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by Karen Goff — September 1, 2014 at 8:00 am 0

Pick up soccer in the parkIt’s Labor Day. Reston Now is off, and hopefully you are too. Enjoy the de facto last day of summer.

Here is a list of what is open and what is closed today.

Federal — No mail delivery. Post offices are closed. Courts are closed.

Reston Association Pools — Late season pools are open on a weekend schedule. Check RA’s pool schedule.

Fairfax County:

County Government - Closed.

Animal Shelter - Closed

Courts - Closed.

Public Schools and School Offices - Closed.

Library - Closed Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1.

Fairfax Connector - Operating Sunday schedule on Sept. 1. Routes with Sunday service operate according to the Sunday schedule. Routes without Sunday service will not operate.

Fastran - Not in service.

Park Authority - RECenters are open to 6 p.m., except George Washington RECenter, which is closed. Historic sites are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Nature centers are open noon to 5 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; visitor center is closed. Green Spring Gardens is open noon to 4:30 p.m.; historic house is closed.

Teen and Senior Centers – Closed.

Community Centers - Closed.

Reston Community Center Hunters Woods - Closed.

Reston Community Center Lake Anne - Closed.

County Trash and Recycling Collection:

  • Private Collection Service Providers - Residents should contact their trash and recycling collector directly for service schedule changes due to the holiday.
  • Fairfax County Collection Customers: Trash and recyclables will be collected as scheduled on Monday, Sept. 1.  Please have your materials to the curb no later than 6 a.m. to ensure collection. Any questions may be directed to the Customer Service Center at 703-802-3322, TTY 711.

Recycling and Disposal Facilities:

by Karen Goff — August 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm 238 1 Comment

House hunters will have plenty to see this weekend in Reston. Start with these open houses.

2408 Cloudcroft2408 Cloudcroft Square
2 BR, 2 BA Condo
$300,000
Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

 
 

2046 Golf Course2046 Golf Course Drive
3 BR, 2.5 BA TH
$384,900
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 
 

Abington Hall12190 Abington Hall Place
2 BR, 2 BA Condo
$450,000
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 
 

2328 Hunters Square2328 Hunters Square Court
3 BR, 2.5 BA TH
$379,900
Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

 
 

Inlet Court1547 Inlet Court
4 BR, 2.5 BA TH
$525,000
Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

 
 

twisted Oak1506 Twisted Oak Court
3 BR, 2 FB, 2 HB TH
$405,000
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 
 

12147 Purple Sage12147 Purple Sage Court
2 BR, 2 BA TH
$334,900
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 
 

For more open houses and complete real estate information, visit Reston Now’s Real Estate section.

by Karen Goff — August 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm 1,119 0

Fairfax County Police Officers from Fairfax County Police’s Reston District Station are investigating two burglaries that took place earlier this week.

Both incidents were on Tuesday. One was at North Point Village Center, where a store employee said someone entered the business and took property.

The other was in the 11700 block of North Shore Drive, where a resident reported someone entered the residence and took property.

Earlier in the week, several other break-ins were reported.

Police do not yet know if the incidents are related.

by Elizabeth Arguelles — August 29, 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.

External ear canal or outer ear infections are more common in dogs than cats, but your feline friends can also get them. These infections, which are also called otitis externa, are usually caused by bacteria and yeast that accumulates in the ear. They can also result from an infestation of ear mites. Ear mites tend to encourage the development of secondary infections due to bacteria or yeast in the ear canal. Those infections tend to linger even after the mites have gone.

Symptoms of ear infections

The first thing to look at is what your cat is doing with its head. Because ear canals are extremely sensitive, ear infections can cause your cat pain and discomfort. As a result, many cats suffering from ear infections will shake their heads or scratch their ears in an attempt to remove debris or fluid from the ear canal. Some cats might also tilt their heads to one side.

If you notice your cat exhibiting any of these behaviors, make sure to take a look at your cat’s ears. An infected ear may become red and inflamed, and emit a strong odor. You may also observe black or yellow discharge. Sometimes the ear may appear dirty, or there may even be no obvious signs.

Infections caused by ear mites generally show similar symptoms, so it is important to note that ear mite infestation is more common in outdoor cats or kittens. If your indoor adult cat develops an ear infection shortly after a new kitten has joined the household, ear mites may be the cause.

 Diagnosing ear infections

Always take your cat to the vet when you notice any potential signs of an ear infection before cleaning your cat’s ears on your own. Not only will your vet need to see the debris or discharge in your cat’s ear to determine what’s wrong, but you may accidentally cause more harm than good.

First, the vet will examine your cat’s ear with an otoscope, which is an instrument that magnifies and illuminates the inside of the ear. It lets your vet see into the ear canal and rule out other potential causes like tumors and foreign bodies. It also determines whether the eardrum is still intact. When there is excessive debris, discharge or inflammation in the ear canal, or the ear is very painful to touch, your vet might perform a sedated exam and take a sample of the material from the ear canal. It is then examined under a microscope or by ear cytology.

Treating ear infections

Nearly all ear infections can be treated and cured if properly diagnosed. The specific treatment, however, depends entirely on the infection’s cause. For example, if it is the result of a foreign body in the ear canal, your vet can remove it from your cat under sedation.

If the infection is due to yeast or bacteria, your vet may prescribe medication or drops depending on the results of the exam or diagnostic work up. Once your vet identifies the right medication or treatment plan, he or she can show you how to administer the medication properly to your cat.

In some cases, the infection may be so severe that it has closed the ear canal. Medication may be given to reduce the swelling and open the canal. In the severest of cases, surgery may be required. But those instances are fortunately rare.

For more information please visit our Feline Health Library.

