Ramirez resigning from School Board’s Woodbridge position

Prince William County School Board member Denita S. Ramirez (Woodbridge) plans to resign her position, effective Nov. 30.

Ramirez said by phone last week that she has accepted a full-time job in Richmond that involves traveling and that she plans to relocate to there.

“I’m excited about the job, but this was a hard decision to make,” Ramirez said. “I’ve enjoyed being on the board. . . . I will always be a strong advocate of Prince William County schools.”

School Board Chairman Milton C. Johns (At Large) will accept applications for a temporary replacement, Ramirez said, and a special election will be held next year to fill the seat.

Ramirez was first elected to the board in 2003 and reelected in 2007 and 2011. She is the second member to step down this term. Grant Lattin (Occoquan) announced his resignation in May, and Michael Wooten filled the seat. Voters elected Lillie Jessie last week for the Occoquan seat.

“It’s been a wonderful, wonderful experience, and I take it as an honor to serve on behalf of the families and students in the Woodbridge magisterial district,” Ramirez said. “I’ll definitely miss my School Board district.”

Santa to meet with children with sensory-processing disorders

Potomac Mills and WorldWide Photography will host a sensory-friendly meeting with Santa Claus from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The free event will be in Neighborhood 1 of the mall, 2700 Potomac Mills Cir., Woodbridge.

Children with autism or other sensory-processing disorders will meet Santa in a quiet, dimly lit environment. Lines will also be avoided with a sign-in process.

Photo packages will be sold. For information, call 703-496-9330 or visit www.potomacmills.com.

Firefighters collecting Toys for Tots until Dec. 17 at stations

The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue is collecting toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off until Dec. 17 at any county, Manassas or Manassas Park fire station, plus the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center in Nokesville and in the lobby of the McCoart Government Center.

The toys will be distributed by Toys for Tots.

Groups serving western county win Heritage Hunt grants

The Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt awarded six grants last month to nonprofit organizations that serve western Prince William County.

The recipients are Transitional Housing BARN, BEACON for Adult Literacy, Dumfries Midwifery and Pediatric Care Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates, House of Mercy and Project Mend-A-House.

The annual grants are funded by members of the Giving Circle, who contribute a dollar a day.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane
and Mari-Jane Williams