April 10, 2001
234 widening project to begin
After 25 years in the works, Sen. Charles Colgan, D-Manassas, can finally
see his transportation platform become a reality as the Va. 234 widening
project has begun, and does not seem to be slowing down.
The first two sections of Va. 234 are already under construction and
motorists can expect a completion date of fall 2002. Along with the Va.
234 bypass, which is now ahead of schedule, 2.1 miles from Brentsville Road
to Purcell Road, and 2.6 miles from Purcell to Snowfall Road are being transformed
from two to four lanes.
“My first year at the senate I complained about it,” Colgan
“It has been a long time coming, but Fairfax and other counties
got a lot of our money. That first year in 1976, I was told they would put
it in the six-year plan, but they should have said 60-year plan.”[more]
all the pieces together — Students learn teamwork and math skills while
By Tiffany Schwab
MANASSAS PARK – Deep inside Cougar Elementary School, a colorful creature
stirred, coming to life with the flick of a switch.
Electric current flowed through the thing, which lunged forward to the
delight of its programmers and headed straight for the wall.
“Don’t crash,” shouted Shane Jones, one of the second-graders
who created the little truck out of Techno K’Nex blocks.
Shane and about 100 other elementary school students have been meeting
after school every week, creating robots like the little truck and programming
them on computers.
Manassas Park is able to offer the enrichment program to students with
the aid of a $53,300 Technology Literacy Challenge Grant awarded late last
opposed to private security
Kate Bissell and Patrick Wilson
A suggestion that Prince William consider using a private firm for certain
courthouse security is drawing opposition from the Sheriff’s Office and
some county supervisors.
But Board of County Supervisors Chairman Sean Connaughton, R-at large,
says looking at the possibility of putting private security guards at Prince
William Judicial Center entrances could free up sheriff’s deputies for prisoner
transport and courtroom security, and save money.
“It’s something that we should be taking a look at,” said Connaughton,
who has led recent scrutiny of the Sheriff’s Office and its functions. “In
Fairfax, it has saved money, and it likely would have the same impact in
Council approves Mathis Avenue repairs
MANASSAS – “The strip,” as Mathis Avenue has been known for decades
to the youngsters who have cruised it, will soon be transformed from its
current unsightly state.
After two months of facing high bid estimates, City Council on Monday
approved a $2.9 million face-lift of Mathis Avenue that will widen the road
for a dedicated turn lane and add a smaller sign and landscaping to the
Manassas Shopping Center to break up its “sea of asphalt.”
The street’s storm sewer drainage system will be improved in a redesign
that the city negotiated with low-bidder Chemung Contracting Corp. in February.
In total, $420,239 was saved by negotiating with the contractor down to
a construction contract of $1.77 million, said Mike Moon, public works director
for the city. Traffic signals, street lights, utilities, right of way and
other work are at additional cost to the contractor’s work.[more]
seeks prenatal funding
MANASSAS-A pregnant woman can wait up to 13 weeks for a prenatal visit with
a doctor in a Prince William health clinic, said Dr. Jared Florance, director
for the Prince William County Health District.
The Prince William Health District, which encompasses Manassas, Manassas
Park and Prince William County, is asking the county and Manassas for $532,632
to add 11 new staff positions to the county’s clinics, Florance said.
Florance is making the call for maternity clinicians and nurses his No.
1 priority. The population growth and the lack of health insurance are some
of the reasons for the lack of prenatal care, he said.[more]
|Osbourn Park reserves shine in win
– In Osbourn Park’s deep rotation anyone can be the hero.
In Monday’s second round of the McLean Invitational Soccer Tournament it
was freshman Nicholas Leigh’s turn.
The forward, who plays spot duty to help keep the starting strikers fresh,
scored the game’s lone goal on his first rotation in the 25th minute of
the Yellow Jackets’ 1-0 win over Chantilly.
Leigh took a through pass from midfielder Jeff Mundt and redirected it past
Chantilly’s Chris Hermeling as the keeper took him out. It was his first
score of the season.
The freshman said when the season started he wasn’t happy with being a bench
player, but has realized his role on the team.
“I didn’t like it, coming off there,” he said. “Now I’m thinking
I might not be starting, but I can contribute if I go out and give it 100
percent for the minutes I’m on the field.”[more]
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