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NEW 4/2816

Taste of

11am- 8pm

Come on down the the 5th Annual Taste of Vienna at the Firehouse this Saturday. Experience the fare of Vienna's most popular restaurants. Admission is FREE, Proceeds will directly benefit the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition to food and drink, there will be live entertainment, a moon bounce, and face painting. So bring the kids, and have a blast.

Vienna Election

This Tuesday, May 3

More Info HERE

Lawn signs compete with Azaleas for attention as Vienna's Election Day approaches
Rember: Polling
Place Moved
Normally it would be at
the Community Center,
now under construction.
This year:
Vienna Presbyterian Church.

UPDATE 4/29/16

From the Nest

They Now have Names!

It's official! After a world-wide poll conducted by the American Eagle Foundation, the offspring of Mr. President and The First Lady are Freedom and Liberty.

And how they have changed! Only 6 weeks ago, the twins resembled fluffy round cotton balls with eyes and beaks. Now they are are the size of chickens, and are over half covered with sleek, dark brown flight feathers. By mid-June, Freedom and Liberty will be as big as their parents, and ready to dive off the edge of the nest to test out their wings. Click the Pic and join them in the nest.

NEW 4/2516

The Bet
is On!

The mayors of Vienna, City of Fairfax, and City of Falls Church believe so strongly in the solar energy option and free home energy check-ups being offered through May 15 that they've put dinner on the line. The mayor and Council of the winning community, to be determined by number of home energy sign-ups will host a dinner and sustainability conversation with the mayors and councilmembers of the other two communities, who will pick up the tab.

Vienna came out on top last year with 289 sign-ups for home energy check-ups (and nine homes installing solar energy systems). power strips, and pipe insulation. To sign up for a home energy check-up or solar site assessment, visit by May 15!

NEW 4/2516

VDOT Hearings on I-66
Project Scheduled

Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled a number of public hearing on the I-66 road widening, both inside and outside the Beltway. The hearing will be held at a number of different venues nearby. For the latest schedules, contact us at

NEW 4/25/16

Ayr Hill Garden Club

Annual Plant Sale: May 7
8:00 to 12:00 Noon

Stop by the Town Green to get what you need to pretty up your home for the summer. There will also be a flea sale.

This organization has an 87 year history of working to keep Vienna looking great. Please support their efforts.

Proceeds from the sale help Ayr Hill Garden Club to maintain these six Vienna Gardens:

W&OD Trail, Maple Ave opposite Town Green
Children's Garden by the Caboose
Patrick Henry Library
Herb Garden at Little Library
Salsbury Spring, Lawyers Road
Emmanuel Luthern Church Butterfly Garden


Wildwood Park
Delights Young

There seemed to be agreement that live angleworms were the best bait along the Wolftrap Creek this morning as the park was taken over by the 4 to 10 year olds eager to try their luck.

Brook and Rainbow trout, some as large as 13 inches were seen jumping the little chutes of white water separating the cascading pools.


Stanley Cup: This Year? So far, so good. We were expected to get past the Flyers. But now a tougher rival blocks the path, a bird that doesn't fly.

Is this the year? Maybe ..... Unlikely things do happen. Watch the runner in red.


Renewed Shopping Center Rushes
Toward Finish


Vienna Shopping Center at Lawyers Road and Maple Avenue is bustling with activity as workers are putting on the finishing touches for a number of new openings in the next months.

Best known to Viennians as the location of the long time Magruder's grocery store, the new wing will be home to a Chopt Salad, a Mod Pizza, an INOVA health clinic, and other retail spaces yet to be determined.

First to open is Chopt Salad, based in New York, with five other locations in the DC area. It features soups and salads with emphasis on freshness and top quality ingredients.

Chopt will open Tuesday, April 26 with a very pleasant surprise: A free lunch to all. Anyone in Vienna is invited. Just make a contribution to the benefactor. Which in this case is our nearest public school, Westbriar Elementary. "It's our way of saying 'hello' to the community," said manager Michael Caine. "And we want to make a statement about the importance of a healthy diet, especially for our kids."


