VDOT Responds to Belmont Community’s Questions (Download a copy of the minutes here)

Woodbridge Gets Ready to Host Little League Tournament

July 14, 2011

I-95 Widening Project Complete

July 6, 2011

Prince William County Achieves Highest Credit Rating

April 16, 2011

Transportation Improvements, Economical Transition Needed for North Woodbridge

Part two in our series on the Smart Growth Symposium.

  • Editor’s Note: This is part two in our series on the Smart Growth Symposium held by Frank Principi on Thursday.

The future looks bright for North Woodbridge, but it will take a lot of resources to get the community to where it needs to be.

Woodbridge residents and business owners convened with regional experts to hear about the future of North Woodbridge Thursday at Harbour View.   (see full article)

April 15, 2011

Smart Growth, Development and Density in North Woodbridge’s Future

The vision for a “new Woodbridge” is centered on development.  The future looks bright for North Woodbridge, but it will take a lot of resources to get the community to where it needs to be.

Woodbridge residents and business owners convened with regional experts to hear about the future of North Woodbridge Thursday at Harbour View.  (see full article)

April 15, 2011

Human Right Commission

On April 15, 2011, the Prince William County Human Rights Commission approved a resolution urging the Board of County Supervisors to reconsider a  redistricting proposal that would divide the River Oaks Community between the Woodbridge and Dumfries Magisterial Districts. The Commission’s resolution notes that River Oaks “is 77% minority and may be viewed as a community of interest,” adding that River Oaks and the County may be better served keeping the community in one magisterial district.  (Read entire letter to the Editor)

April 13, 2011

Tele-Town Hall

Our Tele-Town hall was held on April 13th. Thanks to everyone who participated.  If you were unable to participate, you can listen to it here.

If you participated, and left a voicemail at the end of the program, I will be calling you next week.

Here are a list of the Questions and Answers that were presented at the Tele-Town Hall Meeting.

April 12, 2011

Redistricting Information

There will be opportunity for the public to provide input at the special meeting scheduled on April 18. This is in addition to the public hearing scheduled for April 5, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.

The Electoral Board will address the Board of County Supervisors at its next meeting on April 5, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.

Click here to see maps

Alternate Plan

Draft 7 District Plan

Draft 8 District Plan

March 16, 2011

Great Neighborhoods: It’s all about the water in Woodbridge

February 24, 2011

Virginia Announces Plan for Easing Commuter Parking Shortage in Prince William County

Click here for VDOT’s press release

February 16, 2011

The questions and answers from the Tele-town hall are now posted.

February 13, 2011

New Locations for Slug Lines!

February 10, 2011

Thank you to everyone who came to the Town Hall last night. Questions and answers

February 7, 2011

Watch this month’s community focus for information about the commuter lot situation.

February 1, 2011

Commuter Town Hall Meeting

January 25, 2011

Let’s Move On

Over 1,000 Woodbridge Residents Participated in Principi’s Town Hall

Last night, Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi became the first member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors to hold a tele-town hall meeting.  Over 1,000 residents joined via telephone to ask questions of their Supervisor and to provide input on issues facing the Woodbridge District.

At 7 p.m., the tele-town hall automated system randomly dialed residents across the Woodbridge District asking if they would like to join the live tele-town hall. Once connected, residents could listen to the ongoing discussion.  Those who had questions could choose to ask their question live on the air with Supervisor Principi.

Many topics were discussed during the session.  The subjects ranged from the planned reduction of commuter parking at Potomac Mills to mass transit alternatives and bringing new jobs to the Woodbridge District.  One of the questioners was a 15-year-old student advocating for more sidewalks in his neighborhood.  For citizens who were not able to get their questions answered due to time constraints, they had the option of leaving a voicemail at the end of the session.  These questions will be answered via the Supervisor’s website at www.NewWoodbridge.org.

“The tele-town hall was a tremendous success and even exceeded my expectations,” said Supervisor Principi.  “By fielding questions and talking with my constituents live, we were able to witness our great democracy in action.”

