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by Fatimah Waseem December 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

According to the Washington Business Journal, the move could deepen a battle between HCA and Inova over the market in northern Virginia:

HCA officials said the 24-hour emergency department would offer hospital-level emergency care in an accessible location, not to mention one with rapid population growth. They pointed to growth projections showing that Tysons will have more than 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs by 2050, adding that a new freestanding emergency department there “will reduce the time county emergency services need to spend transporting patients while decompressing local hospital emergency rooms.”

At about 4 miles away, the nearest full-service hospital to Tysons currently is Inova Fairfax, the flagship, 833-bed facility that anchors Inova Health System, Northern Virginia’s largest hospital network. Indeed, HCA’s latest plan for the Tysons emergency department deepens a longstanding battle between HCA and Inova for market share in the highly competitive health care space in Northern Virginia.

by Fatimah Waseem December 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm 3 Comments

A new dessert spot is coming to Herndon Centre, according to signs posted in the storefront of 348 Elden St.

The tenant, Dessert Lounge, will offer ice cream, coffee and falooda, a cold dessert popular in the Indian subcontinent that is traditionally made with rose syrup, jelly, milk, ice cream and vermicelli.

A.J. Dwoskin & Associates, Inc., the real estate development and management firm involved with the site, did not immediately return a request for more information.

Signs indicate Dessert Lounge is coming soon. The new spot will join a center with tenants like Popeye’s , McDonald’s and Mom’s Organic Market. The vacant site was previously home to a nail salon. The shopping center also has jewelry stores, medical offices and other restaurants

Four sites in the center are currently available for lease, according to the center’s website.

Pet of the Week: Destiny

by RestonNow.com Sponsor December 13, 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 Destiny, a tabby kitten available for adoption locally.

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

Destiny is the smallest one in her litter. She craves physical contact and loves to snuggle. Although the smallest, she can hold her own with her siblings at playtime. Come meet this sweet young lady. She was about 6 weeks old the first part of October.

(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 Destiny 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 Fatimah Waseem December 13, 2017 at 11:30 am 2 Comments

At their monthly meeting, the Reston Association Board of Directors will consider whether or not to carry over nearly $2.3 million in unspent, allocated dollars for capital projects from this year to next year.

A majority of the projects were put on hold for a major part of the year and last year, including the renovation of the Central Services Facility, the renovation of the Pony Barn Recreation Area, the replacement of a dock at Lake Anne, pathway lighting at Hunters Woods and the upgrades to the Lake Anne Dam.

The board will also set the schedule for capital projects that will begin in the first quarter of next year, including the $161,000 resurfacing project of clay courts at North Hills and nearly $163,000 in audio visual equipment upgrades to RA’s conference center.

The board will also discuss Reston Association’s Fit Kids Enrichment Club in response to concerns that the Lake House after school care program was being conducted under a different name and location.

The agenda for Thursday night’s meeting of the RA Board of Directors also includes:

  • The reappointment of Brian Berga to the the Fiscal Meeting for a term lasting through December 2020
  • A land use update by Larry Butler, Senior Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Resources
  • An executive session on the CEO’s performance evaluation

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m.. in RA headquarters tomorrow. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be livestreamed on Reston Association’s YouTube channel.

by RestonNow.com December 13, 2017 at 10:15 am 3 Comments

The Washington Nationals will bring out their Racing Presidents today at Reston Town Center.

During the fourth inning of every Nationals home game, Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Herbert Hoover race in what has become a fixture of games since 2006.

The presidents are introduced individually when they enter the park and they run along the track and turn for a final sprint along the first base foul line. This year, the race featured the original “Rushmore Four,” restoring a traditional lineup that competed in earlier races.

At Reston Town Center, the presidents will entertain guests at Fountain Square around the skating rink. The event will run from 5 – 7 p.m. and will include entertainment and giveaways.

by Fatimah Waseem December 13, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Members Needed for Hunter Mill District Citizen Budget Advisory Committee – Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins is seeking members for the committee which meets from January through March to offer recommendations to the supervisor about the budget. Hudgins will appoint several members. To express interest, send a resume to [email protected] [Fairfax County Government]

Ellucian Picks New CEO — The Reston-based company, which provides software and services for higher education management, selected Laura Ipsen as the CEO. Ipsen previously worked as a general manager and senior president for Oracle Corp.’s cloud marketing division. [Washington Business Journal]

Community Holiday Performances at Fountain Square Tonight — Musical performances continue today at Fountain Square. Sunrise Valley Elementary School’s chorus will perform carols today from 6:30 – 7: p.m. Fountain Square is a 760,000 square foot mixed used project located in Reston Town Center. [Reston Town Center]

by RestonNow.com Sponsor December 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm 3 Comments

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.

