Archive 18

The following Stories have previously been published in the Crier.

Country Fair

This Saturday 8/20/16
Noon - 4PM

Freeman House

Join us for some serious family-oriented fun taking a peek at the past. Learn about curning butter, hand cranking ice cream, and using a washboard and wringer. Petting zoo, hoop races, history talks, bee keeping, and much more. A celebration of Vienna's farming roots. Free admission.


Hunter Mill

Open House

The new headquarters of the Reston Police was dedicated Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an Open House. It was a popular spot especially for the children, who could crawl around in the fire trucks, ambulances, water rescue craft, and more.

The new facility also provides offices of Fairfax County Hunter Mill District. Supervisor Cathy Hudgins' staff was on hand to show their new digs.

Artist Matthew Duffy poses with visitors in front of his stainless steel sculpture, "Mutual Understanding, Mutual Respect."

Attention: Westbriar Environmentalists

Environment Virginia will be having an Ice Cream Social at the
FDB Eatery, 6641 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church this Thursday, 6 - 8 PM

Environmental trivia, letter writing to politicians, and frozen custard.

Environmental Survey

Help Fairfax update their environmental vision. Spend a few moments
taking their on-line survey, and let them know your thoughts.


Vesper Trail Plans Update

Freedom Hill E.S. Cafeteria
Monday, June 13, 6:30 PM

The high tension lines that run through Westbriar back yards between Fairway and Westwood Drives bring power to Tysons. The lines cross over the Spring Branch woods. And under them is a planned pedestrian and bicycle trail beginning at Vesper Street, a little stub that was never developed further.

Right now, it is an impossible crossing. When the federally-funded project is completed, the crossing will be possible in all weather and creek conditions.


Town Council Members
Sworn In

Mayor DiRocco honors Edythe Kelleher
for her 14 years of public service.

Winners of May's election were sworn in
Monday by Judge Brett Kassabian, who
congratulates Doug Noble after
administering the oath.

2 More This Month

A house in the 200 block of Mashie Drive gets placed piece by piece in a semi. Built in 1961, it was among the oldest in our community.

The pace of redevelopment makes Westbriar one of the hottest real estate markets in Vienna.

A pump derrick arcs across the sky in the 900 block of Fairway Drive, bringing concrete from the truck to waiting foundation forms.


Ayr Hill Garden Club
Announces New Officers

Established in 1929, the Ayr Hill Garden Club's motto is Civic Gardening. The club maintains six gardens in Vienna, including the W&OD Trail, and the Caboose Children's Garden. See complete announcement HERE.

If you have an interest in sharing your green thumb, or learning about the craft, perhaps you should make contact with this fine group.



Follin Update

Hine Street SE opened (temporarily) this morning for the first time in 8 months.

It was nice to see a normal, well-marked intersection rather than the obscure break in the

trees which contributed to a high number of accidents at the Follin Lane crossing (above).

Hine street will be used as a detour route to take Westbriar A and B traffic around the intersection of Echols Street and Follin Lane, where major work will start on the road drainage system. Also a large drinking water line must be moved.

The work is expected to take about 2 weeks, weather cooperating, after which the top layer of asphalt will be installed on Follin Lane.

A ribbon cutting ceremony when all done?

With detour routes in place, rebuilding of Echols intersction is about to begin. Nearby Orrin and Alma Streets will also be part of the detour system.



NEW 5/31/16 According to a study
by SmartAsset, and reported by the Patch,
the two happiest counties in America are
Loudon (#1) and Fairfax (#2)

And to top that off, Vienna's recent
Community Survey reports that we
overwhemingly find our town an
excellent place to live.

This was the biggest Viva Vienna! ever, with unbroken rows of kiosks and rides set up on Church Street from Lawyers to Mill, and side streets from Maple to Ayr Hill.The weatherman had been predicting a somewhat sketchy weekend, but it turned out mostly perfect. A lot of fun in the sun.
Thanks to Vienna Rotary Club for a great effort.


New Weather Forecast Above

We have just replaced The Crier's weather forecast at the top right of this page with something better. Click on the Forecast Vienna link and explore its many capabilities. The Maps, Satellites, and Radar features will satisfy any meteorological urges.



2 Interesting Machines

What are you Really like?

Take this test, and then you will know.

Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness
and bad days give you experience.
Both are essential in life.
All are God's blessings.
Have a great day.


5/12/16 Vienna Teen Pop-Up Events 7-9 pm Bring your own flashlight.

Club Phonix members, grades 6-10: Teens must wear sneakers and be dropped off by parent.

5/20 Flashlight Tag @ Glyndon Park.
6/10 Capture the Flag @ Glyndon Park
7/29 Tennis Court Dodgeball @ Meadow Lane Park
6/12 Flashlight Manhunt @ Glyndon Park

More info: Tammy Funk or



Click the Pic. Geronimo!

Jump with the US Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, into the enthusiastic crowd at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville TN to kick off the University of Tennessee Volunteers Spring Scrimmage.

Emma Morano of Italy is now the oldest person in the world, and the only person who was born in the 19th Century.

Dolce Vita ....


Vienna Town Election

The Winners are:


Mayor Laurie DiRocco

Pasha Majdi

Doug Noble

Linda Colbert

Congratulations and best wishes from Westbriar!


Happy 4th! (delayed)

Our private fireworks begin at dark tonight.

Thanks, Westwood!




Introduced by the talented percussion team of the Mosby Wood Elementary School, the Vienna Choral Society wrapped up its season last night with an intense and immensely satisfying treat for the eyes, ears, and soul.



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Our Review

UPDATE 5/28/16

From the Nest

Almost Ready....

Freedom and Liberty are actively "branching," meaning they are exploring the tree by walking out on the limbs. This is where they prefer to stay now, except when Mom or Dad drops a nice carp or eel into the nest.

They are fully feathered, and should they accidently fall, they would instinctively know what to do and would be able to get back to the nest. But they are not quite ready, ummm, emotionally, perhaps, to delibertly take the plunge. That will come soon, perhaps this week, or next.


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.


Follin Lane

Mother Nature
Has Been Winning

An exceptionally wet spring has been frustrating for work crews hoping to finish this area's largest infrastructure project by the end of May.

Certain types of work simply cannot be done in wet weather: excavating, compacting, grading, concrete-forming, and paving in particular. A 31 inch snow in January knocked out many weeks. Ten days of continual rain prior to Mother's Day, and five rainy days since have brought work to a standstill. More rain is expected today. Even when the sun comes out, many days have to pass before the water table goes down sufficiently to resume.

Meanwhile we can all catch a glimpse of what will be as we cross at Echols Street. It is not hard now to imagine the new blacktop with yellow lines, the green grass along that new sidewalk, and traffic back to normal.

The woodsy Follin Lane SE, looking
north from Echols Street

"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.


Vienna DPW
Head Retiring

Dennis Johnson, who served Vienna for the last eight years as Director of Vienna's Public Works Department, is retiring. Prior to this, he worked 34 years for the Arlington County Government, and retired as Chief of Engineering.

Deputy Director Michael Gallagher, was appointed acting director until Johnson's successor is selected. Related story HERE.


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.



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.