The tele-town hall lasted roughly 45 minutes last night.  “Because we had such an overwhelming response from Woodbridge residents in the tele-town hall, we will answer all questions not answered live on my website. After seeing the results of our first session, we will certainly hold another tele-town hall in the near future,” said Supervisor Principi.

Supervisor Principi is a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, representing the Woodbridge Magisterial District.  He continues to advocate for a Vision of a New Woodbridge focusing on better development, better transportation and better neighborhoods.  For additional information, log onto www.NewWoodbridge.org or call (703) 792-4646.

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Prince William County Supervisor, Frank J. Principi elected Vice Chairman of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

 

Prince William County Supervisor, Frank J. Principi has been elected Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) in 2011.   His fellow peers chose him to serve in a leadership position representing the Council on a local, state, and federal level due to his unwavering dedication to finding solutions to difficult issues.

The group is comprised of elected officials from 21 jurisdictions within Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  The purpose of COG is to meet and respond to a variety of regional issues including, affordable housing, economic development, the environment, health and family concerns, human services, population growth, public safety, and transportation.  COG has been an influential voice as evidenced by the implementation of many of their recommendations over the years on a local and federal level.

Last year, Principi served as Chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Council where he was charged with updating the five year strategic plan and securing $60 million of federal money for homeland security improvements for the region.  He will be stepping down in order to serve as Vice Chairman.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as Vice Chairman of such a dynamic group of dedicated public servants.  The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments shares many of the same principles as the vision of a new Woodbridge that I have championed over my three years as a Board of County Supervisor,” said Supervisor Principi.

Prince William supervisors to hold town hall on commuter parking

By Amanda Stewart

About two weeks remain until a reduction of commuter parking at Potomac Mills mall will leave hundreds of area commuters looking for a place to park.

Mall officials announced last month that, effective Feb. 14, commuter parking in the mall’s lot will be reduced from 1,000 spaces to 275.

Since that announcement, county and state transportation officials have been looking for short- and long-term solutions for commuters.

Next week, county supervisors Michael C. May, R-Occoquan, and Frank J. Principi,  D-Woodbridge, are holding a town hall meeting to discuss those options……..

Potomac Mills mall to reduce commuter parking spaces


Inside NoVA – Amanda Stewart

About 1000 commuter parking spaces are currently available at the mall, according to Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi’s office. …

COG picks new leaders; Pr. George’s County’s Harrison named chair‎Washington Post -Miranda SpivakCOG also elected Frank Principi and Phil Mendelson as vice-chairmen. Principi has served as the Woodbridge District supervisor on the Prince William Board …
Prince William groups petition supervisors on last-minute changes‎Inside NoVA -Kipp HanleyThe board ultimately approved the Environment Chapter changes 6 to 2, with Michael C. May, R-Occoquan, and Frank J. Principi, D-Woodbridge, voting nay. …

VDOT New Customer Service Center

VDOT Has New Customer Service Phone Number

VDOT has a new customer service phone number.  Highway department employees will staff the phone 24 hours a day and answer questions and take reports.  Citizens can reach the VDOT Customer Service Center by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD.  That’s 1-800-367-7623.  The number can be reached from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia roads.  For example, that number can be dialed to report potholes.  Virginians should continue to dial 511 to get information about traffic and road conditions.

 

 

Commuter Ferry Stakeholder Meeting

On September 23, 2010, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) conducted the first stakeholder meeting for a Commuter Ferry Service on the Potomac.  There were 75 participants at the meeting which was held on board the Cherry Blossom, a replica of a Mississippi River paddle wheeler, owned by the Potomac Riverboat Company. Read more

Public restrooms could be a boon to Rippon Lodge

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Rippon Lodge has everything a bride could want.

A beautifully restored 18th century home, lush open fields for an outdoor ceremony and a distant view of the sprawling Potomac River below.

There is just one problem: There are no public restrooms.

But, thanks in part to a transfer of funding from other historical projects, Rippon will be acquiring water and sewer and installing handicap-accessible restrooms by next spring.  Read article

Featherstone Railroad Crossing Construction Complete

Supervisor Principi worked with the County Department of Transportation, VDOT and CSX to replace the railroad crossing.  The replacement required a complete road closure at the tracks during daytime hours.  Though an inconvenience during construction, the new crossing allows vehicles easy access across the tracks.Supervisor Principi would like to thank all the agencies who worked together to r to minimize the impact of the closure on residents.