Westbriar to Get

The Westbriar Civic Board of Directors voted last night to institute a community-wide social network which will give members the ability to communicate with other individuals, or selected members (such as a book club) or broadcast messages to an entire zone (such as a lost cat). Members will also be able to reach out farther into the surrounding neighborhoods, because this network is growing fast and many parts of Vienna already connect through it.

The network, based and managed in the San Francisco area is called "NextDoor." It has been used to advantage for the last six months by a smaller group in Westbriar. Look for further announcements soon. Meanwhile click HERE for an overview.


Vienna got some tidy-up
work done this morning
by an army of young volunteers.
Thanks, guys!

Mill Street from Caboose to Sheets
was handled by this amazing team.

Wildwood Park was scoured for
traces of human intervention

David Burgess and his father, Craig,
spiffed up the western side of the
Wolftrap Creek.



Another of the original homes of Niblick Drive, Westbriar's initial foray into the cornfields and meadows back in the late 50s, is now becoming the foundation for a new home.

More than 78% of property sales in Zone A result in immediate tear down and replacement, making this one of the hottest real estate markets in Vienna.

Dogwood's Turn

Don't you just love this time of year in Virginia?

Especially in our town rich in flowering trees?

It's like a sympony of colors, some playing together, some doing solos, each in turn, knowing its exact moment in the sun.

After the crocuses come the daffodils, then the tulips, lighting up the stage made dull by winter. Then the forsythia shouts like cymbals. Overhead, the plums streak the sky with violet, followed in a week by the cherries, then the apples.

Now it is the moment for the dogwood. Soon, the pear will answer, introducing the azelea's crazy calliope routine....


Pouring on

Concrete trucks were spotted on Follin Lane today, signaling the homestretch phase of the extensive makeover of the entrance to Vienna's Technology Center. About 300 feet of curb and gutter were created along the east side of the roadway by late Wednesday.

This project involved a complex and delicate choreographing of hand-offs of all utilities in order to keep services from being interruped in Westbriar Zones A and B. Existing gas, water, sewer and fiber optics needed to be relocated, in addition to the new roadway drainage system, which previously was deep ditches on both sides. When finished, a sidewalk will run along the west side.


"Things will go much faster now," said site supervisor Luis Brandon of Vienna DPW. "The roadway itself will be the most visible, but actually the smallest part of this project."

According to Brandon, there remains a gas routing detail at the Echols Street intersection, but this is expected to be completed soon. "We are all working for the earliest opening date."

The gas line relocation narrowed Echols Street to a single lane this week.

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

Spring Portrait

A field of tulips sparkles between two of
Vienna's iconic landmarks



Sherman, a large, 15 yr old orange house cat is missing from his home on Westwood Drive.
He is very friendly, and not likely to run off if approached.

If found, please call Lynette at 703-907-9568.

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Eggs, Eggs, ...


A mad scramble for hidden eggs keeps the excitement going for hours.
(photo: Adam Kincaid)

Easter Egg Hunts were the order of the day, and of the night as well, as flashlights were used to find the elusive treasure in Glyndon Park.

Saturday brought an old fashioned Easter Egg Roll on the lawn of the Freeman House. The competition was fierce, a true test of spoonyskills.

Winner of the 3-4 year old division was Westbriar's own Paige Watts (right), daughter of proud parents Karen and Jeff of Mashie Street SE.


Vienna Bear

Black bears have been sighted this week in Oakton and Vienna. The Vienna case was near Southside park, pretty far from Westbriar.

But we do have nearby wild areas, so it is possible. Keep in mind that bears are timid, and will want to get away from you. Give him plenty of room to do so. Keep your garbage and pet food indoors.

If you see a small cub, do not "rescue" it. The mother may be nearby, and can get dangerous in this situation. Call Police.


