Manassas Park School Budget
Manassas Park City Council member Dorothy Bello, concerned about a recent $500,000 slash in a proposed $4.9 million school budget, told the council last week that the city should eliminate one administrative position and put the money into the schools. "The council didn't cut the budget," Bello said. "It sliced the schools' throat." At least one position in the administration is expendable, she said. Bello also said she supported recent student actions in which nearly 200 students protested the budget cuts by calling in sick and joining their parents in picketing City Hall. Bello's daughter Vanessa, a freshman at Manassas Park High School, joined her mother on the picket line, Bello said. The budget is scheduled for a public hearing this week.
New Telephone Lines Installed
ConTel of Virginia, a telephone company that serves more than 34,000 customers in the Manassas area, is installing nearly 15 miles of fiber optic cable, according to a company spokesman. The spokesman said telephone crews are installing the cable, which is more efficient and economical than the copper cable now being used, from Rtes. 234 and 15 to Rte. 50, east to Arcola and back to Rtes. 234 and 15. The project will cost $150,000.
A Special Flag for Quantico
According to Lt. Cathy Costa, a Quantico Marine Base information officer, a flag that has flown over the Capitol in Washington will soon wave over Quantico's new riverfront park, a five-acre gift from the Marine base and the U.S. government last summer. Costa brought the flag from Washington. She was inspired to ask for it, she said, by the small community's closeness and spirit of patriotism that she witnessed during the park dedication in August. Base commander Gen. David Twomey was to present the gift flag to Quantico Mayor Lively Abel at a recent community meeting but was unable to attend. In his absence, Lt. Costa made the presentation. "Society in general is so insular today, but so many of Quantico's people were born here and have lived here all their lives. Their spirit is good to see," she said. Although plans for the park are not complete, Abel said the town hopes to construct a gazebo and a marina there.
Dumfries Eases Up on Licenses
The Dumfries Town Council, unable to decide on the language of an ordinance that would have required home businesses to buy operating licenses, decided last week to do nothing at all, according to Vice Mayor Marjorie Davis. It is assumed, Davis said, that people who are operating businesses from their homes will continue to do so.
In other business, the council learned that a recent state census numbered the town's residents at 3,931. According to state law, an incorporated town with more than 3,000 residents becomes responsible for the maintenance of its own roads. The council, which had believed it had until the 1990 national census to raise the necessary revenue, increased its fee for town property tax stickers from $8 to $10 recently with an eye toward bringing the fee to $12 within a couple of years. Said Davis, "I don't think we'll be required to take over the roads until the federal government counts heads, but we're only one square mile in size, and I think we can do a better job than the state has been doing if we have to."
Haymarket Police Get New Look
Haymarket's new police officer, Sgt. Amos Damron, began patrolling the streets last week with a new police car, the town's first since 1976. Mayor Gertrude Bean praised Damron's work, saying, "He tickets wrongdoers, but he's friendly to everyone." The main thing, Bean added, is that residents realize Damron is on duty to help them. He was hired in January to replace Sgt. Don Fasick, who retired in October.
Occoquan Denies Rezoning Bid
The Occoquan Town Council last week denied a rezoning request by a developer that would have allowed him to build 20 town houses on nearly three acres of land on Washington Street, despite the planning commission's recommendation to approve the request. According to Town Council member Bob Lehto, the issue raised "a great deal of public sentiment." At least 50 residents packed the Town Hall to protest the rezoning, an unusually large number for Occoquan. Concerns included increased traffic on Washington Street, the town's main road, loss of open space and water quality. Lehto said the town houses, which would have been Occoquan's first, would have been built in a ravine; people living downhill from the proposed development were concerned about soil erosion and storm water runoff. The developers' plan called for town houses in the $250,000 range, Lehto said. "It would have been a class budget."
Prince William Events Set
In cooperation with Prince William County's April 12-25 spring cleanup campaign, the Litter Control Council will hold its first annual business award contest. According to a spokesman, spotters will travel throughout the county looking for businesses that appear to be making an effort to keep their property free of litter. Business owners or managers will be honored for having "good litter habits." Future contests will expand the winning categories to include businesses that have begun beautification projects on their premises, that participate in a community litter control or beautification program or have initiated employe litter awareness programs.
Other community events include a health fair at Manassas Mall tomorrow and Saturday, which offer health screening for adults. For information call 368-0181.