Work on Featherstone RR has begun9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, October 18 – October 22 to accommodate the regular bus schedule.   We have coordinated with the Park Authority and VDOT to use the back entrance through Veterans Park during the closure times for emergency access as well as a detour if necessary for the public to get into and out of the Featherstone area. 2010 Homeowner and Condominium Association Leadership Seminar click here for more info.

Signing Ceremony

Officials Plan to Expand Potomac Heritage Trail in County
WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Pieces of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail already exist in Prince William County.Now officials are working to expand the trail and to put those pieces together.When completed, an 8-mile stretch of Potomac Heritage trail would run through Woodbridge, from Belmont Bay to Leesylvania State Park.The entire Potomac Heritage Trail will go from Pittsburgh to the Northern Neck of Virginia when it is completed.

Saturday, officials from Prince WIlliam County,  state and national parks, and nonprofit trail groups gathered at Leesylvania State Park to sign an agreement Saturday supporting the trail.

“After two years of planning, all of the stakeholders are at the table today,” said Supervisor Frank Principi, Woodbridge District.

Read more….

View the MOU

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Signing Ceremony One of the best kept secrets in the Woodbridge Magisterial District is the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST). The trail begins in Pittsburgh, PA and ends in the Northern Neck region of Virginia with eight miles of the trail running through the Woodbridge district. Supervisor Frank J. Principi invites you to a formal signing ceremony of a stakeholder’s agreement that delineates roles and responsibilities for the completion of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. The ceremony will take place at Leesylvania State Park on September 25 at 1:00pm. This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact 703-792-4646.New Reports Available!

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors has released two new reports about the state of Prince William County. The first document is the Economic Development Task Force (EDTF) Report. This task force was commissioned to investigate the current state of economic development in Prince William County and upcoming challenges/opportunities. The second document is the 2010 Prince William County Citizen Satisfaction Survey.Each year since 2000 the University of Virginia has performed a survey detailing what PWC residents think about the county services. The Board of County Supervisors use the survey to be more responsive to their constituents concerns and needs. For additional information about both documents, please call our office at 703-792-4646.

Supervisor Frank J. Principi Explains Importance of Emergency PreparednessSeptember is National Preparedness Month. Supervisor Frank J. Principi as Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Emergency Preparedness Committee visited NBC4 to talk about emergency preparedness for the community. Click here to view the episode.Supervisor Frank J. Principi Renews Call for More Funding to Build North Woodbridge InterchangeSupervisor Frank J. Principi talks about different funding sources for the Route 1/ Route 123 interchange. Read more…Volunteer Opportunity with the Committee of 100

The Prince William Committee of 100 provides a non-partisan, educational forum to study essential interests, problems and goals of the people of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. By exploring these issues, a common understanding of problems can be reached and possible solutions offered. A Woodbridge District representative is needed for the Prince William Committee of 100. The committee membership represents a diverse group of leaders from the business, civic and government communities. Members enjoy exchanging views and discussing issues in a relaxed social setting offered at meetings. Membership is open to individuals that demonstrate their interest in the affairs of the local area through participation in civic, business, cultural, humanitarian or similar activities. Membership applications are available here.

Marumsco Town Hall

Supervisor Principi hosted a town hall meeting for the Marumsco Acres, Hills, Woods, and Village neighborhoods. Staff has compiled the questions and developed a matrix. This matrix describes the issues, the responding agencies, and the solutions. Our next step is to identify potential team leaders in each of the Marumsco neighborhoods. Update: Our first Marumsco Neighborhood Leaders meeting will be on Wednesday, July 28 in the A.J. Ferlazzo building at 7:00pm. If you have questions, need a copy of the matrix or interested in getting involved, contact 703-792-4646.

