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

1/24/18

Kaboom!

Another Westbriar Lot to be Renewed

405 Niblick Drive was one of the first nineteen homes that were carved out of the corn fields, pastures and forest surrounding the Westwood Country Club golf course in the summer of 1955. The home was trucked away today in pieces to make room for a new one.

When property changes hands in Westbriar, the chances are better than 82% that a new larger home will result. Proximity to Tysons has made our neighborhood one of the hottest real estate markets in the region.


12/6/17

Silver Line
on
Track

According to Federal Transit Administration officials, all six Phase 2 Metro stations are in the building phase, and collectively at about 74% completion. Power has been turned on to some segments of the track near the Center for Innovative Technology.

Currently the Silver Line ends at Wiehle-Reston, but Phase 2 will add six more stations, including Dulles Airport. All stations will have the same standard design features we are accustomed to, except for Dulles, which will mimic the strong lines of this iconic landmark. There will be no new parking associated with this station.

The six stations beyond Wiehle-Reston are Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Dulles Airport, Loudon Gateway, and Ashburn. All six stations will open for passengers concurrently, and current projections places the opening date in early 2020.


11/22/17

Fairfax Appoints New
County Executive

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Bryan Hill as County Executive yesterday, replacing Edward Long, who retired two months ago.

Hill is currently the James City County Administrator, and prior to that, was Deputy County Administrator in Beaufort County S.C.

Hill's appointment will become effective January 2, 2018. Click on his image for more details.


6/7/18 Update

Cadence on Center

The seventeen unit townhouse redevelopment next door to Vienna Town Hall is on track for completion by year's end.

Click here for a comprehensive description of the project.


5/22/18

Aviation Notes

On this date in 1906, the Wright Brothers got a patent on their flying machine. See it here.
Meanwhile, Boeing has introduced the 797, the next medium range passenger jet, currently in early design, with planned rollout in 2021.

6/12/18

Happy Birthday to George H.W. Bush who has become the first U.S. President to reach his 94th Birthday. Both Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan reached their 93rd.

The next record (95th) could go to Jimmy Carter 10/1/19.

Another first on this day:

First meeting between a
leader of North Korea and
a sitting U.S. President


6/8/18

Oh, Wow!
Oh, Wow!
Oh, Wow!

Finally ...


Photo credit: ESPN.Com

Capitals 4
Golden Knights 3

The homecoming parade will be Enormous!


 

For our troops serving around the world today, and those tansitioning out of the military, our obligations are only beginning. Taking care of them and the families is a sacred responsibility we must always uphold.

To all our veterans -- thank you. Thank you for everything you've done for our country. You're among the best our nation has to offer. God bless you and your families, and happy Veterans Day.


1/24/18

Vienna Welcomes New Planning Director

Cindy Petkac, a planning professional with more than 20 years of community development and long-range planning experience, will join the Town of Vienna as Planning and Zoning director beginning January 29. Petkac replaces Patrick Mulhern, who retired from the Town earlier this month.

Petkac most recently served as planning division chief with the City of Fairfax. She has also served a principal planner with the Union Station Redevelopment Corp, planning manager for Duluth MN, neighborhood planning coordinator for the District of Columbia, and transportation planner with the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission.


12/6/17

I-66 Express
Lanes Open

But Toll Rates are
Astronomical

DC Commuters on the new Express Lanes were sticker shocked. The price of gaining perhaps 15 minutes of time costs more than a tank of gas for single drivers. The toll hit $35 on the first day, and $40 the next, making it the most expensive toll rate in the world.

VDOT makes no apology for the price, and cadidly admits it is strongly discouraging single drivers. The antidote? Take along a passenger, and drive free. Or consider Metro.


12/20/17

Countdown
to
Luminaria

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.





 

 

 



12/25/17

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.

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9/26/17

Town Logo
Finalized

Vienna Town Council has capped off a community-intensive, 5 month brand development process by adopting a new Town logo. The logo was created by Ashton Design of Baltimore, and presents 3 iconic Town facilities: Town Hall, the Freeman Store and Museum, and the Town Green stage. Communications and Marketing Manager Lynne DeWilde said, "... it will be a rallying symbol of Vienna's strong community pride, active lifestyle, and nurturing nature."










 

NEW

Chanting is the traditional means of
preparing the mind for meditation....

Join us Saturday March 10,
7:30 PM at the
Vienna Baptist Church for

Jubilae Deo

 

Back Again! This could well be Vienna's most popular program for the younger set, and it's right in our end of town!

Fishing Rodeo Saturday April 21

Details HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/22/17

Renewed
Community
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.

Snip!


Many displays described new programs.


Visitors shot hoops in the fabulous new gym.


9/14/17

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


12/25/17

Aftermath

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.


12/19/17

Music
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!


3/29/17

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.






 



3/18/17

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.




 

 

 



5/7/17

Westbriar
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.

5/7/17

When you synch your camera to a chopper's rotor


7/27/17

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.


1/29/17

Vienna
Real Estate
Report

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.

 

 

 

 

 

8/16/17

Wildwood Park

Stream News

Restorative work is underway on the Wolftrap Creek upstream from Follin Lane. See previous article from May, when the project was approved. Diseased, stressed, or otherwise substandard trees have been removed (left), and the basic alignment of the creek has been carved out (right).

Next, large rocks will be installed to define pools from which the water will cascade one into the next, slowing the stream down and allowing it to percolate back into the water table. The rocks will form a strong bulwark against erosion.

 

This part of the Wolftrap is virtually a secret woods enjoyed by Westbriar residents in Zones A and B. It has entrances off Follin Lane, Niblick Avenue, and the Mashie cul de sac. The trail will be refurbished and have benches along the way.

The finished project down stream in this winter shot shows the cascading pool technique of flood control.


5/24/18

VIVA VIENNA!

This Weekend, all weekend

Get all the info on schedules, food vendors, entertainment and more at

vivavienna.org


It's going to be a beautiful weekend. But whether you are enjoying Viva Vienna,
or the beach, or a Bar B Q, take some time to remember
the real meaning of Memorial Day.