North East Vienna Citizens Association

Volunteer organization of residents in the Northeast side of the Town of Vienna, Virginia. See our ABOUT Page to become a member!

President’s Message Fall 2017

Northeast Vienna Citizens Association NEVCA

NEVCA members & Northeast Vienna friends,

North East Vienna Citizens Association Bob McCahillThis summer the town completed a review/prioritization of zoning code changes to the “CM”-light industrial/commercial area of Mill St/Dominion Road. Codes go back decades, to the 1950s. Towards this effort, several residents of Park St NE and I pushed to include lighting standards in the corridor, the goal being to ensure that garish, unshielded high intensity lighting at businesses does not spill over into residents’ properties. I am pleased to report that Council ranked this item a high priority and am confident that it will be addressed in a timely fashion by Planning & Zoning. This has long-range importance for how NE Vienna VA will look in the future. Read the Fall Newsletter for an indepth article.

A number of NE Vienna residents in close proximity to the CM area have just created a new association to specifically address concerns for the corridor.

NEVCA will hold a general membership meeting on Thursday, November 16th, 7:30 pm, at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St SE.

NEVCA officers attended town budget meetings months ago to support Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB’s) which were installed this summer at Ayr Hill & MacAthur Avenues to assist with safer pedestrian crossing over Beulah Road. This project began over two years ago with a petition by residents that NEVCA supported and assisted with. Now that safer crossings over Beulah Road in town are in place, I appealed to our members in October to support another: the crossing at Wolftrap School on Beulah Road just outside town. It is hoped that with enough support, Fairfax County will fund an enhanced crosswalk there.

Mary Ellen Larkins, Ray Viets, and I submitted comments on the Vienna Transportation Safety Commission’s (TSC) draft Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP) at the TSC July meeting. We focused on (a) safety, especially on the increasingly congested W&OD trail, (b) increased police enforcement at stop signs for pedestrian safety, and (c) a clear exposition of how sidewalk construction will be prioritized going forward. I then clarified our positions at a TSC work session in August, and in September the full TSC forwarded the PMP to Council.

Robin Ballou of NEVCA’s North East Vienna Parks Committee and I, along with other NEVCA members joined Vienna’s Parks & Rec (P&R) department this past spring, summer, and fall to clear large areas of Northside Park and Stream Valley Park NE (along East St NE) of invasive Japanese bush honeysuckle. The most dramatic improvement was made in the flats below the aluminum bridge linking the park with the W&OD Trail. Robin hosted Girl Scouts in August to learn about certification requirements for a Wildlife Sanctuary, native plants/animals, and pesticide/herbicide-free lawns. Sadly, she recently moved closer to her work in Maryland. We wish her well. Thank you!

Center Street resident and Fairfax Certified Master Naturalist Shawn Dilles has agreed to serve as chair of our NE Vienna Parks Committee.

NEVCA will hold a general membership meeting on Thursday, November 16th, 7:30 pm, at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St SE.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Robert Leggett to discuss his 2017 publication “U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 1963 Goes to War — A Collection of Stories Involving Combat, Tragedy,and Lasting Memories.” The publication chronicles the little-known story of the role played by the U.S. Coast Guard during Vietnam, specifically “Operation Market Time,” a mission to prevent North Vietnam from infiltrating arms and other war materiel into South Vietnam by sea. The cost of the book is $15. For information, e-mail Leggett at

Thirty four members of the USCG Class of 1963 served on 82-foot cutters, fourteen were awarded Bronze Stars and three earned Silver Stars for their wartime duty.

The book is dedicated to Lt. (j.g.) David Brostrom, who was killed in the war.

Door prizes will be awarded courtesy of Great Harvest Bread Company, 132 Church St NW.

All are welcome!

Bob McCahill, President

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