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Reston Association to Hold Information Session on Bus and Metro Services

Need some extra help getting around? Reston Association is hosting an information session on how to ride the bus and Metro.

The event, set for August 16 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will offer attendees a hands-on learning experience. Participants will ride the Mobile Accessible Travel Training bus and get tips on reading bus schedules, route maps, calculating and paying fares, and other skills.

The bus will then stop at a Silver Line Metro Station, where participants will learn how to determine fares, buy Metrorail fare cards, load SmarTrip cards and read the rail system map.

The event is free. Attendees will meet on the training bus, which will be parked on the southwestern corner of the parking lot of the Reston Association (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive).

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Clad in Neon Yellow, Local Group Joins ‘Kremlin Annex’ Protest for Third Week

In a mix of party and protest, people have gathered for nightly protests outside the White House for three weeks. Acting as the backdrop of the crowd is Herndon-Reston  Indivisible, a community action group that aims to push back against President Donald Trump.

Clad in neon yellow shirts, group members hold brightly lit orange letters spelling out the words “treason,” “puppet” and liar. For the last 23 nights, they’ve gathered at Wiehle-Reston at 6:30 p.m. to join in the protest, called “Kremlin Annex.”

Protests began on July 16 after Trump appeared to agree with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who denied interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Kremlin Annex plans to be there as long as Trump is in office.  On average, seven people from the organization join the nightly protest, according to Joanne Collins, a member of Herndon-Reston Indivisible and co-leader of the group’s elections committee.

Collins says the environment is full of energy. Earlier this week, Rosie O’Donnell, an actress and TV personality who has been vocal against Trump, stood alongside Broadway musicians for the protest.

“It’s kind of like a party. It’s led by a young guy and they have bagpipes and have even had a mariachi band,” she said. “It’s been raining a lot and we’ve attended rain and shine.”

Herndon-Reston Indivisible was formed by Heidi Zollo and Carrie Bruns following the 2016 presidential election. The organization rallies on ten issue groups, including topics like the environment, immigration and election activities.

Photos via Herndon-Reston Indivisible

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Pet of the Week: Butch

Becky's Pet Care

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

Meet Butch, a corgi mix available for adoption locally.

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

Butch is an adorable young dog, just over 2 years old and weighing in around 25 lbs. He loves sitting next humans and knows how to walk nicely on a leash.

Butch, who we believe is a Corgi mix, enjoys the company of other dogs and is sure to be a hit at home, on walks or at the dog park.

His size is perfect for joining you on car trips and his love of adventure is certain to make everyday life more enjoyable! The three words we use to describe him are loving, eager to please and well-behaved.

Butch is up to date on all shots and de-wormings, has been neutered and carries an adoption fee of $350 which includes his microchip.

Contact Adoption Coordinator Kendra with questions or to get in your application!

Are you and Butch 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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Coming Up: Pulte Seeks to Add Residential Units to Reston Arboretum

Pulte Homes Corp. has submitted plans to the county to add residential development to Reston Arboretum, which is located on the southern edge of the Dulles Toll Road at 12700 Sunrise Valley Drive.

The company is seeking to rezone the property from industrial uses to planned development commercial, which allows for office and residential uses. Under the current proposal, 44 single-family attached residential units and a parking garage.

The four-story office building on the property will remain. It was built in 1998 and contains 95,600 square feet. According to JBG Smith’s website, the property is within walking distance from the Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride and the future Herndon station.

A public hearing on the proposal is set for September 13 at 7:30 p.m. before the Fairfax County Planning Commission. The county’s planning and zoning staff will release their assessment of the project on August 29.

Map via Google Maps

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Coalition for a Planned Reston Requests County to Hold Off on PRC Zoning Amendment

After a round of meetings with county officials about a plan to increase Reston’s population density, the Coalition for a Planned Reston is asking Fairfax County officials to hold off on officially proposing the amendment until specific issues raised in the meetings are addressed.

A series of workgroup sessions concluded on July 30 regarding the proposal, which would increase the overall per person density in Reston’s Planned Residential Community from 13 to 16 people per acre.

CPR is requesting the following actions, agreed upon by stakeholders involved in the discussions, go into effect:

“Clarification and correction of the Reston Master Plan (RMP), identification of additional information that the County intends to share with the public, and acknowledgment of areas that require further dialogue.”

No dates for the formal introduction of the proposal have been set yet. CPR plans to hold a community meeting after Labor Day to discuss the outcome of the county meetings and seek additional community feedback.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

For all that labor — Reston Hospital Center received recognition for its labor and delivery services. The recognition places the hospital within the top 10 ten percent of all hospitals for their care of mothers. [Reston Hospital Center]

It’s farmers market week — Bring the family for games, a free gift basket raffle, and healthy cooking demonstrations at farmers markets this week. No special events are scheduled in Reston, but the Herndon Farmers Market (700 block of Lynn Street) will participate from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. [Fairfax County Government]

‘Color Me Happy’ at Reston Regional Library — Color your cares away in tonight’s coloring session. Coloring pages, pens and pencils will be provided. The event, which runs between 7-8:30 p.m., is geared toward adults. [Reston Regional Library]

A throwback to colder times, snapped by fiberlicious

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