by Dave Emke — September 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0

 As Amazon searches for a home for its second headquarters, local government leaders across the nation have pitched their communities.

Fairfax County is no exception.

In June, it was announced that Amazon Web Services would use the One Dulles Tower (13200 Woodland Park Road, Herndon) as a new East Coast corporate campus, bringing up to 1,500 new jobs to the area. But local officials would like to see it make an even bigger investment.

“Fairfax County would love to be home to Amazon’s second headquarters,” said Sharon Bulova, chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, recently to the Fairfax News. “In our community they would find a well-educated, talented and motivated workforce, and an outstanding quality of life.”

Amazon’s new headquarters could require up to 8 million square feet, the Washington Business Journal reported, and jurisdictions all over the DC Metro area have expressed their interest. But of course, they are nowhere close to alone — interest in the project has been expressed almost everywhere.

Do you think Amazon would we wise to make Fairfax County home to its new headquarters? If so, why — and if not, where else? Let us know below.

Pet of the Week: Rose

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — September 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

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

Meet Rose, a tabby kitten available for adoption locally.

Here is what her friends at Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society have to say about her:

Rose is a very affectionate kitten. She loves to cuddle in laps. She is also a fun-loving kitten who enjoys chasing around after toys and after her sisters.

Rose will make a terrific companion to anyone looking for a cat to love and cherish.

Rose was about 3 months old the middle of August.

(Note: Little Buddies has adoption events every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Pet Valu in the North Point Village Shopping Center.)

Are you and Rose 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 Dave Emke — September 20, 2017 at 11:30 am 19 Comments

A 12 inch-by-12 inch sign reading that “Hate Has No Home Here” can stay in the Orchard Green Cluster, Reston’s Design Review Board says, despite the cluster president’s stance that it should be removed for its political nature.

During their meeting Tuesday (video), the DRB rejected an appeal of an August ruling by a three-member panel that the sign is OK for display as long as it is no bigger than one square foot. That came after the Orchard Green Cluster board had asked for a 2 foot-by-3 foot sign displaying the message to be removed.

Tuesday night, Orchard Green Cluster President Dan Pennington told the full DRB that the ruling should not have been made based on the sign’s size, but rather on the political nature of its message. According to Reston Association’s rules for small yard signs, temporary political signs up to 2 feet by 3 feet are allowed to be displayed, but must be removed “no later than one week after announcement of election results.” Orchard Green Cluster’s board voted on the sign, displayed in the yard of resident Rikki Epstein, at their June meeting and “voted to request its removal under the general RA Signs rules.”

“Fundamentally, what you’ve done for our cluster is establish a design guideline that anybody can put up a 12-by-12 [sign], regardless of content [and] regardless of quantity, [with] no limitation and no content issues,” Pennington said to the DRB said. “It’s an untenable standard going forward for our cluster. … I would say it’s a misreading of the rule.”

Pennington suggested that if this sign is allowed to remain indefinitely, another resident could put up numerous one-square-foot signs reading “Trump is President: Get Over It” with each sign displaying only one letter of the message.

“Do you have a limiting principle?” Pennington asked the DRB. “This is a political sign and it should have been adjudicated under the political-sign standard and not the 12-by-12 standard.”

DRB members, along with their legal counsel Wil Washington, said there was no misreading of the rule when the panel informed Epstein she could display a 12- by 12-inch version of the sign, as the size rule overrides the political rule. They also said Pennington’s example of numerous signs with one letter each was hyperbolic, as the rules refer to “the sign” in the singular form.

“The content [of the sign] is irrelevant — the regulations say what they say,” said Nick Georgas, landscape architect member of the DRB. “I don’t think it’s this board’s job to determine what the content of that one-square-foot sign is.”

Pennington said his cluster board is working to pass its own rule that signs of any kind not be allowed, except for home-security signs and “other minor exceptions.”

“We simply don’t want signs in our cluster,” Pennington said.

