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by RestonNow.com — October 31, 2014 at 4:14 pm 0

House hunting? Start with these open houses in Reston.

2104 South Bay2104 South Bay Lane
3 BR, 3.5 BA SFH
Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.


11457 Washington Plaza11457 Washington Plaza
3 BR, 3 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


11523 IvyBush11523 Ivy Bush Court
3 BR, 1.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


1273 Wild Hawthorn1273 Wild Hawthorn Way
3 BR, 2 FB, 2 HB TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


11964 Sentinel Point Court11964 Sentinel Point Court
3 BR, 2 FB, 2 HB TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


11627 Vantage Hill11627 Vantage Hill Road
1 BR, 1 BA Condo
Open Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.


lakeshorecrest1720 Lake Shore Crest Drive
2 BR, 1.5 BA Condo
Open Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m.


crescent park1976 Crescent Park Drive
3 BR, 2.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

by Karen Goff — October 31, 2014 at 3:02 pm 688 4 Comments

Fairfax County Police Fairfax County Police are thanking Reston citizens for their help in locating a missing elderly woman Thursday night.

Officers from the Reston District Station said the 77-year-old woman, who suffers from dementia, walked away from the 9700 block of Georgetown Pike near Great Falls about 5:30 p.m., said police spokeswoman Lucy Caldewell.

Police patrols, including a bloodhound, searched for several hours, but were unsuccessful. About 10 p.m., they enlisted the Office of Emergency Management, which placed a reverse 911 call to homes in the Reston-Great Falls area.

Caldwell said some 22,000 homes with landlines within a five-mile radius of Georgetown Pike received calls.


“Immediately, dispatch phones rang with reported sightings of the missing woman,” Caldwell said. “Finally, after six hours of searching, thanks to a thoughtful resident that received the reverse 911 call, the woman was located on a top floor parking garage stairwell at Reston Town Center at 11:45 p.m. She was ushered to warmth and safety at the Reston Police Station. ”

Caldwell said some residents were upset at receiving the call at the late hour.

“Due to the nature of the circumstance (critical missing person — life threatening emergency) the decision was made to implement reverse 911,” she said. Reverse 911 is not something residents sign up for. In emergencies, these landline numbers are provided to public safety personnel and are to be used only in life-threatening/urgent situations, she added.


by Karen Goff — October 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm 0

cornerstones2Nov. 1 marks the beginning of Cornerstones annual coat drive.

The Reston nonprofit that helps people who are homeless or experiencing poverty has been collecting coats for those in need the last few weeks. The organization will continue collecting new or gently used coats through November in order to aid those in the community who can use a warm winter jacket as winter approaches.

Need a coat?

Stop by 11484 Washington Plaza West at Lake Anne Plaza, Room 320. Hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon; Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Closed on Federal Holidays and Saturday, Nov. 29.

Have coats to give?

Cornerstones will take donations of children and adult-sized coats, as well as new hats, gloves and scarves, at the same location. All sizes are needed, but there is an extra need from children’s sized and men’s XXL-5XL.

by Karen Goff — October 31, 2014 at 1:54 pm 1 Comment

Design Tips by Cindy Beyer

This is a sponsored column by Cindy Beyer, ASID,NCIDQ. Beyer is a Reston-based interior designer and Reston Now Best Reston Business Award winner. Find her online at www.CindyLBeyer.com.

Many people ask me questions about various design subjects. Here are some of the most common:

What size chandelier should you use?

Size of chandeliers: A good guide for sizing the chandelier is half the size of the tabletop. For instance, if your table width is 48″, then the diameter of the chandelier should be 24″. If you have a 60″ diameter table, then the diameter should be 30″. Remember, this is just a general rule of thumb.

How high do you mount your chandelier?

A good rule is 2-1/2″ -3″ for each foot. If your ceiling height is 8 feet, then the height of your fixture should be about 24″.  For a 10′ ceiling, your fixture should be about 25-30″.  Mounting over the table is also a question I am often asked. I like to tell my clients that 30″from the table top is perfect.

