News Briefs

News Briefs

<sh>Pedestrian Killed in Car Crash

<bt>A pedestrian was killed in the Tysons Corner area as a result of a crash. On Wednesday, April 28, Haik Vartanian, 53, of the 400 block of East Dartmouth Drive in Sterling, was crossing Leesburg Pike at Old Gallows Road. When he came into the second traffic lane, Vartanian hesitated and walked into the path of a 2000 Nissan sedan that was driven by Courtenay Bryon Hicks, 34, of 46000 block of Red Fox Court, Potomac Falls. Vartanian was not in the crosswalk. He was medevac’d by a Fairfax County Police helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital in critical condition. Vartanian succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, April 29, at about 3:30 a.m. Neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash. Next of kin have been notified.

<sh>Tax Rate for Vienna Proposed

<bt>Completing its review of the FY ‘04-05 budget, the Vienna Town Council has proposed reducing the Town's tax rate to 26.5 cents from this year's current rate of 27.5 cents. A public hearing on the proposed $16.7 million budget will be held during the Town Council's regular meeting on Monday, May 10, at 8 p.m., at Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center St. S.

To obtain a free Budget in Brief summary, go to the Vienna Town Hall, or contact 703-255-6350. Full copies are available for purchase, or they may be viewed at Patrick Henry Library or the Administrative Services office of Town Hall.

<sh>Lawyers Create Hot Line for Legal Issues

<bt>The Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar is sponsoring a call-in program titled "No Bills Night" on Tuesday, May 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Attorneys will offer free, confidential, 10-minute telephone consultations on any legal matter. They will not give legal advice, but they will attempt to identify the specific legal problem raised in the conversation and suggest available avenues for relief. The phone number for the public service event is 703-641-4200. For more information, call 703-641-4205.

<sh>Arbor Day Celebrated in McLean

<bt>Area officials and volunteers gathered on Friday, April 30, at McLean Central Park to plant several cherry trees, in honor of Arbor Day. Purchase of the trees was made possible by a generous donation from the McLean Citizens Foundation and an anonymous donor, for presentation to the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The Fairfax County Park Authority, which owns the park in the heart of downtown McLean, will coordinate the actual planting and maintenance of these trees.

<sh>Club Phoenix to Host Open House

<bt>Vienna’s Club Phoenix Teen Center will host an open house for parents on Wednesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. The purpose of the open house is to give teen-center parents an opportunity to view the facility, share information, meet the staff, complete the required registration form and discuss concerns. Parents can also sign up to be teen-center volunteers or serve on the parent advisory committee. The Club Phoenix Teen Center is located at 120 Cherry St. S.E., Vienna. For more information, call 703-255-5721.

<sh>AAUW Collecting Used Books

<bt>The McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women will accept used books, CDs, tapes, videos and software on Saturday, May 15, and Saturday, May 29, at the SunTrust Bank, 515 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. The collection times are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No records, textbooks or encyclopedias accepted. For more information, call 703-759-5112.