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by Dave Emke March 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm 7 Comments

Reston Transit Area/Fairfax County

After the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passed the Reston Transportation Funding Plan last month, the next step will be the official creation of the Reston Transportation Service District.

Community meetings on the subject are slated for Tuesday, March 21 from 7-9 p.m. at Coates Elementary School (2480 River Birch Road, Herndon) and Wednesday, March 29 from 7-9 p.m. at Langston Hughes Middle School (11401 Ridge Heights Road, Reston).

The $2.27 billion, 40-year funding plan, which includes a 2.1-cent/$100 of assessed value tax assessed to properties in the Reston Transit Station Area, was approved Feb. 28 by the Board. Under the agreed-upon plan, current homeowners in the TSA will be responsible for up to $44.6 million of the estimated cost. The remainder of the tax funds (totaling $350 million) will be collected from commercial/industrial properties and from residential properties built in the future, according to information provided at the Feb. 28 meeting. The list of parcels included in the TSA is available on the Fairfax County website.

A public hearing on the creation of the Reston Transportation Service District is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Fairfax County Government Center. (12000 Government Circle Parkway, Fairfax). Individuals interested in speaking at the public hearing before the Board of Supervisors are asked to register in advance with the Office of the Clerk to the Board.

More information on the Reston Network Analysis is available on the Fairfax County Department of Transportation website.

by RestonNow.com March 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm 9 Comments

Syazana Durrani/RAVoting in the 2017 Reston Association Board of Directors election will run through April 3. We will be posting profiles on each of the candidates. Featured here is Syazana Durrani, who is facing Victoria White (profile) in the race for the Hunters Woods/Dogwood District seat. The two squared off in a candidate forum last week.

Profiles of candidates in the race for an At-Large seat will run later this week.

The profiles are in a Q-and-A format. Each candidate had an opportunity to answer the same questions in their own words.

How long have you lived in Reston? What brought you here? 

Since 2011. We moved from Ballston. We fell in love with the woods, trails, the affordability of the home [and the] proximity of Glade Pool with its awesome slide.

What inspired you to run for the board?

Reston itself. A year ago, my husband’s family immigrated (14 years in the making through the highest, most proper legal channels) and I was able to help the family assimilate and integrate into American Living, as well as meeting their highest potential, I truly believe, because we live in Reston. Never mind that I have the best, most loving support system here in the neighbors and friends we have, but Reston, the community, is very much part of the wholesome entity that helped my nephews grow and expand exponentially to be the individuals they are today. And seeing how far the family has come, and loving the process and pushing the envelope to be better each day, I am running as a way to say thank you and to give back to the community that has given us all so much.

What are three of the biggest concerns you have for Reston?

  • Short-sightedness of short-term gain, without fully understanding the long-term goals and impact of the inevitable expansion and development of Reston
  • Varied diverse communities that make Reston supremely unique — but unwilling to compromise and work together toward a common goal for Reston
  • Lower income group that is left behind from Reston’s progress due to lack of involvement and understanding of their own community’s potential and influence

What do you hope to accomplish by being on the board?

Bridging the gap between the association and many Reston residents who don’t understand the significance of their personal engagement and involvement in RA. To be able to communicate with residents and community the kinds of impact the board’s direction and decision can be on them, on our community.

How will your personal or professional experience help you in your role with RA?

When I say I represent diversity, I mean the rich makeup of Reston residents: the stay-home/work-from-home parents; the multilingual/multicultural communities; the young families and elderlies; the single and the multi-family occupants; friends and neighbors who come from everywhere and have chosen and made Reston their second, third, fourth home.

I live my personal and professional life every day, in how I raise my family, in how I help my nephews assimilate and integrate into American Living, in the way I meet new friends and neighbors, in the way I share the best of Reston. Through this role with RA, it will just be another feature of Reston I can represent and promote, with insightful background of the meat and grit of how the association works.

How does this all help my role with the RA? I hope it will bring new perspective, a fresh breather of someone with lots of energy and positivity of where we are and where we’re heading. To be reminded and be mindful that every decision made as board member has huge impact on so many for a long while, thus the role with RA is laden with responsibilities not to be taken lightly. To be able to truly listen to all facets and factions, communities and committees that make up Reston and bridge the differences by being mindful of the end goal.


by Eve Thompson March 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Just Sold

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.

