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A football team



7-13, 2018


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three sites for garage BY EMILY SIDES



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Three potential for a commuter sites have been identifi ed garage in the corridor near Interstate 95 Woodbridge and Dale City. Consultants were tasked the traffic impact with and cost estimates,studying other criteria, 27 of three possible NUM.among VOL. 30 | locations a 1,414-spac e parking for and Dale boulevards garage between Opitz . The Prince William Board pervisors heard of County Suregular meeting the results of the study at its Tuesday, but did not take tion. acThe county hired WSP USA with $271,477 in state funding. in February has provided little to no varsity a roughly 400-page So far, WSP report to the experience still preliminary something to board. had play for. The parking BY DAVID FAWCETT The level of competitio dfawcett@ins more than $37.6 garage project, which n. Th of no varsity has million in funding football, especiallye stigma Virginia Departmen he day after VHSL, local prep from the .COM niors in their for seManassas football teams t ofWWW.INS last season. All TransportaIDENOVA serve as a park new game plan School announced Park High seek tion, will This was a temporary irrelevant. to and ride facility its decision player participationaddress declining ers and relieve to cancel the for commutmeasure, death knell for 2018 varsity SEE PAGE 14 overflow at Manassas Park not a the high school football at U.S. 1 and Osbourn Park football. Dumfries Road. commuter lot season, the play- the awaited. ers returned Cougars with SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 The garage is to the practice “Honestly, only also 75¢ 15 players planned to I didn’t think field with day for practice. only one thought Neabsco Mills the school With the regular each would do it,” said senior Road widening be near the day’s scrimmag in mind: The next son less than is set to widen project, which sea- Manassas Dan Moreno, two weeks away, e against Osbourn sas the road to Park’s varsity BACK ManasPark. U.S. 1 to Smoke four Park couldn’t veteran of three WELCOME Court and cost lanes from delay any longer. years. “But when they They needed Construction did it, I $33.5 million. No one abandoned mad. Football to act is set is football, junior wasn’t the team or to keep the season fast if they wanted or varsity. and end in August to begin in October grumbled about varsity 2020 alive, while That’s all that having to now being matters.” Two sites are 2022. junior varsity play a fair to their players as well undeveloped schedule. Th as to their DOWNWARD TREND Potomac Town areas — one at seemed varsity opponents who counterproductive To outsiders, at Center and needed time to find another to the task at another tomac Festival Manassas Park’s hand. The players school to fill cision to suspend Shopping Center near Podeschedule. all understood out the third site currently its varsity — sons behind the reason was a seahouses a businesswhile a the decision. shock. No It wasn’t an At Home at Friday night Injuries left ideal fallback football, a called the BELL the faithful plan, but staple of Americana site of TRACY levard Kmart. former the band of 19 Dale ? It tbell@insiden players with ord Six sites were downtown Staff at FOOTBALL whittled down he idea of a PAGE 16 to three y surfaced again in mid-count of SuGARAGE ord County Board the Staff PAGE 3 Tuesday. pervisors meetingpreviously enPRINCE WILLIAM 703.754.330 The board has TODAY the idea 1 She’s not worried SUBSCRIBE to move forward on appletonca about TODAY staff Courthouse couraged the plumbi ned land across t center, to ng… Leave that with county-ow INSIDENOVA. governmen to us, your COM/SUBSCR county local experts! and resiIBE Road near the AC PrinceWilliamTo from businesses day_StripAd.ind feedback d 1 y plan. obtain SUBSCRIBE@ create a communit INSIDENOVA. dents, and to COM of the area has essenCALL: 703-318-1386 but Redevelopment since 2008, 8/1/18 3:02 in discussion PM tially been street improvesewer work, water and plans are now other related discussion. ments and according to in the works, play town similar a live-workwas disThe idea of Sept. 4. of classes on burg or Alexandria the first day | INSIDENOVA to Fredericks the school for ALEKS DOLZENKO their way to d docuIce cream as they make cussed. social a board backgroun greets students! Rocky Raccoon pics at info@insiden a “heart for According to A2day School mascot Page rst want to create place that share your fi planners and 6, Rockhill Elementary ment, www.bel page on y” and a signature culture. See more photos and the communit m county’s values represents the board of supermeeting, the Also at the Septemb Jack Cavalier, er 6, 2018 from Supervisor is now a visors heard ter, that there R-Griffis-Widewaintersection of U.S. 1 and Garrison the Public Affairs traffic light at x. at the crucifi scenarios, Thursday Telegraph Road this in 2000,” he said, reFort Belvoir . for Residents, Garrison , “I first asked junction with concern about in conshould expect will mark the anniver-a commuters years ago when and visi2001, with Stafford Countyintermitt he lobbied voir CommunDLA and the Fort Bel- tors can expect an increased ferring to 18 when Sept. 11,ent delays an issue and entering attacks ofand tion. pres- sary of the was already to the George respondethe a force-prot ity Hospital, conduct ence of emergen cy leaving rs spot in the t of Transporta base, ection vehicles and due to short-ter event near the entrance at 1300 world disaster Departmen of a realm gate active shooter exercise involving aircraft near the ceremony nt Center from the Virginia closures 9 a.m. 3 hospital , or Governme McNamara attack. Jr. and mass until training events 1 p.m. the L. This Gordon These RS PAGE Complex and casualty PAGE 3 nity are vital to SUPERVISO type of exercise Field House. REMEMBER commusafety and Community Specker a training serve to strengthe platform for serves as the relationsh members response staff n emergency ips between Belvoir Garrison personnel the Fort SUBSCRIBE and first and TODAY the SUN nity's mission COUNTY commuSTAFFORD partners. COM/




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