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by Karen Goff — November 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm 207 0

Looking for a new home for the holidays? Start with these open houses this weekend.

1705 Lake Shore Crest1705 Lake Shore Crest #12
2 BR, 1.5 BA Condo
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.



11213 Hunting Horn11213 Hunting Horn Lane
5 BR, 3.5 BA SFH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.



11436 Tanbark11436 Tanbark Lane
6 BR, 3.5 BA SFH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.



11800 Sunset Hills11800 Sunset Hills Rd. #314
3 BR, 2 BA Condo
Open Sunday, 1 to  3 p.m.



10987 Thrush Ridge10987 Thrush Ridge Road
3 BR, 3.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.



Ballycairne2307 Ballycairne Court
3 BR, 4.5 BA SFH
Open Sunday,  1 to 3 p.m.



FX8501707 - Exterior (Front)2255 Cedar Cove Court
3 BR, 3.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.



FX8451510 - Interior (General)12000 Market Street #189
3 BR, 2 BA Condo
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

by Karen Goff — November 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm 1,074 8 Comments

Fairfax County Police carFairfax County Police said they have identified a suspect in the Nov 16 hit-and-run accident in Reston that left a woman severely injured.

“A suspect, and suspect vehicle, have been identified relating to the hit and run investigation on Reston Parkway,” Public Information Officer Lucy Caldwell said yesterday. No one has been charged, she added.

Police had been looking for a red sedan that fled the scene.

The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m.on Reston Parkway near the Spectrum Center, where the victim had been shopping, family members said.

The victim, a woman, was struck when she was crossing Reston Parkway with her teenage daughter, police said.

Witnesses said the victims were not walking in a crosswalk. Groceries were spilled all over the road, which was briefly closed.

There is no crosswalk at that location, though the accident led to many comments by readers calling for one on the previous Reston Now story.

The woman was transported to a hospital, where she had surgery for organ damage, as well as a fractured right leg and broken and dislocated elbow. The child was not injured.

Meanwhile, Fairfax County Police are stepping up awareness of pedestrian safety. They say 400 pedestrians have been injured in the county in the last three years. Read more about FCPD’s campaign on the department’s blog.

by Elizabeth Arguelles — November 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm 0

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This is a sponsored post by veterinarian Elizabeth Arguelles, owner of Just Cats Clinic at Lake Anne Plaza. She writes weekly on Reston Now

Did you know that your cat can suffer from many of the same eye issues that affect you?

Eye infections caused by bacteria or viruses are very common in cats and can be painful. But with early detection, many eye issues are treatable. When left untreated, simple eye problems can worsen and damage the eye further. If you observe any abnormal eye symptoms, always contact your veterinarian immediately.

How can you tell if your cat has eye troubles?

The first step is to conduct a visual inspection of your cat’s eyes. They should be clear and bright, and the area around the eyeball should be white – be sure to note any reddish or irritation. Your kitty’s pupils should be equal in size. Ensure that the eyes are free from any discharge, especially yellowish or greenish mucous or any sort of thick crustiness. Check eyes for signs of inflammation or any swelling. If any of these symptoms are noted, please contact your veterinarian immediately. (more…)

by Karen Goff — November 21, 2014 at 11:00 am 17 Comments

1602 WainwrightThe Reston Association Board voted on Thursday to authorize a referendum for the 343 users of the RELAC air-conditioning system.

The 343 Lake Anne-area homeowners are bound by the Reston deed to use the lakewater-cooled system which was touted as revolutionary in the mid-1960s, but has been met with frustration at its inefficiency in recent years.

Some users have complained it is expensive, mold producing and cannot cool the top floors of some of the townhomes. Several homeowners have used a medical exemption to allowed to install, at their own expense, an additional air conditioning system.

Last summer, 110 homeowners signed a petition asking RA for the referendum.

The RA board approved the referendum for January. The question to be asked:

Air-Conditioning Units. In any residential Cluster in which central air-conditioning service is available to the Lot line, no individual air-conditioning units of any type shall be permitted. This covenant may only be amended or revoked by at least a two-thirds vote of the Category A Members of all residential Clusters on the service.

At the public hearing portion of Thursday’s regular board meeting, several RELAC users spoke in favor of keeping the system, one calling it an “aesthetic catastrophe” to change the system. Others asked that the referendum be delayed until summer, so users would have more time to see how it is running under new management.

