Happy Mother's Day! When my children asked me what I’d like to do today for Mother's Day, I said protest the NRA and help elect another super mom to office! Done and Done! We had a great day speaking out against Gun Violence and canvassing for my friend, Stella Pekarsky, who is running for State Senate in District 36 (check here out HERE!).
Jewish American Heritage Month May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of Jewish Americans throughout history. From science and technology to the arts and humanities, Jewish Americans have made significant contributions to American society and culture. This month, we honor their contributions and recognize the struggles and triumphs of the Jewish American community. Let's take this opportunity to learn more about Jewish American history and culture, and to celebrate the diversity and richness of our nation. Learn more about Jewish American Heritage Month here. Early Voting Has Started!
Whenever you are ready, you can vote in the 2023 primary elections at your local general registrar's office. Find the list of candidates in your area here. School Board Endorsement
If you applied to participate in the Fairfax County Democratic Committee endorsement process, please remember to vote by next Saturday ! I’m voting Ryan McElveen for School Board and hope you will join me! Learn more about Ryan: www.mcelveenforschoolboard.com Voting info: https://www.fairfaxdemocrats.org/2023endorsement/ Re-election
I am officially the Democratic nominee in the new 12th House District! Check here to see if you’re in the new 12th District. And, if you are able, please consider donating to my campaign to help me get re-elected. With a new district comes new communities to connect with. Every dollar counts and will go directly to support our efforts to reach new voters and get our message out. It has truly been an honor to serve our community and represent your voices these last few months and I hope you will send me back to Richmond to do it again! The link to donate is: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/hollyseibold Thank you for your consideration! Hunter Mill Democrats Annual Lasagna Dinner Last weekend I attended Hunter Mill Democrats Annual Lasagna Dinner! Great to see friends and help raise money to elect Democrats in November! Big shout out to the always inspiring Former Delegate Jay Jones for serving as our keynote speaker - what a treat for Reston and Vienna Dems!
A+ Rating on Reproductive Freedom
Happy to receive an “A+” rating and the megaphone sticker from REPRO Rising VA for my work last session! A+ Rating from VA Climate Cabinet
Proud to receive an A+ (100%) from the VA Climate Cabinet! As your Delegate, I will continue to stand up to the fossil fuel lobby & push to accelerate our transition to a clean energy future, creating good-paying jobs & lowering pollution across our Commonwealth. Check out the full scorecard here. High Paw Award from the Humane Society Legislative Fund
As the parent of rescue dogs and cats (and fish!), it’s an honor to receive the High Paw award from the Humane Society Legislative Fund! Check out the complete 2023 Virginia Humane Scorecard: https://hslf.org/.../2023-05/Virginia_2023_Scorecard.pdf Menstrual Health Awareness Month
May is Menstrual Health Awareness Month. The Vienna-based nonprofit, BRAWS, has set the ambitious goal to collect 4,800 boxes of pads and tampons (5 pallets) for those who need them the most. How can you help?
Host a product drive. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate via Amazon wish list
Make a monetary donation: https://braws.org/donate.htm
Fentanyl Awareness Day
May 9th was fentanyl awareness day. Fentanyl is involved in more deaths of Americans under 50 than any cause of death, including heart disease, cancer, homicide, suicide, and other accidents. In 2021, fetanyl was identified in 77.14% of adolescent overdose deaths.
Vienna Business Association Luncheon
Thank you Vienna Business Association for the invite to speak at your luncheon. As a Vienna-based small business owner, nonprofit founder, and former VBA board member, it’s a real honor to serve as your Delegate! I look forward to our continued partnership! Learn more about Vienna Business Association here.
National Travel and Tourism Awareness Week
Our office had a great time tipping our hats to tourism in Fairfax County in honor of National Travel & Tourism Awareness Week. It was a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate all of the contributions of the hospitality industry to our community!
Tyson's Community Alliance
Great to join Tysons VA at their happy hour event tonight! We were able to connect with community members and learn more about upcoming Tyson’s Community Alliance events— please join us for the next happy hour, they’re on the second Thursday of every month.
Fairfax Founders Fund
Fairfax County launched a million-dollar Fairfax Founders Fund for early-stage tech companies. It will provide up to $50,000 in capital to help start-ups develop their business and prepare for later-stage investment. Apply by May 22 here.
2022-2023 ALL-NOVA Junior Girls Team
NOVA hoops shared ALL-NOVA Junior Girls Team. Congratulations to Madison High School players, Stella Gougoufkas and Avery Griepentrog, for making the team! Read more about these great basketball players here. Congrats to all players.
Softball Season Comes to an End
…And that’s a wrap! Madison JV Softball Season has come to an end after a fantastic season. Go Warhawks!
Business Directory on Explore Vienna Websit
The Town of Vienna is home to more than 1,800 businesses, including retailers, specialty shops, restaurants, medical offices, fitness and wellness centers, and many other personal and professional services. Businesses can use this directory to share customer promotions, jobs, and share details about services.
To be added to the directory, check out the business directory page for instructions and complete the "List My Business" form. The Economic Development Division will add your business to the listing after verifying that it is within the Town limits. Bike to Work Day
Grab your helmet and bike to work next Friday, May 19 for Bike to Work Day! The Town's Bicycle Advisory Committee hosts this year's pit stop on the Town Green from 6:30-9:30 a.m. Stop by for refreshments and giveaways! For details, visit http://biketoworkmetrodc.org.
