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by RestonNow.com November 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm 5 Comments

Waiting for a Cyber Monday order? The Fairfax County Police Department has issued several tips to protect delivered orders from “package pirates.”

“Those packages from Cyber Monday sales are starting to show up on doorsteps and we want to ensure the Grinch doesn’t steal your gifts. Unfortunately, this type of crime does happen in our community and we are offering these tips to ensure package safety this holiday season,” according to the police department.

The department suggested the following tips:

  1. Sign up for delivery alerts to know when the items are delivered.
  2. Don’t leave delivered packages unattended.  Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out for the packages and offer the same in return.
  3. Require a signature delivery for packages you ship to friends and family.
  4. Set up alternative delivery options.  Check your delivery service’s website for details.
  5. Many retailers allow you to purchase items online and pick up in store or at a locker, where they’ll be safe until you can pick them up.
  6. See if it’s possible to have packages delivered to your workplace for the holiday season.
  7. Going out of town? Hold your mail and packages.
  8. Keep an eye out for suspicious people and vehicles in your neighborhood.  Don’t be afraid to call the non-emergency number!
  9. Package theft is not just an issue around the holidays, it occurs throughout the year.  Consider investing in an exterior security system.

FCPD encourages individuals to call  the police department on its non-emergency number at 703-691-2131 to provide any information about suspicious people or vehicles.

by Fatimah Waseem November 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm 57 Comments

VY, a 385-unit apartment community with nearly 89,000 square feet of retail, will begin opening for leases in mid-December.

The residential project by JBG Smith is located on 11830 Sunrise Valley Drive and contains one, two and three-bedroom apartments with two-story lofts and a “modern aesthetic,” according to the developer’s website.

The project’s community stands for “very.” The apartment building contains a courtyard with grilling stations, a lawn designated for outdoor yoga and other activities, a pool with a sundeck, a fitness center, an outdoor dog park, bicycle storage rooms and on-site restaurants, cafes, shops and conveniences, including a 35,000-square-foot WillPower gym, according to the website.

In 2013, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved JBG Smith’s application for VY, which sits about a half-mile from the future Reston Town Center Metro station. Four other buildings are planned as part of the mixed-use development.

Twelve percent of the units at VY are to be set aside as workforce housing.

For more information, visit VY’s website.

Photo via VY Reston Heights/Twitter

by Fatimah Waseem November 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm 12 Comments

Reston Association’s Board of Directors could be slated for a shakeup next year as four of the nine-member body’s seats are open in next year’s election.

The association has formally issued a call for candidates. An information session is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at RA (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive).

In April, the following seats will open: one at-large seat for a one-year term, two at-large seats for a three-year team and one seat for the South Lakes District for a three-year term.  An orientation is set for Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

In a video announcing the election, Caron Anton, co-chair of the elections committee, said the election is an opportunity to shape the future of Reston through the association. To qualify, candidates must be a RA member, live in a residential property tied to a Reston deed, and have no unpaid fees. Candidates must file by 5 p.m. on Jan. 26. Candidates running for the South Lakes District seat must live in the district and collect signatures from households within the district.

Filing requirements include an election statement, which details goals and qualifications, and at least 25 signatures from individuals in 25 different households. Election results will be announced on April 10 at the annual members’ meeting.

The nine-member board consists of eight directors, who are elected for three-year, staggered terms by members, and one director elected by apartment owners. Four of the eight directors are district-level representatives while others are elected by the membership at-large. 

The body is responsible for ensuring RA’s goals are fulfilled by creating policies related to programming, planning, budget and personnel policies. RA’s website contains the following description of board members’ duties as whole:

  • When working as a full board, all members: Determine long-range mission and goals; establish RA policy and procedures; hire and evaluate the CEO; monitor finances, approve budget, and set the assessment; create and update long-range plans; and approve association programs through the budget process.
  • When working as individual members, all directors: Attend all board meetings, special events, and board retreats; prepare thoroughly for board meetings; serve as committee members and chairs; offer counsel, suggestions, and opinions; assume leadership roles when called upon; keep the board and the EVP informed of community concerns.
  • As well as receiving daily assistance from the CEO and the operational staff, the board is also supported by Legal Counsel, who helps guide the board into legally acceptable conduct and serves an important “loss prevention” role for the Association. Legal Counsel advises the CEO and board, but reports to the CEO, and responds to requests for opinions and analyses from the CEO, full board, or President.

For more information, email the elections committee at [email protected] or call 703-435-6530. Information is also available on RA’s website, including an elections calendar.

by Fatimah Waseem November 30, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Reston Community Players will kick off the new year with a performance featuring the story of the world before the fabled adventure of Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

The group will present Rick Elice’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” from Jan. 19 through Feb. 3 at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road).

