The following articles have previously been published on the Westbriar Crier.


2/13/17   Going Up!

The aggressively evolving Tysons skyline will be dominated for the next few years by the massive Capital One project, a campus of new buildings which will fill the triangle bounded by the 495 Beltway, Route 123, and Scotts Crossing Road, outlined in yellow. The McLean Silver Line station adjoins on the south boundary, with the pedestrian overpass crossing 123 visible in the photo.

Building 5 at left and depicted in red is first out of the gate, and will top out at 185 feet. Impressive, but it will be dwarfed eventually by Building 12 at a whopping 392 feet.

The campus will be an architectually-coordinated combination of hotel, office and residential space.



A Friend

How Sweet is This?


Town Hall Meeting

Monday, April 3, 7-9 PM
at the Fire Station, Center Street S.

Our voices in Richmond, Delegate Mark Keam and Senator Chap Petersen, will bring you up to date on events and plans, and take your questions.


Don't Fall
for it.

It's Tax Time, and police report the # 1 Scam has shifted from the "Your Computer is Malfunctioning" to "This is the IRS ...."

You just need to go down to the store and purchase a $500 prepaid Paypal card, and read him the number. Then you will be safe from arrest for tax evasion. The caller will get very aggressive. It works on lots of people. Don't let happen to you.

The IRS will NEVER make a call such as this. If they have an issue with you, it will be handled by mail. No exceptions.

When IRS calls, just hang up.


Center Opens

The long awaited makeover of the Community Center on Park Street S opened today to a large and enthusiatic crowd of supporters, well-wishers, and regular users of the center's many services. The Director of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Herman, gave an overview of the new facilities, and a shout out to those who made significant contributions to bringing it into being.

At left, Mayor Laurie DiRocco and Michelle Scott of the Shepards Center are framed by an apt slogan.

The Vienna Jammers did a mesmerizing lead up to the program.

Music by Thoreau Chamber Choir.


Many displays described new programs.

Visitors shot hoops in the fabulous new gym.


Fairfax County Architectural
Design Awards


The James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the total design of a building and to create awareness of superior planning. Three are in our part of the County.

Click HERE to take an interactive tour to see all ten award winners.

Mosaic District Rte 29 and Gallows Road

Kettler Offices, Greensboro Drive in Tysons

Transurban Offices, Westpark Drive, in Tysons



That was a great one, and interesting how close it was to a fizzle.

Everything was good up until about 8:30 when a fine mist started falling, calling for a windshield wipe every 15 seconds or so. Just a tiny bit more would have been enough to sog up the bags, but the heat of the candles kept up, keeping the paper dry and holding their shape. The zero wind was indispensible.

About 3 AM, the strong blustery cold front arrived on schedule, blowing the bags over and often down the street. But by then the ten hour candles had done their work. All stayed lit till the end of their design life. A beautiful light show for our neighborhood.

We really threaded the needle this year. Thanks to all for the great effort.


on The Move


We had just finished dinner when we heard a bit of commotion in the front yard. By the time I got to the door, the sound had changed to the familiar, and my favorite, Silent Night.

About a dozen neighborhood kids, under the musical direction of my neighbor Mimi Geerges, treated Westbriar Zone A, house by house, to a good old fashioned Christmas Caroling. Beautiful.

Great job, gang.
We loved it!


Street Makeover

The two block section of Echols Street between Niblick Drive and Wolftrap Road got a completely new surface this week. This was the scene of a water pipe replacement last September, which had left a somewhat bumpy scar. Next week will bring a brand new road.


Prepayment of

2018 Taxes

Fairfax County and the Town of Vienna are following other nearby jurisdictions in accepting prepayment of property taxes. For more information on Fairfax, click HERE.

In the case of Vienna, the deadline is 4:30 PM on Friday December 29 at the Town Hall finance desk, or dropoff by the front door. You can also pay by credit card on line HERE. Sorry for the short notice, but this just came in today.



Real Estate

Jim Nelson, a Long and Foster agent and resident of Westbriar Zone E over on Westwood Drive, has put together a comprehensive report on property sales and trends in Vienna. It is rather interesting stuff. To take a look, click on Jim's photo at the left.

Westbriar members in good standing may promote their businesses for free in the Crier.



Westbriar's signature fundraising activity is only days away. It is a beautiful sight when the weather is right. The Luminaria is also a metaphor for how much can be accomplished when we all work together, in the sense of keeping our neighborhoods friendly, safe, and valuable.

The forecast for the 24th is iffy at the moment. In this case, the metaphor is our recognition that we are not always stronger than nature. If a No-Go, make another try the next night.


Zone H has
New Officer

Westbriar Civic Association welcomes a new staff team, Chuck and Polly Dombroski, who will represent Zone H on the Board of Directors.

Chuck and Polly live at 912 Fairway Drive with their dog, Iggy.


When you synch your camera to a chopper's rotor


F35 Shows off its Hover Capability


Our trillion dollar air superiority fighter has of late been showing off its unique capabilities to hover, to land vertically, and to take off on zero or very short runways.

It's been a long time coming, and its future is still up in the air. But you will enjoy seeing the Star Wars flight characteristics of this new generation of jet.


UPDATE 12/20/17

Last Call for Leaves

The Town of Vienna is now doing the third leaf collection pass.

Leaves brought to the curb by December 31 will be vacuumed up. If you miss that deadline, you will have to bag your leaves, and they will be picked up on your usual trash pickup day.