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Crime Report: Incidents Reported By Fairfax County Police

by Karen Goff | April 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm | 135 views | No Comments

Fairfax County Police The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station report these crimes for the last two weeks:


12600 block of Glen Brooke Woods Drive, license plate from vehicle

2500 block of Peter Jefferson Lane, cash from vehicle

12100 block of Pinecrest Road, wallet from business

2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, merchandise from business

2000 block of Golf Course, personal documents from vehicle

12700 block of Roark Court, license plate from vehicle

1700 block of Jonathan Way, license plate from vehicle

1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, wallet from residence

900 block of Locust Street, cell phone from location

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from business

11400 block of South Lakes Drive, headphones from school

2300 block of Woodland Crossing Drive, electronic device from business

900 block of Falls Bridge Lane, stereo from residence

1400 block of Hunter Mill Road, camera from residence


2500 block of Farm Crest Drive, 2003 Nissan Altima

Barton Hill Road/Quimby Point Lane, Plymouth Neon

Reston Michaels Store Among Those In Security Breach

by Karen Goff | April 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm | 734 views | No Comments

Michaels_logosIf you shopped at the Michaels store in Reston last summer, your credit card information may have been at risk.

The craft store said Thursday that nearly 2.6 million customers’ information had been stolen from its point-of-sale system. The company said security firms had found that criminals broke into Michaels’s system using “highly sophisticated malware that had not been encountered previously by either of the security firms.”

The Reston store, one of eight in Northern Virginia affected, was breached from May 8, 2013 – July 29, 2013, Michaels said.

The stolen information at both stores includes credit and debit card numbers and expiration dates. Customer names, Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) and addresses were not affected, the company said.

Michaels said it would offer customers free credit monitoring services for one year.

“We previously informed our customers and relevant regulators that we might have experienced a data security issue,” the company said in a statement. “Since the announcement, we retained two independent, expert security firms to conduct an extensive investigation. We also have been working closely with law enforcement authorities and coordinating with banks and payment processors to determine the facts. As soon as available, we provided data about potentially affected payment cards to the relevant card brands so they could take appropriate action.”

The store chain says the problem has been fixed and it is now safe to use credit and debit cards at the store.

They are advising customers to contact their bank or credit card company if they think they might be at risk. Customers can also call Michaels at 1-877-412-7145.

Full list of affected stores here.

More information from Michaels.

Open Houses In Reston This Weekend

by | April 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm | 132 views | No Comments

Searching for a new home? Start with these Open Houses this weekend in Reston.

Abington 12160 Abington Hall Lane
2 BR, 2 BA Condo
Open Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.



Glade Bank Way2303 Glade Bank Way
3 BR, 2.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.



Hickory Cluster11525 Hickory Cluster
2 BR, 1.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.



barnstead1610 Barnstead Drive
3 BR, 1 FB, 2 HB TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.



1638 Barnstead1638 Barnstead Drive
3 BR, 1 FB, 2 HB TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.



Fauquier 2500 Fauquier Lane
4 BR, 3 BA SFH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.



For complete Real Estate information, visit Reston Now’s Real Estate Section.

Get Out And Run With Reston Runners’ Women’s Training Program in May

by Karen Goff | April 18, 2014 at 11:00 am | 226 views | No Comments

Women's Distance Festival 2013/Credit: Brian Kent Potography

Vowed that this is the season you get out there and really run? Then sign up for the Reston Runners’ annual Women’s Training Program.

The Women’s Training Program is coached by women for women. It is a series of eight weekly sessions, and it is a great way for walkers and runners to enhance their spring training or embark on new goals.

Sessions take place on Monday evenings, May 5 through June 23, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at South Lakes High School (meetings begin in the cafeteria, followed by outdoor workouts with coaches).  There are guest speakers each week on topics such as running shoes, overall fitness and nutrition. Full speaker schedule.

This program is suitable for walkers, walk/runners, beginning runners, and advanced beginner runners. Each group is guided by experienced coaches who vary their workouts throughout the program.

The season culminates with the Women’s Distance Festival 5K at the YMCA Reston June 28.

The program fee is $40 fee, which includes a program technical shirt plus an end-of-season celebration on June 30.

If you have any questions, please send an email to

Photo by Brian Kent Photography

Reston Woman’s Arrest Part of Arlington’s Re-Thinking Of Pub Crawls

by Karen Goff | April 18, 2014 at 9:30 am | 834 views | 2 Comments

Shamrock Crawl in Clarendon/Credit: GrouponSpurred in part by the arrest of an allegedly drunk and naked Reston woman after a St. Patrick’s Day party last month, the Arlington County Police Department is stepping up police presence at pub crawls.

