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by Dave Emke — April 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

The Washington Capitals have big expectations this playoff season, which starts tonight at the Verizon Center with Game 1 of the team’s opening-round series.

Some local Capitals fans had the opportunity for even more excitement Thursday morning, however, as Reston was one of eight locations in the DC Metro area the Capitals chose for a giveaway contest.

At each location, five bobblehead figures of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby were hidden. Hints were provided on the Capitals’ social media accounts, and the fans who found the hidden figures were rewarded with prizes including signed memorabilia and game tickets.

The five bobbleheads in Reston were hidden at Reston Town Center. The first to be found — which was the first of all 40 to be tracked down — was located in the Town Center pavilion by Jared Puleo just after 9 a.m.

“I walked in and showed everybody in my office,” said Puleo, a Purcellville resident who works at software company Daon. “I was stoked.”

Puleo, who said he will be attending tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, won a signed puck from the team.

Other hides within the Town Center, according to hints posted by the Capitals, included ones at Fountain Square and within the “A Bird in the Hand” public art installation at Greater Reston Arts Center. That’s where Sheena Dunn of Alexandria, who works at an engineering company off Sunrise Valley Drive, was searching late Thursday morning — but the prize had already been claimed.

“I went to my boss and said it was in Reston Town Center, and he said ‘OK, go!'” said Dunn, a Caps season-ticket holder who said she would also be in attendance for tonight’s game. “It looks like they’re all gone, but it was fun.”

Both Puleo and Dunn said they have tempered optimism for the team during the playoffs. The Capitals, who have never won a Stanley Cup, won the Presidents’ Trophy as the National Hockey League’s best regular-season team this year.

“I’m nervous, as Caps fans always are this time of year,” Puleo said. “But I’m excited and I’m hoping for the best.”

Photo via Jared [email protected] on Twitter

by Dave Emke — April 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm 8 Comments

Kelsey Richard, a recreation specialist, was named Reston Association’s 2016 Employee of the Year during the annual Members’ Meeting on Tuesday.

“Kelsey was selected for her incredible service to RA,” said Ellen Graves, outgoing president of the Reston Association Board of Directors, in presenting the award. “She’s always friendly, she’s always upbeat and positive and consistently provides RA members and her RA partners with outstanding customer service, and [she] models teamwork and a can-do attitude every day.”

Graves said Richard went “above and beyond” in 2016 to help her department and others, including Member Services.

“[Kelsey] personifies the Reston Association model employee,” Graves said. “She regularly jumps in and helps wherever needed, regardless of whether it is her job or not.”

Graves said when help was needed on the aquatics team, Richard was quick to fill in, and she did the same when a bus driver was needed for RA’s camp program. Richard also helped train numerous co-workers to use RA’s new WebTrac system, Graves said.

“As humble as she is, she deserves significant recognition for all she has brought to the organization this year,” Graves said.

Richard first received recognition for the award in December, but Graves said the annual Members’ Meeting was an opportunity to once again thank her for her efforts.

RA’s top volunteers of the year, who had in the past also been recognized at the Members’ Meeting, will be honored this year with their own ceremony during National Volunteer Week. That event will take place Thursday, April 27, from 6:30-9 p.m. at The Lake House.

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — April 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

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by RestonNow.com — April 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm 5 Comments

A man exposed himself to a 53-year-old woman Wednesday morning on a Herndon pathway, Fairfax County police say.

According to the FCPD report, the incident took place at about 8 a.m. in the area of Powells Tavern Place and Rock Ridge Road. The woman told police she saw the man exposing himself while both were walking along the pathway. The woman said she yelled at the man to “make him stop,” after which he ran off.

The suspect is described as a white man, 20-30 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds.

Anyone with information should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

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by Dave Emke — April 13, 2017 at 11:30 am 13 Comments

At Wednesday night’s initial meeting of the new Reston Association Board of Directors, Director Sherri Hebert (Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District) was elected the board’s new president.

“I think we’re in a place right now [where we need to] build trust and faith in the community,” Hebert said. “I think I have a lot of support with groups all over the community… [and] I just think that’s the biggest thing we need to really do as a board, is rebuild that trust.”

Hebert is in the second year of her first team as a director, after being voted onto the board in 2016. She said the board needs to work on its internal relationships to improve the discourse among directors.

“We need to be in a collaborative space, [but] that doesn’t mean we all agree with each other all the time,” she said. “We want to be respectful and timely, and do things maybe faster with not as much grandstanding.”

Hebert said she is a firm believer in transparency and fights executive sessions whenever possible. She also said her experience on the board’s fiscal committee provides “a good foundation” to move into the president’s seat.

Voting was done by secret ballot. Julie Bitzer (South Lakes District) was also nominated.

Board newcomer David Bobzien (Apartment Owners’ representative) was elected vice president, winning a vote over fellow newcomer Eric Carr (At-Large).

