Top Stories This Week

Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now this week.

  1. Herndon HS Drama Teacher Faces 20 Charges of Possession of Child Pornography
  2. Silver Line Ties Remain Unfixed for Now
  3. ‘McTacoHut’ Marks the End of An Era in Reston
  4. Reston Tailoring’s Disappearance Leaves Clients Hung Out to Dry
  5. Car Crashes Through Reston Home

If you have ideas on stories we should cover, email us at [email protected] or submit an anonymous tip.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

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Spring Farm Day and More This Weekend in Reston

It’s Spring Farm Day at Frying Pan Farm Park tomorrow (May 11).

Attendees will have the chance to watch sheep shearing and demonstrations of antique farm equipment.

Crafts, games and activities like cow and goat milking will also be onsite, in addition to a close-up introduction of the farm’s baby animals.

Walk-ins are welcome with a $8 registration fee at 2709 West Ox Road. The event begins at 10 a.m. Online registration is $7.

Tomorrow (May 11)

  • Snakehead Run (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) — The band returns to play for the Reston Market in front of Reston’s Used Book Shop (1623 Washington Plaza-N).
  • Bookworms Club (11 a.m.)  — Author Sue Fliess reads “The Earth Gives More” to young bookworms at Reston Regional Library. The bookclub explores a new theme each week.
  • Walking Tour of Public Art (2-3 p.m.) — Susan Becker takes walkers on an hour-long tour to scout for public art at Lake Anne Village Center (1609 Washington Plaza-W). The event is free and open to all.
  • Ramadan Cultural Festival (2-4 p.m.) — Representatives from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society host a family-friendly afternoon of activities and games at Reston Regional Library.

May 12

  • Bird Walk (7:30-10:30 a.m.) — Beginning and expert birders will search for birds from Glade Stream Valley to Sapsucker Woods. The walk begins at the Glade Recreation Area (11550 Glade Drive).
  • Reston Youth Triathlon (8 a.m.) — In this event, which is open to athletes between ages 6 and 15, participants will run, swim, and bike a combination of sets. Police and volunteers will be around in multiple areas to direct race traffic.
  • Sunday Afternoon Dance (2:30-4:30 p.m.) — Dancers of all skill levels are invited to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz their way into two hours of dance practice at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Door prizes and light refreshments will also be offered.
  • Mountain Stories and Songs with the Dulcimer (3-4:30 p.m.) — Local musicians Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil play traditional songs and share stories of the dulcimer.

Photo courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority

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Construction of Data Center Underway in Sunrise Technology Park

Work is underway on CoreSite’s data center campus in Sunrise Technology Park.

So far, the company, which has data centers across the country, has built a 79,000-square-foot data center. A 50,000-square-foot addition to the center is planned to be complete in the second quarter of 2019, according to Carole Jorgensen, CoreSite’s vice president of investor relations and corporate communications.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the company’s request to expand its Reston campus last August. Currently, two facilities called VA1 and VA2 are operational in Reston.

The company acquired the 22-acre office park in November 2016 from Brookfield Office Properties. The $60 million deal positioned the company to expand its footprint in Reston, which was an attractive alternative to Ashburn due to tax incentives and better commuting options, according to the company’s website.

The campus also gives CoreSite’s customers direct access to leading public cloud on-ramps, Jorgensen said. The location is also well-positioned to Washington, D.C. and network access points along the Eastern seaboard that enable networks, cloud providers and businesses “to scale, improve performance, and reduce costs,” she said.

Once completed, CoreSite’s Reston campus will total around 1.3 million square feet.

Photo courtesy CoreSite

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Reminder: Send Us Your Photos and Story Ideas

Calling all local photographers: Reston Now is looking for your photos of Reston, Herndon and Great Falls. We’re also on the lookout for story ideas.

Whether you’re a photography pro or just love snapping pictures with your smartphone, we are always looking to include seasonal photos in our Morning Notes on weekdays or reshare pictures on our social media accounts.

To send us your photos, email us at [email protected], tag us in your photo on social media or join our Reston Now Flickr page. You will always receive credit for the photo — either with your username or actual name.

Thank you to photographers who have already sent us photos.

You can send us news tips through our website or email us directly.

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New Trail Celebrates Half-Year Anniversary with ‘Ride for a Cause’

New Trail Cycling Studio is hosting a charity ride to celebrate six months of business at Lake Anne Plaza.

On Saturday, May 18, the business will host its “Ride for a Cause” from 7:30 a.m. to noon. All proceeds from rides will go to local non-profit organizations.

“New Trail is about community and helping other people,” owner Liz Kamp said. “Whether we’re helping someone get healthy or we’re improving a local organization, I want to make sure that New Trail is improving the lives of people around us.”

The event kicks off with six 30-minute rides in the morning. New Trail’s coaches will choose a different organization to benefit from each ride. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase leading up to the event in order to raise funds for each organization.

Riders of all levels are welcome to join for all or one of the rides, but bikes must be booked in advance. Fundraising credits are available online.

As a bonus, any individual or business sponsoring a ride with a mile-to-dollar match will earn a free private ride for up to 20 people.

Giveaways and refreshments are also planned for riders. So far, the lineup is as follows:

Photo courtesy Liz Kamp

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Modell’s Sporting Goods To Close in Plaza America

A major vacancy is coming soon to Plaza America.

Large black and yellow signs now blanket Modell’s Sporting Goods (11680 Plaza America Drive), signaling the store’s closure after it lost its lease.

Signs read that a sale with “drastic reductions” is in effect.

A company representative for the family-operated chain, which offers athletic equipment, footwear and clothing, did not immediately return a request for comment from Reston Now.

The store’s last day of business is not known.

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Friday Morning Notes

Ridge Heights and North Shore Pools Opening This Weekend — The parking lot at Ridge Heights will be closed because of the Reston Youth Triathlon over the weekend, but the pools will be ready to go for opening weekend. [Reston Association]

Three-vehicle Crash Stalls Traffic Last Night — Units were on the scene of the crash on the Dulles Toll Road last night. One car was overturned and the center lane was blocked completely. Minor injuries were reported. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

Storytime Social with Author Laura Gehl — Caregivers are invited to bring their little ones to Scrawl Books as Gehl reads from two of her board books. Coffee will be available for adults. The event begins today at 11 a.m. [Scrawl Books]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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