On December 8th, starting at 4:00 p.m. Nokesville will be celebrating their annual Tree Lighting celebration. There will be carriage rides and music. There will be visits with Santa at the Nokesville Church of the Brethren Fellowship Hall from 5:00 to 5:30.
You can almost hear the train a-coming….
In October, Gov. Kaine announced that there would be an increase in funds for transportation at the state, regional and local levels. It looks like they will be using some of these funds to extend the Virginia Railway Express by 11 miles to service both Gainesville and Haymarket. It will still be five years or so before VRE riders have a few more stops!
On December 3rd, Prince WIlliam Schools are starting a new electronic visitor identification system in all schools. The system involves scanning visitor’s government issued identification, and issuing a visitor badge that includes the school name, visitor name, date and location of visit and the visitor’s photograph.
This system logs volunteer hours and also cross references sex offender databases.
Here are some projects in our area that will be coming soon according to the Prince William Planning Department:
* Pembrooke Subdivision, 12255 Sudley Manor Drive, Construction of 71 townhouse units
* Merrifield Garden Center, 6895 Wellington Road, Construction of a 141,915 square-foot nursery
* Bolt Property, 8412 Linton Hall Road, Construction of 58 single-family houses
* Dominion Valley Country Club, 4804 James Madison Hwy., Construction of 42 townhouses.
*Gainsville District Volunteer Fire Department, 5901 Antioch Road, Construction of a 17,467-square foot fire station.
On December 1st, Haymarket will be having a holiday celebration from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. There will be children’s activities and includes a “Taste of Haymarket”. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:00 pm.
Last week, the House of Representatives voted (For-291/Against-127) to tighten restrictions against easy-credit institutions (HR 3915) that have contributed to the weak housing market. The bill requires states to license all mortgage providers, allows borrowers to sue institutions that knowingly repackage unsound loans into securites, and requires lenders to certify that borrowers have a reasonable ability to pay. The bill also scales back prepayment penalties on loans, bans commissions to brokers for steering borrowers to mortages they can’t afford, and requires states to toughen lending rules or submit to the federal lending rules. This bill has been sent to the Senate for consideration.
The Peterson Companies, developers of the Virginia Gateway Center, opened a 135 space commuter lot on Limestone Road, adjacent to the Gainesville United Methodist Church. Source, Bull Run Observer.
The project entailed widing VA 28 from two to four lanes, with room to expand to six lanes, starting at Residency Road and running a mile south along 28. The road and bridge handle 35,000 vehicles daily. Source, Bull Run Observer.
Close to 300 FBI agents will be moving into the brand new Northern Virginia Resident Agency office just west of Manassas. Jason Grant, spokesman for Prince William County Department of Economic Development stated that having the office here undoubtedly makes the county a more appealing place for businesses to relocate. Prince William County is becoming more economically strong and independent. – Source, Pulse Newspaper.
I believe that this office locating to our area will greatly strengthen our real estate market.
The Bull Run Festival of Lights will be running 11/21/2007 to 1/6/2008, 5P to 9:30PM. This is something that I look forward to every year, and is very worthwhile if you have never been to it. It is one of the great things about living in the Northern Virginia area. Admission for cars is $15 (Monday thru Thursday) and $20 (Friday thru Sunday). Vans are $5 more.
Seton Catholic High School in Manassas was recently recognized as one of the best in the nation, by the 2007 Catholic High School Honor Roll. Seton was the only Catholic High School in Virginia to be recognized on the Honor Roll. – Information from The Pulse Newspaper 11/8/2007.
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