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Langston Hughes Middle School’s Got a Golden Ticket

Reston’s Langston Hughes Middle School (11401 Ridge Heights Road) is getting ready to take the stage for opening night of its production of the musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” on Thursday.

“Magic and mystery abound as Charlie Bucket experiences a delicious adventure on his golden-ticket tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory,” organizers say.

A whopping 87 students make up the cast and crew of the production, based on the classic Roald Dahl novel, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Performances are $10 and will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 11-13. A matinee will also be offered at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. Tickets can be purchased at the school during lunch hour or at the door.

The long list of students, parents and staff involved with the show include:

DIRECTOR: Cheryl Dewenter


CHOREOGRAPHER: Grace Yakobisin

Cast: Mikhail Goldenberg, Griffin van Hilst, Noah Rice, Avi Holzman, Matthew Guerber, Violet Sather, Chase Thompson, Hannah Carter, Keaton Lazar, Ireland DiBacco, Sophia Feldman, Lindsay Kaine, Audrey Webb, Luke Miller, Mia Milosevic, Leah Blum, Crystal Uehara, Eddie Schoenborn, Michael Constant, Sami Burgess, Manmeet Singh, Karina Yakubisin, Sophia Young, Rebecca Yakobson, Xela Jones, Gretel Brown, Megan Luczko, Rita Ajit, Isabella Piazza, Maya Berry, Katie Falcone, Claire Callaway, Anissa Benjalloun, Laura Echeverri, Olivia Purvis, Evie Errett, Nora Thomas, Mikayla Kirr, Ana Ortiz, Claire Wilson-Black, Amy McGowan, Katia Vivanco, Caroline Dana, Iris Hughes, Adam Johnson, Robert Long, Erin Sanchez, Parker Tremaine, Alexis Jefferyes, Zea Nims, Jaelyn Gilmore

Crew: Thalia Tran, Audrey Moore, Katherine Simpson, Virag Murphy, Alaina Cordts, Angel Brito, Lily Mutzig, Moriah Smith, Hannah McLachlin, Mina Tunley, Gabriella Dettra, Jillian Schmid, Anna Sepulveda, Shannon Gallagher, Raquel Davis, Tyler Cachine, Alexander Parish, Michael Panatier, Elizabeth Beausoleil, Nicole Cheban, Christine Morris, Kendra Griessel, Harley Newman, Gwyneth Wagner, Mishal Khattak, Alexandra Perez, Tammy Guidry, Rhea Braganza, Emily Marik, Astrid Pena, Maxine Prudhomme, Erica Strauss, Jenna Klein, Jasmine Reed, Marina Jansen, Chloe Baker, Ethan Boswell








Pet of the Week: Pumpkin

Becky's Pet Care

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

Meet Pumpkin, a 11-month-old Cattle Dog mixed puppy available for adoption.

Here is what her friends at Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association (ACDRA) have to say about Pumpkin:

Pumpkin is full of energy and is looking for someone to show him the world. He needs a lot of socialization and training. He learns quickly and is eager to please, play, love, cuddle, climb on you, bite, chew, and jump. He walks pretty well on leash, except when he sees a squirrel. He tends to get over-excited over squirrels and bikes and is afraid of children, especially when they are running and riding bikes.

I don’t think cats and young children would like to live with him at all. However, adults and possibly older children who don’t mind a little dog lovingly climbing up on you for hugs and kisses and biting you out of pure joy will have a blast living with this little beast. But seriously, he will need some socialization work, he has not been exposed to many things. He learns quickly and has learned to sit and look at me for treats when he sees something freaky instead of running and lunging at it. He just needs some extra introductions and practice meeting new things in an appropriate manner. Once you have the socialization and housebreaking covered, you will have an awesome, fun, beautiful, little, orange dog. And you two will bond and grow together during your epic journey through a teenage puppy year or two.

