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Prince William County approves grants to bolster hospitality and retail businesses

Prince William Board of County Supervisors has approved the Lift Up Lodging and Restore Retail grant programs from the Prince William County Department of Economic Development (PWCDED). The $10 million grant program, which will launch by Dec. 31, aims to cushion the ongoing crunch felt by hotels, restaurants, event spaces, and storefront retail businesses.

Bull Run Library closing for six months of renovations

After 27 years of service to the public, Bull Run Regional Library in Manassas will close Dec. 13 for about six months of renovations costing about $1 million.

Future of Transit: Nov. 16 virtual town hall to focus on “Springfield to Quantico” findings

Event sign-up is free, and available at occoq.org/drpt.th. During registration, attendees may submit questions and ideas in advance. There will also be a moderated chat available during the livestream. DRPT is accepting public comment on the study through Nov. 17: drpt.virginia.gov/transit/springfield-to-quantico.

Va. Board of Education ups staffing ratios in revising Standards of Quality

The 2021 prescriptions build upon the board’s work during the 2019 SOQ review cycle and represent evidence-based proposals to create a stronger system of support for students, teachers and support staff, and are designed to align additional state resources with areas of need, a news release stated.

Rep. Connolly’s annual Senior Issues Forum via Zoom set for Oct. 29

Congressman Gerald Connolly (D-11), who represents part of the Prince William County area, will virtually host his annual Senior Issues Forum via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to increase 5.9 percent in 2022

The 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2022.

Man robbed at knifepoint in Manassas while walking in parking lot

On Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 at 7 p.m. officers from Prince William County Police Department responded to the 8100 block of Sudley Rd. in Manassas (20109) to investigate a robbery.

Two PWC schools get Va. Dept, of Education grants for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Two Prince William Schools in Woodbridge will be receiving two of the 37 new grants the Virginia Department of Education is awarding to fund 21st Century Community Learning Centers in communities across the commonwealth. The grants range from $50,000 to $200,000 and will allow school divisions, faith-based organizations, and community groups to provide students with tutoring and enrichment activities that complement regular academic programs.

LIFT Act proposes 20-year financing for first-time home buyers to help grow their wealth faster

Sen. Mark Warner said, “The LIFT Act will help close the racial wealth gap by allowing qualified home buyers to build equity – and wealth – at twice the rate of a conventional 30-year mortgage.”

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