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by RestonNow.com May 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm 0

Find some new treasures this Saturday, May 12 at the Reston Community Yard Sale.

More than 80 families will be set up at 1900 Campus Commons Drive, near the corner of Sunrise Valley Drive and Wiehle Avenue, in the parking lot behind the building.

Organizers say, it’s a great opportunity to score much-needed items for a college dorm, or to add to your family home, all at a great bargain.

Everything from furniture, to children’s items, kitchen items and more will be for sale, waiting to become a new family’s treasure.

The yard sale will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and no early-birds are allowed. The event will be canceled in the case of rain, and no rain date is scheduled. Call 703-435-6577 for a weather-related message on Saturday morning.

Though all vendor spots are already taken, anyone interested can join the waiting list in case of cancellations. For more information, call 703-435-6577 or e-mail [email protected]

File Photo: Reston Community Yard Sale, 2015

 

by RestonNow.com May 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

Reston’s newest restaurant, Honeygrow, is set to open this Friday, May 11 in the Reston Executive Center, 12100 Sunset Hills Road, suite R12.

Honeygrow is a fast-casual restaurant that serves up a menu of fresh stir-fry noodle bowls and salads, with made-from-scratch ingredients like egg noodles and salad dressings.

Founder and CEO Justin Rosenberg says all items on the menu are made-to-order, to ensure peak freshness–and ordering customized meals is easy thanks to Honeygrow’s touch-screen ordering kiosks.

Every location also boasts a signature “honeybar,” where guests can enjoy fresh fruits, local honey and toppings such as yogurt, dark chocolate chips, coconut shavings and house-made whipped cream.

One thing no other location will have yet, that Reston will, is catering.

“Honeygrow catering is perfect for offices and gatherings,” says Rosenberg.

Honeygrow was founded in 2012 in Philadelphia, and has since grown to a long list of locations, including Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, and in the district.

“We’re beyond excited to continue our expansion within the Washington D.C. Metro market and into Reston,” says Rosenberg. “It’s a community that obviously values quality foods, and we’re excited to now be a part of that roster.”

To show its commitment to being good neighbors, Rosenberg adds that $5 from every salad or stir-fry ordered this Friday, May 11 on opening day will be donated to Back on My Feet.

“Back on My Feet is a national nonprofit that has helped thousands of men and women experiencing homelessness make the transition back into society with the foundation of a strong running program,” Rosenberg explains. “The program includes housing resources, as well as a job training and placement program, and Honeygrow is proud to employ many graduates of the program.”

In addition, the first 100 guests to visit the new Reston location this Friday, May 11 will receive complimentary meals of one stir-fry or salad and a beverage.

The Reston location will be open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Photos: Stir-fry and salad entrees, courtesy of Honeygrow

by RestonNow.com May 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm 12 Comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors officially adopted the proposed FY 2019 budget at their meeting last week on May 1.

Among the highlights of the new budget include an increase in the real estate tax, and increased funding for schools, including teacher salaries.

Homeowners can expect a two-cent increase in the annual real estate tax, from the current $1.13 per $100 of assessed home value to $1.15.

Supervisors said this will result in an average increase of $241 per year for homeowners, and a revenue increase of $49.3 million for the county.

“I believe the additional revenue is an important investment needed to shore up the foundation on which our quality of life in Fairfax County rests,” Chairman Sharon Bulova said in recorded comments on the county website.

The new budget also includes increased funding for Fairfax County schools by $91.49 million, or 4.22 percent over the previous year.

“The package fully funds the school board’s request, bringing teacher salaries into competitive alignment with our sister jurisdictions in the region,” Bulova said. “Again, 52.8 percent of our general fund budget [will be] going to the schools.”

Of the additional $91.49 million, $53 million of that will be dedicated to teacher salary scale increases, according to the county website.

“It is anticipated that the FCPS FY 2019 Advertised Budget will remain fully funded, with increased state revenues,” county documents explain. “This includes projected cost increases related to updated enrollment information.”

Bulova said the increased funding will also allow for a 2.25-percent market rate adjustment for county employees, as well as allow for performance, merit and longevity increases.

The approved budget also provides funding for many early childhood education programs, gang prevention and opioid addiction intervention, as well as an increase in funding for Metro “pending a long-term solution,” she said.

The county’s “Diversion First” program will also receive funding. Diversion First offers alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illness or developmental disabilities, who come into contact with the criminal justice system for low level offenses.

