Reston Association Board to Discuss Lakes, Docks and Boats Recommendations

Reston Association’s Board of Directors will discuss the implications of changes to the organization’s policies regarding lakes, docks, and boats on Thursday, June 27.

The discussion follows a formal presentation last month by a working group tasked with reviewing RA’s guidelines. At a May 23 meeting, the board directed staff to review changes to RA’s resolutions and policies regarding enforcement and oversight issues.

One of the most contentious topics — RA’s 50 percent rule — will be discussed in closed session at the direction of RA’s legal counsel. The rule states that moored boots may take up no more than half of the available lakefront property shoreline.

Some RA members have disputed a recent push to strictly enforce the rule, which they say has not been implemented in the past.

Changes involving use and maintenance standards as well as common area rules and regulations will be discussed at the board’s operations’ committee on July 8.

Similarly, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will discuss whether or not access points around Reston’s lakes should be added.

The board will also discuss a 2019 reserve study and last year’s audit, according to a draft agenda.

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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Reston Community Center Leadership Plans Ahead for 2021

Reston Community Center’s leadership is looking ahead to new initiatives by 2021, including launching a comprehensive community survey, redesigning its website, and the completion of the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center.

At its annual meeting this month, RCC’s leadership presented highlights, challenges, and ongoing plans for the coming years. Initiatives in the works include the following:

  • Scheduling accreditation visit and achieving Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) accreditation
  • Continuing to explore new performing arts venues and plan for capital reinvestment in existing facilities
  • Building community awareness, pride and cohesion
  • Move programming closer to Reston residents and employees
  • Launching a comprehensive community survey by next month

The ongoing renovation of the aquatics center is expected to be completed by October. The most difficult aspect of the project — timing of materials and crews, as well as hiring and training — lies ahead.

RCC is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Rendering via Reston Community Center

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Señor Ramon Taqueria Opens on Baron Cameron Avenue

Señor Ramon Taqueria opened today (Monday) in the former location of Hibiscus Thai Cuisine (11790-A Baron Cameron Avenue).

The Mexican restaurant, which serves street-style food, will offer items like tacos, empanadas, street corn, and sliders. It is similar to other locations in Leesburg, Sterling, and Chantilly.

It will be open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today (Monday).

The sign for the storefront will not be installed for another two weeks, a company spokesperson told Reston Now.

Photo via Señor Ramon Taqueria/Facebook

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Local Real Estate Developer Involved in Herndon Project to Serve Six-Year Sentence

Todd Hitt, the CEO of Kiddar Capital, a Falls Church asset management firm, will serve a 6 1/2 year prison sentence for securities fraud.

His family will pay $20 million to investors Hitt defrauded, including $17 million he secured from investors to purchase a five-story office building next to the future Herndon Metro Station.

Earlier this year, Hitt admitted that he lied to friends and investors to secure investments for his firm and other Northern Virginia real estate projects.

Here’s more from the office of U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger:

The investments included Hitt’s solicitation of approximately $17 million from investors in order to purchase a five-story office building adjacent to a planned future stop on the Silver Line in Herndon. Hitt made false statements and material omissions to investors by failing to disclose that a significant portion of the monies raised were commingled with other unrelated investment projects, used for personal spending to support an extravagant lifestyle and new investor’s funds used to pay off old investors in a Ponzi-like scheme. Hitt’s fraudulent conduct resulted in investor losses of approximately $20 million.

According to the Washington Post, Hitt acknowledged that he used money from new investors to pay off earlier ones while “buying himself jewelry, sports tickets and vacations on private jets.” He donated money to charities in “hopes of boosting his image as a developer,” the report stated.

Hitt has forfeited his Arlington home as part of his plea deal.

Photo via Kiddar Capital

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Police Search for Man Who Sexually Assaulted Woman Near Harris Teeter

Local police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a 49-year-old woman on June 11.

The woman told investigators she was attacked by a man she briefly spoke with at Harris Teeter in the Spectrum Center at around 11 p.m.. The woman said the man hit her from the back as she walked along a path away from the grocery store.

The woman was treated for her injuries at a local hospital. Local police were unable to locate the victim’s cellphone and belongings, which were left in the area, according to court documents.

The suspect is described as a white male who is between 50 and 60-years old. He has a skinny build, gray wavy hair, light colored eyes, a wrinkled face and possibly wears glasses.

Anyone with information should contact FCPD’S Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800.

Photo via FCPD

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Monday Morning Notes

Local Nurse Earns Award for Excellence — Abby Desesso, a clinical coordinator and senior charge nurse at Reston Hospital Center, won the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award for Compassionate Care. It is the highest honor given to one nurse each year across HCA Healthcare facilities. [Reston Hospital Center]

DMV2Go at Reston Town Center — The DMV’s wireless office on wheels will be onsite at the pavilion in Reston Town Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Services offered include driving records, driver’s license and ID card applications, vehicle titles, plates and decals. [Reston Town Center]

Sunrise to Host Creative Conversations — “USA Today editorial page editor Bill Sternberg will visit Sunrise Senior Living in Reston to help launch an evening speaker’s series program that will be open to the public. The program, called “Creative Conversations,” will be the first of many such evening events that bring together noted journalists, authors and “literary luminaries” to Sunrise Senior Living for conversation and sharing of ideas.” [The Connection]

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