Public Art Proposal for Colts Neck Road Underpass Receives Design Approval

Reston Association’s Design Review Board approved Philadelphia-based artist Ben Volta’s vision to transform the Colts Neck Road underpass into public art.

At a Tuesday meeting, the DRB approved a conceptual design of the project. The final version will use between 600 and 1,000 designs created by seniors from Hunters Woods Fellowship House and more than 800 students from Southgate Community Center and Hunters Woods and Dogwood elementary schools.

Inspired by Reston’s 55 miles of pathways, Volta asked participants to use sharpies to draw a path that invokes joy, love and reference. In a proposal to the DRB, he describes the project as a “colorful connector that reverberates collective energy and rhythm.”

The DRB reviewed a conceptual rendering of the project with just 10 drawings replicated over and over again to give the panel a feel for the direction of the design.

During the meeting, Richard Newlon, the DRB’s chairman, said the project was “stunning.”

“You take something as mundane as a tunnel and its almost too bad that tunnels weren’t designed with more fun in mind,” Newlon said.

Panel members briefly considered asking Volta to return to the DRB for final approval once the design was near finalization. Instead, Volta will submit a final rendering of the project as a courtesy to the DRB.

However, W. Neal Roseberry, a DRB member, questioned the need to transform underpasses into public art.

“I’ve never fully enjoyed that we use our infrastructure for our artwork,” Roseberry said.

Public Art Reston hopes to install the project by September. Anne Delaney, Public Art Reston’s executive director noted that the master plan for public art in Reston envisions transforming the community’s underpasses into art.

Volta says will use colors selected by workshop participants, but anticipates tweaks to the color to ensure the piece is balanced. A strip of LED lighting will line both ends of the tunnel.

“I’m kind of along for the ride as well,” Volta said, adding that he’s open to collaborating more with the community for piece of art created through collaboration.

The artwork begins six inches above the ground in order to prevent splattering from dirt and mud. Because of its location, the underpass has drainage issues.

The project is made possible with a proffer commitment by Atlantic Realty Companies to improve the exterior of the underpass as part of its development at Hunters Woods at Trails Edge. The developer is pitching in $60,000 for the art.

Other community partners include ARTSFairfax, Reston Community Center, JBG SMITH, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Pat & Steve Macintyre, and Lake Thoreau Entertainment Association.

Renderings via handout/Reston Association

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Local Police Identify Juvenile Victims Unlawfully Recorded by Former Herndon HS Teacher

Local police have new leads on a pornography and unlawful recording case involving a former drama teacher at Herndon High School.

The Fairfax County Police Department is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday) after they identified juvenile victims unlawfully recorded by Raphael Schklowsky.

Schklowsky, who already had earlier charges related to unlawful filming, is facing 20 felony charges of possession of child pornography and one felony charge of unlawful filming. 

Detectives discovered more than 3,500 videos on multiple electronic devices, police said. Schklowsky, 36, was originally charged with four misdemeanor counts of unlawful filming on April 8. 

Schklowsky has been on leave since his April 8 arrest. He was initially charged in early April when a woman told police she found a hidden camera inside an air conditioning vent in a home where she was working. Detectives found evidence of unlawful filming and arrested Schklowsky.

No other information was immediately available.

Photo via FCPD

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After Fire, Jerry’s Subs & Pizza Reopens in North Point Village Center

Jerry’s Subs & Pizza in North Point Village Center reopened this month after a fire forced the business to close in January.

The manager of the Reston location said reopening took some time because of construction and replacements required for kitchen hoods.

“We’re excited to be open. Business has been good so far,” the manager told Reston Now.

The fast-casual cheesesteak, sub sandwich and pizza franchise has more than two dozen locations in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, according to its website

Image via Google Maps

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UCP Fifth Annual Fall Art and Craft Fair

The United Christian Parish, at 11508 North Shore Drive in Reston, Virginia, will hold its Fifth Annual Fall Art and Craft Fair on October 26, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

This juried fair will showcase a wide variety of unique and quality handcrafted items from local artists and craftspeople just in time for your holiday and gift giving needs. Glass art, wood products, hand weaving, fabric art, paintings, jewelry, pottery, gourds, books and more will be available.

