Archive for January, 2010


2010 Occoquan Elections

Posted by Lou on January 29, 2010 in Announcements, Politics, Town News

In 2010 the residents of Occoquan will once again have the opportunity to elect a Mayor and new Town Council. Voting will take place at Town Hall from 6:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 2. Reminder, you must be registered to vote by April 12 in order to participate.

In 2008, the elections were a bit of a drag because there was only one mayoral candidate and only 5 Town Council candidates (vying for a total of 5 open seats). Out of 593 registered voters, only 131 cast votes (22% turnout). James Walbert was elected to the Town Council with only 90 votes!

If you are interested in running for Town Council, now is your opportunity. You may obtain the necessary filing forms by contacting the Office of General Registrar at (703) 792-6470 or by downloading the forms from the State Board of Elections website.

The current Occoquan Town Council consists of:

  • Mayor Earnest W. Porta, Jr.
  • Vice Mayor Ken Brunsvold
  • Council Member James N. Walbert
  • Council Member Denise M. Bush
  • Council Member Joao Paul “JP” Cunha
  • Council Member Barry G. Dean

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2010 Boat Show Season

Posted by Lou on January 24, 2010 in Boat Shows, Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Fishing News, Occoquan River

Once again, it’s boat show season in the Washington DC area.  There are 4 huge boat shows coming up soon:

Baltimore Boat Show: January 21-24
Fredericksburg Boat Show: January 28-31 (UPDATE: now begins on Thursday!)
Washington DC Boat Show: February 11-15
National Capital Boat Show (Dulles): March 12-14

The Washington DC boat show was postponed in 2009 due to lack of exhibitor financial strength. I have already heard some rumblings that the show may be canceled again this year. The National Capital Boat Show at the Dulles Expo Center has become the biggest, best show in the area.

Looking over new boats in 2010, the Sea Ray Sundancer 450 really jumps out at me: Zeus pod drives with joystick control, fiberglass hardtop with a huge retractable sunroof, and a well-appointed media room! Watch a video review.

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Epic Fail

Posted by Lou on January 24, 2010 in Occoquan Reservoir, Pictures, Random Musings

The Great Recession Strikes Occoquan

Posted by Lou on January 14, 2010 in Town News

2010 has arrived and Main Street continues to slump (well, in this case Mill Street). The Great Recession has not relinquished its icy grip on the world and small towns far and wide continue to struggle, including Occoquan.

Now word comes that two fine restaurants, The Garden Kitchen and Belgique Gourmande, are both up for sale. Apparently, each restaurant has been listed on craigslist (although, I was unable to find either listing).

That’s not all. The well-known local shop Country Morning is also for sale. Sadly, Irish Collection has become the latest business to announce that it will be closing.

What can you do? Shop and eat locally! If you have other ideas on how to help, sound off in the comments or drop me a line. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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