Local Eateries Take Part in Northern Virginia Restaurant Week

Several local restaurants are offering special deals for the annual Northern Virginia Restaurant Week, which ends on Sunday (September 15).

The week, which is organized by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, features special menus and deals by local restaurants. This year’s event kicked off on Monday (September 9).

The following restaurants are participating:

Restaurants will offer menus specifically designed for the event. Reservations are highly encouraged.

The event is sponsored by Boston Properties and Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

Photo courtesy Mon Ami Gabi

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Adda Restaurant and Lounge Coming Soon to Herndon

A new restaurant and lounge, which markets itself as “the best hangout place,” is coming soon to Herndon.

Adda Restaurant and Lounge plans to open at 2310 Woodland Crossing Drive in Herndon. A wine and beer license for the establishment, which will seat more than 150 people, is pending, according to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.

The business has another location in Ashburn, which offers karaoke nights, Bollywood dancing and a motley of foods, including kabobs, biryani, soups, and pasta.

The owners were not immediately available for comment.

Photo via Adda Lounge & Restaurant/Facebook

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Reston Fire and Rescue Team Supports Germany’s Defense Administration Celebration

Staff from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Station 25 in Reston helped Germany’s Office of Defense Administration (ODA) celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Crews showed off their fire trucks and offered tips on fall and winter fire safety at the event, which happened on September 5 in Reston. The celebration included games and activities.

FCFRD wrote the following about the event:

Crews showed off the fire trucks as well as highlighting fall and winter fire safety tips. The festivities included German cuisine as well as various games and activities.

We were honored to be presented challenge coins from the leadership of the ODA. Visitors from the superior agency in Germany were present as well.

All three shifts look forward to continuing this special shared partnership with our neighbors in Reston.

The ODA, which is located in Reston, is an agency subordinate to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support.

Photo via FCFRD

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Pet of the Week: Nala

Becky's Pet Care

Meet Nala, a mixed breed adult female available for adoption locally.

Here is what her friends at Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation have to say about her:

Nala is a dreamy girl ready to go home and give you all the love and attention your heart could desire. She is a gorgeous pup who runs on the fuel of pure love! Although she is three years old, when sufficiently motivated, she can summon up puppy-like energy.

For example, when she sees someone she knows coming to visit, she’ll jump straight up in the air to do her signature dance (read “enthusiastic bum wiggle”) to greet you! When out on walks, Nala quickly goes to the bathroom and then is eager to sit with her walker, offering her belly and ears for rubs. She just loves to play and romp with her people — her energy is contagious!

Nala has been on a few sleepovers and people say she is the model house guest. Apart from sincere (and sometimes successful) puppy eyes to join you in bed, she listens and follows house rules. All she asks for is plenty of cuddles, a patch of sun to snooze in, and a few treats thrown in for good measure. She sits on command and we think her love of treats could be easily used to train her further.

Nala would prefer to be the only dog in the home — she does not want canine competition for your affections! She is all about her humans — to give love and receive love is all that she wants in life.

If you’re looking for a lively snuggle bug to fill your days with kisses and bum wiggles, come meet Nala!

Are you and Nala 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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FCPS School Board Election: Meet Laura Ramirez Drain

Editor’s Note: Two candidates are running for the seat of Pat Hynes, who currently holds the Hunter Mill District seat on the Fairfax County School Board. Earlier this year, Hynes said she would not seek reelection after serving on the 12-member board for the last seven years. This week, Reston Now will publish statements by the candidates.

Statements are published in the order in which they are received. With the exception of minor formatting edits, profiles are published in unedited form.

My name is Laura Ramirez-Drain and I am a unique political candidate running in my first election. I am an engineer, a small-business entrepreneur and a parent of two sons who attended FCPS from elementary to high school. I have been advocating for students for many years as an active PTA volunteer. As a busy, working mother I had never given any thought to running for office.

