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The Mayor and Town Council has invited us to stop down to the Town Hall Friday for their annual Holiday Reception.

December 8   4-6 PM

Entertainment by the James Madison HS Madrigals, and the Thoreau Chamber Choir.

Refreshments by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Auxilliary.

Westbriar Luminiara Coming Up.

Zone Reps are getting the material distributed in your neighborhood.

NEW


presents ...

Sounds of the Season: Rutters Gloria

Saturday December 16, 4:30 PM

Annandale United Methodist Church
6935 Columbia Pike. Annandale VA

VCS will share the stage with the Oakton Singers and the Northern Virginia Youth Winds. Music ranges from familiar kid-friendly to the soul-stirring Gloria.

Tickets are available on line through December 15, and at the door.


NEW 5/6/17

I-66 Express
Lanes Open

But Toll Rates are
Astronomical

DC Commuters on the new Express Lanes are sticker shocked. The price of gaining perhaps 15 minutes of time costs more than a tank of gas. The toll hit $35 on the first day, and $40 yesterday, making it the most expensive toll rate in the world.

The price is programmed to go up as the Express lanes fill in order to keep traffic moving at maximum speed. But many drivers, reeling from their experience, have already decided to put up with a little congestion, rather than pay that much. Possibly, the toll rate software needs to be tweaked a bit?


NEW 5/6/17

When is the
Leaf Truck
Coming?

Ideally, leaves should be piled along the curb Just in Time. There are few things more frustrating than investing a lot of hard work, or a big lawn service fee, only to see a wind storm scatter all the leaves back into the neighborhood.

The Vienna DPW has a MAP to help you time your efforts. The second pass is just finishing up now in NW Vienna, and parts of NE including Westbriar. The third pass will start along Wolftrap Road in our Zone A in a few days, and you can track progress.


NEW 11/22/17

Fairfax Appoints New
County Executive

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Bryan Hill as County Executive yesterday, replacing Edward Long, who retired two months ago.

Hill is currently the James City County Administrator, and prior to that, was Deputy County Administrator in Beaufort County S.C.

Hill's appointment will become effective January 2, 2018. Click on his image for more details.


 

For our troops serving around the world today, and those tansitioning out of the military, our obligations are only beginning. Taking care of them and the families is a sacred responsibility we must always uphold.

To all our veterans -- thank you. Thank you for everything you've done for our country. You're among the best our nation has to offer. God bless you and your families, and happy Veterans Day.


11/4/17

Taking
Flight:


Memorial
Dedicated at Community
Center


The memorial is a fanciful creation by Texan artists Seth and Missy Vandable linking reading to imagination, creativity, and success.

Council Member Linda Colbert,
daughter of Jane Seeman, reflects warmly on growing up with her activist parents.


Mayor Laurie DiRocco and
Colbert unveil the statue.

About two hundred Viennians turned out on this crisp but beautiful morning to mark the installation of a memorial dedicated to the late, popular Mayor Jane Seeman, and her advocacy of volunteerism as the catalyst of community strength. This is the first production of the Public Arts Commission, which is part of Vienna's Parks and Recreation Department.

9/22/17

Renewed
Community
Center Opens


The long awaited makeover of the Community Center on Park Street S opened today to a large and enthusiatic crowd of supporters, well-wishers, and regular users of the center's many services. The Director of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Herman, gave an overview of the new facilities, and a shout out to those who made significant contributions to bringing it into being.

At left, Mayor Laurie DiRocco and Michelle Scott of the Shepards Center are framed by an apt slogan.

The Vienna Jammers did a mesmerizing lead up to the program.


Music by Thoreau Chamber Choir.

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Many displays described new programs.


Visitors shot hoops in the fabulous new gym.



9/14/17

Fairfax County Architectural
Design Awards

 

The James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the total design of a building and to create awareness of superior planning. Three are in our part of the County.

Click HERE to take an interactive tour to see all ten award winners.

Mosaic District Rte 29 and Gallows Road

Kettler Offices, Greensboro Drive in Tysons

Transurban Offices, Westpark Drive, in Tysons


9/14/17


Goodbye,
Cassini

Today, the Cassini space probe, which has been toiling for two decades up close and personal with Saturn, has been steered into a planned fatal collision.

Cassini is arguably the most impressive space mission so far undertaken when considering difficulty, information wealth, and overall success. Click on the image for an informative overview.


9/11/17

911
Echoed

American Legion Post 180 hosted the observance of 911 this morning ...

under a clear blue sky
evocative of that day
16 years ago.

Mayor Laurie DiRocco delivered Proclamation of Remembrance.

