manassas journal messenger 10/26/00


Thursday, October 26, 2000

 Top News

Unitarain Universalists advocate inclusion

By Kucy Chumbley

Manassas Journal Messenger

    Bull Run Unitarian Universalists held the first of a series of inclusive Wednesday night worship services in Manassas last night.

     The services welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, or GLBT, people of any denomination who want to worship together in the Christian tradition.

     The services are part of an initiative that started in 1997 when the congregation of the B.R.U.U. voted to become a welcoming community.

“We went through a welcoming congregation program to understand the needs and individuality of GLBT people,” said Jim Amaral, B.R.U.U.’s director of communications. [more]

Gas prices benefit transportation needs

By Chris Newman

Manassas Journal Messenger

    Higher gas prices have had one good effect this year: Unexpected surpluses in gas tax revenues for localities to put toward transportation needs.

     Prince William County’s will have $1.1 million more than was budgeted for the end of this year in its gas tax fund balance, Manassas will have $450,000 more, and Manassas Park will have $268,000 over what was budgeted, according to a report given to the Manassas Finance Committee Wednesday.

     “The higher gas prices you drive people out of their cars and get them into mass transit, and the gas tax revenues are building in all jurisdictions except Fredericksburg,” said Manassas Commissioner of Revenue John Grzejka, giving an update on the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission and Virginia Railway Express. [more]

Bennie Scarton Jr./Manssas Journal Messenger

Weaving a Dream: Sudley United Methodist Church will host its 77th annual Turkey/Oyster Dinner and Bazaar on Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church on Va. Route 234, north of Stone House. One of the highlights of the event is the chance for visitors to win a quilt a quilt during a silent auction. Displaying the star-log cabin quilt are three members of the United Methodist women, Charlotte Lusk, Bertha Carpenter and Deedie Looabaugh.

Attorney accused of embezzlement may have violated bond conditions

By Patrick Wilson

Media General News Service

     MANASSAS A former Manassas attorney awaiting trial on embezzlement charges violated conditions of his bond by being charged with drunk in public and missing a visit to his supervision officer, according to court records.

     In a form titled “violation of pre-trial release conditions,” the officer monitoring Thomas Eugene Burks reported that Burks failed to check in daily by phone, missed an office visit on Oct. 12, and was charged Oct. 5 with being drunk in public. The document was filed one week ago.

     As conditions of a $100,000 bond set last month, Burks was ordered by Prince William Circuit Court Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. to check in with his supervision officer by phone, report in person once a week to the Office of Criminal Justice Services, and refrain from using alcohol or illegal drugs. [more]

Price tag could delay museum expansion

By Keith McMillan

Media General News Service

   MANASSAS Members of city council received the prospect of Manassas Museum System expansion with open arms during a Wednesday evening presentation.

   Council endorsed the plan in a vote, that permits system Director Scott Harris to make presentations to local governments and historical organizations to try to drum up more support for it.

   “I would really like to see this expansion and Liberia utilized more,” said councilwoman Judith Hays. “We really don’t have many places in Manassas where groups can meet.” [more]

PlayStation 2 released

By Caryn Goebel

Media General News Service

     Many local retailers will greet the day with lines of customers waiting to get their hands on a PlayStation 2, Sony’s newest video game machine that boasts DVD and Internet capabilities.

     But every customer may not be in luck as demand is high and quantities are limited.

     Wal-Mart of Woodbridge has only a “handful” of the PlayStation 2 machines and Assistant Manager Annesley Perera expected them to go quickly when they went on sale at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

     “We received a limited quantity, a very small amount,” Perera said Wednesday, not wanting to disclose the exact number of game machines for sale at the store. [more]

County makes case in zoning suit; lists traffic as concern

By Alfred M. Biddlecomb

Media General News Service

     County officials painted a grim picture Wednesday of massive road construction and soil erosion if developers were allowed to build large subdivisions on a strip of land in southeast Prince William County that is now the center of a major rezoning lawsuit.

     The controversial rezoning of nearly 500 acres east of U.S. 1 between Graham Park Shores and the Quantico Marine Corps Base saved the county millions in road construction spending that would have been necessary had the land been developed, a Prince William County transportation expert testified.