Other small tax and fee increases for basic services include:

  • Trash/Refuse Collection and Disposal – Annual collection fees will increase by $5, from the current $345 to $350. Annual disposal fees will increase by $2 from the current $64 to $66.
  • Sewer Fees – Annual sewer service fees will increase from $6.75 per 1,000 gallons to $7. Annual base service charges will increase from $27.62 per quarter to $30.38.
  • Stormwater Services – The district tax rate will increase from $0.0300 to $0.0325 per $100 of assessed value.

One area in which fees will decrease is the Phase I Dulles Rail Transportation Improvement district tax rate, which will go down from 15 cents to 13 cents per $100 of assessed value, thanks to a recommendation by the Phase I District Commission.

The county produced a video on its annual budget is formed and adopted for interested residents.

File Photo: Sharon Bulova

by RestonNow.com Sponsor May 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0

This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

By John V. Berry, Esq.

Financial security concerns are the most common issue resulting the loss of of a security clearance. As a result, it is important that when a security clearance applicant or holder runs into financial issues that they act preemptively to protect their clearance.

In security clearance cases, financial issues are referred to as Guideline F cases. In Guideline F cases, the government’s concern is generally focused on how a person has handled his or her finances and/or his or her vulnerability to financial manipulation given a pattern of overspending or debt. The criteria for evaluating such cases are covered in Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD 4)

Here are 7 tips for clearance holders or applicants when dealing with financial debts and other issues:

1. Stay Current on Debts and/or Make Arrangements with Debtors.

Most security clearance clients seek our assistance when they have had multiple bills that are past due, delinquent, in collections or have been charged off. In some cases, the debts have been ignored.

In Guideline F cases, the existence of multiple, unpaid debts seems to be the most usual reason for the loss or denial of a security clearance. It is important to gain control of your finances in such situations in order to attempt to keep your security clearance.

2. Pay and File your Taxes.

Individuals in tax trouble or who fail to pay and/or file their taxes take a big risk in losing their security clearance. Tax issues tend to be viewed as more significant for security clearance purposes than regular debts because they are owed to the government.

If outstanding taxes or tax liens are too much for the individual to pay off all at once, it is important to try to work out a resolution plan with the IRS or state tax agency and show good faith towards resolving these debts in order to keep or obtain a security clearance.

3. Keep an Eye on your Credit Report.

Oftentimes, an individual has encountered difficulties in the security clearance process because incorrect information is listed on his or her credit reports.

Errors in credit reports are quite common. As a result, it is important for an individual applying for or holding a security clearance to keep a watchful eye on his or her credit report for errors and potential problems and to dispute debts that do not belong to the person.

4. Work with Creditors.

It can be easy to ignore a creditor, especially where the debt is part of a dispute, but it is always better for a clearance holder or seeker to get ahead of his or her credit problems than to wait until he or she receives notice of a possible denial of a security clearance.

An individual who recognizes a debt problem or allegation early and works towards resolving it early and before a clearance issue is raised tends to be given more credit towards the granting of the clearance as opposed to an individual who starts the process after he or she receives notice of the potential loss of the clearance.
Even if a creditor is non-responsive, it is important to try multiple times to communicate with the creditor in an effort to resolve these issues. (more…)

by Tim's Reston May 7, 2018 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

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by RestonNow.com May 7, 2018 at 9:13 am 1 Comment

South Lakes’ ‘Phantom’ Earns Rave Reviews – South Lakes High School’s production of the musical “Phantom” earned the school favorable reviews, particularly from peers in the “Cappies” program, which allows students to play the role of theater critic and take in high school shows across Northern Virginia. Kathleen McNerney of Bishop Ireton High School called South Lakes’ version of the musical an “eerily lovely” production with “emotionally strong performances” that kept audiences drawn in until the end. (Reston Patch)

‘Terrific’ Week of Weather Ahead For Reston – The Capital Weather Gang is actually using the word “terrific” to describe the weather that’s in store for Reston and the wider area this week. Highs will mostly be in the 70s with clear skies–and if you’re missing the heat, don’t worry, because it’s expected to return around Thursday, when temperatures will creep back up into the 80s. (Capital Weather Gang)

Registration Open For Summer Sports Camps – South Lakes High School offers summer camps for students interested in sports like boys’ and girls’ basketball, football, girls’ lacrosse, girls’ volleyball, and field hockey. Registration is now open and can be completed online. (South Lakes Athletics)

File Photo: Ducks

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