9-11 This Friday
Sterling Remembers 9/11 and gives back to Sterling Fire and Rescue
500 people will attend the upcoming "Sterling 9-11 We Remember" event on Friday evening 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. September 11, 2009 in the Sugarland Crossing Shopping Center and its next door neighbor, the Clocktower on Seven Shopping Center (950 Community Plaza Sterling, Va. 20164).
What: Event Honoring First Responders on 9-11 and Everyday
Who: Chick-Fil-A, Store Owners, Shopping Center Managers, Bands, VIPs, Citizens
Where: Parking Lot of Chick-Fil-A in front of Burlington
Route 7, just 1/4 mile inside the Loudoun-Fairfax county line.
Sugarland Crossing Shopping Center Sterling, Va.
When: Friday September 11 2009, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Why: To recognize and present donations to volunteer fire and rescue units
HOW: PUBLIC IS INVITED, NO ADMISSION FEE
>>>>PARK VIEW HS BAND TAG SALE THIS SATURDAY SEPT.
>>> DIG DEEP, THESE YOUNG PEOPLE PLAY FOR STERLING!
Park View HS Band's annual 'Tag Day' in Sterling is Saturday, September 12. Park View High School band members will be visiting homes in our Sterling neighborhood to collect donations for our band programs.
(NOTE The band will be at the Remember 9-11 event on Friday 9-11)
>>>American Flag on Friday, September 11, 2009
Howard Manas reminds all patriotic Americans that they can fly the American Flag on 9-11 in order to honor those who have made a sacrifice for our country and to remember those who are making a sacrifice for our country now.
Now back to Loudoun's Hot Topic
>>>PROVEN RIGHT BY THE FACTS, AS USUAL
The president gave his speech to students at Wakefield High School in Arlington as planned this past Tuesday morning. I objected to 1. the suddeness in which Loudoun changed its position 2. the lack of notice to parents 3. the use of curriculum from the federal government that was clearly partisan and 4 the content of the President's message.
>>> SCHOOL BOARD BLAMES WASHINGTON FOR CONFUSION
As I wrote you Sunday -- the Leesburg Today published today as part of their news report (quote) "A series of changes from the school system regarding the speech itself over the seven days preceding the start of school on Monday only added to the confusion, with Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick first stating that schools would not set aside time to allow students to view the speech."(unquote)
Continuing from the Leesburg Today: "However, all schools will be making time to share the address with students before Tuesday, Hatrick said. Parents of elementary school students will be able to opt their children out of viewing the speech, while middle- and high-school students will be allowed to make that decision for themselves."
>>> OFFICIAL SCHOOL LETTER DATED SEPT. 10
I am in possession of one letter dated September 10 from one elementary school stating "On Monday September 14 the students will be viewing a speech by President Obama.......If you do not wish for your child to view the Presidents speech, please call (phone) and send a letter with your child. (unquote).
In practice, it seems elementary school parents are being given time and a procedure to opt out.
>>> SUNDAY'S ALERT WAS TIMELY
I provided this basic information on Sunday and links to Dr. Hatrick's full statement. But which "TUESDAY" was Dr. Hatrick referring to in his letter? Was it Tuesday, Sept. 8? It was not clear to anybody.
As late as Tuesday Dec. 8 morning, the day of the President's speech, even the national media (CBS NEWS, New York Times, etc.) was quoting the chairman of the School Board stating that Loudoun county would NOT be hearing the President in its Tuesday Dec. 8 edition.
With the help of Sterling and other parents you alerted, students, children and other parents. Thank you for that.
Thanks to you they got at least some notice that the President had a speech for them at school. And more importantly, that they have the right to "opt out".
>>> LIBERALS ON THE BLOGS HATE ME
Hearing pushy liberals telling me how "extreme" I am for fighting for freedom of the school system and parental rights from federal control is a lot like being told by potential victims of crime that we don't need deputies.
What makes it absurd is that I do not object to the President talking to students who want to hear him, just give the children and parents and older students the right and EQUAL respect for not wanting to hear him.
>>> ADMINISTRATOR AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ECHO MY REMARKS
The issue of federal takeover resonated at the School Board meeting Tuesday night. Along with how this got communicated.
The Leesburgtoday gives a good report on the lack of solid
informaton and Sterling's Warren Guerin, Ashburn's Robert Onheiser
and Dr. Ed Hatrick attack the federal Department of Education
curriculum proposed to them last night in very emphatic
INOVA LOUDOUN HOSPITAL OFFERING "ASK THE EXPERT" LECTURE
Thursday Sept. 10
As part of its free "Ask the Expert" lecture series, Inova Loudoun Hospital will host "Treatments for Heavy Menstrual Cycles," on Thursday, Sept. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. A light lunch will be provided.
Attendees will hear about the latest treatment options and is presented by Jane Allen, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Inova Loudoun Hospital, the lecture will be held at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, VA 20176 in Conference Rooms A and B. Participation is free, but registration is requested. Call 703-750-8800 or register online at inova.org/asktheexpert.
>>> HOWARD PHILLIPS SPEECH Sept. 17 2009
Former Presidential candidate and longtime Conservative leader
Howard Phillips wishes to invite all Sterling Americans to
A COMMEMORATION and PUBLIC EVENT SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, ARLINGTON, VA, "Constitution Day", at the Hyatt Arlington Hotel, 1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209 Free Admission 6:30 - 9:30 pm Celebrating September 17, 1787 when the Constitution of the United States was adopted. These are not Republicans, but "Conservatives" and quite traditional. I first met Howard when I was 14 years old.
MISSING: ERLINDA MARTINEZ, AGE 14
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's
assistance in locating a missing teenager from the Town of
Erlinda Martinez, 14, left her residence on September 7, 2009. She has ties to the Sterling, VA or Herndon, VA area. Erlinda is described as a Hispanic female, 5'4" tall, 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
If you have any information regarding her whereabouts you are asked to contact Investigator A. Harper of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475 or by calling the Sheriff's Office 24-hour-non-emergency-line at 703-777-1021.
>>> CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JOB FAIR NEXT YEAR 2010
The Chamber has postponed its Fall 2009 Job Far, due to the lack
of hiring companies. I was advancing it but it is not to be. It was
just decided. The rescheduled Job Fair will likely be in the first
or early second quarter of 2010.