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MWAA Plans More E-ZPass Lanes for Dulles Toll Road

by Karen Goff | August 20, 2014 at 11:00 am | 93 views | 5 Comments

Dulles Toll Road Main Plaza/Credit: MWAAIn an effort for efficiency, more lanes on the Dulles Toll Road will become E-ZPass only, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said on Wednesday.

Beginning Sept. 2, MWAA will convert 19 exact-change lanes into E-ZPass lanes. First up: Westbound Fairfax County Parkways exit, far right lane.

During the conversion project coin baskets will be removed and replaced by upgraded E-ZPass infrastructure. Conversions are scheduled for unattended “exact change” lanes at the main toll plaza and exit ramps along the roadway, says MWAA. To minimize congestion, lanes will be reconfigured one at a time, with each conversion taking two-to-four weeks. When the project is complete, all toll plazas will still have at least one “full service” lane available.

“This lane conversion continues the long tradition of providing a convenient, consistent travel option for drivers in Northern Virginia,” Dulles Toll Road Manager Cyndi Ward said in a statement. “About 90 percent of drivers currently using these lanes are already paying with E-ZPass rather than coins. Full-service lanes will continue to be available at all toll plazas along the roadway for those wishing to pay with cash, but we encourage drivers to consider the added convenience of E-ZPass in order to bypass the lines associated with cash payments.”

Don’t have an E-ZPass? Sign up for one at ezpassva.com.

MWAA will announce other lane conversions as they are about to occur so drivers can plan accordingly.

Photo: Dulles Toll Road/file photo

Crime Report: Larcenies and 4 Stolen Cars

by Karen Goff | August 20, 2014 at 9:30 am | 219 views | No Comments

Fairfax County Police The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reports the following crimes in the last week:

LARCENIES

12000 block of Bowman Towne Drive, sticker from vehicle
12000 block of Bowman Towne Drive, wallet from business
12200 block of Laurel Glade, bicycle from residence
1400 block of North Point Village Center, beer from business
11500 block of North Shore Drive, money from vehicle
600 block of Ellsworth Avenue, wallet and cell phone charger from vehicle
1800 block of Fountain Drive, wallet from business
1800 block of Library Street, wallet from business
2500 block of Reston Parkway, fruit and vegetables from business
12000 block of Bluemont Way, electronic device from business
11900 block of Market Street, money from business
South Lakes Drive/Double Eagle Court, wallet from vehicle
10500 block of Leesburg Pike, electronic device from vehicle
1100 block of Sugar Maple Lane, credit card from residence
12000 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, items from vehicle
1700 block of Torrey Pines Court, license plate from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES

2200 block of Centreville Road, 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
12200 block of Laurel Glade Court, Nissan Altima
11500 block of Links Drive, 2014 Chevy Equinox
2000 block of Royal Fern Court, 2000 Chevy Prism

Wednesday Morning Rundown

by Karen Goff | August 20, 2014 at 8:00 am | 134 views | No Comments

RA Community Garden at Lake Anne

Real Time Silver Line Info — Visitors to Tysons Corner Center now can keep up with Silver Line info while shopping. Silver Line bus and rail info will now be a part of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s traveler information screens located throughout the mall. The screens have been in operation since 2009. [VDOT]

Save The Date: Plum Family Picnic — Del. Ken Plum and his wife Jane will host the annual Plum Family Picnic and Pre-Election Rally from 4 to 6 p.m.on Sept. 6 at the North Hills Picnic Pavilion. Special guests will include Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va. 11) and county supervisor John Foust, who is the Democratic candidate for the Virginia 10th District Congressional seat.

Ready For Same-Sex Marriage — If the U.S. Supreme Court dos not get involved by Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s ruling that Virginia’s laws banning legal recognition of marriages between two persons of the same sex are unconstitutional becomes final. The advocacy group People of Faith for Equality in Virginia has released a list of 66 clergy (or many faiths) in the commonwealth who are ready to perform ceremonies.  There is an entire Northern Virginia section, with many entries for the Reston area. [POFEV]

Photo: Reston Association Community Garden plot

Four Will Run For RCC Board Seats

by Karen Goff | August 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm | 63 views | No Comments

RCC LOGO Four candidates will run for three seats in this year’s Reston Community Center Preference Poll.

Residents of Small Tax District 5 (Reston) are asked to cast votes in the annual poll to fill open seats on the RCC Board of Governors.

The community will elect three, three-year positions as the terms of board members Bill Penniman, Cathy Vivona and Vicky Wingert are expiring.