Scouting Night

JOIN SCOUTING NIGHT – Part of the excitement of going back to school is the opportunity to join scouting! But did you know scouting is for young women too? Whether your child wants to be a Cub Scout (boys ages 7-10), Boy Scout (boys ages 10 – 18) or a Venturer (young men and women 14 to 20 years old), the Boy Scouts will be holding a “Join Scouting Night” at a location near you during the month of September. Watch for posters at your local school, church or community organization. Or, you can visit www.Beascout.org to find a pack, troop or crew nearyou.  For more information about scouting see www.scouting.org.   You may also contact our Membership Chairman, Carl Curling; Curling@comcast.net.

North Woodbridge Implementation Plan

The white paper, “North Woodbridge Implementation Plan,” describes several initiatives that will continue to focus attention on the attractiveness of this area, the need to grow our infrastructure, and the redevelopment of Prince William County’s Eastern Gateway. The initiatives, e.g., Capitol Hill visits, public-private financing symposium, VDOT Public Hearing, market analysis for the commuter ferry system, etc. will require the strong support of business and property owners like yourself through the remainder of 2010-2011. Community support will take several forms including attendance at planned events, and participation/speaking at these events. If interested in more information about North Woodbridge, please contact 703-792-4646.

Supervisor Frank J. Principi Travels to Capitol Hill for Woodbridge Transportation ProjectsThe plan to revitalize a blighted portion of Route 1 in Woodbridge is in place, thanks to a vote by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in May, but now it’s time to make it a reality, Supervisor Frank J. Principi (D-Woodbridge) said….Read moreSupervisor Frank J. Principi and Congressman Gerry E. Connolly Work to Unify the Potomac Heritage National Scenic TrailSupervisor Frank J. Principi has been working over the last year to unify the 8 mile stretch of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in the Woodbridge Magisterial District. The Featherstone Wildlife Refuge located along the Potomac River has been closed to the public since the 1970’s. This essential piece of land is essential to completing the trail through the Woodbridge Magisterial District. Supervisor Principi has contacted Congressman Gerry Connolly to assist with opening the Featherstone Wildlife Refuge to the public. Congressman Connolly has written a letter to Secretary of Interior Kenneth Salazar detailing the importance of opening the Featherstone Wildlife Refuge to the public in a timely manner. A link to the letter is available here. Stay tuned to more announcements about the unification of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in Woodbridge.

A Special Summer Message from the Prince William County Police Department

The Prince William Police Department is sending a reminder to Woodbridge residents to lock their vehicles and call the non-emergency number about any suspicious activity in your neighborhoods. There has been a string of incidents this summer and it is important that everyone is vigilant. The Police Department non emergency number is 703-792-6500.

Supervisor Frank J. Principi Holds a Business Mixer for Woodbridge BusinessesOn June 24, a business mixer was held for Woodbridge businesses to discuss community issues and to receive a update about current transportation plans. Supervisor Principi brought senior County staff to answer questions for the business owners. The questions and answers can be viewed here.Local Newspaper Places Spotlight on WoodbridgeThe News & Messenger newspaper examines the North Woodbridge Master Plan, the Route 123 / Route 1 Interchange, and Marumsco Plaza in a three part series.North Woodbridge Master Plan Approved by PWC BOCS!

North Woodbridge Master Plan will turn eastern gateway into a economic hub of the region…Read more

Prince William Board of County Supervisors approve the North Woodbridge Master Plan..Read more

2010 Project in Action!The 2010 Project is now in full swing in Woodbridge. Volunteers teamed together to help tackle a clean up project at Marumsco Acres Lake …Read moreCommunity Partners Help Build A New Woodbridge

“The load is lighter when everyone lifts.” Several community partners have helped move our community closer to our vision of a New Woodbridge. Shear Scapes, a local landscaping company, has donated their services to cleaning up the Welcome to the Woodbridge sign in North Woodbridge. Read more….

