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by Dave Emke August 9, 2017 at 4:15 pm 70 Comments

Incessant and untimely barking at the dog park at Baron Cameron Park has had residents in that area fuming for years.

The topic was addressed once again at the July meeting of the Reston Association Board of Directors, where CEO Cate Fulkerson was authorized (video) to write a letter to the Fairfax County Park Authority “strongly encouraging” allocating funds to support the a countywide dog park study.

“[The Park Authority has] put it off several times, [and] they really do need to fund that,” Fulkerson said. “There are some issues around dog parks … but also there is a need for such facilities and rules around them. It is becoming evermore a problem for the community and it’s important that they pursue it.”

Reston Association formed a Dog Park Working Group in March 2016 to address concerns of residents in the area around the Baron Cameron dog park, which opened in 2001. Moira Callaghan, one of seven residents who sought legal action in the attempt to close the park, addressed the Board (video) at July’s meeting.

“The dog park at Baron Cameron Park is extremely noisy and has serious negative impacts upon those living closely, including me,” she said. “When dog parks were established, residents were promised the county would get it right. I would like the RA Board to hold the county accountable to this.”

Callaghan, of the adjacent Longwood Grove community, said the sound of dogs barking can often be heard over the sound of cars driving by on Wiehle Avenue. She said she had also called the police eight times in recent weeks to report people using the park before its opening time.

“I have been awakened from my sleep as early at 6:17 and 6:34 a.m. on weekend mornings [in recent weeks],” Callaghan said. “I get dressed, I go outside, I go over there and I take a photo, and I send it to the county.”

According to information provided by RA, the countywide dog park study would help these issues to be addressed and corrected.

In March 2016 the Reston Association Board facilitated a community discussion on the Baron Cameron Dog Park, at the request of local residents. Recommendations developed through the community discussion were forwarded to Fairfax County Park Authority, and a dialogue has continued to take place between the two parties.

Fairfax County Park Authority also proposed a Countywide Dog Park Study to determine needs and set parameters for overall use. Due to staffing vacancies the Study has been on hold for a couple of years. Fairfax County Park Authority staff has confirmed the Study was not included in the draft FY18 Planning and Development Work Plan, but will likely be added to the FY19 Planning and Development Work Plan.

The Baron Cameron park is one of nine Fairfax County dog parks. Callaghan suggested RA encourage the county to move the park to Lake Fairfax Park, an idea that has been floated before.

“My neighbors and I have endured this for a very long time. I have carried this torch for four years now,” she said “It is horrible. We would really appreciate your help on this matter.”

by RestonNow.com August 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

With a little over two weeks left before the Reston Bicycle Club Century ride, the number of registrants is nearing 1,000.

A total of 1,500 spaces are available for the event, which is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27. Early registration has ended, but pre-ride discounted registration of $60 is still available through Aug. 18. Registration the day of the ride will be $75.

The 35th annual event will take riders through portions of Fairfax and Loudoun counties, start and finishing at Reston Town Center. Start times will be from 6:30-10 a.m., with all riders who plan to complete the full Century needing to be off by 9.

In addition to the 100-mile “Century” ride, participants can also choose the “Metric” (100 kilometers — about 62 miles) or “Half-Metric” (50 kilometers — about 31 miles) routes. The rides will be held rain or shine.

Volunteers are also being sought to help with rest stops, T-shirts, route marking and more.

For more information about the event, email [email protected] or follow the Reston Bicycle Club on Facebook.

by Dave Emke August 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm 13 Comments

If you’ve been waiting patiently for Founding Farmers to open at Reston Station, be prepared to wait a little longer still.

Founding Farmers marketing director Meaghan O’Shea told Reston Now on Wednesday that the restaurant, which was first expected to open last year, is now looking at an opening date early next year.

“We are going to be opening in February of 2018,” O’Shea said. “We’re opening a restaurant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and it came down that one of them would have to move dates, and that’s just the way the dice fell.”

It was first announced in October 2015 that Founding Farmers would open its Reston location in late 2016. A year later, that date was pushed to the summer of 2017. Signage currently on the building indicates that it is slated to open in “late 2017.”

O’Shea said the new projected opening date is “not expected to move again or change in any way, shape or form.”