Here are some Reston homes that changed hands recently:

1553 Bennington Woods Court, 3BR, 3BA. Sale Price: $400,000.

11401-M Gate Hill Place, 2BR, 2BA. Sale Price: $289,000.

11507 Hickory Cluster, 3BR, 2BA. Sale Price: $387,500.

12641 Thunder Chase Drive, 4BR, 3BA. Sale Price: $548,000.

11607 Springhouse Place, 4BR, 4BA. Sale Price: $642,000.

12059 Summer Meadow Lane, 4BR, 4BA. Sale Price: $610,000.

by Dave Emke March 14, 2017 at 11:45 am 2 Comments

Reston Association

(Edited 4:15 p.m. after meeting agenda was posted on RA website)

A special meeting of the Reston Association Board of Directors that had been scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to weather.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the findings in StoneTurn Group’s review of Reston Association’s purchase of the Tetra/Lake House property and the subsequent overruns in the cost of its renovation. The special meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The agenda for Monday’s special meeting includes a 20-minute overview of the report and 90 minutes of discussion between the community and the board about its contents, followed by board consideration.

Tonight’s meeting of the Design Review Board has also been shelved, according to Mike Leone, RA’s communications director.

“With the threat of refreezing roads and sidewalks later today, along with increased wind, RA has decided to cancel all meetings for this evening,” he said.

by RestonNow.com March 14, 2017 at 11:30 am 9 Comments

Victoria White/RAVoting in the 2017 Reston Association Board of Directors election will run through April 3. We will be posting profiles on each of the candidates. Featured here is Victoria White, who is facing Syazana Durrani (profile) in the race for the Hunters Woods/Dogwood District seat. The two squared off in a candidate forum last week.

Profiles of candidates in the race for an At-Large seat will run later this week.

The profiles are in a Q-and-A format. Each candidate had an opportunity to answer the same questions in their own words.

How long have you lived in Reston? What brought you here? 

In 2004, while searching for our first home, my husband and I chose Reston for its relative affordability and natural resources. Since that time, we’ve come to appreciate the wide variety of amenities available to RA members and cherish the sense of community we have found here.

What inspired you to run for the board?

In the time I have lived in Reston, I have seen a number of questionable actions undertaken by RA Board which have had an adverse affect on our community. As such, I decided that rather than continue to watch from the sidelines, the best way to prevent such further mistakes from being made would be for me to become more directly engaged in the decision making process itself. Further, this would allow me to set an example for our young son, on how to become better involved in his community.

What are three of the biggest concerns you have for Reston?

  • RA’s less than ideal communication with its members, which leads to mistrust and lack of engagement by the community.
  • Poor management of our resources — Our pools are possibly the greatest example of this poor management where budget concerns lead to significantly reduced hours at some facilities in 2016.
  • One of the things that makes Reston truly special is the green space available to our community.  As the pace of development increases, our green space is threatened. We must band together and find creative solutions to protect this shared resource.

What do you hope to accomplish by being on the board?

  • Promote transparency to enable Members to comment on the decision-making process and substance of issues before the Board, and to hold the Board and Staff accountable for its decisions.
  • Manage RA better. Reston is undergoing major and unavoidable change. Yet, RA should continue to provide services to all Members, independent of their life stages, or socio-economic status.  Annual assessments have escalated at an unsustainable rate. RA needs to maintain its current infrastructure, amenities, and environment, before jumping headlong into new ventures. Well-considered long range planning and budgeting is a way to achieve that.
  • Improve cooperation between the Clusters, Members, Covenants and the RA Board to assist Members in complying with DRB guidelines. As our Members age, it is more difficult for many to make the required improvements. We can use the experience and expertise of individual Clusters and the RA to assist many more Members to meet the requirements with creative solutions.

How will your personal or professional experience help you in your role with RA?

I am an experienced contracts administrator with over 10 years of experience negotiating and managing contracts in the non-federal space. I have managed 25-plus year sales and service support contracts valued at up to $1 billion, and short-term consultancy contracts of various values. I have an excellent track record of building consensus to successfully conclude contracts, while mitigating risks and managing cost and revenue throughout the contract life-cycle.


by Dave Emke March 14, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

Reston Parkway (courtesy Karen Eldridge/Facebook)

It took until March 14 for the first and potentially only snowstorm of the season to hit the Reston area, and its results are underwhelming for many who have been patiently waiting.