What is the proper rug size to use in a room?

How far should area rugs be away from the wall? If you want to cover most of the room to create a larger sitting area, then place the area rugs from 6 inches to 2 feet from the wall. I like to place all of the furniture on the run with the back edges of the legs touching the edge of the carpet.  This way I do not have half of the legs on and half off.

However, if you are using an existing carpet and have a larger sitting area, then make sure you build up under the leg of the furniture on the floor to equal the height of the carpet and pad. I very often will custom size my rug to fit the space.

What size rug do I use under the dining room table?

I use a general rule of thumb to have the carpet extend at least 24-36″ from the edge of the table.  This way your dining chairs will stay on the carpet.

Can I paint my ceiling a color?

Many clients ask me if it is proper to paint the ceilings anything other color than white. I say, never paint it white.

If you must paint it light, I suggest Benjamin Moore’s Linen White. If you are using a wall color from a color card and want to stay in the same family, I suggest either going up the card or down the card for the ceiling color.

Some of my favorite ceiling colors are: Benjamin Moore’ North Shore Green, Woodland White, Sand Dunes and Healing Aloe in the blue and green family.

I also do not mind a faux painted sky in a bedroom. Don’t be afraid of also using a darker color on the ceiling. Think outside of the box, and you will be pleasantly surprised. I just finished having my family room ceiling painted Benjamin Moore’s Baked Pretzel. It turned out fantastic. Always make sure you use a flat finish on your ceilings, unless you are doing something special like Venetian Plaster or a high gloss for a trendy effect.

Please visit my website at www.cindylbeyer.com If you have any design questions, please feel free to email me at: cindylbeyerdesign@gmail.com.

by Elizabeth Arguelles — October 31, 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.

Food allergies are fairly common in cats, and it’s suggested that about 10 percent of all feline allergies are caused by food. Only flea and environmental allergens are known to cause more reactions. While many food allergies or intolerances present with typical gastrointestinal symptoms, many cause skin related reactions like itching and scratching.

Food allergies can show up in cats as young as five months old and in those as old as 12. Typically allergies will start when the cat is between the ages of two and six.

The most common foods that cause allergies in cats are chicken, fish, corn, wheat and soy. Though allergies to beef, pork, dairy products and eggs are not as common, cats can still develop adverse reactions to those items. Cats can become overly sensitive to the foods that they are most frequently fed.


It can important to distinguish between a food intolerance and food allergies. Symptoms vary for both but the symptoms of an allergic reaction are typically more severe including:

  • A very itchy rash on the head, neck or back
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Excessive grooming creating bald spots or sores
  • Red and inflamed ears
  • Chin acne

In addition to these symptoms, other common symptoms of food allergies and food intolerances are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or soft stools
  • Weight loss


As in the case of environmental allergies, many of these symptoms could also be caused by other factors. Your veterinarian will likely discuss diagnostics including lab work to rule out other underlying diseases or conditions.

Once your vet has determined that there are no other potential causes, he or she will usually recommend feeding your cat a prescription protein or hydrolyzed diet for 12 weeks without any flavored medication or treats.

Hydrolyzed diets are those in which proteins and carbohydrates are broken down into such small particles that they no longer trigger allergies. They are specifically called “hydrolyzed protein” diets. Limited protein diets are diets that feature only select novel proteins that aren’t as familiar to your cat like duck, venison, or rabbit. However many of these diets still contain other potential allergens like corn, wheat or soy.

Your vet might also run a food allergy blood panel that can test for common food allergies, but veterinarians will frequently recommend the trial diet instead. While opinion of the accuracy of food allergy blood panels vary amongst veterinarians, it can be beneficial in some cases. Typically, it is more cost effective to try the diet trials.

The goal in diet elimination trials is to find a food that your cat not only likes and will eat regularly, but one that does not cause any reaction. Diet elimination trials take dedication from the owner and the cat to ensure no other treats, flavors, or foods are introduced during the period. Even the smallest crumb can potentially cause a reaction.