     The county is currently defending a law suit from Lea Turner and Anne Moncure Wall who own a majority of the property that was rezoned in 1998 to restrict its development capacity to one-fourth of what was previously allowed. [more]

Humane Society urges volunteer work:

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week approaches

By Joseph J. McCallister

Manassas Journal Mesenger

     There is always some homeless animal in need of care, and the need for donations and pet-care supplies at animal shelters never dwindles.

     But as National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week draws near, the Humane Society of the United States urges people to do their part in volunteering their time, services and assistance to local animal shelters.

     National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Nov. 5-11, is an annual event to celebrate the wide variety of services that animal shelters provide for their community. [more]

Area principals honored for their educational leadership, service

By Kevin Killen

Manassas Journal Mesenger

     Five area principals have been nominated by their school communities for the Distinguished Educational Leadership Award.

The award is sponsored by the Washington Post Educational Foundation and recognizes an outstanding principal from each metropolitan area school district.

     The principals nominated are Steven Constantino, Stonewall Jackson High School; Carolyn Haley, Triangle Elementary; Patrice Malloy, Woodbine Preschool Center; Candace Rotruck, Coles Elementary; and Joan Wilson, Westridge Elementary school.

     Each principal has been nominated because of outstanding work he or she has done with their school, and this is one way the community rewards them. [more]

Dancing in the dark: Local talent to put on an eerie ‘Dracula’ musical

Sitting on the floor of Manassas Dance Company’s studio Monday, Dmitry Tuboltsev offered each of his two Russian cohorts a pill. “Drugs,” Igor Sapotko said in jest.

Tuboltsev hoped the Vitamin C tablets he doled out would stave off illnesses during the stressful week leading up to this weekend’s performances of “Dracula” in Manassas. [more]

Have a fun, safe Halloween

In the next few days Prince William County young tots will be out in full force celebrating one of their favorite holidays–Halloween. Legend has it that the holiday started out as a final night of shenanigans for ghouls and goblins prior to All Saints Day which is Nov. 2. [more]


Penalties are any coach’s worst nightmare. Just ask the skippers of Osbourn and Osbourn Park. Osbourn coach Randy Bove said before his club’s 21-7 loss to OP that who ever made the least mental errors would win last Friday night. When the Eagles were flagged for 50 yards on eight penalties, it was no surprise the outcome wouldn’t be positive. “It’s just stuff we go over every week,” Bove said. “You can’t go out there and play for them, but those things happen with young kids and low numbers, trying to get everyone on the same page.” Osbourn Park was slightly more fortunate regarding penalties but not that much. [more]

Cross country: Tigers run way to titles

Brentsville’s boys and girls cross country teams came up big on Wednesday, capturing both of the Bull Run District championships.

     The girls, who have won five straight Group A state titles, ran away with the top prize with 34 points, outdistancing Madison (56) and Strasburg (63) and George Mason (84).

     On the boys side, Brentsville edged a very competitive field with 58 points, while Madison (62), Strasburg (69) and Clarke County (73) rounded out the leaders. [more]

Prep volleyball: Jackets earn home game

For Osbourn Park there is no place like home. Of OP’s seven wins entering Wednesday night, five have come on OP’s home floor. Make that six.

Osbourn Park (8-6) swept Osbourn 15-11, 15-5, 15-9 last night on their home court and clinched the fourth seed for the Cardinal District tournament Monday. The Yellow Jackets will likely host Hylton (7-6), who plays Potomac tonight. [more]

Field hockey: Forest park beats Osbourn Park for first win

A rough first season got bearable for the Forest Park field hockey team. The Bruins, who have played a mixture of junior varsity and varsity games this season and lost all seven games, opened up the first-ever Cardinal District tournament with their first goal and their first win in a 2-1 victory over Osbourn Park Wednesday night.

“This is great. To get our first goal and our first win [is amazing],” Forest Park coach Julie Johnston said. “We were determined to score a goal. We’ve worked hard all season and it’s paid off.” [more]

OP junior varsity volleyball team finishes perfect season

You might say Osbourn Park’s junior varsity team outdid its varsity counterparts Wednesday night.

And that’s a tough thing to do on a night the Yellow Jackets’ varsity crew clinched home court advantage in the upcoming Cardinal District tournament.

Yet, how can anyone deny a team that traversed the regular season schedule undefeated? You can’t.

With their victory over Osbourn last night, the Osbourn Park junior varsity volleyball team finished their 2000 campaign with a perfect 14-0 record. [more]


It’s My Town


Similar Posts