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Government shutdown wreaking havoc with Metro finances and safety

Following inquiries by Virginia and Maryland’s Senators, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) disclosed today, Jan.17, that it is losing, on average, $400,000 each weekday during the government shutdown. In response, the Senators issued the following statement:

Prince William County roads closed due to hurricane impact

High water was affecting Prince William County roads Monday afternoon, Oct. 29, and some roads were closed, while others had been reopened, according to an update from Jason Grant, director of communications.

Manassas opens pet friendly shelter

City of Manassas VA will open a shelter for Hurricane Sandy victims at 7 p.m. at Osbourn High School.

Prince William County update and closings for Tuesday, Oct. 30

Prince William County VA has opened two shelters, one with animal accommodations, reports schools and courts closed on Tuesday.

Prince William County has closed school for Tuesday, Oct. 30

Prince William County Public Schools and school division activities will be closed tomorrow due to weather-related conditions.

HOV lanes open to all traffic this afternoon

Virginia Department of Transportation said it was lifting HOV restrictions this afternoon, Oct. 29, on Interstates 66, 95, 395 and the Dulles Toll Road.

Before using a generator during power outages review these safety tips

A generator poses certain risks that must be addressed for safe operation, including fire, damage to electrical equipment, and even injury or death to people operating the generator or in the building where it is being used, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

Dominion says 5500 power workers reported for storm duty, advises smart phone reporting of outages

Dominion Virginia Power customers can report power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy and receive outage-related information using smart phones and the company’s mobile website. Thousands of power utility workers are on standby in case of power outages.

NOVEC customers: Put cell phone numbers on file to speed outage reporting and power restoration

NOVEC has tips for its 150,000 customers about what to do if the power goes off and emphasizes to stay way from downed power lines & poles & call NOVEC immediately. The emergency numbers are 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500.
Today's Obituaries

Deanna “Dee” Schaeffer, 81, retired librarian for Occoquan and McAuliffe elementary schools

Deanna Schaeffer, who served as a school librarian in Prince William County Public Schools for 22 years, passed away on Dec. 16, 2018. She was 81.

Martha Cannon, retired math teacher from Osbourn Park HS, math sub Stonewall Jackson HS

A memorial service for retired OPHS math teacher Martha Cannon will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, January 5, at the Manassas Baptist Church.

Archie E. Schiff, 107, formerly of Pottsville, Pa., baseball player, veteran, business owner

Archie E. Schiff, 107, of Manassas, VA and formerly of Pottsville, PA, died Dec. 7, 2018. He was especially proud of the years he spent playing minor league baseball for the Pottsville team and sharing stories of all of the changes he had witnessed in his 107 years.
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