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TRANQUILITY DAY SPA RAFFLES $600 VALENTINE SALON PACKAGE to HELP “A LOCAL SWEETHEART”

TRANQUILITY DAY SPA RAFFLES $600 VALENTINE SALON PACKAGE to HELP “A LOCAL SWEETHEART”

Manassas Salon Sells $10 Raffle Tickets to Raise $10,000 for 12-Year Old Cancer Patient

City Square Café Chef, Robert Barolin Teaches Teens How to Prepare Mediterranean Dish

City Square Café Chef, Robert Barolin Teaches Teens How to Prepare Mediterranean Dish

The following was sent to us by Asha Bruot:

Officers Rescue Residents from Burning Townhouse

From Prince William County Police Department:

On 01-10-10, at approximately 2:12 a.m., patrol officers were conducting a traffic stop in the area of Irongate Way and Anvil Drive in the Manassas area when they were notified by a citizen that a nearby townhouse was on fire. Officer Michael Jordan left immediately to wake up the residents at 8357 Irongate Way and, shortly after, he was joined by Officer Michael Scarsella.

Four adults and eight children were sleeping when they were escorted to safety by the police officers. Sergeant Jason Janecek arrived to assist and supervise. The residents from 8357 Irongate Way were being evacuated by Officers Jordan and Scarcella when Officer Erika Hernandez arrived to assist. She began evacuating the residents from 8359 Irongate Way. As soon as the residents from the two homes were safely outside, the residents from the other units were notified of the fire and safely exited their homes.

Old Town Manassas Announces Winners of Gingerbread Contest

Old Town Manassas Announces Winners of Gingerbread Contest

The following was sent to us by Asha Bruot:

Curtis and Aaron Forman of Manassas, Va. won the Old Town Manassas gingerbread contest in the children’s category and Manassas St. Thomas United Methodist Church Girls Youth Group earned second place, while 7th Grade Life Skills Class of Seton School took home third place. In adult catergory, Alan Pfeifer of Manassas won first place, Dusty Wallace of Manassas, Va., earned second place, while Heather Gustin, Sarah Mercer and Margaret Park, all of Manassas, Va. area got third place.

For more than a decade Historic Manassas, Inc. has displayed Gingerbread House submissions in Old Town Manassas during the annual Merry Old Town festivities beginning in December.

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

NOVA Resident Displays His Transformers Police Car

NOVA Resident Displays His Transformers Police Car

Jim Ortte is the proud new owner of the famous police car that appeared in the 2007 blockbuster movie “Transformers.” Ortte bought the car in auction and would not disclose the price, however, today he and his son showed off the car in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Liberia Avenue in Manassas, VA.

The police car, known as ‘Barricade’ in the film, is a specially customized 2005 Ford Saleen Mustang. Ortte explained that he has owned 16 different Mustangs and is a real car lover. Barricade has a V-8 engine, a 2007 S281 experimental body, has camera mounts on the sides above the wheels as well as under the hood, and a specially installed police equipment package. It also has the ability to do stunts, such as lock the front wheels to do a complete spin.

Ortte has big plans for ‘Barricade.’ He plans to show it off at different car shows, and other special events, such as fundraisers to help raise money for children with cancer.