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New 6/22/18

Subdivision
Project
Begins

Land is being cleared for the largest redevelopment project undertaken in Westbriar to date. Six new homes will be built at the intersection of Follin Lane and Maple Avenue on a combination of four original contiguous lots. All homes will share a cul-de-sac accessible from the 100 block of Mashie Drive. The developer is Mashie Drive LLC.


NEW 6/23/18

HELP
WANTED

We need some volunteers for getting our candles out this year. Two of our Zone Representatives will be moving out of Vienna over the summer leaving us a bit short handed. The work involves about 10 to 12 hours in early December.

Zone Reps are members of the the Westbriar Civic Association Board of Directors, and are in position to directly shape the future of the oldest active civic association in Vienna.

Can YOU help? Please contact us
by phone 703-319-0840, or email.

NEW 6/23/18

Water
Distribution
Upgrade

The water main under Country Club Drive NE is being replaced. It is old, and showing it by low pressure during heavy usage, and occasional leaks. Starting last week at Creek Crossing Drive, the progress is currently up to Overlook Lane. The crew attempts to make the changeover to three houses per day.

As each changeover is made, the water is shut off for only an hour or so, so it is relatively painless to the customers. Once the new service has reached Old Courthouse Road, the old water main will be isolated and left abandoned underground.


NEW 6/20/18

CHINA GETS OUT OF
TRASH BUSINESS

China announced last year that it is no longer importing plastic trash, bringing to an end to decades of being the world's largest disposal and recycling center. Without this convenient service, developed countries will have to retool their approach to the wide spread use of these packaging products. From just 2017, a cumulative 8.3 billion metric tons of new plastic has been created. Only 9 percent of all plastic waste has been recycled, and the negative effects on the global environment continue to grow, according to a study by University of Georgia.


NEW 6/12/18

Happy Birthday to George H.W. Bush who has become the first U.S. President to reach his 94th Birthday. Both Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan reached their 93rd.

The next record (95th) could go to Jimmy Carter 10/1/19.

Another first on this day:

First meeting between a
leader of North Korea and
a sitting U.S. President


New 6/12/18 Vienna's iconic caboose, stranded decades ago when the rails were removed from the present W&OD Trail, gets a touchup of its favorite color.

James Madison High School girls softball team completed a perfect season of 28 wins, zero losses, and then delivered more of the same on Saturday. The Warhawks shut out Manchester 9-0 to win a second straight state champonship. They now have a two year winning streak of an improbable 42 games.

 


6/8/18

Oh, Wow!
Oh, Wow!
Oh, Wow!

Finally ...


Photo credit: ESPN.Com

Capitals 4
Golden Knights 3

The homecoming parade will be Enormous!


Chillin' on Church

Kids on the Green

Vienna Community Band

Rocknocerous!

... no better place to spend a summer evening.

See the entire lineup and schedules for free programs on the Vienna Town Green HERE

Vienna Business Liason welcomed Vienna Vintner's move to the old stone house across from Outback with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mayor DiRocco helps owner Victor Mendes wield the sissors.


6/7/18
Glass Bottles
Currently Off the
Recycle List.

Vienna has changed its recycling company, and advises that glass containers, such as beverage bottles and food jars are no longer accepted. Place in your trash container.

Apparently, its a matter of economics. The price that glass currently commands is less than the cost of pulling them out of the single recycle stream.


6/618 UPDATE

Vienna Approves Unique Parking Proposal

The Vienna Town Council on Monday approved the purchase of the second floor of a condominium to be designed as a 121 car parking lot. The project will replace a single story building at 223-241 Mill Street NE which currently houses several businesses including Tops of the Town, Vienna Lawnmower, and Vienna Hardwoods. The new structure will be four story mixed use with commercial businesses and parking at street level, and storage on the 3rd and 4th levels. Additional retail parking is included below grade.

Council's approval of the condo purchase is contigent upon delivery of a final,

satisfactory purchase contract and condominum documents.

The funding would be through Meals Taxes, currently set at 3%. Parking will initially be free to the public, although that could change in the future. Vienna has been seeking additional parking along Church Street for ten years, and the proposal was considerd the best solution. The Town has actively sought public opinion since last winter through hearings and through questions/answers dialog posted on www.viennava.gov.


