Manassas Journal Messenger 04-26-01



April 26, 2001




shop struggles with sign ordinance


Chris Newman



MANASSAS PARK – Jim Eskins, owner of the Manassas Park Barber Shop on Centreville

Road, has a problem with the city. His business needs visibility to draw

in customers, but the city won’t let him keep his sign, and that’s going

to hurt his business, he said.

“I think Manassas Park should be trying to work with me, not trying

to take down my signs,” he said, referring to his double-posted, wooden

sign set in the grass next to Centreville Road.

Eskins’ sign is only one of several that has been found to be a violation

of city and state codes, said Dan Painter, the city’s new planning and zoning

director, who since his hiring earlier this year has stepped up enforcement

of the rules for business signs along Centreville Road to improve its appearance.[more]


budget passes first vote

By Chris Newman



MANASSAS – The City Council passed the fiscal 2002 budget totaling $185.9

million Wednesday, with a 5 percent increase in general-fund expenditures,

pay raises for city employees of up to 6 percent, and a $1 million investment

in roads, park facilities, technology and buildings made possible by a one-time

windfall in sales tax revenue.

A second reading of the budget ordinances, required for full passage,

is scheduled for Thursday night.

All budget items were unanimously passed except for $205,170 in funding

for the city’s share of the OmniLink bus service operated by the Potomac

and Rappahannock Transportation Commission. Councilman Hal Parrish voted

against it because of concerns about its efficiency.[more]


tax delinquents to get the boot


Trina Goethals



Prince William residents who are delinquent in paying personal property

taxes beware. The county is working together with the sheriff’s office to

seize vehicles by placing a Denver boot on the front wheel of their property.

The programs have been up and running in surrounding counties, but this

is the first year Prince William has implemented the vehicle seizure, or

“boot program,” and the vehicle registration withholding, or “stop


In fiscal 2000, the county had a total of $26.6 million in unpaid taxes,

and although the number will not be as staggering this year, county officials

want to get the word out that they mean business.[more]


asks Assembly to review school funding


Tiffany Schwab



MANASSAS – Manassas has joined about 40 other school divisions across the

state supporting a resolution requesting adequate funding for K-12 public


The resolution asks the General Assembly to review and revise the Standards

of Quality which govern the school funding formula.

The legislation is based on a position paper by the Virginia Consortium

for Adequate Resources for Education. Virginia CAREs is made up of local

educators and School Board members from around the state[more]


speaks on tech market


Alfred M. Biddlecomb



Gubernatorial candidate and venture capitalist Mark Warner told local

business leaders Wednesday that continued innovation and an educated work

force can sustain the area’s high-tech economy for years to come.

Warner addressed members of the Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce

in the latest installment of its Dialogue 2000 Plus forums at George Mason

University’s Prince William campus Wednesday.

Warner, who built a fortune through investments in the wireless industry

during the 1980s and early 90s, said that a progressive attitude in the

business community and in government can help sustain the economic surge

experienced in Virginia over the past six years.[more]


Gar-Field gets past Stonewall


lacrosse team came into the match unbeaten, solidly in first place in the

Cardinal District. The host squad, meanwhile, had lost a match 20-5 less

than a week ago.

Both squads put that history aside Wednesday night, as Gar-Field reasserted

itself with a 5-4 home win over Stonewall Jackson, which suffered its first

loss of the season.

The key for Gar-Field was changing the pace. The Indians (7-2) scored the

same number of goals they had in last Thursday’s blowout loss to Osbourn

Park. But they also played tougher defense against the high-scoring Raiders,

who came into the match averaging more than 11 goals per game. In its last

two wins, Stonewall (6-1) had scored 31 goals.[more]


hand Vikes their first district loss

Things finally fell together for Stonewall Jackson.

After a series of near-misses against some of the area’s best teams, the

Raiders broke through for a 10-4 win over Woodbridge on Tuesday night.

The win avenges a loss to the Vikings in the Eddie Hope Tournament at Hylton.

The Raiders had Woodbridge on the ropes, but a seventh-inning grand slam

by Joe McLain gave the win to the Vikings.

“We had great pitching, good defense and timely hitting for the first

time all year,” said Stonewall head coach Andy Devitt. “It was

a turning point as far as confidence.”

The loss in the Hope Tournament, along with the fact that Stonewall’s seniors

had never beaten Woodbridge, were intangible factors in the win. “We

were up to play them, considering how they beat us last time,” Devitt

added. “We came out and played hard, and everything went well.”


Big top times


while Prince William sleeps, 36 tractor-trailers will pull into the Woodbridge

Senior High School parking lot under cover of darkness.

At twilight’s first gleaming, a crew of 100 – plus three elephants – will

raise the big top: The circus is coming to town!

The Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus is the United States’ oldest traveling

tented circus and has been on the road since 1884.

And, for 36 years, Ringmaster Jimmy James has been on the road with it.

He joined the circus at 19, worked in wardrobe and then as a white-face

clown. Now he starts the show, announces the acts, calls attention to different

feats, keeps time and, well, keeps the show on the road.

“The ringmaster is the icing on the cake – the centerpiece,” said

James in his deep, rich, ringmaster’s voice. “He’s in command.” [more]


Chatting with

the chief


new superintendent is going to lead the city to what school board members

have been calling, “the next level.”

He just doesn’t know what that means yet.

Chip Zullinger said he’s still studying the schools, diligently poring over

stacks of information on the system.

“The next level,” he said, has yet to be defined, and, as a newcomer,

it is not his place to impose a plan for an already successful school system.

Instead, Zullinger and the seven-member school board will meet for upcoming

retreat “to articulate together what that next level might be,”

he said.

In his view, though, Zullinger said, a successful school system is one with

parental and community input combined with high levels of accountability

from students and school officials.

“Those will be attributes to what school divisions moving to the next

level will be all about,” he said.


In harmony

— Ensemble members make commitment to achieve excellence

Music class is

a mix of melodies and memories in the making for the students in Stonewall

Jackson High School’s vocal ensemble.

The teen-agers made both at April’s North American Music Festival, where

they won four trophies, taking top honors in two categories.

“I thought it was well-deserved,” said Wanda Boley, choral director,

who cried when she heard the announcements.

The students’ harmonies captured the judges’ attention on the French number

“Dirait-on,” “Shall I Compare Thee,” and “The Turtledove.”





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