by Karen Goff — July 3, 2015 at 7:30 am 0

Fireworks/file photoReston Now is off for the long weekend. Hopefully you are too.

Read this list of places to catch fireworks and other July 4 fun nearby.

The World Police & Fire Games are still taking place through Sunday. Read Reston Now’s previous story about what to catch here in Reston. Champions Square at Reston Town Center is still open to the public for a little carnival-like fun.

The Games took a somber note Thursday when a Brazilian cyclist died from injuries suffered in a crash on the race course in Prince William County.

You can take part in an athletic feat of your own at Saturday’s Firecracker 5K race.

Not sure what is open and closed because both Friday and Saturday are holidays? Here is a list of major local services affected.

Have a safe and fun weekend!

by Karen Goff — July 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Firecracker 5K/Credit: Potomac River RunningSpots are still available for July 4’s Firecracker 5K in Reston.

The sixth annual Firecracker 5K is sponsored by Reston-based Leidos and will benefit the USO of Metropolitan Washington.

There will be live music, American flags and the “Battle of the Branches” competition. Whichever military branch has the most registered runners will have donation to the USO made on its behalf.

Here is what you need to know:

Race is Saturday, July 4, 8 a.m. at Reston Town Center

Registration is $35 and through through Thursday night online. The price jumps to $40 after July 2.Discounts for Under 14 or Active Military.

The course goes on streets through Reston Town Center, as well as on Cameron Glen Drive, Sunset Hills Road, Reston Parkway and Town Center Parkway. Roads will not be blocked to traffic, but lanes could be blocked. The course is relatively flat.

by RestonNow.com — July 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm 0

It may be a holiday weekend, but that won’t stop buyers and sellers. There are many open houses nearby on Sunday, July 5. Happy home shopping! For more real estate info, check out Reston Now’s Real Estate section.

2144 Whisperwood Glen2144 Whisperwood Glen Way
3 BR, 2.5 BA TH
Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.


2106 Winged Foot2106 Winged Foot Court
3 BR, 2.5 BA TH
Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.


2335 Old Trail2335 Old Trail Drive
4 BR, 2 FB, 2 HB SFH
Open Sunday 1 to 3 p.m.


2045 Beacon2405 Beacon Place 
4 BR, 3 BA SFH
Open Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.


2056 Beacon2056 Beacon Heights Drive
3 BR, 3.5 BA TH
Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.


2108 Golf Course2108 Golf Course Drive
3 BR, 2 FB, 2 HB TH
Open Sunday 1 to 3 p.m.


by Karen Goff — July 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm 9 Comments

Del. Ken Plum/File photoOur national holiday the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is known for fireworks, parades, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions and of course retail sales.

In the midst of all of our “Red, White, and Blue” festivities, we need to remind ourselves that the Fourth is about the celebration of freedom as expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

While we tend to forget the list of grievances we as colonists had against the Mother Country that are enumerated in the Declaration, almost everyone remembers its most significant message: all men are created equal and have certain rights that can’t be taken away–life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Everyone recognizes that the statement was aspirational; specifically it did not include women or slaves who made up a significant percentage of the population in the South.

The history of our country has been a movement towards realizing the liberties that are associated with the Fourth of July. The great compromisers who put together the Constitution and its Bill of Rights could not resolve the contradictions in our stated goal and the practices of society. It took a civil war and hundreds of thousands of deaths to free the slaves and another century of struggle to extend civil rights to persons of color.

Recently, we were starkly reminded of how far we still need to go to expunge racism from our society. The horrific massacre of nine people at a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, puts into focus the extent to which some people are willing to go with their Confederate flag and symbols to glorify a conflict that was about a segment of society that was willing to go to war.

They fought to keep their ability to take away life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as well as the property of others. The Civil War was not about states’ rights; it was about people who wanted to continue a lifestyle and economy on the backs of their slaves which the southern states were willing to allow. If any “rights” were lost in the Civil War, it was a mistaken notion that one should have a right to discriminate against others. The Confederate battle flags need to go down, and our work to end racism needs to intensify.

The Fourth of July was followed in our history by a long list of men and women who worked hard to extend the promises of the Declaration of Independence to everyone. Their work is paying off with the results we saw last week in the Supreme Court decisions on marriage, health care and housing.

Our celebration of the event that happened a long time ago needs this year as much as ever to include a commitment to work for freedom for all, to reject hate and divisions, and to ensure that the inalienable rights of all men and women to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are enjoyed in this country.

Ken Plum represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. His opinion does not reflect that of Reston Now.

by Elizabeth Arguelles — July 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Beyond Nine Lives

This is a sponsored post by veterinarian Elizabeth Arguelles, owner of Just Cats Clinic at Lake Anne Plaza.

Introducing a new cat into your home if you already have another kitty can be challenging. But with patience and hard work, you can have a multi-cat household that’s not only rewarding for you, but for your new kitty crew as well!

The most important tip is to take things slowly. When bringing a new cat into your home, patience is critical. It may take two cats eight to twelve months to grow accustomed to each other, so introduce them gradually and do not rush.

Before you pick up your new cat, prepare a place in your home like a larger bathroom or separate bedroom with bedding, food, water, litter box and toys. Also make sure to spray Feliway or place Feliway diffusers around your home to help with the transition. Place your new cat in the separate room. This allows your new cat to adjust to the new surroundings and your current kitties to adjust to the smells and sounds of the new family member.

Make sure to give meals, treats, and playtime near the door that separates them. This will help them get used to each other at meal times and to associate good things with each other. (more…)

by RestonNow.com — July 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1,337 17 Comments

Reston Zoo/Credit: Reston ZooThis is an op-ed by Eric Mogensen, CEO and Corporate Director of the Reston Zoo. It does not represent the opinion of Reston Now.

