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by Eve Thompson — January 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Just Sold

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 in the last week:

1260 Reston Ave., 5 BR, BA. Sale Price: $1.16 million

11204 Chestnut Grove Square, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $212,000

11400 Washington Plaza West, Studio, 1 BA. Sale Price: $180,000

11817 Breton Court, 2 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $219,000

by Dave Emke — January 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

Local painters and poets have collaborated to help each other’s work come to life in an exhibit set to open this weekend at Reston Art Gallery & Studios.

“Springtime in Winter: An Ekphrastic Study in Art, Poetry and Music” will be on display starting Friday at the gallery (11400 Washington Plaza W., on Lake Anne). Pat Macintyre, the gallery’s director and an active painter, said artists and poets worked in close partnerships to create the linked pieces.

“As the poems were being written, we communicated mainly by email, but some people got together in person,” she said.

The Poetry Society of Virginia worked together with the artists at Reston Art Gallery to create the pieces. Mike Maggio, the group’s Northern Regional vice president, developed the concept.

“This is the first collaboration between PSV and RAGS,” he said in a news release. “We also have Herndon Middle School, Herndon High School and a music professor from George Mason involved, so this collaboration has grown quite a bit.”

Macintyre said music students from the schools will be performing during the exhibit’s opening reception, scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Live readings by participating poets are also planned for the event.

Macintyre and poet Steve Bucher partnered for their work.

“The poets applied to join us, and they came in en masse,” Macintyre said. “I was honored [Bucher] picked me. His words are so powerful.”

After the exhibit closes at Reston Art Gallery on Feb. 18, it will move on to ArtSpace Herndon (Feb. 20-26) and Northern Virginia Community College in Sterling (March 25).

Poets featured in the exhibit are Don Carlson, Stanley Galloway, Claudia Gary, Cathy Hailey, Bennie Herron, Susana Notar and Jack Underhill, as well as Bucher. Artists are Gail Axtell-Erwin, Dorothy Donahey, Ronni Jolles, Joan Kelly, Maggie Stewart, Roberta Thole and Wayne Schiffelbein, along with Macintyre.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, or by appointment.

For more information, visit the gallery’s website or Facebook page, or call 703-481-8156.

Pet of the Week: Selma

by Dave Emke — January 18, 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 Selma, a cute little Labrador Retriever mix.

Here is what her friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about her:

This beautiful little girl is named Selma. She and her brothers Peak and Noah, along with her sister Franny, had a yellow lab mix mother, but their father is a mystery.

All these terrific pups love to play, but also enjoy just hanging out. They’re great company either way. We’re sure that this terrific pup will brighten your day and make a most excellent new best friend for any lucky adopter.

These precious pups go fast, so please send your application on in pronto so you don’t miss out.

Selma is up to date on all shots and dewormings and carries an adoption fee of $329. We can also have her microchipped for only $25 additional.

Are you and Selma 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 — January 18, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Police line

Fairfax County police reports from the past week include an attempted home break-in in Herndon.

The incident took place at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9. A resident in the 2600 block of New Concorde Court made the call.

From FCPD:

A resident reported that, while he was home, he heard someone trying to gain entry through the sliding glass door. He saw a man attempting to open the door and the suspect ran off. He was described as white, approximately 5 feet 7 to 8 inches tall, thin build and a dark beard.

Local officers also responded to an attempted home break-in on Lake Shore Crest Drive in Reston, which we reported last week. An arrest was made in that case.

Other reported crimes from the Reston District Station this past week include the following:

LARCENIES:

1500 block of Pennycress Lane, wallet from vehicle

2400 block of Thomas Jefferson Drive, phone from office

2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

2300 block of Freetown Court, cash from vehicle

1200 block of Shaker Drive, gun and TV from vehicle

1800 block of Fountain Drive, merchandise from business

1700 block of Business Center Drive, cash from business

2300 block of Corporate Park Drive, wallet from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Police from the Reston District Station also were dispatched to a pair of major crimes in recent days: a double stabbing on the soccer fields near South Lakes High School and a chaotic hostage situation in Herndon.

Police shot and killed the suspect in the latter incident, who had earlier shot and wounded his two brothers, after he allegedly lunged at officers while wielding a knife. The man was later identified as 32-year-old Mohammed Azim Doudzai.

The suspect in the stabbing remains at large.

by Dave Emke — January 18, 2017 at 10:15 am 41 Comments

Herndon police shooting

The 32-year-old Herndon man killed Monday by police after a chaotic barricade situation had shot his brothers after a fight with his girlfriend.

Fairfax County Police say 32-year-old Mohammad Azim Doudzai of 13316 Covered Wagon Lane was arguing with his 28-year-old girlfriend when she called his brothers to come talk to him. The fight escalated, and he pulled a gun and shot his brothers, ages 37 and 23. The injured men fled the home along with the girlfriend, driving to the hospital and calling police.

Officers who responded to the home, where Doudzai had barricaded himself inside. During the incident, police say, Doudzai set fires inside the home and there were reports of what sounded like gunfire.

From FCPD:

As officers attempted negotiations with the suspect, they discovered there was a 29-year-old man trapped inside the home. He was a roommate and not related to the family. When the incident escalated, he hid in a room upstairs and called 911 to report he could not escape. Following the response of the Special Operations Division (SOD), officers made the decision to approach the home out of concern for the hostage, neighbors and suspect. Smoke had filled the home and was billowing out the windows. When a team of officers approached the door, the suspect came out with at least one knife in hand and was shot. Members of SOD quickly entered the home and rescued the hostage.

