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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.

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70th Anniversary
The Atomic Age

Today, it has been 7 decades since the first test of the Atomic Bomb lit up the skys of the New Mexico desert in the predawn hours. Within a month, Japan surrendered, bringing a close to World War 2.

The Atomic Age is open-ended, and the world will never be the same. The promise of unlimited clean energy will always be shadowed by the specter of total global destruction.

New 7/16/15

Major Water
Line Failure


Last Friday, almost all of SE Vienna east of the Giant store experienced a severe loss of water pressure for much of the day. Businesses that depended on water were forced to close. The reason was that a major water line, which crosses Wolftrap Creek adjacent to Wendy's, ruptured.

The first step was to restore water to the customers. Emergency DPW crews immediately isolated the broken pipe, which is visible underwater from the bridge. A connection was made to another large main nearby, and service was restored by late afternoon.

Then, the replacement of the broken line could be started. Work was temorarily delayed because gas and fiber optics cables, previously unmarked by Miss Utility, were discovered. But the project is now moving forward.

Working in a streambed is not possible, so a coffer dam was constructed, which blocked the flow of the stream. The water upstream was pumped around the work site by the yellow 6 inch hose, seen in the photo on left, and deposited downstream under Maple Avenue.

At the right, workmen make the final connection on the new pipe section.

New 7/16/15

Old Magruders Site Under Renovation


The site of Vienna's iconic Magruders Grocery Store at Maple and Lawyers is undergoing some change, finally, after nearly three years of speculation on its future. A Mrs. Greens grocery was in contention for a while, but that deal fell through last year.

The building, now stripped down to pillers and beams, will become a Chop't Salad restaurant, with carryout service.




A sidewalk project along Westbriar Drive NE in our Zone C is in full swing. This is the next installment of an initiative funded mostly by a Virginia grant, called Walk to Downtown, the purpose of which is to provide improved pedestrian access from neighborhoods to a town's main thoroughfare. Other sidewalks nearby are planned for the future.

The scope of this phase is to create a new sidewalk from 123 to connect to the existing one between Old Courthouse Road and St. Bernard Drive. It will involve only the side along the golf course, and include gutters along the road. Except for a few, the existing trees will be undisturbed.

Two Other Westbriar
Construction Projects
Approved at Monday's
Town Council Meeting

1. Planning contract for a sidewalk on the west side of Old Courthouse Road between Westbriar Court and Gosnell Road.

2. Reconstruction of Follin Lane between Maple Avenue and Wildwood Park, to include curb and gutter construction and a sidewalk on the west side of the road.



Hynes Elected
School Board

The Fairfax County School Board Elected Pat Hynes as Chairman yesterday, and Sandy Evans Vice Chairman.

Hynes had been our Hunter Mill Representative on the FCSB since 2011. Her background is that of teacher, lawyer, and community organizer. She was a founding member of the Vienna Teen Center Foundation, former PTA president at Louise Archer Elementary School, and former president of the Malcolm-Windover Heights Civic Association.


Vienna Wins

A friendly contest with our neighbor Falls Church to see how many of our residents would sign up for free energy checkups and solar evaluations has been decided: Vienna with 288. The challenge was a way of raising public awareness of the Solarize NOVA campaign, and its bulk discounts available to those interested in enjoying another benefit of free sunshine.

Explore Solar. It is here, it is now, and it works!


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.


Look but ....

Don't Touch

Wild Parsnip is an invasive species, but sometimes cultivated as a specimin flower by exotic gardeners. It has a yellow flower that could be considered attractive.

The roots are actually edible. But beware the flowers, stems and leaves. They bear sap that is toxic and causes a burning rash. Do not allow children or pets to play near them, and make sure your guests are warned.


now at

See your favorite characters, but this time in super high tech. You have never seen Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, and the crocodile like this.

The 360 Theater is playing
June 24 through August 16


Workers erect the huge airconditioned
360 Theater at Tysons


New Kid
on the Block

The paint is dry, the sod is down, and the ballons are up. The latest home in Westbriar took a bow Sunday.

1004 Echols St SE. No owner yet.
Inquiries: 703-402-7524


A Great Browsing Nugget ...

If you appreciate dance, you will love these moves by the fabulous Phillip Chbeebe and rising ballerina Renee Kester. Performed in an unlikely venue.

