Vienna/Oakton News

Vienna/Oakton News


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Bitter Pill in Fentanyl Response

Should severe penalties or drug education/treatment prevail?

Virginia’s General Assembly, which convened on Jan. 10, for a 60-day ‘long session’, is considering several fentanyl related bills to address the significant rise in synthetic opioid overdose deaths among Virginians. Fentanyl is now Virginia’s deadliest killer.

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Monumental First Step

Va. House passes bill to advance Potomac Yard entertainment complex; local opposition continues.

“Today’s vote is an important milestone in the efforts to bring a sports and entertainment district to Potomac Yard.” — Mayor Justin Wilson

USDA Now Accepting Applications for Veterinary Services Grant Opportunities in Designated Areas of Virginia

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has nominated five veterinary services shortage areas in the Commonwealth that have a need for veterinarians practicing food supply veterinary medicine.

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Casino Bill is Dead for 2024

Carried it over until 2025.

Sen. Marsden’s SB 675 Casino Bill Carried Over: Opponents react; Marsden touts benefits.

Arrests Lead to Seizure of Firearms and Methamphetamine

Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau have charged two suspects in connection to a December robbery in Vienna that led to the seizure of 13 firearms and four pounds of methamphetamine.

Opposition to the Proposed Reston Casino

During the 2023 legislative session, State Senator David Marsden advanced legislation authorizing a casino development in Fairfax County, with Reston suggested as a likely location. While the bill didn’t pass, lawmakers are already pledging to reintroduce it this coming session.

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Teens Artwork and Poem


Children and Teen Connection

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‘Freedom Is Not Free’

Ddedication of the Davis and McDaniel Veterans Care Center Dec. 12 in Roanoke. Davis and McDaniel, both Alexandria residents, are highly decorated Vietnam War veterans.

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Four More Months in Jail for Cruz Colindres

Vienna teen sentenced for Fairfax man’s death.

“It was a tragic accident that no one anticipated.” — Public Defender Dawn Butorac

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Youngkin to Honor Local Heroes

Virginia Veterans Care Center to be renamed for Davis and McDaniel.

Two of Alexandria’s most decorated Vietnam veterans will be honored by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services as Gov. Glenn Youngkin renames the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke in honor of Army Col. Paris Davis and Navy Capt. Eugene “Red” McDaniel.

Fairfax Funds Innovators

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Vienna Town Council

Seven candidates are running for six seats on the Vienna Town Council. Early voting is underway, and final Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. Three of the seven candidates are incumbents: Chuck Anderson, Howard J. Springsteen and Ray Brill. Mayor Linda Colbert is running unopposed. All candidates run as Independents.

Holiday Decorating Contest Applications

Town of Vienna residents and businesses are encouraged to compete in this year’s “Shine Bright, Vienna” holiday decorating contest. Applications for the 2024 contest are now available online at or at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., SE.

Vienna Fall Native Tree Giveaway

Stop by the Vienna Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 28

$100 Million in Infrastructure Funds for VRE

The Federal Railroad Administration announced recently that it will advance more than $1.4 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for 70 rail improvement projects in 35 states and Washington, D.C. The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority will receive up to $100 million to design and build the Franconia-Springfield Bypass, a critical bridge that will alleviate congestion on one of busiest railways in Virginia.