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by Fatimah Waseem June 7, 2018 at 4:35 pm 12 Comments

A 63-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed by a car at the intersection of Baron Cameron Avenue and Fountain Drive last night around 9 p.m.

The news comes as local police launched a pedestrian and bicyclist safety campaign in Reston this week in response to an increase in pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents.

Police believe the pedestrian was midway through the crossing on Baron Cameron Avenue prior to Fountain Drive when a car in the right lane hit the man.

The driver of the Camry attempted to brake and swerve the car but was unable to avoid hitting the pedestrian police said.

The pedestrian was taken to the hospital and died from his injuries. His identity is being withheld until the family is notified.

Police are investigating whether alcohol was a  factor in the crash. Preliminarily, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors, police said. The driver remained on the scene and called for help.

In late May, a 71-year-old pedestrian attempting to cross the street at the intersection of Reston Parkway and Bluemont Way was hit by a car and killed.

Anyone with information about the most recent incident should call the police department’s crash reconstruction unit at 703-280-0543.

Photo via Google Maps

by RestonNow.com June 7, 2018 at 3:45 pm 5 Comments

Looking for a big screen to watch the Washington Capitals play in game five of the Stanley Cup finals?  A free screening will be held tonight at Reston Station’s plaza (1904 Reston Metro Plaza) from 8-10 p.m.

Parking is $4.75 daily.

Here’s a previous video of a viewing on May 28:

by Fatimah Waseem June 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm 9 Comments

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market (11850 Freedom Drive) will hold its grand opening on June 22 at 11 a.m.

The opening weekend will include chef demonstrations, food tastings, a beer bar and member-only offers throughout the store.

Parking is free daily in the silver garage for two hours for customers. No app is required.

In 2005, Balducci’s former location in The Spectrum, closed because it was underperforming. The new location is on the ground floor of The Signature, a 508-unit apartment building.

Grocery deliveries will also be offered soon. The gourmet market has seven other locations, including one in New York, Connecticut and Maryland.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

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

Between the “Take a Break” concert series at Lake Anne Plaza and “Summerbration” at Reston Station Plaza, there are several options for outdoor summer entertainment. “Sunday Art in the Park” will return to Reston Town Square Park on Sundays.

This Sunday, Schwarz and Stokes, who play Bach, Mozart and Brahms, will perform from 7-8 p.m. The event, located at the corner of Market Street and St. Francis Street, is open for all ages.

The complete lineup of the program, which runs through August 19, is below. All concerts run from 7-8 p.m. The series is presented by Reston Community Center and hosted by Reston Town Center Association. Garage parking is free on weekends.

During July, Greater Reston Arts Center is also offering free art activities for all ages from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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

If you are single and have no kids, you may think spending money on an estate plan can wait. But if you own anything of value such as a home, you may want to rethink your decision.

Imagine that you live in Reston and your parents live in California. The unthinkable happens to you and your grieving parents have to hire an attorney in Virginia to probate your intestate estate because you died without a will.

No one intentionally leaves their parents in this situation, but it happens all the time.

There are other benefits to making a will. Perhaps you have potential heirs that are entitled to receive your property if you die intestate and these potential heirs would squander any inheritance of your property.

Talking to an attorney will help identify and address how to effectively disinherit someone.

For example, it’s better to almost disinherit a person and incentivize them not to protest. For instance, if you have an estate of half a million dollars, you could leave a troublesome sibling $1,000 and combine that with a no-contest clause saying that anyone who challenges the will loses their inheritance.

Certainly, you have people in your life that you care about or maybe even a dog. How do you want them to be provided for?

Care enough to leave clear and legally rock-solid language about your wishes. If you do not leave clear instructions, your loved ones will have to navigate the complexities of the probate process while trying to grieve your loss. Think of making a will as an act of love to make life easier for those you leave behind.

Even if you are single and don’t have children, you need an estate plan. Contact us or call me at 703-712-8000 to set up a consultation and take the necessary steps to protect your assets and make provisions for the people (and things) that are important to you.

by Del. Ken Plum June 7, 2018 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

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.

The approval last week of Virginia’s expansion of Medicaid benefits to close the coverage gap for persons of low income without health insurance coverage was an historic event. After six years of opposition the General Assembly passed the necessary authorizing legislation to allow Governor Ralph Northam to go forward with federal authorities for approval of federal health benefits for as many as 400,000 Virginians with limited income making the Commonwealth the 33rd state to enter the program.

Approval of the program was part of a budget deal that completes the current budgetary year and authorizes funding for the entirety of state government for the next biennium. The expanded program will take effect on January 1, 2019. In addition, acceptance of the federal monies that have already been paid by Virginians through the taxes supporting the Affordable Care Act allows the new budget to free up some of the state monies that have been expended to meet the needs that will now be in the Medicaid program.

About $200 million will be used to raise teacher salaries, expansion of mental health and substance-abuse services, fund almost 1,700 additional waiver slots for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities and expand preschool and programs for at-risk students.

After such an historic action, where do we go from here? Much remains to be done in changing policies in the Commonwealth which while not necessarily budgetary will have an important impact on our communities. Among these are responding to the threats to life and safety brought about with the excessive number of guns that are too often in the hands of violent individuals. Passing common sense measures like universal background checks would make a difference as well as simple measures that keep guns out of the hands of children. Inaction on ending gun violence is not going to be tolerated by citizens much longer.

We have been making slow progress on a variety of mental health issues, but there is much that still needs to be done. One step is to separate those who are mentally ill from those who are criminal. Mixing the two together in local jails and prisons has been a too-common occurrence that serves only one effectively. Likewise, separating juvenile misbehavior from criminal behavior is necessary to reduce the prison population and recidivism and to stop the classroom to prison pipeline.

We need to speed up our movement from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. With the abdicating of responsibility for environmental matters by the federal government, we need to have a more active state presence to ensure that our air and water are clean. Also, we need to ensure that our laws, institutional practices, and norms do not promote or allow racism, sexism or other discriminatory practices directed towards others for whatever reason. We need to make sure that elected and appointed public officials comport to the highest ethical and moral standards.

That’s the short list. Where do you think we should go in state government building on the success of Medicaid expansion? Let me know your thoughts [email protected] When we have clear goals and set our collective minds to the task we can get results. Expansion of Medicaid proves it!

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by RestonNow.com June 7, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Getting real [estate] — The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority has published its 2017 real estate report. New building deliveries hit a three-year high while vacancy rates in the county remained unchanged. [Fairfax County Economic Development Authority]

A special shoutout to — Willa Suter, Reston Association’s aquatics manager, who was recognized as an aquatic professional competitor of the month. [Association of Aquatic Professionals]

Partnering with Amazon — SAPT National Security Services, Inc, a Herndon-based company, is partnering with Amazon Web Services to bring more people onto the cloud (nine?). [Cision]

Photo by Wade Gilley Sr.

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