Archive 6


These stories have previously been published by the Crier:


Vienna Theatre Company's winter production of "This" opens at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE, on Friday, January 24, 2014, and will run Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. through February 8, with Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. on February 2 and 9, 2014. "This" is a bright, tart and melancholy comedy that captures the uncertain steps of a circle of friends entering the choppy waters of middle age.

Tickets go on sale December 17, and are $13 general admission. Tickets available in advance or at the door. To reserve tickets, e-mail . For more information, call (703) 255-6360 or visit

Vienna Town Offices will close at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, and will remain closed through Wednesday, December 25, and on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 for the New Year holiday.

Refuse will be collected as normal on Tuesday, December 24; however, Westbriar Zones A and B will not be collected on Wednesday, December 25, but will be collected on Thursday, December 26. Likewise, refuse will not be collected on Wednesday, January 1, but on Thursday January 2, 2014.

The Community Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, and December 31, and will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, and January 1, 2014. Public safety services will not be affected.

Happy New Year from The Westbriar Staff

Thanks for your support. We can't do it alone.


Last night, the Town of Vienna and the Vienna Business Association kicked off a new Vienna tradition , First Night Vienna, a family-friendly New Year's celebration. Actually, it was two celebrations: a 9PM New Year for the kids, and three hours later, the usual kind. The alcohol-free celebration featured local musicians, great food, exciting entertainment and hands-on activities for both children and adults. Despite nippy temperatures, well over a thousand turned out to welcome the New Year.

A huge tent next to the Caboose was the centerpiece of events

The many propane radiant heaters were popular spots to get a quick warm up.

There were lots of food vendors parked along Church Street offering crab cakes, burgers, popcorn, and pretzels.



And plenty of activities for the young set. Here is a Moon Bounce in a castle motif.

Mom and daughter brave the smoke to do up some marshmellows.

Inside, it was warm from the crowds and the New Year's spirit.

Will it become a Virgina Tradition?
Those attending last night will have bragging rights
for beiing there for First Night Number One.

NEW Frigid Air Hits East Coast

Fairfax Schools Closed Tuesday

Are your pets inside? Even your "outdoor cat"?

Know the signs of frostbite. It can sneak up on the unaware, especially children.

Now it is our turn. We have been watching for several days as the worst cold of several years has made its way east from Saint Louis and Chicago. New Year's Eve was balmy by comparison.

If you can, stay indoors where it's warm. If you must go outside, dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, coat, mittens/gloves, hat and shoes/boots. And be sure to bring pets/companion animals inside. Be a good neighbor and check in on others to ensure they are also safe and warm.

On the other hand, how would we know how good we have it unless we had days like this?


The wind won last night, but tonight should be Candle-Friendly.

Take a Merry Christmas Train Ride

Click on the Engine, enjoy!

Our neighbors on Irvin, the Bock Family put it this way. Click the Pic and sing along!

Old Courthouse Road Getting a Facelift 8/8/13

Alert residents along the Eastern edge of Westbriar may have noticed a lot of new colorful markings on Old Courthouse Road. Crews have been out marking certain infrastructure items in preparation for a complete resurfacing tentatively scheduled for this fall. The resurfacing will be a large job, and will be done by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Old Courthouse Road, often nicknamed "OCR", is VA State Road 677. New asphalt will be laid down from Route 7, up Gosnell Road, and all the way out to Trap Road, according to VDOT Inspector Max Taheri. Repairs will be made to drainage features as appropriate.
Westbriar Community Outreach Committee will be in contact with the VDOT offices to make suggestions for possible improvements. One item being studied is making the crosswalk at Pine Valley Drive a raised table. The edges of the table could contain reflective markers to enhance safety for crossing students.

