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by Dave Emke — August 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm 19 Comments

Usage of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at the Reston Farmers Market has been strong from the get-go, but it hit a new high this past weekend.

“We had 32 households come by and use their SNAP benefits,” said Bill Threlkeld, division director for neighborhood resources at Cornerstones. “The high before that was 29, so we keep trying to outdo ourselves.”

A SNAP at Market Appreciation Day has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12, at the farmers market. The free event will include activities for kids, cooking demonstrations, giveaways and raffles, music, demos and tours, VIP recognitions, and health screenings. It will also provide an opportunity for families and individuals to learn how SNAP beneficiaries are able to access healthier food options by shopping with their benefits at participating Fairfax County farmers markets, including in Reston.

The community is also invited to learn about SNAP at Market volunteer opportunities at the Reston Farmers Market, and about the financial support that is needed to provide matching dollars for the program. Through grant funding and donors, SNAP at Market allows beneficiaries to get up to $20 in matching funds for the purchase of fruits and vegetables.

“I like to tell the recipients it’s like finding $20 on the ground,” Threlkeld said.

This is the SNAP at Market’s third year in Reston. Saturday’s event has been scheduled as part of National Farmers Market Week.

The Cornerstones program at Reston Farmers Market has been the most successful of the four in the county, in terms of number of SNAP dollars spent and matching funds received, since it began. Threlkeld said $15,000 in SNAP sales took place at the market in 2016, and the program is on pace to increase that number by 30 percent this year.

“[SNAP at Market] is a real great opportunity as part of our mission, which is helping folks with basic needs,” he said. “It provides a great opportunity for those who are receiving SNAP benefits to use those benefits at the market and have access to some really great food, improve their nutritional habits and just be able to shop there like everybody else.”

For more information about SNAP in Virginia, including eligibility limits, visit the state’s Department of Social Services.

The Reston Farmers Market takes place each Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Lake Anne Plaza.

by RestonNow.com — August 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

The winners of the 2017 Best Reston Business awards will be determined in a week of online voting, starting Tuesday.

Subscribers to Reston Now’s email list will receive a link Tuesday to access the ballot to make their choices in the 18 categories. The ballots will be available for one week, and winners will be announced Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Below are the finalists in each category.

  • Best Apartment Building: The Avant at Reston Town Center, BLVD at Reston Station
  • Best Architect or Designer: AKG Design Studio, Cindy Beyer Design
  • Best Arts/Entertainment Venue: Lake Anne Plaza, Reston Community Center
  • Best Bar/Happy Hour: Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge, Lake Anne Brew House
  • Best Builder, Remodeler or Contractor: HandyMensch Home Remodeling, My Kitchen & Bath
  • Best Child Care or Preschool: Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten, Reston Children’s Center
  • Best Dentist or Orthodontist: Reston Serenity Smiles, Smilezone Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Best Fast-Casual Restaurant: Cafesano, Chick-fil-A Village Commons
  • Best Financial Business: Baird, CST Group CPAs PC
  • Best Fitness Business: Fusion 360 Inc., Potomac River Running Store
  • Best Legal Practice: Berry & Berry LLC, Khanna Law PLLC
  • Best Local Shop: Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts and More; Reston’s Used Book Shop
  • Best Medical Practice: Colleen Neumann Psychology LLC, Generations Medical Aesthetics
  • Best New Business: Lake Anne Brew House, Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar
  • Best Pet Care: Just Cats Clinic, Villaridge Pet Sitters
  • Best Private School: Berthold Academy, Reston Montessori School
  • Best Real Estate Agent: Eve Thompson, Susannah Palik
  • Best Sit-Down Restaurant: Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge, PassionFish

To make sure you get a ballot, make sure to register for Reston Now’s email subscription.

by Dave Emke — August 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

Weird Brothers Coffee (321 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon) has announced via social media that co-owner Kenny Olsen died unexpectedly Thursday.

My dear brother Kenneth Olsen passed away yesterday. Our family is distraught and still in shock. Kenny had the biggest…

Posted by Weird Brothers Coffee on Friday, August 4, 2017

Brothers Paul and Kenny Olsen founded the popular business as a mobile coffee bar before they opened their permanent location in Herndon in April. Paul told Connection Newspapers the next month about how close he and his brother were, leading to the name “Weird Brothers.”

