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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.

City Square Café Debuting Winter Wine Classes with Chef Robert Barolin

City Square Café Debuting Winter Wine Classes with Chef Robert Barolin

Chef Robert Barolin at City Square Café in Old Town Manassas is featuring wine classes on Thursdays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Barolin, a former wine representative for various vineyards, will teach a class about “Getting to Know your Wines.” He’ll discuss student’s wine knowledge, how to taste wine, what to look for when purchasing wine, which wines are trending, teach the names and origin of the wine grapes, discuss why the same grape tastes different in different regions, instruct about the best wine and food pairings and test students’ final knowledge with a blind wine tasting. Class size is limited to eight people. Cost is $35 per week or $250 in advance. Call 703.369.6022 to sign-up.

Two red and two white wines will be tasted in every class and paired with light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees must sign up for all eight classes.

Northern VA Black Chamber Announces 2011 Board of Directors

From Gaea at Northern Virginia BCC:

Alexandria, VA – The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2011 Board of Directors:  

Gaea L. Honeycutt, Chairwoman

G.L. Honeycutt Consulting, LLC

Alexandria, VA

Seventh Annual Theodore Roosevelt® Police Award to be Presented

Seventh Annual Theodore Roosevelt® Police Award to be Presented

From Amy Krueger:

December 6, 2010 - At 1 p.m. today the Capital Area Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association will honor Prince William County Police Department Senior Lieutenant Phillip “Flip” Harrover, Jr. with its seventh annual Theodore Roosevelt Police Award. The Theodore Roosevelt® Police Award honors a deserving law enforcement officer who has overcome a serious handicap, illness, or injury and continues to render outstanding service to his or her department.

The ceremony will take place at the American Legion-Washington Office, 1608 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Charlie T. Dean, chief of the Prince William County Police Department, will speak about Harrover’s experience. Doug Hill, Chief Meteorologist for WJLA-Channel 7 and WTOP, will serve as master of ceremony for the event. Members of the media are welcome to attend.