Anyone who may be interested in adopting Pumpkin is invited to fill out an ACDRA application and then contact Adam at [email protected]. ACDRA staff members want to know about your experience with cattle dogs, your plans on how to exercise your new family member, and any training experience. They would also like to hear that you don’t plan on exposing a cat or other small creatures in your home.

Are you and Pumpkin 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.



Young Reston Child Rushed to Hospital After Being Burned With Boiling Water

(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) A 10-year-old Reston child was rushed by helicopter to Children’s Hospital Tuesday evening with burns over 30 percent of the body following an accident with boiling water, according to fire and police officials.

First-responders from Fairfax County Police and Fire and Rescue rushed to the scene of the incident around 6 p.m. Tuesday, which took place in the child’s home in the 11800 block of Abercorn Court.

Reports indicate the child received second- and third-degree burns to the face, neck, back and feet from boiling water. A fire department spokesperson said the child accidentally tipped over a pot of boiling water on the stove. Authorities described what happened as an accident and said no criminal charges would be filed.

A medevac helicopter landed nearby at Hunters Woods Elementary School to transport the child to Children’s Hospital for treatment.





Another New Capital Bikeshare Location Opens in Reston

The Capital Bikeshare’s presence in Reston increased this week with the opening of another location.

Capital Bikeshare celebrated the opening of a new station at Reston Parkway and Spectrum Drive by tweeting a photo and thanking hard-working staff for their work in installing it.

The new location was stocked with eight available bikes, plus seven empty slots for returning bikes.

Since its debut in October, Capital Bikeshare has been thriving in Reston. Representatives have reported that usership has been enjoying big numbers since the first nine stations opened. Since then, three more were immediately approved, and just in March, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation approved another 10 locations with funding from a TAP grant (Transportation Alternatives Program).

Studies have shown that Reston users have not only been using the bikeshare to travel to and from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station and local commercial areas, but also to take many “longer, more recreational rides.”

Residents interested in having a Bikeshare station installed in their neighborhood can email their request to [email protected] or use the interactive map at www.cabistations.com.

Image courtesy of Capital Bikeshare via Twitter



Wednesday Morning Notes

Woman in Viral Trader Joe’s Video Speaks to Local TV Station — Fox5 DC said Tuesday that a woman claiming to be the one in a viral video making strong anti-Muslim statements to an American-born Muslim woman at the Reston Trader Joe’s had called the station to discuss the incident. Though the woman declined to give her name or to be recorded, the reporter who spoke with the caller said the woman said she has been “very upset” since the video came out, and that her side of the conversation had been “taken out of context.” The woman reportedly said that a portion of the conversation that took place before filming began was left out, and that the Muslim woman she was speaking to had actually started the conversation by making strong statements against the U.S. The woman said she and her family have been seeking legal counsel because they have received threats since the video was posted online. [Fox 5]

All High Schools in Fairfax County Make List of Country’s Best — All high schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) District made the Washington Post’s 2017 list of the top high schools in the U.S. Criteria included how rigorous and demanding the school’s curriculum is, along with how well the schools challenge the average student. Rankings were determined by the number of college-level tests given to students compared with the number of graduates each year. Oakton High ranked the highest among all of the FCPS high schools, coming in at No. 168 out of 2,300 schools. Reston’s South Lakes High ranked No. 702, and nearby Herndon High ranked No. 422. [Washington Post]

Officials Say Metro’s Silver Line Extension is Halfway Complete — Loudoun County officials said this week that Phase 2 of construction of the Silver Line extension is now 50-percent complete. The extension will add six more stations to the Silver Line – three of which will be located in Fairfax County, and three in Loudoun, including stations at Dulles Airport, at Loudoun Gateway/Route 606, and in Ashburn. The extension will bring the Silver Line to a total of 23.1 miles. Loudoun Supervisors reportedly awarded the final $51,000 for Phase 2 to S.B. Ballard Construction Company last week to design and build the final Metro parking structures for the extension. [Loudoun Times-Mirror]


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