by RestonNow.com Sponsor — June 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

This week’s Reston Pets of the Week are Audrey and Wally, two dogs being raised as siblings.

Here is what owner Katie has to say:

Audrey is a 12-year old Shar Pei-Hound mix who was adopted almost nine years ago from Lost Dog Rescue. Wally is an 8-year old beagle-basset mix who was adopted three years ago, also from Lost Dog Rescue. We would like to say they’re best friends, but mostly they’re just legally brother and sister.

Audrey is a sweetheart who was born with three legs. She loves to make new (people) friends, and would be happy with a hand constantly petting her head. She’s mostly a homebody with some limited couch access due to her softie Dad. She loves any kind of treat and is always happy to share a bite with you.

Wally is a little quirky, even after three years we still haven’t quick figured him out. He loves chewing on bones, chasing after squirrels and of course sniffing the entire neighborhood. Wally loves to go on long walks and follow his mom around the house. He was formerly known as Buddha and still gets called “Buddh” from time to time.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by Karen Goff — June 3, 2015 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

South Africa's Kongos performs Friday at Celebrate Fairfax!/Courtesy Celebrate FairfaxThe Fairfax County Government Center grounds are the place to be for live music, rides, carnival games and other family fun this weekend as the 34th annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival gets underway.

Here is what you need to know:

Festival Hours are Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The Government Center is located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

There will be more than 30 food vendors on site. Fireworks will take place Friday and Saturday nights about 9:30 p.m.

Ticket prices vary ($12 for adult one-day admission; $8 for Sunday admission; $5, ahes 3 to 13; weekend packages available). This includes festival admission but not carnival rides. Ticket info and purchase is available online. Tickets are also available through Thursday at Northern Virginia Wegman’s stores.

There will be more than 130 entertainment acts, including children’s programming. The Bud Light Main Stage will feature headliners each day:

Friday, June 5 at 8 p.m.: KONGOS

Saturday, June 6 at p.m. 3 DOORS DOWN

Sunday, June 7 at 4:30 p.m. THE AMISH OUTLAWS

General admission includes all performances.

For complete information, visit www.celebratefairfax.com.

by Karen Goff — June 3, 2015 at 9:30 am 305 14 Comments

Dock at South Lakes Village CenterThe Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the Reston Master Plan that will provide guidelines for any changes to village centers and neighborhoods as Reston moves into its second 50 years.

The changes, commonly called Reston Master Plan Phase 2, ensure that future residential and commercial growth will be concentrated in the Town Center, the Transit Station Areas and the Village Centers; and the Vision and Planning Principles created in Phase 1 should apply to the whole of Reston.

Phase 1, which set standards for development close to transit centers at Wiehle-Reston East and Reston’s future Reston Parkway Metro Station, was approved by the county in early 2014.

Some of the vision and planning principles for both: that Reston place an emphasis on diversity of housing, affordability, walkability and the role plazas play as community gathering spaces.

Reston Association CEO Cate Fulkerson, one of a handful of speakers at the public hearing portion of  Tuesday’s meeting, requested that a sentence be added “Reston has always been a place where nature is valued and protected.”

“This summarizes the most important characteristic of Reston and needs to be incorporated,” she said.

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins agreed, and suggested that it be added to a prominent place at the start of the final document.

Hudgins had some questions for county planning staff at the meeting. One of the questions centered on whether St. Johns Wood, the garden apartment complex owned by Bozzuto, can redevelop without a comprehensive plan amendment. (more…)

by Karen Goff — June 3, 2015 at 8:00 am 0

Lake Anne

Dock Dogs — Miss the Chesapeake Dock Dogs exhibition at PetMAC at Lake Anne Plaza Saturday? Here’s an excellent action gallery. [Modern Reston]

South Lakes HS For Savvy Investors? — South Lakes High School was one of four Fairfax County High Schools named to the Working in Support of Education’s list of Top 100 best high schools in the nation for personal finance instruction. [FCPS]

Reston Company Helps Catch Hong Kong Offenders — Reston-based Parabon Nanolabs has created DNA tracking ability that Hong Kong officials are using to catch repeat litterbugs. [Fast Company]

‘Move Over’ Update — Fairfax County Police put in place a new “Move Over” initiative last week. The Virginia State Police project educates motorists about Virginia’s “Move Over” law (changing lanes if a police or emergency vehicle needs to get through). [FCPD]

by Karen Goff — June 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm 653 1 Comment

Fairfax County Police Officers from Fairfax County’s Reston District Station say a robbery and the burglary of an occupied dwelling took place last week.

The incidents were in unincorporated Herndon and Great Falls, both of which are policed by the Reston District Station

The robbery occurred at the Clocktower Shopping Center in the 2400 block of Centreville Road in Herndon on May 26. Police said a man entered a restaurant shortly before 10:30 p.m., displayed a handgun to an employee and demanded money.

The suspect took cash and fled. The victim did not require medical attention.

The suspect was described as average build, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and wearing all dark clothing, a beanie on his head, and a mask over his face.

The burglary took place in the 11300 block of Fox Creek Farm Way about 3 a.m. on May 28, police said. A resident reported someone entered the residence overnight and took property.

In other crime news:


  • 11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, property from business
  • 12200 block of Leesburg Pike, merchandise from business
  • 9800 block of Georgetown Pike, merchandise from business
  • 2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, merchandise from business
  • 11600 block of Quail Ridge Court, jewelry from residence
  • 12900 block of Centre Park Circle, bicycle from property
  • 2300 block of Colts Neck Road, wallet from residence
  • 10300 block of Georgetown Pike, license plate from vehicle
  • 1800 block of Town Center Parkway, property from hospital
  • 1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, bicycle from Metro station
  • 2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive, bicycle from school
  • 9700 block of Middleton Ridge Road, electronic device from vehicle
  • 11400 block of Northwind Court, property and jewelry from vehicle
  • 12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business.
  • 1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, merchandise from business.


11900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, 2006 Ford E250.

by Eve Thompson — June 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

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This is a sponsored post by Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate.

Summer is almost here, and it’s hard not to spend my days daydreaming about the adventures I could be having.

While Reston has so much to offer — pools, tennis courts, walking paths, parks and more — sometimes you just want to get in the car and take off. Fortunately, Reston is perfectly located so you can do any number of fun day trips. Here are three of my favorites.

The Beach and Shark Teeth

Did you know you could be at the beach within an hour? Yes, we are that close … at least to the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay. (If you want to drive three hours, the entire Eastern Shore is waiting for you). Chesapeake Beach, Maryland is about a one-hour drive, and it is well worth it.

From charming restaurants to sandy beaches, it’s the perfect summer day trip. It’s fun to hunt for shark’s teeth, an activity that keeps kids young and old occupied for hours. The best spot is along Calvert Cliffs, and you will see people sifting through the sand at all hours of the day.

Hiking in the Catoctin Mountains

Most people know of the Shenandoah Valley, and it is certainly beautiful. But some of my favorite close hiking is in the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. The expansive vistas are stunning. Although you can get to hiking in trails within an hour of leaving Reston, you can stay overnight if you want — many people enjoy camping out in the Adirondack Shelters. Many of the hiking trails take you near Camp David, so it’s always fun to try to glimpse the President (no, you won’t get a glimpse, but it’s fun to try).

Ladew Topiary Gardens

There are actually many lovely gardens within a three-hour drive of Reston. One of my favorite (aside from Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna) is the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland, which is about an hour and a half to the north of Reston.

It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the grounds are stunning with more than 100 topiaries filling the landscape, including a pack of dogs traipsing through the grounds (I think they may be on the hunt, but I’m not sure).

If you can swing a vacation this summer and want to have some local fun, give these day trips a try. Or, for more ideas, visit Northern Virginia Magazine’s list of 52 day trips.

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — June 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0


Reston Chamber Spotlight is a bi-weekly feature sponsored by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. This week’s spotlight is on Maid Bright, a housecleaning company and 2015 Best of Reston winner. Co-owner Yusef Mehmetoglu explained his business philosophy to Reston Now.

RN: Why did you decide to start or locate your business in Reston?

MB: Our business is located in Sterling, but we are part of the Reston Chamber. We live in Reston and believe it is a great community to be a part of and raise a family.

Yusef MehmetogluRN: What are the challenges and rewards of being a business owner?

MB: Being a business owner is both rewarding and challenging. For one thing, you are your own boss. But this also means you are responsible for everything that happens in your company. You have to keep a good reputation and make sure your customers are satisfied. Also, being a business owner can sometimes mean that you are working longer hours than you normally would at a full-time job.

