‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ Coming Soon to Reston

A musical promising the audience a synthesis of comedy and murder is coming to Reston next month.

A local production of the Tony award-winning “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” will open at the Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) on Oct. 18 and run through Nov 3.

Here’s more about the plot from RCC:

Set in London in 1907, Gentleman’s Guide focuses on the low-born Monty Navarro, who suddenly learns that he’s ninth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family and sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm… and a dash of murder. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder retains a classic aesthetic but with humor that is modern and relevant,” Rich Farella, the director of the production, said in a press release.

The production will be put on by the Reston Community Players, a local non-profit theatre group.

Tickets are available online and start at $24 for students and seniors. Showtimes will take place on the weekends and include matinee and evening performances.

Photos courtesy Reston Community Players

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Crime Roundup: Police Believe Three Home Burglaries May Be Connected

Three home burglaries were reported on Sunday, Sept. 22. Police believe a burglar entered the homes the garages and stole items from vehicles parked in the garages.

The incidents happened between midnight and 7 a.m. on the 1700 block of Raleigh Hill Road, the 1700 block of Clovermeadow Drive and the 10300 block of Brittenford Drive, according to police.

A spokesperson for the Fairfax County Police Department said that the incidents — which happened in the same area and within a few hours — “may be connected.” Detectives are investigating the incidents, the spokesperson told Reston Now.

In a separate incident on Friday, Sept. 22, someone also burglarized a home on the 2500 block of Freetown Drive a few minutes before midnight.

The Fairfax County Police Department did not immediately indicate if the incidents are connected.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2200 block of Astoria Circle, license plate from vehicle

10200 block of Brittenford Drive, cash from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, documents and cash from vehicle

11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, wallet from location

10900 block of Clover Hunt Court, cash from vehicle

1700 block of Clover Meadow Drive, wallet from vehicle

10800 block of Crippen Vale Court, cash from vehicle

10800 block of Crippen Vale Court, knife from vehicle

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, documents and cash from vehicle

1700 block of Raleigh Hill Road, laptop computer from vehicle

1900 block of Reston Metro Plaza, keys from location

1600 block of Sadlers Wells Drive, property from residence

11200 block of Silentwood Lane, cell phone from residence

2400 block of Southgate Square, license plate from vehicle

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, merchandise from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

13400 block of Farm Crest Court, 2002 Yamaha R1 motorcycle

Anyone with information about any of the incidents reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

Photo via FCPD

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With County Board’s Approval, Reston District Station Police to Receive Body Cameras Next Year

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved today (Tuesday) $4 million to begin implementation of police body worn cameras.

The Fairfax County Police Department is set to receive roughly 1,200 body-worn cameras that would be phased in over three years with a five-year contract for equipment, licensing and storage.

Officers from the Reston District Station are expected to receive the body worn cameras in May 2020.

The approval comes amid mixed results of a recent American University study on the county’s pilot program and some concern about the cost of the program.

Before the vote, Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity shared concerns about the fiscal impact of the proposal.

Herrity said that he has concerns about the funding coming from the reserve — one-time fund — and that body worn cameras are getting prioritized over increases in police officers’ pay.

“This is going to set our public safety budget back by millions of dollars,” Herrity said, adding that he wants more information about the extra costs the cameras will place on the Public Defenders’ Office.

While Herrity also took issue with the approval for the funding happening outside of the budget cycle, Chairman Sharon Bulova said it’s necessary to have the funding before the budget decisions in May.

The $4.3 million approved by the board today comes from the Reserve for Ad-Hoc Police Practices Review Commission Recommendations.

“This amount will cover the initial cost of equipment, infrastructure enhancements and will allow for the immediate recruitment and hiring of personnel to ensure a seamless implementation on or about May 1,” according to county documents.

In response to Herrity’s concerns that the program is meant to address national issues with police, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust said that the program is not trying to address criticism of police outside of Fairfax County.

“The overwhelming support in the community for doing this is important. We know our community pretty well and we know the respect the community has for the Fairfax County Police Department,” Foust said. “We have the tech to do it, and we should move forward.”