“I think that it’s incredibly important this year for the Reston Association to have a board that operates efficiently — one who actually has efficient board meetings,” Bobzien said. “I think that I bring a great deal of experience in leading that kind of effort.”

Michael Sanio (At-Large), the board’s previous vice president, was elected secretary. He was the only director nominated.

The board also voted at the meeting to have Dannielle LaRosa, who stepped down from her role as a director, continue as treasurer until a call for applicants for the position is completed. No one has yet applied for the position, board Assistant Secretary Sabrina Tadele said, but the deadline for applicants is not until May 19.

LaRosa expressed a desire to continue on as treasurer beyond May. There was discussion to withdraw the call for applicants and re-appoint LaRosa to the position indefinitely, but that met resistance from At-Large Director Ray Wedell.

“There is no harm in allowing Dannielle to continue for a month, and I’m sure she’ll do a great job, [but] we have an opportunity to get some applications and learn some things, that maybe there’s one or two other people out there we don’t know of,” he said. “Even if we do not choose them at the end of the day, it would be good to know who they are and what they can do.”

Full video of the meeting is available at Reston Association’s YouTube channel.

by Del. Ken Plum — April 13, 2017 at 10:15 am 15 Comments

This is a commentary from Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax), who represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

Nearly two hours of the eight-and-a-half-hour reconvened session of the House of Delegates of the General Assembly were taken up last week by speeches from retiring members and acknowledgement speeches by others about their service and achievement.

The length of the tribute time was driven in large part by the fact that eight members, all of whom are Republicans, are retiring. Heading the list is the Speaker of the House, followed by a senior member who chairs the important Courts Committee. For some, like the Speaker, the longevity of service was a key factor. Others cited family and financial concerns. Another one or two may re-appear running for another office. Legislative service that is considered part-time with a low level of remuneration but takes full-time commitment always has some turnover, but the number this year is significant.

Another factor that may have influenced some decisions is the sense of changing political winds in the Commonwealth. Never in my years of service have I gotten as many phone calls, postcards and emails as I have this year. Traditional groups have gotten re-energized, and many new groups have formed. Activism is in the air.

For me, it has been reassuring. As a progressive, I feel less like I am speaking into the wind and more like there is a force of people behind me. For years I worked on the redistricting issue almost alone and now thousands of people are contacting their legislators asking that they support redistricting reform. The public has become keenly aware of the adverse impact that gerrymandering has had on the Legislature.

The signs of change were evident in the reconvened session last week. While the House of Delegates did not respond favorably to my plea that we approve an amendment by the Governor to expand Medicaid, there was discussion by majority party leaders in the House and Senate that a new group is going to be looking at how medical services can be expanded to the poorest in our state. I continue to be amazed at the argument that leaving $40 billion on the table in federal dollars could somehow be considered “fiscally responsible.”

The majority party may have felt somewhat humbled by the fact that the Legislature upheld 40 vetoes of bills by the Governor, extending the record of his administration to 111 with none being over-ridden. Of course, a two-thirds vote is required, but in the House only a couple of deflections by Democrats would have made an over-ride possible. The vetoes by Gov. Terry McAuliffe have kept Virginia out of the news with crazy legislation that has passed in other states.

Certainly there is also an eye to November, with 77 Democrats lining up to challenge 49 Republican incumbents. As that number is reduced by primaries and conventions, it leaves hotly contested races that could dramatically change who is in charge in the House, and/or the attitude of those left in charge. Democrats have challengers to incumbents in the 17 districts held by Republicans that were won by Hillary Clinton. For those who continue to ask what they can do, there is a clear sense emerging that much can be done this year to put Virginia on a more progressive track.

by Dave Emke — April 13, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Fine Arts Center Coming to Herndon? — A McLean-based investor group is proposing a $40 million afterschool fine arts facility at Centreville and West Ox roads, near Frying Pan Farm Park. The site could have up to 40,000 square feet of by-right commercial development in its future instead, the group’s land-use attorney said, which would not fit the “historic fabric of the property.” [Washington Business Journal]

Easter Event Schedule — Easter is this weekend, and no matter how you mark the holiday there are plenty of opportunities to do so around the area. [Connection Newspapers]

Registration for Reston Kids Triathlon Now Open — Signups for the event, scheduled for Aug. 6, began last night. Cost is $35.  [Reston Kids Triathlon]

County DOT Seeking Data Gatherers — Volunteers are sought to help count non-motorized road and trail users as part of a national data-gathering project, to be conducted in September. Among the locations where counts are to be done are Town Center Parkway, New Dominion Parkway, Fairfax County Parkway and the W&OD Trail in Reston. [Connection Newspapers]

Parkway Advisory Committee Needs Members — The objectives of the Town of Herndon’s committee are to identify current and future transportation impacts in the three jurisdictions; develop a proposed policy for council consideration for the use of the Herndon Parkway; and coordinate a list of concerns and proposed solutions for representatives of each jurisdiction to take to their respective government bodies. [Town of Herndon]

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