According to information provided by Reston Community Players about the show:

Before Wendy… Before the dreaded Captain Hook… Before a boy named Peter Pan… There is a tale you may not know about; an apprentice starcatcher named Molly, a pirate named Black Stache, and a nameless orphan. Thrown together in a perilous adventure, they are about to find themselves on a life-changing journey on the high seas.

Based on the novel by humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling, grownup prequel to the treasured story of Peter Pan. The winner of 5 Tony Awards in 2012, this magical and hilarious tale of fantasy will make your imagination take flight with clever wordplay, daring movement, and live music.

Shows will begin at 8 p.m. except for two shows on Feb. 27 and 28. For tickets and information, call the box office at 703-476-4500, ext. 3 or purchase tickets online.

In its 51st season, Reston Community Players is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been producing high quality theatrical productions since 1966. RCP is partially funded by grants from Fairfax County, in cooperation with the Arts Council of Fairfax County.

Photo courtesy of Reston Community Players

by Fatimah Waseem November 30, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

Nordine Salon & Day Spa is now open in Reston Station on 11389 Reston Station Blvd. after experiencing construction delays that pushed the opening date from September to Black Friday.

The spa will host an open house on Dec. 4 from 5 – 9 p.m. to celebrate the new move. The business closed its Reston Town Center location last year after 15 years of business.  Spokesperson Heather Shaw Menis told Reston Now part of the decision to not re-up was because of client complaints about parking.

“For more than two decades, Nordine Salon & Spa has been the go-to resource for sophisticated, yet on-trend beauty in Northern Virginia. Our approach begins with a unique combination of timeless and modern sensibilities and continues with attentive care in a blissful environment,” she said.

According to a press release, the salon will feature eight hair stations, a color bar that seats six, three manicure and pedicure stations, and three state-of-the-art spa treatment rooms. Some of Salon Nordine’s most popular stylists from the RTC location will also be returning.

The decor of the business, fused with black and white with 20-foot high ceilings, is modeled after the Italian decor of award winning designer Marcel Wanders, according to the release.

The spa and salon has two other locations in Fairfax in the Mosaic District and another in Gainesville.

Photo courtesy of Heather Shaw Menis 

by Fatimah Waseem November 30, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Public Hearing on Assisted Living Facility on Sunrise Valley Drive Today —  The Fairfax County Planning Commission will hear public testimony on the Kensington Senior Development project on 11501 Sunrise Valley Drive. The plan calls for a 91-unit assisted living facility in a space currently occupied by a child care center. To sign up to testify at the hearing, visit the commission’s website.   [Fairfax County Government]

‘Monster Drawing Rally’ and Fundraiser Begins Saturday — More than 50 artists will transform the Greater Reston Arts Center into a working art station at the center’s “Monster Drawing Rally” on Saturday from 1 – 5:30 p.m. udience members can purchase artwork for $75 per piece as it is created. If there are multiple bids for the same piece, a drawing will be used to select the winner of the piece. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Reston-based Contractor Faces More Board Departures — According to the Washington Business Journal, four members of STG Group Inc.’s board of directors have resigned. The departures come as creditors took over the subsidiary of the contractor because the company defaulted on a previous credit agreement. [Washington Business Journal]

Herndon Family Medicine Celebrates Larger Facility —  The practice held a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this week to celebrate the opening of a new, larger facility on 381 Elden Street in Herndon. Mayor Lisa Merkel and the Town Council were also present at the ceremony. [Herndon Family Medicine]

Photo courtesy of Herndon Family Medicine

by RestonNow.com November 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm 5 Comments

Former NFL Pro Bowler Charles Mann has joined Verity Commercial, a Reston-based commercial real estate services firm, the Washington Business Journal reports.

Since retiring from football in the 1994, Mann, 56, helped broker major deals, including the lease for Southland Industries at the Brick Yard Business Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland and the $7.9 million sale of Franklin Farm Medical Office, according to the report.

Before turning commercial real estate, Mann was a former Washington Redskins defensive end and played 12 years in the National Football League. After graduating from Strayer University he shifted to business development by working for companies like Mechanical Design Group, according to the report. He launched a government contracting firm called Charles Mann Enterprises three years ago.

He will handle sales and business development at Verity Commercial. 

For the complete report, visit WBJ’s website.

Editor’s Note (Nov. 30): This story has been updated to include Mann’s history with the Washington Redskins. 

