Repaving in Westbriar Zone A Welcomed

After a couple of decades of crumbling edges, and a crazy quilt effect of patching from utility hookups and repairs, we are finally getting a completely new surfacing of Polly Street, Kramer Drive, and Kramer Court.  “It is going to look nice, that’s for sure,” said Al Donatelli, a longtime resident of Polly.

With the temperatures in the 60s today, rather balmy for November, the crews were making good progress.  It remains to be seen how things could slow down for the next few days, as forecasts predict subzero temperatures at night.

Winter Wonder Now Open

Take the whole family and out-of-town guest to one of the worst kept secrets in our area for a truly mind blowing experience.  That would be Meadowlark Gardens and their annual Winter Walk of Light.

A half mile of trails are lit up with animated LEDs and it gets better each year.  Take Old Courthouse Road north just two miles from the golf course.

For tickets and more information,

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Notes from Town Hall

Prizes were awarded at the November 4 Town Hall Meeting for excellence at the 73rd annual Vienna Halloween Parade held on October 23.  First prize in each of the following categories was recognized:

Youth Bands:  Vienna Jammers

Floats with Music:  Green Hedges School

Floats without music:  Montessori School of Oakton

Youth Perfoming Groups:  Cuppetts Arts and Performing Center

Antique and Classic Cars:  Northern Virginia Corvette Club

Best in Parade:  Cuppetts Arts and Performing Center


The Vienna Market project, located at the site of the former Marco Polo restaurant was approved at the same meeting following revisions coordinated by the Town’s Board of Architectural Review.  Complete revised plans are available on the Towns web site for anyone wanting to take a look.

This is the view looking south west with Pleasant and Church Street intersection in the foreground.

Reminder: Westbriar General Meeting Tuesday

Hope to see you Tuesday 22nd, 7:00 PM sharp, at the Methodist Church on Country Club Drive at Old Courthouse Road.  Parking is at the rear of the building.

Because of scheduling, we will need to start the meeting promptly at 7:00 PM.

Original Westbriar House Goes Out in a Blaze

In 1955, Westwood Country Club existed as an island in a sea of cornfields, pastures and forest.  That year, 19 houses were built along Niblick Drive between Maple Avenue and Echols Street, and were to become the seed of a new community forming a narrow crescent around the golf course.

The building codes at that time were rather lax by today’s standards.  The walls had no insulation, and the ceilings, only a few inches of cellulose were thrown in between the rafters.  The fuse box was filled with those glass screw in types, and the two outlets per room were two prong.  If the house had air conditioning, it was window mounted.

So it is no surprise that these original houses are almost always torn down when ownership changes. Only seven remain.

But even in its final moments, an old house can be useful.  304 Niblick last Sunday served as a school for Fairfax County fire fighters who showed up in twenty pieces of emergency vehicles, and gave this well-kept split level an opportunity to pass along to the newbies the skills of their trade.

The neighborhood, pre-warned, turned out to watch as hoses were deployed, ladders carried, air canisters refilled, ambulances on the ready.  It all looked real.  And it was. Sort of.  Bales of straw were set on fire in several rooms, and extinguished under the supervision of seasoned leaders.

Out on the lawn, masks and other tactical gear were donned. Officers called the shots on how to enter, what to do.

Food, of course is essential to keep the energy up.  For this, a BBQ was set up, and cheeseburgers were turned out at a fast clip.  Lots of coffee an ice water appeared.

The next day, the charred school house was reduced to rubble and put aboard a fleet of dump trucks to be taken to the landfill.

Westbriar Zones A and B are one of the hottest residential redevelopment areas in the region.  But the other homes around the east and north sides of the golf course, which filled in during the 60s are not far behind.  It is not all due to the age of the homes.  It is the extra value of the land due to our close proximity to Tysons that is the impetus.

Westbriar is well situated to take advantage of this good fortune.

New Sign for Navy Federal

You may have noticed a lot of activity on the lawn of Navy Federal Credit Union, just where Follin Road turns right and becomes Electric Avenue.

There was a marker there, but it was rather small and got lost in the long vista up the hill to the the main administration building.  What was needed was something that stood out a bit more.

The job was given to Merrifield Gardens designer Tom McVean, who tastefully incorporated the Navy Federal logo into an attractive base of stonework and perennial plants.

The signage is illuminated at night, and was turned on Saturday for the first time.  It attracted the attention of a Whitetail deer and a few Canada geese who strolled over to check out their new acquisitions.

Navy Federal is Vienna’s largest employer and taxpayer.  It is a good friend to the town and regularly supports community activities.