Manassas Journal Messenger 02-21-01


February 21, 2001




devotion — School social worker, former Miss PWC, gives ‘family’ as reason

for success


Emily Kuhl



By Helene Steinberg/Staff Photographer

Stephanie Streat, social worker at Osbourn High School,

looks to this painting of Delta Girls for inspiration. It was given to her

by Mattie and Herb Ford who are close family friends.


MANASSAS – She’s part-social worker, part-beauty queen and part-dancing

diva. But no matter how many positions Stephanie Streat holds, there will

always be one title that comes first: devoted daughter and sister.

For Streat, the school social worker at Osbourn High School in Manassas,

family loyalty is like instinct.

She learned at a young age the importance of keeping family ties tight.

“I never questioned that both my parents loved me,” she said.

Though they divorced early, she said her parents, “were constant people

in my life.”[more]


of reflection


by Amy Drewry



Mike McLaughlin, owner of Mr. Windows Professional Window Cleaners,

stands on a ladder as he polishes the gigantic chrome mufflers that extend

over the entrance of Whitt’s Harley Davidson, in Manassas, on Tuesday.

“We clean them twice a year,” said McLaughlin of the dirty pipes.


quarrels over old issues

By Caryn Goebel



If readopting its basic principles was the peace pipe in promoting unity

among the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, the offering came

to a halt Tuesday after two of its members aired their grievances.

The board decided to hold off on readopting its basic principles after

supervisors Mary Hill, R-Coles, and Ed Wilbourn, R-Gainesville, vented frustrations

toward others in the eight-member group.[more]


releases results of transportation poll


Kelly Campbell



Area drivers are more concerned about aggressive driving and traffic

congestion than drunken driving, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Transportation

Poll 2001, an annual survey released Tuesday.

“Motorists worry about the congestion-induced frenzy that they see

every day on many area roads,” said Lon Anderson, director of public

affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “As our roads become more congested,

frustrated drivers take more chances, get in each other’s way and get angry

about it. Drivers see this every day and remember it.”[more]


budget hike proposed


Chris Newman



MANASSAS PARK – The city budget will swell by 16 percent next year to $20

million thanks to a 20 percent increase in real estate assessments, under

the proposed budget presented by City Manager David Reynal at Tuesday’s

council meeting.

The proposed budget calls for a 5-cent reduction in the $1.44 real estate

tax rate per $100 of assessed value. Mayor Bill Treuting clarified that

the average city tax bill will still increase even with the reduction because

of the rise in assessments.[more]


school budget forum focuses on nurses


Diane Freda



MANASSAS – Two people attended a public hearing on Prince William County’s

proposed $447 million operating budget Tuesday night, questioning why the

nursing program couldn’t be privatized and why the schools are expecting

a deficit of $1.7 million in 2003.

The hearing took place at Stonewall Jackson High School.

Roy Burrow of Independent Hill wanted to know if school officials had

considered privatizing the nursing program by contracting for nurses through

INOVA Health Services, a major local health care provider, rather than the

Prince William County Health Department.[more]


approves water-sharing agreement with Manassas


Chris Newman



MANASSAS PARK – Manassas Park City Council signed off on a $3.75 million

water capacity purchase with Manassas that will guarantee the city 1 million

gallons of water a day at wholesale rates.

Currently the city purchases water from Manassas under a retail arrangement,

but Manassas Park officials said they need a guarantee on increased capacity

with future growth projected.

Manassas City Council approved the agreement last week.[more]


seatbelt awareness program a success, police say


Nancy Carroll



MANASSAS – Manassas police are increasing seat belt awareness among students

and parents at Osbourn High School. As part of Child Passenger Awareness

Week, police conducted a seat belt check of all drivers and passengers entering

Osbourn High school last Monday from 7-7:30 a.m.

The seatbelt check was in response to a challenge issued by a coalition

of law enforcement and public safety groups including the Virginia DMV and

the Virginia Department of Health, to drive home the importance of wearing

seat belts and increase compliance with Virginia seatbelt laws.[more]


schools to wait for state, city budgets


Tiffany Schwab



MANASSAS PARK – Until final funding numbers come in from the city and

state, the Manassas Park School Board is holding off on presenting its proposed


Superintendent Thomas DeBolt will present adjustments to the 2001-02

budget schedule at tonight’s school board meeting. Regular session will

begin at 8 p.m. in the school board meeting room, 1 Park Center Court.