Photo via Twitter

by Fatimah Waseem November 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm 32 Comments

Plaza America, will welcome Grill Kabob, an Afghan restaurant with other locations in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, soon. A sign announcing the arrival of the chain, which serves made-to-order kabobs and other authentic specialities, was posted in the vacant storefront yesterday.

Grill Kabob will replace Primo Italiano at 11888 Plaza America Drive. The pizza and sub restaurant, which had called the shopping center home since it opened in the 1990s, left in May 2015.

Since then, the location has remained vacant. Staples, which was located in the same shopping center at 11620 Plaza America Drive, also closed on Oct. 7. Total Wine & More, a beer, wine and spirit purveyor, plans to open by the end of the year.

A restaurant representative said it was unclear when Grill Kabob will open. The owner was unavailable for comment. The restaurant launched in 1998 with its first location in the food court at Springfield Mall and has since opened in 14 locations, including stand-alone restaurants.

Mahmoud Mahdjoub, a journalist in Afghanistan, immigrated to the United States, joining his two cousins who fled Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan war in 1980. The chain’s website describes Grill Kabob as one of the largest kabob chains in the country.

The restaurant in Reston is just under 4 miles away from another location in Herndon. Other nearby restaurants are located in Dulles Town Center,  Tysons Corner Mall and Manassas Mall. Its menu includes an assortment of kabobs, sandwiches, gyros, salads, falafel platters and more.

Pet of the Week: Olaf

by RestonNow.com Sponsor November 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Meet Olaf, a chihuahua and terrier mix available for adoption.

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

Olaf is an AMAZINGLY… no, absolutely INSANELY adorable little guy that’s about 9 weeks old and about 6 lbs, who looks to be a mix of Chihuahua and a little Terrier. Between Olaf’s adorable little short legs, that precious face, and those incredibly cute ears, he almost instantly melts your heart. But then he reels you on in with his sweet and happy temperament, and the most lovable and engaging personality. He is definitely going to bring tons of love and laughter to some lucky adopter, and boy oh boy would he love nothing more than a family to love and a home to call his own. Can you give Olaf his forever home?
Olaf is microchipped, up to date on all age appropriate vaccines, and his adoption fee is $355.

Are you and Olaf 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 RestonNow.com November 29, 2017 at 11:30 am 35 Comments

The design behind Aperture Apartments, one of the first residential projects to open next to the new Metro station, was intended to fill a void in Reston’s architectural vernacular, according to the architecture firm behind the 421-unit luxury rental building.

“Our goal was to create a facade that would fill a decades-old gap in the city’s architectural vernacular,” said Rohit Anand, principal of KTGY Architecture + Planning, the architecture firm behind the design.

The project on 11410 Reston Station Blvd. is developed by Bozzuto Group and Veatch Commercial Real Estate in an effort to create an art-infused community that blurs the line between city and suburban living in a lower-density setting.

Anand said his team sought to create an entry plaza that would showcase a state-making art installation that would set the tone for the community. An underground parking garage with 589 parking spaces was also intended to enhance the experience on the street, he said.

The team also sought to create a community that would specifically attract artists and entrepreneurs. A double elliptical staircase in the lobby was intended to create a residential feel and lead up to gathering areas like an e-lounge and conference room, a library nook and a shared office area.

On the second floor, three interior courtyard will take up roughly 23,000 square feet of the space with a pool, grilling stations and seating. The courtyard connects to other rooms like a club lounge and an outdoor yoga center that is part of the building’s fitness center. A second courtyard contains a television, fire pit and seating. The third deck is intended to house a community dog run, according to the firm.

Aperture was previously the home of a retail strip center and a mini-storage facility.  The project is part of the ongoing $5.3 billion Dulles Corridor Metrorail project and Silver Line expansion.

by RestonNow.com November 29, 2017 at 10:15 am 8 Comments

Terry Tempest Williams, an environmental activist and author, will be featured in “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks” on Saturday at CenterStage.

Her book has been called a love letter to America’s national parks. Reston Community Center’s website published the following biographical information about Williams:

A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. “So here is my question,” she asks, “what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?”

