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VDOE asks public to answer online survey about school quality and accountability

“We are asking parents and other members of the public to tell us what they think is important when evaluating how well a school is serving students,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said.

VDOT to close I-95 ramps at Backlick Rd. for patching Oct. 24-26

Closures will occur on the ramp from southbound I-95 to Backlilck Road (Exit 167) the nights of Monday, Oct. 24 and Tuesday, Oct. 25. In addition, there will be closures of the ramp from northbound I-95 to Route 1 (Exit 161) the nights of Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 26 for asphalt patching,

Wearing decorative contact lenses one night could impair future vision

"You'd never buy a new hip at a flea market and you should never buy a medical device like contact lenses at one either," Dr. Ben Casella, Georgia Optometric Association president, was quoted as saying in a press release. "If you're not careful, one night of using knock-off lenses to change your appearance can mean a permanent change in your ability to see for the rest of your life."

Supt. Walts to address “State of the Schools” at business breakfast Oct. 27

Challenges and opportunities in the state’s second-largest school division will be addressed by Superintendent Steven L. Walts at the annual Superintendent’s Breakfast on October 27 from 8–10 a.m.

PWC math professional development day for teachers Nov. 5

A mathematics professional development day for area teachers will be held Saturday, November 5, from 8 a.m.–1:15 p.m. at Benton Middle School on Hoadly Rd., Manassas.

PW schools to be closed on Election Day, Nov. 8

In anticipation of expected high voter turnout, Prince William County Schools will not hold school on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

New law proposed to extend voter registration deadline in emergencies

House Democratic Leader, David J. Toscano (D-Charlottesville/Albemarle), has proposed a change in state law to address emergencies that prevent citizens attempting to register from doing so in time of emergency.

Virginia cyber security poster contest for students

Students in grades K–12 are invited to create posters illustrating the safe use of the Internet and/or mobile devices for submission in the 2017 Commonwealth of Virginia’s Cyber Security Awareness “Kids Safe Online” Virginia Poster Contest. Submissions are due January 6.

Federal judge extends Virginia voter registration to Oct. 21

Due to a technology snafu, the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. For more information on how to register to vote, go to
Today's Obituaries

Paul Purtell, retired from US Marine Corps and US Postal Service, owned Manassas Pizza, father of 7

Paul Joseph Purtell, 92, of Manassas, VA, a veteran of World War II, a retired US Marine and a charter member of the Freedom Museum, died on Oct. 16, 2016. The family will receive friends at Pierce Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9609 Center St., Manassas, VA on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 3-7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Rd,, Manassas, VA Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. Interment at Quantico National Cemetery.

Passing of Alexander “Big Al” Wales, 16, Patriot High School student

A service will be held at Gainesville United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, for Alexander Michael Wales, 16. The Patriot High School student passed peacefully into Heaven on Sept. 23, 2016, at his home in Bristow, VA, after a courageous seven-year battle against X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

Passing of Dennis Morley, music teacher at Marumsco Hills Elem. and Music & Arts Center

Family and coworkers of Dennis Morley, music teacher at Marumsco Hills Elementary School in Woodbridge, who died Sept. 17, 2016, will hold a "Celebration of Life" in his honor on Saturday, Oct. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the school. Please bring a picture or special keepsake to display on a Celebration Board for his family and a potluck dish if you would like.
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