Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.
- With Amazon’s HQ2 Decision, A Windfall Expected for Reston, Northern Virginia
- Dulles Toll Road Hikes to Start in January
- Breaking: Boston Properties, Jackson’s Settle Lawsuit Over Paid Parking
- Fairfax County Public Schools to Open Late Tomorrow
- Breaking: Four Men Arrested After High Speed Chase
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Looking to get into some holiday spirit? Lake Anne Plaza is preparing to host its classic event, “Jingle on Lake Anne,” on Dec. 1.
The event at 11609 Washington Plaza kicks off with a craft market at 8 a.m., followed by cookies and kids’ crafts. Adults and children can make ornaments and decorate cookies while listening to the Lake Anne Elementary School students’ perform.
At noon, Santa and his elves will arrive via boat and paddle across the lake for photo opportunities.
The events throughout the day are as follows:
- 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Craft market
- 10 a.m. to noon: and kids’ crafts
- 11 a.m. to noon: Lake Anne Elementary School chorus and orchestra
- Noon: Santa arrives and pictures are taken
- Noon to 2 p.m.: Music on the plaza
The event is sponsored by Lake Anne merchants.
Photo by Ken Knueven via Facebook
If you’re looking for somewhere fun and outdoorsy to take the kids this weekend, Saturday afternoon is Kids Day at Reston Town Center.
From 3-5 p.m., a children’s band, Rocknocerous, will be performing, with face painting, balloon animals, treats and costumed character appearances.
For something more indoors, author Laura Renauld will host a morning story time to read from her first children’s book “Porcupine’s Pie”. The event will be held at Scrawl Books at 11911 Freedom Dr. on Saturday at 11 a.m.
(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)
- This weekend is the last chance to catch The Diary of Anne Frank performed by Herndon High School’s theatre class in the school’s Black Box Theater. Performances are tonight and Saturday, from 7-9 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be ordered at the door or online.
- Saturday afternoon, Dorothy Moss, a curator of the National Portrait Gallery, will be hosting a discussion at the Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market Street). The event starts at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
- Saturday evening, the YMCA Fairfax County Reston (12196 Sunset Hills Rd) will be hosting its 19th annual community gala. The event starts at 6 p.m with a silent auction and cocktails, with dinner at 9 p.m. and dancing until 11 p.m.
- On Sunday, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and The Bird Feeder store are cosponsoring a free bird walk through Reston. The group will meet at Glade Drive and Twin Branches Road for a tour along the Glade Stream Valley Trail. The walk runs from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
- If you’re feeling less outdoorsy, Professor Harry Butowsky will host a lecture on the History of World War II from 2-4 p.m. in the Reston Regional Library.
Photo via Reston Town Center
Skye Ballet Center presents the Nutcracker , Saturday November 24 and Childrens Matinee Sunday November 25th . Featuring students of SBC and Guest artists Jovani Furlan, Principal Dancer Miami City Ballet and Luca Massara , Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company.
With little to no discussion and debate other than fixing a typo, the Fairfax County Planning Commission unanimously approved a series of proffers for Woodfield Acquisitions’ redevelopment of Roland Clarke Place last night.
The Thursday vote sets into motion a series of waivers and modifications to allow a new residential complex to be built just south of the Dulles Toll Road. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider the project on Tuesday (Nov. 20).
The development will replace the office buildings at 1941 Roland Clarke Place and 1950 Roland Clarke Place. A 308-unit residential building will replace 1941 Roland Clarke Place, including roughly 37 workforce units. The application says 1950 Roland Clarke Place will be redeveloped as a small park until another development on the site can be planned.
Though no open space was required for the site, a little over two acres of the new development will remain dedicated as open space. In addition to two private courtyards within the residential complex, two smaller parks and a dog park surround the proposed residential building.
Among the waivers and modifications received for the site an allowance of a residential building 59 feet from the Dulles International Airport from the zoning ordinance’s minimum distance of 200 feet.