Keynote speaker Col Jerome Driscoll, USMC Ret offered personal recollections.


9/5/17

New Townhouse Development

 



Existing apartment building seen from Locust and Center Streets to be removed this week. Town Hall is in distant right center.

A seventeen unit townhouse redevelopment is slated for the parcel of land between the Vienna Town Hall and the Police Station. Final construction approval was awarded at the August 21 Council meeting to Sekas Homes Ltd. after discussion of minor setback dimensions to bring the design into better harmony with existing adjacent buildings.

Click here for a comprehensive description of the project.


An architectual rendering of the new town home cluster.

8/22/17

Revised Plan
for New Westbriar Subdivision
Approved

The Vienna Town Council has approved the development of properties by Mashie LLC at the corner of Follin Lane and Maple Avenue. See previous story.

The new layout will create six new lots and homes by combining four original lots. All homes will share a cul-de-sac accessible from the 100 block of Mashie Drive. This is the first instance of a new subdivision in Westbriar Civic boundaries resulting in more lots than a single lot split in half.

The layout details were influenced by input from Mashie Drive residents, many of whom viewed an initial seven lot division unfavorably.


8/16/17

Wildwood Park

Stream News

Restorative work is underway on the Wolftrap Creek upstream from Follin Lane. See previous article from May, when the project was approved. Diseased, stressed, or otherwise substandard trees have been removed (left), and the basic alignment of the creek has been carved out (right).

Next, large rocks will be installed to define pools from which the water will cascade one into the next, slowing the stream down and allowing it to percolate back into the water table. The rocks will form a strong bulwark against erosion.

 

This part of the Wolftrap is virtually a secret woods enjoyed by Westbriar residents in Zones A and B. It has entrances off Follin Lane, Niblick Avenue, and the Mashie cul de sac. The trail will be refurbished and have benches along the way.

The finished project down stream in this winter shot shows the cascading pool technique of flood control.


7/27/17

F35 Shows off its Hover Capability

 

Our trillion dollar air superiority fighter has of late been showing off its unique capabilities to hover, to land vertically, and to take off on zero or very short runways.

It's been a long time coming, and its future is still up in the air. But you will enjoy seeing the Star Wars flight characteristics of this new generation of jet.

 


Patience is a Virtue

 

Incredibly, nobody was seriously hurt.

Your Home, as seen by .....

9/26/17

Town Logo
Finalized

Vienna Town Council has capped off a community-intensive, 5 month brand development process by adopting a new Town logo. The logo was created by Ashton Design of Baltimore, and presents 3 iconic Town facilities: Town Hall, the Freeman Store and Museum, and the Town Green stage. Communications and Marketing Manager Lynne DeWilde said, "... it will be a rallying symbol of Vienna's strong community pride, active lifestyle, and nurturing nature."


5/7/17

Westbriar
Zone H has
New Officer

Westbriar Civic Association welcomes a new staff team, Chuck and Polly Dombroski, who will represent Zone H on the Board of Directors.

Chuck and Polly live at 912 Fairway Drive with their dog, Iggy.

5/7/17

When you synch your camera to a chopper's rotor


New 4/15/17

When a Salesperson Knocks

Know the rules regarding door-to-door solicitors.
All solicitors must be licensed by Fairfax County.
All must respect a "Do not solicit" sign.
Click HERE for a complete summary of the
rules for when you get that knock on your door.

3/29/17

Street Makeover

The two block section of Echols Street between Niblick Drive and Wolftrap Road got a completely new surface this week. This was the scene of a water pipe replacement last September, which had left a somewhat bumpy scar. Next week will bring a brand new road.

3/29/17

A Friend

How Sweet is This?

 

Town Hall Meeting

Monday, April 3, 7-9 PM
at the Fire Station, Center Street S.

Our voices in Richmond, Delegate Mark Keam and Senator Chap Petersen, will bring you up to date on events and plans, and take your questions.


3/20/17

Roundly
Appreciated

Six months into its operation, the roundabout at Park and Locust is highly rated by Vienna commuters. In an informal survey taken at Giant and at Cedar Park, motorists were nearly unanimous in their praise for this innovation. "It completely solved the left turn backup from Locust," said one. "Best traffic upgrade Vienna has ever made," said another.

It was a risky decision, since roundabouts (as distinguished from traffic circles) are so rare in this country. It would take getting used to. And what if it simply added confusion, or led to accidents? Indeed, several people surveyed told of near-misses early on, where drivers on Park Street were unaware they no longer had their customary right of way.

