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by RestonNow.com April 20, 2018 at 3:30 pm 0

Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.

  1. Residents Worry Upgraded Plaza in South Lakes Village Center Will Attract Teens, Noise
  2. Reston Home Heavily Damaged by Fire Saturday Night
  3. Some Metro Users Scramble for Parking Space at the Wiehle-Reston East Garage
  4. Updated: Baron Cameron Avenue at Wiehle Avenue Closed
  5. Crime Roundup: Police Catch ‘Suspicious’ Herndon Man In Woods

If you have ideas on stories we should cover, email us at [email protected] or submit an anonymous tip. We’re also looking for photos of Reston submitted by readers. Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a good weekend.

by RestonNow.com April 20, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

County government entities are partnering to present a workshop on how to prepare for active violence in the workplace. The event will be held on Monday (April 23) at Reston Association’s conference center (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive).

The program is intended to provide an explanation about active violence, view past incidents in U.S. history, and discuss ways to response to violence.

Two other workshops will take place on Tuesday (April 24) at Immanuel Baptist Church in Springfield and on April 30 at the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway).

The initiative is presented by the Fairfax County Police Department, the Office of Emergency Management, the Fairfax County OEM Volunteer Corps, and the Fairfax County Community Collaboration for Disaster Resiliency.

Online registration is required.

by RestonNow.com April 20, 2018 at 1:30 pm 0

The Reston Farmers Market opens for its 20th season at Lake Anne Plaza’s parking lot tomorrow (Saturday).

Market hours are from 8 a.m. to noon. Vendors will be available to sell a mix of veggies, fruit, breads and snacks. Food trucks may also frequent the parking lot to offer on-the-go goodies. A Master Gardener Plant Clinic will be on site to offer information about plants.

Here’s a list of vendors who will set up for the 2018 season, which runs through December 1. The market will be closed on September 22 for a multi-cultural festival.

  • 78 Acres, LLC
  • Arnest Seafood
  • Baguette Republic
  • Blue Ridge Dairy Co.
  • BreezyMeadowFarms
  • Caprikorn Farms
  • Cavanna Pasta
  • Colonial Kettle Corn
  • Fresh Crunch
  • Glascocks Produce
  • Good Omen
  • Grace’s Pastries
  • GreenFare Organic Cafe
  • J & W Valley View Farm
  • Kiwi Kuisine
  • LoKL Gourmet
  • Misty Meadow Farm Creamery
  • Mt. Olympus Farm
  • Nitro’s Creamery
  • Noshy
  • Penn Farm
  • Potomac Vegetable Farms
  • Reid’s Orchard, Inc.
  • Smith Family Farm
  • Spring Valley Farm and Orchard
  • Stallard Road Farm & Botanicals
  • The Farm at Sunnyside
  • Toigo Orchards
  • Valentine’s Bakery & Meats
  • Virginia Vistas Greenhouses
  • Zayna’s Delight

by Anna Merod April 20, 2018 at 11:30 am 8 Comments

PROJECT Trio is bringing its classical training blended with an eclectic music taste to the Reston Community Center on Sunday at 3 p.m.

The trio includes Greg Pattillo on the flute, Eric Stephenson on the cello and Peter Seymour on the double bass.

The group has been described by Gramophone Magazine as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between.”

On top of that, The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.”

Tickets for the show cost $15 for Reston Association members and costs $20 for non-members.

Photo via RCC

by Tim's Reston April 20, 2018 at 10:15 am 0

Every weekday, we highlight deals and events around Reston, with help from Tim’s Reston Directory. Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so be sure to click the link for details and any additional requirements.

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by RestonNow.com April 20, 2018 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

The jobs forecast — Unemployment remains below three percent in Fairfax County. [Fairfax County Government]

Thoroughly Modern Millie — Dive into the height of the jazz age in New York City with “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Reston Community Players’ next play. The performance, based on the 1967 award-winning film, will run from April 20 through May 12 at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage. [Reston Community Center]

Pet sitting galore — Pooch Pros officially celebrating its grand opening yesterday. The business offers pet sitting services in the local area, including in Reston. [Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce]

No kidding — Registration for the 8th annual Reston Kids Triathlon is now open. The event is set for August 5 at 8 a.m.. [Reston Kids Triathlon]

Photo by Gail Crockett

by RestonNow.com April 19, 2018 at 3:35 pm 79 Comments

Reston Association’s CFO and acting CEO Robert Wood will resign, leaving two top leadership positions open at the homeowners’ association.