3/15/16 Let There be (better) Light

"The street light at Course and Fairway Drive needs some improvement," said nearby resident Ross Shearer. He has contacted Vienna Public Works about the light which is currently not working. Ross has also inquired about the design, which is not very effective even when it does work.

This area was Ground Zero in a large number of auto tampering reports occuring five nights ago. The poor lighting may be a factor, according to Shearer.

Vienna DPW chief Dennis Johnson has Dominion Electric Resource Manager Tim Sargeant looking into it. There are more effective designs available which may be indicated for this location.



Free Sand, Anyone? Still some left ...

Directly across the street from the streetlight mentioned above is a pile of sand left over from last year's Luminaria. It is available free to any Westbriar member, in any amount, on a first come basis.

The sand is clean, and great for concrete projects, soil conditioning, or for the kid's sandbox. The pebble count is a little too high for laying bricks, although it could be screened for that purpose.

Any sand left after April 15 will be disposed of by the Civic Association by donating or other means.

Notes from

The Board approved the Disease Carrying Insects Program. Nine cases of West Nile Virus and 190 cases of Lyme Disease were confirmed in 2015. Four pedestrian signal and curb ramps were approved for installation in Tysons: 3 along Route 7 at Gosnell, Spring Hill, and Tyco Roads, and one at 123 and Boone Blvd ( Bed Bath & Beyond).


An Open & Shut Case

Responding to a tip from alert reader Chuck D. on Fairway Drive, Crier reporter Leon did a speedy investigation of Westbriar's closest busy intersection. It's true. The long-awaited new McDonalds is open for business. It's a bit smaller in the eat-in section, but the kitchen has been upgraded for higher speed.

Meanwhile the convenient Sunoco across the way has orange cones and chainlink. What's up? Not to worry. Inspection and repair continues, they are just getting new gas pumps. Back to normal soon.


Did we goof!

The attendant interviewed last week did not know this, but alert reader John F. on Kramer Drive has more on the Sunoco story.
There is no more Sunoco.

It is now Shell. Nothing else has changed. This is great news. The station will be participating in the Giant Food Rewards Program, and it is much closer to us.

Vienna Survey

You may be among the Vienna residents soon selected to fill out a survey of your opinion and mood regarding various Town-related services, policies and your general take of things. Please take it seriously ..... the Town Council certainly will. It is confidential, and randomized to preserve scientific validity.


This is getting Weird

Remember the shiny new replacement stop sign that we reported on last Monday? The one that grew out of a heap of broken headlight glass and bumper parts? The one at Woodford and Wolftrap Road?

Well, it has been nailed again after only 6 days, this time from the east. It has been flattened 12 times in the last 3 years we have been counting.

The sign was back up again in 48 hours, for how long is anyone's guess.

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

FELIX FOUND! 2/29/16

He is only half his normal weight, weak, scared, but happy to be home after 2 weeks on the road. His owner, Elaine thanks all those who have been keeping an eye out..

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Fairfax County Animal Shelter

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Fairfax County Tax Changes Previewed this Morning at the Fire Station

"Adoption of a budget is a balancing of competing needs of the County. It is a holistic process, since many figures are interrelated."

Chairman Bulova

Our voice at Fairfax, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins this morning hosted a summit at the Flame Room of the Vienna Fire Department to give about 100 interested Vienna and County residents a preview of the 2017 Budget Plan.

The new budget, coming on the heels of a recent reassessment calls for an increase of between 3 and 4 cents per $100 of assessed value increase in the Real Estate Tax rate. Public Hearings are being scheduled, after which a final figure will be announced.


At one point in discussion, we each received a small transmitter, and were given questions to answer. Do you live in Vienna or Fairfax? How long have you lived there? And several more about tax moods. Press your answer button.

Afterward, the big screen gave our answers in graphic form. Most were from Vienna, most had lived here 20 years or more. The answers about taxes showed clear preferences for more educational funding.

It was fun. hmmmm. Would policy decisions be helped or hurt by instant feedback of group-think?