Vernon Wiley, who also lives on Wainwright said RELAC provides excellent cooling for his home.

“As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong with system and I would like to stick to the status quo. Allowing homeowners to get off RELAC may raise rates. In the worst case, RELAC may no longer be possible, and collapse. If this happens, it will force other homeowners to seek other systems, which may cost thousands of dollars.”

Blake Travis of Maple Ridge disagrees.

“Those of us in favor of referendum are not trying to kill RELAC, but we want a choice,” he said. “It is a faulty system.”

Travis said he does not think the only alternative is a “loud air conditioning unit.”

“Units today are extremely quiet,” he said. “Street traffic is louder than what you will hear from an air conditioner.”

RA last held a RELAC referendum in 2008. It was defeated 130-100.

In other RA Board news:

The Board voted that the 2015 assessment rate will be $642. It also established a reduced rate of 50 percent for property owners qualifying for Fairfax County real estate tax relief.

The Board authorized $30,000 to hire an urban planning consultant as Reston and $30,000 to conduct a parks and recreation survey that will be useful for the next budget planning round for 2016-17. The money is available in the budget, RA directors said.

Photo: Townhomes on Wainwright are on the RELAC system

by Karen Goff — November 21, 2014 at 10:25 am 4,007 0

South Lakes High School

(Updated, Friday 10:44 a.m.)

South Lakes High School is under increased security today as a threat of violence at the school was discovered on social media on Thursday, said Principal Kim Retzer.

Sources said that after a fight this week in the 10th grade locker pod, one student said on social media he would bring a gun to school.

There was much chatter about that on tumblr and Twitter Thursday night, and parents and students alerted the school. Many sophomores told their parents they wanted to skip first period Friday due to fear.

The student who originally posted the threats was intercepted by the school security officer this morning, sources said.

Parents and students received this memo from Retzer this morning:

A threat directed at South Lakes High School was discovered on social media yesterday.  Fairfax County Police were notified and determined the threat was not credible but, as a precaution, the FCPS Office of Safety and Security and Fairfax County Police have provided additional assistance for the school.

This, of course, raises the issue of the appropriate use of social media and how the irresponsible use of these tools can waste resources and cause unnecessary concern and anxiety. We hope this information will put to rest any rumors that continue to persist regarding this incident.

The anonymity provided by certain applications only complicates our efforts to provide a safe and non-threatening learning environment. We will continue to have discussions with students about appropriate uses of technology and supervise technology usage in school. However, we need your assistance as much of this activity takes place outside the school day when students are not under our supervision.

The safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority. The adults responsible for keeping students safe can do their jobs more effectively, if students are willing to report problems or suspicious behavior and I encourage you to engage your children in discussions about maintaining a safe school environment. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school office.

Kim Retzer

by Karen Goff — November 21, 2014 at 9:30 am 628 0

Under Construction: Barcelona

Construction crews at Reston Town Center have made lots of progress building Barcelona and Bartaco in the 10,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of The Avant residential building at Town Square Street and Explorer Street, but no opening date has been set yet.

Representatives at Barteca, the company’s Connecticut headquarters said they did not want to speculate on the opening. However, there has been a recent Craigslist posting for a General Manager, so hiring should begin soon.

The Connecticut-based restaurant group announced last fall that it signed a lease for the Reston locations. Construction work began in July.

Barcelona has several East Coast locations, including one at Logan Circle in D.C.. The restaurant is known for tapas and other Spanish food, as well as a long wine list — featuring, of course, lots of Spanish wine.

Bartaco has five locations (three in Connecticut and one in Atlanta) and is known for craft margaritas and interesting twists on Mexican food. The restaurant is an inexpensive, very casual taco stand, but with unusual ingredients (in addition to the usual favorite ones) such as felafel, tofu, or fried oyster tacos.

