manassas journal messenger 2/12/01



February 12, 2001




to dedicate learning center:

Former chairman to be honored


Tiffany Schwab




MANASSAS – The school board will officially dedicate the Joseph B. Johnson

Learning Center at 4:30 p.m. today. The center, which houses the school

system’s alternative education program, is located next to Osbourn High

School on Tudor Lane.

On hand for the dedication will be the center’s namesake, Joseph Johnson,

who served on the Manassas City School Board for 25 years, 10 of those as


Johnson said he’s still deciding what kind of remarks to make at the

dedication, which will include the unveiling of a plaque, comments by Interim

Superintendent Dianne Mero and a few words by Johnson. The school board

will be present, as will Manassas Mayor Marvin Gillum.[more]





by Barbara L. Salisbury


the Manassas Journal Messenger


Taylor Orr, of Manassas, clad in an oversized Rockets jersey and shoes,

gets a few pointers from Sayeed “Rainbow” Muntaqim, right, and

other Harlem Rockets players before heading down the court to shoot a free

throw. The Rockets were at Manassas Park High School Saturday night in a

game against the “faculty dream team.” The event was a fund-raiser

for the Manassas Park High School Athletic Boosters.



speaks at OHS career day:

16-year-old founder of shares sucess story


Tiffany Schwab




MANASSAS – In a twist on the traditional career day, Osbourn High School

has invited a fellow teen-ager to talk to students about the world of work.

Saied Ghaffari, a junior at Oakton High School in Fairfax County, will

make a presentation to about 200 students Tuesday on the company he founded, Juniorjobs is a Web site that allows teens to cruise for

a job from their home computers and apply online.

The 16-year-old will tell students how he transformed his idea into a

business. The presentation doubles as a way to promote the company and speak

to students on entrepreneurship. [more]



kick off medical games


Louise Cannon




MANASSAS – Some local doctors and dentists are making plans to trade

in their stethoscopes and scrubs for cleats and sweats to compete in this

summer’s World Medical Games in Evian, France.

Practicing two nights a week at Manassas’ Sports Network indoor soccer

facility, a team of 11 men run, kick and bounce soccer balls from their

heads, with a few disruptions from a job-required pager or cell phone.

“I am very excited. It’s the first of it’s kind for medical professionals,”

said Dr. Hamid Taheri, a cardiologist at Prince William Hospital.

Dr. John Cary, internal medicine doctor at Prince William Hospital, found

out about the sports event through an article in American Medical Newspaper.

He later began to form a soccer team to compete. [more]



ponders chamber changes


Chris Newman




MANASSAS PARK – As the Manassas Park City council considers renovations

to its council chambers, the choice is between a budgeted option that would

expand the chambers adequately versus a more-expensive plan that could be

a longer-term solution.

The city’s capital improvement program calls for expanding the city council

chambers in 2003 and 2004. The room has proven inadequate for city meeting

needs. At last week’s council meeting, some council members said the project

needs to be done sooner than planned.

“The room is small and we all realize whenever we have something

termed ‘controversial’ we have people standing out in the halls, sometimes

not being able to hear what’s being said,” said Councilman Kevin Brendel.

He said the city should relook at the budget to see how the project could

be sped up.[more]


Swimming: Seton swee[s DAC championship



– Seton’s boys and girls swimming teams swept the Delaney Athletic Conference

meet on Saturday at Fredericksburg Academy.

Both Conquistador teams had comfortable margins in winning the titles

for the fourth straight year. Seton’s boys team outlasted Randolph Macon

Academy 301 points to RMA’s 214, while the Seton girls recorded 91 points

more than host Fredericksburg Academy (330-239).

Seton’s Katie Shipko was voted the Most Valuable Female Swimmer at the

meet. Shipko won the 100 and 200 free, breaking records in both events.

Shipko also swam anchor for Seton’s 200 medley and 200 free relays – both

of which also set records. [more]


Run Volleyball: Tigers, COugars ousted in tourney

WASHINGTON – It was business as usual at the Bull Run District volleyball

tournament on Saturday afternoon for local squads and their opponents.

Manassas Park came in having defeated every team at least once, except

for undefeated No. 1 seed Clarke County. Brentsville had gone to three sets

with Madison County in splitting the team’s first two meetings.

The No. 5-seeded Cougars started strong, but faltered in a 15-12, 15-4

loss to the Eagles; while the No. 3-seeded Tigers rallied from a first-set

loss to win the second, only to be blown away in the third in a 15-11, 12-15,

15-4 loss. [more]



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