Have you ever been to a holiday party where the host doesn’t serve red wine, or any dark liquids actually, to avoid staining the carpet? I have and I always want to take the host aside and say you don’t need to worry. After years in this business, and seeing a whole lot of different stains on carpets, I know you can get stains out.

I found the video below on YouTube, and I think it does a great job of describing one of the easiest methods to spot clean your carpets. It really works, so you don’t need to fear red wine anymore! This method works on all different types of stains — wine, urine, red Kool-aid, chocolate (assuming any of that ever makes it to the carpet). It also works on all different types of carpet. Just follow his instructions to make sure you don’t damage the carpet during the cleaning process.

Here are the supplies you need:

  • Hairdryer
  • Cup of hot water
  • Grease-fighting dishwashing liquid and a teaspoon for dispensing it
  • Steam iron
  • Bucket of clean water
  • Clean cotton rags
  • ShopVac (or any type of wet/dry vac that you can use to suck up moisture)

The ShopVac is likely the only thing on this list you don’t already have. I recommend getting one. They are not horribly expensive, ranging from $50 to $100. It’s the kind of item that, once you have one, you can’t imagine how you survived without it.

Now that you know how to clean up carpet stains, go enjoy that red wine.

by RestonNow.com December 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

Local police responded to two incidents involving stolen cars in the past week.

On Saturday, the Herndon Police Department responded to a report that a suspect drove off in a car after its owner briefly entered a business on Elden Street. The suspect was later arrested in Loudoun County.

In a separate incident the same day, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested Abdullah Anwar, a 23-year-old Herndon resident after police stopped the vehicle as it travelled over the posted speed limit on Route 7. The car, which police believe was stolen from Herndon, was stopped in Waterview Plaza. Anwar was charged with felony speed to elude, auto theft, driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, reckless driving by speed and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

The sheriff office’s also arrested Ali Samir, a 31-year-old Reston resident, on Friday on the 44600 block of Wellfleet Drive in Ashburn. Deputies responded to a report that a male subject was engaged in disorderly conduct and was involved in a fight, police said. Samir was charged with possessional of a controlled substance.

As we reported earlier in the week, a man pointed a gun at a victim at the 2200 block of Hunters Woods Plaza on Thursday around 2:30 p.m. and demanded money. The victim fled by foot. No injuries were reported, police said.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Police Department the following crimes in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1300 block of Butter Churn Drive, cash from residence

11900 block of Killingsworth Avenue, wallet from business

1500 block of Northgate Square, bag from business

11100 block of Saffold Way, package from residence

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, liquor from business

13400 block of Coppermine Road, merchandise from business

11700 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

11900 block of Grey Squirrel Lane, package from residence

11900 block of Market Street, copper from business

2300 block of Rosedown Drive, package from residence

2100 block of Westglade Court, laptop computer from residence

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

In addition, FCPD is investigating a burglary that took place on Thursday between 11:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Police said someone entered a home on the 12220 block of Turkey Wing Court and stole property.

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).

by Fatimah Waseem December 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm 5 Comments

Ravel Dance Studio is leaving its home of 20 years in North Point Village Center to a new location in The Spectrum in January.

The move will allow the studio, which offers classes and performs recitals, to expand its programs and classes in the 5,000 square foot facility on 1763 Fountain Drive, said Janet Hall, the owner and artistic director.

“We’re really excited to be in the heart of Reston and offer more adult classes,” Hall said. “Right now, we are bursting at the seams with students. It’s exciting to be the only small business in that area.”

The new site has three state-of-the-art studios that were designed by the same company that worked on floor installations at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The studio’s current location is roughly 3,600 square feet.

A more central location in Reston will also allow the studio to better display its classes, four classical ballets and professional work. The studio has invested roughly $400,000 to build out the new facility and roughly a year and three months of negotiating.

The studio also hopes to continue leveraging its partnership with Reston Community Center’s CenterStage for performance space, which is a major reason why the studio hopes to remain in Reston as it expands, Hall said.

Classes will begin to transition beginning Dec. 20th and the move should be complete by Jan. 3, the beginning of the second semester of classes.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Griffith

by RestonNow.com December 12, 2017 at 11:30 am 3 Comments

The annual Reston Holiday Parade came in sixth nationwide, thanks to people who voted for the country’s top 10 holiday processions in a USA Today contest, according to results released this week.

