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Candidates Sought for Reston Community Center Board of Governors

The filing period for this year’s Reston Community Center‘s Board of Governors’ preference poll is open from today (August 1) to August 15.

The Board of Governors oversees the operations of RCC. All residents of Small District 5 above the age of 18 and up are eligible to run for the board.

Three positions for three-year terms are open. Candidates must complete a candidacy statement in order to have names placed on the preference poll ballot.

The schedule for the preference poll is below:

  • August 1-15: Candidate filing period
  • August 15: Candidate orientation and photos
  • September 7: Ballot voting begins
  • September 10: Preference poll candidates forum
  • September 27: Deadline for mailed ballots
  • September 28: Deadline for online or walk-in ballots

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This Weekend: Eighth Annual Reston Kids Triathlon Returns

The eighth annual Reston Kids’ Triathlon will be held this Sunday at Ridge Heights Pool. 

Children between the age of 6 and 14 can compete in a mix of swimming, biking and running races. Participants between the age of 6 and 8 will take part in a 50-meter swim, a 1.1-mile bike ride and a 0.6-mile run. Children between the age of 9 and 11 will race in a 100-meter swim, a two-mile bike ride, and a one-mile run, while children between the age of 12 and 14 will go head to head in a 150-meter swim, a four-mile bike ride and a 1.4-mile run.

The event, which is sponsored by Reston Association and the YMCA-Fairfax County, will begin at 8 a.m.

Registration closes at 5 p.m. today. Participants must also be registered as youth members of the USA Triathlon. The registration cost if $45 for all participants.

Attendees are encouraged to park in the lot at South Lakes High School. Parking on Ridge Heights Road will be limited.

Photo by Sean Bahrami/RA

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Pet of the Week: Waylon

Becky's Pet Care

This is a sponsored post from Becky’s Pet Care, a professional pet care service in Northern Virginia.

Meet Waylon, a pit bull terrier available for adoption locally.

Here is what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue have to say about him:

This is Waylon and he is absolutely, without a doubt, positively, one of the best dogs I have ever known, and trust me, I have known A LOT of REALLY AMAZING dogs!!!

Waylon is an ambassador of his breed, and in mine, as well as several other “dog people’s” opinion, he would make an excellent therapy dog. Again, that is not something I say very often, but there’s truly something very special about this boy.

He has this innocence about him that is so amazing to witness and really tugs at your heart. Waylon loves ALL other creatures and honestly wants to be friends with anything or anyone he meets!

He will be an awesome companion for his human(s), as well as any other animals in the family, and with further positive training he will be the kind of dog you can take anywhere and leave everyone who meets him “awe struck” by what a remarkable dog he is.

Are you and Waylon 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.

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&pizza to Open in Reston Town Center Tomorrow

A new fast-casual restaurant is opening in Reston Town Center tomorrow. &pizza, which is known for its oblong-shaped pizza, will open its doors at 1826 Library Street, the former location of Teavana.

The Reston Town Center location is &pizza’s 30th restaurant in the country. The business will offer free pizza to the first 30 people line during the opening tomorrow. The square footage of the restaurant is 1,363 square feet.

The restaurant has roughly 58 seats, including outdoor seating, Emily Drago, a spokesperson for the company told Reston Now. This will be the company’s eighth location in Virginia.

Photo via &pizza

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County Board Approves Nearly 10 Million Square Feet of Development in Reston

In a streak of votes on development proposals in Reston Tuesday evening, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved three projects totaling nearly 10 million square feet of development and up to 3,731 residential units at full development capacity.

The first approval by CoreSite brings nearly 943,000 square feet of space for data centers to Sunrise Technology Policy, a 21-acre office parking with four existing buildings.

David Gill, the applicant’s legal representative, said the project represents a significant investment in Fairfax County and would help serve current and future enterprises in Reston. Gill said CoreSite intentionally chose Reston instead of Loudoun County to serve as the premier data center provider for this reason.

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins said the data center would also significantly reduce trip generation. “In some sense, that’s a good news piece,” she said.

Approvals for two other mixed-use projects, Reston Gateway and Reston Crescent, would open the door to a new phase of development in and around Reston Town Center. The board unanimously approved Brookfield Partners’ Reston Crescent proposal, which brings up to 1,721 residential units, 1.5 million square feet of office space, 380,00 square feet of retail and a 200-room hotel. The project is located on Sunrise Valley Drive between Edmund Halley Dive and Reston Parkway and will be the future home of a two-story Wegmans.

On the north side of the Reston Town Center Metro Station, Boston Properties’ Reston Gateway project, which brings 4.8 million square feet of development across 28 acres. The plan includes 2.2 million square feet of office, up to 2,010 residential units, a hotel, 93,900 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

The plan for Reston Gateway piqued concerns by Rob Whitfield, a Reston resident of 20 years, who said an immediate and detailed transportation plan was necessary for Reston Town Center, which he said is already congested during peak traffic hours.

Hudgins said that while projects on the drawing table are largely unfunded, each developer is offering transportation funding that will help fund future improvements that she said are necessary. Hudgins also noted that the arrival of the Silver Line over the next two years would reduce the number of drivers on the road.

“This is a large transition as we see it,” she said. 

Whitfield was the only individual to testify during the public hearings on all three projects Tuesday evening.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

A word about panhandling — Last year, local police received about 2,100 calls related to panhandlers in the county. Here’s what you need to know about laws, public safety and steps you can take if you come across a panhandler. [Fairfax County Government]

Updates on a Herndon apartment fire — A fire sprinkler extinguished a fire in garden-style apartments on the 13600 block of Legacy Circle in Herndon late last week. No one was in the apartment unit that caught fire, but 20 people were in the building at the time. No one was injured. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Nearby: Facebook and Tysons — Facebook, Inc. is edging closer to a deal to open a 75,000-85,000 square foot office in Tysons. [Washington Business Journal]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Updated: Several Roads in Reston Closed

As you head out for your commute this morning, be wary of several road closures in Reston due to water in the roadway. A complete list, updated at 10:40 a.m. today, is below.

  • 10050 block of Browns Mill Road – Mud and water in the roadway
  • Hunter Mill Road at Hunter Station Road – Water in the roadway
  • Hunter Mill Road at Cedar Pond Drive – Water in the roadway

This story was updated to include the most recent road closures.

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