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Police Arrest Homicide Suspect

At around 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. an officer came across a minivan that had crashed into a barrier at the end of a service road off of Chain Bridge Road near Glengyle Drive in the Vienna area. The officer summoned for rescue and it was determined that the driver was deceased.

Police have identified the deceased as Zavier O. Stringfellow, 19, of Gales Court in the Manassas area. Detectives are investigating the death as an apparent homicide. According to the medical examiner, the man died of a trauma wound to the upper body.

Johnny E. Bonilla, 22, 13289 Catharpin Valley Drive, Gainesville was charged with murder at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service were assisted by Prince William County and Fairfax County officers and arrested the suspect at his home.

Police determined that the suspect and victim did not know each other prior to the evening of the incident. They had planned to meet up on the evening of Friday, Dec. 28. Apparently, they met; there was a struggle and the victim was stabbed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Vienna at Your Service Features New Business Association

The next meeting of Vienna at Your Service (VYAS) will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vienna Town Hall Council Chambers, 127 Center Street S.

This meeting will feature members from the newly established Vienna Business Association (VBA). Interested individuals are invited to attend to learn more about the VBA including its purpose, future plans and how to get involved.

The meeting will also feature a presentation by the Vienna Police Department on recent department happenings and relevant statistics. In addition, representatives from area civic and non-profit organizations will provide updates and information on upcoming events and activities.

Vienna at Your Service is designed to give citizens the opportunity to learn more about their community. 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.

Nominations Open for Community Service Award

The Vienna Town/Business Liaison Committee invites nominations of businesses and business owners for the 2013 Carole Wolfand Community Service Award. The award is given each year to a town business entity or business owner in recognition of outstanding contributions to the community life and spirit of Vienna.

Anyone may submit a nomination. (No self-nominations will be considered.) The nominee must be a business entity or business owner located within the Vienna town limits. To nominate a business or business owner, submit the following information:

  • Business name of nominee; business address of nominee; business phone number of nominee; description of contribution/action to be considered and why (200 words or less); name, address and phone number of person making the nomination.

Entries should be typed or legible and must be received by Jan. 31 to be considered. Send to: Town/Business Liaison Committee, c/o Emily Goodman, Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center Street S, Vienna, VA 22180. Nominations may also be faxed to 703-255-5722 or e-mailed to tblc@viennava.gov (put “TBLC award” in the subject line).

Christmas Tree Collection in January

Town crews will collect Christmas trees on residents’ regular refuse collection days during the month of January.

Prior to placing Christmas trees to the curb for collection, residents should ensure that all decorations are removed. Also, residents should not place trees in bags or wrap in plastic sheeting or other materials. In order to properly recycle the trees, they must be unadorned and free of foreign materials.

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at 703-255-6380 or e-mail dpw@viennava.gov.

Open Mic Nights at the Community Center

Open Mic Night is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12 and Feb. 23, 2013 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE. Admission is free.

All types of entertainers are welcome including singers, musicians, storytellers, poets and more. Open to all ages and all levels of talent. Pre-registration is required.

Pre-register by calling Jim Dowell at 703-286-3427 (day) or 703-207-0030 (evening). For more information, call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360.

Members Needed for Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The Town’s Transportation Safety Commission (TSC) is seeking interested town residents to serve on the Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC), a newly established sub-committee to the TSC.

The PAC has been established to focus on pedestrian-centered issues including prioritizing town sidewalk projects, evaluating the town’s sidewalk list and researching streetlight issues along sidewalks and bike routes. Ideally, the committee will include commuters, walking enthusiasts, recreational walkers, runners and others interested in pedestrian-focused initiatives.

The committee will be active for two years and will meet once a month during the evening. Once the members of the committee are identified, members will determine the meeting schedule. To participate, you must be a town resident.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Pedestrian Advisory Committee, email tsc@viennava.gov.