News Briefs

News Briefs

<sh>Goat Farm Action Deferred

<bt>At its May 9 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors deferred until June 9 a decision on the Corbin Property, also known as the Goat Farm.

The property is located at the intersection of Gallows and Idylwood roads in Dunn Loring. The county’s Zoning Enforcement Division has found that John Batal, the builder of the 14, single-family home development, has removed trees that were to be preserved.

The trees were part of the rezoning agreement which allowed Batal to develop the property. Batal’s attorney, Frank McDermott, has disputed many of the county’s findings.

Since the issue came to light several months ago, Supervisor Linda Smyth (D-Providence) has asked that Batal apply for a proffer condition amendment. This would entail changing the zoning agreement, which could take many different forms and would mean additional public hearings about any proposed changes.

In asking for the deferral, Smyth reported to the board during Monday's meeting that Batal has agreed to enter into discussions about a possible amendment.

<sh>May 3 Election Results

<bt>Each of the three Vienna Town Councilmembers who were running in the May 3 election were re-elected to two-year terms. A total of 561 ballots were cast in the election representing about 5.5 percent of the town’s 10,249 registered voters.

George Lovelace received 454 votes, Maud Robinson 451 and Sydney Verinder 435.

The other three council seats, currently occupied by Lauire Cole, Edythe Kellleher and Mike Polychrones, along with Mayor M. Jane Seeman are up for election next year.

<sh>Recognizing Volunteer Efforts

<bt>The Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA) presents its annual meeting “Volunteer Administrators Cultivating the Community One Seed at a Time” on Thursday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Tysons Corner Marriott, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. The event will recognize volunteer administrators for their efforts to engage the community through volunteers. The meeting is open to all who manage volunteers, whether in a nonprofit, for profit and/or faith-based setting. Cost is $30 for NVAVA members, $35 for non-profit non-members and $45 for corporate/business people. RSVP by Thursday, May 11 to Cecelia Vergaretti at or call 703-768-7106, ext. 326.

<sh>Mobile Skate Park Makes a Stop

<bt>Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) office sponsors Skate Park on Wheels, a mobile skate park, on Saturday, May 14, from 1-7:30 p.m., in the Wiehle Avenue Park & Ride, 1860 Wiehle Ave. The rain date is Sunday, May 15, at the same time and location. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. The day's events include skating demonstrations presented by Greg Keim American In-Line Skating and live bands throughout the day. For more, call 703-324-8651.

<sh>Bike to Work Day, May 20

<bt>The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and Commuter Connections co-sponsor the annual Bike to Work Day Celebration and Rally on Friday, May 20. Timed to coincide during National Bike to Work Week, celebrations will be taking place at 18 different locations around the Washington region, including Vienna, with a rally taking place at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. Each “pit stop” will offer food, giveaway items, entertainment, speakers and chances to win bicycles and other prizes. Riders who register online at by Saturday, May 14 will receive a free Work Day T-shirt and each registrant will be entered into a drawing for one of three $1,000 bicycles courtesy of City Bikes. Bike to Work Day also features 22 “bicycle commuter convoys” led by experienced bicycle commuters that will converge on Freedom Plaza from throughout the area. For more, visit

<sh>Virginia 2007 Meets May 26

<bt>Virginia 2007 Community Committee meeting takes place Thursday, May 26, at 2 p.m., at Marco Polo Restaurant, 245 Maple Ave., W., Vienna. All interested residents, businesses and community organizations are invited to participate. The committee also seeks old photos of Vienna. For more, call Paul Snodgrass at 703-560-6631 or visit

<sh>Youth Auditions for 'Godspell'

<bt>Auditions for the Vienna Youth Players' summer musical production of "Godspell" takes place Friday, June 3, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 5, from 1-4 p.m., at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Youths ages 11-18 are invited to audition. To schedule an audition, call 703-255-6360. Participants should come prepared to move and sing a song from a standard musical theater repertoire other than "Godspell."