Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now this week.
- Police Withhold Autopsy Information in ‘Suspicious’ Death Near Hunters Woods Plaza
- Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Drops Flavors of Fall Festival
- Lack of Affordable Housing in New Developments Near Future Herndon Metro Station Sparks Debate
- Reston Under Severe Thunderstorm Warning Sunday Night
- Op-Ed: Open Space — All of It for All of Us
Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below.
Photo by Don Renner
Several Reston communities will be holding special events to mark National Night Out, an annual campaign of solidarity against crime.
The nationwide, community-building campaign — which promotes policy-community relations and neighborhood camaraderie — is set for Tuesday August 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Activities include keeping the lights on all night outside to fun and games with local polie officers.
In particular, the Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition and Cornerstones are partnering up to host a kick off cook out at Hunters Woods Plaza from noon to 2 p.m.
The cook out is open to all and will take place on the plaza in front of the Reston Community Center.
More information about local events in the Reston area is expected to be released soon.
Neighborhoods interested in hosting an event are encouraged to register online.
Photo via FCPD
Learn a new way to elevate your yoga game with stand up paddle board yoga tomorrow.
The event is organized in partnership with Surf Reston. Participants will meet at the Lake Anne boat launch. The last class is on September 21.
Registration is available online. Tickets are $20 if you bring your own board and $40 if you do not.
Saturday (July 27)
- Family Fun Entertainment Series (10-10:45 a.m.) — Groovy Nate creates educational shows with exotic musical instruments and puppet skits. Attendees should be ready to move, sing and play.
- Historical Swordsmanship (3-4 p.m.) — Fantasy lovers can learn about sword fighting and gets hands on instruction from professionals at Reston Regional Library.
- Dragonfly Count (9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.) — Meet at the Walker Nature Center and help count dragonflies in natural areas of Reston.
Sunday (July 28)
- Sunday Art in the Park with GRACE (5:30-7 p.m.) — Greater Reston Arts Center offers creative activities for all ages.
- Sunday Art in the Park (7-8 p.m.) — Professor of clarinet Garrick Zoeter and soprano Mariana Mihai-Zoeter interpret romantic and inspiring work from around the world during this performance at Reston Town Square Park.
- Summerbration Fun Brunch (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) — Dave Lange presents country and blues music at Reston Station Plaza. Garage parking is free on weekends in the Metro parking garage.
Photo via Beloved Yoga
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After conversations with RA staff, Lynch pitched several ideas — varying from concession stands at pools and tennis courts to a three-season education program for sailing — to RA’s Board of Directors at a meeting Thursday night.
Lynch floated ideas that he said could serve members while generating money for RA’s coffers.
Specifically, Lynch said RA’s competitive advantage lies in its ownership of local lakes, which could be the site of a new waterfront festival and paddle boat tours.
Other ideas that were suggested include but are not limited to:
- Offering parking spots at RA’s Central Services Facility for rent during the Town of Herndon’s annual festival.
- Creating a mobile concession truck that would travel to RA events and facilities
- A floating dock for wedding, graduation and anniversary pictures at the Lake House
- Electric shuttles to serve outdoor concerts, as well as paid tours
RA’s fiscal committee plans to vet all ideas that would cost more than $5,000, along with RA’s board.
The primary purpose of these ideas is to generate revenue — with the added bonus of providing a service to the community, RA board member Ven Iyer said.
RA’s 2020-2021 budget development process began in late May. The budget will be up fora vote on November 21.
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The Washington Business Journal reports that the company has inked a deal with Griffin Essential REIT, INC. to lease 13820 Sunrise Valley Drive.
Here’s more from WBJ:
South Lake at Dulles Corner, as the building is also known, is about 2 miles from the East Coast hub AWS established at One Dulles Tower, a 400,000-square-foot building the company also leased in full. The company planned to create up to 1,500 new jobs in the commonwealth, according to that deal’s announcement in 2017.
Griffin is one of several commercial real estate owners in the Herndon area poised to benefit from an expanding AWS presence. And expand it is likely to do as it lands more contracts with the federal government, particularly as it awaits word on the Department of Defense’s $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract. AWS and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) are now finalists.
Amazon has leased nearly 852,800 square feet in Northern Virginia, cementing its position as one of the fastest-growing tenants in the market, according to the report.
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Attempted Auto Theft Goes Haywire — On Wednesday, the owner of an Audi S8 engine saw someone drive his car away near the 2000 block of Headlands Circle. The driver of the stolen car struggled to make it past a round-about, stopped at a dead end in the neighborhood and fled from the car. The incident happened a few minutes before midnight. [Fairfax County Police Department]
New Orleans Jazz Tonight at Reston Station Plaza — The New Line Brass Band brings funky New Orleans parade music to the plaza today from 7-9 p.m. [Reston Station]
Reston-based Fractal Industries Raises $79 Million — “A whole new ballgame is beginning for Reston-based Fractal Industries. The analytics and insurance software provider today announced it closed its Series A funding round totaling $78.6 million, led by Cannae Holdings and Motive Partners. Coinciding with the fresh round, the company changed its name to QOMPLX.” [American Inno]
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