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Contributions Sought for Winter Coat Closet This Month

The Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office (1801 Cameron Glen Drive) will be collecting winter coats and cold weather items for the annual Winter Coat Closet drive this month.

Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31 at the office. Acceptable donations include new or clean, gently used men’s, women’s and children’s coats, hats, gloves and scarves.

The closet will remain open through March 8 in the community room of the North County Government Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive) on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m.

The drive is in partnership with Cornerstones, a non-profit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for people in need of shelter, affordable housing, food, childcare and other services.

For more information, contact Andy Sigle at 571-323-9553.  

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Herndon Teen Suspected of Filming Customer at Red Robin

The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating an incident where a 15-year-old boy reported being filmed while using the bathroom at Red Robin in Fair Lakes Shopping Center in late December.

Charges are pending against a 17-year-old Herndon teenager who police believe was involved in the incident. He has not been identified by police due to his age.

The victim told police that he saw a figure over his head with a cell phone pointing at the urinal. He then confronted the boy, who worked at the restaurant. The teenager then told his mother about the incident. She notified the restaurant and called police after leaving the facility, police said.

When police attempted to get more information from the restaurant, staff refused to provide information about the staff member. Police than obtained a search warrant the following day after the case was turned over to the police department’s child exploitation unit.

Police are seeking information to determine if other individuals were filmed at the restaurant. Anyone with information by call the department’s major crime bureau at 703-246-7800.

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Wintry Mix Expected to Hit Reston This Afternoon

Freezing rain is expected to hit Reston and surrounding areas beginning this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS issued a winter weather advisory that will remain in effect from 3 to 9 p.m. today. Freezing rain or rain that will freeze upon contact with cold surfaces. Sidewalks, roads and bridges are expected to very slippery.

“Even if temperatures rise above freezing, the ground and other surfaces are still extremely cold due to  the recent Arctic blast. This increases the likelihood of a glaze of ice on surfaces,” according to the advisory.

All Reston Community Center programs have been cancelled. Fairfax County Public Schools closed today because of the possibility of freezing rain.

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UPDATE: McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks Reston Town Center Remains Open

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks restaurant on 11920 Democracy Drive remains open. An article published this morning by Reston Now incorrectly stated the restaurant was closed. We regret the error.

The company’s spin-off restaurant, M & S Grill (11901 Democracy Drive) closed on New Year’s Day. It was located just 131 feet from McCormick & Schmick’s, which is open.

A representative from the public relations firm that is handling media inquiries was not immediately available comment.

Since Dec. 20, several stores have announced they will not be returning to Reston Town Center. Most recently, Neyla Mediterranean Bistro closed last week.

Two weeks ago, 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.

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Monday Morning Notes

Rollicking Roundup Playtime at Frying Pan Farm Park — Children and their caregivers can attend a free morning session of playtime at the park on 2709 West Ox Road tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow. This session’s theme is vehicles. For more information, call 703-437-9101. [Fairfax County Government]

Free Screening of McFarland, USA Today at 10 a.m. — CenterStage Cinema (2310 Colts Neck Road) presents a free screening of McFarland, USA, a movie based on the 1987 true story of novice runners from an economically challenged town in California’s Central Valley who attempt to build a cross-country team. A free continental breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. [Reston Community Center]

Reston’s Used Book Shop Celebrates 40 Years — The book store held an anniversary open house on Sunday to celebrate 40 years of operation in Reston. The shop is currently located at 1623 Washington Plaza and first opened on Jan. 7, 1978. [Reston’s Used Book Shop via Facebook]

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