Wood was named acting CEO in February following former CEO Cate Fulkerson’s resignation in February. He has taken a new job at a national nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., ending a roughly three years of work at RA.

Larry Butler, RA’s senior director of land use and planning will take over as acting CEO. The board is actively searching for a new, permanent CEO following Fulkerson’s departure. Job listings were posted on online job platforms, including an April 9 posting.

Wood’s last day is tomorrow (April 20).

Photo via RA

by RestonNow.com April 19, 2018 at 2:45 pm 9 Comments

Baron Cameron Avenue at Wiehle Avenue may be closed for several hours due to downed wires.

According to Fairfax County Government, the closure could remain in effect for several hours.

An alert sent at 1:32 p.m., officials estimated the road would remain closed for four to six hours. Police are diverting traffic onto Wiehle Avenue and encourage residents and drivers to avoid the area.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

by RestonNow.com April 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm 8 Comments

This is a commentary from Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax), who represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

Legislators who were in Richmond on April 13 for the Special Session to complete work on the biennial budget interrupted their work on April 18 for the Constitutionally required Reconvened Session commonly referred to as the “veto session.” In 1980 the State Constitution was amended to provide that on the sixth Wednesday after the adjournment of a regular session the General Assembly is to reconvene “for the purpose of considering bills which may have been returned by the Governor with recommendations for their amendment and bills and items of appropriation bills which may have been returned by the Governor with his objections.” Prior to the establishment of a reconvened session, a Governor could veto bills without concern that the vetoes would be over-ridden.

Governor Terry McAuliffe set a record with nearly a hundred vetoes all of which were sustained by the General Assembly even if by the narrowest margin. Governor Ralph Northam has exercised his veto powers on eight measures that are highly unlikely to be challenged with the almost even distribution of partisan representation in both the House and Senate. A two-thirds vote is required to pass legislation without the Governor’s approval. In the case of Governor McAuliffe and now Governor Northam, vetoes by the other branch of government–the executive branch–have kept the General Assembly from enacting some of the more divisive laws on social issues proposed by extremely conservative legislators.

Two of the bills Governor Northam vetoed related to voter registration records that would unnecessarily burden the registration and voting process under guise of preventing fraud and abuse. Virginia has not had a problem with voting irregularities; the state’s problem has been to get more people to vote since Virginia has among the lowest levels of participation in the nation. Efforts to make it easier to vote such as “no excuse” absentee voting have been defeated in the General Assembly.

The Governor vetoed three bills that would limit the powers of local government when the local governments are in the best position to know what would best serve the people of a locality. One bill would have prohibited local governments from requiring contractors to pay more than minimum wage for work for the locality and another would interfere on local governments establishing property tax rates for country clubs. A bill that would prohibit “sanctuary cities” of which there are none in Virginia was also vetoed.

The Governor vetoed a bill that would have prohibited state participation in adopting regulations on carbon dioxide cap-and-trade programs thereby limiting Virginia’s ability to deal with climate change. He also vetoed a bill that would have allowed legislators to change legislative district lines between the federal census dates.

In considering bills passed by the legislature, all of which must be signed by the Governor to become law, the Governor can propose amendments. Of the dozens of amendments proposed by Governor Northam, most are technical corrections in language passed in the fast pace of the legislative session.

After the likely one-day Reconvened Session is adjourned, the General Assembly will return to the Special Session to complete the budget. I believe there will be good news to report on the budget very soon!

by RestonNow.com April 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm 8 Comments

Reston Association’s Central Services Facility staff have removed trees at Glade Tennis Courts (11550 Glade Drive) in order to prevent future damage.

During a March windstorm, two large pine trees fell onto the tennis court, damaging the clay court, court lights and perimeter fencing, according to Ali Khatibi, the manager of the Central Services Facility.

After inspections, arborists determined standing and pine trees posed a threat to public safety. Trees were removed from the court.