The music, "Slip", by Elliot Moss is also mesmerizing.


Town Green

One of the best things about the Vienna Summer Experience is the free concerts at the Town Green. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and see the setting sun to a jazz or country western beat!

Concerts begin at 6:30 unless otherwise stated, are family friendly, alchohol-free.
Picnicking encouraged. Dogs, not so much.

of the



This season's series is sponsored by the
Rotary Club and Whole Foods.
Be a Friend of the Town Green.

Fri - July 17
Sun - July 19
Wed - July 22
Fri - July 24
Sun - July 26
Fri - July 31
Sun - Aug 2
Fri - Aug 7
Sun - Aug 9
Fri - Aug 14
Sun - Aug 16
Fri - Aug 21
Sun - Augt 23
Fri - Aug 28
Sun - Aug 30
Sun - Sept 27
Sun - Oct 25

Sarah Bennett Swanner - Soulful Blues
Vienna Community Band
Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars
Feedback - Rock
Afternoons on Church Concert - 5:00 p.m.
Wayne Tympanick Quartet - Jazz/Dixieland
SOHO Down - Country
Difficult Run Jazz Band
Tommy and the Bahamas - Beach Music
US Navy Sea Chanters
Shennandoah Run - Bluegrass
Clarence Buffalo - Soulful Blues
Kingsley Winter Band
Richard Walton Group
Afternoons on Church Concert - 5:00 p.m.
Afternoons on Church Concert - 5:00 p.m.
Afternoons on Church Concert - 5:00 p.m.

Clarence Buffalo will be back in August

The Town Green lineup ranges from
polished pros like the US Navy Cruisers,
above, to aspiring young garage bands.



on the


Cranes overhead. Many more to come

Last night Fairfax County coordinated an open house at Freedom Hill Elementary School to bring us up to date on proposed development, both conceptual and active, transportation improvements, parks, public facility plans, and much more.

This well-attended meeting was just the latest in a series of information exchanges on Northern Virginia's Showcase City in-the-making.

Please plan to attend one of these open houses. They are information-intensive and cannot be captured here. We will let you know when the next one comes up.

8334 Leesburg Pike, near Greensboro Metro Station (conceptual).

Developers were on hand to go over their projects in detail.

Left: The Commons on Colshire Meadow Drive (near the McLean stop) has been approved and features a pair of residential towers of 15 and 12 stories.

Right: Fairfax Chairman
Sharon Bulova stopped by
to greet the attendees.

Why is the ocean salty? Click HERE for the answer.
Your will be able to answer a common child's question.



Right for you?

A reverse mortgage is a loan. You are borrowing against your home equity. However, unlike traditional mortgages, with a reverse mortgage you do not have to pay back the money you have borrowed as long as you are living in the home. Housing is usually both the most costly expense as well as the most valuable asset for most senior households.
A reverse mortgage takes advantage of both of these facts. The loan enables you to eliminate ongoing mortgage payments. And for borrowers with sufficient home equity you can also get access to cash to use however you want or need. However, the decision to secure the loan can be complicated and confusing. Read more
See if you are a candidate for seriously considering a Reverse Mortage. Take this 1 minute suitability test.


Officially Open:
Caboose Brewery

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Delegate Mark Keam, Mayor Laurie DiRocco
help the owners' kids with the big snip.

Among the newest and for many, the most welcome business addition to Vienna, is the
Caboose Brewery.

Head out Mill Street past the Red Caboose, and it will be the very last door before the woods.

Caboose currently brews eight varieties, something for every palate.

View from the top.
A popular place to be last Thursday.
Inset: Caboose Master Brewer, Chris Mallon


Westbriar Toddler Dies

On May 10, 2015, Town of Vienna Police Officers responded to a residence in the Northeastern Section of Vienna in response to a 911 call for a 3 year old male child that had fallen and received a head injury. Upon the arrival of the officers, the child was being treated by members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. The child was transported by rescue personnel to an area hospital where it was determined the injuries were life threatening. Sadly, the child passed away on Tuesday, May 12. An autopsy has been performed and Investigators are awaiting the results. As with all injuries that result in a death of this nature this case is being investigated by the Town of Vienna Police Department.
[from Vienna Police Announcement]


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.

