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by Karen Goff — August 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm 1 Comment

SL 10KSome roads in the area of Reston’s South Lakes High School may be affected Aug. 28 due to the South Lakes 10K road race.

The fifth-annual race will benefit SLHS’ cross country team. Registration is available online or on race day.

Here is what you need to know if you are trying to get around nearby:

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at South Lakes High School.

The course will take runners down South Lakes Drive, then to Colt’s Neck Road, Sunrise Valley Drive, Ridge Heights Road and Soapstone Drive before returning to the South Lakes’ track.

The roads will not be completely blocked, but runners will take over the curb lane. That may slow traffic or cause delays, so plan accordingly.

See a map of the course on the race website.

by Eve Thompson — August 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

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

Lots of new houses are coming onto the Reston real estate market. We added 31 properties in the past 10 days for a total of 285 active listings.

Here are a few of the new listings:

1634 Wainwright Drive. 4 BR 3.5 BA. List Price $510,000 Open Sunday

2133 Golf Course Drive. 3 BR, 2.5 BA. List Price $464,900. Open Sunday

11053 Saffold Way. 4BR, 3.5 BA. List Price $415,000. Open Sunday

2641 Black Fir Court. 4BR, 4.5 BA. List Price $825,000. Open Sunday

10852 Grovehampton Court. 5BR, 3.5 BA. List Price $756,000. Open Sunday

11737E Summerchase Circle #1737-E. 2 BR, 1 BA. List Price $247,000 Open Sunday

by Karen Goff — August 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm 5 Comments

Fairfax County Police A 19-year old Reston resident has been charged with grand larceny after she found lost keys and, along with her 12-year-old cousin, took a car from Fair Oaks Mall before being apprehended.

Fairfax County Police said a shopper at Fair Oaks Mall, age 20, accidentally left the keys to her 2015 Volkswagen Beetle in a store at the mall Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Paris Blackshear, 19, of  Reston, found the keys. She and her 12-year-old cousin located the car in the parking lot using the car’s electronic key fob.

The suspects drove the VW to Washington, D.C. and picked up Blackshear’s boyfriend and then drove to an area off of Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston.

Eventually, the VW’s owner realized that her vehicle was missing and reported it to police. An Auto Theft detective from FCPD’s Major Crimes Division utilized the VW’s built-in GPS system to track the vehicle and directed patrol officers to it. The occupants were safely taken into custody.

Blackshear was charged with grand larceny, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and having no operator’s license. The 12-year-old was released to her parents.

by Karen Goff — August 26, 2016 at 11:30 am 39 Comments

Reston AssociationReston Association is in the early stages of determining the assessment amounts for for 2017, which may for the first time include options other than a flat-rate payment.

RA members have always paid the same amount annually ($657 in 2016), whether the household is a single apartment dweller or a large family in an expensive house.

At-large director Ray Wedell appealed to fellow board members last month that it was part time to change the system to make it more fair. He compared it to real estate tax, which is paid according to the value of a property.

“This is an issue 100 percent of the people would get behind,” Wedell said at the Board’s July 28 meeting.

RA CEO Cate Fulkerson said at a special board meeting this week she has directed staff to look into the issue and report some assessment breakdown possibilities at the board’s September meeting.

Meanwhile, though, the board has been asked to look at assessment options for 2017 that remain flat-rate payments.

For 2016, the RA Board voted to move $1 million on reserves that allowed the association to raise assessments $15 (2 percent) from the previous year and keep the number well below the maximum $718 allowed by RA bylaws.

Fulkerson said there may be similar money available for 2017. She asked the board at the special meeting to consider these options:

Option 1 – Use surplus cash of $1.1 million to help fund operating expenses and repair, replacement and reserve funds. Assessments would ride by $1, to $658.

Option 2 – Use surplus cash of $1 million. Raise assessments $6, to $663.

Option 3 – Use surplus cash of $500,000. Raise assessments $30, to $687.

Option 4 – Offer no surplus cash to other funds. Raise assessments $55, to $712.

The cap for 2017 assessments is $750.

The board will discuss the options, as well as the new tiered approach, in September.

See Fulkerson’s entire budget presentation on RA’s website.

by Karen Goff — August 26, 2016 at 10:00 am 18 Comments

Reston Town Center Parking

Representatives from Boston Properties want to assure users that additional privacy measures are going into place for visitors to Reston Town Center.

New technological features (electronic parking availability signage; app-based payment; Bluetooth-enabled validation; and a GPS/license plate car locater system) are about to go live at Reston Town Center prepares to switch to paid parking on Sept. 12.

ParkRTC AppEarlier this week, Reston Now reported that by typing a license plate number into the Park Assist app, anyone with a computer could find out where your car was parked.

Kathy Walsh, spokesman for Reston Town Center’s paid parking rollout, says that issue was related to testing done by Park Assist and has been remedied.

