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by RestonNow.com May 31, 2018 at 3:45 pm 14 Comments

As it grapples with recent leadership and board vacancies, Reston Association’s Board of Directors will explore the possibility of changing the relationship between RA’s governing body, the CEO, CFO and general counsel.

At June 5 work session (agenda), the board will consider changing the reporting structure between the CFO and the general counsel.

Director John Mooney suggested holding a work session at a May 24 board meeting. RA’s Board Governance Committee has been discussing how to amend the resolution that covers Board and Association operations and the relationship between board and staff.

“This revision is necessitated by the fact that we now have an in-house counsel so we need to deal at least with that,” Mooney said.

Rather than redraft or revise the current resolution, the committee has created a matrix that outlines possible relationships between the CEO, in-house counsel, and the board.

That matrix will guide the board’s discussions about changing reporting structures and relationships, including the role of the board in hiring, firing, disciplinary actions and salary.

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by RestonNow.com May 31, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

Medicare experts from the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program will discuss Medicare plan options tomorrow for the coming year.

The event will take place at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road).

To receive one-on-one Medicare advice, participants are encouraged to call Fairfax County’s VICAP at 703-324-5851. The event is free.

For more information, visit VICAP’s website.

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by Del. Ken Plum May 31, 2018 at 1:30 pm 60 Comments

Del. Ken Plum/File photoThis is an opinion column by Del. Ken Plum (D), who represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

Reading another column about the failure of the Virginia General Assembly to expand Medicaid may be as painful for you to read as it is for me to write. I know I have been predicting for months that a biennial budget would be passed for the Commonwealth and that it would include an expansion of health care coverage for those who are not now eligible for Medicaid. Nervously I stand by that prediction. Even the Majority Leader of the Senate whose members have been holding up the budget in opposition to Medicaid expansion has been quoted in news accounts that a budget will be passed and that it will include Medicaid expansion. So, what is the problem? And as many constituents ask me, what is the hold up?

Historically, biennial budgets for the state have passed by near-unanimous numbers. Not everyone has agreed with every number or every provision of the budget; the document is always a bundle of compromises that satisfies as many people as possible when there are always strict limitations on resources. Ironically, the addition of an expanded Medicaid budget brings hundreds of million dollars to the budget and frees up hundreds of millions of dollars that can be used for education and other needs.

By not adopting an expanded program of Medicaid, Virginia has foregone about ten billion dollars of federal money that required no state match. The funds coming to Virginia would not add to the national debt because of the tax funding included in the Affordable Care Act to support the program.

But I have explained the economics of the program in many past columns. It is a good deal for the state and a wonderful expansion of health care to those who are most in need. What is the hold up? Many of you have already figured out that it is the politics of the issue. For many years it was opposition to anything that had to do with Obamacare.

The former President has gone on to another career, but there have been many unsuccessful attempts in the Congress to undo his legacy as it relates to health care. For those who were part of the opposition to the expansion for many years there may be a problem pivoting to supporting it even if there are thousands of constituents who would benefit in better health care from it. For an even more conservative constituent waiting in the wings to challenge the legislator in a primary there is an opportunity to accuse the incumbent of flip-flopping on the issue.

House of Delegates members had a “refreshing” meeting with their voters last November. Some of the strongest incumbent opponents to Medicaid expansion lost their seats. A majority of the newly elected House voted weeks ago to pass the budget with Medicaid expansion in it. A majority of senators support it and should be allowed to vote. Those who do not can explain their position to voters in the next election cycle leading up to the election in November 2019. I hope I do not have to explain this one more time.

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by RestonNow.com May 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0

A flash flood watch is in effect from 2 p.m. through late tonight (May 31). Between two and four inches of rain are expected to fall in the area.

The National Weather Service issued the following alert earlier today:

* NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL ARE EXPECTED TO APPROACH THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE PAST MIDNIGHT. LOCALIZED RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED.