VRE Announces Woodbridge Stop for New Express LineVRE has announced Woodbridge as their latest stop for the new express train… Read more Supervisor Frank J. Principi Discusses the Future Commission 2030 ReportWhat is the vision for Prince William County? The question brought Anderson and about 35 others to the Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas campus when Lifelong Learning Institute-Manassas presented a public forum called “Defining and Attaining World Class Community Status for Prince William County….Read MoreSupervisor Frank J. Principi Announces a Community Town Hall MeetingSupervisor Frank J. Principi will be hosting a town hall meeting for the neighborhoods of Marumsco Hills, Marumsco Acres, Marumsco Village and Marumsco Woods. All are welcomed to come hear speakers from Neighborhood Services, Police Department , and  the Fire & Rescue Department. The meeting will take place at Fred Lynn Middle School on April 28th. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm….Read moreSupervisor Frank J. Principi Talks about Housing in Prince William CountyThe residential housing market in some Prince William County neighborhoods is beginning to recover after being plagued by foreclosures and plunging home values…. Read moreSupervisor Frank J. Principi Pens a Letter to the Editor about Economic DevelopmentRecently, when talking with the Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors discussed the topic of a 12.5 cent surcharge on commercial real estate property taxes… .Read moreSupervisor Frank J. Principi and Clean Community Council Receive Award from CSX Corporation

Transportation giant CSX presented a check for $1,000 to the Prince William Clean Community Council in Woodbridge.. .Read more

Supervisor Frank J. Principi Advocates for New Transportation AlternativePrince William County Department of Transportation are performing a feasibility study for bus rapid transit (BRT) in Woodbridge. Supervisor Principi is a strong advocate for BRT especially for the Route 1 Corridor.  This new type of transportation technology would move commuters off the area roads. These buses are equipped with state of the art traffic signal technology that will cut travel times in half through Woodbridge. Innovations like BRT and the commuter ferry service are pillars of our vision of a New Woodbridge… Read moreSupervisor Frank J. Principi Leads Movement to Bring Back Senior Transportation

Senior citizens stood and cheered Tuesday afternoon after the Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted to give back their buses….

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Supervisor Frank J. Principi Talks About Bringing New Business to WoodbridgeSupervisor Principi recently spoke about the value of Woodbridge in regard to attracting new businesses to the area. Read more about his comments here.A Opportunity to Shape the Future

Do you want to know what new developments are coming to Route 1? Do you want to hear about future plans for local roads? Do you want to express your concerns about the impact of a new policy? An excellent way to do all these things and more is to join the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association (WPPCA). The WPPCA is a group of civic minded individuals that provides direct input to Supervisor Principi and the Woodbridge Planning Commission Member. Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month at the A.J. Ferlazzo building. If you have any questions or want to join you can click here or call 703-792-4646.

Supervisor Principi Kicks Off the 2010 Project

Prince William Supervisor Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge, wants your help for Project 2010.Buoyed by successful cleanup efforts in 2009, Principi would like assistance in identifying 20 projects this year that would make a difference in the Woodbridge…. Read more

Economic Development in the Woodbridge Magisterial DistrictThe local newspaper details new retailers and restaurants at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center. Stonebridge is a another example of mixed use development that is a integral part of the vision of a New Woodbridge…. Read moreVision of a New Woodbridge White PaperVision of a New Woodbridge White Paper is available here .Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in the News

Read about Supervisor Frank J. Principi efforts to complete the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in Woodbridge. The article details the trails event that brought together members of the Federal, State, and local government to discuss completing the PHNST  in Woodbridge. .. ..Read more

Supervisor Frank J. Principi Highlights Connecting Links of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in Woodbridge

Supervisor Frank J. Principi brought together multiple groups of stakeholders to highlight completion of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST) in Woodbridge Magisterial district. The Prince William County Park Authority has developed an action plan for completing the trail with time lines and cost estimates. Currently there are five segments of the trail that must be completed to connect the 8-mile expanse in Woodbridge. The participants toured three distinct locations where the PHNST will need to be completed. This stakeholder group will work with the Park Authority and Board of County Supervisors to complete the trail in the future. Information provided to the participants is listed below:

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Map

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Completion Matrix

H1N1 Community Forum

Supervisor Frank J. Principi hosted a H1N1 Community Forum on November 18 to discuss the Federal, State, Local, and Health Professionals response to the H1N1 pandemic in Prince William County. Participants were able to dialog about real world applications and practices dealing with the H1N1 flu in Woodbridge and Prince William County. Presentations are available below:

