The Shockwave, a Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) girls basketball team, won the Fourth-Grade Girls Winter Basketball Tournament on Sunday, March 5. The team won with a final score of 14-12. The game was played at Herndon Middle School. Several of the players live in the Vienna/Oakton area.
William Snead, 63, of Vienna, is training for the Boston Marathon and, as a Run for Research team member, is also fundraising for the American Liver Foundation to help fight liver disease. Many of the fund-raising runners have been paired up with patients who are afflicted with a form of liver disease, emphasizing their commitment to help raise awareness of the American Liver Foundation. The marathon will be held in Boston on Monday, April 17. To make a donation to Run for Research team members visit www.liverteam.org or call 617-527-5600.
More than 100 artists and art enthusiasts filled the Vienna Art Center on Sunday, March 19, waiting for their turn to choose from original paintings, sculpture, photography and glass art donated by regional artists. The $100 ticket each participant bought guaranteed that each would leave with one piece of art, but excitement mounted as names were drawn out of a hand-made drum to determine who could choose next. Proceeds from the event, called "A Ticket to Art," raised over $6,000 for the nonprofit Vienna Arts Society.
Sandy Wolin-Bromley of Oakton, a counselor at Oakton High School, has self-published a novel. The novel is a humorous mystery with a hint of romance, and the characters are primarily educators. The book was inspired by her occasional frustration when working with challenging teachers as an elementary school counselor. To creatively handle her frustrations, she decided to kill a teacher — in fiction. Writing the book has been a 10-year process.
Ryan Hill of Vienna opened his record store, Strangeland Records, Friday, March 21 in Annandale. The store caters to fans of punk, metal, industrial and electronic music. In the coming months, Strangeland Records will launch targeted marketing campaigns to reach niche music fans at live shows and college campuses in the area. Both on-site and off-site parties throughout the month of April are also planned to celebrate the store's opening. Strangeland Records is located at 7203 Columbia Pike.
The Vienna-based Leadership Fairfax Inc. (LFI) honored Peter Murphy for his public service as the chair of the Fairfax County Planning Commission. LFI presented the Katherine K. Hanley Public Service Award to Murphy at its 15th annual Board of Supervisors Breakfast held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Murphy has served on the Fairfax County Planning Commission as the Springfield District’s representative for over 20 years and is in his 17th year as the commission’s chair. Murphy also served six years on the Board of Directors for Celebrate Fairfax as the vice president for planning and administration and later vice president for programs. He is currently a member of Celebrate Fairfax’s Presidents Council.
Beers & Cutler, a Tysons Corner consulting firm focused on the Washington, D.C. region, has announced its plans to establish the James R. Beers Accounting Scholarship Endowment with a donation from Beers & Cutler matched by founding partner Jim Beers totaling $250,000 to George Mason University's Campaign for Mason Students. This is the largest corporate scholarship gift in George Mason University's history and will be directed through the George Mason University Foundation Inc. The scholarships will benefit students in the George Mason's School of Management's accounting program.
Shayne Berlo of Vienna was one of the top five boaters Saturday at the Wal-Mart bass fishing League Shenandoah division event on Smith Mountain Lake, with five bass, 16 lbs., 3 oz. The next event will be held on the Potomac May 6, near Woodbridge.