Reston Real Estate: Just Listed

This is a sponsored post by Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate.

There have been a lot of new properties added to the Reston real estate market in the past 10 days as people gear up for the fall market.

Reston has 177 fully active properties on the market and 8 in a coming soon status. At the rate properties are going under contract that leaves us with 1.4 months of housing inventory. Interest rates are still at historic lows and the unemployment rate in Reston is sitting at 2.5%. All of these factors add up to a solid market.

Here are a few of the new listings in Reston.

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Jinya Ramen Bar to Open in Reston Town Center Next Year

After a note about a future Reston location disappeared on its website earlier this year, Jinya Ramen Bar is solidifying plans to open in Reston Town Center next year.

The Japanese ramen restaurant chain plans to open at 11964 Market Street — the former location of Busara Thai Restaurant — by spring 2020, according to signs posted on the storefront.

Restaurant representatives did not return multiple requests from Reston Now for comment. The restaurant’s website still indicates the Reston location is “coming soon.”

The spot has been empty since Busara Thai Restaurant left its home of 13 years last spring.

Photo via Jinya Ramen Bar/Facebook

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Performers, Activities Announced for 2019 Reston Multicultural Festival

Performers and activities at this year’s annual Reston Multicultural Festival, which is set for September 28 at Lake Anne Plaza, are centered around the theme, “Discover the World in Reston.”

Reston Community Center, which organizes the yearly event, hopes the festival will honor the community’s diversity and exemplify Reston founder Bob Simon’s vision for inclusivity in Northern Virginia.

“At the Reston Multicultural Festival each year, people enjoy the fruits of that inclusive and celebratory approach to building community,” said RCC executive director Leila Gordon.

The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. with a naturalization ceremony and a performance by New Line Brass Band at 12:15. p.m. A series of performances will following the show by the band, including dance and music from countries like India, Bolivia, Japan and Ireland.

This year’s festival also features two fellows from the National Endowment for the Arts: Cajun musician Michael Doucet and African American storyteller Linda Gross. Doucet performs on the world stage from 12:45 p.m.. to 1:30 p.m. and Goss performs at the gallery stage from 1:45 to 2 p.m.

Crafts like textiles, clothing, jewelry and housewares will be available for purchase from the Global Market. Food will be available for purchase from the Global Cafe:

  • A Southern Fish Fry (Food Trailer): Fried Fish, Fried Shrimp, French Fries, North Carolina Barbecue Ribs  
  • Colonial Kettle Corn (Food Trailer): Kettle Corn, Water
  • Danibelle’s Lebanese Cuisine LLC (Food Truck): Chicken Shawarma, Falafel, Kafta Sandwich, Hummus, Tabouleh Salad, Fries, Soft Drinks
  • Del Sur Baked Goods: Peruvian: Peruvian Empanadas
  • E-San Food and Drinks: Asian: Pad Thai, Fried Rice, Egg Rolls, Lo-Mein, Chicken Teriyaki, Lemonades, Thai Ice Tea, Sugarcane Juice
  • Lake Anne Plaza Market & Deli: Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas
  • Lets Get Twisted Potato: Fried Twisted Potato on a Stick
  • Nitro Creamery: Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato
  • Reston Association: Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Chips
  • Taste of the World Restaurant: Fried Rice, Teriyaki Chicken, Panang Curry Chicken, Fried Tofu, Curry Puff, Beverages

Free parking is available at the upper and lower lots at Lake Anne Plaza, on North Shore Drive, and off-site at Brown’s Chapel.

The event is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza and co-sponsored by Reston Association.

Photo via RCC

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Bus Loop Construction, Service Changes at Herndon Monroe Park and Ride Begin Next Week

Fairfax Connector bus service will be relocated from the Herndon Monroe Park and Ride to a temporary stop on Sunrise Valley Drive. The relocation of service, which begins on September 23 and ends in November, is prompted by construction on the bus loop as phase two of the Silver Line is completed next year.

Fairfax County Department of Transportation officials caution that commuters should expect delays. Updated arrival times are available on BusTracker.

Buses will be located to a temporary stop on Sunrise Valley Drive in front of the park and ride. Routes operating to and from the park and ride are 551, 924, 926, 927, 929, 937, 950, 951, 980, 981, and 983. Routes 927 and 93 will not serve the stop at Sunrise Valley Drive and Millburn Lane.

The current parking garage will remain open and the garage currently under construction will reopen in September.

For the latest information about service changes, commuters are encouraged to sign up for Fairfax Alerts.

Photo via FCDOT

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FCPS School Board Election: Meet Melanie Meren

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.

Melanie Meren, MPP, is a parent, small business owner, and school board appointee who has lived in Fairfax County for over 15 years. Originally from New York, where she attended public school her entire life, Melanie moved to Virginia after accepting a Presidential Management Fellowship in 2004 at the U.S. Department of Education.

While at the Dept. of Ed, Melanie oversaw a multi-million-dollar budget for services for students at underperforming schools. Her responsibility encompassed both evaluation and problem-solving situations, with oversight of federal grant recipients. She recovered over $1 million in funds when program services were not provided to the target population of students most-in-need of support.

