What a Hoot!

Most people know that an owl is wise.  But few other than avid birdwatchers are aware of the astonishing flight agility possessed by this bird.  Click HERE for a quick example.

Moon and Crier Go Dark

Originally published 1/20/19

The Moon took on a copper color last night as it passed through the Earth’s shadow. A perfectly clear sky added to the spectacle of total eclipse, which lasted for about an hour.

The Westbriar Crier will also go dark today as work begins to completely revamp the format to make it “Mobile Friendly.” This will take a little longer.

Pedestrian Fatally Struck on OCHR

Originally published 11/15/18

A driver on Old Courthouse Road was involved in a minor accident Monday at the intersection of Westwood Drive. When he got out of his car, he was struck by another car. He was hospitalized with critical injuries, and this morning, sadly, he died.

First Snow

Originally published 11/15/18

Snow prior to Thanksgiving is rare, but not unheard of in Vienna.

Enough for a small snowman by the day’s end.

Here is some winter snow talk from the Weather Service.

Election Evening

Originally published 11/6/18

Reds and Blues Coexist Nicely in the Western Sky

Photo credit Chuck Dombroski

Halloween 2018 Decoration Awards

Originally published 10/31/18

The Grand WINNER featured a tasteful array of the usual goblins and ghouls, set off with well placed accent lights, projecting a welcoming glow for those toting open swag bags. Echols Street and Niblick Drive. A popular stop for that set.

Runners up were spotted at intersection of St Andrews and Westbriar Drive, and Fairway Drive just down from Old Courthouse Road.

Town Approves Plan for 444 Maple Avenue W.

Originally published 10/28/18

Replaces Wolf Trap Motel and Tequilla Grande Restaurant

The Vienna Town Council on October 26 approved the application for development of the southeast corner of Maple and Nutley submitted by Hekemian Inc. The design features of the mixed-use building are in compliance with the Maple Avenue Commercial (MAC) zoning rules.

The design went through a number of revisions based on inputs from the community. This development is considered especially important because it makes a strong architectural statement when entering Vienna from the west.

Click HERE to view the complete plan

A Week of Westbriar Improvements

Originally published 10/24/18

Several readers in Westbriar have asked about the surveying activity along Creek Crossing Drive. This is being done in support of a joint Vienna and Fairfax County infrastructure effort to improve pedestrian convenience and safety.

The $400,000 program will fill in gaps in sidewalk coverage between Beulah and Old Courthouse Roads. In some places, road drainage is via deep rocky ditches. The surveying is needed to establish property boundaries, as well as the best alignment, taking into account, for example, preservation of valuable trees.

Walkers and bicyclers will like this: The trail through Wildwood Park no longer has those potholes and tree root buckles. It’s all good now from Niblick Drive to Follin Lane.

Vienna DPW crews are busy on our streets north of the golf course this week. They are replacing broken curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and driveway aprons. Some asphalt touch up will follow.

Michael’s Aftermath

Originally published 10/15/18

The horrific damage suffered by southern states, especially Florida’s panhandle last week can be seen in these videos. They were taken by drones flying over beach towns where the eye of the hurricane made landfall. Crews continue to search for survivors and those still missing. President Trump is on the scene today.

Click on images, The one above is Mexico Beach, and the one below is Panama City.


Marco Polo Restaruant Burns Down

Originally published 10/15/18

Long time iconic eatery Marco Polo burned essentially to the ground over the weekend, leaving only its familiar latticed brick facade and green awning recognizable from Maple Avenue. The restaurant had been closed for the last year, and nobody was injured. The cause of the fire has not been determined,