News Briefs

News Briefs

Letter to the Editor

<sh>Vienna Parks Names Photo Winners

<bt>The Vienna Parks and Recreation Department has announced the winners of the 2005 amateur photography contest:

* Best in Show: Christine Martin

* People's Choice: Anthony Hathaway

* First Place: Loma Mier, Joan Axilbund, Lorraine Chickering, Susan Isakson, Mary Ann Setton, Deborah Kennedy, Christine Martin, Howard Serig, Steve Callender, Brian Mitchell, J. Fenimore Elliott, Erin Manfredi, Dan Feighery and Anthony Hathaway.

* Second Place: Sandi Croan, Carol Simons Huddleston, Dennis Tarney, Laura Howell, Bob Lavey, Gwenn Kerr, Tina Pugh, Robert Lynch and Jan Ponder.

* Third Place: Ted Sienknecht, You-Yen Yang, Nancy Sullivan, Stephanie Gawarecki, Alden Weatherbie and K. Camille Nims.

* Honorable Mention: Gerry Abbott, John Connell, Carol Sullivan, Joan Berringer, Edgar Quisumbing, Teri Klinlcosz, Christopher Greene, Warren Standley, Daniele Chappell, Vicky Eicher, Pam Bartlett, Gozde Tanyeri, Debra Steppel and Robert Frasier Jones.

Winners from the Students in Grades 7 to 12 category are:

* First Place: Caitlin Giroux, Jason Junkin, Alicia Raft, Kathleen Kurle, Caitlin Guendelsberger, Rebecca Clark-Callender and Stefanie Miller.

* Second Place: Elizabeth Cole, Laith Kadasi, Sefanie Arke and Claire Burson.

* Third Place: Chantal Cough-Schulze and Killian Malone.

* Honorable Mention: Zachary Doufei, Maya Cough-Schulze.

<sh>Motor Decals Available

<bt>The 2005 Town of Vienna motor vehicle decals must be displayed by Friday, April 15 at midnight. Decals are available by mail or in person on weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Town Hall, 127 Center St., S., Vienna. The registration fee is $20 for passenger cars and trucks weighing less than 4.000 pounds, $25 for cars and trucks 4,000 pounds or more, and $10.50 for motorcycles. For more, call 703-255-6323.

<sh>Women's Center Honored

<bt>The Women's Center was recognized for its work in the Congressional Record on March 10 by U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-11) at the 109th session of Congress. Davis presented a commemorative plaque to the center at the 20th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference on March 12. A long-time supporter of the Women’s Center, Davis has been instrumental in lending his support and obtaining funding for the center. The plaque is on permanent display at the Women’s Center at its headquarters at 133 Park St., N.E. in Vienna.

<sh>Learn About Responsible Growth

<bt>The Fairfax Citizens for Responsible Growth hosts a "Town Hall" meeting on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., at the Oakton High School Auditorium, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna. Residents are welcome to attend to share concerns and opinions on the roads and transit system, the educational, recreational and storm water facilities and more. For details and directions visit or e-mail

<sh>Wayside Trip Set for April 9

<bt>The Vienna Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a trip to Wayside Theatre on Saturday, April 9. A charter bus leaves at 10 a.m., from the Vienna Community Center and returns at 6 p.m. Cost is $50 for Town of Vienna residents and $62.50 for out-of-town participants. Cost includes transportation, a buffet lunch at the historic Strasburg Inn and a ticket to the matinee performance of "The Complete History of America (Abridged)." For more, call 703-255-6360. The Vienna Community Center is located at 120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna.

<sh>Raceway, Slots Trip April 21

<bt>The Vienna Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a trip to the Charleston Raceway and Slots on Thursday, April 21. A charter bus leaves at 10 a.m., from the Vienna Community Center and returns before 6 p.m. Cost is $20 for Town of Vienna residents and $25 for out-of-town participants. For more, call 703-255-6360.

<sh>Independence Gala on April 22

<bt>The Northern Virginia Family Service presents the Road to Independence Gala 2005 on Friday, April 22, at 6 p.m., at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive. The Capitol Steps provides entertainment for the evening. The Road to Independence Gala gives guests the opportunity to mingle with corporate and community leaders, elected officials and local celebrities, as well as to learn about NVFS. For more information and to purchase tickets, R.S.V.P. to Amy Chornyak by Friday, April 15 at 703-219-3986 or For more information, visit

<sh>Towers Park Ribbon Cutting

<bt>Towers Park, located at Arlington Boulevard in Fairfax, hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m., to officially dedicate the renovated park. The park has had renovations that bring its fields and other amenities to a much higher level. The scope of work included design and renovation of a 60-foot diamond field. Also, an adjacent playground was removed and replaced with new playground equipment, and the parking lot was also reconstructed with four new spaces added and the construction of a trail to connect the parking lot with the playground was completed.

These improvements were funded in part through the 1998 park bond program and were completed in three phases.  For more information about Saturday’s ceremonies call the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.