Monday morning, we asked readers to predict how much snow would fall during this weather event. More than 43 percent of respondents to our unscientific poll said we would see 4-8 inches. Another 20 percent called for 8-12 inches, while about 5 percent wanted a foot or more.

The National Weather Service’s official snowfall readings for Fairfax County this morning report between 1 and 3.5 inches of snow, with the highest numbers in the Vienna area.

Snowfall totals March 14 - National Weather Service

At least one Facebook reader took issue with terminology that was being used to describe the storm.

“‘Significant snow has fallen’ — every picture is of ice and slush,” Brenda Leong wrote on our Facebook page. “I suppose an inch or so is significant compared to the nothing all winter — but it’s certainly not the 5 to 7 to 12+ we were led to expect.”

Not everyone is unhappy with the relatively small amount of snow, though, as Douglas Errett shared with us on Twitter.

Dominion Power reports just a handful of power outages, affecting 189 customers as of 10 a.m., in the county.

The National Weather Service says flurries are possible throughout the rest of the day, but conditions as a whole are on the rise.

VDOT encourages drivers to stay off the roads to allow plows to finish their work. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue reminds residents to use moderation when cleaning up heavy, wet snow — if they have any to clean up.

Photo of Reston Parkway courtesy Karen Eldridge on Facebook

by Dave Emke March 14, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

VDOT Traffic Cam - Wiehle Ave./Reston Station

Accident Reported on Dulles Access Road — An accident was reported at about 8:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Access Road, in the area of Hunter Mill Road.

Reston Hospital Center Using New Breast Cancer Technology — A new device is being used by surgeons at the hospital to precisely localize small tumors and direct their removal during surgery. RHC is the first medical center in the area to use the SAVI SCOUT radar localization technology. [Reston Hospital Center]

Dozens of Guns Stolen from Chantilly Store — Three suspects were caught on video surveillance stealing 35 guns from 50 West Armory on Metrotech Drive on Saturday. Fairfax County Police are trying to track them down and is asking for any help the community can provide. [Fairfax County Police Department]

SLHS Alum to Play in NCAA Basketball Tournament — Princess Aghayere, a 2015 South Lakes High School graduate, will play with the University of Pennsylvania Quakers women’s basketball team in the NCAA Division I basketball tournament. The Quakers’ first-round game against Texas A&M will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. Saturday. [NCAA]

VDOT traffic cam image from Wiehle Avenue at Reston Station

by RestonNow.com March 14, 2017 at 8:00 am 0

Measurable snow has fallen for the first time this year, and social media users are sharing wintry scenes from around the area.

Share your photos with us at [email protected] and we may use them later today.

by Dave Emke March 14, 2017 at 7:00 am 1 Comment

Reston snow/@RenaeDitmer on Twitter

The Virginia Department of Transportation is telling residents that if they don’t have to go out today, don’t.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain has fallen in Reston and the surrounding area, and drivers are being advised to stay off the roads. VDOT warns that anyone who must travel should reduce speeds, use extreme caution and be alert to icy and inclement conditions. Road temperatures are expected to remain below freezing all day, with potential for continued refreeze.

To see current road conditions and snowplow activity, visit www.vdotplows.org.

Area closings, cancellations and other re-schedulings include:

  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed.
  • Reston Association offices will open with a 2-hour delay. RA evening meetings have been called off.
  • All Reston Community Center programs are canceled today. The pool will open at 9 a.m.
  • The Lake House will be open at 9:30 a.m. for the School Day Off program.
  • All School Age Child Care (SACC) centers in the county are closed.
  • The Office of Personnel Management says federal employees are working on a 3-hour delay today. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.
  • Metrorail is operating on a Saturday schedule. Metrobus services are working under the Moderate Snow Plan.
  • Fairfax Connector bus service will operate on a Saturday schedule. Check www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
  • There will be no county trash or recycling pickup today.
  • MVB Bank (1801 Old Reston Ave.) will open on a 3-hour delay.
  • The Capital Bikeshare system will remain open today; however, there will be no rebalancing of bikes.
  • For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.
  • Fairfax County government offices are open. However, employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Today’s Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting will start at 1 p.m.
  • View the county’s public meetings calendar for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court have not yet made a decision on operating status.

If you have a closing or cancellation to add to our list, please email [email protected] Use the same address to send us any snow day photos or other information you would like us to share with the community.

Photo via @RenaeDitmer on Twitter


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