 

 

by Karen Goff — August 29, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

Dulles Toll Road Main Plaza/Credit: MWAAIt’s Labor Day weekend, which means many Restonians are on the move.

Fourteen percent of the D.C. area’s population will be going out of town for Labor Day this weekend, says AAA Mid-Atlantic.

That’s 842,100 local residents on the local roads, rails and airways. Nine out of 10 of those traveling — 735,000 residents — will doing so by automobile, says AAA.

That number is up 0.8 percent from 2013. The lowest Labor Day weekend gas prices in four years are helping to drive the increase, an AAA spokesman said.

“It remains the preferred and cheapest mode of transportation for a couple traveling with children trying to squeeze in a memorable family getaway before the school year goes into high gear,” John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs said in a press release.

Air travel this weekend is expected to dip slightly, down 0.3 percent to 64,200 residents who will be flying out of the D.C. area. Other forms of transportation, like rail, are predicted to dip 0.5 percent to 43,100 travelers.

Are you hitting the road or staying put this weekend?

by Karen Goff — August 29, 2014 at 9:30 am 308 3 Comments

Pyramid of Light/Credit: Sean BahramiSummer is about to end, and so is the the Pyramid of Light.

The public art project built by South Lakes High School art students is slated to be dismantled on Friday.

The project — a pyramid on the base of the concrete spilllway that features brightly painted plexiglass panels — was constructed on the Lake Thoreau spillway in early May.

It was originally supposed to remain in place for half the summer. But the pyramid proved to be a crowd favorite, and the students got permission to leave it up through the end of August.

They even returned to the site in July to repair the structure, which had seen many of its plexiglass panels blow away during storms. The repairs worked and the pyramid has been standing intact since.

The student artists worked on the project for more than year, taking it from sketches to construction. The students had to go through the Reston Association’s Design Review Board process.

Turning the spillway into public art was the idea of James Pan, a Reston resident who suggested the concrete square that can be seen from South Lakes Drive would be a great space for art. He offered financial support if the students would work on a project, said Anne Delaney, executive director of Initiative for Public Art Reston, which sponsored the project.

South Lakes High School art teacher Marco Rando, the advisor for the project, has said he would like to see more projects constructed on the spillway in the future.

by Karen Goff — August 29, 2014 at 8:00 am 422 0

Flowers at RA Community Garden Lake Anne

Cops Say Slow Down – The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Police Department and dozens of homeowner association and Neighborhood Watch residents kicked off a new community-wide speed initiative at the FCPD driver training track in Chantilly on Thursday. New signs will be added to remind drivers to “Slow Down, We Live Here; You Live Here.” [Fairfax County Police]

SOL Scores Stay Flat — Fairfax County Public Schools’ Standards of Learning scores showed minimal improvement this year, state data shows. While county schools fared better than peers across the state on the 2013-14 Standards of Learning exams, they struggled to bounce back from the large scoring drops of the previous year, when new tests were introduced. [Fairfax Times]

Kudos to LHMS’ Threlkeld – Timothy Threlkeld, who has taught technology and engineering education at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston for eight years, was named Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association Middle School Teacher of the Year. Threlkeld is known for teaching technological skills to his students while helping them understand the challenges of their use. His students learn problem solving skills; participate in project design, testing, and evaluation; build prototypes; and learn workplace readiness, the school system says. [FCPS]

 Photo: RA Community Garden Lake Anne

by Karen Goff — August 29, 2014 at 8:00 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.

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.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment, bringing you the Washington Mystics season.

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

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s School of Real Estate, where prospective Realtors can get training to become licensed.

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

Van Metre Homes, handcrafted homes since 1955.

Apartment Showcase, your guide to apartments for rent in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Dulles Town Center, the premier shopping and dining destination of Loudoun County.

by Karen Goff — August 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm 585 0

2014 Jazz & Blues PosterThe sounds of jazz return to Lake Anne Plaza Saturday at the 8th Annual Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival.

The free event offers fun for the whole family, with notable regional and national jazz musicians. The festival runs from 2 to 8 p.m.

There will be cornhole for the kids and beer and wine for adults, featuring Champion Missile IPA from Charlottesville and Bells Oberon Ale from Michigan.

The Initiative for Public Art Rest (IPAR) will have two displays/activities at the festival. One is a mural by Reston artist Abbie Fundling. People of all ages are invited to add their touch of color to the mural.

The other project is Before I Die by artist Candy Chang. Before I Die is an interactive temporary public art project that invites people to share their personal aspirations in public spaces.

The original wall was created in February 2011 on an abandoned house in Candy Chang’s neighborhood in New Orleans. Since then, more than 525 Before I Die walls have been created in 70 countries in over 30 languages.

This year’s musical headliner is the Adrian Duke Project. Duke is a New Orleans-influenced pianist, composer and vocalist.

Performance Schedule

  • 2 p.m. — Nia Olibesi Trio
  • 3 p.m. — John Lee Quartet
  • 4 p.m. — Mykle Lyons Quintet
  • 5 p.m. – Chip Bubeck Trio
  • 6 p.m. – Sam Gunderson
  • 7 p.m. – Adrian Duke Project  

The festival is sponsored by Lane Anne Merchants, Friends of Lake Anne, Northern Virginia Magazine, the Reston Community Center, Reston Association and Republic Land Development.

The festival will be held rain or shine.

by Karen Goff — August 28, 2014 at 9:30 am 956 0

Wendi Kaufman, an accomplished writer who lived in Fox Mill, died on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 50. Kaufman’s collection of short stories, Helen on 86th…

by Karen Goff — August 28, 2014 at 8:00 am 218 0

Lots of Soccer — Join the Reston Soccer Association for their Fall Kick-off Festival on Sunday, Aug. 31 at South Lakes High School. The free event is from 9 a.m. to…

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