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MANASSAS UTILITIES NOW OFFERS E-BILLING TO ITS CUSTOMERS

MANASSAS UTILITIES NOW OFFERS E-BILLING TO ITS CUSTOMERS

City of Manassas residents can now use a more convenient way of receiving and paying their utility bill online. They have the option to pay by electronic check for free or pay a nominal fee to use their credit card. As of Sept. 1, the City of Manassas had more than 800 customers that have paid bills online, and almost 500 are using e-billing, enabling electronic notifications of due dates. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

Customers choosing to pay their bills by mail or in-person, can continue to do so.

For those customers who register for e-billing now through Nov. 30, they will be automatically entered for a raffle to win an Ipod Nano.

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.

Residents escape townhouse fire in Reston


RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Five people are without homes after a townhouse fire spread to an adjacent home in Reston on Monday.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department officials say at approximately 4:15 p.m. firefighters arrived at a townhouse in the 2000 block of Golf Course Drive to see heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the home. The residents had already escaped unharmed, say officials.

The firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes, according to fire officials. Some of the fire extended into the townhouse next door.

Five people from both townhouses have been displaced, say officials. Red Cross support was offered but declined.

The damage is estimated at $180,000, say officials.

The fire started on the exterior rear deck, according to officials, and is under investigation.

25 years ago, a different Ebola outbreak in Va.


RESTON, Va. (AP) - The return of two Americans infected with Ebola is reminding residents of a northern Virginia community about a scare 25 years ago that permanently linked their town's name to the virus.

In 1989, a monkey house in the town of Reston was the site of an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Dozens of monkeys died, and several workers at the facility were infected with the virus.

The outbreak prompted a full-tilt response from Army scientists at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and the Centers for Disease Control to contain the outbreak. As it turned out, the strain of Ebola that broke out in Reston did not make humans sick. The strain is now known as Ebola-Reston.

The site of the old monkey house, near the new Reston Metro subway station, is now home to a daycare center.


MANASSAS UTILITIES’ NEW LOAD MANAGEMENT DEVICES SAVE ON USAGE and CUSTOMERS EARN UTILITY CREDITS

MANASSAS UTILITIES’ NEW LOAD MANAGEMENT DEVICES SAVE ON USAGE and  CUSTOMERS EARN UTILITY CREDITS

The City of Manassas Utilities are using new load management devices which will enable them to decrease usage demand during high peak periods and help lower utility rates, while customers can get a one-time $25 utility credit for each load management installed on their electric hot water heater, heat pump and air conditioner. In addition, the hot water heater load management devices earns an annual $2 credit on utility bills, while air conditioning devices get $9 credit per month from July through October, and $3 per month credit for electric heat pumps from November through June.  For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

Silver Line brings changes to 11 bus routes


RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- In three days, the Silver Line opens for business, bringing the Metro Rail to Reston. While the new line will see new riders to Metro, some current riders will have to pay more for the same distance commute. The increase costs are due to some big changes with eleven Fairfax Connector bus routes.

Some Metro riders, who've have already been hit with a three percent rate hike last month, will now have to pay more for the same distance commute.

David Ramirez lives in Reston and works in Arlington. From a Park and Ride lot, he takes a Fairfax Connecter bus to the West Falls Church Station for $1.25 , the Metro rider discount fare. However starting Monday, the bus will take him to the new Wiehle-Reston East station instead. That longer ride on the Silver Line will cost more.

Northern VA woman charged with terrorism


RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Northern Virginia woman has been charged, along with four others, for supporting a terrorist organization, according to federal officials.

Muna Osman Jama, 34, of Reston, was arrested for providing support to a foreign terrorist organization, the Department of Justice reports.

According to court documents, Jama along with Hinda Osman Dhirane of Kent, Washington, led a fundraising organization providing financial support to the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

Court records allege that Jama and Hinda oversaw a network composed mostly of women who provided monthly payments to their conduits in Kenya and Somalia. Records show that Jama was primarily responsible for sending money to a conduit in Kenya.