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NEW Vienna Elections Coming Up May 6 4/17/14

The Mayor and three councilmembers will be elected this year with 2 year terms effective July 1, 2014 - Laurie DiRocco (right) is running unopposed for Mayor.

The Northeast Vienna Citizens Association will host a forum on Tuesday April 22, 7:30 PM at the Vienna Community Center. The public is invited.

6 candidates are running for 3 Council seats:

Mike L. Cheselka, 317 Cabin Road, SE
Linda Jane Colbert, 851 Shady Drive, SE
Edythe Kelleher (Incumbent)   210 Cedar Lane
Pasha M. Majdi   411 Pine Street, SE
Dennis E. Rice   412 Glyndon Street, NE
Tara L. Voigt   910 Meadow Lane, SW



Historic Vienna, Inc., the Town of Vienna and the residents of the Windover Heights Historic District will sponsor Walk on the Hill, a self-guided walking tour through specially marked lawns and gardens in the Windover Heights Historic District. Browse through any yard with a "Yard Open" sign and tour the grounds of the Historic District.

Sunday, April 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A concert will be offered by the Vienna Community Band at 3 p.m. During the walk, Ayr Hill Garden Club will present a small standard flower show at 307 Windover Avenue NW. Several streets will be closed to vehicular traffic. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.


New Green Dot Scam More Active Than Ever 4/16/14

Police in Vienna and Fairfax have issued alerts on a growing problem: A scam by which people are tricked or intimidated into buying a certain prepaid money transfer card. The card most often used is the Paypal Green Dot card sold by CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, and other popular businesses.

The scam is initiated by telephone, and there are many variations. For example, the victim is told that he or she has won a huge prize, and must send in a payment to cover taxes. Or the victim is told they missed showing up for jury duty, and must send a payment to avoid arrest. Or the victim is told that their grandchild is in jail in a foreign country, and he must send bail payment to get the problem solved.

Elderly people in particular are being targeted by the scam artists. Report all such calls to the police.

The victim is told to make payment with a prepaid money card such as this. It is untraceable.


The Vienna Community Center will host the AARP mature Driving Safety Program, May 8 and 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This two-day comprehensive classroom driver retraining course is geared to the needs of motorists 50 and older. Graduates of the course could receive a five to ten percent discount from their car insurance company. The cost of the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members and is paid on the first day of class. Advanced registration is required and registration cannot be taken over the phone.


NEW Cubs On the Move 4/13/14

The parking lot at OLGC Church was the scene of speed and driving skill, as Pack 976 put on a Cubmobile Derby to introduce their young set to automotive wonders.

The cars are open air, and the breeze in the face is part of the allure.

Ready to Go

A power boost at the start line was provided by a large plywood ramp. From that point on, the racer's job was to keep it between the lines, steering with a little foot pressure on the movable front axle.

After crossing the finish line, the driver brought his car to a halt by a hand brake.

Crossing the Finish Line

NEW Potomac Watershed
Clean-Up Day

The Alice Ferguson Foundation last weekend celebrated its 26th Year of Good, Clean Fun. Each spring, the foundation organizes and assists local groups in keeping the streams feeding the Potamac River free of debris. They provide bags, gloves, and leadership in this worthy project. Funding comes from environmentally-minded corporations and individual donors throughout the Potomac watershed.

Several places along our Wolftrap Creek were among the hundreds of sites involved. The results of efforts in the Wildwood Park were stacked up on the edge of Follin Lane, waiting for pickup.


Vienna Family Fishing Rodeo, a new community event, kicked off March 29, at the newly restored Wolftrap Creek in Wildwood Park, 700 block of Follin Lane SE.


The steady light rain did not discourage any of the approximately 80 participants on the last Saturday in March. As a matter of fact, as any real fisherman will tell you, they bite better in the rain.

Wolftrap Creek was stocked the day before with hundreds of trout just for the occasion! Cathy Salgado and her staff from Vienna's Department of Parks and Recreation organized the event, and worked with the Fairfax County Storm Water Division, Fairfax County Public Works and Environmental Services, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Navy Federal Credit Union to make it all happen.

The woods was filled with colorful rain gear, and lots of excited giggling as parents passed their woodland skills to their children. Volunteers were on hand to provide stream and watershed education, teach participants how to catch and clean fish.

The Fishing Rodeo was free and open to Town residents only. Participants brought fishing rods, buckets, plastic bags and ice. Bait was supplied.

It's Official ... (well, almost) 3/13/14

But it is a serious rumor. The new occupant of the long-time Magruder's Grocery Store will become Mrs. Green's Natural Market.

The vacant old Magruders, today
Jack Reeves in the corporate offices of Mrs. Green's said "We can't confirm at this time, but when everything is in place, we will shout it from the rooftops." That didn't exactly sound like a denial. According to knowledgeable sources, the whole complex of buildings will undergo refurbishing of the facades for a coordinated look.

An artist's sketch of the new Mrs Green's

Mrs. Green's is a rather new corporation with headquarters in Scarsdale and about 18 stores concentrated near New York City east to Connecticut. It recently opened a store in nearby Fair Lakes. Vienna will be the second store in the Mid Atlantic region. The focus is on organic foods and supplements, and the stores usually have a coffee, juice, and smoothie bar. For a review of the Fair Oaks store, click HERE.

Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman Dies 2/23/14

Mayor Jane Seeman was diagnosed last year with lung cancer, and had put up a valiant fight since. While she vowed to serve as long as able, she recently indicated she would not run in this year's election.