Story by Catherine Douglas Moran; Fatimah Waseem contributed reporting

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Virginia Tech Ranked #1 for Cybersecurity

Virginia Tech’s 100% online Master of Information Technology program has been ranked the No. 1 online graduate degree for cybersecurity nationwide in the 2019 rankings list from CyberDegrees.org, a Washington, D.C.  based company.

In addition, the program was named one of the three best online graduate information technology programs nationwide for the seventh consecutive year in the annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

Based at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, the online program is offered jointly by the Pamplin College of Business and College of Engineering. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to develop a range of skills and focus their studies in a topic that best serves their career goals.

Cybersecurity is one of 11 areas of specialization that students can use to tailor their degree. Other areas include Analytics and Business Intelligence, Big Data, Health Information Technology and Software Development.

The program also offers six graduate certificate options for professionals that are not looking to pursue a full degree.

The program plans to continue adding new courses and graduate certificates that keep up with current trends in tech, particularly as the wider university takes on a central role in the cybersecurity ecosystem.

In 2010, Virginia Tech launched the Hume Center to lead the university’s research and experiential learning programs in national security. The center now has a research facility in Ballston.

In 2018, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced that Virginia Tech will lead its $25 million Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.

For more information about Virginia Tech’s 100% online Master of Information Technology Program, visit vtmit.vt.edu or sign up for an upcoming information session.

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Police Search for Missing Woman Last Seen in Reston

(Update: Crisafi was found safe on Tuesday).

Local police are searching for a missing woman who was last seen on the 1800 block of Town Center Parkway today.

Annette Crisafi, 48, was last seen around 12:25 a.m. today (Tuesday) and is considered endangered due to “mental and/or physical health issues,” according the Fairfax County Police Department.

Crisafi is 5’6”, 126 pounds, and has brown hair and green eyes. She was wearing a navy blue sweater with white and blue checkered pants.

Anyone with information should call 703-6901-2131

Photo via FCPD

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Aslin Beer Co. Begins Construction on New Location in Herndon

After a nearly two-year-long wait, Aslin Beer Company has begun construction on its new tasting room and bar in Herndon after receiving a green light from the Town of Herndon in July.

The company has begun constructing its new location — which will include a tasting room, terrace seating, and a rooftop bar — after it was told to leave its former location at Sunset Park Drive roughly four years ago. The new tasting room and bar will be located at 771 Elden Street.

The start-up left its home at 257 Sunset Park Drive after the owners were told to scale back operations due to a ruling by the county’s fire marshal, Reston Now previously reported.

Based on its currently approved permits, the business must halt building its Herndon location when the structure is built up to the original location. Additional building permits are required to complete the remainder of the project, said Bill Ashton, the Town of Herndon’s town manager.

“We’re watching them like hawks,” said Bill Ashton, who recently updated the Herndon Town Council about the developer.

Aslin Beer Company did not return requests for comment from Reston Now.

Photo by Jay Westcott

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Tuesday Morning Notes

‘No Place Safe’ from Hidden Cameras — “The teen said she never gave a second thought to the iPhone that Raphael Schklowsky incorporated into his lessons at Herndon High School. But even as he was teaching drama, Schklowsky was allegedly using the device to victimize her. Fairfax County police detectives showed the 17-year-old girl a shocking display. During just one class in spring 2017, they said, Schklowsky snapped at least a dozen inappropriate photos of her body from different angles and zooms as she sat on a riser.” [The Washington Post]

INOVA Bloodmobile in Reston Town Center Today — INOVA’s blood mobile will be on-site at Reston Town Center from 1-6 p.m. today. Individuals can donate blood by registration on-site or online. [Reston Town Center]

Strategic Plan Feedback Sought — Residents who are unable to make a series of community meetings on the county’s strategic plan, which is currently in development, can provide feedback online. [Fairfax County Government]

Centroid Exhibit Opens This Weekend — “GRACE will present the next chapter of Baltimore-based artist Nate Larson’s Centroid Towns project. Since the first US census in 1790, the United States Census Bureau has been recording the mean center of population as it moves steadily west and south. The first Centroid Town recorded was Chestertown, Maryland, and the projected Centroid of the 2020 census is Hartville, Missouri.” [East City Art]

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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