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Massive Fire In Manassas Damages 11 Houses

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) -- A fire that destroyed three houses and damaged eight more on Tillett Loop illustrates the danger of housing developments where houses are close together.

The blaze began around 3pm when neighbors said they heard a loud bang and then saw two houses soon engulfed in flames.  Those flames quickly spread to a third house.  No one was inside the homes but a few cats and a few dogs died in one house.

"It was like dominos and our house was next," said Farrah Qura, who lives two doors down from the house that first caught on fire at 8355 Tillett Loop. 


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Christmas Parade Participant Submissions Due Soon

Update: Do you want to be a Christmas Parade participant? Email info@gmchristmasparade.org if you’re interested in participating in the 2010 parade! Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 22nd.

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Old Town Manassas Features 28th Annual Fall Jubilee

This was sent to us by Historic Manassas, Inc.:

It’s that time again for the beautiful log carvings of the popular Chainsaw Chix, 300 crafters and lots of entertainment at the 28th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee to be held, Sat., Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Town Manassas, Va., presented by Clear, an Internet company based in Kirkland, Wash. With FREE admission and FREE parking, the event will feature hundreds of crafters, including exhibitors with handmade jewelry and products, woodcrafts, face painting, a pumpkin patch, live entertainment and rides.

Man Stabbed, Robbed At A Manassas Shopping Center

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) - A property assessor was stabbed and robbed this morning while he was taking pictures at the Canterbury Village Shopping center in the 8600 block of Sudley Road, in the City of Manassas, police said.

Sgt. Tim Neumann told 9NEWS NOW that the 59-year-old photographer was approached by two Hispanic males who demanded his camera and money while he was working in the rear of the shopping center.

When he refused, Neumann says the two young men attacked him. They beat and kicked him and stabbed him multiple times. The beating happened directly behind a daycare center.

Two women who work at nearby business saw the attack and began honking on their horns, which caused the suspects to flee.

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Yogen Fruz Opens New Location At Potomac Mills

This was sent to us from Lauren Horsley of Bitner Goodman:

WOODBRIDGE, VA (September 20, 2010) – Potomac Mills, the largest outlet and value retail destination in Virginia, will celebrate the resurgence of the frozen yogurt craze with the addition of the latest location of Yogen Fruz, the internationally recognized frozen yogurt chain with over 1,200 stores in 25 countries.  This much anticipated new eatery is slated to join Potomac Mills’ Neighborhood 2 near The Outlet Store – Bloomingdale’s in November.

Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

Virginia Democrat Opposes Plan To Raise Taxes On Wealthy

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - When the President came to a Fairfax neighborhood this week, he chose a place where a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans may not go over well.

"I'm not sure if I'm in favor of it," said Katie Hesford.

Republican Chris McCloskey who wore an anti-Obama t-shirt said, "I want to see the Bush era tax cuts extended."

The average annual household income in Fairfax County is over $100,000. And though couples pulling in $250,000 or more may not consider themselves wealthy in this high-cost-of-living region, they are. And they'd pay more taxes if the President has his way. But the President won't have Democrat Congressman Gerry Connolly's vote.

"Now is not the time to be raising taxes on any income group," said Connolly.

Rep. Connolly says raising taxes on the wealthy could hurt the economy, which is what the republicans have been arguing.