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House Fire Caused by Unattended Grill

 


A fire that engulfed a home on the 11900 block Grey Squirrel Lane Saturday night was caused by an unattended charcoal grill, according to the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department.

Firefighters battled the blaze at around 9 p.m. on Saturday (April 14).  A major fire was visible when units arrived on the scene.

Three occupants were in the two-story single family home during the incident, but no one was injured. They evacuated the home prior to the department’s arrival.

Damages are estimated as $202,500. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined by the residents.

The grill was located under the deck of the back of the home.

Photos via Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department

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Reston Association Seeks Candidates for Vacant Board Seat

Reston Association’s Board of Directors is seeking candidates to fill the seat of former Hunters Woods/Dogwood District Supervisor Victoria White.

White resigned one day after RA’s board election results were announced. She was ineligible for the position because she recently moved out of the district.

The term for the seat ends April 2019. To qualify, candidates must be residents of the Hunters Woods/Dogwood district, complete a candidate statement, and meet with the board of directors to indicate interest and present qualifications.

For consideration, candidate statements must be submitted by Friday, May 11 at 5 p.m.. Applicants will be interviewed by the board on May 24.

For more information, email [email protected].

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New Public Art Installed at Reston Station Plaza

A cast bronze sculpture inspired by the power of Mother Nature was installed at Reston Station Plaza this month.

The piece, “The Force of Nature,” is by artist Lorenzo Quinn and is located on the north side of Wiehle-Reston East Station.

A statement from the artist is below:

“We humans think of ourselves as supreme beings, above all others and in absolute control of our destiny and our surroundings. We live with a false sense of security only to be awakened by Mother Nature’s fury, almost as if she needs to remind us of her presence and our responsibility towards her child (The Earth).

After having seen the ravaged coast of Thailand and the Hurricane that affected the Southern States I decided to create a sculpture dedicated to Mother Nature. This would be reminiscent of the early statues made as peace offerings to the Gods in the hope of quenching their anger.  

In essence, people are not very different today from the people who lived thousands of years ago. We still devote ourselves to symbols in order to escape our destiny.”

Photos via Public Art Reston

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Tomorrow: Grand Opening for Herndon Pet Sitting Company

A local pet sitting company that offers services for Herndon, Reston, Sterling and Ashburn, will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow (April 17) at 2:30 p.m. in front of Herndon’s Old Town Hall.

Pooch Pros Pet Care Services is owned by Herndon resident Cyndie Anderson.

Anderson, who has lived in Northern Virginia for 21 years, left her corporate job in 2000 to stay at home with her two stepdaughters. She opened her business after becoming an empty nester.

She owns two fur babies: a 14-year-old mixed breed and a nine-year-old Maltese.

The business is licensed, bonded and insured through Business Insurers of the Carolinas and Travelers Insurance, according to its website. A reception will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony at ArtSpace Herndon (750 Center Street).

Photo via Pooch Pros

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Best of Reston Honorees Celebrated at 27th Annual Event

The 27th annual Best of Reston Awards celebrated eight honorees for exception philanthropy and volunteerism late last week.

The event, held in partnership by Cornerstones and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, raised $444,125 for Cornerstones, a non-profit organization that helps individuals overcome tough economic times.

The honorees are as follows:

  • Marybeth Haneline – Engineering Inclusion and Making an Impact
  • Leslie Kane – Revealing the Beauty of Kindness
  • Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation – Launching Young Lives
  • Terry Redican – Reston’s Coach for all Seasons
  • Andy Sigle – Support that Sings
  • SOSi – Serving Those Who Serve
  • South Lakes High School PTSA Food Pantry -Food from Heart to Heart (The Vade Bolton-Ann Rodriguez Legacy Award: “Entrusting the Community’s Future”)

Cornerstones’ CEO Kerrie Wilson lauded attendees for their support of the organization.

“Because of you, and your support, Cornerstones can offer support that provides stability to people at time of crisis, then empower them with resources and skills that offer hope for the future, for themselves and their family members,” she said.

Photos via Chip McCrea Photography

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Monday Deals & Events in Reston

Every weekday, we highlight deals and events around Reston, with help from Tim’s Reston Directory. Some require a coupon or have more instructions, so be sure to click the link for details and any additional requirements.

Follow Tim’s Reston Directory on Twitter and Facebook and visit TIMS.US for a comprehensive monthly calendar of deals and events around Reston.

Interested in special promotion as the deal or event of the day? Have a deal or event tip? Email Tim at [email protected]!

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Monday Morning Notes

Flood warning in effect — A warning is in effect for several areas in Northern Virginia through 11:45 a.m.. [Fairfax County Police Department]

A bridge to somewhere — State officials plan to replace the aging bridge on Hunter Mill Road over Colvin Run. A informational meeting is set for today at 6:30 p.m. in Reston. [Virginia department of Transportation]

A white knight — Reston-based SOSi acquired STG Inc. for $83 million, positioning the company to expand technology and cyber services in the national security and diplomacy arena. [Washington Technology]

Thoroughly awesome? — Reston Community Players’ new performance, Thoroughly Modern Millie, debuts this Friday. The show is based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film. [DC Metro Theater Arts]

Flickr pool photo via vantagehill

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