Lisa Merkel, Herndon Mayor 2012-2020

Lisa Merkel, Herndon Mayor 2012-2020 Together we put Herndon on the map as a model of 21st century hometown living, a next generation sma

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Did you know that #Herndon has its very own professional theatre company right here in town?  I've been a patron and fan...
11/24/2021
Lisa Merkel Supports NextStop Theatre

Did you know that #Herndon has its very own professional theatre company right here in town? I've been a patron and fan of NextStop Theatre Company for years and have recently had the honor of serving as a member of its Board of Directors. Please take a peek at this quick video to see just a few reasons why I support this outstanding arts organization! I hope you'll consider becoming a patron as well and that I'll see you at the theatre soon! #givingtuesday2021

www.NextStopTheatre.orgNextStop Theatre in Herndon Virginia

Check out all the Halloween fun in this post - lots of Herndon addresses and OF COURSE our very own favorite The Histori...
10/26/2021
10 Spooky Halloween Home Haunts in Fairfax County

Check out all the Halloween fun in this post - lots of Herndon addresses and OF COURSE our very own favorite The Historic Herndon Halloween House!! 👻🎃💀

Find the scariest home Halloween light displays in Northern Virginia.

10/12/2021

Hey #Herndon - today is the last day to register to vote in VA in order to be eligible to vote in the November 2nd election for Governor, Lt Governor and Attorney General. You can update your registration OR register for the first time here, and remember to vote for my friend Irene For Delegate!

09/17/2021
Comments | MyDistricting

Hello Herndon! #WonkAlert :)
I haven't posted in a while but we need your help! As you may know, redistricting is happening right now based on the 2020 census data, as it is every decade.

The issue is that in the latest draft, the map has the Town of Herndon's three precincts DIVIDED between TWO House of Delegates districts. (sections 18 & 19 in the link below) This is problematic for many reasons. For as long as I can recall, the entire 4.2 square miles of the incorporated town has been included in the same House of Delegates, State Senate and Congressional districts, and I strongly believe that should remain the case. The redistricting commission has stated that they will work to keep cities and counties the same, but will not prioritize keeping TOWNS intact in these districts. I'll share the remarks that I sent in in the comments below, as well as the article that states their position on not preserving towns. If you have a moment, please weigh in as a Town resident. Thank you!!!

Link to comment:
https://virginiaredistricting.org/legdistricting/comments/plan/37/1

Have you seen this great map of Downtown Herndon and all it has to offer?  Love our little town!
07/29/2021
Shop Downtown Herndon

Have you seen this great map of Downtown Herndon and all it has to offer? Love our little town!

Downtown Herndon is a town center with history and heart. There is always something to do in our walkable, bikeable community. Explore our local shops and restaurants or enjoy live music, the farmers market, and so much more. Come enjoy Herndon’s unique small-town character.

 I voted this morning for Irene For Delegate! It felt great to cast a ballot for someone I believe in and who truly car...
05/07/2021

 I voted this morning for Irene For Delegate! It felt great to cast a ballot for someone I believe in and who truly cares about our community. Early voting has already started. Irene has not only earned my endorsement, but also that of ALL THREE state senators that represent the 86th and our current Mayor. Please join us in voting for Irene on or before June 8th!

Senator Jennifer B. Boysko
Senator Janet Howell
Barbara Favola
Sheila Olem -Mayor, Town of Herndon


https://twitter.com/citizenlisamerk/status/1390677941953126400?s=21

 I voted this morning for Irene For Delegate! It felt great to cast a ballot for someone I believe in and who truly cares about our community. Early voting has already started. Irene has not only earned my endorsement, but also that of ALL THREE state senators that represent the 86th and our current Mayor. Please join us in voting for Irene on or before June 8th!

Senator Jennifer B. Boysko
Senator Janet Howell
Barbara Favola
Sheila Olem -Mayor, Town of Herndon


https://twitter.com/citizenlisamerk/status/1390677941953126400?s=21

05/06/2021
First Date at NextStop Theatre

Do you miss Ice House Cafe as much as I do? Fun Fact: NextStop Theatre Company spent several days filming this play “First Date” inside Ice House this spring! It’s a fun RomCom and seeing Ice House again was like seeing an old friend! Our cute little downtown Herndon was also featured - so much fun to see. For just $25 you can stream this show this weekend (link below)

Maude Salon The Breeze Restaurant and Sports Bar Great Harvest Bread Co. - Ashburn, Herndon, & Vienna Jimmy's Old Town Tavern, The Upholstery Shop and Main Street Bank are all featured….as well as the depot and Old Town Hall!