But the gamble paid off. After some tweaking with signage, and a learning curve, the intersection seems in retrospect to be a no-brainer. Traffic on Park is a bit slower, but the payoff is that everyone gets through without a long teeth-clenching wait. While it is still a bit early for valid accident statistics, so far it appears that safety is not an issue.

The Verdict is in!

Kudos to the Vienna Transportation Commission.


3/18/17

Don't Fall
for it.

It's Tax Time, and police report the # 1 Scam has shifted from the "Your Computer is Malfunctioning" to "This is the IRS ...."

You just need to go down to the store and purchase a $500 prepaid Paypal card, and read him the number. Then you will be safe from arrest for tax evasion. The caller will get very aggressive. It works on lots of people. Don't let happen to you.

The IRS will NEVER make a call such as this. If they have an issue with you, it will be handled by mail. No exceptions.

When IRS calls, just hang up.


The way to a good Health Care System is to require that all members of Congress enroll in it.

2/13/17   Going Up!

The aggressively evolving Tysons skyline will be dominated for the next few years by the massive Capital One project, a campus of new buildings which will fill the triangle bounded by the 495 Beltway, Route 123, and Scotts Crossing Road, outlined in yellow. The McLean Silver Line station adjoins on the south boundary, with the pedestrian overpass crossing 123 visible in the photo.

Building 5 at left and depicted in red is first out of the gate, and will top out at 185 feet. Impressive, but it will be dwarfed eventually by Building 12 at a whopping 392 feet.

The campus will be an architectually-coordinated combination of hotel, office and residential space.

 


1/29/17

Vienna
Real Estate
Report

Jim Nelson, a Long and Foster agent and resident of Westbriar Zone E over on Westwood Drive, has put together a comprehensive report on property sales and trends in Vienna. It is rather interesting stuff. To take a look, click on Jim's photo at the left.

Westbriar members in good standing may promote their businesses for free in the Crier.

A new calendar for the refrigerator. What are your New Year Resolutions?

The most popular is enjoying life to the fullest, but that is sort of nebulous. Getting in shape and staying there is also on the list. It is more specific and doable.

Click HERE to find out about a special offer available to Westbriar members to achieve your goal for 2017.


11/22/16

Vienna is officially

BIKE FRIENDLY

Mayor Laurie DiRocco announced at last night's Town Council meeting that the Town of Vienna has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community. This difficult-to-achieve recognition is shared by 11 other communities in Virginia and a total of 404 communities nationwide.

The Bicycle Friendly Community designation recognizes Vienna's commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure, and pro-bicycling policies. DiRocco says: "We recognize that by supporting bicycling we can improve the environment as well as the health and well-being of residents, reduce congestion and automobile parking demands, increase opportunities for residents of all ages to participate socially and economically in the community, and encourage additional choices in travel modes, particularly among seniors and children."


Explaining the Federal Budget Let's keep it simple:

* U.S. Tax revenue (income): $2,170,000,000,000
* Federal spending budget (outgo): $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt (the difference): $ 1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $19,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

Simple, but hard to understand.

Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent this year: $38,200
* New debt added onto the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $192,271
* Total budget cuts so far: $3.85

Now do you get it?



"The Pessimist complains about the wind; the Optimist expects the wind to change; the Realist adjusts the sails." William Arthur Ward


6/26/16

Westbriar's
2-Way System
Up and Running

NextDoor has already
found 4 cats in our
neighborhood!

Members of Westbriar have asked for it, and we now have it!

And that's the ability to talk directly with their neighborhoods. Do you want to borrow a ladder? Report a lost cat? Organize a book club or exercise class? Sell your old golf clubs? Share a great recipe? Advertise your availability for dog walking, or leaf raking? Recommend a painter?

You can do all this and much more. Join us on NextDoor. 100% of Westbriar Civic Association is now "wired" together. Each of our eight Zones is now a NextDoor Group. Much of Vienna has already joined and you can reach out to them also.

To join, simply CLICK HERE. Put in your address.
It will know you are part of Westbriar. Enter your CODE.
Fill out your profile, and say "Hi" to your neighbors.

See this short video for an introduction to NextDoor.


6/4/16
Still the #1 Scam
in this Area

It is the Computer Version of the Nigerian Letter. Twenty one Westbriar residents have reported getting the call, and four have been taken for an expensive ride. Thousands in Northern Virginia have been hit. Don't let it happen to you.
The caller usually has a thick Asian or African accent. "Hello, this is Microsoft calling. Your computer is giving out errors." See More.



Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead


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Jim Nelson is a Westbriar member and real estate agent with Long and Foster in McLean. He can be reached at
703-861-8675.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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