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by Dave Emke April 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm 16 Comments

Developer Bozzuto is scheduled for two more informational meetings next week on its proposal to redevelop St. Johns Wood.

Meetings are on the agenda with Reston’s Planning & Zoning Committee on Monday night, and with the Design Review Board on Tuesday. The most recent informational meeting on the project, last month at the Planning & Zoning Committee, once again drew large community response opposing the plan.

That response from the community has been consistent since the project was first proposed in 2014. Bozzuto has made numerous alterations to the plan since, with the proposal made at March’s P&Z Committee meeting being the seventh iteration.

In addition, Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins will host a community meeting on the proposal later this month, featuring representatives from Bozzuto. That meeting will be held Tuesday, April 25, from 7-9 p.m. in the lecture hall at Langston Hughes Middle School (11401 Ridge Heights Road).

A Fairfax County Planning Commission hearing on the project is slated for May 25.

by RestonNow.com April 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

It’s Easter weekend, and it’s time to celebrate all things spring.

Whether outdoor activities are your thing or you want to sit and enjoy a good show, there are plenty of options in Reston and the surrounding area this weekend.

Here’s just a sampling of how you can have a good time this holiday weekend:

  • Lake Anne Brew House (11424 Washington Plaza W.) will celebrate its one-year anniversary all day Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., with music, food, drink specials and more.
  • The Herndon Municipal Center (777 Lynn St.) will host an Easter egg hunt from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will also include a coloring mural, petting zoo, photo op with the Easter Bunny and more. Registration is $9 in advance, $10 at the event.
  • Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares will perform at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) at 8 p.m. Saturday. The group’s goal is “to enrich the heritage of the Bulgarian solo folk song with harmonies and arrangements that highlighted its beautiful timbres and irregular rhythms.” Tickets are $25 for Reston residents and $35 for non-residents.
  • The art exhibit “A Respite from Chaos” will remain on display at Reston Community Center’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery (1609 Washington Plaza N.) through the month of April.
  • Frying Pan Farm Park will pay a visit to Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The children’s event will be an opportunity to meet with baby chickens, hear a story and make a craft to take home. (Note: The library will be closed Sunday in observance of Easter.)
  • Reston Confections, a custom bakery, will have a pop-up shop at Pottery Barn (11937 Market St.) on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Other events at Reston Town Center this weekend will include live entertainment at World of Beer (1888 Explorer St.) Friday and Saturday nights; a French cooking class at Mon Ami Gabi (11950 Democracy Drive); and exercise in the pavilion Sunday.
  • Tom Saputo and Friends will perform tonight from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Café Montemarte (1625 Washington Plaza N.), and a ukelele and slack-key guitar performance by Michael Keale is slated for 6-9 p.m. Sunday.
  • Vinafera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) has live music every Friday and Saturday night in April, from 7-10 p.m.
  • NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon) is performing “Boeing, Boeing,” and the show has been extended through May 7. Performances this weekend are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., along with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets are $35-$55.
  • First Blooms” by artist Dorothy Donahey remains on exhibit at Reston Art Gallery and Studios (11400 Washington Plaza W.), which is open from noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Kalypso’s (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music tonight, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., from The Vandelays. DJ Kram will play Top 40 hits Saturday night.

by RestonNow.com April 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm 6 Comments

A 33-year-old Herndon man faces a litany of charges after police say he attacked employees at a Fox Mill Center restaurant before breaking into a nearby home.

At about 12:37 a.m. Friday, police say Quan Anh Ly approached employees and patrons on the front patio of Glory Days Grill (2567 John Milton Drive) and began swinging a large chain while threatening them, sending them scrambling to lock him out. According to police:

“The suspect broke the front doors to the business with his chain, entered and continued to swing his chain at employees. He confronted the bartender, who was on the phone with police, and grabbed the phone from him, and then proceeded to break numerous glasses and bottles. The suspect walked to the rear of the restaurant, encountering another employee. The suspect struck the 58-year-old man, injuring his hand, and exited out the back.”

Police say they were called to a home in the 2500 block of Freetown Drive a short time later for a reported burglary. The homeowner told them he was awakened by the sound of glass breaking and found that a man had broken both windows by the front door. The suspect fled the scene when the homeowner shouted, police say, and he was found beneath a nearby car. He was apprehended at the scene and charged with malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, burglary and felony destruction of property.