Serving on NVRC was an honor, and it was so great to catch up with these two today! Northern Virginia Regional Commissio...
05/04/2021
Northern Virginia Regional Commission 😷 on Twitter

Serving on NVRC was an honor, and it was so great to catch up with these two today! Northern Virginia Regional Commission Town of Herndon Government

https://twitter.com/novaregion/status/1389634524322148356?s=21

“NVRC Chair and @FallsChurchGov Mayor David Tarter presents a gift to former @TownOfHerndon Mayor @CitizenLisaMerk to say thank you for her service not only to the Town, but the region. Mayor Merkel was an active participant in the Commission and its many activities.”

No one knows the people in the 86th district better than Senator Jennifer B. Boysko!  So excited to see her supporting I...
04/26/2021

No one knows the people in the 86th district better than Senator Jennifer B. Boysko! So excited to see her supporting Irene for Delegate!

🎉ENDORSEMENT ALERT🎉

There are few harder working public servants than Senator Jennifer Boysko and I'm honored to receive her support. Together, we'll serve the 86th District with a commitment to progressive policies and a community-first approach.

Hey #Herndon - are you ready for representation in Richmond that's focused on YOUR CONCERNS?  Join me on Saturday April ...
04/21/2021

Hey #Herndon - are you ready for representation in Richmond that's focused on YOUR CONCERNS? Join me on Saturday April 24th at 1pm in my backyard right here in downtown Herndon - to meet Irene Shin. Irene For Delegate has been a dear friend for a long time and is running for Delegate in the 86th district - a seat held for years by TOWN residents Tom Rust and Jennifer Boysko. Irene has my vote in the JUNE 8th primary and I hope she has yours too. Come and meet her to find out why I'm so invested in her campaign!

RSVP for the address!

#ImWithIrene- JUNE 8th Democratic Primary  Alert! Irene For DelegateFrom Delegates Tom Rust to Jennifer B. Boysko, #Hern...
03/08/2021

#ImWithIrene- JUNE 8th Democratic Primary Alert!
Irene For Delegate
From Delegates Tom Rust to Jennifer B. Boysko, #Herndon has benefitted from a long history of town-focused representation in the 86th - something that is sorely lacking right now. Please join me in voting for Irene Shin in the democratic primary on June 8th- she's our neighbor here in the ToH!!

Dear Herndon - At the stroke of midnight NYE night, my term will officially come to an end.  Serving as the mayor of our...
12/30/2020

Dear Herndon -
At the stroke of midnight NYE night, my term will officially come to an end. Serving as the mayor of our town has to be the most rewarding job in politics, and I thank you all for placing your trust in me for all this time. Over the past 10 years I have had the opportunity to visit hundreds of town businesses and have been on every street and in every neighborhood in town. The best part of the job has been all the people I’ve met along the way - all over the town and Commonwealth. When I first ran for office, I knew I’d be spending a lot of time on land-use and transportation issues. What I didn’t realize was that I would also become connector and cheerleader-in-chief!

My proudest accomplishment is finally moving forward with a vibrant, walkable, arts-focused downtown redevelopment plan; something the town has tried to make happen since the 1980s. Downtown redevelopment was my number one priority throughout my tenure and signing off on the final approvals and closing documents was my last official act as Mayor. The perfect bookend to my decade of service. Serving as Herndon’s mayor has been the honor of my life, and I will definitely miss being in office once January rolls around. Fortunately, the town is in good hands with our next mayor and our outstanding professional staff! I look forward to a long future ahead as Citizen Lisa, knowing from a unique perspective that our town is a place that truly cares for its residents.

Warmly,
~Mayor Lisa Merkel, 2012-2020

I’m still blown away by this recognition.  Thank you, Leadership Fairfax, Inc. and Donielle Scherff for taking the time ...
12/21/2020

I’m still blown away by this recognition. Thank you, Leadership Fairfax, Inc. and Donielle Scherff for taking the time to submit such a lovely nomination for me. #herndon #grateful

Congratulations to Mayor Lisa Merkel, recipient of Leadership Fairfax's 2020 Trustee Leadership Award! Mayor Merkel was nominated by town citizen Donielle Scherff, for - among other accomplishments - her determination and perseverance in furthering Herndon's downtown redevelopment project. Congrats Mayor Lisa!