* RAPID RISES OF CREEKS AND STREAMS WILL BE POSSIBLE DUE TO TORRENTIAL RAINFALL, POTENTIALLY SPILLING BEYOND THEIR BANKS. IN ADDITION, LOW POINTS ALONG ROADWAYS MAY BECOME IMPASSIBLE DUE TO ACCUMULATING RUNOFF. FLASH FLOODING MAY DEVELOP QUICKLY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

by Fatimah Waseem May 31, 2018 at 10:15 am 12 Comments

A Pennsylvania-based company plans to complete a senior citizens’ independent living and assisted living facility nears Hunters Woods Village Center by the spring of next year.

The $72 million project — the first Virginia location for IntegraCare — aims to address the shortage of senior housing in the Reston area. Of the 210 housing units, 91 are for independent living, 80 are for assisted living and the remaining units are a combination of memory care and continuing care.

“This land was repurposed and purchased by a developer who did a significant amount of research to make sure that we were going to meet the cultural needs of the Reston community,” said Cissy Nickel, executive director of an IntegraCare location in Easton, Maryland. “We’re trying to create a mini-Reston within Reston.”

The community, called Hunter’s Woods at Trails Edge, is located on a 4.3-acre lot at 2222 Colts Neck Road, the former location of United Christian Parish.  The county approved the project, which is being developed by Atlantic Realty, AEW Capital Management and IntegraCare, in 2007.

Nickel said the company sought to mirror programming available for other residents within its community, especially given the close proximity of Turquoise Nature Trail. The project includes several dining venues, a beauty shop, a barber shop, an art studio where instructional classes will be offered, a library, a computer laband a garden with vegetables, herbs and flowers. The community will also include what Nickel called “man caves” or separate areas for men and women.

An underground garage includes more than 160 parking spaces, in addition to eight surface parking spaces. Nickel said the development team is working with Reston Association and Reston Community Center to provide transportation to and from the organizations in order to allow seniors to attend classes, programs and events.

The company is still working on how it will lease market and affordable housing as the project nears completion. Twenty percent of the units are affordable, Nickel said. The income level served by the units was not immediately available. It is likely the company will lease the market and below market units in a rotating cycle.

“There’s a huge need in the area and obviously our need is going to exceed our availability. We’re going to have be really methodical about it,” Nickel said.

A temporary office and showroom will open in mid-to-late June in Hunters Woods Shopping Center to provide more information, she said. Individuals 62 years and older can qualify for housing. 

Atlantic Realty Company did not respond to multiple requests for comment over several days from Reston Now.

Rendering by Moseley Architects

by Fatimah Waseem May 31, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Local start-up secures funding –– Real Time Cases, an educational technology startup, has raised $3.5 million and plans to move into a new 3,000-square-foot headquarters in 13461 Sunrise Valley Drive. The company offers courses in management, marketing, finance and hospitality. [Washington Business Journal]

Beware of coyotes — A small dog was attacked and killed by a coyote in the Parklawn community. Police advise that coyote and dog confrontations are more likely during coyote mating season, which occurs between January and March, and when coyotes care for their young, which happens between March and August. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Fairfax County Police help with Ellicott City disaster response — After the second major flood in three years hit downtown Ellicott City in Maryland, local police have mobilized to help with recovery. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Dollars and sense tonight — A guest speaker, Mr. Jack Zarinsky of the Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA). Mr. Zarinsky will be discussing investing to support financial goals and strategies for successful retirement at Reston Regional Library. [Reston Regional Library]

Stateside: Budget bills pass — “After months of inaction, Virginia’s General Assembly passed a budget Wednesday that expands Medicaid to around 300,000 low-income Virginians. The House voted 67-31 Wednesday night to send the two-year budget bill to the governor, and 68-30 to send the “caboose” bill to the governor that the Senate approved earlier in the day.” [WTOP]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

by RestonNow.com May 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm 9 Comments

The Bike Lane‘s Reston Town Center location officially closed on Monday (May 28). The shop plans to reopen in a new location on 11510 Sunset Hills Road in mid-June.

