A Special Congratulations to Cindy Brookshire

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Contact: Kisha Wilson-Sogunro
Neighborhood Services Coordinator

City of Manassas
703-257-8240

City Brings Home Three State Neighborhood Awards

MANASSAS, VA – The City of Manassas, one of its neighborhood organizations and a local youth have won three state neighborhood awards. They are:

State Neighborhood Youth Individual Effort of the Year

Michael Sensale, Cannon Ridge Community

State Neighborhood Youth Group Effort of the Year

Week of Hope Program, City of Manassas Neighborhood Services

State Neighborhood Project of the Year

Weems Neighborhood Watch/Week of Hope Cleanup

The awards were presented on Saturday, September 20 at the 9th annual Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference, held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

The City of Manassas has been stepping up efforts to build strong neighborhoods and increase civic involvement since it hired Kisha Wilson-Sogunro as Neighborhood Services Coordinator in November 2006. Sogunro has put her extensive knowledge to work addressing critical needs in the community,

“This was truly a city government-citizen group partnership,” said Cindy Brookshire, whose project had the support of more than a dozen Weems Neighborhood Watch members to organize a four-day cleanup of Landgreen Street, where Manassas Cab Company driver Khawaja Ahmed was murdered in February 2008. More than 30 youth and adult church volunteers, including the general manager of the cab company, worked with Watch members to fill four City trucks with trash and yard waste, mow 12 lawns, haul away a trailer load of hazardous household waste (used motor oil, paint, car batteries, TV and computer monitors), reinstall a mailbox and spread a truckload of mulch. They ended their labors with an ice cream “party in the park” at Byrd Park. “Our Neighborhood Watch could not have pulled this project together without the encouragement of Officer Scott Stallard of the City of Manassas Police Department, Kisha’s in-field guidance of the Week of Hope volunteers, and the Public Works Department, which supplied us with courtesy trucks, wheelbarrows and other tools we needed to get the job done. I’m grateful to the City and to the church youth for their help in our crime prevention and community building efforts.”

The City is planning to host its own Neighborhood Conference on Saturday, November 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Carteret Mortgage Branch Boys & Girls Club on Dean Drive, complete with workshops, a marketplace of exhibits, a block party lunch with “divine desserts” from local churches and their own Best of Neighborhood award winners.

To register for the City’s Second Annual Neighborhood Conference, go to www.manassascity.org.

11 thoughts on “City Brings Home Three State Neighborhood Awards

  1. IVAN

    Kudos to Kisha, Cindy and the others. See, there are solutions out there to our problems. We just have to get involved.

  2. ShellyB

    Congratulations to the City of Manassas and the government of Manassas. Congratulations, and thank you for setting a good example for PWC, and giving us another reason to feel hopeful.

  3. AWESOME JOB COMMUNITY HELPERS!!! THis is what we should be doing in PWC instead of what we ARE doing! So refreshing to see some sense in action.

  4. Mando

    “More than 30 youth and adult church volunteers, including the general manager of the cab company, worked with Watch members to fill four City trucks with trash and yard waste, mow 12 lawns, haul away a trailer load of hazardous household waste (used motor oil, paint, car batteries, TV and computer monitors), reinstall a mailbox and spread a truckload of mulch.”

    The audacity! How dare the Manassas city govt. mix church and state thusly! And we all know the obvious ties between the Christian church and the KKK!!! GL and his cult of the Red Circle is behind this… I’m positive of that…

    I implore all Anti-BVBL’ers to whip out their ACLU and SPLC membership cards and report this travesty before it’s too late!!

    SCARY!!!

  5. Mando, can’t you just congratulate them for their awards? Sheesh!

  6. Moon-howler

    Mando, put down the kool aid. Overdose alert.

    Congratulations Cindy, Kisha, and Michael for a job well done.

    Neighborhood Services in PWC does a good job for sure also.

  7. Mando

    Scoff at me. Evil is afoot I tell you. Why else would one of the blog owners put a non-HSM/GL centric thread here? I’ll tell you… CODE

    Look closely at that picture… there’s a red circle in there somewhere…

  8. Censored bybvbl

    A red circle? Are you sure it’s not the devil? 😉

    Congrats to the volunteers and staff in Manassas for a job well done!!

  9. Mando

    “A red circle? Are you sure it’s not the devil? ”

    good point…

    Folks, Alana is trying to tell us something. We need to go play the White Album backwards again and figure this thing out. This could be serious.

  10. LMAO! Mando took happy pills today. I’m really enjoying it.

  11. Chris

    Cindy,
    Way to go!

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