Top Stories This Week

Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now this week. We’re equally curious about why a 2014 post about how to spot if a cat is in pain was one of the most read stories this week.

  1. Reston Tailoring’s Disappearance Leaves Clients Hung Out to Dry
  2. Herndon HS Drama Teacher Faces 20 Charges of Possession of Child Pornography
  3. How to Spot When a Cat is in Pain
  4. Modell’s Sporting Goods to Close in Plaza America
  5. Reston Man Killed in Five-Vehicle Crash in West Virginia

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Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

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Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival and More This Weekend in Reston

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, which is now in its 28th year, continues this weekend at Reston Town Center. Artists from around the country will take part in this outdoor festival, which has attracted roughly 30,000 patrons annually.

Donations collected from the festival will go to the Greater Reston Arts Center. The festival is on for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on tomorrow and Sunday.

A festival party set tomorrow, which includes the 2019 Awards of Excellence, refreshments, entertainment, and more, is for members only. Attendees must be contributing supporters to receive a complimentary invitation to the event.

Tomorrow (May 18)

  • Baby Expo (9 a.m. to noon) — Learn about products, childcare resources and fund things to do with the family in this event at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. The expo is free and open to all.
  • Bookworms Club (11 a.m.) — Dive into reading “Pig the Stinky” and “Book hog” at Scrawl Books. Each week, readers explore a new theme and can participate at any time.
  • Relay for life of Reston-Herndon (2 p.m.) — Help race money to help the American Cancer Society fight cancer in this annual event, which takes place at South Lakes High School.
  • Habitat Heroes (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) — Volunteers can help remove invasive garlic mustard from the woods and stream banks at Old Trail Drive Natural Area. Spring is the best time to tackle this invasive plant that attacks native trees, ferns and wildflowers.
  • On That Note: Brand New Day (7-9 p.m.) — Sterling Playmakers will perform popular songs from musicals at this ticketed event at ArtSpace Herndon.

May 19

  • Luau on the Lake (1-4 p.m.) — Lake Anne Brew House is hosting what organizers are calling a “fun-filled, luau-themed afternoon” to benefit South Lakes High School’s food pantry. Attendees should bring non-perishable donations. A percentage of proceeds will go directly to the pantry.
  • Bringing Art to a New Town (7-9 p.m.) — Artist Pat Macintyre shares her story about her 1970s TV show and how Reston inspired her artwork. The event takes place at the Reston Museum. 

Photo by Don Renner

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Gardens of Note Tour Set for June 1

The Reston Chorale is presenting a self-guided tour of private gardens on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The third annual event, which is called Gardens of Note, will also feature pop-up performances by members and friends of The Reston Chorale and a Hidden Lane Garden Party at the end of the day.

Tickets, which are $22, can be purchased online in advance or in-person at the following locations:

  • Mayflowers (11959 Market Street)
  • Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts & More (11426 Washington Plaza W)
  • The Wine Cabinet (1416 North Point Village Center)
  • Reston Farm Market (10800 Baron Cameron Avenue)

Prices rise to $25 on tour day. All proceeds benefit The Reston Chorale.

Visitors will pick their first stop after receiving a list of the gardens on this year’s tour. Tickets will then be exchanged for a program guide with a tour map and more information.

The event concludes with a Hidden Lane Garden Party at 4 p.m., which features light refreshments, guided tours of the property, and ensemble performances by The Reston Chorale. The party is hosted by Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes on their grounds.

This year’s gardens of note were selected by tour organizers and garden specialists:

  • The Agnew garden in North Point
  • The Over and Vongsavat gardens at Lake Anne
  • The Horr garden and West Market
  • Pond in Reston Town Center
  • Fannie Mae gardens and ponds
  • Reston Association Garden Plots in Hunters Woods

Attendees can also purchase the perennial of the year — wood betony — at the event.