A portion of the proceeds will help Herndon-Reston FISH, a local non-profit. A Fall Festival will be held in conjunction with the fair.

Lunch and a bake sale will be available for purchase. Free admission and parking.

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Pet of the Week: Chase

Meet Chase, a male German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever mix available for adoption locally.

Here is what his friends at New Love Animal Rescue have to say about him:

Chase is happy, loving and ready for a chance at New Love!

His foster family says he is just a super sweet goof-ball of a puppy! He loves to eat, loves to play with his human foster siblings, and really loves to cuddle and give kisses.

His foster family is working with him to learn basic obedience such as leash walking, sit, and stay so he’ll be ready for his new forever family as soon as they find him!

Are you and Chase 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.

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Worldgate Metro Plaza — Karsun Solutions Leases 50,000 sf and Adds 100 Jobs

HERNDON, VA — Karsun Solutions, a provider of IT modernization services to the United States government, announced it will open a new headquarters in Herndon, Virginia.

Karsun Solutions will occupy multiple floors in Worldgate Metro Plaza, a Moore & Associates property. This more than 50,000 square foot office space will serve as the new headquarters for the growing government contracting firm.

In addition to the current employee base of nearly 350, Karsun Solutions intends to hire an additional 100+ people. Current openings include technical roles such as Project Manager, Technical Architect, DevOps Engineer, Security Engineer, Solutions Architect, Delivery Manager, Full Stack Developer, Test Automation Engineer and Data Engineer.

Applicants may visit www.karsunllc.com/careers for detailed information on open positions. This hiring surge coincides with rapid growth across the organization. From 2015 to 2018 Karsun Solutions was recognized among the Inc. 5000.

Recently the Virginia Chamber of Commerce named Karsun Solutions to their Fantastic 50 list, a ranking of the fastest growing firms in Virginia. Nationwide the firm employs teams primarily located in the Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C. metro areas.

Karsun Solutions is a government modernization firm specializing in modern software development, cloud solutions and advanced analytics. Their customers include the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration and General Services Administration.

In April, the company announced DHS awarded the $80 million FEMA Grants Management Modernization (GMM) BPA to Karsun Solutions. The GMM Program seeks to streamline grants management across the agency’s 40+ grant programs.

Previously, Karsun Solutions was awarded the FAA Software Solution Delivery (SSD) five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a $145 million ceiling value. Under this contract, Karsun Solutions teams provide technical services in support of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Information Technology (FAA AIT). These support services assist in the implementation and continuing support of enterprise-wide software application and database development.

“Our team is proud of our sustainable growth record,” said Karsun Solutions Chief Executive Officer Sundar Vaidyanathan. “Karsun continued expansion is due to our high-performing teams’ pursuit of excellence at every turn. With the opening of our new Herndon Headquarters, we offer the opportunity to join a team that supports your growth as we grow.”

The new facility will include a training auditorium, extending the resources available as part of the organization’s Karsun Academy professional development program. It will also house the Karsun Innovation Center. One of the company’s earliest teams, this research and development unit houses Centers of Excellence, prototypes customer solutions, hosts an internship program and cultivates subject matter experts across the organization.

Worldgate Metro Plaza is a Moore & Associates property. Moore recently completed a $10 million renovation of the 4 building, 354,000 sf property. It is conveniently located ¼ mile from the new Herndon Metro Station.

In addition to the Metro, Karsun Solutions employees may access other public transit options and an onsite bike sharing program. Additional amenities include an onsite gym, WiFi lounge and conference center.

71st Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival Set for August

Lovers of fried delicacies, farm animal exhibits, midway games and more can save the date for the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival.

The 71st annual fair kicks off on Aug. 1 through Aug. 4 at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road). The fair will feature livestock exhibits, fair food, carnival rides, games and live entertainment.

Exhibitors can register online. Parking is free the first two days of the carnival and parking is $10 over the weekend.

Carnival ride tickets are $1 each or 24 for $20. Most rides require between three to five tickets. Refunds will not be issued.

The carnival is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 2. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Video via YouTube

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Reston Hospital Center Awards Scholarships to Local High School Graduates

Seventeen area high school seniors were recently awarded scholarships by the medical staff at Reston Hospital Center.

