Building Demolition Planned on 11501 Sunrise Valley Drive Next Month

Plans for a 75-unit assisted living facility are coming closer to reality on 11501 Sunrise Valley Drive next month.

The demolition of the building is scheduled for May 1, according to Dan Gorham, founding partner of Kensington Senior Living. Construction is expected to begin soon after and could take between 16 and 18 months, followed by several weeks for licensing and permitting, Gorham told Reston Now.

The project could be completed as early as the end of next year, Gorham estimated. It will consist of a 66,200 square foot building. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the project in February last year.

The site is home to the Ivy Preparatory School. County permits processed on April 5 indicated the school could locate to 1441 Wiehle Avenue. The owners of the school did not immediately respond to a request for comment and an office person declined to release details on when or where the school will relocate.

Photo via Fairfax County Government/handout

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JUST IN: Herndon Man Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking

A Herndon man pleaded guilty today to cyberstalking a victim in New York, according to a release by U.S. Attorney Zachary Terwilliger.

Brandon Theresa, 21, took part in a “cyberstalking campaign against a victim” between May 2015 through December last year, according to the office. His plea was released today (April 16).

Investigators said Theresa accessed the individual’s online accounts without permission and impersonated the victim and the victim’s friend to get information about the individual. Court documents indicate Theresa used U.S. Postal Service accounts, which give information about mail received at specific addresses, to find other ways to watch the victim.

Theresa pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and faces a maximum of five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine sentencing.

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Crime Roundup: Parking Dispute Draws Police Presence

A parking dispute turned violent in Reston last week, police said.

Two people got into an argument in the parking lot of McDonalds at 11265 Roger Bacon Drive on April 11 at around 9:37 a.m., according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

“The victim got out of their car and tried to block the other car from leaving by standing in front of it.  The driver allegedly struck the victim in the leg with his car and left the scene,” FCPD said.

No injuries were reported and the police are treating the incident as an assault. It’s unclear if the driver was charged.

In other news, the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2200 block of Centreville Road, purse from location

2200 block of Centreville Road, purse from location

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from vehicle

9800 block of Faust Drive, license plate from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

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Giving Circle’s Empty Bowls Fundraiser Set for April 26

The 12th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 26 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Floris United Methodist Church (13600 Frying Pan Road).

By providing a $25 donation, attendees can eat soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants and take home what organizers call a “unique artisanal bowl.” All proceeds from the event will help fund, Food for Others, the area’s largest food pantry.

The fundraiser is part of an international effort to fight higher and increase awareness about poverty-related issues. The idea was developed by a Michigan-based art teacher who wanted to find a way to raise funds for hunger relief organizations while giving donors tangible reminds about the problem of food insecurity.

It is hosted by the Giving Circle of Hope, which is part of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. Since the events inception, it has raised $300,000 in the past 11 years. In Fairfax County, six percent of residents live in poverty and 1 in 14 children are food insecure.

For more information and to buy tickets online, visit www.givingcircleofhope.org.

Photo via Giving Circle of HOPE

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Local Couple of 40 Years Starts New Chapter with Famous Toastery Opening

From elementary school to George Mason University to the play pens of their entertainment businesses, Gary and Diane Reedy have been together. Instead of what was supposed to be a long awaited retirement ahead of the 41st anniversary, the couple decided to opt for something different: running a brunch and breakfast spot in RTC West (12100 Sunset Hills Road).

Famous Toastery had its first official opening on Monday (April 15), after a soft opening this weekend. All sales over the weekend were donated to Cornerstones, a nonprofit organization that the couple said embodies their mission of serving the community. Diane brings a heightened awareness of socio-economic struggle after years of traveling Africa and Asia for the World Bank, while her husband, Gary, reflects on previous experiences as a high school teacher and coach. Their partnership roots back to years in high school when Gary, who calls himself a former jock, dated Diane, who was a straight-A student.

Before opening the 3,300-square-foot restaurant at the mixed use center, the couple built several businesses, including Planet Play in Plaza America, some of the first laser tags in the area, a carousel in Springfield Mall for 12 years, and other entertainment businesses. Since then, they’ve sold off their ventures and opted for Famous Toastery, which is open for breakfast and lunch.

“The problem is that we can’t ever stop. I can’t play golf every single day,” Gary said, chuckling. “We’ve had our careers and retirements and a couple of kids. Sometimes I wonder how we did it all, but we’re young at heart and we want to stay involved.”

Although he lives in Loudoun County, Gary says Reston is a special community because it combines what he says are the best elements of work and family life. His wife agrees.

“Simon’s vision for Reston was to include people from all different kinds of backgrounds, ” Diane said. “It was really meant to be an integrated community and its benefited from a lot of public involvement and will continue to benefit from a lot of public involvement.”

As the Famous Toastery kicks off, they hope to continue partnering with the community after spending most of their lives in Fairfax County. “We’ve gotten out of the night business,” Gary said. “Reston is still really growing and we look forward to growing with it.”

Famous Toastery has two other Virginia locations. It was started in 2005 in Huntersville, NC in a small house. The owners turned the concept into a franchise in 2013.

Photo via Carlos Banos

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Reston Association’s Community Yard Sale Set for Next Week

Looking to decorate your home or a college dorm without breaking the bank? Reston Association will hold its annual community yard sale on Saturday, April 27.

Up to 80 families will sell a mix of items at 1900 Campus Commons Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To set up a booth, which is spread over two parking spaces, vendors can sign up online. The registration fee is $39 for RA members and $49 for all others. Tables will not be provided.

All sales are final and no refunds will be accepted unless the event is cancelled. A rain date is set for April 28. For questions, contact [email protected] with any questions.

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Bollywood Dance Fitness Tonight — Local instructor Aparna Rao offers a new Bollywood dance fitness program specifically for adults and teens at Reston Regional Library. The class runs from 6:30-8 p.m. [Reston Regional Library]

A Primer on Reston Association — RA is out with new video with details on what the organization is about. The video is centered around the theme “Together we make Reston great.” [Reston Association]

Shoutout: High Honors for Cpl. Sullivan — Devin Sullivan of the Herndon Police Department recently returned from Air Force Basic Training in San Antonio, TX. He finished in the top ten percent of his class and now heads to technical training school. [Herndon Police Department]

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