Photo via Carol Nahorniak

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The Sleeping Beauty

The Ravel Dance Company will present the enchanting ballet “The Sleeping Beauty” and “In the Streets” a contemporary jazz piece set to the music of the 70’s and 80’s.

The Sleeping Beauty ballet will be danced by the well trained ballerinas and danseurs of the Company. The ballet will feature elaborate sets, costumes and scenery. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to be enriched by a classical ballet that is such a well know fairy tale.

Here are the links to your two performances:

Friday, May 24: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=31908&pid=8710474

Saturday, May 25: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=31908&pid=8710475

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Region’s 117 at Trilogy at Lake Frederick Unveils Spring Menu Options

Region’s 117, Northern Virginia’s hottest farm-to-table restaurant, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley at Trilogy at Lake Frederick, just 90 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., has unveiled a new spring menu highlighting in-season, locally sourced ingredients from area farms.

“Our menu is built around the freshest ingredients grown nearby, so we need to change it up regularly to reflect the changing seasons,” said Executive Chef Brian Whitson. “As a bonus, that keeps our menu fresh and our customers coming back for something new.” Among the new offerings are sage and butternut orecchiette with wild mushrooms, pancetta and mascarpone cream; bucatini Bolognese with beef, pork and veal; and fire-roasted stir fry with sugar snap peas, broccolini and baby bok choy.

Region’s also offers a wide selection of white and red wines from wineries ranging from Front Royal to Charlottesville. Located on site at Trilogy at Lake Frederick, an exclusive 55-plus resort-caliber community, the restaurant has views of the picturesque 117-acre Lake Frederick and the surrounding Shenandoah Valley. Unlike other active-adult communities run by homeowners’ associations, Trilogy at Lake Frederick and its lifestyle programming are run by a resort management team to provide a top-quality experience.

The 36,000 square-foot Shenandoah Lodge where Region’s 117 is located was designed to mainly serve as the social and activity hub for the 55-plus community, bringing active-adult residents together with fine food and wine from the greater Virginia region, but it is also open to the public.

In 2017, Region’s 117 was named one of the 100 most scenic restaurants as well as one of the top brunch spots in America by Open Table in 2017. It was also the recipient of the Diners Choice award this year for Best Food, Best Overall and Best Value, adding to its already long list of dining accolades.

“We love all of our seasonal menus, but spring is the most fun because there are so many fresh vegetables and fruits to build dishes around,” added Whitson. “Along with the impeccable views from our veranda, the menu is an inescapable reminder that spring has finally come.”

To learn more about Region’s 117 and browse its online menus, visit: www.regions117.com.

South Lakes HS Food Pantry Offers Healthy Eating Workshops

The food pantry at South Lakes High School, which was established by the school’s PTSA in 2017, is now offering healthy eating workshops.

The workshops are funded by a $7,000 Delta Dream Grant from the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and aim to educate students about healthy eating.

Recently, nutritionist Kristen McGill of Giant Food gave a cooking demonstration and answered students’ question about how to eat healthy on a budget. Students learned about differing cutting techniques, how to make vegetarian chili, and the best and fastest way to cook rice. She also walked students through sources of healthy fats.

Students were given goodie bags with coupons, avocados, a wooden spoon, and informational material on healthy eating on a budget.

The pantry was created to help students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals — nearly 30 percent of the student population. The pantry is also open to South Lakes Pyramid students and their families.

Currently, the pantry needs the items below. Drop-offs are accepted at the school’s main office.

  • Toiletries
  • Canned goods
  • Boxed or dry goods
  • Cooking oil
  • Laundry detergent, dish soap

Photo via YouTube/FCPS

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Modell’s Sporting Goods To Close in July

It’s official: Modell’s Sporting Goods will close on July 9, leaving a major vacancy at 11680 Plaza America Drive.

The store is closing because it lost its lease. A company official declined to release more information about the store’s closure to Reston Now.

A clearance sale is now in effect at the family-operated chain, which sells athletic equipment, footwear and clothing.