There continue to be misperceptions about Reston Zoo and past events. The recent report of USDA filing charges against us, all of which are being refuted, has made it an appropriate time to clarify.

Meghan Mogensen was an employee of the zoo in 2012. She has never been an owner of any of the facilities, as has been repeatedly listed incorrectly. She was the Zoo Director and not involved with daily animal care; that person was the Animal Curator. The curator was directly involved with both the [euthanized] wallaby and the [injured] spider monkey. She was under company investigation for the spider monkey when the wallaby was injured. This was not made public. Corroborating materials will be presented in court. Meghan’s role begins and ends with the wallaby. All other issues for which Reston Zoo has been cited concern other employees.

As reported, Meghan was charged with animal cruelty. Her intent was to ease the suffering of a gravely injured animal as quickly as possible because her curator failed to do her job. The intent was admirable, the process wrong. However, the official necropsy report showed no signs of drowning, i.e. the animal was already deceased. Meghan is a vocal animal rights advocate when it comes to their care; her intent was never to cause any suffering. There was no cruel intent. This is a woman who hand-reared porcupines and pot-belly pigs in our house when she was a girl; a parrot from the day it hatched; helped raise multiple baby kangaroos on bottles.

There have been mistakes made at the zoo, but they were made by animal staff which sincerely cared for their animals, and were inadvertent. As in every zoo in this country, including our very well respected National Zoo, animals die through mistakes and keeper error. No animal cruelty is involved; there is no vicious intent.

Our staff loves their animals; most [staffers] young and want to save the world. For many, this is their first paying  job out of college. It’s hard, gritty and many times (more…)

by Karen Goff — July 2, 2015 at 11:00 am 383 1 Comment

World Police & Fire Games Athletes at Reston Town Center

The World Police & Fire Games are nearly ready to wind down — but not before some big final events take place in Reston.

Here’s what’s happening:

Thursday: Wrist Wrestling, 1 to 7 p.m. at the Reston Town Center pavilion. Kick off your holiday weekend right by watching cops and rescue personnel go hand to hand.

Friday: Triathlon, 7 a.m. to noon. The Police & Fire Games triathletes will follow the same course used by the Reston Triathlon participants each September.

  • Swim portion will take place in Lake Audubon.
  • Biking will be on nearby streets, including Twin Branches, South Lakes Drive, Soapstone Drive, Sunrise Valley Drive and Colts Neck Road.
  • Running will start and end at South Lakes High School and take place mainly on Reston Association paths.

Roads will not be closed, but they may have lanes blocked, so it may be slow going Friday morning. See more course information on the Reston Triathlon website.

Saturday: Indoor rowing in the Hyatt Regency Reston ballroom, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: Just as the Olympic finale includes the marathon, the World Police & Fire Games will conclude with the half marathon. The race begins at 7 a.m. at Reston Town Center. Runners will be on RA paths as well as Reston streets, so watch for slowed traffic.

To see what is happening at World Police & Fire Games venues outside of Reston, consult the master schedule on the Games’ website.

Closing ceremonies will take place Sunday at 6 p.m. at Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna. There are limited tickets available for the general public.

WPFG officials will pass the flag the torch to Montreal, site of the 2017 Games. After the ceremony, 80s cover band The Legwarmers will play.

by Karen Goff — July 2, 2015 at 9:30 am 518 0

Firworks/ARLnow.com file photoIndependence Day falls on a Saturday this year. That means the federal holiday for workers is July 3, so there may be some confusion as to what is open or closed.

If you are heading to a store, restaurant or camp program, it may be wise to ask them ahead of time.

Here is a look at Fairfax County and other local services:

Reston Association offices – Closed Friday, July 3. Most pools will be open. Lake Audubon Pool will be closed for the World Police & Fire Games Triathlon on Friday, July 3. All pools will close at 6 p.m. on July 4.

Fairfax County Government – Closed Friday, July 3.

Animal Shelter — Friday, July 3 (open noon to 7 p.m.); Saturday, July 4 (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Courts – Closed Friday, July 3.

Public Schools and School Offices – Closed Friday, July 3.

Library – Closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.

Fairfax Connector – Fairfax Connector will operate holiday weekday service on Friday, July 3, and regular Saturday service on Saturday, July 4.

Fastran – Not in service Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.

Park Authority – Holiday schedule.

Teen and Senior Centers – Closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.

Reston Community Center Hunters Woods – Friday, July 3 (open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.); Saturday, July 4 (open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

Reston Community Center Lake Anne – Friday, July 3 (closed); Saturday, July 4 (open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

County Trash and Recycling Collection – County 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 Friday, July 3. Please have your materials to the curb no later than 6 a.m. to ensure collection.

Recycling and Disposal Facilities:

I-66 Transfer Station – Closed on Saturday, July 4.
I-95 Landfill Complex – Closed on Saturday, July 4.

by Karen Goff — July 2, 2015 at 8:00 am 506 3 Comments

Reston Town Center

Travel News You Can Use — Tips on how to navigate I-95, the Bay Bridge and other choke spots if you are heading out of town today. [Washington Post]

Day In Court — Eddie Rodriguez and Dominique May, both charged with felony use of a firearm and attempted robbery in an incident in a which a man was shot and killed in Reston May 17, will have preliminary hearings in Fairfax County General District Court on July 22.

Restonian Snapchats — Restonian has some fun with the Reston Snapchat geofilter. [Restonian]

Reston Man Assaulted in Worldgate Parking Lot — Three men assaulted a Reston man and robbed a Sterling woman, police said. [Herndon Patch]


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