New Art Gallery Opens Up Shop in Herndon’s Junction Square

Painter Trisha Adams has opened up a gallery at Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood, bringing some life to vacant storefronts in the new property at 708a Elden Street.

Adams, a Californian who started painting when she was 44, set up shop on May 1. She is known for her bright and colorful landscapes and still paintings.

“I love the look and location of Junction Square,” Adams told Reston Now. “The front windows are great to display new paintings.”

She says it took six months to complete build-out and she’s still in the process of outfitting the building.

Junction Square is a 55,000-square-foot mixed-use development that includes 20 luxury town homes and storefronts. It is located at the central intersection of Elden and Monroe streets.

Work continues on a new beauty and barber shop planned in the neighborhood. So far, there’s been limited activity where a new juice bar is planned to open at 702 Elden Street.

Visitors are encouraged to call 540-454-5922 before dropping in, Adams said. The gallery is typically open between noon and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Photo via Trisha Adams

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Reston Community Orchestra Closes Season with ‘Delicious and Delectable’

Reston Community Orchestra is closing out its 2018-2019 season with a Boston Pops-style concert.

The finale, titled “Delicious & Delectable,” is set for Sunday (May 19) at 4 p.m. at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods.

The highlight of the show is the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Thomas Pandolfi. Light snacks and beverages will be offered during the show.

The first 36 patrons to make an advance donation of $15 to the RCO can reserve a table with refreshments close to the orchestra. A $90 donation holds a table for six.

Reservations are due by May 13 and can be submitted online.

RCO is funded in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo via RCC

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Heritage Preservation Review Board to Consider Comstock’s Downtown Herndon Plans

Comstock’s redevelopment plans for downtown Herndon are headed to the town’s Heritage Preservation Review for a possible vote this month.

The HPRB dove into details of the proposal on May 1, setting the stage for a May 15 public hearing.

At the May 1 meeting, HPRB members encouraged Comstock to ensure it provides proper notice of public events and activities to residents neighboring the property as the development proceeds.

Members also asked Comstock to look into the visibility of shafts from public streets and the Washington & Old Dominion Trail.

Staff have recommended approval of the project. A public hearing is set for May 15 at 7 p.m. in the Herndon Town Council Chambers.

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D.C. Area Professionals Benefit from Experiential Learning Approach

The working professionals who pursue the Arlington-based Executive MBA at Virginia Tech get a rich education in the fundamentals of business — accounting and finance, marketing, operations, ethics, communications and leadership.

But woven around those foundation courses are “experiential modules” designed to accelerate development in four essential and current areas:

  • Business analytics
  • Entrepreneurship & innovation
  • Leadership & governance
  • Global business

Each module includes two concentration classes plus a “big experience” course that puts the learning to work immediately, says Barbara Hoopes, academic director for Virginia Tech MBA Programs.

Corporate leaders are brought in “to provide guidance and bring real-life projects to students,” adds Parviz Ghandforoush, associate dean for graduate programs in the Pamplin College of Business.

What does this look like on the ground? For the analytics module, which covers BI and data mining along with marketing analytics, Hoopes brought in four software vendors — Microsoft, Qlik, SAS and Tableau — to provide access to their products and act as coaches.

Students addressed pressing issues with U.S. infrastructure using publicly available data to analyze Congressional airport funding and its relationship to economic growth, identify causal factors for large utility outages and predict hazard classifications of dams in order to prioritize inspections.

Hoopes asserts that students really “need to understand how data can be used to support their decision-making.” That means “learning how to tell a story that convinces others” — in other words, traversing that last mile between the data scientist and the people at the very top.

Ghandforoush notes that students often arrive with an expectation that the data work they will do during their MBA is a throw-away “because they don’t need it or they have analysts at work who will do this for them.” And yet faculty hear back from former skeptics that those lessons turned out to be the most valuable in the program “because they’re actually using it at work and they’ve seen the results.”

That’s just what Virginia Tech had in mind when it undertook its redesign of the MBA for working professionals. “It’s not like students graduate and four or five years later we will hear if they have benefited from their MBA,” he concludes. “This is like a laboratory. We get to watch this as it’s happening right before our eyes.”

