by RestonNow.com — October 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Reston HospitalHCA Virginia’s Reston Hospital Center has achieved designation as a Level II Trauma Center by the Virginia Department of Health’s State Health Commissioner, hospital officials announced.

Reston Hospital Center is the first Level II Trauma Center serving Northern Virginia to open in over a decade. It is one of 17 trauma centers in the state.

Reston Hospital Center’s Level II designation will provide additional access to lifesaving trauma care and allows emergency responders a new location to transfer patients to a trauma center within the critical “golden hour” during which treatment is most effective, says a release from HCA.

“This designation is a direct result of Reston Hospital’s focus on continuously enhancing the level of care that we are able to provide to our community,” Dr. Ranjit Pullarkat, Medical Director of Reston Hospital Center’s Trauma Services, said in a statement. “Every resident in Northern Virginia needs and deserves local access to quality trauma care, particularly when minutes may make the difference between life and death.

Mindy Carter, Director of Trauma Services, says the new designation will allow the facility will be able to initiate definitive trauma care for all patients by providing 24/7 on-site trauma surgeons.

“As the population of Northern Virginia grows exponentially, and in uncertain times, it is vital that more hospitals are prepared for individual and large-scale disasters,” she said.

In addition to having trauma surgeons on-site, around the clock, trauma experts specializing in orthopedics, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, plastic and facial trauma, thoracic, gynecological/obstetrical, cardiac, and other surgical specialties are on call and immediately available 24/7, hospital reps said.

by Karen Goff — October 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

SL HS homecoming parade 2013

South Lakes High School has been celebrating Homecoming at school all week, but here comes the big public celebration.

The annual Homecoming Parade marches from Hunters Woods Village Center to South Lakes High School at 5 p.m. on Friday.

The bands, floats, cheerleaders, students from elementary schools in the SLHS pyramid, and more will make their way from Hunters Woods to the school on Colts Neck Road, then in the eastbound land down South Lakes Drive. Traffic on those roads will be blocked during the parade.

The best places to watch (and catch candy thrown from the floats) are on the east side of South Lakes or right outside Hunters Woods Village Center along Colts Neck.

South Lakes Homecoming football game begins at the school at 7 p.m. The undefeated Seahawks (8-0), ranked No. 8 in this week’s Washington Post poll, host Hayfield.

Hayfield is 7-1 and has won five straight games.

SLHS’ Homecoming king and queen will be crowned at halftime.

by Del. Ken Plum — October 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm 10 Comments

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

I am currently the longest serving member of the Virginia House of Delegates. My license plate that has only “1” on it is the subject of many stares and the occasional “How did you get that number?” I have been in office continuously since 1980. I served one term prior to that time, but seniority is counted by continuous service.

I was a candidate for office twice before I was elected. I first ran for the House of Delegates in 1973 and again in 1975. Both times I came close, but close does not count in elections.

I ran in what was the 18th legislative district which encompassed half of Fairfax County, Fairfax City and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna, which were represented by five at-large delegates.

When the Commonwealth of Virginia was forced by the federal government to reapportion the legislature to conform to the “one-man, one-vote” principle, Fairfax had a population equivalent to ten legislative districts. Rather than dividing up the county into individual districts, the legislature drew a line down the center of the county creating two districts with five at-large delegates each. (more…)

by Karen Goff — October 27, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Good Beginnings School

A Reston-based senior living company has filed plans to build a new facility at 11501 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston.

Kensington Senior Development, LLC’s application was received by the Fairfax County Planning Department last week.

According to the application, Kensington Senior Development has filed a Planned Residential Community (PRC) plan concurrent with a Special Exception for an assisted living facility at that address, which is about 675 feet east of the intersection with Soapstone Drive.

Currently located at 11501 Sunrise Valley is Good Beginnings School, a private preschool, day care and kindergarten. The building has not been sold. The redevelopment plans do not include the Sunrise Valley Convenience Center stores next door.

Kensington currently operates assisted living communities in  Kensington, MDSierra Madre, CARedwood City, CAMontclair, NJFalls Church, VA; and White Plains, NY.

by Jennifer van der Kleut — October 27, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Reston AssociationReston Association board members are touting it as a one-stop shop that will allow residents to buy passes, sign up for community events like summer camps, and more, all in one convenient place.

WebTrac, RA’s new online registration system, is expected to fully launch in January, but board members are encouraging residents to create their online accounts now and familiarize themselves with the new site, ahead of the launch.

WebTrac is separate from the association’s main website, www.reston.org, where many residents like to pay assessment fees and access disclosure documents. Residents will need to create a separate account to utilize WebTrac.

“Signing up now will enable you to purchase items as soon as they become available, starting in January 2017. In the meantime, you can browse the site to become familiar with how it works,” RA says on its website.

