Archive for March, 2014

2014 Town of Occoquan Elections

Posted by Lou on March 28, 2014 in Announcements, Town News

In 2014, the residents of Occoquan will once again have the opportunity to elect a Mayor and new Town Council. The General Election voting will take place on Tuesday, May 6. Reminder, you must be registered to vote by Monday, April 14th in order to participate.

The sample ballot is now available on the Prince William County Office of Elections website.

As reported by, Mayor Earnie Porta has already announced that he plans not to seek reelection. In his stead, Town Council Member Elizabeth “Liz” Quist has announced her candidacy.

Mayor Porta supports Quist as the town’s new mayor because “she is open-minded and strives to be fact and evidence-based on every issue that comes before the council. She also has a very strong handle on town finances and has worked very hard to improve the professionalism and capabilities of town staff.”

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The Capital Wheel at National Harbor

Posted by Lou on March 28, 2014 in Chesapeake Bay, National Harbor, Potomac River, Video, Washington DC News

The Capital Wheel at National Harbor is scheduled to open in May 2014. With its 42-closed, climate-controlled gondolas each seating eight, the observation wheel will operate year-round. For riders, Wolfgang Puck’s catering service will provide creative seasonal snacks and concessions. Other Cities with observation wheels: London, Seattle, Niagara Falls, Brisbane, Perth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Malacca Island, Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach.

  1. Size: 176 Feet Tall
  2. Visible from the Top of the Observation Wheel: Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol, Alexandria, Prince George’s County
  3. Number of Climate-Controlled Gondolas: 42 (including 1 VIP Gondola)
  4. Maximum Number of Passengers: 336 (8 per Gondola)
  5. Price (estimated): $15 per ride (VIP Gondola will cost more)
  6. Hours of Operation (estimated): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., year-round
  7. Ride Speed: 1.5 rotations per minute
  8. Lighting: 1.6 million LED lights, fully programmable, with a spectrum of 16.7 million colors

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