Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.
- Fairfax County Police: 20 Break-Ins in Herndon and Reston Could Be Connected
- Herndon Father of Five Killed by Taliban in Afghanistan
- Crime Roundup: Armed Man Robs CVS Pharmacy in Reston Town Center
- Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market Set to Open in Spring
- Trump Visits Reston for Meeting on Homeland Security
Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below.
Photo via Flickr user @vantagehill
Virginia Tech’s soccer team inked a deal with a South Lakes High School senior this week.
Kahlil Dover signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
His love for soccer jumped from a family backyard to local clubs where he refined his skills under coaches Ken Duffy, Ben Mork and Kevin McKenna.
For the last two years, he played with Braddock Road Youth Club (BRYC) in Springfield. Under the guidance of coaches Chris Jennings and Brian Welsh, Kahlil said he was pushed to “rise to the next level.”
Dover earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors last year. With Braddock Road Elite 99, he won a U.S. Youth Soccer National League National Championship, scoring the game’s final goal. He also helped a BRYC team advance to the finals of the 2017 Virginia State Cup.
He said he was especially thankful for his family, friends and coaches. His younger brother and sister “essentially lived on the soccer field since the first weeks they were born,” he said.
During high school, I’ve enjoyed kicking for South Lakes football under Coach Trey Taylor, swinging a golf club under Coach Carol Molesky and playing soccer under Coach Marty Pfister and Coach Fred Kyle. Coach John Pinkman and Steve Baldwin were very helpful to my family and me in navigating college sports recruiting.
When he’s off the soccer field, Kahlil plans to study business and criminal justice.
SLHS rescheduled an official signing for other students this week. A new date has not been announced.
Photo via Margaret Perry
(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)
- Get in the mood for Valentine’s Day and check out a free concert with Maya Feygelson and friends singing love songs at the United Christian Parish on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
- Not in the Valentine’s Day mood? Instead, you can see the performance Word Becomes Flesh, a production that “examines masculinity and responsibility within the constructs of hip-hop culture” through a series of letters from a single father to his unborn son. The performance is on Saturday from 8-11 pm at the CenterStage RCC Hunter Woods. Tickets are $20 for Reston residents and $30 for non-Reston residents.
- Learn more about what police are doing to build long-lasting relationships with Reston and nearby communities at the Fairfax County Civilian Police panel and Q&A. The panel and dialogue will be held Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
- Get your foxtrot on this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center Hunter Woods for an afternoon dance class. There will be three mini dance lessons, light refreshments and music ranging from golden oldies to a more modern dance selection. Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and $10 for non-Reston residents.
- As Reston is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, learn more about the bay in the presentation Creatures of the Chesapeake Bay where you can touch and meet live creatures native to the ecosystem. There are two showings Sunday at the Walker Nature Center. The first is at 1:30 p.m. and the second is at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for Reston Association members and $12 for non-members.
- Into action-packed novels about uprisings of empires? Then come and meet C.V. Wyk at the ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art and grab a copy of her new novel Blood and Sand on Sunday from 4- 5:30 p.m. The novel tells a story of two daring slaves who decide to take on an empire.
- Celebrate Mardi Gras this Sunday at the United Christian Parish starting at 5 p.m. where you can watch live performances from local artists including the Reston Divas. The event is free and open to all ages.
- Learn more about agriculture in Virginia, the state’s largest industry, in a lecture series by local farmers at the Frying Pan Park Visitor Center. The event is on Sunday from 2 – 3:30 p.m. and tickets cost $10. There will also be a sampling of the local farm’s fruits
Photo via Reston Community Center
Money Magazine has rated Reston as one of the best places to live in the country. Nothing new here. Reston has long been ranked among most desirable locations to live, work and play. As the magazine notes, “Robert E. Simon mapped out a vision of a community that upheld open space, recreational facilities and aesthetic beauty.” Further, Money explains, Reston “offers a woodsy atmosphere that includes expanses of parks, lakes, golf courses and bridle paths.”
Of course, Money’s brief report doesn’t capture all of Reston’s attractions, like the fact that we have always been a big hearted community that welcomes everyone, that we value development when it is appropriately supported by infrastructure and that preserving a quality of life for our children and grandchildren is more important than the passing obsessions of the day.
Perhaps more interesting than which communities are considered great places to live is to look at the sort of communities not on the list. You will search in vain for a Ballston, a Tysons, or a Rosslyn – and yet these are the models for what our County officials want us to become.
A show of hands – does anyone think that advocates of massively increased density in Reston care about your family’s quality of life? Anyone?
Reston has been a planned community for over fifty years. And for more than fifty years Reston has generally delivered on its promise of being a great place to live. Ballston and Tysons have many attractions – I have friends who are quite happy in both places – but they aren’t Reston. Nor do they want to be. And that’s fine. Let Tysons be Tysons – but let’s let Reston be Reston.
If you care about keeping the “planned” in our planned community, support the efforts of the community groups working to make sure Reston is on Money’s lists in 2023, 2028 and beyond. Please go to https://plannedreston.wordpress.com from more information. It’s your future.
President, Reston Citizens Association
(Editor’s note: If you wish to submit an op-ed, email [email protected])
Reston’s African American History Explored — “Rev. LaVerne Gill’s book profiles individuals who went through the struggles of early Reston and still love it and believe in it.” [The Connection]
Seven Black Athletes Making History at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics — Originally from Ghana, Reston-based Maame Biney “is the first black woman to make the Olympic speedskating team and the second-ever African-born athlete to represent the U.S. in the Winter Olympics.” [NBC News]
Metrorail is No Longer the Second-Busiest Rapid Transit System in the Country — “Metrorail’s ridership is clearly lower than that of legacy rapid transit systems, due to basic decisions made during the design of the system.” [Greater Greater Washington]
Search for Armed Man Who Robbed Gas Station Ongoing — The Fairfax County Police Department continues to seek the public’s help to identify a masked man who police believe robbed a gas station on 11410 North Shore Drive last month.
Photo by Fatimah Waseem