Another item concerns the frequent flooding of the Wolftrap Creek at Besley Road. Westbriar Civic Association has "adopted" the culvert, and can claim some success in mitigating the frequency and severity of the floods. After every moderate to heavy rainfall, an Outreach Committee member checks on the drainage, and if a cleanup is needed, a report is filed with VDOT. The response has always been prompt, but it is a never ending task. A better solution is needed, and this road work would be the ideal time to address it.

The creek passes under Route 677 through an oval shaped culvert, 5 feet wide by 4 feet high. This would be sufficient for even the worst of storms unless the culvert gets blocked. And that is the rub. If rising water floats some deadwood out of the forest and it gets snagged on the culvert, soon other branches snag also. Then comes brush, vines, grasses and leaves, and soon the stoppage is complete and the water rapidly goes over the roadway. A larger culvert is needed.

Flooding is a dangerous situation, since cars will float in surprisingly shallow water. Even wading to safety in knee-deep water is risky. At the very least, closure of this important artery creates huge traffic problems.

Blockages of the culvert are not apparent to motorists crossing the culvert. For this reason, the inspection must be done by checking from creek level. The photo at left below is the normal condition.

The photo at the right was taken 7/31/13 after some moderate rains the previous nights almost caused water over the road. Note the log caught in the culvert and the flotsam piled to the road level.

VDOT cleared the situation the next day after this photo was emailed in.

We welcome suggestions from the community on other OCR
improvements that could be forwarded to VDOT.

Contact us.


Vienna Town Council Election
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Vienna Community Center

Click photos and  logos for more candidate information.

Laurie DiRocco

"Thank you for the privilege of serving you for a second term. I ask for your vote so I can continue to support quality services while maintaining fiscal responsibility."

Carey Sienicki

"By maintaining a delicate balance between preserving our small town community and fostering purposeful growth, Vienna continues to be a better place to live. I invite your vote May 7."

Howard Springsteen

Springsteen is a 16 year resident and home owner with extensive community service involvement and leadership. He has a strong record of local accomplishments, and is completing his 2nd term.

Ryan Thomas

"I am running for Town Council to bring a fresh face and new ideas to the office as Vienna faces its future opportunities."

Related articles: Sun Times

Vienna Halloween Parade 10/24/13
Walking to the parade from Westbriar Zones A and B takes one through the parade's staging areas ....

where excitement is high, and things are always interesting. It is a flurry of activity where bands do final checks on their instruments and uniforms, and last minute repairs are made to floats. It is a cool perspective on what's next.

Left: A 50 member team of Karate students practiced their precision moves, perhaps setting the tone for the elections coming up on November 5?

The Vienna Halloween Parade is a time-honored tradition of Northern Virginia, and always well attended by our elected leaders.

Del. Barbara Comstock looking good in her favorite color.

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Del. Mark Keam takes the reins of a horse-drawn buggy.


Thursday 31st

Do you have your treats ready?

NEW Church Street Holiday Stroll 11/26/13

Monday, December 2
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for this annual event along Church Street. Santa will arrive and greet children at the Historic Freeman Store and Museum and then help Mayor Jane Seeman light the Holiday Tree at 6:20 pm. All merchants along Church Street will remain open for holiday shoppers.

Enjoy fun family friendly activities including a petting zoo, free hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows at supervised bonfires. Entertainment Holiday entertainment will be provided throughout the evening.

Road Closure Church Street will be closed to traffic during the event from Lawyers Road to Mill Street. More Information For more information, please call Historic Vienna at (703) 938-5187.






End of a Vienna Icon 11/26/13

A lavishly authentic dining experience for special occasions, the Garden was also the Source-of-Choice for Chinese carry-out fans.

The closing of Wu's after so many years has hit its regulars in many ways. From the Crier mail bag is this by Brian A:

Wednesday is the last day - need to get a final order in. I believe I've isolated the missing Kang Pao ingredient as Hoisin sauce (just bought some, and it's definitely in there - solves like 80% of the tastiness mystery). But there are a whole host of unanswered questions: What pieces of chicken do they use? I think it's just thigh meat, but would need to see it again. Do they marinate the chicken first? If so, in what? What kind of vinegar, and what's the ratio of vinegar to soy sauce? Do they add sugar beyond what's in the Hoisin? Is there garlic? Is there ginger? We might have to take it to a lab.