Prince William County H1N1 Information

CDC H1N1 Presentation

Virginia Department of Health H1N1 Presentation

Prince William County Emergency Preparedness H1N1 Presentation

Community Health Clinic H1N1 Presentation

Http:///www.Flu.gov

Supervisors Want a Direct Route to Dulles AirportProviding “direct and unimpeded access” to Dulles International Airport has taken on new economic priority for some Prince William supervisors, and the chairman has said he will bring the issue to the board for a more in-depth look in the coming weeks …Read morePWC Endorses Commuter Ferry Feasibility Study

On September 15th, Prince William County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the findings from the Commuter Ferry Service feasibility study. The board directed County staff to explore funding opportunities for a ridership analysis.  Prince William County Department of Transportation conducted a route proving exercise (RPE) and a proposed feasibility study of a commuter ferry service on the Potomac River between April 1, 2009 and July 31, 2009. The report in its entirety can be found here.

Check out New Woodbridge on Facebook and Twitter!Supervisor Principi continues to keep his promise to keep the community informed about Woodbridge by utilizing new social media sites. New Woodbridge has moved to Facebook and Twitter. You will be able to read the latest Woodbridge news about new developments, transportation, and community events.County will fulfill its duties to Seniors

Senior transportation services were among those programs that needed to be revamped in order for us to maximize available funding and still provide some service to our elderly residents. read more >

Come Hear About the Future of Woodbridge!

Do you want more information about Potomac Town Center or the expansion of metro into Woodbridge? Did you ride the ferry or participate at the Charrette? Supervisor Frank J. Principi and Chairman Corey E. Stewart are hosting a meeting to discuss the future of Woodbridge as it relates with the Prince William County Comprehensive Plan. The meeting is being held on June 18 at the A.J. Ferlazzo Building at 7:00 p.m. County staff will be soliciting feedback from the community about the future of transportation and development in Woodbridge. Come hear the fruition of the vision of a New Woodbridge and how citizens can become a link in the chain of change.

 

UPDATE: Additional documents and information for the June 18th WPPCA Meeting

Plan Update

What is Planning

Woodbridge Town Hall Mtg Presentation

Comments from the Comprehensive Plan Town Hall Mtg

VDOT Meeting Update

On June 1, Supervisor Frank J. Principi hosted a town hall meeting with VDOT to discuss the VDOT projects in North Woodbridge. There was an energetic crowd of 35 individuals, representing private citizens, developers, local businesses and the Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association. The presentation covered several topics including the Route 1/Route 123 Interchange, alternative interchange designs, and VDOT owned blighted properties. Many different factors have led VDOT to change their approach with the Route 1/Route 123 interchange project such as BRAC, I-95 Hot Lanes, and the North Woodbridge Master Plan. VDOT proposes phasing in the Route 1/Route 123 interchange project. Phase I will be the widening of Route 1 from Dawson’s Beach Road to Annapolis Way. Phase I construction would maximize the existing funding and improve the level of service along this portion of Route 1. During the North Woodbridge Charrette the participants tasked VDOT to explore different interchange designs for the Route 1/Route 123 project including a roundabout design. The State Roundabout Committee reviewed traffic data and plan views but determined that a roundabout intersection is not a viable alternative. The next step in the process is approval of the phasing of the Route 1/Route 123 interchange design by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

Presenters stated that all VDOT acquired vacant buildings have been demolished. Supervisor Principi will continue to work with property owners to expedite demolition of vacant properties in North Woodbridge.

Route 1_ Route 123 Executive Summary: This document summarizes the different elements that were presented at the VDOT meeting.

Level Of Service Table 1_123 : This document is a comparison chart of the varying levels of service versus different construction projects along Route 1

Roundabout Assessment: The document states the findings from the State Roundabout committee studies about the feasibility of a roundabout at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 123.

Bad Headline, Great Community

It was with disappointment that I read the headline of your otherwise excellent article about our community’s effort to work together to improve the image of Woodbridge. read more >

 

America’s Post-Subprime Boomtowns

Thanks to buyers searching for deals, the number of sales of foreclosed homes in these towns are highest in the U.S. read more >