A 26-year-old Reston woman was arrested on March 15 after allegedly showing up naked at the Arlington Magistrate’s Office. She and her husband had reportedly participated in the Shamrock Crawl in Clarendon earlier that day, and her husband had been arrested. The woman arrived at the magistrate’s office around 11 p.m. seeking to visit her husband.

She was drunk, completely naked and refused to get dressed or leave in a cab, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.  The woman was charged with indecent exposure and drunk in public. She was held in jail until sober, police said.

The incident speaks to the number and popularity of bar crawls in Arlington.  At the Arlington County Board’s budget mark-up meeting earlier this week, the County Board approved an addition $42,000 to the police specifically for “pub crawl support.” Pub crawls in Clarendon, Courthouse and Ballston have drawn crowds close to 5,000-6,000 people, County Board Chair Jay Fisette said.

“I’m becoming a pub crawl expert, not by choice,” Arlington Police Chief Doug Scott told the Board Wednesday. “We are receiving crawl requests at a very escalated pace because they’ve been very popular. We thought we were going to have three, that went to nine, and it’s growing.”

Scott told he’s planning a meeting with the Clarendon-Courthouse Civic Association on April 30. He and the Board discussed the potential for regulatory measures for potentially reining in the crawls, or requesting the restaurants and/or organizers provide the funds for the police support.

“There are a lot of legal issues around some of the choices the manager and board will have in terms of how we address these crawls in the future,” Scott said.

Board Member Libby Garvey asked Scott if the crawls were “a little like Mardi Gras except all year long.” Board Member Mary Hynes, who lives near Clarendon, said she has had a hard time wading through the revelers when she wants “to go to the grocery store.”

Lines for bars extend far down the sidewalk for many of the bar crawls, which include crawls on St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween and other holidays. One bar crawl in late June last year led to 13 alcohol-related arrests, reports.

“Our level of disorderliness really escalates on days where we have pub crawls,” said Scott. “I just signed off today on a comprehensive ground response. I think there’s no aspect of the community, especially around some of these bar locations, that are not impacted.”

Ethan Rothstein contributed to this story.

Movie Star Sighting at Reston Town Center

by Karen Goff | April 18, 2014 at 8:47 am | 1,949 views | No Comments

Susan Sarandon/Credit: GettyThe Washington Post’s Reliable Source column reports that actress Susan Sarandon, her mother Lenora Marie Criscione and a others dining at Reston Town Center’s Passionfish on Tuesday night. From the Reliable Source:

According to our tipsters, Sarandon, who graduated from Catholic University in 1968, and her group of five were tucked away at a private corner table.

They entered through the restaurant’s discreet side door, not because the Oscar-winner feared flashing iPhones but because of Tuesday’s downpour.  Passionfish’s general manager greeted the group outside with an umbrella and led them inside.

No word as to why Sarandon and company were visiting Reston.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Friday Morning Rundown

by Karen Goff | April 18, 2014 at 8:00 am | 523 views | No Comments

Rocking at South Lakes Village Center

Virginia Doing Away With Extra E-Z Pass Fee — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed bill eliminating extra fees for the E-Z Pass transponder. [Washington Post]

Big Chance For Leidos — Reston-based Leidos Holdings will be the only D.C. area company able to bid for nearly $1 billion in architect-engineering services for the Air Force. The work will support military construction, military family housing, and sustainment, restoration and modernization programs worldwide. [Washington Business Journal]

Metro Work Resumes — Metro took a four-week break for cherry blossom season, but will resume doing weekend work again beginning Friday. [WTOP]

Honoring Jail’s “Rock Stars” — Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid tells volunteers they are all “rock stars” at a ceremony in their honor. Sheriff’s Office volunteers provide inmate programs that include employability and workplace skills, financial planning, responsible parenting, anger management, impact of crime awareness, alcohol and drug addiction recovery, educational advancement and spirituality. In 2013, these volunteers contributed more than 8,000 hours and presented 5,400 classes. [Fairfax County]

Thanks To This Week’s Advertisers

by | April 18, 2014 at 5:00 am | No Comments

On Fridays we take a moment to thank Reston Now’s advertisers and sponsors.

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

Reston Association, Reston’s homeowner’s association.

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.

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.

Taste of Arlington festival on May 18.

Simon Gets Smuckers Shoutout

by Karen Goff | April 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm | 251 views | 1 Comment

Reston founder Bob Simon turned 100 years old last week. Thursday morning, he got a television shout out from The Today Show’s Willard Scott. Scott has been wishing Centenarians all…


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