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New 10/28/15


Westbriar members at the General Meeting last night re-elected all present officers to a four year term.

The proposed Constitution was approved with some modifications, and is available HERE.

The division of former Zone G was approved, as shown HERE, and as an attachment to the Constitution.

New 10/23/15

Concord Honors
Mayor DiRocco

The Freemason Concord Lodge #307 on Tuesday presented Mayor Laurie DiRocco their Community Builders Award, the highest award given to a community leader by the organization. Lodge Director James Cudney said, "Mayor DiRocco is very deserving of this award. She has quickly become a pillar of the community and has a terrific grasp on what it takes to enrich the lives of the residents, businesses, and organizations that energize our town. She is a great role model and a genuine person. I am proud to call her a friend."

Walking with the Mayor

Join her on a walking tour, which takes place every Friday at 9:30 AM, starting at the Town Hall. Learn interesting facts about our town, as well as insider info on policy items that the Town is considering. A great way to spend an autumn morning. Comfortable shoes mandatory.

Concord Lodge shares space at this historic building at 146 Mill St. with the Pennywise Thrift Shop near the Caboose. Founded in 1910, Concord Lodge is one of the longest continuously operating entities in Vienna.

New 10/15/15

GTGCC Elects New Civic Association Leaders

Our neighbors on the other side of Old Courthouse Road, the 575 -home Greater Tysons Green Civic Association, last night elected their new officers.

Because of our proximity, GTGCC and Westbriar have interests which are usually very close. We have worked together on key issues over the years, most notably Save Tysons Last Forest, the Connector bus routes, trails and street improvements. We look forward to continuing this productive relationship with their new Board.

L to R: Lisa Robinson, Board Member; Kalvin Saccal, Treasurer,
Luke Foster, President; Maurice Giguere, Secretary.

New 10/15/15


Vienna Choral Society presents Animal Crackers

October 24, 2015, 4:30 PM, Vienna Baptist Church

featuring the Freedom Hill Singers Tickets

Fitness Just Got Easier in Westbriar

Westbriar Civic Association Members get 50% off Fee at Crunch Gym, located at nearby Pike 7 Plaza. Pricing for membership in physical fitness facilities differ. Some have no initiation fees, but a rather high monthly rate. Crunch has low monthly rates, but a somewhat high initial payment.

We visited several facilities in the area and were most impressed with this one, for the convenient location, the cleanliness, the newness of equipment, and the staff knowledge and attentivness. After a few months of negotiating with Manager Paul Harris, we struck an attractive deal. No excuses now for your fitness resolution in 2016....


New App Added to ISS Locator

The dark stripe on land is the fertile Indus Valley of Pakistan.

For our Science fans, an interesting new way of looking at the Earth has been added to the predictions of the Space Station sightings. You are presented the satellite with its solar panels in correct orientation, with the Earth slowly turning below. Your viewpoint is accurate in real time. In the photo, the ISS is approaching the coast of India. Click the Pic to see what the astronauts are seeing right now.

The video content is not broadcast from the ISS, but rather is constructed from Google Earth photos. If you don't know about Google Earth, it is about time you met. Warning: Highly addictive. Zoom in on your car in your driveway. Stroll down a street in Tokyo. Fly an F-16 in the Alps. Beats tweeting what you had for breakfast by a long shot.


Route 66 Upgrade Plans to be Opened to Public Input

On September 15, the Virginia DOT unveiled to the Commonwealth Transportation Board its design concept for transforming 25 miles of I-66 from the Beltway out to Route 15 at Haymarket.

The plan calls for three regular lanes and two express lanes in each direction, with space in the middle for future expansion of the Orange Line. In addition new Park & Ride lots would be added with bus service, and bicycle trails.

Worse before it gets Better

The plan envisions construction starting in 2017, in stages with completion by 2021. Details HERE.

October will see a series of local meetings to gather public comments.

Conspicuous by absence is mention of the 35 Vienna homes slated for possible removal by eminent domain.

Music Lovers:
Want to be Astounded?

Amazing talent is sometimes found among the very young. Here's 9 year old Amira Willighagen of the Netherlands, who began singing various classical pieces only a few years ago, without ever have taking a single music or singing lesson.

