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by RestonNow.com — March 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

South Lakes High School Student Showcase

South Lakes High School is buzzing as it prepares for the Seahawk Student Showcase event, set for Friday at 7 p.m. at the school.

Representatives of the SLHS Student Government Association say the student body is excited for the show.

“I went to the showcase last year and was blown away by all of the amazing acts,” said student Isabel Edgerton. “I’m excited to see all the talent that South Lakes has to offer.”

Performances including singing, dancing, guitar-playing, acting and more are lined up to be part of the show. A panel of judges including Fairfax County Public Schools board member Ryan McElveen will rate the acts and award prizes for the top performances.

The show is open to the public, with tickets at the door costing $5. Advance tickets are currently being sold to students for $3.

For more information, visit South Lakes High School online.

Image courtesy South Lakes High School SGA

by Dave Emke — March 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm 18 Comments

Roads scheduled for 2017 paving/VDOTA number of Reston paving projects have been scheduled by the Virginia Department of Transportation for this year.

According to VDOT’s website, more than 1,300 miles of roads will be repaved in Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun and Arlington counties during the 2017 paving season. Among the scheduled projects are the following locations in Reston:

  • the entire length of North Shore Drive (3.53 miles)
  • the entire length of Colts Neck Road (1.82 miles), excluding the intersection with Glade Drive
  • 1.93 miles of Glade Drive, from Glade Bank Way to Twin Branches Road
  • 2.21 miles of Stuart Mill Road, from Fox Mill Road to Birdfoot Lane
  • 1.07 miles of North Village Road, from Baron Cameron Avenue to Hollow Timber Way
  • the entire length of Twin Branches Road (.85 miles)
  • the entire length of Triple Crown Road (.43 miles)
  • .13 miles of Wiehle Avenue, from Reston Parkway to Reston Avenue

In addition, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation has plans to make alterations to lane patterns and bike lanes on North Shore Drive, Colts Neck Road and Twin Branches Road as part of the repaving process. A community meeting on this issue is scheduled for March 16.

VDOT’s website shows the only repaving work completed in Reston in 2016 was along a stretch of Baron Cameron Avenue, from Leesburg Pike (Route 7) to near Browns Chapel Road.

Other roads in the area on the 2017 schedule include portions of Centreville Road, Frying Pan Road and McLearen Road in Herndon; and Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (U.S. Route 50) at the Fairfax County Parkway interchange.

VDOT says repaving work is “usually limited to outside of rush hours,” with work in residential areas typically scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Check VDOT’s interactive map for more.

Map via VDOT

Pet of the Week: Kodiak

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — March 8, 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 Kodiak, a handsome Labrador Retriever mix.

Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about him:

One HANDSOME fella. Kodiak is a 2-year-old Labrador Retriever mix that weighs 55 pounds. Kodiak is incredibly sweet, loving and friendly; loves other dogs and absolutely loves all people!

Kodiak came to the shelter when we pulled him from a neighboring county’s high-kill shelter. When Kodiak came to us, he was heartworm-positive. He has now been treated and is ready to move on to a better life.

Kodiak would love nothing more than a family to love and a home to call his own. Can you give Kodiak his forever home?

Kodiak is up-to-date on all vaccines, is micro-chipped and has been neutered. His adoption fee is $350.

Are you and Kodiak 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 Dave Emke — March 8, 2017 at 11:30 am 3 Comments

Hunters Woods Pool/RAAfter Reston parents raised concerns about being required to provide photos of their children for RA pool passes, the policy has been changed.

As reported last week, residents who decline to submit photos with their pool pass applications will be allowed to show another form of photo ID to gain access to a facility. Further clarifying in a post to the Reston Association website this week, CEO Cate Fulkerson said children of those parents will not be required to show anything other than their pool pass, just as in previous seasons.

“Should you still wish to opt-out of providing photos for your passes, please contact our Member Services team at 703-435-6530 or by email [email protected] with your name and address, and we will update your account accordingly. Please note, when choosing this option, the adults in your household will be required to show a photo ID matching the name and address on the pass. Youth pass holders will not be required to show an ID.”

Photos that are provided for pool passes will be stored in the WebTrac database, accessible to RA staff by swiping the card at entrances to pool facilities. Two facilities are piloting the scanning technology this year, and Fulkerson says the goal is to have the process up and running at all RA pools by the end of 2018.