Saturday there will be a Rites of Spring 10-kilometer foot race at 9 a.m. at Prince William Forest Park, sponsored by the Prince William Runners Club. Call 590-1314.
Also on Saturday, the Potomac Mills Mall will hold an identification program in which children will be fingerprinted and photographed free. For information call 490-5948 or the Metro line, 643-1770.
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. the Prince William Pirates -- a farm team for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball organization -- will open their season at the stadium on Davis Ford Road. Call 590-2311 for ticket information.
Neabsco Supervisor John Jenkins last week received the James J. McCoart Award at graduation ceremonies at the Richard Milburn High School for Adults. Jenkins succeeded McCoart, who died in April 1985. Milburn High School Principal Michele Wickham said the award, which was presented for the first time, will be given annually to the person who best exemplifies the community spirit that McCoart demonstrated during his years of county service. McCoart's widow, Patricia L. McCoart, presented the award to Jenkins.
Exhibit at Manassas Campus
A traveling exhibition honoring the women of Virginia will be at the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College April 14 through May 5, according to Manassas museum dirctor Doug Harvey. Sponsored by the college and the museum, the exhibition titled "A Share Of Honor," will feature framed objects, prints and photographs on contributions of women in general to Virginia history. Individual women from Pocahontas to modern writer Ellen Glasgow will also be honored, Harvey said. The exhibition, which is produced by the Virginia Funds for the Humanities, will be in the college library from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. County Band Plans Concert
The annual Prince William All-County band, selected from 175 applicants from county junior high and high schools, will offer a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Potomac High School. Herbert Carter, director of bands and chairman of the instrumental music department at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., will conduct the senior high band. Linda Gammon-Chiaramonte , assistant band director at Woodbridge High School, will conduct the junior high band, a spokesman said.
Leesburg Certification Denied
After reexamining the industrial sites offered by Leesburg as part of its bid for certification by the state as a desirable economic development community, the Virginia Department of Economic Development rejected the town's application for the second time last week, saying again that the sites are too close to the town's sewage treatment plant. That proximity, said state community services manager David Dickson, "severely limits the sites' marketability. To be eligible for the three-year-old state program in which the economic development department helps to sell potential developers on a jurisdiction that meets all criteria for certification, Leesburg must own or have an option to buy four marketable industrial sites. The four sites, on which the town has options to buy, are at the Leegate Industrial Park on Route 7. The town had already met the other criteria, which include an economic development brochure, and audio-visual promotion and a display booth touting the town's development opportunities. Town manager Jeff Minor said he is not sure Leesburg will continue to try for certification. He has turned the issue over to the economic development committee for study. Its members will then make recommendations to the town council, Minor said.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg will wind up national library week festivities with a program that features Hal Shaw, known as "Ranger Hal," a children's television show host during the 60s and early 70s. Said library spokeswoman Patty Kilpatric, "We hope we'll get the adults who grew up with Ranger Hal to bring their children to the show." Shaw will share his memories of the show, complete with clips, and will be joined by his puppet companions Dr. Fox, Oswald Rabbit and Eager Beaver. The program will be held at The Loft at Market Street Station on Harrison Street. Refreshments will be served. For information call 777-0323.
Loudoun School Census Planned
About 30 Loudoun County school census workers wearing identification badges will attempt to visit every house between April 14 and May 23 to count children, according to school spokeswoman Molly Converse. State law requires that Virginia localities conduct such a census every three years. Information gathered will determine how much state money is returned to Loudoun schools, Converse said. Current enrollment figures indicate that there are more than 13,000 students in the county's 31 schools. Loudoun could receive about $900 for every child counted, she said.
Hamilton Park to Be Discussed
The Hamilton Creative Park Committee will meet with New York Park architect Robert Leathers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, to discuss plans for the facility Hamilton parents hope to build for the children of Hamilton and nearby communities. According to committee chairwoman Nancy Helmke, Leathers will meet with schoolchildren during the day to solicit their ideas. Baby sitters will be available for the evening meetings, which will be held at the Purcellville Community Center. Only $1,000 of the necessary $20,000 has been raised, but the Hamilton American Legion Post has promised more help and the committee has several other fund raising ideas, Helmke said. "The important thing is that the community come to the meeting, share ideas and show its support," she said. For information call 338-2303.