Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.
- Demolition Underway in Reston Town Center to Make Way for 17-Story Tower
- Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls Is Coming to Reston Town Center; Red Velvet Cupcakery Says Goodbye
- Updated: Windstorm Sweeps in a Flurry of Closures, Downed Trees
- Reports: Metro Users Struggle to Find Parking at Wiehle-Reston East Garage
- Nearly 400 Reston Residents Enter Fourth Day Without Power
Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. And don’t forget to set your clocks one hour forward this Sunday.
The Reston Historic Trust & Museum is holding an event highlighting women pioneers in Reston in honor of Women’s History Month.
The free program will begin at 7 p.m. at the RCC Lake Anne Jo Anne Rose Gallery. It will start off with a slide presentation about early women Reston residents followed by a panel discussion covering more recent women’s involvement in Reston.
The list of Reston pioneer women cover all sectors of the community, including education, politics, architecture, art, media and more.
One of the women to be highlighted in the slide presentation is Chloethiel Woodard Smith, an architect and urban planner from the D.C. area and who was one of the original architects in Reston, said Alexandra Campbell, executive director of Reston Historic Trust & Museum.
Another woman to be featured is Priscilla Ames who was the director of the developer’s Community Center in Reston.
“She was incredibly involved. She kind of just knew everybody, tried to know everybody in the community and to let them know what Reston had to offer,” Campbell said.
The museum currently has an ongoing list of Reston pioneer women, which the public can add to at anytime on their website.
Photo via Reston Historic Trust & Museum
A lockdown at South Lakes High School, Terraset Elementary School and Langston Hughes Middle School around 12:40 p.m.was lifted earlier today, according to a Fairfax County Public Schools spokeswoman.
Local police receive a report that a student with a gun was at South Lakes High School this afternoon. Police said the report was false and lifted the lockdown around 1:13 p.m.
School officials said the situation was resolved in a peaceful and quick manner.
Hughes Middle School’s lockdown, which went into effect around 1 p.m., was lifted at 1:12 p.m. All classes resumed as normal by 1:25 p.m., according to the school’s principal, Aimee Monticchio.
“Staff and students did a great job responding to a very delicate situation,” Monticchio said.
Some parents said the school system did not inform parents and guardians of the lockdown quickly enough.
Parents at South Lakes High School, where the lockdown occurred for 27 minutes, received an email about the three lockdowns at 1:21 p.m.
Here’s more information from social media:
South Lakes HS, Terraset ES, and Hughes MS were placed into lockdown a short while ago while police investigate a potential threat. Police are at the school currently. All students are safe. We will provide additional information as soon as we can.
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) March 9, 2018
Lockdown started at 12:40….why so long for an update. Very scary for all involved.
— Molly S (@Mcircles) March 9, 2018
My daughter said they ended the lockdown but then restarted it.
— Heather Newlin (@newlin_heather) March 9, 2018
South Lakes High School lockdown has ended after 27 mins.
— Farrah G. (@Fxdisi) March 9, 2018
This story has been updated.
This is a commentary from Bill Krieger, a resident of Reston. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.
On Wednesday, Michael Gandolfo resigned from the Elections Committee after a public dispute with current Board Member, Eric Carr. In solidarity with Michael, I resigned as well. If you’ve seen Carr on Facebook you may already know some of the story. But you may not know it all.
Weeks ago, a current board member asked if he could actively campaign for candidates. The Elections Committee wasn’t certain if this was allowable, and sought legal counsel. My understanding of the answer we received was that no one forfeits their basic rights as an RA member to speak out as they please, regardless of serving on boards or board committees, as long as they make it clear that they are speaking as individuals and not as representatives of those boards or committees.
Speaking only for himself and not for the Elections Committee, Michael Gandolfo posed questions to Carr on Eric’s public Facebook page about whether the Tetra Loan was paid off with Reston reserve funds. According to Gandolfo, Carr proceeded to berate him saying, “As a member of the RA Elections Committee, I would hope you would be more attuned to the operations of the Association, and I would further hope your social media postings might serve as an exemplar of civility.” Carr then contacted the Chair of the Election Committee expressing his concerns about Michael’s position on the committee. In response, the Chair sent all its members an email, saying, in effect, that as Election Committee members we must not to engage in any Reston political issues with board members or candidates on social media or elsewhere.