Seeman, a resident of Vienna since 1968, was appointed to the Town Council in 1996 to fill the term of her late husband Rodger Seeman. She was elected to the council in '97 and '99, and then served six consecutive terms as mayor. Her current 7th term would have ended this May.

Seeman loved her town, and it was reciprocal. She chaired the bi-monthly meetings with a no-nonsense style of attention to detail, a keen insight and ability to get to the bottom of complex issues, and a warmth that connected with everyone who brought their business before the Council. She will be truly missed.

Monday Town Council Meeting, Vice Mayor Carey Sienicki:

Good Evening. Before we begin... to my right, you will notice an empty chair, draped with sash and a flower. It is with heavy hearts that we must report that our beloved colleague and Mayor, M. Jane Seeman, passed away yesterday, February 23, 2014, after a courageous year-long battle with lung cancer. We first extend our deepest sympathies to the Colbert and Seeman families, for the passing of their beloved mother and grandmother. Mayor Seeman has left us all with the legacy of how to be a model citizen, through her leadership, education and service to community with a caring compassion to others.

Over her nearly half a century in Vienna, she has left a positive impact on this town through her selfless commitment to creating a better, more vibrant community. Her loving hand and infectious smile has embellished many places within our Town, in the schools, libraries and organizations where she taught and volunteered much of her time, but most especially, in Vienna's gardens and public spaces such as the Town Green, Maple Avenue, Community Center, and Town Hall. Jane has truly left this world a better place and we are privileged to have known such a wonderful person who will live forever within the heart of Vienna. At this moment we ask you pause for a moment of silence in her honor

Friday, Feb 28

A pleasant sunny, but cool day. The huge chapel of the Presbyterian Church was barely enough to accomodate the mourners who turned out to say farewell to Mayor Jane Seeman. The story of her remarkable life was told best by her family members, who described it in terms of sharing, commitment, fun, achievement, and love.

"She left too early," her son said. "But then, she did more than could be expected in ten lifetimes."

The flags stood at half mast as Jane rode past what she considered one of her best accomplishments, the Vienna Town Green. Thoughtfully, a dozen buses were provided to take her friends to her burial service in Oakton's Flint Hill Cemetery. Else, the procession would have been miles long.



The Fairfax County Park Authority Board adopted a new Natural Resource Management Plan on Jan. 29. The Park Authority owns over 23,000 acres, most of it undeveloped. Residents expect and rely on natural areas to provide recreational opportunities as well as environmental services and benefits. This plan spells out how agency staff and partners are to protect, restore and manage the natural treasures entrusted to their care.

The Plan also provides direction to staff to incorporate natural resource management into all Park Authority functions and requires that we inventory, plan, protect, manage, educate and build partnerships to ensure proper stewardship in support of the agency mission. The Park Authority Board approved the first agency wide Natural Resource Management Plan on January 14, 2004.

To read the plan, Click HERE.



Wildwood Park's pools are thin sheets of ice as we have been feeling some Arctic air from Canada. But the days are growing longer, and spring will be here soon.

Click the picture to roll back the calandar to the dedication of the Wolftrap Creek's improvement program.

Westbriar is Growing 1/6/14

Westbriar Civic Association will soon have a new member. The house at 301 Niblick Drive SE was demolished today to make room for two new homes, which will have addresses of 301 and 303. When they are finished and occupied, Westbriar membership will grow from 435 to 436. We are not only the oldest continually active civic association, but also the largest in Vienna.

Our zoning regulations allow subdividing lots which are at least one half acre. This house was among the first eighteen Westbriar houses which were built in 1955. Most of the lots in Westbriar Zones A and B are in the half-acre size, so we can expect to see more such subdividing in the future.







Wolftrap Creek Project Finished 11/2/13

No more workers' cars are along Follin Lane near the Navy Federal Credit Union, and no more yellow machines are in the woods. The project that began last March is finished, and the wildlife is settling in again after what, to them, must have been stressful.

The Wildwood Park, which stretches from Our Lady of Good Council to the W&OD Trail has a different look and feel now. Previously rain storms would have overflowed the banks and made the woods a swamp. It also caused problems for nearby residences. The streambed has been reinforced, and made into a series of cascading pools. It is pretty, and the improvement of the trails will make the woods an enjoyable hike for dog walkers and nature lovers. It is the only year-round flowing stream that touches the Westbriar boundaries.

The renewed creek looks great surrounded by the blazing fall colors.

Wolftrap Creek is spring fed, and drains an area of about two square miles to the south east of OLGC. The beginning of the creek could be considered the woods surrounding the end of Byrd Road, although most of the waterflow during storms is now runoff from all the roofs, sidewalks, driveways and new roads built over the last three decades. The source area is in essence completely developed at this point. Rain is concentrated, and water rises fast and higher than the days when the area was all woods.

From Wildwood Park, the Wolftrap crosses Echols Street, runs behind Fresh Market, and crosses Maple at Wendy's. At Creek Crossing Road, it joins forces with a minor branch that flows across the golf course. By now, the flow has doubled during storms. By the time the creek passes under Old Courthouse Road, it is capable of flooding the road and causing nightmares for commuters.

The Wolftrap crosses under the Dulles Access Road and meanders through the woods behind the Wolftrap Filene Center. At that point it joins up with the Old Courthouse Spring Branch coming from Tysons, doubling again in size. A mile later, it joins the main channel, Difficult Run, which heads to the Potomac River a mile downstream from Great Falls.






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