But as my children went through school, I realized that while FCPS has some of the strongest schools in the country too many children were able to fall through the cracks of that system. Furthermore, it became clear that the schools were veering away from teaching academic fundamentals and allowing a political agenda to permeate the curriculum at all levels. I felt that I could no longer sit on the sidelines and that the time had come for me to stand up and advocate for the policies that will ensure our students thrive.

I’m running to be a voice on the School Board for people of all backgrounds in Hunter Mill district. I strongly believe in the importance of high-quality public education for all students. As a naturalized citizen having immigrated here from Mexico, empowering minority students has always been a priority of mine.  I founded the Alcanzando Metas (Reaching Goals) Foundation to foster academic excellence in minority youth, particularly in STEM subjects. The Foundation helped over 200 students of color in Washington, DC and Birmingham, AL, successfully graduate from high school and pursue careers in their areas of interest. I plan to draw on that experience in helping to reduce the current racial achievement gap in Fairfax County schools.  Democratic-endorsed members of the school board have held a majority for almost 25 years but have done nothing to close this gap.

As committed as I am to equality of opportunity, I do not believe that “equity” has to mean changing boundaries of schools to achieve arbitrary ratios of students by ethnic group.  Students should go to schools in the communities that have nurtured them throughout their childhood. We should be building up all of our schools, and not spending resources to move children out of their own neighborhoods

Finally, I believe education is a partnership among students, teachers, and families.  I believe parents, as the first and educators of their children, should hold the primary responsibility for determining when and how their children should be educated on issues of sexuality.  As a school board member, I will commit to fighting to make Family Life Education opt-in, as opposed to opt-out. I will also do everything in my power to ensure that we are not inappropriately sexualizing young children via a politicized curriculum.

I look forward to continue getting to know the families of Hunter Mill District.  I want to make it clear that whether or not you have a child, grandchild, niece, nephew or other family member in FCPS, this election is critically important.  Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and how we educate our future leaders is an issue that affects all of us. I hope you will visit my website, vote4laura.com, and learn more about my background and platform.

Photo courtesy Vadym Guliuk

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Save the Date: Community Yard Sale in Reston Next Saturday

Restonians can gather next Saturday (Sept. 21) for a community yard sale.

Attendees are welcome to buy or sell items from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot at 1900 Campus Commons Drive.

There will be around 80 booths at the event, according to the Reston Association.

Shoppers may swing by for free, but those wishing to sell items must preregister and pay a booth fee of $45 for Reston residents or $55 for participants who don’t live in the area. The fee includes the rental of two parking spaces. Tables, chairs and other equipment are not provided.

If it rains on the day of the event, the event page indicates that the yard sale will be rescheduled for Sunday, September 22.

Photo via Reston Association

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Hidden Histories Exhibit Opens Tomorrow — An opening reception and artist talk by Maremi Andreozzi is set for tomorrow (Thursday) from 6-8 p.m at the Greater Reston Arts Center’s satellite gallery at the Signature, which is located at 11850 Freedom Drive. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Great Falls Organization to Honor 9/11 Victims — A ceremony at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial will honor 9/11 victims on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Six residents of Great Falls were killed in the attacks. The remembrance ceremony starts today at 7 p.m. [Celebrate Great Falls Foundation]

McLean-based Company Acquires Information Technology Services Contractor — “Dovel Technologies has acquired Reston, Va.-based government information technology services contractor Ace Info Solutions for an undisclosed sum in an effort to broaden market capabilities and diversify its client base.” [GovConWire]

The Maturing of Reston Town Center — “How did Reston Town Center, set some 20 miles (32 km) from the nation’s capital in the leafy suburbs of Northern Virginia, generate premium real estate values and become desirable enough to compete for the best tenants? What can be learned from the evolution of a five-block phase in 1990, to what is now over 25 blocks of high-density mixed-use development with a distinctly urban, downtown feel It is a story dating back more than 30 years, the product of critical decisions made by a host of real estate professionals, public officials, planners, and designers.” [Urban Land]

Photo by vantagehill/Flickr

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