Manassas Journal Messenger 03-30-01



March 30, 2001




appeals school site rejection


Diane Freda



A controversial site for a new elementary school in the western end of

Prince William County will be appealed to the Board of County Supervisors.

The county School Board voted Wednesday night to appeal the county Planning

Commission’s decision a week ago to reject a site off Waterfall Road near

Haymarket. However the board also directed developer Westmarket LLC, which

donated the site, to continue looking for other locations.

The site was offered in 1989 in exchange for zoning consideration by

a developer interested in building homes, but it has now become a bone of

contention among those who live in Haymarket.[more]


crusade against violence

By Tiffany Schwab



Violence sees no age.

Sometimes teenagers forget that, said Osbourn High School freshman Adrianna


Teens can be victims, but they can also take steps to prevent violence

in their homes and communities, said Mendez, a member of the Prince William

Youth Advisory Council.

As co-coordinator of Osbourn’s Turn Off the Violence campaign, Mendez

will ask classmates to realize they can make a difference when she asks

for their pledge next month.

The message is an important one, she said.[more]


years of marital bliss


Bennie Scarton Jr.



Bennie Scarton Jr./Manassas Journal Messenger

Lillian and Charles E. Lucas of Manassas will celebrate

their70th wedding anniversary with a gathering of friends and relatives

on Saturday. They were married in Rockville, Md. on April 1, 1931.

MANASSAS PARK – Lillian and Charles E. Lucas Sr. have reached a milestone

very few couples ever expect to see.

The Manassas couple will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Sunday.

They say their secret for the long and enduring marriage is no big secret.

“We fell in love when we first met … and we have never fallen

out of love,” said Lillian Lucas during an interview in the couple’s home

in Crestwood Village.

Charles Lucas agreed.

“We have had a great relationship,” he added.

The two, who were introduced through family members in Washington, were

married in Rockville, Md. on April 1, 1931.[more]


Awards honor local heroes


Bennie Scarton Jr.



Steve Bonnistedt/Staff Photographer

An honor guard comprised of the Prince William County

police department, sheriff’s department and local fire departments move

in to post the colors at the opening of the Valor Awards ceremony.

For placing his own life in jeopardy to save the life of a pilot who was

trapped in the wreckage of his airplane, Manassas Police Officer 1st Class

James J. Morris was one of 33 public safety heroes honored on Thursday.

Morris, along with a group of Prince William County Department of Fire

and Rescue personnel and a Prince William police officer, were presented

Bronze Medals at the 15th annual Valor Awards Ceremony sponsored by the

Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In all, 33 public safety professionals who had gone beyond the call of

duty to protect the lives and property of county residents were cited at

the awards luncheon at the Clubs of Quantico on the Marine Corps Base.

Morris was honored for his bravery that took place last Oct. 21 during

the Presidents Cup in Gainesville.[more]


students get taste of school


Diane Freda



Some of the most discriminating diners in Prince William County reviewed

a new menu at their favorite eating establishment Thursday night. It was

the school cafeteria.

The 11th annual Prince William County elementary school food show drew

450 people to Hylton High School in Woodbridge.

Not even pouring rain could deter school kids, parents and teachers from

turning out to taste the latest in cafeteria cuisine while gettting a free


On the menu to be graded were grilled cheese snacks, popcorn chicken,

stuffed crust pizza, jambalaya, battered apple crescents and fruit and yogurt

parfaits. In all, 25 items got the taste test, as serious-looking parents

and children paused between tables, paper plates in hand, to scribble their

comment on a clipboard.[more]


Osbourn Park, Stonewall and Osbourn

look to mount challenges at Cardinal District’s top


Park coach Larry Nemerow has much to be optimistic about in 2001.

The Yellow Jackets boast four returning first and second team All-Cardinal

District members in goaltender/midfielder Patrick McConnell, midfielder

Bo Lawrence and forwards Travis Tucker and Mike Littlefield.

Tucker was one of the districts leading scorers with 13 goals last year,

while Littlefield looks ready to blossom in his senior season after signing

a letter-of-intent with Coastal Carolina.

“We look to be a contender this year,” OP coach Larry Nemerow


The team already has started nicely, with a 2-1 win over arch-rival Osbourn.

Dominating possession most of the game and leading 1-0, the Jackets let

Osbourn back in the game with a penalty kick with less than 10 minutes to


Weaving a tapestry

of life — Families of organ donors to assemble quilt in memory of loved


The Washington

Regional Transplant Consortium will honor area families of organ and tissue

donors Sunday with the 10th annual Donor Family Gathering in Washington,


Families have been asked to create a patch in remembrance of their loved

one who died. Each patch will then be assembled into a memorial quilt. This

newest quilt will be added to a collection of others from the previous five


Four families in Prince William County, who have been touched by organ donation,

will be participating in the event to reflect on the past, look to the future

and try to build a bridge between the two. [more]


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