“My brother and I, for our entire lives, have just always marched to the beat of a different drummer. It always turned out that when we were together, all these weird and strange things would happen. It just fit.”

Friends of the Weird Brothers have shared their condolences on social media.

Please help us support our friends at Weird Brothers Coffee, who supply Lake Anne Brew House with our amazing Nitro Cold…

Posted by Lake Anne Brew House on Monday, August 7, 2017

https://twitter.com/loveherndon/status/894527295444180992

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the business as it copes with Kenny’s death.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 18 at Adams-Green Funeral Home (721 Elden St., Herndon).

Photo collage via Weird Brothers Coffee/Instagram

by RestonNow.com — August 7, 2017 at 11:30 am 2 Comments

It won’t be long before we see school buses on the roads and groups of kids shuffling off to school.

In a change from past years, students will return to schools in August. The Fairfax County Public Schools board decided last year to approve a new calendar that will start classes the week before Labor Day. According to FCPS, that change was made “to provide more instructional time before winter break, enhanced flexibility to help students and school staff members meet college application deadlines, and to end the school year earlier in June.”

The last day of the 2017-18 FCPS school year will be June 15. Graduations will begin June 7.

New teacher training will start one week from today, while full teacher workdays begin the Monday after that. One week later, on Aug. 28, kids will get to work.

Here are some more dates to remember as we head into the new school year.

  • Students will be off Friday, Sept. 22; Monday, Nov. 6; Tuesday, Nov. 7; Friday, Jan. 26; Monday, Jan. 29; Monday, April 2; and Monday, April 16 for staff work, planning and development days
  • Thanksgiving Break is slated for Nov. 23-24
  • Winter Break will run from Dec. 18-Jan. 1
  • Spring Break will be from March 26-March 30
  • Other observed holidays will be Labor Day (Sept. 4), Columbus Day (Oct. 9), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15), Presidents Day (Feb. 19) and Memorial Day (May 28)

FCPS has the equivalent of 13 days (78 hours) built into the calendar. A 14th missed day would not need required by state code to be made up; if there is a 15th missed day, April 16 would be considered as a makeup day.

by RestonNow.com — August 7, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

LIVE at the Reston Kids' Tri with the 9-11 year olds.

Posted by Reston Association on Sunday, August 6, 2017

LIVE at the Reston Kids' Tri!

Posted by Reston Association on Sunday, August 6, 2017

We're LIVE at the 7th annual Reston Kids' Tri!

Posted by Reston Association on Sunday, August 6, 2017

About 250 kids between the ages of 6 and 14 took part in the seventh annual Reston Kids’ Triathlon on Sunday at Ridge Heights Pool.

Kids ages 6-8, 81 in total, swam 50 meters, biked 1.1 miles and ran 7/10th of a mile. The top time among boys was 12:57; the winner in the girls’ division completed the course in 14:55.

The largest group of kids, 104, were in the divisions for ages 9-11. They swam 100 meters, biked 2 miles and ran 1 mile. The boys’ winner completed the course in 18:49, while the top-finishing girl did it in 20:57.

Sixty-four kids ages 12-14 swam 150 meters, biked 4 miles and ran 1.4 miles. The top-finishing boy completed the course in 26:30, and the winning girl did it in 32:07.

The event was put on by the YMCA Fairfax County-Reston, Reston Association, Reston Community Center and Fairfax County.

Full results from Sunday’s event are available at its website.

by Dave Emke — August 7, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Flash Flood Watch in Effect — The National Weather Service says multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected today with localized heavy rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible. [NWS Alert]

RA Budget Work Session Tonight — The Reston Association Board of Directors will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. at RA headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive) for a work session on the 2018-2019 Capital Projects & Budget Plan, as well as the Five-Year Strategic Capital Projects Plan. [Reston Association]

Volunteers Needed for Senior Olympics — The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is looking for volunteers ages 16 and over to support the games, Sept. 9-20. The annual event is a celebration of fitness, camaraderie and living healthy longer. Over 50 events are scheduled at 20 venues. Anyone interested in helping should email rsvp@volunteerfairfax.org or call 703-403-5360. [Northern Virginia Senior Olympics]

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