The Reston location will be Founding Farmers’ fifth. Others are in DC, Tysons Corner and Potomac, along with the coming restaurant in King of Prussia.

O’Shea said the Reston location of the farm-to-table restaurant will feature design elements celebrating Thomas Jefferson. It will also have a private dining room, which she said the other restaurants do not have.

“We’ve gotten so many requests for it in Tysons,” she said. “It’s clearly something our guests are asking for and want in some degree.”

The restaurant will offer full sit-down menus for three meals a day, O’Shea said, along with a weekend brunch. She also said there will be a quick-service, grab-and-go program called “First Bake” on weekday mornings to cater to commuters rushing to the Metro.

“We’ve been wanting to get open, obviously, for quite some time now,” O’Shea said. “We’re very anxious and really excited … but we want to make sure it’s a successful opening and we put our best possible foot forward in every aspect.”

by Dave Emke August 9, 2017 at 11:30 am 7 Comments

Seafood lovers in Reston have a new place to visit.

PokeHub had its grand opening at 11990-C Market Street in Reston Town Center on Tuesday. The build-your-own-bowl menu of offers several varieties of poke (pronounced “po-kay”), a traditional Hawaiian salad made with raw fish. Owner Chloe Lee said the menu at PokeHub is a “poke fusion,” as options include not just the traditional ahi tuna, but also salmon, spicy tuna, tilapia, scallops, shrimp, chicken, sweet egg and tofu.

GRAND OPENING TODAY! … FINALLY..! :)Stop by PokeHub in Reston Town Center for some fusion poke bowls, salads,…

Posted by PokeHub on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lee and her husband moved to the DC area about three years ago from California, where they operated a poke restaurant in Pasadena. She said they have been searching for the right location to open one in Northern Virginia, and the 1,152-square foot location within the Retail at Midtown property was it. The space owned by the JBG Companies is the former home of Iceberry, which closed in April.

Lee said they are looking for a site to open a second restaurant in the region.

PokeHub will be open each weekday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information about PokeHub, visit www.mypokehub.com, call 703-787-0035 or visit its Facebook page.

Pet of the Week: Sis

by RestonNow.com Sponsor August 9, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

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

Meet Sis, an English Setter available for adoption.

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

Sis is a gorgeous girl with a silky coat who is very inquisitive and interested in her surroundings. She’s affectionate to people and “mostly” comes when called. She gets along really good with other dogs.

Sis was owned by a hunter, who wanted her to be his hunting dog. Sis had other ideas. Her idea of life is to go for walks with her human, have a comfy doggie bed, and get lots of cuddles and kisses.

She’s a neat size — around 40 pounds, and walks nicely on a leash, but is still a little unsure with things like steps, etc., and hasn’t quite grasped that it’s actually OK for her to be inside. A little love and she’ll be an absolute prize.

If you think you can give this regal girl the kind of home she was born to have, please email [email protected] for an application.

Are you and Sis 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 Dave Emke August 9, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

FCPS Social Emotional Wellness Systems Honored — FCPS was recognized for its work to establish a multi-tiered system of support for mental wellness, designed to complement its existing framework for academics and behavior. It includes services for the prevention, early intervention, and treatment of mental health and promotion of wellness. South Lakes High School is one of five in Fairfax County working toward the goal. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

September Event Will Benefit Brain Aneurysm Foundation — Tom and Nancy Susco lost their 25-year-old son to a brain aneurysm 10 years ago. They hold their annual “Running With Tim” fundraiser, scheduled for Sept. 16 this year, to honor his memory and raise money for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and the Washington Regional Transplant Community. [Connection Newspapers/Susco8K.com]

Crab Wagon Coming to North Point Giant — Hooper’s Crab House, from Ocean City, Maryland, is visiting Giant stores in the area each weekend through October. It will be at the Giant at North Point Village Center this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it return Sept. 23. [Hooper’s Crab House]

Ballot Out for Best Reston Business Awards — Email list subscribers received their ballots for the 2017 Best Reston Business Awards at 10 a.m. Tuesday. If you signed up after that and missed it, don’t worry: It will be sent out again before the Aug. 15 deadline. [Reston Now]

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