The student, who are from Fairfax and Loudoun County high schools, were recognized for academic excellence and excitement for pursue careers in healthcare.

RHC offers $15,000 in scholarships to local schools annually. The program has been in effect for the last 21 years.

“We are thrilled to be able to support these young adults as they venture into the world in search of their dream careers,” Dr. Avisesh Sahgal, president of Reston Hospital Center’s Medical Staff, said in a statement.

This year’s scholarship recipients are below:

  • Ansel Sanchez – Briar Woods High School
  • Lindsay Marie Burns – Broad Run High School
  • Anna Kate Erstling – Chantilly High School
  • Ashley Arely Reyes – Chantilly High School
  • Lillian Tran – Dominion High School
  • Riya Hadvani – Herndon High School
  • Christopher Ngo-Khang Nguyen – James Madison High School
  • Mariana Fernandes Gragnani – Langley High School
  • Yanni George Conomos – McLean High School
  • Maxmine Irmhild Ayompe-Mody – Oakton High School
  • Jasmine Chiann Foo – Oakton High School
  • Allison Armstrong – Park View High School
  • Rayness Mollinedo-Rodriguez – Park View High School
  • Chelsea Lazatin – Potomac Falls High School
  • Nicole Post – South Lakes High School
  • Olivia Nicole Chandler – Westfield High School
  • Daisy Allison Lopez Rosa – Westfield High School

Photo via Reston Hospital Center

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Author Tracey Graves Visits Scrawl Books — Graves, who is a New York Times bestselling author, visits the bookstore at 7 p.m. today. She has a new book out called “The Girl He Used to Know.” [Scrawl Books]

Reston-based SyncDog Announces Partnership — The independent software vendor for mobile security and data loss prevention is partnering with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to expand mobile security solutions in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Colombia. [Technical.ly]

Herndon-based Peraton Acquires Solers — The provider of software and technology services will acquire the Arlington-based solutions firm Solers. The purchase is intended to expand the company’s space portfolio for national security and civilian space agency programs. [GovCon Wire]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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Crime Roundup: Incident Involving Wanted Man Prompted Newport Road Closure

The Fairfax County Police Department has released new details about a domestic situation that prompted the temporary closure of Lake Newport Road on Friday.

Police said that Carl Robinson, 52, of Reston, refused to leave a home on the 11700 block of Summerchase Circle at around 8:50 a.m. that day.

Robinson, who has multiple warrants from a previous incident, retreated to his home and “refused to exit” after an officer tried to approach him, police said.

The incident prompted local police to close a portion of the road.

Officers from FCPD’s special operations division arrested Robinson on two counts of assault and a violation of a protection order.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following incident in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1700 block of Business Center Drive, purse from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from location

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from business

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from location

2200 block of Chamblee Place, backpack from vehicle

2500 block of Farmcrest Drive, bicycle from vehicle

10100 block of Georgetown Pike, cash from business

12100 block of Holly Knoll Circle, property from residence

1400 block of Hunter View Farms, firearm from vehicle 

2100 block of Monaghan Drive, cash and property from vehicle

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, cell phone from location

2100 block of Seaman Court, tires from vehicle

12500 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, tools from construction site

400 block of Walker Road, shoes from business

1600 block of Wiehle Avenue, property from location

1800 block of Wiehle Avenue, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES: 

None reported

In a separate incident, a burglary was reported in a home on the 11900 block of Holly Spring Drive on Tuesday, June 11.

An alarm sounded around 3:15 a.m., prompting the suspect to run away.

Photo via FCPD

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RA Central Services Facility Designated as Wildlife Sanctuary

The Northern Virginia chapter of the National Audubon Society has certified Reston Association’s Central Services Facility as a wildlife sanctuary. The certification recognizes properties that promote citizen participation to conserve and restore local natural habitats.

Here’s more about the certification from the Northern Virginia chapter:

“The largest volume of acreage available for conservation and restoration of healthy green space in Northern Virginia is “at home” in our own backyards. Incentives for participation include making a difference in aiding the environment and pride in property certification and registration as an ‘Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary.'”

A native plant garden at the facility serves as a “demonstration site to educate Metro developers on how native plants can be integrated into areas near transportation stations,” RA noted in a weekly newsletter.

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