Week in Vienna

Week in Vienna

<sh>Cab Driver Robbed at Vienna Metro

<bt>According to policel, on Wednesday, July 12 at approximately 1:30 a.m., a 52-year-old cab driver picked up a fare in Washington, D.C. and transported him to the Vienna Metro station. The driver and the man exited the vehicle to discuss the cab fare. The man assaulted the cab driver, rendering him unconscious, then took money from the victim and fled the area, said police.

The victim eventually regained consciousness and contacted police, providing a description of the suspect. With the assistance of police K-9 and area units, the suspect was found walking in the Metro parking garage. Benjamin Dietz, 23, of 523 Greenwitch Street in Falls Church, was arrested and charged with robbery. He was transported to the Adult Detention Center. The victim was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

<sh>Leadership Fairfax Seeks Nonprofit Projects

<bt>The Emerging Leadership Institute Community Service Projects Committee, a committee of Leadership Fairfax (LFI), is seeking time-sensitive, nonprofit community projects for the 2006-2007 program year that class members can plan and execute with staff coordination. Projects are implemented January through May 2007. The committee does not consider fundraising projects. Interested nonprofit organizations should fill out a project solicitation package and return it to Maryanne Turner at mturner@leadershipfairfax.org by July 30. Solicitation packets are available at www.leadershipfairfax.org. The Emerging Leaders Institute focuses on developing core leadership competencies, mentoring support and community service.

<sh>Tysons Task Force Seeks Public Input

<bt>The Tysons Land Use Task Force is soliciting public input on draft guiding planning principles until Aug. 18. These principles have been proposed for the Tysons area as a result of public input earlier this year through community dialogues and online feedback. The draft principles are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/nofind/adptplanprinciples.pdf or by calling 703-324-1344, TTY 711. Comments and questions can be provided to the same phone number, by e-mail to tysonscornerspecialstudy@fairfaxcounty.gov, or by mail to Tysons Corner Special Study, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730, Fairfax, VA 22035-5505.

The task force is coordinating community input and making recommendations for updating the 1994 Tysons Comprehensive Plan to include four planned Metro stations in the area. The task force has decided not to move ahead with its original schedule to create design options by this fall. Instead, the Board of Supervisors, at its July 10 meeting, agreed to hire an urban planning team, which will be selected in the fall and will synthesize the community input and task force work to provide visualizations of what Tysons can become.

Tysons Land Use Task Force meetings are open to the public, with the next meetings scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 24 and Aug. 28 at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Vienna. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner. To sign up for e-mail or regular mail updates, visit the Web site, call 703-324-1344, TTY 711, or e-mail tysonscornerspecialstudy@fairfaxcounty.gov.