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Week in Vienna

Honoring Dick Fisher Former Vienna Delegate

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Del. Mark Keam (D-35) lead a “Center Aisle Presentation” in the Virginia House of Delegates in honor of the late Del. Richard Leland “Dick” Fisher who died in 2012.

Fisher was a Republican who served three terms in the House of Delegates from 1990-96, representing the same 35th House District seat currently held by Keam. Fisher had also served three terms on the Vienna Town Council prior to his time in the General Assembly. Fisher was particularly known for his passion to speak on behalf of children with special needs.

In January, the House of Delegates and the State Senate adopted House Joint Resolution 735 to memorialize and to celebrate Fisher’s life. On Tuesday, Keam was joined by Fisher’s widow Tina, his former Legislative Aide Mike Polychrones, and many friends in a formal ceremony on the Floor of the House of Delegates to honor his passing.

FY 2014 Budget Meeting Schedule

Town Council will hold two work sessions during March to discuss the Town’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget. The public is invited to attend; however, public commentary is not permitted during work sessions. The work sessions will be held at Town Hall, 127 Center Street S, on Saturday, March 9 beginning at 9 a.m. and Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. If necessary, a third work session will be held Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

A public hearing on the FY 2014 budget will be held Monday, April 1, and a public hearing on the proposed tax rate, and water and sewer rates will be held Monday, April 15 at 8 p.m. in Town Hall. The public is invited to attend and provide their input during the public hearing process. The adoption of the budget, tax rate and water and sewer rates is scheduled for Monday, May 13, at 8 p.m.

The FY 2014 budget will be made available to the public on the Town’s website prior to March 9. In addition, a hard copy will be available for public inspection in the Finance Department at Town Hall and in the Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Avenue E. If you are unable to attend a meeting, e-mail your comments to mayor@viennava.gov prior to the April 1 public hearing. For questions regarding the budget process, contact the Finance Department at 703-255-7824.

Club Phoenix Offers Tobacco Use Prevention Program

In partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Club Phoenix Teen Center is offering a free tobacco use prevention program through the Take Charge/Project Towards No Tobacco Use Program for teens. Program participants will learn what is in tobacco, the stages of tobacco addiction, how to say “no” to peer pressure, how to advocate for no tobacco use in their communities and more.

The program is free and will be held at the Club Phoenix Teen Center, 120 Cherry Street SE, at 3:45 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on March 19, 20, 21, April 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10. If you are interested in having your teen attend this informative and engaging class, call Tammy Funk at 703-255-5736.

Free Concert at Community Center

The Vienna Community Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE. Admission is free and seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Space is limited.

Selections include “March” by Paul Hindemith, “El Capitan” and “King Cotton” by John P. Sousa and “First Suite in Eb for Military Band” by Gustav Holst.

Call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennacommunityband.org.

Spring Co-Ed Softball Begins April 28

The Vienna Parks and Recreation Department’s spring co-ed softball league begins April 28, 2013. Games will be played on Sundays beginning at 10 a.m. at Southside Park, 1315 Ross Drive SW.

The registration fee of $550 per team includes 10 regular season double-header games, umpire fees, two softballs per game, post-season tournament play and awards.

For more information or a league packet, contact Enrique Guzman at eguzman@viennava.gov or 703-255-6352.

Wood Bat Softball Tournament Registration Open

Friday, Feb. 22, is the registration deadline for the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department’s 2013 “Wood Bat” Softball Tournament. Tournament play will begin on Saturday, March 16, at Southside Park, 1315 Ross Drive S.W.

The fee is $150 per team and includes at least two games and awards; the town will provide wood bats. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A roster and a $50 non-refundable deposit are required at the time of registration.

For a tournament information package, contact Enrique Guzman at 703-255-6352 or eguzman@viennava.gov.