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CITY of MANASSAS PUBLIC WORKS to UPGRADE to $20 MILLION WATER TRANSMISSION LINE

CITY of MANASSAS PUBLIC WORKS to UPGRADE to $20 MILLION WATER TRANSMISSION LINE

As part of the City of Manassas Capital Improvement Program, Manassas’ water transmission main line has been slated for an upgrade, replacing the 24-inch water transmission main line with a 36-inch main line. The current, 45-year old water main line has served the City of Manassas well, but now that the line is approaching its useful life, it is being replaced with a water main line to supply the higher-demand for water, especially in the summer months, as well as improve overall system performance. The City of Manassas is currently working together with Prince William County, Va. along the Rollins Ford/Vint Hill Road/Route 28 road improvement areas, to replace the water transmission line, with project completion planned for 2020 at a total cost of more than $20 million.

VALENTINE’s DAY DINNER at CARMELLO’s; FREE RED ROSES, FEB. 13 to FEB. 15

VALENTINE’s DAY DINNER at CARMELLO’s; FREE RED ROSES, FEB. 13 to FEB. 15

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner from Fri., Feb. 13 to Sun., Feb. 15, giving away one red rose to each of their lady diners . Valentine’s Day menu prices range from $7 to $38. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com

 “We are offering a Valentine’s Day dinner throughout the weekend, so if you can’t make Feb. 14, stop in for dinner on Friday or Sunday and get your roses too,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va.

CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s – FEB. 12

CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER at CARMELLO’s – FEB. 12

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is kicking off Valentine’s Day early with a four-course Cakebread Winery Wine dinner, featuring wines like Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Pinot Noir 2013, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, and Merlot 2011 on Thurs., Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. for $110 inclusive per person. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com

The Cakebread wine dinner menu includes: Sauvignon Blanc 2013 served with pan-seared jumbo sea scallops, red quinoa, Maitake mushrooms and pomegranate gastrique; lamb meatballs with homemade fettuccine, feta, sundried tomatoes, mint and pistachio, pesto Alfredo with Pinot Noir 2013; Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 served with Lombo De Vaca À Porto, which is a grilled four-ounce filet mignon, with espresso and port wine sauce, fingerling potatoes and asparagus; and finally, for dessert, a ruby-port poached pear, ruby port-sauce, candied walnuts, crème fraiche, and mint served with Merlot 2011.

Va. threatens garnishment over Express Lane tolls


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A five inch stack of toll violations sits on Dan Rossi's desk at his small Springfield construction company, MAJ Construction. Rossi, who is part owner of the business was shocked to receive summonses to appear in court for $47,000 in toll violations. He says it all started with a simple mistake.

"My assistant made a mistake he said we would replenish as necessary," said Rossi, explaining that he thought the company's EZ Pass was set up for automatic replenishment.

Coming from his home in Maryland, his first toll violation in October of 2013 was for 43 cents. He didn't pay it and then was shocked when the next notice arrived.

"When they sent out the second set of fines, I said 'That's nuts! $100 for 43 cents. I'm not doing it." he said.

Fees and fines mounted, and so did more tolls, despite his efforts.

Tow truck driver killed on Outer Loop of the Beltway


VIENNA, Va. (WUSA 9) -- Hicham Najdi was killed Monday, simply doing his job.

The 45-year-old Najdi, who some called AJ, was a tow truck driver.

"All around fun to be around, always joking, making people laugh. He was a really good guy, Worked really hard. Basically worked all four weeks out of the month and took just one weekend off," Dan Strouth, manager at Fairfax Towing, said.

Virginia State Troopers said Najdi was prepping a disabled vehicle on the Tysons Corner stretch of I-495 to load on to his tow truck.That's when troopers said the driver of an on-coming box truck crossed into the shoulder where Najdi was working, hit and killed him instantly.

The driver of the box truck was charged with reckless driving.

MANASSAS CITY ‘OPERATION ROUND UP’ HELPS THOSE IN NEED with UTILITY BILLS

MANASSAS CITY ‘OPERATION ROUND UP’ HELPS THOSE IN NEED with UTILITY BILLS

Colder weather has set in and that means people are turning up their thermostats and seeing higher utility bills.  The City of Manassas’ Operation Round Up is in full force, where customers that authorize the City of Manassas to "round up" their monthly electric bill to the next higher dollar. If the bill is $73.80, it is rounded up to $74 and the extra 20 cents is contributed to the Operation Round Up® fund.  Single donations from customers are also accepted, simply by adding the additional dollars to their payment with a notice that the overpayment is for Operation Round Up. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.