Reston Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until Tonight

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Reston and surrounding areas until 10 p.m. tonight.

The National Weather Service issued the watch earlier this afternoon.

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Local Committee OKs Isaac Newton Square Proposal

The Reston Planning & Zoning Committee voted to approve the the redevelopment of Isaac Newtown Square.

In a 12-1 vote, the committee motioned that the Fairfax County Planning Commission and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approve the plan for the urban neighborhood.

Peter Lawrence Companies is seeking to bring 3,200 residential units to the site, as well as up to 260,000 square feet of office, 66,000 square feet of retail, and a full-size athletic field.

The committee directed the applicant and the county to take environmental concerns voiced by the community into account as they develop the proposed athletic field.

The committee asked that they make the field the best field possible, one that is environmentally sensitive, and a field that is open, useable, reliable and dependable in all seasons,” said chairman Rob Walker.

The committee, which meets on a monthly basis, also recommended that the commission and the board approve plans for block D of the Halley Rise Development.

Decisions on Block 6 of that development and Reston Station Promenade

Photo via Andrew Painter

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After Switch to Brick and Mortar, Chef on Wheels Takes On a New Name

In late December 2017, Chef on Wheels, a local food truck, expanded to a brick and mortar store.

Nearly two years after expanding the business, Chef Basir Ahadi has decided to officially change the name of his business.

The Reston resident, who graduated from South Lakes High School, says Chef on Wheels in now officially called “Tacos Zocalo,” which means center of community in Spanish.

“The name Chef on Wheels didn’t make sense anymore. We’re off of wheels in a brick and mortar now,” Ahadi told Reston Now.

The business — which also has a beer and wine license — is located at 1810 Michael Faraday Drive.

It has been serving up tacos, burritos, bowls and chimichangas since it opened in 2011.

Photo via Basir Ahadi

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Pet of the Week: Ritz

Becky's Pet Care

Meet Ritz, a male Black & White/Tuxedo kitten available for adoption locally.

Here is what his friends at Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society have to say about him:

Ritz is a handsome tuxedo kitten with gorgeous white accents. He is as sweet as he is handsome.

He was a bottle-fed kitten, so he thinks people are his best buddies. He loves to cuddle.

He is also quite the sportsman when it comes to playtime. Ritz was born around May 1.

Are you and Ritz 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 eight 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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Local Mothers Launch Electric School Bus Campaign

A group of mothers from Fairfax County are banding together to push county schools to use electric school buses.

The group, Mothers out Front Fairfax, recently formed a local chapter of the national climate advocacy group Mothers Out Front.

“Our county has a chance to be on the cutting edge of technology and to be a national leader in providing our kids with healthy air and clean energy future,” said Kathy Keller, a nurse at Inova Fairfax hospital, Mothers out Front Fairfax member and a mom with two children in county schools.

The group formally launched its campaign at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna on Tuesday (August 20). Fairfax County Public School’s school board member Pat Hynes spoke at the event.

Here’s more from the group about their initiative:

Electric school buses, with no tailpipe emissions, eliminate children’s exposure to dangerous diesel exhaust during their ride to school. They have lower global warming emissions than diesel, even when the source of electricity is taken into account. They have no engine, muffler, or alternator that requires tune-ups, meaning a lifetime fuel and maintenance savings over diesel buses of up to $170,000. They have a lower center of gravity than diesel buses and are therefore less likely to roll over. They are safer for our kids and cleaner for our environment.

The health and environmental benefits of electric school buses are well documented. Studies show that that exposure levels to harmful chemicals can be between 4 and 10 times higher on school buses than in the surrounding environment.

The county has the second largest public school fleet of buses in the country, behind only New York City.

Mothers Out Front is a national advocacy group. Members are mothers who aim to “ensure a livable climate for all children,” according to the organization’s website.

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Fallen Tree Damages Onelife Fitness in Reston

A fallen tree from Tuesday’s storms has prompted the closure of several studios at Onelife Fitness in Reston.

The fitness center’s mind body studio, kidz klub, pilates studio, mind body studio and the women’s locker are closed until further notice.

All group classes that are held in the mind body and main group fitness studios are cancelled as well.

We apologize for the inconvenience and Reston Onelife Fitness members will have access to all other Onelife or Sport & Health clubs until the studios, Kidz Klub, and Women’s Locker Room reopen,” the business wrote on Facebook.

Other damage from the storm was also reported at South Lakes Drive near the U.S. Geological Survey building.

Onelife Fitness is located at 11445 Isaac Newton Square.

Photo via @codesurfer_/Twitter

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JUST IN: Apartment Fire Reported at Greywing Square

Crews worked to extinguish a fire on the second floor an apartment building on the 12000 block of Greywing Square around 8:45 a.m. today.

The fire, which was contained to the kitchen area of the unit, was extinguished around 9 a.m.

All occupants in the building were evacuated and no injuries were reported.

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Facilities Planning Council Seeks Representative — The school board’s Facilities Planning Advisory Council is seeking a member to represent the Hunter Mill District. Howard Perlstein, the current representative for the district, is leaving the council since it was established over a decade ago. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

County Hosts Launch of Statewide Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign — State and local officials launched the annual statewide anti-drunk driving Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign. The DUI law enforcement and public education campaign continues through Labor Day weekend and will resume during Halloween and the holidays. Complementing the high visibility enforcement, Checkpoint Strikeforce is sponsoring an advertising campaign called “Act Like It.”‘ [Fairfax County Police Department]

Dog Days of Summer is Today — Enjoy a special play zone for dogs and their owners today at Reston Town Center’s pavilion from 5-7:30 p.m. The last session is on September 4. [Reston Town Center]

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