Donna Manz

Donna Manz of Vienna has a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, 1969; studies at Virginia Tech, MBA program, Tourism and Hospitality Management, ongoing. Donna prefers soft news, life-style news, to hard news. Particularly enjoys promoting human interest stories, especially those of the people and civic groups who make Vienna and Oakton a better place to live.

Recent Stories

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Shepherd’s Center Volunteers Honored

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV), Executive Director Michelle Scott honored SCOV’s 237 volunteers, recognizing outstanding contributions with a pin presentation to several of the service organization’s members.

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Vienna Idol Returns for Fourth Year

Auditions open to vocalists and musicians through May.

Growing bigger every year with stakes growing higher, as well, Vienna Idol kicked off its qualifying rounds – auditions – in early April. Local musical talent is vying for a $1,000 grand prize in 2015.

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Taste of Vienna Serves Up Food and Family Fun on April 25

Thirty restaurants bring their signature dishes to grounds of Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.

Thirty local restaurants have signed up to participate in the 4th Annual Taste of Vienna celebration, coming up on April 25, on the grounds of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department [VVFD]. Taste of Vienna is sponsored and hosted by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.

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Springtime Events Popping Up in Vienna

From flowers to festival to family fun, there’s something for everyone.

The Egg Roll on the lawn of Freeman House typically marks the start of Vienna’s springtime events. That’s this weekend. April gets a bit more jam-packed with family fun and Memorial Day weekend flaunts one of Northern Virginia’s biggest events, the Rotary Club’s ViVa! Vienna! covering the three-day weekend.

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Vienna Shop Vandalized, $100,000 Damage

Postnet suffered the loss of its equipment and infrastructure in store rampage.

When Postnet locked its doors on the evening of Feb. 5, none of the staff could have imagined the destruction its employees would bear witness to the next morning. A vandal, apparently holding a grudge against employees, trashed the printing shop during the night, wrecking all the shop’s equipment – from $44,000 digital presses to the coffee maker and microwave – to the tune of more than $100,000.

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Vienna Celebrates 125 Years of Incorporation

Community turns out for birthday party on Feb. 28.

The Town of Vienna, in partnership with Historic Vienna, Inc., celebrated the town’s 125th incorporation anniversary, calling it a “birthday” ceremony, on closed-down Church Street and the grounds of Freeman House on Saturday, Feb. 28.

‘Sweetest’ Pets of Vienna

Vienna pet-parents talk about the special bonds they share with family pets – living or in-memory.

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Local Chef Takes Kids Around the World

Marilena Leavitt preaches and teaches the basics of the Mediterranean diet to Culinaria teens.

”How to Feed a Growing Kid” sounds like the name of a Judy Blume tween novel. It’s not … it’s a mission that impassions professional chef Marilena Leavitt, mother of three, and Culinaria Cooking School’s kids’-cooking class instructor. It’s not enough to prepare healthful meals for kids; you have to make something healthful that they will eat. That’s what Leavitt teaches and espouses in classes and in life.

A 700-year-old Legacy Comes to Vienna

Local entrepreneur bottling family’s Greek olive oil, putting it out to market.

A Vienna man has lassoed his dream, bringing to Vienna – and the U.S. – the legacy of 11 ancestral generations of Greek men and women --- olive oil extracted from Spartan olive trees 700 years old. Pericles “Perry” Konstas left a career as a CEO in 2014 to produce and export olive oil made from his family’s olive groves outside Sparta, Greece.

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Pet Food and Adoption Center Opens at Reston’s Lake Anne

PetMac merges animal rescue and good nutrition in shop.

When PetMAC owner Cindy Williams moved her pet supply and adoption center to Reston’s Lake Anne, she took her business philosophy of community outreach and high-quality inventory to a lakeside shopping center abundant with small locally-owned businesses.

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