As we enter the month of May, I first wanted to recognize that this month is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. (52.9 million people) lived with a mental illness in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this health crisis, especially among adolescents and young adults. That's why I was proud to champion a budget amendment that doubled our state's investment in kids' behavioral and mental health services, and why I will continue to push for more resources to combat this epidemic.
This month, and every month, let's continue to break the stigma on mental health. It's ok to not be ok and it's ok to get help when you need it.
Update on Justice Rally in the memory of Timothy Johnson:
This week, just hours after we announced the Rally for Justice for Timothy Johnson, an unarmed Black man killed by Fairfax County police officers, the Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano announced the decision to convene a special grand jury to review the indictment charges. Following the announcement, state legislators slated to speak at the rally have made the decision to postpone speaking further on this case to protect the integrity of the case.
"I applaud Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano’s decision to convene a special grand jury," said Delegate Holly Seibold. "We are monitoring the grand jury proceedings as they unfold and awaiting the outcome of the case. I want to extend my gratitude to the other legislators who agreed to speak at the rally."
The Johnson Family, Fairfax County NAACP, and faith leaders from across Northern Virginia will still be gathering to rally on Tuesday. Those who were planning to attend originally, are encouraged to do so.
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!
Ending Period Poverty Contest
I am proud to have been recognized by the National Foundation of Women Legislators as one of the winners of the “Ending Period Poverty” contest, which aimed to raise awareness about period poverty and support innovative solutions to address this issue.
As the winner Kimberly-Clark & U by Kotex will donate $1K worth of menstrual supplies to an org of my choosing, and, of course, I chose the nonprofit I founded in 2015 - BRAWS - which supports individuals and families throughout Virginia. I will be hosting an online collection drive during Period Poverty Awareness Week - May 22nd to May 28th - and I hope you all will participate! In the meantime, learn more about Period Poverty here. Gazzette Leader Interview
I was excited to chat with Brian Trompeter about my experience in Richmond during my first session as your Delegate. You can read the article here! It’s been an honor to represent the 35th district these last few months and I look forward to continuing my work in the 12th district next year! Adobe Visit
The only Adobe location in Virginia is in our district in Tysons. I enjoyed visiting & learning about the creative tools Adobe offers schools, small businesses, nonprofits, corps & gov. Their office is updated to reflect a more collaborative, hybrid environment. Thanks to Adobe for the tour!
FCDC Endorsement Caucus
Democrats in Fairfax: Please be sure to register here to vote in the 2023 Endorsement Caucus for School Board! The deadline is May 5th, so please don’t wait!
Proud to be endorsed by Delegate Jay Jones!
I’m honored to receive the support of former Delegate Jay Jones! Jay has been a leader in Richmond and beyond and I’m humbled to be selected as one of his early endorsements.
Proud to be endorsed by Mayor Levar Stoney!
I am grateful to have received the endorsement of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney!
Taste of Vienna
The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department (VVFD) will host the the 10th Annual Taste of Vienna on Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 11am - 8pm. The VVFD back parking lot will be lined with restaurants, a beer/wine tent, a stage with live performances, and kids activities. Admission is FREE and attendees will be able to purchase tastes from the individual vendors.
Robert Leggett Outstanding Service Award
Hey Vienna businesses and non-profits! Do you have an employee that always goes above and beyond? Why not nominate them for the Robert Leggett Outstanding Service Award? There are only a few days left, so submit your nominations today! More details here.
Vienna Elementary School 150th Birthday Bash
Vienna Elementary School will commemorate its sesquicentennial by hosting a birthday party on May 19 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!
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 regardless of where they attend school; public, private and home-schooled students. Due to space limitations, students may not submit more than two pieces of art.
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.
Help Save Our Trees!
Do you want to help save our trees and our tree canopy against invasive vines? Join a group of dedicated community members as they take on invasive vines on Saturday, April 29th at 10am at the parking lot on Cedar Lane and W&OD trail. You can sign up HERE.
Happy Independent Bookstore Day 2023!
From Bards Alley: We will be starting off with a Stuffy Sleepover and story time in the morning; you can drop your stuffy off on April 28th between 4pm and 7pm so they can spend the night in the store with other stuffies! Then, stop by the morning of April 29th at 9:30am for a story time (and to pick up your stuffies!) with local author and former bookseller Kathy Ellen Davis and daughter Rosemary! RSVPs required for stuffy sleepover. (Note: you do not have to participate in stuffy sleepover to attend story time!) Then, we will have a Mystery author panel between 2pm and 5pm! Authors Ellen Crosby, Harper Kincaid, Angie Kim, and debut author Robert Brighton will be on the patio for you to pop-in, ask questions, and discuss all things bookish with them! We will be taking preorders for Ellen Crosby's next novel, Blow Up (5/2/2023), Angie Kim's next, Happiness Falls (9/5/2023), and Robert Brighton's A Murder in Ashwood (6/20/2023) during this time. In addition, we will be holding Blind Date with a Book specials, have free advanced reader copies available, and taking part in some Church St. partnerships all day - additional details to come and more will be featured on our Instagram @bardsalley! Annual Community Partnership Forum
Coming up is the 15th Annual Community Partnership Forum, an annual spring event that brings together leaders from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors to discuss a trending topic. The topic this year is Culture is Key: Workplace Culture as Competitive Advantage and it will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 9:00 am-12:30 pm (networking breakfast starts at 8:30) at the GMU Arlington Campus. Bikes@Vienna Honored with Carole Wolfand Award
Each year the Town Business Liaison Committee (TBLC) presents the Carole Wolfand Community Service Award. This highly selective honor goes to a business in the Town of Vienna that has made exceptional contributions to the betterment of our community. This year the TBLC is proud to present the Carole Wolfand award to Tim Fricker, owner of Bikesatvienna, in recognition of his exceptional dedication and service to the Vienna Community. Tim Fricker is an amazing example of how wonderfully supportive small businesses can be to a community. In addition to running his unique bike shop on Church Street that features recumbent, trike and folding bikes, Tim spends much of his time on committees and boards that support the Vienna citizen and business community. Apply to be a Food Vendor at the Town of Vienna's Summer Events The Town of Vienna is accepting food vendor applications for our 2023 Summer Events from April 1 - 30. Those that are selected will be notified by May 15. The Town is looking for food vendors at the following events: Chillin' on Church Third Fridays from June - Sept. | 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Vienna Town Green | Average attendance: 4,500-7,000 Independence Day Celebration Sunday, July 2 | 4 - 10 p.m. Yeonas Park (1319 Ross Dr. SW) | Average attendance: 5,000-8,000 Vienna Multicultural Festival Liberty Amendments Month closing event Saturday, July 15 | 3 - 8 p.m. Vienna Town Green | *New event- anticipated attendance 1,000-3,000 If you have any questions, please email Lisa Shackelford at Lisa.Shackelford@viennava.gov. Please be sure to submit your application by April 30, 2023. 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! Northern Virginia Opioid Response Survey Would you like to share your thoughts on the resources needed to address the opioid epidemic in Northern Virginia? The Northern Virginia Opioid Response Network is seeking input on potential uses of opioid settlement funds. Take the survey by Friday, May 12. Upcoming High School Musicals
Madison High School: MAD Drama presents "Mamma Mia" on April 28th at 7:30 pm & 29th at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets here.
Marshall High School: Marshall High School Statesmen Theatre presents "Xanadu" from May 4th to 6th. Click here for more info.
Oakton High School: Oakton High School presents "Mean Girls" from May 5th & 6th and from May 11th to 13th. Click here for more info.
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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