The existing office buildings on the site were constructed in the early 1980s. In 2008, the redevelopment of the buildings was planned into three new office buildings, but the plan was never implemented.
Photos via handout/Fairfax County Planning Commission
For the first time, the restaurant is allowing patrons to enjoy its flavorful offerings at home
LAKE FREDERICK, VA. – The team behind Region’s 117, one of Northern Virginia’s hottest farm-to-table restaurants, will be offering pick-up Thanksgiving dinners for the first time this year, allowing patrons to enjoy its farm-fresh meals from the comfort of their own home.
“Everyone loves Thanksgiving, but not everyone loves cooking for it,” said Executive Chef Scott Bilstad, who runs Region’s 117, not only preparing the food, but also managing the menu and vendors–a unique characteristic found at all Trilogy properties nationwide where executive chefs manage onsite restaurants. “Our take-home meals allow you to have the freshest and most flavorful offerings from our network of Virginia farmers without working yourself too hard.”
During the “Giving Thanks” event, customers will be able to pick up a full meal including roast turkey breast, maple sage sausage stuffing, green beans almandine, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish and pumpkin or pecan pie to eat at home.
Located inside the Shenandoah Lodge & Athletic Club at Trilogy® at Lake Frederick, an exclusive and upscale 55+ lifestyle resort community, Region’s has views of the picturesque 117-acre Lake Frederick and the surrounding Shenandoah Valley.
The restaurant has earned accolades since opening. It’s been named one of the 100 best brunch spots and the 100 most scenic restaurants in America based on customer reviews from Open Table and recently won three awards in the Northern Virginia Daily annual reader poll in the categories for best dinner, best fine dining and best restaurant overall in Winchester and Frederick County.
Region’s 117’s menu includes fruits, vegetables and meats from Virginia farmers as well as a selection of white and red wines from wineries ranging from Front Royal to Charlottesville, many within a 117-mile radius, from which its name comes from. Some ingredients also come from a small chef’s garden on site.
The take-home dinners cost $21.95 per person, but there are options for a $100 package that feeds four to six people and a $199 option that feeds eight to ten. Orders can be made through 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, by calling 540-699-3244. Pick-ups can be made at The Market Place inside the Shenandoah Lodge from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22.
“Thanksgiving should be a time for connecting with family and friends, not toiling away in the kitchen,” added Bilstad. “And if our customers want to enjoy our food from home or at a friend or relative’s house, this is a great option.”
Reston Association’s Board of Directors approved next year’s budget, which increases the assessment fee by $11, at last night’s meeting. The Thursday meeting focused on finalizing the $17.9 million budget for next year and setting the assessment fee to the new rate of $693 — a bump from last year’s $682 fee.
Larry Butler, RA’s Acting CEO, presented his recommendations for the budget before the board took a deep dive into the budget.
The long-vacant CEO spot — one of several unfilled positions, including CFO and Planner — loomed over the board’s budget deliberations.
RA At-Large Director Ven Iyer, who unsuccessfully attempted to keep next year’s assessment fee the same as last year’s, argued that keeping costs low sets a good example for whoever fills the CEO spot. “What happens if the CEO comes in and says, ‘Actually, the costs need to go up’? What would you do if that happens?” Iyer said. “I think we need to set the tone.”
RA President Andy Sigle said that RA needs a CEO’s “fresh eyes to keep pushing for more efficiencies.”
Quite a bit of confusion around the operating reserves dominated the discussion as well. Ultimately, the association trimmed roughly $280,000 from initial expense estimates from the first draft of the budget, which allowed the association to limit the assessment increase to 1.6 percent.
“Our job is not, not to spend money,” said John Mooney, secretary of the RA, said at the meeting. “We can’t do everything everyone wants… The question is not expense, it’s value.”
In an effort to pass expenses shouldered by RA, the board also green-lighted a measure to start passing on credit card fees for purchases made through WebTrac to members beginning Jan. 1. Members who purchase pool and tennis passes or activity registrations through the website will be charged the credit card service fees.
