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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Blizzard of 2009 Rocks Occoquan

Posted by Lou on December 20, 2009 in Announcements, Town News, Washington DC News
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Old man winter dumped between 18 and 22 inches on Occoquan. Took a drive through town this morning, amazing how many people don’t own a snow shovel. I saw somebody shoveling with a dust pan. A white blanket is covering everything outside. Time to go shovel the driveway.

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Occoquan River Festival This Saturday

Posted by Lou on April 28, 2009 in Announcements, Special Events, Town News

Come and celebrate the good life on the Occoquan on Saturday, May 2nd at the Occoquan River Festival!

The festival includes a number of events in and around the town of Occoquan. The festival culminates with a firework extravaganza at 7:30, viewable from anywhere along the Occoquan River.

Here is a rundown of the planned events:

Occoquan Regional Park
Family Paddle Event (10:00AM – 1:00PM)
Exhibitor Area Open (10:00AM – 7:00PM)
Food Wagon (10:00AM – 7:00PM)
Family Bicycle Fun (12:00AM – 4:00PM)
Northern Virginia Ultimate Frisbee Championship (12:00PM – 7:00PM)

Historic Town of Occoquan (10:00AM – 7:00PM)
Farmers Market (8:00AM – 12:00PM)
Sidewalk Sale
Roaming Musicians
Craft Demonstrations
Historical Re-enactments
Carriage Rides
Children’s Activity Area
Ghost Walks
Taste of Occoquan with wine pairing samples at Madigan’s Restaurant

Prince William Marina (11:00AM – 5:00PM)
Children’s Inflatable Midway
Carnival Food Vendors

Belmont Bay (11:00AM – 5:00PM)
Wet & Wild Wheels Show (Boat, JetSki, ATV, Motorcycle)
DJ & Bud Booth
Steamed Crabs by Osprey’s Landing Restaurant
Vendor’s Area Open
Wine Tasting by Potomac Point Winery
Golf Putting Contest, Golf Clinics & Golf Pro-Shop Discounts at Osprey’s Landing Golf Course
Moon Bounce & Festival Concessions
Food by Dixie Bones
Bungee/Trampoline Rides (12:00 – 4:00)
Live Country-Rock Band at Village Green

Pavilion Workhouse Arts Center (10:00AM – 6:00PM)
Shops Open
Live Music on the Quad
Live fireworks concert (7:00PM – 8:30PM)

Vulcan Quarry (10:00AM – 4:00PM)
Public Tours

Rivergate (11:00AM – 4:00PM)
Classic Car Show

The Occoquan River Festival is the brainchild of the Occoquan River Communities organization. Click here to download event schedule PDF.

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2009 Boating Season Begins!

Posted by Lou on April 21, 2009 in Announcements, Boating News, Meetups

Finally, the 80’s are back! The weather this weekend is going to be amazing. Time to de-winterize and fire up those engines! To get things started, the Potomac River Party Boaters Association is hosting the 2009 Spring Dust-Off this weekend!

Let’s meet up at Tim’s Rivershore around 2:00 on Saturday, April 25th. After everybody has had their fill of crawfish and bikini fuzz at Tim’s, we’ll cruise over to Mattawoman Creek for the evening, and stay until Sunday…whenever. RSVP on Facebook. All are welcome!

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PWC Licenses Arrive

Posted by Lori on February 25, 2009 in Announcements, Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Transportation

Quick public safety announcement: boating licenses are here. In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to establish a boating safety education compliance requirement. If you’re under 20 years old, you need a PWC license this summer. If you’re under 35, you’ll need a PWC license next summer. You can find the complete rules and phase-in schedule here.

No worries though, getting your license is pretty easy. You just need to buy a DVD from the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. The DVD is only 60 minutes long, broken out into 10 minute chapters. It looked like the video was filmed by BoatU.S. in 1987. Then you have to take a 50 question multiple choice test (open book) and mail your scantron back with $5.

It took about 2 weeks for us to get our licenses in the mail. We sent a copy to our insurance company and chopped 10% off our boat insurance.

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Potomac River Party Boaters Association

Posted by Lou on February 24, 2009 in Announcements, Aquapalooza, Boat Clubs, Boating News, Meetups, Occoquan River, Potomac River

You should join the new Facebook group that we just set up! The mission of the Potomac River Party Boaters Association is to promote the tradition and sport of boating on the Potomac River every summer.

If you already have a Facebook account, join this group to identify and connect with some fun local boaters that you may or may not already know. We’ll be setting up meetups and uploading fun pictures and videos throughout the summer.

To kick things off, there will be a spring dust-off celebration during the afternoon of Saturday, April 25th (weather dependent). The plan is to start off at Tim’s Rivershore and then cruise over to Mattawoman creek for the evening or until Sunday. All are welcome.

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Verizon FiOS Finally Coming to Occoquan

Posted by Lou on February 24, 2009 in Announcements, Town News

In May of 2008 the Occoquan Town Council approved a franchise agreement with Verizon to bring FiOS digital television, internet, and telephone service to Occoquan. The initial prediction was that FiOS television service would be available as early as late summer or early fall of 2008.

If you’re like me and sick of paying Comcast over $200/month but do it anyway because there isn’t any other option, good news is on the way. Verizon releases information about FiOS construction on a bi-monthly basis and Occoquan has finally made the list! You can view which streets in Occoquan are going to be wired here: FiOS construction locations [PDF]

I haven’t seen very much activity around town yet so I’m guessing that most of the construction will take place during March. If you encounter a fiber construction issue, call the Verizon Virginia Construction Help Desk at 1-888-250-9710 to work it out. If you are already up and running on FiOS, leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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Farmer’s Market Coming to Occoquan

Posted by Lou on February 15, 2009 in Announcements, Farmer's Market News, Town News


Local produce is on the way! A joint effort between the town and the Occoquan Merchant’s Association, the market is tentatively scheduled to run from April through October. The weekly farmer’s market will be held on Saturday mrnings from 8:00am until noon on the Mill Street lot across from the Route 123 bridge.

If you are interested in volunteering email Mayor Porta.

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Ahoy Mates!

Posted by Lou on January 22, 2009 in Announcements


Welcome to the new!

Tucked away just 21 miles south of Washington DC, the area along the Occoquan River has been a hidden gem for many years.  The town of Occoquan and the surrounding region is a great place to live, a beautiful place to visit and an affordable place to shop.

The south bank of the Occoquan River, is also home to many marinas, nearly 1000 recreational boats and a thriving boating community. One of the main goals that we have for this blog is to bridge the gaps between the local boating community and the town of Occoquan.  Also, we want to invite everybody that enjoys living and boating on the Chesapeake Bay to learn more about what makes Occoquan so special.

Over the next few month, as we add more content and information to this site, we welcome you to participate with us.  If you live or work in Occoquan or nearby, we welcome any news or information that you would like to share. is a platform for everybody that loves Occoquan!

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