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Reston Real Estate: Loving Life at Cabot’s Point Cluster in Reston’s South Lakes

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.

Ah, summer! Imagine wandering out your back door and down to your private dock, where you launch your canoe for a lazy paddle around the lake. Sound perfect? It is. And that dream can become your reality.

Cabot’s Point Cluster in South Reston is a beautiful community of cedar patio homes sitting on Lake Audubon, Reston’s largest lake.

Built in the early-to-mid 1980s, these townhomes have a distinctive contemporary design with sharp right angles and sun-drenched cedar siding. Rather than the adjoining walls typical of most townhouse developments, two-car garages attach these units. The yards are beautifully landscaped, and common areas provide a wooded setting. The homes have one or two decks and are staggered along winding, narrow cul-de-sacs that give the impression of a small village. Many units have lake views; all have lake access.

Did I mention it’s also private? The neighborhood is so secluded that many people don’t realize there are houses back there. And the resident’s like it that way. I’ll tell you how to find it though–you enter from South Lakes Drive, across the street from South Lakes High School.

Cabot’s Point may be close to every activity Reston has to offer (including the Reston Metro station), but for many residents, lazy evenings on the lake are the leisure activity of choice.

Homes don’t often come on the market here, that’s how much the residents love their neighborhood. So if you see one, jump on the opportunity immediately. And then go shopping for a new canoe.

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M & S Grill in Reston Town Center Closes

M & S Grill, a restaurant on 11901 Democracy Drive, is permanently closed, according to a restaurant representative.

The restaurant closed on New Year’s Day.

A representative from the public relations firm that is handling media inquiries was not immediately available comment, but a restaurant representative said the decision to shutter was made by corporate offices.

Last week, Appalachian Spring announced plans that it also plans to close its doors in Reston Town Center. The handcrafted gifts and handmade jewelry store opened up in the town center in 1990. Ann Taylor also announced the company will not renew its lease, which expired on Dec. 31.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Legal Insider: Employee Advice for Handling a Termination

This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Reston Town Center that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement, and private sector employee matters.

Termination from employment can be very devastating, especially when it is completely unexpected. Most often, employees allow their emotions to get the best of them and become angry upon receiving notice of termination from their employer. However, it is very important for employees to try to handle a termination the right way. Here are five tips to consider if you are being terminated:

  1. Handle Termination Day Without Getting Visibly Angry: This is by far the most important tip and usually one of the most difficult to do. Individuals who cannot keep their emotions in check often end up in a much worse situation than those who gather their belongings and leave quietly. For example, if an individual makes a scene when they are terminated, the employer may exaggerate the situation and call the police. Furthermore, leaving in a pleasant manner makes it much easier to settle a wrongful termination case with the employer later. By doing so, it also reduces the possibility that the employer will challenge the former employee’s attempt to obtain unemployment compensation or cause a problem if the former employee later applies for a security clearance or another employment position.
  2. Dont Take Employer Materials: Employees should be very careful not to take proprietary employer materials, physical items or other types of employer documents or digital materials without permission when leaving employment. If an employee brings forth a legal claim about termination it is often an employer defense to allege that the former employee stole materials (even information) or proprietary data.
  3. Dont Sign Agreements Presented at Termination: Employers will often try to limit their liability by presenting agreements to employees they are terminating. Such agreements might offer a week’s pay in exchange for extinguishing all of the employee’s rights or may even offer nothing. Given the emotional trauma of being terminated, individuals should never sign a binding agreement as they are being terminated. Before signing such an agreement, it is very important to have an attorney review it. Once such an agreement has been signed, it is very difficult to take any type of legal action later.
  4. Consult with an Attorney if Wrongful Termination Issues Arise: Not all terminations are wrongful under Virginia law. However, if an individual believes that he or she was wrongfully or illegally terminated and is concerned with his or rights, he or she should seek legal advice from an employment attorney in a timely manner since many employment rights are time sensitive.
  5. Obtain a Reference: If a former supervisor will not serve as a reference, try to seek others, such as former supervisors or coworkers, who no longer work for the former employer. Having employment references will vastly improve one’s chances of quickly obtaining new employment. Even if an individual has been terminated, having someone available who can speak to his or her work ability can help mitigate the damage of the termination.

It may seem like the end of the world when one is terminated, but in the vast majority of employment cases that we see individuals bounce back and obtain new employment relatively soon. Many of our former clients contact us a year or so after being terminated and tell us that they are in a better place of employment and are much happier. The odds of this happening will increase when a termination is handled with grace.

We represent employees in federal employment matters nationwide, as well as private and public sector employees in employment matters in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. If you need assistance with an employment law issue, please contact our office at (703) 668-0070 or at www.berrylegal.com to schedule a consultation. Please also visit and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BerryBerryPllc.

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Tomorrow: Trip to ‘Les Miserables’ at National Theatre

Enjoy Les Misérables at National Theater tomorrow as Reston Association organizes a trip to see the timeless musical about love, courage and hope.

The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of broken dreams, unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption.

Registration costs $102 for Reston Association members and $112 for all others. Buses will be ready to pick-up registered individuals at Hunters Woods Shopping Center at 5:45 p.m. and in the Lake Anne Plaza parking lot at 6 p.m.

Seats are in the Mezzanine center and left.

All sales are final. Email [email protected] for more information.

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Reston Sprint Triathlon Registration Begins Tomorrow

Registration for the 12th annual Reston Sprint Triathlon begins on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The race, which is the largest in northern Virginia, will take place on June 3 and is projected to sell out within a day.

The race is supported by the CORE Foundation, a Reston-based nonprofit organization that aims to help social entrepreneurs and small organizations achieve their goals. The event begins at 7 a.m. at the Lake Newport Pool (11601 Lake Newport Road). Races must be completed within two hours. USA Triathlon membership is required to register.

This year, the triathlon will feature a new trikit, which will be available for purchase. Athletes will also have the opportunity to fundraiser and earn back up to $105 of race fees. Through the optional program, athletes can sign up to raise money for underserved individuals in northern Virginia. The organization plans to offer several incentives to encourage individuals to meet fundraising targets.

Awards are given to the top five men and women finishes and the the top three master male, female, Clydesdale and Athena divisions.  Registration will open online tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Volunteers can also apply online.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Cornerstones, which promotes self-sufficiency through support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, childcare and other services.

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Funeral Services Held for Reston Couple Killed Before Christmas — Close to 800 people attended funeral services over the weekend for the Reston couple killed a few days before Christmas. A 17-year-old with suspected neo-Nazi sympathies has been charged in their murder. [WTOP]

Greater Reston Arts Center Selected for ’50 for 50 Arts Inspiration’Award — The Virginia Commission for the Arts, a state arts agency, selected GRACE to receive the award in the category of bedrock institutions. The “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” were conceived and designed by the commission as a 50th anniversary tribute to 50 examples of programs, individuals, and organizations critical to the arts in Virginia. [Viva Reston Lifestyle Magazine]

How to Dispose of Fire Place Ashes — After responding to several home fires involving ashes, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is reminding residents to properly dispose of fire place ashes.  [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

FBI Raids Home in Sterling — FBI agents arrested Sean Andrew Duncan on Friday and charged him with attempting to obstruct a terrorism investigation. According to court documents, law enforcement allege Duncan has links to terrorism and sympathized with ISIS.  [WUSA 9]

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