When she isn't demonstrating her command of music, she is organizing playgrounds for poor children. Click on Amira's image, turn the sound up, and enjoy.



Surveyors will be working along Old Courthouse Road for the next few weeks between Westbriar Road and Freedom Hill Park. A new concrete sidewalk is slated to replace the existing narrow asphalt strip, which has been of concern to residents for a long time.

The sidewalk runs along what many consider to be a dangerous curve, which is also a fairly steep hill. Although the speed limit of 25 MPH is clearly posted and emphasized with flashing yellow lights, the limit is often ignored. The hill has been the site of accidents, expecially in the winter, when runoff from snowmelt crosses over the road surface and refreezes.

This phase of the job will survey underground utilities, with Miss Utility on hand to identify all features which might affect the job, which has been awarded to Rinker Design Associates P.C. Eventually the crumbling asphalt trails all the way to Pine Valley Drive will be replaced by sidewalks, with the present open ditches enclosed underground.

The scope of the present pleliminary work is shown in red on the map at right.


A Trip to Cuba

Our favorite local Advocate-Author and Durable Visionist, Jenifer Joy Madden has tweeted us an invitation to follow her blog on a new adventure. She wants to see what Cuba is all about before the rush starts and makes it unrecognizable. And she was successful in the first step, which was to get authorization, not so easy yet.

Get your first installment HERE, and we will keep you up to date in the future. Cuba is particularly fascinating for those of us over a certain age, and Jenifer's writings are never uninteresting.

Community Center
to Close for


The Vienna Community Center on Park St SE will close on September 4, and work will begin on a comprehensive refubishing which may take several years to complete. The project will include expansion with a new mutipurpose gymnasium.

"There is only so much that can be done with duct tape," said the Center's manager, Nick Jones, pointing to a bucket strategically placed in his office to catch rain.

The entire HVAC system, which is over 30 years old, will be replaced with modern high efficiency designs. "It was constantly breaking down," said Jones.

Most of the existing roof will be replaced. The floors and lighting will also be new. The auditorium will be upgraded with an audio-visual system.

As the location for the Parks and Recreation Department, the Community Center is a fairly busy place, offering a variety of programs to Vienna residents. The rennovation work is certain to present challenges.

The Center is also the polling place for Vienna's elections. An arrangement has been made for a shift to the First Presbyterian Church.


Follin Lane
Project in
Full Swing

Work continues apace on Follin Lane between Maple Avenue and Echols Street. The pavement is all removed, and trees and brush along the right of way are being taken down over the next two weeks

This stretch of Follin forming a border to Westbriar, was known for a complete canopy of trees which sprang from both sides and met a hundred feet over traffic, giving the feeling of driving through a green tunnel. Bamboo and other brush nearly touching the road's edges completed the imagery. It was unique and beautiful.

After the tree removal is complete, the storm water infrastructure will begin. Large pipes will be buried where now the rain water is carried away in open ditches. These pipes will remove water from the road at intervals and carry it down to the stream that runs through the Westwood golf course.

Traffic seems to be humming along with no snarls. The largest contributor to rush hour is Navy Federal, who advised their employees to exit if possible by other routes.

When the project is complete, Follin will have curb and gutter. The accident-prone Hine intersection will be fully developed and no longer semi-hidden. A sidewalk will extend from Maple to be continuous to the Navy Federal Credit Union. New trees will be planted along the right of way.

In all, it will be a big project, and should go a long way in making things safer for cars and pedestrians alike.

Few get to see in such vivid detail what it is like under a manhole cover.

15" pipes will carry the stormwater underground on both sides.

Tree #17, a magnificient 30" poplar near Pine Street, was considered by many as the saddest loss. Ironically, it turned out to be maybe one windstorm away from becoming a road block... or worse.


First Year of Silver Line Analyzed

With data in after the first year of Silver Line operation, Metro reports are mixed. Good: Commuter automobile traffic at three key Tysons intersections show a reduction of about 11 percent. Bad: Metro ridership, however, is significantly below 2012 federal estimates. Currently, just over 17,000 commuters take the Silver Line on weekdays. The Reston-Wiehle station is the busiest.

