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Luminaria Coming Up

As you are rushing about the stores and malls and planning and preparing your holiday activities, we are out distributing the materials for our annual Luminaria.

Some see the 4000 candles as another welcome layer of visual stimulation to the colorful twinkling of Holiday time.  Others feel a spiritual sensation.

We like to think of it as a metaphor symbolizing how much we can accomplish by working together.  To keep our neighborhood friendly, cooperative, clean, and safe.

Vienna Mayor to Retire

Mayor Laurie DiRocco announced at Monday’s Council Meeting that she will not seek re-election next May.  DiRocco served as Councilmember from 2009 to 2014, and as Mayor since then.

“I have served on the council for over a decade and served on town boards and commissions for six years prior to that, so after 17 years of service to the town, I would like to start a new chapter in my life and pursue some other interests,” DiRocco said.

“I am so grateful to the many citizens who have supported me over the years,” DiRocco said. “I am very humbled because many of you are so active and involved yourselves.”

Vienna Wins Land in Auction

The Town has acquired the property at 124 Courthouse Road SW for $1,438,500 in an action held November 22. The property was the home of late former mayor Charles Robinson and his wife, late former Councilmember Maud Robinson. It is approximately 3/4 of an acre, and adjacent to the rear parking lot serving the Vienna Shopping Center

The Town tentatively plans to use the property as parkland, but additional uses may be considered as well.

Howl, Anyone?

The weatherman is giving us a good look at the last full moon of the decade. Because of the high trajectory across the sky in December, this moon is known as the Full Night’s Moon.

The exact moment the moon goes full is 12:12 AM, on 12/12.  So technically it is full tomorrow, but the best view is tonight.

So, step outside for a moment, and enjoy!

December 7

The Pearl Harbor National Memorial marks the final resting place for 1,102 sailors trapped below decks in the USS Arizona on this day in 1941.

Pennywise is Back

The volunteer-run thrift store was located in the historic Buton Hall building at Church and Mill Street for over 50 years.  But a fire broke out in the basement of the building earlier this year.

Unable to continue at that location because of structural damage to the building, Pennywise opened its doors at a new location this morning with a Grand Opening party for its friends, and loyal patrons.

Attendees gathered early at 214 Dominion Street, and were treated to a dazzling array of baked treats and excellent coffee.

Co-chairs Mary Coulombe and Helen Mertz greeted the crowd and provided fond memories and an overview of the organization’s history.

Holy Comforter Episcopal Church has operated the thrift store since 1962, selling clothing and household items donated and consigned from the Vienna community. Proceeds benefit a variety of ministries and activities within the parish as well as numerous community charitable programs.

This was a warm crowd, clearly folks that have been friends for a long time, and bound by a common mission.

Then, Mayor Laurie DiRocco and Council Member Linda Colbert joined the staff for a ribbon cutting.

Afterwards, all headed back inside for more coffee, a hearty brunch, and champagne.  There was even a special cake made for the day.