News Briefs

News Briefs

<sh>Review Vienna Town Budget

<bt>Copies of the proposed Town of Vienna budget for FY ‘04-05 are available for public review in the Administrative Services Office at Town Hall, 127 Center St. S., and at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E. A "Budget in Brief" summary may be obtained at Town Hall free of charge, and the entire budget document may be purchased. For more information, call 703-255-6350.

Town Council budget work sessions will take place at Town Hall on Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m.; and, if needed, Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. Work sessions are open to the public. A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for the May 10 Council meeting.

<sh>Vienna Arts Society Presents Annual Show

<bt>The Vienna Arts Society Gallery will be the site for the group's annual trunk show and sale on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A one-day event, the show will feature artwork from 25 local artists working in watercolor, oils, acrylic and mixed media. Featured artist Brenda Mattioli will host a free drawing for a watercolor painting.

The Gallery is located in the Village Green Shopping Center at 513 Maple Ave. W., Vienna. Admission is free. For more information, call 703-319-3971, or go to

<sh>Much about Mulch Site

<bt>The Vienna Town Council meets to discuss the mulch site on Beulah Road on Monday, April 19, at 8 p.m. in the Council Chamber at Town Hall, 127 Center St. S. Proposed plans for the mulch site are available to the public at the Department of Public Works at Town Hall. For more information, call 703-255-6381.

<sh>Meeting to Discuss Oakton School House

<bt>Supervisor Linda Smyth (D-Providence) is conducting a public meeting to discuss the possible relocation of the historic Oakton School House and development of the Corbalis Park property in Oakton on Monday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Oakton High School Cafeteria. Co-sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority, the meeting offers a chance for the public to discuss the future development of a community park on the 9.8-acre Corbalis property, located at 2841 Hunter Mill Road. Oakton High School is located at 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna.

At the meeting, Smyth will present a proposal to relocate the Oakton School House to this property. She will also be speaking about the option of developing this park through a public-private partnership.

Interested individuals and groups are invited to attend and be involved in the early planning efforts. For more information about the meeting, contact Angie Allen at 703-324-8694, or send questions/comments to

<sh>Louise Archer Hosts Blood Drive

<bt>Louise Archer Elementary hosts a community blood drive on Monday, April 19, from 12-4 p.m. Child care is provided in the school's gymnasium. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted. To register, call the school's main office at 703-937-6200. For more information, call 703-938-3608.

<sh>Presentation on 'Smart Growth'

<bt>The Providence District Council hosts a presentation to discuss the concepts of "Smart Growth" and transit oriented development on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:15 p.m., at the Dunn Loring Administration Building, located at the northwest corner of Gallows and Idylwood roads. The meeting takes place in Room 108, which is near the southwest entrance of building. Stewart Schwartz, executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth of the Washington Area, will present the growth models and redesign concepts he uses in discussing the new urbanism. This is a timely presentation since plans are in the works for as many as 3,000 additional residential units on or near the Dunn Loring Metro station and 3,600 units proposed near the Vienna station.

<sh>Church Street Traffic Calming Discussion Continues

<bt>Vienna's Traffic Safety Commission (TSC) will meet to discuss a request to open Church Street Northwest in order to alleviate traffic on Lawyers Road and Pleasant Street near the Vienna post office. Postmaster Alton Miller will also speak about tentative plans to renovate the post office.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 27, at 8 p.m., in the Council Chamber at Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center St. S.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide input by e-mailing, or addressing suggestions to the Transportation Safety Commission, c/o Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center St. S., Vienna, VA 22180.

At the last meeting, which took place on March 30, a handful of residents suggested several traffic-calming measures for the historic street. According to TSC member Karen O'Meara, suggestions included improving the parking lot situation at the post office, making Church Street one way, not allowing left turns from Church Street onto Lawyers Road, constructing central islands and raised crosswalks, and improving signage.

"Pedestrians especially seem to want to use that area but really can't," O'Meara said.

<sh>Vienna Police Host Fund-Raiser

<bt>The Vienna Police Department is participating in the 2004 Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The Police Department is asking the community to support this fund-raiser by purchasing T-shirts and hats, available at police headquarters, 215 Center St. S. For more information, contact Donna Rippley at 703-255-7832.

<sh>Author to Speak at Madison High

<bt>Author James Webb will be the keynote speaker at the third annual James Madison High School Triple "I" Teacher Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 26, at 7 p.m. The event, open to the public, takes place in the Library Media Center at the school, located at 2500 James Madison Drive in Vienna.

The Triple "I" Awards Ceremony recognizes 10 teachers who have exhibited excellence through innovation, instruction and impact on their students. The event is sponsored by the Academic Boosters of JHMS Parent Teacher Student Association. One of the 10 teachers honored will also be named Madison's Teacher of the Year for 2004.

Webb is the author of six best-selling novels: "Fields of Fire," "A Sense of Honor," "A Country Such As This," "Something To Die For," "The Emperor’s General" and "Lost Soldiers."

<sh>Master Plan Revision for Nottoway Park

<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority plans to present a proposal for the Master Plan Revision for Nottoway Park at a Thursday, May 20, public hearing at Oakton High School in Vienna. The meeting will convene at 7 p.m.

The proposed plan revision includes guidance for the continued use of the Hunter House and community gardens, preservation of cultural resources on-site, replacement of one lighted diamond field with one lighted rectangular field, an additional restroom facility, an improved playground, vehicle circulation improvements, additional picnic shelters, and additional lighted parking. The park is approximately 90 acres in size and is located at 9537 Courthouse Road in Vienna.

The public can review the proposed plan at the Fairfax County Park Authority at the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 421, Fairfax, or on the Park Authority Web site:

Anyone wishing to speak at the public hearing or obtain more information should call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662 or send an e-mail her to For persons with hearing impairment, sign language interpreter services are available on request. Call 703-324-8563 or 703-324-3988 TTY at least 10 days before the meeting.