Hey! Vienna's
Farmers Market


Same location:
Faith Baptist Church
Across Center Street from the Fire House
8:00 AM to Noon, Saturdays

Same great quality:
Locally Grown, Vine Picked Freshness.

Fish Rodeo

a Huge Hit


Easy does it as the lure is dropped expertly in the current.

The woods of Wildwood Park were buzzing with kids and their parents for the second annual Fish Rodeo. It was so popular, in fact, that Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Salgado has next year's rodeo already on her calendar.

The fish are 10 to 14 inch Brook trout, known for their delicious flakey pink flesh. They are provided by the Navy Federal Credit Union, which borders the park.

All residents of Vienna are eligible to partake, but limited tickets are available on a first come basis. It is not too early to think about next year if you have a young sportsman in the family.

Tables were set up for experienced fishermen to teach the art of cleaning the trout.


Let There

Be Light


The black poles blend nicely with the tree canopy.

First in the USA

Glyndon Park is the first Little League baseball field in the United States illuminated with LEDs. The new system enhances playability, reduces spill light and glare to neighboring homes, and reduces the field's electricity bill by 46 percent.

The system, designed by Musco uses six 45 feet-tall black poles. "Residents around Glyndon Park have come to appreciate the mature trees and the natural park setting, so the last thing we wanted to do is put typical 70-foot galvanized-metal poles in the park" said Vienna Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Salgado.

The LED lighting is a significant move to more sustainable and energy efficient products. It is a result of a joint partnership with the Town and the Vienna Little League.

The light poles are significantly shorter than the trees.

From left field, the action area is well illuminated, but the light from the poles in background are hardly noticable.

The new lighting system is amazing, and hard to do justice by words alone. You need to see it to believe it. Those who are into sports and familiar with night games will be the most impressed.

Each of the dozens of lighting modules are narrowly focused on small parts of the field. When you walk around the fence line, you are illuminated at any point by at most, two banks of light. If you step away from the fence ten paces you're in the dark. No light falls on houses.

This athletic field is really a showcase both for the here-and-now in LED technology, and for a forward-looking Town management ready and willing to embrace the advantages of energy state-of-art.

The batter, catcher, and umpire have no glaring lights to contend with. The only lights directed here are largely outside the players' peripheral vision.




Patrick Mulhern has been appointed Vienna's Director of Planning & Zoning, effective April 13.

Mulhern currently serves as the Planning & Community Development Director for Culpeper, where his efforts led to the town receiving the Virginia Downtown Development Associate Award of Excellence, Neighborhood Stabilization Program Award from VDHCD as well as the Great Streets Award.

"The Town of Vienna has approved specific smart growth design criteria to guide the on-going redevelopment of the Town," said Mulhern. "Their redevelopment effort offered me a unique new challenge that fully utilizes my skills, interest and talents. Vienna already is a great place to live. I'm excited to have an opportunity to improve the urban fabric of the Town so it matches the quality of the community."



Navy Federal Credit Union, largest credit union in the country, and Vienna's largest employer by far, will get even bigger. And with the growth, approximately 600 job opportunities.

The present Annex D building will be replaced by a quarter million square foot, four story office complex with parking. An elevated walkway across Electric Drive will connect empoyees with the main structure.

Navy Federal has been mentioned in the Crier last summer in connection with an improvement to Follin Lane, which will add a lane for two blocks to better accomodate 123-bound traffic at the end of the work day.

NFCU is Westbriar's closest commercial neighbor to the south.
Architectural drawing credit: Vienna Patch.


New Art Commission Formed

Vienna has new Arts Commission to advise and assist the Vienna Town Council on matters relating to the advancement of public art in the Town, including the development and funding of a public art program. The proposal for a Vienna Public Art Commission evolved from the research for a M. Jane Seeman Memorial by the Mayor's Advisory Committee.

Want to help?

Residents of the Town or representatives of businesses or professions located in and licensed by the Town interested in serving on the Commission can apply online HERE.

REALLY NEW 1/13/15

At age 49 hours, Eden Annabel is all belted in for her first ride, in the car home from the hospital.

Many more car rides in the weeks to come.....


LATER 4/13/15

At age 3 months, Eden takes another kind of ride, This time on an airplane to San Francisco.

She is trying to make sense of the tray tables, oxygen masks and emergency exits stuff.

Why do we ride IN a car ......
but ride ON an airplane?

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.

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