Cats suffering from food allergies or intolerances typically do very well once the allergens are removed from the diet.

Next week, we will talk about another allergy treatment option: immunotherapy shots or oral drops.

For more information, please visit our Feline Health Library.







by Karen Goff — October 31, 2014 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

Candy-CornTrick-or-Treaters will be out soon, on the hunt for all things sugar.

Just for fun, we’re asking what’s your Halloween treasure? You know, the one you would trade with your brother or you will still, 40 years later, swipe from your own kids’ bags if they are not looking.

For a reality check, check out Lifehacker.com’s healthiness ranking of popular candy.

Take our poll. If we missed one of your favorites, add it in the comments.

by Karen Goff — October 31, 2014 at 9:30 am 276 0

Jack o Lantern/Credit: Will Hoover via FlickrHalloween is not just for little ones — especially when the holiday falls on a weekend.

So leave the Trick-or-Treating to the kids. Reston Now has some ideas for some adult-level fun nearby on Oct. 31.

Paolo’s at Reston Town Center is having an adult costume contest from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a DJ, dancing and cash prizes for first-, second- and third-place winners.

Morton’s at Reston Town Center is offering a “No Tricks, All Treats” four-course meal Friday for $35 per person. There will be a variety of food choices, including a 6 oz. Filet Mignon, Honey Chili Glazed Salmon and Baked Five-Onion Soup.

The Reston Community Players will perform You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, with special $10 tickets for the 8 p.m. show Friday.

Lake Anne Plaza will host a HOWL-O-WEEN celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Pets and their owners are encouraged to come in costume for contests, games, music and “yappy” hour specials at Lake Anne restaurants.

Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon will host its 18th annual Halloween Bash. The fun starts at 9 p.m.  There will be a DJ and dancing with no cover charges. Also, a $150 prize for “best costume,” scary scream contests and more.

If you are going to celebrate with a Halloween ale or two, remember the SoberRide program will be offering free rides homes from 10 p.m. on Oct. 31 to 4 a.m. on Nov. 1. Call 800-200-8294 (TAXI). AT&T customers may dial #WRAP from their wireless phones.

  • You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service
  • All requests for SoberRide service must be called to and dispatched from 1-800-200-8294. Do not call a taxi company directly for SoberRide service as the ride will not be covered under this program.
  • Riders are responsible for fares over $30.

Know of any other area public parties or specials? Tell us in the comments.

Photo: Will Hoover via Flickr

by Karen Goff — October 31, 2014 at 8:10 am 245 1 Comment

Pretty colors at Reston Town Center/Credit: Reston Town Center

Now THAT’s A Toll – A Fairfax County woman who was charged more than $10,000 for 11 unpaid trips on the 495 Express Lanes went to court on Wednesday and won a partial victory over the company that operates the toll lanes. The problem stemmed from the woman’s faulty E-ZPass and administrative fees, but she still owes a lot of money. [WTOP]

Reston’s A Hot Address — The built-in higher density and walkability of Reston Town Center makes Reston an in-demand place for offices while it may take Tysons Corner a while. [Washington Post]

Clarabridge Has Big Plans — Reston’s Clarabridge, a firm that uses social media data to advise big business clients — recently doubled its Reston office force and has plans to expand more in the next year. [Bisnow]

Photo: Fall leaves at Reston Town Center/Credit: Reston Town Center

by Karen Goff — October 31, 2014 at 5:00 am 0

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 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.

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.

CrossFit North Reston, Reston’s newest place to train Crossfit style.

by RestonNow.com — October 30, 2014 at 11:00 am 2 Comments

This week’s Reston Pet of the Week is Gordie (named for Gordie Howe but his hockey-loving owners. Here is what owner Leslie has to say about her mixed breed. Gordie…

by Karen Goff — October 30, 2014 at 8:08 am 0

Chili Winner — Fairfax County Police office Darren Tran was the winner of the Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cookoff at Oktoberfest Reston earlier this month. He shares his secret recipe….


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