The RA board approved $201,000 at the beginning of this year to upgrade to the WebTrac system. (more…)

by Karen Goff — October 27, 2016 at 8:50 am 10 Comments

police lineFairfax County Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting Wednesday night near Hunters Woods Village Center.

A 42-year-old man told police he was walking home from work in the 12000 block of Greywing Square about 10:45 p.m. when he heard gunshots.

The man then realized he had been shot in the upper body. He was taken to Reston Hospital, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, said FCPD spokesman Don Gotthardt.

Police searched for the suspect, described by police as a thin black man wearing all black clothing, via helicopter, K9 and ground units.

The suspect has not been located, Gotthardt said Thursday morning. It is unknown if the suspect and victim know each other, he said.

by Karen Goff — October 27, 2016 at 8:30 am 4 Comments

Morning notes/November

Halloween Fun — There is a costumed kids bike ride in Reston Saturday. Meet at the Pony Barn at 10 a.m.[Facebook]

Toll Relief For Northern Virginia? — A new program for toll road relief in the Hampton Roads area may eventually spread to Northern Virginia. [WTOP]

Space For Innovation — A look inside Reston’s maker space at Nova Labs. [Connection]

Cafesano Now Open in Dulles — Cafesano, a locally owned Mediterranean restaurant at South Lakes Village Center, has opened a second location. You can now find Cafesano’s salads, sandwiches and pizzas at 21305 Windmill Parc Drive in Dulles, near Dulles Town Center. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Man Falls Off Balcony, Dies at Reston Town Center –– A man hanging holiday lights was killed when he accidentally fell from his apartment balcony at Reston Town Center. [Patch]

by Karen Goff — October 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm 4 Comments

Lake Newport SoccerReston Association hopes to start the process soon for for two artificial turf soccer fields — paid for by Reston Soccer — to be installed at RA’s Lake Newport Soccer fields.

The implementation of the estimated $2.4 million plan depends on many factors, including a member referendum under RA bylaws.

According to the Reston Deed, if the Board of Directors wishes to make a single capital addition, alteration or improvement to the Common Area that costs more than $369,000, there must be a referendum. A 10 percent turnout is necessary for a quorum, with 51 percent of those votes needed to pass the referendum.

The RA Board will vote at its meeting Thursday on a timeline that includes:

  • Gathering input from RA groups, including the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, Environmental Advisory Committee, Design Review Board (21 day Notice Requirements to adjacent neighbors/cluster apply to DRB information session) and Fiscal Committee this fall/winter. The groups will report their opinions to RA by January. The Fiscal Committee will also formulate a five-year cost analysis.
  • The Board Operations Committee will draft non-Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will form the basis of a 20-year agreement between Reston Association and Reston Soccer Association regarding the use and maintenance of the synthetic turf fields.
  • RA will hold public hearings on the proposed referendum question, fact sheet and MOU in mid-January and February.
  • In late February, the board would decide whether to move forward with a member referendum. The referendum would take place in March and close April 3.

Reston Soccer first approached RA about the partnership in July. Reston Soccer President Robert Anguizola said the sports group is not looking for RA money for the project.

“In a referendum, we would ask  ‘Does community want this amenity? Yes or No. If the answer is yes, then we would go fundraise,” he said. “What we would ask, if we donate the money, then we want promise we can use it. You would end up having surplus time [to rent it for] other uses and sports.”

Lake Newport is the most suitable place in Reston on which to build the turf fields, Anguizola has said. Virginia laws prohibit a public-private partnership on a Fairfax County Park Authority field (such as at Lake Fairfax Park or at Baron Cameron Park) with special requests for usage. Also, Lake Newport is the only RA field complex with two fields, as well as space for other potential amenities such as the clubhouse or a tot lot.

Adding turf and lights would add 191 extra field hours (assuming lights could be on until 8:30 p.m.) per season, plus an additional 550 hours in what is now the offseason, said Anguizola.

Anguizola says the organization would use organic material and not tire crumb rubber for the turf surface.

The RA Board was receptive to the idea at previous meetings.

Pet of the Week: Moe

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — October 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0


This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Moe, a cat with big paws who is looking for a home with big cat lovers.

Here is what his rescue friends at Fancy Cats Rescue Team have to say about him:

Moe is a stunner! He has gorgeous marble tabby markings, almost like a Bengal. He has big paws so we think there might be some Maine Coon in his background somewhere! He absolutely LOVES attention and is a cuddle bug. He is young and high energy.

If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an application and a representative will get back to you shortly to answer any questions you may have. The application can be found http://tinyurl.com/k5xd2vr.

Are you and Moe a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected]with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by Karen Goff — October 26, 2016 at 9:00 am 3 Comments

Banks Merge — Reston-based Access National Bank has formed a merger with Middleburg Financial Corp. After the merger, Middleburg Bank offices (including a branch in Reston) will continue to operate under the name…


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