Penniman and Wingert are running for another term on the board. The other two candidates are William Keefe, who served on the RCC Board from 2008-13, and Linda Singer, a longtime Reston resident who has been active in many local and county organizations. Watch for candidate profiles on Reston Now soon.

There will be a candidates forum on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at RCC Hunters Woods.

Voting begins on Sept. 12. Each property in small district 5 will receive a ballot in the mail. Mail-in ballots must be received by the counting agent (a pre-addressed envelope is provided with the ballot; postage is required) no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. Walk-in and online ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3.

The RCC Board of Governors guides policy, budgeting and programming for the community center, which has locations at Hunters Woods and Lake Anne. The board may also authorize in the next year a community referendum for a new $30 million indoor pool and recreation center. The board has been studying the feasibility of such a project for several years.

Firefighters, Barbers Team Up for Free Haircuts

by Karen Goff | August 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm | 98 views | No Comments

Southgate Community Center/File photoThe Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is offering free back-to-school haircuts for children in need next week.

In Reston, the firefighters (and hair stylists) will be at Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Rd. on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will also be haircut events at Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria on Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Rd., Alexandria, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 26.

The off-duty firefighters are teaming with the Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, Inc., WKYS 93.9 FM, Apple Federal Credit Union, Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, SENTEL Corporation, and local barbers to provide free haircuts for local kids on free or reduced lunch plans.

Children will also be provided backpacks with school supplies.

UPDATE: Townhouse Fire on Golf Course Drive

by Karen Goff | August 19, 2014 at 11:00 am | 523 views | 6 Comments

Fire at 2052 Golf Course DriveFairfax County Fire and Rescue is investigating the source of a fire that caused $180,000 in damage to two townhouses on Golf Course Drive on Monday.

Firefighters responded to 2052 Golf Course Drive, an end-unit townhouse, at 4:15 p.m. on Monday.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the two-story home, said department spokesman Dan Schmidt.

Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack from both the exterior and interior and brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes.

A preliminary investigation showed the fire originated on the read outdoor deck of the home, officials said.  The adjacent home at 2050 Golf Course was also damaged, and other homes in the row of attached homes have some smoke damage as well, officials said.

Five occupants of the two homes have been displaced. They had already escaped unharmed by the time units were on the scene.

Firefighters rescued an adult cat from 2050 Golf Course. The cat was given oxygen at the scene and taken to his veterinarian’s office as a precaution. Another cat was missing at that home, and Schmidt said Tuesday he did not know if the second cat had been found.

Closing: Solar Planet Tanning Salon

by Karen Goff | August 19, 2014 at 9:30 am | 386 views | 2 Comments

Solar Planet Tanning Salon/Credit: Solar PlanetSolar Planet Tanning Salon, located at Hunters Woods Village Center since 1999, will be closing on Tuesday.

Owner Karen Brutsche said in an email to customers that the shop will close Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. Customers who have purchased tanning packages and other deals will have their purchases and points honored at Palm Beach Tan, 625 Post Dr. in Herndon (703-668-0340).

She said she failed to reach a new lease deal with Edens, the company that owns the shopping center.

“We opened the Reston shop in the International Center in 1983 and have been in our current location since 1999,”Brutsche wrote. “After 32 years, I decided that I could not sign another five-year lease. As our lease was nearing an end, I talked to our landlord about the possibility of a month-to-month lease. They seemed agreeable and knowing there were other empty spaces, I thought that we would be able to remain for a while without a five-year commitment.

“Unfortunately, they found a new tenant. I have to be out by the end of August. This was much sooner than I had anticipated and I apologize to you that I’m not giving you more notice.”

Photo: Solar Planet’s front desk/Credit: Solar Planet

Tuesday Morning Rundown

by Karen Goff | August 19, 2014 at 8:00 am | 339 views | No Comments

Reston Town Center

More For ComScore — Reston’s ComScore, which measures Internet traffic, has purchased MdotLabs of Wisconsin. A look at what the deal means for Web Bots. [Capital Business]

Volunteer Help Wanted — Fairfax County’s Meals on Wheels needs Korean speaking volunteer drivers in Reston and Centreville. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 pm. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call 703-324-5406. [Fairfax County]

Save the Date: Reston Home & Garden Expo — Reston Association headquarters will be the site of the Reston Home & Garden Expo on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. The expo will feature products and services available to Reston homeowners. The event is free for residents. [Reston Association]

Award for Fairfax County’s Water Treatment – Fairfax County’s wastewater treatment plant received a Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for meeting federal pollution control standards 100 percent of the time 16 years in a row. Federal rules strictly control more than 100 substances that are present in wastewater. The plant’s achievement helps protect the water quality of the county’s streams and watersheds, as well as the Chesapeake Bay. [Fairfax County]

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