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March 08, 2009


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PWSC is VA Neighborhood Organization of the Year!

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    Two Manassas residents and a community partnership were honored at the 10th Annual Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference in Chesterfield County on September 26. Prince William Study Circles, in partnership with George Mason University, Unity in the Community and City of Manassas Neighborhood Services, won State Neighborhood Organization of the Year for bringing study circles on neighborhood improvement issues to seven neighborhoods in the city and county. Each circle included up to 15 diverse residents who met with facilitators for six two-hour sessions to find common ground and take action in their neighborhoods. The non-profit’s director, Cindy Brookshire, accepted the award on behalf of the partnership. Leon Walker, President of Wildwood Condominium Association, was named State Neighborhood Advocate of the Year for his tireless work in transforming his 96-condo neighborhood in the heart of Manassas from one of crime and drugs, to a safe, beautiful and enjoyable community, ideal for raising families. Erin Harrover, a 12-year-old Metz Middle School student, was honored with the State Neighborhood Youth Individual Effort of the Year award for her filmmaking in the community. Erin shot videos for her father, Vice Mayor Andrew Harrover’s “Manassas Next” campaign and organized a Film Club with her friend, Laura Lopez and others. The young entrepreneurs have produced two videos on “Tall Grass” and “Graffiti” for the city government channel (Comcast 23/Verizon 39), and earn money for their expenses through bake sales

Alumni Win Awards!

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    Congratulations to two study circle participants who won instant grants for their neighborhoods at the City of Manassas HOA President’s Breakfast on Aug 29: Michael Sensale of Cannon Ridge ($500 for conservation efforts to control creek run-off) and Pam Weinlein of Point of Woods 3 ($300 for their area beautification plan).

Action Forum of May 30, 2009

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    The May 30 Action Forum inspired all who attended! Lee Morrison of Point of Woods eloquently shared his early doubts and frustrations at the study circles process -- feelings that weren't resolved until the latter sessions, when a personal portrait of action began taking shape for him on the surrounding wall charts. Lee's circle experience in April led him and fellow Point of Woods resident Pam Weinlein to turn an ordinary yard sale in May into a memorable community event with the addition of grilled hot dogs, home-baked cookies, face-painting, music and Mrs. C the Clown, who led a trail of children throughout the neighborhood. "The circles aren't about resolving problems. They're about resolving attitudes," Lee told the forum assembly. Lee and Pam are busy planning a joint watershed cleanup with residents of nearby Cannon Ridge. Thank you to everyone who made the forum a success!

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