The new shop will be located on the Washington & Old Dominion trail, roughly two blocks from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. Parking will be free.

During the move, a mobile shop will be available to service bikes, including repair and maintenance. An appointment can be scheduled online.

Muse Paintbara wine-and-paint restaurant, is expected to lease the space at 11943 Democracy Drive in RTC.

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by RestonNow.com May 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm 10 Comments

Robert Krulwich, NPR’s Radiolab co-host, will explore complex science in a special presentation on Saturday (June 2) at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage.

During the show, “Saddam Hussein’s Secret Octopus and Other Stories,” Krulwich will play TV and radio stories based on different subjects ranging from an octopus and Saddam Hussein to a bird that invents an anti-gravity device. The performance will begin at 8 p.m.

Krulwich exemplifies compelling storytelling for TV and radio. He is a master weaver of tales who can transform complicated scientific curiosities into fascinating illustrations of discovery that delight, amuse and enlighten his audiences,” wrote RCC’s arts and events director Paul Douglas Michnewicz in a statement.

Krulwich’s show is the final professional touring artist performance of the season.

Tickets are $20 for Restonians and $30 for all others.

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Pet of the Week: Smokey

by RestonNow.com Sponsor May 30, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0

Meet Smokey, a domestic medium hair kitten available for adoption locally.

Here is what her friends at Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society have to say about her:

Smokey is just the sweetest little girl.

Loves to cuddle. Loves to play. Loves people.

She will be about 8 weeks old the end of May. Come meet her!

(Note: Little Buddies has adoption events every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Pet Valu in the North Point Village Shopping Center.)

Are you and Smokey a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

by Fatimah Waseem May 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0

The Herndon Festival returns to historic downtown Herndon on Thursday (May 31) through Sunday (June 3). The annual event will include four days of activities, vendors, and entertainment.

The event, which takes place at 777 Lynn Street, averages attendance of 80,000 over all four days, according to the festival’s website.

The carnival will be open on Thursday from 6-10 p.m., on Friday from 5-11 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Single tickets are $1.25, with bundle deals and an all-pass ticket available.

New this year is a kids’ puppet show and car creation event where kids can make their own cardboard car and watch a puppet show. Kids can also enjoy a hands-on art area, an entertainment alley, and fireworks displays.

On Sunday, 5k and 10k races will take place in the morning. Arts and crafts vendors, as well as an entrepreneur and business expo, will also be on site.

Attendees are encouraged to use a complimentary shuttle bus service, as parking will be limited. The following street closures will also be in effect:

  • Elden Street in both directions between Monroe Street and Center Street
  • Spring Street in both directions between Locust and Elden Street
  • Center Street between Locus Street and Vine Street, with the exception of southbound traffic between Elden Street and Locust Street.

Street closures will impact Fairfax Connector routes.

A map of the festival is below:

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

 

by RestonNow.com May 30, 2018 at 10:15 am 7 Comments

Lululemon, a Canadian athletic apparel retailer, is coming to Reston Town Center.

The business will take over the former location of bebe, a women’s clothing store, at 11957 Market Street. The store closed in early September of 2016.

Company officials did not immediately return a request for comment, but a spokesperson for Boston Properties said the new business should open by late summer of this year.

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by RestonNow.com May 30, 2018 at 9:00 am 6 Comments

The last call — Today is the last day to apply to run for a seat on Reston Citizens Association’s board of directors. Applications should be submitted online by midnight[Reston Citizens Association]

Run for it — The Reston Sprint Triathlon is set for June 3. Here’s everything you need to know about this annual event. [Reston Sprint Triathlon]

Happening nearby: Goodbye, orange cones  Route 7 improvements in Tysons are complete. Changes include wider bridges over the Dulles Toll Road and a new shared-use link. [Virginia Department of Transportation]

Photo by John Lovaas

by Fatimah Waseem May 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm 26 Comments

Red Velvet Cupcakery in Reston Town Center has officially shuttered its doors.

