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by RestonNow.com November 2, 2017 at 2:45 pm 3 Comments

One of Reston’s newest restaurants will celebrate its grand opening this month by donating a portion of sales to music programs at two local high schools.

Nando’s PERi PERi, a popular chain of South African-Portuguese casual dining restaurants known for its spicy, flame-grilled chicken, will open its 40th nationwide location at Reston Town Center-West on Monday, Nov. 13.

For its first Saturday in business, on Nov. 18th, representatives said 100 percent of sales on that day (minus sales tax and alcohol sales) will be donated to the music programs at both South Lakes High in Reston and nearby Herndon High School.

“This is all about being good neighbors, and Nando’s looks forward to becoming an integral part of the Reston community,” said Sepanta Bagherpour, Nando’s vice president of marketing. 

Representatives from South Lake High School say the school’s marching band is currently raising funds to help send students to Hawaii, where they have been invited to perform for the 2017 Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade next month. Herndon High is reportedly raising money to send their band to Normandy, France, where they have been invited to represent the United States in the 75th Commemoration of D-Day in 2019.

Though the two schools are traditionally rivals, Nando’s said students from the two bands are happily coming together to raise money through the fundraiser on Nov. 18.

“We are proud to support musical programs at two of the most impressive public high schools in Virginia,” Bagherour added.

Nando’s PERi PERi will be located at 12120 Sunset Hills Road.

by RestonNow.com November 2, 2017 at 1:30 pm 43 Comments

A man was beaten and robbed by men he encountered at a Reston laundromat this week, police reported Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Reston District, the male victim was doing his laundry at a laundromat in Hunters Woods Plaza around 11 p.m. on Sunday. Police said 10 other man were in the laundromat at the time.

The victim told police one of the men approached him and challenged him to “some type of physical game.” The victim agreed and left the laundromat with the 10 men. The group reportedly went to a nearby wooded area.

While in the woods, all 10 men reportedly assaulted the victim, beating him, and then took his wallet and other personal items he had on him.

Police said an investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

by RestonNow.com November 2, 2017 at 11:09 am 2 Comments

We at Reston Now are very happy to share this email we recently received from Meghan and John, who say they are loving life with the new pair of cats they were inspired to adopt after seeing their photos in our weekly Pet of the Week column.

See photos of Stout and Porter above, and read what Meghan and John had to say about their new furry friends:

In debating what type of pet we should get (cat or dog), we “compromised” by agreeing to adopt “two cats and a dog,” even putting it our wedding vows.

While a dog isn’t feasible for us right now, we’ve kept our eyes out for a pair of bonded cats. Cue the “Pet of the Week” post about Werth and mention of his brother Harper. After meeting them and hearing that black cats are usually the last to be adopted, we knew we had found our cats.

We’ve had them about two weeks now and it seems like they’ve adjusted to all of the new sites and sounds (and humans) of their new home. Stout (née Harper) is energetic and the bolder of the two. His favorite activity is tumbling in the air as he plays with a feather toy. Porter (née Werth) is more subdued, but has one of the loudest purrs we’ve ever head.They both have a tiny, adorable “mew,” sounding just like little squeaky toys.

We’re so glad to have these guys – thanks for introducing us!

Meghan & John

 

Check out past Pet of the Week columns, with instructions on how to enter your pet to win at the bottom.

by Del. Ken Plum November 2, 2017 at 10:15 am 32 Comments

This is a commentary from Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax), who represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

The fall season brings beautifully colored leaves, wonderfully cool evenings and the ghosts and goblins of Halloween, but for me it also brings the jitters of the elections that occur the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November every year in Virginia.

As one who has won many elections but has lost elections as well, the days and weeks leading up to Election Day can be nerve-racking. As well-planned as an election campaign might be, and as hard as the candidate and volunteers may have worked, outcomes are seldom certain. Last-minute attack ads or unrelated weather or news events can affect the outcome of elections.

An understandable question I often get is–why, without an opponent in this election, I would be nervous about it and would be campaigning so hard during the days and evenings leading up to it? There are several reasons.

The election season is the point in the year when the most people are paying attention to some of the issues on which I work throughout the year. It may be an old-fashioned idea, but I think campaigns are times when office-holders and office-seekers can have a dialogue about issues confronting the community and what should be done about them. Such discussions often get drowned out by all the trappings of campaigns like slogans, misleading brochures and commercials, and other distractions. My not having an opponent is not a choice of mine but should not keep me from having interaction with voters that I trust will leave all of us better informed. Not voting in the delegate race certainly is a choice voters have, but I seek votes as an affirmation of support for the work that I do.

I am also very active in political campaigns every year, whether I am on the ballot or not, because the outcomes of other campaigns are important to me. For example, this year it is critically important to me that Dr. Ralph Northam is elected Governor, Justin Fairfax is elected Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Herring is re-elected Attorney General. They share my values of supporting education, access to health care for all, common-sense gun safety laws to keep our neighbors safe, and ending discrimination in society. My efforts in the legislature can be enhanced or thwarted by those who occupy the executive branch positions.

The reality is that the outcomes of elections are determined by those who bother to vote. Presidential elections can get up to three-quarters of the voters to the polls, but state elections attract fewer than half of all voters. With the density of population in Northern Virginia, the large number of voters here can determine the statewide outcome. That is why I am working hard to help the get-out-the-vote campaigns that are now underway.

Above all, I get anxious this time of the year because I believe in democracy. Voting is one of the most critical ways we can respond to signs that some of our basic beliefs may be fraying. Let’s all participate in our democracy by voting this coming Tuesday, Nov. 7! Usual polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thank you.

by RestonNow.com November 2, 2017 at 9:20 am 0

Herndon-Reston Youth Softball Opens Registration, Announces Scholarships — The Herndon Reston Youth Softball (HRYS) League has opened registration for its spring 2018 season, as well as the opportunity for qualifying families to have their participation fees waived under its new scholarship program. According to the HRYS website, female athletes living in Fairfax County or the City of Fairfax who are enrolled in grades K-12 in school and currently qualify for Free or Reduced School Lunch, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Aid for Dependent Children, Foster Care, or Medicaid may also qualify for the Fairfax County Youth Sports Scholarship Program. HRYS representatives said they will waive registration fees for these athletes. During registration, qualified families need only to check the box “I request a waiver of all fees” during registration. [Herndon-Reston Youth Softball]

Rapper, Actor ‘Common’ Dines In Reston — Of all the places he could chosen, celebrity actor and rapper Common was spotted dining with a party of eight in Reston at Passionfish restaurant, located in the Reston Town Center, this week. Common was in town for the screening of his movie “Black America Again” at the Washington West Film Festival. [Washington Post]

Meet ‘Adoptable Underdogs’ This Weekend — If you’ve been thinking about adopting a rescue dog, you may want to head over to Reston Town Center this Saturday, Nov. 4. The folks from Rural Dog Rescue will be bringing some of their favorite underdogs out to meet potential forever families. The “Home For The Holidays” event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. [Twitter/Rural Dog Rescue]

 

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