12/17/2020

#puppysfirstsnow ❄️🐶💕

Pretty cool that signing these documents finalizing the downtown land transfer is likely my very last official act as yo...
12/16/2020

Pretty cool that signing these documents finalizing the downtown land transfer is likely my very last official act as your mayor. It’s the main reason I ran in the first place. Thank you to the generations of people who dreamed big and helped make this happen! #Herndon #DowntownH #ItsON #WeDidIt

Mayor Lisa Merkel has signed documents finalizing transfer of town-owned land to Comstock Herndon Venture, LC. See Comstock's news release: Herndon-va.gov/downtown

12/16/2020
Town of Herndon Government

Town of Herndon Government

Please move cars off of streets tonight and tomorrow, should snow plows need to get through. Thank you!

How exciting is this???  That rooftop!  Those garage doors???  I cannot wait to check it out!  Aslin Beer Company #Hernd...
12/14/2020

How exciting is this??? That rooftop! Those garage doors??? I cannot wait to check it out! Aslin Beer Company #Herndon #ONTap

Come by & join us today, we’re open at Herndon from 11-8 pm today. 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
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Please feel free to bring outside food in Herndon, we’re looking forward to having food trucks on location very soon. During COVID measures, the taproom is 21+ only. Dogs are welcome in the adjacent Beer Garden (open tomorrow weather permitting). We ask that you wear a mask except when seated, & respect 6 ft of distance. Park in the gravel lot on the corner of Center & Locust St., the parking directly behind the Taproom does not belong to us & DOES tow cars! Check our stories for a map of parking.
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Our hours in the Herndon Taproom will be the same as ALX:
M-Th: 11-8 pm
Fri-Sat: 11-9 pm
Sun: 11-6 pm
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Curbside pickup in Herndon will remain at the drive thru spot from Elden to Locust. Please enter from the Elden St entrance.
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We’ve waited almost 4 long years to share a Herndon taproom with you and we couldn’t be more excited and proud! Thank you all SO MUCH for your patience and support over the years and we hope you love it as much as we do! We’ll see ya there!
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🍺 Open every day in ALX & Herndon
🚗 Curbside pickup every day
🚐 Next day delivery to NOVA & DC
📦 VA, DC & Vermont Shipping
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#Aslin #AslinAlexandria #AslinBeerCo #VaBeer #Herndon #Alexandria

12/12/2020

Ho Ho Ho, #Herndon! Submit your favorite lights and we'll make a map so you can tour all the festive places in town! Also - downtown our SmartCities light poles are playing Holiday music. I spent part of the morning having coffee on one of the benches and felt like we live in a Hallmark Movie!

12/09/2020
Town Council Public Session - Dec 8th, 2020

As you know, last night’s council meeting was my last, and an emotional one for me. If you care to see my parting comments and the passing of the gavel to Sheila Olem -Mayor Elect, Town of Herndon you can find them at the 2:30:40 mark of the video.

https://herndon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1948

Thank you to everyone for your kindness and support. And to my council colleagues who also shared such kind words last evening. (You can see those at the 19:31 mark!) It has been an honor to serve alongside each of you.

Live and Recorded Public meetings of Town Council Public Session for Town of Herndon

🎶 Signed, sealed, delivered.... #Downtown
12/04/2020

🎶 Signed, sealed, delivered.... #Downtown

Chelsea is a HHS graduate, her mom was at Hutchison Elementary for a very long time, and they need our help!  If you can...
12/04/2020
Support Chelsea Proctor fight cancer! TeamChelsea!, organized by Rochelle Proctor

Chelsea is a HHS graduate, her mom was at Hutchison Elementary for a very long time, and they need our help! If you can possibly contribute, every little bit helps.

Please help in the battle for Chelsea's life. My beautiful, viva… Rochelle Proctor needs your support for Support Chelsea Proctor fight cancer! TeamChelsea!