Viva Vienna Festival
The Town of Vienna is excited for the 2023 Viva Vienna festival to return to on Memorial Day weekend (May 27 - May 29). The carnival will be located in the parking lot across from the Freeman Store, with the food court being in the parking lot adjacent to the W&OD trail, as well as entertainment being held on the Town Green for all three days. For more event details, click here.
ViVa! Vienna! Festival hours:
Saturday, May 27 (10 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
Sunday, May 28 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Monday, May 29 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) Memorable Prom in Vienna for Guests with Special Needs
This past weekend, Vienna Presbyterian Church held their first-ever Be Our Guest prom for guests with special needs. It was nothing more than a joyful experience for prom guests with special needs, who dressed up in their best dresses and suits and entered on a red carpet surrounded by a military honor guard. After that, it was a night filled with smiles, dancing, and happy tears. Learn more about the special night here. National Merit Scholarships Awarded To 4 Vienna Students
In the second round of scholarship winners in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program announced Wednesday, students from Vienna were among the winners. Learn more about the scholarship and the wonderful recipients here.
Vienna Elementary School 150th Birthday Bash
Vienna Elementary School will commemorate its sesquicentennial by hosting a birthday party on May 19th with cake, games, music, and food from Vienna Inn. My family has been fortunate enough to build memories at VES - the oldest continuously operating public school building in FCPS (first me as a teacher, and then my children as students) - and we look forward to celebrating its 150th birthday! Congressional Art Competition Exhibit
The Annual Congressional Art Competition provides Members of Congress with the unique opportunity to showcase the artistic creativity and talent of high school students from across the United States. Congressman Gerry Connolly is hosting the competition for all high school students who are residents of the 11th Congressional District. All entries will be displayed at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. The exhibit will be open to the public from May 5, 2023 to May 21, 2023. Learn more HERE. Cherry Tree Planting in Tysons On May 6th
From Tysons Community Alliance: The first planting will begin at 8 AM at Cityline Partners’ property near the intersection of Old Meadow and Chain Bridge Rds, 1651 Old Meadow Rd, Tysons, VA. An official ceremony will take place at 10 AM. Once the ceremony is over and the trees have been planted, they will move to the second location, the Tysons Corner Center side of the I-495 pedestrian bridge. That transition will occur around 11 AM. We will likely wrap up by 1 PM. After the planting, they hope volunteers join them for the first concert in their May Music Series. The concert will take place from 1-3 PM in Boro Park, 8350 Broad St, Tysons, VA, and feature music by Max Rosado and The 7th Street Band. For more information, click here. Register here. FCPS Strategic Plan Survey FCPS has almost completed the process of drafting a new Strategic Plan, which will guide our school division in the years ahead.
Please participate in a brief survey regarding final input on the Strategic Plan’s draft goals, measures, and pillars. The goals are what we want for all students, and the measures are how we will determine our progress in reaching those goals. The pillars are the things that FCPS must do well to reach our goals. Your voice matters! Take the survey (by May 17).
FCPS School Board Budget Public Hearing The School Board will hear public comment on the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Budget on Tuesday, May 16, at 6 p.m., in the auditorium of Luther Jackson Middle School. Registration for 25 speakers is open. Registered speakers will have two minutes to address the Board regarding FY24 Budget. Vienna Parking Study Team Holding Focus Group Meetings
The Town of Vienna recently initiated a parking study of the Town’s Commercial Corridors, which includes businesses, restaurants, stores, and other commercial activity along Maple Avenue, Cedar Lane, Church Street, Park Street, Mill Street, Dominion Road, and Center Street. The Parking Study will help the Town understand the nature of parking in light of emerging trends and plan for the Town’s needs of the next ten years while also informing the Town’s on-going Zoning Code update. Attend one of the sessions to share concerns about parking for your business--including for staff and customers of your business. A major component of the parking plan is the solicitation of feedback from stakeholders in the study area. We wish to invite you to one of the two scheduled stakeholder focus group discussions to hear about the project and analysis to date, solicit your thoughts about parking, discuss ways to improve the Town’s parking policies, operations, and management. Focus Group Sessions Tuesday, May 23 6 – 7p.m. Wednesday, May 24 9 – 10 a.m. RSVP here Elevate NOVA Book Circle: Register Today! The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announces the launch of its inaugural Elevate NOVA Book Circle with Mónica Guzmán’s I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times. Learn more here!
Constituent Meetings My office had the pleasure of attending a number of meetings this week with constituents on issues ranging from taxes to invasive vines to health care.
If you would like to meet with us or organize an introduction to your group, please reach out to our office!
ICYMI: Reconvene Session in Richmond
This month, I returned to Richmond for the General Assembly's reconvened session. We dealt with budget issues, considered bills that the Governor returned with amendments, and voted to sustain or override the Governor's vetoes. We re-enrolled 61 bills, for a total of 799 bills and 1 Constitutional Amendment from the 2023 General Assembly Session. We voted on important issues like intoxicating hemp products, utility rates, and others. You can find a summary of those votes here, and a full list of the legislation we considered here. ICYMI: End of Session Debrief
In case you missed it, I hosted an End of Session Debrief with Senator Chap Petersen and Vienna Mayor Linda Colbert. If you want to view the full slideshow, click here. Community Input What do you value the most in public spaces? Residents and non-residents of the Town of Vienna can provide input on what the town should do with the former Faith Baptist Church location.
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