On March 2, RA estimated windstorm cleanup could take at least one month. Arborists continue to remove trees from pathways.

“We appreciate your patience during this process,” Khatibi said in a Reston Today video. 

 

Photo via Reston Association/YouTube

by RestonNow.com April 19, 2018 at 10:40 am 3 Comments

Local police have identified a man found dead in Fairfax Station on Wednesday as Michael Cooker, 30, of Herndon.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Cooker was found on the 6500 block of Colchester Road around 6:49 a.m. on Wednesday. A passerby saw a man laying on the side of the road and alerted police.

Police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Cooker sustained upper body trauma. No weapons were found on the scene.

An autopsy, which will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information should contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800 or via text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637), by calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or 703-691-2131.

Photo via FCPD

by Tim's Reston April 19, 2018 at 10:15 am 0

Every weekday, we highlight deals and events around Reston, with help from Tim’s Reston Directory. Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so be sure to click the link for details and any additional requirements.

Follow Tim’s Reston Directory on Twitter and Facebook and visit TIMS.US for a comprehensive monthly calendar of deals and events around Reston.

Interested in special promotion as the deal or event of the day? Have a deal or event tip? Email Tim at [email protected]!

by RestonNow.com April 19, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Cheers for volunteers — Reston Association will recognize volunteer individuals, groups and corporate partners at the 2018 service awards reception tonight. [RA]

Hairspray JR begins tonight — Students from Langston Hughes Middle School will kick off their production of Hairspray JR beginning today. The show, which captures the spirit of Baltimore in 1962 with laughter, dance, romance and songs, will run through Saturday, April 21. Tickets are available online. [Langston Hughes Middle School]

A walking art tour — Art historian Phoebe Avery will lead a tour of public art around Lake Anne tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. [RA]

Honey, I shrunk the... — Honeygrow, a fast-casual Philadelphia import restaurant, is getting ready for opening day at RTC West. Hiring has begun. [Honeygrow]

Look who’s in town — The Herndon Youth Advisory Council, which was created by the town council late last year, is off to strong start this year. [The Connection]

Photo by Jessica Wallach

by Fatimah Waseem April 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm 7 Comments

A plan to install T-Mobile antennas on the roof of the Waterford Square Condominiums was flatly rejected by the Reston Association’s Design Review Board Tuesday night.

More than 20 residents criticized the plan, which would have added eight panel antennas, four remote radio units, a microwave dish behind a screened panel, and other equipment, on the roof of the building.

Residents and DRB members said the project would destroy the residential building’s clean, modern aesthetic. Others expressed concerns about possible health effects, including radiation, the effect on birds who fly near the roof, and a possible decline in property values.

“I don’t see any way I could vote to approve this,” said Richard Newlon, chairman of the DRB.

“Cell phones might get better reception, but that’s too big a price to pay for that,” he added.

Alexa Choi, a resident of Waterford Square, compared the equipment to “battlements” better suited for the Middle Ages. Choi said the equipment, even with screening, would completely change the skyline of the residential neighborhood.

The application was submitted by T-Mobile and the Waterford Square Condominium Unit Owners Association.

T-Mobile sought to relocate equipment from Lake Anne Fellowship House, pending future demolition, to the residential building. A representative for the company said an offer to include the equipment in the plan as redevelopment moves forward was rejected.

Photos via handout

by Anna Merod April 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

The Greater Reston Arts Center will be hosting the exhibit, “Mike Cloud: Figure Studies” from April 28 through July 7.

This is the first time Brooklyn-based artist Cloud will be showing his work in the greater D.C. area, according to the center. Cloud’s exhibit is described by the center as a selection of works that “consider language, symbolism, metaphor, history and identity through the examination of the figure.”

The exhibit based on a single painting “Cycle and Stable” (2015) features Cloud’s series of collages based on the work of photographer Anne Leibovitz and new paintings.

Cloud received an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art and a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He will also host a talk on the opening day of his exhibit from 4-5 p.m. followed by an opening reception from 5-7 p.m.

There will be a private dinner with Cloud celebrating the exhibit. Tickets cost $100 for the public and $75 for GRACE members, board of directors and sponsors. Those interested must RSVP by emailing [email protected] by April 25.

Photo courtesy GRACE

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