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Vienna Election Coming Up

The Town Election on Tuesday May 5 will be a bit more exciting than those in the last decade.  We have gone through several where incumbents have walked back to their seats with no opposition.  Last year, we picked up two new faces on the Council, Nisha Patel and Steve Potter.

This election will be different.  When the dust settles, our elected leadership will change greatly.

How so?  Last January, Mayor Laurie DiRocco and Council Member Doug Nobel (above) announced their intention to retire from their positions at the end of their terms which expire June 30.

Quickly, application were filed by three Council Members to run for Mayor:     (l to r) Howard Springsteen, Linda Colbert, and Pasha Majdi

In accordance with Town Election Rules, one may run for either Mayor or Council Member, but not both.  So, in the race for Mayor, we will automatically lose at least one, and possibly two experienced Council members.

Howard Springsteen has one year left as Council Member, so if he loses the Mayor’s race, he will still be on the Council.  However, if Springsteen wins, both Majdi and Colbert will be out, since both of their terms are up this year. In that case, Springsteen’s Council seat will be filled by appointment until next year’s election.

Your ballot will direct you to vote one choice for Mayor, and not more than three choices for Council Members.  .

The following seven contenders have thrown in their hats:

Charles L. “Chuck” Anderson
Ray S. Brill, Jr.
Roy J. Baldwin
David N. Patariu
Chris P. Wright
Andrea Kristin Dahl
Ed A. Somers

We will be reaching out to the candidates for statements regarding their visions for Vienna’s future and will get back to you in a few weeks.

Fairfax County is encouraging residents to apply for mail-in ballots for the May Town General Election if they are concerned about voting at the polling place.  On a one-time basis, rules are relaxed regarding reason.

To apply on line go HERE, and answer all questions and submit.

For question Choose an absentee option, answer “I have a reason or condition  …”

For question Choose absentee ballot reason, answer “My disability or illness …”

TP Shortage: What’s Going On?

There is no shortage of trees, and surely we’re are not going to the bathroom more often.  So what’s up?

While hoarding, panic buying, and herd mentality does play some role, the real reason is much more down-to-Earth.  Toilet paper comes in two different styles:  Commercial and Home.  With so many people working at home, and increasingly not working at all, the demand for Home style has exploded, and the demand for Commercial style has correspondingly shrunk.

The two styles are very different.  Commercial comes on huge rolls which do not fit your bathroom’s dispenser.  It’s thinner, and the texture is different, less … um … comfortable.  More importantly, the materials come from different mills in most cases.  It takes time to make the switch over and get the distribution chains in synch, not like flipping a switch.

So, the shortage is real, not just caused by bad consumer behavior.  But the good news is that the manufacturers are working hard on it, and things will be getting better.

Click HERE for the full story.

No Wipes in the Pipes

Fairfax County has asked all media sources to help them with a serious problem by getting this word out.

The current Covid-19 situation has caused a surge in purchase and use of anti-germ wipes.  Many people have been flushing them down the toilet.

Please be advised that wipes (even those brands that claim “Flushable”) are NOT flushable.  Only toilet paper is engineered to disintegrate in water.

Avoid a disgusting and expensive sewer backup into your home.  Even if the wipe gets beyond your property, its ride to the sewage processing plant has just begun.  The blockages are serious, since they don’t fix themselves.  It involves digging up streets, and lots of man hours.  Water/Sewer rates may have to be adjusted.  Please help.  You are the only one who can.

NO

NO

NO

Wipes of any kind

Feminine hygiene products

Paper towels

Dental floss

Cotton swabs

Tissue

Nothing except human waste and TP

Signs of the Times

A teen’s disappointment of having to cancel his birthday bash is mitigated by a huge message of support from family and friends.

Luminaria: Spectacular

The great weather conditions, the hard work of our distribution staff, and most of all, the contributions of all in our community, made this one of the best displays ever.