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Reston to Become a Fairfax County ‘Opportunity Neighborhood’

by Jennifer van der Kleut October 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm 13 Comments

ResTON opportunity neighborhood/Credit: CornerstonesCommunity members, corporate partners, faith communities and local officials will gather Wednesday night at South Lakes High School to kick off the new Reston Opportunity Neighborhood (ResTON) initiative.

Started by Fairfax County, the Opportunity Neighborhood movement aims to identify areas of need, and provide resources that will allow all children to gain a strong academic foundation, family resilience, and “a culture of engagement and success,” representatives said.

The first neighborhood to join Opportunity Neighborhood was Mount Vernon in the Alexandria area. Reston will be the second neighborhood to become part of the program.

Hunter Mill District County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins is a big proponent of ResTON initiative, and will be participating in Wednesday night’s kick-off event, along with Fairfax County School Board Representative Pat Hynes (Hunter Mill).

“I believe children need resources that will allow them to excel,” Hudgins said in an email. “Opportunity Neighborhood is about improving the lives of children and youth, by bringing together County services, school resources and our community partners in cooperative framework.  Through this collaboration, we can provide families with a seamless pipeline of programs, services and supports.”

One example Hudgins offered was ensuring that all children have safe and reliable transportation to and from school, and to enriching community events and places like their local recreation centers.

“Lack of transportation can hinder a student’s ability to stay after school to get extra assistance from a teacher or participate in an activity that can shape life skills,” Hudgins pointed out.

“And by transportation, I mean it might not be a train or bus.  It could be as simple as a sidewalk that allows a child to walk to their local community center,” she added. “RestON will enable us to identify these issues and bring all of our resources to help solve these broader community issues.”

The ResTON kick-off event takes place Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Dr. in Reston.

Questions can be directed to Bill Threlkeld of Cornerstones at 571-323-9579 or [email protected].

Photo courtesy Cornerstones.

  • reston 5

    So I was interested and went and researched on the website.
    I still have no clue what it is. It does not include money numbers or any real
    sustenance past greater participation from community partners. At the very
    least I would hope they could at least get a crossing guard for the elementary
    school kids at Terraset.

    • Greg

      That’s the Hudgins way. Clear as mud and don’t question her, ever.

  • One Really

    “Lack of transportation can hinder a student’s ability to stay after
    school to get extra assistance from a teacher or participate in an
    activity that can shape life skills,” Hudgins pointed out.

    “And by transportation, I mean it might not be a train or bus. It
    could be as simple as a sidewalk that allows a child to walk to their
    local community center,” she added. “RestON will enable us to identify
    these issues and bring all of our resources to help solve these broader
    community issues.”

    I hear another tax coming.

    • Greg

      It took her 15 years to build a 1/2 mile sidewalk, on the wrong side of the street, to serve the KinderCare nursery school. And she only got it done because the county boondoggled 9-11 funds to do so. Still no streetlights there, though, so the sidewalk is useless after dark.

      • One Really

        I am casting the first stone. She seemed quirky in my dealings with her.

        I know one of them was during the toll hikes. I emailed her asking why it was a good idea. Also, shouldn’t the tolls be removed since 267 is paid off.

        She sent me a balance sheet of where the toll money was going.

        • Greg

          And, don’t forget Hudgins has been on the board of Metro for years and look what a screwed-up disaster Metro is. Terrible and getting worse every day. Billions of our tax dollars being “invested” to keep it from crumbing and they still have no way forward, yet she pushed for the silver line knowing full well that the other five lines were falling apart. #doomed.

          • One Really

            I am bias cause I live in Japan for a while, but I wish some of the Metro execs and management would go there and study their subway system.

        • Greg

          And, yes, the tolls should be removed. Much like the car tax, we were promised that tolls would be gone once the road was paid for. Granted four more lanes were added, but those, too were paid for long ago. If nothing else, get rid of the toll booths and the workers therein and cut costs and boost speeds. There is no reason to ever have a staffed toll booth in 2016.

    • RestonGrandma

      I looked at the website and I don’t get the need for this. There’s already a department of neighborhood concerns and lots of other partnerships. Why add another layer? Why are they always adding more and more things without justification of the need and then adding more taxes to cover them? If the meeting is tonight I can’t go to it – is there anyone who can go and ask why we need another department? If a sidewalk is needed put in a sidewalk, don’t add more bureaucracy.

      • Mike M

        Grandma, you should know by now. Democrats cannot stop pretending they are saving the world with new organizations, slogans, and empty initiatives. See Greg’s example. Because they never solve anything they always need another one. They are pretending to save the world on our dime.

    • Mike M

      Sure, but, . . . but, it’s for the children! How could you say no?

  • Ken Fredgren

    Which Wednesday? Today?

    • Reston Now

      yes

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