Photo: Facade of Barcelona at Reston Town Center

by Karen Goff — November 21, 2014 at 8:00 am 241 0

Winter plants at Reston Town Center

Huge Cash Infusion for Sweetgreen — Sweetgreen, the fast-casual salad restaurant local chain with an outpost at Reston Town Center, just got an $18.5 million investment from some big names to expand to the West Coast. [Eater DC]

Teslas For Sale Nearby — In the market for an uber-expensive Tesla car? The automaker has received zoning approval to open up a showroom at 8500 Tyco Road in Tysons Corner. [Fairfax County Board of Supervisors]

Ted’s Has a Thanksgiving Treat — Where can you get all the Thanksgiving foods (turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberries and more) in one pastry? At Ted’s Bulletin (in D.C. and Reston), where they have a special Thanksgiving Pop-Tart. [Washington City Paper]

Talk About Heroin — Fairfax County is holding an Ask Fairfax! online chat about the county’s growing heroin problem in Monday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.  Join in the discussion with Captain Paul Cleveland from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Office of Organized Crime & Narcotics and Peggy Cook, director of Residential Treatment Services for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. [Fairfax County]

by Karen Goff — November 21, 2014 at 5:00 am 0

On Fridays, we take a moment to thank our sponsors and advertisers.

Reston Serenity Smiles – Hoda Kazemifar, DMD, offers complete dental services for the entire family.

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the business community for the vibrant region.

Reston Station, Comstock’s mixed-use development and parking garage at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro stop.

The Avant, new luxury rentals in the heart of Reston Town Center.

The Harrison, brand-new apartments now leasing at Reston Town Center.

Berry & Berry, PLLC, Reston law firm specializing in federal employment, retirement, labor union, and security clearance matters.

Just Cats Clinic, Reston’s first cats-only vet practice.

Reston Real Estate, Eve Thompson of Long & Foster Real Estate specializes in Reston homes.

Becky’s Pet Care, offering friendly pet services in Northern Virginia.

Reston Community Center, Serving Reston’s recreational and cultural needs.

Cindy L. Beyer Design, Reston-based interior design firm with creative ideas for residential and commercial clients.

Van Metre Homes, handcrafted homes since 1955.

D.R. Horton Builders, America’s largest home builders.

Storm Fitness, offering personalized fitness training.

George Washington University, offering teacher licensure programs to fit your schedule.

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, where you can find food and fun at Lake Anne Plaza.

by Karen Goff — November 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm 1,265 13 Comments

Map of Town Center Parkway underpass location

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a plan this week to pay $8.7 million towards a Silver Line underpass structure on Town Center Parkway from Sunrise Valley Drive to Sunset Hills Road.

The supervisors said in county documents it is crucial to get the underpass built soon rather than try and construct it when Phase 2 of Metro’s Silver Line is already running. The funding will go towards planning the $157 million project.

Fairfax County Department of Transportation staff worked with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on the plan, which calls for construction of a four-lane divided roadway under the Dulles Toll Road.

The Town Center Parkway Underpass Rail Support Structure project was part of the Board of Supervisors’ Six Year Transportation Priorities for FY2015 to FY2020, which was approved by the Board earlier this year.

According to FCDOT’s project timelines for the Six Year Transportation Priorities, the Town Center Parkway Underpass Rail Support Structure project is scheduled to begin implementation in FY 2015.

Phase 2 of the Silver Line, which will run from Reston’s Wiehle Avenue to Reston Parkway and Herndon, Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County, is under construction and expected to open in 2018. Phase 1, which opened in July, runs from Tysons Corner to Wiehle Avene.

Said the supervisors:

The extension of Town Center Parkway from Sunset Hills Road to Sunrise Valley Drive west of Edmund Halley Drive is recommended in the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

This improvement is necessary to achieve the vision of the Reston Transit Station Areas, and enhance connectivity of the overall roadway network.

Constructing the underpass structure beneath an active Metrorail line in the future would cause significant interruption to the rail service. To help eliminate, or at least minimize this disruption as much as possible, the county has proposed to fund the design and construction of the rail support structure as part of the Phase 2 Metrorail project that passes over the future underpass, thus allowing Metrorail tracks to span the future roadway extension.

This work would ensure that Phase 2 of the Silver Line would be supported when the  future underpass is constructed, and limit disruption to Metrorail service during construction of the underpass.


by Jessica Storm — November 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm 395 1 Comment

This is a sponsored column by Jessica Storm, ACSM Health/Fitness Specialist and NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist.  Jessica is the owner of Storm Fitness – a personal training and nutrition company based…

by Karen Goff — November 20, 2014 at 8:00 am 246 0

Renovations at TJ — New classrooms and labs are now open at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology as part of its $67 million renovation. [Fairfax Times] Flipping Through…


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