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NOVA Resident Displays His Transformers Police Car

NOVA Resident Displays His Transformers Police Car

Jim Ortte is the proud new owner of the famous police car that appeared in the 2007 blockbuster movie “Transformers.” Ortte bought the car in auction and would not disclose the price, however, today he and his son showed off the car in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Liberia Avenue in Manassas, VA.

The police car, known as ‘Barricade’ in the film, is a specially customized 2005 Ford Saleen Mustang. Ortte explained that he has owned 16 different Mustangs and is a real car lover. Barricade has a V-8 engine, a 2007 S281 experimental body, has camera mounts on the sides above the wheels as well as under the hood, and a specially installed police equipment package. It also has the ability to do stunts, such as lock the front wheels to do a complete spin.

Ortte has big plans for ‘Barricade.’ He plans to show it off at different car shows, and other special events, such as fundraisers to help raise money for children with cancer.

City Square Café Debuting Winter Wine Classes with Chef Robert Barolin

City Square Café Debuting Winter Wine Classes with Chef Robert Barolin

Chef Robert Barolin at City Square Café in Old Town Manassas is featuring wine classes on Thursdays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Barolin, a former wine representative for various vineyards, will teach a class about “Getting to Know your Wines.” He’ll discuss student’s wine knowledge, how to taste wine, what to look for when purchasing wine, which wines are trending, teach the names and origin of the wine grapes, discuss why the same grape tastes different in different regions, instruct about the best wine and food pairings and test students’ final knowledge with a blind wine tasting. Class size is limited to eight people. Cost is $35 per week or $250 in advance. Call 703.369.6022 to sign-up.

Two red and two white wines will be tasted in every class and paired with light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees must sign up for all eight classes.

Old Dominion Links Sponsor Annual Children’s Holiday Party for Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Old Dominion Links Sponsor Annual Children’s Holiday Party for Family Self-Sufficiency Program

From Prince William County OHCD:

Seventh Annual Theodore Roosevelt® Police Award to be Presented

Seventh Annual Theodore Roosevelt® Police Award to be Presented

From Amy Krueger:

December 6, 2010 - At 1 p.m. today the Capital Area Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association will honor Prince William County Police Department Senior Lieutenant Phillip “Flip” Harrover, Jr. with its seventh annual Theodore Roosevelt Police Award. The Theodore Roosevelt® Police Award honors a deserving law enforcement officer who has overcome a serious handicap, illness, or injury and continues to render outstanding service to his or her department.

The ceremony will take place at the American Legion-Washington Office, 1608 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Charlie T. Dean, chief of the Prince William County Police Department, will speak about Harrover’s experience. Doug Hill, Chief Meteorologist for WJLA-Channel 7 and WTOP, will serve as master of ceremony for the event. Members of the media are welcome to attend.

100 Best Communities for Young People Celebration Tonight

100 Best Communities for Young People Celebration Tonight

From Prince William County Public Schools:

The public is invited to a ceremony on Thursday, December 2 from 4:30-6 p.m. celebrating Prince William County’s designation as one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People.” The ceremony will be held at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas.

Autism Society and AMC Theatres to Host Sensory Friendly Films This December

From Amanda Glensky of the Autism Society: 

MC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities and sensory issues a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. Sensory Friendly Films® will continue with a showing of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader  on December 11.

Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It often comes with sensory challenges, such as hypersensitivity to light or sound, and children or adults affected by autism may not understand the social boundaries of movie theatre etiquette, such as not talking during the film or sitting still through most of the show.

Annual SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition Coming Soon

From Prince William County Public Schools:

The annual all-county SeaPerch Underwater Robotics competition will be held on December 2 and 3 at the Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park. The competition is scheduled over two days to accommodate the large number of students participating. Students will arrive at 8 a.m. for the underwater games, which include recovery, maneuvering, relay, and collaboration; and culminate with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. each day.

More than 500 students from nine PWCS high schools along with students from Manassas Park High School, Osbourn High School, and Seton School will compete in the STEM-related competition.