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. Report: Amazon Moves to Acquire Herndon Property
  2. Taste of Reston Kicks Off Tomorrow in Reston Town Center
  3. Local Police Identify Juvenile Victims Unlawfully Recorded by Former Herndon HS Teacher
  4. During Special Meeting, Reston Association Mulls Fixes to Covenants and Design Review Process
  5. UPDATED: Police Respond to Domestic Incident at Lake Newport

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Photo by Don Renner

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Author Talk with Budding Authors and More This Weekend in Reston

Reston Regional Library and Scrawl Books are partnering to host an author talk and book signing with Julie Langsdorf and Angie Kim tomorrow (Saturday).

Langsdorf will discuss her first novel “White Elephant” while Kim will discuss her first novel “Miracle Creek.”

The event runs from 2-3:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library.

Both authors have earned national praise for their work. Langsdorf lives in the District and teaches yoga. She has also won four individual artist awards from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Kim, a former editor of the Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.

Tomorrow (June 22)

  • Habitat Heroes (10 a.m. to noon) — Help Reston Association track down invasive plants like English ivy. Participants should park along North Shore Drive between Northgate Square and Wiehle Avenue. But be warned: there is poison ivy on this site.
  • Family Fun Entertainment Series (10-10:45 a.m.) — Enjoy a one-woman circus by “Wheelie itty Wacky Silly Suitcase.” Parking is free on weekends at Reston Town Center.
  • Robotics Workshop (1-4 p.m.) – Participants between ages 6 and 18 will learn how to build and program robots from legos and metal at Reston Regional Library. The event is presented by the Teen Advisory Board.
  • Reston Concerts on the Town — Hard Day’s Night brings Beatles’ tunes to Reston Town Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to grab a spot at the pavilion.

Sunday, June 23

  • Sunday Art in the Park (7-8 p.m.) — Byron Jones, an associate professor of voice, performs a selection of classic songs from American musical theatre at Reston Town Square Park. The event is free and open to all.
  • Summerbration Fun Brunch (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) — Enjoy a performance by Zig Zag the Magic Man at this weekly summer series at Reston Station Plaza. Parking is free on weekends in the Metro parking garage.
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Next Week: Last Chance to Help Create Art for Colts Neck Underpass Project

Plans are in the works to install a project inspired by pathways and connection at the Colts Neck Underpass.

The project, which was approved by Reston Association’s Design Review Board this week, is composed of hundreds of sharpie-based drawings created by workshop participants and local students.

On Saturday, June 29, artist Ben Volta will hold his last workshop for the project at Hunters Woods at Trail Edge.

Participants will have a chance to help create the artwork. So far, seniors and students from Dogwood Elementary School, Hunters Woods Elementary School, Southgate Community Center and Hunters Woods Fellowship House have participated in the effort.

Volta will use drawings created by participants to form the overall artwork, which could have more than 30 colors. The concept is inspired by the connections created through pathways.

The workshop runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ice cream will be served and the event is free and open to all.

Public Art Reston hopes to install the project by September.

Photo via Public Art Reston

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Three Major Reston Projects Head to County Board for Approval Next Week

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider three major mixed-use developments in Reston next week.

If approved, the vote, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, would bring hundreds of additional residential units, as well as office space and retail to Reston’s Transit Station Areas.

The Fairfax County Planning Commission gave all three proposals a green light in previous weeks.

On the southwest corner of the intersection of Dulles Airport Access and Toll Road and Reston Parkway, Reston Crossing developers seek to build up to 1,194 residential units, 890,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of retail in a seven-building development project. Overall, the project would have up to 2 million square of development.

Developers for two other projects are requesting modifications to previously approved plans. Halley Rise, a 31-acre site previously approved by the county, could see some changes in the eight development blocks proposed on the 4.2 million-square-foot development. The project is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Sunrise Valley Drive and Reston Parkway. Currently, grading is underway for the first phase of the development.

The developer seeks to shuffle the makeup of hotel, residential and retail uses throughout the eight blocks of proposed development. Overall, the intensity of development will not change.

Similarly, the team behind Reston Heights (11830 Sunrise Valley Drive) is seeking to reduce the amount of office space that was previously approved by the county.

Renderings via handout/Fairfax County Government

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After Hot Pursuit, State Police Arrest Carjacking Suspect

Virginia State Police arrested a Caroline County Man and a juvenile in connection with a carjacking that started in Reston on Wednesday (June 19).

Police believe Jaquan McNeil, 21, of Ruther Glen, and a juvenile suspect, assaulted a man as he was leaving his car on the 11400 block of Isaac Newtown Square at around 5 a.m.

The suspects then stole the BMW X5 and sped down I-95 when state police spotted them, according to police.

An officer spotted the car traveling south near a line marker in Prince William County and called more troopers to help. As police approached, the car swerved suddenly to the right shoulder and sped away from approaching law enforcement.

The pursuit continued for some time until the car crashed into a curve on the exit ramp and struck the guardrail.

McNeil fled the scene on foot, but was arrested a short while later. He was charged with one felony count of eluding police, one count of driving on a suspended license, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of reckless driving. McNeil is being held at the Stafford County Jail. 

The 15-year-old passenger was taken into custody without incident. Both suspects declined medical assistance for injuries that happened during the crash.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

Logo via Virginia State Police

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Friday Morning Notes

New Developments in Herndon High School Filming Case — Police unveiled 10 felony warrants against former Herndon HS drama teacher Raphael Schklwosky after residents contacted the police department with information about unlawful filming at the school. So far, police have identified 10 victims that can be recognized based on pictures and videos. [Fairfax County Police Department]

A Welcome to Expel — Herndon-based Expel secured $40 million in funding. The company offers cloud-based security services. Overall, it has rounded up more than $67 million in funding. [Citybizlist]

Get in the Groove at Reston Station — Scott Kurt and Memphis 59 will perform at Reston Station Plaza tonight from 7-9 p.m. This week’s performance also includes live dance instruction. [Reston Station]

Learning Tree Branches Out — Herndon-based Learning Tree International and Columbus Technologies and Services have partnered up to expand their modern learning solutions audience. [Citybizlist]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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