manassas journal messenger 11-2-00



November 16, 2000



Cougar Elementary: New Manassas Park school is a combination of

state of the art technology and colorful design


Tiffany Schwab


Journal Messenger

   A new school nestled on a tree-covered hill has sprouted in

the growing neighborhood of Blooms Crossing.

Inside, the halls are still covered with sawdust, exposed insulation,

drywall and heavy equipment. Workers are busy installing the finishing touches

on features designed for little hands and developing minds.

Come January 30, the scene inside will be different.

About 775 prekindergartner through third-grade students from throughout

Manassas Park will converge on Cougar Elementary, 9330 Brandon St., filling

the hallways with laughter, chatter and energy.

A preview of that atmosphere took place last week, but on a slightly

different scale. [more]


American Smokeout

By Emily Kuhl


Journal Messenger

     “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it thousands

of times,” Mark Twain once boasted.

As the author confirmed, quitting smoking can be deceptively simple.

Anyone who has tried can testify it’s an uphill battle not easily won.

But today means a new beginning for smokers who have repeatedly failed

despite numerous attempts to kick the habit. The 24th annual Great American

Smokeout will be celebrated today with the goal of stamping out the deadly


At Woodbridge High School, the SADD club has been making announcements

over the public address system each morning, and today will have a table

set up during lunch for students to pledge to be smoke free. The club also

will dispense literature about tobacco use, stickers and pencils. Debra

Stallworth, Student Assistance Program specialist for several Prince William

County schools, said the club is focusing on teaching their peers how to

have fun without having drugs in their life. [more]


home cited by state


Aileen M. Streng


Journal Messenger

     State officials have barred a Woodbridge nursing

home from admitting new Medicaid patients after it was cited on recent inspections

for providing substandard care that caused harm to residents.

Fifteen deficiencies were found during a state survey of the financially

troubled Woodbridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center dated Sept. 26 and

released last month.

Among the most serious problems were allegations of sexual, physical

and verbal abuse that were not immediately reported to the administrator

and the state.

Not having evidence to prove that it thoroughly investigated the cause

of injuries such as bruises, skin tea [more]


to tackle rental disrepair


Chris Newman


journal Messenger

    If more communities ask for it, Manassas City officials

will monitor and force their rental property owners who have let their units

get shoddy to fix them up.

City Council approved a plan this week to allow neighborhoods to enter

into the city’s rental inspection program, which has been successful in

raising the standard of living for many tenants in Georgetown South. The

program allows the city to monitor rental property upkeep in designated


The newly-created conservation district is different from Georgetown

South’s rehabilitation district because it is voluntary for the community

to enter and allows city intervention before extensive deterioration.

A neighborhood can become a conservation district with a petition consisting

of at least one owner from two-thirds of the properties or a vote by the

homeowners association. [more]




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