Letter from the Publisher

How about that snow storm last month? It was unlike anything I’ve seen in my time in the Old Dominion. As bad as it was, experts say it could have been much worse. It crippled us mostly on the weekend and, amazingly, we experienced very few power outages. Can you imagine being held hostage at home with no TV or internet? Yikes! Luckily, Spring is right around the corner.

Now is the season for change and renewal—and home improvements are at the top of our list! Please consider our area’s top home improvement, design, and decorating experts in our Tysons Home and Design section.

Vienna Presbyterian Church has long been an institution in our area. Known affectionately as VPC, it is a “light in the community” and serves countless local residents with its many outreach programs—a true resource for the heart and soul. Charles Donnavan shares its history.

Art is an important part of our local culture, and more of it is coming to Tysons! Greensboro Station is getting a new mural by internationally acclaimed artist, Lawrence Atoigue. Thanks for the story, Keith…and for introducing us to Hillary Steel and her beautiful, hand-woven pieces. Lucky us!

“Hello Muddah…Hello Faddah…” It’s time to start thinking about camp. We have some amazing opportunities for our area’s youth. Bonnie shares a selection of summer programs to consider—be sure to reserve early, they fill up fast!

There’s nothing like having a mechanic you can trust. Since I met Billy Hughes and Scott Stauffer of C & C Garage in Vienna, my automotive nightmares are over! I take my car to Scott, and he calls me when it’s fixed. Trust, integrity, honesty—never a doubt with them! Life is easy…thanks guys!

I know very few people who don’t have a friend or family member who struggles with addiction. Meet Dr. Vanessa Vergnetti and the Sagebrush Addiction Center she founded seven years ago. Help is here.

Because dining is so important to community (and extremely important to me), we bring you some of our 12 favorite dishes for your enjoyment. Rick brings us the tale of the DeChiara family and Nicky’s extraordinary story of gratitude and family devotion. Allison Chase reviews Thai Noy and takes us on a journey to Thailand. Plus, Linda Barrett unlocks the secrets of Sommeliers. Thanks to all of you!

Jan King is at it again. This time, she takes on online dating with her article Shoveling Through the Bio Sheet. Jan, you are too funny!

There are plenty of activities this Spring. Don’t forget the Taste of Vienna in April, the May Day celebration in McLean, and remember mom on Mother’s Day. (Hey mom, I miss you so much!)


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