Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna, a nonprofit that supports aging in place, recently expanded its programs to help seniors in Herndon and Reston.
The group assists the seniors by providing free rides, social outreach and other resources. The group decided to expand around October, a spokesperson told Reston Now.
Susan Garvey, the executive director of the center, lives in the area and noticed a lack of free resources for the elderly community, the spokesperson said.
“The uptick in ride requests have been promising,” the spokesperson said, adding that people who answer the phones are kept busy. “It was a wise step to take.”
The group announced its expansion to Reston and Herndon in its quarterly newsletter, which was published this fall.
Seniors or others interested in free rides, programs for veterans and various resources can call the center at 703-281-0538.
Photo via Sheperd’s Center/Facebook
Most Fairfax County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.
Fairfax County libraries will be closed both days. Courts close at noon tomorrow (Wednesday) and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday.
All Reston Association offices, including the Nature House and Central Services Facility, will be closed. Offices close at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday).
The Fairfax Connector operates on a Sunday schedule on Thursday. Routes without Sunday service will not operate. The next day, commuters can expect a modified holiday weekend schedule.
Reston Community Center Lake Anne is closed both days, while the location at Hunters Woods is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
Residents who receive trash and recycling collection from the county will have regular collection services both days. Residents with collection services from a private company should contact the service provider for the modified holiday schedule.
Meet Sirius, a black male Pit Bull available for adoption locally.
Here is what his friends at Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation have to say about him:
Harry Potter’s Sirius Black knew a thing or two about magic, but this Sirius has everyone at Lost Dog Rescue under his spell.
He is definitely one of our favorites! Not only is he super handsome, but he is so well mannered and walks fabulously on a leash. And look at how big he smiles when he’s getting a hug from his human friend — he loves hugs!
Sirius has had an incredible journey from living all alone for over a year in an abandoned structure that didn’t even have a roof to get to where he is today. (Read more about it here!) Sirius has won over our hearts — will you let him into your heart and home?
Are you and Sirius 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.
The holiday tree in Reston Town Center is set to light up this Friday (Nov. 29).
A half-hour-long holiday sing-along, in conjunction with the Reston Chorale and a brass quartet, will wrap up the evening after the tree is lit.
Attendees are encouraged to show up early and gather around Market Street near Fountain Square (11921 Freedom Drive).
Songbooks will be provided, and there will be a guest appearance from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Photo via Facebook
Nearly half of all adults the United States say they’re trying to trim widening waistlines, but it’s unclear if that happens during annual Thanksgiving feasts.
On Thanksgiving, roughly 45 million turkeys will be consumed this year, according to the National Turkey Foundation.
Do you plan to embrace gluttony during your Thanksgiving meal or will you try to cut back this year? Let us know in the poll below.
Photo via Unplash
Real-time Metro Data Available on Apple Maps — “Metro riders can now get to where they need to go even easier thanks to Apple Maps adding support for real-time transit information in Washington DC this week. Customers using Apple Maps will now see detailed transit schedules, live departure and arrival times, the current location of a Metro train or bus, and system connections to help plan their journey.” [Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority]
Fairfax Connector Reston-Herndon Bus Service Survey Extended — Residents now have until Dec. 27 to provide input on service alternatives by completing the online survey organized by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. [Fairfax County Government]
Photo via Flickr/vantagehill
More outdoor seating will soon be on the way for &pizza, a fast-casual pizza restaurant that’s known for its oblong-shaped pizzas.
The restaurant, which opened over the summer last year, plans to add roughly 20 seats, a railing perimeter and minor lighting, a company spokesperson told Reston Now.
Currently, &pizza has an outdoor patio section that seats between 25 to 30 people.
County permits indicate a permit to complete the work was processed in mid-November.
Photo via Google Maps
The autopsy of a Reston woman who died shortly after being brought to the emergency room by two men could take months to complete, according to authorities.
The autopsy of Julia Crabbe, 21, is pending due to toxicology results that could take several months, the WTOP reported on Monday (Nov.25).
Crabbe was brought to the hospital by two men, one of whom was a Washington Redskins player Montae Nicholson. She arrived unconscious and unresponsive to the hospital on Nov. 14.
Crabbe’s family members said they were concerned Nicholson never called 911.
Here’s more from WTOP’s report:
Crabbe was brought to the Inova Emergency Room-Ashburn HealthPlex after 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, with what hospital personnel described as a drug overdose. She was unconscious and unresponsive.