Advocacy and community are central in her life. Joined by her husband, Drew Meren, the two are active in local government. Melanie’s current community service commitments are:

  • Appointed member of Fairfax County School Board’s Human Resources Advisory Committee
  • Elementary school PTA Green Team Chair and representative to the Fairfax County Council of PTAs
  • Girl Scout troop co-leader
  • Member of the Virginia Association for Environmental Education
  • Until 2019, she was a Leadership Team member for eight years of NoVA Outside, the alliance for outdoor educators in Northern Virginia

Melanie views academic success as a community effort: there must be a connection among those impacted by student achievement: parents, teachers, community members, and of course, students. Motivating students to succeed is essential, and the environments around them must be built and supported by dedicated public servants who steward resources along a responsible path.

Melanie is focused on three core areas in her candidacy. First, she wants to cultivate holistic student environments – classrooms, playgrounds, activities, school gardens, and outdoor spaces are all part of the learning ecosystem. For example, Melanie champions scientific learning in outdoor classrooms. Students who interact in these spaces achieve learning goals essential to a 21st century economy, benefit from being in a healthy space, and discover lessons that anchor their sense of community. No matter where in Hunter Mill students live, their greatest challenge should be in understanding what array of choices lay before them, not if they’ll have those opportunities.

Second, Melanie is concerned with facilities and the future of FCPS infrastructure. No student should experience public schooling inside a trailer, and existing buildings need to be reviewed, refitted, or replaced. Joyful learning and a positive classroom experience is critical, and it is incumbent upon those responsible to identify every way to accomplish that. Facilities and trailers are a clear place to start.

Third, Melanie is focusing on equity and opportunity. That means honoring teacher and staff professionalism with opportunities for competitive pay and benefits, realistic expectations on their time, and access to vital instructional resources. For students, the promise of a Fairfax County Public Schools education must align with their strengths and cultivate their path into adulthood. Melanie believes that parents and families are what bring the whole learning experience together. Melanie has advocated with and for fellow parents since her first year as an FCPS parent. She will bring her steadfast commitment to listening to and working with parents to her role on the school board.

Melanie welcomes your questions and input about her candidacy – and for your vote on November 5th. Learn more at melaniemeren.com.

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Del. Ken Plum: Purpose of a Corporation

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.

While most of my columns are about issues that need resolution and challenges that state government must meet, a column focused on what others are doing to improve life in our communities is appropriate from time to time. If we allow ourselves to relax for a few moments to see and marvel in some good news, it does not mean that we are any less committed to improving the world or that we will lose our momentum in trying to do so. There are many more stories of progress that I hope to share in this short space in the future, but an event last month deserves our immediate attention.

The Business Roundtable made up of 181 CEO’s of America’s biggest companies issued a new “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation” last month that makes a dramatic shift from past statements that emphasized shareholder primacy to a “fundamental commitment to all of our stakeholders.” The broadened purpose is explained to include delivering value to customers, investing in employees, dealing ethically and fairly with suppliers, and supporting communities in which they are located. (opportunity. businessroundtable.org)

Socially responsible actions taken voluntarily on the part of many companies may have spurred the new Business Roundtable statement, but the hope is that other corporations will follow with actions that are as positive for their workers and the communities they serve as they are for the bottom line. As the Roundtable statement explained, “investing in our employees…starts with compensating them fairly and providing important benefits.” Maybe there will be a future where my bill to increase the paltry $7.25 an hour minimum wage in Virginia will be supported by local Chambers of Commerce instead of outright opposition they have expressed in the past. Concern for workers at the minimum should be that they are paid a wage on which they can live.

The Roundtable statement acknowledged that “while each of our individual companies serves its own corporate purpose, we share a fundamental commitment to all of our stakeholders.” Among the stakeholders are the communities in which businesses are located to which the Roundtable members expressed that “we respect the people in our communities and protect the environment by embracing sustainable practices across our businesses.” The consumer continues to have the choice of buying products that are made in a sustainable way and to refuse to purchase those that are not.

The auto manufacturers who made an agreement with the state of California to follow strict emission standards for automobiles regardless of the irresponsible action by the federal government to lower standards are to be applauded and supported by other states in the court suit. How ironic would it be if the courts decided that companies could not gain a competitive advantage by being more environmentally responsible.

The Business Roundtable Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation concludes that “each of our stakeholders is essential. We commit to deliver value to all of them, for the future success of our companies, our communities and our country.” Those same “stakeholders” are referred to in government as “constituencies.” When the common goals of business and society as reflected through its government are recognized, success will be realized by stakeholders and constituencies!

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Thursday Morning Notes

Lunch in the Park Today at Reston Town Center — Reston Town Center Association, Reston Community Center and the George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts present a performance by Singers and Players form the School of Music. The one-hour program, which is free, starts at 12:30 p.m. [Reston Town Center]

Local Students Named 2020 National Merit Semifinalists — “Two hundred thirty-seven students from 17 high schools have been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2020. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), which also serves as the Governor’s Regional School for Northern Virginia, has 157 semifinalists. All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $31 million, to be awarded in spring 2020.” [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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UPDATED: Two Missing Teens Last Seen in Reston Found

Update at 9:30 a.m.: The two missing teens were found, police said.

Local police are searching for two missing teens who were last seen Wednesday morning in Reston.

Police said Renata Yearout, 15, and Damion Johnson, 16, were seen around 8 a.m. in the 1400 block of Northpoint Glen Court.

Although the Fairfax County Police Department did not establish a link between the two cases, police believe the teens are together.

The teens are considered endangered due to mental health or physical health concerns, police said.

Yearout is 5-feet-6-inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Johnson is 5-feet-11-inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white long sleeve shirt.

Photos via FCPD

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