Reston’s sixth-place slot put it ahead of the Alexandra Holiday Boat Parade of Lights in Alexandria, Va. Last year, the parade in Reston ranked fourth overall.

Top honors went to Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, one of the longest running traditions in the country. The parade, which roots back to the 1800s as a celebration of the New Year, includes a colorful procession along Broad Street that features performances by comics, string bands and fancy brigades, according to USA Today.

The complete rankings are as follows:

  1. Mummers Parade – Philadelphia
  2. America’s Thanksgiving Parade – Detroit
  3. Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade – Boston
  4. Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade – Annapolis, Md.
  5. Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade – Charlotte
  6. Reston Holiday Parade – Reston, Va.
  7. Christmas Ship Parade – Portland, Ore.
  8. Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights – Alexandria, Va.
  9. Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – Fort Lauderdale
  10. McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade – Chicago

USA Today said a panel of experts whittled down a long list of nationwide events to come up with the initial top 20, which were put up to readers’ votes to determine the top 10 holiday parades in the country.

File photo.

by Del. Ken Plum December 12, 2017 at 10:15 am 27 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.

Earlier last week there was a groundbreaking ceremony on the grounds of the State Capitol in Richmond for a memorial “recognizing the contributions of women across four centuries.” The first phase of the monument named “Voices from the Garden” will be an oval-shaped plaza that will contain 12 bronze statues depicting significant women in Virginia’s history. A glass Wall of Honor containing the names of several hundred additional women of note will surround the plaza. Supporters of the new monument claim it to be “the first of its kind on the grounds of a state capitol.” Certainly it is a step forward in recognizing the important place of women after English colonization and the transport of the first English women to the colony in 1619.

The grounds of the Capitol have been dominated by white men since Richmond became the capital of the Commonwealth in 1780. From the grand equestrian statue of George Washington that dominates the grounds to a lonely statue of senator and former governor Harry F. Byrd, only the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial opened in 2008 offers evidence of others than white men who contributed to Virginia’s history. The addition of the women’s memorial at a critically important time will help to fill in the blanks of history as will the Virginia Indian Tribute Memorial that is currently under construction. 

Recognizing the historic contributions of women has become even more important at a time when the daily news brings information on the number of women having been sexually harassed by well-known political and entertainment figures. While those disclosures have brought attention to the situation, there needs to be recognition that we are only seeing the tip of a very great problem. Many women who are afraid, feel shame or powerlessness, or whose perpetrator is a relative, co-worker, or community member but who is not famous have had to suffer in silence. Now that the lid is sufficiently off, the issue will not be able to be swept away or ignored. The path forward is not entirely clear, but giving women the respect they have earned whether in history or as head of a family is an important step. A memorial on capitol grounds of a state that did not ratify until 1952 the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote in 1920 is an important step as well.

The greatest tribute to women in Virginia may have come with the outcome of the recent Virginia election. Pending final vote certification there will be 38 women in the Virginia General Assembly–27% versus the earlier 19%. The Democratic caucus in the House of Delegates will be nearly half women as it should be. Supporting these women candidates were thousands of women working to make a difference in numbers never before realized. Seeing these winning women candidates are thousands of young women who just witnessed a door opening for them. It is likely to be that Virginia will finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment as I have supported my entire career.

by Fatimah Waseem December 12, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Reston-based Leidos Offering Bonuses to Find New IT Hires — The company, which is the largest IT services contractor for the federal government, is offering a $2,000 bonus for every referral that results in a new IT hire. The company posted a third-quarter operating income of $151 million in revenue, a 34 percent jump in sales. [Washington Business Journal]

Coalition for a Planned Reston Holds “One Reston” Community Meeting — The coalition mobilized Monday night in opposition to a zoning amendment that would increase Reston’s population density, among other changes. After a discussion with attendees during the open floor meeting, the group plans to submit 10 suggested changes to the legislative package before the county by Christmas in order to better manage infrastructure and development. According to Terry Maynard, President of Reston 20/20, said the meeting attracted more than 130 attendees. “A key theme throughout was the necessity of the entire Reston community working together as ‘One Reston’ to meet the challenges of shaping the Reston plan and assuring individual development proposals meet the expectations of the community,” Maynard said. [Coalition for a Planned Reston via Youtube]

Herndon Middle School Bike Shop to Give Away Bikes on Saturday — Bicycles refurbished by the after school program that meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, will be distribute to 10 children at the school. Recipients were provided by Cornerstones’ Neighborhood Resource Center in Herndon. Members of the club will provide and fit free helmets for recipients. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

 

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

by Fatimah Waseem December 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

Environmental testing of Reston Association’s Central Services Facility found the building, which is slated for major renovations, contained asbestos, prompting RA to use $45,000 in unspent, approved dollars to remove the substance prior to demolition.