6/7/18

Major Vienna
Development May
Be Coming

Hekemian Inc. is in early stages of negotiating with Vienna for redevelopment of land presently occupied by the Wolf Trap Motel and the Tequilla Grande restaurant at Nutley and Maple Avenues. The plan includes 160 apartments, and 19,000 square feet of retail space.

A change from present C-1 Zoning to Maple Ave Commercial is part of the plan. At Monday's Council Meeting, a public hearing for the zoning change was scheduled for July 9.


6/7/18

Sizeable Investments

Two new homes surpass 7000 square feet, making them for now the largest in Westbriar. Both are in Zone B, and both are being built by Cloud 9.

405 Niblick, left, at 7476 sq ft was started in January and is under sales contract. 402 Mashie, right, with a similar floor plan was started 2 months ago, and has already been sold.


6/7/18 Update

Cadence on Center

The seventeen unit townhouse redevelopment next door to Vienna Town Hall is on track for completion by year's end.

Click here for a comprehensive description of the project.


5/22/18

Aviation Notes

On this date in 1906, the Wright Brothers got a patent on their flying machine. See it here.
Meanwhile, Boeing has introduced the 797, the next medium range passenger jet, currently in early design, with planned rollout in 2021.

5/14/18

Vienna Scout Troop
Welcomes New Members

Rich in tradition and vibrant programming, our troop has over 80 years of history. We serve youth in the development of leadership skills, teamwork, and self-confidence -- all while havig fun. Activities include weekly meetings and monthly weekend activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing, caving, skiing, and biking. Most of our scouts participate in annual summer camps and high adventure opportunities. We meet on Wednesday evenings at our charting organization -- Vienna Presbyterian Church.

For more information, or to schedule a visit, please contact:   join.troop152@gmail.com


1/24/18

Kaboom!

Another Westbriar Lot to be Renewed

405 Niblick Drive was one of the first nineteen homes that were carved out of the corn fields, pastures and forest surrounding the Westwood Country Club golf course in the summer of 1955. The home was trucked away today in pieces to make room for a new one.

When property changes hands in Westbriar, the chances are better than 82% that a new larger home will result. Proximity to Tysons has made our neighborhood one of the hottest real estate markets in the region.



1/18/18

 

Westbriar Family
Hits All the
High Notes



The Redskin's season was cut short this year, but that is not going to affect its loyal fan base. While most diehard fans can name all the starting players, few know the name of the tall Army officer that regularly sings the Anthem before our games, or "God Bless America" at the two minute warning prior to halftimes.

That would be Master Sargeant Kerry Wilkerson, a twenty year member of the US Army Chorus, who lives here in Westbriar Zone A. He will be retiring from the Army this summer, but not from music. Freelance singing and voice lessons are part of his plan.

Click on the photos to relive a slice of the Redskin's season....

Kerry's wife, Danielle Talamantes, is also a football fan, and has treated the stadium to her fine soprano voice. However, she is better known as a classical singer, being on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for the last seven seasons. Those interested in the genre will enjoy browing her website.


1/11/18

Did You Get Alexa for Christmas?

Shhhh. Alexa is listening. Jenifer Joy Madden, our favorite local author and exponent of common sense, especially with respect to children in the Internet Age, has some interesting insights into this and other high tech toys. Perhaps some things you have not considered. Check it out HERE.


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 2018.


12/6/17

Silver Line
on
Track

According to Federal Transit Administration officials, all six Phase 2 Metro stations are in the building phase, and collectively at about 74% completion. Power has been turned on to some segments of the track near the Center for Innovative Technology.

Currently the Silver Line ends at Wiehle-Reston, but Phase 2 will add six more stations, including Dulles Airport. All stations will have the same standard design features we are accustomed to, except for Dulles, which will mimic the strong lines of this iconic landmark. There will be no new parking associated with this station.

The six stations beyond Wiehle-Reston are Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Dulles Airport, Loudon Gateway, and Ashburn. All six stations will open for passengers concurrently, and current projections places the opening date in early 2020.



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.


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.


9/14/17


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.



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.



"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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