Crabbe’s family has said one of the men who brought her to the hospital was Redskins safety Montae Nicholson.
Nicholson has not been charged with any crime, although a search warrant of his Ashburn home allegedly turned up pills, marijuana and foil with residue on it. It is unclear whom the drugs belonged to.
Sources said that was the only search warrant issued at this point.
In a separate incident, Nicholson was arrested last December for being involved in a street brawl, according to a report.
Reston Association’s Board of Directors will meet next week to review findings by a brand strategy company hired by the organization.
The board is set to hold a special meeting on findings by The Brand Consultancy, a DC-based brand strategy company selected by RA to conduct a “multi-phase brand positioning and research project” for the association.
The company is expected to provide a final report of its findings and the meeting.
The meeting takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. at RA headquarters.
The company organized an online survey to assess members’ opinions of RA and its services over the summer.
County’s New Glass Recycling Program Shatters Expectations — “In just a few months, Fairfax County’s new glass-recycling program is reportedly getting great results. Since the county started its “Purple Can Club” last spring, 2.8 million pounds of glass have been dropped off in special collection bins, one official said.” [WTOP]
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Accepts Toys for Donation — The department is participating in the region-wide toys for tons campaign. Children served by this campaign include toddlers and youth through age 17. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]
County Launches Dog Park Study — The Fairfax County Park Authority is conducting a comprehensive study of off-leash dog areas in the county in order to assess current and future needs and opportunities for dog parts throughout the county. [Fairfax County Government]
Photo via vantagehill/Flickr
Commuters can expect more changes to service at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station through the end of the year.
The station, which was closed this week, will be closed on the following weekends:
- Nov. 30 to Dec. 1
- Dec. 7 to Dec. 8
- Dec. 14 to Dec. 15
- Dec. 21 to Dec. 22
- Dec. 28 to Dec. 29
The closers are required to continue Silver Line tie-in work. More information on closures planned through the end of the year is available online.
The annual “Turkey Trail” event in Reston invites community members to take a nature hike and learn about wild turkeys.
People can take a guided tour from a naturalist on Saturday (Nov. 30) from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Walker Nature Center (1140 Glade Drive). Participants will learn about turkey facts and the climate, according to the Facebook page.
All ages are welcome and programming is designed to interest a variety of participants, the event page said.
Tickets are $5 for Reston Association members and $7 for non-RA members. Anyone wishing to participate needs to register by Wednesday (Nov. 27).
Photo via Walker Nature Center/Facebook
Reston will participate in an upcoming statewide survey to identify the community’s cultural and historic resources.
The program — which is called the Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ Survey — is intended to identify the cultural and historical traits of local buildings built from 1961 to 1978 in order to add them to the National Register of Historic Places and Inventory of Historic Sites, according to Fairfax County.
The process will begin with a meeting on Dec. 17 at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne (1609-N Washington Plaza) around 7 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend this public meeting.
The survey will exclude the Lake Anne Village Center since it was already listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register in 2017.
When the project is completed, findings are expected to include a map and photos of all the buildings surveyed.
Photo via Fairfax County
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has officially OK’d the sale of a one-acre parcel of land to Comstock, the developer of Reston Station.
Last week, the board approved the sale of the land for roughly $3 million., in addition to a density transfer of roughly 147,690 square feet to the plaza area near the county-owned Wiehle-Reston Station East garage.
The sale of the land, which is valued at roughly $10.8 million, also includes other conditions.
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins noted that keeping the land has no value for the board. The parcel will be incorporated into Reston Station.
County officials estimate the transfer will bring in additional rental stream from Comstock, which currently pays an annual base rent of $2.9 million. The rent is expected to increase as more phases of the mixed-use development project move forward.
The agreement also includes a requirement to allow campaign and voter registration activities on the plaza.
Photo via handout/Fairfax County Government
The Herndon Police Department has updated its grooming standards to “change with times.”
In a statement on Twitter, Chief Maggie DeBoard said that the police department should evolve with the time.
“What is most important to me as a chief is not whether our officers have facial hair, but how they treat, interact with and serve the community,” DeBoard wrote. “Policing has evolved, and so too should the stereotypical image of our police officers, while still maintaining uniform standards that change with the times.”
Police departments around the country often prescribe grooming standards in an effort to keep officers professional and uniform.
Photo via Herndon Police Department/Twitter