Tysons still has a long way to go. Several mixed use projects are in progress, and the pace of development will continue to rise. By 2030 residents and workers will be about four times present.


Thomas Jefferson

for 2nd straight year.

Newsweek Magazine has ranked Fairfax County's Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology the best in the nation in their latest issue. The list included 500 schools.

Vienna Councilman Pasha Majdi, was President of Thomas Jefferson's Student Body. His reaction to the latest news was more thoughtful than celebratory: "The rankings don't truly reflect the value of the education students receive," he said. "But if there is going to be a national ranking, it's good to see TJ at or near the top."


The Conquest
Half Dome

The apex of rock climbing is free solo, which means no ropes. Nothing.
26 year old Alex Honnold shows how the world looks at 2000 feet where a single mistake means a fall to certain death.

Click the Dome for something different.
It is hard to watch.

How are those New Years Resolutions Coming? Part 2
by Ken

Hi. Ken Bowman again. I am going to talk a bit more specifically this time about exercise and what you can reasonably expect when you take the plunge.

We will be talking about a modest, but thorough, practical routine that will get you to a place you never thought possible. But be warned, it will all vanish just as fast if you give it up. So, we are talking about a life-style change. But it will be worth it if you value being the best you can be for your limited time on Earth.

Continue with Part 2          Start at Part 1


Polling Place


Our Town elections are held at the Community Center on Park Street. However, renovations are scheduled to begin this year. At the Town Council meeting on Monday, July 6, a public hearing met no objections to temporarily moving the polling site to the Vienna Presbyterian Church. The change will be effective for the May 2016, and probably also the May 2017 elections.


Westbriar Toddler's Death Under Investigation

The Manassas Medical Examiner's office yesterday has revealed that a massive head injury last Mother's Day was the cause of death of three year old Beckett Podominick, who lived on Westbriar Court with his mother Erin TePaske. According to accounts of witnesses, apparently the last person to see the boy healthy is Kenny Bartley, a 22 yr old man who was convicted of murdering a school official in Campbell County TN when he was 14 yrs old.

More information at WATE, a Knoxville news source which is following events closely. Another report.

Current Vienna Patch release.


Don't Let it

Go to Waste


The power of the sun is enormous. When the sun is overhead, it delivers about one Kilowatt for every square meter. If you could capture all of that, your energy problems would be solved. As a matter of fact, if you could capture even a small part of that free, clean energy, you could make a significant dent in your living expenses. A great investment opportunity.

Actually, you can. The technology is here and now. Prices for solar panels and the equipment to interface to your home circuits and the power grid have steadily been falling. It is entirely possible that your home would be a good candidate for a look into this exciting technology.

The new Solarize initiatives have made solar panel installations affordable and cost effective. Solarize is run in Northern Virginia by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). Its strategy uses the bulk purchase concept to obtain a lower cost of installation for a group of homeowners.

To promote community support, the mayors of Vienna and Falls Church have undertaken a friendly challenge between our two communities to see which community will have the larger number of installations.

Learn more about Solarize Vienna.

Still Active in Vienna 5/5/15

"Hello, this is
Microsoft calling....
Your computer has a
Problem and we are
here to help you

Great! Except that none of it is true. He is not from Microsoft, your computer is fine, and his intention is to harm you.

Nobody from Microsoft, or any legimate company would ever place a call like that. It is a scam. It is a very lucrative scam that is being reported widely on the evening news and in the newspapers. Six Westbriar members have reported it to us in the last month.

If you play along a bit, he will have you hold the Windows key down and press the R key. This will bring up a dialog box, into which he will tell you what to type. This will take you to an error log, which will typically show many low level harmless self-correcting errors that your computer logs daily. This is to gain your trust, and convince you that your computer is malfuctioning.

Then, he will direct you to a web page where you will download software which gives him remote access to your entire computer, so he can "fix things." He will guide you through the steps to marry your computers together. Then, he politely says "Good bye." He will at leisure browse all your communications, banking, and everything else. You shouldn't store your passwords on your computer, but we all do that, and he knows it. He can and will go into your on-line bank accounts and clean them out.

When Microsoft calls,

track internet visits

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