The event will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for Reston residents are $15 and $20 for all other. Purchase tickets online. For more information, call 703-390-6167 or visit RCC’s website.

by Fatimah Waseem November 29, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Festival of Lights and Carols Set for Saturday — The festival, which will take place at Old Town Square on Saturday, includes a pancake breakfast with Santa, a Holiday market, visits with Santa, performances by Lanier Middle School and more. [Fairfax County Government]

Whitney, Bradley & Brown, Inc. Acquired by H.I.G. Capital — The Reston-based firm, which provides program management and consulting services to federal agencies, was acquired by the private equity firm, H.I.G. Capital. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is H.I.G.’s second major government market acquisition this year. It recently acquired IT contractor NCI Inc. through a $283 million deal. [Washington Exec]

Reston Lab Provides Clues on Murder Investigation from 31 Years Ago — The battered body of Roberta Walls was found on a baseball field in Virginia Beach more than two decades ago. Now, a lab in Reston has created two composite sketches of a person of interest that provide new hope in the case. [The Virginian-Pilot]

by RestonNow.com Sponsor November 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm 6 Comments

This is a sponsored post from Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. For a more complete picture of home sales in your neighborhood, contact her on Reston Real Estate.

It’s almost that time of year when the county sends around tax assessments, which gets homeowners wondering what their house is worth today. This is when I start getting calls from clients and friends asking for my opinion–an opinion I am always happy to provide.

I was thinking about this when I came across an article on Realtor.com (How Much Is My House Worth? Tools to Help You Determine Your Sale Price).

The article outlines a few ways to assess your home value:

  1. Comps for the area. What similar homes have sold for is a good indication of what your home is worth. Realtor.com’s Just Sold feature is a great place to start. All you have to do is enter your ZIP code, and click “Search.” A list of recently sold homes in your area will pop up, along with their sale price. The thing to remember is this may or may not be an accurate reflection of your home’s value: home improvements, mortgage rates, the economy can all factor into your selling price. But comps will give you an idea.
  2. Home improvements. Things like an updated kitchen and bathrooms impact price. For example, if you are likely to get 66% return on investment from a bathroom remodel (spend $10,000 and add $6,600 to your list price). But will that be the tipping point to make a buyer choose your home over another? Who knows. And will you get the same return from a new deck or replacing the windows? Not necessarily. Those things will definitely improve marketability, but may not translate into dollars. Does that mean you shouldn’t bother? No. Make improvements that will make you happy while you live in the home. Just know you may not recoup the cost when you sell.

If you want to list your home, the best thing to do is call your realtor and set up a meeting to discuss your strategy–anything you need to do to improve marketability, timing and listing price.

by RestonNow.com Sponsor November 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0

Find unique handmade gifts, affordable fine art, yummy edibles and holiday decorations at the Herndon Holiday Arts and Crafts Show. Get your shopping done Sunday, December 3, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center. Admission and parking are free. New this year, a free children’s hands-on art area. Gift wrapping available and refreshments will be for sale.

This year there will be a number of new hand designed wood products, made to order drinkware, custom designed wreaths, bee’s wax candles, bath soaps, lotions, holiday cards, crocheted clothing and accessories. Plus there will also be the ever popular crafters with their custom artwork, paintings, holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind jewelry, stained glass and much more.

Looking for gifts for the foodie in the family try the new peanut vendor, tea, spices, teaware, artisan olive oil, balsamic vinegars and delicious baked goods. In addition, the Woman’s Club of Herndon will sell White House ornaments.

The Herndon Community Center, a public recreation facility, located at 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon, which features an indoor pool, fitness room, full-size gymnasium, racquetball courts and hundreds of recreation programs. The Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department produces this show and many other programs and events in the Town of Herndon. To learn more about this show and our programs and facilities, please visit herndon-va.gov/recreation. For more information, visit herndon-va.gov/events or call 703-787-7300.

by RestonNow.com November 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm 6 Comments

On Friday at around 8:18 a.m., the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report about an ongoing larceny at a store on the 46200 block of Potomac Run Plaza.

Cristian Hernandez-Mejia, a 32-year-old resident of Herndon, was charged with grand larceny after police caught him as he attempted to flee by foot to a nearby hotel. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

On Wednesday, Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station also reported a burglary on the 12900 block of Park Crescent Circle. Someone entered the residence at around 8:30 a.m. and stole electronics, according to the report.

Meanwhile, in Fairfax County, FCPD’s Reston District Station reported the following crimes in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from vehicle

1500 block of Church Hill Place, documents from residence

11800 block of Freedom Drive, cell phone from building

9800 block of Georgetown Pike, liquor from business

1700 block of Port Plaza, parts from vehicle

11800 block of Sunset Hills Road, wallet from vehicle

12700 block of Thunder Chase Drive, purse from vehicle

1600 block of Reston Parkway, property from business

900 block of Walker Road, property from construction site

11900 block of Winterthur Lane, purse from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported.

As we reported earlier in the day, Fairfax County Police are investigating the stabbing of a male juvenile on Friday in the Hunters Woods Plaza. The victim is recovering from the non-life threatening injury.

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

Herndon Police Department’s weekly press report has not yet been released. This story will be updated. 

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