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Battlefield High School Realizes Impressive Savings with Paper Reduction Initiative

From Prince William County Public Schools:

In 2007, the Battlefield High School Technology Committee implemented a paper reduction initiative at the school. The goal of "RIPTIP" was to reduce schoolwide paper use by 50 percent by 2012. Recent results indicate that the school has, despite an enrollment-adjusted index, surpassed the 50 percent mark two full years ahead of schedule.

“Our 2007–08 total expense for copier contract and consumable paper was $207,690.88. The figures from last year come in at a total of $93,637.90,” says Keith Reeves, instructional technology resource teacher and chairman of the Technology Committee. “That's a cost reduction of $114,052.98 compared to our baseline, even with 300 more students.”

Prevent False Alarms This Holiday Season

From Prince William County Police Department:

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . Don’t let your holiday season be ruined by false alarms! There are simple steps that you can take to avoid what could be costly mistakes, while at the same time creating a lovely holiday atmosphere in your home or business.

Motion Detectors and Holiday Decorations

Family Displaced After Car Crashes Into Woodbridge Home

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA) -- A family in Woodbridge was rudely awakened by a car crashing into their home early Thursday morning.

Mike Clark, Assistant Chief for the Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton Volunteer Fire Department, says a man driving a Toyota Camry in the 15000 block of Alabama Avenue failed to negotiate a bend in the road and drove straight into the rec room of a two-story home with three adults and four children inside. Clark says no one was injured inside the home.

According to Clark, the driver of the Camry suffered only minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

A building inspector has condemned the home and the Red Cross responded to the scene to provide temporary lodging for the displaced residents.

Prince William County Police are investigating the incident.






Prince William's Anti-Illegal Immigration Policy Analyzed

WOODBRIDGE, Va.  (WUSA) - "It's great news, it's affirmed everything we've been saying over the last three years," says Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart, who pushed through an anti-immigration policy that produced both praise around the nation and large protests here at home.

The policy requires police to check the immigration status of everyone arrested and alerts ICE if they're not here legally.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, researchers from the University of Virginia released their study of the policy and found it did work in decreasing the numbers of illegal immigrants in Prince William County and decreased the number of crimes.

Study: Policy Cut Number Of Illegal Immigrants

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- A new study finds Prince William County's immigration policy has cut the number of illegal immigrants. And the authors say the rates of some crime have fallen since the policy was implemented.

Those are some of the conclusions of a University of Virginia study of the policy presented to the county's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The study also found that the policy created an ethnic divide in perceptions of the county, but that has been largely repaired.

The policy initially allowed officers who reasonably suspected someone might be an illegal immigrant to ask about their immigration status, but was later changed to require checks for anyone arrested.

Associated Press

Va. AG Backs DMV Refusal to Accept Permit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is not required to accept a federal work permit as proof that a driver's license applicant is legally in the U.S., state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in an official opinion.

DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb requested the opinion, which Cuccinelli issued a little more than two months after the agency temporarily quit accepting Employee Authorization Documents as proof of legal status. The Department of Homeland Security issues the document to people who are temporarily in the U.S. and looking for work.

"Individuals who have the EAD now need another document to verify legal presence," DMV spokeswoman Pam Goheen said Monday. About 20 other federal documents are still accepted.

Marine With Md., Va. Ties Dies In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Robert M. Kelly, a Marine who was born in Bethesda, Md. and graduated from Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, Va., died in Afghanistan November 9.

2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, 29, was killed when an improvised explosive devise (IED) detonated in Helmand province, Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.

According to Military Times, Kelly was a 2003 Florida State University graduate and Gar-Field Senior High School graduate before becoming an infantry officer assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The Military Times website also says Kelly was the son of Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly, who was a commander of the Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North.