Image via Hate Has No Home Here website

by Dave Emke — September 20, 2017 at 10:15 am 3 Comments

A pair of local historians will tell the tale of Reston’s early days tonight at Lake Anne Plaza.

Kristina Alcorn and Chuck Veatch will present “Meant to Be: How Reston Almost Wasn’t” at 7 p.m. at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center (1909A Washington Plaza). The public program is being put on by the Reston Historic Trust and Museum.

According to information provided by the museum, the presentation will “delve into the chain of improbable events and the forks in the road that paved the way for the creation of Reston.”

Veatch was a member of Reston’s original development team, coming to the community in 1964 to work with founder Bob Simon and handle Reston’s first home sales. He is also photographer and publisher of the book “The Nature of Reston.”

Alcorn is the author of “In His Own Words: Stories from the Extraordinary Life of Reston’s Founder.” To write the book, she spent two years interviewing Simon.

The program is free, but seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. For more information or to RSVP, call 703-709-7700 or email [email protected].

Photos provided by Reston Historic Trust and Museum. Top, Chuck Veatch with Bob Simon. Bottom, Kristina Alcorn.

by Dave Emke — September 20, 2017 at 9:00 am 7 Comments

PRC Zoning Ordinance Amendment Info Session Tonight — Reston 20/20, Reclaim Reston and the Reston Citizens Association will present the forum tonight from 7-9 p.m. at Reston Association headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). This is being held in advance of the fourth public meeting on the proposal, being presented Monday by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and County Planning and Zoning staff. [Reston Now]

Site Lists Top Places to Eat in Reston — Eater’s list includes 10 locations within Reston Town Center, but it also branches out to Lake Anne, South Lakes and more. [DC Eater]

Copperhead Spotted on W&OD Trail — The venomous snake was spotted last week on the trail near the Luck Stone Quarry overlook in Ashburn, serving as a reminder to be watchful when out in nature. [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

Dulles Day Festival is This Weekend — The 25th annual open house event at the airport Saturday will include a 5K/10K on runways, a festival on the airfield, and the plane-pull competition. [Dulles International Airport]

Another Brewery Coming to Route 28 Corridor — Rocket Frog Brewing Company is looking to open in Sterling early next year. This is on the heels of Ono Brewing Company opening recently in Chantilly. [The Burn]

File photo by Audrey Lawson

by Dave Emke — September 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm 8 Comments

A resident found a strange man standing in his kitchen in the middle of the night over the weekend.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the incident took place in the 1200 block of Cobble Pond Way, off Hunter Mill Road. At about 3 a.m. Sunday, the homeowner found “an unknown man” in his kitchen. The suspect ran away after he was spotted, and the homeowner chased him while his wife called police.

Responding officers located a “suspicious van” in the area, and discovered it had been reported stolen. Two men who were inside the van were arrested:

  • David Pugnettif, 20, of Reston was allegedly the man who had been inside the house. He was charged with burglary, and he also had an outstanding warrant for carrying a concealed weapon.
  • John Kyle, 22, of Reston was charged with auto theft and driving on a revoked license.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following crimes in the past week:


11300 block of Baron Cameron Avenue, purse from vehicle

2500 block of Brenton Point Drive, license plates from vehicle

1700 block of Business Center Drive, license plate from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, bicycle from residence

2400 block of Centreville Road, cellphone from residence

2400 block of Centreville Road, cellphone from business

1500 block of Cornerside Boulevard, wallet from business

1000 block of Elden Street, wallet from business

2300 block of Glade Bank Way, property from residence

12200 block of Heather Way, gift cards from vehicle

2200 block of Highland Crossing Drive, merchandise from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, beer from business

1500 block of Reston Parkway, purse from vehicle

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, beer from residence

11800 block of Sunset Hills Road, bicycle from residence

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, bicycles from business

1900 block of Wintergreen Court, wallet from vehicle


None reported

As we’ve already reported, FCPD also responded this past week to reports of a pizza delivery driver being robbed at gunpoint, and a 16-year-old being jumped and robbed by a group of assailants.

