News Briefs

News Briefs

<sh>Holocaust Figure to Speak

<bt>The Combating Intolerance class of James Madison High School will host retired military general Al Ungerleiter this Friday morning, March 12, as part of its monthly breakfast series. Ungerleiter, now in his 80s, was among the first troops to liberate the concentration camps in World War II after Germany's surrender. He will recount his experiences to Madison students during the breakfast.

The breakfast will be held at the Oakton Family Restaurant in the Oakton Shopping Center on March 12 from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m.The event is open to the commuity.

<sh>Vehicle Stickers

<bt>The 2004 Town of Vienna motor vehicle decals go on sale Monday, March 15, and must be displayed by midnight, April 15. Decals may be purchased by mail or in person in the Finance Department at Town Hall, 127 Center St. S. Decals cost $20 for passenger cars and trucks weighing under 4,000 pounds, $25 for cars and trucks 4,000 pounds and over; and $10.50 for motorcycles.

Call the Finance Department at 703-255-6323. Visit for online applications.

<sh>Hudgins Hosts Community Meeting

<bt>Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) is hosting three community meetings on the Fairfax County FY ‘05 budget. In Vienna, the meeting takes place Wednesday, March 24, at 7 p.m., at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Constituents are encouraged to contact the Hunter Mill District Office at 703-478-0283 with questions.

<sh>Police Officers Wanted

<bt>The Town of Vienna's next written examination for the position of police officer takes place on Saturday, March 27, at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the exam begins promptly at 9. No preregistration or advance preparation is required; candidates are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 50 individuals in attendance.

The minimum eligibility requirements for police officer are a high school diploma or GED, 21 years old by date of hire, U.S. citizen, valid driver's license with excellent record, non-smoker, a drug-free background, able to work 12-hour rotating shifts, and excellent physical condition.

For more information, call the Department of Administrative Services at 703-255-6350, or visit the Town Web site at

<sh>Church Street Meeting

<bt>The Vienna Transportation Commission will discuss the Church Street corridor at its next regular meeting on Tuesday, March 30, at 8 p.m., at Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center St. S. The Commission is seeking input on what the problems are and possible solutions to make Church Street safer for pedestrians and vehicles.

To provide input, the public is invited to attend the meeting, or send comments to the Town via e-mail at pio@ci.vienna., or write to Transportation Safety Commission, c/o Vienna Town Hall, 127 Center St. S., Vienna, VA 22180-5799.

<sh>Tax Relief Deadline April 1

<bt>Both the Town of Vienna and Fairfax County offer real estate tax relief for low-income homeowners who are 65 years old and over, or permanently and totally disabled. To qualify, the following requirements must be met:

Total household income of $52,000 or less. This amount excludes $6,500 of income of relatives, other than the spouse, who reside in the household. Also excluded is $7,500 of any income received by a disabled homeowner. One hundred percent tax relief is given for total combined income of $40,000 or less, 50 percent tax relief between $40,001 and $46,000, and 25 percent tax relief between $46,001 and $52,000.

Total combined assets of no more than $190,000. This amount excludes the value of the residence, up to one acre of land, and household furnishings.

Disabled persons applying for the first time must show evidence of disability.

In addition to real estate tax relief, Fairfax County provides rental grants and relief from personal property tax for one automobile per household. The Town of Vienna provides all relief recipients one free auto decal.

Both Town and county applications must be filed. Applications for 2003 for all programs are due April 1. This date may be extended to Dec. 31 of the year following the year the application was due for first-time filers or if hardship conditions exist that, through no fault of the applicant, prohibit applying by April 1.

For more information and to obtain Town application forms, call 703-255-6325. For county applications, call 703-222-8234.