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New 4/11/15


Let There

Be Light

The black poles blend nicely with the tree canopy.

First in the USA

Glyndon Park has 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 are in the dark.

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.




in Vienna

Community spirit and volunteerism is alive and well, as evidenced by the nomination of 35 individuals for exceptional contributions to the Town. The Awards ceremony, conducted by Mayor DiRocco, played to a full house at the Flame Room of the Volunteer Fire Department. Music was supplied by some very catchy percussion work by the Vienna Elementary School Jammers.

The fact is that we are surrounded in Vienna by lots and lots of community-minded folk that give a lot of their time without expectation of recognition. The Mayor's Reception is to remind us all that volunteerism is a fundamental part of our traditions, and that the community benefits greatly by their contributions

See the Vienna Web Site for a full list
of the Awardees of 2015

New 4/11/15

Oh, No!

Not again

Police direct traffic around the damaged vehicles.

Westbriar's perennial crash magnet, the intersection of Hine Street and Follin Lane, was the scene of yet another mishap this morning. A family of five, travelling in a Honda sedan north on Follin was broadsided by a Van entering the intersection eastbound on Hine. Two of the Honda passengers were transported to a hospital for observation although injuries did not appear serious.

The crash caused deployment of all air bags in the Honda. It is not known why the driver of the Van missed the stop sign.

The intersection is characterized by deep ditches, lots of brush, and poor sight lines. This stretch of road is slated to be widened this year and improved with curb and gutter system, better lighting and lane markings, and a sidewalk along one side. Making the intersection 4 Way Stop is under consideration. The brush and weed trees that line the road will be removed. These improvements should go a long way in improving the safety record of this somewhat hidden intersection.


Cleanup at
Wildwood Park

Youth from Cub Packs 152 and 1116, and from Boy Scout Troop 987 scoured Wildwood Park this morning picking up a few dozen bags of trash from along the Wolftrap Creek. This effort was coordinated by Daniel Stux, and was part of the regional Ferguson Foundation and the Trash Free Potomac Watershed initiative. Click HERE to learn more.

The Wolftrap borders Westbriar on the south side, and then passes under Creek Crossing Road on the way north to the Potomac River.

Thanks, guys. We appreciate your efforts.


On Stage ....

Performances for the Vienna Theatre Company's spring production of
"Other Desert Cites" opens at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE, on Friday, April 17, and will run Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. through May 2, with Sunday matinee performances
2 p.m. on April 26, and May 3.

This comedy, drama, mystery-filled play is Jon Robin Baitz story of the Wyeth family. This clan, led at the top by a mother and father, is highly regarded in old Hollywood circles and admired by Republicans for their service to and friendship with Ronald and Nancy Reagan in their heyday.

Tickets are now on sale and are $14 general admission. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at the Vienna Community Center or at the door.

To reserve tickets, e-mail

For more information, call
(703) 255-6360 or Click

Coming Up! Vienna Family Fishing Rodeo, Saturday, April 25, beginning 10 a.m.

Wolftrap Creek will be stocked with hundreds of trout just for the occasion! Volunteers will be on hand to provide instruction, stream education and fish cleaning demonstrations during the event. The Fishing Rodeo is $5.00 per fisherman and is open to Town residents only. Tickets are required to participate in this event and will be available first come, first serve at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE. Limit of 6 tickets per household. Bring your ID as proof of residency. Participants of the rodeo should bring fishing rod(s), a bucket, plastic bags and ice. Bait will be supplied. This event is made possible by a partnership with Navy Federal Credit Union, Northern Virginia Trout Unlimited, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Vienna Department of Parks and Recreation.

NEW 4/4/15

How are your New Years
Resolutions Coming? by Ken

Hi! Ken Boman here. I am going to help you take the plunge and follow through on your New Year's Resolution to get physically fit. Once you make the decision, you will be truly amazed at how far you will go.

No, there is no magic pill for fitness, regardless of what comes into your email spam box. There are no shortcuts. The information I will cover is for middle aged people who have a sedentary life style, and are starting to get those little glimpses of what might be coming ahead. You know. The little aches and pain you are starting to experience putting on your socks in the morning. The sudden inability to turn on the dome light without stopping the car. It does not have to be like that. It's all common sense, time-tested, and life changing. Continue reading

NEW 4/1/14



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.


What's Up?

Renewal in Westbriar

Where's the "Hot Spots"?

There is no question that the County's commitment to Tysons and the Silver Line debut have made our end of town a red hot real estate market.

But where exactly is the most renewal activity in Westbriar? The answer is not surprising: it is in the area of the oldest homes, Zones A and B. Prior to 1955, there were a few older homes up at the top of Westbriar Court horseshoe, and the Westwood golf course was there. But the rest of what was to become our Civic Association was at the time corn and hay fields, and some forest.

The first major development occured in the summer of 1955 and consisted of eighteen split-level homes on Niblick Drive from 123 and extending to Echols Street.

The homes at that time were built to standards that were in the process of rapid change. For example, the electrical outlets (usually only two per room, had only two slots, lacking the round ground socket. The old rusty screw-in fuse box that was home for spiders (remember?) had a capacity of only 60 amperes. There was no air conditioning. As home owners added the A/C to individual windows, they soon found they had to increase the electrical capacity.