More charges may be issued against the man as the investigation continues, police say.

by Dave Emke April 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm 79 Comments

An April 27 meeting on safety improvements on Glade Drive will regard proposed bike lanes and sharrows along a nearly 2-mile stretch of the road.

Information released Friday morning by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation regarding the meeting says it will be to discuss proposals for Glade Drive between Glade Bank Way and Twin Branches Road. That’s the 1.93-mile portion of the road scheduled for repaving this year by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

“The purpose of the meeting will be to gather input on various proposals to improve traffic safety, bicycling and the pedestrian environment. There will be an open house at 6:30 p.m., and then representatives from FCDOT and VDOT will present plans for the project, which includes sharrows/shared lane markings, bike lanes, crosswalks and pedestrian improvements, starting at 7 p.m.”

FCDOT said recently that there are plans for 10 additional Capital Bikeshare stations in Reston, and information provided regarding the Glade Drive meeting shows three in that part of the community:

  • at South Lakes High School
  • near the intersection of South Lakes Drive and Soapstone Drive
  • near the intersection of Soapstone Drive and Glade Drive

Bike lanes already exist along Soapstone Drive.

A meeting last month regarding the potential addition of bike lanes and sharrows on Twin Branches Road, Colts Neck Road and North Shore Drive drew spirited debate among the community. FCDOT and bicyclists say the work would increase safety for all users of the road, while other residents are concerned about potential loss of parking spaces, increased congestion and possible safety hazards for drivers.

The FCDOT presentation from that meeting is available through the county website.

The Glade Drive meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hunters Woods Elementary School (2401 Colts Neck Road).

Project map courtesy Fairfax County Department of Transportation

by Dave Emke April 14, 2017 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

The Fairfax County Police Department is seeking suspects after they say a woman was intentionally run down by a vehicle.

The incident happened at about 10:16 a.m. in the area of Route 50 and Rugby Road. An adult female was struck twice by the car, police say.

“The woman was crossing Rugby Road,” said Tawny Wright, Fairfax County Police Department public information officer, in a Facebook Live video. “It looks like the car struck her, turned around and then struck her again.”

Police are looking for a black or blue Chevrolet or Mercedes-Benz sedan. The car was last seen traveling northbound on Rugby Road.

The driver is described as being a “younger” white male with sandy blonde hair. The car has blue and yellow license plates, police say, and it may have front-end damage.

Route 50 was closed in both directions in the immediate aftermath of the incident. Eastbound lanes have since been reopened, but may later be closed again during the investigation. Westbound lanes remain closed at Fairfax County Parkway.

“Traffic will be impacted significantly, probably for several hours,” Wright said in the original media briefing.

by RestonNow.com April 14, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

A worker was killed in a construction accident Thursday morning at a Great Falls site, police say.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the incident took place at about 10:30 a.m. at the construction site in the 10500 block of Georgetown Pike. Investigation shows that 50-year-old Pedro Banegas of Sterling was working on mechanical issues at the front of a dump truck when another worker got into the truck. Apparently unaware of what Banegas was doing, the other man began moving the truck forward.

Banegas was struck by the truck and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say no charges are expected to be filed. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Crime Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543.

In an unrelated incident near the same site Wednesday, a dump truck overturned on Georgetown Pike.

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

Reston Rotary Ball Set for April 22 — The annual “Blackbeard’s Ball” event next weekend at Hidden Creek Country Club will benefit the Lake Thoreau Project by the South Lakes High School STEAM team, as well as the nonprofit organization Stop Hunger Now. [Reston Rotary/Facebook]

Men Who Killed SLHS Grad in Israel Charged in US — Two Palestinian men already serving life sentences in an Israeli prison for killing Kristine Luken, a 1984 South Lakes High School graduate, in 2010 have now also been charged with murder by U.S. prosecutors. [Washington Post]

Seahawks Lacrosse Team Has Strong Start — There were no games this week because of Spring Break, but the lacrosse team at South Lakes High School will come back next week looking to improve on their 5-1 early-season record. [South Lakes Athletics]

Arrest Made in Anti-Semitic Graffiti Incidents in Fairfax County — A 20-year-old Annandale man has been charged with committing the vandalism, called “hate-motivated” by police, earlier this week. [Fairfax County Police Department]

by RestonNow.com April 14, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

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