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BREAKING: Herndon HS Drama Teacher Faces 20 Charges of Possession of Child Pornography

Raphael Schklowsky, a drama teacher at Herndon High School, faces 20 felony charges of possession of child pornography and one felony charge of unlawful filming. 

Detectives discovered more than 3,500 videos on multiple electronic devices, according to the Fairfax County Police DepartmentSchklowsky, 36, was originally charged with four misdemeanor counts of unlawful filming on April 8. 

He was charged with the additional offenses today when he attended a hearing at the Fairfax County Courthouse. He is now being held on no bond.

Schklowsky has been on leave since his April 8 arrest. He was initially charged in early April when a woman told police she found a hidden camera inside an air conditioning vent in a home where she was working. Detectives found evidence of unlawful filming and arrested Schklowsky.

Photo via FCPD

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Pet of the Week: Reese

Becky's Pet Care

Meet Reese, a male Bearded Collie & Australian Shepherd mix available for adoption locally.

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

This great young fella is a nice blend of friendly affection and normal puppy playfulness and will be great company.

This friendly guy is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky adopters. Precious dogs like Reese go fast, so please send your application on in pronto so you don’t miss out. He is up to date on all shots and dewormings and has been neutered.

Are you and Reese 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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Fox Mill Road in Herndon Closed Next Week

Commuters traveling on Fox Mill Road between Loveless Lane and Thoroughbred Road should plan detours next week.

The road will be closed Monday, May 13 through Tuesday, May 21 as crews replace a pipe in the culvert that carries Little Difficult Run under Fox Mill Road.

The complete closure begins on Monday, May 13 at 8 a.m. and ends on Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. After that period, the road will be closed during the daytime from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day on Friday, May 17, Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21. The road will remain open on the weekend.

Residents in the closure area and emergency vehicles will have access to the closed portion of Fox Mill Road, but the area where the pipe is being replaced will be completely closed off.

The Virginia Department of Transportation directed through traffic via the following routes:

  • Northbound Fox Mill Road: Folkstone Drive and Lawyers Road (Routes 602 and 665) back to Fox Mill Road.
  •  Southbound Fox Mill Road: Steeplechase Dr (Route 4703), Lawyers Road (Routes 673, 665 and 602) and Folkstone Drive back to Fox Mill Road.

Photo via VDOT                                   

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Kalypso’s Kicks Off Friday Music Series

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern is kicking off a live music series this week.

The business, which is located on historic Lake Anne, released its lineup of bands, which will play on a dedicated stage from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Friday through July 28.

The complete line up is below:

  • May 10: Free Soul
  • May 17: Bobby Thompson & Friends
  • May 24: Full Plate
  • May 31: Something’s Brewing
  • June 7: The Jones
  • June 14: The Vandelays
  • June 28: Holly Montgomery Band
  • July 5: Chris Timbers Band
  • July 12: Sista Pat’s One Vibe
  • July 19Free Soul
  • July 28: Run For Cover

“Spring and summer is the best time of the year on Lake Anne,” says Kalypso’s owner Vicky Hadjikyriakou. “We look forward to welcoming guests, familiar and new, to enjoy this great free music lineup and our menu of flavorful Greek and Italian food.”

The tavern already offers acoustic music on the lakefront patio on most weekend afternoons and evenings. Reston Community Center’s Take a Break Concert Series also returns on Thursdays.

File photo

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Missing Reston Man Found — Steven Stoller, 59, went missing on Monday when he left Bethesda, Maryland. He was located safe and unharmed on Tuesday, according to police. [Montgomery County Police Department]

Comscore Expands into West and Southern Africa — The Reston-based company is expanding its box office measurement services to nine African countries, including Nigeria and South Africa. Company executives say the move can capture the effectiveness of the African film market — one of the “most remarkable cultural developments in recent decades.” [Comscore]

Planning Commission Vote on Prince Towne and Reston Heights Development Proposal Tonight — The panel is expected to vote on scaling back already approved plans for Reston Heights, a mixed-use development already in progress on Sunrise Valley Drive. A vote is also expected on plans for single-family homes on the north side of West Ox Road. [Fairfax County Planning Commission]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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