The officer who shot and killed Doudzai, a 16-year veteran of the department assigned to the Special Operations Division, has been placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.

Detectives recovered a gun and a knife from the home, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131, use Crime Solvers, or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

by Dave Emke — January 18, 2017 at 9:45 am 11 Comments

Rep. Gerry Connolly/Credit: U.S. CongressReston’s voice in the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), has announced that he has joined the growing list of Democratic members of Congress who will not be attending the Inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Connolly said Trump has left the country with “open, bleeding wounds.”

“After long reflection I have decided that I cannot attend the inauguration of Donald J Trump on Friday. His behavior and harmful words during and after the campaign have left the country I love with open, bleeding wounds. Instead of binding those wounds, he has poured salt on them. Instead of unifying us, he has reveled in driving wedges between us. His disparagement of an entire religion; his racist rants about minorities; his resurrection of white supremacy; his ridicule of the disabled; his blatant misogyny and boasting of unwanted sexual advances; his intimidation of the press; his repugnant attack on civil rights hero John Lewis; and his disturbing defense of and advocacy for Vladimir Putin — a KGB thug — threaten our democratic institutions. How can I celebrate that? The sordid aspects of his behavior must not become the new normal for America or her presidents.”

Connolly joins more than 50 of his peers who have publicly announced they will not attend the ceremony.

by Dave Emke — January 18, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Morning Notes - Winter

SLHS Grad Featured in UPenn Video — Princess Aghayere, a 2015 graduate of South Lakes High School, is a basketball player at the University of Pennsylvania. In a new video from the university, she talks about moving to the United States as a child and about her future plans in the field of medicine. The Reston native is the daughter of Anthonia and Roland Aghayere. [University of Pennsylvania]

Dog License Renew Deadline Approaching — Fairfax County dog owners are reminded that their $10 renewal fee is coming up at the end of the month. [Fairfax County]

Local College Students Named to Top Academic Lists — The following students from Reston are among those named to Dean’s Lists at their respective schools in the Fall 2016 semester.

  • BELMONT UNIVERSITY: Wesley Edens, Collin Hanley
  • HARDING UNIVERSITY: Mitchell Thomas
  • JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY: Emily Barbaro, Lauren Canal, Kylie Chichester, Olivia Gentilcore, Susan Patrick
  • UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT: Haley Brazier

In addition, five students from Reston were named to the President’s List at JMU: Jacqueline Angel, Elizabeth Barnes, Valerie Beacham, Daniel Gurley and Claire Swinko.

by RestonNow.com — January 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm 25 Comments

Tetra building

This is an op-ed submitted by Mediaworld Ventures LLC. It does not reflect the opinions of Reston Now.

To our fellow Reston Association members,

We are the Reston residents who came together under Mediaworld Ventures LLC and were selected to conduct an independent review of Reston Association’s acquisition of the Lake House, and subsequent renovation budget overrun. We were selected over many applicants for our professional expertise, our commitment to service and our cost of $1. Our sole intent was to serve our membership and help Reston Association improve its processes.

From September until December, we were involved in detailed negotiations with Reston Association and its attorney over a consulting agreement that established the terms of the independent review. Our team worked countless hours reviewing and amending the 17-page agreement to ensure the review’s integrity and members’ interests were protected. The conditions presented to us were extremely restrictive and we felt they would hinder our ability to conduct a truly independent review. Further, the agreement did not guarantee a public release of the final report by the Reston Association, which our team felt was critical to “ensuring the concerns of the community were addressed” — a condition in the RFP, set by Reston Association, which we agreed to meet.

When we reached an impasse with the Reston Association attorney we requested a meeting with the Board. At a public meeting on Dec. 7, we highlighted four major issues that we felt would hinder our ability to fulfill our obligation. We believed the Board understood our concerns regarding the restrictive terms and tone of the agreement, and we hoped it would result in a more reasonable agreement, especially after we learned that the Board signed a simpler, four-page contract with another consulting firm. Although the revised agreement we received in return resolved some of our concerns, it contained additional terms and conditions leaving a number of issues unresolved. In spite of the Association’s offer to pay for liability insurance, we felt that there was still an unacceptable level of risk remaining in the last proposed revised draft. Given the almost three months of contending with some of the same issues we had raised earlier, we felt the likelihood that further negotiations would be productive were minimal and that it would be best to terminate the negotiations.

We are very disappointed that we could not come to terms with Reston Association on this work. A more detailed review of the contract negotiation can be found at http://reston2020.blogspot.com/2017/01/review-of-mediaworld-contract.html.

Dick Stillson

Jill Gallagher

Moira Callaghan

John Higgins

Sridhar Ganesan, President, Mediaworld Ventures LLC

by Dave Emke — January 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm 9 Comments

For some, this was just a three-day weekend.

But for 100 Reston volunteers of all ages, Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend provided an opportunity to give back to their community. Reston Association and Reston Community Center partnered with Southgate Community Center, Cornerstones and The Closet on several community service projects Saturday.

Among the projects completed by volunteers were an outdoor cleanup; the sorting of donated toys and preparation of bagged lunches for the residents of the Embry Rucker Community Shelter; and the organization of the Southgate Community Center library and kitchen.

“Volunteers demonstrated that we each have the power to make our community a stronger and more vibrant place to live, work, play and get involved,” said Ha Brock, Reston Association’s volunteer supervisor. “Many thanks to everyone that participated in the National Day of Service.”

Brock says it’s not too late to volunteer.

“If you would like to continue to get involved, Reston Association offers a variety of opportunities in our community,” she said.

More information about Reston Association’s volunteer program is available at their website.

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