Physical photos were printed on Reston Association pool passes until 1991. According to Fulkerson’s post, there has been a great deal of misuse of the passes since they were removed.

“Over the past 25 years, there have been many instances where non-members were able to use or even purchase non-member passes — at a greatly reduced rate — to gain entry into RA facilities. More specifically, violators were circumventing the need to pay their fair share by ‘borrowing’ RA member passes.”

Fulkerson and Laura Kowalski, RA’s deputy director of recreation, are expected to share more information about the updated pool admission policy at the March 23 meeting of the RA Board of Directors.

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — March 8, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

This is a promoted post from Ryan Homes — Westmoore, Loudoun County’s new Metro community in the heart of Ashburn.

It’s no secret. Westmoore is Loudoun County’s hottest selling townhome community. And for good reason, too. Coming on the scene a year ago, Westmoore made a bold statement. And the buzz was all around. Westmoore would become Ashburn’s only Metro community with direct city connections via the highly anticipated Silver Line Metro. And the sales are record breaking, with 169 homes sold in less than a year and our newest Phase Two already 30 percent sold out. But that’s not where the differences stop.

Proximity to city lines usually dictate the value of a home. And we’ve certainly seen our share of overpriced residences near the Metro. Homes in Arlington and Reston can easily reach or exceed the million-dollar mark. But the builders at Westmoore are changing the game. NVHomes and Ryan Homes are offering affordable townhomes in Ashburn all the while keeping you close to urban life. And keeping you connected to the best in retail, dining and entertainment, just minutes from the Grammercy District, Loudon Station and Moorefield Town Center. Plus, Reston Town Center is just a short drive or a few metro stops away from home.

The townhomes themselves are designed for a more urban vibe. Open sightlines, lots of natural light and sleek finishes create a completely modern look, often times not seen in the suburbs. Westmoore also is changing the way residents kick back and relax. By connecting indoors and out with the use of rooftop terraces and covered porches. Thoroughly metro and modern, it’s the perfect melding of form and function in an effort to bring out the best of both.

At Westmoore, amenities are rich. See for yourself the many reasons to keep residents entertained right at home:

  • Modern, resort-style clubhouse (opening Summer 2017).
  • Outdoor pool with a beach entry and poolside cabanas.
  • Expansive pool deck with lake views.
  • Club lounge and café.
  • Fitness center and yoga studio.
  • Urban fenced dog park.
  • Amphitheater for outdoor movies and concert series
  • Natural playgrounds.
  • Miles of trails.
  • Urban inspired parks and playgrounds.

New Urbanism has arrived here in Ashburn. A revival of a connected life, outside the city where walkability and energy are its lifeblood. With Phase One sold out and Phase Two over 30 percent sold in just one year, there is no time like right now to make life simplified. Where just by moving in, life becomes easier and more refreshed.

Westmoore is at 43393 Ghazwa Square, Ashburn, VA 20148. The sales office is open Mondays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays – Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 571-707-5090.

by Dave Emke — March 8, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Morning Notes

Possibly Rabid Fox Bites Woman, Cat — Animal Protection Police officers responded Tuesday to two different scenes in Great Falls where a fox had gone on the attack. A 71-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after being bitten “multiple times” around 3 p.m. in the 600 block of Ad Hoc Road; about an hour later and about three miles away, a 54-year-old woman fought off a fox that had bitten her cat. The fox believed to have been involved in both incidents was euthanized and is being tested for rabies. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Metro Station Work to Affect Toll Road Traffic — Eastbound traffic on the Dulles Airport Access Highway will be diverted onto the Toll Road on Saturday night into Sunday morning. The detours will be to allow workers to set large precast concrete elements for the future Herndon and Reston Town Center Metro stations. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Reston-Based Soccer Academy Gets Leader — Tom Torres has been named the head of the Washington Spirit’s U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, which is scheduled to start play in Reston this fall. Torres has been a coach with the D.C. United’s academy for the past 10 years. [Black and Red United]

With Spring Showers Comes Flooding — With the start of spring less than two weeks away, county officials are reminding residents of tips to keep themselves and their homes safe from potential flooding. [Fairfax County]

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