Great article about the approval of the Downtown project - we appropriate funds next week at my last public hearing as y...
12/02/2020
Herndon No Longer Torn Between Its Past and Future

Great article about the approval of the Downtown project - we appropriate funds next week at my last public hearing as your mayor. Take a minute to read and see what the town is getting for our investment in this long awaited revitalization!
http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/dec/01/herndon-no-longer-torn-between-its-past-and-future/

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/dec/01/herndon-no-longer-torn-between-its-past-and-future/

A part of the Herndon Downtown Redevelopment Series.

Happy Thanksgiving, Herndon!  🦃 🥧 🍷
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving, Herndon! 🦃 🥧 🍷

Because who wants to cook on Thanksgiving Eve?!
11/26/2020

Because who wants to cook on Thanksgiving Eve?!

Town of Herndon Government
11/23/2020

Town of Herndon Government

Please share!

OMG, Herndon.  We just PASSED the FINAL downtown comprehensive agreement.  We appropriate funds at my last Council meeti...
11/18/2020

OMG, Herndon. We just PASSED the FINAL downtown comprehensive agreement. We appropriate funds at my last Council meeting as your mayor - next month. I am BESIDE MYSELF. I had to leave the screen because I was bursting into tears. I can’t believe we are finally here. Thank you to everyone who has worked for literally decades to get us to this point. Downtown!!! It’s happening!!!!

http://historicherndondistrict.com/Historic-Herndon-District-Trifold.pdf

Hey Herndon - lots on tonight’s agenda!  If you’re interested in speaking about our Downtown Redevelopment, Historic Dis...
11/17/2020
Cisco Webex Events

Hey Herndon - lots on tonight’s agenda! If you’re interested in speaking about our Downtown Redevelopment, Historic District Guidelines or any of the other items, sign up here!

This week is a lesson in patience for Americans....and for #Herndon patience is paying off.  Check out Item #10 on next ...
11/06/2020

This week is a lesson in patience for Americans....and for #Herndon patience is paying off. Check out Item #10 on next week’s Work Session Agenda. The moment we’ve all been waiting for - DOWNTOWN!!! #ItsON, it’s finally ON the agenda! Moving forward! Closing date and conditions to FINALLY get going on our long awaited downtown! I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally be able to share details with you all!

Details in the link:

https://herndon.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=3849&meta_id=98814

We’ve all been reminded to vote a million times this year.  Instead, I’ll share this article from reston now reflecting ...
11/03/2020
Merkel Reflects on Eight Years as Town of Herndon Mayor

We’ve all been reminded to vote a million times this year. Instead, I’ll share this article from reston now reflecting on my tenure. There’s been no greater honor than serving as your mayor. Thank you! (And you’re still stuck with me til December 31st!)

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.restonnow.com/2020/10/29/merkel-reflects-on-eight-years-as-town-of-herndon-mayor/&ct=ga&cd=CAEYACoUMTM4MDIxMjI2MzA3MDM0OTM5OTYyGjkzMmZiNTQyMGM0NmI4Y2Q6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNG-FuIiprtTLN6pt9WiT1YjotswOQ

Herndon will welcome a new mayor-elect on Tuesday to follow Lisa Merkel's eight years as the town's mayor. Merkel announced in January that she would not run for a fifth term as the town's mayor. She will spend the next few months with her husband and two kids while she decides on her next steps,

#halloween2020 #candybargraveyard
10/31/2020

#halloween2020 #candybargraveyard

You know it’s going to be a fun interview when the reporter opens with “I think I owe you a War Eagle?!?!?!” 💕 Scott rec...
10/30/2020
Merkel Reflects on Eight Years as Town of Herndon Mayor

You know it’s going to be a fun interview when the reporter opens with “I think I owe you a War Eagle?!?!?!” 💕 Scott recently worked for the Opelika Auburn times.... Reston Now

https://www.restonnow.com/2020/10/29/merkel-reflects-on-eight-years-as-town-of-herndon-mayor/

Herndon will welcome a new mayor-elect on Tuesday to follow Lisa Merkel's eight years as the town's mayor. Merkel announced in January that she would not run for a fifth term as the town's mayor. She will spend the next few months with her husband and two kids while she decides on her next steps,

10/28/2020
Town of Herndon Government

Town of Herndon Government

Due to expected heavy rains, the Herndon Farmers' Market is cancelled tomorrow.

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