Gas-to-energy project at landfill is up and running

The Prince William County Solid Waste Division flipped the switch Wednesday to start the new 4.8-megawatt renewable energy project at the county landfill.

The public-private partnership with Fortistar and NOVEC is expected to provide 5,000 to 6,000 homes with power from the facility, which turns landfill gas into renewable energy.

Fire stations accepting donations for Toys for Tots

New, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program will be collected through Dec. 17 at all Prince William County, City of Manassas and Manassas Park fire stations, as well as the county’s Public Safety Training Center in Nokesville and the McCoart Government Center in Woodbridge.

Board approves $12 million for underground utilities

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently voted 5 to 3 in support of allocating $12 million to place utilities underground at routes 1 and 123.

Proposed by Supervisor Frank J. Principi (D-Woodbridge), the resolution augments the North Woodbridge Interchange project, which will widen Route 1 to six lanes between Annapolis Way and Mary’s Way.

“The other Route 1 projects are all funded by local tax dollars and will have utilities underground. How can we not do this at the eastern gateway to the county?” Principi said. “This is a smart investment that will bring positive impacts on aesthetics, utility reliability and economic development in the North Woodbridge area.”

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St. Francis of Assisi Church creates wildlife habitat

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Triangle was recently deemed an official wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The church’s staff and parishioners created a green space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife

“We are blessed to be a steward of God’s creation and the caretaker of several acres of land in a growing suburb of Washington, D.C., where wildlife is undoubtedly losing space to live due to development,” said Kevin Down­ey, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane