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by Karen Goff — September 22, 2014 at 9:30 am 0

Dairy Queen at Hunters Woods Village Center has closed its doors.

The store at 2254 Hunters Woods Plaza first appeared closed on Friday. By Sunday, all products were swept from the store’s freezers and counter and the blinds were shut.

The owners could not be reached and the store’s phone is out of order. The franchise operation of the national chain had been located at Hunters Woods for many years.

The store’s departure leaves several vacancies in the same stretch at Hunters Woods. Two doors down, Solar Planet Tanning Studio went out of business last month. The space formerly housing At Play Cafe has been vacant since 2011.

by Karen Goff — September 22, 2014 at 8:00 am 0

Jaguars on display at Celebrating Jaguars - 50th Golden Anniversary Jaguar Club Car Show/Credit: Reston Town Center

Reston Association’s A Healthy Place — Reston Association ranks No. 3 on the 2014 Washington Business Journal’s “Healthiest Employers” list. RA scored high marks for its wellness initiatives and available information for employees. [Reston Association]

Help The Homeless Walk Oct. 2 — Cornerstones’ Reston Town Center Help the Homeless Walk returns next week. The event is a lunchtime walk on a Friday from Mayflowers at RTC to the Embry Walker Community Shelter and back. [Cornerstones]W

Hornets Pummel Seahawks — Senior quarterback Ryan McLaughlin passed for three touchdowns and ran in another one as Herndon defeated South Lakes 49-0 in football’s annual Baron Cameron Bowl. The Hornets improve to 2-1. South Lakes falls to 0-4.

Reston Planner Anthony P. DeVito Dies — Anthony P. DeVito, 89, who had a central role in the planning and design of Reston in the 1960s, died Aug. 30 at his home in Washington. He had Parkinson’s disease, said his wife, Mary Ann Hancock. DeVito was born in Brooklyn and began his career as an architect and planner in New York and New Jersey. He worked on the development of Reston from 1963 to 1965. He later participated in the planning for Columbia, Md. and worked as a Department of Housing and Urban Development Official. [Washington Post]

Jaguars on display Sunday at Celebrating Jaguars – 50th Golden Anniversary Jaguar Club Car Show/Credit: Reston Town Center

by RestonNow.com — September 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm 235 0

Shopping for a new home? Start here this weekend.

11505 Hemingway11505 Hemingway Drive
4 BR, 3.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


1660 Whisperhill1660 Whisperhill Drive
2 BR, 2.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


2220 springwood2220 Springwood Drive
2 BR, 2 BA Condo
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


12123 Kinsley12123 Kinsely Place
3 BR, 3.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.


11530links11530 Links Drive
4 BR, 2.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


1720 Lake Shore Crest1720 Lake Shore Crest Drive
2 BR, 2 BA Condo
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


11900 Winstead11900 Winstead Lane
5 BR, 3.5 BA SFH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


11521 Ivy Bush Court11521 Ivy Bush Court
2 BR, 1.5 BA TH
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


11142 Glade11142 Glade Drive
2 BR, 1.5 BA Condo
Open Saturday, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Open Sunday,  1 to 4 p.m.


11436 Tanbark11436 Tanbark Drive
6 BR, 3.5 BA SFH
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 — September 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment

Mark Warner (R) in Battleground Virginia Forum Ed Gillespie (R)  in Battleground Virginia Forum

U.S. Senate candidates Mark Warner (D) and Ed Gillespie (R) were asked about a wide range of topics at Friday’s Battleground Virginia Forum at the Center for Innovative Technology near Dulles.

Among the questions: the Affordable Care Act, balancing the budget, the Marketplace Fairness Act, Virginia’s economy and student loan debt.

But the answers seemed to return to two themes: Gillespie pairing Warner with President Barack Obama and Warner pointing out his record of bipartisanship.

The event — sponsored by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, along with chambers from Loudoun, Fredericksburg, and Prince William — was not a debate. The candidates appeared separately and were asked questions from a panel of chamber reps, as well as follow-ups from moderator Derek McGinty from WUSA 9 TV.

Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chair, said Warner, first elected to the Senate in 2008, is not representing Virginia’s best interests.

“He has voted 97 percent of time with Obama,” said Gillespie. “Instead of being a vote for us, he has been a blank check for president Obama. Since Warner and Obama took office, we have nearly twice as many people go on food stamps than we have had jobs created.”

Warner pointed out that every piece of legislation he has worked on in the Senate has been alongside a Republican counterpart. He said Gillespie comes from a partisan world where it is always Republican vs. Democrats.

“If there is ever a time to drop partisanship  and come together, that time is now,” said Warner. “If you want someone able to take arrows from both sides, I would respectfully ask you to rehire me. Don’t lose heart — there are more good people with goodwill in both parties. We have just got to and make it safe for them to work together again.” (more…)

by Elizabeth Arguelles — September 19, 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.

Cats love routines and are territorial creatures when it comes to their homes. As a result, they often get stressed when their environment changes in some way. Even slightly different sounds or smells can be upsetting. That is why when you go on a short vacation, it is best to leave your feline friend in the safety of its own home, if possible, instead of taking it with you on your trip or leaving it at a boarding facility.

The problem, of course, is finding someone to look after your little one in your absence. One option is a trusted cat-friendly neighbor or friend who can clean your cat’s litter, fill its water and food bowls, and shower your feline friend with the love and attention you would normally give it. But even if you have network of neighbors and friends ready to help out, there may be times when no one that your cat knows or trusts is available to help care for it. In those cases, you might need to engage the service of a pet sitter.

Most professional pet sitters will stop by at least twice a day to check on your cat and attend to its basic needs. Through training and experience, they should be quite adept at making friends with your feline, but having a new person in the house — coupled with the stress of your absence — could make your cat very uncomfortable.

As we all know, when your cat is stressed, bad behavior such as destroying furniture, inappropriate urination or defecation, and increased aggression become more likely. So it pays to try to prepare your cat beforehand for the pet sitter’s arrival. Here are some simple steps you can take:

  • Before you leave, ask the pet sitter to stop by and meet your cat a few times with you present. He or she could offer some treats or play with your cat, which would help the cat identify “good” things with this new person coming over.
  • Have the sitter feed and change your cat’s water with you around. Having the person go through the cat’s routine in your presence will make this experience less threatening to your fluffy friend. It will then seem like less of a change when it happens with you not around.
  • If your cat is particularly skittish or afraid of strangers, have the pet sitter sit with you in a place where the cat can see both of you. Don’t try to force an introduction or pull your feline friend out of its hiding place. Instead, let your kitty come out and greet the stranger on its own time.
  • Leave a piece of your clothing in the area where your cat sleeps. This will give your feline friend an added sense of security, making it feel more comfortable when you are gone.

If after all this, your cat is still very afraid of strangers, talk to your vet about other things that you can do to help your cat feel more secure when the pet sitter comes to look after it.

by Karen Goff — September 19, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

Election Day 2013This fall, Northern Virginia voters will go to the polls to select a U.S. Senator, U.S. House of Representatives (Reston is in the 11th Congressional District), as well as a proposed Virginia Constitutional Amendment and a transportation bond.

Can’t make on Nov. 4? In-person absentee voting begins today.

Here is what you need to know:

You will need a photo ID to vote absentee in-person. If you need a photo ID, there are many opportunities countywide.

In-person absentee voting for the Nov. 4 General Election begins Friday, Sept. 19 at the Fairfax County Government Center. Voting is in the Office of Elections, Conference Rooms 2/3.

Weekday Schedule

Sept. 19 to Oct. 10  (Office closed Oct. 13 for Columbus Day)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Extended Hours Oct. 14 to Nov. 2
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday Schedule (Nov. 1 is last day to absentee vote in-person)
Sept. 27 to Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, there will be seven satellite locations throughout the county, including at the North County Human Services Building, 1850 Cameron Glen Dr,, in Reston. Saturday hours beginning Sept. 27 and weekday hours beginning Oct. 14.

Weekday Schedule

Oct. 14 to Nov. 1 (Locations closed Oct. 13 for Columbus Day)
Monday – Friday: 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Saturday Schedule (Nov. 1 is last day to absentee vote in-person)
Sept. 27  to Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Absentee ballots, which voters need to have applied to receive by mail, will be mailed from the Office of Elections beginning approximately Sept. 19 to those whose applications have been received.

The deadline to submit an application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Except for some first-time registrants, a photo ID is not required for those voting absentee by mail.

More information on mail-in absentee voting and deadlines from Fairfax County.

by Karen Goff — September 19, 2014 at 9:30 am 602 2 Comments

Nearly 2 1/2 years after plans for a major redevelopment at Reston’s Fairway Apartments near Lake Anne were finally approved, there have been no changes to the 346-unit garden apartments that were the source of major discussions a few years ago.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved developer JBG’s plans in the Spring of 2012, and it was not one that sailed through the Reston channels easily.

JBG was sent back to the drawing board many times over three years by Reston Association’s Design Review Board, and later the county planning commission. Many Reston residents spoke up in 2010 and ’11 about proposed density, the design elements and potential traffic on North Shore Drive.

Finally, the developer tweaked the design to a sustainable one  – but not the “Texas doughnut” that was previously disdained by the DRB.

The approved plan calls for a mix of townhomes and multifamily units, with 804 residences in all. The final plan also includes 38 percent open space in the new complex, pedestrian connectivity, and more than 47,000 square feet of preserved tree canopy. JBG has also pledged about 80 units for workforce housing.

Because the redevelopment is not a rezoning, JBG was not required to provide any certain level of workforce housing.

A development source says the plans are still on, but that no start date has been booked and might not be for some time.

That is sometimes the case with development plans. Lerner Enterprises received approval in early 2013 for a major redo of Reston’s Spectrum Center, but developers say that building may be as many as 10 years away.

Since Fairways’ approval, other Lake Anne-area residential projects have launched. Last summer, Fairfax County selected Lake Anne Development Partners (LADP) to redevelop Crescent Apartments, a similarly aging 18-building apartment complex near Lake Anne.

About 1,000 residential units are planned for the revamped Crescent. Developers hope the renovation of Crescent — which also includes a retail element in Lake Anne Plaza’s current parking lot, additional parking, added office space and a rerouted entrance to the plaza — will bring needed added density and vibrancy to Lake Anne. LADP is required to replace all 181 units of affordable housing and must also provide 151 units of workforce housing.

LADP’s plans will go before the Planning Commission in a public hearing Nov. 5. If the planning commission recommends approval, the plan will go to the Board of Supervisors Nov. 18. Both of those dates are subject to change. If approvals go forward on that schedule, LADP President David Peter said he expects construction to begin in 2015.

Meanwhile, a plan to tear down and rebuild nearby senior housing at Lake Anne Fellowship House, as well as an additional housing complex on the same land, fell apart in recent weeks “when county officials were not receptive to the idea of offering Section 8 housing vouchers to existing residents, which the Fellowship Foundation needed in order to progress with the zoning application,” Fellowship House officials said.

When Fairway and Crescent are completed, it will increase housing at Lake Anne by nearly 2,000 units.

by Karen Goff — September 19, 2014 at 8:00 am 349 1 Comment

Eagle stops by Forest Edge ES Thursday/Creidt: Martha Furniss

Weddings Affordable Here? — The site NerdWallet says Fairfax County is the third most affordable place in the United States to throw a wedding. Now, before you show us your catering hall credit card bill, one caveat: it’s “affordable” compared to income level. With a median household income of $109,000 and the average cost ofa wedding just under $50,000, it’s a match. [NerdWallet]

Baron Cameron Bowl Tonight — South Lakes High School football will try for its third straight “Baron Cameron Bowl” victory against Herndon High at Herndon at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The schools play in different conferences (South Lakes, former Liberty now VHSL Conference 6; Herndon, former Concorde, now Conference 5), but many of the players grew up playing youth sports together, and, of course, a good portion of Herndon High students live in Reston. The Hornets (1-1) hold a historical advantage, winning most meetings over the last 10 years, but South Lakes(0-3)  won in 2012 and ’13.

Police Chief Wants Beefed-Up School Traffic Safety — Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler says he has heard the community’s concerns about traffic and safety near schools and has directed extra patrols and extra crossing guard training. [Fairfax County Police]

Photo: Eagle lands at Forest Edge ES/Credit: Martha Furniss

by RestonNow.com — September 19, 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.

Realtors Valerie Kappler and Debra Granato of Long & Foster.

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.

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

by Karen Goff — September 18, 2014 at 8:00 am 312 0

Animals For You — Fairfax County Animal Shelter staff says September is a peak time for available animals. Is there a pet waiting for you? [YouTube] A Field On Top…


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