The store, located at 11939 Democracy Drive, closed on Sunday (May 27). Owner Aaron Gordon announced the closure in early March. His decision was driven by Boston Properties’ paid parking structure.

There are no immediate plans to open another brick-and-mortar location. The store has another location in the District.

Gordon said he was thankful to the community for their support and cherished the eight years his store served the Reston community.

We did our best to fight paid parking in RTC and we are proud to have played a large role in forcing the owners to reduce the paid parking hours, which costs them tens of millions yearly.  We only regret we were unable to force them to scrap their greedy money-grab entirely,” Gordon said. “Finally, we want to send out our best to our many neighbors and friends [whose] businesses were destroyed by paid parking like Busara, The Bike Lane, Neyla, M&S Grill, Appalachian Springs, Origins and many, many more to come.”

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls will open in the cupcakery’s former location.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

by RestonNow.com May 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

The Herndon Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened at the 400 block of Patrick Lane on Saturday (May 26).

Alexandro Alfaro Castillo, 40, of Herndon, was pronounced dead at the scene when police arrived around 10:15 a.m.

Police said Castillo sustained trauma to the upper body. Autopsy results will determine the exact cause of death, police said.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station also reported the following incidents:

Larcenies:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, earrings from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, license plate from vehicle

2200 block of Centreville Road, credit card from vehicle

2300 block of Glade Bank Way, keys from residence

9800 block of Georgetown Pike, beer from business

1300 block of Shallow Ford Road, cash from vehicle

1300 block of Shallow Ford Road, wallet from vehicle

2300 block of Southgate Square, license plate from vehicle

12000 block of Town Square Street, merchandise from business

Stolen Vehicles: 

None

As we reported late last week, police arrested and charged Carlos Cherry, 38, for shooting what appeared to be a BB gun at the Reston District Station building. Cherry was previously arrested for punching a police officer earlier this year.

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by Fatimah Waseem May 29, 2018 at 11:30 am 6 Comments

The body of a 45-year-old swimmer was recovered Monday afternoon from Lake Audubon.

Kevin Ruby was competing in the 31st annual Jim McDonnell Lake Swim when a family member noticed he was missing for more than an hour. Ruby finished a one-mile race but never showed up at the end of race two, which covers two miles.

Police believe Ruby may have drowned. Foul play is not suspected and a medical examiner will determine the cause of death, police said.

More than 600 people participated in the event. Swimmers wore bracelets, which were used to check in and out of the event. Event organizers were not immediately available for comment.

Remi Currell, who was a guard at the event, said the event was handled professionally.

“This sort of accident is not exclusive to our race. There is no way to completely [foolproof] this type of event, and the only way I can think of making it safer is to have one lifeguard per person, which is impossible.”

Police and fire and rescue personnel searched the area from Sunday noon through the night. The helicopter-assisted search resumed Monday. Ruby’s body was found around 12:45 p.m. that day.

Nearly three years ago, a 63-year-old man participating in the swim died after losing consciousness during the event.

The event happens at a Reston Association lake, but is organized by the Reston Masters Swim Team.

The team issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

Reston Masters is honored to have had Mr. Ruby compete at our Jim McDonnell Lake Swims for many years. He was a very talented top finisher. Earlier Sunday morning Mr. Ruby won his age group in the 1-mile race with a time of 23:38.

As part of all our races, Fairfax County on-water EMS staff are an integral part of our operations. We are especially grateful for the timely and extensive additional support from Fairfax County Police and Fairfax County Fire & Rescue.

Please join Reston Masters in keeping Kevin Ruby in our hearts and memories as an accomplished distance swimmer.

Photo by Fairfax County Police Department and Jessica Peachey

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