Lake Anne Roots Music Festival Returns on July 13

Six folk, bluegrass and blues bands are in the lineup for the fourth annual Lake Anne Roots Music Festival.

The festival, which features a beer and wine garden and fun for the whole family, is set for Saturday, July 13.

The event kicks off with the opening of taps at 11:30 am. The following bands are scheduled to play through 8 p.m.:

  • 1 p.m.: Katie & Kelly
  • 2 p.m.: Annie Stokes
  • 3 p.m.: Minks Miracle Medicine
  • 4 p.m.: The High & Wides
  • 5 p.m.: The Woodshedders
  • 6 p.m.: Two Ton Twig

The event is sponsored by Friends of Lake Anne and Reston Community Center. It will take place at Lake Anne Plaza (1609 Washington Plaza).

Photo via Lake Anne Roots Music Festival

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The Region’s First New Bank in a Decade to Open in Great Falls, Reston

Trustar Bank will open in Great falls on July 10, making it the first new bank to open in the Washington area in more than a decade.

The Washington Business Journal reports that it is the first bank to receive approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporate and open its doors since FVCBank opened in November 2007.

Here’s more from the report:

Trustar most recently received approval from Virginia, which also made it the first bank since 2008 to get state consent. Meanwhile, other banks in organization are also working on their own approvals, including Tysons-based VisionBank, which hopes to open its doors in the coming months, D.C.-based Founders Bank started by Bank of Georgetown alums, and District-based Moxy Bank, which recently received its conditional approval from the District.

Trustar recently closed on more than $50 million in new funding, above the high end of the $35 million to $50 million it had originally intended.

The bank has also fleshed out its advisory board, recently adding Ryan Kerrigan, a star outside linebacker for Washington’s NFL team, and former Republican congresswoman Barbara Comstock, who lost a 2018 bid for reelection in Virginia’s 10th District.

The bank is rapidly expanding in the area. It has signed a letter of intent at The Spectrum at Reston Town Center (11846 Spectrum Center) and plans to open a lending office in McLean.

Logo via Trustar

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Del. Ken Plum: Threats to Our Government as We Know It

Del. Ken Plum/File photoThis is an opinion column by Del. Ken Plum (D), who represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

The threats to our democratic-republican form of government are more numerous than weeks of this column could enumerate. While I will not mention the more obvious ones brought on by the current administration in Washington, I do want to focus on two that have come about in the recent past — one just last week. They impact all levels of government and come about not from the executive branch of government or the dysfunctional Congress but rather from the judicial branch and its highest level, the Supreme Court! While I have always viewed the Supreme Court as a safety backstop that would save our republic from harm by the Congress or the president, in recent years it is the Court that has become one of the real threats to democratic governance.

One of the biggest inhibitors of advancement on progressive issues in Virginia has been the unrestrained ability of the members of the party in power at the time of the decennial census to choose the voters they want to represent for the next decade by gerrymandering district boundaries. For some of us there has been a struggle to put in place a non-partisan method of drawing district lines. With the great organization OneVirginia2021’s efforts there has been real progress towards meeting that goal. A Constitutional amendment passed the last session of the General Assembly that would establish what is described as a non-partisan and transparent process for redistricting. It must pass the 2020 session without change in order to be sent to the voters in a referendum before becoming part of the state constitution.

In the meantime lawsuits were successful in federal courts to have the Virginia Congressional and House of Delegates districts redrawn to eliminate discrimination based on race. The Supreme Court refused to review the new House of Delegates districts drawn by a lower federal court on a technicality that the current members bringing the suit did not have standing.

Of great concern, however, is the Supreme Court decision last week saying in effect that federal courts do not have the power to redraw politically gerrymandered district lines. The outcome could be more devastating to a republican form of government as the dominant party would be left free to establish itself in power without a way to challenge it.

The Supreme Court has historically sidestepped cases in the past that would have brought them into resolving partisan redistricting. I am fearful that the Court’s decision will result in rampant gerrymandering of legislative districts creating unparalleled control of legislatures. This unfortunate decision by the Supreme Court may have been exceeded in its partisan implications only by Citizens United that many people feel may have been the Court’s greatest mistake by bringing uncontrolled corporate influence into elections.

As usual the checks, although extremely limited to these kinds of bad decisions, continue to be voting the very best people into elective office.

File photo

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Pet of the Week: Angela

Becky's Pet Care

Meet Angela, a young female Dachshund mix available for adoption locally.

Here is what her friends at New Love Animal Rescue have to say:

Angela is happy, loving and ready for a chance at New Love.

She can be a little shy at first and her new owner is going to have to be patient because it takes her a little bit to warm up to new people, but once she gets to know you, she will be your friend for life!

Angela stays in a foster home with another dog and some cats. The cats don’t bother her at all, and her current foster brother is pretty cool but she doesn’t like every dog she meets , so her new forever family will have to consider that.

She is an active pup in her early years and will need to continue her house training and learning manners as she transitions into a new home.

Are you and Angela 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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Reston Hospital Center to Improve Neonatology Services

Reston Hospital Center is planning to improve its neonatology services for babies that need advanced or long-term care.

The center is partnering with Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. Beginning this month, the care team from Children’s National will provide services for babies at RHC who need advanced care due to premature birth, labor complications or birth defects.

Dr. Robin Steinhorn, senior vice president at Children’s National, said a board-certified neonatologist will be on site at Reston Hospital Center at all times, bringing services closer to home for patients.

The news comes as the center expanded its critical care unit for babies and high risk pregnancies.

“Children’s National is the nation’s leader in neonatal care. Partnering with them complements the recent expansion of our Women’s and Children’s Services,” says John Deardorff, president and CEO of Reston Hospital Center.

The pediatric hospital has been named the county’s sixth best pediatric hospital by the U.S. News and World Report. For the last three years, it has also been ranked number one in newborn care.

Photo via Reston Hospital Center

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Local Police Arrest Six in Connection with Series of 7-Eleven Robberies

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station has released new information about a recent robbery at a local 7-Eleven.

Police believe three men and three juveniles were involved in a series of robberies at four local 7-Eleven stores. The suspects were arrested Monday morning after they attempted to rob a store on 10508 Leesburg Pike at around 2:30 a.m. Police tracked a getaway car they believe was used by the suspects.

Michael Ackah, 20, of Alexandria was charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Amon Headley and Victor Obinim, both 18 and from Alexandria, were charged with robbery. Three additional juvenile boys were arrested and charged with robbery. 

Other robberies followed a similar pattern, according to police. A group of suspects entered the store, displayed a firearm and demanded cash at the following locations:

  • 6820 Old Dominion Drive (June 21, 1:54 a.m.)
  • 2501 Centreville Road (June 22, 3:37 a.m.)
  • 6910 Bradlick Shopping Center (June 29, 2:58 a.m.)

Additional charges related to the other robberies are pending.

Photo via FCPD

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Golf Carts Stolen from Hidden Creek Country Club — Someone stole three golf carts on Monday, July 1 at around 12:03 a.m. The carts mysterious resurfaced on a nearby street. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Dog Days of Summer Kicks Off Today — A special play zone for dogs and their owners is back in Reston Town Center’s pavilion from 5-7:30 p.m. The last event is on September 4. [Reston Town Center]

Prepping for Back to School — Collect for Kids is looking for new backpacks and school supplies for its annual drive for students in need. Monetary donations are also accepted. [Collect for Kids]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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