While the position of the Chair seems reasonable at first, unfortunately it contains an inherent hypocrisy. RA members do not forfeit their rights to speak out on any RA issues when they make it clear that they are speaking out as individuals, not official representatives. Michael Gandolfo did just that. His speech, therefore, was as valid and protected as Eric Carr endorsing candidates. When the Election Committee Chair sent out this email, Michael Gandolfo resigned. I followed suit not only in solidarity with Michael but also because I believe Eric Carr crossed a line. In my opinion, he used his influence as a current board member -not as an individual -to take Michael to task with his committee chair. I believe he abused his positon and for that reason, frankly, he should either be censured by the board, resign his office, or be voted out of office the next time he runs.
Eric Carr’s behavior, to me, personifies the fears of some Restonians regarding the candidates he is actively supporting – Bowman, Ganesan, Johnson and Petrine. These four candidates are running as a slate calling itself “4 for Reston.” For some, the math is troubling. A slate of four fortified by even one current board member in lockstep can easily translate into a guaranteed majority, or what some Reston Now readers are calling “group think.” They rightly fear the creation of a board with a built-in majority that has the potential to rob the RA Board of all debate and independence when important issues come before it. And now a second slate of candidates appears. This is a trend that we, as members, should actively discourage with our votes. The Board must consist of independent thinkers.
(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.)
- Does your kid want to learn how to fish? Then take them to the Kids Trout Fishing Derby on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The event will meet at the Herndon Police Station on the Sugarland Run Trail.
- Support your neighbors and the environment by attending the Spring Flea Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the RCC Hunter Woods. Who knows, maybe you’ll find some treasure along the way!
- Need some more books for your kids? Check out the City of Fairfax Library Friends Spring Children’s Book Sale running from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday at the City of Fairfax Regional Library.
- Curious about how 3D printing works? Check out the ongoing demonstrations all day of a MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D Printer at the Centreville Regional Library on Saturday.
- Author Laura Murray will be at Scrawl Books to read and sign her children’s book The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School. The event will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Watch the free screening of “How Sweet the Sound – The Blind Boys of Alabama” as a part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival. The screening will be on Sunday at the CenterStage from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Take a run in the 5th annual Ice Breaker 5k race in Herndon on Sunday. The race will start at 8 a.m. at 200 Spring Street.
- Learn about the Jewish holiday Passover over PJ Library stories about the holiday and then braid challah dough at Whole Foods Market on Sunday from 10-11 a.m.
- Attend a lecture series at Frying Pan Park about local farmers and how you can support them. The series is on Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. and costs $10 for attendees.
- Get your groove on at the Sunday Afternoon Dance at RCC Hunter Woods where you can foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. The event will be from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and tickets cost $5 for Reston Association members and $10 for non-members.
- Not up for a waltz? Then give Sunday Country Western Dance a shot instead. You will be able to line dance, two-step, shuffle and swing your way through country and Western tunes at the RCC Hunter Woods from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for Reston Association members and $10 for non-members.
- Fan of acoustic music? Then you might want to check out the Sterling/Reston Acoustic Jam on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Cafe Montmarte.
- Grab your skates and get on the ice rink one last time before the ice skating rink in Reston Town Center closes for the season on Sunday at 7 p.m.
- Come see the Darrell Webb Band as a part of the Bluegrass Barn series at the Frying Pan Park’s Visitor Center. The show is on Sunday at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
Flickr pool photo by vantagehill
A little extra planning for the weekend — Not planning to dine out? Carrabba’s Italian Grill (12192 Sunset Hills Road) is launching its own food delivery service. [Reston Patch]
And a little early planning for Easter — Frying Pan Park and Lake Fairfax Park are hosting several events in late March, including an eggspectular “Eggstravaganza.” [Fairfax County Government]
Chimney causes Reston townhouse fire — Heat escaping from gaps in a chimney caused a townhouse fire over the weekend. No injuries were reported, but damages are estimated at around $65,000. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]
In rumor mill this week — Restonians have asked us if Reston Association plans to close Lake Thoreau. Their head spokesman says Reston Association’s staff plan to discuss details of a future demand analysis of RA pools at the board’s May 7 meeting.
(Editor’s Note: This post was updated at 9:50 a.m. to clarify the subject of discussion by RA staff at the board’s May meeting)
Flickr pool photo via vantagehill