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MANASSAS CITY RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR 100 YEARS OF SERVICE

MANASSAS CITY RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR 100 YEARS OF SERVICE

Manassas City Utilities received the Century Award from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for its 100-year anniversary. Established in 1987, the APPA Century Award is given each year to public power utilities that have served their customers and community for 100 years.  For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

To commemorate the milestone, Manassas City Utilities hosted a 100-year anniversary event in October, 2013 that was attended by more than 600 people. At the event, they ceremoniously buried a time capsule containing memorable utility items from the past century and also raised more than $3,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society.

BELLEZZA SPA DONATES 20 PERCENT of Mother's Day Sales to LIFE WITH CANCER

BELLEZZA SPA DONATES 20 PERCENT of Mother's Day Sales to LIFE WITH CANCER

Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va. helped support Life with Cancer by donating 20 percent of all services sold during Mother’s Day, totaling $260.  Bellezza Spa owner, Paola Berrios, is an advocate and volunteer for Life with Cancer, a Fairfax-based program, part of Inova Health System.  For more information, go to www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.

“So many are managing day-to-day with cancer, and Bellezza Spa is actively committed to helping children with cancer receive the best possible care and support,” said Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, Va.

Cancer patient from Va. gets pop star wish


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (USA Today) -- Battling cancer takes more than just medicine. It requires inner strength, too.

Addy, a 5-year-old girl diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, finds inspiration through Katy Perry, specifically, her song Roar.

In November, Make-A-Wish Foundation helped another 5-year-old, Miles Scott, aka Batkid, suit up as his favorite hero for the day. The story went viral and prompted thousands of people to descend upon San Francisco to watch the little boy, who is in remission from cancer, be a hero for the day.

1 injured during Alexandria apartment fire


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- One person was injured during a two-alarm fire in Alexandria on Tuesday night.

Fire units from Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria responded the a structure fire in a garden style apartment at 206 N. Howard Street around 10 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters say fire was showing from a second floor apartment window and the fire was beginning to extend to the floor above from the outside of the building. Heavy smoke conditions were present throughout the apartment building.

Officials were told that a person was possibly still inside when firefighters arrived, but that person was located outside the building. He had singed facial hair with soot present around his nose and mouth.

Medics from the Alexandria Fire Department treated the patient for possible airway burns and transported him to MedStar for evaluation.

Preliminary hearing set for Alexandria murders person of interest


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Charles Severance, called a person of interest in three unsolved Alexandria murders, was arraigned in Loudoun County General District Court on Tuesday morning on a firearms charge.

Severance was arrested in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 13 and charged as a "Fugitive From Justice" pursuant to the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act, according to court documents. He was extradited from West Virginia on Monday.

According to WUSA9's Peggy Fox, Severance was appointed an attorney on Tuesday and his preliminary hearing is set for June 18.

Peggy Fox will have more on this story coming up at 5 p.m. on WUSA9.

Catch up on the case: Charles Severance (http://bit.ly/1j8KLj6)


Flood Mitigation Plan for Old Town Alexandria


Old Town Alexandria, VA - Here comes the rain but for many shop managers its business as usual.

On this flood day, the Silver Parrot jewelry shop just received a shipment of new shelving to replace the old shelves that were once flooded out by Hurricane Isabel.

"This time the city prepared us a little bit more," said manager Casey Kain, "so we got five sandbags."

Not only are the sandbags in place, but a plan is in place to fix the flooding problems - hopefully for good.

"We are working with the community on how flood levies - the walls -will be integrated with park for flood proofing," explained Director of Transportation Richard Baier, "and it will be happening next coming months. We have flood tidal valves that will be installed in certain pipes in the next coming months."

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS RAISES $8,000 for BLACK BOX THEATRE PROJECT in ALEXANDRIA, VA.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS RAISES $8,000 for BLACK BOX THEATRE PROJECT in ALEXANDRIA, VA.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) raised $8,000 at their second Annual Benefit Concert to go toward construction of their Black  Box Theatre project in Alexandria, Va. MSA is working toward a fundraising goal of $100,000 to complete the theatre project. Visit www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble performed at the concert at the George Washington National Memorial in Alexandria, Va., hosted by FOX 5’s anchor, Annie Yu.

“We are so grateful to the community for helping our dance companies get closer to our goal of building our Black Box Theatre,” said Melissa Dobbs, presidents of the Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria and Lorton, Va.