Assessment-related credit card transaction fees will also be passed on to members starting in 2020. RA also directed the association’s staff to increase employee health insurance contributions.
The RA will mail assessment packets by the end of the first week of December to residents with information about the fees and funding. The payment will be due Jan.1, and a six-month installment plan will be available. Late fees for assessment payments kick in after March 1.
Photo via Reston Association/YouTube
Don’t let above-freezing temperatures deceive you — Local police advise commuters to exercise caution as they head out today. Road conditions remain icy and local police have already responded to a number of crashes today. [Fairfax County Police Department]
When Wiehle-Reston East commuters were left in the dark — A few weeks ago, Metro commuters were left in the dark when several Silver Line trains weren’t running from Largo Town Center to Benning Road. Metro’s main spokesman won’t say why. [The Washington Post]
Last days to drop-off donations — Cornerstones’ Thanksgiving Food Drive is nearing to an end. The last day to drop off requested donations at a number of local donations is this Monday. [Reston Community Center]
In case you missed it — A car crash sent four people to the hospital yesterday morning. The driver of one car was trapped and was removed from the car. [Reston Now]
Photo by Twitter user @MrErrett
All Fairfax County Public Schools will open two hours late tomorrow (Friday), ushering in a second day of weather-related impacts on schools.
School offices and central offices will remain open. All county public schools were closed today due to snowy conditions.
Photo via Twitter user @MrErrett
A car crash involving several cars on Route 7 sent four people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries earlier this morning.
Units from Station 39 in North Point responded to the incident, which happened as icy and snowy conditions swept down on much of the area today.
The driver of one car was trapped and was removed from the vehicle.
No other information about the incident was immediately available.
Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
A little over two years after Capital Bikeshare launched in Fairfax County, the program is planning to expand across Reston. But details on where the new stations, which were proposed last year, are pending.
According to Nicole Wynands, Bicycle Program Manager for the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, the bike-share expansion is planned for late 2019 or early 2020.
“We are still working on the exact locations,” said Wynands, “but additional stations are planned to be added in both North and South Reston.”
A list of sites in Reston had been proposed last year, but Wynands said further study found some of the sites did not meet federal criteria for grant funding.
“The previously proposed stations [were] a concept proposal which [is] always subject to final engineering,” said Wynands. “We have since conducted surveys and developed preliminary design concepts. As the expansion is funded through a federal grant, each location has to meet a long list of criteria stipulated by federal requirements, state requirements and operator requirements. The surveys revealed that some of the originally proposed stations did not meet all siting criteria, so alternative sites are being considered.”
Additionally, Wynands said sites are being reconsidered based on proximity to new bike trails built through Reston over the last year.
“We will be able to announce the new station locations after we have received all needed permits,” said Wynands. “We are still planning on adding up to 11 new stations in Reston”
At its busiest, typically during June, Wynands said there were 1,861 trips starting or ending in Reston. Capital Bikeshare also recently implemented a pilot project to add new battery-operated bikes to Reston. The program will continue through the end of the month.
Wynands said the most popular stations in Reston are the ones at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station, followed by the Reston Town Center Transit Station and the Sunset Hill Road/Isaac Newton Square Station.
“The system is designed primarily to cover the first and last mile between the origin/destination and transit,” said Wynands. “This is evident in the popularity of the bike share station at Wiehle Metro, which serves both as an origin and a destination for commuters in the morning and afternoon, as people working near Reston Town Center are arriving by Metro and continuing their trip to Reston Town Center via the W&OD, while at the same time Reston Town Center residents commute via the W&OD to the Metro station to continue their trip to Tysons, Arlington or DC.”
The station with the lowest use is at North Shore and Cameron Crescent, a station which primarily serves as an overflow to the busy Lake Anne station down the hill at North Shore and Village Road.
According to Wynands, the system is continuing to grow in ridership, with a seven percent year-over-over growth recorded thus far.
“It takes a few years for a new system to establish itself, and we expect additional growth through the expansions as we will serve additional riders and destinations.”