RN:  Name something about your business that most people don’t know?

MB: We started Maid Bright from the basement of our townhome about 11 years ago, and we actually cleaned some of the homes ourselves in the beginning because we did not have enough cleaning crews.

RN: What is the unique value your client’s get when using your services?

MB: Our clients know that we never compromise on our service quality and we have a 24-hour guarantee. If for some reason our client is unhappy with their service, we will resend our cleaning crew to complete the job to their liking. We use environmentally friendly products, which they know will not harm their children, home and pets.

RN: Describe a typical day as the business owner.

MB: My day starts out by looking at my schedule for any meetings, interviews or customer issues that I need to take care of. Then, I check-in with our office staff to discuss any important issues for that day or week like sick calls, vacations and any feedback or request that we need to respond to from a customer. Depending on my schedule, I am usually out of the office and making phone calls and attending networking events and meetings.Maid Bright

RN: How has the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce helped your business grow?

MB: The Reston Chamber of Commerce has enabled us to meet many people and introduced us to the community. Furthermore, the chamber hosts many networking events that we have attended to reach out to the community and grow our business.

RN:  What is the quote that best describes your business?

MB: “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.”-Walt Disney

RN: What is your advice to someone who is thinking about owning a business?

MB: My advice for someone who is planning on owning is a business is to have a good business plan. Be prepared for the challenges you may have as your business grows such as costs associated with hiring, advertising, finding good people to work with and committing your time.

by RestonNow.com — June 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm 741 17 Comments

Driving range at Reston NationalThis is an op-ed by Reston 2020’s Terry Maynard. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

RestonNow’s article yesterday on the upcoming Board of Supervisors hearing of Phase 2 of the Reston Master Plan provides an excellent overview of the key provisions of new Plan for “suburban” Reston, the community that all of us live in except those in Town Center and the new high-rise residences near the Sheraton Reston.

Speaking on behalf of the Reston 2020 Committee, we believe the draft plan amendment generally serves the existing Reston residential community well, but with some important exceptions we have detailed to the County staff on at least two occasions. (Please see our initial ideas for Phase 2, comments on draft Version 2, and specific comments on the Reston Land Use Map.)

It may help to highlight what we believe are the more substantial shortcomings regarding the village centers and open space in this Phase 2 of the draft plan and the changes made by the Planning Commission so Restonians have the opportunity to reach out to the Board of Supervisors at the hearing today (Tuesday, June 2, 4 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center) or to Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins directly.

We urge the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Hudgins in particular, to listen to and address the concerns of Reston organizations and residents at this important hearing and in other communications concerning Reston’s existing neighborhoods.

Village Centers:  In our view, the most significant shortcomings of the draft plan appear in the section dealing with village centers.

Maybe the biggest one is that the draft plan puts no limits on the density of redevelopment in these critical elements of the Reston community. The plan’s failure to limit density (we recommended a density of FAR 1.0, four times the current limit) could result in extremely dense commercial, office, or residential development (or all of the above) in the village centers that would be totally inappropriate for a neighborhood-serving center.

The absence of a reasonable density restriction could easily lead to the situation we are about to see in Town Center North, where plans to build a 23-story office building beyond the high-density, half-mile transit station area (TSA) — and twice as tall as the adjoining new Spectrum Center — were approved by the Board because there was no density restriction. (more…)

by Karen Goff — June 2, 2015 at 11:00 am 325 7 Comments

Lake Anne Historical Marker

Lake Anne Plaza has a new addition: a historical marker that recaps Reston’s significance as a planned “new town.”

The state historical marker, issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, was installed in between the parking lot and the entrance to the plaza on Friday.

Speakers at the ceremony included State Sen. Janet Howell, Del. Ken Plum, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and Shelley Mastran, chair of the Reston Historic Trust.

The Reston Historic Trust and the Lake Anne Condominium Association covered the cost of creating the sign. The marker was approved by the Department of Historic Resources in March 2014.

by Karen Goff — June 2, 2015 at 8:00 am 0

Kids Museum — The long-awaited Children’s Science Center will open this month at Fair Oaks Mall. [Family Fun Blog] Record For SLHS — The South Lakes High School girls 4×400 meter…


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