INGREDIENTS Chicken Peanuts Chili peppers Green onions Hoisin sauce Soy sauce Vinegar? Garlic? Ginger? Other?????











Black Fur-Day at the Animal Shelter On Friday, November 29, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter will host their Black Fur-Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees will be waived on adoptions of all black and mostly-black dogs and cats. Unfortunately, black and darker-colored animals take longer to be adopted so the shelter is offering a special promotion to bring them extra attention. Stop by the shelter at 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax.






Secrets of Successful Halloween 10/31/13

"It all starts with the pumpkin," explained Westbriar veteran Leon Jensen. "You need to take your time and get it right."

Leon consulted with his dentist in order to get the teeth looking good. "They have to be scary, yet they have to be plausible. Nothing turns off the kids faster than something that appears to be fake."

Leon also gave practical advice for when the doorbell rings. "It's going to happen. You will be shaken down for candy, and to resist is not wise." He confessed that as a kid, he did soap a window of a grumpy neighbor who didn't understand. "But that was when I was young and not too wise, myself."

Daylillies, Anyone?

It's Planting Time for bulbs and tuberous perreniels, perhaps the showiest of the common flowers.

It is not easy to describe a daylilly, because they come in about every color and shape you can imagine. What they have in common, however, is that they are hardy, easy to maintain, and each stalk has a dozen or more buds that bloom, in succession, one per day as the name suggests. It fills your May garden with magic. And they do well also as a cut flower to grace your dinner table.

About every three or four years daylillies need your help. The root system grows, gets entangled, and each individual plant suffers because they literally starve each other for nutrients. The performance of the flowers starts to go downhill. But don't worry.

To bring it all back, simply dig up the clump in the fall, which will now be about the size of a football, and muscle it apart until you have little clumps each with one or two stalk reminants. You will now have about fifty times the amount of daylillies you started with, probably a lot more than you can use. It is a shame to throw the extras away. Much better to share with your friends and neighbors.

Special to Westbriar Crier readers: We just divided our Samantha Jones daylillies, and have hundreds of these all set to put in the ground. FREE. Contact us

NEW Epiphany United Methodist Church

Christmas Bazaar Saturday Dec 7   
10 AM - 3PM
Country Club Drive at Old Courthouse Road

Crafts, wreaths, centerpieces, poinsettias, baked goods, and See's Candy for sale.

Silent Auction.

Lunch served.






In Memoriam

Daniel F. Lane

Dan Lane of Westbriar Drive passed away Sunday, Dec 1. He had served the Westbriar Civic Association for many years as Treasurer.

Dan is survived by a sister, two children, and two grandchildren. There will be a memorial service 10 AM Saturday, Dec 7 at Money and King in Vienna.






NEW A noteworthy concert 12/18/13

Vienna Choral Society's winter concert is performed in partnership with The Women's Center Of Vienna, and in support of mental health awareness.

This concert will fall on the day of the Winter Solstice, and offers a program that celebrates the turning of dark to light and the shifting of the seasons and the sun.

Our organization being not affiliated with any religion or cultural practice, we have so much to choose from at this time of year when so many have age-old traditions. We could have chosen music from nearly every century, every tradition and every people - because we are almost all drawn to the light and struggle with darkness. Some struggle more than others and, in this season of celebrations, we wish to raise them into the light. The music is, by turns, haunting, ethereal, beautiful, uplifting, and deeply satisfying.

VCS will sing Light and Dark at 4:30 pm, on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Vienna Baptist Church. Tickets are $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors (65+) and students (15 - 18), free for youth (14 and younger). Available now HERE and at the door.