Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.
- UPDATED: Two Missing Teens Last Seen in Reston Found
- Lake Anne Plaza Business Owner Protests Hanging of Historic Pharmacy Icons on Damaged Wall
- Community Celebrates ‘Mr. Bob’ for 40 Years at Local Safeway
- Jinya Ramen Bar to Open in Reston Town Center Next Year
- Adda Restaurant and Lounge Coming Soon to Herndon
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Photo by Charlotte Geary
Reston Association is hosting a community yard sale tomorrow (Saturday). Eighty families will gather to sell a variety of items from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Families will set up their booths at the parking lot behind 1900 Campus Commons Drive.
All sales are final. Space is limited and pre-registration was required to take part in the event. Anyone with questions is encouraged to email [email protected].
- A Conversation with Fran Lebowitz (8 p.m.) — Lebowitz, who is known for her acerbic views on current events and the media, will speak at Reston Community Center. Tickets are $25 for Restonians and $35 for all others.
- Susco 8K (8:30 a.m.) — Tom and Nancy Susco of Reston organize the last 8K race in memory of their son, Tim Susco, who died due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. The race, which has raised more than $500,000 for charity, kicks off at South Lakes High School.
Sunday (Sept. 22)
- DogFest (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) — Dog lovers can unite for a one-mile walk to celebrate dogs and raise money for providing service dogs to individuals with disabilities. The event, which is organized by nonprofit Canine Companions, takes place at Reston Town Center.
- High Intensity Interval Training (11 a.m.) — Enjoy free one-hour high intensity interval training at Reston Town Center at 11 a.m. The event is organized by Athlete.
The Fairfax County Planning Commission unanimously approved a plan to redevelop Isaac Newton Square Thursday night, green-lighting another major mixed-use development near the Wiehe-Reston East Metro Station.
APA Properties is seeking to rezone nearly 32 acres of land from industrial use in order to accommodate up to 2,100 units, including around 300 hotel rooms. Ten blocks of development are proposed, with 260,000 square feet of office and around 69,000 square feet of retail space.
Unlike other developments, an athletic field proposed along the southern edge of the property. Parking garages are planned throughout the development, but single-family units will have surface parking.
The project is located north of Sunset Hills Road and the Washington & Old Dominion Trail between Wiehle Avenue to the east and Hidden Creek Country Club to the west. Planning commissioners approved the project after ensuring it complied with current stormwater management guidelines — not old regulations the developer sought to retroactively apply to the current project.
Hunter Mill District Planning Commissioner John Carter also noted the athletic field will be composed of synthetic turf. Crumb rubber was dropped in favor of other materials.
APA Properties plans to construct a southbound, right-turn lane from Wiehle Avenue onto Isaac Newtown Square North. An eastbound right-turn lane is proposed exiting the property onto Wiehle Avenue. Isaac Newton South, a two-way roadway that runs across the southern portion of the property, is the only public. Road proposed on the property.
In a recent report, the county’s planning and zoning staff recommended approval of the project. The proposal heads to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for a vote on Oct. 15.
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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Metro officials have stopped Capital Rail Constructors from running test trains on the Silver due to concerns about construction flaws.
The Washington Post reports that metro officials want to complete their own inspections before allowing test runs to resume. However, a spokesperson for the Silver Line contractor said it has not been told to stop running test trains.
The Post reports that the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) did not tell Capital Rail Constructors to halt trains because “it didn’t think it needed to,” according to the report.
Here’s more from the story:
At its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, MWAA’s board appeared unfazed following a project update report, saying it was moving forward and would be ready to carry passengers in July 2020.
“I want to compliment you and your staff,” Robert W. Lazaro Jr., who represents Virginia on the 17-member board, told Charles Stark, the project’s executive director.
The latest issue related to phase two of the Silver Line could delay the overall project. Contractors originally began running test trains in February.
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An upcoming walk aims to raise money to assist people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Take Steps, a national organization, plans to host charity walk on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Woodland Park Crossing (12960 Highland Crossing Drive) starting at 10 a.m.
All of the funds will go toward research for cures, patient advocacy and community education, according to the website.
There will be food and music at the event, a press release said, adding that the walk is also dog and family-friendly.
Participants can register as a team, an individual or as a “free agent” to join another team. During registration, participants can donate money and start a sponsorship campaign so their friends can donate as well.
“Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract,” according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Though similar, ulcerative colitis only affects the inner lining of the large intestine, according to the site.
Over three million men and women are affected by the illnesses around the United States, according to the foundation.
Photo via Take Steps
Updates on Crime Incidents in Herndon — Three teenagers (ages 13, 14, and 15) were arrested in early September in connection with two robberies. Further charges are pending. In a separate case, Christopher Alvarado, 23, of Herndon was arrested on two charges of robbery on Sept. 14. [Herndon Police Department]
Conversation with Fran Lebowitz Tomorrow — Lebowitz, who is known for her acerbic views on current events and the media, will speak at Scrawl Books at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday). [Scrawl Books]
Pickleball Picks Up in Reston — Reston Association reports that pickleball is becoming an increasingly popular sport in Reston. The sport is a combination of badminton, table tennis and tennis. [Reston Today]
Staff photo by Jay Westcott
After more than a year of restoration and fundraising, the Reston Historic Trust & Museum has installed new historic icons to honor Lakeside Pharmacy, one of the first businesses to open at Lake Anne Plaza.
The pharmacy, which operated in the plaza for nearly 50 years, closed after owner and pharmacist Larry Cohn retired in 2014. The icons, which were previously used to advertise for the pharmacy, were removed last year to make way for new businesses.
The new icons were installed a few steps away from their original location, despite a cease and desist request from the owner of Kiln and Co., a pottery business that also serves up frozen yogurt and is located next to the exhibit.
Sarah Selvaraj, the owner, said the installation of the icons on the wall — which is showing signs of disrepair — could cause further damage to area businesses. The museum did not formally respond to a Sept. 12 letter from Selvaraj’s attorney and a declined to offer public comment on the issue.
Hirad Najafbagy offered a significant donation in honor of his parents, Hooshang and Farah Najafbagy, who operated Calvert Gourmet Shop at the plaza for many years after immigrating to the United States. The exhibit was installed earlier this week with the help of Krohn Design and Capitol Museum Services.
A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the museum’s 22nd anniversary and the dedication for the new exhibit was held yesterday (Wednesday). More than 80 donors helped make the new exhibit possible.
Photos by Charlotte Geary Photography
Absentee voting in Fairfax County begins tomorrow (Sept. 20) for the Nov. 5 elections.
Eligible community members can register to vote for the upcoming elections online or at the Office of Elections (12000 Government Center Parkway) in conference rooms two and three. Voters may also receive their ballots through the mail or vote early at prearranged locations.
Absentee voters in Reston may also submit their registration or ballots to the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive) on Oct. 12- Nov. 2 from 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays.
All absentee voters will need a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card and their social security number to register.
For those unfamiliar with the process of absentee voting, Fairfax County published a variety of resources to explain the procedure and help answer questions.
Ballots will be translated into English, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese.
The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is seven days before the election, or Oct. 29 by 5 p.m., according to Fairfax County. All absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 in order to be counted.