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Updated: Three People Found Dead Inside Herndon Home

Local police are investigating the deaths of three people found inside a Herndon home Wednesday evening.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, two juveniles and one woman were found dead in the 1000 block of Safa Street.

Police said the incident is likely domestic related and that there is no threat to public safety. The homeowner returned home and found the deceased individuals. Police did not indicate if the homeowner and the individuals are related.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, police said. Crime scene detectives will search the home to gather information about the incident after executing a search warrant, police said.

No other information was immediately available. The identities of the deceased have not been released.

This story has been updated.

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New Battery-Operated Bikes Coming to Capital Bikeshare in Reston

New black, battery-operated bikes are coming to Reston’s Capital Bikeshare fleet tomorrow (September 5) through a pilot program by Fairfax County Government.

Roughly 80 bikes will be added to Reston and Tysons Capital Bikeshare locations through a program called Capital Bikeshares Plus. The new pedal-assist bicycles, called e-bikes, allow users to get a small boost and make it easier to pedal uphill and across longer distances.

With the pedal assist feature of e-bikes, shared active mobility will be accessible to a greater variety of riders,” said Fairfax County Bicycle Program Manager Nicole Wynands. “We hope that e-bikes will open the door for more Fairfax County residents and visitors to enjoy the many benefits of getting around by bicycle.”

The new bikes are black and marked with a lightning bolt symbol in the Capital Bikeshare app. But unlike traditional bikes, the e-bikes must be powered on before the start of the trip. Current Capital Bikeshare members can use the bikes at no additional charge.

The pilot program will run through November. County officials expect they will “integrate seamlessly” with the existing Capital Bikeshare system in the county.

Photo via Capital Bikeshare

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‘Ashes2Art’ Exhibit Features Work of Local First Responders

On Thursday mornings, Fairfax County first responders have gathered with local artist Kathy Sullivan to create multimedia art projects that express their personal development

Now, the public can view the work created by first responders at an exhibition at the Reston Art Gallery & Studios (11400 Washington Plaza) from Thursday (September 6) through September 20.

The class, called Ashes2Art, aimed to help first responders express themselves through artistic outlets. A special reception open to the public is set for September 7 from 4-8 p.m.

“As emergency services personnel, we sometimes focus our identity too heavily on our work life.  The art program provides a unique stress-free environment that encourages individuals to explore and discover new outlets for their energy in a positive way.  The program allows participants to employ the unique creative abilities of emergency personnel directed in new ways,” according to a statement from the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department.

The program is supported and funded by the community. The Reston Art Gallery & Studios also donated display space for the show.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department

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Pet of the Week: Bach

Becky's Pet Care

Meet Bach, an adult tabby available for adoption locally.

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

One look into Bach’s beautiful blue eyes and you will be hooked! Bach is a totally delightful guy. He is extremely affectionate and loves to sit in laps.

When his foster mom sits down in a chair, Bach is right there to jump into her lap and get lots of petting. Bach is a gentle spirit. He also has lots of playful energy. Bach would make a perfect cat in any home. He would do very well with other pets and with children.

He is about seven years old. Bach has been diabetic since December of 2015. Although he gets twice daily shots, it is very easy to give him his insulin shots. Bach needs a special, very responsible, and caring person who can care for his diabetes.

Come meet this wonderful and loving guy!

(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 Maxine 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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Annual Reston Home Tour Returns to Reston For 17th Year

The Reston Historic Trust & Museum’s 17th annual home tour is back for its 17th year. The tour, which is set for October 13, will take participants through seven Reston homes that have undergone major redesign, including renovations, additional, complete remodeling, landscaping and interior decor.

Organizers say each home on the tour offers a “unique Reston flair,” featuring homes like a South Reston 1968 Dutch Colonial and Reston’s newest apartments, Signature at Reston Town Center. Registration is open online and can be purchased in person at the Wine Cabinet in North Point Village Center or Greater Reston Arts Center in RTC.

Tickets, which went on sale today, are available until October 6 for $25. Between then and October 13, prices will increase to $30. Group of ten can register together and receive tickets for $20 per person. Registration is open online. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at Reston Museum.

All proceeds from the tour go toward the Reston Historic Trust & Museum. The program is made possible with support from Reston Community Center.

Attendees can tour homes at their own pace in any order between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Photos via Reston Historic Trust & Museum

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A First Look at Metro’s Next Generation of Rail Cars

Metro is offering a glimpse into its next generation of rail cars, which are similar to the stainless steel 7000-series launched three years ago.

On Tuesday (September 5), Metro announced it has begun the procurement process for the 8000-series, which will replace the 2000- and 3000-series cars, which went into service more than 10 years ago. Trains are needed to meet expanding service, especially as the expansion of the Silver Line to Dulles Airport and into Loudoun County comes closer to fruition.

Departing from previous ideas, which included open, raised platforms to reduce overcrowding, heated floors and onboard WiFi, the latest plans are similar to the 7,000-series currently in operating. New features include new digital advertising screens, support for remote PA announcements, digital system mats, 110-volt power outlets to charge electronic devices and more lighting, floor markings and signage for ADA areas.

“Today Metro is beginning the multi-year process of acquiring our next railcar fleet, which will take everything our customers love about 7000-series trains and build upon that success,” Wiedefeld said in a statement. “I would take this opportunity to again thank our local jurisdictions — Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia — for creating a dedicated capital funding source for Metro that has made this possible,” according to a statement by Metro.

Metro has issued a formal request for proposals, which will close in late January. A contract will be awarded sometime next year. The contract calls for purchasing up to 800 cars, including options to run more trains during rush hour, and retiring the 6000-series fleet. The new trains are expected to be in service in 2024.

Photos via Washington Metropolitan Area Authority

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Environmental quality talk tonight — Doug Britt, a Virginia Master Naturalist and the director of Reston Association’s first Reston Annual State of the Environment Report, presents findings from the report and gives an update on recommendations. [Reston Historic Trust & Museum]

The secret to make gold — The Greater Reston Arts Center’s newest exhibition will feature the work of DC-based artist Caitlin Teal Price. She explores the topic “green is the secret to make gold.” [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Community circles — Local students, teachers and community members work together to create a mural project called community circles. [Reston Association]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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