February 27, 2001
Battle Street to Bourbon Street
Bennie Scarton Jr.
Amy Drewry/Staff Photographer
People gather outside to listen to a band playing jazz
at last year’s Old Town Manassas Mardi Gras Festival and Sidewalk Parade.
OLD TOWN – The spirit of Mardi Gras will come to historic Old Town Manassas
this afternoon and evening with the third annual Old Town Manassas Mardi
Gras Festival and Sidewalk Parade.
A closed-off section of Battle St. between Church and Center will open
its gates at 4 p.m. to a throng of festival goers who will participate in
all the standard Mardi Gras revelry.
Included in the celebration will be a sidewalk parade of floats, complete
with a marching band, flying beads, outrageous costumes, Cajun and Creole
food and the sounds of three hot area bands.
Hosted by Okra’s Louisiana Bistro restaurant, the festival has been
expanded this year to better handle the more than 5,000 people expected
to show up for the event.[more]
will not change tax rate
By Chris Newman
MANASSAS – Uncertainty about state funding and the economy prompted City
Manager Larry Hughes to propose a $69.6 million fiscal 2002 budget Monday
that holds tax rates steady and shows a 5.1 percent increase over fiscal
The main question for the city budget is over state funding, Hughes said,
so his proposal has a $400,000 contingency in the event state funding is
cut this year.
“Stay tuned for the outcome of the state budget to see what that
contingency will be,” Hughes said.[more]
show crime in city up 9 percent
Manassas bucked national crime trends in 2000, showing an increase while
the rate for the nation as a whole declined for the ninth straight year.
However, during a presentation of crime statistics to Manassas City Council
on Monday, Manassas Police Chief John Skinner said that “considering
this was the busiest year on record,” he was “pleased by the department
Overall crime for 2000, including murder, rape, robbery, burglary and
aggravated assault, increased by 9 percent from 1999. This was a change
from previous years when police reported that crime was on the decrease.
Skinner did not believe the increase to be significant.[more]
fee plan denounced
Discussion of a possible ambulance service fee brought objections Monday
evening from several members of a Prince William Fire and Rescue Association
task force, which said the county should not charge citizens for a service
volunteers provide for free.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors ordered the association
to revisit the issue of ambulance fees and present a recommendation next
month, in time for 2002 budgeting.
A proposed fee structure, modeled on programs used in various Virginia
localities, would charge up to $350 for an ambulance ride to the hospital
– bringing nearly $2.5 million to the fire department each year.[more]
second lease on life — Girl turns fight against cancer into celebration
Amy Drewry/Staff Photographer
Anna Bruno, 10, a cancer survivor and spokesperson for
the Make-A-Wish Foundation, waits for her radio-thon interview to be aired
on JAMN 99.5 FM in her Gainesville home Friday.
GAINESVILLE – If someone tied Anna Bruno’s hands behind her back, she
probably wouldn’t be able to talk.
The 10-year-old Gainesville girl has an enthusiastic smile and likes
to liven her speech with laughter, facial expressions and hand gestures.
It’s hard to look at her and see someone who has been stricken with cancer.
But Anna has turned what could have been a tragedy into a platform for
promoting life, generosity and awareness. As a spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, she was featured on a radio-thon sponsored by JAMN 99.5 FM on
Friday and Saturday. Between playing music, the station featured taped and
live interviews with Wish children, to encourage listeners to make donations
and learn about the importance of the foundation.[more]
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