Week in Vienna

Week in Vienna

Volunteers Needed for Relay For Life in Vienna

Volunteers Needed for Relay For Life in Vienna

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® is seeking volunteers in Vienna—walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference—to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2013 event.

The first volunteer meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Vienna, 143 Maple Avenue East, Vienna.

The meeting will kick off the planning process for the Vienna’s Relay For Life event, which supports the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease.

If you would like to join the Relay For Life in Vienna as a volunteer or team participant, call the American Cancer Society at 703-937-1919 or visit www.RelayForLife.org/ViennaVA.

FY 2012 Financial Report Available

The Town of Vienna’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal year 2011-2012 is now available online at www.viennava.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=39. Hard copies may be reviewed in the Finance Department at Town Hall or purchased for $5 each.

The report summarizes the town’s financial position and the results of operations of the various funds and account groups. It also includes the auditor’s report for FY 2012, information on internal controls for managing and safeguarding funds, and selected financial and demographic information covering the last 10 fiscal years.

For more information, call the Finance Department at 703-255-6322.

Note the following meeting location changes:

  • Meetings moved to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, Flame Room, 400 Center Street S—Board of Architectural Review: Jan. 17 and Feb. 21, 8 p.m.; Planning Commission: Jan. 23 and Feb. 13, 8 p.m. (Feb. 27 meeting cancelled); Town/Business Liaison Committee: Feb. 14, 7 p.m.; Board of Zoning Appeals: Feb. 20, 8 p.m.

  • Meetings moved to the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE—Transportation Safety Commission: Jan. 29 and Feb. 26, 8 p.m.; Windover Heights Board of Review: Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.

  • Meetings moved to Lower Level Conference Room at Town Hall, 127 Center Street S—Community Enhancement Commission: Jan. 24 and Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

All meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend and provide their input. For more information, contact Public Information at 703-255-6330 or kbarr@viennava.gov.

Experience Northside Park at Night

Experience the outdoors at night and get to know the nighttime wildlife at Northside Park (entrance by the W&OD Trail) on Sunday, Feb. 17, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Led by Fairfax Master Naturalist Wendy Cardany, “Owl Walk” will provide participants with the opportunity to experience the park at night and use their ears instead of their eyes to identify our wild neighbors. The tour will include a presentation on the animals you might hear or see in the park. The presentation will begin at 4:45 p.m. with the children’s portion beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a 20 minute walk through the park.

Participants should meet at the Northside Park entrance off of the W&OD Trail. The tour will follow a rocky and uneven path along the perimeter of the park. In addition, participants will be asked to be silent during parts of the hike in order to hear wildlife. Participants should bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes.

Owl Walk is free and no registration is required. You do not have to be a resident of Vienna to participate; appropriate for all ages. For more information, contact Cathy Salgado at 703-255-6356 or e-mail csalgado@viennava.gov.

Men’s Softball League Deadline

Feb. 22 is the registration deadline for the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department’s 2013 men’s softball league. Games will begin on Monday, April 22, at Vienna’s Southside Park, 1315 Ross Drive SW.

The fee is $600 per team and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A $100 non-refundable deposit and a temporary roster are required at the time of registration. For a league information package, call Enrique Guzman at 703-255-6352 or e-mail eguzman@viennava.gov.

Town Hall Renovations Underway

Renovations at Town Hall began on Monday, Jan. 14, and will include upgrading the building’s HVAC system, installing new windows, carpet, lighting and ceilings, and upgrading the building’s security system. Renovations are expected to last through the end of October 2013.

The bulk of the renovations will upgrade the building’s 40-year-old HVAC system and include multiple energy saving components including low energy lighting, triple pane windows and integral blinds.

During this time, Town Hall will continue to observe normal operating hours and service delivery will not be impacted. Customers should note that beginning Feb. 1, all financial services including water and sewer bills and customer service, dog licenses, vehicle licenses, business licenses, meals taxes, parking tickets and all other cashier services will be located in a temporary facility behind Town Hall throughout the duration of the renovation. The current Finance space located in Town Hall will serve as swing space and house services that are being impacted due to work occurring in other parts of the building.

The first phase, which began on Monday, includes renovations of the Town Council Chambers and the offices located on the second floor. Work on the chambers is slated for completion at the end of February with work on the remainder of the floor lasting through May. The second phase includes renovations on the first floor and will occur between May and August while the third phase will occur on the lower level and will last from August through October. During each phase, impacted departments will occupy the current Finance space on the first floor until work is completed in their respective locations.

While the chambers is undergoing renovations, Town Council meetings and court will be held as scheduled in the chambers. All other board and commission meetings will be moved to off-site locations for the remainder of January and the entire month of February. All meetings will remain open to the public and will be held at their regularly scheduled time. Check the town’s website for location information.

Town Hall, 127 Center Street S, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For specific questions related to the renovation, contact the Department of Public Works at 703-255-6380 or jsergent@viennava.gov.

Standing Meetings Relocated

Due to renovations occurring in the Town Council’s Chambers in Town Hall, 127 Center Street S, all boards and commission meetings scheduled from Jan. 17 through Feb. 28, 2013, have been moved to alternate locations. The Town Council meetings for Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 4, 11 and 25, will be held in the Town Council Chambers as scheduled. Court will be held as scheduled in the Town Council Chambers throughout the renovations.

The Vienna Town Code is now available in a more accessible and searchable format online through the town’s website at www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?nid=140.

As part of the recodification process, the town engaged the Municipal Code Corporation to assist the town clerk with reformatting, updating and editing the town code. The final product resulted in a cleaner, more organized and streamlined Town Code that is easier to search online.

A hard copy of the Town Code will continue to be available in the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, 127 Center Street S, for public inspection.

For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 703- 255-6304 or clerk@viennava.gov.

Family Skating at Vienna Community Center

Family Skate Night will be held on Fridays, Jan. 11 through March 22, 2013 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street, S.E. (No skating on Jan. 18 and 25.)

Admission is $1 per person. Bring your own roller skates or in-line skates (no scooters) and safety equipment. Parents are required to stay with their children and are welcome to participate. No registration required.

For more information, call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

‘The Book of Mormon’ at the Kennedy Center Trip

Tickets are available through the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department for a matinee showing of “The Book of Mormon” at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

The musical “The Book of Mormon,” a comedy winner of nine Tony Awards and created by Emmy Award-winning producers of television’s South Park, is selling out quickly, so reserve your seats now.

The cost includes first, second and third row mezzanine seats, just off center aisle and transportation. Lunch is not included. The bus will leave the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE, at approximately 11 a.m. and will return at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $125 for residents and $156.25 for out-of-town participants.

For more information or to register, visit www.viennava.gov or call 703-255-6360.

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 SW.

The fee is $150 per team and includes at least two games and awards; wood bats will be provided by the town. 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.