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Week in Vienna

Caffe Amouri Honored by U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

On July 14, 2012, U.S. Marine Troops from the 1st Maintenance Battalion flew an American flag over Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in honor of Caffe Amouri.

Caffe Amouri had sent coffee and a grinder to the troops as their way of saying thanks and to send, as owner Michael Amouri stated, “just a little bit of home to our boys and girls who are in harms way and, I would imagine, could certainly use something…even something small like a good cup of coffee.”

Vienna Receives Gold in Green Government Challenge

The Town of Vienna has earned “Gold Certification” in the Virginia Municipal League’s 2012 Green Government Challenge, a friendly competition among local governments to encourage reduction of carbon emissions. Awards were presented Sept. 25 at the annual VML conference in Williamsburg.

Vienna was awarded gold certification for achieving 155 out of a possible 200 “green points.” Last year, the town was awarded “Silver Certification” for achieving 145 points in the challenge. The highest level is Platinum Certified, which requires a minimum of 175 green points.

The Town’s efforts included the community garden project at Vienna Elementary School, the annual Vienna Green Expo, purchasing local organic products, creating green gardens and recycling options. Town employees have also implemented a number of on-the-job green programs such as office paper recycling, use of earth-friendly cleaning products and purchase of hybrid vehicles.

Keith Stotts of Vienna Recognized by Harding University

Keith Stotts of Vienna has been recognized by Harding University as a Distinguished Alumnus at the University’s annual Black and Gold Banquet Oct. 26.

Stotts graduated from Harding in 1955 and is the chancellor of Ohio Valley University. He and his wife, Joan, were part of the committee that founded OVU. Stotts served as president of OVU from 1977 to 1998 when he became the university’s first chancellor. In 2009, the university’s trustees reappointed him as president; he returned to his position as chancellor in 2011.

Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas with 6,815 students and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia.

Vienna at Your Service Partners with Police Chief’s Advisory

The next meeting of Vienna at Your Service (VYAS) will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center Street S.

This meeting will feature a presentation by the Committee for Helping Others. Attendees are invited to bring donations to the meeting to benefit CHO’s holiday program, including non-perishable food, new toys, baby items and gift cards. Coordinate clothes, furniture and bike donations directly with CHO by calling 703-281-7614.

This meeting also marks the first meeting since the decision was made in early October to merge the Police Chief’s Advisory Council (PCAC) with VYAS. Each VYAS meeting will begin with a presentation by the Vienna Police Department and members of the PCAC.

This event is free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information, contact the Mayor’s office at 703-255-6311, at mayor@viennava.gov or visit www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?nid=748.