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Vienna/Oakton Notes, 6/12/24 roundup

News of community interest from around Vienna and Oakton

VIENNA BUSINESSES, EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR EXCEPTIONALITY: Chelsea Buoye, an employee of Edward Jones in Vienna, was presented with the Robert Leggett Outstanding Service Award during the Vienna town government’s Thrive Awards celebration, held May 8.

Buoye was honored for providing “unparalleled service to business clients . . . especially those who are elderly,” town officials said.

The award was created in 2022 and is named for Robert Leggett, a longtime Vienna volunteer who served as chairman of the Town Business Liaison Committee. The committee cosponsors the awards program in collaboration with the town government’s economic-development department and the Vienna Business Association.

Also at the awards ceremony, several dozen businesses were saluted for more than 20 years of service in the town.

TOWN GOVERNMENT SALUTES NEW BUSINESSES, MARKS MILESTONES: The Vienna town government recently approved the following licenses for new businesses:

Saltenas Camila (catering), 521 Maple Ave., W.; Bella Lashes (eyelash extensions), 141 Church St., N.W.; Hair by LD (hair salon), 262 Cedar Lane, S.E.; Katt & Co. Salon (hair salon), 262 Cedar Lane, S.E.; Gogokat Salon (hair salon), 262 Center Lane, S.E.

In addition, the town government recently noted the following milestone anniversary among town businesses:

> 45 years: The Frame Factory.

> 30 years: Café Renaissance.

> 25 years: Drs. Izadi & Anoushfar D.D.S.; Master Appliance Service.

> 20 years: Barbara Caceres LCSW; VIP Design & Construction Homes.

> 10 years: Cap Counseling Services; DMA-Mabbet Joint Venture; GLK Consulting; Majic Labs; Pear Tree Cottage; Team Traction.

TOWN COUNCIL OFFERS PRAISE, ADVICE TO HIGH-SCHOOL INTERNS: What better way to entice young people to enter public service than to have them shadow governmental employees at their jobs?

Vienna Human Resources Director Michelle Crabtree at the Vienna Town Council’s May 20 meeting introduced several graduating seniors, most of whom attend James Madison High School, who are taking part in the town’s annual two-week-long WINGS internship program.

The students each approached the podium facing the Council’s semicircular seating arrangement, introduced themselves and stated which agencies or people they had been working with – several were assigned to Mayor Linda Colbert – plus where they planned to attend college and what their intended majors were.

The Council lauded the program’s goals and students’ efforts. Council member Ray Brill Jr. went further and gave the youths some guiding principles.   

“You’re not kids, you’re young men and women. You’re stretching and doing something that not everybody does and you had to volunteer to do it and get involved,” Brill said. “The more you put in, the more you get out. That’s something you will learn, if you haven’t already. If you try to slide by, you’ll do it for the rest of your life. Don’t do it. Go for it.”

‘CHILLIN ON CHURCH’ SERIES TO KICK OFF: The Vienna town government opens its summertime “Chillin’ on Church” seres on Friday, June 21 along historic Church Street.

The family-friendly event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will feature entertainment, food trucks and beer and wine vendors.

Admission is free, and the series continues the third Friday of each month through September. For information, see the Website at

YOUTH THESPIANS TO PRESENT PRINCESS PARTY: The Vienna Youth Players’ cast of “Newsies” will host a fairytale-princess party on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center.

Games, singing, dancing and acting games will be part of the event, along with refreshments.

Tickets are $15 per child, available in advance or (space permitting) at the door. For information, see the Website at

The Vienna Youth Players’ production of “Newsies” will run July 20-27 at the community center.

AMERICAN LEGION TO HOST ‘CELEBRATE AMERICA 5K’ RUN/WALK: American Legion Post 180 will host the Celebrate America 5K walk/run on Saturday, June 29 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the post, 330 Center St., N., in Vienna.

All registered participants receive T-shirts, and awards will be presented to the top three finishers in the male and female categories.

Registration is $40 through June 27. To register, see the Website at; for information, e-mail or call (703) 898-9188.