RA’s Board of Directors will consider the request at a meeting on Thursday. According to the board’s agenda packet, lab results taken throughout the building were positive for asbestos in floor tiles, pipe insulation, sink undercoating, skylights and exterior pipe tar. The cost of the project will cover abatement, air cleaning and follow-up air testing.

“Before full demolition can begin and to ensure the safety of work crews as well as RA staff, an asbestos abatement procedure must be completed,” according to the packet.

The renovation of the Central Services Facility is one of five capital projects put on hold for most of the year. Plans to renovate the 35-year-old building on 12250 Sunset Hills Road have been suggested for nearly three years. The facility is responsible for maintenance and care of Reston’s facilities, including pavilions, community buildings, garden plots and pathways.

The project will include the following upgrades:

  • bathroom in warehouse building for environmental staff
  • additional exit and ADA accessibility for warehouse office area
  • replace all windows in main building
  • add to bathroom capacity in main building to meet volume needs
  • address leaking roof
  • improve reception area for staff and RA members
  • provide HVAC system for shop area
  • install security system
  • upgrade LAN connectivity
  • provide adequate workspaces
  • provide modular training space

by Fatimah Waseem December 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

The work of Tracie Griffith Tso, a Chinese brush painting instructor at the Reston Community Center, is on display at RCC Hunters Woods through Jan. 4.

Griffith Tso began painting her first bamboo brushstrokes in a California studio and honed her skills under the training of a Hong Kong master. She created functional clay art at the age of 12 and now specializes in traditional flower bird painting.

In a release, Griffith Tso said enjoys painting without sketching, a form of spontaneous expression that she said reflects emotions and movement in body language, especially in freestyle drawings of animals. She uses traditional ink made of rice stalks and other organic materials on rice paper using wolf hair brushes.

The artist also sells her pottery and prints at the Torpedo Factory’s’ Scope Gallery in Alexandria. She lives in Reston with her husband and workshop rabbit and muse, Cleo. She has taught Chinese brush painting at art centers and museums nationwide. Griffith Tso also works with other media like tiles, apparel, accessories and professional graphics, according to her website.

The exhibit, titled “Far East Echoes: Broad Brushstrokes and Loving Details,” is on display through Jan. 4.

Image via Inksart.com

by Fatimah Waseem December 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm 6 Comments

Two Fairfax County civilian bodies created to monitor police department investigations will engage with the local community at an inaugural public forum tomorrow from 7 – 9 p.m. in Reston.

The nine-member Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel and the Independent Police Auditor will explain how to initiate complaints, the process once a complaint is filed and the bodies’ investigative powers. The forum, which will take place at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Coltsneck Road), is the second public meeting about the bodies since they were created in December last year to enhance police legitimacy and maintain trust between the public, the police department and the county’s Board of Supervisors.

An ad hoc police practice review commission recommended creating the bodies after John Geer was shot by police as he stood unarmed in the doorway of his Springfield home in 2013.  Adam Torres, the former Fairfax county police officer who shot Geer, pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter last year.

The Office of the Independent Police Auditor will receive initial complaints of alleged police misconduct, which will be investigated by the local police department. For complaints about police investigations that have already been completed, the auditor will review investigations related to officer-involved shootings, in-custody death or use of force for accuracy, completeness, thoroughness, objectivity and impartiality. Findings will be made public. If the case involves alleged abuse of authority or serious misconduct, the panel will review the investigation using the same standards.

Bylaws limit the panels’ authority by barring the panel from hearing testimony about an incident from witnesses that were not interviewed by police during the investigation. However, witnesses can explain the basis of the complaint and establish why they should be interviewed by police.

In February, the board appointed Richard Schott, a 27-year Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran as the auditor. Schott worked with local law enforcement officers as a special agent and provided training to members of state and local law enforcement agencies for the last 16 years. He is also an instructor at the FBI academy in Quantico.

At the forum, audience members can ask questions and make comments during a 45-minute period, including specific questions about the entities’ jurisdiction. Specific complaints may not be presented. The panel will listen to and record comments, but will not answer questions at the forum. A form to file complaints is available on the police department’s website.

For more information, call 703-324-3459 or email [email protected]

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