Insulation in these original homes consisted of a light sprinkling of cellulose in the attics, and was completely missing in the walls. The double hung wooden windows were drafty, and the homes did not come with storm doors or windows.

By the time the homes on the north side of the golf course were built, central heating and A/C were pretty much standard. Home builders had learned a lot, it seemed, about insulation in those five years. Not like modern houses, however. The reality of energy costs forces a great deal of attention to R-factors and air leakage in building materials and techniques.

And it works. When you tour a brand new home during open house, you will be astonished at how small the furnace is.

Over the years, the original 18 Niblick Drive homes were reworked by successive owners to make them livable. All have acquired central A/C, several have had bump-out additions, and one has been completely rebuild using the original framing as a start. However, it is more likely that these homes will be replaced when changing ownership. It's just more practical in most situations.

Looking forward, neighborhood renewal hot spots in Westbriar will continue to follow energy efficiency and electrical convenience, which puts them roughly in line with the dates of the original construction.

How are we doing?

Long time Westbriar member James Nelson has provided The Crier with an interesting exclusive report which identifies recent trends within our association's boundaries. Our outlook is great.

Like most real estate agents, Nelson confirms that an active Civic Association is a strong positive factor for buyers choosing a home or neighborhood.

James Nelson is an agent with Long and Foster in McLean. He can be reached at 703-861-8675.


Vienna Election Tuesday May 5

With the filing deadline for candidate in the rearview mirror, incumbents Carey Sienicki, and Howard Springsteen are in the race, and Tara Voigt is running for the third open seat. So, unlike last year's hard-fought campaign by six contenders, it looks like all have a Council seat waiting at Town Hall.




The question for each person to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a person ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success.

Hamilton Wright Mabie


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.


Solar Iniative Moving

The Vienna community can get free home solar assessments and bulk purchasing discounts to reduce the cost of powering their homes and businesses with solar energy. To assist homeowners who may not be candidates for solar, the program also offers a free home energy checkup to any resident who registers before June 30.

"This program offers something for everyone," said Mayor Laurie DiRocco. Solarize Vienna will be featured at the Town"s Green Expo to be held on April 23 at the Vienna Community Center. More Info.


Happy Birthday,

Vienna celebrated the 125th Anniverary of its incorporation Saturday, with a bit of hoopla including period music performed by the Vienna Community Band, a reenactment play featuring several of our present council members as actors, free rides on a horse drawn buggy, light refreshments and open house at the Little Library, Caboose, Freeman House and Train Station.

And of course, some appropriate words by our local leaders, including Mayor DiRocco, US Rep. Gerry Connally, VA Sen. Chap Peterson, Del. Mark Keam and Fairfax's Sharon Bulova and Cathy Hudgins. A nice way to mark the milestone.


Thoughts on
President's Day

by Congressman Ron DeSantis

In the U.S. Code, the third Monday in February is set aside to commemorate the birthday of George Washington, yet this has evolved into an unofficial "Presidents' Day."

This is too bad. Washington was one-of-a-kind and deserves the special recognition that the federal statutes afford him. In modern America, Washington is at the same time ubiquitous and under-appreciated.

On the one hand, his name is honored by the federal District of Columbia,

numerous universities, and a state in the Pacific Northwest. His likeness adorns our currency and the monument to him in the nation's capital is by law the tallest structure in the federal district. On the other hand, Washington's legacy seems to have little influence on modern political debates. Continue reading.


State of the County,
and more...

County Chairman Sharon Bulova's newsletter this month is particularly informative and interesting. The State of the County Assessment is given in video format. There is important information about your property tax assessments, I-66 improvements, and lots more to absorb at your leisure. Click HERE.


Another Scam Reported
in Westbriar

A telephone caller identifies himself as the IRS, and claims you owe back taxes, and makes threats of dire legal action. He gives you a chance to get your account in order by .... you guessed it .... buying a GREEN DOT card at the drug store. He is mostly targeting the elderly. Do not fall for it.

No real IRS or any Federal agent, or law enforcement officer would ever contact you by telephone with demands of this kind. Just hang up, and call the police.



A Lesson in Durability

A great read by our favorite local human advocate ...

Sometimes, fate needs to knock you right over to get you to pay attention. That's what it took for me to be mindful.

It was a winter Saturday morning and I was ready to tackle a list of home projects when I took a last peek at my email. A town meeting popped up and suddenly I had to be there. I figured I could also get some exercise if I rode my bike. [Continue]


New Signs Added

Bright yellow "Cross Traffic Does Not Stop" signs have been added below the stop sign at two intersections along Hine Street SE. The intersections of Mashie Drive and Follin Lane have been the scene of accidents and near misses over the years. Nearby residents have asked the Town to consider making these four way stops. A decision has been deferred until after the Follin Lane widening project has been completed.

REALLY NEW 1/13/14

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


"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,


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Jim Nelson is a Westbriar member and real estate agent with Long and Foster in McLean. He can be reached at
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