Anyone with information about any of the crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

In Loudoun County, two Herndon residents were charged after a party and fight late Friday night in Sterling. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says the incident took place at a warehouse in the 45000 block of Maries Road at about midnight. Several people who appeared to be underaged were drinking outside the building, police say, and they fled inside when officers arrived. LCSO was told that people inside were being held against their will. Once the scene was secured, “multiple individuals” were issued summonses for underage possession of alcohol. Several others faced additional charges, including:

  • Janey Carballo-Renderos, 20, of Herndon, who was charged with false identification to law enforcement and obstruction of justice.
  • Billy W. Quezada, 21, of Herndon, who was charged with public intoxication

LCSO also says a 22-year-old Herndon woman was charged with shoplifting from a Dulles Town Center store Saturday afternoon. Police say Leanna C. Saiza-Bailey was stealing items from the JC Penney store, and she was charged with grand larceny.

In addition, as we reported last week, a Herndon teen was charged by LCSO with felony burglary, misdemeanor sexual assault and misdemeanor simple assault after allegedly assaulting a girl at her Sterling home.

by Dave Emke — September 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm 28 Comments

Some pool hours that were lost in the 2017 schedule may return in 2018, after recommendations from Reston Association’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC).

During their special budget session Monday afternoon (video), the Reston Association Board of Directors voted to guide staff toward listening to PRAC’s recommendations when setting guidelines for the 2018 pool schedule.

The recommendations are to:

  • Prior to Memorial Day: reinstate Monday-Friday weekday hours at the two open pools
  • Memorial Day through end of school: ensure there is one pool in each district available by 10 a.m. on weekdays
  • Through mid-August: reinstate the “closed day” to just once a week at most pools, as opposed to twice a week
  • Mid-August through first day of school: continue to adjust operating hours at certain pools based on member feedback, and continue to reopen additional facilities for Labor Day weekend.

The suggested changes would add $2.88 to the projected assessment rate for 2018, RA staff has calculated. Restoring all of the pool hours that were cut in this year’s schedule would tack on an additional $1.60.

“The recommendation that is before you, by the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, was worked on with staff,” CEO Cate Fulkerson said, addressing a director’s question about concerns with finding seasonal workers for the pools. “Staff believes that it can achieve [these changes, but] it does not believe it can go back to the full-scale set of hours that we had in 2016.”

Members provided feedback about pool hours during listening sessions held by RA directors in May and June. In addition, member feedback on the issue was collected during a feedback session with the Board earlier this month. Fulkerson said about 25 members attended and shared their thoughts.

Director Julie Bitzer (South Lakes District) is the Board’s liaison to PRAC. She said she believes the recommended changes address the majority of comments that were received about the schedule.


by Eve Thompson — September 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

This is a sponsored post from Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. For a more complete picture of home sales in your neighborhood, contact her on Reston Real Estate.

Here are some Reston homes that changed hands recently:

1619 Fieldthorn Drive, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $359,900.

1347 Garden Wall Circle, 2 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $259,000

2332 Generation Drive, 3 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $430,000

12001 Market St., 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $599,900

1405 Park Garden Lane, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $522,500

2145 Whisper Way, 2 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $350,000

by RestonNow.com — September 19, 2017 at 11:00 am 13 Comments

A pizza delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint last week in South Reston, the Fairfax County Police Department says.

According to FCPD, the incident took place at about 9 p.m. Friday in the 11900 block of Travistock Court, which is part of the Deepwood HOA. Police say the deliveryman was robbed by a man who was waiting for him at his car. The suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the driver and demanded his wallet.

The suspect is described by FCPD as being white, around 6 feet tall and about 18 years old. He is said to have medium-length blonde hair. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark sweatpants and a dark backpack at the time of the robbery.

Police say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).


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