DeBolt is suggesting the board push back discussions by one month, which

will give the state and city enough time to complete their budgets.[more]


Brentsville pounds Manassas Park


– Manassas Park was able to stay within striking range against Brentsville

on Tuesday night, despite six turnovers in the first period.

But by the second quarter, the effect of those turnovers began to make themselves

felt, as the Tigers pulled away to win 63-27 in the first round of the Bull

Run District Tournament.

Brentsville, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will now play the winner

of the Madison County-Rappahannock County winner on Thursday night in Nokesville.[more]


soar by Jackets

MANASSAS – The third time was a charm for No. 4 Osbourn in its first-round

bout with No. 5 Osbourn Park in the Cardinal District tournament Tuesday.

The Eagles split with the Yellow Jackets during the regular season, and

both contests were decided by three points. But with the season on the line,

Osbourn opened up its 3-point shooting arsenal in front of the home crowd

as the Eagles rolled 65-46.

Led by senior Alan Oglesby’s game-high double-double of 22 points and 10

rebounds, Osbourn caught fire – especially behind the arc, where they hit

5-of-7 treys. [more]

Seton beats Flames again


– For the second straight year Seton eliminated cross-town rival Emmanuel

Christian in the quarterfinals of the Delaney Athletic Conference tournament

with a 54-44 win.

It was the third time this year that the Conquistadors (23-6) beat the Flames

(14-13), but unlike the previous two games, the outcome was in doubt until

the waning minutes.

While Seton’s shooting duo of Pat VanderWoude and Matt Sulak were having

trouble from the perimeter, it was two reserves – center Chris Marshall

and forward Matt Parriott who delivered.

Parriott hit a jumper to open the fourth quarter to expand the lead to nine

points, and on the ensuing Emmanuel possession Marshall took a charge from

Emmanuel’s Mike Young.[more]

Manassas prepares

for Mardi Gras


– A successful Mardi Gras party comes down to having the bare essentials.

No, not those. This is Manassas.

But essentials like rice.

Last year during Okra’s Louisiana Bistro’s Mardi Gras party, customers were

unaware that during their partaking of beads, beer, band music and classic

Cajun fare that organizers had run out of rice.

“I did have to go over to Hero’s and borrow some rice,” said Okra’s

co-owner Charles Gilliam, who had expected a party of hundreds, not the

thousands who showed up and lined up down Center Street to get in.

By the time the party was over, only half a keg of beer was left, he said.

“We had no idea what to expect,” said Gilliam. This year, Okra’s

will have additional tents to cover the street to keep out the elements,

since the restaurant cannot count on the mild weather it had last year.

The party menu has been pared down to three spicy basics: jambalaya, chicken

gumbo and red beans and rice, said Okra’s co-owner Mary Bisek. [more]


Mall theater

to change hands

The big screens

in the Manassas Mall theaters are blank.

Effective last Thursday, Cineplex Odeon closed the Mall facility along with

other theaters in the area.

For movie lovers, however, there is good news on the horizon.

According to Alice Jones, Mall manager, “we got the news that the theater

was closing on Thursday … and the next day we had an inquiry from another

theater group that it would like to reopen it.”

Jones said that despite competition from Hoyts Cinemas, which opened in

the nearby Parkridge Shopping Center, crowds continued to turnout for the

shows at the theater. [more]


Fresh to close soon

It won’t be a happy

St. Patrick’s Day for employees of the Manassas Super Fresh Food Market.

Officials of the Market, which has been located at 10320 Festival Lane in

Manassas since 1986, have announced that it will shut down the store on

that day.

Officials of the parent company, A&P, were in the store last week to

break the news to the employees — all of whom were assured they would be

assigned to other stores. There are about 40 employees working at the market.



that perfect look — MP businessman offers customized motorcycles

Just like a woman

with a dress and a man with a suit, no one likes to see an identical one

on someone else.

It’s the same with motorcyclists: no one wants a Harley that is the same

as hundreds of others on the road.

So for the past year, they have been beating a path to Extreme Diagnostics

and Customs in Manassas Park.

John Helvey operates the shop at 8393 Euclid Ave, Unit L and has been building

up a reputation for his high-quality work, not only locally, but from up

and down the East Coast.

Helvey formerly did custom work on cars and trucks for 10 years but has

specialized in motorcycles for the past year. He presently has about 15

in his shop that he is working on.



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