A detailed walk-through of the details and rationale behind the proposed increase was presented by Chief Financial Officer Joe Mondoro, and Hunter Mill School Supervisor Pat Hynes.

About twenty of the attendees asked a wide range of questions, most specifically about budget priorities, but others touching on more general topics. One speaker asked for more support in abolishing the Dillon Rule in Virginia, eliciting wide appreciation by both audience and government reps.

Another speaker wanted Fairfax to look closely at the use of crumb rubber in synthetic athletic fields because of possible linkage to cancers in athletes. Preliminary studies may show, but do not yet prove linkage.


That was quick. A shiny new sign grew from a heap of broken headlight glass and other car parts at Woodford and Wolf Trap.


A Drama


Seems simple enough. The FBI has the Apple iPhone of the San Bernadino shooters, and would like to get the stored content so they can learn the terrorists' contacts and other information. Obviously, that would be the patriotic duty of Apple.

But it is not so easy. The data is highly encripted, and the software does not exist to retrieve the information. "Develop it," says the FBI. "We want that content, and we will pay you."

That would still seem patriotic for Apple to do. But wait. The FBI does not want Apple to just give them the content of this phone. They want Apple to give them the means to get the content of ALL iPhones.

"Oooops, now that is a problem," says Apple. People store their entire lives confidently on the iPhone, including medical, financial, highly personal stuff, and business secrets. iPhone has been considered, up until now, unhackable. When the hacking tools are out there, however, the hackers are never far behind.

All this happened just days ago. See the full position of Apple. It looks like it is headed to court, and there seems to be a lot riding on the outcome for all.


Westbriar Townhouse Proposal Meets with
Mixed Reactions

A proposal by the owner of two Maple Avenue lots at the intersection with Follin Lane to build townhouses has brought out a variety of reactions. Some consider it a smart use of valuable land in keeping with the rapid growth of Tysons. Others, particularly those living adjacent to the proposed redevelopment have expressed strong disapproval at a public meeting last week with the Vienna Planning and Zoning Department.

The lots in question are zoned RS16, meaning single family, so the concept would face a rather steep hurdle from the beginning: obtaining a zoning exception.

"It is an interesting proposal," said John Shreffler, President of Westbriar Civic Association, of which the lots are a part. "There does not seem to be much of a conflict with the Town's Comprehensive Plan, and there is nothing in our constitution that conflicts."

Derick Hess on Mashie Street is among many on Mashie Street close to the proposed project. "I am completely opposed to the proposal," he said. Others are not quite so sure. "I am in support of changing the zoning to allow for THs," said Kevin Cole of Woodnor Drive. "Done right, I think it is a positive enhancement for Vienna."

The lots (bright yellow) are contiguous with existing medium density housing (brown) on Maple Avenue.

This part of Westbriar is undergoing rapid redevelopment, with a substantial percentage of home sales resulting in new houses of 4000 square feet and greater. A decade ago, residents were distressed by this 'changing character of the neighborhood.' Not so any more.

"I would like to know more about our members' thoughts on some diversification at our end of town," said Shreffler. "People age. Should they be forced to move away from their friends when they can no longer handle the work of maintaining a half acre?"

Update 2/21/16 The property owner withdrew his application for this zoning waiver.
How do you feel about land use changes when they are close to home? What do you feel that Westbriar Civic's role should be in these matters? Contact us, and let us know your thoughts.


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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....

Still Active in Vienna 11/26/15

"Hello, Microsoft calling....
Your computer is malfunctioning.
We are here to help you

We have printed this before, but it remains, sadly, one of the most active scams at the moment. Another Westbriar resident this week got taken for a ride. Paying good money to a stranger who does nothing for you is bad enough. The real danger of this scam is in the last paragraph below.

When he calls, he sounds real. He is smooth, but he has had plenty of practice.

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 every minute. 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. He will pretend to fix things, and perhaps ask for your credit card for a small payment. Then, he politely says "Good bye." During the conversation, he has downloaded the entire documents section of your computer. 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,


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.



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.


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.

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