County permits do not indicate what will fill the space once it is vacated.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

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Friday Morning Notes

Three Local Businesses Make Fortune 500 List — Leidos Holdings and NVR in Reston made it to the Fortune 500 list of the largest publicly traded companies in the country. Fortune magazine published this year’s list yesterday. Beacon Roofing, a Herndon-based company, also had a spot on the list. [Fortune]

It’s Festival Friday Today — The 28th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival kicks off today from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and runs into the weekend at Reston Town Center. Town center merchants will offer Festival Friday deals that are only in effect for today. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Sportsters Camp Registration Now Open — Registration for the camp, which encourages skill building and sportsmanship, is open online now. The camp, which runs form June 17 through July 26, is for children between 6 and 9 years old. [Reston Association]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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After Appeal, Heritage Preservation Review Board OKs Downtown Herndon Redevelopment

In a flashback to its hurried approval of the downtown Herndon redevelopment project last year, the town’s Heritage Preservation Review Board unanimously approved Comstock’s application to demolish several buildings to make way for the mixed-use project last night (Wednesday).

The board granted Comstock, which is leading the public-private partnership, Certificates of Appropriateness that allow the developer to proceed with the project. The HPRB’s approval last June prompted several property owners neighboring the project to file an appeal on the grounds the project was approved prematurely.

Last year, the HPRB approved the certificates to demolish buildings at 770 Elden Street and 750 Center Street, as well as the exterior architecture of the development, despite staff’s recommendations to defer the decision to a later date.

Mike McFarlane, who was the lone dissenting vote on the board last year, voted in favor of the project last night. After discussions with staff, McFarlane said the reasons why he initially opposed the project — the size, mass and scale of the building — were not within the purview of the board.

“There was more than gentle arm twisting from some elements in the town that I resented,” he added.

Residents who testified at last night’s hearing overwhelming supported razing the buildings, including the site of the former Stohlman Subaru, which one resident said had a roof that was “flapping in the wind.” Supporters urged the HPRB to approve the project, which they said would give the town a sense of place and has been anticipated for years.

Noah Klein, Comstock’s legal representative, noted that the properties under question were not historic landmarks and did not contribute significantly to heritage preservation. He said Comstock would continue to work with residents to incorporate some elements of the to-be-demolished buildings.

“The concept is to present a new and vibrant design but also connect it to the historic heritage,” Klein said.

John Vassello Jr., one of the appellants who challenged the HPRB’s decision last year, said he was still dissatisfied with the project. Although he noted he does not oppose the development, Vassello said he was vexed about the lack of public involvement and questioned whether the HPRB’s vote was influenced by town officials, who have a vested interest in the project.

The town’s attorney cut off Vassello’s remarks after he reached the maximum allotted time of three minutes. A resident who supported the project read Vassello’s remaining testimony.

The meeting concluded with applause from the audience. The vote was unanimous.

Photo via handout/Town of Herndon

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Raytheon-owned Company Leases Monument II Building in Worldgate Centre

Forcepoint Federal, a company owned by defense contractor Raytheon and private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, has signed a lease for the Monument II building on Worldgate Drive in Herndon.

The global security company will lease more than 46,000 square feet.

EDGE Commercial Real Estate, a commercial real estate firm, represented the landlord, Washington REIT, in the transaction. In a release, the company issued the following statement about the lease:

“The extremely large concentration of high-quality businesses contained within the Herndon, Dulles, Reston, Chantilly and Sterling sub-markets, each of which is accessed via a modern transportation network, makes this building the perfect choice for Forcepoint,” explained Scott Rabin of EDGE Commercial Real Estate. “This location is also convenient for the company’s many clients associated with the Federal Government, with offices throughout the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. region. Monument II is an extremely high-profile building that matches the integrity and professionalism of Forcepoint.”

Monument II is located in Worldgate Centre, which is located at 13025 Worldgate Drive.

Map via Google Maps

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