“That issue has been addressed to prevent it from happening again,” she said in an email. “The ‘Find My Car’ feature will ONLY be available by using the pay stations located onsite at the Reston Town Center garages.” (more…)

by Karen Goff — August 26, 2016 at 8:30 am 0

Heron in Reston/Credit: JGS via Twitter

Reston Century Rolls Through — The Reston Bicycle Club’s annual Reston Century takes place Sunday. There are several rides (of various distances) from Reston to points in Loudoun County. Rides start and end at Reston Town Center, where there are special events and refreshments planned. Spaces still available. [Reston Bicycle Club]

Nearby: TSA Pre Check at Tysons DMV — The Tysons location of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is the first DMV office in the nation to process applications for Transportation Security Administration’s “TSA Pre Check” program for trusted travelers. [TSA Pre Check]

Digging Deep on Deputy ShootingThe Washington Post speaks with the family of a suicidal man who was shot and killed by a Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy near Inova Fairfax Hospital last week. [Washington Post]

Back-to-School Special — Cafesano at South Lakes Village Center is offering a special Saturday and Sunday – 50 percent off a kids’ meal with a purchase of an adult meal. [Facebook]

Photo: Heron in Reston/Credit: JGS via Twitter

by RestonNow.com — August 26, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

On Fridays, we take a moment to thank our sponsors and advertisers:

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the business community for the vibrant region.

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AKG Design Studio, boutique design firm specializing in kitchen, bathroom designs and cabinetry sales.

Berry & Berry, PLLC, Reston law firm specializing in federal employment, retirement, labor union, and security clearance matters.

Reston Real Estate, Eve Thompson of Long & Foster Real Estate specializes in Reston homes.

Reston Carpet Cleaning, local cleaning service.

Becky’s Pet Care, offering friendly pet services in Northern Virginia.

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

MakeOffices, shared work spaces with five area locations, including Reston.

Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten, educating Reston’s young minds for more than 50 years.

Boofie O’Gorman, Top Producer Realtor at Long & Foster Reston.

Goldfish Swim School, specializing in children’s swim lessons year-round.

Small Change Consignment, serving Reston’s kids for more than 30 years.

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Reston Montessori, private co-educational school for children ages 3 months to sixth grade.

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, providing great food and drink at Lake Anne Plaza.

All Spice Cafe & Catering, bringing flavor to your events.

PetMAC Pet Nutrition Center, for all your pet food needs at Lake Anne Plaza.

Berthold Academy for the Gifted and Talented, new Montessori school in Reston for Grades 1-8.

Reston Association, helping you live, work and play in Reston.

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Towns of Lansdowne Square, luxury townhomes in downtown Landsdowne.

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by Karen Goff — August 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm 3 Comments

Reston North Lot/Courtesy VDOTOver the next two weekends crews will complete maintenance and improvements to the Reston North/Wiehle Avenue park-and-ride lot.

That’s the long,skinny lot near the intersection of Sunset Hills Road and Isaac Newton Square.

Here is the schedule, weather permitting:

  • This weekend (Aug. 27 and 28), crews will rope off sections of the lot to cut vegetation for better parking and aisle access.
  • The lot will be closed entirely from 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 through 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5 in order to refresh pavement markings and make signage improvements.

About 35 new signs will be installed, with existing signs replaced, removed or relocated to designate legal and illegal parking, the Virginia Department of Transportation said in a release.

The lot will also be increasing its capacity. Pavement markings throughout the lot will be refreshed, with some reconfigured to add six additional spaces. The new lot capacity will be 340.

The lot formerly served as parking for buses that would take commuters to Metro Stations at Vienna and West Falls Church. It now serves as free parking for the 300+ commuters who arrive early enough to find a space there instead of in the pay ($4.85 daily) garage adjacent to the 3,000-space Wiehle-Reston East station. It sees few cars on weekends as parking in the garages is free on those days.

Photo courtesy VDOT

by Karen Goff — August 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm 3 Comments

RA Dog PaddleThe dog days of summer deserve a day just for dogs.

Reston Association is hosting a “Dog Paddle” Saturday at Dogwood Pool, 2460 Green Range Rd.

Before the pool closes up for the season, it’s Fido’s turn to take a dip.

Here is what you need to know:

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fee is $4 for RA members; $6 for non-members.

Humans are not allowed in the pool with the dogs. Humans must also sign a waiver and show proof their dog has a rabies vaccination. RA also reserves the right to ask any badly behaved dogs to leave.

Register at www.reston.org or in-person at RA’s member services office.

The event could also use some volunteers. Volunteers are needed in shifts from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteer roles/responsibilities:

  • Dog behavior monitors (these people will also help with setup in morning and cleanup in afternoon)
  • Poo Patrol (handing baggies to the owners of dogs who “doo” their thing on the deck)

Coffee and granola bar breakfast will be provided in the morning. Pizza lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers must be comfortable outdoors for duration of event and like dogs. Volunteers cannot bring their own dog and volunteer at the same time, but they can bring their own dog during the other shift for free.

Contact Ha Brock, [email protected], to sign volunteer.

by Karen Goff — August 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Local Fortune 500 Companies — A Reston firm and several Herndon companies made this year’s Fortune 500 list. There were 158 companies from Fairfax County — nearly half of the…

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