Crime Roundup: Herndon Police Officer Involved in Shooting Near Locust Street

A Herndon police officer was involved in a shooting while responding to a report of an armed robbery in the area on Monday night.

Two suspects have been arrested, according to the Herndon Police Department. There is no active threat to the community.

The severity of the officer’s injuries is unknown.  The incident happened near Locust Street at around 9 p.m. on Monday (September 2).

The investigation is ongoing and the Herndon Police Department declined to release any other details about the incident.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1600 block of Becontree Lane, cell phone from school

11900 block of Freedom Drive, cell phone from location

1800 block of Presidents Street, property from vehicle

1600 block of Reston Parkway, merchandise from business

1900 block of Reston Station Boulevard, bicycle from parking lot

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, bicycle from location

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

This story was updated.

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Now Open: UFC Gym in Plaza America

UFC Gym officially opened its doors in Plaza America on August 28, nearly a week after the original opening date.

The gym, which is located 11710 Plaza America Drive, is above the Panera and offers classes for all fitness levels. Programs include boxing, kickboxing, functional training, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and personal training. More information about classes and schedules is available online.

The fitness franchise has more than 70 locations spanning the country, along with a handful in Canada. The gyms offer a range of mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing classes for individuals and groups, along with standard gym equipment like ellipticals, bikes and treadmills.

Photo via UFC Gym

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The Wooden Horse at Lake Anne Plaza is Now Headless

The mystery of the headless horse has wound its way to Lake Anne Plaza where the head of a piece of public art mysteriously disappeared late last week.

The head of “The Wooden Horse,” which was constructed by Reston artist Marco Rando, no longer rests atop the commissioned art. The horse is inspired by the Lake Anne original of the same name, which was created by artist Gonzalo Fonseca in 1965.

While some have posited the situation amounts to a beheading, folks from businesses at the lakefront believe insects gradually hacked away at the horse’s neck, resulting in the unfortunate fall of its head. Thus far, no official cause has been confirmed.

After a brief stop at a local museum, the head has returned to the hands of its maker. Rando is working on finding ways to restore the horse to its former glory.

Photo via Restonian

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Virginia Tech Focuses on Working Professionals

Virginia Tech has been making local headlines lately with the announcement of its Innovation Campus in the newly-designated neighborhood of National Landing.

While the new campus will help cement the university’s regional footprint, Virginia Tech has been quietly providing graduate education opportunities in the D.C. area since 1969.

Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business has offered its MBA programs in this region for decades and more recently made the decision to narrow its focus to working professionals in urban centers across the commonwealth.

“What we did at Virginia Tech a few years ago was to say that we really want to focus on the working professional — someone who wants to enhance their career or make a change in the direction of their career, but not at the expense of continuing to be a business professional,” says Pamplin Dean Robert Sumichrast. That allows those students to come into the classroom, he adds, “and use what they’ve learned as part of the experience of the MBA program.”

Arlington is home to the Executive MBA program, an 18-month, cohort-based option for mid-career professionals. The curriculum is centered around experiential learning modules that provide students with hands-on experience in topics like business analytics and leadership and governance.

The nationally-ranked Evening MBA program is based in Falls Church and designed to provide maximum flexibility. Students can change their course load each semester to balance work and other commitments. They also have the option to focus their degree in one of 10 specialization areas, including traditional business topics like finance and management, and some more niche areas like healthcare information technology.

The Professional MBA program is a 24-month hybrid option with once-per-month in-person classes that rotate between Richmond, Roanoke and Newport News.

Visit mba.vt.edu to learn more about Virginia Tech’s MBA programs, or register to attend an upcoming information session.

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‘Hidden Histories’ Exhibit Coming to Signature Gallery

A new exhibit featuring detailed paintings inspired by patterns, objects and biographies from art and art history comes to the gallery at Signature this week.

Maremi Andreozzi’s work, “Hidden Histories,” will be on display at the Greater Reston Art Center’s satellite gallery at the apartment building in Reston Town Center from Thursday (September 5) through January 7.

GRACE wrote the following about the exhibit and Andreozzi’s background:

An avid researcher, Andreozzi makes symbolic portraits of inspirational women artists and the female politicians, ambassadors, and patrons who influenced their lives. Each portrait appropriates imagery from the subject’s own body of work and period-specific details of cultural production.

Andreozzi earned a BFA from Cornell University and a MFA from Clemson University. She has had solo exhibitions at Glen Echo Park, The Rachel M. Schlesinger Art Center/NOVA, The Torpedo Factory, Radford University, Glenview Mansion, Rockville Arts Place, Ritz Carlton Georgetown, and The Stimson Center, to name a few. Her work is in the collection of Restaurant Eve, JD Marriot, DC Commission for the Arts, Arlington County Arts Commission and many private collectors. She recently completed international artist residency in Greve in Chianti, Italy.

An opening reception is set for Thursday (September 5) from 6-8 p.m. The gallery is located at 11850 Freedom Drive. The gallery is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The closest parking is in the Silver garage.

Photo courtesy Maremi Andreozzi/Greater Reston Arts Center

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Poll: Does Herndon Have Too Many Grocery Stores?

Local residents will have yet another option for grocery shopping in the Town of Herndon when Sprouts Farmers Market opens in Herndon Centre in early October.

The grocery store joins MOM’s Organic Market at 424 Elden Street and Lotte Plaza Market at 490 Elden Street in the same plaza. Although each business brings unique goods to the market, the number of grocery stores in the area continues to grow.

Reston Now would like to know if you think the Town of Herndon has too many grocery or just enough. Let us know by voting in the poll below:

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Local Firefighter Retires — Local fire and rescue personnel gathered over the weekend at Station 25 in Reston to celebrate the career of Captain Eric Cunningham, who retired after 28 years of service in the county. [Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department]

Furry Recruits for Fairfax County Police Department — “The department has long used dogs to search for illegal drugs or explosives or to track missing people. But Holmes and his fellow recruits, Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers, will have a far different role. Instead of helping to solve or uncover crimes, they will be tasked with helping first responders cope with the stress of the job.” [The Washington Post]

Farmers & Makers Market is Today — The market, which features local farmers and artisans, returns to Reston Town Center today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. [Reston Town Center

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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