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by Dave Emke — April 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

The Fairfax County Police Department has released its crime stats for 2016, which show a 2 percent countywide increase in police calls from 2015.

Locally, however, the numbers are slightly down. According to the data, the Reston District Station handled 45,845 calls in 2016 — down 1,925 calls, or about 4 percent, from 2015. The Mount Vernon District Station was the only other precinct to see a decrease from 2015.

Overall, in 2016, Reston District Station responded to 6,605 crime-related calls, 21,967 service calls and 17,273 traffic calls. All three numbers are down from 2015.

FCPD Chief Edwin Roessler said countywide, the increase in the number of calls is due in part to significant increases in narcotics offenses. That shows in the Reston District Station numbers, where such offenses increased by 13.6 percent (360 to 417) from 2015 to 2016.

Weapon law violations nearly doubled from 2015, when there were 34 reported. In 2016, the Reston District Station worked 64 such cases.

Assaults were down about 4.5 percent from 2015. There were 23 sex offenses reported, up three from 2015. Larceny and theft calls were down about 8 percent from 2015, while robbery calls also decreased from 43 to 36.

The average response time to top-priority calls from the Reston District Station increased from 2015 to 2016, from 7.1 minutes to 7.3 minutes. This is in line with trends across the county, as all but two districts (Sully and West Springfield) had increased average response times to such calls.

Across all calls, emergency and non-emergency, Reston District Station’s average response time increased from 7.8 minutes in 2015 to 8.4 minutes in 2016. Only Mount Vernon, which increased from 5.8 minutes to 6.9 minutes, had a greater increase. Countywide, the number increased by only 1/10th of a minute.

by Dave Emke — April 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm 168 Comments

Proposed safety improvements for Glade Drive will be the topic of discussion at a Fairfax County Department of Transportation community meeting later this month.

The meeting on bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety improvements is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hunters Woods Elementary School (2401 Colts Neck Road). The discussion will revolve around “proposed changes and addition of multi-modal features to the street design of Glade Drive,” according to information provided by Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins’ office.

FCDOT held a similar community meeting last month to discuss adding bike lanes, crosswalks and road diets on Colts Neck Road, North Shore Drive and Twin Branches Road. That meeting saw a great deal of reaction, positive and negative, from community members. The FCDOT presentation from that meeting is available through the county website.

The work is being proposed on roadways that are scheduled for repaving this year by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Project manager Adam Lind, FCDOT’s Bicycle Program manager, said at last month’s meeting that the work would improve safety for all users of the roads not just by adding crosswalks and bike lanes, but by cutting down on speeding. Lind said the work would be done at no additional cost as part of the normal re-striping process.

by Dave Emke — April 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm 4 Comments

If you’ve visited the Hunters Woods Village Center recently, you may have noticed some new signs accompanied by delicious smells.

King Pollo opened recently at 2254-G Hunters Woods Plaza, between Elysium Nail & Spa and Blaze Cut. The space is the former home of Solar Plant Tanning Salon, which closed in 2014.

The restaurant, which offers Peruvian chicken and other Latin cuisine, began work on the location last year.

Early Yelp reviews of the restaurant show praise.

The chain operates five other locations in the region, including in Chantilly and Sterling. The restaurant is open at 10 a.m. every day. Catering options are also available.

King Pollo is the second new restaurant to open in Hunters Woods Village Center in recent weeks, after Pista House Indian Cuisine (2316 Hunters Woods Plaza) opened in February. In addition, signage is up and work is progressing on a Kung Fu Tea location at 2280 Hunters Woods Plaza.

Pet of the Week: Daisy

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — April 5, 2017 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Daisy, a basset hound and retriever mix available for adoption.

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

Daisy is one HAPPY (just look at her pics!!!) and beautiful basset hound mix who, along with her sisters Iris and Callie, are just adorable examples of what rescue dogs can be.

These three are so happy and friendly at just 11 weeks old. We think they’ll end up as nice medium-size dogs when grown, maybe around 35 pounds or so. These gorgeous babies were so cooperative for their photo session as you can clearly see in the pictures.

This extremely friendly little baby girl is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky adopters.

Are you and Daisy (or Iris, or Callie) 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 RestonNow.com — April 5, 2017 at 10:15 am 3 Comments

Ground was recently broken on the second stage of Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood, which will feature an upscale wine and piano bar among its offerings.

Risky Ricky’s is planning to open around September at 700 Elden St. in Junction Square. The restaurant’s planned menu shows options including Australian lamb chops, grilled Alaskan Salmon fillet, braised short ribs and more. According to its website, its bar will feature private-reserve wine imported from Argentina.

Located at Elden and Monroe streets in the center of Herndon, Junction Square is a 55,000-square foot mixed-use development that will feature 20 luxury townhomes in addition to its storefronts. Work on the project, being done by Tradition Homes, began last February.

Image courtesy Town of Herndon

by Dave Emke — April 5, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Document-Shredding Program Set for Saturday — The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program will sponsor a secure-document shredding event at the North County Human Services building (1850 Cameron Glen Drive) on Saturday morning. Residents can have up to four boxes of materials of a sensitive nature, such as tax documents and financial records, shredded. [Fairfax County]

Board of Supervisors Adopts Resolution on Diversity, Inclusion — At their meeting Tuesday, Supervisors voted to reaffirm that the county is “a welcoming and accepting community where residents of all backgrounds deserve to feel respected and safe.” [Sharon Bulova/Facebook]

Checkers to Expand in D.C. Region — The fast-food chain plans to open 20 locations in the Metro area and is currently in the process of seeking franchisees. [Washington Business Journal]

Longtime Coach Goes Into Local Hall of Fame — Al McCullock, who won 235 games and two regional championships in 15 years as Herndon High School’s baseball coach, was recently inducted into NOVA Baseball Magazine’s “Home Plate Club” Hall of Fame. [NOVA Baseball Magazine]

Beware of Bears as Weather Warms — The Fairfax County Police Department is sharing precautions for how to keep bears away and what to do should you encounter one. They say while bears tend to avoid humans, they sometimes wander into suburban areas in search of food. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Image via @NickDowsett on Twitter

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